Monday, January 16, 2006

FDA chooses VoIP

The FDA selected VoIP because it will cost less money to move employees from one location to another as they complete projects. The agency also hopes its new network will foster collaboration, with features such as unified messaging and desktop videoconferencing.

"We saw that VoIP was cost-effective if you're building a new building," says Glenn Rogers, deputy CIO. "With a legacy infrastructure, you have to pull the cables out of the building and redo the network."

The FDA will spend $25 million in eight years to build out the VoIP infrastructure. This cost includes all equipment from the VoIP phones back to the wire closets


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