How the CIO, CDO and CMO can join forces to drive digital innovation

Jane Alexander, Chief Digital & Information Officer, The Cleveland Museum of Art

Sue Workman, VP for University Technology/CIO, Case Western Reserve University

Tracy Marek, Executive Vice President of Marketing/Chief Marketing Officer for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena

Hear from local women leaders in tech and marketing who will discuss their ​evolving​ roles ​in step with the​ technology advances ​of​ today’s marketplace

In its 12th year, the Amplify speaker series continues to seek thought leaders that educate, inspire and provide a networking opportunity for executives and business leaders in Northeast Ohio”

— Renee DeLuca Dolan, Founder, President of Contempo Design + Communications


CLEVELAND, OH (July, 23, 2018) Business leaders will convene at the September Amplify event to learn about relevant topics in tech. Speakers will discuss topics including who owns the tech stack at their companies and how their company CIOs, CMOs and CDOs communicate internally and externally about new technologies being employed in their organizations. The Amplify Speaker Series is produced by Contempo Design + Communications and gold sponsors Kent State University’s College of Business Administration and Expedient.

The networking and luncheon program will take place on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the DoubleTree Tudor Arms Hotel at 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

Deborah Spake, Dean of the College of Business Administration at Kent State University, will facilitate the program that will feature local tech and marketing leaders who will discuss their ​evolving​ roles ​with the​ technology advances ​of​ today’s marketplace. Each guest speaker will present a 10-minute “TED-style” talk, followed by audience Q&A.

Brad Nellis, Director of Market Strategy for Expedient’s Cleveland market will discuss the state of technology in NEO. Prior to joining Expedient, Nellis was Executive Director of OHTec (formerly NEOSA), the technology association for northeast Ohio.

Topics and Presenters:

– Jane Alexander, Chief Digital & Information Officer, The Cleveland Museum of Art, is responsible for technology implementation and digital strategies, as well as long-term strategic planning. Under her leadership, the CMA completed the award-winning Gallery One and ArtLens Gallery that transformed the museum into one of the most technologically advanced and engaging art destinations in the world.

– Tracy Marek, Executive Vice President of Marketing/Chief Marketing Officer for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena, and has over 20 years of marketing and event production experience in the professional sports and entertainment industries. Tracy will discuss how her role and that of the CIO and CDO have evolved in her 15+ years at the CAVS organization.

– Sue Workman, VP for University Technology/CIO at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss the areas of responsibility in higher-ed IT and how these differ from typical businesses, the innovative CWRU facilities, how CWRU is using holograms to teach and teamwork at the C-level in higher-ed IT. Sue is responsible for creating the vision and strategies that enable the delivery of technology solutions supporting the university’s mission of teaching, learning, and research, along with the day-to-day functions of the university.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $45 each and tables of eight and sponsor packages are available at www.contempocleveland/events

About Amplify ​:

​The Amplify Speaker Series is a program presented by Contempo Design + Communications, a full-service design and communications firm founded by Renée DeLuca Dolan in 1996 and headquartered in Warrensville Heights. The program, now in its 12th year, brings business and community thought leaders together for an active forum on issues of relevance to greater Cleveland.

​Find more details on the event and sponsorship opportunities visit and our social channels. Follow our topic discussions at ​#AmplifyCleveland

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P2Sample Announces Strong First Half Growth; On Pace to Achieve 10 Million Completes in 2018



Leading sample provider reports tremendous half-yearly growth due in part to technology adoption, new solution introduction and an increase in global business

As a sample supplier, we can have a significant impact on data quality, which is why we focus on bringing the most advanced solutions in automation and other new technologies to the table.”

— Mathijs de Jong, CEO of P2Sample

ATLANTA, GA, USA, July 31, 2018 / — P2Sample, an industry leader in technology-driven sample solutions for the market research industry, announced 62 percent year-over-year revenue growth for the first half of 2018. In the same period, survey completes grew comparably and the company is on pace to achieve 10 million completes by the end of calendar year 2018. P2Sample, which operates in more than 150 countries around the globe, is a pioneer in the implementation of new technology in the sample space.

“We know that, as a sample supplier, we can have a significant impact on data quality for our clients, which is why we focus on bringing the most advanced solutions in automation and other new technologies to the table,” said Mathijs de Jong, CEO of P2Sample. “Our continued growth is the result of this commitment. We’ve been able to help improve respondent satisfaction rates, reduce fraud and create efficiencies that result in better outcomes.”

With a global reach of 40 million opted-in panel members across more than 150 countries, P2Sample specializes in providing respondents even in hard-to-reach demographics. This level of reach, coupled with a forward-thinking approach to sample in the digital age, has helped to drive the company’s growth this year. In June, the company introduced its new DIY sample tool, P2Solo, which allows clients to harness the power of the P2Sample platform with a simple and intuitive interface. It also recently published a free e-book: The Ultimate Buyers Guide: How to Select a Sample Supplier.

P2Sample has consistently been named on national lists for growth, most recently included in Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500 and the 2017 Inc 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies.

About P2Sample
P2Sample is the most sophisticated programmatic sample provider in the market research industry, with an active member panel of 40+ million members worldwide, including in hard-to-reach demographics. As a technology-driven company, P2Sample leads the way in implementing new approaches and techniques that deliver better quality data. From proprietary algorithms that optimize respondent experience and engagement to artificial intelligence that works continuously to mitigate fraud, P2Sample is an agile, innovative and dependable sample partner that provides data its clients can trust.


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Eight Tips to Minimize Customer Effort and Maximize Customer Satisfaction

Making life easier for customers is the first step towards brand loyalty and business success. Magnus Geverts at Teleopti shares his eight top tips

Design your service strategy to give your customers first-class service, with very little effort on their part, for brand loyalty and business success.”

— Magnus Geverts, Chief Business Development Officer, Teleopti

LONDON, UK, July 31, 2018 / — All customers want is a quick and easy answer to their enquiries. It might sound simple but the two biggest annoyances for customers, which are having to repeat themselves and being transferred from department to department[i], can do untold damage to an organization’s reputation and revenues. Every week I meet with contact center executives struggling to break down the silos in an effort to create consistency across all channels. Making it easy for customers requires hard work.

In today’s viral world of social media, the risks of upsetting customers are even higher as dissatisfied consumers take out their frustrations via Facebook, Twitter and TripAdvisor. In fact, according to the Institute of Customer Service, 58% of people would stop buying from a company as a result of poor customer service and, even scarier, 70% of them would actively discourage others from engaging with a company when given poor customer service.[ii]

Winning contact centers are those that deliver quick fixes, instant results and exceptional customer satisfaction. It all comes down to giving customers what they want with very little effort on their part. Put yourself in your customers’ shoes and ask, “How do I make life easier for my customers?” It’s time to review your processes and technology – here are a few tips to point you in the right direction.

Eight tips for designing service to reduce customer effort

1.Find the right people – your agents are your most valuable asset but gone are the days when all they had to do was answer as many calls as possible as quickly as possible. Today’s ‘super agents’ must be capable of solving complex problems for customers so look for highly flexible, emotionally intelligent candidates with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, train them properly and keep them motivated. Use Workforce Management (WFM) technology to create a ‘go-to’ place for all your talent and resources. Use it to flag up skills gaps, build meaningful training programs and combine with Real-Time Management capabilities to set up training during idle time. Then, maximize WFM to schedule your right-skilled agents to the right place at the right time.

2.It’s the simple things that count – prominently display freephone customer support telephone numbers on every web page, enable agents to conduct Web Chat and keep FAQs up-to-date and easy to find. Be sure to share customer stories with other parts of the organization to create a unified understanding and response to common customer issues.

3.Make time to understand your customers – listen to your agents – they know if your customers are happy and what works and remember to devise a mechanism for agents to share hints and tips. Then combine agent feedback with speech analytics and silent monitoring to capture the voice of the customer. The more you understand what makes your customers tick, the more effective you’ll be at deploying efficient processes and technology to support enhanced customer interactions.

4.Automation is the way to go – it tangibly enhances the customer experience. Take Web Chat, where automated Chatbots can be used as the first line of enquiry. Chatbots can be programmed to perform more mundane tasks using automated responses in Chat before the customer is connect to a human at the right time.

5.Up your self-service game – the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) driving contact center solutions include self-service capabilities that allow people to find out information, ask questions, broker a mortgage, book their next holiday, buy the latest must-have gadget or fashion item and return a faulty kettle at a time to suit them without having to speak to a single human being. Think about it, could you reduce customer effort by introducing a wider use of self-service?

6.Make mobility work for you – consumers expect to use their mobile devices to find information, ask questions and access social media to connect with their favorite brands 24 hours a day. Make sure your customer service is fully optimized for mobility with a fully responsive website, by offering Web Chat and by providing a choice of different contact options such as SMS, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Twitter.

7.Omnichannel is the new multichannel – modern consumers want a consistent, satisfying and effortless experience, every time, whatever the device or communication channel. They also want organizations to recognize their buying history and previous interactions so they don’t have to keep repeating themselves. The latest technology solutions automatically flag up how customers want to interact. From the same screen agents can switch between telephone, emails and Chat to deal with enquiries whatever the channel. This often requires extensive integration of back-end systems or a complete rebuild of the back-end systems which feed your customers and agents with information.

8.Chatbots – can provide anything from automated subscription content like weather and traffic updates, to tailored communications such as receipts, shipping notifications and live automated messages – fast. Customizable greetings mean Chatbots make it possible to offer a more personal, more proactive, and more streamlined customer experience.

Take a step back, put yourself in your customers’ shoes and see what their experience is really like. You might need to overhaul your approach to customer service completely or perhaps a few simple tweaks will suffice. Either way, design your service strategy to give your customers first-class service, with very little effort on their part, for brand loyalty and business success.

Magnus Geverts is Chief Business Development Officer at Teleopti

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[ii] Institute of Customer Service –

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LANSA Raises Bar for Low-Code Software Development with New Release of Visual LANSA

Example Of App built using Visual LANSA v14SP2

LANSA (, the original low-code vendor, has announced a major new release of its software development platform, Visual LANSA.

LONDON, ENGLAND , UNITED KINGDOM, July 31, 2018 / — This raises the enterprise app development bar by delivering the ability to build scalable mobile, web and desktop applications significantly faster than before. This latest release will accelerate customers’ digital transformation projects, from disruptive customer apps to critical line-of-business solutions.

Visual LANSA developers now have access to a range of innovative new tools that set the pace for the low-code market. The focus has been on improving key areas including:

• More seamless, enterprise scale integration between LANSA apps and third-party solutions. This includes tools that simplify the building of an application architecture based on microservices and REST APIs.
• Powerful user interface generation tools including in-built Google Material Design controls to make it even easier for non-designers to build great looking, easy-to-use applications.
• An updated Visual LANSA Framework with enhanced prototyping tools for faster development and responsive design. Making it fast and easy to show end users prospective applications and gain input and feedback before full development
• New Smart DevOps and version control facilities including built-in integration with Git and GitHub. This simplifies every aspect of the development cycle – both client-side and server-side for mobile, desktop and web.
• Improvements that speed development and deployment times. This includes new tools in the development environment and a new one-click deployment system.
• LANSA’s unique rules engine to centralise and apply the rules for the validation and the visualisation of business data to maximise reuse and minimise maintenance.
• A brand new Visual LANSA Developer Center ( with easy access to all new tools, examples and documentation. In addition, a suite of complete sample applications and layouts is provided that can be used as-is or tailored simply as needed.

Commenting on the launch, Steve Gapp, President of LANSA said, “LANSA focussed on helping customers address the ‘difficult to do’ things. This release makes major improvements to each of the five key areas: development, integration, deployment, maintenance and DevOps. We believe these changes will help organisations build the applications they need to transform their business, faster than ever before.”

This latest release of Visual LANSA (version 14 SP2) is available to customers now. A 60-day free trial with a fully-provisioned cloud service is available to developers looking to try out v14 SP2. More information is available at


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Element Group Releases Report on Macroeconomic Trends and Cryptocurrencies

The exclusive research establishes a new framework for analyzing digital assets in relation to global macroeconomic trends

As the cryptocurrency market consolidates, it becomes vital to introduce robust analytical standards and original thought paradigm methods to understand the digital asset world”

— Stan Miroshnik, CEO and Co-Founder of Element Group

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — Element Group, a full-service advisory firm for the digital asset capital markets, today released a new research report outlining the relationship between global macroeconomic trends and cryptocurrency markets. The report uses a broad range of data to analyze the effect certain events may have on cryptocurrency prices.

In the report, the Element Digital Asset Management team analyzes topical macro trends that includes the threat of possible stock market correction, cross asset volatility, investor decision fatigue, the promise of a bitcoin ETF, cryptocurrency futures and price dispersion across different market capitalizations. The objective of the report is to highlight interesting observations within these global macro trends and to hypothesize on whether or not they have a measured effect on the digital asset space.

“As bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general begin attracting institutional investors, it becomes important to view these assets in a more global context,” said Thejas Nalval, Director of Portfolio Management at Element Group. “In our Q2 research report, we place bitcoin amidst other economic factors: for example, we think about what price action would take place in a global recession, and compare bitcoin to other financial assets. This report raises numerous points for discussion and we are excited to see how our colleagues in the space respond.”

“While the insights contained within this report are only applicable to the current state of this nascent and emerging market, they introduce an important framework which can be used for future analysis,” said Stan Miroshnik, CEO and Co-Founder of Element Group. “As the market consolidates, it becomes vital to introduce robust analytical standards and original thought paradigm methods to understand the digital asset world. Element Group is excited to pioneer this approach.”

A link to receive a copy of the full report can be found here:

About Element Group
Element Group is a full-service investment bank for the digital asset capital markets that delivers advisory, asset management, OTC trading, and technology solutions in an integrative manner. Element executes token sales and ICOs, supporting market-leading transactions for technology-oriented companies which build platforms and protocols. In addition to offering integrative services for businesses operating within the digital asset space, Element delivers thought leadership and proprietary research. Element Group offers securities in the U.S. through Tangent Capital Partners, LLC, a registered broker dealer with the SEC and a member of FINRA and SIPC.

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Betterez Provides Ticketing Solution for Passengers Travelling to Cottage Country

We are pleased to be working alongside Ontario Northland and Metrolinx to help passengers travel to northern Ontario’s beautiful Muskoka region.”

— Tal Shalit, founder & CEO, Betterez.

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, July 31, 2018 / — Betterez Inc., one of the world’s fastest growing Reservations & Ticketing Management platforms, today announces that its powerful platform will be used by Ontario Northland for its newly created Toronto-Muskoka connected service with Metrolinx. In the month of August, Ontario Northland and Metrolinx will be piloting combined service to provide a convenient and comfortable way to take transit to the Muskoka region and avoid traffic delays from August 3 to September 3.

“We are pleased to be working alongside Ontario Northland and Metrolinx to help passengers travel to northern Ontario’s beautiful Muskoka region,” says Tal Shalit, founder & CEO, Betterez. “Our easy-to-use, robust reservations and ticketing tool is helping hundreds of operators around the world meet their ticketing needs and we are proud to be working alongside Ontario Northland and Metrolinx to enable online ticket sales and back-end reporting for this much-anticipated route.”

Currently serving as a five-week pilot project, this route will help connect travelers to Ontario’s busy Muskoka region.

“With one ticket, passengers can travel on the GO Train and Ontario Northland’s motor coach service,” said Tracy MacPhee, Director of Passenger Operations, Ontario Northland. “We are proud to provide this seamless connection and convenient ticketing experience service to our passengers.”

Passengers can visit to purchase tickets.

About Betterez

Betterez, founded in 2011, is a next generation Reservations & Ticketing Management (RTM) technology company focused on helping motorcoach, tour and multi-use ticketing operators grow their businesses, and run operations and finance more efficiently. For more information, visit:

For more information, please contact: Sharon Lassman at

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Parcel ABC opens a new hub and expands its network to Germany

LONDON, GB, UNITED KINGDOM, July 31, 2018 / — The fast-growing online parcel delivery company Parcel ABC has further expanded to open a hub in Germany which will lead to the creation of new jobs in the country. Parcel ABC, who have processing and distribution centers in multiple locations across the globe, continue to provide excellent parcel delivery services to all their small and large businesses customers as well as to consumers.
Choosing Germany as the location is an acknowledgement of the requirement from its international customers to have a local presence in the major markets. The company’s decision to open a new hub has been welcomed by them. This expansion provides them with more service options, improved pricing and additional guarantees that the changing delivery needs, driven by the eCommerce sector growth, will be met. The new hub will provide sorting facilities, a local entry point to Germany and local returns service possibilities as well as pick and pack fulfilment options.
The unit will employ local staff and provide enough space for sorting and re-routing of parcels to other countries from this central European hub. The opening of their first delivery center in Germany is proof of the logistics company’s commitment to growth and change. At Parcel ABC, achieving excellence is done through engagement. Whether in Germany or any other place, they connect with the local community, acquiring a deep understanding of local differences and needs. This global corporation does its best to understand the singular features of the markets that it operates in.
Offering a comprehensive range of services for express and economy delivery, Parcel ABC can satisfy all requirements. Consignments are transported from one point to another, no matter what challenges arise. The shipping business works with courier companies worthy of trust including the major integrators as well as local, national or regional carriers that provide fast and reliable services. These partnerships have been developed to maintain the high quality and range of the shipping services at highly competitive prices that its customers have become used to.
The dedication to perfection and the readiness to deliver excellent services is what has helped Parcel ABC gain such a good reputation. Opinions and independent reviews of the logistics operator are positive. The trust and confidence of its customers indicate that the logistics operator is not driven only by profit. Pricing is not the only feature that differentiates the logistics company from the competition. On the contrary, Parcel ABC is interested in giving, not taking. They wish to take care and listen to their customers ever changing requirements and are proud to offer them competitive pricing an extensive array of services and a superb online platform which has been built using their feedback.
When choosing to work with the logistics operator, customers take into consideration factors like customer service, enhanced cover, and satisfaction guarantee. The Parcel ABC team in Germany is already working for global customers. As in other countries this new processing and distribution center will work following the company’s professional guidelines. The opening of this new entry point to the German market represents a step forward. It is part of the business’s worldwide development strategy.
Parcel ABC makes tremendous efforts to provide more options to their customers, in terms of receiving, sending and returning shipments. There are plenty of savings to be made by accessing their growing network and by using their local hubs. They are already celebrating the grand opening of their new sorting center.

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The Top 10 Streaming Mobile Apps Of 2018, Researched By DesignRush

61% of 18 to 29-year-olds alone watch TV through a streaming service, proving that easy-to-use mobile applications are the future of online growth.

Other brands – include those in different industries – will find value in the strong branding and intuitive design these apps bring forth.”

— Gabriel Shaoolian

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — Music and video apps continue to climb in popularity, with 61 percent of consumers between ages 18 and 29 watching TV through a streaming service or device. However, these platforms need to demonstrate effective user experience and strong functionality in order to find success in a saturated market., an online destination that helps businesses discover the best designs, latest marketing trends and effective online growth strategies, announced the best mobile streaming apps of 2018.

The top mobile streaming apps include:

1. Netflix
2. Spotify
3. Hulu
4. Tidal
5. Amazon Prime Video
6. Apple Music
7. HBO Go
8. iHeartRadio
9. YouTube TV
10. Pandora

Each application was chosen based on effective core functionality, user experience, mobile app design and popularity. The digital platforms all draw in millions of monthly users and demonstrate an intuitive interface that all professional mobile apps could benefit from.

“Mobile apps are increasingly used to translate a brand’s core services to new audiences,” says DesignRush Founder and Executive Director Gabriel Shaoolian. “These streaming apps demonstrate how a structured transition from mobile-friendly site to application can solve a lot of user problems and improve overall experience. Other brands – include those in different industries – will find value in the strong branding and intuitive design these apps bring forth.”

By the end of this year, there will be approximately 2.53 billion smartphone users worldwide. In addition, mobile apps will generate around $189 billion in U.S. revenue by the year 2020, proving that brand-specific app interfaces are worth investing in long-term.

Businesses that need their own user-friendly mobile app for their business can find a comprehensive list of the best mobile app design and development agencies on DesignRush to create this new digital platform.

In addition to robust roundups, DesignRush allows users to search the:

Best Website Designs
Best Logo Designs
Best Print Designs
Best Package Designs
Best App Designs
Best Videos

In each category, users can filter best designs by industry and style. The powerful database of successful designs ensures that growing businesses can quickly discover the inspiration necessary to evolve in the digital age.

About DesignRush: is a digital destination to inspire creativity and the discovery of marketing, design and technology trends. The company was founded by Gabriel Shaoolian, an experienced entrepreneur and digital marketing expert.

DesignRush’s Best Designs section showcases the best designs in web, logo, print, packaging, mobile apps and video. Users can filter best designs by industry. DesignRush also features comprehensive articles in the Trends & Insights section, such as:

App Design vs. Mobile-Friendly Website: The Pros & Cons Of Investing In Each Approach
Best Mobile Banking App Features For Android And iPhone Users
Best iOS Email Apps for iPhone Users To Communicate With Business Clients Easily

In addition to showcasing the best designs, DesignRush features the top agencies around the world, including the best Digital Agencies, Mobile App Design & Development Companies, Website Design Companies & Digital Marketing Agencies.


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“Identiv Transponders Are Powering the IoT” Says Dr. Manfred Mueller, Chief Operating Officer, Identiv

Dr. Manfred Mueller, Chief Operating Officer, Identiv

Identiv Connects and Protects: People. Places. Things.

Manfred Mueller Joins Us “In The Boardroom” On To Discuss Growing Traction for Identiv Solutions


We are honored to have Dr. Manfred Mueller, COO, Identiv, join us “In The Boardroom” to talk about the growing traction for Identiv solutions and how Identiv transponders are powering the IoT.”

— Martin Eli, Publisher

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — In our recent discussion with Steven Humphreys, CEO of Identiv (
we talked about the market drivers for Identiv’s recent success in the physical access, smart card reader, and credential arena, specifically through the company’s strong customer relationships with the U.S. federal government and recently launched video intelligence solutions with the acquisition of 3VR.

Today, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to chat with Dr. Manfred Mueller, COO of Identiv. Thank you for joining us, Manfred. In our recent talk with Steve, we touched the surface of what Identiv’s team of experts is focusing on in the design and manufacture of embedded high-frequency (HF) and ultra high-frequency (UHF) transponders for objects, such as medical devices, books, toys, athletic apparel, and perishable food items and pharmaceuticals. We learned that Identiv’s radio-frequency identification (RFID), near-field communication (NFC), and inlay portfolio of solutions feature various transponder form factors, including dry inlays, wet inlays, labels, tickets, and more. It sounds like like these transponders are uniquely positioned to deliver RFID connectivity to any object in the Internet of Things (IoT) market and that applications range from brand authenticity, consumer engagement, and item level tracking to tamper detection, and embedded sensors. Is that correct?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: Thanks so much for having me. Yes, you’ve definitely done your homework here. That’s an excellent overview of how Identiv is currently positioned in the market. Our transponders are powering the IoT. We’re dominating the NFC and mobility space, access and transport, events and leisure, library applications, gaming and vending, loyalty and payments, strong authentication, and health and pharma. Specializing in custom design, our tag portfolio covers anything and everything our customers can dream up. That includes HF and UHF inlays, standard and Tag on Metal labels, tickets for transportation, ski lifts, events, and more, tokens for transit and asset tracking, and library labels for books, CDs, DVDs, and tablets. We build miniaturized labels for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, giant NFC transponders, NFC stickers for mobile devices, and our uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker tracks the temperature of practically anything. Can you dive into a bit more detail about the award-winning uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker? We recall it won “Best New Product” in the 11th Annual RFID Journal Awards during RFID Journal LIVE! 2017.

Dr. Manfred Mueller: That’s correct. Frost & Sullivan also awarded it the “New Product Innovation Award” in North America. The uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker is basically a compact datalogging NFC smart sensor that tracks and stores temperature readings in the IoT. It empowers businesses by providing a low-cost, self-adhesive temperature monitoring solution for virtually anything. The data can be read locally by your mobile device or uploaded to the cloud for analytics and remediation. The tracker contains a precise temperature sensor, digital storage, flexible battery, and NFC tech. It communicates with local devices using a mobile device or industrial equipment app. The current temperature status and complete logged history can be reviewed locally or uploaded to the cloud. So, it’s ideal for the supply chain industry?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: That’s where a great deal of interest is coming from, like traceability and cold chain monitoring for perishable foods, flowers, and wine. But it’s also game-changing for healthcare and pharma — from medical equipment to drugs, vaccines, and blood — government applications, and smart packaging. Now that sounds like innovation. What else are you excited to share with our readers?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: We are just about to launch a product aimed at tamper-detection and anti-counterfeiting, and I’m happy to give you all a sneak preview. Identiv’s Tamper-Proof RFID Label integrates a state-of-the-art aluminum-etched antenna and an innovative, tamper-proof release coating. The antenna bridge is guaranteed to destruct after the label is torn from any applied surface, including glass, paper, plastic, and other non-metal environments. The cost-effective design renders it impossible to tear off the complete antenna or label; once torn from an adhered surface, the label is no longer functional and cannot be reassembled.

The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) estimates that counterfeit goods equate for nearly 5 – 7% of world trade, approximately $600 billion. In a report released this year, P&S Market Research values the global anti-counterfeit packaging market at $114.4 billion in 2017 and projects $208.4 billion by 2023. Identiv’s new Tamper-Proof RFID Labels address the security needs for anti-counterfeiting and brand-protection in the retail, transportation, and pharmaceutical industry, designed for simple use on wine and spirit bottles, pharmaceuticals, and any item in transport that requires broken-seal detection or tamper prevention. The labels can be personalized with custom artwork, different sizes, or chip combinations, providing different security levels. Additionally, each label can be delivered with variable data, including a barcode, numbering, or an end-user’s name. The destructive label is ideal for uses cases in which the end-user needs to ensure an asset is genuine — once removed, the label cannot be reapplied to a new, non-authentic product. Anti-counterfeiting is huge. We’re looking forward to seeing those labels on the market. You mentioned custom designs earlier. Would you consider Identiv the world leader in tag customization?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: Absolutely. Right now, we’re looking at the projected size of the global market for RFID tags to reach $21.9 billion and the opportunity for IoT applications in retail to reach $35.6 billion by 2020; and we’re leading the charge. Identiv provides custom design and rapid prototyping, setting us apart from competitors with our unique expertise in delivering small batches of prototypes tailored to customer-specific requirements. We offer hundreds of HF and UHF antenna designs available in a virtually any size or shape, a comprehensive, diverse raw material inventory for inlays and/or fully printed labels, and high-quality digital offset printing available with complete electronic personalization. You won’t find this calibre portfolio anywhere else. Can you name a few satisfied customers? Tell us their story.

Dr. Manfred Mueller: That’s the tricky part of this industry and the customers we’re working with – unfortunately, we’re under NDAs for nearly all of the exciting applications we’re supporting. However, what I can say is that we’re working with some of the biggest apparel and footwear companies, major players in the area of home automation, and a huge number of top players in the medical and pharmaceutical arena. We’re also serving a broad range of system integrators for the library market, converters in all major sales territories, and some major distribution companies.

Additionally, our NFC activities include solution providers for luxury goods and top-shelf wine and liqueur. As you can see, the range of customers we’re serving is pretty broad – we’re staying very busy and we’re doing some incredible work. Glad to hear it! Moving forward, what do you see as the top RFID industry drivers?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: For the consumer end-market, manufacturers are driving to make appliances and personal devices smart and secure. In supply chain tracking, the need is for RFID tags to speed-track goods through the manufacturing process. Industrial manufacturers are using RFID to track pallets of upstream and downstream product, while in agriculture, governments have mandated RFID tagging of livestock in Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Over the next couple of years, do you see things staying the same? If not, where is the transponder market headed?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: By 2020, we’ll see continued growth in the retail and consumer market, followed by financial, security, and safety, with land/sea logistics and the postal service rounding out the portfolio. Both enhanced consumer experience as well as anti-counterfeit solutions are the major drivers for the growth in our industry. We will also see continued innovation on the product side, increasing value-add and convenience. For consumer goods, this might look like combined UHF and NFC technology in one inlay, serving for production tracking in the supply chain and consumer engagement after-sale. Other than what we’ve discussed so far, what else makes Identiv the trusted name in transponders?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: Identiv has over 15 years of experience in the RFID space and our technology and performance are unrivaled. With our expert engineers, global presence, flexibility, quality management, and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified production facility, we’re positioned to consistently adapt to the needs of the market in an industry that is innovating on a minute-by-minute basis. Beyond ongoing innovation and customization, we offer the fastest delivery from design to production, and that includes the design and tuning of HF and UHF antennas required to operate with exposure to a variety of elements including metal, wood, plastic, water, humidity, heat, pressure, you name it. Plus, we offer a low minimum order quantity – 20,000 units for standard HF/UHF inlays and labels or 2,000 for more advanced RFID inlays with sensors. You won’t find that anywhere else. Manfred, it’s a been a pleasure learning more about Identiv’s role in RFID, NFC, and inlay technology innovation. We hope to have you back in the near future to share the next big thing; we have a feeling the connected world of the IoT – and Identiv – isn’t about to slow down anytime soon.

Dr. Manfred Mueller: Between research, design, and manufacturing, our transponder portfolio will continue to adapt to bring the most innovative smart identities and security to the IoT. Glad to share where we’re at today and definitely interested in coming back to this conversation soon.

For the complete interview with Manfred Mueller, Chief Operating Officer, Identiv

About Identiv
Identiv, Inc. is a global provider of physical security and secure identification. Identiv’s products, software, systems, and services address the markets for physical and logical access control, video analytics and a wide range of RFID-enabled applications. Customers in the government, enterprise, consumer, education, healthcare, banking, retail, and transportation sectors rely on Identiv’s access and identification solutions. Identiv’s mission is to secure the connected physical world: from perimeter to desktop access, and from the world of physical things to the Internet of Everything. Identiv is a publicly traded company and its common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market in the U.S. under the symbol “INVE.” For more information, visit


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Wamill announces Blockchain Tycoon Early Access launch on August 9.

Blockchain Tycoon will be released in Steam Early Access on August 9.

LONDON, UK, July 31, 2018 / — Wamill announces Blockchain Tycoon Early Access launch on August 9.

Game studio Wamill would like to announce the Early Access launch of the game Blockchain Tycoon.

Blockchain Tycoon is the cryptocurrency simulation/tycoon game where you build your own crypto mining warehouses around the world. Start small, grow your business, HODL, and sell high.

What is unique about it?
It is designed to be as realistic as possible. Meaning, players earn the same amount of coins as in real life, consume the same amount of electricity and compete with miners in the simulated world. It gets harder to mine coins if there are more miners in the world. 

Blockchain Tycoon will be released in Steam Early Access on August 9.

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