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July 06, 2010

Keller Williams Realty Uses NEC's UNIVERGE Sphericall

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor


Keller Williams Realty, the third-largest residential real estate company in the United States has chosen NEC Corporation of America to decrease telecom expenses and connect hundreds of its mobile Realtors. The company will be making use of NEC's (News - Alert) UNIVERGE Sphericall to achieve this.

 
 Keller Williams Realty in Roseville, CA (News - Alert) has approximately 370 agents. The office used a costly hosted solution for three years, which created a number of challenges.
 
To connect mobile agents and lower costs, Keller Williams uses NEC's Sphericall communication solution. NEC's Sphericall reduced Keller Williams' expenses by $29,000 a month and provided ROI in less than a year, claims NEC. Also, allowing Keller Williams to easily manage three offices from a single location, Sphericall provides unified messaging, call forwarding and find me/follow me functionality and centralized management.
 
"Keller Williams Realty required a solution that would fulfill the communication needs of their agents while allowing them to use their existing IP office phones," said Larry Levenberg (News - Alert), vice president and general manager, national channel sales for NEC. "The Sphericall deployment not only allowed realtors to be more mobile and work more efficiently outside of the office, but also provided a smooth transition from the company's former communication solution"
 
With the help of Sphericall, realtors can choose where and how they need to communicate. They can also save the company money with this solution. Keller Williams Realty claims that the company has not been reprimanded in its budget reviews since this deployment and it no longer needs to have outages on a routine basis.
 
Recently, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Brazil has chosen RFID technology from NEC Brasil to meet the requirements and regulations of its market, NEC stated in a press release. Keeping the needs of hospitals in mind, NEC has installed the temperature control system of refrigerators and the location tracking for a pilot set of 500 pieces of medical equipment.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny


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