Daily Archives: October 13, 2017

Patton and FiberPlex Join Forces to Build Enterprise Communications Infrastructure Powerhouse

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 delivering hundreds of channels across multiple platforms


  • 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.


Contact Information:

Peggy Stalhut; peggy.stalhut@globecomm.com

Humansdorp Cluster conducted successful multi-disciplinary roadblock

Humansdorp: In line with our Back to Basics approach to policing and in order to effectively prevent and combat crime, members from the South African Police Service in the Humansdorp Cluster ensured high visibility on the N2 today, Friday, 13 October 2017, by conducting an integrated roadblock. A total of 100 vehicles were stopped and searched and 23 traffic fines to the value of R18 300-00 were issued. Two arrests were made after a male suspect (in his 30’s) was found with khat in his possession and in a second unrelated case a 22-year-old male was detained for being in possession of 109 mandrax tablets, valued at R7630-00. Both suspects will appear in the Humansdorp Magistrates’ Court on these charges on Monday, 16 October 2017.

Source: South African Police Service

Minister Faith Muthambi: Funeral of Hosi Shitlhangoma James Maluleke Xigalo

Address by Minister for Public Service and Administration Ms Faith Muthambi, MP, during the funeral of Hosi Shitlhangoma James Maluleke Xigalo

Programme directors;

The bereaved family of Hosi Maluleke Xigalo;

The Xigalo Traditional Council;

Leaders of the Van’wanati clan;

Minister of Transport Honourable Joe Maswanganyi;

MEC of Coghsta in Limpopo Honourable Makoma Makhurupetje;

Cllr Mawela, who is representing the Executive Mayor of Vhembe District Municipality;

Mayor of LIM345 Municipality Cllr Joyce Bila;

Councillors from the District and Local Municipalities;

Leadership of CONTRALESA, led here by Hosi Shigamani;

Leadership of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, represented here by Kgosi Malesela Dikgale;

Khosi Vho-Mashamba;

Chairperson of Vatsonga Royal Traditional Unit Hosi N’wamitwa;

Representatives of various sectors;

Leadership of all religious denominations;

The Community of LIM 345 Local Municipality;

Ladies and gentlemen;

We gather here today to bid farewell to a true African giant. We bid farewell to a Traditional Leader of our people who understood only too well the great responsibility that history had thrust upon him. We bid farewell to a Chief who was much loved, respected and admired.

We stand with a heavy heart, for we realise that one of the best among us has departed. We have lost a person who embodied so much of that to which we all aspire.

I still recall how shaken and saddened I was when I heard that Hosi Xigalo was no more. Together with my colleagues we have sent our deepest condolences to the family, the Traditional Council, and the entire community he led. I must confess that not only myself, but all my colleagues who have interacted with Hosi Xigalo were shattered when they leant of his passing.

This shows the kind of person that he was. Everyone who have interacted with him was in one way or the other touched by his humility, simplicity, and warmth.

Ladies and gentlemen;

As much as we are gathered here to mourn this great loss, we must celebrate the life of our beloved Chief, more especially on this occasion of bidding him a final farewell.

Although I was unable to attend the memorial service due to other commitments, I was happy when I was informed that the mood was celebratory and that those who worked, lived, and interacted with the late Hosi Xigalo managed to celebrate his life during the event.

His life deserves to be celebrated indeed.

The late Hosi Xigalo always loved the people, he didn’t hold grudges, and he was always clean, and he had sense for fashion. I am told that he was well know at John Graig clothing store, and other designer labels stores. We will always remember him by his unique Black leather jacket and stylish hats. He loved himself, which is why he also loved other people.

It is a lesson that all of us can learn from him, that we must love ourselves so that we can also love others. And we must always be clean because cleanliness is next to godliness.

Ladies and gentlemen;

The Late Chief Xigalo always promoted togetherness and unity. This is another lesson we can learn from his life. He believed in the unity of African people and he was a unifier. It was widely reported in the news when he allowed the three Somalian nationals into his community’s initiation schools during the winter season this year. In them he saw human beings, and Africans in particular, and he believed that they belong to his community because they are fellow Africans. He did not believe that African people should be divided because of the borders which were imposed by the colonialists.

As South Africans we must strive to learn about our continent and pass such knowledge to future generations. We must also make it our business to learn about the African Union’s agenda for 2063, which is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent.

We must teach our children about the African cultures and values, so that they can embrace their heritage. In that way they will know the history and important role of traditional leadership in society. In this way we will be honouring the legacy of our beloved Hosi Stapura, because he believed in the unity of Africans and in the progressive role of traditional leadership.


The great man we are laying to rest today believed that traditional leaders have an active role to play in the governance structures of our democracy, which is something that our Government has always promoted.

Chapter 11 of the Constitution states that the institution, status and roles of traditional leadership, according to customary law, are recognised.

Government acknowledges the critical role of traditional leadership institutions in South Africa’s constitutional democracy and in communities, particularly in relation to the rural development strategy. It therefore remains committed to strengthening the institution of traditional leadership.

To this end, numerous pieces of legislation have been passed and various programmes implemented to ensure that traditional leadership makes an important contribution to the development of society.

All these pieces of legislation and developments regarding the structures of traditional leadership were developed to enable our leaders to be part of cooperative governance systems.

Hosi Xigalo never took a back seat, or watched from a distance when things were happening in his area. He participated actively and contributed with ideas, motivation, and even with pieces of land, since we know that land is an important factor of production.

During His reign, two high schools were constructed, which are; Dlamani and Thambisa, as well as a primary school are called Shimambani. He also pushed for the construction of Xigalo Fire Station, Cambridge and U-Save Supermarkets, which will be open soon. He also initiated to start Xigalo Agricultural project, Xigalo Old age Home, Ayob Supermarket, Mugijima complex and other projects, and he was looking forward for the following new development in each section; Community hall, RDP Houses, Sports Facilities and Clinic.

He was a visionary who always thought of improving the living conditions of his people, and he led from the front.

There is also a good lesson to be learnt, more especially by his colleagues in the traditional leadership space. As traditional leaders, you must never take a back seat and watch things happen. Traditional leaders must work together with political leaders for the benefit of the communities.

What is interesting is that unlike us political leaders who are elected for a specific terms of office, traditional leaders lead throughout their lifetime, and that gives them an opportunity to have good memories and knowledge of all development projects. They can therefore help in ensuring that there is continuity of development projects even when politicians who initiated the projects are no longer in office.

Hosi Xigalo understood our cooperative governance system. I can remember during the opening ceremony of our Constituency Office in Malamulele, which I officiated where Hosi Shigalo was in a jovial mood telling the gathering that the opening of the Constituency Office is a positive development for the area and that it will help in speeding up service delivery.

Hosi Xigalo was one of the Senior Traditional Leaders in the Malamulele Constituency, who worked closely with me in various community development Projects such as; digital migration, back to school campaigns, social cohesion projects, and crime prevention initiatives.

He had a burning desire to community development, and I therefore urge all of you gathered here to have the same spirit.

Ladies and gentlemen;

It is a source of great satisfaction that Hosi Stapura outlived the system that sought permanently to enslave his people. It is a source of great satisfaction that he was able to witness, and participate in the birth of a united and democratic South Africa, which sought to restore to his people their human rights and dignity.

Throughout the history of our land, our leaders have been called upon to confront the many and various challenges our people have faced. For over three hundred years, our people found themselves at the mercy of a rapacious system of colonial and racial dispossession.

In conclusion;

I am happy that the community here lived to witness the traditional leadership of Hosi Xigalo, because there many lessons that can be drawn from his life and leadership style. All of us here, from politicians, traditional leaders, members of the community, and our young people because they are the future leaders, can learn good things from the life of our beloved late Hosi.

Since the Chief has departed, we urge members of this continue to continue respecting the traditional leadership, as you respected this great man we are laying to rest here today.

To the family; we wish you strength and courage, and we hope that you will honour the legacy of your father by remaining united and by continuing to service your community.

To all traditional leaders; let us continue to work together in governing our people and in creating a better life for them. Whenever you require strength and courage, you must always look into the life of Hosi Xigalo because has enriched our understanding of leadership, duty and responsibility.

I thank you!

Source: Government of South Africa

SA Agulhas II leads Africa-led scientific research cruise

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says the second international Indian Ocean Expedition, which will see the SA Agulhas II depart from Durban on Wednesday next week, will help access data that can be used to prepare for ocean-related challenges in developing countries.

The Minister said this when addressing research scientists during a send-off ceremony at the Cape Town Waterfront on Friday.

The Indian Ocean remains one of the least studied ocean regions and billions of people are relying on the Indian ocean, often living under vulnerable community situations in their countries.

And our improved understanding of the Indian Ocean, how it impacts on countries and their people, will allow much more better local planning and implementation of our programmes for the betterment of the lives of our people.

And this improved knowledge has equally important functions � it will allow countries to better plan for threats associated with climate change, including storm surges, sea level rising and coastal erosion.

It also offers the living and non-living resources related to fishing, transportation, mining and tourism as information we can actually use to access those very important resources, the Minister said.

The SA Agulhas II is scheduled to leave Cape Town on Saturday to Durban, where it will be anchored from Monday until the beginning of the expedition on Wednesday.

The expedition is a multi-national programme of the United Nations Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) which emphasises the need to research the Indian Ocean and its influence on the climate and its marine ecosystem.

South Africa’s contribution to the expedition is an African research cruise along the East of Africa from the SA Agulhas II.

The Minister said the first multidisciplinary African-led scientific research cruise will see scientists and students from South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Nigeria and Egypt all collaborate on the expedition.

The first International Indian Ocean Expedition took place in the 1960s.

The Minister said soon, the outcomes of the expedition will help South Africa and other African governments to become less dependent on developed countries and multi-national corporations for data.

It is our hope that South Africa’s contribution to this research platform will stimulate regional interest by older and especially younger scientific minds. I am specifically proud of our researchers that will be working on this cruise with our regional friends, she said.

The Minister said the SA Agulhas II is a research and polar vessel that was built in 2012 and is named after SA’s music icon, the late Miriam Makeba.

Ashley Johnson, the Director of Ocean Research at the department of Environmental Affairs, said the voyage, which will see the SA Agulhas II explore the oceans between Durban and Tanzania, will be a month-long cruise with a number of stops.

What we are trying to do firstly is to get the region to have a coordinated approach to ocean science. We also cannot assume that everyone has the same level of understanding. So the cruise is ultimately aimed at trying to build capacity across the region but while you are undertaking science, what we are trying to achieve is to get a baseline of information because without the baseline, you can’t do anything else.

The baseline is the foundation of what we are trying to do so we measure a large range of parameters � the physics, the chemistry, the biodiversity, the biology and while we are doing that, we are training our fellow Africans in understanding the ocean space and that would then place countries in a better position in the future to have a coordinated approach to also develop their own ocean economies because without the information, you can’t do that, he said.

Source: South African Government News Agency