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Kontron to show breadth of feature rich, IoT data-driven platforms at 2016 Aircraft Interiors Expo

A global market leader for embedded computing technology (ECT), Kontron delivers critical technologies that enable a new era of connected aircraft. At Aircraft Interiors, Kontron will showcase its expanding line of scalable open-architecture platforms specifically designed to enable In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity.

These innovative and application-ready products facilitate the ability to offer new and immediate revenue streams while enhancing the passenger experience. Helping airlines advance beyond in-flight entertainment and communication (IFE&C), Kontron’s feature-rich, Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled solutions support efficient analytical and sensor data collection capabilities to improve airline systems and operations. The Aircraft Interiors Expo will take place at the fairgrounds in Hamburg. 

We invite you to Booth #D40, Hall B2 to see first-hand how Kontron is driving connected aircraft advancements that allow airlines to securely leverage the full benefits of IoT from the company’s 30+ year experience as a trusted innovator of ultra-rugged computing platforms. 

Kontron to showcase: 

Expanded line of next-generation avionics servers including the ACE Flight 4600 with 4G LTE capabilities and our new lineup of products: 

  • ACE Flight 904
  • ACE Flight 4608 Server
  • ACE Flight 4700 Modman o ACE Flight 2600 Server
  • ACE Flight 1600 Server 

Next generation Cab-n-Connect A100 wireless access point (CWAP) supporting Wi-Fi 802.11ac with advanced AirDefenseTM capabilities for wireless security and asset tracking 

Innovative IoT-based solutions that pave the way for enhanced security, analytics and operational efficiencies with demonstrations that include: 

  • Asset tracking and Advanced AirDefenseTM using A100 Cab-n-Connect CWAP
  • Intel RealSense 3D scanning technology that can assist airline passengers and 
  • improve operational efficiencies o Visual data streaming analytics 

Avionics services and support programs that protect investments and accelerate installation and certification time 

Where: When: Location: 

Aircraft Interiors Expo
April 5 - 7, 2016
Kontron Booth#D40, Hall B2 

About Kontron 

Kontron, a global leader in embedded computing technology and trusted advisor in IoT, provides a complete and integrated portfolio of hardware, software and services. Kontron creates many of the standards that drive the world’s embedded computing platforms, bringing to life numerous technologies and applications. The result is an accelerated time-to-market, reduced total-cost-of-ownership, product longevity and the best possible overall application with leading-edge, highest reliability embedded technology. 

Finalists for Department of Defense's top employer award named

Washington, DC, March 15 - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, has selected 30 employers as finalists for the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award (commonly referred to as the "Freedom Award").

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the DoD to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, ESGR organizes the annual award program, which has presented the honor to 220 employers since 1996.  Each year, up to 15 awards are presented to employers in the three categories – large (500 or more employees), small (fewer than 500 employees), and public sector.

This year's finalist group is comprised of 11 large employers, 10 small employers, and 9 public sector employers.

"The 2016 Freedom Award finalists reflect the diversity in size and location of employers that provide outstanding support for Guard and Reserve members," said ESGR Executive Director Alex Baird. "These 30 finalists span the diversity of America's workforce and prove every employer, whether large, small, public, or private, can go above and beyond for our Citizen Warriors." 

Almost half of the U.S. military is made up of National Guard and Reserve members, many of whom also hold jobs with civilian employers. The Freedom Award recognizes those employers that provide the most outstanding support for these Citizen Warriors.  This year's recipients will be honored at the Pentagon in an official ceremony in August.

ESGR received 2,424 nominations for employers in all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.  This year's Freedom Award recipients will be announced in late June. A complete list of the 30 finalists can be found at

New video highlights leading technology, innovative features of Morse Watchmans’ key control and asset management solutions

Morse Watchmans’ newest video titled “Think Inside the Box” tells the story of the company’s strong technology leadership and the innovative features and benefits its key control and asset management solutions deliver.

“We created this video to demonstrate the advanced technologies and integrations behind Morse Watchmans’ innovations and how these advancements have allowed us to take key control and asset management to new levels,” said Fernando Pires, VP Sales and Marketing, Morse Watchmans. “Our goal is to help security professionals and businesses discover the significant benefits of our high-tech systems and solutions.”

Morse Watchmans’ full line of key control and management products and systems offers secure solutions for addressing controlled usage and safekeeping of physical keys. The tamper-proof systems are designed so that only authorized users, using pre-programmed PIN codes, access cards or biometrics, can access keys. On-board advanced technology automatically records all access activity. Among the high-tech features the company’s solutions deliver are touch panels, fingerprint readers and card scanners for enhanced key and asset control and security; audible prompts to ensure proper removal and return of keys and assets; usage reports, alerts and remote management capabilities to further enhance the solutions’ effectiveness and efficiency.

Additional state-of-the-art key control and asset management functionality highlighted in the video includesconfigurability, networking and integrationcapabilities.

To view the video, visit or feel free to stop by their ISC West booth to view the video (booth 15109).

About Morse Watchmans

For over a century, Morse Watchmans has been known as an innovator of high-quality, cost-effective technology. Through seamless design, manufacturing and support, we earned the reputation as the world leader in security management products. Specializing in state-of-the-art key management (KeyWatcher®), guard tour (PowerCheck®) and key ring (KeyRing™) systems, our products are reliable, easy to use and expandable to meet your growing needs. Our company offers industry-leading software, service and support to ensure the effectiveness of your security investment. Contact us today and find the right solution for all your security management needs.

NTSB: Video shows tracks were ‘disturbed’ before Amtrak train derailed, injuring 32

By Steve Bittenbender

Officials investigating why an Amtrak train derailed in western rural Kansas earlier this week said Tuesday they “have made good progress” in trying to determine the accident that injured 32 people.

At a press conference in Cimarron, Kan., Earl Weener, a board member with the National Transportation Safety Board, said investigators determined an agricultural truck struck the railroad some time prior to the Amtrak incident.

“Investigators identified a point of derailment 25 feet beyond the impact location,” Weener said. “Investigators obtained the forward facing video from the lead locomotive and were able to identify a localized distortion in the track in the area of the impact. The video showed the track was disturbed and shifted an estimated 12 to 14 inches.”

Weener added that fresh tire tracks were at the scene and investigators traced them to a truck owned by a local feed company. The company’s management is cooperating with the investigation.

According to Amtrak, just after midnight CT Monday, eight cars of the carrier’s Southwest Chief derailed on tracks owned and maintained by BNSF in Cimarron, located about 190 miles west of Wichita. The train, which departed Los Angeles with a final destination of Chicago, had 10 cars and two engines. The trip typically takes 43 hours to complete.

It was carrying 145 people, including a crew of 14. Of the 32 injured, 28 were released from hospitals within hours. However, two people were flown to a Texas hospital for treatment and had been listed in critical condition. Those not treated for injuries were taken to a nearby community center before getting tickets for alternate means of getting to their destination.

When the train’s engineer noticed a bend in the rail, it prompted him to apply the emergency brake. At the time, the train’s estimated speed was 60 miles per hour. After the brake was applied, it took about 18 seconds to come to a complete stop, travelling more than 900 feet before stopping.

NTSB investigators, led by Weener and investigator-in-charge Timothy Depaepe, arrived in Cimarron on Monday. Officials from the investigating team will take the train’s event recorder back with them to Washington for further examination, Weener said.

While Weener shared the revelation about the truck hitting the railroad, he made it clear that NTSB investigators would not be identifying the probable cause of the accident while they were in Cimarron.

BNSF officials plan to have the railroad back in service Tuesday afternoon for passenger and freight service. That company as well the Federal Railroad Administration, local unions and law enforcement agencies also will participate in the investigation. Amtrak, too, has said it would cooperate with NTSB investigators, and its crew members who were on board have already been interviewed.

It could take up to a year for the NTSB to complete its findings.

According to FRA data, Amtrak reported 77 accidents in 2015. That was seven more than the year prior. However, freight haulers Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern and BNSF reported more than 1,000 accidents combined in 2015.

Railroad industry executives take issue with proposed federal rule mandating crews of two on most trains

Edward R. Hamberger, AAR

By Steve Bittenbender

Railroad industry officials have come out swinging against a proposed federal regulation that would require a minimum of two crew members for most operations.

The Federal Railroad Administration issued the proposed regulation on the Federal Register’s Web site on Tuesday. It gave the public two months to respond. The Association of American Railroads wasted no time. The group posted its response online the day before the administration posted its proposal.

"Safety is this industry's number one concern, but there is simply no safety case to be made for a regulation that requires two-person crews, especially where Positive Train Control is fully operational," said Edward R. Hamberger, AAR president and CEO. "Worldwide, trains safely operate with one person in the cab, including here in the United States with passenger and commuter trains and some short line freight railroads. Major European railway systems running many mixed freight and passenger trains per day have safely implemented single-person train crews.”

