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HSBC uses its first PowerVote Mobile Event App for an internal conference

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Recently, HSBC called on PowerVote services to add engagement during an internal conference of 250 participants. Despite having to manage a large group, Yan Bechet, International Manager, Head of Business Management, Global Trade and Receivable Finance at HSBC, wanted to actively engage every individual participant.
After the event, he realised the added benefits allowed by the App:

Bohemia Interactive Simulations Developing High-Fidelity, Game-Based Image Generator

I/ITSEC 2014 to Provide Customers First Look at New Product
Orlando, Fla.Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is excited to announce VBS IG, which leverages gaming technology to create a new class of image generator, ready for the simulation industry. BISim will showcase VBS IG for the first time at I/ITSEC 2014 in Orlando, Florida.
The U.S. Army enlisted BISim’s expertise in upgrading its legacy image generator to a high-fidelity, game-based image generation solution for its Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) system.
The U.S. Army trains crews for a host of armored vehicles and mechanized units on the Close Combat Tactical Trainer, a computer-driven, manned module simulator. These simulators replicate vehicle interiors in close combat units, such as the M1 Abrams Tank, the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the M3 Cavalry Fighting Vehicle, the Humvee and others.
Following two years of development and testing, VBS IG will be ready as an image generator for CCTT training and will be available as a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) product in early 2015.
“By leveraging triple-A game quality effects, VBS IG has the potential to enable new applications for the simulation industry,” said Pete Morrison, BISim’s Co-CEO. “VBS IG is more than a desktop simulation solution. It also can function as a cost-effective IG solution for traditional part task and full mission simulators.”
Using the CIGI standard, VBS IG will be suitable for ground, rotary, fixed-wing, and maritime simulations. BISim has optimized the VBS3 engine, originally based off a commercially successful game engine, to ensure higher frame rates when rendering scenes with long view distances and large numbers of moving entities. VBS IG also supports massive terrains, weather, sensor simulation, and shared content with VBS3.
VBS IG is a capable and cost-effective solution for the defense industry’s training and simulation needs. The VBS IG will be launched at I/ITSEC in Orlando 1 - 4 December, 2014. For more information go to www.bisimulations.com
ABOUT US
Founded in 2001, Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is a global software company at the forefront of simulation training solutions for military and civilian organizations. BISim develops high-fidelity, cost-effective technologies for tactical military training. We apply game-based technology to a range of breakthrough, military-specific training and simulation software products. For more information, visit our website at www.bisimulations.com.

Air-Control brings instant updates to apps

LONDON, 5th September 2014: Air-Control, the innovative tool for updating apps, has launched on Kickstarter to drive support for the further BETA development of the product. Air-Control allows app developers or app owners to instantly update their apps without submitting changes to an app store.

Through Air-Control’s mirror screen technology, live updates can be made to the app without submitting to an app store. Currently, the average iOS app store review time is 6 days[1], which can lead to unnecessary delays in the process of making aesthetic or content tweaks.

Paul Tough of Air-Control comments “Everyone knows that in order to keep app users happy you need to keep the app current and relevant. This means that brands need to update their apps to meet and anticipate customer demand.  This can eat up a lot of time, effort and resource. Air-Control changes this so that your content and user interface adjustments can be done quickly and independently of your functional app updates.”

Air-Control accelerates the app development phase as it simplifies prototyping, testing and sign off. Brand owners use the tool to instantly review changes to colour, user interface and text before submitting the final version.

App owners can use the Air-Control content management tool anytime in the future to modify and publish changes to the app provided the relevant line of code is incorporated into the app before being submitted to the app store.

Mobile technology developers, Red Ant, can see the huge advantages that Air Control could bring to the developer community. Dan Hartveld, Technical Director at Red Ant says "This could save our clients significant time and money so I'm looking forward to trying it out.”

There is a two-step process to set Air-Control up. First the developer installs the Air-Control library by adding one line of code into the app.  They then resubmit their updated app to the app store as normal. If the developer or app owner then wants to make a change, all they need to do is log into Air-Control and startup the app on their personal device. The simple and intuitive web interface is designed to empower non-technical people to control, edit and publish app updates.

To enable live editing of an app, users authenticate their devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.) with Air-Control. After logging into Air-Control.com the authenticated device’s screen is mirrored in the web interface. This mirrored device screen is editable and enables users to make changes and apply them to the authenticated device. They can choose to submit these changes to all their users, applying the new changes immediately to all their users’ devices.

The people behind the development of this technology are a proven team of technology specialists. Some of Air-Control’s co-founders founded and built up a successful ecommerce platform integration provider from startup to £14m revenues, boasting some of the biggest names in retail.

Air-Control is launching a campaign on Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, to raise £20,000 for further development, research and testing.

Paul Tough continues “We will be working closely with app developers to make sure that this tool meets their needs and Kickstarter provides a channel for reaching the app developer community. We have created something that will benefit app developers and their clients.”

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About Air-Control:
Make Apps Better is the company behind Air-Control. Founded by a group of technology professionals with a proven track record in developing digital transformation and many years of experience in the internet and mobile worlds. Make Apps Better realised that updating apps needed to become a simpler process. Air-Control is the solution, delivering the power to instantly update the look and content of your app through a web interface without resubmitting your changes through the App Store.

Based in the UK, Make Apps Better comprises a proven team of experienced and innovative technologists, founding and building a successful ecommerce platform integration provider from a start-up to £14m in revenues, boasting some of the biggest names in retail.

See Air-Control on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1137217089/air-control

[1] Appreviewtimes.com. Figures as of 27th August 2014.

Atama are pleased to announce the launch of Sesame2, a Bluetooth Smart keyfob to lock your Mac or PC when you are away from your screen

London, UK, 8th August 2014Atama, a UK developer and manufacturer of connected devices, today announced Sesame2, a Bluetooth Smart keyfob and companion application to lock your Mac or Windows PC.
Sesame2 increases both security and privacy, addressing the first rule of IT in the workplace “Lock your screen when you’re not at your desk.”
The device enables the user to lock their Mac/PC whenever he or she walks away from the computer, preventing anyone else from accessing files, programs, the email client or anything else that might be open on the desktop. When the user returns to their desk, their Mac or PC is automatically unlocked.
A second generation update of the original Sesame product successfully launched last year, Sesame2 boasts an external redesign in addition to further enhancements such as longer battery life, shorter locking distance when walking away and increased Bluetooth signal stability through the use of a Texas Instruments (TI) SimpleLink™ Bluetooth low energy CC2541 wireless MCU.
Using security devices that offer ease of use and implementation are vital, and this keyfob delivers this in one ready to go package which is of particular importance if you are required to meet the ISO 27001 for Information Security Standards.
If enhanced security is required or indeed additional workplace Information Security standards are to be met, the app and the keyfob can also support two-factor authentication (the combination of something the user knows, with something the user has), enabling the unlocking of a computer only through the combination of the system password and the close presence of the keyfob.
Thanks to the use of Bluetooth low energy technology, Sesame2 locks your Mac or Windows PC without draining your battery. “The first version of Sesame was adopted by customers working in various fields such as medical, legal, software development, design and music, without forgetting home users. These customers really engaged with us and submitted many feature requests, which led us to create Sesame2,” said Eric Ferraz, CEO of Atama. “Locking your computer while you’re away is something you shouldn’t need to worry about and Sesame2 completely removes the need to think about it.”
Bluetooth low energy is perfect for small, battery-powered applications like the Sesame2,” said Oyvind Birkenes, general manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, TI. “We’re excited that Atama selected our easy to use SimpleLink CC2541 wireless MCU and our mature and stable Bluetooth low energy software stack to enhance the battery life and link stability of their second generation product.”
Pricing and availability
Sesame2 is available for pre-order now for USD49, £39.99 inc VAT, €49 inc VAT and is available now through http://www.atama.io/
Sesame2 for Windows PC will be shipping in early Autumn.