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BlueVoyant Welcomes Timothy Yost as Chief Financial Officer

Accomplished executive brings the wealth of nearly 30 years of financial leadership to help guide company strategy and growth  

London, June 11, 2024 BlueVoyant, a cybersecurity company that illuminates, validates, and mitigates internal and external risks, today, announced that Timothy (Tim) Yost has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Yost will focus on setting and managing the company’s financial and strategic plans and continue to build BlueVoyant’s world-class global finance organization to enable continued scaling of the company. 

Yost is a four-time CFO with almost three decades of financial leadership and strategic expertise. Before joining BlueVoyant, he served as CFO of Consilio, a tech-enabled, legal services company with more than $1 billion in revenue. Prior to Consilio, he served as CFO of Axiom Global, a legal services provider. During his tenure, he played a significant role in Axiom’s monetization through a Private Equity transaction. He also served as a key deputy during CEB’s (Corporate Executive Board) 1999 Initial Public Offering (IPO) and then served as the then public company’s CFO for several years.  

“Tim has deep experience growing and scaling tech-enabled companies,” said James Rosenthal, CEO and co-founder, BlueVoyant. “We are excited to welcome him to the BlueVoyant team to maximize financial opportunities and lead financial strategy. We have exciting plans for our next phase of growth, and I look forward to having Tim’s knowledge and expertise to guide us.”  

BlueVoyant has more than 900 global customers and recently announced the acquisition of Conquest Cyber, a cyber defense company renowned for its innovative SaaS technology. The company is on the forefront of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML and is also a member of the Microsoft Copilot for Security Design Council. 

“I understand what companies like BlueVoyant need as the team continues to transform cyber defense,” said Yost. “BlueVoyant has a proven track record of sustained high growth, and I am excited to help take them to the next level of rapid acceleration and expansion.” 

Yost earned an MS in Finance from George Washington University and a BBA in Finance from Loyola College.  

About BlueVoyant 

BlueVoyant combines internal and external cyber defense capabilities into an outcomes-based cloud-native cyber security solution by continuously monitoring your network, endpoints, attack surface, and supply chain, as well as the clear, deep, and dark web for threats. The full-spectrum cyber defense products and services illuminate, validate, and quickly mitigate threats to protect your enterprise. BlueVoyant leverages both machine-learning-driven automation and human-led expertise to deliver industry-leading cyber security to more than 900 clients across the globe.

EJ Peak Technology Solutions secures multi-million-pound framework with Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water has appointed EJ Peak Technology Solutions, part of the Edwin James Group, to its Motor Control Centres and Systems Integration framework following a competitive tender. The contract will run for an initial period of four years with an optional four-year extension.

Peak has recently opened a new office in Leeds and is now further recruiting in the local area to support the contract.

Projects under the framework will include work on existing Yorkshire Water assets and the integration of new assets into the network, such as PLCs and intelligent motor control centres.

 

Michael Thomas, executive director at Peak Technology Solutions, commented: “We are pleased to secure this new framework with Yorkshire Water and look forward to collaborating with them on their business plan. We work with several utilities clients, and our team has been supporting systems integration, automation, and digital technology innovation in the sector for 20 years.

“Last year, we opened a new digital academy that is equipped with the latest hardware and software platforms used in the sector. This has allowed us to recruit and train talent from diverse engineering backgrounds, adding capacity to support the delivery of AMP7 and AMP8 schemes.”

 

Yorkshire Water provides essential water and wastewater services to every corner of the Yorkshire region. It currently serves over 5 million households and 140,000 business customers, collecting and treating approximately one billion litres of wastewater and rainwater every day.

6 Reasons for Using Custom Magento Themes for Your Store

There are prebuilt Magento themes available to choose from that work well from the start, so looking for a custom-made one may sound like extra work. However, there are good reasons to choose one tailored specifically for your shop over a ready-made option, and we will discuss why in this article.

What are Custom Magento Themes?

The visual layer of a website plays a pivotal role in its overall success, as it is the first thing customers see when they visit your online store. Themes are specifically designed front end templates that are created to match the unique branding and style of your business. Usually made by experienced designers and developers who understand the intricacies of the Magento platform, custom designs can be utilized to improve the functionality of your website.

