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Issue No.07 - July (2004 vol.37)
pp: 83
Published by the IEEE Computer Society
PKWARE INTRODUCES SECURE ZIP FOR WINDOWS
SecureZIP is Pkware's new tool for enterprise environments. It is the fourth generation of the company's Windows-based security utility and the first from the company's new SecureZIP product line. Pkware introduced SecureZIP to give companies a tool for protecting confidential information—with minimal disruption to organizational IT infrastructures. SecureZIP is designed to help IT pros comply with the increasing number of regulations related to data privacy and deal with the mounting pressures to manage and protect proprietary information more effectively.
Contact the company for licensing information; www.pkware.com.
State-of-the-Art Visualization Module
ZyLAB has announced a new visualization tool—the ZyImage Visualization Module—that is designed to help developers view and assess large amounts of structured data. This new visualization module can create dynamic, interactive overviews of structured data. The tooling in the module uses tree overview structures that let users see all the available information on screen at one time; www.zylab.com.
Toolkit Ports Unix Code to 64-Bit Windows
MKS, a provider of tools for porting Unix and Linux applications to Windows, recently announced several 64-bit products, including a beta version of the new 64-bit edition of MKS Toolkit. The beta version offers support for extended-architecture 64-bit platforms such as AMD64 running Microsoft Windows 64-bit operating systems.
The tool is designed to help developers migrate both 32-bit and 64-bit Unix and Linux applications for deployment on 64-bit Windows platforms. MKS Toolkit is available from the MKS site for trial download.
Contact the company for licensing information; www.mks.com.
Siemens Offers Real-Time Communication over IP
With the HiPath 8000 Real-Time IP System, Siemens now offers a real-time Web services communication architecture based on the Session Initiation Protocol. SIP is the Internet Engineering Task Force's signaling protocol standard for telephony and conferencing.
The HiPath 800 system uses a hosted, Web-services-communication system that can be deployed and managed from within a data center. It is designed to provide enterprise features with carrier-class reliability and scalability for organizations with hundreds of thousands of users. The system can be deployed and managed from within a data center.
Contact the company for licensing information; www.icn.siemens.com.
American Arium Upgrades SourcePoint Debugging Interface
American Arium, a maker of software debugging tools, announced a new version of SourcePoint, the company's flagship debugging interface. Now in version 7.0, SourcePoint supports Pentium 4 processors at all operating frequencies, Intel 64-bit extensions to 32-bit processors, and AMD Opteron and Althon 64 processors.
The software offers several new features over early versions, including debugging within IDEs and hot-plugging. SourcePoint 7.0 works in concert with the the company's Arium ECM-50 emulator; www.arium.com.
TI Reduces Pricing on DSPs
Texas Instruments announced two new low-cost, high-performance DSPs: the TMS320C6410 and TMS320C6413. Targeting packet-switched telecom—including video-over-IP services and other cost-sensitive, high-performance applications—the new devices are said to provide TMS320C64x performance but with additional memory.
Contact the company for bulk-purchasing information; www.ti.com.
Security Robot Doubles as Wi-Fi Assistant
The new PatrolBot robot from ActivMedia Robotics can integrate with a building's central heating and cooling systems, security systems, air-quality controls, Wi-Fi networks, and even lighting and power systems to provide building services and emergency backup. PatrolBot can also greet guests, guide them to their destinations, or lead building tours.


The PatrolBot security robot uses ActiveMedia Robotics' laser-mapping system to navigate building corridors. The system maps buildings on the fly and lets the robot move to dynamically controlled building destinations without first requiring retrofitting.

Once a PatrolBot scans its work areas, it travels automatically to perform tasks: mapping temperatures to improve central heating and cooling efficiency; measuring Wi-Fi signal strength to improve coverage; enabling security guards to investigate problems, and carrying emergency supplies or other equipment into an unsafe or dark building.
PatrolBots are available directly from ActivMedia Robotics and cost $30,000; www.MobileRobots.com.
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