Editor’s note: Atlanta Beat is a regular weekly feature in Local Tech Wire.LogicJunction, a developer of artificial intelligence, has selected The Nour Group to help drive its sales and marketing efforts.

The Nour Group is a botique sales, marketing and business development consulting firm.

“We had previously worked with Susan Duralde, now a partner with The Nour Group,” said Mark Jowell, CEO of LogicJunction, in a statement. “The Nour Group’s past consulting engagements at technology and creative companies such as SGI (Silicon Graphics) and n-tara, Inc., as well as David Nour’s professional experience at Alias were directly relevant to our strategic growth plans.”

LogicJunction is developing what it describes as “new generation human/machine interfaces” with a combination of 3-D graphics and artificial intelligence. Its program includes simulated conversation, interactive storytelling and virtual characters for the delivery of information. Clients include Coca Cola and the National Sciences Center.

The company, which is based in Marietta, was founded by Mark Jowell and Harry Catrakilis in August of 2000. They and their development team created the “LogicalEngine”, which LogicJunction defines as “a cost-effective software product that provides an ‘intelligent’, friendly, and face-to-face experience for a person interacting with a computer.” Markets for the software include museums, trade show exhibits, theme parks and retail outlets.

The system costs $40,000.

“Mark Jowell and his team at LogicJunction have developed a unique technology that engages, informs, educates, and responds to normal daily human interface requirements,” Duralde said in announcing the deal.

Optimus, Marietta team up for MOST

Optimus Solutions worked with the City of Marietta to develop a web search engine for “incident data” from the police department, and the effort has earned international attention.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police Technology Center recently cited the effort with an Innovation in Information Technology Award.

The “Google-like” search engine is designed to help officers and investigators get quicker access to incident details over a wireless network. It is called MOST, or Marietta Open-Search Technology.

“Marietta’s prime focus was to develop an officer-friendly, scalable software search tool for use by our detectives, but with an eye toward deploying this technology out to our patrol cars,” said Gene Estensen, MIS director of the City of Marietta, in a statement. “This gives our officers the ability to quickly analyze crime data that was hidden away in our mainframe.”

Internap Exec Joins Forum

Kelly Flynn-Muller of Internap is the new chair of the TeleManagement Forum’s Service Levels Agreement Management Team.

Flynn-Muller is Internap’s manager for service level management.
Internap provides high-level Internet routing services.

The SLA forum is charged with creation and revision of documents and tools for service level agreements within the industry.

The TeleManagement Forum includes representatives from more than 350companies.

Web links:

LogicJunction: www.logicjunction.com

The Nour Group: www.nourgroup.com

Optimus Solutions: www.optimussolutions.com

Internap: www.internap.com