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27Feb/140

Exhibition Stand Designers, Quadrant2Design Launch New War on Cost Blog


Poole, Dorset (PRWEB UK) 14 October 2013

Poole based exhibition and design contractors Quadrant2Design have launched a new series of blog articles aimed at exposing the hidden costs passed onto exhibitors by event organisers, contractors and venues.

Written by Design Consultant Chloe Anderton, the new blog series will educate exhibitors on the 'Stealth-Costs' Show Organisers and exhibition Venues, directly and indirectly impose on exhibition stand projects, and show how to avoid or minimise them.

In recent years UK shows have been burdened with increasing costs, mostly as a result of unnecessary regulations and extra costs imposed by venues, trade bodies, show organisers and their 'on-site' contractors.

These costs act as a 'stealth tax' on exhibiting in the UK, as all the costs are passed onto the end customer, exhibitors. As a result the UK exhibition industry is increasingly under effective competition from foreign exhibition destinations who typically impose fewer unnecessary regulations and costs.

Take electrics for instance, where every individual plug socket is charged at up to £120. Recently, a minor change in a BSA guideline resulted in increased electrical inspection costs. Unfortunately this has little effect on the safety of the exhibition stands but only increases costs for exhibitors.

Chloe Anderton said: “It seems that UK exhibitors are at breaking point with the absurd cost of stand electricals. I believe we're at the point now where exhibitors are actually voting with their feet, and choosing to take their exhibiting overseas”.

Likewise, organisers have in recent years begun imposing extremely short build-up and break-down deadlines on exhibition contractors. Whereas in other European countries contractors can work 24 hours, UK halls sometimes require large exhibitions to be completely assembled in a single day between 8am and 6pm.

For large shows with numerous exhibition stands this means contractors inevitably have to use significantly more workforce labour to get the job done on time. Again this only has the effect of inflating costs for the exhibitor.

So while Show Organisers benefit from lower venue cost, the exhibitor simply pays extra.

Managing Director of Quadrant2Design, Alan Jenkins, said: “We can’t understand why these stealth costs are being imposed on UK exhibitors. We would understand if there was a genuine safety, or other sensible reason, but all too often there isn’t. It’s not fair on our customers, and we are going to do our best to help our customers avoid or offset these costs being imposed on them”

“Unfortunately we can’t change the rules, but we can point out the flaws and hope Organiser and Venues see sense.”

To help with costs, Quadrant2Design will often work with customers to design an electrics plan to reduce usage. Other popular solutions are for customers to ‘self build’ their Prestige Events System stand. The modular stand is easy to assemble, so removes installation costs. Lastly customers can take advantage of Quadrant2Design’s popular ‘free hire’ scheme, whereby they only pay for the graphics they use, not the hire of the exhibition kit. This has been found to save around 20% to 30% on costs.

Chloe comments: "This new Blog campaign will focus on beating these costs, or if you can't beat them, minimise them as much as possible"

You can view the first entry to the blog here, with more to follow:

Quadrant2Design's 'War on Cost'

Any exhibitors looking for further advice on cost, please do get in contact with a Quadrant2Design Design Consultant via: phone +44 (0)1202 650 333 or email designteam(@)quadrant2design.com







24Jan/140

FORETHOUGHT.net Offers Full Cabinets in Its Type II SSAE 16/SOC Audited Downtown Denver Data Center at a Third of the Traditional Cost


Denver, CO (PRWEB) November 26, 2013

FORETHOUGHT.net announces today that it provides full cabinet colocation in downtown Denver with 10M fiber broadband included in its package for thirty three percent under current market. Its offerings include cloud IaaS services which can be incorporated in the package to increase the performance of each server. Its product offering can be a stand alone or packaged with a suite of communication offerings such as cloud IaaS, firewall protection, hosted VoIP, hosted fax and internet broadband.

The FORETHOUGHT.net vision is to provide the tools to our community to have the enterprise solutions to compete in a global market. It completed its Type II SSAE 16/SOC for its data center to ensure its customers the security needed for all types of compliance. "We are pleased that our Type II SSAE 16/SOC 1SM report has shown that we have the appropriate controls in place to mitigate risks related to the data center services we are providing to our customers,” said Jawaid Bazyar, President of FORETHOUGHT.net. “The importance of this audit demonstrates our commitment to security and quality in delivering excellence in cloud hosting, voice, and data services for our customers.”

Its state-of-the-art data center provides high–density cloud hosting, N+1 redundant CRAC, true A/B power & redundant A/B UPS systems, cold aisle/hot aisle architecture, 24/7 secure access at all times (computer-controlled magnetic card-key security system). Each package is complete with burstable and dedicated network options, stable monitored cooling, no reoccurring vendor cross-connect fees, TLS and MPLS network connectivity, disaster recovery and the ability to turn servers into a highly maximized cloud IaaS server. All of this comes with FORETHOUGHT.net competitive pricing customized to the needs of each client so customers only pay for what they use.

FORETHOUGHT.net customers can typically save over thirty-three percent on a full cabinet, reduce latency issues and now receive 10M fiber broadband as part of the package. We continue to explore ways to ensure that enterprises at any size can maximize their IT infrastructure. Our decision to provide full cabinets starting at $ 600 is one of the many ways we do what we can to serve Colorado businesses,” said Jawaid Bazyar.

To learn more about what to expect from your colocation provider, check out our Top 10 Items to Expect From Your Colocation Provider list. (http://success.forethought.net/top-10-items-to-expect-from-your-colocation-provider). To learn more about the FORETHOUGHT.net offering, check out our product sheets on cloud hosting and colocation.

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About FORETHOUGHT.net

Since 1995, FORETHOUGHT.net is one of Colorado’s largest independent locally owned internet, cloud and communications service provider with offices in Denver, Grand Junction and Durango, offering a portfolio of enterprise-level cloud hosting, colocation, Internet, voice and data solutions. The Denver Business Journal ranked FORETHOUGHT.net as a Top 15 Telecommunications Company and a Top 15 Internet Service Provider. ColoradoBIZ Magazine listed it as one of Colorado's Top 250 Private Companies. BBB.org accredited A+ member.

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13Oct/130

Educators in High-Performing Schools Make Curriculum Available At No Cost Through Activate Instruction

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 07, 2013

Teachers and students can now access curriculum uploaded by educators in high-performing schools resources that can be linked with any school systems assessment data thanks to a free technology platform called Activate Instruction, the Girard Education Foundation announced today.

Activate Instruction is an open platform where teachers can browse, search, rate, add, share, and organize their favorite Common Core-aligned resources, and put them together in personalized playlists for students. Parents and students can follow sets of resources teachers have prescribed, or search for the ones they like best.

Activate provides access to grade 6-12 curriculum, soon expanding to K-12, in nearly all subject areas, including math, English, and science. The current content has been largely built and published by Summit Public Schools in the San Francisco Bay area and High Tech High in San Diego, high-performing public schools giving their curriculum away at no cost.

This fall, dozens of school systems nationwide plan to use the platform the only free content aggregation system in existence that enables teachers to personalize instruction, because the technology allows curricular resources to link electronically to any school systems student achievement data management systems.

As a former teacher, I am excited to see Activate Instruction which is essentially a curricular Wikipedia provide teachers with a new type of professional community, where they can easily find and share high-quality lessons, said Michele Hansen, president of the Girard Education Foundation, whose philanthropic support will enable teachers and parents to access the platform at no cost. Activate helps students learn in a fun, personalized and effective way.

A rapidly growing resource platform that has already been accessed by more than 35,000 educators, Activate now includes more than 10 years of proven curricular materials, including many that have been endorsed by educators through peer review.

