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HUNTSVILLE'S TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK ACHIEVES NATION'S FIRST

 HUNTSVILLE'S TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK ACHIEVES NATION'S FIRST
 HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- By July 1, South Central Bell's Huntsville metropolitan network will become the nation's first to have interconnected Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) service, the most advanced telecommunications network technology available.
 Almost immediately, ISDN users in the cities of Huntsville and Madison will be able to call any other ISDN user in that area, with the capability of simultaneous voice, data and video communications over a single telephone line.
 "With this capability, our Huntsville metropolitan network becomes one of the most technologically advanced in any city in the world," said Gary Pledger, South Central Bell's district manager. "Our five-year, $60 million investment in technology for Huntsville is paying off for our customers."
 ISDN is a major advance in telecommunications technology. Unlike traditional telephone service, ISDN provides not one, but three information-bearing channels on a single line. That makes it possible for users to move voice, data, video, facsimile and telemetry separately or simultaneously over one telephone line -- either copper or fiber optic cable.
 The impact of today's announcement was illustrated through a medical application of ISDN interconnection. Dr. Ira Denton, neurosurgeon and chief of staff of Crestwood Hospital in Huntsville, demonstrated two ways in which he has broken new ground with ISDN.
 "Because of the speed and capacity in which information can be sent over ISDN it offers tremendous advantages," Pledger said, "for high- speed and high-volume data transfer, work-at-home communications, distance learning, security applications and more. Denton's work with ISDN is a superb example of how technology can be used."
 "Physicians have used ISDN to send, receive and annotate X-rays and video images while talking with each other on the same line," Denton said. "At Crestwood, we've studied that and more. We've remotely participated in physical examinations and have even remotely transmitted and observed microneurosurgical procedures. ISDN has tremendous potential for cost-savings by providing access to specialists for practitioners and hospitals remotely located."
 Using South Central Bell's ISDN, Denton conducted a first-ever demonstration of remote access to a comprehensive medical records system called ORCHIDS(tm) (Office Records Charts Information Data System) from CapMed Systems. With ISDN and a personal computer, physicians can gain rapid access from home to patient medical records in their office. ORCHIDS and CapMed are trade names of CapMed Systems Corporation of Huntsville.
 Denton also used ISDN with the latest video compression technology to remotely view an examination conducted by a nurse practitioner. This videoteleconference application featured simultaneous two-way audio and video. Denton is carrying out a comprehensive study to determine which of the bandwidths offered by ISDN are most effective for transmitting surgical procedures and associated X-rays. Once completed, this study can be used as a guide to the development of similar systems by medical professionals worldwide.
 According to Pledger, ISDN has been available in the Huntsville area since 1989 when the U.S. Army at Redstone Arsenal became the company's first ISDN customer. Over 700 ISDN lines are currently in service.
 This is the second major telecommunications announcement in Huntsville in the past nine months. Last September the company completed an $8.2 million central office conversion making Huntsville one of the first major metropolitan areas in the United States to have a 100 percent digital telecommunications network.
 South Central Bell and Southern Bell are trade names of BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., with headquarters in Atlanta and Birmingham. These companies serve over 18 million local telephone lines in the southeastern United States, and provide local exchange and intraLATA long distance service over one of the most modern telecommunications networks in the world.
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