Companies news of 2018-03-09 (page 1) Announces the Winners of Its Inaugural Technology Playmaker Awards

LONDON, March 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, one of the world's largest e-commerce companies and a digital technology leader, announced the winners of its inaugural Technology Playmaker Awards. At a special gala awards ceremony in London attended by over 300 technology leaders and individuals who champion women in tech from across Europe, ten prizes were awarded. These included eight individual category winners, one corporate winner, and a grand prix for the Technology Playmaker of the Year 2018.

The awards were created to recognise innovative and inspiring women in technology who are transforming the European tech scene and serving as role models for the community, as well as to honour organisations that demonstrate a relentless commitment to gender equality in the workplace.

From hundreds of entries, winners include the creators of an app providing early intervention for adolescent anxiety, the inventor of a smart energy platform which uses Blockchain and AI to revolutionise how we consume energy, and digital leaders who have made strides in STEM education and in inspiring girls and women to embrace technology. Leading women in tech were recognised from 11 countries across Europe.

Hadeel Ayoub, Founder and CEO of BrightSign, became the first Technology Playmaker of the Year, which is awarded to the entrant who judges felt had made the most impactful contribution to technology innovation and social change on the European tech scene. Hadeel, a designer, programmer and researcher in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) & Assistive Technology, was recognised for her launch of BrightSign, a wearable technology start-up developing innovations to facilitate communication for individuals with non-verbal disabilities.

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Established in 1996 in Amsterdam, B.V. has grown from a small Dutch start-up to one of the largest travel e-commerce companies in the world. Part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), now employs more than 17,000 employees in 198 offices in 70 countries worldwide.

With a mission to empower people to experience the world, invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel. At, we connect travellers with the world's largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs to 5-star luxury resorts, tree houses and even igloos.

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Wirecard and Sodexo Support Public Authorities With Digital Transformation

ASCHHEIM, Germany, March 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Wirecard and Sodexo join forces to simplify state services at municipal level

Wirecard, one of the leading specialists in digital financial technology, and Sodexo, market leader in control solutions for public authorities, have joined forces to support job centers and communities in Germany with digital transformation efforts.

With a new electronic voucher, Wirecard and Sodexo are meeting the needs of the authorities for ever more targeted solutions. Along with a variety of control options, the new payment medium also considerably simplifies things for service providers and users when shopping for everyday items. The new, convenient, modern payment solution has been developed specifically for all service providers in SGB II and XII (Sozialgesetzbuch; social security statute book) as well as state institutions and legal systems. It reduces the complex processes involved in providing services over the long term.

With the cash register integration specially designed by Wirecard and Sodexo, the procedure represents an enormous process simplification for retailers. For this reason, the Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE), the leading organization of the German retail trade, also supports the digitization of social vouchers through open systems that integrate not only large retailers but also the fragmented retail trade in Germany in equal measure. With their joint solution, Wirecard and Sodexo are driving the digitalization of payment processes even further forward and are laying down a milestone in the digital transformation of management solutions.

Ulrike Zdow, CEO of Sodexo: "Modern digital payment solutions simplify state services. By cooperating with Wirecard, we strengthen our profile as the leading service provider for efficient control systems, reducing state transaction costs and provide a valuable contribution to easing the burden of management."

Christian Reindl, Executive Vice President Sales Consumer Goods at Wirecard, adds: "As a leading international driver of payment process digitalization, we strive to leverage our expertise to the benefit of other companies as well as the public sector. We are proud to expand our collaboration, which will now be gradually rolled out nationwide across Germany."

About Wirecard:

Wirecard AG is a global technology group that supports companies in accepting electronic payments from all sales channels. As a leading independent supplier, the Wirecard Group offers outsourcing and white label solutions for electronic payments. A global platform bundles international payment acceptances and methods with supplementary fraud prevention solutions. With regard to issuing own payment instruments in the form of cards or mobile payment solutions, the Wirecard Group provides companies with an end-to-end infrastructure, including the requisite licences for card and account products. Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt Securities Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE0007472060, WDI). For further information about Wirecard, please visit or follow us on Twitter @wirecard.

Wirecard media contact:

Wirecard AG
Jana Tilz
Tel.: +49(0)89-4424-1424

About Sodexo:

Sodexo is Europe's leading provider of incentives and motivation solutions for companies and staff, employing around 12,300 people in Germany. In the Benefits and Rewards Services business area, Sodexo offers management programmes and issues vouchers and cards for motivating employees, as fringe benefits or incentives: bonus passes, benefit passes, restaurant cheques, shopping and petrol vouchers, health passes for the online fitness portal and services for state administration, including education cards and vouchers. Sodexo's solutions reach over 1.1 million people a day in Germany. Worldwide, Sodexo reaches 100 million people a day across 80 countries thanks to its unique combination of on-site services, benefits, rewards and personal and home services, offering customers a better quality of life. Sodexo's success and strong performance are down to its independence, sustainable business model and ability to continuously further develop and retain its 427,000 employees around the world. Sodexo is listed on the CAC 40 and DJSI indices.

Sodexo media contact:


George Wyrwoll
Tel.: +49(0)69-739-96-6211

Electrolux and Midea Launch AEG Brand in China

STOCKHOLM, March 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Electrolux Group, a world-leading home appliances company, has entered into a joint venture with Midea Group, China's leading smart technology company, to introduce the premium AEG brand to Chinese consumers. The brand was officially launched at the Appliance & Electronics World Expo in Shanghai on March 8, at an event attended by senior management of both companies and hundreds of guests, media and industry professionals.

Combining Electrolux global brand expertise with Midea's local market strength, the ambition is to make AEG the most popular premium home appliances brand in China, by leveraging its 130-year heritage of German craftsmanship and innovation. The joint venture will explore the fast-growing high-end retail market in China, as well as real estate projects.

"I am confident that AEG will be well received here. With a growing middle class and higher disposable incomes, we are seeing an upward trend in Chinese consumers choosing to pay a premium for quality and improved experiences," said Jonas Samuelson, CEO of Electrolux. "AEG, with its German heritage and top-quality offering, is perfectly poised to capture the fast-growing premium appliance opportunity in China."

The first AEG store in China will open in June, carrying a first wave of products that offer best-in-class taste, care and wellbeing experiences. Other key milestones this year include the opening of its flagship store in Guangzhou in August and a second wave of product launches in October.

Electrolux also markets appliances in China under the Electrolux and Zanussi brands. The launch of AEG complements the company's positioning in the Chinese market and supports the continued profitable growth in the country.

For further information, please contact Electrolux Press Hotline, +46-8-657-65-07.

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Rolta Wins Prestigious Digital Transformation Projects Totalling Rs. 365 Crores in India

MUMBAI, India, March 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Rolta India Limited (Rolta), a leading provider of innovative IP-led IT solutions today announced that it has recently been awarded various large contracts worth Rs. 365 crores in total by large and prestigious organisations from varied industries to fulfil their ambitions for Digital Transformation. Digital transformation has emerged as the #1 driver for sweeping change in the world around us. A deluge of digital data is created in our hyper-connected world with the proliferation of intelligent devices and IoT. Rolta's strategy and investments in developing intellectual property (IP) targeted at this growing demand has ensured that the Company's solutions remain differentiated and paving the way to address these large opportunities.

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One of India's largest energy conglomerate, a dominant power major with presence in the entire value chain of the power generation recently contracted Rolta for their ambitious program to establish and manage their next generation paperless office as part of the Digital India initiative. This ambitious program leverages Rolta's BI & Big Data Analytics IP-portfolio, to design and establish an enterprise content and knowledge management system encompassing both business as well as engineering data, migration of their existing data, integration and rule-based business process automation along with mobility.

In the Telecom sector, Rolta recently won a large project for a state-of-the-art network management and analytics system for a Fibre Optic Network spanning over 57000 Kms. Rolta was selected as part of a consortium, to provide and seamlessly integrate state-of-the-art Geospatial Analytical capabilities with network and inventory management to facilitate network planning, preventive maintenance, fault analysis and reporting.

In the Transportation segment, a premier Shipping Transport Agency in India selected Rolta to drive their digital transformation for all their organizational functions related to shipping, operations & maintenance and governance while also providing deep cross-functional analytical insights and decision support by leveraging Rolta OneView?.

Under the ambitious Smart Cities Program of Government India, Rolta was awarded a contract as a consortium partner to transform one of the oldest living city in India into a 'Smart City'. Rolta is responsible for the implementation of its field proven Command & Control Center combined with Rolta OneView? - Smart City Operations Intelligence Suite which provides powerful IoT integration with Spatial Fusion. This powerful combination will enable a 360-degree view of critical assets and processes, to help instil best practices and accelerate process improvement across areas such as - Smart City Operations, Smart Transportation, Smart Energy, Smart Lighting, Water and Waste Management, etc. While in the Safe City arena, Rolta recently won a state-wide Dial 112 and Geo Social Intelligence system.

Following these recent wins for Rolta in India, Mr. K. K. Singh, Chairman and Managing Director said, "By bringing together a rare combination of rich industry specific domain expertise, deep IT skills, extensive Big Data Analytics and geospatial knowhow with world-class Rolta-IP led solutions, we are able to address large Digital Transformation programs which provide transformative business outcomes."

About Rolta:

Rolta is a leading provider of innovative IP-led IT solutions for many vertical segments, including Federal and State Governments, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail, and Healthcare. Rolta is recognized for its extensive portfolio of solutions based on field-proven Rolta IP tailored for Indian Defence and Homeland Security. By uniquely combining its expertise in the IT, Engineering and Geospatial domains, Rolta develops State-of-the-Art Digital Solutions incorporating rich Rolta IP in the areas of Cloud, Mobility, IoT, BI and Big Data Analytics. Rolta is a multinational organization headquartered in India and the Company's shares have been publicly traded for more than 25 years in India.

For additional information please visit, or contact:
Rajesh Ramachandran
Joint Managing Director - Global Products & Technology Solutions Member of the Board
Tel: +91(22)2926-6666

Sohrab Bhot
Executive Director - Business Operations
Tel: +91(22)2926-6666

Rajesh Garg
CIO & Vice President - Digital Transformation Solutions Delivery
Tel: +91(22)2926-6666

Tariq Farooqui
Vice President - India Sales and Marketing
Tel: +91(22)2926-6666

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