Monday, 18 July 2011


Albis Technologies Signals Advanced Gate Access Control

A new active RFID-based, stand-alone solution for ensuring sensitive and controlled areas, where access is strictly limited, are secured against unauthorized entry, has been launched by Albis Technologies.

Albis Technologies' Zone Monitoring & Find (ZOMOFI) Division has developed the innovative Gate Access Management solution, embracing active RFID technology, for particular ease of deployment in the retail and wholesale sector where doors and gates to warehouses, storage areas and stock rooms need to be rigidly controlled in terms of where, when and to whom access is granted. The solution allows this to be achieved without the need to present an access card directly to a reader. As the controller operates on variable distances of several meters, there are no waiting periods and restrictions can be prevented, optimizing the workflow of staff in terms of reliability and time.

Utilizing active RFID through a system of stand-alone RFID-enabled badges and readers also means there is no need to link up with PCs, servers or existing access control software. The ZOMOFI Z-Tag transponders are available in different versions - both for standard or ruggedized applications. As they are hands-free, portable devices, the badges can be worn in any form - as a bracelet or on a lanyard, or be carried as a card, either displayed or concealed in a pocket or bag. Whatever the chosen form factor, once in range of the reader, signals are instantly sent to the specially designed S3135-H110 Z-Controller reader for granting access. The system operates under a stand-alone 'control and signal' transmission process where authorized personnel or vehicles are permitted passage. Anyone else is automatically flagged up as 'access denied'. The reading devices have a switching interface for controlling automatic doors and settings can be configured to suit the necessary access requirements. In addition, authorized personnel can be registered at multiple stations, with several 100 people or vehicles per station.



ITC Judges Releases Initial Determination in Apple vs. HTC Case

HTC received notice of the ITC judge's initial determination in the Apple vs. HTC case, ITC No. 337-TA-710. Apple originally asserted 10 of its patents against HTC in March 2010, and the judge ruled Friday that HTC infringed on 2 patents. HTC does not yet have access to the judge's full opinion and analysis to determine the details of his findings.

The ITC has already ruled that Apple is infringing the patents of HTC's subsidiary S3 Graphics as part of ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-724. HTC announced its acquisition of S3Graphics on July 6, 2011.

"We are highly confident we have a strong case for the ITC appeals process and are fully prepared to defend ourselves using all means possible," said Grace Lei, General Counsel of HTC. "We strongly believe we have alternate solutions in place for the issues raised by Apple. We look forward to resolving this case, so we can continue creating the most innovative mobile experiences for consumers."



Accenture to Deliver Automated Border Control Systems at Schiphol Airport

Accenture has been selected by the Ministry of Internal Affairs to design and deliver Automated Border Control Systems (ABCS) at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. The new systems will reduce the waiting time of travellers passing through one of the world's busiest airports during peak immigration periods by more efficiently validating passenger identities and documentation.

Accenture will initially deliver 36 electronic border-crossing gates to be used at Schiphol airport during 2011. The Automated Border Control System will use the latest in biometric technologies, including facial recognition, to validate passenger identities and passports.

Accenture is supported on this project by subcontractors Vision-Box and Capgemini. Accenture and Vision-Box have successfully implemented similar programs across Europe to facilitate border crossings of large numbers of travellers in an easy and customer-oriented way. Accenture will work alongside Vision-Box and Capgemini to develop and implement the ABCS solution and is responsible for the on-going training, support and maintenance of the electronic border-crossing gates.

Speaking on the project, Ger Daly, managing director, Defense & Public Safety, Accenture Health & Public Service, said, "With growth in traveller numbers and increased documentation and visa complexity, border crossings around the world are now busier than ever. Accenture and our partners have extensive experience developing and introducing robust, resilient, secure and scalable electronic border-crossing systems at international airports in the United Kingdom, Finland and Portugal, and we have already overseen a successful pilot program for Schiphol."



Adobe Acquires EchoSign

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced that it has acquired EchoSign, a leading Web-based provider of electronic signatures and signature automation. EchoSign's pioneering electronic signature solution will be a key component of Adobe's document exchange services platform for reliably exchanging documents for universal access, review and approval.

EchoSign's solution, which currently supports more than three million users worldwide, will be offered as part of Adobe's online document exchange services platform. The EchoSign solution will be integrated with other Adobe document services including SendNow for managed file transfer, FormsCentral for form creation and CreatePDF for online PDF creation. By reducing the time and costs of having documents signed with traditional methods, such as fax and overnight envelopes, the EchoSign solution can enable customers to significantly accelerate sales cycles, improve tracking and centralize the management of signed agreements through a simple to use cloud service.

"By adding electronic signature capabilities to Adobe's document exchange services platform, we will be addressing the need to provide better customer experiences by significantly reducing the time, cost and complexity associated with having a document signed," said Kevin M. Lynch, vice president and general manager of Acrobat Solutions, Digital Enterprise Solutions, Adobe.




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