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New Jersey district equips each school with Tramedic trauma kits

ROXBURY, NJ Jan. 26, 2017 The school district of Roxbury, New Jersey, is the first in the nation to outfit every school with trauma kits thanks to a partnership between the Roxbury Township Police Department and the Roxbury Rotary Club. Their kit of choice, the Tramedicube™, is located in every public and private school as well as the library and rec center. These kits give each school the ability to treat a full range of traumatic injuries including massive bleeding, blocked airways, chest wounds, and more.

The former police chief of Roxbury, James Simonetti, emphasized that these kits are not just for serious situations such as active shooters but for general preparedness: "… be it an accident or something else, we want to be prepared. We're fortunate in Morris County that every police officer is outfitted with a trauma kit, and I felt that the schools needed them too." Roxbury Township Police carry trauma kits from Tactical Medical Solutions®. Tramedicubes™ contain some of the same products but they are adapted for civilian use.

The Tramedicubes™ are designed to be used by all people, including the untrained bystander, so that anyone can provide immediate care. Statistics have shown that traumatic incidents in schools are increasing annually, and these kits empower faculty, staff, and students to become the immediate first responders. "It's a self-contained kit that comes with both the product and the training on how to use it, and that's key," said former Chief Simonetti. Simple and color-coded instructions guide the user to the proper equipment to treat the most serious injuries first. In addition, training videos detail how to use the kit components, so when the time comes, bystanders are already equipped with the knowledge to respond. Learn more about the Tramedicube™ here: https://www.griflog.com/product/tramedicube/.

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About Tramedic:

In today's world you never know when a serious injury will occur. Being prepared for when it happens doesn't have to be scary, overly expensive, or difficult to manage. The goal of Tramedic™ is to place real life saving treatments in regular people's hands because sometimes injuries are so serious you don't have time to wait for help. Tramedic™ accomplishes this by incorporating a mix of intuitive products, simple instructions, and effective training videos to ensure you and your organization are prepared for the worst.

Security Mentor releases latest edition of award-winning training program

PACIFIC GROVE, CA Jan. 26, 2017 Security Mentor, pioneer of innovative security awareness training that drives real behavior change, today announced the latest product release of the Security Mentor Training Program. New release features fall into three key areas of interest to enterprises: the ability to measure the effectiveness of training programs, content addressing current risks and maximizing training effectiveness by offering localized training. Among the significant new features is the addition of pre- and post-training assessments and end-of-lesson quizzes, which together enable organizations gain insights into the success of their training programs.

According to Gartner research Vice President Andrew Walls, the security awareness training market is worth more than $1 billion a year and growing at a rate of 13 percent annually. Businesses of all sizes continue to invest in developing human capital, and are demanding return on investment (ROI). Evaluating and demonstrating employee skills, and overall value to the organization, is a business imperative. Employee security awareness training programs are no exception. Organizations need to shift from implementing simple “check-the-box” security awareness solutions to truly effective solutions.

“With escalating hacking attacks, ransomware and data breaches, the C-Suite is facing mounting pressure to not only increase the security of their employees, but also measure the effectiveness of their security education program,” said Marie White, CEO and President, Security Mentor. “While there are other security awareness solutions on the market, Security Mentor distances itself by offering the complete package – a training solution with robust content that is brief, engaging, and interactive, and ultimately effective at driving real behavior change.”

The Security Mentor Training Program now provides a two-pronged approach for measuring training effectiveness and compliance reporting:

  1. Pre- and post-training assessments measure the security knowledge/skills acquired by employees through taking the Security Mentor Training Program. Pre-assessments are given prior to employees starting training and then again at training conclusion.
  2. End-of-lesson quizzes measure immediate knowledge/skills that employees mastered in each security lesson.

In combination, these assessment methods provide clients the tools to measure the impact of Security Mentor’s training in their organization, and to determine ROI, and thereby to justify an investment in properly training their employees. The latest release also expands Security Mentor’s robust training curriculum to include two new lessons addressing current threats and risks to which employees are exposed: “Insider Threat” and the “Internet of Things (IoT)”. The inclusion of these lessons brings the total number of lessons in the training curricula to 20. Throughout 2017, Security Mentor will continue to release new lessons addressing pressing critical security and compliance topics.

Another new feature in this product release is the addition of training in Dutch and Japanese languages. Security awareness training is leveraged by organizations worldwide in virtually every industry to secure their employees. To ensure each employee understands the implications of their actions and their responsibilities, it is ideal that employees take training in their native language. To meet the needs our global client base, Security Mentor training is now translated and localized in eleven languages with the newly added Dutch and Japanese to join English, French, French Canadian, German, Italian, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Swedish.

“Our security awareness training focuses on creating security savvy employees, and a culture of security in the workplace,” continued White. “Features in this new product release, together with the many other features we already offer, including gamification and client policy tracking and management, continue to not only be highly received by employees, but enable the security staff to focus on their core security programs, trusting employee security education to Security Mentor.”

About Security Mentor

Security Mentor is a visionary and global leader in the security awareness training and education industry. Organizations worldwide rely on the Security Mentor Training Program to transform their workforces into security savvy employees. The foundation of the Training Program is our brief, interactive, highly engaging lessons that teach critical security skills in an easy-to-understand, fun format that drives real behavior change. Security Mentor’s training is available as a cloud-based service from Security Mentor with optional Federated Single Sign-on (SSO), or as SCORM 1.2 compliant modules for use with an organization’s own Learning Management System (LMS). Incorporated in 2008, Security Mentor’s innovative products and services are used by Fortune 500 enterprises, military, state and local governments, nonprofits and education institutions.

Meggitt announces Middle East debut of virtual training system


SUWANEE, GA Jan. 24, 2017 Meggitt Training Systems announced the Middle East debut of its FATS® 100e virtual training system will take place February 19-23 at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. Meggitt representatives will be available for demonstrations of the FATS 100e and other products at the show at booth 03-A22.

“The Middle East continues to be a key market for Meggitt and IDEX is the region’s premier defense exhibition,” said Frank Socolow, managing director, Middle East and North Africa. “The enhanced FATS 100e system and our local dedicated team represent a strong solution for customers.”

Introduced in late 2015, the FATS 100e system is a major expansion in weapons training capability, with 3D marksmanship, automatic coaching and VBS3-based collective training. The 3D marksmanship provides visually realistic and highly detailed terrains and targets, including weather, and striking visual effects including wind-blown environments, birds in flight, dirt splashes and explosions. The FATS 100e system also features automatic coaching -- never before available in the small-arms training market -- and VBS3-based collective training.

Other Meggitt solutions on display will include:

  • BlueFire® wireless weapon simulators provide the highest level of virtual realism while maintaining the same form, fit and function of live-weapon counterparts. BlueFire weapons are excellent choices for collective and judgmental training, operating via wireless Bluetooth® technology without cords or tethered operations hindering actions. Weapon simulators at IDEX include the G36 assault rifle, Glock pistol and M32 grenade launcher.
  • Multi-Function Stationary Infantry Target offers a fixed target head configuration that can respond to hits, automatic triggers activated by soldier movements, or a pre-programmed scenario, ensuring that the trainees do not anticipate target actions. This provides a realistic environment for urban operations and specialized training. The system is operated through radio frequency, hardwire or Ethernet controls that enable great flexibility in range design and usage.
  • The 5000 Series steel bullet traps offer a low-cost and low-maintenance solution for indoor and outdoor ranges using fixed firing lines. The design of the impact plates directs bullets into a swirl chamber at the top of the trap for final deceleration. The spent fragments collect in trays for easy cleaning of the bullet trap.
  • The XWT GEN3 wireless target carrier is available in both indoor and outdoor versions, and is weather-resistant for extreme environments. It moves along a rail system, powered by an internal direct-drive, dual-motor system, with anti-static wheels for quieter, smoother operation. A rechargeable battery automatically charges via a self-docking station.

Demonstrations will be available throughout the day at IDEX 2017 at booth 03-A22 or by appointment at https://meggitttrainingsystems.com/About-Meggitt/Trade-show-schedule/IDEX-2017/e/1.

Meggitt Training Systems

Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, is a Meggitt business unit. The leading supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems, 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. www.meggitttrainingsystems.com

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. Meggitt employs nearly 11,000 people at over 40 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide.

Michigan Department of Transportation, DTE Energy partner on safer roads campaign

DETROIT Jan. 23, 2017 DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) joined the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) today to share results from a six-month partnership resulting in well-lit and safer Michigan roads.

In 2016, MDOT participated in DTE's Energy Efficiency Business Program, installed energy efficient LED lighting on a number of major Metro Detroit freeways, and reported a 65 percent reduction in energy use. The lighting upgrade is expected to save an estimated $2 million in energy costs in 2017 – a $2 million savings for Michigan residents.

"The State of Michigan is always looking for ways to use taxpayer dollars more effectively," said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. "MDOT's partnership with DTE is a great example of how public/private partnerships continue to be a win-win for all Michiganders. It's great to see such positive results in just six months, and I look forward to seeing additional partnership and savings in the future."

In a ceremony today at MDOT's Detroit Operations Center, DTE Energy's Irene Dimitry, vice president of Business Planning and Development, presented a $1 million rebate check to MDOT to help offset the cost of the department's investment in energy efficiency improvements. Planning for this major freeway lighting project began April 2016 and installation of nearly 13,000 energy efficient LEDs was completed in November.

"We're pleased MDOT could take advantage of our energy efficiency program to not only make our roads brighter and safer, but also save energy costs," Dimitry said. "We encourage other businesses, government agencies and nonprofits to take advantage of our Energy Efficiency Business Program."

The project included:

  • Brighter, energy efficient LED lighting installed on area freeways including I-94, I-75, I-96, I-696, I-375, M-59, the Lodge and Southfield.
  • Nearly 13,000 new LED fixtures replaced inefficient high-pressure sodium, metal halide and mercury vapor fixtures. LED systems are up to 70 percent more energy efficient; require less maintenance and direct light more effectively.

"Partnerships are essential to upgrade freeway lighting to maximize and save taxpayer dollars," said Kirk T. Steudle, MDOT director. "We are grateful to our partners at DTE for including us in this incentive program because well-lit freeways offer greater safety and security for the motoring public."

DTE's energy efficiency programs save customers money, reduce energy waste and improve the environment – all while creating jobs and supporting local businesses throughout Michigan. The savings start from the moment customers install a high-efficiency light bulb or other energy efficiency upgrade. Customers benefit immediately from incentives and rebates, and from long-term savings on their energy bills.

As of 2015, DTE's business and residential customers participating in energy efficiency programs saved nearly $600 million while reducing energy waste and preserving the environment. DTE completed over 40,000 energy efficiency projects for more than 15,000 businesses resulting in $150 million savings.

Businesses interested in participating and saving can get more information about DTE's Energy Efficiency Business Program by calling 866.796.0512 (select option 3) or by visiting dteenergy.com/savenow.

To learn more about MDOT's innovative Public-Private Partnership to upgrade freeway lighting, visit www.michiganfreewaylighting.com.

About DTE Energy

DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.

Israeli university researchers develop smartwatch application to verify signatures


BEER-SHEVA, Israel Jan. 18, 2017 An innovative, new system that uses smartwatch devices and software to verify handwritten signatures and detect even the most skilled forgeries has been developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Tel Aviv University (TAU) researchers.

While most online signature verification technologies rely on dedicated digital devices -- such as tablets or smart pens -- to capture, analyze and verify signatures, this new method utilizes motion sensors found in readily available hand-worn devices. Recent market research shows that one out of six people already wear a smartwatch and the market is expected to reach 373 million devices by 2020.

Signature verification technology addresses both random and skilled forgeries. A random forger does not have any information about the other person and uses his or her own signature style. Skilled forgers often practice copying a person’s name as accurately as possible, which makes their forgeries harder to detect.

The research team developed software that uses motion data gathered from the movements of a person’s wrist to identify the writer during the signing process. This information, compiled from accelerometer and gyroscope sensors, senses changes in rotational motion and orientation, and trains a machine learning algorithm to distinguish between genuine or forged signatures.

“We based our hypothesis on the assumption that people adopt a specific signing pattern that is unique and very difficult for others to imitate, and that this uniqueness can be captured adequately using the motion sensors of a hand-worn device,” says Ben Nassi, who is a graduate student in the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering at BGU.

The research team also included, Prof. Yuval Elovici, director of BGU’s Cyber Security Research Center, Dr. Erez Shmueli, of TAU’s Department of Industrial Engineering, and Alona Levy, a graduate student in Dr. Shmueli’s department.

In the research study, 66 TAU students used a digital pen to record 15 samples of their genuine signature on a tablet while wearing a smartwatch on their writing hand. Then, each student studied trace recordings of other people’s genuine signatures and was asked to forge five of them. Click here for a video on the research.

“The results for both random and skilled forgery tests were encouraging, and confirmed our system is able to successfully distinguish between genuine and forged signatures with a high degree of accuracy,” says Nassi.

While several recent studies have examined the use of motion data to identify people within various scenarios, the approach in this study, Handwritten Signature Verification Using Hand-Worn Devices, is the first of its kind. “Using a wrist-worn device or fitness tracker provides more comprehensive data than other wearable devices, since it measures the gestures of a user’s arm, hand and all fingers rather than just a single finger or the forearm,” Nassi says.

“We’ve combined the benefits of both offline and online verification methods,” says Dr. Shmueli. “Like offline methods, our approach doesn’t require a designated ad-hoc device to capture a signature. You can use virtually any hand-worn device to write and collect the signature itself on a paper document, such as a contract, receipt or other non-digitized document. Then, our system operates like an online verification system to comprehensively capture the dynamics of the signing process and confirm authenticity.”

The researchers have filed for a patent for the initial system, which enables a generic smartwatch to become a signature verifier.

They plan to expand their research to include larger-scale experimentation and will investigate the benefits of collecting data from both a smartwatch device and a writing digitizer, such as a tablet, to see if combining information from both sources improves accuracy. They will also study the impact of data extracted from additional sensors, such as the ones used in lie detector machines to measure heart-rate variability.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion's vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University's expertise locally and around the globe. As Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) looks ahead to turning 50 in 2020, AABGU imagines a future that goes beyond the walls of academia. It is a future where BGU invents a new world and inspires a vision for a stronger Israel and its next generation of leaders. Together with supporters, AABGU will help the University foster excellence in teaching, research and outreach to the communities of the Negev for the next 50 years and beyond. Visit vision.aabgu.org to learn more.

AABGU, headquartered in Manhattan, has nine regional offices throughout the United States. For more information visit https://aabgu.org/.

Hikvision security system also serves instructional purpose at Utah school

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA Jan. 16, 2017 Hikvision USA Inc., the North American leader in innovative, award-winning video surveillance products, delivered a new security system that will be used for classroom instruction as well as security at Kids World, a non-profit school for students with disabilities, located in Taylorsville, Utah.

The system was installed over the holidays. Since its founding in 2005, Kids World has helped students (pre-school to 7th grade) with a variety of challenging disabilities, said Kids World founder Brandon Francis. “We help students get their behavior, social skills, and academics to the point where they can be successful in school and in their community,” Francis said. “We become a family to our students and I always hate to see them graduate our program, but it’s great to see them confident and ready to flourish in their next educational setting.”

Several Kids World graduates have moved on to public school settings. One child, who was nonverbal initially, started speaking after participating in an auditory therapy program at Kids World.

The Hikvision solution replaced an outdated system. Cameras are used for security when the school is vacant, during recess on the school’s playground, in the classrooms, and in the pickup/drop-off area. Inside the classrooms, teachers use video for monitoring and visual feedback.

Kids World’s new Hikvision system is designed for very easy installation, versatility and is ideally suited to a small education-vertical environment. The system includes three Hikvision DS- 2CD2432F-IW 3MP Indoor IR Wifi Cube cameras; one DS-2CD2542FWD-IWS 4MP WDR Mini Dome Network camera; four DS-2CD2132F-IWS MP Vandal-proof Network Dome cameras; and a DS-7716NI-I4/16P Embedded Plug & Play 4K NVR, with a built-in POE switch.

All of the cameras feature higher definition, affording better security and better coverage for the safety of the children. The outdoor cameras provide a wide coverage area for effective perimeter protection. The indoor cameras are low profile, which makes them unobtrusive in the classroom. The 4MP indoor dome camera features very wide, 106-degree coverage for the classroom, and all indoor cameras have audio recording capability, which Kids World teachers will use for instructional purposes. All of the cameras are also Wifi capable for a dynamic range of deployment opportunities.

Kids World has two classrooms and 16- to 20 students. In addition to regular school hours, Kids World offers one-on-one therapy, tutoring and after-school programs.

Hikvision has solutions that are tailored specifically to the education market, with systems that are appropriate for a wide variety of K-12 and higher education applications. “We’re particularly pleased to provide technical expertise and video surveillance equipment to help support Kids World teachers and students,” said Alex Asnovich, director of marketing for Hikvision USA. “This is one example of the many ways that Hikvision invests in the communities where we do business,” he added.

A few years ago, Kids World moved from its original location in a commercial park to a residential neighborhood. “I did an extensive study and found that a home-like environment is the most beneficial for students with and without disabilities. This type of environment helps students feel safe, secure, and at home. As a result, students have a higher self-esteem, are more ready to learn, have higher outcomes, and feel less anxiety then in a commercial building,” Francis said. “The Hikvision cameras will really make a difference for our students and their families, providing security and a helping hand in the classroom too,” Francis added.

About Hikvision

Hikvision is the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance solutions. Featuring the industry’s strongest R&D workforce, Hikvision designs, develops, and manufactures standard- and high-definition cameras, including a variety of IP cameras, analog cameras, and cameras featuring the latest in high-definition analog technology. Hikvision’s product suite also includes digital video servers, hybrid and standalone DVRs, NVRs, and other elements of sophisticated security systems for both indoor and outdoor use.

Department of Transportation unveils $7M railroad crossing safety campaign


WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today launched the “Stop! Trains Can’t” ad targeting young male motorists and encouraging them to act cautiously at railroad crossings. The campaign is the latest in a two-year effort by DOT to reduce accidents and fatalities at railroad crossings around the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have partnered in the nationwide effort.

Watch the ad: https://youtu.be/szaQ3hXvzfw

“The message is simple: Ignoring railroad crossing signs or attempting to race or beat a train can have deadly consequences,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Hundreds of lives could be saved each year by simply following the rules.”

Although rail incidents have declined over the last 10 years, railroad crossing fatalities spiked in 2014. Last year alone, 232 people died in railroad crossing accidents, and approximately every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the United States.

The $7 million media buy will target male populations aged 18 to 49 years old in states with the nation’s 15 most dangerous crossings, as well as in states where 75 percent of the crossing accidents occurred in 2015. Male drivers are involved in nearly 75 percent of all railroad crossing accidents.

The ad will run heavily in the following states: California, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Mississippi, New Jersey, Arkansas and Arizona.

“Your life is worth more than a few saved minutes, and trying to outrun a train isn’t worth the risk,” said NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind. “When a train is coming, the only choice is to stop. Trains can’t.”

By law, trains always have the right of way because they cannot swerve, stop quickly or change directions to avert collisions. A freight train travelling at 55 miles per hour takes a mile – the length of 18 football fields or more – to come to a stop once the emergency brakes are applied.

“Education is key here – sometimes a driver is distracted, or in an unfamiliar area. Other times, the state highway department has not done enough to warn drivers they are approaching a crossing,” said FRA Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg. “We must do everything we can to give drivers the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe – and this ad helps us do just that.”

For more information on the “Stop! Trains Can’t” campaign, visit www.transportation.gov/stop-trains-cant.

$100,000 donation allows Houston-area fire departments to receive HazMat training

Patel (right)

HOUSTON Jan. 13, 2017 LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, announced a donation of $100,000 to fund specialized emergency training for six Houston-area fire departments that serve key industrial corridors.

The donation will underwrite hazardous materials (HazMat) training scholarships for fire departments in Houston, Channelview, Pasadena, La Porte, Sheldon and Mont Belvieu. Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), an internationally-recognized leader in emergency response training and firefighting, will administer the training to the fire departments.

"We recognize the challenges fire departments in Houston and smaller outlying communities face in obtaining this unique type of training. We believe in being a responsible, good neighbor where we operate and are pleased we can help in saving lives and protecting our communities," said Bob Patel, LyondellBasell CEO and chairman of the management board. "We are honored to play a small role in ensuring that the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day are even better prepared to safely do their jobs."

The greater Houston area is home to many industrial facilities including refineries, storage terminals and chemical plants that handle a variety of materials and products. The TEEX courses will train firefighters specifically in handling incidents involving different hazardous materials that require specialized response tactics.

According to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the training provided by the scholarship donation is an essential resource that will help prepare area fire departments for all types of emergencies.

"This donation will go a long way toward better equipping our firefighters with the expertise they need when responding to industrial related emergencies," said Turner. "LyondellBasell is such a wonderful community partner. They never hesitate to step forward to help out. I want to thank them for their generosity."

The LyondellBasell donation will provide more than 1,200 hours of instruction in TEEX's HazMat training program. Fire departments will have the option of attending classes either at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, Texas, or onsite at their fire stations using TEEX's mobile training units.

"This generous donation by LyondellBasell will help enhance the region's operational and hazardous materials response readiness. With Houston being the 'energy capital of the world,' it is important that we stay up to date with the dynamic arena that is hazardous materials," said Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña. "I would like to thank Mayor Turner and Bob Patel for their leadership and commitment to our area fire departments."

The donation of HazMat training is LyondellBasell's most recent effort to partner with and support local first responders. The company regularly coordinates with fire departments and other mutual aid groups to cross train at its facilities in order to increase overall response effectiveness. The company also donated funds to purchase essential safety equipment for Harris County Sheriff's Industrial Unit Deputies, tactical vests for the Houston Police Department, and three rescue boats for the Houston Fire Department.

About LyondellBasell

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, with more than 4,000 employees in the greater Houston area and 13,000 employees worldwide. LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels. More information about LyondellBasell can be found at www.lyb.com.

About Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

TEEX is an internationally recognized leader in the delivery of emergency response, homeland security and workforce training, technical assistance and economic development. Last year, TEEX served more than 168,000 people from every U.S. state and territory and 82 countries worldwide. TEEX makes a difference by providing training, developing practical solutions and saving lives. More information about TEEX can be found at www.teex.org.

Cubic to demonstrate firearm training solutions at upcoming SHOT show


SAN DIEGO Jan. 12, 2017 Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB), today announced it will showcase various firearms training solutions that test and improve shooting and judgment skills at SHOT Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 17 – 20. SHOT Show, organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, is the largest tradeshow for law enforcement as well as professionals involved in shooting sports and hunting.

At the show, Cubic will offer a live simulator demonstration of the PRISim Suite®, a range of firearms simulators that provide an immersive training environment through the use of interactive video scenarios, allowing trainees to experience stress, fear and threats from the virtual actors on screen. Cubic will also have demonstrations of its Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) Individual Weapon System (IWS) as well as information on QuickRange®, live-fire range design and Cubic | NEK’s live training solutions available at the show.


“Law enforcement and security officers need to make split-second decisions in uncertain and dangerous situations, so use-of-force training is critical,” said Brooks Davis, business development manager, Cubic Global Defense. “Cubic’s PRISim system provides full-featured judgment evaluation and force options training in a safe, effective and realistic learning environment so trainees can practice proper marksmanship and judgment skills in a variety of high-threat scenarios.”

Cubic will showcase the following training solutions at the event:

  • PRISim Suite: Leverages high-definition, interactive videos and game-engine technology to create realistic training theatres for all aspects of firearms handling. Realistic and adaptable scenarios are used to develop judgmental and practical skills in a wide range of life threatening situations.
  • MILES IWS 2: A realistic tactical engagement simulation system that accurately replicates both the actual firing capabilities and effects of weapons during training. It is capable of detecting hits from laser “bullets,” and performs damage and/or casualty assessments on targets.
  • QuickRange: A full-service, pre-fabricated shooting range that can be delivered to any location ready-to-use. QuickRange eliminates the challenges associated with building a traditional shooting range (design, construction, installation, etc.) and is the ideal solution for military, law enforcement and security agencies that do not have facilities for live-fire training.
  • Live-Fire Range Design: The development of a shooting range design combining a needs-based approach with the knowledge of industry-leading subject matter experts to provide safe, efficient, cutting-edge training facilities.

Attendees can visit Cubic and its PRISim marksmanship products at the Adams Arms booth #20461 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Follow Cubic Global Defense on Twitter at @CubicDefense and join the conversation with #SHOTShow.

About Cubic Corporation

Cubic Corporation designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services focused in the transportation, defense training and secure communications markets. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services to create intelligent travel solutions for transportation authorities and operators. Cubic Global Defense is a leading provider of live, virtual, constructive and game-based training solutions, special operations and intelligence for the U.S. and allied forces. Cubic Mission Solutions provides networked Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities for defense, intelligence, security and commercial missions. For more information about Cubic, please visit the company's website at www.cubic.com or on Twitter @CubicCorp.

PLEXSYS announces acquisition of ImmersaView


CAMAS, WA Jan. 10, 2017 PLEXSYS Interface Products, Inc. announces acquisition of the shares of all ImmersaView Companies.

“This merger brings together 30 years of PLEXSYS and 10 years of ImmersaView successes,” states Ron Wiegand, PLEXSYS CEO. “LVC training value is found in the ability of warfighters to plan, brief, execute and debrief together. Integrating ImmersaView’s advanced display and Video/Audio/Data After Action Review (VADAAR) software technologies brings innovation and efficiency to Service, Joint and Combined readiness training. Simply put, VADAAR LVC will provide scalable, distributed after-action review capabilities for individuals, teams and entire distributed networks.”

The global LVC community will directly benefit from this merger. “Immediately, simulator and operations centers will have the opportunity for elegant, more cost efficient and better display capabilities,” says Dr. Andy Boud, Director and Co-Founder of ImmersaView. “Additionally, starting in mid-2017, LVC stakeholders across the globe can take advantage of the most capable, lowest cost, easy to use, distributed after-action review software designed to meet LVC and fifth generation readiness training requirements.”

The companies offered VADAAR LVC (Beta version) demonstrations for the first time at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Florida, occurring November 28 – December 2, 2016.

“The targeted intersections of markets and products will experience the full potential of PLEXSYS-ImmersaView integrated products, technologies and world-class support,” says Dr. Alex Streit, CEO and Co-Founder of ImmersaView. “As a result of this merger, the company will place greater emphasis on U.S., Australian and U.K. defense and commercial markets.”

PLEXSYS and ImmersaView will continue to operate in parallel under existing company and solution branding. PLEXSYS headquarters remains in Camas, Washington, and ImmersaView will add staff to their Orlando, Florida and Brisbane, Australia offices to expand business development and product development capacity.

“With PLEXSYS’ existing knowledge, product suite and customer base, our combined strengths offer our customers unique solutions,” concludes Boud. “ImmersaView’s existing customers will benefit from a strengthened presence in the U.S. and the global defense market. With PLEXSYS’ expertise in developing and delivering world-class solutions to the defense community, this merger provides unique access and support for VADAAR LVC.”

“Current PLEXSYS and ImmersaView customers will continue to get the great products and support they are accustomed to, plus gain the benefit of access to larger solution sets, greater innovation, and an uncompromising commitment to quality and customer partnership,” Wiegand adds. “Both companies bring complimentary capabilities, solutions and culture to the merged entity. We share a bold vision for the future, are committed to growing our people, and remain driven by excellence and innovation.”

About ImmersaView

Started in 2006, ImmersaView has evolved to become a global leader in visualization software, with offices in Brisbane, Sydney, London and Orlando. Whether in software or strategy, ImmersaView has the industry insight, passion and expertise to deliver technology solutions that streamline the way you manage your visual, audio and sensory assets. For more information, please visit: http://www.immersaview.com.


Founded in 1986, PLEXSYS Interface Products, Inc., a 100-percent employee-owned company, concentrates on the development of LVC environment generation technologies used throughout USAF Distributed Mission Operations and other high fidelity simulations. PLEXSYS serves clients in defense, government, commercial and academic sectors with customized and off-the-shelf LVC technologies, mission brief/debrief technologies, and synthetic communications training solutions. For more information, please visit: http://www.plexsys.com.



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