Editor’s note: Charlotte Beat is a regular feautre on Wednesdays.Tired of hand-written, unoriginal or pasted-on labels for your self-recorded CDs and DVDs?

Verbatim has an alternative for you.

Verbatim, the Charlotte-based branch of Mitsubishi’s CD and DVD research and manufacturing arm, is making available discs that can be labeled by laser printers.

Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., the parent of Verbatim, and Hewlett-Packard Company have struck a deal underwhich so-called LightScribe CDs and DVDs will be made available early next year.

The LightScribe discs are compatible with the HP equipment unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. HP invented the LightScribe technology.

The new discs remain compatible with current CD and DVD players.
MKM said it would market LightScribe discs, stampers and ink in monocrhome. Research into color printing is underway.

Verbatim discs have a patented “Super Azo” recording dye that reacts faster and with greater sensitivity to laser light than other dyes, the company says.

If you want or need a faster custom solution, Verbatim introduced a proprietary Touch-LessApplication System for labels a year ago. This kit helps users to label their CDs and DVDs without touching the label adhesive. The kit includes 105 labels for a variety of different media formats and cases, Label Design Software, and more than 1,500 background images and clipart images.

Verbatim: www.Verbatim.com

For a fact sheet from HP about the process, see:



End II End Communications is the lone Charlotte company scheduled to demonstrate its technology at the annual CED InfoTech show in Research Triangle Park. The event is set for Oct. 8.

The company provides software for secure wide area networks from one location.

End II End: www.endii.com


UNC Charlotte will hose a computer security symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Among the speakers are Secret Service agent Tony Marino and Sun Microsystems chief security officer Whitfield Diffie.

Also scheduled to participate are:

  • Kent Blossom, director of Safety and Security Services, IBM

  • Al Decker, director, Security and Privacy Services, EDS

  • Tom Fisher, CIO, Qualcomm

  • Brad Ipema, attorney, Wachovia Bank

  • Kevin Kealy, security scientist, AT&T

  • Wynn Mabry, director, Homeland Security, Mecklenburg County

  • Joan Myers, president, North Carolina Electronics and Information Technology Association

  • Ed Paradise, vice president and general manager, Mobile Wireless Group, Cisco

  • Rebecca Whitener, director, Privacy Services, EDS

  • Ann Garrett, chief security officer, State of North Carolina
    Jeff Jancula, Wachovia Bank

  • Jason McDannold, general partner, Attentus

  • Kevin Kendrick, special agent in charge, FBI, Charlotte
  • For details on the symposium or to register online, visit www.coit.uncc.edu/symposium/2004/site/index.cfm or contact Lathan Phillips at lphillip@uncc.edu or (704) 687-4878.