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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – For the second straight year, Gartner, Inc., has positioned Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, in the “Leaders” quadrant of its Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools Magic Quadrant (MQ). Emerson Network Power improved its placement from last year’s inaugural DCIM Tools MQ.

This year’s MQ report evaluated 15 DCIM vendors and positioned Emerson Network Power highest for ability to execute within the “Leaders” quadrant. Emerson Network Power’s strategy is built around its flagship DCIM solution, the Trellis™ platform.

“We believe our positioning in the ”Leaders” quadrant is yet another objective validation of our DCIM portfolio and is confirmation that our solutions, including the Trellis™ platform, bring clarity and control to today’s increasingly complex data centers,” said Enzo Greco, vice president and general manager of software for Emerson Network Power. “Leadership recognition in the DCIM Tools Magic Quadrant, on the heels of other, similar independent evaluations, is significant we feel and reinforces our commitment to innovation for our customers and addressing their need for this infrastructure management tool to improve business performance.”

The Trellis™ platform is Emerson Network Power’s comprehensive DCIM solution, delivering the capabilities needed for intuitive, scalable enterprise-class infrastructure monitoring and management. This technology bridges the gap between facilities and IT operations in the data center, allowing IT to be a key player in planning and executing the organization’s growth initiatives.

For more information on the Trellis™ platform, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/Trellis. To learn more about Emerson Network Power’s DCIM portfolio, please visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

 

About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR),, is the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure technologies and life cycle services for information and communications technology systems. With an expansive portfolio of intelligent, rapidly deployable hardware and software solutions for power, thermal and infrastructure management, Emerson Network Power enables efficient, highly-available networks. Learn more at
www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson
Emerson, based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2014 were $24.5 billion. For more information, visit
www.Emerson.com.

New Incentives, Promotions and Tools Empower Channel Partners to Grow Business Amid Industry Migration to Cloud, Virtualization and Software-Defined Networking

MILPITAS, Calif. – (NASDAQ: VIAV) Viavi Solutions today unveiled its new global channel partner program to deliver increased value to its solution partners, resellers and distributors. The program, called Velocity, builds upon foundational elements of the platform built last year and features a series of enhancements designed to empower existing partners and new recruits to grow their business with Viavi's instruments, software, services and systems for both enterprises and service providers.

The rapidly changing nature of the networking industry and evolving customer expectations are putting pressure on partners to keep pace in order to better serve their enterprise and telecommunications customers. In turn, partners ask vendors like Viavi to provide better tools, insights and training to simplify and accelerate business while improving customer satisfaction.

With the Velocity program, Viavi aims to grow its footprint of sales derived from channel engagements and, as a new brand following the separation of Lumentum from JDSU in August, Viaviis expanding its presence in the enterprise-facing market. Velocity introduces several new ways to empower and simplify the sales process, improve marketing resources and ultimately grow mutual business between Viavi and its partners. Velocity also incorporates a flexible framework to help our partners adapt to a fast-paced industry with evolving business models:

  • Tiered Architecture. With three tiers -- Authorized, Premier and Elite -- partners who invest more for mutual success are rewarded with higher benefits.
  • Financial Rewards and Incentives. To help partners profitably expand their reach and capability, Viavi is introducing tiered pricing, deal registration, and stocking discounts that become more lucrative as partners move up the ranks from Authorized to Elite partner. Tiered pricing discounts vary depending on the partner level and product family.
  • Increased Marketing Development Funds (MDF). Partners must spend more time and resources with prospects and customers, demonstrating how to cost effectively upgrade, scale and navigate major technology transformations. To help partners initiate these engagements, Viavi is increasing investment in partner marketing campaigns through Marketing Development Fund (MDF) and discretionary fund programs. Examples of MDF uses include advertising, Web site building, events, demonstration equipment and direct marketing campaigns, among others.
  • New Sales Enablement Tools. Viavi is introducing a new web-based partner portal to provide its ecosystem of partners with the latest resources to grow their businesses. The new portal will make it easier for partners to access sales, marketing and pricing information and stay in close communication with their Viavi contacts.

