Starix's Ultra-Wideband Radio Technology Supports GE's Innovative Wireless X-Ray Detector, FlashPad®, Showcased at RSNA 2011
Unique wireless technology, optimized for ultra-high data rate, short-range communications and avoidance of interference, is ideal for hospital environments
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Starix Technology, Inc., a California company with a portfolio of world-leading wireless technology and design experience, announced that GE Healthcare will be demonstrating several portable X-ray systems based on the innovative GE FlashPad® multi-platform wireless X-ray detector, incorporating ultra-wideband radio technology from Starix, at RSNA 2011, the Radiological Society of North America 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.
The FlashPad wireless X-ray detector provides premium performance and flexibility, combining high image quality at low dosage levels with two handle maneuverability and increased coverage area. A key enabling feature is the underlying ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless technology provided by Starix. UWB's ultra-high supported data rates allow acquisition of multiple images in under a second, facilitating advanced solutions such as VolumeRad® and Dual Energy Subtraction. By using significantly lower transmitted power levels than comparable wireless systems and frequencies separate from the heavily used Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) and Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (UNII) bands used by Wi-Fi and many other technologies, UWB virtually eliminates interference to and from other wireless systems, providing an ideal choice for crowded hospital environments. Through Starix's unmatched design experience in UWB systems, these advantages are realized in a compact and well-proven wireless modem designed for smooth integration.
"We wanted to make FlashPad excel in flexibility, efficiency, and practicality, while preserving the highest standards in performance and quality," said David Widmann, General Manager for Diagnostic X-ray, Radiography for GE Healthcare. "The underlying UWB wireless technology, which is unique among wireless detectors, is a key part of the whole product experience."
"The GE FlashPad detector is an exciting example of how wireless technology can transform all aspects of our lives by bringing mobility and portability to even the most sophisticated and complex systems," said Frederic Battaglia, CEO of Starix. "Ultra-wideband brings unique advantages that are ideally matched to the hospital environment."
Showcasing the products and flexible work flows enabled by FlashPad, GE's booth will feature demonstrations of the GE Optima® XR220amx Mobile X-Ray System and the Discovery® XR656 Digital X-Ray System.
RSNA 2011 is at McCormick Place, Chicago, from November 27-December 2, 2011. GE's booths are at South Building: Hall A, booths 3265, 3335, and 3465.
Starix Technology, Inc., a California company, a provider of innovative wireless communication systems, has a world-leading portfolio of ultra-wideband technology and design experience. Starix offers full-featured, high-performance, and competitive total solutions, in particular in customization for high-performance systems in healthcare and government applications. More information on Starix can be found on the website: http://www.starixtech.com.
Starix is a trademark of Starix Technology, Inc.. Any other trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners.
Starix Technology, Inc.
HealthWarehouse.com Offers Lowest Price Generic Lipitor on the Market
Atorvastatin (Generic Lipitor) Available December 5th
FLORENCE, Ky., Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthWarehouse.com, Inc. (OTC: HEWA),a leading VIPPS-accredited, retail mail-order pharmacy, announced today the launch of its pre-order program to enable consumers immediate access to Atorvastatin (Generic Lipitor®) on Dec. 5. HealthWarehouse will offer the medication at up to 50 percent less than the branded versions from retail pharmacies.
"We will be one of the earliest and most affordable providers of generic Lipitor on the market," said Lalit Dhadphale, co-founder and CEO of HealthWarehouse.com. "The unprecedented number of brand name drugs coming off patent in the next several years enables HealthWarehouse.com to cut out the middlemen in the pharmacy supply chain, provide genuine price transparency to consumers, and offer them among the lowest available prices."
According to Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, almost 75 percent of 2008 global pharmaceutical sales will go off patent within five years -- nearly $100 billion dollars worth of prescription drugs. The winners in this new pharmaceutical era will be pharmacies with very low-fixed overhead costs, which eliminate the middlemen to bring generic drugs to consumers at the lowest cost. Mail-order or online pharmacies whose business models enable a cash-based, low-fixed cost distribution of generic drugs are able to pass the cost savings on to consumers.
However, these online pharmacies won't spring up overnight. It takes many months to become accredited in all 50 states by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) as a Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS). In fact, only 29 VIPPS-accredited online pharmacies exist today in the United States and only one -- HealthWarehouse.com -- sells direct to consumers in all 50 states, without the involvement of an insurance company or middle man.
A recent Consumer Reports study found HealthWarehouse.com to have among the lowest total prices for four brand-name drugs: Lipitor®, Nexium®, Plavix®, and Singulair®.
The study was conducted by 43,739 Consumer Reports readers rating pharmacies for price, accuracy, knowledge, and speed.
"Our national study of prices for four common brand-name drugs found average total differences of $168 or 29 percent, between the cheapest source (HealthWarehouse.com) and costliest (Publix)," the study noted.
Of the many prescriptions available at HealthWarehouse.com, more than 100 generic prescriptions sell for only $3.50 - less than the cost of an average co-pay -- and each is shipped directly to consumers' homes within two days or less. With HealthWarehouse.com anyone, even the uninsured or the retiree in the Medicare "doughnut hole" can easily afford prescription medications without the need for insurance.
Generic Lipitor Pre-Buy Program
Consumers can sign up for the HealthWarehouse.com pre-order program by visiting http://www.healthwarehouse.com/atorvastatin. HealthWarehouse.com is offering Atorvastatin at $99 for a 30-day supply, with further discounts for a 90-day supply.
HealthWarehouse.com, Inc. (OTC:HEWA) is a trusted VIPPS-accredited retail mail-order pharmacy based in Cincinnati. HealthWarehouse.com offers 300 prescription drugs for $3.50 with 100 percent FREE shipping and is a three-time consecutive winner of the BizRate Circle of Excellence Award for outstanding customer satisfaction and service. With a mission to provide affordable healthcare to every American by eliminating inefficiencies in the drug distribution chain, HealthWarehouse.com has become one of the fastest growing retail mail-order pharmacies in the United States.
HealthWarehouse.com is licensed in all 50 states and only sells drugs, which are FDA-approved and legal for sale in the United States. Visit HealthWarehouse.com online at http://www.HealthWarehouse.com.
Lipitor® is a registered trademark of Pfizer Corporation.
Nexium® and the color purple as applied to the capsule are registered trademarks of the AstraZeneca group of companies.
Plavix® is a registered trademark of sanofi-aventis.
Singulair® is a registered trademark of Merck & Co., Inc.
SOURCE HealthWarehouse.com, Inc.
CONTACT: Nicole Conley of Tanis Communications, +1-831-713-9076, email@example.com, for HealthWarehouse.com, Inc.
Pace Powers Altibox Video on Demand Transformation
SALTAIRE, England, November 29, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Norwegian Triple-Play Provider Sees 35 Per Cent Service User Growth With
Launch of Pace Elements-Powered VoD Portal
Pace (LSE: PIC), a leading developer of products and services for
broadband and broadcast operators, has provided the software to power
Altibox's newly launched Video on Demand (VoD) portal, allowing the operator
to overhaul the experience it delivers to consumers. The new VoD system,
delivered using Pace's Elements software platform, has resulted in 35 per
cent growth in user numbers for the on-demand service since its re-launch in
The new portal provides Altibox subscribers with a simple, highly
intuitive experience when searching and navigating its on-demand film and TV
content. By integrating the Cobalt content search and discovery tools from
the Pace Elements software platform, Altibox can run its portal as a
cloud-based service, offering the following benefits to Altibox and its
- Fast, highly visual on-demand service across all devices
- Easy search and discovery of films and television shows via
Altibox's VoD portal, providing users with a host of helpful
supplementary information each time they look up content
- Easy-to-use, intuitive user interface
- Highly personalised television experience, with features such as
favourites lists and content ratings
- Easy, cost-effective remote installation and coordination of
Per Andre Rykus, VP Market, Sales & Products, Altibox, commented: "Our
previous Video on Demand portal was static and users often found it
difficult to navigate the large library of content available. Since we've
re-launched with a much more intuitive and feature rich portal, we've seen
huge growth in its use and purchase of content. Cobalt has proven to be a
powerful and flexible tool to feed our front-end application and support our
new user interface and interaction design."
Cobalt, part of Pace's Elements software platform, is a range of
powerful cloud-based software components that deliver customisable, fast,
highly visual and interactive services across all devices. Cobalt allows
Altibox to 'tag' its content with a range of internal and external metadata
- for example a film starring Natalie Portman will be tagged with details of
other films in which she has starred. By highlighting special offers and
enabling users to find more relevant VoD content, Altibox has been able to
maximise the revenue opportunity provided by this valuable content.
Pace has worked with Altibox to deliver a cloud-based data catalogue and
management system, enabling subscribers to create their own personalised
lists, rate programs and bookmark their favourite shows. This has allowed
Altibox to build on the Cobalt software modules' application programming
interface (API) to create a new dynamic user interface, and a simplified,
personalised search and discovery experience.
Chris Briggs, chief technical engineer, Pace, said: "We designed Cobalt
to transform the way subscribers access and experience home entertainment.
With Altibox, it's done exactly that, powering the service's transformation
to a next level user experience."
Pace (LSE: PIC) creates pioneering technologies, software, hardware and
services for the broadband and broadcast industries. Pace solutions empower
cable, telco and satellite operators to simply and cost-effectively innovate
at the speed they want, in the way they want for their subscribers. Pace has
built up its experience and expertise over 25 years and this is recognised
by a customer base of over 160 operators around the globe.
Headquartered in the UK, Pace operates in markets across the world, and
employs around 2300 people in locations that also include the USA, France,
India and China. For more information on Pace, please visit http://www.pace.com.
For further information, contact:
Altair Semiconductor Teams With AsiaTelco Technologies to Power World's FirstTD-LTE Mobile Hotspot
HOD HASHARON, Israel, November 29, 2011/PRNewswire/ --
Altair Semiconductor (http://www.altair-semi.com), a leading developer of
ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance 4G LTE chipsets
[http://www.altair-semi.com/fourgee-31006200 ], and AsiaTelco Technologies Co., a leading
supplier of wireless terminal products, today announced that Altair's chipset has been
integrated in AsiaTelco's TD-LTE Mobile Hotspot product, the ALM-F190. The ALM-F190 made
its debut at the ITU's (International Telecommunication Union) Telecom World Geneva 2011
Conference, where it was demonstrated by China Mobile.
"AsiaTelco is committed to the commercialization of TD-LTE, as demonstrated by this
world-first TD-LTE product announcement," said Jason Ding, CEO of AsiaTelco. "The
selection of Altair's LTE chipset for this product has enabled us to develop a compact and
low power device, while benefitting from the high level of maturity and field testing
encompassed in its software."
ALM-F190 is the first Mobile Hotspot product designed for both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE,
capable of delivering 100Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink. The product enables users to
experience applications such as high-definition video streaming, online gaming and high
speed Internet browsing using multiple connected WiFi devices over a single 4G LTE
connection. The product features long usage and standby times.
"We are very proud to have our chipset power the world's first TD-LTE Mobile Hotspot
product," said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development at
Altair Semiconductor. "AsiaTelco's choice of Altair chipsets for this innovative product
attests to the low power and high performance merits of the chipset, as well as the
maturity of our software. We look forward to partnering with AsiaTelco to introduce new
and exciting products in the future."
AsiaTelco is a leading supplier of 4G products, including LTE USB dongles, wireless
data modules and indoor and outdoor CPEs, covering several frequency bands. The
China-based manufacturer has shipped products to more than 30 countries around the world.
Altair's FourGee-3100/6200 is a 3GPP LTE chipset that supports LTE throughputs in
excess of 100Mbps/50Mbps DL/UL respectively. The chipset implements a high performance
MIMO receiver and is based on a proprietary OsquaredP(TM) Software Defined Radio (SDR)
], offering performance which significantly exceeds traditional communications DSP cores,
yet consumes a fraction of the power. The FourGee-3100/6200
[http://www.altair-semi.com/fourgee-31006200 ] supports both FDD and TDD variants using
single software, and covers any LTE frequency band in the range between 700-2700MHz. The
combined chipset offers terminal manufacturers a true global solution.
About Altair Semiconductor
Altair Semiconductor [http://www.altair-semi.com ] is the world's leading developer of
ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance 4G semiconductors
[http://www.altair-semi.com/industry-technology ]. Altair's chipsets can be found in
approximately 30 end-user devices - ranging from USB dongles to smartphones - built by its
more than 15 customers across North America, Europe, China, India and Taiwan - making it
one of the only TDD/FDD LTE chipset manufacturers
[http://www.altair-semi.com/3gpp-lte-chipsets ] in the world with commercially available
products. Altair's comprehensive product portfolio includes baseband processors,
multi-band RF transceivers for both FDD and TDD bands, and a range of reference hardware
and product level protocol stack software. Based on a novel, proprietary Software Defined
Radio (SDR) processor, codenamed "O2P(TM)", Altair's products
[http://www.altair-semi.com/overview ] are the smallest and most highly power optimized in
the industry, offering an unmatched combination of flexibility and performance. For more
information, visit the company's website at http://www.altair-semi.com. Follow Altair on Twitter:
About AsiaTelco Technologies
AsiaTelco Technologies Co. (ATEL) is the leading supplier of wireless terminal
products. Its product portfolio supports wide range of technologies, from 2G/3G and now to
LTE. ATEL was founded in 2003 and now has well established its market leadership. From its
inception, ATEL has positioned itself for global market and has done so by providing very
competitive products globally. ATEL's products have been shipped to over 30 countries
around world. ATEL's success is based on its competitive product, excellent quality, best
service and its partnership mentality. Customer's success is ATEL's ultimate goal. ATEL
delivers what ATEL offers to its value customers/partners. "We offer... We deliver...".
For more information, visit company website at http://www.asiatelco.com.
Ruder Finn Israel for Altair Semiconductor
Growth in Cloud Doubles iomart Group Pre-tax Profits
GLASGOW, Scotland, November 29, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Half Year Results Show Rise in Revenue and Pre-tax Profit for Cloud
iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM), the cloud computing and managed hosting services company,
has reported a rise in both revenue and pre-tax profits in its half yearly results.
The Group announced a 36% growth in revenue to GBP15.4m (H1 2011: GBP11.4m) and an
increase of 106% in pre-tax profits to GBP2.4m (H1 2011: GBP1.2m), in its consolidated
half yearly results for the period ended 30 September 2011.
Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart Group plc, said: "The market opportunities available to
us continue to grow as more and more organisations take advantage of the benefits of
outsourcing their IT infrastructure needs to a strong and trusted supplier such as iomart.
We continue to expand our skills, product sets and infrastructure to deliver an increasing
range of cloud services [http://www.iomarthosting.com/cloud-hosting ] and expect to
continue the growth we have recently enjoyed."
Adjusted EBITDA(1) showed growth of 85% to GBP5.0m (H1 GBP2.7m) with basic earnings
per share more than doubling to 2.23p, a rise of 112% (H1 2011: 1.05p). Cashflow from
operations was GBP4.1m (H1 2011: GBP3.1m) while net cash at the end of period was GBP3.5m
(H1 2011: GBP5.3m).
The continuing growth in the uptake of cloud services has contributed to iomart's
continuing success. Among the companies that have moved into the cloud with iomart this
year are Skyscanner [http://www.iomarthosting.com/info-centre/case-studies ] and Nova
Angus MacSween continued: "We are continuing to deliver on our strategy of focusing on
managed hosting and the growing demand for complex hosting in the cloud. Revenues are
strong and we continue to make acquisitions as well as growing organically."
iomart Group has made three acquisitions in the past 12 months, including the addition
of a premium customer base through the purchase of Scottish infrastructure service
provider EQSN for GBP2.5m last week.
iomart Group plc is Scottish Digital IT Company of the Year 2011 and is ranked as one
of the top 25 cloud services providers in the world by Talkin' Cloud 50.
1 Adjusted EBITDA means earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation
charges, share based payment charges, acquisition related costs and non-recurring
acquisition integration costs.
Notes for editors:
About iomart Group plc:
iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM) is one of the UK's leading providers of managed hosting and
cloud computing services. From a single server through to private cloud networks, iomart
specialises in the delivery and management of mission-critical hosting services, enabling
customers to reduce the costs, complexity and risks associated with maintaining their own
web and online applications.
By physically owning and managing its own global network infrastructure, iomart offers
world-beating levels of service to its customers. The Group offers a unique 100% uptime
guarantee with all hosting services being engineered to ensure no single point of failure.
iomart Group operates in its chosen markets through a number of subsidiaries: iomart
Hosting, RapidSwitch, Titan Internet, Easyspace and Westcoastcloud. The group has been
listed on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) since April
News release issued by Jane Robertson, Head of PR for iomart Group plc. For more
information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44(0)141-931-6474 (dir),
+44(0)141-931-6400 or +44(0)7827948993 (mob).
ASEOPROtools Announces the Public Release of the SEO Difference Engine
SEATTLE, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- After nearly a year of building and testing, ASEOPROtools has announced the release of their SEO Difference Engine - the first professional-grade toolset of its kind to be designed for use by the general business public.
Geared towards businesses that want to improve their search ranking, website managers can view a side-by-side comparison between their own website and that of their competitors to determine which areas they need to improve.
ASEOPROtools' SEO Difference Engine allows web-based marketers to see the strength or weakness of their website by comparing it to their competitors. By being able to identify what the high-ranking websites are doing in a given industry, online marketers can adjust their own websites to rank better.
Competition between search engines for market share drives them to keep innovating. They know that Internet users are becoming more savvy and demanding. Search engines are only as valuable as the results they provide. As such, search engines cannot afford to stop trying to improve their search results.
Natural/Organic Search Results
When one website consistently outranks another in search results it's because the search engine finds that website more relevant then the other. In other words, the search engine finds one website to be the best answer for a given query. That difference is what ASEOPROtools' SEO Difference Engine is designed to identify.
How it Works
The SEO Difference Engine breaks down websites to elements that search engines use to determine relevance, and those elements are listed side-by-side for easy comparison. Some of these elements include: meta descriptions, headings, text and alt tags, and designated keywords.
ASEOPROtools' SEO Difference Engine uses link data gathered from over 45 billion URLs, and details information of more than 370 billion links, updated every month. The Engine offers the same link information a professional in SEO would use to determine a search marketing strategy.
The new SEO Difference Engine from ASEOPROtools allows an online marketer with no background or experience in search optimization to look at and compare their website to the leaders of their particular industry, in order to build an effective strategy to match and surpass the competition.
TeamQuest Extends Lead in Dynamic Cloud and Virtualized Capacity Management with Acquisition of Performance Surveyor
Delivering an IT Service Optimization solution that is as automated, flexible and scalable as the environments it is designed to optimize
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TeamQuest Corporation announced the acquisition of Performance Surveyor from Solution Labs, a Canadian capacity management company. Performance Surveyor strengthens the unique TeamQuest automated analytics and capacity management offerings that are so critical to the success of physical, virtual and cloud IT environments.
"Virtualization is a main technology underpinning cloud computing -- and capacity management is a key pre-requisite to successful virtualization," said TeamQuest Product Manager Scott Adams. "If capacity is not effectively managed in these environments, you'll have service disruptions, or waste the efficiency and cost savings that prompted these virtualization and cloud computing projects in the first place.
"TeamQuest Performance Software combined with Performance Surveyor uniquely delivers flexible and adaptable service-centric capacity management without the requirement for expensive and time consuming consulting services that delay adoption strategies," said Adams.
The union of TeamQuest and Performance Surveyor products uniquely delivers:
-- Powerful analytics, including fast and accurate predictive capabilities
with an easy to use analytic queuing network solver
-- Cloud scalability, proven by installations at Fortune 100 companies
optimizing capacity in highly dynamic service oriented environments of
over 40,000 physical and virtual systems
-- Extremely fast ROI, installing in minutes, delivering out-of-the box
intelligence, and integrating with the performance and capacity tools
and data you already have
-- True service perspective, by crossing technology silos with the
industry's first distributed, federated CMIS -- integrating data
spanning all technologies, as well as business, service and financial
sources, without requiring data replication into yet another data store
-- Cost-effective flexibility, through customized analysis, reporting and
drag-and-drop metric integration -- no lengthy and expensive consulting
-- Single integrated solution, gathering, storing and managing performance
data in ways that simultaneously enable wide-ranging enterprise
reporting analysis and drill-down to the details you need to solve real
"Delivering on the full promise of service-centric virtualization and cloud computing means you must implement, manage and optimize in a way that's adaptable and flexible to precisely meet your requirements," said TeamQuest President, Jerred Ruble. "Customers world-wide have realized the benefits of Performance Surveyor in environments with more than 40,000 servers, tens of thousands of virtual servers, and hundreds of thousands of network elements."
TeamQuest Corporation is the global leader in IT Service Optimization (ITSO), specializing in Capacity Management software. TeamQuest helps IT organizations consistently meet service levels while minimizing costs and mitigating risks. By combining performance data and business metrics, TeamQuest software enables IT organizations to provide accurate, objective information as input to critical business decisions. Companies around the world trust TeamQuest software to help them proactively improve service delivery and support best practices.
For more information, visit http://www.teamquest.com or call +1-641-357-2700. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, call +46-31 80 95 00, and in Asia Pacific call +61 3 9641 2288.
About Solution Labs
Solution Labs delivers the most comprehensive and easy to use performance analysis solution for today's complex Capacity Management challenges. Solution Labs singular focus is delivering a solution that enables customers to "Accelerate Resource Planning Intelligence."
Solution Labs strives to be a highly strategic partner towards customer's complete success.
