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  Arizona Vet Honored

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 13, 2016) Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles J. Scudella III, from Phoenix, shoots video on the flight deck of the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), during Exercise Valiant Shield 2016. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S.-only field-training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Kenneth Abbate/Released)

 "Why Being There Matters"

 On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world's oceans give the Navy the power to protect America's interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world's oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America's finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year.  They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.

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ON Semiconductor Named to 2016 Who’s Who in Business; Two Executives Listed Among Highest Ranking Women in Arizona

 Company Remains Committed to Diversity and Inclusion

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Aug. 16, 2016 – ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON), driving energy efficiency innovations, today announced that it was named to the Arizona Republic’s prestigious 2016 Who’s Who in Business list, as one of the Top 10 Publicly Held Arizona Companies. Additionally, two of the company’s executives were listed among the state’s highest ranking women—Debbie Brogan, vice president of corporate program management, and Kimberly Appleton, vice president of global sales operations.

ON Semiconductor has long remained committed to diversity and inclusion, recognizing that the company is at its strongest when it effectively draws upon the wide variety of experiences, knowledge, culture, customs and backgrounds from all employees and leaders. Brogan and Appleton have been instrumental in helping to advance this diversity of thinking, which is a key part of the company’s core values of respect, integrity and initiative. In particular, they launched ON Semiconductor’s Women’s Leadership Initiative in 2014.

Since its inception, the Women’s Leadership Initiative has grown to a fully inclusive, global program that has been strengthened, fostered and led by Brogan and Appleton. They sponsored this corporate led initiative’s expansion outside of North America, with kickoff events in Europe and plans for further growth in Asia. Brogan and Appleton were inspired to launch this initiative because their careers have grown through similar programs and the mentoring of women leaders.

“As a company, we are honored to be named to the 2016 Who’s Who in Business,” said Appleton.

“We are also personally proud to represent our company’s diversity, by being listed among Arizona’s highest ranking women executives,” added Brogan. “Our goal for ON Semiconductor’s Women’s Leadership Initiative is to facilitate networking for a diverse and inclusive group that promotes our company’s core values, while providing the tools needed to succeed in today’s business world.”

ON Semiconductor recently expanded on these efforts by launching a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in the U.S. This initiative is sponsored and governed by the company’s Senior Leader Diversity and Inclusion Council, which will provide leadership, direction and support. The council’s focus areas include workplace inclusion, workforce diversity and community partnerships.

To advance this important initiative, the council will sponsor additional Affinity Network Groups. These groups will help facilitate networking and cultural awareness, encourage recruitment, and provide employee development and retention along with increased collaboration and innovation. ON Semiconductor’s next official Affinity Network Group, building on the Women’s Leadership Initiative, is called STEM UP, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for Under-represented Populations. The company will establish additional affinity network groups to support and develop employees, and to respond to changing business requirements. For more information, visit

About ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON) is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power management, analog, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, SoC and custom devices. The company’s products help engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical, aerospace and defense applications. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, a robust compliance and ethics program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit


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 Eric Lawson                                                                        Parag Agarwal

Corporate Communications/Media Relations              Vice President Investor Relations and Corporate Development

ON Semiconductor                                                             ON Semiconductor

(602) 244-6398                                                                    (602) 244-3437                                       




  • Many consumers are exposing themselves to risk by not understanding how data security works
  • The five biggest myths around personal data security are explained by security specialists Eckoh

PHOENIX, AZ, : Consumers have little understanding of the complexities surrounding the security of their personal data and are falling prey to a host of myths that could put them at risk according to leading data specialists Eckoh, headquartered in Phoenix and Hemel Hempstead, UK.

Relying on these misconceptions can lead people to fail to take adequate precautions and expose valuable personal data to hackers and criminals.

Eckoh, specialists in managing secure payment systems and implementing contact centre technologies have drawn up a list of the five most common data security myths.

Cameron Ross, Director of Payments Strategy, Eckoh said: “We find that many people are concerned about keeping their data secure but aren’t always sure of the best way to do it. There are lots of common myths when it comes to dealing with contact centres, some of which are a long way from the reality.”

1. Call recording is purely for training purposes
“This is primarily about protecting both the customer and the call agent. Call recording prevents the customer from making claims that the wrong order was taken as any discrepancies can be checked. Looking at it the other way, ‘Pause and resume’ systems can be used to manipulate the customer into giving away additional details ‘off the record’ or to allow agents to be rude to the customer without leaving any evidence.”

2. Speaking my payment details directly over the phone is the most secure method
“Many people believe that when they give details over the phone it is completely secure, however both ends of the line are at risk from others listening in. Additionally, there are all sorts of situations where details are written down on Post-it Notes or scraps of paper. This is often due to ignorance rather than any sinister motivation, for example, popping off to check stock levels or to ask a question on behalf of the customer. This is particularly an issue in those organizations with multiple departments operating in silos.”

