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February 2005

Filling the VoIP VoID

It is not a matter of if, but a matter of when, VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) will become the standard for voice communications. VoIP is the process of converting voice transmissions into digital data packets and sending them over the data network or Internet. This allows the wiring and supporting infrastructure for the voice and data systems, traditionally separate systems, to converge into one. Many of the top manufacturers of switched (PBX) phone systems are simply stopping development of their traditional switched systems and focusing on migration strategies and new features for VoIP systems. Companies like Nortel, Avaya, and... Read More

Lighting Our Skies

Over the past decade, the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) has become a significant participant in the field of residential and commercial lighting design. Originally founded in 1988 by a group of concerned astronomers, the IDA was created in response to the growing amount of lighting pollution in and around major metropolitan areas. This lighting pollution, which brightens the overhead sky, is called sky glow. The increase in urban sky glow has adverse effects on our ability to view the night sky. It is believed that about two-thirds of Americans can no longer discern our own galaxy, the Milky Way,... Read More