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Customers Hungry for Holiday Pies Get Prompt Response from Virtual PBX

Customers Hungry for Holiday PiesVICORP Restaurants Relies on Innovative Call Queuing System

To Ensure That Bakers Square and Village Inn Pie Fans Get Their Treats on Time


Virtual PBX®, the inventor and leading supplier of hosted business phone services, and VICORP Restaurants Inc., which operates Village Inn and Bakers Square restaurants, are working together to ensure that orders for award-winning pumpkin, French silk, pecan and apple pies are handled responsively this holiday season.


Village Inn and Bakers Square receive an incredibly high volume of calls to reserve pies during the busiest pie buying season of the year. Virtual PBX’s business phone system helps the restaurants provide top-notch customer service since callers won’t experience the frustrations of getting a busy signal when trying to reach their favorite pie shop. more

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TECH MAHINDRA, FANFARE DELIVER TEST AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS THROUGH GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP

MUMBAI, India, and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – December 9, 2008 – Tech Mahindra, a global systems integrator and leading provider of IT solutions to the telecom industry, and Fanfare, the leading innovative testing solutions provider, have announced a global partnership to deliver offerings that are geared to meet the increasing demand of test automation solutions from Telecom Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs), Telecom Service Providers (TSPs), and enterprises.


Tech Mahindra will use iTest®, Fanfare’s flagship test automation product, to expand its test offerings and build a test practice around it. Using iTest, Tech Mahindra will create vertical test assets that target the needs of global TSPs for service delivery and regulatory compliance. This will include compliance testing for next generation technologies like IPv6 and LTE, as well as end-to-end testing on emerging services such as IPTV, data over wireless, and WiMAX. Tech Mahindra will also jointly go to the market along with Fanfare to provide professional services in the form of consultancy, tool migration and test interface development to meet the increasing global demand for test automation solutions.


“This partnership enables Tech Mahindra to strengthen its position as an end-to-end testing services provider both on the TEM and the TSP sides. Through this partnership the two companies will address a wider complement of customers globally to meet their testing needs,” said Atul Kunwar, Chief Business Development Officer, Tech Mahindra. “Using iTest as the cornerstone of our testing practice, we are building vertical packaged offerings, in areas such as IPv6,WiMAX, IPTV etc to help our customers accelerate product and service releases without compromising quality,” added Atul.


iTest is a comprehensive testing solution that accommodates for standardization of device testing of heterogeneous systems. iTest ensures early identification and resolution of bugs for enhanced network quality deployment and maintenance. iTest enables the transferability of test assets and a common platform for communication. Because test assets can be leveraged, collaboration between teams and across companies is simplified and speedier bug verification and resolution is possible.


“Tech Mahindra is widely recognized and respected in the services, testing and outsourcing market, so the decision to standardize their testing practice on Fanfare solutions is significant,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of Fanfare. “Their confidence in Fanfare is a clear signal that the market is ready to embrace standardized, automated testing practices, and we are pleased to be at the forefront of this shifting dynamic,” Ryan continued. “Ultimately this agreement gives our customers additional options for solving their testing needs by either augmenting their in-house teams, or outsourcing a project. This ensures customers will be able to leverage the automated testing assets that are generated to drive costs down and reduce time to market.”


About Fanfare

Fanfare provides software solutions to high-tech equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprises that simplify and accelerate device and system testing. Developers and testers create and share automated tests that control and analyze results from multiple devices, traffic generators, and applications while automatically documenting each test with pass-fail criteria. With Fanfare solutions, companies can move along the path toward automation while accelerating QA cycles, reducing time to market, and increasing the quality of released products. Industries such as communications, aerospace and defence, consumer electronics, automotive, industrial, and medical devices have benefited from Fanfare products. For more information please visit www.fanfaresoftware.com.


About Tech Mahindra

Tech Mahindra is a leading provider of solutions and services to the telecommunications industry, majority stake owned by Mahindra & Mahindra, in partnership with BT Plc. With total revenues of USD 934.7 million in the year ended March 31, 2008, Tech Mahindra is India’s 6th largest software exporter, and serves telecom service providers, equipment manufacturers, software vendors and systems integrators. Tech Mahindra solutions enable clients to maximize returns on IT investment by achieving fast time to market reduced total cost of ownership and high customer satisfaction. Tech Mahindra achieves this through its domain and process expertise, distinctive IT skills, research and development, proven innovative delivery models and approach to off-shoring.


