ZyXEL Communications Joins the Panasonic Solution Developer Network

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Reliable Networking Solutions to Support Mission Critical Security Surveillance Systems
March 01, 2010

Hsinchu, Taiwan and Bracknell, UK, March 1, 2010-- ZyXEL Communications has been a technology partner in the Panasonic Solution Developer Network (PSDN) program. The alliance joins two leading manufacturers of advanced networking products and technologies - Panasonic's i-Pro Series of intelligent and professional IP video surveillance products, and the ZyXEL Enterprise switch portfolio which ensures both quality of service of the CCTV video streams at the core of the network and provides a full PoE enabled IP surveillance infrastructure.

The use of professional-grade network technology is essential for mission-critical security applications, where system down-time is not acceptable. However, up until now, CCTV planners have had little choice but to use prohibitively expensive enterprise solutions from specialist companies, or to compromise and risk down-time with equipment designed for general purpose broadband applications. Now, for the first time a leading global provider is tailoring a top-end solution to the needs of CCTV system designers.

Paul Meehan, Head of System Networks Company welcomed the inclusion of ZyXEL in the PSDN program "We are extremely pleased to be working with ZyXEL Communications' experienced team of networking professionals. Cross-cultivation of our respective products has already begun through ZyXEL's existing alliance with CCTV Center, a Panasonic Systems Distributor in the UK and we will build on this alignment to offer security installers a solution, where the customer has the reassurance of a lab tested IT infrastructure, guaranteeing the quality of the supporting IP network" "As the CCTV security market continues to migrate toward an IP networked platform, interoperability and quality of service across the IP-enabled devices is critical" said Alpha Chen, VP of ZyXEL's Enterprise Solution Strategy Business Unit, "ZyXEL's Enterprise Switches enable smooth data handling from the video stream at the core of the network to the IP cameras at the edge. We look forward to working with Panasonic to develop and deploy interoperable network solutions that fully capitalise on our respective core strengths and deliver true benefits to our customers".

Panasonic's i-Pro Series facilitates the transition to a networked environment with easy integration into new and existing analogue and digital installations. The i-Pro Series includes PTZ, vandal-proof, fixed, and mini- dome cameras, network video recorders, video servers and more.

ZyXEL's networking portfolio compliments the Panasonic IP Surveillance solution with best optimum quality and performance: the Layer 3 Core Switch as the heart of the network to control and handle the CCTV camera streams, Power over Ethernet (PoE) Switches for the connection to the camera, and wireless LAN for smaller deployments with optional firewall security for campus connectivity and secure remote monitoring.

ZyXEL will be exhibiting the i-Pro 24/7systems' interoperability at CeBIT in Hannover, March 2-6 (ZyXEL Stand C70, Hall 13).

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To find a local ZyXEL distributor or for more information about ZyXEL's products, please visit http://www.zyxel.com/web/where_tobuy.php

About ZyXEL Communications
ZyXEL Communications Corp., founded in 1989 and headquartered in Taiwan, is the leading provider of complete broadband access solutions. As one of the early modem manufacturers, ZyXEL has undergone many transformations in the fast-paced networking industry. Today, ZyXEL is one of the few companies in the world capable of offering complete networking solutions of Telco, SME/Enterprise, and Digital Home for a wide range of deployment scenarios. Telco solutions include Wired and Wireless Access Network Equipments, Networking Customer Premises Equipments, and Carrier Switches. SME and Enterprise solutions include Unified Security Gateway, LAN Switches, WLAN, and IP Telephony. Digital Home solutions include Network Connectivity Devices and Multimedia Solutions.

The company has 3200 employees and distributors in 70 countries, reaching more than 150 regional markets. The ZyXEL Communications Corp. includes 32 subsidiaries and sales offices and two research and development centers worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Website, http://www.zyxel.com.

About Panasonic System Networks Europe (PSNE)
Panasonic System Networks Europe (PSNE), a division of Panasonic is a leader in the provision of telecommunication, security and imaging products. The company's comprehensive portfolio extends from CCTV and IP cameras, through to DECT telephones, document imaging and electronic point of sale (EPoS) solutions, industrial medical cameras (IMV) and home networking products. In addition to providing fully integrated system networks solutions, services range from consulting and system development right through to operation and maintenance.
http://www.pss.panasonic.eu/psseu

About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.77 trillion yen (US$78.4 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2009. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.