WaterBriefs: Transpara, OSIsoft announce joint solution for mobile IT monitoring

Aug. 17, 2007
Also in this report: Fiber optic rotary encoder system awarded U.S. patent; Waste Matters website relaunched; Dr. Leroy Hood to deliver plenary lecture at Pittcon 2008; MIOX hires VP of sales; Scottsdale to expand water plant; Management changes for Mott MacDonald's water, environment business; RJA opens Seattle office; Sierra Instruments introduces online customer support service; SonTek/YSI expands R&D team; Abt Associates to provide support to EPA...

In other news below:
-- Fiber optic rotary encoder system awarded U.S. patent
-- Waste Matters website relaunched
-- Dr. Leroy Hood to deliver plenary lecture at Pittcon 2008
-- MIOX hires VP of sales
-- Scottsdale to expand water plant
-- Management changes for Mott MacDonald's water, environment business
-- RJA opens Seattle office
-- Sierra Instruments introduces online customer support service
-- SonTek/YSI expands R&D team
-- Abt Associates to provide support to EPA

Transpara, OSIsoft announce joint solution for mobile IT monitoring
PLEASANTON, CA, Aug. 7, 2007 -- Transpara Corporation and OSIsoft today announced Visual KPI MCN Quick Start, a joint technology solution for mobile monitoring of IT infrastructure performance data. Transpara's Visual KPI plug-in for OSIsoft's Manufacturing Control Network (MCN) Health Monitor enables process manufacturing customers to detect IT performance issues from any handheld or desktop web browser. Visual KPI delivers business-critical operating data to any mobile device­cell phone, PDA or SmartPhone­enabling timely incident resolution, increased uptime and process efficiency with on-demand access to IT performance data stored in a PI Server.

MCN Health Monitor extends the OSIsoft PI System enterprise data historian capabilities to IT asset monitoring, offering an additional layer of functionality that detects potential issues to performance, network problems and network bottlenecks within the manufacturing IT infrastructure. A set of templates for KPIs, Scorecards and Views allows for fast deployment of Visual KPI with existing MCN Health Monitor customers, and delivers ROI that can be measured in days. Visual KPI MCN Quick Start is available immediately.
Also see: "Transpara announces support for iPhone"

Among other recent headlines:

Fiber optic rotary encoder system awarded U.S. patent
NEWBURY PARK, CA, Aug. 6, 2007 -- Micronor Inc. has secured U.S. patent 7,196,320 for its ZapFREE™ Fiber Optic Rotary Encoder System. The patent recognizes Micronor's innovative wavelength division multiplexing approach which produces a totally passive encoder utilizing no electronics within the sensor -- and therefore deployable in stressful environments not suited for conventional electronic-based encoders. The Micronor encoders meet ATEX requirements as "simple apparatus" and are certified for use in hazardous environments. An MRI-transparent encoder has been recently developed for the medical industry.

Waste Matters website relaunched
LONDON, Aug. 6, 2007 -- Businesses are being encouraged to share their hints, tips and best practice in dealing with waste on a new and improved website relaunched today. The website, www.wastematters.org.uk, covers issues such as preventing and dealing with fly-tipping, advice on reducing waste and expert advice from regulators like the Environment Agency on waste legislation.

Dr. Leroy Hood to deliver plenary lecture at Pittcon 2008
PITTSBURGH, PA, Aug. 6, 2007 -- The Pittsburgh Conference announced today that Dr. Leroy Hood will deliver the plenary lecture, Systems Biology and Systems Medicine, during the Opening Session of Pittcon 2008 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA on March 2, 2008. The Opening Session agenda will begin with a presentation of the Pittcon Heritage Award to Michael W. Hunkapiller, former President of Applied Biosystems, followed by the plenary lecture, and will conclude with a poster session and complimentary mixer.

MIOX hires VP of sales
Albuquerque, NM -- Aug. 6, 2007 -- MIOX Corporation, providers of on-site generation equipment used to process water for public drinking water and other applications, welcomes Anthony Picozzi as VP of Sales. Picozzi joined MIOX Corporation as the Vice President of Sales effective July 30, 2007. Picozzi's entry to the company coincides closely with the release of a new and improved product line that sets a new standard in safety and performance at drastically reduced operational costs.

Scottsdale to expand water plant
SCOTTSDALE, AZ, Aug. 5, 2007 -- According to a recent report in the East Vally Tribune, the city of Scottsdale is planning to spend about $90 million to expand its northern water plant's capacity by 60 percent to treat drinking water. It's all part of a plan to help meet the city's expected residential and commercial growth over the next 10 years...

Management changes for Mott MacDonald's water, environment business
Aug. 3, 2007 -- Malcolm White, Mott MacDonald's water and environment managing director, retires from his role this week after 19 years' successful experience with the international engineering, management and development consultancy. Jim Perry will become the new managing director of Mott MacDonald's water and environment consultancy business, stepping up from his previous role managing the company's environment team.

RJA opens Seattle office
CHICAGO , IL, July 31, 2007 -- Rolf Jensen & Associates has announced the opening of its Seattle Office. RJA is committed to the growth and development of the Pacific Northwest and Seattle is a key location that will allow RJA to best serve clients throughout Washington, Oregon and the Pacific Rim...

Sierra Instruments introduces online customer support service
MONTEREY, CA, July 30, 2007 -- Sierra Instruments, manufacturer of high performance flow meters and controllers, has announced a new feature to their customer service arsenal -- LIVE HELP, an online instant messaging service...

SonTek/YSI expands R&D team
San Diego, CA, July 30, 2007 -- SonTek/YSI, an international leader in the manufacturing of acoustic Doppler instrumentation for water velocity measurement, has announced a new addition to its expanding Research and Development team, to support the company's rapid growth. Steve Maier has joined SonTek as Senior Embedded Systems Engineer. Maier has spent the past 21 years of his career employed with Teledyne RD Instruments working with Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, Doppler Velocity Logs, and Acoustic Doppler Flow Meters.

Abt Associates to provide support to EPA
CAMBRIDGE, MA, July 23, 2007 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Abt Associates a $27.1 million, six-year Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) to provide technical support to the Office of Water (OW), which is part of the agency's Engineering and Analysis Division. Under this contract, staff of Abt Associates' Environment and Resources Division, as well as subcontractors and consultants directed by the company, will provide a wide range of economic and technical services in support of the Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELGs) and other programs enabled by the Clean Water Act (CWA)...
Also see: "Electronics Environmental benefit calculator allows companies to quantify benefits of making 'green' choices when using, reusing, or recycling electronic equipment"


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