SOURCE: AEP Networks

June 08, 2009 07:00 ET

AEP Networks Works With Telecoms Sans Frontières to Deliver Flexible, Resilient Communications in All Circumstances

Donates Two Ruggedized Communications Packs to Leading Disaster Support Charity

SOMERSET, NJ and HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, UK--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - AEP Networks, a leader in secure communications and networking, today announced that it is to provide two ruggedized boxes for use by Telecoms Sans Frontières (TSF) to provide reliable communications in disaster areas across the globe. The AEP SecComm Personal packs will provide the most flexible communications possible to cater for all eventualities. Each one offers a range of different inputs (e.g. Satellite, Ethernet, and Serial), as well as different outputs (e.g. 4 voice ports, wireless laptop connectivity and direct laptop ports). This means that the solution is incredibly flexible, accepting many different types of network connectivity and configurations which is extremely important when dealing with disaster areas where a stable communications infrastructure is unlikely to exist.

With the AEP Networks solution, the user can make voice calls from a standard phone connected directly to the unit, can connect a laptop directly to the unit, and can use WiFi to connect laptops wirelessly or using IP phones. The unit can be powered from most mains supplies or it runs from its own internal 3 hour battery and comes with a solar battery trickle charger.

Peter van de Geest, Managing Director for AEP Networks, commented, "Telecoms Sans Frontières relies on top class performance equipment to respond to emergencies quickly. This equipment has to be light and mobile to ensure that TSF is one of the fastest NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in the world. We are delighted to be providing our technology to TSF so that we can play our part in making sure that they are able to set up the best communications infrastructure possible in what are challenging and often hostile environments. We believe that our boxes deliver the most flexible communications possible and will enable TSF to respond quickly and effectively under any circumstances."

Clément Bruguera, Telecommunications Engineer for TSF, added, "We use satellite communications equipment a great deal because of the nature of the work that we do -- working in difficult conditions in remote or devastated regions. Our technology needs to be constantly upgraded and developed in response to the demands/needs that we encounter on the ground. The field of telecommunications evolves very quickly and we rely on our technical partners to keep us up to date on all technological improvements and innovations. This means that we can take advantage of each improvement to respond to emergencies quicker, be more mobile and more efficient. TSF is thrilled to be working with AEP Networks to ensure that its teams are fully equipped to take advantage of any and all telecoms available, making network configuration decisions based on local technology and equipment. AEP Networks delivers a great package in a single box and, in WiFi mode, it does not need lots of cables to connect to applications and databases back home."

van de Geest concluded, "When using the BGAN (Inmarsat's Broadband Global Area Network) satellite modem for voice communications, the quality of the voice is very good, because our software prioritises voice over data and can squeeze much more data over a small bandwidth, also the internal Data Compression engine saves bandwidth costs. There is no other service available today that matches ours."

About AEP Networks

AEP Networks offers secure communications and networking for government, enterprise and carriers. We work with systems integrators, managed service providers and the distribution channel to deliver integrated solutions incorporating our leading edge products:

--  Enhanced-grade secure voice and multi-service data platforms (based on
    the vadOS operating system) that support a wide range of communications
    protocols and network topologies
--  High assurance networking via IPSec-based VPN encryptors for site-to-
    site security and remote access
--  Secure remote access to networks and applications -- including virtual
    environments -- via application-layer security gateways and SSL VPNs
--  Hardware Security Modules (HSM) for cryptographic key management and

Headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey, AEP Networks has key hub offices in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Australia. For more information, visit