Participant Media's 'Save My Oceans' National Social Action Campaign for the Disneynature Release OCEANS Targets Both Coastal and Land-Locked Residents
Multi-Platform Program Includes http://www.SaveMyOceans.com, a Concert Tour, an Art Installation, a Pledge and Contest With Shepard Fairey Art, a Video, and a Book
LOS ANGELES, May 11 -- "Save My Oceans," Participant Media's multi-platform nationwide social action campaign for Disneynature's motion picture release OCEANS, is designed to create awareness about the crisis facing our oceans by informing people that regardless of where they live, everything we do impacts our oceans, and in return impacts us. The social action campaign includes the online hub http://www.SaveMyOceans.com, the Save My Oceans college concert tour, an art installation, a Save My Oceans pledge and contest with unique art by renowned artist Shepard Fairey and his creative studio, Studio Number One, an entertaining short video titled Use Less Plastic, and a companion book to the film OCEANS.
"Whether you live right next to a body of water or in a landlocked area, the things you do every day affect our oceans. The trick is getting people across the country to pause and think about the impact they are having," said Wendy Cohen, Manager of Community and Alliances for Participant. "The Save My Oceans campaign which includes an animated video and presence on social networks, is raising awareness and inspiring people to make a small change that will have an enormous impact on the health of our oceans."
http://www.SaveMyOceans.com is the online hub for the Oceans Social Action campaign. The site is designed to provide information about the most pressing issues currently affecting our oceans as well as solutions and actions that people can take every day, from supporting national oceans policy to modifications in the types of fish they eat or household cleaning products they use. http://www.SaveMyOceans.com is a hub of oceans information and activism designed to inform, inspire, and compel change.
The Save My Oceans Tour visited a cross-section of college campuses nationwide with a series of events that celebrate the collective passion for the oceans and educated over 150,000 students on what they can do to help protect them. Events included a concert featuring a combination of nationally and locally known musical acts including T-Pain, Slightly Stoopid, LMFAO, G. Love & Special Sauce, Cold War Kids, Pepper and State Radio, and many more. Universities included the University of Florida, San Diego State University, George Washington University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Hawaii, University of Southern California, University of Colorado and University of Utah. An Oceans art installation was displayed in the center of each college campus, and students were given the opportunity to attend an advanced screening of the film OCEANS. Click here to learn more about the tour.
The Save My Oceans Pledge. We are the problem. We are the solution. Take the pledge and take the action: The pledge gives people the option to immediately take action by pledging to reduce their plastic use, stop eating endangered fish, and/or to reduce their carbon footprint - the three best ways to immediately start reducing our impact on our oceans. To date over 37,000 people have taken the Save My Oceans pledge. Click here to take the pledge.
The Save My Oceans Pledge Contest: Beginning on April 19th, on SocialVibe blog readers had the chance to win a unique limited edition Shepard Fairey and Studio Number One poster specially designed for OCEANS by pledging to save our oceans, then tweeting about it with the hasthtag #SaveMyOceans. Click here to view the poster.
Use Less Plastic and Join the Blue Movement Viral Video: Click here to watch the fast paced, animated, video that exposes the shocking statistics that highlight our over usage of plastic. The video was animated by Sol Linero, directed by Mariana Blanco, and set to the song "Pot Kettle Black," by Tilly and the Wall.
A Participant Media Guide: Oceans The Threats to Our Seas and What You Can Do to Turn the Tide, from acclaimed writer and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster is a companion book that became available on April 13th. The book is an anthology of original essays by some of the world's most intriguing ocean thinkers and doers. Click here to learn more about the book.
The Save My Oceans Household Cleaners Guide: Participant Media and the Environmental Working Group developed a pocket guide for easily creating ocean safe household cleaners. Click here to view.
About Participant Media
Participant Media is a Los Angeles-based entertainment company that focuses on socially relevant, commercially viable feature films, documentaries and television, as well as publishing and digital media. Participant Media is headed by CEO Jim Berk and was founded in 2004 by philanthropist Jeff Skoll, who serves as Chairman. Ricky Strauss is President. Participant exists to tell compelling, entertaining stories that bring to the forefront real issues that shape our lives. For each of its projects, Participant creates extensive social action and advocacy programs which provide ideas and tools to transform the impact of the media experience into individual and community action. Participant's films include The Kite Runner, Charlie Wilson's War, Darfur Now, An Inconvenient Truth, Good Night and Good Luck., Syriana, Standard Operating Procedure, The Visitor, The Soloist, Food, Inc., The Informant! and The Crazies.
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Ricoh Introduces @Remote Office to Improve Uptime and Reduce Fleet Costs
@Remote Office helps businesses maximize fleet efficiency, eliminates manual meter reading, provides innovative fleet management and offers secure communication
WEST CALDWELL, N.J., May 11 -- Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment and advanced document management solutions and services, today introduced @Remote(TM) Office Intelligent Remote Management System as the latest enhancement to the @Remote Product Suite. Based on a Linux thin server appliance, @Remote Office allows businesses to remotely manage Ricoh devices, optimize device usage and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO). This includes collecting device data, receiving and reporting service and toner alerts and enabling remote firmware upgrades. In addition, @Remote's secure, Web-based reporting portal transforms captured data into valuable reports on population and usage as well as offers new Green reporting capabilities.
@Remote Office generates utilization reports that are available online, so businesses can access them anytime to identify ways to boost fleet efficiency and minimize operating costs. These reports show a variety of critical metrics using simple, intuitive graphics for Ricoh and third-party devices. With @Remote Office, administrators can easily examine print, copy, scan and/or fax volumes from managed Ricoh devices and identify under- or overused systems, reallocate resources and final optimal device placements. In addition, these usage reports enable administrators to track trends in energy and paper consumption on managed Ricoh devices over time and make better decisions about sustainability policies with @Remote Green Reports.
"Managing a fleet of networked printers and multi-function products without automated tools is expensive, time-consuming and is a constant challenge," said Shun Sato, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "@Remote Office gives network administrators, financial managers and procurement officers unprecedented power to improve service and enhance productivity - all while reducing total cost of ownership."
@Remote Office is also designed to maximize information and network security, utilizing both data encryption as well as the highly secure HTTPS standard protocol. @Remote Office has been submitted for Information Technology Security Certification, Common Criteria/ISO15408. This certification is expected to be received in the Fourth Quarter of 2010.
For further information about @Remote device compatibility, please contact your service provider.
About Ricoh Americas Corporation
Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd., the 74-year-old leading provider of advanced office technology and innovative document imaging products, services and software, with fiscal year 2009 sales in excess of $21 billion.
Ricoh's fully integrated hardware and customizable services and software help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents.
Ricoh Americas Corporation, directly or through its network of authorized dealers, markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America.
Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract to Deliver VINASAT-2 for Nation of Vietnam
NEWTOWN, Pa., May 11 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) announced today the award of a contract by Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) of Vietnam to build the VINASAT-2 satellite. In-orbit delivery is slated for the second quarter of 2012. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Based on the highly reliable A2100 spacecraft platform manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS), Newtown, Pa., VINASAT-2 will be located at 131.8 degrees east longitude and provide a minimum service life of 15 years.
The VINASAT-2 contract marks the second satellite order VNPT has awarded to Lockheed Martin, which will manage the project in its entirety, including satellite design and manufacturing, launch procurement, and final in-orbit testing before customer acceptance. Lockheed Martin successfully delivered VINASAT-1, the first satellite ever for the nation of Vietnam, in 2008.
VINASAT-2 will feature 24 Ku-band fixed high power communication channels, providing uplink and downlink coverage over Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. Lockheed Martin's low-risk solution utilizes and leverages heritage Ku-band flight-proven equipment from numerous previous A2100 programs to meet the customer's schedule requirements. LMCSS has delivered 38 A2100 commercial spacecraft, with an average cycle time of 24 months with satellites of similar complexity as VINASAT-2.
"Lockheed Martin is extremely proud that VNPT has again placed its faith in us to provide a low-risk technical solution that will fully satisfy mission needs," said LMCSS Vice-President Joe Rickers. "With a focus on minimizing risk and providing schedule assurance, we look forward to achieving operational excellence and mission success in support of VNPT's business objectives."
"Lockheed Martin's in-depth experience was reflected in Lockheed Martin's feasible solutions to mitigate the risk of the project in the contract signed today," said VNPT Chairman of the Board Pham Long Tran. "From the shared success of the VINASAT-1 project, I do believe that Lockheed Martin will be able to again meet the schedule requirement and jointly cooperate with VNPT for the successful implementation of the VINASAT-2 Project."
In addition to VNPT, Lockheed Martin has delivered 19 spacecraft to Asian customers, including nine A2100 satellites. The Lockheed Martin A2100 geosynchronous spacecraft series is designed to meet a wide variety of telecommunications needs including Ka-band broadband and broadcast services, fixed satellite services in C-band and Ku-band, high-power direct broadcast services using the Ku-band frequency spectrum and mobile satellite services using UHF, L-band, and S-band payloads. The A2100's modular design features a reduction in parts, simplified construction, increased on-orbit reliability and reduced weight and cost.
The A2100 spacecraft's design accommodates a large range of communication payloads. This design modularity enables the A2100 spacecraft to be configured for missions other than communication. The A2100 design has been adapted for geostationary Earth orbit (GEO)-based earth observing missions and is the baselined platform for Lockheed Martin's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R program. In addition, the A2100 serves as the platform for critical government communications programs, including the Advanced Extremely High Frequency and Mobile User Objective System satellites. The A2100 also serves as the spacecraft platform for Lockheed Martin's GPS III program.
About VNPT Group
The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) (http://www.vnpt.com.vn) is a leading economic group in Vietnam, which boasts modern technological and managerial skills along with high levels of specialization. VNPT Group is involved in multiple businesses, of which posts, IT and Telecommunications are major fields. VNPT mobilizes all economic sectors to through its process of development and, combined with a diversified ownership structure and flexible business scheme, targets renovation and development for: modernizing the posts, telecoms & IT infrastructure with high speed, high capacity and high quality; popularizing all kinds of services to meet social demands; driving the national course of industrialization and modernization in the new era of development, integration, knowledge economy and globalization; and becoming a key State economic Group on posts, telecommunications & IT with high and stable development speed. VNPT has set up co-operative relationships with hundreds of foreign partners, and has opened its branch in the US.
VNPT has about 90,000 employees. VNPT generated revenue of VND 78.6 trillion in 2009, earning a profit of over VND 13.5 trillion.
About Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems is a unit of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a major operating unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, designs and develops, tests, manufactures and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security and military, civil government and commercial customers. Chief products include human space flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological and communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; ballistic missiles; missile defense systems; and nanotechnology research and development.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.
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Equipment Technologies Launches Spray Parts E-Commerce Website and Online Spraying Advice Center
MOORESVILLE, Ind., May 11 -- Equipment Technologies (ET), manufacturer of the Apache sprayer, proudly announces the addition of SpraySmarter.com to its business.
SpraySmarter.com is an online culmination of years of sprayer manufacturing and customer support expertise. The site offers brands like Hypro, TeeJet, Banjo and Raven precision-ag products combined with an intuitive shopping experience and an array of application-focused tools intended to supplement the visitor's spraying knowledge including tip selection calculators, video tutorials, a spray-focused forum and more. Matt Hays, CEO of Equipment Technologies and SpraySmarter.com, explains, "Our goal with SpraySmarter.com is to transfer the vast spraying expertise of ET to an online shopping experience that doesn't simply sell sprayer parts; it gives the user an experience that is as close to the traditional parts counter as possible." Hays adds, "The tools on our site act as an aid in the online buying process, provide a place for applicators to collaborate online and really position SpraySmarter.com as a destination."
