Some photos that never were posted (by accident.) They had been uploaded in 2012. I wanted to post these sets on my other portals and wondered where they went.
These phones were tied to an inhouse name called the CAPNET known as the Capital Region Network, at it’s height in the late 1980s, early 1990s using at least 80,000 lines on their private network across Albany, and other Capital Region locations and a branch office of 1740 Broadway in Manhattan, New York City. Every other state office building used other vendors, most notably the Nortel Centrex, the Meridian 1, and Cisco’s UCM line of products. I never knew NYS had been a heavy user of Avaya (and that goes without saying) at their flagship city till a decade ago.
Even more, there is no other network reportedly using this number of non IP-heavy lines in any of it’s thirty three year history of the modern day PBX marketed by Avaya today. A System 75 peaks at 600 to 1,200 lines; a System 85 maxed at 30,000, a 5th release of Definity G3r supported 25,000 lines; and most enterprises would link 75s and a few 85s but not in this scale. Documents via NYS’s IT agency and media reports in the late 1980s claimed then network used fiber and microwave plus the DCS linking protocol to link these ol AT&T PBX systems for transparent dialing across a desk, one of the four smaller buildings in Empire State Plaza, or across the Hudson River to a Troy based office. (Yeah, I’m a New York geek, both the city and upstate, I’ll admit I visited NYS/NYC more as a child/teenager then I did with Boston and Southern New England and as an adult.)
The pictured room above had 8400 sets. So this is the Senate Chambers, where the New York State Senate gathers. The Assembly, in an other wing, doesn’t have Avaya sets per se.
These previously posted pictures shown below is an Aastra telephone, of which I am not sure what they are. I will doubt it’s an intercom and/or basic telephones. They share the same shell as Cisco’s/Selisus VIP series sets.
In January of 2017, some of the Large Carrier Cabinets were spotted on their eBay store. And I believe there were lucky bidders. The phone that sat on top of the carriers was a Cisco 6821. We know whose being replaced…