School Planning and Management, July 1998, p. 48

Having installed advanced computer and communications systems, many schools are trying to integrate as many of these systems as possible.

Schools now use packages that roll phones, intercom and public address systems, master clocks, and fire and security systems into one product managed through a single vendor.

Such systems are easy to manage and allow affordable scaling and upgrades when a school or campus grows.

Schools and districts are also beginning to install system-wide media retrieval systems that can work with already-installed integrated communications systems. While the media retrieval systems are pricey — upwards of $100,000 — they do allow for central and controlled management of media resources. This is a popular feature with many media services coordinators.