Thursday, August 31, 2023

Shipsy To Showcase How Its AI-Powered Innovations are Helping Businesses Save Costs & Boost CX At Seamless 2023

 Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Thursday, 31. August 2023

Shipsy, a leading global smart logistics management platform provider, recently announced that the company is among the key associate sponsors for Seamless Saudi Arabia 2023, to be held in Riyadh from 4th-5th September.

Shipsy will leverage this opportunity to showcase how it's helping the region's supply chain stakeholders leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation to drive business growth, reduce logistics costs, ensure resiliency and deliver delightful digital customer experiences.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia, two of the most vibrant economies in the Middle East, are experiencing a surge in the growth of AI expenditure, with an anticipated CAGR of 29.7% between 2022-26, leading to total spending of $6.4 billion by 2026.

AI plays a pivotal role in building the foundation of autonomous supply chains. According to EY, by 2035, 45% of supply chains are expected to be mostly autonomous. In other words, supply chains will increasingly need to become self-operating and self-optimizing networks. Real-time data analysis, seamless stakeholder collaboration, and predictive and prescriptive intelligence are vital in building autonomous supply chains.

"Globally, the logistics industry is undergoing massive shifts. Food delivery aggregators are becoming logistics service providers (LSPs). 3PLs are increasingly partnering with more LSPs. Shippers are seeing value in using not theirs but LSP's technology. But at the core of this lies three vital objectives–cost optimization, delivery reliability and delightful customer experiences. This is where autonomous supply chains make a winning difference. It will empower retailers, LSPs and manufacturers in Saudi Arabia to reduce logistics costs, boost delivery efficiency, mitigate transportation risk mitigation, optimize resource and capacity utilization and provide superior customer experiences," said Soham Chokshi, CEO and Co-Fonder, Shipsy.

During Seamless, Shipsy will showcase its AI and predictive intelligence–powered logistics co-pilot LIA (Logistics Intelligent Assistant). LIA enables businesses to manage logistics incidents using predictive/prescriptive analytics proactively. It ensures informed decision-making using advanced analytics and automates rerouting and rider allocation processes for seamless delivery operations and superior delivery experiences.

Early this year, Shipsy announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Monsha'at, the Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to expedite Saudi Vision 2030. The MoU highlighted that Shipsy would offer its technology at a significant concession for all customers channeled through Monsha'at. The leading logistics SaaS provider also earmarked an investment worth USD 10 million over 5 years in the region to drive technology innovation, research, and development.

The Middle East is pivotal to Shipsy's growth story and success. The SaaS provider expects to clock a growth rate of more than 125% in the region. The Gulf has been instrumental in the company's growth trajectory, contributing 35% of overall revenue.

Seamless KSA 2023 offers an exceptional platform for industry leaders, innovators, and policymakers to converge and explore the latest advancements. Attendees can learn more about Shipsy's contributions to digital transformation, sustainability, and AI-driven logistics solutions by visiting booth no. AE 32 during the event.

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About Shipsy:

Shipsy enables businesses worldwide to build a resilient, connected, agile, sustainable, and autonomous supply chain and logistics operations. Its smart logistics management platform empowers businesses to significantly reduce operating costs, lower carbon footprint, enhance customer experiences, boost delivery productivity, and drive seamless cross-border freight movement. Shipsy's 350+ team is based out of India, Dubai, and Indonesia, serving 200+ customers across the globe. Shipsy tracks 650,000+ containers per month, procure freight worth $150mn+ per month, and powers 60mn+ parcels per month. On a broader perspective, Shipsy has integrations with 64+ major shipping lines, 50+ third-party logistics companies, 300+ freight forwarders, 50+ customs agents, and a network of over 20,000 global shippers. To learn more about us, please visit



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GIS Software Innovator VertiGIS Acquires Fellow Location-Intelligence Company ibR


 Expertise to be incorporated in new business unit and Innovation Center

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- VertiGIS, a leading solution provider and software developer in the field of geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial asset management, today announced it has acquired ibR Gesellschaft für Geoinformation mbH (ibR).

VertiGIS also announced a new business unit for land management which combines its expertise across the DACH region—comprising Germany, Austria and Switzerland—as well as a Berlin-based Innovation Center for SaaS/cloud development to serve its expanding customer base.

Based in Bonn, ibR specializes in GIS systems for cadaster and surveying. It shares a vision with VertiGIS for the evolution of land management enabled through modern GIS software delivery.

"We feel our existing customers and new ones will benefit greatly from the enhanced capabilities ibR brings us," said Andy Berry, VertiGIS’s CEO. "With both companies' decades of experience in the fields of cadaster, surveying and land development, we feel extremely well-positioned to help accelerate additional digital innovation for our customers, and specifically to expand VertiGIS' industry-specific solutions for land management. This is a cornerstone of our global business."

"I am delighted that the complementary strengths of both companies are being combined and that we can work together as a team to support municipalities and public authorities in generating added value from their GIS data. In this way, we can help to further accelerate digitalization in Germany," says Dr. Hans-Gerd Riemer, CEO of ibR.

VertiGIS, backed by global, technology-focused investment firm Battery Ventures, has continuously grown and diversified its business throughout Europe and North America since 2017. In addition to governments, the company helps utilities and other customers use GIS technology to collect, maintain, store and manage critical information that has inherent geographic and spatial elements. For example, the technology helps water utilities notify affected customers about service interruptions, local governments manage maintenance contracts and retail giants identify the best locations for new stores, among other use cases.

VertiGIS also announces the foundation of its Berlin-based Innovation Center. "The Innovation Center will be focused on the development of cloud and SaaS solutions to ensure our technology portfolio provides the very best long-term value to our customers," concludes Berry.

About VertiGIS

VertiGIS is a leading asset management and geographic information systems (GIS) solutions provider and software developer. The company's focus is on developing software solutions and services that enable professionals in utility, government, telecommunications and infrastructure organizations to connect their business processes with spatial asset management solutions. Used by more than 5,000 customers and millions of end users worldwide, VertiGIS' product portfolio is designed to extend the capabilities of leading GIS software, particularly Esri's ArcGIS®. Learn more at

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The software company ibR Gesellschaft für Geoinformation mbH (ibR), based in Bonn, specializes in geoinformation systems for cadastre and surveying, land management and municipalities. For many years, ibR has been successfully working for public administration in Germany. Customers are state and municipal administrations, engineering offices and other service companies all over Germany. Learn more at



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Belkin International awarded Sustainability Initiative of the Year

 Underscoring Belkin’s commitment to find more responsible ways to build products

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today, the Business Intelligence Group named Belkin a winner in the 2023 Sustainability Awards program, recognizing Belkin’s transition to post-consumer recycled plastics (PCR) in the Sustainability Initiative of the Year category. The Sustainability Awards honor those people, teams and organizations who have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice or overall mission.

In the last 12 months, Belkin made a deliberate, methodical decision to take plastic waste from consumers and repurpose it to create new products. Belkin is committed to launching responsibly developed new products while also revising existing, high-volume portfolios in the catalogue, introducing PCR plastics, 100% plastic-free packaging and reduced packaging sizes. In its first phase kicked off earlier this year, Belkin is transitioning 17 of its most popular products to incorporate a minimum of 72% PCR without compromising on quality, durability, and safety.

“We are proud to reward and recognize Belkin for their sustainability efforts,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer, Business Intelligence Group. “It was clear to our judges that their vision and strategy will continue to deliver results toward a cleaner, more sustainable world. Congratulations!”

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About Belkin

Belkin is an accessories market leader delivering power, protection, productivity, connectivity, audio, security, and home automation solutions for a broad range of consumer electronics and enterprise environments over the last 40 years. Designed in Southern California and sold in more than 100 countries around the world, Belkin creates products that empower people to get more life out of every single day whether at home, at work or on a new adventure. In 2018 Belkin International merged with Foxconn Interconnect Technology to bolster its global influence while maintaining its steadfast focus on research and development, community, education and sustainability. Belkin remains forever inspired by people and the planet we live on.

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The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry award programs, business executives—those with experience and knowledge—judge the programs. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.


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Bentley Systems Announces the Finalists of the 2023 Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure


Winners to Be Announced on October 12 at Bentley’s 2023 Year in Infrastructure and Going Digital Awards Event in Singapore

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced the finalists of the 2023 Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure. The annual awards program honors the extraordinary work of Bentley software users advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations throughout the world. Twelve independent jury panels, representing 12 award categories, selected the 36 finalists from over 300 nominations submitted by 235 organizations from 51 countries.

Representatives from the finalists’ organizations will present their projects to a panel of independent judges to determine the winners and meet with global press and industry executives at the 2023 Year in Infrastructure and Going Digital Awards event, which will be held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, October 11-12, 2023. Visit the site to learn how these extraordinary infrastructure projects are leveraging digital advancements to achieve unprecedented outcomes.

Chris Bradshaw, Bentley Systems’ Chief Marketing Officer, said, “We are so excited to be back in Singapore to present the Going Digital Awards finalists in front of our users and those attending virtually, as well as invited press and analysts at the 2023 Year in Infrastructure and Going Digital Awards event. These projects reflect how organizations have improved their workflows by embracing digital technologies to maximize efficiency and cost savings. I congratulate the finalists for advancing infrastructure intelligence by adopting Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, iTwin Platform and products, and Bentley Open Applications, and I wish them success on their future projects.”

The finalists in the 2023 Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure are:

Bridges and Tunnels

China Railway Changjiang Transportation Design Group Co., Ltd., Road & Bridge International Co., Ltd., Chongqing Expressway Group Co., Ltd. – Comprehensive Application of BIM-based Digital and Intelligent Design and Construction for the Liaozi Grand Bridge, Chongqing City, China

Collins Engineers, Inc. – Digital Twins and Artificial Intelligence for Historic Robert Street Bridge Rehabilitation, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

WSP Australia Pty Ltd. – Southern Program Alliance, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Dura Vermeer Infra Landelijke Projecten, Mobilis, Gemeente Amsterdam – Bruggen en Straten Oranje Loper, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Laing O’Rourke – New Everton Stadium Project, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom

Laing O’Rourke – SEPA Surrey Hills Level Crossing Removal Project, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Enterprise Engineering

Arcadis – RSAS - Carstairs, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Mott MacDonald – Standardizing Delivery of Phosphorus Removal Schemes for the UK Water Industry, United Kingdom

Phocaz, Inc. – CAD Assets to GIS – A CLIP Update, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Facilities, Campuses, and Cities

Clarion Housing Group – Twins: Creating a Golden Thread across Digital Estates, London, United Kingdom

Port Authority of New South Wales – Port Authority of New South Wales: A Case Study in Digital Transformation, New South Wales, Australia

vrame Consult GmbH – Siemensstadt Square - Digital Campus Twin in Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Process and Power Generation

MCC Capital Engineering & Research Incorporation Limited – Green and Digital Plant Construction Project of Linyi 2.7 Million Tons of High-Quality Special Steel Base, Linyi, Shandong, China

Shanghai Investigation, Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd. – Digital Asset Management of Hydropower Projects Based on Digital Twins, Liangshan, Yibin, and Zhaotong, Sichuan and Yunnan, China

Shenyang Aluminum & Magnesium Engineering & Research Institute Co., Ltd. – Digital Twin Application Project of Electrolytic Aluminum Engineering of Chinalco China Resources, Lvliang, Shanxi, China

Rail and Transit

AECOM Perunding Sdn Bhd – Johor Bahru–Singapore Rapid Transit System Link, Malaysia and Singapore

IDOM – Value Engineering Stage for Detailed Design & Supervision of the Rail Baltica Project, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Italferr S.p.A. – New High Speed Line Salerno – Reggio Calabria, Battipaglia, Campania, Italy

Roads and Highways

Atkins – I-70 Floyd Hill to Veterans Memorial Tunnels Project, Idaho Springs, Colorado, United States

Hunan Provincial Communications Planning, Survey & Design Institute Co., Ltd. – Hengyang-Yongzhou Expressway in Hunan Province, Hengyang and Yongzhou, Hunan, China

SMEC South Africa – N4 Montrose Interchange, Mbombela, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Structural Engineering

Hyundai Engineering – Automated Design of Civil and Architectural Structures with STAAD API, Seoul, South Korea

L&T Construction – Construction of 318 MLD (70 MGD) Wastewater Treatment Plant at Coronation Pillar, New Delhi, India

RISE Structural Design, Inc. – Dhaka Metro Rail Line 1, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Subsurface Modeling and Analysis

Arcadis – South Dock Bridge, London, United Kingdom

OceanaGold – Validation of Digital Management Tools for OceanaGold’s Waihi Tailings Storage Facility, Waihi, Waikato, New Zealand

Prof. Quick und Kollegen GmbH – Deutsche Bahn Neubaustrecke Gelnhausen – Fulda, Gelnhausen, Hessen, Germany

Surveying and Monitoring

Avineon India P Ltd. – Provision of Services on the Generation of CityGML Models of Kowloon East for the Lands Department, Hong Kong SAR, China

Italferr S.p.A. – The Digital Twin for Structural Monitoring of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

UAB IT logika (DRONETEAM) – DBOX M2, Vilnius, Lithuania

Transmission and Distribution

Elia – Digital Transformation and Connected iTwins in Smart Substation Design, Brussels, Belgium

PowerChina Hubei Electric Engineering Co., Ltd. – Full Life-cycle Digital Application on Xianning Chibi 500kV Substation Project, Xianning, Hubei, China

Qinghai Kexin Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd. – 110kV Transmission and Transformation Project in Deerwen, Guoluo Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China, Gande County, Guoluo Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai, China

Water and Wastewater

Geoinfo Services – Achieving Drink from Tap 24x7 Water Supply System for Emerging Economies, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India

L&T Construction – Rajghat Multi Village Rural Water Supply Scheme, Ashok Nagar and Guna, Madhya Pradesh, India

Project Controls Cubed LLC – EchoWater Project, Sacramento, California, United States

For more information about the finalists, visit this link.

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2023 Going Digital Awards in Infrastructure Finalists.


About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings, powered by the iTwin Platform for infrastructure digital twins, include MicroStation and Bentley Open applications for modeling and simulation, Seequent’s software for geoprofessionals, and Bentley Infrastructure Cloud encompassing ProjectWise for project delivery, SYNCHRO for construction management, and AssetWise for asset operations. Bentley Systems’ 5,000 colleagues generate annual revenues of more than $1 billion in 194 countries.

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Wa’ed Ventures leads a US $27 million Series A round for Rewaa, with participation from STC’s CIF, the largest Series A round for a SaaS company in MENA


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 30, 2023:

Rewaa, Saudi’s leading omnichannel inventory management system, accounting, and POS platform for the retail industry, announced that it raised $27 million in Series A funding round led by Wa’ed Ventures, a VC fund wholly owned by Aramco.

STC’s Corporate Innovation Fund (CIF) participated in the round alongside Silicon Valley’s Graphene Ventures, Sadu Capital, Vision Ventures, Khwarizmi Ventures, RZM Investment, Derayah VC, and Abdulrahman Sulaiman Al Rajhi & Sons Investment Company.

According to the founders, the company processed over $2 billion in transaction value to date, making it one of the fastest-growing SaaS companies in MENA, serving more than 7,000 retailers in Saudi and abroad, and creating over 250 jobs.

“This investment propels us toward our vision of becoming the optimal tech partner for SMBs in the retail sector. By contributing to the industry's digital transformation, we aim to make an impact on retail merchants, enabling them to increase efficiency,” said Mohammed Alqasir, Co-Founder and CEO at Rewaa.

Since its foundation in 2018 by Mohammed Alqasir and Abdullah Aljadhai, Rewaa provides a cloud-based solution that interlaces online and physical store inventory. While offering point-of-sale (POS) and accounting modules for an integrated platform, Rewaa aims to become the retailers’ tech partner by providing advanced technical solutions to manage inventory, sales, and payments.

“Rewaa’s revolutionary approach to digitizing and optimizing operational processes based on efficiency and scale-up goals for SMEs perfectly addresses the needs of the typically-scattered retail industry,” said Fahad Alidi, Managing Director at Wa’ed Ventures.

He adds: “We had the privilege of knowing Mohammed and Abdullah since their early days as founders. We are proud to back their growth today as they transform Rewaa from a simple digital tool to the go-to cloud-based POS and inventory management platform for local and regional retailers.”

“We are pleased to invest in Rewaa, which has proven itself through the tremendous growth it has achieved in recent months and thanks to the great team behind these achievements.

Through our investment in this company, we seek to participate in developing technologies supporting the retail market, including Rewaa'a company,” commented Majed AlJarboua, General Manager at stc corporate funds & entrepreneurship.

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gamma. Expands Africa & Middle East Commitment With the Addition of Music Industry Veterans and Pioneers


Larry Gaaga Named Vice President & General Manager, Africa and Dany Neville Joins as VP of A&R, Middle East


(BUSINESS WIRE)--gamma., the artist-first multimedia platform providing creative and business services across all artistic and commercial formats, today announced an expansion of its commitment to Africa and the Middle East with the addition of two impactful music industry pioneers to the region’s executive team.

The executive appointments include legendary Nigerian songwriter and recording artist Larry Gaaga joining as Vice President/General Manager of Africa, and pioneering Arab artist and DJ, Dany Neville taking the role of Vice President, A&R, Middle East. Gaaga will be based in Lagos and Neville in Dubai.

Historically, international labels have headquartered their African operations solely in South Africa, with Nigeria often having satellite presence. gamma. is rewriting this narrative by investing its largest resource focus in Nigeria, recognizing its position as the leading country in terms of the global export of music.

Taken together, these actions amplify the foundation that gamma. and its digital distribution arm Vydia have built in the region, increasing the company’s capabilities and resources and ensuring a two-way exchange of culture and opportunity for artists worldwide.

“gamma.’s mission is to both nurture talent local to Africa and the Middle East into global superstars, as well as to open the continent for Western artists to reach new fans and opportunities,” said Sipho Dlamini, President Africa & Middle East, gamma. “Both Larry and Dany have the historical background and cultural fluency critical to establishing the relationships and resources necessary for us to succeed.”

Most recently, Gaaga was Vice President of Def Jam Africa, where he led the label’s A&R division. In his new role, Gaaga will oversee gamma.'s operations across the entire African continent. His visionary leadership and guidance to the teams in both Nigeria and South Africa will drive the company’s growth, development, and ultimate success across the region.

“Larry and Dany’s extensive experience, deep understanding of the local music landscapes, and relentless passion for nurturing talent are welcome additions to the gamma. family,” said gamma. Co-founder & CEO Larry Jackson. “Together, they will strengthen our market presence and drive significant growth across Africa and the Middle East.”

Gaaga's primary focus will be on providing strategic direction for long-term success, driving revenue growth, and expanding market reach across Africa. He will spearhead initiatives to develop local talent, ensuring their success both domestically and on the global stage through collaborations and partnerships with the wider group.

Naomi Campbell, a prominent figure in the global entertainment community and Special Advisor to gamma., played a crucial role in fostering the partnership between Gaaga and the company. “Artistic brilliance knows no bounds,” says Campbell. “Larry’s appointment exemplifies the spirit of artistic empowerment. I am thrilled to have played a part in bringing his visionary talents to this artist-first platform.”

“I am honored and excited to take on the role of Vice President/General Manager of Africa,” said Gaaga. “This presents a unique opportunity to contribute to the growth of the entertainment industry across the continent, promoting local talent and showcasing the incredible creativity and diversity of our artists to the world.”

Pioneering Arab artist and DJ, Dany Neville has joined gamma. as Vice President of A&R, Middle East. From launching the regions’ first urban radio show in 2000 to collaborating with iconic artists like Snoop Dogg, T Pain, Kymani Marley, Kid Ink and DJ Snake among others, his journey has been replete with groundbreaking milestones. Dany’s achievements include performing at the MTV Music Awards, winning prestigious awards such as Time Out’s Best UAE DJ, and becoming the first UAE-born DJ to play at Tomorrowland. He’s known for transcending borders and uniting culture, leaving an indelible mark on the global music scene.

“This is a unique opportunity to showcase the talent and culture of the Middle East to the world,” said Neville. “gamma. is a unique company with the right tools and people needed to elevate this region to even greater heights in the world of music and entertainment.”

About gamma.:

gamma., founded by CEO Larry Jackson and President Ike Youssef, is a modern media and technology enterprise created to revolutionize the way artists create, distribute, and monetize their content and brand. Announced gamma. repertoire includes a long-term agreement with entertainment icon Snoop Dogg for exclusive rights to market and distribute the iconic Death Row Records catalog including new music from Snoop Dogg and R&B rising star October London; mega, a joint venture with multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning superstar Usher & industry pioneer L.A. Reid; a global partnership with 3x Grammy-nominated, Diamond-certified recording artist French Montana; music from rap’s new queen Sexyy Red through a partnership with Open Shift; and a new multi-media project from multi-platinum artist/entrepreneur Russ. Digital distributor Vydia, is a wholly-owned division of gamma.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Thales Recognised as an Overall, Innovation and Market Leader in KuppingerCole Analysts Leadership Compass for Access Management


Thales OneWelcome Identity Platform recognised for offering a comprehensive suite of integrated Identity and Access Management products and services

Thales OneWelcome Identity Platform is compatible with current IAM practices, while accommodating emerging needs and future trends such as identity proofing and Self Sovereign Identity


(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Thales announced today that it has been named an Overall, Innovation and Market Leader in the 2023 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Access Management. The report recognised Thales' leadership role within the access management market thanks to the Thales OneWelcome Identity Platform that provides a wide range of applications that cater to diverse identity use cases, including for workforce, customers, partners, suppliers and external identities.

The Thales One Welcome Identity platform is built on open and extendable architecture, ensuring compatibility with current Identity and Access Management practices while accommodating emerging needs like identity proofing, externalized authorization, delegated user management and consent & preference management. For higher assurance use cases, capabilities like strong customer authentication (SCA) and phishing-resistant MFA (multi-factor authentication) are provided directly by Thales, rather than relying on third parties.

"With its presence and through a large network of distributors and sellers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop, and deploy equipment, systems, and services that meet the most complex security requirements. The Thales OneWelcome Identity Platform offers a comprehensive suite of integrated IAM products and services designed to address various identity use cases for customers, partners, and external identities," said Alejandro Leal, Analyst at KuppingerCole.

The Workforce Access Management component, SafeNet Trusted Access (STA), is included in the platform and offers highly accessible access management and authentication capabilities specifically designed for common enterprise workforce scenarios like remote access and cloud application access. It ensures the highest levels of identity assurance for organisations, bolstering security and minimising risks associated with workforce-related access. This suite enables organisations to enhance their identity management practices, adapt to evolving technologies, and effectively safeguard their systems and data.

"The industry is rapidly moving towards a decentralised identity ecosystem, with fast-evolving national, organisational, and individual sovereignty concerns. Combining our deep technology and commercial expertise in identity validation and digital security with our global reach, the Thales OneWelcome Identity Platform enables organizations to orchestrate frictionless, trusted and secure digital journeys for all users," said Danny de Vreeze, Vice President, Identity and Access Management Products at Thales.

About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies within three domains: Defence & Security, Aeronautics & Space, and Digital Identity & Security. It develops products and solutions that help make the world safer, greener and more inclusive.


The Group invests close to €4 billion a year in Research & Development, particularly in key areas such as quantum technologies, Edge computing, 6G and cybersecurity.


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Democratising access to quantum computing: IQM Quantum Computers launches “IQM Spark” for universities and labs

 ESPOO, Finland & MUNICH - Wednesday, 30. August 2023 AETOSWire

IQM Spark will be installed at the user’s premises to give them full control for experiments

IQM Spark is available for under one million euros


(BUSINESS WIRE)--IQM Quantum Computers (IQM), the European leader in building quantum computers, today launched “IQM Spark,” comprising a superconducting quantum computer and tailored learning experiences for universities and research labs worldwide.

IQM Spark comes pre-installed with a 5-qubit quantum processing unit, with more options available allowing for a wide variety of research experiments.

To help universities kick-start their quantum program, in addition, universities will have free maintenance for one year, and IQM will also provide training for running the system and learning materials accessible through IQM Academy, a user-friendly online platform. With IQM Spark, students of all levels (bachelor, master, and PhD) will have the opportunity to learn hands-on about quantum computing.

Additionally, universities can also provide their students with the skillset needed for a quantum-enabled future by leveraging both hardware and software within the learning materials. With its technical track record and world-class expertise, IQM is also committed to collaborating with universities to drive advancements in quantum science.

Dr. Kuan Yen Tan, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of IQM Quantum Computers, said: “Since our inception, we’ve invested in and promoted quantum education and the advancement of research, and it’s apparent that universities around the globe need critical tools like IQM Spark to train the workforce needed for the next generation. Given the potential of quantum computing, the ecosystem will require a wide range of talent across electronics, chip fabrication, hardware design, and software engineering. We are confident that our system will facilitate the learning experience and engage students with the physical system.”

“We’ve designed this offering for universities and research labs to build up their quantum expertise and we believe that our system will not only perform fundamental quantum experiments and raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) but we will also advance university science around quantum computing in general, while addressing the shortage of talent and providing value for the job market,” Dr. Björn Pötter, Head of Product at IQM Quantum Computers, points out.

IQM has already delivered 5-qubit quantum computers to some universities and research institutions, including the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Germany. The quantum computer at VTT has been connected to LUMI, Europe’s most powerful supercomputer, hosted by the CSC - IT Center for Science.

“VTT and IQM successfully collaborated in delivering Finland’s first quantum computer in 2021. The 5-qubit quantum computer enables users to take the first steps in developing quantum algorithms and learn how to utilise the new technology in practice”, said Pekka Pursula, Research Manager in Quantum Technologies at VTT.

“On-premises quantum hardware is only available from a very limited number of vendors. This fact alone makes it hard for us to provide this leading-edge hardware to our scientists. Pricing and missing learning resources make it even harder to make this leading-edge technology available for educational purposes for our students,” said Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, which caters to all universities of Bavaria in Germany.

“IQM Spark will address three major challenges: availability, learning resources, and affordability. In that way, universities can give practical experience to the next generation of quantum computing experts,” he added.

“Making on-premises quantum computer hardware available to our scientists and students as a low-barrier resource will give a boost to scientific progress and educate the next generation of quantum experts. This paves the way for students in Bavarian universities, such as Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) and Technical University of Munich (TUM) students, to become entrepreneurs in the field of quantum technologies and live up to the excellence claim of the Munich universities,” he concluded.

About IQM Quantum Computers:

IQM is the European leader in building quantum computers. IQM provides on-premises quantum computers for supercomputing centres and research labs and offers full access to its hardware. For industrial customers, IQM delivers quantum advantage through a unique application-specific, co-design approach. IQM’s commercial quantum computers include Finland’s first commercial 54-qubit quantum computer with VTT, IQM-led consortium’s (Q-Exa) HPC quantum accelerator in Germany, and IQM processors will also be used in the first quantum accelerator in Spain. IQM has over 280 employees with offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Singapore, and Espoo.


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Starr Names Christopher Magee Vice President, International Head of Financial Lines and Professional

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Starr Insurance today announced that Christopher Magee has joined Starr as Vice President, International Head of Financial Lines and Professional Liability, a new position focused on growing the business outside the U.S. and helping clients manage their risks around the world.

Chris has more than 25 years of financial lines management experience at large U.S. multinational insurance companies in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Switzerland. Throughout his career, he has specialized in financial and professional liability risks.

A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Chris recently relocated from London and will be based in New York City.

About Starr Insurance

Starr Insurance (or Starr) is a marketing name for the operating insurance and travel assistance companies and subsidiaries of Starr International Company, Inc. and for the investment business of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. and its subsidiaries. Starr is a leading insurance and investment organization with a presence on six continents; through its operating insurance companies, Starr provides property, casualty, and accident and health insurance products as well as a range of specialty coverages including aviation, marine, energy and excess casualty insurance. Starr’s insurance company subsidiaries domiciled in the U.S., Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Malta, Singapore, Switzerland and U.K. each have an A.M. Best rating of “A” (Excellent). Starr’s Lloyd’s syndicate has a Standard & Poor’s rating of “A+” (Strong).

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Pennsylvania Convention Authority Renews ASM Global Management Contract Becoming First Venue in World Leader’s ‘Premier Package’ Convention Center Expansion

State-of-the-Art Immersive ‘Media Modules,’ ‘Business Speed Action,’ Future Now Sustainability Innovations Planned to Reflect Emerging Technologies and Audience Needs

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA) board of directors has approved a five-year contract renewal for ASM Global as its venue management company with the convention center poised as the launch location for a dramatic series of innovations in ASM Global’s convention and conference portfolio — the largest in North America and worldwide.

The new agreement will commence on Dec. 1, 2023, for five years, through Nov. 30, 2028, with the international entertainment leader planning to bring many of its most innovative designs to a leading group of convention centers beginning with PCCA. It will be the first in a program creating unique environments such as immersive LED moments, speed-action offerings to accelerate business strategies, elevated VIP lounges and quiet spaces for business connectivity.

“We are thrilled to announce the continued partnership between the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and ASM Global as the venue-management provider for the Pennsylvania Convention Center,” said David A. Nasatir, Esq., chair of the board, PCCA. “For 10 years, ASM Global has been a valued collaborator and, because of their outstanding contributions, has elevated the Pennsylvania Convention Center to world-class status.”

In 2013 the PCCA first made the decision to privatize management of the center with an initial contract being awarded to SMG, which was subsequently rebranded to ASM Global following the 2019 merger of AEG Facilities and SMG. The merger created a venue management powerhouse that spans five continents, 14 countries and more than 350 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, theaters and convention centers and has positioned ASM Global as the world’s preeminent venue-management and live-experiences company.

“The ASM Global team at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is, without exception, the finest in the industry,” said John J. McNichol, president and CEO, PCCA. “Their innovative leadership and commitment to delivering an unmatched customer experience have positioned the center, globally, as an industry trailblazer and venue of choice, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration as we take the Pennsylvania Convention Center to the next level.”

Under the management of ASM Global, the Pennsylvania Convention Center has already implemented several cutting-edge and industry-changing initiatives such as the 2014 execution of the Customer Satisfaction Agreement, a document that guides the relationship between the center and the labor unions that work at the facility with the goal of providing a more productive, customer-centric and cost-effective worksite for guests and the ASM Global Acts program, under which the center has successfully executed a robust sustainability and social impact plan.

Dan Hoffend, ASM Global executive vice president, convention centers, said, “We’re excited to begin the next chapter for the convention universe beginning with the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This includes sustainability features that create substantial movement toward carbon neutral; new Flex-space exhibit halls that can adapt to the needs of our diverse attendees; and LED walls that provide sponsorship, wayfinding and entertainment.

“We’re bringing our proven best features from our stadiums and arenas directly to our convention centers to create a premium line of facilities like no other in the industry. Our attendees require entertainment as a part of their business paradigm. We are changing the industry by creating a unique environment for all of our guests,” Hoffend said.

PCC’s ASM Global general manager, Tony Hodgins, said, “We thank the PCCA for their continued trust in our ASM Global team and for their unwavering support over the years. Our team at the center remains focused on our goal of providing a first-class customer experience to all our guests, and we are honored to be able to continue working with our key partners to showcase all that Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Convention Center have to offer.”

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About Pennsylvania Convention Center

Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in Center City Philadelphia at the heart of the city's many cultural offerings and world-class dining and entertainment scene. Managed by ASM Global, the center is the 14th largest facility in the nation and features one of the largest exhibit spaces and ballrooms in the Northeastern U.S. The meetings, conventions, trade shows and other events hosted by the center attract attendees from across the country and around the world to Philadelphia, making the facility the largest economic driver of the region’s hospitality industry. For more information, visit

About ASM Global

ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management, delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 350 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. For more information, please visit


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