Companies news of 2018-02-13 (page 1)

Introducing Veovo, the Predictive Collaboration Platform for brilliant airport operations

Veovo combines solutions for guest predictability, outstanding operations, and revenue maximisation to transform airport ecosystems

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentrack Group (NZX/ASX: GTK), a leader in essential software for airports and utilities, today launched Veovo ? a new brand for its airport group. Veovo combines the Airport 20/20 operations solution with the recently acquired BlipTrack guest predictability and Concessionaire Analyzer+ revenue maximisation solutions. This powerful fusion underpins Veovo's Predictive Collaboration Platform, delivering data-driven certainty to transform the airport ecosystem.

Veovo is a Predictive Collaboration Platform that enables over 110 airports to plan, predict, and perfect the airport ecosystem. The result: brilliant guest, operational, and commercial decisions. In 2018, Airport 20/20, BlipTrack, and Concessionaire Analyzer+ became Veovo. When things must go brilliantly, go to

Airports are under pressure to deliver memorable and repeatable experiences for increasing guest numbers while navigating highly variable daily operations. The rise of connected automation presents new opportunities, but many of these innovations operate in silos and do not work alongside existing technologies. The result: airport operators need a new paradigm to proactively manage their operations, resources, systems, service providers and guests. Veovo is at the heart of that transformation.

"Airports need to innovate aggressively to cope with increased passenger numbers and dynamically adjust for the matrix of daily variables. At the same time, to engage passengers, many airports are looking to transform their role from transit terminus to guest destination. Like many other value chains, Airports are now able to access big data innovations which can help them optimise their entire operation," said Chris Warrington, General Manager of Veovo. "Veovo unlocks insights across the airport ecosystem - predicting the best path forward and quickly connecting all stakeholders and resources to respond brilliantly - no matter the situation."

Today, the Veovo platform is used by more than 110 airports and their stakeholders to plan, predict and perfect every interaction. As well as delivering value to other transport hubs, Veovo software is also proven to deliver brilliant theme park, resort, and retail guest experiences.

To find out more visit the Veovo website which launched today.

Veovo is a predictive collaboration platform that enables over 110 airports to plan, predict, and perfect the airport ecosystem. The result: brilliant guest, operational, and commercial decisions. The Gentrack airport group, Veovo is headquartered in New Zealand with offices in the UK, USA, Denmark and Malta. Take off at

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ANSYS Discovery Live Enables Real-time Digital Exploration for Every Engineer

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) is revolutionizing product engineering by enabling engineers to create smarter designs faster and more efficiently with today's commercial release of ANSYS® Discovery Live?. Discovery Live will empower millions of engineers around the world to confidently simulate designs in real-time quickly and more economically.

The demand for smarter, faster, smaller and less expensive products is growing, while at the same time making products more complex. Trends like the Internet of Things, smart connected products and additive manufacturing are merging the physical and digital worlds ? creating extraordinary product innovation as well as exponentially increasing cost and design complexity across the entire product lifecycle.

Discovery Live is expanding Pervasive Engineering Simulation? ? empowering engineers to pose what-if questions upfront in the design process where most of the product costs are locked in, to rapidly explore thousands of design options and to receive immediate feedback. Discovery Live's instant simulation tightly coupled with direct geometry modeling in a real-time and intuitive design environment delivers interactive exploration and rapid product innovation. Now, every engineer can immediately examine the impact of their design changes, instead of waiting weeks or months to set up, run and analyze prototypes.

"We had the opportunity to preview ANSYS Discovery Live, and it's obvious this technology is a game changer in providing instantaneous simulation to enable interactive design exploration," said Craig Skinner, chief aerodynamicist, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.

ANSYS unveiled Discovery Live's capabilities for instantaneous solving of major physics during a five-month technology preview ? the most successful customer preview in ANSYS history. Today's product launch expands on the types of inputs and displays users have at their disposal, increasing fluids, structural and thermal capabilities.  

"ANSYS Discovery Live empowers us to run different design scenarios in real time and speeds our development process considerably,"saidMatt Carlson, vice president business development, Wibotic. "Discovery Live provides us a sense of confidence before manufacturing and significant time and monetary savings ? enabling us to drastically reduce prototyping fees and spend more time perfecting usability and aesthetic design."

ANSYS brings Discovery Live together with ANSYS AIM® and ANSYS SpaceClaim® into one product family geared toward design engineers. From rapid initial concept exploration and 3-D design to more detailed and comprehensive validation, the Discovery product family enables engineers at every stage. It also empowers design engineers to collaborate with simulation experts using ANSYS flagship products, for even more comprehensive and detailed simulation of the world's most complex phenomena.

"From students to startups to Formula One racing teams, thousands of users downloaded Discovery Live during the technology preview," said Mark Hindsbo, vice president and general manager, ANSYS. "It has been very rewarding to see users tackling the design of almost every type and complexity of product and validating the need for rapid simulation in the early concept development phase. The introduction of the Discovery product family is a milestone in our commitment to Pervasive Engineering Simulation and enabling every engineer to benefit from incorporating high fidelity insight into their design."

Discovery Live is powered by NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) and CUDA parallel computing that provide supercomputing capabilities to deliver results thousands of times faster than more traditional methods. The real-time design environment revolutionizes the way innovative products are designed and created.

"Discovery Live's real-time simultaneous visualization and simulation powered by NVIDIA professional GPUs and CUDA will transform the way engineers work," said Bob Pette, vice president and general manager, professional visualization business unit, NVIDIA. "We're working with ANSYS on further breakthroughs to improve workflows and enhance creativity so designers and engineers around the world can bring better products to market faster."

Through real-time digital exploration, Discovery Live provides cost and time savings because it eliminates costly physical prototyping during the development process. Engineers have the flexibility to experiment with and creatively solve design challenges without risking a product delay or setback.

"For 18 years Rossignol has used ANSYS during the design and development process to produce skis and bindings that are used in major world racing events. Performance and reliability of the ski's equipment coupled with short time-to-market challenges require technology that speeds the development process without compromise ? ANSYS simulation meets these demands," said Nicolas Puget, research & innovation manager, Rossignol. "We had the opportunity to preview Discovery Live and saw firsthand the new benefits for our project teams, including engineers, technicians, designers and marketing product managers. This exciting new technology for real-time simulation will be used for future equipment design, engineering and manufacturing."

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Mitel Surpasses One Million Cloud Users via Service Providers in Europe

OTTAWA, Ontario, February 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Cloud Momentum Builds as European Customer Demand for Cloud-Based Communications and Collaboration Solutions Increases

  • Reinforces Mitel's position as a global market leader in cloud-based business communications.
  • Reflects the importance of service providers in driving cloud growth.

Mitel® (Nasdaq: MITL) (TSX: MNW), a global leader in business communications, has reached another major milestone, surpassing one million European users for its service provider cloud solutions. Leveraging Mitel's unique and flexible consumption models, these customers are using Mitel cloud on a CAPEX basis. This news comes soon after the announcement that Mitel now holds the #2 Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) market share position worldwide.

Mitel is experiencing rapid growth in cloud communications services, as businesses look to take advantage of the flexibility, scalability and advanced applications now available in the cloud. In December, Nordic service provider SolunoBC reached the 100,000-user mark in Sweden with Mitel's cloud platform.

With a complete portfolio of public, hybrid and private cloud solutions, Mitel helps customers move to the cloud at their own pace and on their own terms while taking advantage of the most advanced communications and collaboration features. Mitel had more than 3.8 million total cloud users at the end of its last reported quarter.


"Organizations across Europe are increasingly aware of the potential cloud-based communications and collaboration offer for ensuring scalability and future-proofing businesses," said Jeremy Butt, Mitel Senior Vice President of EMEA. "Mitel is playing a crucial role in accelerating the move to the cloud and service providers are a key delivery channel for us. I'd like to congratulate SolunoBC for reaching 100,000 cloud users in the Swedish market."

"It's important to work in partnership with a supplier you can have an open dialogue with. Mitel understands our business and quickly responds to our customers' needs," said Joachim Brandt, SolunoBC Chief Operating Officer. "We see Mitel as a true cloud enabler. Their ability to adapt to customer and market demands has been the foundation upon which we have been able to create the right solution for our market and be successful."

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In early 2017, SolusBC and Uno Telefoni (Uno) merged to form SolunoBC - the single largest and most expansive operator-independent supplier of cloud exchanges and coordinated communication service in the Nordic market. As one company and with a common platform, SolunoBC is well-placed to continue its expansion both in Sweden and internationally. SolunoBC is the market leading systems integrator in the cloud and is focused on creating the best experience for customers, partners and operators. SolunoBC has 60 employees across offices in Stockholm and Gothenburg.

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A global market leader in business communications powering more than two billion business connections, Mitel (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) helps businesses and service providers connect, collaborate and provide innovative services to their customers. Our innovation and communications experts serve more than 70 million business users in more than 100 countries. For more information, go to and follow us on Twitter @Mitel.

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Millicom 2017 Annual Report Showcases Commitment to Digital Growth

LUXEMBOURG, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Millicom published today its fully integrated Annual and Corporate Responsibility Report for 2017, which reveals substantial progress in expanding digital connectivity in emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. According to the report, the leading provider of cable and mobile services increased the number of HFC homes passed this year by 18% as compared to 2016, and more than doubled the number of 4G data users.

The report places corporate responsibility at the heart of Millicom's business strategy. It reaffirms the company's commitment to key areas such as protecting children online, empowering women with mobile technology, freedom of expression and privacy, and attracting and retaining a diverse and high performing talent pool. As examples, the company provided Child Online Protection training to nearly 200,000 children this year, it trained more than 24,000 women customers in the use of mobile data and mobile money, and increased the number of women in senior management positions to 33%.

The report can be viewed or downloaded from the Millicom website at the Reporting Center.

The company will also issue its third Law Enforcement Disclosure Report for 2017 later this week, which outlines the company's interactions with government and law enforcement agencies on the topics of customer privacy and freedom of expression.

The Integrated Annual Report and the Law Enforcement Disclosure Report come fully digitized, as part of Millicom's mission to bring The Digital Lifestyle to its markets.

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Top Ships Revealed in 2018 Cruise Critic UK Cruisers' Choice Awards

World's largest cruise review site reveals the high-scoring ships, according to passenger reviews

LONDON, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Cruise Critic, the world's leading cruise review site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of the 2018 Cruise Critic UK Cruisers' Choice Awards. The awards name the most popular cruise ships of the year, based entirely on UK reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website. The site boasts the largest online cruise community in the world with more than 350,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 500 of the most popular cruise ships.

Adam Coulter, UK Managing Editor, Cruise Critic said: "The UK Cruisers' Choice Awards marks an important date in the cruise industry's calendar, highlighting the cruise ships that UK travellers rank as particularly outstanding ? from excellent service, amazing entertainment to the best dining experiences, cabins and shore excursions. Our members play an invaluable role in helping to inform and guide other cruisers and first-time travellers to find and choose the best cruise ships for their ideal holiday, and indeed, we couldn't have this authoritative awards programme without them."

Large-Ship Category

In the Large Ship category, Royal Caribbean was the top-rated cruise line across most categories, winning six top position awards and three second place awards. The line's mega-ship, Oasis of the Seas was voted Best Overall, Best Entertainment and Best Shore Excursions. The ship was also named Best for First Timers across all size categories. The line's Brilliance of the Seas scooped the top ranking for Best Service, and Freedom of the Seas secured the Best Fitness & Recreation award.   Oasis of the Seas boasts two rock climbing walls, a carousel, a FlowRider surf simulator, a basketball court, mini-golf course, table tennis area and a short zipline.

Celebrity Cruises won the highest ranking for Best Embarkation and Best Public Rooms, along with Best for Families across all size categories; whilst Cunard, whose Queen Elizabeth was ranked second Best Overall, secured pole position in the Best Cabins category.

Norwegian Spirit won the coveted Best Dining and Best for Value awards.

Mid-Size Ship Category

Another big winner, this time in the Mid-Size ship category was Marella Cruises, formerly Thomson Cruises.  The cruise line's Marella Spirit secured four top awards, including: Best Overall, Best Service, Best for Value and Best Shore Excursions. Brits seem to love the fact that all tips are included in the price of the fare, which bypasses the often confusing mandatory tipping culture on international ships. 

Cunard scooped another Best Cabins award, this time for Queen Victoria, as well as the Best Public Rooms accolade. One of the ship's signature features is the stunning three-tier Grand Lobby with its unique artwork, sweeping staircase and sculpted balconies. The centerpiece of its Royal Arcade on Deck 3 is a custom-built, chiming pillar clock by English clockmaker Dent & Co. - clockmaker to Queen Victoria, whose most famous work is Big Ben in London.

Fred. Olsen's Balmoral was favoured to win the Best Entertainment award. The ship's daytime activities are numerous with everything from port lectures and enrichment seminars to line-dancing classes on offer on sea days.

Small-Ship Category

Hurtigruten's newest ship, Spitsbergen, specifically adapted to reduce fuel emissions and consumption, stole the show in the Small Ship category, winning five top ranking awards for Best Overall, Best Cabins, Best Service, Best Shore Excursions and Best for Value.

Viking Ocean Cruises also continues to impress cruisers with its 2016-launched Viking Sea, which landed three top accolades for Best Dining, Best Embarkation and Best Public Rooms. All meals are complimentary, including specialty restaurants and all menus include heart-healthy options as well as vegetarian choices. The Chef's Table menu is themed to a certain region or food style, such as Chinese, Norwegian or sweet and salty and menu rotates to a different theme every three days.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line proved popular again for entertainment, winning the Best Entertainment also in the Small-Size ship category.

The UK Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards are awarded in three ship classes, based on passenger capacity (Large: 2,000+ passengers; Mid-Size: 1,200 to 1,999 passengers; Small: 1,200 or fewer passengers) and are calculated using the ratings submitted with each Cruise Critic member review.

This year's UK winners include:

Best Cruises Overall
Oasis of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International (Large)
Marella Spirit - Marella Cruises (Mid-Size)
Spitsbergen - Hurtigruten (Small)

Best Cruise Ship Cabins
Queen Elizabeth ? Cunard Line (Large)
Queen Victoria ? Cunard Line (Mid-Size)
Spitsbergen - Hurtigruten (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Dining
Norwegian Spirit ? Norwegian Cruise Line (Large)
Rhapsody of the Seas ? Royal Caribbean International (Mid-Size)
Viking Sea ? Viking Ocean Cruises (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Embarkation
Celebrity Reflection? Celebrity Cruises (Large)
Marella Discovery ? Marella Cruises (Mid-Size)
Viking Sea? Viking Ocean Cruises (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment
Oasis of the Seas ? Royal Caribbean International (Large)
Balmoral ? Fred. Olsen Cruise Line (Mid-Size)
Boudicca ? Fred. Olsen Cruise Line (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Fitness
Freedom of the Seas ? Royal Caribbean International (Large)
Queen Victoria ? Cunard Line (Mid-Size)
Viking Sea - Viking Ocean Cruises (Small)

Best Cruise Ship Public Rooms
Celebrity Silhouette ? Celebrity Cruises (Large)
Queen Victoria ? Cunard Line (Mid-Size)
Viking Sea ? Viking Ocean Cruises (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Service
Brilliance of the Seas ? Royal Caribbean International (Large)
Marella Cruises ? Marella Spirit (Mid-Size)
Spitsberger - Hurtigruten (Small)

Best Cruise Ship Shore Excursions
Oasis of the Seas ? Royal Caribbean (Large)
Marella Cruises ? Marella Spirit (Mid-Size)
Spitsbergen - Hurtigruten (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Value
Norwegian Spirit ? Norwegian Cruise Line (Large)
Marella Spirit ? Marella Cruises (Mid-Size)
Spitsbergen - Hurtigruten (Small)

Best Cruises for Families
Celebrity Reflection ? Celebrity Cruises

Best for First-Timers
Oasis of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

For the full list of winners, visit the 2018 UK Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards. For photos of the winning ships, please click here.