By investing – money, time, or effort – in a custom theme, you can ensure that your online store stands out from competitors and provides a seamless and visually appealing shopping experience for your customers. In fact, the visual layer is not the only part of a custom theme; it also includes various features and functionalities that may change the way the store operates and how customers interact with it.

From intricately designed and coded designs to customizable themes like the popular Hyvä. Hyvä Theme benefits are vast, and all stores, regardless of their niche, can make use of them to upgrade their online presence and drive more sales.

How to Get a Custom Magento Theme?

There are different ways to acquire a custom Magento theme for your online store. One option is to make one yourself, using tools available online for designing and customizing themes. The other option is to hire a Magento professional to create one for you.

While the first option is considerably less expensive, it also involves a steeper learning curve and may require a long time to polish the theme to perfection. Choosing a Magento development services company to handle the customization can save you time and ensure a professional-looking result. The costs of hiring professional web designers and developers may be higher, but it may be a more worthwhile choice if you do not want to invest the time and effort into learning how to design a theme yourself.

Benefits of Using a Custom-Made Magento Theme

You may wonder what exactly sets a custom-made Magento theme apart from pre-made options. How will you benefit from choosing a custom-made theme? Why is it worth it to invest your time, effort, and money in the visual presentation of your online store?

Magento support services can help you if you encounter any technical difficulties or need assistance installing your theme, so you do not have to worry that you will not be able to sort out any issues that may arise during the process on your own.

Let’s take a look at several reasons why using a custom-made Magento theme can work better for you.

Reason 1: Better Brand Identity

Building a strong brand identity heavily relies on visual recognition. Making your website reflect the overall aesthetic and values of your brand and its history through a custom-made theme can help create a unique but cohesive brand image. Shoppers will find it easier to remember and distinguish your store from the competition if they recognize your aesthetic and branding elements easily.

Reason 2: Enhanced User Experience

A custom-made Magento theme allows you to not only change the visual side of your website but also some of its functionalities. A well-designed Magento theme can affect the user experience, for example, by improving navigation, making the checkout process smoother, and ensuring that the website is responsive on different devices.

Reason 3: Improved SEO Performance

By using a custom Magento theme that makes your site load faster, you can make it more optimized for search engines. Doing so will increase your visibility and bring more organic traffic to your site. In effect, it has the potential to drive more sales, as a higher search engine ranking means more potential future customers will find your store.

Reason 4: Easier Website Management

If you are skilled in web development, creating your own theme would likely be no problem. However, using a custom Magento theme can make website management easier for those who may not have the technical expertise. This can save you time and resources in the long run, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your business.

Reason 5: Higher Conversion Rates

While many factors contribute to conversion rates, having a visually appealing website that functions properly can surely help increase the likelihood of visitors making a purchase and returning for more. Additionally, a custom Magento theme can be optimized for mobile responsiveness and user experience, increasing the chance of conversions from users accessing your site on phones and tablets.

Reason 6: More Integrations

Custom Magento themes can be built to allow for easy integration with more third-party tools and software than the prebuilt ones. Integrating different payment gateways, shipping providers, and marketing tools can greatly enhance your store’s functionality. Properly implemented integrations can also streamline the shopping process, leading to a better customer experience.

Getting the Most Out of Your Custom Magento Theme

A tailored Magento theme provides much more than just aesthetics. Custom designs come with multiple benefits, from easier website management and higher conversion rates to better third-party app integrations. A new, well-designed theme can make it easier to accomplish your goals, whether they are to increase sales or enhance the overall user experience.

Investing in a custom design, regardless of whether you learn how to code it yourself or hire a professional to do it for you, can go a long way in enhancing the functionality and performance of your online store. With the right theme, you can get the most out of Magento, stand out from your competitors on the market, and build a distinct brand identity to help you attract and retain customers.

 

BetaDen Welcomes Four New Partners to Support Tech Innovation

BetaDen has announced four new partners for the eighth cohort of Accelerate – its award-winning programme for technology businesses – which begins on 4 June.

The partners bring a range of specialisms from research and development (R&D) tax credits and innovation grant applications support, to intellectual property (IP) rights, financial management, and corporate and commercial legal support.