Summits curriculum helped enable Summit schools to consistently rank amongst the best in California, with Summits flagship school ranked amongst the top 100 best high schools in the nation, and 96 percent of Summit graduates accepted to at least one four-year college or university. Similarly, High Tech Highs curriculum contributed to the schools success in sending 98 percent of graduates to go onto college, even though more than a third is first-generation college students.

A students learning should never be constrained because of lack of access to great resources, said Diane Tavenner, founder & CEO of Summit Public Schools. Activate ensures that at all times, all students can connect with high-quality curriculum and learning. We believe that once Activate is in the hands of every teacher and student, our nations public schools can make significant gains.

This fall, the entire Summit Public Schools network, including nearly 100 teachers and 1,600 students, will use Activate Instruction. The Activate Instruction platform was iterated upon after Summit piloted it this past year in two schools and provided student and teacher feedback.

Teachers who are using Activate Instruction report that the platform allows them to quickly and easily find quality curriculum and drill it down into manageable lessons that meet individual student needs. The website includes playlists and resources like worksheets, lesson plans, graphic organizers, pictures, videos, websites, power points and assessments. Parents and teachers can also follow teacher playlists, and teachers can work through online communities to build and share what works.

Like all teachers, my incredibly diverse students have varying passions, interests and learning needs, said Kevin Bock, a high school teacher at Summits Everest Public High School in Redwood City, Calif. In a single playlist on Activate, my students can now choose from a host of learning resources based on their individual needs or explore completely different material across separate playlists. I can personalize instruction in a way Ive never been able to do before.

Schools nationwide with a range of student achievement levels and demographics are preparing this fall to join Summit and High Tech High schools in using Activate, including school districts across California in Sanger, Tustin, Cotati-Rohnert Park, Morongo, Moreno Valley, Old Adobe, North Monterey County, some KIPP schools nationwide, Intrinsic Schools in Chicago and Heritage Digital Academy charter school in Escondido, Calif.

Activate Instruction has been instrumental in our districts efforts to increase instructional rigor and better align our curriculum to the Common Core standards - its been a catalyst for our transition to the CCSS, said Elizabeth Kaufman, assistant superintendent, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, Calif.

Large school districts today are putting out multi-million dollar bids for technology to prepare for the Common Core expensive bets that could, in large part, be satisfied by Activate Instruction for free, noted Hansen.

Activate Instruction was created over the last two years by educators, supported by a partnership among Illuminate Education, Inc., which designed and built the technology; Summit Public Schools; the Girard Education Foundation; and, The Alvo Institute.

We came together to create Activate when we all independently realized that no single platform existed that would both allow educators to use, create and share high-quality content across all grades and subjects while, at the same time, allow educators to select content based on student performance data, and even generate new resource-specific data, like student and educator rankings of various resources, said Lane Rankin, president and CEO of Illuminate Education, Inc. and 1994 Educator of the Year, according to the California League of Middle Schools.

School systems using student data assessment management systems such as Illuminate, which is used by more than 100,000 education professionals today across 4,500 schools and school systems, can use Activate Instruction to locate proven, standards-aligned curriculum aligned to student needs according to assessments and drill it down to meet individual student learning needs, at no cost. This is because the Activate Instruction technology is designed to be capable of connecting with any student data assessment or content provider through a public application programming interface.

About Activate Instruction

Activate Instruction is a free, open technology platform funded and managed by the nonprofit Girard Education Foundation. Through providing teachers and schools with high-quality educational resources tailored to individual student needs, the foundation hopes to enable every student to have a personally enriching learning experience that prepares him or her to succeed in life. To learn more about Activate Instruction, read Frequently Asked Questions and visit: Activate Instruction.

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Erica Lepping

Larson Communications

(310) 594-6880

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Larson Communications

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22Sep/130

Reduce the Cost of Delivering Exceptional Customer Service with the Latest Edition of Enghouse Interactive Communications Portal


Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) June 04, 2013

Enghouse Interactive, developer of the most comprehensive portfolio of interaction management solutions, announces the release of Communications Portal v9.0 (formerly Syntellect Communications Portal / Envox Communications Development Platform). A continuing evolution of the customer self-service experience, the latest release of this industry-leading IVR platform offers new features and improved performance and density, empowering organizations to create dynamic and flexible automated voice solutions that improve customer engagement and reduce the overall cost of delivering an exceptional customer experience.

