Jetways Airlines, Silverstone Air, Skyward Express join e-payment portfolio of Pesapal

Pesapal, an Africa-based e-payment solutions provider, has announced it has partnered with Jetways Airlines, Silverstone Air and Skyward Express to allow the companies to leverage in integrated payment system of Pesapal, the company said.

The e-payment solutions provider can now process payments for low cost airline carriers in Kenya.

The system will be able to process Mpes, Visa, mVisa, Mastercard and American Express to receive and complete payments on the airline´s websites. The airlines join African Express Airways (Kenya) and Eagle Air (Uganda), low-cost carriers within Pesapal´s portfolio.

FCM Travel Solutions strengthens industry collaboration with new airline distribution team

FCM Travel Solutions has announced it has established a global airline distribution team to book and service NDC content by spearheading industry collaboration between technology and global distribution providers, travel management companies and airlines, the company said.

Appointed to lead the team is Jason Toothman, executive general manager, global air distribution for FCM-parent company Flight Centre Travel Group, based in the USA. He joins from Sabre Travel Network where his extensive 15-year career spanned diverse senior sales, account management and airline distribution roles.

Also on the new team is Nicola Ping who has been appointed as manager, air content and distribution, Flight Centre Travel Group, EMEA, based in London. She joins from British Airways where she has held the role of manager of distribution technology since 2015 working closely with IATA to build the airline´s internal NDC technology offering.

The team includes Jason Nooning, general manager, global air distribution, based in Brisbane, Australia. He has held this role for the past year, representing Flight Centre Travel Group at key industry forums including IATA´s Passenger Distribution Management Group Advisory Forum and Business Travel Summit.

Department of Defense awards contract to Bell Helicopter

Texas, US-based Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. has announced it has been awarded a USD 439,563,841 by the Naval Air Systems Command for the modification P00008 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0030), the company said.

This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of 25 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft and 25 stores control units.

Work is expected to be completed in January 2022.

Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of USD 439,563,841 will be obligated at time of award.

Turkish Airlines to air commercial during the February 3 Super Bowl

Turkish Airlines (THY) has announced it aims to raise its popularity in the US with the airing of a television commercial during the February 3 Super Bowl, the company said.

The new Turkish Airlines ad will be aired during the Super Bowl which holds a billion-dollar business volume together with commercials, tickets, TV, food, beverage and merchandise sales. THY´s 30-second commercial will be aired during the championship game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. With this commercial aired during America´s favorite event expected to be viewed by 750 million all around the world, THY will once again turn heads both in the country and around the globe.

THY flies to nine destinations in the US, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Boston, Houston, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and San Francisco, THY will soon schedule flights to Newark, New Jersey which stands out with its flight potential. The airline currently has more than 330 aircraft, including passenger and cargo planes, and flies to 306 destinations in 124 countries.

Velocity Global tapped as Outstanding Fast-Growth Business

Velocity Global, the provider of global business expansion services, was named a winner of the Outstanding Fast-Growth Business category at the 2018 Global Business Excellence Awards, the company said.

The Global Business Excellence Awards prides itself on having a large panel of independent expert judges who select winners according to strict criteria for each category and sector. These focus on financial results, innovation, customer, employee, investor, and community benefits.

Since the company´s inception in 2014, Velocity Global has grown to more than 100 employees in nine global offices on four continents. With capabilities in over 185 countries, Velocity Global´s suite of services makes it easier for businesses to enter overseas markets.

Velocity Global is the provider of global employment solutions that has reinvented the way companies expand overseas. With unrivaled expertise in over 185 countries, Velocity Global delivers end-to-end services and best-in-class support to help companies confidently navigate the entire lifecycle of international business. To ensure a compliant, efficient, and flexible international expansion, Velocity Global provides a comprehensive suite of global services that includes International PEO, Entity Setup and Support, Global Talent Acquisition, Immigration, and Consulting.

The Global Business Excellence Awards are open to private, public and third sector organisations of all sizes, based in any country around the world. Entrants to the Global Business Excellence Awards do not have to be operating globally to enter the awards, entries are judged against other entries from the same country. There are four rounds each year with quarterly deadlines being the last working day of February, May, August and November and winners for each round hold their title for twelve months.

