Coppin Receives Enterprise All-Star Award

Published Monday, November 21st, 2005

The award was received for Coppin's Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and wireless network transformation.

About the Award

The Enterprise All-Star series gleans its name from the first major league All-Star game hosted by Chicago's Comiskey Park in 1933, showcasing the talents of such baseball greats as Charlie Gehringer and Babe Ruth. In this sense, Network World has created the Enterprise All-Star series to honor companies with technology projects that are so outstanding “they belong in a league of their own. “The 50 enterprise All-Stars have network projects so stellar they are examples for all,” as stated in the Network World article.

The Project

In a multifaceted, $1.5 million project, this Baltimore university deployed a converged IP infrastructure supporting all voice, data and video applications over a secure Gigabit Ethernet backbone. A campuswide wireless LAN (WLAN ) supports indoor and outdoor mobile access. Coppin State has loaded up "smart classrooms" with audio, video, computer and other tools that it can centrally monitor and manage. Should equipment be removed from one of these classrooms, facilities managers are immediately notified via their wireless 802.11 phones. The university uses Nortel gear, including its Ethernet Routing Switches, the Threat Protection System, switched firewalls, VPN gateway, application switches and CallPilot for unified messaging. Coppin State says the network transformation has helped it boost enrollment and land new grants and financial support from alumni.