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Aperio Wireless Locks from ASSA ABLOY

December 19th, 2014

Aperio™: the new global technology from ASSA ABLOY. With Aperio™ mechanical locks can be wirelessly linked to a new or existing access control system without any need to modify existing doors. At the heart of Aperio™ is a short distance encrypted wireless communication protocol linked to an online electronic access control system.

Aperio™ Highlights at a glance:

  • Single management interface for all EAC doors
  • No need to modify existing doors during installation
  • Reduces the risk of lost credentials
  • Replaces mechanical keys with RFID cards
  • Supports standard RFID technologies
  • Uses standard mechanical locks
  • Fits all common lock cases and profiles
  • Versions for fire, escape routes etc

Your Security Environment

You need to add doors to your new or existing access control system but you

  • Don’t want to wire doors
  • Need simple, economical installation
  • Want to keep existing user credentials and software
  • Would like to forget mechanical keys
  • Wish online and offline door control
  • Want to save time and money

Aperio™ wireless lock technology is designed for you. Aperio™ is the most cost effective and convenient way to enhance your existing security.

Download the Aperio™ Brochure.

We will be showcasing the Aperio™ solution at BETT 2015 on stand C73 with technical experts on hand to answer any questions.

SafeNet Recognised as Leaders in Magic Quadrant

December 10th, 2014

SafeNet have been positioned as a market leader for its completeness of vision and ability to execute in Gartners Magic Quadrant for User Authentication for the fourth consecutive year.

SafeNet Inc., a global leader in data protection, today announced that Gartner, the world’s leading IT research firm, positioned SafeNet in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2014 Magic Quadrant for User Authentication. This is the fourth consecutive year that SafeNet has been recognized as a leader. SafeNet was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant based on the combination of completeness of vision and ability to execute, the two primary criteria for the report.

Gartner notes that, “While mobile and cloud remain disruptive, buyers continue to give weight to user experience,” and expects that “by year-end 2017, about 50% of organizations will choose cloud-based services as the delivery option for new or refreshed user authentication implementations, up from about 20% today.”

SafeNet’s Authentication portfolio includes a multi-tenant, multi-tier, cloud-based authentication service, on-premises authentication solutions, and support for a broad range of authentication technologies and form factors. SafeNet has one of the largest numbers of customers across all industries that secure access to corporate networks and protect the identities of users.

“In the fashion industry, protecting designs is paramount to maintaining a competitive edge,” said Marc Lindemann, ICT Infrastructure Consultant at O’Neill Europe BV at O’Neill, the original California surf, snow and lifestyle brand. “For the last eight years, SafeNet’s strong authentication solutions have enabled us to control exactly who is accessing our intellectual property. With SafeNet’s management console, we’re able to easily add and remove authorized users, run audit reports, and enforce security policies.”

SafeNet’s next-generation approach to user authentication offers frictionless authentication, combined with transparency, trust and control, allowing organizations to secure access to diverse applications and meet security regulations in a dynamic IT landscape.

“Having an authentication solution that can ensure uniform and scalable secure access from diverse end-points to applications that reside in the enterprise data center, the cloud or virtual environments is key to an enterprise’s security preparedness,” said Andrew Young, vice president, authentication product management, SafeNet. “The breadth and delivery of our authentication portfolio helps customers meet these needs and we believe is why Gartner continues to recognize and affirm our position of leadership in the authentication market.”

Download the full report.

About SafeNet’s Next-Generation Authentication Solutions
SafeNet Authentication Service delivers fully automated, highly secure authentication-as-a-service. Strong authentication is simplified through the flexibility and scalability of automated workflows, as well as support for vendor-agnostic tokens and broad APIs. In addition, management capabilities and processes are fully automated and customizable—providing a seamless and enhanced user experience. With no infrastructure required, SafeNet Authentication Service enables a quick migration to a multi-tier and multi-tenant cloud environment, protecting all resources from cloud-based and on-premises applications to networks, users, and devices.

