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APS working through bids for new VoIP phone system

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on July 13, 2018 – 12:56 amNo Comment
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Alpena Public Schools is getting closer to purchasing a new telephone system.

The district has been using a band-aid approach to hold the current, antiquated system together for years because parts are no longer available.

Paul Mancine is Director of Information Systems at APS.  He told a board of education committee this week, that four vendors have submitted proposals for a new Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system.  He is still working through the bids, but said all of them came in under the district’s budget for the project of approximately $260,000.

Mancine said there are over 500 telephones to replace across the district; and he and his staff will be installing the new system.

Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP is the technology that converts a voice into a digital signal, allowing you to make a call directly from a computer, a VoIP phone, or other data-driven devices.  Simply put, it’s phone service delivered over the Internet.

Mancine expects to have a final bid proposal for the board of education in August.  He hopes to install the new system sometime before the end of the year, maybe over Christmas break.

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