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Jon Seals

As mobility has enabled us to work anywhere, the spaces we occupy are now material to the productivity and outcomes we achieve. Quite simply, these spaces and their attributes have an effect on how we work.

Collaborative, activity-based work has become the new default workstyle. It not only embraces the concepts of increased consumerization and mobility, but also the human need to work closely with others.

There is a growing delta, however, between the experiences that we achieve when we collaborate remotely using tools, like GoToMeeting or Skype for Business, and the experiences we have when collaborating physically, in meeting or conference rooms.



SAN MATEO, Calif. – Searchmetrics today announced it has secured nearly $8 million in new financing to fuel new growth opportunities and initiatives for the company’s award-winning search optimization and content performance software suite.


Searchmetrics, a leading vendor of global SEO software and analytics tools, has raised more than $31 million in equity funding over five rounds since it was founded in late 2007. Major investors include Holtzbrinck Digital and Iris Capital. The new financing, a 7 million euro ($7.96 million US) debt facility, comes from Kreos Capital, Europe’s leading provider of growth debt financing to high-growth companies.


“In Kreos, we found an ideal partner to refine and expand our investments in the product and in customer service,” said Searchmetrics Chief Executive Officer Volker Smid. “We look forward to continuing the momentum seen in the first five months of the year.”


Companies large and small are moving from understanding and executing classical search optimization techniques into creating holistic online marketing strategies. The latest financing round will provide capital for Searchmetrics to implement a plan for new innovations in the field via unique and data-driven products features and services.


Headquartered in Berlin, with offices in London, New York and San Mateo, Searchmetrics delivers data analytics across 27 countries to help companies improve their positioning in search engine results. The Searchmetrics Suite™, now in its sixth generation, in early May was named “Best SEO Software Suite” by the European Search Awards.


In 2015, global sales rose 74 percent over a year earlier, while U.S. saw growth of almost 140 percent. In March, Searchmetrics introduced Mobile App Rankings, giving businesses a unique new tool to track a particular application’s performance against competitors.


Google and other search engines are increasingly displaying mobile apps as potential answers to user queries in mobile search results, making search an important channel for driving app installs and attracting traffic, engagement and app conversions.


The Enterprise software Searchmetrics Suite™ contains the world’s largest global and historical database, spanning search, content, PPC, social and mobile. The software includes rankings of more than 120 million domains and one billion URLs. Searchmetrics Suite™ monitors more than 600 million keywords.


About Searchmetrics

Changing search technology has forced SEO platform providers to up their games. These changes have created an entirely new search paradigm - search and content optimization. And since search engines have put a fence around a lot of their data, SEO platforms need to bring their own rich data to the party - and powerful tools to analyze it.

There’s only one search platform that owns its data: Searchmetrics, the world’s #1 SEO and content performance platform. We don’t rely on data from third parties. Our historical database spans seven years and contains over 250 billion pieces of information, such as keyword rankings, search terms, social links and backlinks. It includes global, mobile and local data covering organic and paid search, as well as social media. We have the largest global reach of any SEO platform, crawling the Web every day in more than 130 countries.

Searchmetrics monitors and reveals the full business available to you online. We provide our customers with a competitive advantage and help them identify new business opportunities by exposing the content consumers are engaging with on industry and competitors’ sites. Our Visibility Score - trusted by reputable media sources such as The New York Times, Bloomberg and The Guardian - reliably indicates your online presence.

We provide the insights our customers need to deliver results. Searchmetrics guides SEOs and content marketers with suggestions for creating content that improves relevance and boosts conversions. It shows the connection between social media links and overall engagement. And its analytics make clear which content performs the best and how an organization’s content performs against its competitors.

With Marcus Tober, one of the top 10 SEO minds in the world, leading Searchmetrics’ product development, we have over 100,000 users worldwide, many of whom are respected brands such as T-Mobile, eBay, TripAdvisor, Siemens and Symantec. They depend on Searchmetrics and our 10 years of product innovation to maximize their online performance.

We are the future of search. Today.


