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Palmer new Lucid CEO

Ambler-based software maker Lucid Security of Ambler named Jonathan Palmer as its new president and CEO.

Palmer previously served as CEO of Vital Processing Services in Tempe, Ariz. The Philadelphia native once served as vice chairman of Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia.

Lucid Security develops intrusion prevention software.

AwareNET launches IT services

Wilmington, Del-based Info Systems recently launched AwareNET. a suite of services for monitoring network devices.

The Info Systems AwareNET solution offers levels of service to fit any size business, and is highly effective for customers who have multiple locations operating with high numbers of business critical devices. Current customers include Wilmington Trust and Charming Shoppes retailers.

ADSI gains GSA contract

Philadelphia-based Aligned Development Strategies Inc. was recently awarded an 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services (STARS) contract from the federal General Services Administration. The contract is a small business set-aside contract for technology solutions.

ADSI is an IT services and Macromedia-certified training company specializing in project management and strategic planning; Web development and e-business; Internet and project management training; e-learning; courseware development and instructional systems design; information assurance and network management; and health care and HIPAA compliance services

Postal service to use SAP software

Newtown Square-based SAP America Inc. has landed two contracts totaling $35 million to provide and install software to manage the U.S. Postal Service’s human-resources operations, SAP and the Postal Service.

The Postal Service chose mySAP Business Suite to replace a 25-year-old system it developed itself.

An SAP unit called SAP Professional Services will perform the implementation.

Iowa firm to use TruePosition product

King of Prussia-based TruePosition Inc. said I-wireless, an Urbandale, Iowa-based wireless communications company, has agreed to use its Finder system.

The system enables wireless communications companies to meet the Phase II performance requirements of the Federal Communications Commission’s Enhanced 911 mandate. The requirements call for wireless carriers to have technology that allows emergency dispatchers to find the location of anyone making a 911 call on their systems.

Scanvec settles lawsuit

Scanvec Amiable Ltd. has settled a lawsuit it filed in August 2002 accusing some former directors and employees of stealing its intellectual property and misusing confidential information.

As part of the settlement, former directors Jim and Yuan Chang agreed to turn their shares in Scanvec Amiable over to the company. Between them, they have about 1.8 million shares, which is roughly a quarter of Scanvec Amiable’s outstanding stock.

Scanvec Amiable designs, manufactures, markets and supports high-performance software for the sign-making, digital-printing and other graphics-intensive industries.

N.J. provides online access to insurers’ performance

New Jersey consumers were recently given online access to the performance of insurance companies.

At the department’s site ( consumers can read or download market conduct reports, see if company has been fined and whether the department has made recommendations or ordered the firm to remediate a situation or business practice. Information for 16 insurance companies is currently available.

Life, health, property/casualty and managed care companies receive on-site reviews to determine if they are in accordance with the state’s laws. As a result of current examinations, $18.6 million was returned to policyholders and companies paid $275,000 in fines, the department said.

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