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NYC Crane Collapse Part of a Troubling Trend

Last week’s crane collapse in Lower Manhattan, which killed one person and injured three others, has heightened focus on crane safety, resulting in stricter rules for operators. The 565-foot crane toppled as it was being secured against high winds as a safety precaution.

More than 140 firefighters responded to the disaster in addition to police officers and utility workers who were there in case of gas leaks or other damage caused by the impact.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called for an investigation and instituted new safety policies effective immediately, while ordering that 376 other crawler cranes and 53 larger tower cranes currently operating in the city also be secured. The new rules require crawler cranes to cease operations and go into safety mode when there is a forecast for steady wind speeds of at least 20 miles per hour, or gusts of at least 30 m.p.h. Previously, cranes were allowed to operate until measured wind speeds reached 30 m.p.h. or gusts increased to 40 m.p.h.

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/nyc-crane-collapse-part-of-a-troubling-trend/

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Harris County Citizen Corps is celebrating its 10th Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Rodeo Round-up on Saturday, February 13th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harris County Fire & Sheriff’s Training Academy, 2318 Atascocita Road, Humble, Texas. CERT volunteers from around the state will test their skills in medical operations, search and rescue, fire suppression, incident command, emergency preparedness and hazmat recognition.

"This event showcases the CERT volunteer program that prepares communities for any type of disaster," said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “CERT volunteers are essential partners and play a crucial role in emergency preparedness and recovery.”

This year, Harris County Citizen Corps will recognize the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for its continuous support of the CERT program and for all its work to keep the region safe from disasters. Coincidentally, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Coast Guard aviation.

“As the USCG celebrates 100 years in flight, it’s only appropriate to show our appreciation for all its hard work and dedication,” added Emmett. “The USCG Sector Houston-Galveston plays a crucial role in emergency management in our region.”

More than 300 participants are expected at this year’s Rodeo Round-up.  Numerous emergency response assets and exhibits including the Whambulance - the monster truck ambulance, Memorial Hermann Life Flight, USCG and Harris County Sheriff helicopters will also make a stop.

In 2015, CERT membership grew to more than 25,000 trained volunteers involved in 250 Community Emergency Response Teams. The CERT program’s success is due in large part to its growing partnership with first responders, non-profit agencies, community organizations and all its volunteers.

To join Harris County Citizen Corps or for more information about the CERT Rodeo Round-up go to www.harriscountycitizencorps.com or call (281) JOIN NOW (564-6669). Harris County Citizen Corps news and updates available on Facebook.

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. – Representatives from Care Bridge International, Inc. and Medical Settlement Advantage, LLC announced this week that the two companies merged on January 29, 2016 resulting in MSP Compliance Bridge LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Care Bridge International, Inc.

Care Bridge International is currently a leading force in technology based solutions for population health. While Medical Settlement Advantage's expertise lies in best in class Medicare Secondary Payer and Settlement solutions for non-group health claim settlements, the merger has come about to offer excellence in delivering the full scope of MSP compliance services to the marketplace, leveraging Care Bridge International's innovative and sophisticated technology. 

Care Bridge International, Inc. was founded by Deborah (Pfeifle) Watkins and Jim Paugh in 2015 to be the leader in integrating data intelligence with complex / chronic disease and disability to impact/ improve outcomes in a global healthcare environment. The company delivers technology based data intelligence based on more than 50 million medical claim transactions, having the capability for predictive modeling.

"A merger with Medical Settlement Advantage was a natural fit for Care Bridge International, as MSAs are often significant for individuals impacted by accidents and injuries often resulting in permanent functional impairment, disability and/or chronic illness. Many of these injured individuals become eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits," stated Deborah Watkins. "We are able to align our services with the goals of the Affordable Care Act in delivering improvements in access, quality and cost for both beneficiaries and payers. Care Bridge International's company leaders are recognized, experienced, credible executives and the addition of Medical Settlement Advantage's CEO, Leta Sharkey, compliments our executive profile to match the level of expertise and excellence that our clients have come to expect."

