Tile Expands into UK; Sales Top 4.5 Million Units

Thu, 11 Feb 2016

Sales double after just three months in US retail stores.

Tile, the most successful crowdfunded product of all time, is now the #1 global Bluetooth tracker.

London, 11th February 2016: Tile, makers of the world’s leading Bluetooth tracker and companion app, is officially launching in the UK following its announcement that it has now shipped more than 4.5 million Tiles.

Tile is a Bluetooth tracker and companion app that helps people find lost possessions such as keys, wallets, purses, cars, bags, luggage and more. Tile is an elegantly designed, tiny white square that pairs with a smartphone or tablet to become a homing companion for lost things. Users can simply open the app and ring any item that is in Bluetooth range or see its last known location on a map. Tile also works in reverse, allowing consumers to ring their smartphone with the push of a button on their Tile device itself even if the phone is left on silent mode.

The device also features innovative crowdsourcing technology to help users find lost items outside of Bluetooth range. Tile allows users to anonymously enlist the help of the entire Tile community in your search – so that anyone running the Tile app can anonymously update the location of any Tile anywhere in the world. Tile’s powerful Community Find feature has recovered lost and stolen cars, motorcycles, jewelry, pets, and of course, pesky keys that get dropped in between the couch cushions or stuck in the fridge somehow.

“The average person spends about 3,700 hours – or 153 days – looking for misplaced possessions and valuables in a life time, not to mention the money spent on replacing the things people permanently lose,” said Mike Farley, CEO of Tile. “Tile reduces this time wasted and ensures valuables are in arms reach, at all times, at the touch of a button. We are excited about bringing the location-of-things to the UK and working with our customers to expand the Tile community across the UK and into Europe.”

Each Tile costs £19.99 SRP and can now be purchased from Amazon.co.uk, Firebox and http://www.thetileapp.com/. It will be available from other leading retailers across the UK from March.

The company has more than doubled the amount of devices sold since last June. Tile was the most downloaded lifestyle app in the US Apple App Store on Christmas Day 2015, achieving Top 100 status out of 1.5 million apps and gaining recognition at CES 2016 as an Innovations Award Honouree. In 2013, the company launched the most successful crowdfunding campaign in history (in terms of units sold) and raised $16 million in Series A funding the following year.

About Tile
Tile keeps you close to the things that matter. The company's first product, also called Tile, is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and companion app that helps people find misplaced and lost items. Especially designed for consumers, Tile provides a way to keep track of things that matter to them most – keys, luggage, valuables, cars, you name it – and a worldwide community to privately aid in the search. Based in San Mateo, CA, Tile's mission is to make everything locatable, and has a global community of members in over 200 countries and territories helping make that happen. For more information, please visit thetileapp.com.

UK Press Contact:
Alex McDonald or Zoe Taylor
+44 (0)20 3176 4700

Source: RealWire

AdaptiveMobile partners with three Tier-1 operators to secure RCS traffic in North America

Thu, 11 Feb 2016

As RCS ‘takes off’, carriers turn to AdaptiveMobile to proactively secure services and protect users

DALLAS and DUBLIN, 11 February 2016 – AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile network security, today announced that the Company has signed landmark deals with three Tier-1 carriers in North America to protect their strategic RCS messaging infrastructures.

RCS has long been projected to be the future of mobile messaging with the 2015 Global Strategic Business Report projecting “the global market for RCS Services to reach US $4.9 billion by 2020.” Google’s acquisition of Jibe Mobile, a leading provider of RCS services, in September is further evidence of the industry’s efforts to bring RCS to a global audience.

The rapid uptake of AdaptiveMobile’s RCS security, which uses restful APIs, enables carriers to proactively deploy features such as “identification, authentication, privacy and security” to retain trust in their networks and gain competitive advantage over proprietary messaging Apps such as WhatsApp and Viber.

“After many false dawns, we can say with confidence that RCS has finally arrived, as the operator community realise their vision of a global interoperable messaging standard,” commented Brian Collins, CEO of AdaptiveMobile. He continued: “As the industry moves towards NFV and Telco clouds, open security APIs will be increasingly important – and as the world leader in carrier security, AdaptiveMobile is at the forefront of this security revolution.”

For more information about AdaptiveMobile’s mobile threat detection and prevention capabilities please visit the website at www.adaptivemobile.com.


About AdaptiveMobile:
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.

Press contact:
Anne Coyle, +1 857 222 6363

AxiCom (UK)
James Hayward, +44 (0)20 8392 4050

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NOORSAT celebrates 10th Anniversary at CABSAT 2016 and reflects on growth of satellite demand in the region

Wed, 10 Feb 2016

10th February 2016, Bahrain and Dubai: For satellite service provider NOORSAT®, CABSAT 2016 will hold special meaning as the company prepares to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. CABSAT, a pivotal regional satellite event, is set to reflect the great appetite for satellite services in the region, which is experiencing increased demand for both Direct to Home (DTH) TV and non-video services.

As the first privately owned satellite service provider in the Arab World, NOORSAT has achieved a great deal in the last decade, and now carries over 300 TV and Radio channels in both SD and HD quality and delivers Direct to Home (DTH) TV services to over 50 million households across the region. The company’s satellite capacity and impeccable customer service is highly sought-after.

“NOORSAT has enjoyed ten years of steady growth”, comments Omar Shoter, CEO of NOORSAT. “2016 marks an important milestone in the company’s development and we are using CABSAT as a platform to reflect on our journey, our history and heritage and to focus on the future at a time when there are so many exciting developments in our industry.”

Since its establishment in 2006, NOORSAT has gained significant market share in both the Direct to Home (DTH) TV market and other services such as Telecom, Video, Telephony and Internet services. NOORSAT boasts premium capacity on the NOORSAT 7 and NOORSAT 7B satellites, both located at Badr Al Nile® at 7/8°West orbital position, and the NOORSAT 1 satellite located at Badr Al Arab® at 25.5°East orbital position, the only two hotspots that serve the Arab World.

Over the last decade, NOORSAT has helped broadcasters to embrace technological developments within the sector, enabling them to make a smooth transition from SD to HD. The Company launched the very first real HDTV bouquet over the Arab World in 2009.

In addition, NOORSAT has proved to be consistently highly responsive to the market trends that are defining the future of satellite such as the heightened demand for satellite data services across the Arab World.

NOORSAT continues to support Arabic broadcasters with capacity to backhaul their regional programming to Europe and beyond. The company is sensitive to the heightened demand for indigenous content and has created a secure platform that enables them to extend their reach.

Shoter concludes: “Our extensive satellite capacity, modern ground infrastructure and in-depth knowledge of the region enable us to meet the increasing demands of this dynamic market and its future applications. We have been dedicated to delivering the very highest quality capacity and services to our customers for a decade, and we look forward to building on this strong foundation.”

Visitors are welcome to visit NOORSAT at CABSAT 2016 which will be located at booth number ZA5-10, Zabeel Hall.

For further information contact:
sales@noorsat.com or visit http://www.noorsat.com/

NOORSAT W.L.L. is a premier provider of satellite services to the Arab World, Central Asia and parts of Europe. Our extensive satellite capacity, modern ground infrastructure and in-depth knowledge of the region enable us to meet the increasing demands of this dynamic market and its future applications. We have been dedicated to delivering the very highest quality capacity and services to our customers for a decade, and we look forward to building on this strong foundation.

NOORSAT provides users with highly reliable Direct to Home (DTH) TV services from the only two Hotspots serving the Arab World. Furthermore, NOORSAT provides satellite capacities to serve the increased demand for all other types of telecom services including Video, Telephony and Internet.

Our outstanding customer care and state-of-the-art facilities enable us to offer impeccable service delivery.

Source: RealWire

Thenue Drives Digital Efficiencies With 1st Touch Mobile Working

Wed, 10 Feb 2016

Thenue Housing Association has introduced mobile workforce technology from 1st Touch (www.1sttouch.com). The software will be used to support the Association’s strategy to deliver more services digitally through its mobile operatives. Initially, these include estate management and tenancy services along with pre and post void inspections.

A registered Scottish charity, Thenue Housing owns and manages over 3500 properties spread across 6 main communities in the Glasgow region. They chose 1st Touch as it had a proven integration with the Association’s Aareon back office system. In addition, they had received a number of strong references from other users of the software whilst researching the options available on the market. Another factor was the system’s unique Smart Airtime facility. This enables operatives to send data back to base in compressed and encrypted bursts, whenever a signal becomes present. By utilising this function, users can continue working and do not need to waste time looking for a constant signal.

Commenting on the news Brian Gannon Head of Housing at Thenue noted, “We see our Digital Strategy as a very sound investment and 1st Touch is an important element of this. Not only will its deployment boost customer service delivery but it will also deliver significant efficiencies for the business. Naturally, any resources we save as a result can be redirected towards helping those tenants in greatest need, especially those struggling with the impact of Welfare Reform.

“We looked at a number of different solutions but 1st Touch won through. We were aware that they are a leader in the market in the supply of enterprise mobile workforce software for social housing. However, the main driver for us is the software’s ability to integrate with our existing back-office Aareon QL system. With 1st Touch we can now have live real-time data going straight from the mobile device into Aareon and that is a real step forwards. In addition, the system’s Smart Airtime feature will ensure that communicating this data is exceptionally easy, as the system doesn’t require a constant signal. We were also impressed that these processes are already in place at other 1st Touch customers and that we were able to read the testimonials from numerous happy users. We look forward to identifying other areas where 1st Touch software can help us.”

For his part, Greg Johns CEO of 1st Touch noted, “Thenue Housing Association has a clear digital vision and could see the very real benefits that our software will deliver. Whilst we are delighted at the efficiencies this will bring to their business, it’s especially pleasing that the savings they derive will ultimately help those tenants who need support the most.”


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 social housing organisations to embrace new technologies, such as mobile working, to achieve significant savings, greater productivity and more cost-effective use of resources. The system’s flexibility through simple customer control over mobile and customer service forms creation and amendment is also widely acclaimed.

Of particular note is 1st Touch 360. This intuitive new dashboard solution, streamlines processes by delivering a single, 360 degree-view of all key metrics and customer data access points. As a result, all the information needed to conduct any customer visit is collated in one central easily navigable location. With such cross-functional visibility, tasks which would previously have required numerous customer visits by different teams are now resolved in one visit from a staff member operating in a multi-functional role. There is Integration to multiple back office and other enterprise software applications, so that data is entered only once.

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 technology delivers across the enterprise.

To date, over 50% of the social housing market, which has deployed mobile technology, has chosen to implement 1st Touch. In total, over 1.6 million properties are managed across 130 customers/Housing Associations using 1st Touch.

In local government too 1st Touch has 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.

For further information on 1st Touch please contact:
Cherry Rance
1st Touch
02380 111206


Leigh Richards
The Right Image PR & Marketing Group
07758 372527

Source: RealWire

Opera Apps Club launches globally

Tue, 09 Feb 2016

“All you can eat” subscription service for premium Android apps now available

Oslo, Norway | February 9, 2016 - Opera today launched globally its unique, Netflix-style subscription service for premium Android apps. The Opera Apps Club brings value to carriers, developers and users by offering an alternative distribution and monetization model for apps based on an unlimited “all you can download” subscription offer, payable through operators’ billing systems.

In this way, Opera Apps Club is able to reach a wider audience of mobile users who would otherwise not have access to premium mobile apps, especially in emerging markets, where credit-card and debit-card penetration remains low.

Opera acquired Bemobi in August 2015, adding its leading, app-subscription service to Opera’s portfolio of operator solutions. The service, originally available throughout Brazil and Latin America in partnership with 34 wireless carriers and two smartphone OEMs, will continue to roll out globally this year as Opera Apps Club.

“Since its inception, Opera Apps Club has been designed with high scalability in mind to accommodate future business growth,” says Pedro Ripper, CEO of Bemobi, an Opera company. “Leveraging Opera’s global footprint, we can deliver services that benefit end users, operators and app-developers, globally.”

Customizing solutions for each operator
Opera Apps Club can be highly customized for each mobile operator's audience, focusing on games or apps from hundreds of developers worldwide, as the operator requires.

With over six million active subscribers, Opera Apps Club provides an effective channel for app developers, through which they can get their apps discovered and monetized across the globe. For carriers, it provides a highly engaging and relevant service they can offer to their users, as well as increased revenue over time.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdLeh9zH-do&feature=youtu.be

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About Opera Software ASA
Opera enables more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to connect with the content and services that matter most to them. Opera also helps publishers monetize their content through advertising and advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses, capitalizing on a global consumer audience reach that exceeds 1 billion.

Opera and Opera Software logo are trademarks of Opera Software ASA. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Press contact
Kate Gordon
Joshua PR for Opera Apps Club
T: 07980 921961
E: kate.gordon@joshuapr.com

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High-Tech Valentine: Do dating apps installed on company-issued mobile devices pose a security risk?

Tue, 09 Feb 2016

New Flexera Software report explains why some dating apps employees use on corporate and BYOD devices to find love – may be risky

Maidenhead, UK – February 9, 2016. As Valentine’s Day approaches, thoughts turn to cupid. So in this age of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and high-tech dating, CIO’s must consider a novel question: do the dating apps employees might be using on their corporate-issued or BYOD phones present a potential security risk to the organisation? According to a new report from Application Readiness expert, Flexera Software, the functionality and behaviour of many popular dating apps could violate organisations’ BYOD policies.

The report found that of the 25 popular Apple iOS dating apps tested[1]:

  • 88 percent, including Grindr, OKCupid and Tinder, are capable of accessing a device’s location services.
  • 76 percent, including Blendr, HowAboutWe and Zoosk, support ad networks.
  • 60 percent are capable of accessing the device’s social networking apps as well as SMS/Texting functions
  • 36 percent, including Grindr, Lovestruck and OKCupid, are capable of accessing the device’s calendar.
  • 24 percent, including Blendr, Hinge and Tinder, are capable of accessing the device’s address book.

“IT Operations team have significant experience and expertise when it comes to traditional enterprise apps, so they understand what the apps do, how they work, what data they access, and whether or not they are risky. However mobile apps are another story,” said Maureen Polte, Vice President of Product Management at Flexera Software. “Most IT Operations professionals do not have the faintest idea what apps are loaded onto employees’ BYOD devices and whether those apps behave in a way that the organisation would deem risky. That’s why we recommend that organisations centralise their Application Readiness processes to test all apps, including mobile, that will be hitting their networks, allowing IT Operations teams to ‘blacklist’ any they deem to be in violation of their policies.”

Apps capable of these behaviours may or may not be risky – depending upon an organisation’s particular business, risk profile and BYOD policies. For instance, customer location data can be highly valued by companies targeting consumer behaviours, so many apps access the phone’s GPS data to pass along to advertisers. Confidentiality and privacy concerns in some organisations would prohibit unapproved apps from tracking employee location information.

To compile the report, Flexera Software identified 25 popular dating apps, representing a small sampling of dating apps that can be found in the Apple App Store and that could easily be downloaded by employees to a corporate-issued or BYOD device. These apps were tested using AdminStudio Mobile, an Application Readiness solution that helps organizations identify, manage, track and report on mobile apps, simplify mobile application management, reduce mobile app risk and address the rapidly growing demand for mobile apps in the enterprise.

[1]The apps tested were: Blendr, Bumble, Coffee Meets Bagel, E-darling, Gleeden, Grindr, Happn, Hinge, Hitch, HowAboutWe, Lovestruck, LOVOO, Match, MySingleFriend, NeuChat, OKCupid, Once, Parship, POF, RSVP, Sexy Flirt, Single.de, Tastebuds, Tinder, Zoosk

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Flexera Software helps application producers and enterprises increase application usage and security, enhancing the value they derive from their software. Our software licensing, compliance, cybersecurity and installation solutions are essential to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimized software investments, and to future-proof businesses against the risks and costs of constantly changing technology. A marketplace leader for more than 25 years, 80,000+ customers turn to Flexera Software as a trusted and neutral source of knowledge and expertise, and for the automation and intelligence designed into our products. For more information, please go to: www.flexerasoftware.com.

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Source: RealWire

Vyke Launches to Revolutionise Voice Calling

Mon, 08 Feb 2016

The first app to socialise mobile phone numbers – innovation that the operators failed to deliver

London, 8th February, 2016: Vyke (www.vyke.com) today announced that it will be revolutionising the mobile voice market through its new mobile VoIP apps, which will allow users to use mobile voice with the same flexibility that we all take for granted with email and social networking. Thanks to Vyke, mobile voice can become a new social app.

The new Vyke platform – now available for iOS and Android users – will allow users to create multiple personas for voice calls and SMS. Using Vyke’s mobile VoIP app users can add up to four additional mobile phone numbers to use on their existing handset, coupled with rich free peer-to-peer chat and low cost calling features.

The multiple numbers will allow all mobile users to create and present different personas – for example work and personal – with a different mobile number for each – without having to have multiple devices. Behaviour that is already common on email or social platforms will now be possible on mobile voice too.

"We are delivering the innovation that the mobile voice sector is crying out for and that the mobile operators have so far failed to provide," said Mark Egginton, CEO of Vyke. "We know that mobile users have multiple personas, but until now they’ve only been able to have one phone number per device. Using Vyke they can now separate the different parts of their lives with different numbers, giving back both control over who calls them and when, whilst protecting the main mobile number identity.”

The Vyke app is free to download and users get their first number absolutely free. Additional numbers (users can have a total of four Vyke numbers) can then be added for $/£0.99 per month, or less with advance commitment. It’s easy to set up and users can even transfer an existing mobile number onto Vyke – removing the need for an additional handset.

Once downloaded, the Vyke app offers users in-bundle international mobile calls and texts with mobile number ranges from UK, USA, Canada, Poland and Netherlands immediately at launch, with more countries to follow soon.

“We believe that our new VoIP app will revolutionise voice calling in the same way that WhatsApp re-invented messaging. Our belief in this has seen us commit to a 12-month development cycle for the app and so we’re excited to let users start to download it," continued Egginton.

Vyke is available from the app stores for download now:


About Vyke
Vyke is a UK-based, mobile VoiP provider with over ten years experience in the field. Vyke provides consumer communication services. B2B communication services are provided under the VykeBusiness brand. Vyke also provides 3rd Party call and SMS termination. Vyke has developed a SDK/API’s and fully managed end-to-end white label of the new product to allow other service providers to create their own services using Vyke’s infrastructure.

For more information please visit www.vyke.com

Press contact:
Patrick Smith
Joshua PR for Vyke
T: 07734 600553
E: Patrick.smith@joshuapr.com

Source: RealWire

Quortus and ACS Partner to Bring MEC to the Enterprise

Thu, 04 Feb 2016

Companies to demonstrate combined offering at Mobile World Congress 2016

Guildford, UK and Huntington Beach, CA – 4th February 2016 – Quortus and Applied Computer Solutions (ACS) today announced that they are partnering to develop a range of wireless communications solutions for enterprises based on emerging Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) technologies. The two companies expect to demonstrate a proof of concept service offering at Mobile World Congress 2016 (Barcelona, Feb 22nd - 25th).

Quortus is at the heart of implementing core network functions as software applications; ACS provides products and services to Service Providers, MSOs and large enterprises. The companies’ partnership will enable services far beyond the capabilities of traditional network architectures, enhancing user experience and bringing benefits throughout the wireless ecosystem. For network operators this means more efficient use of network resources and new monetization opportunities; content distributors benefit with higher delivery speeds and lower network latencies; enterprises gain vastly improved integration between their IT and communications infrastructure; small businesses obtain access to advanced services with outstanding ease of use.

“Quortus and ACS makes for a game-changing combination,” said Andy Odgers, Founder and CEO of Quortus. “Together we are pioneering the new Mobile Edge Computing ecosystem. Uniquely, our MEC solution combines control and user plane functions – enabling more services than user-plane only MEC solutions. This opens up a new world of powerful possibilities, creating an operator-friendly system that can support a raft of new capabilities ranging from local traffic offload and QoS management to genuine local VoLTE calling.”

Bob Pike, CTO at ACS, commented: “Our partnership with Quortus is a natural evolution of our two companies’ respective endeavors to leverage advanced IT and communications technologies to make a real difference in a very broad range of applications. By applying intelligence at the network edge, we simultaneously remove strain on network operators’ infrastructure and improve service and user experience. We are hugely excited to debut this technology at MWC ‘16.”

The companies’ demo at MWC will show how MEC can be used to deliver media, voice and data services in diverse scenarios such as enterprise communications, healthcare, and public spaces such as shopping malls and sports stadia. The demonstration leverages Quortus’ recently announced MEC-aligned versions of its EdgeCentrix virtualized core network products, along with ACS’ IT infrastructure products, systems integration expertise, and unique capabilities in end-to-end orchestration of MEC servers and applications.

MEC architectures combine wireless technology with an IT-type service environment to deliver efficient communications services with ultra-low latency and high bandwidth. MEC software applications can tap into local content and information about network conditions so that traffic can be handled in an optimal way; examples include local traffic offload and caching, and video optimization.

Quortus' ECX technology takes this principle a step further, by implementing core network functions themselves in software. The combination of these two approaches will allow service providers to truly deliver on the promise of MEC. Services are provided where they are consumed – at the network edge.

About Quortus
Quortus enables flexible, agile mobile communications networks that provide a foundation for innovative services tailored to a diverse range of end customers. Its award winning EdgeCentrix (ECX) virtualized mobile core solutions help increase operator margin and ‘stickiness’. They interwork gracefully with existing mobile networks, with small cell and HetNet architectures and with standard IT infrastructure, to create truly integrated communications platforms. Quortus’ ECX products are highly scalable and can be hosted anywhere – in the cloud, at the network edge, or deeply embedded alongside a cellular radio in a single-chip implementation.

About ACS
Since ACS’s inception in 1989, we have experienced consistent and sustainable growth by developing strong long-term relationships with our OEM/manufacturing partners and by providing tremendous value to our clients. Our customer base is extremely diverse in size and in the industries they serve, but our commitment never wavers. ACS delivers effectively, efficiently, and provides the best possible value for each of our loyal customers. In the communications industry, which is one of the many ACS serves, ACS has helped wireline service providers, MSOs, and wireless carriers build out their networks for the past 20 years. Our experience in traditional wired broadband services and mobility gives us the expertise, technical talent and OEM relationships to help the operators deliver on LTE-based mobile broadband. We are well-equipped for urban and enterprise deployments providing the integration experience, technical talent and programming skills necessary to build out, control and manage mobile broadband platforms. Applied Computer Solutions (ACS) is based in Huntington Beach, California.

For Further Information
+44 (0) 7740173051

Source: RealWire

ISPCC Childline and Vodafone Ireland Foundation Announce Major New Partnership

Thu, 04 Feb 2016

Working to Keep Children Safe by Keeping Them Connected

4th February 2016 ISPCC Childline and the Vodafone Ireland Foundation are delighted to announce a major five year partnership that aims to keep children safe by keeping them connected. The Partnership will;

  • provide the charity with €2 million in direct funding from the Vodafone Foundation over five years
  • provide a commitment to covering the call costs for the Childline service for ten years until 2026
  • update Childline’s technologies and service infrastructure to modernise and broaden out access to the service in line with the changing needs of children
  • offer additional resources including Vodafone’s Be Strong Online Programme, to support children and parents through some of the issues they face in today’s digital society
  • leverage and engage Vodafone’s 2000 employees raise further funds for Childline

In 2014 ISPCC’s unique support service for children and young people responded to almost 500,000 calls and online contacts. Over the last 10 years, Childline has experienced a 75% increase in children seeking support online. Through this new partnership, with Vodafone’s support, the charity will now be in a position to develop a new total communications infrastructure which will improve children’s access to Childline and provide a 24 online digital platform.

Vodafone’s Be Strong Online Programme will offer support on issues ranging from bullying to online privacy and can be accessed online and in all retail stores nationwide from Tuesday, February 9th, Safer Internet Day 2016. One in five children in Ireland say that they have been bothered by something online in the last year. The Be Strong online programme will mean that children will now have a range of resources offering support and advice on cyber safety at their fingertips whenever they need it.

Announcing the partnership, Grainia Long, Chief Executive, ISPCC Childline said ‘I’m thrilled that ISPCC Childline will be working with Vodafone to help keep children safe. For every child who reaches us, there are many more who cannot. From today, this partnership will enable us to give every child the connection they need, when and where they need it most.’

Ray Collins, Vodafone Ireland Director of Strategy and Chairman of the Vodafone Ireland Foundation said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Childline and are looking forward to working with them to transform their unique and invaluable service. Life is challenging for young people and children today. Together we want to ensure that when children reach out for help, they can connect with Childline in whatever way they choose, via a call or a text or an instant message. Through the partnership we also plan to work together to build young people’s resilience and awareness online, to help them navigate their world better and cope with issues that confront them with a new confidence.”

The partnership comes with the support of Vodafone’s 2,000 employees, who have pledged to raise additional much needed funds for Childline through a range of fundraising activities over the course of the partnership.

See www.vodafone.ie/foundation.


About Vodafone
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 57 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 September 2015, Vodafone had 454 million mobile customers and 12.5 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com

Source: RealWire

Judges Select Solfyre as a Leading Startup Finalist in the Tech Trailblazers Awards

Tue, 02 Feb 2016

British privacy startup announced as a finalist, experiencing triple success in FinTech, Mobile and Firestarter categories

London - 2nd February 2016 - British cybersecurity pioneer Solfyre has been selected as a finalist in global startup awards scheme the Tech Trailblazers Awards, with recognition in multiple categories: FinTech Trailblazers, Mobile Trailblazers and the Firestarter Award for early stage startups.

Solfyre’s secure login and password management app, designed for both consumers and enterprises, gained top scores from the judges for its hassle-free and straightforward alternative to password pain and associated vulnerabilities. Solfyre’s mobile app SID encrypts a user’s passwords, generating one time QR codes for two factor authentication – for a simpler and more secure login on desktops. You can vote for Solfyre in the FinTech, Mobile and Firestarter categories at http://www.techtrailblazers.com/shortlist/ until Friday 12th February 2016.

Craig Vallis, founder and CEO of Solfyre said, “We are delighted to be shortlisted as part of the prestigious global Tech Trailblazers Awards for our prime focus areas: Mobile and FinTech. At Solfyre we have recognised the importance that mobile devices play in our everyday lives by putting Mobile at the very heart of our Enterprise and Consumer Identity Platform, turning our mobile phones into our own personal Identity Servers. We utilise all the functions of the phone to enable users to reclaim their identities and the FinTech Industry has the most at risk in terms of identity assurance. Not only do we streamline the current tedious and time consuming process of logging into websites and mobile applications but we can offer partners additional assurance around their users by providing Biometrics and Behavioural measurements at login.”

Rose Ross, Chief Trailblazer, said; “This year has been phenomenal again for startup talent and unsurprisingly the quality of the finalists reflects that. We have also seen previous winners go from strength to strength and we are looking forward to seeing who will be following in their startup footsteps. Our esteemed judges and the Tech Trailblazing team wish all the finalists the best of luck.”

For more information on the Tech Trailblazers, please visit www.techtrailblazers.com, follow the buzz on Twitter @techtrailblaze, hashtag #TTawards or check out LinkedIn for the latest updates http://www.linkedin.com/company/tech-trailblazers-awards.


About Solfyre
Solfyre is a British startup specialising in identity and password management.

Headquartered in London, the company is committed to igniting the Identity Revolution. The first step is the development of SID, a mobile app that simplifies password management and ensures passwords are always secure and always accessible. The app will available in iOS, Android and Windows Mobile versions in early 2016.

For more information, visit the Solfyre website on: www.solfyre.com or follow them on Twitter on www.twitter.com/solfyreID

Media Contact
Omarketing for Solfyre
Rosalind Carr
+44(0)20 8255 5225

Source: RealWire