About Kreos Capital

Kreos Capital is the leading provider of growth debt financing to high-growth companies in Europe and Israel with revenues up to EUR 200 million. Since 1998, as the pioneer growth debt provider across Europe and Israel, Kreos has completed over 400 transactions and committed more than EUR 1.4 billion in 15 different countries. Kreos is dedicated to supporting management teams and their equity investors with flexible loan structures for all stages of a growth company’s development and to address the needs for growth capital, working capital, acquisition financings, lower mid-market buy-outs, roll-up strategies, banks re-financings as well as pre- and post-IPO financings. Kreos’s most recent fund, Kreos V, was launched in January 2016 and has EUR 400 million of equity commitments from top-tier institutional investors. The Kreos global team has extensive debt financing, management and equity investing experience, covering the pan-European market from its locations in London, Tel Aviv and Stockholm.

Increased Unpredictability Means Now Is the Time for Your Clients to Protect What Matters

At best, hurricane season predictions are uncertain. This year El Niño and La Niña are set to make the season’s forecast even more volatile. No matter the forecast, it is important to ensure that your clients are covered for every possibility. Even with an uncertain season, Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science predicts a 97 percent chance of a named storm making landfall in the United States. Now is the time to take action and talk to your clients about being financially protected before the next flooding event.

Hurricanes have caused eight of the 10 costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. Although hurricane-force winds cause damage, so do storm surge, heavy rains, and flash floods—even in areas far from the coast. With the increased unpredictability of this hurricane season, it is urgent that you talk with your clients now about flood insurance, especially given the 30-day waiting period required for a flood insurance policy to take effect. Don’t wait until a storm is on the way to have the flood talk—it will be too late to secure the proper financial protection for your clients.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is calling for a 50 percent chance of La Niña. According to NOAA, La Niña creates hurricane-friendly conditions in the Atlantic Basin, which leads to a more active season. Yet if El Niño lingers, it could lead to heavy rainfall across the South; it has already caused devastating flooding in eastern Texas and Louisiana.

Help your clients understand the risks facing their homes with the Flood Risk Scenario Tool at Agents.FloodSmart.gov. You can even embed it on your website for easier access.

Financial Peace of Mind

Without flood insurance, your clients will have to pay for flood damage out of pocket, which can be costly. From 2011 to 2015, the average flood claim was more than $46,000. Yet in 2015, the average National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) premium was about $700 a year—tens of thousands of dollars less than the average claim. Use FloodSmart’s interactive Cost of Flooding Tool to illustrate how much it could cost to repair damage to a home with even a small amount of water.

Flood insurance ensures that your clients are protected financially against the devastating effects of flooding without having to rely on post-disaster loans, which usually must be paid back with interest. Have the flood talk with your clients before the storms so they can financially protect their home with flood insurance.

Agent Resources

The unpredictable hurricane season presents the perfect opportunity to talk with your clients about flood insurance. Agents.FloodSmart.gov has valuable tools and resources to help you effectively communicate flood risk and flood insurance information with your clients.

You can also sign up for the FloodSmart Agent Referral Program, which provides you with free qualified leads. Prospective clients who visit FloodSmart.gov can enter their address into the Agent Locator or One-Step Flood Risk Profile and be connected with an agent in their area registered with FloodSmart’s Agent Referral Program. Your name will also appear on FloodSmart direct mailings and be used by the NFIP Referral Call Center to transfer leads directly to you.

Hurricane season will be here before you know it. Take advantage of FloodSmart’s resources to help your clients protect what matters. Because it’s more than your client’s house—it’s their home.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Today, theHarris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management released a free mobile app, ReadyHarris, just in time for hurricane season. The app helps Harris County residents build a personal preparedness plan and get real-time updates during emergencies.

“Every minute counts when severe weather, or any emergency, threatens our community,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “This app empowers residents to make a personal plan and receive life-saving information at their fingertips.”

The ReadyHarris app delivers real time weather alerts, hosts a step-by-step guide to building a personalized family disaster plan, offers survival tip sheets, maps evacuation routes and locates local emergency services. The app is available in both English and Spanish.

The release comes at a time when recent surveys find that people depend on their smartphones more than ever for breaking news, important government information and what is happening in their community.

“People depend on information to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters,” added Emmett. “We want to make sure our community has the best available emergency information at all times, as easily as possible.”

A “Need to Know” section offers quick tips on:

·        Hurricanes

·        Flooding

·        Tornadoes

·        Wildfires

·        Winter Storms

·        Thunderstorms

·        Functional Needs

·        Pet Preparedness

·        And More

The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play as ReadyHarris. For more information on how to prepare for severe weather and other disasters download the app or visit www.readyharris.org.


