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Transition Networks Unveils New Power-over-Ethernet Media Converter

sgpoe1040-100_l.jpgRounds Out Gigabit Ethernet PoE Media Converter Portfolio

Las Vegas, NV — September 29, 2008 – BICSI Fall Conference — Transition Networks Inc., the switching and conversion technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS), today announced the introduction of a new Gigabit Ethernet Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) media converter. This product expands Transition Networks’ portfolio of PoE copper-to-fiber media converters enabling customers to power wireless access points, voice over IP phones and IP security and surveillance cameras.

These new converters are capable of handling speeds up to Gigabit Ethernet and can be located more than 100 meters from the main PoE Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) without the expensive replication of the PSE. The new devices are fully compliant IEEE 802.3af media converters providing 10/100/1000Base-T to 100/1000Base-X conversion and can be powered by an AC outlet anywhere in the world.

“In addition to helping overcome the challenge of linking remote IP cameras and Wi-Fi access points located beyond the 100 meter distance limitation of PoE over UTP cabling, our PoE copper-to-fiber media converters also help to reduce capital expenditures and installation costs by providing the benefits of PoE at the remote sites,” said Patrick Schaber, Director of Marketing at Transition Networks. “As we expand our PoE product portfolio to accommodate higher bandwidth devices and customer applications, the addition of the new gigabit Ethernet device offers customers the utmost in flexibility for integrating fiber into their PoE networks.”

Product Features

Transition’s AC powered PoE media converters utilize an external AC power supply allowing for a reduced form factor when compared to devices with an internal power supply. These converters combine the data received over a fiber optic link with up to 15.4 watts of power and insert the combination on either the “A” or “B” pairs of unshielded twisted pair cabling to interface with Data Terminal Equipment (DTE) Power Devices (PD). The media converters also include PD signature sensing and power monitoring features compliant with the IEEE 802.3af standard, such as Over-Current Protection, Under-Current Detection and Fault Protection Input. In addition, these products include Transition’s premium selectable features such as Automatic Link Restoration, Auto-Negotiation, Autocross, Link Pass Through, Far End Fault and Pause.

Transition also integrated the following innovative and industry-unique features into these new gigabit Ethernet media converters:

Power Device Reset - With the PSE/LPT switch enabled, a loss of fiber RX will disable PSE power output on the UTP port for 2 seconds to allow remote device to re-initialize. It will then resume power output to the PD device and will automatically re-establish the UTP communication link once the fiber RX is restored.

Redundant, dual speed SFP ports – The 110 model includes two SFP ports that support both 100Base-FX and 1000Base-X SFPs providing the ability to utilize this converter to support a fast Ethernet link today and simply move to gigabit Ethernet in the future by changing out the SFP. These dual speed ports can also be set via dip-switch to provide a redundant fiber path between a mission critical PD and a PSE or to function as traditional three port switch.

Product Configuration and Availability

Transition’s new gigabit Ethernet PoE media converters are offered in three distinct models:

Product Description

SGPOE10xx-100 10/100/1000Base-T (RJ-45) PoE to 1000Base-X (fixed fiber port) offered in either multimode and single mode SC

SGPOE1040-100 10/100/1000Base-T (RJ-45) PoE to 100/1000Base-X (dual speed SFP port)

SGPOE1040-110 10/100/1000Base-T (RJ-45) PoE to (2) 100/1000Base-X (dual speed SFP ports) offering fiber redundancy

These new gigabit Ethernet PoE media converters expand Transition’s already extensive portfolio of PoE products. Transition also offers external AC powered 10/100-base models as well as 10-base and 100-base PoE media converters with internal power supplies in either AC powered or DC powered configurations. In addition, PoE injectors and PoE splitters are available under Transition’s MILAN brand offering.

All models are available immediately. Please contact Transition Networks at (800) 526-9267 or for the latest information.

About Transition Networks Products

Transition Networks’ conversion products are known for their ruggedness and reliability. They have a 99.4 percent customer acceptance rating, meaning that approximately one in 1,000 experience failure in the field. All Transition Networks brand of media converters and switches carry a lifetime warranty.

About Transition Networks Inc.

Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make networks perform better, faster and more reliably while helping companies leverage their existing networking infrastructure. The company’s Transition Networks brand of media converters make conversion between disparate media types possible, providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. Its complete MILAN portfolio of multilayer switching products is designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution with unique solutions, easing the stress on networks caused by high-bandwidth applications. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries, including Ingram Micro and Tech Data. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: JCS).

Statements regarding the Company’s anticipated performance in 2008 are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: competitive products and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Acme Packet Announces Debut of Net-Net 4500 Session Border Controller

BURLINGTON, MA, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 — Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, today announced the introduction of its Net-Net 4500, a new addition to the Net-Net 4000 series that increases performance and capacity by 100% or more in session border controller (SBC), multiservice security gateway (MSG) and session routing proxy (SRP) product configurations. Positioned between the Net-Net 4250 and Net-Net 9200 in terms of price, performance and capacity, the Net-Net 4500 satisfies service provider, large enterprise and contact center requirements at both network access and interconnect border points.

As the number of subscribers utilizing IP-based interactive communications continues to grow on a worldwide basis, service providers are making investments in network expansion. Similarly, enterprises who have already embraced voice over IP (VoIP) are expanding session capacity in their networks in order to reap the business benefits offered by presence-enabled unified communications (UC). Emerging wireless services leveraging femtocell or Wi-Fi access points to enable fixed-mobile substitution (FMS) and fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) will require security gateway platforms with high-IPsec tunnel capacity. Industry experts have similar perspectives on these trends: in a recent survey conducted by Infonetics Research, session capacity and performance were identified by service providers as the top two SBC requirements. Infonetics cited “unabated VoIP subscriber growth” as the driving factor behind this survey’s results.

“Acme Packet constantly strives to anticipate the ever-changing demands of new services and applications, so our customers can evolve their networks to meet those demands,” said Patrick MeLampy, CTO of Acme Packet. “The positive customer feedback we’ve received from beta and early customer deployments of the Net-Net 4500 assures us that our vision is aligned with that of our customers.”

Net-Net 4500 raises the bar for performance and capacity

The Net-Net 4500 provides the extra measure of performance and capacity needed to help Acme Packet customers support an ever-increasing number of users and volume of sessions. Relative to the Net-Net 4250, the Net-Net 4500 platform offers enhanced levels of performance and capacity that benefit all Acme Packet product categories:

In SBC configurations, the Net-Net 4500 processes up to 160% more messages per second (MPS) for SIP, H.323, SIP-H.323 interworking and MGCP, optimizing the number of calls per second (CPS) that the network can accommodate. With a 100% increase in media capacity to 64,000 sessions, the Net-Net 4500 eases the transition to next-generation services and applications, such as interactive video, that generate more media flows per session.

As an SRP, the Net-Net 4500 supports 2 million local routing rules, 100% more than the Net-Net 4250. This expansion can reduce the number of routing elements required in many networks, reducing overall complexity and cost.

·       When operating as an MSG, the Net-Net 4500 supports 512,000 IPsec tunnels for backhauling SIP or GSM traffic over untrusted networks from femtocells or dual-mode endpoints. This is 300% more than the Net-Net 4250, greatly reducing the cost per tunnel.

The Net-Net 4500 also delivers enhanced security capabilities in SBC or MSG configurations with the ability to support up to 300% more dynamic access control list (ACL) entries. Dynamic access control protects both the Net-Net 4500 and core service infrastructure from attacks and overloads.

New hardware evolves industry’s leading carrier-class border control platform

The Net-Net 4500 inherits many of the platform characteristics that made the Net-Net 4250 the industry’s leading SBC platform. Like all other Acme Packet platforms, the Net-Net 4500 operates on Acme Packet’s Net-Net OS, which delivers the industry’s richest set of functions and features for controlling traffic across and between IP network borders, including carrier-class high availability for non-stop service delivery. The increased performance and larger capacities of the Net-Net 4500 are made possible by a series of system-level enhancements, including:

more powerful host processor

more memory

higher capacity content addressable memory (CAM)

higher speed secure services module (SSM) for IPsec and TLS

Network interface unit (NIU) modules offering a variety of copper and fiber interfaces at speeds up to 1000 Mbps, redundant load-sharing 300 watt power supplies, and the easy-to-read blue LCD display are all retained on the Net-Net 4500.

