All posts by imreal

ALICE Technologies Raises $8M to Transform Construction Planning with AI-Powered Simulations


News Image

“The construction industry is in the very early innings of a massive digital transformation. We’re well poised to lead the industry in this evolution,” said Dr. Rene Morkos, CEO at ALICE Technologies.

ALICE Technologies, the world’s first AI-based simulation platform for construction, today announced that it has closed $8M in Series A funding led by Merus Capital with participation from Foundamental, Blackhorn Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners. The new funds will be used to accelerate the company’s go-to-market plans, international expansion and product innovation.

Current construction planning software does not allow construction companies to optimize and analyze the complex flows of labor, equipment and materials throughout a job site, leading to projects plagued by consistent cost overruns and unexpected delays. ALICE solves this problem by leveraging artificial intelligence to analyze a project’s building requirements and generate highly efficient construction plans. Using ALICE, project teams now have the ability to explore a variety of building plans in real-time and better understand the impact of key construction decisions on the two metrics that matter most: project cost and duration. Builders can reduce project costs by $30 million for a typical $500 million project by using ALICE to optimize their projects.

“The construction industry is in the very early innings of a massive digital transformation,” said Dr. Rene Morkos, founder and CEO at ALICE Technologies. “With our deep experience in AI and our vast understanding of the inner workings of the construction industry, we’re well poised to lead the industry in this evolution. We’re thrilled to partner with Merus Capital as well as other leading names in venture capital and construction to continue to drive digitalization on a global scale.”

Since its initial product release in early 2018, ALICE has amassed a global portfolio of leading developers and general contractors across Asia, the Nordics, the Middle East and North America. ALICE is being used to plan projects by construction companies including Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, AF Gruppen and Parsons. Recently, ALICE has filled out its leadership team with key hires including Jennifer Woodford, VP of Customer Success, who spent over 15 years as an executive at P6 Primavera.

“At Merus, we’re focused on investing in companies that are using technology to shift the basis of competition within an industry,” said Peter Hsing, co-founder and managing director at Merus Capital. “That means the technology needs to go beyond just suggesting improvements—it needs to actually take action and implement those improvements. We can’t think of a company that’s doing this more effectively than ALICE. We’re very excited to be a part of the revolution that ALICE started and look forward to partnering with Rene and his impressive team.”

About ALICE Technologies

ALICE Technologies is the world’s first AI-based simulation platform for construction. Founded in 2015 from research at Stanford University, ALICE Technologies is a construction simulation platform that leverages artificial intelligence to analyze a project’s complex building requirements and generate highly efficient building plans. ALICE enables contractors and owners to plan, bid, and build more effectively, reducing construction durations and labor costs by $30 million for a typical $500 million construction project. Learn more about the future of construction planning by visiting our website, Medium page, and LinkedIn.

Share article on social media or email:

Ushio America Introduces Replacement High Output LED PAR38 Lamps for High Ceiling Applications


Incorporating high collection efficiency, these lamps deliver 9550 candelas and are ideal for high ceiling applications. These dimmable, 3000 lumen lamps are UL rated for Enclosed Fixtures and Wet Locations.

Ushio’s new Uphoria™ PRO High Output LED PAR38 lamps operate on 120V and are 27W equivalent to 250-watt halogen lamps. The unique optical design achieves outstanding Center Beam Candle Power (CBCP). Incorporating high collection efficiency, these lamps deliver 9550 candelas and are ideal for high ceiling applications. These dimmable, 3000 lumen lamps are UL rated for Enclosed Fixtures and Wet Locations.

The Uphoria PRO High Output LED PAR38 lamps are available in a warm white 3000K color temperature with a Narrow Flood (25º) beam angle. Ushio America is proud to stand behind these 25,000 hour rated life lamps with a 3-year limited warranty.

For more information on the Uphoria PRO HO LED PAR38 lamps or any of the other lighting-edge technologies from Ushio America, Inc., visit http://www.ushio.com/AL/ or call 800.838.7446.

