Wed, 01 Oct 2014
Enterprise-ready apps leverage mobile devices to power multichannel retail strategies
San Francisco, 01 October, 2014 Scandit (www.scandit.com), developer of the leading software-based barcode scanning solution for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, has released an integrated suite of mobile apps to enhance the consumer shopping experience and retail operations. Scandit's Mobile App Suite for Retail provides a series of fully customizable, cross-platform mobile applications for retail employees and customers including: Clienteling, Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS), Mobile Shopping (mShopping), Self-Checkout, Shopping Lists and Procurement. This suite of retail apps successfully powers multichannel retail strategies from the back of house to the sales floor, and beyond.
Scandit has leveraged the ubiquity of mobile devices and the consumerization of IT trend in the workplace to create a mobile suite that will allow retailers to adopt consumer and employee-facing apps with unprecedented ease for rapid time to market. "In order to compete in today's environment, retailers need to deliver a highly differentiated mobile experience for shoppers and employees, but many don't have the in-house resources to develop these applications" said Samuel Mueller, CEO at Scandit. "We deliver an innovative set of fully customizable but functionally complete retail apps, which are easy to integrate with existing systems, allowing the retailer to customize and deploy the apps rapidly—without the high cost of development."
Scandit's pioneering app suite has successfully lowered the barrier of entry for retailers to adopt mobility across a variety of use cases. "Retail chains are seeking new and innovative ways to engage customers and manage their operations", continued Mueller. "Our Mobile App Suite bridges this gap with fully customizable and vertically integrated applications that empower the retailer and the customer simultaneously."
Built on the success of Scandit's software-based barcode scanner, which is utilized on over 50 million mobile devices worldwide, the Mobile App Suite for Retail integrates Scandit's enterprise-grade scanning performance and functionality as a critical component for retail success. It's a true one-stop shop that retailers can rely on to build out a robust mobile strategy that will engage customers, streamline operations and drive sales.
Further information about the Mobile App Suite for Retail can be found at: http://www.scandit.com/products/mobile-app-suite-retail/
Scandit delivers high performance mobile solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearables, designed to transform consumer engagement and operational efficiency for today's forward-looking enterprises. Scandit solutions are built on its patented software-based barcode scanner and are used in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing and logistics. With more than 15,000 licensees in 80 countries, Scandit processes hundreds of millions of scans per year and develops enterprise-grade solutions for many of the world's most prestigious brands including Ahold, Bayer, Coop, Homeplus (Tesco), NASA and Saks Fifth Avenue. Founded in 2009 by a group of researchers from MIT, ETH Zurich and IBM Research, today Scandit and its network of global integration and technology partners are pushing the boundaries of mobile AIDC (automatic identification and data capture), delivering ground-breaking identification and data capture applications to customers. For more information visit www.scandit.com.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014
London, UK- September 30th 2014 - For the third year in a row, Bill Pereira, CEO of IDT Telecom, has been awarded a place in the Global Telecoms Business Power 100, the international list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in telecoms.
Now in its seventh year, the Global Telecoms Business Power 100 list compiles the most powerful and influential executives in the industry, selecting nominations from the readers of the publication - including CEOs, CFOs and other senior executives of the world's major operators, telecoms vendors and industry organizations.
Bill Pereira has been CEO, President and Co-Chairman of IDT Telecom since 2011. Over the past 12 months Pereira has continued to drive the growth of IDT's core voice services while developing new revenue streams from payment services, apps and other offerings.
Pereira commented on his nomination, "It is a great honor to be recognized as an international leader in the industry, but I don't view it as an individual accolade. It is much more a reflection of the work of our IDT team of 1,200 employees around the globe. Through their contributions, IDT has become a leading global carrier, and I am confident we will continue to take the company to new heights in the years to come."
Under Pereira's leadership, IDT now terminates 30 billion minutes per year, and has formed and strengthened key relationships with all of the world's major carriers. This past year he oversaw the expansion of IDT into the money remittance business as well as the launch of the Boss Revolution mobile app. The award winning app enables customers all around the world to connect across borders with one-touch dialing of their contacts, with no contracts and low rates.
IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT), through its IDT Telecom division, provides retail telecommunications and payment services to help immigrants and the under-banked to conveniently and inexpensively communicate and share resources around the world. IDT Telecom's wholesale business is a leading global carrier of international long distance voice calls. IDT also holds majority interests in two early-stage technology companies focused on high growth industries: Zedge (www.zedge.net), a mobile content discovery and acquisition platform, includes one of the most popular Apps for Android and iOS; Fabrix Systems (www.fabrixsystems.com), a cloud based scale out storage and computing platform, provides a scalable solution optimized for media and big data processing and delivery. IDT recently announced an agreement to sell its interest in Fabrix. For more information, visit www.idt.net.
About GTB Power100
Global Telecoms Business, www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com, is part of the Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC group. The full list of the GTB Power100 for 2014 is at www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/Stub/Power100.html For more information about the GTB Power100 contact the editor of Global Telecoms Business, Alan Burkitt-Gray, on email@example.com or +44 20 7779 8518
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Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Customer loyalty specialist Ikano Insight has developed a new joint loyalty programme for fashion retailer Monsoon Accessorize.
It will be the first loyalty programme available under the Accessorize brand, as well as marking a significant expansion to Monsoon's scheme.
The dual loyalty scheme will officially launch on 29 September across 329 UK and Republic of Ireland stores, with existing customers having been issued with dual-branded cards.
The programme will allow shoppers in both Monsoon and Accessorize stores to collect one point for every £1 or €1 they spend, making it one of the most generous loyalty schemes in retail. The threshold for using reward vouchers has been reduced to a £150 spend for a £10 voucher, or €200 for a €12 voucher.
Vouchers will now be loaded electronically onto customers' Reward Cards twice annually, replacing their paper counterparts, and will expire after three months. This both reduces the cost of operating the programme and lowers security risks.
"This new loyalty offering is all about engaging with our customers on their terms," said a Monsoon spokesperson.
"By offering more rewards across both brands, together with more opportunities to use them, the new scheme will improve the shopping experience for our customers and enable them to make the most of it in their own way."
The new programme also sees the introduction of Single Sign-On, which allows online shoppers to sign into their loyalty and shopping accounts simultaneously with one user identity, rather than having to view their rewards separately.
"All of these measures mean that Monsoon and Accessorize customers will be able to collect points faster, redeem rewards seamlessly and more easily manage their accounts," said Lindsey Ulanowsky, general manager at Ikano Insight.
"As well as reducing the costs of operating the loyalty programme, a dual loyalty programme allows Monsoon Accessorize to collect much more comprehensive data on customer spending patterns and preferences, which will enable them to further improve the customer experience."
Ikano Insight has worked with Monsoon Accessorize for five years and manages the brand's customer loyalty programme, including database management, campaign management, customer insight and strategic marketing support.
Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Matrix42 completes its holistic Workspace Management portfolio with a new Android app, and new iOS app versions for iPhone and iPad.
LONDON, ENGLAND, 29 September 2014: With today's launch of the new Android app, Matrix42 (www.matrix42.com) users get access to a new dimension in mobile Workspace Management; first and foremost, they can now complete a wide range of management tasks while on the move - intuitively, holistically and on any Android smartphone.
Matrix42 Workspace Management app for Android smartphones
Over the last three years, Matrix42 has continuously developed and improved its range of mobile solutions and integrated platforms for holistic Workspace Management. From today, this high-performance and award-winning portfolio will be enhanced with a powerful Matrix42 Android Phone App that makes life easier for administrators, IT managers and users alike - provided they are already using Matrix42 Workspace Management.
"In the mobile era users want easy, fast and secure access to their workspace from any device. IT departments are challenged with this demand and need to ensure complete management for both the technical and business side of the workspace", said Oliver Bendig, CTO at Matrix42. "Now our customers can access their Service Catalog, the Service Desk and their workspaces with multiple mobile devices, and complete their daily tasks more quickly and with less effort from anywhere. We're proud that this new app extends our Workspace Management offering and creates a complete new mobile experience for our customers. We are delighted to be launching it today at the AirWatch Connect event in London."
No limits - efficient and simple IT Service Management to go
Lining up alongside the existing Matrix42 iPhone App and iPad App, the new Matrix42 Android Phone App puts the power of Matrix42 Workspace Management at your users' fingertips, anytime and anywhere. It provides a simple, intuitive interface for end users to access your Service Catalog, place orders, submit help desk tickets, check the real-time status of orders and tickets, view company news, browse the company address book and sync all contacts locally - all from the convenience of their mobile device.
New iOS app versions
Along with the launch of the new Android app, Matrix42 is also bringing two new iOS app versions to market, underlining its commitment to a "360° Workspace Management" philosophy. The focus of the latest release is the optimization of approval processes, and the mobile tracking of Service Catalog orders.
These kinds of innovations influence modern working styles more sustainably than might be apparent at first glance. Tasks or procedures that were labor-intensive become ever simpler and more intuitive, and automation becomes integrated into processes. So, for example, if syncing corporate contact details with a local address book used to be complex, it can now be executed with a simple 'tap' on the device. It's this new level of simplicity that makes users actively want to complete tasks using the Matrix42 apps for Android and iOS.
More information about the comprehensive functionality of Matrix42 Mobile Apps can be found on the Matrix42 website or www.anywhere42.com. The apps can be downloaded for free from various App Stores:
Matrix42 Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.matrix42.m42mobile
Matrix42 iPad App: https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/m42mobile-hd/id703369512?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Matrix42 iPhone App: https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/m42mobile/id430536897?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
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Matrix42 is a top provider of software for workspace management. The company offers forward-thinking solutions for modern working environments under its 'Smarter workspace' motto. More than 2,500 customers around the world, including BMW, Infineon and Carl Zeiss, currently manage approximately 2.5 million workstations using Matrix42's workspace management solutions. Matrix42 operates successfully in six countries - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Sweden. The company's headquarters are in Neu-Isenburg, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Founded in 1992, the company has been part of the Asseco Group, one of Europe's largest software providers, since 2008. Matrix42's products and solutions aim to provide and manage modern working environments, physical, virtual or mobile workspaces, simply and efficiently. Matrix42 focuses on user orientation, automation and process optimization. The company's solutions optimally meet both the requirements of modern employees who want to work from any location using a wide variety of devices and the company's IT operations itself.
Matrix42 offers its solutions to organizations across different sectors who value forward-looking and efficient workspace management. The company successfully leverages close relationships with partners such as Incit Technology, TAP Desktop Solutions GmbH, Consulting4IT GmbH and DSP IT Service GmbH, who provide local implementation and support services to Matrix42 customers.
For further information, visit www.matrix42.com
Thu, 25 Sep 2014
Premium Platform Now Provides End-to-End App Creation and Deployment to Help Mid-Sized Enterprises Mobilise Business Processes and Embrace BYOD
London, UK - September 25, 2014 - 5app, a mobile enterprise enablement company, today announces the launch of an integrated app Build Service as part of its enterprise app store platform. 5app's Build Service can be used by anyone with traditional web development and design skills to create custom apps for iOS and Android. As well as making it even easier to develop custom apps, the new service also simplifies their deployment by providing a test and publishing environment within the 5app enterprise app store.
The Build Service is available as part of 5app's Premium Platform which is offered on a free 60 day trial, then at a monthly cost of £2.50 per user thereafter.
Stuart Mason, 5app Chief Executive Officer explains,"5app is investing over £3 million in the development of online software tools, such as our Build Service, to fill a growing gap in the market for simple, quick-to-deploy mobile app management (MAM) solutions targeted at mid-tier enterprises. It's all about reducing risk, cost and complexity, allowing companies to use existing resources and skills to build, manage and deploy apps securely to employees."
With its integrated Build Service, 5app Premium now offers users the ability to:
- Create a secure app store to provide employees with a directory of work related mobile apps, all easy to find, in one place.
- Curate publicly available apps (from both iTunes™ & Google Play™ store) to save time and reduce risk from employees self-serving their own apps.
- Upload privately developed apps that are then securely published to employees.
- Build company apps in-house using HTML and streamline development by rapidly iterating versions.
- Test apps in a secure environment by placing them in a testing store for feedback, before publishing to the live enterprise store.
5app is planning further enhancements to its Premium platform over the next few months. The next anticipated roll-out includes analytics tools which could boost mobile enterprise efficiency by enabling IT managers to better understand how apps are being downloaded and used across employee devices.
5app is a leading mobile enterprise enablement company working with businesses and communications service providers to deliver enterprise-class support for mobile data and applications. The company is headquartered in London. For more information visit www.5app.com
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Thu, 25 Sep 2014
Singapore, 25 September, 2014: Informa Telecoms & Media today announced the winners of the inaugural LTE Asia awards, which were held in an exclusive cocktail reception at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Part of the LTE World Series, the LTE Asia conference has become a mainstay event in the region, providing the entire community with a place to meet and share ideas on the future of the industry.
The first LTE Asia Awards proved to be a great success with entries coming in from across the region, and the winners were happy to be given the accolades in front of a packed crowd.
The independently judged awards provide great prestige to the winners with the entries being judges from an impartial point of view from a number of industry analysts.
The winners of the LTE Asia 2014 Awards are:
- Best Test/Measurement LTE Product - Polystar
- Most Significant Development of a Commercial LTE Network (Operator Only) - SK Telecom
- Best LTE Core Network Product - Cisco
- Best Traffic Management Product - Gigamon
- Best LTE Roaming Product - SAP
- Best VoLTE Innovation - Samsung
- Innovation in HetNet Development - Huawei
- NFV Innovation of the Year - Mavenir Systems
The judges for the awards were:
- Ajay Sunder, Senior Director - Telecom, Frost & Sullivan
- Dimitris Mavrakis, Principal Analyst, Ovum
- Guang Yang, Senior Analyst - Wireless Operator Strategies, Strategy Analytics
- Alan Quayle, Owner, Alan Quayle Business & Service Development
- Sherrie Huang, Program Head, Asia Pacific, Analysys Mason
Sam Oakley, Events Director at Informa Telecoms & Media had this to say: "Having received a fantastic number of entries for the LTE Asia Awards, the judges were in an unenviable position of marking such high calibre submissions. The entries truly represented the growth and innovation surrounding the LTE market in the Asia Pacific region. Congratulations to all the shortlisted companies and of course to the 2014 winners!"
Congratulations to the winners and we wish them all the best with their award winning products.
About Informa Telecoms & Media
Informa Telecoms and Media (www.informatandm.com) organises 125 global annual events, attended by more than 70,000 executives worldwide. With a focus on quality content, Informa Telecoms and Media deliver a key audience of decision-makers from the mobile, fixed, alternative, wholesale, MVNO, broadband and satellite operator communities. Informa Telecoms and Media is also the leading provider of business intelligence and strategic services to the global telecoms and media markets. Driven by constant first-hand contact with the industry, its 90 analysts and researchers produce a range of intelligence services including news and analytical products, in depth market reports and datasets focussed on technology, strategy and content.
RGB Networks Aims To Change Video Industry With Pioneering Open Source Software Transcoder Initiative
Wed, 24 Sep 2014
'RipCode Transcoder' will be the video industry's first open source professional cloud-enabled software transcoder platform
RGB Networks, the leading provider of the industry's most scalable and unified solutions for multiscreen video delivery, has announced that it is developing an open source version of its popular TransAct Transcoder.
Called 'Ripcode Transcoder', after the company Ripcode, which was acquired by RGB Networks in 2010 and which originally developed TransAct, the new, cloud-enabled software transcoder will provide RGB Networks' customers with greater control, integration and flexibility in their video delivery workflows. In a pioneering move, and harnessing the industry momentum toward developing cloud-based solutions, RGB Networks is actively welcoming operators and vendors to be part of a community of contributors to the open source project.
RGB Networks' CloudXtream solution for nDVR and dynamic Ad Insertion for Multiscreen (AIM) environments, launched in October 2013 and built on the industry standard open source cloud operating system OpenStack, has paved the way for this latest innovation. The company intends to build on this success with RipCode, which will be an "open core" project, where the core technology from the TransAct Transcoder is being used to create the foundations of the open source project. Suitable for a variety of applications, the RipCode Transcoder will include the full feature set expected of an industrial-strength, professional transcoder, leaving customers open to select and integrate the packaging solution of their choice necessary to produce their desired Adaptive Bit Rate output formats.
"The IPTV industry has finally embraced the cloud. And, at RGB Networks, we recognize how open source projects like this can help promote the use of standard APIs which make it much easier for vendor-to-vendor integration and for video service providers to migrate to a cloud-based video delivery model," said Andy Salo, VP of product management at RGB Networks. "We look forward to working with the open source community of other video-related open source software at this exciting time in the industry to open source the RipCode Transcoder with optimal integration and code contributions."
The intended feature set of the open source RipCode Transcoder will include:
- Both Linear (live) and Video on Demand (VOD) transcoding
- Full cluster management, load balancing, and failover
- Linear and VOD transcoding of MPEG2, H.264, H.265, AAC, AC3, and other industry leading video and audio codecs
- File-to-File watch folders
- Full reporting and logging of events
- Commercial-grade GUI
- RESTful APIs
Unlike other open source projects, an open source transcoder is more difficult to release due to built-in professional codec licensing. RGB Networks will release RipCode Transcoder with only the codecs that can be legally used with open source software. Additionally, in order to facilitate use of the transcoder in professional environments that require licensed, third party codecs and pre/post processing filters, the RipCode transcoder will include a plug-in framework, that will allow use of best-of-breed codecs and filters. A number of vendors of such components and related technologies have expressed interest in participating in the RipCode initiative including the following:
- Video Codecs (including H.264/AVC and H.265/HEVC): eBrisk Video, Intel Media Server Studio, Ittiam Systems, MainConcept (A DivX company), Multicoreware, NGCodec (providing HW acceleration for H.264/AVC and H.265/HEVC), Squid Systems, Vanguard Video
- Audio Codecs: Dolby Laboratories, Fraunhofer IIS
- Video Optimization: Beamr
"We are glad to see the support of many companies in the early stage of this open source initiative, unique in our industry" said Simone Sassoli, VP Marketing and Business development at RGB Networks. "In addition to technology vendors and solution providers, we've had a very positive reception from major service providers like Comcast, Charter and Rogers and we expect to announce additional key partners planning to contribute to the open source effort to help accelerate innovation and adoption."
Luis E. Vielma Ordóñez, Chief Operating Officer of Telecable, commented: "This initiative represents a game changer for the deployment of a next generation television services. It can deliver faster time to market and substantially lower licensing and maintenance costs than other solutions. Open source software delivers comparable features and quality with greater deployment flexibility, enabling a high innovation velocity for our services."
The release of the first version of RipCode Transcoder - 1.0 - with all the appropriate licensing is targeted for Q1 2015.
About RGB Networks
RGB Networks provides the industry's most scalable, unified solutions for multiscreen video delivery to any device. With core strengths in nDVR, ad insertion, packaging, and transcoding, RGB's 'Multiscreen 2.0' cloud-based solutions enable video service providers to streamline and monetize TV Everywhere and OTT services, with unmatched reliability and future-proof scalability. RGB's high-capacity cloud, software, and hardware solutions uniquely offer the density and scalability required to support the growing demand for video delivery to TVs, tablets, PCs and mobile devices with integrated functionality that simplifies service provider's network architectures and minimizes operational costs. RGB's award-winning products are deployed with over 400 video service providers worldwide, delivering solutions for traditional and OTT video services. Venture capital investment firms include Accel Partners, Comcast Interactive, Focus Ventures, Granite Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and Mitsui & Co. Venture Partners. RGB is a private, profitable company based in Sunnyvale, California with offices around the world. For more information, please visit our website - http://www.rgbnetworks.com/ - and IP video blog - and follow us on Twitter @RGB_Networks.
Beamr is an imaging technology company that works with the world's leading web publishers, social networks and media companies to enable optimal user experiences across any user device or platform. Led by serial entrepreneurs and technology experts with extensive experience in media compression and delivery, Beamr's goal is to improve the user experience and reduce the costs associated with storing and transmitting media files through its JPEGmini and Beamr Video products. Beamr Video's patent-pending technology enables smoother streaming experiences by cutting video bitrate by up to 50 percent without compromising quality, while significantly reducing video delivery costs for distributors. For more information, visit http://www.beamrvideo.com/.
About DivX, LLC:
DivX, LLC is leading the way to better, more seamless consumer video experience by powering the professional creation, protected distribution and high-quality playback of highly efficient video to multiple devices and platforms. DivX, along with its subsidiary MainConcept, offers service providers, device manufacturers and integrators technologies that address the entire video supply chain with solutions for software applications, OTT content services and consumer electronics devices. Over 1 billion DivX enabled devices have shipped worldwide from major manufacturers and DivX consumer software products have been downloaded over 1 billion times. DivX is based in San Diego, CA, with offices across Europe and Asia. For more information on the company, visit www.divx.com/company.
About eBrisk Video:
Founded by Industry veterans in November 2009, eBrisk Video is a leading developer of intellectual property in the area of video compression algorithms as well as a leading provider of H.265/HEVC video compression software solutions for video conferencing and broadcast/streaming applications. The company's H.265/HEVC solutions are designed to improve substantially the visual experience of video conferencing and broadcast/streaming applications on current platforms over existing networks. eBrisk Video's full-featured real-time H.265/HEVC encoding solutions feature the best video quality and the highest density in the market.
When it comes to innovative audio technologies for the rapidly evolving media world, Fraunhofer IIS stands alone. For more than 25 years, digital audio technology has been the principal focus of the Audio and Multimedia division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. From the creation of mp3 and the co-development of the AAC to the future of audio entertainment for broadcast, Fraunhofer IIS brings innovations in sound to reality. Today, technologies such as Fraunhofer Cingo for virtual surround sound, Fraunhofer Symphoria for automotive 3D audio, AAC-ELD for telephone calls with CD-like audio quality, and Dialogue Enhancement that allows television viewers to adjust dialogue volume to suit their personal preferences are among the division's most compelling new developments. Fraunhofer IIS technologies enable more than 7 billion devices worldwide. The audio codec software and application-specific customizations are licensed to more than 1,000 companies. The division's mp3 and AAC audio codecs are now ubiquitous in mobile multimedia systems. Fraunhofer IIS is based in Erlangen, Germany and is a division of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. With more than 23,000 employees worldwide, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is comprised of 67 institutes and research units making it Europe's largest application-oriented research organization.
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About Ittiam Systems:
Ittiam Systems Private Limited, headquartered in Bangalore, India, is a technology company focused on providing cutting edge multimedia solutions for a wide range of products as well as cloud services. With its wide range of components, SDK's, applications, hardware platforms, turnkey systems and cloud based workflows, Ittiam offers solutions to automotive, broadcast, consumer and mobility as well as industrial and defense markets. Embedding Ittiam IP inside, annual volume of customers' products shipped is in several tens of millions units.
MulticoreWare, Inc. is a leading provider of high performance video processing software libraries including the x265 HEVC encoder, UHDcode HEVC decoder, GPU accelerated Video Processing Library and GPU accelerated VP9 decoders. MulticoreWare's parallel computing tools, libraries and expertise in heterogeneous computing forms the foundation of a worldwide professional services business, with more than 200 engineers in 6 locations. For more information, please visit http://www.multicorewareinc.com/.
About NGCodec Inc.:
NGCodec is a start-up based in Silicon Valley creating video codec silicon Intellectual Property. The founders have extensive experience developing video codec IP, FPGAs and SoC's. The team is focused on the new H.265/HEVC codec. The company was founded in 2012. NGCodec licenses its silicon IP technology to semiconductor manufacturers and OEMs. http://www.ngcodec.com/ @NGCodec
About Squid Systems:
Squid Systems, Inc. is a global innovator in video compression and image processing technology, with industry-leading HEVC algorithms that produce better visual quality at any bit rate, and deeper compression at any level of visual quality. Squid provides software products and hardware IP for customer deployment of H.265 HEVC video encoding and decoding. The company has its headquarters in California's Silicon Valley with R&D facilities in Hyderabad, India.
Owned by Grupo Hevi, Telecable is one of the largest telecom operators in Mexico, and one of the most important multi-system operators (MSO). With 40 years of experience in the market, Telecable is currently present in more than 10 states, generates more than 2,000 direct jobs, and provides customer service in its more than 100 branches to its approximately 600,000 subscribers, who can enjoy cable TV with services such as High Definition and Digital TV, High Speed Internet with DOCSIS 3.0 technology and Digital Telephony services throughout the country using a 8,000 miles hybrid coaxial fiber and optical fiber network. For more information about Telecable please visit: http://www.telecable.net.mx/
About Vanguard Video:
Founded in 1995, Vanguard Video is a supplier of professional, broadcast quality H.265/HEVC and H.264 codec SDKs to top tier customers around the world. With deep codec expertise, unparalleled performance and quality, and world class support, Vanguard Video has helped its customers capitalize on many first to market opportunities by pioneering top tier encoding solutions including the release of the world's first commercially deployed H.265/HEVC service. Vanguard Video codecs support a wide range of platforms including software implementations for x86 and ARM microprocessors, OpenCL acceleration for GPUs, and IP Cores for FPGA devices. For more information, please visit http://www.vanguardvideo.com/.
RGB press contacts:
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Wed, 24 Sep 2014
- IMImobile's DaVinci Social platform to allow BBC to streamline the process of managing multi-channel audience engagement.
London, United Kingdom, 24 September, 2014 - IMImobile, a global technology company providing software and services which help businesses capitalise on the growth in mobile communications, today announced that they have been awarded the contract under the BBC's framework agreement for the provisioning of Mobile and Social Messaging services to help the BBC streamline the audience engagement process across mobile and social channels. The partnership commenced in July 2014, after an official supplier selection process.
The BBC will be using IMImobile's DaVinci Social platform across radio, TV and live events, enabling production teams to seamlessly manage inbound and outbound audience interactions across SMS, MMS, email, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. DaVinci Social is a single tool specifically developed to enable broadcasters to manage and respond to audience interaction across multiple channels, monitor citizen journalism and integrate contextual audience feedback into live programming. In addition, the platform will be used to manage interactive services such as social and mobile voting.
Jay Patel, Chief Executive at IMImobile commented: "We are delighted to be selected by the BBC to deploy our DaVinci Social platform across the organisation. IMImobile has a deep heritage of delivering highly scalable solutions and services into the broadcasting sector. DaVinci Social fulfils the BBC's requirements for being a universal tool for the monitoring and management of audience interaction across multiple channels".
The growth in mobile and social communication has changed the way audiences want to consume and participate in the broadcasting experience. To help broadcasters manage the complexity of mobile and social engagement, IMImobile developed DaVinci Social, an enterprise grade, highly scalable platform that can be deployed across hundreds of production teams to centralise the management of audience engagement across multiple digital and mobile channels.
Claire McLaughlin, Head of Interactive Technical Advice & Contracts Unit at BBC said: "Throughout the bid, IMImobile was able to successfully demonstrate that the DaVinci Social platform meets our high demands and criteria for centralising all audience interactions across our radio, TV and live event programming. The platform enables the BBC to respond to the change in audience behaviour and integrate mobile and social audience interactions into the broadcasting experience."
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About IMImobile PLC
IMImobile is a leading global technology company providing software and services which help businesses capitalise on the growth in mobile communication. Its services, delivered in over 60 countries in Europe, the Americas, MEA and India, help its clients to engage and transact with their customers more efficiently through smarter mobile engagement. The company's solution allow customers to use mobile as a channel to create new revenue streams, as CRM and customer engagement channel and as a channel to improve business operations.
IMImobile's DaVinci suite of products are modular, scalable and delivered through cloud infrastructure which is integrated into mobile operator networks, internet services and social media platforms. The products and solutions have helped IMImobile establish a blue-chip client base of leading mobile operators and global enterprises. Key customers include Vodafone, O2, Telefonica, Aircel, Airtel, BSNL, AT&T, MTN, France Telecom, Centrica, Coca-Cola, Universal Music, Tata, the AA, the BBC and major financial institutions.
The company is headquartered in London with offices in Hyderabad, Atlanta and Dubai and has 650 employees worldwide. IMImobile is quoted on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market with the TIDM code IMO.
For more information visit www.imimobile.com or contact alex.klose(AT)imimobile.com.
Leading Online Stock Photography Service Dreamstime Releases New Personalisation and Social Media Features
Tue, 23 Sep 2014
Dreamstime Provides a Truly Personalised Experience for Users and becomes First Stock Photography Agency to Factor Social Media into Search
Bucharest, Romania and Nashville, TN (23 September, 2014) - Dreamstime, a distinguished leader in the stock photography world, today announced the release of a new personalisation feature that also takes into account social media activity on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and more to improve the user experience in terms of searching for and suggesting relevant imagery.
The new personalisation feature - 'Designers Also Selected These Stock Photos' - allows users to view similar products based on the current item(s) being viewed in their shopping cart. It employs algorithms that utilise data coming from consumers' purchases and then uses the insight from the gathered data to suggest the best products to customers based on personal preferences and interests.
"This new personalisation feature appeals to both natural creativity and curiosity, as well as the desire to be current, up-to-date and relevant," said Serban Enache, CEO and co-founder, Dreamstime. "It's an effective motivator in getting customers to check out the images that other people are buying, by means superior to keywords search or visual search. By paying close attention to our customers' shopping behaviour and actively listening to what they are saying, we are laying the foundation for important opportunities both now and moving forwards."
Dreamstime's second new feature, a social media function, was created to help give a further boost to finding popular images that are being shared via social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, Delicious, Google+, Buzz, Digg, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Dreamstime is the first stock photography agency to factor social media into algorithms, helping to further improve search. The images that are shared in social media accounts by various designers, photographers and other users can return a wealth of data.
Enache explained, "We use this data to help create a better, overall user experience. In an effort to expand our horizons, both of Dreamstime's new features are key in driving user discovery, as well as assisting customers in easily finding contemporary stock images that they never knew existed. Users will now have the opportunity to take a peek at stock photos that other designers and photographers are selecting, and have the option to explore further thanks to useful, relevant recommendations."
Dreamstime's 'Designers Also Selected These Stock Photos' works by connecting technologies and algorithms to data stored in various repositories, and comparing information in a user's profile - i.e. past purchases, demographic information, browsing history - to create a dynamic experience unique to that particular user. The new personalisation feature points customers in the direction of other images that are relevant to photos that they have either already selected or that are currently popular. Factoring in social media into this personalisation functionality taps into a wealth of previously unexplored data that further helps to return relevant images for every user.
Dreamstime is a distinguished leader in stock photography, a major supplier of high quality digital images to the world's largest advertising agencies, national and international magazines, and film and television production companies. With over 26 million images, Dreamstime has the largest customer base in the world (over 8.6 million users to date) and more than 15 million unique visitors monthly to the site. The acceleration in numbers overall makes it the fastest growing stock photo agency worldwide. In addition to the almost one million free images available, Dreamstime's active gallery is updated by the second with photos from the site's nearly 200,000 contributors. For more information on Dreamstime stock photos, please visit: http://www.Dreamstime.com.
Joshua PR for Dreamstime
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Tue, 23 Sep 2014
AmicusHorizon has lowered arrears and raised over £1.7m of additional income for residents by integrating its existing CRM system with a financial inclusion app supplied by 1st Touch (www.1sttouch.com). The extra income raised will help residents counter the challenges of welfare reform.
Providing 28,000 homes across the South East, a member of the g15 and with assets of £1.25bn AmicusHorizon is a strong regional housing association. The association also builds homes and between 2011 and 2018 it will have built 975 new homes. AmicusHorizon aims to be innovative too, winning a string of awards for delivering a great customer experience and this lies at the heart of its investment in and use of technology. One of the primary areas where technology has played a key role recently is in financial inclusion. AmicusHorizon, which has extremely high customer service standards, wanted a mobile app that not only manages the financial inclusion process in the field but that can also help secure more income for residents. 1st Touch was chosen to supply the mobile software and by integrating it with its existing CRM solution, AmicusHorizon can provide its financial inclusion officers with all the relevant information they need to help the customers that they are visiting.
As AmicusHorizon's Director of Technology Jeanette Alfano notes: "What customers wanted was for us to know who they were when they called us. 1st Touch is our mobile solution and it allows us to take our knowledge of our customers to their door. The combination of welfare reform, our CRM development and 1st Touch mobile allows us to provide a really strong offering for our customers. It enables us to identify which of our customers might struggle and to be able to discuss this in their home makes a big difference to them. Through the steps we've taken, we've been able to manage things successfully for our customers before they have become a problem and our customers seem to really like the service."
In practice, financial inclusions cases made in the CRM system are written into Microsoft Outlook as appointments. 1st Touch then polls Outlook for the appointment and then brings it in into 1st Touch with all the specific case and relevant background information required. Prior to a visit, the system can text residents to let them know that a member of the AmicusHorizon team is on the way. Once with the residents, the financial inclusion officers can then sit down with them to identify possible areas of help. This might include reviewing training opportunities for those keen to return to work or identifying unclaimed benefits.
In operational terms, the efficiency benefits of the new system are clear. With the app in place, each financial inclusion officer is able to achieve two more visits a day and the quality of those visits is higher. It is also felt that satisfaction has increased too. Lone worker safety is also boosted, as AmicusHorizon is aware of when officers are en route, with a client or have just finished a job.
Benefits of particular note though are a marked reduction in arrears and the significant amount of extra income raised for residents. As Robert Stewart, Business Systems Manager at AmicusHorizon says: "With the financial inclusion app in place, the most interesting figure of all is that we managed to secure £1.7million of additional income for our residents to help them through the challenges of welfare reform. 1st Touch also helped us to reduce our arrears from 3.71% to 3.39 %."
Jeanette Alfano echoes Robert Stewart's comments and feels that the success of the financial inclusion app has wider internal benefits too. In her view: "We are becoming more efficient and effective in the areas where we are using mobile technology. This has been great, as it has allowed me to secure the buy-in from the board that we need to roll out mobile technology across other areas the organisation. In fact without the 1st Touch option we wouldn't have got this far with mobile working."
Looking ahead AmicusHorizon is now aiming to create 'one view of a property'. This will combine repairs history along with inspections and property history in one place. With 1st Touch this too will be deliverable to the customer's door. AmicusHorizon also plans to install a self-service facility and 1st Touch is helping to inform the decisions about what should be offered to customers who will use this service.
Commenting on the use of the financial inclusion app at AmicusHorizon, Robert Dent CEO of 1st Touch says, "We are aware of many successful uses of our software but what I have seen AmicusHorizon achieve in terms of helping its residents is extremely impressive. We look forward to working closely with the team there to identify other areas where mobile technology can play an equally beneficial role."
A YouTube video of this case study can be seen at: http://youtu.be/UFtADSnCtVA
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.