ET boasts a same-day fulfillment rate of 98% on all parts orders and many of those orders come from the thousands of calls received by ET sprayer support specialists. Kevin Covey, parts and service manager for Equipment Technologies and SpraySmarter.com, commented, "Through the volume of calls we receive and our just-in-time inventory philosophy, we have taken the traditional manufacturer support model and turned it into a true competitive advantage." Covey adds, "We are constantly in touch with applicators; we know it is time to take our competitive advantage to the internet - it's just a natural progression."
NEVERDIE Studios Launches ROCKtropia - First Virtual Music World
GROUNDBREAKING TECHNOLOGY CREATES NEW MUSIC INDUSTRY REVENUE STREAM; HITMAKER KEVIN RUDOLF, MOTORHEAD'S LEMMY INITIAL ARTISTS ON ROCKTROPIA
LOS ANGELES, May 11 -- NEVERDIE Studios has announced the launch of ROCKtropia, the first virtual music world and the first independently developed virtual planet in MindArk's Entropia Universe. Created by virtual world pioneer and entrepreneur Jon "NEVERDIE" Jacobs, the planet introduces a revolutionary, highly interactive venue for artists to connect with their fans while also creating a new revenue stream in the music space and a platform for artists to pursue fame and fortune.
ROCKtropia's landscape is a fully interactive 3D destination that allows artists and their fans to connect in an immersive and entertaining environment. ROCKtropia represents a viable, new revenue stream for the music industry. In addition to introducing groundbreaking communication and revenue capabilities to the music world, the planet offers artists unprecedented creative input into the design and development of their online presence in a highly stylized, customized virtual land.
Without depending on album sales, artists can generate real-world revenue from their fans' participation in their land through Entropia's virtual reality economic system, including the introduction of limited edition virtual merchandise tied to album launches. The symbiotic relationship also lets fans earn real-world income through activity in the virtual goods economy of their favorite artist's destination, creating additional incentive for fans to get involved in the community.
"The launch of ROCKtropia is a personal triumph," said NEVERDIE. "It has been a long time in the making and we're thrilled to be the first new virtual world on the amazing Entropia Universe platform. With the help of Lemmy and Kevin, we have created an exciting new experience for both music fans and gamers. We look forward to exploring new ideas and working with many more artists in the future."
The first continent to be inhabited on the planet will be the home to destinations created for rock icon Lemmy, lead singer of Motorhead, and hit singer/songwriter/producer Kevin Rudolf. The continent will also feature the City of Dreams, where up-and-coming artists can pursue their aspirations and gain exposure, and the Vampire Freaks Cathedral, a gathering place for VampireFreaks.com members. ROCKtropia's lands currently include:
-- Lemmy's Castle - Located high in the rugged terrain and mountains,
Lemmy's Castle sits on the north side of ROCKtropia and is guarded by
demon spawn, dragons and other creatures created by Lemmy himself.
-- Motorhead Stadium - A massive arena inside a crater, Motorhead Stadium
features three large stages that will be the location for live
performances and battle events.
-- ZOMhattan - Inspired by Manhattan and created in conjunction with
Kevin Rudolph, ZOMhattan was originally intended to be the capital of
ROCKtropia until beta testers' avatars were turned into zombies by a
virus. A safe haven in the city, Rudolph's B.A.M.F Headquarters will
also exist as a location for his fans to gather and check out new
music and content from the singer. Fans of Rudolph will also be able
to buy the singer's virtual merchandise, earn exclusive prizes and
receive advance access to new material.
-- City of Dreams - The center of pop culture in ROCKtropia, the City of
Dreams is the location for aspiring artists to promote their music and
pursue fame and fortune. Through quests, musicians can earn tokens to
get their music played on Club NEVERDIE Live, ROCKtropia's main radio
station, or score airplay on Jango internet radio. Artists that prove
popular can earn the opportunity to get their own studio and
potentially their own income-generating venue. The city will also be
the home to a palace run by Audio-Freaks.com, one of the UK's biggest,
most popular Dance Music Production companies, and NEVERDIE Studios'
own machinima Film Studio, the location for new artists to create
their own music videos.
-- VampireFreaks Cathedral - Situated in ROCKtropia's deep forest and
surrounded by vampire chicks, wolves and werewolves, the Cathedral is
home to VampireFreaks.com members, the largest industrial Goth Vampire
social network with more than 3 million members.
NEVERDIE Studios has also created exclusive, limited edition virtual goods that can be earned by early members of ROCKtropia. This includes the opportunity to win guitar axes by defeating the guardians of Lemmy's castle and diamond encrusted shotguns launched by B.A.M.F. HQ by conquering Zomhattan's zombies.
"It's a wonderful idea really," said Lemmy of ROCKtropia. "It's the best idea that has ever been visited upon in my suffering years. I get to invent monsters that go on to slaughter thousands of people and I get paid for it! What could possibly be better than that?"
ROCKtropia was developed by virtual entrepreneur and pop star Jon "NEVERDIE" Jacobs, who first became a virtual success with "Gamer Chick," his hit record on the Entropia Universe platform. With the success of "Gamer Chick," NEVERDIE realized the potential for music on the platform and created Club NEVERDIE. It was the financial success of Club NEVERDIE that laid the foundation for ROCKtropia.
Conceived by NEVERDIE in 2007 when Entropia Universe opened its platform to third party developers, ROCKtropia began production in early 2009 after Lemmy and Kevin Rudolph became involved with the new planet. The planet was created using the CRYengine2, one of the world's most advanced graphics engines. Activities include quests, adventures, first person shooter action, events, competitions, fashion, social networking, romance, live music performances and e-commerce. Additional artists will be involved and new lands will be created as ROCKtropia further develops.
About NEVERDIE Studios:
NEVERDIE Studios is headquartered in the historic El Capitan Theatre building in the heart of Hollywood. The Studio was founded by iconic celebrity gamer/avatar Jon "NEVERDIE" Jacobs in the summer of 2008 to create movies, music and virtual worlds. Since its inception, NEVERDIE Studios has scored chart-topping club hits with dance diva Cheri Moon and produced two revolutionary virtual worlds launching in 2010 - ROCKtropia, the industry's first virtual music world, and the upcoming time travelers tropical paradise Next Island.
Sweden-based company MindArk is the developer of the Entropia Platform and publisher of Entropia Universe. The platform offers access to one of the most advanced Internet interaction solutions available today, giving MindArk´s partners the opportunity to create entirely new planets in Entropia Universe. Current partner productions include shopping, games, music and art. MindArk is the only company which backs their virtual currency at a guaranteed exchange rate of 10 PED to 1 USD.
'Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer' Launches, Game Available Now
- The gates to Khitai have opened, a whole new world of adventure beckons in 'Rise of the Godslayer' -
DURHAM, N.C., May 11 -- Funcom is proud to announce the launch of 'Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer', the expansion to the critically acclaimed, best-selling massively multiplayer online game 'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures'. 'Rise of the Godslayer' is now available in retail as a combined package that includes the original game and the expansion, and is also available for purchase online for players upgrading from the original game. 'Rise of the Godslayer' not only introduces countless hours of new adventure through the addition of new lands and dungeons, it also adds all-new gameplay features such as the faction system.
"We are very excited about seeing 'Age of Conan' back on the shelves in retail as a renewed and revitalized experience comprised of both the original game and the expansion, exactly two years after the launch of the original game in May 2008," says Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas. "We feel very confident about the level of quality offered in this expansion, and the initial reactions from press and players so far only serve to confirm our confidence in the game."
'Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer' has been undergoing beta tests for the past few months, where both players and the press have been participating. This week the first previews and reviews started coming in from the press, and here are some of the reactions observed so far:
"Khitai is visually striking [...] The alternate advancement system is looking like a fantastic way to add more diversification and individuality to your character..."
"My time with 'Rise of the Godslayer' has essentially confirmed what Funcom has been saying for weeks. It is a labor of love, and the effort shows in everything from the amount of new content, to the considered and varied advancement options, to the high production values..."
"... 'Rise of the Godslayer' rounds out the 'Age of Conan' experience in an incredible way [...] Funcom is definitely taking a huge step in the right direction with 'Rise of the Godslayer'..."
'Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer' is being distributed through retail by CompuExpert in the US and by Deep Silver in the European markets, and is available as an all-new combined package that includes both the original game and the expansion so that even new players who might not own a previous copy of the game can easily get started on their adventures through the new lands of Khitai. It is also possible to upgrade an existing copy of 'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures' to the expansion through the Funcom account management system, or by purchasing the game in retail and upgrading with the key enclosed in the box.
"We are very proud to be launching the expansion for Age of Conan," says Executive Producer and Game Director Craig Morrison. "This is the culmination of a lot of hard work from the development team, and I think they have created a wonderfully engaging experience for our players. We are really looking forward to welcoming our players to Khitai!"
Launching in May 2008 'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures' quickly became a smash hit in retail, shipping over 1.2 million copies around the world. In North America, the most prominent online gaming market in the west, 'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures' became the third best-selling PC title of the year in 2008. In the weeks after launch 'Age of Conan' simultaneously topped the charts in 17 countries, and the game received critical acclaim from gaming press across the globe. 'Age of Conan' is now available in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Polish localized versions, and is being prepared for launch in Korea as well.
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Alstom and Infosys Technologies Partner to Develop Next Generation Power Solutions
Focus on High-end Engineering and R&D Services
NEW DELHI, May 11, 2010-- Alstom, a world leader in energy and rail transport
infrastructure and Infosys Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: INFY), today
announced the expansion of their strategic partnership in areas of global
Research and Development (R&D), Engineering and Engineering IT services. This
partnership envisages substantial strategic investments over the next five
years to develop next generation solutions for the power sector.
Infosys will provide support to Alstom Power's global business
units in core business areas including Product Development, Simulation,
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and Engineering IT. Infosys will also
support Alstom in building knowledge management processes for its design and
engineering teams. This collaborative operating model will enable Alstom to
benefit from faster time-to-market for new products, customization and
adaptation of existing products for emerging markets, while also sustaining
its current offerings.
"We see this long-term technological partnership with Infosys,
a leader in Information System Technology, as one of the key drivers to
developing the next generation of Alstom's power solutions," said Mr.
Philippe Joubert, President, Alstom Power. "Given our experience with Infosys
and our confidence in their strong competencies, they are a natural partner
of choice. This endeavor also underlines our commitment to invest in Asia,
particularly in India."
This engagement builds upon the existing relationship between
Alstom and Infosys, which began in 2005 with the establishment of the Alstom
R&D Center at the Infosys campus in Mysore and now extends to all of Alstom
Power's business units. Most recently, an additional Alstom R&D center has
been established at the Infosys campus in Pune.
"Infosys has invested in engineering and technology specific
centers-of-excellence to support Alstom Power globally," said Mr. BG
Srinivas, Member of Infosys' Executive Council. "As Alstom Power strengthens
its focus on emerging markets, we have been able to combine our deep
understanding of their business and engineering processes with our extensive
knowledge of these markets to function as an innovation hub for Alstom."
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation and rail
infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally
friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest
capacity automated metro in the world, and provides turnkey integrated power
plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources,
including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind. Alstom brings international
expertise and extensive knowledge of local markets as a fully integrated
provider of clean, efficient and technologically advanced power system
solutions in all key energy markets. The Group employs around 76 500 people
in 70 countries. For more information, visit http://www.alstom.com
About Infosys Technologies Ltd.
