Claro Utilizes Kentrox for Comprehensive Site Management

  Claro Utilizes Kentrox for Comprehensive Site Management

        Reducing operating costs and improving remote site management

Business Wire

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- October 9, 2013

Kentrox^®, Inc., an innovator of intelligent site monitoring, management, and
control solutions, has been selected by Claro Argentina to provide power and
security management at their cell sites throughout Argentina, Uruguay, and
Paraguay. Claro Argentina, one of America Movil’s (NYSE: AMX) largest business
units, is a leading wireless provider throughout the country.

Claro’s recent installation of comprehensive site management includes the
Kentrox Optima Management System^® for complete visibility and control of
Claro’s cell sites and its assets. The Remote RMM-1400 provides wired and
wireless IP network connectivity for automated site monitoring and control,
and the Remote RMB-1 adds intelligent I/O connections. These products and
associated sensors and controllers are working together to provide generator
management, fuel monitoring, AC and DC power monitoring, and surveillance
management at Claro’s remote cell sites.

Legacy generators are used at many of Claro’s remote sites as the backup power
source, but unfortunately, fuel theft from the generators has become common
throughout the country. The Kentrox solution constantly monitors the status
and health of the generators plus their associated fuel levels and notifies
Claro when high fuel consumption occurs (often caused by theft) or if there is
a presence of water in the fuel tank.

Door access and motion sensors are used to monitor access to a site and its
equipment. When unauthorized and authorized access occurs, the relevant
personnel are notified, and additional research can be conducted remotely to
determine if the access is approved or if unauthorized access needs additional
follow up.

Power is also monitored by the Kentrox site management solution. AC power is
monitored to identify improvements within the site such as trends in the
quality of AC power delivered to the site and conditions that can lead to
equipment damage. Kentrox is monitoring the DC power to provide real-time and
historical data to understand the condition of the equipment, power
consumption, and the total distribution throughout the site to help detect
equipment damage, malfunctions, or failure.

“Choosing Kentrox for our site management requirements was a good fit for
Claro based on their comprehensive capabilities,” explains Victor Bargas,
Energy & HVAC Chief of Claro Argentina. “We now have an integrated remote site
monitoring and management system where we can obtain alarms and relevant
performance information when issues occur. We can prevent service-affecting
outages and also obtain the data we need to help reduce our energy costs and
reduce the cost of fuel theft.”

“With the market-leading position that Claro holds, we are pleased that they
chose Kentrox for their comprehensive site management needs,” states Ricardo
Diaz, Vice President of Sales for Caribbean and Latin America. “Claro is
utilizing our products combined with services and integration expertise from
our partner, Planex S.A., to efficiently and effectively monitor their
networks, often times without a site visit. We look forward to continuing with
maximizing their network availability and reliability.”

About Kentrox, Inc.

Kentrox, Inc. is a worldwide leader in intelligent site management solutions,
providing comprehensive monitoring, management, and control of any site. The
machine-to-machine (M2M) communications Kentrox provides enable service
providers, tower operators, and other network operators to reduce operating
costs while improving network performance. With more than one million products
successfully deployed in tower, carrier, and enterprise environments, Kentrox
is a trusted partner for transforming networks into high quality, reliable
systems. The company provides solutions to customers in North and South
America, Australia, Africa, and Europe. It is based in Dublin, Ohio and
operates as a division of Westell Technologies, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company.
For more information, please visit www.kentrox.com.

About Westell

Westell Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is a global
leader of intelligent site and outside plant solutions focused on the critical
edge and access networks. The comprehensive solutions Westell provides enable
service providers, industrial customers, tower operators, home network users,
and other network operators to reduce operating costs while improving network
performance. With millions of products successfully deployed worldwide,
Westell is a trusted partner for transforming networks into high quality,
reliable systems. For more information, please visit www.westell.com.

About Claro

CLARO has the largest and extensive 3G technology network across the country,
reaching more than 550 cities. CLARO Argentina is the leader in mobile
communications in the country, with the major GSM and 3G cellular coverage in
Argentina, and the largest market share of the market. For more information,
please visit www.claro.com.ar.

Contact:

Media Contact:
Westell Technologies
Ben Stump, +1 (630) 375-4157
Chief Technology Officer
bstump@westell.com
 
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