ArrowSphere Chosen by Telenor as Strategic Multi-Tier Cloud Brokerage Platform

Global technology provider Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) has announced that Norwegian telecoms provider Telenor has chosen ArrowSphere as its strategic multi-cloud brokerage platform, the company said.

Working with Arrow, Telenor can manage a unique catalogue of cloud offerings via ArrowSphere including IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions, and is initially delivering Microsoft 365, IBM MaaS360 and 7P MDM to both channel customers and end users in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

ArrowSphere offers Telenor the potential to generate new revenue streams through the delivery of cloud offerings for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). ArrowSphere will provide key growth opportunities for Telenor, such as new services in the field of AI and IoT solutions. Telenor will be able to onboard its own offers and software solutions within the cloud services catalogue.

Arrow Electronics guides innovation forward for over 175,000 technology manufacturers and service providers. With 2019 sales of USD 29 billion, Arrow develops technology solutions that improve business and daily life. Learn more at fiveyearsout.com.

Internet Society Foundation Announces New Research Grants

The Internet Society Foundation has announced a new grant programme supporting research on the future and sustainability of the Internet, the company said.

Open to independent researchers and research institutions around the world, grants of up to USUSD 200,000 will be awarded for research lasting up to two years and focused on: Greening the Internet and/or The Internet Economy. Future thematic areas to be launched in 2021 include The Digital Divide and A Trustworthy Internet.

Full proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. These grants are intended for applied and open research that will be published and made available to the scientific community at no cost. Underrepresented groups in the research world are highly encouraged to apply.

See the grant details and application process here: https://www.isocfoundation.org/grant-programme/research-grant-programme/.

The Internet Society Foundation was established in 2019 to support the positive difference the Internet can make to people everywhere. In partnership with other change makers, the Foundation promotes the development of the Internet as a resource to enrich people´s lives, and as a force for good in society. Focusing in six programme areas, the Foundation awards grants to Internet Society Chapters as well as non-profit organizations and individuals dedicated to providing meaningful access to an open, globally connected, secure and trustworthy Internet for everyone.

McQ Celebrates 35 Years Of Pushing Sensor Technology To Support National Security

AFWERX, the innovation program of the United States Air Force initiated a Base of the Future Challenge to seek new technologies that greatly enhance the security and defense of Air Force Bases, the company said.

AFWERX received over 1,500 submissions and accepted 374 proposals for the Challenge. McQ was down-selected in an initial group of 92 proposals followed by a virtual presentation by McQ of our “Global Multi Domain Security and Base Defense” solution. Based on the presentation, McQ was selected to receive direct-to-contract authorization under the RAPIDx Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) AFWERX program.

With the Base of the Future initiative, the US Air Force (USAF) has an opportunity to start from the ground up and create an installation that will become a universal symbol of innovation and excellence.

McQ has developed a “Global Situation Awareness System” that enables deploying our advanced sensors anywhere in the world and immediately connecting the information to distributed users via Iridium´s secure satellite network.

These products and other McQ technologies are currently providing security at many domestic and foreign Air Force bases with real-time reporting of human activity for Base Security and remote area Situation Awareness missions.

Blue Wireless Global Service Coverage Now Extends To Over 60 Countries.

Blue Wireless announced a major step in enabling Wireless WAN Solutions for global enterprises with the release of its new high speed 5G portfolio and expansion into the Americas region, the company said.

Blue Wireless supports global businesses with Wireless WAN solutions for branches, retail outlets and remote sites offering more flexibility and lower operating cost compared with wired Internet access. Global coverage extends now to over 60 countries, offering multiple LTE/5G networks per country, with clear Service Levels (SLAs) for delivery, speed and uptime.

What sets Blue Wireless apart is its global service model where Cradlepoint equipment, Local Data, Field Service and Management is combined in a consistent service across all countries.

The new services are available from today via www.bluewireless.com

Blue Wireless is a new generation Wireless Network Service Provider serving enterprises with LTE/5G based wireless solutions, enabling reliable and flexible connectivity for branches, retail sites, remote locations, and the maritime sector in over 60 countries globally. Headquartered in Singapore, with local offices in Sydney, Kuala Lumpur and Netherlands, Blue Wireless is transforming the way Wireless WAN is used by Enterprises. Blue Wireless is a Cradlepoint Elite Partner and sole distributor for Cradlepoint in Asia through its subsidiary Go Wireless.

GCX Appoints Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer to Drive Corporate Growth

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) has announced that Jim Fagan will join the company in the newly created position of Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer, the company said.

In his new role, Fagan will be responsible for keeping GCX on the cutting edge of connectivity innovation, as he leads the corporate strategy and revenue organization. He will work with the GCX executive team and senior leadership to ensure GCX provides its customers with the latest platforms, products, and services needed for success in a fast-changing world.

Fagan is a transformative and proven technology executive with more than 20 years of experience spanning across small private and public companies, private equity-owned to large publicly traded multi-national companies across the US, Asia Pacific, and China.

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) offers network services that power digital transformation for enterprises, new media providers, and telecoms carriers.

Avatar Airlines to launch in late 2021

Airline startup Avatar Airlines has announced it is preparing to launch in late 2021 with a cost-efficient, debt-free and well-capitalized fleet and projected fares 30 to 50% less than the regular fares of Avatar´s competitors, the company said.

Avatar CEO Barry Michaels said as other carriers are grounding more of their planes and laying off workers, it´s an opportunity to build a new airline that won´t be burdened by restructuring costs and debt.

With a looming Oct. 1 expiration date for federal stimulus payments tied to airline employment protections, industry analysts expect at least 75,000 jobs could be eliminated this fall. That presents a unique opportunity for Avatar, to hire management and skilled operations leaders.

