Zylpha, South London Legal Partnership and ProjectFusion Join Forces To Offer First True Digital Courtroom Solution
Wed, 25 Nov 2015
Legal software innovator Zylpha (www.zylpha.com) has joined forces with the South London Legal Partnership and ProjectFusion to launch a ‘Digital Courtrooms’ (www.digitalcourtrooms.co.uk) solution. Ultimately, the move could spell the end of the court-based insistence that all parties should work purely with paper based files and documents. Annual savings in excess of 60% are expected when compared with like-for-like manual processes. Over the course of a year it is expected that these savings could exceed £100,000 per court.
The new solution digitally replaces the time-consuming and expensive paper-based administrative processes that inhibit the effectiveness of the UK court service. By eliminating paper-based practices the Digital Courtrooms solution enables court processes to be streamlined, significantly reducing costs, removing the stress of missing files and greatly boosting efficiency.
The digital courtroom process has three key components: the Data Room, Digital eBundling and Technical Support.
The Data Room is the digital courtroom component, supplied by ProjectFusion. This provides a simple to use virtual interface, which delivers a secure digital space protected by the latest and leading security technology. Here, all the files and bundles required for cases are held in one single repository, which is accessible 24/7/365. This means that, for the first time, those wishing to prepare for a case in advance can do so securely online at their own convenience.
Zylpha’s widely acclaimed digital eBundling software eliminates the strain of creating and maintaining paper court bundles and removes the risk of lost documents. The digital bundles can be updated, repaginated and distributed safely in a matter of minutes – a process that previously took many hours to complete. Zylpha’s software also ensures that the highest levels of encryption and security protect documents and files sent between parties. This eliminates the need for expensive mail and bike couriers.
The final element is a high quality support programme, which has been exclusively developed for Digital Courtrooms. The support team is supplied through South London Legal Partnership, the shared legal services operation for Kingston, Merton, Sutton and Richmond councils. With their considerable expertise SLLP will manage the onboarding and support of clients, using the latest techniques to ensure the highest levels of practice and compliance.
Commenting on the launch Zylpha CEO Tim Long noted, “The time has come to move the court system into the 21st century. The legal profession should be free to concentrate on the law and not be tied up with paper-based administrative duties. The Digital Courtrooms solution makes this possible and we are delighted to play a part in this historic development.”
ProjectFusion’s MD Angus Bradley welcomed Tim Long’s comments adding, “The court system hasn’t moved to digital before now as the quality of the technology did not warrant it. Now, however, the technology to effect this change has arrived using the very latest digital data room and document bundling systems, backed by the highest quality support. With these factors in place, the UK court system can now rest assured that the documents held for a case are safer, managed more efficiently and far more accessible. There is no reason then why this solution should not soon become a best-practice approach for all the UK’s courts.”
For his part, Paul Phelan Legal Practice Manager of South London Legal Partnership noted, “With our experience of delivering legal services across four London boroughs and the successful pilot we are involved in at West London Family Court, we have the knowledge of how a digital courtroom system should be run. We are ideally placed to onboard and support people as part of this exciting new service and we are confident that this new solution will deliver major benefits. We are already seeing the benefits of this approach to UK courts, Local Authorities and all those connected with cases run through digital courtrooms.”
Those behind Digital Courtrooms expect to announce details of the first courts to go digital in the very near future.
About Zylpha www.zylpha.com
Headquartered in Southampton Zylpha is an innovative specialist offering tools for the legal profession including:
- Secure electronic document production and delivery.
- Court Bundling.
- Integration with the MOJ Portal.
- Links to agencies for AML and Identity Verification.
The company, which was founded by Tim Long its CEO, has won widespread acclaim in both the legal and local government sectors for its systems that transform secure communications for court and case management bundles.
Wed, 25 Nov 2015
London, Wednesday, 25th November, 2015 - IMImobile PLC, a leading software and services provider of mobile customer engagement solutions, announces that it has partnered with Bharti Airtel Africa to deliver its mobile billing solution Tap2Bill for merchants and content providers across Africa. Airtel is a leading telecommunications service provider, with operations in 17 countries across Africa.
The new Airtel Tap2Bill service will enable content providers and merchants to utilise Airtel’s billing infrastructure to charge and bill their customers. The service will be available via a secure merchant portal, that will help content providers and merchants grow their business across Africa, without the need to invest in costly billing and payment capabilities. Africa is seen as the fastest growing market for mobile commerce in the world and as demand for new services grows as does the need for smarter solutions and engagement strategies.
IMImobile Chief Executive Jay Patel stated that, “We are delighted to partner with Airtel Africa to help bring this offering to the market, which not only creates a much improved user experience for subscribers, but will also encourage and support the growth and variety of mobile content across Africa.”
Christian de Faria, Airtel Africa Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Tap2Bill will give our customers access to services and content that were unavailable previously. It will support the growth of content services and enable content producers and merchants across Africa to share and benefit from Airtel's scale, market and technology."
IMImobile has worked with Airtel Africa since 2011 helping establish it as one of the leading mobile service providers and innovators across Africa. Tap2Bill is a direct carrier billing service enabling the purchase and payment of merchant digital goods and services via a carrier mobile phone bill.
The Tap2Bill portal will be commercially available in December 2015.
For more details, please visit https://tap2bill.africa.airtel.com
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Notes to Editors:
IMImobile enables organisations of all sizes and sectors to maximise the potential of mobile technologies to improve customer engagement. We believe that mobile will sit at the heart of customer engagement strategies for years to come.
By removing the barriers and complexities to create and deploy mobile-led customer engagement solutions as part of a multi-channel framework, we provide software and services that helps organisations to improve customer experience, simplify business processes and enhance operational efficiency.
Our products and solutions built upon the IMIcloud act as an intelligent layer between existing IT systems and business processes to create, manage and launch services across mobile, digital and social communication channels.
Organisations that trust us to deliver smarter customer engagement include Vodafone, O2, Telefonica, Aircel, Airtel, EE, BSNL, AT&T, MTN, France Telecom, Centrica, Coca-Cola, Universal Music, Tata, the AA, the BBC and major financial institutions.
IMImobile is headquartered in London with offices in Hyderabad, Atlanta and Dubai and has 700 employees worldwide. IMImobile is quoted on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market with the TIDM code IMO.
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Tue, 24 Nov 2015
24th November, Dusseldorf: net-m, a global leader in payment solutions and mobile entertainment services, has partnered with African media and content provider WatchAfrica Ltd. to launch the WatchAfrica app, the world’s first African mobile IPTV & VOD service.
WatchAfrica, the first mobile IPTV & VOD service of African content that is exclusively available for viewers in Africa, as well as African ex-pats, was showcased for the first time at AfricaCom. The service is made possible by net-m’s Anyscreen service, which supports the streaming of multiple channels onto smartphones, tablets and set-top boxes using current state-of-the-art technologies. The integrated 24/7 scheduling solution enabled Tele 10, the entertainment provider behind WatchAfrica, with an intuitive system to build a series of channels from live, pre-recorded or mixed content.
As net-m’s Anyscreen is also compatible with its mobile payment technology, it means that anybody with a smartphone in Africa is able to pay for content.
Carsten Müller, Senior Vice President B2O and Media at net-m, says: “We believe that as one of the highest growth regions for mobile entertainment, Africa is deserving of a tailored mobile IPTV & VOD solution. We also know that with the low credit card penetration and high smartphone usage in Africa, the traditional forms of payment offered by many other VOD services wouldn’t appeal to consumers.”
Much of the launch content is delivered by AfricaXP, the leading independent creator and distributor of custom designed channels and themed VOD content offering for African audiences. It offers over 20 themed linear and VOD channels, and has full capacity to customise channel content mix and branding. WatchAfrica also launched with Aflix, an African content service, which is similar to Netflix, and a range of news services including K24, the leading Kenyan news broadcaster and TV10, the first private TV channel from Rwanda with a direct access to social networks.
Eugene Nyagahene, President of Watch Africa Ltd. says: “We will make sure to deliver a full range of local African news and African content and give our customers the possibility to comment on this news directly over their social networks.”
For more information on net-m and WatchAfrica, please contact Dennis Heisig, Press Officer at net mobile AG on Dennis.Heisig@net-m.de or call +49 211 970 20 322 or +49 162 406 32 42.
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The net mobile AG Group is a leading international full-service provider of payment solutions and mobile value-added services. Founded in November 2000, the company is regarded as an innovation leader in the market.
Clients worldwide include national and international mobile telecommunication providers, media and blue chip companies as well as TV channels, for which complete white label solutions such as Direct Carrier Billing, Mobile Payment and Mobile TV services are provided.
Since December 2009, NTT DOCOMO, INC. is the main shareholder with over 87% share ownership.
WatchAfrica a company which was created in 2013 by international investors offers a range of different international and African content that will be offered over a mobile TV service and also over an OTT service accessible over different platforms by all African people in Africa and also for the African Diaspora living outside the continent. Please visit http://www.watchafricatv.com/
AdaptiveMobile releases intelligence report detailing how new Grey Route approaches to exploit operator revenues are appearing across the globe
Tue, 24 Nov 2015
Company identifies hundreds of millions of dollars in missed revenue opportunities for operator networks
DUBLIN AND DALLAS, 24 November, 2015 – AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile network security, has released a new report entitled ‘Turning Grey into Gold – AdaptiveMobile Threat Intelligence Unit Analysis on Recapturing A2P Messaging Revenue,’ revealing that mobile operators worldwide are missing out on millions of dollars per annum due to A2P (application-to-person) SMS bypass fraud. These findings come after AdaptiveMobile was commissioned to undertake real-time analysis of networks in every region of the globe.
Grey route traffic is extremely resilient; it’s pervasive nature and ability to continuously find new ways to enter networks makes it harder for operators to detect and gain control of these routes. Through analyses of network data collected across five continents, AdaptiveMobile has verified that A2P SMS bypass fraud is significantly affecting operator revenue opportunities and will continue to grow until a security solution is put in place. A CAGR of 127% is predicted for the Enterprise A2P Messaging Market by 2020, making it worth $7.5 billion USD and a considerable challenge for operators around the globe. AdaptiveMobile’s report details how one African operator was able to recapture more than $44 million USD per annum through deployment of the Company’s Grey Route Controls Service.
“Every day, operators are being exposed to financial exploitation of their networks.” said Cathal Mc Daid, Head of AdaptiveMobile’s Threat Intelligence Unit. “Grey routes are omnipresent – every single operator worldwide is affected by varying degrees of this issue – and a comprehensive security solution should be deployed to detect and block suspicious A2P activity, without infringing on legitimate A2P and P2P (person to person) messages."
AdaptiveMobile’s report highlights the primary areas of revenue loss as Inbound Grey Routes and Outbound SIM Banks and outlines the privacy and security concerns facing top brands should this challenge be left unresolved. The financial exploitation arising from a lack of A2P messaging protection can be protected through grey routes control solutions. AdaptiveMobile’s solution is unique as it enables multiple business models to manage grey routes, detecting and blocking where the grey route moves, ultimately protecting the operator and allowing them to achieve maximum revenue.
The full report can be accessed here: http://www.adaptivemobile.com/downloads/turning-grey-into-gold.
If you would like to discuss your network protection requirements in more detail, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
AdaptiveMobile is the world leader in mobile network security protecting over one billion subscribers worldwide and the only mobile security company offering products designed to protect all services on both fixed and mobile networks through in-network and cloud solutions. With deep expertise and a unique focus on network-to-handset security, AdaptiveMobile’s award-winning security solutions provide its customers with advanced threat detection and actionable intelligence, combined with the most comprehensive mobile security products available on the market today. AdaptiveMobile’s sophisticated, revenue-generating, security-as-a-service portfolio empowers consumers and enterprises alike to take greater control of their own security.
AdaptiveMobile was founded in 2004 and boasts some of the world’s largest mobile operators as customers and the leading security and telecom equipment vendors as partners. The Company is headquartered in Dublin with offices in North America, Europe, South Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Tue, 24 Nov 2015
- 96 Prozent der Unternehmen erlauben inzwischen mobiles Arbeiten
- 67 Prozent geben an, dass Mitarbeiter beim mobilen Arbeiten Sicherheitsvorschriften verletzen
Derby, Großbritannien, 24. November 2015 – Mobiles Arbeiten wird immer beliebter: 96 Prozent der Unternehmen erlauben heute mobiles Arbeiten und 98 Prozent glauben, dass es ihrem Unternehmen Vorteile bietet. Das zeigt eine neue Studie, die von der Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN), einem global agierenden Unternehmen für Datenspeicherung und Informationssicherheit, in Auftrag gegeben wurde. Laut der Umfrage von Vanson Bourne und Imation IronKey unter 500 deutschen und britischen IT-Entscheidungsträgern sagten drei Fünftel der befragten Unternehmen, mobiles Arbeiten erhöhe durch die größere Flexibilität die Motivation der Mitarbeiter (62 Prozent) und führe zu größerer Produktivität, weil Mitarbeiter von mehreren Orten aus arbeiten können (61 Prozent).
Mitarbeiter können ihre Aufgaben zunehmend außerhalb des Büros erledigen. Am beliebtesten dabei: das Home-Office (62 Prozent), BYOD (Bring Your Own Device, 51 Prozent) und Arbeiten per VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, 46 Prozent). Zudem hat rund ein Drittel (32 Prozent) der befragten Unternehmen Angestellte, die an Kundenstandorten arbeiten.
Trotz der geänderten Einstellung zum mobilen Arbeiten bereiten Sicherheitsbedenken und mit der Mobilität assoziierte Geschäftskosten Unternehmen weiterhin Kopfzerbrechen. Neun von zehn Unternehmen (92 Prozent) betonten in der Umfrage, dass mobiles Arbeiten mit Herausforderungen verbunden ist.
Ein Drittel der Befragten erklärte, dass sie sich bei mobilen Arbeitsformen vor allem um die Datensicherheit sorgen. Über die Hälfte (54 Prozent) befürchten Datenverluste durch verlorene Geräte, während 61 Prozent sich wegen interner Bedrohungen und des verbundenen Risikos von Datenschutzverletzungen oder Datenverlusten Gedanken machen.
42 Prozent der Unternehmen gaben zu, dass sie nicht rückverfolgen können, welche Daten Mitarbeiter aus dem Büro mitnehmen. Dies ist bedenklich, weil Mitarbeiter immer noch potenziell unsichere Methoden wie das Ausdrucken von Informationen auf Papier (31 Prozent) oder das Versenden von Dateien per E-Mail an sich selbst (27 Prozent) nutzen.
Mangel an Sicherheitsrichtlinien
Trotz der wachsenden Beliebtheit des mobilen Arbeitens haben vier von zehn der befragten Unternehmen (41 Prozent) derzeit keine Richtlinien, die IT-Sicherheitsaspekte beim mobilen Arbeiten abdecken – und nur 21 Prozent der Unternehmen setzen diesbezügliche Richtlinien durch IT-Prozesse durch oder planen dies. Gleichzeitig glauben 67 Prozent der befragten Unternehmen, dass ihre Mitarbeiter beim mobilen Arbeiten die Sicherheitsvorschriften des Unternehmens verletzen.
Es scheint daneben auch an grundlegenden Sicherheitsmaßnahmen zu mangeln: Über die Hälfte (54 Prozent) der Befragten sagte, dass die Daten, die Angestellte aus dem Büro mitnehmen, besser gesichert sein könnten.
Ein weiterer großer Nachteil des mobilen Arbeitens scheinen die damit verbundenen Kosten zu sein. 45 Prozent äußerten sich besorgt über die Kosten der Technologie, die zum mobilen Arbeiten bereitgestellt werden muss. Da 99 Prozent der Unternehmen, die mobiles Arbeiten erlauben, ihren Angestellten die hierfür benötigte Technologie bereits zur Verfügung stellen, und 72 Prozent berichten, dass vom Arbeitgeber bereitgestellte Laptops die am weitesten verbreitete Methode sind, um Dateien aus dem Büro mitzunehmen, überrascht es nicht, dass die mit dem mobilen Arbeiten verbundenen Kosten Anlass zu Sorge geben.
„Einer größeren Anzahl von Mitarbeitern ein ortsungebundenes Arbeiten zu ermöglichen, hat zwar Vorteile, aufgrund der damit einhergehenden Kosten und Risiken ist es für viele Unternehmen jedoch noch mit Schwierigkeiten verbunden. Unternehmen wissen zwar nicht, wie viel und welche Art von Daten das Büro verlassen, sie wissen jedoch sehr wohl, dass ihre Angestellten regelmäßig gegen Bestimmungen verstoßen, um Arbeit mit nach Hause zu nehmen. Unzulängliche Sicherheit in Verbindung mit Naivität in Bezug auf den Schutz von Unternehmensdaten setzt Unternehmen dem Risiko unbefugter Datenzugriffe aus“, erklärt Nick Banks, Vice President EMEA und APAC, IronKey.
„Es ist wichtig, dass Unternehmen mobiles Arbeiten fördern, aber die Sicherheit mobil genutzter Daten und die Einführung entsprechender Richtlinien zum Schutz der Daten, Mitarbeiter und Unternehmen sollte für alle, die ein mobiles Arbeiten erwägen, Priorität haben“, so Banks weiter.
61 Prozent der Befragten sind der Meinung, dass das mobile Arbeiten in den meisten Unternehmen bald die Norm sein wird.
Informationen zur Studie
Die Studie wurde von Vanson Bourne durchgeführt, einem unabhängigen Marktforschungsunternehmen für den Technologiesektor. Die Studie umfasste 500 Online-Interviews mit IT-Entscheidern im September 2015. Alle Teilnehmer arbeiten in Organisationen mit mindestens 250 Mitarbeitern. 250 Teilnehmer arbeiten im Vereinigten Königreich, 250 in Deutschland. Die Teilnehmer an dieser Studie stammen aus verschiedenen Branchen. Die Befragungen wurden online in einem mehrstufigen Screening durchgeführt, um sicherzugehen, dass nur geeigneten Personen die Teilnahme ermöglicht wird. Wenn nicht anders angegeben, basieren die Ergebnisse auf der gesamten Stichprobe.
Vanson Bourne ist bekannt für fundierte und zuverlässige, auf Studien gestützte Analysen mit klaren Marktforschungsprinzipien und effizienter, branchen- und marktübergreifender Meinungserfassung in den verschiedenen technischen und betriebswirtschaftlichen Bereichen. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter www.vansonbourne.com.
Über Imation Corp.
Imation (NYSE: IMN) ist ein weltweit agierendes Unternehmen für Datenspeicherung und Informationssicherheit. Seine Produkte und Lösungen helfen Firmen und Privatpersonen, ihre digitalen Inhalte zu speichern, zu verwalten und zu schützen. Das Speicher- und Sicherheitsportfolio von Imation umfasst für Archivierung und Solid-State optimierte Nexsan-Unified-Hybrid-Speicherlösungen mit hoher Dichte, auf die Bedürfnisse professioneller Nutzer hinsichtlich sicherem Datentransport und mobiler Arbeitsplätze zugeschnittene mobile IronKey-Sicherheitslösungen sowie unter den Markennamen Imation und Memorex verkaufte Speicherlösungen, Audioprodukte und Zubehörartikel für Endanwender. Durch ein leistungsstarkes globales Vertriebsnetz erreicht Imation Kunden in mehr als 100 Ländern. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter www.imation.com.
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Thu, 19 Nov 2015
London, 19th November 2015 – The brightest stars in the world of App developments were recognised last night as the Appsters Awards 2015, took place at an exciting ceremony at the Fox @ ExCeL. The industry’s most coveted awards attracted hundreds of entries from some of the most promising individuals in the world of App development, all hoping to win one of the 13 hotly contested categories. Both people and apps were commended for their outstanding contributions to the industry at the ceremony which was compared by comedian, programmer and presenter Tom Scott.
Caroline Oldham, Founder of Biteappy, was the winner of the Most Inspiring Women in Technology Award
Until recently acquiring a shareholder, Caroline had been a one woman band. She had a very clear vision of what she wanted to achieve and worked with external companies to help her build the app and bring that vision to life. Just over a year after launch, there are now 30,000 people using the app and website and this continues to grow every day. Caroline has also dedicated her time to building a very popular blog and YouTube Channel to help people become more confident in the kitchen and allowing them to search for recipes to suit their individual diet.
Caroline Oldham from Biteappy said, “I am absolutely thrilled to bits to win this award! A lot of hard work is really paying off. Thank you Apps World and everyone for your support.”
The winner of Best Fintech App was Mubaloo & Equinit for the Pension solutions Compendia App
The winner of this award is an organisation that has implemented a FinTech product or service that demonstrates outstanding innovation. As well as contributing to the advancement of technology within the sector, the innovation had to be seen to benefit both the organisation and its customers. Since the launch of the new Compendia self-service, with Mubaloo as the developer, Equiniti has seen a 238% increase in members registering for self-service in one year, and a 500% increase in members accessing their pension each month. Kim Macsymon from Mubaloo said: “We are delighted for Equiniti Pensions who are transforming the pension industry with its impressive self service solutions.”
The winner of the Best App Developer Award is B60
B60 develops innovative technologies that help businesses and brands deliver world class mobile experiences. With a focus in the UK and Europe, B60's award winning team offers first class enterprise mobility solutions, creating beautifully designed, simple to use mobile apps across every major platform. Triumph over adversity, outstanding work in the world of app development, problem solving, firefighting, innovation, success and flying the flag for developers everywhere. This award recognises an organisation that has been exceptional in all aspects of App development for 2015. Chris Williams CEO of B60 said, “I am exceptionally pleased that B60 was recognised and presented with such a prestigious award. It’s a testament to the excellent skills and commitment of the entire B60 team.”
Tom Scott added: “It was great to be at the Appsters Awards and congratulate the world’s best in app development. It was a real honour to meet the industry’s leaders in innovation and development — and to present some very well deserved awards!"
Other winners on the night were:
- Nevbites Dashboard of Things - Best IoT development 2015
- Genera Games – Best Entertainment App
- Dublin Airport Authority – Best Use of App Technology
- First Rate by Post Office – Most Innovative App
- Fat Fish – Best Indie Game Developer
- Frugl – Most Innovative Startup
- Mark Kanji, Loyalive – Technology Star of the Future
- Dimsum – Appsters Champion Award
- Navmii – Best Consumer App
- Toolbox Group – Best Enterprise App
The Appsters were judged by a panel of more than 30 directors, founders and content specialists from some of the world’s most recognised businesses including Michele Scarano, Senior Brand Content Developer at The North Face, James Freeman, European Group IT Interactive Operations Project Manager at Coca-Cola, Jody Smith, Multi-Platform Commissioning Editor of Comedy & Entertainment at Channel 4 and Jonathan Reichental PhD, Chief Information Officer at The Internet of Things.
Laurence Coldicott, Head of Production at Apps World London 2015 said, “I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all of this year’s winners. The standard of submissions gets higher every year and it’s great to see the focus on innovation being shown across the whole industry.”
To view the full list of shortlisters and winners, please visit http://the-appsters.com/ or follow Appsters and Apps World on twitter @the_appsters @Apps_World to keep up to date with the latest news.
To view the photos from last night’s ceremony, please visit http://we.tl/HHVLQudYn8
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Wed, 18 Nov 2015
Halton Housing Trust has chosen Caretaker Software from 1st Touch (www.1sttouch.com). The software will be used by Halton’s Estate Services and Environmental teams across 140 communal flat blocks and over 200 green space areas.
Halton Housing Trust is a forward thinking and dynamic not-for-profit housing association that owns and manages over 6,700 homes with over 16,000 customers in the Cheshire towns of Runcorn and Widnes. Halton’s Board works closely with its executive management team to ensure the Trust’s Strategic Aim of ‘Improving People’s Lives’ is achieved. Maintaining efficient Estate and Environmental services is a part of this strategy and Halton Housing Trust is using 1st Touch to streamline the activities of its Estate Service and Environmental team members.
By using the software, re-occurring appointments are scheduled through the 1st Touch Diary facility. On completion of the activity this creates a contact in Halton’s Aareon’s QL Housing Management system so that the information is available to all staff through CRM. Whilst out on site, team members can also report fly tipping, graffiti and repairs using the 1st Touch module, which generates a workflow into QL to rectify any problems. Both teams also carry out van checks and grounds maintenance staff carry out a daily machine test. This information is sent to the 1st Touch Portal where managers can review any issues that have been flagged on the checks and tests.
Halton Housing Trust chose the software as they had a positive and in-depth experience of a number of other 1st Touch modules as part of its Digital First Strategy. These include: Responsive Repairs, Arrears Management, Neighbourhood Management, Tenancy Support and also an ASBO module.
The system delivers a number of key benefits. As Carole Galsworthy, Director of ICT and Business Improvement at Halton Housing Trust says: “We invested in the Caretaker software as part of our Digital First programme. By using mobile technology, we can jointly drive efficiency and enhance customer experience; which are both desirable outcomes. The biggest benefit will be that the whole process is now paperless, so therefore information on completion of work is instantly available to team members and management alike. In addition, the processing of daily tasks and the ability to reassign work is now automated and has become far more structured. Team members are able to raise ad hoc tasks from the diary and direct from the tablet. All tasks and outcomes are recorded so this makes performance reports far more accurate. Ultimately though the real beneficiaries of the increases in efficiency are our customers, who value how well maintained and managed their blocks, estates and open spaces are.”
For his part, Greg Johns CEO of 1st Touch, welcomed Carole Galsworthy’s comments adding, “As part of its Digital First programme, Halton Housing Trust is committed to introducing mobile working in order to reduce costs, drive efficiencies and most importantly to support its customers. One key element of this programme is the work done by the Estates Services and Environmental teams. We are delighted that they have chosen 1st Touch Caretaker to deliver these key benefits to this function and we look forward to helping them fully exploit the system’s benefits in the field.”
Note to Editors: About 1st Touch (www.1sttouch.com)
Southampton based 1st Touch, a subsidiary of Aareon AG (www.aareon.com), has enabled dozens of field workforce-based organisations to embrace new mobile technologies and so achieve significant savings, greater productivity and more cost-effective use of resources. 1st Touch Mobile delivers clear and unique benefits: These include the system’s acclaimed ‘Smart Airtime’ feature where ‘airtime’ is minimised and the system is always available with or without ‘airtime’. The system’s flexibility through simple customer control over forms creation and amendment is also widely acclaimed. There is Integration to multiple back office and other enterprise software applications, so that data is entered only once.
With its widely acclaimed mobile technology, 1st Touch has a clear focus on the Social Housing and Local Government markets. Many social housing providers and local authorities, at large, now benefit from the fast and tangible, best of breed benefits that 1st Touch mobile technology delivers to the enterprise.
To date, over 50% of the social housing market, which has deployed mobile technology, has chosen to implement 1st Touch. In local government, 1st Touch has already been adopted for a wide range of mobile workforce uses. Ready to use applications for local authority organisations include: Public Buildings, Highways/Street Services, Environmental/Waste Management, Revenues and Benefits, together with Planning Control and Trading Standards.
1st Touch software is available on a wide variety of platforms including: Windows Mobile, Apple and Android.
Wed, 18 Nov 2015
Bigger and better TVEverywhere! Zone will showcase latest solutions driven by shift in consumer demands
SINGAPORE, 18 November 2015 – As consumers increasingly demand convenient and reliable access to content, anywhere, anytime and on any device, BroadcastAsia2016 – due to take place from May 31 to June 3 in Singapore next year – will showcase the latest and most cutting-edge technologies and solutions for OTT and multi-platform streaming services.
The 21st International Digital Multimedia & Entertainment Technology Exhibition & Conference will gather industry leaders and newcomers from around the world, presenting game-changing products for next-generation broadcasting, including 4K/UHD, OTT/Hybrid/LTE/IP/Broadband/Cloud, Multi-Platform Streaming, Professional Audio and more.
The event’s TV Everywhere! Zone will take centre-stage as consumer expectations in the region increasingly present new challenges to provide more convenient and reliable access to content. This, combined with the proliferation of digital devices and today’s ever-changing market of always-on connectivity, means content broadcasters are starting to look beyond TV to stream and monetise their content.
“Though still at an early stage, OTT video services adoption is expanding rapidly and gaining popularity in Asia,” said Mr Calvin Koh, Assistant Project Director of BroadcastAsia2016 at organiser Singapore Exhibition Services. “As broadcasters and content providers across Asia battle for viewers and look for innovative ways to monetise their content, BroadcastAsia2016 will bring together top industry service providers to showcase an entire ecosystem of the latest end-to-end solutions needed to stay ahead of the curve.”
With the evolution of linear channel brands already underway in Asia, the region is continuing to grow at an exponential rate and is witnessing an increasing number of traditional broadcasters entering the IPTV, OTT space. According to a Multiscreen TV & Video Forecast report by Digital TV research, it is even predicted that the number of viewers watching TV and video content on multiple screens will climb from 5.60 billion in 2010 to 11.32 billion by 2020, with TV sets’ share of total viewers falling from 73 percent to 42 percent during this same period.
Mr Koh added: “Our TVEverywhere! Zone will further fuel this space in Asia. Building on the success of its debut last year, expect an even bigger and better zone as the event continues to place emphasis on OTT and multiscreen solutions and explore the entire value chain of non-linear broadcasting.”
Exhibitors at BroadcastAsia2016
Exhibiting for the second time at BroadcastAsia2016, but for the first time in the TVEverywhere! Zone, is Nice People at Work (NPAW), providers of innovative analytics, delivery optimisation and content preparation solutions for Internet content publishers and service providers.
“The fast evolution of the OTT industry has proved that we are facing an audience that is extremely selective with what content they want, when they want it, and in what devices. For this reason, media companies, now more than ever, need to deliver excellent video experiences in order to keep up with growing end-user expectations and provide a personalised service,” said Ferran Gutiérrez, CEO of NPAW. “BroadcastAsia is the perfect place to be if you are in the online video industry and we are very excited to be exhibiting at the TVEverywhere! Zone.”
At BroadcastAsia2016, NPAW will be showcasing its YOUBORA Analytics platform, a powerful analytics and business intelligence platform for broadcasters and media groups.
“Based on our past experience at the event, we know that it will be a great opportunity to introduce YOUBORA's new functionalities and features, build strong relationships, and share our expertise in business intelligence tools,” Gutiérrez added. “We are looking forward to working and connecting alongside broadcasters and OTT providers in what we expect to be a strong market for our product, as well as discovering new technologies that could work hand in hand with ours and give customers an opportunity to deliver more engaging video experiences to their viewers.”
BroadcastAsia is the region’s must-attend international event for the audio, film and broadcasting industries and the launch pad for innovative technologies.
In addition to the TVEverywhere! Zone, visitors will be able to stop by other themed zones, including the Cinematography/Film/Production Technology Zone – where visitors can find exhibitors demonstrating the latest motion picture production tools and software capabilities – and the Post Production Hub where industry experts will share their knowledge and experience using technology showcased at BroacastAsia2016.
Meanwhile, audio – which plays an important part in the broadcasting and film ecosystem by giving any production a resonant lift to create a dramatic impact on viewers – will also be featured heavily through its own zone – ProfessionalAudioTechnology2016. This area will allow like-minded exhibitors to come together and present technologies for the audio ecosystem from the broadcasting, production/post-production, houses of worships, live event and entertainment production.
Exhibiting for the third time will be MStar Semiconductor, world-class leader in Application Specific ICs (ASIC) with a focus on consumer electronic products and communication applications.
“BroadcastAsia is the go-to broadcasting event in Asia! Through the exclusive hospitality suite, MStar is able to host their clients in a conducive environment and also reach out to new potential buyers,” said Chris Hsu, Senior Business Development Manager, STB Production Business Unit, MStar Semiconductor, Inc. “We are really looking forward to next year, not only to showcase our latest technologies, but also to see what other exciting technologies are on display.”
Conferences at BroadcastAsia2016
Beyond the exhibition, the BroadcastAsia2016 International Conference will bring together an unprecedented portfolio of top broadcast experts and industry influencers to discuss evolving industry trends, debate the best commercial strategies and showcase trend-breaking technologies. Attendees can expect exclusive case studies and interactive discussions across the four days presentations will take place.
Visitors can join in the discussions on how to future-proof the TV business, as topical issues surrounding OTT, video delivery infrastructure, next generation TV technologies, second screen & social TV monetisation strategies, viewer data analytics applications, advanced broadcast solutions, cloud broadcasting, workflow management & automation, radio broadcasting, and more are debated.
Also back by popular demand for the seventh successive year, is the Creative Content Production Conference. Bringing together top level professionals from media and content giants, it will examine the changing business paradigm in the film and TV ecosystem, as well as highlighting the growth opportunities in content creation and distribution in a diverse Asian marketplace. Delegates will learn key strategies to replicate the success of blockbusters in the region, gain new tools to achieve top ratings and have the opportunity to exchange ideas with more than 200 key players in content generation and media.
SHOWS AT A GLANCE:
|Date:||31 May - 3 June 2016, Tuesday - Friday|
|Venue:||Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Level 4 & 5|
|Opening Hours:||31 May - 2 June 2016: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm|
3 June 2016: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
|Admission:||Business and trade professionals only|
Conferences at a glance:
|BroadcastAsia2016 International Conference & Creative Content Production Conference 2016|
|Date:||31 May - 3 June 2016, Tuesday - Friday|
|Venue:||Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Level 4|
|Admission:||Registered delegates only|
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Tue, 17 Nov 2015
London: November 17th 2015 – The world’s leading carrier of international voice traffic, IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT), have announced today that it is bringing their flagship brand Boss Revolution to AfricaCom 2015, Cape Town Convention Centre, November 17th -19th at Booth B17.
Trusted by millions of customers every day, BOSS Revolution delivers affordable communications and financial services that allow foreign-born customers to stay in touch and share resources with family and friends around the world. Under the BOSS Revolution brand, IDT Retail has a global distribution network generating billions of retail minutes and millions of transactions every month.
IDT’s Vice president of Carrier Services Europe, Middle East and Africa Filippo Percario said, “Mobile voice transaction and financial services are becoming the great differentiator in African societies. IDT are well placed to deliver cost effective communications to isolated communities in Africa due to its global delivery network. Our size, scale and reach also allow us to penetrate regions with high populations which can also bring additional income to African businesses.”
Economic growth in Africa is due to reach 5% this year, due to fast paced urbanisation and a rapidly expanding middle class. Consumer spending is predicted to reach $1 trillion by 2020 and has made Africa one of the most attractive retail and consumer markets in the world. The AfricaCom event is attended by over 10,000 delegates and is deemed the place to be for Telco Markets in Africa. IDT are exhibiting in a prime location at stand B17 and will be conducting interviews, briefings and demos of their latest communication solutions.
Filippo added, “IDT build solutions around businesses to uncover new opportunities, lower costs, generate new revenue streams and enhance business-to-consumer relationships. IDT’s product portfolio meets Africa’s communication needs and will add value to any partnership from any location. As Africa matures its mobile connectivity, operators will seek to diversify and with it, will need to cope with the rapid growth in international calling. Come and speak to IDT at AfricaCom to find out how we can help.”
Today’s announcement comes shortly after IDT won “Best SMS Innovation” at the Global Carrier Awards in Paris, France earlier this month. Its revolutionary product called MagicWords™, is a contextual content-engine for SMS messaging. This incredibly innovative and ‘extended’ version of traditional messaging was developed due to the mobile world moving away from the archaic un-dynamic text message. IDT saw a gap in the market, developed an idea and now have an award winning solution to the changing face of SMS messaging.
IDT Telecom has annual revenues of $1.6 billion of which over $600 million is generated by its Carrier Services business. IDT Telecom is ranked as one of the fastest growing carriers of international voice by Telegeography and serves over 800 carriers and 4,000 other providers around the world.
Representatives from the IDT team, including the Vice president of Carrier Services Europe, Middle East and Africa Filippo Percario, are available for exclusive live demonstrations of its products and services to mobile operators and delegates at the IDT booth number B17. To arrange a briefing or interview at the IDT booth, please contact Michelle Mahoney at email@example.com or call +44 (0) 1636 812152. Telephone briefings can also be arranged after the event.
About Boss Revolution:
Boss Revolution is a leading PIN-less calling service available in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore. Other Boss Revolution features include domestic and international airtime top-up and prepaid financial services.
Boss Revolution is the flagship brand of IDT Corporation, (NYSE: IDT) a global provider of telecommunications and payment services.
About IDT Corporation:
IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT) through its IDT Telecom division, provides telecommunications and payment services. IDT Telecom's retail products allow people to communicate and share resources around the world while its carrier services business is a global leader in wholesale voice termination. For more information, visit http://www.idteurope.com/ or http://www.idt.net/.
Mon, 16 Nov 2015
After developing apps for a host of impressive blue chip organisations over the last decade, Slate Apps has officially launched its own hospitality application to the market, following two and a half years of development. Slate Apps is an industry-leading software development company specialising in mobile device and web app development.
Slate is a state-of-the-art, digital guest interface and management system which cleverly combines hospitality guest services with the very latest technology. It is designed to engage guests, drive increased average spend and significantly improve business performance.
Slate F&B is an interactive and fully customisable digital menu system that allows guests to browse the menu on any mobile device or tablet and can even be configured for guests to order and make payment direct from their table.
Slate Apps are fully bespoke and all imagery, branding and content can be updated to match the host's requirements. Each menu item can be displayed across multiple categories, allowing restaurants to be creative with how they categorise the menu. Menu items can also be linked to other items for automatic recommendations and up-selling prompts. Slate F&B also supports wine-pairing to allow restaurants to complement their food offering by recommending their premium wines.
Using digital menus allows restaurants far more flexibility in pricing. Restaurant managers can test higher price-points, reduce prices to shift stock and advertise daily specials or promotions simply by making the necessary updates via the management system and avoiding the trouble, cost and environmental impact of having to re-print menus over and over again. Restaurants can also use the built-in advertising functionality to publicise upcoming events, promotions or other business interests.
Slate works on mobile devices and tablets across IOS, Android and Windows, as well as being offered on widescreen TVs to which Slate can retrospectively install touchscreen capability. This can enable restaurants to capitalise on passing footfall by displaying the digital menu outside the restaurant, capturing the attention of passers-by, and providing a modern replacement to the antiquated menu display box.
The management team successfully attended ‘To The Table’ in September – a hotels and food and beverage trade-show held in Dubai which CEO Ashley Coker commented “offered an incredible opportunity to introduce Slate to the global marketplace, and provided a solid platform from which we have continued to build relationships in the industry and grow our client base. We are in the process of expanding the team to meet anticipated demand by employing two new development staff to continue to evolve the product suite to ensure we remain at the forefront of technology in the hospitality industry”.
Slate are also pioneering the use of iBeacon micro-location technology to allow hospitality businesses to develop creative and revolutionary marketing campaigns inside the Slate app based on the movements of their guests. This technology allows businesses to introduce innovative marketing such as automatic prompts to review or leave feedback for a restaurant once a guest leaves the premises; notifications of promotions or special events taking place as a guest enters a hotel; or encouraging guests to return soon as they leave a bar by offering a digital coupon for a free drink.
The newest addition to the Slate product suite, Slate Meeting brings the heightened hospitality experience into any corporate meeting room. Allow your guests or staff to order coffees and refreshments, request equipment such as a projector screen or flip chart, contact IT, extend their room booking or more. Slate Meeting can offer all of these services, whilst displaying company news or advertisements via its attractive user interface.
Slate are in the process of developing further products for the hospitality industry to complement their product suite.
For further information on Slate Apps, please visit www.slateapps.com
Ashley Coker, CEO and Co-founder can be contacted at: Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 77382 64519.