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Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

Attention MSPs: SMBs Need Your Help

We all know you must first recognize that a problem exists before you can solve it. This principle is particularly relevant when it comes to meeting the challenges of cybersecurity. We’re happy to note that the results of Webroot’s 2015 SMB Threat Report reflect growing concern by small and midsize businesses about potential weaknesses and vulnerabilities in their security strategies.

This candid self-awareness represents a marked change for many SMBs, who in the past downplayed security threats simply because they thought that “it won’t happen to me.” These SMBs believed they were too small for hackers to target, or that they had little of value to tempt cybercriminals. But, in today’s world, the automation, commoditization and low upfront costs of becoming a professional cybercriminal are such that it requires only minimal skill to set up a cybercrime business and start trawling the Internet for victims.

Not surprisingly, under-protected and under-funded SMBs make for attractive targets to these criminals. The good news is that many SMBs are waking up to the very real threats they now face, and to the fact that they are ill-equipped to handle those threats with their in-house IT resources.

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http://mspmentor.net/blog/attention-msps-smbs-need-your-help

The patent-pending Scandit Case replaces dedicated barcode scanners at a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when used in conjunction with Scandit’s mobile software solutions

 

LONDON – Scandit, developer of the leading software-based barcode scanning solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, today revealed the Scandit Case. An ergonomically designed iPhone 6/6s case that works with smartphones and all of Scandit’s mobile scanning solutions, the Scandit Case provides protection during everyday activities and a scanning experience similar to that of a dedicated barcode scanner but with a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The Scandit Case is currently available for pre-order.

 

While Scandit’s patented barcode scanning software is engineered to provide enterprise-grade scanning on smartphones even in challenging environments – compensating for glare, motion, extreme angles, for example – the Scandit Case combines high-performance scanning with ultimate ease of use and the ergonomics necessary to support scan-intensive data capture applications across the entire supply chain.

 

By leveraging the built-in LED and camera on the iPhone for illumination, aiming and image capture, the Case provides a scanning experience comparable to a dedicated scanner, without introducing additional electrical components. The end result is a multipurpose device that is ergonomic, built for everyday protection and available at a fraction of the cost and weight of a dedicated scanner.

 

The Scandit Case is part of Scandit’s evolving product line, including mobile software and cloud services designed to mobilise mission-critical enterprise workflows across the entire supply chain including Order Entry, Proof of Delivery, Inventory Management and more.

Through the introduction of the Case, Scandit is the first company to offer a fully integrated, enterprise-grade mobile data capture solution that combines the versatility of software-based scanning, a powerful cloud-based mobility platform (including capabilities such as geolocation, analytics and app lifecycle management) and the ease-of-use and robustness of dedicated devices.

 

“Advancements in mobile technology have made it possible to use smartphones in situations where they haven’t traditionally been used,” said Samuel Mueller, CEO of Scandit. “The Scandit Case combines the versatility of software-based mobile scanning with the ergonomics and robustness of a traditional scanner. When combined with our cloud-based mobile app solutions optimised to support mission-critical business processes with smartphones, the Case creates new business opportunities and delivers improved operational efficiencies for the enterprise at a lower TCO.”

 

About Scandit

Scandit delivers high-performance mobile data capture solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearables, designed to transform consumer engagement and operational efficiency for today’s forward-looking enterprises. Scandit solutions are built on its patented software-based barcode scanner and are used in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing and logistics. With over 20,000 licensees in more than 100 countries, Scandit processes more than 200 million scans per year and develops enterprise-grade solutions for many of the world’s most prestigious brands including Ahold, Coop, Home Depot, NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue and Verizon. Founded in 2009 by a group of researchers from MIT, ETH Zurich and IBM Research, today Scandit and its network of global integration and technology partners are pushing the boundaries of mobile AIDC (automatic identification and data capture), delivering groundbreaking identification and data capture applications to enterprise customers worldwide. For more information visit www.scandit.com.

