Tektronix Enters Vector Network Analyzer Market with TTR500 Series USB VNA

New PC-Controlled VNA Disrupts Industry with Lowest Price, 122 dB Dynamic Range and 6 GHz Performance--Addressing Unmet Needs in IoT Design, Education

BEAVERTON, Ore., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Tektronix, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, today introduced the TTR500 Series USB Vector Network Analyzer, adding to the growing Tektronix portfolio of disruptive USB-based RF test instruments. Like Tektronix' highly successful USB-based spectrum analyzers, the new TTR500 Series delivers an unmatched combination of low price and performance – 40 percent lower cost than alternatives capable of matching its 122 dB dynamic range and 6 GHz frequency range. It also includes advanced features including new VectorVu-PC analysis software and the only built-in bias tee for testing active devices in this category.  

Among the markets with a critical need for an affordable VNA are Internet of Things (IoT) design and education. VNAs help IoT designers match Bluetooth, WLAN, RFID and other radios to antennas. In many cases, designers must rent or borrow VNAs, adding time and expense to projects. In education, the high cost of VNAs means students get little to no hands-on time with an important instrument. The TTR500 Series dramatically lowers the barrier to entry and features an easy-to-use user interface for common tasks. The TTR500's small, compact form factor eliminates the need to roll around a shared VNA.

"With its innovative architecture and disaggregated design, the TTR500 Series achieves the same level of performance as a benchtop VNA, but at 40 percent lower cost and one-seventh the size and weight of units with comparable performance," said Jim McGillivary, general manager of RF and Component Solutions at Tektronix. "This new architecture also reduces component count and complexity for more reliability compared to benchtop VNAs. The RSA306 disrupted the spectrum analyzer and I'm confident the TTR500 Series will have the same impact for the VNA."

The TTR500 Series offers a full 2-port, 2-path S-parameter VNA for such applications as measuring passive/active components, antennas and matching networks, RF modules, test cables, adapters and more. It features a solid set of specifications including 100 kHz to 6 GHz frequency range, 122 dB dynamic range, less than 0.008 dB trace noise, and -50 to +7 dBm output power, all in a compact package weighing less than 4 pounds.

An important feature of the TTR500 is the built-in bias tee that is accessible on both ports and allows for active devices, such as amplifiers, to be easily DC biased.  No longer will users need to contend with an external bias tee or pay a premium for an instrument with an optional internal bias tee. The TTR500's built-in bias tee allows for 0 to ± 24 V, and 0 to 200 mA on both ports for active devices.

The TTR500 works with any Windows PC or laptop and the VectorVu-PC software delivers a traditional look and feel for controlling and calibrating the instrument. It offers full point and click usability with the ease of PC-based networking for saving and sharing files. For automated test systems in design or manufacturing, VectorVu-PC offers programmatic support for SCPI commands, including command compatibility with common legacy VNAs for easy integration into existing test systems. In addition, the software offers an offline mode for data analysis with an output file format compatible with common EDA simulation tools.

Rounding out the solution, the TTR500 Series is available with a robust set of accessories including a rugged carrying case, rack mount kits, rugged phase-stable cables, attenuators, adapters and calibration kits.

Pricing & Availability

The TTR500 Series vector network analyzer is available now and pricing starts at $9,000 US MSRP for a 3 GHz instrument and $12,000 for a 6 GHz instrument. To learn more, go to www.tek.com/TTR500 or contact your local Tektronix account manager.

Wondering what else Tektronix is up to? Check out the Tektronix Bandwidth Banter blog and stay up to date on the latest news from Tektronix on Twitter and Facebook.

About Tektronix

Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix delivers innovative, precise and easy-to-operate test, measurement and monitoring solutions that solve problems, unlock insights and drive discovery. Tektronix has been at the forefront of the digital age for over 70 years. Join us on the journey of innovation at TEK.COM

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc. All other trade names referenced are the service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


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Crews Will Begin Work on U.S. 24 from Route 291 to MO Highway 7 on May 5

Lairyn McGregor, 816-607-2152

April 25, 2017 08:38 AM

Crews Will Begin Work on U.S. 24 from Route 291 to MO Highway 7 on May 5

INDEPENDENCE – The Missouri Department of Transportation will begin work on the five mile stretch of U.S. 24 between Route 291 and MO Highway 7 on Friday, May 5, and is anticipated to be finished by December. The project includes new pavement, guardrail work, and signal improvements. The work will be primarily during the day but some night time work is expected. Increased law enforcement will be present during the night time work hours. All work is weather permitting.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.

