Somfy Motorization to Showcase Solutions at Upcoming Event

December 28, 2012

Home automation is a new concept gaining popularity and it includes the automation of the home, housework or household activities. Home automation solutions may also provide centralized control of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), appliances, and other systems. In essence, it offers an enhanced quality of life for users.

Recently, Somfy Systems revealed that it will have its motorization solutions showcased in an interoperability display during the 2013 International CES (News - Alert) event. This display is sponsored by Worthington Distribution at the Z-Wave Alliance in booth # 20800. 

The company has joined hands with Worthington Distribution to showcase the value and convenience of Somfy-powered motorized window coverings. These coverings provide additional value to home automation systems. To look after motorized roller shade, lights, thermostats and locks, Worthington's interoperability display at the Z-Wave Alliance will use an HAI controller. This system provides an HAI touchscreen and a motorized roller shade that make use of Somfy's ultra-quiet Sonesse 30 RS485 digital motor. 

Rolling shutters by Somfy offer peace of mind and improve users’ lifestyle. Users can complement their home’s decor and get an added measure of security and privacy. They can also protect their home from Mother Nature and secure it automatically.

“We've been promoting Somfy for years though our Worthington University dealer education courses," said Richard Scholl, president of Worthington Distribution, in a statement. "CES gives us the opportunity to share the benefits of home automation systems that feature motorization while proving how simple integrating Somfy-powered products can be.�

About a year ago, the company participated in the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow in Las Vegas, where it unveiled various products and technologies that make comprehensive home automation more intuitive, accessible and compatible in various platforms.

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Edited by Jamie Epstein

LeadMaster Reaches 15 Years in Business Milestone

Marketing automation systems help companies in saving time and cutting labor costs by automating various repetitive tasks. Thus, the demand for marketing automation systems is on the rise.

Recently, LeadMaster revealed that the company is celebrating its 15th year in business. The company offers CRM based solutions which consist of CRM, sales lead management, campaign management, marketing automation, lead scoring, e-mail marketing, virtual call center and website integration.

In 2012, the company entered into strategic partnerships. It signed on Tech Data (News - Alert) as a worldwide reseller for LeadMaster solutions as well as joined hands with Personifeye to concentrate on the advertising agency market and with Home Star Broker Solutions. This partnership allowed the company to explore the real estate market further than ever before.

Marketing automation is an important part of the LeadMaster customer relationship management (CRM) solution as it powers tracking and ROI reporting for marketing campaigns, apart from automating marketing functions like drip marketing, e-mail marketing, surveys, newsletters and lead nurturing.

“It has been another exciting and productive year," said Russ King, LeadMaster CEO, in a statement. "We are consistently adding new customers thanks to innovative software enhancements including Lead-Xpress, Lead-Xtreme and Auto Lead Scoring. As you can see by the enhancements in 2012 we to continue to invest in creating new capabilities in the LeadMaster platform and 2013 will be no exception. We are also very excited about the new interface on the LeadMaster platform and have received positive feedback from our beta testers.�

About a year ago, the company revealed that its family of cloud computing solutions will be distributed via Tech Data’s global network of value added resellers (VARs). According to the agreement signed between the two companies, LeadMaster’s lead management, marketing automation and CRM solutions would now be available to users from Tech Data’s StreamOne solutions store and from more than 60,000 of Tech Data’s VARs.

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Edited by Jamie Epstein

LeadMaster Reaches 15 Years in Business Milestone

Marketing automation systems help companies in saving time and cutting labor costs by automating various repetitive tasks. Thus, the demand for marketing automation systems is on the rise.

Recently, LeadMaster revealed that the company is celebrating its 15th year in business. The company offers CRM based solutions which consist of CRM, sales lead management, campaign management, marketing automation, lead scoring, e-mail marketing, virtual call center and website integration.

In 2012, the company entered into strategic partnerships. It signed on Tech Data (News - Alert) as a worldwide reseller for LeadMaster solutions as well as joined hands with Personifeye to concentrate on the advertising agency market and with Home Star Broker Solutions. This partnership allowed the company to explore the real estate market further than ever before.

Marketing automation is an important part of the LeadMaster customer relationship management (CRM) solution as it powers tracking and ROI reporting for marketing campaigns, apart from automating marketing functions like drip marketing, e-mail marketing, surveys, newsletters and lead nurturing.