Catalogic ECX™ Adds Self-Service, Automation, and Data Management Capabilities to IBM Storage and SoftLayer, Allowing Clients to Modernize Their IT Infrastructure

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – IBM and Catalogic Software, the market's only provider of in-place copy data management, today announced the availability of a new set of validated solutions, which combine Catalogic's flagship product, ECX, with one of several storage offerings within the IBM portfolio. These solutions are aimed at IT clients looking to make their existing infrastructure environments more efficient, agile and responsive to the demands of their customers. These new joint solutions deliver essential functionality that allows the IT team to modernize its infrastructure, including automation of storage and data management, self-service capabilities, and complete RESTful API management. This functionality creates a more agile and efficient environment that allows the IT team to deliver superior results in its core operations while delivering remarkable OPEX savings. Additionally, the degree of agility that ECX delivers allows IBM clients to accelerate their successful implementation of new use cases and workloads, including DevOps and Hybrid Cloud initiatives. 

Catalogic ECX is a software platform that installs into a client's existing infrastructure as a virtual appliance, and leverages the public APIs of storage controllers, storage software systems, and hypervisors in order to deliver a holistic and automated approach to the creation and use of data in support of a company's mission critical operations. Following several months of rigorous testing with IBM, Catalogic ECX has now been validated with several of the leading enterprise and mid-range storage offerings within the IBM portfolio. The full set of IBM-Catalogic solutions is described in detail in the newly published IBM Redbook, IT Modernization using Catalogic ECX Copy Data Management and IBM Spectrum Storage. http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/RedpieceAbstracts/sg248341.html?Open

In support of today's announcement, IBM and Catalogic will hold a live online event tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2nd at 11 AM EST, to present the details of the joint solutions, including product demonstrations that exemplify Hybrid Cloud and DevOps use cases. The event is open to the public, and available by registering at the following link: http://data.catalogicsoftware.com/en/ibm/catalogic-launch-event-lp-feb-2-2016

"Today is a very significant milestone for Catalogic," commented Ed Walsh, CEO of Catalogic Software. "IBM's selection of Catalogic as a key partner for copy data management demonstrates not only that our product is robust and enterprise-ready, but also reflects the fact that it is synergistic with IBM storage and non-disruptive to clients during deployment and ongoing use. Both IBM and Catalogic see the need to improve the operations of the core data center, while equipping the IT team with the tools needed to support new workload environments and use cases." 

These joint solutions directly address an acute challenge that IT organizations face today. In recent years, a wide range of new IT use cases has emerged, driven primarily by the adoption of Cloud computing. These new use cases bring increased demands for IT infrastructure to be flexible, responsive and agile. However, the core data center architecture and associated processes -- which traditionally have been designed for reliability and security -- are commonly seen as inadequate to meet the new requirements. IT teams are pressured to either radically re-architecture their core environments, or resign to managing two separate environments at great cost and complexity. Catalogic ECX is the first solution that allows IT organizations to bridge the gap, allowing them to achieve this sought-after infrastructure responsiveness and agility without disruption, by integrating into the storage infrastructure that they already have. 

New Use Cases for IBM Storage Solutions
Because the joint IBM-Catalogic solutions deliver advanced levels of agility and flexibility, they now allow IBM clients to use tried and true IBM storage platforms as the core infrastructure for a range of use-cases, most notably Hybrid Cloud and DevOps.

Hybrid Cloud
Powered by Catalogic ECX, the joint IBM-Catalogic solutions provide the most efficient way for clients to leverage the public cloud, allowing them to simplify their operations and achieve dramatic cost savings. ECX allows the IT team to define and automate the process of creating live application environments in the cloud. These live environments can support key IT functions that rely on copies of production data and that benefit from the elasticity of cloud resources, including DR, Test and Development, analytics, and more. Based on the lower operating costs of cloud resources, the lower manual efforts through ECX's cloud automation, and the ability to avoid paying for idle resources, ECX users can achieve ROIs of 300+% when leveraging the cloud for certain use cases.

DevOps
Of particular interest to IBM clients is ECX's ability to enable IBM storage to become the platform of choice for a DevOps environment. Organizations are increasingly moving toward DevOps methods in order to increase speed and agility, with the goal of faster delivery of new applications to market. However, to date, the core data center infrastructure has been largely unavailable to development teams given a general lack of automation and self-service capabilities. ECX solves this by giving the IT team a management layer that delivers automation and self-service capabilities, along with full RESTful API management that the development team can access. In so doing, ECX enables "infrastructure as code" for the development team, while allowing the data center IT team to stay in control of the infrastructure and maintain compliance with the organization's SLAs and governance policies. 

Joint IBM-Catalogic Solutions Details
This section provides details on the specific IBM-Catalogic joint-solutions that are included in today's announcement. 

ECX with Storwize and SAN Volume Controller: Advanced Data Management for Core Data Center Infrastructure Operations
IBM's Storwize family of hybrid flash/HDD systems serve as the primary storage platform for core data center operations across a wide range of environments. Similarly, IBM's SAN Volume Controller (SVC) is commonly used for core application environments. Combining ECX with one or several of these systems delivers advanced data management capabilities to the production computing environment, and allows the IT team to dramatically improve core services including automated DR, enhanced test & development, business analytics, rapid data recovery, and more. 

ECX with IBM FlashSystem V9000
IBM's FlashSystem V9000 is the market's leading all flash storage array, based upon its combination of scalability, performance, and overall economics. Given that V9000 often serves as the primary production array for Tier 1 mission critical applications, adding ECX delivers crucial capabilities for those looking to improve upon their local data recovery and remote disaster recovery operations. With ECX, data recovery capabilities can be validated daily, using ECX's ability to automate the instantiation of a full application environment that leverages the V9000's native capability to deliver rapid application consistent snapshots and data replicas. The V9000 with ECX is also an ideal solution in DevOps operations, given the solution's ability to provision environments rapidly, with significant automation and self-service capabilities for the development teams that can be easily invoked via other DevOps tools, leveraging ECX's REST APIs.

ECX for Hybrid Cloud Operations with IBM SoftLayer
IBM's SoftLayer is the public cloud of choice for enterprise clients, given its wide range of options for infrastructure as a service and it's positioning as a natural extension of a client's core data center operations. ECX serves as an accelerator for a customer's ability to take advantage of the elastic compute infrastructure that SoftLayer provides. Hybrid Cloud operations begin with data movement -- a key success factor is the ability to move data to and from the cloud environment in a predictable way, guided by policies for scheduling and automation, all of which ECX makes easy. More importantly, data in the cloud is intended to be used to achieve a business outcome. ECX adds tremendous value in allowing the client to define automated data usage policies which orchestrate all layers of the stack required to instantiate a fully functional, application consistent working environment, thereby radically reducing the operating costs of creating and maintaining application environments within the cloud

ECX with IBM Spectrum Protect (Flash Copy Manager)
IBM's Spectrum Protect is a software offering that leverages the native snapshots of IBM storage to provide data protection with rapid data recovery. ECX integrated with Spectrum Protect allows the client to catalog and leverage existing snapshots for critical use cases beyond data protection including disaster recovery, development and test, and business analytics. 

Bina Hallman, Vice President, IBM Storage and Software Defined Systems, commented on the synergy between IBM storage and Catalogic ECX: "End users see in-place copy data management as an opportunity for significant improvements to overall data access and data availability, in addition to remarkable cost savings", she said. "With Catalogic ECX, IBM storage clients can use their existing storage environment to help improve overall data access and data availability."

"We see significant opportunity for the solution set that IBM and Catalogic are introducing today," commented Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst of Enterprise Strategy Group. "The vast majority of our IT clients are trying to make their IT infrastructure more agile and dynamic in response to the demand from their internal business unit and application development customers. By delivering solutions that add these capabilities in a non-disruptive way, Catalogic and IBM are directly addressing a key area of need." 

The joint IBM-Catalogic solutions are currently available through IBM and Catalogic's network of resellers and distributors. IBM distributor Avnet, one of the world's largest distributors of technology products with operations in 115 countries, recently became a Catalogic partner based on the significant differentiated value that Catalogic ECX delivers. "Catalogic Software is an ideal fit for the Avnet portfolio," said Mark Martin, vice president of Avnet's IBM business unit in the Americas. "We actively market to a large network of VARs and solution providers in North America, all of whom are looking for ways to enhance the solutions they bring to their clients. ECX gives them a high-profit, non-disruptive way of delivering significant value within a client's existing environment, enabling improved management and significant OPEX reductions."

