CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Wednesday, November 14th 2012 [ME NewsWire] (BUSINESS WIRE)-- MiX Telematics(JSE:MIX), a global provider of driver safety, vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions, continues to grow its business around the world as evidenced by strong performance in the first half of its 2012/13 financial year as announced yesterday. Due to the extension of existing enterprise contracts as well as the addition of new mega fleets across various industries in various countries, MiX Telematics increased its revenue by 20.3% (to R564 million) and its operating profit by an impressive 60.8% (to R76 million) in comparison to the same period a year ago. Through an SaaS delivery model and value added services, MiX Telematics helps customers worldwide to reduce their operating costs and risks, improve driver and passenger safety as well as customer service, and lower their carbon emissions. “Our strategy for years now has been to leverage our profitable, cash-generative businesses into growing our global annuity base,” says Stefan Joselowitz, CEO of MiX Telematics. "We announced our intent when we listed five years ago and continue to demonstrate our commitment to this strategy year on year. Between April and September we increased our subscriber base by more than 40,000 vehicles, with significant growth coming from both our fleet and consumer telematics operations.” Despite facing tough economic conditions in various parts of the world, MiX Telematics is proud to have increased revenue outside of South Africa by 29% (to R276 million). In South Africa and the UK, the company successfully extended contracts within two major key accounts, including Eskom and the Go-Ahead group. A contract with a large Oil & Gas producer in Eastern Europe was also secured, as were new major contracts with a mining company in Australasia and two large bus customers in Europe. About MiX Telematics MiX Telematics is a global leader in fleet management, driver . . .
Witness the New Charging Style "Fun to Charge" by Brand New Prius PHV! BusinessWire/ME-Newswire - TOYOTA MOTOR SALES & MARKETING CORPORATION launched a sports iPhone & Android app titled "PLUG-IN Championship", which uses recharging of the smartphone as the main game controller, to bring to life the "Fun to charge" concept of the new hybrid vehicle with rechargeable battery Prius PHV. "PLUG-IN Championship" takes the plug-in action where smartphone users connects their device to the recharger, and turns it into a sport. "Players" will compete with each other by accuracy of the timing of the "plug-in" action and win scores for each play. When a smartphone is "plugged in", the app reacts with playing an exhilarating video to add more sparks to the game. "PLUG-IN Championship" will transform the recharging action into something more proactive and fun! PLUG-IN Championship http://plugin.toyota-digital.com/ iTunes App Store http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plug-in-championship/id551957032?mt=8&uo=4 Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.toyota_digital.plugin Features of "PLUG-IN Championship" The world's first iPhone & Android app which uses the "plug-in" action as part of the game play When smartphone is plugged in with a charger while app is activated, users will be rewarded with a refreshing movie clip to boost up the experience. Movie clips will vary based on the score won, time, and location of the plug-in. Accuracy of the timing of the plug-in is converted to a score and players will compete in the world championship. The vision of TOYOTA MOTOR SALES & MARKETING CORPORATION "PLUG-IN Championship" will transform the recharging action from something "Need to charge" into "Fun to charge". In other words, this app also promises to transform charging into something more proactive and fun. It's the same to what you experience while charging Prius PHV. Because the charging action in Prius PHV . . .
BUSINESS WIRE/ ME Newswire Today the Financial Times and Citi announced the finalists for the inaugural FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action programme, sponsored by Citi. The awards aim to recognise leaders, teams, organisations and community groups that have developed innovative solutions to urban challenges that benefit cities, citizens and urban communities in the fields of education, energy, healthcare and infrastructure. Finalists were chosen in each category for demonstrating particular originality, efficiency and impact in meeting urban challenges. A global winner and category winners will be announced at an awards dinner in New York City on 5 December 2012. Education: Abhyas Trust - Power of Seeing, India Asociacion Aprendo Contigo, Peru City of Dubrovnik - Educational Vertical, Croatia College Possible, United States Sustainable Cities Initiative, United States Energy: City of Houston - Green Office Challenge, United States Community Cooker Foundation, Kenya Proterra, United States The Energy and Resources Institute, India Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan Healthcare: Child Eye Care Charitable Trust, India GlaxoSmithKline New Citizen, China Pro Mujer, Nicaragua Protect Your Child, Egypt Infrastructure: Bitcarrier, Spain Ikhayalami, South Africa JCDecaux - Vélib', France ORE Design + Technology, United States The judging panel includes: David Adjaye, OBE, Principal Architect, Adjaye Architects Professor Abhijit Banerjee, Professor, MIT and Co-author, Poor Economics John Bowis, OBE, Honorary President, Health First Europe Sir Terry Farrell, CBE, International Architect & Design Champion and Director, Terry Farrell and Partners Reinier de Graaf, Partner, OMA Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE, Founder, Zaha Hadid Architects: (Honorary President of the judging committee, non-voting) Edwin Heathcote, Architecture and Design Critic, Financial Times (co-chair) Bruno Lanvin, . . .
Leading Kenyan financial services provider upgrades to latest TSYS solution TSYS announced today that Paynet, one of Kenya’s leading financial services providers to issuers and acquirers, has signed an agreement to migrate its Visa™ card portfolio to PRIME 4, the latest version of the TSYS licensed card and merchant management solution. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, Paynet has been a TSYS client since 20041 when it first licensed a card management solution to help provide a full range of outsourced front- and back-office card processing services and fraud management for financial institutions across Kenya and East Africa. The PRIME platform supports Paynet’s partnership with TSYS in delivering service and innovation, while significantly increasing the availability of payments across the region to improve quality and choice for businesses and consumers. Paynet’s pioneering role was recognised at Aitec Banking and Mobile Money 2012, where the company received the prestigious Industry Leadership Award for the corporate governance, leadership, development and innovation that it continues to provide to the payments industry in East Africa. "In seeking to further our growing success in this market, Paynet targets only the best technologies available. In PRIME 4 we have found a solution that will meet our multi-institutional needs, and we know TSYS is a partner we can rely on to continue to provide us with first class operational support,” said Bernard Matthewman, chief executive officer of Paynet. “We are delighted that Paynet has chosen to upgrade its TSYS PRIME solution and look forward to sharing our experience and unrivalled support to help Paynet continue to expand its market offering,” said Jaffar Agha-Jaffar, managing director for the Middle East and Africa, TSYS. “With its improved security and better risk and dispute management, PRIME 4 delivers extensive functionality and comprehensive benefits. This upgrade is further . . .
MIAMI - Thursday, September 20th 2012 GoComb.com™ (www.gocomb.com) the recently launched search engine, has announced a new free email feature—GoComb Mail—that protects consumer privacy. Launched two weeks ago by Go Comb, Inc., a technology company specializing in the development of Internet-based applications, communications, services and accessories, GoComb.com has already had thousands of users. The addition of the free email feature is expected to drive that number higher. “When we first introduced GoComb.com, we emphasized that it provides comprehensive global search results without storing personal data, unlike the older search engines in the industry,” said Isaac Daniel, CEO of the Isaac Daniel Group (IDG), which is managing Go Comb, Inc. “With GoComb Mail, we take that privacy protection one step further.” According to Daniel, a recognized leader in emerging technologies whose GPS sneakers gained worldwide attention when they were launched in 2007, GoComb Mail: Won’t archive users’ emails Won’t ‘data mine’ consumers’ searches Will automatically delete junk email “While GoComb Mail users obviously can save their own email correspondence, they can rest assured that we will not have access to them,” Daniel emphasized. “Also, because users’ searches are private, we won’t do what is known as ‘data mining.’ The older search engine companies look at what consumers search for—they mine their data—and then direct the appropriate advertisers to them unsolicited. That will not happen with GoComb.com or GoComb Mail. For us, consumer privacy is the most important part of our services.” More Info: http://www.me-newswire.net/news/6065/en Author: africa Biz from . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
No Matter Where They Call Home - Small Businesses Can Work Smarter and Grow From Austria to Zimbabwe, small businesses globally for the first time can easily create localized invoices, pay bills and track expenses with the availability of QuickBooks Online, from Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU), the makers of QuickBooks and provider of connected services trusted by more than 60 million customers. “The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well around the world, and a critical part of the global workforce and gross domestic product,” said Alex Lintner, president of Intuit’s Global Business division. “With QuickBooks Online becoming available globally, we can now help the 29 million small businesses in the U.S., as well as the more than 500 million small businesses worldwide effectively manage their operations and achieve financial success.” QuickBooks Online financial software offers an affordable and powerful cloud solution that is optimized for around-the-world use. Currently, more than 360,000 small businesses are using QuickBooks Online. Since its beta rollout in July 2012, small businesses in 130 countries have started using the product. Intuit’s commitment to harnessing the power of many is part of the company’s evolving connected services strategy, which was outlined today by Intuit CEO Brad Smith at the company’s annual Investor Day. Customized for Local Impact Participation-driven innovation is at the heart of the QuickBooks Online platform, which is built to be flexible so customers can make it fit the needs of their businesses and their country. This allows nationals worldwide the opportunity to optimize QuickBooks Online with their home country’s currency, date and number format as well as accounting scheme. Additionally, QuickBooks Online can handle sales taxes for any country and includes a translation tool so customers can use the solution in their home language, making QuickBooks Online truly specific to each country’s culture and way of . . .
Regulatory News: MoneyGram (NYSE:MGI), a leading global money transfer company, and Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced a global agreement to provide MoneyGram services over Gemalto’s LinqUs Mobile Money solution. MoneyGram’s money transfer platform will be integrated with Gemalto’s LinqUs mobile payment platform solution, allowing customers to send international transfers from a mobile phone to one of MoneyGram’s 284,000 locations worldwide or receive transfers directly to their mobile wallet. Gemalto Mobile Financial Services clients, including banks and mobile operators, will be able to connect directly to MoneyGram’s global network and offer convenient and secure mobile remittance services. “MoneyGram is actively developing new mobile and online channels to meet our customers’ evolving needs to access cash quickly, easily and globally,” said Tim Summers, MoneyGram head of global strategic partnerships. “Gemalto has relationships with more than 450 mobile operators and 3,000 financial institutions worldwide. Their extensive experience with global mobile financial services brings a secure environment that extends MoneyGram’s money transfer services to consumers and gives them more options.” Gemalto’s LinqUs Mobile Money solution allows people to use mobile phones to access bank accounts, make payments and peer-to-peer transfers, and buy airtime. Mobile Money services also help connect a broader consumer segment with money transfer options. “Cross-border mobile money transfer has compelling value for senders and recipients worldwide in terms of convenience, reliability and safety,” said Jean-Claude Deturche, Gemalto senior vice president, Mobile Financial Services. “Leveraging consumer trust in MoneyGram and their extensive global reach, we enable our customers to provide their end-users with convenience and flexibility to get money where it’s needed quickly and securely, anywhere in the . . .
New entry-level color calibration solution provides simple monitor calibration X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, announces a new addition to the ColorMunki family of color calibration solutions – the ColorMunki Smile. Ideal for photo hobbyists, design enthusiasts, gamers and anyone looking for the easiest way to color correct their computer monitors, ColorMunki Smile offers a simple and affordable option. ColorMunki Smile includes a color measurement device and very simple software. Thanks to a wizard-based user interface that uses graphics and video animation, users simply follow the on-screen instructions for a quick and easy calibration process. Users don’t need to know anything about color science to get good quality results with the ColorMunki Smile. “ColorMunki Smile features advanced color measurement technologies that X-Rite is known for while providing beginner color enthusiasts with an easy-to-use solution for calibrating monitors,” said Thomas Kunz, X-Rite’s Market Manager, Imaging. “With the introduction of ColorMunki Smile, users can be sure that their monitors always accurately display the true colors of their photographs, videos, games and web browsing experiences.” Using the same color technology as X-Rite’s professional-level color calibration products, ColorMunki Smile provides color accuracy on commonly used LED and LCD displays. Users can also calibrate multiple monitors to accurately show colors. ColorMunki Smile automatically detects when multiple monitors are connected to a single Mac or PC computer and allows users to color correct each one. ColorMunki Smile is available now from X-Rite (North America) and Pantone online stores and also from the company’s worldwide network of resellers for an MSRP of $99. ColorMunki Smile includes a colorimeter with counterweight, ColorMunki Smile software for calibrating monitors, and Quick Start Guide. For more . . .
LONDON - Tuesday, September 18th 2012 -- Microgen PLC (LSE:MCGN), whose software is used by leading global banks and digital media providers, today announced that RM plc (LSE : RM.) used Microgen Aptitude in the development of the back-office processing solution for RM Books, the first ebooks system designed specifically for schools. In this project, RM used its detailed domain knowledge of the education market to address the obstacles to ebook adoption in schools and leveraged the Microgen Aptitude application development platform to quickly and cost-efficiently develop the new solution. Microgen Aptitude provided a development platform on which the back-office functions of the new system could be rapidly developed. Microgen Aptitude is used to process data from a multitude of publishers’ book catalogues, calculate pricing, manage customer data such as purchasing history and sales credits, and track the royalties payable on the content licensed as part of an ebook rental or purchase. Microgen Aptitude is used by some of the world’s leading digital media companies to manage the complexities of such applications and process the large transaction volumes often associated with these solutions. “In launching RM Books it was important that we were able to develop it quickly and efficiently. The Aptitude product provides an enterprise development platform that allows effective collaboration between the business and the development team enabling significant efficiencies to be gained during the development process,” stated Dave Pearson, Director of Product Marketing, RM; “We are also confident that the high transaction processing capability of the product will allow us to scale the service in the future.” “Many existing media providers struggle to deliver new innovative digital services because traditional application development approaches require enterprises to install expensive software and associated development teams. This approach is cost restrictive and . . .
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, today announced it signed a strategic cooperation agreement worth $40 million with Mobitel of Sri Lanka. The agreement was signed in the presence of China’s Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Wu Bangguo and Sri Lanka’s President H. E. Mahinda Rajapaksa during Mr. Wu’s recent visit to Sri Lanka. According to the agreement, ZTE will deploy over 700 2G/3G/4G LTE base stations and transmission equipment for Mobitel’s Stage VII Mobile Network Expansion Project. Upon completion of the project, it will be South Asia's first commercial 4G (FDD-LTE) network. ZTE became the major telecommunication equipment vendor for Mobitel after the successful completion of the Stage VI Mobile Network Expansion Project in June 2012, the largest expansion project in the Sri Lankan telecommunications sector. “We are happy ZTE successfully completed the largest stage of our network expansion, which involved 2G and 3G Base Stations at over 1,000 sites, in record breaking time,” said Mobitel CEO Mr. Lalith De Silva. “The next major development in our technological footprint through this new expansion will be the introduction of the latest long term evolution (LTE) standard, which will be the commercial deployment of 4G Mobile Technology.” “The fact that Mobitel awarded ZTE with the Stage VII Expansion contract shows that we’ve achieved a world-leading position with our innovative products and reliable services,” said ZTE Senior Vice President Mr. Zhang Renjun. " We are very happy to help Mobitel roll out the first ever FDD-LTE based commercial 4G mobile network in South Asia and further strengthen its leading position as the preferred mobile service provider in Sri Lanka." ZTE products have been widely used in Sri Lanka with the company’s overall revenue . . .