ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Emergency Communications Network (ECN), the nation's leading provider of high-speed emergency notification solutions, will participate in the Second Annual White House Safety Datapalooza on January, 14, 2014 at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. The event highlights innovators from the private, nonprofit and academic sectors who have used freely available government data to build products, services and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways.
In 2012, ECN released the CodeRED Mobile Alert app, which integrates safety alerts initiated by emergency management and public safety officials across the United States, with National Weather Service warnings to provide hyperlocal, real-time information to subscribers. The app, available for a free download on iTunes and Google Play, was recently used to deliver push notifications to subscribers affected by the polar vortex, providing them multimedia alert information including audio, text and a map indicating the exact area of impact.
The app has been relied upon as a source of information during nearly every recent major emergency in the United States, including Superstorm Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombings and the Texas fertilizer plant explosion. The CodeRED Mobile Alert app gives users the ability to customize the types of alerts they would like to receive, the alert warning's tone and even their personal warning radius to fine tune or expand their ability to receive alerts based on their proximity.
Troy Harper, a former emergency manager and a member of ECN's mobile software and innovation team, will be attending the Safety Datapalooza event to meet and brainstorm with other attendees and to discuss how ECN's technology and open data can be operationalized in future initiatives to address public safety challenges in the United States. Harper will be tweeting live during the event using the ECN Twitter handle @EmergCommNetwrk and hashtag #safetydata.
"It was an honor to be invited to this unique event, and a privilege for us to meet with a group of individuals who are also focused on enhancing public safety using innovative technology. The CodeRED Mobile Alert app has been used to successfully locate missing persons and deliver early warnings ahead of dangerous tornadoes. We look forward to expanding our mobile app technology in conjunction with the White House and other government agencies for a common goal," said David DiGiacomo, ECN President.
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Apptical Corp., a leading provider of sales and underwriting solutions to the life insurance industry, today announced it is collaborating with LexisNexis Risk Solutions Inc., a leading provider of data and analytics to insurance carriers, the government and customers in other industries. Through this relationship, life insurers may gain access to the strengths of both the LexisNexis® identity verification tools and Apptical Corp's teleunderwriting services. By the use of both companies' respective offerings, life insurers can proactively help prevent identity related life insurance application fraud and quickly identify relevant risk within their teleunderwriting process.
"We are always looking for new solutions for our life insurance carrier clients. Detecting identity fraud early in the process with LexisNexis® InstantID® alongside our teleunderwriting services is a game-changer for our clients," said Peggy Bartraw, Director of Operations at Apptical Corp. "As a result, we're able to help our clients obtain more reliable answers to their critical insurance risk calculations and questions."
By using Apptical Corp's SoundDecisions and LexisNexis® InstantID® to validate the proposed insured's identity during the telephone interview process, carriers can better verify that a person applying for life insurance is providing the correct information and get instantly alerted to indicators of potential fraud. This saves time, boosts efficiency and increases confidence in the outcome of their issued policies. In today's world, it is more important than ever to verify that personal identifying data is accurate when ordering underwriting requirements.
"LexisNexis and Apptical make it easier for life insurers to proactively prevent fraud from the beginning of the relationship, while maintaining a good customer experience," said Elliott Wallace, Vice President and General Manager, Life Insurance, LexisNexis.
"Underwriting professionals and insurance carriers are more strapped for time, and in need of trustworthy efficiency solutions more than ever before," said Bartraw, "and LexisNexis® InstantID®, can help give busy underwriting departments peace of mind by embedding the information and validation tools they need directly within the context of their workflow."
Apptical Corp. helps insurers provide eligibility guidance at the point of sale. Producers enjoy the advantage of knowing if the client is eligible before leaving the point of sale as it leads to greater proficiency and more sales. Apptical is a leading provider of on-demand, inbound, point of sale life insurance telephone interviews, life insurance electronic applications, teleunderwriting, and life insurance rules engine solutions. LiveApp, SoundDecisions and PURE are provided to clients across the United States and Canada. For more information visit Apptical.com.
About LexisNexis Risk Solutions
LexisNexis Risk Solutions (www.lexisnexis.com/risk/) is a leader in providing essential information that helps customers across industries and government predict, assess and manage risk. Combining cutting-edge technology, unique data and advanced analytics, LexisNexis Risk Solutions provides products and services that address evolving client needs in the risk sector while upholding the highest standards of security and privacy. LexisNexis Risk Solutions is part of Reed Elsevier, a leading global provider of professional information solutions across a number of sectors. LexisNexis Risk Solutions' insurance solutions assist insurers with automating and improving the performance of critical workflow processes to reduce expenses, improve service and position customers for growth.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – AccuWeather is pleased to announce it will launch a 24X7 weather channel, to be known as the AccuWeather Channel, in the third quarter of 2014.