Assessed at SEI-CMMi Level 5 and PCMM Level 5, Tech Mahindra’s track record for value-delivery is supported by over 23,000 professionals who provide a unique blend of culture, domain expertise and in-depth technology skill-sets. Its development centers are ISO 9001:2000 & BS7799 certified. Tech Mahindra has principal offices in the UK, United States, Germany, UAE, Egypt, Singapore, India, Thailand & Australia.


Media Contact:

Marisa Marzano

Big Sky Communications

(705) 484-5105

marisa@bigskypr.com


For further information on Tech Mahindra:

Inquiries about this news release can also be made to Rupal Sancheti

Email: rupals@techmahindra.com.

All Tech Mahindra news releases can be accessed at our web site: www.techmahindra.com.

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Azuki Systems Announces Participation in Brightcove Alliance, Extending Online Video to Mobile Audiences


Partnership Enables Media Companies to Easily Deliver and Monetize Snackable Forms of Their Media as Part of Interactive Mobile Web Offerings


ACTON, Mass. – December 8, 2008 – Azuki Systems, Inc., an innovator powering the next generation of mobile media, today announced its participation in the Brightcove Alliance, a global ecosystem of partners developing solutions and services with the Brightcove online video platform. This partnership between Brightcove and Azuki enables media companies to seamlessly deliver online video content optimized for mobile devices to maximize viewership and foster user interactivity around their content catalogs. In addition, media companies can leverage this partnership to easily generate new revenue streams with their existing online content and advertising infrastructure.


“Online video is pervasive, but the requirements for success have become increasingly complex – especially as companies look to migrate content to the third screen,” said Chris Johnston, Brightcove director of technology partnerships. “Azuki’s expertise enables us to bring new interactivity and monetization capabilities to our existing customer base, and generate attractive, new business opportunities in the increasingly popular mobile realm.”


WheelsTV.net, the leading provider of original programming and user-generated content for the automotive industry, is taking advantage of this partnership, which includes a Web-driven connector between the Brightcove online video platform and the Azuki MashMedia Platform, to mobilize its online automotive content. The Azuki MashMedia Platform automatically ingests online videos with associated metadata and then optimizes the delivery for mobile viewing as part of a highly personalized and interactive mobile Web experience.


“We continue to see online viewership grow and are excited with how Azuki’s MashMedia Platform enables WheelsTV to reach mobile audiences with rich experiences that include content personalized to user tastes and social interactivity, such as the ability to rate, comment on and virally share media,” said Jim Barisano, chairman and CEO of Automotive Networks Corporation, creators of WheelsTV. “Working with Brightcove and Azuki, we are now able to automate the way we repurpose our online video content to achieve greater efficiencies and scale, and further extend our already-popular desktop content to a wide array of mobile devices.”


Additional benefits of Azuki’s partnership with Brightcove include:



  • Easy mobile navigation – The Azuki MashMedia Platform automatically ingests and processes video content from the Brightcove platform to create ‘snackable’ or ‘chapterized’ forms of the media that simplify user navigation and consumption on mobile devices.

  • Personalized video and contextual ads – Content metadata pulled from the Brightcove platform is used to personalize the delivery of media according to consumer tastes and their mobile context (eg. device, network and location) to improve mobile ad targeting and the relevancy of content for users.

  • Socialization benefits – Media companies can expand audiences and viewership by building social interactivity around their existing content catalogs and exploiting the viral distribution opportunities among the more than 3.3 billion mobile consumers.

  • Device-agnostic capabilities – The Azuki MashMedia Platform further optimizes video for delivery to any user’s mobile handset and the underlying mobile network capabilities, accounting for different supported media formats, screen resolutions, memory limitations and variable bandwidth performance.


“We’re excited to be working with Brightcove and to be providing its customers with an efficient mechanism to extend their existing content to the mobile screen,” said Azuki CEO Jim Ricotta. “Our ability to embed content with personalization, socialization and monetization capabilities is a differentiator in the dynamic mobile market, and we look forward to helping media companies deliver an unparalleled mobile experience.”


In joining the Brightcove Alliance, Azuki will also be provided with training, support and additional integration opportunities for the Brightcove online video platform. Azuki will also participate in co-marketing programs that reach Brightcove’s fast-growing customer base across North America, Europe and Asia.


About the Brightcove Alliance


The Brightcove Alliance comprises an ecosystem of technology, solution and channel partners that together enable a comprehensive set of solutions for professional video publishers. The Alliance consists of more than 90 partners, spanning a variety of online video needs, including ad networks, search and discovery, distribution, analytics, social media and audience measurement. For more information, please visit http://www.brightcove.com/partners.


