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Developing Proactive Approach to Flood Management in Modern Safe Cities Critical to Protect Citizens and Business, Says Frost & Sullivan

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Cities and water authorities need to invest in advanced technologies and improved intelligence to manage the disaster more efficiently

LONDON, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The widespread devastation to infrastructure and human life caused by floods and tsunamis is both a global and increasingly urban phenomenon. With many of the world’s most populous cities situated in areas that make them susceptible to environmental disasters, the need to protect business and populations from flooding is becoming ever more important. Advanced technologies and improved intelligence will enable city authorities to execute efficient disaster management plans, using resilient systems and processes.

“Cities are competing with each other more than ever before. They compete for business to generate wealth, jobs and attract new talent,” notes Frost & Sullivan Vice President for Aerospace, Defence and Security, Steven Webb. “A city with inadequate flood protection will find it challenging to attract new business especially in an increasingly global economy where a flood can impact entire supply chains with global ramifications. Therefore citizen safety and business productivity are two of the most important concerns of the city mayor’s office.”

Recent technology developments like new sensors, analytics and modeling are able to help authorities to detect and assess the impact of potential floods whilst faster communication and more interoperable networks permit timely and effective response. There are significant technology developments within universities but also through investment by industry. Developments focus on ensuring dam and dike stability whilst also monitoring water levels in rivers, reservoirs and tidal areas.

Thanks to advances in sensor performance and decreasing prices more sensors will be deployed in flood regions. However, having a proven sensor technology is only part of the water disaster management jigsaw. “Collating information from a wide range of sensors, interpreting the results, predicting impact and delivering an effective emergency response operation is vital, if the information gained from the sensors is going to deliver real value,” adds Mr. Webb.

In the UrbanFlood project, funded by the European Commission, sensors are being used in Boston, UK, to detect changes below the ground in temperature, moisture and movement to help detect instability issues in flood defences. The data is transmitted to a central control room for investigation. Similar projects are also in operation in Germany and the Netherlands as part of the initiative.

“In current times of economic austerity the temptation for government is to limit investment and persist with traditional flood defence techniques rather than investing in high-end predictive intelligence tools to aid emergency response,” comments Steven Webb. “It is better for organizations to focus on the operational costs of testing dike stability and flood defences and the improved financial benefits of leveraging technology.”

Technology is now at a level where there can be significant gains for governments, city authorities, water boards, emergency services and more importantly citizens and commerce. Industry and government need to continue to partner with each other to run new systems alongside existing technologies to provide a safer urban environment for all.

If you would like learn more on Safe Cities and/or receive a Frost & Sullivan Market Insight entitled “Safe Cities — Developing a Proactive Approach to Flood Management” please send an email to Joanna Lewandowska, Corporate Communications, at Please include your full contact details in the query.

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August 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm

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Barneys New York And The Walt Disney Company Announce Holiday 2012 Campaign: Electric Holiday

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Barneys New York, the luxury specialty retailer, and The Walt Disney Company, the world’s leading entertainment company, announced today their collaboration on the 2012 Holiday campaign at Barneys New York retail venues: Electric Holiday. A multi-platform initiative infused with fashion and fantasy, Electric Holiday will merge the creativity and magic of Disney with the wit and surprise of the legendary Barneys New York annual holiday campaign to create a celebration of festive modern electric lights, music and fashion.

Barneys New York And The Walt Disney Company Announce Holiday 2012 Campaign: Electric Holiday
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Beginning in mid-November, the Barneys New York Madison Avenue windows will serve as the centerpiece of the Electric Holiday campaign in which an exclusive moving art short created by Disney artists, will be showcased amid a celebration of lights. Disney has also created a modern, three-dimensional electric light show that will encompass the Madison Avenue store entrance and showcase the moving art housed within the windows. To accompany the facade and moving art, Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino is creating an original score of highly-charged music to bring the show to life.
The Electric Holiday program and the Madison Avenue flagship’s windows will be unveiled on November 14th Air France will be supporting the Holiday 2012 campaign with an integrated promotion and the Electric Holiday light show will feature innovative display technology, using Christie® MicroTiles®, from Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
“The legendary characters and world created by Disney live in the active mind and memory of virtually every citizen of the world,” said Mark Lee, Barneys New York CEO. “Barneys New York has been privileged to collaborate with Disney and its remarkable talents this holiday season on the Electric Holiday campaign, which places these iconic characters into the center of our fashion world.”
“In the tradition of legendary New York Holiday retail campaigns, Electric Holiday is a festive extravaganza that will delight people of all ages,” said Bob Chapek, president of Disney Consumer Products. “From the stunning visuals, to iconic Disney storytelling and unique merchandise assortment, this collaboration with the venerable Barney’s New York is a celebration worthy of the season.”
Electric Holiday is a fusion of some of the most creative minds, a collaboration comprised of the Barneys New York team under the direction of Creative Director Dennis Freedman and Disney veterans Luis Fernandez, senior vice president of global creative, Disney Consumer Products, and John Quinn, Disney character art director.
The Electric Holiday moving art will feature models inspired by Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse as well as other iconic Disney characters as they star in a fantasy Paris runway show, capturing the essence of the high-fashion world along with the electrically-charged colors and brilliant lights of the magical world of Disney. Minnie and Mickey are transported into a fantasy world where they are transformed from their traditional Disney form into dream-like fashion-forward runway models, and are joined on the Paris runway by five other models evocative of other iconic Disney personalities: Goofy, Daisy Duck, Snow White, Princess Tiana, and Cruella de Vil.
Each transformed Disney model is dressed in a one-of a-kind exclusive look created by some of the most influential fashion designers in the world, including: Nicholas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga, Oliver Rousteing for Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Peter Copping for Nina Ricci, Proenza Schouler, and Rick Owens.
To fully bring the iconic Disney characters into the Barneys world, true fashion insiders will be featured within the moving art short, from designers featured in the fantasy runway show, to revered hair and make-up artists, photographers, respected journalists and editors, and the celebrities and notable guests that typically attend the high profile shows. The result depicts a unique, fantasy Paris show with all of the real-world elements of backstage, front-row and runway in illustrated form.
Barneys New York has worked to create a range of exclusive (XO), limited-edition holiday gift items, which will be available for a limited time only at Chelsea Passage on the ninth floor in Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship location in New York, at select Barneys New York locations nationwide and The product assortment includes Disney’s highly collectible Vinylmation figures designed by Paul Smith and Diane von Furstenberg, Mickey Mouse ears designed by Rag & Bone and L’Wren Scott, and smaller items such as holiday ornaments, edible sweets, toys for children, and much more.
In the spirit of the holiday season, Barneys New York will donate 25% of sales from all Electric Holiday products to a charity in honor of their special collaboration.
Original and exclusive Electric Holiday artwork will be featured on special Barneys shopping bags available with all in-store and purchases during the holiday season.
About Barneys New York
BARNEYS NEW YORK (Barneys) is a luxury specialty retailer with flagship stores in New York City, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Scottsdale. The Company also operates a highly successful online business at Founded as a men’s retailer in 1923 in downtown Manhattan it turned into an international arbiter of high style for both women and men in the 1970s and became renowned for discovering and developing new and innovative design talent. Barneys is famous for selling the most intriguing edit from the world’s top designers including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, fragrances, and gifts for the home. Barneys’ signature sense of wit and style is manifested in its creative advertising campaigns, original holiday themes, and celebrated window displays. Barneys’ innovative CO-OP was launched in 1985 and has since expanded into a freestanding store concept operating more than a dozen locations in eight states across the U.S. For more information about Barneys New York please visit and explore its luxury content site, The Window, for an insider’s look into the Barneys world: a behind-the-scenes visit with exciting designers, fashion, events, and the Barneys team.
About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of about $40.9 billion in its last fiscal year.
Ever since Walt Disney founded his world-famous company in 1923, the name “Disney” has become synonymous with boundless creativity and an unbridled imagination that helped define the 20th century. Today, The Walt Disney Company and its affiliated companies remain faithful to their commitment to produce unparalleled entertainment experiences based on the rich legacy of quality creative content and exceptional storytelling. From television and movies, to theme parks, merchandise, virtual worlds and beyond, Disney delights consumers and guests everywhere with magical stories, beloved characters and unparalleled family entertainment and experiences.
AIR FRANCE, with its three regional subsidiaries, Brit Air, City Jet and Regional, operates 1,500 daily flights in France, Europe and worldwide. Its fleet comprises 387 aircraft in operation.
AIR FRANCE KLM, the result of a merger between AIR FRANCE and KLM in 2004, is one of the leading European air transport groups. Its main activities are the air transport of passengers and cargo as well as aircraft maintenance. In 2011, AIR FRANCE KLM carried 75.8 million passengers and 1.1 million tons of cargo. The group’s fleet comprises more 586 aircraft, including 173 regional aircraft operated by its partners Brit Air, City Jet, Regional and KLM Cityhopper. Its network covers 230 destinations in 113 countries from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol. The Flying Blue frequent flyer program is leader in Europe and has over 20 million members. AIR FRANCE and KLM currently operate from 12 U.S. gateways and provide service from 125 U.S. cities through joint venture partner Delta Air Lines. With their partners Delta Air Lines and Alitalia, AIR FRANCE and KLM operate the biggest transatlantic joint venture with more than 250 daily flights. AIR FRANCE and KLM are members of the SkyTeam alliance which has 16 member airlines, offering customers access to a global network of over 14,700 daily flights to 958 destinations in 173 countries.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, call 1-800-237-2747 or contact your travel professional. For deals and the latest information follow Air France on and Twitter @AirFranceUS.
Source: Barneys New York

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August 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

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Capscan Reveal Disconnect Between Perceptions of Customer Data and Quality Management Process within Organizations

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Results of the 2012 International Data Quality Management Survey

LONDON/PRNewswire-Asia/ — Capscan, a leading global supplier of international data quality management (IDQM) and customer registration solutions today reports the findings of its 2012 International Data Quality Management (DQM) survey. This new research reveals that organizations need to improve their IDQM practices, if they want to succeed in marketing and selling their products and services across domestic and international markets.
The Asia Pacific region is seen as a growth area for enterprise data[1], since the widespread implementation of CRM and ERP solutions have triggered exponential growth in the volume of information generated about partners, suppliers, and customers – now more than ever there is a need for effective IDQM.
The survey was commissioned by Capscan and completed by independent analyst, Graham Rhind in May 2012, to measure the perceptions that international companies have about data quality and the actions that they are taking to achieve improvement. Unsurprisingly, data quality has a high level of importance within organizations (66% stating very important). However, whilst the value of customer data is clear, there is an apparent disconnect between how it is being managed, and the perception of its quality.
Whilst organizations are aware of the commercial benefits of high-quality customer contact data (greater operational efficiency to improved campaign success rates, a more streamlined transaction process and better customer service), and the negative impact of poor information, almost half of the 291 respondents (40.9%) stated that their organizations don’t have an enterprise-wide DQM strategy.
International Sales Director at Capscan, David Mead explains: “For businesses operating internationally, the issues of poor quality or incorrectly formatted international contact data are exacerbated when challenged with different customs, address formats and languages. Obvious pitfalls include the inability to execute successful cross-border marketing campaigns, poor customer perception, and unnecessary exposure to identity theft and fraud.”
Graham Rhind comments on the findings on the research: “62.9% of respondents view their contact data to be excellent, accurate, valid and relevant, or good and sufficient for the task. Yet, one of the most startling findings from the research is the lack of validation that is being applied to the information entering these organizations, from an increasing number of communication touch-points. Over time this neglect can have serious repercussions on customer satisfaction and the overall health of the organization.”
63.3% of respondents stated that ensuring data is kept secure and up-to-date is the biggest challenge facing their respective businesses today, as well as citing data decay (56%) and inadequate data entry (55.7%) as two other primary areas of concern. Whilst 82.5% reported that they collect the customer address and zip code information, 67% the cell phone number and 71.1% the business email address, less than half of all information collected is validated.
“Considering the wide availability of tools available, it is a worrying precedent that so many organizations are failing to validate this basic essential information,” notes Rhind. “As the way in which customers interact with businesses continues to evolve, these organizations need to increase and enrich the data they acquire for their sales and marketing activities, but it must also be accompanied by scrupulous data quality management.”
Capscan provides verified address data for more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. “Data quality management needs to be ingrained from the initial on-boarding of the customer and throughout their entire journey with the business. Our survey shows that organizations are aware of the rewards of a DQM strategy but many are falling short in its implementation and management,” concludes Mead. “Despite little change in the two years since we last commissioned this research there are positive signs that investment is to be made in DQM, MDM, identity authentication, de-duplication and international address management in the next 12 months.”
The full results from the 2012 International Data Quality Management survey are published by Capscan in a new whitepaper entitled ‘Data Quality Insight’, which can be downloaded for free at:
About Capscan
Capscan, part of the GB Group of companies, was originally established in 1969 and is a leading supplier of international data quality management (IDQM) and customer registration solutions. Capscan is headquartered in London, UK, with more than 1800 customers worldwide across a wide range of commercial and public service sectors. In the UK alone, there are currently more than 140 different government departments, agencies and local authorities using Capscan products or services. In the private sector, Capscan’s customers include leading blue-chip and multi-national companies such as Ford Motors, Dun & Bradstreet, Forever 21 and Barclays Bank. The company’s flagship data quality product, Matchcode International, is available in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and across Asia, providing organisations trading in, or exporting from the Asia Pacific region, with verified customer data for more than 240 countries territories worldwide. The multi-lingual software supports Latin and non-Latin based languages, including traditional and simplified Chinese, Japanese Katakana, Kanji and Korean Hangul.
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August 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

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At Last! For The Sinuous, Sensual, Billion-Megawatt City That Never Sleeps, An After-Hours Eau De Parfum It Can Call Its Own: Bond No. 9 Manhattan

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NEW YORK, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Bustling, purposeful, teeming with traffic by day, New York after dark magically transforms into a city of out-and-out, take-no-prisoners seduction. The gourmet restaurants… the unspeakably elegant clubs… the theatre… the late-night tete a tetes all conspire to create a sensual wonderland that finds its very best expression in the local skies above. After dark, they turn a deepest midnight blue, set off by contrast to the billion-kilowatt landscape flickering below. That blue alone is the envy of other city skies everywhere.

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Yes, Manhattan, referring specifically to the slender centerpiece island at the gateway to a massive continent on one side and a vast ocean on the other. Manhattan is what’s often meant with the words New York. It refers to Mannahatta, “island of many hills”, the name bestowed on it by its indigenous inhabitants, members of the Algonquin Lenape Indian tribe.

Manhattan, the eau de parfum, is an after-hours shared scent with a high seduction quotient. Officially it belongs in the oriental gourmand category, rich in spices—some of them very new to the oriental repertory. Its pace is set by a melange of topnotes: mouthwatering nutmeg… worldly saffron, evoking dried flowers… delicate coriander seeds—softened with the addition of luscious, mouthwatering peach. The heart notes continue the gourmet theme, as sweet honeycomb, made from the nectar of flowers, mingles with black plum, hinting of chocolate, and a warm and inviting gingerbread accord. Moroccan jasmine, the sole flower at the center of this scent, itself evokes the aura of peaches or ripe bananas. Then comes the lingering drydown: Creamy, velvety-smooth sandalwood; rich, balsamic patchouli; a soft and warm vanilla infusion; and unapologetically sensual, skin-like musk.

The bottle is a perfect visualization of the scent itself. A network of laser-etched Bond No. 9 tokens, rendered in red, shimmer against that midnight blue New York sky. Look close-up, as you would through a kaleidoscope, and you’re almost glimpsing an abstraction of the flickering city itself. What you’re seeing is an urban landscape of possibility.

Manhattanarrives on-counter September 2012 and will be sold at Bond No. 9’s five New York stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods and

Price: 100ml, 70; 50ml, 90; candle, 05; body silk, 10.

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August 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm

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