Warren, Michigan, Residents to Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network Enhancements
New Cell Site Means Clearer Reception, Fewer Dropped Calls
WARREN, Mich., Aug. 3 -- Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site in Warren, Mich., which enables more customers to use their wireless phones to make calls; send and receive email and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet; view high-quality videos; and download music, games and ringtones, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.
The new cell site, which is equipped with a permanent backup generator for times of emergency, improves voice and data coverage in Warren along 9 and 10 Mile roads between Vandyke and Ryan roads.
"As our customers continue relying on their wireless devices even more for everything from making calls and sending messages to surfing the Internet and getting email, we closely analyze their usage and make improvements accordingly," said Greg Haller, president-Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. "The most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on. That's why we aggressively invest in our Michigan network to increase coverage and capacity for our customers and continue to raise the bar in network reliability."
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion since it was formed--$5.7 billion on average every year--to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.
About Verizon Wireless in Michigan
In Michigan, Verizon Wireless has more than 2,100 employees and 65 company-owned retail locations in more than 40 cities, including Allen Park, Alpena, Alpine Twp., Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Battle Creek, Bay City, Brighton, Burton, Canton, Clinton Twp., Dearborn, Detroit, East Lansing, Escanaba, Farmington Hills, Fenton, Flint, Fort Gaylord, Gratiot, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Highland Park, Holland, Houghton, Iron Mountain, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Lake Orion, Lansing, Livonia, Marquette, Midland, Monroe, Muskegon, Northville, Novi, Okemos, Petoskey, Pontiac, Portage, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Saginaw, St. Clair Shores, St. Joseph, Southfield, Taylor, Traverse City, Troy, Utica, Warren and Westland.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)(NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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sipgate Launches Web-Based Telephony Solution for Businesses
DUSSELDORF, Germany, August 3, 2010-- Today, VoIP innovator sipgate (http://www.sipgate.co.uk/team)
launched a new team edition of their UK telephone service. This entirely
web-based service replaces both phone systems and phone lines, allowing small
and medium-size companies to move their corporate phone service to the cloud!
sipgate team starts at only GBP1.50 per user per month and a 30-day free
trial is also available.
With sipgate team each employee has online access to their
inbox, containing phone logs, faxes, recordings and voicemail messages.
Features like forwarding, labelling and comments allow employees to be more
productive. It also allows employees to return calls at the click of a
button, or sign and send faxes through a WYSIWYG interface on the company
letterhead. Most features such as call forwarding, call recording, and 3-way
calling can be activated with a single mouse-click, making features
previously hidden in phone systems now fully accessible to employees.
"Our aim is to make a telephone service that's as easy to use
as email," said Thilo Salmon, CEO of sipgate. "If you can use email, you know
enough to run your company's corporate telephone system. We think this
service will resonate particularly well with entrepreneurial companies and
firms that have already realised the benefits from other web-based services
like hosted CRM or email."
sipgate team offers a variety of features designed to make
companies more productive, collaborative and efficient such as:
- Quick to set-up, manage and use - With an interface similar
to web-based email, it's simple, fast and intuitive to use. Employees
can browse through their inbox and outbox for a complete history of
voicemail messages, calls, recordings and faxes.
- Save time by letting employees manage their own preferences - While
only administrators have preferred access to add new users, office
locations and blocks of phone numbers, employees can manage their own
preferences without any further help.
- Promote team collaboration with a CRM-like functionality - Calls can be
routed to multiple employees simultaneously - such as customer
service representatives--and accessed through the Web, where the calls
can be tagged and noted according to the action taken.
- Enhanced Web-fax - Faxes can be sent and received online.
Using uploaded letterheads and signatures, employees can send
official-looking faxes over the Web and sign them with a click of a
- Announcements - Auto-attendants can play-back personalised
recordings and direct callers by requesting them to press specific
numbers on their phone keypad.
- Scalability - There is no limit on the number of phone
numbers that can be added to the service. Employees can be added or
removed as the business evolves.
An introductory offer is available to companies with up to one
hundred users, and costs from just GBP1.50 per user per month and is offered
as a one month rolling contract. The costs for domestic calls to fixed-line
networks are 1.0 p/min and to mobile networks 9.9 p/min. sipgate team can be
set up within minutes and a fully-functional, no-strings-attached, 30-day
free trial is available at http://www.sipgate.co.uk/team. No credit card is
required for the trial and there is no requirement to cancel if companies
choose not to continue using the service.
The sipgate VoIP service provides private customers with a
free internet telephone service and offers business customers a
fully-functional and cost-effective cloud telephone service for enterprises
with up to 100 employees. sipgate can be used anywhere in the UK and offers
geographical phone numbers and number blocks in all area codes as well as
international phone numbers. sipgate has been in operation in the UK since
2004. In addition to their UK service, sipgate is also available in Germany,
Austria and the United States. Hundreds of thousands of customers use and
trust sipgate on a daily basis, making it one of the biggest
network-independent SIP based VoIP providers in Europe.
LONDON, August 3, 2010-- Dragonfish (http://www.dragonfishtech.com/), the independent
B2B division of 888 Holdings Plc, has signed an agreement with Microgame
S.p.A. ('Microgame') for the provision of a comprehensive casino product to
the Italian gaming market.
Dragonfish will provide a fully localised product with a broad
range of games, both flash and download, including video slots, video poker,
table games, branded games and a selection of Quickplay instant games such as
Microgame will integrate Dragonfish's flexible gaming
platform, taking advantage of Dragonfish's leading casino games, lobby, and a
selection of back office tools. The integration provides Microgame partners
with the ability to manage their user interface, cashier, ePayment processing
and customer support services.
Founded in 1996, Microgame is Italy's leading remote gaming
service provider with more than 1.7 million customer accounts* and a
significant market share in poker and sports betting.
Gigi Levy, Acting Managing Director of Dragonfish and CEO of
888 Holdings Plc, said:
"The agreement is another significant step forward for
Dragonfish in the regulated Italian gaming market and provides us with the
platform to become one of the largest casino providers in Italy. The Italian
egaming market is the largest in Europe, and there is massive potential for
online casino. We have worked hard with Microgame to identify the best games
for this market and look forward to delivering a premier casino product to
the Italian gaming community."
Fabrizio D'Aloia, President and CEO of Microgame, said:
"As the leading remote gaming service provider in Italy our
move into the new online casino market is a natural progression for the
business. Dragonfish has an outstanding track record in delivering high
quality online casino games and this agreement provides us with the perfect
platform to achieve new growth in the Italian gaming market."
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Ad Systems Rolls Streaming Video into Marriott Hotels
PHOENIX, Aug. 3 -- Ad Systems Communications, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: ADSY) , a leading service provider of digital media and video communications for all major cable TV networks, announces today the installation of "Web TV-Guide" in conjunction with Superior Broadband, Inc. into five Marriott Hotels delivering streaming video advertising to over 3000 high-end hotel rooms. Advertisers will have the ability to reach nearly 70,000 travelers per month via the Company's closed circuit advertising system. Ad Systems is also in high-level negotiations to roll out several additional resort properties in the coming months.
"In this market segment there has never been a better opportunity to generate revenue from a previously un-tapped advertising demographic," states J. Michael Heil, CEO of Ad Systems Communications, Inc.
About Web TV-Guide
Web TV-guide is an internet data retrieving server that downloads channel content and aligns data to any specific channel lineup. Web TV-Guide allows satellite, cable, and private television distribution services the ability to run streaming video or commercial content from a file format. This greatly enhances the TV audiences' viewing experience and allows Ad Systems to provide highly-targeted advertising spots to national and regional advertisers.
About Ad Systems Communications, Inc.
Ad Systems Communications, Inc. is a digital media and video communications services Company which provides quality advertising inventory for all the major cable TV networks such as ESPN, MTV, DISCOVERY, CNN, LIFETIME, A&E, FOX NEWS and TNT by deploying its patent pending insertion and streaming media technology into the cable, satellite and IP television markets. The company derives revenue from this inventory by selling it to advertisers to insert both long and short form video commercials into highly targeted markets.
Forward-Looking Statement: The statements in the press release that relate to the Company's expectations with regard to the future impact on the Company's results from acquisitions or actions in development are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements in this document may also contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. When used in this press release, the` words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "may," "intend," "expect" and similar expressions identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in such statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and factors include, but are not limited to, future capital needs, changes, and delays in product development plans and schedules, or market acceptance.
Ad Systems Communications, Inc. Investor
Source: Ad Systems Communications, Inc.
CONTACT: Ad Systems Communications, Inc. Investor Relations,
thePlatform Unveils New Capabilities to Support Online Video Businesses
Enhancements to mpx Beta Publishing System Include New Tools for Creating and Managing Video Feeds, Advertising Policies, and Advanced Content Restrictions Company Publishes New Security White Paper on Best-case Practices, Including Securing Content Assets Through the Entire Video Management Lifecycle, From Ingest to Playback
SEATTLE, Aug. 3 -- Media companies and content owners face an expanding challenge trying to publish their video assets across multiple devices with varying rights restrictions and advertising obligations. Today, thePlatform, the leading white-label video publishing company, launched a suite of new features to enhance its customers' ability to enforce video business policies, monetization models, and content restrictions using the company's mpx Beta video management system.
Specifically, mpx Beta now includes new tools for creating and managing curated video feeds, integrated support for applying advertising policies, and additional capabilities to enforce viewing restrictions for TV shows, live events, movies, clips, and more. In addition, the company published a new security white paper on best- practices, including methods of securing content between storage and the CDN (content delivery network), and in various playback scenarios.
"Today's fractured video environment requires content owners to juggle an expanding list of requirements to deliver and protect their assets," said Marty Roberts, vice president of sales and marketing for thePlatform. "The new enhancements to mpx Beta provide our customers with robust, flexible, and secure tools to protect and monetize their growing premium video libraries across a multitude of devices and platforms."
Introduced by thePlatform earlier this year, mpx Beta offers features to make managing large content libraries easier; versatile tools to enable more business models across an ever-expanding number of websites, mobile devices, and set-top-boxes; and a continuing commitment to enterprise class performance. The new enhancements to mpx Beta features include:
Curated Feeds Drive More Video Views
Feeds provide instant presentations of the playable content catalog, including metadata such as title, descriptions, and thumbnails. The new Feeds service in mpx Beta provides additional capabilities to give content owners more power and flexibility over how content is presented. Specifically, mpx Beta customers can set editorially and dynamic playlists within the feed. Customers can increase their video views by pinning popular content to the top of the playlist and promoting additional videos based on what's new or a content category.
Customers using Feeds to syndicate their video to partners can also use mpx Beta to apply advertising policies and restrictions to all the content in the feed. This ensures the right ads are played for partners and that content delivery requests are limited to the syndication partner.
Many shows, especially sporting events, have specific, location-based viewing restrictions associated with them that content owners need to manage online in order to comply with content rights obligations. Previously, thePlatform enabled customers to set broad geo-restrictions, but the new mpx Beta enables customers to set much more granular policies.
For example, with mpx Beta customers can now restrict content viewing by country, region, metro code, city, area code, postal code, and set blackout areas for specific audiences within those regions. mpx Beta also gives customers the ability to restrict content by expiration date, referring domain, IP address, and keys. Customers can apply restrictions on content as a global account default, within feeds or on individual videos.
Integrated Advertising Policy Management
Advertising policies establish a set of rules, settings, and connections to advertising sources to ensure video content is monetized properly. mpx Beta enables customers to create and manage multiple advertising policies within the mpx Beta console, streamlining and simplifying the workflow.
With mpx Beta, customers can set policies to call primary and secondary (failover) advertising providers, providing access to a larger selection of ad inventory for any given show or video clip. mpx Beta enables customers to configure specific ad policy settings for advertising bumpers, pre-rolls, mid-rolls, and post-rolls. Customers can also use the console to set the number of ads to appear in any video, the frequency of ads, and whether users can skip ads or not. thePlatform's new advertising policy management features are integrated with a wide variety of advertising company partners.
Concurrent with today's announcement, thePlatform published a free, new white paper outlining best practices to secure content at both the media file and playback levels. The white paper discusses security considerations for storage, content delivery, feeds, URL tokens, availability windows, IP addresses, geo-restrictions, domain referrals, device identification, digital rights management (DRM), and entitlements.
Separately, thePlatform also announced today that it was selected by the Outdoor Channel to manage the programmer's online video publishing efforts. Additional details about that announcement can be found here.
thePlatform publishes video and other media to PCs, mobile devices and TV. Media companies rely on thePlatform as their open, central hub for managing, monetizing and syndicating billions of professionally produced video views annually. thePlatform currently provides online video management services to numerous programmers, leading media companies, and five of the top cable TV service providers in North America, including the largest "TV Everywhere" deployments. In order to support the increasingly complex needs of customers to manage cross-platform video publishing, thePlatform provides robust customer support, including professional services, account management, and industry-leading 24/7 technical support.
thePlatform(TM) is the leading white-label video management and publishing company. Media companies rely on thePlatform as their open, central hub for managing, monetizing, and syndicating billions of professionally produced video views annually. The company's services provide unmatched versatility for designing and supporting video businesses on PCs, mobile, and TV. Customers include: Associated Press, Big Ten Network, Cablevision, Canwest, CBC, CBS College Sports, CNBC, Comcast, Corus Entertainment, Cox Communications, ExerciseTV, Fox Sports Network, HIT Entertainment, NBC Local Media, PBS, PBS KIDS Sprout, Rogers, Sony BMG, Starz Play, Time Warner Cable, Travel Channel Media, and numerous others. With a 10-year history of service, thePlatform is an independent subsidiary of Comcast based in Seattle, Wash. For more information: http://www.thePlatform.com.
All product and service names listed in this release remain property of their parent companies and do not indicate official support or endorsement for thePlatform or its products and services.
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Fannie Mae Launches 'Know Your Options(TM)' Online Resource to Educate Struggling Homeowners
Initiative Builds on Company's Full Spectrum of Efforts to Help Borrowers
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 -- Fannie Mae (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) today announced the launch of KnowYourOptions.com, a new consumer education Web site that outlines the choices available to homeowners who are struggling with their mortgage payments, and provides guidance on how they can contact and work with their mortgage company to find solutions.
The online resource, which offers reliable and easy-to-understand information in both English and Spanish, expands on Fannie Mae's ongoing efforts to help struggling borrowers find alternatives to foreclosure.
"Through foreclosure prevention programs, borrower outreach, underwriting guidelines and servicer engagement, Fannie Mae is taking a comprehensive approach to helping struggling borrowers," said Jeff Hayward, Senior Vice President, Fannie Mae's National Servicing Organization. "Identifying accurate resources and finding the right answers can be a difficult challenge for borrowers facing hardship and a flurry of disparate, incomplete and sometimes fraudulent information. Know Your Options(TM) is the company's newest effort to reach distressed homeowners and is designed to bring the best information and guidance together in one place so that struggling borrowers can focus on finding solutions that work for their particular circumstances."
Key features of KnowYourOptions.com include:
-- Interactive Options Finder to help homeowners identify options that
might be right for their situation;
-- Calculators to help borrowers understand how many of the options work,
including refinance, repayment, forbearance, and modification;
-- Videos featuring real homeowners discussing how they received help and
housing counselors providing advice;
-- A virtual assistant to walk homeowners through key areas of the site;
-- Next steps and helpful forms, including a financial checklist and
contact log to help borrowers be prepared when contacting their
mortgage company or housing counselor.
For homeowners who are having trouble paying their mortgage, but want to stay in their homes, KnowYourOptions.com provides information on refinancing, repayment plans, forbearance, modifications and Deed-for-Lease(TM).
For homeowners who recognize that they can no longer afford their mortgages, but want to avoid having a foreclosure on their credit history, the site provides information on alternatives including short sales and deeds-in-lieu.
"There are different answers for different situations and this site can be an important tool in the toolbox for borrowers trying to do the right thing," Hayward continued. "This initiative draws on the insights and feedback garnered through Fannie Mae's work with thousands of lender partners and housing counselors across the country, and will help connect borrowers with the servicing and counseling professionals they need to reach resolution. Our hope is that this site can be a trusted source of free information for borrowers and industry participants alike."
The company plans to implement a comprehensive marketing outreach campaign to raise awareness about the site, and also intends to use the site as a vehicle to roll out new options for borrowers that are currently being developed.
Fannie Mae exists to expand affordable housing and bring global capital to local communities in order to serve the U.S. housing market. Fannie Mae has a federal charter and operates in America's secondary mortgage market to enhance the liquidity of the mortgage market by providing funds to mortgage bankers and other lenders so that they may lend to home buyers. Our job is to help those who house America.
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Vehicle manufacturers target vehicle fleet owners as the early adopters of electric vehicles (EVs). Fleet operations not only provide the ability to closely monitor the vehicles in the field, they also offer a significant sales opportunity for EVs. For a successful EV program, it is important to understand the vehicle-purchase and vehicle-usage criteria of fleet customers and align the EV product and service offerings with the criteria. This Frost & Sullivan briefing will address the following key issues:
-- How are business fleets structured, and what are the most important
vehicle purchase criteria?
-- What are the usage characteristics of fleet vehicles and to what
extent are they aligned with the EV?
-- What are the fleet customer's preferences for business models and
-- What is the potential demand for EVs?
This event will benefit the following:
-- Federal, state, and city policy makers
-- Financial institutions and investment bankers
-- EV OEMs
-- Other stakeholders in the EV value chain - including battery
suppliers, electric drive system and component suppliers, charging
equipment suppliers, charging infrastructure developers, power
utilities, telematics and location based service (LBS) providers, and
other supporting service providers
This event will also benefit private fleets in the following sectors:
-- Postal Services & Courier
-- Business Delivery Services
-- Building & Maintenance
-- Utility & Telecoms
-- Taxi & Private Hire
-- Any other private fleet
-- Government fleets
"As the targeted early adopters of EVs, fleets comprise an important market for EV manufacturers," states Kaul. "Even before the EV is rolled out to consumers, fleets will play an important role in providing OEMs with valuable field experience through participation in demonstration programs."
Kaul continues, "In the long-term, the decreased operating cost of an EV expects to position it as a greener and more economical mode of commercial transportation. However, there is still a high level of uncertainty and risk regarding the adoption of EVs by fleets."
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DALLAS, Aug. 2 -- Comerica Bank has introduced Comerica Mobile Banking(SM), a new service that allows customers to utilize their mobile phones to securely view balances, check recent account activity, perform funds transfers, pay bills and locate Comerica ATMs and banking centers.
