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IPS acquired by Florida firm, but the love stays here

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s brightest innovators has been acquired by a Florida-based manufacturer with ties to Switzerland, the United Kingdom and eastern Asia. But Intelligent Product Solutions isn’t leaving Long Island, promises Chief Executive Mitch Maiman – and in fact, the merger could prove a boon for the Island economy. Now operating under the banner of global designer/distributor Forward Industries, the product-design specialist is “absolutely” maintaining operations at its Hauppauge headquarters…


Long Island, state employment rates tick up

Long Island followed state trends by making modest employment gains in December, but statewide job growth remains weak. That’s the word from the New York State Department of Labor, which on Thursday reported the statewide unemployment rate decreased to 4.6 percent in December 2017, down from 4.7 percent in December 2016, with the state’s private-sector job count rising by more than 111,000 positions. The Island followed suit, with local employment growing by 4,900 jobs between…


Long Island (kinda) still in the running for Amazon HQ2

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island still has a pulse in the heart-revving race to host Amazon’s fabled “HQ2.” The Seattle-based e-commerce and cloud-computing titan on Thursday announced 20 “candidates” still in the running to host its much-anticipated, heavily desired second North American headquarters, following a thorough vetting of what Amazon counted as 238 proposals from across the United States, Canada and Mexico. “New York City, NY” made the cut. And several specific locations submitted…


Hauppauge innovator ups its video-surveillance game

By GREGORY ZELLER // Making good on a promise by CEO Pat Lavelle, Voxx International Corp. has unveiled a new line of “innovative public safety products” focused heavily on video surveillance. In reporting the Hauppauge-based manufacturer and global distributor’s third-quarter FY2018 financial results Jan. 9, Lavelle noted “several new product introductions on the horizon across all of our business segments.” Voxx International quickly followed up, kicking off 2018 with the release of new dashboard-mounted cameras,…


Brimes: $400K (and 20 KW) from wave-energy history

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Hauppauge energy company riding the waves of a leading-edge clean-gen technology is closer than ever to a critical pilot project in the waters off the Philippines. But with a signed letter of intent from one of the Southeast Asian island country’s largest utility companies to provide up to $600,000 to the cause, Brimes Energy still needs about $400,000 in working capital to proceed with its ambitious plans. That’s the breakdown…


Digital Donations adds new piece to evolutionary puzzle

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s a unique theory of evolution in effect at Melville tech developer Digital Donations, not following humanity’s ancient origins but formulating the species’ not-too-distant future – at least, the part concerned with electronic payments. This particular evolutionary chain represents the theoretical machinations of Keith Orlean, who in 2014 launched Digital Donations to capitalize on the payment-processing expertise he’d gathered over a dozen years as president of Digital Processing Solutions, a prior…


Stuff we’re thinking about going to

    Jan. 24 ACIT Executive Breakfast 8:30 a.m., Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury Advancement for Commerce, Industry & Technology presents a networking event and open discussion on critical Long Island issues featuring Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen, Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci and Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim. Networking begins at 7:30 a.m. with the program commencing an hour later. Sponsorship opportunities available. Registration and more information. Jan. 24 Behind the Business: A Multigenerational Approach…


Voxx hits the gas as 3Q income, earnings spike

  VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORP. Headquarters: Hauppauge Industry: Consumer non-durables Nasdaq: VOXX Reporting Date: Jan. 9, 2018 Reporting Quarter: 3Q FY2018 Quarter Ended: Nov. 30, 2017 Numbers: Net third-quarter sales were reported as $156.6 million, down 0.5 percent from the $157.4 million reported for the third quarter of last fiscal year. But net income was reported as $8.6 million, a healthy 48.2 percent increase over the $5.8 million reported for 3Q FY2017. Diluted third-quarter earnings-per-share also…


Melville firm goes to Italy for cutting-edge ‘collector’

Nearly two years after striking out on its own, a CA Technologies spinoff has added another vital cog – and has finally found itself. Melville-based erwin inc. on Friday declared itself “the data governance company,” based on technologies and expertise it has honed since spinning out of CA in March 2016. As “part of this focus,” the software-as-a-service company has acquired Italy-based A&P Consulting (parli Italiano?), a technology and consulting services firm located in Rome….


Homeland Security coming for Westbury hackers

By GREGORY ZELLER // A multistate hacking effort centered in Westbury has attracted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s attention – and agents are coming. But no arrests are imminent: When Westbury nonprofit We Connect the Dots hosts its Back-To-School Code-a-Thon later this month, it will welcome DHS representatives as partners in an educational data dump for high schoolers on potential cybersecurity careers, including government work. The federal agents are among several tweaks marking the…


Feinstein study offers new spinal cord injury insights

New hopes for victims of spinal cord injuries can be found in findings published this week by a team representing two of Long Island’s most innovative research institutions. Lead researcher Ona Bloom, an associate professor at the Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University, has found that white blood cell genes are present at different levels in people with spinal cord injuries – a…


Marriott, Briad Group double down in Central Islip

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marriott International and an industrious franchisee have opened another innovation-packed, 125-room hotel in surprisingly central Central Islip. At first blush, the small hamlet of about 35,000 people – a predominantly urban center occupying the lower spectrum of the economic middle ground, with a 20-acre industrial park and a working-class attitude – doesn’t automatically register as a travel destination. But if Central Islip, tucked into the middle of the Town of Islip,…


NY State Police deploy first unmanned aerial drones

By GREGORY ZELLER // Look out above: The first-ever New York State Police aerial drones are online and on the job. Albany announced Wednesday the official launch of the new State Police Unmanned Aerial System program, with remote rangers swooping into action above numerous Western, Central, Southern and Capital Region counties. Four drones are scheduled to take flight this month – one each for State Police Troops A, D, F and G – with 14…


B’haven planners OK smaller Middle Island solar plan

The Town of Brookhaven Planning Board has approved the Middle Island Solar Farm’s phasing plan – at least, a scaled-down version of what company officials still consider “a significant renewable-energy project on Long Island.” The company had originally proposed a nearly mile-long array of 67,000 solar panels for a 100-acre wooded lot – zoned for industrial uses – along Moriches-Middle Island Road, slightly east of Brookhaven-Calabro Airport. That solar farm would be capable of generating…


Applied DNA catches Irish robber blue/green-handed

By GREGORY ZELLER // Already the bane of Swedish car thieves, Applied DNA Sciences has now notched its first armed-robbery criminal conviction in Ireland. The latest international adventure for the Stony Brook-based anti-theft and product-authentication specialist and its ever-evolving roster of vertical markets takes us to the Emerald Isle, where evidence gathered through the biotech’s SigNature DNA platform has helped convict a thug involved in a violent theft. According to Applied DNA, the case involves…