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Pittsburgh's tech sector keeps making headlines. Here's a look at some of the recent activity from Pittsburgh Technology Council member companies.

Matrix Solutions and Katz Media Group offer reporting system for media partners

Matrix Solutions, the leader in global media ad sales platforms that enable intelligent business solutions, and Katz Media Group, the nation’s leading media sales organization in audio and television advertising, together offer a forecast and pending business reporting system for its broadcast partners. The Matrix platform combines the local and national pending advertising business into one system providing broadcasters with a comprehensive forecasting tool within the platform. Matrix added the Katz integration to streamline, automate and create a single hub where Matrix clients can manage their disparate data. The integration with Katz bridges critical systems to automatically generate proposals within the Matrix platform, eliminating the need for duplicate proposal entry and management. Matrix will also close pending dollars once billing data is received from the traffic system. Compunetics obtains new MIL-PRF-31032 certifications Compunetics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of rigid, flexible and rigid-flex printed circuit boards, is newly qualified by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) (VQE-17-031349) to provide multilayer flex printed circuit boards per MIL-PRF-31032/3 and MIL-PRF-31032/4 certifications and standards. These qualifications allow Compunetics to build flexible circuit boards with up to five layers. Compunetics is pursuing a new DLA qualification that would certify it to manufacture 14-layer rigid-flex boards. This certification acquisition is expected this fall.

Higher Images launches ‘Reputation Builder Plus’ online reputation management program for businesses

Higher Images, an award-winning digital marketing firm in Pittsburgh, has launched an online reputation management product called Reputation Builder Plus. The program allows companies and individuals to maintain control of their online and offline brand while helping consumers choose the purchases that match their needs. The program also offers businesses a way to review and boost their SEO, their online reputation and their branding initiatives. Companies who want to help protect and manage their online reputation using Reputation Builder Plus should contact Higher Images at 412-203-1996 or at

Pitt receives $1.57 million grant from National Institutes of Health to study how aging affects implantable medical devices

The National Institute of Aging, one of the 27 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded Bryan Brown, assistant professor of bioengineering at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, with a five-year, $1.57 million R01 grant to examine how aging affects implantable medical devices. This is the second R01 grant from the NIH that Dr. Brown has received this year to support his research of implantable materials. Brown’s study, “Assessing the Impacts of Aging upon the Macrophage Response to Implantable Materials,” will specifically address reactions to implantable medical devices by the aged body, including immunosenescence (a deterioration of the immune system brought on by aging), dysregulation of white blood cells function and polarization, and delayed resolution of acute immune responses. Brown will build upon earlier research in which he demonstrated that the host inflammatory response is critical to the success and function of implants. His study found that the first week of macrophage activity (a type of white blood cell) at the implant site could predict immune system response as far as 90 days down the road.

Adams and Reese selects Bellefield Systems for mobile time entry solution

Bellefield Systems, the leader in mobile and anywhere time entry solutions for firms of all sizes, announced that Adams and Reese, a large regional firm with 18 offices throughout the Southern United States and Washington, D.C., has chosen Bellefield’s iTimeKeep as its firm-wide mobile time entry solution. After launching in 2012, iTimeKeep quickly became the most widely used mobile time entry solution for attorneys. Today, Bellefield continues its relentless commitment to maintaining iTimeKeep’s simplicity – allowing attorneys and other professionals to work the way they want to work, any time, anywhere and any way through its Time Entry as a Service Model (TEaaS). The TEaaS model enables firms and their users to be up and running in a few hours without taxing the resources of the law firm with costly and complex hardware and software implementations.

Concurrent Technologies Corporation to launch new Center for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing (CANM)

Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) will operate the new Center for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing (CANM) to solve first-of-a-kind issues, conduct design for manufacturing analysis and prototype new component designs. Overall, CANM will support the U.S. nuclear industry’s need to reduce acquisition and total ownership costs by developing and transitioning innovative manufacturing solutions. To officially launch CANM’s operations, two events will be held for manufacturing companies and suppliers interested in supporting nuclear facilities and upcoming nuclear construction projects, as well as business and community leaders: A United States Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) Ready4Nuclear Nuclear Suppliers Workshop will be held Aug. 23 at Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh. The CANM Open House will be held Aug. 24 at Concurrent Technologies Corporation in Johnstown. Registration for both events can be completed online:

MachineQ, Comcast’s enterprise Internet of Things service, expanding to 12 major U.S. markets, including Pittsburgh

Comcast announced plans to expand its enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) service, machineQ, to 12 major U.S. markets, including Pittsburgh. MachineQ is an IoT network service and platform that uses Low Power Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) technology to build and deploy solutions for businesses and municipal organizations. The service is rolling out in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington, D.C. As a part of the machineQ service, Comcast is working with its commercial partners to enable businesses and cities to gather, transmit and analyze data from connected devices distributed throughout their operational locations. Using the service, organizations are empowered to use data taken from the physical world, learn from it and make better-informed, data-based decisions to improve how they serve customers, tenants and citizens. Comcast first announced the service in October 2016 as trials in Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area and expanded to Chicago in November.