Infosys (NASDAQ: INFY) defines, designs and delivers IT-enabled business
solutions that help Global 2000 companies win in a Flat World. These
solutions focus on providing strategic differentiation and operational
superiority to clients. With Infosys, clients are assured of a transparent
business partner, world-class processes, speed of execution and the power to
stretch their IT budget by leveraging the Global Delivery Model that Infosys
pioneered. Infosys has over 113,000 employees in over 50 offices worldwide.
Infosys is part of the NASDAQ-100 Index and The Global Dow. For more
information, visit http://www.infosys.com.
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AT&T Web Hosting to Offer Small Businesses New Solutions to Maximize Potential for Their Websites
Two New Design Plans Save Small Businesses Time and Money in Making Sites Functional, Interactive and User-Friendly
DALLAS, May 11 -- With more and more consumers using the Internet to research, purchase and service products, it's vital for businesses - especially small businesses - to have a strong web presence. Many had cutting-edge websites a few years ago, but websites can get stale and outdated quickly. The good news for small business is that redesigning or creating a robust website just got quicker and simpler, thanks to two new web hosting and design plans announced today by AT&T*.
The new "Get Me Started" and "Build It For Me" plans are designed to help small businesses with what they need in their website building efforts. Many times, it's the initial steps of web development that are the largest obstacle for small business owners. Starting at $42.50 a month, the "Get Me Started" plan allows the customer to get a professionally designed website up and running quickly while still allowing them the ultimate control over their content through an easy to use Do-It-Yourself design tool. This solution offers customers both a three- and five-page option for their initial site. Once management of the site is turned over, small business owners will have access to online video tutorials on how they can implement more updates on their own.
The "Build It For Me" plan starts at $95 per month and allows customers to let AT&T design experts build, host and design their website with five-, 10- and 15-page options. With Enhanced Web Hosting, users can further explore maximizing search engine rankings and using the latest internet marketing tools.
Both the "Get Me Started" and "Build It For Me" plans include 30 minutes of our expert design assistance each month.
"A strong, well-designed and easy-to-find online presence for a small business is important because it builds customer trust and expands customer reach," said Ebrahim Keshavarz, vice president of Small Business Product Management for AT&T. "With the option to review their website's effectiveness each month, small business owners can make sure that their site is working as hard as possible for them while keeping their customers interested and engaged with fresh content."
"The competition is fierce in our industry and having a reliable, safe and compelling web presence allows us to stand out," said Tyron Jones, owner of Jackson, Miss.-based Lindsey Security Firm. "The Web Hosting services by AT&T enabled us to get a smart and effective website up which resulted in increased awareness of our firm and expanded business across other states."
According to research from Webvisible and Nielsen, 63 percent of consumers and small business owners first look to the Internet for information about local companies but surprisingly, only 44 percent of small businesses have a website. For small companies with limited design capabilities, time and budget, it can be difficult to design and maintain a valuable web presence. The proliferation of technologies, such as interactive multimedia assets (video and images) and social media, has become increasingly prevalent and has set a new standard in business sites today. AT&T Web Hosting allows small business owners to concentrate on running their business while relying on AT&T experts to create a functional, search engine friendly website that reflects the small business' personality and business needs.
Customers interested in exploring what AT&T Web Hosting Services can do for their business can visit the newly redesigned webhosting.att.com. Along with detailed pricing information, a variety of plans, services and marketing tips can be combined to create a unique web solution for any business. A 10 percent discount is available on these two new bundles for existing AT&T customers who already have AT&T High-Speed Internet, U-verse, AT&T Managed Internet Service or AT&T TechSupport 360.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T |DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
EMC Simplifies Storage Configuration Management as Customers Accelerate Journey to Private Cloud
EMC(R) Ionix(TM) Storage Configuration Advisor 2.0 Improves Efficiency of Storage Change Processes In Virtual Data Centers
BOSTON, May 11 -- EMC World -- EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today furthered its ability to help customers on their journey to the private cloud with EMC® Ionix(TM) Storage Configuration Advisor 2.0. The new software automates the validation of storage configuration best-practices in physical and virtual environments, utilizes agentless discovery to simplify storage deployment and management, and provides detailed reports and trend analysis that improve storage change and configuration management processes.
Virtualization is the first step on the journey to a private cloud. A virtualized data center increases flexibility by streamlining server and storage provisioning processes, but it also changes the way IT organizations manage storage in critical ways: 1) Virtualization accelerates the pace at which capacity can be allocated to new applications, and 2) Live migration capabilities like VMware VMotion(TM) and VMware Storage VMotion(TM) enable the dynamic movement of applications from one server to another or virtual disks from one array to another. If not managed appropriately, this increases the difficulty of complying with configuration best practices, putting service levels at risk.
"Visibility into the Storage Area Network (SAN) has always been challenging, but this dynamic is accentuated in virtualized environments where applications, virtual machines, and server resources are engaged in a continuous game of hide-and-seek with the storage environment," said Bob Laliberte, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "EMC Ionix Storage Configuration Advisor v2's ability to provide end-to-end visibility, change management, and policy control will help keep business-critical applications running, drive operational efficiencies, and minimize risk in today's increasingly dynamic data center."
As a core piece of the EMC Ionix Storage Resource Management (SRM) portfolio, Ionix Storage Configuration Advisor 2.0 performs near-real-time discovery, change tracking and best practice validation of the virtual SAN environment. The solution significantly improves the efficiency of the change process, can raise service levels and accelerate/optimize planning and control as adoption of VMware-virtualized environments increases.
"As customers accelerate their adoption of VMware virtualization technologies, they can realize even more substantial efficiencies and achieve greater levels of agility," said Bogomil Balkansky, vice president, product marketing, Virtualization and Cloud platforms, VMware. "Complementing the strengths of the VMware portfolio, EMC Ionix Storage Configuration Advisor enables customers to holistically manage their physical and virtual storage environments in an automated fashion. Working together, EMC and VMware are helping customers realize the full power of virtualization."
Core to Ionix Storage Configuration Advisor 2.0 is the software's ability to:
-- Offer complete coverage of the storage infrastructure from the virtual
guest, to the VMware vSphere(TM) host, and down through the storage
-- Use agentless discovery to simplify management and reduce deployment
times by eliminating the need for host agents;
-- Proactively detect infrastructure vulnerabilities to ensure customers
are maintaining compliance with internal configuration policies,
vendor guidelines, or industry best-practices;
-- Provide an audit trail of SAN changes and rule violations, flagging
potential service-affecting events as they occur;
-- Offer extensive reporting capabilities that present customers with a
detailed analysis of configurations, compliance breaches, and service
"Enterprises today want to minimize operational costs within the data center by reducing the time spent planning and validating changes to the storage environment and resolving configuration issues," said Jay Mastaj, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMC Ionix. "The key is to eliminate downtime associated with human error and improve the maturity of the change and configuration management processes in virtualized environments. EMC Ionix Storage Configuration Advisor meets these challenges head on, enabling our customers to more easily make their journey to the cloud."
EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at http://www.EMC.com.
EMC and Ionix are either registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
VMware, VMware VMotion and VMware vSphere are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions
Source: EMC Corporation
CONTACT: Craig Librett of EMC Corporation, +1-508-293-7298,
Hobsons College Matching Technology Reinvents Online College Search
Hobsons' new feature uses innovative 'fuzzy matching' technology that aligns student interests with their ideal school
CINCINNATI, May 11 -- Hobsons, a leading provider of education products and services, is excited to announce the beta release of its innovative college matching feature, designed to help students find the school most suited to their tastes. This patent-pending tool is the first and only college search available that uses "fuzzy matching" technology to understand what students want most out of their college choice and connect them with the schools that most closely resemble these priorities.
The new college search tool will initially be hosted on College Confidential, the leading Web community for college-bound students, and will soon be released on Hobsons' other flagship sites at CollegeView.com, GradView.com, and USAEducationGuides.com.
The tool lets students find schools based on criteria that are most important to them--including location, school size, academic majors, great college towns, tuition and fees, campus setting, and many other items. Students rank these items based on how important they find each category. Finally, this produces an immediate list of ranked schools that are broader than traditional college searches, which simply display only the schools that meet rigid perimeters.
College search results are displayed based upon the percentage they match the student-determined qualifications. This gives students the opportunity to see institutions that best match their interests, including some that meet most of their preferences very well, but may not match on one or two criteria. This exposes students to great institutions that closely meet their interests that they may not have considered otherwise.
"Our new college search tool represents first-to-market technology that delivers the most comprehensive and immediate results to narrow down a student's college search," said Roger Dooley, vice president of digital marketing, Hobsons. "We're excited that students can now simply click, rank, and match their college criteria to create an immediate list of schools that are a good match. Our fuzzy matching approach will, we expect, create some interesting, 'outside-the-box' suggestions and highlight schools that students might not have otherwise considered."
Fifteen-thousand current College Confidential users were invited to participate in a closed beta test last month. The college matching feature was received very positively. One user had this to say, "If I would have seen this earlier, I might have applied to a couple more schools. All of my top 3 choices were near the top of this list, and there were other colleges that I wish I had known about before."
Based on feedback from users, Hobsons will continue to add features and adjust the matching algorithm to improve the tool. To see the future of college search, visit College Confidential at http://www.collegeconfidential.com/.
Hobsons is a premier provider of innovative technology and integrated marketing solutions that empower education professionals to manage the entire student lifecycle including recruitment, enrollment, and retention. With end-to-end, enterprise-class products built from over thirty years of education experience and market knowledge, Hobsons helps more than 5,000 global secondary schools, colleges, and universities achieve their goals. A Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) subsidiary, Hobsons is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH with offices in Washington DC; Fairfax, VA; Oakland, CA; London, England; and Melbourne, Australia.
AT&T Recovery Exercise to Simulate Metro Detroit Network Disaster
AT&T Business Continuity Study Indicates Local Companies Prepared and Investing in New Recovery Solutions
DEARBORN, Mich., May 11 -- Communications is always cited as priority number one in the drama that unfolds when natural or manmade disaster strikes and puts lives, property, and business assets at risk. With that in mind, AT&T*, working with local officials and business leaders, is conducting a full-scale disaster recovery simulation - a Network Disaster Recovery Exercise - in the Metro Detroit area from May 6 to May 14 near The Dearborn Inn.
"The city of Dearborn and the greater Detroit area business community are committed to continued sustainable economic growth - something that demands reliable and effective networks of communication," said Robert Ficano, chief executive officer of Wayne County. "Today's exercise gives our businesses and local government operations greater security in knowing the network and their connectivity are a top priority when dealing with major storms, terrorism or other disasters."
AT&T's 2010 Business Continuity Study found that many local Detroit businesses are prepared for disasters and several are investing in additional technology. Eighty-six percent of Detroit companies have business continuity plans and 77 percent are planning to invest in new technologies this year.
Some additional local results from the study include:
-- A majority of companies (55%) provide employees access to social
networking tools, and 72 percent are concerned about the increasing
use of this technology and its impact on security threats.
-- Similarly, 73 percent are concerned about the increasing use of mobile
networks and devices and their impact on security threats.
-- A vast majority (80%) indicate they have special arrangements for
communicating with key executives, while 81 percent have e-mail or
text messaging capabilities to reach employees.
