NEW INTERNET TRACKING SOLUTION FROM ACCOUNTABILITY INTERNATIONAL MONITORS SENSITIVE CONTENT AND PROMOTES ETHICS INSIDE CORPORATE NETWORKS.
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 2005--
The Internet has grown in its usefulness while the potential for misuse has grown exceedingly. As security risks from Web surfing are multiplying, many companies are signing up for high-tech tools that let them control what their workers do online. Most of these solutions are behind the scenes tools that provide a defensive answer to the problem of Internet abuse but do not provide information to the user. Accountability International, Inc. (AI) provides a proactive strategy that puts the solution on employees' desktops making them accountable for their own time. Internet Abuse Growing. The high-speed Internet access available at most organizations provides a tempting environment for employees to utilize the Internet for personal use. Employees often abuse their company-provided Internet access. AI's benchmarks show that this misuse may be 1 hour 35 minutes per day per full time employee. Besides such innocuous surfing such as linking to general news, shopping, sports sites, etc., the Internet also makes it easy to view objectionable sites containing pornography or hate-related content, which can expose organizations to legal liability and may adversely affect the working environment for others. Many high-tech security tools filter Internet traffic but do not succeed in blocking all objectionable material.
"Organizations today are faced with the problem of how to harness the Internet's productive value while controlling the significant potential for abuse," says Deon Fair, CEO of AI.
A Cost-Effective, Ethical Solution.
The philosophy of the MINITRAXTM
Solution from AI is driven by the belief that true behavioral modification is only achieved when individuals become accountable for their actions. The MINITRAXTM
Solution provides visible "real time" monitoring of Internet browser use and produces Web-based reports showing Internet use that both the user and management can access. The Information Technology department of any customer of AI benefits from reduced "policing" of Internet traffic and reduced management requests for Internet usage reports since the reporting tools can be placed in the hands of managers, supervisors, and end users. Based on actual benchmark data, AI's customers are also experiencing significant reductions in bandwidth consumption.
What Our Customers Are Saying:
"The Internet is an indispensable tool for FFE that allows us to offer full service timely delivery and pick-up services. However, we realize that the Internet is easily misused. MINITRAXTM
allows FFE employees to monitor Internet use and stay focused on their responsibilities. We prefer the self-monitoring approach over the 'Big Brother' approach." -- Jerry Woods, (FFE Transportation Services, Inc)
"Since installing MINITRAXTM
in our city, personal Web surfing has decreased 95 percent." -- Dave McKee (MIS Director, City of Edmond, Okla.)
About Accountability International.
Accountability International, Inc. is a service provider and software development company. The Company has developed patented technology in the form of software and procedures that provide its customers with tools and means to manage their use of the Internet.
Accountability International, Inc.
Deon Fair, 214-570-0146 ext. 100
Dallas, Texas - October 6, 2004.
ACCOUNTABILITY INTERNATIONAL AWARDED PATENT ON INTERNET TIME MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY.
Accountability International, Inc., an innovator in the Employee Internet Management (EIM) market, has been issued a U.S. Patent for its "System and Method for Monitoring the Internet Access of a Computer," the core technology within its MinitraxTM solution software. "Organizations today are faced with the problem of how to manage and harness the Internet's productive value while controlling the significant potential for abuse," said Deon Fair, CEO for Accountability. "The MinitraxTM solution provides its customers the means to empower users of the Internet Browser to be responsible consumers of this resource. Specifically, the solution provides visible, real-time feedback to each user concerning their Internet usage. This supports constructive dialogue between management and employees and creates self awareness of the user's time spent on the Internet." said Daniel Zimmerman, CTO for Accountability.
About the Patent.
Accountability's U.S. Patent No. 6,795,856 describes Accountability's unique approach to monitoring Internet usage and changing users' Internet behavior. This patent includes 43 claims covering among other things:
* A visual representation ("a clock") to the user of their Internet usage time remaining for the period, or time usage used to-date for that period;
* Definition and enforcement of rules that govern each user's Internet usage (e.g. Internet time usage allowed each week);
* Collection and storage of Internet usage logs to support Web reporting for management and end-users;
* Management notification of exceptions (e.g. a user has exceeded their allowed Internet usage time for the period).
About Accountability International.
Accountability International, Inc. is a service provider and software development company. The Company has developed patented technology in the form of software and procedures that provide its customers with tools and means to manage the productive use of the Internet. Their customers are companies and government agencies where employees are regular users of the Internet. For more details, please see www.accountabilityint.com.
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