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Issue Date: February 2008

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1 February 2008

Konica Minolta supports XPS and DPWS
Konica Minolta Business Solutions has announced it will be one of the first digital imaging manufacturers to support the XML Paper Specification (XPS) file format and the Devices Profile for Web Services (DPWS) on the bizhub C451/C550/C650 and on the newly introduced bizhub C203/C253/353.
XPS is a new Microsoft file format that allows the user to reproduce the layout and colour of the original document on the printed image. Future bizhubs will contain a native XPS interpreter, designed and developed by Konica Minolta, as an extension of the Konica Minolta Emperon print technology, to take full advantage of this new document format.
DPWS, also from Microsoft is said to make it possible to deliver improved network connectivity, allowing the user to search and install MFPs and print devices more easily. In addition, the technology provides an optimised user experience for sending and receiving documents on the network.
Both the XPS file format and DPWS protocols are part of the Windows Vista operating system. The new XPS file format is supported in the Microsoft Office 2007 suite.
LAN performance over WANs for VMware
Riverbed has announced that its Steelhead appliances now enable enterprises to collaborate across VMware environments, while at the same time centralising and consolidating IT resources all without sacrificing application performance.
Joint Riverbed and VMware customers can now more efficiently replicate VMware environments to set up remote and branch offices backed by disaster recovery, all while experiencing performance improvements of up to 55x.
Riverbed's WDS solutions enable organisations with more than one office to overcome a host of severe problems, including poor application performance and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. By speeding the performance of applications between distributed sites by five to 50 times and in some cases up to 100 times Riverbed improves backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improves staff productivity and collaboration.
Steelhead appliances have been deployed in organisations ranging from the world's largest corporations with offices around the globe to small companies with a couple of sites that are just miles apart.
Kronos Workforce Central 6 released
Bytes Systems Integration's (Bytes SI) Kronos division has announced the availability of version 6 of the Kronos Workforce Central suite. Workforce Central 6 offers many enhancements and improvements on previous versions of the software, as well as new features and added functionality to meet growing market demand.
The latest version of Workforce Central includes enhanced language support, a new, more intuitive and user friendly interface and multinational administration enhancements. Additionally the solution combines analytics and advanced scheduling features that deliver valuable insights and information to help organisations manage employee performance and effectively optimise a global workforce.
"With the rapid spread of globalisation and the ever-changing dynamics in the business environment, the market has been demanding a consolidated solution to enable the management of complex global workforces," says David Hunter, divisional managing director of Bytes SI's Kronos division. "Workforce Central 6 has been adapted to meet the technology needs of the market, with enhanced usability and a host of new tools to make dynamic Workforce management an easier and more intuitive process."
More GPS from Pinnacle Micro
Pinnacle Micro has announced the local availability of three new GPS systems from Mio Technology, the Mio DigiWalker C220, C320 and C520. All three models come pre-loaded with southern African maps, a 20-channel SiRstarIII GPS receiver and speed advisor tool.
The speed advisor tool provides the driver with a safer driver experience as it automatically warns him, or her, when the speed limit is being exceeded. Users are also able to set their own speed limits.
The C320 and C520 boast 4,3 inch colour touch screens, and come with intuitive interfaces and large icons for ease-of-use. The C220, meanwhile, comes with a 3,5 inch touch screen display. The unit is also pre-loaded with over 100 000 points of interest (POI).
Power on the move
The Tripp-Lite PowerVerter is an ultra-compact inverter that converts DC power into 220-240 Volts AC power. It conveniently plugs into a vehicle's cigarette lighter socket, allowing you to harness your vehicle's battery to efficiently power office equipment or even entertainment devices on the road. Supplying a constant 375 watts of AC power, sufficient to power a notebook computer and to charge up the batteries on a camera and a mobile phone, the PowerVerter has a multitude of applications. Its design is rugged thanks to its lightweight metal casing.
Ideal for highly-mobile users, the PowerVerter has a low battery alarm with auto-shutoff to preserve the vehicle's battery. It also has an overload alarm with auto-shutoff to prevent wattage overload. A replaceable fuse on the unit protects the unit from overload from the DC source, thus ensuring that your PowerVerter is always available to provide AC power when required.
It is available through ASBIS Africa with a one-year warranty at a recommended retail price of R649,00 (including VAT)
BridgeWave products in SA
Duxbury Networking is now providing wireless networking products from BridgeWave Communications in South Africa. BridgeWave is a supplier of gigabit wireless solutions for enterprise, service provider and government networks.
BridgeWave's gigabit point-to-point wireless links provide fibre-equivalent connections between locations by transmitting data over highly secure 60 and 80 gigahertz radio frequencies. This enables wired equivalent speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
BridgeWave Communications products also carry the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), making them so secure that they are relied upon for military applications.

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