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Bemidji Pioneer
New services offered from PBC
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BEMIDJI -- Those who attend Wednesday's Cooperative Celebration at Paul Bunyan Communication will have the chance to preview new services being added to PBC's offerings.


PBC has selected Clear2there to offer smart-home and smart-business services to northern Minnesota subscribers.

Those services will be on display during the Cooperative Celebration to take place 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at PBC. The free event, following the 3:30 p.m. annual meeting, also features a walleye dinner prepared by the local volunteer fire department, door prizes, a kid's area with face painting, temporary tattoos and the United States Tennis Association's Quickstart Tennis program. Nickelodeon's Dora the Explore and Cailou from PBS will be there for photos.

The celebration will also showcase the new services being offered through Clear2there, a provider of advanced video surveillance, smart-home, smart-business, smart-farm applications and M2M solutions for service providers and enterprises.

A press released has announced an agreement between Clear2there with Paul Bunyan Communications to deliver customized smart home, business, farm and home healthcare services to subscribers throughout northern Minnesota using its Viewbiquity Cloud Application Suite (VCAS) platform.

In addition, PBC plans to roll out video storage and archival services through Clear2there's InfiniVi media storage solution.

"Our company remains dedicated to providing leading technology and communications solutions that meet the needs of our customers. With Clear2there's solutions, we will be able to deliver a tremendous range of services that will enhance safety, security, and peace of mind," said Gary Johnson, CEO and general manager of PBC, in the release. "The annual Cooperative Celebration is the perfect venue to showcase these smart premise technologies. We are confident that our subscribers will find these services very appealing and well suited for their specific needs."

PBC will leverage Clear2there's VCAS platform to deliver self-monitoring and management solutions for residential and business subscribers throughout its service area. These services will include video surveillance, storage and retrieval; energy management and thermostat control; remote monitoring, control, and event-based automation and alerting; smart healthcare solutions; and access monitoring and control for public and private buildings.

"We continue to see an intense interest in the revenue potential and customer retention effects that are directly related to deployment of smart-premise solutions," added Craig Steen, president and CEO of Clear2there. "Through the VCAS platform, Paul Bunyan has the unique opportunity to offer new services that can immediately improve efficiency and security for home, business and farm subscribers. We are proud to partner with Paul Bunyan Communications and help them expand their service offerings with new smart-premise services that can enhance customer satisfaction and increase profitability."