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These two states joined Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Ohio, Utah and West Virginia in approving the merger. The merger also recently received regulatory clearance from Puerto Rico and Montana, joining Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada and Texas in granting regulatory clearance for the merger.
“More than 15 states and territories have approved or cleared the CenturyLink - Level 3 merger, showing that regulators understand this transaction will create a robust, resilient and secure network and improve the combined company’s ability to meet the ever-increasing demands of customers,” said CenturyLink Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations John F. Jones. “The strength of our combined network will help customers access higher bandwidth services in more locations and connect more businesses to customers around the globe.”
The merger, announced Oct. 31, 2016, should allow the combined company to offer enterprise and wholesale customers a broader and more complementary range of services and solutions, and position the combined company to enable the advanced technology and growing bandwidth needs of its customers, including small businesses, large businesses, large multinational enterprises and government entities.
In December 2016, CenturyLink began filing applications with the appropriate federal and state regulatory agencies. The transaction is subject to the company receiving various regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The two companies continue to expect to receive the remaining state, federal and international approvals in time to complete the merger by Sept. 30, 2017.
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report.
The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what the company accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as well as education and development.
The report features stories of 3M products and people that combine innovation with purpose, and covers a wide range of sustainability-related topics, from corporate governance to human rights, employee programs, health and safety efforts and supplier responsibilities. The 2016 edition of the report is also the first to show the progress the company is making on its 2025 sustainability goals, established in 2015.
“3M is continually striving to fulfill our every life ambition. The creation of a new CSR organization, and the launch of this year’s Sustainability Report show our continued commitment to driving both business growth and societal impact,” said Jean Bennington Sweeney, 3M chief sustainability officer. “The stories featured in our report show that a sense of purpose is at the heart of everything we do, from products to policies to partnerships.”
3M created a new Corporate Social Responsibility group, uniting 3M Sustainability and 3Mgives, bringing together an increasingly holistic approach to driving business value and community impact.
3M donated more than $67 million in cash and in-kind donations to support education, community and environmental programs throughout the world.
3M employees contributed 348,000 volunteer hours to life-improving causes throughout the year.
3M was voted as the most preferred potential workplace for millennials, in a survey of students and young professionals in the U.S.
For the fourth consecutive year, Ethisphere Institute named 3M as a “World’s Most Ethical Company.”
For the 17th consecutive year, 3M was selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Since 2012, the total number of females in management positions at the company has increased 13 percent, reaching 27.8 percent in 2016.
Global renewable energy use increased to 11 percent in 2016.
Global manufacturing waste, indexed to net sales, has decreased nearly 22 percent since 2005.
Total water consumption has decreased 34.2 percent between 2005 and 2016, indexed to corporate-wide net sales.
Global emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) decreased again last year, to 0.154 metric tons per million dollars in USD net sales.
Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced 67 percent since 2002.
3M has published a sustainability report in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework since 2002. To learn more, and to access the 2017 report, visit www.3m.com/sustainabilityreport
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter at @3M or @3MNewsroom.
Forum Systems to share AP! Security insights at KuppingerCole’s European Identity & Cloud Conference
BOSTON, May 2, 2017 – Forum Systems Inc. today announced that CTO Jason Macy will explore API security best practices and establishing compliance with emerging API-based industry standards at the European Identity & Cloud Conference 2017 (EIC).
Now in its 11th year, the KuppingerCole event will take place May 9-12 at the Dolce Ballhaus Forum Unterschleissheim in Munich, Germany and cover topics related to identity and access management (IAM), governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) and cloud security. At EIC 2017, Forum Systems will also showcase its award-winning Forum Sentry API Security Gateway in Booth #W8.
“A revolution is occurring in European banking. While PSD2 and Open Banking will simplify interoperability, make payments safer and more secure, and enhance consumer protection, challenges and questions remain as enterprises race against the clock to achieve compliance,” said Macy. “Because the information in API-based exchanges needs to be authenticated, vetted and compliance-checked, naturally, an effective API security strategy is fundamental to ensuring secure cross-border information sharing and communication.”
On Tuesday, May 9, from 9:00-13:00 CEST, Macy will lead a workshop titled, “How to Simplify and Secure your APIs in the age of PSD2, Open Banking Compliance, and GDPR.” Joined by a panel of industry experts, including KuppingerCole Founder and Principal Analyst Martin Kuppinger, Macy will explore API security gateway technology as the fundamental architectural capability to help ensure compliance with API-based industry standards, including PSD2, Open Banking, and GDPR.