About Ushio America, Inc.

Ushio America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of LED and Traditional Architectural Illumination lamps such as PARs, BRs, CFLs, MR16s, HID, Linear Tubes, A19s, as well as LED fixtures. Ushio also manufactures specialty lamps that are used for AV, photographic, stage & studio, cinema, UV curing, germicidal, medical, dental, infra-red heating, and many other applications. Established in 1967 as a subsidiary of Ushio Inc., in Tokyo, Japan, Ushio America offers a full spectrum of over 2,500 products and services to its customers. For more information, visit http://www.ushio.com.

Share article on social media or email:

Fitness Machine Technicians Opens in Colorado Springs & Southern Front Range


News Image

I’m thrilled by the opportunity to own my own business and help my neighbors stay healthy and get the most out of their fitness machines.

Fitness Machine Technicians, specialists in the maintenance and repair of exercise equipment for commercial and residential customers, announced it is opening its second Colorado location today. Cynthia Anderson of Colorado Springs will own and manage the local office.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Fitness Machine Technicians operates in more than 70 markets across the country and offers service/repair and maintenance on a variety of exercise equipment for fitness centers, universities, high schools, hotels, apartment complexes, corporate gyms and private residences.

Cynthia recently retired from a 22-year career in the U.S. Air Force where she helped build and lead teams of people securing and operating networks as a Cyber Officer. Stationed in Colorado Springs since 2013, first at Peterson Air Force Base and later at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Cynthia also served in the Outreach Office where she worked with local businesses. She saw great potential in her vibrant, rapidly growing, and small business-friendly community and was excited to find a franchise opportunity with Fitness Machine Technicians as she felt it would be a great fit for the area.

“Fitness is a huge part of the Colorado lifestyle, especially here in the ‘Olympic City,’ where there’s a definite need for this specific maintenance and repair service,” says Cynthia. “I’m thrilled by the opportunity to own my own business and help my neighbors stay healthy and get the most out of their fitness machines,” she adds.

Since its inception, Fitness Machine Technicians has been committed to delivering reliable service/repair and preventive maintenance services to customers across the nation. With more than 35 years’ experience in the fitness industry, Chief Executive and Founder Don Powers created a company that puts its customers first.

Powers notes, “We’re excited to continue our expansion throughout Colorado. As Cynthia begins her new career with us, we know she will provide the area with excellent repairs and customer service.”

For more information about having a fitness machine or exercise facility serviced, please contact Cynthia Anderson at 719-728-2484 or visit http://www.fitnessmachinetechnicians.com/COS.

About Fitness Machine Technicians

Fitness Machine Technicians specializes in the maintenance and repair of equipment for commercial and home exercise facilities. Clients include health clubs, corporations, hotels, condos, education, government and residential homes across the United States. Fitness Machine Technicians also offers franchise opportunities to individuals with an interest in fitness and looking to run a service-based business based on a proven operating model. For more information, visit the website at http://www.FitnessMachineTechnicians.com or call 844-FMT-FIXX.

=

Share article on social media or email:

Smile Brands Welcomes New Affiliate Partner Permian Basin Smiles in Odessa, TX


https://www.prweb.com/

Dr. Hatten

When it came time to look for a partner, Smile Brands was the natural choice. With their help, we will save time and money on the administrative aspects of the practice, so my team and I can do what we love – deliver great patient care.

Smile Brands Inc., one of the nation’s leading dental support organizations (DSO) providing business support services to nearly 440 affiliated offices across 18 states, is pleased to announce its latest partnership with Permian Basin Smiles of Odessa, Texas.

Smile Brands will provide full-service administrative support to the practice, including; purchasing, payroll, accounting, IT, billing, facilities management and marketing. The existing team will continue to care for patients and will be expanding so that the practice can meet the growing demand for quality dental care in the area. The office will continue to operate under the Permian Basin Smiles brand name.

Dr. John Hatten founded Permian Basin Smiles over 20 years ago and has built a thriving, highly rated practice offering full-service preventative and restorative care plus cosmetic and implant dentistry. Dr. Hatten and his team are looking forward to a strong partnership with Smile Brands.

“I’ve known the Smile Brands folks for a long time and am highly impressed with how they operate here in West Texas and across the country,” explains Hatten. “When it came time to look for a partner, Smile Brands was the natural choice. With their help, we will save time and money on the administrative aspects of the practice, so my team and I can do what we love – deliver great patient care.”

Smile Brands CEO, Steve Bilt, is excited to welcome Permian Basin Smiles. “Odessa is an underserved market when it comes to high quality dental care.” says Bilt. “We are eager to partner with Dr. Hatten and his team to grow the practice and expand care access within the community.”

About Smile Brands Inc

Based in Irvine California, Smile Brands Inc. is one of the largest providers of support services to dental groups in the United States. The culture-driven organization is the #1 ranked multi-location healthcare provider on Glassdoor’s 2019 Best Places to Work list. Smile Brands provides comprehensive business support services through exclusive long-term agreements with affiliate dental groups, so dentists can spend more time caring for their patients and less time on the administrative, marketing, and financial aspects of operating a dental practice. Smile Brands supports 440 Bright Now!® Dental, Monarch Dental®, Castle Dental®, A+ Dental Care, OneSmile Dental, Johnson Family Dental, P3 Dental Group, and DecisionOne Dental Partners offices in 18 states, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Oregon, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Smile Brands is a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, a leading middle-market private equity firm based in San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit http://www.smilebrands.com.

Share article on social media or email:

Campaign Urges Funding for Floridians with Disabilities


“The iBudget Waiver is the only program in Florida that ensures individuals they will receive care and prevents them from living in an institution. It is truly critical for the survival of thousands of Floridians and we must preserve it.”

The iBudget Waiver – Florida’s only public health insurance program for individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities – provides essential and critical services to nearly 35,000 Floridians. However, proposed changes and potential cuts to the iBudget Waiver have caused major concern among Florida’s most vulnerable citizens and their advocates.

Due to such threats and in an effort to help thousands receive the care and support needed, the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) has announced the launch of a statewide public advocacy campaign, Save the iBudget Waiver.

With Save the iBudget Waiver, FDDC has created ways that Florida’s most vulnerable citizens can educate the Florida Legislature on why preserving this program means preserving thousands of lives as nearly 70 percent of recipients live and work in their own homes and communities. Such services are not covered by a regular insurance plan.

“Florida is 49th in the nation in Medicaid spending for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said FDDC Executive Director Valerie Breen. – “The iBudget Waiver is the only program in Florida that ensures individuals they will receive care and prevents them from living in an institution. It is truly critical for the survival of thousands of Floridians and we must preserve it.”

The campaign urges individuals with disabilities, their family members and all Floridians to become informed about the iBudget Waiver and its potential changes as well as share campaign information and attend local and legislative committee meetings to testify on what would happen if services are not funded.

Information about Save the iBudget Waiver can be found at https://ibudgetwaiver.com.

Share article on social media or email:

Nicholas Reynolds appointed Chief Underwriting Officer at Berkley Asset Protection


Nick Reynolds, Chief Underwriter Office, Berkley Asset Protection

Nick Reynolds, Berkley Asset Protection

With more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, Nick Reynold’s knowledge and unparalleled insights have made him a frequent speaker and panelist for insurance and trade groups.

Nicholas Reynolds, an officer of Berkley Asset Protection since its inception, has been appointed global Chief Underwriting Officer for the company. Berkley Asset Protection, established in 2008, is the leading specialty insurance provider for all aspects of fine art, jewelry and specie businesses.

In his new role, Reynolds is responsible for managing the company’s underwriting performance across all lines and platforms. He also serves as the company’s Senior Vice President for global fine art, specie and commercial lines.

Commenting on the appointment, Joseph “Chip” Dowd said, “Nick is a proven leader with significant experience, expertise, and insights. He is a highly skilled underwriter with a customer-centric focus that complements our experienced team at Berkley Asset Protection. We are pleased to have him take on this role.”

He started his career as a broker at Lloyd’s of London, moving in 1991 to the United States, where he gained valuable experience in the retail brokerage market before moving into underwriting. With more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, his knowledge and unparalleled insights have made him a frequent speaker and panelist for insurance and trade groups.

He graduated with honors from the Queen Mary College, University of London, with a Bachelors in Law degree.

About Berkley Asset Protection

Berkley Asset Protection, a Berkley company, is a leading specialty insurance provider for all aspects of fine art and jewelry businesses: jewelers block, fine art, commercial property and liability, and workers’ compensation. The company also offers Lavalier Personal Jewelry Insurance and insurance for individuals’ collections.

Products and services are provided by one or more insurance company subsidiaries of W. R. Berkley Corporation. Not all products and services are available in every jurisdiction, and the precise coverage afforded by any insurer is subject to the actual terms and conditions of the policies as issued.

Share article on social media or email:

ANS Solutions Announces Rebrand


News Image

“Our new brand showcases our heartfelt belief that we can change the outcome by changing the approach,” said Anthony Sambucini, CEO, ANS Solutions.

ANS Solutions, a leader in workers’ compensation medical cost containment, announced today a comprehensive rebrand, which includes a new logo and website. The new brand will be unveiled at the company’s booth (#2340) during the National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference November 6–8, 2019.

“Our new brand showcases our heartfelt belief that we can change the outcome by changing the approach,” said Anthony Sambucini, CEO, ANS Solutions.

Of their new tagline, Sambucini says, “‘Pioneering New Possibilities’ is a reminder and a promise: that as we continue to grow and expand our capabilities, we will continue to fight for more outcomes that benefit everyone—clients, physicians, partners, and most importantly, injured workers.”

The rebrand elevates the focus on the value that ANS provides: a unique blend of their personalized, face-to-face approach, unmatched medical and jurisdictional expertise, and industry leading success rates across all solutions.

ANS will continue to offer their existing marketplace-leading solutions while also seeking out new opportunities to positively impact the world of medical cost containment, delivering better solutions and better results.

“Our programs are built on trust, powered by partnership, and designed to help resolve even the most complex cases,” said Anne Sambucini, Chairperson, ANS. “We can now say the ANS brand is a direct reflection of that commitment to collaboration and excellence.”

Please visit http://www.ans-solutions.com/pioneering to explore the new brand.

About ANS:

For 14 years, ANS has worked tirelessly to build powerful partnerships within the workers’ compensation, medical provider, and legal communities. We offer a personalized approach that starts with giving each and every case the time, attention, and respect it deserves—and ends with giving patients, adjusters, and physicians results they feel good about.

ANS currently offers four unique solutions, including a pharmacy intervention program—which has played a significant role in reducing opioid usage in injured workers—as well as Medicare Set-Aside, medical cost projection, and nurse expert services.

Our clients include many of the nation’s leading insurance carriers, Fortune 1000 self-insured companies, large public entities, state workers’ compensation funds and guarantee associations, and the largest third-party administrators in the United States. To learn more about working with us, please visit http://www.ans-solutions.com/pioneering.

Share article on social media or email:

Hystax Acura now supports Disaster Recovery and Live Cloud Migration to Google Cloud Platform


Hystax Acura usage grants you fast and simple access to GCP services in all major spheres including groundbreaking solutions for storage, compute, networking, etc.

By leveraging Hystax Acura, businesses of all sizes can achieve fully automated lift-and-shift of their applications to Google Cloud Platform with consistent background replication and instant launch of workloads on a target site. Hystax Acura, sophisticated software for any-to-any workloads migration and Disaster Recovery designed and developed by Hystax team, optimizes this transition by thorough orchestration and accommodating diverse assets that influence the process.