 

Apogee Associates, a Midlands-based innovation funding consultancy specialising in R&D tax credits and innovation grant applications, will support BetaDen’s Accelerate Cohort 8.0 to identify and secure grant funding opportunities and navigate the complex world of R&D tax relief. Its specialist team will provide hands-on support where needed, enabling founders to make strategic decisions to accelerate their business growth.

 

Wynne-Jones IP, a UK and European IP firm specialising in trademarks, patents, designs, IP strategy, licensing and enforcement, IP audits and renewals, will continue supporting the BetaDen Accelerate programme as a partner, after originally joining the accelerator during cohort 7.0 as a mentor.

 

Jerroms, a leading Midlands-based financial group providing a wealth of personal, business advisory, and corporate services, has been involved with BetaDen since its inception in 2018 as a financial management mentor. It will also continue the relationship as a partner for Accelerate cohort 8.0.

 

Finally, Higgs LLP, a well-known Midlands law firm with a lineage forged in the Black Country since 1875, will continue as partner for the second year in a row, providing a range of specialist corporate commercial and legal advice.

 

Donston Powell, director of External Affairs at BetaDen, commented:

‘’We are delighted to welcome our new partners to BetaDen and would like to thank them for their support. The partnerships highlight our shared dedication to creating a dynamic tech ecosystem across the county, supporting local entrepreneurs to develop revolutionary innovations that will change the world right here, in the heart of the country.

“We are confident that our founders will gain valuable insights from Apogee, Wynne-Jones IP, Jerroms and Higgs LLP. Their expertise and support will prove invaluable as our founders navigate their route to market.”

 

Businesses joining Accelerate Cohort 8.0 will be announced shortly. BetaDen also recently announced a partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs to create a new technology incubator in Worcester.

 

For further details, visit www.beta-den.com

 

New report exposes the Grocery industry’s personalisation paradox: Anticipation vs. implementation

In an era where consumers expect personalised digital shopping experiences, a report launched from Dynamic Yield, by Mastercard, sheds light on the evolving landscape of grocery retailing.

Titled “The State of Personalisation Maturity/CPG” the report unveils critical insights derived from a comprehensive survey conducted across 12 countries and four global regions with responses from personalisation stakeholders in the c-suite and senior and middle management, covering marketing, business development, and growth functions.

The research reflects the growing anticipation within the grocery industry as 76.5% of customers express frustration when deprived of tailored digital shopping experiences. Moreover, with industry analysts forecasting a doubling of grocery eCommerce penetration from 11% to 23% in the next five years, brands are increasingly turning to personalisation to meet consumer demands, boost margins, elevate basket sizes, and foster customer loyalty.

However, amidst this optimism, the report exposes a disparity between recognition and action in implementing robust personalisation strategies. Despite acknowledging its potential, grocery and CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) brands struggle to make necessary investments in cultural shifts and evolved mindsets necessary for successful execution.

 

Key findings from the report include:

  • Recognition of the potential of personalisation programs, yet inadequate investments in cultural evolution and mindset shifts.
  • Diverse expertise incorporation but a lack of dedicated primary business resources hindering synchronisation in executing personalised strategies.
  • Challenges in implementing a scalable personalisation framework due to limitations in comprehensive testing and inadequate communication of testing outcomes.
  • Reliance on anecdotal decision-making hampering the development of a clear audience strategy for a competitive edge.

 

The report categorises companies into four maturity levels—Absent, Basic, Advanced, and Pioneer—based on signals such as culture, resources, processes, and effectiveness. It emphasises the criticality of a unified approach encompassing quantifiable business goals, talent allocation, streamlined processes, and data-driven strategies for optimal personalisation maturity.

Further analysis unveils insights specific to each signal:

 

Signal 1: Culture

  • Brands struggle to bridge the gap between recognising the value of personalisation and effectively implementing it. 80% view personalisation as a priority, yet significant portions have yet to allocate necessary resources. 
  • Two thirds of companies plan to invest further in this field, however previous approaches need to evolve in order to drive tangible testing and personalisation efforts.

 

Signal 2: Resources

  • Lack of dedicated business operators hampers strategic cross-departmental deployment, impeding the scaling of personalisation teams across business units. However 88% of surveyed businesses have built cross functional teams, so now is the time to scale these up!

