Avaya delivers converged network for telemedicine and wireless communication at Kennedy Krieger Institute

Baltimore 22 January 2002Avaya Inc., a global provider of voice and data networks to businesses, is installing a converged voice, video and data network for Kennedy Krieger Institute, a health care facility for children and adolescents with neurological disorders. Kennedy Krieger will use the network for advanced applications such as telemedicine, voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and wireless technology. The Institute is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, and cares for more than 10.000 children with brain and spinal cord injuries and genetic disorders each year.


Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disabilities resulting from disorders of the brain achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, community, and school life. It has more than 20 outpatient clinics, three inpatient programmes including one at the Marcus Institute in Atlanta, and specialists in 14 medical disciplines.

Avaya's converged network will make video telemedicine possible. For example, a physician attending a child with a brain injury may ask a field expert to log in through the video converged network to collaborate on a diagnosis, eliminating time and distance issues. Patients in Baltimore will have quick access to medical staff in Atlanta without ever leaving the hospital, and vice versa.

In addition to consulting on patient care, Kennedy Krieger plans to video-teleconference between various locations and business functions, such as finance and human resources. This will enable staff in Maryland and Georgia to work together on a regular basis without travelling. Phase one of the three-step installation is complete, with new voice servers and voice mail installed in each of the Institute's locations. Voice, video and data convergence is planned to be operational at all locations by June of this year.

The Avaya Enterprise Class IP Solutions (ECLIPS) system allows IP telephony and converged voice, data and video applications to co-exist with circuit-switched telephony and digital telephones. This gives enterprises the ability to re-use their installed wire and cable infrastructure, and make the change transparent to its users.

Additionally, the upgrade will reduce costs for Kennedy Krieger. With the installation of Avaya IP600 Communication Servers and Avaya R300 Remote Office Communicators at its remote clinics, hospital personnel will be able to place telephone calls over the data network, eliminating long distance toll charges between remote sites. Interconnecting all sites also simplifies network management, since changes to the phone system will take a few hours rather than weeks.

The installation includes Avaya DEFINITY Enterprise Communication Servers (ECS), in addition to the Avaya IP600 Communication Servers and Avaya R300 Remote Office Communicators. The installation also includes Avaya in-building wireless, voice messaging software and a mix of IP and digital telephones. More news on Avaya is available in the VMW December 2001 article Queen's University uses Avaya Collaborative Video to develop tools for computer-aided orthopaedic surgery.

Leslie Versweyveld

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