Established in 2012, Medical Settlement Advantage offers full service settlement solutions for workers' compensation, general liability, personal injury and medical malpractice claims, balancing the true medical value of a claim with strategies that drive successful settlement and claim closure. The professionals at Medical Settlement Advantage are among the most experienced pioneers in the Medicare Set Aside industry.

"We are very excited to be a part of Care Bridge International as we believe this merger transports our settlement services into the 21st century," stated Leta Sharkey.  "The team at Care Bridge International shares the same goals, values and commitment that we have at MSA, LLC and we are so fortunate to have this opportunity to merge our companies.  We look forward to bringing new and exciting service offerings, as a result of this merger, for years to come."

The new company, MSP Compliance Bridge will focus on Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance and will be officially opening on February 15, 2016 at 9040 Town Center Parkway, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202.

Focus on Hardware, Software Type, Deployment Model, Analytic Service Type, Analytic Service & Applications

DUBLIN, Ireland – RESEARCH and MARKETS has announced the addition of the "Global Big Data in Healthcare – Estimates & Forecast, 2015-2022" report to their offering.

The Big Data Analytics in the healthcare sector is estimated to grow over $34.27 billion by the end of 2022.

Several forces are triggering the boost in the overall demand for Big Data integration in the healthcare industry. Governmental agencies are encouraging the use of Big Data in the healthcare sector. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Health Data Initiative (HDI) is starting to release data from agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in order to access public data of patients for clinical trials and other research activities.

The healthcare industry is in a period of rapid change. Advancements in the fields of genetics, biomedical, and information technology are paving a way towards effective personalized treatments in accordance to the individual characteristics of the patients.

Exploiting these opportunities requires effective usage of Big Data. Over time, healthcare data has been created and accumulated continuously through patient records, radiology images, clinical trials and genomic sequences.

With new technological advancements like mhealth and internet of things (IOT), patients are now able to track their personal health data and share it with their respective physicians for any further remedies. The more data is collected and analyzed, the better medical insights are gained.

Currently, financial analytics is acquiring a major share of the market in order to reduce fraud in healthcare claims and help healthcare organizations understand their cost structure and maintain their revenue. Clinical analytics is foreseen to have a high growth potential by 2020 due to the implementation of innovative technologies like Precision Medicine, mHealth, and sensors in the healthcare industry.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Research Scope

2 Research Methodology

3 Executive Summary

4 Market Overview

5 Competitive Overview

6 Industry Analysis

7 Big Data Analytics In Healthcare Industry, By Components And Services

8 Big Data Analytics In Healthcare Sector, By Analytic Service Applications

9 Big Data Analytics In Healthcare Sector, By Geography

10 Key Market Players Profiles

  • Cerner Corporation
  • Cognizant
  • Dell
  • Epic System Corporation
  • GE Healthcare
  • McKesson
  • Optum
  • Philips
  • Siemens
  • Xerox

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/kmq8sv/global_big_data

Sector: Healthcare and Medical Devices

Computerworld Forecast Survey Highlights Tech and Staff Priorities as Organizations Look to Improve Customer Experience and Drive Revenue

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – IDG Enterprise's Computerworld -- the leading IT media brand dedicated to being the voice of business technology -- highlights the 2016 tech priorities for organizations in its annual Forecast Survey (click to tweet). As technology continues to be a business differentiator and provide competitive advantage, tech budgets are increasing for almost half of organizations (46%). Tech leaders are focusing on business priorities that will help their organizations contain costs, optimize and automate business processes, and accelerate business processes and agility.

Spending Priorities: Security & Cloud
Two major themes within enterprise technology are the need for additional security and how cloud computing will continue to reshape enterprise IT. It is not surprising that in 2016 organizations will increase spending on security (50%), cloud computing (48%), business analytics (41%), mobile apps (36%), and virtualization (35%). As business-critical applications and infrastructure move to the cloud, on-premise software, data center modernization and modernizing/replacing legacy systems are receiving fewer dollars.

