Multiprotocol Label Switching Deployed by Signal Solutions Corp for Recology

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Recology (formerly Norcal Waste Systems) recently embarked on a major upgrade of its facilities and computing systems, including the deployment of an entirely new Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) communications platform at its 30 locations throughout northern California, a move to new corporate offices in San Francisco and the construction of a new data center and disaster recovery site in Sacramento. With a time frame of less than 4 months to accomplish all 3 tasks, Recology turned to Signal Solutions Corporation, a long time vendor and trusted partner, to provide the necessary infrastructure services needed.

Recology data center build out in Sacramento by Signal Solutions Corp

Signal Solutions teamed up with AT&T to install the equipment and circuits required to replace Recology's older frame relay network. Signal Solutions performed over 100 site visits throughout Recology's broad service region to survey, deploy, turn up and test the new MPLS network and a redundant backup system.

Services included the extension of MPLS and out of band modem circuits from the entrance facilities to the equipment rooms, installation of Cisco MPLS routers and attachment of the routers to the MPLS and local area networks. Prior to turn up, Signal Solutions field technicians tested all MPLS deployments in tandem with AT&T's test center engineers. Cut-over from the old frame relay network to the new MPLS network successfully took place without a hitch over one weekend.

To make sure that no location would ever go offline, AT&T provided a redundant connection to each site using its DSL services where available, and its 3G wireless network service where DSL was not available. This backup system provided a seamless cutover to either DSL or the 3G wireless network in the event of a MPLS circuit failure. Signal Solutions deployment services for the backup system included the extension of the DSL circuits (where available) from the entrance facilities to the equipment rooms, installation of AT&T Netgate 8100 routers, installation of 3G wireless cards when needed, attachment of the routers to the local area networks and functional testing of the redundant links by disconnecting the MPLS circuits.

In the midst of the MPLS deployment, Signal Solutions was tasked with installing a new Category 6 rated cabling system consisting of over 300 outlets and the construction of the corporate computer room at Recology's new corporate offices.

Concurrently, at the new Sacramento data center and disaster recovery site, Signal Solutions partnered with IBM Corporation to provide the necessary infrastructure services to interconnect the new computing and communications systems, including the installation of racking systems, 400+ Category 6A cables and fiber optic backbone systems.

According to Mike McLaughlin, Director of Information Technology at Recology: "We have relied on Signal Solutions for our voice and data connectivity needs for more than 20 years. With all the projects we had on our plate and the limited internal resources available to us, Signal Solutions was a logical choice to assist us, having time and again provided us with professional technical expertise, excellent service and quality workmanship at a reasonable price. All 3 projects were successfully completed on time and within budget. Once again, they proved to be the right choice."

About Signal Solutions Corporation:
Headquartered in Benicia, California, Signal Solutions provides a wide array of low voltage data, voice, audio/video and security infrastructure solutions. Specializing in wired and wireless connectivity design, installation and support services, the company serves the Bay Area and Northern California including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, Santa Rosa and the Napa Valley. Visit them online at, or call 1-800-TWISTED.


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