- Institutional investors including Eight Roads Ventures, Novo Holdings, Rabo Investments, Tattarang and others to expand venture investment globally in the growing Food & Ag segment
AMSTERDAM & BOSTON-Wednesday 30 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Anterra Capital (“Anterra”), the international food and agriculture specialist venture capital firm, today announced the initial closing of its second food and agriculture technology fund, Anterra F&A Ventures II, raising $175 million, exceeding the targeted size of the fund. Due to the positive market reception for the fund’s mission and strategy, Anterra is tracking towards an upsized second fund, and anticipates a final closing in the third quarter, 2021.
Anterra’s unique investment approach has attracted commitments from a prestigious and aligned group of long-term oriented global investors, with continued support from Eight Roads Ventures, backed by Fidelity, and Rabo Investments, the captive investment arm of the largest global food and agricultural bank out of the Netherlands - Rabobank. New investors include Novo Holdings, a leading global life sciences investor based out of Denmark; Tattarang, one of Australia’s largest private investment groups and the holding company of the Forrest family’s private business interests; as well as other well-respected family offices, sovereign wealth funds, and state-owned investors that provide a global presence, spanning across multiple continents.
Anterra’s mission is to invest in and partner with entrepreneurs transforming our vital food economy through biotech and digital innovation across crop science, animal health, and human nutrition. As a research driven, value-focused specialist investor Anterra uniquely combines a traditional venture investment approach and “venture creation,” building and scaling transformative businesses with its deep industry knowledge and vast global network as a pioneer in the space. While investor interest is growing in the Food & Ag industry, early-stage investment in this essential segment significantly trails that of other key industries, for comparison, less than half of that in Pharma & Biotech (~$40 billion) and about a fifth of venture investment in Software (~$100 billion).
“The food economy is in critical condition, and new digital and biotech solutions are desperately needed in order to support better outcomes for farmers, consumers and the environment,” said Adam Anders, Managing Partner of Anterra Capital. “With the first close, we continue our mission to sustainably transform our food economy, building on our leadership position as an early-stage investor in markets such as plant and animal health, while actively expanding our investment activity across the food and agriculture value chain.”
Daniel Auerbach, Senior Managing Partner and Global Head of Eight Roads Ventures, one of Anterra’s original lead investors, added: “Within Food & Ag, Anterra sits at the intersection of life sciences and digital technology and our expanded investment reflects our confidence in Anterra’s mission, leadership and performance for us over the past eight years.”
“We are excited to partner with Anterra and support the fund’s transformational mission, which is aligned with our investment activity across the biotech space overall, and emphasizes our commitment to investing in innovation within Food & Agriculture,” said Kartik Dharmadhikari, a Partner of Novo Growth within Novo Holdings.
With offices in Amsterdam and Boston, Anterra Capital is an international specialist venture capital investor dedicated to financing the growth of technology-driven companies with incredible potential in food, agriculture, and animal health. Supported by multinational institutional investors, Anterra provides patient strategic capital to entrepreneurs and innovative companies sustainably transforming our global food system. Further information: www.anterracapital.com
About Eight Roads Ventures
Eight Roads Ventures is a global investment firm backed by Fidelity. Eight Roads Ventures manages $7bn of assets across its offices in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, UK and the US. Our 50-year history of investing includes partnerships with over 300 companies such as Alibaba, AppsFlyer, BlackDuck, Chewy, Devoted Health, Flywire, Icertis, iPipeline, Kensho, Letgo, Made.com, Neo4j, Nuance, Paidy, Ping Identity, Pony.ai, PharmEasy, Shadowfax, Toast, Wallapop, WuXi PharmaTech, and Xoom. Further information: https://eightroads.com
About Novo Holdings A/S
Novo Holdings is recognized as a leading international life science investor, with a focus on creating long-term value. As a life science investor, Novo Holdings provides seed and venture capital to development-stage companies and takes significant ownership positions in growth and well-established companies. Novo Holdings also manages a broad portfolio of diversified financial assets. Further information: http://www.novoholdings.dk
About Rabo Investments
Rabo Investments is Rabobank’s PE investment franchise. It has invested over €1.5 billion worldwide within the cutting-edge Food & Agri, Sustainability, and Healthcare sectors in the Netherlands and within the Food & Agri sector worldwide. The investments range from growth capital for innovative start-ups and scale-ups to investments in established companies and funds. Further information: https://raboinvestments.com
Tattarang is one of Australia’s largest private investment groups and is owned by the Forrest family. Its diverse investment portfolio spans across agri-food, energy, resources, property and lifestyle. The group is made up of six business divisions including Harvest Road which is one of Australia’s largest and most diverse agricultural businesses with an expanding portfolio of high-quality foods. Further information: www.tattarang.com
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Anterra Capital Announces $175 Million Initial Closing of Second Global Food and Agriculture Technology Fund
- Institutional investors including Eight Roads Ventures, Novo Holdings, Rabo Investments, Tattarang and others to expand venture investment globally in the growing Food & Ag segment
GUANGZHOU, China -Wednesday 30 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- XPeng Inc. (“XPeng” or the “Company”) (NYSE: XPEV, HKEX:9868.HK), a leading Chinese smart electric vehicle (“Smart EV”) company, today announced the pricing of the global offering (the “Global Offering”) of 85,000,000 shares (the “Offer Shares”) which comprises an international offering (the “International Offering”) and a Hong Kong public offering (the “Hong Kong Public Offering”).
The final offer price for both the International Offering and the Hong Kong Public Offering (the "Offer Price") has been set at HK$165.00 per Class A ordinary share. Based on the ratio of two Class A ordinary shares per NYSE-listed American depositary share (the "ADS"), the Offer Price translates to approximately US$42.52 per ADS based on an exchange rate of HK$7.7604 to US$1.00. Subject to approval from The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Hong Kong Stock Exchange”), the Class A ordinary shares are expected to begin trading on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, under the stock code "9868".
The gross proceeds to the Company from the Global Offering, before deducting underwriting fees and the offering expenses, are expected to be approximately HK$14,025.0 million (assuming the Over-allotment Option is not exercised). In addition, the Company has granted the Over-allotment Option to the International Underwriters, exercisable by the Joint Representatives (and on behalf of the International Underwriters), at any time on or before Friday, July 30, 2021, being the 30th day after the last day for lodging applications under the Hong Kong Public Offering, pursuant to which the Company may be required to issue up to an aggregate of 12,750,000 Class A ordinary shares at the Offer Price.
The Company plans to use the net proceeds from the Global Offering for expansion of its product portfolio and development of more advanced technology; acceleration of its business expansion, by enhancing brand recognition, acquiring customers through omni-channel marketing strategies and expanding its sales and service touch points both domestically and internationally; enhancement of production capability, including expansion of capacity, upgrade of manufacturing facilities and development of manufacturing technologies; and general corporate purposes, including working capital needs.
J.P. Morgan Securities (Far East) Limited and Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Limited are the Joint Sponsors of the listing of the Offer Shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited, Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Limited and Citigroup Global Markets Asia Limited are the Joint Representatives. J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited, Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Limited, Citigroup Global Markets Asia Limited and CLSA Limited are the Joint Global Coordinators of the Global Offering.
The Company’s registration statement on Form F-1 relating to the International Offering has been filed with, and declared effective by, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The International Offering is being made only by means of a prospectus forming part of the effective registration statement. The registration statement on Form F-1, which contains a preliminary prospectus dated June 24, 2021, is available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The final prospectus will be filed with the SEC and will be available on the SEC’s website at: http://www.sec.gov. When available, copies of the final prospectus relating to the offering may also be obtained from J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, by telephone at +1 (866) 803-9204 or by email at email@example.com; and BofA Securities, Inc., by telephone at +1 (800) 294-1322, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The price of the Offer Shares of the Company may be stabilized in accordance with the Securities and Futures (Price Stabilizing) Rules (Chapter 571W of the Laws of Hong Kong). The details of the intended stabilization and how it will be regulated under the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Chapter 571 of the Laws of Hong Kong) have been contained in the prospectus of the Company dated June 25, 2021.
The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, the websites referenced in this press release is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this press release.
About XPeng Inc.
XPeng is a leading Chinese smart electric vehicle company that designs, develops, manufactures, and markets Smart EVs that appeal to the large and growing base of technology-savvy middle-class consumers in China. Its mission is to drive Smart EV transformation with technology and data, shaping the mobility experience of the future. In order to optimize its customers’ mobility experience, XPeng develops in-house its full-stack autonomous driving technology and in-car intelligent operating system, as well as core vehicle systems including powertrain and the electrification/electronic architecture. XPeng is headquartered in Guangzhou, China, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Silicon Valley and San Diego. The Company’s Smart EVs are manufactured at plants in Zhaoqing and Zhengzhou, located in Guangdong and Henan provinces, respectively. For more information, please visit https://en.xiaopeng.com.
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This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about XPeng’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: XPeng’s goals and strategies; XPeng’s expansion plans; XPeng’s future business development, financial condition and results of operations; the trends in, and size of, China’s EV market; XPeng’s expectations regarding demand for, and market acceptance of, its products and services; XPeng’s expectations regarding its relationships with customers, contract manufacturers, suppliers, third-party service providers, strategic partners and other stakeholders; general economic and business conditions; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in XPeng’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and XPeng does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.
1. The proposed Global Offering is subject to market and other conditions, and there can be no assurance as to whether or when the Global Offering may be completed, or as to the actual size or terms of the Global Offering.
2. This press release is for information purposes only and does not constitute or include any recommendation or invitation or offer (nor is calculated to invite such a recommendation, offer or invitation) by any person for acquisition, purchase or subscription of the securities of the Company nor does it intend to act as a recommendation of the sale of securities or any invitation, solicitation or offer for acquisition, purchase or subscription of securities in any jurisdiction. This press release should accordingly not amount to an advertisement or invitation within the meaning of section 103(1) of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Chapter 571 of the laws of Hong Kong) or a prospectus or an extract from or abridged version of a prospectus (including within the meaning of sections 2 and 38B, respectively of the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance). Investors should read the prospectus of the Company for detailed information about the Company and the proposed offering before deciding whether or not to purchase any securities of the Company. This press release has not been reviewed or approved by The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited or the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong. An application to subscribe for the shares for the Hong Kong Public Offering referred to in this press release by any persons shall be made solely based on the prospectus and the application forms issued by the Company on June 25, 2021.
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NEWS RELEASE BY CENTERSOURCE
With only three months to go before mandatory processing through Egypt's new advanced cargo information (ACI) system goes into effect, Centersource is urging timber exporters to get up to speed.
Stockholm, Sweden | June 24, 2021 07:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time
(Update: The Ministry of Finance announced an effective date change to October 1) While Egypt’s new advanced cargo information (ACI) system is expected to streamline regulatory requirements for importers, the new system represents a significant departure from the current customs system. B2B supply chain platform with marketplace and market data Timber Exchange by Centersource is reminding timber exporters and other companies shipping to Egypt to prepare for the transition.
Effective October 1st, Egypt’s unified registration system, called NAFEZA, will become the only means of processing maritime imports into the country. The new regulation will require exporters to submit all cargo data and documents (commercial invoices, packing lists, and final or initial bills of lading) with 3 additional unique elements: ACID number representing the shipment, Importer taxation ID, Exporter registration number upon vessel’s sailing from Port of Loading. If documents indicate wrong or mismatched numbers, cargo will be banned from being loaded on board. Furthermore, all exporters must be registered on CargoX’s blockchain-document-submission platform.
Other processes that exporters should be aware of include:
1. Exporters are responsible for providing importers with accurate information:
• Exporter’s company cargo ID.
• Exporter’s type (whether it is a factory, branch, etc.)
• Correct details of the contact person.
• Clear details of Proforma Invoice including GS1 code or part/item number & HS code.
2. Create and verify a CargoX account.
3. Ensure that verified ACID 3 elements are added on required documents.
4. Create an ACI filing envelope & submit it to Customs authorities in Egypt through CargoX or through one of its integrated partners such as Timber Exchange by Centersource Technologies.
In addition, exporters should be aware of the Importer's responsibilities, which include:
1. Importers will have to register an account on the electronic portal, NAFEZA.
2. Importers must register primary and detailed information about the shipment in order to apply for the issuance of ACID number.
Failure to meet ACI requirements could cost exporters. In a scenario where the cargo is loaded onto the ship, but the documents were not submitted in time or one or more of the three elements are missing or miss-matched, the cargo will not be discharged in Egypt, and all re-export costs will be borne by the carrier.
In the final months before the mandatory operation phase of NAFEZA, Centersource is working to bring the timber industry up to speed to avoid any disruption. Centersource’s founder and CEO Amir Rashad is available to talk about what exporters to Egypt can do to prepare for the next phase of NAFEZA. Amir and his team of 30 logistics professionals are also available to discuss the ways in which Timber Exchange is creating trading opportunities across challenging markets, and helping exporters overcome language and regulatory barriers. To speak with the Timber Exchange team, contact Mai Taha at email@example.com or Jéssica Sanduta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Timber Exchange
Timber Exchange is a supply chain and risk management cloud-based system by Centersource Technologies offering supply chain tools, market data and marketplace. The platform is built specifically for the unique needs of the forestry industry to drastically improve overall performance and coordination.
80 smart tools in 5 languages cover all steps from inquiry of cargo until it arrives at destination. This allows stakeholders to manage sales, logistics and legal obligations from a central workspace that automatically creates tasks and warnings. 40% of the work can be automated, which reduces delays and helps avoid deviations in responsibilities.
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho & NEW YORK-Wednesday 30 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- KORE Power, Inc., (“KORE Power” or “KORE”) the leading U.S.-based developer of battery cell technology for the energy storage and electric transportation industries, announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Cleanhill Partners (“Cleanhill”), a private equity firm pursuing investments in the energy transition sector that contribute to decarbonization. Cleanhill has invested in KORE Power as part of the strategic partnership.
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Rakesh Wilson and Ash Upadhyaya, founders of Cleanhill, have joined KORE Power as special advisors to Founder and CEO Lindsay Gorrill. As veterans of the energy finance and investment sector, Rakesh and Ash will guide KORE’s strategy on growth and investment opportunities.
“Rakesh and Ash bring over 40 years of combined experience in ESG, power, energy and infrastructure,” said CEO Lindsay Gorrill. “We are excited to partner with them to tap into their rich experience to position KORE as the leader in the energy transition sector.”
Ash Upadhyaya is a founder and Managing Partner at Cleanhill Partners. He has over 20 years of experience in private equity and engineering, focusing on the energy value chain. Ash was a Managing Director at Centerbridge Partners and a Director at KKR. He has engineering degrees from Stanford University and the University of Mumbai and an MBA from Stanford University.
“I’m thrilled to work with KORE Power to expand the design and manufacturing of lithium-ion battery cells in the U.S.,” said Ash. “Through my experience with energy storage, I see the critical role that batteries will play in the clean energy transition. I look forward to adding value to KORE’s expert team.”
Rakesh Wilson has over 20 years of energy finance and private equity experience and is a founder and Managing Partner at Cleanhill Partners. He previously served as a Senior Partner at Apollo Global Management and led private equity investments across the energy value chain. Rakesh was also with Morgan Stanley’s Commodities Division and Goldman Sachs’ investment banking and equity research divisions. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received his MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
“Working with KORE Power is a natural extension of my work on battery storage projects, renewable infrastructure, distributed generation, energy trading funds and carbon offsets,” said Rakesh. “The lithium-ion cell is at the center of the clean energy future, and I look forward to accelerating the clean energy transition by working with KORE.”
Evercore served as financial advisor to KORE Power and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to Cleanhill Partners.
ABOUT KORE Power
KORE Power, Inc., is a leading US-based developer of battery cell technology for the clean energy industry, serving energy storage, e-mobility, utility, industrial and mission-critical markets across the globe. KORE Power designs and manufactures its proprietary NMC and LFP cells, VDA modules and packs, optimized by the battery management system. Through its global partnerships, KORE designs and manufactures top-tier energy storage systems (ESS).
KORE Power’s differentiated approach provides customers with direct access, unparalleled service, superior technology, and Tier 1 product availability. We care about building sustainable communities, clean energy jobs and green economic expansion. KORE Power is proud to offer a functional solution to real-world problems that fulfill growing market demand and contribute to a zero-carbon future. For more information, visit www.korepower.com.
ABOUT Cleanhill Partners
Cleanhill Partners is a private equity firm pursuing investments in the energy transition sector that contribute to decarbonization. We invest in scalable businesses with visibility into revenues, earnings and cash flow growth. We leverage our thesis-driven approach and our operational expertise to enhance value in each of our investments. Our long-term investment philosophy to decarbonize and create value aligns our stakeholders, our communities and the businesses we invest in. The firm has offices in New York and Houston. To learn more, please visit www.cleanhillpartners.com.
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -Wednesday 30 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
New collaboration focused on a broad range of areas such as manufacturability, cost reduction, sourcing, and go-to-market strategies.
Strategic collaboration agreement to support accelerated time to market of Quanergy LiDAR products
Sensata has committed to invest in a private placement of shares (the “PIPE”) as part of Quanergy’s business combination with CITIC Capital Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: CCAC)
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Quanergy, a leading provider of next-generation OPA-based solid state LiDAR sensors, and Sensata Technologies (NYSE: ST), a leading industrial technology company and provider of sensor-rich solutions that create insight for customers, announced today a new strategic collaboration to focus on helping Quanergy bring affordable, smart LiDAR and 3D perception technologies to market. The collaboration will include Sensata providing insights to Quanergy on manufacturability, cost reduction, sourcing and go-to-market strategies.
“Sensata Technologies is an undisputed global sensing technology leader with a rich and long standing history of innovation,“ said Dr. Kevin J. Kennedy, Quanergy Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. “Automating processes in transportation and other industry verticals poses complex engineering and manufacturing challenges requiring smart sensor-rich solutions. Quanergy is excited to collaborate with Sensata to capitalize on its unique engineering and manufacturing expertise.”
In connection with the new collaboration, Sensata has also committed to invest in a private placement of shares (the “PIPE”) as part of Quanergy’s proposed business combination, announced on June 22, 2021, with CITIC Capital Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: CCAC), a special purpose acquisition company.
Quanergy Systems’ mission is to create powerful, affordable smart LiDAR solutions for automotive and IoT applications to enhance people’s experiences and safety. Quanergy has developed the only true 100% solid state CMOS LiDAR sensor built on optical phased array (OPA) technology to enable the mass production of low-cost, highly reliable 3D LiDAR solutions. Through Quanergy’s smart LiDAR solutions, businesses can now leverage real-time, advanced 3D insights to transform their operations in a variety of industries including industrial automation, physical security, smart cities, smart spaces, and much more. Quanergy solutions are deployed by over 350 customers across the globe. For more information, please visit us at www.quanergy.com.
Important Information about the Business Combination and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed business combination, CCAC intends to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a registration statement on Form S-4, which will include a proxy statement/prospectus. CCAC urges its investors, shareholders and other interested persons to read, when available, the proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC and documents incorporated by reference therein because these documents will contain important information about CCAC, Quanergy and the proposed business combination. After the registration statement is declared effective by the SEC, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents will be mailed to the shareholders of CCAC as of the record date established for voting on the proposed business combination and will contain important information about the proposed business combination and related matters. Shareholders of CCAC and other interested persons are advised to read, when available, these materials (including any amendments or supplements thereto) and any other relevant documents in connection with CCAC’s solicitation of proxies for the meeting of shareholders to be held to approve, among other things, the proposed business combination because they will contain important information about CCAC, Quanergy and the proposed business combination. Shareholders will also be able to obtain copies of the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials in connection with the transaction without charge, once available, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by directing a request to: CITIC Capital Acquisition Corp., 28/F CITIC Tower, 1 Tim Mei Avenue, Central, Hong Kong, Attention: Fanglu Wang, telephone: +852 3710 6888. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, the websites referenced in this press release is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this press release.
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CCAC, Quanergy and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies from CCAC’s shareholders in connection with the proposed business combination. CCAC’s shareholders and other interested persons may obtain, without charge, more detailed information regarding the directors and officers of CCAC in CCAC’s final prospectus filed with the SEC on February 12, 2020 in connection with CCAC’s initial public offering. Information regarding the persons who may, under SEC rules, be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies to CCAC’s shareholders in connection with the proposed business combination will be set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus for the proposed business combination when available. Additional information regarding the interests of participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed business combination will be included in the proxy statement/prospectus that CCAC intends to file with the SEC. You may obtain free copies of these documents as described in the preceding paragraph.
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Microsoft, SES and GRC Showcase Azure Cloud for Remote Missions via Secure GovSat Connectivity Service
• Microsoft Azure at the Edge: Microsoft, SES and GRC demonstrate the power of combining Microsoft’s Azure and secure MilSatCom to bring Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to in-theatre operations
• Operating in both connected and disconnected modes, this demonstration showcased the Cloud capability available to the most remote missions
LUXEMBOURG-Wednesday 30 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Microsoft and SES, in partnership with GovSat and UK-based solutions provider GRC, came together to demonstrate how Microsoft Azure Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities can be brought directly to end-users deployed globally in a highly secure, reliable way while maintaining network sovereignty - allowing users to exploit key Azure workloads regardless of location and drastically boosting the efficiency of critical missions.
In these demonstrations the Azure Stack Mini R device was connected to a quick deployable tactical satcom terminal from GRC through the secure SATCOM connection on GovSat-1 satellite, and sent directly to Azure UK via the SES Cloud Direct service, giving connected and disconnected access to Azure services.
The first demonstrations of its kind highlighted how this technology could be used in a number of scenarios such as a remote disaster relief operation, collecting information for analysis, at any given classification, allowing AI and ML models to be used to categorise and assess the information locally before using the available SATCOM to update the overall situational awareness picture and, if required, updating the AI and ML models via hyperscale Azure DevOps processes.
“SES’s high-performance satellite network enables an important demonstration of secure cloud computing at the edge,” said Tom Keane, Corporate Vice President, Azure Global, Microsoft. “Together with our technology partners, Microsoft is bringing mission-driven customers the latest services they require in a secure and reliable way, regardless of the infrastructure available. This approach empowers mission owners and operators in both connected and disconnected environments, while giving governments total flexibility and control over their data.”
“Governments are looking to accelerate cloud adoption and extend it to the edge bringing its advantages to the end-users anywhere. We are proud that through our partnerships with Microsoft and GovSat, we have managed to demonstrate the security and performance of the network, alongside the required high degree of flexibility for the government customers,” said JP Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks. “Similarly, the same secure high-performance cloud communications services can be achieved on our MEO satellites, independent of the internet and other publicly accessible networks.”
“Utilising single-hop secure cloud communication between the headquarters and deployed teams, which is closed to publicly accessible ground stations and internet touchpoints, opens multiple opportunities for governments. The GRC’s solution together with the Microsoft Azure cloud service and SES’s secure resilient satellite networked connectivity makes the future of cloud-enabled government communications a reality already today,” said Steve Slater, Managing Director at GRC.
The demo is highly scalable thanks to the Azure Edge capability, as well as the wide array of SES’s satellite communications capabilities, including next-generation O3b mPOWER system that is capable of providing from Mbps to multiple Gbps connectivity for land, air and maritime government missions.
The first demonstration showcased one-hop connectivity that enables cloud workloads to run at the edge and seamlessly connect back to hyperscale Azure in both connected and disconnected modes via the Azure Stack Edge Mini R.
For this demonstration, the companies leveraged multiple satellite terminals from GRC’s 6-SAT solution, GovSat’s dedicated Military Ka-band beam onboard its satellite and GovSat’s secure Mission Operations Centre in Luxembourg.
The second demonstration was performed with GRC’s deployable Satellite Ground Station (SGS), showcasing in-theatre connectivity as well as backhaul of data from in-theatre headquarters to the home country with no public internet touchpoints. The first satellite link was securely connecting a deployed terminal with the in-theatre headquarters terminal, and anchored directly to the deployable, private SGS hub. The second satellite link connecting the deployable SGS hub was anchored in the GovSat Mission Operations Centre, demonstrating backhauling to a home country.
The SES Cloud Direct service was delivered via a dedicated Microsoft ExpressRoute connection directly from the end-users to Azure data centres, enabling the cloud agility and performance via a dedicated MilSatCom GEO capability. For low-latency applications, SES can also bring the data from the edge to the cloud in a safe, secure and efficient way through its high-throughput low-latency O3b satellite network and its upcoming next-generation cloud-scale O3b mPOWER system, both operating in medium earth orbit (MEO).
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SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries over 8,200 channels and has an unparalleled reach of 361 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content. The company is listed on Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges (Ticker: SESG). Further information is available at: www.ses.com.
GRC is a Hereford (UK) based company delivering fully managed, Satcom as a Service (6-SAT), RF, cloud and IP connectivity solutions to Defence, Government, Emergency Response and Commercial sectors. Its partnerships and Tier-1 VAR (Value-Added Reseller) status with leading hardware and airtime providers ensure cost-effective, intelligently integrated solutions, backed up by through life support and training.
GovSat is a public private partnership between the Government of Luxembourg and the world-leading satellite operator SES. GovSat’s mission is to provide secure, reliable and accessible governmental satellite communication services to address the demand resulting from defence and institutional security applications. The company’s first satellite GovSat-1 is a multi-mission satellite that will use X-band and Military Ka-band frequencies on high-power and fully steerable mission beams to support multiple operations. For more information visit: www.govsat.lu
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Wilson Allen to leverage client lifecycle management expertise to help firms implement the Foundation Firm Intelligence platform to manage client relationships
CHICAGO & NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.-Tuesday 29 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Litera Firm Intelligence business unit, developer of the Foundation data platform, and Wilson Allen, a leading provider of software, services, and consulting expertise to help law firms manage the entire client engagement lifecycle, today announced a strategic partnership. The partnership formalizes Wilson Allen as a technical implementation partner for the Foundation Firm Intelligence platform.
The Foundation Firm Intelligence platform breaks down data silos, combining information from disparate systems like CRM, Time and Billing, HR, conflicts, and external sources to provide a strategic view of law firm clients, including what work a firm has done for a client, who did the work, and all the third parties involved.
As a Foundation services partner, Wilson Allen will assist firms with implementing the Firm Intelligence platform and with associated strategic consulting, integration services, and data management services as needed.
“We’ve talked to several firms who are moving beyond the acronym of CRM when implementing solutions to better understand their client relationships across the client and matter lifecycle. Firm intelligence fits into a larger definition of business development strategy,” explained Michael Warren, Vice President and head of Wilson Allen’s Client Development and Intake practice. “Helping these firms implement Foundation is a natural fit for Wilson Allen, given our deep experience advising law firms on how to leverage their systems and data for competitive advantage. The company’s client development practice assists firms with software selection, data strategy and data migration, software implementation, technology training and change management.
“We’re seeing a growing need for business development and CRM expertise as firms move to leverage their Firm Intelligence platform for strategic relationship management,” said Barry Solomon, Litera Vice President for the Firm Intelligence business unit. “We are thrilled to partner with Wilson Allen to lead these Foundation projects. Michael Warren and his team bring tremendous depth and breadth across the business development domain and other system data and processes required to accelerate the business of law.”
About Litera Firm Intelligence Business Unit
Litera is the leading provider of software for law firms and document-intensive organizations across the globe, helping them satisfy the demands of clients. Part of the Firm Intelligence business unit, Foundation enables large law firms to transform their disparate data about clients, matters, people, and parties into usable and actionable information. The Foundation data platform includes integrated applications for Experience Management, Expertise Location, and Strategic Relationship Management – leveraging firm knowledge to win new business, improve client service, and gain insight into both the business and practice of law.
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Wilson Allen offers software, consulting, and technical services that enable law firms and professional services organizations to achieve better business performance. The company partners with leading industry solution providers to help firms identify and win more business, manage risk, deliver profitable engagements, and develop and implement performance analytics to enable more strategic and profitable operations.
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IATA Strengthens Operational Scalability By Switching to Rimini Street for Integrated Support and Application Management Services for its SAP Applications
Commercial airline trade association heavily affected by the pandemic’s economic impact realizes improved productivity from unified support solution; frees up IT resources to focus on recovery and expansion
LAS VEGAS-Saturday 26 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner, today announced that International Air Transport Association (IATA), the leading commercial aviation trade association headquartered in Montreal, Canada, has switched to Rimini Street Support and Application Management Services (AMS) for its SAP ECC 6.0 and Business Objects applications. With the commercial aviation sector heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, IATA made strategic business decisions to navigate the crisis, including outsourcing key elements of its IT service delivery to reduce operating costs. As a result of switching to Rimini Street, the organization now benefits from a unified support solution that integrates application support and managed services, enabling IATA to meet business demand in a post-pandemic recovery.
Meeting IATA’s Unique SAP Application Support Demands to Scale Quickly
Headquartered in Montreal, with its executive offices based in Geneva, Switzerland, IATA is a trade association of commercial airlines representing 82% of worldwide air traffic and manages financial and support systems for the commercial aviation industry through its IT department. Due to the economic crisis in the air transport industry, IATA’s SAP support department was heavily impacted. The association was well aware of the changing economic environment as the industry began to emerge from the pandemic and knew that air transport could resume at any time, requiring significant IT agility and scalability. IATA began researching third-party support options after learning about the market’s growth in a recent Gartner report.1 They chose to strengthen the support and management of their SAP system with Rimini Street’s unified support solution to benefit from continuous improvements and reduce potential risks while the business continued to accelerate as the commercial aviation market resumed. Rimini Street was also able to capture and meet IATA’s business requirements through a unique service catalog that improves IT service delivery. IATA also benefits from services designed for preventative maintenance and proactive problem-solving to improve system performance.
“From the beginning, we were certain we could only work with a trusted support provider to limit risks and Gartner’s report was clear: Rimini Street is the market leader in third-party support,” said Pascal Buchner, IT director and chief information officer, IATA. “Rimini Street distinguished itself from the competition by its reputation and offered both SAP software support and application management services, which we wanted to consolidate.”
A Simplified Operating Model Turning Uncertainty into Predictability
Rimini Street offers a unified support solution, delivering a unique combination of SAP support and application management services. Since switching to Rimini Street, IATA has already reduced its IT backlogs and benefits from more transparency in its operations and an agile delivery model for system enhancements.
“From the start of working with Rimini Street, we saw immediate improvements in our SAP application support and management. The onboarding process was quick and seamless, and we now have a much better view of our tickets and dashboards,” continued Buchner. “Our in-house SAP team is constantly providing positive feedback on the quality of the support from Rimini Street. We do not regret our outsourcing choice, quite the contrary, and feel we can deliver even more value to internal stakeholders than before.”
“Rimini Street is pleased to help IATA maximize the value of its SAP applications with unified support that improves operational productivity. IATA can now find more working capital and focus their budget and IT resources on strategic initiatives that can help its members navigate the current economic crisis,” said Emmanuelle Hose, group vice president and theater general manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Rimini Street. “To better prepare their organization for future expansion, IATA joins more than 4,000 organizations worldwide that have switched to Rimini Street to address near-term budget challenges, while enjoying greater agility and lower risk in service delivery.”
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Strategic Collaboration Will Further Training and Use of GIS among Students, Professors, Researchers
REDLANDS, Calif.-Tuesday 29 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, today announced it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ibn Zohr University in Agadir, Morocco. The agreement enables the university to use Esri solutions in the development of new technologies for monitoring desertification, climate change, sustainable development goal progress, oceanography, mining, architecture, and urbanization.
"The goal of this new collaboration is to foster a good quality of education, research, and development in GIS and remote sensing through the integration of the most recent innovations in the field, in order to train highly qualified executives at the university," said Abdelaziz Bendou, president of Ibn Zohr University (IZU). "Students, researchers, and professors will all have access to training in the most advanced location intelligence technology, with applications in drones, AI , IoT, big data, and cloud computing."
With 36 years of experience, Ibn Zohr University is now a national leader in training, research, and scientific innovation. Since opening, the university has been intended as a space for the expression of dialogue and open-mindedness with a framework of training and personal development. This agreement will bring IZU new GIS technologies, providing it with earth observation and spatial data to better fulfill its educational and training goals.
"We are excited about this new collaboration with Ibn Zohr University, which fosters an environment for deeper understanding of geospatial science and technology," said Sohail Elabd, general manager of Esri Middle East and Africa. "It continues to be Esri's mission to help education institutions secure academic licenses for using GIS."
The MOU was announced on April 21, 2021, by Bendou, along with Hassan Moussaria, CEO of Geomatic Group, the Moroccan distributor that represented Esri in the agreement.
To learn more about how Esri is working with universities around the world to expand GIS training, research, and development opportunities, visit esri.com/en-us/industries/education/overview.
Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, helps customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations globally and in over 200,000 institutions in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors, and partners providing local support in over 100 countries on six continents. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most innovative solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at esri.com.
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New appointments bring expertise to further advance the Company’s strategic plan, synchronize the Company’s global capabilities and drive operational excellence
PORTLAND, Maine-Tuesday 29 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Covetrus® (NASDAQ: CVET), a global leader in animal-health technology and services, announced the appointments of Bekki Kidd and András Bolcskei to the roles of head of North America Operations & Global Operational Excellence and president of International, respectively. Both roles are new for the Company and in alignment with Covetrus’ strategic plan to drive synchronization and optimization of the business.
As head of North America Operations & Global Operational Excellence, Bekki Kidd’s leadership will extend across the Company’s domestic operations including distribution centers; commercial and compounding pharmacies; regulatory; continuous improvement; and company-wide, global operational excellence. Bekki joins Covetrus from Cardinal Health, where she held leadership roles in global planning, manufacturing, supply chain and operational excellence over the last ten years. Bekki has also worked for Abbott Nutrition, the Coca Cola Company, GE Superabrasives and PPG Industries.
András Bolcskei, Covetrus’ first president of International, is charged with bringing all commercial teams outside of North America together and is responsible for business within Europe, Asia-Pacific and Emerging Markets. András arrives at Covetrus with more than 25 years of experience and a deep background in animal health pharmaceuticals, including at both Merck and Pfizer, where he held leadership roles across Europe and Africa. András is also a veterinarian, who shares Covetrus’ commitment to and advocacy on behalf of the veterinarian.
Covetrus senior executives Mike Ellis and David Hinton will be retiring. This paved the way for combining all commercial responsibilities for Europe, Asia-Pacific and Emerging Markets under Bolcskei.
“Both András and Bekki bring a wealth of experience to their roles. Their appointments will further our progress driving better health and business outcomes for our customers,” said Ben Wolin, president and CEO of Covetrus. “We are grateful for the leadership provided by Mike Ellis and David Hinton, which helped Covetrus get to this stage. Both have been instrumental in our success over the years, and their legacies will carry forward with us.”
Covetrus is a global animal-health technology and services company dedicated to empowering veterinary practice partners to drive improved health and financial outcomes. We are bringing together products, services, and technology into a single platform that connects our customers to the solutions and insights they need to work best. Our passion for the well-being of animals and those who care for them drives us to advance the world of veterinary medicine. Covetrus is headquartered in Portland, Maine with more than 5,500 employees serving over 100,000 customers around the globe. For more information about Covetrus visit https://covetrus.com/.
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The deployment in some of Axiata properties showed the seamless integration of Open vRAN in real live environment and the beginning of the transformation journey with next generation virtualized data networks of the Future
BARCELONA, Spain-Tuesday 29 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects, and Axiata Group Berhad, a leading communication Service Provider in Asia, announced today that they have achieved full integration in live environment, using the MAVair O-RAN based solution for Open RAN: the uniqueness of the solution is the use for the first time in commercial service of the Evenstar 4G RRU, produced by the Telecom Infra Project, with 7.2 O-RAN interface and Open RAN fully virtualized.
The deployment has happened in three properties (Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia), where Axiata has selected in various scenarios, some sites from the legacy incumbent vendors and replaced them with the MAVair Open vRAN solution from Mavenir. Sites are connected with non-ideal backhaul (microwave links), and specifically in some cases with Satellite connectivity, being the first ever in Open vRAN solutions in the world.
The MAVair family includes the flexible Open RAN approach where the evolved RAN architecture, designed with cloud-native virtualization techniques, enables the RAN to flex and adapt based on usage and coverage - using virtualized disaggregated network components, with open standard interfaces, offering all the latest network features - while allowing specific customization and innovation where appropriate.
The integration with the existing coverage and the performances achieved in terms of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are such that the end users perceive seamless service continuity and, in some cases, enhanced throughout for a great mobile broadband experience, including next generation voice services. The MAVair Open vRAN is capable of performing in any type of environment, from rural and urban, with a very flexible architecture and also adapt to the existing environment providing an ideal solution for new applications like Radio Intelligent Controller to increase capacity and optimize the radio and software resources.
Axiata and Mavenir are deploying cloud native solution to build together the Network of the Future and providing fully automated infrastructure, which is software driven and fully cloudified, boosting the ecosystem for Open RAN in Asia. Mavenir’s virtualized RAN (vRAN) platform will enable the utilization of Open Virtualised RAN technology and its target objective of moving towards a fully automated network architecture of the future. Axiata intends to deploy commercial Open RAN network by end of 2021.
“Mavenir is delighted to work with Axiata on their radio network transformation initiative. Together, we have achieved excellent results in Axiata’s commercial network and sites deployed in rural, suburban and urban locations, proving the extreme flexibility of Open vRAN,” said Pardeep Kohli, Mavenir president and CEO. “The collaboration will transform existing networks into a dynamic, agile and cloud-native based platform where Mavenir and Axiata will build the Networks of the Future.”
“We are proud to be among the first to deploy TIP’s Evenstar 4G radios in live commercial Open RAN environments,” said Thomas Hundt, Executive Vice President – Technology at Axiata Group Berhad. “We’re encouraged by how Mavenir’s cloud native Open virtualized RAN has integrated so seamlessly into our legacy networks.”
Mavenir is building the future of networks and pioneering advanced technology, focusing on the vision of a single, software-based automated network that runs on any cloud. As the industry's only end-to-end, cloud-native network software provider, Mavenir is focused on transforming the way the world connects, accelerating software network transformation for 250+ Communications Service Providers in over 120 countries, which serve more than 50% of the world’s subscribers.
As one of the leading telecommunications groups in Asia in pursuit of its vision to be The Next Generation Digital Champion by 2024, Axiata has transformed itself from a holding entity with a portfolio of pure-play mobile assets into a Triple Core Strategy driven business focusing on Digital Telco, Digital Businesses and Infrastructure.
Within ASEAN and South Asia, the Group has controlling stakes in market-leading mobile and fixed operators in the region including 'Celcom' in Malaysia, 'XL' in Indonesia, 'Dialog' in Sri Lanka, 'Robi' in Bangladesh, 'Smart' in Cambodia and 'Ncell' in Nepal. Axiata is actively spearheading efforts to transform its mobile-centric operations into digital converged companies.
Axiata Digital, the digital services arm of Axiata is focused on two digital business verticals namely Digital Financial Services ('Boost', ‘Aspirasi’) and Digital Analytics & AI ('ADA').
'edotco', the Group's infrastructure company, operates in eight countries to deliver telecommunications infrastructure services, amassing approximately 32,800 towers. Presently the 16th largest independent tower companies globally, it aims to be one of the top regional telecommunications tower companies and is committed to responsible and sustainable business operations.
As a committed and long-term investor, and in line with its sustainability goals, the Group actively supports and drives young talent development; disaster response and recovery; as well as green initiatives. Axiata's broader goal of Advancing Asia aims to piece together the best in the region in terms of innovation, connectivity and talent.
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Sordin and Cardo Crew Join Forces To Create New Generation Of Smart Hearing Protectors For Professional Teams On The Move
Leading PPE manufacturer partners with global player in critical communication technology to revolutionise the way professional mobilised teams on the ground communicate and protect their hearing in noisy conditions
TEL AVIV, Israel-Tuesday 29 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Swedish-based hearing protection pioneers, Sordin, today announced a new partnership with global player in critical communications technology, Cardo Crew, in a move that will combine high-end hearing protectors with cutting edge communications.
The partnership, which will lead to countless game-changing benefits for mission-critical teams on the ground, was announced ahead of the launch of SHARE, Sordin’s groundbreaking new electronic hearing protector. The SHARE device will launch in August 2021 and will combine Cardo Crew’s state-of-the-art dynamic mesh communications technology with features such as ambient sound filtering, voice activation and a dedicated mobile app.
The device will allow teams on the ground to clearly pick up important sounds such as instructions from colleagues or warning signals, whilst also protecting them from potentially damaging noise from machinery and other sound. Thanks to Cardo Crew’s dynamic mesh technology, two-way, hands-free communication for groups of two to 15 workers will also be possible via a fully autonomous network, without the need for a traditional base station, making SHARE the perfect communication tool for busy teams on the move in noisy environments.
Peter Ovrin, Global Product Manager at Sordin, commented on the partnership: “In addition to the primary function to protect against harmful noise, many users of Sordin hearing protectors need easy and robust communication with team members. To meet this user requirement, Sordin is launching the SHARE hearing protector. With Cardo’s state-of-the-art Dynamic Mesh Technology, and other supporting features such as a mobile app, voice control and Bluetooth, SHARE is a groundbreaking product that will revolutionise hearing protection and communication in the field.”
The move also creates a valuable opportunity for Cardo Crew to further extend its award-winning technology to relevant industry verticals, with a primary focus on the European PPE market where Sordin’s product will initially be launched.
Shachar Harari, Chief Business Officer & Head of Cardo Crew commented: “Sordin’s strong brand and 30-year experience in the field will prove invaluable to Cardo’s efforts to make our technology available across verticals where team communications are critical. There are countless applications and use cases, including industrial and construction environments, where the combination of Cardo Crew’s state of the art intercom system and Sordin’s expertise in designing best-in-class hearing protection devices would be an excellent fit.”
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DEI (Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging) named the official imaging service sponsor of the resort, capturing magical moments with each guest’s visit.
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES-Tuesday 29 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
Shanghai Disney Resort and DEI, one of the leading imaging services and solutions providers, today announced that the two parties had entered into a multi-year resort alliance, establishing DEI as the official imaging service sponsor of Shanghai Disney Resort. Under this new alliance, DEI will become the exclusive service provider of Shanghai Disney Resort’s iconic Disney PhotoPass experience, capturing guests’ magical moments with their families and friends for a lifetime of unforgettable memories.
A brand-new Disney PhotoPass App supported by DEI services has been launched, offering a seamless way for guests to view, select and download the photos taken by official PhotoPass photographers or captured at some of the most popular attractions at Shanghai Disneyland. Adding a touch of Disney magic to the photos, a variety of digital Disney-themed photo frames will be available on the app, including Shanghai Disney Resort’s 5th Birthday Celebration frames and frames featuring beloved Disney Characters.
Spread across 16 countries, DEI is headquartered in Dubai. It is the official imaging partner of marquee attractions across the world including At the Top - Burj Khalifa, Atlantis Dubai, Ski Dubai, Ferrari World, Warner Bros. in the UAE; Marina Bay Sands, Universal Studios, Petronas, Menara KL Tower, and many more in the far east; and Anakeesta, Florida Gulfarium, Hard Rock and Hancock Tower Chicago in the USA.
“Tens of millions of guests have created countless magical memories during their visits to Shanghai Disney Resort,” said Joe Schott, President and General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort. “Together with DEI, we look forward to providing our guests with an elevated photo experience that will allow guests to take home tangible memories captured by our official photographers across the resort.”
“We will ink this alliance with our commitment to the high-quality imaging services and solutions,” said K.S. Ramakrishnan, President and CEO of DEI. “Technology will continue to remain at the core of everything we do and we are confident of providing guests at Shanghai Disney Resort with memories they will cherish forever.”
With this new alliance, more PhotoPass capture locations will be set up at Shanghai Disneyland, and more photographers will be deployed across the park by DEI, providing a seamless experience for guests using the Disney PhotoPass service. Starting this September, new imaging cart locations will join the pre-existing carts, enabling guests to purchase and print photos in Fantasyland, Disney·Pixar Toy Story Land, Tomorrowland and Gardens of Imagination.
About Shanghai Disney Resort
Shanghai Disney Resort, comprised of two owner companies and a management company, is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group. Shanghai Shendi Group owns a 57% interest in the two owner companies, and The Walt Disney Company owns the remaining 43% interest. The management company, in which The Walt Disney Company has a 70% interest and Shanghai Shendi Group has the remaining 30% interest, is responsible for operating the resort.
DEI is the global leader in capturing guests’ memorable experiences by providing high quality imaging services and solutions. In the past 17 years, DEI has expanded to over 250 venues across 16 countries. DEI’s solution is built on ‘enterprise-wide’ technology, focused on aggregating photos and videos across attractions, and for every individual guest. This allows for efficient archiving and swift retrieval of images on demand. Continuous innovation has allowed DEI to deliver guest images from multiple retail points as well as personal consumer devices through online and mobile app solutions. DEI’s end-to-end approach allows it to target guests even before they visit an attraction and continues beyond the exit gates. Its vision is to encompass every single imaging opportunity across the lifecycle of every individual.
DEI, a subsidiary of Thomas Cook (India) Limited, is part of the Fairfax Group and is headquartered in Dubai.
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2021 BAI Global Innovation Awards Now Open for Submissions
CHICAGO-Tuesday 29 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Recognizing the importance of innovation and transformation in banking, BAI, a nonprofit independent organization that delivers the financial services industry’s most actionable insights, opened submissions for the BAI Global Innovation Awards today. The awards celebrate financial services innovators with pioneering products and services, operations and business processes that drive customer experiences, efficiency and enterprise profitability. Past awards winners have included Citi, Citizens Bank, Emirates NBD Bank, Fifth Third Bank, FNB, USAA and more.
The BAI Global Innovation Awards is open to financial services organizations across the globe, including banks, neobanks, credit unions, and insurance companies, as well as solutions providers and FinTechs who provide financial services offerings directly to consumers. The program, now in its 10th year, provides an excellent platform for organizations to showcase their culture of innovation and to be recognized as a leader in the industry. The awards will be adjudicated by an international panel of industry innovators and influencers.
This year, there are seven awards’ categories that reflect critical areas in the industry, including three new categories focused on compliance and risk, digital transformation and ESG.
The 2021 awards’ categories are:
Compliance & Risk Management
Consumer Products & Services
Environmental, Societal & Governance (ESG)
Internal Process Improvements
Small Business Products & Services
Organizations can submit up to three nominations per category. Nominations will be accepted through August 23, 2021. Finalists will be announced in November 2021 and the winners will be recognized in December 2021. The nomination form is available at www.bai.org/globalinnovations.
As a nonprofit, independent organization, BAI has delivered the financial services industry’s most actionable insights for more than 95 years, helping leaders make smart business decisions every day. We provide in-depth, proprietary research to more than 40 of the top US banks, support more than 2,100 financial services organizations with compliance and professional development training, provide trusted, relevant thought leadership through BAI Banking Strategies reports, podcasts and webinars, and offer specialized events and programs. For more information, visit www.bai.org.
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DataSpark Signs Landmark Deal With Global Communications Leader Ooredoo for Advanced Data-Driven Smart Network Planning (SNP) Solution
DataSpark’s telco network planning product set to transform business and network efficiencies with next-generation analytics and cutting-edge data science methodologies
SINGAPORE-Tuesday 29 June 2021 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE) -- DataSpark has signed a multi-year strategic deal with communications giant, Ooredoo Group, to automate and standardise their group-wide network planning processes, optimise capital expenditure spending and deliver superior customer experience.
The agreement will see DataSpark introduce its state-of-the-art Smart Network Planning (SNP) product to help establish an advanced analytics platform and capability in network planning across all 10 Ooredoo Group operating companies around the world.
The SNP solution (also referred to as CAPEX Optimizer in some regions) will deliver cost and operational efficiencies for Ooredoo Group’s network expansion investments while ensuring that fast-evolving customer needs are always kept at the centre of decision making.
The product utilises advanced machine learning methodologies to forecast and anticipate network capacity and throughput ahead of time, enabling Ooredoo to direct its capital expenditure in a way that creates the most value for the end customer.
DataSpark Chief Operating Officer, Shaowei Ying, said the partnership is a testament to DataSpark’s ability to provide performance-driven analytics solutions for global telco providers.
“The SNP solution empowers Ooredoo’s operating companies to have an automated, data-driven and customer-centric approach to their radio network capacity planning. It leverages best-in-class technologies that DataSpark developed over the last decade to process data at scale and extract granular insights for decision optimisation,” said Mr Ying. “We welcome this landmark partnership with Ooredoo Group which represents a significant milestone. DataSpark, as part of NCS NEXT, will continue expanding telco-centric analytic solutions and collaborate with telecommunication clients globally.”
The SNP’s application for telcos is founded on several key factors including automated and cost-efficient network planning through customer experience, services and network metrics, and layered analytics to inform accurate network investment decisions.
Ooredoo Group Chief Technology and Information Officer, Nigel Thomas Byrne, said the company’s venture with DataSpark would help ensure visibility and standardisation into network planning activities across the Ooredoo Group. This will also help in sharing network planning best practices across the group and further strengthen the culture of data-driven decision making.
“The insights and recommendations delivered through DataSpark’s SNP solution will provide cost-optimisation and allow us to innovate with our networks, ultimately enhancing the customer experience,” said Mr Byrne. “Our mission to deliver superior service is predicated on high-performance network planning and capacity management, and SNP’s advanced analytics will help us make informed decisions to deliver on this goal.”
DataSpark’s mobility data products are designed to optimise telco network solutions for revenue growth and improve customer satisfaction. DataSpark empowers organisations with mobility intelligence to help maximise the value of their networks and save on capital investment spending. Existing telecommunication clients include Singtel, Optus, Advanced Info Service and Globe Telecom.
About DataSpark: DataSpark are leaders in processing large geospatial temporal mobility data to deliver intelligence on people and places using the highest data privacy standards. Understanding how people move, where they go and what they do enables organisations to make more informed decisions from planning capital expenditure to creating better customer experiences. DataSpark (known as DSpark in Australia) is part of the NCS Group with offices across Australia, Singapore, the Philippines, and Indonesia. For more information, visit dsanalytics.com.
About NCS: NCS is a member of the Singtel Group and the leading information, communications and technology (ICT) service provider with presence in the Asia Pacific region. NCS delivers end-to-end ICT and digital solutions to help governments and enterprises realise business value through digital transformation and the innovative use of technology. NCS invests in NEXT capabilities of digital, cloud, platform and cyber while continuously strengthening its core offerings of applications, infrastructure and engineering. For more information, visit ncs.com.sg.
About Ooredoo: Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. For more information, visit ooredoo.com.
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