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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Azzurri victorious at Mobile News Awards 2007

Azzurri prove it's the company to beat after picking up Best B2B Provider for third consecutive year

Newbury, UK, 28th March 2007: Leading business voice and data company Azzurri Communications is celebrating after picking up two awards at this year's Mobile News Awards. Azzurri scooped the Best B2B Provider award for the third year running, making it back-to-back wins since 2005, as well as the sought after Customer Service Award, beating stiff opposition from the Carphone Warehouse, Tesco Mobile and Vodafone.

The Mobile News Awards are in their 13th year and celebrate organisations that have made a significant contribution to the mobile industry over the last year.

"We pride ourselves on fantastic customer service and this award is a huge achievement and a reflection of the hard work and dedication put in by all members of the Azzurri team," comments Martin Flick, divisional director, Azzurri Communications. "We have invested heavily in both our staff and systems, to ensure that our customers receive the high level of service they deserve, whilst providing robust management tools to support increasingly complex converged voice and data solutions. Customer Service is no longer just about airtime and billing, it's about proactively and continually adding value."

The Mobile News Awards judging panel commented: "Once again Azzurri has shown that it is the firm to beat after winning the B2B Provider category back to back since 2005. As well as its high levels of customer service, we were impressed by the way in which Azzurri invests in and motivates its staff. All in all, Azzurri has proved again that it is focused, professional and market leading."

Dave Winkworth, UK Production Manager, ADP Ltd adds: "Our Azzurri account manager clearly adds value through their support, responsiveness and fresh ideas when approaching our business requirements. The service centre deal with our queries quickly and efficiently and are always helpful when dealing with our call."

Entries were judged on a range of criteria for both awards including; product range, customer retention, sales techniques, IT support, service improvements and customer testimonials.

For further information please contact:

Rebecca Dean Louise Wheble Joe Doyle
Insight Marketing Insight Marketing Azzurri Communications
01625 506416 01625 506439 01635 520360
rdean@insightmkt.com lwheble@insightmkt.com joe.doyle@azzu.co.uk

About Azzurri Communications
Formed in June 2000, Azzurri Communications is one of the largest converged voice, data, and managed service companies in the UK. Annualised turnover is in excess of £150 million. There are circa 900 employees worldwide. Headquartered in Newbury, UK, Azzurri currently has sales and support operations in Fareham, High Wycombe, Kingston, Weybridge, Birmingham, Burnley, Hull, Leeds, East Kilbride, Los Angeles and Sydney.
Partnering with leading manufacturers and networks, Azzurri provides solutions that include voice, data, networking, digital print and mobile. Azzurri also provides consultancy such as in-depth communications audits for large corporations and comprehensive telecoms management services. For further information visit http://www.azzurricommunications.com/

Thursday, March 22, 2007
Vistorm wins RSA®'s Partner Achievement Award

Vistorm over achieves by 170 per cent

Daresbury, UK, 22 March 2007: Information Assurance specialist and managed security service provider Vistorm today announced that it has been awarded the ‘Partner Achievement Award 2007’ by RSA, The Security Division of EMC.

The award, presented during RSA’s annual partner conference attended by the leading lights of the security industry, reinforced Vistorm’s prominence in the UK market by recognising the company’s continuing success in the security industry. 

Miles Rippon, area vice president, EMEA Channels, RSA, explained: “Vistorm was hugely successful in 2006 and over achieved an aggressive target by 170 per cent.  This was due to a diligent approach to account management, upgrading many of its customers and selling the value of authentication across the enterprise.”

Vistorm was also praised for its early adoption of the RSA enVision™ solution, which resulted in it closing one of the biggest RSA enVision™ deals across Europe.

Steve Browell, general manager - technology, Vistorm, said: “We have worked with RSA for many years, focusing mainly on its authentication solution - RSA SecurID.  We have been building on this successful relationship, and last year doubled our authentication managed service business, which will continue to be a focus for us in 2007.  We closed one of the biggest RSA enVision deals in Europe, securing a £0.5m project for a major financial institution.”