IT is moving beyond traditional core tech responsibilities as organizations look to drive digital business. Tech leaders shared that cloud computing, security, and legacy system updates/replacements rank as the single most important tech project they are working on in 2016. However, for tech leaders at enterprise organizations (1,000+ employees) the primary goals behind their most important projects have them stepping outside traditional IT with a focus on improving customer satisfaction and experience, generating new or increase existing revenue streams, and maintaining and improving service levels.

"Digital transformation continues to grow as strategic priority. Technology leaders are positioned to drive this change through strategic investments that boost organizational efficiency and a deeper focus on customer solutions and experience," said Brian Glynn, chief revenue officer, IDG Enterprise. "We look forward to addressing the opportunities and challenges organizations face in becoming a digital business, from determining what solutions will help advance their goals and then finding the right talent to effectively carry out those initiatives, at the AGENDA16 conference next month."

Exploring & Adopting New Technologies
As building a digital enterprise continues to grow in importance, tech leaders are exploring new technologies. Nearly one-third of organizations (29%) are planning to spend money on Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives, followed by high-performance computing (HPC - 18%), and energy-saving and carbon reducing technologies (16%). Exploring new tech solutions and strategies does not stop there, the majority of enterprise organizations are adopting strategies around agile development and DevOps. This focus has grown from 48% in 2015 to 61% in 2016.

Finding the Right Person for the Job
As technology trends advance, the promise of efficiencies is appealing; however having the right skillsets in place is vital for solutions to be fully utilized. While 37% of organizations are planning to increase headcount this year, finding employees with the necessary skillsets is proving difficult. Organizations are challenged to find employees with security, BI and analytics, cloud/SaaS, and programming/App Dev experience. These skillsets closely align with the areas receiving additional spending. Additionally, 42% are looking for employees with both a technology and business background to articulate IT's value, showcasing that IT continues to embrace its new role as an organizational agent of change. Within organizations planning to increase head count, the most in-demand positions are IT architecture, programming/application development, project management and big data.

Continue the Conversation at AGENDA16
Join technology and business decision-makers as they discuss driving business through digital transformation at the AGENDA16 conference. To learn more about attending or sponsoring the March 21 - 23, 2016 conference visit agendaconference.com.

About the Computerworld Forecast Survey 2016
Computerworld conducted its Forecast Survey 2016 to determine IT priorities for 2016 in areas such as spending, technologies and staffing. Survey results are based on 181 respondents who are IT decision-makers across multiple industries.

Learn more about tech trends discussed in this study by downloading the 2016 Computerworld Forecast Study executive summary.

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading IT media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. As the voice of business technology, Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value. Computerworld's award-winning website (www.computerworld.com), focused conference series, strategic marketing solutions and research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT vendors to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 7.5 million monthly page views (Omniture, July 2015 - December 2015 average) and was recognized in BtoB's 2013 Media Power 50 list; recognition Computerworld has received for more than 5 consecutive years. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.

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Delivers OpenStack-as-a-Service Backed With a 99.99 Percent OpenStack API Uptime Guarantee

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX) today announced the release of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat®, which delivers OpenStack® private clouds as-a-service using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux® OpenStack Platform. The new offering expands the Rackspace OpenStack-as-a-Service product portfolio, further extending the company's strategy to deliver the most reliable and easy-to-use OpenStack private and hybrid clouds in the world.

"As the leading operator of OpenStack clouds with the most comprehensive OpenStack product portfolio in the industry, Rackspace is excited to expand our managed services and expertise to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform," said Darrin Hanson, vice president and general manager of OpenStack Private Cloud at Rackspace. "We help make OpenStack simple by eliminating the complexity and delivering it as-a-service to customers in their data center, a Rackspace data center or in a colocation facility."

Fully managed by OpenStack and Red Hat experts at Rackspace and backed by Fanatical Support®, Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat provides public cloud benefits with the security, control and performance of an enterprise environment. The offering is backed by an industry-leading 99.99 percent OpenStack API uptime guarantee. Rackspace is contributing to Red Hat's continued efforts to improve Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform by testing and certifying for broad hardware and software compatibility, performance and availability. Rackspace manages and maintains the Red Hat environment including the underlying Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Satellite and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform so customers can focus on their business applications and not their infrastructure.

