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Sleigh Bells are Ringing, Santa is Coming and Avaya is Helping You Track His Journey to Your Town

Avaya (NYSE: AVYA), a global leader in solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration, today announced its Avaya OneCloud™ contact center solutions are enabling kids around the world to follow Santa Claus as he spreads joy on his journey Christmas Eve.

Avaya is supporting the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Operations Center at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as they monitor Santa’s whereabouts along his busy travel route. NORAD uses AI-powered Avaya OneCloud CCaaS (Contact Center as a Service) – to engage in real-time with millions of children, of all ages, anxiously wanting to know where Santa is and when he might reach their homes.

The 66th annual NORAD Tracks Santa provides updates along the route as Santa soars through the sky Christmas Eve through Christmas Day on his sleigh with nine reindeer guiding the way. Last year, despite a minimally staffed operations center to keep members safe during the pandemic, 175 volunteers answered over 20,000 calls searching for Santa’s location. Available in eight languages, more than 11 million users visited the NORAD Tracks Santa website last year. At least 12.3 million Amazon Alexa device users asked, “Hey, Alexa. Where’s Santa?” and more than 12,000 OnStar subscribers requested to track Santa.

This year due to the pandemic, only a limited number of volunteers including Avaya employees, will be onsite answering the NORAD Tracks Santa toll-free number, 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723), on Dec. 24 at 4 a.m. MST through 12 a.m. MST, Christmas Day. NORAD will again utilize a virtual calling center this year to allow more volunteers to answer calls. However, due to the expected high call volume, any callers who are unable to reach a volunteer will receive a recorded update on Santa's current location. The NORAD Tracks Santa website will showcase Santa’s North Pole Village, which offers a holiday countdown, games, movie theater, holiday music, a web store, and more.

Avaya OneCloud helps volunteers carefully monitor Santa’s travels and ensure his safety using radar, satellites, planes, and ‘Santa Cams’ strategically positioned worldwide. Volunteers share that information with callers as Santa soars through the night sky across the globe. The same Avaya Government Solutions used by NORAD Tracks Santa is also deployed by other government agencies. As a result, it has been extensively tested by the Department of Defense Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and is certified to be ‘Santa-ready.’

“Avaya has provided its contact center solution for over a decade making it easy to connect everything and share Santa’s journey,” said Jerry Dotson, VP, Avaya Government Solutions. “Our participation in what has become a family tradition for millions around the world is something we look forward to every year as do employees who volunteer answering calls from excited children, of all ages, anxiously awaiting Santa.”

According to NORAD, the call center is the heart of its Tracks Santa program – one that has become a multi-generational tradition for families. “We appreciate Avaya’s support helping the program continue to expand each year,” said Preston Schlachter, NORAD Tracks Santa Program Manager. “This has become a multi-generational tradition with families. We receive heartwarming feedback about this being one of people’s favorite activities to participate in long after their kids become adults.”

The NORAD Tracks Santa website and app (available in the Apple store and Google Play) feature family-friendly games, videos, and information about Santa. Details about Santa’s travels will also be available on December 24 through social media, including,,, and

Learn more about how to Avaya OneCloud can create better customer experiences through intelligent connections here.

About Avaya Government Solutions

Avaya Government Solutions offers communication and collaboration solutions to support citizens, government employees and warfighters. With our technology and professional services team, agencies can bring the right people together with the right information at the right time. For more information, visit

About Avaya

Businesses are built by the experiences they provide, and everyday millions of those experiences are delivered by Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA). Avaya is shaping what's next for the future of work, with innovation and partnerships that deliver game-changing business benefits. Our cloud communications solutions and multi-cloud application ecosystem power personalized, intelligent, and effortless customer and employee experiences to help achieve strategic ambitions and desired outcomes. Together, we are committed to help grow your business by delivering Experiences that Matter. Learn more at

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Source: Avaya Newsroom


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