Thursday 21 June 2007

Motorola launches MOTOROKRTM Z6


Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a global leader in wireless communications, today announced the Indian launch of the MOTOROKRTM Z6, the latest music-optimised handset to hit India. The handset offers a rich music experience, coupled with sophisticated design, to the country's mobile consumers.

The ROKR Z6 is a musical masterpiece, merging the latest music features and a powerful digital imaging platform with a cutting-edge metallic slider design. Inside the clean lines of the ROKR Z6 is a Linux/JavaTM music platform with Windows MediaTM technologies.

The ROKR Z6 lets consumers "plug and play" with any personal computer running Windows Media Player 10 or 11¹. With fast PC direct connectivity via High Speed USB 2.0, the ROKR Z6 lets you access the music you want simply and seamlessly. The ROKR Z6's integrated music player also supports multiple audio files and features 64 MB of on-board user memory and a removable MicroSD memory card slot for up to 2GB of music, pictures and other media.

As a complement to the handset's musical capabilities and eye-catching design, the ROKR Z6 provides an extraordinary picture and video capture experience. The ROKR Z6 lets you capture great moments with a built-in 2 megapixel camera and view them on a 320x240 resolution 262K colour TFT display. The brilliance of ROKR Z6 is experienced with the full length 2-hour music video titled "Roger Waters, The Wall, Live in Berlin" which comes preloaded with every phone. The user interface (UI) is the latest step in the evolution of mobile UI design providing rich layouts, ease of
use, more options for personalisation, better manageability and improved predictive text input.

"With clean lines, an appealing silhouette, and rich music experience, the ROKR Z6 provides an incredible experience," said Malcolm Dawe, vice president & general manager of Motorola Mobile Devices India. "We have optimised this stylish handset with the very latest music functionality allowing users to take their music with them and enjoy their favourite sounds while on the move."

Powered with Music ID, the ROKR Z6 makes the music experience truly enthralling. Music ID is a powerful song identification service that enables users to identify the artist and album of songs being played in their vicinity. The user simply records the song on their ROKR Z6, which filters it through the Music ID application and matches it back to Music IDs existing library. Music ID then transmits the song background back to the user.

The ROKR Z6 also features stereo Bluetooth(r) wireless technology3, enabling users to enjoy a wireless mobile stereo experience with compatible Bluetooth-enabled stereo headphones, such as the recently announced ROKR S9 wrap-around headset3. Weighing in at one ounce, the ROKR S9 provides a tangle-free way to listen to and enjoy music without ever missing a call.
For more information, please visit www.hellomoto.com/S9


Availability
The ROKR Z6 is available at all Indian MOTOSTOREs and participating retailers for Rs 11,999 for the deluxe pack and Rs 15,499 for the premium pack (including ROKR S9). For more information please visit www.motorola.com or contact your local Motorola representative.

Symantec announces 2007 Visionary Award recipients


Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the 2007 Visionary Awards winners. These IT leaders from around the world are recognized for their innovative use of Symantec solutions to protect their infrastructure and information. From securing the infrastructure of one of the world's largest oil companies to protecting hospital systems for the delivery of top notch patient care to keeping customers’ financial data available, these customers are leveraging technology to drive true business results. Representing a wide range of industries and geographies, the winners of the 2007 Visionary Award include IT leaders from Baptist Health South Florida, Chevron Information Technology Co., GE Global Infrastructure Services, Honeywell Aerospace, ING Investment Management Group, The Netherlands Ministry of Defence, Sistema Usiminas and Wipro Limited.

“As the global economy continues to expand and interactions become increasingly interconnected, companies must take the right measures to minimize their exposure to risk and increase IT efficiency,” said John W. Thompson, chairman and CEO, Symantec. “This year’s Visionary Award winners have demonstrated their success leveraging Symantec technology to protect their information and systems.”

Baptist Health South Florida Leverages IT to Support High Quality Care
Allen Montgomery, director of information technology at Baptist Health South Florida, South Florida’s largest not-for-profit healthcare organization, is recognized for implementing comprehensive data center management and enterprise storage solutions to help improve patient care while improving IT efficiency. Baptist Health implemented a remote ICU monitoring application using Veritas Cluster Server, which contributed to a 27 percent decrease in ICU mortality rates.
Montgomery’s team deployed Symantec software for a backup and recovery system that saves more than $7.5 million annually, and using the same solution as the basis for a storage consolidation initiative, saved more than $1 million in hardware and IT labor costs. The team’s implementation also helps ensure systems are compliant with IT policies, reducing the preparation time of monthly security audits from 12 hours to just 15 minutes.


