TECHNOLOGY BRIEFS

TECHNOLOGY BRIEFS

SCITOR NETWORK HELPS

SEA-LAND SLASH COSTSSea-Land Service Inc. said it has slashed data telecommunications maintenance and programming costs by 25 percent by using standard network provided by Scitor International Telecommunications Services Inc.

The service links Sea-Land's IBM computer network to remote terminal users in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Aruba, Curacao, Jamaica, Brazil and Argentina.

"While our Central and South American locations are critical to our business, it's difficult to find a service provider that can support them adequately," said Joe Horton, in-house communications consultant for Sea- Land's Americas Division.

He added that Scitor ITS not only has the in-country people to provide support, but the network has also helped with maintenance and surveillance connections to tail circuits on the back end of Sea-Land's on-premises equipment.

MCDONNELL DOUGLAS GETS

COMPOSITE WING TEST OK

LONG BEACH, Calif. - NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., has chosen McDonnell Douglas Corp. for a $160 million contract supporting NASA's Advanced Composites Program within the Advanced Subsonics Technology Program.

Under the eight-year pact McDonnell Douglas will seek to verify advanced wing technology by designing, fabricating and testing a full-scale composite aircraft wing.

Work will be performed at the McDonnell Douglas facilities in Long Beach and Huntington Beach, Calif., and St. Louis, through the company's Advanced Transport Aircraft Division.

McDonnell Douglas will fabricate the wing using a company-patented process known as stitched resin film infusion differs from other laminating processes in that pre-woven dry material is stitched together with other wing structural components, including stringers and spar caps, prior to the introduction of resin.

NEW YORK SEEKS WAY

TO MANAGE CONGESTION

NEW YORK - Parsons Brinckerhoff, the international consulting and engineering firm, will be the operational consultant for Inform Traffic Management System being developed for New York City-area highways.

PB, which won a three-year contract from the New York Department of Transportation, will be joined by Dunn Engineering Associates of Westhampton Beach, N.Y. Both firms will help develop Inform, a smart traffic management system to study congested roadways in New York state.

The system detects incidents, controls traffic lights, meters entrance ramps. It then informs drivers of the congestion and suggests alternate routes.

NEW TRANSMISSION

CUTS NC FLEET'S COSTS

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Southern Foods Inc., a Greensboro, N.C., home-delivery food service, has doubled its fuel mileage and lowered maintenance costs since using a new transmission made by a General Motors Corp. subsidiary.

Fuel mileage improved from a half-mile to a mile per gallon over identical manual trucks with the MD 3060 from Allison Transmission, said Jim Robb, Southern Foods' maintenance supervisor.

The delivery company's fleet of 75 trucks averages about 50,000 miles a year for each truck. While comparable manual-transmission trucks have suffered driveline and axle breakage and clutch replacement, the MD 3060s have not required any unscheduled maintenance, Mr. Robb said.

Allison Transmission makes medium and heavy-duty automatic transmissions for commercial and military vehicles.

QUALCOMM FILES

FOR SHARE OFFERING

SAN DIEGO - Qualcomm Inc., a telecommunications concern used by several trucking companies to track their vehicles, has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed public offering of 8 million shares of stock.

Proceeds will be used to establish manufacturing capacity for new telecommunications products. Qualcomm's primary product is Omnitracs system, a satellite-based, two-way mobile communications system.

After the offering, Qualcomm will have about 60.3 million shares outstanding, exclusive of any shares that may be sold to cover overallotments.

The managing underwriters for the offering are Lehman Brothers, Alex Brown & Sons Inc. and Goldman Sachs & Co. The underwriters have the option to

purchase an additional 1.2 million shares to cover overallotments.