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BLIP Systems Recruits’ Award-winning Data Expert

In order to be able to keep up with the constantly increasing demand for the tracking technology, BlipTrack, BLIP Systems has employed Benjamin Bjerre Krogh as a new software developer as from 1 April 2016.

BLIP Systems is experiencing high demand for its products and, as a result, has recruited 30-year old Benjamin Bjerre Krogh. Data expert Benjamin, who specializes in traffic data, has recently completed a PhD at the Department of Computer Science at Aalborg University. He has been the recipient of several awards, including “Best Paper Award” and “Best Poster Award” at the international conference ACM Sigspatial in 2014.

Benjamin has undertaken research into the processing, indexing and analyzing of large volumes of data from thousands of vehicles in Denmark. The objective of his work was to study essential parameters in relation to the traffic infrastructure, including travel times, congestion, driving patterns and the impact of traffic lights.

We at BLIP Systems are delighted with the addition of new talents in order to meet the many new challenges and projects that lie ahead. Lars Tørholm, BLIP Systems´ CTO, explains: “We are on the cusp of launching numerous new projects and expansions on the product front. With Benjamin’s extensive experience and expertise, BLIP Systems is getting a technically skilled software developer who matches the profile we are seeking exactly and who will strengthen our data analysis team. We look forward to a great partnership.”

“BLIP Systems is facing a vast number of enormously exciting challenges which, in many ways, remind me of the challenges I studied in relation to GPS data. Therefore, I see great potential in transferring technology from the world of research to Blip Systems. Firstly, to conduct analyses more quickly and, secondly, to deliver better results. At the same time, BLIP Systems is tackling a crucial social issue, namely the fact that congestion on roads and in airports is a colossal drain on resources every year. In my view, being at the forefront of solving this problem and, at the same time, benefiting from my PhD studies, is therefore a great privilege,” concludes Benjamin Bjerre Krogh.

About BLIP Systems:
BLIP Systems is a privately-held information technology company with headquarters in Vester Hassing near Aalborg, Denmark. The company was founded in 2003 as a management buy-out of the Bluetooth activities within L. M. Ericsson Denmark. BLIP Systems is one of the leading providers of data analytic tools to transform traveler flow into value, and creating easy-to interpret decision-making tools of end-users. The in-house designed BlipTrack solution measures and predicts movements of people and vehicles. It allow stakeholders in various verticals, including airports, road traffic, train stations, ports, ski resorts, amusement parks and more, to reduce queue and commuting times, optimize staff resources and planning, and improve the traveler experience and retail.

BlipTrack is successfully employed in optimization efforts in more than 25 international airports, including New York, Amsterdam, Dublin, Copenhagen, Genève, Cincinnati, Dubai, Toronto, Milano, Barcelona, Auckland, Brussels, Oslo, Manchester, Bristol, Reykjavik and Helsinki. The solution is also implemented in road traffic in Switzerland, New Zealand, USA, UK, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Canada and Ireland. In recent years, the solution has also been rolled out in ports in Denmark and UK, train stations in Holland, ski resorts in USA, amusement parks, and at events all over the world.


Media Contact:

Christian Bugislaus Carstens
Marketing Manager
+45 51 16 85 86
Christian.Carstens@blipsystems.com

BLIP Systems A/S – Haekken 2 – DK-9310 Vodskov
+45 98 25 82 00 –  www.blipsystems.com

Mobile Devices Help the City of Portsmouth Ease the Daily Commute

Sensors, utilizing Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology, help the city of Portsmouth to monitor the road conditions, measure the impact of road works and events, maximize the effectiveness of diversion routes, to ensure optimal network operation.

Port of Dover

( Portsmouth, United Kingdom / Vodskov, Denmark – 1. February 2016 ) – The city of Portsmouth, one of the most densely populated cities in the UK, has monitored journey times and traffic patterns for the last two years, on the city´s most congested roads. The real-time data has helped traffic engineers to better understand traffic flows, improve planning and allow the council to reroute traffic to less congested routes, preventing massive tailbacks before they form. To help manage the challenges of optimizing and improving the road infrastructure and predict traffic build-up, Portsmouth City Council turned to a mobile technology solution.

In 2013, a network of BlipTrack sensors, from Denmark-based information technology company BLIP Systems, was implemented by VAR Smart CCTV, which also is responsible for liaison with the city and their consultants.

Port of Dover Operating Room

 

Bluetooth and WiFi Sensor Installation Intersection
 

In the years the sensors have been up, real-time travel time measurements and road traffic analysis has been conducted on roads for links to the mainland and the M27/A27 east-west corridor. The collected traffic information, from the the 12 cross-city routes, is primarily used for strategic planning tasks, such as identifying problem areas, providing information on the capacity of existing roads and detecting changes in traffic patterns.

The power of the solution grows exponentially with the addition of other sensors, allowing BlipTrack to log individual journeys. This enables calculating average speed, exposing unintended routes with a significant number of cars, using small residential backstreets to escape rush-hour traffic and monitoring when drivers are spending significant amounts of time searching for a parking space. Ultimately, the data will help to improve the economic benefits through reduced commuting times and fuel consumption as well as reducing vehicular emissions.

BlipTrack Traffic Illustration
Origin Destination Illustration
 
GUI of Dover port
 
 

Commenting on the solution, Portsmouth City Council Traffic Engineer Lee Gilbert said: “The majority of the Portsmouth residents are not aware how a system like this benefits them to date which is unfortunate, but the reality is that close monitoring of travel times allow engineers to review routes where slower than expected journey times are being achieved with improvements to be investigated. To date, the solution has been used mainly to the benefit of the traffic engineers in the city to: monitor live journey times during major road works and at large scale events such as “The Americas Cup”, “The Great South Run” or “Victorious Music Festival”, each attracting 50,000+ attendees. Provide traffic data for future planning meetings; view historical data, looking for quieter days/times on the network when planning major road works; and allow traffic engineers to provide clear and understandable data from a \’third party\’ company to the public, mitigating the risk of any public perceptions that altering of data has been made for more favourable options. 

BlipTrack

“We consider that the ease of extracting traffic data from the BLIP Systems dashboard is significant to see how time savings are achieved. Selecting the required route, date, time, etc. is very straightforward and simple to understand. Regarding cost savings, one of the biggest is made by triangulating three or more data units, allowing multiple routes to be monitored,” said Lee Gilbert, Traffic Engineer at Portsmouth City Council.

“Portsmouth has really benefited from the accurate data from the BlipTrack installations with a much improved understanding of journey times within the city of Portsmouth. Sensors have been moved occasionally to provide data from new sites where data was previously unavailable. This flexibility has also enhanced the level of confidence that the client has in overall product capability. We have found the ease of installation and setup incredibly simple. On average, it has taken 15 minutes or less to install one unit. The solution is very cost effective and the filter engine provides a robust method for removing the outlier data sets caused by vehicles stopping at shops, for example. There is no doubt that the solution has provided our clients with a level of confidence in better understanding journey times and hence managing the expectations of the travelling public,” said Peter Eccleson, Managing Director at Smart CCTV.

Bluetooth and WiFi Sensor on a pole in Portsmouth

Preben Andersen, Sales Manager at Blip Systems, said: ”We are very happy to be able to effectively gather and provide Portsmouth with reliable traffic data and to be able to optimize processes to benefit the city, its citizens, and ultimately, the environment.”

“In the very near future, following an 18mth monitoring program, we will be making the data available to city employees to use, which will allow us to collect information on how useful the BlipTrack journey time data is to a wider-range group. If positive, then full availability will be made to the public via a link through a new ‘QVision web site’ supplied by Smart CCTV Ltd, encompassing live streaming CCTV cameras, road works information, and more. This information will be on our website:www.livetrafficportsmouth.com,” ended Lee Gilbert, Traffic Engineer at Portsmouth City Council.

Besides measuring and improving traffic in Portsmouth, the solution is successfully employed in optimization efforts at the Port of Dover, and in road traffic in Ireland, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. In addition, the solution is implemented in more than 25 international airports, including Manchester, Bristol, Dublin, New York, Cincinnati, Amsterdam, Dubai, Genéve, Toronto, Milano, Barcelona, Auckland, Brussels, Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki. In recent years, the solution has also been implemented in ports, train stations, ski resorts, amusement parks, and at events all over the world.


About BLIP Systems:
BLIP Systems is a privately-held information technology company with headquarters near Aalborg, Denmark. The company provide data analytic tools to transform traveler flow into value, and creating easy-to interpret decision-making tools of end-users. The in-house designed BlipTrack solution consists of multiple high-tech sensors, a hosted analysis platform and a web-based user-interface. The solution is used to optimize operations and improve traveler experience in transport networks and infrastructures, and ensure optimum revenue within commercial areas. BLIP Systems have an international focus, a strong customer base, and many established partnerships and installations all over the world. The vision and unparalleled expertise is derived from 20 talented employees who strive to provide the highest quality service and solutions.

 

Media Contact: 
Christian Bugislaus Carstens
Phone: +45 51168586 
E-mail: christian.carstens@blipsystems.com


About Portsmouth:
Portsmouth is the second largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. Located mainly on Portsea Island, it is the United Kingdom\’s only island city. Portsmouth is situated 103 km south west of London and 31 km south east of Southampton. The city has a population of 205,400 and is the only city in the United Kingdom with a greater population density than London.

Contact: Lee Gilbert
Phone: +44 (0) 2392834868
E-mail: lee.gilbert@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

About Smart CCTV: 
Smart CCTV Ltd is a privately held technology-based, value-added reseller of IP-based CCTV, video analytics, video incident detection and laser scanning technologies into the Intelligent Transport Systems and high-end security markets. Based near Portsmouth, the company operates in the UK and Ireland. 

Contact: Peter Eccleson
Phone: +44 (0) 2392248251 / +44 (0) 7496471450
E-mail: peter.eccleson@smartcctvltd.com 

The Dawn of Digitally-Enabled Philippines: IDC Philippines Releases 2016 Top 10 ICT Predictions

Manila, January 8, 2016 – IDC Philippines announced today its top predictions for the Philippine ICT industry, which underscores the importance of digital transformation (DX) in driving business growth for both enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on the 3rd Platform. Businesses in the Philippines need to transform into digitally-led organizations through the use of 3rd Platforms and innovation accelerators in order to capture value-producing opportunities, pursue new revenue streams, and change an existing business model. 

According to IDC, 3rd Platform technologies include the 4 pillars of cloud, mobility, Big Data analytics, and social, as well as the 6 innovation accelerators of IoT, cognitive computing, robotics, 3D printing, virtual/augmented reality, and next-gen security. 


Jubert Alberto, country head, IDC Philippines, says, “Companies in the Philippines that do not start a DX initiative will find themselves struggling to respond to changing market demands and competitive pressures. Digitalization has been heightening industry competition as it paves the way for business process excellence and new monetization and business models. Given increasing industry disruptions brought about by digitalization, it is high time for Philippine enterprises and SMEs to make the move into DX to help them scale up in leadership, Omni-experience, information, operating models, and worksource transformation.” 


Moreover, Alberto adds, “IT leaders in every Filipino organization must transform the IT organization into a true business transformation engine through IDC’s new DX leadership framework, Leading in 3D or 3-Dimensional Leadership. Its goal is to ‘Innovate’, ‘Integrate,’ and ‘Incorporate’ IT within the organization to achieve business-driven objectives.” 


This year, IDC’s top predictions are rebranded as IDC FutureScapes for both technology buyers/CxOs and ICT suppliers.  


1: DX-guided enterprise strategy. By the end of 2019, 80% of enterprise strategies will include a significant DX component. “Globalization, availability of analytics, and the Internet as an economic engine require nearly every enterprise strategy and significant business change initiative to involve some aspect of ‘digital,’ whether it is improving customer experience or internal operations or creating digital products and services. DX is leveraging IDC’s 3rd Platform — cloud, mobility, Big Data and analytics (BDA), and social business — to improve business agility, effectiveness, and customer satisfaction,” says Alon Anthony Rejano, analyst, IDC Philippines.


2: Authentic experiences. By 2020, 80% of Filipino B2C companies will have created an immersive and authentic Omni-experience for customers, partners, and employees. Jerome Dominguez, analyst, IDC Philippines, states, “In the past, effective marketing for Filipino enterprises meant investing huge sums of money on traditional media such as print and TV. Today, the continuous digital transformation is changing the way Filipino consumers respond to marketing. Filipino consumers are making more use of social media than they used to in the past, hence there is a greater need for companies to assess how they market their products and services in the digital space.”


3: Security and risk management. By 2017, 30% of IT organizations will shift their focus to advanced “contain and control” security and away from a perimeter mentality. “By 2017, IDC expects traditional Philippine enterprises to be forced to make significant operational changes to adjust to the accelerating disruption in the ICT industry. As Filipino enterprises evolve to an information-led, information-centric business model, the strategic importance of a strong security governance model will be critical as the uptake of 3rd Platform technologies among businesses will widen the attack surface,” says Dominguez.


4: Government focus on ICT. Digitalization at a national level will continue to be a challenge but a significant push will be felt in 2016. “Although there are administrative hurdles stalling progress, IDC expects the Filipino government to pursue eGovernment initiatives geared toward digitalizing processes and improving transparency more actively this 2016. This also includes initiatives around Smart City and public WiFi systems in major centers in the country,” says Dominguez.


5: Enterprise “tingi pack.” By the end of 2016, enterprise “tingi pack” for cloud and IT services will thrive among SMEs. “The enterprise tingi pack is going to be common in the consumption of IT products and services. As the demand for cloud and other IT services increases among local SMEs, the pay-as-you-go model will not only help grow the providers’ business but also support SMEs in starting a business using IT tools that are budget-friendly, flexible, and competitive,” says Rejano. 


6: Realign suppliers and partners. By 2020, more than 30% of the IT vendors will not exist as we know them today, requiring a realignment of preferred vendor relationships. The new technologies, offerings, business models, competitors, partners, and buyers in the emerging DX economy are putting tremendous pressure on traditional IT suppliers and accelerating some new players to market leadership roles. Over the next several years, we will see nonstop shifts in vendor fortunes, with almost one-third of today\’s leading suppliers acquired, merged, downsized, or significantly repositioned. “While the traditional IT suppliers are all migrating their offerings and organizations to the 3rd Platform and DX worlds, providing the customer’s migration paths, the impact is that they may or may not emerge from that transition as market leaders,” says Rejano. 


7: Skills-based marketplaces. By 2016, skills-based virtual coworkers in the Philippines will continue to grow, spurring 3rd Platform usage and further outsourcing opportunities. Nicolo Santos, analyst, IDC Philippines, says, “Online freelance jobs are taking off, offering job opportunities to many Filipinos at the comfort of their homes. As of 2015, there are approximately 1.3 million online freelancers in the Philippines, a number considered to be one of the highest in the world. By 2016, there will be an additional 500,000 web-based workers to be employed in different online job platforms, specifically coming from the countryside, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).”


8: Digitalized brick and mortar stores. By 2020, “brick and mortar” stores will provide retailers with new sources of data to create bigger traction and increase patronization and customer base through digital experiences. An effective way by which an eTailer venturing into an offline channel can effectively differentiate itself from its competition is through coming up with a digital store strategy of its “brick and mortar” estate to provide a personalized customer experience akin to online. Digitalizing “brick and mortar” stores does not only entail the
deployment of cutting-edge technology solutions to improve the in-store experience; it also makes way for competitive data gathering. “There is a lot of potentials to be realized from analyzing the multiple data sources generated from digitalizing physical stores — information that will allow retailers to both identify and target casual shoppers and, in the process, allow them to better position their products and services to stimulate loyalty to their brand,” adds Dominguez. 

9: AiO cards. By 2019, Filipinos will use all-in-one (AiO) cards more predominantly as DX allows bridges of retail payment methods to become more interconnected. “With a flourishing retail industry, IDC believes that payment processes will be evolving significantly quicker than before as digital disruptions continue to come about. Just recently, Manila’s Railway Systems (MRT, LRT 1, and LRT 2) started offering reloadable cards that can be topped up online. This is an auspicious start in the government’s drive to digitalizing payment methods,” says Linus Go, analyst, IDC Philippines. 


10: DX adoption in various sectors. DX will start to take off in “non-IT-intensive” industries like agribusiness and resource industries in 2016. 


IDC expects businesses in non-IT-intensive industries such as agriculture, agribusiness, and resource industries to adopt 3rd Platform technologies to bring innovations in their business models and consumption patterns. “The introduction of new information and communication technologies (ICT) in these industries could make these industries more sustainable as it transforms the businesses and drive more organizations to pursue innovation-centric projects with ICT at their core,” says Rejano. 


About IDC 

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. For more than 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world\’s leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting idc.com.

For inquiries, please contact: 
Jubert Alberto
Country Head
+632-478-7260 ext. 416
jalberto@idc.com

Rodalyn Quimora
Sales Manager
+632-478-7660 ext. 406
rquimora@idc.com

Philippine Payroll Software to Help Businesses Grow

If you are working, one of the most important element for you is receiving your salary accurately and on time.  Is there a Philippine payroll software that can actually do that especially now that businesses is facing greater challenges locally and regionally?

With the advent of the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN integration businesses would have to compete not only with local companies but also with competitors in the ASEAN region not only with their products but with their employees as well. This is the main reason why businesses should already be upgrading their system and looking for ways to improve business processes.

Payroll is one of the most important business process but most of the time the way that it is being done is mostly overlooked. In 1999, Mustard Seed Systems Corporation developed an in-house Payroll software – Philippine Payroll Software out of its own need to improve its payroll system.

Fast forward to 16 years, the Philippine Payroll Software had been used by more than 2,000 companies in the Philippines.  The basic version with a single (1) use licence and allows a maximum of 100 employees is already equipped with the following:

  • Updated Government Tables
  • Complies with RA 9504 New Tax Law
  • Diskette Submission: Bank, SSS, PHIC, Pag-ibig, Alphalist
  • Computes 13th month pay, bonuses, and quit claim
  • Prints Payslip, Journal Entries for Integration to Accounting System
  • Free Biometric Timekeeping Device (model H5)
  • Free 1day Training for 1 person (MSSC Training Center)
  • Free PRIORITY SUPPORT! Email support and updates within Dec 2015
  • At a cost of just Php25,900 you do not just get the payroll software but you also get a FREE Biometric Timekeeping Device that will enable you to work with your payroll system more accurately.




Philippine Payroll Software is perhaps one of the most recommended payroll systems in the Philippines coming with a basic, standard, professional and enterprise versions. For more information regarding this payroll system you can visit http://mseedsystems.com/product/payroll-pro-2/.  You can also call +63(2)535-SEED / 63(2)535-7333 or e-mail sales@mseedsystems.com.


About Mustard Seed Systems Corporation
Mustard Seed Systems Corporation started its operations in September 1999. The company was set-up mainly to distribute and sell off-the-shelf accounting and point-of-sale software in the Philippines. Given its inherent advantage of lower cost plus fast and easy implementation as compared to customized systems, off-the-shelf accounting software became very popular among Small Medium Businesses (SMB) in the Philippines, thus helping Mustard Seed grow its install base to approximately 6,000 corporations today.

During the early years of the business, Mustard Seed also started developing its own Payroll software to address the needs of its accounting software customers. Today Mustard Seed boasts of its payroll software install based of at least 14,000 corporations and still growing.

To further address the needs of its customers, Mustard Seed diversified its product line from Accounting, Payroll and Point of Sale software to a whole list of products and services for SMBs such as Timekeeping, Payroll Outsourcing, Access Control and Surveillance, Point of Sale Hardware and Peripherals, Human Resources Information Systems, Customer Relationship Management, PCs, Servers, Networking Equipment, Back-up Systems, and Office Supplies.

Mustard Seed’s business today spans five key areas – Enterprise Solutions, Small Medium Business Solutions, Security Solutions, POS Solutions and Computers & Office Machines. Mustard Seed distributes and resells a number of world class products from world class companies such as SAP, Acumatica, Microsoft, NetSuite, MYOB, QuickBooks,Payroll PRO, Wasp, Targit, Citixsys, Aldelo, Sage, ZkTeco, HikVision, Axxon, Sans Digital, QNAP, NComputing, K-YAN, EnGenius, Fuji Xerox, Magicard, Symantec, Acer, Dell, Tata Communications, Lenovo, HP, and Fujitsu. The company’s intention is to provide the best value to the end customer.All its products, services, and resources are geared towards reaching its corporate vision and mission.


Press Contact:

DAVID D. D’ANGELO
Digital Marketing Officer, Mustard Seed Systems Corporation
marketing@mseedsystems.com | 0926-330-7436