BEDFORD, NH–Seamless access for Internet users through social media and apps was the hottest topic at the 2013 NH High Tech Council Product of the Year (POY) competition on Tuesday, Nov 12, as Single Digits of Manchester took top honors.
Single Digits’ Open Network Exchange is the hub connecting users to a network, database service providers and app creators to large networks of users, and property owners to new revenue streams from their network. Through the interface, network owners can peruse the menu of options and easily “flip the switch” to turn on new services in their network. These services include advertising partners to drive revenue, rewards programs to drive loyalty, or social media partners to drive ease of authentication and revenue options. Single Digits operates the network as a neutral party to authenticate users, store credentials, set up policy and assign bandwidth, determine pricing and payment, track clicks, and allocate and distribute revenue appropriately.
At the 8th annual POY event, over 200 people, including Governor Maggie Hassan, were on hand as the Council honored the top four companies competing for Product of the Year with Judges Awards. Those four finalists were selected by the judges from a larger pool of candidates in October. The four previewed their products during a reception before the evening event, and then made seven-minute presentations as part of their effort to encourage the audience to vote for their product. The popular vote and previous judging by a panel of business and technology experts were equally weighed, and Single Digits took top honors for 2013. The three other 2013 finalists and Judges’ Award winners were BurstPoint Networks, Merrimack; Granite State Manufacturing, Manchester; and Labsphere, North Sutton.“This is certainly one of our proudest moments,” said Stephen Singlar, founder and president of Single Digits. “Our roots are in New Hampshire, most of our employees are from the state, and to get recognition in our own home state to help promote the growth of our company and our product—we couldn’t be any
Single Digits earned the prestigious NH High Tech Council Product of the Year crystal trophy, designed by Pepi Herrmann. The Single Digits name will be added to the trophy, and the trophy and an exhibit of the winning product will be on display and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport for one year.
Major sponsors of the 2013 POY reception were Berry Dunn; Cook, Little, Rosenblatt, and Manson PLLC; Cross Insurance; Dyn; FairPoint Communications; Hanover Insurance; Nanocomp; and Public Service of New Hampshire.
Solution makes possible user personalized authentication, monetization of network
MANCHESTER, NH – (November 4, 2013) – Single Digits, Inc., the white-label network operator for property owners, today announced the latest addition to its Guest Management System: the PMS Guest Application (PGA). This module enables hoteliers’ local property management system to interface with Single Digits’ powerful cloud-based software regarding guest internet authentication, authorization, and accounting. The PGA has two primary advantages. First, it allows Single Digits to interface to the Property Management Systems independently of the more expensive traditional server-based gateway products. This allows for more scalable, flexible, and cost-effective head end products to be used. Secondly, it provides visibility to all available guest folio elements which can be referenced to provide a more personalized authentication experience for the guest, as well as more monetizing opportunities for the property.
“Hospitality CIO’s and IT Directors are eager to standardize a consistent guest experience across their properties, while also monetizing their networks,” said John Nelson, Single Digits’ Vice President of Development. “Our new PGA is officially certified for use with the four primary PMS providers. So, for hoteliers seeking standardization and excellence in their guests’ Internet experience, we are ready to partner. And for those seeking monetization, the PGA lets hotels first find out information about the guest before presenting Wi-Fi rates. By personalizing the authentication experience, hotels can treat their VIP’s with the high-touch experience they deserve, and more effectively offer tiered bandwidth options.”
Single Digits’ PGA is officially certified with Micros Fidelio/Opera, Galaxy, Agilysys, and Marriott.
Mike Cote's Business Editor's Notebook: Pitching for Product of the Year
Call it the Towering Shark Tank.
In a conference room on the 20th floor of Manchester's Hampshire Plaza, entrepreneurs took turns Thursday pitching their products before a judging panel convened by the NH High Tech Council. Each had 20 minutes to convince the group their innovation was worthy of the title Product of the Year.
Whether they were armed with a PowerPoint, a product demo or a scale model - one product would never have fit inside the room - the competitors were selling themselves as much as their next great game-changing idea.
Which one has the best shot at developing and marketing a product that will have a long-lasting impact, one that might change their industry's way of doing business and shake up the status quo? Judges made their choices based on such criteria.
The four companies selected each will each receive a POY Judges Award at the eighth annual event Nov. 12 at the Southeastern Regional Education Service Center in Bedford. The finalists will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate their product, and will make a seven-minute presentation to the audience.
After the presentations, the winner will be selected based on both the judges' evaluations and the audience vote. The trophy and the finalist's winning product will be on display at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
Past winners include Nanocomp Technologies, UltraVision, Insight Tech Gear, Holase Inc., Sky-Skan, Foss Manufacturing and Therma-Hexx. Here are this year's contenders:
BurstPoint Networks, Merrimack
BurstPoint Networks provides video streaming, recording and content management for business, education and government clients for such uses as virtual town meetings, distance learning and video on-demand.
In June, the company announced the latest generation of its video communications platform. I-STREAM delivers high-definition video streaming, recording, publishing and content management from a single box that carries a suggested retail price of $24,000. The company says I-STREAM offers three times the performance of competing products for a fraction of the price.
BurstPoint is relatively new to the Granite State. In August 2012, the company moved from Westborough, Mass., to 11 Continental Blvd. in Merrimack.
Patrick Clark, founder, president and CEO, a high-tech entrepreneur who has been involved with several startups, told the New Hampshire Union Leader he was drawn to the Granite State by a recruiting effort from state officials.
Granite State Manufacturing, Manchester
Granite State Manufacturing has developed a cargo container aimed at thwarting thieves trying to gain access to the valuable merchandise inside those giant boxes.
In June, the company outfitted a full-sized cargo carrier with an electronic security system for the Navy. "They said we can't tell you why we want it, but it's for something really important," Glenn Lawton, the company's president, told the Union Leader in July.
Granite State Manufacturing, which is partnering with TamperProof Global Systems Corp. of West Bend, Wis., employs a proprietary process that lines all six surfaces of the container with an electronic textile sensor system and makes it easy to convert an existing container into a tamper-proof system. It is designed to withstand the rigorous environments of land, sea and air transportation.
It can be retrofitted into existing container fleets and can detect breaches as small as 2 millimeters. The system also provides real-time data monitoring and alarm capabilities that can integrate with other communication networks.
Labsphere, North Sutton
Forty miles northwest of Manchester in the tiny town of North Sutton is the headquarters for Labsphere, a company founded in 1979 that specializes in the measurement of light for industrial manufacturers.
The company's Integral Light Measurement Software - Labsphere's first foray into the software - is the first light measurement software that uses HTML5 technology. It's platform independent, which means the software can be used with hardware made by Labsphere as well as with that of its competitors for both research and development and production.
Integral does not need to be installed on customer devices or tethered to light measurement equipment. The speed at which the light measurement scans are performed and data analyzed allows users to test more LEDs (light-emitting diodes) or products in a shorter amount of time, increasing productivity and efficiency, and shortening time to test and market lighting products.
LEDs are used as indicator lamps in many devices - the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 uses 500 LEDS rather than light bulbs - and are becoming increasingly common for use in general lighting.
Single Digits, Manchester
Single Digits aims to make it easier for travelers to instantly connect to the Internet via Facebook, Google or other applications that can authenticate their identity when they visit a hotel or coffee shop rather than having to finagle with a WiFi network provided by the business that requires using a password.
Its system also makes it easier for those businesses to make money from offering Internet access by partnering them with advertisers. The company's Open Network Exchange is the hub connecting users to a network, database service providers and app creators to large networks of users, and property owners to new revenue streams from their network. Through the interface, network owners can peruse a menu of options and turn on new services in their network. These services include advertising partners, rewards programs, and social media partners.
Single Digits - whose name alludes to the frigid winter temperatures in New Hampshire - operates the network as a neutral party to authenticate users, store credentials, set up policy and assign bandwidth, determine pricing and payment, track clicks, and allocate and distribute revenue.
The eighth annual Product of the Year event will be held at Southeastern Regional Education Service Center in Bedford at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. Tickets are $85 for nonmembers, $55 for NH High Tech Council members. To register, visit NHHTC.org.
October 07, 2013 07:50 ET
Expands Footprint of Hotel Properties, Bolsters West Coast Operational Strength
MANCHESTER, NH--(Marketwired - Oct 7, 2013) - Single Digits, Inc., the white-label network operator for property owners, today announced the acquisition of the high speed internet access (HSIA) business unit of Datanamics, an IT Solutions organization. This strategic acquisition augments the strong organic growth Single Digits has experienced since its inception in 2003.
"We are pleased to welcome Datanamics' HSIA customers into our portfolio," said Single Digits CEO, Robert Goldstein. "We will continue to support these customers, just as Datanamics did. Furthermore, these customers now have access to our cloud-based Business Access Portal software, which enables them to do several things they previously could not. In addition to basic functionality such as authorization, authentication, and accounting, they'll be able to monitor their network, customize service delivery, and deliver a unique Wi-Fi business model."
Goldstein stated that this acquisition was a strategic play to strengthen their broad-based authentication system.
"We have invested in our open-architected software, nationwide infrastructure, partnerships, and services to create the Open Network Exchange (O.N.E.). The O.N.E. is the hub that connects guest users to a network, database service providers and app creators to large networks of users, and property owners to new revenue streams. We are aggressively pursuing partner participation, and the expansion of our user base makes the business model even more attractive for partners. The greater the number of users who access the Internet via the Exchange, the greater the number of authentications, downloads, and revenue for these partners (and customers). Since this acquisition expands our user base, it benefits our customers and partners as much as it does Single Digits."
The Open Network Exchange recently won the Platinum Award from Gaming & Leisure. Single Digits operates their customers' networks as a neutral party to authenticate users, store credentials, set up policy and assign bandwidth, determine pricing and payment, track clicks, and distribute revenue.
Single Digits supports over 2,100 properties, and authenticates over 160,000 users at those properties daily. With this acquisition, Single Digits expands its HSIA leadership.
Single Digits' Open Network Exchange Wins Platinum Award in the 2013 Gaming & Leisure Gaming and Hospitality AwardsSingle Digits are at it again. Single Digits was named the winner of the Platinum Award in the 2013 Gaming & Leisure Gaming and Hospitality Awards.
The award is the highest honor bestowed by the advisory board of technology executives at Gaming & Leisure. It is given to the company that displays Innovation (original thinking in solving business problems), Transformation (dramatically changing the technology landscape), and Partnership (understanding clients' problems and creates solutions for today and for tomorrow).
Single Digits' president Stephen Singlar accepted the award after presenting to a packed room of hospitality and gaming technology executives on the major trends and shifts in networking.
"We are honored and thrilled to win this award. The Gaming & Leisure board of advisors are visionaries who shape the industry, so for them to identify the uniqueness of our approach is particularly humbling," said Singlar.
"Our Wi-Fi authentication strategy has resonated particularly well in the gaming industry. CIO's value the scale and flexibility it brings to their operation, as well as the additional revenue stream it provides. This acknowledgement from Gaming & Leisure will allow us to connect with other members of the gaming and hospitality community we've not yet met. As you might expect, given the 'partnership' aspect of the Platinum award recognition, these future connections and relationships are something we value tremendously."
Single Digits' Open Network Exchange is the hub that connects users to a network, database service providers and app creators to large networks of users, and property owners to new revenue streams. Through the easily configured interface, network owners can peruse a menu of options and "flip the switch" to activate new services in their network.
These services include advertising partners like JiWire to drive revenue, rewards programs to drive loyalty, or social media partners to drive authentication and revenue options.
Single Digits operates the network as a neutral party to authenticate users, store credentials, set up policy and assign bandwidth, determine pricing and payment, track clicks, and distribute revenue appropriately.
The implication for property owners is enormous. By bringing these applications into their network, guests can authenticate using their preferred application, while property owners share in the revenue associated with log-in's, downloads, and advertisement clicks while online.
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