SafeNet Authentication Manager provides organizations with a versatile platform to manage all OTP, certificate-based, and software authentication solutions. This covers the full authentication lifecycle across the enterprise and extends strong authentication to the cloud using a single, integrated system. It also enables organizations to authenticate mobile users with over-the-air certificate provisioning for mobile devices.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for User Authentication Report:
SafeNet Authentication Solutions:
Next-Generation Authentication: Keys to Balancing Security and Convenience White Paper:

Join us on Stand C73 at BETT 2015

December 1st, 2014

BETT 2015 will open its doors once again at the Excel Centre in London from the 21st-24th January 2015. BETT is a world leading technology event that brings together innovation and inspiration to the education sector. Net-Ctrl is proud to be exhibiting at the show once again on stand C73 with some great technology solutions.

As many of you will know Net-Ctrl is a value-add UK reseller. We design, install and support a hand-picked range of enterprise solutions that we believe truly deliver in the workplace. We have specialised in network and physical security, data storage and wireless solutions.

This year we will be showcasing our integrated security portfolio that includes IP-CCTV, wireless locks, access control, intelligent lighting, intelligent audio and door entry systems. Each solution integrates seamlessly with the other and can be combined to form an extremely advanced integrated security solution.

Ruckus Wireless will be presenting their latest ‘Smart WiFi’ solutions, including 11ac products, new controllers and our own virtual Smart Cell Gateway offering. We will also have Fortinet’s high performance Fortigate firewall platform.

Joining the Net-Ctrl team will be a range of technical resource to discuss all the solutions above and answer any questions. We will also be a wide range of demonstrations available.

If you would like to book a meeting slot in advance email

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Securing Schools with IP-CCTV – A MOBOTIX Approach

November 7th, 2014

The security of schools, colleges and universities and the safety of staff and students is one of the most important aspects of educational life. However, it is nearly impossible to deliver the necessary proactive approach within a limited budget.

This short guide provides an overview of the key issues facing educational organisations as well as a look at how innovative technology can help reduce cost, improve security and provide flexibility for progressive adoption of CCTV.

Protecting property, staff and students

Schools, colleges and universities share a number of common security issues. Balancing the requirements of accessibility with control and monitoring is challenging. Academic institutions primary desire is to spend resources on education and avoid administrative costs. As such, there is a requirement to gain as much value from CAPEX and to also simplify processes around security and facility management.

Education has benefited from ICT and although most campuses now have extensive data connectivity, the demand on these networks is growing and the additional burden of CCTV poses the potential for forcing expensive upgrades. In addition, campuses tend to have minimal facilities management teams which are often rolled into the ICT function. This means that CCTV needs to be simple and extremely reliable.

Finally, campuses are typically not setup for a centralised security control room. The common practice of distributed sites, schools and departments means that a single security desk is impractical. Accessibility to CCTV, for example to validate a visitor prior to entry, needs to be flexible enough to meet campus environments that are quickly evolving. This means the ability to integrate with intercom, door entry, barriers and card readers at a local level is often a vital requirement.

What are the common security problems faced by academic institutions that MOBOTIX can help solve?

We need to cover wider areas like recreation rooms, cafeterias or lecture halls but don’t want to use dozens of cameras.

MOBOTIX is the industry pioneer in high resolution hemispheric video which allows fewer cameras covering a wider area. The use of these fish-eye lenses and digital processing also solves the problems associated with legacy Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras through the use of a high resolution lens that captures an entire 360 degree scene which can be viewed, zoomed and studied in real time. However, this digital PTZ does not disrupt the on-going recording of the location. This allows a single hemispheric camera to cover large areas or even an entire room from a single ceiling vantage point without any break in coverage. MOBOTIX cameras are all over 3 megapixels in quality which means a single unit can provide enough detail to identify individuals with certainty.

We want to be able to act quickly when we see an issue captured by the CCTV. For example, asking students loitering in certain areas to move along to lessons or warn vandals that we can see their actions.

MOBOTIX cameras are unusually innovative in that they include built-in bi-direction audio capability to allow both local announcements and centralised messages to be played to any speaker connected to individual cameras. Each camera can also be linked to entry phones to allow visitors to communicate with facilities or reception staff who can remotely open doors. In some instances, campuses can setup contact points to help students and staff raise the alarm in the event of health or safety issue. Bi-directional audio can be seamlessly linked to existing intercoms, fire alarms and other audio systems without requiring complex third party equipment.

Our school has a limited budget for CCTV and wants to avoid the cost and complexity of building a dedicated CCTV control room – what are our alternatives?

