Delta Offers Free Access to Amazon With In-Flight Wi-Fi
Airline expands Delta Connect free content for customers
ATLANTA, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced the addition of free access to shop Amazon.com and Amazonwireless.com onboard all Delta and Delta Connection flights with in-flight Wi-Fi service.
"Delta continues to offer new technology and innovation that delivers on our customer preferences while they travel with us," said Bob Kupbens, Delta's vice president - Marketing and Digital Commerce. "Our customers enjoy our free content options in-flight and free access to Amazon provides a convenient way to shop online at 30,000 feet for things they want on the ground."
To access Amazon while in-flight, customers open their internet browser, access the Delta Connect Wi-Fi portal and click on one of the Amazon banners to begin shopping. Delta Connect also provides free access to real-time travel information, news content from The Wall Street Journal and People magazine, exclusive shopping deals and entertainment options by Delta and its on-board wireless provider Gogo.
Delta operates the world's largest Wi-Fi-equipped fleet of aircraft, including its entire fleet of 550 domestic mainline aircraft. More than 800 Delta aircraft, including most Delta Connection two-class regional jets, are equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi service.
The Wi-Fi enhancements are part of Delta's previously announced plan to invest more than $2 billion in enhanced global products, services and airport facilities through 2013. Delta is also installing full flat-bed seats on more than 140 widebody aircraft, adding personal, in-seat entertainment for both BusinessElite and Economy class customers on all widebody flights and improving terminal facilities for international customers at its two largest global gateways - Atlanta and New York-JFK.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. During the past year, Delta was named domestic "Airline of the Year" by the readers of Travel Weekly magazine, was named the "Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline" by PCWorld magazine for its innovation in technology and won the Business Travel News Annual Airline Survey. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 343 destinations in 62 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $2 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.
La Quinta Inns & Suites New LQ-Instant Hold(TM) Makes It Easy to Reserve Rooms On-The-Go -- Using Just Your Phone Number
La Quinta's New Mobile Website is first to include ratings and reviews plus Yelp! Content
DALLAS, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- La Quinta Inns & Suites announces the launch of a hotel industry first, LQ-Instant Hold, on its new mobile website. The LQ-Instant Hold smartphone feature allows travelers to reserve a room instantly for up to four hours using only their mobile phone number, with no lengthy credit card entry or address required. La Quinta's new mobile website is accessible via LQ.com from virtually any smartphone browser. LQ.com is also the first hotel mobile website featuring travelers' ratings and reviews from a highly trusted travel website.
Simulating an app-like experience, the company's new mobile website allows travelers to easily search for the closest La Quinta hotel, check availability and rates, and book a room instantly. The website also provides Yelp.com content to assist travelers in quickly locating local restaurants and attractions in close proximity to their La Quinta hotel.
"Business travelers want fast and hassle-free reservations while on the go. Our new mobile website simplifies the reservation process with LQ Instant-Hold. It's so simple - all you need is your phone number," said Ted Schweitzer, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Ecommerce, La Quinta. "And, with the addition of Yelp, the mobile website acts as a 'virtual concierge' - providing travelers with useful information about restaurants and local businesses nearby."
Additional features on the new La Quinta mobile website include:
-- "Instant Directions": offers turn-by-turn directions from a traveler's
current location to their hotel
-- "Recognize Me": recognizes returning users each time a guest revisits
the LQ mobile site and provides directions to their hotel for that night
-- "My Favorites": makes it easier to find and re-book favorite hotels, see
previous stays and upcoming reservations
In the coming weeks, the mobile apps for Android and iPhone featuring LQ-Instant Hold will be released.
About La Quinta
LQ Management L.L.C. is one of the largest operators of limited-service hotels in the United States. Based in Dallas, Texas, the Company operates and provides franchise services to more than 800 hotels in 46 states, Canada and Mexico under the La Quinta Inn® and La Quinta Inn & Suites® brands. For reservations or more information about La Quinta, please visit http://www.LQ.com or call 1-800-SLEEPLQ. Follow La Quinta Inns & Suites on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LQ or become a Facebook fan at http://www.facebook.com/laquinta.
Success in the Search for an Improved Search Interface. ICAP Patent Brokerage Announces a Patent Portfolio for Auction That Enhances Search Engine Functionality
LOS ANGELES, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ICAP Patent Brokerage, a division of ICAP plc and the world's largest intellectual property brokerage firm and organizer of ICAP Ocean Tomo Auctions, is offering for Auction a patent portfolio that enhances search engine functionality from Jason A. Denise. The lot will be included in the 15th ICAP Ocean Tomo IP Auction on March 29, 2012, at Terranea Resort near Los Angeles, California.
This patent portfolio discloses search engine technology that can significantly enhance functionality and user interaction compared to current conventional systems.
-- User interface enables concurrent viewing of multiple options from a set
of search results.
-- Displayed search results are automatically rearranged or reformatted
with regard to such characteristics as font, size, and description.
-- Using this search engine system, a user can provide comments or tags to
search results, determine relationships, and link them accordingly.
-- Further, these relationships can be stored for future analysis by the
-- Displayed results can be expanded to display additional user comments.
-- Advertisements associated with a result can be displayed or updated on
the user interface when the result is clicked by the user.
This represents key intellectual property across multiple multi-billion dollar markets - including, but not limited to, search engine technology and e-commerce.
To learn more about the assets available for sale in this portfolio:
Contact Paul Greco of ICAP Patent Brokerage at 212-815-6692 or Paul.Greco@us.icap.com
About ICAP Patent Brokerage
ICAP Patent Brokerage is a division of ICAP plc and the world's largest intellectual property brokerage and patent auction firm.
ICAP is the world's leading interdealer broker and provider of post trade risk and information services. The Group matches buyers and sellers in the wholesale markets in interest rates, credit, commodities, FX, emerging markets and equity derivatives through voice and electronic networks. Through our post trade risk and information services we help our customers manage and mitigate risks in their portfolios. For more information go to http://www.icap.com.
New TUMS® Freshers(TM) Product Helps Freshen Breath and Fight Heartburn Anytime, Anywhere
Hungry Girl Offers Recipes and Tips on Enjoying Guilt-Free Foods and Making the Most Out of Social Moments that Matter
PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Marking the biggest innovation for TUMS® in more than 80 years, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare North America announced today the availability of new TUMS Freshers(TM), which works to provide fast heartburn relief and fresh breath. The new tablet size of TUMS Freshers is 40 percent smaller than regular TUMS, it includes a high impact cooling flavor for breath freshening and is portable for convenient use.
Ninety-four percent of heartburn sufferers experience heartburn and bad breath at the same time, which may negatively impact the many significant social situations where food is involved. TUMS Freshers uncovered the top five social "Moments that Matter," through a new survey of more than 1,200 women across the United States. Participants identified moments they would not want ruined because of the foods they were eating:
-- A business interview
-- A doctor's appointment
-- A New Year's Eve kiss/mistletoe kiss
-- Meeting your boyfriend or girlfriend's family and friends
-- Lunch with your new boss
TUMS Freshers has teamed up with Lisa Lillien, New York Times best-selling author and founder of the Hungry Girl brand, to create delicious recipes to enjoy in "Moments that Matter."
"I am always on the lookout for great tasting foods that are guilt-free and have created recipes that let me live life to the fullest, especially in 'Moments that Matter,'" said Lillien. "I've teamed up with TUMS Freshers because I believe these recipes will let people enjoy food without letting it get in the way of important social situations. TUMS Freshers is a great on-the-go product you can easily take with you when indulging in foods that might cause heartburn."
"Check out my new recipes and tips on the TUMS Facebook® Page. You can also enter the Clutch Moments contest for a chance to win a designer clutch."
The Clutch Moments contest invites people to try new TUMS Freshers and tell us about their experience. People can share their Clutch Moment on Facebook** and Twitter and tag their post #TUMSFreshers.
*Lisa Lillien is a paid spokesperson by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare; however, her opinions are her own.
For more than 80 years, TUMS® has been a fast, effective treatment for heartburn and acid indigestion, neutralizing stomach acid on contact. Today, TUMS is the number one antacid in America, used by more people than any other brand to treat heartburn.
About Hungry Girl
Lisa Lillien (a.k.a. Hungry Girl) has turned her appetite for better-for-you food finds, recipes, and swaps into a multimedia phenomenon -- from a free daily email service with more than a million subscribers (hungry-girl.com) to a super-successful book series and a hit cooking show that airs on both Food Network and Cooking Channel. Her realistic approach to eating has shown hungry people everywhere that they can eat the foods they crave and still fit into their favorite jeans. Lisa is not a nutritionist, a dietitian, or a doctor. She's just hungry...
About GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare is one of the world's largest over-the-counter consumer healthcare products companies. Its more than 30 well-known brands include the leading smoking cessation products, Nicorette® and NicoDerm®( )CQ®, as well as many products such as alli®, Aquafresh®, Sensodyne® and TUMS®.
GlaxoSmithKline - one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For company information visit GSK.com.
GSK Consumer Healthcare Deborah Bolding
Deborah.email@example.com (973) 889-2344
GolinHarris Sarah Sanders (312) 729-4414
**Facebook® is registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.
USA TODAY Unveils New App for iPhone and iPod Touch
MCLEAN, Va., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- USA TODAY, a multi-platform news and information company, announced today its new app for iPhone and iPod touch is now available in the App Store. The all-new USA TODAY App includes a new user experience including simplified navigation with easier and faster access to your favorite features.
The USA TODAY App now features new photo galleries, larger photos, more video in articles and optimized sports scores with more game results and schedules for each league. The app also has performance improvements, pinch and zoom weather mapping and a detailed forecast page with support for up to ten locations. For the visually impaired, there is now support throughout the app for VoiceOver, an accessibility feature on iPhones.
"The USA TODAY mobile team developed and designed this new app to provide our customers with optimal connectivity and news reading throughout the day. Our customers use the USA TODAY App on iPhone and iPod touch to provide a bridge between work, home and travel. We listen to what our customers want and we're committed to developing the best news and information apps on the market," said Dave Hunke, president and publisher of USA TODAY.
USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY's mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Today, through its newspaper, website and mobile platforms, USA TODAY connects readers and engages the national conversation. USA TODAY, the nation's number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of nearly 1.8 million daily, and USATODAY.com, an award-winning newspaper website launched in 1995, reach a combined 5.4 million readers daily. USA TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than ten million downloads on mobile devices. The USA TODAY brand also includes USA TODAY Education and USA TODAY Sports Weekly. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).
AnyMP4 iPhone Converter for Mac - Rip DVD and Convert Video to iPhone on Mac
BEIJING, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Dedicated to iPhone enthusiasts, AnyMP4 releases the versatile iPhone Converter software for Mac, which allows users to rip any DVD and convert all popular videos to iPhone on Mac with ease. In just a few clicks, users can easily put their favorite DVD movies and Mac local videos on the portable device - iPhone, and then enjoy them at their fingertips anywhere and anytime.
AnyMP4 Mac iPhone Converter has professional converting function. Specifically speaking, users can rip any DVD file to iPhone MP4, MOV, and M4V, and convert all popular video formats including FLV, MPEG, RMVB, SWF, MTS, TS, DivX, MKV, AVI, WMV, 3GP, etc. to iPhone compatible video and audio formats on Mac. Of course, it has the ability to extract favorite audio files from DVD and video and then convert them to iPhone MP3, M4A, etc. with high speed and excellent quality. So users can put DVD and videos on iPhone, and other Apple devices like iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPad 2 and iPod, and then share movies with family and friends.