Chevron Information Technology Co. Strengthens Enterprise Security to Ensure IT Compliance Rich Jackson, general manager of Chevron’s Global Information Risk Management unit is recognized for improving Chevron’s enterprise security posture to ensure the company’s heterogeneous and global IT infrastructure complies with government regulations and industry standards. As part of the second largest integrated energy company in the United States, Jackson’s team launched an Information Compliance Automation System initiative to standardize and automate its diverse compliance and audit processes. Using Symantec software as the foundation of its compliance framework, Chevron launched a three-year plan to improve information protection processes, optimize the use of enterprise resources and improve enterprise security. With the rollout still in progress, Jackson expects a 50 per cent improvement in operational efficiency, representing total savings of more than $12 million on audit and compliance costs.

GE Global Infrastructure Services Boosts Storage Availability with Symantec
Gary Scott, senior architect and team leader for GE Global Infrastructure Services (GE GIS), a corporate component of the Fortune 10 Company General Electric, is recognized for reducing IT costs through data center standardization and the implementation of a storage management solution. Standardization is a key initiative for Scott and his team, whose responsibility is the management of the company’s server infrastructure, which includes more than 2,200 servers located across the globe. Leveraging Veritas Storage Foundation, Cluster Server and CommandCentral Storage, Scott’s team recovered five terabytes of production storage to the business, representing immediate cost savings of $200,000, while increasing ongoing billable storage availability by 45 percent. Despite its heterogeneous environment, software infrastructure standardization is also helping GE GIS ensure confidence in application availability, maintaining uptime ratings across all platforms of at least 98 percent.

ING Investment Management Group drives down Data Storage costs with Symantec Mark Kolodzej, vice president of IT and head of the infrastructure services department at ING Investment Management Group, is recognized for leveraging technology to ensure confidence in the integrity of client communications while reducing data storage costs. The solution also includes a tiered storage model designed to optimize storage utilization and availability, which is expected to save more than $1 million in storage hardware cost avoidance over the next three years. The team’s implementation has already resulted in more than $300,000 in annual IT labor cost and end-user productivity savings. As the principal asset management division of one of the world’s largest financial services corporations, e-mail security and compliance are high priorities.
Kolodzej and his team deployed Symantec Enterprise Vault for e-mail and discovery, resulting in a 40 percent reduction in e-mail and file system storage requirements.

The Netherlands Ministry of Defence Secures E-mail Communication While Reducing Costs
Albert-Jan Boer, senior manager of communication services for the Defence Telematics Organisation, the IT supplier for the Ministry of Defence, is recognized for ensuring the availability and integrity of e-mail communications supporting more than 65,000 civilian and military employees in the Dutch armed forces. Since e-mail is essential to national security, Boer’s team must meet service level agreements (SLAs) that require rapid restoration of the e-mail system after a failure. Boer and his team implemented Symantec Enterprise Vault, which not only ensures that SLAs are met, but has also resulted in significant cost savings, cost avoidance and productivity improvements. The Ministry of Defence projects labor cost savings of more than $1 million over the next three years because its Intelligence Group can conduct e-discovery without IT assistance.

Honeywell Aerospace Utilizes Symantec for Consolidation Efforts
Theo Gibson, director of infrastructure at Honeywell Aerospace, is recognized for utilizing technology to protect the company’s IT infrastructure and improve data center and application availability. A global provider of products and services for aviation and aerospace applications, Honeywell Aerospace’s data center infrastructure supports more than 1,500 applications and 35,000 employees.

Sistema Usiminas Standardizes Enterprise Security to Manage Compliance
Gilmar Ribeiro, information security manager for Sistema Usiminas, Latin America’s largest producer of flat steel and one of the world’s top 20 steel makers, is recognized for standardizing on an enterprise security solution to protect the company’s data network and ensure compliance across its diverse infrastructure. With Symantec endpoint protection products, Ribeiro and his team have nearly eliminated malware-related downtime and reduced incoming mail for the company’s 40,000 employees by 65 percent through more effective spam filtering.
Using Symantec Control Compliance Suite, Ribeiro’s team simplified several manual processes into a single automated reporting console to help enforce security compliance, while reducing preparation time for compliance audits by 50 percent.

Wipro Limited Upgrades IT Infrastructure with Symantec
Laxman Badiga, corporate vice president and CIO of Wipro Limited, one of the top global providers of IT services, outsourced R&D, infrastructure outsourcing, business process services and consulting, is recognized for delivering operational efficiencies for compliance, information risk management and data center standardization. Badiga and his team are in the process of implementing a compliance solution based on Symantec software to automate and ensure IT compliance while optimizing e-mail archiving and discovery, which on completion expected to reduce audit preparation time by 20 to 30 percent.
Standardizing on Veritas Data Center Foundation for the management of storage, servers and application performance, Badiga’s team improved employee productivity by nearly 30 percent and reduced e-mail storage requirements by 20 percent. With improvements in the data center, Badiga’s team has been able to accelerate the data backup process, cutting the backup window in half.

About Symantec
Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com

Choose protection, choose F-Secure


F-Secure protection technologies have scored high in two recent independent tests. Reliability of protection is the core value that F-Secure solutions provide to their users, and these tests substantiate the ability of F-Secure solutions to live up to this ambition.

One of today's most challenging IT security problems are so called zero-day attacks (new unknown malware for which no signature detection exists). Recently AV-comparatives ( http://www.av-comparatives.org/) tested F-Secure's behavior-based detection technology F-Secure DeepGuard for its ability to stop malware that is not found with traditional signature based virus scanning. F-Secure DeepGuard passed the test winning the "Proactive Protection Award" and was able to block all malware used for the test, proving that DeepGuard is able to do an excellent job of identifying and stopping previously unknown "zero-day" threats. The F-Secure DeepGuard technology is based on pervasive monitoring of program behavior during execution, a method which significantly improves the overall level of protection compared to traditional signature based file analysis. This approach enables the security solution to see beneath the surface of the system to detect and stop threats that were designed to pass all traditional defenses unnoticed.

"Our test consisted of new virus samples for which no signatures yet exist. The fact that F-Secure could stop them all with its DeepGuard technology proves that such a behavior-based analysis of malware during run-time can be quite effective in stopping zero-day threats", says Andreas Clementi, project manager at the AV-Comparatives test laboratory.

Despite the importance of behavior-based protection, a core capability of any antivirus solution is the ability to detect malware that is known and can be identified with traditional signature based virus scanning. A test done by AV-Test.org (http://www.av-test.org ) in May 2007 included over 600.000 malware samples. F-Secure achieved a very high detection rate, and was able to detect 978 samples more than Symantec, 42.226 samples that Trend Micro did not detect, and 64.653 samples more than McAfee. F-Secure also detected 105.391 samples that Microsoft's solution missed.

"F-Secure is a challenger in the global antivirus market, and as such we need to perform better than our big competitors. Our systematic focus on innovative protection technology development and state-of-the-art research coupled with highly automated proprietary analysis systems is producing results that our customers see as a very highly reliable protection of their PC's and smartphones" says Pirkka Palomäki, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at F-Secure.



About F-Secure Corporation


F-Secure Corporation protects consumers and businesses against computer viruses and other threats from the Internet and mobile networks. We want to be the most reliable provider of security services in the market. One way to demonstrate this is the speed of our response. According to independent studies in 2004, 2005 and 2006 our response time to new threats is significantly faster than our major competitors. Our award-winning solutions are available for workstations, gateways, servers and mobile phones. They include antivirus and desktop firewall with intrusion prevention, antispam and antispyware solutions. Founded in 1988, F-Secure has been listed on the Helsinki Exchanges since 1999, and has been consistently growing faster than all its publicly listed competitors. F-Secure headquarters are in Helsinki, Finland, and we have regional offices around the world. F-Secure protection is also available as a service through major ISPs, such as France Telecom, TeliaSonera, PCCW and Charter Communications. F-Secure is the global market leader in mobile phone protection provided through mobile operators, such as T-Mobile and Swisscom and mobile handset manufacturers such as Nokia. The latest real-time virus threat scenario news are available at the F-Secure Data Security Lab weblog at http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/

Wednesday 20 June 2007

Investment of 2.1 crores to drive entrepreneurship programs


Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) announced successful certification of 6 Master Trainers who were selected from a large pool of faculty to participate in a global class of 50 faculty and business incubator managers, gathered from various corners of the world. This exclusive Technology entrepreneurship training was organized at the University of California, Berkeley by Intel to demonstrate and share tools & methodologies that enable entrepreneurial training and development in higher education.

The above program is part of the DST, Intel Technology India and IUSSTF signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (April 2007) to jointly organize Technology Entrepreneur Programs. The endeavour is to develop an ecosystem that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship among young professionals. This public-private partnership involves an investment of over Rs. 2.1 crore by the three organizations for the year 2007, to encourage entrepreneurship as a career option for college students and aspiring start-ups. The partners believe that the dynamic exchange of knowledge and information with premier institutions in India and USA through proposed programs, will create sustainable, long-term networks and platforms that would help foster a culture of technopreneurship in Indian academia.

The objectives of the program are as follows:

§ Create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in India
§ Boost entrepreneurial spirit in Indian academia & scientific enterprises
through the Business Plan competitions
§ Build a curriculum on Technology Entrepreneurship for Indian academia


Speaking about the program, Rahul Bedi, Director, Corporate Affairs, Intel said, "We believe technology is the key to global competitiveness in today's world. For countries to become or remain competitive, their universities must produce a pipeline of technical innovators who contribute to the advancement of local technology, and the local economy. In an effort to encourage technology entrepreneurship programs in India, we are partnering with like minded bodies - Department of Science and Technology and Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to encourage programs that build local innovation capacity through entrepreneurship so students and young professionals can create entrepreneurial spirit and activity throughout the country".

Added B.K Shukla, Scientist, DST, "The program provided a good opportunity to interact and share experiences on entrepreneurship development with the participants from various countries. It also provided the occasion to establish linkages with various institutions across the globe which can be leveraged for furthering entrepreneurship in our country. I am sure that global faculty colloquium would definitely help Indian faculty to improve our ongoing entrepreneurship development programs."

"The program was very useful. It gave direct exposure to teaching methodology, and an understanding of the overall university ecosystem for entrepreneurship. The program provided a platform to interact with International faculty from many countries who brought in tremendous value from their respective areas of specialty," said Poyni Bhatt, Chief Administrative Officer, Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, IIT Bombay who was one of the Indian participants at UC Berkeley.

Under this initiative, at UC Berkeley, six selected Indian participants underwent two weeks of training on rigorous details of entrepreneurship education and ecosystem. With the help of the program, participants have been provided skills to become "master faculty" and train others in their communities on entrepreneurial education. The 'master faculty' will now carry out four regional training programs to teach technology entrepreneurship to academicians in the country. The academicians, who will be trained, will further train students and encourage a culture of entrepreneurship in the country. This will ensure proliferation and adoption of technology entrepreneurship curriculum at a much faster rate and scale. The 4 regional training programs are being held in the months of May, June, July, August 2007. By the end of the year, the program aims to build a pipeline of 10 certified master trainers and 80 regional trainers.



About Intel® Education Initiative

Intel® Higher Education is part of the Intel® Education Initiative, which strives to improve education for the emerging knowledge economies by triggering effective technology adoption and usage. For more information, visit www.intel.com/education



About Department of Science & Technology
Department of Science & Technology (DST) was established in May 1971, with the objective of promoting new areas of Science & Technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. For more information, visit www.dst.gov.in



About Indo-US Science & Technology Forum

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of America on March 21, 2000, is an autonomous, not for profit society that promotes and catalyzes Indo-US bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering, and biomedical research through substantive interaction among government, academia, and industry. For more information, visit www.indousstf.org

Polycom launches on-demand collaboration solutions


Polycom, Inc. [NASDAQ: PLCM], the world’s leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced Polycom ARENA™, an ecosystem programme enabling software applications providers, hardware device manufacturers, and conferencing solution providers to integrate their products with the industry’s leading unified collaboration platform to create new applications for customers in a variety of industries. Inaugural Polycom ARENA partners Audisoft, GlobalMedia Group, IP Access International, One Touch Systems, Revolabs, Simtrol, VBrick Systems and VR Meetings today unveiled standards-based, integrated solutions for key collaboration growth markets including education, healthcare, manufacturing, telejustice and public safety. For example, the new integrated solutions enable surgeons and pathologists to see tissue samples being diagnosed in real time over video while the patient is in the operating room, or first responders or plant workers to interact with experts remotely using wearable wireless video communications solutions.

Polycom ARENA partners will demonstrate their new solutions within the Polycom booth (#2000) at the Infocomm conference and exhibition taking place June 19-21 in Anaheim, Calif.

“The Polycom ARENA programme is a catalyst for innovation and is yielding compelling new collaboration and communications applications that raise productivity and efficiency in the workplace,” said Mark Roberts, vice president, Polycom ARENA programme. “Customers benefit from the industry expertise of our Polycom ARENA ecosystem partners who are building standards-based solutions that fully interoperate with the Polycom unified collaboration platform and installed base of video systems.”

“The Polycom ARENA programme can help expand the applications for Polycom’s collaboration technology and accelerate the delivery of new solutions,” said Ira Weinstein, senior analyst, Wainhouse Research. “The programme gives ecosystem partners an opportunity to leverage the Polycom global brand and the Polycom unified collaboration platform to create new applications. It can also help channel partners expand into other vertical markets by providing a broader choice of standards-based solutions that meet customer needs in specific industries.”
Polycom ARENA ecosystem partners can develop, test and certify interoperability between their solutions and the Polycom platform of voice, video and content collaborative solutions. In addition to platform API’s for developers, the Polycom ARENA offers a number of marketing and sales tools for business development managers, marketing and sales professionals via online portal. These tools help partners speed up time-to-market their innovative unified collaborative solutions and reach out to customers worldwide. Examples of ecosystem partner solutions include:

Enhanced Collaboration Amongst Surgeons and Pathologists
Polycom ARENA partner GlobalMedia Group, LLC, a leader in telehealth solutions, today announced integration between its CapSure Digital Imaging solution and the Polycom unified collaboration platform, enabling surgeons in an operating room to see in real-time as a Pathologist diagnoses suspicious tissue removed from the patient. “Surgeons and Pathologists see the dynamic microscopic images simultaneously allowing for immediate communication of proper surgical margins through the Polycom/GlobalMedia integrated solution,” said Joel E. Barthelemy, CEO of GlobalMedia.

"The CapSure solution from GlobalMedia exhibits great potential to be a complete pathology laboratory system,” said Stephen W. Coons, M.D. Chief, Section of Neuropathology, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona. “Taking photographs is easy and the potential to store the images with the patient reports on the laboratory computer system is exciting. The quality of the on-screen images is superb and the ability to zoom in and out on the live image without switching between objectives is another great feature that sets the system apart."

Digital Arraignment Solutions for Local, State and Regional Governments Polycom ARENA partner Simtrol, Inc., a leading provider of software solutions for device rich environments, today announced it will provide digital arraignment solutions to local, state and regional governments based on Polycom video collaboration solutions. The Simtrol Curiax Arraigner provides courtrooms, jails and police precincts an alternate way to deal with the dangerous and costly logistical problems associated with the transport of prisoners and the overcrowding of court dockets. By integrating multipoint videoconferencing, digital document management, digital signatures and evidence into a unified platform, the solution substantially reduces the time and money associated with transporting prisoners to and from court for arraignments, while significantly improving court security and lowering law enforcement costs.

Wireless Mobile Video Goes Where Traditional Video Communications Cannot
Polycom ARENA partner AudiSoft Technologies, which develops, manufactures and markets high-end wireless audio/video communication systems for remote support, distance training and special education markets, today announced interoperability between Polycom video conferencing solutions and the Frontline Communicator, enabling wireless mobile video communications in areas where traditional video communication is not available. The Frontline Communicator, a light, rugged, ergonomic and hands-free solution that works on almost any type of network (WiFi – 802.11b/g, satellite, 3G, Mesh, WAN, wired, etc), allows users to be in the centre of the action and lets them share real-time video images of what they are seeing with colleagues or experts in other locations. This video communication solution has many applications: first responders (police, fire, rescue), health care applications (home care, remote support, in-field communication), journalism (on-the-scene reporting), exploration (mining, forest, oil and gas, etc.), large scale project management, etc.

Wireless Microphone Flexibility for Professional Audio and Video Applications
Polycom ARENA partner Revolabs, Inc., dedicated to enhancing enterprise collaboration and corporate productivity through innovative wireless solutions, today announced new, pre-configured, professional-quality room audio and microphone solutions that combine the award-winning Revolabs SoloTM wireless encrypted microphone family with the market-leading Polycom Vortex® audio processors. The integrated solutions deliver exceptional sound quality with wireless microphone flexibility for audio and video applications and feature plug-and-play capabilities that can significantly reduce installation time and cost.

Satellite Solution Enables Video in Remote Locations and Connectivity During Fibre Outages
Polycom ARENA partner IP Access International (IPA), a global business satellite internet, voice, video and data connectivity provider, today announced interoperability between Polycom’s IP video conferencing solutions and IPA’s high speed, low latency satellite networks with application-based Quality of Service. IP Access International’s fixed and mobile solutions over satellite are also designed for enterprises, government, and municipalities with requirements for mobile vehicles and remote locations without broadband. The solution is also frequently used by customers with terrestrial connectivity who require a business continuity solution over satellite in the event of a fibre network outage.

Floor Control and Measurement Capabilities Enable Effective Video Training for Large Groups
Polycom ARENA partner One Touch Systems, the company that increases the capacity for organisations to communicate with and train large numbers of geographically dispersed individuals, today announced the One Touch solution brings floor control, call management, and measurement and response capabilities to Polycom's industry leading video conferencing solutions. As the number of attendees in a video conference grows, the One Touch solution adds complete control of the audio interaction by the meeting leader to Polycom's high quality video and audio solutions. In addition, the One Touch database captures attendance data and responses to questions and polls - providing a gauge of participant understanding and buy-in, certifying qualifications and compliance, or serving as a basis for attendee accountability.

Integrated Video Conferencing and Streaming Ecosystem
Polycom ARENA partner VBrick Systems, Inc., the leader in streaming video appliances and Enterprise IPTV solutions, today announced integration with Polycom video conferencing systems to deliver an interoperable, combined ecosystem for Education, Government, and Corporate customers. The total solution makes it possible for any Polycom video conferencing endpoint to be broadcast to virtually anywhere in an organisation for viewing on desktops and displays. VBrick’s unique technology virtually eliminates the hassles of scale caused by firewalls, bandwidth, or network capability. Customers will have a solution for transporting, storing, and viewing other video assets as well. End users will enjoy an improved user experience along with cost savings from easier deployment and management.

Web Meeting Environment for On-Demand, Multi-Party Video
Polycom ARENA partner VRMeetings, Inc., a partner of NTT-IT, a subsidiary of NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Company of Japan), the world’s largest telecommunications company, today announced planned interoperability between Polycom unified conferencing bridges and VR Meeting’s MeetingPlaza. VRMeetings is the Global marketer of MeetingPlaza, an “on demand” full duplex, web hosted VoIP audio/visual collaboration technology that provides synchronous (real time) multi-party communications. The Polycom ARENA partnership focuses on a Plug-in (gateway), MeetingPlaza GW that will allow equipment based providers like Polycom to offer Multi-party conferencing for remote participants using Polycom systems.



About Polycom
Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximise the efficiency and productivity of people and organisations by integrating the broadest array of high definition video, wired and wireless voice, and content solutions to deliver the ultimate collaborative experience. Polycom’s high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony, workplace wireless telephony, and presence-based networks. With its market driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organisations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage from on-demand communications and collaboration. The NASDAQ-listed company is based in Pleasanton, California, USA, and has Asia-Pacific offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. For additional information, visit the Polycom site at www.polycomasia.com.

Microsoft picks now QA InfoTech for software quality assurance


QA InfoTech, a leading Software Quality Assurance And Testing Company, today announced that Microsoft Corp. has added QA InfoTech as a vendor for providing Software Quality Assurance and Testing services. QA InfoTech provides specialized solutions and services for Software Quality Assurance to global companies.


“It's an honor to be associated with Microsoft Corp. and we are extremely excited about the opportunity to serve Microsoft,” said Mukesh Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, QA InfoTech.


QA InfoTech would be looking forward to provide QA and testing Services to Microsoft in the areas of internationalization testing, automation testing, compatibility testing and performance testing.


The company has also recently announced its strategy and expansion plans towards a new centre in Mohali near Chandigarh. This new centre would have space for 1000 engineers to serve its international as well as domestic customers.


“This centre would be QA InfoTech’s fourth centre in India. The entire development is set to be completed over the next two years,” added Mukesh Sharma.


QA InfoTech has a state of the art lab for testing the software products of its clients on different platforms to ensure high quality. The company deploys latest technologies and technical expertise to deliver full fledged solutions and reliable output. QA InfoTech equips its labs with all the essential hardware and software operating systems that allows it to set up complex testing scenario, which enables it to serve its clients with unrivaled testing and evaluation capabilities.



About QA InfoTech

QA InfoTech is a leading Software Quality Assurance And Testing Company specializing in providing high quality testing services to various top-notch companies. Established in 2003, the company is dedicated to quality and have all that it takes to be the most reliable quality assurance partner. The company has four strategic business units; Software Testing, Consulting Services, Training Services and QA Placement Consulting. QA InfoTech through its SBUs offers complete solution for Software Quality Assurance Services. QA InfoTech is located in the hub of IT activity, Noida, India and its US affiliate is situated in Farmington, Michigan.

Telsima unveils its strategy for scaling up market penetration in APAC


Telsima, a leading provider of wireless broadband and voice compression solutions, today unveiled its strategy of scaling up its market penetration in the APAC market through its two product lines StarMAX™ and TelsiNex™. It endeavours to fulfill the long-promised benefits of BWA in high-growth, low broadband penetration, price-sensitive markets by leveraging the benefits of standardization, innovative design and large market size.


Its recent Tier I operator customer wins in India enables it to focus on price/performance points appropriate for emerging markets and to compete very effectively on a worldwide basis.


VP Sales and Marketing, APAC, Protip Ghose says, “Telsima is committed towards enhancing broadband penetration in low penetration markets. We believe that WiMAX is certainly the technology that will meet the broadband needs of the APAC region. We also believe that the business model and product innovations that have enabled us to provide winning solutions in India can be quickly replicated in these countries as the operator/user challenges and requirements are essentially similar. While we are armed with the best technology and award winning product portfolio and are ready to penetrate the APAC market, we appreciate the fact that it is our VAR partners who are bringing to table the market understanding, the expertise in handling region specific requirements and the pre-established relations with the customers. It is with this faith in our existing and potential partners that we are re-enforcing our focus on APAC and are scaling our penetration in H2/2007 through this indirect sales strategy”.


As part of this market penetration planning, in HI/2007, Telsima ramped up manufacturing, scaled up its Asia based Sales & Marketing team and invested substantially in its R&D center in Bangalore. It is now rapidly putting together RF planning, installation commissioning and network deployment teams through VARS across APAC.


Telsima’s StarMAX™ line of carrier grade WiMAX solutions for BWA has a product range that targets operators seeking standards based, quick time-to-market solutions for enterprise and residential customers. Telsima also adds value to the customer by bringing in expertise on RF planning, network optimization and network O&M through its global TAC support in India.


Director Product Marketing, Telsima, K. Ravichandran says, “Telsima is the only vendor today offering nomadic solutions for 802.16-2004 TDD with certified WiMAX interoperable solutions to suit all requirements of operators. In 2006, Telsima unveiled TRUFLE™, its innovative 4G-ready platform that promises a disruptive impact in the mobile market by enabling media rich mobile broadband services in 802.16d and 802.16e-2005 Mobile WiMAX networks. Telsima’s market leading fixed and mobile WiMAX ‘D+E DualMode’ StarMAX™ 6400, a 4U, 4 sector, base station supporting STC/MRC allows operators to build fixed WiMAX networks today and migrate to mobile WiMAX networks within the same frequency spectrum later. This huge competitive advantage that Telsima offers is bound to grab operator attention in APAC countries as no operator wants to lose market share today nor wishes to invest in a network that is not future proof”.


With the market acceptance of 16’d’ and D+E Dual Mode solutions, Telsima is readying to complement its StarMAX family with a Mobile StarMAX 16e family. It is gearing up for Certification of Wave 1 Mobile WiMAX products scheduled to begin in H2/2007.


Director Sales, S.K Jain highlights, “Our DCME Product line TelsiNex, developed and manufactured in India, can carry 16 E1s on one E1 bearer with excellent voice quality having an MOS greater than 3.9 under full load. TelsiNex is being used by all tier-1 telecom operators in India and by many operators in APAC, Africa and Latin America. The ROI is very quick. TelsiNex uses Telsima’s own DSP chips TXS-1000 which has been sold all over the world. We are confident that TelsiNex will continue serving the APAC market and deepen its penetration in the years to come”.


Telsima is exhibiting its product portfolio at Communicasia 2007 at Booth # 4D1-10. It will showcase its TelsiNex line and the award winning StarMAX 6400 BS and SS 2130, which was nominated as a finalist in Industry Choice ‘Best of WiMAX World’ award category at Vienna.

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