Healthcare provider UPMC selects Alcatel-Lucent's IP and optical networking technology in response to 'big data' evolution

Tue Mar 5, 2013 11:30am EST

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Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS core router and 100G solutions to enable UPMC to deliver
critical data, video and voice services to more than 20 hospitals, 3,400 doctors
and over 55,000 employees
NEW ORLEANS,  March 5, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- HIMSS 2013  -- Almost no other
industry uses data like healthcare and the evolution to 'Big Data' has prompted
UPMC, the top ranked healthcare provider in  Western Pennsylvania  in  the
United States, to apply IP and optical networking technology from Alcatel-Lucent
(Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to upgrade its information network to leverage
the large sets of complex data gathered daily.

Today at HIMSS, the annual healthcare information technology conference,
Alcatel-Lucent (booth #1469) announced that it has been selected by UPMC to
deploy a new network to provide critical communications services to hospitals,
doctors' offices and other sites throughout  Western Pennsylvania  using
Alcatel-Lucent's recently introduced  7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS)  -
the industry's most powerful Internet protocol (IP) core router. The agreement
will also include the supply of advanced  100G (100 gigabit-per-second)
fiber-optic technology.

Key Facts:

* UPMC  is  Western Pennsylvania's leading health system with more than 20
hospitals, 3,400 doctors and over 55,000 employees.  
* UPMC is a recognized leader in the application of information technology to
revolutionize patient care and improve safety through services such as
telemedicine and cloud-based services.  
* Adoption of 'big data' solutions such as multi-site 'Metro WANs' by healthcare
institutions like UPMC can contribute to better point-of-care decisions, fewer
readmissions, and operational improvements, pushing beyond current bandwidth
* Alcatel-Lucent is supplying UPMC with its new  7950 XRS  family - based on the
 400G FP3  chipset which brings a huge boost in capacity, efficiency and
flexibility to the heart of IP networks, while slashing power consumption and
increasing cost-efficiency.  
* Belgacom  and  Telefonica  recently announced deployment of 7950 XRS, which
was awarded the prize of  Best New Product (Telecom)byLight Reading  in 
November 2012.
* The UPMC build-out will also include Alcatel-Lucent's proprietary optical
coherent technology, the  1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS).  
* The PSS uses Alcatel-Lucent's Photonic Service Engine (PSE), a 400G chip that
dramatically enhances the capacity, intelligence and flexibility of data
network's such as UPMC's.


William Hanna, Vice President, Technical Services, Information Services Division
of UPMC said: "Here at UPMC we see our network as a vital tool to support our
mission - providing our patients with world-class healthcare. Our ongoing
network modernization is ensuring that we remain at the forefront of healthcare
innovation. This new project with Alcatel-Lucent, the latest step in our
long-standing collaboration, will enable us to not only increase the capacity of
our network, but to make our entire enterprise smarter and more efficient, and
ultimately improve patient care throughout the UPMC system."

Michel Emelianoff, President, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise said: "The 'big data'
needs of large-scale enterprises such as UPMC are breaking down the barriers
between traditional IT systems and communications networks. This project with
UPMC offers a great example of how advanced IP and fiber optic technologies can
enhance the operations of enterprises in a wide array of fields. We are
particularly thrilled to play such a critical role in bringing improved
healthcare services to the communities that UPMC serves."

Additional Information

* Product web site:
* Photos:   Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS family:
* General  ALU Flickr  link:
* Videos, slides and more from the Annual Tech Symposium:
* Blog: Alcatel-Lucent's New Core Router: off to a big start

About UPMC

UPMC  is a  $10 billion  global health enterprise with more than 55,000
employees headquartered in  Pittsburgh, Pa., and is transforming health care by
integrating more than 20 hospitals, 400 doctors' offices and outpatient sites, a
health insurance services division, and international and commercial services.
Affiliated with the  University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences,
UPMC ranked No. 10 in the prestigious  U.S. News & World Report  annual Honor
Roll of America's Best Hospitals in 2012-and No. 1 in Pennsylvania-with 15 adult
specialty areas ranked for excellence. UPMC is redefining health care by using
innovative science, technology and medicine to invent new models of accountable,
cost-efficient and patient-centered care. For more information, go to

About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments
around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of
networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is
home to  Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost research centers, responsible
for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry.  

Alcatel-Lucent innovations are regularly recognized by international
institutions for their positive impact on society. In 2012 and for the second
year running, Alcatel-Lucent was named one of the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global
Innovators, recognition for the company's continued addition to its world-class
patent portfolio, one of the largest in the telecom industry. Alcatel-Lucent has
also been recognized for its sustainability performance.  In 2012 the company
was ranked Technology Supersector Leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Through its innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more
sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission of
Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.

With operations throughout the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with
global reach. The Company achieved revenues of  Euro 14.4 billion  in 2012 and
is incorporated in  France  and headquartered in  Paris.  

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