AccuWeather had not planned to make the announcement at this time, but decided to accelerate the announcement in light of the controversy that has developed between DIRECTV and The Weather Channel and in order to make the public aware of an additional offering that will be available to them later this year.
AccuWeather is already the leading source of weather forecasts, information and data and is considered to be the most accurate and valuable source of weather forecasts around the world.
The Superior Accuracy™ of AccuWeather forecasts has allowed us to create a strong brand that has saved lives, protected property and placed pinpoint weather information in the hands of our consumers. AccuWeather has been recognized for its innovative and valuable displays and presentation of the weather to the public and private sectors.
AccuWeather's forecasts are the most localized and most customized and it is the only source for day-by-day forecasts 45 days in advance. AccuWeather is also prepared to launch MinuteCast™, which will provide minute-by-minute forecasts for every location in the United States and Canada.
The new AccuWeather Channel will be focused on helping people make better decisions in planning to improve life and safety. It will provide highly localized and customized forecasts, and will round out AccuWeather's suite of services to the public. AccuWeather already provides weather forecasts by smartphones, tablets, AccuWeather.com web and mobile sites, radio, AccuWeather-affiliated television stations, and over 500 newspapers nationwide.
The new AccuWeather Channel will be streamed on AccuWeather.com and other internet sites, as well as through media partner affiliate mobile and internet sites and is expected to be available through cable and satellite carriers.
About AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather.com
Every day over a billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly forecasts with superior accuracy™ for nearly 3 million locations worldwide, with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile internet sites, connected TVs and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Joel N. Myers - a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news and weather content and video for more than 72,000 third-party websites.
Visit www.accuweather.com for additional information.
LONDON – A new report released by DCD Intelligence identifies that almost a quarter of all data center footprint in the North America region is now outsourced. Covering the US and Canada, the North America Data Center Key Trends Report 2013-2014 estimates that the current amount invested in data center outsourcing & colocation has increased by 13% over the past 12 months and is now in the region of $8.8bn. A further increase of 15% is predicted by the end of 2014.
According to Nicola Hayes, Managing Director of DCD Intelligence, growth in the use of colocation across the region is being fuelled by the increase in IT capacity requirements as well as reduced budgets and the need to access new technologies. Hayes states, “The sectors that are the highest users of colocation services are currently public administration, IT services and financial services but we are witnessing an increase in the uptake of outsourced data center solutions across all industry verticals, this demand is fuelling further growth in the colocation sector in terms of build and this section of the market is expected to continue to show healthy growth through 2014.”
The region is home to the largest data center market globally and now accounts for approximately 10million sqm of data center white space, a small increase of 3.5% over the previous year. Growth in white space is expected to continue at a similar pace through to 2016 with a large part of this growth being fuelled by new colocation facility build.
The North American data center market power consumption currently stands at 11.55GW, an increase of 6.8% over the previous year. Due to an increased focus on energy management and increases in monitoring and efficiency practices, power consumption forecasts through to 2016 have been downgraded from last year’s projections of 8% year on year growth to 6% representing a saving of 1 GW by 2016.
North America Key Trends 2013-2014
The North America Key Trends report examines the US and Canada and gives data and insight into growth and trends in space, power, new technologies and investment. Containing data on a regional, country and industry vertical level and containing forecasts on key metrics, the report offers a thorough examination of the North American data center market.
For further information please visit www.dcd-intelligence.com
About DCD Intelligence
DCD Intelligence (DCDi), the business intelligence division of Datacenter Dynamics (DCD), is a specialist provider of research and analysis on the global data center industry. DCDi’s research includes coverage of key data center assets such as “white” space and power. It also extends to operator deployment, outsourcing and investment strategies and the full range of facilities, IT and outsourcing services that are available to end users. DCDi’s business intelligence products include research reports, whitepapers, data tools and bespoke projects. For more information see www.dcd-intelligence.com.
DatacenterDynamics, part of the DCD Group, is a premier full service B2B information provider, offering a comprehensive product and service portfolio tailored specifically for the data center industry through its divisions: Media, Events, Intelligence and Performance.
Digitally empowered customers are disrupting every industry; the age of the customer brings with it some inherent risks that will push organizations to increase spending on security software. In Asia Pacific, security software has leapfrogged other software categories and leads the region in terms of expected software spending growth in 2014 (see figure below).
IDG News Service (San Francisco Bureau) — Neiman Marcus has been notifying customers of a data breach after hackers stole merchant card information for an undisclosed number of shoppers.
The high-end retailer said it was working with the U.S. Secret Service and a forensics firm to investigate the theft, which it said it learned about in December from its merchant card processor.
"On January 1st, the forensics firm discovered evidence that the company was the victim of a criminal cyber-security intrusion and that some customers cards were possibly compromised as a result," Neiman Marcus said in an emailed statement.
I’ve said many times in the past that physical infrastructure is and will remain a crucial component of the data environment. After all, software isn’t much good without a solid hardware foundation. But as virtualization and software-defined architectures continue to work their way into the enterprise, it is also clear that the majority of enterprise management activity will shift to these higher level architectures.
Hardware, in other words, will be important, but boring. And that poses some interesting questions as to how data environments are to be built and managed, particularly in the way the burgeoning field of enterprise architecture (EA) will come to supplant many traditional IT roles.
Along with January renewals and analyzing whether existing policies offer sufficient coverage, the new year is a perfect reminder to review company-wide emergency plans. While 2013 may have been a relatively light year for catastrophe losses, there’s no reason to assume 2014 will be, too.
Check out this infographic from Boston University’s Masters in Specialty Management program for a jump-start on identifying the risks of natural disaster and updating plans for how to handle any emergency:
Dare to ask that question of your Top Management? Maybe not, but a Risk Manager would try to understand their attitude to risk and their mythical 'Risk Appetite'. As a Business Continuity Manager, why not explore their 'Maximum Attitude to Disruption' (M.A.D.) a phrase I believe I uniquely use and created hoping it becomes more prevalent in a commercially driven BC world.
Risk appetite is a feeling, a sense of danger perhaps. Your risk attitude is what you intend to do about avoiding that danger, your Maximum Attitude to Disruption is a mixture of your Top Management’s risk appetite and risk attitude expressed in a business continuity context.
Demand for provisioning and managing physical, virtual and public cloud resources led to 100 percent growth in users of PAN Cloud Director
BOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Egenera, a leader in converged infrastructure and cloud management software, today announced a new release of Egenera Cloud Suite featuring enhanced workflow automation, simplified administration, and enhanced security through integration with Microsoft Active Directory. As Egenera continues executing on its cloud vision and product roadmap, the new capabilities benefit both service providers and enterprise customers for mission critical cloud services. Cloud Suite’s unique ability to provision and manage physical, virtual and public cloud resources from one management interface drove significant customer adoption in 2013.
The new release follows a year that included the acquisition of Fort Technologies and integration of Fort’s cloud management software with Egenera PAN Manager; the signing of new enterprise and service provider customers; new strategic relationships with key resellers and technology partners; and integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
“Cloud computing is an important part of any enterprise’s IT strategies, but so is continuing to utilize and leverage existing physical infrastructure,” said Torsten Volk, research director at Enterprise Management Associates. “A cloud management platform that manages both physical and virtual resources and has the ability to create robust hybrid clouds gives users faster access to the full range of computing resources they need. It also presents new opportunities for both IT organizations and service providers alike.”
Cloud Suite Enhancements
New capabilities of Egenera PAN Manager and PAN Cloud Director include:
Support for Microsoft Hyper-V and Active Directory: Gives customers broader choice of hypervisors and enhances security for Microsoft installations.
Expanded roles-based administration for both administrators and users of the cloud service: Enhances security and adherence to corporate policies
Billing enhancements: More granular usage based billing enables service providers to offer annual, monthly or hourly based-billing
Expanded Templating: Users can create templates for complete application environments containing physical, virtual and public cloud resources
Lease periods: With the new capability users can set expiration dates for the services they provision.
“As the growth of cloud services is being driven by user demand for faster access to computing resources, enterprises are relying on a broad set of applications, with differing capacity requirements, levels of availability and security,” said John Humphreys, VP of sales and marketing at Egenera. “Egenera is the only solution to provision physical, virtual and public cloud resources from one unified management framework, and is in high demand from service providers and enterprises alike.”
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Converge. Unify. Simplify. That’s how Egenera brings confidence to the cloud. The company’s industry leading cloud and data center infrastructure management software, Egenera PAN Cloud Director™ and PAN Manager® software, provide a simple yet powerful way to quickly design, deploy and manage IT services while guaranteeing those cloud services automatically meet the security, performance and availability levels required by the business. Headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., Egenera has thousands of production installations globally, including premier enterprise data centers, service providers and government agencies. For more information on the company, please visit egenera.com. Follow Egenera on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.