-- Performance Surveyors' comprehensive automation, embedded intelligence,
and highly adaptable architecture are the enablers of that success
-- Solution Labs expertise and continual customer interactions are the
guarantors of that success
SOURCE TeamQuest Corporation
CONTACT: Vernon Johnson of TeamQuest Corporation, +1-515-865-7397, email@example.com
The First Edenred Investor Day Poised to Conquer 2012
PARIS, November 29, 2011/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Growth built on innovation
On its first Investor Day, Edenred is providing a detailed look at the two core
components of its "Conquer 2012" strategy:
- Continue to drive organic issue volume growth in the core business, in
particular by creating and deploying new solutions.
Edenred is focusing on four drivers to achieve its issue volume organic growth
objective of 6% to 14% per year:
- Increase penetration rates in existing markets in order to drive up issue
volume by 2% to 5%.
- Create new solutions and deploy existing ones, gradually ramping up to achieve
2% to 4% annual growth after 2012 once the organization and resources needed to launch
and deploy innovative solutions have been implemented.
- Extend geographical coverage, ramping up in six to eight new countries between
now and 2016, which will add 1% to 2% to issue volume growth after 2014.
- Increase face values with the aim of lifting issue volume by 1% to 3%.
In addition to leveraging these four organic growth drivers, the Group will carry out
targeted acquisitions that will be quickly accretive to earnings, thereby consolidating
its leadership position in existing markets.
- Accelerate the transition to digital solutions, paving the way for new
Stepping up the digital transition will enable the Group to achieve electronic issue
volume of 50% in 2012 versus 34% at end-2010. By 2016, more than 70% of Group issue volume
will be in digital format.
For Edenred, whose business model combines robust growth and significant cash flow
generation, the "Conquer 2012" objectives are in line with a long-term strategy to ensure
that the Group enjoys strong, steady growth in the years beyond 2016.
Jacques Stern, Chief Executive Officer of Edenred, said:
"Fifty years after the invention of the Ticket Restaurant(R) meal voucher, Edenred
today offers a wide range of solutions that make employees' lives easier and improve the
efficiency of organizations.We are the world leader in corporate prepaid services, with
operations in emerging markets as well as in developed countries.
"Our ambition is to become the referent partner for clients, affiliates, beneficiaries
and public institutions.Driven by this ambition, we are focusing on building
differentiated solutions and delivering high quality service by listening to our
stakeholders in order to better understand their needs.
"In this way, the Group will enjoy strong, steady growth over the long term."
CREATING AND ROLLING OUT SOLUTIONS IN THE PREPAID MARKET
Edenred is today positioned as the world leader in prepaid corporate services market,
which estimated size is EUR121 billion. In 2010, Edenred generated EUR13.9 billion,
offering three types of solutions:
- Employee benefits (87% of issue volume)
- Expense management (8% of issue volume)
- Incentive and rewards (3% of issue volume)
The Group also develops solutions for public institutions (1% of issue volume), a
market that represents approximately EUR116 billion.
The strategy for developing the offer in the years ahead will focus on corporate and
government solutions and will target four key priorities:
A. Strengthening the Group's leadership in Employee Benefits
This priority relates not only to emerging markets, where governments are developing
social policies that more effectively share the benefits of growth, but also to developed
countries, where businesses and governments are looking to meet more specific needs in
such areas as childcare, transportation, cultural and sports activities and the
In 2010, issue volume rose by 11% for our 31 meal and food benefits solutions and by
18% (like for like) for our 38 quality of life benefits solutions.
To increase the pace of growth in Employee Benefits, 11 new solutions will be launched
in second-half 2011 and 2012, building on the 69 solutions that existed at year-end 2010.
B. Accelerating the conquest of new growth markets in Expense Management
Edenred has recognized expertise and leadership in Latin America in this segment
thanks to Ticket Car, which has been deployed in the market for more than ten years.
Issue volume for Expense Management solutions was up 17% like-for-like in 2010.
The Group intends to step up the deployment of integrated, high value-added offers in
the market's two main segments: Fuel/Fleet management and Travel/Entertainment expense
management. These solutions are intended to meet the needs of companies looking to more
effectively control their business expenses and streamline procedures.
Nine solutions have been launched this year or are currently being developed, joining
the Group's 16 existing solutions. One of them is Ticket Frete, introduced in Brazil in
November 2011, which represents a potential market worth EUR23 billion. Targeting a very
broad customer base, this solution will be an important issue volume growth driver in
Brazil, beginning in 2012. In Europe, the launch of competitively differentiating
solutions like Ticket Clean Way EPI in France (creating a foothold in a niche market
with a potential value of EUR128 million) illustrates the Group's capacity for innovation
and program customization.
C. Deploying Incentive and rewards solutions
The development of incentive, motivation, loyalty and promotion services, which may be
combined with rewards programs, extends the range of existing solutions in Edenred's main
countries and enables the Group to propose an integrated, differentiated offer for all
stakeholders. The segment has grown by 7%, like-for-like, compared with 2010.
D. Developing a Public Social Programs offer
This priority concerns countries in which Edenred already operates and where the Group
can leverage existing solutions, platforms and networks. These programs are designed to
meet the needs of public institutions looking to improve the control and traceability of
The faster development and deployment of new solutions in 2011 and 2012 is intended to
drive issue volume growth of 2% to 4% a year after 2012. Little additional expenditure
will be needed to create the solutions, which will be deployed via existing in-house
platforms. Their gradual ramp-up will involve extra development and launch costs estimated
at approximately EUR3 million in 2011 and EUR4 million in 2012.
This capacity for innovation will enable Edenred to maintain a pattern of sustained,
long-term growth, in line with its target of annual organic issue volume growth of 6% to
THE DIGITAL TRANSITION STRATEGY
The second priority of the "Conquer 2012" strategy is the transition to digital
solutions. This represents an important technological turning point for all stakeholders
in the Edenred business model - clients, affiliates, beneficiaries and public authorities
- that want to cut costs, optimize processes, get convenient and simple solutions, and
ensure the control and traceability of dedicated funds.
As a growth step up, the digital transition plays a key role in increasing issue
volume, both by making deployment more efficient and by creating new capacity for
Over the long term, the digital transition will strengthen Edenred's business model by
improving its ability to:
1) Generate additional revenue from affiliates, clients and beneficiaries,
to offset the post-transition reduction in revenue from lost and expired products,
thereby ensuring the stability of the take-up-rate.
2) Reduce the cost structure by around 5% to 10%, mainly by lowering production
and logistics expenses.
Once the transition is complete, Edenred is aiming for an operating flow-through
ratio of more than 50%.
Moreover, the increase in issue volume will offset the impact of 10% to 15% shorter
float holding periods (based on estimates for a 100% shift from paper to digital
programs), thereby increasing the float value.
Deployment is now moving forward at a faster pace, leading to extra operating costs of
approximately EUR10million to EUR15million a year in 2011 and 2012. However, no additional
investment is planned beyond the recurring envelop set by the Group of EUR30 million to
EUR40 million a year.
Based on this faster deployment, Edenred is confirming its goal of generating 50% of
issue volume via paperless solutions by year-end 2012 and more than 70% by 2016.
By the end of the year, the Group expects paperless issue volume to account for 41% of
the total (versus 34% at year-end 2010), thanks in particular to Latin America, the most
advanced region in this segment, where digital solutions are expected to represent 71% of
the total by the end of the year.
The transition is underway in Europe, where paperless solutions should account for
around 10% of issue volume by the end of the year. In this regard, the in-house
authorization and redemption platform operated by PrePay Solutions, which partners with
MasterCard in Europe, represents a considerable competitive advantage for the Group.
Capable of connecting to the payment terminals installed at affiliated merchants by local
and international acquirers or payment networks, PrePay Solutions will in time process
all digital transactions in Europe while also contributing to Edenred's innovation drive.
With ten years' experience in the business and with partners such as PayPal and Orange,
PrePay Solutions has earned recognition as a vanguard innovator in prepaid technologies,
in particular through its contactless mobile solutions and e-wallet offers.
OUTLOOK: "Invent 2016"
After setting up the necessary resources to thrive as a standalone company ("Win
2010"), and systematically deploying its expertise while accelerating the digital
transition ("Conquer 2012"), Edenred is now preparing to penetrate new markets in order to
"Invent 2016". The digital transition will help the Group to improve its knowledge of
stakeholders, allowing it to offer customized, high value-added services to clients,
affiliates and beneficiaries alike.
Edenred's objective is to continue to deliver strong sustainable growth by achieving
operational excellence and offering differentiated solutions aligned with the needs of all
Edenred, which invented the Ticket Restaurant(R) meal voucher and is the world leader
in prepaid corporate services, designs and delivers solutions that make employees' lives
easier and improve the efficiency of organizations.
By ensuring that allocated funds are used as intended, these solutions enable
companies to more effectively manage their:
The Group also supports public institutions in managing their social programs.
Listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange, Edenred operates in 40 countries,
with 6,000 employees, nearly 530,000 companies and public sector clients, 1.2 million
affiliated merchants and 34.5 million beneficiaries.In 2010, total issue volume amounted
to EUR13.9 billion, of which 55% was generated in emerging markets.
Ticket Restaurant(R) and all other tradenames of Edenred products and services are
registered trademarks of Edenred SA.
1. Fuel and maintenance costs incurred in connection with the business use of a car or
truck. In this case, the affiliated merchant network consists mainly of gas stations.
2. Expenses incurred during business travel (train or plane tickets, hotel bills,
etc.) In this case, the acceptance network may comprise all types of merchants.
3. Business expense management system for individual truck drivers, developed in
response to new Brazilian regulations introduced in November 2011 whose application will
become compulsory in May 2012.
4. A solution for managing corporate uniforms cleaning costs, including protective
equipment which has been governed by specific European regulations since November 2011.
5. Ratio of operating revenue with issue volume to issue volume
6. Ratio between the like-for-like change in operating EBIT and the like-for-like
change in operating revenue.
Slacker Announces New Personalized Lifestyle Stations with Content Partner ABC News Radio
Talk Radio Stations to Include Lifestyle Highlights and Expert Advice
NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Slacker, Inc. today announced new Lifestyle stations, in conjunction with ABC, that will be available on Slacker Personal Radio, adding customizable personal interest stories from one of the nation's most trusted sources. The Slacker lifestyle stations cover a broad range of content that is compelling and applicable to all listeners interested in healthy living, relationships, employment, fashion, technology, religion/spirituality, consumer news and much more. The lifestyle stations will also feature commentary by experts from a variety of sources including ABC's Good Morning America and ABC's key content partners.
The new Slacker Radio lifestyle stations will be available to listeners in early 2012.
"ABC is excited to offer Slacker fans a new listening option that can be customized and personalized," said Steve Jones, vice president and general manager, ABC News Radio. "This unique radio offering will allow listeners to enjoy lifestyle content whenever and wherever they want."
The new lifestyle stations will enable Slacker listeners to easily skip over segments, similar to the song skipping on music stations, for a more personalized experience. Subscribers to Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium radio will have the additional benefit of being able create their own stations featuring all of the content available for the most customized listening experience.
