The goals of the Internet2 SIP.edu project are to:
- Increase the number of SIP-reachable users within Internet2;
- Promote the convergence of voice and email identities;
- Build a community of Internet2 schools that is experimenting with offering enterprise SIP services.
By becoming "SIP.edu-enabled", a school makes all of its telephones (and users) reachable via SIP. For instance, although Bob at BigU may know nothing about SIP and may have a five year old PBX phone on his desk, SIP.edu allows Alice to call Bob using Bob's email address (e.g. email@example.com). The initial SIP.edu architecture works by integrating the legacy campus PBX and person directory with two new components: a SIP proxy server and a SIP-PRI gateway.
Once a school has deployed the initial SIP.edu architecture, it can begin to explore and implement other SIP-related services. While SIP.edu focuses primarily in voice communications, SIP is media-agnostic and can support video, text, and other media.