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Network's dual gains: speed, savings.

NETWORK'S DUAL GAINS: SPREED, SAVINGS

Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund (ATIF) cut costs 20% and improved response time 75% on its Florida-wide voice and data network.

The Orlando-based company put its network onto the Co-Net network of National Integrated Support Systems to gain the benefits.

ATIF wanted a sophisticated digital network for combined voice and data, to replace its analog setup. Its affiliation with Co-Net gives ATIF the flexibility of its own private network, while letting it share network resources and excess capacity.

"The network provided us a consierable increase in the work it handled, at least 20% increase in throughput, and a 75% decrease in network response time," says Don Johnson, ATIF telecommunications manager.

The move changed ATIF's network from a cost center to a resource. Anticipated 10% to 15% increases in network costs have been avoided.

The network features 12 Racal-Milgo Omnimux 8000 T1 multiplexer nodes, Communications Management Series (CMS) 56 kb/s time division voice-data subnode multiplexers, and CMS 556 digital service units. The T1 nodes are connected by Advanced Telecommunications fiber-optic circuits under a CoNet tariff.

Nodes are in Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland, Fort Myers, Miami, Pompano Beach, West Palm Beach, Daytona, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Pensacola.

The 56 kb/s digital circuits also connect adjoining cities such as Stuart, Naples, Clearwater, and Tavares to the T1 backbone hubs.

Law offices in cities and towns throughout Florida are connected to these points by local links.

As an example of the savings, ATIF now pays 10 or 11 cents a minute for traffic out of the West Palm Beach node. That traffic once cost 41 cents a minute.

Response time is much improved. Previously, a lawyer or ATIF clerk trying to obtain information or provide input to the main Orlando database might wait 8 to 10 seconds, or at times much longer.

Now the response takes less than a second.
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