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Further $25M Dedicated to Rural Clean Energy Projects

VANCOUVER – The Province will provide a further $25 million to develop innovative, clean energy projects in British Columbia’s rural communities through the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.

“The innovative clean energy projects supported through the ICE Fund are helping communities save energy, save money and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Premier Campbell. “In addition to supporting local energy-efficiency, the new technology developed can be commercialized, helping build B.C.’s green technology sector, and seizing the opportunities of the growing low-carbon economy.”

In July, the provincial government announced the first 15 successful applicants to receive support from the ICE Fund. Approved projects representing bio-energy, geothermal, solar and other alternative energy sources shared nearly $25 million from the Province, representing about $80 million in total investment.

“We are concentrating this second round of ICE Fund projects on rural B.C. because we want to maximize the opportunity for residents across the province to benefit from locally-produced clean energy, generated by innovative technologies,” Technology, Trade and Economic Development Minister Ida Chong said. “All British Columbians, including residents in our many smaller communities, want to help achieve a sustainable and prosperous future for our province – so we are ensuring that the ICE Fund supports local economies in the province’s rural regions.”

This second round of ICE Fund projects will see approximately $25 million in funding to address specific B.C. energy and environmental priorities, as well as accelerating the commercialization of clean energy technologies.

Eligible proposals are welcome from anywhere in British Columbia, but the projects must be situated within the Northern Development Initiative Trust Region, the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust Region, and North Island-Coast Development Initiative Trust Region. However, all off-grid or unincorporated communities in B.C. are eligible to host ICE Fund projects.

The ICE Fund is open to applications from municipalities, regional districts, school boards, hospitals, First Nations, Not-for-profit societies, post secondary institutions, Crown corporations, public utilities and companies.

Supporting the BC Energy Plan and the government’s goal of electricity self-sufficiency by 2016 and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020, the ICE Fund will showcase B.C. technologies to the world and drive solutions to climate change.

For more information on the Province’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund, including details on community eligibility and application requirements, please visit the website at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/tted/popt/innovative_clean_energy_fund.html/.

 

Atomic Crayon Steps up to the (Nanaimo) Bar with New Website

As summer draws to a close, we here at Atomic are doing our best to fight off the oncoming autumn season.  We're playing outside, wearing our new pair of jams, and working hard on websites that allow us to hang out in beautiful harbour cities.  And with that, we're pleased as punch to announce the unveiling of what might just be our most comprehensive project yet: the new website for the City of Nanaimo!

With many months of development for application integration and over 450 webpages to create, Nanaimo's site was always going to be a big project.  But those were just a small part of the project as a whole.  From strategy to development to design to accessibility, this site has every angle covered.

The City of Nanaimo – "The most desirable, livable small city in North America" – has made a concerted and highly successful effort to be on the forefront of web technology, as a municipality.  The City wanted to provide quality information and services to Nanaimo citizens online and to make those services available 24/7.  And they wanted to do it with a stylish new website that shows off their forward-looking ethos.

On top of a clean, contemporary and colourful new layout, our work with Nanaimo included a replacement of their previous content management system with ElementCMS, and comprehensive training.  It also included the integration of 21 custom applications – including up-to-the-minute weather, property taxes, photo submissions, and more – and of course Sharepoint, to ensure that all the City's documents and information are current, thereby improving the site for their constituents.

The site was also honed for accessibility, allowing for font-resizing and enhanced accessibility for those using mobile devices.

www.nanaimo.ca

 

About Atomic Crayon
Atomic Crayon is a full-service web design and development catering to a wide variety of municipal, retail and non-profit clients. Operating since 1996 our services include award-winning website design and development, digital strategy planning, copywriting, e-commerce applications, and enterprise-level content management.

www.atomiccrayon.com
www.elementcms.com

 

 

 

 

Kitchener-Waterloo – KW Knows Best

Andrew Wahl
From the September 29, 2008 issue of Canadian Business magazine

Like many parts of southwestern Ontario, the four mid-sized cities of the Waterloo and Wellington regions have endured a series of shock waves. There’s the rising Canadian dollar, emboldened Chinese competition, a limping U.S. economy and the lurching North American automotive sector. The results have been predictable. The manufacturing industries in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph have shed thousands of jobs over the past several years, in everything from auto parts to snowblowers, and bank machines to furniture.

But the Waterloo-Guelph area — some 470,000 people within an hour’s drive west of Toronto — is resilient. Economists from the Bank of Montreal and the Conference Board of Canada earlier this year forecasted the region would bounce back, respectively predicting 2.7% and 3.3% average annual rates of real GDP growth between 2009 and 2012, among the highest in the country. “The area has demonstrated its ability to absorb these shocks in the past by moving up the value chain,” noted BMO’s report.

Indeed, the region is as good a model as any of an Ontario economy successfully shifting gears from traditional manufacturing to more advanced high-tech and knowledge-based industries. Anchored by three universities and the top-ranked Conestoga community college, all of which operate with close ties to local businesses, the region is also home to financial service companies Clarica Life Insurance and Manulife Financial, and a thriving entrepreneurial tech cluster led by Research In Motion (TSX: RIM), maker of the iconic BlackBerry mobile device. “The core strengths here remain the highly collaborative community, a good quality of life, our technology infrastructure, and exceptional universities with a co-operative framing to education at their core,” says RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie. “What’s become additionally exciting is the ability to make it a critical centre of excellence for new forms of intellectual capital.”

Balsillie, along with his executive counterpart, RIM founder Mike Lazaridis, have donated hundreds of millions of dollars from their personal fortunes to establish new academic institutions and policy think-tanks, including the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). “Intellectual leadership dovetails really nicely with the commercial leadership of RIM,” Balsillie says. “There’s a real yin and yang going on there. As the Chinese would say, one and one is one. It’s all very holistic, complementary and powerful.”

Although RIM is the standard-bearer for the region’s successes and aspirations in the knowledge economy, manufacturing still employs more than a fifth of the 254,000-strong labour pool, according to forecasts by the Conference Board of Canada. And that sector is on the decline: the number of manufacturing jobs fell 5.4% in 2007 and is expected to fall a further 7.2% this year. That sounds grim, but even as some manufacturers buckle under — most recently, Linamar Corp. (TSX: LNR) announced a downsizing in late August, a move that will preponderantly impact its 22 locations in Guelph — others are building. German automotive controls producer Thomas Magnete selected Cambridge for a new North American plant to supply Chrysler’s new fuel-efficient V6 transmission, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, which already operates a 4,500-person factory in Cambridge, recently opened a reported $4-million training facility there, as well as another 1,200-employee site 45 kilometres away in Woodstock.

And, outside of the spotlight, there is a diverse group of small manufacturers that form the foundation of the economy. “Despite cyclical ups and downs, manufacturing employment in the area has changed little in the past 20 years,” BMO reported. “Yet the area put in a solid overall economic performance over that period. The recent story of plant closings is really one that has been going on for decades, as old factories close and new ones start up.”

Indeed, the greater Waterloo area is a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity. According to Communitech, the region’s high-tech professional association, the area now has 525 technology and advanced manufacturing companies, accounting for more than $13 billion in revenue, up from 325 companies and $6 billion in 2003. Of course, nearly half of that revenue is from RIM, but in the most recent 14 months, 139 early-stage companies have received $300 million in funding.

The key source of that innovation is the University of Waterloo, a global leader in computer science and engineering fields that encourages entrepreneurialism in its students (which Lazaridis was until he founded RIM), and has an open policy for professors to commercialize intellectual property without licensing it from the university. UW also offers a thriving co-op work placement program, which amply stocks a talent pool for local firms, including prominent homegrown tech companies Open Text (TSX: OTC) and Sandvine (TSX: SVC), as well as giants such as Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), the latter of which is expanding its engineering team in a new office at the University of Waterloo Research and Technology Park.

UW is complemented by Wilfrid Laurier University’s business and economics faculty, and the new Balsillie School of International Affairs — a co-operative effort between the two universities and CIGI — may also lead to a new law school. Conestoga College, which recently received $21 million in funding for a new campus, works closely with local manufacturers such as Toyota to develop training programs. And John Boyd, preident of corporate relocation consultant Boyd Co. Inc., based in Princeton, N.J., says that several of his clients in bioinformatics and pharma-related services in the region have recruited grads from the University of Guelph’s bioscience programs.

