Spectrum Enterprise Strengthens Texas State Aquarium's Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Initiatives

By Greg Tavarez July 17, 2023

Marine conservation and research efforts are vital for preserving the rich biodiversity and stability of marine ecosystems. These ecosystems are home to a diverse array of species and play a key role in climate regulation, food security and economic prosperity. By protecting marine environments, humans safeguard the delicate balance of these ecosystems, ensure the availability of essential resources, and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Conservation efforts also contribute to sustainable fisheries management, supporting the livelihoods of fishing communities and maintaining the long-term availability of fish stocks. And scientific research in marine environments enhances the understanding of marine biology, behavior and the effects of human activities, informing effective conservation strategies and sustainable management practices.

By raising public awareness, these efforts inspire individuals to make informed choices and actively participate in preserving our precious marine resources.

The Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, Texas, is actively involved in marine conservation and research efforts. It participates in rescue and rehabilitation programs for injured marine animals, collaborates with other organizations for research projects and raises awareness about the importance of protecting marine ecosystems through its various exhibits and educational programs.

With at least 500,000 visitors to its mammal, bird and marine life exhibits each year (as well as its recently opened wildlife rescue center), the aquarium's team understands communications and connectivity are vital for its operations and conservation efforts. This prompted them to enhance wildlife rescue operations and improve on-site veterinary care by utilizing Spectrum (News - Alert) Enterprise’s technology solutions.

Spectrum Enterprise installed unified communications with RingCentral (News - Alert) and doubled the bandwidth capabilities of existing fiber internet access connections to meet the evolving needs of the aquarium, helping ensure that their digital infrastructure will be able to scale to address their future growth.

Spectrum Enterprise UC with RingCentral combines the capabilities of Spectrum Enterprise's network infrastructure with RingCentral's feature-rich UC platform. It offers businesses a scalable and flexible communication solution with integrated voice calling, video conferencing, team messaging and collaboration tools. The solution supports mobile and remote workforces, integrates with other business applications, prioritizes security and compliance, and provides 24/7 customer support.

Spectrum Enterprise UC with RingCentral enables aquarium employees to respond accordingly to inquiries from the public, including urgent calls for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

The increase in internet bandwidth across the aquarium’s facilities makes it easier for employees to manage data-intensive challenges, such as sea turtle migration monitoring, veterinary readouts and water-quality reporting.

“The connectivity and communications technology solutions provided by Spectrum Enterprise are critical for supporting our state-of-the-art veterinary equipment and emergency operations center,” said Jesse Gilbert, president and CEO, Texas State Aquarium. “The communications platform enables callers to reach out to our rescue operations team to report stranded and injured animals, and the expanded bandwidth and internet speed allow us to easily use data intensive equipment, like a CAT scan, to share images with veterinary experts anywhere in the world.”

Dino Perone, group vice president, mid-market for Spectrum Enterprise, echoes Gilbert.

“A reliable internet connection and a flexible, easy-to-use communications platform are prerequisites for most businesses, but these take on an even more critical role for organizations like the Texas State Aquarium that depend on these tools to keep wildlife safe,” said Perone.

Edited by Alex Passett
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