 

Signal 3: Processes

  • Organisational approaches hinder a scalable framework, with limitations in comprehensive testing and the age-old issue of data utilisation posing challenges in optimising strategies. According to the report although 86% use different data sources to fuel personalisation strategy, 52% have identified sources but have yet to fully action them. 

 

Signal 4: Effectiveness

  • Brands often implement projects without a clear strategic direction, favouring short-term wins over long-term effectiveness (59% of respondents said they set campaign specific KPIs without informing the long term strategy).
  • Despite recognising the importance of audience strategies, alignment with broader business strategies remains a challenge for many, with a fifth (21%) failing to align personalisation strategies with the overall business strategy. 

To learn more visit https://www.dynamicyield.com/personalization-maturity/grocery/

IT maintenance specialist Smart CT trials drone deliveries as it sets course for Net Zero

IT MAINTENANCE expert Smart CT is trialling drone deliveries of equipment to customers as part of its drive to greater sustainability.

CEO Andy Morgan said the successful trial, which saw technology devices delivered to a nearby customer from a drone, is being assessed before further trials.

The Reading company provides parts and engineers to maintain, install, replace and repair business-critical IT infrastructure on behalf of IT suppliers who support an extensive range of organisations – from household brands to industrial businesses – in need of connected devices, including networking, servers and other workplace technology.

“From day one we’ve been trying to identify ways we can become more sustainable,” he said. “The drone delivery is just one of those ways because it is not only a more direct means of getting parts to our customers quickly, but it also reduces emissions, fuel consumption and pressure on our road network.

“We learned some important lessons from the trial and we’ll be looking more closely at how we can take this to the next level.”

He said it is just one of many ways in which Smart CT, which was the subject of a management buyout two years ago, is working towards Net Zero by 2045 – five years ahead of the government’s target. During the management buyout due diligence in January 2022 Mr Morgan commission an independent environment, social and governance report to rate its commitment to sustainability and responsible business practices. A follow-up report was carried out last year and Smart CT’s score rose from 34 per cent to 63 per cent. At the current rate of improvement, the company’s score predicted to 71 per cent this year.

Among the measures adopted by the company was the appointment of an ESG manager and an environmental manager who introduced tracking of waste reduction, energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions, staff training to encourage sustainable practices, a review of waste management and working with customers to understand Smart CT’s impact on their sustainability.

The reviewer applauded the company’s work, saying: “This represents the ESG journey in terms of fully integrating ESG into the corporate strategy through regular engagement with all key stakeholders.”

Mr Morgan said: “We decided to take more action two years ago to make ESG a big part of our culture. We asked our staff what they felt and one of the areas they came up with was around our sustainability.

“That showed me that we have got the appetite for change among our staff and management so we are able to make it a central part of our culture and part of our business. We know it’s important for our customers so we’ve commenced the journey.

“We are in the early stages but the latest ESG report shows we’ve doubled our score, which is just fantastic and all credit to the team for doing that. We’ve got some way to go but we’ve still got the appetite with people who are very passionate about enhancing our business.”

He said the company has also been engaging with customers through its satisfaction surveys about their attitudes to sustainability.

“We want to get their feedback because ultimately, the customer is why we operate and what they think is very important. That’s opened up new dialogues about how they’re doing with regard to sustainability, and it’s almost a cross exchange of ideas, which is great. It’s great feedback for us as we evolve our business.”

Find out more about the company’s services and read its latest ESG impact report at smartct.com.

Pictured: Smart CT engineers carrying out the first test of the company’s drone delivery service from its headquarters in Reading

Putting on the AI guard rails: Experts reveal how to minimise risk

 In the ever-evolving marketing landscape, one technology emerges as the potential linchpin – Gen AI.  Joyce Gordon, Head of Generative AI, Amperity, recently joined forces with industry leaders, Rio Longacre, Managing Director at Slalom, and Jon Williams, Global Head of Agency Business Development at AWS. They revealed the key risks and the importance of setting boundaries when implementing a successful AI strategy.

Joyce Gordon, Amperity

When it comes to AI, it’s fair to say that we’re in a paradigm shift that’s similar in magnitude to the evolution from desktop to mobile. As a result, over the next couple years, we’re poised to see new types of products. We’re going to see new business models emerge as costs and cost structures change. And we’re going to see new companies enter into the market. But along with these developments, many regulatory questions across privacy and legal compliance arise.

 

Generative AI: Risky business?

There’s obviously a lot of excitement and promise surrounding Generative AI, but it’s not without its challenges and risks. Longacre echoes this sentiment, saying, “Nothing is without risk. And Gen AI is no exception.”

He advises all brands to consider the following risks, rules and considerations associated with Gen AI and its usage:

  1. Generative AI needs a lot of content to be trained on. So if any of that content is copyrighted, then that copyright still holds. This means you have to be careful that anything you create is significantly different.
  2. Content created by Gen AI cannot be copyrighted.
  3. Under the new EU Generative AI act, any content needs to be watermarked, so it can be identified as created by Gen AI.
  4. Without keeping a human in the loop, you could open your brand up to reputational risk.
  5. Have the right partners, processes and data foundation to position yourself strongly in this era. If you hold your own customer data and creative assets in one place, you can use them to train your Gen AI on, so you’re not reliant on someone else’s copyrighted content.

 

“What’s going to be important are the tools you use and the partners you have. Make sure you’re using the right tools – don’t use the free ones. Spend a little more money, do your due diligence and pick ones that have digital watermarking capabilities,” Longacre advises.

“And remember, Gen AI is definitely not without legal risk. However, this is not an insurmountable problem. Partners like AWS have some great tools to help you.”

 

Williams chimes in, pointing out, “One of the most important things to start from a consideration perspective is making sure that your company-owned content is not being used to improve the base models or being shared with third-party model providers because, otherwise, you become a part of their model. And then, whatever information you provided access to is actually integrated into their capabilities.

“The way we think about that at Amazon is that with Amazon Bedrock, your content is never used to improve the base models and is never shared with third-party models – it’s encrypted at rest and you can actually encrypt the data with your own keys.

 

AI and reputational safety

When it comes to safety, he cautions that brands should be implementing guard rails. “In terms of your reputational safety, make sure that you’re putting guard rails around the use of Generative AI, making sure your marketing team has the opportunity to define a set of policies to help safeguard Generative AI applications. With Bedrock guard rails, you can configure those policies. You can set a list of denied topics that are undesirable in the context of your application.

“For example, an online banking assistant can be designed to make sure that it refrains from providing investment advice to people that log into that banking assistant. Content filters can make sure you’re filtering harmful content across hate insults etc etc and even coming soon. actually down to the specificity of words.

 

The other thing to be really careful about, Williams cautions, is PII (personally identifiable information) redaction. “So you can make sure you select a set of PIIs that can be redacted in your generated responses that are coming from your foundational models. In a customer environment, that’s incredibly important.

“The last thing you want to do is have your customers talking to something and it’s providing them with information that it shouldn’t have shared with them. Then, indemnification. So we actually offer uncapped intellectual property indemnity for copyright claims or raising from generative output from Amazon Titan image generator and all of the images generated by it,” he says.

“The Titan image generator also has an invisible watermark that can’t be cropped or pressed out. You can look at the use of the images or the models that you’ve created for the future and make sure that you can track those things accordingly. Those are some of the things that we’re putting into place to help with the security of company’s data but also sort of the reputational risk guard rails that you need to be making sure that you have a strategy for and the tools to be able to implement.”

 

AI and the human touch

Longacre points out that every use case he shared has a human in the loop. Since we’re in the early days of AI, that’s not surprising as most brands are starting with ‘human in the loop’ use cases. This is where AI generates outputs that a person then approves and potentially refines. ‘Human in the loop’ use cases enable productivity gains while minimising risks arising from hallucinations or unexpected outputs.

“Maybe the copy is being written by Gen AI, but a human reviews it,” Longacre says. “The image might be generated, but it’s not being pushed out into the wild.

“We’re starting to see a little bit of that, but generally, there’s human oversight. Even with chatbots. I mean chatbots have been around forever. Most of them were machine learning based. You need that knowing of, ‘OK, when do you have the escalation? Where do you pass from the chatbot to a live person for certain use cases?’ Identifying that is still super critical.”

 

Gen AI cost and customer risks

Beyond the legal and reputational risks that Gen AI poses, there’s another risk to consider: customer retention and satisfaction and cost. For example, a couple of months ago, I was trying to book a flight and hotel for a trip. I went through this whole conversation with a chatbot on the booking website. Then, at the end, it wasn’t able to complete the booking.

