TSA places USD 45m order for Smiths Detection explosives detection systems

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has ordered 26 additional CTX 9800 DSi explosives detection systems (EDS) from Smiths Detection, formerly Morpho Detection — Safran, with an option to purchase twelve additional units, for a combined maximum value of over USD 45m, the company said.

Smiths Detection will deploy all 26 CTX 9800 units to screen checked baggage at airports throughout the US Part of a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract announced in 2012, these units bring the total number of CTX EDS ordered by TSA to over 1,300 — including almost 200 CTX 9800.

Smiths Detection´s CTX 9800 utilizes leading-edge computed tomography (CT) technology to deliver high-resolution 3D images in medium- and high-speed configurations.

The CTX 9800 is certified by the US Transportation Security Administration, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), and approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) as meeting European Union Standard 3 requirements.

Smiths Detection´s CTX family of EDS is the most widely used in the world, with over 2,000 units deployed worldwide.

Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group, is a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies for military, air transportation, homeland security and emergency response markets. The company provides expertise to detect and identify constantly changing chemical, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats, as well as weapons, dangerous goods, contraband, and narcotics.

JetBlue reward members earn points for loan refinancing through SoFi

Social Finance, Inc. (SoFi) and JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) have announced a partnership that lets those with student loans simultaneously lower their payments while earning valuable airline loyalty points, the first partnership between a direct lender for student loans and an airline, the companies said.

Through the partnership, JetBlue´s TrueBlue members who refinance their student loans with SoFi will now earn 1 TrueBlue point for every USD 2 they refinance through the lender, up to 50,000 points.

With average monthly savings of USD 288, refinancing student loans with SoFi frees up extra money that members can use to pursue travel plans, save and invest for the future, or buy a home.

Younger Americans, especially the Millennial generation, are eager to travel but record student debt levels are holding them back.

Loans are originated by SoFi Lending Corp. and may not be available in all states.

Social Finance, Inc. (SoFi) is a new kind of finance company taking a radical approach to lending, wealth management, and insurance. The SoFi community works to empower its members to accomplish the goals they set and achieve financial greatness.

JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 101 cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1000 daily flights.

Travel Leaders Group survey reveals increase in satisfaction with US airport security

Findings released from a Travel Leaders Group survey indicate that Americans are growing more content with airport security, the company said.

Nearly 68% of those recently surveyed stated they are “satisfied” and only 14.9% said they are “frustrated” with airport security.

The data also revealed a significant decrease in individuals disgruntled with airport security wait times compared to one year ago, and there is a growing%age of travelers enrolling in trusted traveler programs such as TSA PreCheck and Global Entry.

The top security measure travelers wish would change is removal of shoes. Shoe removal has been the top response the past four years in a row.

This is the 9th consecutive year for the consumer travel survey.

The survey includes responses from 2,854 consumers throughout the United States. American consumers were engaged through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as through direct contact as travel clients for following Travel Leaders Group companies.

With approximately USD 21bn in annual sales, Travel Leaders Group is one the largest travel agency companies in North America, comprised of approximately 30% of all travel agencies in North America that are wholly-owned, franchised, or member agencies.

Priority Pass commemorates 25th anniversary with membership discounts

Independent lounge membership program Priority Pass is celebrating its 25th anniversary by offering a discount of up to 25% on memberships, for new members for a limited time, Collinson Group said.

In addition to providing access to more than 1,000 airport lounges worldwide, Priority Pass continues to improve its offering. In recent years, Priority Pass has launched a Digital Membership Card and dedicated app, and free Wi-Fi is now standard in lounges.

Research conducted by Priority Pass reveals that 53% of passengers view the airport as an enjoyable part of their journey, and would like to see a wider range of facilities at airports, including good choice of food and drink (48%), access to airport lounge (40%), and airport rewards and discounts (40%).

To meet travelers´ needs, Priority Pass has recently expanded its offering to include dining options at restaurants in London and Sydney airports, and can also enjoy options such as sleep pods at Dubai International and relaxation suites in Atlanta, Dallas Fort-Worth and Philadelphia airports, plus pre-flight spa treatments at Heathrow.

Collinson Group provides insight and expertise around affluent consumers and frequent travellers, creating and delivering products and services that increase engagement, loyalty, and value for customers. The company has 25 global locations, servicing over 800 clients in 170 countries, employing 2,000 staff, and managing over 20 million end customers.

Amobee names VP, Southeast Asia

Amobee, a global leader in marketing technology, has named Patricia Goh as Vice President, Southeast Asia, to spearhead growth in its digital advertising solutions business.

Goh will be responsible for Amobee´s Southeast Asia operations and delivering new digital marketing solutions to brands and advertising agencies. She will report to Amobee´s Senior Vice President of Asia, Robert Woolfrey.

Goh joins Amobee from Starcom Singapore, where she was Managing Director. In that role, Goh was responsible for overall management, talent development, strategy and growth. Her expertise across industries was a cornerstone of her quick ascension within Starcom Worldwide.

Amobee also announced the appointment of Sam Yadallee to the position of VP Commercial, Asia. Yadallee, who has moved to Singapore from London, worked as Amobee´s VP of Commercial Partnerships in Europe, and was formerly Head of Digital Investment for media agency Maxus in the U.K.

Amobee is a global marketing technology company serving the world´s brands and agencies. Amobee´s patented Brand Intelligence technology measures digital engagement to provide a deeper understanding of audiences, their mindset and interests. Amobee´s unified platform enables marketers to seamlessly plan and activate cross channel, programmatic media campaigns using Brand Intelligence, and includes ads API integrations with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat. Amobee is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singtel, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, which reaches 640 million mobile subscribers. Amobee operates across North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.

GA-ASI Predator B variant stays aloft for over 48 hours, sets company record

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has announced that its new MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system, a “Certifiable” (STANAG 4671) version of its Predator B product line, has set a company record with the longest endurance flight of any Predator-series aircraft, the company said.

Configured in an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) “clean wing” mode, the company-owned MQ-9B aircraft took off from Laguna Airfield at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, with 6,065 pounds of internal fuel. The aircraft flew between 25,000 and 35,000 feet for the duration of the mission and landed 48.2 hours later with 280 pounds of reserve fuel.

The company´s previous endurance record was held by Predator XP, which flew 46.1 hours in February 2015.

GA-ASI is currently building three company-owned aircraft and plans to deliver the first production aircraft next year. All three variants are designed to fly in excess of 35 hours with airspeeds up to 210 knots and reach altitudes of more than 40,000 feet.

GA-ASI, an affiliate of General Atomics, is a designer and manufacturer of RPA systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems. The company provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas.

ADTRAN releases RFoG with mitigation technology

ADTRAN, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADTN), a provider of next-generation open networking solutions, has released its Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) solution with Optical Beat Interference (OBI) mitigation technology, the company said.

This RFoG solution accelerates an MSO´s FTTH initiatives by supporting the reuse of existing CATV assets within both the headend and home. This extends the return on investment cycle while smoothing the transition from hybrid fiber coax and CATV-based triple play to Gigabit FTTH and IPTV-ready deployment models. As RFoG deployments increase in density, the likelihood of OBI occurring greatly increases.

OBI is caused by simultaneous upstream optical transmissions by multiple cable modems to impaired reception at all upstream frequencies impacting key applications like voice, live video and social media.

ADTRAN offers an extensive set of rapidly deployable RFoG solutions that feature an OBI mitigation MicroNode that uniquely does not require new centralized cabinet construction, which can often be delayed by right of way and power sourcing issues. This scalable ADTRAN RFoG OBI solution provides a distributed approach to OBI mitigation that smooths the transition to FTTH networks and IPTV-based triple play services.

ADTRAN, Inc. is a global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN´s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide.

NEC/Netcracker partners with Infinera, Juniper Networks

NEC Corporation and Netcracker Technology, in partnership with Infinera and Juniper Networks, have released a new Transport SDN solution designed to transform how networks are managed and controlled, the companies said.

Combining Infinera´s strength in building its Intelligent Transport Networks, Juniper´s industry-leading capabilities in IP/MPLS, physical/virtual network functionality and domain orchestration, and NEC/Netcracker´s multilayer control and service orchestration expertise, including NEC´s advanced network transport products, the partnership enables a compelling new Transport SDN solution.

This new solution provides full visibility across all IP, optical and microwave domains, including SDN and traditional network environments, optimizes network utilization and automates service provisioning and path restoration.

This solution benefits service providers by enabling network transformations that intelligently adapt to the dynamic requirements of end users with the ability to carve out network slices for specific services end-to-end. This makes it possible to accommodate changing traffic patterns and on-demand customer requests, deliver an improved customer experience and produce significant cost savings by optimizing capacity usage.

Additionally, the solution empowers service providers to automate their network service infrastructure, enabling them to focus their resources on expanding revenue opportunities while optimizing their service costs at any given time.

NEC Corporation provides integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company´s experience and global resources, NEC´s advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society.

Netcracker Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, is a forward-looking software company, offering mission-critical solutions to service providers around the globe. Our comprehensive portfolio of software solutions and professional services enables large-scale digital transformations, unlocking the opportunities of the cloud, virtualization and the changing mobile ecosystem. With an unbroken service delivery track record of more than 20 years, our unique combination of technology, people and expertise helps companies transform their networks and enable better experiences for their customers.

TDS wins contract to supply filters, diplexers for space payloads

Teledyne Defence & Space (TDS), a business unit of Teledyne Microwave Solutions, has been selected to manufacture over 5,000 filters and diplexers for a large satellite program, the company said.

This new contract award underscores the commitment TDS is bringing to space market expansion beyond its historical focus on defence markets.

Under terms of the award, TDS will provide filters and diplexers for space payloads.

TDS designs and develops microwave/RF components and subsystems, including channelisers/converters, filters, diplexers, digital electronic sensors and arrays, and other advanced technologies for electronic warfare and other space, military, and commercial applications.

Teledyne Microwave Solutions (TMS) delivers advanced microwave technologies for aerospace, military, commercial, and industrial applications. The company leverages its R&D capabilities to research, design, develop, and manufacture products from RF through 220 GHz.

TMS is a business unit of Teledyne Technologies, Inc., a provider of instrumentation, digital imaging products and software, aerospace and defense electronics, and engineered systems.

NewVoiceMedia's ContactWorld gets Top 10 Technology Awards prize

NewVoiceMedia, a global provider of cloud contact center and inside sales technology, has won the 2017 Call Centre Helper Top 10 Contact Centre Technology Awards for its ContactWorld solution, the company said.

The awards were founded to recognize the best products on the market and help contact center managers make informed decisions about the technologies they invest in. NewVoiceMedia´s ContactWorld solution received the most votes from readers of Call Centre Helper, making the results impartial and providing an accurate picture of the best technology available.

ContactWorld is a multi-tenant intelligent communications platform that enables sales and service reps to have more successful conversations with their customers. Core contact center functionality such as omni-channel contact routing, self-service IVR, automated outbound dialing, screen pops and instantaneous CRM updates are provided with proven 99.999% platform availability. NewVoiceMedia now serves more than 650 customers worldwide, including MobileIron, Lumesse, Vax, JustGiving and Canadian Cancer Society.

NewVoiceMedia´s cloud contact center and inside sales platform delivers more successful conversations.

The vendor´s award-winning customer contact platform helps organizations worldwide build a more personal relationship with every customer or prospect. It joins up all communications channels without expensive, disruptive hardware changes and plugs straight into your CRM for full access to hard-won data. With a true cloud environment and proven 99.999% platform availability, NewVoiceMedia ensures complete flexibility, scalability and reliability.