Next-generation firewall vendor appoints first partner in Japan
Clavister, a leader in high performance, high availability network security, has announced an agreement with MIRAIT, a leading ICT integrator, to be its first partner in Japan.
Clavister wanted to extend its footprint into Japan as it is recognised as one of the most advanced mobile markets globally. The partnership agreement will see MIRAIT delivering Clavister’s network security solutions to enterprises, cloud providers, mobile operators and telecoms companies, and providing ongoing technical support and management.
Shigeru Yanagisawa, Director, MIRAIT said: “Clavister’s suite of security solutions for both physical and virtual environments will be a valuable addition to our portfolio. In particular, Clavister’s expertise in LTE and 4G network security will complement our solutions and services which will provide a mutually exciting opportunity for this region.”
Shinobu Färnlöf, Worldwide Channel Manager, Clavister AB said: “The channel is an incredibly important route to market for Clavister. In MARAIT we have the right partner to enter the Japanese market. With its knowledge of the local market and expertise in delivering security solutions coupled with our technology, we will establish ourselves as a leading provider of network security solutions to mobile operators and enterprises. ”
Clavister’s solutions range from the E5, an entry level next-generation firewall (NGFW) in a desktop-sized package, to the Virtual Series Gateways that enable the highest levels of throughput, offering six nines (99.9999%) availability for carrier-grade security in the most demanding network environments. Clavister recently introduced a range of solutions for mobile network operators to secure 4G and LTE networks, enabling mobile network operators to secure their networks against cyberattacks and data interception.
Clavister is a member of Intel’s Network Builders program (networkbuilders.intel.com), a cross-industry initiative that enables telcos to build and manage business-critical infrastructures, with lower capital and operating costs. In 2013, global industry analyst Frost & Sullivan gave Clavister its ‘Product Quality Leadership Award’ for the performance, design and simplicity of its NGFW solutions. • 3/14
MIRAIT Corporation (MIRAIT), a leading ICT integrator in Japan, has conducted business creating communication infrastructures for over half a century as partners of telecommunications carriers. MIRAIT Holdings, its parent company, had net sales of 271 billion yen in the FYE March 2013, growing into the industry's leading groups. • The Group conducts business in a wide range of areas including ICT, the environment and energy, based on the creation of communication infrastructure (fixed communication and mobile communication) that is its main business, accounts for about 70% of net sales. • With nationwide business expansion and multi-carrier compatibility, MIRAIT is actively expanding new growing markets, such as network security, cloud solution and other innovative areas.
Clavister is a leading security provider for fixed, mobile and virtual network environments. Its award-winning solutions give enterprises, cloud service providers and telecoms operators the highest levels of protection against current and new threats, and unmatched reliability. Clavister’s performance in the security sector was recognised in 2013 with the 2012 Product Quality Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan. The company was founded in Sweden in 1997, with its solutions available globally through its network of channel partners. • Clavister is a member of Intel’s Network Builders program (networkbuilders.intel.com), a cross-industry initiative that enables telcos to build and manage business-critical infrastructures, with lower capital and operating costs.
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced that the development of the next generation of USB connector has begun. The new USB Type-C connector, built initially on existing USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 technologies, is being developed to help enable thinner and sleeker product designs, enhance usability and provide a growth path for performance enhancements for future versions of USB. This supplement to the USB 3.1 specification is anticipated to be completed by the middle of next year.
Key characteristics of the USB Type-C connector and cable solution include:
As the new USB Type-C plug and receptacle will not directly mate with existing USB plugs and receptacles (Type-A, Type-B, Micro-B, etc.), the Type-C specification will define passive new-to-existing cables and adapters to allow users to use their existing products.
“While USB technology is well established as the favored choice for connecting and powering devices, we recognize the need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “The new Type-C connector will fit well with the market’s direction and affords an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB.”
