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January 20, 2009

Patton Wins INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year for the Fourth Consecutive Year

By Tim Gray
TMCnet Web Editor

For the fourth time in as many years Patton Electronics has received Technology Marketing Corporation's (TMC) top honor with a Product of the Year Award for its VoIP Gateway (News - Alert) product.

The Maryland-based Patton, together with Patton-Inalp Networks AG, business-class network access, connectivity and VoIP equipment providers, received the 2008 nod for its SmartNode 4961 PRI VoIP Gateway.
"The VoIP market demands transparency when connecting to the digital PSTN. Yet most VoIP manufacturers don't understand how to deliver transparency,” said John Wu, product manager at Patton (News - Alert). “Only Patton SmartNode solves the mystery cost-effectively."
The SmartNode 4961 features a high-precision clock that solves interoperability failures that often occur with DECT (News - Alert), PBX and FAX equipment when converting ISDN systems to IP telephony.
The SmartNode 4961 has also received platitudes for its ability to solve troublesome stability issues that often occur when WiMAX or other wireless E1 lines are used to connect VoIP gateways to the PSTN.
"Patton has proven their commitment to quality and excellence while addressing real needs in the marketplace," said Rich Tehrani, TMC (News - Alert) President and Editor-in-Chief of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine. "We're proud to honor their accomplishments and look forward to more innovative solutions from Patton in the future."
Wu mentioned ISDN VoIP installations, DECT, PBX (News - Alert), and FAX interoperability issues have plagued integrators and service providers since the first installations.
SmartNode is the only standalone VoIP CPE solution that delivers true transparency in ISDN environments.
Patton's high-precision-clock solution for digital VoIP builds on eight years of award-winning VoIP product leadership, continuously developing the industry's most interoperable VoIP platform.
Patton is a leader in alternative modular equipment solutions often beating out products from Cisco and Avaya that can be more costly, more bulky, and more complicated to install and operate.

In addition, those vendors require expensive support contracts, while Patton provides free support services to all their customers.

Tim Gray is a Web Editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To read more of Tim�s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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