Tata Docomo strengthens its retail presence in Bangalore

· New Tata Docomo store to offer customized mobility solutions along with a host of products and services for its customers in Bangalore

Tata Docomo, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservices Limited (TTL), strengthens its retail presence in Bangalore by opening its 45th store in capital city. Located at A K Colony, Nagawara Main Road in Bangalore, this is the 74th Tata Docomo store in Karnataka.

The company has recently expanded its 3G network in the state by investing in 1000 new 3G towers and 500 new 2G Towers across Karnataka. Similar aggressive 3G Network expansion plan is lined up for this financial year as well. With this expansion the company is strengthening its network and penetrating deeper to provide its superfast 3G connectivity at affordable prices to its customers even in the rural regions . To address the growing demand of Voice and Data connectivity, the company has also drawn up a good Value based product portfolio.

At the store launch Mr. Ashok Ghose, MBU Head, Karnataka & Kerala Circle, Tata Docomo said “Karnataka is one of our leading 3G markets in the country with an ever increasing customer base. Most of our customers especially the millennials are very tech savvy and consistently looking for smarter ways for their communication needs. To address these, our flagship stores are equipped with trained personnel and technologically advanced solutions. With this launch we also bank upon on our vision of customer centricity which is the prime focus of our organization.”

Tata Docomo stores enable customers across segments to touch, feel, experience, and purchase its technically superior products and value added services. The company has strategically placed their retail stores which are present at convenient locations across the state. These stores allow customers a hassle free alternative to all their mobile related problems along with a wide range of unique products and services like the 399 power post pay plan (30000 Local+ STD seconds, 399 local/STD SMS, Unlimited 3G data (1GB at peak speed)) and 899 UL plan (Unlimited local, Unlimited 3G data (2GB at peak speed)). These stores also offer an innovative initiative by the company called ‘Giga Geek’ which aims at educating its customers to optimally make use of their smart phones.

The company has so far rolled out an extensive drive to strengthen and expand its network with now more than 10,000 towers, more than 500 distributors and over 60,000 retail touchpoints and 160 technologically advanced branded retail stores across key towns in order to offer seamless services to its customers not only in urban centres but also in hinterland towns.

Tata Docomo has also introduced a user friendly and convenient *123# (Dial *123#) platform which enables a customer to choose a specific plan as per his continuous usage and requirement. There are plethora of exciting offers for consumers to choose from. Consumers can check on this platform before recharging to get best offer customized to their respective usage.

Lian Li PC-V33 A Small Footprint Cube Case With Room Inside

Featuring Unique Flip-Open Canopy, Divided Air Compartments, And New Drive Bay Dampening System.

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today announces the PC-V33. Available in 3 choices: brushed aluminum in silver or black, or internal black with a tempered glass side door. The PC-V33 does not restrict PSU, GPU or main board choice due to size or power consumption: it’s designed to accommodate full-sized gaming hardware in a compact form-factor. Its cube styling makes it a companion you can take with anywhere you need full-sized computing and still have room for a 240 mm water cooling radiator to be mounted inside. The most unique feature is the canopy top that opens the whole cube for easy building.

Signature Lian Li Aluminum Design
The newly designed illuminated power button is now made out of the same high grade brushed aluminum as the whole case. The pop-out side doors detach and reattach effortlessly, yet remain firmly in place. The front and top panels form a canopy as a single fold of aluminum, adding strength and beauty to the cube case. When hinged open, the case internals become accessible in the same manner as a test bench, allowing system builders to install the components and change them with ease without any walls in the way. Dual 120mm case fans or up to a 240mm water cooling radiator can fit internally on the front bracket that also holds the magnetically attached air intake filter.

Dual Compartment Air Flow Management
The PC-V33 uses vents and internal compartments to manage heat and dust inside the case. The floor of the main board compartment acts as a barrier so CPU and GPU heat does not affect the PSU or drives. The included 120mm fan vents the top compartment through the newly designed rear vent. The bottom compartment filters air for the PSU that is vented right out the back. The drives have their own 120mm exhaust fan with the aggressive new vent hole pattern.

New Shock-Absorbing Drive Cage
The PC-V33 uses a new drive cage with the same rubber dampening system found in Taipei 101 to eliminate vibrations, ensuring the drives do not produce any noise. This cage can be half removed or fully removed for added flexibility. Horizontal mounting ensures air flow and correct alignment for long life.

Full ATX sized Hardware Compatibility
The PC-V33 supports up to a full ATX motherboard in the top compartment with pre-installed standoffs that fit mini-ITX, mATX and ATX motherboards. It can house CPU coolers up to 190mm in height and VGA cards up to 330mm long. The bottom compartment can fit up to a 300mm long PSU and any combination of 4 3.5” or 2.5” drives on the anti vibration cage.

Optional Adjustable RGB Interior Lighting
DIY enthusiasts can adjust the interior lighting through the optional RGB lighting kit complete with LED strips, cord clip, dimmer and controller. The rear mounted controller allows instant analog color selection. Guaranteed to fit and show off your custom interior.

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Vodafone Is Now One Of India’s Largest Retailers

With over 9,800 branded retail stores, covering over 1.54 million sq.ft. and attracting more than 115million footfalls annually, Vodafone India can now be counted amongst the largest retailers in the country. Pursuing a comprehensive, multi-tier retail strategy, the company has further enhanced its nationwide footprint of branded stores by opening 200 Vodafone stores and 1,000 Vodafone Mini Stores across the country since April 2014, thus further cementing its position as not only India’s largest retailer in the telecom industry but being counted amongst the foremost players actively engaged in the holistic development of India’s rapidly growing retail sector.


Commenting on Vodafone’s retail and digital offerings, Kavita Nair – National Head of Retail and Digital, Vodafone India, said, “At Vodafone, we are driven with the singular objective of delivering superior customer experience. Our retail strategy is designed to realize this intent on ground. Through our multi-tier retail format, we are always close to our customers. This helps us understand their evolving needs better and service them comprehensively, end-to-end. This continued focus has enabled Vodafone India set new benchmarks and in the process, become a leader in the retail sector. We look forward to welcoming more customers to our stores.”

Footprint Leadership

Vodafone India has built one of the largest exclusive retail footprints across the country. With more than 9800 retail stores, including 700+ Vodafone stores, 3300+ Vodafone Mini Stores and 5800+ Rural Mini Stores, Vodafone is closer today to its customers via its own branded stores in over 300 towns and 5000 villages across India.

The increasing use of smart phones, mobile internet and new age technologies, has resulted in customer needs changing rapidly, especially in urban areas. To fulfil this need, Vodafone India introduced the Global Design Store – an industry first retail format, which offers a uniform and consistent, internationally benchmarked customer experience through 200+ stores in urban centres, pan India

With rural India taking rapid strides in the on-going information revolution, Vodafone has already marked its distinct presence through its Rural Mini Stores, popularly known as Lal Dukaans. These Lal Dukaans are entrepreneurial ventures located in 5,000 plus villages in the hinterland of all circles. They act as key relationship hubs for the brand as they are managed by local community members.

Building Leading Edge Retail

Future Ready Format
· These stores have premium look and feel with mass-market accessibility and have ‘iconic’ elements with interactivity.
o An exclusive mobile internet zone in the store to experience a whole new world of possibilities.
o A one stop shop for all communication needs most suited for their personal requirement- new connections, best of plans, bundled schemes and data services, choice of devices and accessories
o To further enhance the brand experience, customers can also choose from a range of genuine Vodafone Zoozoo merchandise at attractive prices.

Enhancing Customer Experience
The key pillars of enhanced customer experience are Process, Systems and People. Vodafone India consciously works across these three pillars to build closer connect to customers. This enables Vodafone to understand their evolving needs better and suitably address them with optimum products and solutions. Collectively, the 9800+ branded retail stores welcome over 115 million customers and handle over 140mn transactions annually.

Process:
· Fully Connected CRM: To connect with customers through any channel, location or medium to fulfil their needs
· Vodafone Red Box: A first-of-its kind, free of cost service that facilitates secure data transfer from one mobile handset to another. This service is handset agnostic and is popular for transferring important data including contacts, images, videos, apps etc. from old handset to new handset
· 24X7 assistance for customers to make bill payments or purchase recharge vouchers as per their convenience at over 700 Self Service Kiosks
· Customer Routing: An efficient token based system (industry first) which helps minimise waiting time for customers in store

System:
· Super-Fast Activation: Vodafone was the first in the industry to introduce Fastest Activation of SIM card at the store in 2 hrs time.
· Smart Crew: for maximum fulfillment across counter

People:
· Training & Skilling: Vodafone India is rated among the Top 20 Great Places to Work for and is also No 1 in the telecommunications sector. Its retail business provides employment to almost 15,000 people directly and indirectly, making it one of the largest employers in the Indian retail sector.
Having made an early foray in the developing retail sector, Vodafone has made significant contribution in raising the bar of the sector per se by skilling and training youth of the country. It continues to invest over 1.5 million hours annually in further coaching and developing the talent of its retail staff.

· Women Power in Retail: Among the several industry first initiatives from Vodafone India is the concept of Angel Stores – retail stores that are managed and run exclusively by women. The idea was born out of Vodafone’s commitment to encourage diversity and inclusion at workplace. It was also supplemented by belief that women with character traits of greater patience and empathy offer better customer service. Today, Vodafone operates 34 Angel stores across the country.

New Release of Telit’s IoT Portal Combines Connectivity Management with Application Enablement Functions

Advanced CDP integration features aggregate federated data across multiple wireless networks

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced a new release of the Telit IoT Portal which consolidates a suite of advanced connectivity management functions with the company’s deviceWISE IoT application enablement Platform. The service enables companies to deploy, configure and manage end-to-end IoT deployments from a single, Cloud-based portal.

Whether you’re just starting out or are already operating thousands of remote devices across the globe, the Telit IoT Portal makes it easy to “connect thing to apps” by seamlessly integrating any device, production asset and remote sensor with web-based and mobile apps and enterprise systems, across any wireless network.

The newly-added connectivity management addresses all aspects of mobile communication provisioning, including seamless integration with Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and Connected Device Platforms (CDP). Users can activate or de-activate devices, manage SIM cards, analyze connection quality, and set all provisioning and data plan parameters. This platform function is especially useful in preventing data overage and overall data cost management. The advanced CDP integration feature aggregates federated data across multiple wireless networks – a valuable capability when operating IoT deployments in different countries and regions around the world.

From the same portal, users have continuous access to all the comprehensive functions of the deviceWISE IoT Platform, including device onboarding, edge-intelligence, data collection, data transport, data storage, data delivery and application integration. Developers can connect, collect, and control anything with a single, standardized API set that is common across device integration, connectivity management and application development.

“The developer-friendly Telit IoT Portal provides instant and full access to the mature and comprehensive features and all the necessary tools and resources for your IoT project,” said Alon Segal, CTO, Telit IoT Services. “No upfront investment is required and companies can focus on developing compelling applications that help transform their business, not the engineering of underlying technology infrastructure.”

The Telit IoT Portal, reduces risk, time-to-market, complexity and cost of deploying solutions for monitoring and control, industrial automation, asset tracking and field service operations across all industries and market segments around the world. Additionally, customers enjoy professional maintenance and support and ongoing upgrades to new features and capabilities. Access a free trial of the Telit IoT Portal.

The new release of the Telit IoT Portal will be featured at Telit DevCon, September 8 in Las Vegas. Additionally, there will be live demonstrations of on the Telit exhibit, booth #5032, at CTIA Super Mobility 2015. Register for CTIA to receive admission to the exhibit floor, keynote speakers and partner events all compliments of Telit.
Join us at Telit DevCon 2015 on Tuesday September 8 2015
Telit will be hosting its annual business and developer’s conference, Telit DevCon 2015 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Learn how industry leaders use the IoT to create new markets, transform their business and achieve measurable ROI. Connect with IoT innovators and get to market faster leveraging the combined expertise in M2M, mobile and the IoT from Telit and delegates. Engage in dialogue with developers, technologists and business executives to explore the entire IoT ecosystem.

MobilArt Signs a Partnership Agreement with SLA Mobile for Direct Operator Billing

MobilArt, a digital B2B and B2C solutions provider, specialising in content for the mobile generation, has partnered with SLA Mobile, a mobile solutions provider, to offer Direct Operator Billing as a payment option to their customers.

Based in India, Middle East & South Africa, MobilArt offers a wide range of content including web, mobile games, social and multimedia. MobilArt leverages their technological, content and marketing expertise to build and manage brand partnerships, creating long-term value for their customers.

Gurmeet Singh, Director at MobilArt commented, “Through our partnership agreement with SLA Mobile, MobilArt will create long-term value for mobile subscribers by offering Direct Operator Billing as a payment channel through their secure mobile payment option. This means that we can access customers that were previously hard to reach due to lack of credit or debit card details.”

Direct Operator Billing is one of the most secure mobile billing methods available as transactions are charged to the user’s monthly bill or deducted from their prepaid credit. Bank account or credit card information is not required giving the mobile subscriber peace of mind that their personal information is safe.

Amelia Power, Head of Sales and Marketing at SLA Mobile said, “MobilArt provides a lucrative range of digital content for mobile subscribers which makes them an ideal partner for us at SLA Mobile.”

Bigger & Better: HealthyDunia.com announces 2nd edition of India Health & Wellness Awards 2015 presented by Mother Dairy to be held on September 10

Road Transport and Highways Minister Mr. Nitin Gadakari, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture, Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister Of Health & Family Welfare, Maharashtra Shri Deepak Sawant, Deputy Chief Minister & Minister Of Health, Goa Francis Dsouza, among key speakers
600 delegates, 20 speakers over 6 power-packed sessions and 20 awards

Much-loved South African Singer & UN Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka to participate in the deliberations

After a game-changing first edition that offered a new platform to the industry and policy makers to discuss major issues dogging Indian healthcare, India Health & Wellness Summit & Awards is returning this year with a bigger agenda for dialogue, a wider approach to recognizing front runners and much larger scale of participation from all quarters.

HealthyDunia.com, the fastest growing health and wellness information portal is proud to announce the 2nd India Health & Wellness Summit & Awards 2015 presented by Mother Dairy to be held on September 10, 2015 at Hotel Taj Palace in the capital.

This year the IHW Summit has focused on increased participation from the government and public health departments to enable a full-fledged dialogue between multiple stakeholders in the sector. Minister for Road Transport and Highways Mr. Nitin Gadakari; Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture, Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma; Minister Of Health & Family Welfare, Maharashtra Shri Deepak Sawant; Deputy Chief Minister & Minister of Health, Goa Francis Dsouza, are among key speakers from the Central and state governments.

India Health & Wellness Summit and Awards is determined to play a key role in devising and nurturing ideas that can help make healthcare ‘accessible and affordable’. The platform also promises to honor innovators who propose ideas and establish avenues to meet the diverse healthcare needs of our billion plus population.
With over 20 awards in multiple categories such as healthcare delivery, innovation and lifesaving technologies, the event will follow a rigorous selection process manned by an eminent jury, including some of the biggest names from Indian healthcare companies, doctors, scientists, experts, media representatives, government sector and social leaders.
India Health & Wellness Summit & Awards 2015 will feature much-loved South African singer and UN Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and Roll Back Malaria, Yvonne Chaka Chaka. She is expected to share the African perspective with an aim to explore possibilities of greater cooperation with India.

“We took a dedicated initiative when we launched India Health & Wellness Awards last year. Encouraged with the success of our debut and the overwhelming response it got from all stakeholders, we are back in a bigger and better avatar this year. The 2015 edition of IHW Summit & Awards will see several new segments designed to make it more comprehensive, effective and outcome oriented. This year, we have also planned a ministerial session that will have Ministers of Health & Family Welfare from selected states to discuss their respective experiences and facilitate exchange of ideas,” said Mr. Kamal Narayan Omer, Director, Blue Pen Media, Organizer of IHW Summit & Awards.

“Be it doctors, service providers, policy makers, innovators or corporate, a lot of people have shown interest in participating in the event and contributing towards finding a new ground which can spawn new ideas, approaches and partnerships. We are aware of the fact that India faces myriad health challenges which can neither be resolved by focusing on just the urban elite nor be addressed by turning all attention to the under privileged. We need a balance in our approach and better public-private partnerships. We hope over the years, IHW will become a fountainhead of new ideas,” said Dr. Bobby John, Managing Director, Aequitas Consulting and Curator of the IHW Summit.

The IHW Summit & Awards 2015 is being supported by Mother Dairy, Gaudium IVF, KV Developers, EBIX Adam India, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Paras Healthcare, Global Health Advocates India, NATHEALTH, Association of Healthcare Providers of India (AHPI), JCKRC Spa Destination Pvt. Ltd., Impact Investors Council, World Simulation Society (WSS) & Aequitas Consulting. The Outdoor Media Partner is Prabhatam Group while the Legal Partner is Trust Legal.

The scale of the summit has clearly widened in a year. This year will see 20 speakers participate in six high powered sessions, 600 national and international delegates brainstorm over matters of importance in a communion of decision makers from the industry, government, non-profit-sector and all other stakeholders to address the opportunities for and the challenges to improvement of healthcare outcomes in India.

Additionally, the forum will have a healthcare entrepreneurship session with thought leaders and entrepreneurs discussing demand-driven innovations that are transforming healthcare, and scalable strategies that empower those living at ‘the last mile’.

Other speakers at the conclave include Nanda Kumar, Chairman, National Dairy Development Board; Sanjiv Navangul, MD, Janssen India; Dr. T. S. Kler, Director & HOD Cardiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute; Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice-Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise; Dr. Ramakanta Panda, Vice Chairman & MD, Asian Heart Institute; Sandeep Farias, Founder & Managing Director, Elevar Equity; Dr. Manika Khanna, Founder & Managing Director, Gaudium IVF.

For detailed list of categories, award website can be referred at www.indiahealthsummit.com

Ad Spending on Mobile Web Doubled Over the Past Year, APAC Showed Highest Growth — New Smaato Report

Mobile-first and mobile-only Internet access in China, India and Indonesia fuel regional growth

Smaato, the leading global real-time advertising platform for mobile publishers and app developers, today released its Global Trends in Mobile Programmatic Report. Smaato analysed data from billions of mobile ad impressions served on its exchange during the first half of 2015 to reveal that mobile web usage is soaring. While apps still command the market for overall ad spending on mobile, spending on the mobile web increased by 100 percent over the past year.

Social apps like Facebook and Twitter could be the driving force behind this surge in mobile web usage. According to a recent report from IAB, 52 percent of smartphone owners say they tap links in mobile apps that take them to web articles they want to read.

While the United States continues to be the top country on Smaato Exchange for mobile ads inventory and spending, Asia Pacific countries recorded the highest growth during the first half of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. China grew by 315%, India, 279%, Singapore 225%, Indonesia, 142%, and Malaysia, 126%.

“The shift to mobile began with the mobile web – and then apps took over,” said Ragnar Kruse, CEO of Smaato. “Although we can’t say for sure whether we’re looking at a huge comeback of the medium, the fact remains that publishers and advertisers can’t afford to ignore the mobile web. Mobile ad strategies – whether it be the size of ads or the use of rich media – must be created with both app and mobile web usage in mind.”

Smaato also found that advertisers are doubling down on targeting families and parents on mobile. Spending on this demographic increased by over 300 percent over the past year, while the second most lucrative vertical only rose by 87 percent. Brands and advertisers no longer exclusively see mobile users as young and tech-savvy. 72 percent of kids eight and under have used tablets or smartphones, according to a study from Common Sense Media, and brands are doubling down on mobile to tap into this lucrative market.

Additional findings from the report include:

● App developers and publishers who provide age and gender information make four times as much in ad revenues as those who do not.
● Larger ad sizes are surging in popularity, especially in developing markets. Spend on larger ads (300×250 and up) rose by over 250 percent – in sharp contrast with the overall spend on the original app-only banner ad size (320×50), which only increased by 30 percent.
● Publishers and app developers who make room for rich media in their apps and on their websites are making 83 percent more money than those who don’t.
● Android apps continue to lead the pack in terms of mobile ad impressions, commanding 32 percent of the overall market. iOS apps come in second with 20 percent, while Windows apps have 5 percent.

“Rich media and larger ad sizes are becoming increasingly popular in the Asia-Pacific as marketers use more creative and engaging content to get their messages across,” said Malcolm Wong, Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific, Smaato.

“The average individual would have about 27 applications on their smartphone (Nielsen 2014), and with a voracious appetite for mobile applications observed in the Asia-Pacific, more advertising budgets could be expected to shift to mobile in future,” added Wong.

Smaato serves up to 6 billion ads each day, across 600 million unique monthly mobile users around the world, and works with 90,000 mobile app developers and publishers. The Global Trends in Mobile Programmatic Report reflects the detailed activity and trends that have developed over the first half of 2015 across Smaato’s broad, global base of publishers, advertisers and users.

To view the complete findings, download the full report on mobile advertising for the first half of 2015 here: https://www.smaato.com/reports/

To learn more about Smaato’s solutions for mobile app developers and publishers, please visit: www.smaato.com.