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News Article | February 28, 2017
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Taking a drive down memory lane is a way to connect to the past, and much like a photograph, visiting historical landmarks can stir emotions and educate the next generation. As part of Black History Month, Toyota teamed up with the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) to help raise awareness of America’s often overlooked yet not so hidden historic African-American treasures, for a road show to three states and contribution to help restore endangered, iconic African-American sites. “The National Trust for Historic Preservation couldn’t be more pleased that when Toyota says, “let’s go places” it also means the historic places we care about,” said Marita Rivero, chairman of the board of trustees, National Trust for Historic Preservation. “ We believe there is no more powerful way to learn about who we are and where we are headed than from the very places where history happened. It is an honor to receive this generous donation from Toyota to further our efforts in ensuring that the full breadth of the American story is told.” The road trip included such sites as: “We are proud to be a part of protecting cultural treasures for present and future generations to enjoy, preserving places that tell America’s rich history,” said Adrienne Trimble, general manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Toyota Motor North America. “These historical sites help showcase the many contributions African Americans have made to the rich tapestry of America. It’s important that we maintain them so that we can visit and discover our history.” The Black History Month road trip concluded with a visit to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in Washington, D.C. last September. Toyota is one of the museum’s founding sponsors. Toyota also has sponsored the National Archives to preserve important documents, including the GI Bill of Rights and House Passage of the Bill of Rights. Most recently, Toyota donated funds to advance programing at the Museum of Mississippi History and assist the creation of the Toyota Civil Rights Gallery at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. About Toyota Toyota, creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 60 years, we’ve produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.6 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today. Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit http://www.toyotanewsroom.com. About the National Trust for Historic Preservation The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. http://www.SavingPlaces.org


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Baseline, the industry leader in intelligent irrigation control systems, is excited to announce an expanded distribution relationship with SiteOne Landscape Supply, the largest supplier of wholesale irrigation and the complete line of green industry products in the United States and Canada. “With our expanded SiteOne relationship, we are increasing our presence in many markets in the US and Canada” said Nick Toyn, Baseline's Vice President of Marketing & Support Services. “Our goal is to continuously improve our customers’ experience in every aspect. Expanding our network of distributors and being close to our customers are key steps towards achieving that goal.” Baseline products are available from SiteOne branches in most of SiteOne's regions including all of Canada, Hawaii, and US branches east of the Rocky Mountains. To find out whether a SiteOne branch in a specific location is a Baseline distributor, please visit the Where to Buy page on the Baseline website http://www.baselinesystems.com/where-to-buy.php. "We are excited about the direction that SiteOne is heading in, and we are proud to partner with them on the journey" stated Jon Peters, Baseline's Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development. "Baseline has developed great working relationships with SiteOne management, and we are looking forward to strengthening our partnership." Representatives from many SiteOne branches are attending training at Baseline Headquarters so they can share expert knowledge of Baseline products with their customers. About Baseline Baseline, a HydroPoint Company, is a leading provider of smart irrigation control technologies. Baseline irrigation control solutions reduce management effort and costs, increase landscape health and beauty, and significantly reduce water waste. With unique, patented and patent pending technologies, Baseline provides irrigation control solutions for agricultural, commercial, and residential applications. For more information, visit http://www.baselinesystems.com. About HydroPoint HydroPoint is the proven leader in smart water management solutions. We provide commercial, government, education, and communities the ability to manage their water – both indoors and out – through real-time visibility and automation with our 360° Smart Water Management Platform. A 2014 EPA WaterSense® Manufacturer Partner of the Year, HydroPoint offers WaterCompass, WeatherTRAK, and Baseline Solutions. Founded in 2002, HydroPoint has helped a wide array of premiere sites from the National Archives Building in DC to thousands of Walmart’s across the United States to maximize water savings, reduce operating costs, and minimize risk. For more information, visit http://www.hydropoint.com. About SiteOne Landscape Supply SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. is the largest and only national wholesale distributor of landscape supplies in the United States and has a growing presence in Canada. Its customers are primarily residential and commercial landscape professionals who specialize in the design, installation and maintenance of lawns, gardens, golf courses and other outdoor spaces. For more information, visit http://www.siteone.com.


