Ford Otosan Powers Auto Plant Communications in Turkey with Nortel IP Solutions
Turkish Automaker Converges Networks Across Three Locations
DECEMBER 06, 2005, ISTANBUL, Turkey - Ford Otosan, one of the largest automobile manufacturers in Turkey, has converged its voice and data communications across three manufacturing locations with IP-based technologies from Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT].
The new network gives Ford Otosan a highly secure, high-speed infrastructure supporting all of its manufacturing functions. These functions range from design and production to business processes and include internal communication tools for employees such as IP telephony, email and video conferencing. Ford Otosanís new network infrastructure was able to increase manufacturing productivity and employee efficiency, enabling 24/7 production due to its seamless and redundant design across all sites.
The network was deployed by KoÁ Sistem and Merpa, two solution partners of Nortel Netas, Nortelís subsidiary in Turkey. Ford Otosan has three major locations in Turkey - the manufacturing facility in Kocaeli, spare parts warehouse in Kartal and cargo truck plant in Eskisehir. The new network serves approximately 2,500 users.
ďReliable and secure communications for our manufacturing operations is critical to maintaining the production rate of one vehicle per hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,Ē said Faik Kuter, IT Manager, Operation & Network, Ford Otosan. ďThe slightest failure in communications serving any of our three plants would instantly disrupt our manufacturing and negatively impact our operational costs. With Nortelís depth of experience in converged IP networks, we trust that we have deployed the most reliable technology on the market today.Ē
Cenk Alper, Leader Enterprise Solutions, Nortel Netas, said, ďWe worked very hard to understand each element in Ford Otosanís Turkish operations to ensure the final solution was specially designed to meet their communication needs. It is a demanding environment that requires the kind of high-performance, highly reliable infrastructure that Nortel delivers to its customers around the world.Ē
Ford Otosanís new distributed backbone infrastructure includes an independently operated and redundant PBX system to take over and re-route any communication in the network in case of an emergency.
The Ford Otosan network includes Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600, Ethernet Switch 470, and Communication Server 1000M, as well as CallPilot* unified messaging system.
About Ford Otosan
Having activities since 1959, Ford Otosan is present in the all main segments of the Turkish automobile market with its wide range of products. Providing service to consumers by 66 3S (sale, service and spare parts) and 46 2S (service and spare parts) dealers across Turkey, Ford Otosan is the sector leader by the 15% market share obtained in 2004. Having increased its overall production by 80% in 2004 compared to 2003, Ford Otosan exported 139,111 of 206,741 vehicles manufactured in 2004. Totally, 255,204 vehicles have been exported and sold locally. www.ford.com.tr **
Having undersigned turn key global projects in voice and data transmission by its team composed of electronic, computer and communication engineers, Merpa Communication constructs the converged systems of the future. The company provides products with excellent features by continuously expanding its product range in line with the recently developed technologies and new customer requirements. www.merpa.com.tr **
About KoÁ Sistem
The largest and the oldest information technology company with domestic capital, KoÁ Sistem Information and Communication Services intend to add value to their shareholders continuously. Capable of meeting any requirements of enterprises in information technologies domain, the company is the largest system integrator in information sector in Turkey. Having established strategic partnerships with important technology leaders worldwide, KoÁ Sistem provides unconditioned customer satisfaction thanks to service centers across Turkey. www.kocsistem.com.tr **
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