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IP/MPLS Enables Robust Public Safety Capabilities for Calgary

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

This is the third in a series of blogs that have taken a look at natural disaster communications and how public safety organizations around the world a leveraging next generation communications to better prepare and respond to emergencies.

In this final installment, the focus is on the Canadian city of Calgary which had catastrophic flooding in June. But it also got lucky.

That’s because just as the worst flooding in the history of the city was overflowing the riverbanks and flooding downtown, taking down infrastructure as it went, Calgary was testing its new, next-generation IP/MPLS-based network infrastructure.

As its infrastructure was endangered by the flooding, the city’s IT team was able to move over to this new system and start the migration of 50 remote locations in a matter of hours, preserving its essential communications needed to deal with the flooding and preserve business continuity.

Oil & Gas: Dynamic Communications Enables Faster, Farther and Safer Operations

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

The demand for oil and gas capabilities has never been greater and continues to grow. In fact, world energy needs are expected to increase by roughly 40 percent by 2030, according to the International Energy Agency, with the fast-developing China and India leading the way in energy consumption growth. The demand for oil is expected to grow by 20 percent, and gas needs should expand during this time by 50 percent. As much as dependency on fossil fuels is seen as needing to be reigned in, clearly oil and gas demand is going to go up despite greater reliance on alternatives. .

With that said, meeting energy needs is getting more complex. Hydrocarbon delivery is challenged by the fact that so much of the relatively low-hanging fruit has been plucked. The energy reserves of the future will increasingly come from deep-sea drilling, tar sands mining and other more challenging methods. Hydrocarbon delivery also will have to travel farther distances.

To effectuate cost-effective and efficient exploration and fuel deliveries in more challenging environments, it has become paramount that gas and oil communications be upgraded to next generation capabilities.

High Leverage Networks: How and Why

Developing a High Leverage Network requires a two-pronged approach: develop new business models and introduce or improve personalized service offerings. These go hand-in-hand and must be pursued simultaneously.

How Can Service Providers Improve Service Delivery by Leveraging Application Enablers?

Image by noway via Flickr By Susan J. CampbellThe industry is changing rapidly as users throughout the mobile service segment are demanding richer content and innovative applications on a number of different devices. The information they want must be...

Creating New Revenue Ecosystems by Leveraging M2M Generated Data

By Susan CampbellIn this new consumer-driven, technology-based environment, it is no longer enough to offer a single source service and expect it to satisfy your customers. Even if you still have the best customer service in the industry, you have...

Content is King - For Multi-Screen Advertisers, Too

By David Sims"Content wants to be free from platform restrictions; free to move around and follow the consumer." So says industry observer Jon Gibs, adding for good measure that "it's a fallacy to compartmentalize consumers into mobile, TV or Internet...

Alcatel-Lucent's New Ethernet Switch Outperforms Enterprise Core Market

By Ed SilversteinThere is now global availability of a new 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GigE) enterprise switch from Alcatel-Lucent that the company says sets a powerful standard in non-blocking switch capacity, port density, low-power consumption and price-per-port.The OmniSwitch 10K Modular LAN...

Real-Time Visibility of Performance and Productivity Empowers Employees

By Susan J. Campbell  A balance between performance and cost is a true challenge for contact centers to find. When that contact center is mission critical to the business, it must be able to achieve differentiation from competitors in the market,...

Leverage Communication APIs to Create High Value Enterprise Service and Web 2.0 Application Mash-ups

By Ed SilversteinThe growth of broadband has helped to shift user focus from voice and personal communication to multi-media and content communication, and that's just the beginning for a smart network that makes application enablement a reality.The increase in data...

Top 5 Aspects of Customer Engagement: How They Create Brand Loyalty

By Beecher TuttleTo experience success in today's economy, companies need to provide their current and prospective customers with an unmatched level of service and support. For growing enterprises, this can be a very trying task. Due to the size and complexity...

