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NetComm Wireless Launches NBN Suitable VDSL/ADSL WiFi Gigabit Modem Router (NF4V)

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SYDNEY/PRNewswire/ — NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) today announced the launch of its VDSL/ADSL WiFi Gigabit Modem Router (NF4V) to significantly boost the speed of copper-based broadband connections to homes and businesses. Featuring an NBN compatible Broadcom chipset to support VDSL services, the NF4V interoperates with Alcatel-Lucent’s DSLAMs to deliver the bandwidth needed for video streaming and other bandwidth-intensive activities.
VDSL technology can improve performance from 50% – 90% (Note 1) by reducing noise interference over the copper line, and is set to be deployed across the globe as an increasing number of ISPs abandon plans to decommission copper infrastructure which comprises around 60 per cent of the worldwide market, according to ABI.
NetComm Wireless’ NF4V effectively deals with capacity and latency issues to deliver fibre-like service speeds without the need to rewire existing premises. The all-inclusive NF4V allows users to connect to the Internet using a choice of VDSL2, ADSL2+ or Gigabit WAN for FTTP connectivity; and is easy to share between multiple devices via WiFi and four Gigabit Ethernet ports. Ideal for home and small business use, the NF4V also features VoIP functionality for cost-effective online phone calls and supports file sharing via connected USB hard drives.
“We remain committed to staying ahead of new waves in technology and are pleased to have launched the NF4V ahead of the NBN’s proposed use of VDSL to the premise as part of its FTTN plan. This future-proof device bundles a number of Internet connection options into a single unit to enable fast and reliable connectivity now, and in the future, as the world’s copper-based networks are upgraded,” said Danny Morrison, General Manager, NetComm Wireless.
The NF4V is one of Australia’s first NBN compatible VDSL modem routers available to leading Internet Service Providers, and is designed to deliver blistering fast broadband access to single and multi-dwelling (fibre-to-the-basement) deployments.
Note:
ABI Research, 2013.
About NetComm Wireless
NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is a leading developer of innovative broadband products sold globally to major telecommunications carriers, core network providers and system integrators. For over 31 years NetComm has developed a portfolio of world first data communication products, and is a respected global provider of 3G and 4G wireless devices servicing the major telecommunications carrier, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Rural Broadband markets. NetComm’s products are designed to meet the growing needs of today’s diverse home, business and industrial broadband applications and designed to optimize the performance of global network advancements. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, NetComm has offices in the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand and the Middle East. For more information about NetComm visit: http://www.netcommwireless.com
Source: NetComm Wireless Limited
Related stocks: Australia:NTC

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December 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm

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Investment Professionals in Asia Pacific Show Tempered Optimism on Economic Growth in 2014; Concerned With Market Integrity, Real Estate Bubble

