Daily Archives: October 17, 2017

Patton Among Top Ten 2017 UC Solutions Providers

Patton offers a unique set of competencies and capabilities that help companies bring their UC dreams into reality

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Patton Electronics—US manufacturer of UC, cloud, and IoT enabling solutions for carrier, enterprise and industrial networks—has been named among the top ten unified communications (UC) solutions providers according to InsightsSuccess magazine.

Patton is doing some unusual things that no other network equipment manufacturer does to enable UC implementations.

Patton offers a unique set of competencies and capabilities that help companies bring their UC dreams into reality. Two examples…

  • SmartNode enterprise session border controllers (eSBC) address a broad range of networking functions including IP security, legacy telephony integration (analog and ISDN), network demarcation, and much more—all in a single customer premise device.
  • CopperLink Ethernet extenders and Power-over-Ethernet extenders, enable the Internet of Things (IoT) –as well as cloud connectivity—by helping companies to connect IP endpoints to their corporate networks over very long distances using existing copper or coaxial network cabling infrastructure.

What Patton is doing today in the UC area, is a lot like what they have done in the technology business for the past 30 years…

Patton’s specialty has always been interconnecting legacy TDM and serial systems with new-generation IP-based voice, data, and multimedia technologies. Incorporated in 1984, Patton has built everything from micro-sized widgets that connect “this-with-that,” to carrier-grade telecom gear that connects subscribers to service providers.

Going forward, look for more innovative UC and IoT-enabling solutions from Patton that satisfy real-world  customer requirements:  new VoIP Gateways, eSBCs and integrated access devices (IADs) that IP-enable existing network systems so SMBs can transition to new-generation ALL-IP solutions—affordably and at their own pace. Also watch for ongoing development of Ethernet and Power-over-Ethernet solutions that save customers money by leveraging the existing copper plant for long-reach IP connectivity.

Other Awards

Last year, INTERNET TELEPHONY (IT) Magazine recognized Patton with the 2016 Communications Solutions Products of the Year Award for the SmartNode 5540 Enterprise Session Border Controller (eSBC) with 2,4, or 8 integrated analog FXS telephony interfaces.

In addition, Cable Spotlight Magazine awarded the 2016 Product of the Year Award for Patton’s CopperLink 1101 Power over Ethernet (PoE) Ethernet Extender.

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

InsightsSuccess Contact: David Martin | +1 614 602 1741 |david@insightssuccess.com

CREAM OF SOUTH AFRICAN ARATHONERS SET TO RUN IN THE SANI STAGGER

DURBAN– One of South Africa’s most unique marathons, the Sani Stagger endurance race, promises to be a showdown of the best-of-the-best when it comes to potential winners for the 42-km race which takes runners up and down the iconic Sani Pass on the border of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Province ad the Kingdom of Lesotho on Nov 25.

With the famous Comrades Marathon taking place just six months after the Sani Stagger, a number of the top contenders will use the race as an important part of their build up to the iconic ultra-marathon from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in KZN in 2018.

Among the Comrades hopefuls entered for the Sani Stagger is defending Comrades Marathon champion Bongmusa Mthembu. The man from Bulwer, KZN< who ran commandingly to a second Comrades title in 2017, sees the Stagger as an important early season event.

I love the Sani Stagger and I try and run it every year, the current South African 100-mile record-holder said. It is a race that is early in my preparations but it is important because it is the start of my consistent training for Comrades. To have a race at that sort of altitude is another massive benefit and to have some of the top runners in the country there is also a positive.

The Sani Stagger fills more than one role when it comes to Comrades Marathon preparation; it is also a race qualifier. For Mthembu and the rest of the hopefuls, the Stagger is going to provide them with a good idea of who is in strong early-season form.

It is great that we are going to have some of the top runners there this year. With the likes of Skhumbuzo (Dlamini), Ludwick (Mambolo) and Lovemore (Chabata) running, it is going to make the race really interesting. Such strong runners add to the excitement of the race, added Methembu.

When asked about how he would approach the Sani Stagger, he had a very clear plan in mind. To be honest I use the Comrades as a guideline, Comrades 2018 will be a down run so I will focus my energy on getting down the (Sani) Pass as quickly as I can. This means that I will try and conserve energy going up the pass and then race hard down the hill. I want to try and get down the pass in just over an hour, added Mthembu.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR URGED TO SUPPPPORT SOUTH AFRICA’S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

JOHANNESBURG– South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation has urged the country’s financial services sector to support its efforts to close the 30 billion Rand (about 2.25 billion US dollars) funding gap to develop water infrastructure.

The department is in the process of drafting a new National Water and Sanitation Master Plan, which is expected to be completed in March 2018 and its Deputy Director-General, Trevor Balzer, told the 3rd Annual Water Stewardship summit here last week that the department needed the private sector to assist in funding sustainable development projects.

We expect to incorporate the feedback we receive from the financial community and other stakeholders to create a plan that effectively addresses the country’s needs, Balzer said.

The summit provided an opportunity for public and private financiers to become involved in the initial planning and project conceptualization stage of the new National Water and Sanitation Master Plan. Leading water, infrastructure and financial sector stakeholders held in-depth talks on funding models to improve South Africa’s water security.

They focused on the future of municipal water infrastructure finances, improving municipalities’ capital budget spending, and removing bottlenecks in municipal procurement. By involving such financiers early in the process, the department hopes that the master plan can be designed in a way which is benefits the country while attracting investment.

Speakers said South Africa faced water services challenges on a number of fronts, including supply, aging infrastructure, the need for new infrastructure, significant non-revenue water losses and revenue collection.

Catherine-Candice Koffman, Head of Infrastructure and Telecommunications Project Finance at Nedbank CIB, said getting involved at this stage of the planning process would help to better conceptualise how corporate can leverage strategic, operational and sustainability goals.

At Nedbank CIB, we understand the intimate connectivity between leveraging natural resources and converting these into viable economic solutions to ensure the sustainability of our business and the socio-economic ecosystem in which we co-exist, Koffman said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Government congratulates The Star newspaper

Government congratulates The Star newspaper for its 130 years of contribution to the journalism practice in the country. The Star was established on 17 October 1887 and its reporting contributed towards the development of Johannesburg. The newspaper celebrates its inception in a week that marks Media Freedom.

Over the decades the newspaper expanded rapidly and has become part of the daily routine of its readers.

Acting Director-General, Phumla Williams, said: The Star has played a pivotal role in shaping South Africa’s media landscape. Through this information tidal wave readers were kept abreast of the many changes that occurred in the country, such as the discovery of gold to the realisation of a democratic state and a free press, amongst others. It has also been a participant in embracing technology through which the media functions on a daily basis. These fundamental changes have impacted South Africa in many ways.

Government encourages The Star to further journalism excellence through fair, balanced and objective reporting as the media plays an important role in transforming and addressing challenges we face as a country.

Source: Government of South Africa

Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency Considers Its Draft Budget Review and Recommendations Report

The Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency met to consider its Draft Budget Review and Recommendations Report based on the submission made by the Department of Women in the Presidency to the National Treasury. The Committee recommendations are wide-ranging. Most of which put under scrutiny the department’s performance and strategic outcomes in relation to its core service delivery mandate of advancing women’s socio-economic empowerment and the promotion of gender mainstreaming in various spheres of life.

The Committee’s draft review and recommendation report is based on the Auditor-General’s findings, State of the Nation Address pronouncements, oversight reports on departments and the Commission for Gender Equality.

According to this report, most glaring in the department’s strategic plan is the lack of a clear collaborative approach to gender mainstreaming between the department, organs of the state, civil society and the Commission for Gender Equality that have a dedicated focus on this matter. As such the report recommended that: The department should ensure that there is an improved collaboration with Commission for Gender Equality and all other organs of the State as well civil society in achieving its mandate.

Moreover, the department should include the Commission for Gender Equality as one of the major stakeholders in its national dialogue initiatives, the report recommends.

The report appraised the fact that the department has, in its report, made reference to the National Development Plan (NDP) priorities, but the Committee regretted the fact that it was unclear how the department intended to achieve them. The Committee acknowledges the department’s reference to the NDP priorities, but was unclear what the tangible outcomes were, based on the undertaking by the department during 2016/17 that enabled progress towards achieving these priorities.

Most importantly, the Committee Report has noted with concern the unfavourable findings made by the Auditor-General with regard to the department’s financial contraventions. These include, among others, the irregular, unauthorised, fruitless and wasteful expenditure, which have been attributed to the lack of optimal internal audit controls and risk management.

The Committee recommended that the department should report monthly to the Committee on the progress made with regard to the implementation of the recommendations of the A-G, its Audit and Risks Committee. And explanation must be provided where recommendations have not been implemented and what the remedial action is.

The report blamed this on the lack of effective governance, which has led to a lack of adequate oversight responsibility regarding financial, performance reporting and compliance. To remedy this situation, the Committee has resolved that the list of names of officials who transgressed the Public Finance Management Act, National Treasury Regulations and Supply Chaim Management policies must be submitted to the Committee. This must indicate the nature of contravention, cost incurred and the consequence management implemented by respective managers.

In addition, the department should provide the Committee with a comprehensive report on its investigation into its financial mismanagement. The report should clearly indicate the sanctions brought against officials responsible for irregular expenditure. And the department must develop action plans on steps to prevent any form of financial mismanagement in future, said the Committee Draft Report.

The Committee Report criticised the top-heavy structure of the department and its use of consultants to craft its turn-around strategy, while its 2016/17 core service delivery targets remain unmet.

The Committee recommends that the department should provide the outcomes of its skills audit, an action plan of what is required to address its skills deficit and the impact thereof on its new structure and what it would do to mitigate that.

Regarding the unmet targets, the Committee recommended that the heads of department should submit quarterly reports of consequence management for the non-delivery of targets with a clear indication of the remedial action.

To enhance its effectiveness, the department should ensure that there is an alignment between its strategic plan and its annual performance plan and their objectives and targets are costed accordingly, states the Committee report.

All these factors will help to create the necessary environment for gender-responsive budgeting, that could bring about the necessary gender equality legislative and gender policy reforms. The department should be spearheading the introduction of legislation and policy reforms; we have not seen that happening. Hence, we recommend that the department should brief the Committee on gaps identified in policies and laws on a regular basis.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa