CoSoSys sichert USB, CD/DVD und Firewire Schnittstellen unter Mac OS X






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CoSoSys sichert USB, CD/DVD und Firewire Schnittstellen unter Mac OS X

 

Datendiebstahl und Datenverluste durch tragbare Datenspeicher sind jetzt auch unter Mac OS X mit Endpoint Protector gestoppt

 

Friedrichshafen, 16. Juli 2009. Heute veröffentlichen wir Endpoint Protector für Mac OS X. Diese einfach zu bedienende Sicherheitslösung beugt Diebstahl, Verlust und Spionage vor. Auch Mac-Benutzer arbeiten jetzt sicher, da jeder Einsatz von tragbaren Datenspeichern (USB Sticks, iPods etc…) pro-aktiv überwacht und verwaltet wird.

 

 

Mit Endpoint Protector für Mac können Unternehmen:



§         USB, CD/DVD und Firewire gegen unerlaubte Geräteverbindungen schützen, überwachen und zentral verwalten

§         definieren, wer welche Geräte zum Datentransfer verbinden darf

§         detaillierte Reporte der Geräteverwendung erzeugen

§         Mac- und Windows- (XP, Vista, Windows 7) Rechner schützen

 

Mit der Software as a Service (SaaS)-Variante My Endpoint Protector ist:



§         keine Serverinstallation oder Serverhardware erforderlich, da ein vollständig konfigurierter Mietserver bereitsteht

§         das zentrale Cockpit jederzeit, schnell und von überall zugänglich

 

Tragbare Datenspeicher sind mittlerweile in jedermanns Hosentasche und in unserem Alltag allgegenwärtig. iPods sind aus der Macwelt nicht mehr wegzudenken. Die Kapazitäten nehmen ständig zu, heutzutage sind USB Sticks mit 16GB oder 32GB zudem mehr als preisgünstig.

Der unbedarfte Einsatz und Umgang mit USB Stick oder externer Festplatte birgt allerdings enorme Risiken, die im Unternehmen zu gravierenden Schäden führen können. Beispielsweise dann, wenn tragbare Datenträger von Viren befallen sind oder vorsätzlich Unternehmensdaten kopieren werden.



 



Daher ist es unverzichtbar, dass nicht nur alle PCs sondern auch alle Macs einen Schutz der Schnittstellen erhalten.

 

Der aktive Schutz vor Datenverlust über die USB Schnittstellen wird durch den Service My Endpoint Protector so einfach und kostengünstig gelöst, dass selbst ein kleines Budget die Sicherung der Firmendaten erlaubt.

 

Endpoint Protector für Mac ist unter http://www.EndpointProtector.de erhältlich.

 

Die Funktion von My Endpoint Protector zeigt dieses Video http://www.endpointprotector.de/de/index.php/resources/video_tutorials/6

 

Das Startangebot „3 für 3“ schützt je 3 Computer für 3 Monate zum Preis von € 3,–.

 

Systemanforderungen:

Mac OS X 10.5+

 

Firmenprofil:

CoSoSys ist das in Europa führende Softwareunternehmen, das sich auf Software und Lösungen für mobile Datenspeicher und Softwarelösungen für Endpoint Security spezialisiert hat. Das Software Produktportfolio umfasst Lösungen zur Endpunkt-Sicherheit, Gerätemanagement (Device Control), Verschlüsselung, Datensynchronisation und weitere Sicherheitslösungen. CoSoSys vertreibt seine Produkte weltweit über Hersteller von tragbaren Datenspeichern, Partner und Distributoren oder direkt über die Firmenwebseite http://www.CoSoSys.de und http://www.EndpointProtector.de. CoSoSys hat Niederlassungen in Deutschland, den USA und Rumänien.

 

Eine 10 Tage Testversion von My Endpoint Protector ist hier erhältlich:

http://www.endpointprotector.de/de/index.php/products/my_endpoint_protector_SaaS

 

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Pressekontakt:

CoSoSys Ltd.

Herr Michael Bauner

Tel.      +49 (7541) 97826-270

Mobil:  +49 (177) 555 6435

Fax.     +49 (7541) 97826-279

 

Frau Anca Goron

Tel.      +40 (264) 593 110

Fax.     +40 (264) 593 113

E-mail: anca.goron@cososys.com

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Hard times push Catholic schools toward crisis

In a trend intensified by growing economic troubles, declining enrollment in Catholic schools across the nation is forcing many of those schools to close. Compared to 10 years ago, Catholic school enrollments have plummeted by nearly 20 percent. From New York City to Sacramento, Calif., Catholic schools today are facing the double peril of rising costs and falling revenues.

The total number of students enrolled in U.S. Catholic schools for the 2008-09 school year was 2,192,531, according to data from the National Catholic Educational Association. But the decline has been steady. In the 1998-99 school year, enrollment was 2.6 million, and it was 2.4 million in the 2003-04 school year.

Non-parochial private school enrollment might be declining as well, but nonreligious schools seem to be faring better than Catholic schools.

A spokesman for the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA) said enrollment is “down slightly,” by about 4 percent. NIPSA collects data from its member schools in the fall, so data that might show a change for the 2009-10 school year will not be available until then.

Dwindling enrollment in some Catholic schools might occur if the dominant industry in a particular area fails, said Myra McGovern, director of public information for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which counts approximately 1,400 schools as members–two-thirds of which have some sort of religious affiliation.

An area such as Detroit, in which the hard-hit auto industry has played host to the majority of the area’s jobs, will probably show lower private school enrollment as families learn to survive on one income, or move elsewhere in search of new jobs, McGovern explained.

The full impact of the current economic recession on private schools might not be clear until this fall. By the time of the market downturn in September and October 2008, enrollment was already set for the year, and many families had already paid full tuition and therefore kept their children enrolled, she said.

Maryland is one state in which Catholic school enrollment is on the downturn. Decisive action must be taken soon to address falling enrollment in Baltimore’s parochial schools, and for a decade, leaders have hoped the situation would turn around, Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien said.

But this academic year, enrollment at archdiocese schools is down 5 percent, or approximately 1,200 students, according to the archdiocese. That’s the equivalent of four full schools–and it’s twice the average decline of the previous five years.

“To punt any further would be to lose the school system completely,” O’Brien said. “It’s obvious that some action has to be taken.”

In February, O’Brien began gathering priests and educators to discuss the problem, and he plans to introduce a committee dedicated to finding solutions over the next 18 months.

Leaders want most of all to avoid closing schools, but they’ll also have to look at other painful options, such as consolidation.

Baltimore is facing the same problem as many Catholic school systems across the country, especially in the Northeast, said Mark Gray, research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.

The schools traditionally served Catholic immigrants concentrated in northeastern cities. As Catholics move to the suburbs and the Sun Belt, school buildings couldn’t follow, he said.

In the suburbs and the South and Southwest, the problem is reversed, with many Catholic schools not having enough seats for their growing communities, Gray said.

Another demographic shift affecting enrollment is a trend toward smaller families, which translates to fewer students, O’Brien said.

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ISTE urges tech training for future teachers

Educational technology advocates are hoping that Congress amends the fiscal 2010 budget to include funding for a grant program that focuses on improving new teachers’ abilities to use technology in the classroom.

Lawmakers created the Preparing Teachers for Digital Age Learners (PTDAL) program last year when they reauthorized the Higher Education Act. The program awards three-year grants to colleges of education to make sure they are equipping pre-service teachers with the skills they’ll need to integrate technology effectively into K-12 classrooms. Congress did not specify a dollar amount in creating the program, however. Instead, it authorized "such sums as necessary."

The Obama administration’s proposed FY10 budget did not provide any funding for PTDAL. As the budget progresses through Congress, members have the opportunity to propose amendments that include funding for the program. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is requesting that Congress provide $50 million to fund PTDAL.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Heath and Human Services, and Education "did its markup [of the budget] at the end of last week, and it didn’t include funding for the program," said Hilary Goldmann, director of government affairs for ISTE. "The Senate’s going to work on its [version of the] bill July 28."

Goldmann said the entire House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote on the budget bill July 17, moving the bill to the House floor.

"The program is important so that our cadre of new teachers know how to use modern digital tools in [their teaching] when they enter the classroom on day one, and they don’t need any kind of additional professional development," she said. "When new teachers are doing their field service or student service, they often don’t have any experience using technology … in the classroom. So this program would provide an opportunity for that."

She added: "Our new teachers often know how to use technology, but they often don’t know how to use it for teaching and learning."

The House Appropriations Subcommittee’s markup of the budget would provide $64.7 billion for the U.S. Department of Education "to help ensure that all Americans have the educational opportunity that is our most powerful tool in helping the poor and middle class climb up the economic ladder," said Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wis., subcommittee chair, in prepared remarks.

The subcommittee’s markup included base funding of $545 million for the School Improvement fund, which is $1 billion less than the Obama administration requested, and it kept the base funding for Title I grants to school districts at $14.5 billion. The administration proposed cutting Title I funding by $1.5 billion.

"As a result, the bill does not include several new and unauthorized initiatives that the administration proposed to finance by cutting Title I grants to 14,000 school districts," Obey said.

The PTDAL program supports pre-service teachers by funding innovative grants to institutions of higher education. The institutions will work with their college or department of education, their school of arts and sciences, at least one state or local education association, and a private or public entity that can contribute to technology-related reforms of teacher preparation programs. Individual grants would not exceed $2 million, and the law mandates a 25-percent matching requirement.

The program serves as a successor to the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) program, a pre-service grant program created during the Clinton administration that received federal appropriations ranging from a high of $125 million in 2001 to a low of $62.1 million in 2003. PT3 provided more than 400 grants to schools of education during its five years of operation, according to ISTE.

PTDAL would "reinvigorate and continue that program with an increased focus on student service years. The last time PT3 got funded was in FY04," Goldmann said.

Links:

International Society for Technology in Education

House Appropriations Committee

Senate Appropriations Committee

 

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WINDSOR  is part of EASTMAN GROUP, founded in early 1996 with the desire to make available world class auto components and agriculture machines that are produced in India. Our target, though difficult, was clearly defined. For any requirement from abroad our target is to achieve the  best quality, finish and packaging standard of the best brand available in that particular market. We have a reputed name in Foreign Markets for our auto components, agricultural  machines and their spare parts, we have been supplying axles and hubs for more than last 11 years, In past 10 years, we have achieved our first goal of being rated as 2 Star Export house and with a Vision of achieving 5 Star by 2015.
The axle, we supply is custom designed to meet each customer’s requirement. As the whole axle assembly is capable to transport heavy loads over long distances, without any breakdown, highly suitable for cart to cover short distances and for crowded  areas where commercial vehicles can not enter with comfort, "does not leave the master stranded on the road side".
Today, under the creative instincts, aggressive marketing techniques, visionary approach and ambitious nature of our director, we have made rapid strides in  and have acquired a respectable status. A team of young and dynamic professionals overseas our operations and continues to innovate in way that best serve our customer’s interests.

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Carnegie Learning Cognitive Scientists Win “Best Paper” at International Conference on Education Data Mining

PITTSBURGH, PA, July 15, 2009 – Carnegie Learning cognitive scientists and research assistants took top honors at EDM ’09, the Second International Conference on Education Data Mining in Cordoba, Spain, earlier this month. Based upon analysis of data gathered from the company’s Cognitive Tutor mathematics software the paper, “Reducing the Knowledge Tracing Space”, demonstrated one way to more efficiently model student learning of cognitive skills.

Carnegie Learning cognitive scientists Drs. Steven Ritter, R. Charles Murray, and Brendon Towle collaborated with Tristan Nixon, Thomas Harris, and Daniel Dickison in the gathering and analysis of data and the publication of the paper. Dr. Ritter presented “Reducing the Knowledge Tracing Space” on July 3 to researchers from 24 countries. Educational Data Mining papers were presented by experts in Computer Science, Education, Psychology, Psychometrics, and Statistics who gathered at the Universidad de Córdoba to share insights into how to analyze large data sets to improve educational outcomes.

“Our winning research showed that, if we think of all cognitive skills as varying in just four different ways, we can very efficiently search and represent the content that we present to students,” said Dr. Steven Ritter, Chief Scientist for Carnegie Learning, Inc. “This process allows us to design ways to more efficiently adapt educational systems to student characteristics.”

Educational Data Mining is a growing field, enabled by the recent increase in instrumented educational software, as well as state databases of student test scores. Organized by the International Working Group on Educational Data Mining, the EDM conferences focus on computational approaches for using those data to address important educational questions.

“Data mining is used by companies like Google, Amazon.com, and Netflix to customize their offerings to their users,” said Dr. Ritter. “As a field, education currently lags behind e-commerce in using data mining, but the impact of educational data mining can have profound effects on the quality of teaching and the accuracy of learning.”

Carnegie Learning develops and markets mathematics solutions that provide highly individualized, self-paced instruction to middle school and high school students as full year courses as well as Response to Intervention (RtI) and supplemental math programs. Designed to prepare students with 21st Century learning skills, Carnegie Learning® Math Solutions provide rigorous print and software instructional resources, ongoing formative assessment, and Professional Development programs for teachers and administrators.

About Carnegie Learning (www.carnegielearning.com)
Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a leading publisher of innovative, research-based math solutions for middle school, high school, and post-secondary students. Our curricula – Bridge to Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Integrated Math programs – provide differentiated instruction to more than 500,000 students in nearly 2600 schools in the U.S., helping them to succeed in math as a gateway to graduation and preparation for the 21st century workforce. Carnegie Learning Blended Math Solutions integrate interactive software, text, and collaborative classroom activity for core, full-year math instruction. Carnegie Learning Adaptive Math Solutions feature Cognitive Tutor Software that may be customized for Response to Intervention programs. All solutions are supported by Carnegie Learning Professional Development Services. In independent studies, Carnegie Learning curricula consistently show significant effects on student learning resulting in improved math achievement. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Learning was founded by cognitive and computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University in conjunction with veteran mathematics teachers.

Contact:
Mary Murrin
Carnegie Learning, Inc.
412-690-2442, ext. 176

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Cisco Announces Workforce Retraining Initiative to Drive Innovation, Economic Growth and Job Opportunities

SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 14, 2009 – Cisco today launched a new Workforce Retraining Initiative (WRI) and pilot training program in Michigan that President Barack Obama lauded in a speech at the Macomb Community College in
Warren, Michigan.  WRI, built on the Cisco® Networking Academy®, is designed to create new job opportunities for U.S. workers and support the country’s ability to innovate, compete and prosper.

Key Facts/Highlights

* Cisco is partnering with community colleges, universities, health care
leaders, workforce development leaders, the medical community, and certification associations to implement WRI.

* WRI is tapping into the Cisco Networking Academy, which has an extensive track record of providing high-quality education in support of technology-based jobs. The program currently enrolls 128,000 students in the
U.S.

* The WRI in Michigan will focus on broadband, network security and health care information technology training – key components of the state’s strategy for re-invigorating its economy and igniting the job market and also critical components for economic growth nationwide.

* In addition to the funds already allocated to the Networking Academy and educational programs in Michigan, Cisco plans to invest several million
dollars over the next few years to implement WRI in the state.

* Within one year, the program has the capacity to enroll 5,000 students in Michigan.

Michigan WRI Pilot Program

* WRI in Michigan will be available at all 21 community college and university locations where the Networking Academy curriculum is offered today.  Courses leading to jobs in broadband, network security, and health
care are scheduled to be available this September.

