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Gemalto LinqUS Solution To Power AT&T’s IoT Offerings

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Digital security firm Gemalto today said it is supplying AT&T with a remote subscription management solution that will help enable its customers to deploy new and highly secure IoT applications in the U.S. and globally.

“AT&T is an industry leader in the Internet of Things with more than 30 million connected devices on our network as of the third quarter of 2016. At the same time we are expanding our offering of connected services to include automotive telematics, infotainment, and smart safety solutions,” said Chris Penrose, President, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T.

“Gemalto’s On-Demand Connectivity and eSIM platform are ideal solutions to help AT&T sustain dynamic growth as we shift from mobile operator to mobility service provider,” he added.

Gemalto’s LinqUS On-Demand Connectivity (ODC) subscription management solution and GSMA M2M 3.1 compliant Embedded SIMs (eSIMs) will simplify the logistics of providing mobile services for Enterprises requiring global mobile connectivity for IoT applications and provide improved life cycle support for their subscriptions.

“Industrial, home automation, and automotive applications are significant drivers for IoT growth,” said Rodrigo Serna, President, Gemalto Americas.

“Today, Gemalto has deployed more than 20 On-Demand Connectivity solutions, and has executed at least 300 over-the-air (OTA) deployments around the globe. We also have the largest portfolio of M2M and IoT solutions and services. Now operators can provide more IoT services and scale them more quickly with this new platform, which is part of our network of hundreds more around the world,” he said.

Gartner, the information technology research firm, reports the IoT ecosystem is growing massively, with 6.4 billion objects to be connected in 2016 and 20.8 billion connected by 2020. Gemalto’s GSMA-compliant ODC and eSIM solutions are key enablers for global mobile operators, service providers, and OEMs to accelerate new device onboarding and service rollouts while reducing costs, increasing revenue and security for businesses adopting IoT solutions.

The story was first published in M2MCafe.

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Nokia Sues Apple In More Markets Including Asia

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Putting its earlier warnings in to action, Nokia today filed patent infringement case against Apple in other markets including Asia besides expanding its jurisdiction in the US and Europe.

Not only that, it has added 8 more patents to the infringement case as against earlier 32 taking the total tally of patents violated by Apple to 40.

Where Nokia Filed Cases Against Apple

Regional Court, Dusseldorf, Germany –            8 patents
Regional Court, Mannheim, Germany –           4 patents
Regional Court, Munich, Germany –                 2 patents
Market Court, Helsinki, Finland –                     3 patents
High Court, London, UK –                                   3 patents
Court of Turin, Italy –                                           4 patents
Patent and Market Court, Stockholm, Sweden – 3 patents
Commercial Courts, Barcelona, Spain –            1 patent
District Court, The Hague, Netherlands –        3 patents
High Court, Paris, France –                                 1 patent
High Court, Hong Kong –                                    1 patent
Tokyo District Court, Japan –                            2 patents
US District Court, Eastern District of Texas – 18 patents
International Trade Commission, US –            8 patents

The new jurisdiction where Nokia filed fresh cases include Hong Kong, London, Finland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, Japan and International Trade Commission.

On 21 December the Finnish firm has sued the Cupertino based smartphone maker for infringing upon the former’s patented technologies related to smartphones like display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding. It had also said that it will file similar case against Apple in more markets.

Nokia claimed that Apple had earlier agreed to use these technologies on license terms but has declined to the offers made by the Finnish firm, prompting the company to sue it.

“Through our sustained investment in research and development, Nokia has created or contributed to many of the fundamental technologies used in today’s mobile devices, including Apple products. After several years of negotiations trying to reach agreement to cover Apple’s use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, head of Patent Business at Nokia.

The Finnish company said as one of the world’s leading innovators, and following the acquisition of full ownership of NSN in 2013 and Alcatel-Lucent in 2016, Nokia now owns three valuable portfolios of intellectual property.

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Sydney Opera House Goes Smart With Samsung VR, LED Solutions

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Iconic Sydney Opera House will feel smarter the next time you visit for a show thanks to Samsung Electronics. The south Korean firm is deploying its latest smart technologies to offer artistic and cultural content illuminating the legendary venue’s storied tradition and delivered through eye-catching LED signage.

As a part of a $202 million renewal plan, Sydney Opera House is deploying various technologies and solutions to make it more appealing and to offer new age experience to its visitors.

In the first phase Samsung has deployed its smart LED solutions at the Lounge, a new meeting place located in the heart of the Opera House that features stylish, comfortable seating, as well as interactive displays and exclusive digital content. The centerpiece of the new lounge is Samsung’s IL020F fine pixel pitch LED signage, which forms a large-format (4m x 2m) display that is designed to draw visitors’ attention to a specially commissioned digital artwork.

“The Lounge is an early milestone in renewing the experience for our visitors, and highlights the importance of collaboration in transforming the Opera House experience,” said Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Wilson. “With Samsung’s support, we have a wonderful opportunity to trial the latest technology while creating a more welcoming environment for visitors.”

Beyond the IL020F LED signage, the company also set up a virtual-reality station at the Lounge using Samsung’s Galaxy View and Galaxy Tab S2 tablets. This station virtually transports users to the top of the Opera House’s famous exterior sails, as well as a ‘Cultural Institute’ station, and allow visitors to experience more than 50 online exhibits highlighting the landmark’s past, present and future.

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In addition to The Lounge, Samsung and the Sydney Opera House have agreed to collaborate over the next five years on further initiatives to improve the landmark and provide visitors with the best possible experience.

“The Lounge enabled by Samsung is an incredibly exciting way for Australians and tourists from all over the world to experience what the Sydney Opera House has to offer,” said Phillip Newton, Corporate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Australia. “We are proud to work in partnership with the Sydney Opera House to enrich the experience of millions of visitors through our most advanced and immersive technology.”

The story was first published on M2MCafe

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Nokia Sues Apple For Patent Infringement, Warns Of More Actions

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Nokia finally filed patent infringement case against Apple after rounds of discussions and negotiations failed between the parties over the last few years. The complaints were filed in Germany as well as in the US against Apple for allegedly violation in 32 patents of Nokia related to smartphone technology.

These actions have been filed with the Regional Courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich in Germany and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, with 32 patents in suit across all of the actions, covering technologies such as display, user interface, software, antenna, chipsets and video coding.

“After several years of negotiations trying to reach agreement to cover Apple’s use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, head of Patent Business at Nokia.

“Through our sustained investment in research and development, Nokia has created or contributed to many of the fundamental technologies used in today’s mobile devices, including Apple products,” he added.

The Finnish company said as one of the world’s leading innovators, and following the acquisition of full ownership of NSN in 2013 and Alcatel-Lucent in 2016, Nokia now owns three valuable portfolios of intellectual property.

“Built on more than EUR 115 billion invested in R&D over the past twenty years, our tens of thousands of patents cover many important technologies used in smartphones, tablets, personal computers and similar devices,” the company said in a statement.

Since agreeing a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple’s products.

The Finnish company also said besides these suits in Europe and the US it is in the process of filing further actions in other jurisdictions.

 

 

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Motorola Solutions Bags $22 Mn Order To Upgrade NSW Telco Network

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Motorola Solutions has bagged a $30 million (AUD) contract from New South Wales Telco Authority (NSW TA) to upgrade 150 radio sites used by public safety organisations, as well as expanding network coverage with 23 new sites in the state’s north west.

The network upgrade will improve the communications technology used by New South Wales’ emergency services every day while also ensuring the state is better prepared to deal with major emergencies and natural disasters.

The $30 million project will provide emergency services and other New South Wales agencies with access to enhanced voice and data communications, extensive coverage, interoperability and resilience to support their daily operations.

The upgrade also represents a key milestone within the NSW Operational Communications Strategy and Critical Communications Enhancement Program, which is providing improved technology to frontline personnel and improving the quality and efficiency of radio communications across the state.

Motorola Solutions’ Vice President and Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Steve Crutchfield, said the upgraded radio network has been designed for reliable performance in the harshest conditions with built-in failover capabilities to support peak events and emergencies.

“The project will provide New South Wales agencies with trusted voice communications and resilient performance so they can perform their essential daily work safely and efficiently,” Mr Crutchfield said.

“User agencies will also receive up-to-date radio technology for the next five years and beyond, as well as the flexibility to introduce next generation capabilities over time. This includes digital radios that provide a richer set of features including location and mapping data, improved security, extended coverage and new and emerging applications to keep New South Wales agencies at the forefront of innovation.”

The project will also benefit New South Wales’ economy, with additional third party resources employed by Motorola Solutions, both directly and indirectly, helping to deliver the upgrade.

In addition to the radio network upgrade, NSW TA has deployed Motorola Solutions’ WAVE application within its radio network, giving first responders more ways to stay connected.
The application enables New South Wales public safety agencies to securely extend the reach and capability of their radio communications to team members carrying smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

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Telenor Board Backs CEO Despite Corruption Charges

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The board of Norwegian telecom operator Telenor Tuesday said it has full faith in its president and CEO Sigve Brekke and, despite recent turmoil, he is the right person to lead the company.

“The Board has confirmed its trust in President and CEO, Sigve Brekke and it is the Board’s opinion that Mr. Brekke is the right person to lead the implementation of the new strategy,” said a company statement.

A statement from the Telenor Board of Directors said it has had several complex issues for discussion during the past months related to themes like strategy, governance and compliance. However, going forward, it said the board will focus fully on the continued development of Telenor as a value creating, innovative and responsible company.

Brekke, in the recent past, has allegedly been linked with incidents involving unethical practices and corruptions in some of the Asian markets. He was linked to those cases as these incidents happened when he was heading these markets.

However, the board cleared him from all such allegations.

“The cases have previously been handled and concluded upon by the Board,” it added.

During the past year, Telenor has had a specific focus on improving governance and follow-up and review in our different markets. Telenor operates in many challenging markets and will also in the future have to handle compliance and business ethics risks.

“The Board and management will therefore further strengthen the mitigation work and the development of good systems to detect and solve issues that arise,” the statement added.

Because of all these allegations and turmoil at Telenor’s Asian markets including Bangladesh and Thailand, it was reported that, the Telenor Board Chair Gunn Waersted had asked Sigve to resign, which, many in the company, had rejected.

Telenor will hold a press conference today to talk about issues around the company and both, the chair Gunn Waersted and Sigve Brekke will be available.

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Grameenphone CEO Rajiv Sethi Steps Down, Petter Furberg Chips In

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Telenor Group Wednesday said the CEO of Grameenphone Rajiv Sethi has quit the company to pursue new opportunities. Sethi has been in that position since November 2014. In his place the Norwegian company has appointed Petter B Furberg as interim CEO. He will take up the job from 1 November.

In his new role, Furberg will also serve as member of Telenor Group’s Executive Management. Meanwhile the Grameenphone Board of Directors will now initiate a process to identify a permanent solution for the CEO position.

At present Furberg is serving as the Senior Vice President of Telenor Digital Businesses, based in Bangkok. Prior to his current role, Furberg served as CEO of Telenor Myanmar for three years. Since joining Telenor in 1998, he has held a number of executive positions, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of dtac, Thailand, and Head of Financial Services at Telenor Group.

Grameenphone, part of the Telenor Group, is the largest mobile telecommunications operator in Bangladesh in terms of revenue, coverage and subscriber base. Grameenphone is stock-listed at the Dhaka and Chittagong Stock Exchanges in Bangladesh.

Furberg holds a degree in economics and business administration based on a four year programme (Siviløkonom) from the Norwegian School of Economics and is a Certified European Financial Analyst (AFA/CEFA).

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SAP 1st Tech MNC To Receive Gender Equality Certificate

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sap-logoSAP Tuesday said it became the first multinational technology company to be awarded the worldwide Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) certificate, recognizing its global commitments and actions in achieving and sustaining gender diversity and equality in the workplace.

The EDGE Certification is the premier standard and methodology for evaluating a corporate commitment to gender equality. Launched at the World Economic Forum, the EDGE assessment methodology is distinguished by its rigor and business impact.

SAP’s worldwide certification process began in March 2016 — after it became the first tech company in the United States to achieve EDGE Certification earlier this year.

“SAP must be at the forefront to take businesses beyond bias,” said Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP. “This global certification marks a major milestone in our ongoing efforts to eliminate bias in the workplace. We are very proud of our investments in technologies and programs to drive inclusion. This certification is another step in our leadership on this critical issue, all geared toward helping the world run better and improving people’s lives.”

SAP has a board-level commitment to reach 25 percent of its leadership positions filled by women by the end of 2017. This commitment has been reinforced by action. As of Q2 2016, women make up 24.1 percent of the company’s leadership and 32.5 percent of all employees.

SAP’s actions to achieve gender equality extend beyond employment totals. Last month, SAP conducted a pay equity analysis on its U.S. employee base, proactively increasing the compensation of employees that lacked pay parity. Additionally, SAP announced a machine-learning tool that, among other capabilities, detects biases in job postings.

“Gender equality is not a corporate social responsibility initiative or simply a cultural benefit,” said Stefan Ries, chief human resources officer, SAP. “It’s a strategic differentiator, a source of innovation and revenue driver for our company. We are proud of the recognition we’ve achieved, but we remain committed to creating a culture where employees of all backgrounds can thrive. We want to be the role model in the technology industry for providing opportunities for women, as well as for all underrepresented groups, and we hope that others in our market will follow our lead.”

The EDGE assessment methodology was developed by the EDGE Certified Foundation and launched at the World Economic Forum in 2011.

“The technology industry is home to the world’s innovators, which is why diversity is of special importance. While the tech community overall has historically received low scores on gender equality, SAP is leading its peers worldwide through not only its strong public commitment but the impactful programs and efforts taking place on the ground every day,” said Aniela Unguresan, cofounder, EDGE Certified Foundation. “Through this global EDGE Certification, SAP continues to set the standard for gender equality in technology. We applaud their efforts to promote a workforce that facilitates a culture of diversity, inclusion and equality.”

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Apple Launches Apple Watch 2 For $369

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apple-watch-2As expected Apple today launched the second version of its popular Apple Watch. Called Apple Watch Series 2, the smart watch is priced at $369, though there are some variants also.

So what are the specifications? Apple Watch 2 is water proof, Apple calls it swim proof, and is  50 meter water resistant. Very intelligently, though Apple blocks all the entry points on the Apple Watch, still water enters into the speaker unit. But the catch is, once you come out of water, the watch ejects the water.

During swim, the Apple Watch 2 tells the user about the swimming pattern, total laps taken, and the kind of swim the user is doing best – like a coach.

The Apple Watch 2 runs on WatchOS3. The watch comes with 2nd gen SiP, dual core processor, new GPU that offers twice more efficient than the previous version. The Apple Watch 2 comes with built in GPS and offers the brightest display among any of Apple products, yes, better than iPhone.

With the Apple Watch 2, the company added some new apps and new features. Very popular app Pokemon Go has been added to the watch, also the Mario game and a hiking app called Hike. Apple has also included the emergency service 911 on Watch 2 and a user can dial the number by just pressing a button on the Watch 2.

The company has also partnered with Nike to bring a variant of Apple Watch 2 called Apple Watch Nike Plus. This, according to Apple, is designed keeping the fitness enthusiasts and runners in mind.

The Apple Watch 2 is priced at $369 for both Watch 2 as well as for the Apple Watch Nike Plus, and the device will be available from 9 September.

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Dell Completes EMC Acquisition

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dell-emc-dealIt took almost a year for Dell to complete the $67 billion EMC acquisition. Dell Technologies today announced completion of the acquisition of EMC Corporation, creating a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information.

“This combination creates a $74 billion[i] market leader with an expansive technology portfolio that solves complex problems for customers in the industry’s fast-growing areas of hybrid cloud, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, platform-as-a-service, data analytics, mobility and cybersecurity,” the company said in a statement.

In the biggest ever buy out in global technology industry, Dell in October, 2015 had said it would acquire storage firm EMC, which, at the offered price, is valued at $67 billion. Dell has offered a price of $ 33.15 per share and other stocks.

“We are at the dawn of the next industrial revolution. Our world is becoming more intelligent and more connected by the minute, and ultimately will become intertwined with a vast Internet of Things, paving the way for our customers to do incredible things. This is why we created Dell Technologies. We have the products, services, talent and global scale to be a catalyst for change and guide customers, large and small, on their digital journey,” said Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies.

Dell Technologies blends Dell’s go-to-market strength with small business and mid-market customers and EMC’s strength with large enterprises and stands as a market leader in many of the most important and high-growth areas of the $2 trillion information technology market, including positions as a “Leader” in 20 Gartner Magic Quadrants and a portfolio of more than 20,000 patents and applications.

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