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ZigBee Certified Products Surpass 1,000

-- Continual growth in ZigBee Certified products signals the growing demand for the Internet of Things

SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced that there are now more than 1,000 ZigBee Certified products available to the market, demonstrating the rising demand for the Internet of Things.

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ZigBee standards have been implemented in products developed by more than 400 global manufacturers. The rising number of Alliance members and ZigBee Certified products is a reflection of market demand. In fact, analysts from Research and Markets have forecasted that the global ZigBee enabled devices market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 67 percent from 2014-2018.

The ZigBee Certified program ensures that quality, interoperable ZigBee products are available for product manufacturers and their customers. The program focuses on two areas, the ZigBee Compliant Platform program and the ZigBee Certified Product program. The ZigBee Compliant Platform program evaluates all platforms before they can be engineered into products, including testing for compliance to a ZigBee specification. The ZigBee Certified Product program tests any product using an Alliance-developed standard, ensuring that the product is fully compliant to the standard. To learn more about the ZigBee Certified program, visit: http://www.zigbee.org/Certification.aspx

"The rise to 1,000 certified products is the result of ZigBee's prominence in the booming Internet of Things industry," said Tobin J.M. Richardson, President and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance. "ZigBee is the only standards-based wireless technology designed to address the unique needs of device-to-device communication in just about any market, and the more than 400 member companies consistently certifying new products with ZigBee are a testament to that fact."

ZigBee members continue to experience success, delivering tens of millions of devices to a variety of markets including:

Smart Home
ZigBee is the only global, standards-based wireless solution that can conveniently and affordably control the widest range of devices to improve comfort, security and convenience for consumers. ZigBee enjoys strong adoption in the smart home driven by consumers purchasing through retail stores such as Staples and Lowes, telecommunication companies such as Comcast, Deutsche Telekom and EchoStar, and directly from home automation companies including LeGrand, Schneider, and many others.

Connected Lighting
ZigBee continues to drive interoperable and very easy-to-use consumer lighting and control products allowing consumers to gain wireless control over all their LED fixtures, light bulbs, remotes and switches. Recent announcements by GE, OSRAM, Philips, Busch Jaeger and others demonstrate the growing dominance of ZigBee for connected lighting.

The Connected Lighting Alliance, comprising almost all the major global lighting vendors, has endorsed ZigBee Light Link as the preferred standard for residential lighting applications. This decision represents the first time an alliance of leading lighting companies has unanimously endorsed a common open standard for wireless lighting solutions.

Energy Management
ZigBee is already installed in tens of millions of smart meters today and continues to be the standard of choice for utilities around the world. For instance, Great Britain will begin its Smart Metering Implementation Programme which will lead to the replacement of 53 million meters in homes and small businesses across Great Britain with smart electricity and gas meters by 2020.

To see the full list of ZigBee Certified products, visit: http://zigbee.org/Products/Overview.aspx.

ZigBee: Control your world
ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards, connecting the widest range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non-profit association of approximately 400 members driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: www.ZigBee.org


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Frost & Sullivan: PXI Lowers Cost and Time to Market, First Choice in Test & Measurement Industry

-- Market participants devise various strategies to lower the burden of integration on customers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Original equipment manufacturers (OEM) across industries are adopting PCI extensions for instrumentation (PXI)-based instrumentation as its measurement speed, small footprint, low power consumption, and flexibility reduce the time to market and overall cost of tests. In particular, companies in the wireless communications space are turning to these solutions to satisfy new test requirements for radio frequency (RF) wireless technologies.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, PXI Market to Change the Face of the Test and Measurement Industry, finds that the market earned revenues of $563.3 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $1.75 billion by 2020.

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"Besides the uptake in RF wireless communications, the global PXI market will get a leg up from new programs in aerospace and defense and integration of wireless technologies in the industrial and consumer electronics industries," said Frost & Sullivan Test & Measurement Industry Director Jessy Cavazos. "Additionally, it is finding opportunities in the semiconductor automatic test equipment market."

However, test engineers' trust in traditional box instruments they have used effectively for decades is slowing down the transition to PXI test systems. In due course, the emergence of a new generation of test engineers that is more comfortable with computers will mitigate this challenge.

"Meanwhile, the more complex process of integrating PXI test systems, in comparison to rack-and-stack test systems, can be a challenge for customers," pointed out Cavazos. "To ease the process of integration, market participants across the globe are offering different levels of integration services and tools that enable customers to assemble PXI test systems quickly with minimal effort."

