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2b Acting release their hard-hitting interactive video ‘NO: The Line’, painting a disturbing picture of a virus-controlled future

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Yorkshire based digital media and theatre company 2b Acting, has released yet another hard-hitting NO interactive video, ‘The Line’. A disturbing dystopian future where citizens are heavily controlled to maintain self-isolation.

The sudden societal changes introduced in response to controlling the COVID-19 virus, such as social distancing, wearing of masks, lockdowns, virus tracking apps, etc. serve as the backdrop to 2b Acting’s latest episode in the ‘NO series’ of interactive videos.

Their ‘NO series’ raise subjects that have an impact on society and where a question can be asked that should have the answer NO, yet this is not the case. For example, “Is it right that 3 million children die from hunger in this world every year?” NO! But it keeps happening.

In ‘NO: The Line, the question asked is, “Is it right to brainwash a population?” To answer this, the viewer takes the role of a controller, an employee, asked to utilise known control techniques to keep Angela (played by Anastasia Ampatzoglou) from crossing a self-isolation demarcation point – The Line. This is represented as a marked border that Angela has been conditioned never to cross, to stay safe.

Whilst the story presents a future that may never happen it does highlight the possible abuse of control techniques currently being employed and the subsequent trade between our humanity and our safety because of it.

“In this interactive video, the viewer controls the unfolding story. Each decision has consequences for Angela and in this way, the viewer gains a better understanding as to why answering NO to the question is not as straight forward as it first appears”, says 2b Acting. “This is an interesting way to tell this powerful story, which is great for us, as we want our art to lead towards truths that encourage betterment.”

Interactive videos do allow for new ways to tell stories and those who watch will find this medium more engaging and meaningful than other forms of storytelling. The interactive video is available for viewing by Enhanced Mode users on 2b Acting’s InView platform.

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The Future of Retail – Stay Shut or Get Creative

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The Future of Retail – Stay Shut or Get Creative V#4

With some normality returning to the retail sector, 50% of brands are keeping their doors shut. What is the future of retail and the high street as we know it? What must businesses do to remain competitive, whilst staying in business? David Blackburn, founder of www.MarketingQuotes.co.uk comments.

The retail landscape had been failing for several years, with the casualties including many of the nation’s favourite shops, with Mothercare, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Patisserie Valerie and Marks & Spencer among those that have been forced to close or downsize in response to changing consumer habits. Now with retail centres open again, 50% of brands have their doors firmly shut, as many tenants have negotiated zero rents with landlords for the remainder of 2020, and into 2021. If their doors do open, rents are due and furloughed staff would need to return to work.

With less footfall in underpopulated retail centres, many consumers are not coming back, not enjoying the experience. COVID-19 has fast forwarded the demise of the retail landscape by 5 years, and retail will never ever be the same again. In January it was predicted that in 2020 more than 17,000 stores would close their doors for good in. Now mid COVID, that figure is predicted to rise.

In the UK 82% of consumers have shopped online at some point. 10 years ago, that figure was mid 50%, with the UK having one of the highest ecommerce retail activity in Europe. In December 2019 over 21% of all retail sales were on line, representing £1-in-every-£5 spent, according to the Office of National Statistics. Again, due to COVID that percentage has increased.

Retailers now need to adapt and change within this evolving landscape. Retail spaces were once destinations where the shopping experience partnered with the hospitality sector. Now with cinema’s, café’s, bars, restaurants, and gym’s closed, 2020 may herald the death of the shopping centre or retail park.

Intu Properties, one of Britain’s largest shopping centre operators, recently appointed accountancy firm KPMG as administrator to make a “contingency plan” for administration, if it cannot reach an agreement with its creditors for the Trafford Centre and Lakeside, which may close, asking the question, who is next?

