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News Article | May 17, 2017
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced that ADTRAN Mosaic is the winner of the Light Reading 2017 Leading Lights Awards in the Most Innovative SDN/SD-WAN Product Strategy (Vendor) category. The Leading Lights winners were announced at an awards dinner on Monday, May 15, in Austin, Texas, on the eve of the Big Communications Event (www.bigcommunicationsevent.com). Now in its 13th year, Leading Lights is the communications industry's leading awards program, recognizing top companies and executives each year for their outstanding achievements in next-generation communications technology, applications, services, strategies and innovations. “As telecom and cable operators seek to optimize their networks for service velocity, agility and differentiation, ADTRAN Mosaic is the leading SD-Access solution providing the path to modular, component-based network architectures that are open, programmable and scalable,” said Gary Bolton, vice president of marketing, ADTRAN. “We are honored to receive the Leading Lights Award for most innovative SDN/SD-WAN solution as we work to continue to meet our customers’ evolving network architecture needs. This represents the eighth industry award for Mosaic.” ADTRAN Mosaic enables service providers to accelerate their path to SD-Access architecture, allowing them to better compete with emerging OTT providers operating at web-scale. 10 Gigabit PON and G.fast technologies, which are being trialed by leading Tier 1 carriers around the world, are being rapidly on-boarded using ADTRAN Mosaic. The key components of Mosaic include: "The quality and number of submissions we received this year across all of our categories, which this year included specialist awards for Outstanding Communications Technology Vision and Most Innovative 5G Technology Strategy, was testament to the innovation that underpins developments in the global communications industry and once again showed how seriously the industry takes this awards program," said Light Reading International Group Editor Ray Le Maistre. "The winners, and all of the finalists, can be proud of their achievements, as can the quartet of Hall of Fame inductees. Congratulations to all!" A complete list of all of the 2017 Leading Lights awards winners can be found here: http://www.lightreading.com/bce/leading-lights-2017-the-winners/d/d-id/732837 Judging was conducted by Light Reading's editors and the analyst team from Heavy Reading (http://www.heavyreading.com). ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more information, please visit www.adtran.com. Light Reading (www.lightreading.com) helps the global communications industry make informed decisions. The LightReading.com site is the definitive source for next-generation communications analysis for more than 450,000 users each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content and reputation. Light Reading also produces live events for executives charged with monetizing cable, New IP, optical, Ethernet, mobile, gigabit cities, security, virtualization and components.


Award presented during annual dinner at the UTC Telecom & Technology 2017 conference PETACH TIKVA, ISRAEL--(Marketwired - May 22, 2017) - ECI, a global provider of ELASTIC Network® solutions, for service providers, critical infrastructures, and data centers operators, announced today it has won the Utilities Technology Council 2017 IMPACT award, software category, for its LightSEC™ cybersecurity solution for critical infrastructures. The award honors UTC Associate Member Organizations that are changing the industry through innovative and proven solutions, and recognizes that utility communications technology saves lives, protects property, speeds restoration, and puts communities on the path to recover. "The annual UTC Awards dinner is a very special time that we can come together and recognize achievement, excellence and contributions that ultimately drive our industry forward and improve the communities we serve -- and most important, the people," said Matt Schnell, UTC Chairman of the Board. "Winning the UTC impact award software category for our LightSEC™ cybersecurity solution is an honor, and we would like to thank the Utilities Technology Council for recognizing ECI's pioneering work with our industry-leading cybersecurity solution," said ECI EVP Global Portfolio, Jimmy Mizrahi. "As cities get smarter and the Internet of Things proliferates within modern communities, there is a real market need for a utility-tailored cybersecurity solution. LightSEC successfully merges the best of networking with the best of security. ECI is dedicated to equipping our customers with the latest technology and solutions so they can adapt in these changing times, and ultimately thrive in a connected future. This award further validates our work." LightSEC ensures that critical infrastructures around the world meet their security challenges head on. Specifically, LightSEC enables utilities to prevent attacks where they occur, guard the integrity of their SCADA/OT networks, provides security officers with the ability to quickly sift through the myriad of alerts and focus on those most critical. All in a cost-effective, future proof solution. LightSEC is comprised of three major pillars: This is the second award LightSEC has received in the past year, and the third time ECI was shortlisted for this solution. LightSEC is currently being implemented by a variety of utilities worldwide. Additional achievements this year include, Light Reading naming VP Sarit Tager as a Leading Lights finalist 2017 for "Women in Comms," and Light Reading naming ECI as a finalist for the Outstanding Communications Technology Vision in the Leading Lights awards for 2017. ABOUT ECI ECI is a global provider of ELASTIC network solutions to CSPs, critical infrastructures as well as data center operators. Along with its long-standing, industry-proven packet-optical transport, ECI offers a variety of SDN/NFV applications, end-to-end network management, a comprehensive cybersecurity solution, and a range of professional services. ECI's ELASTIC solutions ensure open, future-proof, and secure communications. With ECI, customers have the luxury of choosing a network that can be tailor-made to their needs today while being flexible enough to evolve with the changing needs of tomorrow.


