Tiroler Tageszeitung, leading article, edition of July 19, 2021. By ALOIS VAHRNER. “Swarovski needs clear fronts quickly”.

Innsbruck (OTS) The ultimate demand for resignation from the top management by the group around Markus Langes-Swarovski marks a new high point in the family-internal power struggle. The time for a break free is pressing more and more.

The Dallas and Denver clan used to be, today the family saga takes place in Tyrol, and it is completely real and with threatening consequences for thousands of employees. Since the founding of the crystal company by the Bohemian immigrant Daniel Swarovski in 1895, the company, which has long been known worldwide, has had many brilliant successes, but also serious crises such as in the 1970s or later with the bankruptcy of the Zale retail chain in the USA.
The more than 200 members today and around 75 shareholders with voting rights did not always agree, even in the past. Such a public power struggle, like the one that has been going on since the previous year, has never been seen in the previously often secretive group. The massive job cuts, especially in Wattens, discussions about the restructuring of the structures including a possible IPO and fears that the head office will be relocated to Switzerland under the current leadership of Robert Buchbauer and Mathias Margreiter, had already occurred in the previous year in the workforce, national politics and parts of the family were also shaken up – and as a result of the Corona upheaval, there was also a massive loss and the failure of the previously generous dividend.
One thing is clear: The group, which had to struggle with extremely cheap competition from Chinese crystal components, for example, before the Corona crisis, has to vigorously rebuild its structures and also save if it does not want to lose its independence and even endanger its existence. And encrusted family decision-making and power structures of the Swarovski clan should have long been changed.
The how, however, is highly controversial, as the legal dispute with the Manfred family group, who feels they have been booted out, shows on the open stage and with lawsuits involving millions. But the new highlight is undoubtedly the letter from a group around the two largest shareholders, Markus Langes-Swarovski and Marina Giori-Lhota, to the shareholders, in which they ultimately demand that Buchbauer and Margreiter withdraw from the top of the company this year and the appointment of family-independent managers (the TT reported exclusively). Especially since the group around Industry President Christoph Swarovski is calling for this, the days of Buchbauers are finally numbered in view of a two-thirds majority against him.
Swarovski has to get back into calm waters quickly. Family members have often mentioned responsibility for the legacy of founder Daniel Swarovski with Wattens as “heart and brain”. Now it is important to do justice to this with courage and the will to reach agreement.

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Authentix® completes acquisition of Strategic IP Information Pte Ltd (SIPI) and expands digital trademark protection business

Addison, Texas (ots/PRNewswire) Authentix, the authority in the field of authentication and information services, has announced the acquisition of Asia’s leading online provider of trademark and content rights protection, Strategic IP Information Pte Ltd (SIPI).

For over a decade, SIPI has provided state-of-the-art services that allow brands to track unauthorized channels for counterfeit products and manufacturers of such products using its proprietary online tools and a range of services. This also includes physical enforcement and piracy removal. With its team of dedicated analysts and a sophisticated technology platform, SIPI can quickly identify infringement and counterfeiting data and generate consolidated, insightful reports for its growing customer base of brand owners so that action can be taken immediately. SIPI currently serves over 200 brands worldwide and works in partnership with numerous large international law firms. The company’s teams are based in New Delhi, Shenzhen, Paris, New York and Geneva.

“This strategic acquisition expands our portfolio of digital security technologies to include anti-counterfeiting and content rights solutions and increases the scope of our brand protection offering for our customers,” said Kevin McKenna, CEO of Authentix, and added: “The integration from other online investigative and copyright protection services is a key element of our growth plan and SIPI is a high quality company that perfectly fits the capabilities and strategic direction of Authentix. “

SIPI founder and chairman Bharat Dube (who previously served as the anti-counterfeiting director for the Richemont Group) said, “We are very proud to work with the highly talented and experienced team at Authentix The combination of the state-of-the-art Track & Trace solutions from Authentix with the online and offline enforcement solutions we have developed should offer the world’s leading brands extremely secure protection. “

SIPI CEO Bharat Kapoor added, “We are confident that with the support and backing of Authentix we will become the world’s leading provider of online trademark protection.”

SIPI will remain a separate business unit and will retain its respective brands. The planned integration into the Authentix group of companies is intended to further expand the joint strategic offering and SIRI will gain access to Authentix’s larger sales platform.