How can all retailers plan for survival?
The online marketplace is the future! To be competitive retailers must allow shoppers to purchase online, not relying on shoppers walking into a store. No longer seen as fashionable, M&S is ditching its clothing stores as they have lost the eye of the consumer. However they are also victims of the digital revolution. In a recent TV interview, M&S was criticised for its arrogance, with an executive being quoted as saying, ‘You know, we don’t really need to go onto the internet. People like to come into a store’. Is this a case of RIP for M&S?

What can retailers do?
The key to recovery is a change in thinking, a change of business model, new propositions, and a review of the retail landscape. New emerging retailers no longer want the burden of long leases in shopping centres and retail parks, requiring flexible and mixed retail spaces, preferring pop-ups, markets, tertiary retail space, smaller retail units and more importantly, a solid on-line presence.

The key is ‘re-marketing’ and the need to be to be competitive. All retailers must have a strong web and e-commerce presence, with the ability for shoppers to ‘buy on line’ either for despatch by mail, or for ‘click & collect’.

Morrisons recently opened its cafes as takeaways, launching a new hot-food-to-go service in all 402 of its Cafés nationwide, becoming UK’s biggest fish and chip retailer, selling 2 million portions each year. Now with a tie up with Deliveroo, this true lateral thinking gives the customers what they want, which is food on the table, when they want it, delivered to home. With physical space being so expensive, crippling rents and business rates place additional financial pressures on retailers, brands can seek alternative ways to operate. Argos did this, leaving their stand-alone retail environment, and piggybacking ‘in-store’ with Sainsbury.

What will the future high street look like?
The demise of the shopping centre could herald the rise of the high street, providing exemplary retail spaces, residential accommodation, and all the amenities that modern consumers desire, at affordable rents. The high street has the potential to become a new community space, where people can live, work and play in one social arena.

Town centres and high streets can be at the forefront of engagement in their communities, listening to what people want as opposed to giving them what they think they want. Introduce more living space into central locations, make parking free to encourage further footfall. With workers reluctant to commute into cities post COVID, high streets could offer ‘work hub’s supported by local authorities, with coffee shops, grab and go food options, dry cleaners, heel bars, small independent retailers, and an eclectic mix of retail, providing a more intimate and pleasing environment.

Technology will be the tool that will transform the town centre, meeting the many different consumer needs, offering everything from free Wi-Fi to improved transport links and electric car charging points. But it seems the key to revitalising the high street lies in the heart of the high street itself – with the people who shop, work, and live there.

Written by: David Blackburn, founder of Marketing Quotes, providing businesses with FIVE Agency Quotes for FREE. E: support@marketingquotes.co.uk W: www.MarketingQuotes.co.uk

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Crowdfunding for growth to accommodate the future of sustainable travel

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Market demands for a focus on more responsible travel are being met by working with local charities and planting trees.

UK company YellowWood Adventures Limited is ideally positioned for the bounce-back in international travel; specialising in small group adventures in remote locations including Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia & Ladakh.

Ahead of the curve in responsible practices, YellowWood partners with local charities to support the communities they travel through, including Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, Food Blessed in Lebanon and 17,000 Ft Foundation in Ladakh, Northern India.

They also plant 15 trees for everyone who takes an international flight to one of their adventures via partner charity WeForest.org.

Over half (55%) of global travellers report being more determined to make sustainable travel choices than they were a year ago, but barriers include a lack of knowledge and available or appealing options when trying to put this into practice.” – Booking.com’s 2019 sustainable travel report

Travellers are seeing how the slowdown of human travel due to the impact of the coronavirus has had an enormous positive effect on the environment, and this is also changing perceptions of how people wish to travel in the future.

YellowWood already has this infrastructure in place, and is currently crowdfunding to expand their team, to be able to provide more clients the type of sustainable, experiential travel they are looking for. They have already reached £38,000 with five weeks still remaining of the campaign.

UK travel magazine Wanderlust received 2,914 responses to their May 2020 travel survey, with the following two very encouraging statistics from their findings: 1) Over 60% of their travellers hope to travel this year & 2) Over 60% of travellers are looking to book their 2021 adventures this year.

The sustainable nature of YellowWood tours themselves; small groups creating a lower negative impact in off the beaten track destinations away from crowds, with local income generation, will be increasingly popular in post-covid tourism.

Website:
www.yellowwoodadventures.com

YellowWood’s crowdfunding link:
https://www.crowdcube.com/companies/yellowwood-adventures-limited/pitches/q4n8eZ

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In “Dear Future Ancestor,” Artist Daniel Beaty Uses Love as Catalyst to Overcome Racial Injustice

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In “Dear Future Ancestor,” a poem that speaks to the country’s injustices and inhumanity against African-Americans, author/activist/playwright, Daniel Beatty, soothes, empowers, and challenges “future ancestors” in a firm, but hopeful, way to act now to right the racial injustices that have plagued our country since its start.

A writer of plays, poems and books, Beaty has been addressing issues of race and inequality in titles such as “Run Black Man Run,” “A Lost Black Boy Speaks,” “Dance Mama Dance,” “Love Always Wins,” “Transforming Pain to Power,” and “Knock Knock.” This year’s series of racial events culminating in last week’s death of George Floyd, prompted Beaty to write the poem, “Dear Future Ancestor,” to push future ancestors to act now, but to use love as a sword. Beaty is at once soothing:

“Your courage to love is your heart’s lubrication. And though you are afraid, now is the time to love more.”

hopeful and empowering:

“You are the promise now.”

“You are the architects of freedom.”

“You are the minds that strategize a clear, precise agenda for change now.”

while nevertheless challenging:

Future ancestor, earn your place amongst the legions of ancestors past.

Future ancestor….what are we going to do – now?

In a prior interview, Beaty expressed his philosophy as follows: “I want people to [understand] that we are more alike than we are unalike. I really believe that we are all connected. There are a variety of things that happen in the world that cause us to believe that we’re different from each other. I believe that a lot of the greatest problems that happen in the world come from that false belief that we’re disconnected; but, it is my belief that we’re all reflections of one another.”

“Dear Future Ancestor” is attached as well as a link to a video of Beaty’s presentation of the poem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA4idvETJCQ&feature=youtu.be

Dear Future Ancestor
Dear Future Ancestor,

If I could take all your pain
Wrap it in my arms
And toss it into the depth of the Middle Passage
Where countless tears have filled waters
Stretching from Africa to these Americas
I would

If I could take your rage
And ball it into a collective fist
And smash injustice into a thousand pieces of light
Carving a path for future generations
I would

If I could whisper into the soul of every black child
Confused, trembling in fear:
You are safe. You are protected
Your #blacklivesmatter
I would

If I could promise every black parent
That nothing can assassinate the promise
You birthed into creation
Your seed will flourish, it must
I would

If I could assure every lover that the body you hold
Is sacred, is the peace of God, is a miracle
Your courage to love is your heart’s lubrication
And though you are afraid, now is the time to love more
I would

If my spirit could inhabit everybody that fears you
Illuminate their hearts, their minds, their eyes
To the beauty of your Divinity
Shine light on the oneness of our shared humanity
I would

Because I cannot, please know these words…

You are the King, the Malcolm
The Tubman, the Truth,
The Robeson, The Simone
The direction and the promise
Now

You are the feet that march,
The bodies hosed and arrested
The songs of freedom sung loud
The collective action
Now

You are the architects of freedom
The late night camp meetings
The minds that strategize
A clear, precise, agenda for change
Now

You are the rage and the pain
You are the hope and the vision
Even though your heart is breaking
You are the salve
Now

Future Ancestor know yourself
It is when we are under attack that we must know
The unlimited power of black soul
It is time to mobilize and act
Now

Future Ancestor earn your place
Amongst the legion of heroes past
Breathe deep, look inside: we are here
In your brother, sister’s eyes: we are here
Now

Future Ancestor,
Who are you?
Do you truly know your power?
Then, what are you going to do?
Now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA4idvETJCQ?feature=oembed

Daniel Beaty Bio

Daniel Beaty is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and community activist. His critically acclaimed plays Through the Night, Emergency, Mr. Joy, and The Tallest Tree in the Forest – Paul Robeson, have been performed at venues ranging from the Public and Lincoln Center to the White House and maximum security prisons. He has garnered numerous awards including an Obie award for writing and performance and three NAACP Theater Awards. A highly requested performer & keynote speaker, Beaty has worked throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa. He is the co-writer/star of the critically acclaimed feature film Chapter & Verse. In fall 2011, Beaty launched a nationwide initiative called I DREAM using the tools of storytelling to help individuals and communities heal trauma. I DREAM currently serves thousands of young people in three cities across America. A graduate of Yale University (BA) & American Conservatory Theatre (MFA), Beaty has developed original scripted television shows with Imagine/Fox, Fox/Showtime, and UCP/USA. Beaty just completed a documentary about the impact of mass incarceration on children and families called Behind the Glass. A child of an incarcerated parent himself, Daniel’s poem Knock Knock has become an Internet sensation receiving over 30 million views and has been made into a children’s book, also titled Knock Knock, published by Little Brown Books. Penguin-Random House published his empowerment book Transforming Pain to Power in February 2014. Beaty is developing an original T.V. show based on his life executive produced by multi-Grammy Award-Winning Artist, Alicia Keys, and Vin Diesel. He is currently a writer/producer for HBO’s hit show A Million Little Things.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danielbbeaty/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danielbbeaty1

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-beaty-27411122?trk=people-guest_people_search-card

Twitter: https://twitter.com/danielbbeaty?lang=en

Website: https://www.danielbeaty.com/



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Explore The Seasons With Future Moons Debut EP – Set For Release on May 22nd

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Explore The Seasons With Future Moons Debut EP

RELEASE DATE: May 22nd

CONTACT: rach@musicgateway.com or steph@musicgateway.com

Beguiling duo Future Moons are set to release their debut EP ‘Seasons’ on May 22nd. The ‘Seasons’ EP takes in the natural beauty of each changing season, interspersed with instrumental interludes that capture the progression of nature.

We’re looking to place interviews, features, reviews & more ahead of / inline with the release of the EP.

Future Moons is made up of singer Kota Wade & guitarist Tommy Oleksyn, a meeting of two deeply creative minds.

Kota Wade is a prolific singer/songwriter & social media influencer who also appeared on season 9 of The Voice: US – making it onto Gwen Stefani’s team & winning praise from the likes of Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Rihanna to name just a few! Wade has been featured & supported by Billboard, Entertainment Weekly & Parade Magazine alongside sharing stages with Echosmith, Semi-Precious Weapons, We Came As Romans & Dallon Weekes of Panic! At The Disco.

Together, Future Moons build immersive melodies that give weight to the host of honours that have already been bestowed upon them individually. Their blend of haunting vocals, swelling melodies & spacey guitars have earned them a large global audience & their debut single ‘Entangled’ was met with strong praise & tens of thousands of streams.

The ‘Seasons’ EP will be led by single ‘Golden’, which began as a journal entry chronicling how the golden light of summer comes over the tops of the Southern Californian mountains. The modern landscape of ‘Golden’ is a shining & fresh perspective on a concept that is often overlooked & taken as a given.

Future Moons ‘Seasons’ EP Press Kit – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ovg3wxHztUfgkAbdOouKph6uK-og-RPJ/view?usp=sharing (includes all information, pre-save link and access to a preview audio of the EP)

Please get in touch if you are interested in reviewing the EP or interviewing Future Moons.

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SUMMUS SOLUTIONS N.V. (“SS.H”) RUMOURED TO DOUBLE THEIR STAKE IN FUTURE UNICORN START-UP COMPANY IONOTERRA LIMITED

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Rumours continue to circulate on Wall Street that Vancouver based entrepreneurial private equity firm Summus Solutions N.V. will be doubling their stake in Israeli start up, Ionoterra Limited.

Summus Solutions N.V., listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange under symbol SS.H, – as per the 31st December 2019 filings – already owned 11% of Ionoterra Inc. and with Ionoterra hitting the headlines of late, with talks that they are planning to do a Proof of Concept in California and are about to sign a number of multimillion-dollar contracts with a number of governments around the world, Summus Solutions N.V. vying to increase their equity stake in Ionoterra Ltd., who can blame them? Ionoterra Ltd. is considered to be hot property on Wall Street right now with most firms laying odds on bets that Ionoterra Inc. are on the verge of hitting the big time.  If you’re looking for the next potential Unicorn company as an addition to your portfolio, look no further than Ionoterra Ltd.

Although unconfirmed, there are whispers circulating that Ionoterra Ltd. has recently turned down a host of sizeable investment offers from big name private equity investors such as The Carlyle Group, CVC Capital Partners and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Doran Angelovitch, CEO of Ionoterra Ltd. said; “When we started out, we approached a number of private equity firms in the hope they would assist us in realising our dream of implementing our exclusive patented technology which we knew would give citizens of our planet, eight hours warning before a devastating earthquake was about to strike their region. Almost all of the firms we approached did not believe in us. It was only Summus Solutions N.V. who showed faith in us in the beginning and supported us financially, allowing us the time and the resources we needed to achieve proof of concept. Of course, now our technology has actually been proven, and we have very real interest from many governments as well as the United Nations to deploy our technology worldwide, we have received many offers from those same private equity firms who turned us down initially. We shall continue to achieve our goals and aspirations in partnership with Summus Solutions N.V.”

Urs Meisterhans, President and CEO of Summus Solutions N.V. was unavailable for comment at this time, but should Summus Solutions N.V. increase their stake in Ionoterra Ltd., their share price will skyrocket giving joy to all shareholders in Summus Solutions N.V.

For further information visit: www.ionoterra.com or write to Mr. James Carter, Chief Investment Officer at Charterhouse Private Equity Inc. – j.carter@charterhousepartners.com

 

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AcademyNow.io is launched and ready for deployment. Digital Classrooms of the future

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May 14th 2020, BitBahn Ltd, Bedford, UK, has spent the last 6 weeks looking at the impacts on various sectors of the UK due to Covid-19, to understand how and where we can add value by using technology. This week we have released our first fully managed cloud service, AcademyNow, to provide a full hybrid classroom environment that enables educators to continue to educate and engage students now and in the future wherever they reside. Our platform mixes the at school with the at home to deliver a fully engaging experience between educators and there students. Since the beginning of the crisis we have been reviewing the various industry platforms available and in use already in reaction to the Covid-19, choosing to learn from this and return to the basics of what a classroom really is today. AcademyNow delivers registration, control, and engagement. It allows the educator to teach as they normally would utilising their existing toolset while extending the classroom to the far reaches of the internet.

In the coming weeks the school system in the UK will be returning to a mixed mode of delivery based on the government’s latest guidance, this is where Academy now can step in and bridge the gap for education. Our system is uniquely tailored to each individual education organisation we work with, this allows us to provision and delivers service in line with the policy and guidelines required by each customer, breaking the one-size-fits-all approach that is causing constraint currently.

AcademyNow is delivered over standard broadband and can be accessed via, Laptops, Desktops, Ipad’s and most modern devices. The service is fully supported on a 24x7x365 basis, with our own in house engineers ready to fully support deployments and services.

Lee Quince, Director of BitBahn said:
“BitBahn is committed to delivering outstanding technology at this time. We are enabling services that are unique and solution providing.”
“We are specialists in the cloud. secure managed networks, hosting, and bespoke wireless solutions. We work very closely with our potential clients to fully understand their requirements and support them through the whole process and relationship.”

Charles Albinson-Currey, Director of BitBahn said:
“At BitBahn, we are proud that we are ready and able to help. Our robust and resilient solutions are allowing our client’s businesses to continue seamlessly and focus on what they do best.

Notes to Editors
1. For media inquiries please contact: leeq@bitbahn.io
+44 7970 070860
charlesa@bitbahn.io +44 7538 884091

2. AcademyNow our service is presented on https://academynow.io

2. BitBahn has a range of secure, bespoke, and off the shelf IT solutions to help businesses of all types to survive and thrive during this difficult period. We have specialists that can help reduce the stress and ensure your business can rise to the challenges.

For further information, please contact 01234 860 130 or go to our website at https://bitbahn.io

3. For smaller firms, sole-traders, and households our sister company BitStreme as a range of connectivity solutions with the potential to transform your internet experience.

For further information, please contact us on 01234 860130 or go to our website at https://bitstreme.io

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New release sets the path for the future of visitor management

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On Thursday 23rd April, one of the world’s fastest-growing visitor management apps, Sign In App, made their biggest step forward to date as they launched version 4 of their iPad-based app.

Backstory
Work on (what would become) version 4 started at the end of 2018 when the team spent a few days of their holiday break reimagining how Sign In App could look as they moved into 2019 and beyond. As the year progressed, the scope grew; incorporating more and more ambitious ideas. By the summer of 2019 it was clear that a whole new app was needed and following six months of development and three months of testing, the Sign In App team were finally ready to release version 4 into the hands of their community.

Continual evolution of the product and platform is part of Sign In App’s DNA. If you’re a Sign In App subscriber or have followed them for a while, that won’t surprise you as you’ll have seen the fruits of the team’s labours each and every month. They look at where workplaces are heading and build useful features, releasing them at no additional cost to benefit the Sign In App community.

While no-one could’ve predicted the challenges we’re all facing today, the team are glad to hear that so many of you are using Sign In App to adapt; whether that’s switching to remote working with confidence, building detailed health questionnaires for contractors and staff or producing daily rundowns of key workers still signing in to the site.

Sign In App understands that visitor management might not be at the top of everyone’s agendas as they release version 4. But just like remote sign ins, each new feature gives subscribers more ways to customise the product, adapting it to suit their needs at the time. With that in mind here’s a quick overview of version 4 and why Sign In App feel it’s their biggest step forward to date.

Supporting new features
The team behind Sign In App are ambitious, talented and imaginative. Their roadmap is packed with ideas that they can’t wait to release and share with their community. Because the product evolves so quickly, it’s already radically different from the version 3 which released at the start of 2018. Back then, they were introducing GDPR features and visitor groups for the first time. In the months since, Sign In App has added events, companion app, Sign In App Tap, personal fields and many more.

By building a new app with version 4, it gives Sign In App the opportunity to take everything they’ve learned from a period of rapid growth and optimise the app, streamlining the code to create a new platform to support future projects. With a clear roadmap ahead, version 4 is ready for many new features to come. At launch, Sign In App is introducing video messages, message documents, video welcome screens, new evacuation reports, support for multiple sites and lots more. To read about 20 changes coming in version 4, click here.

More ways to customise
The Sign In App team has always been passionate about trying to provide the best sign in experience in the market. They do this by having a wide range of customisation options, a stable, secure platform and the simple sign in process that’s become their trademark. They’ve been amazed by the ingenious ways people use Sign In App, from signing out keys to signing in dogs, they’re constantly impressed by how their community uses the customisation options available to them.

As Sign In App continues to grow, customisation will remain at its heart with even more options to customise the sign in experience for your staff, contractors and guests. The new sign in experience in v4 adds an optional ‘light mode’ theme and support for videos throughout the application to give you more ways to stand out, promote your brand and share important site information.

Improved accessibility
The team is proud of the feedback they get around Sign In App’s usability and intuitiveness. That applies across the board from the online portal, to the companion app for smartphones and of course the iPad app for receptions. Many people who sign in to site via the iPad are using the product for the first time, so it’s critically important that the experience there is simple and self-explanatory.

It’s equally important that the app itself is accessible, allowing guests of all ages and levels of technical experience to sign in unaided. It’s one of the main reasons the Sign In App team chose a touchscreen (iPad, for its familiarity at home) and suggest using landscape orientation (for the largest onscreen keyboard). This has helped Sign In App become popular in sectors such as care homes and charities where the user base is wide and varied.

Never content to rest on their laurels, the team want to do more to ensure Sign In App is the most accessible visitor management solution in the market. Version 4 introduces improvements across the board with larger and heavier fonts, clearer buttons and audio feedback such as button sounds and spoken messages. The optional new sign in experience takes this even further with larger custom fields and more accessibility options including button and font sizing.

Sign In App continues to work with their clients who regularly sign in visually impaired guests to ensure the changes they’re bringing are helpful and encourage feedback from their community around any accessibility issues they’d like to address.

Version 4 of the iPad app is a leap forward in accessibility and usability, with more customisation options than ever and an interface that’s still simple to use. The team at Sign In App are looking forward to getting it in your hands and remember, version 4 and all the new features are included at no extra cost as part of your Sign In App subscription.

If you have any questions about Sign In App, send them an email at support@signinapp.com or start a live chat online at signinapp.com and the team will be happy to help.

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Speedy investor uptake on WPO Bond shows strong appetite for a green future

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The launch of WPO’s 600,000 euro bond last week saw a surge in interest from investors on the crowd lending platform Lendosphere, which led it to reaching its target in 24 hours and the setting of a record for the financing of energy transition related projects.

Barthélémy Rouer, the founder of WPO said:  “We are thrilled to witness such enthusiasm for our digital energy transition project, this is a testimony to the willingness of citizens to be part of the change for a greener future.

The bond which attacted 466 investors in less than 24 hours was open to all, including individuals,  and was to pre-finance a new energy transition model, based on the collection and processing of energy data. Set at €600 000 the target was met in 23 hours, a record setting success for Lendosphere, France’s leading crowdfunding platform for paid loans dedicated to the energy transition.

Amaury Blais, President of Lendosphère commented: “ WPO’s business model is different from the other projects on Lendosphere but the ambition of this project appealed to the investors in an unprecedented way. This accomplishment underlines the relevance of our action and the growing interest of the citizens to participate in the energy transition.“

The energy transition model is based on data, through the digitalization of the management of wind and solar farms allows the collection in real time of large amounts of data related to the operation of these infrastructures: electrical data (power, intensity, frequency…), mechanical data (temperature, vibration, noise…), meteorological data (wind speed, atmospheric pressure, radiation, etc.) and others.

The Intelligent processing of this data has a threefold advantage:

Reduces costs through the automation of multiple control and management functions. Maximizes green energy production through the early detection and anticipation of anomalies on facilities. Increases Transparency by certifying green energy production and making this data available to the general public, institutions, and professionals.

This virtuous cycle benefits both the producer who optimizes its facilities, and the general public who is now able to evaluate and verify the progress of the energy transition through reliable access to live data as it happens in real time.

The bond issue will allow WPO to deploy the most effective means to increase its data portal and enhance its value through artificial intelligence. To do this, private certificates of renewable energy production, called GoCerts, will be created in real time, registered and transferred by a shared electronic registration device (“Distributed Ledger Technology”).

ABOUT WPO:

Established in 2008, WPO is a leader in independent asset management and associated specialized services for wind and solar power in Europe. The company oversees 600 production sites in 10 European countries with a capacity of more than 5 gigawatts, i.e. 1700 wind turbines and 12 million photovoltaic modules. Today, WPO contributes to the production of electricity from renewable sources for the equivalent of about two million people, almost the population of intramural Paris. It offers technical, commercial and financial management solutions, and holds among its clients and stakeholders more than 360 companies, including investment funds, insurers, reinsurers, developers, banks, mixed economy companies, and independent electricity producers. In a world where energy management is becoming increasingly decentralized and complex, WPO’s main objective is to ensure energy sustainability and create the conditions for greater trust through issuing the first energy production certificates from reliable and traceable renewable sources on the world market. WPO is listed on the Financial Times FT1000 2017 as one of Europe’s 1000 Fastest Growing Companies.

UK Media Contact:

Thomas Poston
Email: tdvposton@gmail.com
Phone: +447970949777
Website: www.wpo.eu

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A truly international audience came to Berlin to debate the future of medical travel

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A truly international audience came to Berlin to debate the future of medical travel

The IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2019 , held in Berlin, Germany on December 1-3 2019, attracted delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and participants from throughout Europe and as far afield as Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, India, UAE, Mexico and USA. The Summit brought together key opinion leaders and senior executives involved in medical tourism and healthcare businesses across the world to discuss the future of this developing industry sector.

The Summit was co-hosted by TEMOS

The Summit addressed many of the issues that face the sector – the future of global healthcare, trends in healthcare and technology, destination development, and the patient experience. Sessions were dedicated to specific areas such as fertility travel, dental travel, and wellness tourism and important international patient markets including Russia and the CIS, and the Gulf. The closing highlight of the event, the Great Debate, conducted in Oxford Union style, considered whether “medical travel facilitators are an endangered species – arguments for and against.”

According to Keith Pollard, IMTJ Editor in Chief and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International:

“Without doubt, this year’s IMTJ Medical Travel Summit was the best so far. We welcomed back many regular attendees who view the Summit as the “must attend” event in their calendar. First timers were impressed by the quality of the content and the networking opportunities and will certainly be back for more next year.“

The event was made possible through the support of Medical Korea, Health Care Industries Cluster Berlin-Brandenburg Health Capital, Bagatin Clinic, Kvarner Health Croatia, Quironsalud, Sana Hospital Group, Gruppo San Donato, Curemart, Healthcare Markets International, European Patient Experience Innovation Congress, Malaysia Healthcare, Illes Balears, Western Union Business Solutions, Mayo Clinic Healthcare in partnership with Oxford University Clinic, Temos International, Clemenceau Medical Center, Health Tourism Albania, Thornbury Nursing Services, France Surgery, Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital, Costa Cálida – Región de Murcia, Helios International, Dünyagöz Hospitals Group, China Medical University Hospital.

For all media enquiries, including images of the Summit and interviews with Keith Pollard, please contact Sarah Ward: sarahward@imtj.com

About IMTJ

The International Medical Travel Journal provides insight into the medical travel and medical tourism sector. IMTJ was established in 2007 in response to the increasing interest in medical travel and medical tourism. It embraces many of the themes that challenge healthcare providers across the world – insurance, accreditation, marketing and promotion, quality, patient safety, levels of care and experience in treating international patients.

IMTJ is independent of the associations and special interest groups that have come aboard the medical tourism bandwagon. Our aim is to create a central focus for information, resources and opinion on medical travel for those involved in the industry, anywhere in the world.

The internationalisation of healthcare through medical travel is at the heart of IMTJ. Patients are becoming healthcare consumers and in many countries, patient choice is being extended to surgery and treatment provided by international hospitals and clinics. By sharing expertise, knowledge, and views about the health travel industry, IMTJ helps to ensure that patient expectations are met, and that the industry maintains a high reputation.

LaingBuisson

The International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) is owned and managed by LaingBuisson International. The company also operates consumer facing portals for medical tourism – Treatment Abroad and Fertility Treatment Abroad.

LaingBuisson is a leading healthcare intelligence provider and has been serving clients for over 30 years with insights, data and analysis of market structures, policy and strategy across healthcare and social care. LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK Government Office for National Statistics and works globally with providers, commissioners, payors, manufacturers, investors, regulators and advisors. LaingBuisson helps clients to understand their markets, make informed decisions and deliver better outcomes through market intelligence, consulting and data solutions.

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