Skupos | June 24, 2021
To facilitate retailers' participation in fully-managed brand financed programs and promotions that enhance income and enable retailers to remain competitive, Skupos Inc. has joined a Mako VPN Cloud Partner Program. As a result, distributed merchants utilizing Mako Networks security solutions may now log in to guarantee safe network connections using Mako SD-WAN technology.
The Mako VPN Cloud Partner Program enables retail sites to safely and quickly connect to the online applications of service providers. Skupos has direct access to the store via the Mako Central Management System (CMS), removes a 24/7 link to their back-office computer, and removes file problems due to disconnected files.
The Mako Cloud partners can use virtual or physical Mako VPN concentrations to provide tens of thousands of dispersed retail sites in their online environments. In addition, retailers already using a Mako security gateway may connect to a partner's network simply by choosing it from the relevant drop-down menu and using the Mako CMS instructions.
The platform Skupos supports retailers:
• Revenue Boost: Increase your income instantly through registration in scan data and brand-funded promotions.
• Build a Competitive Advantage: By providing discounts from brands to your customers, encouraging foot traffic and driving volume.
• Save time: Earn hassle-free income by managing end-to-end programs.
• Cost-Effective: Benefits from a platform without long-term commitments.
With the help of a growing number of partners, the Mako VPN Cloud Program symbiotic proposal, where Mako Networks, partners, and customers are all united, is driving rapid development. The characteristics that make this connection simple make it quick and economical. The move from existing platforms to the Mako System often produces considerable savings considering both upfront and continuing expenses.
Mako supports partners as a managed service provider:
• Complimentary or reduced cost Mako VPN aggregation technology
• Mako secure one-click connectivity template for the VPN.
• Marketing documents approved for Mako
• Mako technical support 24/7 access
In addition, Mako's application of source network address translation allows retailers to connect to Mako VPN Cloud Partners networks without resetting internal IP addresses (SNAT). As retail brand safety requirements sometimes prohibit payment environments from accessing the public Internet, Mako VPN Cloud offers merchants a secure way of contacting third-party service providers. The solution utilizes a Mako VPN Cloud connection that subverts the public Internet and respects PCI DSS and other safety requirements.
Mako System's key technological characteristics include:
• The NAT implementation of Mako enables retailers to connect to partner networks without resetting their internal IP address schemes.
• Mako Secure VPN cloud tunnels allow retailers to bypass public Internet connections, brand compliance, PCI DSS, and other security regulations.
• Mako's redundancy of the SD-WAN circuit, the redundancy of physical and virtual devices, and geographic redundancy ensure that retailers are kept in touch with partner networks.
About Skupos Inc. About
In 2016, Skupos was established to provide product placement data, price, and customer behavior data across the c-store sector. Skupos has since been the unique platform for ultimately connecting the retail value chain of convenience to tens of thousands of dealers at the point of sale. The company's technology, which focuses primarily on independent companies and small stores, enables marketers to establish direct relationships with c-store clients and learn how consumers deal with their goods; from its headquarters in San Francisco and Denver, Skupos services over 14,000 clients worldwide.
About Mako Networks
Mako Networks offers distributor companies easy, secure, PCI-certified networks. Mako operates worldwide from US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand offices and combines centralized cloud administration and reporting, genuine SD-WAN, secure Wi-Fi, built-in mobile, Mako VPN Cloud, next-generation firewalls, and end-to-end PCI DSS certification into one simple, easy-to-manage system.
VIAVI | December 21, 2021
Viavi Solutions Inc. shared the company's role in the third annual global O-RAN plugfest hosted by Tier-1 communications service providers and the O-RAN ALLIANCE. The plugfest involved a series of on-site demonstrations across multiple countries, conducted in October and November 2021.
VIAVI provided benchmarking and validation for plugfest tests and demonstrations at locations including: New Brunswick, USA, hosted by AT&T and Verizon with Rutgers University; Menlo Park, USA, hosted by AT&T and Verizon at the TIP Community Lab with Meta; Berlin, Germany, hosted by Deutsche Telekom; Madrid, Spain, hosted by Telefónica; Gurgaon, India, hosted by Airtel; Tokyo, Japan hosted by Yokosuka Research Park with participation from major service providers including Rakuten Mobile; and Taiwan hosted by Auray OTIC and Security Lab and Chunghwa Telecom.
This year's plugfest demonstrated the rapid evolution of the O-RAN ecosystem with increasing focus on the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC), which changes the way network resources are managed, bringing artificial intelligence and big data into day-to-day operations. To mitigate the risk involved in introducing this new technology, operators depended upon tools from VIAVI including the TeraVM RIC Test to test the performance of the RIC when presented with a wide range of RAN scenarios, to test the functionality of rApps and xApps, as well as provide the means to generate the data needed to train AI models.
The VIAVI Test Suite for O-RAN Specifications also supported conformance, performance, interoperability and end-to-end testing:
Open Radio Unit (O-RU) and Open Distributed Unit (O-DU) – Casa Systems Apex 5G Evo Radio was validated using the VIAVI TM500 O-RU Tester in conjunction with the Rohde & Schwarz SMW200A Vector Signal Generator (VSG), FSW Signal and Spectrum Analyzer and Vector Signal Explorer (VSE) software. Performance testing of the Sercomm Small Cell O-RU/O-DU was conducted using the VIAVI TeraVM O-CU Simulator and TeraVM Core Emulator. The Foxconn/WNC/Alpha/ITRI O-RU was tested using the VIAVI TM500 O-RU Tester.
Open Central Unit (O-CU) – Performance (load/scale) testing of the Accelleran O-CU installed on a cloud native router was conducted using the VIAVI TeraVM O-CU Tester.
Open Fronthaul (OFH) – OFH interoperability between Intel's FlexRAN™ reference software and Capgemini Engineering O-CU, O-DU and Core, with IP Infusion fronthaul switch as grandmaster clock, was validated using the VIAVI TM500 O-DU Tester and E500 UE Emulator. VIAVI also provided the T-BERD/MTS-5800 for Xhaul Transport and Synchronization testing on the Ciena 5164 and 5168 with grandmaster, and on the Cisco NCS540.
End-to-end interoperability testing of the Foxconn O-RU with another vendor’s O-DU and O-CU was conducted with the VIAVI E500 UE Emulator and TeraVM Core Emulator. OFH and end-to-end interoperability was demonstrated between the TeraVM Core Emulator, Foxconn O-RU, Capgemini O-DU/O-CU and commercial device.
RIC – The TeraVM RIC Test was used to validate the Accelleran dRAX™ RIC and xApps, and the TCS RIC and traffic steering xApp. TeraVM RIC Test also supported a demonstration of the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP) enabling RAN self-healing and optimization, including rApp impact compensation with RAN optimization xApps working on latest O-RAN SC RIC stack.
With each O-RAN plugfest, we have seen commitment from more service providers, a proliferation of vendors, and clearer signs that the technology is progressing toward maturity. In 2021, the scope of investigation has expanded beyond connectivity between O-RAN elements to automated assurance and optimization using the RIC and xApps."
Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer, VIAVI
VIAVI offers the most comprehensive test platform on the market for lab validation, field deployment and service assurance of O-RAN networks, deployable on premise, in public or private clouds, and as Test as a Service (TaaS). With over 85% of NEMs using the VIAVI RANtoCore platform for gNB development, the company uniquely offers market-leading 5G and Open RAN test solutions for conformance, performance and interoperability of O-RU, O-CU, O-DU, RIC and Core elements.
VIAVI is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions for communications service providers, enterprises, network equipment manufacturers, government and avionics. We help these customers harness the power of instruments, automation, intelligence and virtualization to Command the network. VIAVI is also a leader in light management solutions for 3D sensing, anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, and defense applications.
MicroEJ | August 25, 2020
MicroEJ, the worldwide leader in software enablement solutions for embedded and IoT devices, announces its trusted Virtual Execution Environment, MICROEJ VEE, now supports the top-selling NXP i.MX25 family. This proven and reliable hardware, combined with MicroEJ cutting edge virtualization technology, makes it the perfect cost-effective solution for markets requiring high levels of reliability, such as industrial, automotive, and general embedded applications.