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Nigeria’s Largest Telco, MTN, Launches RCS Business Messaging with Google and Dotgo

MTN Nigeria | December 23, 2021

Nigeria’s largest mobile network operator (MNO), MTN, is all set to launch RCS Business Messaging (RBM) Services in partnership with Google and Dotgo®, a Gupshup company and a leading cloud communications provider of RBM Solutions.

RBM uses the rich and interactive features of Rich Communication Services (RCS)—the next generation SMS that allows sharing of audio, video, images, location, and a lot more—to enable branded business messaging. RCS messages are securely delivered to native messaging apps such as Google Messages and Samsung Messages on Android phones. Available on 3G and 4G networks, RCS is the default messaging standard for 5G networks. As of today, RCS is available globally with over 700M monthly active users.

Dotgo’s MaaP (Messaging-as-a-Platform) is integrated with the Google Jibe RCS platform for business messaging, the world’s most advanced RCS platform that provides a high degree of scalability. As a partner, MTN would leverage the services provided by Dotgo such as the RCS APIs, chatbot directory, billing, payments, reconciliation, and more, to drive monetization from RCS.

As Nigeria’s largest carrier, MTN is all set to onboard brands that can reach out to a vast majority of Nigerian customers and delight them with a user experience like never before, to boost lead generation and conversion rates. This is a great opportunity for brands to connect with the end consumers of Nigeria for sales and support”

Lynda Saint-Nwafor, Chief Enterprise Business Officer at MTN Nigeria.

 

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Axiros Proudly Announces the Availability of a New Release AXESS 4.0

Axiros | January 12, 2022

Telecommunications software leader Axiros is pleased to announce its newest release of AXESS 4.0. The company offers a wide variety of open device management software solutions for large broadband and telecommunications service providers through on-premise and cloud-based programs. The Axiros AXESS ACS (Auto Configuration Server) is an industry flagship software application used around the world by premier telecommunications and broadband service providers. It allows state of the art management of customer premises equipment (CPE) with Broadband Forum-compliant CWMP (TR-069), User Services Platform (USP) (TR-369) and other open management protocols. AXESS enables highly flexible and scalable interactions with a large number of devices, like configuration and reconfiguration, mass operations including firmware downloads, fault clearance and general real-time subscriber support. "The new architecture of our device management platform reinforces the technological leadership of Axiros in the area. It will introduce massive benefits to our installed base but also open new opportunities and markets for the future. It empowers our customers to overcome the most complex device management challenges. It is nothing less than the brain and nerve center for IoT ecosystems and telecom operational support systems (OSS). Built and designed for carrier-class use cases around business-, service-, network- and element management." Michael Meister, Product Owner AXESS This major release introduces the most significant improvements for AXESS in many years. It offers the following new features: Asynchronous architecture for various southbound and northbound use cases Support of cloud native approach by all components New concept to manage project configuration and customization New user interfaces for all administrative tasks Full USP support About Axiros Any Device. Any Protocol. Any Service. Any Time. We Manage All THINGS. Axiros is a global leader in IoT, M2M, TR-069 and device management, providing software solutions and platforms to service providers and equipment manufacturers worldwide to manage and IoT-ize devices. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Munich, Axiros has sales and service offices and development centers worldwide, so as needs change, Axiros will always be close by to deliver.

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Essence Group Announces Success in Meeting Supply Demand Throughout 2021 Despite Major Chip Shortages Caused by Ongoing COVID-19 Disruption

Essence Group | December 29, 2021

Essence Group, a leading technology group developing IoT-based security, safety and healthcare solutions and cloud services for homes, families and businesses, today announced it was able to meet the vast majority of customer orders for its connected security and senior care devices and systems throughout 2021. Success was achieved due to Essence's strategic partnerships with component suppliers and chip manufacturers, its ability to predict and forecast requirements and place advanced orders according to these models, and the company's strong purchasing power. The robust management of Essence's supply chain mitigated the global disruption caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and ensured the continued supply of products to all of its customers. "In March 2021, Essence released a statement describing our proactive resilience and detailed business planning, which ensured minimal interruption to supply during 2020," said Hagai Enoch, COO of Essence Group. "We are proud that this has continued throughout 2021, helping us to greatly exceed market expectations." Throughout 2021, Essence was able to continually source the required items and maintain production levels, resulting in a 99.5% on-time delivery rate to its partners across the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. The continuity of supply enabled Essence customers to continue to support end users successfully and without any disruption. "The supply chain disruption forms part of the widescale resources challenges that affected global production, business investment and labor during 2021 and will likely continue well into 2022. Our strategic planning and decisions made early in the pandemic relieved these problems and will help us to continue meeting customer demands. Our supply chain management with strategic suppliers will ensure we are able to maintain delivery of products to customers in order to generate revenues and maintain constant growth year over year." Dr. Haim Amir, CEO and Founder of Essence Group About Essence Group Essence Group is a global technology leader with a mission to develop and deploy innovative, cloud-based, end-to-end security and healthcare solutions, underpinned by supporting services, that provide peace of mind to users. For over a quarter of a century, Essence has challenged convention by making care and safety both accessible and affordable. With over 75 million connected devices deployed worldwide, Essence helps people to live safer and more independent lives.

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FPT Software Partners with Udacity to Enhance World-class Digital Transformation Capabilities

FPT Software | May 23, 2022

Southeast Asia’s leading IT firm, FPT Software has officially signed a contract with Udacity, one of the most prominent online education platforms in technology. The contract aims to enhance FPT Software’s Upskilling program, providing its employees with fully sponsored Nanodegree - the extensive training and mentoring program by Udacity. Upskilling is part of a long-term strategy of FPT Software to invest in building high-quality IT engineers workforce, strengthening its world-class Digital Transformation capabilities. The 3-year contract opens up to 9,000 learning opportunities for promising IT engineers who play significant roles in the company’s digital transformation projects, focusing on Data Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud, Blockchain and Security. The two parties looked into developing specialized training content for FPT Software employees along with the company's exclusive certifications. Both parties also discussed bringing Nanodegree to IT fresher and students, exploring new opportunities to enhance FPT Software’s technology capabilities as it expands on a global scale. Speaking on the launch, Marc Jones, Regional Vice President of Udacity, said: “FPT Software is one of our first partners in Vietnam and a great example of large scale global companies putting people first. We are excited and look forward to creating a great impact with FPT Software, both in terms of business and giving back to society.” Nguyen Khai Hoan - Chief Finance Officer of FPT Software assessed that the partnership represented the tremendous intangible values which both parties brought to the table. These values go beyond borders as FPT Software continues to grow across regions, investing in its talented people and advanced technological capabilities. Each course will give access to extensive knowledge provided by top experts at tech giants such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, etc., collaborating with Udacity. With insights coming from the heart of Silicon Valley, in-depth tech updates and extensive mentoring activities, Udacity’s Nanodegree is widely considered one of the most valuable online training platforms. FPT Software is known for its long-standing support for its staff’s personal development through various promoting activities. Recent reports also show that data-related positions are growing prominent in the global IT labor market. The firm has invested early on to enhance its data experts’ skills and experience to provide advisory services and tech solutions to clients. The agreement with Udacity is the latest large investment to improve its staff's comprehensive skills. About FPT Software FPT Software is a global technology and IT services provider headquartered in Vietnam, with USD 632.5 million in revenue and 22,500 employees in 26 countries. As a pioneer in digital transformation, the company delivers world-class services in Smart factory, Digital platforms, RPA, AI, IoT, Cloud, AR/VR, BPO, and more. It has served 700+ customers worldwide, a hundred of which are Fortune Global 500 companies in the industries of Automotive, Banking and Finance, Logistics & Transportation, Utilities, and more.

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Renesas Launches Automotive Actuator and Sensor Control MCUs for Evolving Edge Applications in Next-Generation E/E Architecture

Renesas | December 18, 2021

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced two new microcontrollers (MCUs) designed for automotive actuator and sensor control applications supporting edge evolution in next-generation electronic and electrical (E/E) architecture. With the new RL78/F24 and RL78/F23, Renesas expands its RL78 Family of low-power 16-bit MCUs and strengthens its broader automotive portfolio, offering customers highly reliable, high-performance solutions for systems ranging from actuators to zone control. With E/E architecture extending to include zone and domain control applications, control mechanisms are evolving to accommodate body control for automotive systems such as lights, windows, and mirrors; motor control for engine pumps and fans; and multiple sensor control. Moving forward, high-speed and secure connectivity with zone and domain controllers will be mission critical for edge electronic control units (ECUs). Renesas’ next-generation RL78/F24 and RL78/F23 MCUs address changing technology demands for actuator and sensor control with enhanced security, rich connectivity, and functional safety capabilities. The new devices support the CAN FD high-speed communication protocol (RL78/F24) and EVITA-Light security and are optimized for systems targeting ASIL-B levels under the ISO 26262 functional safety standard. Advances in E/E architecture add stress to the already heavy development burden, and there is high demand among our customers to efficiently develop actuators.Our new actuator and sensor control MCUs build on our highly popular RL78/F14 and RL78/F13 devices and enable developers to reuse most of their existing software assets, reducing costs while continuing to accelerate the advancement of E/E architecture.” Naoki Yoshida, Vice President, Automotive Digital Products Marketing Division at Renesas The future of automotive systems design lies in a vehicle-centralized, zone-oriented E/E architecture, and that shift is sparking higher demand for more advanced functionality and better performance in actuator controller applications. The new RL78/F24 and RL78/F23 MCUs deliver up to approximately 70 percent faster operating frequencies than the previous generation, which can more than double the performance in brushless motor control (BLDC) applications. Renesas also enhanced the hardware accelerator and timer functions for motor control and added a 12-bit A/D converter, offering customers the enhanced functionality and performance levels they demand. Key Features of RL78/F24 and RL78/F23 MCUs 40 MHz operating frequency Supports several connectivity interfaces, including CAN FD (RL78/F24), LIN, SPI, and I2C EVITA-Light support security functionality (support for AES-128/192/256 encryption algorithms) Pin compatible with the RL78/F14 and RL78/F13 MCUs with the same power efficiency On-chip flash memory capacity of 128 KB or 256 KB Package lineup ranging from compact 5 × 5 mm 32-pin QFN to 100-pin QFP Support for high temperatures up to 150°C RL78/F24 Target Board and RL78/F24 12V Motor Control Evaluation System Starter Kit soon to be released for RL78/F24 (under development) Availability Samples of the RL78/F24 and RL78/F23 MCUs will be available starting April 2022, and are scheduled to enter mass production in the second half of 2023. About Renesas Electronics Corporation Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, Infrastructure, and IoT applications that help shape a limitless future.

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Choosing the right components for a design is often a delicate balancing act, since you have to weigh the features you want against the need to deliver a competitive price point. This is particularly true in the Internet of Things (IoT), since devices often present
a demanding set of requirements. Many IoT devices operate in difficult industrial environments, rely on battery or solar power, and are deployed in the field for years at a time.

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