“Intel is excited to see the development of the new thin Type-C connector as it will enable an entirely new super thin class of devices from phones to tablets, to 2-in-1s, to laptops to desktops and a multitude of other more specific usage devices,” said Alex Peleg, Vice President, Platform Engineering Group. “This new industry standards-based thin connector delivering data, power and video is the only connector one will need across all devices.”
“The new Type-C connector furthers USB´s lead in addressing customer desire for more flexibility and higher performance,” said Roland Sperlich, TI Consumer and Computing Interface Product Line Manager. “This allows USB to increase performance and continue to deliver ease of use to several evolving product categories for years to come.”
The USB Type-C specification is targeted for industry review during the first quarter of 2014 and a final specification is expected to be published by the middle of 2014. Further information regarding the specification and plans for pre-release industry reviews will be provided via the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) website. • 12/13
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprised of Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Renesas Electronics and Texas Instruments, developed the USB 3.0 Specification that was released in November 2008. In addition to maintaining and enhancing this specification, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group develops specification addendums to extend or adapt its specifications to support more platform types or use cases where adopting USB 3.0 technology will be beneficial in delivering a more ubiquitous, richer user experience. • The non-profit USB Implementers Forum, Inc. was formed to provide a support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of USB technology. The USB-IF facilitates the development of high-quality compatible USB devices through its logo and compliance program, and promotes the benefits of USB and the quality of products that have passed compliance testing. Further information, including postings of the most recent product and technology announcements, is available by visiting the USB-IF website at www.usb.org.
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced a partnership program with oDesk, the world's largest online workplace, to promote workforce development initiatives for Linux and Open Source professionals.
This partnership will connect Open Source talent through oDesk's job marketplace platform and enable LPIC candidates to display their official LPIC badges on their oDesk® profiles.
"LPI's fundamental mandate is to promote the careers of Linux and Open Source professionals. This initiative with oDesk is ideal in this regard as it demonstrates how wider industry players recognize the value of IT certification in recruiting highly-skilled personnel. We know that the jobs are out there and with partners such as oDesk we can assure potential employers of the quality of the workforce they require for their mission-critical technology needs," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI. Mr. Lacey added that when oDesk initially approached LPI their online service had thousands of contract opportunities for IT professionals skilled in Linux and Open Source technologies and that these opportunities have steadily grown in just a few short months.
oDesk's initiative with LPI allows for free registration of LPI alumni in various groups corresponding to specific certification levels — LPIC-1, LPIC-2, and LPIC-3. This enables businesses to hire IT professionals by level of LPI certification. LPI alumni who register and work on oDesk® will also benefit from a payment guarantee on hourly jobs. “Our partnership with LPI helps certified professionals distinguish themselves on oDesk and gain access to more jobs, while helping businesses make better hiring decisions by connecting them with vetted, high-quality Linux talent,” said Matt Gniadek, oDesk’s Head of Business Development. “We’re excited to grow our partnership with LPI and bring the Open Source projects currently available on oDesk to the LPI community.” • 5/13
For more information on LPI's initiative with oDesk® see: http://www.lpi.org/partnerships/jobs For more information on oDesk's service see the following: - "Hiring" Organizations: https://www.odesk.com/info/howitworks/client/ - Contractors/Freelancers: https://www.odesk.com/info/howitworks/contractor/ The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 5,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 350,000+ exams and 120,000+ LPIC certifications around the world.
The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.
oDesk® is the world’s largest online workplace, enabling businesses and freelancers to work together on demand via the Internet. By using technology to remove the barriers of traditional hiring, oDesk’s platform aligns businesses’ talent needs with freelancers’ desire to work when and where they want, on projects of their choosing. More than 35M hours were worked on oDesk in 2012. oDesk® is a registered trademark of oDesk Corporation.
New Vess A2000 Series Delivers Unbeatable Performance While Dramatically Reducing the Costs and Complexity of Video Surveillance Deployments
PROMISE Technology, Inc., a leader in developing high-performance RAID storage solutions that solve the unique challenges customers face in the video surveillance market, today announced the availability of the Vess A2000 Series, a line of high performance NVR storage appliances for midsize to large-scale IP video surveillance deployments. The Vess A2000 Series is a dynamic solution designed for installations of up to over one hundred full-HD IP cameras, making it perfect for industries such as gaming, banking, museums, manufacturing, retail and more.
