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Continuum GRC's IT Audit Machine (ITAM) RegTech solution helps organizations and service providers slash compliance costs with its efficient, user-friendly GRC modules. ​Continuum GRC’s IT Audit Machine (ITAM) RegTech solution is offering badly needed relief to organizations that are being overwhelmed by skyrocketing compliance costs, the company announced today. In 2016, Let’s Talk Payments reported that financial institutions alone spend more than $70 billion on compliance annually. This staggering cost hampers the ability of organizations to innovate, create, and grow, notes Michael Peters, CEO of Continuum GRC. “Compliance is not a business driver; it is a business cost,” notes Peters. “Every dollar and hour a company spends on compliance is time and money that it cannot spend on daily operations or profit-driving innovations related to its core competency.” One of the problems, Peters says, is that many companies – including most third-party assessors – still use spreadsheets for compliance reporting. “Excel is a great program for putting together a household budget,” he says, “but it is poorly suited for enterprise compliance purposes. It simply cannot handle large, complex data sets. Plus, regulations and standards are continuously evolving and changing. Excel does not keep track of those changes. You might end up in a situation where you’re compliant with last year’s standards, but not the current ones. RegTech solutions like the ITAM automate the process, fix this problem, and save time and money overall while delivering better results.” Through integration with the Unified Compliance Framework (UCF) database, the ITAM ensures that companies remain compliant as standards evolve, with access to harmonized controls covering numerous compliance requirements, such as FedRAMP, SSAE 16, COBIT, ISO 27001, ISO 27002, ISO 27005, SOX, FFIEC, PCI, GLBA, HIPAA, CMS, NERC CIP and other federal and state mandates. The software simplifies the compliance process with its user-friendly, self-help modules that eliminate what Peters calls “audit anarchy” and allows organizations to “go from zero to compliance” in record time. On average, Peters reports, organizations that switch to the ITAM speed up their GRC assessments and reporting processes by 180%. Realizing that not all companies have the time or resources to handle their compliance in-house, Continuum GRC offers ITAM customers three service levels: the DIY self-help version; the Cybervisor-supported version, where organizations can call on the assistance of Continuum GRC’s compliance experts; and the full-service version, where Continuum GRC’s experts perform all the work. Additionally, there is a special service provider ITAM edition specifically developed for third-party assessors who want harness the power of RegTech to help their own clients. “Regulations are necessary, but compliance requirements should not cripple an organization’s finances and disrupt their daily operations,” says Peters. “Continuum GRC is committed to continuously improving the ITAM to take the pain out of the compliance process.” Continuum GRC’s primary purpose is to help organizations attain, maintain, and demonstrate compliance and information security excellence, in any jurisdiction. Continuum GRC specializes in Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) cyber security solutions and is fully dedicated to global success in these disciplines. Learn more about ITAM and why Continuum GRC is Proactive Cyber Security!


News Article | April 27, 2017
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SAO PAULO, April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The main figures reported by Bradesco (BM&FBovespa: BBDC3; BBDC4, NYSE: BBD) in the first quarter of 2017, with emphasis on the consolidation, from July 1, 2016, of HSBC Bank Brasil S.A. and its subsidiaries (HSBC Brasil): 1. Adjusted Net Income (1) for the first quarter of 2017 stood at R$4.648 billion (a 13.0% increase compared to the Adjusted Net Income of R$4.113 billion recorded in the first quarter of 2016), corresponding to earnings per share of R$3.19 and return on Average Adjusted Shareholders' Equity (2) of 18.3% (2). 2. As for the source, the Adjusted Net Income is composed of R$3.274 billion from financial activities, representing 70.4% of the total, and of R$1.374 billion from insurance, pension plans and capitalization bond operations, which together account for 29.6%. 3. In March 2017, Bradesco's market capitalization stood at R$178.208 billion (3), showing a growth of 24.0% over March 2016. 4. Total Assets, in March 2017, stood at R$1.294 trillion, an increase of 17.5% over the March 2016 balance. The return on Average Total Assets was 1.4%. 5. In March 2017, the Expanded Loan Portfolio (4) reached R$502.714 billion, an increase of 8.5% over March 2016. Operations with individuals totaled R$171.820 billion (an increase of 16.3% over March 2016), while operations with companies totaled R$330.894 billion (a 4.9% increase over March 2016). 6. Assets under Management stood at R$1.944 trillion, a 22.3% increase over March 2016. 7. Shareholders' Equity totaled R$104.558 billion in March 2017, 12.0% higher than in March 2016. The Basel III Ratio, based on the Prudential Conglomerate stood at 15.3%, 12.0% of which is Tier I Capital. 8. The sum of R$1,845 billion was paid and provisioned to shareholders as Interest on Shareholders' Equity for the profit generated in the first quarter of 2017, R$300.551 million of which were paid in the form of monthly installments, and R$1.544 billion were provisioned. 9. The Interest-Earning Portion reached R$15.900 billion in the first quarter of 2017, exhibiting growth of 7.9% compared to the first quarter of 2016. 10. The 90-day Delinquency Ratio stood at 5.6% in March 2017, being reduced to 5.2% disregarding a specific corporate client that was already fully provisioned (5.5% in December 2016 and 4.2% in March 2016). 11. The Efficiency Ratio (ER) (5) in March 2017 was 40.8% (37.2% in March 2016), while the "risk-adjusted" efficiency ratio stood at 53.1% (47.1% in March 2016). 12. Insurance Written Premiums, Pension Plan Contributions and Capitalization Bond Income totaled R$17.948 billion in the first quarter of 2017, up 18.2% when compared with the same period of 2016. Technical provisions stood at R$229.433 billion, an increase of 25.4% compared with the balance in March 2016. 13. Investments in infrastructure, information technology and telecommunications amounted to R$1.408 billion in the first quarter of 2017, up 1.3% over the first quarter of 2016. 14. Taxes and contributions paid or recorded in provision, including social security, totaled R$9.700 billion in the first quarter of 2017, of which R$3.531 billion was related to taxes withheld and collected from third parties, and R$6.169 billion, was calculated based on activities developed by the Bradesco Organization, equivalent to 132.7% of the Adjusted Net Income (1). 15. Bradesco has an extensive Customer Service Network in Brazil, with 5,122 Branches and 3,971 Customer Service Points (PAs). The following are also available to Bradesco clients: 1,004 ATMs located on company premises (PAEs), 38,525 Bradesco Expresso customer service points, 36,095 Bradesco ATMs, and 20,584 Banco24Horas Network ATMs. 16. Payroll, plus charges and benefits totaled R$4.244 billion in the first quarter of 2017. Social benefits provided to all 106,644 employees of the Bradesco Organization and their dependents amounted to R$1.133 billion, while investments in education, training and development programs totaled R$31.451 million. 17. Major Awards and Acknowledgments in the period: It enjoyed pride of place in the "IT Executive of the Year" award, in the Banking category, with the case entitled "BIA - Bradesco Artificial Intelligence - Branch Service Center - with Watson (Study by IT Midia in partnership with Korn Ferry); UniBrad won the international award "GlobalCCU Awards 2017" for best corporate university in the world (Global Council of Corporate Universities); It was one of the winners in the "2016 Information Technology Professional" award, in the Banking segment (Informatica Hoje Magazine); Bradesco BBI was awarded as "Best Investment Bank in Brazil in 2017" and appeared, in 2017 and YTD, in first place in the ranking of mergers and acquisitions, domestic debt, international debt and equity (Best Investment Banks in the World Edition - Global Finance Magazine); BRAM was rated AMP-1 (very strong) by the agency Standard & Poor's, which is considered the highest on the management quality scale of S&P Global Ratings; BRAM features in a prominent position in the report on small-cap stock funds, for having the most profitable funds of 2017 (IstoE Magazine); Bradesco Seguros Group won two trophies in three categories in the "Brazil Insurer Award": Best Performance, Best Sales Growth and Global Market Leader (Editora Brasil Noticias); Bradesco Seguros Group won the "Outstanding Companies" award in the Insurance, Health, Pension and Capitalization segment (Centro de Inteligencia Padrao - CIP (Standard Intelligence Center), in partnership with Consumidor Moderno magazine); and Bradesco became the leader of the Capitalization Bond market in 2016 (Superintendence of Private Insurance - Susep). Bradesco Organization is fully committed to the socio-economic development of the country. We set our business guidelines and strategies with a view of incorporating the best corporate sustainability practices, considering the context and the potential of each region, thus contributing to the generation of shared value in the long term. To reinforce this position, we emphasized adherence to globally recognized business initiatives, such as: Global Compact, Equator Principles, CDP (Carbon Disclosure Program), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), GHG Protocol Program (Brazilian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Program) and Companies for Climate Change (EPC). Our governance structure includes the Sustainability Committee, comprised by member of the Board of Directors and Vice-Presidents, which is responsible for advising the Board of Directors on establishing guidelines and corporate actions for this area, and with the Executive Multi-departmental Committee responsible for coordinating the strategy's implementation. Excellence in business management is recognized by the main indexes of Sustainability, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) - "Emerging Markets", of the New York Stock Exchange, the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE), and the Carbon Efficient Index (ICO2), both from B3 (current name of BM&FBovespa and CETIP). With a broad social and educational program put in place 60 years ago, Fundacao Bradesco perates 40 schools across Brazil. In 2017, a budget of R$625.944 million will benefit approximately 104,228 students enrolled in its schools at the following levels: Basic Education (from Kindergarten to High School and Higher Secondary Technical-Professional Education), youth and adult education; and preliminary and continued vocational training, focused on creating jobs and income. In addition to the guarantee of free, quality education, the students enrolled in the Basic Education system, numbering over 43 thousand, also receive uniforms, school supplies, meals, and medical and dental assistance. Fundacao also expects to benefit 630 thousand students via distance learning (EaD), through its e-Learning portal "Escola Virtual" (Virtual School). where students can conclude at least one of the courses offered in its schedule. Another 15,040 students are taking part in projects and actions in partnership with the Program Educa+Acao and in Technology courses. The Financial Statements can be found on Bradesco's Investor Relations website at bradesco.com.br/ir. (1) According to the non-recurring events described on page 8 of this Economic and Financial Analysis Report; (2) As of the first quarter of 2016, the annualized profitability has been calculated on a linear basis, and also, it excludes mark-to-market effect of Available-for-Sale Securities recorded under Shareholders' Equity; (3) Number of shares (excluding treasury shares) multiplied by the closing price for common and preferred shares on the last trading day of the period; (4) Includes sureties and guarantees, letters of credit, advances on credit card receivables, co-obligations in loan assignments (receivables-backed investment funds and mortgage-backed receivables), co-obligations in rural loan assignments and operations bearing credit risk – commercial portfolio, which includes debentures and promissory notes; and (5) In the last 12 months. CONTACT: Eduardo Braga Poterio +011-55-11-2194-0924, eduardo.b.poterio@bradesco.com.br or Carlos Tsuyoshi Yamashita, +011-55-11-2194-0920, carlos.yamashita@bradesco.com.br, both from Banco Bradesco.