Comboios de Portugal Enhances Communications Security with Nortel Solution
Portuguese Railways to Benefit from more Secure, Scalable High-Performance Network
APRIL 04, 2006, LISBON, Portugal - Comboios de Portugal (CP), the Portuguese National Railway company, has enhanced security of its communications through a high-performance communications solution from Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT]. The Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution is designed to assist CP improved customer service through more secure on-line ticketing and scheduling while helping to increase employee productivity with anywhere, anytime access to the corporate network. The new solution has been implemented in cooperation with Connecting, a Nortel channel partner in Portugal.
“We identified Nortel as having the best-in-class solution for providing secure connections for employee and customer communications at a competitive price,” said Sérgio Sá e Seixas, IS manager, Comboios de Portugal. “Another key benefit is our ability to reduce costs by managing our own network, independent of an external service provider.”
“Network security is vital to our customers and Nortel’s VPN Router portfolio helps ensure the secure transmission of data across networks,” said José Lobo, Enterprise sales director Portugal, Nortel. “We see companies gaining a strategic competitive advantage through an integrated security approach.”
The Nortel VPN Router Portfolio integrates all of the necessary VPN technologies into a single platform - routing, firewall, bandwidth management, encryption, authentication and data integrity for tunnelling across the Internet. The integration of multi-IP services into a single platform is designed to help improve the levels of security, as well as lower total cost of ownership.
CP - Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses, was set up as a State Owned Enterprise in 1975 to manage the railways in Portugal. Changes in domestic and Community legislation led to the transport services and the infrastructure management being separated in 1997. CP continues to run the transport operations while REFER - Rede Ferroviária Nacional, EP now runs the infrastructures and there is a rail regulator, the INTF - Instituto Nacional do Transporte Ferroviário, to oversee the sector. Because of the new economic and legal context, CP underwent a profound change in adapting towards the market. It organized itself into Business Units that were able to satisfy the needs of the different market segments. It has invested in partnerships that add value to its services for the customer and strengthen its position in the transport sector. At the same time, it has invested in retraining its human resources to make how it faces new challenges more effective in a competitive market place. For further information please go to www.cp.pt **
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