News Article | May 1, 2017
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Students in the New England School of Communications’ (NESCom) journalism program at Husson University interviewed four Korean War Era veterans as part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP). The recorded interviews will be part of the Library’s permanent collection. To see interview visit the NESCom YouTube playlist. A news conference featuring four of the Korean War era veterans will be held at the Cole Land Transportation Museum, 405 Perry Road, Bangor, Maine at 10:00 a.m. on May 1. Members of the media are welcome to attend and learn more about the project. Veterans and participating students will be available for interviews. “While the Korean War ended in 1953 with the signing of an armistice, the aftermath of this armed conflict created a set of conditions that continues to challenge world peace,” said Jeffrey Hope, an instructor in NESCom’s journalism program. “This project has provided journalism students with an opportunity to interview individuals who were a part of history. In addition to helping our journalism students refine their interviewing techniques; this experience has enriched their understanding of politics and a conflict that changed the world.” The veterans were contacted through the Cole Land Transportation Museum where they serve as volunteers and help educate Maine students about their Korean War era experiences. This is the second time Husson has collaborated with museum Executive Director Jim Neville on creating veteran oral histories. The veterans were interviewed at Husson University’s New England School of Communications. Over the past two years, NESCom Journalism Program Coordinator and Instructor Jeffrey Hope and his students have submitted eight interviews to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. As part of his interview, Albert Gibson, a Korean War veteran was asked about the time he served. He said, “A lot of people thought that the Korean War never gained anything. We saved South Korea from being part of North Korea – and look at what North Korea is like today.” The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center is an oral history program that preserves the personal accounts of America's wartime veterans. It is designed to help future generations better understand the realities of war from those who served their country during armed conflicts. The interviews will also be invaluable to future scholars and researchers who are interested in better understanding the World War II experience from the service person’s perspective. The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-380), sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton on October 27, 2000. The Cole Land Transportation Museum preserves and displays a selection of Maine’s land transportation equipment in hopes to inspire today’s generation through their predecessors’ triumphs. In addition, the museum works closely with veterans to bring their knowledge and experiences to the area children and community members. The museum is open May 1 through November 11, seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Children under 19 are admitted free. More information can be found by visiting ColeMuseum.org or calling (207) 990-3600 ext. 13. The New England School of Communications (NESCom) at Husson University offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Communications Technology, Mass Communications, and Entertainment Production. Within these degrees, students may choose from concentrations in Audio Engineering, Live Sound Technology, Video Production, WebMedia, Journalism, Marketing Communications, Radio Broadcasting, Entertainment Production, and Sports Journalism. The New England School of Communications specializes in communications, providing students with a hands-on experience that gives them the education and skills needed for today's job market. For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in South Portland, Wells, and Presque Isle provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies, science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.


News Article | March 2, 2017
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Sequoia Capital China Joins Team of Global Leading Investors as Klook Further Expands Spectrum of In-Destination Services HONG KONG, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Klook, Asia's largest attractions, tours, and activities booking platform, today announced it has raised US$30 million in Series B funding led by Sequoia Capital China. Existing investors including Matrix Partners, ex-Tencent executive-backed Welight Capital also participated with follow-on investments. The funds will further Klook's global expansion efforts to offer one-stop booking for travelers to enjoy everything from attractions, tours and activities to local transfers, dining experiences, shopping, etc. Founded in late 2014, Klook's team of investors already includes some of the world's leading venture capitalists. "Scale advantage is a prominent element in the travel industry, especially within the highly fragmented in-destination sector," said Neil Shen, Founding and Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China. "With combined strengths in transaction and community, Klook has become a proven leader in Asia.  