STAMFORD — Institutional equity research, sales and trading firm MKM Partners has named Daniel Berenbaum as new executive director in its equity research department to cover semiconductor companies. He will be based in MKM’s Stamford headquarters.
Berenbaum has followed the semiconductor industry since 2006, having recently served as director of research at Auriga USA. He also has worked in technical and management roles at Applied Materials and spent five years as a nuclear power trained surface line officer for the U.S. Navy. He has published several technical papers and holds a U.S. patent.
SHELTON — Medical technology company Sectra will deliver its Web-based RIS (Radiology Information Systems) to Suffolk MRI of Smithtown, N.Y. to “increase efficiency and service to radiology patients and referrers.”
The RIS will be integrated in Suffolk’s existing Sectra PAC machines providing embedded voice recognition to speed up report turnaround time while reducing paper use and manual processes. The RIS will also bring online ordering and report access for referring physicians.
“[Sectra] spent a lot of time onsite learning how we do things, and determined that we can reduce our workflow steps from 48 to 20 by utilizing their RIS,” Suffolk chief technologist and PAC RIS administrator Frederick Severino said.
Sectra will also develop a bi-directional interface from its RIS to Suffolk MRI’s billing system, and it also will migrate seven years of data from the PAC machines into the RIS.
WINDSOR LOCKS — Hamilton Sundstrand was one of four recipients of Bombardier Aerospace’s 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Award, with the company’s Puerto Rico facility being one of eight award winners for Supplier Excellence (BASE). Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
The Social Responsibility award evaluated suppliers on six criteria: effective governing, valuing employees, building responsible products, operating sustainably, engaging suppliers, and acting as a responsible citizen.
The BASE award was given to the Puerto Rico facility’s Electronics Operations for achieving fact-based standards of high quality, delivery and competitiveness in 2010.
Hamilton Sundstrand provides systems for a variety of Bombardier’s aircraft programs, including the Challenger, Global, CRJ and CSeries aircrafts.
“This recognition … validates our efforts as a company to excel in meeting or exceeding our customers’ needs while conducting our business in a socially responsible and sustainable way,”
said Hamilton Sundstrand President David Gitlin.
NEW HAVEN — BeCaid, LLC, a Yale spinoff working on brain development programs that are tied to physical exercise, is the latest member of Connecticut Innovations Inc.’s CTech@Science Park incubator.
BeCaid’s first product is designed to improve the learning ability of elementary school children and to help in identifying and treating ADHD in children through computer games that incorporate physical exercises with cognitive functions. The difficulty level of the games is adjusted to capability of the child, and corrective messaging and online error diagnostics for the child and teacher are provided.
CTech@Science Park is a 4,000-square-foot facility with nine early-stage information technology and medical device businesses.
HARTFORD – The University of Connecticut’s Steven Suib received the 2011 Connecticut Medal of Science for his work in the fields of catalysis and materials science over the past 30 years.
Suib is head of UConn’s chemistry department and is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor. His work involves synthesis of novel porous semiconductors used to make new chemicals for use in lithium batteries and oil spills, among other applications. He and his team are investigating ways reduce greenhouse gases and develop alternative energy sources using carbon dioxide, itself a greenhouse gas.
His team is also working with VeruTEK Technologies Inc., to clean up contaminated industrial and commercial properties and landfills using microemulsion catalysis that converts hazardous compounds into harmless materials. He also is researching synthesis of high temperature ceramic fiber composites used for aircraft engine parts.
He has collaborated with companies such as United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand, Olin, Yardney Technical Products, Pfizer and others.
The Connecticut Medal of Science is the state’s highest honor for scientists and engineers. Suib is the award’s sixth recipient.
HARTFORD — Illinois-based online encyclopedia and reference guide Juggle.com has given Hartford.gov its Top Local Government Website Award, citing its use of Web technology to provide overviews of local programs and businesses in the community, and its easy access to usable information.
Juggle.com editors evaluated government Web sites on functionality and usability, timely content, access to e-government services and technological innovation.
“Popularity within our site changes in accordance with seasonal demands,” Hartford communications director Sarah Barr said. “If it is tax time, the finance pages are the most used. If it is back to school, Hartford.gov is the go-to portal to get to our school system’s Web site. We highlight parking bans, so if there is a snowstorm, we are an outlet for that information as well.”
Hartford’s spotlight at Juggle is located at juggle.com/hartford-connecticut-top-city-government-website.
Cox Communications is now offering wireless mobile phone service in Connecticut this month as part of its bundled services, which include cable television, Internet and landline telephone service.
Three Cox Wireless Solution stores opened in Manchester, Meriden and Enfield this month that sell mobile phone handsets, contracts and other services.
Cox will offer two-year mobile phone contracts started at about $30 per month, and will provide cash back for unused minutes up to $20 per month.
“Our primary audience is our existing customer base,” spokeswoman Amy Quinn said. Those who have at least one service with Cox are eligible for the bundle benefit. Those who add wireless service to their bundle will be eligible for upgrades to their cable television, Internet or home phone services.
“One of the reasons cable companies are jumping into the wireless market is because of 4G data capabilities, and video is a key driver,” said Ross Rubin, executive director of the market research firm NPD Group.
According to industry reports, Cox will use CDMA technology and its own wireless spectrum covering 76 percent of its wireline services area. It will use Sprint/Nextel’s networks on a roaming agreement for the rest of the coverage.
Cox is the first cable provider to launch wireless phone services, which debuted last year in California, Nebraska and Virginia. Along with Connecticut, the company is also launching service in Providence, R.I., and Cleveland.
BETHEL — Bethel-based Bite-Lite has debuted mosquito-repelling candles that use new "Cloak & Scatter" technology developed by Bedoukian Research Inc. of Danbury. The candles were debuted at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.
Bite-Lite’s candles use a proprietary blend of essential oils designed to attack mosquito sensors and hide human users from insects the same way animals in the wild use natural scents to attack or deter pests. The company intends the candles to be a natural alternative to chemical or Citronella mosquito repellant methods.
Bite-Lite candles will be sold in stores and through its website, bite-lite.com.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced his co-sponsorship of the PROTECT IP (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property) Act of 2011 to crack down on websites selling counterfeit goods and illegally streaming media. The proposal includes a provision allowing rights holders to directly enforce violations of their intellectual property rights.
“While the Internet has revolutionized the way we do business, it is imperative that our laws keep pace with online commerce to crack down on unscrupulous criminals who flagrantly violate copyright law at the expense of American consumers and businesses,” Blumenthal said.
The PROTECT IP Act is supported by numerous businesses, creative industry associations and unions across the country, in hopes it would protect both consumers and jobs from the effects of property infringement.
The industry estimates that copyright infringement and the sale of counterfeit goods online has cost American creators and producers billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs. One problem for law enforcements is that many of the sites in question are foreign-owned and outside the reach of U.S. law enforcement.
As a U.S. senator, Blumenthal is following up on his scolding of Google as Connecticut’s Attorney General for the collection and use of wireless data from millions across the world during operation of its Street View program.
Blumenthal referred to patents filed by Google going back to 2008 that describe a process of pinpointing locations of wireless routers by intercepting data transmitted by users over unsecured networks. He said the data collection and storage companies like Google and Apple employ to build and refine wireless network maps should be done with consent.
“For three years, Google intercepted and collected bits of user information, payload data — e-mails, passwords, browsing history and other personal information — while driving around taking pictures of people’s homes on the streets in the Street View program,” said Blumenthal. “The company first denied that it was collecting this information…and then it denied that it was collecting it intentionally.”
Blumenthal has called for Google to disclose whether information was obtained illegally and what its plans are for the data. He also wants customers to have the ability to refuse sharing personal information.
The citations for the patent applications are U.S. Patent Application 20100020776 and International Publication No. WO 2010/044872.
New Apple store a-building next to Barnes & Noble
NEW HAVEN — Just about the trendiest bricks-and-mortal retail destination anywhere, an Apple store is coming to Broadway.
Yale is embarking on a $5 million renovation of 65-77 Broadway, which is owned by University Properties. Until February the building was occupied by Barnes & Noble, which continues to operate the Yale Bookstore next door at 77 Broadway.
Although at press time neither Apple Computer nor Yale have confirmed the opening or location of the store, the Apple website list job openings including “store leader” (equivalent to store manager) and “manager” (assistant manager) for “New Haven 06511,” which corresponds to the ZIP code of Broadway. Apple also has Connecticut stores in Danbury Fair Mall, Farmington’s Westfarms Mall, Stamford and Greenwich, among 323 stores worldwide, according to Apple Computer’s most recent quarterly report.
The work is being done by Shawmut Construction, a Boston company that has constructed a number of Apple stores, including their flagship outlet in New York City. The architect for the project is Seattle-based Callison, LLC.