Former Alaska Airlines CEO appointed to AirMap board of directors

AirMap has appointed William S. Ayer, former chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Airlines, to AirMap´s board of directors, the company said.

Ayer started his career an aircraft salesman for Piper Aircraft Company in 1979. He later founded Air Olympia, a Washington state commuter airline, before joining Horizon Air in 1982. In 1995, Bill joined Alaska Air Group as vice president of marketing and planning. He was appointed chief executive officer in 2002 and became chairman in 2003. Bill retired in 2013 after more than 30 years with Alaska Air Group. He now serves on the University of Washington´s Board of Regents, Honeywell Corporation´s Board of Directors, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association´s Board of Visitors, the National Business Aviation Association´s Board of Directors, and the Museum of Flight´s Board of Trustees.

He joins AirMap cofounders Ben Marcus and Greg McNeal, as well Lux Capital Partner Bilal Zuberi and General Catalyst Partners Managing Director Hemant Taneja on AirMap´s Board of Directors.

AirMap is a provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft, commonly known as drones. Developed by experts in drone technology, aviation, and policy, AirMap delivers accurate, reliable, and trustworthy low-altitude navigational data and communication tools to the drone industry: inventors of drones & drone technology, drone operators, and airspace stakeholders.

Gogo Business Aviation expands ATG coverage in North America

Gogo Business Aviation (NASDAQ: GOGO) has expanded its coverage on the eastern seaboard of North America and in central Canada, providing approximately one hour of additional air-to-ground inflight connectivity in both locations for business aircraft, the company said.

The expanded coverage on Canada´s east coast is primarily between Halifax, Nova Scotia and Gander, Newfoundland–approximately 450 additional nautical miles of new coverage. In central Canada the expanded coverage is available in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan, and central Manitoba, providing additional connectivity for flights crossing over the polar cap region into Canada–primarily flights between Europe and Canada, and Europe and the west coast of the US.

Gogo is offers in-flight connectivity and wireless entertainment services for commercial and business fleets. Gogo connects aircraft, providing its aviation partners with a network and platform to help optimize their operations. Gogo has partnerships with 17 commercial airlines and is installed on more than 2,500 commercial aircraft.

SuperShuttle app allows customers to book on-demand transportation

SuperShuttle has launched an app allowing customers to book on-demand rides from over 80 airports in the US, UK, France, Mexico and Nethlerlands, the company said.

The company has partnered with American Airlines Aadvantage, Delta Air Lines SkyMiles, Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards and United Airlines MileagePlus to offer additional benefits and rewards when customers book SuperShuttle service in Summer 2016.

SuperShuttle International, based in Phoenix, Ariz., is a division of Transdev OnDemand, Inc. SuperShuttle serves more than eight million passengers a year. SuperShuttle also provides ExecuCar sedan service at all airports served by SuperShuttle, including some of the largest in the country: Los Angeles, New York, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

Transdev OnDemand, Inc. a division of Transdev based in Phoenix, includes SuperShuttle International, ExecuCar and zTrip nationwide.

AT&T expands access to gigabit speeds in South Carolina markets

AT&T (NYSE: T) has brought one gigabit per second Internet speeds to businesses in 17 South Carolina markets, the company said.

The company said the availability of high-speed communications capabilities delivered by fiber optics is listed as a priority for a vast number of companies seeking to expand or relocate facilities.

With internet speeds up to one Gbps businesses can download 8,000-word processing documents in one second, download a two-hour hi-def video in 36 seconds and backup one a terabyte hard drive in 2.5 hours.

The company said it is also launching nationwide U-verse business voice over IP (VoIP) AT&T business fiber.

AT&T invested more than USD800 million in our South Carolina wireless and wireline networks from 2013 through 2015. AT&T has expanded its fiber footprint coverage to reach over one million incremental business customer locations in the US, with over 13,900 of those in South Carolina. The company said it plans to launch Internet speeds up to one gbps in more markets in the near future.

AT&T Inc. offers entertainment, mobile, high-speed internet and voice services.

FLIR Systems acquires Armasight for USD41m

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) has acquired Armasight, Inc., a developer of precision sporting, hunting, and military optics products, for approximately USD41 million in cash, the company said.

Armasight enables military users to detect, recognize, and identify targets from extreme ranges at any time of day or night. The acquisition will combine FLIR´s existing lines of personal vision systems and thermal weapon sights. The company provides search and rescue, drug interdiction, navigation and transportation safety.

FLIR anticipates this transaction will be neutral to 2016 net earnings and accretive thereafter.

FLIR Systems, Inc. is company that designs, manufactures, and markets sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR´s advanced thermal imaging and threat detection systems are used for airborne and ground-based surveillance, thermography and security applications.

Verizon cloud-based telephony solution modernizes Champion Realty workforce communications

Verizon enterprise solution´s virtual communications express service, powered by BroadSoft, Inc., has provided Berkshire Hathaway affiliate Champion Realty, Inc. with a range of services to enhance productivity, communications and collaborations for its workforce, the company said.

With Virtual Communications Express, a cloud IP PBX and mobile unified communication and collaboration alternative to on-premises telephony systems, Champion Realty is able to operate more efficiently across its eight branch offices and more than 250 sales associates.

Leveraging Verizon´s service, Champion Realty is experiencing cost, operational and capabilities benefits, including access to a range of advanced communications services and minimal upfront capital investment.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) (NASDAQ: VZ), headquartered in New York City, generated nearly USD132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon provides 112.6 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over a fiber-optic network.

Industry Weapon partners with Cisco to expand digital media base

Industry Weapon has finalized a partnership agreement with Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), expanding the company´s global deployments while enhancing the Cisco customer experience, the company said.

Established as part of an ongoing effort to further develop Cisco´s digital signage portfolio, the partnership was designed to help new and existing Cisco users create and manage custom content through Industry Weapon´s CommandCenterHD software.

With this enhancement to Cisco´s digital media strategy, Industry Weapon´s content management solution gives users the ability to organize innovative, personalized multimedia content for digital signs, video walls, interactive kiosks, mobile phones and more. Ideal for the retail, education, corporate communications and health care industries, Industry Weapon´s digital signage software solutions provide Cisco´s customers with access to: custom data integrations for internal communication, 3D replication of sites for interactive wayfinding, safety alert systems that communicate in emergency situations.

CommandCenterHD is compatible with all Cisco digital media players, including the newest IEC 4650 hardware.

Industry Weapon a digital media company specializing in the advancement of digital signage.

Cisco is an IT company that helps companies connect the previously unconnected.

STAR-CCM+ v11.04 empowers engineers to make design decisions

CD-adapco has released STAR-CCM+ v11.04, an engineering simulation solution aimed at empowering engineers across industries to make design decisions through new modeling capabilities, improved simulation workflows and reductions in overall time-to-solution, the company said.

The company said the release also expands on the applications coverage in industries such as turbomachinery, marine, oil and gas, aerospace, ground transportation, and electric machines.

Siemens said STAR-CCM+ is part of the Simcenter portfolio, a comprehensive suite of simulation and test solutions for predictive engineering analytics. The purpose of Simcenter is to help companies develop digital twins that can predict real-world behavior of products and address complex engineering challenges.

CD-adapco is a global provider of multidisciplinary engineering simulation and design exploration software.

Vemba raises USD5m in series A funding

The company will build on early traction to scale video distribution options for publishers and producers, the company said.

Toronto-based Vemba has raised USD5.0 million in series A funding from Upfront Ventures and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), with participation from the Enterprise Fund at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the company said.

The funding will be used to expand the company´s rapidly growing distribution and content discovery platform. Global demand for high quality desktop and mobile video content has dramatically increased with an estimated 1.5B unique digital viewers in 2015, a number expected to grow more than 50 percent by 2018. As a result, content publishers are increasingly under pressure to effectively enhance their engagement and monetization.

Vemba will use the funding to further enhance its offering to publishers and producers, with planned product rollouts of additional social platforms, OTT technology and streaming video.

Vemba is a next generation video platform for premium publishers. The platform facilitates the distribution, discovery and monetization of video content with full control and transparency.

Upfront Ventures is a large venture capital fund in Los Angeles, CA, having invested more than USD1.0 billion since 1996 in companies such as Maker Studios, TrueCar and Overture.

Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the global media, services and education company Bertelsmann. BDMI has invested in over 50 startups since 2007 and is currently focused on the categories of online video, ad tech, SaaS, content and e-commerce.

DHL Boeing 757-200 freighter delivers black rhino to Africa

DHL has delivered a three-year-old black rhino named Eliska from its birthplace in the Czech Republic to its natural homeland in Tanzania, the company said.

Three-year-old female Eliska transported on a DHL Boeing 757-200 freighter to a natural park in Tanzania as part of an ongoing conservation project run by the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust, aimed at helping endangered animal populations to grow and prosper in their natural habitat.

Eliska´s move was overseen by an international DHL team, comprising 40 specialists in areas ranging from ground transportation and aviation to customs clearance and certification across more than five countries. The 900 kilogram female was transferred from ZOO Dvur Kralove in the Czech Republic, where she was born in 2012, to the main DHL European Hub in Leipzig, Germany. She was then loaded on to a dedicated 28-ton Boeing 757-200 freighter, specially modified for animal transport, and flown more than 6,500 kilometers directly to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania, from where she was transferred by truck to her new home. Along the way, she was accompanied and monitored by a team of support staff, including Dr. Pete Morkel, a black rhino veterinarians.

DHL has supported a number of major conservation projects in recent years, including the delivery of three black rhinos from the UK to Tanzania in 2012 and the delivery of two rare Sumatran tigers from Australia and the US to London Zoo in the same year as part of a breeding program. A 2013 project to transfer two giant pandas from China to a Belgian sanctuary resulted in the delivery of a panda cub.

DHL is a logistics company providing services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management.