MobileIron and ThinPrint Partner to Bring Managed and Secure Mobile Printing to Enterprises

Cooperation enables MobileIron customers to easily and securely integrate their iOS and Android devices into their print environments

 

BERLIN, May 16, 2018 — MobileIron, the secure foundation for modern work, and ThinPrint, the print management experts, have entered into a technology partnership to enable mobile printing for MobileIron customers. The enhanced cooperation can be managed and rolled out to users via the MobileIron solution. ThinPrint Mobile Print, which ThinPrint will present at MobileIron Live! user conference in Berlin from May 16-17, is now available in the MobileIron Marketplace.

 

MobileIron enables enterprises to secure and manage modern operating systems in a world of mixed-use mobile devices and desktops. To enable mobile printing, ThinPrint has implemented the AppConfig standard. This means that the ThinPrint Mobile Print app can be easily pre-configured and rolled out via MobileIron. Customers can now manage printing from their smartphones and tablets.

 

The ThinPrint solution enables printing to all existing network printers, regardless of printer model or manufacturer. A significant advantage for IT departments is that rights and printer assignments for mobile users can be adopted from Microsoft Active Directory or from print servers and modified accordingly if necessary.

 

This ensures that every authorized employee can also use the same printers that they access from their desktop – all directly from their iPhones, iPads and Android devices in just a few simple steps.

 

“We’re delighted to be working with a leading Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) provider like MobileIron,” said Thorsten Hesse, CPO at ThinPrint. “For MobileIron users, this integration closes an important gap when it comes to mobile productivity.”

 

“Modern work needs modern solutions. By partnering with ThinPrint, we provide our customers with a mobile print app that allows their authorized users to print documents directly from their authorized iOS and Android devices without any complex configurations,” said Peter Machat, vice president of Central EMEA, MobileIron.

 

A free demo version of ThinPrint Mobile Print is available at: www.thinprint.com/mobileprint

 

About ThinPrint

ThinPrint, with nearly 20 years of continuous development and internationally patented ThinPrint technology, is the leading provider of print management software and services for businesses. Whether printing from traditional PCs, mobile devices, thin clients, virtual desktops, or from the cloud, over 25,000 companies across all industries and of all sizes optimize their printing infrastructure and increase productivity thanks to ThinPrint. In addition, more than 100, and growing, Desktop-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service providers deliver reliable, high-performance printing from the cloud to their customers all due to ThinPrint. The investment in ThinPrint leads to a fast ROI because the easy-to-implement and manage print system reduces the burden on IT departments, results in significant performance improvements to the network while ensuring optimal, reliable print support at every workplace. ThinPrint technologies and components enable its use in almost any infrastructure and take into account integration of branch and home offices as well as mobile employees. The solutions are developed and rigorously tested at ThinPrint’s headquarters in Berlin – software Made in Germany. Offices in the United States, the UK, Australia, Japan and Brazil, as well as more than 350 channel partners around the world offer direct and on-site customer care. Thanks to numerous OEM partnerships, ThinPrint technology components are integrated in a variety of terminals, print boxes and thin clients of leading hardware manufacturers. Special significance is placed on the strategic partnerships of the company with Citrix Systems, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, IGEL, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, Lexmark, Microsoft, OKI, Samsung, VMware, and Wyse.

 

Press Contacts:

Headquarters: Silke Kluckert, Public Relations Manager, Phone: +49.30.394931-66, E-mail: press@cortado.com

North America: VisiTech for ThinPrint, Kendra Westerkamp, Phone: +1-720-261-2300

E-mail: CT@visitechpr.com

 

About MobileIron
MobileIron provides the secure foundation for companies around the world to transform into Mobile First organizations. For more information, please visit www.mobileiron.com.

Kyle Tildsley, PAN Communications, MobileIron@pancomm.com, +1-617-502-4300

ThinPrint Launches the First Managed and Secure Mobile Printing Solution for Businesses

ThinPrint Mobile Print supports mobile business processes to deliver secure iOS and Android printing and complements existing MDM/EMM solutions

 

BERLIN/DENVER, April 25, 2018 – Print management expert, ThinPrint, today announced the availability of its new product ThinPrint Mobile Print. The new software enables companies to integrate iOS and Android devices into their existing print infrastructure so that employees can easily access and use all current network printers. User authorizations are automatically inherited from the Microsoft Active Directory or from the print server and can be additionally extended or restricted as required for mobile users. ThinPrint’s close cooperation with the leading mobile device management (MDM) providers ensures seamless interaction for companies with enterprise mobility management (EMM) systems in use. The included secure pull-printing feature, which allows users to authenticate themselves directly at the printer, rounds off the solution perfectly.

 

Many companies use an MDM or EMM system to securely manage their mobile devices and distribute apps. However, if employees want to print with their iPads, iPhones or Android devices, they quickly reach the limits of mobile productivity. The new ThinPrint Mobile Print software is the solution. It can be integrated into EMM or MDM systems to enable secure mobile printing with iOS and Android devices. Employees can print from iOS and Android apps on their tablets and smartphones to any existing network printer in the enterprise, regardless of which printer models from which manufacturer are in use. The existing user rights are inherited from the Microsoft Active Directory (AD) or from the print servers but can be modified if required.

 

ThinPrint cooperated closely with leading MDM and file sharing providers in the development of its mobile printing solution to ensure its close integration into EMM/MDM solutions. Data is encrypted during transmission and print job generation takes place securely behind the firewall.

 

For additional security, a pull-printing function included in the license can be activated as required. Printing only starts once the owner of the print job authenticates directly at the printer ensuring that printouts are protected against unauthorized access. Instant Wi-Fi printing rounds off the software’s range of mobile productivity features.

 

“With ThinPrint Mobile Print, we’re closing an important gap when it comes to mobile productivity,” said Thorsten Hesse, CPO at ThinPrint. “We’re delighted that we were able to win nearly ten system houses specializing in enterprise mobility as launch channel partners right from the start and we look forward to expand this distribution network internationally.”

 

Launch channel partners include BFI, ABE, druckerfachmann.de, ibt, ISEC7, SCHIFFL and vleet.

 

A free demo version of ThinPrint Mobile Print is available at: www.thinprint.com/mobileprint

 

The apps for iPhones and iPads are available in the AppStore, with those for Android devices coming soon to the Playstore.

 

About ThinPrint

ThinPrint, with nearly 20 years of continuous development and internationally patented ThinPrint technology, is the leading provider of print management software and services for businesses. Whether printing from traditional PCs, mobile devices, thin clients, virtual desktops, or from the cloud, over 25,000 companies across all industries and of all sizes optimize their printing infrastructure and increase productivity thanks to ThinPrint. In addition, more than 100, and growing, Desktop-as-aService, and Software-as-a-Service providers deliver reliable, high-performance printing from the cloud to their customers all due to ThinPrint. The investment in ThinPrint leads to a fast ROI because the easy-to-implement and manage print system reduces the burden on IT departments, results in significant performance improvements to the network while ensuring optimal, reliable print support at every workplace. ThinPrint technologies and components enable its use in almost any infrastructure and take into account integration of branch and home offices as well as mobile employees. The solutions are developed and rigorously tested at ThinPrint’s headquarters in Berlin – software Made in Germany. Offices in the United States, the UK, Australia, Japan and Brazil, as well as more than 350 channel partners around the world offer direct and on-site customer care. Thanks to numerous OEM partnerships, ThinPrint technology components are integrated in a variety of terminals, print boxes and thin client of leading hardware manufacturers. Special significance is placed on the strategic partnerships of the company with Citrix Systems, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, IGEL, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, Lexmark, Microsoft, OKI, Samsung, VMware, and Wyse.

NAGRA and KT Skylife expand content protection partnership with NexGuard watermarking

Latest deployment of NexGuard watermarking technology allows KT Skylife
to meet MovieLabs requirements while giving subscribers access
to the best content and safeguarding against piracy

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – April 5, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, today announced that its NexGuard watermarking solution for pay-TV was selected by Korean satellite broadcaster KT Skyylife.

This partnership allows KT Skylife – a NAGRA customer since 2010 – to meet forensic watermarking requirements mandated by MovieLabs’ Enhanced Content Protection for premium content, including 4K Ultra HD and HDR. The expansion also gives KT Skylife’s subscribers access to the best content available, while protecting their service from piracy.

By expanding its partnership with NAGRA, KT Skylife can now leverage NexGuard watermarking technology to meet studio requirements for the protection of high-value content. The additional ability to expand KT Skylife content offering and increase the value of their services to their subscribers provides a competitive advantage for KT Skylife moving forward.

“Our unique watermarking capabilities provide KT Skylife with the added security and traceability for pay-TV provides to meet content owners’ requirements for the protection of premium content, and deter would-be pirates,” said Stephane Le Dreau, Senior Vice President Sales & Services APAC at NAGRA. “With NAGRA content protection and watermarking, KT Skylife is now able to create the ultimate closed-loop approach to fighting piracy while ensuring access to the best content available for their subscribers.”

NAGRA’s NexGuard forensic watermarking technology adds a unique, invisible identifier to video content delivered to set-top boxes, smart TVs and other video players enables each device. It embeds a unique watermark for any video shown, making it the only way to tracing illicit re-distribution back to a specific account. The watermark remains with the content, even in the case of transcoding, resizing, downscaling, camcording or any other alteration.

NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services and NexGuard watermarking solution will be demonstrated on the NAGRA stand, SU3424, at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas (9-12 April 2018).

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

APOLAN Names Network Convergence with Passive Optical LAN a Fundamental Component for ‘Smart Building’ Digital Transformations

Top industry trade group outlines how converging multiple disparate networks over a common infrastructure is a game changer

NEW YORK – April 4, 2018 – The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving both education and adoption for passive optical local area networks (POL), is providing a roadmap for how POL can streamline an organization’s smart building digital transformation to keep pace with the massive growth in Internet of Things (IoT) and mobility applications. In addition to space, cost, energy and other savings, converging all services on one network to provide unparalleled speed, reliability and future-proof scalability, will be an essential piece for future business success.

“With the total number of connected devices expected to top 20 billion by 2020, enterprises across the spectrum, including retail stores, offices, hospitals, university campuses, airports, medical research facilities and hotels, are scrambling to develop Smart Buildings to meet increasingly complex mobility, IoT and big data requirements,” said Alan Bertsch, Qypsys President and APOLAN Chairman. “To keep up with these growing connectivity needs, modern network backbone technologies must deliver scalability to accommodate greater bandwidth as well as availability that keep businesses going even at their busiest times.”

POL presents the essential piece to the digital transformation puzzle. It converges all services across a single fiber-based infrastructure, eliminating the need for multiple platforms while providing highly scalable, high-speed data services to all users. This includes voice, video, data and video-conferencing services, as well as wireless access and monitoring functions, such as building automation systems and security applications.

POL is superior compared to the legacy, copper-based LAN options. Consideration for how network convergence over POL delivers in the development of Smart Buildings, include:

  • Voice, video, data, VoIP connectivity can all be handled with 2.4Gbps downstream and 1.2Gbps upstream.
  • The distance to end users can be expanded to up 20 kilometers or more, compared to 300 feet with copper.
  • By transmitting and receiving on a single cable simultaneously, less square footage is required to manage networks. This means greater space saving that allows enterprises to use previously needed areas for purposes other than IT.
  • With fewer HVAC prerequisites and limited active equipment required, less energy is needed compared to legacy options, which both saves money and provides green benefits.
  • Streamlining all network needs into a single back bone delivers network simplicity and creates time-saving opportunities for IT teams.
  • All this can be done with lower capital costs. Converging into a single network results in less equipment specifications and, as fiber optic cabling lasts more than a decade before needed upgrading (compared to 5-7 years for copper cabling), less long-term cost.

About The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN)

The Association for Passive Optical LAN is a non-profit organization that is driving adoption and educating the market about the technical and economic advantages of passive optical LAN technology. Through its membership, which is comprised of manufacturers, distributors, integrators and consulting companies actively involved in the marketplace, the Association hopes to help designers, engineers, architects, building owners, CIOs and IT departments implement and successfully use passive optical LAN. For more information, visit http://www.apolanglobal.org/

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NAGRA HIGHLIGHTS CONTENT VALUE PROTECTION AND OTT CONTENT OPTIMIZATION FOR PAY-TV OPERATORS AND CONTENT OWNERS AT NAB 2018

  • Secure end-to-end OTT and Android TV-based solutions
  • Anti-Piracy Services for live sports and entertainment content
  • Forensic Watermarking for any OTT system and any workflow
  • S. debut of one-stop-shop media asset management solution for content management and quick VOD store creation

 

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – April 3, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, will showcase solutions for content value protection and OTT content optimization at the 2018 NAB Show taking place April 9-12 in Las Vegas. NAGRA stand SU3424 will feature Conax content protection, OTT and Android TV-based solutions, NAGRA anti-piracy services, NexGuard watermarking, and in its U.S. debut, media asset management by DVnor.

 

“NAGRA is showcasing its broad product offering in delivering innovative solutions that protect the entire content value chain from origin to consumption, while helping our customers maximize their content investment,” said Tom Wirth, Senior Vice President, Americas for NAGRA. “With technologies spanning content protection, anti-piracy services and watermarking, we provide our customers with the services and solutions that are critical to enabling and securing the future of content delivery for the media and entertainment industry.”
Demonstration areas will include:


Turnkey, multi-DRM OTT

Conax GO Live is a turnkey end-to-end OTT solution with a guaranteed deployment time of less than 30 days. Utilizing the multi-DRM capability of the cloud-enabled Conax Contego content security platform and best-of-breed partners, Conax GO Live delivers live TV channels with start-over, catch-up and full EPG to Android and iOS devices.

 

End-to-End and Secure Android TV-based Viewing Experiences

Pay-TV operators leveraging Android TV need to ensure an extra level of security for premium content to conform to content owners’ security demands and protect their business model. Conax Lynx makes this possible by harnessing the openness and flexibility of the Android TV ecosystem. This effectively creates a Secure Media Path (SMP) thwarting “pirate-in-the-box” attacks and meeting MovieLabs’ requirements for Enhanced Content Protection (ECP) of 4K/UHD content. With the right security and operating within an end-to-end TV solution framework, an Android TV-based solution can enable pay-TV operators to deliver compelling TV experiences that engage consumers and drive monetization. The recently launched Canal Digital Android TV-based 4K experience OnePlace will be on display.

 

Anti-Piracy Services and Watermarking

Service providers and content owners alike will learn how to create the ultimate closed-loop approach to fighting piracy by leveraging NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services and watermarking for any OTT system and any workflow. Visitors to the NAGRA stand will learn how NexGuard watermarking for Pre-Release can secure premium content and prevent leaks in post-production and video distribution workflows, as well as how NexGuard watermarking for Early Release can protect premium VOD content against illicit distribution. Another demonstration will show how pay-TV operators can protect their content investment by finding and stopping illegal distribution of channels, live events and movies, and fight IPTV and Kodi add-on piracy.

 

Media Asset Management

In its U.S. debut, NAGRA introduces the DVnor Organizer, a one-stop-shop for all a pay-TV operator’s content management needs, and DVnor dSpree for VOD catalogue creation. Leveraging the “One Master” concept, Organizer is a fully automated end-to-end Media Asset Management platform that delivers both innovation and cost-savings to pay-TV operators struggling to cope with ever-expanding VOD/SVOD catalogues and numerous content sources and file formats. DVnor is a preferred partner to some of the world’s leading streaming services.

 

With DVnor dSpree, pay-TV operators can set up a VOD or SVOD service in a matter of minutes. Delivered from the DVnor’s secure cloud, dSpree gives pay-TV operators the freedom to customize their store and give customers instant access to content on PCs/Macs, Android and iOS devices, or TV screens, via Chromecast or Apple TV.  It leverages NAGRA NexGuard watermarking and Conax multi-DRM to deliver premium content, including 4K and HDR, safely and securely.

 

At the Conference

NAGRA will be a featured presenter at MESA’s Content Protection & Cybersecurity Summit, in the session “Securing your Pre-Release Workflow in the Cloud” on Sunday, April 8 at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas.

 

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

Conax delivers Montecable’s MC GO Live OTT service in Uruguay

  • Long-term Conax customer Montecable extends its service portfolio by launching an OTT multiscreen service for Android and iOS devices
  • The new service combines live TV channels with popular OTT services from HBO GO, Fox Play and ESPN Play
  • Launch marks first Conax delivery of Conax GO Live end-to-end OTT solution in Latin America
  • The new service is secured by Conax Contego Multi-DRM, working seamlessly with existing Conax Contego conditional access

Oslo, Norway, March 28, 2018: Conax, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD:S) company and a leader in total service protection for pay-TV and digital entertainment services worldwide, announces first Latin-American deployment of Conax GO Live secure OTT multiscreen solution by Uruguay leading cable pay-TV operator Montecable.

Since December 2017, Montecable is offering MC GO Live, a multiscreen OTT service enabling its subscribers to watch the best live TV channels and the most popular “play services” anywhere in Uruguay on their iOS or Android mobile devices. Montecable MC GO Live offers start-over, catch-up and trick-play with full Electronic Program Guide functionality on live TV channels enabling a 24/7 service always providing something worth watching. To increase convenience, Montecable customers also have access to HBO GO, Fox Play and ESPN Play through MC GO Live. Currently, the MC GO Live service is offered free-of-charge to Montecable’s cable-TV customers subscribing to the operator’s High Definition channel packages.

Pierre Roy, EVP and CMO of the Kudelski Group, said: “Conax has been very active in promoting OTT as a tool for pay-TV operators to keep consumers satisfied and to generate new revenues. Montecable has taken a wise decision to enhance their customer experience with a versatile OTT solution, which extends our collaboration well into the future.”

Fabiana Orlotti, CEO of Montecable, added: “After making the decision to launch our OTT service, we wanted to move fast, while keeping high standards on quality, reliability and content security. Conax GO Live OTT solution was a perfect fit, enabling us to launch a selection of our best live-TV channels effortlessly on iOS and Android devices using the multi-DRM feature of our existing Conax Contego security platform.”

Conax enables the new Montecable MC GO Live service by pre-integrating best-of-breed partner technology with Conax Contego security platform to create an end-to-end OTT solution, ready to deploy in less than 30 days. Conax GO Live includes a content management system, analytics and white-label apps on iOS and Android devices. Conax Contego works as a unified content security platform which handles both CAS and multi-DRM management from one back-end, significantly simplifying Montecable content security operations. Additional system integration for the project was delivered by regional partner Bold MSS.

Conax Contego is a highly flexible platform that can handle service providers’ content security needs for all distribution technologies, consumer devices and security clients. With Contego, Conax can deliver a full content security ecosystem covering set-top-box chipset requirements, guidance on network and system architecture, security evaluations of consumer devices, to a wide selection of services to support growth and to guarantee sustainable pay-TV business. Conax Contego can be deployed on-site, from private or public cloud, managed by the pay-TV operator or as a fully Conax-managed service.

Conax GO Live end-to-end OTT solution will be demonstrated on the Conax stand, SU3424, at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas (9-12 April 2018).

 

 

About Conax

Conax is a leading global specialist in total service protection for digital TV and entertainment services via broadcast, broadband and connected devices. Based on the Conax Contego content security platform, Conax offers modular, fast time-to-market solutions enabling easy entry into a world of secure OTT multiscreen, multi-DRM and IPTV content delivery. Conax technology is approved for premium 4K/UHD content delivery to a wide range of devices over new hybrid network combinations. A Kudelski Group company (SIX:KUD:S), headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Conax protects content revenues for 425 operators in 85 countries globally. For more information, please visit www.conax.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube to join the conversation.

Conax media contact

Elisabeth Nordang
Corporate Marketing Director
Mob: +47 9580 6457
Email: Elisabeth.Nordang@conax.com

 

About Montecable

Montecable was founded in 1995 with the aim of offering a new form of entertainment: cable television for subscribers. A pioneer in Uruguay, Montecable has made a large investment in infrastructure to cover almost the entire Montevideo region. At the forefront of technology advancement, Montecable were the first in Latin America to start the digitalization process. This allowed us to expand our content offering with superior quality of audio and video. With the desire to innovate, state-of-the-art technology was incorporated in 2009 to launch High Definition (HD) services. Adapting to new technologies, trying to satisfy the needs of customers in tune with the latest television consumption trends and with our permanent commitment to innovation, Montecable MC GO Live was launched in December 2017.

NAGRA AND MTM LAUNCH THE 2018 PAY-TV INNOVATION FORUM, FOCUSING ON NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR PAY-TV PROVIDERS AND CONTENT OWNERS

  • The third edition of the Pay-TV Innovation Forum aims to help pay-TV providers and content owners identify opportunities and catalyse collaboration and innovation

 

  • Global research programme will explore new business models and distribution strategies in the OTT era, as well as new technologies, such as voice, analytics, and AI, VR, Smart Home solutions and more

 

  • Activities will include a global analysis of pay-TV service provider product and service portfolios, a wide range of in-depth interviews and surveys with industry experts, regional executive seminars and a flagship final report to be presented at IBC 2018

 

CHESEAUX, Switzerland and LONDON, UK – March 13, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, in collaboration with MTM, a leading international research and strategy consultancy, today announces the launch of the 2018 Pay-TV Innovation Forum.

In its third year, the programme will look to address some of the key opportunities and challenges facing pay-TV service providers and content owners. It will explore how pay-TV businesses must transform themselves in the OTT era, which technologies, products and services could help unlock new growth opportunities in a disrupted TV industry, and where service providers and content owners can establish closer collaboration to drive innovation across the industry.

“Building on the success of and research from the first two editions of the Pay-TV Innovation Forum, we are excited to present the third season of this ambitious programme that is designed to provide service providers and content owners with a holistic view of new opportunities and strategies they can pursue to innovate and continue growing,” said Simon Trudelle, Senior Director of Product Marketing for NAGRA. “The 2018 programme will dive into specific innovation areas such business models and distribution strategies, advanced TV services and OTT applications, and related new technologies – voice, analytics and AI, VR, Smart Home solutions and more. We look forward to sharing more insights from our research throughout 2018.”

“We’re excited to be partnering again with NAGRA to explore the next-generation of innovation opportunities for pay-TV service providers and content owners around the world, building on the findings from the first two years of the programme,” said Jon Watts, Managing Partner, MTM. “With disruption and competition intensifying, pay-TV industry participants need to think carefully about new strategies, business models, product portfolios, and technologies that will help them maintain and grow their business. Our themes this year include making skinny bundling work and business transformation, hugely important for the industry. By engaging in an active industry-wide discussion, we are looking to encourage new ways of collaborating and innovating across the industry.”

The 2018 programme will run from March to September 2018 and will include a global analysis of pay-TV service provider product and service portfolios, a wide range of in-depth interviews and surveys with leading industry participants, and a series of regional seminars kicking off in the U.K. on March 19th, followed by Singapore and the United States. A flagship final report, summarising the key findings from the programme, will be launched at IBC in September 2018.

Following a consultation with pay-TV and content industry executives at the start of 2018, this year’s programme will cover key topics including:

  • Convergence of pay-TV and OTT services and what that means for businesses and consumers
  • Changing consumer expectations and the future of content distribution and user experience
  • Advancements in analytics, big data and AI, allowing pay-TV providers to better serve their customers
  • Changing nature of piracy and new approaches to content protection in a multiplatform world
  • New business models and strategies that will drive the next phase of growth for the industry

Launched in 2016 by NAGRA and MTM, the Pay-TV Innovation Forum is a major international initiative that seeks to explore and catalyse innovation and growth across the pay-TV industry, at a time of unprecedented change and disruption. For more information on the 2018 edition and key programme dates, please visit the Pay-TV Innovation Forum website.

About NAGRA

NAGRA, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company offers content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open, integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

About MTM

MTM is a leading international research and strategy consultancy, focused on the media, technology, communications and advertising industries. MTM helps companies understand and respond to digitally-driven change, providing award-winning consumer research and industry analysis, strategic advice and support for organizational change.

For more information, please visit www.mtmlondon.com or email info@mtmlondon.com.

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ThinPrint Offers Secure GDPR-Compliant Pull Printing for Service Providers

Personal Printing 4.0 introduces self-registration to enable cloud vendors to easily offer fully-secure, maintenance-free printing to customers ahead of the GDPR deadline

 

(BERLIN/DENVER, March 13, 2018) ThinPrint, the experts in optimizing printing processes in virtual environments, announced the release of Personal Printing 4.0 today. The new version of the pull printing solution allows service providers to offer their DaaS and SaaS customers secure printing with user authentication integrated directly at the printer. This special feature empowers users to easily register themselves at any printer with any smartcard, token or other transponder, such as an employee ID card, credit card, public transport card or fitness club card. This means Personal Printing can be used with any network printer from any manufacturer. The service provider does not have to be on site to set up users and no special cards are required. User-authenticated printing allows organizations to comply with the requirements of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and avoid severe penalties when it becomes binding at the end of May.

 

More and more companies are accessing industry-specific apps or complete desktops from the cloud. This produces challenges for service providers, as equipment such as printers are usually managed by customers themselves. Despite this, customers expect that all employees have access to the right printers from the cloud. An added threat, which the EU’s GDPR is focused on, includes confidential printing, as personal data is often accessible in the printer’s tray.

 

Personal Printing 4.0 solves all of these challenges in one fell swoop. Self-registration makes it easier than ever to roll out secure printing with virtually any network printer that customers already have in use. Once the service provider activates the Personal Printing feature for their customer, employees can log on to the ThinPrint Release Station using any transponder. After the card is scanned, a document is printed with a code specially generated for the employee. This code allows the user to register for Personal Printing. The setup process is then complete. If employees want to print the documents, they simply select the Personal Printing printer. If they authenticate with their self-registered cards or tokens at the printer of their choice, the individual employee’s printout is then released. These steps ensure confidentially is maintained and printed documents will not fall into the wrong hands. ThinPrint shows just how easy self-registration for GDPR-compliant printing is in a 1 ½-minute video: https://www.thinprint.com/en/resource/self-registration-gdpr-compliant-printing

 

“This is by far the simplest way service providers can provide their customers with secure printing” said Thorsten Hesse, CPO at ThinPrint. “And all without a VPN thanks to the ThinPrint Secure Tunnel technology. The outstanding sales benefit of this solution is that service providers can transform confidential printing from a necessary evil into an actively marketable added value right on time for GDPR.”

 

Personal Printing works in all common DaaS environments including Citrix, Microsoft, VMware, Parallels and others.

 

Personal Printing and the ThinPrint Release Station are available with special SaaS contracts, where monthly billing is based on actual demand. Further information is available at: http://www.thinprint.com/personalprinting and https://www.thinprint.com/en/feature-tour/printing-for-service-providers/

 

 

About ThinPrint

 

ThinPrint, with nearly 20 years of continuous development and internationally patented ThinPrint technology, is the leading provider of print management software and services for businesses. Whether printing from traditional PCs, mobile devices, thin clients, virtual desktops, or from the cloud, over 25,000 companies across all industries and of all sizes optimize their printing infrastructure and increase productivity thanks to ThinPrint. In addition, more than 100, and growing, Desktop-as-aService, and Software-as-a-Service providers deliver reliable, high-performance printing from the cloud to their customers all due to ThinPrint. The investment in ThinPrint leads to a fast ROI because the easy-to-implement and manage print system reduces the burden on IT departments, results in significant performance improvements to the network while ensuring optimal, reliable print support at every workplace. ThinPrint technologies and components enable its use in almost any infrastructure and take into account integration of branch and home offices as well as mobile employees. The solutions are developed and rigorously tested at ThinPrint’s headquarters in Berlin – software Made in Germany. Offices in the United States, the UK, Australia, Japan and Brazil, as well as more than 350 channel partners around the world offer direct and on-site customer care. Thanks to numerous OEM partnerships, ThinPrint technology components are integrated in a variety of terminals, print boxes and thin client of leading hardware manufacturers. Special significance is placed on the strategic partnerships of the company with Citrix Systems, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, IGEL, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, Lexmark, Microsoft, OKI, Samsung, VMware, and Wyse.

 

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Cortado Server 9.0 Enhances Features for Secure Management of Mobile Productivity

The new version of the enterprise mobility solution addresses the growing demand for secure productivity

 

(BERLIN/DENVER, March 9, 2018) Cortado Mobile Solutions today announces a new version of its enterprise mobility solution, Cortado Server 9.0. The latest version comes with numerous security and productivity improvements. The solution now supports macOS as well as Windows systems and opens its productivity apps to other MDM manufacturers.  

 

In light of the EU’s new general data protection regulation (GDPR) and similar regulations around the world, the management of mobile devices plays a central role in data privacy. It is often thought that mobile devices are potential sources of danger, however they also lay the foundation for new, far more flexible and above all, cost-saving business processes. That is why it is Cortado’s goal to continue to seamlessly combine productivity and security. Cortado Server 9.0 combines MDM, MAM and MCM functions to offer a range of important, customer-based requirements have been implemented, such as:

 

Management of macOS computers, including printing and file access

In addition to iPhones and iPads, users can now manage all macOS computers through Cortado Server. Beyond central management, this latest version also manages printer assignments and enables easy access to the company’s file server via the web app – whether users are on the go or in the workplace.

 

Samsung Knox support and extended Android Enterprise support

With the support of Samsung Knox, Cortado offers an alternative to Android Enterprise, whose support is even better facilitated by Cortado with this release. For Android Enterprise, the work-managed device solution set for COBO scenarios (Company Owned, Business Only) is now also supported.

 

Enhanced features for iOS 11 

iOS 11 was supported from day one, but now users can access the extended features, as the iOS app has been fully updated.

 

Feature enhancements for virtual data rooms 

Cortado Server 9.0 further enhances Cortado’s highly secure, on-premises virtual data rooms. Within these virtual data rooms, users can easily and securely share and edit files, even with external employees.

 

In addition to all these new features, Cortado Server 9,0 complements other MDM systems with additional productivity features. The Cortado apps can now be managed either by Cortado Server itself or by other MDM systems, such as MobileIron or AirWatch.

 

“We live in a dynamic market environment and don’t want to place artificial barriers in the way of our customers,” said Sven Huschke, CEO at Cortado Mobile Solutions. “If you want to offer your employees mobile productivity, you can do so completely with our mobility solution. Companies that already have an MDM in place, such as MobileIron or AirWatch, can leverage our file access or mobile printing solutions to significantly increase their productivity.”

 

Discover more at: https://www.cortado.com/en/version-9/

This press release and images can be found at: https://press.cortado.com

Cortado Mobile Solutions

Cortado Mobile Solutions GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cortado Holding AG, and is responsible for all operations relating to the enterprise mobility solution Cortado Corporate Server. The unique enterprise mobility solution offers the perfect balance between security for the organization, easy manageability for the IT department and maximum flexibility for users.

The on-premises software includes all the tools required for successful enterprise mobility; mobile device management, mobile application management and mobile content management, and can be fully integrated into the Windows backend. IT administrators continue to work with their known systems, Active Directory groups and Windows privileges, and users can access network drives, SharePoint and intranet pages directly from their mobile devices.

Cortado Mobile Solutions follows the philosophy that working natively delivers the highest levels of user acceptance. So Cortado’s enterprise mobility solution fully supports native app management and instead of focusing on separate storage when it comes to file sharing, enables a direct connection to the corporate network. The result is a significant increase in productivity for mobile employees, improved collaboration among teams as well as convenient management for the IT department. Cortado’s enterprise mobility solution is developed and tested at its headquarters in Berlin, Germany. Also, experts in offices in the United States, UK, Australia, Japan, and Brazil, highly qualified consultants at our Berlin location as well as a trained, worldwide network of channel partners provide presence and support to local customers throughout the world.

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NAGRA Unveils Top Five Trends Impacting the Pay-TV Industry

Business transformation, user experience,
anti-piracy, analytics and evolving business models top the list for 2018

 


Cheseaux, Switzerland – February 20, 2018 –
NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, today unveiled the top trends expected to impact the pay-TV industry in 2018.

 

“There are significant opportunities for those that embrace and evolve with the changes that are happening in the industry,” said Ivan Verbesselt, SVP Marketing at NAGRA. “By understanding the trends that are emerging in the TV and entertainment ecosystem, pay-TV operators, broadcasters and content owners can make the intelligent business decisions that will build tomorrow’s TV landscape.”

 

Embracing business transformation, understanding consumer behavior and the user experience, leveraging data analytics and AI, taking a proactive role in the fight against piracy and implementing new business strategies for ongoing success are NAGRA’s top five trends to watch in 2018.

 

1) The “Post-OTT Era” is Underway: Convergence Drives Business Transformation

 

The traditional pay-TV industry and consumers themselves can no longer make a distinction between traditional TV and OTT services. The two will become synonymous – TV is simply TV – no matter how it’s distributed and consumed. As part of this trend, more operators will look to leverage scalable, flexible, agile, cloud-based environments, effectively migrating to IP delivery to offer the content and experience that consumers want. However, while IP will be king, legacy environments will still smartly coexist with new infrastructure for some time.  The ability to easily onboard OTT products onto pay-TV platforms will also play a strong role in future strategies.  For example, some pay-TV operators are leveraging native IP technologies, such as Android TV, but will need to embed them into an end-to-end solution that enables them to more seamlessly blend the OTT and traditional TV content into one coherent experience.

Customer Journeys: A Personalized UX Landscape for all Consumer Types

For years, the user experience (UX) for pay-TV services has been relatively straightforward, with either EPG or app-based formats prevailing. Unfortunately, neither of these options create a completely frictionless user experience when the volume of content increases and the industry is embracing the fact that the customer is in full control. With each person’s unique needs of how, when, where and what they watch, the industry is welcoming an intersection of customer journeys and UX design. Operators offering various options to adapt to unique customer journeys that meet individual demand and consumer types will come out ahead. Core to this are the developments in voice user interfaces (VUIs), AI, machine learning, and also VR/AR as well as IoT technologies. These new technologies will not only enhance the user experience and drive monetization, but also help to streamline and improve operational efficiency on the back-end.

Content Piracy: Turning Innovation into Action

From capturing new audiences through e-sports to rising to the challenge of content piracy, there is an immense amount of opportunity and new challenges for content owners and the pay-TV market. In the last few years we’ve seen live sports content suffer heavily at the hands of increasingly advanced piracy methods. 2018 is the year where the fight to protect live sports content turns in favor of the industry, and ultimately the consumer. Service providers will fight IPTV and Kodi add-on piracy with end-to-end content value protection, applying a closed-loop approach that secures and marks content, and then allows for monitoring and actions against piracy.

Visibility: Analytics, Big Data & AI

Evolving pay-TV business models and services will focus on sophisticated platforms that leverage data intelligence and AI to enable operators to pilot their business and make better strategic decisions. This can include understanding TV viewers’ tastes and recommending actions that will increase both customer satisfaction and operators’ bottom lines. Those that take the proactive steps to embrace visibility and intelligence into consumer behavior will come out ahead moving into 2019.

New Business Models: On the Rise

Pay-TV service providers are working to segment the market, offering skinny bundles and flexible OTT offerings to steer viewers away from cord cutting and drive additional revenues. In addition, virtual MVPD services are expanding their subscriber base in the U.S. market (i.e. Sling TV, Hulu Live, PlayStation Vue). We can expect this trend to continue developing globally over the course of 2018, especially in regions where content licensing terms provide room for new business model options. The question is no longer whether these new models will provide a long-term replacement for the loss of revenue from cord cutters. As a more segmented and personalized TV and video landscape, in which increasingly empowered consumers enthusiastically engage in self-bundling, becomes an established market fact, the issue at stake is to quickly determine what the winning strategies are to take advantage of the new market dynamics.

In this context, NAGRA will soon kick-off its 2018 Pay-TV Innovation Forum research program. In its third year, the global research program will gather senior industry executive insight and feedback over the coming months with the objective of capturing innovation trends in the paid content production and distribution industry.  For more information on the program and how to be part of the conversation and benefit from its advanced findings, visit dtv.nagra.com/paytvif.

 

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.