The session will also showcase the versatility of the API security gateway, which can be used to create APIs that provide multifactor and multicontext authentication, threat mitigation, privileged access management and data integrity capabilities – all without writing a single line of code and without impacting existing clients or back-end systems. Notably, workshop attendees will have access to a complimentary, one-on-one session with Forum Systems executives who will demonstrate how to leverage API security gateway technology for any requested use case.
Forum Systems is recognized by KuppingerCole as the only vendor in the API Management market “with a primary focus on security.” The analyst firm also stated that the Forum Sentry API security gateway should “be among the first choices not just for government or financial organizations, but for any company with a long-term API strategy.” Additionally, KuppingerCole lauded Forum Sentry for delivering “a broad set of functionality in particular around identity federation and federated SSO.”
About Forum Systems
Forum Systems Inc. is the leader in API Security Management. Providing centralized security, identity, and integration for API communications, the Forum Sentry API Security Gateway enables enterprises to manage complex API strategies in an efficient, agile, highly secure manner. Processing more than 10 billion transactions per day worldwide, and architected on “security-first” design principles, Forum Sentry delivers unparalleled protection against modern API vulnerabilities. Forum Sentry is the industry’s only FIPS 140-2 and NIAP NDPP-certified API Security Gateway for enabling secure connectivity between users, applications and the cloud. For more information, please visit www.forumsys.com.
LAS VEGAS, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard Integrity Professionals cybersecurity experts with cybersecurity solutions securing any enterprise, is proud to be the platinum sponsor at EURO CACS 2017 in Munich, Germany taking place May 29-31, 2017. Additionally, as a platinum sponsor Vanguard will be presenting on topics addressing the latest security, compliance and security trends in three sessions during the event. Vanguard will showcase its cybersecurity and compliance solutions demonstrating their vital role protecting any large enterprise or cloud environment.
EURO CACS 2017 is an ISACA event. As an independent, nonprofit, global association, ISACA engages in the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems. Previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA now goes by its acronym only, to reflect the broad range of IT governance professionals it serves.
Please make plans to attend one of our sessions and be sure to visit us at our booth in the EURO CACS 2017 Expo Hall all hosted in Munich, Germany at The Westin Grand Munich.
Vanguard Speaking Sessions:
Monday, May 29, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (GRC/COBIT – 114)
Changes are coming: GDPR, PCI, GLB
Speaker: Brian Marshall – Vice President Research and Development
Monday, May 29, 2017 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM (Spot Light Session – SS1)
Compliance on Z/OS Using Multifactor Authentication
Speaker: Brian Marshall – Vice President Research and Development
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:30 AM - 9:55 AM (IN6 – Innovation Stage)
Top 10 Steps to Ensure your Organization is Compliant
Speaker: Brian Marshall – Vice President Research and Development
About Vanguard Integrity Professionals
Vanguard Integrity Professionals provides enterprise security software and services that solve complex security and regulatory compliance challenges for financial, insurance, healthcare, education, transportation and government agencies around the world. Vanguard provides Cybersecurity Solutions Securing any Enterprise. The world's largest Financial, Insurance, Government Agencies and Retailers entrust their security to Vanguard Integrity Professionals. Vanguard is committed to protecting and securing the Cloud and any Enterprise environment. Vanguard provides 24/7/365 live customer support from the United States of America.
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PEARL RIVER, NY May 18, 2017 Qognify, the leader in big data solutions for physical security and operations, today announced that it will showcase its comprehensive portfolio, including new solutions shown for the first time in Europe, when the company returns to IFSEC International 2017 in June.
The Qognify solutions that will be showcased on stand F950:
- Qblock - launched in March 2017, Qblock is an enterprise class, converged VMS and NAS (Network Attached Storage) turnkey solution specifically designed for the security market. Qblock combines the market's leading Dell EMC Isilon storage with Qognify's VisionHub VMS, creating a state-of-the-art IT grade solution with zero data loss, low risk deployment, centralized management, as well as seamless expansion and scalability without the need for re-architecture.
- VisionHub - the award-winning, next generation Video Management Solution includes new, robust VMS capabilities and extends to offer situational awareness and effective security incident management. Winner of the CCTV System of the Year title by the UK's Security & Fire Excellence Awards, VisionHub delivers increased situational awareness and incident management capabilities by integrating and unifying additional layers of information from core safety and security.
- Situator 8.5 - Qognify's market leading Situation Management / PSIM solution now includes actionable intelligence via its Operational Intelligence Center (OIC) module: providing organizations with capabilities that allow them to proactively anticipate and respond to both impending risks, upcoming events and operational issues.
- Suspect Search- a patented video analytics solution and winner of multiple awards, Suspect Search reduces the time it takes law enforcement and security organizations to locate a person on video from hours or days to minutes during real-time situations as well as for forensics.
Qognify's suite of mobile situational awareness and management apps, leveraging multimedia information from field personnel to provide the control room with location based, real time, rich data about security and operational incidents.
"Qognify will proudly demonstrating its most extensive security solution portfolio to date," commented Moti Shabtai, CEO and President of Qognify. "Since launching Qblock earlier this year, it has been very well received for its innovation, scalability and high availability. The mobile app suite which will be shown at IFSEC is a further extension of capabilities to field personnel, which will enable organizations to gain unprecedented situational awareness to help ensure the highest levels of security, safety, and operational efficiency. We look forward to introducing these to visitors to IFSEC International 2017."
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. http://www.Qognify.com
HONG KONG May 15, 2017 When crowds descend for major events including rugby events in Hong Kong or motorsport in Singapore, emergency services, government agencies and businesses of all sizes need seamless communications to deliver the best experience.
From the busy airport gate, to the noisy concert and the bustling local shopping centre – reliable, team communication gives workers the tools they need to get the job done.
The latest radio systems from Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) DIMETRA TETRA portfolio deliver highly-scalable and efficient communications to meet the critical communications needs of all organisations in any circumstance.
INTRODUCING DIMETRA X CORE
DIMETRA X Core is a new, fully-scalable TETRA system to support mission-critical communications for public safety as well as enterprise organisations including utilities, public transport and oil and gas companies. DIMETRA X Core enables TETRA users to get the most out of their existing DIMETRA TETRA network today while preparing for mobile broadband capabilities tomorrow.
The system features an efficient software-defined core to reduce system operating costs as well as enhanced cyber security features to protect from ever increasing threats. DIMETRA X Core is built for long-term, mission-critical communications performance for the next 15 years or more. The system is an ideal replacement for existing DIMETRA TETRA systems that will enhance and prolong the life of existing Radio Access Networks.
As technology evolves, so will DIMETRA X Core systems with their advanced, flexible and fully scalable architecture enabling system design and expansion from one site to 5000 or more.
As needs change, the system can easily accommodate new users and capabilities simply by enabling software licenses.
Regular software updates also help to keep TETRA networks operating at their peak while opening up new, broadband-enabled capabilities. This includes smart interfaces to WAVE Work Group Communications providing push-to-talk solutions and Intelligent Middleware to extend voice communication and applications between radio and broadband networks to users of radios, computers, smartphones and other devices.
DIMETRA X Core also lowers the long-term total cost of ownership for organisations by minimising the amount of hardware and physical space needed to operate the system. This results in less energy consumption and lower costs for maintenance and operation. With scalable and flexible pricing based on network coverage, capacity and capabilities, customers pay only for what they need.
“DIMETRA X Core enables emergency services and enterprise organisations to extend the life of their DIMETRA networks while preparing for additional capabilities offered by the broadband technologies of tomorrow,” said Bruce Brda, executive vice president, Products and Services at Motorola Solutions.
Of the 1,000 DIMETRA TETRA digital radio systems Motorola Solutions has delivered globally from its Centre of Excellence in Berlin, 400 of those are within the Asia Pacific region.
DIMETRA 9.0 is the latest system software release for DIMETRA X Core as well as for existing DIMETRA system customers. It provides new features including the Inter System Interface to connect voice communication over multiple TETRA networks across regions and borders.
The update also ensures organisations are better protected from ever increasing cyber security threats.
DIMETRA EXPRESS ‘ONE-BOX’ TETRA SOLUTION
Motorola Solutions’ DIMETRA Express is a single-site TETRA digital radio system all in one-box that can be deployed within 15 minutes, saving time, and helping to increase performance, reliability and responsiveness. Motorola Solutions DIMETRA Express was developed to meet demand from customers and partners for a product that is easy to deploy and cost efficient enough to be used for smaller projects. It also enables smaller organisations in sectors including manufacturing, public transport, hospitality or oil and gas, to benefit from high-quality audio, short data services (SDS) and telephony services.
About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.
MONTREAL May 16, 2017 Today, Matrox® Graphics announced the immediate availability of the award-winning Matrox Mura IPX 4K IP decode and display card.
Shipping today, the new PCI Express® card offers H.264 decoding of two 4Kp60, four 4Kp30, eight 1080p60, sixteen 1080p30 or many more SD streams. Four DisplayPort™ outputs—at resolutions up to 4K per display—make it a cost-effective, easy-to-integrate multiviewer for control rooms and AV presentation systems in security, corporate, defense, aerospace, utilities, government, medical, and education environments.
Buzz surrounding the Mura IPX decode and display card began last year; at its debut appearance, the card brought home a Best of Show Award at InfoComm 2016. Specifically, MURA-IPX-O4DF is a PCIe® x8 Gen2 card delivering high-density H.264 decoding and 4K video display in 32-bit color on each of the four DisplayPort outputs.
"The Mura IPX 4K IP decode and display card allows for some of the industry's highest density IP-enabled multiviewer applications," said Fadhl Al-Bayaty, product manager, Matrox Graphics. "By providing multiple outputs on the same card, tied with powerful control software, video wall integrators and system builders have everything they need to deliver a modern multiviewer."
The standalone card is a uniquely "system-free" card, making for an energy efficient and versatile solution available in all environments a multiviewer is required.
Al-Bayaty elaborated on this point, “Only requiring the PCIe for power means the Mura IPX decode & display is much more than system independent, it doesn’t require the system at all.”
AV integrators are provided all of the controls to deploy video walls with Matrox MuraControl™ video wall management software for Windows® and iPad®, and the Matrox Network API enables ISVs to expose new capabilities within their own software. Added functionality specifically for multiviewer applications has been integrated into the cards, with text overlay to indicate window titles, stream sources, locations, or zones, and onscreen clock providing a temporal reference for accurate stream monitoring.
Matrox Mura IPX 4K IP decode and display cards are available now . The Mura IPX decode and display card will be featured as part of Matrox’s product lineup at InfoComm 2017 (Orlando, June 14-16, Booth 1973).
About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.
LOCHOVICE, Czech Republic May 15, 2017 OPTAGLIO today announced the establishment of a research center focused on forensic aspects of anti-counterfeit protection technologies for different types of documents. This center will work as a separate unit closely connected to OPTAGLIO Labs.
The new unit equipped with a broad range of technical accessories will be able to simulate different types of attacks against documents such as removal of protective elements. It will focus on strategies for protection against such attacks and development of new technologies. New anti-counterfeit measures will be thoroughly tested to make sure their applicability in the environment of real production (speed, batches, lamination temperature, pressures etc.) The center is partly subsidized by EU funds.
"The new research center will bring a unique combination of different physical approaches. We will also try to apply holograms on new substrates and open a lot of interesting new questions. Rather than just development of new products, our goal is to reach a thorough understanding of a phenomenon. This will enable us to build entirely new solutions,“ said Dr. Tomáš Karenský, senior research manager in OPTAGLIO.
An important part of research activities will focus on microholograms, tiny particles with a holographic surface, invented by OPTAGLIO. Microholograms are sometimes called „holographic dust“ and enable several levels of inspection, including forensic.
OPTAGLO is uniquely positioned to run a scientific center focused on forensic technologies. In 1994, it originated from Czech Academy of Science and research is still a top priority for the organization. OPTAGLIO has built an international scientific team and large research center, OPTAGLIO Labs, in Lochovice in Central Bohemia (Czech Republic). The company is a pioneer and the global leader in e-beam lithography and patented many innovations, including microholograms and specific technologies for integrating optical security features into polycarbonate cards.
OPTAGLIO is a leading global provider of advanced optical security devices and the market leader in e-beam lithography. During almost 25 years of our history, we have delivered hundreds of millions of holograms to governments, financial institutions and other organizations in more than 50 countries around the world. Our unique technology has been broadly recognized as the industry standard for optical security.
OPTAGLIO, certified to relevant international standards, operates under strict 24/7 security supervision. Our comprehensive security system covers people, processes, data and facilities. The company is a member of International Hologram Association (IHMA) through which it registers all its security devices and hologram in the central security register, in London.
SUWANEE, GA May 11, 2017 Meggitt Training Systems, the leading provider of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training products and services, has won the international category of the Gwinnett County Chamber’s 2017 Impact Regional Business Awards.
The program recognizes leading organizations in top industries driving economic development and job creation. From more than 500 nominations and 125 finalist companies, nine industry categories were recognized. Meggitt Training Systems received the award in the International category on May 10 for advancing global commerce and creating jobs in the metro Atlanta region.
“Meggitt Training Systems supports military forces and law enforcement agencies globally, so we’re especially pleased to win the international Impact award,” said Jeff Murphy, president, Meggitt Training Systems. “Our skilled employees based here in Suwanee and around the world help ensure that those who put their lives on the line receive world-class training to accomplish their mission.”
With this award Meggitt becomes a Governor’s International Business Awards finalist. Held on October 6, this premier event recognizes individuals and organizations working to build and strengthen Georgia’s vibrant international business community.
Meggitt employs more than 400 people at its headquarters in Suwanee, plus others in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Its training solutions have been chosen as programs of record by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, as well as sold to military forces in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and other allies. Meggitt not only facilitates training for the world’s best warfighters, it also provides virtual and live-fire solutions for law enforcement agencies in more than 100 countries.
“Over the past decade, the nature of military and law enforcement operations have changed dramatically. Today’s threats make intensive and realistic weapons training more important than ever and that’s what Meggitt delivers worldwide,” Murphy added.
About Meggitt Training Systems
Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, a division of Meggitt PLC, is the leading supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems. Following the acquisition of FATS® virtual training systems and Caswell International's live-fire ranges and services, Meggitt Training Systems has continued to grow its capabilities based on the legacy of these two industry leaders. Over 13,000 Meggitt live-fire ranges and 5,100 virtual systems are fielded internationally, providing judgmental, situational awareness and marksmanship training to the armed forces, law enforcement and security organizations.
Meggitt Training Systems employs more than 400 people at its headquarters in Atlanta and at facilities in Orlando, Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, UAE, Australia and Singapore. It can deploy service personnel anywhere in the world for instructor training, system installation and maintenance.
About Meggitt PLC
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Meggitt PLC is an international group operating in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialized extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world leader in aerospace, defense and energy, employing nearly 11,000 people at more than 50 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide.
SAN DIEGO May 11, 2017 LRAD Corporation (NASDAQ: LRAD), the world’s leading provider of acoustic hailing devices and advanced mass notification systems, today announced a $528,000 LRAD 1000X systems order from SGS Canada (http://www.sgs.ca/). The LRAD 1000X systems will be integrated with avian radar and utilized to humanely deter birds and other wildlife from tailings ponds at an oil sands operation. The order is scheduled to ship this fiscal year.
“This order adds to more than 225 LRAD systems previously deployed for wildlife preservation at large mining sites,” commented Richard S. Danforth, Chief Executive Officer of LRAD Corporation. “In addition to significantly reducing waterfowl deaths at mining operations, LRAD systems are being used around the world to preserve wildlife and protect critical assets at airports and air bases, oil & gas facilities, and fisheries.”
LRAD systems use directionality and focused acoustic output to broadcast a near infinite variety of predator calls and warning tones to ensure against habituation. LRAD systems can be manually or remotely operated, and integrated with avian radar and other sensors. For more information, please click LRAD Wildlife Preservation.
About LRAD Corporation
Using advanced technology and superior voice intelligibility, LRAD Corporation’s proprietary Long Range Acoustic Devices® and revolutionary ONE VOICE® mass notification systems are designed to enable users to safely hail and warn, inform and direct, prevent misunderstandings, determine intent, establish large safety zones, resolve uncertain situations, and save lives. LRAD systems are in service in more than 70 countries around the world in diverse applications including mass notification and public address, fixed and mobile defense deployments, homeland, border, critical infrastructure, maritime, oil & gas, and port security, public safety, law enforcement and emergency responder communications, asset protection, and wildlife control and preservation. For more information, please visit www.lrad.com.