Intelligent Point of Sale Limited, Gold Member of Star’s VIP Club, wins Annual Prize Draw to visit NRF Retail Exhibition in New York City

High Wycombe, 27 January 2016 – Star Micronics announces that Intelligent Point of Sale Limited, a Gold member of Star’s VIP Club for software developers, successfully won the Club’s Annual Prize Draw to visit the NRF Retail Exhibition recently held in New York City.

Intelligent Point of Sale is the creator of the cloud based, iPad point of sale application intelligentpos®, a low cost, cutting edge EPOS system that enables businesses to start selling products quickly and easily, control and track sales and stock in real-time, from any location.

The Star VIP Club for software developers and system integrators offers a range of exclusive benefits including dedicated sales, marketing and technical support alongside access to comprehensive SDKs. Members can also take part in competitions, receive rewards and incentives as well as benefit from a number of additional initiatives. Membership level is allocated based upon pre-determined criteria set out by Star Micronics EMEA.

As a Gold member of Star’s VIP Club, Intelligent Point of Sale has demonstrated a high level of commitment to the Star brand and has successfully integrated Star products into a variety of applications.

Visitors to the Retail Business Technology Expo in London in March 2016 will be able to experience first-hand the solutions offered by Intelligent Point of Sale alongside a number of other Star VIP Club members who will be present on the Star stand (310).

As Annette Tarlton, Marketing Director, Star Micronics EMEA, states: “Our partnership with Intelligent Point of Sale provides retail and hospitality with powerful, innovative and cost-effective mPOS solutions. We are delighted that they have been able to join Star at a very successful NRF this year and look forward to having their solutions on our stand at RBTE in March.”

Robin Knox, co-founder and CEO of Intelligent Point of Sale, commented: “Being at NRF has been extremely exciting. Seeing the launch of the new WiFi printer, in particular, has convinced me that this is going to be a fantastic addition to Star Micronics’ product range and will provide our customers with a truly, off-the-shelf product so they can get started right away.”

Andrew Calzetti, CMO of Intelligent Point of Sale adds that “all the work integrating our solution with Star Micronics is paying dividends. We are very excited to be working closely together again in 2016, to address the needs of the modern entrepreneur and bring to market full-feature EPOS solutions that will deliver the power of big business to SMEs and start-ups.”

Background information on Intelligent Point of Sale Limited
Founded in 2012, Intelligent Point of Sale Limited (based in Edinburgh) develops cutting-edge software for SMEs to utilise on iOS devices (iPad) as a low cost cloud-based point of sale (EPOS) solution. Intelligentpos® is an easy-to-use and set-up mobile and fully customizable till system that will work on an iPad, allow Credit Card payments, control stock, automate re-ordering, manage tables, build and apply promotions and discounts, recognise and reward loyalty, maximize efficiency, automate and help grow a business thanks to its powerful reporting system, which allows remote management and control, anytime, anywhere.

Background Information on Star Micronics
Founded in 1947, Star Micronics is one of the world’s largest printer manufacturers and has facilities for worldwide production, marketing and support. Employing over 1900 staff and achieving turnover in excess of £250 million, Star Micronics has developed a POS printer portfolio that spans thermal and dot matrix printers and mechanisms, designed for barcode, ticketing, receipts and labelling. Star’s proven technology is also being utilised to develop reader/writer systems for visual/smart and magnetic stripe cards and to install print mechanisms in multimedia kiosk environments. The Star Micronics’ range is available internationally via a distribution channel comprising distributors and dealers.

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For further information, please visit www.Star-EMEA.com or contact:
Annette Tarlton
Marketing Director
Star Micronics EMEA
Tel: +44 (0)1494 471111
Email: Atarlton@Star-EMEA.com

Claire Smith
PR Manager
Star Micronics EMEA
Tel: +44 (0)1494 471111
Email: Csmith@Star-EMEA.com

For further information on Intelligent Point of Sale Limited, please visit: www.intelligentpos.com or contact:
Andrew Calzetti
Chief Marketing Officer
Intelligent Point of Sale Limited
Tel: +44 (0)800 404 5805
Email: Andrew.Calzetti@intelligentpos.com

Athlon Launches Data Visualisation Map for Investec Mid-Market 100

London, 27 January 2015 – Digital design and technology agency Athlon has announced the launch of a new data visualisation platform that displays the results of the Investec Mid-Market 100 survey. This is Investec’s third survey on the 100 fastest-growing mid-market private companies in the UK since its launch in November 2014: Athlon’s map provides an interactive visualisation of the detailed financial information from the survey.

Investec tasked Athlon with creating an online method of visualising the data generated by the survey, which was produced in conjunction with Experian, and which for the first time they wanted integrated into the Investec website.

Athlon was responsible for the design and build of the map experience, which sits inside a page on Investec’s website. The interactive map is hosted at www.investec.co.uk/mid-market/mid-market-100.html, and it presents the company’s performance information in a way that is easy to understand and analyse.

By creating a single user experience – a map with filters – Athlon gives any user the ability to explore the data in multiple ways (e.g. by sector, region, or performance), making it a more relevant and immersive experience. The map will remain live until it is updated with the next survey in June 2016.

“At Investec, we’re committed to supporting mid-market companies and entrepreneurs so our Mid-Market 100 survey is a crucial tool for demonstrating our specialisms,” explained Ed Cottrell, Head of Corporate Lending at Investec. “We needed the survey results to be presented in a simple and easy-to-digest format that also allowed for further interrogation. Athlon has created a neat and intuitive solution that not only lets corporates understand the results of the new survey but which also provides an immersive and interactive experience, bringing the data to life.”

“All too often, complex financial information is delivered in static white papers or fixed graphs,” commented Daniel Henderson, Client Partner at Athlon. “With a little bit of imagination and good UX, however, more than graphs can be delivered, whereby it is possible not only to present data but also to explore it.”

Facing tight deadlines, Athlon took an agile approach to meeting the deliverables, focusing on the priorities and delivering as much as possible for launch. Technically, the most complex part of the project was working with Investec to agree and fix the survey data from Experian.

“Our objective was to create a map that would let users view the data how they wish, making it relevant and convenient for them,” Henderson added. “For the financial industry – in fact for any businesses that have to communicate a lot of complex information – digital is an ideal means for exploring and tailoring, and not just sharing, content.”

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Notes to Editors

For high res images or interviews, please get in touch: kate@brightsparkpr.co.uk or 07980 921961.

About Athlon
Athlon is a global design and technology agency working at the intersection of design, human factors and software development. It works with leading brands to drive commercial success through the creation of innovative digital products and services.

Athlon is a 45-strong team of digital strategists, designers and technologists with offices in London, New York and Sofia. Its deep-rooted, technology-driven brand and marketing expertise uniquely positions it to span client departments and create effective digital products and campaigns for clients in the retail, government, logistics, enterprise, financial, media and entertainment and energy industries. Recent and current clients include brands such as BBC, BP, BT, Capital and Counties, Ellesse, Investec, Motorola Solutions, Proofpoint, PwC and Unilever.

www.weareathlon.com

About Investec
Investec is an international specialist bank and asset manager that provides a diverse range of financial products and services to a niche client base in three principal markets, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia, as well as certain other countries. The group was established in 1974. 
Investec focuses on delivering distinctive profitable solutions for its clients in three core areas of activity namely, Asset Management, Wealth & Investment and Specialist Banking.

www.investec.co.uk

Press contacts
Kate Gordon
Brightspark PR for Athlon
T: 07980 921961
E: kate@brightsparkpr.co.uk

Izzy Ansell
Investec
T: 020 7597 3960
E: izzy.ansell@investec.co.uk

Quortus Software Core Network Enables Mobile Edge Computing

Guildford, UK – 20 January 2016 – Quortus today announced significant upgrades to its EdgeCentrix (ECX) technology, aligning its cellular core network solutions with Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) principles. The ETSI-endorsed MEC initiative enables innovative wireless services by moving intelligence to the network edge – a trend that Quortus has pioneered for several years.

The developments announced today also move the Quortus Evolved Packet Core (EPC) to the split user/control plane and network slicing architectures that will be a key feature of 5G networks.

MEC architectures combine wireless technology with an IT-type service environment to deliver efficient communications services with ultra-low latency and high bandwidth. MEC software applications can tap into local content and information about network conditions so that traffic can be handled in an optimal way. Examples include local traffic offload and caching, and video optimization.

Quortus’ ECX technology takes this principle a step further, by implementing core network functions themselves in software at the network edge. The combination of these two approaches will allow service providers to truly deliver on the promise of MEC. Services are provided where they are consumed – at the network edge.

“To date, the thinking around MEC has focused on the user plane – looking at the traffic in the network and making decisions on ‘over the top’ optimizations such as video encoding or caching,” said Andy Odgers, Quortus CEO. “By also implementing network functions at the edge we open up even more powerful possibilities. We can use the capabilities of the network itself to create new services and optimize the user experience. At the same time we retain the robustness, security and control that’s expected by both mobile network operators, and their customers.”

New versions of Quortus’ ECX Enterprise and ECX Core, announced today, mark the first time a core network solution has been MEC-aligned, allowing for 5G evolution and enabling compatibility with a host of IoT and other applications. These innovations will be particularly powerful within the enterprise environment, where they will enable genuine integration between local IT resources and operator-provided cellular networks.

The new Quortus technology will allow MNOs and systems integrators to build a variety of new service offerings. Potential applications include offering SMEs presence-based solutions, or 4G-based digital media services that work “out of the box” without the need for a local IT department. For larger organizations, MEC strategies will allow local data and voice offload with PBX and LAN integration. This is particularly useful in campus type or remote locations, where sending data back to the core network might introduce unacceptable latency or security risks. MEC has also aroused interest for IoT applications as diverse as building control and medical monitoring, which require devices such as sensors and actuators to be connected to local computing resources, again without the need to touch the core network.

Quortus is a pioneer of MEC technology and network virtualization and has been at the forefront of moving core functions and intelligence to the network edge since 2009. Its award-winning EdgeCentrix technology enables a number of advanced products that push intelligence to the edge of the network.

Quortus EPC changes in detail
The updated ECX Enterprise and ECX Core solutions announced today split the control and user plane operations within the Serving Gateway (SGW) and Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) network entities, key parts of the Quortus Evolved Packet Core (EPC). This allows user plane operations to be implemented locally within a MEC appliance, while control plane operations remain under the control of the mobile network operator (MNO), and can be located at the edge, in the cloud, or centrally.

The resulting architecture allows operators to offer tighter and local integration with Enterprise services while offloading burdensome local traffic from the core, and retaining control of subscriber data, authentication and bearer policies. Simultaneously, it addresses some of the shortcomings of pure user-plane MEC strategies: for example, the resulting system can page a 4G UE, set up a dedicated bearer for VoLTE calls, and gracefully satisfy legal intercept (LI) requirements.

The result is an operator-friendly, 5G-aligned system that supports the most advanced capabilities of cellular networks.

For the IT manager within the enterprise, it also provides powerful features. The local MEC appliance might integrate PBX capabilities, allowing genuine PBX/cellular integration with short-code dialing and presence awareness. “Over the top” authentication techniques can be used to give IT departments control over users’ access to local resources (for example the enterprise LAN) without the need for configuration via the MNO.

Quortus’s ECX Enterprise is a software-based product that can run embedded on a small cell, on standard hardware (such as a router or local virtual machine), or on a hosted services platform owned by an MNO or other third party. Capable of operating standalone or with reach-back to an MNO network, it is the first solution that fully supports voice over LTE (VoLTE) for enterprises. These capabilities were demonstrated in an award-winning proof of concept at Mobile World Congress 2015.

About Quortus
Quortus enables flexible, agile mobile communications networks that provide a foundation for innovative services tailored to a diverse range of end customers. Its award winning EdgeCentrix (ECX) virtualized mobile core solutions help increase operator margin and ‘stickiness’. They interwork gracefully with existing mobile networks, with small cell and HetNet architectures and with standard IT infrastructure, to create truly integrated communications platforms. Quortus’ ECX products are highly scalable and can be hosted anywhere – in the cloud, at the network edge, or deeply embedded alongside a cellular radio in a single-chip implementation.

Sendachi Launches with $30M Initial Funding Commitment to Help Enterprises Worldwide Harness the Transformative Power of Modern Technologies and Methodologies

SEATTLE – January 21, 2016Sendachi, a technology services firm created to facilitate vibrant, modern software development cultures within corporate IT departments, officially launched with a $30 million investment commitment from venture financier, Columbia Capital. Sendachi was formed through the merger of like-minded IT services companies, Clutch (based in Seattle) and Contino (based in London). Sendachi will be led by former Clutch CEO, Steven Anderson.

Sendachi is tackling one of the most vexing problems facing enterprise IT departments today. Specifically: how to accelerate deployment of new services and service enhancements to gain the agility and velocity that lets entrepreneurial and customer-centric approaches flourish. Achieving this goal is not trivial in the enterprise, where internal development teams are burdened by existing responsibilities to legacy applications and a technology stack that has grown, layer by layer, over multiple decades.

Many of the world’s biggest brands have begun to view software as a strategic differentiator, but creating the next wave of digital products and services requires experience with technologies such as cloud and containers, microservices architectures, and methods like Agile and DevOps. The most disruptive internet-age companies have demonstrated how harnessing these techniques can enable exponential growth and secure competitive advantage. Established enterprises want to follow suit, but need hands-on guidance and technical support to get there.

That’s where Sendachi excels. Its expert teams work alongside clients, mentoring them, so internal staff can experience modern systems and methodologies in a material way, and learn to replicate those strategies and tactics. “Our biggest differentiator,” says Anderson. “Is that we don’t train internal teams in an abstracted way, we participate with them, showing them how by executing their real-world work. It’s not academic; it’s absolutely practical. We show them how to use new stack technologies and work differently to achieve acceleration and quality.”

“Today’s enterprise IT landscape is full of new technologies and methodologies centered on agility and efficiency to help organizations address time, scale, business, competitive and other challenges,” says Jay Lyman, Research Manager, Cloud Management and Containers, 451 Research. “However, the reality is organizations must build on the infrastructure, process and people they already have in place in order to transform effectively and that means leveraging innovative software as well as intensive support to initiate and build out successful DevOps initiatives, applications and services.”

Sendachi is focused on customers in the upper midmarket and large enterprise across industries. Its staff has extensive experience in DevOps and continuous integration/continuous delivery, having worked with Fortune 50 companies in the US and Europe. Sendachi has its global headquarters in Seattle, with its European head office in London. Contino cofounders Benjamin Wootton and Matt Farmer remain with the new company, Wootton as vice president of technology for Europe and Farmer as GM of Europe and former Clutch principal Jerome Gagner has been appointed vice president of technology for the Americas, and former CA Technologies global digital transformation lead Justin Vaughan-Brown has been named vice president of marketing. The firm will hire aggressively over the next year on both continents.

“Across industries, from banking to media and even taxis, the threat or pain of software-based disruption is being felt. Enterprises have to make increasingly bold bets to stay ahead,” comments Wootton. “Over the next two years we will see more reorganizations, more insourcing, more re-platforming and more re-architecture than we saw in the previous decade as companies race to move from software legacy, to software as a competitive advantage. With a growing team on both sides of the Atlantic, we are looking forward to empowering more organizations with the skills, tools and culture to deliver that advantage.”

“Both Contino and Clutch are demonstrating that their enterprise customers can incrementally build from accomplishing low risk projects with new technologies and methods to strategic, enterprise-wide transformations,” says Jason Booma, Partner at Columbia Capital. “Together as Sendachi, the company will continue its different approach to the application outsourcing market where a key customer benefit is an improved technology development capability, not just a great application. We’re excited to work with Steven and the team to collaborate on a business with this customer mission.”

About Sendachi
Sendachi is a technology and services company specializing in DevOps, continuous integration/continuous delivery, and transformational programs. The company’s Rapid Prototyping and DevOps Acceleration services help organizations speed time-to-market for high quality new and re-tooled applications. From strategy and operations to culture and technology, Sendachi helps business and technology leaders identify and address opportunities for growth and profitability. Sendachi provides training, development, deployment and optimization services for the full stack of DevOps and Agile technologies including application lifecycle management (ALM), modern development and continuous delivery tools, micro-services architecture, containerization, security, analytics, testing and cloud infrastructure platforms. Learn more atwww.sendachi.com.

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Media contact:
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TGPR
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kevin@tgprllc.com

New Year, New Tech Hires at Artesian Solutions

London 20th January 2016: Artesian Solutions, the innovative developer of customer engagement and sales acceleration software, today announced two new senior tech appointments critical to its continued rapid growth in 2016.

Tim Gough was appointed Vice President of Engineering, joining the company with 18 years of experience in technical team management, software architecture and design. Zulfikar Mohammed joins as Head of User Experience, bringing 15 years of expertise in delivering engaging and cutting edge user experiences across multiple platforms.

“Tim and Zulfikar are important appointments for Artesian as we continue on our rapid growth trajectory in 2016. They bring extensive experience and the necessary depth of expertise that will help us drive our development,” said Andrew Yates, Founder and CEO of Artesian Solutions.

Andrew Continues: “We are committed to delivering a proven transformational technology, and world class experience for our users. These two appointments are critical part to the success of Artesian going forward, and I speak for everyone in warmly welcoming them to the company.”

Before joining Artesian, Tim served as CTO at Pharmiweb Solutions, where he was responsible for product development, architecture, and design across a multidisciplinary team. Zulfikar previously held the position of Lead Principle User Experience Designer at LANDESK Software, working with stakeholders across the business to create the best user experiences possible across both mobile and web.

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About Artesian
Artesian is the world’s most powerful customer engagement solution for B2B sellers; it gathers and tracks intelligence on customers, prospects and competitors from millions of online resources including blogs, news sites, editorials and social platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn. Artesian uses clever science to filter and transform acquired information into commercially valuable insights based on the companies and industries that are important to users. Artesian gives users the ability to, target, connect and share with customers and prospects.

At present, Artesian delivers on average 12 million actionable insights per month on almost 700,000 companies to its 25,000 users. Artesian customers range from American Express, Adobe, Barclays, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Towergate, Willis and Verizon.

Artesian is headquartered in the U.K, with offices based in Winnersh, Berkshire and London.
www.artesiansolutions.com

For more information please contact: Kelly Prior, PR Consultant. Tel: 07730 572878. Email:Kelly.prior@artesiansolutions.com

Quortus Software Core Network Enables Mobile Edge Computing

Guildford, UK – 20 January 2016 – Quortus today announced significant upgrades to its EdgeCentrix (ECX) technology, aligning its cellular core network solutions with Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) principles. The ETSI-endorsed MEC initiative enables innovative wireless services by moving intelligence to the network edge – a trend that Quortus has pioneered for several years.

The developments announced today also move the Quortus Evolved Packet Core (EPC) to the split user/control plane and network slicing architectures that will be a key feature of 5G networks.

MEC architectures combine wireless technology with an IT-type service environment to deliver efficient communications services with ultra-low latency and high bandwidth. MEC software applications can tap into local content and information about network conditions so that traffic can be handled in an optimal way. Examples include local traffic offload and caching, and video optimization.

Quortus’ ECX technology takes this principle a step further, by implementing core network functions themselves in software at the network edge. The combination of these two approaches will allow service providers to truly deliver on the promise of MEC. Services are provided where they are consumed – at the network edge.

“To date, the thinking around MEC has focused on the user plane – looking at the traffic in the network and making decisions on ‘over the top’ optimizations such as video encoding or caching,” said Andy Odgers, Quortus CEO. “By also implementing network functions at the edge we open up even more powerful possibilities. We can use the capabilities of the network itself to create new services and optimize the user experience. At the same time we retain the robustness, security and control that’s expected by both mobile network operators, and their customers.”

New versions of Quortus’ ECX Enterprise and ECX Core, announced today, mark the first time a core network solution has been MEC-aligned, allowing for 5G evolution and enabling compatibility with a host of IoT and other applications. These innovations will be particularly powerful within the enterprise environment, where they will enable genuine integration between local IT resources and operator-provided cellular networks.

The new Quortus technology will allow MNOs and systems integrators to build a variety of new service offerings. Potential applications include offering SMEs presence-based solutions, or 4G-based digital media services that work “out of the box” without the need for a local IT department. For larger organizations, MEC strategies will allow local data and voice offload with PBX and LAN integration. This is particularly useful in campus type or remote locations, where sending data back to the core network might introduce unacceptable latency or security risks. MEC has also aroused interest for IoT applications as diverse as building control and medical monitoring, which require devices such as sensors and actuators to be connected to local computing resources, again without the need to touch the core network.

Quortus is a pioneer of MEC technology and network virtualization and has been at the forefront of moving core functions and intelligence to the network edge since 2009. Its award-winning EdgeCentrix technology enables a number of advanced products that push intelligence to the edge of the network.

Quortus EPC changes in detail
The updated ECX Enterprise and ECX Core solutions announced today split the control and user plane operations within the Serving Gateway (SGW) and Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) network entities, key parts of the Quortus Evolved Packet Core (EPC). This allows user plane operations to be implemented locally within a MEC appliance, while control plane operations remain under the control of the mobile network operator (MNO), and can be located at the edge, in the cloud, or centrally.

The resulting architecture allows operators to offer tighter and local integration with Enterprise services while offloading burdensome local traffic from the core, and retaining control of subscriber data, authentication and bearer policies. Simultaneously, it addresses some of the shortcomings of pure user-plane MEC strategies: for example, the resulting system can page a 4G UE, set up a dedicated bearer for VoLTE calls, and gracefully satisfy legal intercept (LI) requirements.

The result is an operator-friendly, 5G-aligned system that supports the most advanced capabilities of cellular networks.

For the IT manager within the enterprise, it also provides powerful features. The local MEC appliance might integrate PBX capabilities, allowing genuine PBX/cellular integration with short-code dialing and presence awareness. “Over the top” authentication techniques can be used to give IT departments control over users’ access to local resources (for example the enterprise LAN) without the need for configuration via the MNO.

Quortus’s ECX Enterprise is a software-based product that can run embedded on a small cell, on standard hardware (such as a router or local virtual machine), or on a hosted services platform owned by an MNO or other third party. Capable of operating standalone or with reach-back to an MNO network, it is the first solution that fully supports voice over LTE (VoLTE) for enterprises. These capabilities were demonstrated in an award-winning proof of concept at Mobile World Congress 2015.

About Quortus
Quortus enables flexible, agile mobile communications networks that provide a foundation for innovative services tailored to a diverse range of end customers. Its award winning EdgeCentrix (ECX) virtualized mobile core solutions help increase operator margin and ‘stickiness’. They interwork gracefully with existing mobile networks, with small cell and HetNet architectures and with standard IT infrastructure, to create truly integrated communications platforms. Quortus’ ECX products are highly scalable and can be hosted anywhere – in the cloud, at the network edge, or deeply embedded alongside a cellular radio in a single-chip implementation.

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