The company operating the new £700m M6 toll motorway is to deploy a converged voice and data network as a key part of the IT infrastructure.
The controversial 27-mile toll road will be run by Midland Expressway and is due to open in January 2004 to provide an alternative route around one of the most congested sections of motorway in the UK.
One of the main parts of the project's IT infrastructure will be a £330,000 voice and data network using Cisco's internet protocol (IP) telephony technology.
Around 77 IP phones will be installed and connected back to the main administrative centre using fibre optic cable laid along the toll road.
"It was important for us to simplify management and, therefore, cost of ownership of the communications infrastructure, without compromising functionality," said Andy Houldcroft, IT manager at Midland Expressway, in a statement.
"We see converged IP communications as the future, and so were very keen to make sure we were investing in effective technology with the maximum potential for further development as our needs evolve."
Midland Expressway is a consortium of companies with overall responsibility for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the M6 toll until 2054, when it will be handed back to the government.
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