A key player in the security information and event management (SIEM) market, RSA is recognised as a market leader in transforming enterprise-wide data into compliance and security information. The core enVision™ technology is built on the only architecture proven to collect and protect all the data efficiently that drives customers’ businesses.


For further information please contact:
Rebecca Dean/Natalie Gross
Insight Marketing and Communications
01625 506416 / 01625 506427

About Vistorm
Founded in 1991, Vistorm is a specialist in delivering industry leading security solutions. Partnering with leading manufacturers, Vistorm combines specialist Consulting, Technology and Managed Services capabilities to offer a complete portfolio of secure infrastructure services and solutions.

Vistorm believes that a clear information assurance strategy is fundamental to good corporate governance. In today’s business environment, stakeholder value can be too easily and often unwittingly damaged by information-based risks. Information capital needs to be compliant, secure, available, reliable and accurate. Without this assurance, there is a real danger of financial loss or damage to reputation.

Vistorm is headquartered in Daresbury, Cheshire with 200 employees nationwide.

About RSA
RSA, The Security Division of EMC, is the premier provider of security solutions for business acceleration, helping the world’s leading organizations succeed by solving their most complex and sensitive security challenges. RSA’s information-centric approach to security guards the integrity and confidentiality of information throughout its lifecycle - no matter where it moves, who accesses it or how it is used. 

RSA offers industry-leading solutions in identity assurance & access control, encryption & key management, compliance & security information management and fraud protection. These solutions bring trust to millions of user identities, the transactions that they perform, and the data that is generated. For more information, please visit www.RSA.com and www.EMC.com

Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Stockley Academy given power to teach by Redstone

Redstone Converged Services installs state-of-the-art technology into ground-breaking school

Date - 7th March 2007 - Students of Stockley Academy, based in the London Borough of Hillingdon, are reaping the benefits of state-of-the-art technology installed by Redstone Converged Solutions, a leading provider of converged IP solutions. As a result of the new ICT infrastructure, truancy has decreased, exam results have improved, and learning has been made more enjoyable for the students.

Stockley Academy, formerly Evelyns Community School, has seen some radical changes in the last couple of years. The school hit an all time low in 2001 when it was forced into special measures, and those worst affected were the students. An injection of cash from the DfES saw the start of a complete turnaround in the school’s fortunes.

As part of the £26 million project to develop a purpose built ‘intelligent school’, Redstone Converged Solutions has installed and implemented the Academy’s entire ICT infrastructure. Delivered over five phases, the implementation included behind the scenes technology as well as interactive whiteboards, the installation of a cashless vending system, and a photo ID capture system for security purposes and to aid the prevention of truancy.

Fred Groom, principal, Stockley Academy, said: “Stockley Academy has become the heart of this community. We know how lucky we are to have such state-of-the-art facilities to make the teaching and learning process so interactive.”

Paul Kennedy, managing director, Redstone Converged Solutions, said: “Redstone has proven expertise in this area, and it is very satisfying to know that technology has helped this Academy to improve the educational experience of its students. Truancy has decreased, exam results have improved, and learning has been made more interactive and fulfilling.”

Redstone has a strong track record in the education sector, having a number of high profile customers in this area, including: West Sussex LEA, West Berkshire LEA and Southampton City Council.

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Press Contacts:
Deborah Leah
Insight Marketing and Communications
01625 500 800

About Redstone Converged Solutions
Redstone Converged Solutions is a leading provider of converged IP solutions, with expertise in contact centres, voice and video, IP networks, Intelligent Building (OneNET) and security. It is a division of Redstone plc, which has 500 staff, a turnover in excess of £140 million, offices throughout the UK and Ireland and is committed to becoming a leading provider of telecoms and IT solutions for business and public sector organisations.

Redstone Converged Solutions brings together the combined knowledge and experience of Xpert Communications and Redstone's solutions businesses and has numerous accreditations including Avaya gold, BT premier, Cisco gold, Microsoft gold and Mitel platinum among others.  Redstone Converged Solutions takes pride in providing leading edge, innovative solutions to businesses and organisations in the health, education, local government, retail and finance sectors. For more information of products, services or other news, visit: http://www.redstoneconverged.co.uk

Secure remote access from Vistorm's Global Mobility Service

Oxford, UK, 6th March 2007: Secure remote access is one of today’s biggest corporate challenges. With this in mind, managed security services provider and information assurance specialist, Vistorm, has announced its Global Mobility Service, a remote office and business mobility solution powered by iPass, a leader in global enterprise mobility services. The service is based on the iPass Mobile Office offering and uses the iPassConnect™ universal client as a common user interface for all mobile and remote connectivity.  The Global Mobility Service provides a secure and consistent way for workers to stay in touch with corporate applications whilst out of the office or roaming across borders. 

Vistorm’s Global Mobility Service delivers a secure end-to-end solution for mobile access requirements, with Vistorm experts managing the solution 24x7. This ensures that employees can access email and other corporate applications, wherever business takes them reducing the possibility of a security breach. The service also removes the complexity and unpredictable costs of remote access for organisations and their users by offering budgetable fixed pricing over all access methods. 

“Our Global Mobility Service delivers secure remote access and simplicity of use for our customers mobile users.  Users can roam across borders using multiple connectivity options, including Wi-Fi and mobile data networks with comprehensive reporting and monitoring available on our portal, ” comments Martin Dipper, General Manager - Managed Services, Vistorm. “For the corporate, it has the peace of mind that its business assets are protected by the integration of remote access with our managed VPN gateway, firewall and authentication services.   The differentiation and service value-add for a business comes from the managed element and the ability to roam in a cost-effective manner and receive one invoice for all managed access and security services.”

Stephen Dane, Director UK and Ireland at iPass comments: “Our services let users enjoy a simple and consistent connection experience around the world. iPass Mobile Office spans diverse access technologies which includes the largest Wi-Fi hotspot network worldwide, mobile data and dial access in more than 150 countries. By integrating iPass service with a managed VPN gateway, firewall and authentication services, Vistorm can now offer its customers a leading mobility solution that helps enterprises effectively and securely manage all connectivity requirements of their growing mobile workforce.”

Furthermore, The Global Mobility Service delivers:

The Vistorm integration of access and security services tied with 24x7 support and full reporting means that the customer can outsource every element of their mobile office to Vistorm.


For further information please contact:
Rebecca Dean/Natalie Gross
Insight Marketing and Communications
01625 506416 / 01625 506427

About Vistorm
Founded in 1991, Vistorm is a specialist in delivering industry leading security solutions. Partnering with leading manufacturers, Vistorm combines specialist Consulting, Technology and Managed Services capabilities to offer a complete portfolio of secure infrastructure services and solutions.

Vistorm believes that a clear information assurance strategy is fundamental to good corporate governance. In today’s business environment, stakeholder value can be too easily and often unwittingly damaged by information-based risks. Information capital needs to be compliant, secure, available, reliable and accurate. Without this assurance, there is a real danger of financial loss or damage to reputation.

Vistorm is headquartered in Daresbury, Cheshire with 200 employees nationwide.

Thursday, March 01, 2007
Bournemouth Borough Council links up with H2O Networks to use Council Tax payers money

Council uses UK sewer network for new cabling infrastructure

North Wales, UK, 1st March 2007: Digging up roads for laying pipe and cable, impacts on the environment and happens more than four million times a year at a cost of £1 billion. With this in mind, when Bournemouth Borough Council was looking to implement a new communications cabling infrastructure, the obvious choice was H2O Networks. Utilising the UK’s sewer network, H2O Network’s FOCUS (Fibre Optical Cable Underground Sewer) System solution was implemented in just over one week and has meant that Council Tax payers money is spent on improving local facilities rather than being used for digging up the roads.

Bob Rhodes, IT manager, Bournemouth Borough Council comments: “In partnership with H2O Networks we are making a tremendous cost saving, meaning that we can put Council Tax payers money to better use. Using the sewer network is also a more environmentally friendly way to lay the fibre optic cable, and it makes sense to utilise the existing sewer network that’s right under our noses.”

