By David Sims
The news as of the first coffee this morning, and the music is John Coltrane’s Love Supreme:
That’s one of the advantages of being self-employed, you do really well in the office March Madness bracket pool every year. This year at First CoffeeSM I have Duke, Connecticut, Villanova, Memphis, Texas, UCLA, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida, North Carolina, Iowa and Gonzaga, LSU, Kansas, Illinois and Boston College.
Cleaning up the leftover news from last week, China looks like they’re betting big on RFID. According to tech research firm In-Stat, the government has bought over 100 million tags, shipped in 2005, and has arranged for more than 2.9 billion tags to be shipped by 2009.
First CoffeeSM imagines there will not be the lively airing of privacy concerns in China that there is in the United States.
From 2005 through 2009, a major RFID application will be for human ID through China’s second-generation Resident ID Card program, the high-tech market research firm says.
Tag prices are still relatively expensive, ranging from a low of around 15 cents to a high of over $200.
With a population of over 1.3 billion, the issuance of RFID-tag-inlaid Resident
ID cards by the Ministry of Public Security (read: police force) is one of the
biggest RFID projects in the world. More than one billion ID cards will be
issued before the end of 2008.
A recent report by In-Stat found that beginning in 2008, RFID tags used for items will exceed those used for resident ID cards, making the retail industry the biggest consumer of tags.
Google Inc. has purchased Upstartle LLC in an effort to challenge Microsoft, according to The Wall Street Journal. Upstartle developed word processor Writely.com, “which functions as other processors but can be accessed online and run without requiring other software,” the Journal says:
“The purchase follows Google chief executive Eric Schmidt’s unintentional announcement that the company aims to dominate the market for desktop computers.”
Business Objects, a vendor of business intelligence products, has announced that The College of New Jersey has selected BusinessObjects XI as its BI standard.
The College of New Jersey is currently implementing a Student Administration System that will include all student data related to admission, student records, academic advising, student accounts, and financial aid.
BusinessObjects XI, a BI platform, will be integrated with the college’s PeopleSoft Student Administration System and will provide academic and administrative staff an easy way to access and analyze student information. The college also selected BusinessObjects Data Integrator XI, an enterprise data integration product, to improve data integrity and enable better decision-making across the organization.
Sierra Wireless and Teles Communication Systems today announced that Teles has selected the Sierra Wireless MC8755 Mini Card embedded module to provide 3G wireless connectivity for its TELES.iGATE fixed- to-mobile wireless gateway system.
Teles Communication Systems is showcasing its iGATE system, designed to reduce interconnection costs for carriers and corporate customers with heavy wireless traffic, somewhere in Germany.
Frank Paetsch, Teles Head of Research and Development said “we
are confident that the integration of the MC8755 module into the iGATE system
provides our customers with the best available wide area wireless connection.”
“As the functionality and data rates offered by 3G networks continue to improve with the adoption of HSDPA technology, new opportunities open for wireless data applications,” said Jim Lahey, Vice President, EMEA for Sierra Wireless.
Lead IP Systems, a developer and supplier of full turn-key IP-Telephony & data security access systems, has introduced Lead TelcoSuite1500 – a high-capacity SIP SoftSwitch which is “the latest member of the LEAD Access System for Telephony carriers, ISPs and telecom operators,” company officials say.
The TelcoSuite1500 SoftSwitch expands the switching capabilities of the Lead access system and leverage it, including a long list of additional value-added services, to handle carrier class networks with hundreds of thousands of subscribers. Having a capacity of 1.5 million busy-hour-call- attempts per switching server, the cascadeable product is suitable for over 300,000 subscribers.LEAD’s TelcoSuite400, aimed at small to medium ISPs and telecom operators, can handle 400,000 BHCA which reflects about 80,000 subscribers per switch.
...Z Group, which bills itself as a “marketing-led technology services company,” announces the release of Onspeed Mobile for virtually all mobile phones.
Onspeed Mobile compresses web pages up to 80 percent, using
its CSC compression
technology, which is based on Onspeed’s 9-patented acceleration technology
providing what company officials describe as “a dramatic improvement in access speeds,” which resizes web pages to fit the size of all mobile screens by applying its Mobile Screen Reformatting technology.
Z Groups officials claim that Onspeed Mobile increases Internet connection speeds by five times. The software is priced at GBP19.99, after a 14-day free trial.
Z Group is the first company to offer acceleration software which can be used
with all Java-enabled mobile phones, being compatible with any tariff and
mobile network. Installing Onspeed Mobile is like downloading a new ring tone
or game, as the company says the software has been designed to be simple to use
and quick to navigate.
Onspeed Mobile works by using compression to reduce the amount of data received and can be used with any mobile Internet connection, including GSM, UMTS, GPRS and 3G. Where users are billed per MB download, Onspeed Mobile will have the added benefit of reducing the user’s mobile data bill by up to 75 percent, company officials claim:
“As text and images have previously been almost illegible and
very difficult to use, Onspeed Mobile delivers the full Internet on your mobile
phone and makes web pages easy to read and viewable.”
Jamie True, Joint CEO of Z Group, said he believes that the majority of mobile phone users have so far refrained from using their Internet functionality due to prohibitive cost and slow connection speeds.
The software is compatible with most mobile phones and devices. To view a complete list, visit: http://www.onspeedmobile.com/devices/. Onspeed Mobile is available immediately from www.onspeedmobile.com as a 50-100KB download.
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