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News from July, 2011

Lumetric Scores Second California School Installation in San Diego

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Edison Report – Press Release

LumetricTM Inc, a leading provider of intelligent large area lighting (ILAL) solutions, today announced that Poway Unified School District (PUSD), located in northern San Diego County, has selected Lumetric’s flagship SmartPODTM intelligent large area lighting system to improve lighting conditions, while saving energy, at the Rancho Bernardo High School gymnasium located in San Diego, California. OCS Lighting & Control, San Diego’s leading lighting agency, facilitated the decision process, guiding Poway USD to the SmartPOD as the most economical, efficient and future-¬?proof solution for their specific needs. Lumetric’s second SmartPOD installation in San Diego, the Poway project follows a complete indoor stadium lighting retrofit at the Viejas Arena located on the San Diego State University campus.

The installation is slated to achieve at least 60 percent energy savings with a simple out-¬?of-¬?the-¬?box replacement of antiquated lighting fixtures with non-¬?networked SmartPOD luminaires – while improving light levels by 15 percent. For projects like this on limited budgets, this installation demonstrates the benefits of a basic SmartPOD lighting retrofit, even without the many control features the system offers. With the elegant, plug-¬?and-¬?play system, PUSD can simply upgrade at any point in the future to a fully, controllable, networked system for additional savings in energy costs.  (Full Article)


Vertical axis wind turbines trump others on land use

Friday, July 15th, 2011

cnet – Martin LaMonica

Typically, cost is the driving concern when choosing one renewable energy technology over another. But a pair of studies that consider land use give the edge to niche forms of solar and wind power generation.

Caltech researcher John Dabiri, a professor of aeronautics and bioengineering, this week presented results of a test that found that vertical-axis wind turbines have the potential to generate more power per square meter than the propeller-like, three-blade wind turbines. The key is that vertical-axis turbines can be placed close together without creating the type of wind disturbances that would sap performance of traditional turbines.

Dabiri conducted a test last summer with 24 vertical-axis turbines from Windspire energy, which are shaped like 10-meter tall columns, placed in 75-meter square space. He then calculated how much power per meter the small array of turbines can generate as a way to measure how much aerodynamic disturbances are caused by neighboring turbines.

The tests found that the power density of these vertical-axis wind turbines is about six to nine times that of modern wind farms with horizontal-axis turbines, which need significant spacing among them to prevent causing aerodynamic interference. Dabiri’s conclusion is wind farm design and technology is as important the power rating of individual turbines.  (Full Article)


Fortune 100 Life Sciences Company Prescribes Aravo for FCPA Compliance

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

TMCnet – Press Release

Aravo Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand Supplier Lifecycle Management and B2B information and collaboration solutions, announced that one of their Fortune 100 consumer health products and pharmaceuticals customers has gone live with Aravo’s best practices solution for FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) compliance at its first international business unit. The company’s health care compliance team will use Aravo to perform FCPA due diligence on third-party intermediaries and their sub-intermediaries.

“We couldn’t be happier with how well the project went,” said the project sponsor.

“FCPA compliance is a global initiative for us, and Aravo will help us drive down the cost of compliance while avoiding potentially expensive fines and prosecution. Based upon this success, we plan to roll Aravo out to the rest of the region by the end of the year.”  (Full Article)


InsideView Recognized as 2011 Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace Solution Excellence Partner of the Year

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

MarketWire – Press Release

InsideView, the social selling and sales intelligence leader, proudly announced today that it has won the 2011 Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace Solution Excellence Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Earlier this year, InsideView achieved official ‘Certified for Microsoft Dynamics CRM’ status, the most elite certification for a Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner.

InsideView is the premier sales productivity solution within the Microsoft CRM ecosystem, and one of the most highly rated and popular apps in the Dynamics Marketplace. By combining traditional company and contact information with real-time, relevant, social insights and social networking into one easy-to-use application, InsideView empowers sales professionals to spend more time selling and less time researching, resulting in a 30% increase in sales productivity. InsideView users also save money by eliminating the cost of prospect lists and lead enrichment services because InsideView contains millions of detailed company records and decision-maker contacts — all instantly accessible inside the existing Microsoft CRM workflow. InsideView is free and installs in five minutes from the Dynamics Marketplace.  (Full Article)