Welcome!

Web 2.0 Authors: Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Yeshim Deniz, Sematext Blog, Miguel Valdes Faura

Blog Feed Post

The Kenton Group and Actelis Partner to Build Private WAN for Wolverhampton City Council

Actelis' EFM over copper broadband solutions enabling new carrier-class cloud services and streamlining network costs

Dartford, UK and FREMONT, Calif, November 14, 2012 - The Kenton Group and Actelis, the Broadband Acceleration Company™, today announced that Wolverhampton City Council, the local authority for the City of Wolverhampton, has implemented a private WAN to deliver cost-effective, carrier-class Ethernet services using Actelis' bonded-copper broadband solutions. The private WAN was built by The Kenton Group, Actelis' largest reseller partner in the U.K., and supports cloud-based services for the City of Wolverhampton's internal customer base consisting of groups offering health care, social and educational services.

The Kenton Group deployed Actelis' ML2300 Aggregation Switches and ML600 Ethernet Access Devices (EADs). The Actelis solution offered an unparalleled combination of bandwidth, performance, distance and carrier-class reliability, and could be quickly deployed without the higher costs and longer delays commonly associated with fibre. The Wolverhampton City Council also needed a cost-effective broadband solution that would stand the test of time. The ability of Actelis' Ethernet products to leverage the existing copper plant and provide a scalable and flexible broadband solution helped the Council prove the business case for the network build out in the short term while ensuring the solution could also meet its future requirements.

"We consider our network services to be the lifeblood of the Council, supporting our constituents' daily needs, and being able to deliver these services cost effectively is paramount. One of the key differentiators of the private WAN was the flexibility of the network. Actelis' broadband solutions and Ethernet technology within the network have enabled the Council to deliver more broadband services at more competitive prices," said Andrew Hoare, head of ICT Services at Wolverhampton City Council.

The speed and flexibility of its private WAN have enabled the Council to launch many new cloud-based services reliably and cost effectively. Supporting these services was not justifiable in the past, but the unparalleled rate, reach and reliability of Actelis' broadband solution now enables building private networks with requirements as demanding as those of the private WAN economically over existing copper plant.

"As Actelis' leading U.K. partner, our relationship and product offering have evolved to meet diverse customer demands and market requirements," commented John Larkin, managing director of The Kenton Group. "The work that we continue to do with the Wolverhampton City Council perfectly showcases our partnership with Actelis and our joint commitment to delivering innovative products supported by first-class customer service and expertise."

The close working relationship between Actelis and The Kenton Group was a key element in delivering this solution, according to Les Burns, vice president of EMEA sales at Actelis. "Actelis' successful ability to work with U.K. regulatory officials allowed us to team closely with The Kenton Group to provide a high quality, high-speed broadband solution to support all the required applications at a greatly reduced total cost of ownership. Actelis and The Kenton Group take great pride in being able to drive such high impact and positive results in public sector broadband solutions."

Originally built out into three BT exchanges around the Council, the private WAN has been an evolving network with new sites and exchanges coming online each year to the position where seven exchanges are now included in the network. Commissioning a new site each month, Wolverhampton City Council continues to build out the network farther to increase its scale and scope.

About The Kenton Group
Kenton Research was established more than 30 years ago to offer research design and development of telecommunications products supporting various industry standards. Kenton Research is now part of The Kenton Group, which delivers network access, demarcation and connection products and solutions for carriers, operators, service providers, enterprise and government throughout the U.K. and EMEA. Offering bespoke development for organizations' unique requirements, either via its specialist in-house development team, building products to required specification or utilizing best-in-class technology from its partners, The Kenton Group strives to deliver access network growth through innovation and partnerships.

About Actelis
Actelis®, The Broadband Acceleration Company™, is the global market leader and innovator in developing unique broadband solutions for telecom service providers, enterprises and municipalities. Deployed by more than 350 customers worldwide, Actelis is accelerating broadband services to businesses and residential subscribers through award-winning products and technologies, including the Broadband Accelerator (BBA), EFMplus, Dynamic Rate Boost (DRB) and Dynamic Spectral Shaping (DSS). These unique, patented technologies enable service providers to deliver broadband services with the greatest rate, reach and reliability at lower cost over existing copper infrastructure. Actelis® and Actelis Networks® are registered trademarks. The Broadband Acceleration Company™, EFMplus™ and MetaASSIST™ are trademarks of Actelis. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. Learn more at http://www.actelis.com/. Follow Actelis on Twitter @Actelis.

