Boo Oh, a new lifestyle brand launches an extraordinary line of chic pet products for holiday season

Boo Oh, a new life style pet brand, uniquely designed to elevate ordinary moments. Photo by Boo Oh

As holiday season is approaching and gift guides are coming to fruition, Boo Oh, a new lifestyle brand that launched an extraordinary line of chic pet products, constructed of the finest materials and thoughtfully designed for modern life.

Boo Oh’s founder, Jay Sae Jung Oh was inspired after adopting a French bulldog named Boo and discovering that she could not find pet accessories that truly matched her personal style. An industrial designer by trade, Jay’s deep understanding of materials and production shines through with each handcrafted piece her brand creates.

Boo Oh is a lifestyle brand of pet accessories targeting men and women who care about elegant and high quality design during every moment of their lives, from the daily stroll with their puppy to entertaining friends at home. Photo by Boo Oh

The collection includes collars, leashes, and waste bag holders, featuring Buttero Italian leather (the same material used by Louis Vuitton for its bag handles) and anodized aluminum parts (the same kind as used in smartphones).

Consumers can find attached decks on the Ray Harness and the Lumi Collection.

Boo Oh debuted at NY NOW 2019 at Javits Center for the first time this year

Click here for additional visuals and details on this chic lifestyle brand.


NAB Show New York Explores Creative Process in Making of Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’

NAB Show New York Explores Creative Process in Making of Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Artists behind Netflix’s based-in-New-York series “Russian Doll” will appear together at NAB Show New York on Thursday, October 17. The show has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.

Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, NAB Show New York is held October 16-17 at the Javits Convention Center. With more than 15,000 attendees and nearly 300 exhibitors, NAB Show New York showcases the best in next-generation technology for media, entertainment and telecom professionals with conferences and workshops focused on television, film, satellite, online video, live events, podcasting, advertising, corporate A/V, production and post.

The session titled “How Tech Serves Art in Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’” will feature colorist Nat Jencks, post supervisor Lisa Melodia and cinematographer Chris Teague. The panelists will discuss how they balance art and tech, taking advantage of the latest technologies in depicting a highly cinematic version of New York, while still prioritizing creativity in storytelling.

“Given the creative mastery required to produce this incredible series, attendees can gain valuable insight on the cutting-edge techniques and tools being used in today’s filmmaking,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “This session will answer burning questions on how the advent of 6K cameras, HDR imagery, 4K delivery and other advanced tools have revolutionized post-production and led to incredibly sharp and vibrant visuals.”

Goldcrest Post Senior Colorist Nat Jencks collaborated with cinematographer Chris Teague to finalize the look of “Russian Doll.” A ten-year seasoned colorist, Jencks’ work ranges from studio features to indies and includes episodic series, commercials and music videos. Jencks has worked in post-production for two decades in the fields of VFX, title design and editorial.

Lisa Melodia is a post supervisor working in New York City. Prior to “Russian Doll,” she worked on comedies such as “The Jim Gaffigan Show” for TV Land and “The Detour” for TBS, as well as movies for HBO. Currently, she is the post supervisor on Darren Star’s new show, “Emily in Paris.”

Chris Teague is an acclaimed cinematographer and garnered an Emmy nomination for his work on “Russian Doll.” He has worked on six Sundance-selected feature films, written and directed several award-winning short films and was awarded Best Cinematography at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. For more information visit

Meet Gillian Conahan, Winner of the Keystone Championships of Cosplay

Gillian Conahan, winner of the Keystone Championships of Cosplay in Keystone Comic Con 2019. Produced by The Expo Review

Gillian Conahan, winner of the Keystone Championships of Cosplay tells her story about a year long hand made character costume of Ciri from The Witcher 3 in Keystone Comic Con 2019.

Comic pans are looking forward to seeing her at the Crown Championships of C2E2 in 2020. Gillian Conahan is a cosplayer and the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Patterns magazine.

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Korean-American Professional Association in Life Sciences (KAPAL) will hold KAPAL Annual Conference on November

Korean-American Professional Association in Life Sciences (KAPAL) released the 5th KAPAL Annual Conference (KAC) will be held from Nov. 7th to Nov. 8th at IBBR Rockville, Maryland.

Korean-American Professional Association in Life Sciences (KAPAL) is a non-profit organization open to anyone who is interested in learning life science, sharing knowledge, and contributing to the development of all areas of life science.

Main themes are artificial intelligence & machine learning in bioscience
, and FDA regulatory perspective on cell therapy. Dr. James JungKue Lee (CEO, Bridge Biotherapeutics) will address the keynote.

The 11th Annual Bioscience & Engineering Symposium by NIH-KSA (Back-to-Back event to KAC) will be held on Nov. 9th.
FDA Clinical Investigator Training course will be open to the public and conducted by FDA. from Nov. 12th to Nov. 14th.

Last year KAPAL had over 250 registrees and 51 companies participated in the conference.

For more information and updates visit  KAPAL.ORG

Washable and Easy Care Fine Silk Loungewear ‘SILK DREAMS’ Debuts in Curve New York 2019

Washable and easy care fine silk loungewear ‘SILK DREAMS’ full line shown in Curve New York 2019. Photo by The Expo Review

Australian designer Kaliopi Eleni has created a sophisticated collection of sleep and loungewear in exclusive prints and coordinated solids that evoke ancient and exotic locales, yet offers modern wear-ability, comfort and ease of care.

Inspired by Kaliopi’s passion for culture, architecture, history and travel, SILK DREAMS is a fresh and modern take on leisure fashion. Made from high quality lightweight pure mulberry silk satin (Bombyx mori) combined with a touch of spandex, SILK DREAMS has stretch, which gives movement and luxurious comfort to the drape and feel silk is renowned for.

Hummingbird Playsuit Silk Dreams™ Kaliopi Eleni Romance Collection. Photo by Kaliopi Eleni Collection

The exceptionally light and soft fabric is perfect in all seasons and is ideal for resort travel wear, and packs well. And, its easy-care wash-ability make SILK DREAMS a silk collection you can wear anytime, with no worries. SILK DREAMS is special but not precious!

The Silk Dreams™ Lounge Wear Collection, first was launched in 2017 with the Equestrian Collection themed on the ancient Greek bronze horses now housed in the Basilica St Marco of Venice. Since then more collections have been released and the number of styles expanded.

This year Hummingbird, Thera and Romance have all made their debut in Kaliopi’s Silk Dreams™ Lounge Wear Collection and will be on show at both New York and Las Vegas Curve shows. Ideal for travel or as gifts including weddings, anniversaries or special occasions.

Easy to care for, cold hand wash, dry in shape. No tumble drying. Warm iron or steam. Ideal for travel. Silk Dreams™ Lounge Wear Collection by Kaliopi Eleni and for “lovers lounging in luxury”.

Curve New York 2019 trade show runs Sunday August 4th through Tuesday August 6th.

You can find ‘SILK DREAMS’ on the Curve Floor in August at NY or Las Vegas or contact the General, for additional information, catalogs, line sheets or to make an appointment.

Philadephia Gift Show Expands, Rebrands & Relocates Popular Artisan Alley Handmade Section for July 21-24, 2019 Edition

Philadelphia Gift Show Summer 2019 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, PA. Produced by The Expo Review

Returning July 21-24, 2019 to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA,the Philadelphia Gift Show is bringing its popular Markers’ Market booths together with the Artisan Alley tabletop displays and rebranding the entire section Artisan Alley. Moving to Hall D, across from the Expo Center’s main registration entrance, the newly expanded Artisan Alley will be positioned front and center for retailers to find the newest handcrafted resources.

The summer show will also introduce new features, including the Buyers Concierge Club appointment-setting program and spotlight fashion-forward boutique apparel and accessories for men, women and children.

Philadelphia Gift Show Summer 2019 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, PA. Produced by The Expo Review

“The Philadelphia Gift Show is always looking for ways to refine our product and service offerings as well as the overall show experience for attendee and exhibitors,” says April Holinek, show director, Philadelphia Gift Show. “Features like our new appointment-setting program and expanded product selection in Artisan Alley will help our buyers quickly discover the newest designs, top lines and locally-made resources and improve their productivity while they shop an all-category show.”


NEW! Artisan Alley Expands, Relocates, Rebrands
Moving to Hall D across from the main registration desk, Artisan Alley and Makers Market will combine will feature an expanded selection of one-of-a-kind handcrafted designs and unique finds from more than 30+ artists and makers.  Explore an even bigger selection of affordable handmade products ranging from gifts, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, holiday and home decor, apparel, regional gourmet specialties, greeting cards, stationery and much more.  

Philadelphia Gift Show Summer 2019 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, PA. Produced by The Expo Review

Artisan Alley Partners with CRAFT to Host Pre-Show Seminar All About Wholesale on Saturday, July 20
As an official sponsor of American Craft Week, the Philadelphia Gift Show will partner with Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT) to host All About Wholesale, a one-day intensive training event for artists who are looking to start their wholesale business or brush up on the basics.  All About Wholesale will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on Saturday, July 20 from 9 am to 5 pm. To register for the seminar, visit

Philadelphia Gift Show Summer 2019 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, PA. Produced by The Expo Review

NEW! Buyers Concierge Club | Appointment-Setting Program
The Philadelphia Gift Show will introduce its new appointment-setting program during the upcoming summer show giving pre-registered retailers an easy way to connect with new vendors. Open to all buyers and exhibitors, the Buyers Concierge Club will give participants access to an online tool to connect and pre-schedule meetings.

NEW! Explore Even More Trendy & Stylish Boutique Resources
Shop the latest looks for men, women and children including apparel, footwear, jewelry and fashion accessories.   

Free Parking, Hotel Rates as Low as $89.
Retailers can take advantage of tremendous travel savings at the Philadelphia Gift Show including free parking at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and room rates as low as $89. What’s more, the show’s location in Oaks, PA makes it an easy fly or drive-in location and is situated just a few miles from King of Prussia area, putting show attendees and exhibitors in close proximity to a wide range of entertainment, shopping, recreation and tourism resources during the show. 

Philadelphia Gift Show Summer 2019 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, PA. Produced by The Expo Review

Special Spotlights
The summer show will feature a full range of resources in virtually every category, with additional product spotlight on key growth areas, including: Home Accents, Made in America, Child’s Play, and Gourmet, Candy & Confections.

Daily Giveaways & Show Floor Hospitality
Retailers will also enjoy a fun and festive shopping experience with daily prize drawings, including $100 merchandise credits, gift basket raffles, and other fun exhibitor-sponsored prizes as well as complimentary refreshments, show floor socials and much more!

Philadelphia Gift Show Summer 2019 at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, PA. Produced by The Expo Review

Stay for the Last Day:
Retailers should plan to stay and shop on Wednesday, July 24, 2018 to enjoy a complimentary lunch as well as exclusive savings and discounts only offered on show orders placed on the last day of the show.


WHEN:  Sunday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 24, 2019
WHERE: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA. 19456
SHOW HOURS: 9 am – 6 pm July 21-23; 9 am – 2 pm July 24.
MORE INFO: or 678.285.3976 or 800.318.2238
TRAVEL:  Visit travel section | or call Connections at 855.246.8722.

Canada Revises Beer Standards to Promote Innovation

Diverse American local bears on the grocery shelves in the United States. Photo by The Expo Review

According to the USDA Canada revised prescriptive beer compositional standards to better reflect and support a diversifying beer industry, while providing beer drinkers greater information about allergenic content. The revisions implemented changes proposed in a 2018 consultation. Brewers will have until December 2022 to comply with new regulatory and labeling changes.

On May 1, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a news release and notice to industry announcing new compositional standards for beer. Domestic and imported products will need to comply with new regulatory requirements and labeling changes by December 14, 2022.

The new beer compositional standards include the following changes:

 standards for ale, stout, porter and malt liquor are replaced by one standard for all beer styles and types;

 food allergens, gluten sources or added sulphites are required to be declared on the label;

 residual sugar is limited to four percent in the final product to distinguish standardized beer from sweeter malt-based beverages;

 flavoring preparations are allowed to be used along with mandatory labelling (for example, “beer with blueberry flavor”);

 references to specific food additives are replaced with a general reference to additives permitted in beer under Health Canada’s Lists of Permitted Food Additives;

 processing aids no longer have to be listed;  the use of herbs and spices is now allowed;

 the use of mixtures of yeast and other micro-organisms for fermentation is allowed.

Beer sales in Canada reached $9.2 billion CAD in 2018, with volume topping 2.2 billion liters. Of the total volume of beer sold in Canada in 2018, about 25 percent was imported – nearly 560 million liters.

The United States was the second largest supplier of imported beer, shipping approximately 110 million liters for a 20 percent share of total imports. The number one supplier of imported beer in 2018 was the Netherlands (Heineken) with 21 percent of the import market. Mexico was the number three supplier with a 17 percent market share.


New York City Skyline to Light Rainbow in Celebration of LGBTQ+ Community Throughout June and WorldPride

Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show from the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo by NYC & Company

NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for New York City, is facilitating rainbow lightings across all five boroughs—a first for the organization—in celebration of the queer community and the first WorldPride in the United States. Throughout the month of June, approximately 4 million visitors in addition to locals will witness an awe-inspiring expression of LGBTQ+ representation and acceptance across the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, aligned to the monumental celebration and the Stonewall Uprising’s 50th anniversary.

“New York City is the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ rights movement and has played a significant role in the progress the global movement has made. This month our City will host WorldPride to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.  Lighting our skyline will remind LGBTQ people around the world that New York City will always be a beacon of hope and a place to call home,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“Hosting the first-ever US WorldPride during the 50th anniversary of Stonewall will be a profound and historic moment for the LGBTQ+ community in New York City and around the world,” said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company’s president and CEO. “We are so grateful to all of our lighting partners for commemorating this significant milestone and helping us welcome as many as 4 million travelers who will experience our city’s diversity, inclusivity and vibrant spirit.”

The five-borough lighting is part of NYC & Company’s larger destination marketing initiative Project Rainbow. This unique effort empowers member businesses to unify their branding in celebration of WorldPride and in solidarity with all that it represents. Attractions, bus tour operators, cultural organizations, entertainment entities, hotels, restaurants, transportation providers and more received creative assets to include on consumer-facing materials and recommendations on how to show support during WorldPride.

* Source:NYC & Company

Korean Biotech Companies Looking for Partners to Grow Together in Bio International Convenion 2019

The Global Event ‘Bio International Convention 2019’ for Biotechnology was held in Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on June 3-6,2019.

The BIO International Convention is the world’s largest and most biotechnology event, drawing industry leaders from around the globe.

The top 10 largest international delegations at BIO 2019 were Canada, South Korea, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, China, France, Australia, and Brazil and Taiwan.

According to KOTRA 37 Korean biotech companies and related organizations registered at this year convention. Korean biotech companies are looking for partners to grow together. You can hear the voice of Korean biotech companies on YouTube below.

Korea Pavilion in the Bio International Convention 2019. Photo © The Expo Review
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Under Secretary McKinney to Lead U.S. Exporters on Trade Mission to Colombia

Colombia and Panama are among the fastest-growing markets in the Western Hemisphere for U.S. farm and food products. American exporters seeking to tap that potential will join Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney in Bogotá for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s largest-ever international trade mission June 4-7.

“The record size of this trade mission delegation demonstrates the degree of U.S. exporter interest in these markets,” McKinney said. “I’m thrilled that representatives from 54 agribusiness and associations and six state departments of agriculture are on board and ready to connect with potential customers from both Colombia and Panama.”

The United States entered into free trade agreements with both countries in 2012 and, since then, agricultural export growth has been robust.

“Our food and farm exports to Colombia have nearly tripled, from $1.1 billion in 2012 to a record $2.9 billion in 2018. And while Panama’s a much smaller market, we’ve also seen our exports grow significantly, from $490 million in 2012 to $683 million last year,” McKinney said.

In addition to representatives from the following companies and organizations, McKinney will be joined by Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Thom Petersen, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring, and officials from the Georgia, Idaho, Missouri and Montana departments of agriculture.

Under Secretary McKinney will hold a teleconference from Bogotá with U.S. media on Wednesday, June 5 at 3:30 p.m., EDT. 

1. Agropur US, Appleton, Wis.
2. Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Juneau, Alaska
3. Alltech, Nicholasville, Ky.
4. American Paint Horse Association, Fort Worth, Texas
5. American Peanut Council, Alexandria, Va.
6. Blue Diamond Growers, Sacramento, Calif.
7. Bridgepathway LLC, Jericho, N.Y.
8. Clarkson Grain Company, Inc., Cerro Gordo, Ill.
9. Columbus Vegetable Oils, Des Plaines, Ill.
10. Cornerstone Chaldees LLC, Marion, Ky.
11. Crider Foods, Stillmore, Ga.
12. Crown Products, Inc. Metairie, La.
13. Eastern Quality Foods, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
14. F3 Vineyards Inc., Las Vegas, Nev.
15. Federated Group, Arlington Heights, Ill.
16. Fieldstone Meats of Alabama, Inc., Oneonta, Ala.
17. Food Export Association of the Midwest USA, Chicago, Ill.
18. Global Export Marketing Co. Ltd., New York, N.Y.
19. JJ Martin Group LLC, Newark, N.J.
20. JM Grain, Garrison, N.D.
21. K&N’s Foods USA LLC, Fulton, N.Y.
22. Leprino Foods, Denver, Colo.
23. Metafoods, LLC, Atlanta, Ga.
24. Mid Valley Nut Company, Hughson, Calif.
25. Minnesota Beef Council, Maple Plain, Minn.
26. Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Shakopee, Minn.
27. Minnesota Farm Bureau, Eagan, Minn.
28. Minnesota Farmers Union, St. Paul, Minn.
29. Minnesota Pork Producers Association, Mankato, Minn.
30. Minnesota Pork Board, Mankato, Minn.
31. Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Mankato, Minn. 
32. Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Mankato, Minn.
33. Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, Buffalo, Minn.
34. Mountain States Oilseeds LLC, American Falls, Idaho
35. National Cotton Council of America, Cordova, Tenn.
36. Riviana Foods Inc., Houston, Texas
37. Rosina Food Products, Inc., Buffalo, N.Y.
38. Sagamore Spirit, Baltimore, Md.
39. Salsa God, LLC, New York, N.Y.
40. Select Foods, Delray Beach, Fla.
41. Shining Ocean, Inc., Sumner, Wash. 
42. TAMA Corporation, Doral, Fla.
43. Tomex Foods, Inc., Lombard, Ill. 
44. University of Minnesota Extension, St. Paul, Minn.
45. U.S. Dairy Export Council, Arlington, Va.
46. U.S. Grains Council, Washington, D.C.
47. U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., Mount Horeb, Wis.
48. U.S. Soybean Export Council, Chesterfield, Mo.
49. U.S. Wheat Associates, Arlington, Va.
50. USA Rice Federation, Arlington, Va.
51. Virginia Natural Beef Inc., Lexington, Va.
52. Whistling Andy Distilling, Bigfork, Mont.
53. Western United States Agricultural Trade Association, Vancouver, Wash.
54. Zafi Beverages & Technologies, Bensenville, Ill.

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ISC East Co-Locates with Infosecurity North America and Unmanned Security Expo in New York City this November

ISC East, sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), the Northeast’s premier security industry convention for new products, solutions and technologies, last August announced its co-locating with Infosecurity North America and Unmanned Security Expo (USE). This move provides security professionals with even more opportunities to yield the benefits of robust educational sessions, listen to high-level speakers, explore new products and services, network with fellow security industry members and more. ISC East, Infosecurity North America and Unmanned Security Expo will take place November 14-15, 2018 at the Javits Center in New York City.

“New York is considered home to some of the most influential technology brands in the world. And given the city’s burgeoning cybersecurity space, bringing Infosecurity North America and Unmanned Security Expo here is a natural fit, as well as an excellent way to facilitate face time with the best and brightest the city has to offer,”said John Hyde, Exhibition Director, Infosecurity North America. “We’re on track to drive over 4,000 security professionals to the show this year – many of who are executive-level decision makers. Co-locating with these two additional leading security shows opens the door of opportunity, helping attendees meet new companies and professionals who all have one common goal: bringing home tangible tactics to fight complex, evolving cyber threats.”

The second year since its inception at ISC West in April 2017, USE provides an area solely dedicated to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Ground Robotics & Vehicles (UGVs), counter-drone solutions and the software and applications that support them. Attendees will have access to hands-on demos of the latest innovations in drone technologies, conversations with industry experts about changing FAA regulations, and more.

“With Infosecurity North America and Unmanned Security Expo co-locating with ISC East, attendees will have access to an abundance of resources and educational opportunities, arming them with the tools and skills needed to defend against today’s emerging cyber-physical security threats,” said Will Wise, Group Vice President of the ISC Security Portfolio at Reed Exhibitions. “We’re looking forward to having these powerhouse conferences under the same roof for the first time and bringing the brightest minds in security together to knowledge-share.”

Listed on Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Lists, ISC East was named one of the “Fastest 50” growing shows in the country by Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space and is continuing to expand. Through its partnership with Infosecurity North America and USE, ISC East will attract more attendees than ever before, providing them with access to new companies, associations and industry peers, all in the same convention center.

ISC East is the Northeast United States’ security industry’s premier convention for new products, solutions and technologies. Each year, ISC East hosts international and domestic security product manufacturer companies and security professionals at New York’s Javits Center. The Security Industry Association is the sole sponsor of the ISC East event. The event is also proudly supported by the New York State Electronic Security Association (NYSESA), the New Jersey Electronic Security Association (NJESA), the Connecticut Alarm & Systems Integrators Association (CASIA), and the Pennsylvania Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (PBFAA). The 2018 show will take place November 14 & 15 at the Javits Center in New York. For more information or to pre-register, visit

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Robert De Niro to Keynote 2018 NAB Show New York

Actor, producer and director Robert De Niro will headline the Opening Keynote event on Wednesday, October 17 at NAB Show New York. In a Q&A with “Deadline Hollywood” Contributing Editor Dade Hayes, De Niro will discuss the future of film and entertainment, drawing on his four decades in the entertainment business.

NAB Show New York is produced by the National Association of Broadcasters and will be held October 17-18 at the Javits Convention Center. NAB Show is the world’s largest video, audio and broadcast event serving the digital media and entertainment industries. 

Robert De Niro launched his motion picture career in “The Wedding Party” in 1969. In 1974, he won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in “Bang the Drum Slowly” and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for “The Godfather, Part II.” In 1980 he won his second Oscar, as Best Actor, for “Raging Bull.” Additionally, De Niro has earned Academy Award nominations for his work in “Taxi Driver,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Awakenings,” the remake of “Cape Fear” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” He directed “A Bronx Tale” in 1993 and “The Good Shepherd” in 2006.

In 2009, De Niro received the Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting and the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards. He was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards and served as the jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival.

“Robert De Niro is a legendary actor, producer and director whose work spans decades and genres,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “We’re honored to welcome him to this year’s NAB Show New York as he shares his insight and distinguished experience with attendees.”

De Niro co-founded Tribeca Productions with Jane Rosenthal. Through the production company, De Niro develops projects on which he serves in a combination of capacities, including producer, director and actor. Some examples include “A Bronx Tale,” “The Good Shepherd,” “The Wizard of Lies,” and “Meet the Parents.” De Niro co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival along with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. The annual event brings together visionaries across industries and diverse audiences to celebrate the power of storytelling.

De Niro’s next projects include Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” for Netflix, in which he stars and is producing with Scorsese. De Niro also will co-star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming “Joker,” based on the DC Comics character.

Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, NAB Show New York will be held October 17 – 18, 2018, at the Javits Convention Center. With more than 14,000 attendees and 300+ exhibitors, NAB Show New York showcases the best in next-generation technology for media and entertainment professionals with conferences, workshops and exhibits focused on television, film, satellite, streaming video, live events, podcasting, advertising, corporate A/V, production and post. Learn more at

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at

*Source: National Association of Broadcasters

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The 124th Session of China Import and Export Fair Set to Meet Anticipating Attendees

The Press Conference for the opening of the 124th session of China Import and Export Fair was held in Canton Fair Complex in the morning of Oct 14th. Mr. Xu Bing, spokesperson of the Canton Fair, Deputy Director General of China Foreign Trade Center, introduced the characteristics, highlights and preparation of this session to press from home and abroad.

Xu Bing introduced that this year marks the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up. Since its establishment in 1957, especially the 40 years after reform and opening-up. The Canton Fair has made great contribution for Chinese companies, products and brands to go global, to expand export and import, to build China into a big and strong trading nation, and to the development of an open world economy.

Xu Bing introduced that the whole arrangement of the 124th Canton Fair remains the same and exhibition size steady. The 124th session will still be held in three phases with a total exhibition area of 1.185 million square meters and 60,645 booths. There are 25,583 exhibiting companies from home and abroad. Phase 1 starts from Oct 15th to 19th, showing Electronics and Household Electrical Appliances, Lighting Products, Vehicles Spare Parts, Machinery, Hardware & Tools, Building Materials, Chemical Products and Energy Products. Phase 2 starts from Oct 23rd to 27th, showing Daily Consumer Goods, Gifts and Home Decoration Products. Phase 3 starts from Oct 31st to Nov 4th, showing Textile and Garment, Shoes, Cases and Bags, Recreation Products, Medicine and Healthcare Products and Food.

16 categories of products will be exhibited in 51 sections. In this session, there are 59,647 booths and 24947 exhibiting companies in the National Pavilion. The booth arrangement is as follows: 12,125 brand booths and 47,522 general booths, taking up 20% and 80% respectively. The number of exhibiting companies in 3 phases is: 8,735 in Phase 1, 7,561 in Phase 2, and 8,651 in Phase 3.

The International Pavilion will be set up in Phase 1 and Phase 3, with an area of 20,000 square meters. There are 998 booths and 6 product zones, and 636 enterprises and 10 national and regional delegation from 34 countries and regions.

Xu said that in this session we take the opportunity of brand booth review and structural optimization of exhibition sections. There are 3847 companies in the selection, whose demand for booths almost doubled the size of brand zone. 80% of the companies in the selection are those from the last session.

After strict selection process 2297 brand companies have been picked with 12125 booths arranged in the brand zone for them. Among them 31.5% are new exhibitors and 58% are production enterprises.

New exhibitors in New Energy, Pet Products and Outdoor Spa take account of 19.15% of the total, with better structure as well. In Area A Phase 3, 7 textile and garment industrial cluster in the Central Lane have been established including 4 national demonstration bases of the transformation of foreign trade, and formed a concentrated display of local feature industries.

In this session the expo will make good use of domestic and international markets and resources and improve the function of “selling to and buying from the globe”. 60% of overseas exhibitors are from “Belt & Road” countries and regions with 7 national delegations and 3 regional delegations.

In Phase 1 industrial products with high technological content and high-end brands will be displayed , in Phase 3 we consumer products with regional features, complementary advantage compared with domestic products and high market demand for import will be shown.

To improve trade matchmaking effect the fair will organize multiple trade matchmaking events to provide “one-stop” solution for suppliers and buyers.

Xu mentioned that in this session we will stick to the principle of “innovative, specialized, targeted and delicate”, focus on key sections and target markets, to provide a more convenient attending experience, more secure transactions and higher return for buyers.

Big-data driven digital marketing based on social media and search engine made the intelligent marketing improved to spur innovation in marketing mode.

The 124th Canton Fair will continue to provide information service, play Canton Fair’s role as a comprehensive multi-functional platform to boost quality development of foreign trade.

We will promote open economic development of different regions. To support local feature industries, products and brands to go global and to promote export, we’ve tapped into Canton Fair’s vast resource of buyers at home and abroad and will launch local industry promotion and trade matchmaking events according to their needs.

The fair will organize 105 promotion events for Guangdong Province, Hunan Province, Liaoning Province, Guizhou Province, Zhejiang Province, Jiangsu Province, Sichuan Province, Fujian Province, and Qingdao, Nanjing, Chengdu, Guangzhou cities etc.

629 companies with 1214 products have participated in the competition of 2018 CF Awards; both number a record high. After selection by the committee, 100 products from 77 companies have won Bronze, Silver, Gold and Best of Best Awards, and the awarding ceremony will be held during Phase 2.

There will be 20 events, covering the themes of international trade development, trade risk prevention and control, Sino-US trade friction, supplier-buyer matchmaking, IPR, fashion trend and more.

To improve the effect of Canton Fair product design and trade activities 107 design agencies from 14 countries and regions and 34 garment design brands participated in design display presenting abundant resource for the upgrading of enterprises.

In this session Canton Fair Original Design Fashion Show has been renamed “Canton Fair Fashion Week”; the multi-functional onsite area for events at Hall 7.1 will be used for relevant activities combing fashion show, color trend, trade analysis and so on.

“2018 Design Guangzhou” series activities will be a great momentum to build a bridge for global design and China’s manufacturing.

To accelerate the digital transformation of Canton Fair the heat map of crowd based on wifi usage in all the indoor exhibition halls and statistics and analysis service, showing the crowd situation with data launched at this show.

The badge application procedures has been improved. The environment of registration office becomes more optimized in Area A with 12 more green channels of online pre-registration.  It made possible badge pick-up service faster for those who already pre-registered.

The Opening Reception of the 124th Canton Fair and Canton Fair International Trade Development Forum was held in Westin Hotel in the evening of Oct 14th.

2018 Canton Fair Foreign Trade Innovation Development and CF Awarding Ceremony will be held in Conference Room No.8, Area B, in the afternoon of Oct 24. Briefing of China’s foreign trade situation (fall of 2018) will be held in the afternoon of Nov 3rd. Canton Fair dialogue will be held in the afternoon of Nov 3rd.

For further information you can go to the official website of China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair)

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IMF Releases World Economic Outlook, October 2018

IMF released world economic outlook, October 2018 yesterday. The steady expansion under way since mid-2016 continues, with global growth for 2018–19 projected to remain at its 2017 level. At the same time, however, the expansion has become less balanced and may have peaked in some major economies. Downside risks to global growth have risen in the past six months and the potential for upside surprises has receded.

“The latest World Economic Outlook report projects that global growth will remain steady over this year and next, at last year’s rate of 3.7 percent”, Maurice Obstfeld, Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department of IMF said.

Global growth for 2018–19 is projected to remain steady at its 2017 level, but its pace is less vigorous than projected in April and it has become less balanced. Downside risks to global growth have risen in the past six months and the potential for upside surprises has receded. Global growth is projected at 3.7 percent for 2018–19—0.2 percentage point lower for both years than forecast in April.

The downward revision reflects surprises that suppressed activity in early 2018 in some major advanced economies, the negative effects of the trade measures implemented or approved between April and mid-September, as well as a weaker outlook for some key emerging market and developing economies arising from country-specific factors, tighter financial conditions, geopolitical tensions, and higher oil import bills.

Output losses after the 2008 financial crisis appear to be persistent, irrespective of whether a country suffered a banking crisis in 2007–08. Sluggish investment was a key channel through which these losses registered, accompanied by long-lasting capital and total factor productivity shortfalls relative to precrisis trends.

Policy choices preceding the crisis and in its immediate aftermath influenced postcrisis variation in output. Underscoring the importance of macroprudential policies and effective supervision, countries with greater financial vulnerabilities in the precrisis years suffered larger output losses after the crisis. Countries with stronger precrisis fiscal positions and those with more flexible exchange rate regimes experienced smaller losses. Unprecedented and exceptional policy actions taken after the crisis helped mitigate countries’ postcrisis output losses.

Inflation in emerging market and developing economies since the mid-2000s has, on average, been low and stable. IMF investigated whether these recent gains in inflation performance are sustainable as global financial conditions normalize.

First, despite the overall stability, sizable heterogeneity in inflation performance and in variability of longer-term inflation expectations remains among emerging markets.

Second, changes in longer-term inflation expectations are the main determinant of inflation, while external conditions play a more limited role, suggesting that domestic, not global, factors are the main contributor to the recent gains in inflation performance.

Third, further improvements in the extent of anchoring of inflation expectations can significantly improve economic resilience to adverse external shocks in emerging markets. Anchoring reduces inflation persistence and limits the pass-through of currency depreciations to domestic prices, allowing monetary policy to focus more on smoothing fluctuations in output.

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Boon Edam Launches Online, Interactive Troubleshooting Guides for Security Entrances

Lillington, North Carolina, 26 July 2018 – Boon Edam Inc., a global leader in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, is proud to announce the launch of new interactive troubleshooting guides for accelerating the diagnosis and problem-solving process for service technicians in the Americas. As part of the company’s commitment to providing the best support for its service partners, any registered technician with internet access, working on a Boon Edam security entrance can now view and interact with the troubleshooting guides.


Boon Edam Inc. continues to be the market leader in pedestrian security entrance solutions, according to a recent IHS Markit™ report, and, because of strong revenue growth over the past five years, particularly with Fortune 100 companies, the rate of product installations nationwide has also increased. In response to an increase in technical service calls, Boon Edam continues to find new ways to bring current and just-in-time information to on-site field technicians. For example, a few months ago, the company released a new online chat feature to the website.

The new online troubleshooting guides work as an algorithm, where the technician begins troubleshooting by selecting a product and then a particular issue from a list of the most common field issues. He or she then answers a series of “yes” or “no” questions to drill down to the solution.

“We’re excited to be adding to the self-service “tool bag” we’ve been putting together for the service technician,” says Kevin Thomasson, VP of Customer Experience, Boon Edam. “Technicians have a number of items in their arsenal already – phone support, a chat function on the website, new instructional videos, and even a traveling training program they can attend. These new troubleshooting guides are the latest addition, and give the technician just one more avenue to find answers to their service questions.”

The troubleshooting guides are currently available in English on three of Boon Edam’s most popular security products: the Circlelock mantrap portal, theTourlock security revolving door and the Speedlane Lifeline optical turnstile seriesTo obtain access to the troubleshooting guides, technicians should visit and fill out the form.


With work environments becoming increasingly global and dynamic, the smart, safe entry has become the center of activity in and around many buildings. Royal Boon Edam is a global market leader in reliable entry solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, with 140 years of experience in engineering quality, Boon Edam have gained extensive expertise in managing the transit of people through office buildings, airports, healthcare facilities, hotels and many other types of buildings.

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Russia’s Largest Industry Exhibition ‘INNOPROME 20018’ were occupied with stands representing over 600 companies from 20 countries


Russia’s largest industry exhibition ‘INNOPROME 20018’ that just took place on July 9-12  in Yekaterinburg became the main trade fair for industrial technology, equipment, and services and confirmed its status of the main site for industrial leaders.

50,000 square meters of exhibition space were occupied with stands representing over 600 companies from 20 countries, including Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, RSA, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The following 8 countries presented their national stands: Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan and, for the first time, Hungary, Slovakia and Switzerland.

This year INNOPROM, its main theme being Digital Manufacturing, dramatically increased the share of professional visitors in spite of introducing paid admission in 2018. A total of 46,000 badges were issued during exhibition operations. Compared with 2017, the structure of the exhibition audience shifted to where the share of processional participant (exhibitors, delegates) exceeded 76% of all visitors. Experts and participants who attended INNOPROM-2018 dubbed the event “the Russian Hannover.”

107 countries partook in INNOPROM-2018 as exhibitors, delegates, special guests, and corporate representatives. The number of robotics and machine building prototypes presented at INNOPROM increased more than two-fold: 394 items in 2017 against 813 prototypes in 2018.

The number of INNOPROM.METALWORKING exhibition and business program participants saw a 4.5-fold increase compared against 2017, when the event was held as a separate exhibition for the first time.

INNOPROM-2018 accommodated the signing of more than 100 agreements, including a large number of contracts and transactions, e.g. RCC signed an agreement on the launch of an autoclave line for the production of cathode copper (project investment estimated at RUB 45 bn); 17 agreements on cooperation with clients and partners of the Ural Bank of Sberbank; memorandum on the organization and participation in the partner format in the Global Industrial and Technical Exhibition and Big Industrial Week ARABIA-2019 Forum (signed at the stand of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia); and international agreements with Chinese and Korean manufacturers and officials.

In 2018, INNOPROM was much more popular with the press: 348 Russian and foreign media outlets covered exhibition operations; organizers issued over 1500 badges to media representatives.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea Kim Dong Yeon, First Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea Lee Inho, Vice Minister of Commerce of the PRC Gao Yan, Minister of Industry of the Republic of Belarus Vitaly Vovk, Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar Mohammed Saleh Abdulla Al Sada, Minister for Industry and Mines of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria Youcef Yousfi, President of Palau Thomas Esang Remengesau, Deputy Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade of the Islamic Republic of Iran Barat Ghobadian and many other prominent foreign visitors were INNOPROM’s distinguished guests.

The exhibition enjoyed the support of the following international associations:  International Federation of Robotics (IFR),  German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Korea Association of Machinery Industry (KOAMI), Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Korea Association of Robot Industry (KAR), Korea Institute of Robot Industry Advancement  (KIRIA), Swiss Association of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Industries (SWISSMEM), China Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA), and China Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF).

Next year, INNOPROM will further expand its Digital Manufacturing track in line with market, business, and Industry 4.0 trends.


In 2018, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak made his first appearance at INNOPROM. He visited the Swiss national exhibit, DMG Mori stand, and joint stand of additive technologies. Kozak also conferred the National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA-2018 on Monocrystal, the largest global manufacturer of synthetic sapphires for the LED industry and consumer electronics. “Nowadays we need high-tech breakthrough initiatives that would hold promise for the future, and the Russian business has quite a few of them. Today it is my great pleasure to award heads of successful Russian companies with the National INDUSTRIA Award for major achievements in industrial innovations and ideas that are changing the world as we know it.”

INNOPROME 20018. Photo © INNOPROM Press Center

Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, was the keynote speaker. On Day 1 of INNOPROM operations, the Minister toured the site. He visited the German, Italian, Japanese and Swiss national exhibits and the stands of Dassault Systèmes, Kuka Robotics, FANUC, ABAGY Robotic Systems, Siemens, DMG Mori, Zifra, and the joint stand of additive technologies.

The Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov said that the Ministry intended to change the format of its trade missions’ operations. Some employees will transfer to the Russian Export Center, and companies will have to pay for certain services provided by trade missions. The Minister shared, “We are updating our trade missions, changing the format and approaches to their operations. Some employees will be transferred to the Russian Export Center in order to support the provision of paid services. We made that decision a while back because companies do not understand the concept of a free service.” Manturov emphasized that the business community should not get an impression that trade missions were some unavailable structures incapable of providing assistance with the completion of business tasks.

Strategic Council on Investments in New ‪‎Industries entitled Increase in High-Tech Industrial Export: Opportunities and Issues met under the chairmanship of the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov. The Strategic Council provided opportunities for interaction between industrial companies and representatives of the IT market. General Director of the Russian Export Center Andrey Slepnev talked about the plan to combine various export support institutions under the auspices of the REC by 2021, “Since we want to streamline regulation, we suggest the creation of a one-stop service under the aegis of the REC. Such service will incorporate all involved agencies and provide exporters with the opportunity to file all the necessary paperwork electronically. By 2021, we expect to launch this service and use it to cover at least 10% of all export operations.”
Russian Copper Company (RCC) plans to launch an autoclave line for the production of cathode copper at Mikheevskiy Ore Mining Mill in the Chelyabinsk Region. RCC President Vsevolod Levin said, “In 2014, we launched Mikheevskiy GOK with an annual capacity of 18 million tons. In 2017, its capacity was increased to 27 million tons of ore, and growing volumes prompted us to start copper concentrate conversion into cathode copper at the GOK site to optimize delivery costs and supply a higher added value product to the market.” According to Levin, the new production facility will annually yield 100,000 tons of copper cathodes, approximately 25,000 tons of nickel sulfate (an increasingly popular product used in electrocar batteries), and up to 350,000 tons of cobalt as marketable salt. The autoclave facilities will use up to 500,000 tons of copper concentrate from Mikheevskiy GOK as an input material as well as up to 750,000 tons of oxidized nickel ore from the Kulikovskaya field cluster (Chelyabinsk Region) licensed to the RCC. Project investment is estimated at RUB 45 bn. New facility will create over 1,000 high-tech jobs.

Interdepartmental Working Group on the Development of Additive Technologies approved the preliminary industry development plan until 2025. 59 members of the working group on the development of additive technologies convened at INNOPROM-2018. Evgeny Kablov, General Director of All-Russia Research Institute of Aviation Materials, spoke about the existing additive technology development plan for Russia through 2025, “We got involved as instructed by the Presidium of the Upgrade Council under the President of the Russian Federation. We were expected to generate a preliminary integrated plan for the use of additive technologies to make armament, military and special machinery. A total of 40 companies and over 50 experts took part in the work, and budget allocations are estimated at RUB 89 bn.” Head of the Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology Alexey Abramov presented his report on the development of national standards and implementation of the Additive Technology Program, “We have adopted as many as ten standards on additive technologies, and 17 are being developed. I think that we must be more active in accessing the ICO platform, as some of our national products are unique. We urgently need metering tools and means of assessing the parameters of a finished item. In order to accomplish this task, Scientific Research Institute for Optical and Physical Measurements was designated as the core center of competences.”

In 2019, Russia will organize the Global Industrial and Technical Exhibition and Big Industrial Week ARABIA-2019 Forum at the Egypt International Exhibition Center in Cairo. President of Formika Group Maxim Zverkov and General Manager of Egypt International Exhibition Center Mohammed Elamin Adel Abdelghaffar Ramadan signed the corresponding memorandum in the presence of the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov. ARABIA-2019 will become the first foreign international exhibition and forum organized by Russia. Russia will serve as the Partner Country of the event in 2019.

Digital Manufacturing, one the most prominent event tracks, was selected as the main theme of INNOPROM-2018. Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov participated in the session Integrated Technologies in Industrial Production: Efficient Solutions. Production Director at Russian Helicopters Mikhail Rybakov talked about his company’s immediate plans and objectives, “A year and a half ago we decided to create a comprehensive digital platform for our holding. We sought to incorporate digital twins, digital testing sites, and digital manufacturing and integrate them not just within the holding, but also incorporate our suppliers and end clients. If we were to speak of goals and objectives, naturally we target R&D terms, production times, costs, and quality.”


INNOPROME 20018. Photo © INNOPROM Press Center

Day 1 of INNOPROM-2018 featured the Main Strategic Session People, Machines, Soft: Efficiency of Interaction with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, President of the International Federation of Robotics and Chairman of the Board at Yaskawa Corp Junji Tsuda, CEO of KUKA Robotics Stefan Lampa, Chairman of the Board and CEO of WIKA Alexander Wiegand, CEO of Siempelkamp Hans Fechner, and Chief Technology Officerat ABB Bazmi HusainAnton Atrashkin, Director of INNOPROM Business Program, moderated the Main Strategic Session. Discussion participants explored such basic trends of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as 3D printers, robotization, Big Data technologies, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak provided the following expert assessment of the level of robotization in Russia, “We have just 3 industrial robots per 10,000 employees, while the average worldwide number if 69, and digitalization leaders have more than 100 robots per 10,000 workers.”

Dmitry Kozak also talked about projected methods for increasing production efficiency, “We are launching technology contests to help us find solutions which will radically change product consumer characteristics. We have already approved the first 2 themes related to hydrogen power for motor transport and unmanned aircraft, as well as control systems for driverless vehicles operating under harsh winter conditions, which is particularly relevant for our country. The prize pool for these 2 contests is almost RUB 400mln.”
The Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov shared his stance on human involvement in future technological processes, “The transition to automated processes will allow for quality optimization and improvement. But I believe that the concept, design, and development of technological processes will always remain in the human domain.”

Chief Technology Officer at ABB Bazmi Husain expressed his opinion on the future of robotization, “Systems will be able to manage emergencies. What will happen with machines, people, and software then? All these components will undergo dramatic changes: machines will have to get smarter and learn to cognize the space around them and be aware of their own condition, and then they, let us put it this way, will have an easier time. Software must get to the point where it can manage cyberphysical interactions, which means that software must be able to predict situations and handle them, i.e. forecast its interactions with artificial intelligence.”


INNOPROME 20018. Photo © INNOPROM Press Center

The Republic of Korea served as INNOPROM-2018 Partner Country. Its delegation included approximately 400 corporate representatives and officials who engaged in more than 670 negotiations at the exhibition. INNOPROM featured the signing of 5 bilateral memoranda between Drone and Copter Express, IREA Chemicals and OZ Group, U-Jin Tech SD Group, Jin Sung Ent and Siberian Technology Company, Hwaseung Exwill and Leotec Group; the memorandum between Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and Middle Ural Development Corporation (MUDC) was signed as part of the Business Program.
The Korean exhibit was located in Pavilion 1 and at more than 3000 sq.m. was the largest exposition at INNOPROM. The Partner Country exhibit showcased 105 top Korean enterprises, including leaders in such industries as mechanical engineering, robotics, auto industry, power industry, industrial equipment, metalworking, and consumer goods. The most extensive stands showcased products manufactured by such industrial giants as Doosan Infracore, PT Coupling, Hyundai Motors (which presented its first hybrid e-car Ioniq electric), IRROBOT, TagTec, Jungwoo Motor, and Yongsung Electriс.

Kim Dong Yeon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea, Lee Inho, First Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, and Denis Manturov, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Russian Federation, participated in the opening of Korea’s national stand.

Special guests of the opening ceremony included: CEO of EWP Park Il Jun, Vice-President of KNTO Min Min Hong, Deputy Chairman of KOAMI Choi Hyeong Ki, Vice-President of KOTRA Yun Wonsok, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Russian Federation Woo Yun Keun, President of KITA Kim Young Joo, President of Formika Group Maxim Zverkov and Governor of Sverdlovsk Region Evgeny Kuivashev.

In his welcome address, First Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea Lee Inho pointed out that “INNOPROM-2018 is more than just a trade fair. It is the first result of a top-level meeting which was held in July of 2018. At the meeting, the leaders of Korea and Russia agreed to pursue close mutually beneficial cooperation. At INNOPROM-2018, the Korean Government places special emphasis on mechanical engineering and innovative segments, such as robotics, electric cars, and drones.”

“It is a great honor for us that Korea decided to become the official Partner Country of the exhibition.  Other countries also participate in INNOPROM-2018, but the Republic of Korea expressed targeted interest in the event.  The Korean industrial sector has never organized such an extensive presentation of its capabilities in Russia,” Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov stated at the opening ceremony. He added that industrial trade turnover between the two countries grew by more than 25% in 2018 due to a steady increase in exports and imports.


INNOPROM-2018 Day 3 program featured the Russia-Korea Forum on Research Cooperation in Robotics.  Its participants included representatives of top Russian institutes and Korean robotics organizations which presented one of the world’s largest robotics clusters located in the city of Daegu. Daegu City Hall representative Shin Geong Chop talked about the creation of Daegu robotics research cluster, “Our cluster incorporates two institutes, robotics association, innovations development center, testing center, and 160 enterprises specializing in robotics, including such robotics giants as ABB and KUKA. Every year we hold a major global robotics forum, and I invite all session participants to attend our event. I hope that in November 2018 we can all meet in Daegu and continue the dialog which we started here at INNOPROM-2018.” 
The Memorandum on Cooperation signed by Russian and Korean robotics organizations at the Russia-Korea Forum became an INNOPROM-2018 landmark.


The Forum became an efficient B2B communication platform for small and medium component manufacturers and major Russian and international customers. The event attracted buyers from approximately 15 major Russian and foreign companies, such as STAN, Rostselmash, Lipetsk Machine-Tool Plant, RM-Terex, Galich Mobile Cranes Plant, Perm Factory Metal Centers, StankoMashStroy, DST-Ural, Grundfos, Volvo, etc.

Director of the Machine-Tool Building and Investment Machine Building Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Mikhail Ivanovpointed out the significance of the Forum for the development of Russian production, “That is a new format that we are using for the second year in a row at INNOPROM. The main idea is to bring together manufacturers of end products and companies which produce components and accessories. Let me remind you that the presence of a certain number of localized components in the final product indicates that the end product is made in Russia in accordance with the Government Decree No. 719. By the way, in the near future we will amend and modify existing regulations. We hope that Forum participants will not only exchange contacts, but also sign actual agreements and contracts.”


INNOPROM-2018 was held with the support of the Russian Export Center (REC). The REC brought 24 companies to the exhibition and organized INDEX Industrial Supply Forum as part of INNOPROM Business Program.

At the Forum, General Director of the Russian Export Center Andrey Slepnev shared his expert opinion on the current level of Russian exports, “I can say that even if we double our per capita export numbers, we will still fall behind Belarus in its present state, and I would not want to speculate about exports in, say, six years.” Andrey Slepnev also pointed out the 24.7% increase in non-primary energy export over January-April 2018 YOY. He expressed his opinion that in the next several years the majority of export operations would be done electronically, so we need to reform the system of foreign currency regulations, “We decided that our foreign currency regulation needed a major facelift. We have already given relevant instructions on the development of legislation which will eliminate penalties for the violation of the currency laws for exporters and all professional participants of external economic activities. We will issue warnings and monitor questionable transactions, but we agreed on the need to abandon the Draconian approach.”


Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak conferred the National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA-2018.
Monocrystal, the largest manufacturer of synthetic sapphires for the LED industry and consumer electronics, was announced the winner. Monocrystal fully complies with the main criteria for applicant assessment, i.e. technological novelty, economic effect, interdisciplinary application, and export potential.

Award organizers pointed out that Monocrystal’s products could be “found in every second light emitting diode, every third smartphone, and every second Swiss luxury watch.”

In 2017, Monocrystal claimed 49% share of the global LED sapphire market. The company was the first in the world to grow sapphire crystals weighing 300 and 350 kg, which allows for high structural perfection. Currently, the Russian company’s products are highly sought after in industrial markets. Monocrystal exports synthetic sapphires to 25 countries.

A total of 90 companies from 20 Russian regions submitted their applications. Only 62 applicants complied with official selection criteria and were considered for the Award.

National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA was founded in 2014 by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation to assist with the implementation of promising industrial technologies in industrial production and to promote public recognition of best industrial development practices in Russian companies. The Award was assigned the Government award status in 2015.

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Altronix Expands Trove Access and Power Integration Solutions with Paxton Access



Altronix,s Trove2PX2. Photo © Altronix

 Altronix announced it has added Paxton Access to its expanding portfolio of Trove™ Access and Power Integration Solutions, which simplify board layout and wire management, greatly reducing installation and labor costs. Altronix Trove2PX2 seamlessly accommodates Paxton controllers providing a scalable, cost effective access control solution.

“Our collaboration with Paxton Access further simplifies the design and installation process for system integrators,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix Corporation. “Trove facilitates a quicker and cleaner installation, which is ultimately more profitable.”

The Trove2PX2 includes a removable backplane which accommodates up to 12 Paxton Net2 plus series controllers. This allows installers to test and configure the access system prior to installation. Trove TPX2 also includes a tamper switch, mounting hardware and cam lock, along with ample room for wiring and to accommodate back-up batteries. 

“We are excited to partner with Altronix and release the compatibility of Paxton controllers with their Trove2 series,” said Chris Wilson, VP of Operations, Paxton Access. “This partnership provides dealers with more options to meet the needs of each installation, catering to a variety of our controller options and Altronix power supplies and accessories. It also allows our dealers yet another way to deliver Paxton’s world class solution to their customers.”

Altronix Corporation is the leading designer and manufacturer of quality low voltage electronics for the video surveillance, security, fire, access control and automation markets. Altronix’s U.S. corporate headquarters located in Brooklyn, NY with the latest manufacturing technologies for the highest levels of quality and performance. Altronix is an ISO 9001 registered firm. Altronix products are manufactured in the U.S.A. and carry a lifetime warranty.

With over 30 years of experience Paxton designs and manufactures market leading IP access control, cloud-based access control, wireless locksets, video door intercom, and building intelligence systems for smart buildings. Paxton’s US headquarters is located in Greenville, South Carolina and the company was established in 1985 in Brighton, United Kingdom.

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Hanwha Techwin Participated in ‘IFSEC International 2018’



Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, participated in the ‘IFSEC International 2018’ which is the world’s leading security event took place 19-21 June in London.

At the event, Hanwha Techwin demonstrated smart solutions including smart city, smart retail, smart transport as well as various Wisenet product line ups including Wisenet Q, X, P, T, HD+ and Wisenet Wave. With the message ‘WE MOVE with trust,’ Hanwha Techwin appreciated product and solution partnerships that are not measured by features and functions alone.



  • Wisenet Intruder Dection Solution, a single device intruder dection solution which provides maximum detection, while significantly reducing the impact of time consuming and costly false alarms.
  • Wisenet Intelligent Traffic Management Solution. A comprehensive suite of ANPR based intelligent traffic management solutions.
  • Wisenet Automatic Incident Detection (AID) Solution. An easy to deploy and highly accurate city wide incident detection solution which is designed to be affordable for budget conscious local authorities.


  • Wisenet Biometrics & Retail Solution which enables small retail stores to gain a greater understanding of the type and numbers of people who visit their stores.
  • Wisenet Retail Intelligence Solutions which include Heatmap and People Counting cameras to enable retailers to monitor continuously updated live reports and view comparative hourly and weekly reports on footfall, store hotspots and dwell times, as well as how long customers have to queue.


  • Wisenet Transport Solution. Vibration-proof Wisenet cameras and small footprint NVRs which are designed to provide a robust solution for monitoring activity on buses, trains, trucks and other forms of transport.


  • Wisenet HD+ series Full HD analogue images in 1080p without the need to upgrade cabling infrastructure.
  • Wisenet Q series entry level cameras which deliver feature rich 2MP or 4MP images.
  • Wisenet X series cameras which are supercharged by the most powerful chipset ever incorporated into a full camera range.
  • Wisenet P series premium cameras which deliver superb quality 4K (12MP) images.
  • Wisenet T series Thermal cameras which capture images at up to 640 x 480 resolution.
  • Wisenet WAVE an effortless drag n drop software enabling 64 high definition video

In addition, Hanwha Techwin demonstrated innovations such as the world’s best 150dB Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology and the world’s best motorized varifocal F0.94 low light lens, as well as WiseStream II compression technology, all
of which are unique to Hanwha Techwin and how they are supported by our Smart Security Manager (SSM) software platform.

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Samsung Electronics Wins at Two Top Global AI Machine Reading Comprehension Challenges

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3d rendering robot learning or machine learning with alphabets. Photo by Samsung Electronics

Samsung Research, the advanced R&D hub of Samsung Electronics’ business, has ranked first in two of the world’s top global artificial intelligence (AI) machine reading comprehension competitions.

Samsung Research recently placed first in the MS MARCO (Microsoft MAchine Reading Comprehension) competition, as well as showing the best performance in the University of Washington’s ongoing competition for TriviaQA, a challenge dataset for AI reading comprehension. Competitions such as MS MARCO and TriviaQA are ongoing competitions and allow contestants to participate at any time, rankings are altered according to real-time test results.

With intense competition in developing AI technologies globally, machine reading comprehension competitions such as MS MARCO are booming around the world. MS MARCO and TriviaQA are among the actively researched and used machine reading comprehension competitions along with SQuAD (Stanford Question Answering Dataset) of Stanford University and NarrativeQA developed by the University of Oxford and Google’s DeepMind. Distinguished universities around the world and global AI firms, including Samsung, are competing in these challenges.

Machine reading comprehension is where an AI algorithm is tasked with analyzing data and finding an optimum answer to a query on its own accord. For MS MARCO and TriviaQA, AI algorithms are tested on their capabilities of processing natural language from real anonymized user queries and also providing written text in various types of documents such as news articles and blog posts.

For example in MS MARCO, ten web documents are presented for a certain query to let an AI algorithm create an optimum answer. Queries are randomly selected from a million queries from Bing (MS search engine) users. Answers are evaluated statistically by estimating how close they are to human answers.

Samsung Research took part in the competitions with ConZNet, an AI algorithm developed by the company’s AI Center. ConZNet features skillful capabilities through adopting the Reinforcement Learning technique, which advances machine intelligence by giving reasonable feedback for outcomes, similar to a carrot-and-stick strategy to reinforce learning outcomes. The Reinforcement Learning technique is the most advanced type of Machine Learning AI algorithm, and cutting-edge AI technologies, including AlphaGo, are upgrading machine intelligence by applying this technique.

With the recent acceleration in global competition to develop AI technologies, contests are widespread in the areas of computer vision (technologies to analyze characters and images) and visual Q&A to solve problems using recognized images of characters as well as machine reading comprehension.

The Beijing branch of Samsung Research won the International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR) hosted by the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR) in March, putting them in a top-tier group for global computer vision tests. The ICDAR is the most influential competition in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technologies.

“We are developing an AI algorithm to provide answers to user queries in a simpler and more convenient manner, for real life purposes,” said Jihie Kim, Head of Language Understanding Lab at Samsung Research. “Active discussion is underway in Samsung to adopt the ConZNet AI algorithm for products, services, customer response and technological development.”

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Winner of CTA’s Startup Fast Pitch Contest Announced at CEO Summit

The Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) TM annual CEO Summit concluded last June in Barcelona, Spain, bringing together top-level executives from major tech companies to meet and network in an exclusive, invitation-only environment. The event featured CTA’s Startup Fast Pitch Contest, showcasing Spain’s most innovative startups, with Gestoos taking home top honors.

“Our CEO Summit is a unique event where leaders from some of the world’s most influential companies gather together to network, brainstorm and foster relationships,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “The Startup Fast Pitch Contest further elevated the event and provided Spain’s dynamic startup community the chance to wow some of the biggest names in tech. Gestoos’ AI platform that enables cameras and sensors to see, understand, and respond to human movement and behavior in any environment stood out from the rest and we can’t wait to see their innovation on display at the upcoming CES® 2019.”

The Startup Fast Pitch Contest featured eight innovative Spanish startups. The winner was chosen by the audience, which also included select regional media, based on the applicability to the consumer technology space, engineering qualities and aesthetic and design qualities.

Gestoos will receive booth space at CES 2019 in the Eureka Park Marketplace, home to 1,200+ startup companies from around the world. With access to more than 3,500 financial professionals, 6,500 members of the media, key investors and suppliers, Eureka Park provides startups with a unique opportunity to showcase their ingenuity.

CES 2019 will take place January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada and will feature some 4,500 exhibitors across 2.8 million net square feet of exhibit space. For the latest news and information on CES 2019, visit

For more information surrounding the CEO Summit and other CTA events, visit

ISS Leading Software Solution Provider Strengthens Executive Bench

Seasoned and highly respected executive Janet Fenner will be joining Intelligent Security Systems (ISS), and will be taking up the newly created role of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). She joins directly from Dahua Technology U.S.A. and will start on July 9th.
We are excited and proud to have Janet join the ISS team,” said Aluisio Figueiredo, Chief Executive Officer of ISS. “Janet’s extensive industry experience and proven marketing, branding and alliance-building skills will help to contribute to our continued growth and expansion.”
Fenner was recently recognized as one of the security industry’s top female leaders and newly appointed to the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) Board of Directors.
In her new role as Chief Marketing Officer at ISS, Fenner will be responsible for all marketing activities globally, and will pioneer the development and execution of new branding and positioning strategies to support new business initiatives and further elevate the company’s perception in the physical security and business intelligence markets. Fenner reports directly to the CEO, Aluisio Figueiredo. She has also been appointed to the ISS Executive Director’s Board, the most senior committee in the company, reporting to the full Board.
Prior to Dahua, Fenner served at Hanwha Techwin America (formerly Samsung Techwin) and the Brady Corporation. She is also an active supporter and an Advisory Board Member of Mission 500, a charitable organization focused on the professional security community’s efforts to assist children and families in need across the U.S.
Intelligent Security Systems headquartered in Woodbridge, NJ, and with offices worldwide, is a leader in video management and video analytics software. ISS provides a comprehensive line of digital security and surveillance video solutions which are on the forefront of on-demand security, allowing for centralized command and control of an entire enterprise security network.
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International Esthetics Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) and International Beauty Show(IBS) Comes Back to Las Vegas Convention Center on JUNE 23-25

IECSC Las Vegas co-locates with IBS Las Vegas and features an extensive exhibit hall with leading companies and experts in the field of dermatology, spa services, equipment and massage techniques.

IECSC/IBS Las Vegas produced by Questex, LLC. and presented by American Spa magazine, International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conference (IECSC) Las Vegas are open to the trade only. IECSC offers leading education and dynamic show floors. These shows are expected to provide the must attend events for more than 25,000 attendees of spa & wellness Professionals searching for insightful guidance to grow their businesses and keep them at the forefront of their competitive industry.

At the last year show the International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conference
(IECSC) welcomed more than 21,950 attendees at its 26th annual industry trade show, which took place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on June 24-26, 2017.

More than 600 exhibitors met with spa owners, managers, estheticians, cosmetologists, massage therapists, medical estheticians and doctors. These spa and wellness professionals came together to purchase products, see the latest trends and learn the newest techniques.

“Our exhibitors and attendees contribute to the success of the IECSC events. They see the
impact it has on their business and we are pleased to be a part of their achievements by
offering an opportunity to support the spa and wellness industry,” stated Kathy Gruttadauria, Show Director for IECSC events.

“The positive feedback from exhibitors and attendees is indicative of the rapid growth in the spa and wellness industry. The IECSC events offer a platform for exhibitors to reach buyers, and buyers are given the opportunity to grow their business with education and new products.”

More than 600 industry leading manufacturers and suppliers exhibited at the show. Attendees had the chance to visit industry main-stays, plus many new companies that exhibited for the first time at IECSC Las Vegas.

“The show went great! The marketing and visual exposure for the IECSC Las Vegas was
incredible, we had such a great response that we could barely keep up with the attendees
seeking more information,” said Konstantin Malygin, COO of RxCannaCare.

“The response was fast and effective all the time. All of our questions and concerns were immediately and timely addressed. The attitude of everyone involved in the organizational activities was very professional and courteous. Our first time attending the event went as a breeze and we were happy to work with your entire team.”

These companies brought the latest in facial treatments, skin care lines, retail products,
cosmetics, equipment/furniture, nutrition and health products, microdermabrasion equipment, massage products, aromatherapy, spa clothing, hair removal, laser equipment, spa décor, medical spa equipment and more to the packed exhibit hall.

Participating companies included: Repêchage, Éminence Organic Skin Care, Image Skincare, RxCannaCare, FarmHouse Fresh, Cosmedix, June Jacob/Peter Thomas Roth, Blinc and Revitalash, among many others.

“COSMEDIX has participated in the IECSC at Las Vegas for many years. Out of every major city trade show, Las Vegas is our most successful show,” stated Ryan Christopher, Global Education Director of COSMEDIX.

“The attendees really come with the intentions  to sit down and learn more about the companies that are present. We find that this show offers the most conversion to new business accounts with our company.”

In addition to the thriving exhibit hall, the conference program added another element to this successful event. Attendees took advantage of paid conference offerings which included Advanced Education Workshops, Medical Spa Education, an Advanced Business Seminar, CIDESCO USA Workshops, a Medical Spa Procedural Workshop and Spa Tours.

Also, attendees had access to more than 139 free Spa Business & Wellness, Makeup and Product Focused classes with their exhibit hall admission. Attendees also accessed the International Beauty Show (IBS) Las Vegas, which co-located with IECSC Las Vegas.

Spa and wellness professionals that were registered for IECSC were able to visit the IBS Las Vegas show floor and classes where they had the opportunity to source new beauty products, lines and equipment to increase their crossover business.

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MOBOTIX Expands U.S. Presence and Offerings; Receives Multiple Product Awards at ISC West 2018




MOBOTIX was recognized as a security industry leader during the recent ISC West 2018 tradeshow with multiple product awards attesting to the quality of their newest offerings. Photo © Mobotix

 MOBOTIX, a manufacturer of premium end-to-end network-based physical security solutions, is expanding its US operations with new marketing and sales staff as well as conducting a selective search for new integrator partners. MOBOTIX was recognized as a security industry leader during the recent ISC West 2018 tradeshow with multiple product awards attesting to the quality of their newest offerings.


“We are thrilled to receive these recognitions,” said Joseph Byron, Vice President: Americas, MOBOTIX Corp. “These awards come at an exciting time for our company, as we continue to expand our current and future product lines. We look forward to carefully adding to our U.S. base of resellers, technology partners and users with those who would benefit most from our high-end solutions that are designed, engineered and assembled in premium German production facilities.”


The MOBOTIX M16 AllroundDual Multisensor IP Camera is a perfect example to illustrate the current company direction. This new offering was the sole winner of the 2018 Security Industry Association New Product Showcase award in the IP video surveillance cameras category. The New Product Showcase highlights the latest security products and technologies, and included a record number of entries this year. The MOBOTIX camera captures brilliant color during the day and high-contrast monochrome footage in dark settings. The judges were particularly impressed by the M16’s innovative housing that features interchangeable sensor modules to uniquely match the needs of each project and facilitate easy maintenance.


Another highlight of the ISC West 2018 show, MOBOTIX was named as a Platinum Technology Partner by Genetec™ Inc., a leading provider of unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence solutions. The award of Platinum Partner status, which is held by only eight Genetec technology partners globally, is recognition of the strategic nature of the relationship that includes research and development, testing, business development and sales support for new and existing enterprise clients worldwide.


As part of the relationship with Genetec, the MOBOTIX Mx6 series of outdoor, indoor and thermal cameras is now officially supported in current and future versions of the Genetec Security Center. The integration includes extensive support of the MOBOTIX MxPEG codec along with key features including intelligent video analysis tools and behavioral detection.


Other MOBOTIX solutions shown at ISC West 2018 included:


The MOBOTIX Q26 Hemispheric 360° Panoramic IP Camera, an ultra-compact and weatherproof dome camera available in two 6-megapixel versions: a “Day” model with a color sensor and IR blocking filter, and a “Night” model with a black and white sensor.


The MOBOTIX T25 Door Station, an innovative weatherproof, maintenance-free IP Video Intercom/Access Control solution that is easy to install and provides panoramic, high-resolution images that eliminate blind spots.


The MOBOTIX Management Center Software (MxMC) that is included with every MOBOTIX camera and requires no additional software, license or update costs for use.


The MOBOTIX Cybersecurity Initiative, the Cactus Concept, a solution for reliable and holistic protection of end-to-end video systems against cyberattacks.

All MOBOTIX surveillance cameras are equipped with independent memory management, a wide range of communication options (including SIP technology), innovative video analysis and event logic. In addition, they come with MOBOTIX Management Center Software (MxMC) driving down the total cost of ownership of the system.

Source: ISC West 2018

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Asia Pacific Maritime 2018 Returns on March at the Singapore Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center

Asia Pacific Maritime 2018 will be held from 14 to 16 March 2018 at the Singapore Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center.

The 15th Asia Pacific Maritime (APM), Southeast Asia’s most established maritime, workboat and offshore exhibition and conference will present its strongest line-up of keynote and conference speakers.

The biennial event will expect to play host to more than 1,500 international exhibiting companies from 60 countries, and over 15,000 trade visitors from Asia.

Over 40 leaders and experts from across the global maritime industry will lead pertinent discussions on the major trends and issues shaping the maritime, workboat and offshore industries, whilst sharing their insights and forecast to help players forge the way forward.

In addition to the inaugural APM Leaders’ Forum (14 March 2018) (more here), the three-day APM Conference will also cast the spotlight on the vessel market (15 March 2018), specifically the outlook for the tanker market, shifting trends in maritime finance and an in-depth look at Vietnam’s growing maritime industry.

Day three (16 March 2018) will see industry leaders examine the maritime industry’s priorities in marine fuels, the latest hybrid technologies and offshore prospects. “Whether in good times or in bad, the need to stay relevant is imperative to futureproof your business. APM seeks to help the maritime industry do just that by pulling together under one roof a powerhouse conference, comprehensive exhibition and high-value networking events to catalyse prospective business matches, drive profitable business relations and provide our delegates with the most relevant business contacts, including some of the industry’s most powerful personalities,” said Yeow Hui Leng, Senior Project Director, Asia Pacific Maritime.

Paving the future for the global maritime industry The dynamism of the global maritime industry has also given industry leaders optimism for what 2018 has in store. “Global oil demand growth is strong and export-oriented refinery capacity is increasing to meet this demand. The shift of short-term oil market dynamics, coupled with underlying strong demand growth and declining supply growth, is setting the stage for a seasonable rebound, at least in the mid-range product tanker market,” said Gernot Ruppelt, Chief Commercial Officer, Ardmore Shipping Corporation. Mr Ruppelt will be shedding more insights on the tanker market during his session on day two of the APM Conference.

Other keynote speakers on day two include Capt. Michael Elwert, Group Chief Executive Officer, Elektrans; Nicolas Parrot, Managing Director, Head Transportation Sector Investment Banking Asia Pacific (Singapore), BNP Paribas Singapore; and Tim Wilkins, Environmental Director & Regional Manager Asia-Pacific, INTERTANKO.
The APM Conference will also play host to distinguished leaders from Vietnam’s maritime industry as they help industry players understand the development and potential of this emerging shipping hub in Southeast Asia. Strategically located along the major shipping route in the South China Sea, its burgeoning oil industry with its own reserves, rigs and refineries provide a strong foundation for maritime activity. The extensive port infrastructure across its coastline is also well-poised to facilitate average annual export growth. Speakers include Bui Viet Hoai, Deputy General Director & Vice Chairman, Vietnam, Vietnam National Shipping Lines (VINALINES) & Vietnam Ship owners’ Association (VSA); Hai Bang Pham, Head of Sea Ship Classification & Registry Department, Vietnam, Ministry of Transport – Vietnam Registry, Vietnam; and Nguyễn Tất Hoàn, Deputy Director on Operation and Field Development PVEP POC and Director General of Seahorse Yacht, Vietnam.

With climate change an ever-growing global concern, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced last October that it would implement a global cap on marine sulfur emissions in January 2020. Further restrictions on nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions will take place in January 2021, and longer-term carbon dioxide (CO2) marine emissions might also be curbed.

“The international shipping community faces a tough situation, as vessel owners and operators will need to retrofit their vessels or do new-builds by 2020 in order to meet the IMO’s requirements. However, they must also consider the longer-term NOx and CO2 restrictions, and which technology will help them achieve a long-term, economically-viable and environmentally-friendly marine footprint,” said Dom LaVigne, Director of Government & Public Affairs – Asia Pacific/Middle East, Methanol Institute (MI).

Experts including Mr Dom LaVigne; Henning Gloystein, Energy Editor, Asia, Thomson Reuters; Per Christer Lund, PhD, Counsellor for Science & Technology, Royal Norwegian Embassy; and Dr Marc Perrin, in charge of the R&D Programme on LNG and International Development at ENGIE Lab CRIGEN (Center for Research and Innovation in Gas and New Energies) will discuss how fuel and technology solutions such as methanol and LNG are being implemented, and what is the best course moving forward.

Echoing Mr LaVigne’s sentiments for eco-friendly and energy efficient maritime equipment and technologies is Ms Xue Hua, Managing Director, Weichai Singapore Pte Ltd. “Hybrid technology and lithium battery technology in vehicle application are the recent talk of the town, and I foresee a shifting trend in the maritime sector towards the adoption of alternative or greener energy.” Insights from 23 maritime leaders, including Ms Xue’s, on how the maritime landscape will change in 2018 has been compiled into the #onething2018 e-book that will be available at the APM Conference. Co-located partner conferences to address cyber threats and IP risks Other co-located partner conferences are Digital Ship’s Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum (15 March 2018) to tackle the omniscient cyber threat growing across all sectors.

With increasing reliance on technology, cyber resilience becomes business-critical to protect operations, processes and data from attacks, damage or security breaches. The Intellectual Property (IP) Management and Enforcement in the Maritime Industry (16 March 2018) will debate on intellectual property (IP) issues in the maritime industry and strategies to protect against risks. Talent-building at APM Talent remains a critical success factor for the future of the maritime industry.

To engage tomorrow’s maritime leaders and build talent, APM will hold a new Career & Skills Pavilion for professionals in the maritime industry seeking prospective career, networking, and training and development opportunities throughout the sector. Top talent development agencies participating include CPP Asia Pacific, Direct Search Asia, Facilitators Network Singapore, Gemini Personnel, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and the Singapore Association of Shipsuppliers and Services (SASS) Academy. Gemini Personnel will also be offering a complimentary Workplace Culture psychometric assessment to the first 100 visitors at their booth each day. Networking at the heart of APM Also forming the backbone of APM is its networking events, which have been revamped with a more targeted approach.

New next year is the series of six thematic networking sessions tailored to bring together international companies and buyers from Asia with similar interests to forge new partnerships. The six themes are: Powering the way forward – next generation marine power; Best in class marine equipment and fitting; IMO 2020 vision: Preparing for the new global sulphur cap; Competing on a global playing field in terms of shipbuilding; The future of maritime shipping – transforming shipping industry with ICT and digitalisation; and Lubricant, coating and corrosion. Using the APM Recommendation Tool that crosses data to match common business interests, buyers will be connected to the relevant exhibitors while for exhibitors, the tool actively recommends them to their most targeted audience at the exhibition.


Other events organised for APM delegates to network include the inaugural APM Networking Golf event (13 March 2018) organised in partnership with Singapore Maritime Network (SMN), which brings together top leaders in the maritime community for both business and leisure connections.

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The 115th North American International Toy Fair Unveils Fresh Line-up of Educational Sessions

The 115th North American International Toy Fair will be held on February 17- 20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Toy Fair is produced by The Toy Association™, Inc., the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and bringing toys and youth entertainment products to kids of all ages. The Toy Association’s more than 950 members account for approximately 90% of the annual U.S. domestic toy market of $26B.

The Toy Association has announced an exciting line-up of educational programming that will enhance the show experience for tens of thousands of global attendees.

Presented under the show’s “Knowledge Network,” this year’s seminars will cover everything from licensing and toy trends, to retail strategies, to tips for inventors and entrepreneurs.

“On top of being a business show and the place to spot the latest trends in toys and play, Toy Fair will also feature educational seminars to ensure that toymakers, retailers, licensors, inventors, and other professionals have an enriching experience,” says Marian Bossard, The Toy Association’s executive vice president of global market events. “This year, most of the educational programming is included in Toy Fair registration – a new benefit we are excited to offer to attendees.”

The following are just a few highlights of the many learning and networking opportunities at Toy Fair ’18. Visit to learn more.

Licensing Content Connection
sessions on Saturday and Sunday (February 17 and 18)

Toy Fair’s popular educational series provides attendees with insight into the growing world of toy licensing, which accounted for 28 percent of U.S. toy sales in 2017. The four-session program takes place over two days, and will include seminars such as “Licensing 101,” “How to Negotiate a Licensing Deal,” “Think Global, Act Local,” and “Are You Ready for Licensing?”

Speakers will include Kelli Couchee, account director of licensing at UBM Americas; Marty Brochstein, senior vice president of industry relations and information for the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), and other LIMA professionals; Ira Mayer, former publisher and executive editor of The Licensing Letter and Youth Market Alerts; and Karen Raugust, founder of Raugust Communications. The licensing program is presented in partnership with LIMA and UBM (publisher of License! Global and producer of worldwide Licensing Expo shows.)

Independent Thinking
sessions on Saturday through Tuesday (February 17 to 20)

Neighborhood toy store and specialty shop owners will find practical information to help their stores stand out from the competition in these expert-led sessions.

For the first time, The Toy Association is hosting “ for Retailers” sessions on Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday of the show. Retailers will be introduced to, The Toy Association’s digital marketplace where toy companies showcase their products in virtual showrooms all year long. Buyers will learn how to use the platform’s product discovery features to quickly find unique products and suppliers for their stores.

On Monday, Patricia Norins, CEO of Marketing Lemonade will present “60 Innovative Marketing Ideas in 60 Minutes,” to reveal to specialty retailers 60 proven digital and traditional marketing ideas that they can immediately implement for proven results. The session is in partnership with The Toy Association and the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA).

Business Development & Special Sessions
sessions taking place Friday through Monday (February 16 to 19)

Before Toy Fair even opens its doors, attendees can hit the ground running with special sessions on Friday, February 16. Blue Plate Media will present one-hour sessions throughout the day to help attendees crack the code to smart and strategic media, including Fast Track: Media 101 to Media MBA (In Less Than an Hour)CARU: How Do You Talk to Kids Today?, and Look and Learn at Media Spending in the Toys and Games Category.First-time Toy Fair exhibitors are invited to attend Rookies & Cookies, where they will meet helpful contacts to assist them throughout the show, learn tips for making the most of their Toy Fair investment from experienced trade show specialists, and ask any last-minute questions.

The Toy Association’s Toy Trends Briefing

During The Toy Association’s annual trends session, taking place on Sunday, February 18 from 4 to 5 p.m., the Association’s team of trend specialists will give buyers, media, and other interested Toy Fair attendees an exclusive first look at the year’s most exciting trends in toys and games. The presentation will include product demos and examples from the show floor.

The Future of Consumer Packaging Starts Today

Amazon packaging experts will offer attendees a session on the future of consumer packaging. Taking place on Saturday, February 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Brent Nelson, Amazon’s senior manager for worldwide packaging, will share Amazon Fulfillment and packaging innovations that will reduce cost and complexity, and improve the customer experience. 

Global Trade and Market Expansion

with sessions on Sunday and Monday (February 19 and 20)

The Toy Association will present the findings of commissioned global market research to help attendees thoughtfully consider whether their businesses are the right fit for international expansion. The first session (held on Sunday at 11 a.m.) will focus on Germany, a desirable market for companies wishing to expand to Europe, and the second session (held on Monday at 2 p.m.) will focus on France, one of the fastest growing populations in Europe. The sessions will explore each country’s business landscape, consumer demographics, and kids’ behavior, among other topics. Presenters are Philippe Guinaudeau of the research consultancy Kidz Global and Anne McConnell, The Toy Association’s senior director of market research & data strategy. This session is free for Toy Association members and $99 for non-members who wish to attend.

The Toy Association’s Toy Safety & Compliance Update
Monday, February 19
The Toy Association’s “Toy Safety & Compliance Update” will share important information that industry stakeholders need to know to bring safe and compliant toys to market.  Held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., this important annual session will include: information on the revised ASTM F963-17 Toy Safety Standard; updates on state legislative and regulatory activity; information on privacy concerns and connected products; IP protection issues and developments; and international trade issues impacting toys. The session will be presented by Toy Association staff and sponsored by AsiaInspection, Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services, Intertek, and SGS.

Creative Factor
sessions to be announced

The creative community gathers yearly at Toy Fair to explore the show floor and hear from experts in various fields who share their knowledge about topics such as funding a project, negotiating agreements, innovative technologies, protecting inventions, and much more. Stay tuned for more information on Creative Factor educational sessions.

With more events and happenings being added to the schedule each day at 

Source:The Toy Association, Inc.

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The 4th Annual NATPE Unscripted Breakthrough Award Released

MIAMI, FL – The winners of the 4th Annual Unscripted Breakthrough Awards were revealed last Tuesday during the NATPE MIAMI Marketplace and Conference, which was 3 day event closed on January 18th. Hosted by Dan Abrams, chief legal analyst for ABC News and host of Big Fish Entertainment’s hit series Live PD on A&E, the winners were revealed during a special luncheon ceremony at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort.

The NATPE Unscripted Breakthrough Awards are designed to honor programs and celebrate people that broke through the clutter in the preceding year, as well as becoming part of the cultural conversation and generally altering the expectations of what constitutes a reality program.

The 2018 awards were given out in the following categories, including a newly added category for Innovation: Competition; Documentary; Docusoap; Factual; and Game Shows. The newly added category is in line with this year’s theme for NATPE MIAMI: A Changing Industry in a Changing World.

2018 Unscripted Breakthrough Awards Winners:

America’s Got Talent
American Ninja Warrior
The Voice
Top Chef

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
Casting JonBenet
Get Me Roger Stone
The Keepers

DOCUSOAP WINNER: The Real Housewives Franchise
Below Deck
Born This Way
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
My 600 lb. Life



FACTUAL WINNER: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
VICE News Tonight

Beat Shazam
Hip Hop Squares
Match Game
The $100,000 Pyramid

INNOVATION WINNER: Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
60 Days In
Born This Way
Live PD
RuPaul’s Drag Race

Celebrating 55 years of service to the global television industry, NATPE inspires the growth and success of content development, creation, production, financing and distribution across all platforms through interdependent marketplaces where industry powers gather to offer insight and make deals.

NATPE is the largest U.S. based global content association and a leader in developing international markets and conferences for the entire spectrum of the dynamic content business.

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The World Toursim Industry Gathers Around the Most Technological Staging of FITUR in Madrid


International Tourism Trade Fair at the Feria de Madrid venue ©2018 IFEMA

International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR 2018, is held from the 17th to the 21st of January 2018 at the Feria de Madrid venue .

The Trade Show has grown by 8%, in line with the good moment that the world tourism sector is enjoying and with the record figures in Spain.

International participation has grown by 13%, and includes new countries and new official representations. There has also been a growth in the participation of national representations (3%) and of technological firms (16%).

India will be the FITUR Partner and will be the fifth country by presence in the Trade Show.

FITUR will be breaking ground as an ‘Augmented Trade Show’, since it will premiere the development of a set of tourist and trade show management apps. They will deploy their functionalities with 5G technology in the near future.

The strategy of segmentation has added the new FITUR FESTIVALS to its monographic sections, in response to the growing specialisation and the search for new market niches.
The Trade Show will be generating 260 million euros over its five days, and will strengthen the various sectors connected to tourism in Madrid.

IFEMA kicks off the international schedule of tourism trade fairs with FITUR 2018, the great business and professional meeting platform that will present the latest proposals, destinations and news of world tourism in Madrid between 17th-21st January. Like every year, this staging will allow agents from this industry to establish the lines of work that will set the programme for the whole year. Many business meetings will be held and contacts and business exchanges will be made.

Furthermore, the International Tourism Trade Fair is being held in a highly positive context, with record figures on a national and international level. According to figures provided by the UNWTO, tourist destinations received 1.1 billion international tourists between January and October 2017 (a growth of 7% over the same period in the previous year, or 70 million more international arrivals). Spain has also reached record figures: up until November, 77.8 million international tourists had visited our country, accounting for a growth of 9.1%. Tourist expenditure totalled 82.293 billion euros, for a growth of 12.9%.

Growth of FITUR
This positive scenario will be best reflected in FITUR 2018, which is increasing its content, both national and international, the number of participating companies and its surface area.

This staging will cover 65,500 m2 (4% more) and will have more than 10.000 participating companies from 165 countries and regions, increasing the number of main exhibitors to 816 (8% more overall). It is especially important to mention the 13% increase in international participation, which accounts for 54% of the total, whereas national participation (46% of the total) has grown by 3%.

The regions that have grown the most are Africa (more than 21%), Asia-Pacific and Europe (more than 19% and 15% respectively).

Furthermore, this staging will see the first-time participation of Syria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Bangladesh and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In addition, the international contingent will also include Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Latvia, Mauritius, Puerto Rico and Ukraine. These countries had already participated through companies from their territories, but they are back in FITUR with an official representation.

The 2017 attendance figures of 244,972 visitors, including 135,838 professionals, are expected to be exceeded. Madrid will receive a significant number of visitors because of FITUR, thereby yielding an estimated financial impact of 260 million euros. All hotels are expected to be fully booked and sectors linked to tourism, such as restaurants and retail and leisure businesses, will be highly active.

In this sense, FESTITUR will be held again this year, to coincide with the Trade Show, in collaboration with Madrid Night, the programme of cultural, leisure, business and cuisine activities that aims to highlight the appeal of Madrid as a tourist destination and to boost expenditure in leisure activities, which totalled 12.5 million euros and 190,000 night visits by the FITUR professionals.

For the third year in a row, FITUR has allowed a participating company or destination the chance to become integrated in its communication strategy to gain better advertising and broadcasting. On this occasion, this partner programme has turned INDIA into a FITUR Partner, adding its country brand to this staging and placing the Asian power in a special spotlight during the Trade Show.

In fact, INDIA is the Asian country with the greatest presence in this staging, and one of the top five in the Trade Show as a whole. Under the slogan of ‘Incredible India’, the hall led by the India Tourism Board has witnessed a 35% increase in overall participation, with a greater presence of companies and states/regions, as well as of tour operators that will be present in their own stands.

Source:2018 IFEMA

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CES 2018 Debuts Next-Gen Innovation That Will Change the World

Las Vegas, NV – 01/10/2018 – CES®2018 opened its doors last Tuesday unveiling the next-generation of technology designed to improve our lives and address global challenges across a record-breaking show floor that spans more than 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space and features more than 3,900 exhibitors, including some 900 startups.

More than 20,000 products will launch at CES 2018 this week. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, CES 2018 runs through Friday, January 12, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

CES® 2018 featured technologies from more than 3,900 companies, including some 900 startups, that will change the lives of citizens around the world. Global brands took to the CES stage to make major company announcements, with keynotes from the leaders of Ford and Huawei, as well as C Space Storyteller sessions featuring executives from Facebook, IBM and TBWA Worldwide.


CES 2018 kicked off Tuesday morning with CTA’s State of the Industry keynote where Gary Shapiro, CTA president and CEO and Karen Chupka, senior vice president of CES and corporate business strategy shared the stage. Chupka addressed the global impact of CES, “[It] touches every sector of the global economy – from healthcare and education to manufacturing and smart cities,” said Chupka. She also highlighted new and growing areas of CES 2018 such as: The CES Sports Zone, Design and Source, Artificial Intelligence, high tech retailing, Eureka Park and the growing automotive footprint.

Shapiro followed, addressing the increasing importance of tech. “The technologies on display across the CES show floor this week are solving big, global challenges. Technology connects us with each other. It makes us more engaged as citizens. It makes us healthier and it saves lives.” He noted that technology raises everyone up across social and economic divides and highlighted CTA’s forecast that the U.S. consumer tech industry will grow almost 4 percent this year to a record-breaking $351 billion in retail revenues. Shapiro closed by announcing CTA’s first-ever International Scorecard, ranking the best countries for innovation, congratulating 13 Innovation Champions for creating an environment that allows innovation to thrive.

Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett then took the stage for the opening keynote to share his bold outlook for Ford. Hackett idealized “the living street” and touted a human-centered course forward when it comes to smartening our cities. “It’s not about cities getting smarter, it’s about humans having a better day,” he said. Hackett’s vision focuses efforts on creating a reliable future of transportation through a systems-based approach for the people of rising smart cities. Hackett was joined on stage by top influencers in transportation and other Ford executives, including Marcy Klevorn, president of mobility, to highlight the company’s road to the future. Ford also introduced its new Transformation Mobility Cloud, an open platform, is designed to simplify the flow of data in support of transportation systems from vehicles and bicycles to mass transit.

Huawei took the CES keynote stage Tuesday afternoon to announce the availability of its Mate10 Pro smartphone in the American market next month. Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group outlined the capabilities of the unlocked, $799 flagship phone including an AI-powered Kirin processor; larger battery capacity; dual camera system; high speed and security; fast charge and a 6” full view OLED HDR display. Huawei also announced a Porsche Design version of the Mate10 that will have premium features. “Our newest consumer solution, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro, is the smartphone that U.S. consumers need and deserve,” said Yu. Mr. Yu also unveiled the Huawei WiFi Q2 Series, a home wi-fi system, promising a reliable signal throughout your house, and introduced “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot as their first Chief Experience Officer.

SuperSessions and Conferences

Opening day featured dynamic conference programming, including SuperSessions, the C Space Storytellers series, Innovation Policy Summit, Digital Money Forum and the Sports Technology Innovation series.


During the Insights from the FTC SuperSession, CTA’s Shapiro sat down with FTC Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen for a wide-ranging discussion covering everything from open internet, to privacy, data security, botnets and antitrust. Ohlhausen reinforced the FTC’s overarching commitment to “promote competition and protect consumers,” and her personal commitment to practice “regulatory humility.”

Ohlhausen applauded the work of CTA, Congress, President Trump and others enabling over-the-counter hearing aids to be sold at retail. Regarding botnets and data security, Ohlhausen said, “It’s a shared obligation of industry, of law enforcement, of government to take the right steps and put the right frameworks in place to help stop these kinds of problems.”

The Future of News SuperSession, moderated by Brent Weinsten, head of Digital Media, United Talent Agency, covered topics ranging from the presence of bias in media and the “fake news” phenomenon to the role of anonymous sources and where the burden lies for curating consumption. Sara Fischer, media reporter, Axios, explained the innovative approach Axios has implemented in order to combat the dilemma faced by many media organizations – keeping an audience happy without sacrificing hard news. Axios “serves consumers where they want, but not what they want” by bringing their valued, fact-based journalism to new mediums. Panelists ended the session stressing the imperative need for media organizations to adapt to new technologies and new formulas.

“What’s happening here is honestly the most important CE topic we’ve ever brought to CES,” moderator and CNET Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley said as he kicked off the Next Big Thing: The Invisible Doctor SuperSession. The panel examined how the digital health industry will take data from our lives and integrate it into personalized care. From tele-doctors to apps that monitor heartrate, doctor visits and health updates will soon be done from the confines of your living room. Dr. Ian Tong, Chief Medical Officer at Doctor On Demand, emphasized the importance of keeping the doctor-patient relationship, but allowing technology to streamline access to healthcare, which has become an overly complex process.

C Space Storytellers

Tuesday’s C Space Storyteller sessions kicked off with Facebook’s Vice President of Product, Fidji Simo and actress, Kerry Washington, as they took the stage to discuss Facebook’s new platform: Facebook Watch. Launched in September 2017, Facebook Watch allows users to view custom content, live events and more. “Facebook’s goal is to bring content and community together,” said Simo. Washington spoke about her production company’s partnership with Facebook to create Five Points, a scripted drama-series to premiere on the platform. Washington said, “Social media is such a great democratizer because it allows you to cut out the middle man and directly engage with your community.” Facebook also announced its focus on tackling social justice and diversity issues in a meaningful way through original content posted to Facebook Watch.

Disruptive technologies are presenting massive opportunities for advertisers and industry experts to deliver content to consumers and audiences around the globe. During the C Space Storytellers session, TBWA Worldwide CEO Troy Ruhanen sat down with Teresa Herd, vice president and global creative director of Intel, to discuss technology’s impact on B2B messaging and advertising. New technology drives innovative solutions, but also creates fear of the unknown among consumers. To combat this, Intel and TBWA are humanizing technology through humor, empathy and relatability in their advertising content. Intel is building, designing and creating the future, while advertising agencies such as TBWA are turning fear into excitement. Part of building acceptance and excitement around 21st century technology is to create positive stories about the ways tech will impact our lives.

Nicholas Thompson, editor in chief of Wired, joined IBM executives to discuss how AI is shaping businesses and the technology industry at large. IBM is currently using data and AI capabilities to analyze events, predict behavior and program complex machines. For instance, during the 2017 US Open Tennis Championships, IBM launched Watson Media, a program which analyzed players and footage in real time to deliver cognitive highlights post-game. IBM is leveraging advancements in data and AI technology to solve a myriad of problems.

In an age of big data and innovative technologies, marketers can understand the customer experience better than ever before. Moderated by The Economist’s Kenneth Cukier, Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) from Deloitte, Turner, MasterCard and Panasonic sat on the C Space Storytellers stage to discuss the role big data plays in marketing. New technologies allow marketers to deliver a better consumer experience, leverage data from campaigns and understand how content is being consumed. The ability to use data for the benefit of the consumer is incredible because it allows marketers to develop relationships with loyal customers. “An overarching theme of this panel involved data, establishing rapport with consumers and gaining brand loyalty.

Innovation Policy

Tuesday’s session Administration’s Approach to Innovation and Tech Policy was a fireside chat between CTA’s SVP of Government Affairs Michael Petricone and Deputy Assistant to the President Michael Kratsios as they ran down the White House Office of Science and Technology’s ambitious agenda. More specifically, Kratsios touched on how the government can best serve rural Americans with tools to succeed in the 21st Century – pointing to President Trump’s rural broadband announcement yesterday – and removing regulatory hurdles for emerging technologies. “We need to push government to have more sense of urgency” said Kratsios. The OSTP leader gave nods to the FAA and DOT for delivering on aggressive timelines to allow emerging technologies to succeed.

During the Future of Work for both Humans and Machines, Bridget Karlin, CTO and VP, IBM Global Technology Services noted, “This is about man plus machine. Not man versus machine.” Moderated by CTA’s VP of Government and Political Affairs Tiffany Moore and including Ned Finkle, VP of External Affairs, NVIDIA and Evelyn Remaley, Deputy Associate Administrator, NTIA the session focused on the challenges and opportunities surrounding AI and machine learning. “We’re in a transitional period and the pace of the transition can make people nervous. But good employment can happen if policymakers can lean in,” said Finkle.

During the 2018 Preview: FCC Commissioner Roundtable, moderated by CTA’s VP of Regulatory Affairs Julie Kearney, FCC Commissioners Brendan Carr, Mignon Clyburn, and Mike O’Rielly shared their respective opinions on net neutrality, the future of the Telecom Act, and other regulatory reforms in the coming year. The three represented widely different policy views across the spectrum. Despite the clear and sharp disagreements among the Commissioners, Clyburn noted that at the end of the day “we want to see what’s best for the country, providing the best platform for innovation and tech that is open for business.”

Digital Money Forum

Tuesday’s Digital Money Forum’s panel, A Robot Worth Talking To, featured Sophia, a robot capable of making realistic, human facial expressions, and focused on how AI bots like Sophia can impact digital money. The robot, created by Hanson Robotics, spoke about blockchain technology and how AI can influence the world of cryptocurrency. Afterwards, David Hanson, Sophia’s creator and Hanson Robotics CEO, spoke with MIT Media Lab’s Michael Casey about how Sophia can use state-of-the-art algorithms and machine learning to respond to any question an interviewer may have.

The Leaders in Digital Money panel focused on digital wallets, which are becoming a seamless consumer experience, eliminating the need to carry cash, checks – or even credit cards. Leaders from Payscout, IBM Blockchain Labs and Clinc discussed the future of payments, including the use of virtual reality payments in digital storefronts and conversational AI, which can be used for setting up bank accounts.

Sports Technology Innovation

During the panel Making Better Decisions with Sports Tech, Jessica Gelman, CEO of the Kraft Analytics Group, noted that the sports industry is at the precipice of leveraging technology and data to get better across all aspects of the business – but the industry is still “in the very early days.” To explore the intersection of technology and sports, Sports Innovation Lab CEO and Co-Founder Angela Ruggiero says her team is objectively looking at the market across five key areas: the quantified athlete, smart venues, immersive viewing, sponsorships and e-sports.

Tuesday also featured Exploring Smart Buildings and Connected Infrastructure, which discussed advancements in smart city planning. “Intelligent buildings are here and they are very real,” said Charlie Kindel, Director, Alexa Smart Home, Amazon, summing up the first day of Smart Cities programming at CES 2018. Senior executives from Amazon, Deloitte Consulting, Zigbee Alliance, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, Philips Lighting and Schneider Electric discussed how smart buildings are changing the way we live and what the future holds for sustainability, enhanced experiences and new connections. Smart buildings and smart spaces are now everywhere, allowing for a connected ecosystem with no boundaries.

Day one of CES 2018 concluded with the Women in CT Awards, hosted by CTA. Six recipients were honored for transforming the consumer technology industry through leadership in the retail, sales and marketing, integration, publishing and trade association segments. Honorees included: HP’s Stephanie Dismore, InMotion Entertainment Group’s Eden Goldberg, Milestone AV’s Bonnie Perella and Southtown Audio Video’s Heather Sidorowicz. The Woman to Watch Award recipient was System Contractor News editor Megan Dutta, and the Carol Campbell Inspiration Award honor was given to CTA’s Ellen Savage.

*Source:CES 2018

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ISC West 2018 Debuts Its Diverse Lineup of Educational Sessions

ISC West, the largest converged security event of the year sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), has debuted its SIA Education@ISC session lineup for the 2018 show today.

These 85+ plus accredited sessions, covering a range of industry topics, are designed to arm attendees with the assets and knowledge they need to protect and defend against developing threats in today’s complex security landscape. ISC West 2018 will take place April 11-13 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, NV. SIA Education@ISC will kick off a day prior to the exhibits, on April 10.

Through its partnership with SIA, ISC West has organized a comprehensive program for attendees from all industries, roles and functions across physical, IT and IoT security. Now that registration is officially open for ISC West, theConnected Security Expo and the Unmanned Security & Safety Expo, attendees can sign up to take part in key sessions. Sample sessions include:

How Advanced IoT Technology can Create the Connected Workplace of the Future

The Internet of Things (IoT) is booming, but there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for deploying an IoT project in the enterprise, nor for securing it. This session will provide attendees with a model for implementing an end-to-end IoT ecosystem and how to leverage its predictive benefits to improve efficiency and security.

You Are the Password: Frictionless Biometric Security

Biometrics will continue to be a hot topic this year, with everyone wondering if using facial recognition or fingerprints is truly more secure than traditional passwords and pins. This session will define where we are with biometrics, how it’s changing the way we interact and transact, and how its increasing popularity will impact our relationship with physical devices.

Active Shooter Workshop

Today’s defense environment is unpredictable, and active shootings are a real concern for businesses and communities. Back by popular demand, join this hands-on workshop to learn how to protect and defend from a communications and infrastructure perspective.

Another Brick in the Firewall: Security Leaders Discuss The Elements of Complete Cyber Protection

As a 50-year-old brand, ISC West has evolved from a physical security event to a converged security event, adapting to stay on the cusp of the changing environment. This diverse panel comprised of experts across intelligent power, surveillance, access control, identity management and cybersecurity will address these vital topics.

Case Study of Law Enforcement Uses of UAVs

Listen to a firsthand account of how the Nevada Highway Patrol has pioneered the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to investigate motor vehicle crashes. A case study will be presented showing the capabilities of UAVs to speed up on-scene investigations, allowing roadways to be cleared faster. A comparison of the data obtained by the UAV and by a total station will be presented.

“Each year, our mission is to provide attendees with the knowledge, strategies and tactics they need to fight emerging threats, straight from industry experts who are experiencing the same security concerns,” said Will Wise, group vice president of the ISC security portfolio at Reed Exhibitions. “This year is no exception; we’re providing education covering everything from access and ID management to connected security to video surveillance to unmanned systems to IoT and AI, and more. We’re looking forward to continuing to provide that expert-level thought leadership we’re known for and to help cross-functional teams learn and collaborate.”


ISC West (sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA)) is the largest, converged security event of the year, constantly evolving to educate security professionals on the tools and skills needed to protect against today’s emerging cyber-physical security threats and the anticipated ones of tomorrow.

Over 1,000 international and domestic manufacturers across physical, IT and IoT security debut their new products at the trade show to over 30,000 security industry professionals. 

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