February 16, 2013
TMCnet Enterprise Solutions Week in Review
By Carlos Olivera
TMCnet Content Producer
As usual, the Enterprise Solutions market was busy this week, so let’s get right to it.
First off, Accenture (News - Alert) Federal Services has announced it was able to secure a one-year contract from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The goal is for Accenture to help improve the Food Safety Inspection Service’s (FSIS) system that tracks meat and poultry supply.
The FSIS is responsible for ensuring the safety of meat and poultry in the U.S. and Accenture will take on the role of helping to improve its labeling and packaging standards.
“Federal agencies are faced with the challenge of transforming and improving how they work in today’s challenging financial environment,” said Ed Meehan, leader of Accenture’s federal civilian agency portfolio. “Continued improvements will help FSIS drive operational efficiencies, improve performance, and help protect our nation’s critical food supply infrastructure.”
In other contract announcement news, NCR Corporation has received a contract to provide networking and computing infrastructure, Web check-in, and information kiosks and unified telephony for the new Muscat International and Salalah Airports. Although the airports are still under construction, once completed NCR will design, install, test and manage voice data and wireless infrastructure among other services.
"The network and compute infrastructure is the backbone of Ultra's work as a master systems integrator - I have no doubt that NCR will deliver state-of-the-art IT infrastructure in support of our delivery of world-class airport systems," said Ithra Programme, Ultra Electronics Director Grant Levy.
Finally, AVnu Alliance has opened up its testing for AVB-enabled networking bridges at its appointed testing house. AVnu hopes to bring high-quality open-standard audio and video networking to professional AV, automotive, and consumer electronics segments. To date, AVnu has added 50 members looking to receive its certification.
“The commencement of bridge certification confirms that the AVnu vision of truly interoperable open standard networking is becoming a reality,” says Rick Kreifeldt, AVnu Alliance president and VP of Research & Innovation, Harman. “AVnu Alliance’s rigorous testing procedures will guarantee that only wholly compliant products receive the official stamp of approval.”