Breaker raises funds to enable mobile video network launch in Japan

Breaker Inc. said it has finalised seed round financing of USD2m to jumpstart its goal to become a significant force in video content for mobile in Japan.

Tokyo-based strategic consulting and business development firm Dream Incubator Inc. was the lead investor in the round, and was joined by Siemer Ventures and others.

Breaker Inc. is the first next-generation network for the production and delivery of innovative video entertainment for mobile to originate in Japan. The company produces and distributes cutting-edge content with a focus on entertainment, music, and fashion. Cofounder and CEO Alan Swarts is an award-winning executive producer and 17-year veteran of Viacom and MTV in Japan, while Cofounder and Chief Innovator Ken Sekine (Megwin) is an iconic digital media entertainer who has been producing comedy videos since 2005. For more information visit: www.brkr.jp.

Dream Incubator is a strategic consulting and business development firm primarily for Japanese corporate clients and governmental institutions. DI provides both capital and professional services to next-generation companies to support their growth and expansion, while also operating their own businesses as well. Established in 2002, DI was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange 1st section in 2005 and is currently expanding from Tokyo to Vietnam, Shanghai, and Singapore. For more information visit: www.dreamincubator.co.jp/en.

Cyberport picks Juniper Networks Contrail for community cloud

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) said that Cyberport will deploy Juniper Networks Contrail as the virtual network solution for its Cyberport Community Cloud.

The new offering from Cyberport is designed to give information and communications technology start-ups hands-on experience with a state-of-the-art cloud environment and serve as a gateway to public cloud services.

To grow top line revenue and control cost, Cyberport was looking to migrate from traditional data centre architecture to a more flexible and agile cloud infrastructure. They have been testing and piloting a cloud computing environment, based on the OpenStack cloud orchestration system for its community start-up companies since 2010 and was one of Juniper´s global customers to be involved in Juniper Networks Contrail solution trials.

Over 30 cloud-based applications developed by the start-up community have been tested on Cyberport´s pilot cloud platform as part of a highly-successful Contrail proof-of-concept trial.

With Contrail, Cyberport said it will be able to create new services and monetisation opportunities through increased automation and higher utilization of existing infrastructure without adding headcount to the team.

Juniper Networks delivers innovation across routing, switching and security. From the network core down to consumer devices, Juniper Networks´ innovations in software, silicon and systems transform the experience and economics of networking. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.

Cheapflights.com predicts 2014 travel predilections

30 December 2013

The travel experts at Cheapflights.com predict that travelers in 2014 will have something to gain from the competition waged among the new “super airlines,” as they book their flights to warmer weather and anniversary sites worldwide.

For travelers in the US, one of the biggest stories of the past year is the rise of the super airline. With the merger of American Airlines and US Airways (NYSE: LCC) , United Airlines´ rule as the largest airline ended less than a year into its new life.

Last March, Continental Airlines was fully integrated into United. It will take American and US Airways time to combine their resources as well, but consumers can expect changes to start happening early in the New Year.

With United, Delta (NYSE: DAL) and the new American all truly super sized, these large airlines are going to be very busy competing with one another with a lot of focus on international travel and amenities like lay flat beds in first class, even on domestic flights. For the price-conscious traveler, there may be less to love on those major airlines as nickel and diming for basics, like a few more inches of leg room, becomes even more prevalent.

However, this battle among the power airlines will likely leave room for newer and smaller players competing on base price to emerge, for established “budget” airlines like Southwest (NYSE: LUV) and JetBlue (NYSE: JBLU) to gain even more ground and for regional airlines like Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines to expand the number of markets they serve.

For 2014, Cheapflights sees signs US travelers will continue to chase warm weather and sunshine, with deals possible for destinations like the Caribbean and Brazil topping the list.

The 100th anniversary of the start of World War I is this 2014, so history buffs and family members may decide to visit the battlefields to reconnect with and remember loved ones who sacrificed across Europe in the “war to end all wars.”

Flyers want to beat the crowds to any great vacation place. Cheapflights recommends instead of Costa Rica, try Nicaragua. Skip Malta and head for Albania. Swap Bulgaria for Estonia. Opt for Laos over Vietnam.

Cheapflights.com is a part of the Momondo Group, an online travel media and technology company focused on travel searches via its Cheapflights (www.cheapflights.com) and momondo (www.momondo.com) brands. Follow Cheapflights on Twitter: twitter.com/cheapflights and Facebook: www.facebook.com/cheapflights.

Qylur sets sights on rollout of automated, self-service, security-screening kiosks

30 December 2013

Homeland security technology company Qylur Security Systems said it is ready for additional deployments of its automated, self-service, security screening kiosks for sporting venues, monuments, airports, and public transportation hubs, with the initial Qylatron Entry Experience Solution kiosks set to roll out toward the end of the first quarter, 2014.

The company said it achieved major milestones in 2013, including completion of multiple successful pilot programs, government certification of the technology, and announcement of general availability.

“We are receiving international interest from potential customers, including public venues and airports, as we move into the commercial deployment phase of the Qylatron Entry Experience Solution,” said Lisa Dolev, CEO and founder of Qylur.

Qylur Security Systems is a user experience-driven, homeland security technology company. For more information, visit www.qylur.com.

Best smart grid deployment dependent on distribution automation, advanced metering infrastructure: Navigant Research

According to a recent report from Navigant Research, the integration of distribution automation systems and applications with previously deployed or planned advanced metering infrastructure systems will be key to successful utility smart grid deployments in the coming years.

“The integration of advanced metering infrastructure and distribution automation will help utilities wring further financial benefits out of past investments and strengthen their AMI business cases before regulators,” says Richelle Elberg, senior research analyst with Navigant Research.

For a variety of reasons, however, the integration of AMI and DA systems presents a number of challenges to utilities. Potential obstacles, according to the report, can be found in AMI communications networks that are insufficiently robust, and in organizational silos where customer-facing (AMI) and network operations (DA) departments have not historically been required to collaborate. In addition, the sheer volume of raw data these new systems will deliver means that new information technology and analytics solutions will become increasingly critical to program success.

Navigant Research, the dedicated research arm of Navigant, provides market research and benchmarking services for rapidly changing and often highly regulated industries. The company´s website is at www.navigantresearch.com.

Navigant is a specialized, global expert services firm dedicated to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the face of critical business risks and opportunities. More information about Navigant can be found at www.navigant.com.

SkyWest announces USD0.04 dividend

30 December 2013

The board of directors of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) has declared a quarterly dividend of USD0.04 per share to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 6, 2014 on all shares then issued and outstanding.

The 74th consecutive dividend will be paid on January 7, 2014.

SkyWest is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company, and is headquartered in St. George, Utah. System-wide, SkyWest serves markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with approximately 3,800 daily departures and a fleet of approximately 757 regional aircraft. The company´s website is at www.skywest.com.

Patton releases new management system for SmartNode VoIP

Patton, together with Inalp Networks AG, has announced new Patton Element Management System for SmartNode VoIP Media Gateways and other VoIP customer premise equipment (CPE).

Patton has partnered with the well-known German network-management software developer Axiros to bring the EMS solution to market.

Patton´s EMS solution provides touch-less configuration and turn-up for SmartNode and third-party VoIP CPE, employing Automatic Configuration Server (ACS) functionality as specified by the carrier standard TR069.

Find out more at patton.com.

Canon USA print plugin app available for Kindle Fire devices

Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ) division Canon USA., Inc., has announced the availability of a print plugin app for Amazon´s (NASDAQ: AMZN) all new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX.

Users can now easily integrate the new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets into their daily printing activities with the ability to wirelessly print documents, photos, emails and calendar events from their device, allowing for convenient printing in the home or office.

The Canon Print Plugin app is compatible with select imageCLASS laser printers and multifunction printers, imageRUNNER and imageRUNNER ADVANCE devices and select PIXMA inkjet printers. The Canon Print Plugin app is available for download in the Amazon Appstore.

Canon USA is a provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. The company´s website is at www.usa.canon.com/ and on Twitter @CanonUSA.

Elbit Systems to supply additional battle management systems to Australian Defence Forces

24 December 2013

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) said that the Australian Department of Defence has exercised options for additional quantities under an extant contract via a contract change, and also engaged Elbit Systems to conduct a risk reduction activity via a survey and quote under the terms of an extant contract.

The total value of both activities is approximately USD229m. The contract will be performed over a three-year period.

Elbit Systems is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. The company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems and radios. For additional information, visit: www.elbitsystems.com

Northrop Grumman increases inventory management support for Japan E-2C Hawkeye Program

24 December 2013

Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) said it has entered into an exclusive, five-year agreement with AAR Corp. of Illinois and Sumitomo Corp. of Japan, expanding industrial support for the Japan E-2C Hawkeye program by establishing a “just-in-time” inventory management process.

“Japan is our largest international Hawkeye operator,” said Bart LaGrone, vice president, E-2/C-2 programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

Japan initially acquired E-2C aircraft to provide “over the horizon” early warning against low flying aircraft. The mission has evolved over time to include long-range sea and air surveillance. The E-2 Hawkeye provides continuous and simultaneous 360-degree surface and air surveillance, at maximum range.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.