MOBOTIX includes MxControlCenter, a licence free video management software, for recording and managing an unlimited number of clients, cameras and storage devices. Campuses can setup cameras to record video continuously, on schedule, on alarm and/or on motion detection. The software offers multiple search functions for recorded events with support for mobile devices. The inclusion of such powerful software allows even the smallest schools to benefit from simple to manage CCTV security. The software can be deployed on any Windows PC and with the right settings; any MxControlCenter can link to any camera allowing campuses to setup flexible monitoring and access control processes even out of hours for night watch staff using handheld smart devices.

We want to cover external areas such as playing fields, car parks and our external perimeter but extending traditional fixed network connectivity out to these sites is prohibitively expensive.

MOBOTIX CCTV cameras are IP65 rated which means they will work in every type of weather condition, temperature and humidity. In addition, each camera uses only 5w of power and includes built in support for mobile connectivity and internal storage. The MOBOTIX cameras can also be used over a wireless network. This means that with just the addition of power, campuses can extend CCTV coverage to a location without a fixed network. Instead, CCTV accessibility is delivered via low cost 802.11n based wireless networks or even 3G/4G where applicable. In addition, cameras can record video using internal flash memory and just send very low bitrate preview images over Wi-Fi to monitoring stations. The internal storage means that over a weeks’ worth of high resolution images are stored internally for later viewing in the event of a network link outage.

Our campus network is already pretty stressed; how can we upgrade to high resolution CCTV without an expensive network upgrade?

MOBOTIX use of distributed technology, built in storage and a highly efficient MxPEG video encoder means that the amount of traffic across the network is dramatically reduced. For example, in video motion recording, recordings will be made only when movement occurs in certain areas. An intelligent distributed CCTV solution will send images only when it needs to record them to its storage device. In contrast a traditional ’dumb‘ centralised system will be constantly sending images to the central location so that the software can make the decision to store it or disregard it. This means that with non-MOBOTIX CCTV there is always a network overhead, even when there is no movement. Schools that instead choose MOBOTIX can use its distributed technology to avoid having to upgrade the underlying network and instead setup quality and frame rates based on network availability.

Net-Ctrl and MOBOTIX

Net-Ctrl will be demonstrating the MOBOTIX solution on stand C73 at BETT 2015 along with a range of other great solutions. Net-Ctrl has been a MOBOTIX partner for a number of years. We house our own internal sales, support and installation teams to help you through your project.

We would be more than happy to discuss any potential projects you may have and outline the different options available to you from the MOBOTIX portfolio. Net-Ctrl also has the facility to loan cameras to schools to put them through their paces.

For more information on the MOBOTIX security portfolio please email

Ruckus Wireless Expands its Unique line of New Smart 11AC Indoor and Outdoor ZoneFlex Access Points

October 2nd, 2014

Featuring Industry’s Lightest, Smallest Outdoor 802.11ac APs, and Embedded Adaptive Antenna Technology.

Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced today the expansion of its line of Smart 802.11ac ZoneFlex™ access points (APs) with the launch of four new models. The expanded lineup includes the new Ruckus ZoneFlex R500 (2×2:2) and ZoneFlex R600(3×3:3) indoor dual-band (2.4/5 GHz) mid-range models, and two new Ruckus ZoneFlex T300 Series outdoor 802.11ac APs, the ZoneFlex T300e omnidirectional model, which includes support for optional external 5 GHz antennas, and the ZoneFlex T301s 120 degree sectorized beam model with a sector adaptive antenna.

These new Smart Wi-Fi access points are the only concurrent, dual-band indoor and outdoor 802.11ac APs on the market to integrate patented Ruckus BeamFlex+™ technology for optimal performance and interference mitigation in challenging RF environments, as well as ChannelFly™ dynamic channel management technology for predictive channel selection based on real-time capacity analysis of all RF channels. The new outdoor ZoneFlex T300 Series APs also feature the industry’s smallest and lightest form factors.

“Our latest ZoneFlex T300 Series outdoor APs provide even more options and flexibility for customers desiring carrier-class, high-capacity, high-density outdoor 11ac Smart Wi-Fi radio technology, including industry-leading lightweight and compact form factors,” said Greg Beach, vice president of Product Management, Ruckus Wireless. “Our new indoor, mid-range APs are exceptional, high-performance options for deployments in small to mid-size retail businesses, branch offices of large enterprises, hotel common areas, classrooms and libraries, delivering best-in-class performance and reliability at competitive prices.”

