HummingBad: 40,000 avoidable infections in Germany alone

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17

Blocking malware before it can do damage – with cloud-based security

Hamburg, Germany. July 14, 2016 – It’s an illusion. Current security solutions will never be installed on every single mobile device and kept up to date. Software will never be completely free of security vulnerabilities. Not all owners of the coolest Android devices will use – or be able to use – the latest version of Google’s OS with the latest security features. And users will never be persuaded to stop accessing certain web offerings like porn sites, even if they know that threats lurk on these sites more than elsewhere. The sooner we acknowledge this situation, the sooner we will understand that security functions should really be integrated upfront by internet and mobile service providers. That way, users would be protected without having to worry about installing security software and keeping it updated. Telcos can play a decisive role in this protection – and the German-based security firm secucloud has already signed up several of them as partners. They make all the necessary security functionality available in the cloud. Of course, that’s still not a 100% guarantee of security. But it would have prevented most infections by the HummingBad Trojan, which according to Check Point has taken control of over 10 million devices worldwide and 40,000 in Germany alone.

With a cloud-based security solution such as the one provided by secucloud, all the security mechanisms – from the firewall and behaviour analysis through to reputation services and virus detection – are already integrated into the mobile service provider’s infrastructure, or in the cloud. That way, malware is blocked before it gets anywhere near the user’s device. This approach would have meant that drive-by downloads from porn sites, which HummingBad apparently used to propagate itself, would have had practically no chance of finding their way onto users’ Android devices. And it would have worked whether or not users had security software installed on their device.

Channelling communication
Owners of Android devices often receive them as part of a long-term contract with their telecoms provider. And in many cases, the Android version delivered with the device is never updated, or only after a long delay. This is almost like paradise for criminals behind threats like HummingBad, because they can infect a huge number of devices with relatively little technical effort and potentially make a lot of money. The people behind HummingBad apparently “earn” $300,000 a month from fraudulent ad clicks alone.

For a small monthly fee as part of the smartphone or tablet contract, secucloud routes the devices’ communications exclusively through a special, cloud-based security infrastructure – and at a level that is normally only available to large enterprises. In most cases, internet threats like HummingBad cannot get anywhere near their potential victims. secucloud is currently working with a growing number of mobile service providers in order to make cloud security available to more mobile customers. The goal is that these users won’t need to worry about installation or updates and will be protected in every network while they are out and about. The company has won four large telecoms firms as customers over the last year alone. They include T-Mobile in the Netherlands, which provides the secucloud solution as a software-as-a-service offering.

secucloud: efficient, cloud-based security
As a company, secucloud is focused on efficiently delivering security in the age of the internet of things. The secucloud security mechanisms, which defend users against cybercrime and spying threats, provide simple and immediate protection for all of a customer’s connected devices. No installation or configuration is required and everything – including updates – runs automatically in the background. Users benefit from security technologies that, until now, have only been available to large enterprises with plenty of financial muscle. Users also benefit from secucloud’s extremely attractive subscription prices.

Since secucloud concluded its first funding round in 2014, it has demonstrated strong growth and has multiplied its sales revenues sixfold.

Further information:
phronesis PR GmbH
Marcus Ehrenwirth
Ulmer Strasse 160
D-86156 Augsburg, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 821 444 800
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E-Mail: info@phronesis.de
Internet: www.phronesis.de

secucloud GmbH
Kai Bulau
Grosse Bleichen 21
D-20354 Hamburg, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 180 5 015 437
Fax: +49 (0) 180 5 015 438
E-Mail: kai.bulau@secucloud.com
Internet: http://secucloud.com/de

Secucloud
Secucloud, based in Hamburg, Germany, provides security for the internet of things. The secucloud security mechanisms, which defend users against cybercrime and spying attempts, are located in a private cloud for each individual customer and protect all the connected devices, whether they belong to private households or companies. As a cloud solution, no software installation or configuration is required. Whatever their device – desktop computers, smartphones, tablets, smart meters or smart fridges – users benefit from security technologies that, until now, have only been available to large enterprises with plenty of financial muscle. Users also benefit from secucloud’s extremely attractive subscription prices. Further information about the company and its solutions is available at www.secucloud.com.

Source: RealWire

ASPIDER-NGI eSIM Solutions for Corporate Telecom and IoT services

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14

ASPIDER-NGI partners with BTG and plans for early adoption of eSIM Solutions.

Boston and the Netherlands, July 13, 2016: ASPIDER-NGI, a leading provider of MVNE, IoT, content and connectivity management solutions, today announced a partnership with BTG and the availability of eSIM solutions for IoT, MVNE and Corporate clients.

BTG is an industry association of ICT and telecommunications users that represents the interests of Dutch enterprises and institutions that use business communications on a large scale. (www.btg.org). BTG has approximately 200 members including government organizations, commercial enterprises, research institutions, telecom service providers and operators.

Jan van Alphen, Chairman of BTG commented: “BTG connects organizations in the field of ICT and Telecommunications and our partnership with ASPIDER-NGI is helping our members to simplify switching mobile subscriptions, to better manage eSIM deployments and providing them with operator-independent solutions. We are seeing a huge demand for more flexibility in the use of new SIM technologies and we are pleased to have a trusted independent technology partner to help our members to accelerate the innovative use of mobile telecommunication services in business critical operations.”

Jan Mooijman, CEO of ASPIDER-NGI added “BTG drives innovation and provides an excellent vehicle to understanding initiatives that have real impact for enterprise telecom users. Our partnership with BTG provides a secure eSIM implementation for members enabling access to roll out and control private apps on the SIM card. This allows for further integration of mobile telecommunication services into their business processes.”

ASPIDER-NGI eSIM solution provides an end-to-end service for secure hosting of your eSIMs, management of your provider subscriptions and enablement of the integration of your private apps.

ASPIDER-NGI is an operator-independent company providing connectivity allowing you to build and control your own mobile solutions. We build, support and operate innovative MVNO and IoT platforms. We provide the network and expertise you require, and deliver with the flexibility and agility MNO’s do not provide but your company needs to enable you to disrupt your market. ASPIDER-NGI delivers and supports voice, data, SMS, multi-IMSI and eSIM products to manage and connect billions of connections for IoT, MVNO and Corporate Mobile solutions. Hundreds of clients have been launched around the world, from traditional M2M and MVNO projects, to OTT and IoT OEM solutions for operators and Corporates. For more information, visit www.aspider-ngi.com.

Source: RealWire

4 in 10 risk malware from shadow retail brands on social media

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09

Research from RiskIQ shows risk associated with brand communications on social media

London, UK, 12 July, 2016 – New research conducted by OnePulse for RiskIQ, the leader in external threat management, has found that 65% of Brits engage with retail brands on social media with 44% saying they click on links provided by brands. The research also found men are more likely to follow a link without knowing where it directs, more than half (51%) admitted to be quick to click as opposed to 2 in 5 women (40%). However, a rise in brand impersonation means bad actors can exploit user trust by intercepting communication with rogue social media profiles and expose them to malware, ransomware or credential harvesting sites. Last month alone RiskIQ’s global crawling infrastructure detected 3.2m active phishing sites and 1.8m sites serving malware and scams.

Bad actors are exploiting this kind of behaviour by impersonating retail brand profiles and taking advantage of URL shorteners by using these to mask malicious sites. URL shorteners deter users from scrutinising URLs before clicking and the absence of URL transparency allows threat actors to take a user through a series of redirects before arriving at the intended destination potentially hosting malware or other unknown malicious content.

This is very much a growing problem: when asked, 72% of these people said they engage with retail brands more than they did two years ago. The top channels the public use to engage with or complain to brands are:

  • Facebook (44%)
  • Email (38%)
  • Twitter (30%)
  • Website (30%)

“There’s a growing trend of malware and ransomware attacks on social media and clicking any link without knowing the source is risky. The blue badge on Twitter or Facebook is easy to miss or ignore as the survey results show. On Facebook, a simple address is all you need to secure a grey badge for your business’ profile,” commented Ben Harknett, VP EMEA at RiskIQ.

Recent reports [1] have highlighted a sharp rise in identity fraud with fraudsters trawling social profiles for personal information to use for malicious intent. However, the inherent trust of users on social media is making people vulnerable to a number of threats from identity fraud to ransomware.

When interacting with retail brands on social media, one in three (31%) say they don’t or don’t know whether they check for the blue verified badge. When engaging with retail brands, respondents say they check for:

  • The verified badge (53%)
  • The brand’s other Tweets/posts (42%)
  • The brand’s replies to other people’s Tweets/posts (40%)
  • Tweets/posts from other people (32%)
  • The Twitter handle or Facebook URL (31%)
  • The brand’s number of followers/likes (24%)

“We’ve been conditioned to spot the tell-tale signs of a scam when it comes to email, and we know better than to click on links from unknown sources. However, our interactions through social media take place “in the moment” and as a result, users are even more susceptible to the same kinds of scams that happen on other channels,” Harknett continued.

Top five tips for ensuring safety on social:

  • Where your communication involves personally identifiable information, chose an alternative method to communicate with a brand, e.g. official phone number, official email, trusted website
  • Scrutinise the brand’s social page – how long has the page been active? How many followers or number of likes does it have? What are other people saying about that account?
  • Be confident of the authenticity of a social account before clicking on a shortened link.
  • Check for the verification badge if a brand responds to your post on social media – there are many brands that don’t have them but it does provide a level of assurance when present
  • Put your “email head” on and think twice before you act.

[1] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/sharp-rise-in-identity-fraud-as-scammers-use-facebook-and-other/

About RiskIQ
RiskIQ is a cybersecurity company that helps organizations discover and protect their external facing known, unknown and 3rd party web, mobile and social digital assets. The company’s External Threat Management platform combines a worldwide proxy network with synthetic clients that emulate users to monitor, detect and take down malicious and copycat apps, drive by malware and malvertisements. RiskIQ is being used by leading financial institutions and other companies to protect their web assets and users from external security threats and fraud. It is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by growth equity firms Summit Partners and Battery Ventures.

To learn more about RiskIQ, visit www.riskiq.com.

Source: RealWire

Campaign-specific contracts on the rise as social media changes the rules of celebrity engagement

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14

The emergence and rapid uptake of social media has changed demands, expectations and outcomes of traditional celebrity-led campaigns, finds the Celebrity Intelligence and Econsultancy report.

London/New York. When it comes to selecting a brand ambassador, celebrities remain the number one choice. But now, thanks to a whole new generation of social media talent, the way marketers are engaging and working with celebrities has changed. According to ‘The Future of Celebrity Marketing’ research report, social media has become a top priority for all celebrity-led endorsements with one-off, campaign-specific contracts on the rise.

The most comprehensive of its kind on the topic, the report was released today by Celebrity Intelligence, the leading digital provider of celebrity contacts, news, events and insights, in association with Econsultancy. ‘The Future of Celebrity Marketing’ demonstrates the impact social media is having on celebrity engagement and assesses how the future market is shaping up as budgets in this space are set to increase by up to 50%.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Celebrity marketing is a well-established practice. The survey findings show that 74% of agency respondents, and 69% of companies (representative of in-house marketers), are currently working with celebrities.
  • 70% of companies are identifying and managing their celebrity contacts in-house. This is proving a challenging, time consuming task for 66% of companies and 58% of agencies.
  • Campaign-specific contracts on the rise. As many as 40% of the agencies questioned and 22% of company respondents are choosing to engage celebrities on a campaign-specific basis, rather than a long-term contract. Spend on a campaign-specific social media contract can be significant, with 54% of agency respondents spending anywhere between £10,000 ($15,000) and £100,000 ($150,000). Meanwhile, 45% of company respondents are spending upwards of £10,000 ($15,000) on a campaign-specific contract.
  • Traditional celebrities remain most relevant, but social media talent is on the rise. Film actors are still the most desirable celebrity endorsement. However, 43% of company respondents and 46% of agencies claim social media talent would be most relevant to future projects they have in the pipeline.
  • Social media promotion is top priority. 79% of company respondents and 75% of agencies say they are currently working with celebrities in this context. An impressive 100% of agency respondents say it’s a strategy that is “highly effective” or “quite effective” for them, and 98% of companies agree.
  • Revenue is the fifth measure of ROI for a brand engaging with a celebrity for a social media campaign. Revenue comes after press coverage, web traffic, content sharing, and online mentions.
  • Almost 50% of agencies say budgets will increase in the next 12 months. A sizeable 49% of agencies and 39% of companies say budgets are going to “increase significantly” or “increase moderately” over the next year.

“Findings from the report underscore the shifting celebrity landscape as rising social media talent attach itself to the celebrity endorsement space – changing the rules of engagement as we know it,” said Katharine Plunkett, Managing Director of the Centaur Marketing Portfolio, of which Celebrity Intelligence is a part. “The report confirms that in the next 12 months, we will see increased investments in this space, as more marketers blend the best of what traditional celebrities and social media stars have to offer. I am delighted that Celebrity Intelligence has continued to evolve by providing market-leading tools and insights that enable global organisations to deliver successful celebrity campaigns in the digital age.”

The report marks the next phase in Celebrity Intelligence’s commitment in providing all the insights that drive celebrity marketing forward.

The Future of Celebrity Marketing’ report informs on the current state of celebrity marketing, the opportunities and challenges posed by digital technology, the rise of social influencers and its impact on celebrity culture, the trends and spends for the year ahead and what factors equate to success on celebrity-led campaigns today.

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The full report can be read here: http://hello.celebrityintelligence.com/p-uk-futureofcelebritymarketing/

Methodology and Sample
This is the first ‘The Future of Celebrity Marketing’ research report, published by Celebrity Intelligence in association with Econsultancy.

There were 355 marketing specialists who responded to the research request, which took the form of an online survey. Respondents included in-house brand marketers, agencies, consultants and media owners. Detailed breakdowns of the respondent profiles are included in the Appendix section of the report.

About Celebrity Intelligence
Celebrity Intelligence is the industry's most powerful digital resource, designed to assist, improve and transform celebrity engagement strategies. Providing a wealth of data and resources, we help organisations world over, make intelligent decisions about which celebrities to work with, when and why.

Web: www.celebrityintelligence.com
Twitter: (UK) @CelebIntelUK (US) @CelebIntelUSA
Tweet the report using the hashtag #CelebMarketing

About Econsultancy
Econsultancy is an international research and training group, focused on helping businesses succeed in digital. Its data and insight, best practice guides, training and events focus on improving organisations’ digital capability, effectiveness and revenue generating potential. Founded in 1999, Econsultancy supports a subscriber base of over 210,000 marketers and businesspeople at the world’s top brands and agencies; it informs their digital strategy and helps them get to grips with the what, the why and the how of all their digital initiatives. Web: http://econsultancy.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/Econsultancy

Press Contact
Priyanka Dayal
Content Marketing Manager, Celebrity Intelligence
E: priyanka.mehra-dayal@centaurmedia.com
P: +44 20 7970 4670

Source: RealWire

A.S.O and Dimension Data Announce New Commentator’s App for Tour de France

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11

Purpose-built application gives TV commentators at the Tour de France a direct access to live race data for in-depth event coverage

01 July 2016 – Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) today announced an all-new digital application that gives media commentators at the 2016 Tour de France direct access to live race data for enhanced, in-depth event coverage and analysis.

Purpose-built by Dimension Data for the Tour de France and delivered through Dimension Data’s big data cycling analytics and cloud platform, the new web-based app will be made available to more than 100 onsite and remote broadcasters, as well as media serving the largest annual global televised viewership of any sporting event in the world.

“With a mandate from A.S.O. to deliver the full digital solution for the 2016 Tour, we engaged directly with professional commentators at major cycling and other sporting events to determine the best way to present the data they need to tell the most compelling stories for their live audience,” explained Adam Foster, Dimension Data’s Group Executive, Sports Practice.

“This year’s race analytics features a marked increase in the types of data we’re collecting, which now includes information on race conditions such as route gradient” says Foster. “Combined with other data such as speed and distance, and supplementary information on race information such as rider positions, data insights and a live news feed, the data is pushed to the commentator’s app in a visually accessible format, giving commentators unprecedented, real-time insights for in-depth race analysis and coverage.”

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, A.S.O. said Dimension Data has successfully delivered on its vision of a fully-integrated digital solution that delivers live race data in new and compelling ways to a broad range of users, audiences and consumers.

“The 2016 Tour de France sets a new benchmark in our ability to make the most of the massive influx of live race data at our disposal,” says Prudhomme. “Not only has Dimension Data expanded the bouquet of data we can now make available to our media partners, but they’ve also enhanced the ways we can present it. The commentator’s app is an example of how we’ve maximised the value of digital data by making it instantly useable and immediately relevant to our target audience.”

The A.S.O.’s Tour de France commentator’s app is part of a suite of new Dimension Data enhancements to the Tour de France live data tracking solution. These include an integrated online portal called Race Center that combines live race data, video, photographs, social media feeds, and race commentary; an enhanced live data tracking website, linked to Race Center, that allows viewers to track their favourite riders in real-time; new television graphics that give broadcasters more options to display live data on riders, teams, route information; enhanced telemetry sensors that deliver more accurate data over longer distances with fewer disruptions; and an upgraded Dimension Data big data truck that serves as the physical hub for delivering the complete end-to-end digital solution at the 2016 Tour de France.

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About Amaury Sport Organisation
Amaury Sport Organisation is a company that owns, designs and organises top international sporting events. Specialised in the ‘non-stadia’ events, it has in-house knowledge of professions linked to organisation, media and sales of sports events. A.S.O. organises 270 days of competition per year, with 70 events in more than 20 countries. http://www.aso.fr/fr/homepage.html.

Present in five major sports including cycling with Le Tour de France, motor sports with Le Dakar, golf with the Open de France, sailing with Le Tour de France à la Voile and mass events with the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris. Amaury Sport Organisation is a subsidiary of the Amaury Group, media and sport group that owns the newspapers L'Equipe.

About Dimension Data
Dimension Data uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 58 countries, and 31,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, organiser of the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. Go to dimensiondata.com

Press contacts:
Jonathan Mathias/Stacey Nardozzi
Finn Partners
T: 020 3217 7060
E: dimensiondata@finnpartners.com

Source: RealWire

Nominet Trust Launches Fourth Annual Search for World’s Most Inspiring Social Tech

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11

  • Fourth annual NT100 will celebrate ‘Everyday Tech Heroes’, the inspiring people using technology to make an extraordinary difference to our world.
  • From today, the public can submit their favourite ‘tech for good’ projects to be considered for the 2016 NT100 here: http://www.socialtech.org.uk/nominate/
  • Nominet Trust welcomes back judging partners Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, Nominet, Oxfam and Telefonica O2, who all join forces for a second consecutive year to select the 2016 NT100

London, UK, 30 June 2016: Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading social tech funder, today launched the call for nominations for its fourth annual NT100 - a quest to find the 100 most inspiring social tech innovations from across the globe.

For the past three years, the NT100 has highlighted the world’s most remarkable examples of social innovation, where the internet and digital technology have been used to tackle critical social challenges. These projects are revolutionising healthcare and emergency response, transforming education, protecting the environment, and empowering communities. Previous alumni range from Google’s Project Loon increasing online access in remote communities and ZSL’s conservation tech, Instant Detect, to projects like Andiamo – a family start-up using 3D scanning and printing to produce children’s orthotics in just 48 hours, opposed to the standard 13 weeks! Since being featured in the 2015 NT100, many alumni have gone on to tackle emerging social challenges. Geocoding system What3Words, for example, is now helping to track the Zika virus in the US and Cholera in Tanzania.

Now in its fourth year, the UK’s largest tech for good campaign will focus on celebrating the organisations and people driving the use of digital technology to change the world for the better. Adopting a theme of ‘Everyday Tech Heroes’, the 2016 NT100 will profile inspiring people who have seen the effects of a problem in their communities and creatively deployed technology to tackle it. By shining a spotlight on these ordinary people doing extraordinary things, Nominet Trust hopes to inspire more individuals to use technology to make a positive difference in the world.

Candidates for the 2016 NT100 will comprise a combination of public nominations and Nominet Trust’s own research. From today, people around the world are invited to nominate the projects that have inspired them by visiting the Social Tech Guide – home of the NT100 – featuring all 1,300 ventures discovered since 2012. Just complete this short online form: http://socialtech.org.uk/nominate Nominations will be open until Friday 30 September 2016.

Vicki Hearn, Director of Nominet Trust, said: “In its fourth year, the NT100 is now well established in the tech for good calendar. We continue to discover impressive examples of the world’s most innovative social uses of the internet and digital technology. Many of the most inspiring initiatives are led by individuals who have seen a problem first hand and are creatively using tech to address it. These wonderful people are changing the world for the better and have inspired our special focus for this year – ‘Everyday Tech Heroes’.

“I’m so excited to be embarking on this journey once again, with fantastic partners to help us select the 2016 NT100. I can’t wait to see what amazing social tech projects we uncover this year.”

Nominet Trust welcomes back judging partners Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, Nominet, Oxfam and Telefonica O2, who all join for a second consecutive year, alongside new partners joining for the first time. The 2016 NT100 will be revealed in December.

Visit socialtech.org.uk for more information.

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Notes to editor
For more information, quotes, visuals or biographies, contact Sarah Evans sarah.evans@albiondrive.com / +44 (0) 20 7033 8908 or nominettrust@albiondrive.com

About Nominet Trust
Nominet Trust is the UK’s leading social tech funder. It provides 100 per cent grant funding, mentoring and business support to organisations using digital technology to address significant social challenges including health and wellbeing, economic empowerment and sustainability. Since 2009, Nominet Trust has invested more than £24m in projects harnessing technology to deliver real social change. Through partnerships and campaigns such as the inspirational NT100, Nominet Trust mobilises new approaches that will influence and accelerate the use of tech for social good. For more information about the trust, please visit: www.nominettrust.org.uk.

Nominet Trust was founded in 2008 by Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for the smooth and secure running of the .uk internet infrastructure. Nominet believes the internet is a powerful force for social and economic good, and is proud to be able to fund Nominet Trust’s work.

Comments from judging partners
Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund is very pleased to be joining Nominet Trust and other leading tech for good partners for the 2016 NT100. We are working with Nominet Trust and other funders to support the voluntary and community sector to learn how tech for good can enable people to improve the world around them. We hope that this year’s NT100 inspires more people to put technology to work in their own community projects.”
Joe Ferns, UK Knowledge and Portfolio Director, Big Lottery Fund

Comic Relief
Comic Relief is excited again this year, to join the search for the world’s 100 most inspirational social tech projects in partnership with Nominet Trust. As ‘tech for good’ funders we enjoyed bringing our wider knowledge and expertise to the 2015 NT100 judging process, and our relationship with Nominet Trust goes from strength to strength on helping people to use technology as a tool for social change in the UK and beyond. For example, we continue to support Stoke Wavemaker, creating a digital exploration centre for young people, and to share learning from our ‘Tech for Good’ and ‘Social Tech Seed’ funding programmes to improve the quality of support for social tech projects.”
Judith McNeil, Grants Director, Comic Relief

Nominet
We believe in the power of the internet to change lives for the better, but it’s people with ideas, passion and a desire to change the world, or their community, for the better that make it all happen. I’m looking forward to hearing the stories of the inspiring people behind the NT100 projects that are creating a more vibrant digital future.”
Russell Haworth, CEO, Nominet

O2
At O2 we have set ourselves the goal of helping 20 million people live better lives with technology by 2020. We are committed to helping people gain the digital skills to help them build successful careers and use technology to achieve positive social and environmental change. That is why we are pleased to once again be supporting the NT100 – an initiative that showcases innovation, entrepreneurship and the power of technology as a force for good.”
Simon Miller, Comms & Reputation, O2

Oxfam
As people access information, feedback on services and manage their finances in different ways around the world, the changing digital landscape is fundamentally changing the way Oxfam operates. In the tech space, much emphasis is often placed on innovation in tools, but at Oxfam we like to put more emphasis on innovation in methodology - namely how social tech can meet social objectives. Who could we reach we otherwise couldn't? What information received or shared in the right format at the right time could change someone's life? What networks can technology enable to turn an individual into a crowd?

People might not pursue careers in social tech because too often technology development is divorced from the objectives of social movements. Perhaps it’s harder to see the links or social good that can result? But initiatives like NT100 encourage us to think outside the box and draw inspiration from fields which might have dramatically different objectives than our own and bring that change closer to home. Last year the NT100 was a diverse carnival celebration of projects from the most high tech to the simplest "why didn't I think of that" solutions across health, accountability and social justice. We hope this year lives up to our expectations of show casing and learning about not only the snazziest tools - but more importantly the applications in meaningful contribution to social good.”
Amy O’Donnell, ICT in Programme Lead, Oxfam

Source: RealWire

New Unisys ClearPath Forward ePortal Software Powers “Always On” Cloud-to-Mobile Applications

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13

New availability and development features enable clients to sustain high performance and build unified, hybrid application environments

London, UK June 29, 2016Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced ClearPath Forward™ ePortal 7.0 – the latest edition of the company’s integrated, highly automated application development and modernisation solution for extending applications onto mobile devices, the web and service oriented application (SOA) environments.

Available immediately for the Unisys ClearPath MCP and OS 2200 operating environments, ePortal 7.0 includes extended enterprise-class availability features, expanded capabilities for development of applications for multiple mobile devices and additional support for integration of widely-used, de facto standard application development tools. Clients can also use Unisys ClearPath Forward Services to discover ways to innovate with ePortal 7.0 and build on their long-term investments in ClearPath software while finding new cost efficiencies.

The new features are designed to solidify the powerful, flexible ePortal solution as the linchpin for software-defined enterprises leveraging a digital business model that links all IT resources – from the cloud to the data center, the desktop and mobile locations – for competitive advantage.

“The ePortal 7.0 solution enables clients to build a software-defined, ‘always on’ IT infrastructure that helps their organisations achieve the sustained performance they need in their transaction-intensive business and become more agile in capitalising on emerging business opportunities,” said Brian Herkalo, director, ClearPath Forward Solutions, Unisys. “We are committed to continually enhancing the strategic solutions and services our clients need to maintain and build on the competitive advantage that ClearPath Forward gives them.”

New Features Enhance Availability, Scalability and Mobility
Resilience enhancements to the Manager capability in ePortal 7.0 boost system availability and eliminate single points of application failure, enabling the solution to continuously deliver the highly scalable peak loads of transactions per second it was designed to support. If the primary Manager in which an ePortal application is running fails, a secondary Manager automatically takes over. Fully redundant network paths keep business-critical data flowing to the application.

An enhanced Multi-Device Mobile Apps capability in ePortal 7.0 enables developers to build hybrid mobile applications using the latest version of familiar web development capabilities, including Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Apple iOS 9 with WKWebview support and the new Microsoft Windows 10 Universal Apps.

ePortal 7.0 supports the latest Microsoft .NET development frameworks and can be used with Microsoft Visual Studio 2015. Combined with support for Windows 10 Universal Apps, these capabilities enable developers to use project templates to create applications for the range of Windows devices that use a common code base, including desktops, tablets and smartphones.

Consulting Services Complement Software Enhancements
Following are the key ClearPath Forward Services complementing the enhanced ePortal 7.0:

  • Consultancy/PoC Service – helps clients extend select ClearPath applications to a mobile, web or web-services environment by building a proof of concept that uses ePortal to create specific user-interface screens or user transactions;
  • Implementation Service – installation and configuration of the ePortal Enterprise Edition, for larger clients, on existing MCP or OS 2200 platforms;
  • Application Development Service – assistance in web and mobile enablement of existing enterprise applications and development of new enterprise and consumer mobile applications for multiple platforms.

Other ClearPath Forward services available to ePortal 7.0 users include Cloud Build and Publish, for developing and deploying hybrid applications to cloud-based app stores; User Authentication and Experience Design, for building multi-factor user authentication and modern mobile interfaces into applications via ePortal; and Customer Training for intensive, on-site education on ePortal usage and benefits.

About Unisys
Unisys is a global information technology company that works with many of the world's largest companies and government organisations to solve their most pressing IT and business challenges. Unisys specialises in providing integrated, leading-edge solutions to clients in the government, financial services and commercial markets. With more than 20,000 employees serving clients around the world, Unisys offerings include cloud and infrastructure services, application services, security solutions, and high-end server technology. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.

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nick.miles@unisys.com

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Neustar MarketShare and Twitter Team Up to Measure Social Media’s Effectiveness on TV

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10

Research Reveals Combined TV and Twitter Advertising Results in 18 Percent Return on Investment

June 29, 2016 – STERLING, Va.Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services, today announced that it has joined forces with Twitter in Spain to give marketers the insights needed to validate the impact social media has on TV, and in-store sales. Neustar MarketShare DecisionCloud, an industry leading holistic planning and attribution solution, and the world’s foremost social networking platform are on a mission to empower marketers with the insights, and tools needed to optimise their advertising campaign spending.

Commenting on the partnership Alfonso Calatrava, research director, Twitter Spain said, “Twitter is becoming a powerful tool to market TV programming and ads. According to our research, approximately 6 in 10 users will access Twitter while watching a TV show in Spain. We decided it made sense to partner with Neustar MarketShare to show just how effective our platform could be to broadcasters and brands as a second screen for consumers.”

Extending their working relationship to Spain, Neustar MarketShare and Twitter are evaluating how Twitter advertising, especially promoted tweets and promoted trends, enhances an advertisers marketing mix. Specifically, the research focuses on the contribution Twitter makes as a second screen to traditional linear TV.

“In the new landscape where mobile platforms and social media play a very important role, having consumer behavior data available directly from Twitter can make a real difference to a content company such as Sony Pictures,” said Pepe Ramírez, marketing director, Sony Pictures Releasing de España, S.A. “When combined with marketing analytics, we’re able to see exactly how the online conversation affects movie viewing and sales in real-time. We have been investing in a platform like Twitter for many years and we are certain that Twitter will become ever more important in our overall marketing strategy in the future," he added.

Newly released research conducted in Spain reveals that the return for every €1 spent on Twitter advertising equalled €3 in movie ticket sales. While TV still dominated average spending with 50 percent of the average campaign investment, results showed an 18 percent increase in return when TV and Twitter campaigns were run concurrently. Twitter and Neustar MarketShare have previously worked together to generate compelling research reports in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, Brazil, France and Japan.

