Daily Archives: October 13, 2017

Patton and FiberPlex Join Forces to Build Enterprise Communications ...

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Patton Electronics—US manufacturer of UC, cloud, and IoT enabling solutions for carrier, enterprise and industrial networks—has executed a strategic transaction with FiberPlex Technologies—supplier of secure fiber-based digital communications to US Government and commercial markets.

Patton has acquired certain assets and intellectual property rights of FiberPlex and begun consolidating FiberPlex operations in Patton’s Gaithersburg Maryland facility. Other terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

The consolidation creates a unified business, growing Patton’s revenue and adding significant new resources, competencies and capabilities to the Patton group. New solutions from the combined core technologies and product portfolios enhance value to Patton and FiberPlex customers, channels and ecosystem partners.

FiberPlex customers will continue to receive stable, uninterrupted service and product supply, with all warranty and service agreements fully honored. FiberPlex channel partners will be credentialed into Patton’s channel program and given access to the full suite of complementary products. Patton channels will also gain access to FiberPlex products.

“The list of synergies is too long to enumerate,” said Bobby Patton, CEO of Patton Electronics. “Our product lines complement each other beautifully and the combined manufacturing capabilities mean we can offer a new level of vertical integration to the worldwide market.”

“We are excited about this new chapter for the FiberPlex brand,” said Buddy Oliver, CEO of FiberPlex. “We share a vision for the market and look forward to bringing new value to our employees, vendors and customers.”

“The FiberPlex cutting-edge fiber technology know-how enhances our contribution to our newly combined customer base. The advanced metal works manufacturing operation of FiberPlex makes us even more vertically-integrated, boosts our rapid-prototyping capabilities and increases the velocity in which we can commercialize technology,” Bobby added.

The FiberPlex product line focuses on secure fiber-based digital communications solutions that protect against compromising emanations and feature physical security, intercept avoidance, and layer-zero cyber security.

Both companies are family-owned, brick-and-mortar, advanced-manufacturing operations founded on conservative business principles and American values and focused on cutting-edge technologies, products, and services.

In related news, InsightsSuccess Magazine recently recognized Patton as a top-Ten UC solutions provider for 2017.

Media Contact:  Glendon Flowers | +1 301 975 1000 | press@patton.com

Globecomm introduces Vector, a Virtualized Video Headend for ...

Highlights

  • Virtualized video headend system offers a single, compact solution that simplifies the processing, packaging and customization of video content – from acquisition and contribution to playout and distribution.
  • Scalable to hundreds of channels, Vector delivers content across DTH, OTT, IPTV, cable and terrestrial TV leveraging Globecomm’s global satellite, IP and fiber network.
  • Designed with Globecomm’s hallmark resiliency offering high availability.
  • Cost-effective solution that significantly reduces rack space, cabling, power and operational constraints.

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Oct. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Globecomm announced today the introduction of Vector℠, a virtualized video headend system able to support hundreds of channels and deliver content across multiple platforms.  Vector’s IP-centric platform simplifies the processing, packaging and customization of video content from acquisition and contribution to playout and distribution for delivery across DTH, OTT, IPTV, cable and terrestrial TV.  It leverages Globecomm’s robust satellite, IP and fiber content delivery networks and the company’s extensive experience with design and integration of media infrastructure.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/10e8aecd-0762-4f80-8ecc-0568a3c46a39

Vector replaces the need for the traditional data center with a compact solution that significantly reduces rack space, cabling and power. Whether hosted on Globecomm’s cloud network or implemented at a customer site, each system is designed with Globecomm’s hallmark resiliency offering high availability.

“Vector marks the next step in the evolution of Globecomm’s services for the media and entertainment industries, and is the culmination of many months of R&D research,” said Chief Commercial Officer Bryan McGuirk.  “We’ve spent decades building production facilities and broadcast centers, hosting and distributing high-value media content for linear broadcast and helping customers adapt it for OTT.  The Vector virtualized video headend brings all of that capability together into one of the simplest, resilient and scalable solutions on the market.”

The video headend is the technology core for video management, from ingest and storage to packaging.  In legacy headends, the workflow depends on multiple devices from different manufacturers, each performing discrete tasks and all requiring integration with sufficient redundancy to ensure reliable processing, and end-to-end communication to deliver the final content package.

Vector simplifies multiple, interdependent processes – including new compression technologies, multiple video standards and encoding advances such as adaptive bit rate – into software and data storage in an all-IP environment.  The IP environment provides a common bus to simplify process communications and ease technology upgrade management.  It provides lower and more efficient CAPEX or the replacement of capital expenditure with predictable operating expenses, and offers faster market-capturing delivery for new programs and channels, with dynamic scaling response to changes in demand.

Vector will make its debut at NAB Show New York 2017, Globecomm booth N609, being held October 18-19 at the Javits Center in New York City.

