InformationWeek Ranks UPMC 20th on Elite 100 List

UPMC and the Technology Development Center announced that UPMC has ranked 20th on this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100 – a list of the top business technology innovators in the U.S.  Our Convergence product was also highlighted in the online issue as one of “20 Great Ideas to Steal in 2014”.  Read the Convergence article by clicking here.

The InformationWeek Elite 100 tracks the IT practices of the nation’s most innovative IT organizations, providing a unique opportunity to understand and examine the business practices of these firms across core areas of operations, including, technology deployment, IT budgets, business-technology infrastructure, and IT strategies.  Please click here to read more about the Elite 100 award.

This is InformationWeek’s 26th year identifying and honoring the nation’s most innovative users of information technology.  For 2014, this assessment was narrowed to a more elite 100 organizations.  The InformationWeek Elite 100 research tracks the technology-based investments, strategies, and results of some of the best-known organizations in the country. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek Elite 100 spotlights the power of business technology innovation.  The full list can be found on online:  List of 2014 InformationWeek Elite 100 Winners

360Fly Receives Growth Capital from Catterton Partners

EyeSee360, creators of the highly anticipated panoramic video camera, 360Fly, today announced a growth capital investment from Catterton Partners, the leading consumer-focused private equity firm. The investment will be used to accelerate market awareness and finalize development of 360Fly cameras, the 360MicroFly smartphone attachment and the video hosting and sharing service.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The 360Fly is a panoramic video camera that allows users to capture and share an interactive 360 degree panoramic video. With a field of view (FOV) of 360 degrees horizontal by 240 degrees vertical, the 360Fly’s FOV is more than twice that of a traditional POV (Point of View) camera. The 360Fly camera is also shock-proof, waterproof, and has built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth functionality. 360Fly’s unique yet intuitive design and app interface give users an engaging experience in a never before seen narrative. 360MicroFly is a smartphone lens attachment that puts a spin on traditional video, offering smartphone users the ability to simultaneously record everything around them and share an immersive experience instantly through social media. 360MicroFly attaches to popular smartphones to capture videos that are not only panoramic but interactive, creating engaging scenes and allowing viewers to control what they want to view.

“360Fly gives consumers a unique way to capture and share their experience with the world. We believe this technology will change the way people capture, view and share videos. This is an exciting step in the evolution of camera technology,” said Tim O’Neil, CEO of EyeSee360.  “EyeSee360 and Catterton share a passion and vision for great consumer products and experiences. Catterton is not only an investor, but a strategic partner that will help position 360Fly in the rapidly evolving consumer camera market.”

“Two of the strongest consumer trends are consumers seeking more experiences and consumers becoming content creators,” said Michael Farello, a Partner at Catterton. “We believe the 360Fly product is at the intersection of these trends by enabling consumers to capture and share their experiences in a more distinctive manner than any camera on the market today. The product will also have applications for security, sports broadcasting, and many other industry sectors. We look forward to partnering with the exceptional technical team, executive leadership, and distribution partners as EyeSee360 launches its new breakthrough products later this year.”

Earlier this year at CES 2014, VOXX Electronics Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation., (NASDAQ: VOXX) announced a distribution partnership to deliver the 360Fly line of panoramic video cameras and software to the market.

The company plans to launch their products this coming summer. To stay updated on 360Fly’s progress, please sign up

Catterton’s other technology investments include Pong Research, which provides science-based solutions to enhance signal strength, extend battery life, and protect cell phone users from exposure to radiation, SteelSeries, a leading designer and marketer of premium PC gaming peripherals such as headsets, mice and keyboards and TechTurn, a computer and electronics recovery, refurbishing and remarketing company.

CEI Employees win first place at Pittsburgh Startup Weekend

Pittsburgh Startup Weekend

Pittsburgh Startup Weekend

CEI employees, Irwin Hurst and Jason Agostoni, were part of a team that won first place at Startup Weekend in Pittsburgh. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. According to Startup Weekend, they are the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.

The winning idea, Tagalong Tour, was originally pitched by Hurst. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, of the 70 ideas that were pitched during Friday night’s kickoff, only 12 advanced on through the weekend. Teams containing roughly 15 people then ran with these ideas, developing apps and products to pitch to participants and coaches. The awards were handed out at AlphaLab Gear’s East Liberty space.

Tagalong Tour started as a travel app but soon pivoted into a social app with the goal of allowing people to share their favorite places in the form of a tour. Tagalong Tourists can use their mobile phone to discover new and amazing things about any place they are traveling.

By the end of the weekend the team made an amazing amount of progress with a working iPhone App, a web site for sharing tours (, and an ad based revenue model with four local businesses already signed up for their paid beta program. Already active on the Tagalong Tour site are several Pittsburgh tours, including a tour of East Liberty, a guide to the best pizzas in Pittsburgh and advice on where to go for drinks on the city’s South Side. While the website is active, there is more work that needs done before releasing the app, but interested users can sign up for alerts to let them know when the product is ready for beta testing. The startup’s Twitter handle is @TagalongTour.

“We definitely didn’t win because it was the best idea but because we had the best team,” said Hurst.  “From the design and development, to the marketing, to the business model the team had everything covered.”

Tagalong Tour won a co-working space to continue developing their app, a membership to the Pittsburgh Technology Council, lunches with investors and an opportunity to pitch their product at TechCocktail Pittsburgh, on April 17.

About CEI

Since its founding in 1992, CEI has delivered high quality software development solutions to companies of all sizes across most industries. Our architects use their substantial experience to deliver complex projects that solve real business problems. CEI strives to be a thought leader in Microsoft, Java, Open Source and Mobile development.

CEI has been assessed at CMMI Level 5 and has been recognized by Forrester for innovation through our Global Agile Methodology. CEI is also certified as a Minority Business Enterprise by the National Minority Supplier Development Council. This certification assists our clients in meeting their vendor diversity objectives. CEI received the Microsoft 2013 East Region Rookie Partner of the Year award.

CEI’s vision is to be the leading service provider in contracting and project-based solutions to a diverse and targeted base of established and emerging corporations.

Call for Artwork! DATA 2014 Poster Art Contest: We Want Your Art, Ideas and Cool Stuff!


Design. Art. Technology! 
In keeping with our acronym, we are launching our first-ever poster art contest at this year’s DATA event on May 7-8, 2014. What’s that, you ask? Just a great chance for you to get your latest artwork, concepts and other shiny things in front of our international group of party-goers!

How it works:

  1. You design a poster. Or take a picture of something. Or capture a piece of artwork. Or write a manifesto….whatever you want to do in an 18×24″ space.
  2. You email it to by Monday, April 28.
  3. We pick the top 20 posters, and print them to display for the duration of the DATA 2014 event. And everybody gets to see your cool work!
  4. At the Design, Art and Technology Awards Gala, on the evening of May 8, we will announce the poster winner, and the lucky person who will receive an original work of art from Kessler Studios. (who made the cool stuff in these pictures)

TIP*: Include any information that you want conveyed INTO your designed graphic (ie. name, website, company name, etc) There will be no ID tags hung with your poster, only what you provide!

Who can submit? Anyone! Artists, companies, designers…anyone who can create a hi-res graphics file!

What is the subject matter? Preferably anything related to the arts and creative technology. It can be purely aesthetic, or even  informative. Show us your art, or poetry, or  cool products…Or anything you created!

What are the specifications? Size: 18×24″ trim size / Resolution: 300dpi  / Format: JPEG, EPS VECTOR or PDF

When is the deadline? Monday, April 28…so get crackin!




Pepro LLC Launches a new Enclosure for Hardening LTE Communications

Pepro LLC

Pepro LLC

Pepro LLC (, the leading manufacturer of shielded enclosure systems for stationary and mobile applications, announced the availability of a new shielded cabinet at IWCE today that addresses the substantial need for public safety-grade protection of LTE sites.

Pepro Shielded Outdoor Networking Cabinets help reinforce coverage in hard-to-serve areas and provide secure housing for mission critical equipment. All Pepro cabinets use a patented Faraday Cage design to ensure that communications are not interrupted by Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), Passive Intermodulation (PIM), lightning strikes, and transient voltage. The Networking Cabinet is available in three sizes, starting at 16 rack units, and can be stacked or expanded to accommodate more equipment.

“These new cabinets have been tested using the same facilities and methods used to test the hardier shelters we have installed at extreme weather and remote locations without fail since we began operation in 1992,” said Kelly Lander, president of Pepro LLC. “They met, and in some cases even out-performed, every specification we set for our public safety-grade equipment. As the US begins leaning on commercial systems for life-or-death communications, we are ready to help those networks rise to that challenge.”

The Pepro Shielded Outdoor Networking Cabinets feature aluminum all-welded construction, a UV-resistant powder coat, and standard HVAC, power distribution and surge protection. The cabinets are available in 16, 27 and 42 rack unit sizes, measuring 36 inches, 54 inches and 81 inches high respectively. All of the cabinets are NEMA 4 or 4X compliant, confirming their weatherproof exterior and access points.

About Pepro

Pepro, LLC ( is the leading manufacturer of shielded enclosure systems for stationary and mobile applications. The company has provided state-of-the-art deployable radio sites without loss or failure since the company’s founding in 1992, a record of reliability attributable, in part, to a patented Faraday cage system to protect from lightning strikes, electromagnetic pulses (EMP), electromagnetic interferences (EMI), and radio frequency interferences (RFI). Pepro provides services to public utilities & public safety offices, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Homeland Security, states & local governments, Motorola and other organizations requiring a secure enclosure for sensitive electronic, computer, and radio equipment. Pepro, LLC is a veteran-owned, small business located in Oil City, Pennsylvania.