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Superior Essex launches EnduraLite™ indoor/outdoor optical fiber cable

Atlanta, GA – March 21, 2016. Superior Essex announces the launch of its EnduraLite™ Indoor/Outdoor Loose Tube optical fiber cable. Robust and flexible, the EnduraLite cable is uniquely designed to handle tough weather conditions in applications that require a transition of optical fiber between indoor and outdoor environments. EnduraLite improves on existing I/O fiber cable designs by offering increased environmental protection and dry water-blocking elements, as well as easier handling and installation.  EnduraLite cables are available in plenum and riser-rated designs, and meet all ICEA 696 requirements.

The EnduraLite cable, available in plenum and riser-rated single and multi-unit designs, consists of one or several 3 mm subunits stranded around a central strength element. Each of these subunits incorporates the latest in dry water-blocking technology, which eliminates the need to clean off the traditional gel-based water-blocking compounds, and is surrounded by aramid yarns, allowing the subunit to be crimped directly onto an MTP® or MPO connector. The 3mm subunits are stranded around a central strength element that is both sturdy and flexible, and jacketed in either PVC for the riser design or PVDF for the plenum design. PVDF is naturally sunlight and moisture resistant, offering additional protection from sun exposure and water ingress. With its smooth surface and proportionately low coefficient of friction, PVDF jacketing is easier to handle and pull, reducing the time and labor required for installation. Plenum designs with PVDF jacketing are available in multiple! color options. Both the plenum and riser designs are UL Listed Sunlight Resistant.

“For customers needing small, but extremely durable, weather resistant cables for applications that run through both premises and OSP environments, these new cables fit the bill,” says Paul Neveux, Director of Global Product Management for Premises Fiber products at Superior Essex. “We built our new EnduraLite Indoor/Outdoor cables to be both easy to deploy and easy to connectorize while still meeting stringent ICEA 696 requirements.”

About Superior Essex

Superior Essex International LP is a leading manufacturer and supplier of cable, wire and accessory products serving the communications industry, energy industry and related distribution markets for over 80 years. Product lines include Indoor and Outside Plant (OSP) copper and fiber data cables, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) coaxial cables and accessories, Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) closures, fire alarm/security (FAS) cables, and low/medium voltage energy cable products and accessories. 

Precise BioMatch Mobile integrated in new Chinese smartphone

Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch™ Mobile, has through cooperation with Fingerprint Cards (FPC) been integrated in a new Chinese smartphone.

The integration will generate royalty revenue starting from the first quarter 2016. Royalty revenues are based on the number of sensors FPC delivers to the mobile phone manufacturer and cannot be forecasted at this point.

”We are pleased that this leading vendor has chosen to integrate Precise BioMatch Mobile in a new smartphone under a new brand. Precise Biometrics fingerprint software is integrated in products from 30 smartphone vendors and has become the preferred choice to ensure a superior user experience and secure identity verification on mobile devices”, says Håkan Persson, CEO of Precise Biometrics.

Precise BioMatch Mobile is the industry leading algorithm solution for convenient and secure fingerprint recognition on smartphones and tablets. The unique and patented hybrid algorithm solution is optimized for small fingerprint sensors and platforms with limited processing power and memory space. Precise BioMatch Mobile offers fast, accurate, and secure verification of user’s identity, creating a convenient user experience when unlocking mobile devices or authenticating to services.

ABOUT PRECISE BIOMETRICS
Precise Biometrics is a market-leading provider of solutions that prove people's identities through smart cards and fingerprint recognition. The company´s products can be used for ID, enterprise and bank cards as well as access to mobile solutions, computers and networks. Precise Biometrics serves business and government organizations throughout the world and its products are licensed to close to 160 million users. 

Sielox announces recipients of 2015 Business Partners Award

Runnemede, NJ, March 21 – Commitment, achievement and innovation are just a few of the attributes exhibited by winners of the Sielox 2015 Business Partners Award, announced today by Karen Evans, President and CEO, Sielox LLC. MCM Integrated Systems of Van Nuys, California was named National Business Partner of the Year, and nine others were awarded commendations in the gold and silver categories.

“We would first like to thank all of our business partners for representing our product line and OEM solutions,” said Ms. Evans. “It is also our pleasure to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by the award winners, who are especially deserving of acknowledgement and our appreciation.”

Ms. Evans notes this is the twenty-first time that MCM Integrated Systems has been named National Business Partner of the Year, seventeen of which have been in consecutive order.

In acknowledging the Award, Rich McMillan, President of MCM Integrated Systems, says, “Over the years we’ve built a strong relationship with Sielox because they are receptive to business partner input and have an understanding of what the market needs. They’ve made it easy for us to offer Sielox solutions in our projects because their systems and technology can handle even our biggest customers.”

Winners of the Business Partner Gold are:

  • 3D Security of Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • CenturyTel Supply Group of Monroe, Louisiana
  • Egan Automation of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Winners of the Business Partner Silver are:

  • A1 Access Control of Tampa, Florida
  • A Tech of Des Moines, Iowa
  • Excel Global Security of New York, New York
  • Integrated Systems & Services of Eatontown, New Jersey
  • Interactive Control of Houston, Texas
  • Select Security Systems of Phoenix, Arizona 

Sielox offers advanced integrated solutions for professional security applications that include a wide range of access control and surveillance software, hardware and accessories. Products are designed and manufactured in the U.S.A. and meet or exceed any user requirement from entry level to enterprise-wide systems. Sielox delivers its access control products through a worldwide network of more than 200 certified Business Partners,

About Sielox LLC

Since 1979, Sielox has designed and marketed intuitive security management systems through select business partners to commercial, education, financial, government, utilities, retail and healthcare markets. From entry-level to enterprise-wide, Sielox scalable solutions include Pinnacle 9 Windows-based security management, 1700 controller with unmatched capabilities and serviceability, Sielox AnyWare browser-based access control and the award-winning Sielox Class Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System. Sielox provides “Made in North America” solutions that exceed today’s complex and demanding security environments. 

Advanced Technology Video (ATV) releases NEW 3MP vandal dome

Coppell, TX, March 21 – Advanced Technology Video (ATV) a leading provider of innovative video surveillance solutions, announces the release of its new IPVD3TI a 3MP vandal dome camera as an addition to the ATV IP Series product line.

The new 3 Mega-Pixel IPVD3TI vandal dome camera is equipped with a 2.8-12mm Vari-focal Auto-Iris Lens with a 1/2.8” Sony Exmor CMOS sensor with Xarina DSP and Starvis Technology. It provides high quality video with 3MP, 2048 x 1536 Resolution and delivers triple video streams simultaneously at 30ips using H.264 compression. The camera has 36 IR LEDs for a maximum viewing range of 105ft and 3DDNR which works to reduce noise and motion blur. Other key features of the IVD3TI include True Day/Night, Two-Way Audio, powerful video analytic functions and a new corridor / aisle view orientation function. In addition, the camera is IP66 rated and supports onboard storage with a Micro-SD card slot and powers through PoE & 12VDC.

“ATV is always excited to release new cameras and this is no exception. The new IPVD3TI is a fully featured vandal dome that our current and future customers will find at an exceptional value”, says Keith Shaver, ATV’s VP of Sales and Marketing.

As with all ATV IP cameras, ONVIF Profile S compliance is guaranteed and is complemented with ATV’s powerful ATVision IP® Remote Management Software featuring video monitoring, playback, recording, setup, PTZ control, system up-grade, MAP integration and multi-site system health monitoring.

About Advanced Technology Video: Advanced Technology Video has been a force in the security business since 1983. Since then, we’ve delivered products with unmatched reliability and value to the security industry. Today we’re stronger than ever, with a complete lineup of CCTV products that set industry standards for dependability and support. Our full line of cameras, recorders and other devices are loaded with features you won’t find anywhere else at the same price. And we back those products with the best customer service and technical support available anywhere. So take a good look at all we have to offer. It’s clear that whatever the

needs or the application, ATV offers just what you demand.

RELM Wireless and Alberta Health Services Extend Contract For Project 25 Portable and Mobile Radios

WEST MELBOURNE, Fla., March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- RELM Wireless Corporation (NYSE MKT: RWC) today announced that Alberta Health Services (AHS) has extended the term of its contract for an additional four years.  Under the contract RELM provides AHS with P25 800MHz portable and mobile radios and accessories. 

The contract, which was initially announced in June 2015, established a base-term of one year that commenced on March 12, 2015, as well as four one-year options.  The base term expires this month, and AHS has elected to exercise its option for all four available years.  No minimum or maximum procurement is established under the contract, nor does the contract specify or guarantee purchase quantities or dates of equipment orders.  In the twelve months since contract inception, AHS has purchased radios and related accessories from RELM totaling approximately $2.6 million, including a recent order on March 14, 2016 totaling approximately $568,000.

AHS provides health services throughout Alberta and is the largest provider of health care in Canada.  The organization presently deploys a total of approximately 3,000 two-way radios in a range of applications such as hospitals, urgent care centers, psychiatric facilities and emergency vehicles. 

RELM President and Chief Executive Officer David Storey commented, "One of our primary strategic objectives is to expand and grow internationally.  The AHS contract was a key contributor toward achieving that objective last year.  We are pleased and excited that AHS has extended the contract.  Also, it should be emphasized that each year subsequent to the base-year was at AHS's option.  That AHS extended the contract for all four available option years is a clear indication of their confidence in and satisfaction with our products, quality and customer service.  We look forward to continuing our relationship with AHS and believe it's an excellent foundation from which to pursue additional business in Alberta and other regions of Canada."

About APCO Project 25 (P25)

APCO Project 25 (P25), which requires interoperability among compliant equipment regardless of the manufacturer, was established by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials and is approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The shift toward interoperability gained momentum as a result of significant communications failures in critical emergency situations.  RELM was one of the first manufacturers to develop P25-compliant technology.

About RELM Wireless Corporation

As an American Manufacturer for almost 70 years, RELM Wireless Corporation has produced high‑specification two‑way communications equipment of unsurpassed reliability and value for use by public safety professionals and government agencies, as well as radios for use in a wide range of commercial and industrial applications.  Advances include a broad new line of leading digital two‑way radios compliant with APCO Project 25 specifications.  RELM's products are manufactured and distributed worldwide under BK Radio and RELM brand names.

British politicians in Leave.EU write open letter to President Obama

London, March 17 - Leave.EU, made up of six British politicians across a range of parties, have written a personal appeal to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, calling on him to refrain from entering the UK's EU referendum debate when he next visits the UK.

The five MPs, Peter Bone (Conservative), Kate Hoey (Labour), Kelvin Hopkins (Labour), Tom Pursglove (Conservative) and Sammy Wilson (Democratic Unionist Party), together with MEP and UKIP leader Nigel Farage, are all active in campaigning with Grassroots Out and Leave.EU for the UK to withdraw from the European Union. Their letter joint said,

"With so much at stake, it is imperative that the question of exiting the European Union is not one answered by foreign politicians or outside interests, but rather by the British people who must ultimately live with change or the status quo.

"The British politicians declared that 'issues of national sovereignty must be decided exclusively by the people of the United Kingdom' and suggested 'even a passive diplomatic recommendation in the matter of our national decision will receive the opposite of the intended effect.'

"The referendum vote is an act of democracy in its most direct form, and the question of whether or not to leave the EU is a rare political topic that is not owned by any one political party. This is a chance for the British people to choose the path of their country. Interfering in our debate over national sovereignty would be an unfortunate milestone at the end of your term as President."

The open letter is being published in three journals that reach US politicians in Washington DC – Politico, Weekly Standard and Roll Call – with hard copies delivered to all Members of Congress in the Senate and House of Representatives as well as to the White House itself and Cabinet Offices located within the administrative Beltway.

Commenting about the letter, Kate Hoey, MP, said,

"We felt it is important the President of the United States is aware that feelings will run high in the UK if he chooses to make an intervention. We have chosen to respectfully request he recognises matters of sovereignty are best left to the citizens directly affected. We would certainly never think of visiting the United States and telling the US public how to vote in an election or the amendment of their constitution."

Peter Bone, MP, said,

"Whatever the President perceives the interests of the US to be it would be better for the relationship between our countries and his reputation with the British people if he kept his counsel to himself."

1. The full text of the letter reads:

Dear President Obama,

On June 23, citizens of the United Kingdom will decide on whether or not to leave the European Union in an historic referendum.

It is a vote of profound consequence that will decide whether matters of economics, trade, and security are best handled in conjunction with the broad needs of twenty eight member states or the direct concerns of the people of the United Kingdom.

With so much at stake, it is imperative that the question of exiting the European Union is not one answered by foreign politicians or outside interests, but rather by the British people who must ultimately live with change or the status quo.

The benefits of a truly independent United Kingdom begin with the optimistic prospects of a country that can thrive without the obstacles of tariffs and trade restrictions imposed by distant and unaccountable bureaucrats; but also include the responsible and respectable handling of our country's border policy amidst the ongoing migrant crisis.

Faced with a vote of "Leave" or "Remain" the approaching referendum also puts the matter of national destiny in the hands of the citizenship: Are we better served tethered to the needs and restrictions of the European Union or would an amicable break from the EU permit a surge in industry and innovation that would further bolster the UK as an economic force?