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Designed for easy maintenance and serviceability, the Vess A2000 Series greatly reduces support and equipment costs because there is no separate RAID storage unit to manage, eliminating the need for a server, controller cards, external cables, and a separate storage enclosure. As a fully certified solution optimized for surveillance video recording, the Vess A2000 Series dramatically reduces the costs and complexity of video surveillance deployments. Additionally, customers can easily add capacity as their surveillance needs grow with PROMISE’s Vess R2000 external storage series.
“The Vess A2000 series is an excellent option for customers and security integrators who need a reliable solution that maximizes cost efficiency and security and can safeguard days or months of surveillance video,” said James Lee, CEO, PROMISE Technology. “PROMISE’s Vess A2000 Series greatly simplifies set up, reduces the integration challenges and provides reliable and stable performance for video surveillance recording, making it ideal for a wide range of environments where video surveillance is essential.”
PROMISE Technology, a Milestone Solution Partner, is showcasing the new Vess A2000 at ISC West 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 10 – 12 at the Milestone Pavilion, booth #20053. Attendees of ISC West can see hands-on demonstrations of the Vess A2000 Series and discover how PROMISE can help maximize their security investment. • 3/13
PROMISE Technology is a recognized global leader in storage industry and the leading innovator in RAID technology providing a complete range of vertically integrated storage solutions targeting data center, cloud, surveillance, rich media markets and much more. Catering to enterprise, mid-range, entry-level and consumer data management needs, PROMISE products are distinguished by their Unified Common RAID Core, management software and unparalleled support. PROMISE Technology is an ISO-9001:2008 and ISO-14001:2004 certified manufacturer with sales and support teams and operations throughout the Americas, EMEA, and APAC regions providing unparalleled service and support to customers around the globe.
Malaga, Spain. 26th February, 2013. AT4 wireless, a global test authority, has enabled the industry’s major wireless carriers through the development of test acceptance processes, test cases, and test plans defining critical benchmaerking criteria for Wi-Fi infrastructure elements and terminals.
The AT4 wireless service offering, within its Carrier Business Unit (CBU), expands the current portfolio of test and certification services into the end to end performance arena. AT4 wireless is currently building on its advanced end to end quality of service (QoS) testing solutions for carriers adding portable internet based testing solutions, covering all major markets worldwide.
AT4 wireless has evolved conventional laboratory testing to virtual, portable test solutions. The Quality of Experience QoE testing as perceived by the end wireless user, is a key differentiating factor for operators and vendors. AT4 wireless has incorporated capabilities to measure KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and the QoS of popular applications, features, and end to end functionality producing empirical supporting test data. This data is used to augment and create acceptance programs focused on retention of satisfied customers. Virtual and portable test programs will continue to facilitate ease of deployment for M2M and critical wireless data business/enterprise applications.
Applications dependant on important variables such as end to end throughput, packet loss, one-way delay, jitter or delay variation, etc., should be exposed as the product is being developed and brought to market. AT4 wireless has knowledge and experience to develop test programs covering these key aspects by integrating off the shelf and proprietary AT4 wireless testing tools, which allow our clients to take advantage of test automation, structured processes and empirical test data to implement test programs dedicated to the carriers wireless business needs.
“The tests performed by AT4 wireless are being executed either in a controlled laboratory environment or in an over the air end to end network. AT4 wireless’ test programs enable service providers to optimize network performance and thereby improve quality, performance and control cost within their network and service offerings. We will continue to focus on our carriers’ needs to provide advanced data and voice test services by objectively enhancing the end user experience” declares Bryan Mikesh, AT4 wireless, Inc, (COO). • 2/13
ASIA’S LARGEST IT & CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW REVEALS SALES FIGURES & OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSES IN CHINA
China’s 2012 IT Sales Reached $1.78 Trillion • China Manufactures over 50% of World’s Mobile Phones, Computers, & TVs • China Produces World’s Largest Volume of Electronic Components & Parts
The China Information Technology Expo - CITE 2014 http://eng.citexpo.org, the largest IT and consumer electronics show in Asia held April 10-12, 2014 in Shenzhen, China, revealed today sales information and opportunities for U.S. and international businesses wishing to enter the Asian marketplace.
The sales information was announced at an exclusive press event by Chinese government officials, Chinese business executives, and entrepreneurs.
Mr. An Xiaopeng, Deputy Director General of the IT Industry Department, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), said that China’s IT sales revenue reached $1.78 trillion and China manufactures over 50% of the world’s mobile phones, computers, and TVs.
Mr. Xiaopeng also said that China produces the world’s largest volume of electronic components and parts and has become the world’s hub for manufacturing, R & D, and procurement for the global consumer electronics and IT industry. See Xiaopeng’s full speech presented at the CITE 2014 press conference held at CES here, Powerpoint presentation here.
China has 1.2 Billion Mobile Phone Users & 500 Million Internet Users, 270 Million Online Shoppers
At the press conference, Mr. Xiaopeng added that China has the largest number of mobile phone users in the world at 1.2 billion and the largest number of Internet users at 500 million, with 270 million shopping online and 132 million setting up travel plans online. On one day alone, on November 11th, 2013 (a day named by Chinese youth as “Online Shopping Day” – like Black Friday/Cyber Monday in the U.S.), $5.6 billion worth of sales were made on Alibaba.com’s e-commerce platform. The Alibaba site attracted 17 million shoppers at peak time, resulting in 188 million transactions and 152 million shipments.
China Sold 340 Million Smartphones in 2013 – WeChat.com Signs Up 600 Million Users in 3 Years
As the world’s largest smartphone and smart TV market, China’s 2013 sales for smartphones were approximately 340 million units, an 83% increase over 2012, with smart TV sales at approximately 20 million (a 109% increase). All this data establishes China as the biggest global electronics and information product marketplace in the world, with great potential for U.S. and international companies to expand their businesses overseas. Another example of China’s potential is WeChat.com, a social networking application developed by China’s largest Internet company, Tencent. WeChat has already amassed over 600 million users in just three years.
CITE 2014 Helps U.S. & International Companies Profit from the Large Asian Marketplace
U.S. and international companies can profit from this large Asian marketplace potential by gaining business contacts and Asian information at CITE 2014. Scheduled for April 10-12, 2014 at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center in Shenzhen, China, the 2nd annual CITE 2014 is the place to grow business and showcase the latest IT and consumer electronics technologies, products and innovation from around the world. Jointly organized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the Shenzhen Municipal Government of P.R. China, CITE 2014 features over 100,000 square meters (approximately 320,000 square feet) of show floor space with over 100,000 attendee and over 1,500 exhibitors, new products and technologies, including the latest new technology advancements from China. In addition, there will be industry forums and seminars on the top 30 hot topics, including China’s industry chain, 4G, smartphones, smart TVs, wearable technologies, security systems and cloud computing.
CITE 2014 provides a unique opportunity for U.S. companies to showcase their new brands, technologies, and innovations to Chinese and Asian distributors and the emerging Chinese marketplace with a new American Pavilion. Unlike other Asian trade shows that focus on selling Chinese products to U.S. companies, CITE is geared to help U.S. companies sell their products into the Asian market, by organizing the attendance of numerous high quality Chinese distributors and dealers and providing on-site business matchmaking programs in a “one on one” format, with qualified supplier introduction meetings, purchase preferences, and supply meetings.
New in 2014, CITE is launching Exhibit Zones to assist exhibitors with optimal booth locations, with zones focusing on mobile smart devices, computers, networking equipment, digital audio/video devices, software/apps, information services, the internet, cloud computing, integrated circuits, flat panel displays, LEDs, lithium batteries, solar energy, new electronic components and materials, automotive, financial, and medical technologies.• 1/14
Media content protection segment • August 2013
Total revenues and other operating income for the first half year increased by CHF 1.9 million to CHF 390.2 million, in spite of the divestiture of Abilis, a Group entity sold on December 13, 2012. Sales of SmarDTV devices as well as NagraID Security display cards were among the key drivers supporting the top line.
While the European crisis and weak consumer sentiment continued to affect the European Digital TV business, the American Digital TV business posted a 12.1% growth. Both the South American and the North American markets contributed to the strong regional performance. In North America, a large number of new smart cards delivered to Dish Network underpinned the top line, while a further expansion of Group’s footprint in South America enabled continued strong performance in that region. Nagra’s footprint continues to expand with the win of Racsa, the largest Costa Rican telecom company, selecting Nagra’s hosted Medialive multiscreen over-the-top service. Furthermore, Telefonica’s middleware roll-out is progressing according to plan, with the deployment of OpenTV5 starting in Chile. Telefonica Chile also starts leveraging SmarDTV’s highly cost optimized and pre-integrated set-top boxes.
Similarly, SkiData performed well in the American market, posting 46.5% growth, with strong momentum both in North America and South America, including in particular first installations in Peru, Columbia and Uruguay, as well as contracts for airport parking projects in Chile and Uruguay.
IMPROVED OPERATING INCOME AND NET INCOME
Following the successful completion of the 2011-2012 restructuring program, the Group reports a CHF 16.9 million operating income compared to the CHF 2.5 million operating loss in the first half of 2012. In the first half of last year, operating expenses included CHF 19.8 million of restructuring costs. This first half’s operating income was comparable to the first half 2012 operating income before restructuring costs, in spite of the ongoing investments in cyber security. The Group turned the CHF 9.7 million net loss for the first half 2012 into a CHF 10.3 million net income for the first half of this year, improving net profits by CHF 20.0 million.
Following previous periods’ cost saving, in the last six months the number of employees has grown by 106, among others as a consequence of the ongoing investment in the Group’s cyber security business and SkiData further insourcing of its software development activities.
SOLID CASH FLOW GENERATION
Cash flows were strong in this first half. The Group generated CHF 51.9 million cash from operating activities, compared to CHF 26.3 million in the first half 2012. The Group used CHF 11.3 million of cash for investing activities, compared to CHF 11.8 million in the prior year’s first half, reflecting the Group’s tight management of capital expenditures. The Group used CHF 61.1 million for the reimbursement of bank overdrafts, long term loans and other non-current liabilities.
STREAM OF NEW WINS IN ASIAN DIGITAL TV MARKET
In Asia, the Group continues to extend its footprint, benefiting from a stream of new contract wins.
In the Chinese market, the Group is in the process of deploying its Video on Demand solution suite in the first of eight cities in the Guangdong province. Moreover, the Group entered into an agreement with Shandong Cable, one of the largest cable operators in the world, for the deployment of Nagra CAS and is starting head-end deployments in 17 cities of the Shandong province as of this fall. Further, Nagra continues to extend its leadership in the Taiwanese market, with NanKuo cable selecting the latest generation Nagra CAS. In Mongolia, Sansar Cable and DDishTV selected a complete pre-integrated Nagra solution consisting of Nagra CAS, SmarDTV devices and OpenTV middleware for their cable and satellite networks.
Following a strong 2012 with the deployment of over a million iDecode-based devices with embedded security, Nagra continues to expand its footprint in the Indian digital cable market, entering into an agreement with GTPL. GTPL, a large cable operator in western India formerly using a third party CAS system, is initially deploying Nagra CAS on 700’000 digital set-top boxes.
