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Cybera Extends Partner Program Globally, Expands Network Services for Hospitality and Speciality Retail



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Cybera, an innovative cloud-based networking company that is fundamentally changing the way distributed businesses use technology, is introducing the global expansion of its Advantage ONE partner program to highlight their growing leadership in managed application network and security services solutions.

Additional program enhancements are designed to help POS integrators in the hospitality and specialty retail sectors capitalise on the managed network service demands of these distributed businesses. It showcases the flexible and open approach to seamlessly integrate applications that are critical to helping distributed enterprises streamline their operations, drive revenue, and exceed guest journey expectations.

“ReSource Point of Sale partners with Cybera to deliver this managed application network and security services solution to the hospitality sector and companies like Checkers. We’ve partnered with Cybera because the technology exceeds the business and financial needs of our customers and the solution is easy to implement. Ease-of-implementation is critical for rapidly expanding enterprises with minimal onsite IT resources,” said Austin Chavez, CEO of ReSource Point of Sale. Austin added, “We are proud to be members of the Advantage ONE program and it’s cool to see the program expanding internationally.”

“Cybera is the managed network services technology of choice for Checkers, because the solution ensures security and availability for our business-critical applications – like payment. And the price point is attractive to our franchise owners,” said Byron Clark, Sr. Director, Information Technology at Checkers.

“Cybera is known for being a trusted resource and working tirelessly with distributed enterprises with remote locations that lack on-site IT staff or network security personnel,” said Andrew Lev, CEO of Cybera. “With the recent addition of our UK office, it only made sense for us to extend Advantage ONE benefits to global partners, allowing them to provide their customers the same peace of mind by reducing the cost, pain and risk associated with technology innovation, enabling distributed enterprises to securely deploy applications and services quickly.”

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Global corporate dividends hit third-quarter high




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Global Dividend Index from Janus Henderson reveals that the global corporate dividends have touched an all time high for the third quarter. Needless to say, the stat indicates the robust health of the corporate sector around the world.

According to the index, dividend payouts increased by 5.1 per cent to a comfortable third-quarter record of $354.2 billion. The United States, Canada, Taiwan, and India all witnessed all-time record quarterly payouts, while China posted positive trend in dividend payment after three years of decline.

The following are the main highlights of the report.

  • Global dividends rose 5.1 per cent in Q3 to a third-quarter record of $354.2bn.
  • Underlying growth was 9.2 per cent, continuing the strong growth reported in Q2.
  • All-time record payouts in Canada, Taiwan, India andthe United States, but Australia lagged well behind.
  • Chinese dividends grew for the first time in four years.
  • Dividends forecast to be $1.359 trillion in 2018 with underlying growth upgraded to 8.1 per cent.

Janus Henderson’s forecast for headline growth remains unchanged at 8.5 per cent, taking the total dividends for 2018 to $1.359 trillion. On an underlying basis, however, this means growth in 2018 will be 8.1 per cent, up from 7.4 per cent in forecast at the time of the last edition of the JHGDI.

Ben Lofthouse, head of global equity income at Janus Henderson said: “The third quarter exceeded our expectations, but more importantly, the quality of growth was better than we expected. It came despite a negative impact from exchange rate moves and a lower level of special dividends. Importantly, our core underlying measure of growth was strong.”

“2018 may be a volatile and more challenging year for stock markets, but steady profit growth means dividends should continue to make steady progress.”

“Expectations for corporate earnings growth in 2019 are starting to come under some pressure, given the late stage of the economic cycle. That is not to say that profits themselves are set to fall, however, rather that the pace of expansion may now be slower than previously thought. Growing profits and strong cash flow mean that dividends should continue to be well supported and so investors seeking an income from their shares should feel confident about the year ahead.”

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Did your hear about the Smart Airports?



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In the 21st century, everything has to be smart. Smartphones, smart gadgets, smart washing machines, smart houses and so on. If you have the comfort of having smart appliances, the public spaces need to live up to the expectations and this is why large customer oriented companies and industries are always trying to innovate.

We have all been to an airport and we know how crowded it usually gets. However, we have to give airport administrators some credit, the flow of reaching your boarding gate is pretty well planned in order for everyone to board the right plane.

Currently there is a growing focus on implementing effective customer experience strategies which drive the global Smart Airports market toward growth, year by year.

The recent report, which was published by Melvin Bright, an independent provider of reliable and unbiased strategic market research for a multitude of technologies, products and services markets around the world.

It is impressive to find that the global market for Smart Airports is estimated to reach $20.3 billion by 2025. This growth is the direct result of the focus that is casted on enhancing the air passenger travel experience by implementing smart and connected digital solutions.

Airport IT infrastructure is in the focus and is part of the market growth and conventional airports need to innovate and stay in the competition, as the smart airport systems create an immersive and personalized ecosystem.

Some of the key benefits that airports need to take into consideration are:

  • better operational efficiency
  • improved non-aeronautical revenues
  • enhanced passenger’s travel experience
  • improved queue management
  • congestion management
  • improved security

We must also mention that smart airport are embedding the emerging technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, big data analytics, predictive analytics, cognitive computing, Internet of Things (IoT), machine vision, Blockchain, mobile payment, wearables or Near Field Communication (NFC).

Long gone are the days when biometrics was considered an innovation, even if it has been critical in transforming the air travel experience today.

Guess there are some things that can be accounted for the ever-rising air passenger traffic, the demand for automation systems and solutions which in turn has fueled the demand for smart airport technologies.

The complete study is available on the following link:

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AI-powered identity verification could reduce KYC and AML costs significantly



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It has been revealed in recently published whitepaper, that among the many aspects of implementing AI, there are some significant cost reductions when dealing with lenders.

The report shows, that the implementation of AI-powered identity verification could reduce Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-money Laundering (AML) costs by up to 70%. We must also mention that the verification speed is notably improved, with up to 80%.

The whitepaper, which looked into the state of the digital lending market in Europe, was released today by Mitek, authored by Fintech research practice Autonomous NEXT, and points one of the key benefits of investing in digitization.

The title of the study is ‘European Digital Lenders: How operating efficiency is helping digital lenders attack a $150 billion annual origination market across the Eurozone in 2018’, and the researchers found that while European digital lenders are growing at a rapid pace, digital share is still low relative to the addressable market opportunity.

Lex Sokolin, Global Director Fintech Strategy at Autonomous NEXT, said: “The digital lending sector has grown dramatically in the last few years and is a great example of how technology can democratize access to financial services. But banks still dominate lending, and digital-first lenders are struggling to provide loans on better terms than their traditional rivals given high cost of capital. Our report found that venture capital investment is still flowing into the space and is set to hit $800m in Europe. The UK alone has originations of over $6bn, and Europe-wide, the addressable market is $150bn – with current digital lender revenues estimated at $400m. Moreover, the market shows impressive originations growth, with a 60% CAGR since 2013.

An interesting aspect that has been pointed out in the report, is that onboarding times have been drastically reduced in the digital world, however the acquisition costs still remain high.

Additionally to these finds, the cost of their capital is preventing digital lenders from competing with incumbent banks on price.

As a result, digital lenders should harness their lower operating costs to their advantage and by reducing costs they could start offering a real alternative to traditional banking providers. Next to the lower cost and speed, digital lenders must also improve on security and use digital identity verification processes as a tool to catch up with the competition.

Rene Hendrikse, EMEA MD at Mitek, said: “The solution is investing in digital identity verification, powered by AI technologies, which provides an opportunity to massively enhance the efficiency of the onboarding process in terms of both speed and cost reduction. In fact, the report found that digital IDV solutions can help reduce KYC and AML costs by up to 70% – and could potentially improve the speed of these checks by 80%.

We are eagerly looking forward to an AI powered future that could drastically reduce costs and the speed of processing for many industries. This is just the beginning, we will surely look back on these reports a few years from now and see what could have happened if we have invested more into technology.

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