3COM - House Ear Institute
House Ear Institute (HEI) is an internationally recognized non-profit research organization based in Los Angeles. Known for its contributions to auditory science, HEI's 180 employees require a fast, reliable communications infrastructure. Until recently HEI's 10/100 Ethernet headquarters network lacked the speed researchers needed to transfer files between offices and other research centers, resulting in bottle-necks that hampered staff's productivity.
Vendor: 3COM (NYSE: COMS)
Customer: House Ear Institute http://www.hei.org/
Vertical Markets: Healthcare
Technology Used: 3Com Switch 8800 Family, 3Com Switch 5500G-EI Family, 3Com Router 5000 Family, 3Com VCX IP Telephony Solution, 3Com IP Phones, 3Com Wireless LAN Controller WX4400, 3Com Wireless LAN Managed Access Point 2750, TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System, 3Com Enterprise Management Suite (EMS), 3Com Global Services.
Solution: House Ear Institute (HEI) is an internationally recognized non-profit research organization based in Los Angeles. Known for its contributions to auditory science, HEI's 180 employees require a fast, reliable communications infrastructure to collaborate on their exploration of hearing loss, ear disease, and the complex relationship between the ear and brain. They also need effective communications technologies to care for thousands of patients per year that receive treatment at HEI's five affiliated House Ear Clinics throughout Southern California and a children's clinic at its Los Angeles site.
Until recently HEI's 10/100 Ethernet headquarters network lacked the speed researchers needed to transfer files between offices and other research centers, resulting in bottle-necks that hampered staff's productivity. In addition, the voicemail system integrated with the institute's legacy Nortel Meridian PBX system could not support increasing call volumes at the institute and clinics. As a result, patients attempting to reach their doctors often had no way to leave messages regarding appointments, treatments, and test results.
Using a 3Com solution, HEI now has full gigabit speed all the way to the desktop. For flexible network management, House Ear Institute IT staff use the 3Com Enterprise Management Suite (EMS), a Network Change and Configuration (NCC) platform that provides extensive capabilities for managing large, heterogeneous networks consisting of LANs, WANs, wireless LANs (WLANs), and converged voice/data/video infrastructures.
The IT staff can now graphically map, configure, and troubleshoot devices quickly and easily via an easy-to-use Web-based interface. With its 3Com secure converged network, House Ear Institute is accelerating its research collaborations and responsiveness to patients. Added security eases compliance with HIPAA and other government privacy mandates. Moreover, web-based management tools reduce administration complexities.
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