Alcatel demonstrates communications “Best Practices” at K-12 education conference
Alcatel showcases knowledge sharing applications that help schools be successful.
November 17, 2004 –- Alcatel (NSYE: ALA) is bringing communications ‘Best Practices’ to the K-12 education market with the launch of its K-12 education initiative, presented this week at the CETPA Conference in California. Alcatel’s focus is on delivering communication applications that help school officials share knowledge more effectively to create a supportive and safe environment for children.
As a leading provider of network infrastructure and Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony products for enterprises, Alcatel is providing a cost-effective, corporate-like voice solution to both large and small school districts. The Alcatel solution enhances the student and teacher experience and creates a better educational environment that includes connecting school and community officials, improving security, increasing parental involvement, and reducing operations costs.
Alcatel, working closely with educators and school districts has been able to create and deliver a solution set of K-12 specific applications designed to increase security, improve student database management, perform environmental monitoring and facilitate improved collaboration between distributed and mobile workforces. These services have been made possible through a combination of the open standards design (XML, SIP, Webservices) of Alcatel’s OmniPCX Enterprise communication server, the expertise of Alcatel’s Professional Service Group, and the capabilities offered by independent software vendors and XML partners. These include companies such as Service Objects, Status Solutions, StrikeIron, WeatherBug, Xtend and others. The OmniPCX Enterprise can link technology and facilities operations to deliver real-time management capabilities through the phone system.
Features made possible through these applications include: the ability to quietly send a ‘lockdown’ message to all schools staff with a single command, alert school officials of activated smoking alarms, provide bad weather notifications, and even allow access to student databases directly from a teacher’s phone. The extended directory capabilities (X.500, LDAP and Active Directory) enable access to both internal and external directories while also offering capabilities such as super Caller ID.
Among Alcatel’s recent successes, the School District of Cheltenham Township in Pennsylvania was recognized for its education expansion and security programs. Using the Alcatel OmniPCX Enterprise, Cheltenham is the first school district to implement Alcatel’s K-12 education district alert application, which works to simultaneously send each classroom district wide instant notifications regarding weather, news, events or specific security concerns. Administrators and teaching staff receive a broadcast message via phone or computer, where a voicemail box or computer pop-up screen can be accessed to provide additional information and instructions.
Alcatel will showcase some of its K-12 applications solutions during the 44th annual California Educational Technology Professionals Association (CETPA) conference taking place November 17-19 in Sacramento. CETPA represents the gathering of K-12 technologists in pursuit of information on software, hardware, tools and best practices that facilitate the delivery of education in a world driven by technology advances and challenged by digital divides.
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or to their employees. Alcatel leverages its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services to bring value to its customers in the framework of a broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.5 billion in 2003, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit Alcatel on the Internet: http://www.alcatel.com