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(TNS) - Safety compliance at bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues will be checked in the wake of the Orlando massacre under a Suffolk County, NY., police and town initiative expected to be announced Friday.

Police and officials in the five western Suffolk towns will look for violations of occupancy limits and safety regulations, including blocked exits and potential fire hazards, according to a police news release.

“Overcrowding and limited exit access may lead to be a contributing factor to injury or death of patrons, especially in the event of a fire, active shooter or other emergency,” police said in the news release Thursday night.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/After-Orlando-massacre-Suffolk-cops-plan-safety-enforcement.html

Enterprise workloads are moving to the cloud at a steady pace, and there is little doubt that before too long most infrastructure will reside primarily off-premises. But does this mean the local data center is doomed?

In a way, yes, but that doesn’t mean organizations will have zero server and storage capabilities on-premises. Rather, it means that whatever does remain will be much smaller and much less obtrusive than today’s spacious, rack-filled rooms, and it will require less hands-on maintenance and operational expertise.

First, some numbers. According to the Uptime Institute, half of senior enterprise executives now believe the majority of production workloads will reside in the cloud or at colocation facilities by 2020. One of the leading drivers is the need for agility in both developmental and operational capabilities as organizations transition to app-driven, digital-facing business models – something that legacy data centers cannot provide without a series of costly upgrades. At the same time, these forces are leading to increased automation of the data environment, which is more readily available in the cloud than at home.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/is-the-data-center-not-long-for-the-enterprise.html

Britain has been rocked by the EU referendum result and the implications of what it means in the long term are yet to be seen. In the short term we can see that the Pound has crashed to pre-1985 levels, Scotland is likely to leave the UK (taking close to 10% of the country's total GDP with it), estate agents are predicting a 20% drop in house prices across the country and rumours abound of Morgan Stanley already moving 2,000 jobs abroad.

With David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, resigning after calling the referendum in the first place, the country is also facing leadership issues in what seems like an increasingly dark time for the country.

There is considerable anger for those under 50 too (who will be impacted the hardest and for the longest), with voting data showing that the vast majority voted remain whilst the majority over that age voted to leave. In a democratic society, this is simply something that is always necessary, even if it seems unfair on those who will bear the brunt of the decision when they didn't agree to it.

In the face of all of this though, there may be a glimmer of light if the new government is willing to use data effectively to create new deals, protocols and laws.

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https://channels.theinnovationenterprise.com/articles/the-importance-of-big-data-after-brexit

One of the oldest arguments for moving enterprise applications to the cloud sounds like something an accountant would like: Cloud services, paid for on a monthly basis, are an operational expense, which is better than the capital expense of building or expanding a data center – a big, expensive, and depreciating real estate asset.

The other big argument is cloud services let you pay only for what you use, which is better than investing in a data center whose capacity will probably be underutilized for the bulk of its useful life.

But what if you can have both of those benefits in your own data center? A new partnership between data center UPS maker Active Power and a Geneva-based company Burland Energy was formed to do just that, but only for UPS systems.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/06/24/conditioned-data-center-power-as-a-service/

PHILADELPHIA – On Thursday, June 23, 2016 the City of Richmond, Virginia unveiled a High Water Mark at Pony Pasture Rapids Park. The marks, also established at Brown’s Island and Great Shiplock Park, show areas where flood water has risen in the past in an effort to raise awareness of flooding and encourage individuals to consider their risk.  

“Whether it is a hurricane or a flood, it only takes one storm to significantly impact our communities,” stated FEMA Region III Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney. “The High Water Mark campaign highlights for us that by being prepared for these events, we can reduce their impact on us and make our communities safer for all.”

The High Water Mark Campaign represents a partnership between FEMA’s High Water Mark Campaign program, the Region III office, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District, the Virginia Silver Jackets, and others to encourage flood awareness and steps individuals, families, and communities should take to protect themselves against future flooding events.

“Flooding is the most prevalent natural disaster in Virginia and we know that many are under-insured against floods,” said VDEM State Coordinator Dr. Jeffrey Stern. “Our goal is to increase preparedness in flood-prone communities. These signs are a constant reminder that major flooding can occur in the Commonwealth and should prompt individuals and businesses to take action, obtain flood insurance and prepare.”

The High Water Mark Campaign is a part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which seeks to increase local communities’ awareness of flooding and flood risks. In addition to signs marking historic flood levels, the campaign seeks to promote continued education and awareness of flooding and to encourage communities to take steps to mitigate their risks. FloodSmart.gov has information on risk and insurance options to help individuals make the best decision for them and their families.

FEMA and VDEM encourage individuals, families and communities to prepare for disasters and take steps to protect themselves from hazards such as floods. More information on the High Water Mark Campaign may be found at http://www.fema.gov/high-water-mark-initiative.

Visit Ready.gov and www.vaemergency.gov for information on flooding and other hazards as well as preparedness information.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at fema.gov/medialibrary and youtube.com/fema. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3.

PHILADELPHIAResidents of the City of Baltimore, Maryland have received a reduction in their flood insurance premiums through implementation of floodplain management measures encouraged by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) oversees the NFIP, which administers a program called the Community Rating System (CRS). The CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed minimum NFIP requirements. The program includes 10 different class rating levels based on the number and type of activities voluntarily initiated by the participating community. Each level corresponds to a percentage discount on National Flood Insurance policy premiums within the municipality.

“The CRS program provides a strong incentive for communities to take flood risk reduction into their own hands,” stated FEMA Region III Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney. “Mitigation actions that reduce the impact of future floods on communities are to be championed, and the City of Baltimore has taken strong steps in this direction.”

As a member of the CRS, the City of Baltimore is within an elite group of 14 Maryland communities that have received this recognition. With the continued steps taken by the City of Baltimore to protect its citizens and increase its resiliency, it has entered the Community Rating System program as a Class 5 participant. The Class 5 rating qualifies eligible National Flood Insurance Program policy holders in floodprone areas an average of $213 savings on their annual premium. In total, entry into the program accounts for a total savings of over $400,000 annually for citizens of Baltimore.

Under the CRS, local officials are asked to meet three goals: (1) reduce flood losses; (2) facilitate accurate insurance rating; and (3) promote the awareness of flood insurance. Communities can earn a CRS rating by submitting an application explaining the projects they have in place or development. Once the information is verified and approved, FEMA provides flood insurance premium discounts through the NFIP. The amount of a property owner's policy discount is based on the community’s CRS rating.

For each class that a community moves up to, it provides its residents with an additional 5% reduction in their flood insurance premiums up to the 45% reduction that a Class 1 community receives. As a Class 5 community, the City of Baltimore enables its residents to receive a 25% reduction on eligible flood insurance premiums.

For information about flood insurance, property owners should contact their insurance agent, visit floodsmart.gov, or call the NFIP's toll-free information line at 800-427-4661. To learn more about the CRS, visit floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/crs/community_rating_system.jsp.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at fema.gov/medialibrary and youtube.com/fema. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3.

Girls Scouts San Diego finds the combination of Backblaze B2 and CloudBerry Backup to be the perfect combination of ease of use, price, and performance

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Today, Backblaze and CloudBerry Lab announced the immediate availability of CloudBerry Backup for Windows Server with support for Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage 1.0. Backblaze B2, similar to Amazon S3 or Microsoft Azure, allows you to store unlimited data in the cloud, but for 1/4th the cost: $0.005 GB/month for storage with zero upload fees. CloudBerry Backup users will now, just by choosing Backblaze B2 as their cloud storage destination, be able to save up to 75% off their current cloud storage bill. This means that small mid-sized businesses (SMBs) who struggle with antiquated tape backup systems or are just paying too much for cloud storage now have a Windows Server backup solution that is both easy to use and amazingly affordable.

Guy Fisher, a Windows Server Administrator for Girls Scouts San Diego is an early adopter of the combined solution. Non-profit organizations, just like (SMBs), are faced with protecting the organization’s data with a limited budget. Guy created an automated process to have CloudBerry capture and encrypt daily file server backups and move them off-site to the Backblaze B2 cloud where he has immediate access to the files whenever he needs them. This solution replaced an aging and laborious LTO tape backup process Guy described as a “pain in the butt.” The cloud storage savings provided by Backblaze B2 allowed Guy to create and champion a solution that not only did the job, it met his fiduciary responsibility to Girl Scouts San Diego to spend the organization’s funds wisely.