Additionally, participants are offering subsystems, hardware/software bundles, and box solutions that use PXI in their internal architecture to lessen the burden of integration on customers.

Via organic means and partnerships, PXI manufacturers deliver multiple options ranging from individual components to fully integrated test systems. Furthermore, they are looking to expand the total addressable market by rolling out new PXI instruments with enhanced capabilities and increasing customer awareness on the benefits of PXI-based instrumentation.

PXI Market to Change the Face of the Test and Measurement Industry is part of the Test & Measurement (http://www.testandmeasurement.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan's related studies include: Global Radio Frequency Testing Market, Analysis of the Global Oscilloscopes Market, Quantifying the Global Opportunity for LXI, and Global Wireless Test Equipment Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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Spreadtrum Announces Mass Production of Next Generation Multimode LTE Modem

SC9620 adopted by leading China handset brands for 3-mode LTE devices

SHANGHAI, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a leading fabless semiconductor provider in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards, today announced its next generation multimode LTE modem, the SC9620. This new LTE modem pairs with Spreadtrum's smartphone chipsets to provide customers with a complete turnkey mobile platform for 4G smartphones. Spreadtrum's 4G mobile platform has been adopted by leading China handset brands Lenovo and Coolpad and is shipping in 3-mode LTE smartphones recently launched for the domestic China market.

The SC9620 is an LTE baseband modem designed for use in 4G smartphones, tablets, or other data devices, supporting 3GPP LTE Release 9 Category 4 at up to 150 Mbps downlink speed. In tandem, Spreadtrum has released a turnkey solution for 3-mode LTE devices supporting TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA and EDGE/GPRS/GSM for the domestic China market. Supported TD-LTE bands include Band 38, 39, 40 and 41.

"Our turnkey solutions for LTE smartphones help reduce the overall time and cost involved in bringing 4G devices to the China market," said Dr. Leo Li, chairman and CEO of Spreadtrum Communications. "We are pleased to partner with leading handset brands to bring devices to market that meet the needs of China consumers. With this chipset, we are expanding our portfolio to support 4G smartphones and tablets, which will help drive continuing growth in mobile chipset shipments."

Turnkey solutions supporting 5-mode operation will follow later this year.

About Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Spreadtrum is a fabless semiconductor company that develops mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards. Spreadtrum's solutions combine its highly integrated, power-efficient chipsets with customizable software and reference designs in a complete turnkey platform, enabling customers to achieve faster design cycles with a lower development cost. Spreadtrum's customers include global and China-based manufacturers developing mobile products for consumers in China and emerging markets around the world. Spreadtrum is a privately held company headquartered in Shanghai and an affiliate of Tsinghua Unigroup, Ltd. For more information, visit www.spreadtrum.com.

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BBC Selects Mindtree for Digital Testing Services

BANGALORE, India and LONDON, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

- Multi-year, multi-million contract awarded as part of the BBC digital services framework initiative

Mindtree, a global information technology services company, announced that it has been selected by BBC to test a range of its digital products.

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As part of this non-exclusive engagement, Mindtree will deliver and support testing of digital products and applications. Digital products include applications and websites that run on a wide variety of digital and broadcast platforms. Some of them are desktop computers, mobile devices, cloud, integrated digital TV, internet protocol TV, terrestrial, cable, satellite TV and the web.

Mindtree testing services will include functional, non-functional, test management, exploratory, automation and load testing. BBC selected Mindtree for its testing capabilities, test tools expertise and the ability to effectively deliver the engagement.

Ramesh Menon, Senior Vice President and Head of Technology & Media, Mindtree said, "We are excited to be part of the BBC digital services framework. Millions of citizens globally benefit from BBC and we hope to enrich their experience with our superior digital testing capabilities."

Richard Smith, Head of Market Engagement, BBC covers the program details on digital services framework at his blog.

About Mindtree 

Mindtree [NSE: MINDTREE; CIN: L72200KA1999PLC025564] delivers technology services and accelerates growth for Global 1000 companies by solving complex business challenges with breakthrough technical innovations. Mindtree specializes in e-commerce, mobility, cloud enablement, digital transformation, business intelligence, data analytics, testing, infrastructure, EAI and ERP solutions. We are among the fastest growing technology firms globally with more than 200 clients and offices in 14 countries.

Visit us at http://www.mindtree.com.

