#b#Crosstown Moves#/b#

Maxim Healthcare, 3705 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 201, Hamilton 08619; 609-890-6373; fax, 609-890-0645. Michael LaRosa, account manager. www.maxhealth.com

Maxim Healthcare, which provides home healthcare staffing and wellness services, has moved its Hamilton office from 1675 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road to 3705 Quakerbridge Road.


Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, 1200 Merrill Lynch Drive, Pennington 08534; 609-274-1000; fax, 609-274-0100. www.ml.com

Bank of America, which bought Merrill Lynch in a blockbuster $50 billion deal in 2010, will hire 180 Merrill Edge Financial Solutions advisors throughout New Jersey, including 155 to be stationed in Hopewell.

The hiring is part of Bank of America’s plan to nearly double the number of advisors nationally, to more than 1,000, by the end of this year. The service concentrates on one of the fastest-growing segments of the investment world, those with $50,000 to $250,000 in investable assets.

The announcement follows an announcement from Bank of America in early September that coming efforts to trim costs would lead to as many as 30,000 layoffs, a full 10 percent of the company’s workforce. The layoffs are expected to occur over the next several years, and to begin in the consumer services end of the business.

#b#Grant Awarded#/b#

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Old Queens Building, 83 Somerset Street, New Brunswick 08901; 732-932-1766. Richard L. McCormick, president. www.rutgers.edu

Rutgers has received $1 million from the National Science Foundation to develop “intelligent” technology aimed at reducing urban traffic congestion and air pollution.

The money, part of a $2 million award split with UCLA, will pay for a three-year study into how to better use computer-controlled traffic flow systems. Using wireless computer networking, the technology will monitor traffic flow and air quality, and then in response, recommend alternate routes to drivers via on-board navigation devices. The technology could also offer drivers incentives to follow different routings that balance overall flow and temper pollution hot-spots, though those incentives were not detailed.

“Existing solutions for traffic management are largely disconnected,” said Liviu Iftode, professor of computer science at Rutgers. “We not only have to make smarter systems — traffic lights that sense and respond to traffic flow and on-board navigators that receive information about delays — we also need to make it possible for them to share information directly so they can immediately react to changing conditions.”

Iftode said the research involves collecting and sharing data over Wi-Fi or 3G wireless networks between thousands of sensors and vehicles and analyzing air pollution and traffic flow profiles for real-time traffic control.

The researchers will test concepts they develop on UCLA’s Campus Vehicular Testbed, a fleet of several university cars, vans, and buses equipped with wireless networking technologies.

Four years ago the Romania-born Iftode worked with the Technical University of Bucharest to evaluate the wireless communication between vehicles and traffic lights to adjust traffic light timing and cut emissions. The work laid part of the groundwork for the Rutgers study.

#b#Management Moves#/b#

Voxware Inc., 300 American Metro Boulevard, Suite 155, Hamilton 08619; 609-514-4100; fax, 609-514-4101. Keith Phillips, president and CEO. www.voxware.com

Voxware, a developer of voice-based warehousing software, has named Keith Phillips its president and CEO. He replaces Scott Yetter.

Prior to Voxware Phillips held executive positions with InfoMentis, a sales and marketing performance improvement consulting firm focused on the software industry, and Air2Web, a mobile software applications provider. Both companies are based in Atlanta.

#b#Name Changes#/b#

OneMain Financial, 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Ames Plaza E-4, Mercerville 08619; 609-588-8909; fax, 609-588-6862. Chris Brinza, branch manager. www.onemainfinancial.com

OneMain Financial, 2225 Route 1 South, North Brunswick 08902; 732-821-8540; fax, 732-821-8663. Jennifer Mantz, branch manager. www.onemainfinancial.com

CitiFinancial, has changed its name to OneMain Financial to distinguish itself from Citi Bank. The company remains part of Citi and will administer personal finances in storefront retail outlets.


Kevin Edwards, 55, on September 23. He was a real estate agent at Prudential Fox and Roach of Hamilton.

John Klauser, 89, on September 18. He worked at the Forrestal Research Center’s cyclotron fusion project and at R.C.A. David Sarnoff Research Center, where he helped develop flat panel TV.

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