Archive for November, 2010

This morning’s press release on Interactive Defense’s role in helping Dunwoody police bring in two criminal suspects has been getting some good attention. Lt. Raymond Foster posted it on his law-enforcement blog and then tweeted it to his 2,900 followers, the bulk of whom are in law enforcement and supporting industries.

And this afternoon, Atlanta Journal Constitution cops-and-courts reporter Andria Simmons posted a brief story about the two suspects. It showed up in the AJC’s feed of top breaking news.

A big thank-you to Lt. Foster and Andria Simmons, and to Dunwoody police officers for their expanding fight against crime!

Dunwoody Police tell us that the Interactive Defense System has helped them locate and arrest two fugitives who are suspects in recent crimes.

More than 1,300 households, roughly 10 percent of Dunwoody’s total, have registered themselves as users on IDS since the department launched it in early October. Two suspects were taken into custody after their pictures appeared on the system and in local television news reports about the department’s use of IDS.

An Atlanta-area woman suspected of counterfeiting surrendered to authorities last week after an acquaintance saw her picture and a “wanted” notice on Dunwoody’s IDS network.

Separately, a 20-year-old male fugitive turned himself in after a local television news station showed an image of him as it appeared on IDS. Authorities had issued arrest warrants for the man in connection with two burglaries.

“These two cases are clear evidence of Interactive Defense’s power to help citizens and city agencies work together in a successful fight against crime,” said Paul Campbell, chief operating officer for F3 Technologies, Inc., which co-owns Interactive Defense, LLC, in a joint venture with Noble Heroes, Inc. “Real-life incidents like these demonstrate the system’s capabilities for the numerous other public-safety agencies now seeking to harness the power of social networks.”

IDS helps Dunwoody police officers to stay in closer contact with local residents and businesses. It allows police to give community residents immediate notification of missing children and criminal suspects who pose a threat. It allows users to share crime tips more directly with officers and with each other, request officer assistance, notify officers when their homes will be vacant due to moves or vacation, and register vehicles and other valuables for easier identification in the event of theft.

“Interactive Defense is part of our strategy to fight crime on all fronts,” Dunwoody Police Officer William Furman said. “It’s crucial to our goal of keeping citizens involved in community policing, and they love it.”

IDS is a specialized version of F3’s Interaction Community Systems networking solution for homeowners associations and other member groups. One IDS module, the Safety Center, is for both officers and residents. A second, HeroSpace, is for officers and other municipal employees.

In the Safety Center, a feature unique to IDS, police and residents can trade up-to-the-minute information on important safety issues. Another feature, HeroSpace, is a professional network for firefighters, police officers and other municipal employees that helps improve departmental efficiency, improve collaboration with residents, and limit environmental impact by reducing the need for paper documents.

Furman said officers from a much larger metro-Atlanta law-enforcement agency recently contacted Dunwoody to explore the possibility of adopting IDS.

“Other law-enforcement agencies are considering Interactive Defense for the same reasons that led Dunwoody Police to adopt it,” Campbell said. “They want to engage citizens by providing a more personal experience, for example by communicating directly and immediately with citizens in targeted areas, by giving access to officers’ background information, by allowing citizens to communicate directly with specific officers. They want to improve residents’ confidence in police service. And they want to provide their officers with a professional networking solution.”

Last week’s episode of “Venice,” which closed with a steamy love scene and Coles Whalen’s song “Hurricane,” ranked #2 among independent soap operas, according to a weekly survey by “Venice” has stayed in the list’s top three places for 12 straight weeks, longer than any other soap, according to the survey.

I’d describe Coles‘ music as more or less “alternative country.” In the case of “Hurricane,” the emphasis is definitely on “alternative.”

Coles is one of FargoTube’s inaugural users. She’s been pretty aggressive in uploading her music and videos to the service. Here’s a video of her explaining why she uses FargoTube.

Commentary On Q3 Expenses

Posted: November 17, 2010 by f3technologies in F3 Technologies, Uncategorized

F3 Technologies Inc. recorded payroll expense of $251,877 for the third quarter of 2010.

Of this amount, $197,250 is a non-cash expense. This amount includes $126,000 recorded for the valueof stock issued during the quarter to three employees and one advisor to the Company representing compensation for past services of $45,000 for 2007 through 2009, and $81,000 for current and future services. The Company has made no commitments for additional future stock awards.

The expense also includes $71,250 in deferred compensation of the Chief Executive Office and the President of the Company. As a policy decision, deferred compensation will be payable only when the Company is profitable and has sufficient liquidity to comfortably meet these obligations.

Additional cash payroll expenses recorded during the quarter included $47,629 covering two domestic staff members, $3,412 for Romanian employees, and $3,586 for payroll taxes.

Q3 revenue up 42.5 percent

Posted: November 15, 2010 by chrisbagley in F3 Technologies, Uncategorized
We put out a press release on our Q3 revenue earlier this evening. The 42.5 percent year-on-year growth is the strongest we’ve reported in a while.
As the release notes, most of the growth is from our established Interaction Community Systems platform for homeowners associations and our work for Tivus, which began just last quarter.
But the most exciting developments are in the Interactive Defense System and FargoTube, both platforms that we launched last summer. Both have drawn hundreds of users and are moving swiftly toward the critical mass they need in order to generate significant revenue.

Q3 financials coming on Monday afternoon

Posted: November 12, 2010 by chrisbagley in F3 Technologies, Uncategorized

Just a quick heads-up to you all that F3 Technologies plans to release its report on Q3 financials on Monday. For context, you may wish to check out our second-quarter numbers, which we put out August 17.


A few tidbits about “Venice: the Series” that I’ve discovered since putting out this press release this morning:

Readers of just voted it the #2 independent soap opera last week, behind “The Bay.” “Venice has been in the poll’s top three for 11 weeks running. I’m not a soap opera aficionado, but I suspect it’ll be in the top three again this week, thanks to the steamy scene at the end of yesterday’s episode, which had Coles Whalen’s song “Hurricane” pulsing in the background.

The version that appeared yesterday sounded a bit like a dance/trance remix. I assumed that the original was closer to country music since that’s Coles’ genre, more or less. But this other version that Coles posted has a similar vibe — well outside of country music’s mainstream, even by Coles’ eclectic standards. The two tracks have gotten about 360 hits on FargoTube.

Also, I just saw that Olivia Spencer, the “Guiding Light” character played by Crystal Chappell from 1999 to September 2009, was lesbian. That surely had something to do with her roles as co-creator and star of “Venice.” Interesting and impressive, because Gina is married to a man and they have two children. Her hubby, Michael Sabatino, plays the hotel mogul Alan Anders in “Venice.”

My other discovery, unfortunately, is that our press release misidentified one of the characters. As this correction notes, her name is Lara Miller, not Gina Brogno.

The press release we put out this morning misidentifies one of the characters in the web soap opera “Venice.” The scene where Coles Whalen’s song appeared involved Lara Miller and Ani Martin, not Gina Brogno and Ani Martin. We apologize to everyone at “Venice” for our error.

As the release notes, Gina is the main character in the drama, which is webcast Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

Furthermore, a clarification: The press release noted that Coles and her label, Strange Records, have both been on FargoTube since its launch. However, Coles herself — not Strange — financed production of the initial batch of music she uploaded.

Also, check out this post about “Venice” and yesterday’s episode.

Another nice bit of publicity

Posted: November 8, 2010 by chrisbagley in F3 Technologies, FargoTube

Todd Murphy, an attorney and music-industry blogger, gave FargoTube a nice little boost on Thursday, when he posted an interview with F3 Technologies CEO Frank Connor on his YouTube Channel. Todd interviewed Frank at the annual CMJ Music Marathon a couple of weeks ago. The confab brought together 100,000 music fans and several thousand music-industry professionals in downtown Manhattan.

Bands, label execs and others in the music industry are receiving FargoTube well, and we expect FargoTube to continue growing in popularity as users, content partners and professionals like Todd spread the word.

The Interactive Defense System has been getting some great media coverage for following our October 5 announcement that the Dunwoody (Georgia) Police Department has installed it and invited residents to join. As you may know, IDS is a communications platform for citizens, cities and public-safety agencies. More than 1,200 Dunwoody residents have signed on to its IDS network, thanks in part to the TV reports.

Screen capture of CBS-Atlanta interviewing Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan

CBS-Atlanta affiliate aired a segment on an afternoon broadcast in mid-October that focussed, somewhat strangely, on a resident’s concerns about giving her address to police. From what I understand, the station followed up at 6 p.m. or 11 p.m. with a more positive spin, which apparently answers the questions that the first broadcast set up.

We were especially thrilled at the two-minute segment that WSB-TV, Atlanta’s ABC affiliate, aired last week. It presented a fairly thorough summary of IDS’s functions and interviews with police officers and a Dunwoody resident who has been active on the system.

And 11 Alive, Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, aired its own report on Dunwoody Police and IDS last night at 11 p.m.–shorter than the others, but positive. It included a nice explanation of IDS’s Filing Cabinet feature.

A big thank-you to all three stations and to Dunwoody residents and police!

This post was updated with a link to 11 Alive’s report after the report aired.