Interview with Regional Director (South Asia Pacific), Unity Technologies – Mr Quentin Staes-Polet

Everybody is into VR now and it is evident that this sector has grown tremendously in 2017. All the tech giants are increasingly investing more into this space and people are watching this closely for the next breakthrough.

 

But will this trend going to continue in 2018? Today, we have Mr Quentin Staes-Polet, Regional Director, South Asia Pacific Unity Technologies to share with us his view on South East Asia market.

 

What business Unity Technologies (“Unity”) is in and the strategic goals that it hopes to achieve in this S.E.A region?  

Unity Technologies is the creator of a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform used to create rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences.

 

70 percent of all VR/AR content today is created with Unity and we are also working with the world’s biggest players in the world like Facebook, Microsoft, Xiaomi and Samsung to develop VR/AR content for their platforms. Although Unity was born from the gaming space with about 50 percent market share in the mobile games market, it is now being used across several industries outside gaming itself, a testament to the growing success of Unity as a creative platform.

 

Unity aims to “gamify” industries by making game technology, design and methodology, accessible to users beyond gaming – bringing the concept of games into industries by creating more engaging, more immersive experiences for customers and employees alike. That involves applying all that AR/VR can offer to make businesses more innovative, effective, and efficient. Ultimately, this technology can bring them much closer to their customers.

 

We enable anyone and everyone to develop games or applications. We do this through solving hard problems, such as the coding and scripting elements of development, so that today’s creators don’t have to. They can be freed from the worry of complicated back-end processes and focus on building beautiful and creative designs and experiences in their work.


You have built a successful business before. What’s in Unity that wants you to go back to the corporate life?

The game industry is where art and technology meet and interact with each other, which is why I was interested in joining the industry. Gaming continues to be one of the most creative industries and has been fast to adopt and leverage new technologies in engaging ways. Community tools like video conferencing, blogging, and online streaming were all leveraged on early in the industry. Even now, many new technologies are finding their first mass implementations in gaming, resulting in the industry constantly being invigorated, which is always exciting to me.

 

What are your personal goals you wish to or have already achieved in Unity?

When first joining Unity, I wanted to help lay the foundations and build a dedicated team of high performers who possessed a drive for excellence and fun. This has been successful so far with the team here in SAPAC, albeit at a small scale, and I am looking forward to building on this success moving forward.


So far, what’s the most challenging problem you have faced in South East Asia?
Given how young the developer scene is in the region, there has been a recruitment challenge due to the scarcity of experienced talent with the set of skills that Unity is looking for. However, given how the scene is growing exponentially, largely due to the rising interest in games and development from youth within the region, I expect it will only be a matter of time before this challenge is overcome.


Any details of the expansion plan in Singapore?
As one of the strongest economies in the Asia Pacific, Singapore has a huge market potential for the AR and VR technology. While Unity is still used largely for gaming, we are already seeing game technologies being increasingly used across several sectors, from the likes of architectural visualization, film and entertainment, engineering and manufacturing companies, as well as the government sectors.

 

We are always interested to see how others use our technology and other advances, especially within government organisations and smaller tech startups. We have been supporting them wherever we can, especially in the areas of education and training. We have already partnered with some organisations to help build a solid foundation of developers to support the growing industry here, and continue to move forward with helping further build the development ecosystem here where we can.

Samsung Launches Galaxy A8 and A8+ in Singapore

To kickstart the year 2018, Samsung Electronics Singapore debuted their latest smartphones in the Galaxy A series – the Galaxy A8(2018) and the Galaxy A8+(2018). Samsung prided their A-series as a mid-range smartphones for the young.

So how far has Samsung achieved in attracting the young to switch from iPhones to their Galaxy Series? Let’s take a closer look of the Galaxy A8 and A8+.

Source: Instagram user @weewu

Enhanced Front Camera Capabilities – Dual Front Camera with Live Focus and Face-Unlock Features

The new Galaxy A8(2018) and the Galaxy A8+(2018) feature a new 16MP + 8MP F1.9 Dual Front Camera in addition to an impressive 16MP rear camera, allowing users to capture important moments and memories at any time and location. As the Dual Front Camera is made up of two separate cameras, users have the flexibility in choosing the type of selfies to take – from close-ups with the background, to portrait shots with a clear and crisp background. With the advanced Live Focus feature, users can easily create and adjust the bokeh effect on the smartphones before or after taking a picture.

 

Also fitted with facial recognition security features, consumers can opt for a quick and hassle-free way to unlock their Galaxy A8(2018) or Galaxy A8+(2018) with just a look. By simply scanning your face with the front camera and enabling the facial recognition feature under the security settings, consumers are ready to unlock their phone in a quick and effortless manner.

 

 

Though I like the idea of putting 2 cameras on the front, I still find it strange that they didn’t do it like-wise for the back.

 

Galaxy S8’s and Note 8’s Infinity Display on Galaxy A8

For the first time on the Galaxy A, Samsung brings in the Infinity Display which is the key feature of their Samsung’s premium Galaxy S8 and Note 8. The Galaxy A8 and A8+ comes in 5.6-inch and 6.0-inch screen size respectively. With an 18.5:9 display ratio that goes beyond the bezel, the device provides users with the ultimate cinematic experience. The smartphone screen is also supported with a premium metal frame and a curved glass on the back and front, providing users an ergonomic and comfortable grip when using the sleek and stylish device.

 

 

Water Resistance – IP68 – Certified, Separated Dual Sim Card Slot and MircoSD card slot

Continued from the previous Galaxy A series, the new Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018) are equipped with IP68-certified water and dust resistant capabilities, allowing them to withstand elements including rain, sweat, sand and dust.

 

One thing to note, the Galaxy A8(2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) supports Dual Sim and microSD cards expandable storage upto 256GB and they have the 2 slots separated from one another. Unlike their previous Galaxy S series which use a hybrid microSD and Sim card slot, you could use both Sim cards and microSD simultaneously.

 

Supports Samsung Pay and Gear VR models

Both the Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018) are also the first in the Galaxy A line-up to support most of their Gear VR models.

 

The Galaxy A8 and A8+ are equipped with Samsung Pay where users can make safe and secure mobile payments almost anywhere. Simply swipe up to bring up the last transacted credit or debit card, scan your fingerprint or key in your PIN and make payment.

 

 

Local Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018) will be available from 27 January 2017 at a recommended retail price of $648 and $798 respectively, including GST. Available in Gold and Black, the devices will be available at all local telecommunication operators, selected consumer electronic stores, authorised mobile retailers, Samsung Experience Stores and selected online marketplace.

Source: Instagram user @weewuOpening of the Revamped Samsung Experience Store@Vivocity Promotion

In celebration of the revamping of the Samsung Electronics Store at VivoCity, customers who purchase any Galaxy smartphone or tablet at a recommended retail price of $400 and above will receive a $30 Mapletree voucher at the point of purchase. Customers who purchase a Galaxy Note8, S8+, S8 or Tab S3 will receive a $50 Mapletree voucher instead. This promotion will commence from 18 January 2018 on a while stocks last basis.

 

Lim Wen Suen of Team Gary emerged as the champion of《The Voice 决战好声》

(Johor Bahru, 18 December 2017) Following an intense sing-off among the eight finalists, Lim Wen Suen of Team Gary emerged as the champion of《The Voice 决战好声》. Chosen solely through public voting, she walked away with a co-management contract with mm2 Entertainment (a wholly owned subsidiary of mm2 Asia Ltd.) and Universal Music Group, which includes the release of a single and an EP.

《The Voice 决战好声》 has achieved remarkable success since making its debut on Astro and StarHub in September. Its online videos have garnered over 9 million views before last night’s final. Talents in the show received invaluable personal coaching from four highly accomplished celebrity coaches Tan Hanjin 陈奂仁, Della Ding 丁当, Gary Chaw 曹格 and Sky Wu 伍思凯. With their coaches’ help and guidance, they produced some mesmerizing performances that left audiences in awe. The four celebrity coaches were big crowd pullers too, entertaining audiences with witty bantering and insightful comments.

 

Fans can catch the full series and highlights of 《The Voice 决战好声》on StarHub Go for free. The Grand Final episode is also available for catch up on Hub E City (StarHub TV Channel 111/825) via the yellow button. Astro viewers can catch up on the full series of The Voice via On Demand or Astro GO, while all Malaysians can enjoy the show through the free live streaming app, NJOI Now anytime, anywhere.

Criteo’s Commerce Marketing Ecosystem Aims to Empower Retailers and Brands to Deliver Seamless Shopping Experiences

Criteo S.A. (Stock Quote: CRTO), the commerce marketing technology company, unveiled findings from two third-party studies, which highlight the pressing need for retailers and brands to organise and apply data at scale to understand shoppers, reach them, and inspire them to buy. To help retailers and brands, Criteo is opening up an ecosystem that enables retailers and brands who participate to benefit from a much broader data set and more intelligent technology than they could acquire or develop on their own

 

A Criteo-commissioned study, conducted by Forbes Insights and titled “The Commerce Data Opportunity: How Collaboration Levels the Retail Playing Field,” highlights the value of data collaboration and pooling data to better meet customers’ needs, drive value and compete. The “Shopper Story 2017” study, also commissioned by Criteo and conducted by an independent researcher, highlights the rise of “omnishoppers” – those that use a variety of devices, channels and platforms to browse and buy products. Overall, both studies reinforce the need for brands and retailers to innovate through collaboration and harness the collective power of data to engage with consumers at every moment and across any screen or device during the shopper journey.

 

To help retailers and brands deliver seamless and relevant shopping experiences across all devices and channel, Criteo announced its vision to build the highest performing and open commerce marketing ecosystem. As part of the company’s commerce marketing vision, two new solutions – Criteo Audience MatchBETA and Criteo Kinetic Design with Video – have been made generally available across the Asia-Pacific region.

Huang Hanming, Managing Director of South Asia and Greater China Criteo. Source: Instagram user @weewu

“Collaboration in an open ecosystem levels the playing field and paves the way for commerce companies to shape their future. This is especially crucial for eCommerce companies in Asia-Pacific where the market is expected to grow to more than US$3 trillion by 2021,” said Huang Hanming, Managing Director of South Asia and Greater China at Criteo. “We have developed Criteo Commerce Marketing Ecosystem to unleash the value of collaboration and the power of data to all who participate.”

Key Findings from Forbes Insights:

  • Retail Industry Disruption is Reshaping Commerce: 50 percent of brands demonstrate concern that physical-digital giants will limit access to their products and 41 percent are concerned that they will not have access to information about their own customers and products. Retailers also worry that this trend will cause consumers to turn away from smaller retailers.
  • Brands and Retailers Realize Data’s Potential, but Lack Activation Capabilities: Nearly four out of five brands and retailers include customer data as a key part of their business strategy. But while retailers have access to more data than brands, especially online, they are less confident than brands in their ability to activate data into actionable insights. Bottom line: more data alone doesn’t necessarily translate into a greater ability to take action.
  • Pooled Data Assets are a Powerful Way to Get Ahead: Brands and retailers see value in collaboration and pooling data assets to meet customer needs and drive value for their business. In fact, 71 percent of retailers are willing to contribute online search data to a pool. And, three-fifths of those surveyed are already part of a data cooperative, with almost seven out of 10 of those companies already happy with their collaborations as well as the data they receive. Additionally, 72 percent of marketers cite “increased revenue” as a key benefit they experience from pooled data.

 

Key Findings from The Shopper Story 2017:

  • More than 3/4 of Shoppers Globally Engage in Omnishopping: Most consumers are going online to shop and buying in-store, and vice versa.
  • Webrooming and Showrooming are the Norm: 66 percent of consumers occasionally browse products online and then purchase at retail, with 24 percent making this a regular occurrence; whereas 74 percent of consumers occasionally make purchases online after seeing a product in retail, with 15 percent communicating they do this regularly.
  • Digital Drives Conversion: As mobile continues to permeate everyday life, online is now a critical point of purchase driver; with nearly half of all omnishoppers from various countries sharing that websites were the “last influence before purchase” and 62 percent of consumers reporting that they use their phone while in-store to research products online.

 

Using customer relationship management (CRM) or data management platform (DMP) data to accurately target audiences across web, mobile browser and apps, Criteo Audience MatchBETA provides marketers with a new way to re-engage their customer base with broad-reaching, paid display campaigns. Criteo has built a foundation of deterministic IDs within Criteo Shopper Graph, enabling beta customers to see a match rate of more than 60 percent of their existing client lists with online profiles. Commerce marketers can use Criteo Audience MatchBETA to:

  • Quickly execute cost-effective, paid display campaigns across a diverse set of marketing scenarios, including re-engagement of lapsed customers, promotion of seasonal offers, cross-sell of products related to previous purchases, and more.
  • Drive unmatched advertising engagement through optimized ads, balancing brand-inspired design and ad performance through Kinetic Design.
  • Synchronize perfectly with Criteo Dynamic Retargeting to ensure cross-campaign optimization and attribution.

 

Criteo has also added video as a new channel and inventory source for commerce marketers. Criteo Kinetic Design with Video automatically optimises every visual aspect of an ad to inspire and engage a shopper. Kinetic Design already allows for more than 17 trillion variations from one base design in display ads. This has been now expanded to incorporate video, creating personalized video ads that feature relevant products based on Criteo’s complete understanding of the shopper. These video ads are created automatically, on-the-fly, and appear across web and mobile.

 

As consumer video consumption continues to grow, Criteo’s clients can now use video to relevantly re-engage shoppers without production time, resources, or costs. Video is delivered in a non-intrusive manner to provide a seamless browsing experience – in app, in feed or on a website. Criteo’s video capability also allows marketers to take advantage of video ads on a cost-per-click basis.

Alban Villani, General Manager, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Criteo. Source: Instagram user @weewu

“Understanding consumer purchasing behavior is challenging for retailers given that shoppers are on more platforms than ever before, with collected data being difficult to integrate and analyse, at scale,” said Alban Villani, General Manager, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Criteo. “To help retailers and brands overcome this challenge, Criteo Audience Match and Criteo Kinetic Design with Video, as part of a robust suite of commerce marketing technologies, will support the full shopper journey, enabling brands to create relevant and engaging experiences for customers online and offline.”

Indonesian talent sweep awards at Singtel Group’s “The 5-Min Video Challenge”

Singapore, 23 November 2017 – Indonesian talent swept the awards at Singtel Group’s “The 5-Min Video Challenge” Regional Finals in Singapore last evening. Chick Chick directed by Mr Kevin Anderson beat a host of entries to be named the Grand Winner while Sowan by Mr Destian Rendra was the runner-up.

 


Chick Chick tells the story of a young girl who befriends a chicken. Her attempts to communicate with the chicken, inspires her to try and reconnect her fighting parents with a tincan phone. As the grand winner, Mr Anderson received a cash prize of US$30,000 and a Sony camera and lens set worth more than US$5,000. Reacting to the win, he said, “We wanted to tell a story about connecting lives that goes back to basics without gadgets and social media. It’s been a great experience for us to connect with the finalists and judges from the region through this video challenge. We thank Singtel, Telkomsel and the judges.”

From left: Mr Arthur Lang, CEO of International Group, Singtel with runner-up Sarah Qodriyani and Eni Widiastuti and Telkomsel Chief Marketing Officer Alistair Johnston. Source: Singtel

The runner-up Sowan follows a man who travels to various places on his motorbike. He hears about recent agricultural issues and discovers the conflicts among farmers, middlemen and sellers. Mr Rendra, who also competed in and won the inaugural video challenge last year, received a cash prize of US$15,000 and Sony products worth more than US$4,000. “We appreciate this video challenge for bringing our vision to a bigger audience. We’re back again this year because it’s been a priceless experience for us,” he said.

 

The entries impressed the regional judging panel headed by award-winning Singapore filmmaker Mr Eric Khoo and comprising Mr Aaron Lea (Australia), Mr Joko Anwar (Indonesia), Mr Serge Abessolo (Gabon), Mr Quark Henares (the Philippines) and Mr Thitipong Kerdtongtawee (Thailand).

 

Mr Khoo, who returned as a judge for the second year, said, “We were wowed by the great improvement in the short videos this year. The winning works really spoke to us and we look forward to working with some these talented filmmakers.” He advised aspiring filmmakers to hone their craft by continuously filming and finding new ways to tell a story even with their smart phones.

 

“The 5-Min Video Challenge” is both a celebration of the filmmaking talent in Asia and a content push by the Group. Centred on the theme “Connecting Lives” this year, it attracted hundreds of video submissions from Australia, Gabon, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The videos submitted spanned a range of genres from comedy, romance to drama and slice of life.

 

Two finalists from each of the six countries were chosen by local judges to compete in the Regional Finals. The Grand Winner and runner-up were then selected by the regional judging panel.

 

Mr Arthur Lang, Chief Executive Officer, International Group, Singtel, said, “We’re impressed by the different perspectives presented in the short videos that inspired, challenged and entertained us. As Asia’s leading communications technology group and a long-time supporter of the arts, we want to support the creative talent in the region and quality original content that our customers enjoy. Many of us today look for content that is mobile-friendly, authentic and connects with the heart. I strongly believe the finalist entries have all achieved these. We’re honoured to recognise them.”

Besides impressing the regional judging panel, Sowan and Chick Chick also captured the hearts of audiences who voted the videos as their favourites for the People’s Choice Awards. Mr Rendra received US$3,000 as the winner while Mr Anderson received US$2,000 as the runner-up.

 

Additionally, Chick Chick won the newly-created Sony’s Emerging Talent Award for outstanding technical skills and inspirational story-telling, and received prizes worth over US$5,000.

 

The grand winner, runner-up and finalists will have the opportunity to promote their videos on each Singtel Group member’s mobile and video platforms, allowing them to reach a 670million strong audience across Asia, Australia, and Africa.

Watch their winning video below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Singapore is the First Country To Launch Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series smartphones were launched yesterday in Singapore at the Funan Showsuite. The HUAWEI MATE 10 Series features breakthroughs in AI that open the door for a more intelligent and personalised mobile experience. Singapore will be amongst the first few countries to range the HUAWEI Mate 10 series, and will be the first country in the world to launch the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro.

 

 

Expanding on Huawei’s partnership with Leica, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series’ dual lens camera is now further enhanced using AI through RealTime Scene and Object Recognition. The camera is able to detect up to 13 different objects and scenes and intelligently optimises picture settings to deliver unbelievable image clarity.

 

Powered by Huawei’s all-new Kirin 970 processor, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series incorporates AI enhancements that deliver a speedier, more user-friendly mobile experience. One example is the real-time text translation across a wide range of foreign languages that does not require an Internet connection. Simply take a picture of the text and the translation will be completed without the usual delay that is attributed to a phone requiring an Internet connection

 

SINGAPORE PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

HUAWEI Mate 10:

The HUAWEI Mate 10 will be available for sale in Singapore from October 28, 2017, in two colours, Mocha Brown and Black. Recommended retail price SGD 888

 

HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro:

Singapore will be the first country in the world to officially launch the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro for sale. It will be available in two colours, Mocha Brown and Midnight Blue. The Mate 10 Pro in Mocha Brown will be available in stores and online retailers from November 11, 2017, while the Mate 10 Pro in Midnight Blue will be available in stores and online retailers from November 25, 2017. Recommended retail price SGD 1,098

 

Check up my tour with Huawei at Funan ! 

 

Launch of #huaweiMate10 series in #Singapore. #smartphone #instagadget #mate10sg #huawei

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Fanfare joins Alibaba Influencer Network

7 September 2017, Hong Kong – Fanfare is excited to announce that it has joined the Alibaba Influencer Network through a signed partnership with VideoUP, a global video analytics platform.

“We are extremely delighted with this new venture, as it builds upon Fanfare’s video-sharing and social commerce platform, while opening new doors for our Fanfare Ambassadors”, says Benny Phang, Fanfare’s Rainmaker.

To-date, Fanfare has an ecosystem of 90 Fanfare Ambassadors from 24 countries, ranging from micro-influencers to social media personalities, with a combined reach of 13 million followers worldwide. This exclusive entry into Alibaba’s Influencer Network will allow eligible Fanfare Ambassadors direct access to a galaxy of brands and merchants available on the Alibaba and Lazada marketplace, with monetary rewards when they create brand-related review videos.

“The world has become a more social place. It is no longer just about concocting your own secret sauces or conceiving elaborate strategies. It’s about connection, collaboration and co-creation. This is the power of fan-generated content, the future of brand amplification and the crucible for social commerce”, adds Benny Phang.

About Fanfare 

Fanfare is a mobile APP that rewards Fans for creating interesting video content about the Brands they love.

It serves as an omni-channel missing link between fans and their favorite brands. Through community-created video content, viral campaigns, gaming elements, exclusive prizes, as well as e-Commerce – all on a single mobile platform – Fanfare aims to empower consumers or fans around the world to have more personalized engagements and meaningful moments with their favorite Brands, while getting rewarded at the same time.

GUARDIAN PARTNERS WITH MYDOC TO ADDRESS SINGAPORE’S POPULATION HEALTH NEEDS THROUGH INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY AND SELF-CARE

(From left) Dr Snehal Patel Co-Founder of MyDoc, Ms Grace Chew Senior Patient Care Pharmacist, Guardian Health & Beauty, Ms Sarah Boyd CEO, Guardian Health & Beauty Singapore & Cambodia. Source: Instagram user @weewu

SINGAPORE, 6 JULY 2017 – Guardian Health & Beauty entered partnership with MyDoc, a digital health tech start-up, trying to address the population health needs of Singaporeans. As Singapore’s demographics and healthcare demands continue to evolve, there is a growing need for better self-care solutions that are supported by technology to reduce healthcare costs. At the moment, the island nation is set to become the highest healthcare spender in Asia Pacific, projected to reach $66 billion annually by 2030. (Source: Elderly healthcare costs to rise tenfold by 2030 – Report by Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Asia Pacific Risk Centre)

This partnership aims to offer simple, easy-to-use and time-saving services for convenient and accessible healthcare to reduce the burden on the healthcare system.  Consumers/Patient could access to pharmacists from Guardian and doctors through virtual health consultations via MyDoc’s messaging platform.

MyDoc’s messaging interface on iPad

“As one of the leading pharmacies in the region, Guardian takes a great deal of responsibility for Singapore’s self-care needs,” said Sarah Boyd, CEO of Guardian Health & Beauty, Singapore and Cambodia. “To ensure that these needs are taken care of, it is not enough to merely provide reactive remedies for the population. We need to be proactive in our solutions and services. A generation of consumers that are more aware and informed of their options places an increasing importance on personalised care and patient experience. Healthcare services are moving away from a B2B model towards a consumer based system, placing us in an era of retailisation of healthcare. Guardian Health & Beauty is stepping up to this challenge and our partnership with MyDoc is a wonderful example of this.”

 

“MyDoc was born from the need to simplify access and delivery of healthcare solutions for both patients and doctors. As a company that brings together patients, healthcare providers and partners, MyDoc’s platform empowers Guardian consumers to effectively manage their health and wellness needs through communication with an expanded network of qualified Guardian pharmacists. Together with Guardian, MyDoc is making it easier to access and provide quality health to the whole of Singapore,” said Dr Snehal Patel, Co-Founder and CEO, MyDoc.

 

 

Linksys Launches Velop, a New Wireless System. Partners Singapore’s Atlas Sound

Linksys® announces the introduction of Velop™, its first Whole Home Wi-Fi product. Velop is the first Tri-Band modular Wi-Fi system that can be installed in various mesh configurations, enabling users to get the most out of their broadband subscription by delivering 100% of their Internet speed to the edge of their network.

Velop is designed for performance as well as elegance; it is small enough to be placed anywhere, with a clean and attractive look that appeals to everyone. Each Velop “node” is a powerful TriBand AC2200 device that serves as router, range extender, access point, and bridge, providing users with the future proof technology they need as more devices enter the home environment.

 

Each node is configured during setup by the accompanying Linksys app (available for iOS and Android), which provides the industry’s simplest and most intuitive interface. The app leverages Bluetooth to securely communicate between the mobile device and each node. After setup is complete, the Linksys app serves as a powerful Wi-Fi management tool with useful features such as guest access, parental controls and device prioritization.

 

“Linksys has always been pioneers in home networking. We are constantly coming up with new solutions that not only complement the next generation devices, but also enhances our users’ home networking experiences”, said Jenny Ng, Managing Director for APAC, Linksys. “Velop was developed with this mission in mind. It combines performance, design and ease-of-use, thereby delivering a seamless and reliable Wi-Fi that stretches to every corner of your home.”

Authorized reseller: Atlas Sound & Vision

Linksys will work with Atlas as one of their authorized resellers. This engagement reinforces the Atlas vision of transforming the way people emotionally engage with sound in this digital age, though wireless audio. The Linksys Velop Whole-Home Mesh Wi-Fi System will be sold at the selected Atlas’ showrooms and the Atlas eStore: https://atlas-sv.com

 

At the Singapore launch of Linksys Velop in the Atlas Showroom at Millenia Walk on 06 April 2017, Sherwin Siregar, Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Sound & Vision shared, “As the world goes wireless, we are excited to be collaborating with Linksys to help our customers connect to, and connect with a repertoire of wireless solutions for their homes. The always-on, full-strength and ultra-fast Wi-Fi mesh system that is Velop will deliver an outstanding audio and video experience for our customers. At Atlas, we believe in the power of connections and this partnership will enable people to connect, share and sync across generations, and enjoy great music wirelessly in their homes with Bose.”

Singtel partners Telkomsel to expand mobile money services

Singtel (stock quote: Z74.SI) and Telkomsel, a subsidiary of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (stock quote: IDX: TLKM) launched a real-time mobile remittance service to Indonesia.  Offered by SingCash under the Singtel Dash brand, this service allows customers in Singapore to send money to Kantor Pos, a state-owned company responsible for providing postal service in Indonesia,  across the country via Weselpos Instan (a remittance product of PT Pos Indonesia ). This is an enhancement to the current facility that lets customers send money to Indonesian bank accounts.

From left, His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya, Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore; Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO, Consumer Singapore, Singtel; Pak Ririek Adriansyah, CEO, Telkomsel and Pak Gilarsi Wahju Setijono, President Director, PT POS Indonesia launch Singtel Dash’s new mobile remittance service at Festival RISING50. Photo credit: Singtel

The service was launched at Festival Rising50, the first concert event celebrating 50 years of Singapore and Indonesia bilateral ties. It marks the first time that Singtel and Telkomsel are collaborating on mobile money initiatives to drive innovation in both their markets.
According to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, there are 200,000 Indonesians living and working in Singapore. Outward remittance from Singapore to Indonesia totals more than US$ 409 million yearly.

 

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “Indonesia is one of our main remittance corridors and we are pleased to partner Telkomsel to offer convenient and secure mobile remittance cash pick-up service for our Indonesian friends. Singtel Dash will continue to enhance the mobile payments experience for our customers and enable their digital lifestyles. We are also excited to contribute to Singapore’s journey to a Smart Nation by developing the mobile payments ecosystem in Singapore.”

 

Mr Ririek Adriansyah, Chief Executive Officer, Telkomsel, said, “Telkomsel’s partnership in Singtel’s remittance service is one effort to support our government in promoting financial inclusion for Indonesian people, especially the unbanked segment. Foreign remittance enables them to improve their quality of life as well as provide an opportunity to begin saving for the future. We believe every little effort to promote financial inclusion will also accelerate the growth of Indonesia’s economy.”

In line with their commitment to work together on smart money initiatives, the two leading telcos also announced future plans to offer mobile remittance to Telkomsel’s TCash, offering a complete mobile wallet-to-mobile wallet experience. They also plan to expand the number of cash pick-up points to GraPARI Telkomsel service centres, as well as PT Bank BRI branches in the second half of this year.