Intermountain Growth Conference Welcomes Best-Selling Author, Dan Clark

Now in its 14th year, the Intermountain Growth Conference will offer business owners and industry professionals the chance to connect with potential funding partners and attend engaging panels covering innovative and diverse topics.

Now in its 14th year, the Intermountain Growth Conference will offer business owners and industry professionals the chance to connect with potential funding partners and attend engaging panels covering innovative and diverse topics. Also, this year’s Conference will feature a keynote by Dan Clark (CSP, CPAE, Hall of Fame Speaker and New York Times best-selling author). Dan Clark will serve as one of the many highlights at this annual event that brings together private equity groups and middle-market businesses focused on growth.

Those attending the Conference will have the opportunity to extend their stay for the ACG Western Ski Conference, sponsored by Eide Bailly, which will be held the following day, March 8. The ski conference will be located in the newly combined Park City Mountain and Canyons Resort – currently ranked as one of the top five ski resorts in the entire country.

Any interested industry professional wishing to attend either the Intermountain Growth Conference on March 7 or the Western Ski Conference on March 8, can register online at acg.org/Utah.

The 2018 ACG Utah Intermountain Growth Conference would like to thank our committed sponsors for supporting this exciting event: Title: Zions Bank; Platinum: Diversified Insurance Group, Grant Thornton, Parsons Behle & Latimer; Gold: Durham Jones & Pinegar; Silver: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, NOW CFO; Capital Connection: Sorenson Capital, Mercato Partners; Deal Source Lounge: D.A. Davidson; Ski Conference: Eide Bailly; ACG Utah Cup: Chase Bank; WiFi Sponsor: Tab Bank; Emerald: Fluid Advertising, Mergers & Acquisitions Magazine, Utah Business Magazine.

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LIFX Smart Lighting Now Works With Microsoft Cortana Voice-Enabled

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today, LIFX announced that its users in the US can now control their lights with Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana.

Cortana is the virtual assistant designed to help you get things done.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today, LIFX announced that its users in the US can now control their lights with Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana.

Cortana is the virtual assistant designed to help you get things done. It can set reminders and complete basic tasks such as turning LIFX lights on and off by simple voice commands.

Now you can change the brightness of your lights with your voice. Now you can change the brightness of your lights with your voice.

With the Cortana integration, LIFX supports the leading voice assistants in the market, including Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

LIFX is on a journey to provide the best possible experience to its users by connecting its lights to the fast expanding range of smart home products worldwide. The aim is to go beyond offering the greatest lighting experience to help users shape the ultimate integrated home.

Tim Peters, Chief Executive Officer at LIFX, said “The addition of Cortana extends the accessibility and ease of operation of LIFX smart lights. As a company born from innovation, LIFX continues to work with our partners to bring the vision of the connected home to more people, and introduce new ways for our customers to enhance their environments with the perfect lighting.”

When you connect your LIFX Lights with Cortana you can turn your lights on and off, change the brightness, or control your home. Cortana works with Windows 10 PCs, Harman Kardon Invoke smart speakers, Windows Mobile, iOS, Android, Xbox One and other Cortana enabled devices.

LIFX is a global company making Wi-Fi connected light bulbs and lighting. LIFX lights give millions of colors, thousands of shades of white, mood-creating scenes, themes and more. They work almost anywhere in the home and can be used by phone, tablet and voice. With just a touch on a smartphone via the LIFX app, or a simple voice command to Microsoft Cortana, Apple Siri, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, users can change colors, turn lights on and off, or set the “scene” in any room.

For more information visit https://www.lifx.com/products/cortana or email us at press@lifx.com

Once the skill is enabled, LIFX customers can control their LIFX lights with commands, such as:

“Hey Cortana…

turn on , turn off

dim the , brighten the

set to x%

dim by x%, brighten by x%

turn [color]

turn on lights in , turn off lights in

turn on all the lights, turn off all the lights …”

About LIFX

LIFX (pronounced LIFE-X) pioneered the smart light in 2012 and is guided by a passion for innovation, technology and light. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley at Redwood City, California, LIFX is a global brand founded and with R&D in Melbourne, Australia. LIFX products are available online at lifx.com.au and at retailers globally including the US, Australia, and Europe.

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XLsoft Corporation Announces Partnership With Kudan Limited and Launches Kudan AR SDK and Kudan CV SDK

IRVINE, Calif., March 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — XLsoft Corporation (Irvine, California) has entered into a partnership with Kudan Limited (Kudan hereafter), a leading computer vision company providing core technology for Augmented Reality (AR), and launched Kudan AR SDK and Kudan CV SDK, advanced professional AR SDKs for mobile application development.

IRVINE, Calif., March 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — XLsoft Corporation (Irvine, California) has entered into a partnership with Kudan Limited (Kudan hereafter), a leading computer vision company providing core technology for Augmented Reality (AR), and launched Kudan AR SDK and Kudan CV SDK, advanced professional AR SDKs for mobile application development. XLsoft is a global distributor and support provider for Kudan AR SDK and Kudan CV SDK.

Product Names
– Kudan AR SDK, Kudan CV SDK

Product Overview
Kudan AR SDK is a mobile AR SDK with native platform APIs for iOS, Android and plugin support for Unity. It supports both highly accurate marker tracking, as well as markerless tracking, based on Kudan’s proprietary computer vision technology (which allows computers to acquire, process and analyze digital images or videos). While the arrival of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore have driven the growth in AR technology, these SDKs currently only support latest devices. Kudan AR SDK, on the other hand, is platform agnostic and can be used for a wide variety of devices.

Kudan CV SDK provides computer vision technology for iOS and Android devices. While the AR SDK provides both tracking and rendering, the CV SDK specializes only in tracking and can be utilized for non-AR use cases as well.

Development licenses for Kudan AR SDK are available for free. A production license will be required when distributing an application developed with Kudan AR SDK. Amongst the production license types, indie licenses are available for free to independent developers, non-profits, educational institutions and start-ups. Depending on revenue capacity, business and enterprise licenses are also available.

Kudan AR SDK Features
Kudan AR SDK is hardware agnostic and provides an advanced, high-performance AR engine for mobile and wearable devices.

Advanced AR engine providing optimal performance for mobile and wearable devices Markerless AR engine available for a variety of devices No dependency on server or cloud environments; responds immediately when scanned No limit on the number of markers and scans Can be used without Wi-Fi or network connection

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AR Business

$1,490 (without watermarks; available to SMEs, non-profits and educational institutions with revenue capacity of less than 1 million USD)

AR Enterprise

Contact us (enterprises with revenue capacity of more than 1 million USD)

CV Mobile Indie

$1,490 (available to SMEs, non-profits and educational institutions with revenue capacity of less than 1 million USD)

CV Enterprise

Contact us (enterprises with revenue capacity of more than 1 million USD)

Development licenses are available for free. One (1) production license per one (1) iOS and Android application will be required when distributing a developed application.

About Kudan Limited
Kudan is the leading licensor of artificial perception, right-brained algorithms for 3D and kinesthetic senses, specialized in SLAM. Established in 2011 in the U.K., Kudan partners with semiconductor companies and OEMs worldwide to create next-generation embedded vision for all the autonomous and interactive IT devices, such as AR/VR mobiles, autonomous cars, robotics, drones and IoT sensors. In order to support the ever-expanding demand of applied technologies of SLAM, Kudan focuses on fundamental modular algorithms and designing versatile architecture enabling optimization and acceleration on processing architectures to be fundamental IPs in the industry.

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5G super speeds are coming. Here’s what they’ll be like – CNET

At the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show, Roger Gurnani, then the chief information and technology architect for Verizon, walked on stage at a Samsung event to talk about the two companies’ work on developing 5G.

At the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show, Roger Gurnani, then the chief information and technology architect for Verizon, walked on stage at a Samsung event to talk about the two companies’ work on developing 5G.

Gurnani spoke of the field trials that were under way, and at the end he teased that we might see a Samsung 5G phone in a year. It wasn’t clear whether he was joking — the Samsung executive next to him looked surprised by the suggestion.

Fast-forward to this year’s show, and the only thing certain is that no 5G phone exists.

That’s the hype of 5G, the next-generation wireless technology that promises to be significantly faster and more responsive than anything before it. In some cases — such as its potential application in self-driving cars, telemedicine, the trend of devices called internet of things — it can be life-changing.

But so far, it’s mostly been promises. Unless you’re in one of a few select towns — fans of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” will appreciate that Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market at the Silos shopping complex in Waco, Texas, has an early form of AT&T’s 5G — the superfast technology is just something you’ve read about.

The good news at MWC 2018 is that 5G is steadily progressing from hype to reality. Verizon and AT&T plan to launch limited mobile 5G service this year, while T-Mobile and Sprint are setting things up now for a commercial launch early next year. Handset makers and chipmakers are working to get devices ready for 2019 as well.

The bad news: The early days of 5G will bring some growing pains, and those promised insane speeds may not show up consistently — or at all. After a poll of the network experts at MWC, here’s what the industry thinks mobile 5G will look like when carriers finally flip the switch.

The 5G race

MWC 2018 saw US carriers jockeying for pole position when it comes to 5G. With advanced networks being the next big thing, each carrier is eager to bolster its reputation for service quality — which all hope will translate into consumers heading their way.

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Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has promised to build the first nationwide 5G network by early 2019. It’ll take a big step in that direction this year when it rolls out 5G capabilities to six cities, including Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles, though Sprint customers won’t be able to access 5G until the service launches next year.

T-Mobile said it would deploy 5G in 30 cities this year — including New York and Los Angeles — but likewise wouldn’t launch the service until 2019 because 5G phones aren’t ready.

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AT&T has said it will have mobile 5G available in a dozen markets, including Atlanta and Dallas, later this year. Verizon Chief Technology Officer Hans Vestberg said his company would be first in mobile 5G services, but gave few other details. The company is also deploying 5G as a fixed service intended to replace your home internet connection, starting with Sacramento, California.

Then there’s a cable company that’s seriously talking about 6G already.

All of these plans are enough to make your head spin.

“It’s a little confusing, isn’t it? It’s confusing to me, and I do this for a living,” T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray quipped at a press conference.

‘Pucks’ vs. phones

Because those phones aren’t ready yet, Verizon and AT&T plan to deploy “pucks,” or mobile hotspots that capture 5G signals and broadcast Wi-Fi, giving your devices a portable internet connection.

Pucks and laptop cards were prevalent when LTE first rolled around, because it was the easiest and cheapest way to release a device running on a next-generation wireless device.

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Chances are, you’re probably never going to use one. These were niche devices even back in the early LTE days and are mostly useful to the carriers because they offer data on how the network runs with real customers.

You’re likely more interested in the first 5G phones. But be mindful that the early batch may suffer from some of the issues that plagued early 4G phones. Devices such as the HTC Thunderbolt were bulky, had poor battery life and tended to overheat.

While Ray said that he expects a premium flagship will get 5G, AT&T Chief Technology Officer Andre Fuetsch said there may be phones specifically built to house 5G technology, similar to the Thunderbolt.

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“The first generation will come with its challenges,” Fuetsch said.

ZTE said it has been testing both the infrastructure and devices for a while to avoid these problems. “It’s just how you best optimize the implementation,” said Lixin Cheng, CEO of ZTE’s mobile business. (He is not related to this reporter.)

Likewise, Verizon downplayed the concerns. “We learned a lot by being the 4G LTE leader,” said Brian Higgins, head of devices for Verizon. “One of those is how to help our ecosystem partners improve the infrastructure, device, battery life and apps required to take advantage of new technology.”

Spotty coverage at first

Another problem with 4G LTE in those early days was coverage gaps. One minute, you were enjoying high-speed online access and streaming video, and then next everything came grinding to a halt as you were kicked back down to 3G. Back then, even if you got back into a 4G area, the phone often wouldn’t recognize it.

“Consumers should absolutely expect those early 5G networks will suffer from some of the same ills,” said Dan Hays, a consultant at PricewaterhouseCooper.

Given how fast 5G is supposed to be, there could be a more dramatic dropoff this time around. This is especially the case with super-high-frequency radio waves — which deliver the fastest wireless speeds — because they often have short range and can easily be disrupted.

“Imagine if you’re going on a highway at 60 miles per hour, and then you get stuck on a street going 10 mph,” said Jefferson Wang, a consultant with Accenture. “It’s a jolt.”

The carriers are hoping to address these issues. T-Mobile and Sprint both intend to use lower-frequency airwaves for 5G, offering broader coverage and less chance of a dramatic fall to 4G.

“The 5G experience from Sprint will be more uniform,” said Sprint Chief Technology Officer John Saw.

The carriers are also upgrading their 4G networks with higher speeds so the transition won’t be so bad. They’re all employing a technology called Gigabit LTE, which boosts current speeds considerably. Phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 are already able to access it.

Price hikes?

Another concern is whether prices will change with the introduction of 5G. Sprint’s Claure reiterated in a keynote address at MWC that he expects to market 5G as a premium service with a premium price tag.

Is it that crazy in this competitive environment? Wang notes that the model already exists for home broadband.

“You are already tolerating a payment for higher speeds,” he said.

Others are a bit skeptical. Hays doesn’t believe consumers will pay a premium because there aren’t any obvious benefits yet. After all, you can stream “Stranger Things” on your phone just fine on 4G.

“To think you can just put 5G out there and just say now it’s some form of premium service, I think that’s probably going to be a little mythical,” T-Mobile’s Ray said.

At this year’s MWC, I asked Vestberg about the claim made by Gurnani, who’s no longer with the company. He said he expects to see 5G phones by MWC 2019.

“But,” he added after a brief pause, “it’s a qualified guess.”


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BT CEO: EE convergence even more important ahead of 5G

Two years ago, BT CEO Gavin Patterson told MWC the acquisition of EE would allow it to establish leadership in converged networks. At MWC 2018 he reiterated that belief, arguing that it would be increasingly important as the industry moves towards 5G.

Two years ago, BT CEO Gavin Patterson told MWC the acquisition of EE would allow it to establish leadership in converged networks. At MWC 2018 he reiterated that belief, arguing that it would be increasingly important as the industry moves towards 5G.

BT bought EE for £12.5 billion in 2016 – a decade after it exited the market following the flotation and sale of O2 to Telefonica.

Patterson said the company never really ‘left’ mobile but it was happy with how the integration of EE was progressing.

BT-EE convergence

“it’s not that we didn’t believe in mobile [when BT sold O2}, it was to address a particular balance sheet issue at the time,” he said.

“We always wanted to come back into mobile, we developed a Wi-Fi proposition and bought spectrum. And then the opportunity came to acquire a mobile operator and we were very happy to acquire EE. We always believed it was a fantastic business, it has the most 4G coverage and is the best performing network. It was a great business and it is now performing well.

“Across continental Europe, convergence has happened in many markets. People buying services form the same provider. It’s an important new category that customers want. As the only fixed-mobile operator in the UK, we’re in a unique position.

“As we move to 5G, the fixed part of the network becomes even more important. If you look at how other operators have done this, it is fixed to wireless not wireless to fixed that is driving it.”

“It is the combination of networks creating a seamless network for customers. You get the best of everything if you buy both from us.”

BT’s vision of converged networks, powered by fibre and 5G, would provide an impression of seamless connectivity no matter what technology is used. Wireless can provide the coverage, while fixed adds the processing power.

“I think the challenge for every network operator around the world is that data is growing. Customers aren’t prepared to pay those increments [in price], so we need to find more [efficient] ways.

“The key to doing that is the ability to combine fixed and wireless and being able to densify the network.”

Smarter

Patterson spoke about BT’s strategy with sports content and why its localised, country-specific nature meant it was happy to invest. But he said he had no desire to compete with Netflix in entertainment because of its ‘global nature that afford economies of scale. Instead, it wanted to work with over the top (OTT) providers as a reseller and platform.

But what about the other ‘megatrend’ of MWC 2018 – Artificial intelligence?

“My view is we need to embrace it,” he responded. “The most important thing we need to do is ensure the whole population benefits. That could be applying AI to solve some of the more difficult world problems and make sure people’s skills are relevant as the economy changes.

“We need to figure out how to generate revenues and ensure the tax base continues to grow. If there are fewer working hours, we need to generate taxation to fund the public services.”

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How to deal with networking IoT devices

Networking IoT devices can be challenging for IT managers because the communications requirements can be very different from those for typical PCs, tablets and smartphones currently connected to corporate networks.

Networking IoT devices can be challenging for IT managers because the communications requirements can be very different from those for typical PCs, tablets and smartphones currently connected to corporate networks.

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In addition, there is an incredible diversity of IoT devices and how they are used. For example:

A police car is now an IT-intensive mobile office. It has multiple IT systems (PCs, local tracking, cameras, sensors), which need bi-directional high speed, secure and reliable connectivity.Manufacturing sites rely on a wide range of sensors and video cameras to monitor the manufacturing processes and ensure safe, continuous operations. These sensors are often in hard to reach locations and require reliable, secure communications.Deployment of surveillance cameras in public settings is now widespread due to security concerns. These cameras need high speed, reliable communications to relay video (largely upstream) to a central location.Many hospitals rely on connected medical devices to track their location and rapidly find the nearest device. This use case calls for low speed reliable connections for a wide range of devices.
Varying IoT connectivity requirements

In addition to the range of IoT use cases, there are literally hundreds of different types of IoT devices and sensors. Each has its unique requirements including the number of connections, the cost per connection, power availability and the amount of data transfer required, both upstream and downstream.

Depending on application, networks of IoT devices will require scalable, reliable, secure connectivity for remote devices and sensors. Perhaps the biggest challenge is providing low-cost connections to remote devices – some of which will use batteries and have no AC power supply.

IoT network requirements

Depending on the specific devices and applications involved, an IoT network may require:

The ability to connect large numbers of heterogeneous IoT elementsHigh reliabilityReal-time awareness with low latencyThe ability to secure all traffic flowsProgrammability for application customizationTraffic monitoring and management at the device levelLow cost connectivity for large number of devices/sensors

This list of requirements is challenging and may require IT managers to implement multiple network connections depending on the IoT application.

Impact of SDN and NFV on IoT network design

The advent of software-based networking technologies, such as SDN, NFV and SD-WAN, give network architects new tools to design flexible networks. NFV and SDN provide technology to customize the network to IoT requirements. NFV offers many virtual network functions (VNFs), including routing, security, gateways and traffic management that can be combined to deliver the customized network services required by IoT. SDN delivers the centralized managed capabilities to orchestrate and manage the data flows on highly distributed IoT networks.

The big-data challenge

Networks of IoT devices can create a tremendous amount of data – some of which needs to be analyzed in near-real-time. Due to latency and bandwidth limitations, not all data analysis can or should occur in a centralized location. IoT networks will need distributed analytics and business intelligence, often at or near the edge of the network.

Design considerations for IoT networks

There are a number of factors IT managers should consider when planning for IoT networks. The first level of questions is: What type of device or sensor will be connected? How many devices are there? What is the expected amount of traffic? The answers to these questions will drive the connectivity options along with overall network budgets for CAPEX and OPEX.

Other key questions include:

Is the device/sensor fixed or mobile?

What is the level of security required at the device level?

Does the IoT data need to be analyzed in real time?

Do the network and IT system need to control activity at the device or is it mainly passive?

Does the device or sensor have access to AC power?

IoT connectivity technologies

IT managers have a wide range of options to connect IoT devices and sensors. Each option has specific advantages and disadvantages, depending on application.

Four networking technologies that have widespread commercial adoption today are candidates for IoT networks:

Bluetooth provides built-in wireless communications for many devices such as smartphones but has a limited range and reliability challenges.

Wi-Fi is universally available for PCs, phones and tablets but requires a lot of power for ongoing connectivity.

4G LTE is pervasive and fast but can be expensive for high data use and power hungry.

Ethernet enables high-speed LAN connections in almost all campus and branch locations but requires a physical cable to connect to IoT devices.

In addition, the communications industry has invented a number of new networking technologies designed specifically for connecting IoT devices. These include:

IoT cellular, for which there are several standards such as LTE-M, NB LTE-M, and NB-IOT.

Low power wide area networks, such as SigFox and LoRa, which are built specifically to address the requirements of low power (battery only) IoT devices.

ZigBee is a wireless standard designed to connect machine-to-machine networks at low cost and low power requirements.

Impact of IoT on campus and branch networks

A significant consideration for many IT organizations is the impact of new IoT networks on existing campus, branch and wide area networks. IoT devices can create new traffic patterns, have large data flows and unique latency requirements.

Branch Network

The branch network typically has a moderate number of devices connected via Ethernet and Wi-Fi. Most branch locations do not have trained IT personnel and must be administered remotely. IT organizations are migrating to SD-WAN and SD-Branch technologies to cost effectively meet the increasing need for WAN bandwidth and to simplify remote network installation and administration. Connection of IoT devices at branch locations can mean new network technology to manage, challenges for remote troubleshooting, device-management issues and requirements for increased WAN bandwidth. Certain types of IoT applications may require significant local compute/storage capacity.

Campus Network

The campus network can have large numbers of devices (PCs, tablets, smartphones, printers, etc.) connected via Wi-Fi and Ethernet with a high capacity Ethernet backbone for high-speed connections to the organization’s data center. The campus network typically has trained IT personnel on-site to address networking issues – slow downs, interruptions in service, etc. For the campus network, IoT implementations can mean new networks to link remote sensors, vast increases in the number of connected devices, challenges for device management and authentication and congestion on the existing Wi-Fi network.

The IT intelligence enabled by connecting IoT devices and sensors is enabling organizations to provide better customer service, deliver goods faster and to reduce costs via more efficient operations. The network, both local and wide area, is a critical element in the implementation of secure, reliable and responsive IoT systems. The unique requirements of individual types of IoT systems require new forms of network connectivity and impact the existing branch and campus networks. Many IT organizations have found it challenging to implement IoT platforms which meet the requirements of high reliability, low latency, security and centralized control.

Architecting for IoT connectivity requires IT organizations to sift through a wide number of networking options. IT leaders must carefully evaluate their current IoT networking requirements in terms of bandwidth (upstream and down), reliability, security, and budget (costs). IoT networking requirements and the technology to connect to devices and things will continue to evolve. Networking architectures should be designed with flexibility and adaptability to meet changing business requirements.

(Lee Doyle is Principal Analyst at Doyle Research, with more than 25 years’ experience analyzing the IT, network and telecom markets.)

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Mobile World Congress 2018 II Cision Roundup

This is the latest in a series of event-related roundups PRN will carry as part of its regular Cision Roundup News Service. Coming up in 2018 are roundups on:

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HIMSS 2018 I

March 7

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June 14

Mobile World Congress 2018 II Cision Roundup

1. ClickSoftware to Join SAP at Mobile World Congress to Demo New Predictive Field Service Capabilities

BURLINGTON, Mass., Feb. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ClickSoftware, the leading provider of field service management software, today announced it will be demonstrating in the SAP booth at Mobile World Congress, taking place Feb. 26 – March 1 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Located at the SAP Booth #3N31 in Hall 3, the company will demonstrate the latest version of Field Service Edge, its cloud-based, mobile workforce management platform.

2. SOLiD Empowers the Middleprise to Overcome In-Building Wireless Service Challenges

PLANO, Texas, Feb. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — SOLiD, the leader in cellular in-building and public safety infrastructure, today introduced SOLiD GENESIS DAS to meet the needs of the middleprise and other large venues such as airports, subways, and stadiums. Additionally, the new GENESIS solution provides investment protection since its remote radios are compatible with legacy SOLiD ALLIANCE DAS solutions.

3. Sustainable Smartphone Accessories Company Vibes Modular attending Mobile World Congress 2018 ShowStoppers Event

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Vibes Modular announced today that the company will be attending the Mobile World Congress 2018 show and will be presenting its products at the ShowStoppers event at MWC. The show will be held in Barcelona Spain. The company will display its sustainable share-worthy, device-agnostic accessories for the mobile industry’s most popular smartphones.

4. du Selects Affirmed Networks Virtualized NB-IoT Mobile Core to support smart city IoT use cases

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Affirmed Networks, the leader in virtualized mobile networks, today announced that UAE-based telecommunications service provider du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), has selected Affirmed’s Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) mobile core to provide an industry-leading 3GPP core network for IoT use cases, enabling a wide range of smart city use cases. Affirmed Networks’ NB-IoT solution is deployed on du’s fully virtualized native cloud open-stack environment as one of the first in the Middle East. du will also be using Affirmed’s Virtualized Mobile Core, which includes a virtualized WiFi Gateway, to deliver VoWiFi and Fixed Wireless services. This state of the art deployment is 5G-ready with network slicing capability to support du’s vision of a fully virtualized and software defined native cloud core network. The announcement was made to coincide with Mobile World Congress 2018, being held during 26 February and 1 March this year.

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Ruotsalaisia uutisia Barcelonan Mobile World -kongressista: H&D Wireless julkaisee GEPS Raven Tags -tunnisteen NB-IoT:lla ulko- ja sisäpaikannukseen teollisuuden, kaupan ja suurten tilojen käytettäväksi

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GEPS Raven Tags on äskettäin julkaistu ainutlaatuinen lisäpalvelu, joka perustuu Griffin Enterprisen paikannuspalveluihin, ollen nyt tosiaikainen sisä- ja ulkopaikannusjärjestelmä teollisuudelle, kaupalle ja suurille laitoksille.

