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Custom IVR Applications

This section of our technical library presents information and documentation relating to IVR Development and custom IVR software and products. Business phone systems and toll free answering systems (generally 800 numbers and their equivalent) are very popular for service and sales organizations, allowing customers and prospects to call your organization anywhere in the country. The PACER and WIZARD IVR System is just one of many DSC call center phone system features..

What Is IVR?. An Interactive Voice Response (IVR) processes inbound phone calls, plays recorded messages including information extracted from databases and the internet, and potentially routes calls to either inhouse service agents or transfers the caller to an outside extension.

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Railroad uses CTI and IVR

The following is an extract from an article entitled "Railroad streamlines operation with CTI and IVR" published in Communications News by Jim Koelper.

"The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Co. (better known as The Santa Fe), serves 12 western and midwestern states from Chicago to California, and the Gulf of Mexico.

The Santa Fe operates 1,600 locomotives and 31,000 freight cars handling 1.6 million carloads of freight each year over more than 9,000 miles of track. Scheduling and routing loads to meet deadlines and managing railroad resources throughout the system are major logistical problems challenging the company.

Faced with competition from other railroads, trucking companies and river barges, the Santa Fe has installed an advanced telecomm and computer system to streamline its logistical operation and improve response time to customer inquiries.

The company has four regional operating centers to dispatch trains in their area, manage train crews, and take orders for new loads. Each center employs dispatchers who maintain communications with trains, maintenance crews and yardmaster via two-way radio using more 200 microwave links.

Booking agents in the center use telephones to take orders and arrange pickup and delivery of the loads. Each regional center reports to the systems operations center in Schaumburg, Ill., where information such as load status, derailments and track washouts are kept in a computer database.

The Santa Fe has approximately 15,000 identified customers, and its customer service center is located in the headquarters building in Schaumburg. Two rows of telecomm equipment, including a Rolm 9751 CBX (computerized branch exchange) and a PhoneMail system handle nearly 5,000 calls each day.

The switch is equipped with call detail recording (CDR) software and provides records of all calls in and out of the facility. The remaining equipment consists of an IBM 3745-150 concentrator, three IBM 9274 Model 90, 12-channel, voice response units, one cabinet of digital circuit termination equipment and two IBM 3174 control units driving 32 terminals in the customer service center. The remainder of the headquarters facility operates on multiple token-ring local area networks connected to the IBM concentrator.

For voice calls, the Santa Fe's customers dial in toll-free through multiple T1 connections to Sprint and MCI and 36 direct inward dial (DID) trunks. In addition, several T1 circuits handle both voice and data connections to the Santa Fe offices and data center in Topeka, Kan.

Inbound customer calls are answered by the PhoneMail system, which provides the caller with a menu of options. When customers opt to trace a shipment or verify its scale weight, their calls are routed to an IBM voice response unit (VRU), after which they simply key in the car, container, or trailer number.

Customers can phone in inquiries, orders or changes and then send bills of lading by fax. These are stored electronically for instant retrieval by the billing agent. Some customers need to know on a daily basis the status of all their shipments, which might involve as many as 70 cars.

To provide this information by telephone would be too time-consuming, both for the Santa Fe and its customers, so the company developed a special computer application that generates the status report and faxes it directly to the customer..."

To view the entire article, please visit the website www.comnews.com.

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