As the versatile and two-in-one converting software for Mac, this iPhone Converter Mac has multiple editing functions like trim, crop, watermark, merge, and effect to help users customize the video effect. For instance, users can trim any DVD and video length, crop the video frame, add text/image watermark, merge several clips into one file, and adjust video effect including contrast, saturation, brightness, hue and volume. Also you can select the audio track and subtitle for your DVD and video. Moreover, this iPhone Converter Mac provides users with many output profiles, such as video resolution, bitrate, frame rate, encoder, audio channels, sample rate, audio encoder, and audio bitrate. You can set your own settings about output video/audio format.
With AnyMP4 iPhone Converter for Mac, users can preview the original and output video effect at the same time, and convert many different videos simultaneously. When previewing the video effect in the built-in player, users can take snapshots for their favorite image. With the intuitive and user-friendly interface, users can convert all videos in only a few clicks.
OS Supported: Mac OS X 10.4 or above
CPU: Intel ® processor
Hardware Requirements: 512MB RAM, Super VGA (800 X 600) resolution, 16-bit graphics card or higher
AnyMP4, a software producer, aims to provide the best and world-class solution of converting Blu-ray Disc, DVD and video/audio files. AnyMP4 is dedicated to developing the most powerful multimedia processing software for users all over the world. Our product portfolio ranges from video tools, DVD tools, Blu-ray tools, etc. on both Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS X platforms. All this software can help you easily solve almost all DVD/Blu-ray/video issues. For more details about AnyMP4, please visit: http://www.anymp4.com.
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CollabNet's New Agile Assessment Service Jumpstarts Enterprise Agile Transformations
IT organizations can leverage CollabNet's extensive experience with large-scale Agile transformations with comprehensive, on-site assessment offering
BRISBANE, Calif., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CollabNet® (http://www.collab.net), the global leader for enterprise cloud development and Agile ALM products and services, today announced Agile Assessment, a new consulting service that helps IT organizations assess the status of existing Agile practices and develop strategies to extend the benefits of Agile-based methodologies across the enterprise.
"Agile methodologies continue to mature, and many organizations are looking to move beyond team-level project management and apply Agile practices across the enterprise, from application development on through to deployment," said Tony Farinaro, senior vice president of worldwide services for CollabNet. "Our new Agile Assessment services are a crucial step in transforming entrenched organizational cultures into an environment where Agile is not only accepted but embraced throughout the enterprise."
Agile Assessment is a formal, structured approach to Agile success that follows a tested methodology that has been proven through numerous enterprise customer engagements. Leveraging CollabNet's years of Agile experience, it includes a 5-day assessment process that is conducted by senior consultants on the customer's site. It supports Agile transformations within the enterprise and highlights the strengths and weaknesses of each customer, and identifies a firm, quantifiable action plan for improvement. The Agile Assessment takes a quantitative approach so progress can be measured as the proposed action plan is executed.
In addition to providing Agile ALM, version control systems and Cloud development tools and platforms, CollabNet provides a range of training, coaching and consulting services that help IT organizations address the challenges of Agile software development. It is the world leader in Certified Scrum Training, conducting more than 200 courses a year and certifying more than 3,000 ScrumMasters annually. It also recently launched "Agility Beyond Scrum: Preparing for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) Exam," a one-day, PMI-certified workshop that provides a complete overview of Agile principles and prepares candidates for the Project Management Institute ACP exam.
CollabNet is the recognized leader in enterprise cloud development and Agile ALM, with more than 7,000 global customers that range from single workgroups to large enterprises. Its deep open source roots include the creation of Subversion, the industry leading version control system with millions of users. CollabNet helps enterprise customers build and deploy better software through its focus on collaboration, enterprise Agile methods and cloud development and computing. Many CollabNet customers improve productivity by as much as 70 percent, while reducing costs by 80 percent. Its solutions include TeamForge®, the industry-leading Agile ALM platform for distributed development, ScrumWorks® Pro for Agile project management, Subversion Edge for managed source code management, Codesion(TM) for cloud-based development and deployment, and a range of Agile-based training, consulting and transformation services. For more information, please visit (http://www.collab.net).
CollabNet, TeamForge, and ScrumWorks are registered trademarks of CollabNet, Inc. Codesion is a trademark of CollabNet, Inc. Subversion is a registered trademark of the Apache Software Foundation. Other names may be trademarks of their respective holders.
MaaS360 Delivers New BYOD Privacy Settings to Protect Personally Identifiable Information
MaaS360 Gives Employees Peace of Mind when Using Personal iPhones, iPads and Android Devices for Work
SAN FRANCISCO and BLUE BELL, Pa., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise conference -- iPads, iPhones and Androids have revolutionized businesses. With the popularity of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, employees now have the freedom to use their personal smartphones and tablets to get work done anytime, anywhere. However, there's a growing concern on the part of employees about how much access to information a company has on their personal devices, such as contacts, location history and even what applications have been installed by the user. The future of BYOD and mobile productivity hinges upon the ability of IT to limit its involvement and access to personal information on employee-owned devices while being able to properly secure corporate data.
Fiberlink®, the leader in software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for secure mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM), announced their BYOD Privacy Settings feature that protects personal employee information from the eyes of corporate IT. The company's MaaS360 MDM platform delivers an easy and effective way for IT to block Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from being collected on smartphones and tablets. Administrators simply select which "Privacy Settings" they wish to implement and MaaS360 takes care of the rest. This innovative personal device privacy puts a much-needed layer of protection in place between employees and corporations.
PII is a nagging issue for IT as well as employees due to legal and policy regulations. Many companies struggle with the need to avoid collecting PII on both corporate and employee-owned devices. In some European countries, regulations prohibit systems from capturing personally identifiable information, yet IT often lacks effective tools to block such data.
"Imposing corporate controls on personal devices could mean conflict with privacy laws and regulations. In some countries where stringent privacy laws exist, a corporation may not be able to audit the network activity of personal devices (even when the device is on the business premises), enforce acceptable usage policies...,"according to an April 2011 Forrester Research report titled Managing The Security And Risk Challenges Of Personal Devices In The Workplace written by Chenxi Wang, Ph.D. "For a global organization, where your operations must comply with multiple, different privacy regulations, knowing how to monitor and control personal devices on your network can indeed be a challenge. It may also mean that you must develop different policies for different regions."
MaaS360's BYOD Privacy Settings feature helps companies meet PII regulations and provides added comfort for employees who are taking advantage of BYOD policies by:
-- Offering IT a simple policy paradigm to prevent viewing of personal
information on smartphones and tablets
-- Disabling app inventory reporting to restrict administrators from seeing
installed personal applications outside of the corporate app catalog
-- Deactivating location services to prevent access to location indicators
such as physical address, geographical coordinates, IP address and Wi-Fi
"The details around PII have employees concerned about privacy on their mobile devices. MaaS360 provides the ability to easily and confidently separate private lives from working lives," said Jim Szafranski, senior vice president, Products, at Fiberlink. "MaaS360 continues to innovate in areas for both IT and employees, making mobile working and personal choice safe and efficient for everyone."
The BYOD strategy continues to be widely adopted. Enterprises need the right tools to enable employee choice without sacrificing security or personal privacy. MaaS360 provides a robust set of BYOD management capabilities including a simplified over-the-air (OTA) device enrollment process, automated device approval, configuration and policy management based on device ownership, a self-service employee support portal and selective wipe of corporate data. MaaS360 provides these comprehensive enterprise capabilities across all major mobile operating systems including, iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. MaaS360 also supports PC and Mac computers enabling organizations to implement the most complete BYOD program through a single, unified management console.
Fiberlink is exhibiting at Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise Conference (CITE) March 4th - 6th at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. Visit booth #308 to talk with executives and see a demo of MaaS360.
Fiberlink is the recognized leader in software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for secure enterprise mobile device and application management. Its cloud-based MaaS360 platform provides IT organizations with mobility intelligence and control over mobile devices, applications and content to enhance the mobile user experience and keep corporate data secure across smartphones, tablets, and laptops. MaaS360 helps companies monitor the expanding suite of mobile operating systems, including Apple iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone. Named by Network World as the Clear Choice Test winner for mobile device management solutions, MaaS360 is used to manage and secure more than one million endpoints globally. For more information, please visit http://www.maas360.com.
EXFO Showcases Innovative 40G/100G High-Speed Optical and Multiservice Testing Solutions at OFC/NFOEC 2012
QUEBEC CITY, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSX:
EXF) announced today its participation at OFC/NFOEC 2012, March 6-8,
2012, in Los Angeles, California, where it will demonstrate the recent
developments in its 40G/100G high-speed testing solution designed to
help system manufacturers shorten time to market and network service
providers roll out high-speed services.
EXFO innovations on display
At this year's event, EXFO will showcase the industry's most
comprehensive 100G multiservice test solution. Combined in the portable
FTB-500 platform, the FTB-85100G Packet Blazer 100G/40G Ethernet and OTN Test Module and FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer Next-Generation Multiservice Test Module enable operators to upgrade
their networks to 40G/100G while addressing 10G and lower-rate services
in a timely manner. With EXFO's new solution, network operators can
count on the tools they need for simultaneous testing of different
services to ensure turn-up efficiency.
EXFO's OTN test functionalities that were demonstrated at the Optical
Internetworking Forum (OIF) Ethernet over OTN Interoperability event
will also be on display at the OIF booth. EXFO is one of the twelve OIF
member companies that conducted the global interoperability test, and
its solution was used to characterize the Ethernet services running
over the OTN data plane.
Among its latest product innovations, EXFO will introduce the addition
of the IQS-5240S/BP Optical Spectrum Analyzer test modules to its Windows-based IQS-600
platform, the only modular system designed for R&D and manufacturing
that provides optical, transport and datacom testing in a single
environment. The recently launched IQS-5240S/B-P Optical Spectrum
Analyzer series brings all the proven hardware and software features of
the industry-leading FTB-5240S/BP to lab researchers and network equipment manufacturers.
Also, EXFO will showcase for the first time the new WDM-Aware testing,
n-graph peak detection level and SCPI command capabilities on its
FTB-5240S/B-P Optical Spectrum Analyzers. These added functionalities
enable network operators to address some of their biggest challenges,
such as reducing OPEX, removing the uncertainty of test results, and
testing right the first time.
WDM Educational Seminar and SOA-based OTDR white paper
As part of OFC/NFOEC 2012, EXFO will be hosting a WDM Educational
Seminar. Held on March 5, at 1:00 pm, this seminar will discuss best
practices for successfully turning up and troubleshooting wavelength
division multiplexing (WDM) fiber networks, providing specific guidance
on how to identify the root cause of a WDM network failure and how to
fix it. Industry experts involved in the operation, supervision or
troubleshooting of WDM networks are invited to register in advance.
EXFO is also pleased to announce that its WidelyTunable SOA-Based OTDR Employing a Cost-Effective Source Configuration white paper will be presented at this year's OFC/NFOEC, Wednesday March
7, at 10:00 am, in Halls H and J (session JW2A.36).
"EXFO is not only pleased to showcase industry-leading capabilities, but
we are also very excited to present a paper at this year's OFC-NFOEC.
