Hurricane Frances and Communications Technology

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Hurricane Frances and Communications Technology

A number of communications companies are intimately involved in the hurricane in a number of ways. here is a summary.The Peoria Journal Star Online reported in an article titled 100 people will be hired to answer hurricane calls that these agents will be hired to take calls from hurricane victims. The agency in this case asked not to be named, this is an example of how contact centers are positively affecting America. Often referred to as teleservices agencies or business process outsourcing companies (BPO) these agencies handle volumes of calls for charities, corporations and even the government. Many times, these companies are also doing outbound calling which also is referred to as telemarketing. It is too bad the general media isnt as blood thirsty about giving press to these companies when there is positive/humanitarian news to share.VBrick Systems is is supplying the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) with video technology allowing the FDOT to use video accessible via the web to allow emergency operations centers, police departments and transit companies to monitor traffic, allowing them to react to any situations that may need addressing.  Finally, I received the following e-mail from Voiceglo. I recently started to use their VoIP service and my experience has been great. I was on vacation and used their soft client and probably saved $100-$200 on long distance as I was on an island and the only alternative was using the hotel phone. I did have a problem with touch tones working with GloPhone but other than that, the system was flawless. VoiceGlo is located in Florida and put out a Hurricane alert. Here are the details. Please have a great and safe holiday.Dear VoiceGlo Customer:

As a valued customer of Voiceglo, we wanted to update you on a situation that may affect our service over the next several days.

As you may or not be aware, our operations center is located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is currently under a hurricane warning. Rest assured, we have taken every precaution to ensure continuing service and do not anticipate any interruption. In the event of a direct hit by the hurricane, the following services may be affected:
  • Voiceglo and GloPhone websites
  • Glo2Go Express
  • Outbound calling to regular phones and cellphones
Even if there is a direct hit, we can assure you that the following services will not experience any interruptions:
  • Inbound calls from any regular or cell phones
  • All GloPhone to GloPhone calls
In the event of any service interruption, we will work diligently to restore all services as soon as possible.

Thank you for understanding.

Voiceglo Management

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