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News : Telstra Overlooked Card Failure That Led to Triple Zero Outage

#contactcenterworld, @Telstra

Sydney, Australia, Oct 22, 2018 -- Telstra missed a transmission controller card failure amid a sea of network alarms in early May, meaning it also missed early warning signs of problems with Triple Zero emergency call routing.

A post-mortem of the Triple Zero outage on May 4 - which was initially blamed by Telstra on a lightning strike - shows a far more complex chain of events led to the outage.

The origins of the incident have been traced to a controller card failure in a transmission device located in a Victoria exchange.

The failure triggered an alarm at 3.46am on May 3; however, it was one of "approximately 26,000 alarms present in the alarm system, 13,000 of which were rated as critical".

Although that volume of alarms was considered "typical" by Telstra, it appears the number - combined with the appearance of only "intermittent" transmission issues in and out of the exchange - caused it to be overlooked.

However, as the post-mortem states, "the ‘loss of communications’ meant that no subsequent alarms were presented to Telstra network management staff in the event of any further failure in the transmission equipment, because that equipment was disconnected from the monitoring system."

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The post-mortem reveals that Telstra experienced a series of other problems with its network over the course of the following 24 hours, but did not recognise the root cause as being the still-overlooked card failure.

In that time - and unbeknownst to Telstra - ACT emergency services started experiencing problems with Triple Zero call routing.

The Triple Zero problems increased by 2.05am on May 4, when the pit fire near Orange in regional NSW occurred. That failure, combined with the card problem, led to widespread PSTN routing problems.

It was only at 7.30am on May 4 - about 28 hours after the card failure alarm was missed - that "Telstra identified the potential significance of the Link 1 transmission controller card failure that commenced on 3 May."

"Actions were initiated to replace the controller card, which was suspected of preventing Link 1 from carrying PSTN traffic inbound from NSW, the ACT and Queensland to the Melbourne Triple Zero call centre, and outbound to NSW, the ACT and Queensland from the Melbourne Triple Zero call centre," the post-mortem, published by the Department of Communications, shows. [pdf]

Full Triple Zero connectivity was restored at around midday on May 4.

However, the large-scale problems meant only 5148 out of 12,224 calls placed with Triple Zero actually reached a Triple Zero operator. Others hung up or failed to connect.

The aftermath has seen Telstra make a series of upgrades to its network monitoring, and commit to other actions through a court-enforceable undertaking with the Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA), which was also released today.

"Telstra has implemented improvements to its alarm monitoring systems and service monitoring dashboards to increase the accuracy and timeliness in detecting events that may impact emergency call services," the undertaking states.

"These improvements include using data analytics to provide increased capabilities in monitoring and to identify patterns in network events that may impact emergency calls when there is a lack of root cause parent alarms.

"[They also include] improvements to the emergency calls dashboard to enhance the visibility of events which may impact emergency calls and to minimise display latency."

The government report indicated that the analytics system put in by Telstra is capable of providing "synthetic critical alarms arising from the collation and correlation of multiple lower order alarms".

It also said Telstra had "automated tickets of work to initiate incident restoration activities", aimed at preventing the 24 hour delay for the job of replacing the card being assigned.

Telstra also updated software on all its core routers and uplifted its incident management and stakeholder communications plans in response.

"This was the first serious disruption to the Triple Zero service in more than 50 years," Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said in a statement.

"With the measures the government putting in place, Australians can feel confident the service will have greater safeguards in times of need."

The Department of Communications said it is "also in discussion with Telstra to implement a new IP platform to facilitate next generation Triple Zero capabilities, as well as Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to provide more accurate location information by automatically sending coordinates to Triple Zero."

#contactcenterworld, @Telstra

Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
Source: https://www.itnews.com.au


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Today's Tip of the Day - Consider Your Center As A Production Line

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Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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2020 Buyers Guide Cloud Contact Center Solutions

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1.) 
Premium Listing
NobelBiz Corporation

NobelBiz OMNI+
NobelBiz’s latest product, the OMNI+, is a state-of-the-art contact center software that allows companies – regardless of the number of employees – to offer more efficient, standardized solutions to their clients. With OMNI+ you can manage your accounts on all popular platforms (from voice, to email, social media, and web chat) using a single browser. The software also offers effortless navigation between communication mediums and all customer interactions can be easily monitored by supervisors without interfering in their agent’s work. As far as integration goes, the product can be installed and ready to use in maximum 72 hours and can easily be overlaid in pre-existing infrastructures.
PH: 760.405.0105


2.) 
Accordia Solution

Accordia Solution CIS
Accordia Solution is an innovative developer of seamlessly integrated cost-effective omnichannel Contact Center Solutions specifically targeted at the micro, small and medium operations.Our core business model involves the development and marketing of IP Telephony and IP Contact Center Solutions. We also strive to develop customer interaction solutions which include contact center and customer relationship management (CRM) that enhances Customer Experience Of The Future (CEOTF) and optimizes agent productivity.

