September 03, 2008

More than 15,000 Sprint users to benefit from additional wireless connectivity on campus

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 3, 2008--Students, faculty, staff and visitors at Vanderbilt University and Medical Center (VUMC) will now have additional wireless connectivity on campus. Sprint (NYSE:S), a long-time provider of wireless services to this campus, will provide an upgrade to the existing system, including additional network coverage on both the Nationwide Sprint Network and the Nextel National Network covering eight buildings on campus, an area of 3.8 million square feet.

In 2004, Sprint installed an in-building system throughout the medical center at the university, including four CDMA and two iDEN towers on campus, a Sprint retail location on-site, and a dedicated account sales and support team housed on the campus. Advancements in technology, infrastructure modifications, and upgrades at VUMC increased the demand for additional network capability on the campus.

With the new expansion of Sprint’s in-building solutions, VUMC employees and staff will have access to Sprint’s suite of differentiated solutions, including Sprint Mobile Broadband, Group Connect and Nextel Direct Connect.

The Vanderbilt Office of Emergency Communications (Flight Com), which operates much like a 911 dispatch center, will use Nextel handsets to dispatch and maintain two-way communications with internally tiered emergency response teams within the medical center. Those teams include trauma, STAT, RRT and paramedics. "The Nextel Direct Connect functionality allows dispatchers to simultaneously dispatch large groups of responders and support staff," explained Jeff Gray, communications manager for Vanderbilt LifeFlight and the office of Emergency Communications. "Previously all dispatch to these teams was done by pager. Responders now have reliable two-way communications with dispatch that allows for additional directions or resources."

Employees and staff will also have access to Sprint Integrated Office, a solution used in both the hospital and other areas of the university. For example, within a hospital setting this solution is used to contact a nurse on duty. It allows the call to roll over from one nurse to another in case no one answers. The last call number in the group terminates to a desk phone, ensuring no call goes unanswered and unattended.

"Continuous and reliable communications across a large campus is key to enhanced customer experience and worker productivity, thus making wireless connectivity a huge priority," says Darlene Braunschweig, vice president, Converged Network Solutions at Sprint. "At Sprint, we understand the needs of our customers and in return offer them a portfolio of converged solutions that meet their day-to-day operational requirements. This mutual understanding is the foundation of our continued strong partnership with Vanderbilt University and Medical Center."

Sprint is a leader in providing enhanced in-building and campus-wide network consulting, integration and fixed mobile convergence solutions. Sprint designs, deploys and maintains wireless networks and mobility solutions that deliver the productivity and efficiency of voice and data communications to virtually anywhere a business and its employees need them. The Converged Network Solutions team offers 24/7 technical support and manages all stages of the customer-deployment process, from the initial requirements assessment through installation and deployment with consultant-grade methods, procedures and tools. For more information about Sprint CNS, please visit

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