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HONG KONG, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —
Annual CFA Institute survey finds increasing confidence in APAC economies; need for key reforms to strengthen financial system
Investment professionals in Asia Pacific (APAC) are more optimistic about economic prospects for the coming year although they tend to be more cautious compared to their peers elsewhere, according to a survey by CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals.
The CFA Institute 2014 Global Market Sentiment Survey (GMSS) (http://www.cfainstitute.org/gmss ) shows that more than half (56 percent) of investment professionals in the region surveyed this year expect the global economy will expand, representing a significant shift in sentiment. Last year, only 32 percent of respondents had the same view. More than two-thirds (68 percent) in APAC are worried about asset bubble risks in their local markets, with 52 percent seeing it coming from the real-estate sector.
Overall, respondents see little change in the level of integrity in the global capital markets, though APAC respondents are more optimistic about this improving than their counterparts in the Americas as well as those in Europe, the Middle East and Africa “EMEA” (32 percent in APAC compared with 23 percent in the Americas and 27 percent in EMEA).
The annual survey measured the opinion of 6,561 CFA charterholders and members globally, more than 1,000 of whom are in APAC. To review the complete report and survey results, visit http://www.cfainstitute.org/gmss.
“The number of our members who expect the global economy to expand has nearly doubled in the last two years. However this is no time for those in finance to become complacent,” said John Rogers, CFA, president and CEO of CFA Institute. “The survey reflects that investor trust has been eroded and in order for the financial industry to be an extraordinary force for good, we must embrace ethical behavior at all levels. As markets rebound, we are working to ensure that attention does not shift away from meaningful reforms that might restore investor trust and strengthen the financial system’s ability to resist shocks in the future.”
Survey highlights:
Asia Pacific investment professionals positive about growth in 2014, but worries evident at local level
Global economy expected to improve. Fifty-six percent of APAC respondents expect the global economy to expand, up from 32 percent in last year’s survey; but fewer than in the Americas (62 percent) and EMEA (69 percent).
Opinion divided over local economy. Fifty-two percent of members in APAC expect their local markets to grow in 2014, up slightly from 46 percent in last year’s survey. Respondents in Japan are the most confident within the region and among the top two globally at 73 percent. Hong Kong respondents (37 percent) are the most cautious.
Marked increase in optimism over equities. Sixty-eight percent of APAC members this year identified equities as the asset class most likely to perform best, up from 41 percent in 2013.
Asset bubbles. Sixty-eight percent of APAC respondents anticipate an asset bubble in the coming 12 months, compared to only 49 percent in the Americas and 50 percent in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
United States, China, and Japan are considered the best investment opportunities. APAC members rate the United States (25 percent), China (20 percent), and Japan (10 percent) as the equity markets that will provide the best investment opportunity in 2014. Globally, respondents also rate these as the top three markets in that order.
Weak economic conditions (28 percent), political instability (24 percent) and growth rates (18 percent) in emerging economies are identified as the biggest risks to local markets. Many more APAC members are concerned about growth rates in emerging economies, than members in other regions (5 percent in the Americas, 6 percent in EMEA).
Members call for global oversight and local enforcement
Calls for improved oversight to build investor trust. Forty percent of APAC members say that the most needed action to improve investor trust and global market integrity is improved regulation and oversight of systemic risk, more than in EMEA (33 percent) and the Americas (24 percent).
Local enforcement and better corporate governance. Globally members cite improved enforcement of existing laws and regulations in their home markets (30 percent) as the action most needed to help improve investor trust and market integrity. But in APAC opinions are split. Those in mainland China (34 percent), India (32 percent) and Australia (30 percent) share the same view. Respondents in Japan (48 percent), Hong Kong (31 per cent) and Singapore (23 percent) are more likely to point to the need for stronger corporate governance standards. Those in China (27 percent) are also more concerned about improving transparency of financial reporting and other corporate disclosures than any other territory.
Financial derivatives an ethical issue for global markets, market fraud and financial reporting top serious ethical issues in APAC markets
Compared to the global average more APAC members identify market fraud (32 percent) and the integrity of financial reporting (20 percent) as the principal ethical issues facing local markets. China members (55 percent) are by far the most concerned about market fraud. In Australia however mis-selling dominates as the largest concern (48 percent). Biggest ethical issue facing global markets is the disclosure and use of financial derivatives, with APAC members (27 percent) rating this as more of a problem than their peers (18 percent in the Americas and 21 percent in EMEA).
About the Global Market Sentiment Survey 2014
Providing insight to investors worldwide, the annual Global Market Sentiment Survey (GMSS) reflects the views and expectations of CFA Institute members — respected experts in the industry — on financial markets, integrity, ethics, and performance for the coming year. The 2014 findings, drawn from more than 6,500 surveyed members in over 110 countries, are used by financial professionals and media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg to gauge opinion on the future of the financial industry. For the complete GMSS results, visit http://www.cfainstitute.org/gmss.
About CFA Institute
CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 117,000 members in 140 countries and territories, including 110,000 CFA charterholders, and 140 member societies. For more information, visit http://www.cfainstitute.org.
About CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst®) Designation
Since it was first introduced in 1963, the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, or CFA charter, has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world. Earning the CFA charter demonstrates mastery of the skills most needed for investment analysis and decision making in today’s fast-evolving global financial industry. To earn the CFA charter you must complete the CFA Program consisted of three levels, have four years of qualifying investment work experience and become a member of CFA Institute, pledging to adhere to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct on an annual basis
About CFA Japan (The CFA Society of Japan Inc.)
The CFA Society of Japan (CFA Japan) was established in 1999 as one of CFA Institute member societies, and later incorporated in Aril 2011. In partnership with CFA Institute, CFA Japan conducts educational programs and disseminates information and ideas related to the investment profession. CFA Japan promotes: ethical and professional standards within the investment industry; encourage professional development through the CFA Program and continuing education; facilitate the exchange of information and opinions among people within the local community and beyond; and work to further the public’s understanding of the CFA designation and investment industry.
Address: 510, FINE TOKYO, 5th Floor, South Tower, Otemachi Financial City, 1-9-7 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3517-5471
Fax: 03-3517-5472
Established: 1999
President: Shuichi Seo, CFA
Website: http://www.cfasociety.org/japan
Twitter: twitter.com/cfajapan
Contact:
Yoshinori Fukushima
PPC Inc.
Tel: +81 (3)6809-2690
Email: fukushima@ppc-inc.co.jp
Source: CFA Institute

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December 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

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Wincor Nixdorf Takes Over the No. 2 Position for Installed ATMs in Asia Pacific

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SINGAPORE, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Wincor Nixdorf has moved up to second place in the Asia Pacific region in the self-service provider ranking for installed cash machines in the markets. This is the result of a current study published by the British company Retail Banking Research (RBR). According to the study, the company, which specializes in IT solutions for banks and retail companies, moved up from its number four position in 2011 to second position in 2012 measured in terms of installed systems.
“Our improved market position demonstrates that banks in Asia Pacific have confidence in the reliability of the technology, developed according to German design principles, and recognize Wincor Nixdorf as an innovation leader,” says Karsten Kemna, Regional Vice President Banking Asia Pacific at Wincor Nixdorf.
Wincor Nixdorf is a partner to the finance industry in almost all markets in Asia. “In today’s landscape, where a changing customer behaviors is paired with an increasingly dynamic financial services sector, banks have to follow end customer demands who are more and more using multiple channels to bank and transact, and the self-service channel is one of the most important touch points for the banks to achieve such a task. Part of this is offering innovative transactions like cash deposits, statement printing, bill payment and other transaction services on a 24 / 7 basis. Wincor Nixdorf is no doubt one of the recognized leaders for this type of self-service technology,” continues Kemna.
RBR forecasts a compound annual growth rate of around 10 percent for the Asia Pacific region through 2018. Wincor Nixdorf considers itself ideally equipped with its comprehensive service portfolio and a hardware portfolio aligned to local market requirements, ranging from robust, monofunction cash dispensers to multifunction cash recycling solutions. In addition, the company is continuously expanding its software expertise and helping banks to make their branch processes customer-friendly, lean and automated.
About Wincor Nixdorf
Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions and services to retailers and retail banking. The company is headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, and is publicly traded on the Frankfurt Securities & Stock Exchange. The company’s extensive portfolio focuses on optimizing business processes at banks and retail companies. It is aimed mainly at cutting costs and complexity and improving service to the end customer. Wincor Nixdorf leverages know-how from its core business with banks and retailers to diversify into related sectors. These include postal and lottery companies and hospitality and service station chain operators. Wincor Nixdorf has a presence in over 130 countries, with its own subsidiary companies in 42 of these. More than 9,000 employees work at the Group. The company is the leader in Europe and the number 2 in the world for programmable electronic POS systems (EPOSs) and the number 2 in Europe and worldwide for automated teller machines.
Source: Wincor Nixdorf

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December 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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State-of-the-Art Tissue Engineering and Organ Regeneration Technologies Yield Healthcare Market Disruption

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— Frost & Sullivan: An increasing number of revolutionary applications emerge, conceivably overcoming global organ shortage

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Tissue engineering is a rapidly diversifying technology that emerged as a regenerative or reparative medicine with potential to circumvent organ shortage globally. Extensive developments in tissue engineering, which involve leveraging technologies from biomaterials, molecular medicine, biochemistry, nanotechnology, genetic, and biomedical engineering, target the restructure and/or repair of human organs through regeneration and cell expansion.

In recent years, cell-based technologies and the integration of genetics — with the use of biological substitutes that aim to restore, maintain or enhance tissue function — have been a popular approach for tissue regeneration and reparation treatment, according to Frost & Sullivan’s Advances in Tissue Engineering and Organ Regeneration: Technology Market Penetration and Roadmapping analysis (http://www.ti.frost.com/).

For more information on this research, please email Jennifer Carson, Corporate Communications, at jennifer.carson@frost.com.

Tissue engineering has been a field marked by extensive research and development (R&D), and companies take several years to commercially launch products.

“Still considered a nascent science, research in the field has offered and continues to offer an increasing number of substitutes for applications that would enable the human body to withstand pain and injuries,” said Frost & Sullivan Technical Insights Industry Analyst Darshana De. “Apart from previous applications such as the common regeneration of bone, cartilage and skin, current targets have expanded to cardiovascular, kidney, pancreas, liver, spine, ligament, esophagus, cornea, thoracic, lung, nerve, lymphatic and blood vessels.”

Despite this expanding capability and the technology’s remarkable impact on the healthcare sector, tissue engineers need to overcome many challenges for their field to gain recognition as a mainstream medical technology. For instance, safety and efficacy remain top concerns with several products still undergoing research studies for their validation. Therefore, most patients continue to opt for treatment by medication and the usage of medical devices for temporary relief of symptoms.

Nevertheless, regenerative medicine has immense scope as a disruptive technology, especially as a number of medical device and pharmaceutical companies are conducting R&D through mergers and acquisitions with smaller companies or partnerships with the academic sector.

“As a result, stem cells and cell transplantation technology have evolved from a lab-based research hypothesis model into an applicable treatment mode for patients,” observed De. “Recent advancements in molecular biology tools, imaging equipment, and cellular mechanism elucidation could provide more discoveries, substantiation, and an improved R&D process for cell-based therapies.”

The convergence of these methodologies and equipment will open up new opportunities for different stakeholders and quicken market penetration.

Advances in Tissue Engineering and Organ Regeneration: Technology Market Penetration and Roadmapping, a part of the Technical Insights subscription, details the advancements in tissue engineering technology and provides an overview of the value chain networks existing in this domain. The study analyzes the market impact of innovations in tissue engineering and organ regeneration, key business accelerators and challenges, and end-user demand. Further, this research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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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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December 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Innovations in Information and Communication Technologies Assist Rise of Collaborative Supply Chains

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— Security concerns for data sharing remain a challenge

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Collaboration is an essential tool to maintain a transparent, bi-directional channel of communication between stakeholders in a supply chain. This connected and centralized collaborative supply chain provides a singular view of goods and services, strengthens the supplier-buyer relationship through value enhancement, and increases productivity — all of which warrants capitalization on innovations in the information and communication technologies (ICT) domain.

Therefore, the development of technologies and platforms for communication and data capture in the supply chain are major focus areas for ICT developers, according to Frost & Sullivan’s analysis, ICT Innovations Enabling Collaborative Supply Chains. Applications geared towards logistics and transport management are also garnering interest, along with analytical and forecasting solutions for social behavior tracking, carbon emission tracking, and reverse logistics.

For more information on this research, please email Britni Myers, Corporate Communications, at britni.myers@frost.com.

“Various technologies like radio-frequency identification, big data, the Internet of Things, and in-memory technology play a vital role in creating the collaboration platform,” said Frost & Sullivan Technical Insights Senior Research Analyst Swapnadeep Nayak. “The need to share information over a single platform at low costs especially accelerated the implementation of cloud computing in the collaborative supply chain process.”

This, however, raises security concerns regarding data sharing, which remains a key challenge for ICT technologies. Strong network security technologies and protocols must be established to protect confidential information shared across different levels of the supply chain from hacking and security breaches.

The lack of knowledge among stakeholders is another challenge that curbs the potential benefits of the collaborative supply chain model. Hence, initiatives from standardization bodies and technology developers to raise awareness among stakeholders on the benefits of sharing data in a collaborative set-up are vital.

“Hybrid apps deployed to work both on web platforms and in a native system could help customers reduce security issues in the collaboration process,” noted Nayak. “In fact, though technologies like cloud and Big Data are emerging in this space, hybrid applications built on the HTML 5 platform can also be deployed to improve the process of collaboration and present more flexibility to customers in terms of security and accessibility.”

Offering offline capabilities through the native applications approach will further help users gain access to the system from any location — such as rural areas where Internet connectivity is not available easily — thereby enhancing the reach for mobile users in the collaborative supply chain.

ICT Innovations Enabling Collaborative Supply Chains, a part of the Technical Insights (http://www.ti.frost.com/) subscription, provides insights on how ICT may evolve to accelerate collaboration among supply chain stakeholders. It also offers an in-depth perspective on the road ahead, the capability and maturity of the ICT technologies enabling collaboration, and recommendations for stakeholders to enhance penetration. Further, this research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alerts, newsletters and research services.

Connect with Frost & Sullivan on social media, including Twitter, Facebook, SlideShare and LinkedIn, for the latest news and updates.

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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E: britni.myers@frost.com

LinkedIn: Future Growth Opportunities in ICT
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December 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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Websense Earns 2013 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement

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— Websense TRITON simplifies security with an integrated, streamlined view of all systems on a single platform

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the web and email content security market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Websense with the 2013 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement. Websense earned this achievement by proactively protecting organizations from advanced threats and data loss, while demonstrating excellence in designing security platforms with efficient manageability in mind.

“The Websense® TRITON solution is more than just an effective security system, it is also designed with manageability in mind,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Principal Frank Dickson. “Armed with a system that stops today’s most advanced attacks, Websense security professionals have one integrated view of their systems to simplify forensics and threat resolution across all channels.”

Websense has leveraged its experience in content security to provide comprehensive TRITON® solutions that unify Web security, e-mail security, mobile security, and data loss prevention (DLP). Websense is only one of the two vendors in the content security market with double-digit market share.

“Seamless management and advanced, integrated threat intelligence are top priorities in our Websense TRITON solutions,” said John McCormack, Websense CEO. “It’s imperative that a security system is easy for professionals to oversee and manage. An assortment of disparate, independent security solutions across Web, email, and mobile channels cannot compare with unified defenses backed by cohesive threat intelligence. It’s an honor to be recognized for our ease of management and security effectiveness.”

Instead of having to log in to several individual security systems, Websense TRITON solutions provide security professionals with an integrated view and management of all of the systems (Web, e-mail, data security and mobile) in a singular, easy-to-use console. The TRITON solution’s cross-platform management tools also allow security professionals to establish one set of policies that is automatically implemented across multiple security domains.

Today’s security teams are already overburdened. The combination of greater security complexity and understaffed security departments can lead to a significant degradation in corporate network security. Naturally, security professionals are eager for tools that simplify security administration and management.

“Next-generation tools need to go beyond just using, managing, and maintaining an individual solution,” said Dickson. “They should provide greater visibility and consolidated management functionality across multiple channels.”

Websense has also strengthened its security solution portfolio with alliances with companies such as F5 Networks, VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, IBM and Facebook.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

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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About Websense, Inc.
Websense, Inc. is a global leader in protecting organizations from the latest cyber attacks and data theft. Websense TRITON comprehensive security solutions unify web security, email security, mobile security and data loss prevention (DLP) at the lowest total cost of ownership. Tens of thousands of enterprises rely on Websense TRITON security intelligence to stop advanced persistent threats, targeted attacks and evolving malware. Websense prevents data breaches, intellectual property theft and enforces security compliance and best practices. A global network of channel partners distributes scalable, unified appliance- and cloud-based Websense TRITON solutions.

Websense TRITON stops more threats; visit http://www.websense.com/proveit?cmpid=prnr12.16.13 to see proof. To access the latest Websense security insights and connect through social media, please visit http://www.websense.com/smc?cmpid=prnr12.16.13. For more information, visit http://www.websense.com/content/Home.aspx?cmpid=prnr12.16.13 and http://www.websense.com/triton?cmpid=prnr12.16.13.

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E: mireya.espinoza@frost.com

Websense Media Contact:
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Websense, Inc.
+1 (858) 320-9393
phogan@websense.com
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December 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm

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Crescentrating Launches HalalTrip.com

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The World’s First Full Featured Travel Booking Site Catering To Muslims

HalalTrip.com will help Muslim travelers in planning and booking their trips.

This user-friendly site makes it easy for Muslim Travelers to match their lifestyle with hotels, flights and tour packages.
SINGAPORE, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The travel industry has been lacking a dedicated travel booking site catering to the needs of Muslims. All that is changed with the acquisition of HalalTrip.com by Crescentrating, the world’s leading authority on Halal Travel. It is now re-launching HalalTrip.com as the world’s first full-fledged travel booking site that specializes in the needs of the Muslim traveler.
HalalTrip.com features over 380,000 Booking.com hotels and other accommodations to choose from. A global directory of Halal restaurants, mosques and other Halal friendly amenities near the hotel and surrounding neighborhood will allow the travelers to make educated choices. Crescentrated Hotels will also be featured with information regarding their verified and audited Halal friendly facilities and amenities. HalalTrip.com has partnered with Booking.com to provide its customers with one of the world’s largest inventories of hotel and holiday travel accommodations.
Flight booking will be powered by Wego.com’s meta-search engine producing the best prices for flights while booking travel arrangements. During a recent interview, Ross Veitch, Wego CEO & Founder, had this to say: “Wego is delighted to be providing flight search technology for HalalTrip.com. We congratulate Crescentrating on their innovative ratings system they are bringing to the market to enable Islamic travellers to make better lifestyle and travel decisions”.
Tour packages tailor made for Muslim travelers will soon be available on HalalTrip.com and via accredited travel agents. These tour packages have been developed in partnership with Kuoni Group Travel Experts, one of the world’s largest wholesale tour operators. Olivier Moeschler, Kuoni Group Travel Expert’s Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific & the Americas, commented: “With a rising population exceeding 1.6 billion people, Muslims are increasingly choosing travel options that combine their wish to see the best of leading destinations with more specialised needs such as Halal food, Salaath facilities or services during Ramadan. Our partnership with Crescentrating and HalalTrip.com will help us exceed their expectations as we further expand our range of Halal friendly travel destinations, accommodation and experiences.”
Dany Bolduc, Chief Operating Officer for Crescentrating, had this to say: “We are most proud of the HalalTrip.com website and are aiming to be the leader in the online travel booking market for Halal Travel. We have very ambitious plans with an ever growing database and additional features to create a hassle-free travel experience for Muslim travellers.” Other features will be added progressively including Arabic and other language interfaces.
Muslim traveler’s expenditure is estimated to reach USD 200 billion by 2020. Along with the increasing penetration of internet and smart phones in the Middle East and other Muslim majority markets, online travel booking is set to grow rapidly in these regions.
For complete information, please visit: HalalTrip.com
Media Contact:
Dany Bolduc
CEO
dany@crescentrating.com
Telephone: +65-6255-2896
Crescentrating Pte Ltd.
1003 Bukit Merah Central, #07-14
Singapore 159836
Web: http://www.crescentrating.com, http://www.halaltrip.com
About Crescentrating Pte Ltd:
Crescentrating Pte Ltd, a Singapore based company, is the pioneer and world leader in Halal Friendly Travel. It’s vision is to enable Muslim travelers to explore the world with peace of mind by leading the growth of “Halal Travel” segment to benefit travelers, travel service providers and the community as a whole. Crescentrating.com, HalalTrip.com and it’s mobile application Crescent Trips brings a full portfolio of world leading products to ensure a hassle free “Halal travel” experience, whether you are travelling for leisure or business
About Booking.com
Booking.com is the world leader in booking hotel and other accommodations online. It guarantees the best prices for any type of property — from small independents to five-star luxury. Guests can access the Booking.com website anytime, anywhere from their desktops, mobile phones and tablet devices, and they don’t pay booking fees — ever. The Booking.com website is available in 42 languages, offers over 380,000 hotels and accommodations in 193 countries, features over 24 million reviews written by guests after their stay, and attracts online visitors from both leisure and business markets around the globe. With over 16 years of experience and a team of over 6,400 dedicated employees in 115+ offices worldwide, Booking.com operates its own in-house customer service team, which is available 24/7 to assist guests in their native languages and ensure an exceptional customer experience.
Established in 1996, Booking.com B.V. owns and operates Booking.com™, and is part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN). Follow us on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, like us on Facebook, or learn more at http://www.booking.com.
About Kuoni Group Travel Experts
Kuoni Group Travel Experts is the world’s leading group travel provider. Reliable and flexible with a wealth of destination knowledge, we create and deliver 45,000 tailor-made tours and programmes every year. Part of Kuoni Global Travel Services, a division of Kuoni, our international network takes care of the hard work, saving our partners time and money. We learn their business and deliver excellence, sharing our understanding with colleagues who cultivate long-standing local partnerships that matter. The warmth and sincerity of our people drives our destination expertise, delivering unparalleled local knowledge and value-adding content. The courage that drives our innovation in shaping the future of group travel leads us to develop solutions through cutting-edge technology, making us easier to work with. The passion and excitement that drives our growth ensures we capture the attention of inexperienced travellers with assured, quality trips, while finding new options for seasoned travellers. http://www.kuonigrouptravel.com
About Wego.com
Wego.com is the leading travel search site in the Asia Pacific and Middle East, headquartered in Singapore, with regional offices in Jakarta, Bangalore and Dubai. Available in more than 50 localised country sites and 30 languages, Wego searches hundreds of global travel websites including airlines, hotel chains and online travel agents, using powerful yet simple to use technology. Wego presents an unbiased and channel neutral view of travel prices, providing users with the choice of booking direct with a hotel or airline, or via an OTA or aggregator site.
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December 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm

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Longer Vehicle Life Sustains Growth for Engine Control Units in North America, Finds Frost & Sullivan

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— Emphasis on fuel efficiency and electronic content in modern automobiles will ensure long-term market growth

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The rise in the average age of operational vehicles drives the North American aftermarket for engine control units (ECUs). Remanufactured ECUs, in particular, will find more takers due to the price difference between new and remanufactured units. In the long-term, the emphasis on fuel-system efficiency and electronic content in modern automobiles will ensure stable market growth.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.automotive.frost.com), Opportunity Analysis of Engine Control Units (ECUs) in the North American Automotive Aftermarket, finds that the market earned revenue of $580.1 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach $721.3 million in 2019.

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With people keeping their vehicles longer, the increasing number of aging vehicles generates replacement opportunities for the ECU aftermarket in North America. Moreover, escalating raw material prices and currency exchange fluctuations boost prices for new and remanufactured engine control units and spur market revenue.

“The need to comply with stricter emission and fuel economy standards makes ECUs complex,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive and Transportation Research Manager Stephen Spivey. “As sophisticated products enter the aftermarket and more foreign nameplate vehicles are serviced, the prices of ECUs will go up, thereby adding to manufacturers’ margins.”

Manufacturer-level revenue will increase by 3.2 percent annually over the 2012 to 2019 period, but restraints to growth remain. On the one hand rapid technological advances improve ECU quality, better longevity means that replacement rates are declining. At the same time, some consumers ignore the symptoms of a faulty ECU due to the associated high replacement costs, thereby slowing unit sales. The availability of cheap, low-quality Asian imports further curbs market development in the region.

Independent suppliers and repairers will lose their market share to auto dealerships in the original equipment service (OES) channel due to their lack of training, especially in terms of ECU failure diagnosis. In fact, the OES channel is best positioned to widen its consumer base as a result of excellent core management practices and a technological advantage over the independent aftermarket.

“Favorable pricing will be crucial for manufacturers to revive demand for remanufactured ECUs and expand their footprint,” observed Spivey. “Aftermarket suppliers must also build strong partnerships with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and foreign participants over the medium- to long-term to overcome technological challenges, share key proprietary information, leverage the installed base of different OEMs, and satisfy the aftermarket’s all-makes-and-models coverage benchmark.”

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December 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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American Capital Energy & Infrastructure Partners with Veteran Management Team to Establish BMR Energy and Commits $25 Million to First Project

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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — American Capital Energy & Infrastructure (“ACEI”) announced today that it has partnered with a veteran management team to create BMR Energy LLC (“BMR”), a new energy company focused on developing and investing in power and related energy infrastructure throughout Central America and the Caribbean.
Led by Bruce Levy as Chief Executive Officer, BMR’s management team has over 60 years of collective experience in global energy project development, acquisition and operations. Mr. Levy has held key executive positions in the U.S. and international energy sectors for the past 30 years, most recently as President and CEO of International Power North America (now part of GDF SUEZ Energy International). Mr. Levy is joined by Andrew Rovito and Pip Decker. Mr. Rovito has extensive experience in global energy project development and finance and most recently co-founded Development Partners Group, a developer of fossil fuel independent power projects throughout the U.S. Mr. Decker has been involved in the renewable energy industry, focused on the development, construction and operation of wind and solar facilities throughout the U.S., and, prior to BMR, focused on project development for Brookfield Renewable Power.
Mr. Paul Hanrahan, CEO and co-founder of ACEI, said: “We are excited to partner with Bruce, Andrew and Pip in building this new platform. Bruce is a knowledgeable and successful international executive who leads a talented team with strong energy infrastructure development and operational experience. This partnership will enable ACEI to expand into the Caribbean and Central American region with the development of competitive and environmentally responsible power and related energy infrastructure to serve the region’s growing energy needs.”
BMR’s first project is a 34 MW wind farm in Malvern, St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica. In September 2013, the Office of Utility Regulation in Jamaica selected BMR to build, own, and operate the wind project, which is expected to be operational in 2015. The company also has a mature project pipeline throughout the region.
Mr. Hanrahan added: “There is a tremendous opportunity for renewable and efficient fossil fueled generation and gas infrastructure to displace expensive oil-fired power plants in Jamaica, as well as throughout the Caribbean and Central American region. With most of Jamaica’s electrical power produced by diesel and heavy fuel oil, Jamaica depends on relatively expensive petroleum imports to satisfy its national energy needs. Renewable power and other energy infrastructure can substantially reduce the cost of power while also improving the environment in Jamaica.”
“ACEI’s deep operational and development knowledge, combined with its extensive global network in the industry, as well as its financial strength will add significant value to BMR and our first project in Jamaica,” said Mr. Levy. “Power from our Jamaica wind project should be among the lowest price available in the country. We are pursuing similar opportunities for wind, solar and fossil fueled energy projects and expect that our technical and development expertise as well as our financial strength will offer new options to governments and energy users across the region. We look forward to being a part of this effort.”
ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE
American Capital Energy & Infrastructure invests in global energy infrastructure assets, including power generation facilities, power distribution and transmission networks, energy transportation assets, fuel production opportunities and product and service companies focused on the power and energy sectors. ACEI is part of American Capital, Ltd.’s (Nasdaq: ACAS) (“American Capital”) asset management affiliate, American Capital Asset Management, LLC. For further information, please refer to http://www.ACEI.com.
ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL
American Capital is a publicly traded private equity firm and global asset manager. American Capital, both directly and through its asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate, energy and infrastructure and structured products. American Capital manages $20 billion of assets, including assets on its balance sheet and fee earning assets under management by affiliated managers, with $117 billion of total assets under management (including levered assets). Through an affiliate, American Capital manages publicly traded American Capital Agency Corp. (Nasdaq: AGNC) with approximately $10 billion of net book value and American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp. (Nasdaq: MTGE) with approximately $1 billion of net book value. From its eight offices in the U.S. and Europe, American Capital and its affiliate, European Capital, will consider investment opportunities from $10 million to $750 million. For further information, please refer to http://www.americancapital.com.
ABOUT BMR ENERGY
Headquartered in New York City, BMR Energy was founded in 2013 to focus on acquiring, developing, owning and operating power and energy related assets in the Caribbean and Central America. The BMR team brings more than 60 years of combined international energy infrastructure development and operational experience.
Contact: (443) 214-7070
Paul Hanrahan, Chief Executive Officer
Richard Santoroski, Managing Director
Rajeev Garside, Vice President
Source: American Capital Energy & Infrastructure
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December 19, 2013 at 11:59 am

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Merck Enters Into License Agreement With the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO)

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DARMSTADT, Germany, December 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —
New agreement aims to translate CNIO research into new potential treatment options for cancer patients
License agreement encompasses two series of ATR inhibitors and a screening platform
Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck, today announced that a license agreement has been signed with the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) in Madrid in the area of cancer drug development. The global agreement will build upon CNIO research discoveries to encourage the development and commercialization of new compounds in the field of oncology.
Under the terms of the license agreement, CNIO has granted to Merck exclusive rights to develop and commercialize their new inhibitors of the ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related (ATR) kinase. In exchange, Merck will make an initial payment along with other potential income of up to nearly € 19 million, as well as royalties on net sales. The agreement encompasses the licensing of two series of ATR inhibitors, as well as a screening platform to validate the compounds, which have currently reached an advanced preclinical stage.
“Part of Merck’s commitment to oncology includes the focus on strategic agreements that allow us to foster a constant flow of innovations,” said Andree Blaukat, Head of Translational Innovation Platform Oncology for Merck Serono. “We are convinced that working with like-minded organizations, like the CNIO, will further strengthen our efforts towards finding the next generation of breakthrough therapies.”
“As a research organization, the CNIO is committed to fostering and promoting innovation. Among other initiatives, the CNIO’s Experimental Therapeutics Program carries out early drug discovery projects. The CNIO is delighted to be working with Merck to hopefully translate this research into potential new treatment options for patients with cancer,” said Maria Blasco, Director of the CNIO. “It is through collaborations with industry oncology leaders that we can bring CNIO discoveries, such as those made by the group led by Oscar Fernandez-Capetillo, to patients, and contribute new improved products to the battle against cancer.”
ATR kinase has an important role in the response to DNA damage and in facilitating cell survival. Due to the fact that tumor cells accumulate more DNA damage than healthy cells, blocking ATR kinase activity with selective inhibitors appears to be a strategy worth investigating further for specific tumor types.
About the CNIO
The CNIO was created in 1998 by the National Health Institute Carlos III, with the essential goal of developing research of excellence and providing innovative technology in the field of cancer. In the SIR World Report 2013, elaborated by the Scimago research group to compare the scientific quality of research Institutions worldwide, the CNIO occupies the second position among the best cancer centres in the word (the first position among Spanish centres). In line with these indicators, the Spanish Government recognized the quality of the CNIO’s scientific and human resources programmes with the Severo Ochoa Award, accrediting CNIO as one of the eight Spanish Centres of Excellence in 2011.
Maria Blasco has held the position of Director of the CNIO since June 2011. Since its creation, the CNIO has established collaborations with several national and international companies. Moreover, in the past three years, the CNIO has launched two spin-off companies: Life Length, focused on marketing in-house-developed technology for telomere length determination as a novel method of disease risk prediction; and BioncoTech, which develops a new treatment for highly aggressive melanoma. More information: http://www.cnio.es
About Merck Serono
Merck Serono is the biopharmaceutical division of Merck. With headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, Merck Serono offers leading brands in 150 countries to help patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis, infertility, endocrine and metabolic disorders as well as cardiovascular diseases. In the United States and Canada, EMD Serono operates as a separately incorporated subsidiary of Merck Serono.
Merck Serono discovers, develops, manufactures and markets prescription medicines of both chemical and biological origin in specialist indications. We have an enduring commitment to deliver novel therapies in our core focus areas of neurology, oncology, immuno-oncology and immunology.
For more information, please visit http://www.merckserono.com.
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Merck is a leading pharmaceutical, chemical and life science company with total revenues of € 11.2 billion in 2012, a history that began in 1668, and a future shaped by approx. 38,000 employees in 66 countries. Its success is characterized by innovations from entrepreneurial employees. Merck’s operating activities come under the umbrella of Merck KGaA, in which the Merck family holds an approximately 70% interest and free shareholders own the remaining approximately 30%. In 1917 the U.S. subsidiary Merck & Co. was expropriated and has been an independent company ever since.
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December 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

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