For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity.  MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for work zone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).

IBM Board Approves Increase in Quarterly Cash Dividend for the 22nd Consecutive Year

Tampa, FL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The IBM (NYSE:IBM) board of directors today declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $1.50 per common share, payable June 10, 2017 to stockholders of record as of May 10, 2017. Today’s dividend declaration represents an increase of $0.10, or seven percent higher than the prior quarterly dividend of $1.40 per common share.

This is the 22nd year in a row that IBM has increased its quarterly cash dividend — IBM has more than doubled its quarterly dividend per share since 2010. IBM has paid consecutive quarterly dividends since 1916.

Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer said, „Years of investments have made IBM the world’s leader in enterprise cloud and cognitive computing. Our strong profit and cash flow performance allows us to make the investments required to drive our transformation and to return capital to shareholders.”

HealthVerity Completes Series B Financing of $10 Million

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HealthVerity, Inc., the leading cloud platform for the discovery, licensing and linking of broad scale healthcare data, today announced it has secured $10 million in Series B financing led by Flare Capital Partners and Greycroft Partners with participation from Foresite Capital and additional strategic healthcare investors. HealthVerity will use the financing to fund continued expansion of its healthcare data ecosystem, advanced privacy solutions and proven data interoperability technologies.

HealthVerity Marketplace now offers linkable HIPAA-compliant de-identified healthcare data on more than 300 million individuals in the United States from over thirty national healthcare data suppliers providing medical claims, prescription claims, lab results, electronic medical records and other significant data types. The company’s platform includes powerful self-service tools that enable users to build custom datasets by understanding and selecting relevant data sources, identifying counts of target patients and exploring longitudinality across multiple sources. HealthVerity Marketplace further supports simplified data licensing that eliminates many of the industry’s challenges in delivering the right data at the right time for advanced analytics and patient insights.

“HealthVerity Marketplace is delivering transparency and open access for healthcare data that is transforming the way clients source key data for analytics,” said Matt Wallach, co-founder and president of Veeva Systems. “The company’s disruptive solutions for data sourcing improve the cost and accuracy of many types of important healthcare initiatives.”

“With our new release of HealthVerity Marketplace, we are demonstrating the speed and efficiency with which our customers can build and license bespoke datasets that meet the demanding requirements of commercial analytics and real world evidence solutions,” said Andrew Kress, co-founder and chief executive officer of HealthVerity. “We are grateful to Flare and Greycroft for their continued support of the company’s objective to transform the way data is made available for research, and to Foresite Capital for their new support.”

“HealthVerity Marketplace is achieving impressive traction with leading pharmaceutical companies who see the value in HealthVerity’s data access model,” said Michael Greeley, co-founder and partner at Flare Capital. “The company is changing the way early-adopter customers architect their healthcare data acquisition strategies by eliminating the barriers to accessing and developing insights across high value data assets.”

Ian Sigalow, co-founder and partner at Greycroft Partners said, “We are excited to be providing additional growth capital to HealthVerity as they build the industry’s most relevant ecosystem of healthcare data suppliers. As new data types such as genomics rise in importance, the company’s partnering model enables suppliers to responsibly make their data interoperable and available for use in research and analytics in a privacy-compliant manner.”

About HealthVerity

HealthVerity, Inc., based in Philadelphia, offers the leading cloud platform for the discovery, licensing and linking of broad scale healthcare data from traditional and emerging data suppliers. We work with Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, Provider and Payer customers to maximize the insights from their data supplier relationships. For more information, visit www.healthverity.com.

About Flare Capital Partners

Flare Capital is a team of proven healthcare technology venture capital investors known for their unparalleled strategic industry resources, insight and total commitment to the success of its entrepreneurs. Flare Capital raised one of the industry’s largest dedicated venture capital funds focused exclusively on early stage and emerging growth investments in healthcare technology innovation and is privileged to closely partner with founders and management. Selected investments include Aetion, Bright Health, Circulation, ClearDATA, Evolent Health, Health Reveal, Iora Health and Welltok. Learn more at www.flarecapital.com.

About Greycroft Partners

Greycroft Partners is a leading venture capital firm focused on investments in the Internet and mobile markets. With offices in the two media capitals of the world – New York and Los Angeles – Greycroft is uniquely positioned to serve entrepreneurs who have chosen us as their partners. Greycroft leverages an extensive network of media and technology industry connections to help entrepreneurs gain visibility, build strategic relationships, successfully bring their products to market, and build successful businesses. Greycroft manages $600 million and has made over 100 investments since inception. For more information please visit the Greycroft Partners website at www.greycroft.com.

About Foresite Capital

Foresite Capital provides growth capital to emerging healthcare leaders with disruptive products and services across all healthcare sectors in both the private and public markets. The firm is based in San Francisco with an office in New York. For more information, please visit www.foresitecapital.com.

AB Private Credit Investors announces $120MM Credit Facility Co-Arranged with Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending to Caprock Midstream to Fund the Continued Growth of its Delaware Basin Buildout

AUSTIN, Texas, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Caprock Midstream LLC ("Caprock"), a private gathering and processing infrastructure company has entered into a $120 million senior secured term loan facility with AB Private Credit Investors LLC ("AB-PCI") as Administrative Agent / Co-Lead Arranger and Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group ("GSSLG") as Co-Lead Arranger, to fund the continued growth of Caprock's Delaware Basin gathering and processing assets.

Founded in 2015 through a partnership with Energy Spectrum Partners VII, LP, Caprock provides natural gas gathering, processing, oil gathering, water gathering and water disposal in the Delaware Basin. AB-PCI emphasizes secured lending by focusing on first lien, unitranche and second lien loans, while selectively considering mezzanine, structured preferred stock and non-control equity co-investment opportunities.

"This financing provides Caprock with the additional capital required to continue the development of our assets in the Delaware Basin in advance of our customers' needs," said Mike Forbau, CEO of Caprock.  Sanjay Bishnoi, CFO of Caprock added, "We are pleased to work with the AB-PCI and GSSLG teams, who were able to use their industry knowledge to understand the nuances of our operations and move quickly to tailor a financing solution suitable to our needs."

"We are excited to work together with GSSLG to support the Caprock team, which has a strong track record of developing midstream gathering and processing solutions," said Brent Humphries, President of AB-PCI.

Patrick Gimlett, a Director who leads AB-PCI's origination efforts in Energy added, "Midstream infrastructure is a key area of specialization for us and we are excited to have brought our industry knowledge, private credit structuring expertise and flexibility to bear in this transaction."

Vinson & Elkins LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP served as legal advisors to Caprock. Sidley Austin LLP served as legal advisors to AB-PCI.

Caprock is headquartered in Houston, TX. AB-PCI is headquartered in Austin, TX. GSSLG is headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.

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NJ-Based Healthcare Nonprofit Celebrates 45 Years; Impacts Healthcare in 20-State Region

PRINCETON, N.J., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The impact of a New Jersey-based, non-profit organization formed 45 years ago is touching hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the Garden State—reaching the surrounding Middle Atlantic Region and beyond.

Founded in 1972, Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) is a non-profit organization encouraging professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations.

"Medical librarians are specialists in locating and accessing vital medical and healthcare information for physicians, clinicians, and medical personnel, as well as the general public, from the hospital or medical facility in which they work," says Robert T. Mackes, HSLANJ executive director since 2013.

"During the organization's 45 years, the profession has evolved tremendously. Librarians, who were adept at searching printed textbooks, journals, and bound volumes of Index Medicus, are today searching databases and accessing collections that are primarily digital," Mackes says.

"HSLANJ's stellar reputation of service to the medical community in New Jersey is only matched by their consistent sharing of their expertise with all the libraries in New Jersey," says Kathy Schalk-Greene, executive director of the non-profit LibraryLinkNJ.

HSLANJ has been hailed as "innovative" for its role in providing digital (electronic) resources to hospitals and medical facilities throughout the Middle Atlantic, Southeastern Atlantic, and New England Regions. While HSLANJ celebrates its 45th year in 2017, an offshoot of the organization known as its Group Licensing Initiative (GLI) marks its 15th year.

The GLI is a consortium in which all hospital librarians within a 20-state region can participate, by purchasing licenses to access digital resources together—in effect, leveraging group purchasing power. The 20-state region extends from Maine to Florida.

"The Group Licensing Initiative has a big impact on hospital libraries' ability to continue to provide subscription resources in times of increased cost. HSLANJ is an important partner in the mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM/MAR), to provide health professionals and the public with access to health information," says Kate Flewelling, Executive Director, NNLM/MAR.

For more information, see www.hslanj.org.

The HSLANJ GLI expansion into the New England Region is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012347 with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.


SOURCE Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey

Beyond Fiber Optics: Teraphysics Set to Enable the Future of 5G with Wireless High-Speed Data Delivery Technology

MARINA DEL REY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the wireless industry predicting a 5,000 times increase in global wireless data transmission by 20301 and today’s available wireless spectrum dwindling, Boustead Securities, LLC MEMBER: FINRA/SIPC (“Boustead”), today announces that Teraphysics has received SEC qualification for a $50MM capital raise through the issuance of Regulation A+ securities.

Invented by three former NASA scientists, the Teraphysics technology, mmLink™ will enable ultrahigh-speed 5G data delivery, paving the way for the next generation of mobile data connectivity and greater access globally to the Internet. The mmLink™ suite of millimeter-wave amplifiers was developed and significantly enhanced with funding from the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Air Force Research Lab, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The company announced its Reg A+ securities issue and commercialization plans at a news conference held last week at NASDAQ, which can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP5oJrBg5r0. A follow-up Q and A with Teraphysics Co-founder and CEO, Dr. Gerald Mearini, PhD and David Dobkin of Boustead Securities can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNPEj7aH4tI&feature=youtu.be

“A breakthrough in miniaturization in scale and potential similar to the impact of the transistor and microchips, mmLink™ is a modern day re-invention of 70-year old vacuum electronic technology that will serve as the backbone of 5G wireless data delivery, making it possible to download movies in the blink of an eye, stream live video seamlessly and bring Internet to underserved areas throughout the world,” says Louis Fisi, Chairman, CEO & Co-founder of Teraphysics.

Boustead, which is bringing Wall Street investment banking rigor to the world of Reg A+, is advising Teraphysics and is the underwriter of the Teraphysics Reg A+ offering. “The availability of these Reg A+ securities represents what the JOBS Act was intended to do—provide access for all investors to early stage investment opportunities in what could be ‚the next big thing’,” noted David Dobkin of Boustead.

The Teraphysics amplifier enabled system can provide high power with broad bandwidth in the previously inaccessible reaches of the mm-wave band and is planned to be less costly and quicker to install than fiber optic cable. Teraphysics’ first high-frequency amplifier is planned to achieve transfer speeds of 10 to 20 gigabits per second, which is 10 to 15 times faster than the present day technology supporting standard home Internet connectivity. Future products are planned to reach 150 gigabits per second.

By establishing professional levels of due diligence and corporate transparency for vetting emerging companies, ASMX Capital Advisors, also an advisor to Teraphysics and a Reg A+ consultant, helps emerging companies prepare their Reg A+ offerings and related marketing efforts.

Teraphysics is issuing 10,000,000 share of common stock priced at $5 per share. The net proceeds of this offering will be used to fund the commercialization phase of the Teraphysics technology, including the development of a micro link wireless network for the demonstration of wireless terrestrial and stratospheric platforms, the establishment of a piloting facility and the acquisition of production capacity.

The Teraphysics web site (http://www.teraphysics.com) will be the primary means by which individual prospective investors2 can subscribe in this offering or through participating broker/dealers.

About Teraphysics

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Teraphysics was founded by Louis S. Fisi and scientists Dr. Gerald T. Mearini, PhD and James A. Dayton,, Jr. PhD. The company has developed patented devices that will dramatically enhance ultra-high speed 5G data delivery paving the way for the high level, next generation of mobile data transmission, that will greatly improve global Internet connectivity. mmLink™ is a wireless solution able to transmit at unprecedented data rates, employing a millimeter-wave amplifier that was developed and significantly enhanced with funding from the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The technology is far more advanced than what was used on NASA vehicles such as the Mars Observer and Cassini spacecraft. More information at http://www.teraphysics.com.

About Boustead Securities, LLC MEMBER: FINRA/SIPC

Boustead Securities, LLC is an investment banking firm that advises clients on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, capital raises and restructuring assignments in a wide array of industries, geographies and transactions. Our core value proposition is our ability to create opportunity through innovative solutions and tenacious execution. With experienced professionals in the United States and around the world, Boustead’s team moves quickly and provides a broad spectrum of sophisticated financial advice and services. For more information, visit www.boustead1828.com.

About ASMX Capital

Founded by Wes Johnson, ASMX Capital Advisors is a consulting company for companies interested in raising capital via the JOBS Act. ASMX Capital provides consulting services ranging from valuations, financial structuring and due diligence to marketing services. ASMX Capital is located in the heart of Silicon Beach in Los Angeles, which is the second largest tech hub in the US and home to more than 500 tech start-ups. More info at http://theasmx.com.


The offering is being made pursuant to qualified offering statement.
Please note: Any offer to sell the securities of Teraphysics may only be made at the time a qualified offeree receives the relevant offering circular, which contains important information about the company and the risks of investing in it. This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. Any potential offer would not be valid in a jurisdiction where the offer of these securities is unlawful.

Forward Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding Teraphysics’ future business expectations, including statements using the words ‘will,” “may,” “expects,” “intends,” “would,” “could,” “anticipates,” and “projects,” etc. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors including risks related to new services and technologies, government regulation and taxation, and fraud. In addition, the current U.S. and global economic climates amplify many of these risks. Teraphysics and Boustead Securities, LLC MEMBER: FINRA/SIPC, cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Teraphysics and Boustead disclaim any obligation subsequently to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

1 International Wireless Industry Consortium
2 Limitations: Generally, no sale may be made to a non-accredited investor in this offering if the aggregate purchase price paid is more than 10% of the greater of their annual income or net worth.

XTRA Lease Selects SkyBitz™ Trailer Tracking for Its Dry Vans and Reefers

HERNDON, Va. & ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–XTRA Lease, the leading provider of over-the-road trailer equipment rental and leasing, and Telular, the leader in IoT Telematics solutions, today announced that XTRA Lease is installing the SkyBitz GXT5000 solar-powered fleet management system on over 50,000 of its over-the-road dry vans and reefers, including approximately 9,000 new trailers purchased this year. The GXT5000 series operates on the 3G/4G and LTE cellular networks and is ideal for operations that require near real-time reporting on the status of trailers. The trailer tracking solution, powered by SkyBitz, helps improve asset allocation and enhances logistics and security for XTRA Lease customers.

“We’re excited about this latest leap forward in trailer tracking, which we make available to all customers to help them better manage their rental and lease trailers,” said Bill Franz, President and CEO of XTRA Lease. “One of the most important services we can deliver to fleets is the ability to identify dormant and under-utilized rental trailers. That way, fleet managers can target low-use trailers and return them to XTRA Lease or deploy them elsewhere in their operation. Our new trailer tracking dashboard takes this concept to a new level.

“We’re also excited about the improved battery performance achieved with the solar-powered SkyBitz product,” Franz added. “Customers require outstanding battery performance. In fact, we believe today trailer tracking without solar power is like spaghetti without meatballs.”

XTRA Lease and SkyBitz have also collaborated to create a new web-based portal that delivers the critical trailer tracking data needed by fleet managers to better manage their rental and leasing fleets. The new XTRA Lease trailer tracking portal features:

  • Near real-time, dynamic location reporting – trailers report in at the beginning and end of every trip and at 30-minute intervals when they’re moving. They report in daily when not moving.
  • A robust dashboard. Dormancy, utilization, a list of trailers, a map of current trailer locations and counts, and more are clearly displayed on one page.
  • Custom landmarks and trailer groups that enable fleet managers to track what’s important to their operation.
  • Interactive mapping powered by Google that displays the current locations of trailers and number of trailers at each location.

