Arizona State University and the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency to Address National Security Risks of Climate Change


Tempe, Arizona (PRWEB) June 18, 2014

Arizona State University (ASU) was selected for a competitive five-year award of $ 20 million by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to launch a research partnership, effective June 1, 2014, to explore approaches for anticipating and mitigating national security risks associated with climate change.

Known as the Foresight Initiative, the cooperative agreement venture will explore how the effects of climate change on resources, such as water, food, and energy, could contribute to political unrest and instability and gain insights to sustainability and resilience strategies for mitigating the effects.

This initiative will play a key role in collaborative research efforts to accelerate the evolution of Activity-Based Intelligence addressing system level activities, dynamics, and interdependent network effects in the context of global climate risks to water security. This multi-year research partnership leverages ASU expertise and thought leadership in visual analytics, complex modeling, and transdisciplinary decision making evolving from years of internal and external investments at ASU.

NGAs investment and partnership with ASU is a game-changing relationship, said Michael Crow, ASU president. This innovative research initiative will develop solutions and be a catalyst for the critical and creative thinking needed to address the complex challenges that come with climate change.

Leveraging computing and system modeling initiatives at ASU and partner organizations, the Foresight Initiative will apply ubiquitous cloud computing and storage technologies, advances in natural user interfaces, and machine learning to address unique geospatial data handling and visual analytic challenges driven by the volume and character of future persistent data flows. The resulting capabilities will allow analysts and decision makers to dynamically interact with diverse data sets in a real-time modeling and simulation environment. This will help them assess the effectiveness of plans, policies, and decisions; discover second- and third-order causal relationships; and understand spatial and temporal patterns that reveal non-obvious underlying interconnections and dependencies.

I am very proud to announce our partnership with ASU, a world class research university, said NGA Director, Letitia Long. Our partnership is a prime example of the intelligence community working smartly with academia to address strategic global issues and to create capabilities that benefit everyone.

Key areas at ASU that will be integral to this work include the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Public Programs, Decision Theater Network, and Decision Center for a Desert City.

For example, ASUs Decision Theater provides advanced modeling and simulation that allows diverse groups of stakeholders to visualize large amounts of data, policy parameters, and environmental uncertainties on panoramic HD displays. Scientists, analysts, and decision makers can easily interact in real-time to tweak the rules and data sets to account for new insights and deeper understanding of relationships, providing a range of outcomes based on the changes. This allows for more effective decision making among people from different backgrounds.

This is a tremendous partnership and opportunity for a real, tangible impact in addressing strategic security and humanitarian needs, said Nadya Bliss, principal investigator of the Foresight Initiative and assistant vice president, research strategy with ASUs Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. It is also pioneering how the academic and government research communities can leverage each others strengths to seek solutions to these global-scale issues while advancing fundamental transdisciplinary research. ASU is the perfect place for this initiative because of the culture of use-inspired research and exceptional quality faculty working across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

About Arizona State University:

Arizona State University is the largest public research university in the United States under a single administration, with total student enrollment of more than 70,000 in metropolitan Phoenix, the nations sixth-largest city. ASU is creating a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real-world application, blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 120 nations.







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Penn National Insurance Selects Agile Communications Platform from CEDAR Document Technologies


Atlanta, GA and Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) August 06, 2013

CEDAR Document Technologies (CEDAR), a provider of cloud/hosted managed services solutions, today announced that Penn National Insurance has selected CEDARs Agile Communication Platform to modernize and manage the design of customer communications.

Following an extensive evaluation process, Penn National Insurance, a leading property-casualty (P&C) mutual insurance company writing both personal and commercial lines coverages in 11 states, selected CEDARs Agile Communications Platform to help manage all elements of the companys billing communications lifecycle. By working with CEDAR, Penn National Insurance will enhance print and mail management through postal optimization and modern bill redesign, thereby making billing communications more personal and usable.

We are keenly aware of our need to make communications management more agile and business driven, said Kenneth R. Shutts, president and chief executive officer for Penn National Insurance. The ability to provide a future-state billing communications experience will ultimately help our company be a better partner to both policyholders and agents.

Implementation of CEDARs Agile Communications Platform will increase business user control through use of enterprise content management (ECM) tools to create and deliver personally relevant content, which will improve customer satisfaction and retention levels while increasing self-servicing capabilities.

CEDARs Agile Communications Platform is a customer communications management (CCM) and strategic document outsourcing (SDO) solution that, once implemented, will manage both production and multi-channel distribution of all billing-related correspondence for Penn National Insurance. CEDAR’s Agile Customer Communications Platform provides the engine to generate highly personalized electronic and printed communications through a wide range of omni-channel output, including enhanced print/mail, portal presentment, email, interactive PDF, SMS and mobile apps.

Penn National Insurance is truly a customer-centric company, said Lee Nagel, vice president of CEDARs Insurance Practice. Penn National Insurance has not only recognized billing as a primary customer touchpoint that is ripe for process improvement, but by selecting CEDARs Agile Communications Platform for CCM/SDO has taken steps to modernize and streamline the entire experience for customers. We look forward to working with them now and into the future as their billing, communications and documentation needs evolve.

About CEDAR Document Technologies (CEDAR)

CEDAR Document Technologies is the leading provider of hosted multi-channel customer communication management and self-servicing solutions. CEDAR redesigns policyholder and agent communications to improve the user experience and CEDARs platform optimizes the production, management and multichannel delivery of communications the processing of responses from communication recipients.

CEDARs platform lives between your core systems and your customers and agents, aggregating and transforming information into personally relevant communications such as policy documents, claims correspondence, welcome kits and contact center letters. The CEDAR platform empowers business users to continuously improve the communication experience without requiring time-consuming or complex IT projects. For more information about CEDAR, please visit the companys website at http://www.cedardoc.com

About Penn National Insurance

Penn National Insurance, founded in 1919, operates in Pa., Md., Del., N.J., Va., N.C., S.C., Tenn., Ala., Wis., and Iowa, through a network of more than 800 independent agencies. The company wrote $ 595 million in net written premium in 2012 with total assets exceeding $ 1.45 billion. The company employs more than 800 people in its 11-state operating territory. For more information about Penn National Insurance, please visit the companys website at http://www.pennnationalinsurance.com.







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CSG Upgrades Technology Infrastructure to Support Customer Service Supercenter and National Expansion


Lansdale, PA and Hamilton, NJ (PRWEB) November 13, 2012

Consolidated Services Group, Inc. (CSG), a technology-driven, clinically-based medical claims management provider, today announced that Xtium, a leading enterprise cloud software and solutions company, will provide the enhanced technology infrastructure to support the companys new Hamilton, New Jersey supercenter and continued nationwide expansion.

Founder and CEO Michael Morrone said, This state-of-the-art technology infrastructure advances CSGs position as a medical claims management innovator. The increased capabilities will support our nationwide expansion, empowering CSG to compete successfully with any medical management provider.

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National EE Week 2013 Highlights How Technology Can Get Kids Outdoors & Learning

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) April 15, 2013

National Environmental Education Week starts today the nation’s largest celebration of environmental education and will spotlight ways by which technology can enhance environmental learning.

This years theme, Taking Technology Outdoors, is part of EE Weeks multi-year focus on Greening STEM (science, technology, engineering and math): The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning.

The environment is not only a compelling topic for teaching STEM and engaging students through hands-on, real-world learning it also provides knowledge, skills and experience students need to solve 21st century challenges like energy and resource conservation which affect all of us, said Diane Wood, President of the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan offered this perspective in a public service announcement for EE Week. We know so many of the jobs of the future are in the STEM fields, and there are so many great ties between STEM education and environmental education, he said. If we really want to keep those good jobs in this country, if we want our students prepared I think theres no better way to start to get at that, whether its in 2nd grade or in 11th or 12th grade, than to get kids out in the outdoors with environmental education.

Environmental education can incorporate all four pillars of STEM. Moreover, 75 percent of 1,900 educators asked in a survey by the National Wildlife Federation said students who spend regular time outdoors tend to be more creative and better problem-solvers. EE Week is providing case studies, webinars, a new Google+ Hangout on weather and the environment for students and educators, as well as other multimedia resources.

In todays era of gadgets and global connectivity, technology offers new ways for classrooms, students and learners of all ages to explore the environment. Tools such as mobile apps for spotting and identifying species in nature and sharing observations help make discoveries possible by citizens as well as scientists.

NEEF released the Tech & Our Planet infographic illustrating the widespread use of technology among kids and adults and possibilities for environmental learning, career pathways and implications for the economy. For example, the growth in cloud computing and related technologies could help save more than a third of the energy used by data centers by the year 2020.

EE Week is hosting a live tweet chat today on Twitter to discuss and field questions on Greening STEM: Taking Tech Outdoors at 1pm ET with the hashtag #EEWeek. Participation in EE Week, which runs through April 20, is free, and educators can access all materials by registering free of charge at eeweek.org.







Leading National Baby Boomer and Senior Market Expert Joins CareLinx Advisory Board

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2012

CareLinx, a secure online community that empowers families to directly connect with caregivers and manage their home care online, today announced the appointment of Dr. Mary Furlong as a senior strategic advisor on the companys advisory board. Dr. Furlong is one of the countrys foremost authorities on the baby boomer and senior marketplace. She is the CEO of Mary Furlong & Associates, producer of the annual Whats Next Boomer Business Summit, and author of Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace.

Baby boomers today are struggling with responsibilities that include providing or managing care for their elderly parents, grandchildren, and even adult children all while holding down full time jobs themselves, said Dr. Furlong. The financial and emotional drain of caregiving can be enormous, and affordable, high quality solutions to these challenges are desperately needed to help alleviate the burden on American families. CareLinx addresses these challenges with a solution that meets family caregivers financial, emotional, and security concerns and an online user experience that is both easy and engaging.

Launched in September 2011, CareLinx already has thousands of registered users across the United States. Earlier this month, the company announced that it raised $ 1.5 million in financing from private investors. CareLinx is positioning itself to be the prominent caregiver crowdsourcing community before the demand of the baby boomers hits the home care market. The 78 million boomers currently make up 28% of the U.S. population, and the number of Americans 65 years and older is expected to double over the next twenty years.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Furlong advising our team, said Sherwin Sheik, president and chief executive officer of CareLinx. Her guidance, experience, and connections will be invaluable as we pursue our aggressive plans for growth and more families begin spreading the word of our services to their friends facing similar caregiving situations.

CareLinx offers a secure, efficient, and affordable solution for finding and managing in-home care. The company delivers much of the security and oversight that a traditional home care agency provides, but often at less cost and with more direct interaction between the family members and the caregiver.

CareLinx provides a comprehensive in-the-cloud infrastructure for managing the entire spectrum of back office operations, and gives families access to all the tools they will need to:


Search and find caregivers that match specific needs on multiple dimensions of compatibility
Video conference with prospective caregivers to help streamline the interview process
Perform background checks on prospective caregivers
Generate and manage detailed care calendars online
Track caregivers hourly time using GPS technology
Automate invoice generation and submit electronically
Make payment effortless with credit or debit card processing
Pay caregivers via ACH direct deposit or physical check
Secure communication and video conferencing with caregivers so families can remain actively involved and oversee a loved ones care while at work or from afar
Access personal health record repository for centralizing, sharing, & archiving health records of their loved one
Browse Caregiver Profile Reviews submitted by other families. CareLinxs “5 Star Review” feature holds caregivers accountable for the quality of service they provide.

CareLinx offers the right model at the right time not only for boomers family caregiving needs, but for those who are seeking employment in an industry thats guaranteed to grow as our population ages, Dr. Furlong added. The opportunity here for people over 50 to find jobs where they can make meaningful contributions to the lives of others cannot be underestimated. CareLinx can help broker the opportunity for those with caregiving needs as well as those looking for flexible new career options. Its a winning solution for boomers all around.

About CareLinx

CareLinx is a secure online community that empowers families to directly connect with compatible caregivers and cost-effectively manage their loved ones home care online. We provide all the tools needed to manage care remotely and an extensive database of available caregivers families can review to find the perfect match for their loved ones specific needs.

For more information, visit http://www.carelinx.com.

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DocuLex Awarded Contract With National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA)


Winter Haven, FL (PRWEB) August 26, 2011

DocuLex, Inc.(http://www.doculex.com), creator of award-winning, business-ready document management software, announced today that the company was recently awarded a contract from NJPA (njpacoop.org) as a preferred provider of Electronic Document Management Software solutions with its Archive Studio Content Management Software Suite. With DocuLex listed as a contract holder with NJPA, NJPA members and future members can now source a Cloud or Server-based document management solution without having to go through an expensive and time consuming RFP process. NJPA has met their members procurement requirements as a result of a national competitive contract process. The Archive Studio Suite from DocuLex provides a streamlined approach to indexing, capturing and managing paper based and electronic files.

NJPA is a Member-driven service cooperative with a membership exceeding 35,000. NJPA offers a multitude of products, equipment and service opportunities to education, government and other non-profit entities. Nationally and even beyond NJPA offers Contract Purchasing solutions that enable businesses and organizations to work smarter, bolder and better. NJPA empowers and enables a business and service alliance between buyers and suppliers to drive successful purchasing programs.

The Archive Studio Software Suite is a 100% secure, browser-based solution that is an easy-to-use, productive electronic document management system for any business seeking instant document access. The Suite and its components enable collaboration, email archiving and compliance, customized workflow and records retention.

Stated Bruce Orgrodnik, NJPA Contract Manager, Our mission is to provide our members and future members one place to source what they may need in terms of quality equipment and software, eliminating a lot of hassle for them in the purchasing process. We follow a strict protocol when evaluating new companies and products to add as contract holders on our schedule, and DocuLex surpassed our requirements with ease. We are proud to offer our members and future members an approved solution for complete document and content management with the DocuLex Archive Studio Software Suite.

We are very pleased to have been awarded this contract with NJPA, said David Bailey, DocuLex President. Partnering with a highly-regarded organization such as NJPA allows DocuLex further reach in to the government and not-for-profit communities. This partnership also allows DocuLex to educate these communities about NJPA if they are not familiar, to show them a more streamlined way to purchase solutions through the NJPA schedule by becoming an NJPA member.

About NJPA

The National Joint Powers Alliance