"Slacker listeners love customization, whether it is for music, news or sports," said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. "Now that we will be offering this new lifestyle content we can give our listeners the unique ability to select and hear talk radio featuring programming that is most important, interesting and relevant to their daily lives."
Slacker Radio is dedicated to offering a fully customizable online radio experience that includes the most varied and compelling range of personalized content offered by any Internet radio service. The Slacker Radio experience includes over 150 expert-programmed music stations, ABC News, personalized ESPN Sports content, comedy, custom artist-hosted showcase stations, leading music festival stations with the new lifestyle stations coming soon. With a music catalog that is over ten times larger than Pandora, the leading radio competitor, Slacker Radio gives listeners the ultimate music and content discovery resource.
Pricing and Availability
The new lifestyle content will launch in early 2012 for all levels of Slacker service. Slacker Radio is currently available at http://www.Slacker.com or by accessing Slacker Radio from a supported device. Slacker Radio Plus, which is available for $3.99 per month and Slacker Premium Radio (featuring on-demand music play), which is available for $9.99 per month, can be purchased by visiting http://www.Slacker.com or selecting the "upgrade" button from within a Slacker Radio mobile application.
About ABC News Radio
ABC News Radio is America's largest commercial radio news organization delivering hourly newscasts and breaking news coverage to more than 1,800 affiliates nationwide and reaches approximately 77 million people each week. ABC News Radio also produces ABC Sports Radio and ABC Entertainment Radio. ABC News Radio is the exclusive news content provider for Slacker Radio.
About Slacker, Inc.
Slacker offers the world's most complete range of radio services. Whether it's the award-winning free Slacker Basic Radio, or the fully-loaded subscription services Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio, listeners enjoy a unique, custom listening experience. Slacker enables music lovers to play highly personalized music online at the Slacker web site, in Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink, on connected home devices or on-the-go with Slacker Personal Radio applications. Slacker mobile applications are available for Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, Palm webOS, Nokia, Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry smartphones. For more information visit: http://www.Slacker.com/about.
New Technology Gives Patients Control of Medical Image Sharing
CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients at three major medical institutions can control the sharing of their medical images and reports with their doctors and medical providers. The RSNA Image Share network was demonstrated today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). By facilitating access to imaging exams for patients and physicians, the network potentially reduces unnecessary examinations, minimizes patient radiation exposure and enables better informed medical decisions.
"The RSNA Image Share network can improve quality, safety and efficiency while engaging patients and families in their own care," said the project's principal investigator, David S. Mendelson, M.D., chief of clinical informatics at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and member of the RSNA Radiology Informatics Committee. "Our patients have begun successfully using the network to access and distribute their medical images."
The project was launched in 2009 through a $4.7 million contract with the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) to build a secure, patient-centric medical image sharing network based on common open-standards architecture that would enable patients to control access to their information through personal health records (PHR) without relying on CDs.
"A patient's access to his or her personal medical information is critical for more patient-centric healthcare where each patient is an active participant and partner in medical decision making and in realizing high value care," said Roderic Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., Director of the NIBIB. "The RSNA Image Share network provides patients with direct access to and greater control oftheir medical images, allowing them to electronically share important diagnostic information with their entire healthcare team. The NIBIB is delighted to help the healthcare enterprise take this technological leap forward, providing patients with more control, improved continuity of care, greater safety and cost savings by eliminating redundant tests."
RSNA is overseeing development of the Internet-based network for sharing images and reports at five pilot institutions. Mount Sinai was the first to begin accepting patients. The University of California - San Francisco and University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore have also enrolled patients. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the University of Chicago Medical Center will enroll patients soon.
Participating sites also educate patients on establishing PHR accounts with selected providers that will enable patients to retrieve, view, archive and share medical images, reports and other medical documents, creating a detailed medical history accessible through any secure Internet connection.
To ensure patient privacy, the project is modeled on the type of security systems used by banks. Patients are given an eight-digit code and then create a password or PIN known only to them.
After signing into the network, patients follow a series of steps that tell a component of the system, called the Edge Server, to retrieve their reports and images. From a "jacket" of imaging records, patients can select those they would like to share with their healthcare team.
"By default, there is a 72-hour delay built into the process to ensure that the patient's physician sees new imaging results before the patient does, enabling the doctor to be prepared to have a discussion with the patient," Dr. Mendelson said.
In coming years, project investigators will work on developing direct transfer of images for immediate accessibility--necessary, for example, if a patient is flown into a trauma center from another facility.
RSNA Image Share is based upon the XDS.I.b profile of Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE(®)), an initiative among medical leaders, software developers, medical societies and vendors to improve communication among healthcare equipment, systems and software. The goal is to move closer to a universal electronic health record (EHR) and help physicians meet federal meaningful use requirements in practice.
Note: Copies of RSNA 2011 news releases and electronic images will be available online at RSNA.org/press11 beginning Monday, Nov. 28.
RSNA is an association of more than 48,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and related scientists committed to excellence in patient care through education and research. The Society is based in Oak Brook, Ill. (RSNA.org)
The RSNA 2011 Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE(®)) Image Sharing Demonstration shows how images and radiology reports can be made part of a patient's personal health record, available securely via the Internet to the patient and authorized care providers. The demonstration features leading vendors in medical imaging and electronic health records and is based on interoperability specifications from the IHE initiative.
SOURCE Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
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ART as LIFE Project Takes Schmooru to #4 on ComScore
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In its first month, Schmooru's 'Art as Life' video project propelled the Schmooru Network to the #4 of YouTube partner channels by unique viewers according to ComScore.
While retaining the project's purpose of bringing art to the masses, the 'Art as Life' videos have been viewed over 30 million times on Schmooru's online video platform partners.
"Our purpose was to spread experimental art far and wide, and disrupt everyday people in everyday circumstances," said Dan Beckmann co-founder IB5k. "We aim to use the preeminent distribution platform of our era - the whole internet - to bring some humanity to the constant stream of ads that the world has to sit through on a daily basis."
Schmooru has received several dozen submissions to the project from its closed network of professional film-makers, graphic designers, painters and artists - a community of creatives that counts in the thousands and hails from around the globe.
"Our community was just tired of having every creative idea ruined by committee," said Beckmann, "so we let them have free reign of our network and pushed out whatever their minds could come up with."
The 'Art as Life' project is ongoing, with new releases set to occur several times a week on a rolling basis through early 2012.
Schmooru.com is an independent video destination backed by a community of creatives spanning the globe. Schmooru is wholly-owned by IB5k, a civically-minded, creative development firm born out of Obama's 2008 New Media campaign.
CONTACT: Dan Beckmann, Co-Founder IB5k, +1-415-480-IB5k
The company announces the availability of two new mobile commerce services developed to help online sellers capture the rapidly expanding market of mobile smartphone and tablet users.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Warp 9, Inc. (OTCBB: WNYN), the premier provider of e-commerce services for midsize online sellers, today announced the launch of its mobile commerce services. To help online sellers capture the rapidly expanding market of mobile smartphone and tablet users, Warp 9 now offers two new mobile commerce services -the Warp 9 Total Commerce Platform Integrated Mobile Option and the Mobile Direct Platform.
Warp 9's Total Commerce Platform (TCP) customers may now add the Integrated Mobile Option, which directs a customer's visitors to a mobile optimized version of its online store. Catalogue pages and products from the customer's online site and mobile site are automatically synchronized and managed from one unified back office administrator panel. This simplified solution allows the customer to deliver an optimal e-commerce experience to all its visitors, whether visiting from desktops/laptops or from mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
Online sellers using e-commerce platforms provided by Warp 9's competitors may now choose the company's Mobile Direct Platform. Using sophisticated proxy server technology, the Mobile Direct Platform rebuilds the customer's existing e-commerce website on the fly. With the Mobile Direct Platform, there's no need to attempt complex internal integration with existing e-commerce databases. This elegant solution simply acts as a mobile user and mirrors all the content of any existing e-commerce site. All orders are processed through the online seller's existing back office administrator panel. The main advantage of using the Mobile Direct Platform is that it works with any online shopping cart software, regardless of how or where the e-commerce site is hosted. Complex integration development is eliminated, as is the need to build and manage a separate mobile site.
Andrew Van Noy, Warp 9 Executive Vice President, commented, "We are pleased to announce the availability of our new mobile services. Now, we have a mobile solution for all midsize online sellers, whether or not they are current customers of Warp 9."
"Market forecasts show that mobile internet usership will dramatically outpace desktop internet usership within the next few years," Mr. Van Noy continued. "We see no limit to the vast array of goods and services purchased using mobile smartphones and tablets. Mobile is here to stay and our new mobile services will help our customers capture this important market segment. From Warp 9's point of view, our mobile commerce services will give us a powerful competitive advantage in the industry."
About Warp 9
Founded in 1998, Warp 9, Inc. is the premier provider of e-commerce services for midsize online sellers. Our Total Commerce Platform (TCP) is a cloud based, state-of-the-art e-commerce platform that provides online sellers with the highest level of functionality, performance and ease of use in the industry. Offered on a fully managed software-as-a-service model, Total Commerce Platform allows customers to focus on their core online businesses, rather than on technical implementations. We also offer industry leading mobile commerce solutions. To learn more about Warp 9, please visit http://www.warp9inc.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/warp9inc
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AT&T Unwraps New High Tech Columbus Store in Time for Holiday Shoppers
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time to provide a new option for holiday shoppers, AT&T* today announced the opening of a high-tech retail store on South Hamilton Road in Columbus. The store offers a unique way for customers to interact with and shop for a wide array of communications and entertainment services including a hands-on demonstration area to engage customers and provide a "try before you buy" service experience.
"This new AT&T store is a welcome addition to Columbus and brings even more options for consumers," said State Senator Charleta Tavares. "AT&T's investment in opening new retail stores will continue central Ohio's reputation as a strong location for business and employment opportunities."
The new store showcases a wide range of home and wireless solutions, and includes a new tablet and emerging-devices "wall" to display the latest connected gadgets. The latest in mobile devices are displayed, such as the Samsung Galaxy S(TM) II, the Samsung Infuse(TM) 4G, the Motorola Atrix(TM) 2, and the Blackberry® Torch(TM) 9810. Shoppers can also explore AT&T U-verse® services, including AT&T U-verse TV, AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet and AT&T U-verse Voice.
Customers visiting the store can test drive various wireless data applications, including AT&T Navigator® which provides GPS navigation with turn-by-turn directions, or AT&T Family Map, a family locator service designed to help give parents peace of mind.
"AT&T's investment in our community, demonstrated by opening a new retail store, builds on our reputation as a strong region for business investment," said State Representative Tracy Heard.
"Our new Columbus store redefines the sales experience by allowing consumers to test drive our products and services in an innovative way," said Larry Evans, vice president and general manager, AT&T Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
AT&T Ohio president Tom Pelto agreed, adding, "This store opening is in addition to the 50 new cell sites we've activated, the 130 we've upgraded, and the 360 sites where we've added capacity in Ohio this year."
The Columbus store builds upon AT&T's overall commitment to the region. AT&T is continuing to expand and enhance its presence in central Ohio, ensuring consumers have convenient access to the latest in communications and entertainment services. In fact, AT&T invested more than $200 million in its Ohio wireless and wireline networks in the first half of 2011.
To help celebrate the opening of the new Columbus location, AT&T will be offering free Sony Ericsson Xperia(TM) PLAY 4Gs with a new 2-year agreement and data plan, through December 31.
The new store is located at 2583 South Hamilton Road and is led by industry veteran C.W. Black. Black and his team of knowledgeable sales consultants are ready to assist customers -- both business and consumer -- with purchasing decisions and technical support. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
There are more than 70 AT&T owned stores in Ohio. AT&T's products and services are also available at a number of authorized dealer and national retail locations.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
DTE Energy Introduces a New Android App to Get Outage Information
DETROIT, Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DTE Energy has introduced a new interactive mobile Android application (app) for customers to access a variety of up-to-the-minute information, including outage information from their smartphones.
The DTE Energy Outage Center Google Android App is available free of charge from the Android Marketplace.
Located at dteenergy.com, the Outage Center is a central area online where consumers interested in getting the latest information about power outages, can go to get tips on what to do during a storm or find out answers to other frequently asked questions. DTE Energy is one of the first utilities in the country to allow customers to report power outages via a downloadable native mobile smartphone application.
Using the app, DTE Energy customers can report power outages, view the status of a reported problem and explore a map illustrating the number of outages reported throughout the area.
DTE Energy has added this mobile capability to our existing suite of outage-related offerings to bring useful information to customers in the way they want or in an outage situation, where they are able to see it. In September, DTE Energy introduced an iPhone app.
"We have a variety of tools for our customers already available on the DTE Energy website and we want to extend those tools in new and engaging ways," said Patrick Duffy, Customer Service Manager with DTE Energy.
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on gas storage and pipelines, unconventional gas production, power and industrial projects, and energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.
Verizon Wireless Expands 3G Coverage in Chautauqua County
4G LTE expansion also continuing in Upstate New York
- New cell site improves coverage and capacity in Dunkirk
- Provides access to 3G wireless broadband service
- Meet one of Upstate New York's local Test Men, Jack Brandes
DUNKIRK, N.Y., Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless is investing in Chautauqua County and expanding its local coverage with a new cell site in Dunkirk. The new site improves coverage and capacity along Route 5 from Temple Street to Harrington Road, along Route 60 from Route 5 to Williams Street, and around Dunkirk Harbor.
This network expansion is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless' voice and data services. The company has invested more than $65 billion nationwide since it was formed - $6 billion on average every year - and invested more than $125 million in Upstate New York in 2010.
In addition to ongoing investment in its 3G network, Verizon Wireless continues to roll out its 4G LTE network nationwide. The 4G LTE network is currently available in more than 179 cities, including Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Orange County, NY and the New York City area. Full nationwide 4G LTE deployment is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013.
"We've always believed even the most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on. We continue to aggressively invest in our Upstate New York network to increase coverage and capacity for our customers, add new services like 4G LTE, and maintain our existing 3G network leadership," said Gene Fassett, executive director of Network for Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region.
Verizon Wireless recently earned recognition from J.D. Power and Associates for ranking highest in customer care among the major national wireless phone service providers.
In addition to voice and wireless data services such as V CAST Video and V CAST Music with Rhapsody, the company offers MobileBroadband, its high-speed wireless broadband network geared toward mobile professionals and business customers. In 4G LTE coverage areas, it provides average speeds of 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments. In 3G coverage areas, it provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 Mbps, and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.
Strong demand for Verizon Wireless' services continued during the third quarter of 2011 as the company added more than 880,000 thousand net new customers.
The company's "nation's most reliable wireless network" reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and women throughout the country. These engineers drive nearly 100 specially equipped vehicles more than 1 million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets. Test vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 3 million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers. Check out our video of Western New York Test Man, Jack Brandes.
For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to http://www.verizonwireless.com.
SOURCE Verizon Wireless
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Kiosk Group, Inc. Releases the Only iPad Kiosks Fully Compliant with the New ADA Standards
Sweeping Americans with Disabilities Act Regs Go into Effect on March 15, 2012. Will Your iPad Kiosk be Legal?
FREDERICK, Md., Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kiosk Group, Inc. is now offering its newly-modified collection of iPad kiosks designed to comply with the new ADA requirements. Kiosk Group, Inc. is known for its collection of Exquisite iPad Kiosks designed by consultant Jer Schweickart.
The new Regulations were signed into law by the Department of Justice in 2010. Makers of kiosks and other architectural specialties were given two years to make the change-over. On March 15, 2012 the new standards will become required by Federal law.
"The new ADA standards are going to have a far-reaching effect on every part of American life, including kiosks. Penalties can be as much as $55,000 for the first offense and actually double on subsequent offenses," reports Kiosk Group president Mike James. "Our engineering team has been working hard this past year to develop kiosk solutions that will serve all Americans, not just most of them. In fact, we've been selling our 2012-compliant kiosks since this summer."
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that gives all Americans equal access to employment, local government facilities, public transportation, public accommodations, telecommunications, and other major life activities. The law is intended to keep people with disabilities in the mainstream of America life.
Kiosk Group, Inc. offers four models of its designer iPad kiosks: the Standalone kiosk, the Standard and Low-Rise Countertop kiosks, and the elegant Wall kiosk. They can be seen at http://www.ipadkiosks.com/.
"The new regulations lower the maximum reach for height from 54 to 48 inches. That's not very high," says Jer Schweickart, award-winning kiosk designer. "The average American adult is 67.5 inches tall. We calculated the correct screen angle to work the best for all heights -- six-footers to wheelchair-bound users. We're very happy with the results."
Kiosk Group, Inc. also represents the Beyond Kiosks brand of PC and Mac-based kiosks, also designed by Jer Schweickart. These kiosks are shown at http://www.beyondkiosks.com/.
PulteGroup Targets Tech-Savvy Consumers with Launch of Innovative iPad Application
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PulteGroup, Inc. is launching a new iPad application that takes the home buying process to the next level for the tech-savvy consumer. The new tool captures individual consumer preferences and shows home configurations in real time -- giving instant feedback on projected monthly payments and how a change in options impacts their bottom line.
Typically, a homebuyer and sales associate discuss preferred new home configurations and options while sitting down at a desk. The combination of the iPad and application make it now possible to capture consumer choices and "build" their home electronically from any location -- while walking in a model or even at a future home site, said Deborah Meyer, chief marketing officer for PulteGroup, one of the nation's largest homebuilders.
"The reasons that people purchase homes today are not drastically different than they were 50 years ago, but the things that cause them to make an emotional connection during their home buying experience have changed radically," Meyer said. "We are evolving our sales environments to be more in touch with the customer experience and that means meeting the technical expectations of our consumers."
The iPad app demonstrates a home as the prospective homebuyer would like to use the space. For example, the buyer can customize and view a flexible space in the home as a design studio or homework area or tailor a loft or extra room to be a kids' play space, office or media room. It can also demonstrate different options that a buyer wants to visualize - such as cabinets with a different color finish in the kitchen. The tool emphasizes the many upgrades and options in new homes, a considerable differentiating factor from the re-sale home buying experience.
"It's virtual reality meets reality," Meyer said, adding that a sales associate can e-mail the homebuyer a pdf brochure with images that in turn can be e-mailed or shared via social media with friends and family whose feedback they may want. "It allows for a more efficient yet intimate buying process by giving the consumer something they customized themselves. It's very personal and reflects their individual choices for their future new home."
In addition to showcasing their personal preferences, a built-in mortgage calculator allows the consumer to tabulate the total cost of the home and show an estimated monthly payment as they make changes. Buyers can also use an interactive map to tap on points of interest near the community and visit websites with detailed information.
Stacey and Alberto Escalante tried out the new iPad tool when visiting Monticello Ranch by Centex in San Antonio. Both teachers in the area, the couple moved into their new home this month.
"We loved being able to pull up the information on our computer at home after our visit as we made decisions on what upgrades to select," said Stacey. "This is our first home so we were really nervous. We both like to use technology and this made the whole process much easier for us."
PulteGroup tested a prototype in Dallas earlier this year and is now bringing the state-of-the-art technology to sales offices across the nation. The concept was originally targeted to the company's Centex first-time communities, which target the Gen Y market, which includes about 71 million "Millennials," Meyer said.
"We knew this would be well received by Gen-Yers taking that big step of home ownership," Meyer said. "These consumers are very technology savvy and grew up on the internet. They are more comfortable integrating technology into the homebuying experience, although we weren't surprised to see Pulte Homes move-up buyers and 55+ Del Webb buyers as rapid adopters of the iPad technology."
PulteGroup assembled a retail experience team of interior designers, brand marketers, mortgage and information systems experts to study the process and evaluate the retail environment the homebuyer was experiencing, said Dan Saltich, the company's director of consumer initiatives. He said the team then worked to translate the home buying process into a more efficient, more fun and more memorable experience by integrating the technology with the demonstration of the actual home.
"The goal was to make the sales process more personal and more engaging to benefit the consumer," Saltich said. "This unique mobile platform lets our buyers configure their home all the way to the final price. It provides as real-time an experience as possible."
HTML 5 based, the mobile website optimized for iPad is integrated into the company's operational systems so that it receives real-time updates for pricing and financing terms. PulteGroup engaged the services of Terralever, a Tempe, AZ-based digital marketing and design company to support the consumer-facing elements of the project.
PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is America's premier home building company with operations in 67 markets, 29 states and the District of Columbia. Celebrating its 60(th) anniversary in 2010, the Company has an unmatched capacity to meet the needs of all buyer groups through its brand portfolio that includes Pulte Homes, Centex Homes and Del Webb. As the most awarded homebuilder in customer satisfaction, the brands of PulteGroup have consistently ranked among the nation's top homebuilders as surveyed by third-party, independent national customer satisfaction studies. For more information about PulteGroup, Inc. and PulteGroup brands, see http://www.pultegroup.com; http://www.pulte.com; http://www.centex.com; http://www.delwebb.com
InformationWeek Valley View Announced Featured Guests Ray Lane, Chairman of the Board for HP and Aaron Levie, CEO of Box.net
New Monthly Web Video Show Forges Path as the Place Silicon Valley Meets
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today InformationWeek announces that Valley View, a new live streamed, monthly web video show produced by UBM TechWeb will feature Ray Lane, Chairman of the Board for HP and Aaron Levie, CEO of Box.net as guests of the premiere event. Hosted by InformationWeek Editorial Director Fritz Nelson and UBM TechWeb Chief Content Officer David Berlind, Valley View will take place at UBM TechWeb San Francisco headquarters December 7, 2011 at 4 pm PST with a studio audience, and will be streamed live online at http://www.informationweek.com/news/specialreport/valleyview.
Ray Lane -- a long-time Silicon Valley executive, and partner at Venture Capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers - is also HP's Chairman, where he has overseen a few controversial changes at the top of the technology giant. With the recent appointment of CEO Meg Whitman, and FY 2011 earnings behind HP, Valley View hosts Nelson and Berlind will ask him about what to expect next at HP, and about other hot topics in the valley.
InformationWeek Valley View also spotlights Aaron Levie, the dynamic CEO of Box.net -- flush with $81 million in new venture funding, Box.net is trying to create an ecosystem around cloud-based collaboration and content sharing. Levie likes to take shots at Microsoft Sharepoint; he thinks his company has a better enterprise solution. We will talk to him about these hot topics, and how he's planning to invest that massive investment.
Our hosts will also help viewers with their holiday shopping, showing off several new gadgets and toys for the tech-lover. As a special surprise, we'll be giving away some of these new gadgets to a few lucky viewers, so you won't want to miss this.
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System sets new standards for image quality, dose reduction and dual energy
CHICAGO, Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), from November 27 to December 2 in Chicago, Siemens Healthcare (NYSE: SI) (Booth #822, East Building/Lakeside Center at McCormick Place, Hall D) is unveiling the SOMATOM® Definition Edge(1) - the first single-source CT to use Siemens recently developed Stellar Detector. In routine examinations, structures up to 0.3 mm are visible, and image sharpness may potentially be improved. Boasting a rotation speed of 0.28 seconds, the SOMATOM Definition Edge is Siemens fastest single-source CT scanner, acquiring up to 23 centimeters per second - which may enable a physician to perform a customary thorax-abdomen examination in approximately two seconds and potentially eliminate the need for patient breath-holding during a scan. Siemens also has developed a new Dual Energy mode for the SOMATOM Definition Edge. In Dual Energy images, two different tube voltages are generated to help enable recognition of different tissue types. This system release exemplifies how Siemens builds on innovation, such as dual-source CT, and brings these solutions to a broader audience at an attractive prince point, which is a goal of Siemens Agenda 2013.
The SOMATOM Definition Edge employs the new TrueSignal technology of the Stellar Detector, which for the first time integrates the electronic detector components into the photodiode. With the aid of TrueSignal technology, Stellar may significantly reduce electronic noise and potentially improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the images. To date, a spatial resolution of up to 0.33 mm has been possible with Siemens single-source CT scanners. However, in critical cases such as cardio-vascular examinations or in emergency diagnostics, every additional visible micrometer can be significant. The examination of adipose patients further illustrates how Stellar's signal processing may potentially open up new possibilities in clinical practice. An obese patient can attenuate the signal from the X-ray tube to such an extent that many CT systems can no longer generate images suitable for diagnostic purposes. Even where signals are weak, TrueSignal technology may enable the generation of images with contrast levels that the physician may be able to use for diagnostic purposes.
Increased speed in single-source CT
A major challenge in CT scanning involves maintaining good spatial resolution at high gantry rotation speeds. With patients who cannot remain still for extended periods, or with fast-moving organs such as the heart, the shortest possible scanning time minimizes image motion artifacts. For this reason, the SOMATOM Definition Edge features a newly developed gantry that requires just 0.28 seconds per rotation, enabling a very high spatial resolution of 142 ms. Additionally, the scanner allows a pitch of 1.7, equivalent to an acquisition speed of up to 23 centimeters per second.
Dose-optimized dual energy for single-source CT
Until now, Dual Energy examinations with single-source devices required the tube voltage to be changed several times during a single scan, which deteriorates image quality, as less than half the number of projections are available for each energy level. Since changing the voltage while the current is being modulated is also impossible, the current must be permanently set for the duration of the scan. This results in a dose level several times higher than is seen with a customary single-source scan.
Since dose reduction is a top priority for Siemens, the SOMATOM Definition Edge introduces a new scanning technique into single-source CT examinations: During a Dual Energy examination with the new Siemens CT scanner, two scans are performed in succession with different energy levels, with each scan using only about half the dose applied in normal mode. Together, the two scans deliver the original dose required. Also, since the voltage in each scan is fixed, all dose-reducing methods can be used. Of particular note is Care Dose4D, a fully automatic radiation exposure control system that adjusts the dose in real time according to the area of the body being scanned; Care Dose4D is therefore capable of reducing overall dose levels. The SOMATOM Definition Edge also uses SAFIRE (Sinogram Affirmed Iterative Reconstruction) - a rapid iterative reconstruction method for CT data that may also help reduce dose levels. Thus, Dual Energy images may be generated using a single-source system without exposing the patient to unnecessarily high radiation levels.
Some of the products/features mentioned here are not commercially available in all countries. Due to regulatory reasons, the future availability in any country cannot be guaranteed. Further details are available from the local Siemens organizations.
Launched by Siemens Healthcare Sector in November 2011, Agenda 2013 is a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare Sector's innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be implemented in four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and People Development.
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source - from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.5 billion euros and profit of around 1.3 billion euros. For further information please visit: http://www.siemens.com/healthcare.
(1) Under development. Not available for sale in the U.S.
PipeLine Introduces High-Performance, High-Value Cables and Accessories at RadioShack
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PipeLine, LLC is pleased to announce that PipeLine's high-performance audio/video cables and accessories are now available in RadioShack stores nationwide. PipeLine brings decades of experience in carefully optimizing cable design, materials and manufacturing process to deliver high-performance, low-distortion audio and video cables. PipeLine offers a broad line of cables and accessories that define leading-edge performance at accessible prices.
"RadioShack is giving PipeLine the opportunity to take everything we've learned about creating the most honest and highest-performing products, and applying that knowledge and experience to the creation of each and every one of PipeLine's products," says PipeLine's William E. Low. "PipeLine is a series of best-of-breed products, and will be an ever-evolving family."
"Bringing in a performance leader like PipeLine is a big win for RadioShack customers," says John Lostroscio, merchant vice president for consumer electronics at RadioShack Corp., based in Fort Worth, Texas. "We're thrilled to bring such a high level of performance to RadioShack's leading assortment of audio-video components and at a value that our customers expect."
PipeLine's ET-5 HDMI cables are available now in RadioShack stores nationwide, priced at $49.99 for a 4-ft. run and $59.99 for an 8-ft. run. New configurations are expected to follow in the months ahead.
Based in Irvine, CA., PipeLine is an expansion of The Quest Group, an organization founded by William E. Low, which has grown to include multiple brands. PipeLine is the culmination of over 30 years of extensive observation and research into the design and development of analog and digital audio cables. PipeLine's mission is based on one simple mandate: Bring superior performance and extraordinary value to a larger audience. The company is privately owned. For more information, please visit http://www.PipeLineET.com
CONTACT: Bill Boyer, S.V.P. of Sales and Marketing, PipeLine, 1-888-444-4020
LG Nitro HD Delivers First True High-Definition Experience for AT&T Customers
Exclusive to AT&T Customers, Android-Powered LG Nitro(TM) HD Provides High-Definition Display, Lightning-Fast Processing Speeds and AT&T 4G LTE Capabilities
DALLAS and SAN DIEGO, Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
-- AT&T 4G LTE recently expanded to 15 markets. AT&T plans to reach 70
million Americans with 4G LTE by year-end 2011.
-- Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and access to AT&T's 4G LTE makes Nitro HD
the ultimate high-performance superphone.
-- Available in AT&T stores and online Dec. 4 for $249.99 with a two-year
-- LG Nitro(TM) HD, the first smartphone in the AT&T* portfolio with a true
high definition screen becomes the third 4G LTE smartphone for AT&T
LG Nitro HDThe LG Nitro(TM) HD, featuring a 4.5-inch True HD AH-IPS display, will be available exclusively to AT&T customers beginning Dec. 4 in company owned stores and online. Setting a new standard for a mobile device, LG Nitro HD comes equipped with a stunning true high-definition touchscreen display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and access to AT&T's 4G LTE where available, making it the ultimate high-performance superphone. Not only is LG Nitro HD powerful and incredibly fast, it also features multitasking abilities and offers the latest evolution in mobile device display technology for higher image resolutions and text readability.
Taking advantage of LG's new proprietary True HD technology, LG Nitro HD's 4.5-inch AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching) display supports resolutions up to 1280 X 720 pixels and offers unrivaled color accuracy, brightness, battery efficiency and performance. LG Nitro HD's 500 nit display luminance allows for clear viewing in direct sunlight and RGB stripe pixels deliver incredibly accurate true-to-life color rendering.
LG Nitro HD offers incredibly quick speed, power and efficiency in a slim design (5.27" X 2.67" X 0.41") making it easy to view, create and share in HD. LG Nitro HD multitasks seamlessly and with AT&T 4G LTE and HSPA+ where available, it easily browses even the most content-heavy websites and runs HD games with ease, including HD gaming from the Gameloft HD game store and Zynga Poker HD.
An 8-megapixel HD camera and 20 GB of total memory (4 GB on-board plus 16 GB via In-box microSD) allows users to capture and view crystal-clear True HD images and video. Wi-Fi Direct(TM) technology and DLNA® features offer wireless HD content streaming options, making it easier and faster than ever to share HD content with the people and networks that matter the most.
AT&T is the only U.S. carrier providing 4G using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with compatible devices 4G speeds, meaning customers get a faster and more consistent 4G experience, even when outside of an AT&T 4G LTE area.
Pricing and AvailabilityBe one of the first to experience the phenomenon of LG Nitro HD on Dec. 4, available exclusively in AT&T company owned stores and online for just $249.99 after a two-year contract.
Quotes"With the LG Nitro HD as one of our last smartphones to arrive in 2011, we're closing out the year with a bang," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We've seen others get close to a true HD experience on Android superphones this year, but Nitro HD is the one that does it right."
"LG continues to push the boundaries of what is possible on mobile devices today," said Tim O'Brien, vice president of marketing for LG Mobile. "LG Nitro HD will be the first smartphone available for AT&T to feature True HD AH-IPS capabilities, and the advantages of a crystal clear display are immediately evident after seeing the device first hand. In addition to sporting the clearest and crispest display on the market, LG Nitro HD will be one of the fastest and most powerful smartphones available."
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds delivered by LTE or HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul, where available. Deployment ongoing. Compatible device and data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.
Limited-time offer]. LG Nitro HD with new 2-yr wireless agrmt of $39.99 or higher and min $15/mo data plan is $249.99. Wireless Service: Subject to Wireless Customer Agrmt. Coverage and svcs not avail everywhere. Credit approval req'd. Activ. Fee up to $36/line. Geographic, usage, and other terms, conditions and restrictions apply, and may result in svc termination. See store or visit att.com for complete details and coverage maps. Data: Min $15/mo, 200MB, data plan required. If you exceed your initial 200MB allowance, you will automatically be charged an overage of $15 for each additional 200MB provided. All data allowances and overages must be used in the billing period provided or they will be forfeited - details att.com/dataplans. Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge up to $1.25/mo. is chrg'd to help comply with gov't obligations and chrgs; it is not a tax or gov't req'd chrg. Early Termination Fee (ETF): After 30 days, ETF up to $325 based on device (details att.com/equipmentETF). Restocking fee up to $35. Taxes and other charges apply.
About AT&TAT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(®) and AT&T ?DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
About LG Electronics, Inc. LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 93,000 people working in over 120 operations around the world. With 2010 global sales of 55.8 trillion Korean won (USD 48.2 billion), LG comprises four business units - Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning & Energy Solutions. LG is one of the world's leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner and a Technology Partner of Formula 1(TM). As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit http://www.lg.com.
About LG Electronics Mobile Communications CompanyThe LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communications and information company. With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design capabilities, LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world. LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile computing products, while continuing its leadership role in mobile communication with stylish designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit http://www.lgmobilephones.com.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsInformation set forth in this press release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.
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Allstate Roadside Services Announces Innovative Mobile Location Technology That Drives Efficiency and Best-in-Class Roadside Service
Nationwide automated call routing and enhanced dispatch services utilize AT&T Location Information Services
NORTHBROOK, Ill., Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Allstate Roadside Services, one of the nation's leading providers of roadside assistance, together with AT&T* and TechnoCom Corporation(TM), today announced plans to launch an automated caller location and verification technology that will significantly enhance the roadside experience of customers on the road. The launch is planned for mid-December.
Utilizing real-time location data obtained automatically from either a landline or mobile telephone, AT&T Location Information Services utilizing TechnoCom's Location Platform(TM) will, with the driver's permission, enable call center representatives at Allstate Roadside Services to identify and immediately communicate a disabled vehicle's location to service representatives and providers and allow for faster, more efficient response times. By integrating this technology with an industry-leading dispatch process, Allstate is positioned to better optimize the customer experience.
"When drivers are stranded on the road, it's up to us to get them the service they need as quickly as possible," said Anthony M. Royer, president, Allstate Roadside Services. "Accurately determining the caller's location is critical. This technology better enables both our call center representatives as well as our road service providers to reach our customers even faster than before."
"The solution we're providing to Allstate Roadside Services is an example of how businesses today are finding unique ways to utilize location-based services to help improve the customer experience," said Chris Hill, vice president of Advanced Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions.
The AT&T Location Information Services platform allows network-based location information to be obtained from wireless or landline communication devices and corporate assets, across a variety of wireless carriers and for most device types. It is designed to help improve productivity and give better visibility into employee or customer location.
"We are excited to see how real-time, universal location insight impacts the caller experience and service events to provide extensive operational efficiencies throughout Allstate's Roadside Services," said Mario Proietti, CEO of TechnoCom.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer known for its "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®" slogan. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via http://www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T ?DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
TechnoCom Corporation is a leading provider of products and services to enable wireless location solutions for enterprises, wireless carriers, and service providers. TechnoCom helps its customers efficiently implement, optimize and manage location solutions for E911 and commercial location-based services. TechnoCom Location Platform is a turn-key, enterprise location-based services platform that delivers operational efficiencies, cost savings and ubiquitous device access to location and messaging.
The company's flagship Location eXchange Server(TM) and LocationAssurance Manager® platforms allow efficient implementation of wireless location solutions and continuous, automated oversight into location system performance.
Founded in 1995 and privately held, TechnoCom has been selected by Deloitte as one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Los Angeles for four consecutive years. TechnoCom's customers include AT&T, Bell Mobility, Cricket, Cross Country Automotive Services, Openwave, Sprint Nextel, TELUS, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. For more information about TechnoCom, please visit http://www.technocom-wireless.com.
LocationAssurance Manager is a registered trademark and Location eXchange Server, the TechnoCom logo, TechnoCom Corporation and TechnoCom Location Platform are trademarks of TechnoCom Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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BrightEdge Announces Adobe Genesis Accredited Integration With Adobe Digital Marketing Suite
BrightEdge and Adobe Genesis collaboration delivers seamless integration between BrightEdge SEO and Adobe SiteCatalyst and Adobe SearchCenter+
SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 28, 2011 <font size="2" face="Arial">/PRNewswire/ -- BrightEdge, the leading site, search and social management platform for global enterprises, today announced release of its BrightEdge Adobe®Genesis(TM) integration with the Adobe Digital Marketing Suite. Through Adobe Genesis integration with BrightEdge, customers will now get side-by-side views and deeper insights into critical marketing information including BrightEdge SEO performance metrics, Adobe web analytics, and both organic and paid search results across both companies. The solution is Adobe Genesis Accredited on the latest Adobe Genesis 3.0 release. </font>
The BrightEdge and Adobe Genesis partnership gives customers integration across BrightEdge SEO and both Adobe® SiteCatalyst® and Adobe® SearchCenter+. BrightEdge-Genesis combines global enterprise BrightEdge SEO technology & breakthrough social media tools with Adobe's industry-leading Digital Marketing Suite in a streamlined integration to deliver maximum impact and higher ROI. This collaboration will allow customers insight into competitor traffic volume and enable them to successfully stay at the forefront of SEO, web analytics, and paid search.
"Digital marketers can seamlessly integrate site traffic, conversion and paid search marketing data with organic search marketing tools," says Christopher Parkin, Strategic Alliances and Genesis Solutions at Adobe. "By combining the comprehensive search engine coverage and international support BrightEdge S3 offers with the Adobe SiteCatalyst, marketers can easily align organic search traffic data with other key business metrics. This value is further amplified for search marketers using the integration between the BrightEdge S3 platform and Adobe SearchCenter+, as they can now easily create bid strategies based on both paid and organic keyword activity as well as deliver unified reports and rich keyword expansion opportunities.
"We commend BrightEdge on its Adobe Genesis Accreditation, which is a rigorous process that has become the industry 'gold standard', ensuring the joint solution is technologically sound, repeatable, and proven to deliver tangible ROI to our mutual customers," added Parkin. "The BrightEdge team was great to work with throughout the joint development and successful, multi-customer beta."
"We are excited to work with Adobe, as this partnership and integration will make it easy for marketers to gain global insights into their site, as well as paid and organic search marketing," says Jim Yu, CEO of BrightEdge. "Additionally, it will also yield improved site and search performance and help customers gain a competitive edge in the long run."
Feedback from customers has been very positive. Jason Price, Executive Vice President at Hospitality E-Business Strategies who has been testing the integration for a leading hospitality industry client said, "The integration of organic and paid search plus web analytics delivers a complete picture of what the data really means. With this integration, SearchCenter bid rules can return higher ROI because we better understand the true value of a keyword, rather than just its paid search value." And for Nathan Janitz at Resolution Media "Genesis' integration of BrightEdge S3 into the Adobe Digital Marketing Suite allows us to have one interface to manage our clients SEO and analytic performance."
The BrightEdge and Adobe Genesis collaboration will provide customers new capabilities, including:
-- SEO results for over 40 countries and major search engines from the
ISO-security-certified BrightEdge platform
-- Support for unlimited numbers of SEO keywords, keyword groups, and
-- Support for the latest Genesis release - Genesis 3.0
-- Paid and Organic results integrated so users can better optimize Adobe
SearchCenter+ paid search bidding rules
-- 2-way integration of web analytics and SEO, combining Adobe SiteCatalyst
and BrightEdge SEO so users can see paid and organic rank, onsite
engagement or conversions metrics in one report
The integration is available today for all customers. For more information, please visit the Adobe Genesis Showcase, go to http://www.brightedge.com, or contact your BrightEdge sales representative.
BrightEdge is the leading site, search, and social management solution for global enterprises, helping more than 1,100 of the world's largest brands stay ahead in the rapidly evolving Internet landscape. BrightEdge S3 drives more than $4 billion in organic search across industries, harnessing the power of analytics to drive revenue from web sites, search engines and social networks across the globe in a measurable, predictable way. BrightEdge is based in San Mateo, CA and is privately held with financing from Battery Ventures, Altos Ventures and Illuminate Ventures. For more information, please visit http://www.brightedge.com, friend us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/seoplatform or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/brightedge.
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ADLINK Technology COM Express® Type 6 Module Provides Extreme Rugged(TM) Solution for Mobile Environments
The highly reliable Express-HRR offers a modular, power-efficient design with Intel® Core(TM) i7 processor, QM67 chipset, and standards-based design to support multi-vendor interoperability.
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ADLINK Technology, Inc., a leading global provider of ruggedized embedded products, announces the release of its latest Ampro by ADLINK(TM) Extreme Rugged(TM) COM Express® module, the Express-HRR for mobile applications running in harsh environments. The Ampro by ADLINK(TM) Express-HRR is a COM Express Type 6 module based on the quad/dual-core 2nd Generation Intel® Core(TM) i7 processor and Mobile Intel® QM67 Express Chipset. Following ADLINK's Rugged By Design methodology, the Express-HRR is ideal for use in environments prone to severe shock, vibration, humidity, and extended temperature ranges.
"The strength of COM Express has always been its flexibility and modularity," said Jeff Munch, CTO of ADLINK Technology and chair of the COM Express COM.0 R2.1 Subcommittee. "We see our digital signage, transportation, and military customers building industry-specific applications powered by our COM Express modules, like the Extreme Rugged Express-HRR. Delivering an effective, standards-based product that supports vendor interoperability gives our customers many more solution options than would a non-standard COM Express design."
The Ampro by ADLINK Express-HRR is a modular, power efficient solution for mobile applications running in space constrained, extreme rugged environments. The Express-HRR is compatible with the COM Express COM.0 Revision 2.0 Type 6 pinout, which is based on the popular Type 2 pinout, but with legacy functions replaced by Digital Display Interfaces (DDI), additional PCI Express lanes, and reserved pins for future technologies. The new Type 6 pinout also supports the SPI Interface, which was unavailable in COM.0 Rev. 1.0.
The Ampro by ADLINK Express-HRR is powered by a quad- or dual-core 2nd Generation Intel® Core(TM) i7 processor and offers up to 16GB ECC 1333MHz DDR3 memory in two SODIMM sockets; three DDIs for DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI/SDVO; eight PCIe x1 and one PCIe x16 (Gen2) for graphics (or general purpose x8/4/1); as well as two SATA 6 Gb/s, two SATA 3 Gb/s, Gigabit Ethernet, and eight USB 2.0 interfaces. The Express-HRR is validated for reliable performance in extended temperatures ranging from ?40 degrees C to +85 degrees C and features a 50% thicker printed circuit board (PCB) for high vibration tolerance.
ADLINK Technology's Extreme Rugged modules, boards, and systems are designed for harsh environments from the ground up. Robust test methods, including Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT), ensure optimal product design phases and meet stringent requirements, such as extended temperature range, MIL-STD, shock and vibration, and long-term reliability.
