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AccuWeather, CDC, Phonetics, Comcast, and the Pennsylvania Data Powerhouse. project.

AccuWeather launches PDA service

State College-based AccuWeather Inc. has launched Accuweather.com Mobile for personal digital assistants (PDAs). It is the first release in a series of free wireless services from AccuWeather.com designed specifically for mobile users and set to launch in 2002.

AccuWeather.com Mobile offers PDA users access to the more popular features of the company’s Web site, custom-designed for the requirements of PDA displays for easier navigation. The site offers five-day forecasts for any of the 43,000 U.S. ZIP codes. Users can also obtain national weather summaries, and national, regional, and state satellite images and radar views. The site is located at pda.accuweather.com. -CU Staff

CDC releases EZsubs 5 publishing platform

CDC Solutions Ltd., a U.K.-based provider of regulatory and enterprise content publishing with U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia, released EZsubs 5, the latest version of its scalable publishing platform. The application facilitates regulatory submissions to agencies throughout the world.

New features added to the product suite include the ability to manage new and emerging submissions standards, such as the electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD); role-centric interfaces designed to facilitate easier use; and the ability to facilitate template-driven submissions in several countries simultaneously. -CU Staff

Phonetics releases Sensaphone accessory

Aston-based Phonetics Inc. has released a new accessory for its Sensaphone IMS-4000 infrastructure monitoring system. The Sensaphone IMS-4000 PowerGate permits IT managers to organize power-sourcing requirements more easily while monitoring computer systems, maintaining network availability, and protecting equipment.

The new product is designed to monitor low-end network devices that do not draw a lot of energy, such as modems, hubs, switches, or servers. The company is expected to launch the Sensaphone IMS-4000 PowerGate2 later this year, which will offer similar protection for high-power networks.

The IMS-4000 PowerGate gives IT managers the ability to control the power to their equipment over the telephone via touch-tone commands, remotely via the IMS ConsoleView software embedded in the system, or automatically when an alarm event occurs. Managers can command the system to recycle the power source or switch power outlets and bring the network devices back online. -CU Staff

Comcast promotes Wexler

Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. has named Anne Wexler as its senior Washington advisor in connection with the company’s merger with AT&T Broadband. Wexler will lead the representation of the company in its relationships with the legislative and executive branches and counseling the company on key public policy matters during the transitional period leading up to the merger.

Wexler is chair of the executive committee of Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, a Washington government relations and public-affairs firm that currently provides consulting services to the company. She is also a member of the board of Comcast. -CU Staff

State PowerHouse project lauded

Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker announced that the state’s Data PowerHouse project has been recognized by the Outsourcing Journal’s Editor’s Choice Awards. The project won in the Most Strategic Outsourcing Relationship category.

Before the Data PowerHouse project was put into place, the state had 21 agency data centers, with all but one of them operating within eight miles of the state capital. The data centers now have been consolidated into one facility, located in Harrisburg, and are being managed by Norristown-based outsource vendor Unisys.

In October 2000, Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to successfully consolidate and outsource its data center operations. Fifteen data centers were consolidated into the Data PowerHouse facility at that time; since then, six more have been added or are in the process of migrating to the new facility. The project is managed by a consortium of 10 companies led by Unisys. -CU Staff

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