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Innovation Honor Goes To Xsilogy

San Diego-based Xsilogy, Inc. has a fan in Frost & Sullivan.

The big consulting company has given a 2005 product innovation award to Xsilogy, which recently became a division of publicly traded SYS Technologies.

Xsilogy technology collects data from sensors, measuring things such as temperature, pH, voltage or some other parameter in industrial environments.

Then it steers that information to other machines, wirelessly.

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Xsilogy’s product, called SensorWorX, is adept at mixing diverse technologies.

In a relatively short period, Frost & Sullivan analyst Hrishikesh Bidwe writes, Xsilogy has successfully deployed more than 100 sites with a combined total of more than 4,000 continuous monitoring sensors under management.

San Diego-based SYS acquired Xsilogy in December. SYS may be better known as a defense contractor. The company trades on the American Stock Exchange as SYS. Its stock closed Feb. 2 at $3.07.

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Get Back, Get Back: High-tech entrepreneur Michael Robertson is returning to the music business.

In a press release Feb. 2, the founder of MP3.com announced plans to form a digital music venture called MP3tunes. The business will distribute hardware and software and feature an online music store. Details will be announced this week.

Robertson founded MP3.com in 1997. The company went public in July 1999. In retrospect, it was San Diego’s splashiest initial public offering during the dot-com heyday; shares rose to $105 on the first day of trading, then closed at $63.31.

Vivendi Universal bought MP3.com in 2001.

Robertson has two other tech-centered businesses, Linspire and SIPphone, focused on open-source software and voice-over-Internet telephony.

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DriveCam Deal:

San Diego-based DriveCam Video Systems has a deal potentially worth $1.6 million.

The company will provide 1,600 of its units to ATC, one of the largest private operators of public transportation systems in the United States. Units cost about $1,000 apiece, said a spokeswoman.

DriveCam takes digital video of the events a driver encounters, and retains video of accidents.

ATC tested the technology on 126 transit buses in San Diego County.

DriveCam has 60 employees. The company does not release its revenue figures.

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PacketVideo Sued:

Ingenient Technologies, Inc., of Rolling Meadows, Ill., is suing PacketVideo Corp., a San Diego-based company that makes software for viewing video on wireless phones.

The Chicago-area company filed suit Jan. 28 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The suit was filed against PacketVideo, two former Ingenient employees who are now working for PacketVideo, and Invenium, a former Ingenient contractor now working as a PacketVideo contractor.

Ingenient alleges that PacketVideo and the two former employees are infringing upon Ingenient copyrights and have misappropriated Ingenient trade secrets and confidential information, according to a summary of the suit provided to the media by the Chicago-area company. Ingenient also alleges that its two former employees have breached the confidentiality obligations contained in their Ingenient employment agreements.

“We simply cannot allow PacketVideo, or any other company, to compete with us by using our own technology,” said Ingenient Chief Executive Sami Levi in a prepared statement.

“The claims in this lawsuit have no basis in fact,” Joel Espelien, general counsel of PacketVideo, said in a prepared statement. “PacketVideo has been a leader for years in the development of multimedia software.


Contact Brad Graves at his new e-mail address, bradg@sdbj.com, or call him at (858) 277-6359, Ext. 3115.

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