The necessity of competing for businesses and talent with nearby Toronto and the northeastern U.S. has united the region. Despite the potential for fractious local politics between four closely situated municipalities and two regional levels of government, a spirit of co-operation persists. For example, Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc. (CTT) is a public-private partnership formed by the Waterloo Region and the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge city governments to jointly promote the area, and it, in turn, has a good working relationship with local planning departments to make sure opportunities don’t get bogged down in red tape or political infighting. “If one community happens to land a prospect, that’s all to the good, because it will benefit the region as a whole,” says John Doherty, chairman of CTT, and the local managing partner of law firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. “It is not seen at all as a zero-sum game, where somebody’s gain is somebody else’s loss.”

Similarly, the technology industry is linked by Communitech, which taps into the experiential wisdom of successful executives, including Balsillie. “T
here’s a sense in this community that if you need assistance, you know where to go, and who to go to, whether it be inside or outside of government,” says Art Sinclair, director of economic development of the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Prosperity Council of Waterloo Region, an umbrella organization of CTT, Communitech, and municipal economic development organizations. “We are a very close community, and we all know each other. We’re still small enough.”

In many ways, RIM has outgrown little Waterloo, and it has had to establish satellite offices in Mississauga, Ottawa and Texas to recruit talent. While it maintains manufacturing facilities in Waterloo, RIM also employs contract manufacturing in eastern Europe and Latin America. “Waterloo is a vibrant and growing community, with a lot of pluses,” Balsillie says, “but there is only so much capacity for Waterloo and the region to absorb. There are a lot of open job positions. Still, an overwhelming majority of our employees are here. And we like it that way. It’s home.”

 

City of Penticton to Reduce Environmental Footprint and Maintenance Costs thanks to New Energy Streetlight Control System

Streetlight IntelligencePENTICTON, British Columbia, September 19, 2008 – This week, the City of Penticton is installing an adaptive street lighting system – among the first of its kind to be installed in British Columbia – that will help the municipality reduce its environmental footprint, improve street lighting and cut maintenance costs, Streetlight Intelligence Inc. (TSX-V: SLQ) announces.

“We are pleased to see Penticton join other BC communities in reaping the energy and cost-savings benefits of intelligent streetlight management,” said Vince Krynski, CEO of Streetlight Intelligence, headquartered in Victoria. “The typical Canadian municipality spends about one-third of its energy budget on street lighting and our system can reduce that amount by up to 50 per cent.”

The City-owned and operated electric utility is installing the Lumen IQ™ Streetlight Optimization System. Penticton has ordered lamp heads into which Streetlight Intelligence will pre-install its Lumen IQ™ C200 Lamp Controllers. The system also includes a Lumen IQ™ Station Communication Hub, which allows all of the lights to be centrally controlled.

“This initiative will not only make us a more sustainable community by reducing our power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, it is also a powerful way to save on maintenance costs,” said Penticton Mayor Jake Kimberley.

Terry Andreychuk, General Manager of the Electric Utility, says this initiative offers substantial energy savings and an increased life span for streetlights fitted with the technology. Although initially being implemented as a pilot project it could result in potential savings to the City in the tens of thousands of dollars. The City will also be able to take advantage of rebate incentives under the FortisBC’s Power Sense Program. The anticipated energy and maintenance savings, combined with support from Fortis BC’s Power Sense program means installation of this technology will pay for itself within four or five years.

The Lumen IQ™ Streetlight Optimization System uses wireless technology that allows municipalities to monitor and control individual streetlights via the Internet. Any number of lights can be turned on or off, or dimmed, to reduce over-lighting in specific areas and during times when there is little or no pedestrian traffic. It also reduces light pollution and energy wastage as well as extending bulb life by 20 per cent.

The Lumen IQ™ has achieved significant success in BC. All 70 streetlights on the newly opened William R. Bennett Bridge in Kelowna contain Lumen IQ™ controllers, helping to make this one of the most technologically-advanced sections of roadway in Canada. The system has also been installed in Prince George, where the City partnered with BC Hydro and netted energy savings of 40 per cent with no noticeable change in lighting quality.

