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Market Report - High Profile Tech Companies in the news today are Viscount Systems, Microsoft, Cisco, United Technologies, Honeywell

CORAL SPRINGS, Florida, January 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- "Active Tech Companies to Watch" for today:  Viscount Systems, Inc. (OTC: VSYS), Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), Honeywell International (NYSE: HON)

Headline News: Viscount Systems (OTC: VSYS) Receives Microsoft "Be What's Next" Award.    

Viscount Systems, Inc. (OTC: VSYS), a leading-edge, high technology supplier of security systems and software, is pleased to announce that it has received a "Be What's Next" award from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) for its participation in Microsoft Global Security's Good Samaritan Project that was submitted to the Microsoft "What's Next" competition. The Good Samaritan Project was designed to create a social network of employees to reply to and assist in the event of emergencies by using the Freedom security platform to integrate Microsoft Kinect software with Microsoft Windows phones through an Azure Cloud application. When the Kinect software identifies an emergency condition, Freedom Cloud software is used to identify staff in the relevant Freedom access control zone to send an emergency assistance message on their Windows phone.

"We were very pleased to have the opportunity to work on this project with Microsoft Global Security and to share in this honor," noted Stephen Pineau, President and CEO of Viscount. "Viscount's part of the Good Samaritan project focused on applying Microsoft's leading edge Cloud and mobile platforms to the security industry. This project and our other R&D initiatives have resulted in the company filing numerous patents in the past year that relate to the Cloud, mobile devices, NFC, converged logical/physical identity management, smart cards, identity management and visitor management. As we begin to commercialize these products we believe that we are well positioned to become the leading provider of mobile and cloud solutions to the physical security industry."

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Viscount Systems also released news late last week regarding it had received an order for its Freedom access control technology from a U.S. Government owned high-security facility in the Western part of the United States. In keeping with government requests the nature of the facility and agency involved cannot be identified.  "We expect the number of Federal Government sites using our Freedom Encryption Bridge platform to accelerate throughout 2013," noted Stephen Pineau, CEO of Viscount. "Our initial and pilot installations for government agencies have tended to be in the Northeast and this is the first Western facility migrating to Freedom, so we are happy to see clients beginning to move to a national scale."   For more information regarding Viscount Systems, Inc. please visit

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Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) is reportedly in discussions to help finance a buyout of struggling computer maker Dell Inc.  According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited a person familiar with the talks, Microsoft's investment "would likely be in the range of a couple of billion dollars." CNBC reported a range of $1 billion to $3 billion, citing sources close to the matter.  "Recent press reports point to a potential buyout by PE firms and founder Michael Dell for $13-$14 per share," Wu wrote in a note to investors Tuesday. "While we believe a deal in that price range is possible, we believe a materially higher price is less likely. The reason is that attractive returns could prove difficult."

Highlighting the increasing use of high-quality video traffic over the network, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced the release of the Cisco(R) CCNA(R) Video and Cisco Video Network Specialist certifications. CCNA Video is designed for video professionals who design, install and support video solutions on Video-Voice-over-IP networks. The new Cisco Video Network Specialist certification enables traditional analog audiovisual (Pro A/V) specialists, as well as other networking professionals, to extend their skills to meet the growing demand for networked video job roles.

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) unit UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Aeroflot, Russia's flagship airline, to supply the wheels and carbon brakes for its new fleet of 16 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The company will provide the equipment through its Wheels & Brakes business in Troy, Ohio. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in January, 2013.  United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high-technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.

Honeywell International (NYSE: HON) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, January 25, 2013. Honeywell International is a technology and manufacturing company which offers aerospace products and services, control, sensing and security technologies for buildings, homes and industry, turbochargers and automotive products.  Jim Cramer the host of CNBC's Mad Money and co-founder of has ranked HON a Buy. Cramer previously ranked this stock a Buy on January 17, 2013. The stock's 52-week high is $67.81, and its 52-week low is $52.21.

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