Information on SIPI:

SIPI, headquartered in Singapore, provides Fortune 500 companies in the luxury goods, fashion, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, spirits, manufacturing, automotive and media industries with fully managed online services for protecting brands, monitoring and enforcing content rights. SIPI also operates Veri-Site, the world’s leading provider of high risk information related to fraudulent websites, intellectual property theft, cybercrime, web-enabled transnational organized crime and sanctioned companies operating online. SIPI’s O2O (“Online-to-Offline”) division focuses on investigation and offline enforcement in China, India and several other Asian countries.

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As an authority for authentication solutions, Authentix works successfully in tasks in complex supply chains. Authentix provides advanced authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial firms to ensure local economies grow, banknote security is guaranteed and commercial products have solid market opportunities. Authentix’s partnership approach and proven sector expertise enable proactive innovation – helping clients mitigate risk to increase revenue growth and gain competitive advantage. Authentix, Inc. is headquartered in Addison, Texas, USA and has offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa serving customers around the world. Please visit for more information. Authentix® is a registered trademark of Authentix, Inc.

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German electric car manufacturer Next.e.GO Mobile SE announces the construction of a new micro-factory in Bulgaria

AACHEN, Germany, April 25 / PRNewswire /) – The investment in the construction of the new and fully networked microfactory in Lovetsch, Bulgaria, amounts to 140 million euros

– Start of production planned for the first quarter of 2024

– Production capacity: up to 30,000 vehicles per year

– Part of the company’s decentralized, global growth strategy, based on revolutionary “Internet of Production” production technology and a modular and scalable microfactory concept

The German electric car manufacturer Next.e.GO Mobile SE announced today that it has signed an agreement in Bulgaria to build another microfactory in Lovetsch.

In a public ceremony at the Bulgarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, led by Minister Kiril Petkov, the parties signed an agreement according to which Next.e.GO Mobile Bulgaria AD will build a microfactory in Lovech. With a capacity of up to 30,000 vehicles per year, production is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2024. The factory is expected to create up to 1,000 new jobs in the region. The new system will be a cyber-physical twin of the factory in Aachen – the first fully networked microfactory in the BEV industry to use the Internet of Production based on Industry 4.0.

“This strategic agreement is another milestone in Next.e.GO Mobile’s international growth. With our concept of a microfactory and our product architecture, we want to transform global urban mobility. Our technology, our sustainable production methods and the entire ecosystem that we create, stand out from the crowd. In doing so, we are making our ecological and economic contribution – also beyond our factories, in the federal states and local communities, “said Ali Vezvaei, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Next e.GO Mobile SE. “We are very excited to expand our presence in Bulgaria – a competitive country with well-developed tech and industrial clusters.”

Next.e.GO Mobile is driving the change to emission-free urban mobility by manufacturing the e.GO Life Next, one of the most sustainable urban electric vehicles. The e.GO Life Next combines durability and low total operating costs with unrivaled sustainability along the entire life cycle.

Next.e.GO Mobile was founded in Germany and uses its engineering and production expertise to build a flexible, fully networked microfactory with low investment costs. In addition to the current factory in Aachen and the planned facility in Bulgaria, the company has already announced that it will replicate its microfactories in Greece and Mexico and thus further advance its expansion plans. The e.GO Life Next model is already being sold in Germany. In 2022 the company plans to introduce the next generation of the e.GO Life and its models including the e.GO Life Cross.

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10,000 local jobs: partnership with Amazon strengthens Austrian SMEs

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  • The Amazon SME Report 2021 shows that small and medium-sized companies from Austria sold a total of more than 15 million products via the Amazon Marketplace in the period from January 1 to December 31, 2020. That is 3 million products more than in the previous year (plus 25 percent).
  • On average, Austrian SMEs that sold on Amazon achieved a turnover of more than 250,000 euros (previous year: 190,000 euros). 25 SMEs cracked the 1 million euro turnover mark for the first time in 2020.
  • In total, more than 2,000 Austrian-based SMEs use Amazon as an online sales channel. These have created more than 10,000 additional local jobs.

Amazon works with more than 900,000 independent partners across Europe. In addition to sales partners, these are developers, creatives, authors and delivery partners. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that sell via Amazon in Europe have created over 550,000 jobs across Europe in 2020 and recorded over 12.5 billion euros in export sales despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. The cooperation with sales partners enables Amazon to offer customers an outstanding shopping experience with a large selection of products at good prices. In return, the companies benefit from access to millions of active Amazon customers worldwide. “Every day we partner with thousands of small and medium-sized businesses helping them expand their business beyond their region”Says Xavier Flamand, Director of Seller Services for the EU at Amazon. “These companies are able to quickly and easily sell their products online and connect with millions of customers around the world. We will continue to innovate for small and medium-sized businesses to provide our customers with a great shopping experience”. The Amazon SME Report 2021 for Austria was published today. This shows how the cooperation pays off for the independent entrepreneurs and to what extent Amazon supports local businesses in becoming even more successful.

Growth for Austria’s SMEs: plus 25 percent of products sold

From January 1 to December 31, 2020, domestic SMEs sold more than 15 million products via Amazon, which corresponds to a growth of 25 percent compared to the previous year (2019: 12 million products). This means that in 2020 more than 30 products per minute were sold by Austrian SMEs via Amazon. More than 500 SMEs achieved a turnover of more than 100,000 euros for the first time. For the first time, more than 25 SMEs generated sales of over 1 million euros. Sales abroad played a central role for the companies: 85 percent of sales related to exports.

From Austria into the world – the most popular product categories

One of the top 5 product categories in which Austrian SMEs sell via Amazon is home, i.e. everything to do with furnishings, furniture, decoration, kitchen utensils or bathroom accessories. The numerous Austrian sales partners who sell successfully in this category include the married couple Julia and Ata Ataberk from Vienna, who sell colorful hammam and bath towels from fair and sustainable production under the LeStoff label: We have been offering our multifunctional bath towels in 33 colors and two sizes on Amazon for over five years. We are very happy that we are successful with LeStoff in both Europe and the USA! The Amazon programs relieve us of a lot of work that we would otherwise have to do internally. ”

Another popular category is toys. For the Carinthian company Piepmatz und Grünschnabel, selling on Amazon is an important lever for reach and growth. Beate Wuggenig founded the company in Feldkirchen in 2012 to provide targeted support to children who suffer from dyslexia or arithmetic weaknesses with educational games: “We want to teach children and adults to play together, which is often neglected in today’s fast-paced world. We have been using Amazon since 2015. Above all, the Fulfillment by Amazon program was a strong growth lever for us thanks to its large reach. The top 5 product categories of Austrian SMEs also include sporting goods, health & personal care and cosmetics.

100 million euros investment in Austria

In Austria alone, Amazon invested 100 million euros in local locations last year – above all in expanding the logistics network. Half of the Austrian sales partners, i.e. over 1,000, use the program Fulfilled by Amazon (Fulfillment by Amazon, FBA). Amazon takes over the entire logistics – from goods storage, shipping, any returns to customer service – for the company. The main advantage here is that the sales partners can concentrate on their core competencies and also benefit from Amazon’s strong infrastructures and simple export opportunities. They also receive Prime Status – a key selling point for many customers.

2.8 billion euros for SMEs across Europe

To help companies become even more successful, Amazon spent a total of more than 2.8 billion euros across Europe in 2020 on logistics, tools, services, programs, training and teams. In total, more than 250 new tools and services were made available in 2020: With these, entrepreneurs can bring new products to the market, increase their sales, analyze their business and protect their intellectual property. “In addition to our investments in Austria, we are continuously developing programs and services that help our sales partners to be even more successful. Among other things, we have this year with Amazon Small Business created its own shop-within-a-shop to make Austrian companies and their products even more visible. Thanks to the growing success of our sales partners, we also indirectly make a valuable contribution to local value creation“, Says Markus Schöberl, Director Seller Services for Austria and Germany. In addition, Amazon founded the knowledge portal in September 2020 together with the German Retail Association and the pro bono initiative “Retailers Help Retailers” Quickstart Online, which sees itself as a contact point for all questions about e-commerce and wants to support SMEs step by step in building a digital pillar. The “Entrepreneurs: Inside the Future” podcast about the Amazon Marketplace shows in regular episodes the opportunities for small and medium-sized companies in e-commerce.

The full Amazon SME Report Austria 2021 can be found here.

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Listen to your body: With the new Amazfit PowerBuds Pro, the TWS earphones with advanced health monitoring functions

Cupertino, Kalifornien (ots/PRNewswire) State-of-the-art health and fitness monitoring and active noise suppression of up to 40 dB for a wide variety of situations make the Amazfit PowerBuds Pro an indispensable companion

Today Amazfit, a brand of Zepp Health (NYSE: ZEPP), launched the Amazfit PowerBuds Pro – their new True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds with advanced health monitoring features and powerful active noise cancellation for a wide range of situations. As the world’s leading brand in the smart wearables market, Amazfit develops innovative products and technologies in several categories.

Heart rate monitoring during exercise

The Amazfit PowerBuds Pro have an industry-leading in-ear PPG heart rate sensor that monitors heart rate during exercise. By tapping on one of the earbuds, the user can find out the current heart rate status, and the earbuds play a warning if the heart rate is too high during exercise.

Detection of the seat angle of the cervical spine

Thanks to the built-in accelerometer, the Amazfit PowerBuds Pro can detect the seat angle of your cervical spine. If you stay in one position too long, a tune plays to remind you to move your head and neck, help improve posture, relieve neck pain and headaches, and thereby prevent long-term cervical problems.

Intelligent hearing protection

The Amazfit PowerBuds Pro monitor the decibel level of the audio content you hear in real time and, in accordance with the hearing protection standards of the World Health Organization, make suggestions for volume reduction and the recommended listening time in the Zepp app to protect your hearing.

Intelligent run detection

For a smooth workout, the Amazfit PowerBuds Pro can also recognize when the running training starts and automatically monitor the corresponding sports data.

Active noise suppression up to 40 dB for a wide variety of situations

The Amazfit PowerBuds Pro offer active noise suppression of up to 40 dB with hybrid digital adaptive noise reduction and passive sound insulation. Active noise cancellation for a wide variety of situations allows users to switch between different modes depending on the situation:

  • The Indoor Mode Suppresses noises like typing on the keyboard and the air conditioning, and background conversations when you need to concentrate.
  • Im Travel mode engine noise on public transport and airplanes is suppressed, but you can still hear announcements.
  • With the WorkoutModus allows you to hear traffic noise so that you can exercise safely outdoors but suppress ambient noise such as wind.
  • The AdaptiveModus automatically adapts the noise cancellation to your environment.

Calls with 3 microphones and noise cancellation

Thanks to the three microphones in each earbud, call quality is improved by an AI noise reduction algorithm and the human voice sounds crystal clear.

Outstanding sound for up to 30 hours

Wherever you are and whatever happens around you, these earbuds deliver immersive and dynamic sound for up to nine hours, with the charging case even up to 30 hours.

The introduction of the Amazfit PowerBuds Pro represents a breakthrough in the earphone industry. They are an important addition to the Amazfit product range. The Amazfit PowerBuds Pro will be available for pre-order starting July 15th in the US starting at $ 149.99 via the official Amazfit website – – and starting at 129.90 EUR in France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

Amazfit has also announced that the Amazfit GTR 2 LTE with an eSIM call function will be available through partnerships with two European cellular providers of the telecommunications giant Telefonica: Movistar in Spain and O2 in Germany. Supporting carriers in other markets will be announced in the near future. The Amazfit GTR 2 LTE will be available on the official website of Amazfit (Germany and Spain) and Amazon (Germany and Spain) from just 249 EUR in the third quarter of 2021.

You can download high-resolution photos of the product here: (PowerBuds Pro / GTR 2 LTE).

Information about Amazfit

Amazfit was founded in 2015 and offers smart watches and straps for everyday use as well as for outdoor sports as well as smart devices for sports and health such as TWS earphones, smart treadmills and smart scales and sports equipment. Thanks to its complete line of products that offer a great user experience, Amazfit maximizes its ability to meet the needs of different consumer groups.

Amazfit products are currently on the market in more than 90 countries and regions, including the USA, Germany and Japan. Amazfit made a significant contribution to Zepp Health’s top 4 placement in global deliveries of smartwatches for adults in the first quarter of 2021 * and recorded a year-on-year growth of 68.8% for smartwatches and smartbands worldwide.


