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 Zenitel is part of frame agreement between Ascom and Oslo County’s Educational Administration

Zenitel is part of frame agreement between Ascom and Oslo County’s Educational Administration

Zenitel’s biggest Norwegian partner, Ascom, won a frame agreement for the delivery of Vingtor-Stentofon intercom solutions to 179 schools in Oslo.

The frame agreements conversance

In September of 2013 Oslo County’s Educational Administration signed a frame agreement with Ascom for AlphaCom systems. The Alphacom is a flexible communication platform for the schools security system to act effective and fast in critical situations. Zenitel is Ascom’s subcontractor and will be delivering equipment and support. Oslo County’s Educational Administration’s area of responsibility is primary schools, secondary education, adult education, special education and other culture and educational services. Two schools installed the systems in 2013. During the summer of 2014 14 schools got new Vingtor-Stentofon Intercom systems installed just in time for the new school semester.

The importance of critical communication

All Norwegian schools have their own contingency plan for handling critical situations. The schools communication systems are a vital part of this plan.

̶“After the massacre in Norway in 2011 and several episodes of school shootings world-wide there has been brought wider attention to security and safety in Norwegian schools.

Ascom and Vingtor-Stentofon's solution provides the schools with a safer environment for learning. ”, said Rolf Eide, Account Manager at Ascom.

The Vingtor-Stentofon  AlphaCom system will be used for critical communication and will be operated by the school’s management department to address messages and announcements to the whole or parts of the school. With this system the management department can give pupils and teachers instructions when needed. The Vingtor-Stentofon intercom products are designed to handle critical situations where normal telephony doesn’t cover the need for communication. In cases of heavy demand towards one single respondent telephone lines have the potential to collapse. Critical situations require immediate response and that the call goes directly to the right respondent. These functions are available with the Vingtor-Stentofon Alphacom.

"With these functions Vingtor-Stentofon makes it quick and easy for pupils and teachers to alert with just the touch of a button. When time and reliability is critical these functions are lifesaving. The mobile telephones do not fully cover these features when they have a more difficult and personal layout and when the connection is not as stable”, said Kjell Magne Lauritzen. Lauritzen is Zenitel’s Account Manager.

Some schools in Norway have already been using Vingtor-Stentofon intercom for years. Based upon positive experience and technological advantages, The Educational Administration wanted an intercom system specifically made for critical communication in schools instead of telephony solutions which should rather serve other purposes. The specification for the new intercom system was fulfilled with the agreement Ascom presented. Zenitel hopes that the frame agreement with Oslo County will show other counties in Norway the importance of Critical Communication.

Segment: Education