New Ruckus ZoneFlex Indoor APs R Smart Wi-Fi for 802.11ac

The Ruckus ZoneFlex R500 dual-band (2.4/5 GHz) 2×2:2 802.11ac access point is designed to deliver high quality wireless connectivity in medium density wireless networks in sites such as mid-size enterprises, hotels, and warehouses. The ZoneFlex R500 is also a great AP for deployment in retail stores to provide inconspicuous, reliable wireless connectivity for video, wireless IP phones and data access for handheld point-of-sale (POS) bar code scanners.

The Ruckus ZoneFlex R600 dual-band (2.4/5 GHz) 3×3:3 802.11ac access point delivers even higher performance with an additional MIMO spatial stream. It is ideal for medium to high client density deployments such as enterprises, branch offices, and retail locations, especially those serving three-spatial stream clients. The ZoneFlex R600 is also a perfect fit for K-12 classrooms and college campus networks.

Both the new ZoneFlex R500 and R600 APs are able to operate with full functionality when powered by a standard Power over Ethernet (PoE) 802.3af switch, eliminating the need for costly switch upgrades. Their sleek, elegant designs are easily concealed and support a variety of mounting options. Additional features include: dual-band support that allows for concurrent Internet and IP-based video services; wired ports that enable easy connections to laptops, VoIP phones, cash registers, printers, and other business devices, and; multiple SSIDs for differentiated user services (e.g., guest Wi-Fi, POS, voice).

Ruckus ZoneFlex 802.11ac APs Continue to Fit Outdoor Environments to a T

Like the Ruckus ZoneFlex T300 omnidirectional and ZoneFlex T301n 30 degree narrow beam models, the new ZoneFlex T300e and T301s APs are incredibly lightweight and feature ultra compact form factors. At just 2 and 2.1 pounds (0.9 kg and 1 kg), respectively, including built-in BeamFlex antennas, the ZoneFlex T300e and T301s are significantly lighter than other outdoor 802.11ac APs. With total dimensions, including their internal antennas, of 5.9″w x 7″d x 3.4″h (15cm x 18cm x 8.6cm) for the ZoneFlex T300e, and 7.6″w x 9.4″d x 4.3″h (19.5cm x 23.9cm x 11cm) for the ZoneFlex T301s, these are among the smallest outdoor 802.11ac APs on the market. Form factor is a critical requirement for many outdoor Wi-Fi applications where aesthetic considerations or minimal visual impact is required. The lightweight feature of the ZoneFlex T300 Series outdoor APs dramatically eases installation and reduces deployment time and labor costs.

The ZoneFlex T300e is equally well suited for high-density outdoor deployments. It includes all of the features of the T300 model, plus offers the ability to attach a wide variety of external 5 GHz antennas for great deployment flexibility. It’s ideal for mounting on poles, street corners, and rooftops, and in situations where the AP is remote from antennas or where the AP requires custom engineered RF coverage.

“The Ruckus ZoneFlex T300 access point is exactly what we needed for a cutting-edge, high-density installation we’re deploying in New York City to provide coverage over a wide outdoor area,“ said Alan Rothenstreich, director of Business Development for Pacific Telemanagement Services (PTS), a national public communications company and Ruckus Big Dog partner headquartered in San Ramon, CA.

“The T300 also provides crucial interference mitigation, and it’s significantly lighter and smaller than other outdoor 802.11ac APs, which is equally important, since form factor is another key requirement for this combined, integrated indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi network, because we need to address aesthetic and minimal visual impact challenges. Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi is simply unparalleled when it comes to carrier-class, high-capacity, high-density outdoor 11ac technology—all in a great package, and the T300 is enabling us to deliver a reliable, high-performance Wi-Fi network.”

The ZoneFlex T301s is similar in features to the T301n model, and has a sector adaptive antenna that is designed specifically for providing the best coverage and capacity at wider 120 degree sectors. The T301s AP is well suited for mounting on poles and ideal for mounting on exterior walls.

Both models are rugged outdoor APs purpose-built to withstand harsh environments, with IP-67 water and dust proof plastic enclosures, operating temperatures of from -4 up to 131 degrees Fahrenheit (from -20 up to 55 degrees Celsius), and wind survivability of up to 165 mph. Both models are easy to install, and support co-location operation with distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cell radios.