News Article | November 16, 2016
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Combing through thousands of pages in recently declassified files at the U.S. National Archives and the U.K. National Archives, attorney and author Larry Loftis has collected startling evidence regarding America's entrance into World War II. His recent book, INTO THE LION'S MOUTH, provides FBI memos and letters showing that in August 1941 J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI were not only warned of a surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but given documentary proof. Appendix 1 of the book, Loftis noted, includes two recently declassified documents never seen before in public: 1) an August 19, 1941 letter from FBI Assistant Director Earl Connelley to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover; and 2) an attachment to that letter, identified by Connelley as "Exhbit C." In the letter, Connelley informs Hoover that the prior day, August 18, he and FBI Special Agent Charles Lanman met with MI6 double agent Dusko Popov and British Security Coordination liaison, Dick Ellis, at New York City's Commodore Hotel. Connelley writes that the meeting was three hours, and that Popov described in detail what the Germans had tasked him to do while on assignment in the U.S. Connelley's attached Schedule C was the English translation of Popov's two-page German questionnaire, 40 percent of which pertains to investigation of Pearl Harbor's defenses. "Hoover told no one," Loftis stated, "not FDR, not Admiral Kimmel, not naval intelligence. The Director kept the information classified his entire life. There were eight investigations into the Pearl Harbor disaster. Not one mentions Popov's questionnaire. Not one called him or Dick Ellis to testify. Worse, Hoover actively hid the information from FDR, and concocted a canard for Reader's Digest in April 1946 to continue the subterfuge." Before releasing INTO THE LION'S MOUTH, Loftis advised Admiral James A. Lyons, Jr., a former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet who will be giving a special 75th Pearl Harbor Anniversary address in Washington, D.C. on December 7. After reviewing the book, Admiral Lyons concluded: "The description of UK's successful attack on the Italian Fleet at Taranto and how that served as the model for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor provide an interesting insight. Most shocking, however, is the fact that J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI Director, was provided this key intelligence by Dusko Popov four months before the Japanese attack, and apparently didn't tell anyone. Many thousands of lives could have been saved and the war in the Pacific could have been brought to a successful conclusion much sooner." "Every textbook in America will have to change," Loftis concluded. In addition to the review by Admiral Lyons, three other high-ranking military/intelligence officials weighed in on the book: former CIA Director Michael Morell, former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Robert Kuckuck, and former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Admiral Ronald J. Zlatoper. Their reviews, and others, are provided below. "Larry Loftis has written a sensational book, telling a remarkable true story that few know, even those in the intelligence business. Written in the style of the best spy thrillers, the book is impossible to put down. A must read." —Michael Morell, CIA Director (acting 2011, 2012-13) "Excellent book – very impressive research! This is both a well-researched history book and a dramatic breath-taking spy story, all of it true. Mr. Loftis has shown an extraordinary ability to combine the high-integrity research discipline of his legal training with a 'page-turner' writing talent to produce a scholarly thriller that is hard to put down." —Dr. Robert Kuckuck, Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory (ret.) “Sometimes truth is not only stranger, but more exciting than fiction. If one is an Ian Fleming aficionado and a World War II history buff, you will find Into the Lion's Mouth a merger of the most exciting and fascinating aspects of both genres. '007's' exploits in the fourteen James Bond books almost pale in comparison to the actual exploits of Dusko Popov. Like war history? Read this book. Like spy novels? Read this book." —Four-star Admiral R. J. Zlatoper, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (ret.) "Spectacular—incredible research and writing. Nonfiction that reads like a page-turning novel. Riveting and moving." —Jonathan Braun, Parade "For those wanting to know the real-life inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond, here it is... A work of non-fiction that's more thriller than biography. It's well-researched, but provides just enough historical background to prep us for Popov's dangerous exploits into espionage, politics and warfare." —USA Today "A gripping story about a fascinating man of many talents and faces—and what makes it all the more intriguing is that it's all true! This one will keep you planted in your reading chair from start to finish." —Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Loftis recounts the exploits of the model for Ian Fleming’s James Bond character with great skill.... Will have readers on the edge of their seats and immersed in this sometimes unbelievable tale." —Library Journal "Sifting through declassified documents from World War II—as well as hotel bills, letters and long-forgotten memoirs—Loftis painstakingly pinpoints the exact moment Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, first encountered this real-life 007." —New York Post “Who needs fiction. Truth is a thousand times better, and this true-life adventure has it all. Action, history, secrets, conspiracies—a sizzling piece of entertainment that’s real.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author “The real-life inspiration for James Bond proves to be every bit as riveting as any of Ian Fleming's creations ...One of the most remarkable books we've read all year... Although Into the Lion's Mouth reads more like an intelligence caper than a biography, the book is impeccably researched and cited, making it an excellent read for even the most discriminating history buffs.” —BestThrillers.com INTO THE LION’S MOUTH The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond Berkley Caliber Hardcover By Larry Loftis ISBN: 9780425281819; $27.00; 384 pages Larry Loftis is an author and AV-rated attorney. He has published legal articles in the University of Florida Law Review, Suffolk Transnational Law Journal, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Florida Bar Journal, National Law Journal, and Florida Banking. He received a BA and J.D. from the University of Florida, where he served on the Law Review as the senior executive editor and senior articles editor. He also served at the law school as a teaching fellow for Legal Research and Writing/Appellate Advocacy, and has taught law at Belhaven University.


