The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-22T22:59:02Z Advances in Digital Agriculture to Take Centre Stage at International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney 2017-03-22T22:59:02Z advances-in-digital-agriculture-to-take-centre-stage-at-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-in-sydney Sydney, Australia – 23 March 2017 – Advances in spatial technology that enable digital agriculture, including a next-generation national positioning system and real-time monitoring of soil moisture levels from space, will take centre stage at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April. A new national positioning system accurate to between 2cm and 10cm – as opposed to 5 metres with today’s satellite-based GPS – will boost Australia’s economy by $73 billion or more over the next 20 years, much of it in agriculture, says Dr Peter Woodgate, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). “To adopt techniques like precision agriculture and controlled traffic farming, farmers need to be able to position equipment and sensors with about 5cm accuracy. The conference will showcase space-based augmentation systems – including Australia and New Zealand’s joint initiative – which, subject to testing, are well on the way to achieving that,” said Woodgate. “Leveraging other regional efforts, such as a Japanese satellite-based system recently trialled in Queensland, it will even be possible to remotely control unmanned autonomous vehicles like driverless tractors from space.” Australia’s investments in positioning systems will not only pay off in higher agricultural exports but will create export business opportunities and new jobs in digital agriculture to aid the transition from sectors of the economy impacted by digital disruption. Woodgate and fellow Working Group Co-Chair, Glenn Cockerton, Managing Director of Spatial Vision, will make the first public presentation of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda at Digital Earth & Locate17, outlining 30 transformative initiatives for Australia. In another highlight of the event, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will hold a special session to promote capacity building and use of data from its Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Observatory. SMAP products, which provide frequent global measurements of soil moisture from space at high spatial resolution, are freely available (http://nsidc.org/data/smap), with one of the first validation experiments carried out in Yanco, NSW. According to Phil Tickle, Program and Business Development Manager (Ag, NRM & Climate Change) at CRCSI, NASA’s SMAP data will complement data from a range of sensors used in digital agriculture, including soil moisture probes, weather stations, and animal tracking devices. Tickle is presenting the benefits of an online farm monitoring solution for the grazing industry at Digital Earth & Locate17. Called the NRM Spatial Hub, this provides access to 30 years of 30 metre resolution satellite data and tools for mapping, assessing and monitoring property infrastructure, land resources and ground cover. It is currently being commercialised by the CRCSI in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia. Tickle said the conference was an opportunity for farmers and land managers to learn about the spatial technologies transforming their industry, as well as to discuss potential issues, such as the ownership of agricultural big data. “We are seeing enormous development in digital agriculture capabilities and often farmers don’t have control of their own data,” said Tickle. “When you have sensors on farms feeding into data warehouses and generating broader benefits, why shouldn’t the farmer get a cut? And what does a farmer do if they want to change providers and their data is locked up in a proprietary system?” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). MEDIA RELEASE: Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round 2017-03-21T20:30:00Z media-release-moneytree-completes-a-jpy-1-billion-funding-series-b-funding-round-2 MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2017 Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round: SBI Investment and major regional banks join mega bank-affiliated venture  capital firms and a leading UK asset management company as investors Moneytree KK (Shibuya, Tokyo) has completed a Series B funding round that will drive its further expansion in the rapidly developing global fintech industry, including entering the Australian market within the coming months. The development paves the way for unprecedented connectivity across the financial services sector with Moneytree providing tools and services that enable individuals and businesses to aggregate and control all their financial data in a single place.  Moneytree will use the funding to add functionality to its popular personal finance management app, as well as to invest in deepening the capabilities of its Moneytree LINK platform (https://link.moneytree.jp) that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data-sharing platform.  Moneytree CEO Paul Chapman said: “We are accelerating Moneytree’s growth to deliver seamless access to Japan’s financial services. In coming months, we will expand beyond the Japanese market and become a regional player, working for positive change, and cementing a position as the most trusted financial data portability platform.” Funds were raised from SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Fukuoka Technology Partners Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Senshu Ikeda Capital Company Ltd., and noted British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co., as well as reinvestment from Series A round investors Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd., and salesforce.com, inc. The total amount raised exceeds JPY 1 billion. SBI Investment Co., Ltd. led the round.  The participation of British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co. signals a significant step forward in Moneytree’s plans for overseas expansion.  Moneytree LINK has secured over twenty customer and partner companies since 2015. Japanese ‘mega banks’ Mizuho Bank Ltd and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have adopted Moneytree LINK, with leading regional bank Senshu Ikeda also on the platform.  Moneytree LINK powers solutions from ten accounting software providers, making it the number one platform in the Japanese accounting industry. Moneytree will increase headcount across the organisation, including Development, Platform, Sales, Marketing and back office.  Mr. Chapman added: “As the fintech market expands rapidly, Moneytree remains focused on our core values of security, privacy, and transparency. As a platform, we will continue to maintain neutrality with regards to partner type, vertical, and even size.” -ends- About Moneytree Moneytree KK was founded in 2012 in Japan with the mission of bringing consumers, small businesses, and banks closer together. The Moneytree mobile app, introduced in 2013, allows users to automatically manage their bank accounts, credit cards, electronic money, mileage, points, and securities all together in one place on mobile and desktop. The app was awarded Apple’s App Store “Best of” in 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, Moneytree launched Moneytree LINK, a service that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data sharing platform. It is aimed at creating value in the fields of accounting, finance, real estate rent management, automobile maintenance, expense settlements, invoice issuance, and asset management.  That same year, Moneytree received an unprecedented round of simultaneous investment by the venture capital arms of all three Japanese mega banks. Moneytree was also chosen by IBM as its first official Fintech API partner, and selected for MasterCard’s Start Path accelerator program.  Please address media inquiries to: AUSTRALIA Eric Robledo Honner TEL: +61 02 8248 3739 E-mail: eric@honner.com.au     JAPAN Kaori Kitakata Moneytree KK Communications Officer TEL: +81 03-4588-0621  E-mail: press@moneytree.jp URL: https://moneytree.jp MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2017 Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round: SBI Investment and major regional banks join mega bank-affiliated venture  capital firms and a leading UK asset management company as investors Moneytree KK (Shibuya, Tokyo) has completed a Series B funding round that will drive its further expansion in the rapidly developing global fintech industry, including entering the Australian market within the coming months. The development paves the way for unprecedented connectivity across the financial services sector with Moneytree providing tools and services that enable individuals and businesses to aggregate and control all their financial data in a single place.  Moneytree will use the funding to add functionality to its popular personal finance management app, as well as to invest in deepening the capabilities of its Moneytree LINK platform (https://link.moneytree.jp) that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data-sharing platform.  Moneytree CEO Paul Chapman said: “We are accelerating Moneytree’s growth to deliver seamless access to Japan’s financial services. In coming months, we will expand beyond the Japanese market and become a regional player, working for positive change, and cementing a position as the most trusted financial data portability platform.” Funds were raised from SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Fukuoka Technology Partners Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Senshu Ikeda Capital Company Ltd., and noted British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co., as well as reinvestment from Series A round investors Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd., and salesforce.com, inc. The total amount raised exceeds JPY 1 billion. SBI Investment Co., Ltd. led the round.  The participation of British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co. signals a significant step forward in Moneytree’s plans for overseas expansion.  Moneytree LINK has secured over twenty customer and partner companies since 2015. Japanese ‘mega banks’ Mizuho Bank Ltd and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have adopted Moneytree LINK, with leading regional bank Senshu Ikeda also on the platform.  Moneytree LINK powers solutions from ten accounting software providers, making it the number one platform in the Japanese accounting industry. Moneytree will increase headcount across the organisation, including Development, Platform, Sales, Marketing and back office.  Mr. Chapman added: “As the fintech market expands rapidly, Moneytree remains focused on our core values of security, privacy, and transparency. As a platform, we will continue to maintain neutrality with regards to partner type, vertical, and even size.” -ends- About Moneytree Moneytree KK was founded in 2012 in Japan with the mission of bringing consumers, small businesses, and banks closer together. The Moneytree mobile app, introduced in 2013, allows users to automatically manage their bank accounts, credit cards, electronic money, mileage, points, and securities all together in one place on mobile and desktop. The app was awarded Apple’s App Store “Best of” in 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, Moneytree launched Moneytree LINK, a service that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data sharing platform. It is aimed at creating value in the fields of accounting, finance, real estate rent management, automobile maintenance, expense settlements, invoice issuance, and asset management.  That same year, Moneytree received an unprecedented round of simultaneous investment by the venture capital arms of all three Japanese mega banks. Moneytree was also chosen by IBM as its first official Fintech API partner, and selected for MasterCard’s Start Path accelerator program.  Please address media inquiries to: AUSTRALIA Eric Robledo Honner TEL: +61 02 8248 3739 E-mail: eric@honner.com.au     JAPAN Kaori Kitakata Moneytree KK Communications Officer TEL: +81 03-4588-0621  E-mail: press@moneytree.jp URL: https://moneytree.jp   Mixed Reality Market worth 453.4 Million USD by 2020 2017-03-21T12:19:01Z mixed-reality-market-worth-453-4-million-usd-by-2020 According to a new market research report "Mixed Reality Market by Components (Hardware and Software), Application (Industrial, Aerospace & Defense, Medical, Architecture, Consumer, and Others), By Device (Head-Mounted Display-Wired and Wireless) & Geography - Global Forecast to 2020", the total mixed reality market is expected to reach up to USD 453.4 Million by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 75.2% between 2016 and 2020. Download PDF Brochure: http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/pdfdownload.asp?id=1906101Browse 69 tables and 61 figures spread through 143 Pages and in-depth TOC on "Mixed Reality Market - Global Forecast to 2020"http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/mixed-reality-market-1906101.html The mixed reality market is expected to register significant growth in the next five years. Increasing adoption of mixed reality products for multiple applications and growing popularity of reality technologies such as augmented reality may act as drivers for the overall mixed reality market. Moreover, rising investments and new product development activities from some of the major companies such as the Microsoft Corporation, Atheer Labs, and Meta Company among others are expected to further contribute to the growth of the mixed reality market. Most of the large players in the reality market have invested in the mixed reality technology. For instance in January 2015, the Microsoft Corporation (U.S.) announced the launch of its mixed reality prototype product named HoloLens. The device features a see-through, holographic display and advanced sensors that map the physical environment. Moreover, other players such as Atheer, Inc. (U.S.), Meta Company (U.S.), Daqri LLC (U.S.), and Magic Leap, Inc. (U.S.) have developed prototypes to cater to various industrial and enterprise related needs. This report provides a detailed analysis of the overall mixed reality market and its segmentation done on the basis of application and geography. The objective of the research study was to analyze the market trends for each of the industries, the growth rates of the various applications (industrial, aerospace & defense, medical, architecture, consumer, and others as well as the demand comparison of these industries. Apart from the market segmentation, the report also covers the market’s value chain with a detailed process flow diagram, and the market dynamics such as the drivers, restraints, and opportunities pertaining to the overall mixed reality market. About MarketsandMarkets MarketsandMarkets is world’s No. 2 firm in terms of annually published premium market research reports. Serving 1700 global fortune enterprises with more than 1200 premium studies in a year, M&M is catering to multitude of clients across 8 different industrial verticals. We specialize in consulting assignments and business research across high growth markets, cutting edge technologies and newer applications. Our 850 fulltime analyst and SMEs at MarketsandMarkets are tracking global high growth markets following the "Growth Engagement Model – GEM". 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Contact:Mr. RohanMarkets and Markets UNIT no 802, Tower no. 7, SEZMagarpatta city, HadapsarPune, Maharashtra 411013, India1-888-600-6441Email: sales@marketsandmarkets.com Sydney surfer startup founder is behind the world-hit contactless payment sunglasses 2017-03-16T10:34:39Z sydney-surfer-startup-founder-is-behind-the-world-hit-contactless-payment-sunglasses An Australian startup has been revealed as the key technology partner of new contactless payment sunglasses which have led to a world sensation after being unveiled at the iconic South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. Global payments giant Visa unveiled the WaveShades sunglasses to an international audience at the festival in Austin, Texas. The unveiling has attracted television and online media attention across the globe. The fascinating and little-known back story however is that FinTech Australia member Inamo came up with the sunglasses payment concept and provided the near field communication (NFC) chip which is powering the WaveShades. Inamo founder Peter Colbert, a former agent for international surfing stars and still a keen surfer, thought of the contactless payment sunglasses after surfing with friends at Manly beach last year, near his home on Sydney’s northern beaches. “It was my turn to pay for a round of coffees with friends and I realised I didn’t have any wallet or cash to pay,” Mr Colbert said. “I had a light bulb moment and thought ‘wouldn't it be great if I could go surfing, even go for a run or bike ride and not have to carry my wallet or mobile phone’.” “Given that Australia is world-renowned for its beaches and surfing culture, it only makes sense that we are the leaders when it comes to inventing wearable, waterproof technology that does away with cash, cards and wallets.” Mr Colbert then developed the Inamo Curl, a waterproof payment wearable that can be attached to watch and fitness bands and is compatible with any Visa PayWave terminals. The chip used in the Inamo Curl is the same chip embedded in the arm of the WaveShades sunglasses unveiled at SXSW. "I'm really proud as an Aussie startup that Visa chose our payment platform to promote their WaveShades sunglasses at such a prestigious event like SXSW,” Mr Colbert said. “I wish I could have been there but we are collaborating with Visa to promote the WaveShades at the WSL Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast this weekend. “Using Inamo's technology in sunglasses is a logical extension of our mission to move people's wallets to a variety of wearables that suit their lifestyle.” FinTech Australia CEO Danielle Szetho welcomed Inamo being profiled on the global stage and said it reinforced Australia’s credentials as a world leader in contactless payments. “Inamo’s rapid growth comes on the back of the fact that Australia has the strongest market penetration of contactless payments in the world,” she said. “Australians are world-renowned early adopters of new technology and that helps make the Australian market such an exciting test and development location for new fintech products.” Earlier this year, hundreds of people attending music festivals across five Australian cities trialled the WaveShades sunglasses, as part of another collaboration with Visa. Visa’s media statement on this is available here. Inamo was a founding resident of the Stone & Chalk fintech startup incubator based in Sydney, Australia. Stone & Chalk is Australia’s only dedicated fintech incubator. Watch a Stone & Chalk video about Peter Colbert talking about how he started Inamo here. About FinTech Australia FinTech Australia is a national association for the Australian FinTech Startup community. Our vision is to make Australia the leading market for FinTech Innovation and Investment by working with both sides of Government, Industry and the Australian FinTech community to create a supportive environment and partner ecosystem in Australia and abroad. Media Contact Peter Colbert Founder & CEO INAMO Level 2, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Suite 203, 360 Forest Avenue, Palo Alto CA 94301 (0418) 481 133 Email: peter@inamo.com Danielle Szetho Chief Executive Officer FinTech Australia Ph. 0414075423 Email: danielle@fintechaustralia.org.au Mark Skelsey Head of PR and Communications FinTech Australia Ph. 0403197523 Email: mark@fintechaustralia.org.au Spatial Startup Companies to Share the Latest Innovations at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 2017-03-14T00:00:19Z spatial-startup-companies-to-share-the-latest-innovations-at-the-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17 Sydney, Australia – 14 March 2017 – Virtual reality, drones and multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems are among the innovations to be showcased in the Startup Hub at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17, taking place from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Startup Hub is designed to bring innovators and providers of the latest spatial technologies to the attention of scientists, surveyors, businesses and government. It will be located in the exhibition hall throughout the conference, including the free Market Day on Tuesday 4th April. All exhibition visitors are invited to try out the new technologies and the new opportunities they provide. Virtual reality to reimagine the world Forum8 is demonstrating its custom 3D visualisation and virtual reality (VR) software. Complete with an Oculus VR headset, the demonstration will showcase the future of 3D experiences. Forum8’s VR-Design Studio is specifically focused on 3D VR/visualisation of urban spaces, roads and traffic, and rail. It provides a full environment for visualising a concept, including Australian terrain (DEM) and road design-type tools, vehicles and traffic settings. It is also possible to import data from a range of sources, including point cloud, road design tools and traffic simulations. The software is also used with driving simulators in engineering studies and human factors research. Rapid-fire spatial data capture Spatial Technologies Pty Ltd will showcase ground breaking technologies that are the results of research and development completed in 2016. This includes new and existing technologies like 3D laser scanning, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) point clouds and light sensors. A number of projects utilising a combination of these will be showcased, including rapid tree inspections, street light management and asset management. Multi-satellite solutions SURVEY SOLUTIONS will use the Startup Hub for its Australian launch following successful sales of its SOUTH GNSS multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems receiver in New Zealand. The receiver uses the latest GNSS boards to receive the full constellation of satellites available, weighs less than 1kg and is affordably priced compared with competing products. Giving meaning to spatial data Professional spatial problem solvers, Anditi, will also be on hand to show how spatial analytics can solve everything from energy sources to safety. The company is showcasing its next generation platform for high-precision spatial analytics and its application in a range of industries such as solar, property, roads and infrastructure, mining, and environment. It has been designed and built in Australia to revolutionise the management, processing and visualisation of spatial big data such as high-resolution LiDAR. Anditi will also be highlighting use cases across natural and built environments where its application is benefiting clients with lower costs and higher quality outcomes. The Startup Hub will be held in the exhibition halls of the Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, the event provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Nnooo joins the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association 2017-03-13T22:34:36Z nnooo-joins-the-interactive-games-entertainment-association SYDNEY, Australia: March 14 2017 – The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has today announced that Sydney-based independent video game developer and publisher, Nnooo, has joined the association as a member. Nnooo joins Australian games developers, Big Ant Studios and Well Placed Cactus, who have been IGEA members since 2015 and have made significant contributions to IGEA’s policy discussions on behalf of the video games industry. Nnooo has been making games for more than 10 years across a breadth of platforms including PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox One and iOS. Nnooo has also partnered with PlayStation First and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment to bring the games of talented Australian student teams to the PlayStation platform. According to Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, “Our members operate in a very dynamic industry. As a result, IGEA now participates and advocates on a wide range of policy issues that is vastly different to our remit when we started back in 2002. As we continue our work to advance the local industry, it is vital that we represent the broad views and needs of the sector at all levels, supported by accurate, timely and transparent market intelligence and data.” “We have worked closely with Nnooo for some time and have been fortunate enough to benefit from their experience both working in big games studios and corporate environments, and now as an independent developer and publisher. We admire the support and guidance they provide to other indie developers and students looking to enter the industry. We are delighted to welcome the Nnooo team to IGEA and look forward to their continued contribution to the industry,” said Curry. Bruce Thomson, Business and Marketing Director of Nnooo, said joining IGEA provides them with additional support, expertise and insight to help nurture and grow local talent. “We have been impressed with IGEA’s proactive attitude and their strong advocacy for all participants in the Australian and New Zealand video game sector, irrespective of size, industry focus or location. We look forward to formalising and strengthening our relationship with IGEA to support further growth wherever we can.”   -Ends-  About IGEA The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association proactively represents companies that publish, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content. IGEA aims to further advance the industry and the business interests of its members through informing and fostering relationships with the public, the business community, government and other industry stakeholders. IGEA is administered by a Board of Directors and supported by the CEO, Ron Curry. For more information, please visit www.igea.net. To read IGEA’s recent submission to the ECRC’s Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Video Game Development Industry, click here.About Nnooo Nnooo is a Sydney-based game developer and publisher established in 2006 by Nic Watt, a former lead designer at Electronic Arts in London. The company’s most recent game was Blast ‘Em Bunnies, an endless bunny shooter for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS. Nnooo published Cubemen 2, the 3 Sprockets’ Steam and iOS hit game, on Wii U making it the first indie title on any Nintendo platform to offer both in-game cross-platform multiplayer and cross-platform user generated content. Nnooo’s most recent published game is The Legend of Kusakari on Nintendo 3DS from Japanese developer Librage. For more information, please visit nnooo.com. The first mobile app in Papua New Guinea 2017-03-13T04:36:47Z the-first-mobile-app-in-papua-new-guinea Port Moresby, Monday 13 March 2017 – PacificAdsGroup, operating classifieds websites in the Pacific area, just released the first mobile app in PNG for local buyers and sellers to easily trade together, after launching the same service online called PNGautos.com. Currently, more than 700,000 people from Papua New Guinea are monthly active on Facebook. With more than 4 million mobile subscribers in the country, mobile apps and websites like PNGautos.com has a huge growth potential in front of them. With an estimated 150,000+ cars in the country, local buyers and sellers are looking for a faster way to trade their cars, motorbikes and trucks in the country. With an extensive experience in emerging markets, the teams behind PNGautos.com are bringing the first part of the solution to the country. The newly released mobile app called “PNGAUTOS - Buy&Sell Cars PNG” is now available for free on the Google Play Store for all Android devices (95%+ of devices in Papua New Guinea). On the mobile app, local people can easily add their cars for free to access thousands of potential buyers across their cities, region or the whole country. PNGautos.com is also the biggest community on Facebook related to cars in Papua New Guinea, with more than 10,000 people and a weekly reach to more than 50,000 people in PNG. Pacific Ads Group is also active in other markets in the area such as Timor-Leste, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa, and plans to launch new online services both in the region and in Papua New Guinea for other verticals. About PacificAdsGroup PacificAdGroup.com is the first and biggest network of websites for car classifieds in the Pacific area. Currently covering a market size of 12 million people with 6 countries including East Timor (www.timorcarsales.com), Solomon Islands (www.solomonscars.com), Fiji (www.bulacars.com), Papua New Guinea (www.pngautos.com), Tonga (www.tongacars.com), Samoa (www.samoacars.com) and Vanuatu (www.vanuatucarsales.com). Contact / Quentin - press@pacificadsgroup.com - Pacific Ad Group NZ video games industry revenues race ahead to $424M in 2016 2017-03-07T22:30:00Z 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 International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 to Boost Collaboration in Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities 2017-03-07T01:29:34Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-to-boost-collaboration-in-intelligent-transport-and-smart-cities Sydney, Australia – 7 March 2017 – With driverless vehicles and drones poised for mass adoption, the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April provides a forum for government, industry and start-ups to collaborate and become players in the emerging global Smart Cities industry. “Mobility as a Service is transforming our cities and the spatial industry and technology start-ups are key parts of that,” says Susan Harris, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia. Harris – the keynote speaker for the Digital Earth & Locate17 conference’s Intelligent Transport stream – will outline the latest global developments and the pathways for Australia to leverage connected and automated vehicles, big data and positioning technologies. “We need to be ready in Australia. We are well placed to be part of the global Smart Cities technology industry, creating business opportunities and ensuring that our cities remain as liveable as they can be,” says Harris. “But technology is moving very quickly and early collaboration is vital.” The capture and exchange of rich 2D and 3D spatial information will increasingly underpin transport networks and cities. Driverless vehicles, for example, will constantly survey road conditions – sharing information about potholes, ice and other hazards – so other driverless vehicles, and human drivers, can avoid them. Even minor road damage like cracks will be captured and shared so authorities can schedule repairs and prevent further deterioration. Drones will also play an increasing role in the capture of 3D data, and later as a new layer of autonomous transport. “How does that spatial information get captured, managed and shared back out in ways that are reliable, safe, and commercially viable?” says Harris. “Australia is strong in both positioning technologies and big data, but we need to develop further skills and industry collaboration, including information sharing arrangements.” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Gartner Survey Shows Connected Home Solutions Adoption Remains Limited to Early Adopters 2017-03-06T23:48:25Z 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 2017-02-21T01:20:13Z 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. Data storage lifespans: how long will media really last? 2017-02-13T22:48:19Z data-storage-lifespans-how-long-will-media-really-last The sad truth about data storage is that no medium for data storage will last forever. Most of them are replaced by a new storage method before long. But just how long will your favourite storage method last? How long do you have before you need to copy the information over to a new form? Remember that there are always exceptions to the general rules. Just because a manufacturer claims a media device will last a certain amount of time doesn’t mean it will. It just means it can. Whether it’s under warranty or past, all bets are off and any of these storage methods can fail for any number of reasons. Lifespan depends on everything from environmental factors to usage rates to component quality and manufacturing. Thus, the figures here are very general guidelines. The only true way to protect data is to have multiple copies of everything, and the best way to do that is to invest in a good backup and recovery solution.Magnetic tape Magnetic tape can either lose data by losing its magnetic charge (any magnetically charged storage medium will eventually lose its magnetic charge and subsequently its data), or when the layers of the tape start to separate. According to a handful of sources (ehow, Wikipedia, and Searchdatabackup.com), manufacturers claim that tape can last up to 30 years. This can make it a useful medium for archiving, but magnetic tapes will last that long only under absolutely optimum environmental conditions. That means you need to keep magnetic tapes in a place where both humidity and temperatures are stable. A more realistic lifespan for magnetic tape is about 10 to 20 years - they are more susceptible to wear and tear if used frequently.Cassette tape Since cassette tapes and data tapes are very similar, their lifespans are similar to that of magnetic tapes. Some have been known to wear out quickly due to excessive use. Others last upwards of 30 years. Lifespan really depends on the variety of factors we’ve mentioned. A safe bet is that a cassette tape lasts between 10 and 20 years.Nintendo Entertainment System video game cartridge Older NES games didn’t have memory to save a game’s progress. Instead, you would earn passcodes to skip to various levels as you progressed. Eventually video game cartridges were given small batteries that powered the memory that saved progress in the game. Anybody who still owns an NES system with some memory-capable cartridges will probably run into trouble saving games as the cartridges get older. Since the memory relies on batteries, a lot of game progress can be lost due to failing batteries. Batteries last only about 10 years. The same is true of Super Nintendo and Gameboy cartridges. Batteries will last somewhere around 10 years, but can be replaced to give more years of enjoyment.Floppy disk This one is really tricky. Research shows that floppy disks were never super reliable, and some didn’t even work properly right out of the package. I’ve seen numbers saying the lifespan of floppy disks is three to five years, while others claim they can last 10 to 20 years or even indefinitely. Since floppy disks utilise magnetic storage (like tape), it’s safe to say that eventually the magnetism will wear out around the same time a tape’s would (10 to 20 years). That’s if the cheap, flimsy plastic casing on the disk survives that long. It seems that some floppy disks have lasted for a considerable length of time, though the storage method was largely replaced by compact disks and hard drives before degradation of the magnetic field became an issue.CD and DVD According to the US National Archives, CDs and DVDs have similar lifespans. Generally, unrecorded (blank) CDs and DVDs have a shelf-life of five to 10 years. The experiential life expectancy of recorded CDs and DVDs is between two and five years, though based on manufacturers’ claims, 10 to 25 years, or even longer, isn’t unprecedented. Using very conservative numbers will reduce the risk of losing data. These numbers also depend on environmental factors and how often the disc us used. Any optical media is extremely susceptible to damage because there is little protection on the readable surface—think how many of your CDs have been scratched through regular use, it happens to all of us.Blu-Ray Verbatim writeable Blu-ray disks come with a lifetime warranty, though I couldn’t find any reliable info on how long they supposedly retain data (or how long other brands of Blu-ray discs last). Under prime environmental conditions, they supposedly last considerably longer than CDs and DVDs because the method for recording data results in more durable storage, but even though they likely last quite a bit longer, they’re still optical media, which means they’re susceptible to scratching, high temperatures and sunlight.M-Disc The M-Disc is an optical media storage disc that is a supposedly ‘permanent storage solution’. There are claims that it may last up to 1,000 years, even in the face of environmental damage caused by scratching and high temperatures. While the M-Disc is a new format, it can be used with any standard DVD drive to read information, but since the data is engraved into advanced metals, a special M-Disc-ready drive is required to write it. Since this technology is so new, the 1,000 year lifespan is only theoretical so only time will tell how long these advanced discs will really last.  However they do have some fairly impressive research backing their theories.Hard disk drives Most hard disk drives (HDD) last between three and five years before some component fails. That doesn’t always mean the drive is irrecoverably busted. But three to five years is still about how long they last, whether you’re talking about an internal drive for a server or desktop, or an external hard disk drive. With all of the moving parts inside, something will eventually stop working. But as with any media storing important data, it’s important to use quality hardware.Flash storage Flash storage comes in three different common storage media: Flash drives, SD cards, and solid state drives (SSDs). eHow says flash drives can last up to ten years, but as mentioned on NYTimes.com, flash memory doesn’t usually degrade because of its age, but rather because of the number of write cycles, which means the more you delete and write new information, the more quickly the memory in the device will start to degrade. Since all these devices are similar in that they all use flash memory, they’ll all degrade in a similar fashion. However, one thing is certain: better hardware will pay off. Given the variety of manufacturers, lifespan might differ quite a bit from one device to another, but flash memory devices rated for more write cycles will usually last longer. When it comes to flash drives and SD cards, you’ll likely lose them or ruin them in the washing machine before anything else happens.Conclusion When it comes to hardware, skimping to save money won’t pay off in the long run, especially if you lose precious data, which can cost you far more than you would’ve saved. Select the right hardware, and make sure you backup data somewhere else to be sure it lasts, you never know when any type of media might fail. To review, here are the lifespans of each of the above data storage methods:Media Estimated Lifespan Magnetic data (tapes)Up to 10 years Nintendo cartridge10-20 years Floppy disk10-20 years CDs and DVDs5-10 unrecorded, 2-5 recorded Blu-RayNot certain, probably over 2-5 recorded M-Disc1,000 years (theoretically) Hard disk3-5 years Flash storage5-10 years or more (depends on write cycles) Bottom of Form     RSA launches Risk & Cybersecurity Practice 2017-02-13T22:30:00Z 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 2017-02-13T22:30:00Z 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 2017-02-13T22:30:00Z -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. 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