Networks Europe Issue 19 January/February 2019 - Page 10

10 NEWS IN BRIEF DigiPlex Heat Reuse Solution named Renewable Technology of the Year at the 2018 Energy Awards in London DigiPlex has won Renewable Energy Technology of the Year at the prestigious 2018 Energy Awards, held at the London Hilton in December 2018. DigiPlex won the award in a highly competitive category in recognition of its work to retrofit its data centre facility in Sweden to recapture waste heat and return it to the community. The judging panel made particular note of the benefits DigiPlex’s technology will provide, both in terms of energy efficiency and in aid of corporate citizenship. Working in partnership with Stockholm Exergi, DigiPlex’s Swedish data centre is being adapted so that waste heat can be used to power 10,000 homes in the area. The initiative is also the first time an operational data centre with an indirect evaporative air-to-air cooling solution has undertaken a retrofit on such a large scale. “The entire team at DigiPlex is thrilled to have our work recognised on the international stage and against competition as strong as that we saw at the Energy Awards in London,” said Gisle M. Eckhoff, CEO of DigiPlex. “The data centre operates at the heart of the digital revolution and applying the highest standards of innovative energy management is integral to our operations and future. As part of this effort, we strongly recognise our responsibility to turn our innovation to the benefit of our communities and reduce energy demand wherever we can.” n Mayflex introduces great new features to its Xtra online ordering facility Glasgow-based Boston Networks acquires 2020 Vision Systems Boston Networks has completed the acquisition of 2020 Vision Systems as it accelerates its ambitious plans for UK growth. The purchase of North Shields-based 2020, for an undisclosed sum, is the latest step in an overall strategy to establish Boston Networks as the UK mid- market leader in network-enabled smart integrated technologies to improve the performance safety and security of buildings, campuses and cities. 2020 is a specialist in IP-enabled security technology, video surveillance, access control and converged security solutions, and has a strong presence in NE England and the Midlands. The management team at 2020, which has grown over the last 25 years into a security provider of choice for public and private sector organisations in many sectors including education, health, local government, utilities and transportation, will continue to manage the business, working closely with Boston Networks CEO Scott McEwan and Boston’s executive management team. The deal, which brings the staff count of the overall Boston Group to 170, is the second acquisition since specialist investment fund Aliter Capital acquired a major stake in Boston Networks in January this year. Boston, established in 2000, is an integrated technologies specialist working across IT network infrastructure, with a focus on IoT, life safety, security and smart building solutions. Glasgow and London-based Aliter, which has an outstanding track record in UK support services, is working with Boston to deliver organic growth and to target complementary bolt-on acquisitions. The first of these acquisitions, in April, was that of PEL Services Ltd. Boston is also leading the £6m project to build and operate Scotland’s national IoT network. The new network includes investment from the Scottish Government and will provide a wireless sensor network for applications and services to collect data from devices, monitoring efficiency and productivity, lowering costs and reducing carbon footprint.n Mayflex, the distributor of Converged IP Solutions, has introduced a number of new and exciting features to its website. The Xtra online ordering facility is a dedicated area of the website available to both existing account holders and new customers. Improvements include customers being able to order cut cable, including fibre via their Xtra account. By answering a couple of simple questions which specify how long they want the cable to be and how many cuts they’d like it to have cut cable can be ordered in this way. An existing Mayflex customer can now create a mayflex.com account themselves, online, rather than waiting for the request to be processed manually by a member of staff. The last of these developments offer customers an option to pay for their online purchases using a visa, maestro or master card, offering them a maximum spend of £2000 per transaction. Newly registered customers to Mayflex can spend a maximum of £500 per transaction. Luke Carthy, Digital Manager at Mayflex commented: “The in-house web development team at Mayflex has been busy over the last couple of months introducing these new features. Each is designed to make it easier for both new and existing customers to work with Mayflex and make online purchases quickly and efficiently.” Luke continued, “Our aim is to continually improve our online purchasing experience for customers and forms part of the wider digital strategy for the business.” To find out more about the full range of infrastructure, networking and security products available from Mayflex visit www.mayflex.com. n www.networkseuropemagazine.com