Babble Speeds Up Learning with New Cloud-Based Comms System

Perfectly Planned and Executed: Upgraded VoIP System with Mobile Integration

The Customer: St Albans High School for Girls

St Albans High School for Girls is a selective, independent day school for girls aged 4 – 18 years, which is affiliated to the Church of England. There are approximately 328 pupils in the preparatory school with 900 in the senior school and 186 sixth formers.​

Their vision is to develop happy, resilient young people who will embrace opportunities and lead lives of consequence.

The Challenge

Babble had previously supplied St Albans High School for Girls with a Toshiba CIX670 equipped for ISDN30 and 85 extensions in July 2007. This serviced the school well for 14 years; however, they wanted to upgrade to a VoIP-based solution. This would need to be integrated with mobile smartphones and require Babble to manage the system in-house with their dedicated IT team. There was also a strong requirement to offer paging throughout the entire school, this was to be used in the case of the school going into a lockdown situation for example. ​

The Results

After discussing the current requirements with their IT department at the school, it was decided to deploy a Gamma-hosted Education Solution. This provided the required features such as reliable paging throughout the school and an upgraded VoIP solution integrated with mobiles.

The Gamma-hosted solution offered many additional benefits for disaster recovery, and homeworking, as well as making mobile integrations smooth and easy. Our solution also moved the system from a CAPEX model, which required the school to tie up large amounts of budget on supplying costly equipment, to a more affordable OPEX model which proved to be very cost-effective, in fact, it resulted in cost reductions.

Enhanced School-wide Communication:

We implemented a dependable paging system, ensuring clear and instant announcements reach every corner of the school. This streamlines daily operations and creates a more efficient learning environment.

Unified Mobile Connectivity:

Teachers and staff can now make and receive calls on their mobiles, extending school communication beyond the physical campus. This fosters improved collaboration and flexibility for a more dynamic learning experience.

Cost-Effective Solution:

The school no longer needs to invest large sums in upfront equipment costs. This shift to a predictable monthly expense frees up valuable budget resources that can be directed towards other educational priorities.

“We recently migrated from the old Toshiba system to a Gamma/Polycom Cloud system, managed Service. Babble, who implemented and took care of the full migration project and the implementation, performed an excellent job. With almost zero teething problems. We have had a very good relationship with Babble for more than 10 years and all this time we have received a prompt and efficient level of service that has been more than satisfactory. I would highly recommend Babble as a supplier that works with you.”

— Bahram Tavakoli, IT Manager at St Albans High School for Girls

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