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IT receives Technology Innovation Award

April 24th, 2007

The University of Louisville Office of Information Technology received a Technology Innovation Award April 24 for the university’s enhanced-911 (e911) capabilities through UofL’s Voice-Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone system.

When a 911 call is placed from UofL, the call goes to the Louisville Metro emergency response system. The e911 system simultaneously provides UofL’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) with the exact building, room and desk location of the campus VoIP phone used to make the call. This allows DPS to respond more rapidly to emergency situations and to coordinate with Louisville Metro medical and fire response teams for the best routes to specific campus locations.

“We are excited and feel honored to win this award,” said Tom Sawyer, acting vice president for information technology. “The university has always placed a high priority on building and maintaining a state-of-the-art network, and winning this award is validation that our efforts are well placed.

“We are now able to run our data, voice and video networks using the same infrastructure,” Sawyer said, adding that IT soon will be able to provide TV programming over the system to most desktops on each UofL campus.

UofL also is experimenting with other VoIP applications such as paging alerts and enhanced directory services.

Bell South nominated IT for the award, which Sawyer accepted at the Kentucky Digital Summit.

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