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Mako's product finalist in Aust innovation awards

Media information: 16 May 2008

Mako's product makes finalist in Australian innovation awards

An internet security and management device from New Zealand's Mako Networks, is a finalist in the ZDNet Australia and CeBIT 2008 Emerging Innovation award.

NetComm, which markets the Mako System as NetAssure in Australia ,is one of 40 finalists in a category characterised as having made 'a real business impact on the Australian landscape in the past 12 months".

Late last year Mako took a 13% stake in Australian NetComm which now markets the Mako NetAssure product through Australia.

Mako Networks is the developer of a managed VPN broadband service that offers customers enterprise level control of their connection to the internet. Sold in Australia as NetAssure, it connects, protects and controls a business computer network.

Simon Gamble, Mako Co-founder, says this makes it very easy to link multiple sites together and is a proactive management tool showing exactly what an internet connection is being used for and enables action if needed.

"Businesses and system integrators alike want their networks to be very easy to manage and control. NetAssure delivers all this and more in a "shrink-wrapped" package."

The Mako solution links sophisticated router devices, which NetComm is licensed to manufacture, and connects a customer's network to a hosted central management system. The service acts as an intelligent, customisable, all-in-one router, web filter and firewall that is remotely managed, creating a total network management and security system

The solution is ideal for small to large organisations especially those multiple offices or stores such as franchises and retail networks or where shared access by clients or suppliers is required.

"The solution has been a success in the New Zealand market in the small to medium business sector as it has proven to be more appropriate than the expensive enterprise level solutions," says Simon Gamble.

"Telecom NZ has been the key reseller of Mako services in New Zealand under their own label 'SecureME', selling thousands of solutions per year with particular success in the Health Sector connecting pharmacies and GPs to the Ministry of Health Network."

The winners will be announced at CeBIT on May 21.

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