-- Seven out of 10 (70%) Detroit businesses have systems in place that
enable most employees to work from remote locations, and almost half
(44%) have automated calling systems to reach employees by telephone
or cell phone outside of work.
"In crises, communications are vital to help save lives by connecting emergency services and families to each other," said Jim Murray, President of AT&T Michigan. "While today's exercise shows the capability AT&T has get our network back online in case of a disaster, it pales in comparison to capabilities shown by our first responders. Not only do we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis, but we also owe them our best in repairing our network to allow them to do their jobs in case of an emergency."
The AT&T NDR exercise simulates the loss of network operations because of manmade or natural conditions. Last week, 22 semi-tractor trailers rolled into Dearborn, each with essential networking technology for creating a temporary central network office. A crew of more than 60 permanent and volunteer NDR team members will assemble and turn up the central network office, first using satellite communications and a satellite COLT (cell on light truck). The exercise tests and refines their speed and efficiency in restoring wired and wireline network operations in the event of an actual disaster. Essential to AT&T's own comprehensive business continuity plan, the Detroit NDR exercise will feature more than 25 disaster recovery trailers and vehicles, including emergency communications vehicles, and a variety of smaller utility and support trailers, as well as a search-and-rescue dog team demonstration.
"We live and work in a connected world, where a local manmade or natural disaster could have effects on productivity and progress at a global scale," said Mark Francis, Vice President - Global Network Operations Center, AT&T. "AT&T's NDR activities and team are vital to ensuring our wireline and wireless networks experience the minimal amount of downtime in the event of an emergency. It's our commitment to our customers' safety, their businesses' sustainability and continued innovation and possibility."
During the last 15 years, AT&T has invested more than $500 million in its NDR program, which includes specially trained managers, engineers and technicians from across the United States, as well as a fleet of more than 300 self-contained equipment trailers and support vehicles that house the same equipment and components as an AT&T data-routing or voice-switching center. In 2008, AT&T announced that its NDR organization had consolidated wireless, wired and backbone network recovery capabilities, enabling AT&T to bring an integrated approach to disaster recovery that helps ensure the flow of both wireless and wired communications during times of need.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T's Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies.
Carbonite Expands Mobile Access With New Application for BlackBerry(R) Smartphones and Updated Application for iPhone(TM)
Backed up files available for access anytime, anywhere
BOSTON, May 11 -- Carbonite®, a leading provider of online backup, today introduced a new mobile application for BlackBerry® smartphone users that provides access to their backed up files anywhere, anytime directly on their BlackBerry phone.
Carbonite subscribers who download the Carbonite application for BlackBerry smartphones will be able to access the following features:
-- Browse: Carbonite customers can see files on their BlackBerry
smartphone arranged exactly as they are on their computer(s).
-- View: File types including PDFs, images, audio and video files, Excel
files and Word documents, can be downloaded and opened anywhere and at
anytime on a BlackBerry smartphone.
-- Share: Files backed up with Carbonite can be attached and emailed
easily from a BlackBerry smartphone.
To learn more, Carbonite customers can visit carbonite.com/Blackberry from their computer or download the app at carbonite.com/blackberry from their BlackBerry smartphones.
The introduction of the Carbonite application for BlackBerry smartphones is the latest in a series of mobile and remote product innovations from Carbonite to provide its customers with real-time access to their files. Carbonite provides customers with remote file access from any computer with an Internet connection through Carbonite Remote Access and released an application for iPhone(TM)/iPod touch® earlier this year. In addition to announcing an application for use with BlackBerry phones, Carbonite also is introducing an upgrade to its application for iPhone, version 1.1.
"We know our customers are constantly on-the-go and have found great value in quickly being able to access their files," said Carbonite CEO and co-founder David Friend. "Many Carbonite subscribers are small businesses who use the standard Carbonite product or Carbonite Pro, which we debuted earlier this year. Many of these business users rely on their BlackBerry smartphones and now will not only be able to access e-mail and the Web, but also all of their invaluable files they have backed up. The Carbonite application for BlackBerry smartphones continues our commitment to simplicity. With just a few clicks on their BlackBerry phone, a Carbonite subscriber can easily find an invoice from their computer and e-mail it to a customer or view photos they have backed up."
The Carbonite application for BlackBerry smartphones supports BlackBerry smartphones running OS 4.6.1 and with a screen resolution of 240x320 and higher, including the following devices:
-- BlackBerry Pearl(TM) Flip 8230 smartphone
-- BlackBerry Curve(TM) 8300 Series
-- BlackBerry Curve(TM) 8500 Series
-- BlackBerry Curve(TM) 8900 Series
-- BlackBerry Bold(TM) 9000 smartphone
-- BlackBerry Tour(TM) 9600 series
As part of its on-going mobile access strategy, Carbonite also introduced the 1.1 version of the Carbonite for iPhone application. In addition to integrating feedback from application users, the new version provides support for Carbonite Pro customers and allows anyone to sign up for a free trial of Carbonite directly in the application.
Carbonite online backup installs with just a few clicks and runs quietly in the background, continually backing up the irreplaceable files on a computer. For $54.95 per year, Carbonite subscribers get unlimited backup space. For new customers interested in testing Carbonite's award-winning online backup service, a free 15-day trial of Carbonite is available at http://www.carbonite.com.
The Carbonite industry-first offer of unlimited online backup service for a flat, low price revolutionized the market for consumer and small business backup services. Since 2006, the company has backed up more than 39 billion files and has restored more than 3.2 billion lost files for its customers. Carbonite backs up more than 100 million files every day to high-redundancy storage servers in its Boston and Somerville, Mass. data centers.
The Carbonite mission is to provide a simple, affordable, and secure backup solution for the mainstream computer user. Carbonite supports both the Windows and Mac platforms. Carbonite is available directly at http://www.carbonite.com, and through international distributors. For more information, please visit http://www.carbonite.com.
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SOURCECORP(R) Launches New Website in Alignment With Its Transformational Business Process Outsourcing Solutions
DALLAS, May 11 -- SOURCECORP, Incorporated, a leading provider of business process outsourcing solutions and specialized high value consulting services, today announced the official launch of their new website, http://www.sourcecorp.com. The new site was created to more clearly articulate
Source: CORP's solutions and industry expertise utilized to transform clients'
business processes and accelerate their business performance.
Founded in 1994, SOURCECORP has served leading companies in information
intensive industries, including healthcare, financial, government and legal,
for over 16 years. During that time the company has transformed and enhanced
its service offerings to help its customers compete and win even in turbulent
"Our clients depend on SOURCECORP to provide leading solutions in areas as
diverse as document management, risk management and compliance, and claims
administration. We serve customers from small local entities to Fortune 100
companies with the same commitment to excellence. SOURCECORP has transformed
itself over the years to better support those clients with industry leading
solutions and a global workforce," states Ed Bowman, President and CEO of
SOURCECORP. We wanted our new website to more accurately represent the
organization we are today."
SOURCECORP believes that its combination of a nationwide domestic platform
comprised of operations facilities staffed by committed employees, many
holding specialized industry credentials, complemented by leading consulting
professionals who support clients from advisory services through complete
process management and outsourcing, is unique in its depth and breadth of
SOURCECORP, Incorporated provides business process outsourcing solutions
and specialized high value consulting services to clients throughout the
United States. SOURCECORP focuses on business processes in
information-intensive industries including healthcare, legal, commercial,
financial services, government, and transportation & logistics. Headquartered
in Dallas, SOURCECORP serves clients throughout the United States through a
network of locations in the U.S., Mexico, Philippines and India.
CONTACT: Ralph Burns of SOURCECORP, +1-214-740-6534,
Billeo Helps Financial Institutions Offer Customers More Flexibility and Choice in Online Bill Pay with PayDirect Assistant
For the First Time Ever, Bank Customers Can Pay Bills Instantly - And Now With Debit Cards and Credit Cards
SAN FRANCISCO, May 11 -- FinovateSpring 2010 -- Billeo (http://www.billeo.com) - a suite of Online Assistants that save people time and money in all types of online transactions, from shopping to bill pay - today announced PayDirect Assistant, a new patent-pending online service that adds first-of-its-kind features and functionality to banks' online bill pay services. Now 31 million bank bill pay customers can make immediate payments - even on the bill's due date - using their debit card or credit card.
"We developed PayDirect Assistant to address two common points of frustration for consumers who use their bank's online bill pay services. They can't pay bills instantly, and they can't pay with a card. In fact, of the 31 million bank pay customers, more than half still go to a biller's website to make a same-day payment or earn rewards by paying with a card," said Murali Subbarao, founder and CEO of Billeo. "PayDirect Assistant provides an easy way for our banking partners to enhance their online bill pay services with little effort on their part, attract new bill pay customers and improve their existing customers' bill pay experiences with added choice and speed."
There are more than 8,000 billers that accept credit and debit cards as forms of payments - and now banks can give the 47 million households who currently pay directly to biller websites a one-stop, organized place to pay all their bills: from their bank's website. Billeo's PayDirect Assistant improves customer experience with their banks, and creates new revenue streams for the financial institutions.
For banks: To get started, there are two easy choices:
1. If already offering an in-house bill pay solution, they simply can
integrate with Billeo and the PayDirect Assistant will go live for
2. If using a third-party bill pay consolidator, they can ask their
service provider to integrate with Billeo to extend the value of the
agreement and better serve customers.
For bank customers: Upon sign-in at their bank's website, customers activate Billeo's PayDirect Assistant with a simple click. It only takes three steps for a consumer to pay a bill using Billeo's PayDirect Assistant:
1. The customer selects a biller through their bank's billing directory,
and Billeo's PayDirect Assistant brings them directly to the biller's
website to log in, securely saving credentials to enable easy log-in
for future payments.
2. Billeo's PayDirect Assistant automatically fills the card details on
the biller's payment page.
3. After the customer pays a bill, Billeo's PayDirect Assistant saves a
receipt on the bank's website, creating a centralized record of payment
Billeo's PayDirect Assistant is the ultimate online bill pay assistant, autofilling information throughout the process - from passwords to credit card numbers - and keeping all bill payments organized on the bank's website.
"The card-based online bill pay space is projected to be $1.4 trillion in volume, making the service very attractive to banks," continued Subbarao. "We are working with our various bank partners to enhance their bill pay offerings with features that their customers want, thereby improving customer satisfaction and retention. PayDirect Assistant is a win-win-win for banks, billers and their customers alike."
Billeo's PayDirect Assistant is the company's latest service geared toward helping people reap the rewards of transacting online. Billeo works with several large financial institutions to help improve their customers' online shopping and bill pay experiences, including Visa, American Express, Discover, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and NetSpend. Interest on Billeo's PayDirect Assistant from the financial community is strong, with many players working with Billeo to implement the service.
About Billeo, Inc.
Billeo provides a suite of Online Assistants that save people time and money in all types of online transactions, from shopping to bill pay. Its latest tool, the Offer Assistant, delivers high-quality discounts and deals from the loyalty programs of major card programs such as American Express, Visa and others - with no work required. Billeo was founded by seasoned executives well-versed in the online shopping and bill payment spaces. Over 40 banks, six of the top 10 card issuers, and more than 1,500 merchants are part of the trusted Billeo network. For more information about Billeo visit http://www.billeo.com.
NEI Introduces S-3000 R2 Server for High-Speed, High-Density Security Applications
CANTON, Mass., May 11 -- NEI (NASDAQ:NENG), a leading provider of application platforms and lifecycle support services for software developers, OEMs and service providers worldwide, today announced the availability of the S-3000 R2, a scalable 3U rack mount server solution designed for high-performance security applications requiring deep storage and mission-critical reliability.