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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We reduce the physical pain of the workers through our reliable power-packed machines -- Clean Ireland Products is the residential and industrial cleaning company that provides professional cleaning equipment. The equipment are meant to clean the floors of the houses, office buildings, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and more.With the introduction of this firm, it has become very easy for the cleaners to clean the residential and industrial debris smoothly and in an uncomplicated process. Theis the most suitable device that is used for bulk cleaning in the office buildings and premises.The great benefits of the vacuum help the cleaners to suck up solid and liquid waste. Industrial waste is full of toxic chemicals, hazardous debris, dangerous solid and liquid materials and more. These vacuums have the power to clean everything, leaving the floor clean and hygienic.The workplace should be clean and tidy and it should be a proper environment for the employees to work in. Whether it is a factory or a warehouse, health safety is a must for every worker and it is the duty of the owners to keep the workplace in a favorable ambiance.With the CIP, it has now become very easy for the cleaners to collect the industrial and household waste through the proper equipment so that it can keep the environment clean and healthy.s- CIP is the cleaning studio that focuses on the garden and floor cleaning for both commercial and residential purposes. It provides advanced equipment to clean the floor, garden as well as machines. This equipment renders professional service that can clean the floor tiles and trim the garden plants with a smooth and effective manner. With the CIP products, you get the opportunity to clean the floor tiles in a professional manner and cut the unwanted grass effectively. Floor and garden cleaning can be done effectively if you get hold of a powerful machine. It has the capacity to reduce the manual labor of the cleaners and give a polished looking floor instantly.If you are in need of professional equipment, check out the products of the CIP and purchase them accordingly. Call the experts if you have any doubt about the products and services. Feel free to visit the office if required.Address- Clean Ireland Products, Belvelly, Cobh, Co ParkEmail- info@cleanireland.netPhone no- 021-4814510Website- http://www.clean- ireland.net/


News Article | August 9, 2017
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Internationally renowned autism expert, author and advocate Dr. Stephen Shore has been tapped to serve as a senior advisor to the national leadership team at the College Internship Program (CIP). He joins CIP in August as a consultant at their national headquarters in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. “Dr. Shore has been an active CIP board member for many years, and we are excited to have someone with his unique background and depth of experience join our leadership team,” commented Dan McManmon, President of CIP. “Stephen’s insight as an individual with autism who has found his own success in life connects deeply with our mission,” McManmon continued. “Dr. Shore has unparalleled insight and expertise in the field of working with transition age students with autism, ADHD, and learning differences.” Dr. Shore will provide expertise regarding the implementation of new services and enhancements for CIP’s core curriculum. CIP serves transition age students age 18-26 with autism and other learning difference at five locations across the US. “After watching and working with CIP for almost 2 decades, I look forward to deepening my collaboration with what may be the world’s most comprehensive program in supporting individuals with autism and related conditions for successful transition into higher education and employment.” stated Shore. Diagnosed with "strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and after much support from his parents and others, Stephen now is an accomplished author, presents at conferences around the world, and is a faculty member at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. Shore speaks regularly at conferences around the world, and is renowned for his consultations and writings on lifespan issues that are pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure for people with autism. He is the author of many books including Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, and College for Students with Disabilities. Throughout his impressive career, Shore has been recognized as a leader in the field of autism. In addition to serving on the CIP board, Dr. Shore is a current board member of Autism Speaks, president emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England, and advisory board member of the Autism Society. Dr. Shore serves on the boards of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, The US Autism and Asperger Association, the Scientific Counsel of OAR, and other autism related organizations. The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 people in the US are diagnosed with autism. Each year 50,000 students with autism graduate from high school. Many of these teens and young adults need comprehensive support in order to achieve positive outcomes. Established in 1984, CIP (also known as the College Internship Program), provides summer and year-round transition programs for teens and young adults with autism, Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, ADHD and other learning differences. The program helps young adults find success in college, the workplace, and with independent living. For more information about CIP’s programs, visit http://www.cipworldwide.org or call 877-566-9247.


News Article | May 14, 2017
Site: cleantechnica.com

The renewable energy spotlight shines brightest on the latest crop of supersized wind turbines and gigantic wind farms, but the small wind sector still has a chance to plant its flag on the US energy landscape. In the latest development, the Energy Department is readying another round of funding aimed at accelerating cutting edge technology for distributed wind energy. The funding program is relatively small compared to other federal energy programs — for example, a 2014 round in the same program totaled a measly $1.3 million — but a little goes a long way in the small turbine field. To be precise, “small” in this article is shorthand for the small to mid-sized turbine field. The Energy Department defines those categories by the size of the area swept by the turbine blades. Together, that would include turbines with a swept area of under 1,000 square meters. The Energy Department puts both small and mid-sized turbines in the distributed energy category (large turbines that generate power for a facility on site can also be considered part of the distributed energy sector). The new round of funding comes under the annual Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The CIP mission is to help small turbine manufacturers keep pushing the technology window: The CIP helps manufacturers address barriers like outdated technology and increasing hardware costs, preventing the stagnation of the domestic market for distributed wind systems. The US domestic small wind sector has a lot of room to grow in the US. CIP aims to build up the export market as well: Maintaining U.S. market leadership, both domestically and internationally, requires next-generation wind turbine technologies… The problem is that R&D costs big bucks and small turbines are, well, small. That’s where your tax dollars go to work. CIP funding helps manufacturers offset their R&D costs, from concept to prototype testing and on to commercial specs. So, group hug for US taxpayers. The CIP program is relatively modest, but NREL has already racked up some success stories. Here’s a rundown from the lab: Northern Power Systems of Barre, Vermont, achieved a 15% increase in annual energy production by improving aerodynamics and lengthening the blade design for their new “C Series” blades, currently manufactured by two U.S. suppliers Pika Energy of Westbrook, Maine, demonstrated a novel injection-molding process for producing high-performance wind turbine blades, reducing blade costs by 90% compared to conventional hand-laid composite blades of comparable quality. Intergrid developed the first wide-band, gap-based inverter designed for wind applications of up to 25 kilowatt on a single-phase system. Wetzel Engineering developed a new approach to adding larger, pitch-controlled rotors to wind generators designed for stall control, resulting in a 28% increase in production and a 15% reduction in the turbine’s levelized cost of energy. If you were hoping to get in on this round of funding, unfortunately the May 9 deadline for submitting proposals has come and gone. But, there’s always next year. If that sounds a little optimistic considering the Trump budget ax, maybe so. However, unlike his counterpart over at EPA, Energy Secretary Rick Perry seems determined to keep his agency fully funded and firing away on all pistons when it comes to decarbonization. CleanTechnica periodically dips a toe in the small turbine waters, but the last such overview was back in 2013, so it’s well past time for an update. The small turbine market gets short shrift from some industry observers, but when you look at them in the context of distributed energy systems and microgrids the financials begin to make more sense. CleanTechnica has also noted that small wind turbines don’t have to be particularly efficient to add value to a facility. Ford, for example, has dabbled in onsite turbines at dealerships that display its logo, and the number of sports arenas festooned with turbines is growing. At last month’s 13th annual Small Wind Conference in Minnesota, NREL’s contributed a presentation titled “A Successful Small Wind Future: There Is Great Potential.” Image (cropped): via US Department of Energy. Check out our new 93-page EV report. Join us for an upcoming Cleantech Revolution Tour conference! Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.


HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Spring postsecondary overall enrollments fell by more than 272,000 students compared to a year ago, led by a decline of more than 244,000 students over the age of 24 and many were enrolled in a four-year, for-profit institution or a two-year public college, according to the Spring 2017 Current Term Enrollment Estimates report from the National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™, the nation’s most trusted source for student record data. Enrollments declined in 39 states and increased in 12 states and the District of Columbia. A total of 18,071,004 student enrollments occurred in all institutions this spring, but 1.8 percent of those were the same students attending more than one institution at the same time. Unduplicated, the Research Center counted 17,740,912 unique students. “Institutions that cannot attract graduate students to compensate for declining numbers of undergraduates will continue to struggle in the coming years,” stated Doug Shapiro, Executive Research Director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. “The spring 2017 numbers reinforce the trends that we saw in the fall term, and will likely continue: enrollments at community colleges and smaller non-profits declining, while four-year public colleges and larger privates hold steady.” The report features nationwide enrollment figures and trends for each state, as well as enrollment totals by undergraduate field of study at four-year and two-year institutions. Fields of study based on two-digit CIP Family codes from the National Center for Education Statistics. Published every May and December, Current Term Enrollment Estimates are based on postsecondary institutions actively submitting data to the Clearinghouse. These institutions account for nearly 97 percent of the nation’s Title IV, degree-granting enrollments. The data are highly current, because institutions make several data submissions per term. In addition, because the Clearinghouse receives data at the student level, an unduplicated headcount is reported, avoiding double-counting of students enrolled in more than one institution. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center is the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse. The Research Center collaborates with higher education institutions, states, school districts, high schools, and educational organizations as part of a national effort to better inform education leaders and policymakers. Through accurate longitudinal data outcomes reporting, the Research Center enables better educational policy decisions leading to improved student outcomes. To learn more, visit http://nscresearchcenter.org.