We're happy to join the company on this exciting journey going forward." "Ever since our initial investment, the Klook team has demonstrated great business judgment backed by sound execution," added David Zhang, Founding Managing Partner of Matrix Partners. "Having witnessed the rapid growth of the business, we are convinced that Klook has firmly established itself as the clear winner in this space and we're pleased to continue our support." Klook's platform covers over 80 popular destinations in Asia and beyond, providing more than 10,000 attractions, tours, and activities. Last year, the company helped travelers book a record 5 million trips. To support this growth, Klook has developed into a team of over 200 staffers based in 8 offices across Asia. "Klook is shaping the way people discover destinations and customize itineraries," said Ethan Lin, CEO & Co-Founder of Klook. "Over the past two years, we've been tirelessly reinventing the supply chain and innovating our UI to create a seamless booking experience for millions of users. Now with a few clicks or taps, the travel services you need and the activities you seek will all be at your fingertips." Looking ahead, Klook will be broadening its scope of operations beyond Asia to meet the spending power and growing appetite of Asian travelers. The company is confident that as travelers make more mid to long-haul journeys out of the region, there will be a significant demand to access everything a destination has to offer on one consolidated platform. "We are proud of our achievements in the attractions, tours and activities segment, and now we are expanding the spectrum of our in-destination offers," said Eric Gnock Fah, COO & Co-Founder of Klook. "After seeing great results in our newly launched local transfer & wifi vertical, we are enthusiastically diving deeper into the in-destination ecosystem to offer a wider array of services, from dining and wellness experiences to shopping deals, for travelers to enjoy wherever they go." Besides building a bigger portfolio of experiences and services, Klook is also developing the largest collection of travel videos in the industry. From original content to exploring new formats like 360 or VR videos, the team at Klook will be focused on creating an engaging discovery and booking experience on all of its platforms. Klook is Asia's largest platform to book a wide array of in-destination services at the best prices. We give travelers the chance to discover and enjoy every memorable moment from adventure thrills at Universal Studios Japan, one-of-a-kind experiences like shipwreck diving in Bali, gourmet dining aboard the Singapore Cable Car, to the airport express and Pocket WiFi at Hong Kong Airport. Klook was named Best Internet & Communications Technology Startup by the Hong Kong Government in 2015, and won the Future Commerce Award hosted by Taiwan's largest tech media Digitimes in 2016. Klook's mobile platform was featured and awarded "Best of 2015" by Apple and "Best App of the Year" by Google Play. As "The Entrepreneurs Behind The Entrepreneurs", Sequoia Capital China focuses on four sectors: TMT, healthcare, consumer/service, and new energy/advanced manufacturing. Over the past 12 years, we've had the privilege of working with more than 300 companies in China, including Alibaba, Ali Pictures, AutoNavi, Beta Pharma, BGI, Deppon Logistics, Dianping, Didi, DJI, Ganji.com, Hero Entertainment, JD.com, Jumei, Meituan, Meilishuo, Momo, Noah, Ourpalm, Plateno Hotels Group, Qihoo 360, Sina.com, SINNET, Snibe Diagnostic, Toutiao, VanceInfo, VIPshop, Wanda Cinemas, Weigao Group, Yuwell Medical, ZTO Express. Sequoia has operations in China, India, Israel, and the United States. About Matrix Partners Matrix Partners is a venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, Beijing and Shanghai. Matrix China invests in early stage companies, particularly in following sectors: mobile, online finance, enterprise service and health care. Notable investments include Didi-Kuaidi, Cheetah mobile, Momo, Qihoo, etc. To learn more about our investors, please visit:


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

HONG KONG, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Klook, Asia's largest attractions, tours, and activities booking platform, today announced it has raised US$30 million in Series B funding led by Sequoia Capital China. Existing investors including Matrix Partners, ex-Tencent executive-backed Welight Capital also participated with follow-on investments. The funds will further Klook's global expansion efforts to offer one-stop booking for travelers to enjoy everything from attractions, tours and activities to local transfers, dining experiences, shopping, etc. Founded in late 2014, Klook's team of investors already includes some of the world's leading venture capitalists. "Scale advantage is a prominent element in the travel industry, especially within the highly fragmented in-destination sector," said Neil Shen, Founding and Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China. "With combined strengths in transaction and community, Klook has become a proven leader in Asia.  We're happy to join the company on this exciting journey going forward." "Ever since our initial investment, the Klook team has demonstrated great business judgment backed by sound execution," added David Zhang, Founding Managing Partner of Matrix Partners. "Having witnessed the rapid growth of the business, we are convinced that Klook has firmly established itself as the clear winner in this space and we're pleased to continue our support." Klook's platform covers over 80 popular destinations in Asia and beyond, providing more than 10,000 attractions, tours, and activities. Last year, the company helped travelers book a record 5 million trips. To support this growth, Klook has developed into a team of over 200 staffers based in 8 offices across Asia. "Klook is shaping the way people discover destinations and customize itineraries," said Ethan Lin, CEO & Co-Founder of Klook. "Over the past two years, we've been tirelessly reinventing the supply chain and innovating our UI to create a seamless booking experience for millions of users. Now with a few clicks or taps, the travel services you need and the activities you seek will all be at your fingertips." Looking ahead, Klook will be broadening its scope of operations beyond Asia to meet the spending power and growing appetite of Asian travelers. The company is confident that as travelers make more mid to long-haul journeys out of the region, there will be a significant demand to access everything a destination has to offer on one consolidated platform. "We are proud of our achievements in the attractions, tours and activities segment, and now we are expanding the spectrum of our in-destination offers," said Eric Gnock Fah, COO & Co-Founder of Klook. "After seeing great results in our newly launched local transfer & wifi vertical, we are enthusiastically diving deeper into the in-destination ecosystem to offer a wider array of services, from dining and wellness experiences to shopping deals, for travelers to enjoy wherever they go." Besides building a bigger portfolio of experiences and services, Klook is also developing the largest collection of travel videos in the industry. From original content to exploring new formats like 360 or VR videos, the team at Klook will be focused on creating an engaging discovery and booking experience on all of its platforms. Klook is Asia's largest platform to book a wide array of in-destination services at the best prices. We give travelers the chance to discover and enjoy every memorable moment from adventure thrills at Universal Studios Japan, one-of-a-kind experiences like shipwreck diving in Bali, gourmet dining aboard the Singapore Cable Car, to the airport express and Pocket WiFi at Hong Kong Airport. Klook was named Best Internet & Communications Technology Startup by the Hong Kong Government in 2015, and won the Future Commerce Award hosted by Taiwan's largest tech media Digitimes in 2016. Klook's mobile platform was featured and awarded "Best of 2015" by Apple and "Best App of the Year" by Google Play. As "The Entrepreneurs Behind The Entrepreneurs", Sequoia Capital China focuses on four sectors: TMT, healthcare, consumer/service, and new energy/advanced manufacturing. Over the past 12 years, we've had the privilege of working with more than 300 companies in China, including Alibaba, Ali Pictures, AutoNavi, Beta Pharma, BGI, Deppon Logistics, Dianping, Didi, DJI, Ganji.com, Hero Entertainment, JD.com, Jumei, Meituan, Meilishuo, Momo, Noah, Ourpalm, Plateno Hotels Group, Qihoo 360, Sina.com, SINNET, Snibe Diagnostic, Toutiao, VanceInfo, VIPshop, Wanda Cinemas, Weigao Group, Yuwell Medical, ZTO Express. Sequoia has operations in China, India, Israel, and the United States. About Matrix Partners Matrix Partners is a venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, Beijing and Shanghai. Matrix China invests in early stage companies, particularly in following sectors: mobile, online finance, enterprise service and health care. Notable investments include Didi-Kuaidi, Cheetah mobile, Momo, Qihoo, etc. To learn more about our investors, please visit:


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.spie.org

The FireFly architecture features free-space optics communication links and represents an extreme design approach to meet the requirements of modern robust data center networks. Data centers (DCs)—facilities that are used to centralize the IT operations and equipment of an organization—represent a critical piece of modern networked applications, in both the private and public sectors. The trend toward DCs has been driven by a number of key factors, e.g., economies of scale, reduced management costs, better use of hardware (via statistical multiplexing), and the ability to elastically scale applications in response to changing workload patterns. In particular, a robust network fabric is fundamental for the success of DCs, i.e., to ensure that the network does not become a bottleneck for high-performance applications. In this context, the design of a DC network must satisfy several goals, including high performance (e.g., high throughput and low latency), low equipment and management costs, robustness to dynamic traffic patterns, incremental expandability to add new servers or racks, as well as other practical concerns (e.g., cabling complexity, and power and cooling costs). Currently available DC network architectures, however, do not provide satisfactory solutions to these requirements. There are two main problems with traditional static (wired) networks. They are either ‘overprovisioned’ to account for worst-case traffic patterns and thus incur high costs (e.g., with fat trees or Clos architectures), or they are ‘oversubscribed’ (such as with simple trees or leaf-spine architectures). Although the latter networks have low costs, they offer poor performance because of their congested links. In recent studies, attempts have been made to overcome these limitations by augmenting a static ‘core’ with some flexible links (radio-frequency or optical wireless). These augmented architectures do show some promise, but they provide only a small improvement in performance. Moreover, all these architectures involve high cabling costs and complexities. In our work,1 we envision an extreme design point to meet the requirements of modern DC networks rather than trying to incrementally improve the cost-performance tradeoffs, high cabling complexity, and rigidity of current DC architectures. In our architecture vision—known as FireFly—we use free-space optics (FSO) communication links to realize a fully flexible, all-wireless inter-rack fabric. FSO communication technology is particularly well suited to our aim because it offers very high data rates (tens of Gb/s) over longranges (more than 100m), while having low transmission power and a small interference footprint. A conceptual overview of our FireFly architecture vision is shown in Figure 1. In our design, each top-of-rack (ToR) switch has flexible (steerable) FSO links that can be dynamically reconfigured to connect to other ToRs. The controller reconfigures the topology to adapt to current traffic workloads. This vision provides several benefits over current DC architectures. For instance, our topological flexibility (if achieved correctly) provides a low-cost option (i.e., few switches and links) with performance comparable to more expensive overprovisioned networks. In addition, our all-wireless fabric eliminates cabling complexity and associated overheads (e.g., obstructed cooling). Our approach can also facilitate new and radical DC topology structures that would otherwise remain at the ‘paper design’ phase because of their cabling complexity. Lastly, our method of flexibly turning links on or off brings us closer to realizing the aim of energy-proportional DCs (and the flexibility enables easier incremental expansion of a DC). Figure 1. Schematic illustration of the FireFly architecture. FSO: Free-space optics. ToR: Top of rack. The unique characteristics of our approach (i.e., the FSO-based inter-rack links and the fully flexible topology) give rise to novel algorithmic, networking, and system-level challenges that need to be addressed before our vision can be made into a reality. First, we need to develop cost-effective and robust link technologies that have small form factors and that can be steered at short timescales to impart flexibility. Second, we require algorithmic techniques to design the efficient and flexible networks. Third, we need new network management solutions. These may include algorithms for the joint optimization problem of runtime topology selection and traffic engineering, as well as data-plane mechanisms to guarantee various consistency and performance requirements. In our recent work,1 we have demonstrated the viability of our FireFly architecture by building a proof-of-concept prototype (with commodity components) for a steerable, small-form-factor FSO device (see Figure 2). We have also developed practical heuristics to address the algorithmic and system-level challenges in the network design and management of our architecture. In addition, we have developed techniques to provide line-of-sight for FSO links in the FireFly architecture. For our steerable, small-form-factor FSO device, we have been exploring the use of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) mirrors as a steering technology to steer the FSO beams with minimal latency. In this device, we use a collimated laser beam that is transmitted from the fiber collimator of an FSO terminal. The laser beam passes onto a gimbal-less two-axis MEMS micromirror (2mm diameter) and thus steers the beam in an ultrafast manner within a large optical deflection (10°) over the entire device bandwidth (1.2kHz). The MEMS mirror deflects the beam into a wide-angle lens that magnifies (about three times) the optical scan angles of the system. This magnification is linear and therefore results in an overall scan capability field of view of more than 30°. The power consumption of this system is less than 1mW and thus several orders of magnitude lower than that of galvanometer mirrors. The outgoing FSO beam from our MEMS beam-steering mechanism passes through autopoints and onto a receiving aperture (where it is efficiently coupled into a fiber collimator). With this fast and precise MEMS steering mechanism, we can switch the FSO from one rack to the next for reconfigurable networking. It also enables an autocorrection mechanism for fixing any misalignments (in real time). Figure 2. Photographs of the MEMS (microelectromechanical systems)-based proof-of-concept prototype assembly used to realize steerable FSO beams. In summary, we have designed the novel FireFly architecture for radically improving modern DC networks. Our vision includes unique characteristics, such as FSO-based inter-rack links and a fully flexible topology. Such features give rise to a number of algorithmic, networking, and system-level challenges that we are working to address. We have recently demonstrated the feasibility of our architecture with a proof-of-concept prototype for a MEMS-based steerable, small-form-factor FSO device. There are, however, various challenges that we need to address before we can realize commercialization of our architecture. In our current work we are thus building a small testbed for the FireFly architecture, which includes autoalignment through the use of galvanometers and MEMS steering technologies. We now plan to demonstrate the resilience of our FSO-link technologies against indoor effects, e.g., rack vibrations and temperature variations. This project was supported by the National Science Foundation award 1513866 (NeTS: Medium: Collaborative Research: Flexible All-Wireless Inter-Rack Fabric for Datacenters using Free-Space Optics) and represents a collaboration between faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, and graduate students at Pennsylvania State University, Stony Brook University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Pennsylvania State University Mohsen Kavehrad has been the W. L. Weiss Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering since 1997, and is the founding director of the Center for Information and Communications Technology Research. He has previously worked for Bell Laboratories and is a fellow of the IEEE. He is the author of more than 400 papers, several books and book chapters, and holds several patents. Department of Computer Science Stony Brook University Samir Das received his PhD in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology. He previously studied at Jadavpur University, India, and the Indian Institute of Science. He has also worked briefly at the Indian Statistical Institute. He moved to Stony Brook in 2002 and was previously a faculty member at the University of Texas at San Antonio and then at the University of Cincinnati. Himanshu Gupta obtained his PhD in computer science from Stanford University in 1999 and his BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1992. In his recent research he focuses on theoretical issues associated with wireless networking. In particular, he is interested in sensor networks and databases. His other research interests include database systems and theory, e.g., materialized views, (multiple) query optimization, and data analysis. Jon Longtin joined the mechanical engineering faculty in 1996. He is the author of more than 130 technical research publications, including a number of book chapters. He also holds six issued and three pending US patents. His expertise is in the thermal sciences, with a focus on the development of laser-based optical techniques for the measurement of temperature, concentration, and thermal properties. He is also interested in the use of ultrafast lasers for precision material processing and micromachining, and the development of sensors for harsh environments (e.g., direct-write thermal spray technology). He has been the recipient of a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science postdoctoral fellowship, the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Stony Brook Excellence in Teaching award. He is a registered professional engineer in New York State. School of Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University Vyas Sekar is an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. He received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010 and earned his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (during which he was awarded the President of India Gold Medal). His research interests lie at the intersection of networking, security, and systems. He has also received a number of best paper awards, e.g., at the Association for Computing Machinery's SIGCOMM, CoNext, and Multimedia conferences.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - February 09, 2017) - ReMAP is pleased to share in the news that the 7D Surgical Machine-vision Image Guidance System recently received FDA approval for spinal surgery. The ReMAP O7 team is a collaboration between 7D Surgical, Celestica, Ryerson University and Sunnybrook Research Institute, formed to advance optical technologies for their image-guided surgery solution. This team of industry leaders and research partners have come together to develop the next generation of image-guidance systems for simple and fast surgical workflows. ReMAP congratulates this team in achieving this milestone to help improve patient outcomes. "As products are being launched exponentially faster than ever before, the role of ReMAP is to accelerate time-to-market from researchers' innovative ideas and emerging technologies at later stage technology readiness levels (TRL) through to product commercialization," said Irene Sterian, Executive Director of ReMAP. "A collaboration of industry experts and scientists strengthens the ability for a start-up organization to accelerate the commercialization of their innovation developed in Canada for the global market. ReMAP is pleased to support the ReMAP O7 Team in this initiative. We are committed to making a significant contribution to Canada to help build its competitive advantage, create new highly skilled jobs and providing opportunities to build export-ready products that will have long-term economic benefit." "It is my pleasure to announce the FDA 510(K) and Health Canada MDL clearance of our Machine-vision Image Guidance System, the first of several advanced optical imaging technologies in our commercialization pipeline," said Beau Standish, CEO of 7D Surgical. "We are proud to be part of the ReMAP O7 project team and have directly benefited from ReMAP's mission of accelerating commercialization through collaborations between industry experts and scientists." Through shared resources, ReMAP accelerates the commercialization of innovative products developed in Canada for the global market. Our network of partners from start-ups, small-to-medium enterprises, large organizations, and leading research institutions work together to form a product-enablement value chain. Leveraging the strengths and synergies of our network partners, ReMAP engages with 38 labs and manufacturing facilities from across Canada. ReMAP supports innovations in the Aerospace & Defense, Information & Communications Technology (ICT), Healthcare, Industrial, and Renewable Energy market sectors. ReMAP is made possible through joint funding from the Government of Canada's Business-led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) program matched by contributions from our network partners. 7D Surgical is a privately-owned Toronto based company that develops advanced optical technologies and machine vision-based registration algorithms to improve surgical workflow and patient care. 7D Surgical's flagship FDA 510(k)-cleared and Health Canada approved Machine-vision Image Guidance System delivers profound improvement to surgical workflows in spine surgery, providing the promise of similar future advancements in other surgical specialties. Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) is the research enterprise of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. Scientists at SRI strive to understand and prevent disease, and to develop treatments that enhance and extend life. Our vision is to invent the future of health care. Scientists at SRI are renowned for excellence in the biological, physical and evaluative clinical sciences. Areas of expertise are diseases of the brain and heart; cancer; musculoskeletal conditions; rehabilitation; trauma, emergency and critical care; women and babies; and veterans and community. Each year, SRI conducts over $100 million in research across 500,000 square feet, including in the world's first Centre for Research in Image-Guided Therapeutics. Celestica is dedicated to delivering end-to-end product lifecycle solutions to drive our customers' success. Through our simplified global operations network and information technology platform, we are solid partners who deliver informed, flexible solutions that enable our customers to succeed in the markets they serve. Committed to providing a truly differentiated customer experience, our agile and adaptive employees share a proud history of demonstrated expertise and creativity that provides our customers with the ability to overcome complex challenges Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 41,500 students, including 2,400 master's and PhD students, 3,200 faculty and staff, and nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education. This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding, among other things, statements pertaining to expectations, goals, plans, objectives, and future events. 7D Surgical intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the following words: "may," "can," "will," "could," "would," "should," "expect," "intend," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "project," "potential," "promise," "continue," "ongoing," or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These statements are based on the current estimates and assumptions of our management as of the date of this press release and are subject to risks, uncertainties, changes in circumstances, assumptions, and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond 7D Surgical's ability to control or predict. Given these uncertainties, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements. 7D Surgical does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. "Flash Registration™," as well as the "7D" logo, whether standing alone or in connection with the words "7D Surgical" are protected trademarks of 7D Surgical.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency to supply TITUS solutions to numerous member states and agencies BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwired - Feb. 15, 2017) - TITUS, the worldwide market leader in classification and protection solutions for unstructured data, and the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency today announced the signing of a joint Master Service Agreement (MSA). This agreement will enable TITUS to supply their solutions to NCI Agency, NATO Member Nations and other NATO entities. Cybersecurity is a major area of concern for NATO, and is considered the fourth domain of operations after air, land and water. NATO and its member agencies need to be prepared to defend networks and operations against the increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and attacks that it faces. TITUS classification and policy enforcement tools ensure unstructured information in email and documents is classified, protectively marked and effectively secured. TITUS solutions enable users to apply uniform, consistent, and comprehensive markings. By ensuring information is properly marked, TITUS solution help promote cross-domain sharing and reduce spillage of classified and sensitive information. Several NATO agencies and projects run by NCI Agency have been using TITUS solutions to help classify and secure unstructured data. With this agreement in place, they will be able to streamline and standardize on TITUS solutions across the agency, as well as NATO Member Nations. Mitch Robinson, President and Chief Operating Officer at TITUS, said: "We are pleased to see the continuation and growth of our relationship with NATO and specifically NCIA. While TITUS solutions have already been in use by some NATO member agencies, with this agreement in place we look forward to working more closely together to achieve consistent, effective information protection across the board." TITUS products enhance data loss prevention by classifying and protecting sensitive information in emails, documents and other file types - on the desktop, on mobile devices, and in the Cloud. TITUS solutions are trusted by millions of users in over 120 countries around the world. Our customers include Dell, Provident Bank, Dow Corning, Safran Morpho, United States Air Force, NATO, Pratt and Whitney, Canadian Department of National Defence, and the Australian Department of Defence. Additional information is available at www.TITUS.com. The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency provides the Alliance with advanced Information and Communications Technology and C4ISR, including cyber and missile defence. NCI Agency connects forces, NATO and nations. Supporting NATO operations is NCI Agency's top priority.


Summary Survey of 127 retail banks suggests that ICT budgets are set to grow more than in 2014-15 in both absolute and percentage terms, as they tackle more “change the bank” rather than “run the bank” initiatives. Key Findings - The spiraling cost and inefficiency of legacy technology has become unacceptable amid changing consumer behavior, declining revenues, new regulation and the onslaught of non-bank competition, driving massive transformational investments in a wide variety of digital technologies. - Overall budgetary allocations by category are broadly replicated from 2015 to 2016, with the exception of a 1% uplift in hardware spend concentrated on security, as banks tackle the growing incidences of cybercrime and seek to re-affirm their reputations as trusted, secure providers. - Network and Conferencing services dominate telecommunications budgets, as banks use video conferencing to conduct more international business with lower transportation and hotel costs. Synopsis ICT investment trends in retail banks presents the findings from a survey of 127 retail banks regarding their Information & Communications Technology (ICT) investment trends. The survey investigates how retail banks currently allocate their ICT budgets across the core areas of enterprise ICT expenditure: hardware, software, IT services, communications, and consulting. The report illustrates the core technologies banks are investing in, including mobility management, business intelligence, and IoT. Understand the approach adopted by retail banks to purchase technology and get a better insight into ICT vendors and services providers when pitching their solutions to retail banks. In particular, it provides an in-depth analysis of the following: - How ICT budgets are set to change in 2016 in terms of their overall size - Allocation across the core elements of IT spend, including hardware, software, services, communications, and consulting - Distribution of ICT money in areas such as the networks, applications, service desk, and data centers - Which ICT functions retail banks are interested in outsourcing - Retail banks’ investment priorities based on their budget allocations across core technology categories such as mobility management, business intelligence, and IoT - Factors that are influencing retail banks’ investments in each technology category - How retail banks’ IT budgets are currently allocated across various segments within a technology category - Retail banks’ distribution of their ICT budget across various segments within a technology category - Vendor satisfaction ratings for various core and advanced technology categories - Insight into retail banks’ preferred buying approaches - Business objectives that retail banks are looking to achieve through their IT investment strategies - Factors that are influencing retail banks’ decisions to select an ICT provider Reasons to Buy - Understand how the retail banks' ICT landscape is set to change in 2016 to prioritize your target market - Comprehend how ICT money are being allocated by retail banks in specific geographies and size bands to improve your market penetration - Make effective business decisions by recognizing the opportunities within each of the core areas of ICT spend (hardware, software, IT services, telecommunications, and consulting) - Realign your sales initiatives by understanding the current strategic objectives of retail banks - Enhance your market segmentation with the included, detailed breakdown of opportunities within selected technology categories (mobility management, business intelligence, and IoT) - Prioritize your focus areas by understanding which factors are influencing retail banks’ decisions when selecting an ICT provider - Understand the changes in customers’ priorities and identify the business objectives that retail banks are looking to achieve through their ICT investment strategies Table of Content: Key Points 1 Trends in ICT budgets 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Survey demographics 1.3 ICT budget changes 1.4 ICT budget allocation by core technology area 1.4.1 Hardware budget breakdown 1.4.2 Software budget breakdowns 1.4.3 Third party IT services expenditure 1.4.4 Communications expenditure 1.4.5 Cloud computing budget 1.5 ICT budget allocation by function 1.6 Outsourced IT functions 2 ICT investment priorities and vendor satisfaction 2.1 Introduction 2.1.1 Mobility management 2.1.2 Business intelligence 2.1.3 IoT 3 ICT procurement trends 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Business objectives influencing IT investment strategy 3.3 ICT provider selection 3.4 Key decision maker for purchasing technology 4 Sector-specific trends 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Business areas receiving the largest investments 4.3 IT expenditure plans for specific business areas 4.4 Business challenges 5 Summary …Continued For more information, please visit http://www.wiseguyreports.com


News Article | March 1, 2017
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Summary Retailers will aim to address the following key challenges through IT in 2017: supply chain management efficiencies, offering a superior customer experience across channels, and gaining better insight from existing as well as new data sources. The share of outsourced IT services is growing among retailers, however business-critical functions tend to remain in-house. The right level of outsourcing needs to be individually assessed and balanced with in-house resources and skills Key Findings - Retailers are actively building out their analytics capabilities, especially focusing on real-time business intelligence that can be used for better understanding customers and making processes more efficient - Retailers look to roll out Internet of Things (IoT) strategies that cover a range of technologies including RFID, beacons and sensors. - CRM is the key area for investment in the next two years in relation to retailers’ current implementations due to the growing focus on customer experience and profiling. Synopsis This report presents the findings from a survey of 152 retailers regarding their Information & Communications Technology (ICT) investment trends. The survey investigates how retailers currently allocate their ICT budgets across the core areas of enterprise ICT expenditure: hardware, software, IT services, communications, and consulting The report illustrates the core technologies that retailers are investing in, including enterprise applications, business intelligence, internet of things (IoT), and green IT & virtualization. The survey also highlights the approach to purchasing technology adopted by retailers. The report aims to provide a better insight to ICT vendors and service providers when pitching their solutions to retailers. The survey was conducted in H1 2016 via an online methodology, with respondents all having ICT decision maker responsibility (typically CIOs and IT Managers). In particular, it provides an in-depth analysis of the following: - How ICT budgets are set to change in 2016 in terms of their overall size - Allocation across the core elements of IT spend, including hardware, software, services, communications, and consulting - Which ICT functions retailers are interested in outsourcing - Retailers’ investment priorities based on their budget allocations across core technology categories such as enterprise applications, business intelligence, green IT & virtualization, and internet of things(IoT) - Factors that are influencing retailers’ investments in each technology category - How retailers’ IT budgets are currently allocated across various segments within a technology category - Retailers’ distribution of their ICT budget across various segments within a technology category - Vendor satisfaction ratings for various core and advanced technology categories - Insight into retailers’ preferred buying approaches - Business and IT objectives that retailers’ are looking to achieve through their IT investment strategies - Factors that are influencing retailers’ decisions to select an ICT provider Reasons to Buy - Understand how the retail sector’s ICT landscape is set to change in 2016 to prioritize your target market - Comprehend how money are being allocated by retailers in specific geographies and size bands to improve your market penetration - Make effective business decisions by recognizing the opportunities within each of the core areas of ICT spend (hardware, software, IT services, telecommunications, and consulting) - Realign your sales initiatives by understanding the current strategic objectives of retailers - Enhance your market segmentation with the included, detailed breakdown of opportunities within selected technology categories (enterprise applications, business intelligence, green IT & virtualization, and internet of things(IoT)) - Prioritize your focus areas by understanding which factors are influencing retailers’ decisions when selecting an ICT provider - Understand the changes in customers’ priorities and identify the business and IT objectives that retailers are looking to achieve through their ICT investment strategies Table of Content: Key Points 1 Trends in ICT budgets 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Survey demographics 1.3 Outsourced IT functions 2 ICT investment priorities and vendor satisfaction 2.1 Introduction 2.1.1 Enterprise applications 2.1.2 Business Intelligence 2.1.3 Green IT & virtualization 2.1.4 Internet of Things (IoT) 3 ICT procurement trends 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Business objectives influencing IT investment strategy 3.3 Key decision maker for purchasing technology 3.4 ICT provider selection 4 Sector-specific trends 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Technology areas receiving the largest investments 4.3 IT expenditure plans for specific technology areas 4.4 Upgrades in technology areas 5 Summary 6 Appendix 6.1 Definitions 6.2 Further reading 6.3 Contact the authors For more information, please visit http://www.wiseguyreports.com

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