About Azuki Systems


Azuki Systems provides the industry’s first comprehensive interactive mobile media services platform. Azuki enables content publishers and mobile operators to build, engage and monetize mobile audiences around rich media services. The Azuki platform provides everything needed to establish new revenue streams through the delivery of highly interactive and personalized mobile-content and social-networking services. Based in Acton, Mass., Azuki is led by an executive team that has built some of the communications industry’s most successful companies, including ArrowPoint, SightPath, Arris Networks, Acopia Networks and DataPower. For additional information, please visit www.azukisystems.com or call +1-978-844-5100.


For additional information, please contact azuki@daviesmurphy.com.

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Enhance Technology Joins Emulex Technology Partner Program

Delivering Scalable & High Performance Fibre Storage Solutions to the Markets


 


Release Date: December 02, 2008


 


Santa Fe Springs, CA. – Enhance Technology, Inc., a world leader in data storage solutions for Enterprise and SMBs, is proud to announce it has joined the Emulex Technology Partner Program, ensuring compatibility between Enhance Technology’s RS8 FS and RS16 FS Hybrid RAID storage with Emulex’s LightPulse® family of Host Bus Adapters (HBAs), including the LP1150/1100x and LPe1150/1100x. By combining Enhance Technology and Emulex solutions, high-performance RAID storage meets high-performance HBAs to offer superior interoperability and scalability. 


 


The RS8 FS and RS16 FS are both 4Gb Fibre-to-SAS/SATA RAID storage devices, designed to operate in mission critical and data-intensive network environments. Features include hot-swappable drive trays and cooling fan modules, as well as a built-in RAID controller that can remotely monitor and manage the storage system through a web based GUI. This brings together protection, manageability and maintenance without interruption of services.


 


In staying with Enhance Technology’s direction to go green, the combination of Enhance’s UltraStor RS8 FS/RS16 FS and Emulex’s LightPulse HBAs is perfect for VMware ESX 3.5, the leading server virtualization solution. Leveraging VMware ESX 3.5 and Emulex’s Virtual HBA technology, Enhance Technology provides high storage capacity with the use of a single station, compared with multiple server stations, saving energy, space and the need to purchase unnecessary equipment to reach ultimate operator cost efficiency.


 


While Enhance Technology provides the high capacity storage, Emulex provides the link between storage and station. Emulex’s LP1150/1100x and LPe1150/1100x HBAs provide industry-leading SAN connectivity, offering full-duplex data throughput, simplified installation and configuration using a common driver model, as well as superior quality and reliability to ensure data availability.


 


The collaboration between Enhance Technology and Emulex delivers maximum efficiency and reliability to Enterprise and SMB storage users. The need for more storage is constant and Enterprise and SMBs demand scalability. Enhance Technology and Emulex are helping customers save energy, reduce waste, increase efficiency, while providing an effective high-performance storage that meets their ever-increasing storage needs.


 


“Emulex works closely with Enhance Technology to deliver interoperable products that offer industry-leading I/O connectivity and features for networked storage environments,” said Taufik Ma, vice president of product marketing, Emulex. “As server virtualization continues to drive storage area network (SAN) attach rates, Emulex LightPulse HBAs provide end users with a comprehensive feature set that ensures their environments are optimized for Fibre Channel SAN connectivity.”


 


“The partnership between Enhance Technology and Emulex enables us to accelerate the delivery of the latest Fibre 4G storage systems and solutions into the enterprise storage market”, says Steven Huang, General Manager, Enhance Technology, Inc.  “Enhance Technology’s UltraStor RS Series Fibre Channel storage systems combine with Emulex’s LightPulse HBAs provide channel partners and VARs with affordable and robust Fibre Channel SAN storage solutions.”



About Enhance Technology Inc.


Founded in 1997, Enhance Technology designs and manufactures high performance storage systems and products for the digital content creation, medical imaging, security surveillance, and IT market spaces. Headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California with Asia branch in Taipei Taiwan, Enhance Technology has become a world leader in hybrid I/O storage design and development.  For more information about Enhance Technology Inc. and UltraStor RS8 FS & RS16 FS Series, please visit www.enhance-tech.com or call 1-866-537-5140.


 


Media Contact:


Mary Huang


Enhance Technology, Inc.