Additionally, the Net-Net 4500 utilizes a new power supply subsystem that consumes less power, offering lower operating expenditures (OpEx) and a more eco-friendly footprint, as well as other platform enhancements designed to simplify and enhance installation and maintenance.

About Acme Packet

Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, enables the delivery of trusted, first class interactive communications—voice, video and multimedia sessions—and data services across IP network borders. Our Net-Net family of session border controllers, multiservice security gateways and session routing proxies supports multiple applications in service provider, large enterprise and contact center networks—from VoIP trunking to hosted enterprise and residential services to fixed-mobile convergence. They satisfy critical security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in wireline, cable and wireless networks; and support multiple protocols—SIP, H.323, MGCP/NCS and H.248—and multiple border points—interconnect, access and data center. Our products have been selected by more than 540 customers in 84 countries, including 29 of the top 30, and 85 of the top 100 service providers in the world. For more information, contact us at +1 781.328.4400, or visit

Acme Packet Safe Harbor StatementStatements contained herein that are not historical fact may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may relate, among other things, to our position in the session border control market, our expected financial and operating results, our ability to establish and maintain intellectual property rights, our ability to build and grow Acme Packet, the benefits and advantages of our products, including any enhancements or new features, services and programs and our ability to achieve our goals, plans and objectives. Such forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These include, but are not limited to: difficulties in growing our customer base, difficulties leveraging market opportunities, difficulties providing solutions that meet the needs of customers, poor product sales, long sales cycles, difficulty developing new products, difficulty in relationships with vendors and partners, higher risk in international operations, difficulty managing rapid growth, and increased competition. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially form those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements are contained in our recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in such filings.

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Infonetics Research, Service Provider Plans for VoIP: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America-Caribbean 2008, Copyright © 2008 Infonetics Research, Inc.

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Agito Networks to Premiere Next Generation of Enterprise-Grade Mobile Convergence Products at Mobile Business Expo 2008

VP of Marketing and Co-Founder Pejman Roshan to Present on “Convergence – Or Not” Panel for Better Understanding of Mobile Convergence Options and Advantages for Enterprises

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sept. 10, 2008 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering new technology in enterprise mobility, today announced it will unveil and demonstrate publicly for the first time the next-generation version of its RoamAnywhere Mobility Router at Mobile Business Expo (MBX) 2008 in its booth No. 810.  The event takes place at the Javits Convention Center in New York, and runs from Sept. 16 – 19.

Agito’s award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router is the industry’s most powerful enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) product, purpose built for enterprises to help them increase mobile worker productivity while reducing cellular costs (  Industry firsts in Agito’s new enterprise mobility release on display at Interop NY/MBX next week include Secure Remote Voice for secure voice over WLAN (VoWLAN), Dual Persona for converged enterprise and personal functionality on a single device, advances in Dynamic Least Cost Routing for further cellular cost savings, and the broadest PBX and Nokia/Windows Mobile handset support available.

Agito Networks uniquely fuses Wi-Fi, cellular, IP telephony, and location information, improving the accessibility and responsiveness of mobile workers, while drastically reducing mobile costs.  RoamAnywhere uses the industry’s most complete set of proactive, location- and policy-based metrics, in addition to simplistic reactive metrics, to deliver fast and automatic, sub-100ms handover of mobile voice between WLAN and cellular networks.  Other solutions rely solely on reactive, “call-in-distress” metrics, such as diminishing signal strength and degrading voice quality, waiting for the call to degrade before attempting a handover.  RoamAnywhere adds proactive metrics, including location- and policy-based metrics, such as handset battery levels and network costs, into its handover decisions, delivering the best mobile voice experience for users.