With Comerica Mobile Banking, Comerica Web Banking(SM) customers can typically bank everywhere they have cell phone service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The two initial Comerica Mobile Banking offerings include:
-- Text banking (text commands to Comerica to receive account
-- Browser based banking (for mobile phone users with web access)
A downloadable banking application (for BlackBerry® and iPhone® users) will be available in the future.
"Comerica Mobile Banking allows customers to conveniently access account information," said Cassandra McKinney, senior vice president and national product and sales management director for Comerica. "We encourage our customers to visit http://www.comerica.com/mobile to learn more and sign up for Comerica Mobile Banking."
There is no charge for Comerica Mobile Banking; however, customers should check with their cell phone carrier to determine if standard text and data rates may apply.
Customers interested in accessing Comerica Mobile Banking must be enrolled and activated Comerica Web Banking customers. Visit http://www.comerica.com/mobile for more information.
Comerica Bank is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA), a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth & Institutional Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. To receive e-mail alerts of breaking Comerica news, go to http://www.comerica.com/newsalerts.
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TelePacific Communications to Acquire O1 Communications' Small-to-Medium Business Customers and Network
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 -- TelePacific Communications, the largest CLEC providing integrated voice and data telecommunications services to the small and medium-sized business ("SMB") customer segment in California and Nevada, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire the SMB customer base and network of O1 Communications ("O1"). TelePacific will also acquire a SAS 70 Type II certified data center located in Sacramento, California.
Under the terms of the agreement, TelePacific Communications will gain approximately 1000 business customers in California. O1 will continue to own and operate its wholesale line of business.
The combination of TelePacific and O1's SMB businesses will expand TelePacific's SMB market share and network switch footprint in a geographic area of California historically underserved by TelePacific, creating a more efficient provider of retail services, including local, long distance, data networking, Internet access, integrated and other enhanced business services including mobile, managed security and others to SMB customers in California and Nevada. The transaction will further strengthen TelePacific as the number one competitor to AT&T and Verizon for SMB customers within California.
"TelePacific and O1 have solid reputations for providing best-in-class customer care and service, and we look forward to developing relationships with our new customers," said Dick Jalkut, president and CEO of TelePacific. "We are pleased to add a SAS-70 certified data center to our assets, as well as O1's state-of-the-art IP network; these will allow TelePacific to more efficiently serve our customers and improve their network experience."
Customers will benefit from TelePacific's network footprint in California as well as Nevada and wide area networking capabilities globally. The 18,500 square foot SAS-70 certified data center will allow TelePacific to offer additional managed services to existing and new customers which TelePacific will integrate into its MPLS network upon close.
"O1 Communications expanded from its wholesale roots into the SMB market in 2004 and we've enjoyed working with our SMB customers as we have grown," said Brad Jenkins, CEO and co-founder of O1 Communications. "TelePacific has the same customer-focused philosophy as O1 and our customers should feel comfortable that their service and experience will be similar."
Closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including federal regulatory approvals. TelePacific will assume operational responsibility for the O1 SMB customer base following regulatory approval, expected in the third or fourth quarter of 2010. Throughout the closing process, there will be no impact to O1's SMB customer service or support, and TelePacific and O1 will work together to ensure a seamless transition of customer service.
The exclusive financial and legal advisors to TelePacific were Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, respectively. The exclusive financial and legal advisors to O1 were RBC Daniels and Downey Brand LLP, respectively.
About TelePacific Communications
TelePacific Communications is a competitive carrier that serves customers throughout California and Nevada. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Company is the leading competitive carrier in its footprint, with customer care centers in Los Angeles and Stockton in California and Las Vegas in Nevada. In business since 1998, TelePacific provides services through a combination of TelePacific-owned switches and network infrastructure, including its own and leased robust fiber-optic network assets. Offering local and long distance voice, dedicated Internet access, private networking and data transport services as well as bundled voice and Internet solutions and wholesale services, TelePacific manages more than 39,000 customer accounts with more than 1.1 million access lines in service. For more information, visit http://www.telepacific.com.
About O1 Communications, Inc.
O1 Communications, Inc. is a competitive local exchange carrier serving enterprise businesses throughout California and other carriers in the global wholesale market from its Sacramento headquarters. Founded in 1998, O1 offers service providers wholesale VoIP peering solutions, call origination and call termination in California and the domestic US. Small and medium size business voice and data services include MPLS, dedicated and dynamic voice services, high-speed bandwidth, hosting, colocation, managed security, backup/recovery solutions and SIP Trunking. For more information, visit http://www.o1.com.
Source: TelePacific Communications
CONTACT: Rebecca Rosen, 1-800-200-7904, +1-213-213-3622, for TelePacific
SXSW Interactive Open for Business for 2011 Season
Join us in 2011 for compelling presentations, SXSW Trade Show, the 14th Annual Interactive Awards, SXSW Screenburn, SXSW Accelerator and more
AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 2 -- Today, SXSW Interactive opens for business as the registration process for the 2011 event has now commenced. The 2011 SXSW season gets into full swing on Monday, August 9 when the community can register to cast votes for the panels they would like to see at the 2011 conference at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/.
"After reviewing so many fantastic panel submissions, SXSW Interactive is excited to begin planning and bringing together an amazing event," said Hugh Forrest, SXSW Interactive Festival Director. "Stay tuned for exciting new details and programming for the 2011 festival."
New for 2011, SXSW Interactive will have more daytime networking meet-ups, to be included as a part of the programming schedule. The SXSW Interactive Awards will broaden its focus to technologies outside of the browser and the ScreenBurn Game Design Competition will become the SXSW ScreenBurn Game Awards. We are also excited to announce that the SXSW Accelerator music-related technology competition will take place during the SXSW Music Conference on Wednesday, March 16.
The application process is now open for both SXSW Accelerator, enter your product or service for a chance to demonstrate it in front of a live audience and panel of industry expert judges. For more information, visit http://www.sxsw.com/interactive/accelerator. The SXSW Interactive awards is now open for applications to recognize remarkable digital projects from the past calendar year (2010). For more information, visit http://www.sxsw.com/interactive/awards.
Register to attend today at http://www.sxsw.com/attend and join us March 11-15, 2011 for the panels, the parties, the 14th Annual Interactive Awards, the SXSW ScreenBurn Arcade, the SXSW Trade Show, SXSW Accelerator and, of course, the inspirational experience that only SXSW can deliver.
SXSW Interactive Conference and Festival is sponsored by Miller Lite, Chevrolet and The Austin Chronicle.
About SXSW Interactive
The 18th annual SXSW® Interactive Festival challenges you to envision the future of innovative technology. Featuring five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging media and scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, SXSW Interactive offers an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, digital projects, wireless applications, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview of what is unfolding in the world of creative technology. Join us March 11-15, 2011 for the panels, the parties, the 14th Annual Interactive Awards, SXSW ScreenBurn, the SXSW Trade Show, SXSW Accelerator and, of course, the inspirational experience that only SXSW can deliver.
If you are a member of the press and interested in attending, the press accreditation process will open on Tuesday, September 7. For more details, please visit http://www.sxsw.com/press.
GDC Europe 2010 on Track to Break Records for Attendance and Exhibitor Participation
Registration for Leading European Conference on Track to Exceed 2009 Total with High Response from North America and Europe
BERLIN, Aug. 2 -- The Game Developers Conference(TM) Europe (GDC Europe), easily the leading conference for computer and video game developers in Europe after its successful debut last year, is on track to exceed its registration and exhibitor numbers from 2009. The conference is poised to receive up to 2,000 attendees, speakers and media representatives from 45 different countries are expected, already surpassing the attendance numbers from the 2009 debut. The event is expected to garner a strong presence from European and North American industry professionals. GDC Europe, which takes place August 16-18, 2010 at the Cologne Congress East Center in Cologne, Germany, will this year focus on media convergence and online gaming, and also features a concentration on the booming Chinese and Russian markets.
"Mind you, the quality of our special themes and speakers is far more important to us than statistics," said GDC Europe Director Frank Sliwka as he looks ahead to the conference. "However, we are indeed delighted the conference is tracking well this year and will host an even broader global group of developers compared to last year."
In the run-up to GDC Europe's opening, a press conference was hosted on July 27 at the Haus der Bundespressekonferenz in Berlin, featuring leading industry experts, including Frank Sliwka, Director of GDC Europe, lawyer Konstantin Ewald and Sven Wedig, Director of 4U2PLAY GmbH. Participants in this engaging discussion spoke about current developments within the growing games industry, which boasts an annual turnover of 2.5 billion Euros in Germany alone. In the face of the current economic challenges, these experts concluded, the European games industry is betting on creativity. In alignment with this new focus, the industry is establishing new trends in technology, design and marketing, and ushering in the rise of young and creative developer studios all across Europe. These and other topics will be addressed in-depth through expertly-led sessions held during the conference.
Several leaders of the international development scene and the games industry will be participating in GDC Europe, addressing major topics facing the industry. In total, the event will feature more than 90 workshops, and presentations by more than 130 speakers from all over the world. This list of prestigious speakers includes Heiko Hubertz (Bigpoint), Bo Wang (Tencent), Hermen Hulst (Guerilla Games), Ray Muzyka & Greg Zeschuk (Bioware), Louis Castle (Instant), Martin Walfisz (Planeto), David Cage (Quantic Dream), Alex Ruzhentsev (101 XP), Johan Sjoberg (DDM), Steven Gaffney (Splash Damage), Chris Carla (Foundation 9), Jorg Tittel (Break Thru Films), Avni Yerli (Crytek), Harald Riegler (Sproing), Matias Myllyrinne (Remedy Entertainment), Don Daglow (Don Daglow Interactive Entertainment), Steve Meretzky & Dave Rohrl (Playdom), Aki Jarvinen (Digital Chocolate), and Seb Canniff (Sony Computer Entertainment Europe). The main topics this year will include media convergence and online gaming, while geographically speaking the conference will be concentrating on the booming Chinese, Scandinavian and Russian markets.
