Month: April 2005

Daves iPAQ 04282005 Podcast is up

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• Introduction • Presentation on iPAQ • Radioio.com • My New Mobile Studio • Dont be too quick to scream about Windows Mobile 2005 • Interview with John Iasiuolo and Q-Man • Shhh…. Gotta download to hear this • Question from Terry from Springfield MA • Steves Tips and Tricks • Jack hits 2000 posts (111 per month for 18 months)

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PowerCerv Corporation Announces Letter of Intent to Acquire Search Play, LLC

TAMPA, Fla., Apr 25, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) — PowerCerv Corporation (Pink Sheets:PCRV) announces the signing of a non binding letter of intent to acquire Search Play, LLC. The acquisition will include soundpass and all intellectual property associated with these businesses.

Search Play, LLC currently operates radioio.com, a 15 channel genre-bending, cutting edge internet radio group that last month was rated #5 among all internet radio providers. Its channels are listed in several directories including Windows Media Guide, Apple iTunes, Real Media Guide, etc., and has been chosen by several digital media devices such as Phillips Streamline, Roku Soundbridge, and Escient Fireball for inclusion as a preset because of its premium quality content and the reliability of delivery via its robust streaming network.

Search Play, LLC also incorporates a diverse pending intellectual property estate that allows for the operation of a search engine inside a media player. Search Play is currently capitalizing on its IP estate by offering a search engine in its radioio offering. With 18 million searches in March, this is an extremely fast growing segment of the business and Search Play looks to capitalize on this as an immediate revenue stream.

“The internet radio audience has grown 500% in five years and it’s continuing to expand,” noted John Stanton, Chairman and CEO of PowerCerv, “20 million people listen to internet radio weekly, making internet radio ten times larger than satellite radio. The upside revenue potential from both traditional radio advertising, subscriptions, and internet advertising in combination with the proprietary `searchPlayer’ search revenue business method and technology represents a tremendous opportunity for PowerCerv Corp.”

“Since beginning this project in a spare bedroom five years ago, I have always believed that internet radio is the future of radio – and radioio is uniquely positioned to very quickly become a dominating force in this space and this future,” said Michael Roe, Founder of Radioio. “We believe that the proposed transaction is the logical next step for our business. We’re very excited. There’s lots of interest in internet radio in general, and this project specifically.”

For more information about radioio please visit http://www.radioio.com.

PowerCerv previously operated as a vertical enterprise software solution. It has had no operations since September 1, 2002. December 30, 2003 it entered an agreement with White Knight SST (WKGT) to develop and implement a business plan for the Company. This transaction is a result of this agreement. While this transaction is subject to due diligence, it is anticipated that closing will take place in the near term.

Investors are cautioned that certain statements contained in this document as well as some statements in periodic press releases and some oral statements of PowerCerv officials are “Forward-Looking Statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act). Forward-Looking statements include statements which are predictive in nature, which depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, which include words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “expects,” and similar expressions. In addition, any statements concerning future financial performance (including future revenues, earnings or growth rates), ongoing business strategies or prospects, and possible future PowerCerv actions, which may be provided by management, are also forward-looking statements as defined by the Act. Forward-Looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to materially differ from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and to vary significantly from reporting period to reporting period. Although management believes that the assumptions will, in fact, prove to be correct or that actual future results will not be different from the expectations expressed in this report. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and PowerCerv has no specific intention to update these statements.

SOURCE: PowerCerv Corporation

The South Beach Diet Just Got Handier

Skyscape, Inc. , a trusted leader in mobile health and medical information solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with Waterfront Media, publishers of The South Beach Diet Online ,to bring one of the most popular diets to health-conscious consumers via their mobile devices. We live in a mobile society and The South Beach Diet OnHand solution allows consumers to access the diet information whenever and wherever they need it.

The South Beach Diet was written by Dr. Arthur Agatston, M.D., preventive cardiologist and inventor of the renowned Agatston Score. With 9 million books in print, The South Beach Diet (Rodale Inc./April 2003) has remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 24 months running – since it was first published in April 2003. The paperback will be in stores starting April 19th along with the revised South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide. The South Beach Diet Online has over 4 million subscribers to its daily e-mail newsletter, The Daily Dish.

