Trialing Next Generation Voice Data Networks

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January 30, 2015

A technology infrastructure is built in layers, a little like the grandest, most complex cake. Power distribution conduits branch to enter buildings, stepping down in power via isolating transformers. Digital networks overlay this structure, acting as communications and control system that link people and other machines in a vast grid of interconnected electronic cells.

Let's rewind for a minute to look at one of the earliest systems in this scenario, to evaluate the old-fashioned telephony network we all know and once used. The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) ties every corner of the world together, uniting every town, city, and country as one global community. While this is a massive achievement, the system is quickly losing relevancy due to its basis in analogue technology. In other words, digital living is where innovation now lives. Data of all kinds, including voice, now uses the old copper conductor wiring encircling the globe to push communications science to its limits. Unfortunately, digital transmission data processing uses several computer-derived protocols that do not live comfortably with the end-to-end spoken communications model of old. Firstly, data typically travels in what's known as 'packets,' small chunks that take advantage of the wide dispersal of intranets and the Internet. This methodology guarantees the data can find its way to a destination, but breaking up a message isn't exactly the ideal way to accomplish the simple goal of sending words down a wire.

This is where VoIP comes to the rescue. VoIP is an acronym for Voice over Internet Protocol, a technique that standardizes the conversion of analogue signals to a digital series of packets for transmission according to the well-recognized IP services paradigm. Adopting VoIP is crucial in avoiding dropped calls, especially in a business environment, and compliance with the standard has exponentially improved every form of telecommunications, resulting in a cost-effective alternative to traditional telephony alternatives. Additionally, the methodology integrates many modern multimedia principles, including full-frame video and hi-fidelity digital audio.

Integrating VoIP or a competing standard into the business model of a small office or a large corporation involves the kind of challenges that consulting engineers are bred to deal with. There are solutions to the issue, but they tend to involve competing platforms that are in no way guaranteed to talk to each other. The engineering experts responsible for the voice data network installation and configuration are responsible for navigating these hurdles, for resolving what's typically a substantial investment in technology. To this end, customer requirements and system configuration must be analysed and incorporated into the final design, resulting in a feasibility study that trials the system before a single cable is set down.

Talk to your consulting engineer partners about next generation class-5 switching solutions, VoIP portals, all-in-one suites of constantly upgraded software and hardware packages, and feature-rich data products that pair data plans with cutting-edge multimedia extensions.

Connor Pincus Group. Consulting Engineers.

Address: 1196 Toorak Road, CAMBERWELL, VIC 3124

Phone: (03) 9835 5000
Fax: (03) 9835 5050

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