The Telecom infrastructure that TNS maintains is roughly the size of a small city. We run our own PBX (private branch exchange). This houses the 802-656-xxxx block of numbers. We have our own 911 PSAP (public service answering point). UVM has the only PSAP in the state that is not run by the state.
The Telcom staff maintains and supports:
- the PBX system
- Voicemail system
- Call recording for 911
- 5000 telephones
- the "frame" of the telephones
We also provide call center applications to departments such as Admissions, Consumer Assistance, Financial Aid, the Student Health Center and the ETS Helpline.
VeraSMART is Telecommunications and Network Services new Asset Management System. VeraSMART allows TNS to have better tracking of assets and better communication with customers. All service requests MUST be submitted through the VeraSMART system. You need to be an authorized user to login. Please contact your Business Manager with questions.
Please go to the VeraSMART login and fill out a service request. Once the request is sunmitted, you will receive a work order number by email. Please reference this number when requesting information about the service request.
Telecommunications currently uses two different types of Nortel digital phones - the M2000 series and the M3000 series. The base model of the M3000 series is for user who needs only one to six extensions available at a glance. The M3000 is capable of handling up to 12 extentions. The price of a new phone is $79.00. If more extensions are needed, an additional piece (a sidecar) can be added to your phone. The sidecar is $55.00. The M2000 series is the older model which we are no longer offering as a new phone. If you have questions please contact our telecommunications department (6.8888) and they will help you. The manuals for each phone are available here.
New Voicemail Boxes
Please go to the VeraSMART login and fill out a service request. Once the application is processed, you will receive an instructional email that includes your voice mail box number and temporary password. Voicemail boxes are free but a budget number is required. Please click for your users guide for your voicemail box. If, after reading the guide, you have any questions please contact our telecommunications department at 6.3337. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org directly for assistance.
Forgotten Voicemail Box Password
Please contact us at 6.3337 to have your password reset.
To delete a voicemail box, please go to the VeraSMART login and fill out a service request.
The Telecommunications Department now has the capability to set up conference calls using our own conference bridge. Our conference bridge will support 32 participants. Please go to the VeraSMART login and fill out a service request with the date and time as well as the number of participants. Our staff will then assist you in setting up your conference call. Once the conference call has been set up, our staff will email you:
- a toll free number for participants calling long distance
- a local phone number for local participants (on campus and in the local area).
The fee for using the conference bridge is:
- $16.00/set up fee (This fee applies if call is cancelled after setup)
- $0.10/min. per participant
If you have any questions regarding conference calls, please contact us at 6.3337.
This allows multiple callers to simultaneously dial in on one phone line. If no phone line is available, each caller will be placed on hold and into a queue. It will then distribute the oldest call to the first available phone line. The labor rate of $64.00 / hr is applied to the initial setup and programming but no other charges are assessed. To request an ACD be designed, please go to the VeraSMART login and fill out a service request.
This sevice allows the phone to be answered automatically and the caller would be given a choice of options to direct themselves to the correct phone line. There is a on-time charge of $64.00 to setup this service. To request an Auto Attendant, please go to the VeraSMART login and fill out a service request. We will use your email address to contact you for questions. Indicate how you would like the application to work. Once it is designed, we will ask you to test the menu for any changes needed.
Phone / Data Port
Telecommunications bills a monthly port charge to cover various costs. Services covered by the monthly port charge are
- (1) Analog or digital fully featured voice line with voicemail.
- (2) Data connections to a high-speed lan connection.
- Internet and Internet 2 access.
- Repair Services.
- Low rates for long distance and credit card calling.
- Telephone user training
- Telecommunications and networking consulting services including:
- investigation of non-standard technologies
- special projects design works
- detailed estimates
- Web-based billing and grant accounting
- Fraud protection
Infrastructure costs are also covered by the monthly port charges. The costs include:
- Telecommunication and Network Salaries
- Network Management and Administration
- Network evolution design work
- Cost of telephone PBX switches and network electronics
- Domain name servers
- Outside and inside cable plant maintenance
- Network security
Last modified December 11 2014 09:38 AM