In the coming months the British public will evaluate the merits of a "Leave" or "Remain" vote and issues of national sovereignty must be decided exclusively by the people of the United Kingdom.

While it is understandable that a sitting US president feels the obligation to speak in the interest of the United States, it must be advised that even a passive diplomatic recommendation in the matter of our national decision will receive the opposite of the intended effect.

The referendum vote is an act of democracy in its most direct form, and the question of whether or not to leave the EU is a rare political topic that is not owned by any one political party. This is a chance for the British people to choose the path of their country. Interfering in our debate over national sovereignty would be an unfortunate milestone at the end of your term as President.

As fellow elected representatives we would therefore respectfully ask that you refrain from further politicizing this debate by intervening in our approaching referendum and instead allow democracy to take its course.

  • Peter Bone             Member of Parliament 
  • Kate Hoey              Member of Parliament  
  • Kelvin Hopkins        Member of Parliament  
  • Tom Pursglove        Member of Parliament  
  • Sammy Wilson       Member of Parliament  
  • Nigel Farage           Member of the European Parliament

2. The journals carrying the open letter are:

  • Politico
  • CQ Roll Call 
  • Weekly Standard 
  • Washington Examiner  

3. The letter is a joint initiative between Grassroots Out (GO) and Leave.EU – a pdf of the letter can be provided on request. 

VADM Lou Crenshaw USN (Ret.), CDFM joins The SPECTRUM Group

Alexandria, VA, March 18 - The SPECTRUM Group (TSG) is pleased to announce that Navy Vice Admiral Lewis W. Crenshaw (Ret.) has joined its firm. Admiral Crenshaw’s background as one of the Navy’s foremost leaders in finance and operations as well as his extensive experience in the private sector brings to TSG’s client base a wealth of knowledge and insight.

“We are delighted to have the unique blend of public and private business experience that Lou brings to our clients. As the former DCNO for Resources for the Navy, he also brings a wealth of knowledge in DoD programming and budgeting that will give our clients unique insights into Defense Department opportunities,” said TSG’s Chairman, The Honorable Anthony Principi.

Admiral Crenshaw brings to TSG a unique blend of public and private sector expertise having lead profitable businesses in the private sector and operationally outstanding organizations in the Navy. His expertise in federal financial management and in the DoD Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution process adds a new dimension to TSG capabilities.

Prior to joining TSG, Admiral Crenshaw was a partner in the global tax, audit and advisory firm of Grant Thornton LLP. Admiral Crenshaw was the national principal for the Aerospace and Defense Industry. He also led the Defense and Intelligence practice in the firm's Global Public Sector, located in Alexandria, Virginia.

During his 32 year naval career he commanded at all levels, from squadron to carrier battle group. Additionally, he was the Commander of Navy Region, Europe, responsible for all Naval Bases in Europe.

TSG, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, is a small business widely recognized as one of the premier consulting firms in the Washington D.C. area. TSG combines extraordinary experience, organization and resources to meet a broad range of challenges in both government and industry. TSG is unique among other Washington firms offering its clients an unmatched depth of access, insight and experience.

Detex Hardware secures all doors, front to back

Detex Corporation, an industry-leading source of life safety and security door hardware for commercial buildings, has been known over the years as a specialist in back door applications. But many companies may not be aware that Detex has evolved its product lines and added new ones, and today provides hardware designed for virtually all doors – back, front, side or inside.

Security managers responsible for retail stores, corporate offices, distribution facilities, and other commercial buildings are ordering Detex products for every door that calls for quality, durable hardware, whether the need is for life safety hardware or security door applications that require panic hardware. From restricted access interior doors to main entrance swing doors, outdoor area loss-prevention systems to employee entrances, side exits with anti-shoplifting features to fire-rated doors, stockroom-to-sales-floor doors to ADA swing doors, the Detex inventory of life safety and security products is comprehensive. The choice includes non-alarmed or alarmed equipment, electrified or not electrified, and application systems tailored to specific needs.

“We’re more than the name you already know,” said Ken Kuehler, Director of Marketing and Sales at Detex.  “Our product line has such breadth and depth that our options have options, so you can find exactly the hardware you need for any door.”

About Detex

For more than a century, Detex has earned the trust of architects and owners who rely on Detex products for the life safety and security of people and property. A USA company, Detex designs, manufactures, markets and ships products from New Braunfels, Texas. Detex Corporation is known internationally for life and security door hardware, loss prevention and architectural hardware, integrated door security systems, and guard tour verification.

Meeting announcement - Washington, DC- Mid Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association

Please join us for MADRA's 95th meeting on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, 1300 Quince Orchard Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

About the Meeting

Get Ready – Stay Ready. 

As disaster recovery professionals, understanding the importance of planning to ensure business operations continue in the face of disaster is not just a one-time activity, but rather a process of continuous improvement and change.  One of the more critical components of response and recovery is ensuring government operations continue.  This is not only critical for first responders, but vital to support efforts to ensure the economy of the county continues during and after an event. Jim McClelland will discuss how Montgomery County agencies and departments develop Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP), and how these plans are maintained and tested.  He’ll provide details of OEMHS’s role with these plans, and how these not only support this process, but also enable business and local services to leverage the continuity best practices in their own plans. 

We are all aware that the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security plays a central role in supporting residents to plan prior to an emergency, react during the event and find resources to recover after the crisis. However, there are many resources available that organization planners may be able to leverage to ensure employees can quickly protect their family and property and return to work. Joe Corona will detail the four tenets of personal preparedness: Getting Informed, Making a Plan, Building a Kit, and Getting Involved. He will present information on how his agency may assist in personal preparedness, discuss the types of emergencies that residents of Montgomery County may face, and guide attendees though steps they can take to leverage this program. Additionally, he will describe opportunities for local businesses to get involved with OEMHS, and how participation will benefit the County and your organization.

About the Speakers

Jim McClelland, Emergency Management Specialist.  Working in the Planning Section of the County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, his primary responsibilities include overseeing the County’s Continuity of Operations Program (COOP) and enhancing development of the Continuity of Government Plan.  Jim also serves as a planner with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Regional Planners Group. A lifelong resident of Montgomery County, he has worked as an Emergency Management Specialist since October 2012. Prior to working for Montgomery County, Jim spent over 30 years developing business continuity programs for medium- to large-sized financial services companies. 

Joseph Corona, Outreach Coordinator/ Senior Policy Analyst / AEM.  Joe works for the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, supporting preparedness planning efforts for the community and coordinating outreach efforts for the office. He earned a MPA with a concentration in Emergency and Disaster Management and currently holds an Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).  Originally from New York, Joe spent two years working for FEMA in the first implementation of the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) for the catastrophic event, Hurricane Sandy.

About MADRA

Since 1989, MADRA has provided a forum for the Mid-Atlantic's Business Continuity Planners (BCP), Continuity of Operations Professionals (COOP), Emergency Management, and the Disaster Recovery (DR) community to improve their skills through networking and education. As the regions oldest independent networking group, MADRA is dedicated to ensuring that people and organizations are better prepared to manage any type of disaster or emergency event. MADRA's meetings are free. Bring a friend or co-worker.  If you think the experience is worthwhile, we ask that you support us with an annual donation of $50, which is used to support our 501(C) 3 non-profit educational association.

Mythics awarded blanket purchase agreement (BPA) by the U.S. Department of State for Oracle Products

Virginia Beach, VA, March 18 - Mythics, Inc. an award winning Oracle systems integrator, consulting firm and Oracle platinum resale partner, today announced it has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) by the U.S. Department of State for Oracle products and services. The BPA provides the Department of State a cost effective streamlined procurement mechanism for Oracle products and services.

The contract provides access to Oracle products for all of the Department of State components domestically and internationally including:

  • Consular Affairs (CA)
  • Diplomatic Security (DS)
  • Information Resource Management (IRM)
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Overseas Building Operations (OBO)
  • Bureaus and Offices
  • Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

"The Mythics team is excited and honored to support the Department of State, providing cost effective and innovative technology solutions to achieve their mission," said Paul Seifert, Executive Vice President, Federal Sales of Mythics.  "This award is a reflection of the entire team's hard work and focus on providing customer excellence."

Servicing all the Department of State bureaus, offices and components, this BPA award is designed to decrease costs, reduce paperwork, increase service levels and ultimately is a procurement vehicle that can result in savings for the U.S. Government both in procurement efficiency and in the costs for Oracle technology products and services.

About Mythics

Mythics, a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), is an award winning Oracle systems integrator, consulting firm and Oracle resale partner (GSA#: GS-35F-0153M & TCPN #R141801) who provides an extensive Oracle solution set of products and services, including Oracle licensing and support, Oracle Sun hardware, engineered systems and appliances, Oracle training, consulting and managed services.  Mythics provides complete technology solutions for the Federal Government, State and Local Governments, Utilities, Commercial, and Healthcare sectors and is the trusted partner to organizations worldwide. 

About Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle's partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle's products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle's growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. 

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