"We are excited about the launch of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat. This solution will further accelerate the adoption of OpenStack by bringing its power to customers keen to consume private cloud delivered as a managed service," said Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, OpenStack, at Red Hat. "Red Hat and Rackspace have a long history of working together to deliver leading technology solutions to customers, and we look forward to continuing to drive great outcomes for our customers through this extension of our relationship."

As the 2015 Red Hat North American Cloud Partner of the Year with more than 170 Red Hat certifications and OpenStack operational expertise, Rackspace is uniquely positioned to provide customers the following benefits through a managed deployment of Red Hat powered private clouds:

  • Red Hat Certified Solution -- The solution is a certified deployment of Red Hat Linux OpenStack Platform that is enterprise hardened and supported by a broad partner ecosystem.
  • Reduced Complexity -- Customers have a single point of contact that will deploy, manage and maintain their Red Hat powered private cloud at Rackspace. As an additional feature of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat, customers have the flexibility of bringing their own Red Hat subscriptions to Rackspace, using Red Hat Cloud Access.

"We are consistently hearing feedback from enterprises that one of the primary barriers to OpenStack adoption continues to be the operational complexities around deployment," said Gina Longoria, senior analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. "With Rackspace expanding their offerings to provide a tested and managed deployment of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, customers can take out a lot of the uncertainty of the do it yourself model and leverage the OpenStack as-a-service product portfolio at Rackspace. The company's leadership within OpenStack and long standing operational experience in running OpenStack powered clouds will continue to help drive enterprise adoption."

Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat is now generally available for customers globally. To learn more, visit Rackspace product page, Rackspace Blog and the Red Hat Blog.

About Rackspace

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX), the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the challenge and expense of managing complex IT infrastructure and application platforms on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise on top of leading technologies developed by AWS, Microsoft, OpenStack, VMware and others, through a results-obsessed service known as Fanatical Support®. The company has more than 300,000 customers worldwide, including two-thirds of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, and has been honored as one of Fortune's Best Companies to Work For in six of the past eight years. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

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Project Kratos Will Enable AWS Lambda Code to Run on Any Cloud

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Iron.io, a leading provider of enterprise-grade job processing solutions, has debuted three new solutions that give modern enterprises greater flexibility and control as they build and scale apps. These solutions -- for data processing, file processing, and extract, transform, load (ETL) -- combined with a rich feature set, empower enterprises to reliably scale their Docker-based jobs on any cloud, including hybrid environments.

Additionally, Iron.io announced Project Kratos, which will enable enterprises to run AWS Lambda functionality in any cloud provider, as well as on-premise, eliminating vendor lock-in. Iron.io is currently seeking project members, who will provide input and feedback as the project is developed. Project members will have the option of becoming beta users.

"To achieve the speed they need to innovate and remain competitive, modern enterprises cannot afford to be beholden to a single cloud provider or on-premise infrastructure," said Travis Reeder, CTO and co-founder of Iron.io. "With Iron.io solutions, we are providing a roadmap and best practices for developers to create scalable, streamlined job processing. Our comprehensive solutions support the entire workflow lifecycle, enabling customers to save time by scaling from the start, improve reliability by eliminating single points of failure and gain greater agility. Iron.io is the only company enabling deployment of job processing in a hybrid environment."

The new Iron.io solutions deliver API-driven workload management, while giving enterprises the flexibility and control to determine where they will deploy job processing and to use their existing security processes. The easy-to-deploy, industrial-strength solutions for file and data processing provide out-of-the-box microservices specific to dealing with large volumes of data in a highly concurrent model. This architecture enables batch processing to be deployed wherever the enterprise requires it, including private clouds and on-premises, as well as bursting to any cloud provider.

Iron.io customers use data processing, file processing and ETL solutions in three patterns: batch, burst or real-time. These capabilities enable customers to process large data sets from multiple locations faster than with legacy processing solutions and assist in speeding new products to market. With data processing, customers can quickly process data from multiple clouds, data centers and APIs, then utilize that information for reports, metrics and other functionality. The ETL capabilities then enable customers to leverage the data for analyzing trends, directing workloads, and implement new job processing based on this newly transformed or analyzed data. The file processing solution is capable of processing any type of media file, including video, images and logs.

Iron.io also furthers its enterprise feature set by releasing heavily requested functionality, including:

  • Role-based control - Most solutions today offer only a single log-in, which is often shared by numerous users. With the introduction of org chart management, Iron.io is enabling enterprises to support multiple users of the Iron.io solutions.
  • Autoscale - Continuously monitors queue sizes and ensures compute capacity is always available to meet even the most demanding spikes of enterprise workloads.
  • Professional services and training - Responding to enterprise demand to leverage Iron.io's experience building microservice architectures for job and batch processing, the company is introducing its professional services and training team. This newly established group collaborates with users to create their microservices architecture and establish workflows that are custom-designed to meet each organization's unique needs.

"Software development is a complex, time-consuming process, requiring a number of specific skills. Enterprises are now moving to a microservices approach, which enables them to put together small, specialized teams which work independently on evolvable systems," said Al Hilwa, program director, Application Development Software at IDC. "This microservices approach, combined with cloud services -- whether taking a public, private or hybrid approach -- is the key to fostering greater developer productivity and innovation, as well as enabling enterprises to stand out in highly competitive markets."

Architects and developers who are interested in joining Project Kratos as project members, should contact Iron.io through at http://go.iron.io/project-kratos.

About Iron.io
Iron.io's job processing platform delivers and processes hundreds of millions of messages and tasks every day. Its microservices architecture, delivered via Docker containers, enables the world's most innovative companies to transform large data sets into job processing that drives their revenue. Its asynchronous workloads operate in public and private clouds, on-premises, or hybrid environments, meeting enterprise requirements for flexibility, control and security-friendly solutions. Iron.io is leveraged by some of the world's most exciting companies such as Turner, Twitter, HotelTonight, Untappd and Google. Learn more at www.iron.io or follow on Twitter @getiron.

BOULDER, Colo. – Spectralink Corporation ("Spectralink"), a global leader in mobile communications solutions for the workplace, today announced that it has joined the Cisco® Solution Partner Program as a Solution Partner. The Internet of Everything (IoE) continues to bring together people, processes, data and things to enhance the relevancy of network connections. As a member of the Cisco Solution Partner Program, Spectralink is able to quickly create and deploy solutions to enhance the capabilities, performance and management of the network to capture value in the IoE.

"Demand for our DECT solutions continues to rise as more small and medium sized businesses are empowering their staff with mobile devices," said Dan Mondor, CEO of Spectralink. "Our work with Cisco is now further strengthened by the Cisco Solution Partner Program. By joining forces with Cisco, we have gained a powerful new channel for this valuable, fully interoperable joint solution."

"Spectralink's DECT solutions are an excellent fit for our SMB customers. The complementary value to our customers is significant. We are seeing strong early demand from the higher education, healthcare and retail industries," said Tom Puorro, Vice President/ General Manager, Collaboration and Unified Communication Group, Cisco Systems Inc. "Because our Unified Communications Manager features operate seamlessly with Spectralink's DECT devices, our customers can further empower their workforce with mobility to accelerate productivity."

The Cisco Solution Partner Program, part of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem, unites Cisco with third-party independent hardware and software vendors to deliver integrated solutions to joint customers. As a Solution Partner, Spectralink offers a complementary product offering and has started to collaborate with Cisco to meet the needs of joint customers. 
For more information on Spectralink, go to: https://marketplace.cisco.com/catalog/companies/spectralink/products/spectralink-ip-dect-server-400-6500

About Spectralink
Spectralink -- The WorkSmart Company -- is the global leader in purpose-built wireless communications. Since 1990, Spectralink Corporation has deployed over 3 million purpose-built handset devices to customers around the world, enabling millions of workers to work smarter, with more efficient and reliable in-building communications. Spectralink solutions enable voice, texts, alarms, alerts, and key applications every minute of every day. For more information, please visit www.spectralink.com or call 303-441-7500.

