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Race Real Drones Remotely From Home With vRotors’ Mixed Reality Platform

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Jump into the Cockpit of a Real Drone Using a PC or VR Gear to Fly Like the Pros – Integrated Twitch Functionality Invites Streamers to Interact Directly with Their Audience

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — vRotors, a company built by an Acclaim Games founder with a former Niantic creative pioneer, announced today its new mixed reality platform game that puts players in the cockpit of an actual drone. Flying on a real course, they’ll race against and wage war on other players from around the world. The new platform invites anyone with a PC or VR headset to experience the fun of racing drones without the challenge of finding legal locations, the fear of crashing, or finding others to race against. The drone mounted camera gives users a full first person / mixed reality cockpit experience for aspiring aces.

vRotors is fully integrated with Twitch, giving spectators the opportunity to influence the race’s outcome by taking charge of repairing the ship and providing weapons support. Streamers interested in joining the upcoming beta for this highly interactive experience should visit: vrotors.com/partners.

Check out vRotors in action HERE:  vrotors.com/teaser

Download the vRotors trailer HERE:  vrotors.com/media

Content creators interested in taking part in the beta test should email: stream@vrotors.com 

Those interested in learning more and/or taking part in upcoming betas should visit vrotors.com to sign up for the newsletter.

“With the booming drone racing market now receiving global attention and being featured on ESPN, we saw an opportunity to offer this experience to a much wider audience,” said Neil Malhotra, CEO of vRotors. “One of the biggest obstacles to flying a drone is the expense and risk that comes with it. We have removed this by offering 15-minute racing and combat drone flights that take advantage of AR and VR capabilities found in gaming.”  

vRotors’ Features Include:

  • Mixed Reality: Augmented reality puts 3D objects seamlessly into a real environment, providing players the ability to pilot an actual drone on a real course with augmented objectives, weapon fire and enemies.  
     
  • Twitch Integration: vRotors fully incorporates audience participation via Twitch Chat and custom extensions, where viewers can repair their favorite streamer’s ship as it takes damage from hostile obstacles or provide additional weaponry in the race to victory.
     
  • Weapons System: Launch missiles and fire lasers to reap destruction on enemy targets or fire flares to confuse their armaments. 
     
  • Low Risk, High Reward: Purchase a 15-minute flight session where players can race against or buddy up with friends from around the world. Each pilot will receive a full video of their flight to share with friends and develop new strategies. vRotors’ technology limits the risk of crashes, but should it happen, the company fully assumes the risk. No more worrying about the repair and upkeep, vRotors’ drones are always ready for action.

vRotors opens up real flight experiences to the vast home gaming audience, in real time, via its live mixed reality platform. Players use their PC or VR headsets to enter virtual cockpits and fly real, remotely connected drones on approved courses located around the world. The cockpit shows the action from a camera stationed on the drone and features instrumentation with altitude, speed, weapons overlays and directional information. Using augmented reality, course objectives, challenges, and even enemies are overlaid onto the real environment.

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ABOUT vROTORS
Founded by Neil Malhotra, a veteran technology innovator in both aerospace and entertainment media, and video game industry pioneer John Zuur Platten, vRotors has solved the challenge of controlling remote hardware in real-time and applied the technology to consumer drones. Their first release is a real time, live drone-racing platform. From home, gamers use their PC or VR headsets to enter virtual cockpits and fly real, remotely connected drones on courses located around the world. vRotors is bringing reality into gaming, offering a tangible connection to the real-world. Its mission is to transform the video game industry into an event driven and highly interactive experience. For more information visit: vRotors.com

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Nokia joins Sendai City in world’s first test of private wireless connected drones for tsunami evacuation alerts

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Nokia joins Sendai City in world’s first test of private wireless connected drones for tsunami evacuation alerts

  • Nokia and Sendai City demonstrate the effectiveness of drones for disaster prevention and mitigation, using a private LTE mobile broadband network
  • Test conducted in Sendai coastal areas, which were devastated by the tsunami

12 November 2019

Sendai City and Nokia successfully conducted a test flight of a Nokia drone on a private LTE network provided by Nokia Digital Automation Cloud. They tested the potential use of drones during a tsunami or other disasters to help in prevention and mitigation efforts. The test verified that using a private LTE network to control and communicate with the drones is an effective means for enhancing situational awareness and communicating with the affected population during a disaster. This is the first time in the world this type of trial has been conducted.

Sendai City is the center of Tohoku Region, Japan, and lies northeast of Tokyo on Honshu Island, with a population of over 1 million. The coastal areas were devastated by the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, and have come to be recognized internationally through the United Nations as a symbol of disaster risk reduction and reconstruction. In the verification test, it was assumed that a major tsunami warning would be issued in the coastal area near the Minami-Gamo Water Treatment Ceter in Miyagino Ward, Sendai City.

Nokia deployed a private LTE network near the Minami-Gamo Water Treatment Center using its plug-and-play digital automation cloud technology. Using speakers, HD cameras and thermal cameras mounted on Nokia drones, the testers delivered recorded and real-time voice messages and conducted aerial monitoring using HD and thermal camera video streaming from the drones.

During the simulated disaster, the testers were able to issue a major tsunami warning to evacuees in coastal areas through the drone speaker, and monitor the tsunami arrival zone and coastal areas through drone camera images. They also guided people to evacuation sites using the drone to convey directions, and monitored the movements of evacuees using the drone camera. The test also highlighted how first responders can facilitate disaster prevention and mitigation without risk to the personnel managing the evacuation activities.

Nokia Drone Networks is a turnkey solution consisting of one or several drones equipped with gimbals with HD and thermal cameras, a private LTE wireless network, a drone flight command and control center, and video analysis applications. Private LTE/4G provides seamless and secure connectivity, making it more suitable for mission-critical use cases than the mostly Wi-Fi-based technology used in public mobile networks. The high-performance, low-latency connection provides optimized coverage for the drones, ensuring sufficient capacity for video streaming across wide areas and enabling secure information processing. Drones can also be flown over populated areas with limited risk and with better control in difficult weather conditions.

In 2017, Nokia and Sendai City concluded a strategic partnership agreement for improving the safety and security of citizens and supporting local industries through the use of Nokia ICT technology. A drone demonstration will be held November 9–12 in conjunction with the ‘World Disaster Prevention Forum/Davos Meeting @ Sendai 2019’ to be held in Sendai City. Going forward, the partnership will continue to promote the use of Nokia technologies to help improve the safety and security of citizens, revitalize local industries, and promote the technological development of local companies.

Sendai Mayor Kazuko Kohri, said: “The use of these drones seems to be very effective in ensuring the safety and security of Sendai and its surrounding areas. The demonstration by Nokia showed that we should be able to respond faster and provide better information to the people in the most affected areas during a potential disaster. We are very hopeful that Nokia Drone Networks will help us to reduce risk for our citizens.”

John Harrington, Head of Nokia Japan, said: “We are very pleased that we have successfully completed this drone flight demonstration with Sendai City, highlighting the effectiveness of using drones and private LTE for disaster prevention and mitigation. Nokia Drone Networks has been adopted by the Red Cross in the Philippines as a social infrastructure for disaster relief operations. Based on this demonstration, we hope to contribute to disaster prevention and mitigation for Sendai City and other local governments in Japan.”

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About Sendai City

Sendai City is the center of Tohoku Region, Japan, with a population of over 1 million. The coastal areas were devastated by the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, and have come to be recognized internationally through the United Nations as a symbol of disaster risk reduction and reconstruction. In addition, it has been designated as a National Strategic Special Zone by the Japanese government, and attention is focused on the use of the latest ICT technology by local businesses and communities.

About Nokia for Industries 
Nokia has deployed over 1,000 mission-critical networks with leading customers in the transport, energy, large enterprise, manufacturing, webscale and public sector segments around the globe. Leading enterprises across industries are leveraging our decades of experience building some of the biggest and most advanced IP, optical, and wireless networks on the planet. The Nokia Bell Labs Future X for industries architecture provides a framework for enterprises to accelerate their digitalization and automation journey to Industry 4.0. Nokia has also pioneered the private wireless space with many verticals, and now has over 80 large enterprise customers deploying it around the world.

About Nokia
We create the technology to connect the world. We develop and deliver the industry’s only end-to-end portfolio of network equipment, software, services and licensing that is available globally. Our customers include communications service providers whose combined networks support 6.1 billion subscriptions, as well as enterprises in the private and public sector that use our network portfolio to increase productivity and enrich lives.

Through our research teams, including the world-renowned Nokia Bell Labs, we are leading the world to adopt end-to-end 5G networks that are faster, more secure and capable of revolutionizing lives, economies and societies. Nokia adheres to the highest ethical business standards as we create technology with social purpose, quality and integrity.  www.nokia.com

Media Inquiries:
Nokia
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Phone: +358 10 448 4900
Email: press.services@nokia.com

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Baozun Sets New Total Order Value Record of RMB10.06 Billion on Singles Day 2019

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SHANGHAI, China, Nov. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Baozun Inc. (Nasdaq: BZUN) (“Baozun” or the “Company”), the leading brand e-commerce service partner that helps brands execute their e-commerce strategies in China, today announced that the total order value settled through payment gateways on all of the Company’s e-commerce channels reached a record RMB10.06 billion on Singles Day 2019, an increase of 53.6% from last year’s previous high of RMB6.55 billion.

The record Singles Day total order value does not include the contribution from one electronics brand that Baozun stopped servicing during the third quarter of 2019 as part of its strategy to optimize its brand portfolio towards higher-quality growth. To provide a more accurate comparison, if the contribution from the electronics brand was excluded from 2018, the total order value for Singles Day 2019 would have increased by approximately 76% year-over-year.

With Alibaba’s “Tmall Flagship Store 2.0” now deployed, Baozun bolstered its first mover advantage and rapidly upgraded nearly 100 of its brand partners’ flagship stores across a variety of categories, including apparel, electronics, cosmetics, mom & baby and FMCG prior to Singles Day. Tmall Flagship Store 2.0 is constantly evolving and allows Baozun to create highly customized upgrades for brand partners which were integral in helping them actively engage with customers, personalize content, and manage their creative marketing strategies in order to drive sales during the shopping festival.

“I am pleased to see that our focused strategy and execution in preparing for the massive surge in orders generated new corporate records, with total order value increasing 53.6% to RMB10.06 billion and number of orders surging 61% to 29 million orders,” commented Mr. Vincent Qiu, Chief Executive Officer of Baozun. “Breaking through the RMB10 billion mark in order value this year reflects the enormous future growth potential our core business continues to generate. We are excited to see that many leading brands within our portfolio ranked first in terms of total order value within their respective verticals. The combination of our cutting-edge IT infrastructure, integrated marketing capabilities, extensive analysis of big data, sophisticated warehousing and logistics networks, and deep insight into consumers helped brands engage with consumers more effectively and are all essential elements powering our success. As we continue to drive innovation to support future growth, I am confident that our investments in technology will help us solidify our position as the market leading e-commerce service provider.”

About Baozun Inc.

Baozun is the leading brand e-commerce service partner that helps brands execute their e-commerce strategies in China by selling their goods directly to customers online or by providing services to assist with their e-commerce operations. The Company’s integrated end-to-end brand e-commerce capabilities encompass all aspects of the e-commerce value chain, covering IT solutions, store operations, digital marketing, customer services, warehousing and fulfillment.

For more information, please visit http://ir.baozun.com

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Baozun Inc.
Ms. Wendy Sun
ir@baozun.com

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In China
Mr. Christian Arnell
Phone: +86-10-5900-1548
E-mail: carnell@christensenir.com

In US
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004
Email: lbergkamp@christensenir.com 

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Interop Technologies Wins Leading Advanced Communications Award for RCS

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BERLIN and FORT MYERS, Fla., Nov. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Interop Technologies™ announced today that it has won the 2019 Leading Advanced Communications Award for its Rich Communications Services (RCS) technology at Informa’s Voice and Advanced Communications Summit last week in Berlin.

Interop was selected by an expert panel of impartial industry analysts for its ability to successfully deliver an innovative RCS solution that enhances the customer experience for end-users.

Interop’s end-to-end, GSMA-accredited RCS solution enables mobile operators to evolve their legacy messaging and stay competitive in their market by delivering an exceptional customer experience through personalized engagement, while also capturing new revenue opportunities and reducing customer support costs.

“We are excited that our dedication to RCS technology excellence and innovation for mobile operators has been recognized with Informa’s Leading Advanced Communications Award,” said John Dwyer, president and CEO at Interop Technologies. “RCS is impacting the global wireless industry and it’s critical that operators partner quickly with a quality, flexible messaging expert as they prepare to launch. This award demonstrates that we are that partner and celebrates our nearly 20 years in carrier messaging, 12 years in RCS messaging technology, and our never-ending commitment to always be an operator’s better way forward.”

Interop Technologies’ long history developing core-messaging technologies for mobile operators has provided a strong foundation for the company’s leadership in RCS technology. Besides having one of the first and longest held GSMA Universal Profile (UP) accreditations for an RCS solution, Interop’s continued development and dedication to mobile messaging has positioned the company as one of the world’s most accredited RCS solution providers. After the release of the UP 1.0 and 2.0 standards, Interop also became the most requested testing and accrediting network solution partner for the industry’s largest device manufactures and client/OS developers.

A highly anticipated upgrade to traditional SMS messaging, RCS has been launched by 81 operators worldwide and the GSMA forecasts an additional 27 operator launches by Q1 2020.

Interop Technologies will exhibit at Mobile World Congress 2020 in Barcelona February 24 – 27. Learn more at www.interoptechnologies.com/events.

About Interop Technologies
Interop Technologies is a leading provider of virtualized communication networks and cloud-based managed solutions for mobile messaging, voice and connectivity. Founded in 2002, Interop Technologies’ is dedicated to providing mobile network operators with services and solutions that reduce the complexity of deploying and managing next generation communication technologies. Through its GSMA-accredited, end-to-end RCS solution, Interop is committed to delivering Telco-grade, standardized technology and the highest level of deployment flexibility and lifecycle management available for the global RCS ecosystem.

Interop Technologies has world headquarters in Fort Myers, FL, with offices in Irving, Texas, and an EMEA regional headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

Media Contact
Lisa Murray, APR, CPRC
Sr. Manager, Integrated Marketing Communications
Tel: +1 (239) 425-9079
Mobile: +1 (239) 357-3442
media@interoptechnologies.com

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/31bc58ec-75a9-4b00-9372-135ca637bdc6 

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