Eastman Kodak Co’s former subsidiary Atex Inc, which it sold in 1992 to an investment consortium (CI No 2,057), is being passed on once again, this time to Oslo, Norway-based Sysdeco Group A/S which is buying a 51% share in what is now Atex BV: in April the Norwegian company bought a 19.9% stake in […]
Eastman Kodak Co’s former subsidiary Atex Inc, which it sold in 1992 to an investment consortium (CI No 2,057), is being passed on once again, this time to Oslo, Norway-based Sysdeco Group A/S which is buying a 51% share in what is now Atex BV: in April the Norwegian company bought a 19.9% stake in the newspaper pre-press specialist and announced its intention to buy the company, which it is doing by means of a conversion of loans totalling $3m; Atex will be merged into the recently formed Sysdeco Media group which has annual revenues of $55.
Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG’s UK division has won a ú1m order from the Home Office to upgrade the Police National Computer’s existing communications software and processors to cope with increased demand that has stemmed from the migration of criminal records off microfiche and on to the computer: the system is a Siemens 7.500 Model H 120-S mainframe, supported by a dual-processor H 120-P disaster recovery box; two front-end communications processors will be added to the mainframe and one to the back-up site to cope with as many as 3,000 concurrent users.
AirTouch Communications Inc is the first cellular carrier to use Motorola Inc’s new Home Location Register to register new subscribers and display the range of services.
As ideas go, it ranks with us right up there with chocolate-flavoured condoms and slime-green tuxedos, but IBM Corp and Teleport Corp reckon that executives are so hungry for power breakfasts – and power lunches and dinners – that if they can’t have one face to face, they’ll settle for face to screen instead: according to the Wall Street Journal, the two plan to build 600 virtual dining rooms around the US in which the virtual diners would be seated at a large semicircular table with the other half of the circle replaced by a giant video screen on which the remote participants would appear; the tables will rent for $70 to $150 an hour with meals and tips on top; and you may look across the screen and say, ‘Gee, my prime rib doesn’t look as good as yours,’ suggested a TelePorter in Englewood, Ohio – and no doubt people will accidentally order food from the virtual waitress, only to see it placed enticingly on the table just the other side of the screen.