Alcatel-Lucent TechZine, Web 2.0-Style Magazine Launched

By Beecher TuttleThe global communications industry is a rather complex space. It seems that almost every day a new product or service is introduced that is capable of revolutionizing the market on either the consumer or enterprise level.To stay in...

Best Practices for Improving Network Monitoring and Management

By Susan J. CampbellNetwork operators are more successful when their networks operate at peak performance levels. To ensure they can achieve such levels, proper network monitoring and management solutions must be in place. While such solutions can deliver value to...

Best Practices for Using an Intelligent Infrastructure to Simplify your Network

By Susan J. CampbellThe concepts of simplification and networks do not always mix, yet achieving a simplified approach in the network can deliver considerable benefits. The challenge is that the increase in telephony, video and business applications transported over a...

Mashups and Web 2.0: Inventing a New Breed of Web Apps: COM 2.0

By David SimsFew would deny that Web 2.0 has transformed the Internet. Users, formerly only consumers, are now involved in the creation process by producing and sharing content. And with the growing 2.0 environment, Alcatel-Lucent officials say, mash-ups have become...

How Can You Reduce Network Costs by Migrating to an IP Infrastructure

By David SimsFor mobile operators, according to Alcatel-Lucent officials, "migrating from a tried and tested TDM environment to an all-IP network offers tremendous opportunities in terms of a lower cost base and a richer applications environment."But it also presents technical...

What Role Should Service Providers Play in Cloud Computing?

By David SimsAccording to a recent white paper by Alcatel-Lucent, cloud computing is changing the way consumers and businesses purchase and use a wide range of computing capabilities. It also presents new business models for service providers to consider."For decades,...

Using Multi-Vendor Managed Services to Create a Single Point of Accountability

By Susan J. CampbellAs a network operator, it is imperative that you have the necessary tools and manpower to manage a number of vendors, maintenance contracts and required skill sets. Your complexity and costs are consistently increased by the continuous...

Best Practices for Using On-Demand QoS Upgrades to Improve Network Utilization and Efficiency

By David SimsConnie Torres, director of market advantage research, Alcatel-Lucent, recently authored a piece titled "Meeting Application Demand Profitably with a Smart Network."She notes that the Information Age "has evolved from a Web 1.0 Read Only environment to a Web...

IP-Enabled Energy Distribution: Using Smart Utilities to Drive Eco-Efficiencies

By Susan J. CampbellWhile a priority focus on environmentally friendly initiatives began some years ago, it wasn't until the concept of "going green" emerged that companies and consumers alike began examining ways to drive system implementations that would deliver sustainable...

Best Practices for Securely Exposing Network Assets

By David SimsTo continue competing in the marketplace, a recent post from Alcatel-Lucent contends, service providers "must increase their influence on the content delivery value chain by adding unique value to it."Service providers have network assets that offer a quantifiable...

Content is King: Choosing the Right Partner Ecosystem to Create High Value Multimedia Services

By Susan J. CampbellFor those network operators hoping to drive revenue and profits in this new market, the primary focus must be on rich, quality content delivered whenever and wherever the customer demands it. An inability to do so is...

Why Brands Will Pay More for Interactive Advertising

By David SimsThe number of IPTV subscribers is accelerating. Which means the need to keep the user experience for IPTV entertainment services at the leading edge is far more acute.If you want to use your IP infrastructure to expand your...

How Can You Reduce OSS/BSS by Choosing the Right Network Integration Partner

By Susan J. CampbellThe rules of the game are changing for the network operator, demanding the selection of an integration partner. This is not only a challenging task, but also an important one as making the right choice can help...

Maximize Outsourced Partner Value: Minimize Risk and Transformation Downtime

By David Sims"The ideal partner," says a recent white paper from Alcatel-Lucent, "will focus on creating business value for the enterprise and will have a broad range of network, services and the multi-vendor equipment experience needed to create a complete...

How Network Providers Fit in the Mobile Advertising Value Chain

By Susan J. Campbell Mobile advertising is exploding as a whole new way to reach consumers with more personalized content and allow network providers to establish a new, sustainable business model. As this is a whole new world, it can be...
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