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Friday, September 30, 2005
Channel 4 livens up lessons with Azzurri's teaching management solution

22 September 2005, Azzurri Communications, a leading communications and technology provider, today announced that Channel 4 has selected its teaching management solution, TALMOS (Teaching & Learning Management Open System), as the basis for delivering its audio-visual library, ClipBank.

The system allows secondary school students and teachers, searchable access to a database of broadcast quality video clips for the core subjects of history, geography and science with modern languages and design & technology content due to be added during the Autumn term.

Julian Mobbs, Head of Sales & Business Development at Channel 4 said; "We aim to help teachers plan and deliver lessons that children want to be part of. Working with Azzurri we are combining traditional teaching methods with up-to-date technology to improve standards and inspire pupils."

Whereas teachers used to have to set their videos to catch relevant programmes, often screened in the middle of the night, manageable clips can now be downloaded from the TALMOS database straight into lesson plans and coursework. The clips are ideal for the consolidation and understanding of key learning objectives and they are all matched to the QCA's (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) scheme of work.

Joanne Walker, head of geography at Carmel Technology College said: "Using the ClipBank facility on the TALMOS system streamlines my planning and brings a new dimension to lessons. For example I can now explain a complex idea like the formation of a waterfall at the click of a button without having to show the students a twenty-minute video. It leaves more lesson time for exploring the subject in more depth and is more engaging for the students."

The resources can be used to support all learning styles by integrating video, text and illustrations to match student and teacher requirements. It also allows pupils to locate clips to insert into and support project work, enhancing their use of technology across a number of curriculum areas.

Martin St Quinton, CEO, Azzurri comments: "Channel 4 is responding to the changing needs and desires of today's schoolchildren and teachers. The appropriate use of technology is a great way to improve motivation and continuously enhance the teaching environment in schools."

Azzurri Communications has a wide range of customers in the education sector, spanning primary and secondary schools, specialist schools, colleges, education action zones, city learning centres and LEAs and has achieved Becta (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) accreditation to supply interactive whiteboards under the DfES Whiteboard Expansion Initiative.

For further information contact:
Rebecca Dean
Insight Marketing and Communications
Tel: 01625 500800
Email: rdean@insightmkt.com <mailto:rdean@insightmkt.com>

Joe Doyle
Azzurri Communications
Tel: 01635 520 360
Email: joe.doyle@azzu.co.uk <mailto:joe.doyle@azzu.co.uk>

About Azzurri Communications
Azzurri Communications was formed in June 2000 with support from 3i and the Bank of Scotland and is currently made up of twelve strategic company acquisitions. Azzurri Communications is one of the largest and leading telecoms resellers in the UK. Annual turnover stands at £90 million. There are 600 employees nation-wide. Headquartered in Newbury, Azzurri currently has sales and support operations in Fareham, Farnborough, Leeds, Egham, London, Birmingham, Hull, Burnley, Leeds and East Kilbride.

Since 1st July 2003, all of the ten businesses have integrated under the Azzurri Communications brand.

Backed by leading manufacturers and networks, Azzurri provides solutions that include Voice, Data, Consultancy, Networking, Digital Print and Mobile. Azzurri also provides consultancy such as in-depth communications audits for large corporations and comprehensive telecoms management services. For further information visit www.azzurricommunications.com <http://www.azzurricommunications.com>

About ClipBank
ClipBank is Channel 4 Television's digital library of the very best educational television clips, selected from over 800 hours of award-winning programmes. Available for History, Geography and Science for 11-16 year olds, each ClipBank library is packed with around 250 high-quality television clips.
For more information on ClipBank, please visit www.channel4.com/clipbank <http://www.channel4.com/clipbank>.

 
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Carol Woodbury to speak at Halcyon Software seminar

Rare UK opportunity to hear the world's leading OS/400 security speaker

Halcyon Software, a leading systems management software company, is
delighted to announce that Carol Woodbury, the well-respected security
specialist, will be taking part in a free joint seminar with the company
on Monday 10th October 2005 at IBM UK, Bedfont Lakes.

In her presentation entitled:

"Compliance and OS/400 Security - Help ! Where do I start?"

Carol Woodbury will offer attendees advice and guidance on how to ensure
compliance in an OS/400 based environment.
This is the only venue at which she is delivering this presentation
during her visit to the UK.

At the same event Lorraine Cousins, managing director of Halcyon
Software will be speaking on:

"More control with less resource".

This presentation will offer solutions to the management challenges
faced by IT departments with multiple platforms and will introduce i5
Enterprise Manager, Halycon's latest i5 management solution.

Donnie MacColl, Halcyon's Head of Technical Services, will then
demonstrate how easy this task has become with the latest version of the
Halcyon Enterprise Console

To request a full agenda and to reserve a place at the seminar, readers
should contact: seminar@halcyonsoftware.com

Or call Kirsty McIntosh: Tel. 01733 234995
www.halcyonsoftware.com

Carol Woodbury biographical notes
Carol is President and co-founder of SkyView Partners Inc., a company
specializing in security consulting, remediation services and assessment
software. Carol has more than 14 years in the security industry. She
worked for IBM for 16 years, the last 10 years working in the area of
OS/400 security - first as OS/400 Security Development Team Leader and
then as the AS/400 Chief Engineering Manager for Security for the
eServer Division.

Lorraine Cousins biographical notes
Lorraine Cousins is the Managing Director of Halcyon Software Limited.
For several years, Lorraine was IT Manager at Sodastream Limited in
Peterborough, at that time part of the Cadbury-Schweppes group of
companies.
Lorraine is a well-recognised and regular speaker at IBM Common seminars
on the subject of systems management and managing the enterprise.

About Halcyon Software Limited
Halcyon Software has more than 17 years experience in systems
management. Halcyon writes software to monitor and manage IBM midrange
computers as well as Windows, Unix, Linux systems and network devices.
Multinational companies, corporate data centres as well as small to
medium size organisations use Halcyon Software products to manage IT
operations. The head office is based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire,
and their software is used throughout the world with distributors in
Europe, Australia and the USA. For more information, visit
www.halcyonsoftware.com

Press Contacts:

Ann Fielder / Rebecca Dean
Insight Marketing and Communications
0208 564 6385 / 01625 506 416
afielder@insightmkt.com / rdean@insightmkt.com

 
Monday, September 26, 2005
Zen Internet in top 10 fastest growing tech companies in the North

The Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100

Rochdale-based Zen Internet, one of the UK's leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs), has made it onto the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 list at number 31. This position ranks it as 6th in the North of England. The Tech Track 100 is a national league table of Britain's 100 private technology companies with the fastest-growing sales over a two-year period. Zen's ranking this year is a climb of 20 places up from its position in the previous Tech Track 100.

Fast Track is an independent research, publishing and events company that tracks Britain's top performing private companies and entrepreneurs. The Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 is now in its fifth year, and ranks the country's 100 fastest growing private technology companies by 2002-2004 sales growth. Zen Internet had sales growth for that period of 101.26% per annum and sales in 2004 of £14.2m.

Stuart Birchall, Technical Services Director of Zen Internet, said: "I'm delighted about our inclusion in the Tech Track league table. The fact that we've climbed a massive 20 places up the table shows that our focus on customer satisfaction, and our determination to remain independent is paying dividends. This stands us in good stead for our expansion plans in the future."

Last year, Zen was listed 39th in the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100, which ranks Britain's fastest growing unquoted companies. Zen's listing this year comes on the back of a year which saw the company providing broadband connections for organisers of events such as Live 8, V Festival, Manchester Pride Festival, the Open Golf, and the Guardian's Soulmates tent at Glastonbury. Also this year, Zen has launched its revamped Partner Programme, which will enable Zen to continue to deliver excellent business opportunities to partners and offer outstanding support. Enhancements to the programme include, a training programme offering Zen accreditation, an excellent range of sales tools, and a comprehensive marketing support programme.