Invia Flights Germany selects Setoo's insurance platform to enhance consumer journey

Setoo, an insurance and protection-as-a-service company, has announced that Invia Flights Germany GmbH has selected its platform to provide consumers with a delightful customer journey with a new type of insurance experience, the company said.

With Setoo´s platform, Invia Flights Germany can differentiate its customer journey and accelerate its business, turning parametric-based insurance into an online product that is offered like any other e-commerce product. The platform enables contextualizing offerings according to specific travelers and trips, ensuring that the right solution is delivered to the right customer.

Invia Group brings together leading travel portals in Europe under one roof. From package holidays to tailored tours, from business trips to family breaks — the company serves a wide range of target groups. Invia Flights Germany GmbH pools the flight business of portals such as fluege.de, airline-direct.de and Billigfluege.de.

Setoo empowers e-businesses to build and distribute personalised insurance and protection products, increasing revenue from ancillary services and delivering exceptional customer experience.

TIA, IoT Community partner to accelerate smart buildings and Internet of Things

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, and the Internet of Things Community® (IoT Community®), the world´s largest and longest-standing global independent IoT Community, have announced a partnership to accelerate the digital transformation of the Internet of Things and further the development of smart buildings, the companies said.

The two organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a set of initiatives regarding smart buildings, manufacturing, connected vehicles, intelligent transportation, healthcare and more. They will share commercial, technical, and standardization insights and explore opportunities for collaboration on technologies, exchange information and expertise, and develop solutions to accelerate the development of the Internet of Things.

TIA and the IoT Community will work together to share information, discuss, and explore technologies related to smart buildings, the Internet of Things, and other areas of interest. Pursuant to that goal, they will develop and share training content related to the Internet of Things and the various initiatives. Additionally, the organizations will work to educate industries on the role of the Internet of Things in buildings, collaborate on events, and share relevant research and expertise.

The IoT Community is the world´s first to market and largest CxO community of senior business leaders and IoT practitioners consisting of 23,000+ members. The function is to focus on adoption and application of IoT in commercial environments, seeking to contribute applying technology or overcoming the variety of barriers, inhibitors, technical and operational issues. For information about IoT Community, visit http://www.iotcommunity.net.

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents a global community of more than 400-member companies including manufacturers and suppliers, network operators, software developers, distributors and integrators of communications technologies. TIA drives advancement in global connectivity and innovation through its leadership in US and international advocacy, technology programs and standards development, quality assurance and business performance solutions. TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit TIAonline.org.

Stack Infrastructure, Hillwood, IPI Partners to develop hyperscale data center campus

Stack Infrastructure, the data center platform built from the ground up to address the infrastructure needs of rapidly growing hyperscale and enterprise companies, and Hillwood, one of the nation´s real estate companies, have announced that they have partnered to co-develop a data center campus at AllianceTexas, the companies said.

The partnership is a continuation of the joint venture originally formed in October 2017 between Hillwood and IPI Partners, an investor in data centers and other technology and connectivity-related real assets co-sponsored by ICONIQ Capital, LLC and an affiliate of Iron Point Partners, LLC. This announcement follows the recent launch of the Stack platform on January 15, 2019 (for more information, please see the latest press release on the Stack Infrastructure launch.)

AllianceTexas is a 26,000-acre master-planned, mixed-use project developed by Hillwood, located in north Fort Worth with 45 million square feet of development and over USD 9 billion in private investment to-date. AllianceTexas is home to five data centers including Facebook´s fifth global data center campus and four other FORTUNE 500 users. Over 400 acres are dedicated specifically for data centers, with critical infrastructure in place to ensure uninterrupted power, telecommunications, and operations for customized hyperscale facilities. At full build-out, the data center campus is capable of delivering 400+ megawatts of dedicated critical power, replicating the current capacity of the entire Dallas/Fort Worth market.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019, AllianceTexas is an unparalleled regional success story that has transformed the North Texas economy and connected the area to global industry. Anchored by Fort Worth Alliance Airport, the world´s first dedicated industrial airport, and led by Hillwood´s development of 26,000 acres, AllianceTexas is home to over 500 companies which have built more than 45 million square feet and created over 61,000 jobs, its estimated cumulative impact since 1989 is more than USD 76 billion for North Texas. For additional information, visit www.alliancetexas.com.

Stack is a data center company built from the ground up to address the full stack of its clients´ critical infrastructure needs, today and into the future. For more information, visit www.Stackinfra.com.