 

About Streetlight Intelligence

Streetlight Intelligence Inc. is a public company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (trading symbol: SLQ). SLQ leads the way in designing, manufacturing and marketing products and services for the streetlight industry. STI’s proprietary Lumen I
Q™ technology allows streetlights to be remotely turned on/off or dimmed at specified times, which results in significant energy savings and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and light pollution. The Lumen IQ™ network also immediately identifies malfunctioning streetlights allowing substantial maintenance cost savings.

For more information, access www.StreetlightIQ.com

Media Contact:

David Davies

HarbourWerks Strategies

Email: ddavies@harbourwerks.com

Direct:   250.382.4332

Carmanah unveils new solar-powered marine beacon at Port Authorities conference in Anchorage, Alaska

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (September 22, 2008) – Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX: CMH) today announced a new flagship product in its line of solar-powered marine beacons: the M708 marine lantern. Combining an advanced optical design with high-efficiency solar modules and high-efficacy LEDs, the M708 is Carmanah's highest output LED marine lantern to date. Building on the company's industry-proven technology — used and trusted by marine authorities around the world for its rugged design and low-maintenance operation — the new M708 lantern offers increased optical efficiency, improved light uniformity, and unparalleled light performance in a compact solar-powered unit.

Fully configurable with 256 flash patterns and a minimum peak intensity of 125 candela (and performance up to six nautical miles), the M708 lantern is available in each of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation (IALA) light colors, making it suitable for a wide range of navigation and hazard-marking applications. For applications requiring multiple lanterns, an optional global positioning satellite (GPS) feature enables two or more units to be synchronized to flash in unison. Durable construction and top-quality materials ensure years of reliable, maintenance-free performance in even the most extreme environments, for a long-lasting lighting alternative that can significantly reduce total cost of ownership. As an environmentally friendly product, the M708 is also entirely RoHS compliant — designed in strict accordance with the European Union's guidelines for the restriction of hazardous substances in electronic equipment.

A high performance, low maintenance and easy-to-install light source, the M708 marine lantern is available now from Carmanah Technologies Corporation. See Carmanah's new M708 marine lantern at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) show in Anchorage, Alaska, September 21-25 (Booth #20). For more information, visit http://www.solarmarinelights.com/content/products/M708.aspx

About Carmanah Technologies Corporation

As one of most trusted names in solar technology, Carmanah has earned a reputation for delivering strong and effective products for industrial applications worldwide. Industry proven to perform reliably in some of the world's harshest environments, Carmanah's LED lights and power systems provide a durable, dependable and cost effective energy alternative. Carmanah is a publicly traded company, with common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "CMH" and on the Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol "QCX". For more information, visit www.carmanah.com.

Media Contact:

David Davies

Tel: 250.382.4332

ddavies@carmanah.com

VIATeC Modifies Name

Annual meeting also produced changes to board

Andrew A. Duffy, Times Colonist

Published: Saturday, September 20, 2008

The name may have changed, but the acronym and direction remain the same.

The Vancouver Island Advanced Technology Centre (VIATeC) has changed its name to be more reflective of its mandate of promoting and helping develop the high-tech industry in Victoria.

The name change, to the Victoria Advanced Technology Council, was made official Thursday night at VIATeC's annual general meeting.

According to VIATeC executive director Dan Gunn, the change made sense as the organization has been heavily focused on the immediate region, while the Mid-Island Science, Technology and Innovation Council focuses on Nanaimo and the north Island.

The other reason for change was to eliminate any confusion with the Vancouver Island Technology Park, where VIATeC has its offices.

"Many close to the industry could confuse it with the tech park because 'centre' implies a place rather than an organization," he said.

The AGM also brought new changes to the VIATeC board, with high-profile former Carmanah Technologies CEO Art Aylesworth stepping in as chairman.

"It's the return of a well-known name in the technology community, someone with a lot of experience in starting companies small and growing them into one of the biggest in the area," said Gunn, noting Aylesworth helped grow Carmanah into an industry leader before stepping aside earlier this year.

Aylesworth is now with Armada Pacific.

Gunn said the addition of Aylesworth will provide a new level of experience for VIATeC's staff.

"It's a bit of a coup in that people look at the organization and the name and start to relate the two together and that is an upside — he's one of the better-known names in tech and has taken time out of his schedule to help us grow the organization."