About Globecomm
Globecomm designs, integrates and operates highly sophisticated voice, video and data systems for connecting anyone to anything, anywhere.  We are differentiated by our worldwide integrated satellite, fiber, cellular and content delivery networks that offer resilient and robust connectivity over Land, Sea and Air with high availability. Technology-agnostic, Globecomm offers solutions and end-to-end managed services that best serve the needs of our customers.  Currently we support mission-critical communications and IoT capabilities for Government, Maritime, Broadcast, Enterprise, Oil & Gas and Telecom customers in over 100 countries.

Headquartered in Hauppauge, NY, Globecomm has locations in Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, South Africa, Germany, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.

www.globecomm.com

Contact Information:

Peggy Stalhut; peggy.stalhut@globecomm.com

Science and Technology presents Science, Technology and Innovation ...

Science, technology and innovation performance under the spotlight

The latest Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators report will come under discussion in Cape Town when the report is presented to academics, business and government stakeholders there.

On 16 October, at the Human Sciences Research Council, economist and National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) council member, Dr Azar Jammine, will share the outcomes and implications of the report with stakeholders.

The latest STI report, recently released by NACI, has identified areas of progress, as well as gaps in key sectors of the economy, such as education, mining and manufacturing.

The workshop aims to provide current indicators and assess future needs through interaction with government, business, civil society organisations, higher education institutions and public research institutes.

Source: Government of South Africa

Conditions Improving at Once-isolated Kenyan Refugee Camp, Residents ...

WASHINGTON � Residents of a Kenyan refugee complex, who said their camps lacked adequate water, shelter, health care and other necessities, say they have seen significant improvements since they aired the grievances three months ago.

VOA first reported on the situation at the three Kalobeyei camps in Kenya's Turkana County in late July. Inhabitants of the camps, many of whom are Ethiopian refugees, said that in addition to poor facilities, the camps were set up in isolated areas far from local markets and were not receiving sufficient attention from the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.

The UNHCR office in Nairobi denied the allegations.

Shelters, water tanks, schools added

But changes began in early September, Kalobeyei camp residents say. Improvements include better shelters, the installation of three water tanks and the construction of two primary schools.

Galgalo Arero is one of the refugees who witnessed the changes. "Kalobeyei might not be isolated anymore. Changes are real here, for now," he told VOA's Horn of Africa Service.

He ties the changes, in part, to the UNHCR opening an office in Kalobeyei I, one of the three camps. Previously, the closest UNHCR office was in the city of Kisumu.

"This helps the refugees from making more than 20 kilometer trips to follow their [immigration] cases; this is good," he said.

Many NGOs are also coming to the camps, including the World Food Program, according to Jamaal Dima, another Ethiopian refugee.

More changes in the works

Yvonne Ndege, a UNHCR senior communications officer in Nairobi, told VOA that the agency is working to improve education and vocational training at the Kalobeyei camps and is constructing maternity clinics, police stations and residencies.

"Construction of 304 permanent shelters is going on and 100 more shelters may be added before end of the year," she said.

UNHCR's permanent office in Kalobeyei is also nearing completion and will replace a temporary office that operates from the camp, she said.

Kenya hosts more than 500,000 refugees, most them from Somalia, South Sudan, and Ethiopia. The country has two main refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma. Kalobeyei was built to relive those two camps.

UNHCR promised residents who moved to the new complex that Kalobeyei would be an "integrated settlement," tied into the town of Kalobeyei. The residents say that with the recent changes, they have hope the complex will serve both residents and the town for years to come.

Source: Voice of America

Police operations underway to ensure a safer festive season

Pretoria: The South African Police Service officially launched its nationwide campaign for a safer festive season yesterday in Seshego in the Limpopo province.

It is common knowledge that the festive season is a time when most people take time off work to relax and spend time with their families. Unfortunately, it is also during this time that opportunistic criminals may prey on unsuspecting victims and accidents on our roads increase alarmingly.

A comprehensive operational plan has been implemented to mitigate the threats of criminality in general and on our roads as well as to prevent other types of accidents such as drownings.

This plan which entails the deployment of highly visible, multi-disciplinary law enforcement teams, will focus on the following critical areas:-

o Combating Aggravated/Armed Robberies (house robberies, business robberies and vehicle hi-jacking);

o Enforcement of Firearm, Liquor and Second Hand Goods and Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act (SASREA);

o Crimes against Women, Children and Vulnerable Persons;

o Enforcement of By-laws, eg Hijacked buildings, unlawful sale of fire crackers;

o Enforcing Road Safety, eg Drunken driving, speeding, driving of unroadworthy vehicles;

o Enhancing Border Security, searching of stolen properties crossing the borders, drugs, human trafficking, tracing of wanted suspects.

To achieve these objectives there are multiple intelligence-driven and high visibility operations at all identified areas, which have already begun. These operations will include regular vehicle and foot patrols, roadblocks, cordon and search operations and the tracing of wanted suspects.

All law abiding citizens can rest assured that before, during and even after the festive season, the members of the SAPS will be out in their numbers upholding their commitment to serve and protect their communities and in doing so, we will continue to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to criminality.