“My goal is to help change the way America eats, and the availability of information on handheld devices and smart phones will make it even more convenient for people to follow The South Beach Diet – whether for a healthy lifestyle or weight loss,” Dr. Agatston said. “The real secret to The South Beach Diet is that it’s not just a diet, it’s a way to eat for life, focusing on the right carbs and the right fats, along with lean sources of protein.”

“The South Beach Diet, is a great way to eat for life, that makes you look healthy and feel healthy,” said Sandeep Shah, president and CEO of Skyscape. “Consumers need an easy way to track their progress and stick to their diet when they are traveling, shopping for groceries or eating in restaurants. With Skyscape’s South Beach Diet OnHand for the PDA and Smart Phone they have a new resource to trim their worries away.”

Filled with easy-to-prepare recipes that focus on the right carbs and the right fats — the secret to South Beach Diet weight-loss — this mobile application makes it a snap to follow the South Beach Diet. In addition to the diet basics and information dieters need, the application contains a number of additional resources that are regularly updated to provide fresh information: — The Daily Dish– This daily e-mail newsletter regularly offers new South Beach Diet recipes, the latest research, success stories and diet news to provide consumers more variety in their meal selection. They will also receive sample meal plans for all three phases of the diet. — Restaurant Guides–With just the tap of a stylus, South Beach dieters can find the best foods to eat in various types of restaurants. South Beach Diet OnHand provides hundreds of suggested items and information for the most popular cuisine, including Italian, Chinese, Greek and Mexican, all available at their fingertips. — Fast Food Guide– South Beach Diet OnHand gives you variety, providing you with guidance on the best food choices at the most popular fast food chains. — Motivational Tips and Q&As– South Beach Diet OnHand provides consumers with daily motivation tips and Q&As downloadable to you handheld three times a week, to answer the most common questions and dispel misperceptions.

“The combination of South Beach Diet Online, South Beach Diet books, The South Beach Diet foods from Kraft, and now South Beach Diet OnHand provides an incredibly powerful set of tools in a dieter’s arsenal and can better prepare dieters to succeed,” said Ben Wollin, CEO of Waterfront Media. “Additionally, it helps further Dr. Agatston’s goal of helping to change the way America eats. Strategically, partnering with Skyscape, a company trusted by more than 400,000 professionals for mobile health and medical information solutions, was the best way to add this functionality for the convenience of dieters.”

Pricing and Availability

Beginning on April 27, 2005, a one-year subscription to South Beach Diet OnHand for the PDA can be purchased for $19.95. With this purchase, consumers will also receive a free, one week subscription for the South Beach Diet Online. To download the software, consumers can visit www.skyscapeonhand.com. South Beach Diet OnHand will distributed to healthcare professionals via www.skyscape.com and through partnerships with leading providers of mobile application downloads such as palmOne and Handango.

About Dr. Agatston and The South Beach Diet

Arthur Agatston, M.D., is a cardiologist and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Medical School. His pioneering work in noninvasive cardiac imaging has resulted in computerized tomography scanning methods and measures that bear his name: the Agatston Score and the Agatston Method, which are used for screening coronary calcium, are recognized worldwide.

Dr. Agatston did not set out to develop a weight-loss plan. His goal was to help his chronically overweight heart patients get their diets under control, thereby preventing or reversing the myriad of heart and vascular problems associated with obesity. Knowing that his patients weren’t faring well on the standard, low-fat American Heart Association diet, Dr. Agatston began to investigate diets and the origins of insulin resistance on his own. The result was The South Beach Diet, The South Beach Diet Cookbook, and The South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide published by Rodale Inc.

About Skyscape

Skyscape, Inc., is the leading provider of interactive mobile solutions for both the health conscious consumer and the medical practitioner. Skyscape provides the most extensive portfolio of trusted medical references – with over 270 of medicine’s most trusted and reputable references in over 35 medical specialties from the world’s finest medical publishers. Today over 400,000 medical professionals trust Skyscape to help them make the most informed decisions at the point-of-care.

In April 2005, Skyscape extended its focus to provide health-conscious consumers with mobile solutions to help improve their health and wellness, with solutions such as The South Beach Diet OnHand, the only mobile version of the highly successful South Beach Diet. Skyscape’s solutions are available on multiple platforms, including Palm OS(R), Windows(R) CE and Pocket PC.

For more information about Skyscape, visit HERE.

About Waterfront Media

Waterfront Media is headquartered on the Waterfront of Brooklyn, NY with customer service operations in North Adams, MA. This subscription-based online publishing company featuring self-help products connects subscribers with trusted experts to assist them in improving their lives. Waterfront Media opened its doors in January 2002 and currently serves over 500,000 paid subscribers. Waterfront’s leading authorities encompass diet, health, finance, exercise, spirituality and religion, and relationships.

Additional information about Waterfront Media’s partners, products and online tools can be found HERE.

Skyscape and smARTlink are registered trademarks. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contacts

Tiziani Whitmyre, Inc. Don Goncalves, 781-793-9380 [email protected]

http://www.tizinc.com

Bill Gates keynote address where the direction of Windows will go

This live webcast has ended. An on-demand version will be available by 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time. In his keynote presentation, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates reflects upon the hardware industry over the last 20 years and how the introduction of 64-bit and multicore computing will create a wave of industry innovation. Gates also provides a view into the foundation being laid for the release of Microsoft Windows “Longhorn.”

Watch

eSignal Releases A Wireless Quote and Market Information Service for Mobile Phones and PDAs.

eSignal, a division of Interactive Data Corporation (NYSE: IDC) and a leading provider of streaming, real-time financial market data, news, analytics and decision support tools to professional and individual traders, today announced the immediate availability of QuoTrek(R) 1.2 – eSignal’s wireless quote and market information service for mobile phones and PDAs. The new QuoTrek features quick-access links to online brokerages directly from within the application, as well as enhanced setups for auto login. In addition, QuoTrek 1.2 now runs on more wireless devices than ever with support for the latest Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) XScale(R) technology-based PDAs and Smartphones.

“With support for Intel’s latest technologies and the ability to access brokerages, QuoTrek 1.2 represents another big step forward for our customers,” said Chuck Thompson, president of eSignal. “Now, investors have an even greater selection of wireless devices for accessing portfolios and comprehensive market information from anywhere at anytime. Furthermore, trade decisions can be made quickly with access to their brokerage directly from QuoTrek, which allows investors to react to real-time market fluctuations without being tied down to a PC.”

QuoTrek 1.2 is optimized for Intel XScale technology. Intel XScale technology-based products boost processing capabilities and provide excellent power management for longer battery life. With the processing capabilities of Intel XScale technology, QuoTrek is able to respond faster and optimize its performance.

“Intel technology not only powers personal computers, but also is used in cell phones, PDAs and other wireless devices,” said Hector Llorens, marketing manager, Americas, personal communications platforms for Intel Corporation. “Mobile applications like QuoTrek benefit from Intel XScale technology with faster processing chips such as those found in the Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) Voq Professional Phone, the Audiovox PPC 6601 and the palmOne (NASDAQ: PLMO) Treo 650.”

For investors who own an Internet-ready mobile device such as a PDA or Smartphone, QuoTrek 1.2 delivers global information from financial markets throughout North America, Europe and Asia. QuoTrek 1.2 features the same streaming, real-time quotes as eSignal’s award-winning services. Stocks, indices, futures and FOREX data can be accessed using any one of several mobile devices, including Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, Palm and RIM BlackBerrys, as well as Windows Mobile and Palm OS-based smart phones. QuoTrek has global access on GPRS, CDMA, 3G, UMTS and WiFi networks from Cingular, Nextel, Orange, O2, Sprint, TIM, T-Mobile, Verizon, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone, WIND and many others.

Enhancing its robust features to further facilitate well-informed trading decisions, QuoTrek 1.2 has also added easy access to online trading brokerages. With QuoTrek 1.2, users may quickly access and make trades via brokerages including Ameritrade, ERADE, Charles Schwab, Harrisdirect and Scottrade. Users may also add their own links to other brokerages.

QuoTrek is currently available on a 30-day, free trial basis (exclusive of applicable third party fees). A subscription to the service starts at $25 per month. For more information on QuoTrek, including a complete list of compatible wireless devices, visit http://www.quotrek.com or call 1.800.833.1228.

About eSignal:

The eSignal division (http://www.esignal.com) of Interactive Data Corporation (NYSE: IDC) (http://www.interactivedata.com) is a leading global provider of financial and business information to professional and active individual investors. Building on a 20-year legacy of delivering time-sensitive financial information, eSignal provides streaming, real-time market data, news and analytics. eSignal’s suite of products includes eSignal(R), Advanced GET(TM), QuoTrek(R), FutureSource(R) and MarketCenter LIVE(TM).

eSignal

Raphel Finelli, 510-723-3501 [email protected]

Visit QuoTrek here.

Visit eSignal here.

Worlds First Wireless Broadband Internet On A High-Speed Train

A stable Wi-Fi broadband internet connection via satellite was successfully tested aboard a high-speed train – the Paris-Brussels route operated by Thalys. The record bandwidth attained was 4 Mbit/s downstream and 2 upstream at 300 km/h, comparable to the quality of an ADSL+ (asymmetric digital subscriber line plus) connection, a faster variant of DSL. This test was made possible with support from ESA (European Space Agency) and was implemented by the Anglo-Belgian operator 21Net with Siemens as technology partner. Siemens integrated the wireless broadband Wi-Fi network in the passenger cars and provided the complete management system including authentication and billing.

The new satellite link on the Thalys high-speed train offers business people, train personnel and private travelers a fast and stable opportunity to surf the internet while traveling at more than 300 km/h. The link between the train and satellite has a bandwidth of a maximum of 4 Mbit/s downstream and 2 upstream, comparable to the quality of an ADSL+ connection – an ADSL technology which effectively doubles the downstream bandwidth available for services – and offers numerous business and entertainment applications. Thalys has hereby set a new record.

21Net got the order from Thalys to implement the test installation. 21Net chose Siemens as its partner for integrating a wireless broadband Wi-Fi network in the passenger cars. Siemens used the Garderos operational support system for authentication and billing and operates the system on behalf of 21Net.

The pilot project will run for a period of three months on one train only. If proven successful, Thalys will equip its entire fleet of 28 trains running on the Brussels-Paris route with super fast internet.

The principle behind the solution is technologically complex but extremely user friendly at the same time. When paying for a seat, each passenger receives a password and ID for logging on to the wireless broadband interconnection. As soon as the passenger logs on, the authentication information is sent to the central Network Operations Center (NOC) of Siemens Belgium via satellite.

The NOC houses the Network Management Center where Siemens manages the authentication of users for 21Net and assimilates the time-based billing data. To this end Siemens collaborates with Garderos, a German company that makes WLAN infrastructure software for operational support systems. What is more, the center manages all components on the train remotely. The first-line helpdesk for users is operated by 21Net. Siemens staffs the system helpdesk that intervenes at network level.

An additional benefit to 21Net was the railway expertise of the Siemens “Energy Industry Transport” department in Belgium that designed the special racks for the servers and configuration components. The racks meet specific requirements imposed by the relevant railway networks, are vibration proof and are protected against electrical overvoltage. Ergonomically, they occupy only the smallest space.

“Siemens’ knowledge of the railway sector combined with proven know-how of mobile data transmission was decisive in this project”, said Christoph Caselitz, President of Mobile Networks at Siemens Communications. “Siemens has hereby reconfirmed its role as network integrator as well as its local role as competence center for mobile data.”

21Net

UK-based 21Net was created in 2001 to leverage advanced satellite technology to deliver broadband Internet to trains. Founded by business and high-tech industry veterans Henry Hyde-Thomson, James Rolfe, Douglas Dundonald and Jean-François de Lantsheere 21Net is under contract to the European Space Agency as well as receiving support from Venture Capital

Thalys

Thalys International, based in Brussels, is a joint venture between SNCB, the National Railway Company of Belgium, the Grandes Lignes International s.A., a subsidiary of the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) as well as NS and Deutsche Bahn, the German railwas company. The high-speed train Thalys connects the countries France, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands.

For more information see HERE

Siemens Communications

Siemens Communications is one of the largest players in the global telecommunications industry. Siemens is the only provider in the market that offers its customers a full-range portfolio, from devices for end users to complex network infrastructures for enterprises and carriers as well as related services. Siemens Communications is the world’s innovation leader in convergent technologies, products and services for wireless, fixed and enterprise networks. It is the largest Group within Siemens and operates in more than 160 countries around the world. In fiscal 2004 (year-end September 30), its 60,000-strong workforce posted sales of approximately 18 billion euros.

More about Siemens Communications HERE

Garderos

Garderos makes WLAN infrastructure software for operational support systems. The hardware-independent architecture has been designed according to the needs of enterprises and service providers to securely create and deliver WLAN services. The Garderos software responds to technical challenges like mobile subscriber authentication (EAP-SIM) and WiMAX, thereby protecting investments. Garderos’ software has been deployed by well-known customers such as T-Com, T-Mobile, Vodafone as well as large enterprises and hospitals.

For more information on Garderos, click HERE

PhatPad 2.2 Released

PhatWare Corp. is happy to announce the release of PhatPad 2.2, the updated version of its award-winning note-taking application for Windows Mobile-based Pocket and Tablet PCs. PhatPad allows you to draw pictures, jot text notes, put a mixture of pictures and text, or create simple animation on a virtual scratch pad. The program uses new digital ink technology, which provides a very smooth ink flow, so it feels like you’re writing on a piece of paper.

New in PhatPad 2.2

* Support for PNG format, which allows loading PNG images as a note background and exporting PhatPad notes as PNG files. * Improved integration with CalliGrapher/PenOffice: AutoCorrector feature is now supported. * Significant internal changes: improved inking and overall performance.

“Whether a new user or an existing PhatPad owner, 2.0 is a worthwhile purchase and upgrade and should be a must-have application for every Pocket PC owner.” says Clinton Fitch in the product review, “It is well written and performs beyond expectations, something that has become a trademark for all of PhatWare’s products.”

The complete PhatPad review can be found HERE

You can find the detailed information about PhatPad 2.2, download a trial version or purchase the software by visiting PhatWare web site HERE

PhatPad 2.2 is a free upgrade for all registered users of PhatPad 2.x. Users of older versions of PhatPad can purchase the upgrade at the discounted price. For more information, please refer to the upgrade policy at http://www.phatware.com/support/upgradeinfo.html

A Security Policy for Your iPAQ?

Whether you are a personal user or a corporate employee, if you have a mobile device, you should either have a security policy of your own or be bound by a corporate one. Some users have an informal security policy. However, many have no security policy at all and have not even thought through the security implications of owning a Pocket PC. The same is true of organizations, whether it be a government department, an established company, or a startup. Most organizations have employees who use mobile devices, whether those devices are mobile phones or PDAs.

This article can help companies think through a mobile security policy that will work for their organization. It can also be useful to help individuals determine what level of security they’re comfortable with for their devices.

You can read Darryl’s article here at Pocket PC Magazine.

What’s a moblog?

There are a lot of great places to visit to pick up information. Some are clearly better than others but that is probably a matter of personal taste on what you think is terrific. I love reading articles that Suzanne Ross write. They are always, clear, concise, interesting and most importantly, informative. Suzanne wrote a neat piece on how to Create Your Own Mobile Blog. In part, she said the following: Quote

First, what’s a moblog? A moblog, or a mobile blog, is an online record of anything you feel like sharing with the world, whether they want it or not. The difference between moblogging and regular blogging is that you use your phone or Pocket PC to post text or pictures.

There are obvious advantages to this. If you get inspired in the middle of a meadow, at your favorite local watering hole, or on a road trip, you won’t have to wait until you can get back to your desktop to send your thoughts and photos to the world.

Though moblogging isn’t new, it has been gaining popularity and attention, though I don’t think the uses of it have been fully explored. It seems a perfect way, for instance, for a real estate agent to show new properties to clients. I’ve been looking around for a house lately, and I’m frustrated by the lack of pictures on real estate sites. If an agent had a mobile blog, she could take pictures and immediately send them to her moblog.

If you want to find out more about moblogging, click HERE to read Suzanne’s tips.

Pocket PC Data Collection Solution

NOVA Research Company, a provider of innovative technology, consulting, and research support services to the global health and research communities, announced commercial availability of QDS(TM) version 2.4, the latest release of its widely used Questionnaire Development System software. Developed specifically to meet the unique needs of clinical and behavioral researchers, QDS(TM) 2.4 marks the addition of a handheld HAPI(TM) (Handheld-Assisted Personal Interview) Pocket PC module to its suite of survey software and new, expanded functionality for data collection. The new Pocket PC module is expected to increase user acceptance rates by 30 percent and reduce the cost of conducting complex multisite field research studies by 40 percent while allowing researchers to collect data in areas where use of a bulky laptop computer is not an option.

First introduced in 1997, QDS(TM) is known for its ability to simplify and automate survey administration, increase efficiency, and cut survey development time by up to 50 percent. QDS(TM) offers the unique ability to produce all materials needed to administer a questionnaire survey simultaneously in a variety of modes — paper, desktop, laptop, tablet PC, and now PDA Pocket PC — all from a single set of easily maintained specifications and without having to hire a computer programmer. QDS(TM) also promotes re- use of field-tested questions by providing the capability to copy specifications among questionnaires. In addition, the product allows data to be exported directly into other software programs, such as SAS, SPSS, and MS Access, for data analysis.

“Researchers have asked for a handheld data collection module that will increase interviewee acceptance rates in more public venues. The QDS 2.4 HAPI(TM) Pocket PC questionnaire module offers greater portability, increased flexibility, and faster completion of surveys,” said Peggy L. Young, President and CEO of NOVA Research Company. “It also lets researchers tailor the method of survey administration to the comfort level of the respondent, which is important when collecting sensitive or personal data or administering surveys in public settings such as shopping malls and bars. An added benefit is that research teams worldwide can now collaborate more effectively and continue to work in real time by using a wireless connection to upload data collected via a PDA to a central location anywhere in the world,” she continued.

QDS(TM) gives researchers more flexibility in managing survey data from clinical studies that identify problems potentially in need of preventive, therapeutic, or supportive services. The latest version, QDS HAPI(TM) for the Pocket PC personal digital assistant, is extremely practical for field studies.

“The new, expanded QDS(TM) version 2.4 lets me continue to ensure quality of data reconciled from different versions of behavioral research questionnaires, no matter which survey method is used,” said Phil Batterham, data management coordinator at the UCLA Center for Community Health in Los Angeles. Batterham has used QDS(TM) to implement and administer interviews for various research projects that involve high-risk populations (such as people living with HIV and homeless adolescents). “The automated questionnaire’s skips and checks are extremely useful, as the typical interview can take 1 to 2 hours and involve up to 1,000 questions based on 2,000 or more elements on background characteristics, risk behaviors, emotional well-being, health behaviors, and habits,” he added.

Dr. Adam Rosenblatt, Co-Principal Investigator of The Maryland Assisted Living Study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, is piloting the QDS-HAPI(TM) on Pocket PCs in a study in which he uses a Structured Clinical Interview for DSM, or SCID, to monitor a large number (300) of participants or residents in 26 unrelated assisted living facilities in order to determine the change in rates of psychiatric problems residents may experience.

New Features of the QDS 2.4 HAPI(TM) (Handheld-Assisted Personal Interview) module

— Wider portability. The new HAPI(TM) module allows users to be more mobile and conduct personal interviews using a Pocket PC handheld computer, eliminating carrying a heavy, more expensive laptop computer. — Automated edits. An enhanced edit feature allows users to automatically launch a second questionnaire if the respondent qualifies to move on to the next stage of a field-administered survey or needs a more in-depth diagnostic assessment. — Password protection. In line with stringent FDA compliance requirements for certain clinical trials and studies, QDS(TM) 2.4 has the ability to encrypt responses and password-protect questionnaires so that only authorized users can view and export collected data. — Customized reporting. Users can automatically generate customized reports in real time at any point in the baseline interview in order to better determine trends. Report elements support new types of substitution tokens that retrieve question text, question probes, and interviewer comments from the current interview.

QDS(TM) is a modular system consisting of three major components: Design Studio, Data Collection Modules, and Warehouse Manager. The four data collection modules include: Data Entry for paper questionnaires; CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interview) for face-to-face interviewing; ACASI (Audio Computer-Administered Self-Interview) for more sensitive data collection and for interviewing respondents with reading difficulties; and HAPI(TM) (Handheld-Assisted Personal Interview) for the Pocket PC. Current QDS(TM) users can upgrade existing modules by downloading version 2.4 at $125 per module. Now that the QDS-HAPI(TM) module has been released, NOVA is in rapid-development mode to program a QDS-Web(TM) module for Web survey administration from the same Design Studio specification file.

About NOVA Research Company

Founded in 1986, NOVA Research Company is the trusted leader in providing innovative technology, consulting, and research support services to the global health and research communities. NOVA has worked worldwide with leading commercial research organizations; 31 universities and academic research institutions; more than 24 Government agencies, including the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and the World Health Organization (WHO). NOVA has a 19-year track record of facilitating cost-effective and timely transfer of technology and information from research and clinical labs. Funded through a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant, NOVA’s QDS(TM) Questionnaire Development System software has been used extensively in biomedical and behavioral health studies in ten countries. In addition, NOVA is a GSA (General Services Administration) — certified supplier to Federal and state agencies. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, privately held NOVA has onsite research teams in Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore and Hyattsville, Maryland; and Berkeley, California.

For more information, visit NOVA Research Company here.

or call 301-986-1891.