The board also includes Dale Gann from the Technology Park, Rob Bennett of Simation, Harry Weiler of AXYS Technologies, Gary Eisenstein from Falcon Software, Don Safnuk of Corporate Recruiters, Dale Campbell of Atomic Crayon, Scott Petersen of OA Solutions, Scott Phillips of StarFish Medical, Mark Grambart of Contech Electronics, Michael Shannon from Michael Shannon and Associates, Maria Race from Udutu, David Sovka of Camosun College and Craig Thomson of Beanstream.

At the AGM, VIATeC reported it was in the best financial shape in its history with $700,000 in revenues, double the figure from 2005, and now boasts $450,000 in assets set aside to maintain the organization's minimal reliance on government funding.

"One of our goals since 2005, when VIATeC was in serious financial trouble, was to remove our dependence on government funding and make sure we have a rainy-day fund should we ever enter a situation like that again," said Gunn, noting their aim is to have a year's operating expenses, or $500,000, in the bank.

"Government is now less than a third of our funding," said Gunn, noting that allows the organization to focus on the industry rather than on its relationship with government funding institutions.

aduffy@tc.canwest.com 

© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2008

Carmanah Receives $1 Million Order to Power Telecom Project in North Africa with Solar Technology

Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX: CMH) has received an initial $1 million order from Lyon, France-based telecom provider TWIST to supply solar power systems for a telecommunications project in North Africa. The project, facilitated by Solergitech, Carmanah's authorized distributor in the region, will power a network of telecommunications towers with the company's stand-alone solar power systems. According to Ted Lattimore, Chief Executive Officer of Carmanah, this application — as a part of an ongoing project with an estimated value of up to $6 million over the next three years — represents a significant market opportunity for the Victoria-based solar technology company.

"As Carmanah extends its offerings throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East, we're finding a great interest in our stand-alone solar power systems for all types of communications applications," said Lattimore. "Considering the remote locations of many of these installations, it's easy to see the appeal. A solar power system is durable, reliable and convenient; just install it wherever you need power — with solar, there's no need to worry about grid access, fuel deliveries or generator maintenance," added Lattimore.

For this application, Carmanah is equipping each of the remote telecom towers with a fully integrated solar-power system including solar modules, controllers and batteries — all optimized for maximum performance within the region's challenging geographic and environmental conditions. As a reliable source of high-quality power, Carmanah's solar power technology is providing a robust, low maintenance remote energy alternative.

For more on powering remote telecommunications applications with Carmanah solar technology, see www.solarforindustry.com.

About Solargitech

Solargitech
is a distributor of solar power systems and solar powered lighting equipment. For more information, visit www.solergitech.com.

About TWIST

Established in Lyon, France in 1996, TWIST Transmissions is a telecommunications provider offering specialized communications services for ground/air, ground/ground and maritime transmission applications. For more information, visit www.twist.fr.

About Carmanah Technologies Corporation

As one of most trusted names in solar technology, Carmanah has earned a reputation for delivering strong and effective products for industrial applications worldwide. Industry proven to perform reliably in some of the world's harshest environments, Carmanah's LED lights and power systems provide a durable, dependable and cost effective energy alternative. Carmanah is a publicly traded company, with common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "CMH" and on the Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol "QCX". For more information, visit www.carmanah.com.

Media Contact:

David Davies

Tel:  1.250.382.4332

ddavies@carmanah.com

 

Times Colonist Reports: Victoria Company Steps in to Fill eBay Vacancy

VANCOUVER — Victoria-based Terapeak and sister company Advanced Economic Research Systems Inc. began in 2002 to provide sellers on eBay with the tools to research products and markets.

So it makes sense, now that eBay is retiring its own service, eBay Marketplace Research, that Terapeak will be there to fill the void.

Terapeak, which earns its revenues through monthly and annual subscription rates paid by eBay sellers, will be offered to all existing eBay Marketplace Research subscribers when eBay retires its own service on Sept. 15.

The Victoria company, started by brothers Andrew and Anthony Sukow in 2002, has two sides.

AERS provides bulk data to large companies that need business-to-business data.

Terapeak, a subsidiary of AERS, is a business-to-consumer enterprise designed for eBay users, mostly sellers but also buyers who want to research products and prices.

"If somebody is selling on eBay, whether they're a first-timer or a big company, they use Terapeak to do their research," said Denise Hogue, Terapeak product manager.