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GEPS Raven Tags on äskettäin julkaistu ainutlaatuinen lisäpalvelu, joka perustuu Griffin Enterprisen paikannuspalveluihin, ollen nyt tosiaikainen sisä- ja ulkopaikannusjärjestelmä teollisuudelle, kaupalle ja suurille laitoksille. Apunaan GPS, EGPRS, Cat.M1, NB-IoT, BLE, Wi-Fi ja UWB, GEPS™ Raven Tags seuraa materiaalivirtoja myös ulkona.

“Kommunikointi ja paikannus ulkona Cat.M1:llä ja NB-IoT:llä on merkittävä teknologinen edistysaskel, joka tarjoaa valtavat mahdollisuudet teollisuudelle”, sanoo Pär Bergsten, H&D Wirelessin toimitusjohtaja ja perustaja, tavatessaan mahdollisia asiakkaita paikan päällä Barcelonassa. “Tämä tarkoittaa, että asiakkaamme, jotka ovat esimerkiksi alkaneet testata GEPS-palvelua materiaalivirtojen jäljittämiseen ja analysoimiseen tehtaittensa sisällä, voivat nyt seurata tehtaiden välistä virtausta, vaikka kyseiset tehtaat sijaitsevat eri maissa, seuraamalla koko kuljetusketjua.”

GEPS Raven Tags -tunniste – GEPS-tuotantologistiikan kautta materiaalia voidaan seurata kuljetuksen aikana tai se voidaan kiinnittää materiaalin sisältäviin kuljetusvälineisiin. Niitä kutsutaan myös nimellä Returnable Transport Packages, RTP (palautettavat kuljetuspakkaukset). Uudessa GEPS Raven Tags -tuoteperheessä on muutamia erilaisia muotoja, kokoonpanoratkaisuja, radiostandardeja ja akun käyttöikä vaihtelee 1-5 vuoden välillä. Raven Tags käyttää GEPS RTLS:ää sisäpaikannukseen ja laajentaa sen nyt ulkopaikannukseen, jossa on mukana erityinen ja kattava GEPS Visualizer -palvelu tukemaan teollisuuden 4.0:n tarpeita.

“Raven Tags antaa yrityksille mahdollisuuden seurata, mitata ja hallita toimintoja, koska se pääsee käsiksi reaaliaikaisiin tietoihin, jotka liittyvät kaikkiin tärkeisiin resursseihin kuten telineet, materiaali, työkalut, tuotteet ja ihmiset,” kertoo Pär Bergsten. “Näin Raven Tags -tunnisteesta tulee tärkeä apu johtajille, joiden pitää validoida ja mitata kaikki keskeiset suorituskykyindikaattorit, mutta myös keskittyä prosesseihin, jotka tuottavat arvoa yrityksille ja niiden liiketoiminnalle.”

GEPS Raven Tags-tunnisteen tärkeimmät hyödyt

Johtava RTLS-alusta kattaa nyt myös ulkotilat apunaan GPS, Cat.M1 ja NB1Paranna käyttöastetta ja pienennä pääomamenojaTäysi reaaliaikainen näkyvyys prosesseihisi tehokkuuden parantamiseksiTäysi työkaluvirtojen ja RTP:n hallintaTosiaikainen keskeisten suorituskykyindikaattorien seuranta ja mittausAlustavasti integroitu SAP-käyttäjille

GEPS Raven Tag -tunnisteen tärkeimpiä ominaisuuksia ovat:

Seuranta pilvipalvelun kauttaRTLS sisä- ja ulkokäyttöA-GPS, Cat.M1, NB1, EGPRS, UWB, BLE, Wi-Fi NFC5 vuoden akunkestoNopea asennusIP-luokka 65FCC-, CE-, IC-sertifiointi

GEPS for Industry julkaistiin keväällä 2017 ja se on entisestään vahvistanut H&D Wirelessin RTLS-paikannusta teollisen Internetin nopeasti kasvavilla sovellusmarkkinoilla, nyt myös ulkosijainnin seurantamahdollisuus. Älytehtaan ja teollisen IoT:n markkinasektori on kasvamassa voimakkaasti. Sen arvioidaan ylittävän 225 miljardia dollaria vuonna 2022 (Markets and Markets Research).

H&D Wireless AB:n on julkaistava nämä tiedot EU-markkinoiden väärinkäyttöä koskevan asetuksen puitteissa. Tiedot annettiin julkaistaviksi 8.30 Keski-Euroopan aikaa 28. helmikuuta 2018.

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Tietoa H&D Wirelessista
H&D Wireless on ruotsalainen esineiden internetin pilvi- ja alustajärjestelmien tarjoaja. Griffin IoT -pilvialusta on kokonaisratkaisu, joka sisältää maailmanluokan langattomia moduuleita, analytiikan ja tekoälyn sisältäviä pilvipalveluita, jotka visualisoidaan älypuhelinsovelluksilla älykoteihin ja -yrityksiin. Yhtiö on tarjonnut vuodesta 2016 alkaen Griffin Enterprise Positioning System (GEPS™) -palvelua pilvipalveluna fyysisten esineiden sisäpaikannukseen, jotka voivat digitaalisesti muuntaa liiketoimintaprosesseja joustavammiksi, tehokkaammiksi ja tuottavammiksi. H&D Wireless perustettiin vuonna 2009, ja se on yksi Ruotsin nopeimmin kasvavista ja eniten palkituista IoT-yrityksistä. Se on tähän mennessä toimittanut yli 1 100 000 langatonta tuotetta IoT- ja M2M-ratkaisuihin ympäri maailmaa. H&D Wirelessin osakkeet on listattu Nasdaq First North -pörssissä Tukholmassa joulukuusta 2017 alkaen. Lähes 70 miljoonan Ruotsin kruunun pääomasijoitukset vuosina 2016 ja 2017 ovat mahdollistaneet yritykselle sijoittamisen teollisuuden digitalisoinnin – yleisemmin Teollisuus 4.0 ja Älytehdas – ratkaisujen tutkimiseen ja kehittämiseen. FNCA Sweden AB on nimetty yrityksen sertifioiduksi neuvojaksi.

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iSIGN Media Announces Receipt of Approval for its Previously Announced Convertible Promissory Note

The Note will have a term of twelve months and will accrue interest at a rate of 10% per annum, payable upon maturity. The proceeds from the sale of the Notes will be used for general working capital and software development

The Note will have a term of twelve months and will accrue interest at a rate of 10% per annum, payable upon maturity. The proceeds from the sale of the Notes will be used for general working capital and software development

The principal amount can, at the option of the Note holder, be converted into units of the Company (the “Units”) at a price equal to $0.07 per Unit. Each Unit shall be comprised of one common share of the Company (a “Unit Share”) and one common share purchase warrant (a “Warrant”). Each Warrant shall be exercisable to acquire one common share of the Company (a “Warrant Share”) for a period of two years following the date of issuance of the Warrant at an exercise price of $0.105 per Warrant Share. The Unit Shares and Warrants (and, if applicable, the Warrant Shares) will be subject to a minimum hold period of 4 months from the date of issue of the Notes.

The Note holder, Korona Group Ltd., is wholly owned by Josip Kozar, who is deemed to be a “related party”, as such term is defined in Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”), of iSIGN, being the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and holding approximately 12.0% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company. As such, the issuance of this Note is a “related party transaction” for the Company. For this transaction, the Company has relied on the exemption from the formal valuation requirements of MI 61-101 contained in section 5.5(a) of MI 61-101 and has relied on the exemption from the minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 contained in section 5.7(a) of MI 61-101.

The securities described herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from those registration requirements. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities nor shall there by any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About iSIGN Media
iSIGN Media, based in Toronto, is a data-focused, software-as-a-service (SaaS) company that is a pioneering leader in gathering point-of-sale data and mobile shopper preferences to generate actionable data and reveal valuable consumer insights. Creators of the Smart suite of products, a patented interactive proximity marketing technology, iSIGN enables brands to deliver targeted messaging, personalized offers and loyalty perks to consumers’ mobile devices in proximity and with real-time proof of redemption. iSIGN’s data gathering capabilities provide analytics on price points, typical purchases, in-store dwell time and other shopper metrics that identify emerging consumer behaviors. These insights enable smarter business decisions and provide increased ROI metrics for more transparent marketing. iSIGN delivers relevant, timely messages on an opt-in basis at no charge to consumers, transmitting rich media to consumer mobile devices via Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi connectivity in complete privacy as opposed to iBeacons, apps, downloads and required surrendering of personal information. Proven to increase brand engagement and customer loyalty, iSIGN generates preference-based, predictive “clean data” without compromising consumer privacy. Partners include: IBM, Keyser Retail Solutions, Baylor University, Verizon Wireless, TELUS and AOpen America Inc. www.isignmedia.com

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