Elecsys Corporation Reports Third Quarter Financial Results
OLATHE, Kan., March 11 -- Elecsys Corporation (NASDAQ:ESYS), a developer of machine to machine (M2M) data acquisition, telemetry, and analysis systems for critical industries and a provider of custom electronic assemblies and displays for industries where high quality, reliability, and innovation are paramount, today announced its financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2010.
Sales for the quarter were $4,741,000, a decrease of 6%, or $291,000, from the third quarter of fiscal 2009 and an increase of $740,000, or 18%, from the previous quarter. Total sales year-to-date decreased 31%, or $5,437,000, to $12,361,000. The Company continued to experience the effects of a weakened economy, which resulted in cautious order patterns from existing customers and some delays in bookings from developing customers during the preceding quarters in late fiscal 2009 and early in fiscal 2010.
Sales for the EDMS segment of the Company were approximately $2,763,000, an increase of $37,000, or 1%, from $2,726,000 in the comparable quarter in the prior year. Sales of proprietary products and services were $1,978,000 for the three-month period ended January 31, 2010, a $328,000, or 14%, decrease from sales of $2,306,000 in the comparable quarter in the prior year. Proprietary product sales were impacted from fewer handheld computer hardware units sold as compared to the previous year. However, the Company completed the development of its new handheld model FW950 during the previous fiscal quarter and made initial shipments of the new model during the current fiscal quarter. Sales of the Company's Pipeline Watchdog products and related services increased $299,000, or 29% from the same period in the prior fiscal year as a result of continued increases in customer orders. Sales for eXtremeTAG products totaled approximately $8,000 for the current period and $46,000 since the acquisition of the product line in June 2009.
Total consolidated backlog at January 31, 2010, consisting of both EDMS and proprietary product orders, was approximately $3,933,000, an increase of $866,000, or 28.2%, from a total backlog of $3,067,000 on April 30, 2009 and a decrease of approximately $1,019,000 from a total backlog of $4,952,000 on October 31, 2009. The increase in the backlog from the end of the prior fiscal year is the result of increases in orders from current and new customers of our electronic design and manufacturing services as well as orders for our proprietary products.
The Company anticipates slightly higher sales in its EDMS segment in the coming fiscal quarters compared to the previous quarterly periods as a result of both the addition of several new customers and the continued transition of several projects from the Company's engineering design group into production. The Company also expects its proprietary products and services to contribute to an overall increase in sales during the remainder of the current fiscal year and into the next fiscal year due to existing orders in our backlog and anticipated orders from new and existing customers. This increase is expected to include the Company's WatchdogCP remote monitoring products, additional shipments of the new ultra-rugged Radix FW950 handheld computers from new customer orders, increased customer interest and sales of the Company's eXtremeTAG RFID solutions, and the addition of SensorCast remote monitoring products and customers.
Gross margin was approximately 32% of sales, or $1,513,000, for the three-month period ended January 31, 2010, compared to 38% of sales, or $1,921,000, for the prior year period. Gross margin for the nine-month period also decreased to 31% of sales, or $3,882,000. The decrease in gross margin resulted from lower sales volumes, a decrease in production efficiency as a result of sales volume, and the impact of some sales at lower margins.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were approximately $1,427,000 during the period compared with $1,695,000 in the prior year period. The lower expenses were primarily due to the decrease in personnel and personnel-related expenses, facility and office expenses and a decrease in overall travel expenses. The Company did incur approximately $77,000 of acquisition and integration expenses during the period as a result of its acquisitions during the past fiscal year. Total SG&A expenses decreased $624,000, or 12%, for the current nine-month period ended January 31, 2010, as compared to the comparable period of the prior year.
Income before taxes for the quarter was $2,000, compared to income before taxes of $135,000 for the same quarter in the prior year. For the first nine months of fiscal 2010, the loss before taxes was $1,157,000, a change from income before taxes of $1,079,000 reported in the first nine months of fiscal 2009.
Net income was $64,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the quarter ended January 31, 2010. For the quarter ended January 31, 2009, net income was $213,000, or $0.06 per diluted share. For the nine month period ended January 31, 2010, net loss totaled $654,000, or $0.19 per diluted share, while net income for the comparable prior year period was $747,000, or $0.22 per diluted share.
Karl B. Gemperli, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We continue to experience challenges given the current global economic conditions, but are pleased to report improving revenues and bottom line results. Through leveraging our established market position, further penetrating our target markets, and building new customer relationships, sales increased over 18% from the previous quarter. Over the last year, we also took measures to control costs and keep our operations lean which preserved our margins, achieved a reduction in SG&A expenses of over 15% compared to the prior year, and returned the Company to profitability this quarter. These reductions in operating expenses were achieved while continuing to make substantial investments in new product and market development that are vital to our continued growth."
Gemperli continued, "We believe that our committed investments in new product development have resulted in a market leading suite of integrated M2M solutions that present exciting opportunities for growth in the rapidly growing industries we are targeting. Our recent acquisition of SensorCast and its innovative communication technologies further broadens our offering of M2M solutions and opens up new sectors of the energy exploration, production, transmission, and distribution markets. In addition, we believe the international sales and marketing initiatives for all our brands currently underway will increase our business over the coming quarters. Although global economic conditions are uncertain and still present challenges, based on orders in backlog, expected proprietary product sales, and new business opportunities, we foresee positive trends in both revenues and earnings during the coming quarters."
About Elecsys Corporation
Elecsys Corporation provides innovative machine to machine (M2M) communication technology solutions for critical industrial applications worldwide. Elecsys proprietary equipment and services encompass rugged wireless remote monitoring, mobile computing, and radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies that are deployed wherever high quality and reliability are essential. Elecsys also provides integrated displays and custom electronic assemblies to numerous industries worldwide. Our primary markets include energy production and distribution, agriculture, natural resource management, aerospace, safety and security systems, and transportation. Elecsys markets and supports its proprietary technology and products under its Pipeline Watchdog, Radix, eXtremeTAG, and DCI brand names. For more information, visit http://www.elecsyscorp.com.
The discussions set forth in this press release may contain forward-looking comments based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those projected or suggested in the forward-looking comments. The difference could be caused by a number of factors, including, but not limited to the factors and conditions that are described in Elecsys Corporation's SEC filings, including the Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2009. The reader is cautioned that Elecsys Corporation does not have a policy of updating or revising forward-looking statements and thus he or she should not assume that silence by management of Elecsys Corporation over time means that actual events are bearing out as estimated in such forward-looking statements.
Net income (loss) $64 $213 $(654) $747
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Net (loss) income per
Basic $0.02 $0.06 $(0.19) $0.23
Diluted $0.02 $0.06 $(0.19) $0.22
Basic 3,552 3,296 3,460 3,292
Diluted 3,680 3,435 3,460 3,443
Source: Elecsys Corporation
CONTACT: Investor Relations, Todd A. Daniels, +1-913-647-0158, Fax,
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Ann Roe, +1-913-647-0158, Fax, +1-913-982-5766, firstname.lastname@example.org,
both of Elecsys Corporation
School of Sustainability Graduate Students Launch Sustainability Journal
TEMPE, Ariz., March 11 -- As graduate students in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, Maren Mahoney and Zach Hughes had seen plenty of academic journals related to sustainability. But nowhere could they find a publication that made the complex concept of sustainability accessible to the everyday reader.
So they started one.
"We wanted to help shape the discussion about sustainability in the public arena - it is a concept that is hard to understand for most people, and we felt it was important to reach an audience outside of academia," says Mahoney.
She and Hughes envisioned a publication that would inspire social change by connecting with people and issues locally, nationally, and internationally. The result is The Sustainability Review, an online journal edited and published by School of Sustainability students.
Part scholarly journal, part popular magazine, The Sustainability Review includes research, essays, and artwork. It is intended to engage people from all walks of life in discussions about a broad range of sustainability topics. The publication is edited entirely by students.
Mahoney and Hughes were among the first students in the nation's first-ever School of Sustainability, which launched in fall 2007 with a mission to create and share knowledge, train a new generation of sustainability scholars and practitioners, and develop real-world solutions to the world's pressing environmental, economic, and social challenges.
Fully committed to that mission, the pair began discussing the creation of a School of Sustainability publication in August 2008. Just over a year later, and with the help and cooperation of numerous other students and faculty, the inaugural issue of The Sustainability Review has been released.
"The Sustainability Review will generate interest and dialogue about sustainability across a comprehensive audience," said Charles Redman, director of the School of Sustainability within the Global Institute of Sustainability. "I commend these students for their great leadership, creativity, and dedication to this innovative project."
The journal's first issue includes written and artistic perspectives on academic innovation, water conservation, waste management, renewable energy, transportation alternatives, biodiversity, community gardening, recreation, environmental justice, and more. Contributors include academics and non-academics alike.
Planned as a biannual publication, The Sustainability Review will post its next call for papers this summer. To read the first issue and find additional information visit: http://www.thesustainabilityreview.org.
About the School of Sustainability in the Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University (ASU)
The Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub of ASU's sustainability initiatives. The Institute advances research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world. Its School of Sustainability, the first of its kind in the U.S., offers transdisciplinary degree programs that advance practical solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges - especially as they relate to urban areas. For more information: http://schoolofsustainability.asu.edu/ or http://sustainability.asu.edu/.
Source: Global Institute of Sustainability
CONTACT: Karen Leland, Director, Communications, Global Institute of
Sustainability/School of Sustainability of Arizona State University,
Verizon Business Earns Cisco's Master Unified Communications Specialization
Designation Recognizes Channel Partners With Highest Level of Unified Communication Expertise, Lifecycle Services, Success in Sales
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., March 11 -- Verizon has achieved the Master Unified Communications Specialization from Cisco, recognizing that the company has fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support highly sophisticated applications-based Cisco Unified Communications solutions.
"As the only U.S.-based global service provider to achieve both Master UC and Master Security specializations, we can deliver some of the most secure, integrated solutions available today," said Anthony Recine, vice president of network and communications solutions marketing for Verizon Business. "The powerful combination of Verizon's network-based VoIP services and Cisco's UC platform - together with our professional consulting expertise - is enabling better business processes and productivity for our customers while assembling the building blocks to provide cloud-based unified communications as a service."