For more information on the joint IBM-Catalogic solutions for data management, visit Catalogic's dedicated IBM page: http://data.catalogicsoftware.com/ibm

About Catalogic Software
Catalogic Software is the market's leading software provider of intelligent Copy Data solutions. Founded in 1996 and with thousands of customers worldwide, Catalogic's mission is to enable IT organizations to leverage their copy data, delivering significant reductions to CAPEX and OPEX while providing superior services to the business. With its software products, Catalogic helps clients Manage, Orchestrate and Analyze their Copy Data across their enterprise and cloud in support of mission critical IT functions including disaster recovery, test/dev, DevOps, next generation data protection, and business analytics. Catalogic has a state-of-the-art Partner Program, and its products are sold exclusively through its global network of distributors and value-added resellers. Visit the Catalogic Partner page at www.catalogicsoftware.com/en/partners, and download a free trial version to see the impact of ECX firsthand at: www.catalogicsoftware.com/en/products/trial

Unique Device Takes Place of Computer Hard Drive to Shield System and Application Software From Attack

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Today CRU introduced the SCILock Secure Drive, the patent-pending hardware cyber security solution that shelters designated operating system and other software from malware, zero day threats, and other persistent forms of cyber attack. Working in conjunction with existing anti-threat software and firewalls, SCILock greatly reduces the attack profile of a computer system by preventing malware from becoming persistent. By doing so, SCILock increases the resistance of an entire network to malware-induced data or identity theft and downtime.

A SCILock Secure Drive takes the place of a computer's hard drive or SSD -- it houses the cyber secure technology that locks down a computer system from any malware, hacks or other threats. The SCILock Secure Drive is operating system agnostic, needs no special drivers or system resources to operate -- the user does not know that SCILock exists except for improved protection.

"For decades, CRU has provided the original cyber security products, our DataPort® and Data Express® removable drives, that government agencies, military organizations, and businesses have used to secure and protect their data," said Randy Barber, CRU CEO and President. "We are pleased to offer the SCILock Secure Drive, our latest innovation to shore up defenses against ever-shifting threats from evil actors and the malware menace they unleash against organizations and people worldwide."

The simplicity of SCILock is its greatest strength. Once configured to accommodate a user profile, it is update-free, has no algorithms to modify, or new tricks to be taught. SCILock enables users to immediately reboot their system to its last known good image, thus rendering persistent malware ineffective.

"As a premier manufacturer of workstations, NCS has consistently turned to CRU for high-quality products, and has equipped thousands of workstations with CRU removable drives for the Federal government and other security-conscious customers," said Baba Padmanabhan of NCS Technologies. "We are excited to take the next step in secure computing by offering workstations equipped with the SCILock Secure Drive."

Availability: SCILock-enabled workstations and integration services are available today from CRU partners. For details, contact scilock@cru-inc.com.

At RSA, see SCILock in action: For a live demo of the SCILock Secure Drive, visit CRU at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, February 29-March 3, (Booth 3340).

Demo video: https://youtu.be/XHjBQvJ0hK0

Short video: https://youtu.be/cT82N5PghT0

For more information visit cru-inc.com/scilock.

About CRU
Founded in 1986, CRU® is a pioneer in data security, data transport/mobility, encryption, and digital investigation devices. The company's flagship DataPort® and Data Express® removable drives are the de facto standard for physical data security in government, education, audio/video production, digital cinema and business markets. The WiebeTech® products are used by digital forensics investigators around the world. And the DataHarbor®, CRU RTX®, RAX®, and ToughTech® external hard drive enclosures are used by small and medium business for data backup. CRU products are available through major distributors, PC manufacturers, specialty system builders and resellers globally, as well as from CRU. Find CRU at www.cru-inc.com, www.facebook.com/cruinc, www.twitter.com/cru_inc, http://www.instagram.com/cru.inc, and http://www.linkedin.com/company/cru-inc.

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Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

Mobile Fraud: Are We Winning the Wrong War?

The First in a Series of Commentaries on the Findings of the Communications Fraud Control Association's 2015 Study Examines the Issue of 'Unknown Unknown' Fraud Types

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Dr. Ian Howells, Chief Marketing Officer of Argyle Data, the leader in native Hadoop applications for revenue threat analytics in mobile communications, has released the first in a series of articles analyzing the results of the 2015 Global Fraud Loss Survey published by the Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA). In particular, Howells examines how the overall cost of fraud could appear to have decreased even though most of those on the front lines in the fight against fraud believe that losses are actually on the rise.

