PointClickCare, Align to launch employee engagement/customer experience modules

PointClickCare has partnered with Align on an offering for senior care providers to manage employee engagement, improve resident outcomes and achieve a stronger bottom line, the company said.

PointClickCare Employee Engagement and PointClickCare Customer Experience will enable care providers to prioritize their efforts and establish a road map for staff success.

To address the critical priorities facing senior-care providers across the continuum, Align has assembled some of the profession´s most innovative and forward-thinking leaders, researchers and practitioners with one goal in mind — to bring providers the solutions they need to turn the challenges they face now into the opportunities that drive success in the future.

PointClickCare Technologies Inc. is advancing senior care by enabling long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) providers to achieve the business results that matter — enriching quality of life for their residents, improving financial and operational health, and mitigating risk.

Embraer SA reports USD1.5m in Q3 2016 revenues

Embraer SA (NYSE: ERJ) has reported third quarter 2016 revenues of USD1,514,300 million, an increase of 17.9 percent on a year-over-year basis, the company said.

The company reported the consolidated gross margin in the third quarter was 18.8 percent, an increase from the 17.5 percent registered in the third quarter 2015.

In the third quarter 2016, the company said it booked in other operating income (expense), net an additional USD5.5 million loss contingency related to finalization of negotiations related to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and a USD 118.1 million provision related to costs for the first round of voluntary dismissal;

Adjusted EBIT and adjusted EBIT margin in the third quarter were USD94.7 million and 6.3 percent, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin in the quarter, excluding these impacts, were USD187.3 million and 12.4 percent, respectively.

Net loss attributable to Embraer shareholders and loss per basic ADS totaled USD(33.7) million and USD(0.1848), respectively.

During 3Q16, Embraer said it delivered 29 commercial jets and 25 executive jets (13 light and 12 large).

Ciena introduces self-driving network with WaveLogic Ai

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) has unveiled WaveLogic Ai, a programmable coherent modem that delivers maximum network performance at minimum cost, the company said.

With its combination of scale, automation and intelligence, WaveLogic Ai is a foundational enabling technology for a self-driving network that is critical in the era of IoT, machine learning and disruptive on-demand services.

WaveLogic Ai, in metro and DCI applications, drives 400G single carrier transmission with disruptive power and density metrics. In regional and long-haul networks, WaveLogic Ai establishes 200G and 300G as the new reference line rates for backbone transmission, doubling capacity and dramatically lowering cost per bit. And, in submarine networks, it provides maximum capacity with ultimate reach at distances up to 14,000 kilometers.

Ciena is a network strategy and technology company. It translates best-in-class technology into value through a high-touch, consultative business model — with a relentless drive to create exceptional experiences measured by outcomes.

Hearst to acquire CAMP Systems Aviation SaaS

Hearst has agreed to acquire CAMP Systems International Inc. from private equity firm GTCR, the company said.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2016, subject to regulatory approvals. UBS served as lead financial advisor to CAMP and GTCR with Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank also serving as financial advisors.

CAMP is a provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for managing and tracking the maintenance of jets, turbo prop aircraft and helicopters used in business aviation, as well as enterprise information systems used to manage service centers. CAMP serves more than 19,000 aircraft, 30,000 engines and 1,300 maintenance facilities globally. Headquartered in Merrimack, New Hampshire, CAMP has 12 offices around the world.

Hearst is a diversified media, information and services company with more than 360 businesses. Its major interests include ownership in cable television networks, medical information and services businesses, newspapers, magazines and investments in emerging digital and video companies.

Hearst Business Media is a global technology provider of information, insights, analytics, and workflow solutions to meet worldwide needs in the finance, healthcare and transportation markets.

Harris gets USD700m communications network services contract from Florida

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has entered into a USD700 million contract with the State of Florida to provide a state-wide communications network that will connect public safety, law enforcement, public schools and other state and local government agencies, the company said.

The contract has a seven-year base and seven one-year options.

MyFloridaNet-2 (MFN-2) will link more than 4,000 sites and provide approximately 4,700 connections via a secure state-wide communications infrastructure using the Harris Trusted Enterprise Network, a dedicated, private core backbone managed and operated by Harris from its primary network operations center in Melbourne, Florida.

The Harris network is a secure, highly available/highly reliable infrastructure supporting voice, data and video connectivity for the state´s government agencies, including county and city municipalities. It will also support other telecommunications services including Internet access, email, and web hosting for K-12 public schools and libraries.

Harris Corporation is a technology innovator, solving customers´ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. It supports customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately USD7.5 billion in annual revenue and 21,000 employees worldwide.

NCI names new CEO

Information technology provider NCI, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCIT) board of directors has appointed Paul A. Dillahay as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately, the company said.

Dillahay replaces Brian J. Clark, who resigned as president and chief executive officer and a director of NCI, to pursue other opportunities.

NCI provides enterprise solutions and services to US defense, intelligence, health and civilian government agencies. The company has the expertise and proven track record to solve its customers´ most important and complex mission challenges through technology and innovation.

Businesses urged to get ready for 12-sided pound coin

The UK Government and Royal Mint have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the new one-pound coin amongst retailers and other major businesses.

On Monday a new website was launched at http://www.thenewpoundcoin.com, providing businesses with information and materials to help them prepare for the new coin, which comes into circulation in March 2017.

The 12-sided, bimetallic coin will replace the existing pound coin which has been in circulation for 30 years. The old coins will be taken out of circulation during a six-month transition period.

David Gauke, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said in a statement:

“The pound as we know it will not be round for much longer. The introduction of this new £1 coin will be a highly significant event and we are working with the Royal Mint to ensure key industries are ready and to ensure a smooth transition.

“The new £1 coin will be the most secure of its kind in the world and its cutting-edge features will present a significant barrier to counterfeiters, reducing the cost to businesses and the taxpayer.”

The current pound coin is being replaced because of its vulnerability to sophisticated counterfeiters. It’s thought that around 45 million counterfeit pound coins – approximately one in 30 – are in circulation across the UK.

Security features of the new coin include a hologram-like image that changes from a ‘£’ symbol to the number ‘1’ when the coin is seen from different angles. It also has micro-lettering and milled edges.

An additional, hidden security feature is also built into the coin to protect it from counterfeiting, but details have not been revealed.

The Government is advising all cash handling businesses to take the following steps before March 2017:

Check whether they operate equipment that handles pound coins.

Contact their equipment supplier to find out if they need to make any adaptations or upgrades.

Make the necessary changes to their coin handling equipment.

Train their staff on the features of the new pound coin.

Make arrangements with their bank or cash in transit provider to return the current pound coin and new pound coin in separate packaging.