562-777-3488 ext. 107


mary@enhance-tech.com

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Verizon Business Rolls Out Enhancements to Make Voice Over IP More Flexible, Efficient

Verizon Business Rolls Out Enhancements to Make Voice Over IP More Flexible, Efficient


New Interoperability Lab, PBX Platform Choice, Call Rerouting Expansion Combine to Make Verizon VoIP Portfolio Even More Robust


December 04, 2008


BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Enterprise customers will be able to get a bigger bang for their voice-over-IP (VoIP) buck by leveraging several enhancements to Verizon Business’ leading global VoIP portfolio.


“Verizon Business continues to enhance and expand its VoIP capabilities to deliver a powerful platform for unified communications and collaboration,” said Jim Tyrrell, vice president of marketing for Verizon’s global business voice solutions. “With these additional capabilities, our customers can make their IP networks work smarter to meet and speed their business objectives while igniting innovation across an extended enterprise of employees, customers, suppliers and partners.”


New capabilities announced today include:


- A new Verizon VoIP Interoperability Lab where customers can test drive the compatibility of their premise equipment with Verizon’s VoIP or IP Contact Center products.


- Certification of an additional Nortel IP PBX for Verizon’s IP Trunking offering.


- Availability in Europe of automatic call rerouting for VoIP customers, to provide business continuity benefits unavailable in a traditional voice communications environment.


“These enhancements demonstrate Verizon’s commitment to SIP trunking which has not been seen yet by other international service providers,” said Lucy Hipperson, an analyst with Ovum Research’s Enterprise Practise. “Verizon Business is expanding the possibilities of VoIP by extending SIP trunking interoperability with an additional IP PBX platform. At the same time, it is addressing the concerns of customers surrounding SIP trunking by establishing a try before you buy Interoperability Lab and a SIP trunking backup solution to enable business continuity.”


Verizon VoIP Lab Offers Test Drive

To help U.S. customers advance the use of VoIP, Verizon Business is introducing a lab environment next month where they can test the compatibility and capabilities of customer premise equipment (CPE) that has not been certified with the Verizon VoIP or IP Contact Center (IPCC) portfolios. By participating in the Verizon VoIP Interoperability Lab, a company can test drive virtually any piece of equipment, for example an IP PBX or a Premise Session Border Controller, during a two-week trial period, using a simple Internet connection and Verizon VoIP or IPCC service (including IP Toll Free and IP Interactive Voice Response). Following a successful trial, customers can then elect to contract for VoIP or IPCC, using their CPE. The Verizon VoIP Interoperability Lab supports multiple services across the enterprise for large business and government customers.




New IP PBX Platform Affords Greater Choice and Capability


For customers who choose to work with IP PBX equipment that has already been rigorously tested and certified as compatible with the Verizon VoIP portfolio, Verizon Business is adding a new IP PBX platform from industry leader Nortel. The Nortel Communications Server 1000 Release 5.5, a cornerstone of Nortel’s Unified Communications platform, offers customers a mobile and highly flexible unified communications technology designed to be the most energy efficient available. Nortel delivers industry-leading unified communications solutions and is the only company to have delivered over 80 million voice lines and 80 million data ports to its global customers.


The new offering is available to customers in the U.S. and Europe, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Ireland, Italy and Sweden.


Automatic Call Rerouting Helps Maintain Business Continuity

The company is also expanding the availability of its Inbound Failover feature, enabling Verizon IP Trunking and Verizon Integrated Access customers in Europe to benefit from this capability, which previously had been available only to U.S.-based companies. The feature is now available in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Ireland, Italy and Sweden to customers who use Private IP with VoIP.


Inbound Failover automatically forwards calls to another IP address in the event of unforeseen circumstances, a cost-effective feature which will provide business continuity benefits not available to customers using traditional TDM (time division multiplexing) services.


As a result, customers can leverage load-balancing capabilities that enable them to distribute traffic between IP terminations, enhancing utilization of failover resources. Together, Inbound Failover and load balancing can provide a cost-effective business continuity solution.


Verizon Business is a leader in developing and delivering IP solutions helping large businesses and government agencies transition to VoIP on their own path and pace. Verizon VoIP solutions enable high-quality voice communications in a converged network environment, leveraging Verizon Business’ vast national and international footprint and a wide range of innovative features. The Verizon VoIP portfolio also allows customers to use their existing infrastructure, enabling them to mix and match services, whether network or premises-based.


About Verizon Business

Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with the world’s most connected IP network to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We securely connect today’s extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees — enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment. Many of the world’s largest businesses and governments — including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions — rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com


VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon’s News Center on the World Wide Web at www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.


Media Contacts:


Maria Montenegro


703-886-6063


maria.montenegro@verizon.com


Jo Perrin

+44 770 252 5868


jo.perrin@verizonbusiness.com

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Radiant Networks Unwires City of Solon, Ohio with Proxim

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Radiant Networks Unwires City of Solon, OH


Radiant Networks Selects Proxim Wireless for Solon, Ohio’s Public WiFi Mesh Network


Solon, OH, December 3, 2008– Radiant Networks, with headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky and regional offices throughout the Midwest, today announced that the city of Solon, Ohio has deployed a public access mesh network using Proxim Wireless’ (NASDAQ: PRXM) ORiNOCO® Wi-Fi Mesh and Tsunamiâ„¢ MP.11 point-to-multipoint product lines as the foundation. Radiant Networks, one of the country’s leading wireless engineering companies, performed the initial site survey and feasibility study to design a redundant wireless network. Working with Winncom Technologies Corporation – a Solon-based wireless distributor – to supply the hardware, Radiant then provided the turn-key installation and certification of the network.


Solon, Ohio is an affluent suburb approximately 20 miles east of Cleveland. With a population of approximately 24,000, the City planners have done an outstanding job blending its residential and business components into an ideal climate for living and working.  The success of the city allowed it to capture 42nd in Moneys “Best Places to Live” in 2005, and in 2007 it was named “Top Suburb” by Cleveland Magazine.  The city planners continue to work to improve the quality of life and business through this new wireless initiative.


The City of Solon envisioned using wireless technology as a key ingredient for community development and growth.  The initial network was to focus on two main applications to achieve this goal.  First, to provide free, public Wi-Fi access to their residents within their recently constructed Community Center and throughout their public parks area. And second, to create a wireless infrastructure that the city can use to provide low cost wireless access throughout the city of Solon. Radiant Networks designed the network using Proxim’s Tsunamiâ„¢ MP.11 WiMAX-capable point-to-multipoint products and Proxim’s ORiNOCO® AP4000MR-LR high capacity, ruggedized Wi-Fi® mesh access points because they support voice, video, and data while minimizing latency and working in the harshest outdoor environments.


Free Wi-Fi access is now available in the Community Center and the Community Park.  The Solon Community Center is a  94,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that contains meeting and banquet rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasium, jogging track, aerobics studio, free weight room, rock climbing wall and a fitness area. The Solon Community Park is situated adjacent to the Community Center. Students and families can now gather outside and utilize a free public Wi-Fi network. The 40 acre Community Center / Community Park area includes 10 baseball diamonds, tennis courts, two playgrounds, a sand volley ball court, wooded walking paths, and pavilion areas. The wireless network supporting this application uses true mesh technology to create Wi-Fi cells and backhaul bridging with multiple fail over locations. A resident can log into the network within the Community Center, decide to catch some sun at the pool, and then walk to the baseball fields to catch a quick game, without ever losing their session connection.


The City of Solon understands that cost effective, high bandwidth network connectivity can help lure companies into their community and provide existing companies with alternatives.  Therefore, they asked Radiant Networks to design a wireless infrastructure that would accomplish this goal.  The resulting design is a wireless multipoint network utilizing the City of Solon’s own 250′ RF tower, which is located at the center of the city. From this tower, the city plans on utilizing high-speed wireless access as an alternative option to either T1 replacements, or redundant links.


Jeffery Pokorny, Director of Information Technology for the City of Solon said, “This is another of many ways a city can work with their community to provide needed services and enhanced communications to a global market. Working with local Radiant Networks personnel and local firms provided a personal value to the success of the project.”


About Radiant Networks


Radiant Networks is one of the country’s leading Wireless Engineering Companies.  Radiant Networks draws on their broad experience, acquired from being a vendor agnostic organization. The company’s expertise stems from its strong RF engineering skill sets. Radiant Networks was founded by wireless engineers, and focuses exclusively on wireless solutions.  Areas of focus are wireless site surveys, indoor and outdoor WiFi mesh deployments, multipoint solutions, point to point back haul systems, leased line replacement, location/asset tracking, and inventory management/handheld scanners. Vertical markets include Government, Healthcare, Education, Manufacturing, and Retail. Information about Radiant Networks can be found at www.radiant-networks.com or by phone at 1-866-411-WLAN (9526).


About Proxim Wireless


Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM) is a leading provider of end-to-end broadband wireless systems that deliver the quadruple play of voice, video, data and mobility to all organizations today. Our systems enable a variety of wireless applications including security and surveillance, VoIP, last mile access, enterprise LAN connectivity and Point-to-Point backhaul. We have shipped more than 1.8 million wireless devices to more than 235,000 customers in over 65 countries worldwide. Proxim is ISO-9001 certified. Information about Proxim can be found at www.proxim.com. For investor relations information, e-mail ir@proxim.com or call +1 413-584-1425.

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WEFI S60 SOFTWARE SELECTED AS 2008 FORUM NOKIA EMEA APPLICATION OF THE YEAR

The WeFi S60 software application from Tel Aviv-based WeFi Inc. has been voted by the audience at the Forum Nokia Innovation event in Barcelona on December 1st as the 2008 Forum Nokia Europe, Middle East and Africa Application of the Year. WeFi competed in the event among applications from 10 carefully pre-selected, advanced developer companies from different parts of Europe, Middle East and Africa.


WeFi is an application and service enhancing the Wireless Network user experience with Mobile and portable devices. It provides a high performance, open global broadband virtual wireless network by combining a community-generated database, a smart connection manager and a dynamic Access Point/Hotspot directory.


WeFi is helping make mobile Internet connections faster and easier-to-use for S60 based devices. After downloading and installing the software from WeFi’s website, www.wefi.com, when asked to choose an access point, users can simply select “Automatic – WeFi”, and WeFi will connect their device to the best connection. Users can connect to a growing list of more than 10 million Wi-Fi access points across 215 countries and territories.


“We are truly honored by this recognition,” said Uri Neeman, WeFi’s Vice President of Business Development. “WeFi has always valued innovation, quality of service, and flexibility in our service. To be recognized by Nokia at such a high level is further testament that WeFi continues to grow stronger as a leader in the wireless industry.”


WeFi CEO Zur Feldman added, “This is a great way to end what had been a fantastic 2008 for WeFi. We trust that in 2009, WeFi will continue to put open Wi-Fi on the map, literally, for millions of users around the world.”


“Nokia is proud to recognize outstanding developers from Europe, Middle East and Africa as participants in our 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation event. Forum Nokia is dedicated to provide the technical and business support services for innovators like WeFi and is excited to continue putting applications like this in front of consumers,” said Seppo Oksa, Director, Forum Nokia EMEA. “WeFi is a great example of an innovative solution utilizing Nokia platforms and the power of the community to enhance mobile end user experience.”


About WeFi


Founded in 2006, WeFi Inc. is the creator of the world’s first open and free global Wi-Fi network. Leveraging the power of Wi-Fi, WeFi brings free wireless Internet communications to everyone, everywhere with easy-to-use downloadable software that enables automatic connection to the fastest Wi-Fi hotspot around. WeFi is a social network, whose members benefit from a free, fun and interactive experience, while helping to build a truly seamless global Wi-Fi network by mapping open access points in any given location worldwide. Established in February 2006, WeFi Inc. is backed by leading VC companies Lightspeed, Pitango and Gemini Ventures. The company is incorporated in Delaware, U.S. with R&D facilities in Israel. For additional information on WeFi, contact Uri Neeman at WeFi: uri@wefi.com, +972 37699406 or visit www.wefi.com.


For more about WeFi:


Caroline Cohen or Jason Silberman at Koteret Public Relations:

Email: caroline_c@koteret.com or Tel: +972-3-5755778-ext.113

Email: jason_s@koteret.com or Tel: +972-3-5755778-ext.109

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Cisco IP Telecommunications User Group Selects Agito Networks’ RoamAnywhere Mobility Router as Best in Class

Attendees at the CIPTUG 2008 Annual Conference Choose Agito RoamAnywhere as a Winner in Show Floor Application Bake-Off Competition for its Innovation Driving Unified Communications


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Dec. 3, 2008 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering new technology in enterprise mobility, today announced that its RoamAnywhere Mobility Router was voted by attendees at last month’s Cisco IP Telecommunications User Group (CIPTUG) 2008 Annual Conference as one of the best products showcased driving Unified Communications. CIPTUG is the official organization for users of Cisco Unified Communications products.  Agito Networks’ RoamAnywhere, which won as the Best Manufacturing Application, was highlighted in the event’s Application Bake-Off, a competition of products demonstrated on the exhibition show floor held to drive innovative application development for Unified Communications.  