Even as railroads continue implementing PTC on more miles of track, the FRA said it’s concerned that even with the technology that having a second crew member on board is in the public safety’s interest. In a summary of its proposed rule, the FRA noted the deadly Lac-Megantic explosion in Quebec in 2013 happened in part because it had just one individual working on the train.

The lone worker on the train in that incident failed to properly secure a train carrying 72 tank cars of crude oil. Eventually, the train began to move on its own, rolling down toward the center of the Canadian town. All but nine of the 72 oil tankers derailed and about 25 broke open. The breaches led to massive explosions that killed 47 people and forced the evacuation of about 2,000.

“A recent catastrophic accident in Canada occurred in which a one-person crew did not properly secure an unattended train and another accident occurred in which a multiple-person crew was able to effectively respond to an accident and remove cars from danger,” the administration noted. “In addition, qualitative studies show that one-person train operations pose increased risks by potentially overloading the sole crewmember with tasks, and that PTC does not substitute for all the tasks performed by properly trained conductors.”

If a train has just a lone worker the overload of tasks can lead to reduced situational awareness, further increasing the risk for an accident.

According to the FRA, the likely cost of having additional crew members on board American freight trains would be about $27.7 million over the next 10 years.

“Preventing a single fatal injury would exceed the break-even point in the low range and preventing five fatalities would exceed the break-even point at the high range,” the FRA said in its proposed rule. “The proposed rule will help ensure that train crew staffing does not result in inappropriate levels of safety risks to railroad employees, the general public, and the environment, while allowing technology innovations to advance industry efficiency and effectiveness without compromising safety.”

Hamberger agreed that there are still instances where a minimum of two crewmembers are needed, such as on Class 1 railroads currently not equipped with the control technology. However, he thought it was peculiar that railroad regulators would seek to mandate crewmembers while the Department of Transportation, which oversees the FRA, is looking into technology for self-driving automobiles and trucks on highways.

"The freight rail industry is spending billions to automate operations inside freight locomotives,” he added. “Instead of piling on additional, duplicative regulatory costs that offer no incremental safety benefit , the government should focus on creating an environment that fuels innovation and technological advancement in furtherance of safety."

VSS Structured Capital completes sale of Navtec, Inc to Airbus Prosky SAS

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New York, NY, March 10 – VSS, a private investment firm focused on the information, tech-enabled business services, healthcare IT, and education industries, today announced that VSS Structured Capital II has completed the sale of its interest in Navtech Inc., a global leader in flight operations software for the commercial aviation industry.  The business was acquired by Airbus ProSky SAS, part of the Airbus group of companies.

Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, with offices in London and Cardiff, Navtech serves more than 400 aircraft operators and aviation services customers worldwide, with a suite of high-quality, mission-critical aeronautical products and services including aeronautical charts, navigation data solutions, flight planning, aircraft performance and crew planning solutions.  In 2015, VSS assisted Navtech with the acquisition of DW International Ltd., a U.K.-based developer of satellite flight solutions focusing on RAIM prediction technology.

VSS made a minority investment in Navtech in June 2013 to refinance a mezzanine loan and buy out some equity holders through VSS Structured Capital II, a $312 million fund raised in 2009.  VSS originated the investment on a proprietary basis, partnering with majority owner Cambridge Information Group, a family investment firm run by CEO Andy Snyder that makes private investments in the education and professional information markets. 

“VSS allowed us to accelerate the development of our SaaS and Electronic Flight Bag products.  They were supportive of the company's growth initiatives and helped us think through the most efficient capital structure at each step,” said Snyder.

“Navtech is representative of our strong experience providing flexible debt and equity solutions to lower middle market businesses in the information industry,” said David Bainbridge, a Managing Director at VSS who served on the company’s Board of Directors. “We are pleased to have been a value added strategic partner to Navtech and its shareholders.”

Other past VSS structured capital investments that the firm has successfully exited in the last year include the sale of Trover Solutions to New Mountain Capital, the sale of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services to Silver Lake, and the sale of Strata Decision Technology to Roper Technologies. VSS has a long history of partnering with entrepreneurs and providing structured capital for expansions, acquisition financings, product launches, recapitalizations and management buyouts or buy-ins. 

About VSS 

VSS is a leading lower middle-market private investment firm that makes control and non-control investments within the tech-enabled business services, information, healthcare IT, and education industries in North America and Europe.

Hands-only CPR training kiosks opens at Indianapolis airport

Indianapolis, IN, March 10, 2016 -- Last April, Matt Lickenbrock, a University of Dayton student, saved the life of a fellow student using Hands-Only CPR, a lifesaving technique that he learned from an instructional kiosk. Today, Matt will show Sean Ferguson, the student whose heart stopped beating after being struck by lightning, how to learn Hands-Only CPR on a new training kiosk atIndianapolis International Airport (IND).

Seven U.S. sites, including IND, will feature a Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosk, courtesy of the American Heart Association's national partnership with the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. IND travelers can now put their time to good use and take five minutes to learn the simple yet lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR much in the same way that Matt did.

Matt had a three-hour layover at Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport on April 6, 2015 when he decided to learn something useful. He put down his phone and learned CPR at a Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosk in Gate C7. He practiced about 10 to 15 minutes until he got a perfect score.

Two days later, an evening storm rolled through Dayton, Ohio, where Matt attends college. Matt decided to drive to class instead of walking. As he got out of his car at the campus parking lot, a professor yelled to him, "Do you know CPR?" A student named Sean Ferguson was lying on the ground after being struck by lightning and he had no pulse.

Matt rushed over to Sean and started performing Hands-Only CPR immediately.

"I remember kneeling in the rain, doing compressions, wondering if this would make a difference," he recalled in his recent appearance on the syndicated television program The Doctors. "I felt comfortable. It felt just like it did on the kiosk. I knew what I was doing because it was what I was trained to do."

He administered CPR for about two minutes. When the paramedics arrived, Sean had a pulse. Sean, who also suffered over 30 percent burns on his body, made a full recovery. He and Matt met three months later and became fast friends.

"When someone saves your life, that's the biggest gift anyone can give," Sean said. "There is no doubt in my mind that Matt is my guardian angel."

Speaking at IND, Matt, 22, and Sean, 24, will share more of their powerful story, and discuss the ease of using the kiosk to complete the training.

The kiosk features a touch screen with a video that gives a brief "how-to," followed by a practice session and a 30-second CPR test. With the help of a practice manikin, or a rubber torso, the kiosk provides feedback about the depth and rate of compressions and proper hand placement – factors that influence the effectiveness of CPR.

"We want to empower more lifesavers like Matt to take five minutes at the kiosk and learn Hands-Only CPR because you never know when you will have to use this critical skill," said Tom Brown, member of the Indianapolis Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. "For the past four years, the American Heart Association and Anthem Foundation have been working to educate millions of Americans about Hands-Only- CPR with the goal of preparing people to save the lives of anyone from perfect strangers to loved ones."

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death with over 350,000 out-of-hospital cases occurring every year in the U.S. More than 20 percent occur in public places like airports, casinos and sporting facilities. When a teen or adult has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Survival rates drop as much as 10 percent for every minute that goes by without intervention.

"Bystander CPR performed immediately after cardiac arrest can double or triple a person's chance of surviving cardiac arrest, and making these kiosks available is another way we can help improve cardiac arrest survival rates," said Craig Samitt, MD executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Anthem, Inc.  "Airports are some of the busiest public places and we can't think of a better place to maximize the number of people who are exposed to the kiosks as part of our Hands-Only CPR educational campaign with the American Heart Association. By making it more accessible, we believe the kiosks will inspire more Americans to learn Hands-Only CPR and be better prepared to help save the life of a loved one, or even a stranger in the event of a cardiac arrest."

With the Anthem Foundation's support, the American Heart Association has already placed a kiosk at Chicago O'Hare International and will place three kiosks at the following airports: Las Vegas' McCarran International; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International; and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall. Two additional kiosks will be available at The Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio; and Anthem's office in Washington, D.C.

The launch of these seven kiosks comes on the heels of the successful and life-saving pilot kiosk installed in 2013 at the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) by AHA and American Airlines Occupation Health Services. This kiosk, which is located in Terminal C, Gate 7, has trained more than 25,000 travelers.

The kiosks are part of an effort that began five years ago when AHA simplified the steps of CPR to encourage more people to take action: if a bystander sees a teen or adult collapse, he or she should first call 9-1-1, then push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of "Stayin' Alive," which has the perfect cadence for proper CPR. Hands-Only CPR removes the step of rescue breaths; bystanders should simply keep pushing until emergency help arrives. This effort coincided with major support from the Anthem Foundation, which this year received the AHA Impact Award in recognition of impacting the lives of people across the country by bringing them the lifesaving skill of Hands-Only CPR.

To learn more about the Hands-Only CPR campaign and learn how to save a life, please visit or To get fully trained in CPR and find a class near you, visit

American Science and Engineering debuts advanced security screening systems at ABU DHABI event

ABU DHABI, U.A.E. , March 15, 2016 – American Science and Engineering, Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, today introduced three innovative scanning systems to the Middle East which are ideally suited for helping authorities combat terrorism and other security threats. New products include the next generation Z Portal® system that combines multiple detection technologies for up to six views of cargo and vehicles; the CarView™ portal, a high-throughput, relocatable, multi-technology scanning system for threats concealed in cars and small vehicles; and the Tx-View™ dual-energy transmission option for the top-selling line of ZBV® mobile cargo and vehicle screening systems.

During ISNR 2016 (March 15—17), AS&E will feature the next generation Z Portal system, CarView portal, Tx-View option for ZBV, and MINI Z® handheld imaging system in our channel partner Al Hamra’s stand #4230.     

“Security agencies in the Middle East have experienced first-hand how our systems help reduce the level of vulnerability to explosive threats and contraband,” said Chuck Dougherty, President and CEO of AS&E. “We are confident they will find that our new offerings address high-priority security objectives and trengthen their ability to protect residents, visitors, and critical infrastructure against terrorist threats.”

The Next Generation Z Portal: Multi-view, multi-technology cargo and vehicle screening system

The next generation Z Portal system is the only drive-through cargo and vehicle inspection system that uses multiple detection technologies to provide up to six views—including dual-energy transmission, Z Backscatter®, and Forwardscatter® images—of scanned passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, and cargo. The new Z Portal system incorporates AS&E’s latest source and detector innovations in a more compact design, enabling improved image quality at higher throughput in space-constrained locations such as checkpoints at high-threat facilities. View the video.

CarView Portal: Cost-effective, high-throughput, superior inspection of small vehicles

The CarView portal screens occupied cars and small vehicles to help secure special events, parking garages, and high-threat locations. The system uses innovative Wave Shifting Fibers (WSF) detector technology to simultaneously produce two top-down images: a high-quality dual-energy transmission image and a Z Backscatter image of the scanned vehicle. The dual-energy transmission image offers material discrimination technology to detect metallic and organic threats and contraband, while the photo-like Z Backscatter image offers enhanced detection of organic threats such as explosives, drugs, and stowaways. This cost-effective, versatile system is easily relocatable and its compact footprint meets the physical requirements of standard tollbooth lanes. 

ZBV with Tx-View: Dual-energy transmission option for the ZBV system

Tx-View is a dual-energy transmission option for AS&E’s industry-leading line of ZBV mobile cargo and vehicle screening systems. This ZBV with Tx-View option allows security personnel to simultaneously acquire dual-energy transmission images for detection of metallic threats such as weapons and artillery shells, and Z Backscatter images for superior detection of organic threats and contraband. Deployed quickly and easily, the Tx-View option is completely self-contained in a trailer for storage and transport, providing customs and security officials with the lowest cost, most versatile, multi-technology, mobile cargo and vehicle screening system available today.

MINI Z: Handheld Z Backscatter imaging system

The MINI Z system enables law enforcement, public safety, and other security professionals to scan in places other systems can’t reach and determine “on-the-go” if drugs, explosives, or other threats are present in difficult-to-reach locations such as car interiors and aircraft compartments. The MINI Z system was also named winner of the R&D 100 Award for Top Innovation, an ASIS Accolades Award winner and Best of What’s New Award for 2014 in Popular Science Magazine. 

About AS&E

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is the trusted global provider of threat and contraband detection solutions for ports, borders, military, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, and aviation. With over 50 years of experience, AS&E offers proven, advanced X-ray inspection systems to combat terrorism, drug smuggling, illegal immigration, and trade fraud. AS&E systems are designed in a variety of configurations for cargo and vehicle inspection, parcel inspection, and personnel screening. Using a combination of technologies, these systems provide superior detection capabilities, with high-energy, dual-energy, and Z Backscatter X-rays — pioneered by AS&E. 

FAA's Huerta leads discussion on the future of drones at South By Southwest

Michael Huerta, FAA 

By Steve Bittenbender

Michael Huerta, administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration, went to Austin, Texas earlier this week to participate in a discussion about the future of unmanned aircraft at the annual South By Southwest conference.

While at SXSW, Huerta noted that the federal drone registry now has more than 400,000 registrants, and a committee will deliver recommendations on rules regarding smaller drone aircraft by the end of this month. It will publish a rule on that later this spring, the agency said.

Representatives from NASA, Amazon, Intel and other key stakeholders participated in the panel discussion that Huerta led along with Sally French, a noted journalist and blogger covering the technology. Among the topics discussed included the potential uses for drones, ways to further disseminate safety guidelines to new drone operators and how to further integrate drones into current day-to-day life. That includes using the devices for such purposes as search and rescue efforts and potentially to deliver medications and other essential supplies to people living in rural areas.

While Huerta said the work between industry and government leaders can become messy at times, it can produce results.

“The wide array of industry representatives here today underscores that while we may sometimes have different opinions and ideas, we’re all coming from essentially the same place,” Huerta said. “We all view safety as our top priority, and the safe integration of unmanned aircraft is a goal that we’re committed to pursuing together.”

Huerta also used the event to announce that the FAA has released a mobile application for drone users. Called B4UFLY, the app lets drone operators know whether they can safely and legally operate their unmanned aircraft at their location. The app is available on Android and Apple devices and already includes updates based on recommendations from beta testers.

“Many UAS users have no experience with the U.S. aviation system, so they may not be aware they’re operating in shared, and potentially busy airspace,” the FAA said in a news release.

Drones have increased greatly in popularity in the last year alone, and as more take to their air, government leaders have been working to find ways to make sure the devices do not harm others. In particular, pilots have expressed concerns about the unmanned crafts interfering with their planes as they try to land. . Pilots and other officials lodged more than 1,100 complaints in the first 10 months of 2015, representing a more than five-fold increase from the previous year’s totals.

One way federal officials sought to regulate drone usage was through the creation of the drone registry. It requires owners, aged 13 and older, to register their equipment before they can fly in open airspace. The registry, which started taking names on Dec. 21, requires owners to pay a $5 application fee. Registering once will cover all of an owner’s aircraft, as long as they weigh between .55 and 55 pounds.

SXSW bills itself as “the premier destination for discovery” and offers a wide array of presentations and discussions on several issues, including new and emerging technologies. The nine-day conference will end on March 20.

Qognify's market leading PSIM and Situation Management Solution adds actionable intelligence capabilities

Paramus, NJ, February 29 - Qognify, formerly NICE Security, today announced the release of Situator 8.0 with the introduction of the new Operational Intelligence Center (OIC). The latest version of the market leading PSIM and Situation Management solution provides a platform for leveraging the massive amounts of big data Situator captures, monitors and correlates and turns it into actionable intelligence.

The Operational Intelligence Center, with its new advanced rules engine, monitors large volumes of data and detects deviations in leading indicators, which are often precursors to incidents. This allows organizations to prepare for impending incidents, initiate a proactive response and mitigate their impact. Additionally, the OIC introduces a new visualization engine, which greatly enhances Situational Awareness and ongoing operations management. Displaying any operational parameter, the visualization engine allows supervisors, executives and other stakeholders to customize dashboards based on their needs and their role, providing the right information to the right people in real time.

Situator's OIC goes beyond just presenting business intelligence. Its powerful correlation engine and adaptive workflow capabilities provide actionable intelligence: insight about what is happening or unfolding, together with the critical 'what to do next' guidance. This can be incredibly valuable, particularly when the cost of business disruption is measured in minutes by organizations such as airports, mass transit, critical facilities and even commercial entities such as banks. In the same way that the OIC proactively addresses unfolding incidents, it can also be used by an organization to improve performance of day-to-day operational activities.

"Our customers and partners were actively involved in the design and development of the Operational Intelligence Center," said Moti Shabtai, President of Qognify. "They wanted a solution that would help them anticipate unfolding events and effectively manage them, in order to mitigate any impact. Additionally, they wanted to get a holistic view of what is happening in their organization on a day-to-day basis. Organizations can now align KPIs with their business objectives, allowing them to understand what needs to be changed or improved and how. They can then monitor results to gauge the efficacy of their actions, making adjustments for continual improvement along the way."

Situator 8.0 is available now from Qognify.

About Qognify  

Qognify helps organizations mitigate risk, maintain business continuity, and optimize operations. The Qognify portfolio includes video management, video and data analytics, and PSIM/ Situation Management solutions that are deployed in financial institutions, transportation agencies, airports, seaports, utility companies, city centers, and to secure many of the world's highest-profile public events.



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