ADLINK Technology provides a wide range of embedded computing products and services to the test & measurement, automation & process control, gaming, communications, medical, network security, and transportation industries. ADLINK products include PCI Express®-based data acquisition and I/O; vision and motion control; and AdvancedTCA, CompactPCI, and Computer-on-Modules (COMs) for industrial computing. With the acquisition of Ampro Computers, Inc., ADLINK also provides a wide range of Extreme Rugged and Rugged Single Board Computers, Computer-on-Modules and Systems under the brand name Ampro by ADLINK. ADLINK strives to minimize the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its customers by providing customization and system integration services, maintaining low manufacturing costs, and extending the lifecycle of its products. ADLINK is a global company with headquarters and manufacturing in Taiwan; R&D and integration in Taiwan, China, and the US; and an extensive network of worldwide sales and support offices.
ADLINK is ISO-9001, ISO-14001, ISO-13485, and TL9000 certified, is an Associate Member of the Intel® Embedded Alliance, an Executive Member of PICMG, a Sponsor Member of the PXI Systems Alliance, and a Member of the AXIe Consortium. ADLINK is a publicly traded company listed on the TAIEX Taiwan Stock Exchange (stock code: 6166).
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GameStop Pre-Order For "Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat" Includes Two Exclusive TV Episodes From The Spike TV Hit Series
NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 345 Games announced today that GameStop customers who pre-order the upcoming "Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat" video game will receive two additional full episodes of Spike TV's hit multi-platform series, "Deadliest Warrior," at time of purchase. This bonus content will include one episode never previously released on Blu-ray or DVD.
Pre-orders for "Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat" on PlayStation(®)3 computer entertainment system and Xbox(®)360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft will be available from now until January 9, 2012. Only customers who pre-order the game will receive the bonus episodes.
"Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat" is a disc-based video game/TV show hybrid. Based on the successful Spike TV series "Deadliest Warrior," which pits two of the most feared warriors civilization has ever known against each other, the game combines exclusive TV show content with the two wildly popular downloadable console games, "Deadliest Warrior: The Game" and "DeadliestWarrior: Legends."
The video game includes all the previously released downloadable content packs along with new game features. It also features all the characters and weapons from both previous games and six full episodes of "Deadliest Warrior." Additional game content exclusive to "DW: Ancient Combat" includes a 'Graveyard' playable arena and 30 new weapons for the "DW: Legends" warriors, including a 'Lochaber Axe' for William Wallace, a 'Monk's Spade' for Sun Tzu and a 'Tsonga Battle Axe' for Shaka Zula. The game will be fully compatible for online play with all versions of the game.
345 Games, the video gaming arm of COMEDY CENTRAL and Spike TV, develops products based on the Viacom Entertainment Group's franchises and brands. The first two titles released under this label included COMEDY CENTRAL's hit animated show "Ugly Americans" and Spike TV's successful multi-platform series "Deadliest Warrior."
ABOUT DEADLIEST WARRIOR
Each week on Spike TV's "Deadliest Warrior," a new episode will pit two of the most feared warriors civilization has ever known against each other. Along with the use of 21st century science and the latest in CGI technology, each episode enlists warrior-specific world-class fighters and experts to provide insight into what makes these combatants tick, analyzing every facet of their unique skills of destruction, culminating in a head-to-head final fight between two legends of the battlefield that will produce the deadliest warrior. Other highly-anticipated showdowns this season include: Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror, Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, Hannibal vs. Genghis Khan, US Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Operations Force. Check out "Deadliest Warrior" on Facebook.
Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox LIVE are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
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Edmonton Dermatologist, Dr. Barry Lycka is pleased to release a new video episode on YourCosmeticDoctor.tv, in which he answers a number of very frequently asked questions on Liposuction.
EDMONTON, Alberta, Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As the host and founder of YourCosmeticDoctor.tv, Edmonton Dermatologist, Dr. Barry Lycka is pleased to release a new video episode today. He discusses the most popular questions asked by people considering Liposuction, and he is delighted to share his answers in this weeks' episode.
-- Is liposuction a way to loose weight?
-- What points are to be considered before requesting liposuction?
-- How does liposuction work?
-- What areas can be done with liposuction?
Dr. Lycka highlights each of these questions, and then gives his detailed answers and explanations.
Dr. Lycka is an acknowledged leader in North America in the cosmetic surgery procedure of Liposuction, and this expert advice is delivered from his many years of experience providing Liposuction, and from his desire to provide easy to find, up-to-date, informative and credible information on cosmetic surgery.
This video is one of a planned series to be released each week on http://www.YourCosmeticDoctor.tv where Dr. Lycka will feature specific new cosmetic surgery procedures and techniques in detail, and also answer many of the Frequently Asked Questions that he comes across on a daily basis, such as these on Liposuction.
This links into a key feature of this new service, where viewers can submit a question to Dr. Lycka directly from the website - and he will be back online with an answer for them. Viewers will also be reminded when the next broadcast is available so that they can keep up-to-date on the latest and hottest beauty topics.
About Dr. Barry A.S. Lycka
Barry A.S. Lycka, Edmonton based Cosmetic Dermatologist, is one of North America's foremost authorities on cosmetic surgery, skin cancer surgery, reconstructive surgery and laser surgery of the skin. He founded YourCosmeticDoctor.tv to be an unbiased source of credible information on cosmetic surgery.
For further information on this new service, or any other questions relating to Cosmetic Dermatology, Dr. Lycka can be contacted via his website http://www.barrylyckamd.com or by telephone at his Edmonton office (780) 425-1212.
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Hess Partners with OpenStore(TM) by GasBuddy to Launch Innovative Mobile App and Website for People on the Go
Mobile App Provides Real-Time Information about Hess Gas Prices and Station Locations, Traffic, Hess Express Deals and More - Free on iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry
NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hess Corporation and OpenStore(TM) by GasBuddy today announced the launch of the Hess Express mobile app and redesigned website, HessExpress.com, to provide busy people on the go with customized deals and coupons, real-time gas prices and traffic information.
"This digital initiative will take the way we serve and build relationships with our customers to the next level," Rick Lawlor, vice president of Retail Marketing for Hess Corporation, said. "It's a new way for us to deliver on our long-standing commitment to convenience and quality."
With the new Hess Express app and newly designed website, consumers can find the closest Hess location, check real-time gas prices, and find the latest deals and product offerings. Customers without smart phones can receive Mobile Hess Express Deal Alerts by plugging in their mobile numbers online.
In addition, the Hess Express app includes a unique combination of directions, traffic reporting and gas prices to help customers navigate to their destinations while finding the best gas prices at convenient locations. The "My Hess Express" module of the app and web site allows consumers to select a Hess Express store as their favorite to get the latest gas prices and Hess Express deals and coupons specific to that location.
"The digital world is rapidly increasing and changing the way companies interact with customers," Jason Toews, co-founder and CEO of OpenStore(TM) by GasBuddy, said. "Hess is making the most of web and mobile tools to find innovative ways for connecting with customers."
Hess is also driving innovation and transforming the way customers engage with the company with the addition of Idea Bank to the Hess Express mobile app and website. Powered by BrightIdea, this interactive feature creates a collaborative social experience where customers can submit, comment, as well as vote on ideas on how to make their Hess experience more enjoyable.
About Hess Corporation
Hess Corporation, with headquarters in New York, is a global integrated energy company engaged in the exploration, development, production, purchase, transportation and sale of crude oil and natural gas. The corporation also manufactures, purchases, trades and markets refined petroleum and other energy products. Hess is one of the leading independent gasoline-convenience retailers on the East Coast with more than 1,350 stations and convenience stores in 16 states from Massachusetts to Florida.
More about OpenStore
OpenStore(TM) by GasBuddy is a powerful solution that increases customer loyalty by providing much needed two-way communication with customers using leading edge web technologies and custom branded mobile applications. The OpenStore(TM) dashboard makes it easy to collect customer feedback, manage social media, and deliver mobile coupons and text message campaigns all from one single location. OpenStore(TM) enables brands and convenience stores old-fashioned loyalty from customers in a new-fashioned way. See http://www.openstoreloyalty.com for additional details.
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FreKat Global Perspectives Announces New E-Commerce Affiliation Site for Holiday Shopping
WOOSTER, Ohio, Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ohio-based e-commerce affiliate company, FreKat Global Perspectives LLC, today announced the launch of a new online shopping mall at http://www.ShopFromMySite.com/11108dav.
As an affiliate marketer of ShopFromMySite.com, FreKat Global Perspectives offers a unique shopping experience in which it selects and recommends retailers, after comparing products, consumer reviews and merchant deals.
Founder and President of FreKat Global Perspectives, Fred Davies, states, "Holiday shopping has never been easier. We've done all of the research for you, to find the best online deals and retailers this holiday season. We stand by every retailer we recommend, and have a great selection to choose from."
ShopFromMySite.com/11108dav offers numerous suggested retailers of household, electronics, sports, travel & vacation, apparel, health and beauty products. Davies added, "It's just like being at the mall, but not having to take the time to visit every single store. At your convenience, we only recommend the best for holiday shopping."
New suggested retailers are added to the Web site periodically and a customer service team is available through each of the individual retailers' Web sites. Online transactions are specific to the particular retailers, but in most cases, all major credit cards are accepted and items purchased through the sites can be shipped anywhere in the United States.
Facebook Fans In Need of a New Smartphone for the Holidays Have a New Ally
Comedian/Actor Will Arnett as High-Powered Internet Attorney Kent Wesley Makes a Case for Both the "Naughty" and "Nice"
DALLAS, Nov. 28, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Mailing a letter to Santa is not the only way to make your wish lists known this year. This holiday season hire Kent Wesley, played by comedian/actor Will Arnett, to build your case for a new AT&T* smartphone.
In anticipation of the holiday season, AT&T launched "You've Got a Case," a desktop and mobile Facebook application to engage youth customers. The application syncs with Facebook users' profiles to create a customized case proving to the person of your choice that you deserve an AT&T smartphone. A series of unexpected "expert witnesses" will take the stand on your behalf to help Kent Wesley deliver an argument to a jury of your Facebook friends where every "Like" tips the scales your way.
Once you've made a case for your smartphone, check in on Santa with Santa Tracker, which returns to AT&T U-verse® TV channel 98 this holiday season. The Santa Tracker app allows families to:
-- Play holiday games
-- Vote in the "Naughty or Nice" poll
-- Play sing-a-longs and read-a-longs for popular holiday music and stories
-- Listen to holiday songs on "Rudolph Radio"
-- And on Christmas Eve, watch real-time reports from the Santa News
Network to see if Santa has left the North Pole and track his sleigh as
he travels around the globe
The app will be available at no extra cost to all AT&T U-verse TV customers with an AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet account, and is also available in Spanish. You can view a video demo here.
U-verse TV customers will soon be able to access the Yule Tide Log on channel 800, whichtransforms any room in your home into a cozy scene straight from a holiday greeting card, whether you have fireplace or not.
For more information on which AT&T smartphones to add to your wish-list, visit http://www.att.com.
For a complete array of U-verse offerings, visit att.com/uverse.
All smartphone offers require AT&T voice and a minimum of $15 per month data plan. Some restrictions and other charges may apply.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates -- AT&T operating companies -- are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.