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* Compatibility certification via Interoperability Verification Testing and Cisco Validated Design is designed to simulate typical customer configurations and does not replace the need for on-site testing and interoperability validation in conjunction with actual implementation.

Hitachi Data Systems' Public Safety Solutions Support Frontline Smart City Use Cases With Real-Time IoT Data Capture, Advanced Analytics, Video Monitoring and Application Management

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Transportation systems stand to benefit significantly from mobile optimization and digitalization, placing them squarely among the frontline use cases for smart cities. Forward-thinking organizations are now applying predictive and prescriptive analytics to video and machine data captured from connected sensors and devices, commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT), to support a new wave of intelligent public transportation systems. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), said today that its customer, NY Waterway, a privately owned marine transportation company that offers ferry services in the Port of New York and New Jersey, is successfully using Hitachi Visualization to support its intelligent transportation system. The company uses Hitachi Visualization Suite and the Hitachi Visualization Platform together with third-party technologies to support a unified, digitally optimized solution for monitoring and communicating with its vessels on the dock and as they move across the water. The new system has helped NY Waterway to enhance passenger safety, improve mobile network connectivity and stability, and dramatically increase operational efficiency by providing consistent real-time and remote visibility across its fleet.

"Safe, intelligent public transportation systems are a foundational element of smart cities," said Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, director of global smart cities research at analyst firm IDC. "Public and private entities looking to benefit from the application of smart technologies ultimately require multifaceted solutions that can address multiple use cases. The Hitachi Visualization solution holistically addresses both public safety and operational efficiency use cases for transportation agencies, as well as law enforcement, governments, municipalities and private companies. This capability uniquely positions it for a broad range of applications in the context of a smart city." 

Just as taxicabs are ubiquitous on New York City streets, ferries in the city's harbor and rivers are a vital part of the region's transportation system, helping residents from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey get where they need to go. Since its operations began in 1986, NY Waterway has provided safe passage for more than 200 million passengers and continues to be the fastest and easiest mode of transportation to and from Manhattan.

Managing fleet operations and public safety systems on New York ferries can be challenging due to the region's harsh weather and inconsistent cellular and network connectivity as boats move across the city's waterways. NY Waterway had an aging video surveillance system onboard its vessels and in its terminals, and an automatic identification system (AIS) that ran on local servers to track each boat's location, but no practical way to view video feeds in real time. Further, the fleet's cameras were continually subjected to extreme temperature, water spray, adverse lighting and inclement weather, which would frequently render them unreliable. To help modernize its operations and public safety systems, NY Waterway tapped Hitachi channel partner, A.A.S. Technologies, a voice, data and security systems integrator, to manage the selection and integration of complementary technologies from various manufacturers into a single, seamless solution that could be managed via a central and easy-to-use dashboard interface. A.A.S. selected Hitachi Visualization to serve as the core management software and hardware platform for its unified solution.

"Leveraging Hitachi Visualization as the foundation of our solution, we helped NY Waterways to streamline its operations and implement a holistic environment for public safety and disaster preparedness," said Anil Sookoo, principal of A.A.S. Technologies. "They can now more quickly and accurately respond to an event whether it occurs on the water or in a terminal. Whenever needed, cameras can be repositioned remotely and customized alerts can be sent to pre-designated personnel. It's all possible from any network device -- at any time or place -- and can be shared simultaneously as the situation demands."

The brain of Hitachi Visualization is Hitachi Visualization Suite (HVS) software. Designed to aggregate data from incoming sources in a central, operational dashboard in real time, HVS offers full situational awareness to support a myriad of public safety, smart city and operational systems. It delivers a highly visual and integrative map that intuitively organizes and manages sensor data, multiple video feeds and public safety systems like AIS. HVS also offers advanced analytic features that can tap public information sources, such as social media networks, online news and weather data, to rapidly make correlations, identify anomalies and show valuable predictive insights.

"You can literally click on any vessel on the dashboard map, see where the cameras are located on that boat, and then click on a particular camera to view the video as it is recording -- very impressive," Sookoo commented.

A.A.S. Technologies also installed Hitachi Visualization Platform (HVP) gateways to manage data integration, transcoding and ingest services from various sources, including NY Waterway's 350 new cameras. The HVP gateways promote optimal video recording and live streaming from the cloud, and offer workflow capabilities to act on any sensor or alarm data. Information is collected, shared and analyzed via built-in wireless network feeds that deliver video and data streams in real time. This capability complements NY Waterway's new fast roaming and mobile-optimized network that offers consistent connectivity along the one hundred miles of waterways the ferry system serves. The new network provides clear communication in its terminals and on its vessels, supporting data streaming, video capture and monitoring up to 100Mb per second on ferries that travel at speeds up to 35 knots.

"Hitachi Visualization has dramatically increased the security and efficiency of our fleet operations. HVS has provided a centralized communication system that allows real-time visibility across our fleet and terminals, which means our operations run more smoothly," said Jonathan Figueroa, Director of Facilities for NY Waterway's Billybey Ferry Company. "We now have expanded opportunities to enhance passenger safety -- both in our terminals and onboard our vessels -- and can be more agile in tracking telemetry across our fleet. The possibilities are endless."

"NY Waterway is a prime example of a forward-thinking transportation company that is putting the "smart" in smart cities. They are advancing the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations while improving public safety and the user experience of their passengers through the implementation of leading edge technologies. We're pleased that Hitachi Visualization offered the versatility and flexibility to meet their requirements," said Mark Jules, vice president of public safety and visualization solutions at Hitachi Data Systems. "The knowledge and experience of our partner, A.A.S. Technologies, was invaluable to this project. Their deep domain expertise and understanding of the locale enabled us to develop the best possible solution for NY Waterway and the transportation industry." 

Hitachi Visualization Suite 4.5 software with Predictive Crime Analytics and Hitachi Visualization Platform solutions are available now. For more information, visit https://www.hds.com/solutions/social-innovation/public-safety.html

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About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., builds information management and Social Innovation solutions that help businesses succeed and societies be safer, healthier and smarter. We focus on big data that offers real value -- what we call the Internet of Things that matter. Our IT infrastructure, analytics, content and cloud solutions and services drive strategic management and analysis of the world's data. Only Hitachi Data Systems integrates the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies to deliver the exceptional insight that business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at HDS.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Hitachi Data Systems' Public Safety Solutions Support Frontline Smart City Use Cases With Real-Time IoT Data Capture, Advanced Analytics, Video Monitoring and Application Management

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Transportation systems stand to benefit significantly from mobile optimization and digitalization, placing them squarely among the frontline use cases for smart cities. Forward-thinking organizations are now applying predictive and prescriptive analytics to video and machine data captured from connected sensors and devices, commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT), to support a new wave of intelligent public transportation systems. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), said today that its customer, NY Waterway, a privately owned marine transportation company that offers ferry services in the Port of New York and New Jersey, is successfully using Hitachi Visualization to support its intelligent transportation system. The company uses Hitachi Visualization Suite and the Hitachi Visualization Platform together with third-party technologies to support a unified, digitally optimized solution for monitoring and communicating with its vessels on the dock and as they move across the water. The new system has helped NY Waterway to enhance passenger safety, improve mobile network connectivity and stability, and dramatically increase operational efficiency by providing consistent real-time and remote visibility across its fleet.

"Safe, intelligent public transportation systems are a foundational element of smart cities," said Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, director of global smart cities research at analyst firm IDC. "Public and private entities looking to benefit from the application of smart technologies ultimately require multifaceted solutions that can address multiple use cases. The Hitachi Visualization solution holistically addresses both public safety and operational efficiency use cases for transportation agencies, as well as law enforcement, governments, municipalities and private companies. This capability uniquely positions it for a broad range of applications in the context of a smart city." 

Just as taxicabs are ubiquitous on New York City streets, ferries in the city's harbor and rivers are a vital part of the region's transportation system, helping residents from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey get where they need to go. Since its operations began in 1986, NY Waterway has provided safe passage for more than 200 million passengers and continues to be the fastest and easiest mode of transportation to and from Manhattan.

