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Farmington Municipal Schools

Fortinet Unified Communications Improves Connectivity for K-12 Students and Teachers

“It was love at first sight. The price was right. The phones are simple to run and to manage. We have had great support from Fortinet on our access points all these years. Once we saw FortiVoice, we asked ourselves, ‘Do we really need to look any further?”

– Robert Emerson, CTO, Farmington Municipal Schools


When the CTO of a municipal school district in Northern New Mexico needed to replace his ’90s era voice-over-IP (VoIP) system, he wanted something that was both reliable and easy to manage on his own. So, he turned to Fortinet, a secure networking vendor he had been working with for years. Fortinet helped the CTO replace the legacy VoIP system with a Unified Communications solution based on the FortiVoice Enterprise Phone System and hundreds of FortiFone softclients, which faculty and staff can use on campus or from their homes.

Learn how easily Farmington Municipal School District deployed its new VoIP system and how it is protecting teacher privacy in this case study.

Business Impact


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Less VoIP administrative burden for busy district CTO

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95% reduction in time to complete onboarding tasks for new VoIP users

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90+% cost savings compared with legacy VoIP solution

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Preservation of teacher privacy when making work calls from personal devices


Rapid rollout of new solutions: 1,000 FortiFone Softclients set up in a few minutes

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Ability to meet student connectivity needs whether at home or in private daycare facilities

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