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Posted: 5/23/2008 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

NEW YORK--According to a new study released by ABI Research, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers are becoming both more highly integrated and more innovative. Reader ICs have come to lead the market for Low Frequency (LF) and High Frequency (HF) RFID, enabling these technologies to be integrated into smaller, more power-efficient devices. Similar integration is now happening in Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) RFID readers, as products that incorporate the first generation of UHF reader ICs are coming to market. “The EPCglobal Gen 2 passive UHF RFID standard has proved to be functional and robust,” says principal analyst Pete Poorman. “This has given IC manufacturers the confidence in the market that they needed to move forward with ICs that implement this standard.” Meanwhile, the same foundation of stable, tested standards that enables highly-integrated reader ICs is proving to be a jumping-off point for new innovations. “Reader and tag vendors are adding new, innovative capabilities by building on top of the standards,” adds Poorman. “These enhancements not only provide enhanced functionality and performance, but also improve manageability and lower reader costs.” ABI Research’s new study, “Passive RFID Readers: Market Trends and Forecasts” (http://www.abiresearch.com/products/market_research/RFR), describes market dynamics for passive readers and reader-specific ICs, identifies key issues facing reader manufacturers and end users, and provides five year market forecasts. It is a component of the firm’s RFID & Contactless Research Service (http://www.abiresearch.com/products/service/RFID_Research_Service), which also includes other Research Reports, Research Briefs, Market Data, ABI Insights, ABI Vendor Matrices, and analyst inquiry support. ABI Research is a leading market research firm focused on the impact of emerging technologies on global consumer and business markets. Utilizing a unique blend of market intelligence, primary research, and expert assessment from its worldwide team of industry analysts, ABI Research assists hundreds of clients each year with their strategic growth initiatives. For information, visit www.abiresearch.com, or call +1.516.624.2500.
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System Provides Detailed Information to Support Smart Card Ticketing for Public Transportation TOKYO & MIAMISBURG, Ohio--Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC), the global leader in enterprise data warehousing, announced today that Nishi-Nippon Railroad (Nishitetsu) has completed implementation of a multiple-terabyte Teradata information management system and database software to support the launch of an innovative new consumer smart card system. With headquarters in Fukuoka, the railway operates local and highway buses, air cargo, real-estate and travel agencies etc, as well as railways in the Fukuoka Prefecture. The new intelligence environment provides detailed data visibility and business insight in support of the new smart card ticketing system, called “Nimoca,” launched May 18 in the Fukuoka prefecture for railway lines, bus routes, and department stores. The name is an acronym for “nice money card.” The Teradata platform supports deep analysis of detailed customer and transportation data to improve operational strategy and better serve customers using the card. The nimoca system is considered to be a role model approach for the rest of Japan and the first of its large scale type in the nation. The card can be used inside or beyond the Nishitetsu retail and transportation network. Businesses that opt in and participate in the nimoca program do so in order to launch promotional campaigns and attract card users into their stores. Nimoca card users receive points for use of the cards, and the growth of the card is expected to accelerate in the weeks and months ahead. Teradata was chosen for its scalability, needed for rapid business growth, and powerful performance in analyzing detailed data for insight into opportunities. “Teradata Japan is privileged to provide supporting business intelligence for this exciting new system,” said Kazutoshi Terakawa, solution sales director for retail data warehousing, Teradata Japan. “We expect this innovative program to grow and serve as an example of what is possible with advanced analytics, an enterprise data warehouse, and the vision of thought leaders such as those at Nishitetsu.” Teradata’s momentum continues to grow in Japan as companies in financial services, retail, communications, transportation and manufacturing industries modernize and integrate critical information by replacing limited-use data appliances and data marts as well as slow, aging legacy data systems. Enterprise data warehouses produced by Teradata monitor and analyze business operations to drive better, faster decisions by providing a complete view of the business and the agility to create a sustainable competitive advantage. Teradata provides integrated, optimized and extensible technology for a single application-neutral repository of a company’s current and historical data, forming the framework of the business intelligence architecture. About Nishitetsu Nishi-Nippon Railroad Ltd., based in Fukuoka, is one of Japan’s major railroad companies, established 100 years ago this year. Nishitetsu is in a wide array of businesses, including the railroad, bus routes, real estate, air cargo and recreation service industries. About Teradata Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC) is the world’s largest company solely focused on raising intelligence through data warehousing and enterprise analytics. Teradata is in more than 60 countries and on the Web at www.teradata.com.
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74% of U.S. Consumers Say Mobile Phone Usage on Airplanes Should be Restricted to Features that Do Not Require Talking SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Nearly three out of four consumers1 agree that mobile phone usage on airplanes should be restricted to silent features only according to a new survey commissioned by Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) and conducted by Harris Interactive®. The survey demonstrates that U.S. consumers today view their mobile phone as more than just a phone, it’s a computer in their pocket with a wide variety of features. Consumers surveyed support the ability to access mobile phone features like e-mail, text and IM while in-flight, but made clear their preference for no talking. "There is an increasing debate about the use of mobile phones on airplanes," said Bruce Stewart, vice president and general manager, Connected Life Americas, Yahoo!. "This new survey overwhelmingly proves the desire of consumers to stay connected to the people, information, interests and passions that are important to them while in-flight, but they don’t want to be forced to listen to the conversation of the passenger sitting next to them." I Want My Mobile Phone Across the U.S.A., but especially in the West, most consumers agree that mobile phone usage on planes should be restricted to non-talking features only: West: 83 percent Northeast: 72 percent Midwest: 73 percent South: 69 percent More than half of consumers (60 percent) would want to use silent features while flying on an airplane such as: Text message: 38 percent Access e-mail: 28 percent Play games: 29 percent Age impacts consumers’ mobile phone service preferences while in flight: 35-44 year olds: 43 percent, more so than any other age group, would want to check e-mail on their mobile 18-34 year olds: 62 percent would want to text and 29 percent would want to instant message (IM) The Talking Zone If usage of mobile phones was allowed while in-flight, more than two out of three (69 percent) consumers agreed that there should be a designated area of an airplane for passengers who want to talk on their mobile phones. In fact, older consumers (76 percent) and women (73 percent) are more likely to agree than their younger (64 percent) and male (64 percent) counterparts. As the number one mobile web destination in the U.S. (M:Metrics, March 2008), Yahoo! offers a variety of award-winning mobile services that connect consumers to the people, information and passions that matter to them no matter where they are. The new Yahoo! Mobile Homepage is a highly-personalized starting point for consumers on the mobile Internet. Yahoo! oneSearch is a search experience designed specifically for mobile that gives consumers access to instant answers and relevant results. Yahoo! Go 3.0 is Yahoo!’s flagship mobile Internet experience that integrates key Yahoo! services such as mail, news and finance as well as an ever-growing selection of third party widgets that unlock the true power of the mobile Internet. Methodology for Survey This Mobile Phone Usage survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Yahoo! Mobile between April 29 and May 1, 2008 among 2,030 adults ages 18+, of whom, 1,778 are mobile phone owners who have ever flown in an airplane. Results were weighted as needed on the basis of region, age within gender, education, household income, and race/ethnicity. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100 percent response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal. Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the U.S. adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to be invited to participate in the Harris Interactive online research panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. About Yahoo! Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo! is focused on powering its communities of users, advertisers, publishers, and developers by creating indispensable experiences built on trust. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information on Yahoo! Mobile please visit http://mobile.yahoo.com/newsroom. About Harris Interactive® Harris Interactive is a global leader in custom market research. With a long and rich history in multimodal research, powered by our science and technology, we assist clients in achieving business results. Harris Interactive serves clients globally through our North American, European and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.
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WICHITA, Kan.--Wanting to help soldiers’ overseas stay in contact with families and friends, the union representing technical and professional employees at Spirit AeroSystems and The Boeing Company today launched a drive to collect and recycle used cell phones. The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, is collecting used cell phones for the national Cell Phones for Soldiers non-profit charity. “Most of us know someone who is away from home serving our country,” said Donna Castaneda, SPEEA Midwest Chair and an employee at Spirit. “We want to do everything we can to help them maintain contact with friends and family at home.” Used cell phones can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays, at the SPEEA Wichita office in the lower Parklane Shopping Center, 973 S. Glendale Street, Wichita. Union members are collecting used cell phones at work. Working phones are refurbished and sent overseas to military personal in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations. Phones that cannot be refurbished are properly recycled. More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas. A number of SPEEA members who were in the reserves or National Guard were called to active duty. The average person in the United States replaces a cell phone every 16 months. Most cell phones are never recycled. Approximately half of the cell phones collected by Cell Phones for Soldiers can be refurbished and reused. Phones that cannot be reused are recycled for materials. “A phone call home is a vital connection when you are far from home,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA executive director. “We are proud to help our troops while they are overseas serving.” SPEEA represents 3,800 aerospace professionals in Wichita at Spirit and The Boeing Company. Overall, the professional union represents 24,200 engineers, technical and professional employees in Kansas, Washington, Oregon, Utah and California. The union also represents aerospace workers at BAE Systems, Inc., in Irving, Texas, and Triumph Composite Systems, Inc., in Spokane, Wash.
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SEATTLE--An in-depth new research report from Online Banking Report explores the growing trend of online “social investing” and online investing communities. Social investing is the exchange of information about stock, bonds, CDs, and other investment vehicles within an online community. This new technology taps the same trends driving dramatic growth of social networks like MySpace and the “always on” nature of young people’s lives in order to help people optimize their investments. The new report, “Online Investing Communities: Will social networking revolutionize saving and investing?,” looks at how investment companies and financial institutions can become involved in the social investing space and successfully leverage this new trend to attract users, increase their sales, improve their service and enhance their branding. The report also provides primary consumer research which surveys online users age 21 and over regarding their interest in online investing communities and uses the data to develop a 10-year forecast for household usage of social investing features. Finally, the report includes a Social Investing Expert Roundtable in which executives from leading social investing startups answer questions about this trend and their products. This exclusive research is available only from Online Banking Report and is a must-read for any financial institution that wants to learn more about social investing and how they can take advantage of online investing communities. It can be downloaded immediately after purchase at www.onlinebankingreport.com. Companies Mentioned: Bank of America, Boulevard R., Cake Financial, Co-operative Bank (UK), Covestor, Facebook, Fantasy Stock Exchange, Gather.com, H&R Block, Ideablob (Advanta), Motley Fool CAPS, NetWorthIQ, OptionsXpress, Scottrade, Sharebuilder (ING Direct), Schwab, SmartyPig, SocialPicks, Vestopia, TradeKing, Zecco, StockPickr (TheStreet.com), Twitter, Wall Street Survivor, Wells Fargo, Yodlee. About Online Banking Report Founded in 1995 by former banker Jim Bruene, Online Banking Report provides in-depth analysis, relevant data, and informed recommendations to financial services executives in 50 countries. Online Banking Report is published by Online Financial Innovations, a Seattle-based research company. For more information and free sample reports, visit www.onlinefinancialinnovations.com, email info@netbanker.com or call 206-517-5021. You may also find OFI’s blog on the latest in online finance & banking at www.netbanker.com.
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Azul is First IT Vendor to Provide Carbon Offsets for the Life of Each Product MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Azul Systems, a leading provider of enterprise class application performance and data center consolidation solutions for Java applications, today announced its Green in Mind Commitment today, an initiative dedicated to consistently acting in an environmentally conscious way in all aspects of business. The Green in Mind Commitment furthers the company’s dedication to operate in an environmentally-friendly way. With its Green in Mind Commitment, the company is now expanding its efforts to preserve the environment beyond simply offering a solution to customers that has green benefits. As part of its Green in Mind Commitment, Azul announced an industry first - that it will offset all carbon emissions attributed to each of its products sold for the life of each product’s deployment. Azul is the first IT vendor to take this step. Additional aspects of the Green in Mind Commitment include carbon offsets for employees’ commutes and business travel and urging employees to live a more environmentally conscious life outside of the office. “With the number of enterprises adopting green IT practices jumping from 25% to 38% in 2007, we expect IT managers will take a hard look at technologies that can help them reach their goals of more efficient and sustainable IT operations in 2008 and beyond,” wrote Forrester analyst Chris Mines, Senior Vice President, Forrester Research in “Green IT Nudges Tech Adoption” (March 2008). “Since its inception, Azul has been focused on generating technology that allows customers to reduce power consumption, and now the Green in Mind Commitment is our official stand on operating in an environmentally conscious fashion in all aspects of the business,” stated Scott Sellers, President, CEO, and Co-Founder of Azul Systems. “It’s important for each company and individual to do their part in preserving our environment and Azul is dedicated to doing that as well as helping our customers in their green efforts.” Azul Systems’ technology provides its customers with a solution that improves and increases the performance of Java applications while also consolidating their data center. The Vega 3 offloads processing power from existing servers in the data centers, allowing customers to remove servers, increase utilization, and reduce power consumption and the associated costs. Today Azul Systems also announced the availability of the Vega 3, continuing to build upon its established excellence in business-critical Java applications. About Azul Systems Azul Systems (www.azulsystems.com) is a global provider of enterprise server appliances that deliver virtualized compute and memory resources as a shared network service for transaction-intensive and QoS-sensitive applications built on the Java™ platform. Azul Compute Appliances enable Java-based applications to transparently achieve 5X to 50X improved performance by scaling and simplifying application integration. Our green friendly compute infrastructure supports the business priorities of today’s most demanding enterprise environments and delivers increased capabilities, capacity, and utilization at a fraction of the operating cost of traditional computing models. Azul Systems and Azul are registered trademarks of Azul Systems. All other brands and products referenced herein are acknowledged to be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Statements herein are based on normal operating conditions and are not intended to create any implied warranty of merchantability for fitness for a particular purpose. Azul Systems reserves the right to modify at any time without notice these statements, our services, products, and their warranty and performance specifications.
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Engineering Company Is First Design Firm to Earn “Champion for Change” Award SAN FRANCISCO--Consulting and engineering firm Mazzetti & Associates has earned a “Champion for Change” award for the second year in row, announced company President Walt Vernon. The award is given by Practice Greenhealth (formerly Hospitals for a Healthy Environment) and recognizes companies that have made extraordinary efforts to both green their operations and help others in the healthcare industry reduce their impacts on the environment. The award has traditionally been given to health care companies that operate hospitals and clinics, but is not usually given to design firms. Mazzetti has a broad health care design practice in the Western U.S., including clients such as Kaiser Permanente, St. Joseph Health System and Stanford University Medical Center. “We are very proud to receive this award today,” said Vernon. “Our clients are at the forefront of saving energy, reducing costs and helping to fight climate change, and we feel privileged to be able to work with them.” Mazzetti’s full range of client services includes mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology engineering design and consulting. In addition, the firm recently announced that it would provide climate change consulting to clients who wish to reduce their buildings’ greenhouse gas emissions. In accepting the award, Vernon indicated that he believes the companies that recognize the impacts of their buildings on the environment and try to do something about it will benefit in the future. “There is little doubt that more environmental regulation and carbon markets are coming,” Vernon said. “We believe that building owners who prepare for a carbon-constrained future will fare much better than those who wait for the regulations to take hold and who have to act with their backs against the wall.” Founded in 1962, M&A is a full-service mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology consulting and design firm, with offices in San Francisco, Irvine, and Sacramento, California and Portland, Oregon. The firm serves the health care, mission critical, and science and technology, and higher education sectors. M & A was one of the first engineering firms in the U.S. to add a climate consulting practice to their list of client services, offering advice on measuring, reducing and monetizing client greenhouse gas emissions.
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Celebration, Fla.’s ACE Hardware now offering biodegradable automotive performance and appearance products from Green Earth Technologies STAMFORD, Conn.--ACE Hardware in Celebration, Fla. is officially the place for green. Green Earth Technologies (Pink Sheets:GETG) today announced this location of the trusted, national retailer of equipment for the home, garden, and garage will be the first to carry Green Earth’s line of biodegradable automotive appearance and performance products. Consumers can now find the following on the shelves in the 20,000 sq.-ft. store: G-OILTM API TC Rated 2-Cycle Engine Oil; G-WASHTM Car Wash; G-GLASS™ Organic Glass Cleaner, Anti-Fog, and Hydrophobic Rain Repellent; G-WHEELTM Wheel Cleaner, and Brake Dust Shield; G-TIRETM Ultimate Tire Shine; and G-SCENTTM Odor Eliminator. All of these products are also available nationally in ACE’s warehouses. The local store is a hub of the Celebration community. Owner and staff commonly support local charities, participate in town events, and make significant donations to residents as a neighborhood cornerstone. A close connection with the community has kept them abreast of issues important to Celebration consumers, including all things green. “We’ve received a large number of requests for green product offerings,” says Mathew Benetti, franchise owner. “Green Earth’s line not only meets our standards for performance and quality, but is also the perfect jumpstart to the green side of our business—something that is ever more important in a changing marketplace. We’re confident recommending these products to all of our valued customers.” Jeff Marshall, President and CEO of Green Earth, adds, “We are pleased to partner with ACE Hardware in Celebration, and hope this will be the catalyst for relationships with additional locations around the country. There’s no better place to introduce our products than through a retailer that is so in touch with local green initiatives.” All of Green Earth Technologies’ products are classified as “ultimate biodegradable,” perform above and beyond competitors as proven by engine tests and user testimony, are priced on par with similar products, and reduce dependence on foreign oil. GET uses a proprietary process to transform beef tallow into a biodegradable material that is the base of all of its products. This bio-base replaces traditional petroleum-derived bases typically used to make motor oils and cleaning solutions. G-OILTM meets American Petroleum Institute (API) requirements for TC Rating for performance and engine protection. Test results showed that G-OIL met or exceeded the allowed tolerance of a benchmark reference oil on key performance criteria. Green Earth’s commitment to green motor oil doesn’t stop with the product itself. Everything related to G-OILTM—including its recyclable packaging, labels, and water-based inks—is engineered to support environmental responsibility and sustainability. For more information, visit www.getg.com. ABOUT GREEN EARTH TECHNOLOGIES Green Earth Technologies produces "G" - Branded superior performing totally green products made with American-grown base oils that utilize the power of nanotechnology to deliver environmentally friendly products with no compromise...meaning, consumers can now "do their part" without having to give up performance or value - Save the Earth - Sacrifice Nothing. The G-Brand family of products include G-OIL(TM), G-WASH(TM), G-GLASS(TM), G-SCENT(TM), G-WHEEL(TM) and G-TIRE(TM), and are offered in a wide range of automotive categories including performance & appearance chemicals. Please visit www.getg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about G.E.T. and its brands. ABOUT ACE HARDWARE Founded in 1924, Ace Hardware Corp., headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., is the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the industry. Ace's annual retail sales from its more than 4,800 hardware, home center and lumber and building materials retailers top $13 billion. Ace currently operates 15 distribution centers in the United States and has stores located in all 50 states and 70 countries. SAFE HARBOR STATEMENTS Certain statements in this release regarding future events and developments, future performance, management's expectations, beliefs, plans, or projections are "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and are based on the Company's current expectations, and speak only as of the date of such statements. Actual Company results may differ materially from any forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties.
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IDC Green IT Forum WestFRAMINGHAM, Mass.--IDC today announced plans for the IDC Green IT Forum West taking place June 10, 2008 at the Santa Clara Hilton in Santa Clara, CA. Building upon the success of the recent IDC Green IT Forum East, which drew 200 attendees to New York City on February 28th, the program is designed for senior IT, technology, procurement, and strategic planning executives tasked with managing the role of Green IT to effectively measure and capture market opportunities for energy efficient systems. “Most IT executives get the message that a Green IT strategy is a good one, but many simply don’t know what it will cost”, says Vernon Turner, senior vice president at IDC, “Many are wrestling with the Green IT business case, and quickly back into the skeptic’s corner. However, if they look at a Green IT as an outcome from a Lean IT strategy, then it’s a different story.” The program will take a holistic view of IT asset disposal and power and cooling in light of fast-evolving security and environmental legislation. Featuring end-user case studies, IDC analysts and industry experts, the program offers actionable advice for market leaders driving Green IT initiatives as well as provide a comparison of competitive Green IT initiatives in the marketplace. In addressing the Forum theme, "Profiting From a Greener IT Infrastructure," the Forum will explore key topics including: "Where's the Pay-Off with Green IT?," "Reducing the Storage Power Consumption Footprint," "Leading Energy Efficiency in IT A Utility Perspective," "The Missing 'Green' Conversations around 'Low-Hanging Fruit' in the Data Center," "Reducing Risk with Strategies for Efficient IT Asset Disposal," "Energy Effectiveness in the Data Center," "Cost vs Environmental Consideration," and "Greening the Electronics Footprint." The outstanding speaker line-up includes senior executives from Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Hewlett Packard, IDC, Intel Corporation, Kaiser Permanente, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Northrop Grumman, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Sponsors and Partners of the IDC Green IT Forum West include: HP, Intel, Intechra, Building Operating Management Magazine, Computer Technology Review, Data Center Journal, Data Center Knowledge, Data Storage Connection, InfoStor, IT Management, NetworkWorld, The Open Group, Virtual Strategy Magazine, and the Wall Street Technology Association. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit IDC’s website http://www.idc.com/greenit-west08. Complimentary press passes are available for qualified journalists. To request a press pass, please contact Lisa O’Brien at 508-988-7557 or lobrien@idc.com. About IDC IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts in over 110 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. For more than 44 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com.
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NEWTON CENTER, Mass.--SilverSword, LLC of Newton Center, Massachusetts has always implemented green business practices within the company. But now they are expanding those initiatives to their clients and customers. Computer equipment recycling is a new product offering that even though is in its infancy, is very popular among their client base. Clients also consult with SilverSword regarding how their company can carry out environmentally conscious IT and business practices such as purchasing energy efficient hardware, going paperless, and electronic invoicing and bill pay to name a few. “Businesses should not always be about making large profits. It’s our responsibility as corporate citizens to give back to the communities in which we operate and positively impact our local and global environment. Customers, in our case small to mid sized businesses, are holding their vendors and partners to higher standards and expecting them to be responsible corporate citizens. This includes charitable and philanthropic practices as well as environmental consciousness. SilverSword is committed to doing its part to positively impact the community in which it operates and minimize its environmental impact. We offer discounts to non-profits, donate time, money and goods to charitable organizations as well as make a conscious effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. Expanding that to our clients seems like the next logical step”, says Lisa Jones, Marketing Manager for SilverSword. About SilverSword: SilverSword is a full service IT consulting firm specializing in IT solutions and maintenance for small and mid-sized businesses. SilverSword's passion is to provide personalized and outstanding customer service. A Microsoft® Certified Gold Partner, SilverSword develops customized IT evaluation, design, implementation, purchasing and maintenance plans.
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Corn Card Ready to Replace Millions of Plastic Cards, Including Photo ID’s, Hotel Key-Cards and Gift Cards EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--Advantidge, Inc. (www.advantidge.com), a leading supplier of card printers, systems and supplies, today announced the availability of the Corn Card, a new eco-friendly card solution with important advantages over traditional petroleum-based Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) cards. Millions of PVC cards are used every day in a plethora of applications and industries – cutting across nearly every social and business sector imaginable. These include photo IDs for schools and companies, membership cards, hotel room key-cards, and gift and loyalty cards. But since their production is dependent on oil, a non-renewable resource, PVC cards adversely affect the environment, both in their manufacture and eventual disposal. In contrast, Corn Cards are made from corn, a readily available, renewable resource. Key features include: Same familiar look and feel of standard white PVC cards. Identical quality and durability of printed cards. 100% biodegradable and no toxins released when properly disposed. Made from special corn type – not derived from corn used in human food supply. PVC’s use is rapidly declining, as more and more manufacturers and retailers recognize its harmful environmental effects. “Biobased plastics such as PLA are a safer and smarter choice for our health and environment than PVC, the poison plastic. PVC is the worst plastic, releasing cancer-causing chemicals that poison our air, foul our water, and contaminate our bodies. We commend companies like Advantidge for moving away from PVC and towards safer alternatives such as PLA. When companies put consumers first, opting to prevent harm where possible, we know that progress is being made,” said Mike Schade, PVC Campaign Coordinator for the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, an environmental health grassroots organizing group based in Falls Church, Virginia. “When you work with some of the country’s largest retailers, most prestigious educational institutions and all levels of government, they rely on our consultation everyday to meet their unique needs,” said Lawrence Grafstein, CEO, Advantidge. “Corn Cards are a major step forward, easily allowing us to proactively assist our customers in addressing their ‘going green’ initiatives.” About Advantidge Founded in 2001 and with more than 40 years of combined industry experience, Advantidge, Inc. is a leading provider of a full range of secure ID and card issuance systems. Applications include photo ID, hospitality, health care, membership, gift and loyalty card programs. The company also helps large and small organizations create secure, cost-effective identity management systems. Advantidge works in a diverse range of markets, including education, entertainment, government, healthcare, law enforcement, retail, security and transportation. Please visit www.advantidge.com for additional information.
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Corn Card Ready to Replace Millions of Plastic Cards, Including Photo ID’s, Hotel Key-Cards and Gift Cards EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--Advantidge, Inc. (www.advantidge.com), a leading supplier of card printers, systems and supplies, today announced the availability of the Corn Card, a new eco-friendly card solution with important advantages over traditional petroleum-based Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) cards. Millions of PVC cards are used every day in a plethora of applications and industries – cutting across nearly every social and business sector imaginable. These include photo IDs for schools and companies, membership cards, hotel room key-cards, and gift and loyalty cards. But since their production is dependent on oil, a non-renewable resource, PVC cards adversely affect the environment, both in their manufacture and eventual disposal. In contrast, Corn Cards are made from corn, a readily available, renewable resource. Key features include: Same familiar look and feel of standard white PVC cards. Identical quality and durability of printed cards. 100% biodegradable and no toxins released when properly disposed. Made from special corn type – not derived from corn used in human food supply. PVC’s use is rapidly declining, as more and more manufacturers and retailers recognize its harmful environmental effects. “Biobased plastics such as PLA are a safer and smarter choice for our health and environment than PVC, the poison plastic. PVC is the worst plastic, releasing cancer-causing chemicals that poison our air, foul our water, and contaminate our bodies. We commend companies like Advantidge for moving away from PVC and towards safer alternatives such as PLA. When companies put consumers first, opting to prevent harm where possible, we know that progress is being made,” said Mike Schade, PVC Campaign Coordinator for the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, an environmental health grassroots organizing group based in Falls Church, Virginia. “When you work with some of the country’s largest retailers, most prestigious educational institutions and all levels of government, they rely on our consultation everyday to meet their unique needs,” said Lawrence Grafstein, CEO, Advantidge. “Corn Cards are a major step forward, easily allowing us to proactively assist our customers in addressing their ‘going green’ initiatives.” About Advantidge Founded in 2001 and with more than 40 years of combined industry experience, Advantidge, Inc. is a leading provider of a full range of secure ID and card issuance systems. Applications include photo ID, hospitality, health care, membership, gift and loyalty card programs. The company also helps large and small organizations create secure, cost-effective identity management systems. Advantidge works in a diverse range of markets, including education, entertainment, government, healthcare, law enforcement, retail, security and transportation. Please visit www.advantidge.com for additional information.
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DE PERE, Wis.--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 19th presented its Climate Protection Award to MEGTEC Systems, owned by U.S.-based SEQUA Corp., in recognition of MEGTEC’s patented technology that enables coal mine ventilation air methane (VAM) to be used as a primary energy-producing source. Accepting the award for MEGTEC were Mohit Uberoi, Lars Sundback, Ake Kallstrand and Richard Mattus, in a ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Climate Protection Award recipients are selected by the EPA from finalists chosen by an international advisory panel of judges representing government, industry and non-governmental organizations. “Efforts to help fight climate change will benefit the planet for generations to come,” stated Bob Meyers, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air & Radiation. “We are honored and delighted for the recognition and appreciation shown by presenting MEGTEC with this highly respected award,” said Uberoi, MEGTEC Systems President. “By bringing forward new technology to reduce methane emissions, we are proud to be part of the global climate protection solution.” Richard Mattus, Business Manager responsible for the VAM project at MEGTEC, noted that “This award is a tribute to the dedication as well as the expertise of MEGTEC employees. And the success of our installations shows that, going forward, this technology can have considerable impact. A single installation can reduce emissions corresponding to one million tons of CO2 equivalents, which has the same impact on Global Warming as taking up to half a million cars off the roads.” Coal mines are significant sources of methane emissions, noted the EPA in its award summary, and it is over 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. Most of these emissions, however, are found in the ventilation air where they, for mine safety reasons, have been extensively diluted by air to a less-than-1% methane concentration. This poses special challenges to design technically and economically viable systems to convert this greenhouse gas to usable energy. WestVAMP in Australia: world’s first installation to fully apply VAM technology. MEGTEC’s ground-breaking system, the VOCSIDIZER, is currently the world’s only officially proven and commercially viable technology to abate these emissions. It uses flameless, thermal oxidation to destroy methane in ventilation air, heating and converting it to water vapour and carbon dioxide, a gas with a significantly smaller climate impact. The heat generated by the process can be used directly in mining operations such as coal drying, or to generate electricity. For more than a year, at West Cliff Colliery, BHP Billiton, Australia, four VOCSIDIZERs have been converting the energy of the coal mine’s 0.9% VAM concentration into high grade, superheated steam that operates a 6 MW (Megawatt) conventional steam turbine. Electricity generated by the plant is fed into the local area power grid. During the first year of operation, this special power plant has also generated 250,000 tons of carbon credits, traded on a local Australian trading scheme. MEGTEC Systems is a leading global provider of air pollution control, resource recovery and sustainable energy-related technologies and equipment, serving industrial markets such as printing, web coating, packaging and many process markets. Owned by Sequa Corporation, MEGTEC holds more than 100 patents, with over 20,000 customer installations world-wide. For further details, visit www.MEGTEC.com
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Gifts for Dads with Special Meaning Support Worldwide Conservation Effort Father's DayWASHINGTON--For fathers who are as “wise as an owl,” as “strong as a lion,” or as “lovable as a grizzly bear,” World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is making it easy for people to salute and celebrate the special men in their lives for Father’s Day. Symbolic animal adoptions in support of a worthy cause are a great way to honor a great father while protecting the environment. For donors who make a symbolic animal adoption of $50 or $100, fathers will receive a soft plush version of an adopted species in a WWF-exclusive “Happy Father’s Day” bag. Donors will also receive an adoption certificate, color photo, and species fact sheet—all shipped free via priority mail. The donation supports WWF’s many worldwide conservation efforts, such as fighting habitat loss and poaching threats faced by the adopted animal and other critically endangered species. Possible gift suggestions include: For fathers with a deep sense of patriotism, the American Bald Eagle would be the perfect present For fathers with a great sense of humor, a clown fish is the ideal gift to tickle their funny bone For fathers who are “king of the jungle,” a lion plush makes for a regal present “Supporting critical conservation projects through WWF’s gift program is an opportunity to give the fathers in our lives a gift that has a lasting impact,” says Terry Macko, vice president, WWF. “These unique gift choices give caring individuals a memorable way to recognize loved ones while protecting the environment and the world’s most threatened and endangered animals.” The Father’s Day offer will be featured on WWF’s Online Gift Center May 14 – June 15 (Father’s Day). The order deadline is 11:59 pm ET on June 5 in order to receive by Father’s Day. Online adoptions can be made at www.worldwildlife.org/gifts. For more information, or to place orders by phone call 1-800-CALL-WWF (1-800-225-5993) Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET, or Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET. The gift is tax deductible to the extent of the law. High-resolution images of the plush animal gifts and WWF global conservation efforts are available for members of the media. About WWF For over 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The largest multinational conservation organization in the world, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level, from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. Visit www.worldwildlife.org
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Joined by Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, Raser Introduces Its Green Fleet PHEV Program to California Utilities Green West 2008LOS ANGELES--David West, Vice President of Marketing for Raser Technologies, Inc. (NYSE Arca: RZ), addressed the Green West Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center today, and also participated in a panel discussion focused on how advanced plug-in hybrid technology can be used to help green America’s utility and government fleets. Also on the panel was Bill Zeller, Senior Program Manager of Clean Transportation for Pacific Gas & Electric, a leading California utility, and Ed Kjaer, Director of Electric Transportation for Southern California Edison. Both Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison are founding members of the Plug-in Hybrid Development Consortium, along with Raser Technologies, Inc. West introduced Raser’s advanced electric drive system architecture, designed to allow fleet trucks and SUVs to achieve over 100 mpg in typical local daily driving by driving the first 40 miles under all-electric power. West noted that California utility fleets such as Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison are leading the way, by adopting plug-in hybrid and extended range electric vehicles into their fleets due to their numerous benefits. Extended range electric vehicles, also known as E-REVs, operate under full electric power, without range limitations of electric vehicles, due to an onboard generator or “range extender.” Larger lithium ion battery packs can be recharged at night for about 1/4 the cost of gasoline. Raser’s series PHEV drive system is designed to allow larger fleet vehicles the benefits of extended range electric vehicles including a dramatic reduction in fuel costs and harmful emissions, while helping fleets qualify for alternative fuel and other fleet incentives. “Trucks and SUVs are not only some of the most popular vehicles used in fleets, they are also the best selling class of vehicles in the U.S.,” said West. “By electrifying light trucks and SUVs, Raser is helping to build a viable commercialization path for PHEVs, while reducing emissions and improving fuel economy in the vehicles that need it the most,” West concluded. About Raser Technologies Raser (NYSE Arca: RZ) is a publicly traded, environmentally focused technology licensing and development company operating in two business segments. Raser’s Power Systems segment is seeking to develop clean, renewable geothermal electric power plants and bottom-cycling operations, incorporating licensed heat transfer technology and Raser’s Symetron™ technology developed internally by its Transportation and Industrial Technology segment. Raser’s Transportation and Industrial Technology segment focuses on extended-range plug-in hybrid vehicle solutions and using Raser’s award-winning Symetron™ technology to improve the torque density and efficiency of the electric motors and drive systems used in electric and hybrid-electric vehicle powertrains and industrial applications. Further information on Raser may be found at: www.rasertech.com.
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Experts to Address Worldwide Demand for New Energy Sources, Renewable Fuels, Products and Materials GreenTech 2008 - June 6, Pasadena Hilton GreenTech 2008SAN FRANCISCO--CMEA Ventures (www.cmeaventures.com) announced today that it will be the exclusive VC sponsor of GreenTech 2008 – a conference showcasing smart, young and cutting edge green technology companies. Many of these companies are out of Caltech, UCLA and USC – and all offer technologies and products that have the potential to transform the marketplace and change the world. Entretech (www.entretech.com), a leading non-profit association supporting the growth of technology companies in Greater Los Angeles, co-hosts GreenTech 2008 with Materia (www.materia-inc.com), a green technology, Caltech spin-off commercializing Nobel Prize winning research. “CMEA is pleased to be the exclusive VC sponsor of GreenTech as we believe this conference provides enormous investment and networking opportunities and is on the cutting edge of environmental issues and potential resolves, especially as consumers, investors, and governments realize the importance of their choices for the future of the environment,” said Maurice Gunderson, Senior Partner at CMEA and keynote speaker this year at GreenTech 2008. “Our partnership with Caltech, Materia, and Entretech is a great way to harness the creative spirit of the Southern California technology community." CMEA portfolio company NuScale Power – a developer of modular nuclear power generation technology – will also be presenting at GreenTech 2008. NuScale provides utilities with a way to add and finance new generating capacity in a manner and on a time scale similar to gas turbines. This is expected to greatly speed the deployment of non-carbon emitting nuclear power generation. “We are excited to have CMEA as our VC partner and one of its most exciting new portfolio companies as a presenter. CMEA’s support is an indication of the importance of ‘green’ technology and CMEA’s leadership in investing in this space and in facilitating the commercialization of technology that will address the growing problems we are facing in natural resource allocation, global climate change, and sustainable economic growth,” said Materia CEO Michael A. Giardello. About CMEA Ventures (www.cmeaventures.com) CMEA Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on energy & materials, high technology, and life sciences investments. CMEA believes that the most successful venture backed companies are science focused and have experienced teams intent on winning. As a result, CMEA's portfolio companies typically have cutting edge, highly differentiated, and often multidisciplinary technology at their core, with founding teams of the highest caliber. CMEA invests in both early and late stage ventures, and has a strong network of corporate, investment, and entrepreneurial relationships that it leverages on behalf of its portfolio companies. The firm currently manages six funds representing investments in excess of $1 billion. CMEA has been an early stage investor in many leading Silicon Valley high technology companies, including Entropic (ENTR), Flextronics (FLEX), Magma (LAVA), Maxygen (MAXY), Monogram Biosciences (MGRM), Silicon Spice (BRCM), Symyx (SMMX), and Syrrx (purchased by Takeda.) About Materia, Inc. (www.materia-inc.com) Materia was founded in 1998 to commercialize olefin metathesis catalyst technology. This market-enabling, Nobel Prize-winning, green chemical technology enables chemical compounds to be synthesized with greater efficiency, under less stringent reaction conditions, and with reduced byproducts and hazardous waste. Metathesis has been accepted as an emerging “green technology” platform and has been broadly adopted by the pharmaceutical, chemical, and polymer industries. As stated by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences when awarding the 2005 Nobel Prize, “metathesis is an example of how important basic science has been applied for the benefit of man, society, and the environment.” About Entretech (www.entretech.org) Entretech is the leading non-profit association supporting high tech companies in Greater Los Angeles with critical and practical business development resources and connections. Our mission is to grow the technology cluster in the L.A. region, and support such growth in Southern California as a whole. Entretech empowers entrepreneurs to build new businesses through capital, education, people, and strategic partners. Through a dedicated relationship with the California Institute of Technology, UCLA and USC, Entretech provides opportunities to new technology companies forming tomorrow’s high tech industry.
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SINGAPORE--Frost & Sullivan's Electronics & Security Practice in Asia Pacific (http://www.elctronics.frost.com) will host an exclusive live briefing on the RFID inlays market in Asia Pacific on May 29, 2008 at 11:00 hrs (GMT+ 08:00hrs) Singapore time. The inlays market is a vital area in the overall RFID ecosystem as it ensures passive tags used in an RFID deployment meets with the most stringent demands to support a myriad of applications. With respect to this, the quality of inlays is continuously improving with more technology innovations being introduced over time in this highly competitive market. The RFID inlays market is slowly but surely gaining momentum with increasing usage especially for large scale projects which require a large quantity of RFID passive tags. Moving forward, this trend is expected to continue in Asia Pacific with more end-users understanding the potential benefits they stand to reap through an RFID deployment. This analyst briefing will provide an overview of the Asia Pacific RFID inlays market and a breakdown of its key applications, benefits, drivers and restraints. Highlights of the briefing include an examination of the competitive structure and a market forecast including the future potential for the RFID inlays market in Asia Pacific. We will also provide an update of related and upcoming research and provide an opportunity for a question and answer session with the analyst. This briefing will benefit everyone related to the RFID inlays value chain; inlay, chip, antenna and tag manufactures. It will also be of benefit to potential end-users considering an RFID deployment in their enterprises. By giving a market overview of this region, these same companies will be able to understand the requirements and road blocks that this technology presents in Asia Pacific. Richard Sebastian, Research Analyst for the Automation & Electronics Practice of Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific says, “The RFID inlays market is sometimes underplayed in importance as not everyone realizes the significance it contributes in supporting the passive tags industry. Selecting the inlay with the right properties or characteristics to support the passive tag which will be used for a specific application is extremely vital as it ultimately ensures whether the overall RFID deployment is going to be a success or a failure.” He adds, “With more new applications continuously being introduced together with the pre-existing applications leveraging on RFID, the inlays market shows immense potential of growing by leaps and bounds but the stakeholders within this industry will need to continue to innovate to ensure it remains dynamic in meeting the barriers or challenges it faces today.” Join us as Richard shares his insights on the RFID inlays market within the region. Those interested in registering for the interactive live briefing should send an email to Corporate Communications - Donna Jeremiah at djeremiah@frost.com with the following information: full name, company name, title, telephone number, e-mail address, city, state and country. The registration details will be emailed to you upon receipt of the above information. Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, partners with clients to accelerate their growth. The company's TEAM Research, Growth Consulting and Growth Team Membership empower clients to create a growth-focused culture that generates, evaluates and implements effective growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan employs over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 30 offices on six continents. For more information about Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Partnerships, visit http://www.frost.com.
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ELYRIA, Ohio--The Board of Directors of Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) announced that it declared a cash dividend of $.0125 per share on its common shares and $.011364 per share on its Class B common shares payable July 11, 2008 to shareholders of record on July 3, 2008. Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC), headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, is the global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home and long-term care medical products that promote recovery and active lifestyles. The Company has 5,900 associates and markets its products in 80 countries around the world. For more information about the company and its products, visit Invacare's website at www.invacare.com.
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ORLANDO, Fla.--OneOncology Inc., a privately-held company working to create a transparent and open market for purchasing oncology drugs, today announced it has secured more than $2 billion in annual drug purchasing commitments from oncology practices across the United States. More than 750 oncology physicians have registered with OneOncology’s web-based system to simplify their drug purchasing. “The fact that we have gone from company launch to $2 billion in drug purchasing commitments in less than three quarters is a tangible symbol of the pressing need in community oncology for transparent pricing, competitive access, transformation and simplicity in the oncology supply chain,” said Steven Kirchof, Chief Executive Officer of OneOncology. “Community practices are looking for solutions to help them stay in business and treat patients, and OneOncology is committed to helping unite the market and improve the system.” In addition to benefits for oncology practices, OneOncology is creating new opportunities for suppliers and manufacturers to participate in the oncology business arena. “Oncology is arguably one of the fastest growing segments in healthcare, with more than 750 new drugs in the development pipeline,” said Ben Favret, Vice President of OneOncology. “We are aggregating demand so that both current suppliers of oncology drugs and new entrants to the oncology distribution and group purchasing market can have efficient and transparent access to significant volume.” OneOncology is currently in discussions with a wide range of suppliers, manufacturers, independent group purchasing organizations, and others that are evaluating how to integrate electronic technology into a seamless automated process for price negotiation, ordering and fulfillment. “There is a tremendous opportunity for a wide range of companies to gain access to the oncology marketplace by taking advantage of web-based technology,” said Favret. There is no cost for oncology practices or suppliers to join OneOncology and registration is completely confidential. Additional information can be found at www.OneOncology.com. About OneOncology OneOncology Inc. is a privately-held corporation dedicated to uniting the oncology market to ensure community cancer care survives. Through its web-based system, the company simplifies the oncology drug supply chain, maximizes efficiency and minimizes costs for oncology practices, manufacturers, distributors and GPOs. Based in Orlando, Fla., OneOncology is led by an experienced and skilled management team with deep backgrounds in community oncology. For more information, visit www.OneOncology.com.
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Partnership Integrates Foremost Authority on Managed Care and Leading Provider of Strategic Marketing Services YARDLEY, Pa. & PARSIPPANY, N.J.--Verispan, a foremost authority on managed care, and CommonHealth’s Solara, a leading provider of managed care strategic marketing services, today announced an agreement to jointly offer the Account Targeting Tool (AcTT). AcTT is designed for sales and marketing professionals to identify, evaluate and prioritize managed care accounts using criteria specific to their sales goals. AcTT alleviates challenges faced by pharmaceutical companies when allocating managed care sales and marketing resources for personal selling, promotional programs and contracting efforts. AcTT draws from Verispan’s wide array of managed care services and provides such information as: Commercial and Medicare D segments Member demographics Co-pay and benefit design information by plan Formulary controls Prescriptions filled by individual payers, including PBM, corporate and plan level A customized solution, AcTT combines client-specific sales, territory and formulary data and is programmed specifically for the evaluation criteria of each client. It features decision rules developed by Solara within an interface developed by Verispan that allows users to explore prioritization scenarios by instantaneously adjusting criteria weightings. Verispan taps two decades of experience in monitoring, analyzing and advising pharmaceutical executives about managed care and healthcare industry dynamics. With a broad array of managed care services, Verispan provides multidimensional analyses and actionable insight. Solara is expert at developing and communicating customer-centric value messages for all managed market channels. Solara has been successful at illuminating the value of some of the most heavily restricted brands and, in the process, has helped clients overcome significant managed care challenges. “Managed care sales targeting just got a lot easier,” said Keith Mandia, Product Manager, Managed Care Services for Verispan. “Worthwhile payer partnerships will be easier to find and compare using the market-based data and expertise built into the tool.” About Verispan Verispan, a healthcare informatics joint venture of Quintiles Transnational Corp. and McKesson Corp., provides a broad array of information products and services to the healthcare industry, including sales targeting and compensation products; market research audits; healthcare profiles; comprehensive managed care offerings; data integration, warehousing and mining; data analysis and consulting; direct mail; list services; disease management studies; clinical trial investigator targeting and protocol recruitment evaluation; healthcare outcomes; and cost/benefit analyses, among many others. Verispan is also the nation's leading provider of patient-centric longitudinal data, with dozens of products used by clients spanning the industry. Headquartered in Yardley, Pa., Verispan employs over 500 dedicated healthcare information professionals. The company's Web site is www.verispan.com. About Solara Solara is part of CommonHealth’s network of 14 highly specialized healthcare marketing companies. Solara provides strategic marketing services to improve patient access to pharmaceutical brands competing in managed markets. CommonHealth (www.commonhealth.com) is the world’s leading healthcare-communications network and a WPP (NASDAQ/ADR: WPPGY; www.wpp.com) company. CommonHealth comprises Solara, Altum, Carbon, CommonHealth London, CommonHealth Paris, Conectics, Ferguson, Earthborn, EvoLogue, HLS, MBS/Vox, Noesis, ProCom and Qi. The organization also maintains numerous partnerships both within and outside of the WPP network of companies.

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