Managing fleet operations and public safety systems on New York ferries can be challenging due to the region's harsh weather and inconsistent cellular and network connectivity as boats move across the city's waterways. NY Waterway had an aging video surveillance system onboard its vessels and in its terminals, and an automatic identification system (AIS) that ran on local servers to track each boat's location, but no practical way to view video feeds in real time. Further, the fleet's cameras were continually subjected to extreme temperature, water spray, adverse lighting and inclement weather, which would frequently render them unreliable. To help modernize its operations and public safety systems, NY Waterway tapped Hitachi channel partner, A.A.S. Technologies, a voice, data and security systems integrator, to manage the selection and integration of complementary technologies from various manufacturers into a single, seamless solution that could be managed via a central and easy-to-use dashboard interface. A.A.S. selected Hitachi Visualization to serve as the core management software and hardware platform for its unified solution.

"Leveraging Hitachi Visualization as the foundation of our solution, we helped NY Waterways to streamline its operations and implement a holistic environment for public safety and disaster preparedness," said Anil Sookoo, principal of A.A.S. Technologies. "They can now more quickly and accurately respond to an event whether it occurs on the water or in a terminal. Whenever needed, cameras can be repositioned remotely and customized alerts can be sent to pre-designated personnel. It's all possible from any network device -- at any time or place -- and can be shared simultaneously as the situation demands."

The brain of Hitachi Visualization is Hitachi Visualization Suite (HVS) software. Designed to aggregate data from incoming sources in a central, operational dashboard in real time, HVS offers full situational awareness to support a myriad of public safety, smart city and operational systems. It delivers a highly visual and integrative map that intuitively organizes and manages sensor data, multiple video feeds and public safety systems like AIS. HVS also offers advanced analytic features that can tap public information sources, such as social media networks, online news and weather data, to rapidly make correlations, identify anomalies and show valuable predictive insights.

"You can literally click on any vessel on the dashboard map, see where the cameras are located on that boat, and then click on a particular camera to view the video as it is recording -- very impressive," Sookoo commented.

A.A.S. Technologies also installed Hitachi Visualization Platform (HVP) gateways to manage data integration, transcoding and ingest services from various sources, including NY Waterway's 350 new cameras. The HVP gateways promote optimal video recording and live streaming from the cloud, and offer workflow capabilities to act on any sensor or alarm data. Information is collected, shared and analyzed via built-in wireless network feeds that deliver video and data streams in real time. This capability complements NY Waterway's new fast roaming and mobile-optimized network that offers consistent connectivity along the one hundred miles of waterways the ferry system serves. The new network provides clear communication in its terminals and on its vessels, supporting data streaming, video capture and monitoring up to 100Mb per second on ferries that travel at speeds up to 35 knots.

"Hitachi Visualization has dramatically increased the security and efficiency of our fleet operations. HVS has provided a centralized communication system that allows real-time visibility across our fleet and terminals, which means our operations run more smoothly," said Jonathan Figueroa, Director of Facilities for NY Waterway's Billybey Ferry Company. "We now have expanded opportunities to enhance passenger safety -- both in our terminals and onboard our vessels -- and can be more agile in tracking telemetry across our fleet. The possibilities are endless."

"NY Waterway is a prime example of a forward-thinking transportation company that is putting the "smart" in smart cities. They are advancing the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations while improving public safety and the user experience of their passengers through the implementation of leading edge technologies. We're pleased that Hitachi Visualization offered the versatility and flexibility to meet their requirements," said Mark Jules, vice president of public safety and visualization solutions at Hitachi Data Systems. "The knowledge and experience of our partner, A.A.S. Technologies, was invaluable to this project. Their deep domain expertise and understanding of the locale enabled us to develop the best possible solution for NY Waterway and the transportation industry." 

Hitachi Visualization Suite 4.5 software with Predictive Crime Analytics and Hitachi Visualization Platform solutions are available now. For more information, visit https://www.hds.com/solutions/social-innovation/public-safety.html

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Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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