Amdocs teams up with Cisco to expand services

The joint offering will support integrated planning, service fulfillment and assurance processes.

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Israel- and US-based Amdocs, the leading provider of customer experience systems, announced a collaboration this week with Cisco Systems to deliver a jointly defined Operation Support System (OSS)-to-Network solution for enhanced service management for Next Generation Network and Internet Protocol services. The joint offering will support integrated planning, service fulfillment and assurance processes and automatically link the OSS to the network to help enable faster roll-outs of new NGN services. The announcement was made at TeleManagement World Nice (France) 2007. Amdocs also announced at the conference that KPN, the largest service provider in the Netherlands, has licensed solutions from Cramer, the Amdocs OSS Division for end-to-end triple-play fulfillment. KPN is among the first service providers to deploy broadband access services that support triple-play solutions using Multi-Technology Operations System Interface, the industry standard developed by the TeleManagement Forum. 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Texas Roadhouse has been utilizing a Spacenet Connexstar network since 2002 to support vital retail applications such as credit/debit card authorization, point-of-sale polling and high-speed Internet/intranet access. Spacenet is also providing on-site maintenance and will offer new technology platform upgrade options to Texas Roadhouse operators. Vuance Ltd., a provider of incident management, active RF and credentialing solutions headquartered in Kadima, announced this week that its US-based subsidiary has received a second-phase order from a county government in the northeastern region of the US. The customer is one of two northeastern US counties that deployed the Company's Incident Response Management System in January 2007. The second-phase order includes a new application to be used by law enforcement agencies on a day-to-day basis, in addition to their usage of IRMS systems for the control, management and tracking of personnel and assets in accordance with the requirements of US Department of Homeland Security and Presidential mandates and directives. The application includes a smartcard solution based on a PKI interface that allows law enforcement personnel to access secure databases from remote locations. The solution also supplies smartcards for authorized personnel that are interoperable with the other (Fire, EMS and Emergency Management) first responder cards currently being used in the region. Radvision, a Tel Aviv-based provider of video network infrastructure and developer tools for unified visual communications over IP, 3G, and emerging next-generation IMS networks, reported that it has repurchased 393,578 shares of its common stock in the open market since May 8. The total amount invested by the Company for those shares was approximately $8 million. The repurchase was made under a plan approved by the Radvision Board of Directors and the District Court in Tel Aviv Jaffa that became effective August 3, 2006 authorizing the Company to repurchase up to $30m. but not more than 2 million shares of its common stock. To date, the Company has purchased 849,551 shares for $15m. under the plan. Business Wire will host a seminar for Israeli CEOs and VPs of Marketing featuring US public relations and Social Media expert Alan L. Weinkrantz. who will discuss the impact of blogs on the communications process. The seminar will be held on Sunday July 8 from 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at the David Intercontinental Hotel, 3rd Floor Gallery, in Tel Aviv. At the annual Interop Conference, held this week in Las Vegas, Microsoft Corp. and 12 industry leaders announced plans to make it easier for businesses to protect and extend their communications investments. These industry leaders are extending their support for unified communications software from Microsoft by implementing the company's interoperability specification for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. This broad interoperability will help businesses deploy software-based unified communications and cost-effectively adapt to voice and data network convergence. Explay introduced and demonstrated the oio at a press conference at this week's Society for Information Display conference in Long Beach, California. Oio, the first truly mobile and fully operational nano-projector, displayed a high image quality and brightness. Oio projects an always focused eye safe image and the projector delivers a flexible viewing experience in environments ranging from a dimly lit bar to a bright office. Oio's proprietary architecture will offer consumers and OEMs alike the opportunity to participate in this new market at an affordable price. Explay plans to launch oio in 2008. Explay, based in Herzliya, specializes in the development of ultra small, full color, nano-projector engines, always eye safe, for a wide variety of consumer and vertical applications.