Nordic nRF91 low power cellular IoT ‘sneak peek’ – cellular made easy, cellular for everything else

Hong Kong, China, February 1, 2018 / - Nordic's nRF91 Series is an ultra-compact, low power, global, multimode LTE-M / NB-IoT System-in-Package with integrated Arm Cortex-M33 host processor, Arm TrustZone security technology, and Assisted GPS

Nordic Semiconductor provided a 'sneak peek' of its upcoming nRF91#174; Series low power cellular IoT solution. During an event in Oslo, Nordic also demonstrated the nRF91 operating on the Verizon Wireless Network in the U.S. and on the Telia network in Norway.

The Nordic nRF91 Series is all about taking the unique value proposal of cellular and bringing simplicity and appeal to a broader market. Today cellular is associated with the high data rates of smartphones and tablets. This solution aims to take cellular beyond just mobile devices and foster innovation that brings cellular connectivity to just about anything you can imagine. In much the same way as Nordic Semiconductor's nRF5 Series enabled innovation and drove adoption of Bluetooth wireless technology in new markets, the nRF91 Series is designed to be an easily accessible solution for cellular connectivity. By setting new benchmarks in terms of integration, size, and power consumption, coupled with its ease-of-use, the nRF91 Series is designed to unleash the huge potential of cellular in IoT – cellular made easy, cellular for everything else.

All the benefits of a traditional cellular module in a tiny System-in-Package with global coverage
Front and center of Nordic Semiconductor’s upcoming nRF91 Series is a highly-integrated, low power, global multimode LTE-M / NB-IoT System-in-Package (SiP). The SiP integrates a complete low power cellular IoT system into a tiny 10x16x1.2mm package that integrates modem, transceiver, RF front end, dedicated application processor, Flash memory, power management, and crystal and passive components. With this level of integration the nRF91 SiP combines all the benefits of traditional cellular modules, including teleregulatory and cellular certifications, with ease-of-use, unprecedented integration, and the smallest form factor ever seen in the cellular industry to date.

Nordic is proud and excited to have Qorvo as a strategic partner for both the RF front end and the SiP development and manufacturing. The nRF91 SiP leverages Qorvo’s state-of-the-art, proven RF front-end, advanced packaging, and MicroShield#8482; technology to deliver a unique, ultra-compact solution that combines high performance with low power consumption. The nRF91 Series supports global operation with a single SiP variant thanks to the combination of Nordic’s multimode LTE-M / NB-IoT modem, SAW-less transceiver, and a custom RF front-end solution from Qorvo.

Built-in Arm#174; Cortex#174;-M33 host processor, Arm#174; TrustZone#174; security, and Assisted GPS
The nRF91 takes security for low power IoT devices to new heights by combining the inherent security of cellular connectivity with a cutting-edge security solution for the application hardware and software. The integration of an Arm Cortex-M33 processor and Arm CryptoCell-310 security IP enables an entire low power cellular IoT application to be implemented on an nRF91 SiP.

The built-in host processor features TrustZone for Armv8-M, helping secure application data, firmware, and peripherals using an isolated, trusted execution environment across the CPU and system. This solution provides an efficient security foundation, and reduces size, Bill-of-Materials (BOM), and power consumption versus using an external host processor.

The nRF91 SiP also features built-in support for positioning via an integrated Assisted GPS (A-GPS) solution that combines cellular and GPS technology to deliver fast and accurate positioning.

Nordic nRF91 Series System-on-Chip inside
The nRF91 SiP is based on Nordic’s own nRF91 Series low power cellular IoT System-on-Chip (SoC). Jointly developed by Nordic’s highly experienced cellular design team in Finland, and low power experts in Norway, the chip was developed from scratch to optimize the power, cost, and size savings enabled by the new LTE-M and NB-IoT cellular standards. The chip features an unprecedented and unique level of integration by combining a multimode cellular modem and transceiver, as well as application processor, Flash memory, RAM memory, and power management on a single chip.

Software, development tools, support, and developer community
The Nordic Semiconductor nRF91 Series includes a complete suite of software and easy-to-use development tools to accelerate innovation and product development. Assistance is available from a world-class, first-line technical support team, and a thriving Nordic development community. This all combines to allow developers to concentrate on what they want to do: develop exceptional products and services using cellular technology.“Back in early 2015, when we started the development of nRF91 Series, we set out on a mission to create a truly different solution for cellular IoT,” comments Thomas Embla Bonnerud, the Director of Strategy and Investor Relations at Nordic Semiconductor. “A highly integrated, low power, ultra-compact, and simple-to-use solution that would foster innovation and accelerate adoption of cellular connectivity across new markets. We are confident that the upcoming nRF91 Series represents such different solution, and we are excited to provide a sneak peek and demonstration of it today.”

“We are pleased with our strategic partnership with Nordic to bring this new category of cellular IoT solution to the market,” said Eric Creviston, President Mobile Products at Qorvo. “Qorvo is excited to see our leading RF and advanced packaging technology playing a key and enabling part of new products targeting the emerging low power cellular IoT market.”

“Delivering the combination of power efficient, TrustZone secure, and cellular connectivity capabilities to the extensive Cortex-M developer base opens up the benefits of IoT to a diverse range of new and innovative applications,” said Thomas Ensergueix, Senior Director of Embedded, Embedded and Automotive Line of Business, Arm. “We are pleased to see the nRF91 SiP from Nordic with Cortex-M33 and CryptoCell-310 enabling the deployment of secure IoT solutions at scale.”

Telia is experiencing an unprecedented demand for dedicated IoT connectivity represented by LTE-M and NB-IoT. These novel technologies enable products and services that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Access to components has so far been scarce and has hindered large scale commercial launches. That is why Telia has been a supportive partner to Nordic Semiconductor in their development of the new product; sharing our insight of the market, our plans and ambitions for the IoT market, and made our network available for testing. We are happy to see that Nordic Semiconductor now announces their new product, and that our collaborating partners are eager to launch novel products and services benefitting on the unique capabilities of LTE-M and NB-IoT. " Andreas Carlsson – Head of Telia Next

Nordic is sampling nRF91 to selected lead customers now. Start of general sampling is planned for mid-2018, with first production quantities available by end of 2018. The nRF91 SIP will be available in variants with and without integrated GPS.

About Qorvo
Qorvo (Nasdaq:QRVO) makes a better world possible by providing innovative RF solutions at the center of connectivity. We combine product and technology leadership, systems-level expertise and global manufacturing scale to quickly solve our customers’ most complex technical challenges. Qorvo serves diverse high-growth segments of large global markets, including advanced wireless devices, wired and wireless networks, and defense radar and communications. We also leverage our unique competitive strengths to advance 5G networks, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and other emerging applications that expand the global framework interconnecting people, places and things.
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Isentia Verifies WGSN’s China: Top Fashion Influencers Report

Hong Kong, China, January 31, 2018 / - Media Release


Isentia Verifies WGSN’s China: Top Fashion Influencers Report

Hong Kong – 31 January 2018 – Leading media intelligence company, Isentia (ASX: ISD), provided crucial data to WGSN, the global trend authority for fashion and creative industries, in publishing the paid report China: Top Fashion Influencers (the Report).

The Report reveals top fashion key opinion leaders of the burgeoning influencer market in China and provides the latest insights to help businesses spot opportunities for growing brand presence. It is one of the first WGSN reports from Greater China combining the trend forecasting with the KOL quantitative analysing model of Isentia. The Report has been receiving overwhelmingly positive responses from WSGN subscribers since its release on 5 January 2018.

The Report, which was produced with the aid of Isentia’s Data Verified Mark, rounds-up the Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwan fashion influencers with the highest influence power by measuring metrics like Weibo follower numbers, total engagement (including the number of “Likes” and interactions throughout January to November 2017) and specifically the engagements during the four global fashion weeks in 2017. The Report, now available for WGSN subscribers’ download, provides useful tips for brands to boost their growth by leveraging on KOL marketing and pointers for collaboration with top China KOLs such as Gogoboi, Tao Liang (Mr. Bags) and Han Huo Huo.

KOLs opinion and engagement with followers could influence their brand preference and purchase intent. “KOL marketing provides strong social cues with visuals featuring styling preferences followed by user generated discussions. It is a powerful tool to build brand affinity and product purchase intent,” said Eden Lau, Isentia’s Regional Director.

Due to cultural diversity and language barrier, it is often difficult for foreign brands to fit perfectly with local tastes. KOL marketing is a good solution for that. KOLs, who are engaging millions of followers, are a rich and important source for Chinese consumers to access to the latest fashion knowledge and trending styling tips which could dove-tail with the taste of local audiences. They are able to inspire and shape young, middle-class lifestyles and their shopping behaviour.

“Chinese consumers are still very new in their upper middle-class lifestyles, which makes them open to buying anything new,” Eden Lau said. “Their highly connected lifestyles and the ease of shopping online add to the impact influencers have on what fashion consumers look and shop for.”

China is a huge and complicated market, flooded with spams and paid engagements. Evaluating KOL performance accurately and picking those who could well fit with social campaign owner’s brand have always been a big challenge. Isentia applied its expertise, cumulated over years, and utilized machine learning technology and quantitative model analysis to overcome that in this Report.

“The Report is Isentia's first project with WGSN. We are happy to see that WGSN editors find that our quantitative analysis can make their works more powerful and convincing,” Mr Lau concluded.


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Ingenico Integrates Seamless Payment Capability in Shangri-La’s Next-Generation Mobile App

Hong Kong, China, January 30, 2018 / - Ingenico Group, the global leader in seamless payment, and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, today announced an extension of their global partnership that sees Ingenico integrate native, in-app payment functionality into Shangri-La’s next generation mobile app. With the new Shangri-La Mobile app, guests can easily book rooms, access mobile check-in and check-out, manage loyalty points and redeem rewards.

As mobile phones have become central to how consumers interact with their environment, mobile apps are an increasingly important way for hotel groups to provide value-added services and unlock additional convenience for guests. With Ingenico Connect, Shangri-La can accept a wide variety of payment methods directly from within the app, with no need for redirects to scheme pages. Guests enjoy a seamless, in-app experience that includes single-click payments for recurring use. Through Ingenico’s strategic alliance with Oracle, online payment acceptance is fully integrated in Shangri-La’s Micros Property Management System (PMS) and Central Reservation System (CRS).

“Shangri-La’s new Mobile App plays an important role in enhancing the customer experience through technology and creates a seamless online to offline journey,” said Oliver Bonke, President and Chief Operating Officer of Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. “In Ingenico, we have a partner that shares our vision and has the technology and expertise to help us deliver an integrated payment process through our app for our travelers.”

“Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts represent the pinnacle in luxury and customer service, and they understand very well that the payment experience is an integral part of how their guests perceive their relationship with the company,” said Gabriel de Montessus, Senior Vice President, Global Online Business for Ingenico Group. “Whether it is through the website, call center, an Online Travel Agency or now through this innovative new mobile app, we are proud to support Shangri-La in their ongoing drive to optimize how they let their guests complete their stay.”

The Shangri-La Group owns and manages five-star luxury hotels and resorts throughout Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, the Middle East and Indian Ocean. The Group is rapidly expanding its global footprint, with new hotels under development in Australia, Mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Shangri-La selected Ingenico as its global payment partner in 2015, and now accepts online payments in more than 20 different currencies, letting guests pay for rooms in their native currency irrespective of their country of origin.

About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel management companies, currently operates over 100 hotels in 22 countries and 76 destinations under the Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders brands. Prominently positioned in Asia, the group has established its brand hallmark of “hospitality from the heart” over four decades in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, North America and the Indian Ocean. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For more information, please visit

About Ingenico Group
Ingenico Group (Euronext: FR0000125346 – ING) is the global leader in seamless payment, providing smart, trusted and secure solutions to empower commerce across all channels, in-store, online and mobile. With the world’s largest payment acceptance network, we deliver secure payment solutions with a local, national and international scope. We are the trusted world-class partner for financial institutions and retailers, from small merchants to several of the world’s best known global brands. Our solutions enable merchants to simplify payment and deliver their brand promise.


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Microsemi Announces its Entire Product Portfolio is Unaffected by Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities

Hong Kong, China, January 29, 2018 / - Leader in Hardware Security Provides Highest Levels of Design and Data Security

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced its products, including its field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), are not affected by the recently identified security flaws associated with the use of x86 and ARM#174; and a number of other processors. The announcement comes as security researchers recently revealed major computer chip vulnerabilities, called Spectre and Meltdown, in chips—affecting billions of devices globally.

“As a leader in security, we strive to ensure our products are immune to both existing and potential new threats or vulnerabilities,” said Jim Aralis, chief technology officer and vice president of advanced development at Microsemi. “As soon as news broke about Meltdown and Spectre, Microsemi immediately assessed its existing products with thorough analysis of the architecture and intellectual property (IP) blocks with its internal security experts. The assessment clearly concluded that none of the processor cores embedded with the associated use models in Microsemi products are impacted by these weaknesses.”

Not only are Microsemi’s FPGAs not affected by Spectre or Meltdown, the company’s devices also offer multiple security layers for maximum protection. In addition to its SmartFusion#8482; and SmartFusion2 FPGAs, and communications and storage products—which do not have either security flaw—the company’s soft RISC-V core and its RISC-V IP provider are also unaffected by the security issues. As a leader in hardware security, Microsemi is well-known for its cybersecurity and malware expertise, offering customers the highest levels of design and data security.

Both Spectre and Meltdown affect speculative execution in modern computer chips, but they can be abused via various methods. Microsemi offers a heightened level of security in comparison to its competition with these vulnerabilities, as its hard and soft central processing units (CPUs) are not affected by this issue, and in fact enhance security protecting against various side channel attacks.

For more information about Microsemi’s FPGA security capabilities, visit

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Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world’s standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California and has approximately 4,800 employees globally. Learn more at


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Nesscap Pseudocapacitors poised to revolutionize energy-storage technology!

Hong Kong, China, January 29, 2018 / - With conventional battery technology painfully slow to advance, pseudocapacitors could well be an alternative solution for many applications and power backup in particular.

Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH (Rutronik) has a wide range of supercapacitors available in its extremely large and diverse portfolio. Among them are Nesscap pseudocapacitors from Maxwell Technologies, a combination of supercap and high-energy battery. This hybrid configuration combines the fast energy release of an EDLC with the higher storage capacity of a chemical battery.

Nesscap pseudocapacitors have nearly double the energy of supercaps of similar physical dimensions. The defined cycle life is not as long as that of supercaps, but considerably more than that of lithium-ion batteries. For applications in which heavy-duty cycling is not the highest priority – such as uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), or other power backup applications – pseudocapacitors can be the optimal solution.

"The Nesscap pseudocapacitors offer high energy density combined with the fast energy delivery we normally associate with supercapacitors, plus a relatively high storage capability," said Randy Huang, Product Manager at Rutronik. "This compelling feature mix makes them particularly suitable for mission-critical applications where downtime is not an option and power failure must be countered with immediate failover."

Nesscap pseudocapacitors are expected to be in high demand in China, and in Asia generally, where rapid industrialization is driving innovation in sectors such as transportation and consumer electronics. Leading enterprises in the region will also be securing their facilities and datacenters from vulnerabilities that include power loss.

Nesscap pseudocapacitors and ultracapacitors can be conveniently ordered online via the company's eCommerce platform – efficient, convenient and online
Deciding on the solution you need and placing your order couldn't be easier, if you choose to do it via Rutronik's modular online shop, As the name of the site indicates, its services are available 24/7 worldwide, and they include 24/7 customer support.

The 'one-stop' Rutronik24 online shop sells around one million articles across the full spectrum of electronic components and functions as a distributor for SMEs and large businesses with mid-range component requirements. The Mass Quotation Tool enables Rutronik24 customers to upload and obtain a quote for a complete parts list, as well as an extensive PCN database.

Expert technical support for product development and design-in, individual logistics and supply chain management complete the scope of's efficiency and convenience.

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Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH is the third largest distributor in Europe (European Distribution Report 2016) and the number ten worldwide (SourceToday, May 2017). The broadline distributor supplies semiconductors, passive and electromechanical components as well as boards, storage, displays wireless products. The company's primary target markets are the automotive, medical, industrial, home appliance, energy and lighting industries. The ranges RUTRONIK EMBEDDED, RUTRONIK SMART, RUTRONIK POWER and RUTRONIK AUTOMOTIVE provide customers with specific products and services in groups tailored to the respective applications. Expert technical support for product development and design-in, individual logistics and supply chain management solutions as well as comprehensive services complete its scope of performance.

The company, founded by Helmut Rudel in 1973 in Ispringen, Germany, now has over 70 subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Rutronik employs more than 1,600 staff worldwide and achieved Group sales of 872 million euros in the fiscal year 2016.


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Join the High Speed Rail Train Naming Competition and Win Wonderful Prizes

Hong Kong, China, January 25, 2018 / - As a major part of the city’s infrastructure, the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, which is targeted to be in service in the third quarter of 2018, will offer a fast and comfortable option of cross-boundary travel between Hong Kong and many cities in the Mainland of China. To engage the public and build up anticipation towards the commissioning of this brand new rail service, MTR Corporation is launching the “High Speed Rail Train Naming Competition”. Members of the public are welcome to propose a name which features the characteristics of Hong Kong for the full fleet of the Hong Kong-owned high speed trains on the Express Rail Link. The competition runs from today (25 January 2018) until 14 February 2018.

Interested participants are invited to propose one name, either in Chinese or English, for the trains by joining the competition online at Those who prefer to send in a submission offline may call the High Speed Rail Train Naming Competition hotline at 2350 9708 and an application form will be sent to those interested for the purpose of submission of the proposed name. A judging panel will select one winning name and three merit awards from eligible entries. If the selected winning name is submitted by more than one participant, a lucky draw will be conducted to decide the winner.

The full fleet of nine Hong Kong-owned high speed trains will be named based on the winning entry. The winner of the competition will receive MTR Malls gift vouchers worth HK$10,000, first-class round-trip High Speed Rail train tickets to Guangzhou for two people, one-night’s hotel accommodation in Guangzhou for two people, and a High Speed Rail train model. Each merit awardee will receive first-class round-trip High Speed Rail train tickets to Guangzhou for two people and one-night’s hotel accommodation in Guangzhou for two people.

For more details on the competition, please visit the MTR website at Results of the competition will be announced in Sing Tao Daily, The Standard, the competition website ( and MTR website on 22 March 2018.

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Molex Automotive Power Delivery Modules Leverage Innovative Microchip Technology Devices

Hong Kong, China, January 25, 2018 / - High-performance Media Modules utilize USB Power Delivery for the connected vehicle

Molex and Microchip Technology Inc. are collaborating on the development of integrated USB Media Modules and USB Power Delivery Solutions for automotive infotainment systems. Molex highlighted these advanced applications for connected vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Jan 9-12, 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada USA.

“Many of today’s vehicles are equipped with multiple power chargers and ports to keep pace with the extraordinary demand for mobile connectivity,” said Dave Atkinson, Director of Business Development, Connected Mobility Solutions, #8206;Molex. “Our integrated automotive solutions give customers the design flexibility to streamline and customize infotainment and USB power delivery across multiple vehicle profiles.”

The Molex CES 2018 booth showcased demonstrations of USB Media Modules and Power Delivery Solutions. In one cutting-edge demonstration,The USB Media Modules and Power Delivery Solutions utilize a full complement of Microchip devices to create a USB Power Delivery solution with power balancing, while simultaneously supporting driver assistance applications on a mobile handset.

Microchip’s USB devices optimize USB Power Delivery functionality, reducing overall BOM costs by architecting a total system solution that can be easily designed into a single module. The Automotive Smart hub chip plays a key role, connecting multiple handsets to the vehicle’s infotainment system, while also simultaneously charging them. The solution supports driver assistance utilities available on mobile devices which enable the vehicle head unit and display to interact with applications such as maps, music, voice recognition texting, and hands-free mobile calling.

The demonstration illustrated a USB Power Delivery implementation for dynamic power sharing while maximizing the charging capability to consumer products. The USB4916 Automotive Smart hub chip contains an integrated microcontroller that executes the power delivery stack and power balancing operation between two USB 2.0 Type-C ports.

“The number of USB ports in vehicles is rapidly increasing as USB can deliver more power and bring driver assistance applications to the head unit display,” stated Mitch Obolsky, Vice President of Microchip’s USB and Networking Group. “Coordinating with Molex, allows optimal solutions that extend from chips to modules tailored for stringent automotive requirements of vehicle OEMs, making it easier for our customers to get their solutions to market.”

Molex provides complete design services, system packaging, production, testing and validation for Media Modules and USB Power Delivery Solutions.

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Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

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FCM Travel Solutions augments digital capabilities to deliver enhanced business travel experience in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China, January 22, 2018 / - Award-winning travel management company launches next-generation integrated technology suite, FCM Connect HUB, and Artificial Intelligence Travel Assistant, SAM

Hong Kong – With over 26.6 million inbound trips in 2017, Hong Kong ranks as the world’s most visited city according to Euromonitor International. It is also one of the most connected ones thanks to accessible mobile Internet services, making the city an ideal test bed for the launch of a new set of digital tools and apps targeted at business travellers.

With innovation and customer-centricity at the core of their business, FCM Travel Solutions has launched their next-generation digital solutions, FCM Connect HUB and Smart Assistant for Mobile (SAM), to deliver a more intuitive and seamless planning, booking, and travel experience for travel managers and business travellers.

FCM Connect HUB is an integrated technology suite that provides a single gateway to connect customers to all of
FCM’s leading digital tools including Analytics, Approve, Booking, Secure, Expense and Mobile and more. Designed to streamline the travel management process from start to finish, travel managers and bookers can harness tools like Analytics, Approve and Booking to gain a 360-view of their travel policies while business travellers can rely on Secure, Expense and Mobile to stay productive on-the-go.

“We believe technology should move our customers forward. FCM Connect is designed for the modern Traveller, Booker and Program Manager to help them have a unified view of the entire booking, travel and management journey. Being better connected helps travellers and bookers feel in control and gives our program managers the visibility they need to elevate their travel programs,” said Marcus Eklund, Global Brand Leader, FCM Travel Solutions.

FCM has also launched SAM, an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot designed to assist business travellers with all aspects of travel via a conversational interface to answer questions, make recommendations and perform actions. SAM acts as a proactive support system at each stage of the traveller’s journey. For example, on the night before a trip to Paris, SAM will alert the traveller on the local weather forecast so he/she can remember to pack extra coats or bring an umbrella for rainy weather.

“We at FCM have been actively listening to our customers around the world, particularly in Asia. We are excited to launch the new FCM Connect and SAM to our customers as it addresses all their needs and covers the full spectrum of their travel program to take it to the next level. Whether you are a Traveller, a Travel Booker or a Travel Manager, these tools bring efficiency, productivity and a greater experience by integrating all the travel technology tools in the HUB and provides you access to all the relevant data at your fingertips,” said Bertrand Saillet, General Manager, Asia.

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FCM Travel Solutions is the flagship global travel management brand of the Flight Centre Travel Group which has expanded to become one of the world’s largest travel companies. FCM is the business travel partner of choice for large national, multinational and global corporations and our global network spans more than 90 countries, employing over 6000 people.

We are transforming the business of travel through our empowered and accountable people who deliver 24/7 service and are available either online or offline. Leveraging FCM's negotiating strength and supplier relationships in conjunction with our tailored business travel programs, our expertise delivers more for our clients where it matters most to them.

For six consecutive years we have been recognised as the World's Leading Travel Management Company at the esteemed World Travel Awards (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011).

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MEDIA ALERT: Patrick Hayes Joins First Data as Head of Global Business Solutions for Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong, China, January 18, 2018 / - First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, today announced that Patrick Hayes has joined the organization as the Head of Global Business Solutions for Hong Kong and Macau, leading First Data’s merchant solutions and acquiring business in these territories.

With more than 15 years of leadership experience in driving digital integration, spearheading business and product strategy, and acquiring strategic partnerships, Patrick will be based in Hong Kong and will be part of the regional APAC leadership team, led by Ivo Distelbrink, EVP and Head of Asia Pacific (APAC) for First Data.

“As Hong Kong and Macau continue to migrate to digital commerce solutions, Patrick’s leadership will be instrumental in positioning First Data as a leading eCommerce provider in the area,” said Distelbrink. “Our strategy to expand beyond traditional payment services and to provide the next generation of payment capabilities to businesses of all sizes has served as a springboard for continued expansion in China and Hong Kong.”

Hayes joins First Data from Ingenico ePayments, where he spearheaded the management of strategic partnerships for APAC. He was also instrumental in leading the regional M A activity on strategic acquisitions.

Prior to Ingenico, Hayes spent 13 years at MasterCard, where he was instrumental in transforming its APAC eCommerce gateway service. During his time at MasterCard, Hayes also managed the transition of operational business models for the acquisition of Datacash.

About First Data

First Data (NYSE: FDC) is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in more than 100 countries around the world. The company’s 24,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,800 transactions per second and $2.2 trillion per year.


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Molex Connector System Provides High Performance and Reliability in Compact Size

Hong Kong, China, January 18, 2018 / - Micro-Lock Plus Wire-to-Board Connector System meets industry requirements, even in harsh conditions

Molex has released the Micro-Lock Plus Wire-to-Board Connector System as an ideal solution for customers seeking high performance, compact size and retention security. Featuring a 1.5A current rating, small footprint and positive latch, Molex has developed a comprehensive terminal solution for OEMs working in space-constrained environments. Designed for industries such as automotive, consumer, and industrial automation, the Micro-Lock Plus Connector System is suitable for a variety of applications, including vehicle switches, robotics, drones, home appliances, and power tools.

Offered with 2 to 42 circuits, single and dual rows, and vertical and horizontal plug configurations, this Molex product was designed with flexibility in mind. It is one of a few 1.25mm-pitch compact connector systems rated at a 105#730;C operating temperature and 1.5A current rating suitable for use in general market applications. Connectors are offered in a variety of colors to aid assembly via color coding.

To ensure connectors are fully mated and avoid end-product failure in applications subject to shock, vibration and rough handling, the Micro-Lock Plus Connector System features a wide positive latch that delivers an audible click, providing assemblers added peace of mind.

“Oftentimes, designers have to forgo a positive lock on a connector due to space constraints, sacrificing retention security,” said Kazuhiko Ishikawa, global product manager, Molex. “Molex Micro-Lock Plus Connector System is the smallest connector currently on the market with a positive lock, so engineers no longer have to choose between compactness and retention security.”

Secure contact and terminal retention are also achieved via the robust metal solder tabs and a dual-contact terminal design. Tin-bismuth terminals provide a clean and uninterrupted signal without the whiskering associated with tin plating and added cost of gold plating.

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Molex brings together innovation and technology to deliver electronic solutions to customers worldwide. With a presence in more than 40 countries, Molex offers a full suite of solutions and services for many markets, including data communications, consumer electronics, medical, industrial, automotive, and commercial vehicle. For more information, please visit

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