Northamptonshire Enterprise converges five IP networks

Northamptonshire Enterprise, a group of economic development agencies, has implemented a converged Internet Protocol (IP) network, designed and built by SAS Group.

Northamptonshire Enterprise, a group of economic development agencies, has implemented a converged Internet Protocol (IP) network, designed and built by SAS Group.

The new IP network connects more than 40 office-based and remote users, and allows the centralised IT department to manage business critical applications like IP telephony and e-mail, location profiling tools, commercial property search tools and interactive maps.

“With the creation of Northamptonshire Enterprise we were presented with the complex challenge of merging five completely separate IT systems onto a single network without jeopardising the delivery of current services. At the same time it was vital to ensure the infrastructure was future-proofed,” said Jane Moch, IT and business performance manager at Northamptonshire Enterprise. 

Employees can now access e-mail and data remotely and the organisation can use virtual Lans to segment network traffic into internal and visitor streams, so that business-critical communications can be prioritised and secured. 
 
Traffic can be routed across IP, ISDN or DSL connections depending on requirements, and the IP telephony system, Cisco Call Manager Express, is integrated with Microsoft Outlook so that calls are automatically routed to voicemail if the recipient's Outlook calendar shows they have a live appointment. 

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