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Unified VSS™ Event at the Washington Wizards vs Cleveland Cavaliers game

February 2015

On Friday February 20th, the NFF team met with a select group of business contacts at the Verizon Center for the introduction of the Unified Video Surveillance System (Unified VSS) - developed together with partner NetApp - prior to attending the Washington Wizards versus Cleveland Cavaliers game.

Following a detailed introduction to this new innovative solution by Glen Carter, NFF’s Vice President of Technology Services, they watched All-Star point guard John Wall and the Washington Wizards take on their Eastern Conference rival LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This game was broadcasted live nationally on ESPN and served as a potential NBA Playoff preview with both teams currently positioned to qualify for the 2015 NBA Playoffs!

NFF in partnership with NetApp, Cisco, and other best of breed technology companies have created a brand new, innovative approach to improve video storage retention, availability, and expand analytic capabilities, called “Unified VSS,” to help organizations improve security and safety for personnel and the public. We thank NetApp for sponsoring this great event. Our Unified VSSwhite paper is available for download here

NFF Recognized by Cisco for Achieving Cisco Channel Customer Satisfaction Excellence for the 21st time Consecutively

February 2015

Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) Excellence is a core value that both Cisco and NFF share and is a key driver of our current and future success. CSAT is an integral part of establishing customer loyalty and gives us a method to assess customer-to-partner relationships and actively address customer concerns. 

Cisco measures the customer satisfaction levels achieved by its partners based on regional target goals, providing clear insight of a partner's pre- and post-sales support over a 6-month period. As a Gold Partner, NFF must meet several qualifications for example, at least 30 customer survey responses and a target result of 4.6. This round NFF had 31 respondents and a rating of 4.97!

Both our recent ISO 9001:2008 certification and the Cisco CSAT assessment are a testament to NFF's sincere intention of taking customer satisfaction beyond just metrics and establish long-lasting loyal customer relationships.

NFF awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification!

January 2015

On December 23, 2014 NFF was awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification. The final audit was performed without any non-conformities. NFF has been found to conform to the management system standard ISO 9001:2008 for providing solutions, products, and services pertaining to Network Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization and Cloud Computing, Unified Communications and Collaboration,  Application Performance Management, and Information Security.

"I am proud that we have been ISO 9001:2008 certified without any minor or major non-conformity." Says Majid Saadat, NFF’s President. "This underlines NFF is a well-run operation with healthy processes for all aspects of planning, deployment, and long-term support of complex IT projects.”

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the internationally recognized standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS). It is the most widely used QMS standard in the world, with over 1.1 million certificates issued to organizations in 178 countries.

NFF is committed to continue to providing the highest degree of quality in every product, solution, service, and endeavor of our company.

NFF Develops Innovative Unified Surveillance Video Analysis and Storage Solution

November 2014

NFF has been awarded a new contract by a Washington, DC metropolitan area municipal government customer for the  implementation of a centralized Video Surveillance System (VSS) prototype.
 
In light of recent high-profile events such as the Boston Marathon bombing and the DC Navy Yard shooting, public safety initiatives have been developed to address the concerns around availability, retention, and access capabilities of surveillance video. The intended outcome of the project is to establish a solution to address centralized video retention and availability needs by providing a unified access mechanism and consistent storage solution for existing surveillance video data.
 
NFF,  in partnership with NetApp and Extreme Security LLC., developed an innovative approach to address video surveillance storage and consolidation. This new video surveillance solution is designed to provide redundant and centralized storage of video data derived from disparate heterogeneous systems. The solution has the potential for improving video data retention and availability, while significantly expanding the analytic capabilities for video derived from legacy infrastructure without the need to rip and replace.
 
The solution prototype that NFF engineers developed was recently nominated for a NetApp Partner Innovation Award. 
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Enterprise-Wide “Secure Wireless Everywhere” Project Saves MITRE $3.5M

October 2014

Since 2013 NFF has been engaged with The MITRE Corporation (MITRE) for network security design consulting services to develop a solution for enterprise-wide wireless that meets all of their corporate network access policies. Use of wireless networking at MITRE had been limited due to security restrictions, irregular coverage, and inadequate speeds. As a result of the limited wireless use, dependence on wired networking was keeping employee mobility low and cabling infrastructure costs high.  According to MITRE’s calculations, NFF’s solution for “Secure Wireless Everywhere” will save them $3.5 million on the costs to continue managing and building an extensive wired network environment. The initial ROI of the wireless solution provides equal performance with increased mobility and offers an array of potential features for MITRE to add in the future.

At the onset of the project, NFF facilitated multiple design workshops with MITRE to develop the workflow of features, leveraging Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) to control end-user access to their Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers. The features and functionality provided by Cisco ISE allowed MITRE to gain the required security assurances from wireless clients and users to allow their employees to have streamlined access to their secured network.

After a successful proof of concept (POC) was built in a lab environment, NFF was then contracted with the implementation of the new secure wireless solution. The engagement consisted of mapping the POC design into their production network, implementation of new Cisco Next-Generation Wireless Controllers, installation of new 802.11ac Access Points, and delivering new management functionality with the Cisco Mobility Services Engine and Cisco Prime Infrastructure. The new Cisco ISE network access security features, up to 20x greater wireless throughput with 802.11ac wireless technology, and enhanced management visibility with MSE and PI, will allow users to have a streamlined mobility experience at all of MITRE’s office locations.

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