In addition to the Master Unified Communications Specialization, Verizon on Thursday (March 11) also announced it has achieved Cisco's Master Security Specialization and Advanced Data Center Networking Infrastructure Specialization in Europe. The two companies will demonstrate new and existing unified communications and collaboration capabilities at the VoiceCon trade show, March 22 - 24 in Orlando, Fla.
To achieve the Master Unified Communications Specialization, resale channel partners must first attain the Advanced Unified Communications Specialization. Partners must then meet stringent requirements that demonstrate their master-level sales, technical and services capabilities. Furthermore, master specialized partners must satisfy a number of Cisco and industry-standard technical certification requirements; provide customer references that document Cisco-prescribed design and deployment capabilities; and show evidence that they have the infrastructure to support a full menu of Lifecycle Services offerings and capabilities.
The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides partners with the training required to build sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills, and then validates their skills through a third-party audit. Cisco resale partner certifications -- Select, Premier, Silver and Gold -- represent an increasing breadth of skills across key technologies and a partner's ability to deliver integrated networking solutions. Cisco resale partner specializations -- SMB, Express, Advanced and Master -- reflect an increasing depth of sales, technical and service expertise in particular technologies. Cisco master specializations provide Verizon Business access to comprehensive sales, technical, and lifecycle services training and support available from Cisco.
About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with one of the world's most connected IP networks to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We securely connect today's extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees - enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment. Many of the world's largest businesses and governments - including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions - rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at http://www.verizonbusiness.com.
Cisco, the Cisco logo and Cisco Systems are registered trademarks of Cisco Systems Inc. in the United States and certain other countries.
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Verizon Wireless' CASIO G'zOne Brigade Offers Businesses a Tough Exterior for Extreme Conditions
First Verizon Wireless Push To Talk Clamshell Handset with Full QWERTY Keypad Lets Customers Text In Rain or Shine
IRVINE, Calif., and NEW YORK, March 11 -- Verizon Wireless and CASIO today announced that the water, dust and shock resistant CASIO® G'zOne Brigade(TM) is available today. The CASIO Brigade is the perfect device for business customers in industries such as construction, public safety and utilities who need devices that stand up to tough work conditions while still delivering high-performance mobile technology. This rugged device also sports a QWERTY keyboard; an HTML browser; and Document Viewer for reviewing Microsoft® Word® documents, Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheets, Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations, and PDFs; plus Push to Talk capabilities that leverage Verizon Wireless' 3G network for fast two-way communication.
Available colors: Matte Black with a unique crocodile texture exterior for enhanced grip
-- Tough Technology Design - Horizontal clamshell with QWERTY keypad
-- 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, video capture and LED light
-- Clear Talk for superior sound quality
-- Water, shock, dust, immersion, vibration, humidity, salt fog,
altitude, high and low temperature storage, and solar radiation
resistant conforming to MIL-STD-810F
-- Field Force Manager capable - A resource management tool that provides
businesses with the ability to locate and communicate with their
mobile field workers
-- Document Viewer - Makes reviewing Word documents, Excel spreadsheets,
PowerPoint presentations and PDFs a breeze
-- Dedicated message keys - Provide one-touch access to messaging
-- Text to Speech - Allows customers to listen to their text messages,
multimedia messages and e-mails
-- Best Shot(TM) - Has six presets for a perfect photo finish and
automatically changes the setup of the camera based on the background
-- Auto Focus - Offers single point, nine point and multi point and face
detection, perfect for group shots
-- V CAST Music with Rhapsody - Choose from millions of songs to download
over the air
-- V CAST Video on Demand - Watch favorite television shows while on the
go, including live college football, college basketball and NHL hockey
games, local and national news and weather, and family programming
-- VZ Navigator® capable - Receive audible turn-by-turn directions to
more than 15 million points of interest and share the directions with
-- microSD(TM) storage for high-quality photos and music
-- Speakerphone with front-facing stereo speaker
Price and availability:
-- The CASIO G'zOne Brigade is available today online at http://www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores
for $249.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer
agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit
card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit
cards are accepted.
-- To get the most out of the CASIO G'zOne Brigade, customers will need
to purchase a data package beginning at $9.99 per month for 25
megabytes with Mobile Email, or add Push to Talk for $5 per month per
line on top of a qualifying voice plan. Customers who activate Push
to Talk service will also be eligible to receive a $30 discount on
Push to Talk phones.
-- For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services,
visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or
go to http://www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers can contact their
Business Sales Representatives at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (Nasdaq and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.
Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. was established on April 1, 2004 as a joint venture between Casio Computer Co., Ltd. and Hitachi, Ltd. The company brings together the many highly competitive technological assets possessed by Casio and Hitachi to provide customers with highly innovative and reliable mobile phone products packed with cutting-edge technologies. For more information visit our website at http://www.ch-mobile.com or http://www.casioGzOne.com.
Source: Verizon Wireless
CONTACT: Ken Muche of Verizon Wireless, +1-949-286-8193,
Ken.Muche@VerizonWireless.com; or Keita Williams of exposure Communications,
+1-212-226-2530, email@example.com, for Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications
SAN FRANCISCO, March 11 -- At the Game Developers Conference, Joyent (http://www.joyent.com) announced the availability of My.Joyent. The new easy to use web portal allows users of Joyent's Cloud Computing infrastructure to provision, organize, and manage a virtual data center through an easy to use web portal. Operations managers will use My.Joyent to make both strategic and tactical decisions using a one-click setup and tear-down feature to manage their cloud infrastructure.
My.Joyent is a key new addition to Joyent's on-demand, highly scalable, cost-effective Cloud Computing infrastructure platform, which supports thousands of customers from rapidly growing startups to Fortune 500 companies. An industry-leading suite of software solutions including Joyent Accelerator, Joyent Cloud Control, My.Joyent and Joyent Smart Platform make it possible for customers to quickly move from an idea to a popular web application without the prohibitive costs of large capital outlays and long-term vendor contracts while still getting all the stability, reliability, security and quality of fully managed, dedicated data centers. Joyent's Public and Private Cloud solutions enable flexible approaches to integrating with existing infrastructure, or delivering an entire infrastructure in the cloud. Joyent's software solutions are enhanced with Joyent Scale Services that provide world-class consulting to enable applications to run at peak efficiency.
"My.Joyent is a critical step towards achieving our long term vision of providing a fully programmable data center," said Jason Hoffman, CTO of Joyent. "Using My.Joyent, customers will be able to monitor their infrastructure needs and adjust their consumption of services in real time, providing for significant reductions in cost and improved operational efficiency."
Social games and media companies find these features particularly appealing as they need to anticipate scaling to millions of users in a matter of days. My.Joyent provides monitoring and controls that allow site operators to adjust their architecture to real-world demands in minutes. This is enhanced by Zeus Accelerators for high volume load-balancing, caching, and active packet management.
"We are excited about the opportunity My.Joyent will provide for us to optimize management of our infrastructure built on Joyent infrastructure services," said Michael Li, CTO at Watercooler, Inc. "Many of our popular applications on Facebook, including the 2010 Bracket Challenge, are powered by Joyent so we need to be able to easily and cost effectively manage hundreds of accelerators at a time."
Joyent's infrastructure services power some of the most popular games on Facebook, MySpace and other social networks with millions of active users every month. The bursting capability of Joyent's Accelerators allows these games to grow without interruption when they experience a surge in popularity. For more information about Joyent services, visit http://www.joyent.com/
Joyent has been delivering web application Infrastructure as a Service since 2004, long before it was ever called Cloud Computing. With thousands of customers world-wide from rapidly growing startups to Fortune 500 customers, Joyent's high-performance software infrastructure has been proven to be extremely stable, flexible and secure. Today, Joyent is the only true on-demand Cloud Computing solution providing enterprise customers the convenience, efficiency and scalability of cloud computing with the reliability, security and performance of fully managed, dedicated data centers. Our virtual data center solutions enable customers to deploy and scale computing resources in minutes with a pay-per-use model buying only the necessary capacity.
Joyent is a leading infrastructure provider for some of the fastest growing businesses on the Web:
LinkedIn delivers billions of pages each month using Joyent infrastructure services.
Country Life has used Joyent's high performance infrastructure to scale quickly to over 8 million monthly active users on Facebook with great gameplay.
Gilt Group, one of the world's fastest growing eCommerce businesses, has been able to reduce costs significantly by building on Joyent infrastructure.
Source: Joyent Inc.
CONTACT: media at GDC, Adrian Ludwig of Joyent, GDC Booth # 1927,
+1-415-846-6597, firstname.lastname@example.org; or media not at GDC, Alan Mangelsdorf of
Group82, +1-845-235-4628, email@example.com, for Joyent Inc.
Federal IT Officials & Tech Leaders to Examine Govt. Transition to Cloud Computing at SaaS/Gov 2010
SIIA & INPUT Event will Take Place April 5th in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, March 11 -- The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today invited media to attend its fourth annual Software as a Service (SaaS) conference for the federal IT market, held April 5th, in Washington, D.C. Presented by SIIA and consultant INPUT, SaaS/Gov is the most comprehensive conference addressing the intersection of government IT and the software industry.
SaaS/Gov will explore the government's adoption of SaaS and how the cloud has simplified operations and has made federal IT infrastructure more open and interoperable. The conference will feature both government and industry leaders, including executives from Salesforce.com and Google, who will evaluate a wide range of applications and how they are being utilized by the government. Panels and presentations will also address social media, security and transparency issues.
Speakers at the conference include:
-- Susie Adams, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Corporation (Federal
-- Philip Berman, SOA Products Group, Sales Engineer, Intel
-- Daniel Burton, Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy,
-- Scott Chasin, Chief Technology Officer, McAfee Software as a Service
-- Matthew Glotzbach, Director, Product Management, Google Enterprise
-- Kevin Plexico, Executive Vice President, INPUT
-- Sean Poulley, Vice President, Online Collaboration Services, IBM
-- Tom Temin, Anchor/Columnist, The Federal Drive, FederalNewsRadio 1500
Additionally, IT leaders from federal, state and local government agencies - including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - will participate as speakers.
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit http://www.siia.net.
INPUT helps companies develop federal, state, and local government business and helps public sector organizations achieve their objectives. Over 1,300 members, including small specialized companies, new entrants to the public sector, and the largest government contractors and agencies, rely on INPUT for the latest and most comprehensive procurement and market information, consulting, powerful sales management tools, and educational & networking events.
Source: Software & Information Industry Association
CONTACT: John Crosby of Software & Information Industry Association,
+1-202-789-4469, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Beth Dozier, +1-202-429-1833,
email@example.com, for Software & Information Industry Association
Available In Venus Ruby Exclusively For Vodafone Customers
NEWBURY, England, March 11 -- The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is now available to buy from Vodafone UK, the UK's best network.
Vodafone customers can select the stylish, curved handset packed full of high-end features in either Venus Ruby (exclusive to Vodafone) or Moon Silver.
With an 8.1 megapixel camera with 4 x digital zoom and face and smile detection, ensures users capture the perfect picture every time. View the results on the crystal-clear 3.2 inch high definition widescreen and share with friends by uploading via the inbuilt Wi-Fi.
The jewel in the Sony Ericsson Vivaz's crown is the HD video allowing consumers to produce and broadcast their favourite experiences with the latest video capture features. The added auto focus helps customers record life's moments in high quality.
The device is pre-loaded with the Vodafone 360 Homescreen, giving customers access to Vodafone My Web, VIP contacts and the 360 Apps & Games Shop. On top of that, customers can access the Vodafone Music service to buy and download DRM-free tracks from a catalogue of more than 2 million songs.
Spirit AeroSystems Named to Boeing Tanker Supplier Team
WICHITA, Kan., March 11 -- Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPR) has been named to the Boeing (NYSE:BA) NewGen Tanker Supplier Team. Boeing, Spirit's largest customer, is bidding on the KC-X program, the U.S. Air Force's next line of tanker aircraft.
Upon a contract award from the United States government to Boeing, Spirit will build the Boeing tanker's forward fuselage section in Wichita, Kan. After completion, Spirit will ship the hardware to Boeing's Everett, Wash., facility for final assembly.
"We're honored to continue to build quality airplane assemblies for Boeing, and ultimately, for the United States Air Force," said Richard "Buck" Buchanan, Spirit senior vice president and chief operations officer. "Spirit is proud to be part of the integrated Tanker Team, and is poised and ready to deliver world-class components to our customer."
Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., said, "I am pleased that the men and women of Spirit AeroSystems will play such a significant role on the NewGen Tanker. The Boeing/Spirit Team has a strong track record of delivering superior value to their customers and I know they will continue this success in building the world's finest tanker for the United States Air Force."
U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard., said, "The highly-skilled workers and engineers at Spirit AeroSystems are among the best in the world and will play an integral role in building the next generation of tankers. We are moving toward a tanker contract that will stimulate the aviation industry in Kansas and lead to even more high-quality, high-paying jobs. Spirit workers will provide nothing but the best components for the KC-767, and that is important for our military men and women to successfully carry out their missions."
On March 4, Boeing announced it would offer the Boeing NewGen Tanker, an airplane based off of the 767 platform, in the competition to supply the U.S. Air Force with a multi-mission aerial refueling aircraft that will meet all the warfighter's mission requirements for the next several decades.
Boeing will respond to the Air Force's KC-X Request for Proposal by May 10, and the Air Force is expected to announce its decision later this year.
The contract will be for 179 new KC-X aerial refueling tankers.
Based in Wichita, Kan., Spirit AeroSystems is the world's largest independent supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components. In addition to its Kansas facility, Spirit has locations in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla.; Prestwick, Scotland; Samlesbury, England; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and is developing new manufacturing facilities in Kinston, N.C.; and Saint-Nazaire, France. In the U.S., Spirit's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. Additionally, Spirit provides aftermarket customer support services, including spare parts, maintenance/repair/overhaul, and fleet support services in North America, Europe and Asia. Spirit Europe produces wing components for a host of customers, including Airbus.
Source: Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.
CONTACT: Lisa Conklin, Corporate Communications of Spirit AeroSystems
Holdings, Inc., +1-316-523-2438
Resource Nation Leverages Experian's Business Credit Information to Further Prescreen Vendors
New Screening Process Gives Comfort to Businesses
SAN DIEGO, March 11 -- Resource Nation is now going one step further to provide the trust businesses are looking for when seeking a vendor to help grow their business. By leveraging a relationship with Experian, a global leader of information services, a new prescreening process helps reduce the risk of businesses working with a questionable company and allows them to view detailed background information on each of the vendors in Resource Nation's network.
"Experian brings the data, processes and credibility to help us extend the value we already provide to businesses-a trusted place to find vendors," says Ryan Peddycord, CEO of Resource Nation, Inc. "Our goal has always been to help businesses save time searching through thousands of vendors and save money because vendors are put in a competitive bid environment. Providing access to Experian's data will also give businesses peace of mind because they can review detailed information on each vendor in our network before making a decision on who to choose."
As vendors join Resource Nation's growing network of local and national vendors, a search is done to identify the vendor in Experian's database. If a report is available, Experian® verifies the vendor is in good standing with its state business filing at the time the report was run. For vendors with a full Experian report available, Resource Nation makes a link to this report available to businesses and marks "prescreened" next to the vendor's contact information.
The reports provided by Experian may include the vendor's entity type and address; years in business; any known aliases; list of judgments, bankruptcies, and liens; company revenue; number of employees; and credit standing.
Resource Nation attempts to prescreen every vendor; however, not all vendors may have a report available (E.g. a new sole proprietor may not yet have a report available). Even after viewing a full report, all businesses are encouraged to conduct their own due diligence before selecting a vendor.
Vendors in Resource Nation's network operate in the U.S. and Canada and provide products and services ranging from office copiers to postage meters.
About Resource Nation
From local proprietors to Fortune 500 companies, Resource Nation, Inc. connects business purchasers to the prescreened vendors and resources needed to grow a business. Its vendor comparison tool on VoIP Service, empowers home owners and businesses with informative information to make smarter choices. Resource Nation's ability to pre-qualify each business looking for services makes it one of the largest marketplaces for buyers and sellers to connect online.
Source: Resource Nation
CONTACT: Betsy Brottlund, Director of Marketing of Resource Nation,
Stanley Awarded Department of State Global Support Strategy Contract
ARLINGTON, Va., March 11 -- Stanley, Inc. (NYSE: SXE), a leading provider of systems integration and professional services to the U.S. federal government, today announced that it has been selected as one of two prime contractors on the 10-year multiple award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity Global Support Strategy (GSS) contract by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs (DoS CA), to provide business process support services for both non-immigrant and immigrant visa-related operations at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad under a performance-based arrangement. The firm-fixed-price award has a $2.8 billion contract ceiling and includes a one-year base and nine one-year option periods.
Under the contract, Stanley will have the opportunity to provide oversight and management of support services for worldwide U.S. visa operations in up to 149 GSS countries.
"We are proud of the capabilities we offer to the State Department on the GSS contract and believe our solution provides comprehensive, secure, customer-centric, scalable and efficient delivery of GSS services around the globe," said Howard Ady, Stanley vice president and GSS program manager. "Our team offers international experience with a detailed understanding of various factors affecting the countries and citizens who will be served. Stanley and our subcontractors, VFS Global, Computer Frontiers, STS-Corporation and IBM, look forward to beginning work under this essential contract vehicle and working with our global team members to meet all DoS CA expectations."
"Stanley has a long-standing, 17-year partnership supporting DoS CA in a wide range of passport and visa services, including modernization of consular systems, visa systems training at 250 overseas embassies and consulates, and implementation of the first-ever passport book print facilities," said Phil Nolan, Stanley chairman, president and CEO. "We greatly value our service to DoS CA and fully appreciate the importance of this GSS initiative."
Stanley (NYSE:SXE) is a provider of information technology services and solutions to U.S. defense, intelligence and federal civilian government agencies. Stanley offers its customers systems integration solutions and expertise to support their mission-essential needs at any stage of program, product development or business lifecycle through five service areas: systems engineering, enterprise integration, operational support, business process management, and advanced engineering and technology. Headquartered in Arlington, Va., the company has approximately 5,000 employees at over 100 locations in the U.S. and worldwide. Stanley has been recognized by FORTUNE® magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" from 2007 through 2009. Please visit http://www.stanleyassociates.com for more information.
Any statements in this press release about our expectations about future financial performance, plans and prospects, including statements containing the words "estimates," "anticipates," "plans," "expects" and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and additional filings we make with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of the date of this release. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements made by us, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 11 -- Faster payment is now available to small websites with In Text ads.
Bloggers are often rejected by online advertisers because they "don't generate enough traffic to be profitable." They feel that no one wants to put ads on their websites and complain that they will never reach the high payment threshold offered by leading online ad networks.
Infolinks, the leader of In Text pay per click advertising, actually believes in the potential of smaller websites and blogs to grow and generate revenue over time. That's why Infolinks accepts all websites, large and small, into their In Text advertising inner circle. According to company Vice President Tomer Treves, "From our perspective, a smaller site needs revenue in order to grow. That's why we're such a strong supporter of the so-called underdogs of the internet. Where other ad networks won't pay out until you've generated $100, Infolinks pays when you hit $50, which is now the lowest payment threshold in the In Text industry. This really sets us apart from the competition."
What's So Great About In Text Ads?
Besides being able to turn your website's copy into cash from day one -- Infolinks In Text ads are risk-free and guarantee the highest online revenue share in the In Text advertising industry.
What Does An In Text Ad Do That's So Different?
When bloggers integrate Infolinks In Text ads into their websites' copy, they notice a double underline on certain keywords within the text. Upon a mouse hover, an In Text ad bubble appears with an ad that relates directly to the keyword. If the readers want to know more about the advertiser's products or services, they just click on the ad bubble. That's all there is to it. Once they roll their cursor off the keyword, the ad disappears.
Infolinks, Inc. is the fastest growing provider of In Text contextual advertising services, working with online content publishers worldwide. Infolinks enables website owners and publishers to benefit from premium In Text ads, while earning the highest revenue share -- guaranteed.
Emanuel Bar Review Series on Apple iPhone(R) and iPod(R) touch
Digital, Customizable Bar Review Available Exclusively at Apple App Store
NEW YORK, March 11 -- Aspen Publishers now offers new Multistate Bar Exam content for the Apple iPhone® and iPod touch®, transforming the popular Emanuel Bar Review series into digital resources for Bar Exam study and making it easier for busy law students to study wherever they need to. Aspen Publishers is part of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business and is the leader in legal education study supplements (http://www.aspenpublishers.com).