"In this new software- and cloud-laced reality where network agility is increasingly critical, simply keeping up with customer demands can be challenging. At Viavi, we're providing our partner ecosystem with the tools they need to actually grow their business -- not just maintain the status quo," said Sergio Bea, Vice President, Worldwide Channels at Viavi. "It's more vital than ever to equip our respected partners with ample resources to help manage the unpredictable technology changes impacting our customers. It's time to motivate existing partners to sell, attract new types of partners, and demonstrate that we have the industry's most complete set of solutions."

"In the ever-competitive and evolving service provider and enterprise networking landscape, 'a better mousetrap' alone sometimes is not enough to win new business," said Aaron Joyce, Group Business Development Director, Butler Transtest Limited, an Elite Viavi partner. "Best-in-class support coupled with innovative solutions are vital for us, especially in the enterprise space where strong channel programs are the difference between winning and losing. We're excited Viavi has ramped up of several aspects of its channel partner program to empower us to grow our footprint, reach new customers and bring success to our businesses and that of our customers."

"Viavi's new first-class channel program comes packed with a slew of new incentives that will invigorate our sales force and help grow both our business and Viavi's," said Doug Dollenberg, Vice President of Product Management, TESSCO Technologies, an Elite Viavi Partner. "More marketing funds, deal registration and training are important to ensure our crew in the field can meet the evolving needs of our customers."

About Velocity

Viavi is proud to collaborate with approximately 240 Solutions Partners around the world. Viavi's highly capable solution partners offer a range of specialties in the areas of logistics, wireline telecommunications, wireless and mobile technologies, enterprise networking, unified communications, and cloud. Our ecosystem covers a vast regional customer base spanning North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. For more information about partnering with Viavi, please visit www.viavisolutions.com/en/corporate/partners.

About Viavi Solutions
Viavi (NASDAQ: VIAV) software and hardware platforms and instruments deliver end-to-end visibility across physical, virtual and hybrid networks. Precise intelligence and actionable insight from across the network ecosystem optimizes the service experience for increased customer loyalty, greater profitability and quicker transitions to next-generation technologies. Viavi is also a leader in anti-counterfeiting solutions for currency authentication and high-value optical components and instruments for diverse government and commercial applications. Learn more at www.viavisolutions.com and follow us on Viavi Perspectives, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

The New SFP+ Module Extends the Life of Any Switch Hardware Without Having to Change Existing Infrastructure

CHICAGO, Ill. – dataMate, a business unit of Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI), a global developer of custom engineered and application specific products and solutions, today announced the release of the first 10G copper small form pluggable (SFP+) transceiver module.

dataMate's SFP+ transceiver pushes the limits of copper based technology providing 10 gigabits of data transfer over distances of 30 meters or less and replaces the need for cumbersome direct attach cable solutions that have limitations of up to ten meters. This innovative product is fully compliant to the IEEE 802.3az, SFF-8431 and SFF-8432 standards and will interoperate with other 10GBASE-T solutions. This new module will allow data center and network managers the ability to extend the life of their cabling infrastructure with a simple cost effective upgrade of their 1G SFP's with the new 10G variant.

dataMate's 10G copper SFP+ is available now through your switch provider. Ask for the new Methode 10G Copper SFP.

About dataMate
Methode Development Company (MDC) is an industry leader in the design and development of conductive inks. To learn more about standard and application-specific conductive ink solutions, visit our website at www.methode.com. dataMate is located in Harwood Heights, IL.

About Methode Electronics, Inc.
Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI) is a global developer of custom engineered and application specific products and solutions with manufacturing, design and testing facilities in China, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. We design, manufacture and market devices employing electrical, electronic, wireless, safety radio remote control, sensing and optical technologies to control and convey signals through sensors, interconnections and controls. Our business is managed on a segment basis, with those segments being Automotive, Interface, Power Products and Other. Our components are in the primary end markets of the automobile, computer, information processing and networking equipment, voice and data communication systems, consumer electronics, appliances, aerospace vehicles and industrial equipment industries. Further information can be found on Methode's Web site www.methode.com.

 

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced that the National Supercomputer Centre (NSCC) and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore have implemented the Infinera Cloud Xpress with 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) to connect the two datacenters in bustling research campuses in Biopolis and Fusionopolis, Singapore with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption. NSCC/A*STAR is the first publically announced customer using this newest member of the Cloud Xpress family.

