Bank of China chooses NCR for ATM software application development

NCR Corp. (NYSE: NCR) said it has been awarded professional service contracts from Bank of China to develop new automated teller machine applications running on the bank´s multivendor software platform, NCR APTRA Edge, to support the bank´s initiative in implementing paperless ATM transaction flow and its Financial Integrated Circuit Card (IC) 5.0 project.

The bank of China´s ATM network went live with the NCR APTRA Edge platform last year and most applications on its ATM network have completed the initial phase migration process to be compliant with EMV1 (PBOC 2.02) standards. As part of the project, NCR will provide software application development, system analysis, support services and related training programs.

Consolidating on a single software application enables financial institutions to project a consistent and rich consumer experience across their self-service networks, regardless of hardware manufacturer. In addition, a multivendor environment helps financial institutions streamline their development and support operations by not having to maintain and enhance multiple, separate delivery infrastructures for each new function or service that they offer. NCR is the world´s largest supplier of multivendor ATM software.

NCR is a leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 450m transactions daily across the retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology industries. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier. The company´s website is at www.ncr.com

InterDigital signs patent license with Teltronic to cover 4G technologies

InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDCC) reported its patent holding subsidiaries have entered into a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-bearing patent license agreement with Teltronic S.A. Unipersonal for 4G technologies, including LTE.

Teltronic is a communications company that provides radio and mobile broadband solutions to the public safety and law enforcement, transportation, education and manufacturing segments.

InterDigital develops fundamental wireless technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks, and services worldwide. For more information, visit www.interdigital.com.

Great East Energy completes reverse merger

Great East Energy, Inc. (OTCBB: GASE) said it has completed a reverse merger and investment with a publicly-traded company in the US and now trades on the OTCBB market under the stock symbol GASE.

In a simultaneous financing the company sold common stock in a private placement to certain investors, and issued shares valued at USDUSD26m for the option to purchase producing and distributing natural gas companies, their processing facilities and pipelines to customers, all located in Ukraine.

Great East Energy is a development stage company targeting the growing independent gas production industry of Ukraine, as Europe´s second-largest country by land mass makes energy self-sufficiency from Russia a priority. With Ukraine natural gas priced over three times U.S .levels, the energy industry holds compelling economics as well. Following the exercise of its exclusive option, the completion of GASE´s planned well development activities are planned to result in a multi-million dollar inward investment into the Ukraine.

On July 25, 2013, GASE entered into a Stock Purchase Option Agreement (the “Option Agreement) with Bezerius Holdings Ltd., a corporation organized under the laws of the Republic of Cyprus (BHL), whereby BHL granted to GASE an option to purchase 1,000 shares of equity capital of Synderal Services LTD, a corporation organized under the laws of the Republic of Cyprus (SSL), representing all issued and outstanding shares of SSL. SSL is engaged in the gas exploration and production business in Ukraine through its two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Ltd. Liability company NPK-KONTAKT and Ltd. Liability company LISPROMGAZ, each a legal entity formed under the laws of Ukraine. The Ukraine companies have been producing gas since 2003, own two gas processing facilities, and 13.5 kilometers of gas pipelines to their customers.

Great East Energy, a development stage company, focuses on the acquisition and development of natural gas properties. It holds an option agreement to acquire producing natural gas properties located in Ukraine. The company is based in Warrenton, Virginia. The company´s website is at http://greateastenergy.com.

Club Med joins US Black Friday, Cyber Monday craze with promotion

French resort operator Club Med said that the number 45 is an integral part of its brand identity and will be the Black Friday sale percentage discount for four of its most popular all-inclusive beach resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico.

The sale will offer an equally amazing deal for Sandpiper Bay, a premium sports family resort in Florida. The 45% discount will be available for select travel dates from Dec. 2013 Feb. 2014 when you book by Dec. 4, 2013.

Kids under four always stay free at Club Med´s family resorts in the US, Caribbean and Mexico.

Club Med´s Black Friday sale begins on Friday, Nov. 29, and includes both family resorts in Mexico, Cancun Yucatan and Ixtapa Pacific, along with the Caribbean family destination of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and the adult-only escape Turkoise, Turks and Caicos.

Travellers who book by Dec. 4, 2013, will receive for each destination a discount of 45% off.

The kicks off on Dec. 2, 2013 with a special offer for Sandpiper Bay, and a surprise deal for parents traveling with children, the firm said.

Find out more at www.clubmed.

ITCA honours Hainan Airlines

PRC-based carrier Hainan Airlines said it has won the International Travel Catering Association´s Mercury Award in the On Board Service category with its “In-flight Charitable Tickets Auction” service.

ITCA said that its Mercury Award identifies and congratulates companies and organisations in the travel catering sector who have shown innovation in the creation of their service offerings.

The awards are evaluated and selected by an expert jury using innovation, operating quality and customer satisfaction as indices.

According to the group, the Mercury Awards programme is a global competition comprising seven unique award categories including On Board Service, Food or Beverage, Equipment, Skills Development, Systems and Process Development, Inspiration and Environment and Sustainability.

Since 1982, several airlines, including British Airways, American Airlines (OTC: AAMRQ), Lufthansa, Thai Airways, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Qantas Airways, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways have been recipients of the Mercury Awards.

The On Board Service award won by Hainan Airlines is the most prestigious and sought-after of the awards, the group said.

Find out more at www.hnair.com.

Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico calls extraordinary shareholders' meeting

Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico SAB de CV (NYSE: PAC) (BMV: GAP) said a local paper has published a legal notice issued by the 38thjudge for civil matters in the Federal District that calls for an extraordinary shareholders´ meeting for GAP´s shareholders at the request of one of GAP´s shareholders

The shareholder is Grupo Mexico, SAB de CV (BMV: GMEXICO). The meeting is to be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

According to the company, the main objective of the ESM will be the proposal, discussion and possible approval of the non-renewal of the Technical Assistance and Technology Exchange Contract, which was signed on August 25, 1999, by GAP, its subsidiaries and its strategic partner, Aeropuertos Mexicanos del Pacífic.

This contract is currently in effect.

AMP, as the company´s strategic partner, provides advisory and administrative services to the company; in addition, AMP shares technological expertise with the company across several areas, including commercial development activities, assistance in preparing master development programmes for each of the company´s airports, the preparation of market studies focused on increasing passenger traffic and improvements to airport operations.

Under the CATTT, GAP was awarded an exclusive license within Mexico for the use of all of the technical assistance and industry knowledge of AMP or its shareholders over the lifetime of the contract.

The contract is in effect until August 25, 2014. However, the CATTT automatically renews for a period of an additional 5 years unless one of the parties notifies its counterparties of the termination of the contract at least 60 days prior to the then-current termination date.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico operates twelve airports throughout Mexico´s Pacific region, including the major cities of Guadalajara and Tijuana, the four tourist destinations of Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, La Paz and Manzanillo, and six mid-sized cities.

Find out more at www.aeropuertosgap.com.mx.

Hellman & Friedman to buy Applied Systems for USD1.8bn

Applied Systems, Inc. said it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by investment funds advised by Hellman & Friedman LLC.

The company is being acquired from the global private investment firm Bain Capital in a transaction valued at approximately USD1.8bn. JMI Equity, a growth-oriented private equity firm that focuses on building market-leading software and technology-enabled services businesses, will be investing alongside H&F and, under the terms of the agreement, members of Applied Systems´ senior management will continue to maintain a significant ownership position in the company.

Applied Systems is a provider of insurance software and a recognized pioneer of agency management systems and data exchange between agencies, brokerages, carriers and their clients. The company supports an extensive customer base of over 12,000 agencies and brokerages and 350 insurers across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Hellman & Friedman LLC is a leading private equity investment firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and London and is currently investing its seventh fund, which has over USD8.9bn of committed capital. H&F has extensive experience in the software and insurance industries through current and previous ownership of large scale agencies, insurance carriers and software providers.

The transaction is subject to customary conditions to closing and is expected to be completed in early 2014.

Applied Systems is a provider of software that powers the business of insurance. To learn more, visit www.appliedsystems.com.

Hellman & Friedman LLC is a leading private equity investment firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and London. Since its founding in 1984, H&F has raised and, through its affiliated funds, managed over USD25bn of committed capital. For more information on H&F, visit www.hf.com.

JMI Equity is a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software and technology-enabled services companies. Founded in 1992, JMI has invested in 110 businesses in its target markets and has over USD2.1bn of committed capital under management. For more information on JMI Equity, visit www.jmi.com.

Bain Capital, LLC is a global private investment firm that manages several pools of capital including private equity, venture capital, public equity, credit products and absolute return with approximately USD70bn in assets under management. For more information on Bain Capital, visit www.baincapital.com.

ARRIS gateway upgrade enables IPv6 support

ARRIS Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) said it has recently released a software upgrade that has enabled IPv6 support for more than four million ARRIS TG852/862 wireless gateways currently deployed across the Comcast broadband network helping make Xfinity Internet one of the largest native IPv6 deployments of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) worldwide.

ARRIS wireless gateways facilitate the seamless enablement of IPv6 broadband, which in turn allows operators like Comcast to plan its transition and deploy IPv6 support incrementally. IPv6 enabled broadband allows consumers to enjoy uninterrupted Internet service as the transition to IPv6 continues around the globe.

“Comcast has been working for over four years laying the technical foundation and paving the way for a smooth transition towards IPv6,” said John Brzozowski, Comcast Fellow and Chief IPv6 Architect. “Leveraging CPE that is software upgradeable and that can handle both IP versions has been critical to our success, and our extensive IPv6 rollout on CPE complements our DOCSIS 3.0 based Cable Modem Termination Systems, which ARRIS also develops and supplies to Comcast.”

“Today´s IPv6 announcement represents one of the many ways that ARRIS and Comcast are committed to addressing the challenges of the future of IP,” said Larry Robinson, president of customer premises equipment, ARRIS. “ARRIS has taken a proactive approach to preparing our customers and end consumers for tomorrow´s technology, and we continue to provide leadership in communications and entertainment on a global stage.”

ARRIS is a premier video and broadband technology company that transforms how service providers worldwide deliver entertainment and communications without boundaries. Its powerful end-to-end platforms enable service and content providers to improve the way people connect with each other and with their favorite content. The company´s vision and expertise continue to drive the industry´s innovations, as they have for more than 60 years. Headquartered north of Atlanta, in Suwanee, Georgia, ARRIS has R&D, sales and support centers throughout the world. For more information: www.arrisi.com

MTS picks JDSU for Canadian 3G-LTE geolocation solution

JDSU (NASDAQ: JDSU) (TSX: JDU) said that MTS, Manitoba´s leading full-service telecommunications provider, has selected its ariesoGEO platform to provide subscriber centric network design, planning and optimisation across its HSPA and LTE networks.

MTS is owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., one of Canada´s leading communication solutions providers.

JDSU´s ariesoGEO platform will be the first integrated 3G and LTE Geolocation solution to be deployed in Canada. The solution provides increased operational efficiency and improved network performance, as well as reduction in operational costs. ariesoGEO is the only Geolocation solution that offers integrated 2G, 3G and LTE technology, using location intelligence to transform RAN planning and performance engineering.

JDSU innovates and collaborates with customers to build and operate the highest-performing and highest-value networks in the world. Learn more about JDSU at www.jdsu.com.

MTS is the leading full-service communications provider for residential and business customers in Manitoba. For information on MTS´s products and services, visit www.mts.ca.

DuPont Community Credit Union picks Symitar's Episys System

Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: JKHY) Symitar division said that DuPont Community Credit Union has selected Episys as its in-house core processing solution.

Dupont CEO Gerald Hershey said, “The Episys system provides broad core functionality with extensive customization capabilities, the ability to easily and seamlessly integrate third-party solutions through Symitar´s SymConnect utility, and a new level of access to the data we need to support more timely and more effective business decisions.”

Symitar is a provider of integrated computer systems for credit unions of all sizes. Symitar currently serves more than 750 credit unions as a single source for integrated, enterprise-wide automation and as a single point of contact and support. Additional information is available at www.symitar.com.

Jack Henry & Associates is a provider of computer systems and electronic payment solutions primarily for financial services organizations. Additional information is available at www.jackhenry.com.