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parcelLab returns study 2021: Returns in the online shop

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  • The specialist for operations experience, parcelLab, has tested the return experience at 100 of the largest German online shops.
  • The result: the dealers are very generous with the return deadlines. Otherwise, the return could be even more convenient for the customer.
  • Returns portals are a big trend.

Returns in online retailing remain one of the biggest annoyances – not only for retailers, but also for customers. Because it also costs consumers valuable time to repackage unwanted goods and bring them to the post office. With an increasing number of online orders per person and household, the frustration of returns increases accordingly.

Online retailers who want to score with an outstanding customer experience would therefore do well to improve the returns experience as well. The specialist for operations experience, parcelLab, has analyzed the returns experience at 100 of the largest German online retailers – with mixed results.

Germany’s online retailers are generally very generous when it comes to return deadlines. Every second retailer extends their return periods beyond the legal minimum. Under pressure from big players like Amazon with a flat 30-day right of return or Zalando with 100 days, other retailers are also forced to meet their customers with accommodating deadlines.

Furniture shippers grant the longest deadlines

Furniture mail-order companies are particularly generous in this regard. Of 17 providers in the test, almost three quarters grant exchange rights over three weeks. At the top is Ikea with a total of 365 days, Obi allows 90 days to return and Home24 grants 30 days. In contrast, the US furniture mail order company Wayfair keeps the return period relatively short at 14 days. There is also often a long right of exchange in online fashion stores. 61 percent of the fashion retailers in the top 100 ranking often offer their customers up to 30 days to think about it. In contrast, it is striking that classic catalog mailers are often limited to the two weeks required by law.

There is a clear trend in the handling of returns: Fewer and fewer retailers (36 instead of 40 as in the previous year) are adding return stickers to their parcels, instead offering customers the option of downloading them online (49 instead of 26 in the previous year). For customers, this means a slight extra effort compared to a return label. However, this is compensated for by the retailer if customers are guided through the process in an understandable and transparent manner via a returns portal – and can simply choose between exchanging for a different size, complaint or return, for example. For the retailers themselves, the procedure has the clear advantage that they can get an early overview of which goods will be coming back to them shortly.

A major shortcoming in terms of usability is when customers have to print out the return label themselves. After all, not every online customer has a functioning printer and printer paper at hand as a matter of course. Nevertheless, only 12 of the tested retailers with a return portal give their customers the choice of whether they want to print out the label or generate a corresponding barcode, which is then scanned locally at the parcel shop.

Returns portals are still limited in their functionalities

A total of 40 of the top 100 online retailers in Germany now use a returns portal for processing. Here, however, the functionalities are still very limited: Only half of the portals tested ask for a reason for the return. This customer feedback is essential for the optimization of return rates. Customers can only choose between exchanges and refunds at 27 retailers.

Ninety percent of the top 100 retailers in Germany return unwanted products free of charge. The textile industry is particularly generous here. Of the 36 retailers in the test, all offer free returns. In the sport and leisure segment, too, all returns are free of charge. On the other hand, senders in the beauty, cosmetics and food sectors are less accommodating. Almost every third retailer here lets the customer bear the costs for the return shipments. Incidentally, one of the few retailers who let customers pay for the return themselves is Ikea. This also applies to furniture deliveries that are made by a forwarding agent. Here customers have the choice of commissioning a freight forwarder for their own account or of bringing the goods to the nearest Ikea furniture store themselves.

Returns processing would be as convenient as possible for customers if dealers simply had the return items picked up again. However, this service is not very widespread in this country. Only Apple, HP, H&M and Mytoys pick up goods that were delivered by normal parcel delivery and not just by a forwarding agency.

When it comes to returns communication, there is still room for improvement: 73 of the top 100 retailers send their customers an email informing them that their return has been received. This value has further improved compared to 2018 (63 dealers). However, there is still reluctance to state the duration of the reimbursement: only 53 retailers give a time frame here. However, this information is usually binding.

“In terms of user experience, returns will increasingly become the focus of retailers in the future,” commented parcelLab co-founder Anton Eder on the results of the study. Most online retailers in the past would have focused on the customer experience in the shop and during delivery. “However, we are currently seeing a clear trend towards making it easier for customers not only to receive a parcel, but also to send it back. There is still great potential here to differentiate ourselves from the competition.”

The full study is available here free to download.

About parcelLab

parcelLab is the world’s leading platform for Operations Experience Management. The parcelLab platform automatically converts data that accumulates at different points in the shipping process into personalized, branded messages, thus making parcel shipping a real customer experience. The company accompanies around three million shipments every day and sends almost seven million proactive, personalized information in the process. The shipping data comes from more than 150 transport companies worldwide, including DHL, FedEx and DPD.

Awarded the Supply Chain Award 2019, the scale-up was also named by the Financial Times as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Europe in 2020.

parcelLab has branches in Munich, London, Paris and New York and transforms – among others for IKEA, Bose, Puma, Lidl and Nespresso – the contact from the order to the return into a lasting positive shopping experience.


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Your mobile device is at risk Android security test results 2021

Innsbruck, Austria, Jan. 23 / PRNewswire /) Third-party security apps provide a high level of protection

The independent security test laboratory AV-Comparatives has published the report of its 2021 study of antivirus apps for the Android mobile platform. The Innsbruck institute tested 10 popular security apps with regard to malware protection, battery consumption and anti-theft functionality. Third-party products from Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, G Data, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, Securion and Trend Micro as well as Google Play Protect integrated by Google into the Android platform were examined.

The most widely used version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 10, was used for the test. Users can see how well the tested products perform on the most popular incarnation of Android.

“Even though Google’s built-in malware protection ‘Play Protect’ has improved, it still offers the weakest protection of all tested products. We strongly recommend using a third-party app!” – Peter Stelzhammer, co-founder, AV-Comparatives.

The malware protection test used over 3,500 current malicious applications for the Android operating system. The results clearly demonstrated the benefit of using a third-party antivirus product to protect smartphones from Android malware.

To ensure that the tested products did not achieve protection at the expense of a high rate of false positives, a false positive test was also carried out on 500 popular legitimate apps.

An anti-theft functionality has also been considered. This enables a user whose smartphone has been lost or stolen to use it, for example. B. to locate, block and delete private data. Anti-theft functions in the tested products have been checked for reliable function.

A previous criticism of security programs is that they put a heavy load on the device’s battery. AV-Comparatives has taken on this problem and carried out a battery drain. The impact of each product on the battery life of everyday phone use (making calls, surfing the Internet, watching videos and sending e-mails) was measured.

In addition to the test results, the report also contains general safety instructions and information for users of Android devices. The security measures built into Android 10 are considered, along with the impact they have on third-party security apps. Safety tips for Android users are also given.

Like all public reports from AV-Comparatives, the Android Mobile Security Test 2021 report can be downloaded free of charge from the institute’s website AV-Comparatives is an independent test laboratory based in Innsbruck, Austria, and has been publicly testing computer security software since 2004. It is certified according to ISO 9001: 2015 for the area “Independent tests of antivirus software”. It also has EICAR certification as a “Trusted IT Security Testing Lab”.

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Globally scalable drone system: German innovation award goes to HHLA Sky

Hamburg, April 23 / PRNewswire /) HHLA Sky won the German Innovation Award in the start-up category. WirtschaftsWoche, Accenture and EnBW have joined forces for the prestigious prize, which was presented for the 12th time on June 25, to honor future-oriented projects by German companies. The prize aims to promote “inventive spirit, courageous preliminary, new and lateral thinking, undiscovered geniuses, resourceful researchers and unique ideas”.

The award was given to the scalable drone management system from HHLA Sky, which can simultaneously control more than 100 industrial drones – around the globe from a single control station:

Lothar Müller, Managing Director of HHLA Sky: “Our team is delighted with the award, which perfectly matches HHLA’s motto: The gateway to the future!”

Matthias Gronstedt, also Managing Director and responsible for Research & Development at HHLA Sky: “Thanks to intensive support from our parent company, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG, we were able to develop a technology that is second to none worldwide Making drones more efficient and more attractive for industrial customers. “

HHLA Sky automates the industrial use of large drone fleets around the world. The start-up of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) provides a sophisticated technology platform for this. As a technology leader, HHLA Sky advises users on how they can achieve their business and economic goals better and more efficiently with drone solutions.

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mrp hotels: Wait and See am Hotelimmobilienmarkt

In a new analysis, mrp hotels deals with the effects of Covid19 on the hotel real estate market and investments in it.

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Low transaction volume in the hotel real estate market

The first half of the year was an extremely quiet one with regard to transactions in the hotel sector: just two noteworthy sales in the DACH region were recorded. In Stuttgart the project “Turm am Mailänder Platz”, which is operated by the two operators Adina Hotels and Premier Inn, was sold for around € 137 million, in Frankfurt the Villa Kennedy (operator: Rocco Forte) for a two-digit million amount in upper area.

Martin Schaffer, managing director and partner of mrp hotels, sees this as symptomatic for the year 2021: “In contrast to many international experts, we see the situation in a more nuanced way. In our opinion, there will be no rapid increase in transactions or portfolio adjustments in the second half of the year either. “

According to mrp hotels, the cause of the currently weak transaction market is, among other things, state aid, which has been continuously paid out but not yet made due. Just as in the difficulty of assessing the quality and financial performance of the operator.

Investors go on the hunt with new acquisition profiles

“Due to the lack of insight and meaningful key figures, many operators are still an absolute” black box “for investors, says Martin Schaffer.

The flexibility of the property is a decisive criterion: the conversion of the space in the event of an exit is discussed more and more frequently. As part of the contract drafting, exogenous shock-cushioning programs are included. Among other things, these include a lean employee and cost structure, increased digitalization, mobile room and area concepts, hybrid contract structures to share the risk and hybrid hotel concepts to cover as many guests and markets as possible.

Are institutional investors being rationalized away from the hotel property market?

The dominant character of the market up to now by institutional investors is changing due to the operators’ desire not to want to bear the risk for the operation in the context of the classic fixed lease contracts alone. The new management contracts, which provide for a redistribution of operating risks between owner and operator, correspond more to the risk assessment of private equity funds than to that of institutional investors who follow the relatively rigid, structural guidelines. Nevertheless: the fixed lease agreement will continue to exist in the DACH region, but private equity funds will also open up new opportunities.

Existing developments are delayed

The world economy is currently characterized by exploding raw material prices and thus also building material prices. This significantly delays the projects that were already being implemented before the pandemic, since the cost buffers that are usually planned on the construction side have been exhausted or are not endlessly scalable.

The banks’ willingness to finance hotel real estate is currently also raising many question marks. Martin Schaffer currently sees little willingness to do this: “The crisis is having an impact on financing. The difficult assessment of the recovery period as well as the lack of restricted evaluation criteria for the intrinsic value of leases often make it impossible for banks to finance projects. “

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mrp hotels is a leading consulting company in the hotel industry. mrp supports its customers in all project phases – from the location search to hotel development to transaction management, performance analysis and technical consulting. With the acquisition of the majority stake in the German consulting company Hospitality Competence Berlin (hcb) in autumn 2019, the course is clearly set for Europe-wide growth.

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Parallel Wireless announces the first and only 2G 4G Open RAN attempt with x86 COTS server and NFVi at Axiata in Dialog, Sri Lanka

Nashua, New Hampshire (ots/PRNewswire) Parallel Wireless, Inc., the US-based Open RAN company that delivers the world’s leading All G, cloud-native Open RAN solution, is proud to have been selected by Axiata Group Berhad as a strategic partner for the Provides O-RAN networks for the Group’s digital telcos throughout Southeast Asia and South Asia, enabling both 2G and 4G broadband connectivity.

Axiata, headquartered in Malaysia, is one of the leading mobile network operators (MNOs) in Asia, operating digital telcos, digital businesses and infrastructure, with a vision to be the next generation digital champion by 2024. Axiata is preparing for this with digital telco operations in Malaysia (Celcom), Indonesia (XL), Sri Lanka (Dialog), Bangladesh (Robi), Cambodia (Smart) and Nepal (Ncell), which serve around 157 million customers To offer 2G and 4G broadband connections over the same radio device that uses the 1800 MHz spectrum and to provide voice and data services with the latest technology.

This attempt was unique as it involved replacing the established infrastructure with Parallel Wireless Open RAN solutions, where planning, design, commissioning, integration, testing and optimization were carried out by the team remotely under the restrictions of Covid-19. A single radio unit with 4G and 2G technology was installed, with the baseband on a SuperMicro (NASDAQ: SMCI) Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) x86 COTS platform and other centralized applications were installed on Axiata’s existing OpenStack cloud infrastructure. The 3-sector, 4-sector, and 6-sector field trials went flawlessly, resulted in commercial traffic, and demonstrated high quality network performance on a par with that of the incumbent operators. Axiata aims for commercial launch in Q4 2021.

Combined with our expertise in delivering Open RAN networks, Parallel Wireless will work with a broad ecosystem of suppliers for cost-effective solutions. By partnering with a world-class ecosystem of vendors, Parallel Wireless can offer lower costs, high quality hardware, agility in delivery, and innovative services. Our partners include:

  • Standalone Open RAN radios from partners such as GigaTera Communications and Comba Telecommunications (“Comba Telecom” or “the Group”, Hong Kong stock code: 2342) that provide 2G and 4G services from the same radio over the 1800 MHz spectrum.
  • State-of-the-art servers provided by SuperMicro.

By partnering with Parallel Wireless, Axiata will be able to expand and grow its cellular networks to deliver next-generation digital services to customers across Asia:

  • Build a world-class O-RAN, cloud-native, open RAN network solution based on the powerful, distributed architecture of Parallel Wireless.
  • Use of your OpenStack cloud infrastructure to provide an NFVi Open RAN controller.
  • Improving service flexibility and reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) across geographically dispersed locations through the introduction of RAN automation.

Thomas Hundt, Managing Director – Technology at Axiata, said: “We are committed to Open RAN and this test proves that Open RAN solutions can be used on COTS and cloud infrastructures and at the same time meet the important performance indicators (KPIs). This enables us to expand and improve the customer experience with 2G and 4G broadband services across our entire presence in Asia, especially to expand coverage in currently underserved markets. “

Keith Johnson, President of Parallel Wireless said: “We are honored to partner with Axiata and replace the equipment of incumbents with our state-of-the-art Open RAN solution to enable 2G and 4G broadband services in Sri Lanka and at other Axiata subsidiaries. We are thrilled that the tests were successful and look forward to commercial deployments in 2021. “

About Parallel Wireless

At Parallel Wireless, we believe that software has the power to unleash amazing possibilities in the world. We are changing the way wireless networks are built and operated. We envision how hardware, software, and the cloud will work together to transform the economics of delivery for our customers. Our ALL G (2G 3G 4G 5G) O-RAN compliant software platform forms an open, secure and intelligent RAN architecture to provide wireless connectivity so that everyone can be connected when, where and how they want. We work with the world’s leading MNOs and have won over 74 industry awards. The heart of our work is our team of Reimaginers, who value innovation, collaboration, openness and customer success. More information is available at: Visit Parallel Wireless on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Information on Axiata

As one of the leading telecommunications groups in Asia with the vision of being “The Next Generation Digital Champion” by 2024, Axiata has transformed itself from a holding company with a portfolio of pure cellular assets into a company driven by the triple-core strategy with a focus on digital telecommunications, digital business areas and infrastructure.

Within the ASEAN states and South Asia, the group holds controlling interests in leading mobile and fixed network operators in the region, including “Celcom” in Malaysia, “XL” in Indonesia, “Dialog” in Sri Lanka, “Robi” in Bangladesh, “Smart” in Cambodia and “Ncell” in Nepal. Axiata is actively driving the transformation of its mobile-centric operations into digitally convergent companies.

Axiata Digital, the digital services arm of Axiata, focuses on two digital businesses, namely digital financial services (“Boost”, “Aspirasi”) and Digital Analytics & AI (“ADA”).

The Group’s infrastructure company, Edotco, operates in eight countries to provide telecommunications infrastructure services and has approximately 32,800 towers. It is currently the 16th largest independent tower company in the world and aims to become a leading regional telecommunications tower company committed to responsible and sustainable business practices.

As a committed and long-term investor and in line with its sustainability goals, the Group actively supports and promotes the development of young talent, disaster relief and recovery, and green initiatives. Axiata’s broader goal of Advancing Asia is to bring together the best in the region in terms of innovation, connectivity and talent.

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