NextPlane Announces Support for Isode M-Link to Deliver Secure Federation

NextPlane Enables Isode M-Link to Seamlessly Federate with SIP-based UC Platforms.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (August 26, 2012) -- NextPlane, Inc., (, the market leader in cloud-based federation services for unified communications (UC), and Isode, Ltd. (, developers of highly secure, high-performance messaging and directory server software, today announced support for Isode's M-Link instant messaging (IM) platform on the NextPlane Federation Cloud service. Isode's M-Link customers now can federate with Microsoft Lync 2010, OCS 2007 R2 and OCS 2007 R1, and IBM Sametime 8.5.x using the NextPlane federation service.

With new federation support for Isode's M-Link XMPP presence and IM server, M-Link IM customer can now exchange presence, exchange instant messages with colleagues on OCS, Lync and Sametime, and initiate and invite those colleagues into multi-user chats and group chat sessions. Isode M-Link is noted for providing secure messaging in highly secure environments, including military and government enterprises, and is approved for use by the United States Defense Information Systems Agency. With support for the NextPlane Federation Cloud service, those customers can now collaborate in real time with partners on a wide range of corporate and commercial entities that are on SIP-based UC platforms. And by using NextPlane as a central federation exchange, M-Link customers can expand their reach without sacrificing security with NextPlane’s patent-pending TLS over XMPP encryption for federated communications.

Our mission is to interconnect the widest range of commercial UC platforms, creating a central exchange so UC users can be connected into real-time business communities without having to add hardware and software to their UC infrastructure,” said Nick Sears, Vice President, EMEA for NextPlane. “With proven compatibility with NextPlane, Isode M-Link customers now can securely collaborate with other government departments, suppliers, and other organizations through NextPlane’s growing collaboration exchange.”

Support for NextPlane’s Federation Cloud Service gives M-Link customers secure access to a larger federated community, making it easier for our government and military customers to communicate with other departments, plus vendors and partners in the private sector, “said Will Sheward, Vice President of Marketing for Isode, Ltd. “With tightening budgets and increased demands on government agencies to increase efficiency, federation with other UC platforms to form real-time, collaborative communities is more important than ever to streamline communications and operations.”

The NextPlane Federation Cloud service accelerates building federated business communities by eliminating the need to set up and maintain separate federation to multiple partners. NextPlane Federation Cloud service subscribers enjoy unprecedented control over which types of traffic (IM, presence, voice, video, and file transfer) are allowed or denied across any of their federated partners. Finally, using NextPlane’s unique analytics and reporting tools, companies are gaining valuable insight into how collaboration with their federated partner community is boosting their productivity.

To demonstrate the value of the NextPlane Federation Cloud to build collaborative business communities, NextPlane is offering a 30-day trial to qualifying organizations. For more information, visit

About NextPlane, Inc.

NextPlane offers the NextPlane Federation Could service for unified communications (UC) platforms, seamlessly federating Microsoft Lync, OCS R2, OCS and LCS, Cisco Jabber XCP, CUPS and Webex Connect, IBM Sametime, Google Apps, Jive OpenFire, Isode M-Link and eJabberd. Using the NextPlane Federation Cloud service, organizations can connect users from different companies regardless of underlying UC platforms - with shared presence, instant messaging, multi-user chat, voice and video - as if they are on the same UC platform.

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Market Rates Insight Offers Lifestyle Financial Services Study to Independent Community Bankers of America® Members

First-ever Study Revealing Services Consumers Want from Banks Now Available to ICBA Members with Exclusive 10% Discount.

SAN ANSELMO, Calif. (August 26, 2012) -- Market Rates Insight, Inc. (MRI,, a leader in pricing intelligence for deposits, personal loans, mortgages, and fees, recently conducted the first nationwide consumer study to understand consumer attitudes about fees paid for banking services. The study has uncovered a new category of “lifestyle financial services” that consumers are willing to pay for, and is now available at a 10% discount to community banks through an exclusive relationship with the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)®.

The study from Market Rates Insight reveals new ways community banks can compete more effectively and promote greater customer loyalty by offering services that consumers want and are willing to pay for. The Lifestyle Financial Services study reveals that customers will pay, on average, $3.63 per month each of the seven services that deliver convenience, efficiency, mobility, and protection. For example, 63.4% of those surveyed indicated they would spend up to $2.37 per month for mobile remote deposit capture services, and 73.7% said they would pay $3.39 per month for credit score reporting.

Income from service fees on deposit accounts declined 13% between 2007 and 2012, so now more than ever, community and regional institutions need to develop new ways to attract and keep customers,” said Dr. Dan Geller, Executive Vice President of Market Rates Insight and the architect of the study. “Our emerging Lifestyle Financial Services study reveals that consumers want services, such as mobile deposits and personal money transfer from their financial institution. By working directly with ICBA, we can help community banks identify new sources of fee income as well as help promote customer loyalty.”

ICBA members now can buy the Lifestyle Financial Services study at a special ICBA rate. They study is available in various forms:

- The complete study, including consumer research, likelihood of use, perceived value and competitive analyses for the top five U.S. banks, at a discounted price of $4,455.
- The consumer research on all seven categories of Lifestyle Financial Services, including an analytic overview, at a discounted price of $3,105.
- The consumer research for one specific type of services, such as credit score reporting, identity theft services, personalized couponing, prepaid loadable cards, overdraft transfer services, person-to-person payments, and mobile remote deposit capture, for $895 each.

Each study report features consumer research on preferences and perceived value, as well as demographic segmentation.

For more information, contact Market Rates Insight at

About Market Rates Insight
For more than two decades, Market Rates Insight (MRI) has been helping clients price with precision by providing banks, thrifts, credit unions, and other financial institutions with comprehensive market intelligence on deposits, loans, and fees. MRI uses deposit surveys, mortgage and consumer loan surveys, fees and features studies, new product alerts, benchmarking and market share analysis to give subscribers the intelligence needed to strategically position products, optimize pricing and react to emerging trends. MRI’s products include web-enabled, customizable report programming, proprietary product research tools, searchable databases, market alerts, and online dashboards that aggregate key client data to provide real-time interactive views on how they rank against their specific competitors.

Market Rates Insight is located in San Anselmo, California. For more information, see

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Tom Woolf
Market Rates Insight
(415) 259-5638

Vietnam's First Luxury Tour Operator to Promote a New Tour to the Nam Cat Tien Jungle

Luxury Travel ( Unveils Two Day Tour to the Jungle Nam Cat Tien National Park.

Hanoi, Vietnam, August 26, 2012 -- 
Luxury Travel Unveils Two Day Tour to the Jungle Nam Cat Tien National Park.

Located 160 km. from Ho Chi Minh City, Nam Cat Tien National Park is reported to have 600 plant species, 240 bird species, and 50 species of mammals including the one-horn rhinoceros, one of several endangered mammals from Vietnam listed in the World Red Book.

Cat Tien National Park is situated about 160 km north of Ho Chi Minh City. The park was established in 1998 and is actually comprised of two separate areas, Nam Cat Tien and Cat Loc, which are linked by the Dong Nai River.

Together they cover around 185,000 acres of evergreen rainforest which is home to over 600 varieties of plants, 240 types of birds and 50 species of mammals, including the one-horn Javan rhinoceros.

The rhino is one of several endangered mammals in Vietnam that has almost been driven to extinction by man's greed. In the past poachers could expect a large purse from the sale of rhino horn.

The Javan rhino was thought to be extinct in Vietnam until the 1980’s when a few were discovered in the northern part of Cat Loc.

In 1992 Cat Loc was declared a Rhino sanctuary by the World Wildlife Fund, who estimate that there are only 5 to 8 Javan rhinos left. Their very existence as a species is still under threat, although it is hoped that an increase in awareness and a sustainable eco-tourism industry can safeguard the animal’s future.

Certainly the 60 park wardens take great pride in their “Vietnamese Rhino” and continually patrol the area on the lookout for poachers.

Luxury Travel Company is currently operating small group trips in the national park and we appreciate the importance of being beneficial rather than detrimental to the fragile eco-system that exists in the Cat Tien National Park,” says Pham Ha, CEO and Founder of Luxury Travel Vietnam. “We limit our groups to a maximum of ten people and stay in the newly built Forest Floor Lodge within the sanctuary and can opt for camping in the jungle. Inside the park you can trek, animal watch, ride bicycles and boat along the river and explore one of Vietnam’s as yet untouched treasures.”

Forest Floor Lodge offers boutique 12 accommodation units, suitable for double occupancy consisting of deluxe tents, and traditional Vietnamese wooden houses. These are secluded and equipped for your comfort, with good quality bathrooms, and tastefully selected furnishings. Each room is provided with a mini-bar, ceiling fans, and air-conditioning units as required.

The Forest Floor Lodge accommodation units are accessed via elevated walkways and offer either views across the Dong Nai river, or a "living in the jungle" ambience. The Executive Tent #B2 is most recommended for a wonderful view on the river and privacy.

Tour costs starts from 231 USD per person based on the private party of two people, inclusive of private pick up, drop off services from Saigon, ferry, walking tour, a private jeep for animal watching at night, transfer by a private car, English speaking guide, accommodation and meals. This cost is valid until 31 Sep 2013. Guests can opt for 3 day package program with one additional night in Bau Sau or Crocodile Lake.

Luxury Travel Ltd is an innovation luxury tour operator in Vietnam and unveils very often new upscale travel experiences to exotic and newly discovered places for the most discerning travelers. For more tour information and online booking, visit

About Luxury Travel Ltd
Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator/DMC ( based in Hanoi with offices throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, Luxury Travel is exceptional in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences. Opened in 2004, the Luxury Travel Company Limited has its own offices, luxury vehicles, luxury travel advisors, and representative offices in California, London, Paris, and Sydney. The company’s depth of experience and large infrastructure enable it to create unique itineraries with the operational confidence to fulfill client expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd won numerous travel awards for excellent performance including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator in Vietnam.

Media Contact:
Doan Hong Linh (Ms.)
Marketing Executive
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
+ 84.4.39274120 Ext 122