Latest Business Car Manager News: All new SEAT Leon – first company car review

(PRWEB UK) 8 November 2012

SEAT car review by DAVID WILKINS

Hot on the heels of the latest versions of the Audi A3 and VW Golf, the new SEAT Leon is the third car based on the Volkswagen group’s new modular MQB body architecture.

But where the A3 and the Golf hide their advanced innards beneath conservative same-again styling, the Leon gets a fresh, crisp new look that must count as one of the most attractive SEAT designs so far.

The Leon’s engines and much of its technology are shared with the Audi and the Volkswagen, but the SEAT has a lower entry-price a highly competitive

Absolute Automation Releases First in Series of Home Protection Info Graphics

(PRWEB) October 02, 2012

In this first info graphic from Absolute Automation Inside the Mind of a Burglar, info graphic researcher Renee Laurin relayed statistics detailing the average conceptual burglars state of mind at the time of robbery. This particular info graphic is aimed at helping consumers understand where the weak points in their security system are from an outside perspective.

Absolute Automation Inc. marketing manager Nathan McBride reports, Wed noticed a lot of customers calling in, not really sure what the best way to protect themselves and their property was, which was leading to purchases they didnt feel 100% confident in achieving the security results they had in mind. With this info graphic series, were hoping to help customers and home owners make educated purchases to achieve their home protection goals.

McBride believes that info graphics are one of the most effective methods at delivering information quickly and efficiently to consumers. The compact and visual presentation allows readers to quickly grasp the key points and leave with a better understanding of the facts. Long blog articles or other forms of communication seem not to have the same impact on readers as visual representations such as info graphics.

Laurin shows that 85% of burglars reported having been deterred from breaking into a home which had a television set or radio on. This information is quickly viewable at the top of the display for viewers to assess. She also goes on to show that 85% of burglars cased out a home before hitting it. Laurin comments, These types of statistics are not known to the average homeowner, and we felt that visually seeing some of these sobering facts would be beneficial. While home owners cannot prevent criminals from scouting out their homes or looking to burglarize, they can be better informed on what to keep an eye out for. Being better informed means homeowners can make safer security choices in their own homes.

The infographic also shows that 75% of burglars accessed the home through the window as opposed to the door, McBride says, This helps to show that while having a heavy door and dead bolt is important, realistically it will not stop most burglars. However simple window break sensors, or motion sensors inside the home can be easily programmed into an alarm system to sound both local alarms or sirens and to scare the intruder away or call out to neighbors, an alarm company etc.

Absolute Automation has been in the home security industry since 1995. Specializing in DIY security systems, security cameras and other home automation or security equipment Absolute Automation Inc. offers free technical support on all of their products and most orders are eligible for free shipping.

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Ephesoft Announces First Annual Partner of the Year Award

Laguna Hills, CA (PRWEB) June 08, 2012

Ephesoft Inc., the leader in providing advanced cloud-ready capture solutions, today announced the winner of its first annual global partner awards. Ephesoft’s top partner is selected by the executive management team from a group of over 50 value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators (SI) in 14 countries. Since Ephesoft has a 100% partner sales model, this award is particularly important.

Don Field, CEO of Ephesoft, remarked, “Software subscription sales revenue is the primary factor of our selection but we also value partner focus, creativity, and commitment to the Ephesoft platform. Given those criteria, we are pleased to award our 2011 Partner of the Year award to Zia Consulting. We first met Zia at Alfresco’s DevCon event in 2010 and Zia immediately understood the synergy and potential of working together. Zia further impressed us with their dedication to quickly mastering the product and their rapid deployment in a wide range of engagements from mailroom automation to invoice processing.”

Zia has proven to be a model partner for Ephesoft and continues to innovate. They made technical contributions to the CMIS export scripts, developed an advanced analytics module for Ephesoft called Insight, earned the designation of certified Ephesoft instructors, and are collaborating with Ike Kavas, Ephesoft CTO, on the first book dealing with Ephesoft which will be published this summer.

In light of all these factors, our relationship with Zia Consulting continues to grow. Our exceptional growth is only possible by working closely with our partners. Mike Mahon and Pat Myers at Zia have demonstrated repeatedly the positive outcomes of that partnership and it is a real pleasure to award Zia this honor,” said Don Field.

It is a great honor for Zia to be named the inaugural Ephesoft Global Partner of the Year, said Pat Myers, co-founder of Zia Consulting and EVP for Zias Intelligent Document Capture Practice. As we continue to see growing demand for document capture solutions, we believe the opportunity to partner with Ephesoft is almost limitless, and its this belief that has Ephesoft at the very front of Zias Paper to Mobile solutions. Its has been a pleasure working with the Ephesoft team, whether its in our role as solution provider, certified training partner, or in the creation of the upcoming Ephesoft book, we continue to be impressed with their knowledge and responsiveness.


Ephesoft, Inc. is headquartered in Laguna Hills, California with an office in Maidenhead, England. Ephesofts document capture solutions are open-source and cloud-ready, offering extreme flexibility and accessibility for a wide range of customers. The company has been experiencing rapid growth in both the US and EMEA markets. For more information visit or call (949) 335-5335.

ABOUT Zia Consulting

Zia Consulting is a leading provider of enterprise business solutions for document capture and content management from Paper to Mobile. Zias products and solutions for IDC and ECM enable users to create, store, share and find content across the enterprise and on the go. Utilizing best-of-breed Open Source Software like Ephesoft, Zia Consulting has worked with both the public and private sector to provide end-to-end business solutions across a wide range of customer needs. Zia Consulting – Content Anywhere, Solutions Here. For more information, visit or call (888)732-4101.

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Montenegros First Golf Course at Lutica Bay to be Designed by Legendary Golfer and Renowned Golf Course Architect Gary Player

Tivat, Montenegro (PRWEB) July 10, 2012

Lutica Development AD, a joint venture between Swiss-based Orascom Development Holding and the government of Montenegro, announced today that Gary Player, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and the most prolific globetrotting golfer in the history of the sport, has been selected to design Lutica Bay Golf Course in Tivat, Montenegro. Minister for Sustainable Development and Tourism Predrag Sekuli, Mayor of Tivat Miodrag Kankara, Managing Director of Lutica Development Samuel Meyer and President of Gary Player Design Scott Ferrell addressed media representatives attending a press conference.

I am delighted to be working in Montenegro and with such an esteemed company as Orascom, said Gary Player. The site there is absolutely stunning, surrounded by water and mountain views. I look forward to establishing a championship layout, with a keen eye toward environmental sensitivity, for all to enjoy.

Over three decades, Gary Player Design has been a global leader in golf course design, marketing and real estate planning services. Through the years, Gary Player and Gary Player Design have executed a portfolio of over 300 projects in 35 countries on five continents. In creating unique and breathtaking golf courses the company and its founder have a full respect for the environment. Gary Player Design takes great care with regard to moving a minimal amount of earth, protecting wildlife and existing ecosystems, remediating and/or adding indigenous plant material and adhering to established local environmental guidelines.

The opening of the practice facility, which features a driving range, putting green and restaurant, is another added value to the development and an opportunity for everyone to experience the lifestyle in this burgeoning resort town. The driving range and restaurant will operate everyday from 09:00 AM to sunset and an experienced golf professional will be available all season for golfers interested in improving their game. Private lessons are 20 for 30 minutes or 30 for 50 minutes.

Since this is the first golf course in Montenegro, it is especially important to expose the sport to the local youth through lessons and friendly competitions, says Managing Director of Lutica Development Samuel Meyer. We would very much like to see the future generations of Montenegrins actively engaged in golf and maybe even get some serious contenders within the international golf community from this region.

Furthermore, the Government of Montenegro, Municipality of Tivat and Lustica Development AD are about to agree on an Effective Date for their Lease and Development Agreement for July 2012, signalling a very significant milestone for the project as the developers are bound to deliver their minimum build and investment obligations within four years.

We are delighted with the preliminary acceptance of our products and have signed reservations and sales contracts, said Meyer. Also, we have built a model apartment and viewing platforms for our customers on the future locations of the marina, main road, and golf hotel. We are in constant communication with our customer base to perfect the product, unit designs and overall architecture.

Lutica Bays master plan is currently being developed into building permits and being implemented by only the most qualified teams. Lustica Development AD is also working on all the marketing material and negotiating with several internationally known hotel operators.

With a top-notch championship golf course, world-class marinas, five-star hotels, gourmet dining, exceptional nightlife and entertainment, Lutica Bay will have everything seasoned travelers have come to expect from Europes finest resort towns.

About Gary Player Design

Widely recognized as the worlds most successful golf course architectural firm, Gary Player Design established by Marc Player in 1983 has completed over 325 championship courses spanning the globe. With an ever-increasing number of courses stretching across five continents and encompassing more than 35 countries, the firm is renowned for its select and ecological approach to design.

Magazines such as Golf Asia, Travel & Leisure, Golf Digest, Golf Week, Golf World Worldwide Golf, and The Complete Golfer have consistently listed Gary Player courses among the top places to play. Travel & Leisure Golf named Leopard Creek in South Africa one of the top ten Best International Courses; Geneva National was referred to by Golfweek as the best course you can play in America; and Golf, Inc. named BlackSeaRama in Bulgaria the 2010 International Development of the Year. Awards and accolades such as these are numerous, and for good reason. Gary Player Design doesnt simply design the course and walk away; they also provide the consulting services that will guide a newly established project through the implementation steps necessary to ensure success. The results are premier golf courses & resorts that provide golfers with a unique style of luxury, the challenge of risk versus reward, and a truly memorable experience.

Although Gary Players golfing expertise influences every project, Gary Player Design offers three tiers of golf course design service; Black Knight Design, Player Design, and Gary Player Signature Design. On Signature Design projects, Mr. Player is involved in every phase of design and development. With over 50 years of professional golf experience, Player, The Worlds Most Traveled Athlete has visited and studied most of the great golf courses of the world so he understands that the design of a course takes both vision and respect for existing conditions. His design philosophy, and also that of The Player Group, is to create challenging yet playable courses that enhance the existing resources and retain the natural beauty of the land. Environmental sensitivity is a cornerstone of Gary Players passion for golf course design.

Gary Player, often referred to as the Black Knight, is one of the centurys greatest golfers and one of the original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He is one of only five golfers to ever win the Grand Slam on the PGA Tour and the only golfer to win the Grand Slam on both the regular and Champions Tour. Over the course of his career, Player participated in 438 Tour events, placed in the top 25 in 281 of them, and won 165 worldwide tournaments. Player, whose career earnings exceed $ 15 million, is a legend in his own time. Currently serving as The Global Ambassador to the World Golf Hall of Fame, he has been a three-time Presidents Cup Captain and is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top ten all-time golf greats. Players iconic status in sport adds immeasurable marketing value to all golf course design assignments he accepts. His legacy will most certainly ensure Gary Players Design success for many years to come.

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First Light Technologies Lights up St.Pete Beach Florida with Solar LED Bollards

Victoria, BC (PRWEB) August 14, 2012

First Light Technologies Ltd., a leading designer of architectural-quality, integrated solar-powered LED lighting products for pedestrian applications, announces the successful installation of its new PLB Series Solar LED Bollards by the City of St. Pete Beach in Southern Florida.

First Lights bollard design fit our needs perfectly, said Renee Cooper, CIP Construction Manager at City of St. Pete Beach. The choice to use solar not only provided a visibly green statement but was also cost effective. Short term cost savings included being able to deduct the cost for conduit and wiring. The long term cost savings can be realized by not having any additional monthly electrical service fees. The bollards could be categorized as being a one-time capital cost with long-term savings benefits.

Cooper also felt the LED solar lighting provided by First Light Technologies has a future with the city, Installation was simple and the response has been fabulous. The community loves the look of the bollards and the ambience of the softly lit pathways. We will be looking at other areas to utilize the bollards and I foresee more of these being installed in the near future.

St. Pete Beach officials installed the PLB lights as part of a park improvement project at Horan Park, which included new sidewalks, sod and large solar pole lights. For areas remote from the existing electrical panel, budget constraints called for a solar stand-alone lighting solution that could be installed with minimal site disturbance, reducing cost by eliminating conduit, wiring and trenching. The city also required the light to be vandal resistant and able to withstand high winds and flying debris of a coastal location, to avoid ongoing maintenance and repair costs.

City officials chose our new PLB Series Solar LED Bollard for their robust design, ease of installation and cost savings, said Justin Taverna, First Light Technologies Managing Director and Co-founder. Feedback from our client following installation is excellent, confirming our confidence that we have launched a remarkable product into the $ 13 billion outdoor and architectural lighting market.

About the PLB Series Solar Powered Bollard

The PLB Series Solar LED Bollard is a stand-alone solar-powered light for low-level architectural and commercial pathway and landscape lighting. The PLB is cost-competitive with traditional hardwired bollards while offering several advantages:

EcoloCap Signs Agreement with GFE Biofuels S.A. (GFE) to Operate and Distribute in Central America. GFE Orders the First NPU-60 and Additive.

Barrington, IL. (PRWEB) August 01, 2012

July 31, 2012, EcoloCap Solutions Inc. (OTCBB-ECOS) is pleased to announce that it has signed a distribution/operation agreement with GFE Bio Fuels S.A a company organized under the laws of Costa Rica and having its principal office at Liberia, Guanacaste to operate and distribute ECOS diesel/water emulsion (M-Fuel) production equipment (NPUs) as well as EcoloCaps proprietary additive, to initially cover certain countries of Central America, and then extend to other areas based on minimum target achievement.

The NPU-60 has a production capacity of 60 metric tons of M-Fuel/day (18,000 gallons) and represents a purchase price of some $ 850,000. The NPU-60 consumes $ 4500 a day of additive when in full production. The GFE purchase order of the NPU-60 includes a two months supply of additive.

States Michael Siegel, President and CEO of EcoloCap: This agreement will open the Central American market in a very short time frame. Independent tests demonstrate that our M-Fuel technology will reduce the consumption of diesel and other heavy oil by up to 30% and further reduce particulate emissions by over 90%, and NOx by 60%. Costa Rica being a very environmentally conscious country and at the same time dependent on HFO and Diesel for power generation, M-Fuel represents the answer to drastically reduce harmful emissions and cost of fuel. This contract represents over $ 7,500,000 in revenue for EcoloCap over the 12 month following the signature of this contract.

Joseph Black President and CEO of GFE Biofuels S.A, Costa Rica states: We at GFE Biofuels S.A (GFE) are pleased to announce the signing of an Exclusive Purchase and Distribution Agreement with EcoloCap Solutions Inc., encompassing all EcoloCap products and technology. The exclusive territories include Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama as well as some specifically targeted customers in other countries. GFE has big plans for this product once the commissioning of the first NPU-60 and field testing have been successfully completed in Costa Rica with a target date of the end of 2012.

GFEs team has conducted extensive market studies and created a network of customer bases in Central and Latin America, Canada, and the Bahamas. GFE is opening discussions with our partners and client base in these regions to prepare them for the use of this new technology.

The M-Fuel Product Model offering is a no brainer providing low cost solutions to a huge problem every country on this planet is faced with:

Enterprise Hive Announces General Availability of the First Technology Data Commons for Higher Education Technology Research

Irvington, VA (PRWEB) July 09, 2012

For the first time, individuals can find over 100 downloadable higher education technology research reports with verified information on the technologies and software applications selected by over 13,000 institutions. Enterprise Hive and The Tambellini Group have partnered to deliver eduHiveMind.

In addition to downloadable reports including software selections by institutions for SIS, Financials, HRMS and LMS solutions, individuals with valid higher education email work addresses may rate their experience with vendor and open-source software solutions. Providing real-time vendor ratings, eduHiveMind offers higher education technology decision-makers data from colleagues at peer institutions.

Higher education decision-makers will find insights regarding the technology decisions made by institutions of similar type and size. Enterprise Hive uses a proprietary methodology to allow individuals to connect with others who share the same job roles in similar campus environments.

“Taking the guesswork out of which peer institutions have selected technology similar to what I’m considering, will save higher education decision makers untold hours,” according to Vicki Tambellini, CEO of The Tambellini Group and Enterprise Hive. Vendors will find the data commons a valuable resource when considering partnerships and new product investments. Financial managers and investors will also use eduHiveMind to research vendor market share and trends.

The data-as-a-service offering marks a major milestone for anyone that requires higher education technology market research. The need for a service like this has been discussed for years by higher education decision-makers, vendors and organizations supporting the industry. The problem is that the research is expensive to manage and the application to deliver the results did not exist. “We first started planning for this application in 2007. We are pleased to be first to offer the self-service solution for those that need information to make better decisions,” says Tambellini.

About Enterprise Hive

Enterprise Hive develops, markets and supports an enterprise-class business social software platform and solutions to meet the needs of business, non-profits, education and government organizations.

About The Tambellini Group

The Tambellini Group, LLC is the worlds leading research and advisory firm for higher education executives. TTG delivers detailed quantitative and qualitative technology research, insight and analysis specifically for education and enables informed decisions based on data. Executive level skills and services include strategic advice for executives, market research, contract negotiations with administrative systems technology vendors and service providers, and published thought leadership on business and technology issues.

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Philips Announces CX50 xMATRIX, the Worlds First Portable Echocardiography System to Offer Real Time 3D Transesophageal Echo (Live 3D TEE)

Andover, MA (PRWEB) July 02, 2012

At the 23rd annual scientific sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) in National Harbor, Md., Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) announced the new CX50 xMATRIX, the worlds first portable ultrasound to offer Philips industry leading Live 3D TEE. Previously only available with Philips iE33 xMATRIX premium echocardiography solution, Live 3D TEE enables 3D visualization of the cardiac structure and function as well as new perspectives of the heart in real time, enabling better patient care.

Since its launch in 2008, Philips CX50 CompactXtreme ultrasound system has been providing the flexibility of a portable system, while delivering the imaging performance of a premium ultrasound solution. With Live 3D TEE now available on the CX50 xMATRIX, interventional teams can more easily access important clinical information and visualizations for complex interventional procedures. For clinical efficiency the compact Live 3D TEE transducer is designed to be shared between the CX50 and iE33 xMATRIX systems. Because of this, departments should be able to reduce the number of TEE transducers that must be purchased, tracked, cleaned, and stored.

The first thing the staff noticed was the incredibly small size of the CX50 system, which is very useful in our cath lab where space is at a premium, said Dr. David Liang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director, Marfan Syndrome and Aortic Disorders at Stanford University. In clinical evaluations the Live 3D TEE image quality is excellent and, with the new user interface, 3D imaging is really intuitive. In imaging TAVR procedures with the CX50, I am able to easily switch back and forth between 2D and 3D during the critical time when we are positioning the valve.

The CX50 xMATRIX is a uniquely powerful all-in-one imaging solution for structural heart disease (SHD) repairs in cath labs and hybrid cardiac operating rooms, offering Live 3D TEE plus an architecture designed to support future capabilities including advanced fluoro integration (EchoNavigator, 510(k) pending) with Philips Allura systems.

Along with the new CX50 xMATRIX, Philips announced the Vision 2013 upgrade for existing CX50 cardiology customers. Vision 2013 includes: