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Dan Heilman

Company and tech news from the region.

Unotron introduces smartcard readers

Westwood-based released its SmartRest SRC5 Smartcard Reader and the external SAC2 Standalone Smartcard Reader. SmartRest, a keyboard wrist rest with an integrated, horizontal, front-load Smartcard reader, was designed as a companion product to Unotron’s SpillSeal protected washable keyboard.

The new Smartcard Reader products are expected to help federal agencies comply with the Federal Information Processing Standard personal identity verification requirements.

Unotron makes washable data input and security devices.

Study: Wireless quality is improving

The nation’s wireless carriers are dropping fewer calls than in the past, a study has found.

Despite an increase in wireless calling volume, the average number of initial connection problems has dropped 50 percent compared with 2004, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Wireless Call Quality Performance Study.

The study, which measures wireless call problems nationwide, found three of every 100 calls includes at least one call quality problem with the initial connection — down from six out of 100 in 2004.

In the Mid-Atlantic region, Verizon Wireless ranked highest, with the fewest reported problems in initial connections and calls disconnected, followed by Sprint, Cingular, T-Mobile and Nextel Communications.

Metrologic formalizes pact with Target

Blackwood-based Metrologic Instruments Inc. said it formalized an agreement with Target Corporation to provide MS1690 Focus handheld imaging bar code scanners for their retail stores.

Metrologic expects shipment of scanners to Target to begin immediately.

StudioLine upgrades Photo 2

Upper Saddle River-based H&M Systems Software Inc. released version 2.11 of its StudioLine Photo 2 digital imaging software.

The new version offers the universal StudioLine Explorer for images, folders and online albums offers a convenient toolbar slider to freely choose thumbnail sizes. This capability allows similar images to be assessed and distinguished before loading.

New toolbar buttons in the image archive allow users to quickly rate images, add them to a light box or designate them for later use in email, online albums, printing or CD/DVD writing.

iVoice completes spin-offs

Matawan-based speech-recognition technology company iVoice said it has completed the spinoffs of three subsidiaries and will give its stockholders shares in the new companies as a special dividend.

The new companies (iVoice Technology, Deep Field Technologies, and SpeechSwitch) each will operate as an independent publicly held company.

iVoice makes speech-enabled software and hardware and telecommunications systems for uses such as company voice mail systems. Its customers include Avaya and the American Red Cross.

Majesco releases PC version of ‘Advent Rising’

Edison-based Majesco Entertainment Company said it shipped the PC version of “Advent Rising” to retail stores nationwide. Developed by GlyphX Games, Advent Rising thrusts players into an intergalactic adventure punctuated with a storyline created in collaboration with sci-fi novelist Orson Scott Card.

MDY teams with Prinova

Fair lawn-based records management product maker MDY Advanced Technologies Inc. signed a marketing services agreement with Prinova Inc., a maker of document design, development and delivery products.

Prinova will offer MDY’s records management software. The agreement makes it possible for Prinova to expand its offerings to customers in the insurance, financial services, healthcare, retail and other markets.

Biotech company moving to New Jersey

Phyton Biotech will move its headquarters from Fort Worth, Texas, to Princeton this fall and is hiring three more scientists to manage its research and development operations.

Phyton President Magnus Precht said the move and hires are aimed at expanding beyond the company’s current focus, which is producing paclitaxel, the active ingredient in popular cancer drug Taxol.

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