"Bar review students demand portability of content and want flexible study schedules," said Jessica Keeney, Bar Program Manager for Aspen Publishers. "This extension into mobile applications offers solutions for on-the-go students at a price they can afford. Each ExamEdge application teaches both content and test-taking skills by offering a review mode to help students learn and an exam mode to train students to stay on pace as required to finish the timed Multistate Bar Exam."
The following iPhone and iPod touch applications are now available for $12.99:
Additional titles in the series will be available for the July 2010 Bar Exam and will feature video applications from Emanuel Bar Review and content from the popular Strategies & Tactics series.
New Digital Offerings Part of Continued Expansion of Emanuel Bar Review
"Delivering smart and affordable bar learning solutions to students where and how they want it is the driving force behind the continued expansion of the Emanuel Bar Review line. The ExamEdge testing applications for the Multistate Bar Exam further advance this commitment," said Michael Gregory, National Bar Coordinator for Aspen Publishers. "Some students may think they have to spend thousands of dollars to get quality content, but it's clear that they don't. We're giving successful students the right content at the right value in the format they want, all under the Emanuel name, which generations of law students have relied on to help pass their classes."
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is a leading provider of research products and software solutions in key specialty areas for legal and business professionals, as well as casebooks and study aids for law students. Its major product lines include Aspen Publishers, CCH, Kluwer Law International and Loislaw. Its markets include law firms, law schools, corporate counsel and professionals requiring legal and compliance information. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, a unit of Wolters Kluwer, is based in New York City and Riverwoods, Ill. Wolters Kluwer is a market-leading global information services company. Its shares are quoted on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.
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Brenda Au, +1-847-267-2046, email@example.com, both of Wolters
Kluwer Law & Business
NaTrue Gears up for the Future With Online Community and Quick Response (QR) Codes
BRUSSELS, March 11, 2010-- NaTrue is gearing up for the future with a new design and a fresh
approach aimed at connecting with all true friends of Natural and Organic
Cosmetics. The non-profit organisation will revamp its website until May 2010
to celebrate all certified products on http://www.NaTrue.org - with
information not only on their natural ingredients but also about the
companies who produce them, their values, environmental standards and fair
trade practices. An exciting part of the relaunch is the introduction of
'quick response' (QR) codes, allowing you to access this information in the
shops. By taking a photo of the code, your phone will automatically lead you
to the product specific weblink. The mobile technology replaces NaTrue's
three star labelling system which only gave approximate information about the
product. In future, you can access any information about the product by
consulting your mobile phone before the purchase.
"We are turning the point of sale into a 'point of experience'," says
Moritz Aebersold, Weleda Director and President of NaTrue, who is developing
NaTrue into a modern service brand together with other founding members such
as Dr.Hauschka, Lavera, Logona and Primavera. "This is an exciting
development for producers, retailers and consumers alike. People want
authentic products and the QR tags are a great way to find out about them.
In-depth information is just a click away."
NaTrue is the International Natural and Organic Cosmetics Association
based in Brussels and has promoted authentic Natural and Organic Cosmetics
worldwide since May 2008. The NaTrue label sets a high standard of quality
and integrity so people worldwide can enjoy Natural Cosmetics truly worthy of
that name. Almost 400 products have already been certified under the NaTrue
label, ranging from make-up to toothpaste. A complete list of certified
products is available online at http://www.natrue-label.com/products
Evri Announces Acquisition of Twine, Relaunches Consumer Site
Evri Takes Lead Position in Consumer Semantic Search & Discovery
SEATTLE and SAN FRANCISCO, March 11 -- Evri (http://www.evri.com), the search and discovery engine that filters the real-time web for news and conversations that matter and distills them into intelligent information streams, announced today the acquisition of Radar Networks including its flagship property, Twine.com. The acquisition of Twine.com, which gives users a smarter way to share, organize and find information with people they trust, brings together the two key players in the semantic web space and creates the industry's most comprehensive consumer semantic search & discovery company.
"Evri's and Radar Network's combined talent and complementary technologies bring the industry closer to delivering on the promise of a truly intelligent, timely and intuitive way of finding the news and content that matters most to people," said Evri CEO Will Hunsinger. "With this acquisition, Evri takes a significant leap forward toward delivering on the consumer promise of semantic search technologies - more meaningful, relevant results filtered from the ever-growing and increasingly cluttered fire hose of content on the web."
With Twine, Evri gains an experienced development team with proven momentum in semantic search and content discovery, accelerating its ability to help people discover relevant news and information before they even know to ask for it.
"Twine was developed to provide consumers with a smarter way to keep up with their interests, powered by the Semantic Web," said Radar Networks CEO Nova Spivack. "I am confident that Evri's strategic direction and approach will carry Twine's vision forward."
This acquisition falls in tandem with a re-launch of http://www.evri.com, incorporating a number of visual and technological updates designed to enhance the experience of discovery. With the introduction of a redesigned global navigation model and more intuitive ways to search, explore and filter the trending news and multi-media content of the web, Evri enables consumers to cut through the clutter and receive only content of interest to them.
"At Evri, we're striving to deliver a search engine that proactively discovers the most interesting, popular and trending stories on the web, filtering out the clutter and delivering information to consumers in timely, relevant and intelligent streams," said Mr. Hunsinger. "With the acquisition of Twine and the launch of our new consumer site, we're making good on the intuitive discovery experience we envision for the Web."
Updates and advancements will continue at http://www.evri.com throughout the spring and summer, including personalization features, social filtering, story clustering, enhanced popularity ranking and trend detection and advanced sentiment analysis.
Mr. Spivack will continue to be affiliated with Evri in an advisory capacity and the Radar Networks team will consolidate to Evri's San Francisco offices.
Evri (http://www.evri.com) automates how content is understood, filtered and shared, inviting consumers to participate in the conversations that matter most to them. With over 2.5 million real-time topical streams across thousands of categories, Evri is rapidly improving consumers' access to information on the topics they value most. Publishers large and small have installed Evri applications on their Websites, including some of the world's most prestigious news organizations like Hearst Entertainment (http://www.lmk.com). Evri is based in Seattle, WA, and is funded by Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital. Evri is a trademark of Evri.com.
ABOUT RADAR NETWORKS
Radar Networks is the company behind Twine, a new service for intelligently sharing, organizing, and finding information with people you trust. Radar Networks was founded in 2003 by Web visionary Nova Spivack, who co-founded numerous ventures including EarthWeb and Dice.com. Nova also advises clients, angel invests (most recently in Klout.com and Live Matrix), and develops in his own new ventures through his intellectual property company, Lucid Ventures. Radar Networks is backed by Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital, Fuse Capital, and DFJ, as well as leading angel investors, and is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information on Radar Networks and Twine, visit http://www.twine.com/.
CONTACT: Mallory Thompson of Hill & Knowlton, +1-206-441-7213,
firstname.lastname@example.org, for Evri
Waypoint Outcomes Awarded Contract With University of North Carolina
PHILADELPHIA, March 11 -- The University of North Carolina in Pembroke, N.C. has contracted with Waypoint Outcomes, a provider of customized Web-based academic assessment and analysis technologies, to assist the university in reaching its goal of improving student writing capabilities.
After receiving results from a student writing survey, the university recognized an opportunity to improve and enhance students' performance.
The university has drafted a 5-year Quality Enhancement Plan, required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, designed to improve student writing. The university is ambitiously updating the curriculum of existing courses in disciplines across the university. These modified, writing-enriched courses will be monitored using Waypoint Outcomes' software to document changes in student outcomes.
"Waypoint is an intricate part of our 5-year plan," Dr. Elizabeth Normandy, director of the center for teaching and learning and SACS coordinator for the university, said. "The software will allow the university to assess our progression, support classroom learning and ensure we achieve our milestones."
Modified courses and the integration of Waypoint Outcomes software into the university's current Blackboard Learning Management System will begin fall semester.
"The university is demonstrating its commitment to students' academic success and we're pleased to be a partner in the plan to enrich the higher learning experience," Andrew McCann, chief executive officer of Waypoint Outcomes, said.
With more than 35 institutions, including schools in the United States, Canada and Europe, Waypoint Outcomes is used to create better feedback for tens of thousands of students; to manage course evaluations; and to generate rich data on learning outcomes.
About University of North Carolina
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is a master's level degree-granting university and one of 17 schools that comprise the University of North Carolina system. With a total enrollment of 6,661, the university offers 41 bachelor's and 17 master's degrees. For more information about the University of North Carolina at Pembroke visit http://www.uncp.edu/.
About Waypoint Outcomes
Waypoint Outcomes offers customizable software evaluation processes to manage academic achievements in the classroom. By providing a platform that improves student/teacher interaction, specifically in online classrooms, the program allows schools and universities to strengthen its commitment to students' academic success. For more information about Waypoint Outcomes, visit http://www.waypointoutcomes.com/.
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American Airlines Expands Mobile Boarding Passes to 19 Additional Airports for Use With Mobile Phones or PDAs
No Need for Paper Boarding Pass Now at 27 Airports - Simply Show Barcode on Mobile Phone or PDA
FORT WORTH, Texas, March 11 -- American Airlines customers departing from select airports can choose to receive their boarding passes electronically on their mobile phones or PDAs, saving time and bypassing the need to print and present a paper boarding pass at the airport.
Passengers departing on domestic flights from 19 additional airports now have the option to use mobile boarding passes. New airports added are:
-- Albuquerque International (ABQ)
-- Charlotte Douglas International (CLT)
-- Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE)
-- Denver International (DEN)
-- El Paso International (ELP)
-- Houston George Bush Intercontinental (IAH)
-- Jacksonville International (JAX)
-- Little Rock Adams Field (LIT)
-- Memphis International (MEM)
-- New York La Guardia (LGA)
-- Oklahoma Will Rogers World (OKC)
-- Orlando International (MCO)
-- Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)
-- Salt Lake City International (SLC)
-- San Antonio International (SAT)
-- San Diego International (SAN)
-- San Francisco International (SFO)
-- Tulsa International (TUL)
-- Washington Dulles International (IAD)
Mobile boarding passes, which use a two-dimensional (2-D) barcode, were introduced by American in late 2008, and were previously available for passengers departing on domestic flights from Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS), Chicago's O'Hare International (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW), Los Angeles International (LAX), John Wayne Orange County (SNA), Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS), Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) and Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) airports. American's mobile boarding pass program is in partnership with the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The program will be extended to additional U.S. airports in the coming months.
"We are pleased to offer this great feature at additional airports, making travel as easy and convenient as possible for our customers," said Andrew Watson, American's Vice President - Customer Technology. "Customers who choose this option can bypass printing a boarding pass at their home, office or even at the airport. At the airport they can go straight to the security checkpoint and then to the aircraft. This is a great alternative for our customers on the go."
To use the mobile boarding pass option - either with the traditional desktop version of AA.com or the mobile version - customers must have an active e-mail address where their boarding pass may be sent and an Internet-enabled mobile device where the 2-D barcode can be received. At this time, customers may list only one person in their reservation. Domestic destinations include those within the United States, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The mobile boarding pass process is simple. When customers check in for their flight using American's Web site, AA.com - either the desktop or mobile versions - they have the option to receive their boarding passes on their cell phones or PDAs. With this option, they will receive an e-mail with an Internet link to the boarding pass. The mobile boarding pass contains a 2-D barcode that can be scanned at TSA security checkpoints and at American Airlines gates. At the airport, customers simply scan their cell phone or PDA screen when going through security (proper identification must be presented) and when boarding, just as they would with a traditional paper boarding pass.
Customers who wish to check bags can also use the option by scanning the boarding pass on their cell phone or PDA screen at American Airlines self-service machines or ticket counter check-in facilities.
Customers who check in online and wish to print a paper boarding pass are still able to do so. At the end of the online check-in process on AA.com, customers may select "Print" (customers can print the pass at that time, or use a self-service check-in machine to print at the airport), "E-mail for Print" (boarding pass is emailed and customers can print at their convenience), or "E-mail for use on Cell Phone or Other Device" (customers receive an electronic boarding pass via e-mail on their cell phone or mobile device, which can then be presented at the airport).
American Airlines is a founding member of the global oneworld® Alliance.
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE:AMR)
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Current AMR Corp. releases can be accessed on the Internet.
The address is http://www.aa.com
Source: American Airlines
CONTACT: Andrew Backover, Corporate Communications of American Airlines,
Microsoft Offers NetSuite Customers Incentive to Switch to Dynamics ERP
Midsize businesses seeking more flexibility and value from their enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are turning to Microsoft Dynamics.
REDMOND, Wash., March 11 -- Microsoft Corp. is offering midsize businesses looking to benefit from advanced functionality, easy interoperability with other line-of-business applications, and strong business intelligence reporting options a new incentive to switch from NetSuite to Microsoft Dynamics ERP. Companies in the U.S. can receive a credit of up to $850 for every NetSuite user that switches to either Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV or Microsoft Dynamics SL. The new promotion is available until June 25, 2010. Businesses interested in learning more about the benefits and capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions can attend a free educational Web seminar on March 30 by registering at https://www.eventbuilder.com/event_desc.asp?z=g9q82p&p_event-5b0f03. They can also visit http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/rightstep.
Many organizations wanting greater efficiencies and an improved ability to manage change are looking to Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions. Archipelago Learning, a leading subscription-based online education company, and Winshuttle Inc., the leading provider of Microsoft Excel-based business process improvement solutions for SAP users, recently upgraded to Microsoft Dynamics ERP from NetSuite. With Microsoft Dynamics ERP, Winshuttle now has the multicurrency management it needs, while Archipelago Learning has virtually eliminated time spent on basic integration issues.
"The interoperability with Microsoft SQL Server means the ease of moving data between our data warehouses is just fantastic. In the past, I'd have to extract data from NetSuite, deal with throttling limitations, and eventually get my work done days later," said Ray Lowrey, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Archipelago Learning. "With Microsoft Dynamics GP, I don't have to be on the phone with software support technicians, escalating problems to try to get them resolved, because our experience is that Microsoft Dynamics GP simply runs without any problems."
Choice of Deployment
Microsoft understands that as organizations change, customers want the option to have their solution delivered by partners either on-premise or via on-demand and subscription-based hosting models. According to Forrester Research Inc., "SaaS alone is constraining as an enterprise ERP delivery model, due to the wide variations in customer requirements.(1)"
"To assume that a single deployment model for ERP will work for every business is unrealistic," said Crispin Read, general manager of Microsoft Dynamics ERP. "By having a choice of owning an on-premise solution, subscribing to a hosted solution or combining the two at any point and time, companies have the option to make wise decisions that satisfy their specific business requirements."
Microsoft Dynamics ERP customers can also choose to deploy a collection of online services to help them quickly increase their business capabilities, from the more than 150 Microsoft Dynamics partners across the globe delivering subscription-based Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions. Connect Service and Payment Services are available now. Sites Service and Commerce Service are expected to be available in the first half of 2010.
"The hosting of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions is solid, proven and flexible," said Olivier Meynier, director of SaaSplaza USA. "The real differentiator compared to NetSuite is the freedom of choice: We can incorporate Microsoft Dynamics with other solutions under one umbrella, or customize it with a large selection of vertical solutions and add-ons. This, coupled with our ability to offer state-of-the-art SAS70 II compliant hosting services, makes every SaaS Dynamics ERP implementation a sound business case for our customers."
Microsoft Dynamics solutions are sold through an extensive network of more than 10,000 Microsoft Dynamics business partners. These partners have the advantage of extensive resources such as training, marketing, and field and sales engagement opportunities to help deliver customer satisfaction.
"This new offer enables our partners to provide customers with more options and is one of many investments we make in sales support," said Doug Kennedy, vice president of Microsoft Dynamics Partners. "To deliver a choice of options, Microsoft Dynamics ERP partners who offer on-premise deployments can partner with hosting providers to provide the best level of technical expertise and skills for their customers and prospects."
About Microsoft Dynamics
Microsoft Dynamics is a line of easy-to-use, integrated and adaptable ERP and CRM applications that enable business decision-makers to quickly respond to market shifts, take advantage of new trends, increase their competitive edge and drive business success. Microsoft Dynamics solutions are delivered through a world-class network of reselling partners that provides specialized services and additional innovation to help customers excel in their industries.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
(1) "Trends 2010: ERP Applications," Forrester Research, Inc., December 2009.
Turkcell is Among the First Operators in the World to Reach 42.2 Mbps Speed in 3G
ISTANBUL, March 11, 2010-- Turkcell (NYSE: TKC, ISE: TCELL), announces today that it is
among the first operators in the world to reach a speed of 42.2 Mbps with its
3G technology. Turkcell is preparing to provide its customers with these
speed levels later in 2010.
This speed was reached by using the Dual Carrier frequency
technology on Turkcell's 3G network along with its technology partner,
Ericsson. Turgut Erkul, Business Area Radio Manager at Ericsson, noted
'Turkcell and Ericsson conducted a HSPA Multi Carrier 42.2 Mbps test on March
5th 2010 in Istanbul. Turkcell is among the first operators in the world to
reach 42.2 Mbps speed with the Ericsson's HSPA Multi Carrier Solution.'
Turkcell Chief Network Operations Officer, Ilter Terzioglu
said: "Turkcell will provide these speed levels to its customers in 2010 and
aims to reach 84 Mbps in 3G. As always, Turkcell continues to invest in
cutting-edge infrastructures, to ensure its network can utilise the most
Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company
in Turkey with 35.4 million postpaid and prepaid customers and a market share
of approximately 56% as of December 31, 2009 (Source: ICTA). Turkcell
provides high quality data and voice services to approximately 70% of the
Turkish population with its 3G and EDGE technology supported network.
Turkcell reported TRY 8.9 billion ($ 5.8 billion) net revenue for the year
ended December 31, 2009 and its total assets reached TRY 14.0 billion ($ 9.3
billion) as of December 31, 2009. Turkcell is the only Turkish operator to
have implemented HSDPA+ and has become one of the first operators in the
world to reach the speed of 42.2 Mbps on its 3G network, as of March 5th
2010. Turkcell is a leading regional player and has interests in
international mobile operations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan,
Moldova, Northern Cyprus and Ukraine which, together with its Turkish
operations, had approximately 62.7 million subscribers as of December 31,
2009. Turkcell has been listed on the NYSE and the ISE since July 2000 and is
the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey and is among the top 15% companies
listed on NYSE by its size. 51.00% of Turkcell's share capital is held by
Turkcell Holding, 0.05% by Cukurova Group, 13.07% by Sonera Holding, 2.32% by
M.V. Group and 0.08% by others while the remaining 33.48% is free float. Read
more at http://www.turkcell.com.tr/en
For further information please contact Turkcell
Nihat Narin, Investor and International Media Relations
Tel: + 90-212-313-1244
Sahver Binici, Investor and International Media Relations
For further information please contact Turkcell: Nihat Narin, Investor and International Media Relations, Tel: + 90-212-313-1244, Email: email@example.com; Sahver Binici, Investor and International Media Relations, Tel: +90-212-313-2239, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Lockheed Martin Awarded Arizona Support Center Contract for M-TADS/PNVS
ORLANDO, Fla., March 11 -- The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) a contract to support the Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (TADS/PNVS) and Modernized TADS/PNVS (M-TADS/PNVS) systems on the AH-64 Apache helicopter at the Arizona Support Center. The contract has a potential value of $36.8 million for the next three years.
Located in Gilbert, AZ, the Arizona Support Center inducts, refurbishes and modifies legacy TADS/PNVS components to incorporate into the modernized system (M-TADS/PNVS). The contract includes fielding activities associated with the modernization effort. Fielding activities will include sending a team of Orlando-based product support technicians to U.S. Army Apache locations worldwide to install and test newly modified M-TADS/PNVS systems on the aircraft.
"M-TADS/PNVS has consistently proven its effectiveness on the battlefield," said David Belvin, director of Apache M-TADS/PNVS and Support Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "This contract allows for the continued fielding of this crucial capability to the Warfighter."
M-TADS/PNVS is an advanced electro-optical fire control system that provides AH-64D Apache helicopter pilots with advanced targeting and pilotage capabilities that result in enhanced mission effectiveness during day, night and/or adverse-weather missions.