All services are free on rented and leased over-the-road trailers from XTRA Lease and accessible via xtralease.com.

“We are proud to have been chosen by XTRA Lease, the leader in the rental and leasing market, to meet their customers’ fleet management needs,” said Henry Popplewell, President, Telular IoT Telematics. “It is exciting to see how a deployment of this magnitude will be completed in 12 months due, in large part, to the SkyBitz Deployment Services Team and their many years of experience coordinating and managing large scale installations.”

The new XTRA Lease trailer tracking solution powered by SkyBitz will be on display at the XTRA Lease booth #435 and the SkyBitz booth #629 at NPTC 2017 in Cincinnati, OH, April 30 – May 2.

About XTRA Lease

Based in St. Louis and owned by Berkshire Hathaway, XTRA Lease is a leading provider of over-the-road trailers for rent or lease in the U.S. With more than 50 North American locations, the company offers a fleet of about 80,000 trailers, including dry vans, flatbeds, reefers, storage trailers, chassis and other specialty equipment. For more information, visit www.xtralease.com.

About SkyBitz

SkyBitz, Telular’s flagship brand for IoT Telematics solutions, is a leader in commercial telematics solutions across multiple vertical industry sectors, providing real-time information on the location and status of assets. More than a thousand enterprises rely on SkyBitz technology to achieve total asset visibility, improved security, lower operating and capital expenses, and enhanced customer service. SkyBitz delivers its solution via a secure web-based application and requires no software downloads. For additional information, visit www.skybitz.com.

West Elm Unveils Home Collection Inspired by American Artist Robert Rauschenberg

BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–West Elm today debuted its collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, bringing the late American artist’s post-war artwork to a home collection. This limited-time-only line interprets Rauschenberg’s gestural brushstrokes and iconic imagery onto a 17-piece assortment of home furnishings and decorative accessories priced from $10 to $1,299. Ten percent of the purchase price of each item will support the Rauschenberg Foundation’s grants in art, social justice, climate change, and education. The “Art for Good” Rauschenberg + West Elm collection is available at westelm.com April 25 and at select West Elm stores* May 12.

“Robert Rauschenberg was a visionary American artist whose groundbreaking work and passion for collaboration with artisans, printmakers, and performers, inspired this partnership. We are honored to translate his incredible work to a line of artful furnishings and decorative accessories perfect for today’s modern homes,” said West Elm creative director Johanna Uurasjarvi.

“Partnering with West Elm was a natural fit for us given their strong commitment to sustainable, artisanal production and their belief that good design can drive meaningful change,” said Sharon Ullman, acting executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. “Rauschenberg’s life and work demonstrated how art could be a vehicle for social change, locally and globally. We are proud to collaborate with West Elm on this special collection inspired by the work of our founder, bringing both his art and his belief that ‘art can change the world’ into homes across the country.”

The West Elm and Rauschenberg collection includes salad plates, mugs, decorative box, textiles, dining chairs and a sofa. Prices for the assortment range from $10 for a salad plate or mug to $1,299 for a sofa. In celebration of the Rauschenberg collaboration and his affinity for drawing, West Elm customers will receive a commemorative pencil as a gift-with-purchase in any of the 50 West Elm stores where the collection is available and while supplies last. To learn more about the Rauschenberg + West Elm collection visit www.westelm.com/Rauschenberg.

West Elm also announced it is a proud sponsor of Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, a retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends presents work from six decades of his widely celebrated career in fresh ways, bringing together over 250 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and sound and video recordings. On view from May 21 through September 17, 2017, MoMA’s presentation is structured as an “open monograph”—as other artists came into Rauschenberg’s creative life, they come into the exhibition, mapping the exchange of ideas.

*The collection is available at westelm.com on April 25 and 50 select West Elm stores in the U.S. and Canada beginning May 12. A limited assortment will be available online and at West Elm stores in the United Kingdom and Australia.

About Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was a 20th century American artist who believed that “painting relates to both art and life” and worked across a variety of subjects, mediums and styles. He rose to prominence for his “Combines” in which he brought real-world images and objects into the realm of abstract painting, and established himself as an artist uninhibited by the modernist movements of the late 1940s and early 50s. Rauschenberg believed in social activism and supporting the artist community through collaborations with engineers, writers, artists, performers and artisans, further cementing his legacy as one of the most prolific artists of our time. From 1985-1990 Rauschenberg traveled to ten countries outside the United States for his ROCI (Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange) project, using the creative process to spark dialogue and mutual understanding among diverse cultures, often in places where freedom of expression had been suppressed. Learn more about the artist at RRF.nyc.

About West Elm

Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY since 2002, West Elm opened its first store in DUMBO, the neighborhood it still proudly calls home. With a mission of harnessing the power of design and human connection to enrich lives, everything West Elm does is designed to make an impact in everyday life, from creating unique, affordable designs for modern living and commitment to Fair Trade Certified, from LOCAL and handcrafted products to community-driven collaborations and events. The brand operates 99 retail stores in the United States, Australia, Canada and the UK, ships internationally to customers around the world and operates stores in Mexico, the Middle East and Philippines through unaffiliated franchisees. In addition to home furnishings retail, West Elm operates West Elm Workspace in the commercial furnishings industry and announced its expansion into the travel and hospitality industry with the launch of West Elm Hotels. West Elm publishes the blog Front+Main and is part of an active community on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube. West Elm is a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands.

About the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fosters the artistic and philanthropic legacy of one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Through exhibitions, scholarship, grants, and an artist residency program, the Foundation furthers Rauschenberg’s belief that art can change the world. Learn more at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s website.

TNS Launches Multi-Carrier Wireless Roaming Solution for Payment Devices across North America

RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Processors, ISOs and device manufacturers across North America can now benefit from Transaction Network Services’ (TNS) expertise in wireless roaming for payment devices and point-of-sale terminals thanks to the expansion of its Global Wireless Access product across the region.

Global Wireless Access (GWA) utilizes a PCI DSS certified infrastructure to deliver a multi-carrier, roaming SIM solution optimized for wireless payment devices. Designed to meet the needs of the payments industry, GWA provides secure and reliable payment-specific wireless connectivity in over 200 countries around the world. Helping to mitigate single carrier blackspots, GWA adds much needed reliability to wireless device deployments, enhancing the operation and management of terminal and device fleets for processors and ISOs.

Performance and reliability are further enhanced by TNS’ optional Roam+ application which provides automatic network selection based on the performance and availability of the wireless carriers.

Lisa Shipley, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of TNS’ Payment Network Solutions, said; “We’re excited to be launching our Global Wireless Access solution across North America. The solution has been a huge success across Europe and Asia where it has helped to deliver better uptime for merchants and lower the total cost of ownership for payment device deployers.

“By connecting to the strongest active signal and carrying transactions over TNS’ fault-tolerant network to the payment processor, GWA provides increased service quality when delivering wireless payment services across diverse geographies. Payment device owners can leverage TNS to supply a single type of SIM to unlock multiple wireless carriers at little to no premium, all on a single tariff, single data plan and managed through a single portal.”

With more than a decade of experience in providing wireless access for payments, TNS manages over 500,000 payment-specific SIMs around the world.

TNS is a Level 1 PCI DSS certified service provider and its secure network is supported 24x7x365 by TNS’ Network Operating Centres around the world. With a strong payments heritage and more than 25 years of expertise, TNS now provides services in more than 60 countries across Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information about TNS, please visit www.tnsi.com


About Transaction Network Services:

Transaction Network Services (TNS) is a leading global provider of data communications and interoperability solutions. TNS offers a broad range of networks and innovative value-added services which enable transactions and the exchange of information in diverse industries such as retail, banking, payment processing, telecommunications and the financial markets.

Founded in 1990 in the United States, TNS has grown steadily and now provides services in over 60 countries across the Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific region, with our reach extending to many more. TNS has designed and implemented multiple data networks which support a variety of widely accepted communications protocols and are designed to be scalable and accessible by multiple methods.