Honda signs e-security deal with InterFusion


20 Oct 2003

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E-security and network infrastructure firm InterFusion has been selected by Honda’s Irish operation to deploy a new communications infrastructure using the latest broadband technologies following a competitive tender.

The new network will dealer partners nationwide with Universal Honda Ltd’s head office and provides access to sales information, warranty services and parts ordering. Under the terms of the contract InterFusion Networks will take full responsibility for the installation and management of the network from its Network Operations Centre in Ballymount, Dublin.

Universal Honda Limited sought a solution that could provide all Honda dealers with access to Universal Honda’s business information and services seven days a week but in such a manner that would keep capital expenditure to a minimum and at the same time put little or no extra workload on the existing IT staff.

In addition to centralised internet access, centralised email and content filtering, InterFusion’s NetHop uses a virtual private network (VPN) to link dealers into a central site.

According to InterFusion’s managing director Derek Daly, the service offers business-class security, is always on and allows for the distribution of high data volumes and additional voice-video services. As well as taking over the full management of Universal Honda’s dealer communications infrastructure, InterFusion Networks will provide Honda with a full help-desk and call service for all aspects of the network as well as regular statistics on line and service usage giving a complete view of network performance.

The Managed VPN service, which provides wired or wireless connectivity via dedicated, private tunnels within the Internet (VPNs), is aimed at organisations with multiple branch locations such as franchises, dealerships or retail outlets as well as mobile or home-based staff. The core of the infrastructure is based on the latest MPLS technology. This core is connected to the Internet as well as to Eircom Business IP and Energis UK frame relay service allowing InterFusion to deliver a cost effective turnkey integrated network solution. The centralised email service has integrated anti-virus and anti-spam software and includes user administration, mail backup and recovery services.

By John Kennedy