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NASDAQ selects WebSurveyor

Herndon, Va.-based WebSurveyor Corp., a provider of do-it-yourself online survey solutions, said NASDAQ selected WebSurveyor’s online survey solutions for its employee and customer feedback regarding training programs and other corporate initiatives. Prior to WebSurveyor, NASDAQ used external research firms on all projects to query its customers and employees. The company moved its survey efforts online because it wanted a quicker and more efficient means to capture vital feedback from its customers and employees.

Nextel tests broadband service

D.C.-based Nextel Communications began testing a wireless broadband service in February. The company says it will run the trial in Raleigh-Durham using technology supplied by Flarion Technologies, which it says could let users reach wireless data speeds 50 times faster than a dial up Internet connection, and on par with wired DSL service. Those taking part in the trial will include selected Nextel customers from companies that include Cisco, Nortel and IBM.

The wireless broadband test in Raleigh-Durham will last a minimum of six months, and Nextel says it will have no material impact on financial results this year. Cisco and Nortel are both providing infrastructure support as part of the trial. The company did not say what such a service, if ever deployed to its subscribers, would cost.

Anteon announces executive appointments

Fairfax, Va.-based Anteon International Corp. a leading information technology and systems engineering and integration company, announced today the appointment of three senior level executives: Robert K. (Ken) Guest as senior vice president, Business Development and Strategic Planning; Dennis Kelly as senior vice president, Investor and Government Relations, Corporate Communications; and John M. (Mike) McDuffie as group president, Information Systems Group.

DigitalNet drops jobs

Herndon, Va.-based software maker DigitalNet will shed 10 percent of its local work force by the end of March. DigitalNet will reduce its payroll by 55 employees. The company said the reductions are connected to two expiring contracts. DigitalNet has a national work force of 1,700 employees. The company currently posts 132 job openings on its Web site. DigitalNet also announced plans to acquire Arlington, Va-based User Technology Associates for $50 million in cash. UTA, a privately held IT contractor, has customers in the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense and Justice.

Willard installs high-tech minibars

Bartech Systems International of Millersville, Md. has installed a wireless minibar network at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, connecting all 341 rooms. Each minibar is given an Internet protocol address, allowing it to communicate with Bartech’s refreshment center to provide real-time information on food and beverage inventory. Each fridge is equipped with sensors so that anytime a guest removes an item, the transaction is transmitted to the hotel’s property management system. If the item is replaced within a certain time the sale is not recorded, although hotel staff is notified to ensure there is no tampering.

SourceFire gains funding

Columbia-based network security company Sourcefire s closed a $15 million Series C venture funding round that will enable it to expand product development and boost sales and marketing. The moves mean Sourcefire will also add jobs this year. The three-year-old company expects to add 35 positions by the end of the third quarter. Much of Sourcefire’s work will be spent expanding its RNA product, which the company began selling in November and which already has about 70 customers. RNA stands for Real-time Network Awareness, and the product monitors companies’ networks for security breaches and other malicious behavior. Sourcefire executives envision extending RNA from the network to specific devices. For example, if a consultant hired by a Sourcefire client was running an outdated operating system on a laptop accessing its network, Sourcefire’s tools would alert the company’s network administrator of possible security non-compliance. Sourcefire, which employs 85, did well in excess of $10 million in revenues last year and has about 300 customers.

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