Kontron platform chosen for Aculab's protocol conversion system GroomerII

12/9/2002 - As global telecommunication infrastructures grow and interact, network operators, service providers, alternate carriers, switching equipment vendors and systems integrators all need to support protocol conversions and complex call routing between a variety of otherwise incompatible network interfaces.

Aculabs GroomerII is a high-density, flexible switching engine that can easily be customised for a variety of application requirements. Typically deployed between private networks or PBX/ACD switches and public networks with incompatible interfaces, GroomerII provides not only the appropriate protocol conversions, but also offers least-cost routing, alternate routing (ideal for fallback scenarios), number translation and call data records.

GroomerII is based on Aculabs highly successful E1/T1 PCI digital network access cards, integrated in a highly reliable rack-mounted computer platform. Aculab has tested the GroomerII to perform consistently with a throughput of up to 150,000 calls per hour and for a maximum call throughput, without failure, of 424,000 calls per hour. The demands imposed by this high level of performance were important factors in Aculabs selection of Kontron UK Limited as its partner to provide the rackmount computer platform for GroomerII.

Aculab needed a partner who could quickly deliver a reliable, consistent and proven solution - Kontron has long been recognised as an industry leader in providing reliable platforms for communication and mission critical applications. Kontrons proposed solution used an off-the-shelf system with a customised front panel, as part of the standard Omnix product offering, with Aculabs own branding. Aculab accepted the proposal after submitting it to its rigorous purchase supplier approval and audit process.

The platform for GroomerII is Kontrons 6U Omnix 600, a 10-slot multiple PCI system that is an ideal flexible solution for Aculab. The Omnix 600 offers features, such as hot-swap redundant power (110/240V AC or 48V DC), RAID and system monitoring, ensuring high availability and resilience. Kontron manufactures the system, including the backplane, single board computer (SBC) and chassis, so continuity and longevity of supply are assured. The SBC is designed in line with the latest Intel road maps, to which Kontron, as an integral member of the exclusive Intel Applied Computing Platform Provider (ACPP) programme, has early access. This access ensures that GroomerII will be supported by the technology of today and of tomorrow.

Further information on Kontron UK product ranges can be found at http://www.kontronuk.com. For more information on the GroomerII visit http://www.aculab.com.

About Aculab
Through a customer-focused approach to development, Aculab has produced a computer telephony (CT) product portfolio that satisfies the speech resource and global digital connectivity requirements of developers and system integrators. CT applications utilising Aculabs components can handle real-time telephony, through an extensive range of resources and signalling systems. Aculabs head office is located in Milton Keynes, UK with offices in North America, Germany and Australia.

About Kontron UK Limited
Founded in 1985, Kontron UK (formerly ICS Advent (Europe) Limited) manufactures embedded and PC platform solutions. The Company provides integrated solutions for OEMs, end-users and systems integrators with rack mount computers, chassis, enclosures, single board computers, CompactPCI, custom and industrial computers solutions. The Kontron group, headquartered in Munich, has design and manufacturing facilities across North America, Europe and Asia, providing the capacity to deliver the Neptune 800 program and other major global Embedded OEM solutions.

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