“Over the past year we have seen dramatic developments in the enterprise mobility and fixed mobile convergence (FMC) marketplace, and a rising adoption from enterprises,” said General Manager of Mobile Business Expo Steve Wylie.  “Mobile convergence is a central theme of the expo this year, and we’re pleased Agito selected our event to unveil the next-generation release of RoamAnywhere, publicly debuting the product’s enhancements for conference attendees.”

During the event, wireless expert and Agito Networks VP of Marketing Pejman Roshan will present on the event’s “Convergence – Or Not” panel on Thurs., Sept. 18, at 10:15 am EDT.  The session will explore the advantages of various FMC approaches, and the best options available for enterprise IT and telecom managers’ specific environments and requirements.

Also, Sandeep Rangarajan, senior product line manager at Agito Networks, will present “Is Fixed Mobile Convergence Ready for the Enterprise?” in the Market Leaders Track on Weds., Sept. 17, at 4 pm EDT in the exhibition hall theater.  Attendees will learn about enterprise-ready technology that provides mobile workers with productivity gains by mobilizing voice and data applications, while enabling IT to retain control over costs, mobile service, and mobile users.

Mr. Roshan has more than 17 years of wireless expertise and an extensive track record.  Prior to co-founding Agito Networks, Mr. Roshan was Product Line Manager in the Cisco Systems Wireless Networking Business Unit (WNBU), responsible for software, security, voice and WLAN management products.  Roshan joined Cisco’s WNBU just after its acquisition of Aironet in 2000, helping drive Cisco’s wireless market leadership position.  Before that, Mr. Roshan spent eight years as a network engineer and architect, designing and deploying large-scale networks for companies such as Cisco Systems and Automatic Data Processing (ADP).  Mr. Roshan’s accomplishments include participation in the IEEE 802.11 task groups responsible for security (802.11i) and QoS (802.11e); co-authoring the book 802.11 Wireless LAN Fundamentals, published by the Cisco Press in 2004; as well as publishing numerous wireless security and wireless voice white papers.  He earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly University.

Mr. Rangarajan has more than 12 years of experience in the networking industry.  Previously, he held senior Engineering and Product Management positions at Neoteris (acquired by Juniper), largely responsible for the client-server proxy, VPN engineering and product management efforts for its SSL VPN product line.  Prior to joining Neoteris, Mr. Rangarajan was a senior systems engineering and field specialist at Alteon WebSystems (acquired by Nortel Networks), responsible for leading the western region pre-sales technical designs and implementations.  Prior to that, Mr. Rangarajan was part of the core development team within the Cisco IOS/ENA Technologies Division.  He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science Engineering from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing his MBA at Santa Clara University.

About Mobile Business ExpoMobile Business Expo integrates the business strategies, technologies, tools and corporate issues necessary to build an end-to-end mobile strategy and manage a mobile workforce.  Mobile Business Expo is targeted toward IT professionals, business managers and channel professionals who are focused on leveraging wireless technologies and looking to integrate the disciplines, technologies and vendors involved in the enterprise mobility equation.  Mobile Business Expo will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, Sept. 16 – 19.  For more information about the event, please visit 

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 for more information.


Agito Networks and RoamAnywhere are trademarks of Agito Networks, Inc.

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Fluke Networks Acquires Intellectual Property, NetAlly Product Line of Former Viola Networks

Technology purchase strengthens visibility and testing of VoIP and other applications

Everett, WA – August 18, 2008 – Fluke Networks ( today announced it has acquired the intellectual property of Viola Networks, including the technologies underpinning the popular and award-winning NetAlly product line. The purchase of Viola’s technologies and source code will enable Fluke Networks to extend significantly its product lines further into VoIP analysis. Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

“Fluke Networks continues to demonstrate our commitment to customers in the performance management space,” said Paul Caragher, President, Fluke Networks. “Our prior integrations of the NetFlow Tracker and Visual UpTime product lines, the recent release of Visual Performance Manager 4.0, the addition of key senior management, and now the purchase of NetAlly all combine to give our Performance Management business the strength in people and product our customers require.”

Fluke Networks’ solutions support both enterprise managers and service providers responsible for assuring application, network and VoIP performance. The newly acquired assets will enable Fluke Networks to provide comprehensive VoIP pre-assessment capability via cost effective software agents, deliver advanced active network performance assessment, and monitor VoIP infrastructures through call manager visibility.

“Nemertes Research has found that companies deploying third-party, VOIP-focused management tools can reduce per-user IP telephony operating costs by as much as 90%,” said John Burke, Principal Research Analyst for Nemertes. “The more fully a tool set can address the complete lifecycle of VOIP in the enterprise, the greater the role it can play in such deployments.”

NetAlly incorporates an active network test approach that is particularly adept at performing pre-deployment network assessments. This complements Fluke Networks’ existing test methodologies, providing a complete picture of voice and data performance in both real time and through historical views.

Fluke Networks intends to rebrand and integrate elements of NetAlly into new products containing these capabilities as well as create extensions to existing Fluke Networks’ lines.

About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the installation and certification, testing, monitoring and analysis of copper, fiber and wireless networks used by enterprises and telecommunications carriers. The company’s comprehensive line of Network SuperVisionâ„¢ Solutions provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimize network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks’ Web site at or by calling (800) 283-5853.

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TM Forum Confirms Management World Orlando Conference Dates, Location and Topics

Conference includes three summits on digital commerce, network transformation and revenue and customer management to target the extending value chain in the communications industry

Morristown, NJ – August 11, 2008 –TM Forum, the leading communications industry consortium, announced today that the organization’s 2008 North American Management World conference will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida from November 16-20th.

After hosting a capacity crowd of more than 1,500 industry professionals last year, Management World moves to the new, bigger Orlando location with a new tri-summit conference format to address the management, monetization and operational issues facing today’s communications, entertainment and online service providers. 

Coinciding with the larger venue, Management World Orlando will boast an increased scope to better assess and discuss the challenges facing communications service providers as they embrace the content, digital commerce and advertising industries. The 2008 conference will include three distinct summits on transformation, revenue management and customer experience, and digital commerce and advertising that will examine each specific area as it relates to the larger topic of convergence.

The Transformation Summit will explore how business and IT transformation enables service providers and their partners to remain competitive in a dynamic market place. The summit is aimed at the telecom, cable, information and entertainment companies responsible for driving continuous business transformation.

The Revenue Management & Customer Experience Summit will examine important aspects of charging for and gathering revenue for a new generation of services, as well as how customer experience becomes a foundation to a successful and profitable service. The summit covers the entire spectrum from how customer experience can be defined to how services can be assured..

The Digital Commerce & Advertising Summit will examine the management & monetization issues for delivering cutting-edge, digital media services and the new business opportunities for service providers as the communications and media worlds converge. Additionally, the summit will explore how advancements in digital commerce and communications technologies will impact traditional advertising business models for the future.

With C-level keynotes from Rogers Communications, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Telekom, and speakers from worldwide services providers including BT, Verizon and AT&T, Management World Orlando continues the tradition of bringing together top experts to discuss, explore and solve the industry’s most pressing issues.

Mark your calendar now to join these and other leading companies at this year’s Management World Orlando – November 16-20, 2008.

For further details on the Conference and each of its summits, visit the Management World Orlando homepage.

About the TM Forum

With almost 700 member companies in 72 countries, the TM Forum is the world’s leading trade consortium focused on enabling digital services. Serving the information, communications and entertainment industries, the Forum provides leadership, strategic guidance and practical solutions to improve the way that services are created, delivered and charged. Members include the majority of the world’s service providers, network operators, software suppliers, equipment suppliers and systems integrators.

The Forum currently facilitates over 80 technical projects and provides extensive training, conferencing and information services to its members. Through its initiatives to help providers move to low cost, high quality ‘lean’ processes, the Forum helps its members automate business processes and work seamlessly across various parts of the service delivery chain. The organization provides industry benchmarks, guidebooks, process and software frameworks and downloadable software standards. These give service providers the direction and specific roadmaps to achieve much greater business efficiency and operational flexibility.

For further information regarding the TM Forum, related programs such as the Prosspero initiative and its Management World conferences, please visit,

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