For more information on the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 please visit the link below to view the league table and a profile on companies listed as they appear in the Sunday Times supplement: http://www.fasttrack.co.uk

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About Zen Internet:

Established in 1995, and one of the first ISPs in the UK, Zen Internet provides a full range of high quality services to the home and business user, from the latest in high speed DSL Broadband Internet access and complete hosting packages to state of the art Web site design and e-commerce solutions. Zen Internet are recent winners of the ISPA Best Light Business Broadband award in 2005, and won the PC Pro Best Broadband award in 2004.
http://www.zen.co.uk

For further information:

Fiona Whyatt/Natalie Gross
Insight Marketing & Communications
Tel: 01625 500 800
fwhyatt@insightmkt.com or ngross@insightmkt.com

 
Monday, September 19, 2005
HANTRO STRENGTHENS CODEC PORTFOLIO WITH MICROSOFT'S VC-1 DECODER
Oulu, Finland – 19th September, 2005 – Support for Microsoft’s VC-1 codec grows as it enters the final stages of acceptance as an open standard. Hantro, the leading provider of multimedia solutions for mobile devices has today announced that they will be integrating VC-1 decode support in to their video codec portfolio.

VC-1, which is implemented by Microsoft as WMV9, has an exceptionally strong position within the PC desktop world making it compelling to use for delivering content over the internet; this content will inevitably find its way into the mobile arena. Along with H.264/AVC, VC-1 will also play a significant role in mobile TV.

“Adding VC-1 is a natural step for us” says Eero Kaikkonen, President and CEO at Hantro “As a consumer I want to watch video on my mobile handset; I don’t want to be concerned over which format it is and whether my handset supports it. As mobile internet access speeds increase and alternative connectivity options become commonplace, the availability of VC-1 and Windows Media Video 9 formatted content will become extremely significant.”

About Hantro
Hantro is a world leader for multimedia technology in mobile handsets. Providing both hardware and software based MPEG4, H.263, H.264/AVC and VC-1 video codecs as well as complete integration platforms, Hantro is uniquely positioned to deliver technology solutions for silicon providers, device manufacturers and network operators.

Hantro enables the implementation of applications such as: Camcorder, Video Player, Video Telephony and Mobile TV. For more information please visit www.hantro.com
 
Redstone plc announces new operating units following acquisition of Xpert Group Limited
September 19, 2005 - Following Redstone plc’s acquisition of Xpert Group Limited, Redstone has been restructured into four autonomous operating units, supported by a small head office team, as follows:





Martin Balaam, Chief Executive Office of Redstone plc, formerly Chief Executive of Xpert Group said, “In order to give the company a stable platform for growth the Board identified four core actions that needed to be completed in the short term:


The company has focused on reducing expenditure to allow the business to generate cash from its existing revenue base.  This has been achieved by re-organisation which has also given Redstone a firm footing from which to develop its strategy for growth.

The company has developed a strong platform for its future growth, is largely debt free, is expected to be cash generative and is much better positioned to take advantage of a developing and consolidating market place”.
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About Redstone
Redstone plc delivers a complete range of specialist voice, data and smart building communications services and networking solutions.  As a multi-tier ISP and network operator holding a telecom licence, the company has 370 staff in eight UK offices and a turnover of over £60m (2004).  As an end-to-end provider, Redstone can manage the lifecycle of any solution from consultancy to delivery and managed services, backed up by excellent customer care.  It has accreditations from Cisco and Avaya as a Global Partner and strategic partnerships with vendors including BT Wholesale and Siemens.  Working across all market sectors, Redstone has particular expertise in education, healthcare, local government, property and retail.  Redstone is Cisco Systems UK Mobility Partner of the Year and won the 2003 Channel Network Award for innovation for developing the retail network infrastructure at Bullring Birmingham. For more information see www.redstone.co.uk

Press Contacts:
Ann Fielder
Insight Marketing and Communications
0208 564 6385
afielder@insightmkt.com
 
MEDIA ALERT: SystemHost Ltd gains BS7799 standard - highest security award


WHO: SystemHost Ltd, a Carnforth-based managed IT services provider to SMEs (5 to 75 users). Customers include estate agents, manufacturing, construction and civil engineering plus professional services, with availability for all sectors.

WHAT: The internationally recognised British Standard (BS)7799 is the highest security standard that can be awarded. It sets rules about the confidential handling of company data and requires that every employee must place great value on the protection of data. It helps identify, manage and minimise the range of threats to which information is regularly subjected. Being awarded BS7799 is a recognition that the company properly safeguards all employee, customer and commercial data throughout the organisation.

There are less than 400 companies in the UK with this accreditation, and SystemHost is one of the few in the North West. Having the standard confirms that SystemHost has carried out a risk analysis of how it holds data, and has taken all possible steps to eliminate risk. This process includes an examination both of the security level of equipment, such as access authorisation to its secure data suite, and the methods used to protect IT systems. The crucial factor is that employees should attach great importance to the issue of data security.

WHY: SystemHost has proved that it implements this policy in its internal processes and systems. It has met this standard in order to reassure clients of its commitment to data security and means the company follows a method of working to procedures and standards, and is audited on a regular basis. Any company hosting IT services for other organisations should have this accreditation, but not all of them do. For more information on this award and the British Standards Institute visit http://www.bsi.org.uk.

CONTACT: To speak with Ronnie Sandham, chairman of SystemHost Ltd, for further information on the BS7799 certificate, please contact me on 01625 506 427.

kind regards

Natalie Gross

 
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
UK businesses waste £240m a year on telecoms spend

Employee misuse of the telephone, being signed to inappropriate tariffs and continuing to pay for unused lines and equipment are the key reasons why UK businesses are wasting approximately one fifth of their telecommunications expenditure.

That's the finding of leading communications and technology company Azzurri Communications, which offers businesses a free audit that will identify where efficiency and cost savings can be made across their telecoms infrastructure.

Azzurri has audited 1,200 corporate UK customers with a combined telecoms spend of £300m per year and has identified £60m worth of achievable savings across all these companies. Based on the fact that there are approximately 4,800 large corporates in the UK, British businesses are wasting £240m on excess telecoms spend.

"Most companies don't make regular checks on how they are using their telephones, whether they are paying the cheapest rates or if they are continuing to pay for unused lines," said Azzurri Communications' managing director Central Region, Jason Standerwick.

"We also see an incredible amount of employee abuse of company phone systems. One of our customers employed a security officer who had run up a bill of £8,000 calling relatives living overseas - and this is far from uncommon.

"Another member of staff employed by a national car dealership was running up high bills due to him operating a separate business in his employer's time."

Another major finding of the survey is that most companies are committed to buying services on price and seek out the best pence-per-minute (PPM) deal from their network provider. However, they neglect fixed costs such as people, line rental, equipment rental and maintenance costs.

"It's like having really cheap petrol and making unnecessary trips. Why do people in the US drive big SUV and Cadillacs and drive everywhere? Because the petrol is cheap. It's the same principle here. As long as people think that they are getting really cheap PPM rates, they think they are saving money. What they don't look at is whether their employees are making unnecessary calls or wasting money on rental for lines that they don't use," continued Standerwick.

The key findings from Azzurri's audits are:
* 6 out of 10 companies are on the wrong tariff
* 9 out of 10 companies could save money by switching provider
* 10 out of 10 companies are paying for unused telephone lines
* 10 out of 10 companies could benefit from tighter control on telephone usage.

House-builder George Wimpey is one of the first companies to have benefited from the audit process. George Wimpey's operations demand the frequent opening and closing of site offices and show homes as developments progress.

"Working with Azzurri we have eliminated 'forgotten lines', reduced fixed-to-mobile call costs, removed unauthorised premium rate and international calls and raised awareness among staff of the true costs of making calls," said Jolyon Ingham, IT director, George Wimpey UK.

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For further information contact:
Rebecca Dean
Insight Marketing and Communications
Tel: 01625 500800
Email: rdean@insightmkt.com <mailto:rdean@insightmkt.com>

Joe Doyle
Azzurri Communications
Tel: 01635 520360
Email: joe.doyle@azzu.co.uk <mailto:joe.doyle@azzu.co.uk>

About Azzurri Communications

Azzurri Communications was formed in June 2000 with support from 3i and the Bank of Scotland and is currently made up of 13 strategic company acquisitions. Azzurri Communications is one of the largest and leading voice and data resellers and managed service providers in the UK. Annual turnover stands at £90 million. There are 600 employees nation-wide. Headquartered in Newbury, Azzurri currently has sales and support operations in Fareham, London, Kingston, Birmingham, Burnley, Hull, Leeds and East Kilbride.

Backed by leading manufacturers and networks, Azzurri provides solutions that include voice, data, consultancy, networking, digital print and mobile. Azzurri also provides consultancy such as in-depth communications audits for large corporations and comprehensive telecoms management services. For further information visit www.azzurricommunications.com <http://www.azzurricommunications.com/>

 
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
HANTRO ENABLES SDTV RESOLUTION VIDEO CAPTURE FOR MOBILE HANDSETS

Multi-format encoder design for wireless IC’s heralds the future of mobile video

Oulu, Finland – September 6th, 2005 - Hantro announced today the availability of a new hardware encoder design targeted for wireless IC manufacturers. The 6250 encoder supports MPEG-4, H.263 and H.264/AVC video formats at resolutions up to 720x576 as well as up to 16Mpix JPEG still images. An optimal solution for the mobile environment, Hantro’s design shares common hardware and software blocks to provide a minimal silicon gate count without compromising performance.

Supporting multiple video standards, the 6250 encoder enables a powerful suite of applications including video messaging, video telephony and personal video recorder. More than just an encoder, with integrated pre-processing functionality for colour space conversion the 6250 simplifies overall system design by accepting standard outputs from image sensors. It also provides for image rotation which allows for landscape and portrait orientation capture, something which if executed in software, would be extremely heavy on the CPU.

“Our proprietary implementations for intra prediction and motion estimation are extremely computationally efficient” says Jani Huoponen, Director of Business Development at Hantro “this means that the 6250 multi-format encoder is capable of delivering better quality video with much less power consumption.”

“Incorporating SDTV resolution video recording capability into a mobile handset may seem a little extreme however, when you consider the convergence of devices in the digital living room, it is a natural step.” says Eero Kaikkonen, President and CEO of Hantro. “Future embedded applications will enable you to wirelessly stream your home movies created with your mobile handset directly on to your TV.”

About the Hantro 6250 Encoder
About Hantro
Focused on mobile, Hantro is committed to continually advancing video enabling technology to deliver capabilities that exceed the expectations of the marketplace. A leading provider of hardware and software based MPEG4, H.263 and H.264/AVC video codec solutions as well as a complete integration platform; Hantro facilitates the implementation of applications such as: Camcorder, Video Players, Video Telephony and Mobile TV.
Hantro is uniquely positioned to provide technology solutions for silicon providers, device manufacturers and network operators. For more information please visit www.hantro.com.

Press Contact:Tony HopeHantro Products Oy+358 (0)8 8156 300tony.hope@hantro.com
 
PREMIERE GLOBAL SERVICES LAUNCH MOBILE OFFICE MANAGER
New application increases productivity on the road

September 6, 2005 – Mobile professionals can now access hardcopies of documents from their email or PDA, anywhere and anytime, even without access to a printer, thanks to Premiere Global Services’ (formerly Xpedite) Mobile Office Manager, announced today.

Mobile Office Manager helps businesses improve communications, increase productivity and avoid missing important deadlines.  The application, designed for employees on the road that have no access to a printer, works on desktops, laptops and PDAs without the need for any software, or configuration.  The user simply has to send an email message, with the required document attached, straight to the nearest fax machine and the document will be produced in a matter of seconds.  

Simon Bushell, General Manager, Premiere Global Services UK explained:  “As an increasing percentage of companies’ workforces are now mobile, empowering your mobile professionals with the necessary tools that permit quick and easy access to critical business documents keeps your people productive. Mobile PDAs, particularly the Blackberry, have freed up a generation of mobile workers, in areas such as sales, finance, legal and management, to be where they need to be and remain constantly in touch with and on top of their email. However, emailed documents often need to be viewed or printed, signed or turned around in short timescales and this is where Mobile Office Manager pays dividends”

Mobile Office Manager is a cost-effective solution that works with any email-enabled device.  The solution is particularly useful for PDAs that may not support specific document types or printer drivers.