"Every Apache battalion deployed in support of current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan is equipped with the M-TADS/PNVS system," said Col. Shane Openshaw, Program Manager for Apache. "The system is the number one Apache pilot request since 1997. Apache performance remains outstanding from the factory to the foxhole."
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 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.
TriCipher Offers Fast OpenID Support for SaaS Providers
LOS GATOS, Calif., March 11 -- TriCipher, a leading provider of Internet identity services, announced today that myOneLogin Identity Services now accepts OpenID in addition to SAML, ADFS and other federation protocols. Using myOneLogin, Software as a Service (SaaS) providers can quickly become OpenID relying parties, enabling them to accept credentials from OpenID identity providers like Google Apps. In fact the Google Apps Marketplace(TM), Google's recently launched online storefront for cloud applications that integrate with Google Apps, relies on OpenID for single sign-on between applications.
"Businesses providing applications 'in the cloud' are facing demands to support multiple identity federation protocols. While OpenID is the protocol used by Google Apps Marketplace applications, an enterprise customer may require ADFS integration with their enterprise identity solutions," said John De Santis, Chairman and CEO of TriCipher. "Now you don't have to write and maintain multiple interfaces. By supporting multiple protocols and translating between them seamlessly, myOneLogin lets you focus on business relationships rather than protocols."
myOneLogin Identity Services offers multi-protocol federation as an on-demand service in the cloud. This architecture has powerful benefits for application developers and SaaS providers:
-- For applications that already support a federation standard such as
SAML, myOneLogin can convert OpenID into supported protocol, enabling
participation in OpenID communities without writing new interfaces.
-- For applications that do not yet support any federation protocols,
developers can use myOneLogin to accept OpenID or other federation
protocols by writing Web Services calls, for federation in minutes
rather than days or weeks.
-- SaaS providers can manage and maintain trust relationships with
partners using a simple graphical interface, selecting OpenID
providers from a list of identity providers (IDPs).
"The myOneLogin service offers application developers a fast path to OpenID-based single sign-on, which makes it possible to take advantage of our new Google Apps Marketplace as well as other sites built to work with OpenID," said Scott McMullan, Google Apps partner lead for Google Enterprise.
All federation functions are enabled using Web services calls that are easily integrated into the application. myOneLogin customers can implement federation and strong authentication in a matter of minutes, not days or weeks.
Google, Google Apps Marketplace, and Google Apps are trademarks of Google Inc.
TriCipher, Inc. provides Internet identity services to protect web and enterprise portals, the people that use them and the business processes that flow through them against fraud and identity theft. TriCipher myOneLogin(TM) is the first secure, on-demand offering that delivers strong authentication, single sign-on (SSO) and federation capabilities for web applications in a single solution. The TriCipher Armored Credential System(TM) (TACS) is a unified authentication system that enables companies to deploy and manage multiple types of credentials from a single infrastructure. Through this flexible "Authentication Ladder," TriCipher protects customer investment by adjusting authentication strength to defeat new threats and to meet regulatory changes without the need to implement a new infrastructure. Founded in 2000, TriCipher is headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif. The company is funded by ArrowPath Venture Capital, EPIC Ventures, Intel Capital, RBC Technology Ventures, and Trident Capital.
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Signature Styles Deploys Allurent on Demand to Enhance Its Online Shopping Experiences
Spiegel and Newport News launch multiple Allurent interactive merchandising widgets on their e-commerce sites
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 11 -- Allurent(TM), the market leader in powering superior online shopping experiences, today announced that Signature Styles LLC., has deployed Allurent on Demand to create more interactive and engaging shopping experiences on Spiegel.com and NewportNews.com. Allurent on Demand (AoD) is a hosted, software-as-a-service offering that increases customer satisfaction and site conversion by quickly and cost-effectively deploying interactive merchandising widgets to retailers' existing websites, including their social media points of presence.
Spiegel and Newport News are well-known for providing their female customers with stylish, head-to-toe looks at great value. Together with ShapeFX, these brands are ranked as #61 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide. Having no physical stores, the ecommerce channel is critically important to Signature Styles. Allurent on Demand offers a way to continuously improve and update the shopping experience on both ecommerce sites.
Parker Block, vice president of marketing and ecommerce at Signature Styles, explains, "Our customers appreciate a dynamic shopping experience when they can browse outfits, discover the latest styles, and ultimately purchase merchandise from our ecommerce sites. Starting 2010 off by adding this "signature" shopping experience to our sites positions us well for the coming year. These engaging experiences match the increasingly sophisticated expectations of our online shoppers and help us stand out from the competition."
Signature Styles is using multiple AoD widgets on Spiegel.com and NewportNews.com, changing displays and merchandise to keep the shopping experiences fresh and new. "With AoD, our online merchants can quickly create interactive displays that are appropriate for each brand. And we can publish and update these experiences ourselves - making our merchandising process much more flexible and efficient," adds Block.
Graeme Grant, chief executive officer of Allurent, comments, "Offering something engaging and different is the way to connect with consumers online as they shop - and keep them coming back to explore what's new throughout the year. Signature Styles has strong brands and loyal customers and we're pleased to be providing shopping experiences that reflect and strengthen that company heritage."
The Allurent on Demand platform is a high availability, fully scalable hosted service available for a monthly fee. For more information on AoD, please visit http://www.allurent.com/#solutions/aod .
Leading retailers like Borders, Charlotte Russe and Under Armour partner with Allurent to create the most compelling online shopping experiences imaginable. The company's signature e-commerce capabilities are delivered through the Allurent on Demand Software as a Service platform, which includes a library of interactive merchandising widgets and a back-end merchandising tool. Using Allurent on Demand, retailers quickly and easily create, update and deploy interactive experiences throughout their e-commerce sites. The result is a superior shopping experience that leads to more satisfied customers and greater sales. Allurent is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. For additional information please visit http://www.allurent.com.
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uVuMobile and Sonic Solutions Collaborate on Mobile Video Applications
Help provide broad support for Roxio CinemaNow-powered services across mobile platforms
ATLANTA, March 11 -- uVuMobile(TM), Inc. (Pink Sheets: UVUM), a mobility solutions and content aggregator today announced that they are collaborating with and building a number of mobile applications for Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ:SNIC). The partnership will allow consumers with internet-enabled mobile phones to browse, purchase, and watch premium entertainment from Roxio CinemaNow(TM) powered services on a wide array of portable platforms. Users can purchase a full-length movie directly on their mobile phone, view it immediately, and then access the same content from other connected devices including PCs, HDTVs, and Blu-ray Disc players.
"Sonic is on the leading edge of digital content distribution and we are excited to be working with them to provide consumers an easy and efficient way to enjoy their favorite entertainment," said Richard Seifert, President and CEO, uVuMobile. "Our integrated mobile solutions combined with premium video services from Roxio CinemaNow, will enable Sonic's partners to reach millions of entertainment enthusiasts on the go."
The Roxio CinemaNow entertainment platform serves a broad range of premium content, including new movies and next-day TV programs, to a growing, multi-manufacturer ecosystem of home and mobile electronics including PCs, connected TVs, set-top DVRs, Blu-ray Disc players, smartphones, and mobile media devices. The platform enables retailers and consumer electronics companies to participate in the entertainment supply chain, add value to product offerings, and form ongoing relationships with customers. As well as being available on a range of consumer electronics, Roxio CinemaNow powers digital entertainment delivery for Best Buy and Blockbuster.
"Over the past year, uVuMobile has been a tremendous resource as we continue to rollout a number of mobile programs for our Roxio CinemaNow retail partners," said Mark Ely, executive vice president, Strategy, Sonic Solutions. "We look forward to continuing to work with uVuMobile and turning on more small-screens to premium entertainment services powered by Roxio CinemaNow."
uVuMobile recognizes the ever-increasing demand for personalized, interactive entertainment content anytime and anywhere on media-enabled devices by offering a full suite of products that effectively deliver video and audio content to mobile handsets. uVuMobile provides back-end media hosting, application development, mobile marketing, messaging, content aggregation, billing, advertising and other services directed towards the mobile business-to-business market. These services are now available to entertainment brands, carriers, developers, aggregators, distribution partners and other players in the mobile value chain. uVuMobile now offers ad supported and white label mobile video services. For additional information, please visit http://www.uvumobile.com.
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Smart Grid Revolution Becomes 'Disruptive' for Utilities Worldwide According to New Microsoft Survey
Big changes in business models, information technology systems and energy sources create new norm for utility production, transmission and distribution.
HOUSTON, March 11 -- Only 8 percent of utilities around the world have completed their smart grid technology implementations while 37 percent have projects underway and more than half haven't yet started, according to a new Microsoft Corp. survey.
The Microsoft Worldwide Utility Industry Survey 2010, released today at CERAWeek 2010 in Houston, surveyed almost 200 professionals within electric, gas and water utilities and related companies around the world. The survey highlights a range of challenges -- from financial and regulatory to technology and return on investment -- for utilities already unsure of the right path to building the smart grid.
"As this study clearly shows, the disruptive nature of the smart grid revolution, and the innovations it brings, has caught many in the industry by surprise, including many utilities that already have embraced smart grid technologies," said Jon Arnold, managing director for the Worldwide Power & Utilities Industry at Microsoft, who was recently named one of the 100 People You Must Know in Smart Grid by Greentech Media Inc. "Some incorrectly assert that the utility industry is unwilling to change, but the survey shows the opposite. It's the magnitude of change to everything from business models to systems that's overwhelming, especially given utilities' existing asset and technology investments combined with the need to ensure profitability and reliability."
Distribution Management and Smart Metering Are Critical
The survey shows that utilities professionals and executives perceive distribution management and smart metering solutions as the most important technologies for successful smart grid implementations. Integration of renewable energy sources into the smart grid and consumer energy management solutions follow closely. However, 63 percent of the respondents in the Americas think the information technologies available today are not sufficient to address future challenges, while only 45 percent and 42 percent of respondents in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific respectively believe they are insufficient.
"The clear objective is to optimize current power generation and delivery assets to help utilities improve grid reliability; achieve demand response, environmental and conservation goals; and avoid unnecessary capital expenditures," said Julie Hance, vice president of software solutions for Itron North America, a Microsoft partner. "It will take close industrywide collaboration -- from the smart meter into the home and the smart meter back to the array of generation sources -- to complete this complex task and achieve a smarter, more sustainable future."
Respondents worldwide cite financial concerns -- both costs and return on investment -- as the main challenge to smart grid development. They also cite regulatory factors as the most influential to smart grid technology deployment decisions. However, the economic climate is tied with regulatory factors as the two biggest influencers among Asia Pacific respondents.
The survey reveals that 42 percent of the respondents are currently incorporating distributed generation sources such as wind and solar on rooftops and another 25 percent will begin to incorporate these sources in the next one to three years. Also, by early 2013, half of the respondents expect to offer time-of-use pricing to all of their residential customers.
Only 8 percent of respondents believe their utility has a technology architecture that is adequate to support new business processes and new technologies. To fund all of these investments, 77 percent of respondents expect their budgets for smart grid technologies to increase over the next two to three years.
"The inevitability of change combined with financial and regulatory uncertainty makes it critical for utilities to begin implementing the right technology capabilities now to meet the challenge of any regulation, energy source or distribution need in the future," Arnold said.
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Majesco Entertainment Announces 'Crafting Mama' for Nintendo DS(TM)
Newest Extension of the Best-Selling Mama Brand is Due Out This Fall
EDISON, N.J., March 11 -- The extent of Mama's talents are limitless! She can hold her own in the kitchen and garden next to the world's best, but now Mama is poised to dominate arts & crafts too as Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ:COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, announces Crafting Mama exclusively for Nintendo DS(TM). Developed by Cooking Mama Limited, this all-new crafting game lets players create their own unique crafts across a wide range of different projects.
"Crafting is a natural extension of our most successful franchise," said Jesse Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Majesco Entertainment. "Much like last spring's Gardening Mama, Crafting Mama combines the award-winning Mama formula of addictive stylus-based activities with a popular pastime that has been underserved in videogames. We're looking forward to sharing Mama's newest hobby with her vast and diverse group of fans this holiday season."
In Crafting Mama, players will create 40 different projects across a wide range of different crafts: make patchwork quilts, earrings, candles, xylophones, kaleidoscopes, birdhouses, flower decorations and even mini-Mama dolls! Using the stylus as a universal crafting tool, crafters will sew, mold, glue, cut and paint under Mama's masterful direction. Best of all, players can use each of their creations within the game itself: dress Mama up in a new apron you've sewn or even fly a freshly folded paper airplane. In addition, new materials, colors and patterns are available to customize each project, and multiplayer support lets players create with a friend. Crafting Mama is guaranteed to turn Mama fans into crafty creators in no time!
Crafting Mama for Nintendo DS(TM) is expected to release this fall. For additional information about Majesco's exciting line of products, please visit http://www.majescoentertainment.com.
About Majesco Entertainment Company
Majesco Entertainment Company is a provider of video games for the mass market. Building on more than 20 years of operating history, the company is focused on developing and publishing a wide range of casual and family oriented video games on Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM) and other leading systems. Product highlights include Cooking Mama(TM), TETRIS® Party Deluxe, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum. The company's shares are traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol: COOL. Majesco is headquartered in Edison, NJ and has an international office in Bristol, UK. More information about Majesco can be found online at http://www.majescoentertainment.com. @Majesco is on twitter or at http://www.twitter.com/majesco.
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Crescendo Networks Launches Free Web Performance Measurement Tool
Sophisticated Performance Check Quickly Analyzes Service Delivery to Reveal Potential Weaknesses and Demonstrate How Application Delivery Controllers Can Improve Performance
MENLO PARK, Calif., March 11 -- Crescendo Networks, the recognized performance leader for accelerating and optimizing application delivery for web properties, today announced the launch of a new online application performance calculator.
The free analysis tool, available now at http://www.crescendonetworks.com/performance-calculator.aspx, provides instant insight into web application delivery performance for any website to reveal potential weaknesses, evaluate the benefits of new technologies and demonstrate how Crescendo's Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) can optimize service delivery and website performance.
"We developed this sophisticated analysis engine to help companies understand the real impact web application enhancement components can have on service delivery and performance," said Kristina O'Connell, VP Marketing at Crescendo Networks. "Now, IT managers don't have to just take a vendor's word for it--they can see for themselves how ADCs can improve site performance and optimize server configuration."
Unlike most web measurement tools that provide one "magic number" for potential improvement, Crescendo's new performance calculator provides an unprecedented level of specific data to reveal the true impact of various ADC technologies on performance gain. To perform the test, users simply enter the URL for testing, the number of servers and the test source location they desire which establishes a benchmark on site performance. A true transaction generator injects traffic to the site and the analyzer crunches the raw data in less than a minute.
The resulting comprehensive report includes real data showing the expected performance improvements possible with TCP connection management, HTTP multiplexing, SSL offload, caching and other techniques used to optimize application delivery performance by Crescendo's ADC. For the first time IT managers of Web based applications companies can test the impact of ADC Technology on their site prior to spending money on Lab testing or procurement.
The Crescendo tool allows IT managers to dive deeper into the test results to illustrate the benefits offered by ADCs like Crescendo's AppBeat DC in comparison with traditional load balancer technology. AppBeat DC delivers optimal application performance while increasing server efficiency. Deployed on a purpose-built platform using dedicated hardware engines with parallel processors, AppBeat DC offloads processing-intensive tasks from servers and combines multiple acceleration features in one highly scalable appliance. Its unique, distributed architecture outperforms other solutions that experience performance degradation and resource contention when multiple features are enabled.
Crescendo Networks accelerates and optimizes delivery of business-critical Web applications through the market's best-performing application delivery controllers. A purpose-built hardware design with a massively parallel architecture enables Crescendo's ADCs to outperform competing products under peak load with all features turned on, allowing servers to serve user requests even under massive HTTP traffic or extreme load. The company's products are used by many of the world's most sophisticated and fastest-growing Web properties to ensure usability, facilitate rapid business growth, lower IT costs and capture additional revenue. For more information, visit http://www.crescendonetworks.com.
Allion Test Labs Selects LeCroy USB 3.0 Test Suite for Complete SuperSpeed USB Compliance Testing
CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y., March 11 -- LeCroy Corporation, a leading supplier of oscilloscopes and serial data test solutions, announced that Allion Test Labs has selected its USB 3.0 Test Suite for complete SuperSpeed USB Compliance Testing. Allion will use LeCroy's equipment to provide manufacturers with comprehensive physical and protocol layer transmitter and receiver testing. In addition to SuperSpeed USB, LeCroy will provide Allion with complete solutions for testing SATA and other high-speed serial data standards.
"LeCroy's USB 3.0 Test Suite is the solution that fully integrates transmitter and receiver testing to meet the compliance requirements for SuperSpeed USB," said James Ou, Allion's Director of Personal Application Testing Center. "LeCroy's end-to-end test equipment lineup addresses the increasingly sophisticated measurement and analysis capabilities that are required by SuperSpeed USB, and we are pleased to be able to offer this preeminent solution to our customers."
"LeCroy is happy to supply Allion with a complete solution for SuperSpeed USB compliance testing," said Conrad Fernandes, LeCroy's Vice President for Asia Pacific. "As signal speeds increase, compliance testing and debug become more challenging. LeCroy's innovative solutions for testing high-speed serial data will enable Allion and their customers to perform these tests faster, more comprehensively, and at lower cost."
The LeCroy USB 3.0 Test Suite includes the SDA 813Zi oscilloscope for physical layer transmitter verification, compliance and debug; the protocol-enabled receiver and transmitter tolerance tester, PeRT3(TM), for receiver testing; the WaveExpert(TM) sampling oscilloscope for critical characterization and TDR measurements; and the world's first USB 3.0 protocol analyzer exerciser platform, the Voyager(TM) verification system, to address the protocol layer.
LeCroy's revolutionary PeRT3 is a protocol-aware receiver tester that integrates receiver test with protocol-awareness. It provides the ability to automate testing through active control of the device under test. It is also able to easily manage through protocol issues such as SKP symbols which can interrupt testing on competitive products. Together with LeCroy's WaveMaster 813Zi oscilloscope, QPHY-USB3-Tx-Rx automation compliance test software, and other accessories, it performs complete physical layer compliance tests faster than alternate solutions that are not protocol-aware. PeRT3 is currently in use at leading labs worldwide, including the Peripherals Integration Lab (PIL).
In addition, the Voyager protocol analyzer exerciser system provides a full-function analyzer, capable of recording and analyzing traffic between both USB 2.0 or 3.0 devices. The integrated exerciser can emulate USB 3.0 device behaviors to allow functional, reliability, and performance testing.
Allion Test Labs, Inc. is a global Information Technology (IT) testing organization conducting certification, interoperability, performance and compatibility testing services for companies all over the world. Allion has more than 300 certified test engineers, who leverage a multi-million dollar inventory of state-of-the-art test equipment and devices to provide IT developers with cost-effective and quality product assurance solutions. Company information is available at http://www.allion.com.
About LeCroy Corporation
LeCroy Corporation is a worldwide leader in serial data test solutions, creating advanced instruments that drive product innovation by quickly measuring, analyzing and verifying complex electronic signals. The Company offers high-performance oscilloscopes, serial data analyzers and global communications protocol test solutions used by design engineers in the computer, semiconductor and consumer electronics, data storage, automotive and industrial, and military and aerospace markets. LeCroy's 45-year heritage of technical innovation is the foundation for its recognized leadership in "WaveShape Analysis" - capturing, viewing and measuring the high-speed signals that drive today's information and communications technologies. LeCroy is headquartered in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Company information is available at http://www.lecroy.com.
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Wireless LAN Market Hits Record High in Fourth Quarter of 2009, According to Dell'Oro Group
Motorola and Alcatel-Lucent Each Post More Than 30 Percent Sequential Growth
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 11 -- A recently published report by Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, indicates that the worldwide wireless LAN market shipped a record high 18 million units in the fourth quarter of last year, driven by growth of the small office home office (SOHO) market and strength in the retail, education, healthcare, and hospitality sectors for the enterprise market.
"Fourth quarter unit shipments grew dramatically, but promotional discounts in the SOHO market offset a large portion of the revenue gains," stated Loren Shalinsky, Senior Analyst of Wireless LAN research at Dell'Oro Group. "SOHO 802.11n wireless router unit gains from D-Link and NETGEAR accounted for over half of the total wireless LAN market's increased shipments. In the enterprise market, Motorola gained 40 percent in revenue, benefitting from a resurging retail sector. Alcatel-Lucent more than doubled its 802.11n shipments, which led to a rise in their average selling prices, contributing to their more than 30 percent increase in revenue," added Shalinsky.
According to the report, product revenues for Alcatel-Lucent, Aruba, Buffalo, D-Link, HP, Motorola, and NETGEAR each achieved record quarterly levels.
About the Report
The Dell'Oro Group Wireless LAN Quarterly Report offers complete, in-depth coverage of the Service Provider, Enterprise, and SOHO markets with tables containing manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices, and unit shipments by the following wireless standards: 802.11g, 802.11a/g and 802.11n. To purchase this report, please call Emily Kendall at +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email Emily@DellOro.com.
About Dell'Oro Group
As the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, Dell'Oro Group provides in-depth, objective research and analysis that enable component manufacturers, equipment vendors, and investment firms to make fact-based, strategic decisions. For more information, contact Dell'Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit http://www.DellOro.com.
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High Gear Media Launches All-New Used Car Listings Marketplace
Automotive Content Publisher Adds Millions of Searchable Used Car Listings to its Network of Owned and Operated Automotive Destinations
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 11 -- High Gear Media, (http://www.highgearmedia.com), publisher of more premium automotive content than anyone on the Web through websites targeting key buyer and vehicle segments, today announced the addition of all-new auto marketplaces across it's network of leading automotive websites.
The newly announced inventory listing marketplace provides car buyers access to more than 4 million used vehicles for sale in the United States and combines easy-to-use search and filtering tools with High Gear Media's industry leading original and aggregated automotive content to enable targeted, best of breed used car experiences across its network.
"We're creating premium original automotive content at scale, curating the best of the Web, and providing useful tools and services users need to get the exact car that suits them," said Matt Heist, CEO of High Gear Media. "Giving our users access to millions of used car listings is part of creating superior experiences on all of our automotive destination sites."
Each site in High Gear Media's network, including destinations like TheCarConnection.com, MotorAuthority.com, GreenCarReports.com, AllCarsElectric.com and FamilyCarGuide.com will now present searchable, sortable, used car listings including vehicle details, photos, vehicle history reports, live mapping features and links to related articles from around High Gear Media's network. Buyers can contact the sellers directly through the each site by email or phone.
High Gear Media's used car experience in powered in part by Vast.com, a leading provider of vertical search and advertising technology. Vast's platform will automatically present local area cars for sale that best match what the car shopper is seeking, along with detailed drill-down by make, model, and feature of over 4 million cars available for sale.
"High Gear Media's unique model of producing rich, deep sites for different types of buyers and car segments offers Vast and our dealers a new channel to in-market buyers," said Ben Cohen, General Manager of Autos at Vast.com. "We are excited to have High Gear Media as a publisher in the Vast network as their websites help us maintain the highest standards in lead quality for dealers."
High Gear Media is vertical publishing company publishing more premium automotive content than anyone in the world through websites targeting key buyer and vehicle segments. High Gear Media's owned and operated network of automotive destinations reaches well over 2 million visitors monthly and include its anchor site, TheCarConnection.com, its luxury and performance car site, MotorAuthority.com, green and electric car sites, GreenCarReports.com and AllCarsElectric.com, and its family-focused sites including FamilyCarGuide.com. High Gear Media's expert editorial staff and over 200 contributing car writers have written at publications like Car and Driver, AOL Autos, AutoWeek, Automobile Magazine, and Wired. The company's content is syndicated to partners including Yahoo! Autos, Huffington Post, NASCAR.com, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Independent automotive writers and people who are passionate about cars can contribute content by visiting HighGearMedia.com. High Gear Media is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. and received its funding from Accel Partners, Greylock Partners and DAG Ventures.
Vast.com, Inc works within the auto, travel, and real estate industries to create online marketplaces for the world's most respected companies. Vast offers the world's first search and advertising platform optimized to match buyers with ideal, available inventory and sellers with buyers who are interested in their unique products. Partners such as Yahoo!, Orbitz Worldwide, and AOL have integrated Vast's custom platform into their portals to serve over 20 million consumers per month. For more information, visit http://www.vast.com.
Mplayit's New App Guru Program Recruits the Industry's Finest Minds to Improve Mobile App Discovery for Consumers
Consumers Can Now Enjoy Expert Commentary And Insight On The Best Apps Available For iPhone and Android Mobile Platforms
SAN FRANCISCO, March 11 -- With thousands of new mobile apps for the latest smartphone platforms hitting the stores every week, sorting the best from the bad is getting ever harder for the average consumer. Starting today, they will have an expert helping hand, thanks to an innovative new service launched today by leading Facebook app store Mplayit.
To help consumers find the mobile apps they want and need, Mplayit today announced App Guru, a feature that allows consumers to receive insight directly from hand-picked experts within the mobile industry. The App Guru program is comprised of luminaries from top mobile industry blogs and sites, who will actively rate and comment on apps in Mplayit's catalogs, adding a valuable additional layer of app discovery to Mplayit's platform.
"Since the beginning, we have put social discovery and crowd sourcing - getting tips from your friends and seeing which apps are hot and which are not - at the core of our service. Now we're adding expert commentary and rankings from the most respected voices in the industry, all in one place," said Michael Powers, CEO and founder of Mplayit. "We believe it's the ultimate combination for making an informed decision on which apps are best suited for their individual wants and needs."
With the new program, consumers are able to see a dedicated feed of real-time activity of the Gurus, providing them with a visual guide to what the experts think about the thousands of apps and games available across leading iPhone, Android and smartphone platforms. In addition to providing commentary about the various apps, Guru's can also rank apps on a scale of one to five; apps rated by at least two Gurus with ratings or four or five stars get the top accolade, a "Guru Approved" badge. The "Guru Approved" badge has an associated pop-up that features the Guru ratings and comments in the order they were submitted, and links out to full reviews posted to the Guru's respective sites for users to read more if they wish.
"We've set the bar high for an app to become 'Guru Approved' so consumers and developers can truly see which apps are a cut above the rest," continued Powers. "It's a simple message really. If your friends like it and it's Guru Approved - get it, you won't be disappointed!"
The Mplayit App Guru program is in the beginning phase and will continue to add new partners soon to provide users with a broad range of expert opinions, including BlackBerry. Additionally, as consumers can often be the best experts, Mplayit will be giving its most active general users the opportunity to gain "Guru" status as well.
Mplayit offers search and try-before-you-buy playable previews of popular mobile applications on leading mobile platforms that are accessible from a standard Web or mobile browser. Users can rate, comment, and recommend individual apps to their social network including Facebook and Twitter. In addition, Mplayit's unique 'Apptivity' feed gives users a view of the most played and recommended apps in real time, adding a useful and entertaining element to regular lists or rankings.
Mplayit is the leading global provider for online playable discovery and social merchandising of mobile games and applications. The company's proprietary software solutions enable mobile content providers to better merchandise, market, and interact with a targeted user audience of mobile consumers. Mplayit is backed by New Atlantic Ventures. For more information, visit mplayit.com or email email@example.com. You can also follow Mplayit on Twitter: @Mplayit.
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3LCD Announces Worldwide Market Share Leadership in 2009
LOS ANGELES, March 11 -- 3LCD, the world's leading projection display technology, today announced it maintained market share leadership throughout all of 2009. According to the most recent data from Pacific Media Associates (PMA (1)), 3LCD maintained a lead over the competition with 51 percent market share among traditional projector buyers - those looking for projectors touting 500 Lumens or more - during the period of January 2009 through December 2009.
With more than 20 years of experience in the projection market and more than 60 million chips shipped, 3LCD consistently delivers dependable projection technology. Beyond the road-tested reliability, 3LCD also delivers bright, true-to-life images, and high Color and White Light Output for presentations and videos that always look their best.
"2009 has been a great year for 3LCD, and our worldwide success can be attributed in part to the ongoing customer and OEM support," said Rina Bhuva, senior strategic marketing manager, 3LCD. "As a leader in the industry for more than 20 years, our prolonged success is a sign that buyers consistently look to 3LCD to meet their demanding needs, and we continue to deliver great results with our road-tested reliable technology."
The sustained success in the worldwide market throughout the year is due to a number of factors, including recently introduced projector models, innovative features and technology advantages that make 3LCD stand out from the competition, including:
-- 3-Chip Optical Engine: All 3LCD projectors use a 3-chip optical
engine to deliver incredibly bright, true-to-life color.
-- High Color Light Output: 3LCD projectors deliver high Color and White
Light Output so images, video and text always look their very best.
-- No Color Wheel: 3LCD projectors do not rely on a spinning color wheel
to produce color and do not suffer from "the rainbow effect" or "color
-- Road-Tested Reliability: 3LCD technology is the #1 projection
technology and has consistently been the choice of users who demand
long-life performance and reliability.
-- Energy Efficient Light Engine: The light engine in 3LCD projectors
efficiently uses available lamp light to create stunning images,
projecting on average 25% more brightness per watt of electricity,
compared to the leading competitor (2).
For more information about 3LCD technology and the wide variety of products and leading manufacturers that use it, visit http://www.3LCD.com.
About 3LCD Technology
3LCD is the world's leading projection technology, delivering unbelievably bright and natural color, amazing detail and road-tested reliability. Using an advanced, 3-chip optical engine, 3LCD offers full-time color for brilliant quality images without the possibility of color break-up. 3LCD is based on LCD technology, which is used by leading manufacturers worldwide for the ultimate viewing experience in flat panel TVs and projectors. To find out why more users choose 3LCD than all other projection technologies combined and to get the latest list of leading companies offering 3LCD technology in their products, visit the 3LCD website at http://www.3lcd.com/.
(1) Data source: US market research company, "Pacific Media Associates" (for January 1 to December 31, 2009)
(2) Data source: ProjectorCentral.com Jan 2010. Average of 910 shipping models for which the manufacturers provided lumens and total power data, all resolutions and brightness levels. Energy efficiency was measured as wattage per lumen.
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