"In comparison with the CFCA's 2013 report, the overall reported cost of fraud was reported as down from US$46 billion in 2013 to $38 billion in 2015. This is a very surprising result considering that the survey respondents also overwhelmingly felt that fraud was on the increase," Dr Howells commented.

Responses to the survey question asking whether respondents believed that, over the past 12 months, global fraud losses had trended up, trended down, or stayed the same, produced the following results:

  • Trended up - 55.6%
  • No change - 33.3%
  • Trended down - 11.1%

Results for the question, "Over the past 12 months, has fraud in your company trended up, trended down, or stayed the same?" were as follows:

  • Trended up - 50.0%
  • No change - 23.7%
  • Trended down - 26.3%

In summary, 88.9% thought that fraud had either gone up or stayed the same globally and 73.7% thought that fraud had either gone up or stayed the same within their company -- even though the reported total cost of fraud was shown to have reduced by $8 billion over the past two years.

Writing in Fraud and Technology Wire on the topic, Howells said, "I have often quoted Donald Rumsfeld to highlight the current state of fraud detection: 'There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know'."

When you break this down in terms of mobile communications fraud it translates as:

  • The known knowns - Known fraud attack techniques
  • The known unknowns - Fraud that we suspect but can't codify with rules
  • The unknown unknowns - Fraud that we don't know about/are not looking for

"The logical conclusion I came to was that we are getting better at detecting known fraud attack techniques, and that is why the numbers have gone down," said Howells. "The other part of the logical conclusion is that sophisticated criminals are getting much better at the known unknowns and unknown unknowns, which is why fraud specialists feel that fraud is going up when the cost seems to be going down. The visible bucket of fraud is reducing whereas the invisible bucket is increasing."

Howells believes that we are at a turning point in fraud and revenue threat analytics:

  • Known fraud attack techniques (the known knowns) are reducing.
  • Fraud that we suspect but can't codify with rules (the known unknowns) is a growth area.
  • Fraud that we don't know about/are not looking for (the unknown unknowns) is a growth area.

"Sophisticated criminals are focusing on the growth areas as they have a cloak of invisibility," said Howells. "The question I have is this: Are we winning the wrong battle on fraud? The world is moving to the use of big data and machine learning -- and that also includes organized crime rings and governments using sophisticated attack patterns."

The next phase in the battle against fraud will be for mobile operators to fight back in an equally sophisticated way:

  • Use existing rules and rules-based systems to identify known fraud attack techniques (the known knowns).
  • Use machine learning to identify fraud that we suspect but can't codify with rules (the known unknowns).
  • Use machine learning to identify fraud that we don't know about/are not looking for (the unknown unknowns).

In summary, the new mantra for defending subscribers and networks will be to use machine learning against vast data lakes to discover the known unknowns and unknown unknowns. Only then will mobile operators see a true reduction in the real cost of fraud.

Argyle Data will exhibit at the Cloudera booth at Mobile World Congress (Stand 6M30, Hall 6).  Visitors to the booth will receive a free copy of Argyle Data's book, Fighting Future Fraud: A Strategy for Using Big Data, Machine Learning, and Data Lakes to Fight Mobile Fraud. 

About Argyle Data
Argyle Data is used by the world's leading mobile operators to detect the fraud, profit, and SLA threats that cost the industry $38 billion dollars per year. Argyle Data's industry-leading native Hadoop application suite uses the latest Hadoop and machine learning technologies, proven at Facebook and Google, to identify the revenue threats and attack patterns being waged against mobile networks in real time. To learn more please visit:
Argyle Data Website
Fraud & Technology Wire
LinkedIn
Twitter

For the EMEA Market, a Simple Drop-In Appliance Conducts Large-Scale Data Migrations

NEW YORK – Cirrus Data Solutions, a provider of data migration appliances that reduce costs and complexity to migrate Fibre Channel based storage (SANs), today announced a partnership with Computacenter UK Ltd, Europe's leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services. The partnership empowers enterprises throughout EMEA the opportunity to conduct large-scale data center migrations with zero downtime and no infrastructure changes.

Cirrus is the developer of Data Migration Server (DMS), proprietary software that supports all types of data migration schemes including: local storage refresh and local to remote (data center moves), legacy to cloud (physical to virtual), cloud to cloud, cloud to data center, and other common storage management practices.

"Until now, the cost to business of bringing a system down to conduct a large scale data migration could often prove prohibitive," said Bill McGloin, chief technologist, Computacenter UK Ltd. "By partnering with Cirrus, we can continue to help our customers through their digital transformation by offering migration services that provide cost-effective, resilient and scalable infrastructures, with no interruption of services and no changes to existing host servers, FC switches, and storage."

"Data migration continues to be a major pain for organisations that have outgrown their storage infrastructure needs," says Guillaume Imberti, Cirrus Data VP, EMEA. "Lack of flexible storage options severely limits a company's ability to grow and mine its data for applications, research and profits. Computacenter has been providing IT infrastructure services for nearly 35 years, so we are especially honored to partner with Computacenter to bring true plug-and-play technology to the EMEA marketplace."

Data Migration Server is based upon proprietary technology called "Transparent Datapath Intercept" which was built on the notion that data appliances should look like a wire when installed into a live SAN. Because of this intercept, the Cirrus server can be installed in-line between the switch and the storage unit with as much ease as changing a Fibre Channel cable. The install takes five seconds per path. 

About Computacenter Plc
 Computacenter is Europe's leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services, enabling users and their business. We advise organisations on IT strategy, implement the most appropriate technology, optimise its performance, and manage our customers' infrastructures. In doing this we help CIOs and IT departments in enterprise and corporate organisations maximise productivity and the business value of IT for internal and external users. Rooted in core European countries Computacenter combines global reach with local expertise. For more information visit http://www.computacenter.com.

About Cirrus Data Solutions Inc.
Headquartered in Long Island, New York, Cirrus Data Solutions is a developer of software for data migrations and caching for enterprise data centers and storage area networks (SANs). Its software appliances are sold/licensed through a network of systems integrators and channel partners including Cognizant, Dell, Fujitsu, IBM and Datalink. The team holds 18 patents, with the most recent one being granted by the US PTO on August 2012 (# 8,255,538) for Transparent Datapath Intercept. For more information visit http://www.cdsi.us.com/ or email info@cdsi.us.com.

AIS's Open Platform, Industrial PCs and HMI Panels Are Designed in Compliance With Internet Protocol Suite to Connect to ISA-95 Level 2 Enterprise Control, SCADA, DCS and Batch Automation Systems

IRVINE, Calif. – American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS), an innovator and the leader of Human Machine Interface (HMI) Panels, Operator Interface Terminals, Industrial PCs, and Industrial Thin Clients, announces their Modular, Smart HMI PC Systems for Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 applications have been tested and comply with Internet Protocol Suite and ISA-95 International Standards required by manufacturers in many process automation industries. The open architecture design of their intelligent HMI series, Premium and Standard PC-based HMIs, make them ideally suited for MES, EMI Software and Service Applications. The Smart series of HMIs from AIS tout a combination of features for the new era of the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT), including open platform design, modularity, high processing power, future expandability, removable storage and connectivity options.

Providing Improved Operations Visibility and Facilitating Real-Time Decision Making for MES and EMI Systems with AIS's Smart Premium & Standard Series HMIs

Global Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) are rapidly growing in manufacturing software and service market. Manufacturing enterprises embrace AIS's Smart HMIs for these applications because it gives them the ability to respond to the dynamic environment of their organizations by analyzing historic data and real time information on the shop floor, which increases the overall flexibility and improves efficiency of the enterprises.

In response to this trend in manufacturing, AIS has engineered their Premium and Standard Series intelligent, Industrial PCs and HMI Panels. Engineered to support MES and EMI software requirements, their multi-touch screen monitors and touch panels are available in a full range of sizes that can display real-time plant status visibility, dashboards, trending and data analysis, downtime and efficiency management, statistical process analysis and control. This mission critical data and information is important for manufacturing companies to improve visibility in their operations and help real-time decision-making from the plant floor to the office.

Design Compliance Makes AIS's Open Platform Industrial PCs the Easy Choice for Integration into SCADA, DCS and Batch Automation Systems & Operations

The ANSI/ISA-95, or ISA-95 specification is an international standard, established by the International Society of Automation for developing an automated interface between enterprise and control systems for global manufacturers in process industries involved with batch processes, continuous and repetitive processes. Complying to these international standards, including Internet Protocol Suite which provides end-to-end connectivity specifying how data should be packetized, addressed, transmitted and received at the destination, makes AIS Industrial Smart Panels and PCs an easy choice for manufacturing companies in process industries and markets.

AIS's Industrial IoT HMIs Help Companies Connect, Share and Transport Data Faster and More Efficiently Throughout Networks with Processing Power, Memory and Advanced Features

AIS's Premium and Standard Series HMI Touch Panel PCs meet the ever growing demand for system interoperability, improved security, and manageability by supplying advanced HMI gateway capabilities and performance. Intelligent, IoT systems storage and memory requirements are increasing greatly to accommodate the massive amounts of data sets generated by I/O sensors for smart city and industrial applications. IoT applications are getting more and more complicated due to the need for smarter, faster and more accurate intelligent systems. Powered by Intel® Core™ i7-4650U processors (4m Cache, up to 3.30 GHz) along with removable and expandable storage and a host of connectivity features, AIS's Premium Series Industrial PCs are up to the tasks of complex processing challenges in Level 2 Enterprise Control, SCADA, DCS and Batch Automation Systems. The Standard Series of AIS HMI is equipped with an Intel® Atom™ Processor E3845 (4 Cores, 2M Cache, 1.91 GHz) and is an energy efficient, cost alternative for MES, EMI, SCADA and DCS applications.

The next generation of Smart HMIs including the Premium and Standard Line, are available in displays with both analog resistive single-touch and (PCT/PCAP) projected capacitive multi-touch, ranging from 12" to 24" screen sizes. AIS Modular HMI Panels are rugged and certified (UL/cUL/CB 61010 and 62368) for automation, information and communication applications while providing maintenance-free service for harsh and/or standard industrial environments.

About AIS

Headquartered in Irvine, California, USA, American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) offers in-house electronic and mechanical design, software development, manufacturing, production and quality control services. Offering one of the widest ranges of industrial computing solutions, AIS open platform control and monitoring solutions are available in a multitude of configurations for industrial, building automation, food & beverage, oil & gas, military and marine applications. The company's HMI solutions are key enabling technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things, (IIoT), Machine-to-Machine Communications (M2M) and Industry 4.0 applications. AIS is fully committed to empowering, improving and delivering turnkey HMI, control, monitoring and display solutions for OEM, ODM and end-user customers. AIS is an ISO 9001:2008 certified supplier and manufacturer of rugged computers and displays, and received completion of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registration from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). For more information, visit: www.aispro.com, email: sales@aispro.com or contact: 1-888-485-6688.

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For some organizations, conducting regular disaster preparedness exercises comes with the territory.  If you work with chemicals, in a manufacturing facility, or in an industry where your main function is to protect people and property, you’re probably well-versed in why preparation matters.  For many organizations, however, the potential dangers are not as obvious and safety exercises are relegated to the mandatory annual fire drill.  This approach may be setting your organization and your people up for real trouble. 

Why you should be doing more disaster preparedness exercises:

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http://www.everbridge.com/the-importance-of-conducting-disaster-preparedness-exercises/

This month, we focus on data center design. We’ll look into design best practices, examine in depth some of the most interesting recent design trends, explore new ideas, and talk with leading data center design experts.

 

After years of designing data centers for customers around Europe, Theo Arendzen and his colleagues realized that no matter how much customization a customer wanted, the fundamental data center design elements just didn’t vary that much from one facility to another.

“Most of the topology is based on the same design principles,” he says. “You always come to a more or less standardized solution.”

Until about six years ago, ICTroom, the Netherlands-based company where Arendzen oversees engineering and design, built data centers within existing buildings. But when it started receiving its first orders for greenfield developments, the engineers started working on the idea of standardization and modularity.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/01/29/data-center-design-ictroom-unchains-capacity-from-size/

For many years, OHSA regulations continue to assisted organizations worldwide in recognizing the need to control and improve health and safety performance for their workers.

Often that objective has been achieved by incorporating and implementing so called occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS).

Very soon the final ISO 45001 standard will assist that process.