Fortunately, the Bartow Country School District had previously installed a 144-zone Bogen Multicom 2000 Administrative Communications System (MC2K) so Bogen’s Southeast Regional Sales Manager Jeffrey Van Robertson suggested that a more cost efficient solution would be to upgrade their system with the Bogen Multicom Quantum IP, a network-based communications solution that would enable the school to utilize its existing underground fiber optic LAN backbone instead of having to replace thousands of feet of defective copper cabling. “We eliminated all the underground copper cabling,” said Van Robertson. “No more inter-building intercom cabling, everything runs on their fiber optic data network, so no more lightning interference.”
The Quantum IP is the ideal solution for growing school districts looking for flexibility and scalability in their communications networks. Quantum is backwards compatible so it can be easily retrofitted to an existing Multicom system. “A Multicom 2000 system can accommodate up to 240 stations,” stated Ernie Ketterer, Vice President of Product Development. “With Quantum, that system can be expanded to 16,000 stations – classrooms, administrative offices, wherever a location that needs to send or receive a page is located – using ‘nodes’ that can be interconnected throughout the existing facility.”
Quantum uses a distributed system architecture that features nodes at appropriate locations throughout the facility; in this case, five 24-zone Quantum compact systems located in Adairsville High’s vocational tech building, the performing arts center, main gymnasium, auxiliary gymnasium, and field house. The sixth node is an upgraded Multicom 2000 headend with a new Quantum processor card in the main administrative building. “We were able to gut the existing Multicom system and build three 24-station nodes from pieces of the existing rack, so we only had to add two new QCR24 compact 24-station nodes. Then we just swapped out the microprocessor at the headend,” stated Van Robertson.
The system installation was handled by Hogg Technology Systems, Kennesaw, Georgia. CEO Jason Hogg agreed wholeheartedly about replacing the school’s faulty copper-wired system with an IP-based paging system running over optical fiber. “The old buried conduit was too small to hold all the necessary properly-rated cabling. That meant it would all have to be dug up and replaced with larger conduit before new cabling could be pulled. With the Bogen Quantum IP, we could just bypass the old conduit altogether and instead utilize the fiber backbone already in place.”
Because Adairsville’s new Quantum communication system features six nodes located in each of the out buildings, all of the individual paging locations in each building could be terminated internally at their respective nodes. According to Hogg, all the copper cabling could simply be cut where it exited the building and a single fiber optic cable run to the fiber backbone, eliminating thousands of feet of cabling and greatly simplifying the installation and wiring. The only parts of the system that were kept were the main and secondary clocks because the low voltage components were already in place and required only minimal rewiring.
“We’ve recommended and installed Bogen Multicom 2000 systems for years,” commented Hogg. “We thought it might be complicated to install the newer Quantum IP system, but it actually went smoother than we had anticipated.”
Eventually, the school district plans to connect the Adairsville High campus to the district LAN network. Once that occurs, administrators will be able to place point-to-point calls between facilities within the LAN-connected district as well as make all-call announcements to a single facility or throughout the entire district.