Installation, programming and testing took only three days during the summer, giving the school a reliable, comprehensive communications network in time for the 2007-08 school year. The expandable, six-node system includes over 700 call switch and speaker stations, and allows Arsenal Technical to abandon the dedicated copper wiring in favor of seamless integration of all the previously separate systems using the campus network.
School administrators are excited about having network access to operational features, the excellent sound quality, and campus-wide all-call capabilities. With Quantum, school administrators control bell schedules, announcements, and alarm tones for two separate schools on the campus from an easy-to-use browser-based interface; can interconnect and communicate between multiple Quantum nodes distributed throughout their campus; and record system announcements and save them using the Quantum Commander from any authorized computer. Facilities and operations representatives rave about the network access. “The ease of programming is very beneficial,” says Sylvia DeWitt, Assistant Campus Administrator in charge of buildings and grounds. “Our utilities staff has typically handled changes, but with Quantum, when I need to I can go in and make the changes that I need to without difficulty.”
Arsenal Technical makes good use of Quantum’s extensive bell system, assigning different sounds for different commands, including normal daily activities and emergency procedures. The staff has been trained on the various tones and schedules and when a response is necessary can now act in real time. “Quantum enables me to communicate with all 16 buildings at once, using bell tones or announcements,” adds Bogard. “The staff and the students have responded very positively to the new system.”