SINGAPORE – Companies around the globe have made digital transformation a top business priority, fueling the need for more technology consulting and service providers to become OutSystems Partners in order to build and deploy applications on OutSystems Platform -- the most trusted Rapid Application Development and Delivery (RAD) platform for enterprise.

Currently, of the 140 leading IT services and consulting companies that partner with OutSystems, 15 are based in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. Together these partners form a solid global community that has helped make OutSystems the platform of choice at organizations across a wide range of sectors. Insurance companies, banks, telcos, retailers, manufacturers, biotechs, universities, utilities, transportation companies and many other types of enterprises rely on applications built by OutSystems Partners on OutSystems Platform to achieve digital transformation. 

"Mobile applications are becoming a priority for many organizations. They empower businesses to make gains in efficiency and productivity and deliver return on investment," says Carlos Alves, Vice President, Global Sales at OutSystems. "We now have more companies using apps to transform their organization, and they're demanding apps that deliver excellent user experience as well as functionality. This opens up a tremendous volume of business that our Partners can take advantage of by rapidly building apps on OutSystems Platform."

OutSystems Partners benefit by delivering time-to-value, meaning they can develop and deploy an app on OutSystems Platform in significantly less time than using other methods. Other benefits include opportunities to increase recurring revenue, improve productivity and resource utilization to increase profits, and to leverage OutSystems Platform to broaden their portfolio of services. 

Renvi Martinez, President and General Manager, Transnational E-Business Solutions, Inc., says, "OutSystems Platform lowers technical barriers with developers building apps. Skills reuse is definitely a plus, while reducing the technical risk providing security, reliability and scalability."

Many OutSystems Partners, including those in the Asia Pacific region, also use OutSystems Platform on Microsoft Azure. This offering combines the standards, security and reliability from Microsoft -- that many developers know and trust -- with the ability to rapidly build beautiful applications in OutSystems.

Faisal Rafi, Country Head Singapore and Senior Vice President, Technology Services at Xchanging, a CSC Company, says, "OutSystems encapsulates the entire SDLC from conceptualization to implementation on one platform and can lead to significant gains on productivity."

According to Andrew Dean, Managing Director and CEO of DB Results, a digital business consulting and technology company with offices in Australia and Hong Kong, "We are faster since we started working with OutSystems. Faster delivery, faster training for our team, faster time to value and faster delivery of projects to our customers -- and new repeated business!"

For many technology consulting and services firms, the low-code platform business model in general and OutSystems Platform in particular represents an exceptional growth opportunity. OutSystems received the highest score in the current offering category and was among the highest scores in the strategy category in The Forrester Wave™: Low-Code Development Platforms, Q2 2016. In terms of market size and growth, another recent Forrester report states that the low-code platforms market generated at least USD 1.7 billion in revenue during 2015 and will grow to approximately USD 15.5 billion by 2020. In 2015, OutSystems grew subscription revenue by more than 60 percent. This increase is due to the Platform's ability to improve operational efficiency, business agility, and employee productivity. To keep up with demand, OutSystems is seeking Partners that possess industry expertise, local delivery capabilities, and can offer a high level of service to customers.

About OutSystems:
OutSystems provides the most trusted enterprise Rapid Application Development (RAD) platform to accelerate digital transformation. OutSystems Platform is the fastest and most comprehensive way to create, deploy, change, and manage custom mobile and web applications -- delivered seamlessly across all devices. Available as a cloud or on-premises solution with deep integration to all existing systems and an open architecture, OutSystems manages the complete application lifecycle of large portfolios at over 600 enterprise organizations in 33 countries across 22 industries. Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems.

Software core network enables “open source” style innovation


GUILDFORD, UK – Quortus and Lime Micro today announce that the Quortus EdgeCentrix (ECX) technology has been selected as part of a fully programmable mobile network capability launched last month by Lime Micro. The new network capability, itself a collaboration between Lime and Canonical, two of the UK’s leading open source technology innovators, will dramatically change the way mobile networks are built in the future.


EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator and part of BT, has pledged to use technology developed using this breakthrough platform to provide coverage to a remote community in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.


