Major refurbishment upgrades the AMG Driving Academy at Zwartkops Raceway When Mercedes-Benz South Africa launched a major refurbishment project to upgrade its AMG Driving Academy at Zwartkops Raceway, it wanted to be able to showcase the Mercedes-AMG vehicles in a digital format. This required the assistance of digital specialists, which led to the company bringing Samsung Electronics South Africa on board, to deliver a comprehensive Digital Signage solution. According to Mike van Lier, Director of Enterprise Business Division at Samsung Electronics South Africa, the goal of Mercedes-Benz was to provide the AMG Driving Academy attendees with a premium experience that went beyond simply driving on the track in their high performance AMG vehicles. “Samsung undertook the initial, detailed scope for the project in September of 2014. It included a complete understanding of their requirements and was followed by a close working relationship with the architects. Samsung was also required to start 3D designs and renderings and provide support to other contractors involved in the overall project. In this way, we ensured that every detail was taken into consideration,” van Lier says. Samsung supplied the AMG Driving Academy with a Samsung Digital Signage solution that comprised of a 4x4 Video Wall display, as well as a combination of 55” and 65” stand-alone displays that are positioned throughout the Academy. “Any project of this magnitude will face its share of obstacles, but these were overcome through close collaboration between Samsung, Mercedes-Benz and various other contractors involved. This cooperation ultimately resulted in the technical and aesthetic aspects being effectively translated, ensuring that the outcome surpassed the vision for the Academy,” notes van Lier. “Samsung provided us with great service during this upgrade, assisting from the outset of the project with valuable advice, recommendations and is still, in fact, supporting us,” says . . .
South African developers challenged to build Tizen app ecosystem Samsung has announced a global Tizen App Development Programme to build an innovative ecosystem for the Tizen Operating System (OS). Developers are invited to submit Tizen mobile apps for an opportunity to win $10,000.00 (approximately R135,460.00). “As a committed leader of the Tizen platform, we strive to further benefit, expand upon and evolve the Tizen ecosystem. We’re excited to launch this new incentive program to help develop and bring the best mobile apps to the Tizen community as well as provide customers with a better mobile experience”, says Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. The programme will run between February and October 2017 for application developers worldwide to broaden the Tizen application portfolio. The top 100 applications downloaded from the Tizen exclusive app market, Tizen Store, will be awarded with a $10,000.00 (US) incentive each through the programme*. Any individual or team developing applications or games for Tizen smartphones is eligible to apply for this developer incentive programme and are able to submit either new apps or existing apps already in service in the Tizen Store. All developers need to do, is to ensure they register their apps for participation by visiting incentive.tizenstore.com. Individuals and companies can begin applying to participate in January 2017. The winners will be notified on the 10th of each month starting from the 10th March 2017 and ending on 10th November 2017. Registration of participants will be accepted from January 2017, via the Tizen Developer Incentive Programme website. Tizen developers can also monetize their apps through mobile advertisements with the InMobi Ad Software Development Kit (SDK). Developers are able to learn more and download the SDK at developer.tizen.org. For more information about Tizen, please visit https://www.tizen.org/ *In the event that . . .
Virtual reality isn’t just a novelty for gamers – it’s bringing the digital world to life Samsung Electronics South Africa is paving the way for virtual reality to become mainstream. South Africans can find themselves captivated in a simulated 3-D environment, thanks to Samsung’s Gear VR powered by Oculus. “New technologies are already changing the way people are communicating, marketing, playing games and living life. With Augmented Reality (AR), a digital element is overlaid over the real world as in Pokémon GO and Virtual Reality (VR), where users are immersed in a 3D virtual environment, there is practically no limit to the ways in which everyday life can be experienced,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. The Gear VR teams up with a Samsung S7 handset to deliver a stereoscopic 3D experience for customers to explore in a realistic way. It tracks the user’s movements, allowing them to move around and interact with computer-generated situations. Innovative businesses world-wide are already giving their customers new experiences using VR technology. Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, for example, partnered with Sublimotion, to host VR events where diners find themselves eating dinner in a range of exciting settings – even underwater. Another example; a US-based hotel and resort firm, Best Western takes prospective guests on 360-degree virtual walk-arounds of their accommodation before booking. Audi too is using VR in some of its international showrooms to give customers realistic views of various car configurations. Innovators are promoting VR headsets for educational purposes, where learners are able to discover new environments or participate in augmented reality experiments. “The Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus, is designed to take VR forward, thanks to its comfortable fit, wide field of view and easy-to-use touchpad,” says Fleischer. “Gear VR is compatible with Samsung Galaxy smartphones and . . .
Advances in digital signage improve everyday life Outdoor digital displays, often referred to as DOOH (Digital Out-of-Home) signage, like interactive billboards and street guides have transformed cities by completely changing the way we interact with the world around us. “Digital signage is fast involving, incorporating technologies like Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT), to offer so much more than generic information. As the race to create the ‘next big thing’ in signage accelerates, Samsung believes that innovative solutions have the power to transform large format displays into the future of global communications,” says Mike van Lier, Director of Enterprise Business Division at Samsung Electronics South Africa. With the incorporation of the IoT and Big Data, the use of electronic display platforms delivers a more personalised shopping experience. This is exemplified in new signs that utilise consumers’ shopping histories to recommend specific products, or allow customers to see virtual models that share their height, weight and even hair colour posing in a selected outfit. Restaurants, too, are enhancing the dining experience through interactive digital menus that let diners easily customise their orders. At concerts and sporting events, digital signage provides a full view for all so that not a minute of the action is missed. The addition of augmented reality (AR) technology contributes to the way the audience learn about the performers or players like never before, taking entertainment to an entirely new level. Transportation is yet another sector that stands to greatly benefit from the technology to provide up-to-the-minute information that refines the customer experience at train stations, bus terminals and airports. Once en route, passengers are kept informed and entertained by on-board displays. Ranking number one in annual global digital signage unit sales since 2009 and having recently extended its global market share to 28.1% in . . .
Samsung’s new Galaxy Grand Prime+, J5 Prime and J7 Prime bring premium Galaxy features at an affordable price Samsung Electronics South Africa recently launched the new and exciting Galaxy Prime series of phones, the Grand Prime+, J5 Prime and J7 Prime. These devices enable consumers to enjoy a smarter life with a smartphone that features refined design, smart camera and enhanced performance for the cost conscious consumer. “The latest in the popular Prime series of handsets is a response to the changing market needs in South Africa through introducing a number of innovations, such as large screens, faster processing and higher quality selfie cameras,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. The J5 and J7 Prime series of handsets are ultra-slim and elegantly finished in brushed metal, with more Random-access memory (RAM) that supports smoother user interface transitions. In addition, the handsets include fingerprint sensor for added security*, and Ultra Power Saving mode to extend battery life and are available in stylish black or gold. The Grand Prime+ handset, with a 5 inch screen, 8MP back camera and 5MP smart selfie front facing camera with LED flash, is available in pink, gold, black and silver. This device also has 8GB** internal storage and features an expandable micro SD card slot that supports up to 128GB cards. This makes it easier to store all your videos, photos and music without the concern the concern of running out of storage space. The larger J7 Prime offers a 5.5 inch display, a 13MP rear camera with low-light F1.9 lens and an 8MP smart selfie front camera. The J5 Prime features a 5 inch display and 1.4 GHz Quad-Core processor, with a 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP smart selfie front camera. Designed for next-generation consumers and stylish young professionals in mind, the new Prime series handsets capture better selfies with the high-quality front facing cameras; browse and post to . . .
Corporate information security has never been more crucial The enterprise business is moving out from behind its firewall into a dispersed Bring your Own Device (BYOD), Internet of things (IoT), cloud-based state. An Enterprise Mobility security strategy is important in controlling risk exposure in this new environment, to challenging organisations everywhere. “The traditional enterprise model of the past is coming to an end. Where once operations existed at a secure central point, now IoT, cloud and mobility are putting corporate enterprises in a vulnerable position. In this disseminated enterprise state, the exposure to risk is as large as the mobile enterprise footprint,” says Paulo Ferreira, Director of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. Rapid changes in the technologies are moving into enterprises and may have caught many by surprise. Wearable devices and IoT endpoints have been proliferated within the workplace, while BYOD and consumer applications have overtaken enterprise-owned devices and methods as the productivity tools of choice. According to the 2016 Mobile Security & Business Transformation Study from ISMG, 99% of enterprise workers currently use mobile devices to perform their work tasks. Wearables are also making their mark, with Gartner expecting worldwide wearable device sales to grow over 18% this year, generating over $18 billion in revenue. Smart watches, fitness trackers, head mounted displays, smart glasses, body cameras, smart wristbands and smart garments are coming to market fast and poised to make inroads into the enterprise. “These rapid changes and the move towards a mobile, digital economy present a wealth of opportunities for organisations to innovate and enhance productivity. At the same time, they must seize control of this increasingly complex environment. It is of essence for organisations to have an Enterprise Mobility security strategy in place” says Ferreira. One of the biggest . . .
Samsung’s ARTIK™ Smart platform turns IoT concepts into reality Just about everyone has heard how the Internet of Things (IoT) will change lives across the globe by making our homes and buildings more efficient, our cars safer, our food supply more stable and the air people breathe cleaner. In addition, a recent study by 451 Group* shows that 65% of businesses are using the IoT to optimise their services and product offerings. The question is: how can companies get the most from the IoT to best benefit their business? ARTIK™, Samsung’s integrated Smart IoT platform, was announced in May 2015 and provides fast, secure, interoperable and intelligent products and services to help organisations quickly turn IoT concepts into reality. The platform uses a hub of highly integrated System on Modules (SOMs) to incorporate processing, memory and wireless connectivity. “The advanced ARTIK™ Cloud service collects, stores and acts upon data from any device or cloud service, giving businesses the opportunity to gain new insights into how their products are being used. These insights can then be utilised to generate new business opportunities,” says Paulo Ferreira, Director of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. All of this is secured with leading edge encryption, protected boot, hardened certificate storage and is equipped with a suite of tools and services for a truly end-to-end platform. Faster Product Development, More Growth Another challenge with delivering complex IoT solutions is the time, costs and risks associated with such projects. The Samsung ARTIK™ platform makes it easier to build IoT products and alleviates these challenges by unifying hardware, software, cloud, security and partner ecosystems in a single offering. Samsung continues to build a strong ecosystem of global distributors, service providers and technology solution partners who are able help companies get their IoT innovations to market faster. For example, . . .
Advanced hospital technologies will transform patient care Revolutionary treatment technologies are fast improving healthcare around the world. Supporting this, Samsung’s innovative digital hospital management systems further enhance patient-centric care and hospital efficiency. A plethora of enhanced treatment technologies are entering hospitals and diagnostic accuracy is being developed through progressive methods. Samsung’s Digital Radiography and Ultrasound systems deliver vastly superior, detailed imaging for increased accuracy and visibility. The company’s mobile CT Scanner takes new treatment options into the Emergency Response (ER) or Intensive Care Unit (ICU), while Samsung’s compact In-Vitro Diagnostics tool offers easy blood sampling and a simple three-step testing. “Solutions such as these significantly improve direct treatment, but are not the only measures available to ensure the highest standards of hospital management and patient care,” says Mike van Lier, Director of Enterprise Business Division at Samsung Electronics South Africa. Using the latest technology to develop the hospital environment and healthcare facilities can maximise the impact and offset investment in state of the art treatment equipment. New technologies such as digital hospital management systems, advanced digital signage, cloud-based tools, mobile health, medical imaging and diagnostics as well as digital environmental control enable hospitals and healthcare facilities to run more cost-effectively, with better control of resources and improved outcomes. By reducing the waiting time, refining the accuracy of treatment and monitoring and optimising the management of resources and supplies, hospitals are able to reduce operational costs and modify outcomes. Integrated digital health platforms enable tracking and monitoring of treatments within a secure environment, supporting alerts in the event of anomalies. Smart Signage and Interactive Displays deliver information and . . .
Samsung has expanded the accessibility and usability of the Smart UX Centre SDK Samsung Electronics South Africa’s Printing Solutions has released the V.1.5.0 update for its Smart User Experience (UX) Centre Software Development Kit (SDK), adding new features including mobile compatibility to its versatile software tools. Samsung’s Smart UX Centre SDK debuted in 2015. It is an open interface for the Android-based Smart UX. The kit provides a comprehensive suite of features and tools that enables app developers to integrate a wide range of printer functions into an easy-to-use user interface (UI). With the new update, Samsung has expanded the accessibility and usability of the Smart UX Centre SDK, bringing it to smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. “Samsung Electronics is an innovator in the printing business, enhancing the smart office environment with its printing solutions. We are pleased to present the next phase of the smart office by bringing mobile technology to our Smart UX Centre SDK for our multi-functional printers,” said Mike van Lier, Director of Enterprise Business Division at Samsung Electronics South Africa. Along with mobile support, the new Smart UX Centre update offers card reader support. This new feature allows multi-function printers (MFPs) to check on the availability of human interface device (HID) card reader devices and provides information for authentication. The new software update comes with a style guideline for the Smart UX Centre, enabling developers to gain better access to Samsung’s design resources when creating applications. In addition, counter and proxy network information have also been updated. Samsung’s Smart UX Centre is an Android-based touchscreen control panel for Samsung’s MFP printers, including the MultiXpress and ProXpress series. The UX Centre enables users to copy, scan and print, using applications and widgets. “The Smart UX Centre SDK mobile version expands the range of Android-based . . .
Samsung to unlock future-proof mobile enterprise strategies for CIOs Samsung Electronics South Africa will reveal the mobile enterprise strategies which corporations should adopt, when it addresses leading Chief information Officers (CIOs) at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2016 later this month. Paulo Ferreira, Director of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa says, “There are still levels of confusion and misconceptions regarding enterprise mobility and security within South African Enterprises. The future-proof enterprise is a mobile-enabled one.” With the compound annual growth rate for mobile devices purchased for enterprise usage exceeding that of consumer, enterprise mobility strategies cannot be ignored. “The CIO must move to devise the right versatile and dynamic enterprise mobile strategy to meet current employee demands. They need to address how new categories like wearables fit into their device management and mobile security architecture and how to deal with the blurring lines between Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile,” Ferreira notes. Ferreira will address a solutions provider session on Tuesday 27 September from 3.00- 3.45pm in Room 1.60r at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2016. Ferreira will unpack the future of enterprise mobility, the misconceptions and highlight Samsung’s Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platforms and mobile enterprise security solutions. He will also take a closer look at the role of EMM platforms in helping businesses gain a competitive edge and fulfil their digital business solutions ambitions. The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2016 that will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 26-28 September is an event that gives CIOs and Senior IT Executives the opportunity to identify and explore technologies that could be solutions for their specific organisation and industry’s needs. As a top-class business technology solutions provider, Samsung will also be showcasing . . .