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Baltimore Cyber Range and Cyberbit Open New Cybersecurity Training and Simulation Center

Baltimore Cyber Range LLC. and Cyberbit Ltd., the world’s leading provider of cybersecurity training and simulation platforms, today announced the opening of the new Baltimore Cyber Range (BCR) cybersecurity training and simulation center in Baltimore, MD. Powered by the Cyberbit Range platform, this hands-on cybersecurity training center will provide simulation training for cybersecurity professionals in protecting national assets and infrastructure against cyberattacks. The opening comes 10 months after the project was announced during Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s trade mission to Israel in September 2016.

“I am very pleased to celebrate the opening of Baltimore Cyber Range. With our skilled workforce, world-class academic community, and proximity to the federal government, Maryland has truly become the cyber capital of the world,” said Governor Hogan. “This state-of-art center will help ensure that even more Marylanders are fully trained and prepared to meet the demands of 21st century jobs.”

Labor statistics highlight a critical shortage of capable IT and cybersecurity professionals. Data shows that more than 200,000 U.S. cybersecurity jobs are currently unfilled and the shortage is projected to grow to more than 1.5 million unfilled positions by 2019. This shortage presents a workforce issue for Maryland employers and Governments creating employment opportunities for Maryland residents possessing appropriate cybersecurity skills.

The BCR represents a significant advancement in cyber training technology, a state-of-the-art cybersecurity training center. Leveraging the Cyberbit Range platform, the BCR facility allows cybersecurity practitioners the opportunity to experience the latest real-world cyber threats in a controlled and sequestered environment to improve their hands-on skills. The range, which can simulate large-scale virtual networks and attacks based on real-world incidents, can also pinpoint system vulnerabilities and help users develop countermeasures and improved protocols for dealing with cyber-attacks on critical network systems. As a result, cybersecurity practitioners benefit from receiving real-time training for threat detection, and the response process, enabling them to dramatically improve the performance of all security and SOC teams. Individuals will also benefit from the opportunity to accelerate their security certifications.

“Working with Cyberbit and Governor Hogan’s administration to bring this new cyber training technology to Maryland has been an unbelievable opportunity,” said Michael Doyle, President of Baltimore Cyber Range. “The range has demonstrated the potential to dramatically improve the skills and experience of those working to protect our national IT infrastructure. It also represents a key element of our ongoing efforts to provide the Maryland workforce the skills and knowledge required to address the skilled cybersecurity workforce shortage.”

“We congratulate the Baltimore Cyber Range and the State of Maryland for opening the new training and simulation facility today,” said Adi Dar, CEO of Cyberbit. “We see a rapidly-growing need for hands-on cybersecurity training in private and public-sector organizations worldwide, and are excited to see the Baltimore Range pioneering this activity in Maryland.”

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About the Baltimore Cyber Range

The Baltimore Cyber Range is located in the SPARK building at the Power Plant Live square in downtown Baltimore. The facility is part of the new Intrusion Countermeasures Education and Training (ICE-T) Consortium, formed by Electronic Technology Associates, llc of Baltimore to provide Marylandresidents the skills and training required to obtain an initial IT position and or significantly enhance the skill set of the existing Maryland IT / Cyber workforce. The consortium includes nine private and three public companies. Centrally located in Baltimore – close to the federal government’s cyber-related activities in Washington, D.C., at Fort Meade, Md., and at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. – the Baltimore Cyber Range offers cybersecurity professionals the convenience of training with the most current cyber warfare strategies, close to home. To learn more about the facility, please visit: or email

About Cyberbit

Created to protect the most high-risk organizations in the world, Cyberbit secures enterprises and critical infrastructure against advanced cyberthreats. The company’s battle-hardened cybersecurity solutions detect, analyze and respond to the most advanced, complex and targeted threats across IT and OT (operational technology) networks. Cyberbit employs a diverse team from both the public and private sector, including researchers, mathematicians, former CISOs and SOC managers, as well as seasoned veterans of the intelligence and military communities. With offices in TexasSingaporeMunich and Israel, and presence worldwide, Cyberbit is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE: ESLT). To learn more about how Cyberbit maximizes protection against today’s signature-less threats, visit

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Magewell Expands Eco Capture Family of Compact, Power-Efficient M.2 Capture Cards

Magewell – an award-winning developer of innovative video interface devices – is now shipping the Eco Capture Dual HDMI M.2, the first of three models unveiled earlier this summer in its new Eco Capture family of high-performance, power-efficient video capture cards for OEM developers. The company also today announced a fourth configuration, designed to provide quad-channel capture density while maintaining the Eco Capture series’ ultra-compact form factor. All four Eco Capture models will make their European debut in stand 8.A84 at the upcoming IBC2017 exhibition, September 15-19 in Amsterdam.

Ideal for use in small and embedded systems where full-sized PCIe slots are not available, the cost-effective Eco Capture family complements Magewell’s flagship Pro Capture series by offering OEM customers a robust capture solution with low power consumption for space-limited applications.

The first four Eco Capture models feature a high-speed PCIe 2.0 bus interface with an M.2 connector and measure just 22x80mm (0.87×3.15in), matching the M.2 2280 size specification. Power consumption by the Eco Capture cards is 30% to 70% lower than Magewell’s Pro Capture cards with similar input signal connectivity and channel count.

First introduced at InfoComm 2017, the Eco Capture HDMI 4K M.2 captures one channel of 4K video up to 4096×2160 at 30 frames per second via HDMI, while the dual-channel Eco Capture Dual HDMI M.2 and Eco Capture Dual SDI M.2 capture HD or 2K video up to 1080p60 over HDMI or SDI interfaces, respectively. The newest addition to the product line, the Eco Capture Quad SDI M.2, doubles the latter offering’s channel density, capturing four concurrent HD or 2K SDI source signals.

“The Eco Capture family enables OEM developers to incorporate Magewell’s renowned capture quality and reliability into smaller products with lower power consumption, and customer feedback on the product line has been very positive since its introduction,” said James Liu, VP of Engineering at Magewell. “We are excited to now be shipping the first Eco Capture model, and we will continue to develop additional new configurations in response to OEM customer needs.”

The M.2 Eco Capture models are available with drivers for Windows and Linux operating systems. OS-native capture APIs including DirectShow, DirectKS, V4L2 and ALSA are supported, and a comprehensive SDK enables developers to directly access the full feature set of the cards.

Stream replication enables each input channel to be delivered to multiple software applications simultaneously with identical capture parameters. FPGA-based video processing provides high-quality up/down/cross-scaling, picture controls and color space conversion without tasking the host system CPU, while additional processes are performed by software. All four models also support up to 8 channels of embedded audio per input.

The Eco Capture Dual HDMI M.2 is available immediately, with the other three Eco Capture models expected to ship later this month.

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About Magewell – Founded in 2011, Magewell focuses on the core technology of video and audio processing. With guiding principles of continuous innovation and providing customers with outstanding support, Magewell has earned a strong reputation for the exceptional quality, performance and reliability of its I/O devices. Distributed globally, Magewell products are used in a wide array of professional video applications including broadcast, live event streaming, medical imaging, lecture capture, surveillance, video conferencing, gaming and more. For more information, please visit

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GRAMMY Festival To Debut In China In 2018

The Recording Academy™, BRAVO Entertainment and China Music Vision Ltd announced today the partnership of the newly created GRAMMY Festival, a touring, world-class live music experience that will debut in China in 2018. The co-organizers of the festival, Beida Jade Bird Music Culture Industry Group, Guo Guang United Cultural Development (Beijing) Co., Ltd., Weibo and Toutiao were also present to witness and celebrate the launch of the project.

The iconic GRAMMY Awards® celebrates the very best in creative excellence, and are universally considered the music community’s highest honor. The Recording Academy™, the organization responsible for the GRAMMY Awards, is the world’s leading society of music creators, and is dedicated to improving the cultural impact of music. From preserving music’s rich history and honoring its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, to supporting music people in times of need through its MusiCares® charity, to advocating for legislative changes on behalf of the creative music community, the Academy works tirelessly to ensure a global environment where music can continue to thrive. The GRAMMY Festival China is the Academy’s latest exciting initiative, and will bring together GRAMMY-winning artists with the extraordinary Chinese culture to provide audiences with a unique, unrivaled live concert experience.

