Panasonic Unified Communications & CatholicCare | Case Study

CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn has been serving its community since 1957. This year is their 60th anniversary of providing a wide range of help over a truly Australia-sized service area – this is its real benefit to the community and to the individuals that it serves, but is also one of its greatest challenges. By installing a suite of powerful Panasonic communication technologies, CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn has upped its game, and increased its ability to deal with the challenge of networking multiple locations while at the same time serving a wide variety of clients. Now, staff can log on and work from any phone in the network which results in a big jump in efficiency and level of client services.

“We needed a system that was easy to use and uniform across all staff and sites in its operation. With staff frequently required to work from various locations it was a logistical challenge with the previous equipment.”
– Jeremy Grainger, Senior Operations Manager, CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn

THE CHALLENGE

The CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn case presented two challenges:

  • A “mixed salad” of legacy equipment spread through 10 locations including 4 major sites and remote user locations which proved cumbersome to use and resulted in significant loss of operating revenue.
  • Two of the ten locations are main sites in different areas (Red Hill and Blackfriars Watson) which needed to be utilised by all staff to deliver the required support services to the various local communities, all with varying degrees of existing network infrastructure.

THE SOLUTION

The introduction of the latest Panasonic system brought with it myriad benefits including flexibility, efficiency, scalability and substantial cost savings. CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn also benefited from simplified system maintenance and management, plus flexibility for future expansion.

Panasonic Professional DECT Handset KX-TCA185

Panasonic Professional DECT Handset KX-TCA185

“Our key requirements were to provide savings through reducing the number of active services we had across all locations whilst updating and replacing the various ageing equipment we had installed over the years. Several systems were no longer supported and this was at considerable risk to the business services and operations.”
– Jeremy Grainger, Senior Operations Manager, CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn

THE IMPLEMENTATION

Panasonic Terminal KX-DT521 | Standard Digital Proprietary Telephone

Panasonic Terminal KX-DT521 | Standard Digital Proprietary Telephone

Sedcom, a certified Panasonic Unified Communications partner, assessed the needs and challenges as explained by CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn throughout the consultation process and provided a full end-to-end solution. The system installation took one month, including the configuration of new systems, data migration and testing. New systems were installed at four sites with terminals installed in parallel to minimise customer downtime. VoIP service was provisioned to test call quality and call handling across sites.

PRODUCTS SUPPLIED

THE RESULTS

Panasonic Professional DECT Handset KX-TCA185

Panasonic Professional DECT Handset KX-TCA185

Sedcom’s solution put in a powerful, feature-rich and practical system to integrate communications and support and allow timely response from staff and care givers. By offering a solution tailored to the needs of CatholicCare, Panasonic delivered both system improvements and major cost savings.
Immediate benefits included:

  • Platform standardisation offering a consistent user experience
  • Flexibility to support existing infrastructure where needed
  • Ability to manage call volume across multiple sites
  • Local fallover at larger sites
  • Simplified system maintenance and management
  • The use of latest technology with expansion capability
  • Major and extensive cost savings on network access
  • Greater productivity for mobile staff via “hot desking”
  • Substantial across-the-board savings
  • Scalability for CatholicCare’s future growth plans

“By reducing the number of network services our monthly telephone expenses have reduced, providing a greater return for the business on the investment.”
– Jeremy Grainger, Senior Operations Manager, CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn

As CatholicCare begin their next 60 years of service to the community, they can rest assured that they have the technical capability necessary to respond to the many vital human needs of the greater Canberra area.

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