While planning to be a US leader in ultra-low passenger fares, with no baggage or change fees, Avatar plans to generate income through a number of other revenue streams, including external and in-flight advertising, cargo transportation and partnerships with popular attractions and vacation destinations.

The centerpiece of Avatar´s launch plan is to take advantage of the current buyers´ market for unused and off-lease Boeing 747 aircraft, which have been largely taken out of service over the last few years. The long-haul 747, known in aviation circles as Queen of the Skies, remains popular among experienced travelers and offers a roomy cabin built to accommodate as many as 581 comfortable seats. Its considerable cargo space also enables more efficient point-to-point commercial hauling of storage containers and pallets, ideal to meet the growing needs of e-commerce retailers and customers.

US Transportation Secretary announces infrastructure grants of USD 15.7m to Montana airports

US Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has announced more than USD 1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants will be awarded to 405 airports in the US and six US territories, through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the secretary said.

This USD 1.2 billion federal investment will improve the nation´s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth in local communities, which is especially important as the economy recovers from COVID-19, Secretary Chao said.

The Department is awarding federal grants to the following airports in the State of Montana:

-USD 4,903,905 for Helena Regional Airport to improve the aircraft rescue and firefighting building.
-USD 4,764,805 for Billings Logan International Airport to expand the terminal building.
-USD 2,641,842 for Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell to expand the terminal building.
-USD 1,915,248 for Ravalli County Airport to construct a runway and taxiway, resurface the airport pavement and install a runway vertical/visual guidance system.
-USD 756,995 for Missoula International Airport for Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program (VALE) infrastructure.
-USD 733,276 for Thompson Falls Airport to reconstruct the runway and apron, improve runway lighting and signage, resurface airport pavement, and install a runway vertical/visual guidance system.

Since January 2017, the Trump Administration delivered USD 13.5 billion to Americas airports to improve infrastructure and safety. In 2020, the Administration delivered USD 10 billion in economic assistance to Americas airports during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

US Air Force awards contracts to 4 industry teams to develop drones for Skyborg robotic wingman

Forbes has reported the US Air Force has awarded four US industry teams with contracts to develop unmanned air systems for potential use in the loyal wingman program, the news source said.

The Air Force Research Laboratory is developing Skyborg, a family of robotic air vehicles designed to work with manned aircraft in heavily contested airspace.

Air Force lab is leveraging autonomous vehicle technology to facilitate a new approach to air warfare. Skyborg is one of three vanguard programs the lab is funding to rapidly integrate cutting-edge technology and get it into the operational force.

Qumu App Transforms Zoom Into Large-Scale Broadcasting Platform

Qumu, the provider of Enterprise Video as a Service (EVaaS)™ technology, has released a new functionality extension for Zoom, the company said.

Available at no charge as part of all existing Zoom corporate licensing plans, the app allows Qumu and Zoom enterprise clients to stream live events exceeding 100,000 attendees–with no loss of video quality and no negative effect on internal networks. The app is called Qumu Stream, Record and Manage, and is available now in the official Zoom Marketplace.

Qumu Stream, Record and Manage is designed specifically for organizations looking to deliver video events securely and at scale. Once the Qumu app is installed, streaming can either be initiated automatically or via a button click directly in the Zoom interface. The extension also supports global attendee bases, unlimited presenters and any browser-based end-user device–as well as virtual event management features like event registration, transcription, translation, user analytics, compliance tracking and attendee reporting.

Qumu (Nasdaq: QUMU) is the provider of best-in-class tools to create, manage, secure, distribute and measure the success of live and on-demand video for the enterprise. Backed by the most trusted and experienced team in the industry, the Qumu Cloud platform enables global organizations to drive employee engagement, increase access to video, and modernize the workplace by providing a more efficient and effective way to share knowledge.

Prodoscore Inks New Reseller Agreement With Access One

Prodoscore, a provider of employee visibility and productivity software, has announced a reseller agreement with Access One, a premier managed services provider that customizes business technology solutions for voice, data, IT and cloud-based solutions, the company said.

This alignment between two of the companies at the forefront of supporting remote workforces will deliver a more comprehensive technology infrastructure and workforce management SaaS solution to customers serviced by Access One. And, Prodoscore will further enhance its market-leading position for streamlining the employee experience in organizations across the United States and abroad.

Customers of Access One can now use Prodoscore´s solution as a strategic business advantage for managing the performance of their distributed remote workforces, as well as onsite teams. With detailed insights about employee productivity, company leaders can assess and improve business efficiencies on their path to digital transformation.

The solution also includes virtual collaboration features to foster employee business creativity and innovation. Together, the companies are helping businesses access the technology required for accelerated digital transformation and a long-term plan for serving remote workforces.

Prodoscore´s software streamlines the management of employees both in-office and remote by generating business intelligence and actionable insights into employee productivity through one simple score. The solution helps companies measure, understand and improve employee productivity across companies of all sizes worldwide.

Access One is a technology services and communications provider with a focus on translating a complex technology landscape into effective solutions and successful outcomes for businesses. Founded 27 years ago, Access One´s mission is to provide the best client experience in technology services. The company´s goal is to be a trusted advisor to its clients — providing world-class technology solutions that drive successful businesses. For more information, visit https://www.accessoneinc.com.

Prodoscore™ is a company dedicated to empowering teams to be more effective and productive, validated with improved sales performance and time management metrics. By providing visibility into employee activities through a single, easy-to-understand productivity score, a “prodoscore” is calculated to improve workforce productivity. Prodoscore works seamlessly with Google Cloud apps, Office365, CRM systems, and VoIP calling platforms, allowing it to be quickly implemented and maintained. Learn more at prodoscore.com.