Luis Chaves, vice president of EMEA Strategy, Neustar MarketShare commented, “Marketers are constantly looking for ways to improve on their campaign spend. By partnering with Neustar MarketShare, Twitter will be able to provide marketers with useful in-depth analytics information to help judge the impact their social platform has on TV campaigns and sales. ”

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About Neustar MarketShare
Neustar MarketShare helps marketers grow revenue through predictive analytics and innovative software. Combining advanced analytics technology, scientific leadership and deep domain expertise, Neustar MarketShare enables large companies to measure, predict and dramatically improve Marketing's impact on revenue—typically generating a 20%-30% improvement in marketing effectiveness and 3%-4% revenue increase, yielding a 3x-50x first-year ROI. Widely considered the global analytics leader, Neustar MarketShare helps direct tens of billions of marketing investment dollars globally.

About Neustar
Every day, the world generates roughly 2.5 quadrillion bits of data. Neustar (NYSE: NSR) isolates certain elements and analyzes, simplifies and edits them to make precise and valuable decisions that drive results. As one of the few companies capable of knowing with certainty who is on the other end of every interaction, we’re trusted by the world’s great brands to make critical decisions some 20 billion times a day. We help marketers send timely and relevant messages to the right people. Because we can authoritatively tell a client exactly who is calling or connecting with them, we make critical realtime responses possible. And the same comprehensive information that enables our clients to direct and manage orders also stops attackers. We know when someone isn’t who they claim to be, which helps stop fraud and denial of service before they’re a problem. Because we’re also an experienced manager of some of the world’s most complex databases, we help clients control their online identity, registering and protecting their domain name, and routing traffic to the correct network address. By linking the most essential information with the people who depend on it, we provide more than 12,000 clients worldwide with decisions—not just data. More information is available at http://www.neustar.biz

For further information please contact Ricky Broughton, AxiCom for Neustar MarketShare:
T: +44 (0) 208 392 8078
E: ricky.broughton@axicom.com

Source: RealWire

Healthcare Professionals Can Now Communicate and Collaborate Using Medelinked Health Network

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08

Free to use. All care records and data automatically updated into the patient’s account

Oxfordshire, June 29th, 2016 - Medelinked, the global online and mobile health platform that empowers healthcare engagement and management, today announced it has enhanced the potential for collaboration between doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Using Medelinked, individuals are already able to create a health profile online that is secure and connect and choose to share their health record with their network of trusted health partners and providers (including doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, trainers, insurers and clinical researchers).

Now, healthcare professionals can access and securely communicate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals in their patients’ Medelinked Health Networks using both Medelinked secure messaging and secure video chat services to help optimise patient care, wellbeing and health.

All decisions reached and new data generated this way is automatically recorded into the patient’s personal Medelinked health account.

Salesforce App Exchange
This functionality, including the ability to communicate using Salesforce Chatter enterprise social network & collaboration software, is also available via the Medelinked App released on the Salesforce AppExchange.

Now available for download, as well as incorporating Medelinked’s core functionality Salesforce developers can, for instance, create applications for healthcare provider organisations that allow for Medelinked patient health timelines to be viewed alongside all their details in Salesforce.

Medelinked is a Registered Salesforce ISV partner and Medelinked is compatible with Professional, Enterprise, Unlimited, Force.com, and Developer Editions. Tabs, objects, and apps in the Medelinked package don't count against the Salesforce limits in the organisation.

Free to NHS patients, doctors and healthcare professionals
Medelinked recently announced that the Medelinked mobile health app for Android and iOS is available free to NHS patients, doctors and healthcare professionals.

This coincided with the launch (https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/06/treatment-innovations/) of a new initiative that the UK’s NHS believes will accelerate uptake of new medtech devices and apps for patients with diabetes, heart conditions, asthma, sleep disorders, and other chronic health conditions, and many other areas such as infertility and pregnancy, obesity reduction and weight management, and common mental health disorders.

In this respect, the Medelinked App, now can provide patients with access to unique integrated support environment featuring: their securely stored personal medical records; the ability to get immediate access to emergency medical assistance, as well as other information, advice and support services including talking directly to healthcare professionals from iOS, Android and PC devices; access cover details - wherever they are located in the World.

Key catalyst for healthcare innovation
Ian Gallifant, founder and CEO, Medelinked says: “Improving healthcare outcomes requires companies to continually fuel innovation to further improve the quality of healthcare providers’ customer service.

With these new features, and also brought together with a CRM approach, Medelinked has the potential to be a key catalyst for healthcare innovation and the basis for a new more efficient and effective relationship between patient and healthcare professional."

Medelinked is available free to individual NHS patients, doctors and healthcare professionals here: https://app.medelinked.com/home/register

Find Medelinked on the Salesforce AppExchange here: http://sforce.co/1I6eEiL

About Salesforce AppExchange
Salesforce AppExchange is the world’s leading enterprise apps marketplace that empowers companies to sell, service, market and engage in entirely new ways. With more than 2,800 partner apps and more than 3 million customer installs, it is the most comprehensive source of social, mobile and connected cloud apps for business.

Salesforce, App Cloud, AppExchange and others are among the trademarks of salesforce.com, inc.

About Medelinked
Leveraging mobile technology and the cloud, Medelinked technology aims to increase health care effectiveness.

In use in over 80 countries around the world, Medelinked Health Cloud and API is the leading platform already powering some of the best mHealth applications allowing developers to create a series of new applications that deliver real health benefits to the end user and healthcare professionals.

Using Medelinked individuals are able to create a health profile online that is secure and connect and share their health record with their network of trusted health partners and providers (including doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, trainers, insurers, clinical researchers).

Managing all health data in one place helps individuals securely track, monitor and improve their health state, ensuring their latest health data is accessed and enabling the provision of best possible care, keeping individuals in control of their own health.

Based in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, Medelinked was founded in 2005 and named as one of the Global Digital Health 100 for 2015.

For more information, please visit www.medelinked.com

Further Information
Medelinked
Ian Gallifant
07879 994944
iangallifant@medelinked.com

Jonathan Simnett
07976 227224
jonathan.simnett@medelinked.com

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Dimension Data and A.S.O Unveil Next Generation Digital Technologies and Applications for Tour de France

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08

Dimension Data delivers immersive end-user experience with significant enhancements to big data cycling analytics platform

29 June 2016 – Dimension Data and Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) today announced significant enhancements to the big data cycling analytics platform that will deliver real-time information to viewers, commentators and teams at the 2016 Tour de France.

Headlining the innovations is Race Center, a web-based application hosted on Dimension Data’s cloud platform and developed in partnership with A.S.O. that combines live race data, video, photographs, social media feeds, and race commentary which combines with a new live tracking website to give viewers an immersive digital experience that goes beyond the television coverage of the race.

Race Center will become A.S.O.’s digital hub of the Tour de France going forward. And the Live Tracking website is testament to the evolution of Dimension Data’s real-time big data collection, analytics and digital platforms over the past 12 months.

Viewers will be able to get far richer and more accurate information from each of the 198 riders in 22 teams, including speed, distance between riders, composition of the race pelotons, wind speed and direction, as well as prevailing weather conditions.

Many of the new technologies that were trialled at last year’s race are now production-ready, and feature significant improvements across the board. This year the telemetry sensors installed under each rider’s seat that are responsible for transmitting live data boast a tenfold increase in transmission range. This means far fewer dropouts or ‘gaps’ in the data, resulting in more seamless communication and continuity throughout the race.

Dimension Data’s big data truck has also been upgraded and enlarged to accommodate the various television graphics, race coordination, data capture and analytics teams responsible for delivering the complete end-to-end data solution at the 2016 Tour de France. This is one of the biggest changes from last year, where each team worked separately, and continues the theme of collaboration and data integration made possible by the advancements in the technologies on display.

Adam Foster, Dimension Data’s Group Executive, Sports Practice said, “The enhancements to this year’s solutions means we can tell richer and more enhanced stories as they happen, giving viewers, the media, cycling fans and race commentators deeper insights into some aspects of the sport that weren’t available until now. This year, we’re working with a much broader palette, which means access to more meaningful race data, race routes, riders and current weather conditions. What’s exciting this year is the ability to deliver all this information to A.S.O. through a unified digital platform. This makes the quality of the data even more valuable for viewer engagement, and speaks directly to a generation of younger viewers who rely on new technologies such as social media and live video to engage with their world.”

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, A.S.O said the unprecedented growth in different social channels such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and live video at last year’s race demanded these technologies be embraced and enhanced for modern viewers.

“The Tour de France is a flagship event in a modern world, and it’s only natural that we give our viewers access to as much quality content, entertainment and analysis as possible through the media they use every day,” said Prudhomme. “Together with Dimension Data we’ve been working on new ways to appeal to our billions of viewers, and we’re excited to showcase the result of our efforts through Race Center.”

“I believe the appeal of having access to multiple real-time video, social media and live race information from one responsive and intuitive interface will greatly enhance the quality of coverage of the Tour de France, and become an essential companion to the largest live televised event in the world.”

Visit Dimension Data’s Tour de France microsite
Watch the video, download the infographic
Follow us on @letourdata for live race data updates

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About Dimension Data
Dimension Data uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 58 countries, and 31,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, organiser of the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. Go to dimensiondata.com

About Amaury Sport Organisation
Amaury Sport Organisation is a company that owns, designs and organises top international sporting events. Specialised in the ‘non-stadia’ events, it has in-house knowledge of professions linked to organisation, media and sales of sports events. A.S.O. organises 270 days of competition per year, with 70 events in more than 20 countries. http://www.aso.fr/fr/homepage.html.

Present in five major sports including cycling with Le Tour de France, motor sports with Le Dakar, golf with the Open de France, sailing with Le Tour de France à la Voile and mass events with the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris. Amaury Sport Organisation is a subsidiary of the Amaury Group, media and sport group that owns the newspapers L'Equipe.

Press contacts:
Stacey Nardozzi/Jonathan Mathias
Finn Partners
T: 020 3217 7060
E: dimensiondata@finnpartners.com

Source: RealWire