Development enhancements to Enghouse Interactive Communications Portal v9.0 include:


Multi-Engine Architecture: The ability to partition channels into multiple processes instead of a single engine, increasing the scalability, reliability and resiliency with a 2X increase in performance and density.
Call Reconnect: Enables an automatic engine restart based on a pre-defined schedule or specific conditions with all telephone connections maintained and no lost calls.
VoiceXML Studio: A graphical development environment that is used as an alternative to writing code is now a component of Communications Portal.
Enhanced Console Security: Strength control meter displays the quality of the password entered and enforces new password strength requirements.
Development Environment Enhancements and Updates: Enhanced support for CCXML 1.0, redundant ASR servers, resource pooling and dynamic ASR allocations, et al.

Enghouse Interactive is committed to helping our users improve customer engagement while reducing the cost of those interactions. Communications Portal v9.0 provides a robust, standards-based voice and messaging application platform that enables more rapid development and deployment of dynamic self-service applications that help us deliver on that commitment, said J.R. Sloan, product director, Enghouse Interactive. To align our vast portfolio of offerings towards a common Enghouse Interactive brand, Communications Portal will be rebranded in the v9.0 release from its current nomenclature of Syntellect Communication Portal.

Enghouse Interactive Communications Portal is an open, standards-based platform with integrated application development and management components that significantly reduce the time, cost and complexity of deploying voice and IP communications solutions. Beyond traditional IVR, Communications Portal combines the industrys most complete support for IP communication, including voice, video, SMS, and email messaging with comprehensive support for traditional voice communication.

To learn more or schedule a Communications Portal demo, please visit http://www.enghouseinteractive.com.

About Enghouse Interactive

Enghouse Interactive delivers technology and expertise to maximize the value of every customer interaction. The Company develops the most comprehensive portfolio of interaction management solutions. Core technologies include contact center, attendant console, IVR and call recording solutions that support any telephony environment, on-premise or in the cloud. Enghouse Interactive has thousands of customers worldwide, supported by a global network of partners and more than 700 dedicated staff across the companys international operations.

Enghouse Interactive is a subsidiary of Enghouse Systems Limited, a software and services company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol "ESL." Founded in 1984, Enghouse Systems is a consistently profitable company, which has grown both organically and through the acquisition of well-regarded specialists including Arc, CosmoCom, Datapulse, Syntellect, Telrex, Trio and Zeacom. Learn more at http://www.enghouseinteractive.com.

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Bruce Petillo

Enghouse Interactive

phone: 602.789.2755

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8Jan/130

Optimizing Speed to Market, Cost, Stability and Battery Life

Newnan, GA (PRWEB) August 14, 2006

When AOL created its AOL Wireless division recently, the goal was extending interactive services to mobile devices, simplifying, and promoting their usage. To further this end, Paul R. Nash AOL Wireless' Chief Architect, who oversees hardware and software design for cell phones and other wireless devices, proactively searched for a way to expedite the design cycle while minimizing any inadvertent engineering bugs.

The Cost of Flawed Design

"We build software for devices that have to run all day, every day," says Nash. "People get really upset if their phone crashes, their wireless device won't access the network, or their battery dies. Getting stability and power consumption as perfect as possible is critically important."

"On top of this, the challenge is to satisfy market demand for new portable devices better, faster, and cheaper in ever shorter design cycles," adds Nash. "At stake is hitting national product launch dates that could involve millions of dollars in marketing, cross promotion, inventory, and opportunity costs."