The S-3000 R2 is purpose-built for threat mitigation applications that demand high reliability and superior speed, such as real-time network access control and intrusion detection, firewall auditing and security, and web and email filtering gateways. The scalable server can be expanded with single or dual Intel 5500 Xeon processors and up to 96 GB DDR3 memory for maximum uptime for high-density monitoring and prevention. Up to 16 total drives for 32 TB of storage are also available for more sophisticated network analytic applications with extensive storage requirements.
According to a recent independent report, "Budgets for acquiring new security technology are recovering: 42% of enterprises expect spending on new security technology to significantly increase." The report, entitled The State Of Enterprise IT Security And Emerging Trends: 2009 To 2010, Forrester Research, Inc., January, 2010, also states, "There is also high growth in the areas of both data security and security operations (which includes security information management; configuration and patch management; and incident response, forensics, and investigations)."
"NEI's platform expertise and support services provide real value to software providers serving the security market," said Jeff Hudgins, vice president of marketing at NEI. "Enterprise network threats are growing, and we want to make sure our customers can deploy and service the increasingly sophisticated network security solutions their customers demand. The S-3000 R2 is purpose-built for a variety of network threat and mitigation applications."
The S-3000 R2 also features up to six full-height, full-length PCIe slots, as well as integrated hardware RAID, redundant AC or DC power, and hot swap enterprise class hard drives, all designed to provide maximum reliability for real-time, data-heavy security applications. With NEI's Smart Services, customers can also receive full lifecycle management to ensure optimal performance of the server from design and development to deployment and in-field maintenance.
Pricing and Availability
The new S-3000 R2 is now shipping. Base model pricing starts at $2,750 (USD).
NEI is a leading provider of application platforms, appliances and lifecycle support services for software developers, OEMs and service providers worldwide. Through its comprehensive suite of services that include solution design, integration control, support and other value-added service capabilities, NEI enables customers to more effectively deploy, manage, service and support their solutions. Founded in 1997, NEI is headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts and trades on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol NENG. For more information about NEI's products and services, visit http://www.nei.com.
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Obopay Announces New Offering: Mobile Money For Banks
Obopay's bank-branded mobile money solution enables banks to quickly and seamlessly join growing wave of mobile transactions
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 11 -- Obopay, the pioneer in mobile payments, today announced Mobile Money for Banks, which will allow banks to deploy their own branded mobile money service. Designed to make bank accounts the anchor for all current and future mobile money transactions, the service combines complete brand control and a full range of mobile transactions and applications with simple low-cost integration and deployment. Mobile Money for Banks includes the ability to send and transfer money, makes payment card acceptance available to everyone and can be implemented in 30 days or less.
One of the biggest advantages of Mobile Money for Banks is the opportunity to replace a substantial amount of cash and check transactions, which turns a cost center into a revenue opportunity for the bank. Cash and checks remain the predominate payment method used by consumers and cash alone is still projected to make up over 27 percent of all consumer payment methods by 2012 according to The Nilson Report, this despite continued growth in debit card usage. According to Payment News, less than 30% of all small businesses accept any form of electronic payment. It's not surprising therefore that mobile payments are among the top areas in which banks plan to invest in 2010 according to Ovum, and that they will be "mainstream" and a top ten mobile application by 2012 according to Gartner. Smartphones are at the center of this movement. In the U.S., there was a 39% year-over-year increase in shipments of smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2009. In that same period, Apple's iPhone shipments grew by 98%. Smart phones are expected to continue to grow to make up nearly half of all phones in the market by 2011 according to Nielsen.
While banks hope consumers would prefer to use a mobile payment system from their trusted financial service provider, banks are going to face increasing competitive pressure from non-traditional players outside the industry as well as their traditional competitors. The roughly five million people who donated by text message following the disaster in Haiti, for example, were facilitated by carriers rather than banks. In Canada, carriers have come together to establish a competitive mobile payment service.
"Any bank that isn't looking at how to enter the mobile money market as quickly as possible is risking the loss of business to competitors, the carriers, or PayPal", said Bob Hedges, Managing Partner of Mercatus, "Given the considerable level of consumer interest, what banks need is a solution that is easy to implement, inexpensive and fast to deploy. We should anticipate a wave of bank deployments over the next six months."
Mobile Money for Banks gives financial institutions the opportunity to bring to market quickly branded smart phone, Blackberry and iPhone applications, as well as Mobile Internet, SMS and IVR services and a full range of website capabilities. It is quick and low cost for banks to deploy because it leverages established connections and payment processes to existing payment networks and it provides maximum mobile coverage through established distribution with mobile carriers.
"We have been at the forefront of mobile payments for five years," said Obopay CEO Carol Realini. "Mobile Money for Banks incorporates our knowledge and expertise in the most successful use cases, applications and capabilities with technology that makes it extremely easy for banks to get into mobile payments with their own brand."
Mobile Money for Banks includes the following products:
-- Get Paid by Obopay
Enables payments to be received for products or services. Anyone, including small businesses or individuals, can accept debit card or ACH payments from anyone. Money is received directly into the recipient's bank account. This includes the capability to accept payments directly from a mobile phone, website or email. Obopay offers a number of tools that people can use to get paid including payment buttons for websites, payment links for emails or email invoices, and social networking widgets.
-- Mobile P2P by Obopay
Enables bank customers the ability to link and send money to anyone directly from their own bank account using a debit card. Obopay takes care of validation and regulatory compliance. Recipients don't have to be signed up for the service to receive the money and can direct the funds into their own bank account using their debit card number or bank account and routing number. They can also direct the funds to a pre-paid card, if they choose, and get instant access to the funds for online shopping.
-- Family Money by Obopay
Enables bank customers to send money instantly to family members for emergencies or regularly scheduled payments. Family members receiving the money can direct it to their own bank account if they have one or, if the senders prefer, they can provide them with their own personalized prepaid card, which is great for teens. Parents can "top-off" funds instantly from their accounts or on a regularly scheduled basis. Use of the prepaid debit card allows parents to monitor spending in real time.
-- Transfer Money by Obopay
Enables account-to-account transfers, allowing customers to exchange funds from their bank accounts to accounts outside of their bank. This is accomplished by simply linking the accounts they want to send money to by entering that account's debit card number or its bank account and routing number.
Obopay offers a variety of inexpensive and flexible integration options including fully branded standalone service offerings for web and mobile applications, as well as single sign on (SSO). Payment system integration options enable the bank's accounts to be anchors for all mobile transactions through integration with existing debit card network connections, or through the ACH network. Core banking integrations are also available.
Founded in 2005, Obopay, Inc., (banks.obopay.com) offers financial institutions an open, trusted, secure and interoperable mobile payments service by transforming any mobile phone into a convenient and easy way to send and receive money. The company's Mobile Money for Banks offers bank-branded, account-centric mobile service quickly, painlessly and at low deployment cost. Obopay's broad-based offering addresses the needs of consumers and businesses around the world by providing a ubiquitous service that delivers value, empowers lives and improves opportunity for merchants both in the physical and virtual worlds. The company provides innovative mobile money services making it easy for mobile phone users to securely send and receive money, top-up their mobile, buy online, buy via mobile, pay bills and pay small businesses. Obopay believes the power is in the network and has established global partnerships that include Nokia, MasterCard, Citibank, AT&T, Verizon, Essar, Yes Bank in India, Blackberry and Societe Generale. Global headquarters are in Redwood City, CA with operations in India.
More Information about Obopay:
Web site: banks.obopay.com
CONTACT: Analisa Baker or Gary Thompson, Clarity Communications for
Obopay, Claritycommunications.us, Twitter: Twitter.com/Perfect_Clarity,
firstname.lastname@example.org, +1-415-963-4082 x103; or More Information
about Obopay: Web site: banks.obopay.com, Blog: blog.obopay.com, Twitter:
Today GenosTV announces its debut on Simon Applebaum's online radio show, BlogTalkRadio.
Since GenosTV's fantastic debut to a standing-room-only (SRO) audience at Digital Hollywood May 5, 2010, where the audience witnessed technology and entertainment industry history, the buzz surrounding Rob Shambro, GenosTV chief executive officer's speech is a true David-and-Goliath story.
Simon Applebaum did not waste any time setting up an interview with GenosTV. Simon is a true television insider and recognizes that Genos is the television of the future.
Program Note: "Tomorrow Will Be Televised" is a weekly program covering the television scene.
Journalist Simon Applebaum hosts the program, featuring live guests, breaking TV news and commentary. Guests include network TV executives, show producers/creators, entrepreneurs launching new TV services, TV critics and pundits.
Genos(TM) is a subsidiary of the ShambroWest Corporation, with offices in Las Vegas and Amsterdam. It was founded by Rob Shambro, Serial Entrepreneur and founder of SAVVIS, STREAMSEARCH and ILABS, Mike West, subject matter expert in consumer electronics and former technical leader at IBM, and Kevin Bachus, creator of the Microsoft XBOX.
ShambroWest Corporation has its headquarters in Las Vegas, NV and is being incubated by Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal. Genos(TM) and ShambroWest Corporation have recently opened a European headquarters in Amsterdam and Hong Kong is coming soon.
Outdoor Channel: All HD, All the Time Starting June 28th
First in its Category to Offer True High Definition Quality & Now First to Go 100% Native HD Over 250 HD System Launches in 2010 across 98 U.S. Broadcast Markets
TEMECULA, Calif., May 11 -- Outdoor Channel (NASDAQ:OUTD), America's leader in Outdoor TV, today announced that the network will become 100 percent native high definition (HD) on June 28, 2010, marking a major milestone in the network's growth and commitment to providing the highest quality content. Outdoor Channel HD delivers the sights, sounds and thrill of the network's best-in-class programming with razor-sharp clarity in widescreen format.
Outdoor Channel is the first and only full-time cable network in the outdoor genre to provide a true, dedicated high definition simulcast with a robust programming offering, a unique strength that has led to over 250 HD system launches in 2010 alone. Launches from cable and telco operators have increased the network's HD presence. Outdoor Channel HD is currently in over 4 million homes. Approximately 75 distributors carry the network's HD service. Likewise, Outdoor Channel HD has already entered 98 U.S. broadcast markets in 2010, including 18 out of the top 25 markets.
Leading operators are showcasing the network's HD platform, giving viewers the next best thing to being outdoors. Comcast Cable has dramatically enhanced its subscribers' experience with the addition of Outdoor Channel HD in Washington, D.C., Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul and Verizon has done the same in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, among others. Now, every show, every episode, every season - every minute of Outdoor Channel's unmatched hunting, fishing, shooting and adventure entertainment will appear in breathtaking visual clarity and rich, lifelike color characteristic of high definition.
"As a multiplatform provider, our mission is to deliver the highest quality content and viewing experience to outdoor enthusiasts no matter what the delivery channel - linear, HD or Web," said Tom Hornish, Outdoor Channel's Chief Operating Officer. "In January, we promised viewers that Outdoor Channel would move towards broadcasting in 100 percent HD by July. Today, we are proud to announce that we are delivering on this commitment."
"Nothing lends itself to HD quite like the beauty of the great outdoors. Outdoor Channel's full transformation to digital allows us to deliver compelling HD-quality content to our valued affiliates and dedicated audience," said Randy Brown, Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales & Marketing at Outdoor Channel. "Being the first and only true HD outdoor network gives our partnering MSOs, operators and suppliers a competitive advantage in the marketplace and allows them to offer the best in outdoor TV to enthusiasts who truly appreciate Outdoor Channel's content in today's most innovative format."
About Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc.
Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:OUTD) owns and operates Outdoor Channel, America's leader in outdoor TV, and Winnercomm Inc., an Emmy Award winning production and interactive company. Outdoor Channel offers programming that captures the excitement of hunting, fishing, shooting, off-road motorsports, adventure and the Western lifestyle and can be viewed on multiple platforms including high definition, video-on-demand, as well as on a dynamic broadband website. Winnercomm Inc. is one of America's largest and highest quality producers of live sporting events and sports series for cable and broadcast television. Winnercomm also owns and operates the patented Skycam and CableCam aerial camera systems which provide dramatic overhead camera angles for major sports events, including college and NFL football. For more information please visit http://www.outdoorchannel.com.
Source: Outdoor Channel
CONTACT: For Company: Tom Hornish, Chief Operating Officer,
+1-951-699-6991, ext. 104, email@example.com; For Media: Nancy
Zakhary, Brainerd Communicators, Inc., +1-212-986-6667, firstname.lastname@example.org
Backbase Showcases Next-Generation Customer Experience Portal Software at FinovateSpring 2010
iPad Demonstration To Show Innovative Solution that Transforms Financial Portal into Dynamic Online Sales Channel that Drives New Revenues
SAN FRANCISCO, May 11 -- Backbase will demonstrate its groundbreaking Customer Experience Portal software at the FinovateSpring 2010 Conference, May 11, in San Francisco. Show attendees will see how Backbase Portal software transforms the traditional customer facing portal into a dynamic online sales channel and a modern Web 2.0 customer self-service platform.
"As our conversations with banks illustrate, the online banking portal has changed little over the past ten years," said Jouk Pleiter, CEO of Backbase. "In stark contrast to the one-size-fits-all approach of a traditional portal, Backbase allows organizations to automatically emulate the face-to-face banking experience that recognizes each customer's unique financial needs and responds accordingly."
Backbase allows banks to optimize the online customer journey, engaging people through new dialog models, such as personal start page, live chat and co-browse, financial calculators, product finders, and other interactive applications that help customers meet their goals while creating cross-selling and up-selling opportunities.
Backbase provides financial services organizations with a highly personalized customer interaction platform that automatically identifies customers based on their profile, and routes each person through a unique journey. For example, high net worth professionals seeking investment opportunities receive the guidance they need, parents are directed to programs to save for tuition, and new graduates are directed to resources for paying off student loans.
By also offering a tailored mix of user experience design services and implementation services, Backbase enables business professionals at financial services organizations to take the lead in customer-centric online innovation, improving e-business results and optimizing online customer journeys faster, and more economically in comparison to traditional Web portals.
"In general, online financial services have changed little since online banking was first introduced, while customers have become far more sophisticated and Web-savvy," said David Singh, Backbase vice president of strategic accounts. "Backbase allows banks and other financial services providers to move to the next level of online customer interaction, by engaging customers with powerful Web 2.0 features and services that help them meet financial goals, while driving new revenues for the organization."
Backbase is the pioneer of Next-Generation Customer Experience Solution software that enables organizations to increase online conversion and sales and streamline online customer self-service capabilities. Backbase specializes in helping Global 2000 companies deliver B2C and B2B portals with its flagship Customer Experience Portal solution. Companies of every size trust Backbase to power applications serving millions of users around the world. For more information, visit http://www.backbase.com.
VSP Launches Diabetes Campaign for Consumers and Doctors in Five States
Emmy award winner Bill Nye the Science Guy featured in online educational video
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., May 11 -- VSP® Vision Care announced today the launch of VSP Eye on Diabetes, a campaign in five states focused on increasing awareness and understanding of the connection between eyecare and a person's general health. The campaign will also highlight the important role eye doctors play in the detection and treatment of diabetes.
The campaign launches May 21 in Little Rock, AR continuing to Topeka, KS; Austin, TX; Denver, CO and Indianapolis, IN.
The campaign includes an online video with Emmy award winner Bill Nye the Science Guy and certified diabetes educator, Roger Phelps, OD, exploring the link between comprehensive eye exams and serious diseases including diabetes to be released this summer at http://www.facebook.com/VSPVisionCare.
Additionally, VSP has partnered with the American Diabetes Association® (ADA) to create a wealth of diabetes information which is available on the VSP Diabetes Discovery Center (http://www.vsp.com/discovery) and the "Ask the Eye Doctor" section on the ADA web site, where consumers can post questions to Dr. Phelps related to eye health and diabetes.
A free continuing education course, approved by the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE), will be offered in each city for all licensed optometrists. Leading the courses are nationally-recognized speakers in the areas of diabetes, ocular disease and systemic disease, Jeffry Gerson, OD, and A. Paul Chous, OD.
"The first of its kind, the VSP Eye on Diabetes campaign is designed to increase consumer awareness around the importance of comprehensive eyecare in detecting and managing diabetes, as well as support our doctors with continuing education in providing this essential care," stated Cheryl Johnson, VSP's Vice President of Provider Services. "We know that through annual comprehensive eye exams, optometrists play a critical role for patients with diabetes, both through early detection opportunities and on-going management of the disease."
In addition to the COPE-approved course, the VSP Mobile Eyes® program, in partnership with the ADA, the respective state optometric associations and local VSP network doctors, will provide free comprehensive eye exams, eyewear and diabetes screenings to low income, uninsured and underinsured families during a scheduled day of outreach in each of the cities.
"The most important message to convey to patients and other healthcare providers is that we understand diabetes and are a key member of your diabetes-care team," noted Dr. Chous. "Diabetes doesn't cause health-related complications - poorly controlled diabetes causes those complications."
About VSP Global
VSP Global(SM) includes VSP Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States with 55 million members; Marchon® Eyewear Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers, designers and distributors of quality fashion and technologically-advanced eyewear and sunwear; Eyefinity®/Officemate® which offer innovative solutions and the premier management software and technology to improve overall practice management and patient experience; VSP Optics Group, industry leaders in new technologies, production processes, service and logistics.
Since 1997, VSP has provided more than 557,309 low-income, uninsured children with free eyecare. Through relationships including those with the American Diabetes Association and Prevent Blindness America, VSP promotes the importance of annual eye exams for maintaining eye health and overall wellness.
Source: VSP Vision Care
CONTACT: Jill Novelo of VSP, +1-916-851-4352, email@example.com
The 2010 BK(R) NEXT BEST MOVE (SM) National Tour Hits Detroit on May 19
Mobile tour searches for local "Game Changers" on the court and in the community
MIAMI, May 11 -- Burger King Corp. (NYSE:BKC) brings its first-ever BK® NEXT BEST MOVE(SM) national mobile tour to the Detroit area on May 19, 2010, to find "game-changers" both on the basketball court and in the community. Local ballers can show off their best moves for a chance to compete for $10,000 and to be featured in a basketball lifestyle magazine and Web site. Individuals can also submit a video of their moves on http://www.thenextbestmove.com.
"NEXT BEST MOVE(SM) is the biggest tour in the history of the BURGER KING® brand," said Patricia Trevino, director, multicultural marketing, Burger King Corp. "With this tour, we're providing consumers with broad-based access to what's happening not just on the court, but also in urban communities across the U.S. We also recognize the importance of giving back, and we will showcase 'game-changing' community service initiatives in each city we visit on the NEXT BEST MOVE(SM) Web site (http://www.thenextbestmove.com). Visitors to the site will have the chance to get a new, fresh perspective on a variety of charitable community efforts that they can adapt and implement in their hometowns."
Detroit residents can vote for their favorite moves on the Web site and one semi-finalist in each market will go on to compete against top-ranked players across the U.S. for the top $10,000 prize. Participants must be 18 or older to compete.
Headlined by reality TV star Syrus Yarborough, The NEXT BEST MOVE(SM) Crew will also be searching for great moves off the court. Visitors to http://www.thenextbestmove.com can share how they are "changing the game" through community service and encouraging others to do the same.
City residents should be on the lookout as The Crew will also visit lifestyle destinations, such as local attractions, clothing stores and community centers to identify local trends and discover what's "hot" in the Detroit area. Results will be featured on a special culture section on http://www.thenextbestmove.com.
For more information on the BK® NEXT BEST MOVE(SM) tour, including eligibility requirements and Official Rules, or to vote for Detroit's Next Best Mover, visit http://www.thenextbestmove.com.
Quest International Achieves Select Integrator(TM) Status From NEC Display Solutions
IRVINE, Calif., May 11 -- Quest International, a leader in global IT solutions and supply chain services, announces the achievement of Select Integrator status by NEC Display Solutions, allowing Quest to integrate monitor solutions for users of NEC's professional desktop and large-screen LCDs.
Through this exceptional program, Quest customers will recognize numerous benefits from the selection of high-quality NEC LCD monitors, such as integration-friendly monitor design and protective panels, multiple touch technology options and shorter lead times resulting in delivery efficiencies.
To qualify as a Select Integrator, Quest had to meet a number of requirements, including approval of the integration process, quality control, facility and customer service, along with FCC and UL compliance for each unit.
"Quest International has enjoyed a successful relationship with NEC for many years and is thrilled to now offer Select Integrator services to our customer," said Bill Greenblatt, Vice President of Sales for Quest.
NEC's high-quality displays allow for efficient integration of touch technologies, as well as protective glass, and ensure that the integration process will not alter the integrity of the product's original appearance or warranty. In addition to the Select Integrator program, Quest also integrates NEC displays for today's surgical environments with stainless steel enclosures, providing for built-in liquid ingress protection and sanitary cleaning.
About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.
Headquartered in Itasca, Ill., NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., is a leading designer and provider of innovative desktop LCD monitors, commercial and professional-grade large-screen LCD displays, a diverse line of multimedia and digital cinema projectors, and integrated display solutions. NEC Display Solutions develops leading-edge visual technology and customer-focused solutions for a wide variety of markets, including enterprise, healthcare, and digital signage. For additional information about NEC Display Solutions of America monitors, consumers can call (866) NEC-MORE, or visit the website at http://www.necdisplay.com. For digital images, please visit http://www.necdisplay.com/products/digitalmedialibrary/.
About Quest International, Inc.
Quest International is a leading global IT solutions and supply chain organization with over 28 years of experience serving industry leaders in Healthcare, IT, Industrial & Manufacturing and Transportation. ISO 9001:2008 Registered, Quest's deep industry expertise includes sales and service of all manufacturers' imaging peripherals, enterprise IT infrastructure and supply chain services. Quest continuously strives to deliver Quality, Service and Value to every customer. For more information visit http://www.questinc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All names product names and trademarks are property of their respective companies.
Intwine Connect Creates Intwine Energy Business Unit for Personal Energy Networked Products
Intwine Energy WiFi Connected Thermostats Now Available
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio, May 11 -- Intwine Connect today announced the creation of the Intwine Energy (http://intwineenergy.com/) business unit to deliver an integrated family of Internet connected energy management products. The first available in the family of devices are the Intwine Energy, WiFi connected thermostats which integrate into the MyIntwine(TM) Personal Energy Network(TM) a consumer controlled, Internet connected ecosystem of home energy management devices.
The easy to use, low-cost, WiFi connected thermostats feature enterprise-class security and reliability and are compatible with virtually any heating or cooling system. The LCD touch-screen also functions as in-home display for other Internet connected devices and receives alerts/alarms for the user. Scheduling options include "set and forget" control or real-time control, from nearly any device like a netbook, iPad or smart phone.
"Beginning with our thermostat, the consumer now has the opportunity to monitor and control their own personal energy usage. As more Intwine Energy products come available such as whole house power monitor and smart load controllers for pool pumps and appliances, a consumer will have a complete, affordable solution to remotely and securely manage their personal energy usage," said David Martin, CEO of Intwine Energy.
Intwine Energy's first two thermostats, the IECT-210 and the IECT-220, enable two-way communication between a user and the HVAC system to remotely monitor and control energy usage driving major reductions in energy usage. The thermostats allow users to access the thermostat from any Internet connection and the thermostat can access dynamic pricing updates and messages from utility providers.
The IECT-210 can control up to two stages of heat and two stages of cool and is programmable up to four independent periods per day, seven days a week. The IECT-220 supports up to three stages of heat, two stages of cool, multi-stage heat pumps, humidifier, de-humidifier and external air baffles. It offers on-screen alerts to remind customers when consumables, such as air filters, humidifier pads and UV bulbs, should be checked or changed to help keep the system running efficiently. The IECT-220 has user-friendly menu driven programming, which is programmable up to seven periods per day, seven days a week.
Pricing and Availability: The Intwine Energy thermostats offer flexible pricing/feature options with no subscription fees for basic one-way monitoring services. A two-way control services annual subscription fee of $15 (only $1.25 per month) allows for a more enhanced user experience. The IECT-220 thermostat is now available online at http://intwineenergy.com/ for US$349. Intwine Energy is now accepting orders for the IECT-210 priced at US$179. IECT-210 shipment availability is expected in the July timeframe.
About Intwine Energy
Formed in 2010, Intwine Energy is a subsidiary of Intwine Connect. Intwine Energy specializes in the development of Internet connected smart-grid products for both utilities and retail customers. The company is looking to add a whole house power monitor and smart load controllers for pool pumps and appliances to its current product lineup to empower users to save energy and money. Intwine Energy is based in Cleveland, Ohio. Visit the company online at http://intwineenergy.com/
Source: Intwine Connect
CONTACT: Hillary Cain of Dynamic Flow Marketing, +1-415-350-4860,
email@example.com, for Intwine Connect
ChannelService(TM) - A New Low Risk Option for IT Companies Seeking Growth in Global Channel Sales
LONDON, May 11, 2010-- Increasing demand for Export Creation and Channel Development services
has led Delta International, whose clients include IBM, SAP and HP, to launch
a new company aimed at organisations looking for a low risk option to grow
their channel sales. The new company is called Delta Channel Services Ltd.
According to John Miller, MD of Delta International, "The recession in
the West has forced IT companies to look to growth markets to sell their
Products and Services. Countries like India, where they are expecting 12%
economic growth this year, offer great opportunities but SMEs generally do
not have the resources to tackle these markets and are concerned about the
The new one stop shop service, ChannelService(TM), includes all aspects
of international business from Market Intelligence to the total Outsourced
Management of Sales and Marketing operations and is available on a
subscription model. Clients do not have to employ overseas staff, develop
local knowledge or manage remote Partners. This is all done by Delta
providing "Channels as a Service."
Guy Armstrong, formally Group MD at ACAL Parts Services, has been brought
in to manage the new company.
"We have Associates and Companies in every major economy, worldwide. When
a Client brings us their Product we can usually have them up and running in a
new market within weeks. Through our extensive local knowledge, we find
Partners, develop a business plan, train and then manage them on an ongoing
basis. In addition, we offer companies who already have international Sales
Channels, an option for a more flexible and lower cost coverage model," says
Graham Kingsmill, CEO of IT Managed Services supplier Maxima PLC,
agrees:"The Indian market is important to us and Delta's expertise have
proven of great value in the flexible expansion of our operations."
Delta Channel Services Ltd is attracting interest from Venture Capital
Companies looking at ways to maximise their return in IT companies and
Software Firms who are currently finding growth difficult.
Founded in 1995 Delta customers range from IBM, SAP and SAS to mid sized
ISVS, Delta offers a range of Outsourcing, Consulting and Resourcing Services
delivered by a team of researchers, recruiters, consultants and sales channel
experts who are based worldwide.
For more information call Jerry Budden of Wildwood Communications on
+44(0)1603-736069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Delta International
For more information call Jerry Budden of Wildwood Communications on +44(0)1603-736069 or email email@example.com
PAWLEYS ISLAND, South Carolina and LONDON, May 11, 2010-- A joint venture consulting firm has been launched to assist US companies
increase revenues and reduce the costs of expanding national and
international channel sales operations.
Targeting Value Added Resellers (VARs) and System Integrator (SI) centric
distribution models, the joint venture between gtmAdvisors LLC (South
Carolina, USA) and Delta International RTM Ltd (London, England) combines two
expert organizations in IT Solution Channels with 500 man years experience.
Delta International - North America will provide clients with global access
to markets across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
"For 15 years we have helped organizations like IBM, HP and SAP design
and build IT sales channels. Through the new venture we now offer a "one-stop
shop" for outsourcing all aspects of national and international sales and
services to resource constrained small and mid size IT organizations", states
Delta UK Managing Director, John Miller.
With many US IT firms cautious about international business and
associated investment risks there is still a need to reach markets like the
Far East with their strong growth potential. Delta gives clients access to
national and international markets with a management team offering over 20
The one stop shop, ChannelService(TM), includes all aspects of national
and international channel business from Market Intelligence to total
Outsourced Management of Sales and Marketing and is available on a
subscription model. Clients do not have to employ overseas staff, develop
local knowledge or manage remote Partners. This is done by Delta providing
Channels as a Service.
According to Delta International - North America's Managing Director,
"This is a 'Channel on Demand' offering which reduces risk and expansion
costs for new and established companies."
"We have engaged them on a variety of consulting projects", says Peter
Brooks, CEO, ISS Solutions. "These projects have ranged from market research,
sales training and compensation design to participation in strategy
development and implementation. They are creative, thought provoking, process
oriented and can effectively guide us through projects. We've always learned
or improved something."
Founded in 1995 Delta customers range from IBM, SAP and SAS to mid sized
ISVS. Delta offers Outsourcing, Consulting and Resourcing Services delivered
by a team of researchers, recruiters, consultants and sales channel experts.
Since 2003, gtmAdvisors has offered sales, marketing and business
development consulting services to VARs, Professional Services Providers,
Independent Software Vendors and System Integrators.
For more information call Jerry Budden, Wildwood Communications on
+44(0)1603-736069, email firstname.lastname@example.org
AFP Launches $1.4 Million Advertising Blitz to Expose FCC's Proposed Internet Takeover
New TV ads and website aim to highlight adverse effects of government regulation of broadband
WASHINGTON, May 11 -- Americans for Prosperity (AFP) announced today a $1.4 million advertising blitz to educate consumers on the harms of looming Internet regulations at the Federal Communications Commission. The effort, hosted on AFP's new website NoInternetTakeover.com, comes in the wake of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal to circumvent the clear decision of the D.C. Court of Appeals in Comcast v. FCC by pursuing an even more extreme regulatory measure of Title II reclassification.
AFP's television spot -- available on NoInternetTakeover.com -- will initially run in Pennsylvania and Hawaii, as well as on national cable and in the Washington, D.C. market.
"The wave of new regulations proposed by the FCC amounts to nothing less than a Washington takeover of the Internet," says AFP Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen. "In light of this looming threat, our organization is devoting significant resources -- over $1.4 million -- to ensure Americans are aware of what's at stake in this debate over the future of the Internet.
"Despite evidence to the contrary, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and other advocates of sweeping regulations continue to claim that the Internet is a market failure and, therefore, requires massive government intervention. So-called 'reclassification' of broadband Internet as a 'Title II' telecommunications service -- a telephone system -- would halt innovation, deter new private investment, and limit future options for consumers.
"If recently attempted 'net neutrality' regulations -- struck down unanimously by the D.C. Circuit Court -- were akin to a declaration of war on real Internet freedom, then Chairman Genachowski's new call for reclassification qualifies as nuclear escalation. The FCC wants to reduce the Internet to an old-fashioned government-regulated utility.
"Simply put, the Internet has achieved remarkable success through private competition, with companies providing quality, high-speed broadband access for 95% of U.S. consumers. AFP warns that if Washington regulators succeed, future success of the Internet will be in jeopardy."
Kerpen concludes, "Americans are sick of bailouts and takeovers and they want the dominoes to stop falling. Our nationwide 'No Internet Takeover' campaign, with added focus on special election battlegrounds Hawaii and Pennsylvania, will rally Americans to fight back and stop a Washington takeover of the Internet."
Americans for Prosperity(TM) (AFP) is committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process. AFP is an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state and federal levels. AFP has more than 1 million members nationwide and has 30 state chapters and affiliates. The grassroots members of AFP advocate for public policies that champion the principles of entrepreneurship and fiscal and regulatory restraint. More than 60,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial investment in AFP and AFP Foundation.
Nokia Simplifies its Organizational Structure to Accelerate Execution and Innovation
ESPOO, Finland, May 11, 2010-- To increase competitiveness and deliver a stronger and more
differentiated consumer experience, Nokia will introduce a simplified company
structure for its devices and services business comprised of three units:
Mobile Solutions, Mobile Phones and Markets. Effective July 1, 2010, the move
aims to accelerate product innovation and software execution in line with the
company's goals of integrating content, applications and services into its
mobile computer, smartphone and mobile phone portfolio.
The new Mobile Solutions unit will concentrate on the company's high-end
mobile computer and smartphone portfolio. Based on both the MeeGo and Symbian
software platforms respectively, these devices will be tightly integrated
with Nokia's Internet services to increase the combined value for consumers.
The renewed Mobile Phones unit will focus on maintaining Nokia's
leadership in the feature-rich mobile phone market and driving the direction
of Series 40, the world's largest mobile operating system. Both the Mobile
Solutions and Mobile Phones units will have dedicated portfolio management,
including product planning, R&D and dedicated software assets.
Markets will be responsible for Nokia's 'go-to-market' activities,
including sales and marketing, management of Nokia's global supply chains and
"In addition to extending our leadership in mobile phones, we are
decisively moving to respond faster to growth opportunities we expect in
smartphones and mobile computers," says Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO of Nokia.
"Nokia's new organizational structure is designed to speed up execution and
accelerate innovation, both short-term and longer-term. We believe that this
will allow us to build stronger mobile solutions - a portfolio of products
and integrated services that connect people and enable new ways of
communicating, sharing and experiencing mobility."
To strike the right balance between business continuity, professional
competencies and faster execution, this organizational realignment includes
changes among Nokia's senior executives.
The Mobile Solutions unit will be headed by Anssi Vanjoki and be
comprised of MeeGo Computers, led by Alberto Torres, and Symbian Smartphones,
led by Jo Harlow. As part of the Mobile Solutions unit, Services - led by
Tero Ojanpera - will continue to develop Ovi as an integrated service into
smartphones and mobile computers, and lead the development and deployment of
new services into Nokia's mobile phones. Nokia has also appointed Rich Green
to the position of Chief Technology Officer, assuming responsibility for
driving common technology architecture across Nokia. Green brings a wealth of
experience from his time in Silicon Valley, including a number of years at
Sun Microsystems. He will report to Anssi Vanjoki.
Headed by Mary McDowell, the Mobile Phones unit will work closely with
Services to add value to lower-end devices through offerings such as Ovi Life
Tools, Ovi Mail, Ovi Store and Nokia Money.
The Markets unit will continue to focus on Nokia's overall sales and
marketing efforts, solution selling, transformation to digital marketing and
consolidation and globalization of Nokia's supply chain and sourcing. Markets
will be headed by Niklas Savander.
Kai Oistamo assumes the role of Chief Development Officer and head of
Rick Simonson, who currently heads Mobile Phones, has decided to retire
from full-time duties at Nokia. Simonson will leave the Nokia Group Executive
Board effective June 30, 2010. However, he will continue as a senior advisor
to Nokia, focusing on Nokia Siemens Networks, until the end of the year.
Simonson will continue to serve as a member of Nokia Siemens Networks' Board
of Directors after he leaves Nokia.
"Rick has made a substantial contribution and leaves behind a legacy in
operational and financial leadership. I would like to thank him for his
invaluable contribution," says Kallasvuo. "We will certainly miss Rick, but
are pleased he will continue as a senior advisor to Nokia until the end of
year, and continue as an NSN board member beyond that."
As of July 1, 2010 Nokia's Group Executive Board will consist of the
following members: Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, Esko Aho, Juha Akras, Timo
Ihamuotila, Mary McDowell, Kai Oistamo, Tero Ojanpera, Niklas Savander,
Alberto Torres, and Anssi Vanjoki.
At Nokia, we are committed to connecting people. We combine advanced
technology with personalized services that enable people to stay close to
what matters to them. Every day, more than 1.2 billion people connect to one
another with a Nokia device - from mobile phones to advanced smartphones and
high-performance mobile computers. Today, Nokia is integrating its devices
with innovative services through Ovi (http://www.ovi.com), including music,
maps, apps, email and more. Nokia's NAVTEQ is a leader in comprehensive
digital mapping and navigation services, while Nokia Siemens Networks
provides equipment, services and solutions for communications networks
It should be noted that certain statements herein which are not
historical facts are forward-looking statements, including, without
limitation, those regarding: A) the timing of the deliveries of our products
and services and their combinations; B) our ability to develop, implement
and commercialize new technologies, products and services and their
combinations; C) expectations regarding market developments and structural
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competitiveness and quality of our portfolio of products and services and
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THX Demonstrates First Metadata-Based System for Optimizing the Cable Viewing Experience
THX Media Director(TM) Delivers Metadata Over Cable Networks to Automatically Configure Subscriber's TV and Home Audio System, including 2D to 3D Switching
LOS ANGELES, May 11 -- The Cable Show 2010 -- At The Cable Show, THX Ltd. and its partners will demonstrate THX Media Director(TM), a new technology that simplifies the cable viewing experience by optimizing the subscriber's playback settings for a wide range of cable programming, including 3D Video-on-Demand (VOD). The technology is designed to integrate with existing cable infrastructure, including the installed base of set-top boxes (STB) via firmware update. The THX Media Director demo will take place in the CableNET Pavilion.
THX will show how THX Media Director metadata is delivered over a cable network to a high definition set-top-box to enable the subscriber's TV and home audio system to automatically select appropriate aspect ratio, color space, surround sound modes, 2D and 3D display features, Movie/Sports/Games modes and other settings unique to the content being presented. THX Media Director simplifies the user experience and assures that the artistic intent of the filmmaker is accurately represented via the cable subscriber's home theater system.
THX Media Director includes a comprehensive content and device compliance program to ensure the highest quality experience for consumers. The technology also enables TV, STB and AV receiver manufacturers to showcase signature 3D and 2D playback modes and settings.
The THX Media Director demonstration will feature SENSIO's 3D video processing technology and Avtrex's embedded STB software for managing content delivery. It will also be supported by Quantum Data's 980 HDMI Protocol Scope, which confirms THX Media Director metadata is being accurately communicated via HDMI from the STB to the 3DTV and other home theater components.
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From the big screen to your screen, THX ignites your passion for exciting entertainment experiences. Founded by George Lucas and recognized by audiences around the globe, THX is synonymous with the design and certification of world-class cinemas, premium audio systems, HDTVs, and blockbuster movies and games. Products featuring THX defy convention and define quality in their class, whether in the cinema, home or on the road. For more information, visit http://www.thx.com.
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Volkswagen of America Selects OEConnection's Online Technology for its Genuine Advantage Collision Parts Marketing Program
Internet-Based CollisionLink(R) and Automaker Parts Program Drive OEM Parts Sales and Help Dealers Compete With Alternative Crash Parts
RICHFIELD, Ohio, May 11 -- OEConnection LLC, the leading online parts and service exchange in the automotive industry, announced today that Volkswagen of America, Inc. has selected OEConnection's CollisionLink Internet-based parts ordering and fulfillment solution for Volkswagen dealerships and its collision repair facility customers nationwide. Central to this agreement is CollisionLink's Parts Marketing Administration (PMA) technology, which automates and manages automaker parts programs. An enhanced capability of CollisionLink, PMA was designed to help dealerships take advantage of automaker incentives and discounted promotions to sell more Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts to body shops as an alternative to lower-priced aftermarket and salvage collision parts.
CollisionLink is an all-makes, all-models, online part ordering and fulfillment solution endorsed by multiple automakers and used by thousands of automobile dealerships and collision body shops nationwide. Joining American Honda, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Chrysler, and Nissan, Volkswagen of America represents the sixth automaker - and the first European-based manufacturer - using OEConnection's PMA technology to manage its parts marketing programs through CollisionLink. Volkswagen of America will manage its Genuine Advantage collision parts marketing program exclusively through CollisionLink.
"We welcome Volkswagen and its wholesale parts distributors to our online OEM marketplace," said OEConnection Sr. Vice president and Chief Commercial Officer, Mark Tomasetti. "The implementation of CollisionLink, combined with Volkswagen's strategic parts pricing strategy, creates growth opportunities for Volkswagen of America, its dealerships and their collision repair facility customers. Industry-wide, dealerships that use CollisionLink's PMA technology are converting originally-specified non-OEM parts to OEM parts sales at steadily rising rates - up to 70% of the time for some automaker programs."
OEConnection's CollisionLink streamlines the OEM collision parts ordering process between body shops and supplying dealers by reducing, if not eliminating, inefficient phone and fax ordering. CollisionLink's PMA technology takes it a step further. It seamlessly integrates OEM parts marketing programs into the users' order processing workflow. Dealers "see" a body shop's intended non-OEM parts order, identify the parts that offer pricing incentives through an OEM's marketing program, and seize an upsell opportunity. Based on a set of rules defined by an OEM, the technology automatically calculates parts discounts, alerts both body shops and dealers that a part qualifies for the discount, and handles the administrative work between the competitive sale and the automaker reimbursement.
Dan Ducharme, Parts Strategist for Volkswagen of America said, "As the largest European carmaker and the third largest automaker in the world, Volkswagen has a network of more than 580 U.S. dealerships that act as wholesale distributors of OEM collision parts. This new arrangement emphasizes Volkswagen's goal of helping these dealerships sell more OEM parts and building relationships with their repair facility customers. Everyone who uses CollisionLink has something to gain. As the manufacturer, we can easily manage our Genuine Advantage collision parts program; our dealerships will have the opportunity to efficiently process parts orders and sell more Volkswagen OEM parts; and repair facility customers will be able to easily purchase OEM parts at completive prices. Ultimately, Volkswagen owners benefit because they receive better quality parts for collision repairs." Volkswagen will launch this program to select dealerships in August, 2010. Additional Genuine Advantage program information will be available on http://www.vwparts.com.
About OEConnection LLC: OEConnection is the leading Online Parts & Service Exchange (OPSX) in the automotive industry, serving over 15,000 auto and truck dealerships, collision repair shops, fleets, tire distributors and manufacturers. OEConnection products are used over 5 million times each month to buy, sell and manage original equipment parts, facilitating an estimated $12 billion in annual replacement parts trade. The company is headquartered in the greater Cleveland area at 4205 Highlander Parkway, Richfield, Ohio, 44286. Additional information is available at http://www.oeconnection.com or by emailing Kyle.McChesney@OEConnection.com.
About CollisionLink's Parts Marketing Administration (PMA): Parts Marketing Administration (PMA) is a CollisionLink capability that executes OEM discount parts programs based on OEM rules and guidelines. It was designed to help dealers sell more OE parts and, at the same time, allow body shops to better manage their average repair costs.
Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. All 2010 Volkswagen models come standard-equipped with Electronic Stabilization Program. This is important because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called ESC the most effective new vehicle safety technology since the safety belt. Visit Volkswagen of America online at vw.com or http://www.media.vw.com to learn more.
Redknee Enables Tier 1 Operator to Launch MVNO Services
TORONTO, May 11, 2010--
- EMEA Operator Reinvests in Redknee to Propel MVNO Success
Redknee (TSX:RKN), a leading provider of business-critical billing and
charging software and solutions for communications service providers, today
announced that a leading tier 1 communications provider has increased its
investment in Redknee's data monetization solution to launch its mobile
virtual network operator (MVNO) business in the competitive EMEA (Europe,
Middle East and Africa) mobile communications market. This further
demonstrates Redknee's continued ability to enable tier 1 operators to expand
their business into the growing MVNO market.
Leveraging Redknee's data monetization platform, NGRC, for the past six
years to support its own data services, the service provider has increased
its investment in Redknee to offer its MVNO customers the flexibility and
agility to launch promotions with the sophistication and speed that was
previously only reserved for tier 1 operators and those who managed their own
network assets. In addition to the ability to launch innovative promotions to
the market faster, the operator's MVNO customers now also benefit from
Redknee's real-time rating and charging, subscriber management and promotions
capabilities; delivering better insight into their subscriber base and
tighter revenue control on their businesses. For the operator, it now has the
tools to successfully target new market segments and expand its MVNO
"The additional investment in Redknee's platform by this Tier-1 operator
proves Redknee's real-time personalization and monetization solutions are
driving profitability, growth and market differentiation for our customers,"
stated Lucas Skoczkowski, Redknee's CEO. "At Redknee, we continue to invest
in real-time monetization solutions to support the growth of mobile data and
content for wireless subscribers around the world."
Redknee's NGRC is a proven platform for providing next generation data
and convergence solutions. The NGRC platform includes Redknee's core usage
management capabilities and standards based interfaces along with data
mediation, a standards-based policy engine and subscriber profile repository.
Based on patented technology, the NGRC platform offers operators the
flexibility and scalability to launch new services, while creating new
revenue streams based on diverse pricing options for both prepaid, postpaid
and hybrid-plan subscribers. Operators can choose to expand the NGRC platform
through a variety of available modules such as Rating and Charging,
Subscriber Usage Manager and the Promotions Manager. The solution suite
enables operators to monetize subscriber usage, better manage their network
assets, and drive ARPU growth, while leveraging existing billing systems and
Redknee is a leading global provider of innovative communication software
products, solutions and services. Redknee's award-winning solutions enable
operators to monetize the value of each subscriber transaction while
personalizing the subscriber experience to meet mainstream, niche and
individual market segment requirements. Redknee's revenue generating
solutions provide advanced converged billing, rating, charging and policy for
voice, messaging and new generation data services to over 70 network
operators in over 50 countries. Established in 1999, Redknee Solutions Inc.
(TSX: RKN) is the parent of the wholly-owned operating subsidiary Redknee
Inc. and its various subsidiaries. References to Redknee refer to the
combined operations of those entities. For more information, visit http://www.redknee.com.
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