ME NewsWire Latest Press Releases from ME NewsWire Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:47:09 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 PEARL by OT&amp;reg; eSE Obtains Certification for Mobile Payment Services in China <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- OT (Oberthur Technologies), a leading global provider of embedded security software products and services, today announces that the newly released version of its embedded Secure Element, PEARL by OT&reg;, has obtained MTPS Chinese certification for mobile payment services.</p> <p>MTPS is the certification program for all Mobile Financial Services technologies in China. From Secure Elements to servers or platforms, all elements involved in any mobile-based payment solution need to obtain an MTPS certificate before being deployed across China.</p> <p>The newly released PEARL 900k v4+ also comes to market with an unmatched user memory size of 900kbytes, an enhanced SPI* implementation for improved communications with the Application Processor, and a new mechanism to remove all personal applications and credentials present in PEARL v4+ when the user wants to repair or re-sell his device. Finally it includes the latest biometric-compliant payment applets certified by all major worldwide payment schemes. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:52:31 +0100 International Security Alliance Announced in Abu Dhabi <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">A 7-nation international security alliance was recently announced in Abu Dhabi to serve as a working group to confront organized and transnational crime. The announcement was made in the presence of Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and the interior ministers and representatives of six Arab and world countries. The general secretariat of the newly formed alliance, which comprises Italy, Spain, Senegal, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Morocco, as well as the founding countries, UAE and France, will be headquartered in Abu Dhabi.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">The new Alliance aims to encourage joint action to confront the different types of organized and transnational crime, develop prevention methods, and achieve sustainable security and stability for member countries in their effort to reinforce the security and advancement of their people. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:47:37 +0100 GRI G4, the most widely used sustainability reporting framework globally <p><span style="font-family:times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:13.0pt">Sustainability reporters across the globe have been using the GRI Guidelines for the past 15 years. GRI reports have been published from more than 90 countries around the world, with thousands of organisations referencing the guidelines to create the leading framework for sustainability reporting. The Guidelines are specifically referenced in policy or regulation in more than 40 countries and regions, as well as 24 stock exchanges. Here in the Arab Region, over 140 sustainability reports have already been produced using the last version of the GRI guidelines known as GRI G4 within the last couple of years. This indicates towards a steady stream of reports that have come from both public sector and privately owned organisations. </span></span></p> <p><a href=""><span style="font-family:times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:13. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:18:52 +0100 GSMA Urges Policymakers to Advance the Digital Economy in New Report <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- The GSMA today launched a new report that encourages governments to pursue policies that incentivise investment and promote development of digital economies, building an inclusive digital future for their citizens. The report, &ldquo;Embracing the Digital Revolution: Policies for Building the Digital Economy,&rdquo; developed in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), calls on policymakers to encourage digital advancement and prepare for the changes that lie ahead, while highlighting the risk of inaction.</p> <p>&ldquo;Digital and mobile technology has delivered far-reaching social and economic benefits at both the global and national levels,&rdquo; said John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA. &ldquo;As the digital and mobile revolution continues to accelerate, new technologies &mdash; artificial intelligence, robotics and the Internet of Things &mdash; promise great benefits but also continued disruption resulting from the digitalisation of many industry sectors. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:19:30 +0100 MetLife is First U.S. Insurer to Achieve Carbon Neutrality <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) today announced that it has achieved its 2015 goal of carbon neutrality, becoming the first U.S.-based insurer to do so.</p> <p>MetLife achieved carbon neutrality by integrating sustainability and energy efficiency best practices across the company's global operations, and then offsetting the remainder of emissions through investments in carbon mitigation projects around the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;MetLife is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and driving sound environmental stewardship across our business globally,&rdquo; said Marty Lippert, executive vice president and head of MetLife Global Technology and Operations. &ldquo;Sustainable business strategies not only reduce our environmental impact but also underscore who we are as a company.&rdquo;</p> <p>Examples of MetLife's efforts to embed sustainability throughout its operations include:</p> <ul> <li>Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for MetLife's Washington D.C. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:16:34 +0100 Greg Williams, from NASA&amp;rsquo;s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, ... <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- In a recent CMMI Institute study, nearly 50% of organizations reported that they don't have standard processes in place that enable them to adapt their capabilities quickly to opportunities. And, now more than ever, leaders must ensure their organizations deliver above and beyond customer expectations and find new ways to stand out in the marketplace. For over 25 years, CMMI has been helping thousands of organizations&mdash;including Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Fujitsu, IBM, HP, Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco Systems, and Intel&mdash;assess their organizational capability and drive higher performance.</p> <p>Tap into expertise and resources on how to identify the key capabilities that distinguish your organization by attending the CMMI Institute's annual Capability Counts Conference on 16 and 17 May 2017 in Alexandria, VA, just outside of Washington, DC. The conference will feature CMMI success stories focused on delivering actionable insights on what it means to be a capable, mature organization and how to create a culture of continuous improvement. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:30:32 +0100 OT and Octo Telematics Revolutionize Car Sharing with EasyOpen by Omoove, a Service Powered by ... <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- OT (Oberthur Technologies), a leading global provider of embedded security software products and services, and Omoove, a company by Octo Telematics, a European leader in providing innovative technological solutions dedicated to shared mobility, today announced that they are joining forces to transform user experience and increase security for car sharing services. The two companies will present EasyOpen, a service powered by OT's Secure IOT Cloud that transforms smartphones into car keys, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.</p> <p>EasyOpen combines OT's expertise in secure service enablement for smartphones and wearable devices with Omoove's multiple years of experience in car sharing platforms and on-board technology.</p> <p>Until now, the majority of car sharing fleet systems relied on direct communication between components installed in vehicles and a central management system. These purely online systems tended to create latencies for the users, and potentially made the vehicles vulnerable to illicit use. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:54:52 +0100 Panasonic Takes Part in the &amp;quot;One Year to Go&amp;quot; to Olympic Winter Games ... <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic) took part in the "One Year to Go" event as well as the test events for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 (Korea), which began on February 9, 2018.</p> <p>The "One Year to Go" event took place on February 9, 2017 (organized by the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games) at the ice hockey arena in the Olympic Park(*1) in Gangneung, Gyo-dong. Panasonic Korea exhibited "LUMIX" digital cameras sold in Korea, and also set up a commemorative photo booth and an experiential mini kurling contest to help enliven the event. 7 sponsors took part in this exciting event that welcomed 8,400 visitors. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:40:53 +0100 Jordanian Consul General Visits AURAK <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">His Excellency Dr. Sa'ed Radaideh, consul general of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Dubai and the Northern Emirates, has visited the </span></span><a href=""><span style="font-family:times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK)</span></span></a><span style="font-family:times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> to congratulate AURAK for the academic recognition of its programs in Jordan.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">After meeting </span></span><a href=""><span style="font-family:times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:12. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:36:48 +0100 Hype Energy Drinks Eye Growth and Expansion in Middle East &amp;amp; Asia in 2017 <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif"><a href="">Hype Energy</a> returns for the 5<sup>th</sup> year in a row to Gulfood 2017, the region's largest food and beverage trade platform, to further consolidate its footprint in the Middle East while looking for expansion opportunities in Asia.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">At stand C38 in Za'abeel's new hall number 4 in the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Hype Energy Drinks will showcase a real F1&trade; race car and bring back its popular LED stand, high energy music, and second floor to relax, enjoy a Hype Energy drink and charge up. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:59:58 +0100 The Internet of the Seas Sets Sail <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- The University of St Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) is developing smart telemetry tags using Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) technology to track and monitor the movement of harbour seals and research their population decline. NB-IoT is a Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) technology that was standardised by the GSMA's Mobile IoT Initiative and will play a fundamental role in the emerging &lsquo;Internet of the Seas' by capturing underwater data that will help to monitor climate change.</p> <p>The new sensors being developed by SMRU will be harmlessly attached to the seals in order to log detailed data on the animals' behaviour, such as location and dive depth, as well as temperature, salinity and, eventually, underwater sound. Low power devices and networks in licensed spectrum vastly improve wildlife tracking by enabling more efficient tracking tags that are smaller and less intrusive.</p> <p>SMRU expects to trial the new NB-IoT enabled marine tags later this year. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:55:39 +0100 GSMA Report Shows High Spectrum Prices Threaten High Quality, Affordable Mobile Broadband Services <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- The GSMA today published &lsquo;Effective Spectrum Pricing', a research report on spectrum pricing, including the impact on consumers. The study, developed in collaboration with NERA Economic Consulting, links high spectrum prices to more expensive, lower quality mobile broadband services and also estimates that, due to the increased data prices, consumers lost out on economic benefits worth US$250 billion across selected markets. Average final prices paid in auctions were found to have risen 250 per cent<sup>1</sup> from 2008 to 2016 with the most exorbitant price tags often influenced by policy decisions.</p> <p>&ldquo;The era of judging the success of auctions based on headline-generating revenue figures is over,&rdquo; said Brett Tarnutzer, Head of Spectrum, GSMA. &ldquo;The damage done to consumers &ndash;and the wider digital economy &ndash; by policies that artificially inflate spectrum prices has been too great. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:24:43 +0100 Toshiba Now Shipping Samples of 64-Layer, 512-gigabit 3D Flash Memory <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- <a href=";;esheet=51514011&amp;newsitemid=0&amp;lan=en-US&amp;anchor=Toshiba+Corporation&amp;index=1&amp;md5=08e10429e0292b599c6a654f17637edd" rel="nofollow">Toshiba Corporation</a> (TOKYO:6502) has today unveiled the latest addition in its industry-leading line-up of BiCS FLASH&trade; three-dimensional flash memory with a stacked cell structure<sup>*1</sup>, a 64-layer device that achieves a 512-gigabit (64-gigabytes) capacity with 3-bit-per-cell (triple-level cell, TLC) technology. The new device will be used in applications that include enterprise and consumer SSD. Sample shipments of the chip started this month, and mass production is scheduled for the second half of this calendar year. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:08:03 +0100 Huawei Takes Home the (MRM) Business Innovation Award <p>In recognition of its innovative services to customers and strict commitment to quality standards, <a href="">Huawei</a>, the leading global ITC solutions provider, won the 1<sup>st</sup> Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Innovation Award, in the Services category.</p> <p>During a glitzy ceremony that took place yesterday in Dubai's Madinat Jumeirah, Mr. Wang Chengdong, CEO of Huawei Tech, UAE, received the award from H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, in the presence of a number of dignitaries, senior officials and representatives of the business community in Dubai.</p> <p>The ceremony was organized by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.</p> <p>H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry stressed the importance of the award in fostering a culture of innovation within business communities throughout the GCC. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:20:19 +0100 Advantest and W2BI to Exhibit Advanced Test Solutions at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ... <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE:6857) and W2BI, Inc., an Advantest Group company whose test automation products help customers quickly launch new high-quality smart devices, will showcase their newest test and test automation products for the wireless electronics market at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), running February 27 through March 2 at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain.</p> <p>&ldquo;Under the banner of long-time MWC exhibitor W2BI, we will display two of our leading-edge products designed to measure the connected world and everything in it,&rdquo; said Judy Davies, vice president of global marketing communications at Advantest. &ldquo;Our diverse array of technologies is united behind the common goal of helping our customers to reduce their costs of test and get their products to market faster. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:41:03 +0100 Dubai Airports: Concourse D Welcomes 16.6 million Passengers in First Year <p><span style="color:black"><span style="font-family:tahoma,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Concourse D marks its first anniversary on February 24 following a successful inaugural year that saw over 16.6 million passengers enjoy its customer-friendly design and top-flight retail and food and beverage offering.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color:black"><span style="font-family:tahoma,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Concourse D, which represents the final major piece of infrastructure to be built at DXB as part of the $7.8 billion Strategic Plan 2020 programme, was a timely addition to the airport when it first opened its doors for passengers on February 24, 2016. The $1.2 billion facility became home to 60 international airlines that operate into DXB's Terminal 1 and connect it to 90 destinations around the world. The facility increased the annual capacity of the airport from 75 million passengers to 90 million. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:55:35 +0100 TransCore Granted an Additional Five-Year Contract Extension on Salik Toll System in Dubai <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) has extended its contract with TransCore through 2021 to provide customer service operations and maintenance services on the award-winning Salik Toll System. TransCore will also provide system upgrades and enhancements, including software updates, servers, increased network and storage capacity, and new roadside equipment.</p> <p>In step with the Authority's Smart Government and Customer Happiness initiatives, TransCore recently developed a new customer application to increase the level of self-service capabilities, created an online tolltag sales portal, and upgraded the Salik website.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Roads and Transport Authority has made an inspiring commitment to pursue transportation innovations that directly impact the quality of life for motorists throughout Dubai,&rdquo; said Karim Rizkallah, managing director, TransCore Middle East. &ldquo;We commend the RTA on these initiatives, and are proud to provide continued enhancements to the Salik Toll System. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:40:20 +0100 Painting with Fire: Artist Uses Flame of a Zippo Windproof Lighter to Create Striking Art <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- Iconic American brand Zippo has launched a captivating video showcasing the genius of Canadian artist, Steven Spazuk. Known as the&nbsp;<strong>Fire Artist</strong>, Steven realised the fascinating &lsquo;fumage' technique, which casts aside traditional tools such as paintbrushes in favour of painting with fire. In the newly released video, Steven uses flame to create an original artwork and reveals how he expertly harnesses the power of fire.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">The never-before-seen footage features Steven &ldquo;attacking the paper&rdquo; with the flame of a Zippo windproof lighter and other fire tools and then retouching his designs by etching patterns with natural bird feathers and blades. Filmed in his studio in Montreal, Steven divulges how his unique artistic approach originated and his inspiration. ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:46:04 +0100 TSYS Signs Payments Agreement with ibq <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- TSYS (NYSE: TSS) announced today that one of the oldest banks in Qatar, International Bank of Qatar (ibq), has signed an agreement to license TSYS' future-focused PRIME<sup>SM</sup> payment solutions platform.</p> <p>ibq has selected PRIME to manage all of its Visa and MasterCard credit and debit card issuing and ATM acquiring business as part of a single-platform solution. ibq will benefit from PRIME's integrated capability for authorisation and switching, fraud monitoring and risk management, disputes and chargeback handling, and ATM management. ibq will further leverage PRIME's unique integration layer to enable greater interoperability with the bank's existing systems, allowing for operational and business improvements, while empowering its certified developers to develop against the integration layer whilst protecting their investment, and the security and performance of the core PRIME platform. ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:32:07 +0100 OT and ERCOM Partner to Introduce Cryptosmart SIM-Powered, the Best Solution to Encrypt Mobile ... <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- Oberthur Technologies (OT), a leading global provider of embedded security software products, services and solutions, today announces its international collaboration with Samsung and Ercom, a leading company in the mobile communication security industry, to jointly develop and launch <em>Cryptosmart SIM-powered</em>.</p> <p>OT and ERCOM have partnered to introduce Cryptosmart SIM-powered relying on an advanced SIM card technology to encrypt mobile communications on Samsung mobile devices. This partnership between OT, Samsung and ERCOM makes Cryptosmart SIM-powered easy to deploy by operators to secure mobile devices as well as data, voice and SMS communications.</p> <p>The solution will bring both security and usability for customers and end-users:</p> <ul> <li>Security through end-to-end encryption of voice, data and SMS communications, plus local data protection and possibility to remotely wipe the device. ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:50:01 +0100 SES Partners with Globecast to Expand TRT World Reach <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif"><span style="color:black">(</span><a href=""><span style="color:#002B42">BUSINESS WIRE</span></a><span style="color:black">)-- SES S.A. (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced today that TRT World is expanding its global distribution with global media solutions provider Globecast on the SES fleet.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif"><span style="color:black">The international Turkish news platform, TRT World, started broadcasting in January from ASTRA 19.2 degrees East, ASTRA 28.2 degrees East, and SES-5 at 5 degrees East. These orbital positions were selected to reach viewers in continental Europe, UK and Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of a global program and a multi-year agreement with TRT World, Globecast is extending satellite distribution of the channel around the world. ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:01:06 +0100 Orange Business Services &amp;ndash; With MEEZA as Prime Contractor &amp;ndash; ... <ul> <li><strong>Msheireb district: one of the only fully integrated smart districts in the world with more than 500,000 embedded sensors bolstered by a set of advanced applications</strong></li> <li><strong>With consulting, design and integration expertise, Orange supports MEEZA in offering a new digital life to Msheireb citizens, including residents, visitors and City workers</strong><a href=""> </a> <p>&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- <a href=";;esheet=51512838&amp;newsitemid=0&amp;lan=en-US&amp;anchor=Orange+Business+Services&amp;index=1&amp;md5=7e10e86026b56d1557762ca1b4eaf1b3" rel="nofollow">Orange Business Services</a> has signed a multimillion dollar consulting deal with <a href=";url=http%3A%2F%2Fmeeza. ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:34:30 +0100 SES to Participate in 5G Press and Analyst Event at the Mobile World Congress <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif"><span style="color:black">(</span><a href=""><span style="color:#002B42">BUSINESS WIRE</span></a><span style="color:black">)-- SES S.A. (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced today that it will participate in a media and analyst event focused on the evolution of European 5G initiatives at the Mobile World Congress 2017. SES's Deputy Chief Technology Officer Ruy Pinto will participate in the press conference organised by the 5G-Infrastructure Association (5G-IA), which brings together industrial partners and key players involved in the 5G framework and deployment in Europe. ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:54:19 +0100 Nike Unveils Collection to Celebrate Air Max Day, Highlighted by Release of Nike Air VaporMax <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- Three years ago Nike launched Air Max Day, a response to global fervor for one of the most beloved footwear platforms of all time. Today, Nike begins a journey to this year's Air Max Day, a worldwide celebration of Air highlighted by the long-awaited release of Nike Air VaporMax.</p> <p>Nike will celebrate Air Max Day on March 26 by marking the 30th anniversary of the Air Max 1, the shoe that pushed footwear to unprecedented heights with new cushioning style and performance features. Throughout March, Nike will release a mix of retros, remixes and innovations. This fresh line-up of Air, including the highly anticipated Nike Air VaporMax, represents the latest chapter of Nike's longstanding commitment to serve athletes. The new product delivers on what consumers want, by transforming the athletic footwear landscape with the most powerful and resilient underfoot platform yet.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Nike Air VaporMax is a tremendous example of what happens when we harness the combined insights of our design collective. ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:13:40 +0100 Arthur &amp;amp; Hardman unveils Milano by Giovanni Boutique Suites in Jumeirah Village Circle <p><a href="">Arthur &amp; Hardman</a>, the development arm of global business conglomerate <a href="">Reign Holdings</a>, has launched Milano by Giovanni Boutique Suites, a premium Italian style luxury property in Dubai's Jumeirah Village Circle at an estimated investment of AED 125 million.</p> <p>The developer has many competitive options in all lot sizes with prices starting from AED 499,000 for a studio and going up to AED 1.3 million for a 2-bed hotel apartment. The project is expected to be handed over in June 2018 and has a flexible payment plan of 50 per cent until completion and 50 per cent at handover.</p> <p>Arthur &amp; Hardman develops world-class, fully integrated lifestyle communities that meet the distinct gamut of residential and commercial needs in Dubai. Milano by Giovanni Boutique Suites is part of a sprawling development of three types of boutique suites, inspired by and named after the most remarkable Italian cities &ndash; Milano, Roma, Naples and Venice. ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:47:20 +0100 Johnson Controls Unveils Aggressive Growth Plans at Its First Middle East &amp;amp; Africa ... <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">At its recently held two day Executive Channel Conference in Dubai, <a href="">Johnson Controls</a> (NYSE: JCI) hosted over 200 guests including leaders of 78 distribution channels across 24 countries in Middle East and Africa (MEA). Senior leadership from Johnson Controls including Bill Jackson, President, Global Products &amp; Channels, Building Technologies &amp; Solutions; Linda Chapin, Vice President Global Human Resources; Ashraf Abdalla, Vice President and General Manager, MEA; David W Budzinski, Vice President, Indirect Channels, MEA and Dr. Marcus Schumacher, Vice President, Strategy, Programs and Business Integration, MEA hosted the gathering and shared Johnson Controls enhanced capabilities and strategies for aggressive growth in Middle East and Africa. ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:29:12 +0100 Panasonic Set for Take Off at MWC <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- The 120m<sup>2</sup> booth features technology for retail, car rental, communications, security, logistics and ground handling and brings together the automotive, business technology, industrial and eco solutions divisions within Panasonic.</p> <p>One of the key technologies on show will be LinkRay, a one-to-one customer engagement tool for public spaces. It means dozens of people can simultaneously get native language information from display panels and LED lighting to their smartphone, so that display panels in an airport could contain links to transport information in multiple languages.</p> <p>Also on show will be HD Beacon technology, which can assist localized mapping and wayfinding within the terminal buildings at an airport. So, for instance, airport staff or people with limited mobility could use their mobile device to find the nearest electric cart to get them quickly to their gate. ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:59:44 +0100 Joint Statement from Unilever PLC and Unilever N.V. ... <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- Unilever and Kraft Heinz hereby announce that Kraft Heinz has amicably agreed to withdraw its proposal for a combination of the two companies.</p> <p>Unilever and Kraft Heinz hold each other in high regard. Kraft Heinz has the utmost respect for the culture, strategy and leadership of Unilever.</p> <p><em>This is a press release by Kraft Heinz pursuant to the provisions of Section 4 Paragraph 3 of the Decree on Public Takeover Bids (Besluit Openbare Biedingen Wft) of the Netherlands.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>View source version on <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:58:56 +0100 Arabian Centres Selects Yardi Voyager 7S for Retail Portfolio Management <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- Arabian Centres will adopt a single technology platform to manage the retail lifecycle of 19 malls when they implement cloud-based Yardi Voyager<sup>&reg;</sup> 7S as their new lease and property management platform.</p> <p>&ldquo;Yardi's single platform approach will enable us to manage many aspects of the retail lifecycle through a single solution,&rdquo; said Rashed Alothman, CIO at Arabian Centres. &ldquo;We will be able to drive further efficiencies to many aspects of retail mall management including the leasing process, unit marketing, facility management and also use business intelligence to aid our future real estate strategy.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are very honored to be given the opportunity to work with Arabian Centres,&rdquo; said Neal Gemassmer, vice president of international for Yardi<sup>&reg;</sup>. &ldquo;This partnership further reflects our approach and commitment to develop innovative solutions that meet the regional needs of specific real estate markets. ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:31:29 +0100 Discover the Secret to Soft Radiant Skin with Enchanteur&amp;rsquo;s Latest Range of ... <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif"><span style="color:#3C3C3C"><a href="">Enchanteur</a>, the leading international range of quality and timeless French inspired fragrances and body care products, has introduced three new formulations to its range of body lotions. Designed to give more than just the soft, feminine touch to a woman's everyday moments, the new range is infused with specific skincare properties including anti-bacterial function, deep nourishment for up to 48 hours and shimmering for that instant transformation.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif"><span style="color:#3C3C3C">The new moisturising body lotion range indulges the skin in exceptional softness and glow for every occasion and delights the senses with delicate Floral French fragrances that is so quintessentially Enchanteur. ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:05:46 +0100 Leading UAE Cybersecurity Company Launches New and Improved Dashboard for BrandHawk ... <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">Every day, companies all over the world have their online brands come under siege from hackers, phishers, fraudsters, and the like. These criminals abuse the brands of such companies to damage the reputation these organizations have worked hard to build up. The mistrust that results from such malicious acts tarnishes the public outlook of the company, and affects the business in the long-term.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif"><a href="">Managed FZ LLC</a>, a leading provider of Cybersecurity and Managed Security Products and Services, and innovators in the industry of Brand Risk Monitoring, provides a very sophisticated service for monitoring all kinds of online threats and risk called <a href="https://managedservices. ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:30:44 +0100 SM Optics Launches LIGHTMODE, Its New Metro Optical Platform at MWC 2017&amp;nbsp; <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">(<a href=""><span style="color:blue">BUSINESS WIRE</span></a>)-- SM Optics, a centre of competence in optical networking and R&amp;D power house, will be presenting &ldquo;LIGHTMODE&rdquo; its new metro-optical platform at Mobile World Congress for multiservice OTN-based metro-access applications. High capacity and low latency are key enabler for 5G to expand beyond mobile applications, pushing network convergence as never before. For this reason optical transport will play a major role in X-hauling networks and a vision of convergence of wireless and fibre transport represents a strength offering the flexibility to cover any need with a homogeneous solution. ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:10:19 +0100 Opening of the New Branch of Souq Planet in Ras Al Khaimah <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif"><a href="">The National Catering Company LLC</a> opened a supermarket (<a href="">Souq Planet</a>) in Ras Al Khaimah, as part of the Company's expansion strategy in several regions in the United Arab Emirates over the next few years.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">The supermarket was designed in a unique and easy way to cater for shoppers, as it is considered the first Digital Supermarket in Middle East. This special service provided by the leading Souq Planet in the retail sector makes it one of the most renowned brands in the Middle East. ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:01:33 +0100 TP-Link Middle East to Launch Mobile Devices to Partners in Ras Al-Khaimah <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif"><a href="" target="_blank">TP-Link Technologies Co Ltd</a>, a global provider of SOHO, SMB networking products and wireless LAN solutions, has revealed it will host a partner event in Ras Al-Khaimah, where the company will introduce its <a href="">Neffos</a> X series smartphone range.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">TP-Link stated that the event will be held on Monday, 20<sup>th</sup> February, 2017.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif">The launch, which will be held as part of the company's plan to raise partner awareness around it mobile devices business, will also see TP-Link showcase its Neffos X1 and X1 Max smartphones. ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:41:03 +0100 Toshiba the Winner of 63rd Okochi Memorial Grand Technology Prize <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- <a href=";;esheet=51511996&amp;newsitemid=0&amp;lan=en-US&amp;anchor=Toshiba+Corporation&amp;index=1&amp;md5=72d86c26f1a6f996625c2c7af6da34cf" rel="nofollow">Toshiba Corporation</a>'s (TOKYO:6502) recent work at the cutting-edge semiconductor technology has been recognized with the award of 63rd Okochi Memorial Grand Technology Prize, Japan's most prestigious award in industrial technology.</p> <p>Established in 1954, the Okochi Prize recognizes advances in industrial engineering in areas including the research and development of production technologies. Toshiba's commitment to research and manufacturing excellence have made it a multiple winner of the award, most recently four years ago. This year, the award recognizes Toshiba's breakthrough technology for reducing the adjacent memory cell coupling effect, allowing realization of a high density design rule for multi bit/cell NAND Flash memory. ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:27:04 +0100 Niels-Henrik ANDERSEN appointed CEO of NID Security <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- NID Security, the world leader in display cards, today announces the appointment of Niels-Henrik Andersen as CEO.</p> <p>Niels-Henrik Andersen has more than 20 years experience in sales and management roles in the power card industry.</p> <p>He previously managed the Financial Services Institutions activity for OT (Oberthur Technologies)&nbsp;in North Europe, in particular Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, with a strong focus on implementing Solutions Business. He converted the Danish market to dual interface technology and recently participated in the securing of a Digital Payment platform solution with NETS for the Nordic region.</p> <p>Educated in Management, Niels-Henrik will bring all his energy, passion and experience to the service of NID Security.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am delighted to join NIDSecurity and its teams. ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:26:54 +0100 Arabia CSR Network to hold certified training on fundamentals of CSR and sustainability <p><span style="font-family:times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:13.0pt">The </span></span><a href=""><span style="font-family:times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:13.0pt">Arabia CSR Network</span></span></a><span style="font-family:times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:13.0pt"> has announced it will conduct a three-day certified training course on the fundamentals of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability for companies and individuals seeking to better understand and assess how CSR and sustainability can add value to the company. The training will be held in Dubai, UAE from February 26 to 28, 2017. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:times new roman,serif"><span style="font-size:13. ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:08:56 +0100 Ascend Performance Materials Announces Global Price Increase for Fibers <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- Ascend Performance Materials announced today a global price increase on all fibers.</p> <p>The price increase takes effect March 1, 2017, or as contracts allow, and includes the following materials and price changes:</p> <table cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="16">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Material</strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><strong>Geography</strong></td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td> <p><strong>Price ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:39:56 +0100 Ercom Announces Groupe Imprimerie Nationale Has Selected Its Cryptobox Solution <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- Ercom, a reference solution provider for secure voice and data communications, announces it has been selected by Groupe Imprimerie Nationale (French leader in secure ID solutions and trust services operator).</p> <p>The agreement includes supplying and deploying Cryptobox, the most secure sharing and collaboration solution.</p> <p>As a trust services operator, Groupe Imprimerie Nationale delivers e-Administration turnkey platforms providing enhanced digital public services to ensure reliable user identification and secure management of sensitive data. Groupe Imprimerie Nationale is a secure solution integrator for its clients and internal platforms, retaining solutions combining simplicity and high levels of security.</p> <p>Ercom was chosen through a selection process, as Groupe Imprimerie Nationale was looking for a secure data exchange solution to share confidential documents with its partners and clients, in a simple, focused and extremely secure manner. ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:32:06 +0100 A.M. Best Special Report: Stability Returns to Saudi Insurers but Growth Prospects Remain Cloudy <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- The Saudi insurance market appears to have finally turned the corner following a period of underwriting volatility, according to analysis by <strong>A.M. Best</strong>.</p> <p>A review of preliminary disclosures by national insurers in Saudi Arabia shows a marked improvement in operating performance in 2016, with the market more than doubling its profits during the year. Market profit (before zakat) for 2016 was healthy at SAR 2.5 billion (USD 671 million) &ndash; more than double 2015's profits of SAR 1.0 billion (USD 278 million).</p> <p>In 2015, profit was primarily driven by the strong operating performance of market leaders, while the rest of the market generally produced weak earnings and many companies generated operating losses. In contrast, A.M. Best has noted a marked turnaround in 2016, with the vast majority of insurers generating positive operating results.</p> <p>The findings are published in a new report by A.M. Best, titled, &ldquo;Stability Returns to Saudi Insurers but Growth Prospects Remain Cloudy. ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:10:55 +0100 Spirent Announces the World&amp;rsquo;s First 200G Ethernet Test System to Meet the ... <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- Spirent Communications Plc (LSE: SPT), an industry leader in test and measurement, today announced the world's first 200G Ethernet Test System. This additional Ethernet speed is enabled by new 50G electrical interfaces, which allows the deployment of cost-effective 50G links from high performance servers to a new generation of switches and routers. Within these devices, 50G interfaces can easily be combined to build higher speed connections to other systems within the data center or out to the cloud.</p> <p>According to the IEEE, 200G will be the next area for explosive growth in the Ethernet ecosystem due to the insatiable demand for more bandwidth in mobile devices, high-speed data center servers, internet-enabled entertainment (especially video), cloud computing and social media.</p> <p>&ldquo;The 200G Ethernet speed heavily leverages 100G 4x25G NRZ technology now shipping in high volume. Its 4x50G PAM4 architecture re-uses 100G optical packaging and lasers. ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:56:23 +0100 World&amp;rsquo;s First Medically-Accurate Health Monitoring System Integrated in a ... <p><strong><em>Monitor your health using just your smartphone in 60 seconds with no cuff, no pain...and no cost</em></strong></p> <p>(<a href="">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)-- Leman Micro Devices (LMD), the developer of accredited consumer healthcare products that is backed by major players within the mobile device industry, has announced that its Health Sensor &amp; App - the only smartphone-integrated solution that measures blood pressure and other vital signs with medical accuracy &ndash; is being readied for submission to FDA and other regulators worldwide.</p> <p>LMD uses the well-proven Riva-Rocci technique to measure blood pressure. However, instead of using a cuff on the arm, the LMD gaming App tells you how hard to push your finger against LMD's sensor built into the smartphone. Other features give medically-accurate readings of your body temperature as well as blood oxygen saturation, heart rate and respiration rate. All five measurements are performed anywhere at any time in under 60 seconds by following simple instructions and without any extra accessories. ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:29:40 +0100