According to Nash, it's common for engineers in the industry to rush to meet cost and launch dates, only to sacrifice stability or battery life. Though executives immediately notice when product is late or over budget, customer grumblings or a higher return rate may escape notice until much later. By then engineers are often working on the next iteration, and original design flaws remain.

"If the same flawed base design is used across multiple product lines, the cost of product instability and short battery life rises," says Nash. "Because you're usually stuck with design flaws for a while and want to minimize support or potential recall costs, you've got to get design right from the start. That requires powerful, proactive engineering tools."

Previously, the company had used a simple four-channel digital oscilloscope to verify and troubleshoot voltage and time elements of component design. But the oscilloscope had significant drawbacks.

"If we zoomed out enough to capture a good slice of time on the protocol, when we zoomed in we wouldn't have enough data points to distinguish the wave forms or decode bits," says Nash. "The triggering wasn't quite right, the bandwidth not sufficient. We were left wondering, 'Does the signal really look like this, or is the probe distorting it?' Trying to look at high speed signals with it was like working with cement gloves on."

Furthermore, the GPIB standard they used to connect their oscilloscope and multimeter provided only limited data and communication speed, while requiring expensive PC card adapters.

Stopping Bugs Before They Hatch

To meet AOL Wireless' expedited design and quality goals, more powerful engineering tools were needed. After thorough research, Nash turned to a SignalExplorer digital oscilloscope from Yokogawa, a leading manufacturer of process, test, and measurement instruments, headquartered near Atlanta, Georgia. For a test trial, he borrowed a digital oscilloscope capable of waveform, logic and protocol analysis of serial data bus types such as I2C and SPI, along with advanced zoom, triggering, and other functions. When Nash put the digital oscilloscope to the test, the payoff was immediate.

AOL Wireless had an auxiliary micro-controller that communicated to a main processor via I2C. Nash was developing firmware for the micro-controller, but the device was going to sleep in the middle of an I2C transaction and hanging the bus. "I'd normally have put a bunch of debugging in my code and tried to figure out where it was hanging the bus," says Nash. "Trying to capture something on the old oscilloscope and guess at what's going on would've taken me at least two days to track the problem down."

"With the Yokogawa digital oscilloscope however, I was able to put probes on the bus, run my test case and, instantly got an analysis of all the bytes that had been sent, received, and where the bus had stopped in a particular state," says Nash. "I spotted the problem, went into the firmware, made one change and it worked perfectly. Including set up, it took just 20 minutes to resolve the I2C transaction problem. Most importantly, I was certain I fixed the actual problem rather than just masking it. Because the digital oscilloscope gave me a perfect view of what was really happening I didn't have to guess at all."

Having saved two days of development time and cost on the single test case while improving stability and power conservation, Nash purchased the digital oscilloscope for AOL Wireless. The company uses the oscilloscope to proactively debug general and custom serial data buses including I2C and SPI, as well as parallel data buses, memory and hard drive formats.

"The digital oscilloscope gives us the flexibility to meet whatever bus design is required," says Nash. "Along with deep memory, logic and protocol analysis, we can scale to capture the signal with as many repetitions or at whatever resolution needed. Combined with advanced triggering and search capabilities, the oscilloscope lets us hone development quickly and cost effectively."

Since the digital oscilloscope can save information via Ethernet to an FTP server and connect to USB peripherals as needed, it's fully accessible over a network. The oscilloscope's automatic bus analysis capability along with its ability to independently run long-term tests and email the results have saved AOL Wireless significant development resources.

"Instead of having to squint and move cursors to figure out the 1s and 0s, the digital oscilloscope provides automatic bus analysis," says Nash. "This saves us a lot of time and effort and is particularly important for I2C and SPI bus analysis. Its ability to set up out of bound criteria is also helpful, especially when running long-term tests for infrequent events like incoming calls or low signal conditions. Because you can set up a test and have it email you the results, it essentially baby-sits your experiment while you move on to other things."

