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The Digital Financial Services Observatory (DFSO) Partners with BlockCerts Blockchain to Secure Financial Future


NEW YORK, N.Y. and VICTORIA, British Columbia, Jan. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The DFSO, a project of the Columbia Institute of Tele-Information at the Columbia Business School, today announced a strategic partnership with BlockCerts Blockchain to advance its financial inclusion initiatives. The two technology leaders will merge their collective expertise to bring secure, low-cost financial resources to unbanked and underbanked communities.

Supported by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Observatory pioneers DFS research at the intersection of policy and technology to disrupt the vicious cycle of poverty. Since its official inception in 2016, the project has led analysis and training to implement security standards and DFS applications. Through the development of a Cybersecurity Actionable Risk Management Framework (A-RMF), the DFSO works to safeguard financial platforms and drive DFS at scale in developing populations.

As the creator of the first blockchain-based decentralized SaaS Cloud Platform, BlockCerts Blockchain provides the secure framework to implement the DFSO's global standards. Combining distributed ledger technology with KYC authentication, the DFSO BlockCerts implementation will secure data integrity and limit access to authorized participants. Made operable on BlockCerts, DFSO Nodes and Containers will open to the community in Q1 of 2021 and help support the 1.7 billion people worldwide who are excluded from formal financial services.

The DFSO is now receiving applications for founding sponsors. Founders will become the backbone of the global financial standards model created by the DFSO. As the ecosystems evolve, the DFSO Founders Network will be an integral part of the evolution of the ecosystem for DFS globally. Companies and individuals can learn more and apply for founding sponsorship of the DFSO through the new DFSO information website.

“The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information is very pleased to be able to partner with BlockCerts Blockchain in the next phase of the DFSO journey. The concept of making the DFSO's content interactive and available via the BlockCerts platform to a wide audience is an incredibly exciting prospect. This will be of great benefit to DFS participants and regulatory bodies alike,” stated Jason Buckweitz, Executive Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information.

“We are enthused to be able to collaborate with the DFSO and to provide our blockchain platform, patented secure virtual space technology and DApp solutions to support such an important global initiative for businesses, governments and end-users,” stated Tim Vasko, CEO BlockCerts Blockchain.

BlockCerts Blockchain is transforming business through a patented secure virtual space technology – accessed through private keys. BlockCerts is the first platform company providing decentralized software, the next generation of software tools, which work seamlessly in one place, to accelerate productivity, secure business and eliminate monthly costs. BlockCerts Blockchain is uniquely owned by the BCERT token holder community.

The DFS Observatory began operations in March 2016. It is housed within the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) at the Columbia Business Schiool in New York. CITI is a university-based research center focusing on strategy, management, and policy issues in telecommunications, computing, and electronic mass media.

Founded in 1983 at Columbia University, CITI is the first research center for communications economics, management, and policy established at a US management school. Its location in New York City provides a unique foundation for these activities. Research collaboration among academic, corporate, and public sectors is vital in analyzing the complex problems associated with managing communications enterprises, systems, and policy in environments of rapidly changing technology and regulation.

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Dan Gay, BlockCerts Blockchain, 877-621-4266, [email protected]

Jason Buckweitz, Columbia University, (212) 854-3756, [email protected]



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Vivocom thanks Bursa Malaysia, expresses profound appreciation to shareholders


KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – 15 February 2021 – Vivocom
Int’l Holdings Berhad (‘Vivocom’) has expressed its ‘appreciation’ to Bursa Malaysia
Securities Berhad for its approval of the multiple proposals   submitted in on
30th   December 2020,
a corporate move that would
usher in an exciting period for as well as strengthening the overall corporate
structure of Vivocom.



Vivocom CEO Dato Seri Chia Kok Teong
believes that Vivocom shares will grow strongly over time and will be worth a
lot more than the pre-Chinese New Year price of 89 sen.


Its CEO Dato Seri Chia Kok Teong praised Bursa for its constant efforts
to create a vibrant equity market, and personally attested to the exchange’s
pledge of ‘creating opportunities,
growing value’
as “one that’s real and more than just a tagline”.


“Like many other companies, Vivocom is indeed grateful to Bursa’s for
its continuous efforts in fostering a conducive capital market for its members
to grow and create wealth for the nation,” said Dato Seri Chia.


