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Benelogic launches benefits Web site

Timonium software company Benelogic launched a new Internet portal for employee benefits consultants and insurance brokers. Benelogic, which specializes in software that manages human resources functions for businesses, said the portal will provide a single point of access for benefits administration, such as billing files, statistics, and eligibility guidelines.

Alabanza debuts Reseller System Manager

Baltimore-based Alabanza Corp., a provider of automated Web hosting solutions, released its Reseller System Manager (RSM), a suite of client management tools.

RSM simplifies and automates tasks for resellers, including billing, invoicing, domain and client suspension, creating customized welcome letters, and other key customer management functions.

New Enterprise invests in wireless PC firm

Baltimore-based venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates invested $10 million in Motion Computing as part of an $11.2 million financing. Austin, Texas-based Motion Computing provides tablet PCs to industries such as health care and education. The company will use the proceeds from the financing to speed its growth both domestically and internationally.

Verizon high-speed Internet service hits Eastern Shore

Verizon extended its high-speed Internet service to 29 communities on the Eastern Shore, a mostly rural peninsula. Verizon now has 160,000 digital subscriber lines available for Eastern Shore customers. Residential DSL service will start at $29.95. Business contracts will start at $59.95.

BreakAway launches Web site

Hunt Valley gaming company BreakAway Ltd. began trumpeting its emergence as a government applications provider by launching a new Internet site highlighting its modeling and simulation work for the Department of Defense. The company’s federal systems Web site is meant to help adapt war planning scenarios in video games, which are used by U.S. military personnel as training aids.

BreakAway’s revenues are evenly split between its gaming business and military projects, but CEO Doug Whatley told the Baltimore Business Journal in the spring, as war raged in Iraq, he expected that scale to tip as more military customers turned to computer modeling tools. At the time, BreakAway was working on a game for the Army that would take satellite data from a combat site, model the topography, building locations and road layout and quickly export the information to a gaming console. That tool is now marketed under the name Trex.

Tech companies gain access to Aberdeen Proving Ground

The Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County is opening its doors to Baltimore’s technology incubator companies under the terms of a new partnership. Incubator companies will have access to the Army laboratory’s array of facilities and equipment to commercialize new products. Patents held by scientists at the lab will be available for review and possible licensing by incubator companies. Baltimore operates incubators in Canton and downtown and will soon open a third with Johns Hopkins University at the refurbished Eastern High School on 33rd Street. The city’s incubator program is run by the Baltimore Development Corp.

CompuDyne wins Dallas airport contract

CompuDyne Corp. has received a $1.2 million contract to upgrade its security systems at one of the Midwest’s busiest travel hubs, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) has used Hanover-based security technology company CompuDyne’s Tiburon software since 1997. The new contract includes upgrades to the computer-aided dispatch and records management systems for police, fire and emergency medical services at DFW.

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