The combination of Backblaze B2 and CloudBerry lets Windows Server administrators confidently simplify their server backup process while significantly reducing their costs,” said Gleb Budman, Co-founder and CEO of Backblaze, he continued, “it has been a pleasure to partner with Cloudberry for the launch of B2, we look forward to working together in the future.”

"We are thrilled to partner with Backblaze to support their new B2 Cloud Storage,” said Alex Serkov, CTO at CloudBerry Lab. “Right out of the gate, small and medium-sized businesses can experience the significant advantages of powerful and easy-to-use CloudBerry Backup for Windows Server with the secure, and cost-effective cloud storage from Backblaze,” said Alex Serkov, CTO at CloudBerry Lab.

In addition to being cost effective, the solution is incredibly easy for CloudBerry customers to setup and use, here’s how it works:

  1. Create a new Backblaze B2 account or use an existing one.

  2. In CloudBerry Backup set B2 as the cloud storage location.

  3. Data is encrypted and backed up by CloudBerry from the source instance to the customer’s B2 account.

  4. Data is restored and decrypted via CloudBerry from B2.

To learn more about this Windows Server backup solution please visit https://www.backblaze.com/b2/partner-cloudberry.html.

About Backblaze

Backblaze delivers astonishingly easy and low-cost cloud storage and cloud backup services.  Their B2 Cloud Storage platform, at just  $0.005/GB/month, offers developers and IT professionals the lowest cost cloud storage anywhere on the planet - less than 1/4th the cost of all leading providers.  Their award-winning Cloud Backup solution, for individual and business users, is just $50/year/computer for unlimited, automatic data backup.  Today Backblaze securely stores over 200 petabytes of data, has recovered over 12 billion files for customers, generates double-digit millions in annual revenue, is profitable, and is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the US. For more information on Backblaze please visit www.backblaze.com.

About CloudBerry Lab

Established in 2008 by a group of experienced IT professionals, CloudBerry Lab™ provides cross-platform cloud-based backup to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). CloudBerry Lab’s offerings include powerful, easy-to-use backup management capabilities and military-grade encryption using customer-controlled keys. Customers can choose to store their backup data with more than 20 online storage providers, including B2 from Backblaze, Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. CloudBerry also partners with thousands of VARs and MSPs to provide them with turnkey, white-label data protection services. For more information please visit www.cloudberrylab.com. Follow us on Twitter at @cloudberrylab.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – 3TL Technologies Corp. (TSX VENTURE: TTM) announced today that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Fandango Rewards to license its 3 Tier Logic Platform3 technology (http://3tierlogic.com/company) for use in Fandango Rewards (http://fandangorewards.com) consumer promotion programs throughout the United States.

Robert Craig, the Chief Executive Officer of 3TL Technologies, Corp. co-founded the company with the mission to disrupt and revolutionize how brands use the Internet and social media to engage consumers.

Fandango Rewards will use multiple modules of Platform3 including Receipt Scanning and Validation (Optical Character Recognition technology), Data Capture and Analytics, and proof-of-purchase tracking, which together will enable consumers to enter retail promotions by taking a photo of retail purchase receipts (and other printed collateral), and uploading the receipt image and other information into an online promotion form, via text or web-based microsite.

"We couldn't be happier than to work with Fandango Rewards on an endeavor such as this and we are looking forward to demonstrating the unique capabilities and differentiation of our technology through this relationship," said Robert Craig, Chief Executive Officer of 3TL Technologies.  "We are also looking forward to continue building our working relationship, and our technologies, with Fandango Rewards for many years to come."

About Fandango Rewards
Fandango Rewards is the business-to-business sales and marketing unit of Fandango, a leading digital destination for all things movies. As a rewards and incentives provider, Fandango Rewards programs are customized for each individual brand promotion.  Promotional codes from Fandango Rewards enable consumer brands and services to offer their customers and employees incentives for movie tickets, mobile downloads, eGift Cards and Visa Rewards Virtual Accounts accepted at millions of merchant locations, and e-commerce sites nationwide.  The Fandango Rewards portfolio begins with the industry's premier promotional movie ticket, with access to seating at more than 36,000 screens nationwide.

