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News Article | December 24, 2016
Site: www.PR.com

NAFA has partnered with Computer Assisted Testing Service, Inc. allowing students to test at locations across the United States and Canada. Princeton, NJ, December 24, 2016 --( NAFA has partnered with Computer Assisted Testing Service, Inc. (Comira) to offer computer-based testing. Comira offers hundreds of Test Center locations: a fact that affords that more than 85 percent of the current certification candidates are located within 60 miles of a Comira Test Center. In addition to testing within an hour’s drive of their location, students will benefit by having the ability to choose when to test and by receiving real-time exam results. ”Computer-based testing will help our students move through the program at their pace and achieve their designation in a fashion that is more timely to their needs,” said NAFA Chief Executive Officer Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “Real-time results will encourage students to progress through the program, to celebrate the exams they pass, and to quickly have the opportunity to retest in a month, if they need to do so.” The CAFM®/S® designations identify excellence in fleet knowledge and the NAFA certification program is the only University-accredited program in the industry. To become certified, a student must demonstrate expertise in the eight disciplines of automotive fleet management: Asset Management, Business Management, Financial Management, Fleet Information Management, Maintenance Management, Professional Development, Risk Management, and Vehicle Fuel Management. In recognition of the body of knowledge encompassed, the CAFM® designation is now required by many employers. Certification students, whether enrolled separately in the program or as a member of a NAFA partnership, will be able to take advantage of the benefits of computer-based testing. NAFA’s certification partnership organizations include the Instituto PARAR in Brazil, the National Property Management Association (NPMA), Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA), Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA), Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA), and the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA). NAFA’s corporate partners include Agile Fleet, ARI, Assetworks, Donlen, Geotab, and LeasePlan. NAFA will continue to offer paper-based testing at industry events, such as NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo, and for students outside of the limits of a Comira testing center. ”I encourage all CAFM®/S® students and fleet professionals to take advantage of the significant benefits computer-based testing provides,” Russo stated. Find out more about computer-based testing and the CAFM®/S® certification program at: http://www.fleetcertification.org. About NAFA Fleet Management Association NAFA is the association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.6 million vehicles that drive an estimated 50 billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well in excess of $100 billion each year. NAFA’s members manage fleets for corporations covering a wide range of manufacturing and service organizations, governments (whether local, state and/or federal), and public service entities (public safety, law enforcement, educational institutions, utilities, etc.); still other members serve financial institutions, insurance companies, non-profit organizations, and the like. For more information, please visit http://www.nafa.org. Princeton, NJ, December 24, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Modern business demands modern solutions: ease-of-use, flexible scheduling, and real-time results. NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) announced today that computer-based testing is now the primary testing method for its Certified Automotive Fleet Manager/Specialist (CAFM®/S®) programs, allowing students in these programs to test when they are ready at locations across the United States and Canada.NAFA has partnered with Computer Assisted Testing Service, Inc. (Comira) to offer computer-based testing. Comira offers hundreds of Test Center locations: a fact that affords that more than 85 percent of the current certification candidates are located within 60 miles of a Comira Test Center. In addition to testing within an hour’s drive of their location, students will benefit by having the ability to choose when to test and by receiving real-time exam results.”Computer-based testing will help our students move through the program at their pace and achieve their designation in a fashion that is more timely to their needs,” said NAFA Chief Executive Officer Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “Real-time results will encourage students to progress through the program, to celebrate the exams they pass, and to quickly have the opportunity to retest in a month, if they need to do so.”The CAFM®/S® designations identify excellence in fleet knowledge and the NAFA certification program is the only University-accredited program in the industry. To become certified, a student must demonstrate expertise in the eight disciplines of automotive fleet management: Asset Management, Business Management, Financial Management, Fleet Information Management, Maintenance Management, Professional Development, Risk Management, and Vehicle Fuel Management. In recognition of the body of knowledge encompassed, the CAFM® designation is now required by many employers.Certification students, whether enrolled separately in the program or as a member of a NAFA partnership, will be able to take advantage of the benefits of computer-based testing. NAFA’s certification partnership organizations include the Instituto PARAR in Brazil, the National Property Management Association (NPMA), Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA), Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA), Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA), and the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA). NAFA’s corporate partners include Agile Fleet, ARI, Assetworks, Donlen, Geotab, and LeasePlan.NAFA will continue to offer paper-based testing at industry events, such as NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo, and for students outside of the limits of a Comira testing center.”I encourage all CAFM®/S® students and fleet professionals to take advantage of the significant benefits computer-based testing provides,” Russo stated.Find out more about computer-based testing and the CAFM®/S® certification program at: http://www.fleetcertification.org.About NAFA Fleet Management AssociationNAFA is the association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.6 million vehicles that drive an estimated 50 billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well in excess of $100 billion each year.NAFA’s members manage fleets for corporations covering a wide range of manufacturing and service organizations, governments (whether local, state and/or federal), and public service entities (public safety, law enforcement, educational institutions, utilities, etc.); still other members serve financial institutions, insurance companies, non-profit organizations, and the like. For more information, please visit http://www.nafa.org. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from NAFA Fleet Management Association


News Article | November 29, 2016
Site: www.eurekalert.org

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 29, 2016) -- Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (NKI), the leader in clinical eye-tracking and non-invasive neuro-otologic diagnostic testing, announced today the publication of an important study in the field of concussion detection that illustrates the potential clinical utility of an integrated, multi-modal battery of oculomotor, vestibular, and reaction time (OVRT) tests. The paper, titled "Oculomotor, Vestibular, and Reaction Time Tests in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury," is jointly authored by investigators from the University of Pittsburgh, San Diego Naval Medical Center, Madigan Army Medical Center, NKI, and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The results of this novel study indicate the value of a clinical tool that can aid doctors in the timely and objective detection of concussive symptoms. "Objective diagnosis is vital in the management of concussion. This study will pave the way for tools that can be used at the point of injury, as well as in the emergency room or a provider's office," says Michael E. Hoffer, M.D., co-lead author and Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) are diagnosed following a head injury when the Glasgow Coma Scale is 13 or greater and the loss of consciousness and/or confusion is less than 30 minutes. Most TBIs that occur each year are mild, commonly called concussions. According to a 2016 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), TBIs accounted for approximately 2.5 million emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, or deaths in the U.S. in 2010. Concussions contributed to approximately 50,000 deaths in 2010. The number of mTBIs is believed to be higher than 2.5 million annually, however, given that ED visits for a TBI have trended up in recent years (CDC cites a 70% increase during the period 2001-2010), and many who are injured do not visit an ED or hospital for assessment or treatment. Individuals with mTBI can complain of short-term or long-term cognitive problems, headaches, attention deficits, sleeping issues, and/or light sensitivity. While any one concussion may not be debilitating, multiple concussions -- particularly if repeat concussions happen before the patient has recovered -- can "add up," and cumulative effects can be devastating. The 18-to-45-year-old male and female population on whom data were collected participated in a battery of OVRT tests on I-Portal® NOTC's (Neuro-Otologic Test Centers) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, San Diego, and Madigan Army Medical Center. The researchers evaluated and compared one set of 100 controls to 50 concussions (mTBI), "Cohort 1", and a second set of 100 controls to 50 concussions, "Cohort 2". The subjects had all been diagnosed as concussed by an emergency room doctor. Testing occurred approximately 2.6 days post-concussive event on average. The study results reveal promising sensitivities and specificities exceeding 97% and 89%, respectively. "It is no surprise that no single test was able to generate results that clearly identify a concussion. Rather, successful separation of controls from concussions required a combination of tests," says Howison Schroeder, CEO of Neuro Kinetics. The study protocol included sixteen OVRT tests, ten of which are already cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for vestibular and neuro-otologic evaluation. Lead author Dr. Carey Balaban, Professor of Otolaryngology, Neurobiology, Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, states: "This study provides a basis for a new generation of objective diagnostic tools for concussion that uses traditional oculomotor and vestibular tests. It offers the considerable advantage of not requiring baseline testing." "We are excited by such highly sensitive and specific results, and thank the Department of Defense for supporting such a transformational study," says Schroeder. Majority funding for this study was provided by the Department of Defense's Army Medical Research and Material Command and its Hearing Center of Excellence under Contract No. W81XWH-12-C-0205. Additional funding was awarded by the Head Health Challenge II sponsors, which include the National Football League, Under Armour, Inc., and General Electric Company. To learn more about NKI, please visit http://www. . Jennifer Smith Director of Media Relations University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Office: 305-243-3018 jennifer.smith@med.miami.edu Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (NKI) is the leader in clinical eye-tracking and non-invasive neuro-otologic diagnostic testing. The eye is the portal to the brain and research has shown the detection of abnormal eye responses are used to diagnose more than 200 diseases and medical conditions. With over 140 I-Portal installations, NKI's FDA cleared I-Portal® devices are sold to audiologists, ENT's, neurotologists, neuro-ophthalmologists and neurologists around the globe. The company's cleared patented diagnostic platforms include the I-Portal® NOTC (Neuro-Otologic Test Center), I-Portal® VNG (Video Nystagmography) and I-Portal® VOG (Video Oculography), along with related accessories, software, training and support services.


News Article | December 8, 2016
Site: en.prnasia.com

LISHUI, China, Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tantech Holdings Ltd. (TANH) (Nasdaq: TANH) ("Tantech" or the "Company") announced today that it has successfully developed the new generation of infrared bamboo charcoal bedding articles, which feature excellent absorption, infrared and self-warming properties. These capabilities have been verified by the China National Supervision and Test Center for Eco-Product Quality, China National Supervision and Test Center for Infrared Product Quality, and Shanghai Research Institute of Chemical Industry Testing Center. The new generation of infrared bamboo charcoal bedding articles includes bamboo charcoal fiber bedclothes, health-care mattress and pillows. According to TANH engineers, the bamboo charcoal is made out of carefully-selected high quality natural Moso bamboo, or tortoise-shell bamboo, and carbonized at a temperate of 1,100 degrees centigrade. Compared to the predecessors, the new products have a more extensive micro porous structure and a higher specific surface area. By releasing abundant highly active anion, they can effectively absorb the smell of human body and eliminate sweat odor, helping revitalize and moisture skin. Meanwhile, the far infrared rays emitted by the bamboo charcoal can store energy and warm up human body to make sleep more comfortable. TANH Chairman Zhengyu Wang said the company has got rewarded for its vigorous research and development efforts. In addition to the upgraded bamboo charcoal products, the company has recently had three of its new energy vehicle models approved by the Ministry of Industry and Information for future launches. With the established postdoctoral workstation and researcher center, in the future the company will ramp up research and development on carbon materials, super electronic double layer capacitor carbon, batteries and new energy vehicles. The recent achievements will help the company lift sales, improve revenue and expand market share. As a leading bamboo charcoal manufacturer, TANH's products have long been welcomed by consumers. The company's "Dr. Charcoal" series, has launched more than 100 bamboo charcoal products that have capabilities of eliminating odor and purifying air. The "Dr. Charcoal" series, which enjoys wide recognition in China, has reached consumers in overseas markets including the United States, Japan, Korea and Europe. Established in 2001 and headquartered in Lishui City, Zhejiang Province, China, Tantech Holdings Ltd. ("Tantech" or the "Company"), together with its subsidiaries, develops and manufactures bamboo-based charcoal products, including a variety of branded consumer products and electric double-layer capacitor ("EDLC") carbon products for industrial energy applications. The Company is in the process of acquiring 100% interest in Suzhou E Motors Co., Ltd., a specialty electric vehicles and power batteries manufacturer based in Zhangjiagang City, Jiangsu Province, and aims to transform itself from a bamboo-based charcoal products producer to a vertically integrated company along the EDLC Carbon - power battery - specialty new energy vehicle value chain. For more information about Tantech, please visit: http://www.tantech.cn/en/index.asp. This news release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to uncertainties and risks including, but not limited to, product and service demand and acceptance, changes in technology, economic conditions, the impact of competition and pricing, government regulations, and other risks contained in reports filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All such forward looking statements, whether written or oral, and whether made by or on behalf of the Company, are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and any other cautionary statements which may accompany the forward-looking statements. In addition, the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. For more information, please contact: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tantech-develops-high-value-added-products-with-great-absorption-capacity-300375170.html


News Article | December 7, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 7, 2016) - The New IP Agency (NIA), the not-for-profit independent initiative that provides information, education, analysis, community services and testing to support and accelerate the development of a global economy based on open, advanced, virtualized IP networks, today released a report on multi-vendor interoperability. The new report comes out as virtualized IP networking solutions evolve and issues of OpenStack variations and security emerge. More than 30 solutions from 23 vendor companies, including Cisco, Huawei, Juniper and Nokia, have been tested by the NIA and its testing partner, EANTC, since the NIA launched in early 2016. The new report provides a recap of the NIA's evaluations covering VNFs, NFVIs and Service Chaining held by the NIA throughout 2016, in addition to several new vendor combinations with Dell EMC, Fortinet, Huawei, Infoblox, Mitel, Nokia, Procera, Nokia and ZTE that were hosted as part of the NIA's VNF and NFVI evaluation. Comparing the results of evaluations hosted earlier in the year, the report notes interoperability success rates have improved gradually; however, the communications industry is still in the early stages of developing and deploying virtualized IP solutions and work still remains. As earlier NIA reports have noted, the issue of various versions of OpenStack implementations continues to be one of the communication industry's challenges. "Having tested more than 50 NFVI-VNF combinations on behalf of the NIA throughout this year, EANTC confirms successful interworking in more than two thirds of all test runs. OpenStack interfaces are the basis for this industry, which helps to create a common understanding of procedures and language," says Carsten Rossenhoevel, EANTC's managing director. "Getting multi-vendor combinations up and running is sometimes time-consuming, as expected; we disclose success as well as challenges transparently in the public test report for the benefit of service providers, vendors and open source projects." Additionally, while not yet the focus of the NIA's interoperability evaluations, the report hints at looming security challenges as vendor security policies vary and visibility into NFVI features and configurations are needed. Tackling the need for broader industry collaboration in order to improve interoperability amongst various vendors' next-generation virtualized IP networking solutions, the NIA hosts periodic interoperability evaluations with its membership base. These evaluations focus on the very same real-world interoperability challenges faced by communication service providers (CSPs) seeking to migrate their networks from legacy systems to more future-proof, virtualized -- or software-based -- networks that decouple network functions from hardware. To CSPs, the work of the NIA assists their efforts to use many of the principles of cloud computing in order to manage networks and deliver new services to end users. The test campaigns covering NFV orchestration and VNF manager to VIM interoperability will continue for the first quarter 2017. They will be followed by a multi-vendor SDN and NFV integration test in the second quarter. The NIA's most recent report on VNF and NFVI interoperability can be found here: http://www.lightreading.com/nfv/nfv-tests-and-trials/2016-nia-eantc-nfv-interoperability-test-report/d/d-id/728802 in addition to the NIA's previously published reports on VNF, NFVI and Service Chaining. About the New IP Agency The New IP Agency (NIA) (www.newipagency.com) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) (pending IRS approval) independent initiative providing information, education, analysis, community services and testing to support and accelerate the development of a global economy based on open, advanced, virtualized IP networks. For more information about the New IP Agency and how to join, please contact Jeff Hannah at hannah@newipagency.com. Follow NIA on Twitter @The_New_IP or visit http://www.NewIPAgency.com. EANTC (European Advanced Networking Test Center) is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading independent test centers for telecommunication technologies. Based in Berlin, Germany, the company offers vendor-neutral consultancy and realistic, reproducible high-quality testing services since 1991. Customers include leading network equipment manufacturers, tier-1 service providers, large enterprises and governments worldwide. EANTC's proof of concept, acceptance tests and network audits cover established and next-generation fixed and mobile network technologies. Visit http://www.eantc.com.


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Luxury cars from brands like Audi, Porsche, BMW and Lexus are some of the best autos on the road, according to the 2017 Brand Report Card from Consumer Reports, the world’s largest and most trusted independent, nonprofit consumer organization. For the second year in a row, Audi (81) earned the highest overall brand score in Consumer Reports’ annual indicator of which brands make the best cars. Porsche (78), BMW (77), Lexus (77), and Subaru (74) rounded out the top five in CR’s rankings. Though the top five brands are unchanged from last year, there was some shuffling in the standings. Porsche and BMW each rose by two spots, while Lexus fell back one spot and Subaru moved down by three. Consumer Reports’ analysis also revealed that consumers don’t have to spend luxury car money to get a quality vehicle. Kia finished just outside the lead pack in sixth place and Mazda came in seventh. CR currently recommends 100 percent of the Mazda models and 71 percent of the Kia models it has tested. “Our annual analysis reveals that building one or two great vehicles is achievable, but making a whole lineup of excellent ones is much more difficult,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports director of automotive testing. In total, 31 brands were included in the 2017 Brand Report Card. To determine which brands consistently deliver cars that serve consumers well, CR tabulated the Overall Score, which is a combination of road test score, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety results for each tested model of a brand. Then CR’s auto experts averaged those scores at the brand level as an indicator of which brands make the best cars. Brands with just one tested model were omitted. CR’s rankings are based only on vehicles that are currently for sale on the market and that the organization has tested at its 327-acre Automotive Test Center in Connecticut. Just as with the organization’s comprehensive auto Ratings, CR’s Brand Report Card is intended to spur lagging automakers to put out safer, better-performing vehicles while equipping consumers with unbiased information to make better choices—leading to a better marketplace. Scores for all 31 brands included in the Consumer Reports 2017 Brand Report Card are available in the Annual Auto issue or by visiting the Consumer Reports 2017 Autos Spotlight at http://www.ConsumerReports.org/april. Two domestic brands are in the top 10 this year. Tesla made its debut in CRs rankings in eighth place, though its position is based on just two tested models. Buick’s strong reliability score was enough to balance its middling road test score and secure tenth place, just ahead of Toyota Other domestic brands didn’t fare as well as Tesla and Buick. Lincoln, Chevrolet, and Ford finished mid-pack and were largely bogged down by their inconsistent reliability scores. In a bright spot, however, 18th-ranked Cadillac was among the biggest risers, moving up six places compared with last year. Chrysler gained seven places and finished just below Cadillac. The brand has one of the higher average scores in CR’s road tests, but it’s based on just two models, the 300 and Pacifica. Neither of them earned a high enough Overall Score to be Recommended due to their below-average reliability. All other Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) brands finished close to the bottom of the rankings, with Fiat coming in last. “Chrysler is on the right track with the capable and sophisticated new Pacifica minivan, which is a real standout. If the company can spread that quality throughout its fleet, and improve its uneven reliability, its ranking in our annual analysis could continue to rise,” Fisher said. Honda was the only other Asian brand to finish in the top 10, in the number nine spot. Toyota (11) fell out of the top 10 this year due in part to disappointing reliability from the redesigned Tacoma. CR is currently Recommending 86 percent of the Honda models it has tested, and 78 percent of the Toyotas. Meanwhile, Hyundai landed close behind in the 12th position and Nissan was ranked 22nd. This year, CR does not have Brand Report Cards for Alfa Romeo, Genesis, Maserati, Ram, and Smart because the organization has fewer than two currently tested models from those makes. Ratings on individual models from those brands are available in Consumer Reports Annual Auto Issue and at http://www.ConsumerReports.org/april. The complete 2017 Brand Report Card is available in the Annual Auto Issue of Consumer Reports and online at http://www.ConsumerReports.org/april February 28, 2017. Updated daily, CR.org is the go-to website for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news and car buying information. Connect with us for live coverage of the Autos Spotlight, on Facebook.com/ConsumerReports and on Twitter: @ConsumerReports and @CRCars. Full coverage of the 2017 Autos Spotlight is available at http://www.ConsumerReports.org/april. About Consumer Reports Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that works side by side with consumers to create a fairer, safer, and healthier world. For 80 years, CR has provided evidence-based product testing and ratings, rigorous research, hard-hitting investigative journalism, public education, and steadfast policy action on behalf of consumers’ interests. Unconstrained by advertising or other commercial influences, CR has exposed landmark public health and safety issues and strives to be a catalyst for pro-consumer changes in the marketplace. From championing responsible auto safety standards, to winning food and water protections, to enhancing healthcare quality, to fighting back against predatory lenders in the financial markets, Consumer Reports has always been on the front lines, raising the voices of consumers. __________ FEBRUARY 2017 © 2017 Consumer Reports. The material above is intended for legitimate news entities only; it may not be used for advertising or promotional purposes. Consumer Reports® is an expert, independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. We accept no advertising and pay for all the products we test. We are not beholden to any commercial interest. Our income is derived from the sale of Consumer Reports®, ConsumerReports.org® and our other publications and information products, services, fees, and noncommercial contributions and grants. 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With Already Over 200 Global Customers, Panaya Sees the Growing Need for an End-to-end Business Process Testing Solution Panaya, the leader in end-to-end business process testing tailored to ERP, announced that Shiseido is using Panaya Test Center to undergo a major IT transformation project. With business experts spread globally, with different languages and processes, Shiseido needed a solution for test management and execution that would increase adoption and efficiency while reducing project time. To date, using Panaya, Shiseido has already completed an ERP migration that took only five months, with User Acceptance Testing (UAT) throughout its entire European division taking only five weeks. Sébastien Hebert, Technical Director EMEA at Shiseido, remarked, "To ensure we go live smoothly with our business-critical applications, we had to mobilize over 80 business users spread across 11 countries in Europe to perform user acceptance testing. Panaya helped us save 30% of our testing effort while improving the quality of our testing." Panaya Test Center  delivered test acceleration and offered Shiseido a more efficient way to manage the business process testing from an end-to-end perspective. "I could easily track the project in real time to increase our efficiency and avoid any bottlenecks. We will continue to partner with Panaya in our upcoming rollout and expect even greater value," Hebert stated. In their most recent test cycle, Shiseido used Panaya Test Center to manage and execute 840 unit tests, and 850 business process tests with 4400 transactions recorded in just under 2 months. With Panaya's SaaS solution that features easy onboarding, collaborative communications and intuitive reports, Shiseido gained greater visibility and adoption to the end-to-end business process testing cycles, which are often neglected in today's traditional testing tools. "Panaya Test Center addresses the gaps that traditional testing tools like HPQC can create, which is why more companies like Shiseido are coming onboard.  In addition, with many enterprises worldwide considering a move to S/4HANA, we are pleased with the quick adoption of Panaya Test Center in the past few weeks," commented Tim Bisley, Executive Vice President EMEA sales at Panaya.  "This is a next-generation platform for ERP change, strengthened by efficient business user testing, which dramatically cuts the time of a lengthy upgrade project." With Panaya, an Infosys company, organizations reach ERP agility faster - with zero time to change, zero risk, and zero defects. Panaya CloudQuality™ Suite enables all types of SAP® and Oracle® EBS changes. Panaya CloudQuality™ Suite delivers insights that tell you what will break, how to fix it, and what to test, helping organizations manage the testing process and collaborate between IT and business during the entire release process. Since 2008, 1,600 companies in 62 countries, including a third of the Fortune 500, have been using Panaya CloudQuality™ Suite to achieve ERP agility. http://www.panaya.com .


News Article | November 1, 2016
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Panaya, the leader in ERP change analytics and cloud-based testing for SAP and Oracle platforms, announces the availability of its next generation testing platform - Panaya Test Center.  Panaya Test Center is an integrated end-to-end testing platform designed for ERP, covering the entire functional testing spectrum including Unit Testing, System Integration Testing, Regression Testing and User Acceptance Testing. Used in production today by over 80 global customers like Eaton Corporation and ABB Group, Panaya Test Center was designed from the ground up for business process testing of SAP and Oracle systems. Panaya Test Center provides a comprehensive yet simple way for functional experts and business users to perform all their testing activities faster and reduce overall testing expenses by 30%. Unlike traditional testing tools that lack end-to-end business process visibility and are only relevant to technical testing experts, Panaya Test Center provides a 100% SaaS solution, delivering easy on-boarding, a smart dashboard for increased control and visibility, and effortless documentation of test evidence. This is why a new wave of Oracle and SAP customers are standardizing on Panaya Test Center, replacing their traditional tools such as HPQC. A recent 451 Research independent research report designated Panaya Test Center as a leading solution to support postmodern ERP testing, allowing organizations to realize ERP agility, critical in the era of digital transformation. "Panaya's software complements SAP's own test workbench by making it even easier for nontechnical users to create and document their own test scripts, which is to be welcomed as companies look to digitally transform their processes, putting end users at the center of agile application change," writes Katy Ring, Research Director of IT Services at 451 Group. Panaya Test Center is intuitive and easy to use with simple onboarding, enabling quick adoption by business users. By removing all the overhead involved in testing for a casual tester, ERP customers will enable their key users to focus on their testing activities and gain in productivity. Additionally, Panaya Test Center accelerates User Acceptance Testing cycles with bottleneck prevention via Panaya system-wide defect management. "Our end-to-end testing platform staunches the hemorrhage of time and money previously wasted on manual approaches," says Doron Gerstel, CEO of Panaya. "The cloud-based technology means they don't have to install anything and can hit the ground running. The recent wave of customers replacing traditional testing tools such as HPQC is evidence to its true value." For more information, please visit http://go.panaya.com//erp_testing_solution_451research/. With Panaya, an Infosys company, organizations reach ERP agility faster - with zero time to change, zero risk, and zero defects. Panaya CloudQuality™ Suite enables all types of SAP® and Oracle® EBS changes. Panaya CloudQuality™ Suite delivers insights that tell you what will break, how to fix it, and what to test, helping organizations manage the testing process and collaborate between IT and business during the entire release process. Since 2008, 1,600 companies in 62 countries, including a third of the Fortune 500, have been using Panaya CloudQuality™ Suite to achieve ERP agility. http://www.panaya.com


What's worse, your miniaturized, high-powered transmitters must convey all that data on some of the trickier frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum. That's the challenge for University of Kansas researchers in the School of Engineering who just earned a $2.5 million contract from the National Spectrum Consortium to develop a new generation of communication technologies for airborne vehicles on U.S. test ranges. Their engineering work will help remake test-flight communications in the wake of a Federal Communications Commission auction of frequencies once used by the government. "The electromagnetic spectrum is a limited natural resource that, like other types of resources, is hotly contested, valuable, and there's not enough of it," said Erik Perrins, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at KU, who leads the project. "Some of it is more desirable, like beachfront property, and some is in the desert. The FCC had to deal with wireless companies, the ones we all pay $100-plus a month, saying, 'There's this spectrum that's not being used well, and we could use it better, and we're willing to pay.'" The FCC sale at first was expected to bring in from $10 to $15 billion but earned the government more than $40 billion in the end. Of that, $500 million was as set aside to relocate some government users to less-desirable real estate on the spectrum, funding projects that include the project spearheaded by Perrins and KU colleague Andy Gill, along with collaborators at Brigham Young University and students at both institutions. Their task is to utilize higher frequencies that don't penetrate buildings as well as lower segments of the electromagnetic spectrum. "It's similar to when you're at a stoplight next to a car playing music—you're going to hear the bass from their radio, not the high end," Perrins said. "Different frequencies penetrate differently, and those lower frequencies are a nice sweet spot for cellular. For instance, if I'm talking on a cell phone inside a building, light doesn't travel through a building, but radio frequencies do. Cellular companies were interested in these frequencies because they're quite good for their application." The KU research will optimize communications at about 5 gigahertz (GHz), roughly three or four times farther up the frequency dial than previous communications at U.S. test ranges. Initially, the work will take place in labs at KU and later will move to the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California, perhaps most famous as the setting where Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947. There, equipment developed in Lawrence will be tested aboard a Beechcraft C-12 Huron, a twin-engine turboprop aircraft. The most challenging aspects of the research arise from the smaller bandwidth available at the new home and its vulnerability to signal deterioration. "The project has to deal with efficiency," he said. "We're trying to pack more information into the same amount of space as before. It's a little like putting a multistory building on a parcel of land instead of a single-level structure, using a more efficient type of modulation than they've used previously. The power consumption is going to be different, as it's going to take a more powerful signal to propagate through the airwaves." Because transmissions at 5 GHz can be problematic, the KU researcher said a key element of the research is to combine higher efficiency modulation with technology known as forward error control codes. "Error control coding is a way to protect the bits in the signal, so when errors occur they can be detected and corrected automatically," Perrins said. "It's an added redundancy. For instance, when we're speaking using the English language, not every sound is a word, and not all words form a valid sentence. Because of that structure, if a word gets erased from a sentence, we still can guess what's missing. Or if someone calls out Derrick instead of Erik, I'll still raise my hand. That's what you do with error control coding. You add patterns that when they get disrupted you can correct them on the other side—and that allows you to communicate with a weaker signal." The communications between test vehicles and ground-based receivers will carry much of the same kind of information that would be recorded to an aircraft's flight recorder, revealing aircraft performance and flight characteristics following a crash or malfunction. "This will transmit the kind of data that a black box harvests, but in routine flight that data typically isn't sent to the ground because there are too many planes, there's not enough spectrum for that to take place," Perrins said. "But at a test range, because the test articles are in development, we'll need to get data to the ground immediately."


News Article | November 30, 2016
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LAWRENCE -- Imagine this engineering headache: Using a wireless transmitter, you need to send 40 megabytes of data every single second (about the same amount of data as 10 YouTube videos streaming at the same time) over a distance of 100 miles. To complicate matters, one of the transmitters can't be bigger than a pack of chewing gum. Oh, and it's going to be traveling onboard an object 30,000 feet overhead at double the speed of sound. What's worse, your miniaturized, high-powered transmitters must convey all that data on some of the trickier frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum. That's the challenge for University of Kansas researchers in the School of Engineering who just earned a $2.5 million contract from the National Spectrum Consortium to develop a new generation of communication technologies for airborne vehicles on U.S. test ranges. Their engineering work will help remake test-flight communications in the wake of a Federal Communications Commission auction of frequencies once used by the government. "The electromagnetic spectrum is a limited natural resource that, like other types of resources, is hotly contested, valuable, and there's not enough of it," said Erik Perrins, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at KU, who leads the project. "Some of it is more desirable, like beachfront property, and some is in the desert. The FCC had to deal with wireless companies, the ones we all pay $100-plus a month, saying, 'There's this spectrum that's not being used well, and we could use it better, and we're willing to pay.'" The FCC sale at first was expected to bring in from $10 to $15 billion but earned the government more than $40 billion in the end. Of that, $500 million was as set aside to relocate some government users to less-desirable real estate on the spectrum, funding projects that include the project spearheaded by Perrins and KU colleague Andy Gill, along with collaborators at Brigham Young University and students at both institutions. Their task is to utilize higher frequencies that don't penetrate buildings as well as lower segments of the electromagnetic spectrum. "It's similar to when you're at a stoplight next to a car playing music -- you're going to hear the bass from their radio, not the high end," Perrins said. "Different frequencies penetrate differently, and those lower frequencies are a nice sweet spot for cellular. For instance, if I'm talking on a cell phone inside a building, light doesn't travel through a building, but radio frequencies do. Cellular companies were interested in these frequencies because they're quite good for their application." The KU research will optimize communications at about 5 gigahertz (GHz), roughly three or four times farther up the frequency dial than previous communications at U.S. test ranges. Initially, the work will take place in labs at KU and later will move to the Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California, perhaps most famous as the setting where Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947. There, equipment developed in Lawrence will be tested aboard a Beechcraft C-12 Huron, a twin-engine turboprop aircraft. The most challenging aspects of the research arise from the smaller bandwidth available at the new home and its vulnerability to signal deterioration. "The project has to deal with efficiency," he said. "We're trying to pack more information into the same amount of space as before. It's a little like putting a multistory building on a parcel of land instead of a single-level structure, using a more efficient type of modulation than they've used previously. The power consumption is going to be different, as it's going to take a more powerful signal to propagate through the airwaves." Because transmissions at 5 GHz can be problematic, the KU researcher said a key element of the research is to combine higher efficiency modulation with technology known as forward error control codes. "Error control coding is a way to protect the bits in the signal, so when errors occur they can be detected and corrected automatically," Perrins said. "It's an added redundancy. For instance, when we're speaking using the English language, not every sound is a word, and not all words form a valid sentence. Because of that structure, if a word gets erased from a sentence, we still can guess what's missing. Or if someone calls out Derrick instead of Erik, I'll still raise my hand. That's what you do with error control coding. You add patterns that when they get disrupted you can correct them on the other side -- and that allows you to communicate with a weaker signal." The communications between test vehicles and ground-based receivers will carry much of the same kind of information that would be recorded to an aircraft's flight recorder, revealing aircraft performance and flight characteristics following a crash or malfunction. "This will transmit the kind of data that a black box harvests, but in routine flight that data typically isn't sent to the ground because there are too many planes, there's not enough spectrum for that to take place," Perrins said. "But at a test range, because the test articles are in development, we'll need to get data to the ground immediately."


News Article | November 15, 2016
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STONY BROOK, NY--(Marketwired - November 15, 2016) - Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (Applied DNA) ( : APDN), a provider of DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and product authentication solutions, announced today that the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded the company a one-year firm-fixed price Indefinite Delivery Purchase Order (IDPO) contract for FSC 5962 microcircuits. This contract will ensure uninterrupted support of the current DNA program in place since December 2014 at the Product Test Center (PTC) located at the Agency's Land and Maritime facility in Columbus, OH. This long-term contract (LTC) will provide supplies and services for DNA marking, creation of unique SigNature® DNA marks, QC authentication testing, ink and supplies, and training. Also included in support of the effort is the customer facing portal which is the platform that was developed for use by PTC to capture data appropriate to the FSC 5962 commodities. The period of performance is one year with an additional one-year option period. "We are proud that our DNA program supports DLA in its strategic effort to identify and manage supply system risks," commented Janice Meraglia, Vice President of Government and Military Programs for Applied DNA. "Collaboration with the team at Land and Maritime has allowed for smooth, continuous improvements as we partner on a full forensic solution including people, process and technology." While the focus of this new contract is on FSC 5962 microcircuits to support existing systems, two additional contracts were completed at the end of July and August 2016. One for the Missile Defense Agency -- Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) -- and one for the Office of the Secretary of Defense -- Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF). The SBIR allowed for continuation of the effort focused on microcircuits and scale-up of the business model to support volume at the point of manufacture. The RIF expanded upon the DNA program in place for FSC 5962 to establish a single authentication platform for the following six FSGs (as prioritized by DLA): "Together these contracts have strengthened our core capabilities to offer supply chain solutions across an expanded range of critical commodities," said Dr. James A. Hayward, president and CEO of Applied DNA. "These parts and assemblies are used in defense, industrial and consumer markets," he added. We make life real and safe by providing botanical-DNA based security and authentication solutions and services that can help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion. Our patented DNA-based solutions can be used to identify, tag, track, and trace products, to help assure authenticity, traceability and quality of products. SigNature® DNA describes the platform ingredient that is at the heart of a family of uncopyable, security and authentication solutions such as SigNature® T and fiberTyping®, targeted toward textiles and apparel, DNAnet®, for anti-theft and loss prevention, and digitalDNA®, providing powerful track and trace. All provide a forensic chain of evidence, and can be used to prosecute perpetrators. We are also engaged in the large-scale production of specific DNA sequences using the polymerase chain reaction. Go to adnas.com for more information, events and to learn more about how Applied DNA Sciences makes life real and safe. Common stock listed on NASDAQ under the symbol APDN, and warrants are listed under the symbol APDNW. The statements made by APDN in this press release may be "forward-looking" in nature within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements describe APDN's future plans, projections, strategies and expectations, and are based on assumptions and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of APDN. Actual results could differ materially from those projected due to our short operating history, limited financial resources, limited market acceptance, market competition and various other factors detailed from time to time in APDN's SEC reports and filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on December 14, 2015, and our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed on February 10, 2016, May 12, 2016 and August 11, 2016 which are available at www.sec.gov. APDN undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date hereof to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, unless otherwise required by law.

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