A*STAR is a public sector agency in Singapore that spearheads economically oriented research to advance scientific discovery and develop innovative technology. A*STAR oversees 18 biomedical and physical sciences and engineering research entities primarily located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis. A*STAR's network provides high performance computational (HPC) resources to the entire A*STAR community of over 800 users currently. In addition to managing several high-end computers, A*STAR is responsible for rapidly growing data storage resources. The Infinera Cloud Xpress featuring 100 GbE enables A*STAR and NSCC to meet the most demanding application needs of their research users with a reliable, high capacity optical network.

Ideal for high performance datacenter interconnection, the Cloud Xpress leverages Infinera's unique photonic integrated circuit technology to support up to one terabit per second (Tb/s) of input and output capacity in just two rack units. The Infinera Cloud Xpress delivers a full 500 Gb/s super-channel of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) line-side capacity on a single fiber without requiring external multiplexers or amplifiers. With the 100 GbE platform, the Cloud Xpress family includes three solutions, optimized for 10 GbE, 40 GbE and 100 GbE interfaces. The Infinera Cloud Xpress remains the only deployed platform offering high capacity, ultra-low power and a rack-and-stack form factor enabling customers like NSCC/A*STAR to scale with minimal space and power.

"Working with our partner Dimension Data, we are pleased to provide NSCC and A*STAR with a datacenter interconnect solution that meets their bandwidth demands in space and power-limited datacenter locations," said Stu Elby, senior vice president of cloud network strategy and technology at Infinera. "Cloud Xpress is a purpose built datacenter platform that addresses the needs of Singaporean scientists, especially in the very fast growing area of genomics and bioinformatics."

"Dimension Data helps global IT, data and technology providers identify and implement the best-in-class solutions to accelerate our clients' ambitions," said Png Kim Meng, Managing Director at Dimension Data Singapore. "It is our first venture in the optical networking space and we are happy to partner with Infinera to help clients achieve their current and future business objectives. The Infinera Cloud Xpress is a powerful datacenter interconnect solution that delivers scale, operational simplicity and low power consumption, and is an excellent fit for constantly growing research infrastructure demands of the Singapore research community."

Infinera introduced the Cloud Xpress family in 2014 delivering a cloud-optimized WDM solution to cloud service providers, Internet content providers, Internet Exchange service providers and other large-scale datacenter operators. Infinera recently expanded the Cloud Xpress family by announcing the Cloud Xpress with 100 GbE.

About Infinera

Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) provides Intelligent Transport Networks, enabling carriers, cloud operators, governments and enterprises to scale network bandwidth, accelerate service innovation and simplify optical network operations. Infinera's end-to-end packet-optical portfolio is designed for long-haul, subsea, datacenter interconnect and metro applications. Infinera's unique large scale photonic integrated circuits enable innovative optical networking solutions for the most demanding networks. To learn more about Infinera visit www.infinera.com, follow us on Twitter @Infinera and read our latest blog posts at blog.infinera.com.

Infinera and the Infinera logo are registered trademarks of Infinera Corporation.

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements relating to the benefits of the features and functionality of Infinera's Cloaud Xpress family of products. These statements are not guarantees of results and should not be considered as an indication of future activity or future performance. Actual results may vary materially from these expectations as a result of various risks and uncertainties. Information about these risks and uncertainties, and other risks and uncertainties that affect Infinera's business, is contained in the risk factors section and other sections of Infinera's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 27, 2015 as filed with the SEC on July 31, 2015, as well subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the SEC. These reports are available on Infinera's website at www.infinera.com and the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Infinera assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements.

Accelerates Deployment of Safe, Secure, High Performance Automotive Electronic Advancements for Software-Defined Cockpit

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Green Hills Software, the worldwide leader in high assurance operating systems, today announced the availability of Green Hills Software's safe and secure 64-bit multicore software solutions for the Intel® Atom™ Broxton/Apollo Lake family of automotive processors. Now automotive Tier 1s and OEMs can realize their long-term vision for high performance, safe and secure software-defined cockpit electronics targeting but not limited to digital clusters, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and ECU consolidation.

"As cockpit automotive electronics continue to grow more visual and integrated, so do the challenges to find a software/hardware platform capable of tackling these requirements with room for future growth," said Dan Mender, vice president of business development, Green Hills Software. "With the availability of a proven automotive software platform from Green Hills and the high performance multicore, GPU-enabled Broxton automotive SoC from Intel -- that future platform is available today."