Hillwood, a Perot company, is a premier industrial, commercial and residential real estate developer and manager with projects throughout North America and Europe. With a diverse portfolio of properties which have become home to many of the world´s companies, Hillwood is committed to bringing long-term value to our customers and partners and the communities in which we serve.

IPI Data Center Partners Management, LLC invests in data centers and other technology and connectivity-related real assets and is sponsored by ICONIQ Capital, LLC and an affiliate of Iron Point Partners, LLC.

OXIS attracts funding for lithium sulfur batter technology from strategic investors

UK-based OXIS Energy has announced several significant companies want to fund the latest lithium sulfur battery technology, the company said.

OXIS Energy is leading the world in the development of Li-S chemistry that can be used in many battery applications.

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defence markets. It is number one in the world for single-aisle commercial jet engines. Aside from its latest contribution, it has hitherto signed a Joint Development Agreement with OXIS to develop battery systems for commercial aircraft.

The Aerotec Brazil investment makes it the second largest shareholder in OXIS Energy after Sasol, South Africa. Aerotec is a multi-million-pound fund managed by Confrapar, a leading private equity fund manager focused on technology companies in Latin America.

Arkema is a global chemical company. A leader in speciality chemicals and advanced materials, its collaboration with OXIS has had a major impact on the improvement in energy densities and the composition of the chemicals used in the making of OXIS Li-S cell technology. This is due to the large range of innovative solutions it has in its portfolio such as carbon nanotubes, electrolyte and advanced technical polymers. In 2017, Arkema had a turnover of EUR 8.3bn and has been in collaboration with OXIS since 2012.

The investments made by these companies take the total capital raised to just under GBP 24m and include Samsung Ventures which contributed to the fund in December 2016 and is a shareholder in OXIS Energy. The capital raised will be used to commercialise and automate the process of mass production of rechargeable Lithium Sulfur cells/modules, using state of the art digital manufacturing machinery, deployed by expert skills of companies such as Nordika and Siemens AG for worldwide distribution to manufacturers of vehicles.

OXIS intends to focus on the aviation, defence and the heavy electric vehicles markets, such as buses and trucks.

OXIS Energy Ltd is involved in the design, development and now the move towards commercial production of Lithium Sulfur cells for battery systems. With 39 patent families, OXIS has been granted 173 patents with 96 pending.

Canadian-based enterprises can leverage Oracle Cloud Infrastructure through data center

Cologix, a network and cloud-neutral interconnection and data-center company, and Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), have announced the immediate availability of dedicated and private access to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure through Cologix´s Toronto (TOR1) data center, the companies said.

This news supports Oracle´s recent announcement of the availability of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure from its new Toronto data center. The Direct to Oracle FastConnect on-ramp to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure enriches Cologix´s already robust cloud eco-system and enables enterprises a high-performance, low predictable pricing and flexible solution.

Oracle´s FastConnect has a unique design and architecture that enables Canadian enterprises to seamlessly use solutions on-premises and in the cloud with no degradation of functionality or performance. The program is designed to extend Oracle Cloud Infrastructure´s reach to enterprise customers where they are located. Cologix operates the largest footprint within the 151 Front Street West location (Canada´s largest, and most connected carrier hotel).

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect enables enterprise cloud connectivity to Oracle Cloud from trusted enterprise data centers. Connecting directly to the Oracle Cloud through Oracle FastConnect enables a fast, private connection to the industry´s broadest and most integrated cloud platform, with a complete range of services across Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).

Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and now Canada. Organizations around the world are using Oracle Cloud to innovate faster, improve customer engagement, drive business-process efficiency and accelerate digital transformation.

Cologix provides reliable, secure, scalable data center and interconnection solutions from 27 prime interconnection locations across nine strategic North American edge markets. Over 1,600 network, managed services, cloud, media, content, financial services and enterprise customers trust Cologix to support their business-critical infrastructure and connect them to customers, vendors and partners. Follow Cologix on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is an enterprise Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform. companies of all sizes rely on Oracle Cloud to run enterprise and cloud native applications with mission-critical performance and core-to-edge security. By running both traditional and new workloads on a comprehensive cloud that includes compute, storage, networking, database, and containers, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can dramatically increase operational efficiency and lower total cost of ownership. For more information, visit https://cloud.oracle.com/iaas.

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle´s partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle´s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle´s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program — an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners.