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Flow Kana Launches First Docu-series Exclusively Focused on California’s Small Cannabis Farmers

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“The Great Outdoor” Offers A Rare Look Into the Lives of Farmers Through the Seasons From Planting to Harvest

REDWOOD VALLEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#TheGreatOutdoor–Flow Kana, California’s number one selling cannabis flower brand, has debuted the first episode in a series of shorts that will be the first film series produced by a cannabis brand to highlight farmers. “The Great Outdoor” was filmed by David Zlutnick; Flow Kana co-founder Flavia Cassani is the executive producer.

“The Great Outdoor” is a three-part film series chronicling the journeys of three small Emerald Triangle-based cannabis farmers through the seasons as they work to bring their harvest to market: HappyDay Farms, Moon Made Farms, and Briceland Forest Farm.

“California’s cannabis farmers have experienced radical change since prohibition was ended with the passage of adult use in 2016,” explains Flavia Cassani, Flow Kana’s Co-founder and the series’ Executive Producer. “Some things have not changed though, and that is their commitment to regenerative farming practices, and for many, the way they farm — planting both cannabis and produce in neighboring beds.” Cassani continues, “This diversified farming was what originally inspired my husband and I to start Flow Kana — that food and medicine could be planted together, and sustain a community. It was important for us to be able to share that. Not everyone might be able to visit these farms, but we can share these experiences through the medium of film.”

Each short episode of “The Great Outdoor” follows the farmers as they transition not only from one season to the next, but also from the tenuous transition between California’s medical to adult use markets. Many small cannabis farmers in California’s Emerald Triangle dreamt of the day that they’d no longer need to hide in the shadows with the specter of law enforcement hanging over their heads. As the movement for decriminalization and legalization advanced, it was only a matter of time before their dream would come to fruition. “The Great Outdoor” invites the public to bear witness to this historically epic moment presently unfolding.

HappyDay Farms

One of Casey’s first memories is a National Guard chopper landing in the field beside his grandfather’s house, and his pregnant mother grabbing him and his brother and running into the trees to evade armed troops raiding the family’s homestead. Over three decades and a six-month stint in county jail later, he and his partner Amber, along with his two brothers, are leading one of California’s model cannabis farms. HappyDay represents the resilience and vitality of family farming; three generations living side by side, practicing regenerative agriculture to give as much as they take from the land.

Moon Made Farms:

Questioning the status quo is a constant in Tina’s life. As an active member of San Francisco’s underground art and music scene, she spent much of her time behind the drums, or backstage, and saw firsthand the veracity of a ‘live fast, die young’ lifestyle. It was Tina’s passion for music, and marginalized cultures, that first drew her to the Emerald Triangle, as she worked on a documentary film about the legendary queer drummer, Joani Hannan. During those visits over a decade ago, Tina discovered a deep connection with the cannabis plant, and its healing powers. Through serendipity, Joani’s original Southern Humboldt homestead is now Moon Made Farms.

Briceland Forest Farm:

Daniel and Taylor are living and raising their two small sons in the cabin that Daniel’s father built by hand many decades ago. For them cannabis is a means to stay on and steward the land that was passed down to them. Deeply involved in the movement for regenerative agriculture, Briceland Forest Farm is a fully diversified farm in Humboldt county, growing produce and cannabis, and raising livestock, with each playing a crucial role in the cycle.

Filmmaker David Zlutnick shared his vision for the series, “The celebration of family farms is imperative, so many cultivators have not been able to transition through the past three years. The stories of these ‘new pioneers’ must be shared. It is my hope that as viewers watch this series, with its struggles and great successes, that they will be moved to support this uniquely Californian way of life. With national legalization on the horizon, consumers across the country now have a window into what’s at stake for this precarious ecosystem of farmers.”

Episode 1 “Spring” of “The Great Outdoor” can be viewed on YouTube as well as Facebook.

ABOUT FLOW KANA

Based in the heart of the Emerald Triangle, Flow Kana is the leading sun-grown cannabis brand that sources from, and empowers, Northern California’s locally-owned, independent farms. Flow Kana believes that the diverse history, stories, and methods, coupled with distinct regional terroirs, are truly important to cannabis consumers. They celebrate and support mindful farmers who prioritize environmentally-sound cultivation practices. Flow Kana flower can be found in Flow Kana’s Gold, Silver, and Limited Edition lines, as well as in carefully-selected values-aligned “Powered By Flow Kana” brands throughout the state. (CA license number C11-18-0000227-TEMP)

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Thales Named a Market Leader in KuppingerCole Analysts Leadership Compass for Identity-as-a-Service Access Management

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  • Thales recognized for global reach, number of customers and partner ecosystem
  • Positive ratings for innovativeness, interoperability, market position, security and usability

PARIS LA DÉFENSE, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thales today announced that it has been positioned as a Market Leader in the 2019 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) Access Management.

The report recognized Thales, through its SafeNet Trusted Access offer, as a market leader in terms of the number of customers, partner ecosystem, and global reach in the IDaaS Access Management market. KuppingerCole’s Leadership Compass takes a thorough look at the overall IDaaS Access Management industry, provides in-depth analysis of the main players in the market, and rates vendors on innovation, product features, and market reach.

“With a strong global presence, SafeNet Trusted Access presents a flexible solution based on standards and, in addition, agents as a service to cater to the access management requirements of organizations with broad contextual authentication needs,” said Martin Kuppinger, founder and principal analyst, KuppingerCole. “Organizations with common IDaaS Access Management requirements should consider SafeNet Trusted Access on their shortlist, specifically when having a need for strong MFA support and flexible authentication policies.”

KuppingerCole recognized SafeNet Trusted Access for its “wide range of authentication factors combined with broad support for contextual attributes to deliver risk adaptive authentication along with some access management functions targeted at B2B, B2E and G2C market segments.” In addition, the report highlighted the global presence for SafeNet Trusted Access and recommended that organizations “should consider SafeNet Trusted Access on their shortlist, specifically when having a need for strong MFA support and flexible authentication policies.”

The KuppingerCole report rated Thales as “strong positive” or “positive” for:

  • Financial Strength
  • Functionality
  • Innovativeness
  • Interoperability
  • Market Position
  • Security
  • Usability

As enterprises increasing move their applications and data to the cloud, access management is increasingly seen as the solution to help simplify cloud access and mitigate the threat of data breaches. According to recent research from Thales, almost half of businesses believe cloud applications make them a target for cyber-attacks. Surveying 1,050 IT decision makers globally, Thales’ 2019 Access Management Index1 revealed that cloud applications (49%) are listed among the top three reasons an organization might be attacked, just behind unprotected infrastructure such as IoT devices (54%) and web portals (50%).

“Thales is honored to be listed a market leader in the 2019 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass report,” said François Lasnier, Vice President for Access Management solutions at Thales. “This validation demonstrates the strength, reach and innovation of SafeNet Trusted Access in meeting the security, compliance requirements and end user needs of organizations that are embracing the cloud for their mission-critical applications and IT infrastructure.”

Thales’ global market leadership position comes from more than two decades of innovation in the access management and authentication market. SafeNet Trusted Access is a cloud-based access management solution that combines the convenience of single sign-on (SSO) with granular access security controls and adaptive authentication. By validating identities, enforcing access policies and applying Smart SSO, SafeNet Trusted Access helps organizations ensure secure, convenient access to cloud applications, prevent data breaches and simplify compliance.

Download the full KuppingerCole Leadership Compass for IDaaS Acess Management.

1The 2019 Access Management Index, is a survey of 1050 executives in 11 countries with responsibility for, or influence over, IT and data security. The survey, reporting and analysis was conducted by Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Thales.

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Constance Arnoux

+33 (0)1 57 77 91 58

constance.arnoux@thalesgroup.com

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Juniper Research: Mobile Financial Services’ Transactions to Exceed $1 Trillion in Emerging Markets by 2024

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Includes Mobile Money Transfer, Microloans, Microsavings and Microinsurance

BASINGSTOKE, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#emerging–A new study from Juniper Research found that the total transaction value of the MFS (Mobile Financial Services) market will exceed $1 trillion by 2024; rising from $580 billion in 2019. This is a growth of 70%. The research identified a range of untapped opportunities in Latin America for services such as microfinance, microloans and money transfer, as a key driver of MFS growth over the next five years.

For more insights on Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets, download our free whitepaper: The $1 Trillion Opportunity ~ Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets.

Latin America – the Underserved Opportunity

The new research, Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets: Monetisation Models & Market Forecasts 2019-2024, forecasts that the total number of users accessing MFS in Latin America will grow 20% on average annually over the next five years. This is predicted to grow twice as fast as saturated markets such as Africa & Middle East. In response, it urged MFS vendors to leverage existing experience to launch services in this underserved market.

It also forecasts that the number of MFS users in all emerging markets will reach 1.2 billion by 2024; growing from 890 million in 2019. Africa & Middle East will account for over 600 million users alone by 2024; owing to the high reliance on mobile devices for banking services.

Cash In, Cash Out to Account for Half of Overall MFS Value by 2024

The research found that CICO (Cash In, Cash Out) transactions will be the largest driver of growth for the MFS market; exceeding a value of $590 billion by 2024. CICO allows users to access traditional banking services, such as deposits and withdrawals, via mobile devices.

The report urged MFS providers to expand their agent networks to rapidly grow customer bases. It also forecasts that fostering confidence amongst users for CICO transactions will lead to uptake of more comprehensive MFS products, such as microloans and microinsurance, in the future.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector; providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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Sam Smith, Press Relations

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Broadband Forum Reimagines Services Deployment and Orchestration With Exclusive CloudCO Demonstration at Broadband World Forum 2019

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The first-of-its-kind demonstration is sponsored by Swisscom, BT, and TIM and will showcase zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network

AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Cloud–As service providers look to introduce new network technologies to accelerate new services deployment with minimal risk, Broadband Forum will demonstrate the latest developments in its Cloud Central Office (CloudCO) and Open Broadband – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) initiatives at Broadband World Forum (BBWF) 2019.

CloudCO is a recasting of the Central Office hosting infrastructure that utilizes Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Cloud technologies to support network functions for broadband services. Within this, OB-BAA specifies Northbound Interfaces (NBI), Core Components and Southbound Adaptation Interfaces (SAI) for functions associated with access network devices that have been virtualized, facilitating co-existence and seamless migration.

The first-of-its-kind demonstration of both initiatives at BBWF 2019 will leverage a combination of SDN automation and virtualization, open source innovation and Broadband Forum’s Open Broadband Labs (OB-Labs) infrastructure. This will show zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network containing NETCONF/YANG and SNMP access nodes via standard and vendor specific adapters, all through a single portal. It will also take advantage of major enhancements to Broadband Forum’s OB-BAA open source project and a soon-to-be-released new Application Note, APPN-446 – ONAP and CloudCO integration for Residential Broadband HSIA Service.

“The CloudCO and OB-BAA demonstration will represent a radical recasting of services deployment and orchestration to the benefit of the industry,” said Geoff Burke, Chief Marketing Officer at Broadband Forum. “CloudCO and OB-BAA are among our Open Broadband initiatives which aim to advance network migration to cloud-based broadband infrastructures and help service providers realize the possibilities of SDN and NFV. This demonstration will highlight the innovative work of the global Open Broadband Labs and the benefits of industry-wide collaboration and interoperability.”

