Authentication software integrates with OpenAM to provide multi-factor authentication features to customers. Mobile authentication specialist Encap has today announced that it is partnering with identity and access management (IAM) platform provider ForgeRock to deliver a multi-factor intelligent authentication solution through integration with ForgeRock’s open access management platform, OpenAM.
See also: encapsecurity.com
Mobile authentication specialist Encap has today announced that it is expanding into the U.S. Already successful in Europe, Encap’s expansion will bring its banking-grade, multi-factor authentication technology to financial institutions and enterprises across the country. Encap, based in Palo Alto, plans to partner with leading technology companies to drive mass adoption of its solution.
See also: encapsecurity.com
Kelly Moulton, CCO of never.no, this week spoke at AdWeek in New York. In this interview he outlines how never.no re-invents TV advertising by connecting the mobile and social media to interactive TV ads, based on the never.no platform, and shows expamples of how this is used by advertisers like P&G and leading agencies like Leo Burnett and Starcom.
PagePlanner Solutions announces that it has signed a renewal agreement with Aller Media, the leading publisher of magazines and newspapers in Northern Europe with a weekly circulation of approx. 2.7 million copies.
During the 3 year contract, PagePlanner Solutions will provide Aller in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland with PagePlanner editorial and multi-channel publishing platform. The platform, which enables organisations to streamline content production, will be used to produce more than 50 consumer magazines including widely recognized brands such as Top Model, Henne, IN, ELLE, KK, Se og Hør, and the award-winning Femina.
Novelda, the provider of Nanoscale Impulse Radar solutions, announces the appointment of Alf-Egil Bogen as Chief Executive Officer to lead the company to the next level. Bogen, one of the inventors of the successful AVR Microcontroller, has been in the semiconductor industry for more than 20 years and recently served as CMO for Atmel Corporation, where he was based in San Jose California, and as CMO for Energy Micro, assisting the sale of the company to Silicon Labs in Austin, Texas.
Check out Novelda on www.novelda.no.
Leading SMB mobile website provider bMobilized announced today a partnership with Japan’s SoftBank BB (Broad Band) Corp. The deal enables SoftBank BB to offer bMobilized’s mobile website conversion platform to its partners and customers. The SoftBank BB Edition will use bMobilized’s newest technology, including the patented automatic content identifier, capable of converting a desktop website to mobile in a manner of minutes. bMobilized’s platform will be distributed through SoftBank BB’s extensive partner network, reaching many of their customers.
See offer here or visit bMobilized.
bMobilized (http://www.bmobilized.com), the leader in mobile solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, today announced the appointment of Mark Caron as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Caron is a mobile tech veteran and has led a number of successful startups in the mobile industry, among them Omnipoint Communications, which Caron co-founded and led marketing and business development. Current CEO Ben Seslija is moving to Europe to focus on strategic partnerships.
The two Norwegian venture firms Alliance Venture and Springfondet would like to assist more new ICT-companies with growth and international expansion. The two firms join forces for a new fund, Alliance Venture Spring, aiming to become one of two new funds under the national seed fund scheme announced by Innovation Norway.
bMobilized (bMenu) today launched the first stand-alone mobile commerce solution for small and medium-sized businesses. The new online tools let SMBs instantly build a custom mobile shopping experience that feels and works like an app and runs on any mobile operating system including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10, and others. No technical or design skill nor prior website or e-commerce store is needed.
See also Wall Street Journal coverage or demo video.
Mobile authentication specialist Encap has announced a new round of investment from ProVenture Seed, an investor in early-stage Norwegian tech companies with international potential. ProVenture Seed joins earlier investor Alliance Ventures, helping Encap bring its banking-grade, software-based authentication platform to a wider market by expanding into new territories and increasing market share in home market.
Also check out Encap and Techcrunch coverage.
never.no enabled UEFA to expand its digital capability with innovations at the four-day UEFA Champions Festival and at Wembley Stadium. Over 1,000 tweets and posts from fans, VIPs & celebrities were displayed on two stadium screens before and after Bayern’s victory. never.no also provided interactions to the Wembley Stadium Hospitality & Concourse screens throughout the final.
Mobile authentication specialist Encap demoed its banking-grade, software-based two-factor authentication at Finovate Spring in San Francisco on May 15th. The event showcased the biggest innovations in financial services technology to leading financial executives, venture capitalists, press, industry analysts, bloggers, and fintech entrepreneurs. Presenters at Finovate only has seven minutes to give an account of their technology and the impact it will have on the market. The demo gave Silicon Valley a chance to see a better alternative to the one-time password based authentication commonplace in the financial services market and currently being rolled out by industry giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft. See also full demo video and critical acclaim afterwards, or visit encapsecurity.com.
Samsung Thales, Co., Ltd (South Korea) has launched the development program of Vehicle-mounted Land Mine Detector. Samsung Thales’ development will be based on the Novelda NVA6100 Nanoscale Impulse Radar system. Land mines left behind from wars worldwide are one of the century’s main unsolved problems of war and remain the focus of humanitarian mine detection and removal. Novelda is proud to contribute to this development. See also: www.novelda.no.
Nordic credit card issuer EnterCard has today announced it has integrated Encap’s two-factor authentication technology into its new re:membercard mobile application. Encap’s authentication technology will ensure EnterCard’s customers enjoy simple, seamless and secure access to their financial services on the move. The service was developed in partnership with ID specialist Signicat. EnterCard, a joint venture between Barclays Bank and Swedbank, is behind the popular re:member credit card and runs card programmes for the likes of British Airways, Swedbank and SpareBank1. By integrating Encap into its re:membercard app, available on both Android and iOS, EnterCard will provide secure two-factor user authentication. See also encapsecurity.com.
poLight, the world leader in very high-speed and ultra low power autofocus actuated lenses, has announced that its TLens (tunable lens) actuator enables a new user experience with camera. poLight’s “Touch & Re-focus” software demonstrates how easy it is for a user to refocus a picture once it has been taken. By simply touching the area where to focus on the smartphone screen, the new generated picture can then be saved at full sensor resolution while image files are sent to the cloud to generate other focusing scenarios at a later time. The application will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 25th to 28th February. See demo video here.
poLight, the world leader in very high-speed and ultra-low power autofocus actuated lenses, announced today the appointment of Keith Cornell as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Cornell joins poLight following the recent successful sale to Samsung of Nanoradio, a Swedish Wi-Fi semiconductor company. Mr. Cornell brings more than 20 years of proven executive management, sales/marketing development experience in the international wireless, telecom, technology and software industries, which will assist poLight’s Board in best guiding the company.
TechCrunch brings the news that bMobilized, which is a US subsidiary of bMenu AS, and an Alliance Venture portfolio company, has raised another 2,5 MUSD in a new round:
“bMobilized, a New York-based mobile web startup offering small businesses a way to convert their existing websites into HTML5, mobile-optimized sites, has raised an additional $2.5 million in Series A funding, the company is announcing today. The new funding comes from previous investors Norway’s Alliance Venture and Investinor, as well Alden AS. The funding also comes on top of the $1.5 million bMobilized had raised in April.”
Norwegian bank Sparebanken Vest today revealed one in every ten of its online customers are now using its mobile banking application since its launch on the 4th of October 2012 – with more than 500 new registrations every day. Sparebanken Vest has selected Encap’s award-winning software-based authentication for its mobile app. Encap is driving user adoption for Sparebanken Vest through a fast, simple and secure registration and login process, providing an outstanding customer experience. See also: encapsecurity.com
Teknisk Ukeblad, Norway’s most important publication and technology, enigneering and business, recently published a feature article on Novelda, the Novelda rader technology and the applications that can be enabled by the technology. The article describes how Novelda can “revolutionize many types of electronics”. To read the full article (in Norwegian) click on the link above. See also www.novelda.no.
poLight’s ultra-fast, small-size and low power autofocus lens (TLens) was showcased on NRK1’s popular science TV show Schrödingers Katt on October 11. The show both explained the basic technology, similar to the human eye, and showed he excellent performance of the lens relative to state of the art in the market today. Click link above to see the clip (Norw. audio). See also www.polight.com.
EE Times, a highly respected publication in the electronic engineering sector recently published their “Silicon 60: Hot startups to watch” list. According to their site, “Silicon 60 companies are selected based on a mix of criteria, including: technology, intended market, maturity, financial position, investment profile and executive leadership. Most importantly, they’re emerging companies we believe are important to follow.” See also full list, Startup Norway coverage and www.polight.com.
Encap was named a Bully Award winner as part of the White Bull Summit in Barcelona on October 4. This was the third annual summit covering the theme Pathways to Exit, aiming to explore the entire company journey, from startup to exit. The award winners are top picks in Europe selected on the basis of excellence in innovation, the promise of growth, and the potential to weather the changes and challenges inherent in the TMT sector. See also Techcrunch article and encapsecurity.com.
never.no will host a Social TV event in New York City on October 11, featuring speakers from never.no, QVC, Facebook, Univision, Voice of America and other partners and customers of never.no, discussing a wide variety of social TV applications, and the future of Social TV. Registration and info at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4091052448/efbnen
Semtech releasing its new SX8750 driver, in line with poLight TLens specification for fast, low cost autofocus for mobile phones. poLight, the world leader in high-speed and ultra-low power autofocus actuated lenses, together with Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced today the availability of the first driver dedicated to the TLens’ platform. This ultra-small 8-pins driver will perfectly integrate into small camera module designs to drive the TLens to its best performance. See also www.polight.com.
bMenu, with it’s system for mobile conversion of websites bMobilized.com was today nominated for “2012 OnMobile 100 Top Private Companies” in the category for “Enabling Technologies”. bMobilized will present at the AlwaysOn OnMobile comference in Redwood City, CA, June 12-13.
The Press release says:”The AlwaysOn editorial team, along with partners at Walden Venture Capital, Azure Ventures, Draper Fisher, Jurvetson, Docomo Capital, Accel Partners, Digital Captial Advisors, SingTel, Sierra Ventures, GrowthPoint Technology Partners, FirstMark Capital, Battery Ventures, Canaan Partners, DCM, KPMG, Hewlett-Packard, Bridge Bank, Fenwick & West, Silicon Valley Bank, and industry experts across the globe dug deeply into the entrepreneurial community to identify the top 100 private companies that are bringing their disruptive skills into the mobile space, turning smartphone and tablet users into sophisticated, savvy consumer and business users as well as providing huge value-creation opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs.”
bMenu and its system to convert websites to a mobile format – bMobilized – is covered in an article in TechCrunch:
“NY-based mobile web startup bMobilized, which bills itself as a competitor to the well-heeled new Google partner DudaMobile, has just closed its Series A round of funding to the tune of $1.5 million. The funding was raised from two early stage European VC firms, Alliance Venture and Investinor.
Like DudaMobile, bMobilized is focused on enabling SMBs to convert their existing websites into HTML5-enabled mobile sites that work on any device, OS, or web browser.
According to CEO Ben Seslija, nine out of every ten small business websites don’t have mobile versions of their sites today – and yet, Americans are poised to spend an estimated $115 billion in goods and services on mobile devices by 2015. So yes, there’s clear market need for services operating in this space.”
Encap has today announced it has been chosen by e-ID specialist Signicat to integrate its unique two-factor authentication with Signicat’s range of cloud based electronic identification services. Signicat’s solutions are integrated with a wide range of e-IDs, giving Signicat a reach of more than 20 million customers. The partnership will make software-based authentication available to more than 80 of Signicat’s existing clients within the public and private sectors, and for both employee and consumer use.
Two Alliance Venture portfolio companies, FXi and Encap, are among the nominees for Red Herring Europe 100 Finalists 2012. The Finals will be held at a conference in Amsterdam April 24-25. The complete list of nominated companies can be found here.
poLight TLens creates a new camera phone application running on the OMAP 4 platform from Texas Instruments. poLight will give “Fast Point and Focus Camera” preview running on the OMAP4460 processor during Mobile World Congress. poLight, the world leader in very high-speed and ultra-low power autofocus actuated lenses, announced today that it has created new applications to enhance camera phone photography experiences thanks to the speed of its autofocus speed.
poLight today announced a collaborationg with Texas Instruments to produce the Optical MEMS part of its TLens™ in large volumes. poLight is developing three different actuated autofocus devices based on a patented technology using Optical MEMS and polymer to fit in camera modules based on 1/5” to 1/2.5” sensors of 5MP to 12MP resolution. The device called ‘TLens’ (Tunable Lens) is to replace the traditional Voice Coil Motor technology and will enhance camera module performance in terms of speed (more than 20x faster) while consuming 40x less power to preserve battery life in continuous autofocus mode. Texas Instruments has worked closely with poLight to develop a process that meet both device performance needs and cost goals.
poLight, the world leader in very high-speed and ultra low power autofocus actuated lenses, announced today that its actuator is enabling an enhanced experience of camera phone photography – bringing the experience closer to that of a digital still or video camera. poLight is working with multi-core processor specialist Movidius to demonstrate its capabilities at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 27th February. The significant capability improvements will enable new mobile applications such as Instant Focus or All-in-Focus that are currently not possible due to VCM performance limitations, but also other 3D applications such as High Quality 3D Video capture.
Encap today announced that electronic service platform vendor, mTrust, has selected its software-based, two-factor authentication and digital signing solution. Encap’s technology will be integrated into mTrust’s BSP (Basic Services Platform) which offers a range of payment, identity and authentication services to financial institutions and other service providers. mTrust is the first partner to integrate Encap’s full suite of authentication and digital signing solutions. Visit Encap at encapsecurity.com.
Mobile World Congress is coming up in Barcelona from February 27th until March 1st. Several Alliance Venture companies will be present: FXi and Encap will exhibit at the show (Hall 2 – Stand 2A67), Polight will have its own suite in a hotel outside the exhibition area, and Integrasco, bMenu, Novelda and never.no will be available for meetings.
Alliance Venture will host an informal tapas&wine reception on the evening of Tuesday the 28th.
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Oslo/New York/Toronto: Never.no, delivering Social TV infrastructure to the world’s leading broadcasters, is today Jan 29th launching in Canada, in the show “Power and Politics” on CBC. This YouTube clip is from the introduction Friday the week before launch.
Never.no is gearing up its activities in North America, look out for upcoming launches with major stations in sports, news and shows.
Contact: Kelly Moulton, VP North America (917) 324 5003
New York, NY and Trondheim, Norway – November 17, 2011 – FXI Technologies, a hardware and software startup based in Trondheim Norway, demonstrated today the world’s first any screen, connected computing USB device. Codenamed “Cotton Candy”, this sweet little device serves as a technology bridge between any display, the Cloud, and any input peripheral.
The vision for Cotton Candy is to allow users a single, secure point of access to all personal Cloud services and apps through their favorite operating system, while delivering a consistent experience on any screen. The device will serve as a companion to smartphones, tablets, notebook PC and Macs, as well add smart capabilities to existing displays, TVs, set top boxes and game consoles.
London/Oslo/Austin, Texas: 3 October 2011 – Lumesse, a global leader in integrated talent management solutions, is pleased to announce that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire Edvantage Group. Over 500,000 users across hundreds of organizations use Edvantage Group’s SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) learning solutions to develop employee skills and competencies. Edvantage Group brings Lumesse world-class capabilities in learning management, content development and management, online content delivery, and custom course development. The two companies already share a number of customers and have pre-existing integrations between their respective product sets
“Social TV” and “Second screen solutions” were the hot topics at IBC in Amsterdam. never.no was ideally positioned with its Interactivity Suite and Synchronized Companion App. Vizrt, never.no and Reaktor showed the world’s first Synchonized Companion App, developed for TV2 Norway for Tour de France this summer. Vizrt recently released a video from the show.
Never.no will exhibit (booth 3.A36) at IBC in Amsterdam, September 9-13, but will also be showcased at VizRT, Molden Media and others. Focus will be on never.no’s 2-screen solution for TV and social media integration, successfully deployed for TV2 Norway’s Tour de France program this summer, and Viasat Football, which is the most recent launch. Never.no is also shortlisted for CSI ‘Best interactive TV technology or application’
A new book on Social Media Analytics by acknowledged industry expert Marshall Sponder, has just been released. The full title of the book is “Social Media Analytics: Effective Tools for Building, Intrepreting, and Using Metrics”. Sponder devotes a full chapter to a case study of how Vodafone UK utilizes Integrasco’s tools and analytics, and also a chapter on the story of Integrasco. The book can be ordered at Amazon (headline is link), see also www.integrasco.com
poLight AS, the world leader in reflowable autofocus actuated lenses for camera phones, announced today the successful closing of its series B financing round, raising 100 MNOK (USD 18.5 million). Investinor, based in Trondheim, Norway, led the round with participation from existing shareholders Viking Venture III AS, Alliance Venture Polaris AS and SINTEF Venture III AS. poLight’s TLens (Tunable Lens) offers camera module makers next generation Auto Focus (AF) actuators based on an innovative and patented optical polymer technology that will continue to improve camera phone performance, while aggressively driving cost and size further down. poLight’s TLens products can easily be integrated into mobile phone camera modules ranging from low-end to high-end devices – as high as 12 megapixel. poLight’s technology brings superior features compared to the traditional AF solutions, reducing camera module system power consumption by half and allowing Instant Focus for video and picture capture. “Investors recognize that poLight’s technology is best positioned to bring features enhancing camera phone user experience, while leveraging semiconductor supplier for the manufacturing to ensure cost effective large volume production,” said Christian Dupont, CEO of poLight. “Customers will be able to benefit from our innovation with trusted sourcing.”
This award is a recognition of MemfoACT and the company’s promising carbon membrane technology, says VP of Sales in MemfoACT Gøril Forbord.
PagePlanner Solutions AS is now introducing PagePlanner version 3, developed with the latest technology from Microsoft and Adobe. It offers full flexibility and is platform independent (Mac, PC, Web). PagePlanner 3 can produce for all channels (print, web, pad, smart phone). In addition, it is easy to integrate PagePlanner 3 with other systems, such as advertising systems, photo applications, etc. It has never been easier to produce magazines than with the new PagePlanner 3. For the first-time, PagePlanner 3 will be available in the German, Austrian and Swiss marked through flux labor GmbH in Hamburg. “PagePlanner 3 is innovative with respect to functionality and represents something completely new in magazine production. At the same time we have maintained the qualities that have made us the best-selling production system in the Nordic countries”, says the company’s CEO, Bjørn Jåsund.
Thomas Bostrøm Jørgensen has been appointed the new CEO of Encap. Thomas was previously CEO at Luup, an international leader in domestic and cross-border mobile payments solutions and business strategies for banks and financial institutions. Thomas lead the development of Luup from a small technology-driven B2C company to becoming a recognised global leader in mobile payments solutions. Prior to Luup, he was VP of R&D at Force, a market leader in high-end Digital-TV receivers for the northern European market. He also co-founded Voycast, an innovative Video On Demand solution for the Broadcasting industry and held several positions at Tandberg Television. Alliance Venture is pleased to have Thomas on board and welcomes him warmly.
Remote technology service pioneer PlumChoice announced today it has acquired the Swedish company Tific AB, the leader in automated IT support solutions. Tific is a company in Aliance Venture Fund1.
Edvantage group, Europe’s leading provider of cloud-based learning and performance solutions, has been awarded a contract to provide e-learning courses to the Danish State Employer’s Authority ,within the Danish Ministry of Finance. As a result, over 40 courses designed to increase proficiency with software, including Microsoft, Open Office and Adobe, will be made available to up to 90,000 employees across Denmark’s government agencies.
The Swedish company Forma Publishing Group is one of the leading players in magazine, book and television production. Forma Publishing Group has operations in Sweden, Finland and the Baltic countries and employs approximately 400 persons. They have been in the market for a new production system for magazines and books for a while, and after evaluating a number of available systems, PagePlanner 3 was selected based on its ease of use, price and functionality.
Novelda has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan – 2011 Europe New Product Innovation Award in Radar Sensors. The New Product Innovation Award is presented to the company that has excelled in the following criteria: innovative element of the product, leverage leading edge technologies in product, value added features/benefits, increased customer ROI and customer acquisition/penetration potential. Frost & Sullivan concluded: “The Novelda NVA6000 Impulse Radar transceiver, an extremely advanced electromagnetic high precision sensor integrated on a single chip, offers unique penetration capabilities while bringing down the cost of ownership for its customers. It incorporates advanced design and technology that successfully eliminate previously existing technological bottlenecks. This provides it with the ability to effectively cater to a range of sensor applications – in fields ranging from medical imaging to security and surveillance.”
bMobilized is a self service platform for creating mobile versions of existing web sites. By entering your domain name, bMobilized will automatically create a mobile version of your existing website. Then the customer then gets access to online tools for customization of design, navigation and content. After 5 minutes you have a mobile version of your website which automatically resizes to thousands of phones and is kept automatically updated so you don’t need to maintain two websites to a have a mobile version. bMobilized version 1.0 of was launched in the US market in February 2011 and the main investors behind the service is Alliance Venture and Investinor
never.no will show its revolutionary Synchonized Companion App at NAB in Las Vegas | April 11-14, booth #N3737 Additionally never.no will be present at the Vizrt booth, #SL5408, demonstrating the powerful combination of Vizrt graphic systems and our own Interactivity Suite.
Attacks on internet banks in Norway caused by the SpyEye trojan has created debate about internet bank security. Encap’s solution is an effective remedy for this type of attack, as highlighted in the news.
Swedish label Darrow have signed a digital distribution deal with Phonofile. Darrow have an impressive catalogue including artists like The Refreshments (12 gold and 2 platinum albums), Dave Edmunds, Eva Eastwood, Johan ”J.B” Blohm, Nejra and many more.
Integrasco is one of the world’s leading providers of social media monitoring and analytics services to global brands, with a very strong position in the telecom/mobile industry Integrasco exhibited at the MWC in Barcelona, and published a full study of the product launches right after the congress.
poLight, the world leader in reflowable autofocus actuated lenses, today announced the appointment of Christian Dupont as Chief Executive Officer. poLight is entering an industrialisation and market deployment phase after several years of technology and product development. Christian Dupont took his position as new poLight’s CEO on September 1st, 2010. Christian joins poLight from Varioptic, world leader in liquid lens technology, where he was CEO. Prior to this, he worked for 20 years at Texas Instruments.