All four of these new Ruckus APs also feature 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), support up to 500 clients each, and can operate as a standalone AP, or be centrally managed by a Ruckus ZoneDirector™ controller, or Ruckus SmartCell™ Gateway (SCG) 200 or virtual SmartCell Gateway (vSCG) for maximum scalability.

Better, Smarter Wi-Fi With BeamFlex+

The ZoneFlex R500 and R600 indoor APs and ZoneFlex T300e and T301s outdoor APs all feature Ruckus BeamFlex+ technology, which provides a stronger device signal by adapting to a mobile device’s orientation and location. BeamFlex+ can enhance the user experience by helping to ensure a consistent wireless signal. Without it, changing client device orientation can cause up to a 2.5x performance difference. For example, this can mean a change from 25 Mbps to 10 Mbps. BeamFlex+ eliminates this variability and is designed to ensure optimum performance for any client device orientation, making Ruckus ZoneFlex 802.11ac APs perfectly suited for serving the latest mobile devices, like the iPhone 6.

Cloud-enabled Technology

All of these new Ruckus ZoneFlex APs also support Ruckus Smart Wireless Services for maximum deployment flexibility and management options. These Cloud-based Smart Wi-Fi technologies include: the award-winning Ruckus Smart Positioning Technology (SPoT™) service, the industry’s first Cloud-based Smart positioning location-based service (LBS); the Ruckus Smart Access Management Service (SAMs) for better enabling public Wi-Fi hotspots; and the award-winning Ruckus virtual SmartCell Gateway (vSCG), the industry’s first carrier-grade Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution for mobile network operators (MNOs), multiple system operators (MSOs), managed service providers (MSPs) and enterprises designed to streamline the creation of highly scalable and resilient cloud-based wireless LAN (WLAN) services.

For more information on pricing and availability, contact our sales team on 01473 281 211, or email

Submission taken from Ruckus Wireless.

Mobotix Presents New IP Video Solutions at Security 2014

October 1st, 2014

At this year’s Security show in Essen, MOBOTIX presented:

• A new compact sized Hemispheric camera called the i25
• Demonstrated its recent remote station for the IP video door intercom
• Introduced new software developments.

i25 – a new compact sized Hemispheric camera


The revolutionary Q25M has given birth to a brand new hemispheric camera, which is nearly half the size. The new indoor camera is a fully featured device and built on the 5MP hardware platform. “We believe customers will love the i25 because it offers many of the same features found within the Q25, but at a much lower price point,” said Oliver Gabel, MOBOTIX’ Chief Technology Officer.

The wall mountable i25 captures an entire room with stunning 180˚ wall-to-wall view, without any blind spots. As with all MOBOTIX Hemispheric devices, the virtual PTZ on the live and recorded images is performed by the i25 camera without requiring an additional computer or software.

Available in both Day (colour) and Night (B&W) models the i25 caters to the most challenging lighting conditions and a wide range of indoor surveillance applications.


MxMultiViewer – intuitive video management software
The MxMultiViewer video management software is a completely new development for PC, Mac and Linux systems that focuses on ensuring simple and intuitive use. Full screen display at a single mouse click, support for several screens and a transparent view of events and alarm messages are just some of the many advantages of the new software. Particularly outstanding is the automatic configuration of the extensive MxMultiViewer. All MOBOTIX components in a network are detected and pre-installed automatically. Thus, a complete network of cameras and door intercoms can be brought into use in just a few minutes, without a browser or additional software – free of charge, of course, from MOBOTIX.

MxDisplay – building automation server with touchscreen display

The MxDisplay is the fixed remote station for the IP video door intercom and stands out, in particular, for its intuitive and easy use. With only a few swipes, the user can call up, for example, an overview of the cameras in the building and the most recent video messages from the door intercom or generate a new access transponder for a guest. No matter which menu the user is in, a tap on the key icon immediately displays the live image of the door intercom. Keeping the button pressed a while longer will open the door. If necessary, this can be secured further using a PIN or transponder. The MxDisplay can be integrated flush with the wall and is available in black or white.


