Strathclyde Fire & Rescue improve manageability of 3000 telephone extensions

  • Posted on: 10 April 2015

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue switches to Tiger to improve manageability of 3000 telephone extensions at over 100 sites

provides vital call trending and data analysis to help major VoIP migration whilst allowing users to embrace self service reporting tools.

Ringwood, Hampshire, UK - Tiger Communications, a leading provider of Call Management Solutions, today announced details of the first stage of a project at Strathclyde Fire and Rescue to improve its dialling plans, reduce potential fraud and support a major VoIP migration project.

As Richard Goudie, Senior Communication Engineer at Strathclyde Fire and Rescue explains, “The Cisco Call Manager we use is essential for our organisation but it doesn’t really give us the reporting we need.” As part of the Infrastructure network services team, Richard Goudie and his 8 colleagues support over 100 locations and communications for over 3000 staff across the region. Sites include large control centres in Hamilton and Johnstone that already use a Cisco Call Manager, as well as many smaller offices using a variety of PBX's with minimal IP connectivity.

The organisation is in the midst of a major migration to a full VoIP solution in a bid to reduce costs and improve the contactability needed in the delivery of critical emergency services and community health and safety initiatives. But with just 9 members in the Network Infrastructure team covering such a large and geographically dispersed organisation, the team needed a better call logging and reporting platform to help it analyse and monitor communication processes. The call management platform also needed to provide a self service element to allow the team to devolve reporting down to the key stakeholders.

After a formal tender process, Tiger was selected based on its flexibility, ease of use and compatibility with both Cisco and other third party PBX systems to provide visibility across disparate telephony systems.  “In fact, it was Cisco that recommended Tiger to us in the first place,” comments Richard Goudie and the Tiger solution was initially deployed to support two Cisco Call Manager sites.

The statistical reporting from Tiger has also helped the team to strengthen the proposal for the full VoIP implementation planned over the next year. “We need data to justify a business case and work out calling plans and the detailed reporting from Tiger has been instrumental in this phase of the project,” explains Richard Goudie.

In phase two, the Network Infrastructure services team hopes to devolve reporting down to departmental and site managers to allow fund holders to better regulate communication budgets.  “The system has proven extremely useful and has also allowed us to spot a few oddities like premium rate numbers that need to be restricted to stop abuse” explains Goudie, “moving forward, we expect Tiger to help us streamline and improve the delivery of telephony, especially as we move to a VoIP solution at more sites across the region.”
 

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