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0645.2 Travel Safety
0625.3 Voice Mail Evolution
0625.4 Messaging Protocols
0625.5 Computer on a Wrist
0625.6 Message Recognition
0625.7 3D Software
***Strategies Unlimited Reports High-Brightness LED Market Growth
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.
The high-brightness LED (HB LED) industry has had a remarkable history of successful growth. From 2001-2004, the market for HB LEDs grew at an average annual rate of 46%. But for 2005, the market grew by 6.2% reaching $3.9 billion. Reasons for the slowing growth include the saturation of the mobile phone market for full color displays and overcapacity in Asia leading to price erosion. In spite of this situation, all other HB LED applications together grew at a healthy rate of 18% in 2005. According to market research firm Strategies Unlimited in its recently released report High-Brightness LED Market Update and Forecast -- 2006, the mobile appliance segment still accounted for 52% of the HB LED market in 2005.
As the mobile appliance application begins to saturate, the HB LED market is entering a period of slower growth than it has experienced historically. For the next five years, growth rates may be expected to be in the range of 15-20% per year, rather than the 40-50% that the industry has come to expect. However, even with these lower growth rates, the HB LED market is still expected to reach $8.3 billion in 2010, well over twice the level of 2005. Growth will be driven by emerging applications such as illumination, automotive headlamps, and backlights for LCD monitors and TV screens.
The new Strategies Unlimited report is the seventh from the company on LED applications and markets. It analyzes the HB LED market in depth, from both the demand side and the supply side, including supplier market shares. Detailed quantitative market analysis is provided, including breakouts by application and product type, in terms of units, ASPs and revenue. Five-year market forecasts are provided for each application and HB LED product type.
***Keeping Runways Safe With New Air Traffic Technology
June 20, 2006
Air travel is on the rise in the U.S., with the Federal Aviation Administration reporting a record 739 million passengers last year alone. As that number continues to grow, Congress is urging the FAA to increase funding for runway safety programs. One of the newest systems is receiving rave reviews throughout the aviation industry.
Designed to reduce runway incursions (the FAA reports upwards
of 300 runway incursions each year), the Runway Status Light System
is the first runway safety system that is sensor-driven, fully-automated
and provides information to pilots without first going
through an air traffic controller. The system uses red lights on
taxiways and runways to communicate visually with pilots. Dallas
Fort Worth International Airport is currently testing the system
and San Diego International Airport will begin testing soon.
Keep in mind that the deadliest accident in aviation history didn't happen in the air -- it happened on the ground. In 1977, two planes collided on a runway in the Canary Islands during low visibility conditions. And while advanced technologies have since helped to improve runway safety, 76 people have died in runway collisions since 1990.
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***In-Stat Reports Unified Messaging Poised to Supplant Traditional Voice Mail This Decade
With equipment providers embracing Unified Messaging (UM) technology, UM and UM-capable seats will continue to grow while traditional voice mail systems will disappear from the market by the end of 2009, reports In-Stat. UM/UM-capable shipments will rise from 8.4 million seats in 2005 to 11.7 million seats in 2010, the high-tech market research firm says. UM is also beginning to grow beyond traditional voice mail, PC-based e-mail, and fax messaging.
According to In-Stat, interfaces associated with wireless Personal Digital Assistants (PDA), Blackberries, and mobile phones are beginning to garner consideration in UM. With the growing popularity of 802.11-based systems in the workplace, at home, and in public spaces, and the upcoming introduction of dual-mode WiFi/mobile phones, the need for compatibility with such devices will clearly intensify.
Recent research by In-Stat found the following:
The research, "Unified Messaging: It's Not Your Mother's Voice Mail" (#IN0602895CT), covers the market for UM equipment and services. It includes shipment and revenue forecasts through 2010 for UM/UM-enabled products and traditional voice mail products. It also includes analysis of vendor market share data for 2004 and 2005. Extensive analysis of market drivers and challenges is included.
For more information on this research, please visit:
***Leading Organizations Join Forces to Develop New Messaging Protocol as the AMQP Working Group; Advanced Message Queuing Protocol Specification to Define Open, Platform-Agnostic, Interoperable Messaging Infrastructure
JPMorgan Chase & Co., Cisco Systems, Envoy Technologies, Inc., iMatix Corporation, IONA(R) Technologies, Red Hat, Inc., TWIST Process Innovations, and 29West, have announced the formation of the AMQP (Advanced Message Queuing Protocol) Working Group and an effort by its members to create a new specification for defining and developing messaging infrastructure that is technology agnostic, standards-based, open and interoperable. The resulting specification will be an open standard and is intended to enable the development of highly stable, efficient, powerful and flexible messaging-dependent applications.
The development of the AMQP specification is being driven by real-world, end-user demand for messaging infrastructure that is capable of integrating across various platforms, languages and protocols. AMQP is designed to be an effective means to create interoperability and unification of the messaging function because it is not reliant on specific implementations geared to individual platforms. The AMQP specification is also designed to interoperate with many of the current messaging and Web services specifications, including JMS, SOAP, WS-Security, WS-Transactions, and many others, making AMQP an ideal messaging layer for use in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Further, AMQP is unique in that it provides an interoperable wire-level protocol, making it complementary to messaging application programming interfaces (APIs) such as JMS and useful in next-generation network infrastructure.
The AMQP is a binary level protocol that is divided into two layers and designed with a flexible, plug-in architecture. Both the functional layer and the transport layer can be easily evolved to enable AMQP to respond to changing technology requirements. The current AMQP specification is at version 0.8 in anticipation that input from others will drive the protocol to its full potential; the Working Group welcomes contributions from interested parties. The AMQP specification is expected to reach version 1.0 within 18 months, at which time the Working Group will submit it to a standards body. There are currently multiple implementations of AMQP version 0.8 in production that are fully interoperable. To view the AMQP Specification materials please visit one of these member pages:
***Parvus Unveils Wearable Computer Integrating Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS
Parvus displayed the new ZYPAD WL 1000 wrist wearable wireless computer at the Armed Forces Communication Electronics Association's 2006 TechNet International Conference held this week in Washington D.C.
The ZYPAD WL 1000 is a wrist-wearable wireless computer flexibly designed to give the user instant access to computing capabilities while carrying out non-computer tasks in the field. Featuring hands-free operation, robust wireless capabilities, and built-in GPS tracking, this versatile wearable computer serves as an ideal tool for Emergency Search and Rescue, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Maintenance, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Transportation, and Defense applications.
The WL 1000 integrates features of a standard computer along with the convenience and ergonomics of being wrist worn. This hands-free, innovative design ensures an ideal weight distribution and maximum comfort even over clothing.
The wireless functionalities of the WL 1000 ensure continuous connectivity no matter the location of the user, by utilizing Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS capabilities. Using Linux or Windows CE operating systems, the unit can be quickly configured to access any remote host system through integrated wired or wireless interfaces.
Integrating a tilt and dead reckoning system, the WL 1000 can be used to determine if a user is motionless or fallen down and then transmit a locator beacon after a specified amount of time. This technology is also used to conserve power consumption by placing the unit in standby mode when the user's arm hangs down beside the body (patent-pending). This enhanced power management functionality enables the user to continuously interface with the unit up to more than 8 hours without interruption, depending on usage.
***Users Are More Than Twice as Likely to Trust and Open E-mail Marked with Visual Icons, Test Results Reveal
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.
ICONIX Inc. has announced results from an end-user e-mail study that found users were more than twice as likely to open e-mail messages marked with a visual icon as opposed to unmarked messages. The study included approximately 15,000 users of the Iconix Truemark service in a test conducted by ICONIX between December 2005 and June 2006. ICONIX provides e-mail identity services that help users find what they want in their inbox and proactively combat e-mail fraud spawned by phishing. The Iconix solution already supports many major e-mail clients and Web mail services. End-users utilizing these e-mail services can quickly identify e-mail from legitimate senders simply by looking for a gold Check-lock icon next to a message.
The data is based on actual e-mail behavior and the results varied according to the type of message, with personal services topping the list:
E-mail messages from more than 300 major companies are currently identified by the Truemark service. By the end of June more than 30 additional companies will be enrolled, including the American Red Cross, Best Buy, Chase, HP, Monster.com and NASCAR.
In addition to Yahoo! Mail, MSN Hotmail and Gmail, Iconix eMail ID software now also supports Microsoft Outlook Express and Earthlink Web mail. Support for Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 will be available June 30, 2006.
About Iconix eMail ID
As more companies increase their use of e-mail to communicate with customers, Iconix eMail ID helps users gain control of their inboxes by adding a visual icon, called a Truemark icon, next to messages that have been verified as legitimate. E-mail users can take advantage of this intuitive, easy-to-use, and free service using their current e-mail providers.
When an e-mail arrives, Iconix eMail ID uses industry standard technologies such as Domain Keys and Sender ID -- backed by companies like Cisco, Microsoft and Yahoo! -- to verify the authenticity of the message. The e-mail sender is then checked against a list of registered senders with ICONIX. Once the e-mail has been verified, a Check-lock icon is displayed in the user's inbox, signifying that it is a legitimate message.
To view the icons, users can easily download a free software plug-in, available at
****MetaVR Announces New Software Release
MetaVR has offered a new release of its major products MetaVR VRSG, WorldPerfect, and Metadesic Compiler
MetaVR VRSG Version 5 includes built-in support for dynamic 3D character entities that is supplemented by a new library of over 125 unique character models and 25 weapon models. There are several new sky models representing a variety of time-of-day and weather conditions, normal-mapped, animated water with sky model reflection, which greatly enhances the realism of water-based simulations, dynamic shadows for ground entities and human characters and support for normal maps which greatly increases the visual quality of models.
There are full MetaVR 3D content libraries of vehicles, cultural features, and aforementioned characters. For version 5 many new 3D models have been added to the 3D content libraries, including additional vehicles, human characters, weapons, animals, and cultural features (such as buildings, trees, signage, and street elements).
MetaVR WorldPerfect Version 5 and Metadesic Compiler version 2 both include new features and enhancements such as a new attribute file to customize compilation defaults, support for more imagery formats andelevation formats, pan sharpening, improved blending between overlapping imagery and elevation and support for multiple source directories.
Available with all 3D terrain visualization and generation products are MetaVR's full 3D content libraries of vehicles, cultural features, and new character library of humans, weapons, and animals. For this release many new models have been added to the pre-existing 3D content libraries, including additional vehicles, and enhanced cultural features libraries of over 700 unique 3D models of buildings, trees, signage, and urban street elements. Building models include some high-resolution MOUT buildings with interiors. Tree models include a set of 50 volumetric trees in four seasons.
A complete report on the extensive expansion of the MetaVR suite can be seen at:
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