“Our network was operational in just over a week with no need for us to undergo the complex negotiations that come with getting the permission to dig up roads and pavements.”

The revolutionary new development by H2O Networks allows organisations such as the Council to use the sewer network to set up their own secure IT and telecom network. The deployment process is a least 80 per cent faster than traditional methods, resulting in operational networks within weeks rather than months. Every city and town has ready-made ducts that can be used without causing disruption. H2O’s approach not only allows for quick installation it also provides unlimited bandwidth.

H2O’s business proposition is attracting much praise and interest from the UK’s water boards including Wessex Water Enterprises, which is just one of the water boards signed up to the scheme.

Mike Peacey, commercial manager, Wessex Water Enterprises comments: “We’ve started the system in Bournemouth which is a town with a lot of industry and architectural heritage, so it’s great that we are using our assets to the benefit of local industry and the environment.”

Commenting on the business benefits of the system, Elfed Thomas, managing director, H2O Networks comments: “Our FOCUS system gives organisations a cost-effective alternative to the traditional method of deploying fibre cable. It offers a fixed term cost rather than bandwidth tariffs, so that when extra capacity is needed, it’s there, and the business doesn’t incur further charges.”


For further information please contact:
Rebecca Dean
Insight Marketing
01625 506416

About H2O Networks
Formed in 2002, H2O Networks is a pioneer of deploying dark fibre in the UK’s waste water network to enable connectivity to those that have limited access.

The Focus (Fibre Optical Cable Underground Sewer) System from H2O Networks is a fast and cost-effective way to lay cable and link up any location without the high costs and disruption caused by traditional cabling methods.

For further information please visit: http://www.focuss.net

Former BMW Research & Development Chief Burkhard Goeschel Joins Maxwell Technologies Board of Directors

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. announced today that Professor Burkhard Goeschel, who retired in November 2006 as a member of the six-person Management Board of BMW Group, with overall responsibility for research, development and purchasing, has been appointed to Maxwell's board of directors.

Dr Richard Balanson, Maxwell's president and chief executive officer, said that Goeschel's extensive experience and contacts in the automotive industry will make him a valuable strategic resource to management as the company accelerates development and delivery of ultracapacitor-based energy storage and power delivery solutions for transportation applications.

"Professor Goeschel understands ultracapacitor technology and how it can be applied to optimize energy storage solutions for hybrid and electric drive trains and to better satisfy the growing electrical system needs of all vehicles," Balanson said. "He has indicated that he intends to take an active role as a sounding board for our technical staff, as well as tapping
his extensive worldwide network of transportation industry contacts to assist in Maxwell's business development efforts."

Goeschel, 61, joined BMW in 1978, and advanced through a series of technical and management positions in the company's automotive and motorcycle groups before being appointed to its Management Board in 2000. Earlier, he spent two years as a Group Leader for engine product development with Daimler Benz. He holds a PhD degree in engineering from Stuttgart University and bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Munich. He is an honorary professor of the Technical University in Graz, Austria, holds an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Munich and is a member of the university's management board and a trustee of its Institute for Advanced Studies. He is a member of the Council for Technical Sciences of the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, serves on the Research Commission and the Scientific and Ethical Advisory Board for state of Bavaria, and was general chairman of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)2006 World Congress.

Maxwell is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative, cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions. Our BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell modules provide safe and reliable power solutions for applications in consumer and industrial electronics, transportation and telecommunications. Our CONDIS high-voltage grading and coupling capacitors help to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications involving transport,distribution and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. Our radiation-mitigated microelectronic products include power modules, memory modules and single board computers that incorporate powerful commercial silicon for superior performance and high reliability in aerospace applications. For more information, please visit our website:

Media: Nick Daines +44 (0)115 8412109, mobile: +44 (0)7958 534731, email: ndaines@insightmkt.com
Sales & Technical - Europe: Raphael Waeber +41 79 750 3943, email: rwaeber@maxwell.com


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