“It has been another exciting and productive year," said Russ King, LeadMaster CEO, in a statement. "We are consistently adding new customers thanks to innovative software enhancements including Lead-Xpress, Lead-Xtreme and Auto Lead Scoring. As you can see by the enhancements in 2012 we to continue to invest in creating new capabilities in the LeadMaster platform and 2013 will be no exception. We are also very excited about the new interface on the LeadMaster platform and have received positive feedback from our beta testers.�

About a year ago, the company revealed that its family of cloud computing solutions will be distributed via Tech Data’s global network of value added resellers (VARs). According to the agreement signed between the two companies, LeadMaster’s lead management, marketing automation and CRM solutions would now be available to users from Tech Data’s StreamOne solutions store and from more than 60,000 of Tech Data’s VARs.

Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO Miami 2013, Jan 29- Feb. 1 in Miami, Florida.  Stay in touch with everything happening at ITEXPO (News - Alert). Follow us on Twitter.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

Siemens Simatic CP 1543-1 Connects the Simatic S7-1500 Controller to Ethernet Networks

With the advent of robotics, companies are increasingly automating the manufacturing process with computerized or robotic machines that can handle repetitive tasks quickly and efficiently. Industrial automation solutions can also complete mundane or dangerous tasks that the workers do not want to do.

Recently, Siemens (News - Alert) revealed that the Simatic CP 1543-1 communication processor from the Siemens Industry Automation Division safely connects the Simatic S7-1500 controller to Ethernet networks.

With its various advanced features, the new SIMATIC S7-1500 controller sets new standards for maximized productivity. This is advantageous to small series machines and also complicated deployments that place high demands on speed. For maximum engineering efficiency, the SIMATIC S7-1500 is seamlessly integrated in the Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA (News - Alert) Portal).

The new communication module safeguards individual S7-1500 stations or even complete automation cells against unauthorized access by bringing together numerous security features such as an SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) firewall, password requests and data encryption protocols such as FTPS and SNMPv3.

Siemens provides industrial communication products and systems, which provide improved efficiency. The company also offers advanced components like SIMATIC NET (News - Alert), which make use of proven standards. This enables users to deploy powerful, integrated data networks that are “future-proof.�  The company’s comprehensive industrial communications solutions enable efficient integration of all company areas into one coherent system from simple sensor connecting to plant wide quality and productions data acquisition and transmission.

In 2010, Daimler AG selected CAD Software from Siemens as the standard for its global vehicle development. Daimler completed its implementation of Teamcenter which will serve as the company’s product data management backbone.

With the advent of robotics, companies are increasingly automating the manufacturing process with computerized or robotic machines that can handle repetitive tasks quickly and efficiently. Industrial automation solutions can also complete mundane or dangerous tasks that the workers do not want to do.

Recently, Siemens revealed that the Simatic CP 1543-1 communication processor from the Siemens Industry Automation Division safely connects the Simatic S7-1500 controller to Ethernet networks.

With its various advanced features, the new SIMATIC S7-1500 controller sets new standards for maximized productivity. This is advantageous to small series machines and also complicated deployments that place high demands on speed. For maximum engineering efficiency, the SIMATIC S7-1500 is seamlessly integrated in the Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal).

The new communication module safeguards individual S7-1500 stations or even complete automation cells against unauthorized access by bringing together numerous security features such as an SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) firewall, password requests and data encryption protocols such as FTPS and SNMPv3.

Siemens provides industrial communication products and systems, which provide improved efficiency. The company also offers advanced components like SIMATIC NET, which make use of proven standards. This enables users to deploy powerful, integrated data networks that are “future-proof.�  The company’s comprehensive industrial communications solutions enable efficient integration of all company areas into one coherent system from simple sensor connecting to plant wide quality and productions data acquisition and transmission.

In 2010, Daimler AG selected CAD Software from Siemens as the standard for its global vehicle development. Daimler completed its implementation of Teamcenter which will serve as the company’s product data management backbone.

Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO Miami 2013, Jan 29- Feb. 1 in Miami, Florida.  Stay in touch with everything happening at ITEXPO (News - Alert). Follow us on Twitter.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

LUVVITT Unveils New iPad Mini Cases

We all know that the iPad is a true success story from Apple (News - Alert). But even iPad accessories have a large market and many companies have made sizeable profits from selling various types of iPad accessories. LUVVITT is one such company that sells iPad cases.