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Three individuals have been elected to the board of directors of Philadelphia-based National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI). Lending their experience and insight to the nation’s leading source of human organs, cells and tissues for research are Shawn Blackburn, CEO, YPrime, Malvern, PA; Sulayman Dib-Hajj, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Yale School of Medicine and VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT; and Megan Kasimatis Singleton, JD, MBE, CIP, Assistant Dean and Director of the Human Research Protection Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Blackburn, Dib-Hajj and Singleton were elected on May 16 to three-year terms on the NDRI board. Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD, Chair of the NDRI Board and President of Shepherd University shared that, “ Shawn Blackburn’s expertise in technology to support research, Dr. Dib-Hajj’s research accomplishments and experience utilizing human tissue for research and Megan Singleton’s knowledge and experience in law, bioethics and human subject protections will be invaluable to advancing the mission of NDRI.” Bill Leinweber, NDRI’s President and Chief Executive Officer, adds, “The caliber of our new board members speaks to the significant transformative work being advanced by our organization. We are honored to have these highly respected professionals commit their time and talents to the mission of NDRI.” Blackburn is a co-founder of YPrime, a clinical trial software company focused on creating innovative solutions for researchers running global clinical trials in all therapeutic areas. Under Blackburn’s leadership, YPrime has experienced exponential growth with offices in Pennsylvania and North Carolina and additional staff based in five countries. Dib-Hajj’s research has centered on the molecular basis of excitability disorders in humans including pain, with a focus on the role of voltage-gated sodium channels in the pathophysiology of these disorders, and as targets for new therapeutics. He has published more than 160 primary papers and reviews, and has established national and international collaborations with both academic and pharmaceutical groups. Dib-Hajj received his undergraduate educated from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and his PhD from The Ohio State University. In her current role, Singleton is responsible for oversight and direction of the staff that support the seven Johns Hopkins Medicine Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). She earned her law degree from Temple University and Masters in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a frequent presenter on a range of human research protection issues. The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) is the nation’s leading source of human tissues, cells and organs for scientific research. A not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 1980, NDRI is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, public and private foundations and organizations, pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations. NDRI is a 24/7 operation that partners with a nationwide network of over 130 tissue source sites (TSS), including organ procurement organizations (OPO), tissue banks, eye banks, and hospitals. The TSS, are distributed throughout the USA, in 45 states, with concentrations in major metropolitan areas on both the east and west coasts. Their wide geographic distribution allows NDRI to provide biospecimens from donor populations with diverse demographics and also facilitates the timely and efficient provision of fresh tissues directly to researchers across the country. By serving as the liaison between procurement sources and the research community, NDRI is uniquely positioned to support breakthrough advances and discoveries that can affect advances in the treatment and cure of human diseases.


News Article | May 8, 2017
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OATI has successfully migrated Data Center operations from its Plymouth Data Center to the new Microgrid Technology Center. This was a single site move and continues the years of OATI Active/Active Data Center architecture. To prepare for the migration, the OATI Move team harnessed expertise across many departments. Over the past 6 months, the team comprehensively tested and simulated migrations to predict how OATI systems would operate. These tests helped OATI anticipate and mitigate potential issues during the move. From April 04 to April 27, 2017, the Migration team unracked, moved, and reracked over 1,100 SAN, server, and network devices. Additionally, the team reconfigured over 600 web/App/database clusters, and synchronized databases across the North and South Campuses. The OATI Microgrid Technology Center is a microgrid that houses the new OATI South Campus Data Center, an advanced facility with expanded security and unsurpassed infrastructure designed to provide maximum redundancy. The Data Center has the added bonus of increased resiliency, including the ability to utilize renewable energy resources and run independent of utility power by utilizing on-site power generation. “We are very pleased with the efforts that went into making the migration a success,” says Sasan Mokhtari, President and CEO at OATI. “The new Data Center is one of the many tools we have to maintain the integrity and security of customer data.” OATI will host tours of the Microgrid Technology Center for OATI current and future customers at Spark 2017 OATI Energy Conference in Minneapolis, MN, from September 19 – 21, 2017. About OATI OATI provides innovative solutions that simplify, streamline, and empower the operational tasks required in today’s energy commerce and Smart Grid. With more than 1,800 customers, OATI successfully deploys large, complicated, and diverse mission-critical applications committed to industry standards and stringent NERC CIP guidelines. OATI (http://www.oati.com) is a leading provider of Smart Grid, Energy Trading and Risk Management, Transmission Scheduling, Congestion Management, Smart Grid, and Market Management products and services. OATI is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with an office in Redwood City, California. For more information, please contact sales(at)oati.net.


News Article | May 15, 2017
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The Machine Network is a wireless network built by Ingenu, the creators of RPMA technology, exclusively for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Operating in the globally license-free 2.4 GHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) band, RPMA is at the heart of secure wireless networks operating in over 20 countries around the world. u-blox has successfully ported the proven technology used in its first-generation RPMA modules and made it 65 percent smaller. SARA-S200 delivers significant cost and size optimizations ideal for application in the Smart Meter, Smart Building, Gas & Oil, Asset/Personnel Tracking and Agricultural industries. As the second generation module developed by u-blox in association with Ingenu, SARA-S200 builds on the companies' strategic partnership, which began in September 2016 and was quickly cemented with the introduction of u-blox's first module for the Machine Network, the NANO-S100. Andreas Thiel, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of u-blox, commented: "Ingenu's patented RPMA technology offers significant advantages to a great variety of IoT applications, such as excellent in-building range and AES 128bit security encryption. With autonomous adaptation, the Machine Network delivers interference-free operation and the best performance and reliability in real-world applications. By bringing the SARA-S200 to market we can now deliver these outstanding features in the SARA footprint; our most popular form-factor." Measuring just 16 mm by 26 mm by 2.3 mm in a Land Grid Array (LGA) package, SARA-S200 provides an easy migration between other u-blox form factors and cellular technologies thanks to nested design. Its low-power design (50 µW average power consumption in sleep mode) means it can operate for 10 years or longer from a single battery. The modules will be manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified facilities with guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) and a secure design that meets NERC CIP and other industry-mandated critical infrastructure requirements. The SARA-S200 has been designed for industrial applications and offers an extended operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C. John Horn, CEO of Ingenu, said: "Our strategic partnership with u-blox is further strengthened by the introduction of SARA-S200. It will give our partners the option of a fully compliant RPMA module with the same outstanding performance, in a significantly smaller format. The introduction of the SARA-S200 module will help enable a new generation of IoT applications." u-blox and Ingenu will showcase the SARA-S200 during Internet of Things World at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA (May 16-18 2017). Please visit u-blox at the Ingenu booth 1704 to see the SARA-S200. The first prototypes will be available in June 2017. For more information about u-blox, please visit http://www.u-blox.com


ORANGE, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Avangrid Renewables and Vineyard Wind, announced today that they have formed a strategic partnership to jointly develop a large scale wind energy project off the coast of Massachusetts. Avangrid Renewables is acquiring a 50 percent ownership interest in Vineyard Wind, the offshore wind energy developer that is part of the Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) portfolio. Avangrid Renewables is a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE:AGR), Iberdrola S.A. (Madrid:IBE), a worldwide leader in the energy industry with significant offshore wind holdings in Europe, owns 81.5% of the outstanding shares of AVANGRID common stock. The partnership of the two companies will bring extensive offshore wind expertise and substantial financial firepower to the Commonwealth’s initiative to build offshore wind projects in Massachusetts. Last summer, Massachusetts required utilities to procure 1,600 megawatts (MW) of clean, offshore wind energy within the next decade, setting off an intense competition among offshore wind developers in the region. When the 1,600 MW of generation capacity are completed, they will generate enough clean, homegrown energy to power the equivalent of more than 750,000 Massachusetts homes every year. Three companies to date have acquired lease rights to build projects off the coast, including Vineyard Wind. Vineyard Wind’s project area is about 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. “This is a major strategic partnership that combines Avangrid Renewables’ US onshore wind development capabilities with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Iberdrola’s European offshore wind expertise to give Vineyard Wind a significant advantage in building Massachusetts’ first offshore wind project,” said Lars Thaaning Pedersen, co-CEO of Copenhagen Offshore Partners, CIP’s offshore wind development company. Iberdrola holds offshore wind projects under development or construction in England, Germany & France. Avangrid Renewables recently won its first offshore wind lease auction in the US off the coast of North Carolina. Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners is providing investment and management for projects under construction in Germany and Scotland. Executives with extensive offshore wind experience from these European projects will now be joining Vineyard Wind’s local development team, based in New Bedford, Mass. “This partnership allows Vineyard Wind to leverage the financial firepower that both CIP and AVANGRID can bring to bear to develop and build this project,” Pedersen added. “AVANGRID’s interest in this project demonstrates that they recognize the strength of the local team, the local support we have, and the exciting potential for offshore wind in Massachusetts.” CIP and its executives have developed or invested in some of the biggest offshore wind projects in the world, including the 402 MW Veja Mate project off of Germany and the 588 MW Beatrice project off the coast of Scotland. CIP manages more than $4 billion in assets. It acquired Vineyard Wind in August 2016. “Our equal partnership in this effort demonstrates the strong commitment we’ve made to execute our growth strategy and expand our wind portfolio across the US,” said James P. Torgerson, AVANGRID, CEO. “When you look at our longer term position with the Kitty Hawk off-shore lease in NC and factor in this more immediate off-shore opportunity in Massachusetts, combined with our family of company’s extensive experience and knowledge, you recognize we are well positioned to grow this sector in the US.” Vineyard Wind plans to begin construction of its project in early 2020, in order to bring the economic development and clean energy benefits of offshore wind to Massachusetts as soon as possible. Vineyard Wind has also worked hard to establish long-term relationships and partnerships with the local community that will provide significant benefit to the project. AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE:AGR) is a diversified energy and utility company with more than $31 billion in assets and operations in 27 states. The company owns regulated utilities and electricity generation assets through two primary lines of business, Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks is comprised of eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving approximately 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates 6.5 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, in 22 states across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,800 people. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com. Avangrid Renewables, LLC is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE:AGR) and part of the IBERDROLA Group. IBERDROLA, S.A., an energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset base of any company in the world, owns 81.5% of the outstanding shares of AVANGRID common stock. Avangrid Renewables, LLC is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and has more than $10 billion of operating assets totaling more than 6,000 MW of owned and controlled wind and solar generation in 22 U.S. states. Avangrid Renewables recently changed its legal name from Iberdrola Renewables, LLC. For more information, visit www.avangridren.com. Vineyard Wind, a portfolio company of funds of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), is an offshore wind development company, based in New Bedford, Mass., that is seeking to build the first large-scale offshore wind energy project in the US. Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners K/S (CIP) is a fund management company founded in 2012 by senior executives from the energy industry. CIP and its executives have developed some of the biggest offshore wind projects in the world, and CIP manages more than $4 billion in assets.

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