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Mindtree
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Genesis Burson-Marsteller
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PowerbyProxi Announces Availability of Wireless Power Evaluation Kits for Consumer Electronic Devices

- Evaluation kit enables Resonant Mode charging and Qi compliance

PLEASANTON, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PowerbyProxi, developer of the world's most advanced and safest wireless power solutions, today announced the release of Proxi-2D EVK-1, an evaluation kit for wireless charging of consumer electronic devices. The evaluation kit enables customers to test the capabilities of PowerbyProxi's resonant technology features such as full spatial freedom, 7.5W power transfer per receiver (the highest power delivery available on the market) and multi-device charging up to 15W.

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PowerbyProxi recently demonstrated this system at Computex in June, showing significant improvements over the 3.5 to 5W systems currently available. "The Proxi-2D EVK-1 is the next step towards getting advanced resonant wireless charging technology in the hands of consumers," said Greg Cross, CEO, PowerbyProxi. "Allowing customers to experience the safety, efficiency and speed firsthand, furthers our goal to enable innovation in the market."

High speed resonant wireless charging of multiple devices, and backwards compatibility with the Wireless Power Consortium's (WPC) Qi standard, make this an attractive option for OEMs looking to build upon the 50 million Qi devices currently in use through the 500 products on the market today.

Proxi-2D EVK-1 - specifications

PowerbyProxi's newest evaluation kit includes a transmitter and two receiver modules to test charging of multiple devices at 7.5W per receiver. The system displays resonant mode charging across the entire charging surface for both Qi v1.1 and resonant receivers. The Proxi-2D EVK-1 kit also highlights a critical next step towards the advancement of the Qi specification by delivering a resonant solution capable of Qi v1.1 compliance.

See the Proxi-2D EVK-1 in action on the PowerbyProxi YouTube channel or find more information through the website: http://powerbyproxi.com/evaluation-kits/proxi-2d-evk-1/ .

About PowerbyProxi
PowerbyProxi is a leader in advanced, safe, wireless power solutions for consumer electronics (CE) and industrial markets. Our resonant technologies deliver a better consumer experience with full spatial freedom and multi-device charging, and solve mission-critical problems in demanding, hostile industrial environments. We license technologies and deliver modules to battery and semiconductor suppliers, OEMs/ODMs and system integrators, with proven highly resonant implementations ranging from less than one watt to multiple kilowatts. PowerbyProxi is a venture-backed company spun out of The University of Auckland -- an internationally recognized leader in wireless power innovation -- and holds a comprehensive portfolio of 221 patents worldwide. For more information visit: www.powerbyproxi.com


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Frost & Sullivan: Telstra, InterCall and NTT Communications are champions in the APAC Unified Communications-as-a-Service Providers Market

-- A fragmented market poised for growth, driven by cloud and mobility

SINGAPORE, Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the past few years, the Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) market has been experiencing tremendous growth in the Asia-Pacific region and is expected to remain so till 2018, helped by strong growth in verticals that have highly mobile workforces, such as high-tech, professional services, logistics, travel and hospitality services.

The UCaaS market is defined as an integrated communications and collaboration environment that combines or unifies voice, video and text communications delivered through hosted, cloud, and managed services.

The Asia-Pacific UCaaS market is expected to grow from USD1.67 billion in 2013 to USD2.98 billion by 2018, at an estimated CAGR of 12.4 percent. The telephony services segment is the most widely adopted market, and it is likely to maintain its prominence in the future. Although the audio conferencing services segment has matured, it is expected to remain an important segment throughout the forecast period. Mobility, video-as-a-service (VaaS), web conferencing and cloud contact center services are expected to be the key growth service segments during the forecast period.

In order to capitalize on the growth opportunities, the service providers are strengthening their service offerings. Frost & Sullivan has evaluated the top 10 service providers in the Asia Pacific region and assessed them using the Frost Industry Quotient (Frost IQ) matrix. The Frost IQ matrix comprises of four quadrants: champions, challengers, defenders and explorers.

The Frost IQ is a proprietary Frost & Sullivan vendor assessment tool that accurately operationalizes and captures the merits and challenges faced by technology vendors in their respective segments and geographies. The tool aims to provide key decision makers with a localized yet objective perspective of the industry in a highly heterogeneous business environment.

In the Frost IQ for Asia-Pacific Unified Communications-as-a-Service Providers 2014, Telstra, InterCall and NTT Communications have been positioned in the champions' quadrant, based on a combination of market share performance and future growth strategies as determined by Frost & Sullivan research studies. In total, the top three vendors accounted for approximately 25% per cent of the revenue generated in the segment, helped by strong partnerships as well as investments in new UCaaS technology.

Frost & Sullivan recognizes the efforts made by BT, Orange Business Services, Verizon, China Telecom, Tata Communications and AT&T in the market and has placed them into the Challenger quadrant. These providers have set up the necessary infrastructure to deliver a full suite of UCaaS solutions to both large and SMB customers and are expected to move to the champions quadrant subjected to their success in acquiring new customers.

Despite the dominant position of the top three service providers, many local service providers are steadily emerging in the Asia Pacific region. This includes SingTel, which also features in the Frost IQ.

The evolution and convergence of ICT have blurred the lines of various communication platforms such as voice, video, and data. In light of this convergence, various participants in the UCaaS market, such as telecom operators, pure-play service providers or system integrators are gradually establishing their compelling positions in the marketplace with respective service offerings and targeted customer segments.

Jessie Yu, Industry Manager, ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific, believes that the outlook for the market is favorable.

Yu says, "The necessity of having a highly mobile workforce aided by the increased usage of UCaaS solutions delivered through hosted/ cloud and managed platforms has been a boon for enterprise mobile collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region. Enterprises are also actively looking to integrate UC (Unified Communications) applications to reduce costs and complexities, and offer greater flexibility for their operations."

However, the promising market growth is not without its challenges.

"Key challenges include the ability to offer feasible and sustainable business model, telecommunication regulatory barriers in some developing countries, and the increasing competition," states Yu.

The Frost IQ (FIQ) for Asia-Pacific Unified Communications-as-a-Service Providers 2014covers telephony, email, IM/presence, unified messaging, collaboration services delivered via hosted, cloud and managed services model in the Asia Pacific region. The base year of the study is CY2013. The parameters used to determine relative positioning on the FIQ matrix include market share, product/service strategy, people/skills strategy, and ecosystem and business strategy.

About Frost & Sullivan

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Frost & Sullivan: Contact Center Systems See Steady Growth in Latin America despite Emergence of Cloud

SAO PAULO, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Latin American contact systems market is expected to experience tempered growth as several companies transfer their investments to hosted and cloud solutions. However, the relevant quantity of existing legacy infrastructure in large enterprises will offer significant market opportunities for contact center system vendors in the region.

Maiara Munhoz, ICT Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan.
Maiara Munhoz, ICT Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Latin American Contact Center Systems Market 2014, finds that the market earned revenues of $260.4 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $380.6 million in 2018. The study covers inbound contact routing, interactive voice response (IVR) and voice portal, outbound dialer, quality monitoring, workforce management, and contact center analytic systems.

The Latin American market for contact center systems will become intensely competitive as small and medium companies shift their focus to the cloud. Cloud-based models not only provide a lower total cost of ownership than premises-based solutions, but also simplify cost management and payment.

"Nevertheless, most of larger companies in the region continue to own and control legacy infrastructure and the applications provided by on-premise models, as they remain skeptical about the information security and reliability of cloud-based solutions," said Frost & Sullivan Information and Communication Technologies Industry Analyst Maiara Paula Munhoz. "This will present immense growth potential for vendors, especially in the IVR and contact center analytics segments."

The integration of new channels and the addition of omni-channel strategies such as social media and mobility will further drive enterprise investment in contact center systems. With verticals such as telecommunications, healthcare, utilities and energy, retail and consumer goods, and insurance likely to increase in size, vendors must widen their portfolio to cater to various demands.

"The Argentinean and Chilean markets in particular, will witness a spurt in demand, while Brazil will present slower growth," observed Munhoz. "Overall, the Latin American market will remain highly concentrated throughout the forecast period; the 66.2 percent of the total market accounted for by the top five participants in 2013 will see minimal change."

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an e-mail to Francesca Valente, Corporate Communications, at francesca.valente@frost.com.

Latin American Contact Center Systems Market 2014 is part of the Contact Centers & CRM (http://www.contactcenter.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan's related studies include: EMEA Contact Center Systems Market, North American Hosted Contact Center Market, Brazilian BPO and Contact Center Outsourcing Services Market 2014, and Argentine and Chilean Contact Center Outsourcing Services Markets. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants.

Our "Growth Partnership" supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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