Recently, it was revealed that the company would be introducing various innovations which include a series of iPad Mini cases and iPhone (News - Alert) 5 cases at the 2013 International CES show. LUVVITT will be present at booth # 4102 from January 8th- 11, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

LUVVITT provides high quality iPad cases and iPad covers. According to the company, it puts extraordinary care in its products and strives for the complete satisfaction of every customer.

“I cannot wait to bring these products to my consumers at such a prestigious event. The 2013 International CES (News - Alert) is the perfect platform for our new products� said CEO Eli Altaras in a statement. “We’re also thrilled about showcasing the LUVVITT Ultrathin Keyboard Cover – the thinnest and lightest keyboard cover in the world for the iPad. A second edition of this will be equipped with a backlight - look for it in the coming months.�

Back in July of this year, the company introduced a new range of stylish iPhone cases and covers which were presented in bright rainbow colors and state of the art designs. The site is the first stop for technology lovers and savvy shoppers and it now stocks a choice of iPhone 4 / 4S covers in five distinct styles. It also allows users to select from the advanced LEAF, the ultra thin ZERO, the breathable RESPIRA, the elegant ACCENT or the colorful ICE.

Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO Miami 2013, Jan 29- Feb. 1 in Miami, Florida.  Stay in touch with everything happening at ITEXPO (News - Alert). Follow us on Twitter.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

LiveOps Joins IntelePeer’s Fluent Federation-as-a-Service

December 27, 2012

LiveOps (News - Alert) a specialist in cloud contact center and customer service solutions joined IntelePeer’s Fluent Federation-as-a-Service (FaaS).

FaaS helps enterprises to enhance the capabilities of their contact centers making them more flexible, reliable, scalable and cloud-based. LiveOps will now be able to offer customers differentiated IP services and better VoIP technology. This enables the provision of multi-modal communications between peered wireless, wireline and VoIP service providers, contact centers, and enterprises.

Margaret Norton, general manager, Enterprises, at IntelePeer (News - Alert) said, “IntelePeer’s Fluent federation service empowers enterprises and contact centers around the world to easily bridge their disparate IP networks, provide a path to emerging premium services and features, and reduce their costs associated with network connectivity.�

IntelePeer’s Fluent FaaS uses its CloudWorx platform to offer carrier-quality services over public or private IP connections on the cloud. CloudWorx leverages the SuperRegistry directory of more than 450 million phone numbers.

LiveOps joined IntelePeer’s Fluent FaaS as the latter was selected by BroadSoft (News - Alert), a global provider of Internet protocol-based communications services delivering interactive communications experience to customers.

Mark Westover, senior vice president, Finance and Operations, at LiveOps said, “As a cloud contact center platform provider for mission-critical customer service, it's vital for us to partner with best-in-class service providers. By including IntelePeer in our partner community, LiveOps is well-positioned for next-generation telecommunications technology needs.�

“Just as one of the major benefits of the LiveOps platform is the cost-efficient cloud, IntelePeer’s fluent service enables us to offer an alternative to the PSTN with additional capabilities and improved cost efficiency,� Westover added.

IntelePeer CoreCloud SIP trunking has been integrated with hosted Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync unified communications deployments offered by Chinook Communications. Chinook Communications is a telecommunications provider that offers Microsoft-supported Lync Server 2010 Multitenant Pack for Partner Hosting.

Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO Miami 2013, Jan 29- Feb. 1 in Miami, Florida.  Stay in touch with everything happening at ITEXPO (News - Alert). Follow us on Twitter.

Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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Microsoft’s Cloud-Offloaded GPS is Fast and Consumes Less Power

GPS is now a popular application in many smartphones and mobile devices. Because such location services consume lot of power, mobile devices quickly drain battery power when used for couple of hours continuously. Microsoft (News - Alert) Research is working on a GPS solution that is expected to slash power consumption in GPS chips used in mobile devices. As a result, it promises to extend the battery life of smartphones and tablets.

MIT (News - Alert) Technology Review reports that Microsoft Research is working on a GPS technology that cuts power requirements by offloading the heavy number crunching to the Cloud called Cloud-Offloaded GPS (CO-GPS). To put this idea into practice, the software giant’s research arm is testing it on a new mobile sensing platform called CLEO.  

According to The Verge, the research group’s findings were recently published in the 10th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems. Per details provided b the Microsoft paper, the GPS antenna in your smartphone is its biggest energy consumer, completely running down the battery in about six hours if it’s left on constantly. The Microsoft Research team stated that by using CO-GPS, the researchers can theoretically get constant sensing for a year and a half with one measurement per second granularity using just two AA batteries.

