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Veratad Waives Fees for Digital Healthcare & MedTech Providers During COVID-19 Outbreak


Veratad Technologies, a global provider of age and identity solutions, is waiving onboarding and subscription fees for healthcare and medical technology providers combating the COVID-19 crisis. All organizations that provide or assist in providing virtual care are eligible to apply for no-cost implementation and a free subscription to Veratad’s identity verification platform through June 2020.

In addition, eligible organizations will receive “fast-track” platform onboarding, allowing them to streamline their verification processes as rapidly as possible.

Veratad’s identity verification platform combines hundreds of global data sources, document verification, out-of-wallet questions and AI-powered fraud signal detection. Highly flexible and easy to deploy, Veratad allows companies around the world to meet regulatory and ethical requirements around patient and customer identity.

“Virtual healthcare is an important tool in our fight against COVID-19,” says John E. Ahrens, CEO, Veratad Technologies, LLC. “It eases the burden on healthcare resources and minimizes in-person contact at a time when social distancing is critical. We’re happy to provide the use of our platform to those who make telehealth and telemedicine possible.”

To apply for a no-cost implementation and a free subscription to Veratad’s identity verification platform, visit https://veratad.com/covid-19.

About Veratad Technologies, LLC

Veratad Technologies, LLC is the leading provider of global age and identity solutions. Veratad makes high-end technology accessible with a full suite of trusted and highly flexible solutions. With Veratad, data, documents, out-of-wallet questions, mobile two-factor authentication and biometrics come together to solve the toughest identity problems. Privacy matters at Veratad. Our solutions verify age or identity in seconds while protecting sensitive personal data and promoting a high level of consumer privacy. Veratad’s goal is to keep our clients safe without losing focus on their goals of increasing profits, reducing costs, preventing fraud and enhancing compliance. For more information, visit https://veratad.com/.

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L-com Now Stocks IP67, Ethernet and USB Cable Assemblies Connectorized with Mighty Mouse Connectors


L-com Now Stocks IP67, Ethernet and USB Cable Assemblies Connectorized with Mighty Mouse Connectors

“Many of our customers…cannot afford to wait for these types of cables in the case of a line down situation. Now we can offer these Mighty Mouse assemblies with same-day shipping to satisfy these quick turn requirements,” said Dustin Guttadauro, Product Manager

L-com, an Infinite Electronics brand and a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that they have launched a new series of Ethernet and USB cables that feature Glenair’s 801 Series Mighty Mouse Connector on one end of the assembly. These rugged, tactical assemblies are built to USB 2.0, Category 5e or Category 6 standards.

At just half the size and weight of a D38999 connector, the high-performance Mighty Mouse connector is specified on hundreds of mission-critical interconnect applications worldwide and has become the de facto high-performance connector solution for many former users of the D38999 connector.

L-com’s Mighty Mouse assemblies are built with low-smoke zero-halogen (LSZH) or PVC jackets and are offered with either a male or female Mighty Mouse connector to a standard RJ45 or USB type-A connector. The Mighty Mouse connectors are IP67-rated even when unmated and offer superior lock-down and grounding characteristics when compared to standard connectors. All assemblies are shielded for EMI/RFI resistance and are suitable for outdoor use.

“These assemblies are nearly impossible to find off-the-shelf and typically require high minimum order quantities and 10-16 week lead times. Many of our customers support mission critical applications in harsh environments and cannot afford to wait for these types of cables in the case of a line down situation. Now we can offer these Mighty Mouse assemblies with same-day shipping to satisfy these quick turn requirements,” said Dustin Guttadauro, Product Manager.

L-com’s new Ethernet and USB Mighty Mouse Cable Assemblies are all in-stock and available for immediate shipment with no minimum order quantities.

About L-com:

L-com, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company’s product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2015 certified and many of its products are UL® recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics:

Based in Irvine, Calif., Infinite Electronics offers a broad range of components, assemblies and wired/wireless connectivity solutions, serving the aerospace/defense, industrial, government, consumer electronics, instrumentation, medical and telecommunications markets. Infinite’s brands include Pasternack, Fairview Microwave, L-com, MilesTek, Aiconics, KP Performance Antennas, PolyPhaser, Transtector, RadioWaves, ShowMe Cables, INC-Installs and Integra Optics. Infinite Electronics serves a global engineering customer base with deep technical expertise and support, with one of the broadest inventories of products available for immediate shipment.

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PRO Unlimited Named SIIA Business Technology Product CODiE Award Finalist for Best VMS Platform


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Finalists represent the best products, technologies and services in software, information and business technology.

PRO Unlimited, a global innovator of contingent workforce management software and services, today announced that its Wand® Vendor Management System (VMS) was named a 2020 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in the “Best VMS Platform” category. Finalists represent the best products, technologies and services in software, information and business technology.

Wand enables managers and program owners to effectively manage all aspects of the contingent workforce lifecycle. Core capabilities of Wand include, but are not limited to:

  • A true omnichannel experience via Wand Mobile, including comprehensive native apps on the iPhone, Android, iPad and Apple Watch
  • Total contingent workforce management that includes onboarding and offboarding, interview scheduling, Statement of Work (SOW) engagements, timecards and expenses, and much more
  • Extensive personalization options, including the ability to show/hide or reorder homepage components, plus set a new default homepage
  • Self-sourcing via Wand’s Talent Network
  • Wand Discovery analytics and reporting dashboards, providing insights to global headcount distribution by labor type, request fulfillment cycle time, and more

Acknowledged as the premier awards program for the software and information industries for 35 years, the SIIA CODiE Awards are produced by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software, education, media and digital content industries. Wand VMS was honored as one of 150 finalists across the 40 business technology categories.

“The 2020 CODiE Award finalists join a long and distinguished history of innovative products and services destined to transform the way we do business,” said Jeff Joseph, President of SIIA. “We congratulate all our finalists and look forward to seeing their impact across the B2B market for years to come.”

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-recognized awards program. Business technology leaders including senior executives, analysts, media, consultants and investors evaluate assigned products during the first-round review. Their scores determine the SIIA CODiE Award finalists, which account for 80% of the overall score. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products, and the scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners. Business Technology category winners will be announced May 18 during an online winner announcement ceremony.

Details about each finalist are listed at https://www.siia.net/codie/2020-Finalists.

About PRO Unlimited

PRO Unlimited, through its purely vendor-neutral Managed Services Program (MSP) and Vendor Management Software (VMS) solutions, helps organizations around the world address the costs, risks, and quality issues associated with managing a contingent workforce. A pioneer and innovator in the VMS and MSP space, PRO offers solutions for e-procurement and management of contingent labor, 1099/co-employment risk management, and third-party payroll for client-sourced contract talent.

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About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence. For more information, visit https://www.siia.net/codie.

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Bluefin and Plug’n Pay Technologies Announce Partnership for PCI-Validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE)


“With this new partnership, our merchants can now expect to benefit from increased security, reduced PCI scope and reduced PCI compliance costs, all with no additional development required. That is a Win/Win in my book,” said David Price, President, Plug’n Pay Technologies.

Bluefin, the leading provider of payment security technologies including PCI-validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solutions for retail, hospitality, healthcare, and higher education, has announced a new partnership with Plug’n Pay Technologies, a leading secure internet authorization provider, to provide Plug’n Pay clients PCI-validated P2PE through the company’s WebXpress™ Processing Gateway.

Plug’n Pay offers the industry’s most feature-rich, easy-to-integrate processing gateway, along with a wide array of leading-edge premium products that enable customers to maximize online and point-of-sale profits, reduce fraud risks, and build customer loyalty. With the company’s Payments as a Service model, there are no web server or hosting requirements. Surcharging, Convenience Fees, Billing Presentment, Recurring Billing, and Membership Management are just a few of their product offerings.

“We have been looking for a viable, robust P2PE solution for quite a while. Our merchants have been asking for a way to increase security, reduce PCI scope, and its associated significant cost. Bluefin’s P2PE solution addresses these needs on all points,” said David Price, President, Plug’n Pay Technologies. “Since 1996, when the company was first formed, PnP has always allowed its merchants to help drive product development based on their needs. So it was important for us to be able to answer their demands for a fully integrated P2PE solution.”

“With this new partnership, our merchants can now expect to benefit from increased security, reduced PCI scope and reduced PCI compliance costs, all with no additional development required. That is a Win/Win in my book,” added Price.

The Bluefin/ Plug’n Pay P2PE offering secures credit and debit card transactions by encrypting all data within a PCI-approved point of entry device. This prevents clear-text cardholder data from being available within the device, or in the merchant’s system where exposure to malware is possible. Data decryption always occurs offsite in a Bluefin hardware security module (HSM), ensuring the highest level of security.

“Plug’n Pay Technologies provides a complete suite of processing solutions for companies across the U.S.,” said Greg Cornwell, Chief Revenue Officer, Bluefin. “Not only is the company innovative in their approach to sales and serving their clients, but they are clearly dedicated to providing the gold standard of payment security with PCI-validated P2PE. This security solution will provide numerous cost and efficiency savings to their clients, while protecting payments through every point of acceptance.”

About Bluefin

Bluefin specializes in payment and data security technologies that protect point-of-sale (POS) and online transactions. Our security suite includes PCI-validated point-to-point encryption (P2PE) for retail, call center, mobile and unattended payments, and our ShieldConex® data security platform for the protection of personally Identifiable Information (PII), Personal Health Information (PHI), and payment data entered online. Bluefin is a Participating Organization (PO) of the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) and is headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in Chicago and Waterford, Ireland. For more information, please visit http://www.bluefin.com.

About Plug’n Pay Technologies

Since 1996, Plug’n Pay Technologies has been on the forefront of bringing secure, reliable eCommerce solutions to businesses of all sizes. Our transaction programs are developed specifically to meet the needs of today’s Internet merchant. Since 1996, more than 100,000 merchants have trusted us to manage their Internet payments.

Plug’n Pay is one of the pioneers of Internet payment solutions, enabling customers to maximize online and point-of-sale profits, reduce risk of fraud, and build customer loyalty with a wide array of leading-edge premium products and services. All of our products are simple to use, fast to integrate, and highly cost effective.

Plug’n Pay’s seamless “plug-in” technology allows merchants to accept and manage both credit card and electronic check payments in a secure environment. Our industry-leading cardholder fee absorbing models maximize merchant savings by allowing merchants to pass the cost of card processing onto the customer. Our “Attendant” product allows customers to manage their own billing profiles significantly for membership and recurring payment, thereby reducing customer service costs. We securely provide connectivity to all of the nation’s largest credit card processors, as well as to the EU and Caribbean, offering merchants the option to work with any bank they prefer.

Our flexible, cost-effective products make it easy for both online and brick-and-mortar retailers to gain a competitive edge by plugging into new profits and reducing risk.

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Captello Releases Digital Activations for Virtual Trade Show Platforms


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“We want exhibitors to know that, whatever the medium or platform they choose to use, Captello has the solution. We have developed a seamless experience that provides full control of the lead management process – from the trade show floor to the virtual, browser based experience.”

Considering the challenges of trade show exhibitors and organizers worldwide amidst current health concerns, Captello is working to meet the needs of those who are either temporarily shifting to, or additionally integrating with online methods of event participation, such as virtual trade shows.

New, digital activations are now available from Captello for use on any browser based platform. Add instant gamification to your virtual trade show experience and gain the competitive advantage of Captello’s full suite of lead management software solutions.

Captello injects lead capture data into a powerful workflow, which automatically qualifies leads according to user-defined criteria. Leads are then assigned to corresponding representatives for personalized follow-up. Enriched data then flows, in real-time, to your CRM and marketing automation platforms. Flexible, automated workflows initiate prospect follow-up with personalized communications in the form of SMS messages, emails, postcards, handwritten letters and more.

Captello provides further value with real-time analytics & reporting, and an event ROI calculator.

“We want exhibitors to know that, whatever the medium or platform they choose to use, Captello has the solution. We have developed a seamless experience that provides full control of the lead management process – from the trade show floor to the virtual, browser based experience.” – Emad Atya, Director of Engineering – Captello

Participants can now sign in to play games on any web page using customizable forms! Choose from a library of over twenty easily customizable games, which can be activated and launched within minutes, complete with company branding, color schemes, and more. Users are able to set up details such as branding, prizes, prize quantity, winning odds, and leaderboard settings using Captello’s web application. Here are some of the benefits:


  • Bring digital activations to your virtual trade show
  • Introduce an element of fun
  • Invite virtual attendees using a simple hyperlink
  • Play games using only a browser, no mobile device required
  • Capture more leads with campaigns and virtual events
  • Create a new channel for sending prizes
  • Automatically send leads into your CRM or marketing automation platform

Learn more about Captello: https://captello.com

Download Captello’s Activations Brochure: https://hello.captello.com/content/Captello-Activations-Brochure.pdf

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SamsonPR Extension Launches to Provide Early Stage Tech Startups with the Right Tools to Accelerate Awareness


SamsonPR is a San Francisco-based B2B technology communications agency, driven by analytics

Today we are rolling out a solution and package for tech startups that provides everything they need to launch a very successful PR program in a super accelerated time frame, and then to keep that momentum going, both internally and externally, said Scott Samson, founder and CEO of SamsonPR.

SamsonPR, an analytics-driven public relations agency specializing in B2B tech companies, today announced the launch of SamsonPR Extension, a program specifically tailored for early-stage tech startups either with seed and/or Series A funding. Developed to address the needs of high-growth emerging companies, SamsonPR Extension combines high-level strategic advisory services with results-driven execution.

SamsonPR Extension is designed from the ground up as an alternative to the traditional agency model, providing startups access to an embedded team of senior PR experts that serve as a core extension of their team. The program components include message development, media relations, thought leadership, content development, marketing solutions and social media strategy.

“The biggest challenge for many startups is balancing budget and growth. For many seed and series A companies, hiring an internal PR team is not realistic, especially at the level of expertise needed to launch their company and products in often complex and noisy markets,” said Scott Samson, founder and CEO of SamsonPR. “Today we are rolling out a solution and package for tech startups that provides everything they need to launch a very successful PR program in a super accelerated time frame, and then to keep that momentum going, both internally and externally.”

Three new units have been launched to enable the success of SamsonPR Extension:

SamsonVentures:

SamsonVentures allows startups to offset the cost of PR services by providing equity (sometimes part cash retainer and part equity), giving the SamsonPR team an investment in exchange for services. Currently, several clients are taking advantage of SamsonVentures as it provides a mutually beneficial arrangement to ensure you can put as much power into the PR program as possible early on in your company’s journey.

SamsonVisibility:

SamsonVisibility allows startup CEOs and founders to focus not just on PR for their company, but also to help build their executive visibility and profile. Often, tech companies allocate their PR budget under the marketing umbrella, with specific goals of driving awareness and demand for their products. However, what’s often missed is the critical importance of building CEO and founder reputations because this has very different goals than traditional marketing programs. However, failing to build executive visibility has consequences down the road that affect both the business and marketing initiatives. As part of this program, the SamsonPR team builds your story and helps get you out talking as a proven leader in your industry through media relations, events and social media.

SamsonAnalytics:

SamsonAnalytics is a tool that allows startups to have a better understanding of their competitive landscape with set benchmarks for the PR program to achieve. The tool provides an in-depth analysis of a client’s media coverage and share of voice (with media and social), compared to a core group of competitors. Based on the analysis, the SamsonPR team provides the key takeaways showing the real opportunities to capture more awareness, differentiate and stand out in the market. It also serves as a benchmarking tool to show awareness and growth over time.

SamsonPR is offering a free SamsonAnalytics report, showcasing your share of voice over the past few years against your core competitors, top writers covering your space, what’s working and not working with your current awareness, and key opportunities for your company to stand out and gain additional share of voice. Email info@samsonpr.com or visit http://www.samsonpr.com to sign up.

About SamsonPR:

SamsonPR is a San Francisco-based B2B technology communications agency, driven by analytics. The agency provides a new and better way of thinking about a brand and how to best run an effective communications program that not just delivers results, but ties back to a company’s business objectives. SamsonPR’s approach is always focused on top-tier visibility – quality over quantity – leveraging top-tier media relationships to tell a client’s story. It’s about telling the right story at the right time in front of the right audience. For more information on SamsonPR, visit http://www.samsonpr.com.

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PlanIt Schedule Provides 3 New Tools for Public Safety Professionals in Light of New COVID-19 Procedures


These new requests are top priority for us because right now, this is what we can do to help. Our clients are all in public safety. If we can add enhancements to the system to reduce any form of physical contact, we are going to try our best to get it done.

It is no secret that the coronavirus has brought challenges to every single organization in one way or another. PlanIt Schedule has received an influx of feature requests from their clients because of new procedures required of public safety departments throughout the US. These requests include some completely new features but also some minor adjustments within the current system. Within the past few weeks, the PlanIt Schedule team produced and released 3 new features: custom forms, a web time clock, and digital timesheet signatures.

“These new requests are top priority for us because right now, this is what we can do to help. Our clients are all in public safety. If we can add enhancements to the system to reduce any form of physical contact, we are going to try our best to get it done.” – Christian Yecker, CEO of PlanIt Schedule

Custom forms allow public safety professionals to create their current paper forms like daily checklists, training logs, and equipment requisitions, online. Departments are able to eliminate the entire physical component involved with submitting paper forms. Administrators in the PlanIt system can create multiple forms, add completely custom fields, and allow a select group of employees to submit the forms.

Another way departments can reduce physical contact is with the newly released web time clock. PlanIt Schedule users previously needed to clock in at a designated computer using either their username and password or their fingerprint. Therefore, they would need to either touch the keyboard and mouse or the biometric fingerprint scanner. Now each employee can clock in from their own individual devices using the web application or mobile app.

Lastly, PlanIt users are now able to digitally sign their timesheets for approval. So, instead of having to physically share a pen and paper, employees can digitally sign their timesheet through the system. Administrators are able to then export and print the timesheets with the signature if needed.

On top of these new features, the PlanIt Schedule team offers assistance for clients needing to adjust their master schedules. With COVID-19 spreading, some departments are working with a limited number of staff. Therefore, it becomes inevitable to adjust schedules in a timely manner. PlanIt provides free support to clients so that any department needing assistance is able to call or email with their questions.

About PlanIt Schedule: With over 15 years of experience, the PlanIt team takes pride in their expertise with public safety scheduling. They provide a robust yet easy-to-use personnel scheduling system for law enforcement, EMS, fire and dispatch agencies. To learn more please visit http://www.planitschedule.com.

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Thermal Camera Offers Group Temperature Screening with A.I. Facial Detection


Automatic snapshot when abnormal body temperature is detected

Automatic snapshot when abnormal body temperature is detected

Personnel can obtain accurate readings while adhering to social distancing requirements with a detection range of 2.6′ – 10.5′.

TEquipment announces the introduction of the Fotric 226B Thermal Camera which offers group temperature screening using A.I. Facial Detection for elevated or abnormal skin temperature.

The Fotric 226B is an efficient and streamlined solution designed to simplify the task of temperature monitoring and identifying subjects displaying abnormal readings. This product can be used to screen large groups of people simultaneously. Through its powerful A.I. face detection module, the Fotric 226B is able to automatically detect and screen individuals as they pass through its field of view. Check out this video to see it in action.

With a detection range of 2.6 to 10.5 feet, personnel are able to obtain accurate readings while adhering to social distancing requirements. The Fotric 226B can be placed at the head of a queue and will alert personnel when its temperature alarm has been triggered.

The Fotric 226B comes with the manufacturer’s WLIR software package as a standard item. WLIR has a built-in A.I. facial detection module, which automatically locks onto faces in the camera’s view for temperature measurement. It will also intelligently shield non-facial sources of high temperature. The WLIR has a built-in skin temperature calibration algorithm which automatically adjusts based on environmental conditions. This helps prevent false positives from fluctuations in morning and evening temperature. The WLIR software can also automatically count the number of screened personnel and suspected abnormal skin temperature alarms.

Highlighted features of the Fotric 226B include:

  • Automatically locks face temperature to prevent false alarms
  • A.I.-based face detection
  • Intelligent temperature calibration algorithm to prevent false negatives
  • Screen and alarm statistics
  • Automatic temperature alarm
  • Automatic photo of detected person with abnormal skin temp

The Fotric 226B is now available from TEquipment

Please note, these products are designed to screen temperature. They cannot be used to detect or diagnose COVID-19/Coronavirus.

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PAX Technology and Sound Payments Recognized for Providing an Optimal Tap to Pay Point of Sale Experience


In places such as gas stations where convenience and time are of the essence, a fast and easy payment experience should be readily available for customers

The Visa U.S. Qualified Tap to Pay Point of Sale Program recognizes point of sale providers ready and equipped to provide a consistent and improved tap to pay checkout experience. PAX and Sound Payments’ Tap to Pay Point of Sale solution showcases the PAX IM20 and Aries8 retrofitted in a gas pump and demonstrates the software providing the tap experience followed by a transaction for gas and convenience items like food and beverage.

This solution allows any gas station to more cost-effectively and easily migrate to EMV Pay-At-The-Pump for both contact and contactless payments. The solution can be deployed for both inside the convenience store or outside at the gas pump. PAX IM20 and Aries8 are both certified to process EMV transactions at the pump and will allow any gas station to satisfy the EMV Migration Deadline for Pay-At-The-Pump coming up in October 1st, 2020.

Requiring no signature or PIN, the easy nature of the tap to pay checkout experience allows the customer to focus on their purchases rather than expect a slew of prompts such as “insert card, remove card, enter PIN” and so on.

“In places such as gas stations where convenience and time are of the essence, a fast and easy payment experience should be readily available for customers,” says Andy Chau, President & CEO of PAX Technology. “We’re honored to have our combined solution with Sound Payments recognized by Visa as an optimal Tap to Pay Point of Sale Experience.”

“With PAX’s secure hardware and Sound Payment’s software solution, we offer a customer-centric Tap to Pay experience that will soon have customers wanting to tap more at every point of sale,” says Andrew Russell, the CEO of Sound Payments. “This award is made possible by our investment in experts and research to ensure the best contactless customer experience at the pump.”

By following the Visa’s guidelines for an optimal Tap to Pay Point of Sale experience, PAX and Sound Payments maintain the consistency required to ensure the point of sale delivers a fast, easy, and secure payment experience for customers.

About Sound Payments

Sound Payments is a multi-channel, diversified technology company that creates simplified, innovative solutions in the payments, petroleum and financial services industries. Petro Solutions provides technology solutions for the petroleum industry, including EMV Easy Pump™, which enables stations to cost-effectively install a retrofit solution at the pump that solves EMV. For more information, visit http://www.SoundPayments.com.

About PAX Technology Inc.

PAX Technology is one of the fastest-growing electronic payment solution providers in the world. PAX has been serving the global retail marketplace for over 20 years and has distribution in over 120 countries shipping over 50 million terminals worldwide. PAX offers a complete line of products and services supported by extensive R&D capabilities. In addition to a most competitive pricing model, quality assurance is the company’s top priority, which enables PAX to have a strong advantage in the marketplace.

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ZTR and BlackBerry Partner to Revolutionize the Rail Industry


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“Known as the railway experts, ZTR is the perfect partner to help expand asset monitoring solutions in a market where visibility and fleet insights can make a major difference in railway profitability,” Christopher Plaat, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BlackBerry Radar®

ZTR, a market leader in delivering innovative locomotive modernization solutions, and BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB), today announced they are combining their proven technology expertise to offer railcar owners, operators and suppliers a powerful new digital monitoring solution.

Recognizing there was an immediate industry need for a remote railcar monitoring solution that could withstand the rugged conditions of the railway, provide greater fleet insights and operate with extended battery life, the two companies decided to leverage their mutual strengths. The partnership combines ZTR’s decades of railway industry expertise, world-class technical support and Railway IoT experience with BlackBerry’s industry-leading communication technology, battery management, security, and hardware capabilities.

It was an easy decision for ZTR to work with BlackBerry, according to Sam Hassan, CEO and President of ZTR. “We’re always looking ahead to anticipate customer needs and improve availability, reliability and efficiency through innovation, so it made sense to join together to deliver greater customer value,” he said.

The new monitoring product is an end-to-end solution that helps railcar customers achieve increased efficiency. Available now through an intuitive online dashboard, the service includes location, utilization, and mileage data for railcars and other non-powered railway assets.

“Known as the railway experts, ZTR is the perfect partner to help expand the reach of our asset monitoring solution in an otherwise underserved market and one in which visibility and fleet insights can make a major difference in railway profitability,” said Christopher Plaat, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BlackBerry Radar®. “Together with ZTR, we share a vision to bring digital transformation to the railroads so that they can make better, data-driven decisions that lead to greater fleet efficiency.”

Backed by the strength of partnership and expertise, the new railcar product is the solution customers have been waiting for. Now with solid location information, they’ll be able to realize huge efficiency gains through analytics and reporting, and get unparalleled visibility into their operations, allowing them to optimize asset utilization.

To see this solution in action, email ZTR at railwayinfo@ztr.com or visit ZTR railcar monitoring for more information.

About ZTR

ZTR is a global technology company that develops solutions for the rail and construction industries. The company is known as a pioneer in the development of locomotive modernization solutions and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technology. It designs products and services aimed at improving the performance and reliability of aging locomotives, and delivers railway and industrial telematics solutions that allow companies to remotely monitor and manage mobile as well as fixed assets. With more than 400,000 telematics-enabled assets under contract, ZTR serves over 125 industrial Original Equipment Manufacturers, many top rental houses, and major railroads worldwide. For more information, visit ZTR Railway or follow us @ZTR_ Solutions.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry* (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry’s vision is clear – to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

*BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

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