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ATS and Patton Restore Public Voice Network Following Emilia Romagna Earthquake


Following a double-earthquake disaster in the Modena regiona of Italy, Patton and ATS teamed up to deliver a new, IP-based public voice network with special disaster-recovery capabilities.>>project detailsicon indicates PDF file

"As a resident of Mirandola I have personally experienced the events of the earthquake and its consequences. It is rewarding to know that we contributed to the restoration of our territory."
Stefano Carlini
Business Development Manager,
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SmartNode™ VoIP... More than just talk!

Two major earthquakes struck Northern Italy during May 2012, damaging infrastructures and taking human lives. Registering 5.9 on the Richter scale, the earthquakes wreaked havoc throughout lower Lombardia and Emilia regions. >>read the full storyicon indicates PDF file

Among the casualties stemming from the emergency, was the administrative telephone and computer network for the Union of Municipalities Modena Area North (UCMAN).

To restore connectivity among the region’s eleven public administrative offices, UCMAN employed a system integrator: ATS Group SpA. 

The new VoIP-based network, which ATS designed, went live in October 2012, and supports 800 users.

To VoIP-enable the PRI lines at each of the eleven branch offices, SmartNode media gateways from Patton were deployed.   >>get the detailsicon indicates PDF file (4-page PDF).

The system design ensures business continuity in the event of disaster by leveraging a special feature in SmartNode VoIP Media Gateways: SIP registrar. 

In case of IP-network failure, SmartNode also provides a fallback connection to the PSTN for the registered VoIP phones, with such essential telephone services as call routing and call groups, as well as emergency telephony services for each location.  >>read moreicon indicates PDF file

The ATS-Patton Modena Area Network Solution
Drawing of Modenesi VoIP Network

Michel Balabio, Patton's Vice President of Sales for Western Europe, offered his thoughts about the project:

“In such a challenging situation, the recovery plan for reestablishing communication services has been of primary importance. . .  Because of its social aspect—and the delicacy of the scenario in which our products are implemented—this project represents one of Patton’s most rewarding projects for 2012. We especially want to thank ATS SpA—who has always been one of our most active VoIP technology partners in Italy—for their professionalism."

According to Stefano Carlini, Business Development Manager for ATS Business Unit Network Collaboration Solutions: 

“We chose the Patton SmartNode SN4940 for this difficult project in order to guarantee maximum reliability—which in today’s market professional VoIP systems absolutely must offer. Whenever we to plan and deploy VoIP and UC&C solutions, the extensive range of high-quality SmartNode™ models is a key factor in our customers’ strategic decisions.

>>Download the complete RealityCheck™ success storyicon indicates PDF file as a four-page PDF.

Last week, Patton announced its VoIP Gateways were formally re-certified for interoperability with BroadSoft Services.

Patton's SmartNode VoIP Gateway products have won the Internet Telephony Product of the Year Award every year since 2005.

About ATS Group Spa

The ATS Group was founded in 1997 and consists of companies operating in the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) market. ATS is structured as a network of competence centers. Each center acts as a single point of contact that can rapidly and effectively solve the unique problems facing each individual customer. With main offices located in Modena, Milan and Rome, and branches in the United States and North Africa, the group provides system design, system integration, consulting and training in such fields as Networking and Network Security, Unified Communication, Digital Media, Network Testing and Management. 

Since 1997, the ATS Group has generated steadily increasing business with Italian and foreign customers in such market sectors as telecommunications, IT and media, industry and finance, and public administration (at central and local levels). Total sales for 2011 reached 30 M €. 

About SmartNode™ VoIP Solutions

Award-winning SmartNode™ equipment delivers state-of-the art VoIP technology that integrates seamlessly with existing analog POTS and digital ISDN infrastructures. Proven interoperability with all major brands of softswitches and iPBXs makes it easy for carriers and enterprises to deploy future-proof VoIP systems quickly and profitably today. Tens of thousands of SmartNode™ products are up and running in enterprise networks and carrier deployments worldwide, including one of Europe’s earliest first-line VoIP services.

The SmartNode™ Unified Communication Agent™ (UCA) provides any-to-any multi-path switching (simultaneous SIP, H.323, ISDN, and POTS calls with routing and conversion between TDM/PSTN and IP/Ethernet networks—plus T.38 and SuperG3 FAX) combined with dial-backup and IP-link redundancy for VoIP and data survivability. The UCA also provides VoIP-over-VPN security with encrypted voice via IPsec with AES/DES strong encryption and automated keying via Internet Key Exchange (IKE), plus SIP Registrar for presence/reach-ability. 

SmartNode™ preserves all the ISDN telephony features that ISDN users depend on and network operators require (AOC, CLIP, CLIR, UD64, overlap dialing, and fax, as well as MSN and DID). Built on the industry’s most interoperable VoIP platform, the SmartNode™ S-DTA supports ISDN, SIP, H.323, and MGCP/IUA signaling. Patton’s SmartWare™ features touchless auto-provisioning, high reliability, and proven interoperability with all the major-brand softswitches and IP-PBXs.

Scaling from 2 to 2048 voice calls, SmartNode™ VoIP gateways, routers, IADs, Session Border Controllers (SBCs) and SmartMedia TDM+VoIP gateways offer every industry-standard interface, including T1/E1, PRI/BRI STM-1/OC3, DS3, , FXS/FXO, V.35/X.21, Ethernet, G.SHDSL, ADSL2+, and more, while Patton’s advanced DownStreamQoS™ technology delivers clear, toll-quality voice on every call. For more information about SmartNode™ equipment, go to

About Patton

Patton is all about connections. It is our joy and mission to connect real-world customer challenges with high-quality, right-priced solutions—complemented by unrivaled customer service and technical support. Incorporated 1984, Patton has built everything from micro-sized widgets that connect "this-with-that," to carrier-grade Telecom gear that connects subscribers to service-providers. Patton's specialty is interconnecting legacy TDM and serial systems with new-generation IP-based voice, data, and multi-media technologies. 

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, USA, Patton equipment—including VoIP, Ethernet extension, and wireless router technologies—is up-and-running in carrier, enterprise and industrial networks worldwide. Patton works in connection with a growing network of technology, business, and sales-channel partners. To connect with local-market requirements, Patton operates training and support centers in Switzerland, Hungary, Lebanon, India, Vietnam, and the USA.

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