Recently, Nash has used the digital oscilloscope to trigger a sequence of about 50 short commands over a serial bus for a complicated new device. The oscilloscope triggers at the beginning of each of the serial transactions. Not only does it provide a picture of each serial transaction, but also it enables capturing all 50 transactions together and scrolling through them one-by-one later.

"With our old oscilloscope, the triggers came too fast; we couldn't stop at a specific trigger; and we couldn't capture multiple events at the same time due to insufficient memory," says Nash.

"Instead of buying an expensive, dedicated logic analyzer to look at the whole serial protocol we're using the Yokogawa oscilloscope," says Nash. "With it we verified the correct command sequence down to the bit forms within minutes, and confirmed we were programming the peripheral and processor to send the right waveforms."

On another occasion, AOL Wireless had to debug a synchronous digital video signal interface between an LCD and CPU controller. They had to monitor 16 signals including data lines, a clock line, two synch lines, and a control bus; and it was critical to confirm whether data was sent from the CPU in the right format. The process was complicated because the digital video protocol is complex and flexible, meaning that every LCD or other peripheral can have unique timing needs.

"If we wanted to look at the pixel clock or other signals with our old oscilloscope, we would've had to change our bench set up and look at the data in separate groups," says Nash. "But not being able to look at the signals in real-time is like feeling your way in the dark. If you turn on the LCD and it doesn't run, which side is misconfigured? You don't know."

Instead, Nash used the Yokogawa digital oscilloscope to watch and name all 16 signals on screen at the same time. Ample memory allowed capturing a whole frame of data and cursoring around to zoom in on specific parts in question.

"Using the digital oscilloscope we watched an entire frame of video on screen at once and zoomed in on a particular line of video or pixel data as needed," explains Nash. "It integrated the process and was like looking at the forest and the trees. It confirmed the control chip was set up correctly, and helped us figure out all the details of the LCD interface a week earlier than we otherwise would have."

Another time Nash used the digital oscilloscope to debug a memory bus. He had to determine what the drivers were doing and whether there were any termination issues. With the oscilloscope, he determined there were memory corrections and that some vendor documentation was inaccurate. "We wrote to a memory address, read back the values, and the values were different," says Nash. "The oscilloscope showed the truth of the situation regardless of what the documents said. With accurate data, we quickly found a solution."

"On a typical product cycle of about a year, the Yokogawa oscilloscope could save us weeks, even months of development time," concludes Nash. "It can make the difference between hitting a critical launch date like Christmas or missing it. Not only that, but I can't count the number of bugs I've avoided. It has helped to rein in cost, increase stability, and improve battery life -- all pluses for us and the end customer."

For more information on optimally testing, viewing, and analyzing electrical signals for system design and development, contact:

Yokogawa Corporation of America

2 Dart Road, Newnan, GA, 30265

Phone: (770) 253-7000

Fax: (770) 251-2088

Or visit their Web site at: http://www.yokogawa.com/tm.

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20Dec/120

Primary Color Launches at Dine America a New Cost Savings Distributive Print Model and Web-Based Solutions for the Restaurant Industry


Southern California (PRWEB) September 26, 2012

Primary Color, a provider of superior graphic communication products and web-to-print solutions based out of Orange County and Los Angeles County, California, announced today that it launched its new Distributive Print Model at the Dine America show in Atlanta. The company also announced the release of several cutting-edge web-based applications as part of its expanding core software platform PRIMARYCONNECT. Included in the release is Verify, an industry leading, mobile supported POP and restaurant signage profiling and verification tool. The application ensures marketing managers with guaranteed brand compliance including timely and accurate placement of all POP and print materials. The company has recently landed several of the fastest growing 500+ unit fast casual and quick service restaurant operators as a result of these new service enhancements. PRIMARYCONNECT will serve as the web entry point for tens of thousands of restaurants and franchisees to get access to digital assets, restaurant signage, marketing materials and other forms of media. Primary Color provides complete end-to-end brand asset management solutions for large restaurant chains and retailers.

Paul Wartman, Primary Colors Senior Vice President of Franchisor Development spearheaded the Dine America event. He observed that, having been a franchisor in the restaurant industry, it is clear that this new technology will be of great benefit to both the franchisor and franchisee. It provides guaranteed brand integrity while offering significant savings throughout the franchise network.

The new applications will simplify the process of managing the creation, production and distribution of menus, digital signage, POP and local store marketing collateral. Kent Barkouras, Primary Colors Executive Vice President of Enterprise Services and Sales, stated, "the landscape has definitely changed over the last two years. Our new model and services were designed based on specific knowledge we gained by managing the branded assets of leading restaurant chains and retailers over the past several years.

The company introduced a guaranteed minimum 10% savings at the show by using the new model. Our new product and services we announced will greatly enhance the ability for restaurant operators and franchisees to have real-time visibility into their restaurants while also having instant access to their branded materials, Barkouras added.

Primary Color consulted with several senior executives of chain leaders as well as top industry consultants as part of the process to build the industrys best service offering. The company specializes in retail signage, national POP, menu, local store marketing, store profiling and verification, content management, fulfillment and distribution, and supply chain management.

About Primary Color:

Primary Color was established in 1985. A commitment to print innovation and service has positioned Primary as an industry leading, comprehensive provider of world-class marketing communication products and services. By focusing on technology, Primary analyzes traditional workflows, recommends improvements and develops and implements modern, systems-driven, print solutions. Primary provides a turnkey service across all pre-media, print and web-based technologies to simplify marketing execution.Primary has been certified as a G7 Master Printer and is a FSC and 3M certified company. They operate three state-of-the-art facilities in 175,000 square feet.

About PRIMARYCONNECT:

PRIMARYCONNECT is a dedicated service group within the company offering web-based marketing solutions that link corporate marketing, franchisees, dealers or dispersed sales and marketing teams via customized print manufacturing, fulfillment and distribution. With PRIMARYCONNECT, corporate marketers can now execute national print campaigns that conform to brand standards while also providing variable and flexible marketing tools to dispersed users.

For more information, please contact Jeff Peterson jeffpeterson(at)primarycolor.com.

Schedule a demo of PRIMARYCONNECT here.

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25Nov/120

Adult Diapers Go High-Tech for Skin Health and Cost Savings for Long-Term Care Facilities


Neenah, Wis. (PRWEB) October 03, 2012

Sensor technology has been applied to the incontinence products category to create the SmartBrief, an intelligent adult brief, says Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership, a national retailer of incontinence products. It uses a patent-pending sensor and software to alert staff in nursing homes and skilled care centers when an adult diaper needs to be changed.

SmartBrief technology has the potential to reduce facility costs by eliminating unnecessary product changes, and its data tracking capabilities can make it easier to schedule staff and control inventory, Wilson says.

According to Gweepi Medical, the company that created the SmartBrief, using their patent-pending technology will result in cost savings for long-term care facilities and improved skin health for those who wear incontinence products. Wireless technology alerts staff when an incontinence product needs changing, and a user-friendly dashboard records data that administrators can use to track product inventory and operational efficiencies across multiple facilities.

One of its most important benefits to facility residents and their families is the potential for improved skin health, says Wilson. Removing urine and feces as soon as possible can help prevent skin breakdown and injury, increase wearer comfort and reduce urinary tract infections.

Gweepi Medical, based in Cambridge, Mass., and founded by a biomedical engineer and a software developer, is testing SmartBrief technology in a clinical setting and eventually will offer it to brief manufacturers. In addition, the company is researching cost-effective ways to apply the software to the home care setting.

Visit The CareGiver Partnership blog for further reading on incontinence and skin care.

The CareGiver Partnership is a national direct-to-consumer retailer of home healthcare products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, daily living aids, nutrition support and more. In its sixth year of providing products and services that help caregivers and loved ones maintain personal dignity, the company also offers an online library of more than 1,200 family caregiver resources and personal service by experts in caregiving. Call 1-800-985-1353 or visit http://www.caregiverpartnership.com.







20Nov/120

Free IVF and Low Cost IVF from Fertility Clinics Worldwide

(PRWEB) September 30, 2012

An IVF blog published by Abbott Systems lists IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) deals at Fertility Clinics in the U.S. and worldwide. The IVF blog is updated daily with free IVF, low cost IVF and discount IVF offerings. It includes IVF cycles, IVF seminars, IVF consultations and more.

Fertility Clinics can get their IVF offers listed in the blog by emailing Abbott Systems at:

abbottsystems(at)gmail(dot)com

The Blog can be seen here:

Free IVF http://www.ivf-free.com/

Abbott Systems has over 10 years experience marketing Fertility Clinics on the Web.

Their IVF blog was started because of a major need to help patients afford IVF. In Vitro Fertilization is an effective high-tech Fertility Treatment, but costs can be high in many countries. In the U.S. IVF is often not covered by insurance, so cost effective ways to get IVF are critical. Also, the cost of an IVF cycle is even higher due to medications. A typical cycle costs around $ 8,000 in the U.S. and medications can add an additional $ 2,000 or $ 3,000. The blog addresses many options to get lower priced IVF and medications. Clinics worldwide are using the blog to publicize their pricing offers.

Abbott Systems Inc.

Pleasantville, NY 10570, USA

Tel: 914-747-3116

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9Oct/120

Low Cost ZX Microcontroller Now Shipping

Beaverton, OR (PRWEB) January 21, 2009

Elba Corporation announced today the first shipments of the newest member of the powerful multi-tasking ZX microcontroller family intended for use by scientists, engineers, experimenters, hobbyists and other embedded systems developers. The new device, designated ZX-328n, is provided in a standard 28-pin (300 mil) DIP package. A few additional components (e.g. crystal, serial level converter) are required for device operation. All ZX-series microcontrollers are programmed in ZBasic, a subset of Microsoft's Visual Basic (VB6) with microcontroller-specific extensions and other productivity enhancements.

The ZX-328n is the newest member of a series of ZX devices that operate in "native" mode, meaning that the user's ZBasic program is compiled to native machine code for the underlying microcontroller, in this case the Atmel ATmega328P MCU. This is in contrast to other ZX family members that use the "virtual machine" model (also known as the interpreter model). According to Donald Kinzer, president of Elba Corp., "the native mode devices run applications faster and allow programmers ultimate control over the device while still benefiting from the ease of use and rapid application development capabilities of the ZBasic language." The new ZX-328n is largely source code compatible with the previously released ZX family members.

The ZX-328n is intended for entry-level users and for simpler applications that can be implemented in the available 30K of code space, 2K of RAM and requiring 16 I/O lines or fewer. The single unit pricing of the ZX-328n is $ 9.95. Volume pricing is available.

The ZBasic programming language is a subset of Microsoft's Visual Basic (VB6) language with extensions suitable for microcontroller programming. The ZBasic compiler can detect common programming defects such as use of a variable before its initialization and other likely errors. The compiler incorporates advanced optimization techniques that help programmers pack more functionality into the available code and data spaces by, for example, eliminating unused or superfluous variables and unreachable code.

Programs for the ZX-328n may be edited, compiled and downloaded using a state-of-the-art Integrated Development Environment. The ZBasic IDE provides productivity-enhancing features such as word completion, call tips, auto-indenting, syntax highlighting and undo/redo.

More information and a free download of the installer for the compiler, IDE and documentation are available at http://www.zbasic.net.

ZBasic, ZX-24, ZX-24a, ZX-24p, ZX-24n, ZX-40, ZX-40a, ZX-40p, ZX-40n, ZX-44, ZX-44a, ZX-44p, ZX-44n, ZX-328n, ZX-1281, ZX-1281n, ZX-1280, ZX-1281n and Elba are trademarks of Elba Corp. Other product or service names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners

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