About 3TL Technologies Corp.
3TL Technologies Corp. owns 3 Tier Logic and its proprietary Platform3, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) consumer marketing platform.  Platform3 is used by consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and their marketing agencies to engage shoppers through their mobile device, to influence their purchasing decisions, to activate mobile and online promotions, to verify proof-of-purchase, and to gather in-depth data about consumer purchase behaviors.

Platform3 encompasses proprietary consumer engagement strategies and technology modules including Digital Promotions, Receipt Scanning and Validation, Rewards and Gamification, Loyalty, Consumer-to-Consumer Sharing, Coupon Distribution, Product Recommendation Engine, Data Capture and Analytics.

For more information, visit 3tltechcorp.com.

For additional information about the company please visit www.sedar.com. The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has in no way passed upon the merits of the transaction and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release contains forward-looking information, which involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual events to differ materially from current expectation. Important factors -- including the availability of funds and the results of financing efforts -- that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations are disclosed in the Company's documents filed from time to time on SEDAR (see www.sedar.com). Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation, except to the extent required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

New Archive2Azure Simplifies Long-term Unstructured Data Retention for Regulatory Compliance and Litigation Preparedness - Speeding the Move to the Cloud
 
NEW YORK Archive360TM, the leading provider of email archive migration software, today announced Archive2AzureTM, the industry's first regulatory compliance storage solution optimized for the Microsoft Azure platform. With infinite scalability, the new product delivers long-term, secure retention of unstructured data including journal email for regulatory compliance and litigation preparedness, file system work files, individual PSTs, system generated reports, and all the other unstructured data floating around the enterprise. This capability provides organizations a fast and seamless way to speed their move to the cloud by enabling the elimination of their costly on-premises unstructured data silos, including their cumbersome and expensive legacy archive systems.
 
The cloud has quickly become the preferred option for companies to help reverse the growing issues associated with ever-expanding on-premises legacy email archives for regulatory compliance and eDiscovery as well as the unstructured file system storage. In fact, according to Osterman Research, migration of content from existing email archives and migration of content from PSTs were tied as the top capabilities needed to support migration to Microsoft Office 365TM.
 
"The ability to migrate archived data to the cloud in order to eliminate scalability and performance limitations inherent in legacy archiving systems, while at the same time improving legal and regulatory capabilities, is essential," said Michael Osterman, Principal Analyst with Osterman Research. "Any organization migrating their archives to the cloud in general, or Microsoft Office 365 in particular, should evaluate and seriously consider Archive360's platform for doing so."
 
With aging systems that cannot scale to accommodate the exponential rise in capacity and usage, organizations are seeing an increased risk and cost for eDiscovery processes and mounting regulatory compliance exposure. Added to this, legacy systems continue to negatively affect end-user productivity to the point where business performance is impacted.
 
"Our file system and archiving storage resources were growing at a staggering rate, driving management costs and hardware consumption through the roof," said Tom Gardner, CEO, Lion's Tail. "By using Archive2Azure we were able to quickly and compliantly migrate our unstructured data to a much lower cost cloud infrastructure. Now we have confidence that we can scale as needed to retain all of our valuable data without risking compliance exposure."
 
With the release of Archive2Azure, Archive360 is delivering the first complete solution to enable companies to fully move their unstructured and low touch data to the cloud by eliminating legacy email archives, including journal data, free-range PSTs, and other unmanaged data with the ability to migrate their data to Office 365 and Microsoft Azure in a legally defensible manner. The platform currently offers a total of 11 connectors (with more being added every quarter) - including new connectors for MessageOne, AXS-One, MX Logic, ArchiveOne/C2C and Gwava - for seamless and efficient legacy email archive migration to the cloud. This high performance solution delivers complete migration of unstructured data including file and email data as well as free-range PST files, and ensures a legally defensible migration while taking advantage of the low cost benefits of the Microsoft Azure cloud.
 
Archive2Azure offers the following key features:
  • Cost-Effective Compliance Storage - Based on affordable Azure infrastructure, Archive2Azure supports a legally defensible migration with full chain-of-custody, data fidelity, and on-going disposition. Furthering the cost savings, the solution is offered as a subscription model without start-up or cancellation fees. No additional hardware is required and the professional services installation is free of charge.
  • Real-Time On Demand Indexing - Archive2Azure is fully integrated with Azure Search and offers search on demand with policy-driven data scoping.
  • Native eDiscovery Functionality - Archive2Azure delivers a secure, long-term legal repository with case management and legal production. Integrated with Power BI it offers a scalable eDiscovery engine with integrated analytics.
 
"Today's regulatory compliance requirements require the long-term retention of unstructured data and email, however legacy systems make this requirement both costly and cumbersome," said Bob DeSteno, CEO, Archive360. "Using innovative migration technology, we're changing the dynamics of email archives and other unstructured data by enabling the cost-effective long term retention and management for low-touch 'grey' data that is largely inactive but for various reasons, needs to be retained. Based on the Microsoft Azure cloud, it's the only affordable, secure and scalable solution that completely eliminates costly legacy systems while minimizing risk."
 
Archive360 is a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider. The Archive2Azure solution is Microsoft Azure Certified and is offered as a consumption-based pricing model available through an expanding ecosystem of channel partners and will be available on July 1. For more information, please visit: http://www.Archive360.com.
 
About Archive360
Archive360TM is the market leader in email archive migration software, successfully migrating more than 12 petabytes of data for more than 500 organizations worldwide since 2012. The company's flagship product, Archive2AnywhereTM, is the only solution in the market purpose-built to deliver consistently fast, trouble-free, predictable archive migrations, with verifiable data fidelity and defensible chain of custody reporting. A global organization, Archive360 delivers its solutions through a network of specialist partners.
 

FAIRFAX, Va. — The County of Dutchess, NY has awarded Federal Engineering, Inc. (FE) a contract to survey the current and varied two-way radio systems in use by Public Safety and Public Service entities in the County. The goal of this project is to catalog existing systems, assess their performance, gather end-user feedback, and make recommendations for future system improvements.

Mr. Dana Smith, Commissioner of Emergency Response, said: “The Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response (DER) is the lead entity for this project. Through DC 911, we provide primary dispatch services to 36 of the 37 Fire Departments in the County, 14 police agencies including the New York State Police, 3 commercial ambulance services, and 1 independent volunteer EMS agency. We were looking for a firm that can deal with this level of complexity and also understands the unique environment of our region. DER developed a comprehensive request for proposals and received multiple bids. Federal Engineering submitted a superior proposal and was selected to support this project.”

Mr. Ronald F. Bosco, FE’s President and CEO, described the project: “Federal Engineering will complete the following tasks:

  • Survey and catalog all County communications assets including fixed, mobile and portable two-way radio equipment for Public Safety and Public Service Agencies.
  • Develop a web-based survey to gather the current and future needs of systems users.
  • Meet with each County agency to assess desires for the future systems.
  • Make recommendations relating to future system enhancements to support County operations.

In addition, FE will present information describing the current standards and requirements for interoperability as well as the future of first responder communications. Information on SAFECOM, NYSIC Plan and FirstNet will also be included.”

Federal Engineering is a leading, nationwide firm providing analysis, design, procurement, and implementation support for NG911, PSAPs, ECCs, and EOCs. These services complement FE’s wide range of consulting services in public safety and public service communications involving LTE as well as traditional VHF, UHF, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 4.9GHz mobile radio systems. FE also supports FirstNet planning in anticipation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. Since 1983, FE has completed thousands of communications projects for 46 state governments, as well as numerous local and federal government clients.
In addition to its public sector work, Federal Engineering provides design and implementation support services for voice, data, and video networks used in the transportation, utilities, aerospace, finance, education, publishing, and computer services industries. FE’s certified independence ensures that clients receive objective, unbiased consulting services that are not influenced by any particular technology, product, vendor, or approach.

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