The new platform includes Quortus’ software-based implementation of a complete mobile core network (Enhanced Packet Core, or EPC) as part of Lime’s ‘network in a box’ solution. Developers can configure the network platform via software available through the Snappy Ubuntu Core stores, allowing the creation of new mobile network applications and services. This radical new approach to mobile network innovation will allow operators to foster a diverse ecosystem of developers that can tailor network services to their needs – and those of their customers.


“Quortus is the clear leader in software-defined core networks, and so was the natural choice for our mobile innovation platform,” said Ebrahim Bushehri, CEO of Lime Micro. “Operators are today looking for routes to innovate in their networks and this system shows the way. By providing the hardware and standards-compliant software, alongside an easy-to-use and accessible configuration platform, we create an environment that anyone can program: and this unleashes the creativity that mobile networks need.”


Andy Odgers, Quortus CEO, commented: “We’re delighted to be involved at the inception of this radical new development in mobile networking. The simplicity and ease-of-use of the platform is truly impressive: EE, Lime and Ubuntu have combined to produce a product that really will enable mobile operators to tap into ‘the power of the crowd’ – and will allow application developers to drive value and innovation into the mobile networks of tomorrow.”


Quortus is a pioneer of network virtualization and emerging mobile edge computing (MEC) technologies, and has been at the forefront of moving core functions and intelligence to the network edge since 2009. Its award-winning EdgeCentrix technology enables mobile and converged communications for enterprise environments; rural / remote applications, healthcare, and tactical / public safety / military requirements.


Speaking about the launch of the new platform, Mansoor Hanif, Director of Radio Networks at EE, said: “Apps and smartphones revolutionized the mobile experience and this could have the same impact on the network – we’re allowing anyone to build an app that can introduce a new service or a new capability to a mobile network. That could be to connect a rural area of the UK for the first time, or to be part of designing how 5G works. This type of innovation is vital to evolving wireless networks, and we’re making sure that the UK is at the forefront of that.”


The Lime Micro programmable network in a box, LimeSDR, is available initially through a crowd funding campaign that allows developers to pre-order LimeSDR boards at a low cost. The solution is a low cost, app-enabled software defined radio (SDR) base station that can be programmed to support any type of wireless standard – putting significant power at the disposal of anyone who wants to innovate in the world of wireless.


About Quortus

Quortus enables flexible, agile mobile communications networks that provide a foundation for innovative services tailored to a diverse range of end customers. Its award winning EdgeCentrix (ECX) virtualized mobile core solutions help increase operator margin and ‘stickiness’. They interwork gracefully with existing mobile networks, with small cell and HetNet architectures and with standard IT infrastructure, to create truly integrated communications platforms. Quortus’ ECX products are highly scalable and can be hosted anywhere – in the cloud, at the network edge, or deeply embedded alongside a cellular radio in a single-chip implementation.


About Lime Micro

Lime Microsystems is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of Field Programmable RF transceivers.

The company’s software configurable chips can run any mobile standard and any mobile frequency and have been used in a vast array of systems including mobile base stations and small cells, SDR platforms, indoor navigation and machine-to-machine communication systems.

Further information is available at www.limemicro.com

New partnership enables TEC to provide intelligent spaces to its expanding customer base


Purple, the intelligent spaces company, today announced its partnership with TEC Communications, an IT solutions provider delivering business results based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Purple’s platform allows businesses to deliver real-time analytical insight, collect customer demographic data and employ mobile marketing tools to enable venues to offer their customers the best experience possible when connected to branded WiFi.


TEC Communications enables their customers to create meaningful customer experiences, solve complex IT problems and drive business results. It offers expert insight and intricate knowledge to tailor the solutions for optimal efficiency, productivity and reliability.


Gavin Wheeldon, CEO at Purple, comments: “It’s great to see TEC Communications join our growing list of US partners. Their customers are demanding a way to better use connectivity within a location and Purple delivers exactly that, with simple administration, tangible results and the opportunity to grow customer revenues.”

Melanie Schilling, President at TEC Communications, said: “We are excited to add Purple as a strategic partner.

Applying creativity to our customers’ technology challenges is our primary mission. Purple allows TEC to offer a “smart WiFi” solution which gives our clients a competitive advantage when it comes to gathering analytics and providing monetization of their wireless guest networks. It’s all about the customer experience and Purple enhances every aspect of that experience.”


Purple adds value by providing analytics and marketing tools that generate ROI. Presenting a wealth of possibilities for TEC Communications’ customers to increase the business value of their existing wireless network, it evolves the buying conversation from traditional IT contacts to senior marketing and sales decision-makers.


About TEC Communications

TEC Communications has been a leader in the IT solution industry for over 37 years. TEC offers leading edge solutions in Collaboration, Wireless, Cloud, Data Center, Security and Network Infrastructure. TEC does not just sell technology, we deliver results that help our clients to transform their business. TEC is full service provider, offering design, procurement, implementation, and managed service solutions.


About Purplehttp://www.purple.AI

Purple is an intelligent spaces company. It evolved from Purple WiFi, the cloud-based marketing and analytics WiFi software company, to take the lead in real-time analytics and marketing for venues and businesses that want to engage with visitors and understand the use of physical spaces.


Purple refers to this process as ‘Intelligent Spaces’ and can help brands to learn more about their location, customer base and help them to take action.


With nearly 10 million users across 134 countries, Purple works with a range of brands and venues, including Molson Coors, Legoland, Jaguar, United Wireless Arena, City of York and TUI.


It has a global agreement in place with Westcon Comstor, in addition to an active reseller base of over 300 in 60 countries. Purple employs over 70 full time staff and currently has offices in the UK, US, Madrid and Melbourne with more offices planned.


Huge growth is being seen in all sectors, including hospitality, where people have time to spend online, retail, where footfall tracking is essential, healthcare, offering transparency around service and communication and entire cities moving towards the Internet of Things.


Purple divides its offering into two specific segments: small businesses and enterprise customers.


Small businesses can continue to take advantage of Purple’s free guest WiFi product and purchase a cloud software license, which allows open access to marketing and analytics tools.


Enterprise customers have the option of four product lines: WiFi, Location, and two new offerings: Fusion and Provision.

  • Purple WiFi is the well-established guest WiFi, analytics and marketing product.
  • Purple Location is a location based services product that works to actually pinpoint devices, enable heat mapping, provide zone flow information and enable journey management.
  • Purple Fusion is the latest offering, enabling connection to any type of data source, which can then be analysed and actioned. A variety of different data sources will be utilised to harvest information about any physical space.
  • Purple Provision is a commercial product more suitable for businesses, enabling a completely secure guest and staff WiFi environment. This uses automatic certificate provisioning instead of WPA or other encrypted WiFi SSID’s, which are intrinsically insecure for a BYOD environment.

Purple Press contacts:

Lloyd Gofton - lloyd@liberatemedia.com - +44 (0) 7919 353 484

Justine Holman - justine@liberatemedia.com - +44 (0) 7808 608416

Catherine Goddard – catherine@liberatemedia.com - +44 (0) 7720 635048

The FEMA app is your one-stop-shop with tools and tips to keep you and your employees safe before, during, and after disasters. Stay updated with weather-related alerts from the U.S. National Weather Service. Upload and share your disaster photos to help out emergency managers. Save a custom list of the items in your family’s emergency kit, as well as the places you will meet in case of an emergency. Get tips on what to do before, during, and after over 20 types of disasters. And locate open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person at Disaster Recovery Centers. Download the FEMA app at: http://www.fema.gov/app">www.fema.gov/app.


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(TNS) - Allegan County Central Dispatch looks to spend as much as $10 million on a new radio system over the next year.

The local 911 network fielded just shy of 53,000 phone calls last year split between law enforcement, fire services and emergency medical services. The current system was installed in 2001 and is due for a replacement, according to county officials.

“It’s at the end of its life,” Dispatch Director Jeremy Ludwig said.

A new system would replace equipment on local radio towers, in the dispatch offices and on the officers and emergency personnel all throughout the county. Ten law-enforcement agencies rely on Allegan County Central Dispatch, as well as 20 fire departments and five EMS agencies.

In 2015, the center handled 37,500 calls relating to law enforcement, 4,900 for fire services and 10,200 for EMS.



(TNS) - Military engineers at Robins think they have developed a way to save lives in an active-shooter situation.

Five Robins airmen and one from Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama worked for six months to develop a gunshot alarm that sounds an alert when shots are being fired. The Air Force currently is testing the device to determine whether is could be used at bases.

They entered the system into a contest sponsored by the U.S. State Department that sought technological solutions to issues of security and diplomacy. The Robins-led team was among six teams picked from more than 500 entries to present its system at a State Department conference in March. The team won an award for having the most economically feasible entry.