With the increasing influence of The Recording Academy and the annual GRAMMY Awards, the news of GRAMMY Festival coming to China has already attracted the attention of numerous well-known brands looking for unique partnership opportunities. Additionally, the GRAMMY Festival will also be a high-level networking and learning platform for numerous top talents in the music community, including vocalists, instrumentalists, songwriters, music producers, and more.

About the Recording Academy

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards® — music’s only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world’s leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

For more information about the Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, “like” Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy’s social communities on Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.

About China Music Vision

China Music Vision Ltd. is the exclusive partner of The Recording Academy in the Greater China for GRAMMY-branded entertainment and educational initiatives. CMV endeavors to bring the top-tier musical experience to the local markets while foster the cultural exchange between the East and West.

About BRAVO Entertainment

Bravo Entertainment, a leading organizer of global music events. It holds exclusive rights for hosting numerous prominent global music festivals in China as its core business, including Asia’s biggest music festival, SUMMER SONIC. Also, as an entertainment business pioneer, the company has initiated GRAMMY Festival CHINA. So far, the company has already hosted local concerts and organized global tours for many distinguished artists, such as Lady Gaga, David Guetta, Jamiroquai, Exo, Korn, Limp Bizkit and Jacky Cheung.

Aiming high and always striving for the best, Bravo Entertainment has further expanded its business to artist management, providing full services to artists, performances, and other talent agencies. Besides, it has also collaborated with different industries, involving gaming, motorcycle racing and sports industries, to offer a variety of creative events and products.

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mHealth Solutions Market Worth 90.49 Billion USD by 2022

According to a new market research mHealth Solutions Market by Connected Devices (Blood Pressure Monitor, Glucose Meter, Peak Flow Meter) Apps (Weight Loss, Woman Health, Personal Health Record, & Medication) Services (Diagnostic, Remote Monitoring, Consultation) – Global Forecasts to 2022, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the Global mHealth Solutions Market is expected to reach USD 90.49 Billion by 2022 from USD 21.17 Billion in 2017, at a CAGR of 33.7%.

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Factors driving market growth include the increasing penetration of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile platforms, increasing utilization of connected devices and mHealth apps for the management of chronic diseases, and the rising cost containment in healthcare delivery. In addition, the penetration of 3G and 4G networks for uninterrupted healthcare services and rising focus on patient-centric healthcare delivery further increases the demand for mHealth solutions in the healthcare industry.

By product and service, the connected devices segment accounted for the largest share of the market in 2016

On the basis of product and service, the mHealth Solutions Market is segmented into connected medical devices, mHealth applications, and mHealth services. In 2016, connected medical devices accounted for the largest share of the mHealth solutions market, mainly due to the increasing incidence of chronic diseases and lifestyle-associated diseases requiring continuous health monitoring and the shifting consumer preferences towards a healthier lifestyle.

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Within connected medical devices segment, the vital signs monitoring devices accounted for the largest share of the market

The connected medical devices market is further segmented into consumer health devices and clinical devices. Clinical devices segment is categorized into vital signs monitoring devices, peak flow meters, neurological monitoring devices, sleep apnea monitors, multi-parameter trackers, and others. In 2016, vital signs monitoring devices accounted for the largest share of of the global connected medical devices market. This is attributed to the rise in prevalence and incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases across the globe and increasing adoption of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems and various health monitoring devices.

Within mHealth applications segment, the healthcare applications accounted for the largest share of the market

The mHealth applications market is segmented into healthcare applications (designed for patients) by activity, and medical applications (designed for professionals). In 2016, the healthcare applications accounted for the largest share of the mHealth applications market. This growth is attributed to the factors such as increasing number of people using smart phones, the increasing preference for personal health and wellness app for self-health management and the increasing need for tracking daily activities and various health conditions of patients leading to the rising adoption of healthcare apps.

Within mHealth services segment, the remote monitoring services is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period

On the basis of mHealth services, the market is categorized into remote monitoring, diagnosis services, treatment services, consultation services, fitness and wellness services, prevention services and healthcare system strengthening services. The remote monitoring services segment is expected to register the highest CAGR in the mHealth solutions market. The large share can be attributed to the increasing adoption of remote monitoring solutions by patients in remote rural areas and technological advancements in medicine and telecommunication.

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North America dominated the market in 2016

In 2016, North America dominated the global mHealth solutions market. The increasing demand for better healthcare services, government initiatives for digital health, stringent regulations regarding patient safety and patient care, and increasing number of smartphone users coupled with the rising awareness of self-health management are driving the growth of the mHealth Solutions Market in this region.

The key players in the mHealth Solutions Market are Medtronic plc (Ireland), Apple, Inc. (U.S.), AirStrip Technologies, Inc. (U.S.), AliveCor, Inc. (U.S.), LifeWatch AG (Switzerland), Nike Inc. (U.S.), Koninklijke Philips N.V. (Netherlands), Jawbone (U.S.), OMRON Corporation (Japan), Withings (France), BioTelemetry Inc. (U.S.), athenahealth, Inc. (U.S.), AgaMatrix, Inc. (U.S.), iHealth Lab, Inc. (U.S.), AT&T (U.S.), Qualcomm (U.S.), Cerner Corporation (U.S.), and Cisco Systems, Inc. (U.S.), and Nokia Corporation (Finland).

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Spinnaker Support Named as one of the 10 Most Valuable SAP Solution Providers 2017

Spinnaker Support, the fastest growing provider of third-party maintenance and managed services for Oracle and SAP applications, today announced they have been named one of the 10 Most Valuable SAP Solution Providers 2017 by Insights Success Magazine. This distinction follows a host of recent honors won by Spinnaker Support, including the prestigious Gold Stevie Award for Customer Service Department of the Year.

Insights Success Magazine focuses its coverage on emerging and quickly growing companies and their leadership, creating a popular platform where top leaders access critical information needed to advance their businesses.

Spinnaker Support, serving over 300 instances of SAP solutions in 103 countries, has addressed thousands of support tickets with engineers operating from seven global support centers. Average response time to critical tickets occurs within eight minutes and always comes from a support engineer with nearly 20 years of SAP experience that is highly familiar with the customer’s unique environment.

Ajith Kumar of Autodesk has this to say: “We have a partnership with Spinnaker Support. The support engineers are responsive, efficient and engaged directly on resolving our issues. They don’t respond with stall tactics or try to push unneeded patches to ‘try’ and resolve issues, like SAP support.”

“We are honored to be recognized as a top SAP solution provider,” stated Shawn du Plessis, Vice President of Global SAP Support Services at Spinnaker Support. “We have the size, agility, scale, and global reach to maintain and advance any SAP implementation and increasingly more organizations are embracing our unique value proposition.”

Spinnaker Support was recognized as a top 10 most valuable SAP solution provider due to:

  • Industry leading SAP customer satisfaction rate (99.1%) and customer referenceability (100%) per the most recent customer survey
  • A tradition of market firsts that give customers a unique selection of high-value services and technologies, the lowest price points by aligning service fees with product use, and the most flexible, customer-friendly commercial terms
  • High caliber SAP software engineers who respond quickly to resolve critical issues faster than other service providers – per processes that are ISO 9001:2015 certified
  • Always delivering service the right way, respecting the intellectual property rights of others and not taking shortcuts that compromise the legal standing of the customer

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About Spinnaker Support

Spinnaker Support is the world’s fastest growing provider of third-party SAP and Oracle support, managed services, and consulting. We help our customers keep their applications up and running at peak performance, while remaining interoperable, adaptable, and secure – and saving them an average of 62% on annual support fees. Spinnaker Support’s blend of services span SAP, BusinessObjects, Oracle E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, Siebel, Oracle Database, Oracle Technology and Middleware products, Hyperion, Agile PLM, ATG/Endeca, and more. To learn more about Spinnaker Support, visit or call 877-476-0576 in the U.S./Canada. Follow us on LinkedInTwitterFacebook, or Google+.

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BlueteamGlobal: Cybersecurity Firm Launches With $125 Million Round, Deep Senior Team

BlueteamGlobal, a cybersecurity services firm, today announced the launch of operations, the merger into BlueteamGlobal of three cybersecurity technology businesses (BitVoyant, K2G, and K2 Cyber Defense), and new funding for growth of more than $125 million in financing from institutional and individual investors.

Co-founded by CEO Jim Rosenthal, former Chief Operating Officer at Morgan Stanley, and Executive Chairman Tom Glocer, former Chief Executive Officer at Thomson Reuters, BlueteamGlobal will provide Advanced Cyber Threat Intelligence for large companies and Managed Cyber Security Services for smaller businesses.

BlueteamGlobal, which has offices in New York, the Washington, D.C. area, LondonMadrid, and Tel Aviv, has assembled a deep team of senior leaders from both the private sector and national security agencies:

  • Advanced cyber threat intelligence will be led by Daniel Ennis, former Director of the NSA’s Threat Operations Center, and Ron Feler, formerly Deputy Commander of the Israel Defense Forces’ Unit 8200.
  • Deep and dark web intelligence will be led by Gad Goldstein, who served as a division head in the Israel Security Agency, Shin Bet, in the rank equivalent to Major General.
  • Managed security and professional services will be led by Austin Berglas, former head of the FBI’s New York Cyber Branch, and Milan Patel, former CTO for the Cyber Division at the FBI.
  • Chairman of the business in Europe will be Lord Mandelson, a former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State, who now serves as Chairman of Global Counsel, a global consultancy, and who will work with an operational team of former European cyber intelligence professionals. Robert Hannigan, former director of GCHQ, the UK intelligence service, will head the company’s European Advisory Board.

“In my role at Morgan Stanley, I spent considerable time focused on cybersecurity issues, working with Tom – as the security lead on Morgan Stanley’s board – to build out an elite team to protect the firm against advanced attack techniques – in the same way that the national security agencies take on that role for the U.S. government,” Jim Rosenthal said. “BlueteamGlobal will provide the same kind of expertise and intelligence to companies around the world.”

Tom Glocer added that the corporate need for sophisticated cyber intelligence is high and increasing. “Over the course of my career in IT, cyber threats have evolved from technology-adept amateurs to sophisticated nation states and criminals,” he said. “BlueteamGlobal will deliver threat intelligence and defense capabilities to address the current generation of advanced persistent threats.”

BlueteamGlobal will initially target the North American and European markets, but soon expand to other regions.

BlueteamGlobal’s board of directors will include Rosenthal, Glocer, Goldstein, as well as Jules Kroll, Chairman and Co-Founder of K2 Intelligence and Nadav Zafrir, CEO of Team8, and former Commander of the IDF’s Unit 8200, together with several investors. BlueteamGlobal is also forming an Advisory Board, to be chaired by Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The company will have a strategic business alliance with K2 Intelligence, a global investigative, compliance and cybersecurity defense services firm, and a Blueteam founding shareholder. Blueteam has also formed a strategic business alliance with Team8, a cybersecurity think tank and company creation platform with offices in New York and Tel Aviv.

“At K2 Intelligence, we recognize our clients’ need for a full range of cybersecurity, investigative and compliance solutions,” K2 Intelligence’s Jules Kroll said. “We are delighted to now scale these capabilities by teaming our cyber operations with BlueteamGlobal.”

Jared Novick, the CEO of BitVoyant added, “We have taken our cyber threat intelligence capabilities to a new level by combining with the talent and funding of BlueteamGlobal.”

About the Founders
Jim Rosenthal served as COO at Morgan Stanley from 2011 to 2016. Rosenthal came to Morgan Stanley in 2008 from Tishman Speyer, where he served as CFO; he had previous roles at Lehman Brothers and McKinsey. Rosenthal received the 2017 Critical Infrastructure Protection Award from the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), and is the Co-Chair of Sheltered Harbor, a financial services industry cybersecurity organization. Rosenthal has a J.D. from Harvard Law Schooland a B.A. from Yale University.

Tom Glocer was CEO of Thomson Reuters and its predecessor firm, Reuters, from 2001 through 2011. He chairs the Operations and Technology committee of the Morgan Stanley Board of Directors and will become the Board’s lead director in September. Glocer also serves on the Boards of Merck & Co., Publicis Groupe and K2 Intelligence; he is a trustee of the Cleveland Clinic and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Glocer has a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from Columbia University.

About BitVoyant
BitVoyant delivers advanced cyber threat intelligence and alerts to companies, covering their businesses and their business ecosystems. BitVoyant is headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia.

About K2 Intelligence and K2 Cyber Defense
K2 Intelligence is an industry-leading investigative, compliance and cyber defense services firm, founded in 2009 by Jeremy Kroll and Jules Kroll, who is credited with originating the modern corporate investigations industry. Headquartered in New York, K2 Intelligence provides advice to governments, companies, boards, and high-net-worth individuals around the world on managing risk and addressing problems and complex situations. K2 Cyber Defense is a business line that delivers managed security and professional services, incident response, and investigations to its corporate clients.

About K2G
K2G delivers an ongoing analyzed and curated stream of Dark Web Cyber Threat Intelligence to its corporate clients. K2G is a separate subsidiary of K2 Intelligence and is headquartered in Tel Aviv.

About BlueteamGlobal
BlueteamGlobal, with offices in New York, the Washington D.C. area, LondonMadrid, and Tel Aviv, provides Advanced Cyber Threat Intelligence for large companies and Managed Cyber Security Services for smaller businesses. Founded by former Morgan Stanley COO Jim Rosenthal and former Thomson Reuters CEO Tom Glocer, the company has closed on more than $125 million in financing from institutional and individual investors. BlueteamGlobal can be found online at

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51Talk Attends the 2017 EdTech Asia Summit in Ho Chi Minh

Over the last weekend of July, some of the world’s education leaders gathered at the EdTech Asia Summit in Ho Chi Minh to discuss where education is headed in the 21st century. 51Talk (or “China Online Education Group”), China’s leading online education platform and the first from China listed on the NYSE (NYSE: COE), was invited to attend the summit alongside education industry leaders such as Pearson, Amazon, and YouTube.

As one of the few online Chinese education companies invited to participate in the event, 51Talk demonstrated its role as an industry leader, and how online education in China is making an important impact on the global stage.

James Stewart, marketing director of 51Talk, spoke at the summit about personalized learning’s role in enhancing the quality of education for millions of students across China.

On this topic, James stated that “One of the biggest challenges facing online education is showing the market that online learning is as effective as offline learning.”

His view is that at this early stage of online education’s development, with internet connectivity no longer an issue, the next step is to figure out how to properly leverage technologies to enhance personalized learning.

Recently, 51Talk’s founder and CEO Jack Huang stated that though China’s education industry still lags behind in technology, 51Talk has made technology one of its core competitive advantages.

In the pursuit of these competitive advantages, 51Talk has made a number of investments in R&D. One of these advantages is the company’s investment in big data research and expertise. This investment has enabled 51Talk to better assess student proficiency, and then match each assessed student with the proper level of coursework.

James explained that “With the help of big data analytics, 51Talk is able to match the right students and teachers together, and pair them with the proper coursework, which will ultimately enhance each student’s learning performance and progress.”

One of the biggest problems facing China’s offline education sector is the uneven access to high quality educational resources. One of online education’s earliest attempts to solve this issue on a global scale came in the form of MOOCs (massive open online courses). This attempt failed to offer a viable solution, as MOOCs mostly provide prerecorded lectures, which prevent any interactions or feedback between the students and teachers. The model developed by 51Talk has proven to be a stronger remedy to China’s lack of access to superior education, as its teachers are able to provide real-time, personalized attention to the needs of students. In any 51Talk lesson, teachers are able to correct pronunciation, answer questions, and offer feedback tailored to each student’s needs on a real time basis. 51Talk’s services have now started to reach third and even fourth tier cities in China, and the company is on track to serve tens of millions of students in the coming years.

As for the role that AI is expected to play in education, James believes that instead of replacing teachers, AI will become a complement to them. “Artificial intelligence stands to become a powerful tool in the repertoire of each online teacher, and will yield learning benefits unobtainable in an offline setting.”

Following this, James commented on 51Talk’s newly announced partnership with SenseTime, an AI company that recently completed a $410 million Series B funding round, and described its strategic importance in keeping 51Talk at the cutting edge of its industry. The company focuses on visual recognition technology, and aims to apply it to advances in education.

Augmented by technologies and artificial intelligence, online teaching is poised to change the way that people around the world learn, and 51Talk is confident that it has positioned itself to be at the forefront of education’s next stage of evolution.

About 51Talk:

51Talk, or China Online Education Group (NYSE: COE), is a leading online education platform in China, with core expertise in English education. The Company’s mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable. The Company’s online and mobile education platforms enable students across China to take live one-on-one interactive English lessons with overseas foreign teachers, on demand. The Company connects its students with a large pool of highly qualified foreign teachers that it assembled using a shared economy approach, and employs student and teacher feedback and data analytics to deliver a personalized learning experience to its students.


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3D Scanner Market Growing at a CAGR of 7.8% During 2017 to 2023, Says a New Research Report at ReportsnReports

3D scanner market is expected to grow from $3.76 billion to $5.90 billion, at a CAGR of 7.8% between 2017 and 2023 while Research Report covers top 25 Companies with their Competitive Strategies, Top Segments, Market Trends, Share, and Regional Outlook in near future with overall industry analysis.

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Increasing demand for quality control and inspection to drive the growth of the 3D scanner market

The 3D scanner market is expected to grow from USD 3.76 billion in 2017 to USD 5.90 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 7.8% between 2017 and 2023. The key factors driving the growth of the 3D scanner market include the increasing awareness about advanced medical treatment, rising need to capture large volumes of 3D data for modelling and analysis, and growing demand for quality control and inspection application. However, the availability of low-cost alternatives to 3D scanning is restraining the growth of the 3D scanner market.

The key players operating in the 3D scanner market include Hexagon AB (Sweden), FARO Technologies, Inc. (US), Nikon Metrology NV (Belgium), Trimble Inc. (US), and Topcon Corporation (Japan), 3D Systems Corporation (US), 3D Digital Corporation (US), Perceptron Inc.(US), Kreon Technology (France), Carl Zeiss Optotechnik GmBH (Germany), Shapegrabber (Canada), Fuel 3D (UK), Arctec 3D (Luxemburg), Capture 3D (California), Creaform, Inc. (Canada), Basis Software Inc. (US), Maptek Pty Ltd. (US), True Point Laser Scanning LLC (US), Next Engine (California), Shinning 3D (China), RangeVision (Russia), Exact Metrology (US), Trimet (US), 3D Scanco (US), and Paracosm, Inc. (US).

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This report segments the 3D scanner market on the basis of offering, type, range, product, application, industry, and geography. On the basis of offering, the market has been divided into hardware & software and aftermarket services. The larger market size of the hardware and software offerings can be attributed to the rising adoption of new software upgrades for 3D scanners. This is also expected to drive the growth of the market for aftermarket services.

Rising inspection applications in automotive and aerospace & defence industries to drive the growth of the3D scanner market for quality control

Quality control & inspection applications accounted for the largest share of the 3D scanner market in 2016. Automotive and aerospace & defence are the major industries wherein 3D metrology is used for quality control & inspection applications. 3D scanners are increasingly being used in the automotive industry to ensure accuracy and precision in all the areas of a vehicle plant and to inspect the automotive components, power train components, and full body of vehicles.

Automotive industry holds the largest share of the 3D scanner market

The automotive industry accounted for the largest share of the 3D scanner market in 2016.The optical 3D scanning technology is widely used in the automotive industry for quality control and inspection applications to ensure that the components manufactured are within specified tolerance levels. Optical 3D scanners are fast and flexible and have proven to meet strict automotive production requirements. For instance, in body-in-white (BIW) assembly, 3D scanners precisely measure and monitor the locations of slots, studs, holes, and other features to ensure conformity to strict automotive tolerance.

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3D scanner market in APAC to grow at a high rate between 2017 and 2023

Asia Pacific (APAC) holds huge growth opportunities for the 3D scanner market; the market in this region is expected to grow at a high rate between 2017 and 2023. This region comprises developing economies, such as China and India, which holds huge potential for 3D scanning applications. Some of the major factors driving the growth of the 3D scanner market in APAC include the rising number of engineering and infrastructure projects, increasing preference for custom implants (in medical applications) to ensure better and faster recovery, and growing number of dental restoration surgeries in this region.

The breakup of the profile of primary participants has been given below: By Companies: Tier 1 – 33 %, Tier 2 – 45%, and Tier 3 – 22%, By Designation: C-level Executives – 33%, Directors- 25%, and Others – 42%, By Region: North America – 35%, Europe – 29%, Asia Pacific– 24%, and RoW – 12%

Research Coverage: The 3D scanner market has been segmented on the basis of offering, type, range, product, application industry, and geography. The market, on the basis of offering, has been further segmented into hardware &software and aftermarket services. The market, on the basis on type, includes laser 3D scanners and structured light 3D scanners.

On the basis of range it is segmented into short, medium and long range. On the basis of product, the 3D scanner market has been segmented into tripod mounted, fixed CMM based, portable CMM based, and desktop. On the basis of application, the market has been segmented into reverse engineering, quality control & inspection, virtual simulation, and others.

The 3D scanner market, on the basis of industry, has been divided into automotive, healthcare, aerospace & defence, architecture & construction, energy & power, tunnel & mining, artefacts & heritage preservation, and others. On the basis of geography, the market has been segmented into the Americas, EuropeAsia Pacific, and Rest of the World.

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Fosun’s joint-venture Nanjing Nangang completes acquisition of leading German automotive supplier Koller Beteiligungs GmbH

Fosun and its joint venture Nanjing Nangang Iron & Steel United Co. Ltd. (Nanjing Nangang) today announced it has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Koller Beteiligungs GmbH (Koller), a German lightweight automotive specialist headquartered in Dietfurt, Germany. It is the first overseas investment for Nanjing Nangang and the first overseas industrial investment in the automotive industry for Fosun.

Koller owns production facilities in GermanyHungary and Mexico. It produces injection molding composite parts and pressing tools, including the PUR-honeycomb sandwich panels for major European automotive companies, such as Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Land Rover. As an innovation leader, Koller is the leading solutions provider for automotive manufacturers who are looking to reduce energy consumption and pollutant emissions by reducing the weight of the car.

With support from its new major shareholder, Koller will both strengthen its market position in Europeas well as explore new production locations and expansion opportunities in China.

Mr. Guo Guangchang, Chairman of Fosun, said, “We are pleased with this investment in Koller, a world leading lightweight innovative solutions provider to the automotive industry. We highly respect Koller’s “spirit of craftsmanship”, especially in providing solutions to reduce emissions and energy consumption. Environmental protection and energy saving are key global initiatives, especially in China. Lightweight technology could effectively decrease the energy consumption and promote sustainable development. I believe there will be greater demand for high quality and innovative lightweight products and solutions and we look forward to working closely with the Koller Group in bringing their products to these markets.”

“New Materials is one of Nanjing Nangang’s core segments for the business transition, and will become part of our major business section. As Koller’s strategic investor, we will bring synergies and support Koller in its further development and expansion, especially creating lightweight solutions that meet the needs of China and Asia market. We strongly believe Koller will come to the China market soon,” said Mr. Huang Yixing, Chairman of Nanjing Nangang.

Mr. Max Koller, CEO of Koller Beteiligungs GmbH, said, “We are delighted with our partnership with Fosun and especially with being the first automotive supplier firm invested by Fosun’s joint venture. This partnership enables the Koller Group to expand their business to the Asian market and therefore continue Koller’s successful development and expansion. This transaction will open a wide range of business opportunities. Together with Fosun and Nanjing Nangang, Koller will offer their broad range of lightweight solutions and tooling in the Asian market to existing and new customers. Koller’s products and lightweight solutions follow the constraints of all automobile manufacturers worldwide, to reduce the cars’ weight and exhaust emissions, regardless of the drive technology selected.”

About Koller Beteiligungs GmbH

The Koller Group is a leading manufacturer of lightweight automotive parts in international markets. The Koller Group manufactures serial lightweight products using distinct technologies (molding and pressing) and materials (sandwich, plastics, CFK, SMC and hybrids), mainly supplying the automotive industry. The Koller Group acts as a Tier 1 and/or Tier 2 supplier, delivering its serial products mainly to European OEMs. Those serial products are manufactured at different locations in Europe and Mexico. Koller also acts as a lightweight development partner and system supplier for German and international OEMs. Moreover, the Koller Group operates a tool shop and conducts business in plant engineering and construction for external customers, as well as for Koller Group companies.

About Nanjing Nangang Iron & Steel United Co. Ltd.

Nanjing Nangang Iron & Steel United Co., Ltd. was founded in 2009 and is the majority shareholder in Nanjing Iron & Steel Co., Ltd., which was listed on the main board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2000 (SH: 600282). Its main business is in industrial investment, and it also develops business platforms in the areas of environmental protection, intelligent equipment and new materials.

About Fosun

Fosun International Limited is a multinational company that has been listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00656:HK) since 2007. Founded in 1992, Fosun’s total assets exceed RMB 480 billion(c.US$70bn). With its roots in China, Fosun is dedicated to creating global ecosystems in health, happiness and wealth (insurance, hive property and investments). Through innovation and technology, Fosun’s ecosystems provide high-quality products and services for families around the world.

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Bromine Market Worth 3.96 Billion USD by 2022

The report Bromine Market by Derivative (Organobromines, Clear Brine Fluids, Hydrogen Bromide), Application (Flame Retardants, Water Treatment, HBr Flow Batteries, Mercury Emission Control, PTA Synthesis), and Region – Global Forecast to 2022″, the global market was USD 2.47 Billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 3.96 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 8.4% between 2017 and 2022.

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By volume, it is projected to reach 716.18 kilotons by 2022. This growth is attributed to the growing use of bromine in mercury mitigation and increasing demand for flame retardants due to increasing stringent fire safety standards. Extensive consumption of bromine in diverse applications such as plasma etching, drilling for oil & gas, and water treatment, among others is also an important factor driving the bromine market.

Organobromine: The largest segment of the bromine market by derivative

Organobromine was the largest segment of the global bromine market, by derivative in 2016, followed by clear brine fluids. The demand for organobromine is driven due to its effective and substantial usage as a flame retardant and biocide in major industries, such as electronics, agriculture, automotive, and oil & gas, which is expected to drive its demand globally.

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Flame Retardants: The largest application of the bromine market

Flame retardants were the largest segment of the global bromine market, by application in 2016. This large share is attributed to the growing consumption of flame retardants due to stringent fire safety regulations, from the electronics and automotive industries, and the expanding ship-building industries. Additionally, growing infrastructural developments are expected to leads the demands for high quality insulation which is further expected to lead to an increase in the consumption of flame retardants across the globe.

Asia Pacific: The largest bromine market, by region

The Asia Pacific region was the largest Bromine Market, in terms of value and volume, in 2016. The large market size of the Asia Pacific region is due to manufacturing facilities being shifted by large players from mature markets such as Europe and North America to the Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa. Large players prefer investing in these regions due to the provision of a wide range of market penetration opportunities due to the presence of large sources of raw materials such as Dead Sea bordering Israel and Jordon and underground brines in China. Abundant availability of labor and consumers is also attracting market players to establish their production facilities in the region.

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Bromine manufacturers, such as Israel Chemicals Limited (Israel), Albemarle Corporation (US), Chemtura Corporation (US), Tosoh Corporation (Japan), Tata Chemicals Ltd (India), Gulf Resources Inc. (China), TETRA Technologies, Inc. (US), Hindustan Salts Limited (India), Honeywell International Inc. (US) and Perekop bromine (Republic of Crimea)  are covered in the report.

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Xilinx’s 11th Annual OpenHW Design Contest Supports Singapore’s Smart Cities and Smart Campus Initiatives

Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced that this year’s 11th AnnualOpenHW Design Contest and Professor Conference will highlight advantages of Xilinx All Programmable technology in Singapore’s Smart Cities and Smart Campus initiatives. The Xilinx University Program (XUP)-led contest and conference is jointly organized with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), focused on promoting Xilinx-based open hardware platform design. The conference is being held from August 3-5, 2017 at SUTD. For detailed conference information, please visit:

This year’s conference theme is “Smart Cities and Smart Campus”, reflecting Singapore’s vision of becoming the first “Smart Nation”. “In line with Singapore’s vision of a Smart Nation, SUTD aims to be a Smart Campus,” said Professor Pey Kin Leong, the SUTD Associate Provost for Education. “We are delighted to be able to join Xilinx in bringing the annual OpenHW Design Contest and Professor Conference to SUTD, Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. Xilinx’s industry-leading All Programmable technology solves many of our design challenges today and will accelerate our Smart Campus programme.”

Over 200 students, professors and industry experts will participate in this year’s conference. Ten final teams from universities in ChinaTaiwan and Singapore will compete on site for the prestigious “OpenHW 2017 and Embedded Computing Contest” award, demonstrating their designs in applications such as robotics, drones, wireless communication and cloud computing.

“The emergence of new applications in areas such as autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, has generated demand for electronics that are smarter, faster, and more power efficient,” said Mr Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant  Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). “Singapore, with its comprehensive electronics ecosystem, is well-positioned to drive innovation for the next generation of products. We are very pleased to welcome the OpenHW Contest and look forward to a new wave of innovative hardware originating from Singapore.”

“We are very excited that there are many All Programmable product and technology based creative projects generated from the OpenHW Design Contest in the past 11 years,” said by Dr. Ivo Bolsens, Senior Vice President and CTO of Xilinx. “As the initiator of the OpenHW Contest and world leader of All Programmable semiconductor products, including FPGAs, SoCs, MPSoCs, RFSoCs, and 3D ICs, we commit to continue to invest in this hardware innovation design campaign in Asia Pacific and the whole world.

“Everything is smarter and connected in the future. Xilinx’s All Programmable product and technology have been broadly deployed in the core of many intelligent systems, which is driving the future smarter world from megatrends to mega deployment,” said Vincent Tong, Executive Vice President of Xilinx. “Many smart ideas are powered by Xilinx’s All Programmable technologies, we believe our technologies contribute toward the strong building blocks of Singapore and the whole Asia Pacificregion’s Smart Cities and Smart Campus initiatives.”


August 3rd Morning

Industry leaders from EDB, SUTD, the China Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Xilinx will each deliver keynote presentations, giving their views on how to leverage hardware innovation to drive megatrend development:

  • From Megatrends to Mega Deployment, by Mr. Vincent Tong, Executive Vice President and APAC Executive Leader, Xilinx
  • The Growth Opportunities in Electronics Hardware Space, by Mr. Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director, EDB
  • A 21st Century Technical Education for Future Economy, by Prof. Pey Kin Leong, Vice Provost of Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
  • All Programmable Product and Technology is Shaping the Future of Next Generation Systems, by Dr. Ivo Bolsens, Senior Vice President and CTO, Xilinx
  • Distributed On-device AI Solutions for Smart Cities, by Dr. Yongzhen Huang, China Academy of Science (CAS)

August 3rd Afternoon

Speakers from Xilinx, Tencent, IBM and Seeed will deliver presentations on Deep Learning and PYNQ, the open source Python programming platform for Xilinx’s Zynq® All Programmable SoCs.

August 4th – 5th, 2017

On August 4th, there will be a full-day conference (9am -5pm) and tour of SUTD. Professors form SUTD, Be Southeast University (SEU), Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), National Taiwan University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) will share industry hot technologies and best practices surrounding Xilinx All Programmable-based research and teaching program. Then, all attendees will have a tour at SUTD for its success on smart campus.

On August 5th, the full-day s workshop will be particularly targeting PYNQ, Xilinx’s first open sources framework. PYNQ makes it easy to design embedded systems with Xilinx Zynq® All Programmable SoC, which will greatly accelerate FPGA adoption process in a wide range of designers and developers.

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Xilinx is the leading provider of All Programmable semiconductor products, including FPGAs, SoCs, MPSoCs, RFSoCs, and 3D ICs. Xilinx uniquely enables applications that are both software defined and hardware optimized – powering industry advancements in Cloud Computing, 5G Wireless, Embedded Vision, and Industrial IoT. For more information, visit

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Sapiens Establishes Local Office in South Africa

Sapiens International Corporation , (NASDAQ: SPNS)(TASE: SPNS), a leading global provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, with a growing presence in the financial services sector, announced today that it has significantly increased its investment in the South African market by establishing a new head office in Sandton, South Africa.

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“The establishment of the new office and recruitment of local staff will enable Sapiens to better support our roster of leading insurance clients in South Africa and attract new ones,” said Roni Al-Dor, president and CEO of Sapiens. “South Africa offers us an opportunity for growth.”

This expansion follows Sapiens’ announcement that it intends to leverage Microsoft’s two new data centres for its cloud-based services in South Africa.

As part of its efforts to better service its South African customers and expand its footprint, Sapiens has appointed Gary Tessendorf as Sapiens’ new South African regional director. He possesses extensive knowledge of the local insurance landscape and has helped large organizations transform throughout his career.

“Many South African insurers have expressed concern about their legacy systems and are considering their options for the future,” said Tessendorf. “I am excited to combine my market expertise and long-standing relationships in the South African region with Sapiens’ leading portfolio, to help insurers succeed in a quickly evolving market.”

About Sapiens

Sapiens International Corporation (NASDAQ and TASE: SPNS) is a leading global provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, with a growing presence in the financial services sector. Sapiens offers core, end-to-end solutions to the global general insurance, property and casualty, life, pension and annuities, reinsurance and retirement markets, as well as business decision management software. The company has a track record of over 30 years in delivering superior software solutions to more than 400 financial services organizations. The Sapiens team of over 2,500 professionals operates through our fully-owned subsidiaries in North America, the United Kingdom, EMEA and Asia Pacific. For more information:

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Diebold Nixdorf And RAKBANK Enable Samsung Pay On ATMs In United Arab Emirates

RAKBANK, one of the leading banks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in partnership with Diebold Nixdorf, the leader in driving connected commerce, has launched Samsung Pay on their ATMs. With more than 250 Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE: DBD) ATMs, RAKBANK is maximizing consumer convenience by enabling cardless ATM transactions via the Samsung Pay mobile wallet on their smartphones.

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The Samsung Pay solution on ATMs is an end-to-end contactless process that offers an effective, secure, convenient and easy-to-use digital solution that enables consumers to withdraw cash without a card at RAKBANK ATMs. Once a consumer is registered for a Samsung Pay account, the user can easily begin to use the cardless solution by tapping their device to the near field communications (NFC) reader on the ATM. Once detected, the consumer enters their PIN and completes the transactions as normal.

Diebold Nixdorf was the first in the world to enable a live deployment and direct interaction between a phone and an ATM,” said Habib HannaDiebold Nixdorf managing director, Middle East. “Years later, we continue to pioneer cardless transactions with our mobile-enabled solutions that bridge the physical to digital worlds of cash to truly drive connected commerce.”

According to an report, mobile integration is one of the top three trends that will impact the ATM industry worldwide. Pre-staged mobile withdrawals will become the most popular and secure method for accessing cash—leading to greater consumer convenience and satisfaction.

“We are the first bank in the Middle East to launch Samsung Pay solutions to ATMs and it not only simplifies the customer experience when withdrawing cash, but also offers them the utmost convenience,” said Peter England, CEO of RAKBANK. “We are delighted to have worked with Diebold Nixdorf and Samsung Pay to take advantage of this innovative and reliable digital service. RAKBANK is fully committed to placing our customers’ needs first and providing them with highly convenient, secure, and simple digital banking services,” added Peter.

RAKBANK, also known as The National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah (P.S.C), is one of the UAE’s most dynamic financial institutions. Founded in 1976, it underwent a major transformation in 2001 as it rebranded into RAKBANK and shifted its focus from purely corporate to retail and small business banking. In addition to offering a wide range of Personal Banking services, the Bank increased its lending in the traditional SME, Commercial, and Corporate segment in recent years. The Bank also offers Islamic Banking solutions, via RAKislamic, throughout its 38 branches and its Telephone and Digital Banking channels. RAKBANK is a public joint stock company headquartered in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah and listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). For more information, please visit or contact the Call Centre on +9714 213 0000. Alternatively, you can connect with RAKBANK via and

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Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Visit for more information.

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“Lucid Waters and Lush Mountains are Invaluable Assets” is Our Eternal Pursuit: Wang Wenbiao

The sixth Kubuqi International Desert Forum closed on July 30. Following is the full text of closing speech by Wang Wenbiao, secretary of the forum and board chairman of Elion Resources Group.

The sixth Kubuqi International Desert Forum is one landmark that connects the past and the future and is one historic meeting in mankind’s progress in desertification control.

One touching thing is that President Xi Jinping sent us one congratulatory letter, which recognized China’s achievements in desertification control and building a green Belt and Road. He also encouraged Chinese and global desertification fighters to make new contributions. President Xi recognized Kubuqi’s successful practices in ecological progress and proposed new requirements, goals and missions for desertification control in China and the world.

We should well study the letter and respond to President Xi’s calls. Bearing his expectations in mind, we should make “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets” as our eternal pursuit. We will remain committed to our mission, work hard and continue to go ahead to make the Kubuqi Desert and deserts in other places across the world greener and make local people richer.

This is one fruitful forum.

First of all, President Xi recognized the role and influence of the Kubuqi Desert Forum which has been held for ten years. He defined the direction, mission and goals for desertification control in China and the rest of the world as well as better organizing the forum.

Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai proposed the development philosophy for desertification control which includes seeking harmony between nature and human and follow the natural law. He also proposed new prospects and goals for international cooperation in building one green Belt and Road, which is very inspiring.

Foreign dignitaries and guests at home and abroad had dialogue sand exchanges on greening the Belt and Road and sharing the desert eco-economy from aspects including ecological technology cooperation, green economic cooperation, desertification management and poverty eradication, green finance innovation and other fields. Attendants formed a lot of insightful consensus and wisdom, which offer new ideas and solutions for mankind to challenge desertification.

Participants offered many insights on promotion of the Kubuqi Model to enable Kubuqi’s successful experiences to contribute more wisdom and strength to greening the Belt and Road and global desertification control.

Many consensus were reached after over three days of field trips and meetings, which not only offer constructive advices for global desertification control, but also provides important theories and research support to the 13th General Assembly of the Contracting Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

This is the tenth anniversary of the Kubuqi Desert Forum. In Chinese traditions, there should be celebrations at each tenth anniversary. We spared the celebrations, but used fruitful discussions to mark the anniversary. The forum is closing, but I hope you can stay longer in Kubuqi to walk around and see the lucid waters and lush mountains, which are valuable assets. I believe that you will find more exciting, touching and impressive aspects about this oasis.


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SHARP to Launch Its Latest Full Screen Smartphone, SHARP AQUOS S2 in Beijing, Marking Its Return to Chinese Mobile Phone Market

SHARP will release its latest full screen smartphone SHARP AQUOS S2, in a product launch event in Beijing on August 8. It is the 29th full screen smartphone from SHARP, and the first full screen smartphone SHARP introduces to Chinese smartphone market. It will be available in China starting August 14.

The latest SHARP AQUOS S2 applies FFD (Free Form Display) technology to dig small holes precisely in the screen for the front camera and receiver, so it offers great user experiences for selfies and excellent audio quality. Its screen-to-body ratio is as high as 84.95%, which makes the 5.5-inch display screen feel like a 5-inch screen body while being held. The excellent visual effect and comfortable grip will provide unprecedented user experience for customers.

“The core of full screen design is to break through the technology limit, achieve the double sense of holding and visual comfort, and provide the ultimate experience for users,” said Dr. Luo Zhongsheng, CEO of SHARP/InFocus Mobile.

Over the years, SHARP has intensively delved into investigations of full screen technologies. Back in 2013, It launched world’s first-ever full screen smartphone, EDGEST-302SH, which has a screen-to-body ratio of 80.5% and ultra slim bezels on three sides. It then introduced SHARP AQUOS CRYSTAL product series into the market which applied bone conduction technology and adopted edge reflection approach to accomplish the borderless infinite visual effect in 2014. SHARP has released 28 full screen smartphones since 2013, which are well received by the market.

100% bezel less screen smartphone is the ultimate target for full screen smartphones. There are several obstacles blocking the development of full screen smartphones, for example, the front camera, front fingerprint identification and receiver. SHARP AQUOS S2 with slim bezels on three sides is currently the largest full screen smartphone right now. SHARP will continuously explore the field of 100% bezel less screen smartphone and aim to achieve breakthroughs in screen and anti-dropping technologies.


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Adobe Study: Design and Creativity Underpin Experience Business

In the era of Experience Business, design and creativity are key differentiators for businesses looking to pull away from competitors and deliver the best experiences for their customers. New research from Adobe has highlighted the role of design thinking and creativity as key components of business transformation.

Adobe’s 2017 Creative Pulse research surveyed more than 5,000 creative and marketing professionals and examined the role of design and creativity in businesses transformation across Asia Pacific (APAC). Markets surveyed include IndiaAustraliaNew Zealand, Korea, Southeast AsiaHong KongTaiwan and China.

The 2017 Creative Pulse found that merging online and offline experiences is the biggest driver of change for the creative community, followed by the adoption of data and analytics, and the need for new skills. The research also found that customer experience is the number one investment by businesses across APAC.

“There is an increased focus among businesses on providing the ultimate customer experience. More and more businesses are making it central to their organizational strategy. The merging of online and offline experiences is a significant shift in a way that organizations must prioritize customer experience. While many organizations have been focused on digital transformation and experiences, people still expect great physical experiences as well,” said Kulmeet Bawa, Managing Director, Adobe South Asia. “The recognition of new-age technologies as the next big disruptor reasserts the need for constant upskilling and reskilling among the employees.”

Impact of New Technologies

Online and offline experiences are being driven by new technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, powered by artificial intelligence. The 2017 Creative Pulse found that over 50% of those surveyed across APAC did not feel concerned by artificial intelligence or machine learning, however, 30% of respondents did feel concerned about the impact of these technologies. Respondents from India were split and had the highest number, at 27%, who advised they were extremely concerned about the impact of new technologies.

“While artificial intelligence and machine learning provide an opportunity to automate processes and save creative professionals from day-to-day production, it is not a replacement to the role of creativity. It provides more levy for creatives to spend their time focusing on what they do best – being creative, scaling their ideas and allowing them time to focus on ideation and creativity,” said Kulmeet Bawa.

Respondents in India felt the most concern about new technologies and this reflects India’s role as a ‘content production hub’. Creatives in India are concerned that new technologies will take over their jobs, however, as they embrace AI and machine learning, creatives will be able to increase their value through design thinking. A whopping 59% find it imperative to update their skills every 6 months to keep up with the industry developments.

Summary of key findings for India from the 2017 Creative Pulse research include:

– Customer experience is the number one investment by businesses in India, followed by social media and content.
– More than 50% of respondents feel that reskilling/upskilling every six months is important in the creative field, considering the pace at which the industry is progressing.
– Over 60% of respondents believe that new-age technologies are going to impact their workplace practices and this will be the next big disruptor in the industry. 42% of creatives and marketers in Indiahave recently implemented a customer experience program; 34% plan to develop one in the next 12 months.
– India creatives and marketers are integrating design thinking across functions; creatives (65%), those working in product development (50%) and marketers (47%).
– 65% of participants in the survey established that customer experience was at the center of their organization’s strategy which proves that the ‘Experience Era’ is upon us.

Content and Social Media

The 2017 Creative Pulse identified social media and content as key investment areas by APAC organizations, behind customer experience, however, they also present challenges.

“The age of social media has augmented the demand for content and organisations have struggled to keep up. Budgets were identified as the biggest challenge, followed by conflicting views and internal processes. Data and analytics become their primary tool to ensure that what they are creating is relevant, and delivering an amazing experience for customers,” said Kulmeet Bawa.

The 2017 Creative Pulse has reinforced the importance of design and creativity in digital transformation and Experience Business.

“Experience Business is not about transitioning traditional experiences onto a digital platform. It is about understanding the power of great design and creativity and differentiating one’s services from the competition to ensure a compelling experience for customers,” said Kulmeet Bawa.

Download the 2017 Creative Pulse Report here.

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Wanchain, a Public Blockchain Project, Releases Its White Paper

Wanchain, the first public blockchain project envisioned by the Chinese firm Wanglu Tech, recently released a white paper. Wanchain is a blockchain-based distributed financial infrastructure which allows the exchange of assets among different blockchain networks in a decentralized way. With Wanchain, more organizations are able to develop their own services and innovate in the distributed finance space.

Connecting multiple blockchains to transfer value across networks

According to the white paper, Wanchain addresses issues associated with transferring digital assets between blockchains. The asset transfer is achieved through a decentralized cross-chain mechanism and a universal cross-chain protocol.

Based on the distributed blockchain concept without using a trusted third-party, Wanchain was designed using cutting-edge cryptographic theories that underlie its technology. In cross-chain trading, Wanchain’s account locking mechanism and threshold key sharing technology support complete decentralization. This decentralization offers asset account management capability while eliminating the need for the involvement of a third party.

Three features that make the technology more suitable for financial applications

Wanchain not only acts as a connector between blockchains but also is itself a distributed ledger with Turing completeness and smart contract functionality, providing privacy protection for all transactions on the network. Wanchain features cross-chain transactions, smart contracts and privacy protection, all of which come together to address multi-asset bookkeeping, contract implementation and transaction privacy issues. Additional distributed financial applications can be developed based on Wanchain.

Interconnecting disparate blockchain networks

Wanchain is finding a wide array of applications across the financial industry, enabling the distributed trading of multiple digital assets on a future distributed finance framework, similar to traditional financial business, including asset backed securities. With Wanchain’s infrastructure, individuals and businesses gain access to a wider range of financial services, while having better control over their assets and access to improved asset appreciation strategies. David A. Johnston says that Wanchain’s digital asset applications are an important step forward and decentralized finance innovations are the next step in the blockchain space.

Fenbushi Capital partner Bo Shen commented, “Wanchain addresses issues associated with inter-connections between blockchains while serving as a super financial market in the new digital economy.”

Jack Lu, co-founder and former CTO of Factom, and CEO of Wanglu Tech, led a team to design and development Wanchain after completion of the cross-chain transaction and privacy protection theory verification, and prototype development at the end of 2016.

To learn more about the white paper, visit Wanchain’s website:

SOURCE Wanchain Foundation Ltd.

CONTACT: Lu Lihua, +86-18511085972,


CouponRaja Ties up With GiveIndia to Enable Users to Donate Cashbacks

CouponRaja , one of India’s leading online coupon aggregators, now allows its users to donate cashbacks to charity. CouponRaja has collaborated with GiveIndia – a not-for-profit online donation platform that channels resources to credible non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India.

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Cashbacks received by the users of CouponRaja on redemption of the online coupons will be credited to a CouponRaja virtual wallet. The users can login to the CouponRaja portal, select a charity from the ‘GiveIndia’ interface and donate the cashback amount. The back-end operations team at CouponRaja will reconcile and credit the cash to the respective NGOs affiliated with GiveIndia.

Under this, CouponRaja users would be able to select a cause from a list of 15 NGOs in the fields of old age care, child education, support for the orphans and differently abled, Healthcare, among others. This list includes NGO’s like The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Sarthak Prayas, MESCO Foundation, JK MAASS Foundation along with other prominent NGOs. Efforts are being made to add more NGOs in the coming months.

Commenting on this unique initiative, Rohit Chugh, the Founder and CEO of Logicserve Group, the company that owns and operates CouponRaja said, “I recently read a Bain & Company report which published that about 28% of Indians donate money to charity. While it is a good number, it is still bleak compared to the UK where about 74% of the population donates money to a charitable cause. With more millennials coming into the mainstream each year, it is important for us to strengthen the culture of ‘giving’ in India. GiveIndia is a pioneer in this space and we are happy and proud to associate with them. This is a special initiative as our users will now be empowered to create a difference in the lives of the poor, downtrodden and the less fortunate. I congratulate the teams at GiveIndia and Logicserve for implementing this noble initiative.”

Expressing happiness on the development, Nakul Ruparel VP – Payroll Giving and Corporate Alliance, GiveIndia, said, “We are happy to associate with CouponRaja. Their users are growing by the day and so is the amount of cashback received. GiveIndia works towards creating a strong giving culture and this initiative will help today’s millennial population to dedicate a portion of their earnings and rewards for credible charitable causes. It is a step in the right direction for our nation.”

About CouponRaja: is India’s leading online discount coupon and deal aggregator and distributor. CouponRaja helps its visitors save time and money by means of their widespread list of discount coupons and deals. Team CouponRaja works with 1000s of e-commerce partners like Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, Jabong, Myntra, Lenskart, Dominos, Paytm etc. to provide the best of the deals to its users at one place. CouponRaja’s services can be accessed via multiple platforms like website, mobile apps. (Android, IOS and Windows) and browser extensions (Firefox, Chrome), thereby ensuring an immersive user experience. is owned and operated by Logicserve Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Logicserve Technologies also has another online portal which is into price comparison called

Media Contact:
Rewati Kamath
Head Marketing & Communications
Logicserve Technologies Pvt Ltd

SOURCE CouponRaja

Huawei and Honeywell Help Brisbane’s Skytower Open Up a New Chapter of Smart Skyscraper Living

Together with Honeywell, Huawei delivered the gigabit network and provided a Passive Optical LAN (POL) solution to achieve smart network inside the Brisbane Skytower, Australia.

“We’re excited to work with Huawei to build a gigabit network for Skytower, Brisbane’s iconic 270-meter, 90-story residential tower. The network is the first-ever installation to utilize one common fiber optic cable for telephony/data and building services.”
Mark Dunn, Executive General Manager, Honeywell Building Solutions


Brisbane Skytower is a landmark building under construction in BrisbaneQueensland, Australia. Located in Brisbane’s central business district, this iconic residential tower will become Brisbane’stallest building when completed in 2018/2019. Skytower will be an exemplary smart building leveraging advanced technology solutions from Honeywell and Huawei to make it more sustainable, secure and energy-efficient.


Smart buildings are rapidly evolving to become more networked, human-centric and intelligent. The growing use of The Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and Big Data, enables seamless interoperability between building intelligence and information systems, changing the building industry and accelerating the development of smart buildings.

The network for smart buildings needs to keep pace with this new paradigm and be smart enough to connect people together, which needs to shift from simply providing telephone services to delivering all-round services such as Wi-Fi, and environmental awareness. It needs to tackle the following challenges:

Higher bandwidth is needed: A growing number of smart devices such as smartphones, 4K Internet TV are being used in buildings. Buildings are adopting more building control, energy management, and sensing equipment. All these bandwidth-intensive applications place increased pressure on overburdened networks.

Ubiquitous network access is required: Occupants now expect anytime, anywhere access to applications and services in rooms, elevators, underground parking garages, etc. Property management owners also need a simpler, faster-to-deploy, and easier-to-manage network to reduce costs while improving efficiency.

These challenges were primary considerations for Billbergia Group, Skytower’s property management company. The Group wanted a technology provider that could provide a comprehensive smart building solution.

Bill McGarry, Development Manager of the Billbergia Group, understood the importance of “preparing building for the next wave of technology upgrades” and needed to be confident the Skytower technology solution was going to deliver the best outcome.


Billbergia Group approved Honeywell’s proposed technology solution integrated with Huawei’s POL solution, delivering a complete smart building solution.

Honeywell Solution

Honeywell will provide Skytower with its Enterprise Buildings Integrator, a building automation system that takes charge of system integration, covering the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, security protection facilities, etc. Additionally, Honeywell will centrally manage various building sub-systems, provide a visualized management portal and alarm management and work-order management services, designed to deliver efficient facility management, fast response, and predictive maintenance.

Huawei Solution

Huawei is the ideal ICT vendor to deliver the gigabit network and provides a POL solution to achieve smart network inside the Skytower. In contrast to a traditional complex LAN which limits the performance of bandwidth-intensive applications, Using POL technology, an enterprise can combine data, voice, video, and other weak-current systems into one optical network.

Prominent features include high bandwidth, high reliability, comprehensive security authentication, easy deployment, and Wi-Fi coverage.

As part of the POL solution, Huawei’s network management system U2000, OLT (MA5608T), ONU (MA5626, M5671, and MA5620), and ONT (HG8242H) are included to unlock the passive network’s full potential.


Huawei’s POL solution makes the followings possible in Skytower:

  • The building automation system shares the same network with triple-play services, eliminating the need to build standalone networks.
  • One single fiber bears all services, simplifying cabling and dramatically reducing Capital Expenditure.
  • Passive splitters take place of switches in the middle layer without the need of powering and cooling, which greatly saves riser space.
  • Smooth evolution to 10G PON while reusing existing cables for maximal investment protection.
  • The U2000 centrally monitors the faults and alarms of all network equipment and provide added visibility to end-to-end service rollout.

Future Plan for Smart Building

At the 2017 Huawei Partners Summit held in Sydney, Honeywell won the 2017 Award for Solution Breakthroughs for its excellent work on the Skytower project. In addition to smart buildings like Brisbane Skytower, Huawei and Honeywell have agreed to jointly explore opportunities in education and enterprise campuses, business buildings, and industrial parks in high growth regions, including ChinaSoutheast Asia, the South Pacific, Western Europe, the Middle East, and India.

The companies will jointly pursue large-scale smart city projects throughout the world to help build intelligent urban infrastructures that enable to control costs while providing a more favorable living environment.

To know more about Huawei helping enterprises achieve digital transformation, please visit


CONTACT: Li Qiwei, +86-180-2533-9127,

TUV Rheinland wins a string of new SNI safety certifications from Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry

TUV Rheinland, a global leader in independent technical services, has been appointed by Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry to provide three new Indonesia National Standard (SNI) certifications covering safety shoes, primary batteries and toilet seats. The recognition of TUV Rheinland by Indonesian National Accreditation body (KAN) will support the government’s efforts to ensure product quality and protect the safety of customers.

There are 126 SNI categories in total, each covering a different product sector. In addition to protective equipment like helmets and safety shoes, they also include a host of household appliances, such as washing machines, refrigerators and irons, as well as other kitchen equipment. Electrical components, such as PVC cables, power cables up to 1-3 kV, plugs and sockets, and lighting products like self-ballasted lamps, LED and fluorescent lamps are also required to meet SNI specifications.

Safety Shoes

When it comes to safety equipment, failure is not an option. TUV Rheinland puts them through all the paces required to conform to the stringent SNI certification. This ranges from practical performance issues, such as evaluating the raw materials, checking on construction of the uppers, inner and outer soles and sides, as well as organoleptic considerations.

Certifications include:

  • SNI 0111: 2009: Safety leather shoes with molded, vulcanized rubber soles
  • SNI 7037: 2009: Leather safety shoes using the Goodyear welt system
  • SNI 7079:2009: Leather safety shoes with polyurethane and thermoplastic polyurethane injection molded soles

Primary Batteries

Primary, or non-rechargeable batteries, are subject to a variety of considerations before they can be put on the market and sold to customers. TUV Rheinland helps at almost every stage of the process, from design to production.

Part 1 covers general requirements for SNI 04-2051.1-2004. Part 2 includes physical and electrical specifications for SNI 04-2051.2-2004


All toilets are not necessarily created equal. Apart from key factors such as size, there are a myriad of details to consider. TUV Rheinland’s comprehensive certification regime covers dimensions as well as quality considerations, including appearance as well as resistance to temperature, chemicals, staining and cracking.

The SNI 03-0797-2006 standard for toilets includes things like the whirlpool flushing action, floor mounted and wall mounted models.

Mr. Holger Kunz, Executive Vice President Products at TUV Rheinland believes that the new SNI certification is important because quality is a must-have for any product.

“People are always on the lookout for high-quality products at a reasonable price. Certifications, such as Indonesia’s SNI, are one of the best ways to provide buyers with a way to be certain that they are actually paying for quality that will last a long time and operate safely,” said Mr. Kunz.

His views are echoed by Mr. Nyoman Susila, Managing Director of TUV Rheinland Indonesia.

“TUV Rheinland has always invested heavily in the people and facilities required to help manufacturers test and verify that their products adhere to local, regional and global standards, so that they can be successful in any market they choose to enter,” said Mr. Nyoman.

About TUV Rheinland

TUV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, founded 145 years ago. The group employs 19,700 people around the globe. Annual revenue is more than EUR1.9 billion. The independent experts stand for quality and safety for people, technology and the environment in nearly all industrial sectors and areas of life. TUV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, and oversees projects, processes and information security for companies. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and industries. To this end, the company operates a global network of approved labs and testing and education centers. Since 2006, TUV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.


SOURCE TUV Rheinland Singapore Pte Ltd

CONTACT: TUV Rheinland Singapore Pte Ltd.: Director of Marketing, India, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, Yee Wei Mui, +65-6562-8750-*3355,; PR and Content Manager, Ryan Tng, +65-6562-8750-*3374,


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