Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
Madhuri Tirumala Kanduri
Carol Davids - Instructor of Information Technology & Management
Create a feasibility study describing methods for integrating the voice and data networks at Illinois Institute of Technology's Rice Campus. The feasibility study provides information as to the architecture, products and costs associated with adding VoIP functionality to the Rice Campus.
The students began by gaining an understanding of the current configuration of the voice and data networks at the Rice Campus. There are no network functions shared by these two networks today. Avaya PBXes are used for telephone service and Cisco MAC switches provide the backbone of the data network.
The students divided into two teams. One team explored ways to add VoIP functionality to the Avaya PBXes. The other team described ways to eliminate the PBXes and to add VoIP functionality to the existing backbone - Cisco MAC switches. Each team described the additional functional elements and software that would need to be added to the network and gave an estimate of the associated costs.
Each team described a total VoIP architecture as well as an incremental architecture. The incremental architectures they developed could be used to build a VoIP lab at Rice Campus. Such a lab could be used by students in future VoIP classes. In addition it could be used by the administrators of the Voice and Data networks themselves to test the viability of the fully integrated solutions identified in the feasibility studies.
This project was presented on Saturday, November 8, 2003 to a Student Colloquium co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Fox Valley Subsection.