“Premiere’s Mobile Office Manager helps employees to conduct business wherever they are, so they don’t have to wait until they get back to the office to view important documents.  This results in better utilisation of employees’ time, especially downtime”, added Bushell.
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About Premiere Global Services (formerly Xpedite)Premiere Global Services (formerly Xpedite) is a leading global provider of innovative business communications and data services. Customers use our ASP platform to process and deliver large quantities of individualised, business critical information via enhanced Email, Fax, Voice and SMS.  Premiere Global Services offers outsourced document delivery, data capture, alerts/notifications and campaign marketing solutions that automate customers’ business processes and improve efficiency levels enterprise-wide.  We also offer a full suite of VoIP-based collaboration sessions and conferencing solutions, including automated, operator-assisted and Web collaboration services that enable customers to communicate real-time via our advanced, open standards global conferencing platform.  

Premiere Global serves more than 46,000 corporate accounts in nearly every business sector, throughout 19 countries worldwide.  Our corporate headquarters is located at 3399 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30326.

Additional information can be found at www.premiereglobal.co.uk or contact our local office in the United Kingdom on +44 (0)20 7444 0700.

Press Contacts:
Ann Fielder / Rebecca Dean
Insight Marketing and Communications
0208 564 6385 / 01625 506 416
afielder@insightmkt.com / rdean@insightmkt.com
 
Monday, September 05, 2005
Zen connects Hospital Radio Perth in a broadcasting first

5 September 2005 - Zen Internet, a leading UK ISP (Internet Service Provider), has enabled Hospital Radio Perth to transmit outside broadcasts from the nearby Perth Concert Hall to up to 2,000 patients across two large regional hospitals, by providing free activation and a year's free broadband connection to its ZenADSL Home 500 service.

John Watson, Chairman of Hospital Radio Perth, and Chief Executive of the Hospital Broadcasting Association, explained: "To our knowledge, this is the first time any hospital broadcasting station has used broadband to take content from the outside world in this way. Because of the construction of the new concert hall, which has a seamless roof that was unable to take any embellishments such as dishes or aerials, we were unable to use our usual FM antenna. The concert hall's technical staff suggested routing a broadband signal, and this is where Zen Internet provided valuable assistance."

The broadband connection has already become extremely important to the radio station, even before the concert hall is officially opened to the public in September. It has enabled staff to remotely ensure, via the Internet, that music is available 24-hours a day to patients, even when no presenters are available in person, ensuring a steady and organised output. The same remote control link also allows commentators broadcasting live from football matches at the local St Johnstone FC to remotely switch off this music output, start the football coverage from the stadium, and then switch back. Explained Watson: "We'll be able to do this at any outside broadcast, wherever we can access an Internet connection. So for example we'll be able to provide commentary from any sporting event, from any stadium, as long as we have the connection."

The radio station is also using the Zen broadband connection to remotely monitor its 24-hour music system, and to synchronise the output with the Atomic Clock in Rugby, used by all radio stations in the UK to seamlessly pull in the news from IRN on the hour.

"We used to be able to do this using an ugly aerial which was very unreliable," said Watson. "The service Zen is providing is allowing us to achieve so many things for our patients. We're looking forward to using it in the future to expand our audience to the more remote hospitals in Perthshire; we have the potential ability to broadcast to community and 'cottage' hospitals in the future via broadband, and could potentially reach 10 or more locations."

Stephen Warburton, commercial manager, Zen Internet, said: "We are proud to be supporting such a worthy cause and it's good to see such innovative use of the technology. The range of programming that will be available to patients in the area will be vast, thanks to the broadband signal. They'll be able to listen to anything from opera to orchestras, comedy to choral societies, rock concerts to children's music and a huge range of sporting events. The concert hall is technically linked to the town's theatre, so any arts festival or theatre productions will also be available to patients. It's a significant step forward in hospital radio broadcasting and we're proud to be able to help make it a reality."

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http://www.zen.co.uk

 

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