Our flagship product, the Accordia Customer Interaction Suites (CIS), offers comprehensive functionality by helping your business meet and exceed the level of service in line with...
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PH: +603 5569 9816

3.) 
Arise Virtual Solutions

The Arise Platform
Arise is a pioneer of on-demand customer management business process outsourcing solutions, headquartered in Florida. Through the cloud-based Arise Platform, Fortune 50 and other companies connect to Service Partners who deliver authentic, loyalty-building interactions with their customers. Delivering radical flexibility to meet even extreme contact volume fluctuations, the award-winning Arise Platform is an innovative alternative to the traditional contact center.

4.) 
Astute Solutions

Astute Agent
Astute Agent gives your agents everything they need to work cases confidently and efficiently. This modern case management CRM is the preferred choice for Consumer Relations and Customer Care teams who support some of the world’s most prestigious brands.

Astute Agent balances agent efficiency with customer experience. Here’s how:

- Automated email responses
Using natural language processing, Astute Agent reads incoming customer emails and automatically supplies a response to agents to review and send.

- Auto-populated case fields
AI capabilities automatically suggest reason codes, product codes, and other case information, saving agents minutes per case.

- Time-saving case feat...
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5.) 
Call Center Studio

Call Center Studio
Call Center Studio is the world’s first call center built on Google and is one of the most secure and stable systems with some of the industry’s best reporting. It is one of the most full-featured enterprise grade systems (with the most calling features, one of the best call distribution, outbound dialing features and integrations—including IVR, AI Speech Recognition, blended inbound/outbound calling and includes Google’s new Dialogflow and Speech API. Call Center Studio is the absolute easiest to use (with a 10 minute setup), and is the price performance leader with lower equipment cost and less setup time.
PH: +1 512-872-7565

6.) 
Cloud Call Center Search

From AI - WFO and everything in between!
Cloud Call Center Search has spent hundreds of hours evaluating and vetting leading cloud software applications (Omni-Channel, Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence, Workforce Management and many others) and their actual use in the trenches with real-world clients. As a result, we understand the strengths and weaknesses of cloud-based call center software solutions. At NO charge, Cloud Call Center Search will match your organization with the cloud software providers that are the best fit to drive positive ROI in your customer experience, sales, and back-office operations.
PH: 800-741-2998

7.) 
Cloud IT Services GmbH

Dialfire
Dialfire offers you a complete call center solution that is simple and intuitive to use and adapts to your needs. It's completely cloud-based, saving you the hassle of setting up a phone system and installing software. In addition to predictive dialing and call blending of inbound calls, you can create personalized campaigns through an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. Features include automated workflows and full control over the agent screen.

You can see the full list of features here:

8.) 
contactSPACE

contactSPACE
Cloud contact software that makes customer contact pain free, so your team aren’t worrying about complex technology and can focus on what they do best. Take control, and design the perfect agent interface with a drag-n-drop visual editor. Combined with AI, leverage data-driven contact strategies to ensure the right agent is contacting your customers at the right time & on the right channel.
PH: +61288803111

9.) 
Content Guru

𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗺®
Content Guru makes engagement easy. A global leader in cloud communications solutions, we deliver off-the-shelf and bespoke customer engagement and cloud contact centre services, through the multi-award-winning 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗺® platform.

Europe’s largest Customer Engagement and Experience platform, 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗺, brings together intelligent automation, third-party systems integration, and on-demand scalability to enhance all customer communication functions. With true omni-channel engagement capabilities, 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗺 gives organisations the power to create consistent and seamless experiences for customers, inspiring loyalty and powering success.

10.) 
CSX Cloud

CSX Cloud
CSX Cloud provides a full omnichannel cloud-based turn-key customer communications solution as a service based on a monthly subscription with no long term commitments. Our easy to use solution and top-notch customer service makes it an easy choice to get started today.
PH: 18665474764

11.) 
Edify Labs

Edify Huddle
Edify connects businesses with customers and employees with each other. The company’s Business Communications as a Service (BCaaS) platform, Huddle, is the only one that unites unified communications (UC), contact center (CC) and communications platform (API) functionality in a single software solution that lets users move seamlessly among channels within one conversation. Edify removes all the risk of using its cloud-based platform with five free users forever, global availability, real-time redundancy, usage-based pricing and a 100% SLA uptime guarantee.

