EdgeMarket Selects BlackBeltHelp OneStop for 24/7 AI-Powered Student Support Services

 BlackBeltHelp is proud to announce that it has been chosen by Edge, a nonprofit education network and technology partner, to provide OneStop, an AI-powered, 24/7 virtual student services solution to its members.

The contract was awarded via EdgeMarket, which provides safe, simple, smart technology procurement options for higher education entities. EdgeMarket gives its participants the ability to efficiently and affordably procure virtual student support services.

OneStop is the ultimate solution for comprehensive student support, offering a centralized hub for students, faculty, and staff to access a wide range of services, including technical assistance, and support services for: Admissions, Records, Registration, Financial Aid, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable and more—all conveniently located in a single platform.

About Edge:

Founded in 2000, Edge, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, serves as a purpose-built research and education wide area network and technology solutions partner. Edge connects members with affordable, easy access to high-performance optical networking, commodity Internet and Internet2 services, and a variety of technology-powered products, solutions, and services. The Edge member consortium consists of colleges and universities, K-12 schools and districts, government entities, healthcare networks, and businesses spread throughout the continental US. The group is governed by the New Jersey Presidents’ Council with offices in Newark, Princeton, and Wall Township, NJ. For more information, please visit: www.njedge.net.

About BlackBeltHelp:

BlackBeltHelp is the leading AI-enabled CXaaS and CX Engagement Solutions for students, faculty, and staff in higher education. Its solutions are designed to help higher education institutions unify all their applications into a single, easy-to-navigate, analytics-powered dashboard to drive institutional processes and improve the user experience. Their integrated, omnichannel platform – Simplify, empowers an institution to integrate disparate systems across campus to provide a simple yet powerful student service tool that increases institutional efficiency and helps achieve engagement objectives effortlessly.

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Fiona Wood



  • Technology

The Golf Club of California Selects JC Golf for Management Services

 The Golf Club of California is a significant addition to JC Golf’s portfolio of courses located throughout Southern California. Now part of the JC Players Card program, the golf course is located within thirty miles of eight other participating courses in San Diego. This is not only a cost benefit to active golfers in the region but also provides the opportunity to be challenged by a new course layout. The club offers a semi-private membership which will receive priority and attention for current members; some of who have been members since the course opening. As the steady demand for golf continues, JC Golf plans to focus on property improvements to create more loyalty, introduce new golfers, revitalize player development, and increase play.

Located in north San Diego, the Golf Club of California features an eighteen-hole public golf course and Mediterranean-style clubhouse. The course was designed by Wade Cable and Johnny Potts to naturally follow the rolling hills and deliver challenge and intrigue for golfers. In addition, practice facilities include a driving range and putting green. The Fallbrook area, also known as the “Avocado Capital of the World,” has one of the best-golfing climates in Southern California.

“We are excited to bring The Golf Club of California into the JC Resorts family of golf courses and include it in our Players Card program. The course and clubhouse are both remarkable and situated in a valley with stunning views. If golfers have not visited the club lately, we invite them to come back and see how the course has taken shape. We have dramatically improved conditions over the past few months and continue to refine the property,” said Eric Jeska Corporate Director of Golf Operations with JC Resorts. “We are confident visitors from San Diego, Temecula and south Orange County will be pleasantly surprised!”

JC Resorts

Jill Berarducci

(760) 304-5287


Eric Jeska at ejeska@jcresorts.com



  • Golf

InnoBev Selects Cana as Winner of Best Technology Innovation and Finalist for Best New Brand of 2022

The first molecular beverage printer brand, Cana, is recognized for its innovative technology and forward-thinking brand platform


Redwood City, CA (May 10, 2022) — Cana, creator of the world’s first countertop molecular beverage printer, today announced it has been named Best Technology Innovation winner and was a finalist for Best New Brand by InnoBev. These designations reinforce Cana’s mission to disrupt and decentralize the beverage manufacturing industry with a more sustainable and innovative option for consumers.

Cana was awarded the ‘Best Technology Innovation’, recognizing Cana One’s scientific and technological breakthrough for drastically reducing the waste created per beverage while increasing the personalization and convenience for the consumer. In analyzing thousands of drinks, Cana has successfully identified and determined a unique set of molecular compounds that give each drink its particular taste and mouthfeel. Cana’s proprietary cartridge is filled with these universal compounds and the Cana One device can create thousands of drink variations at the touch of a button on the device or app. Users can print their beverage of choice using a precise amount of compounds in the cartridge combined with tap water and adding in customizable levels of carbonation, alcohol, sugar, supplements and vitamins as desired.

Cana’s technology entering the market means that instead of contributing to the beverage industry wasting trillions of liters of water and emitting millions of metric tons of CO2 every year, consumers can enjoy their favorite drinks without any waste.

As a finalist in the “Best New Brand” category, Cana has proven its unique approach to solving the waste problem in the beverage industry. Every year, 400 trillion liters of water are used to produce the ingredients used to create drinks, and 543 million metric tons of CO2 are emitted to package and ship them worldwide. Beverage manufacturers use a trillion containers every year, with only 20% recycled by the end consumer. Recognizing this massive issue and working diligently for the past 3 years to develop a solution, Cana launched out of stealth in February 2022 to eliminate the need for single-use plastic bottles and cans through its revolutionary device, Cana One.

The appointment also reflects Cana’s dedication to crafting a custom experience for each of its customers to enjoy the freedom of ultimate personalization. Cana One provides its users with a wide range of benefits, from creating “better for you” versions of their go-to drinks with less sugar or less alcohol to combining flavors, adding nutrients and finding new favorites. Its convenience and immediacy even eliminate the need to go to the grocery store with its on-demand cartridge delivered right to the doorstep. Cana One users can relax knowing that their household is preventing approximately 100 beverage containers from ending up in landfills every month.  

These accolades come on the heels of a landmark year for Cana as they began taking reservations for the Cana One device in March. Since then, the company has received thousands of reservations for the device. There is still time to lock in your order for a $99 deposit at Cana.com. Cana expects the first shipments to go out in early 2023.

Cana invites anyone who would like to put their existing beverages on their platform or bring new drinks to market, to visit https://www.cana.com/contact.

About Cana: 

Cana is the world’s first molecular beverage printing business with a mission to change the way the world produces and consumes. Cana uses novel science and engineering to solve some of the world’s most complex food and beverage industry issues. Cana is based in Redwood City, CA, and is funded by The Production Board.

Japan – JAXA Selects a Consortium to Study Navigation and Communication Technology Development for Lunar Surface Activities

ArkEdge Space Inc. has been awarded a contract by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to study navigation and communication technology development for lunar surface activities.

The government of Japan has chosen “A Study of Navigation and Communication Technology Development for Lunar Surface Activities” (Ministry of Education: Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)) as one of the Strategic Programs for Accelerating Research, Development and Utilization of Space Technology (STARDUST Program[1]). JAXA has been assigned to manage the project and selected ArkEdge Space as a primary contractor.

The study will be conducted by a consortium formed by ArkEdge Space, including ispace, inc., AAI – GNSS Consulting Office, Kiyohara Optics Inc., KDDI Corporation, KDDI Research, Inc., The Graduate School of Engineering – The University of Tokyo, and Mitsubishi Precision Co., Ltd. From mid-January until March 25, 2022, the consortium will work on proposing lunar navigation and communication architecture which is expected to become infrastructure of lunar exploration. This includes designing a concept of a lunar navigation satellite system and lunar-earth communication system and its development plan. The study is expected to develop architecture as well as to accelerate research and development of key technologies that could contribute to international discussion in the future.

International interest has been growing towards human space exploration such as the Artemis Program[2], which aims to return humans to the Moon by 2025 and to conduct a historic human mission to Mars in the 2030s. Japan is expected to play a key role in designing and developing navigation and communication architecture as its infrastructure.

ArkEdge Space and the consortium members[3] will actively support Japan to achieve sustainable space exploration on the Moon and beyond, and to establish lunar economy by accelerating technology development and demonstration through collaboration among industry, academia, and government.

[1] A Japanese government-led and cross-ministry cooperation program to select and promote research and development projects for lunar exploration and fundamental satellite technologies.
[2] A United-States-led international human spaceflight program that aims to return humans to the Moon by 2025 and to conduct a historic human mission to Mars in the 2030s. NASA and JAXA also finalized an agreement for NASA’s Gateway which is an orbiting outpost planned to be built in lunar orbit.
[3] Overview of Consortium Members:
ArkEdge Space Inc.: Tokyo, Japan; Takayoshi Fukuyo, CEO; https://arkedgespace.com/en
AAI – GNSS Consulting Office: Hyogo, Japan; Osamu Arai, President.
ispace, inc.: Tokyo, Japan; Takeshi Hakamada, Founder & CEO; https://ispace-inc.com
Kiyohara Optics Inc.: Tokyo, Japan; Hirohiko Shinonaga, President; https://www.koptic.co.jp
KDDI Corporation: Tokyo, Japan; Makoto Takahashi, President; https://www.kddi.com/english/
KDDI Research, Inc.: Saitama, Japan; Hajime Nakamura, President and CEO; https://www.kddi-research.jp/english
Mitsubishi Precision Co., Ltd.: Tokyo, Japan; Seiji Fujimoto, President; https://www.mpcnet.co.jp/e/
The Graduate School of Engineering,The University of Tokyo: Tokyo, Japan; Takao Someya, Dean of the School of Engineering; https://www.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/soee/

Sky selects UEI to provide remote control for new Sky Box

Our knowledge in Android TV and voice control integration, combined with our outstanding industrial design skills and unique QuickSet technology, made this a perfect fit.”

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (NASDAQ: UEIC), the global leader in wireless universal control solutions for home entertainment and smart home devices, has been selected by Sky New Zealand to provide an easy-to-use voice remote control.

Development of Sky’s new hybrid set top box is progressing at pace, with the selection of international partners to advance various components of the new Sky Box. The new Sky Box is expected to be in customers’ homes by the middle of 2022 and is part of Sky’s strategy to be the primary entertainment provider in New Zealand homes.

The hybrid box will combine both satellite and internet technology to bring the best in high quality video and audio to every connected home in New Zealand. It will combine the reliability of satellite TV with the flexibility of internet-delivered on-demand content and streaming apps and create a customized experience to suit customers’ future viewing needs. Having selected Google’s Android TV Operator Tier as the operating system for the new box, Sky has now selected Universal Electronics (UEI) to provide the remote control for the new Sky Box.

UEI is the world’s leading supplier of remote-control units and control technology for entertainment and smart home devices and has supplied more than 140 million voice remotes to pay-TV operators globally.

Sky worked with customers and UEI to design an evolved remote control that maintained key layout and navigation characteristics to make the change as seamless as possible for Sky customers. The remote will be Sky’s first that is voice capable, simplifying customers’ viewing experience through voice commands and increasing accessibility for users who are blind or low vision.

The new remote control is also both Infrared and Bluetooth Low Energy capable – no line of sight is required via Bluetooth, providing an improved customer experience.

Sky Chief Executive Sophie Moloney says: “We are excited to be evolving our Sky Box to give customers an even better viewing experience and using innovative technology to meet their future needs as well as attracting new customers.

“Feedback from our customers has been at the heart of the Sky Box development programme from day one, and this new partnership with UEI will allow us to deliver on what matters most to customers for the new box.”

Kuldip Johal, UEI VP Video Service Providers said: “UEI is excited to be selected by Sky as a trusted partner to provide a great user experience for control of their new Sky Box.

“Sky New Zealand understands an easy-to-use remote control is an integral part of an intuitive user experience. UEI is very glad to be partnering with Sky New Zealand on a voice remote that strikes the right balance between simplicity and sophistication, unlocks all functionality of Sky’s service, and complements the set-top box’s minimalist aesthetic.

About UEI

UEI has been at the forefront of developing entertainment and smart home control technologies for more than three decades. UEI was the first to introduce voice control and advanced features such as automated setup and universal control of connected devices through its QuickSet platform. Since 2015, UEI has shipped more than 100 million of its voice-enabled remote controls to customers around the world.

QuickSet® is a registered trademark of Universal Electronics Inc.

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