The ransom notes helped seal Hauptmann's fate. Eight experts testified that the handwriting on the notes matched Hauptmann's. In the media frenzy that was the Lindbergh trial, one of those experts made a point of avoiding the spotlight, something he did throughout his long career. Years later, when he was nearing retirement, a profile in Reader's Digest would refer to him as Detective X. His name was Wilmer Souder. A physicist at the National Bureau of Standards, now known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Souder played an important role in the early days of forensic science. He helped send countless murderers, bootleggers, gangsters and thieves to prison, and he kept such a low profile partly out of concern for his and his family's safety. Perhaps as a result, he was not long remembered for his forensic work, and his influence on the developing field of forensic science was not as great as it might have been. A scientist and a historian at NIST team up to discover the mostly forgotten history of Wilmer Souder, a scientist who worked at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) from 1911 to 1954. Souder was an early expert in the field of forensic science. His careful analysis of evidence and his expert testimony sent to prison countless murderers, bootleggers, gangsters, and thieves. The most famous case he worked on was the Lindbergh kidnapping case, and this video reveals that his involvement in that case was much greater than previously known. But this story is about more than a partly forgotten historical figure. It's also about the history of science, and the fact that progress usually does not happen in a straight line. Souder brought precision measurement and rigorous standards to the emerging field of forensic science. In doing so, he confronted issues that modern forensic science is still grappling with today. Now, a scientist and a historian are bringing Souder's story to light. But their efforts have been impeded not only by a scarcity of historical records—something many researchers must contend with—but also by the fact that Souder had diligently obscured his own role. The search started in late 2014, when Kristen Frederick-Frost, then working as curator of the NIST Museum, was planning a display of objects related to the history of forensic science. Frederick-Frost, who earned a Ph.D. in physics before obtaining a master's degree in the history of science, is fascinated by historical artifacts. Often, when she finds one, she manages to convey both spontaneous excitement and scholarly seriousness at the same time. Frederick-Frost knew of Souder's work in forensic science from a few brief mentions in the agency's official history, and she hoped that the NIST archive might include a Souder-related artifact or two for her display. So, she put on a thick sweater she keeps at her desk and headed down to the agency's archive, which is really just a room in the basement filled with shelves and kept cold to preserve the collection. On one of those shelves was a box containing much more than she was expecting to find. In it were nine old notebooks, each bound in green fabric and filled with Souder's barely legible script. "It took me about ten minutes of reading before I realized how big a deal this was," Frederick-Frost said. At around the same time, a NIST scientist whom Frederick-Frost had not yet met was also digging into Souder's history. John Butler, like Souder before him, is an important figure in the history of forensic science. As a Ph.D. student in the 1990s, he developed techniques for analyzing DNA that are now standard practice in crime labs around the world. Butler, a father of six, usually walks the less than two miles from his home to the NIST campus in suburban Gaithersburg, Maryland. He no longer works in the lab. These days, Butler plays a leading role in a NIST effort to strengthen the scientific foundation of forensics, and he is vice-chair of a federal advisory committee, the National Commission on Forensic Science. Butler's goal, and that of the larger effort of which he is a part, is to strengthen forensic science in ways that ensure criminals are brought to justice and innocent people do not end up behind bars. During college, Butler had a summer internship at the National Archives, so he's a bit of a history buff. If NIST were going to try to change the way forensic science is practiced today, Butler thought, it would be wise to learn from history. Butler also knew just a bit of Souder from the agency's official history, and he started searching for Souder's scientific publications. "I had no idea how big a role Souder played," Butler said. A mutual colleague told Frederick-Frost about Butler. She called him, and within an hour Butler was poring over the notebooks and sharing what he had learned so far. Trained by the Best Souder, they would later learn, grew up on a farm in Indiana and worked briefly as a schoolteacher before earning a master's degree in physics. He started working at the National Bureau of Standards in 1911. He must have shown considerable promise because he left two years later for the University of Chicago, then home to perhaps the top physics department in the United States. That department included Albert Michelson, who had won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1907 for inventing optical instruments that could measure things very precisely. The Michelson interferometer, for instance, could measure distances of less than one micrometer, or one-millionth of a meter. That department was also home to Robert Millikan, who would win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1923 for his work on the photoelectric effect. Souder studied under Millikan and conducted many experiments on that same subject, though most of Souder's research papers did not list him as first author. That honor, in keeping with a tradition that many graduate students are still familiar with today, went to Millikan. Soon after receiving his Ph.D. in 1916, Souder returned to the National Bureau of Standards, where he made a name for himself by studying the physical properties of dental fillings, including how different amalgams expanded or contracted as they dried or changed temperature. Perhaps drawing on his doctoral training, he used an interferometer to measure these changes with great precision. This work may seem less exciting than forensic science, but it was of great interest to the U.S. Army, whose soldiers required dental care. Although Souder is not well-remembered for his work in forensics, one of the most prestigious honors in the field of dental research is named for him: the Wilmer Souder Award. The mild-mannered expert on dental fillings would soon develop a sideline in forensic science. In those days, federal agencies had not yet set up crime laboratories, so when they had evidence to analyze, they turned to the National Bureau of Standards for help. Forensic science is largely a matter of metrology—the science of measurement—and that fell squarely within the remit of the bureau. And within the bureau, who better to make extremely precise measurements of physical evidence than the University of Chicago-trained physicist? When law enforcement agents brought evidence to him, Souder logged its receipt in a notebook. Among those notebooks were the nine that Frederick-Frost would find, almost a century later, in the NIST archive. Butler spent his off-hours during the summer of 2015 filling a spreadsheet with dates, case numbers, and other data from the notebooks. He found that from 1929 until 1954, Souder worked on 838 cases, including almost 100 for the Department of Justice, which then included the Bureau of Prohibition as well as the FBI. He also worked on almost 300 cases for the Treasury Department, which often investigated mobsters for tax evasion—most famously, Al Capone, though no evidence has emerged that Souder worked on that case. Most of the cases Souder worked on came from federal agencies. But there was at least one exception. On May 9, 1932, a Lieutenant R. A. Snook of the New Jersey State Police met with Souder at the bureau's labs in Washington, D.C. Snook was the chief investigator in the Lindbergh case, and he brought with him the original ransom notes for Souder to photograph and analyze. A few days later, Snook filed a report of this meeting with his police agency. "Dr. Souder explained that arrangements had been made for the work to be kept strictly confidential," the report said. "The case was to be known to the Bureau of Standards as the Adamson case," a fictitious name that Souder invented to throw busybodies off the trail. The report went on to say that when Souder introduced Snook to people at the bureau, he introduced him as, "Mr. Martin, from New York." The Chicago Daily Tribune reported Souder's involvement later that month, so in the Lindbergh case, at least, the information didn't take long to leak out. But Souder's notebooks are full of obscure references. "Who knows what other famous cases he worked on," Butler said. On September 6, 1932, Souder must have been working on the Lindbergh case. His notebook entry for that day says, "see Adamson Volume." Butler and Frederick-Frost searched everywhere they could think of for the Adamson volume. "I was obsessed with finding it," Frederick-Frost said. So far, at least, they haven't. Their next big break came later that year, when Frederick-Frost was searching through binders full of old archive transfer records at NIST. In one of them, she found a half-century-old transfer slip that documented a shipment to the National Archives containing more than 10,000 glass plate negatives. Other shipments contained detailed reports of laboratory test results. At least some of these photographs and reports, she was sure, would be from Souder's lab. She and Butler visited the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, several times in late 2015. Unfortunately, they learned that detailed reports related to identification of handwriting, typewriting and bullets—these were Souder's areas of expertise—had been discarded in April 1944, presumably to make room in the collection for new material. But the glass plate negatives were there, and an archivist named William Wade gamely assisted by hoisting and carting heavy boxes full of those plates to the viewing area. "We were at the end of a long day and I said, 'Billy I have just one more pull, I'm sorry,'" Frederick-Frost said. He came back with a box that looked different from the others. When new material arrives at the facility, archivists repackage it in preservation-quality boxes. This was an old cardboard box that looked as if it had not been opened for decades. Butler and Frederick-Frost, wearing white cotton art-handling gloves, opened the box. It was stuffed with shredded newsprint. Pushing that aside, they dug out two smaller boxes sealed with black tape. Scribbled across the top of those, in the same penciled handwriting that fills Souder's nine notebooks, they saw the words, "Baby Lindbergh Kidnapping Case." "We were ecstatic," Frederick-Frost said. Opening the smaller boxes, they found glass plate negatives, produced during Lieutenant Snook's May 9, 1932, visit to the National Bureau of Standards, of the handwritten ransom notes demanding money—some demanded $50,000, others $70,000— for the safe return of Charles Lindbergh Jr. Souder analyzed the handwriting in those notes and testified at trial that the handwriting was Hauptmann's. Prosecutors presented much other evidence as well, but Souder's testimony did help send Hauptmann to the electric chair. Was his analysis of the evidence reliable? In recent years, many forensic methods have come under increased scrutiny. A 2009 report from the National Academy of Sciences found that there may be a scientific basis for handwriting comparison, but that there has been only limited research into its reliability. It said much the same about another technique that Souder frequently used, that of comparing marks on bullets to determine if they were fired by the same gun. Referring to a broad array of forensic disciplines, the report said: "In some cases, substantive information and testimony based on faulty forensic science analyses may have contributed to wrongful convictions of innocent people." To reduce the likelihood of wrongful convictions, that 2009 report, and a 2016 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, called for increased research into the validity of forensic methods. They also called for a transition away from subjective methods that require human judgement and toward objective measurements with well-defined error rates. NIST launched its current forensic science program partly in response to the issues raised in the 2009 report. Today, NIST scientists are developing new methods for analyzing ballistic evidence, fingerprints and DNA evidence, among others. NIST also is leading an effort to develop science-based standards for use in forensic laboratories. While searching through old scientific publications, Butler found that Souder often discussed these very same issues. For instance, in an article by Souder in the March 19, 1932, issue of Army and Navy Journal, Souder discussed the importance of precision measurement in forensic analysis. He also called for minimum standards for laboratory equipment and standards for qualification of experts. In doing so, Souder anticipated with eerie similitude the very issues that are roiling the forensic community today. So, can we have confidence in Souder's analysis of Hauptmann's handwriting? "We don't have his detailed case notes, so we don't know exactly how he conducted his analyses," Butler said. "But in terms of his scientific approach, he was way ahead of his time." Souder had no understudies in forensic science, and after he retired in 1954, the National Bureau of Standards no longer involved itself in forensic casework. Souder had maintained a much more visible profile in his dental research, and he would have a great influence on the trajectory of that field. But his contributions to forensic science would be largely forgotten. Today, the forensic community is still grappling with issues that Souder first raised almost 100 years ago. Perhaps the biggest piece of this still incomplete puzzle fell into place after Butler searched census records, marriage announcements and genealogy websites to locate Souder's only living descendant. Kathy Leser is a retired corporate executive living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and she bears a striking resemblance to her grandfather. Leser was unaware how important a role Souder played in the early days of forensic science. Most of her memories of him are from after he retired to Pennsylvania. Butler and Frederick-Frost invited Leser to NIST so they could share what they had found. When she visited, she brought a box of Souder's belongings from her attic. The box contained a photo of a young Souder growing up on the family farm in Indiana, and photos of Souder, his wife and daughter—his only child—on vacation in Europe. It contained press clippings and letters of appreciation from FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon. It also included a gun carry permit that listed as the reason for issuance: "Witness in criminal identifications for Federal & D.C. Governments. Personal protection desirable for such service." Leser donated these items to the NIST archive. Frederick-Frost, who originally intended only a museum display about the history of forensic science, mounted an exhibit on Souder which opened at the NIST Museum in June 2016. Today, Frederick-Frost is a curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where she specializes in the history of science. Butler continues his work to move forensic science forward. He has always kept notes on the efforts he's been involved in, but he does that now more than ever to ensure that an institutional memory of these efforts persists. That way, future efforts can build upon what's already been accomplished rather than repeating what came before. Butler and Frederick-Frost both continue to search for information about Souder. There is surely more out there, though much is permanently lost. The first time they met Leser, Butler and Frederick-Frost asked her if she had a notebook or box with the word "Adamson" on it. Leser did not. She said that Souder had kept organized records in his attic, but since he passed away in 1974, they've been lost. Explore further: Trace evidence databases for forensic investigators now available online


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With Hitachi Content Intelligence, these customers can transform data into relevant business information and deliver it to the right people, when it matters most. Hitachi Content Intelligence addresses the challenges of exploring and discovering relevant, valuable and factual information across the growing number of data producers and siloed repositories that plague organizations today. By aggregating multistructured data, Hitachi Content Intelligence enables insights to be surfaced faster, data management and governance to be more complete, and to understand the distribution of organizational data based on its value to the business. "Hitachi Content Platform has transformed the way we handle compliance investigations and cut the time needed for discovery searches from weeks to hours. Hitachi Content Intelligence is now an important and necessary part of our global compliance monitoring, discovery, and intervention architecture," said Walter Hendricks, BA, CCEP-I, business change manager, Discovery & Intervention - Compliance Expertise & Operations, Rabobank. Rabobank serves more than 10 million customers in 47 countries, employs over 51,000 people worldwide and, like all financial institutions, is subject to strict regulations in each of the countries where it operates. The company needed a solution that would be efficient, flexible and comprehensive for current and future compliance investigations. With Hitachi, the bank now gives approved users all the data they need at their desks without having to ask for IT support. Customers such as Precision Discovery, and the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) have turned to HDS to solve their most critical digital transformation initiatives. With the seamless integration of Hitachi Content Intelligence, long-standing HCP portfolio customers are able to analyze their endlessly growing amounts of structured and unstructured data without having to turn to a third party. The National Archives and Records Administration uses HCP and Hitachi Content Intelligence to store, preserve and make accessible their largest and most prominent electronic records collections to include emails, photos, documents and dozens of source applications that have been converted to open formats. "We selected Hitachi Content Intelligence over competing Solr-based implementations or building our own, due to its use of a flexible software developers kit and its integration with HCP. In addition, we know the architecture will not constrain what we want to do with the platform," said Jason vanValkenburgh, vice president at Hitachi Consulting, which provides project management and application development for the project with HDS Federal and prime contract holder, ViON Corporation. "Precision Discovery recognizes the value in HCP with Hitachi Content Intelligence in solving the parts of the litigation lifecycle that are the most difficult to manage. This platform allows us to build custom solutions that greatly reduce customer costs, increase visibility and manage risk. None of this is possible without the intelligence, extensibility and raw power of Hitachi Content Intelligence," said Howard Holton, CIO, Precision Discovery. According to Scott Baker, senior director of Emerging Technologies at Hitachi Data Systems, "For today's enterprises, data is the most strategic asset, and connecting the right people to the right data in a timely and meaningful way is critical to staying relevant and competitive in their market segment. Hitachi Content Intelligence lets customers organize, transform and package organizational data into factual information, making it invaluable to the business." With Hitachi Content Intelligence, organizations can now connect to and aggregate data silos, transform, and enrich the data as it's processed, and provide analytics across all the data stored on the platform -- making it the industry's only object storage portfolio with seamlessly integrated cloud gateway, file sync and share, and data search and analytics capabilities. 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Customers enjoy faster time to value and service providers accelerate time to market by eliminating the hassles of do-it-yourself integration. About Hitachi Data Systems Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help global organizations open new revenue streams, increase efficiencies, improve customer experience and ensure rapid time to market in the digital age. Only Hitachi Data Systems powers the digital enterprise by integrating the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies. We combine this experience with Hitachi expertise in the internet of things to deliver the exceptional insights business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at HDS.com. About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. ( : 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com. HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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Baseline, the industry leader in intelligent irrigation control systems, announced today that the BaseStation 1000™ and BaseStation 3200™ controller platforms have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense label by meeting the program’s water-efficiency and performance criteria. Baseline's weather-based functionality, known as WeatherAccess™, is available through BaseManager on BaseStation 1000 or BaseStation 3200 irrigation controllers. This functionality is available at no additional cost to BaseManager Plus subscribers. Baseline has leveraged its years of experience and expertise in measuring evapotranspiration with soil moisture sensors to provide a platform that combines this intelligent watering technology with the industry’s best practices for weather-based irrigation controllers into a single user interface. Now, Baseline customers have the ability to use our time-tested and proven soil moisture sensor technology alongside industry-accepted weather-based programming to achieve the best irrigation results. Baseline's WeatherAccess integrates with WeatherUnderground.com so users can select a weather station that best serves their site. The BaseManager Plus user interface allows the user to easily input all of the necessary variables in order to ensure the best-possible ET calculation. About Baseline Baseline, a HydroPoint Company, is a leading provider of smart irrigation control technologies. Baseline irrigation control solutions reduce management effort and costs, increase landscape health and beauty, and significantly reduce water waste. With unique, patented and patent pending technologies, Baseline provides irrigation control solutions for agricultural, commercial, and residential applications. For more information, visit http://www.baselinesystems.com. About HydroPoint HydroPoint is the proven leader in smart water management solutions. We provide commercial, government, education, and communities the ability to manage their water – both indoors and out – through real-time visibility and automation with our 360° Smart Water Management Platform. A 2014 EPA WaterSense® Manufacturer Partner of the Year, HydroPoint offers WaterCompass, WeatherTRAK, and Baseline Solutions. Founded in 2002, HydroPoint has helped a wide array of premiere sites from the National Archives Building in DC to thousands of Walmart’s across the United States to maximize water savings, reduce operating costs, and minimize risk. For more information, visit http://www.hydropoint.com.


ROCKVILLE, MD, October 28, 2016-- History Associates today announced a partnership with The Trustees to launch its first online collections catalog highlighting hundreds of rare and historic documents and artifacts from the 125-year old organization's collections. Among the rare items within The Trustees archives is a letter written by Ralph Waldo Emerson when he was just 12 years old. It was discovered tucked under a loose floorboard of The Old Manse, one of The Trustees' historic properties in Concord, Massachusetts. Now two hundred years after it was written, the letter is accessible online, so anyone can read the insights of a precocious pre-teen who was already a gifted writer, written in his own hand.Like many cultural institutions, The Trustees face the challenge of making historical information more accessible while preserving fragile and irreplaceable materials. The Trustees Collections Catalog is the culmination of a two-year project to organize, digitize, preserve and make available their collections. For the first time, Trustees members, scholars, and the public are now able to view selected items from the collections from anywhere via any device.The Emerson letter is just one of a selection of more than 30 highlighted objects, photos, and other documents from The Trustees collections that can be viewed within the newly-launched catalog. Website visitors can read the earliest known surviving document written by Thomas Jefferson, learn and see a tea cart by the celebrated designer Vladim in Field Farm Collection, a mid-20thcentury modernist home; as well as a Pilgrim Chest - one of the earliest pieces of American furniture in The Trustees collection.Visitors can also access images from The Trustees' 116 sites, including Trustees farms and their operations over generations of family members, which will be of particular interest to local families, genealogists, and historians.With a huge selection of materials to choose from, The Trustees' curators and archivists started the project by focusing on collections from three of their historic houses. All are National Historic Landmarks: the Old Manse in Concord, Naumkeag House and Gardens in Stockbridge, and Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich. Collections surrounding 13 other properties are also represented. Each catalog record includes detailed information, and imagery, and new content will be added to update the collections catalog on a regular basis.History Associates was part of the development team, working closely with Trustees staff and technology provider Preservica on the project. "Our goal was to provide the best solution to The Trustees that would meet several critical objectives," noted Mark Evans, director at History Associates and digital archives consultant on the project. After selecting Preservica's Preservation and Universal Access Web based platform, the team developed a collection hierarchy, metadata structures, and new search capabilities that would support the needs of both internal and external users. They also developed processes to facilitate smooth export/import of records from the Trustee's PastPerfect database into Preservica's Preservation web based platform."Data standardization is critical in this process," noted Evans. "We aligned the metadata and structure according to current best practices and standards, so the Trustees collection database has a common lexicon. This allowed us to build advanced search and filter features on the website, making it easier for users to find what they're looking for or browse through sets of items they'd like to see." He added that this structure also enables the Trustees' other collections to be integrated with the current content in the future. The Trustees have also partnered with the Digital Commonwealth, the Internet Archive, and the National Archives in sharing Trustees materials with a broader audience.The online materials are catalogued using local guidelines and adaptations of national standards. Generally, several controlled vocabulary systems are used for names and descriptive terms: the Getty Research Institute's Art & Architecture Thesaurus, Thesaurus of Geographic Names, and Union List of Artist Names; and the Library of Congress Authorities database."We're known for our stewardship of natural and historic sites across the state of Massachusetts, but many people do not realize that we also preserve thousands of historical documents, objects, and artifacts that were acquired along with the properties," said Alison Bassett, Archives & Research Center Manager at The Trustees. "This catalog helps us further our mission to share our irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures with everyone."The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) is a publicly supported, tax-exempt, non-profit organization which cares for 116 scenic, natural and cultural reservations consisting of more than 27,000 acres in 75 communities across Massachusetts. We have been connecting people to the places they love, and to each other, for 125 years. Founded in 1891 by landscape architect Charles Eliot, a protege of Frederick Law Olmsted, The Trustees is the world's first land preservation organization and Massachusetts' largest conservation nonprofit. The organization's mission is to "preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts" and conserve the character that makes Massachusetts' landscapes and communities unique.For over thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories archival services , and collections management to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit www.historyassociates.com


News Article | February 24, 2017
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After a heart attack, it is important for patients to take medication that lowers cholesterol levels. In a new study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, researchers at Uppsala and Umeå Universities have found that general cognitive ability (intelligence) has a bearing, in the first year and two years after the heart attack, on how well men take statins prescribed for them. Patients who have had heart attacks almost always get prescriptions for statins, which are among the key drugs for secondary prevention and effectively reduce cholesterol levels. Not taking one's statins raises the risk of suffering from a new heart attack or premature death. Nonetheless, some patients choose not to continue taking them. The risk of discontinuing statins is associated with various factors, such as side-effects, degree of morbidity and socioeconomic status. The study in question included more than 20 variables, such as age, diabetes, employment status, medications at discharge, and self-assessed physical and mental health. The cognitive ability of more than 2,500 patients had been measured roughly 30 years before the heart attack, when their compulsory military service began, and the researchers found an association between low general cognitive ability and an elevated risk of not taking the statins prescribed. 'It's very important for the patients themselves to take personal responsibility for their health after the heart attack -- taking their medication, eating a healthy diet, taking exercise and not smoking. This study inspires hope that we might be able to improve tailor-made care, based on the patients' cognitive capacity,' says John Wallert, a clinical psychologist and PhD student at Uppsala University. Jointly with epidemiologist Claudia Lissåker, cardiologist Claes Held, psychologist Erik Olsson and Professor Guy Madison, Wallert used data from men aged 60 or younger whose first heart attack occurred between 2006 and 2011, as registered in the SWEDEHEART national quality register. Data was linked with the Swedish National Archives' register for military conscription, INSARK, containing data on cognitive ability from male conscript testing in 1965-1997. The Swedish Pharmaceuticals Registry and self-reported medication then provided information about the patients' statin intake. 