"We always focus on practical solutions and market needs," says Sliwka, summing up the conference's unique philosophy. "We aim to combine trend analysis with the search for new models for technology and at the same time, creating marketing and business opportunities to present to our attendees."
In addition to the conference content, GDC Europe provides several opportunities for creative exchange and business development, with venues including the GDC Europe Expo Floor, VIP Lounge, and the GDC Europe Business Lounge at gamescom, plus a host of industry parties. Already thirty exhibitors and sponsors from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, the UK and the USA have registered for the exhibitor zone measuring 650 square meters. Exhibitors include Crytek, Bigpoint, Epic, Howest University, Imagination Studios and Intel. In addition, GDC Europe will also be hosting for the first time a business Lounge at the accompanying games expo, gamescom, at which Autodesk, Crytek, Epic, Zotac, DigiProtect, Level 3 are confirmed to be exhibiting.
Online registration for GDC Europe ends August 12, 2010 at 1pm CEST. For more information on GDC Europe, including a schedule of all conference events and parties, plus a complete exhibitor list, please visit: http://www.gdceurope.com.
About the UBM TechWeb Game Network
A core provider of essential information to the professional game industry, the UBM TechWeb Game Network - formerly known as the Think Services Game Group - offers market-defining content, and drives community through its award winning lineup of print, online, event and research products and services. These include the Game Developers Conference®, the Webby Award-winning Gamasutra.com and network of sites, the Game Advertising Online ad network, the Game Developers Conference® Online, the Game Developers Conference(TM) Europe, the Game Developers Conference(TM) China, Game Developer Magazine, Game Developer Research, the Game Career Seminars and GameCareerGuide.com, the Independent Games Festival and Summit, and the Game Developers Choice Awards.
UBM TechWeb, the global leader in technology media and professional information, enables people and organizations to harness the transformative power of technology. Through its three core businesses - media solutions, marketing services and paid content - UBM TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed brands and media applications in the technology market. More than 14.5 million business and technology professionals (CIOs and IT managers, Web & Digital professionals, Software Developers, Government decision makers, and Telecom providers) actively engage in UBM TechWeb's communities and information resources monthly. UBM TechWeb brands includes: global face-to-face events such as Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat and Enterprise Connect; award-winning online resources such as InformationWeek, Light Reading, and Network Computing; and market-leading magazines InformationWeek, Wall Street & Technology, and Advanced Trading. UBM TechWeb is a UBM company, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion. Visit: http://www.ubmtechweb.com
MEDIA CONTACT: Sibel Sunar / Brian Rubin
(323) 658-1200 / (212) 391-4707
Susanne Tenzler-Heusler, Europe
+49 (0)173 3786601
GDC EUROPE CONTACT:
Frank Sliwka, VP European Business
+49 (0)171 1288898
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O1 Communications Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell Small and Medium Business Customer Base to TelePacific Communications
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 2 -- O1 Communications, a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) serving retail and wholesale business customers, today announced it has signed a definitive acquisition agreement to sell the company's retail customer base to TelePacific Communications, a leading business telecommunications provider in California and Las Vegas, Nevada. O1 Communications will retain its wholesale customer base and its name.
Under the terms of the agreement, following regulatory approval, TelePacific will acquire O1 Communications' small and medium size business (SMB) accounts and assets primarily dedicated to serving that customer segment. The transaction will include purchase of O1 Communications' Sacramento data center. This is a strategic move for O1 Communications which will allow the company to pursue a more efficient service provider model.
"O1 Communications has been growing its client base in the service provider market with aggressive pricing and flexible peering arrangements," said Max Seely, O1 Communications co-founder and senior vice president. "By realigning company assets we believe we can develop this business to its full potential."
Going forward, O1 Communications will focus exclusively on its wholesale and carrier business, which has historically experienced the highest return on investment and greatest growth potential. O1's wholesale services include call origination, call termination and SIP (session initiation protocol) peering services. New services are in development.
"We believe this transaction is positive for all our customers," said Brad Jenkins, chief executive officer of O1 Communications. "TelePacific has the network assets and resources to provide our SMB customers the same high standards of support and service reliability they previously experienced." The two companies will work closely together to ensure a seamless transition for O1's SMB customers.
Dick Jalkut, president and chief executive officer of TelePacific, said, "O1's small and medium business customer base is a perfect fit for TelePacific as both companies share high standards for customer service and support. We are looking forward to serving these new customers."
In addition to acquiring the assets of the O1 SMB business, TelePacific will also be offering employment to all of the SMB employees upon close. "Our number one goal is to make the transition as seamless and successful as possible to our new customers which means giving them the same experience and first line support that they are used to on a daily basis," said Jalkut. "We know that retaining the O1 employees are our best resource for meeting this goal."
Following regulatory approval, TelePacific will assume responsibility for service and support of O1 Communications' SMB customers. O1 Communications will continue operations from a new headquarters in El Dorado Hills, California. More information about the pending acquisition is available on the websites of both companies: http://www.o1.com, http://www.telepacific.com.
About O1 Communications, Inc.
O1 Communications, Inc. is a competitive local exchange carrier serving enterprise businesses throughout California and other carriers in the global wholesale market from its Sacramento headquarters. Founded in 1998, O1 offers service providers wholesale VoIP peering solutions, call origination and call termination in California and the domestic US. Small and medium size business voice and data services include MPLS, dedicated and dynamic voice services, high-speed bandwidth, hosting, colocation, managed security, backup/recovery solutions and SIP Trunking. For more information, call 888.444.1111 or visit http://www.o1.com.
About TelePacific Communications
TelePacific Communications is a competitive carrier that serves customers throughout California and Nevada. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Company is the leading competitive carrier in its footprint, with customer care centers in Los Angeles and Stockton in California and Las Vegas in Nevada. In business since 1998, TelePacific provides services through a combination of TelePacific-owned switches and network infrastructure, including its own and leased robust fiber-optic network assets. Offering local and long distance voice, dedicated Internet access, private networking and data transport services as well as bundled voice and Internet solutions and wholesale services, TelePacific manages more than 39,000 customer accounts with more than 1.1 million access lines in service. For more information, visit http://www.telepacific.com.
Source: O1 Communications, Inc.
CONTACT: Pamela Reinero of O1 Communications, Inc., +1-916-233-4676,
MLB.TV Delivers New Features, Lower Prices as Pennant Races Intensify
NEW YORK, Aug. 2 -- As the 2010 Major League Baseball regular season enters the pennant race push, MLB.com is debuting a pair of new interactive features to its MLB.TV media player, natural sound audio selection and batter-by-batter highlight navigation, while lowering the prices for new subscribers.
Within the award-winning MLB.TV media player, subscribers can utilize the current clickable linescore functionality to jump to any half inning of a live or on-demand game. This latest enhancement to the MLB.TV player allows users to navigate directly to any key at-bat in an easy- to-use scrollable batter-by-batter interface. In addition, subscribers now can choose to overlay alternate audio feeds over the live video, including only the ballpark's natural sounds with the "Park" option.
Over the final two months of the regular season, MLB.TV Premium subscribers can watch live HD broadcasts of every game, subject to blackout restrictions, with access to home and away broadcast feeds, DVR functionality to pause or rewind live action and multi-game viewing options (quad view, p-i-p and split screen) as well as the standard set of MLB.TV features for a one-time fee of $44.95. MLB.TV, which is now $39.95, delivers up-to-the-minute statistical information, Twitter integration, in-game highlights, fantasy player tracker, full game archives, and portability to access their accounts through a variety of interactive media platforms, including Apple's iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Sony PS3, Roku and Boxee.
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'The Other Guys' Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg to Announce Tonight on 'Entertainment Tonight' the Winning City to Host 'The Other Premiere'
CULVER CITY, Calif., Aug. 2 -- In anticipation of the nationwide release of Columbia Pictures' The Other Guys, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, in theaters this Friday, Ferrell and Wahlberg will announce the winning city of The Other Premiere promotion tonight on "Entertainment Tonight."
For nearly three weeks, moviegoers have been voting on Facebook to decide which city will host a red-carpet event celebrating the film on Thursday, August 5. It's down to the final five cities - Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, and St. Louis. Tonight, the winning city will be announced on "Entertainment Tonight."
Commenting on the announcement, Adam McKay, director of the film, said, "Thank you, America, for turning out on Facebook and voting for your cities to host The Other Premiere. Tune in to 'Entertainment Tonight' and find out where we'll be on Thursday."
In The Other Guys, NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They don't get tattoos - other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back, sit Detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). You've seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They're not heroes - they're "the Other Guys."
But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into New York City's biggest crime. It's the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff?
The Other Guys stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, with Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Adam McKay and written by Adam McKay & Chris Henchy, the producers are Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, and Patrick Crowley.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in more than 130 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.
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Capital BlueCross Launches Program Allowing Members to Evaluate Total Cost, Quality of Care for Specific Procedures at Various Facilities
HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 2 -- Capital BlueCross continued its commitment to educating and engaging members about health care decision making by launching MyCare Advisor (SM), which is an online suite of transparency tools that assists people in understanding and comparing cost, quality and satisfaction among providers. More specifically, this enhancement to existing tools provides estimated total cost information for 57 of the most common elective services at hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and imaging centers.
