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Panasonic Avionics Enters Inflight Map Market With Launch Of Arc

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Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) today unveils its new Arc Inflight Map Platform – a revolutionary 3D inflight map application and service for its NEXT and X Series inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems.

Arc brings a wide range of innovative new features to the traditional inflight map application, while expanding that concept into a fully integrated experience within the IFEC system, in particular by integrating it with new services from Panasonic including Loyalty (Panasonic’s personalization services), Marketplace (for onboard e-commerce), Insights (for analytics), all backed by its NEXT Cloud infrastructure.

The technology is inspired by the latest design thinking of contemporary UX and high-definition gaming experiences, and enables airlines to leverage the high viewership of moving maps inflight.  Arc will be available across all inflight displays including seatback, overhead, handset, and within mobile apps and web portals.

Gaston Sandoval, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, says: “Moving maps have long been one of the most popular features of any inflight entertainment system but we believe the opportunities to expand the basic map concept, and revolutionize its role in the overall inflight experience, are greatly underleveraged.

“By re-imagining the map experience based on its full potential, and integrating it as a core service of our NEXT and X Series IFEC systems, we can greatly elevate the passenger experience and the value of maps for our airline customers.

“Arc will offer everything that our airline customers have come to expect in a contemporary map application with the addition of many innovative features and tools, made possible only through our ‘Map as a Service’ approach.  We believe this is one of the most exciting advances ever for inflight maps.”

Highlights of the Arc Inflight Map Platform include:

  • The industry’s first personalized maps capability – by integrating the map with Panasonic’s award-winning Loyalty personalization services, passengers can set up personalized map profiles and preferences that will appear whenever they log into the IFEC system.
  • New Map as a Service (MaaS) technology – including APIs that enable airlines and third parties to develop applications utilizing the Arc map engine and feature set, or to add their own content and data layers to the Arc map displays.
  • Wide range of map styles – from stunning satellite-based images to street views, to new and unique data visualizations.
  • Premium Destination and Point-of-Interest Content – through Panasonic’s exclusive relationship with the influencer-driven discovery platform provider Raleigh & Drake, and additional partners (soon to be announced).
  • New monetization opportunities for airlines – through integration with Panasonic’s own Marketplace e-commerce platform. Inflight sales can be directly tied to real-time flight events and status.
  • Integration with airline advertising and promotions – including Panasonic’s own OneMedia advertising platform. The high viewership of maps can be fully leveraged for its targeted advertising and promotional potential.
  • Omni-channel capability – Arc is available for all inflight displays: seatback, overhead, handset, and within mobile apps and web portals. All map instances can dynamically utilize single data or multiple data sets, depending on their mission and audience.
  • Native 4K design – optimized for NEXT’s stunning 4K displays, and for ultra-definition mobile devices.
  • Arc Studio – an online tool and gallery service where airlines can design their own map experience, and be regularly provided with exciting new features and updated map data. Updates will range from regular maintenance data (time zone offsets, place names, borders, etc) to new features and design templates, which can all be dispatched to airline fleets utilizing NEXT Cloud.
  • Extensive configuration capabilities – made available to airlines through web-based Arc tools, and easily updatable utilizing NEXT Cloud.
  • Arc Analytics – using Panasonic’s Insights analytics services, provides the ability to track map usage, allowing for analysis and optimization of map data based on actual passenger interaction. These analytics can be used to enhance each airline’s map database set, and to enable and verify advertising and promotional impressions.

A number of new and unique features on the Arc have been developed in collaboration with FlightAware. Their market-leading services for global flight tracking will be integrated in the Arc platform to provide passengers with new ways to see air travel and the globe, including an extensive airline fleet view during their entire journey. The partnership will further explore new features based on FlightAware’s state-of-the-art predictive technology, giving passengers precise runway and gate arrival times as well as proactive information about connecting flight delays.

Matt Davis, Vice President of Sales at FlightAware, says: “We’ve been extremely impressed by the level of innovation that Panasonic Avionics is bringing to inflight moving maps, and are thrilled to contribute our expertise in flight tracking and provide cutting edge predictive technology to the feature set of Arc.

“We found Panasonic to be incredibly collaborative and open to new ideas, and we’re honoured to work with them to enhance the experience of airline passengers worldwide. We are also grateful for their leadership as we work to understand the unique requirements of airborne map services.”

Arc has been designed and developed by Panasonic’s digital studio, Tactel AB, based in Malmö, Sweden.  Acquired by Panasonic in 2015, Tactel is an award-winning UX and development firm, responsible for creating industry-leading apps and services in Scandinavia.

Panasonic is now taking orders for Arc, with deliveries available from the first quarter of 2020.

About Panasonic Avionics Corporation 
Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling its customers to deliver the ultimate travel experiences with a rich variety of entertainment choices, resulting in improved quality communication systems and solutions, reduced time-to-market and lower overall costs.

Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a U.S. corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, Californiawith over 5,000 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 14,300 IFE systems and 2,200 inflight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines.

 

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Koinly Launches Cryptocurrency Tax Calculator for UK Traders

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Koinly is a fast growing crypto tax startup that promises to help bitcoin investors prepare their crypto tax reports in a fast and efficient manner. By linking exchange accounts and public wallet addresses with Koinly, investors can get a detailed capital gains report within a matter of minutes.

UK’s capital gains system is one of the most complex and with the thousands of transactions that crypto investors can quickly rake up – there is simply no way to manually do all the calculations. Our aim with Koinly is to make it easy for both crypto traders and accountants to generate their capital gains tax forms,” said Robin Singh, founder of Koinly.

Taxes are an integral part of any financial system and it is a good sign that tax authorities are coming out with clear guidance around cryptocurrencies instead of blanket banning them. However, added tax liabilities may become a deterrent to the mainstream adoption of Bitcoin so tax solutions such as Koinly are likely to play a crucial role in overcoming this.

The platform currently supports some 400 crypto exchanges and wallets as well as 6000 cryptocurrencies. It also comes with tax-planning features that can help investors preview and plan their trades in a tax-efficient manner. Some other features:

–  Income reports for Mining, Staking and DeFi interest.
–  Capital gains summary form that can be submitted to the HMRC
–  Full support for crypto taxes in UK including Share Pooling

HMRC quietly preparing for a clampdown

In August of 2019, the HMRC requested information about cryptocurrency investors from various UK based exchanges such as eToro, CEX.io and Coinbase. This is clearly an attempt to locate investors that have avoided paying tax on their trades. A similar move was also made by the US tax authorities which led to the identification of some 10000 traders, all of whom received letters from the tax agency last year.

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Broadridge Brings Together Wealth Business Under Michael Alexander

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Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR), a global Fintech leader and part of the S&P 500® Index, today announced that Michael Alexander has been appointed President, Wealth Management. In this newly created position, he will be responsible for bringing together Broadridge’s Wealth solutions into an integrated, market-leading Wealth Management business that will uniquely address Wealth Management firms’ need to transform their technology and business models. Mr. Alexander will report directly to Tom Carey, President of Global Technology and Operations.

“Mike is a recognized leader in the financial services industry and has a passion for creating leading-edge, SaaS-based wealth management solutions,” said Mr. Carey. “Mike will drive Broadridge’s efforts to enhance the advisor and client experience through a single platform that will be a foundation for the industry.”

As President of Broadridge’s Wealth Management business, Mr. Alexander will take leadership of the Broadridge Wealth Platform, the next-generation open platform that is creating a modern, best-in-class industry-level wealth management technology solution. This platform, which is at the center of a recently announced sale to UBS, enables wealth managers to drive their business to the next level while mutualizing investments in technology, innovation and security. With the Broadridge Wealth Platform, firms will be able to deploy an integrated front-, middle-, and back-office solution that optimizes Financial Advisor productivity, creates a richer client experience and digitizes enterprise-wide operationsBroadridge Wealth Management also offers market-leading component solutions for Advisor Websites, Data Aggregation, Performance Reporting, Corporate Actions, and back- and middle-office Managed Services, among others.

Since joining Broadridge in 2006, Mr. Alexander has taken on roles of increasing responsibility in both technology platforms and managed services. In these roles, he has led numerous complex client engagements and successful acquisitions.

Prior to joining Broadridge, Mr. Alexander was Senior Vice President of Operations at Charles Schwab. He is a member of the SIFMA Operations and Technology Steering Committee.

 

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Bajaj Housing Finance Limited Bags the BFSI Digital Innovation Awards 2020 for Cloud Solutions

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Bajaj Housing Finance Limited (BHFL), a 100% subsidiary of Bajaj Finance Limited, has won the ‘BFSI Digital Innovation Award’ for Cloud Solutions at the recently held Express BFSI Technology Conclave and Awards 2020.

Organised by the Express Computer, an IT business magazine from the Indian Express Group, the BFSI Technology Conclave and Awards, is one of the largest congregation of IT decision-makers, senior executives and partners in India. The event, held in Pune from January 24th-25th, 2020 witnessed the best from the BFSI sector participate as speakers and share their views on the way ahead for one of the biggest financial markets in the world.

The conclave ended with the BFSI Digital Innovation Awards which were given away to Indian Banks or Indian subsidiaries of MNC BFSI institutions in the BFSI industry that demonstrate the innovative use of a particular technology or a combination of technologies for distinct business benefit. There were 13 distinct categories – like Big Data, Enterprise Mobility, Data Center, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Enterprise Security, Blockchain and Enterprise Application among others.

The participants were judged on their effectiveness of deploying a completely new solution or innovative use of existing technology to gain a competitive edge, improve operations, become more responsive to customers and partners or, simply, to add to the top or bottom line.

Sharing his delight at the occasion of winning the award for excellence in Cloud, Atul Jain, Chief Executive Officer- Bajaj Housing Finance Limited said, “It is indeed a proud moment for all of us at BHFL and would like to congratulate the entire team for helping us achieve this prestigious recognition at the Express BFSI Digital Innovation Awards 2020. Since inception, our core mission has always revolved around providing the best experience for our customers through innovation and customer engagement.”

 

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