“Agito has won more than 15 awards in 2008 so far, and this one is especially gratifying because it is a result of voting from real-world users of technology who saw the capabilities of RoamAnywhere in action at the exhibition,” said Pejman Roshan, Agito Networks vice president of marketing.  “While we are also seeing success in a number of vertical markets, RoamAnywhere clearly provides unique benefits for mobile workers in the manufacturing industry.  Like in other industries, access to applications and information is critical in manufacturing.  Users tell us they are particularly impressed with the high-quality voice and resiliency RoamAnywhere delivers, especially in areas where cellular coverage is problematic.”


At the 2008 Annual Conference, CIPTUG hosted the Application Bake-Off Competition where end users and vendors demonstrated applications that solve unique, complex business problems across a variety of vertical markets.  The Application Bake-Off provided an opportunity for attendees to give direct, valuable feedback to developers to help drive innovative application development for Unified Communications, and to provide an avenue for communicating between customers and developers.  Participants in the Application Bake-Off Competition included CIPTUG member and non-member IPT vendors, as well as CIPTUG end user members.  The program offered a rare opportunity for application development teams worldwide to showcase the latest uses of IP technology, and to be judged by the very people who buy and use the technology.  For more on the awards and a list of the award winners, see https://www.ciptug.org/ApplicationBakeOff.php.


Agito Networks’ award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router uniquely fuses WiFi, cellular, IP telephony, and location information, improving the accessibility and responsiveness of mobile workers, while drastically reducing mobile costs (http://www.agitonetworks.com/products).  RoamAnywhere mobilizes voice and unified communications for enterprises of all sizes, extending PBX and deskphone features to mobile phones.  In addition, RoamAnywhere provides industry-leading handover between WiFi and cellular networks to reduce cellular costs and improve in-building coverage.  Purpose-built for the enterprise, RoamAnywhere uniquely offers high availability, redundancy, security, enterprise scalability, and the industry’s broadest mobile handset and IP-PBX support.  It works with all cellular network technology, and natively integrates with enterprises’ existing equipment, including WLAN infrastructure and directory stores.


 About CIPTUG


CIPTUG is the official organization for anyone using Cisco Unified Communications products.  Whether users are just beginning an installation or are looking for ways to push their systems to the next level, CIPTUG provides a forum where the global IP telecommunications community can share their experiences, insights, concerns and solutions.  CIPTUG is committed to providing its members with the most comprehensive, highest quality user information that can help keep each Cisco IP Telecommunications product operating at peak performance levels.  Members enjoy a dedicated website providing collaborative opportunities, insightful users-only conferences, special discounts on training, books, and much more.  For more information, visit https://www.ciptug.org/about.php.


About Agito Networks


Agito Networks is the award-winning technology leader in enterprise mobility.  Its product, the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, is an innovative enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) platform enabling enterprises to extend voice and Unified Communications to cell phones.  RoamAnywhere is the first and only network appliance that fuses enterprise wireless LANs, carrier cellular networks, IP telephony and location technology to mobilize voice and data applications, while remaining agnostic to customers’ choices of carrier and equipment vendors.  Agito enables low-cost in-building voice coverage, reduced cellular costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over cellular usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers.  A Red Herring 100 winner, Agito was named a Coolest Emerging Technology Vendor for 2008 by CRN.  RoamAnywhere has received numerous industry awards, including earning CTIA Emerging Technology and eWEEK Excellence awards, and receiving Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines.  CTO Timothy Olson was also named one of the Best CTOs of 2008 by InfoWorld.  Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International.  Go to http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


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InnoPath Heads North – Leading Device Management Client Deployed by LG on Handsets at Canada’s Telus and Bell Mobility

Welcome back from the holiday weekend everybody… today InnoPath issued a release as evidence of both our continued momentum in the OMA-DM client space and the flexibility of our client in addressing differing operator requirements. MDM is at an inflection point, with operators now mandating client support on all new mid-range and high-end handsets. This availability, critical in the face of rising smartphone support costs coupled with pressures to reduce OPEX, is expected to jumpstart operator MDM deployments, thereby setting the stage for MDM-delivered customer care. In an environment where subscribers keep their phones for longer periods of time, the in-service maintainability offered by MDM is even more critical. Read more here.


And now for more details on how InnoPath reduces operator OPEX and creates a more positive user experience… (full press release follows, and can also be reached at this link).

