A Message from the CEO
Allied Telesis had the fortune of celebrating its 30th anniversary in March last year. This would not have been possible without your incredible support, for which we are sincerely grateful.
2017 was the year marked by heightened geopolitical risks, with indiscriminate terrorism taking place in Europe and the United States, and rising tensions developing around North Korea. Additionally, public organizations, major corporations and financial institutions were hit with a wave of cyber-attacks such as the rampant “WannaCry” virus that represented the largest-ever ransomware attack. In 2017, the risks became increasingly complex and sophisticated.
In today’s world, with all kinds of things connected to the Internet, these cyber-attacks threaten to suspend critical infrastructure such as railways, electric power and financial institutions, and significantly impact socio-economic activity and social life in general. This makes security measures and education all the more important. To take the latest technologies that can be utilized for these measures along with the related knowledge and expertise, and apply them to a range of products and services, Allied Telesis works in close partnership with research institutions and companies around the world while pursuing R&D activities in the United States, New Zealand, Japan and Israel.
Our OpenFlow-compatible switch products have earned high praise from cutting-edge research institutions in the United States and Japan, while Secure Enterprise SDN (SES), our secure, high functionality SDN solution, won first prize at an IT conference in Spain. Meanwhile, our Envigilant integrated monitoring solution received the top prize at the MEC Congress in Germany, and our industrial switches were picked as the best product in the hardware category by a U.K.-based IT journal, once again highlighting the advanced technological capabilities of Allied Telesis.
In terms of new products, we released Autonomous Wave Control (AWC), an autonomous Wi-Fi solution developed through cooperation between industry and academia, as well as the SwitchBlade x908 GEN2, the latest model in our flagship SwitchBlade brand of switch products. We also enhanced our service business, delivering optimized network environments tailored to the various requirements of customers. Looking ahead, Allied Telesis will continue to strengthen the development of products and services that contribute to the realization of a comfortable, safe and secure IoT-based society as part of its mission to “create social quality.”
To achieve the next breakthrough, we are committed to taking on new challenges and tackling a wide range of issues.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Allied Telesis Holdings K.K.