The GPS chip in your mobile phone needs to work for 30 seconds to pull down necessary information from satellites and then do the processing to fix your location. In fact, according to the researchers, there’s also heavy signal processing work that needs to be done just to acquire a connection and track the satellites as they move. By simply offloading heavy signal processing to the cloud, researchers have shown that they get an initial fix in just few milliseconds. The researchers claim they can achieve orders of magnitude lower energy consumption per location tagging.

For example, an initial GPS fix on a smartphone with current technology takes about one Joule of energy. Using Microsoft’s CO-GPS technique, the energy consumption is reduced to 0.4 milliJoules — a 99.96 percent improvement.

Microsoft researchers believe that this improvement in efficiency will give rise to new services based on continuous GPS logging. Meanwhile, efforts are underway to further improve efficiency by developing new compression techniques and refining its signal processing algorithms.

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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

Enterprise PaaS, Growth and Challenges: Research and Markets

Research and Markets increased its offerings by adding TechNavio’s report on the global enterprise PaaS market to its roster. The report entitled, ‘The Global Enterprise PaaS Market 2011-2015,’ has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts.

Enterprise PaaS is set to grow with its importance in the cloud computing industry increasing, and this appears to be confirmed by TechNavio’s analysts, who have forecast this global market to grow at a CAGR of 56.65 percent over the period 2011-2015.

That’s fair enough, given the fact that even an economic downturn didn’t stifle its growth. So, what will trigger its growth, why will PaaS market become bigger? Well, analysts indicate that the use of multiple application platforms and complex equipment has only succeeded in making organizational infrastructure more complex. This means that companies have to plough in more money into managing applications infrastructure.

However, with PaaS, organizations can dynamically manage and maintain enterprise applications through third-party vendors, who will provide complete infrastructure management solutions. This means that companies can focus on their core business needs without being bothered with the hassles of dealing with common issues of application infrastructure management.

Another reason why PaaS is set to make its mark on the horizon of global enterprise is that the less-complex interfaces and self-service provisions of cloud computing can be managed even with companies working on limited budgets.  Also, customers can build applications rapidly and the time to market is considerably reduced. The development environment can be either premise or Web-based.

So, PaaS does seem like a good thing to have around, as it is being regarded widely as a catalyst for long term market growth, but- the question remains – can it serve as a secure enough platform for cloud computing?

With organizations increasingly becoming more concerned about data security, PaaS does have a tough job on its hands- a challenge that it does seem capable of overcoming.

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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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Community in Camden County Can Now Send 911 Text Messages

The FCC’s (News - Alert) recent initiatives are encouraging officials across the nation to upgrade their emergency systems to receive text messages by 2014. Additionally, the voluntary commitment by the nation’s four largest wireless carriers and support of public safety organizations to better protect residents is beginning to catch the attention of states and counties.

Camden County responded by becoming the first in the state of New Jersey to acquire the ability to accept 911 text messages, providing the community with yet another option to seek help. The Board of Freeholders approved the plans for the text message upgrade for the county communications center, which is responsible for routing of calls to local authorities.

"This is not a replacement to the ability to call. It's another option," said Scot McCray, freeholder, in a statement. “I think it's going to help every community in Camden County.�

The county dispatchers will be the first in the state to have the capability to read text messages, answer them, and determine the caller's location. Phones with global positioning software will allow dispatchers identify the exact location. McCray noted that 911 should be the first choice for victims as trained call takers can obtain information quickly. However, the text upgrade could prove useful as an alternative in certain circumstances.

The text service, expected to be available by July 2013, could be of immense help to those with speech or hearing problems, could prove crucial in circumstances where individuals are hiding and afraid to speak while seeking help, and also benefit accident victims who may not know their location.

Prohibitive costs have been responsible for the slow progress of the text message upgrade. The Camden County text upgrade is expected to cost about $600,000 and is part of a $35 million overhaul of the entire communications system, according to authorities.

Monica Gavio of the National Emergency Number Association in New Jersey, which advocates emergency technology advances, noted that it was a ‘big deal.’ She indicated that the association had been working on getting this ability for quite some time.

In related news, Sprint (News - Alert) Wireless customers can send a text message to 911 from locations in Vermont for emergency help as part of an initial four-month trial to test the potential of this technology. The Williston Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) will accept 911 text messages from Sprint Wireless customers as the result of collaboration among the Vermont Enhanced 911 Board, Sprint Wireless and Intrado (News - Alert).

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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli