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Addresses the need for secure video integrated with native SharePoint BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Nov 8, 2016) -  Ramp, the leading provider of next-generation SharePoint video management and eCDN video delivery solutions for large enterprises, today announced a technology and marketing partnership with Syrinx Consulting Corporation, whose software solutions keep pace with the changing state of business and technology. On a daily basis, enterprises rely on live and on-demand video for training, executive communications, and marketing. The latest Microsoft SharePoint capabilities allow users to easily share video files in a SharePoint library or Yammer conversation. With increasing volumes of video content, managers need to securely and seamlessly manage video in the standard SharePoint environment. Through this partnership, Syrinx and Ramp will accelerate the delivery of high-quality solutions that manage video securely while delivering the best quality video experience for users in SharePoint. "More enterprises are relying on SharePoint for their video content, so managers face the challenges of deploying high-quality video securely across the entire enterprise. With hands-on expertise in security and software design, Syrinx delivers full service, end-to-end enterprise projects, from concept through delivery, for SharePoint environments," said Tom Racca, CEO of Ramp. Ramp VideoVerge™ for SharePoint uniquely combines self-service live webcasting and video management on a single, converged, cloud-based platform. It includes two products: VideoVerge™ Manager and VideoVerge™ Live. Ramp VideoVerge for SharePoint is the only scalable, enterprise-class platform that is native to Microsoft SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2016, and built for the cloud. According to Syrinx CEO Andrew Gelina, "Enterprises are using video for internal communications and training that are scheduled on a regular and recurring basis. Ramp enhances our expert SharePoint practice with video solutions for massive distributed communications with the benefits of time-shifting, search capabilities and audio conversion to text. Importantly, Ramp overcomes the challenges of secure video management." Aragon Research believes that video is poised for explosive growth in the enterprise, with video crossing over to become the dominant content type in 2018. According to Cisco, three-fourths of the world's mobile data traffic will be video by 2020. Mobile video will increase eleven-fold between 2015 and 2020, accounting for 75 percent of total mobile data traffic by the end of the forecast period. About Syrinx Syrinx Consulting is a developer-owned and run, custom software engineering firm with over 80 full-time engineers located in the United States. With concentrations in enterprise application development, big data, IoT, eCommerce and payments, mobile apps and much more, their two main delivery models are agile sourcing and custom project delivery. Syrinx Consulting's software development team is comprised of experts who understand, integrate and bring to life agile, scalable technology and business solutions for Fortune 500 companies. They have spent the last 20 years building great software for their clients and working with the latest technologies. They love building software and bringing it to market. Syrinx is headquartered in Needham, MA and can be reached at (781) 487-7800 and www.syrinx.com. About VideoVerge Manager and VideoVerge Live VideoVerge Manager makes video as searchable as text-based content and watchable across multiple desktop and mobile devices using SharePoint. Designed for the cloud, VideoVerge Manager ensures fast, cost-effective deployment, while SharePoint's enterprise-grade security protects sensitive content. VideoVerge Live provides true self-service webcasting from within SharePoint, without the need for IT assistance, no matter how large or dispersed the audience. About Ramp Ramp is a leading provider of next-generation video management and delivery solutions designed to help organizations get the most value possible from their video content. Our full-featured video content management solution, VideoVerge™ for SharePoint, integrates videos into the native SharePoint environment, making it as easy to search and find as text-based content and viewable across multiple desktop and mobile devices. And our enterprise content delivery network gives organizations a powerful and easy way to communicate with large, geographically diverse audiences through high-quality, stable transmissions without the need for proprietary infrastructures and custom video players. Many Global 2000 companies, including Fortune 500 leaders, benefit from Ramp's enterprise solutions. Ramp is headquartered in Boston, MA and can be reached at (857) 202-3500 or www.ramp.com.


Zhang Z.,University of Western Australia | Rengel Z.,University of Western Australia | Meney K.,Syrinx Environmental Pty Ltd. | Pantelic L.,Syrinx Environmental Pty Ltd. | Tomanovic R.,Syrinx Environmental Pty Ltd.
Journal of Hazardous Materials | Year: 2011

Growth and pollutant removal by emergent wetland plants may be influenced by interactions among mixed pollutants in constructed wetlands. A glasshouse experiment was conducted to investigate interactive effects of cadmium (Cd) × polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) × plant treatments on growth of Juncus subsecundus, Cd and PAH removal from soil and the total number of microorganisms in soil. Growth and biomass of J. subsecundus were significantly influenced by interaction of Cd and PAHs, significantly decreasing with either Cd or PAH additions, but with the effect of Cd on plant growth being stronger than that of PAHs. The mixture of low Cd and low PAH lessened Cd toxicity to plants, resulting in improved plant growth and increased Cd accumulation in plant tissues, thus enhancing Cd removal by plants. The dissipation of PAHs in soils was significantly influenced by interactions of Cd, PAH and plant presence or absence. The total number of microorganisms in soils was significantly increased by the PAH additions. The interactive effect of Cd and PAHs on plant growth may be linked to the changes in the abundance of microorganisms in the rhizosphere, probably via a positive effect of PAH metabolites and/or phytohormones produced by microorganisms on plant growth. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.


Zhang Z.,University of Western Australia | Solaiman Z.M.,University of Western Australia | Meney K.,Syrinx Environmental Pty Ltd. | Murphy D.V.,University of Western Australia | Rengel Z.,University of Western Australia
Journal of Soils and Sediments | Year: 2013

Purpose: An addition of biochar mixed into the substrate of constructed wetlands may alleviate toxicity of metals such as cadmium (Cd) to emergent wetland plants, leading to a better performance in terms of pollutant removal from wastewater. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of biochars on soil Cd immobilization and phytoavailability, growth of plants, and Cd concentration, accumulation, and translocation in plant tissues in Cd-contaminated soils under waterlogged conditions. Materials and methods: A glasshouse experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of biochars derived from different organic sources (pyrolysis of oil mallee plants or wheat chaff at 550 °C) with varied application amounts (0, 0. 5, and 5 % w/w) on mitigating Cd (0, 10, and 50 mg kg-1) toxicity to Juncus subsecundus under waterlogged soil condition. Soil pH and CaCl2/EDTA-extractable soil Cd were determined before and after plant growth. Plant shoot number and height were monitored during the experiment. The total root length and dry weight of aboveground and belowground tissues were recorded. The concentration of Cd in plant tissues was determined. Results and discussion: After 3 weeks of soil incubation, pH increased and CaCl2-extractable Cd decreased significantly with biochar additions. After 9 weeks of plant growth, biochar additions significantly increased soil pH and electrical conductivity and reduced CaCl2-extractable Cd. EDTA-extractable soil Cd significantly decreased with biochar additions (except for oil mallee biochar at the low application rate) in the high-Cd treatment, but not in the low-Cd treatment. Growth and biomass significantly decreased with Cd additions, and biochar additions did not significantly improve plant growth regardless of biochar type or application rate. The concentration, accumulation, and translocation of Cd in plants were significantly influenced by the interaction of Cd and biochar treatments. The addition of biochars reduced Cd accumulation, but less so Cd translocation in plants, at least in the low-Cd-contaminated soils. Conclusions: Biochars immobilized soil Cd, but did not improve growth of the emergent wetland plant species at the early growth stage, probably due to the interaction between biochars and waterlogged environment. Further study is needed to elucidate the underlying mechanisms. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


Meney K.,Syrinx Environmental Pty Ltd. | Pantelic L.,Syrinx Environmental Pty Ltd.
International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning | Year: 2015

Conventional approaches to water supply and wastewater treatment in regional towns globally are failing due to population growth and resource pressure, combined with prohibitive costs of infrastructure upgrades. However, there are complexities associated with implementing sustainable infrastructure solutions, and a need to simplify the decision making process to equally compare alternatives to business-As-usual solutions. The aim of this study was to develop a model which could assist in delivering sustainable infrastructure solutions in regional towns (and elsewhere) to facilitate growth and/or reduce the burden on limited resources. The developed model (Sustainable Infrastructure Decision Model, SIDM) ultimately organises intelligent inputs (from expert stakeholders and quantitative calculations) systematically and holistically in order to compare relative impacts, risks, costs, and benefits of varying solutions. In this sense, it deviates both from the 'black box' designs of many other sustainability tools, which requires trust of hidden data and formulas and from heuristic approaches that often 'set up' a subjective game of bias between stakeholders. Rather, SIDM is based on a transdisciplinary system approach which facilitates informed decisions in a transparent manner. It links water, wastewater, energy, and waste (resource flows) along with stakeholders (consumers, producers), the receiving environment (receptors), and governing systems (managers, politicians, regulators, financers). Key to the approach is the use of local context analysis as a 'design' driver, along with equal consideration of stakeholder intent, capacity, and commitment. The model also includes an economic analysis and risk-based evaluation process to ensure that the preferred solution is optimised to the environmental, social, economic, and political setting of a particular town. The SIDM model was applied to a rapidly growing Australian township (Hopetoun) with complex resource and infrastructure constraints, which is described in this paper as a case study. Use of SIDM resulted in an agreed decentralised solution which was approximately half of the cost of a conventional solution, with considerable water and energy savings and unanimous stakeholder support. Since this project, SIDM has been applied to other regional towns and urban developments in Australia. . © 2015 WIT Press.


Zhang Z.,University of Western Australia | Rengel Z.,University of Western Australia | Meney K.,Syrinx Environmental Pty Ltd.
Journal of Hazardous Materials | Year: 2010

The growth of emergent wetland plants may be influenced by toxic organic pollutants, which would influence the extent of phytoremediation when used in constructed wetlands. A series of glasshouse experiments were conducted to investigate the influence of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on the growth of various emergent wetland species. The response of species to PAHs varied significantly. A significant interaction (species × PAH treatment) was observed for relative growth rates (RGRs) of Baumea juncea, Baumea articulata, Schoenoplectus validus and Juncus subsecundus in hydroponics with naphthalene, and of B. juncea and J. subsecundus in soils freshly spiked with phenanthrene and pyrene. In hydroponics, biomass of B. articulata significantly increased in the treatments with relatively low addition of naphthalene, whereas that of S. validus significantly increased with all naphthalene additions. In both hydroponics and soils, the growth of B. juncea increased with the PAH (phenanthrene and pyrene) additions, whereas that of J. subsecundus decreased in the treatments with relatively high concentrations of PAHs. The removal of PAHs from soil was not affected significantly by J. subsecundus after 70 days of growth and B. juncea after 150 days of growth. The growth of J. subsecundus was slightly (but not significantly) influenced by the PAH residues in soil. The effect of PAHs on wetland plant growth could be species-specific regardless of PAH types and media. The response of species to PAHs needs to be taken into account when selecting species for wetlands constructed for phytoremediation. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.


Zhang Z.,University of Western Australia | Rengel Z.,University of Western Australia | Meney K.,Syrinx Environmental Pty Ltd.
Water, Air, and Soil Pollution | Year: 2010

Emergent wetland plant species may exhibit different capacity for phytoremediation when used in constructed wetlands. To evaluate cadmium (Cd) remediation capacity of four emergent wetland species [Baumea juncea (R.Br.) Palla, Baumea articulata (R.Br.) S.T. Blake, Schoenoplectus validus (M.Vahl) A. & D.Löve, and Juncus subsecundus N.A. Wakef.], a glasshouse experiment was conducted in hydroponics to investigate the effects of Cd (0, 5, 10, and 20 mg L-1) on plant growth and Cd uptake and translocation as well as uptake of other nutrients after 14 days. The relative growth rates of the three species changed little in various Cd treatments, but was severely inhibited for B. juncea at 20 mg Cd per liter treatment. Hence, the Cd tolerance index (root length in Cd treatment vs. control) was significantly lower in B. juncea compared to other species. Among the species, the highest concentration of Cd was in the roots of J. subsecundus, followed by S. validus, B. articulata, and B. juncea, while the lowest concentration of Cd was in the S. validus shoots. Of all the species, J. subsecundus had the highest bioconcentration factor (BCF) in shoots, whereas S. validus and B. juncea had the lowest BCF in rhizomes and roots, respectively. The translocation factor was significantly lower in S. validus compared to the other species. J. subsecundus had a higher Cd accumulation rate than the other species regardless of the Cd supply. The lowest allocation of Cd in shoots was recorded for S. validus and in roots for B. juncea. The concentrations of other elements (P, S, Ca, Fe, Cu, and Zn) in shoots decreased with Cd additions, but the interactions between Cd and other elements in roots varied with the different species. These results indicate that the four wetland species have good tolerance to Cd stress (except B. juncea at high Cd exposure), varying in Cd accumulation and translocation in tissues. These properties need to be taken into account when selecting species for wetlands constructed for phytoremediation. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


Zhang Z.,University of Western Australia | Rengel Z.,University of Western Australia | Chang H.,University of Western Australia | Meney K.,Syrinx Environmental Pty Ltd. | And 2 more authors.
Geoderma | Year: 2012

A phytoremediation potential of emergent wetland species may be influenced by co-contamination by metals and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in soils. A glasshouse experiment was conducted to investigate effects of Cd (0, 5, 10 and 20mgkg -1) without or with PAHs (50+50mgkg -1 with phenanthrene+pyrene in 1:1 proportion) on growth of Juncus subsecundus, removal of pollutant from soils and the abundance of PAH-degrading bacteria in the rhizosphere/non-rhizosphere. After 10weeks, plant growth and biomass were significantly influenced by interaction of Cd and PAHs. The shoot concentration of Cd significantly increased by Cd additions, but not by PAHs (except at Cd treatment of 20mgkg -1). Cadmium accumulation and removal (except for Cd removal at 20mg Cd kg -1) by plants was significantly higher in Cd treatments with than without PAHs, whereas accumulation of PAHs by plants (except for pyrene in roots at 0 added Cd) and dissipation of PAHs from soils were not significantly influenced by Cd additions. The abundance of PAH-degrading bacteria in soil increased significantly in Cd treatments with PAHs, particularly in the rhizosphere. The results indicate that it is feasible to use wetland species for phytoremediation of soil co-contaminated with Cd and PAHs, but further work in naturally contaminated soils under field conditions is needed. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.


Zhang Z.,University of Western Australia | Rengel Z.,University of Western Australia | Meney K.,Syrinx Environmental Pty Ltd.
Ecological Engineering | Year: 2011

The type of plant species and the presence of a submerged zone (SZ) with carbon (C) addition may influence nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) removal in stormwater biofilters under wet-dry climatic patterns. A glasshouse experiment using two plant species (Baumea juncea and Melaleuca lateritia) with/without SZ and C addition, in addition to two plant species (Baumea rubiginosa and Juncus subsecundus) and a no-plant as control with SZ and C addition was conducted to investigate the removal of NH4-N, NOx-N, total dissolved N (TDN) and total N (TN) and filterable reactive P (FRP), total dissolved P (TDP) and total P (TP) from the stormwater in biofilter columns during 20 months of plant growth and 16 months of water sampling runs. All plants grew vigorously and developed well in the biofilters, but plant growth and nutrient removal (except for NH4-N and FRP removal) were enhanced in the planted treatments with rather than without SZ. The removal of N was significantly higher in the planted treatments with SZ than in the no-plant treatment with SZ. The removal of TP significantly increased in the treatments with SZ regardless of the plant presence or absence. Although different plant species contributed differently to nutrient removal from the stormwater, it was not possible to discriminate the relative performance of the four plant species with SZ. The benefits of a SZ with C addition for nutrient removal in the planted biofilters could be due to increased denitrification and improved plant growth. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.


Zhang Z.,Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Zhang Z.,University of Western Australia | Rengel Z.,University of Western Australia | Meney K.,Syrinx Environmental Pty Ltd.
Desalination and Water Treatment | Year: 2013

The metal removal in stormwater biofilters may be influenced by the type of vegetation and the presence of a submerged zone (SZ) with carbon (C) addition under wet-dry seasonal climatic patterns. A glasshouse experiment using two plant species (Baumea juncea and Melaleuca lateritia) with/without SZ and C addition, and three planting treatments (Baumea rubiginosa, Juncus subsecundus, and no-plant as control) with SZ and C addition was conducted to investigate the metal removal from the stormwater in biofilter columns. After 20 months of growth, plant growth was better in the presence of SZ than absence. The removal of copper (Cu) and lead (Pb) significantly increased in the biofilters with SZ, but Zn removal was not significantly influenced regardless of type of vegetation. Although the metals accumulated differently in the various plant species, it was not possible to discriminate relative performance in terms of metal removal among the plant species. Dissolved oxygen (DO) and pH in the outflows were significantly influenced by the type of vegetation and the presence of SZ. Hence, further study is needed to elucidate the different adsorption and retention of metals in media in relation to variations of redox and pH in biofilters under wet/dry seasonal climatic patterns. Furthermore, studies under the field conditions are needed to verify the findings. © 2013 Copyright Balaban Desalination Publications.

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