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High-Tech TIG expands into Bay Area with merger



Kyocera 2200 Handsets Ready for 3G CDMA

The San Diego-based Technology Integration Group has moved into the Bay Area, and it has done it in a familiar way.

It bought out another company. This time it was InfoWorks, Inc. of San Ramon.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Privately held TIG has a history of acquisitions, having taken on companies in Honolulu; Albuquerque, N.M.; Denver; Boulder, Colo., and suburban Los Angeles. The company is now in 14 cities.

“We’ve started businesses from scratch. We’ve done acquisitions,” TIG President and CEO Bruce Geier told the San Diego Business Journal in April. “And almost in every case, it’s less expensive , believe it or not , to acquire a company.”

With the San Ramon acquisition, TIG not only gets an address in one of the East Bay’s more attractive towns. It gets 25 employees well versed in Microsoft products, which it can add to its professional services staff. TIG employees speak other languages as well: Novell, Sun Unix and HP Unix.

TIG reported $212 million in revenues from its 2000 fiscal year.

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Handsets Here:

San Diego-based Kyocera Wireless Corp. has introduced handsets ready for third-generation Code Division Multiple Access, or CDMA, networks.

Kyocera’s 2200 series models include Wireless Application Protocol browsers (for getting on the Internet), “trimode” capacity (to get on two bands of CDMA plus the analog network), and other bells and whistles (like voice memo, alarm clock and stopwatch).

Kyocera estimated the handsets will reach the consumer market by the fourth quarter. Carriers will set their prices. The next-generation network the phones will be able to use is CDMA 2000 1x.

Kyocera Wireless, a subsidiary of Kyocera Corp. of Japan, grew out of Qualcomm Inc.’s handset business, which Kyocera bought in February 2000.


Busy Listening:

San Diego-based Verance Corp. reports its equipment is monitoring broadcasts in 55 top media markets.

Its ConfirMedia system picks up audio “watermark” signals in commercials, music or whatever else is transmitted over the airwaves. Then it gives advertisers or music publishers independent verification that the audio was (or was not) broadcast. The watermark signal is inaudible, but company equipment can pick it up nevertheless, detecting the change in the waveform. Verance also monitors 80 national cable and television networks.

The company wants to expand its listening to 45 more domestic markets by the fourth quarter.

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Columnar Components:

Scripps Ranch-based Learnsoft Technology Group is providing technology-training services to city employees in Carlsbad. The City Council in June awarded Learnsoft a one-year contract with three additional one-year options, and will pay a maximum of $100,000 per year. The city has 579 full-time employees. Learnsoft says it will emphasize Web-based applications and projects as the years go by. Two dozen manufacturers and vendors have formed the Free Space Optics Alliance. Together they will promote the technology of moving telecom signals through open space via laser beam. Locally headquartered companies belonging to the alliance include AirFiber, LightPointe and Optical Access.

Send high-tech news to Graves via e-mail at bgraves@sdbj.com.

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