Paramount Group selects NEC technology at the core of its new SAINTS Surveillance and Intelligence Networks offering

Pretoria, Hilversum, 26th September, 2018 – NEC Enterprise Solutions today announced that Paramount Group has selected NEC and its South African business partners Mustek and Gijima to provide the ICT building blocks for an innovative (para-)military intelligence surveillance solution called SAINTS - which stands for Surveillance and Intelligence Networks.

SAINTS, which has just been launched by the Paramount Group at the African Aerospace and Defence exhibition 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa combines the Paramount Groups’ land, sea or air solutions with NEC’s robust and resilient Fault Tolerant servers as a base for a multitude of mission critical applications. On top of that NEC’s UNIVERGE 3C UC & Collaboration software connects pilots or other mobile forces with command centres in a secure and encrypted way. NEC’s storage servers and networking solutions complement the ICT building blocks.

SAINTS unique concept
“We are thrilled to have NEC solutions and its business partners on board”, states Lee Connolly, GM of Paramount Advanced Technologies’ Mission Systems, “especially as NEC solutions are well known in the military and para-military field“, he continues. “The advantage of SAINTS is that it brings a complete solution which at the same time is versatile and scalable. There is a range of sensory equipment available, from radar, optical sensors and even drone detection, using multiple communications networks and multiple platforms at fixed or mobile deployments or a combination of these. Due to the ‘one-stop-shop’ concept the buyer will have less operational integration concerns than when buying the building blocks separately. This is ideal for many military and para-military operations.”

Ensure Stable Operations by High Availability
When all applications are powered by servers, you need mission critical stability. When it comes to server reliability, there is no better solution than the NEC Express58000 fault tolerant (FT) product line. A combination of redundant hardware and redundancy control software enables 99.999% uptime for immediate failover and server
virtualization protection. This translates in a downtime per year of less than 6 minutes on average. Mustek provides NEC’s FT servers, storage servers and related peripherals as building blocks to the SAINTS projects.

Modern communications even mobile highly secured
Not only does NEC’s UNIVERGE 3C provide a strong and robust all-in-one solution for Unified Communications and Collaboration, it is also JITC certified. This certification is carried out by the US Department of Defense/DISA and is desirable for any entity that values security and interoperability. It is important to note that NEC’s UNIVERGE 3C’s Mobile client for smartphones and tablets is the first secure mobile solution globally to be successfully JITC tested and certified. 3C is used by many military and paramilitary customers worldwide and integrated into SAINTS by Gijima, one of NEC’s most experienced 3C System Integrators.

NEC Networking made easy
The advanced networking solution provided is furthermore supported by NEC’s QX-S4100 Series Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) Gigabit switches, offering the flexibility to easily deploy PoE devices wherever needed. These versatile switches can be used as edge devices in a Software Defined Network (SDN) or they can be standalone. The QX-S4100 series fully supports NEC’s ProgrammableFlow Controller (PFC) Edge Switch Automation capability, and can be configured and managed directly through the PFC’s Graphical User Interface (GUI). Karien Ciggaar, Senior Sales Manager sub Saharan Africa for NEC Enterprise Solutions, comments: “We are extremely proud to be selected by Paramount group for SAINTS. In fact due to the successes of our solutions in the military field we have decided to focus more on this field than ever before both from a commercial and a development point of view. Together with our experienced business partners and our competence centres in Europe, Africa and the US we form the perfect team to support our military and paramilitary customers worldwide.“

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About NEC Enterprise Solutions:
NEC Enterprise Solutions provides IT & Communication solutions to small, medium and large enterprises in both the private and public sectors. Designed for open connectivity, high availability and flexible growth, our innovative solutions incorporate the latest voice, data and video technologies and enable real-time, collaborative working, increased productivity and customer satisfaction. Our servers, storage solutions, software and virtualized workstations enable businesses to maximize operational efficiency, performance and profitability.
NEC Enterprise Solutions serves its customers across EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) through a network of direct sales organizations, business partners and value-added resellers. For more information, please visit: http://www.nec-enterprise.com.

About Paramount Group
Paramount was formed in South Africa in 1994 with the bold goal of helping African governments better protect their countries. Today, we’re a global corporation, leading the way in global defence and aerospace innovation. We have more than 3000 employees, working with sovereign governments across across five continents and manufacturing in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
For more information: www.paramountgroup.co.za

About Hi Calibre
It was Hi Calibre Telecommunications Consultants – a Telecoms Consulting company – that brought the parties together when designing the satellite communications network for SAINTS. Hi Calibre recognized the need for a stable linking pin between the different parties and knew that NEC’s 3C UNIVERGE Solutions is used by many military organizations worldwide as it has been certified by the US Army’s JITC.
Hi Calibre Telecommunication Consultants is an independent research and consulting company. Established in 1998, they deliver solutions in the field of I.C.T. (Information and Communication Technology). Recent highlights national and international are:
• Enterprise VSAT network solutions specialising on “Rooftop-To-Rooftop” applications for closed own networks. E.g. Air Traffic Control, Border Control, Disaster Management, Public Safety and Remote Learning
• Broadcast Solutions “Comms-On-The-Move” enabled SNG - Satellite News Gathering - vehicles for camera shooting while driving in excess of 120Km/h.
For more information please e-mail: info@hicalibre.co.za

About Mustek
Mustek is proud to announce its involvement and partnership with Paramount Group in this year’s AAD show.
Mustek has been delivering NEC server solutions to the SANDF for the past 7 years and will team up with Paramount to showcase our NEC fault tolerance server range.
NEC’s fault tolerant servers are designed with innovative technology that enables continuous availability for a solution with up to 99.999% system uptime while providing data integrity and exceptional performance.
The heart of the dual-modular redundancy architecture for the FT server is its GeminiEngine™ chipset, a feature specially engineered to synchronize redundant components and prevent CPU performance degradation due to
hardware redundancy control. The GeminiEngine feature enables "lockstep" processing, allowing the redundant components to process the same instructions simultaneously, and thereby eliminating potential failure points for continuous processing. For more information: www.mustek.co.za

About Gijima
GIJIMA SPECIALIZED SOLUTIONS(GSS) is a market leader in the provisioning of specialised, innovative end user Unified Communication and Collaboration solutions. Our competency spreads over a number of sectors including but not limited to Industrial and Manufacturing, Mining, Hospitality, Health Care and Public Sector. Our solutions are rated as world–class by major international companies, structured to ensure high availability, the reduction of costs, and keeping our clients current with relevant technologies. Gijima GSS is uniquely positioned to improve the end user experience, and agile enough to manage all your Unified Communication and Collaboration (UC&C) requirements. Our solutions portfolio is backed up by NEC Enterprise Solutions EMEA having appointed Gijima GSS as the only System Integrator (SI) in the South African market.
Our solutions incorporate the latest voice, data and video technologies over converged networks, using both desktop and mobile endpoints to enable real-time, collaborative working. Combined with the latest messaging, presence management and contact centre applications, our solutions deliver increased productivity, ease of use and significantly improved customer satisfaction. Our deployment models supportive of On Premises, As a Service or Hosted gives our customers freedom of choice aligned with their respective OPEX or CAPEX budgets. Designing and maintaining such complexed solutions requires a highly skilled workforce, Gijima GSS has in its’ employ a number of highly skilled and certified Solution Design Engineers, Specialists and Service engineers that will ensure industry standard designs, deployments and after sales service across the country.
For more information: www.gijima.com

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