MyCare Advisor is simple to access and use. Members just need to log into the secure member portal at mycapbluecross.com, click on the MyCare Advisor link, choose a procedure category and select a ZIP code. Once this is completed, all of the facilities that meet certain criteria for the selected procedure will be displayed for review and comparison.
Information available to members will include cost ranges; the name and contact information for each facility; the network the facility is participating in; whether or not the facility has a Blue Distinction Center of Excellence designation; and the number of procedures performed annually at each facility. The cost estimate information is derived from Capital BlueCross' claims data. By January the tool will provide information both locally and nationally.
"With the current health care climate, more and more people are taking ownership in the decision-making process for their own treatments and procedures, and we want to help them with this process," said Bill Lehr, president and CEO of Capital BlueCross. "Most people comparison shop for anything from groceries to a new car, but most don't realize that for routine procedures, like MRIs, X-rays or mammograms, there can be a wide variance in costs. Knowing there is a difference is the first step in becoming an engaged health care consumer."
Capital BlueCross is the leading health insurer in its region, providing health insurance coverage to nearly one million people in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.
Capital BlueCross is committed to making health insurance simple for its customers and members through all the stages of life by offering nationally acclaimed customer service and a full range of innovative benefit programs for groups and individuals at competitive prices. Capital BlueCross received a high honor for its service by ranking highest in Member Satisfaction among all commercial health plans in the Pennsylvania Region, according to the 2010 J.D. Power and Associates National Health Insurance Plan Study. J.D. Power and Associates
By establishing a culture of caring, Capital BlueCross constantly strives to do more in order to deliver more for the men, women and children who depend on the company for their health insurance needs. Capital BlueCross has been providing health security to the people and communities of central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley for more than 70 years and employs about 2,000 people in the region.
Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
HSA Bank Streamlines Online Enrollment Process for Individuals and Small Groups
WATERBURY, Conn., Aug. 2 -- HSA Bank announced today it has streamlined the process used by individuals and small groups to enroll in a Health Savings Account (HSA). HSA Bank condensed the enrollment process on its Individual Online Enrollment website into a four-step process that cut the time it takes to complete the process in half.
"We strive to make owning an HSA as easy for our accountholders as possible, starting with the enrollment process," stated Kirk Hoewisch, president of HSA Bank. "And for many individuals and small group employees, that means our Individual Online Enrollment website."
In addition to streamlining the enrollment process, HSA Bank updated the design of its Individual Online Enrollment website to more closely resemble the appearance of its informational website - http://www.hsabank.com - and enhanced the capabilities available during the enrollment process.
"As people enroll through our Individual Online Enrollment website, they will have the opportunity to make an initial contribution to their HSA and sign up for e-statements," added Hoewisch.
HSA Bank® is a division of Webster Bank, N.A. Member FDIC, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE:WBS).
HSA Bank is one of the nation's most experienced HSA administrators and one of the few administrators with an exclusive focus on HSAs. HSA Bank works with individuals and companies of all sizes and complexities. HSA Bank actively listens to the needs of our clients and customers to develop solutions and create flexible HSA programs that include online access for employers and individuals. HSA Bank offers reliable and responsive support to its business partners and accountholders from friendly, knowledgeable service staff.
Webster Financial Corporation is the holding company for Webster Bank, National Association. With $17.7 billion in assets, Webster provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, financial planning, trust and investment services through 181 banking offices, 500 ATMs, telephone banking and the Internet. Webster Bank owns the asset-based lending firm Webster Business Credit Corporation, Webster Capital Finance, Inc., an equipment finance company headquartered in Farmington, Conn., and provides health savings account trustee and administrative services through HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank. Member FDIC and equal housing lender.
For more information about Webster, including past press releases and the latest annual report, visit the Webster website at http://www.websterbank.com.
HSA Bank: Patrick Rose 920-400-0398
Webster: Ed Steadham 203-578-2287
Source: HSA Bank
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Call For Entries: Get Your 'Greens' on with the Olivia's Organics Summer Harvest Recipe Contest for a Chance to Win $500
CHELSEA, Mass., Aug. 2 -- Today Olivia's Organics, your favorite organic salads, invites you to celebrate the flavors of the season and your region by sharing your summer harvest recipes. Summer is ripe with ingredients, so channel your inner chef, grab some Olivia's Organics salad greens and get creative for a chance to win a $500 Williams Sonoma gift certificate and have your recipe featured on their website!
How To Enter:
Start by going to the Olivia's Organics Facebook page and join the community http://www.facebook.com/pages/Olivias-Organics/268884081328?ref=ts -- learn about our organic greens, channel your inner chef and come up with your own summer harvest recipe. Think fresh, seasonal ingredients that showcase the flavors of summer and of course our salad greens and it might be your season to shine!
Judges will choose one lucky winner who will be awarded the $500 grand prize, and the recipe that will be featured on the Olivia's Organics website.
Everyone who enters will receive a coupon good for a free sample of Olivia's Organics salad greens. Olivia's Organics tender leaf lettuces and spinach are carefully sourced from only the best organic farms and are available in grocery stores across the northeast!
Open Government Toolkit Based on Pioneering San Francisco Open 311 Initiative to be Rolled Out Internationally
ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 2 -- Lagan, the global leader in Government to Citizen (G2C) technology, today announces the international launch of an integration toolkit that will enable its 200 local government customers worldwide to receive and action service requests via social networks, mobile applications and third-party websites.
Lagan's local government customers already serve the needs of more than 60 million citizens throughout the US, Canada and the UK.
Lagan's new Open 311 Integration Toolkit will make it possible for any developer to create apps that link their sites, social networks or mobile applications direct to local government. For the first time service requests received through any of these channels can be seamlessly and automatically integrated into the work order processing system and managed and tracked through to completion.
Lagan has been working with the City of San Francisco on a bespoke product and having proved the concept, Lagan is now launching a version that will work for all Lagan customers worldwide. The version will make it possible for governments and citizens to exchange information in multiple message formats, acting as a multi-directional translation tool that forms what Lagan describes as an "intelligent glue".
"The implications and applications of this global launch are immense," said Des Speed, CEO of Lagan. "This toolkit will transform citizens' relationships with government globally. It has the potential to weave public services in more aspects of our lives, creating imaginative adjacencies and numerous opportunities for mobile ubiquitous citizen access to local government services without adding cost to service delivery."
Chris Vein, CIO, City of San Francisco, said, "Having our CRM vendor, Lagan, support the Open 311 initiative and build it into their product, makes it possible for native integration into Open 311, strengthening the Open Gov movement and bringing another level of support and technical capability from the IT community into the Open 311 discussion. Efforts to build out this API standard have been incredible with applications being developed such as SeeClickFix's integration with SF311 Lagan CRM using Open 311. It is heartening to see the work that has been done with vendors such as Lagan, when a CRM company sees the beauty and the potential of what we've got going on here, signing the pledge and agreeing to change product in order to meet the needs of the Open 311 API movement. It's just a fantastic thing, so my hat's off to those very large companies for doing that."
The City of San Francisco project has been praised by the White House CIO Vivek Kundra for its pioneering work on the Open 311 initiative.
Almost every city in the US has a 311 Customer Service Center. These centers provide residents with answers about a wide range of city services, and they offer a conduit for residents to report potholes, graffiti and other issues.
The City of San Francisco's 311 Center opened in March 2007 and since then more than 8 million calls have been answered and thousands of requests have been submitted online.
In 2009 the City launched a service that enabled residents to submit requests via Twitter to make it easier for San Franciscans to communicate with government and report problems. Thousands of residents have taken advantage of this service, tweeting requests to 311 at no cost to the City. The Open 311 initiative expands the utility of that service to a substantially wider range of platforms including Facebook and mobile devices.
Lagan will offer the integration toolkit to its 200 local government customers in North America and the UK and is planning to launch the toolkit in the Australian market. In the UK, where Lagan has 130 local authority clients, it will be offered as part of Lagan's "Big Society Toolkit", a suite of offerings that Lagan is aligning to the new government's principal theme of driving new levels of citizen participation in the activities of government.
Lagan Technologies is the global leader in G2C (government to citizen) technology. Lagan software enables governments and citizens to communicate online, on the phone and on the move with its suite of Local Government CRM and Enterprise Case Management (ECM) solutions. With approaching 200 public sector customers worldwide, Lagan helps local governments serve the everyday interests of more than 60 million citizens.
CMS BounceBack 'Instant Server Recovery' Solutions Offer Immediate Time-To-Productivity for SMBs
COSTA MESA, Calif., Aug. 2 -- CMS Products, Inc., (http://www.cmsproducts.com) a leader in data security, backup, disaster recovery and content management technologies has released its family of "Instant Server Recovery" solutions and software designed for small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) running Microsoft's Foundation or Small Business Server operating systems.
Built to minimize the effect of down-time on small and medium businesses, the BounceBack(TM) Instant Server Recovery Solutions are powerful tools to ensure business continuity during server hard drive failures, or catastrophic data loss. The BounceBack Instant Server Recovery solution consists of a two-drive desktop storage device with support for RAID 0 &1 technology available in 2TB or 4TB capacities. The stylish enclosure includes easily removable hard drives, which facilitate offsite archiving of important business data.
In today's fast-paced, data-dependent environment, SMBs affected by server hard disk failures need to recover quickly. CMS Products' patent-pending "Instant Server Recovery" technology delivers on that promise, enabling users to restart their server directly from the backup hardware, and get back to running their business immediately. Instant Server Recovery provides invaluable insurance against the interruption of business activity due to a system crash, solving the time-to-productivity challenge with a simple reboot of the business server.
"SMBs depend on their servers to do business, and even one failure can be disastrous to the bottom line," said Ken Burke, president of CMS Products. "BounceBack Server Edition creates a mirror image of the entire business server, and should the server fail, users quickly and easily can restart the server directly from the external BounceBack instant recovery device. Utilizing these instant recovery products is like having 'business continuity insurance' for an SMB, avoiding downtime, costly data loss and possibly saving the business from catastrophic consequences."
The Instant Server Recovery solutions are powered by the award-winning BounceBack Server Edition software, which provides full server backup, including the operating system, applications and user data. The BounceBack Server version offers many valuable features including government-grade AES-256 bit data encryption, complete SQL database support, two-click restore of the failed system hard drive from the BounceBack Instant Recovery device, QuickRestore(TM) for simple point and click file and folder recovery, automatic unattended backup, network backup, versioning and much more.
BounceBack Server Edition products are available at: http://www.cmsproducts.com and from leading resellers throughout the United States and Europe.
About CMS Products
Established in 1983, CMS Products, Inc., is a leading innovator in data backup, encryption and security technology for business users and consumers. The flagship ABSplus automatic backup and restore disaster recovery solution, powered by the award-winning BounceBack Ultimate software is sold in more than 90-plus countries, with installation of more than four million complete storage solutions.
CMS offers an extensive line of laptop hard drive upgrades, as well as a full suite of data security products for business powered by CE-Secure data encryption software. The data security product line now includes the ABS-Secure encrypted portable backup solution as well as the Vault O-T-G encrypted flash drive. CMS Products' complete line of offerings includes automatic backup solutions for both portable and desktop computers, RAID systems, backup and disaster recovery software, media management software, notebook hard drive upgrades and data transfer kits and high capacity desktop hard drives.
CMS Products, Inc., Velocity Series, BounceBack and QuickRestore are trademarks or registered trademarks of CMS Products, Inc. Any other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Source: CMS Products, Inc.
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NI LabVIEW 2010 Optimizes Compiler for Faster Code Execution
NI Also Includes LabVIEW Add-On Developer Program to Expand the Platform with New Functionality and to New Applications
AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 2, 2010 -- NIWeek -- National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) today announced LabVIEW 2010, the latest version of the graphical programming environment for design, test, measurement and control applications. LabVIEW 2010 delivers time savings with new features such as off-the-shelf compiler technologies that execute code an average of 20 percent faster and a comprehensive marketplace for evaluating and purchasing add-on toolkits for easily integrating custom functionality into the platform. For field-programmable gate array (FPGA) users, LabVIEW 2010 delivers a new IP Integration Node that makes it possible to integrate any third-party FPGA IP into LabVIEW applications and is compatible with the Xilinx CORE Generator. National Instruments also implemented more than a dozen new features suggested by lead users through the LabVIEW Idea Exchange, an online feedback forum that marks a significant new level of collaboration between NI R&D and customers.
Introduced in 1986, LabVIEW abstracts the complexity of programming by giving users drag-and-drop, graphical function blocks and wires that resemble a flowchart to develop their sophisticated systems. LabVIEW offers integration with thousands of hardware devices, provides hundreds of built-in libraries for advanced analysis and data visualization and is scalable across multiple OSs and targets such as x86 processors, real-time OSs (RTOSs) and FPGAs. From the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robotics kit to the CERN Large Hadron Collider, a large spectrum of users worldwide has adopted LabVIEW.
"LabVIEW users are some of the most innovative people in the world, and their input helps us make LabVIEW an ever more effective and productive programming tool," said Jeff Kodosky, National Instruments business and technology fellow, cofounder and 'father of LabVIEW.' "With LabVIEW 2010, we have taken their feedback and suggestions and opened up the platform to further customization so that our customers and partners can expand LabVIEW to new applications that have not yet experienced the power and efficiency of graphical programming."
Executing Code Faster
Key to the productivity delivered by LabVIEW is the compiler, which abstracts tasks such as memory allocation and thread management. The compiler hierarchy has evolved over the lifetime of LabVIEW to become smarter and more optimized. With LabVIEW 2010, the compiler data flow intermediate representation has been further optimized, and Low-Level Virtual Machine (LLVM), an open source compiler infrastructure, has been added to the software's compiler flow to accelerate code execution. National Instruments has conducted benchmarks ranging from real-world customer applications to low-level functions, and the new compiler delivers an average improvement of 20 percent across these benchmarks.
Extending the LabVIEW Platform through Partnerships
With the release of LabVIEW 2010, National Instruments is introducing the LabVIEW Add-On Developer Program to give thousands of partners the opportunity to expand the platform and introduce custom functionality into LabVIEW. The program establishes an online marketplace as part of the updated LabVIEW Tools Network for developers to offer their free and paid toolkits and a comprehensive location for LabVIEW users to browse, download, evaluate and purchase the add-ons. More than 50 add-ons from NI and third-party developers are available, including code reuse libraries, templates, UI controls and connectors to other software packages. Additionally, LabVIEW users can use the VI Package Manager from JKI to connect directly to the LabVIEW Tools Network from their desktop and manage add-on installations and updates.
Additionally, National Instruments has partnered with leading technology providers such as Xilinx to further open up the LabVIEW environment. One example in LabVIEW 2010 is the new IP Integration Node, which makes it possible for users to integrate any third-party FPGA IP into the LabVIEW FPGA Module and offers direct compatibility with cores created with the Xilinx CORE Generator.
Delivering What Customers Want
During the development of LabVIEW 2010, NI R&D used the new LabVIEW Idea Exchange on http://www.ni.com/ideas to solicit feature ideas from customers. In addition to submitting new ideas, customers can use the exchange to collaborate on suggestions submitted by others and vote on their favorite features. Fourteen popular submissions from the LabVIEW Idea Exchange were implemented in LabVIEW 2010 including many that improve code documentation and organization.
LabVIEW 2010 also uses customer feedback to deliver new features that make getting started easier. For example, LabVIEW now provides a new hardware configuration tool that makes it possible for users to access and configure their LabVIEW Real-Time targets remotely via a Web browser. Other features include a smart installer that automatically detects the software associated with a serial number for faster installation and an improved instrument driver finder that offers prebuilt project examples for specific instruments.
Adding Functionality for Large Application Development
For more advanced users and development groups, LabVIEW 2010 includes new features that improve interfaces to reusable code, group VIs and their hierarchy for faster build times and separate the VI source code from the compiled version to aid in source code management. These capabilities are ideal for large group development where code maintenance across many users, software versions and computer platforms is critical.
Readers interested in learning more about LabVIEW 2010 and downloading the evaluation software can visit http://www.ni.com/labview/whatsnew. Members of the LabVIEW service maintenance and support program will receive LabVIEW 2010 automatically in the mail or can download the new version from the NI Services Resource Center at http://www.ni.com/src. Readers whose software is part of a company-wide Volume License Agreement (VLA) should contact their VLA administrators for special installation instructions.
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Leading Private Sale Site Caters to Male Shoppers with Expanded Men's Fashion and Lifestyle Category
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 -- Leading online private sale site HauteLook will launch Men.HauteLook.com today at 11:00 a.m. EDT/8:00 a.m. PDT. This dedicated men's page within the site will feature an expanded roster of sale events in the men's category with top brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Puma, Penguin, Diesel, Splendid, Joseph Abboud, Donald Pliner and Ben Sherman, among others.
Men can bookmark the page to find discounts of 50 to 75 percent off sportswear, denim and suits as well as a growing number of options that fit with their broader lifestyle from luxury watches and cufflinks to grooming products.
"HauteLook is dedicated to feeding and inspiring our male members' polished style," says Adam Bernhard, CEO, HauteLook. "We're excited to deliver what our guys have been asking for -- a destination for men to shop for their favorite brands while discovering new, up-and-coming brands."
"Our goal is to customize the shopping experience for our male members," said Tim Davis, Director of Men's Merchandising, HauteLook. "On HauteLook, men will find everything they need to live a stylish life: modern suits, ties, dress shirts and watches for the workweek, and a variety of denim, casual shirts, cashmere, and swimwear for the weekends, all at great prices."
The inaugural week of Men.HauteLook.com will include sale events with:
-- Monday, August 2: A great mix of denim brands including 7 For All
Mankind, Dylan George and William Rast
-- Tuesday, August 3: Tommy Hilfiger (suits, dress shirts and ties), and
Tateossian of London (sterling silver jewelry and accessories)
-- Wednesday, August 4: Wet Cement
-- Thursday, August 5: French Connection (sportswear) and Just Another
Cheap Shirt (casual shirting)
-- Friday, August 6: Report Collection (sportswear and underwear)
A leader in online retail, HauteLook brings the thrill back to shopping through 48-hour sale events with the world's top apparel, accessories, beauty, kids', home, food and wine brands. Every day, HauteLook offers discounts of 50 to 75 percent off retail prices to 2.8 million members in the U.S. and Canada. Membership is free and open to everyone. HauteLook is headquartered in Los Angeles. Visit http://www.hautelook.com to learn more.
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 2 -- As companies are forced to slash training budgets and businesses merge to take on new territories, project management and business analysis training providers have come up with an innovative alternative to traditional classroom instruction.