Note to Editors: This list reflects the winners in the UK Cruisers' Picks Awards. To view the separate list of US winners, click here.

To ensure these awards offer the best reflection of customer satisfaction, the awards are based entirely on ratings submitted with reviews published on There is no voting component.

For further information, photography or an interview with Adam Coulter, UK Managing Editor, Cruise Critic, please contact Laurena McKenna at or on M: 07775 620 232.

About Cruise Critic
Cruise Critic® is an online cruise guide, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travellers, from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts. The site features more than 350,000 cruise reviews and hosts the world's largest online cruise community where travellers share experiences and opinions with fellow cruisers. Cruise Critic was the first consumer cruise site on the Internet, launched in October 1995 by The Independent Traveller, Inc., a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor-branded sites are home to the world's largest travel community of 455 million average monthly unique visitors*, with over 570 million reviews and opinions covering the world's largest selection of travel listings worldwide -- covering 7.3 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants.

TripAdvisor-branded sites are home to the world's largest travel community of 455 million average monthly unique visitors*, with over 570 million reviews and opinions covering the world's largest selection of travel listings worldwide -- covering 7.3 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants.

The subsidiaries and affiliates of TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) own and operate a portfolio of websites under 20 other travel media brands:,,,,, (including,, and,,,,,,,,,,,, and

*Source: TripAdvisor log files, average monthly unique visitors, Q3 2017

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Bureau Veritas Exhibiting at Mobile World Congress 2018

HONG KONG, February 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Bureau Veritas, a leading provider in testing, inspection/audit, certification and advisory services for the Wireless/Smartworld, has announced that it will once again be exhibiting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain between 26 February and 1 March.

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Organized by the GSMA, the Mobile World Congress is the world's largest gathering for the mobile industry. It provides a venue for over 108,000 industry players and over 2,300 exhibitors from all over the world to gather, network, exchange ideas and showcase the newest technologies and the most innovative products and services.

Bureau Veritas specialists from Asia, Americas and Europe will be on hand at Stand#7E31 in Hall 7 to discuss the latest technological development and service offerings for all wireless enabled products. Some recent developments which will be on display include:

  • Smart Payment : Entrance into Smart Payment Security Testing & Certification (EMVCo, VISA,?) following ICTK acquisition
  • Connected Car: The first OmniAir Authorized Test Laboratory (OATL) for the testing of DSRC-V2X devices
  • Smart City: Labs worldwide are authorized to provide LoRa Alliance Asia End Device Certification services
  • Antenna Performance Evaluation extension: Accredited for Sigfox specific consulting, test and certification services
  • Cellular IoT: Testing & Certification of NB-IoT and LTE Cat-M products available worldwide
  • Smart Home: Authorized by the Thread Group to provide Thread Certification Services

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services has over 100 labs and locations worldwide including 7layers, LCIE, ICTK, NCC & SIEMIC; all members of the Bureau Veritas Group.

Mobile World Congress 2018 

26 February - 1 March

Bureau Veritas' Stand #7E31 Hall 7

Fira Gran Via Barcelona Spain

About Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 74,000 employees in 1,400 offices and laboratories located across the globe. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index. Compartment A, ISIN code FR 0006174348, stock symbol: BVI. For more information, go to

Bureau Veritas' Consumer Products Services division is a leading global quality assurance provider for the global consumer product and retail markets. It offers an array of specialized services including testing, inspections, audits and engineering services for a wide range of consumer products. These products include wireless and smart world products & services; electrical and electronic products; automotive equipment; hard goods; toys and juvenile products; soft goods; premiums and food products as well as health, beauty, cosmetics, and household products. Website:

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