Techwatch: Nice to secure the Eiffel Tower

Ra'anana-based firm will provide its distributed digital video security solutions and advanced video analytics at the Paris landmark.

By AVI KRAWITZ
October 10, 2006 10:32
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Continuing its strategy of securing some of the world's most famous sites, Ra'anana-based Nice Systems has signed a four-year follow-on contract to provide its smart video solutions at the Eiffel Tower. Nice will provide its distributed digital video security solutions and advanced video analytics at the Paris landmark. The system helps streamline security operations, enabling site managers to identify risk in real time, make optimal decisions, and take action that improves security, the company said. Nice has its systems deployed at a large number of high-profile city centers, national monuments around the world including the Statue of Liberty in New York . Nice was not the only Israel hi-tech company to make its presence felt abroad this week. Petah Tikva-based ECI Telecom won a three-year contract with Romanian communications company Atlas Telecom to expand its broadband network, which will enable Atlas to offer tripleplay and IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) services. Triple-play is the ability of one service provider to offer telephone, Internet and television services and in carrying out the project, ECI will provide its H i - FOCuS(TM)5 IP DSLAM platform to support Atlas's applications to both residential and business subscribers. Adamind Ltd., a supplier of software that enables mobile multimedia content, has won a $2.5 million contract to provide equipment to IBM for implementation at an Indian telecommunications service provider. The Ra'anana-based company will supply its Spire Platform as the core content adaptation component for IBM's Service Delivery Platform solution at the unnamed telecom company, which is expected to be live within 10 months of integration. The contract includes a fixed amount for the sale of licenses, to be recognized over four years, and for ongoing support & maintenance, and Adamind said it expects further licenses will be purchased by the provider as traffic increases and upgrades are required. India is expected to become the world's third-largest mobile phone market by 2007 behind China and the USA , Adamind said quoting research conducted by the Wireless World Forum. Orad Hi-Tec Systems, a provider of virtual studios, said two leading European broadcasters, RTL Croatia and RTL-TVI Belgium have purchased its ProSet virtual studio solution and Xync infrared tracking technology with a sales value of $600,000. Orad's ProSet solution was chosen by RTL for its switchable Standard definition/High definition HDVG graphic creation platform, the Kfar Saba company said. This allows the most complex virtual set to run in real-time, using a graphic characters engine, enabling a switch from one set to another and will provide significant financial savings to the broadcasters, it said. The European deals follow four new sales contracts the company won recently in the US for the combined value of $750,000. IT services provider Ness Technologies has implemented an SAP-based ERP system in 18 subsidiaries of Swiss-based media conglomerate Ringier in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. The project, managed by Ness' Czech subsidiary, included the implementation of the SAP system as well as its integration with dozens of production, financial and other systems as well as migration of data, the Ra'anana-based company said. Meanwhile, research company Gartner said worldwide shipments of PDAs and smartphones combined totaled 42.1 million units in the first half of 2006, a 57 percent increase from the parallel period last year. Smartphone shipments bolstered the market growing 75.5% to reach 34.7 million units, more than four times the size of the PDA market. PDA shipments increased by 5.7% totaling 7.4 million units. Gartner researcher Roberta Cozza said Japan overtook Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to become the largest market for smartphones in the first half of 2006 and now accounts for 33% of the worldwide smartphone market. North America was the only region where sales of PDAs continued to outsell smartphones, the research showed. The company forecast that smartphone shipments will increase by 66% to reach 81 million units by the end of 2006 and that the PDA market will increase by 6.3% to 16 million units.

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