National Geographic : 1979 Mar
HOW THE BELL SYSTEM OVERSEES 40 MILLION LONG DISTANCE CALLS ADAY. ON AN EASY DAY. The Network Operations Center, Bedminster, New Jersey. Part of the network status board, where NOC personnel watch for possible jam-ups. You are looking at the Bell System's Network Operations Center. Here, our technology and people work 24 hours a day to help your long distance calls go through quickly, effortlessly. When you make a long distance call, it has sev eral different routes it can take, automatically. But sometimes traffic gets particularly heavy. We can get a bottleneck. That's when the people of the Network Opera tions Center move in. Using the most advanced Bell System computer technology, they re-route the traf fic to get your call through. In round numbers, the Network Operations Center helps manage nearly 40 million calls, on a normal day. At busy times on busy days, the vol ume surges even higher. So come Christmas or Mother's Day, hurricane or high water, virtually every long distance call you make goes through quickly and easily. Thanks to all the people of the Bell System. No matter when you make your long distance call, the NOC stands ready to help it get through without a hitch. © Bell System Keeping your communications system the best in the world.