The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-26T00:05:05Z Ooyala Taps Into Adobe Experience Cloud To Progress The Digital TV Transformation 2017-04-26T00:05:05Z ooyala-taps-into-adobe-experience-cloud-to-progress-the-digital-tv-transformation Ooyala, a global provider of video monetisation technology and services, today announced a new partnership with Adobe that combines Ooyala’s Integrated Video Platform (IVP) solutions with the Adobe Experience Cloud.  Premium media and entertainment companies will be able to build best-of-breed digital TV and OTT solutions for greater engagement, measurement and recognise greater returns with video. With Adobe’s TV-delivery and monetisation technologies, premium content providers benefit from the same reliable scale and device reach achieved in some of the largest live events to-date, including Superbowl LI, international Olympic coverage and the FIFA 2014 World Cup. The new partnership allows customers to also use Ooyala’s complete set of IVP solutions, building collective insights across video production, distribution and advertising processes, which are trusted by companies such as Sky, Media Prima and Star India.   Ten of the ten largest media companies rely on technologies within Adobe Experience Cloud to deliver, measure and monetise video content across any screen. Even more brands and media companies can benefit from Ooyala's IVP products and Adobe Primetime's playback and ad insertion technologies, giving them a way to deliver great video experiences and drive more value from their content.   Through this partnership, customers can reduce their total cost-of-ownership, not requiring further custom engineering and development costs. With highly reliable delivery, measurement and insights for greater engagement, Ooyala customers can see scalable results. Broadcasters and publishers can more effectively grow and monetise their global audiences, major brands can increase brand loyalty, and sports teams and leagues can drive higher fan engagement.   “Video is unquestionably the crux of the digital transformation for the global media and entertainment market,” said Adobe’s Media and Entertainment Head of Business Development, Kevin Towes. “As Ooyala leverages Adobe technology, we can help media companies achieve their transformation faster, with greater video monetisation, engagement and measurement.”   “Modern media companies with large audiences and real skin in the game need better insights and technologies to recognise greater return on their video business,” said Ooyala Co-founder and SVP of Products and Solutions, Belsasar Lepe. “Pairing our IVP solutions with Adobe gives even more insight into analytics and measurement, building common data sets across every function of video all with a single goal -- to grow your business.”   About Ooyala: A US-based subsidiary of global telecommunications and IT services company Telstra, Ooyala is a global provider of video monetisation technology and services. Providing a set of Integrated Video Platform solutions, Ooyala’s comprehensive suite of offerings includes one of the world's largest premium video platforms, a leading ad serving and programmatic platform and media logistics solution that improves video production workflows. Built with superior analytics capabilities for advanced business intelligence, Ooyala's solutions help broadcasters, operators, media and production companies get content to market faster, build more engaging and personalised experiences across every screen, and maximise return for any video business. Vudu, Star India, Sky Sports (U.K.), ITV Studios (U.K.), RTL Group (Germany), M6 (France), TV4 (Sweden), Mediaset (Spain), America Television (Peru), and Media Prima (Malaysia): these are just a few of the hundreds of broadcasters and media companies who choose Ooyala. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ooyala has offices in Chennai, Cologne, Dallas, Guadalajara, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, and sales operations in many other countries across the globe. For more information, visit: http://www.ooyala.com  ENDS Geoscape Offers World-First Decision Making Capabilities to Australian Organisations 2017-04-04T22:57:33Z geoscape-offers-world-first-decision-making-capabilities-to-australian-organisations Locate17 – Sydney, Australia – 5th April, 2017: PSMA Australia, a provider of the nation’s location datasets, today officially launched its award-winning innovation in location intelligence, Geoscape. In a world-first, Geoscape enables Australian organisations to make better decisions using location-based insights that were previously too costly or time consuming for most businesses to access. This is the first time location information and data analytics have been combined and made available in this way, on a national level. PSMA also confirmed the much-anticipated Sydney dataset will be released on 5th April, 2017, with the national rollout due for completion by early 2018. To download a sample of Geoscape, visit: www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ “Geoscape is a breakthrough in location-based intelligence that provides essential infrastructure for Australia’s digital economy, and puts Australia on the world map as a leader in this technology,” said Dan Paull, PSMA’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a business intelligence tool, Geoscape gives organisations the opportunity to improve services and increase revenue through evidence-based decision making. It will be used by governments to improve Australia’s future planning, development and management, including everything from building smarter cities to keeping people safe during fires, floods and other natural disasters. There’s also a vast range of applications in the private sector, with particular interest coming from the telecommunications, insurance and utilities sectors.” DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, uses a range of geospatial technologies to deliver core components of the Geoscape dataset. By connecting the world's highest quality commercial satellite imagery and an ecosystem of analytics partners on the Geospatial Big Data platform (GBDX), DigitalGlobe is able to automatically and accurately extract many types of features about the built environment at continental scale. "The convergence of high-resolution satellite imagery, cloud computing, and machine learning technologies has created some incredibly exciting opportunities for organisations to analyse man-made and natural environments at country and continent scales more quickly and efficiently than ever before,” said Dr. Walter Scott, DigitalGlobe Founder, CTO, and EVP. “We are proud to partner with PSMA Australia to harness these innovations and create a digital index of Australia’s built environment that will benefit a wide range of industries, including business intelligence, insurance, and telecommunications.” How Geoscape works PSMA has collaborated with DigitalGlobe to create the Geoscape dataset, which uses a combination of satellite imagery, crowdsourcing and machine learning to capture attributes of the built environment and link each building to a geocoded address. Organisations can see and analyse this data to gain new insights and improve the way they plan and operate. The data includes building footprints and heights, roof construction, land cover, tree heights, the presence of solar panel installations and swimming pools, and more. The data can be visualised using mapping platforms and 3D modelling tools. New opportunities for enhanced service delivery As Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems evolve and smart cities become a reality, Geoscape can underpin them by linking a wide range of information generated about the lifecycle of the built environment. Data from a rich mesh of sensors can be tied to a location, an address, a legal land parcel and an area, ranging from a single building, to a few streets, to a planning zone or a region. Geoscape creates a wide range of opportunities for improved service delivery including in: Risk management (flood modelling, fire risk modelling, wind impact assessment) Geoscape provides information about the size and roof construction of buildings, their proximity to vegetation and other buildings and a model of terrain to support the assessment of risk. Market assessment For businesses providing property related services Geoscape provides information about buildings, solar panel installations, swimming pools, roofing material, surfaces and vegetation. Telecommunications Geoscape supports the rollout of wi-fi and 5G networks by providing a model of the terrain and information on the shape and heights of buildings and tree cover to support blackspot analysis. Natural disaster impact assessment Preliminary post-event assessment of the likely impact of natural disasters on building infrastructure and vegetation. Valuations Provides building sizes, number, roofing information, vegetation location, heights and basic land use for the valuation process. How Pitney Bowes uses Geoscape Pitney Bowes has been a partner of PSMA Australia for over 15 years. Geoscape is the main dataset used by Pitney Bowes to create its GeoVision product. The data captured in Geoscape is taken and combined with Pitney Bowes location intelligence platforms to create unique and leading edge solutions, which are capturing world-wide recognition. For more information, please see a case study www.geoscape.com.au/showcase/. Australia's ground-breaking Geoscape is rolling out, region by region, across Australia. For progress on the national rollout of Geoscape, view the release schedule at www.geoscape.com.au/rollout/. Download your free trial To download a sample of Geoscape to see how it could be used in your organisation, visit www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ Want to know more? If you’re interested in speaking with PSMA to learn more about Geoscape, you may visit them at Booth 110 and 112 at Locate17 or contact marketing@psma.com.au. For more information: www.geoscape.com.au/ About PSMA Australia PSMA Australia’s goal is to facilitate broad and sustainable access to high-quality location data by offering foundational national spatial information derived from the authoritative data sources of Australia’s federal, state and territory governments and private sector partners. PSMA was formed by the governments of Australia in 1993 to collate, transform and deliver their location data as national datasets. An unlisted company limited by shares, PSMA is owned by all the governments of Australia. As an independent and self-funded business, PSMA is able to collaborate beyond government to drive innovation and provide fundamental infrastructure for a digital world. For more information visit: www.psma.com.au/ About DigitalGlobe DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, DigitalGlobe’s imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet its customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defence and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management and navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. For more information visit: www.digitalglobe.com/ Media Contact: Kate Donnelly Spectrum Group psma@spectrumgroup.is +61 2 9469 5700 DPP and Ooyala Report Shows Half of Video Production Environments Will See Greater ROI Migrating to IP 2017-04-04T20:07:00Z dpp-and-ooyala-report-shows-half-of-video-production-environments-will-see-greater-roi-migrating-to-ip Ooyala, a global provider of video monetisation technology and services, and the Digital Production Partnership(DPP), the media industry’s business change network, launched the industry’s first report analysing the benefits of adopting Internet Protocol (IP)-based processes and technologies in video production, “The Business Benefits of IP Production” (http://go.ooyala.com/wf-whitepaper-ip-video-production). The findings show that by 2022, more than half of the video-production environments analysed in the report will recognise greater business benefits, efficiencies and return-on-investment (ROI) by adopting IP. Surveying nearly 30 companies across the video supply chain, including ITV, Sky, BBC and Sony, the report shows where IP migrations will result in greater cost savings, cost avoidance, creative benefits and competitive advantages. Tracking against ten different production environments, five will see the greatest ROI by adopting IP, including:  ●     IP Distribution: Companies with internet-first distribution services, OTT ●     Live Streaming: Companies distributing live content across devices and social platforms ●     Single Camera Shooting: Companies accessing on-site footage via the cloud ●     Media Management: Companies managing, moving and storing media ●     Cloud Playout: Linear TV stations adopting cloud-based services The findings show media companies with online distribution at the heart of their business, particularly OTT services, will find the greatest value and ROI in adopting IP-based technologies. Other areas that IP disruption will impact are asset management, cloud playout and post-production, benefiting from technologies that reduce manual-labor costs such as automating metadata insertion.  “The fact is, the move to IP has inherent benefits for many processes, but only specific environments will see the greatest benefits and highest returns today,” said DPP Managing Director, Mark Harrison. “Within a few years, IP infrastructure may be essential in doing business because of the impact it is having across media companies and distribution.” “As the first in the industry, the report brings to light the ROI opportunities for producers, broadcasters and media companies to adopt IP processes,” said Ooyala Co-founder and SVP of Products and Solutions, Belsasar Lepe. “Media logistics solutions like Ooyala Flex provide the ability to connect inherently disconnected and on-premise systems so companies can take advantage of IP benefits immediately or incrementally as needs change over time.”   Ooyala and the DPP will host a special NAB morning event on Tuesday, April 25 at 8am PST in Ooyala’s booth, SV1000, to discuss the report and the future of IP production alongside BT Sport and PBS. Those interested in attending the NAB event may contact events@ooyala.com. About Ooyala A US-based subsidiary of global telecommunications and IT services company Telstra, Ooyala's comprehensive suite of offerings includes one of the world's largest premium video platforms, a leading ad serving and programmatic platform and media logistics solution that improves video production workflows. Built with superior analytics capabilities for advanced business intelligence, Ooyala's solutions help broadcasters, operators and media companies build more engaged and more profitable audiences, with personalised experiences across every screen.  Vudu, Star India, Sky Sports (U.K.), ITV Studios (U.K.), RTL Group (Germany), M6 (France), TV4 (Sweden), Mediaset (Spain), America Television (Peru), and Media Prima (Malaysia): these are just a few of the hundreds of broadcasters and media companies who choose Ooyala. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ooyala has offices in Chennai, Cologne, Dallas, Guadalajara, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, and sales operations in many other countries across the globe. For more information, visit: http://www.ooyala.comAbout the DPP The DPP is the media industry’s business change network. Originally founded by UK Broadcasters the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, it is now a not-for-profit company with an international membership base drawn from the whole media supply chain – broadcasters and distributors to manufacturers and service providers, production to post production, trade bodies to educational institutions.  The DPP harnesses the collective intelligence of that membership to generate insight, enable change and create market opportunity. For more information, or to enquire about membership, visit: http://www.digitalproductionpartnership.co.uk  Ooyala Showcases Integrated Video Platform Solutions At NAB 2017, Solving Today’s Modern Video Challenges 2017-03-30T05:14:14Z ooyala-showcases-integrated-video-platform-solutions-at-nab-2017-solving-today-s-modern-video-challenges Ooyala, a global provider of video monetisation technology and services, will showcase the full breadth of its video solutions for media and entertainment companies at the NAB Show 2017 in Las Vegas, April 22 – 27 in stand SV1000, outside the North Hall in the Silver Lot. With its full set of offerings, Ooyala is leading the way towards delivering a fully Integrated Video Platform (IVP) specifically to meet the needs of today’s modern media content owners and production companies. With a common data set to drive insights and inform strategies, IVP is the next generation of OVP, evolving well beyond online video platform capabilities to deliver sophisticated solutions to understand the costs and return-on-investment of video content. “Publishing video online today is a rather mundane task, but building a sustainable business model around online video is a totally different animal,” said Frost and Sullivan Senior Director, Mukul Krishna. “IVPs, or Integrated Video Platforms, better reflect the new demands placed on the traditional OVP. An Integrated Video Platform extends traditional OVPs capabilities to include functionality to meet challenges spanning production, distribution and monetisation.”   Ooyala Flex, the company’s versatile and customizable solution for video production and distribution workflows is designed to get content to market faster. It is a cornerstone in Ooyala’s transformation into an IVP, complementing its full set of product offerings across ad tech, analytics and video platform solutions.    With Ooyala Flex's tight integration with the Ooyala video platform, the solutions can streamline the entire process from creation to syndication and ultimately distribution across devices. Content owners have complete control over their operations, as well as insights into video performance and audience engagement. By combining Ooyala solutions customers are able to: ●     Sync metadata across Ooyala Flex and Ooyala’s video platform, simplifying asset search and management ●     Transform assets into any format in Ooyala Flex for distribution to any device with Ooyala’s video platform ●     Automate transcoding, packaging and syndication using Ooyala Flex to get content in front of audiences faster  ●     Leverage metadata from Ooyala Flex for more personalised content recommendations with Ooyala Discovery, driving higher audience engagement and monetization ●     Understand video performance across properties with Ooyala IQ to inform future content production decisions and distribution strategies  ●     Benefit from a single provider, versus many, supplying all solutions with aligned roadmaps and integrations    “Ooyala Flex customers see significant time savings throughout their media operations, with some reducing project delivery times by more than 75%. Customers are realizing the return as Ooyala Flex connects silos and integrates systems, teams and processes, providing greater efficiencies and visibility into bottlenecks that are costing time and money,” said Ooyala Co-founder and SVP of Products and Solutions, Belsasar Lepe.  He added, “Using simple APIs, Ooyala Flex acts as an integration layer connecting nearly any existing production system or software together, whether on-premise or cloud-based. This includes integrations with Adobe for editorial needs, Microsoft Azure for storage, and tailored integrations with Pebble Beach Systems for broadcast playout, along with a host of other commonly used solutions.” Throughout the NAB Show, Ooyala is hosting as well as presenting in a variety of events highlighting new research and discussing industry trends, including:  ●     ‘Sports 2.0: The New Rules of Fan Engagement <http://nab17.mapyourshow.com/7_0/sessions/session-details.cfm?ScheduleID=410> ’ -- Monday, April 24, 3-3:35pm PST, N262/N264: Ooyala will join the NAB stage with Akamai, Associated Press, NBC Sports Digital and Twitch to discuss the evolution of sports viewing and how audiences prefer to engage with their favorite teams today. ●     Finding the Fit for IP in Media Operations — Tuesday, April 25, 8am PST, Booth SV1000: Led by the DPP, this panel will include speakers from BT Sport, PBS and Ooyala to discuss the parts of the media supply chain that benefit most from IP, and where broadcast and media companies are seeing the highest ROI.  ●     Party Till The Sun Goes Down, sponsored by Telstra -- Tuesday, April 25, 4pm PST, Booth SV1000: Ooyala’s annual party in the parking lot with live music and industry networking.  ●     TV Advertising & The Survival of Buyer & Seller Relationships — Wednesday, April 26, 8am PST, Booth SV1000: Led by Beet.TV, this panel will discuss how OTT offers untapped opportunities for TV providers, the rise of programmatic, and why maintaining strong relationships between TV ad buyers and sellers is key to success.  “Finding the Fit for IP in Media Operations,” “Party Till The Sun Goes Down” and “TV Advertising & The Survival of Buyer & Seller Relationships” are all invite-only events. Please contact events@ooyala.com <mailto:events@ooyala.com> if interested in attending. Ooyala will provide demos at NAB 2017, including: ●     Ooyala Pulse - Ooyala’s holistic sell-side video advertising platform, combining the ad server and programmatic trading platforms, designed exclusively for media companies and publishers to make smarter, more lucrative ad decisions. Plus, Ooyala Pulse Unlock, its client-side ad-reinsertion technology. With rich data and analytics, Ooyala Pulse provides unique, real-time insights through customisable reports to improve forecasting and decision-making, while enabling clients to pivot in real-time as a campaign runs. ●     Ooyala Video Platform Solutions - Ooyala’s full set of video technology includes live streaming; live server-side ad insertion (Live SSAI) for seamless TV-like playback and ad-block prevention; its award-winning analytics product, Ooyala IQ; customizable HTML5 player; Ooyala AppStudio for getting OTT apps to market quickly; as well as Ooyala’s full back-end management system and services. At the heart of Ooyala’s video solutions is big data, empowering customers with a complete view of video performance and audience behavior to help strategically distribute video content and maximise ROI.  About Ooyala: A US-based subsidiary of global telecommunications and IT services company Telstra, Ooyala's comprehensive suite of offerings includes one of the world's largest premium video platforms, a leading ad serving and programmatic platform and media logistics solution that improves video production workflows. Built with superior analytics capabilities for advanced business intelligence, Ooyala's solutions help broadcasters, operators and media companies build more engaged and more profitable audiences, with personalised experiences across every screen.  Vudu, Star India, Sky Sports (U.K.), ITV Studios (U.K.), RTL Group (Germany), M6 (France), TV4 (Sweden), Mediaset (Spain), America Television (Peru), and Media Prima (Malaysia): these are just a few of the hundreds of broadcasters and media companies who choose Ooyala. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ooyala has offices in Chennai, Cologne, Dallas, Guadalajara, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, and sales operations in many other countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.ooyala.com  LASER celebrates 30 years as home-grown consumer electronics success story 2017-03-28T23:35:00Z laser-celebrates-30-years-as-home-grown-consumer-electronics-success-story Sydney, Australia, March 2017 – LASER, the Australian-owned electronics company with a focus on affordable, innovative technology for all, has this month celebrated its 30th Anniversary celebrations with the unveiling of a range of new products set to take the company into its next decade.   Launching a new $50 selfie drone and extensive range of power banks, USB-C accessories and Navig8r dashcams, it is a long way from the small shopfront in Sydney’s Surry Hills that opened in 1987 to sell floppy disks, computer keyboards and mice.   With more than 300 product lines and 50 local employees, LASER puts its commitment to continuously evolving its product range at the centre of its longevity.   “From a very early stage we instituted an internal challenge to turnover our range by at least one-third every year, sourcing new products based on market needs and feedback from our retail partners. This is a huge number by any measure, and constantly forces us out of our comfort zone both in terms of new technologies and evolutions of existing ones.” said Chris Lau, Managing Director of LASER.    “Without having control of our manufacturing and being able to swiftly react to opportunities, this wouldn’t be achievable, yet we continue to see our range constantly and quickly evolving.”   Over the course of three decades, LASER has built its reputation among retailers and consumers alike as the value brand of choice, with long-standing relationships with Harvey Norman and Big W to name a few who look to LASER as enabling consumers to access technology at an affordable price point.   “We know exactly who we are and what our benefit is to consumers, and play an important role in helping many Aussies enter the market for new technologies, while providing affordable, reliable and quality options across the board for both new and ongoing technologies. We proudly wear the moniker ‘value brand you can trust’,” continued Lau.   LASER took its name from the optical media it sold as it commenced trading and has continued to evolve over the years. Today, LASER has market-leading positions, including dashcams via its Navig8r brand, powerbanks, and affordable AV.   “Our Navig8r sub-brand, itself 10 years old this year, is the best-selling dashcam brand in the country. Consumers can enter the market for just $60, while we also deliver on innovation with the 818 Pro X, which offers Australian State-specific school zone data, something unique to the market as it was built specifically to order for Australian consumers.”   “Looking ahead, we also see Affordable AV and USB-C as key drivers, and are also launching Wi-Fi wireless speakers, premium certified UHD HDMI cables and Ultra HD streaming box media centres.”   “We are proud to have proven longevity in the market, especially as many brands and technologies have come and gone in this industry over the 30 years we have been in business, and thank our partners, employees and broader industry stakeholders for their support. While we celebrate today, our focus remains firmly on the future, and the next 30 years.” concluded Lau.   LASER are celebrating 30 years by reveling in the success of products from key categories including:  Navig8r Selfie Drone Lightweight and portable, this four-propeller Wi-Fi enabled Selfie Drone is accessed and controlled by an easy-to-use smartphone app (iOS/Android). Boasting a one-button take off, land and 360-degree flip, users can adjust the drone’s speed and altitude all from their smartphone. With the ability to take photos and videos as it follows you around, the Navig8r Selfie Drone offers 8-minutes of flight time within a 30m control range.RRP $50 from Big W  Navig8r 818 Pro X Crashcam A cutting-edge dash camera that takes in-vehicle incident recording to the next level, the Navig8r 818 Pro X Crashcam features Super Full HD image quality that delivers meticulously detailed footage. Built exclusively for the Australian market, the 818 displays the vehicle’s actual speed (as measured by GPS) as well as speed cameras, red light cameras and school zones which are preloaded with correct Australian state school zone times to warn drivers of an impending change in speed (and possible infringement). The Navig8r Crash Cam Pro X also features journey review with Google maps, automatic event recording and park mode which activates camera recording even when your car is unattended. Using the included software, drivers are able to review video footage, speed, time, date and location information on Google Maps, making it easy to prove at fault incidents.RRP $299 from Harvey Norman and www.laserco.com.au  LASER PB-CJ6000 Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter | RRP $79.95 | Harvey Norman As the latest addition to LASER’s extensive portable power range, the PB-CJ6000 is compact and portable enough to fit almost anywhere, from the glovebox to your satchel or your back pocket. A handy gadget that can charge all USB-enabled devices, this multi-purpose accessory also connects with the supplied car jump cables to kick-start a fully flat battery. With 6,000mAh of power, a 4-in-1 USB charging cable (Mini and Micro USB, 30pin and 9pin Apple to USB) for smartphones, tablets and cameras, the PB-CJ6000 also offers security benefits thanks to a high intensity LED light with strobe function for attracting attention. Built-in safety features that protect the consumer, their car and the power bank, a high efficiency cell from the quality Lithium battery boasts 75% retention after 12 months, making this a durable companion in the glove box or in your bag.RRP $79.95 from Harvey Norman and www.laserco.com.au  ImageryLASER 30th Anniversary Image Library  About LASER In 1987 LASER started out in a Surry Hills garage, importing and selling 5.25” floppy disks and storage cases. Today, we’re one of Australia’s fastest growing and most trusted consumer IT and consumer electronics solutions providers. Specialising in bespoke solutions, our product range now spans more than 13 categories and 500+ products. NZ video games industry revenues race ahead to $424M in 2016 2017-03-07T23:30:00Z nz-video-games-industry-revenues-race-ahead-to-424m-in-2016 Auckland, New Zealand – 8 March 2017 – The New Zealand video and computer games industry generated $424 million in revenue in 2016, a seven per cent increase on 2015 sales. Data released today by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association shows that New Zealand industry growth outpaced that of Australia, which experienced a four per cent increase in revenues last year.   Overall, the New Zealand video games industry saw a total of $125 million in traditional retail sales, with an additional $299 million in digital and mobile sales.   According to research commissioned by IGEA from analyst firm Telsyte, digital and mobile sales continued on an upward trajectory in 2016, with 16 per cent growth on 2015 revenues. Mobile games remain the largest revenue source, generating $167 million last year. Downloadable games and downloadable content (DLC) saw the most growth – up 20 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.   Complementary market data from The NPD Group shows traditional retail sales decreased nine per cent on 2015 figures, with hardware and software sales both declining. However, the New Zealand video games industry overall experienced a seven per cent boost in revenues in 2016, with consumers’ digital purchasing habits far outweighing the decline in traditional retail sales.   “The New Zealand video game industry is in great shape and continues to grow year-on-year,” said Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA. “The data clearly shows an ongoing revolution in the purchasing habits of what is an increasingly digital customer base. Consumers are incredibly engaged with our industry’s products and have embraced new ways to access and play game content, and extend the life of their games, such as virtual and augmented reality and downloadable extras.”   According to Foad Fadaghi, Managing Director of Telsyte, “New Zealand gamers continue to evolve their game purchasing behaviour, boosted by the greater availability of high speed broadband service.”   Since 2009, IGEA has provided a review of the state of the video games industry in New Zealand using commissioned research from The NPD Group. With the growth in downloads and mobile gaming, the NPD data has been augmented with research from Telsyte to provide a complete picture on the state of the industry.  Key highlights from Telsyte: Video and computer games generated $299 million in digital and mobile sales in 2016, a 16% increase on 2015 Mobile games remains the largest revenue source, generating $167 million in 2016 Downloadable games and downloadable content (DLC) saw the most growth – up 20% and 21% respectively Key highlights from The NPD Group: Video and computer games generated $125 million in traditional retail sales in 2016, a 9% decrease on 2015 sales Current generation consoles PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS all experienced growth in the volume of software sold 53% of games sold had an unrestricted classification (G, PG or M) IGEA has created an infographic to support the 2016 New Zealand sales data, which you can download here.About IGEA IGEA is an industry association representing the business and public policy interests of New Zealand and Australian companies in the computer and video games industry. IGEA’s members publish, develop, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content and related hardware including mobile and handheld games. For more information, please visit www.igea.net.   Media spokespeople available: For interviews with Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, please contact Amy Rathbone, Espresso Communications (+61 2 8016 2200) For interviews with Foad Fadaghi, Managing Director of Telsyte, please contact him on +61 414 992 466 Gartner Survey Shows Connected Home Solutions Adoption Remains Limited to Early Adopters 2017-03-07T00:48:25Z gartner-survey-shows-connected-home-solutions-adoption-remains-limited-to-early-adopters 7 March 2017 — Adoption of newer connected home solutions is still at the early adopter phase, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. The survey, of nearly 10,000 online respondents in the US, the UK and Australia during the second half of 2016, found that only about 10 percent of households currently have connected home solutions. Connected home solutions consist of a set of devices and services that are connected to each other and to the internet and can automatically respond to preset rules, be remotely accessed and managed by mobile apps or a browser, and send alerts or messages to the user(s). "Although households in the developed world are beginning to embrace connected home solutions, providers must push beyond early adopter use," said Amanda Sabia, principal research analyst at Gartner. "If they are to successfully widen the appeal of the connected home, providers will need to identify what will really motivates current users to inspire additional purchases." The survey found that home security alarm systems, the more established of connected home solutions, have nearly double the adoption rates (18 percent) of newer connected home solutions such as home monitoring (11 percent), home automation or energy management (9 percent), and health and wellness management (11 percent). Overall adoption rates were five to six percent greater in the US, where they were first marketed. However, excluding home security alarm services for which a monthly fee is generally paid, solution providers may find monetising connected services challenging as the survey revealed that less than half of households currently pay for subscription-based home monitoring and automation/energy management solutions. In the US, where the home monitoring industry is more developed, 59 percent of households with a home monitoring solution indicate they do pay a monthly fee, thus proving they see value for these solutions. However, charging for subscriptions for home automation/energy management and health and wellness solutions is more of a challenge since more than half of current households are already using these services free of charge. The challenge is even greater in the UK, where few home automation services are subscription based and 58 percent of households with home automation get their services free of charge. Using a scale of 0 to 100, respondents were asked about their feelings and preferences toward the value of devices, appliances and applications in the connected home ecosystem. Three-quarters of respondents indicated they are happy to manually set temperature and lighting controls versus only one-quarter who expressed an interest in having devices anticipate needs in the home. Furthermore, 58 percent of respondents showed a preference for separate, independent, stand-alone devices. However, respondents are starting to see the value of one app for integrating their connected home devices, appliances and services as well as the importance of brand certification for their connected home devices and services. More than half of the respondents (55 percent) rated 51 or more toward the preference of one app integrating connected home devices and services, while 58 percent rated 51 or more toward the importance of hardware and services being certified by a specific brand. "Messaging needs to be focused on the real value proposition that the complete connected home ecosystem provides, encompassing devices, service and experience," said Jessica Ekholm, research director at Gartner. "The emphasis needs to be on how the connected home can helps solve daily tasks rather than just being a novelty collection of devices and apps." Gartner clients can read more in the report: "Survey Analysis: Connected Home Solutions Remain in the Early Adopter Stage." Visit the Gartner IoT hub for complimentary research and webinars. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior information technology (IT) leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to supply chain professionals, digital marketing professionals and technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to clients in more than 10,000 distinct enterprises. Gartner works with clients to research, analysfe and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual roles. Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has almost 9,000 associates, including 1,900 research analysts and consultants, operating in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com. Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. RSA launches Risk & Cybersecurity Practice 2017-02-13T23:30:00Z rsa-launches-risk-cybersecurity-practice SAN FRANCISCO – RSA Conference, February 13, 2017 – RSA, a Dell Technologies business, announced the new RSA Risk & Cybersecurity Practice that helps operationalise Business-Driven Security™ architecture by helping to reduce business risk through systematic and continuous enablement for clients to manage identity, protect their assets, and detect, respond and recover from cyber attacks.   As organisations continue to embrace cloud, IoT and mobile workforces trends, and respond to compliance challenges and continual changes in the threat landscape, demands on businesses to better understand the relationship between risk and security are mounting. The RSA Risk & Cybersecurity Practice helps customers better map these requirements to business priorities with a comprehensive methodology and technology-enhanced service delivery model. This is inclusive of access to RSA technologies and expertise in critical practice areas focusing on Risk Management, Incident Response, Cyber Defence, Identity Assurance, Threat Detection and Response, and Advanced Cyber Defence.   “The cybersecurity industry is constantly evolving, forcing organisations to frequently reassess the services and tools they use to protect from and respond to breaches,” said Doug Howard, Vice President of Global Services, RSA. “These new targeted security services will help organisations confidently approach cybersecurity, and protect their business while providing them choice and flexibility to select individual services based on changing needs. Security is about leveraging expertise to find the most effective and efficient journey to reduce risk.”   The new RSA Risk & Cybersecurity Practice provides: Battled tested expertise: With more than 650 security consultants who use an innovative toolset from RSA Labs, customers benefit from 35 years of best practices addressing the intersection of IT with security honed over thousands of engagements. The RSA Risk & Cybersecurity practice is also accredited by the National Security Cyber Assistance Program for Cyber Incident Response Assistance.   Flexible procurement model: Fixed-price contracts, tailored scope and extended service plans provide managers with greater autonomy over their budgets and timelines.   Accelerated engagement: Pre-packaged consulting services focus on business-driven results that help remediate organisational impact and deliver rapid time to value.   Specialist teams: Designated teams focus on delivering Business-Driven Security solutions, integration across RSA products, pre-packaged service solutions for common customer and partner needs, scalable and supportable customisation solutions, and global resources to lower overall costs.  RSA’s new services can help identify security gaps within organisations, improve cyber defence readiness, evaluate maturity and risk, adhere to governance and compliance practices, and deploy quick response services in the event of a breach. Organisations often focus on technology-centric solutions and overlook the immediate issues and risks facing the business. These RSA services also address this by evaluating people, processes and technology to create a holistic assessment of cybersecurity needs so that if or when a breach occurs, organisations can deploy a nimble and effective response.   The RSA Risk & Cybersecurity Practice has a global footprint and four specialty practices: RSA Risk Management Practice: Risk management programs empower organisations to efficiently implement risk management processes to significantly improve their business risk management maturity. RSA Risk Management practitioners provide industry expertise and best practices to design proven, multi-disciplinary risk management solutions in the most efficient manner.   RSA Identity Assurance Practice: Identity is the core of all security programs and represents the most consequential threat area. RSA identity experts can help with the most complex of governance, lifecycle and multi-factor authentication challenges as well as help define and architect identity and fraud programs to reduce the risk of tomorrow’s threats.   RSA Advanced Cyber Defense Practice: Cyber defence is one part technology and three parts people, process and experience. Our battle-tested cybersecurity experts can rapidly assess an organisation to identify gaps, prioritise risk and design an operational program to systematically improve defences, integrate security solutions, provide deep visibility, detect advanced threats and reduce mitigation time.   RSA Incident Response Practice: In preparing for a breach, organisations make continual improvements to decrease the probability of a breach. In today’s high-risk world of cyber, the probability of being breached remains high and organisations must be prepared for the worst. A well-planned Incident Response (IR) plan combined with RSA’s IR retainer-services backed by on-demand cybersecurity experts can help an organisation respond faster to a cyber attack.  Additionally, RSA University provides a learning path with nearly 200 online and classroom-based training courses to enhance the performance of security teams and boost the security savvy of an organisation.   In response to continued demand, RSA also unveiled two new offerings -- RSA Incident Response (IR) Retainer Services and Advanced Cyber Defense Packages – incremental security services to expand situational and risk-centric planning solutions for organisations.  AVAILABILITY The RSA Incident Response (IR) Retainer Services and Advanced Cyber Defense Packages are currently available globally, and pricing may vary depending on geography and customer requirements. The offerings will also be sold through channel partners. RSA is providing training to channel partners in early 2017 to familiarise them with the services while integrating them into channel partner curricula and offerings.  ADDITIONAL RESOURCES New RSA Business-Driven Security™ Solutions Bridge the ‘Gap of Grief’ Tweet this: With #cloud & #IoT adoption on the rise, @RSAsecurity launches new practice to address these threats: http://rsa.im/2lnJbC7 Tweet this: New @RSAsecurity Risk & Cybersecurity Practice helps organizations manage modern workplace threats: http://rsa.im/2lnJbC7 Connect with RSA via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the RSA Speaking of Security blog ABOUT RSA RSA offers business-driven security solutions that uniquely link business context with security incidents to help organisations manage risk and protect what matters most. RSA solutions are designed to effectively detect and respond to advanced attacks; manage user identities and access; and, reduce business risk, fraud, and cybercrime. RSA protects millions of users around the world and helps more than 90% of the Fortune 500 companies thrive in an uncertain, high risk world. For more information, go to rsa.com.  RSA, Dell, Business Driven Security, NetWitness, SecurID, Archer and other trademarks are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Azure is an either registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. VMware is a registered trademark or trademark of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. Other trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.   # # #  Media Contacts Biana Chamlet/Amy Rathbone Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200rsa@espressocomms.com.au RSA unifies fraud protection with centralised control to combat risks across digital channels 2017-02-13T23:30:00Z rsa-unifies-fraud-protection-with-centralised-control-to-combat-risks-across-digital-channels SAN FRANCISCO – RSA Conference, February 13, 2017 – RSA, a Dell Technologies business, unveiled a centralised platform that is designed to enhance fraud detection and investigation across digital environments in the latest release in the RSA Fraud & Risk Intelligence Suite. The new platform is engineered to enable organisations to leverage additional insights from internal and external sources as well as other anti-fraud tools to better protect their customers from targeted cybercrime attacks.   “Fraudsters are opportunistic; they aren’t picky as to which channels they use to steal from organisations and their customers. In whichever channel an organisation has weak controls is where you’ll find the bad guys, and they are getting better at finding those weaknesses which is why losses from account takeovers are up over 60% since last year,” said Al Pascual, Research Director and Head of Fraud & Security, Javelin Strategy & Research. “Organisations need to implement smarter controls across channels. That means leveraging holistic intelligence and solutions that are designed to work effectively in each channel in which they do business.”  RSA’s Business-Driven Security™ solutions help customers comprehensively and rapidly link security incidents with business context to respond effectively and protect what matters most. The RSA Fraud & Risk Intelligence platform is built to address many of the challenges facing organisations as they transform their digital strategy. As consumers transact in new ways and across new channels, better capabilities for security and fraud management that do not add friction to the user experience are required.   The platform gives organisations the ability to help balance security and convenience while improving fraud detection and investigation. Key benefits are designed to include:                                                                                            Centralised fraud management: Organisations can gain better visibility across web and mobile sessions and enable faster investigation of fraud incidents by leveraging input from other anti-fraud tools. Enhanced fraud detection: Organisations can correlate internal and external information sources into risk assessments to enhance fraud detection while minimising interruptions to consumers while transacting.    Improved experience for mobile users: Organisations can optimise how they secure their customers in the mobile channel and protect high-risk mobile transactions with a range of step-up authentication options including fingerprint or eye biometrics and transaction signing. The enhancements extend the RSA Fraud & Risk Intelligence Suite’s visibility into fraud events across channels, starting with mobile and web, while assessing and planning to expand into other channels. Enabling insights from other anti-fraud tools, the RSA Fraud and Risk Intelligence Suite is engineered to allow organisations to leverage existing investments to make better risk decisions and improve how they respond to the most sophisticated fraud attacks.   “Organisations are interacting more directly with customers across multiple-digital channel platforms, and the way they protect customers must change too. Customer experience is key, but consumers also expect to feel secure whether they are making an online purchase, transferring money, or checking their healthcare records,” said Shai Cohen, general manager, RSA Fraud & Risk Intelligence Suite. “As fraud threats increase in both frequency and impact, organisations need better visibility and control over their anti-fraud initiatives. The enhancements announced today provide the most comprehensive level of fraud management in the industry.”  ADDITIONAL RESOURCES New RSA Business-Driven Security™ Solutions Bridge the ‘Gap of Grief’ Read the analyst report: Business-Driven Fraud Management: Engaging with Leadership to Drive Investment Read the blog: What peanut butter cups can teach us about fraud prevention Web Threat Detection Trends in E-Commerce: A Guide to Improve Fraud Detection and Investigation Learn more here RSA Fraud & Risk Intelligence Tweet this: In a multi-channel world, fraud is rampant. See how @RSAsecurity protects businesses at the speed of fraud: http://rsa.im/2k7vQsS Tweet this: Losses associated with #fraud are up 60% as criminals exploit more. @RSAsecurity anti-fraud helps: http://rsa.im/2k7vQsS Connect with RSA via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the RSA Speaking of Security blog ABOUT RSA RSA offers business-driven security solutions that uniquely link business context with security incidents to help organisations manage risk and protect what matters most. RSA solutions are designed to effectively detect and respond to advanced attacks; manage user identities and access; and, reduce business risk, fraud, and cybercrime. RSA protects millions of users around the world and helps more than 90% of the Fortune 500 companies thrive in an uncertain, high risk world. For more information, go to rsa.com.  RSA, Dell, Business Driven Security, and other trademarks are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.   # # #  Media Contacts Biana Chamlet/Amy Rathbone Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200rsa@espressocomms.com.au RSA NetWitness® Suite accelerates actionable, impactful security decisions for today’s business 2017-02-13T23:30:00Z -203 SAN FRANCISCO – RSA Conference, February 13, 2017 – RSA, a Dell Technologies business, announced enhancements to the RSA NetWitness Suite that are designed to provide essential visibility and actionable insight to detect today’s threats faster. The suite is engineered to enable organisations to monitor and deploy in any modern infrastructure, allowing for flexibility, ease of deployment and the comprehensive visibility needed for rapid detection and response. These enhancements extend RSA’s ability to enable organisations to close the security team resource and skills gaps without adding staff. As part of RSA’s Business-Driven Security™ solutions, RSA NetWitness Suite customers can comprehensively and rapidly link security incidents with business context to respond effectively and protect what matters most.   Using the RSA NetWitness Suite, organisations can now deploy the same threat detection content that RSA's Incident Response Practice uses to identify the latest threats. As an illustration of RSA NetWitness Suite’s ability to connect the dots between network, endpoint and log data, the technology was used to identify the malware used in a pair of newly identified attacks – Kingslayer and Schoolbell. The suite provides out-of-the-box content for finding behaviours that are associated with the groups suspected to have perpetrated the attacks. RSA Research recently published technical details about the Kingslayer and Schoolbell attacks.   “RSA NetWitness Suite has helped our security analysts detect and respond to incidents with agility and confidence,” said Eric Tamashunas, Information Security at Johnson & Johnson. “It is not only a key tool in our InfoSec portfolio, it’s a force multiplier that elevates our analysts’ efficiency across the organisation.”   With its deep understanding of the broadest set of attack vectors, RSA NetWitness Suite is designed to address the increasingly pervasive threats posed by fast-moving, increasingly precise attacks that target strategic business assets. While organisations recognise the impact these advanced threats present to infrastructure, reputation and financial health, research shows they are slow to detect and respond to these threats. The latest RSA Threat Detection Survey revealed 92 percent of organisations cannot detect threats very quickly and 89 percent cannot investigate fast enough.   RSA NetWitness Suite’s latest capabilities are engineered to provide visibility into organisations’ applications that are running on cloud and virtual infrastructures, allowing enterprises to collect and analyse critical security data as part of a centralised detection and response platform. In addition, RSA NetWitness components are built to now be deployed to “run anywhere” – on physical, virtual and new cloud infrastructures. Organisations can benefit from the agility offered by unlimited computing and storage without compromising security or availability.   “RSA NetWitness Suite is designed to enable organisations to be more effective and efficient in their security operations. We have engineered the RSA NetWitness Suite to provide unparalleled insight across all infrastructures and deliver rapid, comprehensive ability to defeat today’s security threats,” said Michael Adler, Vice President, Product, RSA NetWitness Suite, RSA. “Customers can close resource gaps on their security teams by using automated detection of today’s known and unknown threats and by monitoring their entire infrastructure – no matter where it is.”   RSA NetWitness Suite is designed to increase the impact of a security team by up to three times by: Mitigating business damage: Rapid detection of today’s known and unknown threats by using automated-behaviour analytics, minimising the dwell time of the attacker and mitigating risk. Creating more efficient and effective security teams: Close gaps on security teams without increasing headcount while improving the current team with automated detection to respond to advanced cyber threats three times faster. Leveraging the cloud and virtual environments while remaining secure: Pervasive visibility into any modern infrastructure and minimising potential blind spots. AVAILABILITY The version of RSA NetWitness Suite is currently available.ADDITIONAL RESOURCES New RSA Business-Driven Security™ Solutions Bridge the ‘Gap of Grief’ Tweet this: Security teams can now manage #cyber attacks with agility, speed and confidence with @RSAsecurity NetWitness: http://rsa.im/2kWG57a Tweet this: 92% of businesses cannot respond to #security threats quickly. See how @RSAsecurity NetWitness helps: http://rsa.im/2kWG57a Read the blog Schoolbell: Class is in Session Read the research Kingslayer: A Supply Chain Attack Connect with RSA via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the RSA Speaking of Security blog ABOUT RSA RSA offers business-driven security solutions that uniquely link business context with security incidents to help organisations manage risk and protect what matters most. RSA solutions are designed to effectively detect and respond to advanced attacks; manage user identities and access; and, reduce business risk, fraud, and cybercrime. RSA protects millions of users around the world and helps more than 90% of the Fortune 500 companies thrive in an uncertain, high risk world. For more information, go to rsa.com.  RSA, Dell, Business Driven Security, NetWitness and other trademarks are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries.  Other trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.   # # #  Media Contacts Biana Chamlet/Amy Rathbone Espresso Communications +61 2 8016 2200rsa@espressocomms.com.au INVIGOR GROUP LAUNCHES LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN PRICING INTELLIGENCE 2017-02-05T23:16:13Z invigor-group-launches-latest-technology-in-pricing-intelligence February 6, 2017, Sydney: Leading big data solutions provider Invigor Group (ASX:IVO) - the team behind the successful Insights Visitor platform recently used at The Australian Open – has announced the launch of Australia’s first ever price tracking solution for business; SpotLite (watch video). SpotLite allows retailers and brands of any size and in any location around the world to monitor market pricing across their industry. Users can choose when they want to receive detailed pricing reports directly to their inbox, as well as configure real-time price alerts for competitors or channels price changes. According to a 2014 McKinsey report, on average, a one per cent price increase typically translates to 8.7 per cent in operating profits for business, yet McKinsey estimated that up to 30 per cent of pricing decisions failed to deliver the best price to their customers – resulting in loss of revenue opportunities. The easy access and availability of data has provided a market opportunity for businesses to track market pricing strategies holistically and in real time. Australian online sales have surged over the last five years, with an IBIS World Online Shopping Research Report estimating an annual growth of 16.2 per cent a surge to $18 billion for 2017. With this newfound access to a wide-ranging variety of retailers and brands online, the space has become increasingly competitive. Several of Invigor’s customers participated in the worldwide testing phase of SpotLite, including international brands Dyson Australia and ASUS Brazil, and retailers such as Adore Beauty and Kogan, with outstanding results. Invigor Group Chairman and CEO Gary Cohen said SpotLite is a valuable insight gathering tool that the Australian market has never before had access. “Our beta clients have been using SpotLite as a resource for almost 2 months. They have full visibility of competitor and distributor pricing, allowing them to address pricing gaps or develop promotional strategies to increase revenue.” ASUS Brazil, the Brazilian arm of the international tech giant and a leader in the computer hardware market, has benefited from SpotLite’s holistic visibility to monitor how their products are priced across distributors and retailers, and this is playing a core role in their day-to-day business decisions. Marcos Santos, Country Product Manager at ASUS Brazil, said SpotLite has quickly become a valuable tool for their team to retain a competitive edge. “Our initial use of SpotLite has uncovered and consolidated an overarching view of how our products are being priced by our channels. The view of not only our own product pricing in the market, but also those of our competitors is allowing us to move swiftly and make tactical and strategic decisions across the product, sales and marketing departments in a timely manner,” Marcos said. By harnessing the power of data, SpotLite has been developed with a range of plans to suit every budget, from large established corporations to small and medium sized business. Customers are not locked into a contract and have the flexibility to tailor a package that best suits their business needs. Starting from just $39 a month, all new customers will benefit from a 30-day free trial in which they’ll have access to SpotLite’s functionalities and features, such as email notifications, customisable charts and dashboards. To find out more about SpotLite visit www.spotlite.com.au. Further enquiries: Jamie Pericleous jpericleous@heardagency.com 0421 173 361 About Invigor Group Invigor Group Limited (ASX:IVO) is an Australian company that develops a range of solutions to help measure and influence the consumer purchase journey, turning insights into revenue. Invigor’s solutions offers insights into market activity such as competitor pricing and consumer behaviour as well as allowing engagement with consumers through relevant content and digital real estate. Invigor’s technology and innovation can be seen in one of Sydney’s historic ferry terminals, Manly Wharf, where a high traffic transport hub has been transformed into a Digital Precinct. Invigor is leading the way in data intelligence by providing comprehensive end-to-end business solutions with Wi-Fi analytics, consumer engagement, real-time pricing and market intelligence. Polycom Joins the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) to Help Advance Social, Environmental and Ethical Practices 2016-11-15T23:13:45Z polycom-joins-the-electronic-industry-citizenship-coalition-eicc-to-help-advance-social-environmental-and-ethical-practices Sydney – November 16, 2016 – Dedicated to observing the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility, Polycom, Inc. today joins the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), an alliance of leading technology companies that advocate for ethical and sustainable value for workers, the environment and businesses. The EICC is comprised of more than 110 electronics companies with the mission of ensuring its members, suppliers and stakeholders collaborate to improve working and environmental conditions through leading standards and practices. As an Affiliate Member, Polycom will now align its current operations, as well as those of first-tier suppliers, with standards recommended and governed by the EICC. “Membership with the EICC is helping Polycom to apply a comprehensive approach to promoting corporate social responsibility and sustainability throughout our supply chain,” said Brian Larnerd, Polycom’s director, corporate social responsibility. “While high-quality audio and video conferencing solutions empower human collaboration and sustainability, Polycom is committed to ensuring the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility wherever our products are made.” As an Affiliate Member, Polycom will gain access to existing resources, assessments and audits conducted by EICC, which will help manage partner practices and supply chain risks more efficiently. Wherever possible, Polycom will seek to adopt the EICC approach and tools in practical ways in the spirit of the industry’s common goals. About Polycom, Inc. Polycom helps organizations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection. Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn more. © 2016 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. dnata Selects Avaya to Drive Digital Transformation in Customer Experience 2016-10-18T05:54:44Z dnata-selects-avaya-to-drive-digital-transformation-in-customer-experience Dubai, UAE; October 15, 2016: dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers and a member of Emirates Group, announced today it has selected Avaya as a strategic technology partner to power its customer service digital transformation strategy. Avaya Private Cloud Services (APCS) will deliver a complete customer experience transformation solution that will create a seamless, personalized experience for dnata customers and partners and across every communication platform in the customer journey. The five-year, multimillion-dollar agreement will see Avaya provide dnata, with a cloud-based contact centre, collaboration, networking and video conferencing solution. With operations covering six continents, dnata aims to unify its travel brands around the world, along with its other services, helping to deliver personalised experiences to its customers, achieve consistency and increased satisfaction across all touch points while reducing service delivery costs. “We have embarked on a digital transformation journey that will enable us to confidently deliver on our growth strategy while building a superior customer experience. One of the main challenges of being a global business with multiple brands and services, is delivering a consistent and yet extremely personalised experience. Our project with Avaya will enable us to have the platform we require to quickly achieve the two, while expanding our portfolio of businesses and services. The team at Avaya were exceptional in building a solution that delivers on our business objectives today and in the future.” Paul Gale, Vice President Global Contact Centres – dnata While most businesses today support multi-channel customer service, they typically manage individual interactions channels in silos, resulting in a fragmented customer experience. dnata is leading the transformation of the travel experience industry globally. By moving to an Avaya-delivered and managed cloud customer experience solution, dnata and its travel businesses will not only achieve a substantial competitive advantage it will also deliver a higher benchmark for travel to compare with, not only for its customers, but also for its agents worldwide. “Avaya is proud to have been selected by dnata as provider of choice for this global customer experience platform. By working closely with dnata, we will be able to support them in their objective of delivering a world-class customer experience. This is the perfect demonstration of the strength of our cloud services offerings and how we can help enterprises achieve their digital transformation goals. We look forward to strengthening this partnership with dnata over the next five years and moving forward with them to deliver the business outcomes they are looking for.” Nidal Abou-ltaif, President, Avaya International dnata is leading the transformation of the travel experience industry globally, with an aggressive growth strategy that has driven revenue above $10 billion. Having acquired ten travel and leisure brands in the last 5 years and operating over 13 global contact centres across 15 countries and in ten languages, dnata Travel is driving growth by unifying its customers’ journey, while ensuring that its travel and leisure brands are presented consistently across the globe, and its customers receive the same world-class service through any communication channel, anytime, anywhere. Globally, dnata operates in 83 countries across six continents and is one of the world's largest air services providers offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering. Established in 1959, dnata ensures the aviation industry operates smoothly and efficiently in 131 airports across the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa as well as North and South America. Avaya is a recognised innovator leading business communications for the digital age. Avaya Solutions bring people together with the right information at the right time in the right context, helping to enable a higher level of engagement among customers, teams, employees and partners to improve efficiency and quickly address critical business challenges. Avaya Private Cloud Services (APCS) enable companies to create simple, dynamic environments that allow them to roll out new applications and services faster, support new devices, improve application uptime, and gain significantly reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) and better return on investment (ROI). -Ends- About dnata: dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers. Established in 1959, the company offers ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across six continents. dnata's Travel business is the largest provider of travel services and products in the Middle East, and operates more than 200 retail outlets worldwide. Each year its travel advisors handle more than 3.5 million bookings, 7 million bed nights, and 7 million passengers. Its suite of products and services includes business travel management; worldwide tour operations; hotel sales and marketing representation; group and incentive arrangements; sports and active holiday programmes; offshore and marine services; government and corporate travel and leisure travel. Internationally, dnata owns and operates Emirates Holidays, Gold Medal Travel Group, Travel Republic, Stella Travel Services, has investments with Hogg Robinson Group and brought personalised travel to the Middle East through a joint venture with Travel Counsellors. About Avaya Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world’s most important operations. As the global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications with integrated, secure networking— offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today’s digital world requires some form of communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com. Certain statements contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should" or "will" or other similar terminology. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these are reasonable, such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors may cause our actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to Avaya's filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. Avaya disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. All trademarks identified by ®, TM, or SM are registered marks, trademarks, and service marks, respectively, of Avaya Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners ### Avaya Delivers the Future of UC with Avaya Equinox: Simple, Contextual, User Defined 2016-10-18T05:41:38Z avaya-delivers-the-future-of-uc-with-avaya-equinox-simple-contextual-user-defined Santa Clara, Calif. - Oct. 17, 2016 - Avaya today announced a new platform for business communications that fulfills the long-sought promise of unified communications (UC). Avaya Equinox delivers streamlined, mobile-first communications within the applications and browsers employees “live in” for their work. Customisable through the Avaya Breeze™ Client SDK by vertical industry or worker requirements, Avaya Equinox is supported on desktop or mobile devices, and available out-of-the box on the all-glass Avaya Vantage device. By consolidating various applications and interfaces into one experience, Avaya Equinox liberates employees and IT departments from disjointed communications that hinder productivity and increase stress. The multitude of real-time and non-real-time communications methods used by workers typically requires a disruptive two- to three-step process of leaving a business application to communicate. Read the blog: 1-Click Collaboration - A Promise Fulfilled While the vision of UC was to merge methods and simplify access, vendors today still struggle to fully merge all the communication application infrastructure and cloud-based services into a single platform that offers the simplified user experience of Avaya Equinox. Key elements of Avaya Equinox include: Mobile First Experience, Action Oriented Workflow for Immediate Response - Workers can quickly see all scheduled meetings, messaging updates, and communications history in one place and take immediate action with a single touch. Optimised to the device – mobile, tablet, desktop, browser and Avaya Vantage – the experience maintains mobile simplicity while embracing the benefits inherent in a wide range of devices. Skip the Download: Collaborate from a Browser - Avaya Equinox enables robust collaboration from within HTML5 browsers with no downloads or plugins needed thanks to WebRTC technology. This best-in-class browser experience with full collaboration capabilities eliminates migration challenges for organisations in the process of transitioning desktop business applications to the web and/or shifting applications to the cloud. Drive Performance and Differentiate with Smart Digital Solutions - Embed Avaya Equinox communication and collaboration capabilities within business processes or context, or into any business application to create and integrate unique solutions for vertical needs and competitive differentiation. Extend and accelerate smart digital solution creation with the single solution-wide Avaya Breeze™ Client SDK, workflow automation and Avaya Snapp Store ecosystem. Avaya Vantage runs Equinox right out of the box, but is also infinitely customisable through the Client SDK. Simply Access True Enterprise Class HD Video and Voice Anywhere, Anytime - Provides reliable, secure, high-quality HD voice and video for communication anywhere on any device, with easy, remote access including VPN-less connectivity. One number reach for all devices accelerates enterprise workflows and deployments; workers even can simultaneously use multiple devices. Message with Continuity and Always-On Effectiveness - Persistent, multimedia messaging for text, audio, video, images and files allows employees to access and send team messages in real time -- or anytime. A conversation initiated on the desktop in the morning can be picked back up on the mobile device at lunchtime, for example. Workers can even message those who are offline for more efficient team interaction. One click from the messaging function escalates the session to a call or conference. Reduce the Complexity and Expense of Multiple ‘UC’ Solutions - Avaya Equinox provides a single platform that supports all the different modes of conferencing. High scale audio conferencing, extensive web collaboration, rich multi-vendor HD video, even event streaming to 100,000 users in an all in one software solution. Users have one login and one easy solution to learn, and IT has one solution to support with one set of statistics, single provisioning, a smaller footprint with higher efficiency and lower costs. Avaya Equinox is generally available globally this calendar quarter, with the advance conferencing capability coming in the first quarter of 2017. The platform is sold on a per-user, suite licensing basis with subscription or perpetual pricing models, along with a traditional concurrent user pricing option for conferencing. Quotes “The vision for unified communications has always been a streamlined, user and IT-friendly experience that enables work to proceed without disruption. Integrating the wide variety of forms and methods of communication into a single flow has been an unmet challenge – until now. Avaya Equinox has conquered that challenge for the good of end users, IT departments and businesses worldwide, delivered by a company with the vision, focus and expertise to define the future of UC.” Gary E. Barnett, SVP and GM, Avaya Engagement Solutions “As North America’s first fully digital hospital, Humber River Hospital continually seeks to enhance patient care and provide positive outcomes. Enabling physicians, nurses and caregivers with real-time secure messaging and communication is one way we can move the needle in that direction. We’re excited to be live on the beta of Avaya Equinox as it seamlessly integrates with our tailored workflows, allowing us to revolutionise and transform healthcare.” Kevin Fernandes, Chief Technology Officer, Humber River Hospital “With Avaya Breeze, it’s easy to embed and orchestrate communication flows within Arrow’s Internet of Things software platform, Arrow Connect. Avaya Aura and Avaya Equinox enables us to create solutions that connect people together with context from IoT applications and drive higher business performance across a number of industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, Smart Cities and retail.” Dr. Jeff Reed, Chief Technology Officer, Arrow Electronics Systems Integration "The continuing dislocation of the workplace demands solutions that are inherently mobile, secure and accessible from virtually any device. Avaya Equinox delivers on this and more with a total communications solution that can be embedded in browsers and business applications. The Avaya Breeze Client SDK is not your everyday API – you have all the tools you need in a single solution that can be customised by vertical industry and workgroup needs, just what UC was intended to be." Rich Costello, senior research analyst for Unified Communications and Collaboration program, IDC Resources Infographic: 5 Ways to Get Work Done Faster About Avaya Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world’s most important operations. As the global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications with integrated, secure networking— offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today’s digital world requires some form of communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com. Certain statements contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should" or "will" or other similar terminology. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these are reasonable, such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors may cause our actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to Avaya's filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. Avaya disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. All trademarks identified by ®, TM, or SM are registered marks, trademarks, and service marks, respectively, of Avaya Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners ###