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Integrated Media adds Cygnus image processor

Livonia-based Integrated Media Systems, Inc. said it has added the IMX image processor by Cygnus Imaging to its product line of enhancement lenses for home theater projectors.

The lenses are user-installable over the projection lens of the projector and convert the pixel structure of the image to a smooth, sharp image using optical interpolation techniques.

IMX processors are designed to fit over the lens of hundreds of different projector models.

Bertolini to join Harvard committee

Philip Bertolini, director of the Oakland County Department of Information Technology, has been selected to serve on the steering committee of the eGovernment Compass project of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

The eGovernment Compass is a new effort by Harvard to help identify and disseminate leading-edge practices related to the applications of information technology in governments around the world, said Jerry Mechling, director of the eGovernment Executive Education Project.

Kinderstreet now called Vale Solutions

Ann Arbor-based Kinderstreet Corp. has changed its name to Vale Solutions Inc.

The name Vale Solutions is the umbrella identity for the company. Vale will continue to use the name Kinderstreet as the brand for its Web-based products for the child- and youth-development markets. Other future product lines will carry their own brand names.

The company also said Logan Alliance for Youth in Utah has selected it to manage the data and reporting needs of the alliance’s communitywide collaboration of before- and after-school providers.

Vale will provide shared, Web-based software for managing the program administration, data collection, communication and reporting. The software will enable an unlimited number of alliance partner locations to access and share information from a single database.

It will also provide the alliance with online registration and communication tools for including the parents in the information exchange.

Vale is a Web-based software provider for after-school, early childhood and camp programs.

Microsoft donates software to area nonprofits

Microsoft Corp. has awarded software donations worth almost $103,000 to 13 nonprofits in the Detroit area.

The program provided more than $947,000 in software donations to nonprofits across Michigan in the fourth quarter of the 2004 fiscal year and more than $3.6 million for the state in its fiscal year as a whole.

Nonprofits interested in receiving donations of Microsoft software products can visit to learn more about the service and to apply for donations.

Accela signs pact with Sterling Heights

The city of Sterling Heights signed an $80,000 contract with Accela Inc. of Dublin, Calif., for wireless software in the city’s building department.

The department is responsible for the enforcement of all codes, laws and ordinances for the city related to building, wiring, plumbing, heating and cooling.

Accela Wireless software will be used to create direct, real-time access to data in the department’s database using a mobile device in the field. With the software, inspection teams can shift daily tasks from the office to the field with mobile technology such as laptops and personal digital assistants.

Netspace launches local online marketplace

Farmington Hills-based Internet consulting firm Netspace has launched, metro Detroit’s first online community marketplace.

The site offers consumers a place to find products and services from local and national merchants and save money through electronic coupons and giveaways. Visitors can search by the merchant’s name, business category or geography.

To register at no cost and receive weekly e-mail newsletters, visit Merchants wishing to join should visit

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