Hystax Acura enables protection, backup and restore data capabilities for on-premises servers, virtual machines and virtualized workloads in the native Google Cloud Platform infrastructure. Hystax Backup and Disaster Recovery to GCP guarantees consistent data deduplication and WAN-optimization, achieved by proprietary technologies of client-side data and network traffic compression.

Google Cloud Platform services are currently available in 200+ countries and territories across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia; that is 20 regions, 60+ zones and 130+ network edge locations. Moving to GCP, one of the leading cloud computing solutions, with Hystax Live Cloud Migration and Disaster Recovery enhances elimination of hardships and challenges of commissioning new cloud infrastructure. Hystax Acura usage grants you fast and simple access to GCP services in all major spheres including groundbreaking solutions for storage, compute, networking, etc.

Live Cloud Migration to Google Cloud Platform is fully automated software to migrate all types of workloads from any source platform, whether it’s cloud environment or bare metal. Using Hystax Acura for Backup and Disaster Recovery to Google Cloud Platform allows to involve a cloud-native and fully automated solution with consistent replication, storage-agnostic snapshots, and orchestration functionality. Hystax Acura offers enterprise-grade Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO). The solution is application and Operating System agnostic, agentless, fast, secure and meets cloud migration, Disaster Recovery and backup needs of any business and industry. Unlimited number of test migrations, fully managed migration process, orchestrated launch and predictable cutover distinguishes Hystax Acura and make cloud migration to GCP a simple and straightforward process cutting project timelines from months to days. Hystax Live Cloud Migration to GCP enables all-size businesses to modernize IT infrastructure by switching the environment to high performance Google Cloud Platform.

Supported source platforms: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, VMware, Hyper-V, OpenStack, KVM, physical machines.

Application agnostic: SAP, Microsoft Active Directory, PostgreSQL, Oracle, NGINX, RedHat Jboss Enterprise, IBM WebSphere, Apache, VMware vSphere, MySQL, MongoDB, Hadoop, Spark etc.

Operating System agnostic: Windows, RHEL, CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu.

Hystax comprehensive and creative solution with replication and protection options for secure, scalable and cost-effective IT environment enables companies to bring the workloads to Google Cloud Platform in an accelerated and efficient way.

About Hystax

Hystax was founded in 2016 by a seasoned team of entrepreneurs and engineers with a mission to address digital transformation challenges by introducing hybrid cloud management platform with a focus on IT budget control, hybrid cloud enablement, live cloud migration and IT Resilience. The platform combines substantial capabilities into a unique product offering that helps businesses keep IT costs under control, forecast and optimize monthly spending, manage workloads by seamless cloud migration and business continuity.

For more information visit our website at https://hystax.com or contact us via sales@hystax.com.

Follow for recent news and updates

@hystaxcom on Twitter

@hystax on Facebook

Hystax on LinkedIn

https://hystax.com

Share article on social media or email:

Esker Applies B2C Customer Experience Best Practices to B2B


Esker process automation logo

Esker is committed to making our customers feel valued, understood and engaged.

Esker, a worldwide leader in AI-driven process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, today announced its continued development and increased investment in Customer Experience (CX) worldwide. Esker’s objective is to deliver the best possible customer experience, improve customer satisfaction and ensure customers benefit from their cloud-based solution long term. Esker’s CX approach addresses customers’ growing expectations in the B2B sector, particularly in the software industry.

Esker has built its success on customer satisfaction. With sustained growth and an increasing number of customers around the world, Esker continues to innovate with a worldwide CX approach to support customers locally and globally.

“Already pervasive in the B2C environment, CX is just as important in B2B, particularly in cloud-based activities where the customer relationship is long lasting. In mature markets, like the software industry, it’s no longer enough to just deliver a quality product,” said Steve Smith, U.S. chief operating officer at Esker. “Esker is committed to making our customers feel valued, understood and engaged. We are dedicated to their continued success.”

An Innovative CX Approach

Esker’s approach to customer success has aided all company departments in addressing and implementing critical end-user feedback, not only related to the solution itself, but also in regard to training, documentation and technical support. Esker’s CX services strive to create better customer experiences through several objectives:


  • Measure and improve user satisfaction at each milestone via indicators such as Customer Satisfaction Score (CSAT), Net Promoter Score (NPS) or Churn Rate (Customer Loss Rates)
  • Accompany customers through personalized (high touch) and collective (low touch) approaches such as audits of end-user practices and suggestions for improving solution use, trainings, setting up user communities to share best practices via webinars, white papers, etc.
  • Provide feedback from the field to the various departments involved, as concrete feedback is used to advance software and services solutions based on experience and facts

Dedicated Teams

Initiated in the U.S., Esker’s CX approach has extended to all global subsidiaries through the creation of dedicated teams. Each subsidiary has its own CX team to ensure the same quality of service in all countries. These local teams take into account the language, culture and behavior of end users.

About Esker

Esker is a worldwide leader in cloud-based document process automation software, helping financial and customer service departments digitally transform their purchase-to-pay (P2P) and order-to-cash (O2C) cycles. Used by more than 6,000 companies worldwide, Esker’s solutions incorporate technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) to drive increased productivity, enhanced visibility, reduced fraud risk, and improved collaboration with customers, suppliers and internally. Esker operates in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific with global headquarters in Lyon, France, and U.S. headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information on Esker and its solutions, visit http://www.esker.com. Follow Esker on Twitter @EskerInc and join the conversation on the Esker blog at blog.esker.com.

Share article on social media or email:



Hood College Granted $45,000 for Co-Taught Education Study


News Image

“We are grateful for the support of the MD Department of Education, Div. of Early Intervention for…this grant to better ensure that future special education teachers & general education teachers are prepared to teach in an inclusive classroom,” said Strickland, Associate Professor at Hood College.

The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded a grant of nearly $45,000 to Hood College to explore specially designed instruction in classrooms that are co-taught by general education and special education teachers.

Tricia Strickland, Ph.D., and Kristy Calo, Ph.D., both associate professors of education at Hood, are the leads on the grant. Through the grant, entitled “Specially Designed Instruction in a Co-Taught Classroom: Professional Development for Teacher Candidates, Mentor Teachers, and College Supervisors,” they hope to better prepare Hood’s teacher candidates to provide specially designed instruction to students with disabilities.

“We are so grateful for the support of the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention / Special Education Services for awarding us this grant to better ensure that future special education teachers and general education teachers are prepared to teach in an inclusive classroom,” said Strickland.

Surveys and focus groups of teachers and administrators from approximately 25 Frederick County Public Schools will provide data regarding the skills and knowledge needed for teacher candidates to successfully include specially designed instruction in co-taught classrooms at the elementary and middle school levels. After analyzing this data, a professional development training manual and seminar will be developed. Teacher candidates, FCPS mentor teachers and college supervisors will be invited to attend the seminar and use the evidence-based strategies in their co-taught classrooms.

“This grant gives us the opportunity to ensure that our teacher candidates have the tools and skills they need to successfully meet the needs of all children in their future classrooms,” said Calo.

According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. Embedding specially designed instruction in co-taught classrooms provides students with disabilities access to and supports for achieving in the general education curriculum.

About Hood College

Hood College is an independent, liberal arts college, offering 28 bachelor’s degrees, four pre-professional programs, 19 master’s degrees programs, two doctorates and 10 post-baccalaureate certificates. Located in historic Frederick, near Washington, D.C., Baltimore and the I-270 technology corridor, Hood gives students access to countless internships and research opportunities.

Share article on social media or email: