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Thales Wins first Transportation Contract in Vietnam for Hanoi Metro

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– Thales wins its first transportation contract in Vietnam.
– Thales will supply a complete telecommunications system for Line 3 of the Hanoi metro.
– The 12.5 km line will play a crucial role in relieving congestion in the city and is due to enter service at the end of 2021.

HANOI, Vietnam /PRNewswire/ — In its first transportation project in Vietnam, Thales has signed a contract to provide a complete telecommunications system for Line 3 of the Hanoi metro, the first of five lines planned for the Vietnamese capital. A French consortium including Alstom (leader), Colas Rail and Thales signed the contract, valued at 265 million euros, with Hanoi’s Metropolitan Railway Management Board (MRB) on 17 January 2017.

Thales to provide complete telecommunications system for Line 3 of the Hanoi metro
Thales to provide complete telecommunications system for Line 3 of the Hanoi metro

Hanoi currently has 7.5 million inhabitants and its population is expected to grow to 8 million by 2020. With continuing urbanisation and a dramatic increase in road traffic (cars and motorcycle taxis), the city’s metro project plays a crucial role in relieving congestion and improving road safety and public health. Under the urban transport master plan adopted by the city several years ago, five metro lines are due to be built by 2030.

Line 3 will run from the West of the city to the South. The 12.5 km line (8.5 km elevated and 4 km underground) will comprise 12 stations and is scheduled to enter service at the end of 2021.

Under the contract, consortium leader Alstom will supply rolling stock, signalling systems, power systems and depot infrastructure in partnership with Colas Rail.

Thales will provide all the train to track communication systems, as well as a line command & control centre for traffic management, energy distribution, video surveillance, passenger information and telephone services.

“Thales is delighted to be taking part in this major project, which will significantly improve daily mobility opportunities for Hanoi’s citizens, reduce congestion and improve the city’s environmental performance. To serve the urban transport market, Thales combines proven expertise in telecommunications and command & control systems with the capabilities of rolling stock manufacturers to provide operators or city authorities with the turnkey solutions they require to run environmentally responsible public transport systems,” Massimo Marinzi, Thales Country Director for Vietnam.

In the Ground Transportation sector, the Group relies on its common expertise in advanced technologies such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, big data, and connectivity. Benefitting from Thales’s worldwide experience and innovative telecommunications and command & control solutions, the city of Hanoi will have a complete, modern system to manage its first metro line.

Notes to editors

Line 3 of the Hanoi metro is Thales’s first transportation project in Vietnam.

The Thales Group has operated in Vietnam since the early 1990s, and supplied air traffic control centres and radars to the country. Its in-flight entertainment systems have also been selected by Vietnam Airlines.

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of EUR14 billion in 2015. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

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February 22, 2017 at 5:54 pm

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Orange Business Services strengthens its international cloud strategy with new public cloud services for multinational corporations

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MELBOURNE, Australia /PRNewswire/ — Orange Business Services is accelerating its international cloud strategy with a new global public cloud offering that includes advice, auditing, integration and managed services for cloud infrastructure and applications. The services, delivered in partnership with Huawei, complement the existing Orange private cloud portfolio and will help enterprises in their digital transformation initiatives.

The principal aim of the international cloud strategy is to help multinational corporations (MNCs) migrate their legacy enterprise applications to the cloud and ensure that their infrastructure and applications are available in all geographic regions in which they need to be hosted.

The new cloud services will roll out across Western Europe and Southeast Asia in April 2017, followed by the US in October 2017. The Middle East and Africa are scheduled for 2018.

The partnership with Huawei capitalizes on the strengths of OpenStack technology, an open-source software platform for cloud computing. Open standards and interoperability are key to meeting the demands for large, scalable public cloud solutions by delivering economies of scale and avoiding the danger of proprietary lock-in. Orange has partnered with Huawei because it is a leading player in the OpenStack arena and at the epicenter of the platform’s ongoing development.

Complement existing portfolio

The new public cloud services will complement the existing Orange private cloud portfolio. This provides a further opportunity to provide high-performance integrated hybrid cloud services. To guarantee maximum levels of security of their cloud infrastructure, customers will be able to rely on the services and expertise of Orange Cyberdefense.

In terms of service delivery, Orange will provide the data center facilities, network and security infrastructure, customers’ infrastructure and applications management, and professional services to support cloud migrations. Huawei will provide the hardware, develop the technology platform and OpenStack OS, and provide level-three support.

“Our customers have a genuine need for an international public cloud offering that will allow them to adapt to the uses imposed by new technologies and meet the challenges of transforming their IT services on a global scale. To continue to support them, it is essential for us to have the best technology, combined with the highest levels of security and services, that can meet the challenges of both digital transformation and international development. By collaborating with Huawei’s OpenStack experts, we are providing a secure and flexible platform built on an open architecture which will enable seamless end-to-end services, less vulnerability to tie in and ultimately more choice,” explains Philippe Laplane, Director of Orange Cloud for Business, Orange Business Services.

About Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services, the B2B branch of the Orange Group, and its 21,000 employees, is focused on supporting the digital transformation of multinational enterprises and French SMEs across five continents. Orange Business Services is not only an infrastructure operator, but also a technology integrator and a value-added service provider. It offers companies digital solutions that help foster collaboration within their teams (collaborative workspaces and mobile workspaces), better serve their customers (enriched customer relations and business innovation), and support their projects (enriched connectivity, flexible IT and cyberdefense). The integrated technologies that Orange Business Services offer range from Software Defined Networks (SDN/NFV), Big Data and IoT, to cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration, as well as cybersecurity. Orange Business Services customers include over 3,000 renowned multinational corporations at an international level and over two million professionals, companies and local communities in France.

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Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with annual sales of 40 billion euros in 2015 and has 256 million customers in 29 countries at 30 September 2016. Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

Press contact:

Elizabeth Mayeri, Orange Business Services,, +1 212 251 2086

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February 22, 2017 at 11:52 am

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Outsmart, Outweigh and Outwin with The Actxa Sense Smart Scale

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Actxa, Singapore’s smart wearables provider, has launched the Sense Smart Scale, an intuitive digital body fat analyser designed to help the world register a fitter, healthier lifestyle.

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is widely regarded as the quickest way to measure obesity — not just a weighty issue in other nations, but here in Singapore as well. BMI measures the relationship between a person’s weight and height, where the higher the reading, the higher the amount of fat in the body. The World Health Organization classifies a healthy reading between 18.5 and 24.99. However, according to a 2 April 2016 report by The Lancet journal[1], the number of people globally with a BMI over 30 stands at 641 million in 2014, a sharp rise from 105 million in 1975.

In addition, because Asians, including Singaporeans, generally register higher percentages of body fat as opposed to Caucasians, local BMI benchmarks have been revised accordingly, where a reading of 27.5 kg/m2 or more represents a high risk for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. The latter in particular, has become one of the biggest drains on Singapore’s healthcare system — about 400,000[2] have been diagnosed with the disease locally as of 2016.

While studies show that Type 1 diabetes is strongly linked to genetics[3] and incurable[4], Type 2 diabetes can be managed through lifestyle changes[5] such as diet, exercise and medication. In a Straits Times article dated 8 April 2016, Professor George Dailey[6], who is based in the Diabetics & Endocrinology division at Scripps Clinic, California, shared that with proper weight management, pre-diabetics who lost five to seven percent of body weight and increased their exercise regime could halve the rate of progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes.

With a possibility of one million Singaporean residents plagued by diabetes by 2050, the Ministry of Health declared the launch of War on Diabetes[2] in April last year. Speaking on his ministry’s budget in Parliament on 13 April, Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong outlined three key prongs in this fight against diabetes, one of which included promoting a healthier lifestyle and encouraging more to exercise.

Still, BMI might not be the most accurate gauge of personal health, as challenged by two medical professors from the University of Pennsylvania[7], who argued that “there is an urgent need for accurate, practical and affordable tools to measure fat and skeletal muscle, and biomarkers that can better predict the risks of diseases and mortality”. BMI in addition is not a recommended method for athletes, since individuals with muscular builds can lead to inaccurate readings. A typical scale also does not show other vital information, such as how much lean muscle you have — data that explains your body’s metabolism and calorie-burning ability.

Track Your Health In Confidence

Now you can take control of your journey to better health with the Actxa Sense Smart Scale, which on top of your BMI measurement, also helps to determine your lean muscle mass bone mass, and body fat percentage. More than just a telling sign of how well we fit into clothes, a body fat analyser could also point to possible future health problems. Based on these results, the smart machine then recommends the daily calorie intake required to maintain your current weight, thus helping users better understand what their body needs more or less of.

In one step, the body fat analyser records data and syncs seamlessly through a smartphone with the Actxa App, where users can monitor body composition charts and progress over time. Accurate readings are obtained through bioelectrical impedance analysis, where a weak electrical current passes through your body. The technology is safe, toxic-free and non-invasive.

Those who are serious about their health and fitness will additionally benefit from fitness trackers: Actxa Swift and Swfit+. Working like a daily fitness buddy, the pedometers monitor your everyday health, fitness levels, and even sleep quality to help achieve a more balanced lifestyle. Upon reaching home — like a two-step approach — simply step onto the Sense Smart Scale and allow the body fat analyser to work, while simultaneously checking in on your smart fitness band. These two devices work in tandem to allow both individuals — and now families — to journey to better health together, as the Sense Smart Scale supports up to eight different profiles. An intuitive system automatically identifies its users, which makes it unnecessary to manually reset data or select profiles when taking measurements. Using the Actxa Sense Smart Scale is as easy as stepping on, and off.

“Actxa is proud to have played a part in putting fitness and activity trackers into the hands of as many people possible, in support of the National Steps Challenge™. The launch of the Smart Sense completes the tools needed to track fitness goals, and so inspiring more Singaporeans to lead active and healthier lives,” said Joel Chin, CEO of Actxa.

The Actxa Sense Smart Scale retails for $129 at Actxa’s list of recognised retail partners, located island wide. For more information, log on to


The Actxa team was formed in 2015, steered by a team passionate to design, develop and deliver the latest technologies packed into fitness wearables that are not only affordable, but also fun to use and aesthetically right on point. That same year, Actxa became the appointed supplier of the steps tracker for the inaugural National Steps Challenge™. Leading up to the anticipated launch of Season 2 on 1 October 2016, Actxa was again chosen as the appointed supplier of steps tracker, in addition to being the official tech partner of the event.

Truly, our company’s tagline to ‘Mind Your Fitness’ speaks of our single motivation to empower customers to embark on healthy lifestyles, through our range of innovative products such as activity trackers and a smart scale that are easily connected via a smart app — all platforms powered by our experience in technology and biomechanics.

For further information, please contact:

Marcus Soo
Tel: +65-8765-0366

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Penn Medicine News, “Obesity/Mortality Paradox Demonstrates Urgent Need for More Refined Metabolic Measures,” Penn Medicine,

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February 22, 2017 at 11:37 am

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Sold-out TEDxHaymarket Event Announces Live Stream

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-TEDxHaymarket organisers announced that the sold-out event can be viewed on live stream from 5:30-8:00pm AEDT on Thursday, 23 February.

SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — The February 2017 TEDxHaymarket explores the theme “Think, Act, Evolve” and includes speaker Alpha Cheng, a teacher and humanitarian who will speak out after suffering the profound loss of his father at the hands of an extremist in Paramatta. Alpha has turned his tragedy into a call for Australians to unite rather than be divided by hate. Other speakers include:

  • John Wiltshire and Bill Dimas, founders of aMBUSH Gallery and Wiltshire + Dimas and advocates for the use of art for social impact
  • Pearl Tan, Australian television and film actress, writer, director and producer, speaking out on intersectionality
  • Rafael Calvo, professor at the University of Sydney and expert in technology designed for well-being
  • Michael Wu, Managing Director at Natures Care, on growing a business, the subtleties of doing business in Asia and leaving a legacy.

Della Zhuang, TEDxHaymarket Director and Licensee said: “TEDxHaymarket is all about inclusivity and the ideas that will evolve our thinking towards a more inclusive society. We’re so excited to show you what our amazing line-up of speakers have in store.”

Find out more about the event here or register to watch the live stream kicking off at 5:30pm AEDT on Thursday, 23 February here.

About TEDxHaymarket: TEDxHaymarket is an independently organised event licensed from TED by Della Zhuang and organised by a network of fellow thinkers. For a full listing of 2017 organisers see TEDxHaymarket is made possible by the generous contribution of its partners, sponsors and volunteers. Please direct TEDxHaymarket 2017 partnership enquiries to Della Zhuang via

About TEDx, x = independently organized event: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED: TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Media information contact:

Caitlin Englot (Marketing Director)
M: +61-481 176 932 | E:

Della Zhuang (Director and Licensee)
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February 22, 2017 at 11:28 am

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