“We had submitted our proposals in December 2020, and Bursa had reverted
promptly and approved them; an impressive turnaround time. Accordingly Vivocom is
now ready to begin its journey of transforming itself, as an Investment Holding


Last Thursday, Vivocom had announced that Bursa had approved the
various proposals submitted which can be read here or the link in full: .


Dato’ Seri Chia also expressed his profound gratitude to all
shareholders for having supported the company, and is looking towards stronger
support to continue into the long term.


“My Board and Management team are totally committed to building Vivocom
into a reputable public company, with sound and sustainable fundamentals of
solid profits and healthy cashflow,” he said.


“We are very focussed in transforming Vivocom into a
behemoth Conglomerate, via organic or inorganic growth, including expansive M&A
(merger and acquisition) activities which may result in us acquiring strategic
stakes in other Public Listed Companies for investment holding purposes,” Dato
Seri explained.


“We shall always act in Shareholders’ best interests and, as a
priority, would work towards getting Vivocom elevated to the Main Board of
Bursa soonest possible,” he added.


“We will also do our utmost to
maximise Vivocom’s earnings in the coming years in order to reward our
shareholders with a handsome dividend pay-out at the earliest opportunity,”
Dato Seri continued.


To show his dedication, Dato Seri
Chia has committed to a voluntary self–imposed moratorium (or SIM) in that he
will not dispose his personal stakes in Vivocom for the next 3 years.


“I am strongly focussed on ‘building
the Vivocom legacy’ while creating wealth for all shareholders of Vivocom for
the long term,” he promised.


“My SIM means that I won’t be
cashing in on my personal stakes in the immediate term or at least for the next
3 years. I’m supremely confident of maximising the wealth of Vivocom in the
long run.


“In other words, I believe Vivocom
shares will grow strongly over time and will be worth a lot more than the pre-Chinese
New Year price of 89 sen,” concluded Dato Seri Chia.

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South Korean Startup bitsensing Partners with Infineon Technologies to Introduce Innovative In-Cabin Sensing Solution


The MOD620 Combines bitsensing’s Groundbreaking Radar Technology with Infineon’s Industry Leading Chipsets


SEOUL, KOREA – Media OutReach – 16 February 2021 – Today, bitsensing, a South Korean imaging radar
technology startup, announces a partnership
with world leader in semiconductor solutions Infineon Technologies to revolutionize the in-cabin experience with the
launch of the 60GHz MOD620 radar. The MOD620 was designed by bitsensing and
enabled by Infineon to provide a powerful safety monitoring solution that
drivers can trust.


According to the Heatstroke Deaths of
Children in Vehicles, Jan Null, San Jose State University, since the 1990s, 54%
of children dying in hot cars
was because they were forgotten by their caregivers. The MOD620 prevents this
type of casualty by efficiently detecting the presence and vital signs of
in-cabin occupants and sending the driver alerts if a child is left unattended
inside a car. Designed by bitsensing engineers and enabled by Infineon, the
MOD620 comprehensive monitoring solution matches the specific in-cabin
requirements for any vehicle offering continuous and limitless detection, regardless
of clothes or blankets.


“Our partnership with Infineon
demonstrates the significant progress we are making towards building safer
smart cities and elevating connected living by designing radar solutions for
all. This is an important moment in our company’s history as we have dedicated
the last three years to strategically engineering advanced radar technology that
can utilize existing top tier chipsets to address this need in the market,”
said Dr. Jae-Eun Lee, CEO of bitsensing. “bitsensing is the first and only Korean
startup that can deliver all aspects of auto grade radar solutions, in-house.
Our world-class engineers designed the MOD620 with the Infineon Chipset to
offer a new level of confidence in safety for an industry that demands
excellence, reliability, and unmatched intelligence.”


To build the premier in-cabin sensing
radar, bitsensing rearranged the hardware configuration and redesigned the
antenna. Powerful computing is achieved through the MCU making it possible for
radar data to be signal-processed and calculated. The MMIC transmits and
receives signals through electro-magnetic waves for detection while the antenna
is integrated with RF energy from the radar transmission line into the
propagation medium and vice versa. These components work together seamlessly
for an advanced caliber of radar performance.


“The engineers of bitsensing have years
of experience in optimizing chipsets. Working with Infineon’s state of the
art radar offering, this allowed them to strategically and systematically
arrange components for the MOD620’s best-in-class radar performance,” says Mr.
How Cheen Ng, Director, Partnership Management & Digital Marketing
Communication, Infineon Asia Pacific. “Leading in innovation and committing to
meaningful partnerships to develop cutting-edge technologies is at the core of
what we do at Infineon. This powerful partnership produced a solution that
truly transcends safety and creates a better quality of life for all.”

Versatile Single Radar Solution Featuring
Safety Performance


The MOD620 reliably detects in-car
passenger presence and location. It can also detect in real-time the presence
of a child left in a car, even when the car is shut down and locked as well as
monitor the vital signs of occupants and send an alert if there are any
abnormalities. bitsensing’s in-house specialists partnered with various labs
from top universities to obtain the most accurate data to produce this radar
that can accurately detect. The MOD620 offers a safe monitoring solution that
is necessary for the optimal autonomous driving experience.


Limitless Detection


bitsensing’s MOD620 captures all
rear-seat space maintaining the top quality for in-cabin solutions. The
120-degree field of view combined with the customizable detection range up to
2.5m provides an increased level of performance. Privacy concerns are also
eliminated with the MOD620 as it does not rely on cameras for presence


Customizable Antenna Design


The rearrangeable antenna in the MOD620
allows for customization in channel length compensation, Field of View, and
matching circuits for transmitters and receivers. bitsensing’s unique expertise
in customizable antenna design allows for a quick and efficient process in
matching specific in-cabin requirements for any vehicle. The MOD620 is a
customizable cost-efficient radar that works in high-speed cars, day or night,
with no interference to seatbelts.


To view the MOD620 informational product
video, please visit
If you are interested in learning more about our radar solution offerings,
please visit

About bitsensing

bitsensing is an imaging radar technology company committed to building safer smart cities and elevating connected living by designing cutting-edge sensor fusions and AI solutions bringing an unprecedented level of intelligence to smart living. Founded in 2018 by seasoned automotive experts, bitsensing is one of the only startups delivering optimal technologies that meet and exceed the high level of safety and convenience that the industry demands with automotive grade radar technology. bitsensing is transforming possibilities to bring democratization of smart life in mobility, smart home and building, robotics, security, healthcare, and beyond.

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG is a world leader in semiconductor solutions that makes life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon are the key to a better future. In the 2020 fiscal year (ending 30 September), Infineon reported revenue of more than €8.5 billion with a workforce of some 46,700 people worldwide. Following the acquisition of the US company Cypress Semiconductor Corporation in April 2020, Infineon is now a global top 10 semiconductor company. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY).  Further information is available at

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Arlo Launches New Battery-Powered, Wire-Free Essential Video Doorbell In Singapore


Industry-Leading 180-Degree Field-of-View with Square 1:1 Aspect Ratio Delivers Most Complete Front-Entry Protection, With Direct-to-Mobile Video Calls for Faster Response


SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 16
February 2021 – Arlo Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:
ARLO), one of the leading internet-connected camera brands, today announced the launch of
its all-new Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free which brings the award-winning features of
its popular Wired Video Doorbell to an easy-to-install, wire-free,
battery-powered design. Arlo’s latest front-entry solution — which joins a
robust ecosystem of home security products and services — captures what conventional
video doorbells can’t. An industry-leading, 180-degree viewing angle with a square,
1:1 aspect ratio ensures users can see packages on the ground or visitors from
head-to-toe on their mobile devices. HD video resolution combined with
direct-to-mobile video calls, clear, two-way audio and personalised alerts, allow
users to quickly reply to guests or take action. Able to connect directly to
WiFi, the latest solution can be powered by its rechargeable battery1
or be hardwired for continuous charging2. With a RRP of S$329, the Arlo
Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free is now available at
major retailers including Harvey Norman, Challenger as well
as the official Arlo stores on Lazada


“In today’s world, having a smart video
doorbell at your front door is more valuable than ever,” said Brad Little, Vice President & Managing Director
APAC. “Unlike other video doorbells that
can lag in response time, our new Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free leverages
the latest hardware and software advancements for swift, comprehensive
monitoring. Industry-leading picture and audio quality combined with our
AI-based subscription service, Arlo Smart, enable complete front door
protection. Users can receive smart notifications and secure, simple access via
the Arlo App, allowing them to quickly and easily live stream or respond to


Direct-to-mobile video calls, clear, two-way
audio and pre-recorded quick-reply messages all enable convenient, in-the-moment
communication with visitors. Traditionally, video doorbells require users to
take multiple steps to view and respond to guests once receiving a
notification, causing delays where a user could easily miss their visitor. The Arlo
Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free solves this problem by sending a live, HD
video call right to the user’s smartphone once the doorbell is pressed,
enabling them to quickly take action by deploying a response.


Features of the all-new Arlo Essential Video
Doorbell Wire-Free include:


  • 180°
    Viewing Angle:
    Optimised for the
    front door with a 1:1 aspect ratio so you can see a person from head to toe or
    a package on the ground
  • Direct-to-Mobile
    Video Call:
    Calls your phone
    directly so you never miss a visitor
  • Multiple
    Powering Options
    : Install without
    wires using the rechargeable battery1, or hardwire to existing
    wiring for continuous charging2
  • Motion
    Detection and Alerts:
    alerts when motion is detected
  • Angle
    Easily adjust viewing
    angle to fully and clearly see visitors
  • 2-Way
    Hear what matters with clear,
    noise-cancelling audio
  • More Ways to Answer: Quick Reply Messages enable
    users to play pre-recorded messages for instant response to guests
  • Visitor
    Guests can leave
    you a voice message if you’re unable to answer the door, and you can listen
    remotely at your convenience
  • HD
    Video with HDR:
    Capture vivid
    detail in bright and dark areas with HDR
  • Night
    See who’s at your door
    at night, even without a light on
  • Weather
    Designed to
    withstand heat, cold, rain or sun
  • Platform
    Works with Alexa,
    Google Assistant and IFTTT for easy interaction, automation, and control
  • Direct
    to WiFi
    : Connects directly to
    WiFi for simple setup allowing it to function as a standalone home security solution without the need for a separate
    base station
  • Built-In
    Smart Siren:
    Trigger your
    siren automatically or manually from the Arlo app during an event
  • Silent
    Temporarily disable
    incoming calls, Arlo Chime melodies, and/or traditional chime rings
  • Notifications
    that Matter:
    Get alerts when
    your Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free spots people, vehicles, animals or a
    package with Arlo Smart via an included three-month trial with rolling 30-day
    cloud recordings


The purchase of an Arlo Essential Video
Doorbell Wire-Free unlocks a complimentary three-month trial to Arlo’s AI subscription-based
service, Arlo Smart. Users will receive access to 30-days of rolling HD video
recordings to store and view video clips. Notification settings can be
adjusted, enabling Arlo Smart subscribers to fully customise their experience
to spot people, vehicles, animals or packages3. Controlled entirely through
the Arlo app, users can easily view live streams and recordings, adjust their
camera settings or access cloud recordings.


For more information on the full range of Arlo smart home security products and services, visit

1 Rechargeable battery lasts from three to
six months on one charge

2 If choosing to hardwire, users will need
existing electrical/doorbell wiring with voltage between 8V AC and 24V AC

3 Personalised
alerts made available through the complimentary three-month Arlo Smart trial

About Arlo Technologies, Inc.

Arlo is the award-winning, industry leader that is transforming the way people experience the connected lifestyle. Arlo’s deep expertise in product design, wireless connectivity, cloud infrastructure and cutting-edge AI capabilities focuses on delivering a seamless, smart home experience for Arlo users that is easy to setup and interact with every day. The company’s cloud-based platform provides users with visibility, insight and a powerful means to help protect and connect in real-time with the people and things that matter most, from any location with a Wi-Fi or a mobile connection. To date, Arlo has launched several categories of award-winning smart connected devices, including wire-free smart Wi-Fi and 4G-enabled security cameras, audio and video doorbells, and floodlight.  


With a mission to bring users peace of mind, Arlo is as passionate about protecting user privacy as it is about safeguarding homes and families. Arlo is committed to supporting industry standards for data protection designed to keep users’ personal information private and in their control. Arlo doesn’t monetise personal data, provides enhanced controls for user data, supports privacy legislation, keeps user data safely secure, and puts security at the forefront of company culture.


Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “will,” “may,” “should,” “estimate,” “project,” “outlook,” “forecast” or other similar words are used to identify such forward-looking statements. However, the absence of these words does not mean that the statements are not forward-looking. The forward-looking statements represent Arlo Technologies, Inc.’s expectations or beliefs concerning future events based on information available at the time such statements were made and include statements regarding: Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free, Arlo Smart, and future Arlo products. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including the following: future demand for the Company’s products may be lower than anticipated; consumers may choose not to adopt the Company’s new product offerings or adopt competing products; and product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions. Further, certain forward-looking statements are based on assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecast in such forward-looking statements. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect Arlo and its business are detailed in the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risk factors described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019. Given these circumstances, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Arlo undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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