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National Instruments Announces Opening of a LabVIEW Academy at Ngee Ann Polytechnic

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — National Instruments (NI) and Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic have entered into a strategic collaboration to establish a LabVIEW Academy at the campus. The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Singapore NI office on 18 April 2016.

NI LabVIEW is a graphical programming environment that delivers hands-on learning and supports research applications. The LabVIEW Academy programme, which is enabled in partnership with institutions of higher learning, provides a comprehensive curriculum tool and solutions for educators to sharpen students’ competitive edge through a deeper understanding of the NI LabVIEW System design software.

Commenting on the partnership, Dr Alex See Kok Bin, Senior Manager/Senior Lecturer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Electrical Engineering Division, said:  “LabVIEW is widely used in academia. Through this partnership, more than 200 students and lecturers will have full use of LabVIEW as part of their Sensors and Instrumentation module. Our students will also be able to take the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) Examination and receive a certification that will give them an edge in the engineering industry and better job prospects.”

National Instruments and Ngee Ann Polytechnic have a long-standing partnership that spans nearly two decades, with the first agreement to collaborate and use LabVIEW signed in February 1997. Two more partnership agreements followed in May 2006 and May February 2010, providing Ngee Ann Polytechnic students with NI’s industry-leading tools.

Under the new MOU, NI will provide Ngee Ann Polytechnic with 350 LabVIEW Academic Software Teaching Licences each year over the next three years. “NI’s teaching philosophy is to inspire and prepare tomorrow’s innovators to solve grand challenges by enabling them to ‘do engineering’ throughout their education. With the creation of a LabVIEW Academy at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, we hope to foster a closer collaboration on the latest industrial applications of virtual instrumentation while developing the next-generation of innovators,” said Mr Chandran Nair, Vice President forAsia Pacific, National Instruments.

Graduates who are trained and certified in LabVIEW programming are highly sought after in the engineering and high-value manufacturing industries in Singapore and globally.

High-value manufacturing, advanced research & development, and engineering services are pillars of the Singaporeeconomy. Key growth clusters include electronics, chemicals, telecommunications, biomedical sciences, aerospace and transport engineering. The city-state is also one of the world’s most research-focused countries, with the academia serving as a breeding ground for future innovators.

Singapore’s competitive advantage is due to a strong commitment to innovation and productivity. There is also a very vibrant environment that encourages collaboration between industry, government and the academia to enhance learning using technology and to foster an inquisitive and innovative mindset among the next generation. NI strives to continue to be the academic platform of discovery for students,” added Mr Nair.

About National Instruments 

Since 1976, NI ( has made it possible for engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges with powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation. Customers from a wide variety of industries — from healthcare to automotive and from consumer electronics to particle physics — use NI’s integrated hardware and software platform to improve the world we live in.

Big Analog Data, National Instruments, NI and are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.

About Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Inaugurated in 1963 as Ngee Ann College with only 116 students, Ngee Ann Polytechnic is today one of Singapore’sleading institutions of higher learning with more than 16,000 full-time students, about 2,000 part-time students and an alumni community of over 130,000.

The polytechnic offers 49 full-time courses through its nine academic schools – School of Business & Accountancy, School of Design & Environment, School of Engineering, School of Film & Media Studies, School of Health Sciences, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, School of InfoComm Technology, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology. Ngee Ann supports Continuing Education and Training (CET) through its CET Academy which offers a wide range of part-time programmes. The Polytechnic has also established two Centres of Innovation – in Environmental & Water Technology and Marine & Offshore Technology – to work on collaborative research and technology projects.

Learning takes place amid a caring and conducive environment with top-notch facilities ranging from broadcast, multimedia and animation studios to research laboratories as well as simulation and technology centres. With our emphasis on a broad-based education, coupled with our signature Service-Learning pedagogy and global exposure, Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s vision is to prepare graduates with a passion for learning, values for life and competencies to thrive in a global workplace.

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Source: National Instruments

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April 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm

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I.M. Pei, Master Of Modern Architecture, Celebrates His 99th Birthday

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — / — World-renowned architect, I.M. Pei, celebrates his 99th birthday on April 26th.

Ieoh Ming Pei was born in Guangzhou, China in 1917, the son of a prominent banker. He moved to New York to study architecture and established his first architectural firm in 1955.

Pei became famous for designing the Bank of China Building in Hong Kong and the Pyramid at the Louvre in Paris. Many of his best buildings may be found in the United States, including the Four Seasons Hotel on 57th Street inNew York, the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, the National Gallery of Art’s East Building in Washington, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. These light-flooded structures are powerful and impress with exceptional clarity.

I.M. Pei’s only condominium building, The Centurion Condominium at 33 West 56th Street in the heart of Manhattan, was designed in 2008, with his sons at Pei Partnership Architects.

The Centurion Condominium is seen as one of the most architecturally significant and exclusive condominiums inNew York City. It is nearly sold out, with the exception of a magnificent penthouse. “In addition, sometimes we are able to offer a resale apartment at the building, starting from just $2.5 million,” says the building’s exclusive broker,Thomas Guss of New York Residence, Inc.

The amenities of the property include a 24-hour concierge, doorman, fitness center, and a private waterfall as part of its impressive lobby.

Those who want to invest in the strong New York real estate market and add a true collector’s item to their property portfolio, can view, send an email to Thomas Guss at or call +1 (212) 888-5633.

I.M. Pei stated that the building has a lot of emotional content for him because of his personal connection to the project and its location. The Centurion is located within walking distance of Central Park and the most luxurious shops on Fifth Avenue.

Pei, now the world’s most celebrated living architect, looks back at 70 years of groundbreaking architectural work across the globe. “Still, New York is the most exciting city in the world. It is pulsating with life – and architecture is the mirror of life,” says Pei.


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April 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm

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G2A.COM Virtual Reality Project – G2A Land is a Winner of The Stevie Awards 2016 in Las Vegas

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RZESZOW, Poland and LONDON and HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ —

G2A.COM won a Stevie Award in Las Vegas in March 2016 for G2A Land in the category of New Product and Service. The Virtual Reality project is receiving rave reviews because of new techniques that heighten the user experience.  G2A Land  G2A Land Newswire
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G2A.COM, the world’s fastest growing digital gaming marketplace, invested over 25 million Euros over two years into research and development to establish new cutting edge technologies as part of the G2A Ecosystem. During the Virtual Reality (VR), project research on G2A Land, new design techniques became a first in the field of VR.  The BBC recently declared 2016 as the Year for Virtual Reality as more and more innovations peek global interest in how VR can be used and applied to heighten experiences.

G2A Land features a thrilling roller coaster experience, shooting range, cinema and an underwater world. The enjoyment is increased by viewing G2A Land while wearing the Oculus Glasses for a 3D impact. G2A Land will soon be available as a free download.

G2A CEO and Co-founder Bartosz Skwarczek said that it was a great honour to be amongst winners of the Stevie Award. “G2A is humbled that our work and new projects are being seen and appreciated and that the hard work of G2A teams is being noticed by international judges.”

Jacqueline Purcell, G2A Head of Global Public Relations said: “This year there were more than 2100 Stevie entries that were submitted by organizations in 36 nations. We were delighted to receive this award. It is an amazing success for G2A Land.”

G2A Global PR Representative, Katarzyna Szymczak-Skalska accepted the awards on behalf of G2A’s Virtual Reality Project Team, 450 hardworking G2A staff and all gamers around the world. “Every day in every way G2A serve passionate gamers and these passionate gamers taught us what they want for a great customer experience.”

The Stevie Awards are the world’s premier business awards. They were created in 2002 to honour and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide.  The Stevie Awards have become one of the world’s most coveted prizes.

The G2A VR team are now developing new projects such as the Gotham VR application which will soon be available around the world for fans of Virtual Reality.

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April 26, 2016 at 4:41 pm

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Supermicro(R) Total Solutions for Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud Accelerate Open Infrastructure Growth

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-Complete End-to-End Integration, Validation, Deployment and Services Maximize ROI through Agile, Scalable Cloud Infrastructure Total Solutions

AUSTIN, Texas /PRNewswire/ — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing showcases its total solutions for public, private and hybrid cloud at OpenStack® Summit this week in Austin, Texas. Business success today requires adaptability, flexibility, and security. The Cloud promises to address these challenges by providing an open standards-based infrastructure that enables rapid workload deployment. Supermicro Total Solutions for OpenStack® enable cloud and hyperscale growth with the most comprehensive OpenStack certified compute, storage, networking and management node components. Supermicro’s Total Solutions for OpenStack takes into account design considerations across performance, density, redundancy, and serviceability down to the component level to build exactly the best reference architecture addressing use cases such as DevOps, Big Data and Service Providers.

“Supermicro offers the industry’s strongest server, storage and networking solutions for high scalability OpenStack deployments,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “Supermicro’s OpenStack Reference Architecture leverages our SuperServer, SuperBlade, SuperStorage and high-throughput network switches to deliver ready to deploy complete rack solutions. With our Total Solution advantage, Supermicro offers full integration, validation, deployment, service, and support worldwide.”

Supermicro Showcase

  • Supermicro Reference Architecture for OpenStack® – Balanced configuration for enterprise grade DevOps system with high-availability on data path. Leverages a pre-validated design that integrates compute, storage, networking and software into an efficient, application-centric cloud solution that is simple to deploy and easy to scale. Standard and Advanced Reference Architecture configurations are also available. For more information email
  • Supermicro (Mirantis) Unlocked Appliance – Supermicro and Mirantis are bringing the best of cloud and converged infrastructure together to simplify OpenStack deployments and reduce the time-to-value of your private cloud, allowing you to focus on your business and your applications. Together our goal is to ensure the success of your OpenStack cloud, enabling you to achieve Agile IT.

Visit Supermicro at OpenStack Summit in Austin, Texas, April 25 through the 29 at the Austin Convention Center, Booth #B25.

For more information on Supermicro’s complete range of high performance, high-efficiency Server, Storage and Networking solutions, visit

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About Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.

Supermicro, Building Block Solutions and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc.

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April 26, 2016 at 4:35 pm

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USC Gould School of Law Launches Certificate in U.S. Legal Studies, English Proficiency

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-Two-year program helps Chinese students develop English skills

LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — USC Gould School of Law is launching a new certificate in U.S. Legal Studies, a two-year program that allows students in Greater China to spend one year developing English skills before beginning their LL.M. program.

International students graduate with an LL.M degree at USC Gould School of Law
International students graduate with an LL.M degree at USC Gould School of Law
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USC Gould School of Law

USC is the first school in California and the third top 20 law school to offer a two-year program designed to bolster students’ English proficiency in a legal setting. For more information on the certificate in U.S. Legal Studies, please visit

USC is currently accepting applications to the new program, which launches in August, 2016. Between 30 and 40 students are expected to enroll in the program.

During the first year of the U.S. Legal Studies program, students will develop:

  • Legal reading and comprehension skills
  • Case briefing skills, legal analysis and synthesis skills in the U.S. common law system.
  • Basic research and citation skills.
  • Exam-writing skills
  • English skills

Students will be grouped with the same cohort throughout the year.

“This is a unique program that allows students to master the skills they need to succeed in both our LL.M. program as well as in their legal careers after graduation,” said Misa Shimotsu-Kim, director of USC Gould Graduate & International Programs.  “We created these courses based on our understanding of the LL.M. program as well as the skills and tools that lawyers use in their day-to-day practice.  Students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of practical skills, such as client communication and oral advocacy alongside foundational U.S. law.”

The new certificate is the latest innovation conceived by USC Gould Dean Andrew Guzman.

“We recognize that the practice of law is becoming increasingly international. Through our programs, we seek to share our knowledge of U.S. law, as well as gain insight into the laws and cultures of other countries,” said Guzman. “At USC Gould, students have the opportunity to interact with future practitioners from around the world, and develop an international perspective that span the globe.”

For more information on the certificate in U.S. Legal Studies, please visit or contact the Graduate & International Programs office at or 213-821-5916.

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April 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm

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BESTOLIFE(TM) rolls out versatile HONEY KOTE(TM) drilling compound

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DALLAS /PRNewswire/ — BESTOLIFE™ Corporation ( today unveiled its latest innovation in premium copper-based drilling compounds. HONEY KOTE™ is specially formulated to provide maximum protection against seizing, galling, and load-bearing stress on drill collars and drill pipes used in the oil and gas industry.

“Providing a product with maximum protection against corrosion and water wash-out allows our customers to increase efficiency on even the toughest and most demanding drilling jobs,” said Sharon White, global sales manager at BESTOLIFE™. “We developed HONEY KOTE™ to be a highly versatile product that protects drill collars and tool joints under a wide variety of extreme conditions.”

The HONEY KOTE™ formula resists corrosion, providing an added benefit of long-term storage protection for threaded surfaces in a variety of conditions.  It applies easily in a wide variety of temperatures and working conditions and won’t run off or bleed at high temperatures or harden in storage.

“Drilling conditions are more extreme than ever, and extending the life of equipment under those conditions motivates us to innovate better products,” said Jared Elliott, president of BESTOLIFE™ Corporation. “We think HONEY KOTE™ is an important step toward our goal of developing products that help our customers operate more efficiently and profitably.”

This high temperature compound is formulated and manufactured according to strict standards of quality to assure that it meets or exceeds all International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and American Petroleum Institute (API) standards.  HONEY KOTE™ is specially formulated to resist water wash-out and corrosion and has been successfully pressure tested up to 25,000 psi.

HONEY KOTE™ has a new copper ‘look and feel’ and has been designed for maximum efficiency when applying under diverse conditions. It is also positioned to be more cost effective than competitive products.

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About BESTOLIFE™ Corporation

Since 1932, BESTOLIFE™ has led the market for Drilling, Production, and Industrial compound applications. They offer a wide range of premium compounds that are proven to extend the life of drilling equipment. These products are formulated to strict standards of quality and performance that meet or exceed industry standards and customer needs.

CONTACT: Mark Porter, +1-214-583-0267,

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April 26, 2016 at 4:16 pm

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Members Get More — Introducing a New Experiences Marketplace and Elite Benefits

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-Marriott Rewards empowers Members to get the most out of travel

HONG KONG  /PRNewswire/ — Marriott Rewards, the award-winning loyalty program of Marriott International, today announced three new benefits that make it easy for Members to explore the things they love and experience travel to the fullest.

  • Guaranteed late checkout will give Gold and Platinum Elite Members of Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards increased flexibility and peace of mind when they travel.
  • The new Marriott Rewards experiences marketplace gives all Members, including The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Members, even more access to a collection of unique, curated experiences.
  • For an initial group of Elite Marriott Rewards Members, a new Elite concierge service will provide them with a dedicated concierge so that their travel experience is both seamless and tailored to their individual needs.

“To reciprocate our Members’ loyalty, Marriott Rewards is going far beyond the usual hotel-level perks,” said Anka Twum-Baah, Vice President, Customer Loyalty & Content, Asia Pacific at Marriott International. “Our aim is to deliver not only flexibility and freedom, but also exciting opportunities that help our Members enjoy what they love most about travel. These personalized, experiential rewards are our way of giving back to our most loyal Members.”

Guaranteed late checkout

The guaranteed late checkout benefit will be available to Gold and Platinum Elite Members of both Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards who will enjoy a more seamless travel experience when planning their trip. These Members will receive a guaranteed late checkout, which could be as late as 4pm. Members can request the late checkout when making a reservation by phone, when checking in using the Marriott Mobile App, or upon arrival at the hotel. This benefit is available at all fully participating Marriott Rewards hotels with the exclusion of resorts, convention hotels and Marriott Vacation Club. Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards will continue to offer Silver Elite Members the benefit of requesting late checkout on their day of departure. Guaranteed late checkout launches in Asia Pacific and globally on 16 May.

Experiences marketplace

With the experiences marketplace, all Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Members can pursue their passions by choosing from a wide array of curated special events and opportunities for discovery. Whether it’s an exclusive culinary demonstration with a world-famous chef; VIP admission to concerts and catwalks; or special rewards at a renowned sporting event like HKSEVENS Rugby Week, sponsored by Marriott Rewards in Hong Kong earlier this month — Members can redeem Marriott Rewards or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards points to access a marketplace of unique experiences that allow them to explore their personal interests in the most meaningful and memorable ways. The experiences marketplace will be available globally to all members in late May.

Elite concierge service

An initial group of Elite Members of Marriott Rewards will be invited to participate in a new Elite concierge service. By developing a relationship with the Member, the concierge will be able to anticipate their unique needs, ensuring the Member’s preferences are recognized and their desires are met before, during, and even after their stay. The concierge will be able to reserve on-property amenities like restaurants and spa treatments, as well as make arrangements for special occasions. The service will launch in late May in the U.S. and roll out progressively in Asia Pacific and worldwide. Marriott Rewards will actively engage with this group of charter Members and seek their feedback to refine the service.

These new benefits are the latest example of Marriott Rewards showing Members that loyalty flows both ways. They follow the recent announcement of exclusive Member Rates which guarantee the lowest price for Members who book direct, and other recently introduced benefits including Points Sharing, Cash + Points, Points Advance and Redemption Stay Credits.

Guaranteed late checkout will take effect in Asia Pacific and around the world on May 16. The experiences marketplace and Elite concierge service will be progressively rolled out in Asia Pacific, after launching in the U.S. in late May.

Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 17 brands and over 4,200 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and Members can earn and redeem points at Marriott International properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” for the last eight years and is a two-time winner of the Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report,, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together comprise nearly 55 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website, and for the latest company news, visit

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April 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm

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MetLife Hong Kong Awarded “Caring Company”

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-Recognized for its Commitment to Building a Sustainable Society through Impactful Corporate Social Responsibility

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — MetLife Hong Kong*, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MetLife, Inc., the #1 U.S. life insurer^, announced today that it has been honored with the “Caring Company Logo” by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service for the fourth year in a row in recognition of its contributions to the community. This acknowledgement follows MetLife Hong Kong’s achievement as the Corporate Citizen of the Year (Best-In-Class) by the prestigious BENCHMARK Wealth Management Awards 2015.

Ms. Sunshine Farzan, Head of Marketing and Communications of MetLife Hong Kong, said, “It’s always an honor to receive this recognition. It is a great encouragement and affirmation of our philanthropic culture. We take pride in helping all members of the Hong Kong community. We will continue our CSR commitment to corporate and support of local charities and non-profit organizations to build a well-protected future for the community.”

MetLife Hong Kong has made significant contributions to the community by launching corporate social responsibility initiatives and programs to promote the importance of women’s health, wellness, employee volunteering programs and financial inclusion.

This year marks the MetLife Foundation’s second year as its exclusive sponsor. The Financial Inclusion Challenge is a competition managed by The Wall Street Journal that encourages non-profit and for-profit enterprises to showcase programs that provide innovative, sustainable solutions for individuals and families struggling to be part of the financial mainstream.

MetLife Hong Kong encourages employee participation in MetLife Volunteer Programs, in which employees who volunteer receive a full-day leave. For instance, this month, MetLife Hong Kong has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to support Project Home Works, a program that ensures low-income and vulnerable people in Hong Konghave safe and decent homes to live in.

Fundamental to MetLife Hong Kong’s CSR strategy is its commitment to promoting women’s health by raising breast cancer awareness and educating women about prevention. Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst Hong Kong women+, and MetLife Hong Kong has reignited the breast cancer conversation among women. In conjunction with the rollout of the first online breast cancer product in the market#, MetLife Hong Kong partnered the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation and sponsored Breast Cancer Awareness Day to promote public awareness of breast cancer risks, the importance of breast health, and advocate better breast cancer care in Hong Kong.

“At MetLife we believe in bringing people together and encouraging our employees to reach out to those in their communities who need the most support. We are proud that our employees are enthusiastic and see the value in giving back to society and we strive to develop even more engaging CSR initiatives in the future,” said Ms. Farzan.

About MetLife

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world##. Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and theMiddle East. For more information about MetLife Hong Kong, visit


MetLife Limited and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of Hong Kong Limited (collectively “MetLife Hong Kong”) are wholly-owned subsidiaries of MetLife, Inc. in Hong Kong and private companies limited by shares incorporated and registered under the applicable laws in Hong Kong. Both MetLife Limited and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of Hong Kong Limited are authorized insurers carrying long term business in Hong Kong.


Based on 2015 written premiums. Source: Axco Global Statistics 2016.


Source: Hong Kong Cancer Registry, Hospital Authority (2013 figures)


According to MetLife Limited research as of February 23, 2015


Based on non-banking assets according to A.M. Best research 2012 data, Best’s Review July 2014.

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April 26, 2016 at 3:46 pm

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Banking and Consumer Electronics Boost Biometrics’ Position in IoT but Security Issues Looming Large

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ — ABI Research, the leader in transformative technology innovation market intelligence, predicts that by 2021, the biometrics market will reach $30 billion and shift its revenue focus, moving away from the governmental sector to emphasize opportunities in the consumer and banking sectors. Consumer and banking will see 19% and 12% growth rates, respectively.

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“After establishing a foundation in smartphones and user authentication, the biometrics market is branching out and entering the evolving IoT ecosystem,” says Dimitrios Pavlakis, Industry Analyst at ABI Research. “The revenue shift will happen as the market focuses on consumer devices and securing more investment from mobile and computing device OEMs, as well as large banks and credit card companies.”

Border control is currently one of the highest growth areas in the government market sector. Employee authentication is the focus of enterprises, as are smartphones in the consumer sector. Specifically, fingerprint technology in smartphones will signal disruptive growth to the current consumer landscape. Fingerprint sensor shipments are expected to hit close to two billion by 2021, with this marking an overall growth rate of 44%. The increase will show biometrics becoming particularly relevant in the automotive, data management, healthcare and telemedicine, smart home, and wearables IoT market segments.

As biometric technology rapidly advances within these different sectors, market players need to be on the alert for new security legislation that could potentially affect companies’ business strategies in the years ahead. The influx of new devices featuring biometric sensors in the connectivity world and the emergence of new applications in the banking sector means an increase in overall market value, but it also means that security has fewer chances to catch up. Hackers, even ones in governmental settings, provide evidence of this challenge.

“Just a few months ago, a data breach within the U.S. government’s Office of Personnel Management saw more than 21 million people have their fingerprint biometric data, including social security numbers and other sensitive information, stolen,” concludes Pavlakis. “This can be seen as a turbulent prelude on what is to come and disrupt the biometric security market, unless OEMs and platform providers focus more on increasing protection rather than decreasing cost.”

This is the major task that multi-vertical companies like Safran Morpho, M2SYS, 3M Cogent, and Crossmatch have on their hands right now. While other smaller, albeit still strong players, like Nuance, Agnitio, Aware Inc., and BIO-key focus their efforts on specific segments and evolving markets.

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Biometric Technologies and Applications Service (, which includes research reports, market data, insights, and competitive assessments.

About ABI Research

For more than 25 years, ABI Research has stood at the forefront of technology market intelligence, partnering with innovative business leaders to implement informed, transformative technology decisions. The company employs a global team of senior analysts to provide comprehensive research and consulting services through deep quantitative forecasts, qualitative analyses and teardown services. An industry pioneer, ABI Research is proactive in its approach, frequently uncovering ground-breaking business cycles ahead of the curve and publishing research 18 to 36 months in advance of other organizations. In all, the company covers more than 60 services, spanning 11 technology sectors. For more information, visit

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Source: ABI Research

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April 26, 2016 at 3:41 pm

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Bluetooth Low Energy Devices to Account for 27% of Total Bluetooth Shipments by 2021 as New Enhancements Expand Opportunities in IoT

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ — ABI Research, the leader in transformative technology innovation market intelligence, predicts annual Bluetooth device shipments to reach 5 billion by 2021. Though smartphones will still account for 43% of Bluetooth device shipments at this time, Bluetooth Smart, also known as Bluetooth Low Energy, is exhibiting the strongest growth with a predicted 34% CAGR between 2016 and 2021, driven by new opportunities in beacons, home automation, and wearable applications in which lower energy consumption is critical. As a result, Bluetooth Smart Devices will account for 27% of total Bluetooth shipments by 2021.

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“While there remain significant opportunities for Bluetooth smartphone accessories and connected home devices, there will be increasing traction toward connecting to everyday household objects,” says Andrew Zignani, Industry Analyst at ABI Research. “This will be driven further by mesh networking and IPv6 enhancements. Improvements in energy efficiency and range, and reductions in size, will be contributing factors accelerating shipment growth. However, initial mesh implementations will target less power conscious devices, such as smart lighting, rather than beacons and more sophisticated wireless sensor network applications due to ‘the extra power consumption that mesh will require.'”

ABI Research finds it will also become increasingly critical to incorporate Bluetooth in routers and other smart home gateways for when an intermediary device, such as a smartphone or tablet, is not present. But Bluetooth faces its fair share of competition. Though it is widening its appeal, Bluetooth faces great difficulties in gaining traction in certain markets in which other low-power wireless technologies, such as Z-Wave, 802.15.4, HaLow, and Wi-Fi are more suitable.

“OEMs and IC suppliers should take advantage of new enhancements to range, throughput, and mesh networking in Bluetooth to compete against other IoT connectivity solutions,” continues Zignani. “IC suppliers should specifically integrate with other connectivity solutions to enable new usage scenarios and focus on ways to differentiate, such as by reducing size and power consumption. OEMs can also utilize Bluetooth’s throughput advantage versus 802.15.4 and lower power consumption versus Wi-Fi in order to create new and unique use cases that separate them from competing connectivity solutions.”

Combo solutions will become increasingly important to the market moving forward, while integration with other technologies such as NFC in order to securely provision headless IoT devices will also become more common. Power will also become increasingly critical and soon result in improvements in sleep states and radio operation, as well as enable growth in ultra-low power IoT nodes. Given the many upcoming enhancements, the building of reference designs and developmental tools will be critical in upcoming years in order to ease deployment.

“While suppliers such as Broadcom, Qualcomm, and MediaTek are still the key drivers of Bluetooth’s overall numbers, IoT focused players like Cypress, Nordic, TI, and Silicon Labs also have significant potential for growth due to new opportunities for Bluetooth in these emerging markets,” concludes Zignani.

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Bluetooth Service (, which includes research reports, market data, insights, and competitive assessments.

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