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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

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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.



New technology, increased regulations and a heightened focus on culture are changing the role of the compliance officer in the capital markets, especially with a new shift toward accountability on compliance teams.

Compliance officer liability is becoming a highly debated, hot topic in the capital markets. SEC executives have made statements in the past about compliance officers being held more “accountable for conduct that…is the responsibility of the adviser itself.”

With this newfound spotlight on CCO accountability, technology, regulations and culture are primary focuses for compliance officers, increasing pressure and responsibility.



On any given day, most of us rely on the cloud to store, upload, and retrieve various types of data – work files, songs, pictures, videos, apps, etc. It’s a proven, reliable service that we’ve grown accustomed to working with – maybe even taken it for granted.

We’ve discussed the pros (and cons) of cloud computing before – reliability, affordability, and accessibility – but have you ever wondered, even with multiple levels of protections and policies in place, how data goes missing?



Having mold in your commercial establishment is risky business. A fast-moving health hazard, it can run rampant throughout your space in as little as 48 hours, scattering allergens and irritants as it spreads. What should you do if you suspect that you have a mold issue? Contact SERVPRO of Asheville East. Our mold remediation specialists are highly skilled professionals who are trained in the standards and best practices set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. You can be confident that they have the expertise and equipment to handle your mold problem efficiently so that you can get back to business.


If a leaky roof, window or plumbing system allows water to flow into your business, mold damage is likely to follow. When you call SERVPRO of Asheville West about a mold problem, we’ll start by completing a thorough inspection of your commercial property, searching for both signs of mold and the hidden water sources that allow it to flourish. We use a variety of technologies to scour your commercial property, which allows us find mold in places that are in plain view and in concealed areas where it might otherwise be missed.



Communications at the Time of a Disaster

It is well known that business continuity and crisis communication plans are vital to minimizing losses during an emergency. 80% of companies that experience a major disaster and don’t have any form of contingency planning go into liquidation within 18 months. Yet only 55% of employers have a crisis communication plan in place.

Of course, simply having a crisis communication plan in place isn’t enough to ensure the safety of your employees and your company’s future. Only 60% of employers think that if a disaster were to effect their workplace, their employees would actually know what to do. Be confident that your employees are prepared for the worst by understanding how to optimize and efficiently execute your crisis communication and response plans, thanks to helpful advice from emergency management and business continuity expert Regina Phelps.



In the wake of the damaging Alberta fires, there has been a lot of attention paid to what role climate change plays in wildfires. Yet 2016 is also a powerful El Niño year, which has created ideal conditions for the extraordinary fires in Alberta.

So what climate phenomena could have led to the persistent warm, dry conditions and the extreme fire events?

I have analyzed weather trend data and found that higher temperatures and lower precipitation created the conditions for the extensive fires. It is by looking at exactly when those warmer months occur that we can begin to sort out the role of El Niño versus climate change.



(TNS) - Drone footage from Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Department reveals the scene that unfolded at Henningsen Cold Storage Wednesday morning.

To the casual observer, it would appear as the site of a gruesome accident — paramedics and firefighters respond to victims on the ground near an overturned school bus, a railroad car and multiple crashed cars.

The scene was a drill — a test of the county’s resources and response, but in an emergency scenario with unknown chemicals involved, the value of drone technology becomes apparent.