Provide users in a new building with access to the organisation’s video environment, as well as enable video-conferencing with external parties.
A design flexible enough to meet changing requirements, and which enabled Frame to simplify the video environment and the video infrastructure, delivering a better result to the client.
A simpler system to manage and troubleshoot in a solution which minimises monthly rental costs, with greater flexibility to work with and across the WAN video infrastructure.
Frame was engaged to design and deploy the requested solution, working with the construction team and other contractors as the building works progressed.
Over the course of the 6-month project, requirements changed from an independent video environment based in the new building, to a solution which incorporated the video infrastructure resident on the wide area network.
And while the solution was required to use ISDN-based calls, the organisation required the ability to move to IP-based calls at some time in the future.
Solution design met the requirements by combining the video endpoints across the building’s network into a single ISDN gateway/gatekeeper.
Instead of four Basic Rate Interfaces per video-conferencing endpoint, the solution uses a single Primary Rate Interface, significantly reducing monthly rental costs and providing a simpler system to manage and troubleshoot.
Installing the ISDN gateway reduced the need for additional connections for each device, and the internal gatekeeper provides the added benefit of a simplified dial plan.
In addition, the internal gatekeeper provides call management for IP-based calls, reducing the need to utilise the costly ISDN gateway and giving greater flexibility to work with and across the WAN video infrastructure.
A relatively small piece of work, the extended timeframe was due to Frame being contracted while the building works were in progress. This meant liaising with the construction team including the builders and architects, as well third parties responsible for installing data and power.
The specialist tasks undertaken by Frame included:
- developing a design that fulfilled the requirements
- creating the central video infrastructure and network to link all the video endpoints and the ISDN gateway
- implementing the end-to-end solution, within the guidelines for the organisation’s WAN, which included security restrictions such as the types of data allowed and access to traverse the network.