Companies news of 2017-01-02 (page 1)

  • Epson Named Best Channel Vendor in Business Solutions Magazine Annual Survey
  • Wirecard's Indian Subsidiary Star Global Obtains License Upgrade by Reserve Bank of India
  • FCA and Google Collaborate on a Uconnect System Concept Powered by AndroidFCA demonstrates...

    Epson Named Best Channel Vendor in Business Solutions Magazine Annual Survey

    LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson America, Inc., a leading supplier of value-added Point of Sale (POS) solutions, today announced that it was named Best Channel Vendor for the 8(th )time since the award's inception in 2009, in the POS Hardware Technology category by Business Solutions Magazine (BSM). BSM conducted a web-based survey of VAR, MSP and ISV subscribers during the first two weeks of October and collected a total of 5,382 votes from solution providers, making it the largest survey of its kind. The survey was published in its January 2017 issue.

    "Our Best Channel Vendor Awards are designed to provide solution providers with insight into the vendor partners that are viewed by their peers as the best-of-the-best," said Mike Monocello, Editor-in-Chief of Business Solutions magazine. "We congratulate Epson on being a repeat winner and for earning high marks for product reliability and innovation."

    "We are very proud that our partners voted again for Epson as Best Channel Vendor," said Tom Kettell, director, commercial channel sales at Epson. "Our commitment to the channel program continues to be a priority and we will keep delivering the innovative products and services that meet the needs of our partners and their customers."

    The top 5% of vendors in each surveyed technology category were selected as Best Channel Vendors. To ensure statistical accuracy, BSM partnered with Penn State University and asked VARs to rate their vendors based on seven categories including: Service/Support, Channel Friendly, Channel Program, Product Features, Product Reliability, Product Innovation and Adequate VAR Margins. Epson earned close to the highest ranking in each category, earning the company the title of Best Channel Vendor.

    About Epson America, Inc.
    Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Long Beach, CA, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. For over 40 years, Epson's advanced technology has been at work in millions of POS systems around the world. Today Epson's Business Systems Division continues to bring industry-leading, open architecture, smart technologies to the point of service. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (, Twitter (, and YouTube (

    EPSON is a registered trademark and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. All other trademarks and/or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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    CONTACT: Sacha Arts, Bella Vista Comm, 408.458.6316,

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    Wirecard's Indian Subsidiary Star Global Obtains License Upgrade by Reserve Bank of India

    BENGALURU and ASCHHEIM, Germany, January 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

    - Upgrade From Full Fledged Money Changers (FFMC) to Authorized Dealer, Category II

    - Enables 17 New Business Activities 

    Star Global Currency Exchange Private Limited, a group company of Wirecard AG, got an upgrade of its license issued by Reserve Bank of India to Authorised Dealer in Foreign Exchange (Category II). The earlier licence was a Full Fledged Money Changers Licence with limited authority to deal only in buying and selling foreign currencies, traveller cheques and prepaid cards for travel related purposes. 

    Star Global's new Authorized Dealer, Category II licence empowers the company to handle further types of remittances and release of foreign exchange. There are 17 additional activities permitted to AD Category II licence holders such as disbursement of crew wages; remittances for overseas education or under educational tie up arrangements with universities abroad; remittances for medical treatments abroad; and many more.

    RV Bhat, Executive Director at Star Global Currency Exchange Private Limited says: "The upgrade of our license to Authorised Dealer Category II is a great honour for us and is evidence of the confidence of the Regulatory Authorities in our company. We are excited about the new business opportunities the new license offers us and look forward to continue our expansion."

    About Wirecard:

    Wirecard AG is one of the world's leading independent providers of outsourcing and white label solutions for electronic payment transactions. The Wirecard Group has been supporting companies in accepting electronic payments from all sales channels. A global multi-channel platform bundles international payment acceptances and methods, supplemented by fraud prevention solutions. When it comes to issuing their own payment instruments in the form of cards or mobile payment solutions, Wirecard provides companies with an end-to-end infrastructure, including the requisite licenses for card and account products.

    Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt Securities Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE0007472060, WDI).

      Inquiries:  Wirecard AG  Iris Stoeckl  Einsteinring 35  D-85609 Aschheim / Germany  Ph.: +49 (0) 89-4424-1424  E-Mail: 


    Wirecard AG
    FCA and Google Collaborate on a Uconnect System Concept Powered by AndroidFCA demonstrates features of open-source Android at CES 2017 in Las Vegas

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

    --  Collaboration focuses on the next generation of connected car systems,
    using the Android open-source platform
    --  Google and FCA will showcase the seamless integration of Android with
    the award-winning Uconnect 8.4-inch connected system
    --  Android offers automakers user interface customization, a full-featured
    automotive infotainment stack and ability to integrate Android apps into
    the vehicle's infotainment system
    --  Hands-on demonstrations available at the FCA exhibit during CES 2017,
    Jan. 5-8

    FCA and Google are using CES 2017 to demonstrate a seamless integration of the award-winning Uconnect 8.4-inch connected vehicle system featuring Android, the world's most popular open-source operating system.

    A hands-on concept demonstration of the power of combining Uconnect with Android is on display at CES, Jan. 5-8, inside a Chrysler 300 sedan.

    FCA is in collaboration with Google regarding the next-generation connected car systems enabled by the power of an open platform and ecosystem of Android.

    "This collaboration with Google has been an extremely beneficial opportunity for both companies to explore how in-vehicle infotainment and connectivity technology continues to evolve, and what it takes to meet consumers' increasing desire for innovation of information with minimal distraction," says Chris Barman, Head of Electrical Engineering, FCA. "With Android, we are able to maintain our unique and intuitive Uconnect user interface, all while integrating our easy-to-use systems with Android's features and ecosystem of applications."

    CES attendees can get one-on-one demonstrations of the Uconnect system powered by the latest version of Android, 7.0 Nougat, which includes core infotainment features such as radio and comfort controls.

    The Uconnect and Android integration also enable a system that is built for connectivity and compatibility with the universe of popular Android applications. The demonstration will show a seamless integration with Google Assistant, Google Maps and popular Android apps like Pandora, Spotify, NPR One and Pocket Casts.

    "Google is committed to building Android as a turn-key automotive platform that integrates deeply with the vehicle in a safe and seamless way," said Patrick Brady, Director of Android Engineering, Google. "This collaboration with FCA brings together the industry standard for connected car systems with Android to create powerful infotainment systems designed for the digital age."

    To visit the FCA exhibit, #6306, navigate to the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Thursday, Jan. 5 - Sunday, Jan. 8.

    About FCA
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. ("FCA"), the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total
    annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU" and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol "FCA".

    The transaction was executed by FCA's wholly owned subsidiary, FCA US LLC. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US LLC designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands, as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes Alfa Romeo and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.

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    CONTACT: Alyse Tadajewski , FCA US LLC , (248) 512-1446 (office) , (248)
    421-5541 (cell) , ; Kaori Miyake , Google ,

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