This opportunity is a testament to our partners, customers and experts
who lead the industry in these complex areas of optical testing," said
Étienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President, Wireline Division and Corporate
Marketing. "As a leading provider of 40G/100G test solutions for
network operators and equipment manufacturers, our goal is to continue
to meet and exceed our customers' needs."
To witness EXFO's live demonstration at OFC/NFOEC 2012, please visit
OIF Interoperability 2012
Twelve carriers and vendors, including EXFO, will unite under the banner
of the Optical Internetworking Forum to showcase multivendor
participation in a multicarrier environment at OIF Interoperability
2012--Enabling High-Speed Dynamic Services. The OIF's networking
interoperability test and demonstration will be conducted
simultaneously in Europe, Asia and North America. The OIF will showcase
multivendor data-plane and control-plane interworking of systems
supporting Ethernet services over OTN in a multicarrier environment.
A public demonstration of the interoperability test will be held on
March 6-8, 2012, at OFC/NFOEC in Los Angeles, CA, OIF Booth 713. Read on for additional information.
Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading
providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers
in the global telecommunications industry. The company offers
innovative solutions for the development, installation, management and
maintenance of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks--from the core to
the edge. Key technologies supported include VDSL2, ADSL2+, 3G, 4G/LTE,
IMS, Ethernet, OTN, FTTx, and various optical technologies (accounting
for an estimated 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market). EXFO has
a staff of approximately 1800 people in 25 countries, supporting more
than 2000 telecom customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.EXFO.com.
EXFO Brand Name
The corporate name of the company is EXFO Inc. The company requests that
all media outlets and publications use the corporate name ("EXFO Inc.")
or abbreviated name ("EXFO") in capital letters for branding purposes.
EXFO would like to thank all parties in advance for their cooperation.
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CONTACT: For more information Marie-Anne Grondin
Media and Public Relations Specialist
(418) 683-0913, Ext. 23417
marie-anne.grondin@EXFO.com Vance Oliver
Manager, Investor Relations
(418) 683-0913, Ext. 23733
UBM Canon, The Global MedTech Authority, Launches MedTech in an Election Year Microsite to Discuss Critical Issues Related to Healthcare, Policy, and 2012 Elections
LOS ANGELES, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the authority within the medical device space, Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), UBM Canon's leading brand is helping to foster key discussions within the medical device industry during this election year with the launch of the MedTech in an Election Year microsite.
MedTech in an Election Year, launched earlier this month, includes a dedicated page on MD+DI's website and e-newsletters that provide updates on legislation, FDA regulations, and reports from the campaign trail. MedTech in an Election Year will also provide webcasts interviewing several key members of Congress that are closely involved in developing policies and legislation related to medical devices as well as interviews with Presidents/CEOs of the top medical device and IVD companies.
"MedTech in an Election Year is an important resource during a pivotal election year. Our medical content team produces and delivers content related to healthcare and MedTech policy issues that will help foster discussions that affect the global industry." says Richard Park, Editor-in-Chief of IVD Technology magazine. "MD+DI's dedicated MedTech in an Election Year page is the go to site for the latest news and information on government and policy issues related to medical device technologies."
A key issue in the election is the repeal of the medical device tax, a 2.3% excise tax on medical devices that was passed in 2010. The National Center for Policy Analysis has joined the call to repeal the tax set to take effect in 2013. If implemented, the medical device tax is predicted to destroy jobs and raise prices. Not only will this tax increase impact U.S. companies but it will also affect companies selling medical devices to U.S. end users making the upcoming election's potential impact an important factor for the global medical device industry.
Content currently featured include stories such as: House Dems Criticize Law the Prevents FDA Rejecting Certain Defective Medical Devices, Payroll Tax Deal Includes Cuts to Medicare Clinical Lab Fee Schedule, and Senators Bemoan Delay of UDI Regulations, Postmarket Safety.
To learn more about key issues related to the medical device industry, click here.
To learn how you can reach over 68,000 MedTech professionals through the MedTech in an Election Year's website, webcast series, bi-monthly newsletter, or digital edition, please contact your medical sales director here.
About UBM Canon
UBM Canon, the leading B2B media company dedicated exclusively to the global $3.0 trillion advanced manufacturing sector, helps support the flow of information, commerce and innovation in such sophisticated segments as medical devices and pharmaceutical development. UBM Canon also addresses cutting-edge developments in broader areas of advanced engineering design and manufacturing, and manufacturing processes and packaging. UBM Canon is part of UBM plc (UBM.L) a global provider of media and information services for professional B2B communities and markets.
- BBVA Compass innovates by offering in-app enrollment in mobile banking
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass today launched version 2.0 of the bank's native application for the iPhone. The free app's enhancements allow users to pay bills as well as view check images, transaction receipts, account charts and payments. It also allows users not previously using online banking to enroll in mobile banking directly from the app.
"We're using technology to create banking solutions that are simple and convenient," said Alex Carriles, executive vice president and director of Mobile and Online Strategies at BBVA Compass. "The new app gives users a fast and easy way to manage their BBVA Compass accounts in a visually enhanced setting. It's unlike any other mobile banking app on the market."
BBVA Compass designed the new iPhone app to reflect customer feedback and incorporate more innovative technology. The app has a graphical design, as opposed to older text-only apps, allowing for a more interactive experience. In addition to making payments, users can view balances and payments in chart form.
"Mobile banking is growing and evolving at a rapid pace," Carriles said. "Because this new app is based on exclusive in-house development, we will be able to add more features, more frequently."
BBVA Compass first released its iPhone app in 2009 allowing customers to retrieve balances, review transactions, transfer funds and find local branches. Over the last three years, the bank's Mobile Strategies team has launched native apps for BlackBerry, Android, iPad and PlayBook.
BBVA Compass will soon be releasing updated versions of its mobile banking apps for all current platforms. They will incorporate all of the BBVA Compass iPhone app version 2.0 features.
To download the free BBVA Compass iPhone mobile banking app, visit the Apple App Store and search for BBVA Compass, or text the word iphone to 4BBVA (42282).
About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates more than 712 branches including 374 in Texas, 93 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 65 in California, 45 in Florida, 36 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the nation's leading Small Business Administration (SBA) lenders, earning 'Lender of the Year' honors in 2009 and 2010. Additional information concerning BBVA Compass can be found on our website http://www.bbvacompass.com.
BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, it is the largest financial institution in Mexico and it has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States. Its diversified business is biased to high-growth markets and it relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. BBVA ranks among the leading Euro zone banks in terms of ROE and efficiency. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes.
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank. Compass Bank, member FDIC.
Canalta Hotels Chooses Telkonet's EthoStream as Exclusive High-Speed Internet Access Provider
EthoStream Solidifies International HSIA Presence
MILWAUKEE, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Telkonet, Inc. (OTC BB: TKOI), operator of EthoStream, the leading provider of hospitality high-speed Internet access solutions, announced today that Canalta Hotels of Alberta, Canada, has chosen the EthoStream Hospitality Network as their exclusive high-speed Internet access solution.
In partnership with a local reseller, Electro Tel, EthoStream will provide hardware, including EthoStream Gateway Servers, as well as 24/7/365 support to 34 properties owned and operated by Canalta throughout western Canada. Telkonet has provided equipment and support to each of the hotels for several years, but this agreement formalizes the relationship and demonstrates Canalta values the convenience, quality and performance of the end-to-end solution the company provides. EthoStream offers hardware, software and in-house technical support to enable remote maintenance of the network infrastructure as well as provide technical assistance to guests.
Brooke Christianson, Vice President of Hotel Operations for Canalta, said, "The EthoStream solution provides both the technology and the responsive in-house customer support necessary for us to offer a seamless Internet experience to hotel guests. When we need onsite assistance, Electro Tel is always there for us."
The EthoStream Hospitality Network reaches across all of Canada to include Canalta properties in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Through its reseller program, EthoStream services the needs of customers in all areas of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. EthoStream resellers enjoy the benefits of an industry-leading HSIA platform and are able to concentrate their efforts on meeting the needs of their customers. Most resellers perform onsite installation and maintenance while offering EthoStream's HSIA Gateway, Remote Management Console reporting engine, brand-standard portal solutions and 24/7/365 customer support.
ABOUT CANALTA HOTELS
Canalta Hotels is a family owned and operated company with 34 hotels in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Canalta has the development rights for Super 8 Motels in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and both northern and southern British Columbia, and actively develops Ramada franchises in western Canada.
ABOUT ELECTRO TEL
Electro Tel is a full-service communications and security provider based in Alberta, Canada with coverage province-wide also including parts of British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The company sells, installs and services HSIA networks as well as TELUS wireline telecommunications and data services, telephone systems and security systems, in addition to other communications equipment. For more information, visit http://www.electro-tel.com.
EthoStream, the high-speed Internet access division of Telkonet, operates the largest hospitality HSIA network in the country, supporting over 4.2 million users monthly. With a wide range of product and service offerings and one of the most comprehensive management platforms available for HSIA networks, EthoStream offers solutions for any public access location. Visit http://www.ethostream.com for more information.
Telkonet, a leading United States-based energy management technology provider, offers hardware, software and services to commercial customers worldwide. The EcoSmart suite of products, along with the EcoCentral management platform, can reduce energy consumption, HVAC runtime and utility costs in most building environments. Telkonet's energy management products have the power to minimize carbon footprints and help eliminate the need for the construction of new power plants. For more information, visit http://www.telkonet.com.
For news updates as they happen, follow @Telkonet and @EthoStreamNews on Twitter.
Statements included in this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties such as competitive factors, technological development, market demand and the Company's ability to obtain new contracts and accurately estimate net revenue due to variability in size, scope and duration of projects, and internal issues in the sponsoring client. Further information on potential factors that could affect the Company's financial results, can be found in the Company's Registration Statement and in its Reports on Forms 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
NETGEAR Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender (WN2500RP) Now Available Worldwide for Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones, Home Theater Devices, and More
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced that the NETGEAR Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender (WN2500RP), which extends dual band WiFi coverage for any home office or home network, is now available for purchase at retail stores and online worldwide. The dramatic increase in connected devices in the home has created a need for better WiFi coverage. With the NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender, users can keep their current wireless equipment and improve WiFi coverage, enhancing overall network quality, range and performance throughout the home for mobile connected devices such as smartphones, iPads®, tablets and laptops, as well as connected entertainment devices like smart TVs, gaming consoles, streaming players and more. Unveiled at CES 2012 in January, the NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender is the latest addition to a line-up of easy-to-use WiFi range extender products that provide an enhanced WiFi experience for consumers worldwide.
No More WiFi Dead Spots
The NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender boosts coverage of both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi signals simultaneously, enhancing the connected lifestyle by extending WiFi range while avoiding WiFi interference. The NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender supports wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n standards, making it compatible with virtually any wireless network used at home. Included is FastLane Technology for range extenders, which enables consumers to maximize bandwidth for HD video streaming and online gaming. In addition, the NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender supports up to four wired to WiFi connections, turning Ethernet-enabled devices such as Blu-ray® players, gaming consoles, DVRs and smart TVs into devices with WiFi connectivity.
Obstacles such as walls can result in low WiFi signal strength or WiFi dead spots in different areas of the home. The NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender resolves this problem, so that users can surf the Internet, stream movies without constant buffering or listen to their favorite Internet radio stations no matter where they are -- in the upstairs bedroom, outside on the deck or in the garage. As an alternative to buying a new WiFi router, the NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender is an ideal accessory to consumers' existing equipment. The NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender is universally compatible with any standard single or dual band WiFi router or service provider gateway.
Easy to Install and Set Up
The device is easy to install and set up with no need for a CD or Ethernet cable. A secure connection to any existing home WiFi network is established with a simple push of a button. Dynamic LEDs display real-time network connection status and find the best location for extender placement for optimal wireless, interference-free coverage.
"The proliferation of mobile devices in the home -- laptops, tablets and smartphones -- has lead to people uncovering more WiFi dead spots in and around their homes. The NETGEAR WiFi Range Extender solves that problem and broadens WiFi connectivity and performance at an affordable price and with minimal setup," said Damir Skripic, product line manager for connected entertainment at NETGEAR.
Pricing and Availability
Available now from major retailers in the United States, the NETGEAR Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender (WN2500RP) starts at $79.99. It can also be purchased worldwide from retailers in stores and online.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of Big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail proven, whole home solutions for their customers. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 29,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 36,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at http://www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.
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Ituran Location and Control Announces Dismissal of State Revenue Services of Sao Paulo's Claim in Respect of a Certain Tax Deficiency Notice
AZOUR, Israel, March 5, 2012/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Further to Ituran Location & Control Ltd.'s ("Ituran") report on form 6-K filed on
July 18, 2010 regarding the issuance of a tax deficiency notice by the State Revenue
Services of Sao Paulo, Brazil, against Ituran's subsidiary in Brazil in the total amount
of R$123,969,000 (approximately US$69.5 Million) out of which an amount of R$36,499,984
(approximately US$20.5 Million) as the principal plus an interest in the sum of
R$21,325,647 (approximately US$12 Million) and penalty in the sum of R$66,143,446
(approximately US$37 Million), as detailed in the aforementioned report, Ituran Location
and Control Ltd (NASDAQ: ITRN, TASE: ITRN), today announced, that the Administrative Court
of the State of Sao Paulo dismissed the State Revenue Services of Sao Paulo's claim and
resolved in our favor.
The State of Sao Paulo is entitled to an administrative appeal to a full bench session
at the Administrative Court and if the State of Sao Paulo is successful at the appeal, we
are entitled to challenge the administrative court's decision in a court of law.
If the State of Sao Paulo is not successful at the administrative appeal, at such time
as the decision of the Administrative Court becomes binding and non-appealable, we shall
incur legal fees in the sum of approximately R$13 Million (approximately US$7.5 Million)
of which the sum of R$2.5 Million (approximately US$1.4 Million) is already payable and is
We continue to maintain our position that our chances of success in defending our
position are favorable.
Ituran provides location-based services, consisting predominantly of stolen vehicle
recovery and tracking services, as well as wireless communications products used in
connection with its location-based services and various other applications. Ituran offers
mobile asset location, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, management & control services for
vehicles, cargo and personal security. Ituran's subscriber base has been growing
significantly since the Company's inception to over 623,000 subscribers distributed
globally. Established in 1995, Ituran has over 1,300 employees worldwide, provides its
location based services and has a market leading position in Israel, Brazil, Argentina and
the United States.
Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. These forward-looking statements
include, but are not limited to, our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and
other statements contained in this report that are not historical facts as well as
statements identified by words such as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "plans",
"believes", "seeks", "estimates" or words of similar meaning. These statements are based
on our current beliefs or expectations and are inherently subject to significant
uncertainties and changes in circumstances, many of which are beyond our control. Actual
results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global political,
economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors.
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Oclaro Strengthens 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Coherent Portfolio with New Micro-iTLA and Volume Production of Modulators and Receivers
New Micro-iTLA Delivers 3X Reduction in Size; 100 Gbps Coherent Receiver Provides 50 Percent Reduction in Form Factor; Modulators Raise the Bar on Spectral Efficiency
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Oclaro, Inc.( )(NASDAQ: OCLR), a tier-one provider and innovator of optical communications and laser solutions, today announced that it has further strengthened its 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps coherent optical portfolio with the introduction of a new micro-iTLA and 40 Gbps PM-BPSK modulator. Additionally, Oclaro announced the volume production of its 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps PM-DPSK modulators and its coherent receiver platform. By providing an expansive line of both coherent components and module solutions, Oclaro is enabling its customers to quickly and cost-effectively deliver next generation network equipment that provides scalable and flexible future proof architectures. These solutions will be on display at next week's OFC/NFOEC show in the Oclaro booth #1957 and #2058.
With its comprehensive line of coherent solutions, Oclaro is well positioned to establish a leadership position in the high-bit rate 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps coherent markets, which analyst firm Ovum predicts to grow from $360M in 2011 to more than $2.1B in 2015. Coherent detection is widely considered the leading technology for enabling higher optical transmission speeds such as 100 Gbps because it delivers the scalability and flexibility needed for transmitting more bandwidth cost-efficiently over fiber optic networks. As a result, network equipment manufacturers are rapidly embracing this detection format and are installing 40 Gbps coherent networks as a stepping stone to 100 Gbps or going directly to deploying 100 Gbps networks for long-term sustainability.
"PM-QPSK Modulators, coherent receivers and narrow linewidth micro-iTLAs are the complete set of optical components that customers need for deploying high-speed coherent 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps systems," said Robert Blum, Director of Product Marketing for the Oclaro Photonic Components Business Unit. "As a one-stop-shop supplier for all these critical pieces of the network, Oclaro is enabling customers to save a significant amount of development time, ensure the highest level of integration on their linecards, and deliver the network architecture that service providers need for long-term success."
Complete line of 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Modulators
At the OFC/NFOEC show, Oclaro is introducing a new 40 Gbps PM-BPSK modulator targeted for ultra long haul transmission systems such as those used in submarine applications. The new modulator is sampling today with production scheduled to start in June 2012. Additionally, Oclaro is announcing volume production of its 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps PM-QPSK modulators for coherent applications. This announcement reaffirms Oclaro's commitment to deliver products for all 40 Gbps modulation formats, which allows customers to maintain their existing 10 Gbps networks while also gaining the flexibility to upgrade to higher-speed coherent networks in the future.
40 and 100 Gbps Receivers Deliver more than 50 Percent Reduction in Form Factor
Highlighting its continued success in bringing coherent solutions quickly to market, Oclaro announced that its coherent receiver platform has completed qualification and is entering volume production. The receivers are more than 50 percent smaller than the 100G footprint defined by the OIF - while also providing an option to maintain full compliancy with the OIF standard. The receivers leverage Oclaro's expertise in indium phosphide integration to deliver industry-leading reliability and are one of the first receiver solutions to package a signal power monitor diode. In the past, customers needed to add a discrete monitor photodiode (MPD) onto their line cards. By integrating this functionality directly into the receiver, customers can now save valuable line card space, while also lowering costs and reducing development time.
New micro-iTLA Delivers 3X Reduction in Size
Oclaro has led the iTLA market with volume shipments into predominantly 10 Gbps applications and has now developed the new micro-iTLA version to address the rapidly growing 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps coherent markets. The new micro-iTLA delivers the small footprint, optical power, narrow linewidth and low power consumption needed to transmit at higher data rates across the network. The micro-iTLA delivers a 3X reduction in size over standard iTLA products while also meeting the requirements for advanced coherent applications.
Oclaro worked with other laser and network equipment manufacturers through the OIF to define a micro-iTLA Multi Source Agreement (MSA) specification in 2011, specifically defining reductions in footprint and height. With its new micro-iTLA, Oclaro also achieved reductions in power consumption, which will allow its customers to produce efficient designs in small form factors.
The micro-iTLA leverages upon Oclaro's proven tunable TOSA packaging and solid state tuning based Indium Phosphide DS-DBR chip technologies, of which well over 300,000 tunable lasers have now been deployed. Oclaro's InP capabilities continue to set Oclaro apart from the competition, enabling customers to reduce their power consumption and space constraints while offering advanced performance. Oclaro's micro-iTLA is scheduled to ship to key customers during Q2 of 2012.
Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) is a tier-one provider and innovator of optical communications and laser components, modules and subsystems for a broad range of diverse markets, including telecommunications, industrial, scientific, consumer electronics and medical. Oclaro is a global leader, dedicated to photonics innovation with cutting-edge research and development (R&D) and chip fabrication facilities in the U.S., U.K., Switzerland, Israel, Korea and Italy, and in-house and contract manufacturing sites in China and Thailand with design, sales and service organizations in each of the major regions around the world. http://www.oclaro.com.
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CONTACT: Kelly Karr, Tanis Communications, Inc., +1-408-718-9350, email@example.com
The ShareSpot is one of the innovative features offered by LandAirSea's SilverCloud real-time GPS tracking system (http://www.landairsea.com/gps-tracking-systems/gps-tracking-silvercloud.html). With the ShareSpot, users of the SilverCloud will be able to share their precise GPS location online in real-time. The shared online mapping window not only shows where the vehicle is, it also shows where it's going and how fast it's traveling. This allows the public to conveniently identify where the vehicle is at any time on a web-browser without having to contact the user directly.
What ShareSpot Can Do
The ShareSpot feature is extremely helpful for businesses that rely on the timeliness and efficiency of their service, by giving them the ability to share the most up-to-date GPS location of their vehicles with their clients. With the ShareSpot, fleet managers and dispatchers will be able to save valuable time, energy and resources by eliminating the hassle of contacting a specific driver, asking where he or she is and then relaying that information back to their customers.
The ShareSpot is ideal for businesses such as:
-- Fleet transportation services (buses, taxis, shuttles and limousines):
-- The District West Virginia University
-- Shipping and delivery services (large freight shipments and
-- Shipping Service
-- Onsite service providers (towing, plumbing, landscaping and utility
-- Brown Tree Service (http://www.browntree.com/)
-- Food service industries (catering service, food trucks and food
-- The Rolling Hunger (http://therollinghunger.com/)
-- Online Fan Pages:
-- Cory Joyce Racing (http://www.coryjoyce.com/media/live_race.htm)
-- Bus 52 (http://bus52.com/about/live/)
?For example, if a customer wants to know precisely where their shipment is in proximity to their home, they can determine the exact location of the delivery truck in real-time through a web-link sent from the shipping company or simply by looking on the company's website. By adding the ShareSpot shared mapping window, transportation and delivery service providers will be able to increase their overall level of efficiency, while providing the added benefit of convenience for their clients.
Mobile food service industries, such as food delivery and catering services, can also benefit from the ShareSpot feature. Food trucks are becoming increasingly popular all over the United States. The Cooking Channel even has a T.V. show dedicated to highlighting various street fare from around the nation, called Eat St. By utilizing the SilverCloud's ShareSpot window, customers and fans will be able to find the real-time GPS location of their favorite food truck on their website or their Facebook page. This brings a tremendous amount of online visibility to businesses that rely so heavily on their customers and fan-base knowing precisely where they are at any given time.
How ShareSpot Works
By using a completely online interface, users of the SilverCloud GPS tracker can securely log in to the online mapping interface through any web-browser. Once they are logged in, users will have the ability to not only view their current GPS location in real-time, but will also have the option to share the precise location of their vehicles online by obtaining a web-link or an HTML code that can be directly embedded onto a personal or corporate website, blog or even their Facebook page.
Once embedded onto the website, the mapping window automatically refreshes the GPS location, with continuous updates as fast as every 3 seconds based on the data plan chosen. Users will also be able to share their GPS tracking data without having to compromise their unique username and password.
The SilverCloud real-time GPS tracking system also features the ability to set geo-fences, produce event and time-based alarms and generate detailed driving reports. The powerful GPS module is accurate to within 3 meters (6 feet), and the rechargeable lithium ion battery is capable of providing up to 6 days of tracking on full charge with average driving - roughly 2 hours a day.
The SilverCloud real-time GPS tracking system and the ShareSpot location sharing application from LandAirSea have been designed with precision, simplicity and durability. For more information email LandAirSea Systems at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOMS Launches Unique "TOMS Ticket to Give" Campaign by Selecting One Customer Each Week to Join the Company on its Giving Trips
Held Only at TOMS.com, Lucky Winners Will Join TOMS' Giving Partners to Deliver the One for One(TM) Experience to Children in Need Around the World
PLAYA VISTA, Calif., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In a bold move that brings together the company, its customers and its community in an inspiring new way, TOMS today launched the TOMS Ticket to Give campaign nationwide. Only available at TOMS.com in the U.S., the online contest will find one lucky customer or fan being selected each week to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a TOMS Giving Trip. The announcement was made today by Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe giver of TOMS (http://www.TOMS.com).
"I was inspired by the wonderment of Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket," said Mycoskie. "The greatest part of my job is going on our Giving Trips. TOMS started this way, and these have been some of the most moving and memorable experiences in my life. We have an unbelievably passionate community, many of whom tell us they would love to go on a TOMS Giving Trip. So we thought, "What can we do to show them how thankful we are for them?"
Beginning on March 5, the TOMS Ticket to Give online contest is open to TOMS customers and community ages 13 and up exclusively at TOMS.com. Mycoskie is hoping to notify each of the first several winners in person and will be joining the winners on the first several Giving Trips.
Previously available just to TOMS employees, the Giving Trips taken through the TOMS Ticket to Give program will enable winners to experience giving One for One(TM) first-hand. Giving Trips are not vacations, but journeys into communities of incredible people and enormous need. They are hands-on, face-to-face journeys that, for those who are giving, are as much about personal transformation as positively impacting the lives of others.
"We want to take as many people as possible on our Giving Trips," added Mycoskie, "and The TOMS Ticket will give someone a chance to see a holistic approach to our giving. Our hope is that our fans who win a TOMS Ticket and join us will have life-changing experiences, and they'll come back with a fresh perspective on their communities, their jobs, their lives... and the lives of others."
Giving is at the heart of TOMS' business, and the company now gives shoes to children in need in over 40 countries, and helps give sight to people in need in nine countries. TOMS partners with humanitarian organizations that have thorough experience in the communities they serve. TOMS helps give sight in three ways by providing prescription glasses, cataract surgeries and medial treatment. The company's shoe-giving partners work to integrate new TOMS Shoes into their pre-existing health and education programs so that shoes are given to children along with other support like hygiene, education, health care or basic necessities (such as medicines, school uniforms, school supplies, clothing or vitamins). TOMS works to build long-term giving relationships with its giving partners so that the children they serve have access to additional pairs of shoes as they grow. Giving partners report back on the fit, durability and impact of the shoes so that TOMS can continually learn and improve its giving efforts.
In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One(TM). To date, TOMS has given over two million pairs of new shoes to children through giving partners around the world. In June 2011, TOMS launched its second One for One(TM) product, TOMS Eyewear, to help save and restore sight to people in need.
Broadcom Announces World's First CMOS 40G Serial Mux/Demux Chipset
Broadcom Technology Features Industry's Lowest Power Consumption
LOS ANGELES, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- OFC/NFOEC Technical Conference 2012 --
-- Enables new tri-rate optical module market segment: 40GbE, OC-768, and
-- Industry's lowest power consumption - mux and demux consume only two
watts combined - 60% lower than nearest competitor
-- Industry's first 40G serial mux/demux chipset to use standard BGA
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications today introduced two new chipsets in its expanding line of 40 gigabit products. The two serial multiplex/demultiplex (mux/demux) chipsets are the world's first 40G CMOS-based solutions that enable tri-rate CFP (C-form pluggable) modules and VSR/DPSK applications (very short reach/differential phase shift keying). Both of the mux/demux chipsets take advantage of 40nm process nodes and are engineered to achieve best-in-class performance. They also deliver the industry's lowest power consumption - only two watts combined and 60 percent lower than the nearest competitor.(1) See Broadcom's complete portfolio of solutions for optical fiber communications at OFC/NFOEC booth # CV-1557.
As demand increases for broadband consumer applications such as streaming video, and on-demand services, so does the need for advanced 40G chipsets. Further propelling 40G growth is the industry's increasing use of wave division multiplexing (WDM) and Sonet/SDH (synchronous digital hierarchy) solutions.(2) Broadcom's newest 40G chipsets are engineered to meet the demand for higher bandwidth and designed to handle a wider range of applications while reducing power consumption up to 60 percent less than the nearest competitor.
The Broadcom BCM84145 demux and BCM84146mux chipset work together to receive and transmit data within 40G serial CFP modules. The BCM84147 demux and BCM84148 mux also receive and transmit 40G serial data and are targeted for VSR and DPSK applications. Both chipsets offer high-speed data rate support ranging from 39.8 to 44.6 Gbps. They are also available in standard 14mm x 14mm BGA (ball grid array) packages. Competing solutions require the use of ceramic packages and GPPO interfaces for high speed 40G I/Os. The use of standard BGA packaging results in a substantial decrease to the total system cost.
-- Receives 40G serial data (40GbE, OC-768, or OTU-3), demultiplexes and
transmits on a 4-lane system interface
-- PRBS/OTU-3 frame pattern generation and detection
-- Receives data on 4-lane system interface, multiplexes data into one
transmit serial stream
-- Programmable pre-emphasis and amplitude control on serial data output
-- DPSK/duo-binary pre-recorders
-- Enables replacement of older bipolar-based demux used in legacy VSR and
300-pin module market with advanced CMOS-based devices
-- Equalizer for ISI compensation
-- OIF compliant SFI-5.1 interface
-- Enables replacement of older bipolar-based mux used in legacy VSR and
300-pin module market with advanced CMOS-based devices
-- Programmable pre-emphasis and amplitude on serial data output
-- DPSK/duo-binary pre-recorders
All chips are now sampling with production volume slated for the first half of 2012.
-- 40G growth fueled by growing traffic demands and next-generation
-- 40G demand is strong in routers and metro markets - spurred by 40G WDM
-- Increasing demand for 40G mux/demux CFP modules and VSR/DPSK
Jim King, Executive Director of Optical Technology Planning and Development, AT&T
"AT&T has been deploying 40G extensively across our network since 2005. Broadcom's 40G CMOS chipset enables the new CFP tri-rate modules and applications that are key to continuous cost reduction and network growth for AT&T and others."
Lorenzo Longo, Vice President & General Manager, High Speed Interconnect Products, Broadcom
"These new products are the latest innovations to join Broadcom's expanding line of high-speed 10G/40G/100G products. These chipsets also represent an important breakthrough for the industry by enabling OEMs to take advantage of 40nm CMOS process technology with the inherent advantages of lower power consumption and increased reliability."
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to http://www.broadcom.com.
Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, and the Connecting everything logo are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.
Hughes Executives Share Industry Expertise at Satellite 2012
Company executives will participate in a wide range of technology and business panels; Hughes will exhibit its latest broadband satellite solutions at Booth #501
GERMANTOWN, Md., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, announced today that several of its executives will share their expertise on panels throughout the Satellite 2012 Conference, March 12-15, being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Hughes will showcase its industry-leading Ka-band satellite technologies and solutions at Booth #501--covering the full spectrum of enterprise, government, defense, and consumer applications--including live demonstrations of next-generation HughesNet® consumer satellite Internet services. The company's recently announced HX System 4.0 will be featured, with powerful new HX90 and HX50L routers and capabilities such as dual IPv4/IPv6 support, HX ExpertNMS(TM) advanced network management system, and COTM mobility support for airborne, maritime and land. Its extensive line of BGAN/Inmarsat mobile satellite products for digital news gathering, M2M (machine-to-machine), and emergency response will also be displayed.
Hughes executives will provide industry insight on the following panels:
Monday, March 12
7:30 - 8:30 am:Adrian Morris, executive vice president, Engineering and CTO, will participate on the CTO Roundtable Breakfast panel, "The Next Generation for Satellite Technology."
10:30 - 11:45 am: BT Shyamakrishnan, senior program director, International Division, will participate on the panel "The Maritime Satcom Value Proposition."
1:30 - 2:45 pm:Grant Barber, executive vice president, Finance and CFO, will participate on the Industry CFO panel, "Optimizing and Managing Capital in Turbulent Times?"
Tuesday, March 13:
3:00 - 4:15 pm: Mike Cook, senior vice president, North American Division, will participate on the panel, "Ka-band's Impact on Ground-Based Services."
Wednesday, March 14:
1:45 - 3:00 pm:Arunas Slekys, vice president, Corporate Marketing and general manager, Russia/CIS Business, will join the panel "Eastern Europe & CIS: Surveying the Broadband Battlefield."
1:45 - 3:00 pm: Dave Rehbehn, senior director, International Division, will participate on the panel, "The Future of HTS: Monetizing Current Assets or Building New Markets?"
3:15 - 4:30 pm: Graham Avis, vice president, San Diego Division, will participate on the panel, "New M2M Data Solutions Become Ever More Important for MSS Market Growth."
4:45 - 5:45 pm:Tony Bardo, assistant vice president, Government Solutions, will participate on the panel, "Disaster Recovery: Mission Critical Satellite Communications."
Thursday, March 15:
9:00 - 10:30 am: Paul Gaske, executive vice president and general manager, North American Division, will participate on the panel, "Satellite Broadband: Impressive Progress in a Changing Market."
Media and analysts should contact Jill Searl at (603) 559-5824 or email@example.com to arrange interview appointments with Hughes executives.
About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the world's leading provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. HughesNet® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 2.8 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing over 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.
Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit http://www.hughes.com.
Win the Latest Huntkey Universal Notebook Adapter with 5V-2A USB Power Port & Portable Powerbanks
SHENZHEN, China, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Huntkey Enterprise Group, a global professional power supply provider, is introducing their official Facebook presence with a Big Power Giveaway. Up for grabs are 4 of their latest Universal Notebook Adapter, the Huntkey X-MAN 90W. Equipped with 10 exchangeable power tips, this adapter powers virtually all currently available notebooks on the market. But on top of things, the X-MAN 90W is one of the few adapters coming with a 5V USB power port supporting 2Ampere (most others only support 1Ampere). 2 Ampere are required for more power-hungry high-end smart phones and tablet PCs.
Furthermore participants have a chance to win one of 10 Huntkey PBA2000 Powerbanks. This portable "power supply" charges any 5V devices that use a mini-USB port to recharge. Several power tips and a telescopic cable make this a highly convenient power source for devises such as mobile phones, cameras, MP3\MP4\MP5, GPS, etc.when you are on the move.
All you have to do in order to participate is go to Huntkey's Facebook page and like it, then take part in a small poll, and if you want to increase your chances to win, leave a short message on the Huntkey Facebook page and explain how you are planning to use the prize. Make sure to stop by the in-depth and hands-on video introduction on Youtube as well at: http://www.youtube.com/user/HuntkeyDIY
- 4 x Huntkey X-MAN Universal Notebook Adapter with 5V-2A USB Power Port
- 10 x Huntkey PBA2000 Powerbank
-- Activity period
- 3 March through 17 March 2012
Huntkey Enterprise Group, founded in 1992, is a professional provider specialized in the development, design, manufacturing and marketing of power supplies. The products of Huntkey cover a wide variety, including power supplies (1W~250KW), power systems, computer cases, universal notebook adapters, chargers, power supply converters, power strips etc. The industrial parks of Huntkey in Shenzhen, Heyuan and Hefei, which cover a total area of over 750,000 square meters, are now the largest IT manufacturing base in China's mainland. Huntkey with over 8,000 employees has set up its branch companies in Hong Kong, Japan and Europe. Its clients are found all over the world in more than 30 countries and regions, including Lenovo, DELL, Bestbuy, Exper, Vestel, Positivo, Durama, Unicoba, DSG, HCL, Carrefour, FPT, Siragon, Olidata etc
ToolWatch Enterprise to Track Tools, Equipment, Other Assets in London Thames Tunnel Project
DENVER, March 5, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
- Enterprise tool management leader partners with Hochtief/Murphy for $306
million Crossrail construction award
ToolWatch Corporation [http://www.toolwatch.com ] will implement the full ToolWatch
Enterprise suite on the London Crossrail C-310 Thames Tunnel contract. The $306 million
contract is part of the $22.5 billion London Crossrail project that will connect the east
and west London rail routes. The project will use the Enterprise suite to track heavy
equipment, machinery (or plant), vehicles and tools, as well as monitor equipment
servicing schedules and fuel consumption.
Hochtief/Murphy, a joint venture between worldwide construction giant Hochtief
Solutions and U.K.-based civil engineering firm J Murphy & Sons Limited, is the principal
contractor on the project. Hochtief/Murphy selected ToolWatch after conducting an
extensive global search for a solution that best fit its diverse needs, including
comprehensive tool and equipment tracking and management features
[http://www.toolwatch.com/products.htm ], real-time access at anytime from anywhere, and a
secure, centralized database.
"The Crossrail project is the largest construction project currently under way in
Europe and the U.K., and the scope of the Thames Tunnel contract demands that we have the
capability to keep strict control over every item, from small to large, accurately and
instantaneously. ToolWatch Enterprise will give us the macro- and micro-level knowledge we
need to keep the project on track and on budget," said Martin Edwards, Plant and Senior
Office Manager of the Thames Tunnel project for Hochtief/Murphy.
When completed in 2018, Crossrail will connect 37 rail stations, including Heathrow
airport, and is estimated to serve more than 200 million passengers per year. The 2.6
kilometer Thames Tunnel project will connect the district of Plumstead to North Woolwich
and link the existing North Kent rail line to Crossrail.
"We are happy to be working with Hochtief/Murphy, and we are proud of ToolWatch's key
role on the Crossrail Thames Tunnel contract," said Don Kafka, ToolWatch president. "This
is the single largest project ToolWatch has undertaken in the U.K. to date, and we hope it
has opened the doors to other joint venture partnerships with Hochtief/Murphy and future
projects in the U.K."
About Hochtief/Murphy Joint Venture
The joint venture between the German-based Hochtief Solutions AG, the eighth largest
construction company in the world, and U.K.-based J Murphy & Sons Limited began in 2011
when awarded the C-310 Thames Tunnel contract, one of 15 sub-projects within the massive
Crossrail project. Hochtief/Murphy is constructing two tunnels and portal structures with
a total length of around 2.6 kilometers in southeast London. The $306 million Thames
Tunnel contract is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2015.
Crossrail is the largest engineering project in Europe. When it opens in 2018,
Crossrail will make travelling across London and beyond easier and quicker. It will
connect 37 stations, including Heathrow airport and Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood
and Shenfield in the east. For more information about Crossrail, visit http://www.crossrail.co.uk.
For more than 20 years ToolWatch has helped construction companies manage tools,
equipment, materials and consumables. More than 4,000 organizations in 20 countries use
ToolWatch. Easy to use and delivered through the cloud, ToolWatch Enterprise uses one
centralized database to securely store critical information on all warehouse and field
operation assets. For more information about ToolWatch, visit http://www.toolwatch.com.
Source: ToolWatch Corporation
Tera Haselden, +1-303-394-2366, firstname.lastname@example.org, for ToolWatch Corporation
Gilt Groupe, Inc. and Klout Partner to Offer First-of-its-Kind Reward to Users
Special Klout Perk Matches Savings with Klout Scores
Gilt.com Sale Features Curated Picks from Top Influencers
NEW YORK, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Gilt Groupe, Inc., the innovative online shopping destination, announced today an exclusive partnership with Klout, the standard for influence. Through this first-of-its-kind partnership, Gilt members and Klout users can use their influence to receive a percentage off of their Gilt.com purchase that matches their Klout Score - for example, if your Klout Score is 81-100, you could receive up to 100 percent off of your purchase. This Perk starts on Tuesday, March 6, will roll out in increments to users and is valid for a limited amount of time. You can access the Perk by going to (http://klout.com/perk/Gilt/Gilt).
In addition, Klout and Gilt have selected key influencers across several categories, including fashion, interior design, social media, finance and parenting, and have asked them to curate a special sale to be featured across five of Gilt.com's properties - Men, Women, Baby & Kids, Taste and Home. Curators include Loren Ridinger for Gilt Women's business, Art Jonak for Gilt MAN, Ciaran Blumenfeld for Gilt Baby and Kids, Erin Loechner for Gilt HOME and Pim Techmuanvivit for Gilt Taste. This special sale starts on Wednesday, March 7 at 12:00 p.m. EST and lasts for 36 hours.
"Klout has the ability to identify influencers and Gilt has the platform to connect those influencers with brands and an engaged shopper audience," said Andy Page, President of Gilt. "Together this creates a very unique offering to both Klout and Gilt's member base and we are thrilled to partner with Klout on this sale."
"We are proud to team up with Gilt to bring such amazing value to our users," said Joe Fernandez, CEO and Co-Founder of Klout. "We believe that everyone has influence, and created Klout to help people understand and benefit from it. Gilt is working with us in a way that brings significant value to our users, and has the foresight to see how important it is to connect to influencers at scale."
About Gilt Groupe, Inc.
Gilt Groupe, http://www.gilt.com, is an innovative online shopping destination offering its members special access to the most inspiring merchandise, culinary offerings, and experiences every day, many at insider prices. Gilt continually searches the world for the most coveted brands and products, including fashion for women, men, and children; home decor; artisanal ingredients; hotels and travel experiences on every continent; and unique activities in a growing list of cities and destinations. We believe that every day is an opportunity to inspire and be inspired.
Klout is the standard for influence. Founded in 2008, we analyze engagement across social networks to measure your level and topics of influence. Based on this data, we create a Klout Score on a scale from 1-100 to unlock new opportunities and insights for you. On klout.com, you'll find daily metrics that show how much you influence others and on what topics, and who is most influential in the topics you care about most. Through Klout Perks, top brands such as Disney, Audi, Turner, Microsoft and Chili's have offered early access to products and experiences based on our users' ability to influence others about their brand.
Connecticut listings will appear across the largest real estate network on the Web and most popular platform of mobile real estate apps
SEATTLE, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), the leading real estate information marketplace, today announced a partnership with the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service (http://www.ctreal.com), whereby CT MLS listings will appear on the Yahoo!-Zillow® Real Estate Network and across Zillow's popular platform of mobile apps. According to comScore® Media Metrix, the Yahoo!-Zillow Real Estate Network is the largest real estate network on the Web, and the most-visited real estate entity in Hartford and New Haven, Conn.[i]
"We're doing what's right for CT MLS agents, home sellers and home shoppers by providing accurate listing data to a well-known, respected, high-traffic real estate portal," said Cameron Paine, CT MLSs chief executive officer.
"This is great news for agents, consumers and the Connecticut MLS as it offers a definitive set of pristine data on Zillow and assures that listings will be seen by hundreds of thousands of local home shoppers, within a legal framework which protects the interests of the MLS, brokers, agents and home sellers," said Greg Schwartz, Zillow's chief revenue officer.
The partnership will provide certain protections to CT MLS: CT MLS listings will be displayed only on the Yahoo!-Zillow Real Estate Network, the listings will take priority over listings from other data sources unless a broker provides their listings to Zillow in a direct feed and the listings will be updated multiple times each day to ensure accuracy of listings data.
About Zillow, Inc.
Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) is the leading real estate information marketplace, providing vital information about homes, real estate listings and mortgages through its website and mobile applications, enabling homeowners, buyers, sellers and renters to connect with real estate and mortgage professionals best suited to meet their needs. More than 30 million unique users visited Zillow's websites and mobile applications in January 2012. Zillow, Inc. operates Zillow.com®, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Mobile, Postlets® and Diverse Solutions(TM). The company is headquartered in Seattle.
"intendiX-SOCI": g.tec Introduces Mind-controlled Computer Gaming at CeBIT2012
SCHIEDLBERG, Austria, March 5, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
In 2009, g.tec introduced the intendiX-SPELLER, the first commercially available
brain-computer-interface (BCI) system for home use. Soon, g.tec will release the
intendiX-SOCI (screen-overlay-control-interface), allowing people to control
PC-applications such as computer games with a brain-computer interface.
Although this system will not be available until later in 2012, g.tec will host the
first public demonstration of the pre-release version at CeBit-2012. Booth visitors can
attend live demonstrations of intendiX-SOCI used to control one of the most popular
computer games in the world. People can perform a wide variety of tasks using brain
activity alone, including moving through the game world and performing tasks.
intendiX-SOCI does not require any movement whatsoever, leaving the hands and voice free
for other tasks.
This breakthrough in gaming uses a type of brain signal called the steady-state visual
evoked potential, or SSVEP, which is picked up by a few electrodes mounted on the head.
When people pay attention to a flickering item on a monitor a region in the back of the
brain responds at the same frequency. g.tec's technology can detect this brain activity
and use it to determine which item the user considers important. Therefore, people can
send commands within the game just by paying attention to different items on the monitor.
intendiX-SOCI can detect these different brain signals with an accuracy of 98%.
Visitors at our booth will have the opportunity to try the system on their own. Our
staff will mount the electrodes and instruct people how to control the game with only
their thoughts. Such a demo takes 20-30 minutes.
CeBIT2012 Hall-26 (9) Booth-A17, Live demos: 11:00 and 15:00.
Xilinx Announces Industry's First Dual 100 Gbps Gearbox Solution for Interfacing CFP2 Optical Modules to Virtex-7 HT FPGAs
Virtex-7 HT FPGAs with 25G/28G Transceivers and 2x Density Advantage, Ensure Connectivity for up to four New Generation 100 Gbps Optical Modules
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced the industry's first dual 100 Gbps Gearbox solution for connecting 100G interfaces with the newest generation of high-density, 100 Gbps CFP2 optical modules. Incorporating a single 28nm Virtex®-7 HT FPGA and Xilinx Gearbox intellectual property (IP) cores, the solution overcomes the initial hurdles of leveraging the new CFP2 optics supporting 100GE, OTU4 and 10x 10 MSA specifications. This allows higher density 100G line cards and transmission equipment while lowering overall system power consumption and solution cost through integration. By offering the implementation based on the Virtex-7 HT FPGA family with 28 Gbps transceivers, Xilinx can provide communications customers with twice the density and more advanced debugging features compared to competing devices as well as replace what would be a three chip ASSP design.
The global demand fueled by the surge in multimedia content and the rise of cloud computing is creating an unquenchable thirst for more bandwidth. This in turn is driving the need for adoption of more high-speed 100G interfaces with higher port densities in the optical and packet networking equipment across the network - core, aggregation, data center and transmission. The move toward increased numbers of 100G interfaces per line card in the core and aggregation nodes has become critical to achieve scale, network simplicity and an overall cost reduction in running and managing networks. CFP2 optical modules that are half the size of CFP modules with significantly lower power consumption require an external 100G gearbox to achieve density gains and power advantages based on their form factor. Further gains are achieved when both the CFP2 modules and the gearbox conform to 100GE, OTU4 and 10x 10 MSA specifications, which require using 4x 25G and 10x 10G serial links schemes for systems side interfaces. A single IP core for connecting multiple 100G interfaces into a single chip takes integration to the next level. Combining the Xilinx Dual 100G Gearbox with other OTN or packet processing functionality in a single chip provides an unprecedented level of integration, while reducing overall systems power and lowering the total BOM costs by up to forty percent.
"The anticipated pace of growth in the 100G market provides an unprecedented opportunity in the optical transmission space for FPGA vendors to secure a domineering role in providing chips for a far-reaching period of time," said Mark Lutkowitz, Principal of Telecom Pragmatics. "Xilinx's Gearbox IP will be a key enabler in meeting the higher density and lower power demands for second-generation CFPs."
The Xilinx Dual 100G Gearbox solution includes the Gearbox IP cores for dual 100 Gbps channels supporting two CFP2 and future CFP4 optical modules and the Virtex-7 HT FPGA silicon (7VH290T, 7VH580T or 7VH870T). The solution maps data between the ten and four serial lane interfaces, in both ingress and egress directions. It converts data streams of either CAUI (10x 10.3125G) or OTL4.10 (10x 11.18G) to four lanes of proposed CAUI4 (4x 25.78G) or OTL4.4 (4x 27.95G). In the case of 100GE, the original twenty PCS lanes are reconstructed internally, allowing per-lane debug, skew insertion, and data manipulation, all under user control. In addition, the Xilinx Dual 100G Gearbox solution integrates advanced debugging capabilities to replicate basic test equipment thereby delivering development cost savings. Unique in the FPGA industry is the dedicated transceivers in the Virtex-7 HT Dual Gearbox devices that are pinned out to connect seamlessly with CFP2 optics without additional vias for crossovers to improve signal integrity.
Xilinx's Dual 100G Gearbox implementation enables customers to convert existing CFP-based line cards to CFP2 so they can take advantage of higher density, lower power and lower cost per line card. This conversion can happen quickly without any changes to the CAUI-based FPGA/ASIC/NPU portion of the card.
"This new Xilinx offering of Dual 100 Gbps Gearbox IP cores and Virtex 7-HT FPGA silicon enables equipment vendors to connect their 100 Gbps interfaces with up to two CFP2 optical modules while lowering the overall BOM by reducing chip count and allowing integration with OTN framers as well as 100G bridges into a single chip," said Gilles Garcia, Director of Wired Communications at Xilinx. "Additionally, the programmability of the Virtex-7 HT FPGA ensures that the equipment vendors can easily stay abreast of the changes in standards that are still evolving in the optical, Ethernet and OTN market space."
Along with lowering the power consumption and accelerating product development cycles through advanced debug functionality, integration of additional functions such as multiple 100GE MAC, 100G OTN framers and transponders/muxponders or 120G muxsar, 200G MAC to Interlaken bridges in the same Virtex-7 HT FPGA lowers total line card and system BOM for applications in data center and OTN switches, POT-S, switches and routers that are challenged on cost and power.
By simplifying the interface to optical modules, more functions are being integrated into the devices, thereby minimizing the power density. Designers can now have 200G of throughput (Xilinx Dual 100G Gearbox) for less than 10W of power. Further by reducing the number of chips the Virtex-7 HT FPGA Dual 100G Gearbox solution provides, an interface to CFP2 optical modules. The only other option for customers to use is two single port ASSP chips to connect to two 100G channels, for a gearbox implementation and a third chip for the OTN framer or 100GE MAC, which increases BOM, power and design complexity.
For more information on Xilinx's Dual 100G Gearbox, please download the 100G Dual Gearbox: Improving Port Density on Line Cards in Core Network Equipment white paper on Xilinx.com.
There are three standards bodies presently engaged in defining the standards associated with 100 Gbps transmission: the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF); and two multi service agreements (MSA) engaged in defining specifications for 100G optical modules: CFP MSA and 10 x 10 MSA . With the standards still under evolution, the programmability of FPGAs insulates customers from changes being made in these proposed standards. The mix of transceiver configurations offered in the Virtex-7 HT FPGA family allows both interfacing modes currently being discussed to be easily addressed during updates and upon approval.
Xilinx Virtex-7 HT FPGA Family Overview
Xilinx Virtex-7 HT FPGAs with integrated transceivers deliver the industry's highest bandwidth platform. The Virtex-7 HT family offers the largest single-FPGA solution for 100 Gbps - 400 Gbps line cards for the next generation communication systems by delivering a total of 2.8 Tbps full duplex serial bandwidth. Virtex-7 HT devices support up to seventy-two 10G-KR backplane-compliant 13.1 Gbps transceivers for line and client side interfaces and up to sixteen high performance transceivers to interface with the next generation CFP2 optical modules.
Xilinx is the world's leading provider of programmable platforms. For more information, visit: http://www.xilinx.com/.
Xilinx, the Xilinx logo, Artix, ISE, Kintex, Spartan, Virtex, Zynq, and other designated brands included herein are trademarks of Xilinx in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Infinity Group Invests RMB 8 Million in Solorein Technology Inc.
CHENGDU, China, March 5, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Infinity Group, a cross-border, private equity platform known for its strong roots in
China, its vast, global network of technology and innovation, and its "China Outbound"
initiative, which supports Chinese companies with an interest in international business,
announced today that it has invested RMB 8 million in Solorein Technology Inc. through its
Chengdu Shuangliu Fund.
This marks Infinity's first investment in a company in Chengdu. The financing will be
used to support Solorein's R&D and to expand its production capacity. Solorein is the only
national Chinese Planar Light-wave Circuits (PLC) chip producer for triple play - the
integration of telecommunications networks, cable TV networks and the Internet.
In 2012, the Ministry of Industry of China, together with five other ministries in
China, published "Views on Promoting the Construction of a Fiber-optic Broadband Network"
or the "Views". As per the report, over the next three years, the Chinese government
intends to invest RMB 150 billion to construct a fiber-optic broadband network. During
this same time period, it is anticipated that new broadband subscribers will exceed 50
million and the triple play market in China will reach RMB 1.5 to 2 trillion. In addition,
the "Views" also emphasized that there will be R&D investment and governmental support for
fiber-optic broadband communication chips, devices, system devices and applications.
Again, as noted by the report, all of this is meant to encourage technology innovation,
establish a national fiber-optic broadband technology standard, and promote industrial
Infinity Group founder and managing partner Mr. Amir Gal-Or said, "Infinity's
investment interests are congruent with the goals of the "Views". The financing announced
today in Solorein offers a perfect example. Solorein develops and manufactures the leading
PLC technology in China. This is one of the reasons that make this company one of the most
worthy investment opportunities in the Sichuan area. Infinity will make full use of its
own IT and communication technology platform advantages to help Solorein achieve further
Mr. Gal-Or continued, "We have full confidence in Solorein's skilled and professional
executive management team, led by CEO Dr. Li Chaoyang. We look forward to a fruitful
Established in 2004 and headquartered in Chengdu's Southwest Airport Economic
Development Zone, Solorein is a Sino-US, joint venture, high-tech enterprise with core
management and technical teams based in the Silicon Valley. The company is engaged in R&D
and the large-scale production and sales of fiber optic components and subsystems products
based on its patented PLC technology. The company's products cover both active and passive
fields including PLC splitters, PLC based VOA, WINC, CWDM, WDM PON, TAP-PD, etc.
Solorein's annual sales and profit growth rate exceeded 100% in the past three years.
"We look forward to working together with Solorein to achieve new milestones and
plateaus of growth," said Zhang Xiaodong, director of Infinity's Chengdu Shuangliu Fund.
About Infinity Group
Infinity Group is a cross-border, private equity platform known for its strong roots
in China, its vast, global network of technology and innovation, and its "China Outbound"
initiative, which supports Chinese companies with an interest in international business.
It is also the founder of the Infinity IP Bank, the hub for IP development and
commercialization in China. Infinity Group currently manages 16 funds, 14 in China.
Infinity has a portfolio of 45 companies and has made 22 successful exits. Infinity, which
has the greatest number of RMB funds in China, was founded by the China Development Bank
and IDB Group, the largest conglomerate in Israel. Infinity serves as a bridge for Chinese
companies that want to integrate technology and know-how to become industry leaders
domestically as well as to compete internationally, and for non-Chinese companies, with
proven technology, seeking to capitalize on the Chinese market. Sectors of focus include:
information technology, medical device and services, water clean tech, agriculture and
materials. Infinity currently has offices in Beijing, Changzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing,
Harbin, Hong Kong, Jining, New York, Ningbo, Shanghai, Shijiazhuang, Suzhou, Tel Aviv and
Tianjin. For more information, please visit http://www.infinity-equity.com.
Marjie Hadad, email@example.com, +972-54-536-5220.
For Chinese language inquiries: Joey Zhu, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Attunity and Hortonworks Announce Partnership to Simplify Big Data Integration with Apache Hadoop
Partnership will make Big Data available for analytics in both the cloud and enterprise data centers
BURLINGTON, Massachusetts and SUNNYVALE, California, March 5, 2012/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Attunity Ltd. (OTC BB: ATTUF.OB), a leading provider of real-time data integration
software, and Hortonworks, a leading commercial vendor promoting the development and
support of Apache Hadoop [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Hadoop ], jointly announce
today a partnership focused on the delivery of high-performance solutions to move Big Data
in and out of Apache Hadoop. The partnership is designed to facilitate making Big Data
available for use in business intelligence (BI) and analytics whether in the cloud or
across enterprise data centers.
Organizations worldwide are struggling to turn Big Data into actionable business
decisions. The planned combined solution provided by this partnership will enable
enterprises to overcome this challenge and gain a competitive advantage through the use of
BI and predictive analytics.
Specifically, the partnership will combine Hortonworks' Apache Hadoop expertise with
Attunity's data integration technology, to facilitate loading of massive amounts of
structured and unstructured data to the Apache Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). The
Hortonworks Data Platform makes Apache Hadoop more robust and easier to install, manage
and use while providing an open and stable foundation for enterprises to build and deploy
Big Data solutions. Attunity's data integration solutions are designed to provide a quick,
simple and cost-effective means for moving large volumes of data from many sources into
the Hortonworks Data Platform to facilitate storing, processing and analyzing data in data
centers and in the cloud.
In a recent blog post, James Kobielus, Senior Analyst at Forrester Research, Inc.,
wrote: "Enterprise Hadoop deployments will expand at a rapid clip. The size of the
in-deployment clusters will almost certainly grow at least tenfold in 2012 as companies
roll new data sources, new analytic challenges, and new business applications into their
"As the volume of data continues to grow, organizations worldwide are quickly adopting
Hadoop to store, manage and process Big Data for use in analytics, Business Intelligence
(BI), and decision support," said Mitch Ferguson, Vice President of Business Development
at Hortonworks. "Since data integration is traditionally one of the most time-consuming
and challenging aspects in the Hadoop process, we are pleased to partner with Attunity.
Working together, we can accelerate the adoption of Apache Hadoop by making it easier to
deploy Big Data initiatives."
"Organizations that are able to leverage Big Data can become smarter about their
customers, operations and business environment," explains Itamar Ankorion, VP of Business
Development and Corporate Strategy at Attunity. "We believe that Attunity is uniquely
positioned to facilitate the integration of Big Data with Hadoop, leveraging our robust
portfolio of high-performance data integration and file transfer technologies. Our
partnership with Hortonworks helps ensure that enterprises can make use of their Big Data
and capitalize on the value of the Hadoop platform."
Hortonworks is the leading commercial vendor of Apache Hadoop, the preeminent open
source platform for storing, managing, and analyzing large volumes of data. The
Hortonworks Data Platform provides an open and stable foundation for enterprises and a
growing ecosystem to build and deploy big data solutions. Together with the Apache
community, Hortonworks is making Hadoop more robust and easier to install, manage, and
use. Hortonworks provides unmatched technical support, training and certification programs
for enterprises, systems integrators, and technology vendors. For more information, visit http://www.hortonworks.com.
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Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not
limited to: risks and uncertainties relating to the acquisition of RepliWeb, including
costs and difficulties related to integration of acquired businesses, the combined
companies' financial results and performance, and ability to repay debt and timing
thereof; our liquidity challenges and the need to raise additional capital in the future;
market acceptance of the Attunity Replicate and the development of a market for such
product; timely availability and customer acceptance of Attunity's new and existing
products; any unforeseen developmental or technological difficulties with regard to
Attunity's products; changes in the competitive landscape, including new competitors or
the impact of competitive pricing and products; a shift in demand for products such as
Attunity's products; unknown factors affecting third parties with which Attunity has
formed business alliances; the impact on revenues of economic and political uncertainties
and weaknesses in various regions of the world, including the commencement or escalation
of hostilities or acts of terrorism; and other factors and risks on which Attunity may
have little or no control. This list is intended to identify only certain of the principal
factors that could cause actual results to differ.
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Grow Golf: Stanford Men's Golf Pioneers Live Scoring by Golf GameBook
ESPOO, Finland, March 5, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
Stanford Men's Golf [http://www.gostanford.com/sports/m-golf ] scored its qualifying
rounds for the 22nd Amer Ari Invitational in January with live scoring and leaderboards
made possible by the free GameBook Live Golf Scorecard iPhone app [http://bit.ly/weEzLK ]
- and has since continued to live score their qualifying rounds with GameBook
[http://www.golfgamebook.com ]. The team now also engages their fans by sharing the live
leaderboards on the team's social media pages.
- GameBook enabled us to be the very first collegiate team with live scoring during a
team qualifying event. It certainly added a great deal to the fun of the day, especially
when birdies were flying on the back nine and the low round title came down to the last
hole, says Stanford Men's Golf Head Coach Conrad Ray. - Loving the GameBook for our play.
It just doesn't make sense to do it any other way. The guys love to know where they stand
when everything is on the line. It's more fun that way, continues Assistant Coach Philip
Friends, family and fans of the players and the team can now follow and comment on the
games live on the Internet or through their own iPhones. - GameBook was extremely proud to
provide live scoring for Stanford. The team has an impressive record with 8 national
championships, says PGA pro and GameBook's CEO/co-founder Kalle Vainola. - GameBook also
enables college players and everyone else to collect personal statistics to improve their
game and compare them with other players.
Fast, intuitive and simple to use, the free GameBook Live Golf Scorecard iPhone app
provides pro quality real-time scoring, stats and live leaderboards for individual and
team games. With GameBook, players can connect to the entire event unfolding around them
and follow their standings hole-by-hole. Together with the free GameBook Clubhouse web
community, players and their friends can follow each other's play from their iPhones or
online, write comments, post photos, keep and compare stats, build a network of golfing
friends, post scores on Facebook, and much more.
GameBook was founded by PGA professionals and junior golf mentors with the vision of
making golf more relevant, fun and welcoming to all with the aid of today's smartphone
technology. British Open champion Stewart Cink and European Tour player Mikko Ilonen have
also contributed to the making of GameBook. The free GameBook Live Golf Scorecard iPhone
app includes real-time scoring, live leaderboards and a social community, all built-in,
for individual and team games. The app connects to GameBook's web community at http://www.golfgamebook.com where scores and statistics get stored and where golfers
can continue building their network of golfing friends and follow their friends' games
real-time. GameBook just introduced a live leaderboard link for any team or league to
share on their favorite social media site or web page to engage their friends, family and
fans. An Android version of the smartphone application is being developed. GameBook is a
US and EU registered trademark of GameBook Oy, Finland.
For more information, please contact:
Kalle Vainola, PGA member, co-founder and CEO, GameBook Oy
Tel. +358-400-955-955 | email@example.com | http://www.golfgamebook.com
GainSpan Provides Low Power Wi-Fi Connectivity for Embedded Systems Based on Renesas MCUs
Designers using popular Renesas 8-32-bit microcontrollers can speed product development for connected devices
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GainSpan(®) Corporation today announced wireless connectivity solutions that make it quick and easy to add ultra-low power Wi-Fi to embedded systems that use any Renesas 8/16/32-bit microcontrollers. The solutions ease the design of new devices and upgrading of existing products, enabling fast development of connected devices to support the growing demand for Smartphone monitored and controlled devices, and "Internet of Things" applications.
Now, Renesas Electronics' customers can add Wi-Fi connectivity using GainSpan's GS1011M and GS1500M low power Wi-Fi modules and develop their solutions with the Wi-Fi Adapter Boards, evaluation boards and drivers from GainSpan. All the GainSpan solutions work seamlessly with Renesas MCUs, which are among the most popular on the market for embedded system applications.
Embedded Wi-Fi for Renesas MCUs
Among the new GainSpan solutions are Wi-Fi Adapter Boards that plug into the Renesas development boards through the Application Header Interface or PMOD connectors that are used, for example, on the RL78 and RX62/ RX63 Renesas Demo kits (RDK). For other Renesas development boards, GainSpan offers evaluation boards that interface through an RS-232 connector.
The Wi-Fi Adapter Boards come in two configurations: the WAB-GW-1011MIP Wi-Fi is an ultra-low power 802.11b solution based on the GS1011MIP module; The GS1011 chip has a standby current as low as 1.2 microampere and a wake up latency from standby of less than 10ms, ideal for battery operated applications. The WAB-GW-1500M is a low power 802.11b/g/n solution and includes the GS1500M module. The boards provide both UART and SPI interfaces, making it possible to connect to any Renesas microcontroller using simple AT commands Additionally, the boards have built-in flash for reliable over the air firmware upgrade, factory restore configuration and data storage such as for web pages.
The GS1011MIP and GS1500M modules mounted on the Wi-Fi Adapter Boards offer customers easy system integration and minimal use of host resources. The modules are pre-loaded with serial to Wi-Fi firmware with complete Wi-Fi functionality including security, WPS and provisioning features running on the module as well as the networking stack, an embedded HTTP server with network configuration pages, and limited AP capability for ease of provisioning. The host microcontroller is hence offloaded from Wi-Fi and networking functionalities and could be dedicated to customer applications. A small driver of only a few Kbytes is required to run on the host, making the solution suitable for even the most processing and memory constrained MCU's.
Drivers are currently available for most Renesas microcontrollers including the RL78, RX62, RX63, V850, SuperH, 78K0 and 78K0R and due to their small footprint may be used with the IAR Embedded Workbench Kickstart Edition. Drivers for other Renesas MCU's are also in development.
"We are moving toward a 'smart' society where connected devices will allow us to interact with our environments more safely, efficiently and conveniently," said Rob Dautel, Sr. Manager of Ecosystems at Renesas Electronics America. "As a Gold Partner in the Renesas Alliance Program, GainSpan has created Wi-Fi Adapter Boards, demos, and driver software for a range of Renesas MCUs. Their solutions are an important contribution toward enabling a connected world in which we use less power and fewer resources while improving overall quality of life."
"GainSpan pioneered ultra-low power Wi-Fi technology and has established itself as a preferred provider of Wi-Fi connectivity particularly for applications such as sensor based and battery-operated devices -- markets in which Renesas Electronics microcontrollers are top sellers," said Bernard Aboussouan, vice president of marketing at GainSpan. "We have a lot of common customers and believe our partnership is a 'win-win' for both companies, but most importantly to our customers who will benefit from readily available and integrated solutions, tools and support, simplifying their development and accelerating their time to market."
Key applications for the GainSpan connectivity solutions for Renesas MCU-based embedded systems include personal healthcare and fitness devices, thermostats, HVAC equipment, home appliances, security systems, home and building automation systems, consumer electronics, and industrial sensors among many others.
Customers can purchase the Wi-Fi Adapter Boards, evaluation boards and drivers from GainSpan's online store, GainSpan's distributors, or through Digi-Key.
About GainSpan Corporation
GainSpan is the leading semiconductor solutions company in low power Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things. With easy to use system-on-chip (SoC), modules and software, GainSpan lets customers leverage the large installed base of Wi-Fi access points and smartphones to create new connected embedded products for healthcare, smart energy and control and monitoring in industrial, commercial and residential markets. For more information, visit: http://www.gainspan.com.
Carol Felton, Communications & PR
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Delivering Smarter Water Treatment Services through Mobile Cloud Application
SINGAPORE and STOCKHOLM, March 5, 2012/PRNewswire/ --
A new field service solution to efficiently track portable purification
units deployed at Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies customer's water treatment
Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies and Appear, a mobile enterprise application
platform specialist, announce that a new mobile cloud application has been rolled out for
Veolia in Singapore.
Veolia has selected Appear IQ enterprise mobile platform to design, manage and support
a new mobile application with the aims to track pick-ups and deliveries and ensure the
ultimate quality of its Service Deionization (SDI) activities.
Through its state-of-art and fully automatic regeneration center in Singapore, Veolia
handles 25,000mcubed of resin per month and offers a convenient, safe and economical
method that ensures the sustainable supply of the highest quality water through a large
range of exchangeable columns (Anion, Cation, Mixed-bed, and Activated Carbon). This
flexible SDI solution does not require system installation, chemical handling and
Laurent BESSON, General Manager of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies in Singapore,
explains: "Keeping track of thousands of purification column units across the country is a
challenging task for our engineers. With the Appear IQ mobile cloud approach, we
successfully implemented a cost-effective solution covering all our needs, for a fraction
of the cost of a dedicated turnkey solution."
The Appear IQ solution developed for Veolia includes several unique features such as
intelligent data caching on the device - as network connectivity can be highly variable in
the field, integration with Dropbox for cost-effective data sharing and a powerful
cloud-based architecture for lower operational costs.
Vincent DOLLET, Chief Technical Officer of Appear, highlights the innovative design of
the solution: "The solution facilitates deployment of applications without the upfront
cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying hardware and software platforms.
We provide support for application development, testing, deployment and hosting as well as
backend integration, security, scalability and storage".
With better data capture and process tracking, Veolia is able to deliver the highest
possible level of customer service while optimizing its field service operations.