"Instead of doing trial sales or putting stuff on the market not knowing what it's worth, they can use our software and find out what things are worth on eBay, what the sell-through rate is, how many are selling."

The software shows all the closed transactions on eBay for the last 90 days, as well as "trending data" that go back over a two-year period.

"For the person sitting at home building their business out of their spare room, this allows them to look at the marketplace on eBay before they invest in their business," says Hogue.

Buyers can also use it to evaluate items.

Jim and Barbara Nelson, whose Grandpa's Trading Company sells items on eBay, say Terapeak is invaluable to them.

"Terapeak provides you with data on the best time to begin your listing, best day of the week and time of day," Jim Nelson said in an email.

"It shows you market trends and analysis that you can customize to your specific niche. You also have the the capability to search for the merchandise your competition sells by doing specific seller searches and looking at their sold items and listings."

The subscription fee is $24.95 US per month, with a special annual fee of $120 for North American data.

The fees are slightly higher for international data.

AERS also relicenses its data to other companies that want to produce a market research tool.

Laura Della Torre, market data manager for eBay, said eBay's decision to retire eBay Marketplace Research gives Terapeak a good opportunity.

"We want to support our partner companies like Terapeak, and since research is Terapeak's specialty, they have the ability to focus on their core competency and give eBay users an outstanding product," said Della Torre in an e-mail exchange.

In addition to Terapeak, eBay sellers and buyers can also go to Vendio and HammerTap for their research needs.  

AURP Canada Announces Avocet 3D Images as an Associate Member

The Canadian Association of University Research Parks / Association Canadienne des Parcs de Recherches d’Universite (AURP Canada) is pleased to announce that Avocet 3D Images Inc. has become an associate member of the Canadian Association. Specializing in visualization, Avocet 3D Images creates computer-generated photo-realistic images of exterior and interior spaces for research parks expansion projects.

Avocet 3D’s images can be used to attract new investors and tenants, provide visualization images for master plans,  zoning  and funding applications, determine design issues before construction, and generally act as an important communications tool. Their services range from quick conceptual renderings for very early planning discussions to highly detailed photo-realistic images showing new spaces as they will appear at completion of construction. Avocet 3D specializes in creating renderings for existing as well as new buildings, surrounding lands and infrastructure, landscaping and individual components.

“The benefit of visually portraying master plans allows institutions to address inefficiencies and irregularities that may exist in design prior to construction,” says Dale Gann, president of AURP Canada. “Visualization is a critical step towards creating technology parks of tomorrow. We are delighted to have Avocet 3D join AURP Canada as an associate member.” 

Etraffic Solutions is pleased to announce that the Bradford County School District have adopted their data analysis program

Bradford County School District has recently adopted Student Performance SnapShot as its data analysis provider. Carol Clyatt, Director of School Improvement & Accountability for Bradford County Schools, says, "Snapshot provides data in a format that teachers can easily understand and immediately apply.  It is user friendly with charts and graphs that give explicit details. The trainer made it seem like child's play, and those who attended the initial training walked away confident and excited."
 
"Etraffic welcomes Bradford County to the growing ranks of SnapShot users in Florida," says John Juricic, partner with Etraffic Solutions. "SnapShot is now actively used by over one in four of school districts in the state of Florida, with active trials being conducted in many more. We are finding an increased interest in SnapShot as the state focuses on the effective use of data to improve the quality for education for Florida students and we are happy to support this very positive trend."
 
SnapShot takes key data that schools collect on their students, such as test scores and demographics, analyses it, and presents it in an easy to comprehend format. By simplifying data analysis, teachers and administrators are able to make the best use of their time and maximize their impact on student performance and school improvement.
 
"Snapshot gets valuable information to teachers quickly so that they can concentrate on what they do best: teaching. A teacher's work with their students is what really counts. By making it easier for teachers and administrators to comprehend student achievement data, we hope to make their job easier and to positively impact student performance at their school." says Juricic.
 
About Etraffic Solutions
 
One of North America's leading e-learning solutions providers, Etraffic provides products and services to the education industry and a variety of corporate clients. Delivering education and training materials on virtually any platform and in any format, Etraffic Solutions has proven expertise at delivering online and print learning in a variety of languages localized to specific cultures.