INTERNET TV GAINING TRACTION
The Group Internet TV solutions continue to progress steadily. In the US, the Group further extended the scope of its partnership with Dish Network, supporting Dish’s streaming and side-loading services with the Nagra PRM solution. The supported streaming service allows content streaming from a home gateway to mobile devices, using Echostar’s Sling technology, while side loading allows the transfer of content to mobile devices, with Nagra providing the security functionality for both services.
As a foundation for the continuous evolution of their content portfolio including the recent launch of BT Sport, British Telecom are protecting their IP multicast TV service with Nagra integrated CAS.
In the French market, Nagra is expanding the scope of its security portfolio with Canal+ Group. Canal selected Nagra secure media player supporting a broad range of open devices.
Nagra Persistent Rights Management solution is also gaining traction with broadcasters. HBO Europe’s popular over-the-top service will be protected by Nagra’s PRM on connected TVs, PCs, smart phones and tablets in Central and Eastern Europe.
KUDELSKI SECURITY WELL ESTABLISHED IN CYBER SECURITY MARKET
Kudelski Security has established a strong presence in the cyber security market completing the first engagements for media, financial service and government institutions. Furthermore, Zurich Insurance Group selected Kudelski Security for the support of an innovative cyber insurance product.
CONFIRMED FULL YEAR TOP LINE AND PROFITABILITY GUIDANCE
For the second half of 2013, the Group expects favorable seasonality, similar to last year, in the Integrated Digital TV segment. In particular, the Group expects the positive momentum in the Asian Digital TV market to translate into a solid second half top line. In the Public Access segment, the Group expects that seasonality will be more pronounced than last year, resulting in a positive operating income and a growing top line for the full year. The Group confirms the full year guidance, with total revenues and other operating income between CHF 860 and 885 million and operating income between CHF 60 and 75 million. • 8/13
Research on the energy transition is one of the focal points of Research & Technology. The spectrum ranges from non-toxic, energy-efficient lamps to superconductors.
In Germany, 10 to 12 percent of electric power is used for lighting. Energy-efficient lamps can thus do a great deal for the energy transition. But many consumers reject the lighting decreed by Brussels because it contains mercury. Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Aachen University of Applied Sciences have achieved a coup that can change the future outlook: At Research & Technology (Hall 2, C 18), they are displaying the prototype for a mercury-free, energy-efficient, dimmable lamp.
“We’ve been working on this breakthrough for two years, and benefited strongly from progress in mobile phone and radio mast technology,” explains Dr. Rainer Kling of the KIT Light Technology Institute. "Economical and strong power amplifiers in the microwave range have been developed, and they are our ticket to the new generation of lamps." Thanks to new components, it is possible to place the control electrodes outside the bulb. In the new lamp, the mercury is replaced by iodine and bromine halides of various metals. “Since then we’ve brought the mercury content below detectable levels,” Kling said. "With improvements in the semiconductor amplifier, we want to increase the light yield to 60 lumens per watt.“
The German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU) is also showcasing innovations for the energy transition in Hall 2. Together with the Association of the Superconductor Industry, it is presenting potential applications and funding options for superconductor technology from 5 to 6 p.m. on 9 April on the VDI stage (Stand D 36). Five small- to medium-sized companies are represented on the DBU joint stand, C 58. The "Open Source" energy system, presented by WS Wärmeprozesstechnik GmbH, produces distributed electrical power tailored to market needs with a FLOX fuel cell cogeneration unit as well as photovoltaic modules. Postberg+Co.-Druckluftcontrolling GmbH has developed a CAE manager to reduce energy use in compressed-air systems. ecc Repenning GmbH is displaying lithium storage cells for the distributed storage of renewable energy, and JPM Silicon GmbH shows how to produce metallurgical-grade silicon in microwave ovens in a low-energy process. In addition, Dr. Laure Plasmatechnologie GmbH is presenting an efficient plasma process for extracting silicon.
The Fraunhofer Academy is providing an entirely different contribution to the energy transition. With the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology and the University of Kassel, it has developed a new course of studies to accompany students‘ work activities: an online master’s degree in wind energy systems (Hall 2, Stand D 18). • 3/13