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Trim is Vodafone Ireland’s 500th 4G town

Trim, Co Meath, 26 February 2015:  Trim is named Vodafone Ireland’s 500th 4G town as it celebrates Vodafone’s superfast 4G speeds now reaching 90% of the population.
Throughout Ireland, customers in 4G areas like Trim can experience ten times faster speeds[1] on their phones to watch videos with no buffering, instant photo uploads and seamless music streaming, while business customers can experience even more benefits downloading large emails and sending files quicker than ever before. Vodafone 4G is available on the majority of new and existing plans across the Red bill pay and Data Extra pre pay packages. 
Vodafone CEO Anne O’Leary speaking at a reception in Trim attended by local business owners, community, and public representatives said: “Previously where you lived determined your access to high quality networks but we’re changing this.  We want to provide a service that anyone can use, creating massive potential to access the ever-growing number of digital services being developed for education, entertainment and business.  We’ve seen our customers’ appetite for data grow dramatically with six times the amount of data consumed this year compared to last year.  Our customers are, more than ever before, sharing pictures on Instagram, listening to music on Spotify and enjoying videos on popular apps like Netflix and YouTube.”
Vodafone Technology Director Madalina Suceveanu added, “We take our commitment to providing the best network in the country to our customers really seriously.  We are investing significantly in Ireland and today is evidence of this as we have accelerated our 4G roll-out across the country.  Urban and Rural, 4G is now available in six cities and 500 towns and villages.  In a three year period 4G will achieve the same level of coverage that it took 3G twelve years to achieve, giving customers the widest coverage of any network and connecting them like never before.“
Vodafone’s continuous aim is to provide stand-out technology which supports specific consumer needs; from High Definition Voice calls to the fastest mobile data speeds. In tandem with its 4G roll-out, Vodafone is modernising its existing network, providing customers with improved voice call quality and data services to all areas with existing voice services.  Over 97% of the population can now avail of crystal clear conversation through High Definition Voice coverage, a service which is only available on Vodafone.
The company’s expansion of its 4G service along with the improvements to its existing 3G network will conclude on schedule this autumn. 4G is available free of charge to Vodafone customers on the new pre pay Data Extra plan with 5GB of data and across select worry free Red and Red Extra packages.
For further information on network upgrade and location coverage maps please see www.vodafone.ie/network/4g.
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[1] 4G is ten times faster than standard 3G, speeds of up to 75Mbps.

New Identity Management Platform Addresses Business Challenges in Implementing Biometrics with Access Control Systems

ENTERTECH SYSTEMS, the official operating partner for Suprema in the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, is pleased to announce the release of BioConnect 3.0, the most advanced identity management platform on the market today. Simple, secure and scalable, it provides Suprema biometric authentication across leading access control systems.
As an application for security professionals, BioConnect helps enterprises successfully deploy identity solutions. BioConnect addresses core deployment challenges by reducing costs, overcoming complexity and making it easier to on-board users. Early market feedback has been promising. 
“ENTERTECH SYSTEMS lets companies overcome obstacles to main stream adoption of biometric access control,” says Rob Douglas, CEO of ENTERTECH SYSTEMS. “Four years ago, we created BioConnect to solve the complexity inherent in connecting biometrics to the world’s largest access control systems, and the market response has been phenomenal. Industry leaders in access control have embraced BioConnect to simplify access control for their key customers.”
Today, 13 of the top global access control manufacturers (ACMs) have been integrated with the new BioConnect 3.0. For more information on ACM partner integrations, visit http://www.bioconnect.com/certified-bioconnect-partners/. “We are excited to be announcing even more new access control partner integrations in the coming months,” added Douglas.
BioConnect 3.0 makes it easier than ever to deploy and use Suprema biometrics:
  • Simple graphical user interface much like social media functionality
  • Enterprise-class data replication
  • Large-scale advanced template management capabilities
  • Full device management capabilities
  • Active directory integration
  • More access control system integrations and certifications than ever before
“With BioConnect 3.0, we feel that it is the most advanced identity platform on the market today with its graphical user interface, new capabilities to control and manage devices, new functions to manage a user’s true identity through biometrics and the ability to manage all access interactions,” says Chris Alexander, Technical Product Manager for BioConnect.
BioConnect is the identity division of ENTERTECH SYSTEMS. For more information visit http://www.bioconnect.com/
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About ENTERTECH SYSTEMS partnered with Suprema
ENTERTECH SYSTEMS provides market-leading intelligent identity management solutions to systems integrators in key markets, including critical infrastructure, enterprise, education, healthcare, public sector, financial services, retail, luxury high-rise condominiums and more. Our biometrics for IP access control systems and workforce management solutions are purpose-built to overcome the three main obstacles to mainstream adoption: cost, complexity and on-boarding users. And the company’s highly responsive, results-driven technical services team works with our certified partner network to ensure complete customer satisfaction.
ENTERTECH SYSTEMS is Suprema’s official operating partner in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Puerto Rico. The company offers Suprema’s family of #1-rated biometric devices (finger, face, card and PIN), next generation IP access control system, biometric algorithm and SDK, and software products. The company’s industry-first BioConnect identity management platform enables Suprema’s biometric readers to be easily integrated with leading global access control systems. BioConnect is available worldwide through ENTERTECH SYSTEMS. For more information, visit http://www.bioconnect.com/ and http://www.entertechsystems.com/.
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AIA gives document management its own knowledge platform

Introduces Aia Campus Online, the new virtual knowledge platform with a primary focus on document creation and ITP
Nijmegen, 16 December 2014 – Aia Software has established Aia Campus Online, a platform for anyone who wants to further develop their document creation and ITP knowledge and skills.
Software is constantly evolving, and keeping up to speed with developments is a constant challenge for users. Being able to expand your knowledge any time, anywhere is crucial. Aia Software is facilitating this by opening Aia Campus Online, which complements to the Aia Campus sessions that have been running for some time now in Aia Software's offices in the Netherlands (open to Dutch-speaking customers, partners and other interested parties) and makes access to information available to a broader, international audience.
“Self-development and the sharing of software knowledge by and for users is crucial to the evolution of our software,” said Paul Dirven, director of Aia Software. “This new knowledge platform combines ITP expertise and news with the experiences and opinions of both our users and our employees in one, convenient, virtual environment.”
Stephen Barrett, Application Support Analyst at WHSCC (insurance), uses ITP on a daily basis. “Aia Campus Online will certainly be beneficial for ITP end users. It is great to have an additional source of information - I am sure it will make life even easier. Aia Campus Online looks good too, I look forward to using it.’’
Aia Campus Online is made up of various virtual buildings, including a ‘library’ with a Knowledge Centre, a ‘theatre’ that stages webinars and presentations, and a ‘school’ for e-learning modules. Like any real college campus, there is also a ‘pub’ where visitors can share code snippets and exchange tips & tricks. English is the main language used within Aia Campus Online.
Aia Campus Online's design allows users to independently navigate between the various buildings and departments, with knowledge shared in the trusted formats of blog posts, browsable PDF files and videos.
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Notes to editors
About Aia Software
Aia Software is the global developer and supplier of ITP, the ultimate customer communications management solution for customers in a wide range of sectors around the world. Our reliable and flexible ITP products are currently used by more than a thousand organizations in 30 countries, including some of the world’s foremost financial service providers. ITP is your software and, if desired, can be adapted by your employees. Naturally, you can always contact us for the necessary professional support.
ITP: own your communications! www.aiasoftware.com  

@VodafoneIreland customers get 4G roaming first for Christmas

Vodafone first Irish operator to offer customers 4G roaming services across 33 countries Dublin, 15 December 2014 @VodafoneIreland customers can now enjoy great value superfast 4G while roaming in 33 countries. With 4G, customers can experience high-speed connections for video, music streaming or sharing adventures on social media from the far-flung corners of the world. 4G roaming is more convenient, generally faster, often cheaper and more secure than typical hotel or public Wi-Fi connections. It makes mobile working easier with superfast download and upload speeds available on the move at a low cost daily rate.
4G roaming is available to all customers opted in to RED Roaming, which is a daily add on enabling customers travelling abroad to access their home plan’s calls and texts. It also includes worry-free data usage with a 200MB daily allocation. With a daily rate only charged on the days when the phone is used, customers don’t have to worry about unexpected charges waiting for them when they get home.
Commenting, Vodafone Ireland Consumer Director Marcel de Groot said, “Vodafone 4G is already available to over 80% of people in Ireland so it is excellent news that this superfast mobile experience has been extended abroad and includes our customers’ top five favourite destinations: UK, Spain, France, USA and Portugal. We hope customers have an enjoyable mobile experience when travelling for business or to visit family and friends during the festive season.”
The daily price for RED Roaming varies by region starting from as little as €1.99 a day for visitors to the UK. Travellers heading to Europe, USA, Canada, and Turkey can enjoy RED Roaming for just €2.99 a day while those heading further afield to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, China and India will pay just €4.99 a day.
RED Roaming is available to all pay as you go customers and to consumer and business bill pay customers on RED and My Way tariffs. Customers can opt in to RED Roaming by sending a freetext RED to 50020.
For RED Business Super customers, roaming is already included in their package when travelling in the UK, EU and USA. 
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Further information:
Clodagh O’Hagan, Vodafone Ireland, 087 9084055
Ger McCarthy / Natalie Christie Weber Shandwick, 01 679 8600
 
Notes for Editors:
4G Roaming is available in the following countries:
  • Destinations with 4G roaming: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Korea, Rep of Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and USA.
  • A day is defined as 00:00 to 23:59 local time of the capital city.
  • Vodafone Ireland roaming partner’s 4G speeds may vary due to coverage and demand.
  • The same pricing applies to consumer and business customers, however, prices will be quoted excluding VAT to business customers.
  • 4G roaming is currently available to bill pay customers opted in to RED Roaming. There are plans to extend 4G roaming to pay as you go customers in 2015.
Average Data
The amount of data customers will use depends on the type of service they are accessing, as well as how rich the content is. The table below gives an indication of the average amount of data used for many common tasks. 

 Service

Usage 

 Average data size

 Netflix1 Hour

1GB

 Sky Sports Mobile TV1 Hour

180MB

 You Tube4 mins

11MB

 Radio Streaming10 mins

15MB

 Facebook15 mins with no video streaming 

5MB 

 Email100 text emails sent/received

2.5MB 

 Google Maps10 mins

6MB

 Spotify1 music track

5MB 

*Please note that examples provided should only be used as a rough guide, as data usage volume can vary by device, by type and by quality of content.
Roaming offers:

Consumer

Business

€1.99 inc. VAT
Call and text from home tariff whilst in the UK (including minutes, texts, add-ons and top up offers)
+

Add on bundle of 200MB data per day

€2.99 inc. VAT
Call and text from home tariff whilst in Europe, USA, Canada and Turkey (including minutes, texts, add-ons and top up offers)
+

Add on bundle of 200MB data per day

€4.99 inc VAT (ROW)

Call and text from home tariff whilst in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, China, Hong Kong and Egypt

(including minutes, texts, add-ons and top up offers)
+

Add on bundle of 200MB data per day

€1.62 ex. VAT
Call and text from home tariff whilst in the UK (including minutes, texts, add-ons and top up offers)
+

Add on bundle of 200MB data per day

€2.43 ex. VAT
Call and text from home tariff whilst in Europe, USA, Canada and Turkey (including minutes, texts, add-ons and top up offers)
+

Add on bundle of 200MB data per day

€4.06 ex VAT (ROW)

Call and text from home tariff whilst in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, China, Hong Kong and Egypt

(including minutes, texts, add-ons and top up offers)
+

Add on bundle of 200MB data per day

Vodafone RED Business
RED Business
One

RED Business
RED Business
Super

€40per month
All you need to do
business at home
- Unlimited calls & texts to any network
-100 international minutes & texts
- 2GB data - 4G-Ready
- Optional new phone every year
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One Net Express
24 month contract
 
€55per month
Perfect if you do
business in the UK
- Unlimited calls & texts to Ireland & UK
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Unlimited UK roaming calls & texts
- 250 international minutes & texts
- 150MB UK roaming data
- 4GB data - 4G-Ready
- Optional new phone every year
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One Net Lite
24 month contract
€75per month
Bring your business to
the EU, USA & Canada
- Unlimited calls & texts to Ireland & UK
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Unlimited UK roaming calls & texts
- 1000 international minutes & texts
- 500 EU, USA & Canada roaming minutes & texts
- 300MB UK, EU, USA & Canada roaming data
- 8GB data - 4G-Ready
- New phone every year
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One Net Lite
24 month contract

About Vodafone
Vodafone is Ireland’s leading total communications provider with 2.3 million customers. At 30 September 2014, the company had 2.1 million mobile customers and 267,000 customers of its fixed portfolio.
Vodafone provides a total range of communications solutions including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications to consumers and to small, medium and large businesses. Since 2011, Vodafone has expanded its enterprise division, offering integrated next-generation fixed and mobile solutions in addition to cloud-based platforms, machine to machine services and professional ICT support.
Vodafone Group is one of the world's leading international mobile communications groups with mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 52 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets.
For more information, please visit www.vodafone.ie.

@VodafoneIreland customers first to experience 4G+ in Ireland

Waterford, Cork, Dublin and Limerick first Irish cities to receive 4G+
2 December 2014, @VodafoneIreland is the first operator to deliver Ireland’s first 4G+ technology providing speeds up to twice as fast as first generation 4G, and speeds exceeding the standard fixed-line broadband experience.  From 1 December, Vodafone customers in Waterford city will have access to data speeds of up to 150Mbps with 4G+, while Cork, Dublin and Limerick cities will be switched on by the end of December.
With 4G+, customers can now experience the fastest speeds available on mobile to enjoy services like, instant video streaming in HD, live TV with high reliability and the potential to broadcast live from events.  In addition, business customers can download higher volumes of data even faster than ever before.
4G+ is available to Vodafone RED Super Business and RED Extra Super bill pay customers at no extra cost until April 2015 using one of three select Samsung 4G+ enabled smartphones; Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha.
Celebrating the launch of the first 4G+ network in Ireland, Vodafone Technology Director, Madalina Suceveanu said “Vodafone customers in Ireland already have access to the widest 4G footprint across six cities and 377 towns and villages – covering over three quarters (79%) of the country and 95 per cent of 3G coverage nationwide. In tandem with our 4G roll-out, we are modernising our network nationwide, providing customers with improved voice call quality and data services to all areas with existing voice services.  This new addition of 4G+ services is an even greater boost for our customers.  Quite simply, 4G+ downloads, streams and delivers chosen content even faster than before.”
Commenting, Vodafone Enterprise Director, Anne Sheehan, “With 4G+ super-fast speeds now available in Ireland – it opens up a new world of mobilisation for our business customers, with video calls and Cloud based applications really coming into their own”.
4G+ speeds are delivered by combining two 4G bandwidths.  Location coverage maps will be available as areas are switched on.  For full details of 4G+ please see www.vodafone.ie/network/4g.
 
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Further information:
Clodagh O’Hagan, Vodafone Ireland,                                   
087 9084055
Orla Molloy / Ger McCarthy Weber Shandwick,                  
01 679 8600
087 770 5108 / 086 233 3590
Notes to Editor
  • Vodafone 4G+ is available to all Red Extra Super and Red Business Super Plus customers as part of their price plan at no extra cost until April 2015
Customers can avail of Vodafone 4G+ if present in an area of 4G+ coverage, have a 4G+ enabled handset and be on a relevant tariff (Red Extra Super and Red Business Super Plus).
  • Compatible handsets, thus far, are:
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
About Vodafone
Vodafone is Ireland’s leading total communications provider with 2.3 million customers.  At 30 September 2014, the company had 2.1 million mobile customers and 267,000 customers of its fixed portfolio.
Vodafone provides a total range of communications solutions including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications to consumers and to small, medium and large businesses.  Since 2011, Vodafone has expanded its enterprise division, offering integrated next-generation fixed and mobile solutions in addition to cloud-based platforms, machine to machine services and professional ICT support.
Vodafone Group is one of the world's leading international mobile communications groups with mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 52 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets.
For more information, please visit www.vodafone.ie.