Specifically, the demo illustrates a multi-vendor network use case in which a customer making a service request has the service created and activated by the service provider, only then to relocate to a new location and find the service seamlessly reactivated. This will show a plethora of benefits which are available to service providers through CloudCO, including reductions in the costs of validating, engineering, and improving operation of services.

BT, Swisscom, and TIM will sponsor the demonstration, reinforcing the important role open standards have to play in operators’ future networks.

Kevin Foster, Head of Broadband Technical Standards for BT, said: “CloudCO and OB-BAA will underpin an ability to create a ‘pick & mix’ access network constructed from different technologies and vendors thereby improving operational effectiveness, customer experience, and ensuring easier migration from legacy technologies and services.”

David Pérez Caparrós, Lead DevOps Engineer at Swisscom, said: “With CloudCO and OB-BAA, we will be able to evolve our access network with new technologies at a faster pace, with lower integration costs and higher customer satisfaction through faster response.”

Mauro Tilocca, Access Network Automation expert and Broadband Forum delegate at TIM, added: “CloudCO and OB-BAA, will improve the agility of net ops and maintenance, and enable open programmable interfaces to improve our service portfolio. This demonstration will show zero touch service provisioning of a multi-vendor access network containing NETCONF/YANG and SNMP access nodes via standard and vendor specific adapters, all through a single portal and ONAP operating as CloudCO Orchestrator as well as End-to-End Service Orchestrator.”

Access vendors participating in the demonstration include Nokia, Altice Labs, and DZS which will all leverage an OB-Labs infrastructure enabled by The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and VMware. The demonstration will take place during exhibition hours in the Broadband Forum / Open Broadband Interop Pavilion (A40). In addition, a one-hour session – “Deep Dive on OB-BAA: Managing Multi-Vendor SDN Broadband Networks” – will be hosted by Ovum Principal Analyst Julie Kunstler in the Broadband World News Theater on the exhibition floor starting at 11.15am on 16 October. Participants will include service provider TIM, access vendors Altice Labs, DZS, and Nokia, and OB-Lab enablers EANTC, UNH-IOL, and VMware.

Broadband World Forum 2019 takes place from Tuesday, October 15 to Thursday, October 17, at the RAI, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, please visit: https://tmt.knect365.com/bbwf/.

About Broadband Forum

Broadband Forum is the communications industry’s leading organization focused on accelerating broadband innovation, standards, and ecosystem development. Our passion – delivering on the promise of broadband by enabling smarter and faster broadband networks and a thriving broadband ecosystem.

Broadband Forum is an open, non-profit industry organization composed of the industry’s leading broadband operators, vendors, thought leaders who are shaping the future of broadband, and observers who closely track our progress. Its work to date has been the foundation for broadband’s global proliferation and innovation. For example, the Forum’s flagship TR-069 CPE WAN Management Protocol has nearly 1 billion installations worldwide.

Broadband Forum’s projects span across 5G, Connected Home, Cloud, and Access. Its working groups collaborate to define best practices for global networks, enable new revenue-generating service and content delivery, establish technology migration strategies, and engineer critical device, service & development management tools in the home and business IP networking infrastructure. We develop multi-service broadband packet networking specifications addressing architecture, device and service management, software data models, interoperability and certification in the broadband market.

Our free technical reports and white papers can be found at https://www.broadband-forum.org/.

Follow us on Twitter @Broadband_Forum and LinkedIn.

For more information about the Broadband Forum, please go to https://www.broadband-forum.org or follow @Broadband_Forum on Twitter. For further information please contact Brian Dolby on +44 (0) 7899 914168 or brian.dolby@proactive-pr.com or Jayne Brooks on +44 (0) 1636 704 888 or jayne.brooks@proactive-pr.com

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Brian Dolby on +44 (0) 7899 914168 or brian.dolby@proactive-pr.com or Jayne Brooks on +44 (0) 1636 704 888 or jayne.brooks@proactive-pr.com

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