3. People who process my payments are security screened
“This is just not the case. Call centre workers can be some of the lowest paid workers and many temp workers are on short-term contracts. The high churn rate means that there is no point in investing huge amounts into security checks. This is not to say that breaches of this nature are common but there is definitely a misconception around this issue.”

4. The only person my details are exposed to is the contact agent
“In actual fact, it is likely that anybody in the ordering system will be able to access these details. Databases where your details are held are often accessible to a large number of people within the organization. We have found that details are stored in widely accessible areas in more than 5% of the contact centres we have dealt with. In some cases, we have even seen customer card numbers being used as order numbers – meaning a license to print labels with your card data on!”

5. When I give my personal details to a company, I am trusting only them with my security
“Most of the time, the organization you are dealing with is the one that looks after your data. You make decisions about whether to trust them based on various factors such as your own experience or their reputation. There are exceptions. Aggregator services such as hotel or travel booking sites will take payment and personal info and pass it on to third parties via batch files. This sensitive data (belonging to multiple customers all in one neat bundle) is open to attack from criminals whilst in transit. Again, with the appropriate security measures this does not have to be an issue but customers need to consider who is actually looking after their sensitive data.”

Eckoh plc is global provider of secure payment products and customer contact solutions, working with organizations in over 10 countries around the world.



Phoenix Convention Center’s Public Safety System Gets Final Approval

Smart City Networks’ Distributed Antenna Systems Keep Attendees, Emergency Responders Connected

PHOENIX, AZ (July 20, 2016)Smart City Networks has received final approval for a public-safety distributed antenna system (DAS) it installed last year at the Phoenix Convention Center. Smart City Networks partnered with system integration firm Connectivity Wireless Solutions (CWS) to design, install, manage and commission the customized, turnkey system that ensures first responders can maintain communication with each other in case of an emergency.

“Bringing together large numbers of sports fans or conventioneers creates critical public safety concerns,” Smart City Networks President Mark Haley noted. “First responders must be able to communicate when responding to fires, medical emergencies and other extreme conditions.”

Strict fire codes and other safety regulations make these types of emergency communications systems uncommon in convention centers. The public safety DAS system meets all National Fire Protection Association 2015 standards, including circuit survivability, two-hour fire-rated housing and cabling and system monitoring.

 Smart City and Phoenix Convention Center officials recently were presented with the fire marshal’s “green tag,” symbolizing the project’s completion and fire inspection approval.

Smart City and CWS initiated the public safety DAS at the same time they installed and began managing the convention center’s cellular DAS last year. The cellular DAS project came online in time for the convention center to serve as media headquarters for the 2015 Super Bowl in Phoenix.

 DAS employs a network of mini antennas to boost signal strength, eliminate dead zones and remove interference from phone and radio frequency signals. It is especially helpful in exhibit halls and other locations where concrete structures, steel reinforcements and intricate architecture can block signals and lines-of-sight. Weak and interrupted radio signals can literally become a life and death situation when firefighters, medical professionals and other first responders lose communication with dispatchers and each other in emergency situations.

“Smart City’s and CWS’s technical knowledge, experience in digital infrastructure and commitment to problem solving positioned us to recognize, analyze and provide a custom solution for special challenges presented by the Phoenix Convention Center’s unique venue design, building materials, and public safety requirements,” said Haley.

 About Smart City Networks
Founded more than 30 years ago, Smart City Networks is the nation's largest provider of event telecommunications and technology in the convention industry. Smart City Networks can provide wired and wireless internet services, phone services and digital signage solutions at convention centers and meeting facilities of any size. Smart City Networks designs, installs and maintains data, voice, electrical and utility platforms, coupled with voice, video and data network engineering, security and monitoring. Providing technology services to over 3,000 conventions and meetings annually, Smart City Networks currently serves more than 35 convention and meeting facilities across the U.S., totaling over 17 million square feet of exhibit space. For more information about Smart City Networks, please call (702) 943-6000 or visit

 About Connectivity Wireless Solutions
Connectivity Wireless Solutions is a nationwide leader in providing in-building wireless solutions, having implemented more than 2,500 distributed antenna system (DAS) networks and wireless data solutions across 50 states. Connectivity’s DAS solutions deliver reliable cellphone, data and multimedia services in hospitality, healthcare, commercial business, government, and higher education spaces as well as in public venue environments such as airports and athletic stadiums.


Rio Verde Attains Sustainable Community Certification from Audubon International

(RIO VERDE, Ariz.)Rio Verde Community – the award-winning, resort-style residential development northeast of Scottsdale – was designated a Certified Sustainable Community by the Audubon International Sustainable Communities program after completing the organization’s requirements and meeting its strict criteria.

The designation, which was awarded April 15, makes Rio Verde the first Certified Sustainable Community west of the Mississippi River and fifth overall in the U.S. Boasting 735 acres of desert wildflowers, cacti and abundant wildlife that accent its residential areas and amenities, Rio Verde achieved certification by developing and implementing management practices and policies according to a community-driven Long Term Sustainability Plan (LTSP).

The LTSP included timelines and measurable goals addressing 15 focus areas, including wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement, water conservation, energy efficiency, health and transportation. Receiving designation as an Audubon International Certified Sustainable Community is contingent upon the quality and completeness of the LTSP and its implementation.

Among the implemented accomplishments at Rio Verde:

  • Solar panels installed on the community center serve 25 percent of the building’s average energy demand, resulting in more than 250,000 kWh (and over $28,000) saved annually.
  • Fifteen acres of turf on the golf courses were naturalized to desert landscaping, reducing water and maintenance requirements.
  • More than 3 tons of citrus from residents’ trees annually donated to local food banks.
  • The creation of a native plant landscaping palette for the Country Club and Community.
  • An annual educational event held on practices and products for living green, which drew more than 100 residents.

“Rio Verde Community residents have worked enthusiastically to shape our community within the guidelines established by Audubon International,” notes Gary Holcomb, President of the Community Association. “Our focus on preservation, conservation and sustainability will certainly benefit our current residents as well as those who will follow in their footsteps. We look forward to a long-term partnership with Audubon International.”

Tabbed “the No. 1 “Private Golf Course” and “Active Adult Community” by Ranking Arizona: the Best of Arizona Business, Rio Verde joins Eufaula, Ala,. Williamston, N.C., Coconut Creek, Fla., and Stowe Mountain Resort, Vt. as Audubon International Certified Sustainable Communities.

For more information about Rio Verde, visit, or call 877.746.8373.

About Rio Verde Community and Country Club

Rio Verde is located in northeastern Maricopa County in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains at the edge of the Tonto National Forest. The award-winning, resort community features 36 holes of parkland-style golf, a par-3 course and world-class practice facilities, tennis, pickleball, hiking / walking trails, fitness center, Saddle Club and other amenities. 

Comprising 980 custom-built homes, town-homes, and villas ranging from less than $200,000 to over $1 million, Rio Verde is a low-density, master-planned community with large lots highlighted by golf course, mountain, or desert views. Its low taxes, competitive real estate prices, and tranquil location appeal to primary and vacation home owners. Rio Verde is just 25 minutes from the world-famous Mayo Clinic (Scottsdale campus) and 35 minutes from Scottsdale Healthcare at Shea Medical Center.

The 27,000-square foot contemporary, southwestern-style clubhouse is the center of Rio Verde social life, offering a wide variety of dining options and activities. Hearth-fired, homemade pizza and other casual fare is available at the Verde Pub, while fine dining in the Copper Room offers members access to professional chefs and world-class service.

About Audubon International

Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments and entire communities.

Through the Sustainable Communities and Green Neighborhoods Programs, Audubon International works to help community leaders and stakeholders embrace environmental stewardship and sustainability as a central element of planning, policies, and practices. For more information, contact Audubon International at 518-767-9051 or visit the website at



“I’m on the Do-Not-Call list, so why am I still getting telemarketing calls?”
Folks at the Do-Not-Call list’s manager, the Federal Trade Commission(FTC) hear that question often. How do they answer it?

Before getting into the FTC’s more technical explanation, remember that the whole Do Not Call Registry thing is just a law, not some sort of computerized

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system that automatically blocks telemarketing calls from your phone. As with any law, some people are going to break it. In some cases, companies may feel that their potential profit from making illegal telemarketing calls outweighs the fines they may have to pay for doing so. It is completely up to businesses and telemarketers to either comply with the Do Not Call law or not.

Not All Calls Are Prohibited

The Do Not Call law prohibits sales calls only. Even if your phone number is registered, you may still – legally – get charitable calls, debt collection calls, informational calls, and telephone survey calls. For example, while most automated robocalls are illegal, robocalls placed by schools informing parents of closures or emergencies are allowed.



 The Encyclopedia Britannica, which has been in continuous print since it was first published in Edinburgh in 1768, said today that it will continue with digital versions currently available online. The final set of the 32-volume printed edition remains available for sale on the company's website for £890 ($1,400). Link to article

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 Encyclopedia Britannica Goes Strictly Digital
The Encyclopedia Britannica, which has been in continuous print since it was first published in Edinburgh in 1768, said today that it will continue with digital versions currently available online. The final set of the 32-volume printed edition remains available for sale on the company's website for £890 ($1,400). Link to article



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