The Kenton Group Media Contact
Dana Corson
E: [email protected]

Actelis Media Contact
Chris Heinemann
T: +1 510.545.1051
M:+1 707.260.4055
E: [email protected]

# # #

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By RealWire News Distribution

RealWire is a global news release distribution service specialising in the online media. The RealWire approach focuses on delivering relevant content to the receivers of our client's news releases. As we know that it is only through delivering relevance, that influence can ever be achieved.

@ThingsExpo Stories
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.
Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, addressed the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream; Brendan O'Brien, co-founder of Aria Systems, Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState Software; Jim Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn; Dave Wagstaff, VP and chief architect at BSQUARE Corporation; Seth Proctor, CTO of NuoDB, Inc.; and Andris Gailitis, C...
Since 2008 and for the first time in history, more than half of humans live in urban areas, urging cities to become “smart.” Today, cities can leverage the wide availability of smartphones combined with new technologies such as Beacons or NFC to connect their urban furniture and environment to create citizen-first services that improve transportation, way-finding and information delivery. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Laetitia Gazel-Anthoine, CEO of Connecthings, will focus on successful use cases.
The industrial software market has treated data with the mentality of “collect everything now, worry about how to use it later.” We now find ourselves buried in data, with the pervasive connectivity of the (Industrial) Internet of Things only piling on more numbers. There’s too much data and not enough information. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Bob Gates, Global Marketing Director, GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, to discuss how realizing the power of IoT, software developers are now focused on understanding how industrial data can create intelligence for industrial operations. Imagine ...
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example t...
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water, are pursuing SmartGrid initiatives that represent one of the more mature examples of SAE. We have s...
SYS-CON Media announced that Splunk, a provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, has launched an ad campaign on Big Data Journal. Splunk software and cloud services enable organizations to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine-generated big data coming from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices. The ads focus on delivering ROI - how improved uptime delivered $6M in annual ROI, improving customer operations by mining large volumes of unstructured data, and how data tracking delivers uptime when it matters most.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
The true value of the Internet of Things (IoT) lies not just in the data, but through the services that protect the data, perform the analysis and present findings in a usable way. With many IoT elements rooted in traditional IT components, Big Data and IoT isn’t just a play for enterprise. In fact, the IoT presents SMBs with the prospect of launching entirely new activities and exploring innovative areas. CompTIA research identifies several areas where IoT is expected to have the greatest impact.
There is no doubt that Big Data is here and getting bigger every day. Building a Big Data infrastructure today is no easy task. There are an enormous number of choices for database engines and technologies. To make things even more challenging, requirements are getting more sophisticated, and the standard paradigm of supporting historical analytics queries is often just one facet of what is needed. As Big Data growth continues, organizations are demanding real-time access to data, allowing immediate and actionable interpretation of events as they happen. Another aspect concerns how to deliver ...
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys.
Code Halos - aka "digital fingerprints" - are the key organizing principle to understand a) how dumb things become smart and b) how to monetize this dynamic. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Brown, AVP, Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions, outlined research, analysis and recommendations from his recently published book on this phenomena on the way leading edge organizations like GE and Disney are unlocking the Internet of Things opportunity and what steps your organization should be taking to position itself for the next platform of digital competition.
In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect at GE, and Ibrahim Gokcen, who leads GE's advanced IoT analytics, focused on the Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. They also discussed the tips and tricks to provide the Industrial Internet as an end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial Cloud.
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framework Exposing that management framework to a business centric logic Exposing that business layer and data to end users. This last trend is the IoT stack, which involves a new shift in the separation of what stuff happens, where data lives and where the interface lies. For instance, it's a mix of architectural styles ...
IoT is still a vague buzzword for many people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, discussed the business value of IoT that goes far beyond the general public's perception that IoT is all about wearables and home consumer services. He also discussed how IoT is perceived by investors and how venture capitalist access this space. Other topics discussed were barriers to success, what is new, what is old, and what the future may hold. Mike Kavis is Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Pa...
Dale Kim is the Director of Industry Solutions at MapR. His background includes a variety of technical and management roles at information technology companies. While his experience includes work with relational databases, much of his career pertains to non-relational data in the areas of search, content management, and NoSQL, and includes senior roles in technical marketing, sales engineering, and support engineering. Dale holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a BA in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly in the process of breaking from its heretofore relatively obscure enterprise applications (such as plant floor control and supply chain management) and going mainstream into the consumer space. More and more creative folks are interconnecting everyday products such as household items, mobile devices, appliances and cars, and unleashing new and imaginative scenarios. We are seeing a lot of excitement around applications in home automation, personal fitness, and in-car entertainment and this excitement will bleed into other areas. On the commercial side, m...
Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity.