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Spektrix crosses the 200 customer threshold

LONDON; 21 JULY 2015 - Spektrix, the leading cloud-based box office management software for the arts, today announced it now has more than 200 customers in the UK and North America, helping to drive significant growth in revenue alongside increased transaction volume. 2014 saw the company's expansion to North America and the signing of high-profile customers such as New York's famed Juilliard School and the West End's Nederlander group of theatres.
Founded in 2007 by CEO Michael Nabarro and CTO Matt Scarisbrick, Spektrix is now the UK's leading cloud-based box office management software for the arts, encompassing ticketing, direct marketing, fundraising and customer relationship management (CRM).
Spektrix brings marketing and analytics capabilities to arts organisations that were previously only affordable to banks and large retailers. The software allows them to quickly generate a holistic view of each customer and power audience development.
Other recent company milestones include the following:
  • More than 8.9 million tickets were sold using Spektrix's cloud-based platform in 2014, compared to 5.5 million in 2013
  • Total volume processed in tickets, donations, merchandise and memberships nearly doubled to £144,048,640 in 2014, versus £74,416,034 in 2013
  • Spektrix's installed base now exceeds 200 arts organisations, up from 135 at the end of 2013
  • In 2014 there were 1.2 billion web hits on Spektrix servers
  • Headcount has grown from 22 at the end of 2013 to more than 50 people today
  • The company now has three offices in London, New York City and Manchester UK
"Matt and I started Spektrix out of frustration with the limitations of expensive client-server technology, which is all that was available to arts organisations at the time", said Michael Nabarro.  "Since then we've led the way in bringing the SaaS approach and multi-tenancy to the arts.
"After years of steady growth we experienced the start of a surge in 2013 which continues to the present day. It's testament to our customer-first approach to product development, pricing, service and support", he added.
About Spektrix
Spektrix is the leading provider of cloud-based ticketing, marketing and fundraising software for the performing arts. Founded in London in 2007, Spektrix now enables more than 200 organisations in the UK and North America to provide a simple and intuitive ticketing journey to end customers. Sophisticated, real-time analytics and marketing tools allow arts marketers to be truly responsive to audiences, delivering targeted offers and communications that recognise the needs of individual theatregoers.  Customers include London's Royal Court Theatre, Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham, the Bristol Old Vic, the Juilliard School, Round House theatre in Washington DC, and the Luminato Festival in Toronto.  Please visit www.spektrix.com.  
Infographic: Spektrix in numbers 2014.

Vodafone 4G+ technology leading the way as 4G+ speeds get even faster

Vodafone Ireland today has launched even faster speeds for mobile customers.
Having launched 4G+ last December with speeds of up to 150Mbps, Vodafone has today enhanced the service to deliver speeds up to three times faster than standard 4G. It's also available to more people across more locations within Ireland's five largest cities. 
Vodafone is the first operator in Ireland to deliver enhanced 4G+ speeds of up to 225Mbps. With innovative Vodafone 4G+ technology, 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 high volumes of data even faster than ever before.
4G+ is available to Vodafone RED Business, RED Super Business, RED Extra, RED Super and RED Extra Super bill pay customers at no extra cost until March 2016 using a varied range of 4G+ enabled smartphones including the Samsung S5+, Sony Xperia, Z3+, and Vodafone Smart Ultra.
Commenting on the increased 4G+ network speeds in Ireland, Vodafone Technology Director, Madalina Suceveanu said “Customers are constantly using their mobile devices to do more - video streaming in higher quality, large file sharing and cloud storage. At Vodafone we pride ourselves on being one step ahead so that we are always ready to bring our customers the newest technologies first, to deliver a better experience. Our new faster 4G+ speeds are testament to this”.
For full details of 4G+ please see www.vodafone.ie/network/4g.

Vodafone launches Smart ultra 6 in Ireland

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Vodafone Ireland today launched the Smart ultra 6, the highest performing handset in its popular Smart series, offering fantastic specifications and value for money to customers wanting a device to explore demanding 4G applications. Priced from €169.99 on pay as you go, the device is available both in-store and online at Vodafone.ie.
The Vodafone Smart ultra 6 weighs just 151 grams and is designed to reassure Irish customers with a design that feels substantial in the hand (155 mm x 77 mm x 8.35 mm).
This new Vodafone handset offers the highest specification camera ever in a Vodafone device with a 13 megapixel (MP) rear-facing Sony camera. This makes it easier to perfectly capture the moment with a range of features including LED flash, auto focus, touch focus, face detection and high dynamic range imaging. There is also a 5 MP front-facing camera for high-resolution selfies. You can also shoot 1080p video with the rear camera and 720p with the front.
Key features of the handset also include:
  • Flipboard for news comes pre-loaded and showcases the liquid crystal display screen’s ultra’s sharp 1920 x 1080p resolution
  • In-plane switching also means better colour reproduction and wider viewing angles enabling multiple people to watch TV and videos on the large 14 cm (5.5 inch) screen
  • Demanding applications such as Sky Sports are smoothly managed by the Qualcomm MSM8939 octa-core processor supported by 2 gigabyte (GB) of RAM
  • Android’s latest Lollipop 5.0.2 operating system includes: a more consistent design across Android devices; SmartLock, which automatically unlocks the phone when it is paired with trusted devices such as a Bluetooth headset; and a battery saver feature that will extend the battery life up to 90 minutes
As battery lasting power is a constant priority for customers, this device includes an impressive 3000 milliampere hour in-built battery lasts up to two days with average usage before charging is required.
There is also plenty of internal memory for apps, videos and photos with 8GB available to store content (16GB in total), plus the ability to extend it up to 128 GB with a microSD card. 

Access Control Technology (ACT) Provides Enterprise-level Security Solutions to UK Market Integrated with Suprema Biometrics

Seoul, Korea and Birmingham, UK — 8 July, 2015Suprema, a leading global provider of biometrics and security technology, is pleased to announce that Suprema biometric devices can now be paired with Access Control Technology (ACT) Ltd and its ACTenterprise access control software through Entertech Systems’ BioConnect identity management platform. ACT designs and manufactures high quality access control products for the security industry. ACTenterprise is their highly flexible, scalable access control software designed to facilitate the most demanding requirements for any size enterprise.
“Suprema is pleased to bring top biometric solutions to ACT’s access control software. Both the installers and the users of the software will be granted access to a full range of high quality devices that offer convenience and security,” said Young S. Moon, Vice President at Suprema. “This integration will provide customers with a software solution that includes a truly easy way to use and manage biometrics.”
Suprema’s biometric devices are integrated into ACTenterprise, an access control software that has been developed as a role based platform with different modules depending on the user type. The functionality available to each user is specific to their own needs enhancing the overall security of the system.
“The Suprema line of biometric readers and BioConnect align perfectly with our mission to deliver superior quality electronic Access Control products,” says Michael Byrden, Sales Director at ACT. “This robust combination will enable us to deliver the benefits of easy to use and highly secure biometrics through our ACTenterprise access control software.”
The integration of Suprema biometric devices with ACTenterprise provides more efficient, user-friendly access control for ACT customers. Instead of having to manage badge records in two different systems (one for the access control panel and another for the biometric templates), BioConnect seamlessly syncs users between the two systems. Through a simple graphical user interface, users can access the enrollment window to search for a user/badge and add biometric templates. With this integration ACT customers now have the ability to easily and simply integrate proven biometrics into their access control systems.
“With Suprema devices and our BioConnect identity management platform, ACT will now be able to provide easier to deploy solutions featuring biometric access control to even the most demanding of enterprises,” says Rob Douglas, CEO of ENTERTECH SYSTEMS. “Our highly responsive, results-driven technical services team works with certified partners such as ACT to ensure complete customer satisfaction.”
The Suprema line of biometric devices, which includes fingerprint detection, card and PIN readers and the BioConnect application, is now available through ACT. Applicable Suprema biometric readers include BioStation T2, BioStation, BioEntry Plus, BioEntry W, BioLite Net and BioMini.
About Suprema Inc.
Suprema Inc. is a global leader in biometrics and security technology. By combining world renowned biometric algorithms with superior engineering, Suprema is able to continually develop and manufacture reliable industry leading products. Suprema's extensive portfolio of products include biometric access control systems, time & attendance devices, fingerprint/live scanners and embedded fingerprint modules.
Suprema supports worldwide sales network that spans across more than 133 countries around the world and was the first biometrics company listed on Korea’s stock market (KOSDAQ 094840).
Access Control Technology (ACT) Ltd
ACT was formed in 1995 to design and manufacture high quality access control products for the security industry. ACT provides innovative and cost effective solutions across the market spectrum.
ACT specialises in the design and manufacture of integrated access control, video surveillance, time and attendance and visitor management solutions. ACT has offices in Dublin and Manchester and exports to over 30 countries worldwide. Combining reliability and quality with engineering expertise and innovation, the ACT product portfolio has a functionality that is user friendly, effective and well developed in line with the demands of the market. For more information, visit www.accesscontroltechnology.com.
About ENTERTECH SYSTEMS partnered with Suprema
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 www.bioconnect.com and www.entertechsystems.co.uk.
Any product names, logos, brands, and other trademarks featured or referred to above are the property of their respective trademark holders.
For further details please contact:
Martin Kwon
Marketing Communications Manager
Suprema Inc.
Phone: +82.31.710.2409
Fax: +82.31.783.4506
Email: Press@supremainc.com
Steve Greb
Managing Director for UK and Ireland
Phone: 020 3743 9123
Email: info@entertechsystems.co.uk

iCASS Successfully Accredited As Part Of UK’s FAC/JTAC Training Programme

Close Air Solutions is pleased to announce the successful (full day/night) accreditation of the iCASS system as part of UK’s FAC/JTAC Training Programme. iCASS was delivered in partnership with Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company.
The iCASS based at JFACTSU, RAF Leeming has been recently accredited by the US Joint Fires Support Executive Steering Committee and NATO AIRCOM in order to replace up to 8 out of 12 live controls required annually by each qualified FAC/JTAC – a potentially massive saving in both time and money for UK MoD.
After the formal opening ceremony at RAF Leeming on 12 June, AOC 1 Group commented:
“The introduction of the iCASS system for UK FAC/JTAC training is yet another important step to realise an Optimal Live Synthetic Blend across Defence training. This capability will not only save money on needless live training, but will provide repeatable day/night training exactly tailored to the needs of the FAC training or currency.” Air Officer Commanding 1 Group, Air Vice-Marshal (2*) Gary M Waterfall CBE RAF Close Air Solutions offer a range of fixed and deployable Joint Fires simulator systems capable of replacing live flying controls.
“iCASS has passed the latest standard of JTAC simulator accreditation; the result is that we can now offer assured cost savings to our customer base, with crucially no compromise in training delivery.” said Mike Squires, Close Air Solutions’ Joint CEO.
About Close Air Solutions (CAS):
Close Air Solutions is a single source for international training and simulation services for all aspects of Close Air Support, Air Land Integration and Joint Fires communities. We design and integrate synthetic training systems and deliver training courses meeting NATO /US accreditation standards. Our flagship product is iCASSTM  (immersive Close Air Support Simulator).
iCASS is a registered trademark of Close Air Solutions Ltd.