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Patton Unveils Industrial First-mile-Ethernet and Outdoor-VoIP Equipment at GlobalComm 2006

At GlobalComm 2006, Patton displays rugged, NEMA4-compliant EnviroNET™ industrial Ethernet-in-the-first-mile and outdoor-VoIP solutions for harsh environments.

GAITHERSBURG, MD: This week at GlobalComm 2006, Patton Electronics — the leader in network-access, connectivity, and VoIP solutions — is unveiling their new EnviroNET™ brand of NEMA4-compliant industrial-networking equipment. The new Patton product line for harsh-environment communications offers solutions for delivering commercial outdoor-VoIP, industrial Ethernet-in-the-first-mile, and other services.

“Anybody can put a box in a clean room and call it 'industrial'," said Scott Whittle, VP of Product Management. ”How about an offshore oil rig, a gritty-hot pit mine, or a greasy railway bed? EnviroNET™ delivers network services anywhere. Our rugged NEMA4 enclosures deliver the secure, reliable communications our customers require.”

Designed for extreme temperatures from -40° to 185°F (-40° to 85°C), EnviroNET™ gear lets network operators extend services to harsh indoor and outdoor environments where heating or cooling systems are unavailable or unpractical. EnviroNET™ enclosures protect sensitive network equipment against such damaging elements as high wind, precipitation, salt spray, dirt, sand, oil, corrosive chemicals, and external ice formation.

“Everything-over-Ethernet,” said Johnnie Grant, product manager. “That’s where network infrastructure is going. Years ago we pioneered a technology for breaking the Ethernet distance barrier. Now we’re busting through environmental barriers—pushing Ethernet to even further extremes.”

While a broad range of products is planned for the EnviroNET™ line, Patton is currently accepting orders for their industrial-grade EnviroNET™ Ethernet Extenders that extend 10/100Base-TX Ethernet in the first mile up to 5 miles (8 km) over 2-wire 24 AWG unconditioned copper twisted-pair lines.

Patton is also taking orders for EnviroNET™ Voice-over-IP Gateways that convert FXS, FXO, and ISDN BRI circuits to state-of-the-art VoIP for such extreme applications as outdoor pay phones, utility-pole call-boxes, or mine-shaft hotlines where wireless is not an option.

For a hi-resolution image of the EnviroNET™ product, go to Patton's media resources page and click on Hardened Networking.

About Patton

Patton manufactures communications equipment for carrier, enterprise, and industrial networks worldwide. Incorporated in 1984, Patton’s catalog of more than 500 products includes SmartNode™ and SmartLink™ VoIP solutions; ForeFront™ multi-service access infrastructure solutions (T1/E1, G.SHDSL, xDSL, dial-up); IPLink™ CPE solutions (WAN routers, modems, remote access servers, NTUs, CSU/DSUs); CopperLink™ Ethernet Extenders; EtherBITS™ device servers; EnviroNET™ industrial-networking equipment, network-connectivity Micro-Products (interface-converters, etc.), and more.

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Gaithersburg, MD 20879 USA Tel: (301) 975-1000
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