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Spend it safely: Norton looks at threats in consumer transactions

By admin, 8 grudnia, 2011, No Comment

As spending increases around the Festive Season, consumers advised to watch out for Trojans
 

While special offers and tourism play a key role in fuelling the local economy as visitors flood the shopping malls and tourist attractions, more and more people moving to perform financial transactions online see Trojans create a huge and lucrative target for would-be criminals to exploit. Trojans by nature are nothing new and have been around for many years with detections back to 2003. The direct cash cost due to cybercrime in South Africa amounting to R4 billion in the last twelve months according to the Norton Cybercrime Report, indicates that each attack takes on average 16 days to resolve. With this in mind, there is a renewed need for local users to become more vigilant when banking and carrying out everyday tasks online.
 
“As with any holiday we can see consumers spending and travelling more across the region and abroad, and whether to book a flight to somewhere exotic or buy a gift for a relative, users can now choose to do this from the comfort of their home computer or from their smartphone or their tablet – essentially broadcasting sensitive financial information that could easily be put into the wrong hands. Cybercriminals are first and foremost financially motivated and we should be looking at how we are protecting ourselves when sharing these details online to prevent attacks through Trojans or otherwise” says Kara Rawden, Senior Marketing Manager, Consumer – Middle East and Africa Symantec Corporation.
 
How do they work?
For Trojans to spread, it must be invited onto your computer which could easily occur; for example, by opening an email attachment or downloading and running a file from the Internet. Once these Trojans containing malicious code are in, it could trigger loss, or even theft of data.

Traditionally Trojans typically captured data traffic exchanged between the user and the online banking website. The captured information included the authentication information, which is collected and sent to the attacker by the Trojan for their use or to sell on to other parties for a profit.

More sophisticated banking Trojans employ a man-in-the-browser (MITB) method that is designed to overcome defenses, such as SSL encryption and multi-factor authentication. MITB is achieved by monitoring and intercepting user activities in the browser in real time and modifying the HTML content inside the context of the browser, either to display false information to the user or to manipulate details of transactions sent from the user to the bank.

In addition to being able to just steal information, Trojans offer a back door, allowing a remote attacker to essentially control the infected computer. Commands range from listing and terminating processes running on the computer, clearing browser cookies, executing arbitrary programs, to completely rebooting the computer.
 
What can we do?
o        Be skeptical and be wary: Generally speaking, you should treat anything you see online with some degree of skepticism. Do not believe everything you read, be it financial advice, breaking news, or tips on free giveaways — especially if it involves clicking on a link or installing an application. If someone asks you for money in advance, it might be a scam. People on the Internet are not always who they claim to be.
 
o        Privacy Policies: Most banking services have specific privacy guidelines and rules that are published on their websites. Make sure you understand them, even though they may be tedious to read. Good, strong passwords are key to keeping safe, containing letters and numbers, as well as special characters if possible.
 
o        Stay Updated: Some of the newer attacks are very sophisticated and are sometimes hard to spot for an untrained eye. Use comprehensive security software to protect against these threats and always ensure that the software you use is up-to-date. Not only does this include the operating system and web browser, but also third-party plug-ins, such as PDF viewers.

Survey shows SA Youth are aware of COP17 and are concerned about climate change

By admin, 8 grudnia, 2011, No Comment

• 90% of youth are concerned about climate change
• 79% of SA youth are aware of COP17
• Afrikaans youth least worried about the environment

In an online survey conducted amongst 5000 young adults living in all areas of South Africa, over 90% expressed that they were worried about the effects of climate change.

The study aimed to determine what percentage of young adults were aware that the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) was taking place in Durban, and to evaluate their position on climate change in general. The survey was run by research firm Pondering Panda, and carried out over Mxit, Africa’s largest social network.

79% of South African youth claimed to be aware of COP17.

Of the 90% that expressed concern over climate change, 59% said they were very worried about climate change, while 31% said they were a little worried. 10% of respondents said that they were not worried at all.

“The results of the survey are very encouraging. They show that South African youth are as concerned about the world’s need to mitigate and adapt to climate changes as any other age group in the country. The fact that our youth are also aware of COP17 illustrates their concern for their own future. The youth are the future of this country. Their interest shows that it would make sense for government and relevant climate change organisations to work at continuing to include the youth segment in their discussions and forums,” says Butch Rice of Pondering Panda.

In distinguishing between cultural backgrounds, the survey found that Afrikaans respondents were the least likely to describe themselves as being very worried.

There was no significant difference between gender and age groups in terms of worry about climate change.

Samsung and Google introduce the GALAXY Nexus

By admin, 8 grudnia, 2011, No Comment

World’s First Smartphone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a HD Super AMOLED display

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, the world’s leading smartphone provider, and Google, have announced the GALAXY Nexus, the world’s first smartphone running Android  4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the latest release of the Android smartphone platform. GALAXY Nexus features a 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display technology at 1280×720 HD resolution and a 1.2GHz dual core processor.

“Samsung and Google have closely collaborated to push the mobile experience forward. We are pleased to deliver the best and latest Android smartphone experience for customers with GALAXY Nexus. We will continue to move forward with the Android platform to provide the most compelling consumer experience in the mobile world,” says Paulo Ferreira, Head of Mobile Product and Business Solutions at Samsung.

“Ice Cream Sandwich demonstrates the Android platform’s continued innovation with this release which works on phones and tablets seamlessly (and everything in between). Features like Android Beam and Face Unlock show the innovative work our team is doing, and GALAXY Nexus showcases the power behind Ice Cream Sandwich,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile for Google.

GALAXY Nexus

GALAXY Nexus

The first smartphone to feature Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
Ice Cream Sandwich brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. It has a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full web browsing experience. GALAXY Nexus features software navigation buttons, a first for Android smartphones. The lock screen, home screen, phone app, and everything in between has been rethought and redesigned to make Android simple, beautiful, and useful.

Ice Cream Sandwich also features a new People app, which lets you, browse friends, family, and co-workers, see their photos in high-resolution, and check their latest status updates from Google+ and other social networks. GALAXY Nexus features a redesigned camera which introduces panorama mode, 1080p video capture, zero-shutter lag, and effects like silly faces and background replacement.

GALAXY Nexus is also connected to the cloud, keeping your email, contacts, and all other data synced across your devices. You have access to more than 350,000 apps and games from Android Market.

Ice Cream Sandwich introduces innovations such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock your phone. Additionally, using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, Android Beam allows you to quickly share web pages, apps, and YouTube videos with your friends by simply tapping your phones together. Samsung and Google will work with local developers and solution providers to further enhance the application ecosystem locally to leverage the NFC functionality. You can even use fun effects while shooting video or video chatting with Google Talk.

Google Experience
GALAXY Nexus is designed to provide a “pure Google,” experience, and with it, you will be the first to receive software upgrades and new applications as they become available.

It also features a number of Google Mobile services, including: Android Market, Gmail, Google Maps 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earth, Movie Studio, YouTube, syncing with Google Calendar, and a redesigned Google+ app.

Best-in-class hardware meets the most advanced software
GALAXY Nexus is the first smartphone to feature a 4.65’’ display with a market-leading resolution of 1280×720, ensuring you can enjoy GALAXY Nexus’ immersive entertainment capabilities and fast web browsing in superior clarity.

Succeeding the original Contour Display of Nexus S, GALAXY Nexus comes with a rounded shape that fits perfectly within your palm or to your face for phone calling. Hyper-skin backing on the battery cover improves the ergonomic feel of the device and makes the phone slip-resistant. At just 8.94mm thick, with a minimal 4.29mm bezel, GALAXY Nexus provides superb portability alongside an expansive screen.

GALAXY Nexus also features an ultra-fast 1.2GHz dual core processor, providing superior power and speed, ensuring you can take full advantage of GALAXY Nexus’ enhanced multitasking capabilities with ease, or enjoy the large, vivid display to its full capacity with high-definition gaming or video streaming. LTE or HSPA+ connectivity combined with a dual core processor delivers high-speed web browsing which ensures you always have the web at your fingertips, wherever you are.

GALAXY Nexus will be available in South Africa from early Q1 2012 at a RRP between R 6 999 – R7 299.

For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com/.

Nokia Siemens Networks launches industry’s first TD-LTE ‘6 pipes’ remote radio head

By admin, 8 grudnia, 2011, No Comment

 
• Offers 80% more capacity, 40% more coverage to deliver cost-efficient TD-LTE
• Helps operators reduce site costs by up to one-third
 
Nokia Siemens Networks has introduced a Liquid Radio-based ‘6 pipes’ remote radio head* that uses the company’s unique pipe approach to offer unprecedented flexibility in delivering TD-LTE.
 
“Our new, high-capacity 6 pipes remote radio head is a great addition to our TD-LTE RAN (Radio Access Network) portfolio and promises to take the TD-LTE experience to the next level,” said Tommi Uitto, head of the LTE radio access business line at Nokia Siemens Networks. “In addition to enabling a more flexible approach to TD-LTE, the new product delivers much higher throughput and lower latency than other offerings, to enable higher data speeds. Subscribers can thus enjoy the same level of mobile broadband, anywhere and everywhere, no matter what applications they’re using.”
 
By covering three sectors with a single radio head**, operators can reduce site costs by up to one-third. It is the first remote radio head that can support a 6-sector TD-LTE site to deliver 80% more capacity and 40% more coverage as compared to traditional 3-sector sites. This enables higher data speeds, and reduces total cost of ownership by 40%.
 
Nokia Siemens Networks’ pipe concept offers a cost-effective, future-proof alternative to the current ‘path’-based approaches, allowing more flexible allocation of sectors, carriers and transmit and receive channels by a base station. It can do multiple configurations, starting with a simple, low-cost, 3-sector site configuration and scaling to a high-capacity, 6-sector site configuration, when needed. Further, a simple software upgrade offers a smooth evolution path to LTE-Advanced.
 
Nokia Siemens Networks’ 6 pipes remote radio head is based on the company’s Liquid Radio*** architecture, which self-adapts coverage and capacity based on subscriber demand. The offering’s unique 6 pipes beamforming feature mitigates signal loss due to interference****. This helps deliver up to 50% higher data speeds and improved coverage, compared to 4 path radio heads, for subscribers in high-density areas, both indoors and outdoors. This feature also eliminates the need for additional sites, and reduces CAPEX, OPEX and site costs.
 
The offering is 3GPP standardized and is now commercially available globally.
 
For further information on TD-LTE, please refer to Nokia Siemens Networks’ website. To share your thoughts on the topic, join the discussion on Twitter using #LTE and #LiquidNet.

Schneider Electric triumphs at Gigaton Awards ceremony during UN climate change talks

By admin, 8 grudnia, 2011, No Comment

The Carbon War Room, The Gigaton Throwdown, and the World Climate Summit today awarded Schneider Electric Gigaton Awards for outstanding business leadership in action to reduce carbon usage, along with Suntech, Tesco, Phillips, Swisscom, and Centrica. The Gigaton Awards are designed to inspire and challenge businesses to run their business in the most carbon efficient way possible.

“We applaud Schneider Electric, 2011 Gigaton winner, for its outstanding efforts that will set the industry standard in corporate carbon reduction and sustainability,” said Jigar Shah, CEO, Carbon War Room. “Carbon War Room looks forward to seeing the ripple effect the winners’ efforts will inspire.”

As 2011 Best-In-Class Gigaton Award winner, Schneider Electric was recognized for its leadership in energy efficiency and the development of the smart grid.

“Carbon is not only an environmental issue but a business imperative. As the global specialist in energy management, we have been focusing on fostering energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions for our customers, whilst walking the talk by using these solutions in our own sites,”  says Gilles Vermot Desroches, Senior VP Sustainable Development for Schneider Electric. “Not only is it a good thing for the planet but also a fantastic business opportunity. We are honoured that the Gigaton Award Academy recognizes our day-to-day efforts towards more sustainability.”

For Schneider Electric, there are two key solutions to tackle the energy challenge:

-        First, energy efficiency is nowadays universally accepted as the quickest, most economic, and most efficient method for reducing CO2 emissions and slowing down increasing energy demands. Products, systems, and services that currently exist can improve the energy efficiency of our houses, buildings, and industrial sites – and other solutions are being developed for the future.

-        Second, the electrical network faces many constraints: energy demand continuously increases, infrastructures are ageing or lack capacity, installations must become more environmentally friendly, renewable energy sources are expanding but remain intermittent and scattered… Therefore, the network must evolve into a high-performance electrical infrastructure combined with an intelligent IT infrastructure. This is the intelligent network or ‘Smart Grid’ that will continue to ensure the balance between energy production and consumption in a more complex environment. On the demand side, both citizens and businesses are becoming more energy efficient; on the supply side, utilities (transmission and distribution) are developing automation and control systems; and between the two, new ‘demand-response’ mechanisms are being implemented for capacity aggregation and peak shaving, optimization of renewable energy sources, financial rewards for changing usage habits, etc.

Twenty-five companies were nominated for awards, based on an assessment of performance on a range of metrics, including disclosure, and reductions in the volume and intensity of emissions over the last year. Company data was taken from the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Global 500 Report, which examines the carbon reduction activities at the world’s largest public corporations. This information was then analysed by the CWR and its partner, Greenstar, along qualitative and quantitative criteria specific to their sector. The winners were then selected by the 21-seat independent Academy – including Yvo de Boer, former director general of the UNFCCC; Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC); Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin; Kevin Conrad, Special Envoy and Ambassador for Environment & Climate Change, Papua New Guinea and Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, as well as senior executives from top global companies, politicians and NGOs.

The 2011 Gigaton Awards were powered by Carbon War Room, The Carbon Disclosure Project and Greenstar; presented by The Gigaton Throwdown, The World Climate Summit and Greenbiz; and sponsored by Siemens, Ernst & Young and NedBank.

New Companies Act won’t ease red tape burden for small firms

By admin, 7 grudnia, 2011, No Comment

South Africa’s new Companies Act aims to reduce the bureaucratic burden on small businesses – but, says Kevin Phillips of financial software developer idu Software, private sector business practices are likely to undermine some of the Act’s intentions.

The promised gains are most likely to materialise in the area of financial reporting requirements, says Phillips.

“In terms of the Act, companies are required to undergo an annual audit once they exceed a threshold Public Interest Score,” says Phillips. “The score is quite easy to calculate: Put plainly and at the risk of over simplifying you count one point for each employee, each individual shareholder, each R1m of turnover and each R1m of debt to a third party.”

“Owner managed entities with a public interest score below 100, in terms of the Act, no longer require an audit or independent review,” adds Phillips. “If the score is between 100 and 350, an independent review is needed. However all entities with a public interest score greater than 350 must have an audit.”

Strictly speaking, says Philips, “this means the vast majority of the SME market shouldn’t need to go to the annual trouble and expense of an audit. If you are an owner-managed small business, there is likely to be little an audit can tell you as a shareholder that you don’t already know.”

However, he cautions, in reality audits are still likely to be required. “The requirements for reporting to the government are one thing, but banks may have other ideas,” he says. “If you want an overdraft or other form of financing, I’m afraid an audit may still be required but now as a banking requirement.”

“This is one case where red tape can’t be laid at the door of government,” notes Phillips. “Anybody who lends you money is still in all likelihood going to want the reassurance of independently reviewed or audited financial statements.”

Travelling beyond borders this holiday season?

By admin, 7 grudnia, 2011, No Comment

Keep roaming costs under control with MTN

Historically, roaming charges have presented many pricing challenges for customers, with the accumulation of exorbitant bills due to a lack of knowledge about the various roaming pricing structures that are in place and varying tariffs that apply per country. As we head into the festive season where many will be travelling beyond boarders for a well deserved break, who needs the dreaded massive phone bill to start a New Year? It is with this in mind that MTN would like to provide some key tips for consumers on effective roaming, to avoid this untimely incident.

“At MTN, we understand that our customers want to be connected when travelling, however often do not understand the cost associated with roaming calls. It is with this in mind that we wish to continue to educate our customers on cost effective roaming and how they can effectively make and receive calls whilst abroad, without breaking the bank,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN South Africa.
 
So to prevent frustration and digging deep into pockets upon returning home, MTN advises its customers to use the tips below:

• Use SMS roaming only, while abroad – simply dial *111*14# to activate SMS roaming. Once activated, all voice and data capabilities on your phone will be switched off and you will only be able to send and receive SMS’s while roaming.

• iMail
Upon diverting all calls to your voicemail box before heading overseas, customers can visit www.mtn.co.za, to register on the website for MTN iMail and log in at any time to listen to messages on the Internet instead of on your phone!

• Voicemail Callback
While roaming, you are required to dial +2783 1000 000 to listen to your voicemail where you will pay for an outgoing call from the country you are in at international voice rates. Therefore, while overseas, you can simply dial the roaming shortcut code of *111*100#, navigate through the menu options and select Voicemail Callback. Voicemail will then call you from South Africa so that you do not have to pay for an outgoing call from the country you are in.

• Divert all calls to voicemail
Before leaving South Africa, MTN advises customers to divert all calls to go to voicemail (Unconditional Diverts) in the settings on your device. This means that whenever someone calls you, the call will be diverted straight to voicemail. Therefore you won’t have to pay for an incoming call while roaming.

• Make 100% sure you know what the data rates are
If you are going to take your MTN data card (F@stLink) with or use the Internet on your phone, go to the MTN website to determine what the current data rates are in the country you are travelling to. It is important to note that this varies in each country – some countries charge for data in increments of 25KB at rates much higher than what MTN charges in South Africa. Using data while roaming can cost you up to R150 per MB.

 Switch off all automatic updates on your device and computer
Today, your phone/device/laptop does automatic updates in the background while connected to the internet. By switching these updates off, you can save on your roaming bill.

“The MTN customer experience remains world class. We are dedicated to not only provide our customers with the best in connectivity, but also to keep them informed of aspects such as roaming and the implications in this regard. So if you are going abroad this festive season, please take note of the above tips to keep roaming costs low, while staying connected to your friends and family back home,” concludes Taukobong.

Samsung announces the availability of more local apps on the SA Apps store

By admin, 7 grudnia, 2011, No Comment

Adding to the already diverse range of applications, Samsung have announced 7 new Android apps that are now available on the local Samsung Apps store. These new additions form part of Samsung’s commitment to offering the consumer local and relevant apps across a variety of categories. The new apps added to the store include; Running Shoe Guide, Sharenet, African Poisonous Animals, African Weather Forecaster, African Phrases, RatenDate and Seventeen Love calculator.

Says Adrian Lee, Mobile Content Lead at Samsung SA, “We are excited about the availability of these apps for the consumer, as it not only shows a growing confidence in South African developers such as Apposition, Cytrus Technology, Media 24 and Sharenet, in uploading their apps onto the Samsung Apps store, but so too does it mean that we are providing our consumers with the locally relevant content that they expect from us.”

Running Shoe Guide (in association with Runners World Magazine):
This app allows the user to search for a running shoe that will suit their budget, running style and their terrain preference. Offering a comprehensive list of running shoes for trail and road running, this app lets users compare brands and find a shoe that is best suited to their running needs. The app is updated on a regular basis with the latest in running shoes across a range of various brands – perfect for the fitness fanatic who has comfort top of mind!

Sharenet:
The Sharenet app provides the latest South African Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) share prices, graphs and news, keeping business users informed while on the move.

African Poisonous Animals:
This app provides users with a list of poisonous animals, including snakes, spiders and scorpions that can be found in Africa (however not only restricted to Africa), as well as includes information on these creatures including description, habitat, behaviour and venom. So if you’re in a remote location this is the perfect app to keep you safe-guarded.

African Weather Forecaster:
Check out weather forecasts per country and/or region to plan your day more effectively. Through this app, the location can be obtained automatically, or the user can search for weather reports for a required location.

African Phrases:
Listing commonly used phrases for African languages and their English translations, this application starts off by providing a list of countries – when a country is selected it expands to show a list of languages related to the respective country.

RatenDate:
This is a mobile dating service that lets users make new friendships. Through this app, users can upload pictures, chat to friends and much more.

Seventeen Love Calculator:
The Seventeen love calculator app is a fun love calculator that is aimed at those trying to determine if their crush has a crush on them in return.

“With such a variety of apps available in categories including lifestyle, entertainment, reference and news, we are eager about the uptake thereof – which we believe will be great – and look forward to continuously adding more exciting apps to our South African store in the near future. In fact, as part of our commitment to driving the local development of applications we invite developers to contact us in discussing the possibility of uploading their latest and greatest apps to the Samsung Apps store,” concludes Lee.

All of the above applications are currently available on the Samsung Apps Store. For more information on these applications and/or to view the complete list of applications available, please visit http://www.samsungapps.com/.

Kaspersky Lab Announces Organisational Changes and New Appointments in the Emerging Markets Management Structure

By admin, 7 grudnia, 2011, No Comment
Vasily Dyagilev

Vasily Dyagilev

Vasily Dyagilev will be appointed Managing Director of Kaspersky Lab, Emerging Markets. The position is being vacated by Garry Kondakov who is set to take over as the company’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer (CSMO). The changes will also affect the regional division structure: a separate business unit will be set up to manage the company’s activities in Russia and the countries of Central Asia and Transcaucasia. The unit will report directly to the CSMO, with Sergey Zemkov continuing to head operations in these territories.

“Kaspersky Lab has demonstrated remarkable success in developing its business in the Emerging Markets region. The company now ranks first in the retail markets in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and a majority of Eastern European countries,” comments Garry Kondakov. “I’m confident that the new appointments within the region’s management structure will allow us to enhance brand awareness and strengthen the company’s position on the global market.”

Vasily Dyagilev will take responsibility for growing the business in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and in Africa, managing the local offices of the region directly. His main aims in this new role will include the continued development of sales channels and the expansion of marketing and technical support offered to partners.

“The countries of the Emerging Markets region offer considerable potential. After just a couple of years of intense business activity in these territories we have managed to achieve impressive results and establish the company as the market’s leading IT security vendor,” states Vasily Dyagilev. “Our future plans are no less ambitious. We intend to continue building up our presence in the region, with leadership in the corporate sector being our main strategic goal.”  

The strategic importance of Kaspersky Lab’s activities in Russia, Central Asia and Transcaucasia has been reflected in the new organisational structure of the company. These territories will be managed by a separate business unit that, along with five other business divisions (Western Europe; North America; Emerging Markets (Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa); the Asian-Pacific region; and Japan), will report directly to the CSMO. Under the leadership of Sergey Zemkov, one of the top priorities for Russia, Central Asia and Transcaucasia will be increasing sales in the consumer segment and consolidating the company’s position in the corporate sector of the information security market.

“Despite the enormous success of our overseas expansion, we are still very much focused on our presence in Russia and our Russian customers,” says Sergey Zemkov. “The new structural changes emphasize just how important the Russian market is – and always has been – for the strategic development of Kaspersky Lab. The IT security market in Russia is experiencing dramatic growth, opening up new possibilities to expand our business activities.”

Biographies in brief:

Garry Kondakov is one of Kaspersky Lab’s most successful and experienced managers. Having joined the company in 2002 as Director of Kaspersky Lab’s regional office for Russia, CIS and the Baltic states, Garry pursued a career path that led him to the post of Managing Director of the Emerging Markets region in which he supervised business activities in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Vasily Dyagilev joined Kaspersky Lab in April 2009 as Head of Consumer Sales for Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In March 2011he was appointed Commercial Director for the Emerging Markets region that included all the aforementioned markets plus Latin America. In this position Vasily proved successful at developing and implementing a single sales and marketing strategy, enhancing the partner network and promoting dynamic growth throughout the region.

Sergey Zemkov has for many years successfully managed Kaspersky Lab’s business in Russia and in the countries of the former Soviet Union. He joined the company in 2003 as Head of Corporate Sales for Russia, the CIS and Baltic countries. In 2008 he was appointed Director of Sales for Russia and Transcaucasia. In October 2008 he was appointed Managing Director for Russia and over the next two years sales in Russia more than trebled. From January 2011, Sergey was also responsible for developing the business in the countries of Central Asia.

Kaspersky Lab is the largest antivirus company in Europe. It delivers some of the world’s most immediate protection against IT security threats, including viruses, spyware, crimeware, hackers, phishing, and spam. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users. Kaspersky Lab products provide superior detection rates and one of the industry’s fastest outbreak response times for home users, SMBs, large enterprises and the mobile computing environment. Kaspersky® technology is also used worldwide inside the products and services of the industry’s leading IT security solutions providers. Learn more at: www.kaspersky.com. For the latest on antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and other IT security issues and trends, visit: www.securelist.com.

Technology contracting can build ‘smart’ into your buildings’ foundations

By admin, 7 grudnia, 2011, No Comment

Smart buildings are not a fad; they offer proven advantage. Technology contracting, an emerging best practice for construction of facilities, literally builds ‘smart’ into the supporting infrastructure of a building.  It’s doing away with traditional multi-contractor autonomy, centralising management and responsibility for the planning, implementation and commissioning of complex supporting systems. The benefits are considerable, says Johnson Controls Systems & Service, a leader in this sector.

“Technology contracting is a money and time saving, risk reducing option,”says Neil Cameron, General Manager: Systems & Services at Johnson Controls Africa. “It delivers truly integrated systems that allow a building to function as a single cohesive entity, maximising the benefits to be had from intelligent systems – such as – lowered cost of ownership, ease of management, minimised energy usage and emissions, and a lower carbon footprint.”

Like the architect that designs a structure with engineering, eco and aesthetic principles and purpose in mind, technology experts have an enterprise-wide perspective on technology. They also have the authority and technical expertise to make decisions and influence how the information technology network, as well as comfort, communications, life safety, asset tracking and business applications will be chosen, installed and operated.

Says Cameron: “In a traditional approach to the design and construction of a building, a number of independent consultants contribute to the creation of a building spec. This may include any number of increasingly hi-tech technologies – like CCTV, HVAC, fire alarms, lighting and electrical systems, communication and building management platforms.

“While each system may be selected on merit and fit with customer requirements, each will usually be implemented by an independent supplier; each will have its own (sometimes proprietary) operating system that will need to be upgraded; and each is likely to be maintained by a separate service provider. Without a single integrated architecture, systems are difficult to synchronise, and costs are duplicated over the lifetime of the systems.

“A technology contractor, on the other hand, provides a single source of responsibility for all supporting technology systems, can balance first and lifecycle costs, eliminate system and infrastructure duplication, converge individual systems into a technology solution, and can guide implementation to maximise efficiency and cost effectiveness.”

The result is a best-in-class integrated technology system at a lower first cost, and a more efficient long-term operation. All of this is designed to seamlessly accommodate future advancements in technology. Thus the building or project stays ahead of the technology curve, no matter what the future holds.

Technology contractors, like Johnson Controls have both the technology and industry insight and global experience to put together systems that integrate easily and can be managed centrally, deriving maximum benefit for building owners, occupants and companies.

A good example is a recent win. In June 2011 Johnson Controls was awarded two contracts totalling $168m for work on the New Doha International Airport project in Qatar. The contracts include installation of the perimeter intrusion detection systems, as well as cover the design, supply and installation of terminal operation centres and the Qatar Airways Operation Command Centre.

Says Cameron: “With convergence of technologies and communication platforms, the opportunities to improve the comfort of users, ease of management and cost equations associated with facility operation and maintenance are significant. Structure and infrastructure are melding to drive a new paradigm in building construction, enabling companies to better leverage investments in these facilities and ensure their longevity.”

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