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New Opportunities for Operators in the Blended Reality Era

– Ensuring Relevance in a Mobile, Quantified, and Augmented World

LONDON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan will share insights on the most important trends in the European mobile industry and how they will affect existing value chains and business models. We highlight important developments and what they mean for your business.

The conference will be followed by a live question-and-answer session that will take place on Tuesday, 9 September 2014 at 3 p.m. BST

Frost & Sullivan’s Information and Communication Technologies experts Senior Analyst Sheridan Nye and Consultant Lawrence Lundy will highlight the critical developments, the changing value, and growth in the Europe’s mobile industry. This online conference will:

  • Explore advancements in mobile devices, including health monitoring and wireless transactions
  • Identify the disruptive threats and opportunities
  • Recommend strategies on how operators can adapt and remain relevant 

“Mobile operators face multiple challenges in an intensely competitive environment where once-reliable sources of profit are fast evaporating. One way to fend off the threats is to emulate their fiercest competitors. This means looking ‘inside-out’ to become more agile digital businesses,” explains Sheridan Nye

Mobile ecosystem participants need to prepare for the quantified and automated world. “When data is the currency of the future, the only sustainable competitive advantage is trust,” emphasizes Lawrence Lundy.

To participate in this complimentary web conference, please email Edyta Grabowska Corporate Communications, at edyta.grabowska@frost.com  with your full contact details. Upon receipt of the above information, a registration link will be e-mailed to you. You may also register to receive a recorded version of the briefing at anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.

The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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GENIVI To Host “Connected Car Track” During Super Mobility Week

– A Key Track as Part of CTIA 2014™ Mobility Week’s “Money Event”

SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The GENIVI® Alliance, an automotive and consumer electronics industry association driving the development and adoption of an open In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform announced today that it will host the “Connected Car- Open Automotive Track” as part of CTIA’s Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas, Sept. 8-11, 2014, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

In conjunction with Mobility Week’s “The Money Event” which features panel discussions and demonstrations from some of the most successful experts in the mobile banking and commerce world, the Connected Car – Open Automotive Track will cover the latest innovations and enablers to provide commerce in the car, which itself is now increasingly connected, and in fact a mobile “device” in its own right.

As part its Open Automotive Series, GENIVI will host three sessions on Sept. 11: Collaborate or Die (United We Stand) focusing on the partnerships, alliances and other collaborative efforts that are facilitating major developments in the sector; Cars are Connected – Where are the Applications which will discuss how automotive applications are still missing from the digital devices passengers carry into their vehicles, and Inside Your Car, Your Mind and Your Wallet that will delve into the costs vs. consumer and key stakeholder benefits to bring loT into the vehicle.

“The Connected Car – Open Automotive Track will serve as an ideal venue for GENIVI, as an open source thought leader, to showcase current and future mobile innovations happening in the money and commerce ecosystems,” said Joel Hoffmann, director of Marketing for GENIVI Alliance. “This unique event will bring automotive industry leaders from across the globe to discuss how the connected car is literally becoming a vehicle for payments and commerce.”

GENIVI’s Open Automotive events are a series of one-day conferences that explore – with automakers, suppliers, automotive consortia and leading industry analysts – the relationship between automotive connectivity and the so-called “Internet of Things (IoT)”.  Later in the year, Open Automotive will appear in Detroit as well as live webinars hosted by Automotive World.  For future GENIVI events, visit http://genivi.org/events.

To register for The Money Event in conjunction with CTIA Super Mobility Week and receive a 30% discount on the price of registration, visit www.themoneyevent.com and enter discount code “ADITYA30.”

About GENIVI Alliance
The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association whose mission is to drive the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform. GENIVI will accomplish this by aligning requirements, delivering reference implementations, offering certification programs and fostering a vibrant open source IVI community. GENIVI’s work will result in shortened development cycles, quicker time-to-market, and reduced costs for companies developing IVI equipment and software. Comprised of more than 170 member companies, GENIVI is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif.  Please visit www.genivi.org for more information.

About The Money Event
The Money Event (www.themoneyevent.com) where the Mobile and Money ecosystems meet, make deals and create partnerships. The Money Event will offer an unprecedented experience to 40,000 attendees from 100 countries at CTIA 2014, with a combination of visionary presentations, thought-provoking panel discussions and company-specific demonstrations in 3 parallel tracks over 2.5 days of rich programming, all against the backdrop of mobile’s premier industry event, Super Mobility Week.

THE MONEY EVENT will run from September 9 -11, 2014 in Las Vegas.

About CITA
CTIA-The Wireless Association® is an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.

Media Contact- GENIVI Alliance:
Craig Miner
248.840.8368
cminer@gelia.com

Yiwu Fair to Celebrate its 20th Anniversary this Fall

YIWU, China, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — “Yiwu International Commodities Fair” (http://en.yiwufair.com) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on October 21-25, 2014. As the most influential and effective comprehensive exhibition of Consumer Goods (after the Canton Fair, East China Fair), Yiwu Fair focuses on building bridges between small and medium enterprises in east China and foreign trade, targeting the global consumer market and the demand for low-priced product sourcing. Yiwu International Trade City and Yiwu Fair complement each other to form the production, supply, distribution, sales supply chain integration services mode. Started from a small market and gradually grew into an international level fair, Yiwu Fair has gained its way into UFI in 2011 and is constantly expanding. There are more than 20,000 international customers to purchase products during the Canton Fair every year.

Exhibition briefing

Yiwu Fair (http://en.yiwufair.com), hosting a total of 4,500 international standard booths, will feature seven industries: hardware, electronic and electrical appliances, knitwear, jewelry and jewelry accessories, crafts, daily necessities, and culture, sports & outdoor leisure products. The China Commodity City Trends Conference, New Product Launches, Industry Summit and many other supporting activities will also be held simultaneously. It is expected to attract 20 million domestic and overseas buyers from more than 200 countries and regions.

Joint action of exhibition and market

Yiwu Fair maintains a symbiotic relationship with the market. The market gave birth to the Fair while the Fair, in return, acts as a centralized procurement and market outreach event for the market. In the Fair, buyers are able to obtain the latest information of products and make enquiries to the suppliers. A set of services including foreign trade agency, logistics, convenient customs, transport, accommodation is available to the visitors.

Chinese manufacturing leader

Yiwu International Trade City has been the world’s largest integrated market for several years. 65% of the world’s Christmas products, 15% of the zippers, 10% of the socks, 65% of the domestic jewelry, 20% of the shirts are produced in Yiwu. Yiwu market has a strong demand for consumer goods and the whole supply chain advantage. In the explosive development of domestic e-commerce and with the Chinese government support of business transformation, Yiwu is appearing as a commercially viable destination for businesses worldwide. The Fair is a perfect occasion for you to meet with the beat suppliers in China.

Smart Home Guru smanos Making a Splash at IFA Berlin

AMSTERDAM, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — smanos, a trendsetting innovator and dynamic developer of wireless smart home and DIY security systems, is proudly bringing its new portfolio to IFA in Berlin. The complete smanos smart home portfolio speaks self-install or DIY, and will be available between Sept. 5-10th at Booth 214 in Hall 15.1 at Messe Berlin. From wireless, app-enabled alarm and automation systems to remote energy, security and health management, smanos solutions cater to today’s mobile lifestyles and ensure complete control, comfort and visual confirmation right at property owners’ fingertips within a few short minutes and easy steps.

The smanos H400 Home Cloud system ensures wireless security, monitoring and automation capabilities in an affordable, attractive package.

The smanos H400 Home Cloud system ensures wireless security, monitoring and automation capabilities in an affordable, attractive package.

“We’re excited to present our latest wireless smart home solutions at this year’s IFA,” said Brian Borghardt, General Manager of Europe for smanos. “Designed and engineered in the Netherlands, smanos is our complete security, monitoring and automation system lineup for today’s savvy homeowners. What makes smanos a must-have brand to distributors and retailers is that we are delivering — on a quarterly basis — innovative, comprehensive and easy-to-use solutions that will help them outperform their sales and profit targets.”

Products to watch include the latest WiFi series. “The smanos H400 Home Cloud system can control your security devices and energy-saving plugs via your home WiFi connection while maintaining smanos‘ renowned GSM backup capability,” said Hayden Hsu, Director of Brand Development for smanos. “And our W020 Wireless Alarm ensures extremely easy WiFi setup on your smartphone, without you having to call for help to set up or scale up.”

smanos will continue providing what’s keenly sought after in residential market – smart, simple, sleek ingenuity, with even more remote management and monitoring options. smanos can also be found at Security Essen (H8.0/230C), Security China in Beijing, Sicurezza in Milan (P1/E14) and CES 2015 (Westgate/62000) in Las Vegas.

About smanos

In the picturesque outskirts of Amsterdam (Hoofddorp) came about the inception of smart home technology brand smanos in 2013. Harnessing cutting-edge design concepts and ergonomics, smanos delivers the ultimate user experience of wireless smart home and DIY security systems to households worldwide. Promising more than just a sense of security, smanos also ensures user-definable comfort and convenience, along with mobile accessibility. In its pursuit for perfection, smanos continues to wow homeowners by putting the smarts of smart home and smart security directly in their hands. Dream big and live smart with smanos now!

Media Contact:

Hayden Hsu
hayden@smanos.com

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reQall Aims to Make Driving Safer With InCar Intelligent Messaging Assistant; Keeps You In Touch and Your Hands on the Wheel

— reqallable InCar App for Android Manages Email and Text; Delivers Important Messages While Driving

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — reQall (www.reqall.com), the award-winning developer of proactive intelligent assistant technologies, today introduces reqallable InCar (beta), the first context-aware app to intuitively decrease phone-related text and email distractions while driving. The new app works by detecting a user’s Bluetooth connection and launching the phone into reqallable InCar mode, which prompts the handset to acknowledge notifications only from priority contacts, highlight and read aloud critical details within incoming emails and texts, and enable voice activated replies for safer, smarter in-car phone use.

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“reqallable InCar is an intelligent assistant built from the ground up to transform messaging for drivers by helping your Android phone understand when it should—and should not—interrupt you,” said Rao Machiraju, co-founder and CEO of reQall. “The app calibrates the phone to work as if purpose-built for driving: screening contacts, highlighting key message details for clear, explicit communication, and leveraging Bluetooth audio for hands-free and car-smart message commands and replies.”  

Available for Android, reqallable InCar hooks into the phone’s contacts, calendar and user’s home and work locations to contextually assign “priority” status to incoming messages. When a Bluetooth connection is detected, reqallable InCar launches and quickly identifies whether a message is VIP status – like from a spouse or colleague at work – while less critical emails and texts are held back until you have reached your destination, or the Bluetooth connection ends.

For texts or emails messages deemed a priority, reqallable InCar distills the content to present only the most salient details, delivering requests and action items via audio. Users can reply to messages by voice, with responses “read” back to the driver to insure accuracy. Users can also listen, and respond to, awaiting messages and reach out to VIP contacts with the quick touch of a single button.

A new industry report by Parks Associates[1] revealed that connected car features are rapidly gaining consumer acceptance. Over 75% of U.S. vehicle owners with at least one connected car feature indicate these services will influence their next vehicle purchase, and over 50% rated connected services as “very important” in guiding their new vehicle purchase, according to Connected Cars: Revenue Opportunities.

“Digital distractions present a real road safety issue, which will only increase as technology provides new ways to communicate while we drive,” added Sandy Pentland, Professor, MIT Medialab and reQall’s Strategic Product Advisor. “Reqallable InCar ushers in a new era of context-sensitive, intelligent messaging for the car—one that uses your personal smartphone to keep distractions to a minimum, no matter what car you’re in. Only messages that are important and contain actionable content merit attention surface, and drivers can respond by voice—to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”

reqallable InCar comes on the heels of Google Glass and smartwatch app launches by reQall, which introduced reqallable’s virtual assistant technology for Google Glass in June, the Toq smartwatch in May, the Pebble smartwatch in March, the Samsung Gear in February and the Sony Smartwatch in January. New reQall apps for other devices and environments will be released in the coming months.

reqallable InCar beta can be downloaded for free from Google Play. More information can be found at www.reqallable.com.

About reQall
Recognized as one of the top 25 ideas from MIT Labs over the past 25 years, reQall is the award-winning developer of context-aware, proactive and intelligent assistant applications for wearable and mobile devices. reQall is a venture-backed company based in NASA’s Silicon Valley research park.

[1] Connected Car: Revenue Opportunities features research and analysis on market trends, big data analytics, UBI, emergency assistance, stolen vehicle recovery, location-based services, infotainment, Wi-Fi hotspots, and safe-driving technologies, The report is available for sale at www.parksassociates.com

Strategy Analytics: Will TV Providers get beaten to the punch by Smart TVs and Media Devices?

– Value-added Features on Smart TVs and Media Devices Make the Set-top Box Seem Obsolete

BOSTON, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Smart applications and more interaction with the TV, both with different devices and for better navigation without a cumbersome TV remote, are priorities for consumers’ next TV purchase in the UK and US.

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A recent study from the Digital Home Observatory (DHO) at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) surveying consumers in the UK and USA, found that functionalities such as being able to mirror a smartphone’s display, or providing a simplified human-machine interface (HMI), for example through voice or gesture control, were highly appealing features. However, such capabilities come at a cost. Rather than snapping up a more expensive smart TV, consumers are now looking to less costly media solutions such as Google Chromecastor and Roku, to provide such features.

Taryn Tulay, Senior Analyst and report author commented, “As traditional TV continues to be threatened by over-the-top subscription based video-on-demand (OTT SVOD), TV providers cannot allow smart TVs and media devices to beat them to the punch by providing the consumer with the value-added features they want making it easy to cut-the-cord to pay TV for good. Consumers are going to continue streaming OTT SVOD as it continues to provide a less expensive source of TV/video content. The opportunity to offer added features and applications in a set-top-box (STB) may keep consumers subscribing to pay TV, while at the same time providing a device they simply cannot live without”.

Diane O’Neill, Director, UXIP added, “Consumers are finding less and less incentive to continue subscribing to costly TV packages.  It’s time for cable/satellite TV providers to revamp the set-top box as it’s full of glitches and is often unresponsive; its design is unappealing and there is a lack of DVR storage and connected applications/features. While simplicity and ease of use is provided by most STBs, more and more often consumers are beginning to see the big box as too basic and obsolete. Traditional pay TV providers need to give the consumer value for money.”

About Strategy Analytics 
Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com 

About Digital Home Observatory
The Digital Home Observatory forms part of the User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics. Focusing on user behaviors, motivations and interests within automotive, wireless devices, connected home and digital media research areas, UXIP helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences. Extensive expertise and highly experienced in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions, UXIP’s research methodology allows strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies that would otherwise be unavailable. Providing actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations, UXIP is a leading supplier of consumer knowledge to the technology industry. Click here for more information.

Press Contacts

US Contact: Taryn Tulay, +1-617-614-0746, ttulay@strategyanalytics.com
European Contact: Diane O’Neill, +44(0)-1908-423-669, doneill@strategyanalytics.com

Apple TV Sales Slowing in Crowded OTT Field, says Strategy Analytics

BOSTON, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Apple TV sales growth has slowed significantly this year, down to a 12 percent annual growth rate at an estimated 1.9 million units sold in Q2 2014 according to Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices (CHD) service report, “CE Vendor Quarterly Analysis Apple (AAPL): Q2 2014.”

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Click here for the report:
CE Vendor Quarterly Analysis Apple (AAPL): Q2 2014

Other key findings from the report include:

  • OTT Streamer shipments are forecast to rise 54 percent in 2014, reflecting strong demand for affordable delivery of OTT content on TV screens.
  • Strategy Analytics estimates that Apple TV market share in the OTT Streamer segment has fallen about 10 points from 38 percent in 2012 down to 27 percent in 2014.
Global OTT Streamer Unit Shipments.

Global OTT Streamer Unit Shipments.

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Quotes:

David Watkins, Service Director, Connected Home Devices commented: “Google and Amazon have staked their claims on the OTT Streamer segment and now the aging Apple TV is lacking features like voice control, gaming support, and most of all, an open app store. Many of those features are rumored to be part of the next generation Apple TV, but delays are impeding its chance to succeed before Google’s Android TV and Amazon’s Fire TV grab a foothold in the market.”

Eric Smith, Analyst, Connected Home Devices said: “To be fair, the next generation Apple TV would be revolutionary if Apple’s negotiations with service providers like Comcast clear the way for 4K video delivery or integrated Pay TV and OTT delivery through a single box. To the latter point, technology giants like Intel have unsuccessfully spent hundreds of millions of dollars to break into the Pay TV business; convincing Pay TV providers and content owners to share control of lucrative video content with non-traditional players will continue to be challenging.”

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com 

US Contact: Eric Smith, +1-617-614-0700, esmith@strategyanalytics.com
European Contact: David Watkins, +33-5-33-05-00-53, dwatkins@strategyanalytics.com