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Press release

8/4/2015 - Miscellaneous

Kapsch and Cisco: Local-global partnership receives international award

Vienna, August 4, 2015 – Kapsch BusinessCom has been a Cisco Gold Certified Partner for the past 15 years. The two companies’ joint projects in Austria also are meeting with international acclaim. For example, Kapsch used technology from Cisco to implement an IPv6-based solution for smart energy management at Salzburg AG – an achievement for which Kapsch was honored by Cisco with the Solution Innovation Partner of the Year award in the EMEAR Central region. In addition, Wilhelm Putz, Systems Engineer at Kapsch BusinessCom, is the first and only Austrian to have achieved certification as a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Data Center in another example of the excellent cooperation between local competence and globally leading technologies. Kapsch also used Cisco TrustSec to build end-to-end security architecture for the Mondi group.

International award

At Cisco’s global meeting held recently in Las Vegas, Kapsch was the winner of the sought-after Solution Innovation Partner of the Year award. The project to develop the world’s first smart metering infrastructure based on IPv6 PLC Mesh Communication is considered at Cisco to be one of its five most important lighthouse projects worldwide. The new architecture for intelligent electricity meters uses open standard technology, meaning that additional services – particularly smart grids – can be added later. The test communication network was set up in less than one year, and other European countries have already shown interest in implementing similar solutions.

First Austrian to become a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Data Center

Along with generalists, the IT sector also needs experts who have acquired deep knowledge of specific systems. Wilhelm ';Putz from Kapsch is one of those experts. He specializes in planning, operating, and troubleshooting complex data center networks, which is why he underwent the process of becoming an internationally recognized Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Data Center. This makes him the first and only Austrian to have achieved this type of in-depth certification.

New Worlds of Work at the Mondi group

The Mondi group’s new corporate headquarters has embraced the concept of the New World of Work, which involves project work, sometimes even in cross-location teams. This requires an IT infrastructure that is flexible enough to handle rapidly changing requirements while maintaining the highest possible level of data security. Working together with Mondi, Kapsch developed and launched a concept that can be put into practice at other locations inexpensively and quickly and which established the technical basis for implementing group-wide security policies. Cisco supplied the technology for the end-to-end security architecture, which integrates all equipment that is connected either by cable or wirelessly. The architecture uses Cisco TrustSec in combination with the Cisco Identity Service Engine to allocate all elements to logical groups with respect to the applicable security policies. This method is considerably easier to handle than traditional approaches, which work with lists of IP addresses.

Full service from design to maintenance

“We are able to offer our customers on-site service for their IT solutions that extends from the initial planning all the way to setup and operation. We are assisted in this by our competent employees as well as by our globally operating partners such as Cisco, which supplies us with the latest technologies on an ongoing basis. This gives our customers the perfect mix of local and global,” explains Jochen Borenich, COO of Kapsch BusinessCom.

*) Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia and Central, which includes AT, CH, CZ, GER, HU, PL.

Kapsch BusinessCom – a company of the Kapsch Group – is a leading ICT service partner in Austria, Central and Eastern Europe with more than 1,300 employees and annual sales exceeding 310 million euros. Embedded in the Kapsch Group, Kapsch BusinessCom is active worldwide with its own offices in Austria and subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Poland. Kapsch has positioned itself as an ICT service partner offering a complete solution portfolio covering the areas of information technology as well as telecommunications. In addition to system integration and continuous optimization measures, Kapsch BusinessCom is increasingly taking on responsibility for the entire area of operations. Kapsch BusinessCom relies on manufacturer independence and partnerships with globally leading technology providers, such as Apple, Avaya, Cisco, EMC, Google, Hitachi, HP, Microsoft or Mitel. In concert with these partners Kapsch offers its services as a consultant, system supplier and service provider, but above all as a reliable, dependable, long-term trusted advisor in a rapidly changing technological environment. Kapsch BusinessCom always generates clear added value for its over 17,000 customers.

 

Tags
partnership, Cisco

Press contact:

Alf Netek
Chief Marketing Officer & Press Officer
Kapsch Aktiengesellschaft
Am Europlatz 2, 1120 Vienna, Austria
P +43 50 8111700
alf.netek@kapsch.net
Jutta Hanle
Vice President Marketing & Communications
Kapsch BusinessCom AG
Wienerbergstraße 53, 1120 Vienna, Austria
P +43 50 811 5787
jutta.hanle@kapsch.net

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