We already have the commitment of various critical stakeholders including the national and provincial road traffic departments and other government departments from the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster. The support of all persons in South Africa cannot be overemphasized, by upholding the law and behaving responsibly, by providing information on crime and reporting all crimes as they happen.

It was through this cohesive approach during the last festive season that significant successes were yielded. More than 700 000 operations were conducted in which 83 479 persons were arrested. These operations also helped to rid our communities of over illegal firearms and ammunition. What was even more encouraging was that we were able to reduce crimes significantly.

We will also ensure that there will be heightened police visibility in areas where large numbers of our communities gather during the holidays such as shopping centres and malls, the beaches and other tourist destinations.

Source: South African Police Service

President Jacob Zuma visits Imo State in Nigeria

President Jacob Zuma will, on successful completion of his State Visit to Zambia, travel to Owerri City in the Imo State of Nigeria to strengthen socio-economic relations and further deepen existing cooperation in the field of education.

During the visit, the President will visit the Rochas Foundation and Hall of Fame as well as address a number of stakeholders in the Imo State including business and traditional leaders.

The Governor of the Imo State, His Excellency Mr Owelle Okorocha, will also confer on President Zuma, the Imo Merit Award, the highest award in the State conferred on distinguished personalities who have made a difference in the development of their communities.

President Zuma will proceed to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 15 October 2017, where in his capacity as Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) he will hold discussions with President Joseph Kabila Kabange on the issues of peace and security in the Great Lakes region, particularly the situation in the DRC.

Source: Government of South Africa

Transnet declares 95% of Durban Port safe

At least 95% of the Durban Port area has now been declared safe for the navigation of vessels.

On Tuesday, severe weather conditions left Durban flooded which resulted in the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) declaring the port unsafe.

According to TNPA, progress has been made in clearing obstruction and debris on the seabed allowing for navigation along the Durban Container Terminal: Pier 1.

Sounding surveys are still in progress along the C-Shed area and in the interest of ensuring safe navigation of vessels, vessel movement is still suspended in this area, the TNPA said.

The three vessels that were grounded after its anchors broke have since been released. The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) provided technical support during the multi vessel emergency operation.

We are increasingly getting confronted with deteriorating weather patterns and can expect similar incidents in the future given the effects of climate change. It was a saving grace that all this took place within the harbour where all resources are concentrated. It could have been worse if it was over a large open sea area, said SAMSA Chief Operating Officer Sobantu Tilayi.

The ports provide crucial maritime services include clearing the harbour, aid navigation, ship repairs and marine operations.

Transnet National Ports Authority's focus still remains on continuing with the implementation of the recovery operations and supporting terminal operators to restore normality.

Transnet National Ports Authority

The TNPA is one of five operating divisions of Transnet SOC Ltd. The National Ports Authority is responsible for the safe, effective and efficient economic functioning of the national port system, which it manages in a landlord capacity. It provides port infrastructure and marine services at the eight commercial seaports in South Africa � Richards Bay, Durban, Saldanha, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mossel Bay and Ngqura.

Source: South African Government News Agency

GHANA SEEKS TO BECOME ICT HUB IN WEST AFRICA

BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA), Oct 13 (NNN-GNA) -- Ghana says it is working hard at becoming the information and communications technology (ICT) hub in the West African sub-region.

Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said in line with that, government is improving its ICT infrastructure to take up the leadership role in the sector, which she observed, is driving socio-economic development.

In an interview at the ongoing World Telecommunication Development Conference in Argentina, Owusu-Ekuful said Ghana is looking at greater application of ICT in all sectors of the country's economy to drive the needed growth.

We're looking forward to even greater applications of ICTs in all sectors of our economy and to see it help us to really blossom and grow and get to where we want to; we want Ghana to be the IT hub for the West African sub-region, she stated.

She added: We want to take the leadership in our infrastructure, driving down the cost of data to enable young people to explore more of its possibilities and so that's how we're positioning ourselves.

The World Telecommunication Conference is being organised by the International Telecommunication Union on the theme ICT for Sustainable Development Goals.

The minister told ITU TV on the sidelines of the conference that ICT in Ghana's social economic development has been immense and being used in almost all sectors of the economy.

She said ICT is being used to shape the way Ghanaians live and work as well as helping in the fight against corruption and waste in the country's systems with the overall objective of improving efficiencies in the public sector.

We've used ICTs in scaling up our application of technology in all sectors of the economic to drive growth and job creation, she stated, adding that ICT has become indispensable in development, likening it to onion, which she said, is used in all sauces and stews.

Obstacles on what could be the challenges for Ghana in using ICT for sustainable development, the minister mentioned high cost of Internet and human resource capabilities, which she noted, ought to be improved.

We also have to think about rural penetration more for the un-served and underserved areas. There's a clamour for IT services around the country and supply is lagging far behind demand, so we're having to scale up our universal access capabilities immensely as we go along, she added.

Owusu-Ekuful said, We think that once we can deal with these few issues we will be well on our way."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK