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    - Joins OpenMSA Community promoting multi-vendor support -

    TOKYO, Feb 19, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) today announced its membership to the OpenMSA Community, an open source ecosystem launched by UBiqube for promoting virtualized network orchestration and multi-vendor support.

    In addition to its participation in the community, NEC will provide system integration (SI) services for network infrastructure integration within a multi-vendor network product environment based on OpenMSA.

    Today, a wide range of software from network product vendors and independent software vendors (ISV) support orchestration functions for virtualized networks. However, the software from network product vendors tend to be more widely supported (vendor locked-in), and ISVs are required to make significant efforts in order to support many kinds of network products. Consequently, there is only a small selection of network products that can be controlled by orchestration software.

    In order to resolve this situation, UBiqube, a leading ISV of orchestration functions for virtualized networks, established the OpenMSA Community, which provides an environment for developers and network engineers to interact and share information with others who are working on DevOps solutions for the Networking and Security space.

    As part of the OpenMSA Community, NEC's contributions include the provision of a device adaptor for the NEC SDN controller as an open source and the invitation of NEC partners (network product vendors) to promote the growth of the Community's ecosystem and membership growth.

    For systems based on OpenMSA, NEC will provide SI services for multi-vendor network product integration, such as firewall/load balancer configurations or product configurations for inter-site connections introduced by enterprises or service providers in NEC's on-premises cloud infrastructure solutions (NEC Cloud System (OSS building model) or NEC SDN solutions).

    The use of DevOps-enabled tools allows companies to effectively react to networking challenges based on their internal networking and security ecosystem. This multi-vendor network product environment promoted by the OpenMSA Community helps to reduce the costs associated with virtualized and/or physical network products.

    "By adopting the OpenMSA, customers can focus on the development of services which integrate versatile network products effectively and respond to business environment changes and business expansion quickly and flexibly," said Kazunori Sudo, General Manager, Cloud Platform Division, NEC Corporation.

    "We are honored to have NEC join the OpenMSA Community. I am confident their contribution will have a dramatic impact on the pace of digitalization in our industry," said Nabil Souli, CEO, UBiqube.

    About NEC Corporation

    NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.

    Based on its Mid-term Management Plan 2015, the NEC Group globally provides "Solutions for Society" that promote the safety, security, efficiency and equality of society. Under the company's corporate message of "Orchestrating a brighter world," NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, please visit http://www.nec.com/en/global/about/solutionsforsociety/message.html.

    Contact:
    NEC Seiichiro Toda s-toda@cj.jp.nec.com +81-3-3798-6511

    Copyright 2018 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.jcnnewswire.com

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    - All new models provide optimal comfort for diverse lifestyles -

    - Top-of-the line models have high efficiency, with motion sensor function enabling energy-efficient, fine-tuned air-conditioning
    - Models in functionally advanced and standard lineups all have compact dimensions (height: 250mm), enabling installation in tight spaces
    - For the first time, functionally advanced models can be operated in tandem with a hybrid evaporative warm-mist humidifier

    TOKYO, Feb 19, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Starting in late March, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd., a Group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), will progressively launch 19 new models in its lineup of air-conditioners for residential use in the Japanese market. The top-of-the-line SW Series will consist of 6 models featuring an outstanding annual performance factor (APF), which translates to superlative energy efficiency; the functionally advanced RW Series will include 6 models all newly equipped with an operating mode synchronized with operation of a humidifier; and the standard TW Series will incorporate 7 models. Together, the 19 new offerings create optimally comfortable indoor environments to suit the needs of a full spectrum of lifestyles.

    All models in all three series will come with MHI Thermal Systems' "JET" and "WARP" operating modes. JET delivers a powerful, especially large airflow, while WARP enables rapid cooling or heating. The SW Series models also feature a sensor-activated airflow function in which the airflow volume and direction are automatically controlled to maintain uniform, efficient cooling or heating throughout a room. The RW and TW Series come with an automatic airflow function. The 19 new models for 2018 also, for the first time, adopt filter holders made from a synthetic resin containing recycled tea leaves acquired from ITO EN, Ltd., a manufacturer of tea and other beverages. In this way, the new models make effective use of resources.

    The SW Series models are equipped with a motion sensor function that detects the level of ambient human movement and automatically controls the room temperature accordingly. When the sensor detects that no one is present, the unit reduces output to prevent unnecessary cooling or heating. When the room remains empty for a long period, operation stops automatically, saving energy. The SW Series air-conditioners can be used in tandem with 3 models in the SHK Series of hybrid evaporative warm-mist humidifiers marketed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioning & Thermal Systems Corporation, another MHI Group company. The humidifier starts or stops operating automatically in response to signals it receives from the air-conditioner, based on information detected by the air-conditioner's humidity sensor.

    All 13 models in the RW and TW Series are indoor units of compact dimensions (height: 250mm), enabling installation even in tight spaces above near-ceiling-high windows or below clipped ceilings. The outdoor units for the smallest indoor units are lighter than their corresponding 2017 offerings. All models in the RW and SW Series now come with an operating mode synchronized with operation of a hybrid evaporative warm-mist humidifier.

    With its new 2018 lineup encompassing 19 models, MHI Thermal Systems is ready to respond to a wide range of users' air-conditioning needs.

    About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world's leading industrial firms with 80,000 group employees and annual consolidated revenues of around 38 billion U.S. dollars. For more than 130 years, the company has channeled big thinking into innovative and integrated solutions that move the world forward. MHI owns a unique business portfolio covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI delivers innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries from commercial aviation and transportation to power plants and gas turbines, and from machinery and infrastructure to integrated defense and space systems.
    For more information, please visit the MHI Group website: http://www.mhi-global.com.
    For Technology, Trends and Tangents, visit MHI's new online media SPECTRA: http://spectra.mhi.com.

    Contact:
    Joseph Hood, PR Manager Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Email: mhi-pr@mhi.co.jp Tel: +81-(0)3-6716-2168 Fax: +81-(0)3-6716-5860

    Copyright 2018 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.jcnnewswire.com

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    (Copyright: Dr. Md. Sufian Idris)
    Ocean colour could serve as a reliable proxy for salinity, opening the door for more frequent and detailed measurements.

    Selangor, Malaysia, Feb 19, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Measuring salinity at the ocean's surface is important for tracking global ocean circulation as well as local ecosystem health. A research team from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu have proposed a new method to measure sea surface salinity using ocean colour as a proxy. Reported in the Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology, this method could improve monitoring frequency and resolution, particularly for coastal areas.

    Salinity is the concentration of salt ions in a volume of water. While the total salt content of the ocean remains fairly stable, salinity can vary as the ocean's volume changes when fresh rain, river water and melted ice enter the ocean, and when seawater freezes or evaporates. Some areas get saltier and others fresher as these processes occur, collectively known as 'the hydrological cycle'.

    Besides affecting marine organisms, salinity is also a key player in ocean circulation. Saltier, denser water sinks beneath lighter, fresher water, helping drive the massive conveyer belt carrying seawater around the world. A space-based satellite currently measures sea surface salinity all over the globe using a metric called 'microwave emissivity'. The Aquarius satellite, operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA), takes one measurement for every 150 square kilometres of ice-free ocean, passing over the same spot once a week.

    Marine scientist Md Idris Suffian and colleagues wondered if they could use images taken from another pair of satellites that cover the entire ocean daily, and on a much more detailed scale - one picture for every one square kilometre. To do this, they needed to confirm that they could use ocean colour captured in the optical images to determine salinity.

    Ocean colour is partly determined by how much organic matter is dissolved in the water, which gives it a green, yellow or brown tint, rather than the usual blue. By testing seawater samples taken along the east coast of Malaysia during different seasons, the researchers found a reliable inverse relationship between the amount of coloured dissolved organic matter (CDOM) and salinity. Based on this relationship, they were able to develop a mathematical algorithm that could be used with the satellite images to derive salinity. They use the colour data captured in the images, specifically in the deep blue part of the spectrum, to determine the amount of organic matter, and then compute salinity.

    The researchers note, however, that the performance of the algorithm may vary from region to region, depending on the degree of mixing between freshwater and seawater. Especially in areas with heavy river flows and high levels of organic material, the conservative relationship between dissolved organic matter and salinity could be altered so much that it no longer fits the algorithm. They recommend further testing to improve the algorithm.

    For more information about this research, please contact:
    Dr. Md. Sufian Idris
    School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences
    Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
    Email: suffian@umt.edu.my
    Phone: +609 668 3284
    The original paper is available at: http://bit.ly/2Bs2At1

    About Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology (JST)
    Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology (JST) is published by Universiti Putra Malaysia in English and is open to authors around the world regardless of nationality. Currently, it is published twice a year in January and July. Other Pertanika series include Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science (JTAS), and Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities (JSSH).

    Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology aims to provide a forum for high quality research related to science and engineering research. Areas relevant to the scope of the journal include: bioinformatics, bioscience, biotechnology and bio-molecular sciences, chemistry, computer science, ecology, engineering, engineering design, environmental control and management, mathematics and statistics, medicine and health sciences, nanotechnology, physics, safety and emergency management, and related fields of study. http://www.pertanika.upm.edu.my

    For more information about the journal, contact:
    The Chief Executive Editor (UPM Journals)
    Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (R&I)
    IDEA Tower 2, UPM-MDTC Technology Centre
    Universiti Putra Malaysia
    43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
    Phone: +603 8947 1622 | +6016 217 4050
    Email: nayan@upm.my

    Distributed for Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology by ResearchSEA.

    
    
    Copyright 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, Feb 20, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Global CPaaS provider CLX Communications AB (publ) (XSTO: CLX) today announces a partnership together with communication hardware provider DeviceRadio, enabling a fully plug-and-play IoT connectivity solution, further reducing the complexity for companies to launch connected IoT devices. The joint solution enables Swedish startup Bylife to quickly and easily integrate global cellular connectivity to their connected living green walls, allowing more focus on the evolution of their core product instead of how to connect it.

    The CLX and DeviceRadio partnership gives companies and designers of all backgrounds the immediate ability to build IoT products from the ground up, regardless of designer expertise or IoT specific competence.

    The DeviceRadio solution uses off-the-shelf hardware combined with a horizontal connectivity layer specifically designed to move data between any IoT device and customer's own server application. The communication layer solves the complexity of connectivity, including access control and security, which removes the need for specific IoT expertise when developing a connected device.

    CLX Communication provides global cellular IoT connectivity supporting data, SMS and voice, designed and tailored for enterprises managing connected products. One single CLX SIM card gives access to over 250 different operator networks in 120 countries, all managed through a comprehensive REST API providing real-time connection and consumption information.

    The combination of the DeviceRadio communication layer and the CLX IoT SIM card provide a plug-and-play communication module with global IoT connectivity, reducing the time-to-market for any connected product.

    Bylife is a Swedish startup about to launch their connected living green wall, an indoor vertical garden used to improve air quality, reduce noise and provide health benefits in public and private spaces. For simplified maintenance and maximized lifespan of the plants, the living green wall is equipped with connected sensors, providing information on temperature, humidity and water levels. Bylife has used the DeviceRadio communication module, combined with the CLX IoT SIM card to easily equip their green walls with mobile communication capabilities.

    Erik Wilson, founder and CEO at Bylife, says: "The plug-and-play solution provided by DeviceRadio and CLX has allowed us to focus our development efforts on our core product instead of building competence on connectivity. It has significantly reduced our time to market, not only in the Swedish market, but in the global market."

    Robert Gerstmann, Chief Product Officer at CLX Communications, commented, "Simplifying mobile communications is what we at CLX do best. We reduce the complexity of cellular connectivity by aggregating connections from multiple operators into a single service, offered to enterprise customers through a simple API. Partnering with DeviceRadio extends our vision of simplifying IoT connectivity all the way out to the hardware of the device, lowering the threshold for anyone, regardless of background, to build connected IoT devices."

    CLX will be demonstrating its global cellular IoT connectivity solution together with DeviceRadio and Bylife at Mobile World Congress in Hall 8.1 on stand C41. Please drop by for a demo or briefing.

    About CLX Communications - www.clxcommunications.com

    CLX Communications AB (publ) connects enterprises to people and things. We combine programmable API's and cloud computing with our unparalleled Tier 1 Super Network to make it easy for businesses to embed global communications, including voice, SMS and mobile data into their apps, business processes and IoT devices.

    Our leading communications Platform-as-a-Service (CPaaS) delivers one of the highest service levels in the industry whilst processing more than 1 billion API calls per month across 6 continents. We provide services to 4 of the top 5 CPaaS companies, and 3 of the top 5 global internet brands with Tier 1 connectivity on which many of their services rely.

    CLX Communications AB (publ) is listed on the Nasdaq in Stockholm.

    About DeviceRadio - www.deviceradio.com

    DeviceRadio has developed a communication layer that enables all companies within the IoT space to communicate in a simple way without spending a lot on development. By offering a common ground that allows the transfer of data from any device, across any type of connectivity (Bluetooth, 4G, WiFi, SMS, etc), it opens up enormous potential for companies to quickly develop services that increase efficiency and open up a world of new revenue opportunities. The vision is to be the obvious choice for IoT communication. The company is based in Malmo, Sweden.

    About Bylife - www.bylife.io

    Bylife is a Swedish startup about to change how we perceive our indoor environment. With its vision to improve people's quality of life by bringing nature indoors, they are putting nature back into our lives with their IoT-based living walls, creating a new business segment in the process - Wellbeing as a Service.

    Bylife - Living walls in future office http://hugin.info/173289/R/2170106/835946.png

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    This announcement is distributed by Nasdaq Corporate Solutions on behalf of Nasdaq Corporate Solutions clients.
    The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
    Source: CLX Communications AB (publ) via Globenewswire

    
    
    Copyright 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    Structure of SMAVIA
    Pricing and Availability
    Contributes to expanding customer businesses and resolving labor shortages

    TOKYO, Feb 20, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu today announced the Japan launch of Fujitsu IoT Solution SMAVIA, an IoT utilization service platform upon which data can be put to new uses. It does this by linking data stored in various systems throughout a supply chain, such as data stored in sales and inventory management, transportation and delivery, and sensor data, such as employee location information and vital signs. Fujitsu plans to roll out the IoT service platform globally in the future.

    SMAVIA aggregates and integrates in the cloud data stored in various operations systems, combining it with sensor data from people, things, and the environment at on-site locations, such as distribution warehouses. By analyzing such data as the status of sales and inventory, logistics costs, and the work efficiency of employees, this service platform enables users to address labor shortages, an issue in retail and distribution, and to implement optimal improvement measures to maximize sales. This further enhances the competitive strength of customers.

    SMAVIA consists of two components. The first is Fujitsu IoT Solution SMAVIA Platform, which aggregates data from operational systems and from IoT devices such as sensors, and provides Fujitsu's proprietary algorithms via APIs for such functions as optimizing distribution inventory and visualizing the efficiency of employees. The second are data utilization services that analyze, visualize, and support improvements in customer processes based on that data. Fujitsu is now launching in Japan both the SMAVIA Platform and three different data utilization services, with plans for a future global roll out.

    By expanding the number of data utilization services and promoting data utilization across the entire supply chain, including data analysis and prediction using Fujitsu Human Centric AI Zinrai, Fujitsu's AI technology, the company will continue to support the digital transformation in retail and distribution.

    Fujitsu will exhibit SMAVIA at RETAILTECH JAPAN 2018, which will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight March 6-9, 2018.

    Background

    Retail and distribution has in recent years seen diversification of consumer preferences, more varied products, and increasingly sophisticated sales and delivery methods. At the same time, problems such as aging employees or even a shortage of labor have grown more severe, raising the burden on each individual worker. In order to resolve these sorts of issues, there has been a desire to accelerate digital transformations, including the collection and analysis of not only data from operations systems, but also on-site data collected using IoT devices, such as sensors.

    Building on its series of financial solutions, Fujitsu Financial Solution Finplex, and its "digital place" for manufacturing, Fujitsu Manufacturing Solution COLMINA, the company is launching SMAVIA, an IoT utilization service platform for retail and distribution, as the third in its series of industry platforms. Being rolled out over the Fujitsu Digital Business Platform MetaArc, SMAVIA will support the transformation of existing businesses and the creation of new ones.

    SMAVIA Overview

    SMAVIA is an IoT utilization service platform that promotes comprehensive data utilization. It takes the wide variety of data stored in various systems throughout the supply chain, along with on-site sensor data about people, things, and the environment collected through IoT devices installed in places such as warehouses and storefronts, and combines that data on the basis of the experience Fujitsu has accumulated through providing services and solutions to customers in retail and distribution, from logistics companies to retail stores.

    The system consists of the SMAVIA Platform, which collects and aggregates a variety of operational system and on-site sensor data from the retail and distribution industry, and features APIs to combine these data for analyses and predictions via proprietary algorithms, as well as data utilization services suited for a variety of usage scenarios.

    http://www.acnnewswire.com/topimg/Low_FujitsuStructureSMAVIA.jpg
    Structure of SMAVIA

    The Newly Launched SMAVIA Platform and the Three New Data Utilization Services

    1. Fujitsu IoT Solution SMAVIA Platform links data across the supply chain, creating new value

    Based on the customer's data utilization needs, SMAVIA Platform extracts and aggregates only necessary data from the variety of supply chain operational systems and on-site IoT devices. Using APIs developed based on the experience Fujitsu has cultivated in building and operating systems internally and for customers in the retail and distribution industry, as well as its Zinrai AI technology, Fujitsu supports the effective utilization of this data for customer processes.

    Fujitsu can also build customer-specific systems using the SMAVIA Platform.

    2. Fujitsu IoT Solution SMAVIA Warehouse Employee Performance analyzes and visualizes operational efficiency

    Based on experience cultivated in Fujitsu's internal deployments, SMAVIA Warehouse Employee Performance is a service that provides an objective look at work efficiencies by combining customer warehouse management data with sensor data recording the position and movement of warehouse employees, and then analyzing and visualizing that data.

    With this service, data relating to operational instructions and performance data managed through customer operations systems, along with data collected through on-site sensors such as Fujitsu's location badges(1) or vital-sign sensing bands(2), are collected in the SMAVIA Platform, visualizing task times, movement distance, and movement routes for each warehouse employee. Moreover, the service computes average task efficiencies based on that data, clarifying places each employee can improve by comparing those values, and thereby helping to standardize employee skills and improve productivity.

    3. Fujitsu IoT Solution SMAVIA Storefront Inventory Search Assistant combines RFID and inventory management data to instantly locate products

    SMAVIA Storefront Inventory Search Assistant is a service that can manage and monitor store inventory for each storefront and back room using RFID.

    With this service, when products enter or leave inventory, the RFID tag attached to the product is read with a handheld terminal(3), and location information on whether the product is in the storefront or a back room is attached. By combining and managing this RFID data with data from inventory systems and POS systems through SMAVIA Platform, store staff can use a tablet or smartphone to instantly grasp the up-to-the-minute stock level of a product and its location. In addition, the system can prevent lost sales opportunities by significantly shortening time spent searching for a product compared with previous methods because, when employees holding their handheld terminal approach the product for which they are looking, the terminal will read the RFID tag and emit a sound.

    4. Fujitsu IoT Solution SMAVIA Question Answering Assistant uses AI chatbot to enhance customer support

    The SMAVIA Question Answering Assistant is a service that supports smooth answers for customer questions when employees are helping customers in stores through a text-based exchange between an employee and an AI chatbot, using Fujitsu's Smart Communication(4), which supports more active engagement with customers.

    If employees input a question they have been asked into the system using their smartphone, for example, an AI chatbot, trained using machine learning on FAQ data, including data from other stores in the company stored in the SMAVIA Platform, will automatically find and extract the correct answer. This will enable employees to smoothly answer even questions that they cannot immediately answer, speeding up customer support. In addition, this service enables the broader sharing of operational know-how. Moreover, this service can be useful in improving both marketing strategies and customer service quality by using machine learning to study the day-to-day question and answer data accumulated in the SMAVIA Platform, and then predicting trends in customer interest or which items will be hot sellers, analyzing different trends in customers among different locations, and even using this data in planning the company's storefront lineup.

    Future Plans

    Fujitsu will expand the list of data utilization service options to 13 during fiscal 2018, promoting the creation of new value through the utilization of a variety of data in the retail and distribution industry, and providing strong support for the digital transformations of customers.

    Pricing and Availability
    http://www.acnnewswire.com/topimg/Low_FujitsuPricing220.jpg

    Sales Target

    Total revenue of 20.0 billion yen from SMAVIA-related business by fiscal 2020.

    (1) Location badge
    IoT device that can detect information such as location and if the user has fallen down.
    (2) Vital-sign sensing band
    An IoT device that can detect an employee's location, vital signs, and whether they have fallen down.
    (3) Handheld terminal
    A portable, handheld RFID reader and writer and barcode reader.
    (4) Smart Communication
    A solution that includes a set of a smartphone-based IP transceiver service, a business SNS service, and a smartphone LCM service.
    (5) Fujitsu IoT Solution SMAVIA Warehouse Employee Performance
    The minimum number of employees is 50. In addition, the service will require the deployment of Microsoft Office 365, a Microsoft Power BI license, and devices to record the movement of employees, available by individual estimate depending on the customer's usage environment.

    About Fujitsu Ltd

    Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 155,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

    * Please see this press release, with images, at:
    http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/

    Contact:
    Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-3215-5259 URL: www.fujitsu.com/global/news/contacts/

    Copyright 2018 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.jcnnewswire.com

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    Moscow and Tokyo, Feb 20, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Credit Europe Bank Ltd. ("Credit Europe Bank"), one of the leading banks in the Russian market, and JCB International Co., Ltd. ("JCBI"), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. ("JCB"), announced the launch of JCB Cards acceptance at Credit Europe Bank's ATM and POS terminal network.

    Credit Europe Bank's acquiring network includes more than 11,000 POS terminals and 514 ATMs (as of 01/01/2018). Credit Europe Bank is one of the leading banks in the acquiring business in Russia. Credit Europe Bank provides acquiring services for such major retailers as IKEA, METRO Cash & Carry, Marks & Spencer, Gap, Banana Republic, and U.S. Polo Assn.

    Commenting on the announcement, Takashi Suetsugu, General Director of JCB International (Eurasia), said: "JCB started card issuing business with local banks in Russia in 2015 and the cardmember base has been expanding. The partnership with Credit Europe Bank will make JCB cardmembers feel more comfortable to use their cards, enhance JCB presence in the market and increase JCB brand awareness. We are glad that our cardmembers will be able to pay for their purchases at the biggest and very popular retailers. Opening the Credit Europe Bank network to JCB will also allow millions of visitors to Russia to use familiar services here".

    "We are pleased to be among the banks which accept JCB cards and we are positive that this partnership will benefit both our businesses. JCB will gain wider JCB card acceptance, and we will significantly improve our services by providing partners the opportunity to expand the range of payment cards they accept and attract more new customers from all over the world", commented Anton Ryazanov, Head of Payment Systems and Key Partners Management Department.

    About Credit Europe Bank

    Credit Europe Bank Ltd. has been operating in the Russian market for more than 20 years and is among the top 50 Russian banks by equity amount. Credit Europe Bank is an exclusive partner of large retail chains such as IKEA, AUCHAN, METRO Cash & Carry, MEGA and Leroy Merlin. Credit Europe Bank has a network of more than 60 branches, an extensive network of consumer loan issuing points. Credit Europe Bank has more than 5,000,000 individual clients and more than 19,000 corporate clients (as of 01/01/2017). The official website of the Bank www.crediteurope.ru

    Contact
    Credit Europe Bank Ltd.
    Press office
    Tel: +7 (910) 492 81 57
    E-mail: pressoffice@crediteurope.ru

    About JCB

    JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.ru.jcb/ru/ or www.global.jcb/en/

    Contact
    Kumiko Kida
    JCB Co., Ltd.
    Corporate Communications
    Tel: +81-3-5778-8353
    Email: jcb-pr@info.jcb.co.jp

    
    
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    Paris and Amsterdam, Feb 20, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Following recent press commentary relating to its offer for Westfield Corporation, Unibail-Rodamco has been asked by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to clarify its position on the transaction terms.

    Unibail-Rodamco reiterates that it believes the value of its offer is full and fair. Unibail-Rodamco has no intention to change the terms of the offer nor does it see any reason why it may do so in the future, but it does of course reserve the right to do so.

    Unibail-Rodamco's offer continues to have the full support of the Supervisory Board of Unibail-Rodamco, of the Board of Directors of Westfield[1] and of the Lowy family[2].

    For further information, please contact:
    Investor Relations
    Maarten Otte
    D: +33 1 76 77 58 02
    maarten.otte@unibail-rodamco.com

    Media Relations
    Caroline Bruel
    D: +33 1 53 43 57 94
    caroline.bruel@unibail-rodamco.com

    Domestique (Australian media)
    Jim Kelly
    M: +61 412 549 083
    D: +61 2 9119 3352
    jim@domestiqueconsulting.com.au

    [1] In the absence of a Superior Proposal and subject to an Independent Expert concluding that the transaction is in the best interests of Westfield securityholders.
    [2] In the absence of the Westfield Board recommending a Superior Proposal and subject to an Independent Expert concluding that the transaction is in the best interests of Westfield securityholders.

    UNIBAIL-RODAMCO SE: WESTFIELD OFFER http://hugin.info/136618/R/2170189/836005.pdf

    
    
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    Forecast part of new Juniper and CLX Communications white paper - mapping the enterprise opportunity for CPaaS

    London and Stockholm, Feb 20, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - CLX Communications AB (publ) - (XSTO: CLX) has today launched a new white paper in partnership with Juniper Research that forecasts that enterprise spend on Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) is set to quadruple by 2022 to $6.7bn.

    According to Juniper, the value of the CPaaS market grew by 50% to more than $1.6 billion in 2017. While early CPaaS adopters have primarily been agile, disruptive, digital-first players, this is beginning to change. More established businesses are now beginning to recognize the vital role that differentiation and personalization will play in attracting and retaining consumers, with customer engagement seen as a key future battleground.

    CPaaS is a cloud-based platform that enables businesses to quickly and easily integrate communications capabilities like voice, video, and messaging into their own applications, without needing to build backend infrastructure and interfaces. This enables them to add new capabilities such as chatbots, service agents and contact centers into their customer-facing applications with minimal effort.

    The white paper, entitled 'Communications Platforms - Transforming Enterprises into Digital Innovators', provides an overview of the CPaaS market and its growth potential. In addition, the paper plots the journey from SaaS to PaaS and evidencing the effectiveness of CPaaS through various use cases.

    Robert Gerstmann, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at CLX, commented, "We live in a hyper-connected world where we routinely engage with our friends and family using a range of voice, video and messaging technologies. Therefore, as consumers we expect to be able to engage with our chosen brands and businesses whenever, and however we like.

    "CPaaS enables enterprises to rapidly innovate to meet consumer demand - making it easy to integrate a range of communications functions within their existing customer-facing apps and online systems.

    "As our white paper with Juniper illustrates - it's no longer just the native tech businesses that are innovating through CPaaS, many established multinationals are now waking-up to the importance of omnichannel communication for attracting and engaging the customer of tomorrow."

    Dr Windsor Holden, Head of Forecasting & Consultancy, Juniper Research, added: "The rapid pace of technological change can be a problem for the most agile of enterprises. New technologies and devices in turn spawn new patterns of demand, meaning that keeping pace, let alone future-proofing, can be a challenge.

    "CPaaS offers a highly flexible solution which allows greater scalability, while reducing time-to implementation. Therefore, enterprises using CPaaS can continually evolve their customer engagement channels in line with consumer demand. This is why enterprise spend on CPaaS is set to surge in the next four years."

    Download the 'Communications Platforms - Transforming Enterprises into Digital Innovators' white paper from the CLX Communications website today.

    For CLX press enquiries, please contact:
    Steve Green - Giant PR
    Mobile +44 (0) 7775677101
    Email steve@giantpr.co.uk

    About CLX Communications

    CLX Communications (CLX) is a leading CPaaS provider to enterprises and mobile operators. CLX's mobile communication services enable companies to quickly, securely and cost-effectively communicate globally with customers and connected devices - Internet of Things (IoT).

    CLX's solutions enable business-critical communications worldwide via mobile messaging services (SMS), Voice, Video, Data and mobile connectivity services for IoT. CLX has grown profitably since the company was founded. The Group is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and has presence in a further 20 countries. CLX Communications' shares are traded at NASDAQ Stockholm - XSTO: CLX. To learn more please visit: www.clxcommunications.com

    About Juniper Research

    Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary. To learn more please visit: www.juniperresearch.com/home

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    Boca Raton, FL, Feb 20, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - During a presentation today at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) annual conference, Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR) executives will outline the Company's unique value proposition in the ingredient space, and review its financial performance and long-term outlook.

    President and CEO Jim Zallie will tell the audience of over 400 analysts that Ingredion's value proposition represents a winning recipe for addressing current industry challenges. "Aligned with consumer trends, we know how those trends impact the landscape. We're customer intimate with a global reach and local touch. We're an innovation accelerator with expertise in texture. And we're a reputable, reliable and trusted partner."

    Jorgen Kokke, Executive Vice President, Global Specialties and President, North America, will explain Ingredion's specialty potential. "Our specialty solutions portfolio plays in a big space with room to grow. We expect to expand our specialty sales from the current 28 percent of net sales to 32-35 percent by 2022."

    CFO James Gray will highlight the Company's performance and long-term targets. "We continue to focus upon solid operating income growth combined with strategic deployment of cash to reach our long-term objective of low double-digit EPS growth." The Company's 2018 adjusted EPS guidance is $8.10-$8.50.

    A live webcast of the presentation will be available on the Company's website, www.ingredion.com, beginning at 11:00 a.m. EST, and subsequently a replay will also be available on the website.

    ABOUT INGREDION

    Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR) is a leading global ingredient solutions provider. We turn grains, fruits, vegetables and other plant materials into value-added ingredients and biomaterial solutions for the food, beverage, paper and corrugating, brewing and other industries. Serving customers in over 100 countries, our ingredients make crackers crunchy, yogurts creamy, candy sweet, paper stronger and add fiber to nutrition bars. Visit Ingredion.com to learn more.

    CONTACT:
    Investors: Heather Kos, 708-551-2592
    Media: Claire Regan, 708-551-2602

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    - World's first neodymium-reduced, heat-resistant magnet developed by Toyota
    - Key element of the foundation required to popularize electrified vehicles

    Toyota City, Japan, Feb 20, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation announces that it has developed the world's first(1) neodymium-reduced, heat-resistant magnet. Neodymium magnets are used in various types of motors such as the high-output motors found in electrified vehicles, use of which is expected to increase rapidly in the future. The new magnet uses significantly less neodymium, a rare-earth element(2), and can be used in high-temperature conditions.

    The newly developed magnet uses no terbium (Tb) or dysprosium (Dy), which are rare earths that are also categorized as critical materials(3) necessary for highly heat-resistant neodymium magnets. A portion of the neodymium has been replaced with lanthanum (La) and cerium (Ce), which are low-cost rare earths, reducing the amount of neodymium used in the magnet.

    Neodymium plays an important role in maintaining high coercivity (the ability to maintain magnetization) and heat resistance. Merely reducing the amount of neodymium and replacing it with lanthanum and cerium results in a decline in motor performance. Accordingly, Toyota adopted new technologies that suppress the deterioration of coercivity and heat resistance, even when neodymium is replaced with lanthanum and cerium, and developed a magnet that has equivalent levels of heat resistance as earlier neodymium magnets, while reducing the amount of neodymium used by up to 50 percent.

    This new type of magnet is expected to be useful in expanding use of motors in various areas such as automobiles and robotics, as well as maintaining a balance between the supply and demand of valuable rare earth resources. Toyota will work to further enhance performance and evaluate application in products while accelerating the development of mass production technologies, with the aim of achieving early adoption in motors used for various applications, including in automobiles and robotics.

    Development of elemental technologies for motors, inverters, batteries, and other components will require steady research and development in anticipation of the future. Toyota positions these technologies as essential for electrified vehicles and will continue making steady progress in each and every area, while working to build the foundation that will support the increased use of electrified vehicles in the future.

    1. Background of Development of the Nd-reduced, Heat-resistant Magnet
    - It is important that magnets used in automotive motors and other applications have high coercivity (the ability to maintain magnetization) even at high temperatures. For this reason, approximately 30 percent of the elements used in magnets are rare earths.
    - When powerful neodymium magnets are used at high temperatures, such as for automotive applications, terbium and dysprosium are generally added to increase high-temperature coercivity. However, terbium and dysprosium are rare and expensive metals found in locations with high geopolitical risks. Because of this, considerable efforts have been made to develop magnets that do not use these metals, and positive results have been achieved.
    - Production volumes of neodymium are relatively high among rare earths, but there are concerns that shortages will develop as electrified vehicles, including hybrid and battery electric vehicles, become increasingly popular in the future. Despite this, little effort has been made to address neodymium use.
    - To overcome these issues, Toyota successfully undertook development of technologies that can both eliminate the use of terbium and dysprosium and reduce the amount of neodymium used. Through substitution of neodymium with lanthanum and cerium, which are abundant and low-cost rare earths, high heat resistance can be maintained and loss of coercivity minimized.

    2. Key Points of Development of the Nd-reduced, Heat-resistant Magnet
    - The newly developed Nd-reduced, heat-resistant magnet is able to maintain coercivity even at high temperatures because of the combination of the following three new technologies:

    a. Grain refinement of magnet
    b. Two-layered high-performance grain surface
    c. Specific alloying ratio of lanthanum and cerium

    Development Point 1: Grain refinement of magnet
    - It is now possible to retain high coercivity at high temperatures through the reduction of the size of the magnet grains to one-tenth or less of those found in conventional neodymium magnets and the enlargement of the grain boundary area.

    Development Point 2: Two-layered high-performance grain surface
    - In a conventional neodymium magnet, neodymium is spread evenly within the grains of the magnet, and in many cases, the neodymium used is more than the necessary amount to maintain coercivity. Thus, it is possible to efficiently use neodymium by increasing the neodymium concentration on the surface of the magnet grains, which is necessary to increase coercivity, and decreasing the concentration in the grain core. This results in the reduction of the overall amount of neodymium used in the new magnet.

    Development Point 3: Specific ratio of lanthanum and cerium
    - If neodymium is simply alloyed with lanthanum and cerium, its performance properties (heat resistance and coercivity) decline substantially, complicating the use of light rare earths. As a result of the evaluation of various alloys, Toyota discovered a specific ratio at which lanthanum and cerium, both abundant and low-cost rare earths, can be alloyed so that the deterioration of properties is suppressed.

    3. Future Efforts
    - The new Nd-reduced, heat-resistant magnet developed at this time not only eliminates the use of terbium and dysprosium, rare earths necessary for neodymium magnets that require high heat resistance, but it also reduces the amount of neodymium used. This new magnet is expected to have a wide range of applications in motors that require relatively high output such as those required for electrified vehicle drive motors and generators, electric power steering, robots, and various household appliances. It will also contribute to reducing the risks of a disruption in supply and demand of rare earths and price increases.
    - Going forward, Toyota will proceed with further practical use in mind, perform application assessments in motor vehicles, and continue researching and developing technologies with the aim of low-cost, stable production.
    - Toyota expects that the magnets will be put to use in the motors of electric power steering for automobiles and other applications in the first half of the 2020s. Furthermore, the company will undertake development with the aim of practical application in high-performance electrified vehicle drive motors within the next 10 years.

    (1) As of January 2018 (Toyota Motor Corporation)
    (2) A group of 17 elements that have similar properties. Among the rare earths are lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, terbium, and dysprosium. It is possible for various functional materials to manifest through use of these elements.
    (3) Metals of which stable supply is politically important, even though relatively small amounts are present in earth's crust or extraction is difficult due to technological or economic reasons. (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan)

    About Toyota

    Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the global mobility company that introduced the Prius hybrid-electric car in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014. Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937. Today, Toyota proudly employs 370,000 employees in communities around the world. Together, they build around 10 million vehicles per year in 29 countries, from mainstream cars and premium vehicles to mini-vehicles and commercial trucks, and sell them in more than 170 countries under the brands Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.

    Contact:
    Public Affairs Division Global Communications Department Toyota Motor Corporation Tel: +81-3-3817-9926

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    - Lexus to present the new UX crossover in world premiere on March 6
    - European premiere of the new RX L, with three rows of seats and accommodation for up to seven
    - European premiere of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept
    - Celebration of the 10th anniversary of Lexus F with the new Special Edition RC F coupe

    Toyota City, Japan, Feb 20, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Lexus announced today that it will present its new UX crossover in world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, on March 6.

    The luxury brand will also host the European premiere of the RX L, a new version of Lexus' best-selling RX crossover, featuring three rows of seats. This new model provides comfortable accommodation for up to seven people in its cabin, with a flexible seating arrangement that also allows for excellent load-carrying flexibility. The RX L's versatile interior has been achieved with an extension of 110mm in the RX's overall length, while maintaining the crossover's stylish, coupe-like profile.

    In addition, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept, first revealed at the Detroit motor show in early January, will be making its European debut.

    Other Lexus highlights at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show will include the Special Edition RC F coupe, created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Lexus F and the RC F SPORT Black Edition.

    The Lexus Press Conference with the new Head of Lexus Europe, Pascal Ruch, will take place on March 6 at 10am at the Lexus stand in hall 4.

    About LEXUS

    Since its debut in 1989, Lexus has earned a worldwide reputation for high-quality products and exemplary customer service. Lexus is the hybrid leader among luxury brands, offering hybrids that provide the best in innovative technology and premier luxury. The evolution of Lexus is reflected in the progressive designs of its new vehicles. The grille, dynamic light treatments, and sculptured lines create a distinctive look of luxury for Lexus. For more information, please visit www.lexus-int.com and www.lexus-int.com/news/.

    Contact:
    Public Affairs Division Global Communications Department Toyota Motor Corporation Tel: +81-3-3817-9926

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    The signing ceremony
    Outline of PoC
    To start Proof of Concept for information transmission based on Thailand Postal Network

    BANGKOK, Feb 20, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) and Hitachi Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a branch of Hitachi, today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Thailand Post Co., Ltd., the Thai government-owned enterprise, under the supervision of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society. The MoU concerns cooperation amongst the parties with a view of realizing an information providing service for the Thai people and other related new Thailand Post services.

    The signing ceremony.
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    Based on this MoU, Hitachi and Hitachi Asia (Thailand) will work with Thailand Post to start proof of concept (PoC) regarding a new information transmission that utilizes the nationwide postal network as a highly reliable way to deliver public administrative information to Thai nationals. Specifically, Thailand Post will introduce an experimental digital post(1) that will enable receivers to receive notifications from the state agencies of Thailand through their computers and smartphones. The PoC will also accommodate outsourced mail printing services. Studies will be conducted on the needs associated with other public administrative information and various types of notifications from private companies, such as direct mail and invoices, to determine the feasibility of specific Thailand Post services specifically for such notifications.

    Utilizing the results of the PoC including consideration of change to alternative approaches, in order to achieve Thailand Post's new services that can contribute to improving its business operation or solving challenges in the future, Thailand Post, Hitachi and Hitachi Asia (Thailand) will compile plans to develop the service for the following years and consider the wide range of ICT functions to realize the services.

    Thailand is currently promoting a national policy aimed at establishing an advanced economic infrastructure and achieving further economic development. In the field of postal services, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (Thailand) (MDES) has been working with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (Japan) (MIC). In FY 2016, MIC conducted a research project that suggested that the utilization of postal network for the purpose of public administrative services could be effective in addressing the digital divide (information gap)(2).

    In view of this, in June 2017, the Minister of MIC and the Minister of MDES concluded a MoU in the field of information, communication and digital technology, including postal services. MIC was to conduct research related to the delivery of pubic administrative information via Thailand's postal network to Thai nationals. Having received the contract to conduct this research, Hitachi will be conducting the aforementioned PoC.

    Hitachi has extensive experience and expertise in developing and providing systems for postal and other public services in Japan. The information transmission to be introduced is based on the use of digital post and is intended to serve as an alternative to hard copy deliveries. Hitachi aims to contribute in supporting the services through digital post or print and mail outsourcing to improve access for Thai nationals.

    The Thai government has announced "Thailand 4.0", a vision of the ideal economic society that Thailand is striving to achieve, and is promoting the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development plan as a one of the key measures to realize this vision. Hitachi and the EEC Office have concluded a collaboration agreement to apply digital technologies, including IoT technologies, and establishing innovative environment(3). Based on this agreement, Hitachi has begun considering the establishment of bases from which to deploy Lumada, Hitachi's IoT platform, and is strengthening efforts to provide digital solutions throughout Thailand and the ASEAN region.

    By combining the postal network of Thailand Post and Hitachi's digital technologies, Hitachi and Hitachi Asia (Thailand) will work with Thailand Post to create new services that will enable interactive information transmission with Thai nationals and accelerate this collaborative creation effort to further improve postal services.

    Outline of PoC
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    (1) Digital post: An electronic mailbox system for receiving electronic documents from senders; when the user is successfully authenticated, he/she will be allowed to browse and store electronic documents on the system.
    (2) Digital divide: The gap between those who can use information and communication technologies (such as computers and the internet) and those who cannot
    (3) Hitachi and the Eastern Economic Corridor Office concluded a cooperation agreement on the use of IoT technologies in the EEC Development Plan in Thailand (September 12, 2017).

    About Hitachi, Ltd.

    Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at www.hitachi.com.

    Contact:
    Hitachi Ltd Corporate Communications Tel: +81-3-3258-1111

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    MUNICH, Feb 21, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Trillium Secure, Inc., known for its disruptive automotive IoT cybersecurity technology and highly innovative 'SecureIoT' Cyber Security as a Service (C-SaaS) platform, has been selected to present at the renowned Munich Summit (MUST) on February 21, 2018. MUST is an exclusive, invitation-only, networking event connecting cutting-edge startup companies with industry leaders and investors to create new business realities.

    Trillium will showcase technology that enables real-time global protection of the millions of commercial, public and private vehicles that will be serviced by the SecureIoT C-SaaS platform. Trillium's solution dynamically creates and deploys security patches and countermeasures in near real-time as threats unfold.

    "Trillium was nominated for its innovative business model and disruptive technology - it's just the type of startup company for which the MUST summit was designed" said David Hajizadeh, Entrepreneur in Residence, Volkswagen DataLab.

    "We are honored by the opportunity to present at such a prestigious event. We are continuously innovating our security platform, which incorporates in-vehicle machine learning agents and deep learning technologies in the cloud. Our development work over the past year is enabling Trillium to deliver a solution that solves the most critical problems facing automakers and insurance providers in the era of connected and autonomously driven vehicles," said David Uze, Trillium CEO.

    "Our solution provides a scalable comprehensive security platform as well as a business model that dramatically reduces vehicle manufacturer liability and transforms automotive safety from a considerable cost for manufacturers into a compelling profit center," said Uze.

    Adrian Sossna, Trillium's Strategic Business Development Manager, will share Trillium's SecureIoT technology and the C-SaaS business model at The MUST event. Equally as important, Sossna will hold one-on-one meetings the following day, which has been set aside for the specific purpose of helping technology innovators identify partners for penetrating the European market.

    "It will be a Darwinian version of musical chairs, with some players not having a partner with which to sit once the music stops. We need to identify our go-to-market partners for Europe as quickly as possible to complete our global footprint before launching our services this summer in Japan," said Sossna.

    The SecureIoT solution is a purely software-based technology comprised of four modules: SecureCAR, SecureIXS, SecureOTA, and SecureSKYE.

    About Trillium Secure, Inc.
    Trillium Secure, Inc. is the world's largest independent automotive IoT cybersecurity provider. Trillium's multi-layered offering includes lightweight encryption, authentication, cryptographic key management, IDS/IPS and secure over-the-air software update technology. The company operates design centers & fleet security operation sites in Silicon Valley, Brno, Detroit, Ho Chi Min City and Tokyo. For further information, please visit www.trilliumcyber.com.

    Trillium Secure, Inc. products and services are marketed under the Trillium, SecureIoT, SecureCAR, SecureIXS, SecureOTA and SecureSKYE trademarks.

    For Media Enquiries, please contact Adrian Sossna at adrian.sossna@trilliumcyber.com.


    
    
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    The all-new Ritz Kids Night Safari experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali
    Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia, Feb 21, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Happy kids means happy parents so why not indulge the kids with a holiday they will never forget and add the all-new Ritz Kids Night Safari experience to your list of fun activities at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali.

    The idyllic, family-friendly beachfront resort that stretches across the palm-fringed sands in Nusa Dua was recently awarded 'Luxury Family Resort Award, Asia' at the World Luxury Hotel Awards. The Ritz Kids program and fabulously-equipped playhouse provide all kinds of unique and innovative activities to help kids get the most of their time at the resort - many inspired by strong culture and traditions on the island, from fishing to dance, music, arts and crafts.

    While the kids are having the time of their lives, parents can take some time to relax, unwind and revel in the resort's world class facilities, whether reclining in a sun lounger by the pool, joining a Yoga Class, or indulging in a pampering session at the luxury Ritz-Carlton Spa, Bali. The resort also offers many opportunities for families to spend quality time together with family-focused activities including Kite Runner and Sea Turtle Preservation Program.

    "At The Ritz Carlton, Bali we strive to create memorable experiences for all our guests, including children. The Ritz Kids Night Safari brings the sense of adventure and the thrill of the great outdoors inside, by creating an enjoyable glamping experience in the comfort and safety of your own suite or villa," says GM Karim Tayach.

    Ritz Kids Night Safari reach into your child's creative spirit and natural playfulness and best of all, you won't need to lift a finger, as the Ritz Kids counselor will set up the tent and fill it with all kinds of fun things that will keep the little ones entertained for hours.

    Thanks to customized Glamping amenities, including luxury tent, compass, LED flashlight, Lion doll, mini tote bag and Ritz Kids Passport; Resort rooms have never been so much fun. But be warned, the kids may never want to leave!

    The Ritz Kids Night Safari experience also includes complimentary daily breakfast (under 6), access to Ritz Kids daily program, turn down amenities and Bedtime stories. Optional activities including cooking class and polaroid photos are available on additional charge.

    Glamping is recommended for children aged 4-8 years old. In-Room Setup is priced at IDR 800,000 plus 21% tax and service charge per suite or villa per day. (http://bit.ly/2EdnLgM)

    About The Ritz-Carlton, Bali.
    Offering an elegant tropical ambience, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is a luxurious resort benefitting from a stunning clifftop and beachside setting. With tranquil views over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and 313 spacious and sumptuously appointed suites and villas, resort guests can indulge in an idyllic romantic, family or business interlude. Along the foreshore are The Ritz-Carlton Club, six stylish dining venues, an indulgent and exotic marine-inspired Spa, a glamorous beachfront chapel, fun and recreational activities at Ritz Kids and extensive meeting and celebratory event venues for a stay that makes memories that last a lifetime. Visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/indonesia/bali.

    About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
    The Ritz-Carlton Rewards is the loyalty program of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., which currently operates nearly 100 hotels and resorts in 31 countries and territories. Members can earn and redeem points at participating The Ritz-Carlton and Marriott International properties worldwide. Members of Marriott Rewards(R) - which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards(R) - can link their accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest(R) at members.marriott.com for expanded benefits including instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer across portfolios. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR).

    Contact:
    Prhativi Dyah
    Director of Public Relations
    Tel: +62 361 849 8988
    Prhativi.Dyah@ritzcarlton.com

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    TOKYO, Feb 21, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Eisai Co., Ltd. announced today that it has been certified in 2018 as an Outstanding Health and Productivity Management Organization in the large enterprise category (White 500) by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, who organizes the Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program in cooperation with Nippon Kenko Kaigi which consists of leaders of medical care associations, economic associations as well as municipalities.

    Under the recognition program, the Nippon Kenko Kaigi examines large enterprises, small-medium enterprises and other organizations engaging in initiatives for overcoming health-related challenges in regional communities or for promoting health-conscious activities led by the Nippon Kenko Kaigi, and recognizes outstanding enterprises engaging in efforts for health and productivity management. The five criteria for selection in the recognition program for the large enterprise category are (i) the positioning of health and productivity management in management philosophy and policies, (ii) organized frameworks established for tackling health and productivity management, (iii) specific systems established for ensuring health-conscious management as well as measures introduced for implementing them, (iv) measures established for assessing and improving health and productivity management, and (v) adherence to laws and regulations and risk management. This is the second year of the recognition program, and 541 companies were recognized as Outstanding Health and Productivity Management Organizations in the large enterprise category (White 500), along with 775 companies in the small-medium enterprise category.

    Eisai's corporate philosophy is to give first thought to patients and their families and increase the benefits that health care provides as well as address diverse healthcare needs worldwide. The maintenance and promotion of the health of employees, who are key stakeholders in the company, is an important element in actualizing this corporate philosophy, and Eisai will continue to foster initiatives for the implementation of health management in the future as well.

    About Eisai

    Eisai Co., Ltd. (TSE:4523; ADR:ESALY) is a research-based human health care (hhc) company that discovers, develops and markets products throughout the world. Eisai focuses its efforts in three therapeutic areas: integrative neuroscience, including neurology and psychiatric medicines; integrative oncology, which encompasses oncotherapy and supportive-care treatments; and vascular/immunological reaction. Through a global network of research facilities, manufacturing sites and marketing subsidiaries, Eisai actively participates in all aspects of the worldwide healthcare system. For more information about Eisai Co., Ltd., please visit www.eisai.com.

    Contact:
    Public Relations Department, Eisai Co., Ltd. +81-3-3817-5120

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    The leading healthcare services and products brand has appointed Capillary as the Technology Partner for its Customer Experience Management Project

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Capillary Technologies, the Singapore headquartered product SaaS Company has been appointed as CRM and technology partner by Caring Pharmacy, a chain of community pharmacy in Malaysia. In its effort to increase the effectiveness of its Customer Engagement efforts, the brand will be engaging Capillary to develop and manage its loyalty program, which is due to release in the later part of March, 2018.

    Caring Pharmacy is one of Malaysia's top retail chains with over 110 outlets across the country. It recently recorded RM460 million (US$118 million) in annual turnover, for the year ending May 2017, with earnings before tax up 50 percent year on year. An increase in same-store sales was key to enhancing Caring's bottom line. Caring will be using Capillary's Loyalty+, Engage+ and Insight+ platforms to build a rewards program for its customers and interact with them through personalised and relevant communication.

    On its objectives for the CEM initiatives, Loo Jooi Leng, Marketing Director from Caring Pharmacy said, "Our goal as a group has been to provide unforgettable customer experience. Therefore we have launched a series of projects like a loyalty program, mobile application, ecommerce website, and so on to capture the customers where they are and engage with them with the communication that they want to have."

    "With Capillary, we have found a strong technology partner who can not only deliver on our current requirements, but also scale with us to enhance these CRM initiatives in the future. We see them strategic partners who will support us while we pave our way into our customer's hearts," added Loo Jooi Leng.

    Capillary's CEO, Aneesh Reddy also expressed his and his team's excitement in working with Caring Pharmacy. "We have been pretty great this year with the kind of clients who have come onboard with us, and Caring Pharmacy is definitely one of the key ones. The roadmap they have laid down for their CRM is very forward looking and we are glad to be the partners fulling their efforts."

    In 2017, the Caring had announced its launch of an elaborate Customer Experience Management (CEM) program by streamlining all channels - store, ecommerce and mobile - and giving the customer a seamless and convenient experience of interacting with the brand. With Capillary's Insight+, Caring Pharmacy will now be able to track customer behavior across all these channels in a single view and get insights on how to plan the next step with each customer.

    Capillary Technologies helps consumer brands deepen their relationships with current and potential customers with its omnichannel engagement and commerce solutions, driving increased customer reach, engagement, sales and loyalty. Capillary processes 200 million consumers, enables 25,000+ stores and 250+ enterprises. This includes for the likes of Unilever, Walmart, Puma, Calvin Klein, Red Tag, Pizza Hut, Lulu, KFC. Founded in 2008, Capillary currently spread across 10 global offices with 700+ strong team.

    About Capillary Technologies

    Capillary's technology solutions help businesses get ahead of the digital evolution and stay 'Always Consumer Ready'. Over 300 marquee brands across 30+ countries, including Pizza Hut, VF Brands, Walmart, Al-Futtaim, KFC, Starbucks, Madura Garments, Courts and Samsung, trust Capillary to enable easy and seamless consumer experiences. With over 300 million consumers and 25,000 stores on the platform, Capillary is Asia's leading SaaS product company. Over 700 Capillary associates across 11 global offices are continually innovating to find new ways for brands to make their consumers' lives easier, and experiences memorable. Explore more at https://www.capillarytech.com/

    About CARiNG Pharmacy

    CARiNG Pharmacy was established in 1994. In order to create the awareness of community pharmacy services, CARiNG Pharmacy took these important steps to instill the value of pharmacists in the healthcare profession by providing 12 hours a day, 7 days a week full-time pharmacist service.

    CARiNG Pharmacy is a fast-growing pharmacy chain in Malaysia and the pharmacy is designed with a modern and open concept that aims to maximize interaction with the customers. With this successful concept, CARiNG Pharmacy is growing fast in the Klang Valley, Melaka, Johor Bahru, Penang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kuantan, and Kelantan. Explore more at http://www.caring2u.com/

    Media Contact
    PRecious Communications for Capillary Technologies
    +65 3151 4760
    capillary@preciouscomms.com

    
    
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    Artist's impression of booth
    Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo's evaluation CCM for R&D
    First exhibition of a catalyst coated membrane for evaluating electrode catalysts for water electrolysis
    Tanaka will present initiatives to realize a hydrogen-based society.

    TOKYO, Feb 21, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director & CEO: Akira Tanae) today announced that Tanaka Precious Metals, Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K. (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director & CEO: Akira Tanae), which operates the Tanaka Kikinzoku Group manufacturing business, will exhibit at "FC EXPO 2018 - 14th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo," one of the world's largest fuel cell exhibitions, which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight from Wednesday, February 28 until Friday, March 2, 2018.

    As more and more renewable energy is introduced worldwide, it is becoming essential to have large-scale electricity storage technology that can store excess electricity over long periods of time, from several hours to several months. One such technology gaining attention as a front-runner is "power-to-gas," which effectively uses excess electrical energy to produce hydrogen via water electrolysis. The produced hydrogen can be used as fuel for fuel cell vehicles and stationary fuel cell batteries. Hydrogen can react with CO2 to convert into methane which can be used as a substitute natural gas or for industrial purposes such as hydrogen refineries or steel works. Therefore, investigations are underway into a diverse range of uses for this technology. Power-to-gas verification projects have been conducted at various sites worldwide since the 2000s, mainly in Europe, and it is anticipated to become a key technology for expanding renewable energy around the globe.

    Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo supplies electrode catalysts that are used in a single high polymer water electrolysis, an important technology for power-to-gas conversions. As a new initiative to promote research and development of water electrolysis technology, the company will begin to provide samples of catalyst coated membrane (CCM) for evaluation. The provision of this CCM for evaluation in accordance with the design requirements will make it possible for our business partners, particularly equipment and infrastructure manufacturers, to shorten the period of time for technological development. Moreover, this CCM has strong catalyst properties, and so its use as a benchmark will contribute to the development of more efficient single high polymer water electrolysis equipment. At FC EXPO 2018, Tanaka will exhibit the electrode catalysts and evaluation CCM, along with detailed explanations in panel exhibits.

    For the fuel cell system, a reforming catalyst PROX catalyst and palladium alloy hydrogen permeable film, etc., used in current hydrogen refining will also be displayed. This will focus on typical household stationary fuel cells (ENE-FARM) and Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (PEFC) electrode catalysts for fuel cell vehicles. At the booth, technicians can explain about their work using precious metals related to fuel cell technology which are necessary for a hydrogen-based renewable energy society.

    Based on the international framework provided by the Paris Agreement, which was adopted at the COP21 with the purpose of eliminating greenhouse gases, energy trends are turning away from fossil fuels across the globe. Hydrogen energy is positioned as a central technology in this movement. Amid these global trends, Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo will continue to engage in the development of new technologies and contribute to the realization of a hydrogen-based society as a leading company in precious metal products.


    Overview of FC EXPO 2018 - 14th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo booth

    - Dates: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., February 28 (Wed.) to March 2 (Fri.), 2018 (closes at 5 p.m. on final day)

    - Venue: Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo Booth, Tokyo Big Sight (W19-73)

    - Main contents of exhibit:

    -- Electrode catalysts for water electrolysis Evaluation CCM
    These electrode catalyst are used as anodes (oxygen generation electrode) for water electrolysis. The catalyst has a large relative surface and low oxygen generating over voltage. The evaluation CCM used in the catalyst can be utilized as a standard membrane for electrolysis performance.

    -- Electrode catalysts for fuel cells
    We combine precious metal catalyst technologies and electrochemical technologies, cultivated over many years, in the development of highly active catalysts for fuel cell cathodes, and catalysts with excellent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning resistance for fuel cell anodes.

    -- Palladium alloys, hydrogen permeable films
    In fuel cell hydrogen production, we utilize palladium, which is the only metal that solely allows the permeation of hydrogen gas so that impure gases are removed from hydrogen gas materials.
    With Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo's ultra-thin film processing technology and high purification technology, we are able to offer purified hydrogen gas that is highly reliable with maximum hydrogen permeability.

    -- Exhaust gas purifying catalysts
    Catalysts for the purification and deodorization of impure gases resulting from the hydrogen purification process. Metal honeycomb catalysts that support precious metal catalysts are used in order to enable low-temperature combustion.

    -- Reforming catalyst
    A reforming catalyst is used to generate hydrogen from hydrocarbon such as natural gas.
    Currently, the company is developing vapor reforming catalysts focusing on methane, which is a chief component of natural gas. Ruthenium is used to inhibit carbon deposition and platinum-rhodium is used to inhibit vice-generative production. Moreover, as activity can be maintained in a wide range of temperatures and strong activity can also be maintained with a low precious metal carried volume, the catalyst can be supplied at low cost.

    -- Precious metal compounds
    Precious metal compounds are used in numerous industrial fields as plating chemicals and catalysts. Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo can flexibly produce a range of products from general compounds such as gold potassium cyanide and palladium chloride to organic precious metal compounds according to the use under comprehensive quality control systems.

    -- PROX catalysts
    These catalysts use oxygen to selectively remove the carbon monoxide from reforming gas used in fuel cells. They feature high activity at a wide range of temperatures, from low to high, and even at a high space velocity, thanks to the high dispersion of precious metals that enables us to reduce precious metal loadings and offer low cost products.

    Press release (PDF): http://www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/18221_EN.pdf


    Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. (Holding company of Tanaka Precious Metals)

    Headquarters: 22F, Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
    Representative: Akira Tanae, Representative Director & CEO
    Founded: 1885
    Incorporated: 1918*
    Capital: 500 million yen
    Employees in consolidated group: 5,120 (FY2016)
    Net sales of consolidated group: 1,064,259 million yen (FY2016)
    Main businesses of the group: Strategic and efficient group management and management guidance to group companies as the holding company at the center of the Tanaka Precious Metals.
    Website: http://www.tanaka.co.jp/english (Tanaka Precious Metals), http://pro.tanaka.co.jp/en (Industrial products)
    *Tanaka Holdings adopted a holding company structure on April 1, 2010.

    Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.

    Headquarters: 22F, Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
    Representative: Akira Tanae, Representative Director & CEO
    Founded: 1885
    Incorporated: 1918
    Capital: 500 million yen
    Employees: 2,269 (as of March 31, 2017)
    Sales: 1,059,003.329 million yen (FY2016)
    Main businesses: Manufacture, sales, import and export of precious metals (platinum, gold, silver, and others) and various types of industrial precious metals products.
    Website: http://pro.tanaka.co.jp/en

    About the Tanaka Precious Metals

    Since its foundation in 1885, the Tanaka Precious Metals group has built a diversified range of business activities focused on precious metals. Tanaka is a leader in Japan in terms of the volumes of precious metals handled. Over the course of many years, Tanaka Precious Metals has not only manufactured and sold precious metal products for industry, but also provided precious metals in such forms as jewelry and resources. As precious metals specialists, all Group companies within and outside Japan work together with unified cooperation between manufacturing, sales, and technological aspects to offer products and services. In addition, in order to make further progress in globalization, Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo welcomed Metalor Technologies International SA as a member of the Group in 2016.

    As precious metal professionals, Tanaka Precious Metals will continue to contribute to the development of an enriching and prosperous society.

    The five core companies in the Tanaka Precious Metals are as follows.
    - Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. (pure holding company)
    - Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.
    - Tanaka Denshi Kogyo K.K.
    - Electroplating Engineers of Japan, Limited
    - Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry K.K.

    Press inquiries
    Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd.
    https://www.tanaka.co.jp/en/protanaka/inquiry/index.php

    
    
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    TOKYO, Feb 21, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu today announced that its Fujitsu Group Environmental Report 2017 received the Grand Award of Global Warming Countermeasures Report (Japanese Environment Minister's Award) as part of the 21st Environmental Communication Awards, sponsored by Japan's Ministry of the Environment and the Global Environmental Forum.

    The Fujitsu Group sees environmental concerns as one of the most important management issues, and is undertaking environmental activities that work in unison with its business endeavors, particularly in response to climate change. Fujitsu Group Environmental Report 2017 introduces the key pillars of these activities, including the summary of the "FUJITSU Climate and Energy Vision", the company's medium-to-long term environmental vision through 2050, in addition to its performance and the latest activities with respect to the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan Stage VIII, its three-year environmental goals beginning from fiscal 2016. This Grand Award has recognized such environmental activities as measures to counter global warming.

    Going forward, the Fujitsu Group will contribute to the resolution of issues in society and the environment, and proactively disclose its environmental activities.

    About the Environmental Communication Awards

    By recognizing excellence in environmental reporting, the Environmental Communication Awards are designed to promote environmental communication among various stakeholders surrounding businesses while revitalizing environmental efforts.

    Reason for Evaluation (Criteria)
    - Has clear business strategies based on sustainability and trends in international society
    - Presents quantified roadmap to realize the company's medium to long term environmental vision
    - Good balance of qualitative and quantitative performance targets in the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan Stage VIII; reports current status and performance records against the targets
    - Is mapping the relevance of the SDGs and the efforts to contribute to a sustainable society
    - As for global warming countermeasures, explains in reports how to realize the "mitigation" and "adaptation" of climate change in the ICT business
    - As for endeavors in services and products, implements advanced measures by featuring technologies such as the AI traffic monitoring system reducing CO2 emissions

    The "FUJITSU Climate and Energy Vision", the company's medium-to-long term environmental vision

    Regarding climate change as an important issue for Fujitsu as a global ICT company, the Fujitsu Group in May 2017 laid out the "FUJITSU Climate and Energy Vision," the company's medium-to-long-term environmental vision through 2050, which aims to reduce its CO2 emissions to zero, responding appropriately to climate change and bringing about a decarbonized society. This report provides the background to such vision, introducing the aim of the management strategy in addition to the company's goals and policies.

    Achievements under the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan Stage VIII

    In the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan Stage VIII, which covers the three years beginning fiscal 2016, Fujitsu lays out eleven goals, including its contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through ICT services and products, as well as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across the entire value chain. This report introduces Fujitsu's approach to these goals, the company's results from fiscal 2016, and the latest examples of such environmental measures.

    About Fujitsu Ltd

    Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 155,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

    * Please see this press release, with images, at:
    http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/

    Contact:
    Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-6252-2176 URL: www.fujitsu.com/global/news/contacts/

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    TOKYO, Feb 21, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu today announced that it will provide Shizuoka Bank with its Fujitsu Finance Solution Finplex Customer Contact Point Platform FrontSHIP, Fujitsu's customer service platform for the finance industry. To be steadily phased in from October 2018, this solution will create new contact points with customers through digital channels and enhance customer experience.

    This platform will enable Shizuoka Bank to improve the hub for front office in actual branches (the front-hub system), which has been implemented from May 2017, and to provide services equivalent to those provided through face-to-face channels, particularly in bank branches, through digital channels using smart devices. Services include the recommendation of financial products suited to individual users based on their characteristics and usage history, the provision of customer support using AI technology, and other services such as online applications. Moreover, by moving to a "customer-in" sales approach through the use of omni-channels, Shizuoka Bank will be able to provide attractive financial services regardless of location.

    Using FrontSHIP, Fujitsu and Shizuoka Bank will bring about a shift from existing PC/Web-based banking to cutting-edge financial services using smart devices.

    Background

    Starting in April 2017, Shizuoka Bank has taken measures for its 13th Medium-term Business Plan "TSUNAGU," adopting as its corporate vision the idea that "Shizugin" should become an "Innovative Bank" that will continue to create new value along with the region. In this plan, Shizuoka Bank lays out four basic strategies: reinforcing core businesses by focusing on regional economic growth, building a new business model for regional banks by developing and monetizing new business fields, reforming sales operations using retail channels and IT infrastructure, and helping to realize the dreams and increase the wealth of the region, customers, employees and shareholders.

    As part of its strategy of "reforming sales operations using retail channels and IT infrastructure," Shizuoka Bank has constructed the front-hub system for recommending financial products suited to specific customers and accepting applications from tablet devices used by external affairs officers since May 2017. Now, Fujitsu is providing Shizuoka Bank with FrontSHIP, contributing to this strategy's further acceleration by conducting transactions regardless of location, and that go beyond the local region.

    System Overview

    With FrontSHIP, Shizuoka Bank will be able to provide recommendations of financial products and a variety of services through applications for smartphones and tablets through means including a number of APIs that will be developed, such as bank-owned open banking APIs. This will not only make it possible for Shizuoka Bank to provide attractive financial services regardless of location, but will also make it possible to roll out the sort of "customer-in" sales approach Shizuoka Bank has been aiming to create by promoting the use of omni-channels.

    Scope of operations as the first step (planned for October 2018)
    - "One to One" recommendation function that will promote financial products suited to a user's characteristics and trends in their financial transactions.
    - Online application for a variety of services

    Plans for operations in step two and beyond

    Fujitsu and Shizuoka Bank are considering a variety of options, including support for open banking APIs, collaboration with fintech services, expanded financial services consultation options using digital channels and AI, and acceleration of credit screening procedures using linked open data(1). In accordance with its strategy of lightening the load on branch locations, Shizuoka Bank aims to provide services with high customer satisfaction and convenience regardless of location, both through face-to-face and indirect channels.

    About FrontSHIP

    FrontSHIP is Fujitsu's customer contact point platform that supports the creation of new contact points with customers and improved customer experience through digital channels by using smart devices as a channel for financial services. Because it can also be used as an open API platform, it enables the rapid provision of new services that connect with services from other industries while still making full use of the existing systems of the financial institution. In addition, by analyzing data gathered from customer contact points, FrontSHIP users can deepen their understanding of customer interests and trends, suggesting information and services customers might need while strengthening engagement between the customer and the financial institution.

    About Fujitsu Ltd

    Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 155,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

    * Please see this press release, with images, at:
    http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/resources/news/press-releases/

    Contact:
    Fujitsu Limited Public and Investor Relations Tel: +81-3-6252-2176 URL: www.fujitsu.com/global/news/contacts/

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    The MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT
    The new Outlander PHEV
    Double Premiere in Geneva

    TOKYO, Feb 21, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will celebrate two debuts at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show(1) to be held in Geneva from March 6 through March 18, 2018: the European premiere of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT, and the global premiere of the new 2019 model year Outlander PHEV, which will be introduced to the European market this early fall.

    Both the new Outlander PHEV, and the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT embody the cutting edge technology and expressive design MMC is making its own, today and for the years to come. They also express, each in their own way, MMC's product strategy as part of the brand's ambitions: a carefully crafted blend of SUV expertise and electro-mobility technology, augmented with state-of-the-art system integration technologies for a progressive driving experience.

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    The MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT

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    The new Outlander PHEV

    In 2013, and drawing on a background of 80 years of 4WD expertise, 50 years of electro-mobility R&D, and 30 years of rally winning all-wheel control technology, MMC launched the segment-defining Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid electric Twin Motor SUV. MMC did so ahead of other auto makers.

    Since then, boosted by positive market response and supported by continuous improvement, Outlander PHEV has turned from a vehicle for early adopters into MMC core business. The Outlander PHEV has been Europe's best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in 2015, 2016 and 2017(2). More than 100,000 units have been sold in Europe so far. With cumulative sales of over 140,000 units worldwide, the Outlander PHEV counts as the world's best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV.

    Bringing together the very best of MMC technology, the Outlander PHEV is MMC's flagship. Its PHEV technology delivered important breakthroughs in cruising range, still a bottleneck in the EV category. The Outlander PHEV solved the conundrum of emissions and noise, problem areas of diesel-powered cars. The Outlander PHEV is the answer to customers who want to extend the range of their EV car journeys, and who want to go on other adventures than hunting for chargers.

    The 2019 model year Outlander PHEV features a next generation system with both EV and SUV breakthroughs. More SUV and more EV than ever, the newest iteration unveiled in Geneva will push boundaries even further with - amongst others - a complete redesign of its powertrain, with sharper dynamics, a more refined interior, and a subtle design evolution.

    The PHEV System: PHEV 2.0

    - A 2.4 Atkinson cycle petrol engine replaces the previous regular Otto cycle 2.0 liter. It allows for higher torque, smoother operation, and overall higher efficiency.
    - The generator output is increased by 10%.
    - The rear motor output is increased by 10%.
    - The drive battery capacity is increased by 15%.
    - The drive battery output is increased by 10%.

    The 4WD System: More Modes

    The NORMAL and 4WD LOCK modes of previous models are joined by two additional driving modes. A SPORT mode gives the driver more direct control for greater driving enjoyment on winding roads. A SNOW mode provides greater confidence on snow-covered, or slippery surfaces.

    The Design: Sharp and Sophisticated

    - The outside appearance of the vehicle has been enhanced with a number of subtle improvements, such as new LED tech-look headlamps, rectangular front fog lamp bezels, a more substantial front grille with the DYNAMIC SHIELD visual identity, and a front center cover skid plate. A more elaborate multi-spoke two-tone design for the new 18 inch alloy wheels, and the addition of a larger rear spoiler give the car a sharper and more sophisticated look.
    - Inside, changes underscore a quality feeling, highlighted by the new quilted fine leather upholstery, all-new hip-hugging front seats, revised switchgear, a new instrument panel, new trimming, rear A/C outlets, and more.

    The MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT

    The MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT is a technical prototype to illustrate the strategic directions of a renewed Mitsubishi Motors brand. It incorporates the strengths of SUV, EV, and the tight integration of new systems for a connected mobility customer experience.

    The all-electric high-performance SUV embodies MMC's new brand strategy under the new "Drive your Ambition" global tagline, a strategy that reflects an adventurous and progressive mindset for inspirational design and product, based on breakthrough SUVs, and driven by a fusion of electrification and system integration.

    The Design

    Based on a "Robust & Ingenious" philosophy, MMC has created a distinctive and engaging design that gives shape to the robustness, authenticity and functional traits distinguishing MMC vehicles.

    MMC has a long and strong heritage. Think of "Mitsubishi Motors," and proven off-road performance, along with superior 4WD control, come to mind. Now, the banner of superior, high-performance 4WD control is carried forward by the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT. Its design expresses the readiness to grip the ground with all four-wheels, and the agility of a high performance cross-country tourer.

    The Exterior

    - The front face design of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT is a fresh take on MMC's archetypal DYNAMIC SHIELD design. The black grille is shielded under glass, a subtle hint that this car is a high performance electric vehicle. Protected under the glass, and accentuated by blue lines for emphasis, sit cameras and sensors. Aerodynamics were improved by large air intakes beneath the headlamps. They also help to efficiently cool the electric brake calipers.
    - In the side view, the design emphasizes the SUV personality using a profile with strong shoulders, and a lower body with a distinctive inward slope, along with a sharp, sculpted horizontal character line, and a high ground clearance.
    - The short overhangs project nimbleness and agility. The muscular styling of the corners hints at the powerful torque the four wheels are ready to lay down on the tarmac.
    - The deep slant of the front windshield, and the short overhangs create the unique silhouette only possible in an EV.
    - The large hexagon shape at the rear draws inspiration from the spare tire cover of the quintessential SUV, the legendary Pajero, a hallmark of off-road driving, and one of the most iconic chapters of Mitsubishi's heritage.
    - The design of the C-pillar reminds of the tail fin of a jet. The air intake and diffuser running from the C-pillar to the rear bumper add to the aerodynamics

    The Interior

    - The absence of a big internal combustion engine under the hood gave designers the space to realize a radically novel cockpit. The instrument panel appears to float in front of the driver. This is a Mitsubishi vehicle, and the instrument panel adopts Mitsubishi's trademark horizontal styling, with the focus on information above the axis, and on operation below. Acting like a level in an electronic viewfinder, the horizontal instrument panel makes it easier to sense the state of the vehicle during driving - form follows function well down the road.
    - A large flat screen spans the full width of the dashboard. It displays outside conditions, navigation and coaching information. The large screen is flanked by two smaller screens, showing views supplied by front and rear cameras. In tight situations, the driver will appreciate a camera view looking over the front tires, allowing a degree of high precision maneuvering never seen before.
    - Full-glass windows provide near unobstructed 360-degree visibility, for a feeling more akin to a jet fighter than a car.

    The Technology

    - EV system: The MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT uses high-torque, high-performance electric motors, fed by a high-capacity battery system to deliver the smooth and powerfully responsive performance that distinguishes EVs from ICE-powered vehicles. The drive battery is located under the floor mid-ship of the vehicle, providing a low center of gravity for the utmost driving stability.
    - 4WD system: For exceptional driving performance, the triple motor 4WD system employs a single motor to drive the front wheels, complemented by a new Dual Motor Active Yaw Control (AYC) system that couples two rear motors through an electronically controlled torque-vectoring (AYC) unit. All of this is integrated into MMC's unique Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamic control system. Cornering performance and traction performance are improved. The brakes of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT responsively and precisely control the driving forces with the help of electric calipers that supersede the conventional hydraulic caliper. The effects of the system can be felt and appreciated immediately, even at low speeds when G-forces are low. Whether driving around town, on expressways, or winding roads, the fully electric vehicle always provides crisp and nimble handling that faithfully mirrors driver intent.
    - AI system: The brain of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that augments the driver's capabilities. An array of sensors allows the AI system to instantly read changes in road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver's intent. Seamlessly coordinating driver intent with vehicle performance, the system supports drivers of all abilities. By making it easier and safer to control the vehicle, the motoring experience is brought to a new level. A special coaching function allows the AI system to transfer knowledge to the driver, and to unobtrusively enhance the driving expertise. After building a picture of the driver's skill level, the system constructs a training program that provides advice through voice dialogue and a large dashboard display. As a result, drivers of all abilities quickly experience a vehicle that behaves the way they want it, and soon they find themselves enjoying the driving experience to an even greater degree.

    (1) Le 88e Salon international de l'Automobile Geneve, with press days on March 6 and 7 and public days from March 8 through March 18. MMC will hold its press conference at 10:45 am on March 6 at the MMC stand in Hall 2.
    (2) Source: JATO

    About Mitsubishi Motors

    Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is the sixth largest automaker in Japan and the sixteenth largest in the world. It is part of the Mitsubishi keiretsu, formerly the biggest industrial group in Japan, and was formed in 1970 from the automotive division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. From October 2016, Mitsubishi is one-third owned by Nissan, and a part of the Renault - Nissan - Mitsubishi Alliance. For more information, please visit www.mitsubishi-motors.com/en/index.html.

    Contact:
    Mitsubishi Motors Public Relations Department http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com +81-3-6852-4275

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