The shift in the professional training industry has paved the way for virtual instructor-led training, educational programs that use the latest technology to create live, online classrooms in which students can ask questions, interact with instructors and chat with classmates all from the convenience of their own computers.
Through virtual training, experienced instructors can provide quality industry-aligned project management and business analysis training without geographic limitations. For many companies, eliminating travel and facility costs has made virtual training an accessible and affordable substitute to classroom training.
Virtual classes fit easily into any schedule because they are offered through short evening sessions, which give participants the opportunity to apply their knowledge to projects at work the next day. In addition, courses are worth credit units, which can be used towards professional certifications with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®).
PMCentersUSA is a professional training provider that has had remarkable success using virtual classrooms equipped with live instructors, whiteboards, breakout rooms, and streaming video to provide instruction for large organizations in industries like insurance, banking, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, biotechnology, engineering and construction.
"Virtual training is a great option for companies with multiple locations worldwide," says Mark Balish, president of PMCentersUSA. "By eliminating travel expenses, our clients can spend less and train more employees."
Named PMI's Professional Development Provider of the Year in 2006, PMCentersUSA delivers total project solutions by providing clients with consulting, training and mentoring for project team members to help ensure that their projects are delivered on time, within budget and within scope. As a Charter Global Registered Education Provider (REP®) of PMI, as well as an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP®) for the IIBA, all of PMCentersUSA's training is guaranteed and aligned with the Project Management Body of Knowledge and the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge®.
PMI®" and "REP®" are registered marks of the Project Management Institute.
"IIBA®," "Business Analysis Body of Knowledge®," and "EEP®" are marks owned by the International Institute of Business Analysis.
CONTACT: Caitlyn Mills of PMCentersUSA, +1-888-762-3683,
ThoughtWorks' Jez Humble and Martin Fowler to Discuss Continuous Delivery at Agile 2010
New book from Humble and co-presentation at Agile 2010 with Fowler addresses how collaboration and automation delivers valuable software rapidly and reliably through Continuous Delivery
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 2 -- ThoughtWorks Studios (http://www.thoughtworks-studios.com), a global leader in Agile ALM solutions, today announced new thought leadership initiatives around the latest methodology in Agile software - Continuous Delivery. Jez Humble and Martin Fowler will share insights at the Agile 2010 conference on how better collaboration between developers, testers and IT operations, along with automation of the build, deploy, test and release process, drives rapid, incremental delivery of valuable software without the stress, pain and risk of traditional methods. Humble will introduce his new book, Continuous Delivery (Addison-Wesley Signature Series, Foreword by Martin Fowler, Jez Humble and David Farley), at the conference and co-present with Fowler on the topic during a three-hour session on Mon., Aug. 9. (http://agile2010.agilealliance.org/schedule.html).
"Continuous Delivery addresses the need for businesses to deliver software rapidly and reliably so they can get valuable feedback from users. In the current economic environment, this represents a huge competitive advantage," said Humble, build and release principal for ThoughtWorks Studios and product manager for its recently launched Agile release management platform, Go(TM). "Continuous Delivery focuses on the engineering practices that enable organizations to keep their software production-ready throughout the lifecycle of projects so they can be released on demand using a push-button process."
Set for availability at the Agile 2010 conference next week, the new book, Continuous Delivery, explains how delivering software to users can be a painful, risky and time-consuming process. It outlines the principles and technical practices that enable rapid, incremental delivery of high quality, valuable new functionality through the automation of the build, deployment and testing process. The book represents the culmination and collective experience gathered from large-scale enterprise Agile engagements conducted by ThoughtWorks' professional services teams. That same input helped shape the capabilities of Go(TM), the recently launched Agile release management platform that enables Continuous Delivery. A free trial of Go(TM) is available at (http://www.thoughtworks-studios.com/user/register& destination= forms/form/go/download). To see a complete Table of Contents of Continuous Delivery please visit the publisher site: (http://www.informit.com/title/0321601912).
Jez Humble and Martin Fowler: Agile 2010, Continuous Delivery
At Agile 2010, Humble and Fowler will lead a three-hour tutorial session on the latest movement for enterprise Agile adoption, Continuous Delivery. The presentation will outline how businesses can deliver valuable new features to users as frequently as possible, while making sure releases are stable and well-tested. During the tutorial, Humble and Fowler will discuss how to deliver features rapidly and reliably through an automated build, deploy, test and release pattern called the deployment pipeline, and through better collaboration between developers, testers and operations. They will show how this unique approach of moving from release back through testing to development practices, and analyzing at each stage, can improve collaboration and increase feedback to make the delivery process as fast and efficient as possible.
"Continuous Delivery has been one of the most important practices that ThoughtWorkers have developed in our decade of applying Agile methods in enterprise IT," said Fowler, chief scientist for ThoughtWorks. "It's going to be a lot of fun working with Jez to spread the idea of deployment pipelines through the industry. The notion of Continuous Integration has got a lot of traction and we hope to extend this out to Continuous Delivery so businesses everywhere can take advantage of deployments that are both more frequent and less stressful."
A global leader in helping organizations adopt and leverage Agile development to transform IT and business operations, ThoughtWorks supports and has released some of the most widely used open source Agile tools (Selenium, CruiseControl and RubyWorks) that have played an integral role in Agile becoming the mainstream practice it is today. It also has helped lead the growth of now-established best practices for Agile development, including continuous integration, test-driven-development, automated functional testing, behavior-driven development and now, Continuous Delivery.
About ThoughtWorks Studios
ThoughtWorks Studios is the global leader in Agile ALM tools and training. A division of ThoughtWorks®, the pioneer in Agile development and best-practices, it offers the only holistic, fully integrated delivery lifecycle platform designed exclusively for sustainable, enterprise-wide Agile ALM success. Based on ThoughtWorks ground-breaking experience and commitment to software excellence, Adaptive ALM(TM) helps organizations manage all aspects of the software development lifecycle - from requirements definition and portfolio management to test automation, quality assurance and release management. The company also provides in-depth training courses that cover all facets of Agile ALM through its Agile Workshops series. Customers include 3M, Barclays, BBC, eBay, Honeywell, McGraw-Hill, Rackspace and Vodafone. ThoughtWorks Studios is headquartered in San Francisco and Bangalore, with offices in London and select cities in Europe, Asia and Australia. For more information, please visit http://www.thoughtworks-studios.com.
Game Trading Technologies, Inc. Teams with $3 Billion Global Entertainment Software Company to Produce and Distribute Hockey Stick Accessory for Nintendo Wii(TM)
State-of-the-art hockey stick accessory allows Wii(TM) owners to shoot/battle like the pros!
HUNT VALLEY, Md., Aug. 2 -- Game Trading Technologies, Inc. ("GTTI" or the "Company", OTC Bulletin Board: GMTD), a leading provider of comprehensive trading solutions for video game retailers, publishers, rental companies and consumers is pleased to announce that they have designed, developed and will be producing a revolutionary plastic hockey stick that will be bundled with a new multi-player hockey video game for the Nintendo Wii(TM) platform.
"Todd Hays, CEO of Game Trading Technologies stated: "We are very pleased with the working relationship we've established with one of the world's largest entertainment software companies. With world-wide distribution of this game accessory, Game Trading Technologies not only opens up additional revenue channels, but also significant new market opportunities for GTTI in the design, development and manufacturing of state-of-the-art accessories for video games."
Prior to starting Game Trading Technologies, Inc, Todd Hays was founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of InterAct Accessories, Inc. Founded in 1991 and later sold to Recoton Corporation, InterAct was a developer, manufacturer and distributor of peripherals for video game consoles and computers. InterAct was the leader in market share for nine years with a peak of 73% in 1999. Under Mr. Hays' leadership, the company generated over $1.4 billion in revenue during that time span, while developing GameShark®, one of the most recognizable brands in the industry.
About Game Trading Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD, Game Trading Technologies, Inc. is a leading video game trading services provider focused on valuation, procurement, refurbishment, and redistribution of pre-owned video games. Game Trading Technologies, Inc. currently offers unique services, supported by innovative technologies to an array of national firms, allowing them to better serve customers who want to trade their games for store credit or purchase pre-owned games. The foundation of most of these relationships is Game Trading Technologies, Inc.'s proprietary game trading database, which updates values on more than 10,000 video games and consoles on a daily basis according to market conditions. Game Trading Technologies, Inc. shares are traded on the OTCBB under the symbol 'GMTD'. Additional information is available within Company's website at http://www.gtti.com or by calling (877) 631-GAME (4263).
Forward Looking Statements
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including statements that reflect Game Trading Technologies' current expectations about its future results, performance, prospects and opportunities. Game Trading Technologies has tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words and phrases such as "may," "will," "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "plan," "should," "typical," "preliminary," "hope," or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Game Trading Technologies and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause Game Trading Technologies' actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities during the remainder of 2010 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. These risks are referenced in Game Trading Technologies' current report on Form 8-K, which may be found at http://www.sec.gov or as may be described from time to time in Game Trading Technologies' subsequent SEC filings.
For more information, contact:
Game Trading Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Jody Janson
Tel: (877) 631-GAME (4263)
Harris Corporation Announces New Integrated 700 MHz LTE Network Solutions for Public Safety Communications
New Solution Joins the Power of Harris VIDA Networks with Leading LTE Technology from Nokia Siemens Networks for Full Mission-Critical Capability.
HOUSTON, Aug. 2 -- (APCO International, Booth 231) -- Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, today announced Harris VIDA® Broadband LTE -- its new solution for broadband mission-critical communications for first responders.
Harris VIDA® Broadband LTE is a complete 700 MHz Broadband LTE (Long Term Evolution) network solution that is part of the Harris VIDA (Voice, Interoperability, Data, Access) network platform for first responder communications. The VIDA network integrates VIDA Broadband LTE with P25 (Project 25) and OpenSky® communication systems, which are in use by first responders across North America.
To bring together the unique capabilities of Harris VIDA IP-based networks with industry leading 4G/LTE network design, Harris Corporation is teaming with Nokia Siemens Networks to develop VIDA Broadband LTE for public safety communications. The Harris network solution meets the requirements of the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) National Broadband Plan, enabling public safety agencies to seamlessly integrate their existing narrowband LMR systems into the emerging nationwide, interoperable wireless broadband network. VIDA Broadband LTE also is designed to meet the emerging FCC cyber security and critical infrastructure survivability requirements, and will fully support the evolving technical framework for the FCC's Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC).
"Harris is excited to bring together these two extremely powerful solutions into a single, unique public safety broadband network at 700 MHz," said Steve Shanck, president, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. "Working with global LTE leader Nokia Siemens Networks means that Harris can ensure that first responders will have available the next generation of voice, data and mobile video communications, yet still keep a solid and secure connection to today's narrowband networks."
Existing VIDA customers can now integrate VIDA Broadband LTE networks into their current systems, allowing for future growth in capacity and capabilities. Likewise, new broadband customers can take advantage of the inherent interoperability of the VIDA core network to connect with legacy LMR systems.
"At Nokia Siemens Networks we recognize that there is a real need for a robust, LTE voice and data solution for public safety communications," said Robert Fennelly, Head of Government Business, Nokia Siemens Networks. "With Harris, we are developing a way to put the benefits of true wireless broadband, such as streaming video and advanced situational awareness, into the hands of first responders."
Nokia Siemens Networks is the frontrunner in LTE and has a long track record in demonstrating technological leadership including conducting the world's first LTE call on commercial software and achieving record LTE data speeds with the first data call.
VIDA Broadband LTE will support a wide range of existing and emerging high-bandwidth applications such as streaming video, advanced situational awareness, and PTT voice-over-broadband features. VIDA Broadband LTE also will provide users with priority and Quality of Service (QoS) controls, user authentication and air link encryption, advanced load balancing and Self-Optimizing Network Management.
The VIDA (Voice, Interoperability, Data and Access) network is a cost-effective, interoperable radio communications technology that supports OpenSky®, P25 and other IP-based (Internet Protocol) systems, while providing consistent Network Administration and Network Management applications for supported air interfaces. It addresses voice and data communications needs of transportation, utility and public safety radio users around the world.
Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications is a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, federal, utility, commercial and transportation markets -- with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks, to industry leading multiband, multimode radios, to public safety-grade broadband video and data solutions. With more than 80 years of experience, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications supports over 500 systems around the world.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees -- including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at http://www.harris.com.
Source: Harris Corporation
CONTACT: Victoria Dillon, Public Safety and Professional Communications,
Harris Corporation, Victoria.Dillon@harris.com, +1-978-905-3101 or Jim Burke,
Corporate Headquarters, Harris Corporation, Jim.Burke@harris.com,
Obama Administration's Funding for Assisted Living Senior Housing Poses Challenge in Converting Existing Structures
Existing multi-family apartment owners need an efficient and cost-effective way to retrofit them for safe, secure senior living
DENVER, Aug. 2 --
WHO: Mark Jarman, president
Inovonics is a leader in high-performance wireless sensor
networks for commercial and life safety applications.
The uncertainty of the housing market combined with the aging
baby boom generation is prompting developers to plan hundreds of
new senior housing units across the country. According to the
American Health Care Association, the number of people aged 65
and older is supposed to almost double to more than 71 million
by the year 2030. A key indicator of these rapidly growing
trends can be seen in an announcement made last week by the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (http:///
that it awarded almost $20 million to four states for conversion
of existing multi-family apartment dwellings into assisted
living senior care facilities. The monies will allow the elderly
an opportunity to age in a place in familiar surroundings as
they become older and require supportive services. However, the
ability to move quickly while keeping costs down to convert
these living quarters so that states can take advantage of the
federal funding poses a challenge. Existing buildings need to
have life safety devices and call systems installed to ensure
that seniors can receive help and assistance immediately if
needed. Traditionally, this required re-wiring of the existing
structure, which is costly and labor- and time-intensive. The
grants are awarded on a competitive basis. During the review
process, HUD assesses several ranking factors including: the
extent to which the conversion is needed by the persons that the
project is intended to serve and the capacity of the project
owner to carry out the conversion in a timely and effective
manner. How do property owners who wish to take advantage of the
federal funding overcome the potential challenges in making
WHAT: their existing apartment complexes "assisted living-ready?"
Commercial-grade wireless products provide the best solution for
retrofitting a call system and life safety capabilities into
existing facilities without pulling wire and disrupting the
building's structure. Specifically designed for security and
life safety applications, wireless sensor network products can
be quickly and easily installed to provide emergency call and
life safety capabilities for apartment buildings as well as be
used in situations where the location of a mobile alarming
device (duress pendant) can be identified anywhere across a
building or campus. The result is building owners can retrofit
their existing apartment complexes quickly at lower cost than
traditional wired approaches and be assured of proven, reliable
HOW: performance for their senior residents.
Fieldglass Realizes Rapid Growth as More Global Companies Aim to Better Manage Services Procurement Programs
The Company Is On Track to Substantially Surpass its 2010 Growth Projections
CHICAGO, Aug. 2 -- Fieldglass, Inc., the leading technology provider for procuring and managing contingent labor and services, today announced significant growth across the company and its customer base during the first half of 2010.
-- Since January more than 30 new companies, across several sectors
including high technology, energy and natural resources,
manufacturing, government, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and
financial services, have selected Fieldglass to help gain more control
over contingent and services spend.
-- Nearly one-third of Fieldglass' new business in 2010 originated
outside the U.S., demonstrating a stronger focus on labor management
within Europe and Asia-Pacific.
-- The company's professional services team has scaled considerably in
the past 24 months and has demonstrated its ability to implement and
support customers and partners globally. In the first half of the
year, the team successfully completed 57 new deployments, program
expansions and integration initiatives, nearly a 60 percent increase
over the same period last year.
-- Fieldglass expanded its corporate headquarters in Chicago to account
for internal growth. In addition, the company increased its headcount
at regional offices throughout the U.S. and Europe.
"We continue to see tremendous growth in 2010 following a record year of customer acquisitions in 2009," said Jai Shekhawat, CEO and Founder, Fieldglass. "The company has planned for this growth over the past three years, and we have systematically invested in all facets of our business, allowing us to scale with our customers and partners. We are very well positioned to continue this growth pace for the foreseeable future."
Fieldglass plans to further expand its non-U.S. operations, including within Asia-Pacific, over the course of the year. Planned solution enhancements will support future global growth initiatives.
ABOUT FIELDGLASS, INC.
Fieldglass, Inc. provides the leading SaaS platform to procure and manage contingent workers, services such as statement of work projects, independent contractors, and specialized talent pools.
The highly-configurable product suite provides transparency into the entire workforce and helps companies optimize program performance and make more strategic labor decisions.
Backed by proven experience and the industry's largest customer base, Fieldglass serves Global 2000 firms in nearly 70 countries. Customers such as Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto, salesforce.com and GlaxoSmithKline realize greater efficiencies, control spend, improve quality and enforce compliance. For more information, visit http://www.fieldglass.com.
Source: Fieldglass, Inc.
CONTACT: Anna Burke of Fieldglass, Inc., +1-312-279-8068,
Motorola's Mission Critical Wireless Earpiece Delivers Secure and Robust Bluetooth® Communications for First Responders
HOUSTON, Aug. 2 -- (APCO, Motorola Booth # 531) -- The Enterprise Mobility Solutions business of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) today announced Motorola's first encrypted mission critical Bluetooth earpiece enabling secure communications when paired with the Motorola APX(TM)-series portable radios.
Designed specifically for the needs of first responders, Motorola's Mission Critical Wireless Earpiece provides simple pairing and fast push-to-talk enabling every word to be said and heard.
The earpiece also performs in strenuous environments and has been optimized to provide loud, clear audio in noisy conditions, while allowing essential on-scene sounds to be heard. In addition to technical performance, it was designed to be comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
"Unlike consumer devices, this earpiece has been rigorously designed to meet the demanding needs of first responders," said Nick Candotti, director, Motorola Global Accessory and Energy business. "Whether calling for back-up in a foot chase or conferring with detectives at a stake-out, first responders can rely on this best-in-class wireless accessory to stay connected and better protected."
Mission Critical Wireless is enabled by adding an option board or enhanced expansion board to an APX radio. Secure pairing is simplified with Motorola's exclusive ultra-short range pairing system. During the pairing process, the Bluetooth IDs and a strong 128 bit key are exchanged to ensure transmission security is virtually unbreakable. The earpiece pairs within an inch of the APX radio and is nearly undetectable beyond a few inches. It takes only two seconds to pair and less than five seconds for the wireless connection to be ready to use.
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to mobile and wireline digital communication devices that provide compelling experiences, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE:MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009. For more information, please visit http://www.motorola.com.
Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions business