TravelSky migrates to Unisys AirCore

TravelSky has gone to Unisys Corporation´s (NYSE: UIS) AirCore next-generation passenger system to streamline and modernize passenger sales and service (PSS) applications for its airline clients, the company said.

TravelSky provides information technology solutions for China´s air travel and tourism industry and provides reservations, inventory and departure control systems used by China´s air carriers. The migration of its inventory and schedule management systems marks the completion of key components in the modernization of TravelSky´s next generation PSS.

Unisys provided end-to-end solutions and services for this program including requirements analysis, design, development, testing and implementation across several applications, including schedule management and inventory control.

AirCore is a comprehensive passenger services solution suite that covers both reservations and departure control for air carriers with modular web-based applications.

AirFuel Alliance adds Dell to board

The AirFuel Alliance has added 13 new companies to its ranks, including new board member Dell, Inc., making the alliance more than 170 members strong, the company said.

AirFuel Alliance members represent parts of the wireless charging value chain — from semiconductors and components to automotive and consumer electronics — and are using inductive, resonant and future technologies to create innovative products and breakdown wireless power transfer barriers.

The Alliance is a global consortium of industry leaders focused on enabling and accelerating the adoption of wireless power technology.

AT&T, IBEW reach tentative agreements covering employees in 14 states

AT&T has reached two tentative agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in negotiations covering former IBEW-represented DIRECTV employees, the company said.

One agreement covers more than 1,600 employees in the company´s field services group, located in 14 states. The other covers about 1,300 employees working in call centers in Boise, Idaho and Missoula, Mont. The former DIRECTV employees joined AT&T as part of AT&T´s July 2015 acquisition of DIRECTV.

The agreements focus on wages, health care, pension and work rules, and will be submitted to the union´s membership in the coming days.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) provides entertainment, mobile, high-speed Internet and voice services, and is a provider of pay TV in the US and 11 Latin American countries.

BLADE launches short distance aviation flight from Boston

BLADE has launched air service between Nantucket, Boston and Hyannis adding to its pre-existing routes servicing the Cape between Nantucket, Manhattan, and Westchester, the company said.

BLADE said it partnered with Uber Boston to kick off this new route to offer joint flights under the moniker UberAIR powered by BLADE.

Over the past year, BLADE has increased its serviced routes from three Hamptons destinations to 22 destinations in five states. Additionally, BLADE has increased the number of strategic aircraft operator relationships it has from one to twelve. This has grown BLADE´s accessible fleet to over 60 aircraft including single engine, twin-engine and cabin class helicopters, land planes and seaplanes, as well as heavy jets used for seasonal BLADEone jet service between Manhattan and Miami.

BLADE was co-founded in 2014 by CEO Rob Wiesenthal and Steve Martocci, founder of group messaging platform GroupMe.

Hughes Satellite offers USD1bn in debt offerings

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) subsidiary Hughes Satellite Systems Corporation has offered up to USD1.0 billion in aggregate principal amount of senior secured and unsecured debt securities, the company said.

The company said the the net proceeds of the offering are intended to be used for capital expenditures, working capital and other general corporate purposes.

EchoStar Corporation is a global provider of satellite and video delivery solutions, offering communications technologies through its EchoStar Satellite Services, EchoStar Technologies and Hughes Network Systems business segments.

Astronics awarded contract for F-16 lighting system

Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO) has been awarded a contract to provide night vision compatible lighting systems for an undisclosed country´s fleet of F-16 aircraft, the company said.

The company said the contract award covers both design and development as well as product production. The contract is being administered through the US government´s foreign military sales program and is expected to be completed over the next 24 months. Its value exceeds USD5.0 million, with over 90 percent of the contract´s revenue anticipated in 2017 and 2018.

The lighting system will enable the aircraft to be piloted using night vision goggles. It includes exterior and cockpit lighting as well as related products required to modify the aircraft wiring and control systems.

Astronics Corporation is a supplier of technological solutions to the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries with products that include power generation, distribution, avionics products and aircraft structures.

InfoReliance receives AWS skill program member designation

InfoReliance has achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US) skill program designation, the company said.

With this designation, AWS recognizes InfoReliance as an AWS partner network (APN) consulting partner that has proven experience and expertise in architecting, operating and managing workloads in AWS GovCloud (US). InfoReliance has leveraged AWS GovCloud (US), with its restricted access criteria, advanced security, and compliance measures, to host sensitive data and regulated workloads.

US government compliance regulations include International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

InfoReliance Corporation is a privately held business that delivers technology solutions across the public sector and commercial industries, offering development of cloud computing, software and cyber security solutions.

NASA selects student for summer internship

NASA has selected Holberton School first-year student Sravanthi Sinha to intern at the NASA Frontier development lab, joining students from such universities as UC Berkeley and Cambridge, the company said.

A six-week long research accelerator, championed by NASA´s office of the chief technologist and hosted at the SETI Institute, engages young researchers from around the world to take on an existential threat to our species.

The NASA Frontier development lab (FDL) is bringing together a team of postgraduate researchers in data analytics and planetary science and challenging them to think outside the box on the threat of asteroid impacts. The initiative is under the aegis of experts from the space agency and the SETI Institute, with deep-learning expertise contributed by NVIDIA and Autodesk.

Holberton School is a project-based alternative to college for the next generation of software engineers.

Smartmedical's vocal emotion recognition technology improves telemarketing conversion rate

Smartmedical Corp. has collaborated with TMJ to conduct research that confirms Smartmedical´s smart call center system, equips vocal emotion recognition technology Empath and has improved the conversion rate for outbound telemarketing, the company said.

The company said the system can visualize and analyze both clients´ and TSRs´ (telephone service representatives) emotions in real-time. Multiple call center companies have already adopted the system that can detect a TSR´s motivation, which can be evaluated to improve service quality.

Smartmedical and TMJ have agreed to continue their collaborative research.

Smartmedical Corp., comprised of PCC and ICT self-care divisions, develops and licenses Empath, vocal emotion recognition technology utilized in multiple service sectors such as robotics, call centers and VR.

TMJ designs and operates call centers that include research and analytics, temporary help service and human resource development services.

AlwaysOn to provide free access to Wi-Fi hotspots

iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) has reported South African Wi-Fi will use iPass SmartConnect software development kit (SDK) to offer customers free access to 44 million Wi-Fi hotspots located in airports, airplanes, hotels and other public areas, the company said.

AlwaysOn is a subsidiary of Dimension Data and owns more than 2,500 hotspots across South Africa, which are already part of the iPass network. Using the iPass SDK, AlwaysOn is building a new branded application that will provide its customers with secure global Wi-Fi access.

iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) is a cloud-based provider of global mobile connectivity, offering Wi-Fi access mobile devices.

AlwaysOn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Internet Solutions (IS), a pan-African service provider.