* WRI in Michigan will also include a new healthcare IT course that focuses on practice management, electronic health records, telemedicine, mobility, telephony, and the use and integration of information.
* The healthcare IT course will be piloted in three Michigan community colleges and one university initially (Henry Ford Community College, Oakland Community College, Macomb Community College, and Davenport University), with some able to enroll students as early as January 2010.
* For the WRI courses, Cisco will supply the curriculum content, the infrastructure and the community support for its delivery.
* Michigan is planning to expand its broadband infrastructure with the hope of bringing broadband to every corner of the state.
* Employment opportunities for graduates of the WRI broadband curriculum may include jobs in cabling support and fiber termination, ISP installation, help desk installation, and Internet Protocol telephony.
* Graduates of the WRI network security curriculum could be qualified for jobs as network security specialists, security administrators and network security support engineers.
* According to “The Economic Impact of Health Care in Michigan,” a June 2008 report by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association and the Michigan State Medical Society, health care is Michigan’s largest single source of jobs in the private sector and will be a significant source of new jobs in the coming years.
* Graduates of the WRI health care IT curriculum could seek work as network administrators and electronic health record technicians for physicians’ offices, third-party contractors, hospitals, and applicationproviders.

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Queen’s University Saves Space with Vaddio Tracking System

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (July 15, 2009) – Vaddio, the leading manufacturer and OEM distributor of specialty PTZ cameras and high-end camera control systems, equipped Canadian-based Applied Electronics with a TrackVIEW automated camera tracking system to record class lectures and presentations for remote viewing at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Objective
Investigate alternatives in curriculum delivery outside the traditional brick and mortar lecture theatre classroom.

Queen’s University Principal, Dr. Thomas R. Williams, created several different taskforces throughout the university with the direction to “explore, review and make preliminary recommendations on key issues facing the university, both in short term and long term”. One of these taskforces focused on alternatives in curriculum delivery outside of the classroom. Video streaming would allow students to access classes from another room on campus or even from their own living room, eliminating the need for more classroom space. “We were looking for a solution that would help automate the capturing of lectures and presentations,” explained Luc Wauters, Analyst, ITServices at Queen’s University, who specializes in Teaching & Learning Support. “We needed a scalable solution that was worry free and did not necessarily require a camera operator.”

Solution
With the guidance of Wauters, Vaddio’s TrackVIEW system was installed in the Faculty and Staff Learning Facility in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, a 65-seat tiered lecture theatre. TrackVIEW is a presenter-controlled camera system that incorporates both monitor-based tracking and camera preset tracking in one package.

Each TrackVIEW system installed includes two Sony EVI-D70’s (one for reference, one for tracking), a TrackVIEW Controller with built-in EZCamera Cable System, a Vaddio IR Remote Commander, power supply, a dual camera mount, rack ears and system setup software. The systems are set up with two StepVIEW mats, used as preset triggers allowing the presenter to stay on-camera while walking between preset camera shots. The StepVIEW mats come in a rubberized, non-slip exposed auto locator mat for permanent installation.

TrackVIEW doesn’t eliminate the option of using computers, whiteboards or document cameras – rather it complements them using different preset trigger options.  

“The camera is completely unobtrusive,” says Nancy Owen, Coordinator, Support Services, ITServices, Queen’s University. “It doesn’t blink. It doesn’t buzz and you can focus on your presentation while being oblivious to the technology. All in all, it provides a very nice lecture package.”

About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer and OEM distributor of specialty PTZ cameras and high-end camera control systems used in the broadcasting, audio/visual and videoconferencing industry. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Vaddio also has operations throughout the Americas, as well as sales and support partners throughout the world. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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The culture wars’ new front: U.S. history classes in Texas

The fight over school curriculum in Texas — recently focused on biology — has entered a new arena, reports the Wall Street Journal, with a brewing debate over how much faith belongs in American history classrooms. The Texas Board of Education, which recently approved new science standards that made room for creationist critiques of evolution, is revising the state’s social studies curriculum. In early recommendations from outside experts appointed by the board, a divide has opened over how central religious theology should be to the teaching of history. Three reviewers, appointed by social conservatives, have recommended revamping the K-12 curriculum to emphasize the roles of the Bible, the Christian faith, and the civic virtue of religion in the study of American history. Two of them want to remove or de-emphasize references to several historical figures who have become liberal icons, such as César Chávez and Thurgood Marshall. Three other reviewers, all selected by politically moderate or liberal members of the board, recommended less-sweeping changes to the existing curriculum. Social studies teachers from Texas are meeting this summer to write the new standards. They can accept, reject, or modify the six reviewers’ suggestions, all of which were made individually. The teachers’ recommendations are then sent to the 15-member board of education, a conservative-dominated body that has the final say…

Click here for the full story

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Florida Department of Education builds plans for disaster and recovery

Florida's DOE took steps to preserve data in case of a hurricane.

Florida's DOE took steps to preserve data in case of a hurricane.

The Florida Department of Education (DOE) serves as the single repository of education data from school districts, community colleges, universities, and independent post-secondary institutions throughout the state. In addition to tracking student performance across varying education sectors, the DOE supplies more than 2.6 million students, 3,800 public schools, and 318,000 full-time staff with the necessary supports and services, and serves more than 180,000 teachers in the state.

The Challenge: Build a Recovery Infrastructure that Protects Against Natural Disasters and Eliminates Cost Inefficiencies

The DOE is primarily responsible for the statistical analysis and funding activities of 67 school districts within the state of Florida. For more than 30 years, the department’s Education Data Center (EDC) has been a repository of collected and analyzed statistical-based data about students, staff, test scores, facilities, buses, and more.

“Our proximity to the Gulf of Mexico put us at high risk of hurricane exposure,” says Ted Duncan, EDC bureau chief. “Although we haven’t been hit by a hurricane recently, we do have experience with the damage they cause. In 1984, Hurricane Kate came through Tallahassee and took out power for a week and a half. Our building is rated to withstand a Category One hurricane. If a Category Two or higher hurricane came through, our data center would not survive. In an instant, our education system could lose years’ worth of critical data. We needed a stronger disaster recovery plan that would protect our data and allow us to be back online in minutes or hours, instead of weeks or months.”

In preparation for a disaster, the DOE was paying an annual maintenance fee to SunGard to reserve equipment in their facilities. Duncan realized there were significant cost inefficiencies in that approach and saw an ideal opportunity to save money and still acquire the necessary DR technology and functionality.

“The problem with the SunGard approach was that we were reserving an opportunity,” says Duncan. “If a disaster occurred and SunGard ran out of capacity while we’re fifth in line, we’re just out of luck We were paying close to $120,000 annually for the ability to recover a small percentage of systems for 30 days. If we needed to be at their site longer than 30 days, it would cost several hundred thousand more. In a real-life scenario where a hurricane destroys our building, it’s not realistic to be fully recovered and out of their site within 30 days.”

Taking DR In-House Provided Freedom and Flexibility

“Looking at the numbers, we realized that building our own offsite recovery center would cost less than SunGard and would give us more functionality,” continues Duncan. “There was a lot of freedom and flexibility in this approach. It put us in the driver’s seat to reduce our costs and pick and choose our systems. We could test anytime and replicate data and systems to have them on standby mode. If an issue such as a power outage or water intrusion occurred, we could run systems at our DR site and still access the necessary data and applications to be productive. We became owners at that point, and investing in the site really gave us the opportunity for ROI.”

The Florida DOE evaluated offerings from different vendors, including InMage. InMage’s Scout software combines disaster recovery, local backup, and application failover in a single, easy to deploy and manage platform that provides comprehensive recovery capabilities that can restore lost data and/or failed applications at remote sites within minutes.

“We wanted a vendor that could grow with our needs,” continues Duncan. “We researched hardware and OS-level replication products, but in both cases, the cost was prohibitive and we didn’t feel we’d get the personalized service that we would get from a midsized vendor like InMage. InMage’s solution was perfectly aligned with what we were trying to do from both a functionality and budget perspective. And we wouldn’t be viewed as just another number out of thousands and thousands of customers. If we had special needs, InMage would be able to address them.”

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