SOURCE: Network Equipment Technologies

Network Equipment Technologies

March 01, 2010 08:20 ET

Network Equipment Technologies Delivers Critical Reporting Capability to Australian Emergency Network

NET's VX Series Supports Advanced Notification System for Residents in High Risk Fire Region

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) -  Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. ("NET") (NASDAQ: NWK), a leader in network and voice-over-IP solutions, today announced the successful deployment of the company's VX Series voice switches to support the Firelinx Community Project, an early warning system developed for approximately 1,600 residents in a high risk brush fire region outside of Melbourne, Australia. Teaming with JASCO, a leading network solutions and support framework provider to the Australian IT market, NET's VX Series products provided seamless integration with Firelinx' communications network using Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 (OCS).

The Firelinx network places approximately 120 calls per second, first notifying residents in the most geographically threatened areas, and then moving outward. Critical to Firelinx' success is accurate reporting of which calls are not completed and why. NET's VX Series delivers high visibility, enabling up to 10 additional attempts to be made to reach affected residents.

NET's VX Series is a fully integrated multi-service voice switch that provides high-performance VoIP communications for enterprise OCS deployments. The VX Series interoperates with all leading PBX and IP-PBX vendor protocols, offering rapid deployment and easy installation, with minimal maintenance.

"Getting an accurate report of completed and unsuccessful calls is critical to the effectiveness of the network," said Jason McClintock, Managing Director of JASCO Consulting Pty Ltd. "We originally performed a trial on the Firelinx network using a different gateway, but were not able to reliably identify calls that were not received. We replaced the switch with NET's VX 1200 and achieved 100% visibility, plus the ability to diagnosis why the failure occurred, for example a fax tone, voicemail, or no answer. This information thus enables the system to repeat the calls as necessary."

The Firelinx Community Project was developed to notify residents in Victoria that live within a 25km area of the threat of a brush fire. Recognized as one of the 50 most critical hot spots in Australia, the Firelinx network can now warn residents within seven minutes, which is approximately 20 minutes ahead of any other system presently available. The Victorian Fire Commission intends to roll out similar programs to other threatened regions next year.

"Firelinx is an excellent example of the benefits that can be achieved in networks deploying our VX voice switch with Microsoft's Office Communications Server," said Matthew Krueger, VP of Marketing at NET. "NET's VX1200 can be integrated into any network to deliver key benefits with added reporting capabilities."

About Network Equipment Technologies:
Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NET) provides network and VoIP solutions to enterprises and government agencies that seek to reduce the cost to deploy next generation unified and secure communications applications. For a quarter of a century, NET has delivered solutions for multi-service networks requiring high degrees of versatility, security and performance. Today, the company's broad family of products enables interoperability and integration with existing networks for migration to secure IP-based communications. Broadening NET's voice solutions, Quintum Technologies, now a part of NET, is a VoIP innovator whose applications bring the reliability and clarity of public telephone networks to Internet telephony and unified communications. NET is headquartered in Fremont, CA and has 14 offices worldwide including the US, the UK, France, the Middle East, China, Japan, Australia, and Latin America. The company sells its solutions through a direct sales force and an international network of resellers and distributors. For more information, visit http://www.net.com

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