PITTSBURGH, PA, June 19, 2008 - Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX) today announced that the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A's, have selected Black Box Network Services to implement and maintain a ShoreTel® Pure IP Unified Communications solution for their front offices and Raley Field. The deployment provides the latest in IP Unified Communications for the 14,400 seat ballpark and supporting operations.
Understanding the River Cats' priorities to replace their existing Centrex services with a solution that could potentially lower their monthly telecommunications costs while providing improved flexibility and increased end-user productivity, Black Box Network Services proposed to install and maintain a full suite of ShoreTel UC solutions. ShoreTel is a leader in Unified Communications solutions and is well-known for its high customer satisfaction.
The facility-wide implementation included the corporate offices, ballpark suites, concessions, security, hospitality, grounds, locker rooms, dugouts and bullpens. The Sacramento River Cats expect this implementation to not only provide back-office operational efficiencies, but enhanced fan experiences as club employees are better able to communicate and collaborate with fans and suppliers.
"The communications solution that Black Box Network Services designed and implemented should offer significant savings on our monthly telecommunications costs. We expect to save as much as 50% of our previous monthly communication's costs" said Dan Vistica, River Cats' senior vice president and chief financial officer. "Maximizing our technology investments is always a priority, and utilizing our data network for voice communications allows us to control costs while improving employee productivity," he added.
"Black Box Network Services is committed to understanding our clients' objectives and implementing solutions that are designed to achieve those goals. After meeting with various departments including the executive team, marketing, engineering, entertainment and food services, we had a good understanding of what the River Cats needed. We reviewed our full portfolio and determined that a ShoreTel distributed unified communications solution could offer the River Cats exactly what they needed - the latest in Pure IP Unified Communications functionality, improved flexibility and productivity, and potentially lowered telecommunications costs," said Rick Gannon, Black Box Network Services regional general manager.
As a distributor of ShoreTel, Black Box Network Services deployed 170 ShoreTel ShorePhones®, voicemail, ShoreGear® voice switches, ShoreWare® Director, ShoreWare Personal Call Manager, and ShoreWare Operator Call Manager for the River Cats. Black Box Network Services continues to support the River Cats through an ongoing maintenance plan.
As the largest independent provider of communications and infrastructure solutions in the world, Black Box Network Services was able to meet the River Cats' need for a network cabling project in addition to the IP communications deployment. Black Box's unique portfolio of products and services offers clients, like the Sacramento River Cats, a single source for all of their communications, infrastructures, and product needs.
About the Sacramento River Cats
The Sacramento River Cats are the top minor league affiliate of the Oakland Athletics and play their home games at Raley Field in West Sacramento. Since the team's inception in 2000, the River Cats have led all of Minor League Baseball (nearly 200 teams) in attendance every year and have won three Pacific Coast League Championships (2003, 2004 and 2007). The Sacramento River Cats are an active member of the Sacramento and West Sacramento communities and are involved in countless philanthropic programs.
About Black Box
Black Box is the world's largest technical services company dedicated to designing, building and maintaining today's complicated data and voice infrastructure systems. Black Box services 175,000 clients in 141 countries with 188 offices throughout the world. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com.
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