'Data in this study are limited to relatively young men and follow-up studies should also include older people and women,' Wallert says. 'Current treatment and aftercare guidelines for heart attacks don't pinpoint the significance of cognitive ability, which is vital for planning, memory and executive function in everyday life. Previous studies have shown that cognitive ability is extremely stable between the ages of 18 and 65 in its systematic variation from one individual to another. What we have here is a previously unknown long-term predictor that seems to contribute to whether these patients take their statins or not. We hope this may be useful in healthcare and communication with patients,' Wallert says. 'Several studies have shown that cognitive ability predicts a range of established lifestyle risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity, diabetes, and now also non-compliance with taking statins after a heart attack. With tailor-made care, aggregate research suggests that we should take patients' cognitive ability into account as well. Today, secondary prevention after heart attack has a clear structure, based on repeat visits to the cardiologist and cardiac nurse, which are a vital requirement for tailor-made care. There may possibly be a risk of some patients with lower cognitive ability falling through the cracks of present-day care at the stage when patients need to make key behavioural changes that, in turn, affect their risk of having another heart attack and dying prematurely.' Article reference: John Wallert, Claudia Lissåker, Guy Madison, Claes Held and Erik Olsson (2017) Young Adulthood Cognitive Ability Predicts Statin Adherence in Middle-Aged First Myocardial Infarction Men: A Swedish National Registry Study, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, DOI: 10.1177/2047487317693951 For more information, please contact John Wallert, tel: 018-4713483, e-post: john.wallert@kbh.uu.se


News Article | March 1, 2017
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New Entity Launches on March 1, 2017 as "Global Public Safety" HANOVER, MD / ACCESSWIRE / March 1, 2017 / Brekford Corp. (OTCQX: BFDI), a leading public safety and security technology service provider of fully integrated automated traffic safety enforcement ("ATSE") solutions, announced that on February 28, 2017 it finalized the sale of an 80.1% stake in its vehicle services business to LB&B Associates Inc. ("LB&B"), headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. Proceeds from the sale were used to retire all long-term debt of the Company, and provide growth capital for expansion of its ATSE business, which provides turnkey solutions to government agencies for automated enforcement of speed, red light, and distracted driving violations. In keeping with the Contribution and Unit Purchase Agreement (the "Agreement") signed by Brekford and LB&B on February 6, 2017, the Company contributed substantially all assets and certain liabilities related to its law enforcement vehicle upfitting business to Global Public Safety, LLC ("GPS"). As of the closing on February 28, 2017, LB&B acquired 80.1% of the units of GPS for $4 million in cash and a $2 million promissory note that will be secured by LB&B's GPS units. Brekford retains ownership of 19.9% of the units of GPS as a minority member. "We are pleased to finalize this important transaction, which will provide necessary growth capital for Brekford's ATSE business," commented Rod Hillman, President and COO of Brekford. "We look forward to implementing an aggressive growth plan to provide our turnkey photo enforcement solutions to government agencies throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Additionally, GPS is positioned for significant expansion of its public safety solutions business under the leadership of LB&B. With an ongoing minority interest in GPS, we will also assist in whatever manner requested to help that business flourish." The sale is in keeping with a definitive merger agreement signed between Brekford and Keystone Solutions, Inc. ("Keystone") on February 10, 2017, with a condition to sell the vehicle upfitting business to a company with the resources to grow the business nationally (https://www.accesswire.com/454965/Brekford-Signs-Definitive-Agreement-to-Merge-with-Keystone-Solutions-Inc.). LB&B has been in business since 1992, and currently operates nationwide providing diversified services such as facilities management, transportation and distribution, security, simulation systems support and training, and base operations support for both federal government and private sector clients. Brekford Corp. provides state-of-the art automated traffic enforcement solutions to municipalities, and other public safety agencies throughout the United States. Its services include automated speed, red light, and distracted driving camera enforcement programs. Brekford's combination of automated traffic enforcement services with a longstanding background and foundation in public safety solutions offers a unique 360-degree solution for law enforcement agencies and municipalities. The Company is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland, and its common stock is traded on the OTC Markets under the symbol "BFDI." Additional information on Brekford can be accessed online at www.brekford.com. LB&B Associates Inc. is a diversified services company operating in over twenty-five states, the District of Columbia, and overseas locations. Its services include facilities management, operations and maintenance, logistics support, simulation systems support and training, base operations support, and commercial support. More than 1,000 associates nationwide have provided a broad range of services to federal agencies, state governments, commercial businesses, the military, NATO, hospitals, churches, research centers, and educational facilities. Key customers include the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, GSA, National Archives, CMS, and DHS. LB&B is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. Additional information can be accessed online at www.lbbassociates.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of that term in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Words such as "anticipate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "target," "aim," "should," and words and terms of similar substance and any financial projections used in connection with any discussion of future plans, strategies, objectives, actions, or events identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, among others, those concerning our expected financial performance and strategic and operational plans, as well as all assumptions, expectations, predictions, intentions or beliefs about future events. These statements are based on the beliefs of our management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to us and reflect our current views concerning future events. As such, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among many others: the risk that any projections, including earnings, revenues, expenses, synergies, margins or any other financial items that form the basis for management's plans and assumptions are not realized; a reduction in industry profit margin; requirements or changes affecting the business in which we are engaged; our ability to successfully implement new strategies; operating hazards; competition and the loss of key personnel; changing interpretations of generally accepted accounting principles; continued compliance with government regulations; changing legislation and regulatory environments; and the general volatility of the market prices of our securities and general economic conditions. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Brekford Corp. with the SEC, specifically the Company's most recent reports filed on Form 10-K and Forms 10-Q, which further identify important risks, trends and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this press release. Brekford Corp. expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.


News Article | March 1, 2017
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HANOVER, MD / ACCESSWIRE / March 1, 2017 / Brekford Corp. (OTCQX: BFDI), a leading public safety and security technology service provider of fully integrated automated traffic safety enforcement ("ATSE") solutions, announced that on February 28, 2017 it finalized the sale of an 80.1% stake in its vehicle services business to LB&B Associates Inc. ("LB&B"), headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. Proceeds from the sale were used to retire all long-term debt of the Company, and provide growth capital for expansion of its ATSE business, which provides turnkey solutions to government agencies for automated enforcement of speed, red light, and distracted driving violations. In keeping with the Contribution and Unit Purchase Agreement (the "Agreement") signed by Brekford and LB&B on February 6, 2017, the Company contributed substantially all assets and certain liabilities related to its law enforcement vehicle upfitting business to Global Public Safety, LLC ("GPS"). As of the closing on February 28, 2017, LB&B acquired 80.1% of the units of GPS for $4 million in cash and a $2 million promissory note that will be secured by LB&B's GPS units. Brekford retains ownership of 19.9% of the units of GPS as a minority member. "We are pleased to finalize this important transaction, which will provide necessary growth capital for Brekford's ATSE business," commented Rod Hillman, President and COO of Brekford. "We look forward to implementing an aggressive growth plan to provide our turnkey photo enforcement solutions to government agencies throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Additionally, GPS is positioned for significant expansion of its public safety solutions business under the leadership of LB&B. With an ongoing minority interest in GPS, we will also assist in whatever manner requested to help that business flourish." The sale is in keeping with a definitive merger agreement signed between Brekford and Keystone Solutions, Inc. ("Keystone") on February 10, 2017, with a condition to sell the vehicle upfitting business to a company with the resources to grow the business nationally (https://www.accesswire.com/454965/Brekford-Signs-Definitive-Agreement-to-Merge-with-Keystone-Solutions-Inc.). LB&B has been in business since 1992, and currently operates nationwide providing diversified services such as facilities management, transportation and distribution, security, simulation systems support and training, and base operations support for both federal government and private sector clients. Brekford Corp. provides state-of-the art automated traffic enforcement solutions to municipalities, and other public safety agencies throughout the United States. Its services include automated speed, red light, and distracted driving camera enforcement programs. Brekford's combination of automated traffic enforcement services with a longstanding background and foundation in public safety solutions offers a unique 360-degree solution for law enforcement agencies and municipalities. The Company is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland, and its common stock is traded on the OTC Markets under the symbol "BFDI." Additional information on Brekford can be accessed online at www.brekford.com. LB&B Associates Inc. is a diversified services company operating in over twenty-five states, the District of Columbia, and overseas locations. Its services include facilities management, operations and maintenance, logistics support, simulation systems support and training, base operations support, and commercial support. More than 1,000 associates nationwide have provided a broad range of services to federal agencies, state governments, commercial businesses, the military, NATO, hospitals, churches, research centers, and educational facilities. Key customers include the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, GSA, National Archives, CMS, and DHS. LB&B is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. Additional information can be accessed online at www.lbbassociates.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of that term in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Words such as "anticipate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "target," "aim," "should," and words and terms of similar substance and any financial projections used in connection with any discussion of future plans, strategies, objectives, actions, or events identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, among others, those concerning our expected financial performance and strategic and operational plans, as well as all assumptions, expectations, predictions, intentions or beliefs about future events. These statements are based on the beliefs of our management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to us and reflect our current views concerning future events. As such, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among many others: the risk that any projections, including earnings, revenues, expenses, synergies, margins or any other financial items that form the basis for management's plans and assumptions are not realized; a reduction in industry profit margin; requirements or changes affecting the business in which we are engaged; our ability to successfully implement new strategies; operating hazards; competition and the loss of key personnel; changing interpretations of generally accepted accounting principles; continued compliance with government regulations; changing legislation and regulatory environments; and the general volatility of the market prices of our securities and general economic conditions. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Brekford Corp. with the SEC, specifically the Company's most recent reports filed on Form 10-K and Forms 10-Q, which further identify important risks, trends and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this press release. Brekford Corp. expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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