12.) 
Envision

Envision Click2Coach WFO/WEM
Data from phone, e-mail, web chat and social media interactions can help quickly identify patterns and trends, optimize operations and transform customer relationships. Envision delivers innovative software solutions, in the cloud or on premise, to optimize and engage your workforce. With our integrated line of Click2Coach products, customers get voice of the customer analysis, graphical dashboards, performance management, desktop analytics, speech analytics, interaction and compliance recording, quality management, workforce management and coaching and eLearning.

For more than 20 years, Envision has been providing award winning solutions to our customers that optimize customer experience...
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PH: 206-225-0800

13.) 
Fonolo

Call back / virtual hold solution
Fonolo's solution can eliminate hold time from your contact center without changing any business process.

Fonolo's cloud-based call-back solution sits above your infrastructure, giving callers the option to receive a call back instead of waiting on hold.

This results in lower abandon rates, handle times, and costs -- and a superior experience for your customers.
PH: 416-366-2500

14.) 
Geomant

Microsoft Teams Contact Centre
Geomant is enabling organisations to extend the power of Teams even further, to customer interaction with our Buzzeasy Contact Centre. Buzzeasy is a native Teams application that enables Teams users to handle customer interactions effortlessly, across multiple channels including voice, email, webchat and the most popular messaging platforms, such as Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, etc. By adding Contact Centre functionality to Teams, it becomes an all-in-one collaboration and communications platform not only for internal communications, but for customers as well, in an easy and cost-effective way.
PH: 01789 387900

15.) 
Integra CCS

uContact
uContact is an All-in-One contact center solution. Our unique one-on-one customer service makes us perfect for small to medium call centers. Rather than relying on multiple applications we will offer you: - Dialers (Inbound & Outbound)
- SMS, Email & Webchat in a Unified Inbox
- A Call Center Designed CRM
- Completely Customizable Reporting
- Gamification
- Recording
- Voice Broadcasting
- Quality Control
- Live Coaching (Spy, Whisper, Collaborate)
- Many More Features & an Open API.

16.) 
Intelligent Contacts, Inc

Intelligent Contact Center Suite
The Intelligent Contact Center harnesses the power of machine learning and predictive analytics to substantially increase agent productivity when compared to manually dialing.
Key ROI metrics:
• 4 predictive algorithms cut agent idle time in half and deliver right party contacts with fewer dropped calls
• Answering Machine Detection rates averaging 85-92%
• Unified Communication (calling, voicemail messaging, SMS, email, chat) that reduces operational costs through personalized automation and preferred channel delivery.
Core features
• 100% TCPA-compliant auto dialer platform
• Unlimited line capacity and instant scalability
• Call recording and data storage (included)
• No agent s...
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PH: 1 800 214-7490

17.) 
Lieber & Associates

Technology Acquisition Consulting
L&A provides vendor-independent counsel to select, contract for, design, test, and implement cloud and premise-based systems. The firm has experience with all major vendors and many smaller ones. Lieber & Associates' technology consultants are contact center systems specialists with several decades of experience each.
PH: +1-773-325-0608

18.) 
Megacall

Megadialer
Increase the efficiency of your agents and generate a higher volume of effective calls saving time and money.
How it Works
With Megadialer you can choose the most appropriate dialling method for your campaign: previous or predictive.

Easy to Use Interface: Modify campaigns to suit your business

Customizable Campaigns: Numerous modules that will make your management easierl

Real-Time Analytics: Control all processes in the MegaDialer interface in real-time

All our rates include:
Instant Call Reports
On-Demand Recording
Call Supervisor
Call Layout after Completion
Your Own Caller ID
Call Monitor
Automatic Re-Calls
Automatic sending of Mails
Incoming Call Management
Real-time Activity Panels
Call Lists for Agents
Different Levels of Administration
PH: +34 952 667 511

19.) 
MFE International

Genesys PureCloud
Award winning Genesys PureCloud Contact Centre. A leader in the magic quadrant.Recognised by Gartner, Forrester and Frost and Sullivan. Secure and Reliable. True omnichannel- voice, chat, email, social and messaging.Includes inbound and outbound, from call routing and IVR to email, chat, social media, messaging, screen share, self-service options, workforce optimization, analytics,
PH: 96386615

20.) 
MyCallCloud LLC

MyCallCloud
MyCallCloud has 79,600+ Hours In Contact Center Software Up-time and is made of caring professionals with 60+ years of experience. If you need robust, stable, and user-friendly hosted (or premise) Cloud Contact Center Solutions, give us a call.
We provide ongoing consulting to assist clients to more effectively manage Inbound, Outbound and Blended calling with their on-site -or- remote staff. Integration solutions are many and are provided at low, or at no cost when on-boarding. Multi-channel, cutting-edge contact center solutions such as SMS, IVR message blasting (with Text-to-Speech), FB messaging, and other services such as No-Dial (voicemail delivery to cell phones without rin...
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PH: (888) 663-0760
 
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