It had asked me a lot of questions like my preferences, who I was traveling with and all of these other things. These were things it should have already known as I’ve made many bookings with the site before. So, I left feeling frustrated because I wasn’t able to make the booking at all through this experience. It didn’t enhance my discoverability because it didn’t pull in any first-party data.

And back to the cost risk. This is often overlooked. But if you think about something like conversational AI, each time it has to ask the user a question, that’s another request that needs to be made to the LLM API. If this happens once or twice, then no big deal. It costs a fraction of a cent. But at the scale of hundreds of millions of users, this becomes a huge business expense. To avoid this, brands must think about other ways to integrate more first-party data to both create a better customer experience and reduce costs.

 

Is your company making this common AI mistake?

According to Williams, one major oversight companies often commit during the implementation of AI is neglecting to consider the “what” aspect – specifically, the identification of relevant use cases. Technology is a brilliant enabler, but it’s just one of the tools you can apply to help with real-world complications. So as an organisation, have the executive team work with their teams to identify what the time-consuming, difficult or impossible problems that Generative AI could help solve. Then think small with the day-to-day irritations of either your employees or your customers. What are their ‘paper cuts’ on an everyday basis, and how can you then develop those use cases to address those challenges?

 

Get very specific with exactly what it is that you are trying to do and how you track that. Also, make sure that you have alignment given. A lot of the way that Generative AI is going to be used effectively is predicated on your technology stack and the data that you have in your organisation. Therefore, making sure that your marketing organisation is talking to your IT organisation is also a critical step to take as a company.

 

Watch the full webinar here.

 

About the Author

Joyce Gordon is the Head of Generative AI at Amperity, leading product development and strategy. Previously, Joyce led product development for many of Amperity’s ML and ML Ops investments, including launching Amperity’s predictive models and infrastructure used by many of the world’s top brands.  Joyce joined the company in 2019 following Amperity’s acquisition of Custora where she was a founding member of the product team. She earned a B.A. in Biological Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and is an inventor on several pending ML patents.

 

About Amperity

Amperity delivers the data confidence brands need to unlock growth by truly knowing their customers. With Amperity, brands can build a unified customer profile foundation powered by first-party data to fuel customer acquisition and retention, personalize experiences that build loyalty, and manage privacy compliance. Using patented AI and machine learning methods, Amperity stitches together all customer interactions to build a unified view that seamlessly connects to marketing and technology tools. More than 400 brands worldwide rely on Amperity to turn data into business value, including Alaska Airlines, Brooks Running, Endeavour Drinks, Planet Fitness, Seattle Sounders FC, Under Armour and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. For more information, please visit www.amperity.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

 

Zivver Adapts its Go to Market Strategy with Subscription-based eCommerce Platform aimed at SMBs

The platform enables businesses to purchase Zivver based on number of licences over one or three years allowing for flexible and scalable adoption

18th April 2024 – Email security specialist Zivver is adapting its go to market strategy with a self-service eCommerce platform to cater for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Budget constraints and a shortage of digital skills makes SMBs the perfect target for cybercriminals, and more susceptible to mistakes that lead to data loss events. According to Accenture’s Cybercrime Study, nearly 43% of all cyber attacks are on SMBs, while the World Economic Forum found that 95% of all incidents are attributed to human oversight. This suggests that business owners need to implement cost effective security measures that add extra layers of authentication and advanced encryption protocols to reduce risk.

Zivver delivers an effortless email security solution that prevents data incidents through seamless integration with existing email clients, enhancing email with data loss prevention and MFA tools, advanced encryption, and large file transfer capabilities. Designed to empower people to work securely with minimal disruption, Zivver adds an extra layer of security to protect emails and files before, during and after sending.

Traditionally aimed at enterprise-level organisations in the public sector, the new subscription-based model opens up the market for SMBs and makes email security accessible for everyone. This decision follows Zivver’s recent expansion into the US market, where they have successfully onboarded hundreds users through direct licensing.

Wouter Klinkhamer, CEO and Founder at Zivver said: “Security can be prohibitively expensive for SMBs, which means they are often left vulnerable to an increasing number of cyber incidents and more prone to making missteps with their data. We are determined to make email security as easily available at a cost-effective price point ensuring a realistic investment for businesses of any size, and we’re proud to offer this scalable self-service approach to the market.”

The company has recently expanded its product offering with the launch of Zivver Secure eSignatures. Designed to empower efficient digital signature processes within existing email platforms, the new solution will provide organisations with advanced protection when managing documents requiring signature.

Anita Mavridis, VP of Product at Zivver added: “You don’t need to be a large organisation or an IT expert to prioritise security and protect sensitive data. Good cybersecurity should be accessible to all businesses and doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective. Our products are designed to be seamlessly integrated into existing processes and solutions, removing complexity and improving adoption for smaller businesses.”

The eCommerce platform is available to businesses based in the UK, US and the Netherlands. For more details, visit the website here.

About Zivver

Zivver is the effortless secure email solution, powering compliant, effortless communications. Zivver optimizes secure communications and productivity by adding a security and privacy layer on top of existing email systems, such as Outlook (Desktop and Microsoft 365) and Gmail. Founded in 2015, Zivver serves over 10,000 organisations across multiple markets and verticals including Financial Services, Local Government, Healthcare, Central Government, Legal and more. Zivver was identified as a representative vendor for Email Data Protection Specialists in Gartner’s 2023, 2021 and 2020 Market Guide for Email Security; is one of the CyberTech 100, which recognises the world’s most innovative CyberTech companies for financial services, and was awarded Most Impactful Privacy Product of the Year at the PICCASO Privacy Awards in 2022.

www.zivver.com

Out Now – UNISTELLAR Odyssey Pro Red Edition Stand Out, Look Up

17th April 2024, Marseille, France– UNISTELLAR, pioneer in developing the world’s most powerful and user-friendly smart telescopes, has once again redefined the stargazing experience with the launch of its much-anticipated UNISTELLAR ODYSSEY PRO Red Edition. It not only assures revolutionary functionality but elevates stargazing aesthetics to new heights with its striking Pantone 485 C red colour.

The UNISTELLAR ODYSSEY Pro Red Edition combines cutting-edge technology with sleek design to offer the most detailed views of the universe. Red is the most surprising colour in outer space, and whether you are a seasoned astronomer or an enthusiastic novice, it allows you to witness the universe in all its red-hued splendour – from the great red spot of Jupiter and the red band of the Cigar Galaxy to the crimson beauty of the Omega Nebula,

Compact and lightweight, this smart telescope transforms any location into an observatory. Its unique, modern design makes it the ideal companion for opening the doors to the cosmos wherever you are, even from a terrace in the heart of the city.

With product design by Philippe Arnaud, Designer and President at PAD, and the proposal of the stunning shade of red by Rodrigo Aguadé, Creative Director at Charlie Number Five, ODYSSEY PRO Red Edition boasts a suite of innovations:

  • Deep Dark technology eliminates light pollution from images, ensuring unparalleled clarity in observation, even in crowded city settings.
  • Nikon High Precision Optics ensure seamless and effortless astronomical observations without the need for manual adjustments.
  • Multi-Depth Technology enables seamless transition between observing nearby planets like Jupiter and distant marvels like the Whirlpool Galaxy, situated millions of light-years away.
  • Stellar Autofocus technology guarantees an extraordinarily sharp and detailed image, allowing you to take full advantage of the deep red hues of the Helix Nebula, 700 light-years away.
  • New Direct Data Download feature provides immediate access to RAW files, to unleash the creativity of every user by exploring the world of image post-editing.

The UNISTELLAR mobile app automatically guides you in real time to the best objects to observe in the cosmos, such as the Sculptor’s Galaxy, dotted with red thanks to its intense star formation activity.

 

 “The incorporation of the bold red colour serves as a pivotal element, symbolising both passion and heritage within the field,” says Rodrigo Aguadé. “Red holds particular significance for astronomers, as it is often used to preserve night vision during observations of stars. Its inclusion in the design not only pays homage to this practical aspect but also evokes a sense of reverence for the cosmos.

 

“The balance between black and red matte finishes conveys a functional elegance that blends naturally into the observer’s environment,” says Philippe Arnaud. “In every line and curve, there is a clear intention: to invite exploration without distraction.”

 

Available in limited stock from April 17th, UNISTELLAR ODYSSEY PRO Red Edition retails at $4,499 / £3,999. For more information or to order yours today, visit www.unistellar.com.

Intellian launches new Iridium Certus C200M and C200L terminals for reliable connectivity across land and sea

Intellian Technologies, Inc., the leading global technology and solutions provider for satellite communications, today launches the C200M and C200L terminals for use on Iridium Certus® 200, the award-winning, multi-service platform. These global L-band solutions provide robust connectivity for land and maritime markets.   

The Iridium Certus 200 service has pole to pole coverage, and offers Iridium’s unique capabilities in small, cost-effective terminals. It keeps you connected when and where it is needed most. The Iridium Connected® solutions designed for this service class are ideal for remote communications and fleet management, business continuity, and connected ship applications. Whether you are responding to an emergency, providing humanitarian aid after disasters, or need to stay connected with loved ones while at sea, Iridium Certus 200 keeps you connected when and where it is needed most.  

Both the C200M and C200L have been successfully certified by Iridium® for use on their Iridium Certus 200 service and are now available to order through Intellian’s global network of distribution partners, each specializing in their respective markets, giving customers a huge choice of partners per region.  

These new products will provide customers with data speeds of up to 176 kbps (up and down) and support multiple concurrent high-quality voice calls. The C200M is Intellian’s smallest terminal, designed for commercial ships, fishing vessels and leisure craft, as well as unmanned surface vessels (USVs). Applications including safety, bridge and connected ship IoT features like engine monitoring and remote diagnostics, as well as situational awareness relating to issues such as environmental regulations, all become more efficient with connectivity. It enjoys many of the benefits of the C700 and as such enters the market trusted globally for its reliability and performance. The terminal can be configured as a standalone device or as a companion to VSAT and flat panels.  

The C200L, has been designed for fixed land use cases, where traditional connectivity solutions are unavailable or unreliable. When a disaster happens, cellular infrastructure can be wiped out or networks can fail – leaving companies vulnerable. With the C200L and Iridium’s business continuity solutions, banks, hospitals, public safety organizations, and businesses can safely coordinate between locations and get updates on changing conditions in real time.  

The C200L is also the perfect solution for out of band management (OOBM) for Ku-band or Ka-band land-based terminals, including flat panels, fixed parabolics and gateways. Due to its inherent resilience, the L-band presents customers access for remote diagnostics. This becomes particularly advantageous when terminals are deployed in distant or isolated locations. 

The C200M and C200L provide an all-in-one service which encompasses a WAN mediator, Wi-Fi antenna, built-in soft PABX and firewall. They include dedicated interference blocking elements, making the terminal inherently resilient to interference from terrestrial cellular equipment. Weighing only 3.5kg (7.7lb) the C200 is an exceptionally small and lightweight terminal that can be easily installed and has a simple set-up configuration. Once the C200 is installed, the built-in, user-friendly AptusLX software enhances the commissioning and setup experience.  

Eric Sung, CEO, Intellian Technologies, said, “As we celebrate our 20th year in business, Intellian remains dedicated as ever to pioneering products that combine innovation and reliability. Our commitment to excellence is evident in every aspect of our work. Developed by our team in London, home to our L-band Center of Excellence, in collaboration with our dedicated R&D team in Pyeongtaek, the launch of the C200M and C200L Iridium Certus terminals exemplifies this dedication.  The addition of these solutions not only expands our range of stand-alone L-band terminals but also as VSAT companions, enhancing our overall market offering. They are our most compact terminal to date and offer resiliency, enhancing connectivity, safety, and productivity across diverse applications. At Intellian, our ongoing focus on product innovation ensures we deliver exceptional results for our valued partners and customers.” 

Bryan Hartin, Executive Vice President, Iridium, concluded, “We’re excited to see the launch of Intellian’s C200M and C200L, key additions to our Iridium Certus 200 service. This collaboration underscores the strength of Iridium and Intellian, delivering reliable, global connectivity in a compact, lightweight, and energy-efficient design. The C200M is designed to meet diverse maritime needs, from vessel monitoring to IoT applications, with the C200L supporting land fixed markets including business continuity. This launch further strengthens our commitment to advancing global communications, building upon the success of the C700, by providing customers with new innovative terminals for use with Iridium Certus.”