CPS Leads Move To Internet-Based Phone System

"With nearly 700 sites, 17,000 Centrex lines and 24,000 phones, the Chicago schools are a huge enterprise, and this will be the biggest conversion to VoIP of any school system in the United States, said Don Smith, Mitel chief executive(CPS convert phone lines to VoIP technology Tribune)....[CPS CIO] Runcie said the new technology provides redundancies that should make it more reliable...As a further precaution, Runcie said that a few traditional circuits will continue to operate at each school so if anything happens to the VoIP system, there'll still be some connectivity to the outside world."

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