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InnoPath Software, the leader in Mobile Device Management (MDM), today announced that LG Electronics of Korea, one of the largest mobile phone makers in the world, has expanded its use of InnoPath device management for Canada’s Telus and Bell Mobility. New feature-rich phones with the InnoPath OMA-DM device management client include the Telus Keybo, as well as the Voyager offered by both Telus and Bell Mobility.


The deployment of the InnoPath client on these new handsets builds on LG’s existing North America Tier-1 relationship with InnoPath. A major supplier of leading-edge mobile phones worldwide, LG also counts Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint as major North American operator partners. For LG, not only was industry-leading client technology critical, but InnoPath’s unique operational support capability was also key. Both wireless operators and handset makers like LG now consider MDM clients to be strategic to their business models, helping to reduce operational expenses while creating a more positive user experience.


LG, one of the most innovative handset vendors, continues to gain global market share based on handset design, feature set, usability, and reliability. The company is also the first major device manufacturer to embrace InnoPath’s breakthrough Port-to-Production (P2P) offering. This program addresses device maker goals of accelerated time-to-market for new handsets, management of costs and the uptake of new high ARPU handsets with maximum customer satisfaction. It includes engineering assistance as well as lab and server resources from initial client porting through testing, and onto final acceptance by the wireless operator.


MDM enables the operator’s care organization to provide better service with reduced expenses despite increasing device and service complexity. InnoPath is unique in delivering a device management solution, which while fully standards compliant, is also highly flexible, extensible and quickly implemented. The ROI for MDM-enabled customer care has been illustrated in a recent study by the analyst firm Stratecast which places the annual global operator exposure at over $25 billion, billions of which may be saved through MDM.


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RAD Unveils New Carrier-Class, Wireless Multiplexer for “Data Hungry” Applications

Airmux-400 Supports 50 Mbps Full Duplex Throughput of TDM and Ethernet over License-Free Bands


MAHWAH, New Jersey, December 2, 2008: RAD Data Communications has unveiled its new Airmux-400 broadband wireless multiplexer, which delivers robust carrier-class, high capacity, extended range voice and data for both today’s and tomorrow’s networks.


The Airmux-400 is a full-duplex, 50-Mbps capacity cost-effective multi point‑to‑point broadband wireless transmission device. It will transport both legacy TDM and next generation Ethernet services over license-free 2.3 to 2.5 GHz and 4.9 to 5.9 GHz bands.


“The Airmux-400 is designed to connect ‘data hungry applications’ such as cellular or WiMAX base stations to controllers, meeting the requirements of backhauling applications by transporting Ethernet traffic for maintenance and control,” explains Toby Korall, Senior Product Line Manager at RAD Data Communications.


“In addition, Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) can use the Airmux-400 to backhaul their traffic from the point of presence (POP) to the network operation center to achieve higher capacity and can offer bundled connectivity. The Airmux-400 also provides broadband Ethernet and leased line services to large enterprises and is ideal for networks spanning multiple sites that require transparent LAN connectivity across their campuses.”


RAD’s Airmux multiplexers consist of an outdoor unit and an indoor unit with redundant DC power supplies. The outdoor unit is suitable for mast or wall installation. An optional external antenna guarantees a transmission range of up to 120 kilometers.


Hub Site Synchronization (HSS) ensures simultaneous, multi point-to-point data transmission for all collocated radios by eliminating the interference that otherwise occurs when different outdoor units transmit and receive from the same site. HSS, which supports up to 16 collocated units, enables a complex radio environment of mixed services.


Built on advanced MIMO and OFDM technologies, the Airmux-400 ensures high robustness of the air interface even under interference and harsh conditions. Data transmitted over the air interface is encrypted using Advanced Encryption System (AES) with a 128-bit encryption key.


The device adaptively changes the modulation according to air conditions, targeting maximum rate while maintaining link stability. The rate drops temporarily after encountering interference, then automatically returns to the highest possible rate. When the link quality is out of limits, the Airmux-400 automatically searches for a clear channel within a pre-selected list of frequencies.


Because the Airmux-400 operates on license-exempt frequencies, it can be deployed in record time, eliminating the costs and delays involved in leasing lines or trenching fiber.


About RAD

Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company’s installed base exceeds 10,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 21 RAD offices and more than 300 channel partners in 164 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com


Press Contact

Bob Eliaz, Media Relations Manager, RAD Data Communications

Tel: +972-3-6458134

Fax: +972-3-6498250

E-mail: bob@rad.com

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