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Semtech And Tata Comm To Open Center for LoRa Technology

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The LoRA Technology applications center will help enterprises to deploy their IoT Solutions

US based semiconductor firm Semtech Corporation and Tata Communications are planning to open an applications center for LoRa Technology in India. The center, to be set up in Mumbai, will allow enterprise customers and Internet of Things (IoT) solution providers to deploy and test their applications over a LoRaWAN-based low power, wide area network (LPWAN).

The application center follows some successful LoRaWAN network trials by both the companies in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. Both the firms have jointly worked to deploy 35 IoT proofs-of-concept (PoCs) based on LoRa Technology across these cities. The PoCs cover a wide array of applications, including sensors for remotely monitoring air conditioners and safety deposit boxes, energy management systems used to optimize the use of electricity, gas and water, and multiple smart buildings and smart city applications.

“Tata Communications has successfully tested India’s first IoT network in some of the largest cities in India,” said VS Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head – Internet of Things, Tata Communications. “The current LoRaWAN-based network allows millions of devices to be connected, and our goal is to have 200 million end devices connected by 2019. We believe application centers like the one established by Tata Communications and Semtech in Mumbai will play a significant part in helping us co-create this growth.”

“Tata Communications’ efforts to deploy its IoT network and recruit enterprise customers to develop strong, LoRa-based PoCs for a wide range of IoT applications will help improve the lives of India’s citizens,” said Francois Sforza, Senior Director of Business Development for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Product Group. “We are committed to working with Tata Communications toward this goal by creating IoT application centers that help foster and drive innovation throughout India.”

Semtech is a member of the LoRa Alliance, a group of more than 400 companies committed to driving and enhancing the LoRaWAN specification to ensure interoperability and scalability of LPWANs and IoT applications. Through its work with member companies and IoT industry groups, the LoRa Alliance is making LoRaWAN the standard for LPWANs focused on low-power, long-range IoT applications. To date, there are LoRaWAN public and private networks in more than 50 countries worldwide.

 

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Huawei Eyes 40-50% Growth In Enterprise Business

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Chinese technology behemoth Huawei that is becoming more aggressive on enterprise solutions without compromising on its other verticals like carrier and devices, is looking at a growth of around 50% from its enterprise business, a kind of growth it has been witnessing for last few years.

“Our enterprise business has been witnessing a year-on-year growth of 43.8% in the past years, and we are sure we can grow a 5-10% more than this,” Derek Hao, President, Huawei India Enterprise Group told TeleAnalysis.

He said this at the sidelines of Huawei Enterprise ICT Summit – an event showcasing the company’s enterprise solution – in Mumbai.

“Our last audited revenue for the past year (Calendar year) was $ 4.3 billion globally and we have done pretty well this year too,” he added. “Our growth has been more than the industry average.”

However, he said he can not share the revenue details of this year as it is not closed yet.

The company that started its enterprise solutions as a separate business unit, has been focusing on areas of Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, SDN and Data Centers, and has been catering to industry verticals like BFSI, transportation, government, infrastructure and education.

When asked about the relevance of conducting the event in India, he said, India is a strategic market for every technology company now and enterprises here are fast in adopting new technologies and solution.

“The emergence of maturing digital technologies and increasing economies of scale is disrupting many industries around the world. Companies that embrace this disruption and adopt new ICT to drive digital transformation have the opportunity to gain a decisive competitive edge,” he added.

In India, the company is also looking at areas like energy, transport, BFSI and government as its key focus areas. Huawei has also created a separate unit in its R&D facility in Bangalore to research specifically on enterprise solutions.

Derek said in the fast-changing digital world, Huawei will cooperate extensively with key partners across India to solidify a thriving ecosystem, and work closely with its customers to drive digital transformation that meets their specific industry needs while building a better connected world.

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IBM Mobility Services Solution Selected By Max Healthcare

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This will help the leading hospital chain provide better patient care services for low operational cost

Max Healthcare, India’s leading hospital chain has selected IBM’s Mobile Client Care solution to transform and personalize their IT infrastructure into an intelligent, scalable and secure environment. IBM will help Max provide its patients an optimal multi-channel user experience across end user devices covering all touch points like registration, lab services, pharmacy, etc. The solution will help the hospital provide better patient care services, enhance employee productivity and improve customer support experience as well as reduce their operational costs at the same time.

Max Healthcare’s dependence on legacy IT systems was hindering improvements in quality and efficiency of patient care. The IBM’s solution will help Max overcome this limitation by helping it move from legacy IT systems to learning systems to deliver a consistent, superior user experience for Max employees. It is reported that IBM’s analytical tools will help Max Healthcare identify trending issues to reduce the volume of IT incidents by 10 to 15% in the first year. Insights based on correlation of data will help predict situations to improve IT incident resolution.

While elaborating on the need of introducing an analytical tool in the organization’s IT environment, Sumit Puri, Chief Information Officer, Max Healthcare said “Access to data, insights and expertise will free up the time our employees were spending on resolving desk-side IT issues, empowering them to proactively mitigate the impact of any technology related issue, improving response time and thus ultimately helping our doctors deliver improved patient services.”

“India has emerged as one of the fastest growing healthcare services market today. Rapid growth and stiff competition has propelled the need to build in operational efficiencies and address ever-changing customer preferences. With a combination of IBM mobility services and advanced analytics, Max will be able to create a robust, scalable infrastructure and focus on delivering greater value to its patients in India,” added Ajay Mittal, Director, Infrastructure Services, Global Technology Services, IBM India.

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What Experts Think of BRICS Rating Agency

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The proposed BRICS agency was discussed by participating executives in a seminar at the BRICS trade fair

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When leading executives came for the Seminar on Financial Services Cooperation amongst BRICS countries at the BRICS trade Fair, they discussed the nuances and modalities of the proposed BRICS Rating Agency, International Payment Card System and Sustainable Financing.

Each of them shared some interesting viewpoints in favour of this proposed rating agency. Here is what they said while discussing the proposed BRICS Rating Agency and the various nuances for its formation which included need for such an agency, services offered ownership of the agency, regulatory framework and jurisdiction.

Naina Lal Kidwai, Chairperson, BRICS Business Council Financial Services Working Group, thinks that infrastructure financing is a pre-requisite for economic growth of any country and BRICS. She said that the New Development Bank’s effort for loan transfer for renewable energy development was commendable. She also highlighted the objective of the NDB institute as infrastructure development amongst BRICS and said that the purpose of NDB institute is to act as a think tank for BRICS group.

BRICS rating agency would not only increase competition but also give better quality outcome, feels Gert Gouws, Divisional Executive Deal Support and Post Investment, Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa.

Alexey Kechko, CEO, Sberbank, India called it the need of the hour. He said that there is a need to harmonize regulation which is a long-term process. He called for the need to deliberate on the business model and set a higher bar on regulation and governance at the board level to ensure success. He went on to say that the BRICS rating agency should be financed primarily through governments in the initial stage since it would be a developmental project.

Anatoly Valetov, Deputy Head of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow, stressed upon ‘credibility’ and said that it is the most important element for any rating agency. He also mentioned that an index is a better parameter than rating as it will provide predicative power and better management.

Commenting on the BRICS Rating Agency A P Hota, Managing Director & CEO, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) said that the idea of New International Payment Card System (NIPCS) for BRICS has been introduced under Russian Presidency. The card payment system is a highly standardized one. The discussion has been to build a system without the international card schemes – VISA and MASTER. There are two sides to it, the card issuing scheme and the card acceptance scheme. The acceptance for VISA and MASTER worldwide is the maximum. In recent years, China Union Pay has overtaken VISA in close acceptance level worldwide. Many countries have their own system. India introduced RuPay in 2012 and it is now the largest card scheme in India with a market share of around 42 per cent. RuPay is accepted everywhere in India. Internationally they have a tie-up with Discover and Diners cards. The creation of acceptance footprint is very important.

Deliberating on the need of having a common card platform for BRICS Alexey Kazarstev, PL Cards and Financial & Banking Association of Euro-Asian Cooperation from Russia said, “Firstly, commission can be removed. Secondly, security information would remain within the countries and finally, capitalization fee would be twice less than VISA. If this New International Payment Card system fructifies, it will be of great profit. All the domestic payment cards will be included.”

The session also deliberated on the possibility of the plastic money giving way to mobile banking. The panelists agreed in the changing times mobile banking will definitely take over but cards will still remain relevant.

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Aurionpro Completes Acquisition Of Spikes Security

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aurionpro-idc-rankingsEnterprise solutions firm Aurionpro Friday announced that it had completed the acquisition of Spikes Security and merged it into its Enterprise Security division. Now onward, this security unit will operate under the new brand name of ‘Cyberinc’ and will be headquartered out of Los Gatos in Silicon Valley.

“With the formation of Cyberinc, we are very well positioned to succeed in the $75B global market for Information Security.”, said Samir Shah, CEO of Aurionpro Solutions.

“Cyberinc, our new subsidiary, will deliver comprehensive solutions that address two of the biggest challenges plaguing the industry today – data breaches from fraudulent and unauthorized access and sophisticated web borne malware attacks,” he added.

Cyberinc will be dedicated to solving next generation consumer & enterprise security challenges in a digital era especially around Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Malware Isolation.  Aurionpro’s formerly Enterprise Security division has secured over 100 million identities for the world’s leading global corporations for over 15 years.

“Cyberinc’s differentiated services combined with our 300 security professionals with offices in key locations in the US, UK, Australia, Singapore, and India offer sophisticated security solutions to our customers. The compelling synergies of the merger provides a robust platform to grow the company significantly resulting in value creation for our shareholders,” Cyberinc CEO Michael Mansouri said.

The global information security market is estimated to be $75B in 2016 and is forecast to experience a Compound Average Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.8% between 2015 and 2020, according the IDC. The new Cyberinc business model ensures that customers can realize the full benefits of their security investments and make measurable improvements in their security posture, risk profile and their bottom lines.

Cyberinc’s Isla Web Malware Isolation Solution protects organizations from the most advanced web borne threats by isolating all web content outside the network perimeter. This unique approach eliminates the risk of drive by downloads, malvertising, advanced phishing attacks and virtually all malware originating from the Web while delivering a familiar web browsing experience to the user. Isla has been successfully deployed to financial institutions, the US government and other highly targeted industries in North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region.

Aurionpro had announced in May this year to acquire Silicon Valley startup Spikes Security,

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Aurionpro Makes It To IDC Top 100 FinTech Rankings

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aurionpro-idc-rankingsEnterprise solution provider Aurionpro today said it has made it to the 2016 IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings and positioned at #79. The annual IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings is a vendor ranking within the financial services industry, and are based on the 2015 calendar year revenues attributed to financial institutions.

“We are honored on being recognized by the FinTech 100 for the 4th consecutive year. Our continual recognition stands testimony to our commitment of achieving excellence by simplifying and sharpening our focus on value creation through IP and innovation for the financial services industry.” He further added, “As financial services corporations go more digital, we will continue to accelerate digital innovation, securely and efficiently for our clients,” Aurionpro CEO Samir Shah, CEO said.

Now in its 13th year, the IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings categorize and evaluate the top global providers of financial technology based on calendar year revenues from financial institutions for hardware, software and/or services.  These providers supply the technological backbone of the financial services industry, an industry in which IDC Financial Insights forecasts worldwide spending on IT across the globe to reach half a trillion dollars by 2018.

The annual IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings has become an important measure of the health and direction of technology in the industry and the emergence of innovative solutions from new players. In addition, the IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings serve as a critical tool for financial services institutions to use during strategic planning and to review whenever they consider new investments in 3rd party solutions.

Aurionpro’s strategy to simplify and sharpen focus on its core businesses of Digital Innovation, Enterprise Security and Banking Solutions has enabled the Company to play a role of being a strategic partner for its clients. Aurionpro helps clients address challenges in the digital era and delivers IP driven solutions to help them unlock, amplify hidden value in their businesses.

“Being positioned on the IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings demonstrates a fintech company’s commitment to the financial services industry and the success achieved at their financial institution clients,” states Karen Massey, senior analyst at IDC Financial Insights. “The IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings, now in its 13th year, is the global industry standard who’s who of financial services technology providers, and we congratulate the 2016 winners.”

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Wipro Bags 3-Year IT Contract From Norway’s Railway Company

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Wipro_BuildingWipro has bagged a multi-year IT contract from Norway’s largest railway company NSB. As part of the three-year agreement, Wipro will implement its Boundaryless Datacenter and LiVE Workspace solutions and utilize its next-generation delivery framework ServiceNXT to deliver services which will help NSB variablise their IT operations.

NSB Group, one of Norway´s largest transportation groups has extensive passenger transportation operations by way of the rail and bus, freight by rail, property management and development and train maintenance segments.

The proposed government-backed reforms in the Norwegian railway sector are expected to provide a fillip to the efficiency of the railways. The Wipro-enabled back-bone of IT infrastructure services will enable NSB to achieve greater flexibility, scalability, cost efficiency and offer an enhanced end-user experience. It will also help the company become more future-ready and competitive, in keeping with the spirit of the reforms.

Trude Østby Dahl, CIO, NSB Group said, “This engagement is strategic to our business continuity operations and we believe that Wipro is the best partner for us. With our Data Center and End User Support enabled by Wipro, we can drive cost reduction and efficiencies, and most importantly, bring about joint innovations to serve our customers better.”

“In order to keep pace with changes on the market, rising customer expectations and emerging technologies, enterprises must reinvent their traditional IT infrastructure and data center service capabilities. We are confident that Wipro’s ServiceNXT framework offering will enable NSB to optimize, automate and manage its IT in an agile manner. Furthermore, this engagement reiterates our continued focus and investments in Norway and the Nordic region,” said Carl-Henrik Hallström, Head of the Nordic Region, Wipro.

“We are delighted to partner with NSB in an engagement that will have a significant positive impact on the Norwegian transportation sector and the customer experience of millions of passengers.  This is a prestigious engagement for us and we look forward to leveraging our transportation sector domain expertise, coupled with our deep infrastructure services capability and technology know-how,” said Srini Pallia, President – Consumer Business, Wipro.

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JustLikeNew Partners Delhivery For Logistics Management

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just-like-newSmartphone repair service startup JustLikeNew.in has partnered with logistics company Delhivery, which, the company claims will help providing services faster and swifter.

According to Justlikenew the move is aimed at making high-quality repairs swifter, more convenient and accessible for smartphone and tablet users by ensuring the availability of repair services across 6400 PIN codes in various states and Union Territories of the country.

Delhivery will be the logistics partner for JustLikeNew and it offer free pick up and drop service of the mobile phones. After the device is shipped to the nearest JustLikeNew.in workshop, it will be repaired and delivered back to the desired location, eliminating any effort on the part of customers. This is a particularly paradigm-shifting initiative for consumers in tier-2 and tier-3 cities, who are often unable to find quality components and professional repair services in their localities.

“At JustLikeNew.in, we believe that Indian consumers should be able to access smartphone and tablet repairs without any sort of compromise on convenience, quality or value-for-money. Our endeavor is to create a smart smartphone repair network that enables users to get after-sales repair and maintenance services right at their doorstep. This partnership with Delhivery will help us achieve just that. We are confident that the collaboration will ensure that smartphone repairs are made a seamless and convenient experience for our customers across the country,” said Rahul Agarwal, Co-founder & COO, JustLikeNew.in.

“This association will ensure a smooth delivery process, especially in tier-2 and tier-3 towns, which will revolutionize the end-user smartphone ownership experience,” the company said.

JustLikeNew.in was established in 2015 by IIT and XLRI alumni and offers smartphone repair service across the country.

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Juniper Joins Verizon’s Partner Ecosystem To Offer NFV

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Juniper-And-Aerohive-Collaborate-On-Enterprise-Cloud-Managed-SolutionJuniper Networks Wednesday said it has joined Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ tech partner ecosystem to offer enterprises the latter’s virtual network services. Verizon’s Virtual Network Services combined with Juniper’s cloud CPE solution will offer enterprises greater choice in selecting the right solution for their needs, the companies said.

In a similar development Amdocs has also joined hands with AT&T to offer NFV (network function virtualization) solutions to telcos and cloud developers on an open source platform.

This shift toward network functions virtualization (NFV) as a service delivery platform is transforming the way service providers’ managed services offerings are provisioned, purchased and consumed – enabling greater levels of business agility and drastically reducing operational complexities.

Verizon’s Virtual Network Services is a major milestone in the company’s multi-stage journey towards fully virtualizing the network and delivering virtual business services that increase reliability, agility and efficiency. This initiative plays a major part in the company’s overall Enterprise Solutions strategy, which is committed to helping its clients accelerate innovation and maintain a competitive edge through simplified management and cost control.

The advent of software defined networking (SDN) and NFV has changed the networking landscape and given service providers new approaches to more efficiently deliver customized, value-added services that are cost effective for end users. This digital transformation can be seen in all parts of the network, from core to edge, and represents a fundamental paradigm shift that impacts not only the way network services are delivered and consumed – with software-like flexibility – but also the way networks are built and managed.

To achieve this level of transformation, Juniper Networks Cloud CPE solution includes Contrail Service Orchestration, a comprehensive management and orchestration platform, and the NFX250, a network services platform that can operate as a secure, on-premises device running multiple virtual network functions (VNFs), such as Juniper Networks vSRX virtual firewall and third-party VNFs, all simultaneously.

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AT&T Partners Amdocs To Offer NFV Solution

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amdocs_at_t_partnershipAmdocs has joined hands with AT&T to deploy the latter’s open source software solutions for any telecom operator or cloud developers. Amdocs will act as system integrator for telecommunications companies and cloud developers who want to use AT&T’s ECOMP platform to build their own software-centric network services.

ECOMP is AT&T’s own proprietary solution and the company recently made the code available on open source platform. ECOMP, AT&T claims, is a vital tool for service providers struggling to meet today’s network demands while preparing for an even greater load in the next few years from applications like virtual reality and augmented reality, 4K video and the Internet of Things.

ECOMP is a comprehensive software suite spanning the entire NFV service life cycle. This will enable shorter service introduction times, improved operational efficiencies and agile data-driven service management of NFV and software defined network (SDN) functions and services. The offering will target capabilities like the creation of a single view of physical and virtual resources and services, rapid service design, master service orchestration and automated configuration and management. AT&T has already implemented ECOMP in its software-based network, while Amdocs will help market the platform globally. AT&T and Amdocs will continue to enhance the platform through standardization and contributions to the open source community.

“ECOMP is the engine of our software-centric network. And recently, we revealed our plan to build a global community around ECOMP to help service providers and developers meet the network demands of next-gen technologies,” said Chris Rice, VP of Advanced Technologies and Architecture at AT&T Labs.

“Today, we’re excited to share that a few months back Amdocs became an early collaborator on ECOMP and will become an integrator for ECOMP in the industry. We believe ECOMP will set the standard for virtual network (VNF) automation, and Amdocs will support the growth of the platform as more and more service providers begin using it.”

“Achieving better service agility is at the heart of this initiative and is one of the key business imperatives.  Using carrier-optimized cloud infrastructure to separate hardware and software layers will increase the value of the network by allowing the rapid onboarding of new services to our customers,” said Anthony Goonetilleke, division president at Amdocs.

“Together, we will deliver the ECOMP platform to the industry to simplify network environments and drive operational and capital savings, while continuing to accelerate service innovation and network value through agile software powered networks,” he added.

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