Another advantage of the MxDisplay is that it can be operated wirelessly. It can also be used as a base station for other displays in the building. Smart phones and computers can be used to log into the display via the network or integrated Wi-Fi in order to use all the functions in the same manner. A ringing at the doorbell is then forwarded to the smartphone or the workstation. Thanks to the Wi-Fi Access Point function, the MxDisplay creates Internet

access for these smart phones and computers, which makes it unnecessary to set up an additional Wi-Fi system in the building.

Reliable Detection At Night: M15D-Thermal and S15D-Thermal

A world first innovation, available in both the MOBOTIX M15D and S15D, is the ability to combine both thermal and optical sensor modules in the one camera. While the thermal sensor provides movement detection, the optical sensor provides crisp clear object identification. This enables the M15D and S15D to deliver accurate detection of motion in all lighting conditions and visual verification of who or what triggered the motion event. 
The advantage of using thermal sensor modules is that they can visualize heat radiating from vehicles and persons, for the purpose of accurate movement detection up to 400 meters away from the camera, even under the most challenging lighting and environmental conditions.

The flexible video cabling, weatherproof design and tiny footprint allows the two S15D thermal sensor modules to be installed into any location up to two meters away from a single S15D core unit.

The MOBOTIX M15D and S15D dual lens cameras come standard with MxActivitySensor, a state of the art intelligent motion detection software. When enabled in the thermal camera, MxActivitySensor registers movement without artificial lighting in pitch black conditions and during the day time, with stunning accuracy.

To view the original post visit the Mobotix website.

If you would like more information on any of the solutions above, or the Mobotix portfolio please contact our sales team on 01473 281 211 or email

Palo Alto Networks Again Revolutionises Enterprise Security with the Introduction of Advanced Endpoint Protection

October 1st, 2014

Palo Alto Networks Offers Preventative Approach to Stop Cyber Threats at the Endpoint.

Santa Clara, Calif., September 30, 2014 – Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the leader in enterprise security, today announced the availability of Traps, a revolutionary and unique Advanced Endpoint Protection offering designed to prevent sophisticated cyber-attacks on endpoints, sparing IT security teams from cumbersome remediation, patching, and often futile recovery scrambles.

Despite major advances in network security, endpoints remain vulnerable to many advanced attacks, especially as increasingly mobile workforces move outside protected enterprise networks. Legacy endpoint security products require prior knowledge of a threat in order to prevent it, or worse, use an approach that only identifies a new threat after it has compromised the endpoint.

This reactive model results in a never-ending chase after the thousands of new malware attacks that emerge each day, as well as the expanding number of software vulnerabilities that can be used to exploit an endpoint. These approaches offer little hope or possibility of recovering data that has already been hijacked by an attacker. Putting an end to the reactive run around, Traps pro-actively prevents attacks on the endpoint, including unknown malware and zero-day exploits, before they do any damage.


“The key differentiator with Traps is its ability to automate the process of protecting the endpoint. Most of the products in the industry today largely deal with informing us that there’s a problem and little more; that leaves us to manually deal with the effort of remediating the endpoint, takes time and leaves us vulnerable. With Traps, that is done automatically and it is done nearly instantaneously, which is a major win.”

– Golan Ben-Oni, CSO and SVP Network Architecture, IDT

“The proven effectiveness of the Traps endpoint capability over other heuristic and signature-based approaches, together with Palo Alto Networks WildFire and next-generation firewall, makes the secure enablement of our entire business possible.”

– Dr. Andres Rohr of RWE Supply & Trading

“With the introduction of Traps, we are redefining the endpoint security market much like we did the network security market with our next-generation firewall. Traps and our platform as a whole are designed to revolutionize enterprise security by putting prevention front and center, closing the door on cyber threats before they can get in and cause damage.”

– Lee Klarich, senior vice president of Product Management at Palo Alto Networks

Since the acquisition of Cyvera and the technology behind Traps, Palo Alto Networks has expanded global support and services operations to meet enterprise customer needs, and completed several key enhancements, including:

  • Integration with Palo Alto Networks WildFire – Traps blocks malware by leveraging the full knowledge of Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Cloud;
  • Added exploitation and malware prevention modules – extends Traps support to include the latest attack techniques; and
  • Enhanced forensics – provides a rich set of reporting for better visibility and understanding of attacks that were prevented.

Natively Integrated Platform Extends Protection Enterprise-wide

The integration of Traps with the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Cloud brings security of the network and endpoint together under a single common architecture, known as the Palo Alto Networks enterprise security platform, and delivers unparalleled enterprise-wide security and automated threat prevention capabilities, reducing risk across an organization at every stage in the attack kill chain. It also eliminates management complexity and myopic point product-related security silos that can leave gaping holes in an organization’s security posture.


Traps Advanced Endpoint Protection, offered as a subscription service, is available now from authorized Palo Alto Networks channel partners. The offering is inclusive of all functionality including exploit prevention, malware prevention through WildFire integration, forensics, and premium support.

To learn more about Traps Advanced Endpoint Protection from Palo Alto Networks, visit:

Read the original post by Palo Alto Networks.

Contact the Net-Ctrl sales team for more information on 01473 281 211, or email

Ruckus Wireless Awards Alpha Dog Status to Net-Ctrl

September 25th, 2014

Over the Summer Net-Ctrl achieved the top partner status with Ruckus Wireless, we’re now classed as an ‘Alpha Dog’ partner. This is a level that only a few companies in the UK have achieved.

To be classed as an ‘Alpha Dog’ partner we were required to complete various sales and technical exams, and demonstrate our competence with the Ruckus solution and knowledge of the wireless environment.

What this means to our customers and clients is that we should be able to offer a better price than other non-alpha dog partners, and it should also provide you with the security in knowing that you’re dealing with a trusted Ruckus reseller.

Find out more about the Ruckus product line by visiting our main Ruckus product page, if you’re looking at investing in a new wireless deployment, then first step is to speak to us about a wireless site survey.


Competitive Evaluation of Three-Stream 802.11n Access Points by Syracuse University

September 23rd, 2014

In many enterprises, wired connectivity is no longer the default— or even the primary— mode of network access. With the escalating number of wireless devices and the accompanying demand for increased bandwidth, Wi-Fi-serving enterprises must ensure that end-users have a consistent experience. The state of the art in Wi-Fi technology is dual-band, three-stream 802.11n access points, devices which are marketed by their vendors with exceptionally high data rates. These metrics, while not altogether untrue, account only for maximum physical layer data rates; achievable application layer throughput is typically lower and often more than halved, even under optimal conditions. Throughput is hampered not only by layer 2 retransmissions and dozens of clients, but by the vast amount of overhead associated with 802.11 protocols.

The Centre for Convergence and Emerging Networking Technologies, housed in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, partnered with Ruckus Wireless to determine the level of throughput network administrators could expect from five leading vendor’s indoor three stream access points in an environment that resembles real-world deployments. Our tests are an attempt to discover what the top aggregate throughput for each vendor’s access point might be, as well as how each product scales under the load of many clients and an increasingly difficult RF environment. Vendors included Aerohive Networks, Aruba Networks, Cisco Systems, Meraki, and Ruckus Wireless. We performed a battery of tests in three broad categories:

  • Single AP, single client (rate v. range)
  • Multiple classrooms of simultaneous users (90) on a single AP
  • Multiple classrooms of simultaneous users (120) using multiple APs (6)

To be clear, our evaluation of vendors’ products was not a comprehensive product review. We did not compare total cost of ownership, ease of management, or advanced features and functionality, all of which may be more important than raw throughput in some environments. In addition, since our primary interest involved the assessment of maximum system throughput, we conducted all our testing with three-stream client devices. While we made a diligent effort to optimize each product for maximum performance, we do not disclaim the possibility that each vendor’s product could have been configured in a more optimal manner. New software releases might also result in better performance.

While all of the products we tested provided throughput levels that will meet the needs of most organizations, we found significant variation in their performances. Our results suggest that Ruckus Wireless’ ZoneFlex 7982 offers the best overall performance of any of the products we tested. In addition, we found Ruckus performance to be significantly more consistent as we altered key elements of the physical environment.

Read the full report by the Centre for Convergence and Emerging Networking Technologies, housed in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University

This is an extract from the full report.

Ruckus BeamFlex Explained

September 18th, 2014

Unsure on the differences between ‘Transmit Beamforming’ and Ruckus’ patented ‘BeamFlex’ technology?

Watch this short video from Ruckus that will briefly explain how and why the Ruckus BeamFlex technology works and how it improves range, reliability and performance of WiFi networks and services.