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Fijian Government Selects EUTELSAT 172B for Providing Universal Television Access

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PARIS &Walesi, the Fijian Government’s Digital Television infrastructure management company, has signed a multi year agreement with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris ETL) that will for the first time expand free to air television throughout Fiji. The agreement covers C band capacity on the EUTELSAT 172B satellite to complement terrestrial coverage of the Walesi digital television platform.

Eutelsat’s new, all-electric satellite, now in full commercial service, will allow Walesi to provide digital free-to-air television via a Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform that will serve even the most remote, deep rural, and maritime areas of Fiji located beyond range of terrestrial networks. The platform will initially provide access to six digital free-to-air channels – with capacity to further expand – that will be accessible via a set-top box. Walesi will announce details regarding the DTH roll-out and Government-subsidised boxes in the coming weeks.

“This universal satellite coverage will be transformational for Fiji in three ways: it will provide better access to information to all Fijians, especially those in remote, deep rural, and maritime communities; it will further Fiji’s standing as an international telecommunications hub for the entire Pacific region; and it will fortify the climate resilience of our infrastructure,” said Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fijian Attorney-General and Minister for Communications. “This is just the beginning; going forward, our partnership with Eutelsat will allow the Government to fulfil our vision of providing video, data, and voice access to every community in Fiji.”

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial and Development Officer, added: “This agreement reflects not only the value of our new EUTELSAT 172B satellite in complex geographies such as Fiji, but also the immediate impact of satellite broadcasting for nationwide coverage of digital TV. We are delighted to be working with Walesi to promote access to free-to-air television for all and to be part of the effort to bridge the digital divide.”

About Walesi Walesi is a 100% government owned digital television infrastructure management company. Tasked with providing a nationwide digital television platform and associated infrastructure, Walesi is installing over 17 major communications and broadcast sites around Fiji which will be managed on a neutral host model. These major sites will be complemented by micro sites in remote and maritime regions that will be supported by bidirectional satellite capacity to expand data, video, and voice connectivity to previously unserved communities.

About Eutelsat Communications Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 6,600 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 32 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service. Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ticker: ETL).

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5G and Cloud Computing Market Opportunities, Technologies, Solutions, Applications, and Services in IoT 2017 – 2022 – Research and Markets

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The “5G and Cloud Computing Technologies, Solutions, Applications, and Services in IoT 2017 2022” report has been added to Research and Markets’ offering.

This IoT research assesses 5G technologies and solutions in support of IoT. This IoT research also analyzes the impact of 5G in IoT across infrastructure components including hardware, processors, embedded devices, software, and cloud-based service platforms. This research also assesses the prospects for 5G IoT across all major industry verticals. The report includes detailed forecasts covering the aforementioned areas for the period 2020 to 2025.

This IoT research also evaluates IoT edge computing via Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technology, architecture and building blocks, ecosystem, market drivers, applications, solutions, and deployment challenges. The report also analyzes MEC industry initiatives, leading companies, and solutions. The report includes a market assessment and forecast for MEC users and MEC revenue globally, regionally, and within the enterprise market for years 2017 to 2022. Forecasts include MEC infrastructure (equipment, platforms, software, APIs, and services).

This IoT research also evaluates the technologies, players, and solutions relied upon for Cloud Computing in IIoT. The report analyzes the impact of SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS upon IIoT as well as Cloud Computing software, platforms, and infrastructure in support of edge computing.

The report also assesses market opportunities for Cloud Computing support of IIoT Devices and the Objects/Things that will be monitored, actuated, and controlled through IoT enabled processes. The report includes detailed forecasts for the global and regional outlook as well as by industry vertical, devices, and objects/things from 2017 to 2022.

Key Topics Covered:

5G Technology and Solutions for IoT: Ecosystem Analysis, Market Outlook, and Forecasts 2020 – 2025

1 Introduction

2 5G IoT Ecosystem Analysis

3 5G IoT Market Analysis and Forecasts

4 5G IoT Device and Things Market Analysis and Forecasts

5 Company Analysis

6 Conclusions and Recommendations

Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC): Market Outlook and Forecasts 2017 – 2022

1 Executive Summary

2 Introduction

3 MEC Technology, Platforms, and Architecture

4 MEC Market Drivers and Opportunities

5 MEC Ecosystem

6 MEC Application and Service Strategies

7 MEC Market Forecasts 2017 – 2022

8 Conclusions and Recommendations

9 Appendix: Real-time Data Analytics Revenue 2017 – 2022

Cloud Computing in Industrial IoT 2017 – 2022

1 Overview

2 IIoT Cloud Computing Ecosystem

3 Industrial IoT Cloud Computing Market

4 IIoT Cloud Connected Devices/Things Forecasts

5 Company Analysis

6 Conclusions and Recommendations

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

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Of course there are Street Fighter-meets-Transformers toys

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Listen, I’m sure some of you grew up watching the Transformers cartoon and played Street Fighter years later with a wish in your heart that these two worlds would meet. For those happy few, there are now mash-up toys that let Ryu, villain M. Bison, Ken and Chun Li morph into cars and planes.

Tipsters pointed Transformers fan site Seibertron to the new line, which seems to reuse old models from previous years’ Transformers toys. Ergo, Ryu is Optimus Prime (called Convoy in Japan), M. Bison is Megatron, Ken is Hot Rod and Chun Li is Arcee. They’ll be released in paired sets, with the more complex Ryoptimus and M. Bisotron going for about $115 US while Kot Rod and Charcee cost around $76. The rumor mill has both coming out in May 2018. Check out the full mock-ups below, which Seibertron put together:

 

 

BMW will never make this absolutely insane concept motorcycle, but it totally should

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BMW, perhaps more than most other longtime auto manufacturers, embraces odd designs and out-of-the-box concepts. You don’t need to look far in the company’s lineup to see some incredibly unique design choices, but every company has its limits. That’s why you’re absolutely never going to see the BMW R1100R KHAN concept cruising down your city streets, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less awesome.

The brainchild of Turkish designer Mehmet Erdem, the R1100R KHAN looks like something you’d expect to see in a modern day Tron reboot, but it’s actually designed with real world tolerances in mind. Featuring a massive rear wheel, forward-leaning rider position, and a big, beefy motor, and incredibly aggressive body, it’s a glorious example of what vehicles might be like if safety and practicality were thrown out the window.

The original BMW R1100R was a fairly modest motorcycle, produced by the company for five years beginning in 1994. It featured a twin engine that put out close to 80 horsepower, and had a top speed over just over 120 miles per hour.

The reimagining of the bike as the KHAN concept changes things in a big way, trading the normal upright rider position for a forward-leaning posture that puts the rider’s head over the completely covered front wheel. The massive rear wheel spins just inches from the back of the saddle, so we’d recommend avoiding a long shirt.

It doesn’t look like it would be the most comfortable thing in the world to ride, at least for extended periods of time, but it would probably a very exhilarating experience while it lasted. Just don’t slam into anything or you’d likely be launched like an arrow right over the Khan’s smooth body panels and windshield-free front section.

NelsonHall Positions Landamp;T Technology Services in the Leaders Category for IoT Services

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L&T Technology Services Limited (NSE LTTS), a leading global pure play engineering services company announced that it has been positioned in the Leaders Category by independent global research firm, NelsonHall in its latest NEAT evaluation for Internet of Things (IoT) services providers. LTTS is the only global pure play engineering services to be positioned in the leader’s category.

LTTS has been identified as a leader relative to its peers’ due to its ability to meet future client requirements as well as deliver immediate benefits to IoT Services clients.

Dominique Raviart, IT Services Practice Director, NelsonHall said, “L&T Technology Services has several strengths that make it relevant to industrial IoT. The company has a background in the manufacturing industry. It is actively expanding its IoT portfolio, and has created its own IoT platform, as well as continuing to create IP-based use cases. Also, LTTS has a background in the ER&D industry, which means that it can provide a continuum of services, from product design and engineering to the IoT platform.”

Mr. Bhupendra Bhate, Chief Operating Officer & Whole Time Director, LTTS commented, “Digital Engineering is shaping things of the future. LTTS as the leading pure play engineering services firm is at the forefront of the digital wave and investing its resources and capabilities in transformative areas such as Embedded Systems & Platforms, Human Machine Interface, Big Data Analytics, Integrated Manufacturing & Asset Management and Design Thinking. Acknowledgements such as this from NelsonHall are a testimony that our strategic focus on new age technology is yielding the desired results.”

NelsonHall’s profile of LTTS’ IoT capabilities identified its wide IoT services portfolio which include IoT Platforms and connectivity services, connected devices and ER&D services for Smart Manufacturing.

Some of the key IoT solutions that have been deployed in LTTS’ global customer projects include:

Additionally, NelsonHall identified key strengths of LTTS which include:

NelsonHall noted that LTTS is investing in developing IP use cases and creating Intellectual Assets that are reusable like the smart building framework i-BEMS that enables ‘Net-Zero,’ energy generation management in buildings.

About L&T Technology Services Limited:

L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) is a listed subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Limited focused on Engineering and R&D (ER&D) services. We offer consultancy, design, development and testing services across the product and process development life cycle. Our customer base includes 52 Fortune 500 companies and 48 of the world’s top ER&D companies, across industrial products, medical devices, transportation, telecom & hi-tech, and the process industries. Headquartered in India, we have around 11,000 employees spread across 15 global delivery centers, 28 global sales offices and 38 innovation labs in India as of September 30, 2017.

For additional information about L&T Technology Services log on to www.LntTechservices.com.

About NelsonHall:

NelsonHall is the leading global analyst firm dedicated to helping organizations understand the ‘art of the possible’ in next generation IT and business services. With analysts in the U.S., U.K., and Continental Europe, NelsonHall provides buy-side organizations with detailed, critical information on markets and vendors that helps them make fast and highly informed sourcing decisions. And for vendors, NelsonHall provides deep knowledge of market dynamics and user requirements to help them hone their go-to-market strategies. NelsonHall’s research is rigorous and all-original, and widely respected for the quality, depth and insight of its analysis.

Apple might not be making a self-driving car, but it sure is interested in autonomous tech

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As one of the most secretive tech companies out there, Apple rarely reveals any details regarding hardware or software products that may be in development. But the company last week quietly disclosed self-driving car research that proves not only that Apple is interested in this field, but that it may have solutions to improve various aspects of it.

The paper details technology that can be used by existing self-driving cars equipped with LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology for mapping their surroundings to better detect obstacles, including pedestrians and cyclists.

First spotted on arXiv by Reuters, the paper describes a so-called VoxelNet technology for autonomous cars, and appears to be the company’s first disclosed paper on this subject.

Apple said a year ago that it will let AI and machine learning researchers to share their research with the world. In July, the company launched the Apple Machine Learning Journal which covers the same topics. However, Apple’s blog did not cover self-driving cars before.

What the VoxelNet tech does, is to allow computers to detect moving obstacles with the help of LiDAR information only, without the necessity of additional sensors. Detecting 3D obstacles from a distance is a crucial aspect of self-driving car tech, as autonomous cars will have to interpret in real time, as fast as possible, everything that happens around them. The technology might be even better than what’s currently available out there.

Experiments on the KITTI car detection benchmark show that VoxelNet outperforms the state-of-the-art LiDAR-based 3D detection methods by a large margin. Furthermore, our network learns an effective discriminative representation of objects with various geometries, leading to encouraging results in 3D detection of pedestrians and cyclists, based on only LiDAR.

It’s unclear at this time what Apple plans to do with self-driving cars in the future, but the paper proves it’s a very hot topic at Apple.

Something very weird is happening on Saturn’s moon Titan

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Thanks to the efforts of NASA and its incredibly reliable Cassini spacecraft, we now know more about Saturn and its moons than ever before, but it seems there are still some surprises in store for scientists studying the planet and its natural satellites. New research by scientists at the University of Bristol has revealed an interesting quirk with Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, and it flies in the face of everything science has predicted.

It seems that Titan’s polar regions have a rather unpredictable personality, and observations made by Cassini have shown that an expected hot spot near Titan’s pole had rapidly turned into a frigid polar vortex. This stood in contrast to what previous observations suggested, especially considering the same spot had been seemingly getting hotter as recently as late 2009. Now, researchers think they have an explanation.

The current best guess for the strange behavior of Titan’s pole is that chemicals in its atmosphere are responsible for the chilly trend.

“For the Earth, Venus, and Mars, the main atmospheric cooling mechanism is infrared radiation emitted by the trace gas CO2 and because CO2 has a long atmospheric lifetime it is well mixed at all atmospheric levels and is hardly affected by atmospheric circulation,” Dr Nick Teanby, lead author of the study, explains. “However, on Titan, exotic photochemical reactions in the atmosphere produce hydrocarbons such as ethane and acetylene, and nitriles including hydrogen cyanide and cyanoacetylene, which provide the bulk of the cooling.”

Using a model based on data gathered by Cassini, the team was able to demonstrate that the incredibly unique mix of chemicals over the polar region could indeed result in sharp temperature drops and extremely frigid atmospheric temperatures.

The study, which was published in Nature Communications, points out that while the behavior of Titan is particularly odd to us, the same thing might be happening on exoplanets and other moons outside of our Solar System. The research could help inform further study of those far-away worlds in the long term.

Facebook’s latest move on Russian fake news is too little, too late

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Facebook published a blog post Wednesday outlining its plans to fully explain how Russian agents used its social network to influence the 2016 presidential elections. The cornerstone of its transparency going forwards will be a tool, accessible by the end of the year, that should let users know if they liked or followed a Facebook Page created by a Russian troll farm.

The tool will not, however, inform any of the estimated 140 million users who might’ve seen that content without liking or following a page.

“We will soon be creating a portal to enable people on Facebook to learn which of the Internet Research Agency Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts they may have liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017,” the company wrote. “This tool will be available for use by the end of the year in the Facebook Help Center.”

Facebook continued to try and justify its actions thus far. “It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 US election. That’s why as we have discovered information, we have continually come forward to share it publicly and have provided it to congressional investigators. And it’s also why we’re building the tool we are announcing today.”

The company maintains that technical and privacy reasons prevent it from building a similar tool to inform users if they saw content spread by the Internet Research Agency, a group that the intelligence community has labeled as a Russian operation.

Budweiser vows to be first beer on Mars, and will send barley into space next month as a start

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Like it or not, humanity won’t be able to live on Earth forever. If we don’t wipe out our own species by the time we figure out where to go, we’ll eventually have to shove off of the planet and head elsewhere. When that happens, we’re going to need a lot of things, and one of those things is beer. Budweiser is totally fine with that, and they’re working hard at figuring out how to brew beer in space.

Next month, Budweiser will be sending one of the primary ingredients in beer, barley, into space aboard a cargo supply mission that will head skyward on December 4th. It will remain at the International Space Station for a month before coming back to Earth to be analyzed by Budweiser’s team of scientists. It’s a small step with a big final goal: to make Budweiser the first beer on Mars.

“Budweiser is always pushing the boundaries of innovation and we are inspired by the collective American Dream to get to Mars,” Ricardo Marques, Budweiser VP said in a statement. “We are excited to begin our research to brew beer for the red planet.”

A total of 20 barley seedlings are slated to be sent into space, and will be housed in special “CubeLab” containers for the duration of their stay in orbit. The experiment hopes to shine some light on how zero gravity affects the growth of the plant and what potential pitfalls might be encountered if one would attempt to brew beer during a long-haul mission.

At present, only tentative plans are in place for a manned Mars mission, and they’re still more than a decade away at the very earliest. It’s safe to say that ensuring astronauts can crack open a cold one isn’t exactly on the top of NASA’s priority list, but if an actual Mars colony is established at some point in the distant future, they’re probably going to want something to look forward to on Saturday nights.

Black Friday 2017 deals from airlines make cheap flights a reality

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Black Friday is normally a shopping holiday for gadgets, TVs, kitchen appliances, and basically anything else you can pile into a shopping cart at Walmart. But nearly everyone who sells anything is getting in on the action this year, and that includes airlines.

The best deals include one-way flights to Europe for $99, roundtrip flights to European vacation destinations for $559, and deals on flight and hotel packages.

It’s not just the budget airlines getting in on the deals. Sure, Iceland’s WOW Air is responsible for the $99 one-way fares to Europe, but Delta and Southwest also have deals going on. Some of the best spotted by Business Insider include 1,250 seats being sold for $99 for one-way trips from Boston, Chicago, and Pittsburgh to Reykjavik, Amsterdam, London, or Ireland; and $129 one-way trips fro LA, San Fransisco, and Miami to the same destinations. The deal is only valid if you buy another one-way ticket back at the same time, but those can be as cheap as $150.

Ryanair, the notorious European discount airline, is having a sale on fares for as low as $6.50. Flights from London Stanstead go to destinations like Denmark, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

However, one fare-checking website suggests that Black Friday might not be the best time to get cheap fares. Instead, it says you should wait until the Tuesday after  — dubbed Travel Deal Tuesday — for the best deals. “We analyzed our historical flight pricing data and found that fare sale activity significantly spikes on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving,” a blog post says. “The airlines offer major discounts because travel demand tends to die down following Thanksgiving. Most travelers have already booked their holiday airfare, but haven’t started planning their winter getaways yet.”

Residents of Timor-Lesteandrsquo;s Capital to Enjoy Complimentary Wi-Fi in Public Spaces via SES Networks

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Residents of Timor Leste’s capital, Dili, will enjoy complimentary high speed Wi Fi connectivity in various public spaces across the capital, including the President Nicolau Lobato International Airport, Timor Plaza mall and Largo de Lecidere square, through a trial service delivered by Timor Telecom (TT), the largest telecommunications operator in the country. By using the connectivity enabled by SES Networks’ fibre like connectivity, TT aims to ensure that everyone will have the right to broadband access and information.

SES announced that with the provision of enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity in Dili, TT and SES Networks will continue to empower local communities in Timor-Leste with access to faster mobile data and broadband connectivity, meeting the evolving and fast-growing connectivity needs of Timor-Leste residents.

Timor Telecom has been using SES Networks Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) services for the past few years for international connectivity. The low-latency and high throughput service has enabled Timor Telecom to launch 3G mobile followed by LTE mobile data service in the country. In addition, the SES Networks’ Customer Enablement team has been providing consulting services to TT on its Wi-Fi rollout.

Manuel Capitão Amaro, CEO at Timor Telecom said, “Through SES’s O3b MEO satellite fleet, we are delivering services that significantly enrich connectivity experiences throughout the country. In Dili, public spaces are an important intersection at which people from all walks of life gather and interact. We are glad to be able to deliver much needed quality Wi-Fi for these different communities.”

Imran Malik, Vice President, Fixed Data, Asia-Pacific at SES Networks said, “Connecting our customers and local communities is at the heart of what we do. We are proud to support Timor Telecom in its continuous elevation of its service offerings, bringing reliable, fibre-like connectivity to local residents and communities within the country. Through the low latency, high-speed connectivity enabled by our MEO satellite network, connectivity in public spaces throughout the capital will reach unprecedented levels of speed and reliability.”

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SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions. SES’s portfolio includes ASTRA, O3b and MX1, a leading media service provider that offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. SES is listed on the Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange (ticker: SESG). Further information available at: www.ses.com

Mimosa Networks Selected as Red Herring Top 100 Global Winner

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Mimosa Networks, the global technology leader in wireless broadband solutions, announced today that it has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Red Herring Top 100 Global Award, one of the technology industry’s most respected awards.

The Red Herring Top 100 Global Award winners are selected annually from over 1,100 entrants for innovation and ability to capture explosive future growth. The comprehensive due diligence process measures against a variety of criteria including disruptive impact, proof of concept, financial performance, market footprint and management experience.

Mimosa’s innovative wireless broadband solutions are ushering in a new era of connectivity in hybrid fiber-wireless networks. With its suite of cloud-connected infrastructure products, Mimosa provides cost-effective and powerful alternatives to internet service providers wanting to deliver fiber-fast speeds to customers in rural, suburban and urban environments.

“The Red Herring Top 100 Global Award substantiates our vision of delivering the ultimate broadband experience to our customer’s subscribers,” said Brian L. Hinman, CEO of Mimosa. “The dedication of the Mimosa team has been the driving force behind a mission to usher in the next era of connectivity.”

“Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across the globe to the Top 100 Winners. We believe Mimosa embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. The team at Mimosa should be proud of their accomplishments.”

For over twenty years, technology industry executives, investors, and strategists have valued the Red Herring 100 lists as an instrument for discovering and fostering the most promising private ventures from around the world. The list of 2017 winners can be found here: http://www.redherring.com/2017-red-herring-top-100-global-winners/. Previous Top 100 finalists have included Alibaba, Facebook, Google, and YouTube.

About Mimosa Networks, Inc.:

Mimosa Networks is the global technology leader in wireless broadband solutions, creating new competition in the industry to close the connectivity gap. Mimosa access, backhaul and client solutions enable service providers to connect dense urban and hard-to-reach rural homes at a fraction of the cost of fiber. Mimosa’s technology allows unprecedented levels of efficiency, enabling scarce spectrum to be concurrently shared across an entire network. Founded in 2012, Mimosa is VC-funded and deployed in over 130 countries worldwide.

GSMA and Mobile World Capital Barcelona Announce New Sponsors and Venue for YoMo at Mobile World Congress 2018

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The GSMA and the Mobile World Capital Barcelona today announced that the Youth Mobile Festival Barcelona (YoMo Barcelona) will take place Tuesday, 27 February through Friday, 2 March 2018 at La Farga L’Hospitalet, and will feature a media day on Wednesday, 28 February. Now in its second year, YoMo Barcelona will once again inspire future generations to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, art design, and math (STEAM) disciplines and will offer young people and educators an expanded set of activities and events. YoMo is sponsored by Bayer Hispania, Grupo Edelvives, Museo del Gas de la Fundaci n Gas Natural Fenosa and Robotix Lego for Education.

“YoMo showcases the passion, energy and excitement around science and technology and the amazing innovation that is taking place across the mobile and STEAM ecosystems,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “With nearly 1,800 hours of stimulating content, YoMo will allow students to sample a wealth of innovation ranging from how to convert mobile phones into a microscope to making virtual reality glasses with recycled materials, and much more.”

YoMo Barcelona is open to all students and education professionals in Catalonia and Spain and is free to attend. The programme is intended to motivate young people to pursue education and careers in STEAM industries and is supported by local, regional, national and European stakeholders, including the Catalan Ministry of Education, businesses across STEAM industries, professional institutions, R&D laboratories, not-for-profit charities, universities and other specialist education institutions.

It is anticipated that more than 15,000 students and educators from across Catalonia and Spain will come to Barcelona to participate in this engaging and inspiring four-day showcase of science and technology, making it the largest STEAM event in Spain. Designed for students from eight to 18 years old, YoMo Barcelona will feature educational exhibits, live shows, interactive workshops, and a wide range of hands-on activities. Information on activities currently scheduled for YoMo is available at www.yomobcn.com/showfloor.

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Registration for school group places is already fully booked and a waiting list is in place. Media can apply for a pass to attend at the following sites: Catalan – www.yomobcn.cat/prensa, English – www.yomobcn.com/press, and Spanish – www.yomobcn.es/premsa. More information, including details on sponsorship and showcase opportunities, is available at www.yomobcn.com.

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For more information on Mobile World Congress 2018, including how to attend, exhibit or sponsor, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com. Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress on Twitter @GSMA using #MWC18, on our LinkedIn Mobile World Congress page www.linkedin.com/company/gsma-mobile-world-congress or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mobileworldcongress/.

The Mobile World Congress is the cornerstone of the Mobile World Capital, which will be hosted in Barcelona through 2023. The Mobile World Capital encompasses programmes and activities that span the entire year and will benefit not only the citizens of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, but also the worldwide mobile industry. For more information on the Mobile World Capital, visit www.mobileworldcapital.com.

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About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

About Mobile World Capital Barcelona

Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWCapital) is an initiative driving the mobile and digital transformation of society while helping improve people’s lives globally. With support of the public and private sector throughout Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, MWCapital focuses on three areas: the digital empowerment of new generations, professionals and citizens; the digital transformation of industries; and the acceleration of digital innovation through entrepreneurship.

Collectively, our mSchools, Digital Transformation and mVenturesBcn programmes are positively transforming the education system, the industry and the economy. MWCapital also hosts the Mobile World Congress and delivers 4 Years From Now (4YFN), a business platform for the startup community.

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NewVoiceMedia Named Finalist in SalesTech Awards

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NewVoiceMedia, a leading global provider of cloud contact center and inside sales technology that enables businesses to have more successful conversations, has been named a finalist in the 2017 SalesTech Awards.

The SalesTech Awards honor companies and individuals that demonstrate excellence, innovation and leadership in the sales technology market. Produced in partnership with the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn, the awards tap into the experience of more than 100,000 sales and marketing professionals to recognize the world’s best SalesTech products, professionals and organizations.

NewVoiceMedia has been nominated for its ContactWorld technology, a multi-tenant communications platform that enables sales reps to have more successful conversations with their customers. The solution helps organizations worldwide build a more personal relationship with every customer and prospect. It joins up all communications channels without expensive, disruptive hardware changes and plugs straight into the business’s CRM platform for full access to hard-won data. With a true cloud environment and proven 99.999% platform availability, NewVoiceMedia ensures complete flexibility, scalability and reliability.

The award win follows several recent victories for NewVoiceMedia including being named by Forbes as one of the world’s top private cloud companies and honored in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100, an annual league table which ranks Britain’s private technology, media and telecoms companies with the fastest-growing sales.

“We’re delighted to be a finalist in the SalesTech Awards,” comments Dennis Fois, President and COO of NewVoiceMedia. “Our cloud contact center and inside sales platform is attracting some of the world’s highest-growth businesses as we continue to drive innovation that transforms the way they connect with their customers and prospects.”

Award winners will be announced in early 2018. For more information about NewVoiceMedia, visit www.newvoicemedia.com.

Vote for ContactWorld for Sales at salestechawards.com/candidates/contactworld-for-sales/

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About NewVoiceMedia

NewVoiceMedia’s cloud contact center and inside sales platform delivers more successful conversations.

The leading vendor’s award-winning customer contact platform helps organizations worldwide build a more personal relationship with every customer or prospect. It joins up all communications channels without expensive, disruptive hardware changes and plugs straight into your CRM for full access to hard-won data. With a true cloud environment and proven 99.999% platform availability, NewVoiceMedia ensures complete flexibility, scalability and reliability.

NewVoiceMedia’s 650+ customers include MobileIron, Lumesse, Vax, JustGiving and Canadian Cancer Society. For more information, visit www.newvoicemedia.com or follow NewVoiceMedia on Twitter @NewVoiceMedia.

Sprint Runs Energy Efficiency with Yardi Proliphix

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Sprint’s dedication to customer convenience led to more sustainable operating practices, which helped increase the size of the company’s portfolio by 30% since 2015, despite pressure from online sellers on bricks and mortar retail.

One of the keys to this strategy is Yardi® Proliphix. This building energy management system helps optimize lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems with cloud-based remote management software. The system continuously monitors temperatures, thermostat settings and potential equipment malfunctions.

Sprint initially implemented Yardi Proliphix in 2012 to reduce energy costs in its retail locations by 15% with an anticipated 18-month return on investment. The initial success of this project prompted Sprint to extend its Yardi Proliphix deployment as its portfolio expanded.

Many retailers, particularly those with smaller locations, consider energy management systems too expensive. However, the new Yardi Proliphix implementations will cost Sprint less than a conventional standard programmable thermostat. Because Yardi Proliphix can function as a lighting control system, Sprint will not need to install a second system.

“An effective energy management system is absolutely necessary to maintaining low operational costs. Proliphix represents an excellent investment for our portfolio by maintaining a 14% reduction in energy costs and a 15-20% reduction in maintenance costs. As a diagnostic tool, it helps our maintenance teams be proactive and efficient,” said Darrel Carter, enterprise energy manager for Sprint.

Yardi Proliphix also helps Sprint avoid the erosion of energy upgrade benefits-up to 30% annually-that occurs without continuous commissioning of energy and comfort management systems.

“Proliphix gives Sprint the support and tools for ongoing cost savings, consumption reduction and customer comfort that aren’t possible with a one-time ‘set it and forget it’ approach. Yardi looks forward to helping Sprint continue to achieve its energy efficiency goals,” said Matt Eggers, vice president of Yardi Energy.

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About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54 million connections as of Sept. 30, 2017 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at sprint.com or facebook.com/sprint and twitter.com/sprint.

About Yardi

Yardi® develops and supports industry-leading investment, property management and energy management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies. For the energy market, the Yardi® Smart Energy Suite helps manage costs, consumption and sustainability initiatives with mobile-enabled energy management solutions. Established in 1984, Yardi is based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and serves clients worldwide. For more information on how Yardi is Energized for Tomorrow, visit yardi.com.