Green Hills Support for Intel Broxton/Apollo Lake Processors

Green Hills Software's portfolio of optimized software solutions delivers a flexible set of multicore operating system configurations, extensive on-chip OpenGL 3D graphics support, secure virtualization and advanced multicore debug tools to enable unparalleled innovation in automotive software design. Green Hills also provides its customers with extensive legacy application porting and code optimization services.

  • INTEGRITY® 64-bit RTOS - provides device total reliability and absolute security while delivering a flexible set of multicore operating system configurations, including single core Asymmetric Multiprocessing (AMP) and Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP).
  • INTEGRITY Native 3D OpenGL - provides integrated, optimized native 3D OpenGL support for the Broxton on-chip Gen9 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).
  • INTEGRITY 64-bit Multivisor™ Secure Virtualization - delivers a decade of experience in safely and securely virtualizing GuestOSes when combined with system safety and security applications on a single platform. Support is optimized to use the Intel VT-x and VT-d on-chip capabilities found on Broxton.
  • INTEGRITY Multivisor Shared Accelerated 3D OpenGL Graphics - enables the safe combination and independent execution of both native INTEGRITY and GuestOS accelerated 3D OpenGL graphics applications/services with proven freedom from interference.
  • MULTI® Integrated Development Environment - provides a complete software development environment for building, debugging, testing and optimizing multicore embedded applications.
  • Green Hills Optimizing Compilers - generate high quality code for C/C++, targeting the Intel Architecture processors.
  • Green Hills Probe - helps developers find and fix bugs faster than any other probes with its comprehensive run-control and multicore processor visibility interfaces optimized to support synchronous hardware and software multicore breakpoints.
  • Professional Services - Green Hills Software's embedded experts collaborate with end user system designers and architects to tackle the difficult problems of legacy code porting; reuse; virtualization and optimization for QNX, VxWorks, OSE, Linux, Android, in-house and more; along with consulting services for general system performance optimization.

Availability

The Green Hills suite of safe and secure multicore solutions for Intel's family of Broxton Automotive processors is available today.

About Green Hills Software
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software is the largest independent software vendor for the Internet of Things (IoT). In 2008, the Green Hills INTEGRITY-178 RTOS was the first and only operating system to be certified by NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership comprised of NSA & NIST) to EAL 6+, High Robustness, the highest level of security ever achieved for any software product. Our open architecture integrated development solutions address deeply embedded, absolute security and high-reliability applications for the military/avionics, medical, industrial, automotive, networking, consumer and other markets that demand industry-certified solutions. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom. Visit Green Hills Software at www.ghs.com.

Green Hills, the Green Hills logo, INTEGRITY, INTEGRITY Multivisor and MULTI are trademarks or registered trademarks of Green Hills Software in the U.S. and/or internationally. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Begins Trading Today as Ticker "HPE" on the NYSE; New Company Is Leader in Infrastructure, Security, Big Data and Workplace Productivity Solutions

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Today, following its separation from Hewlett-Packard Company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) debuts as an enterprise technology leader with $53 billion in annual revenue, the most comprehensive product portfolio in the industry and a unique vision for the future of technology and its benefits for enterprise customers. To mark this milestone, Hewlett Packard Enterprise representatives including President and Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman, as well as partners and customers will come together to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, where the company will begin to trade under the ticker "HPE."

"The winners in today's market will be those who apply the power of technology to fuel the power of ideas, and the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise is built to accelerate this journey for customers," said Whitman. "Hewlett Packard Enterprise has the vision, financial resources and flexibility to help customers win while generating growth and long-term value for our shareholders."

In a dynamic market environment where technology is transforming businesses and entire industries at an unprecedented pace, Hewlett Packard Enterprise builds on its rich heritage of innovation and industry-leading positions in infrastructure, services, software, and financial services. Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides the cutting-edge technology solutions customers need to optimize their traditional IT while helping them build the secure, cloud enabled, mobile-ready future that is uniquely suited to their needs. The company is focused on four key areas that are fundamental to enabling business transformation and future growth, and represent an estimated (based on third party data) total addressable market of more than $1 trillion:

  • Transforming to a hybrid infrastructure by helping customers seamlessly manage information across traditional IT and private, managed and public cloud environments;
  • Empowering a data-driven organization engineered to turn information into insight and insight into action;
  • Protecting their digital enterprise to manage risk, monitor operations, protect information and applications and sustain operational integrity;
  • Enabling workplace productivity to create best-in-class experiences for employees, customers and partners through mobility and networking solutions.

For more information, visit the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Newsroom.
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About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry's most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.

Forward-looking statements
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Hewlett Packard Enterprise could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of Hewlett Packard Enterprise for future operations; other statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that expected benefits may not materialize as expected and other risks that are described in Hewlett Packard Enterprise's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the risks described in Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Registration Statement on Form 10 dated July 1, 2015, as amended. Hewlett Packard Enterprise assumes no obligation and does not intend to update any forward-looking statements.

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Today, HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) celebrated its global launch as a new, publicly listed Fortune 100 corporation. A global leader in printing and personal systems, the company is focused on creating technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere.

Backed by nearly 50,000 employees and drawing from a 76-year legacy of engineered innovation, the reinvented HP Inc. aims to create a world where technology works around the needs of society and adapts to every business and person, to their context and environment, helping them move from ideation to creation effortlessly and naturally.

"In an ever-changing, connected world, HP Inc. will keep reinventing itself, its technologies and what tomorrow holds, so industries, communities and individuals can keep reinventing how they operate, ideate and create what matters the most to them," said Dion Weisler, president and chief executive officer, HP Inc. "We approach this challenge with the heart and energy of a startup coupled with the brain, muscle and determination of a Fortune 100 corporation."

The company will build on its market leadership in printing and PCs to make it easier and more enjoyable for customers to print, as well as introduce personal systems that combine outstanding design and user experience with great value. HP Inc. will also pursue growth in adjacent markets, such as copiers, graphics printing and commercial mobility in key verticals. Finally, the company will define future market categories through its 3D printing and immersive computing platforms that fuse together the physical and digital worlds.

"We intend to amaze through the people we hire, the technology we create, the experiences we enable and the way we treat our customers and each other," said Weisler. "We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to spark a flame that could change the world forever. We have every intention of seizing this moment and will keep reinventing for generations to come."

For more information, visit the HP Inc. newsroom at www.hp.com

About HP Inc.
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
 
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements of expectation or belief and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility the company's business may not perform as expected; that the company may be unable to successfully implement separation strategies; and other risks that are described in the company's reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the risks described in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended October 31, 2014 and the company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for its fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2015 and July 31, 2015. The company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2015 HP Inc. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

 

AIS's Open Standard HMI System With a TCP/IP Communications Protocol and Network Connection Designed for Chemical Plants, Water Management Systems and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

IRVINE, Calif. – American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) open platform HMI designer, innovator and industry leader with a comprehensive portfolio of Industrial HMIs, Panel PCs, Industrial PCs (IPCs), Industrial Box PCs, Industrial DIN-Rail PCs, and Industrial Thin Clients, announces their open, Standard HMI System is suitable for Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Process Automation Systems (PAS) applications. The Standard HMI from AIS is a PC-based, Rugged HMI Touch Panel with TCP/IP communications protocol and industrial Ethernet network connection necessary for the connection of machines and systems, transferring and sharing of data and communication used in process automation, control and monitoring operations. Common Process control and monitoring applications include: Chemical plants, Water and Waste Water Management Systems, Paper and Pulp, Food and Beverage and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.

AIS's Standard Touch Panel HMIs are energy efficient, cost-effective, turnkey control and monitoring systems equipped with Intel® Atom™ E3845 processors. They are rugged, PC-based touch panel computers ideal for a broad range of HMI and SCADA applications for harsh and challenging industrial environments in process automation and control. Designed to meet the broad range of requirements in PAS and DCS applications, AIS's Standard HMI Touch Panels are available in display sizes from 12.1" to 24" in analog resistive single-touch and project capacitive multi-touch panels. In multi-touch formats, process facilities and plants can choose 15.6", 18.5" and 21.5". For resistive single-touch display formats and sizes, they can choose Standard HMI PC-based systems in 12.1", 15", 17", 19", 21.5" and 24".

AIS's Open Platform, Standard HMIs Help Visualize & Interconnect Devices, Sensor and Controllers via Network Communications, IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Connection in PAS and DCS Applications

AIS Standard HMIs are used in process automation or automation systems. They are utilized in plants and factories to help automate, control and monitor processes in applications such as chemical, oil refineries, paper and pulp factories and more. Moreover, AIS's open architecture PC-based HMI also enables networking via TCP/IP communications protocol and Industrial Ethernet to interconnect sensors, controllers, operator terminals and actuators. A PAS is often based on open standards in contrast to a DCS, which is traditionally proprietary and may not require complex SCADA capabilities. Due to its affordability, capabilities and flexibility of AIS's open, Standard HMI systems, are finding favor in both process control applications and distributed control and in OEM machinery and equipment.

Supporting Network Infrastructure Layers with Open PC-based HMI Systems via AIS's Rugged, Standard Touch Panel Computer Series

AIS's Standard PC-based Touch Screen HMI support the key requirements for effective networking of equipment, machinery and systems in plants and factories.

  • Application Layer: OPC, FTP and HTTP. An application layer is an abstraction layer that specifies the shared protocols and interface methods used by hosts in a communications network. The application layer abstraction is used in both of the standard models of computer networking and the Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP).
  • Transport Layer: The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is a core protocol of the Internet protocol suite. It originated in the initial network implementation in which it complemented the Internet Protocol (IP).
  • Network Layer: The Internet Protocol (IP) is the principal communications protocol in the Internet protocol suite for relaying datagrams cross network boundaries. Its routing function enables internetworking and essentially establishes the Internet.
  • Data Link: Ethernet IEEE 802.3 is a working group and a collection of IEEE standards produced by the working group defining the physical layer and data link layer's media access control (MAC) of wired Ethernet. This is generally a local area network technology with some wide area network applications.

Connecting of Facilities, Machines and Data, AIS's Standard HMI Solutions Help Process Plants & Factories Reduce Energy Consumption Costs with High-Speed Networking

Industrial factories and facilities require their equipment to deliver the highest output with minimal production cost as possible. In many industries including oil, gas and petrochemicals, energy costs can represent 30 to 50 percent of the total production cost. Combined with 3rd party SCADA software, AIS's PC-based Touch Panel Computers help industrial plants and facilities develop optimal production strategies to learn and analyze production trends, automate, control and monitor processes, develop predictive maintenance and help speed up the responses to changing conditions to improve their operations. AIS Standard HMI also helps facilitate reduction of energy consumption costs by networking with two on-board, high-speed gigabit, Ethernet ports, which provide high-speed networking and sharing of data at various levels, from the enterprise to manufacturing execution systems, to process automation and distributed control systems.

About AIS

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

  • High Wycombe-based company to handle voice and data management for beauty brand
  • Agreement will see Coty UK’s workforce use Vodafone as their Primary Network and Truphone for their Non UK based staff.
  • Significant savings on International communication costs

 

Olive Communications has announced a partnership with global beauty manufacturer Coty, which will see the High Wycombe-based Managed Communications Provider handle all integrated communications for Coty globally.

With international traffic accounting for 60% of all voice and data used by Coty’s workforce, both on fixed line and mobile devices, Olive has been chosen to implement a bespoke package that expertly manages Coty’s domestic and international communications requirements in the UK and abroad.

 

The Olive managed solution will optimise domestic charging across UK fixed and mobile services with Vodafone, with the added benefit of predictable roaming communications when UK employees operate abroad, ensuring Coty employees do not incur unpredictable roaming charges, whilst at the same time allowing their permanent internationally-based staff to have a local number and not experience bill shock when travelling back to the UK.

 

Olive, through their billing management portal (OBM), will be able to proactively manage expenditure when Coty’s workforce operates in the UK, splitting their integrated communications between their UK network and Truphone.

 

Without properly managing mobile communications, costs can spiral out of control for many companies. Olive’s ability to identify the correct user profile for the best network and tariffing utilising Olive’s Billing Manager facility, allows them to identify where each Coty employee is operating, on what device, and the voice and data package they are using, allowing Coty to optimise the usage on the overall account. Olive will regularly review the analysis trends and user behaviour, allowing Coty to forward budget and minimise unpredictable expenditure.

 

Elisenda Gelpi from Coty’s World Wide Procurement department, said: “Olive has managed to resolve an ongoing headache for us of ever-burgeoning mobile phone bills normally caused by inflated call costs, when our colleagues travel abroad. Thanks to Olive and its Billing Manager facility, we are now in total control of our communication costs. We are now certain we will always be getting the best deal, whether our colleagues are working in the UK or abroad,” she said.

 

Martin Flick, Olive’s Chief Executive, commented on the agreement: “Coty’s requirement is not unique but does require management of a hybrid solution to achieve maximum value. We are looking forward to working alongside them and our strategic partners to offer a bespoke integrated communications solution for both their UK and European workforce. Our bespoke approach, combining technical expertise and business consultancy, makes us an incredibly differentiated and attractive alternative to commodity based providers.”

 

About Olive Communications

Olive is the UK’s fastest growing business communications provider and consultancy, operating across the four cornerstones of IT infrastructure: voice, data, mobility, and applications.

One of the Sunday Times’ Hiscox Tech Track 100, Olive provides innovative and integrated communications solutions for some the UK’s best-known businesses including Lastminute.com, Swiss Re’s Admin Re, Mace and National Geographic.

GREENWOOD, Ind. – AmeriVeri (http://www.ameriveri.com/) provides insurance companies, third party administrators, and bill review companies with an efficient means to save money for clients, while also staying above board with respect to utilizing the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Edits used by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The company's proprietary SaaS solution delivers this benefit without the need to add new layers to existing processes. AmeriVeri adds tremendous – and measurable – value throughout the healthcare chain, promoting patient-centered care as well as ensuring that employers are paying only for medically appropriate and necessary claims.

"Employers and payers alike should understand the value of following NCCI guidelines," explains Steffeny Brewer CCS, AmeriVeri Director of Code Verification. "Non-compliance opens the doorway for fraud and overpayment. For employers, a payer that avoids NCCI edits may give the appearance of cost advantages, but any savings are wiped out by excess claims and the introduction of errors into patients' medical records. Our solution helps providers and payers utilize all available edits without adding unnecessary overhead to the already complex process of medical claims verification."

The NCCI was developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce wasteful overpayment and encourage a consistent and accurate coding policy for procedures and services performed by the same provider on the same date of service. The initiative consists of procedure-to-procedure edits for healthcare providers, focusing primarily on pairings of HCPCS/CPT codes. NCCI guidelines undergo continual review to ensure all procedures are in line with current coding practices and relevant national and local policies.

A key facet of the NCCI is the elimination of unbundled services, wherein a provider is overpaid because they reported separate codes for one procedure when a single code should have accounted for the entirety of the work. The NCCI does include provisions for circumstances where unbundling is appropriate. The program also incorporates Medically Unlikely Edits (MUE) to earmark claims that are logically unlikely to be correct, such as the removal of more than one gall bladder or other age, gender and time considerations.

When the NCCI identifies an edit as optional, providers can add the -59 modifier to bypass the edit. However, the inappropriate use of this modifier is rampant. Research from the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program indicated that the -59 modifier was responsible for $770 million in errors in 2013.

Some payers and providers prefer to limit or entirely avoid the use of NCCI edits for the sake of simplifying verification, but this practice creates a perception of sloppiness at best, or fraud at worst. Given the proliferation of electronic medical records, there's no longer a reasonable excuse to skirt the value of represented savings and promotion of integrability of the medical claim, especially when AmeriVeri provides a seamless, effective process for utilization of the National Correct Coding Initiative.

AmeriVeri's line-by-line verification meets all the methodological benchmarks outlined by the CMS. The process catches an average of 2 or 3 errors per 100 lines – even after those same lines have passed through the payer's in-house error-catching mechanisms. With an unlimited verification capacity, AmeriVeri estimates the total applicable claims volume to exceed $680 billion per year.

AmeriVeri's proprietary SaaS solution does not replace any existing system; there's no software to install or learn. Instead, payers submit batches of medical claims via an encrypted SFTP transmission. AmeriVeri then returns a detailed report on all errors identified in one hour or less. Ultimately, the system empowers providers to focus on their patients, gives payers confidence in the integrity of medical code reporting, and saves employers money via accurate medical claims processing.

About AmeriVeri

AmeriVeri CR, LLC was founded in 2010, and fee options include Percentage of Savings and Flat Rate. The company is privately held with offices in Greenwood, Indiana, and Chicago, Illinois, and provides nationwide services in the Major Medical, Workers' Comp and Medicaid arenas.