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Sielox building technology portfolio and sales channel for a strong future

Runnemede, NJ (February 23, 2016) – Continued growth of its award-winning Sielox Class™ Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System (CLASS) along with the ongoing popularity of its industry-leading Pinnacle Access Control software suite, continues to fuel their ability to expand the company’s sales channel and build new relationships with technology partners and end users.

“By accelerating our product development cycles and further expanding our sales channel and marketing outreach, Sielox is actively investing in our long term growth and success,” said Karen Evans, President and CEO, Sielox LLC. “These initiatives will continue to strengthen the Sielox brand and improve our overall position within the security market.”

Sielox has made additions to its management team to further support company goals. Terry Carver was promoted to Product Manager while Dan Artman was promoted to Vice President of the company’s Western territory. Newcomer Mike Hallford joins Sielox as Vice President of the Eastern territory. The company’s sales rep network also continues to expand across the US, with new organizations and territories added to further enhance customer support and sales activities.

Sielox also continues to actively pursue technology partnerships through integrations with companies such as Allegion, HID, Kaplogic and others.   

Sielox offers advanced integrated solutions that include a wide range of access control and surveillance software, hardware and accessories. In addition to the Pinnacle Access Control software suite, 32-bit controllers, readers, proximity access control cards and devices designed for professional security applications, the new sales rep firms also represent the Sielox Class™ Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System. Designed for use in K-12 and any facility, the system provides real-time location status, updates and notifications to administrators and first responders through the use of graphical maps, email and text messaging to assist in making split-second decisions.

About Sielox LLC

Since 1979, Sielox has designed and marketed intuitive security management systems through select business partners to commercial, education, financial, government, utilities, retail and healthcare markets. From entry-level to enterprise-wide, Sielox scalable solutions include Pinnacle 9 Windows-based security management, 1700 controller with unmatched capabilities and serviceability, Sielox AnyWare browser-based access control and the award-winning Sielox Class Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System. Sielox provides “Made in North America” solutions that exceed today’s complex and demanding security environments.

NAPCO launches the ArchiTech platform's advanced line of bluetooth LE™ enabled door locks

Amityville, NY, February 22 - NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: NSSC) announced the commercial debut of its ArchiTech™ Networx™ platform with new iLock™ App, now incorporating universally-compatible Bluetooth LE™ technology, and allowing a smart device to unlock an ArchiTech-equipped building door, securely and conveniently, from up to 30 feet away.

This new smart, key-free ArchiTech Access Lock platform capability offers much more than that of an ID card displayed on a smartphone. It provides true, added security by wirelessly pairing each ArchiTech Door Lock and its iLock™ App together, with each supplying a portion of stored encrypted data to ensure user identities. For even greater security, users can add an optional passcode, which they can enter on the app. As a result, the ArchiTech platform offers a unique combination of convenience and clone-proof peace of mind, resulting in secure access without a key, fuss or worry.

ArchiTech can be used to control access one door at a time; across a wireless network; or as an integral part of a new or existing enterprise security system—spanning a few, or thousands of doors, in one building, a campus or multiple sites around the world. Ideal for educational, commercial office or multi-dwelling residential settings, these stylish, durable locks, offering a choice of ID credential and multi-technology readers in several styles, plus a choice of over 300 Grade 1 lock trims and finishes. The platform is marketed across channels and through three of the Company's sales groups, i.e., by Alarm Lock, Continental Access & Marks USA.

NAPCO President and CEO Richard Soloway said: "The ArchiTech platform of wireless door locks offers the highest level of functionality with ease of use. In a day and age where push button start cars and Google® Wallet™ are more common, people are now looking at their homes and business and want simple keyless entry without sacrificing security. We believe that with NAPCO's legacy of providing the best in residential and commercial security devices, we are in a unique position to bring the industry to this next level of simplicity."

Mr. Soloway concluded: "With the announcement last week that ADT was acquired by Apollo Global Management for $42 per share (a 56% premium to the prior Friday's closing price), it is apparent that large investments are continuing to be made in the security space at significant premiums. If 'smart' private equity managers are making such investments in the security industry, they likely see growth in that area. NAPCO is well positioned to capitalize on any such growth trends in both the near term and the long term with its broad array of security products, including our ArchiTech™ Networx™ platform with iLock™ App announced today."

About NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc.

NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc. is one of the world's leading solutions providers and manufacturers of high-technology electronic security, including recurring revenue, connected home, video, fire alarm, access control and door locking systems. The Company consists of four Divisions: NAPCO, its security and connected home segment, plus three wholly-owned subsidiaries: Alarm Lock, Continental Instruments, and Marks USA. Headquartered in Amityville, New York, its products are installed by tens of thousands of security professionals worldwide in commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and government applications. NAPCO products have earned a reputation for innovation, technical excellence and reliability, positioning the Company for growth in the multi-billion dollar and rapidly expanding electronic security market. 

ThreatTrack integrates with Tenable to boost threat detection capabilities

ThreatTrack President John Lyons

Reston, Va. – Feb. 25, 2016 – ThreatTrack Security today announced an integration with Tenable Network Security® that delivers enhanced threat and risk detection capabilities. ThreatTrack's ThreatSecure® Network, which detects and disrupts advanced cyberattacks in progress, now integrates with Tenable's SecurityCenter. Together, the solutions deliver greater visibility into network activity so cybersecurity teams can quickly identify, assess and prioritize their response to threats. Additionally, ThreatSecure Network can identify assets that may be compromised and, thereby, affect the validity of configuration audits.
"This integration brings two powerful forces together: ThreatTrack's ability to detect and stop attacks in real time and tools from Tenable Networks that provide continuous network monitoring, and compliance and vulnerability assessments," said ThreatTrack President John Lyons. "As a result, customers gain the insights they need to reduce risk and boost their defenses."
The integration delivers powerful benefits, including the ability to:

  • Reduce the time to detect and report incidents
  • Analyze data and make informed decisions on threat severity via a single interface
  • Demonstrate and determine the impact of malware across the network
  • Recognize and respond to post-threat detection changes on critical assets

To learn more about the ThreatSecure Network integration with Tenable, visit ThreatTrack's RSA Conference 2016 booth #1221, watch the webinar ThreatTrack Integration with Tenable: Bolstering Threat Detection Capabilities or visit www.threattrack.com.
About ThreatTrack Security Inc.
ThreatTrack Security specializes in helping organizations identify and stop Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), targeted attacks and other sophisticated malware designed to evade the traditional cyber defenses deployed by enterprises and government agencies around the world. With more than 300 employees worldwide and backed by Insight Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners, the company develops advanced cybersecurity solutions that Expose, Analyze and Eliminate the latest malicious threats, including its ThreatSecure advanced threat detection and remediation platform, ThreatAnalyzer malware behavioral analysis sandbox, ThreatIQ real-time threat intelligence service, and VIPRE business antivirus endpoint protection. 

Orbital ATK successfully completes OA-4 cargo delivery mission to International Space Station for NASA

Dulles, VA, February 22 - Orbital ATK, Inc., a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced the successful completion of its fourth cargo delivery mission (OA-4) to the International Space Station (ISS), including the initial demonstration flight and three operational missions under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract. Orbital ATK’s Cygnus™ spacecraft delivered 7,700 pounds of cargo to the ISS, the largest cargo shipment to date by a commercial company.

The company is now preparing for its next cargo mission in March from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, using its enhanced Cygnus spacecraft to deliver vital supplies and experiments to the ISS. Two additional CRS missions scheduled later this year will launch aboard the company’s upgraded Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia.

The Cygnus spacecraft that carried out the OA-4 mission unberthed from the ISS on February 19, completing a 72 day stay at the orbiting laboratory. Prior to its departure, the astronauts loaded the cargo module with approximately 3,000 pounds (over 1,400 kilograms) of items for disposal. Cygnus performed a safe, destructive reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand on February 20 at approximately 11:00 a.m. (EST), marking the successful conclusion of the mission.

“Orbital ATK made history with the OA-4 mission, delivering a record amount of cargo by a commercial system to the ISS,” said Frank Culbertson, President of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group. “From launch to our safe reentry, the entire Orbital ATK team performed flawlessly on every phase of this mission. We now turn our efforts toward final preparations for the next Cygnus cargo mission in March with a continued focus on supporting the needs of the crew members aboard the ISS.”

The OA-4 mission began on December 6, 2015, when a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket launched Cygnus into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Cygnus berthed with the ISS three days later, successfully delivering vital supplies and science experiments to the astronauts onboard.

Preparations are well underway for the company’s next CRS mission, known as OA-6. The Cygnus pressurized cargo and service modules for OA-6 have been mated and are being processed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for integration with the ULA Atlas V rocket. Cygnus is scheduled to launch aboard the Atlas V in March from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Orbital ATK and ULA are targeting a launch date of March 22 for the mission pending final approval from the Eastern Range.

Following OA-6, Orbital ATK plans to resume cargo resupply missions with its enhanced Cygnus spacecraft and upgraded Antares launch vehicle from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. At least two CRS missions, OA-5 and OA-7, are scheduled to launch from MARS in the second and fourth quarters of this year.

By the end of 2018, Orbital ATK is scheduled to have completed 10 CRS missions and delivered approximately 59,000 pounds (26,800 kilograms) of cargo to the ISS. Beginning in 2019, the company will begin carrying out a minimum of six initial cargo missions under the recently awarded CRS-2 contract, continuing to support the needs of crew members aboard the ISS with mission success and schedule certainty.

About Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations.

DMP expands R&D capacity with new Kansas City innovation center

Lenexa, KS, February 25 - Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) has expanded its research and development capacity and capabilities with the recent opening of the DMP Innovation Center in Lenexa, Kansas. Engineers and other security system development experts will be housed in the new facility, enhancing the company’s ability to develop and design industry-leading technology. The Lenexa facility is in addition to the engineering area located at the corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri. This expansion will enable DMP to meet the growing demand for its industry-leading array of intrusion, fire, access control, and network and cellular communication products.

“To continue our growth and achieve our goals we need to continue to expand our engineering and product development capability,” explained Rick Britton, DMP CEO. “This new facility, combined with an expansion of our current engineering department in Springfield, will give us the space we need to bring additional, new engineers onboard. This significantly expanded engineering capability means that DMP-authorized dealers and their customers can look forward to continued innovation and industry-leading products from DMP."

In addition to the newly opened Lenexa facility, DMP will also expand its current product research and development capacity with a doubling of its existing engineering department, adding 75,000 square feet of new space to its headquarters facility this spring. This represents the fifth major expansion at the company’s headquarters facility in Springfield since moving there in 2000. The last expansion was the 2011 addition of 35,000 square feet, providing added manufacturing and warehouse space.

The DMP Innovation Center is located at 15940 College Boulevard, Suite 100, Lenexa, KS. 

DMP is a privately held independent manufacturer of innovative intrusion, fire, access control, network and cellular communication products that are designed and made in the United States of America. DMP is the recognized leader in alarm communication over data networks, with products that are available through professional electronic security companies.

Korean companies at RSA may hold answers to prevent and detect recent cyber security threats

San Francisco, CA, February 24 - Unprecedented events regarding cyber security reached a new level during the last two weeks, when a southern California hospital paid a $17K ransom to cyber criminals after they shut down a hospital’s IT infrastructure (Source: Los Angeles Times). President Obama announced $19 billion to upgrade Federal computer systems (Source: Forbes) and there is an intense battle between Apple, the most valuable company in the world, and the FBI about encryption (privacy versus security) (Source: NBC News). 

These events call for new approaches to monitoring, detecting and preventing security threats. Eleven of Korea’s top information security companies will be showcased at the Korea Pavilion (Booth S1541) at the 2016 RSA Conference February 29-March 4 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. 

Korea is being hailed as No. 1 in world innovation according to The 2015 Bloomberg World Innovation Index (Source Bloomberg World Innovation Index January 2016) that measures the top 50 countries. Another recent study by the European Union shows Korea outperforming the US in world innovation. Korea’s unique location in the world, counting China, North Korea and Russia as its closest neighbors offers unparalled insights, perspective and experience with regard to protection from cyber threats. 

Eleven of Korea’s top information security companies will be exhibiting their security solutions at the RSA Conference at Moscone Center in SF. They are attracting innovative solutions in security and anti-cyberattack related technologies, which are critical for safer online environment of the United States. Korea has been long time allied relationship with the US and these companies are willing to provide better secured online and network environment for us. It is good to have more attention to them with higher trustworthy and credibility. 

With so much innovation and technology emerging from Korea, the RSA Conference Korea Pavilion provides a unique platform upon which to view and discuss the latest and greatest information security technology and to facilitate business partnerships with US companies. 

The eleven exhibiting Korean companies include: Ahope Co., Ltd., Amgine Securus, AirCUVE, IGLOO Security, INCA Internet, NPCore, Penta Security, Safer Zone, WINS, Hancom Secure and Geni Networks will be available for demonstrations of their security tools and for media interviews.  

These companies are well established in Korea and are already working with many of the country’s leading companies, such as LG, Samsung and Hyundai. Some of the firms are already working with US and European companies. The goal for these companies at the conference is to secure new business in the US. Many of the Korean companies have US offices and have special liaisons to work with US business leaders and entrepreneurs.  

Here is a list of companies presenting their showcases in Korea Pavilion at RSA 2016 Conference. 

  • Ahope Co., Ltd: Integrated mobile security solution and security services provider.
  • AirCUVE: Total security solution provider for smart phone mobile security and network access control.
  • Amgine Securus: Well-established security analysis system provider for major public and government agencies.
  • Geni Networks: Comprehensive network security solution provider.
  • Hancom Secure: The No. 1 company in Korea for security solutions and provides secure coding, mobile security, DB encryption, PKI, SSO, email security and key management solutions to more than 900 enterprises since 1999.
  • IGLOO Security: A leader and a pioneer in SIEM (Security Information & Event Management), PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) and MSS (Managed Security Services).
  • INCA Internet: Endpoint security solution provider that offers online fraud prevention and compliance management to financial institutions.
  • NPCore.: Information security solution and service provider for governments, universities, financial firms and enterprises.
  • Penta Security: A specialist group in encryption and web security dominating WAF business with largest share of the Asia-Pacific worldwide market.
  • Safer Zone: Global top-level endpoint security company with Cross Platform Technology.
  • WINS: No. 1 in Korean market share with Intrusion Prevention systems, DDoS Response System, and Firewall technologies. 

“The RSA Conference is an ideal platform to introduce the US market to advanced information security innovation companies from Korea. At the same time, our overarching goal is to build stronger partnerships and key alliances between companies in the US and Korea,” said Changyup Na, General Director, KOTRA Silicon Valley. 

About the RSA Conference

RSA Conference is helping drive the information security agenda worldwide with annual industry events in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Throughout its history, RSA Conference has consistently attracted the world’s best and brightest in the field, creating opportunities for conference attendees to learn about IT Security’s most important issues through first-hand interactions with peers, luminaries and emerging and established companies. As the IT security field continues to grow in importance and influence, RSA Conference plays an integral role in keeping security professionals across the globe connected and educated.  

RSA developed RSA Conference in 1991 as a forum for cryptographers to gather and share the latest knowledge and advancements in the area of Internet security. Today, RSA Conference and related RSA Conference branded activities are still managed by RSA, with the support of the industry. RSA Conference event programming is judged and developed by information security practitioners and other related professionals. 

About KOTRA (Korean Trade Investment Promotion Agency)

KOTRA is a state funded trade and investment promotion organization operated by the Government of South Korea. KOTRA was established in 1962 as a national trade promotion organization. Since then, it has facilitated Korea's rapid exported economic development through various trade promotion activities such as overseas market surveys and business matchmaking. 

KOTRA Silicon Valley has over 50 companies from Korea located at their offices in Silicon Valley and helps facilitate business partnerships and alliances with US Companies. 

U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin JASSM contract for additional Polish Air Force

Orlando, FL, February 25 - Lockheed Martin recently received a $7.9 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the U.S. Air Force to support additional integration of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM®) onto the Polish Air Force F-16C/D aircraft.

This second contract for Poland includes support for a broad range of certification and flight activity. Integrated logistics support and program and technical oversight will conclude in 2018. Poland became JASSM’s third international customer in September 2015.

“Our airworthiness efforts expand and refine JASSM’s employment flexibility on Polish jets, ensuring the Polish Air Force has this vital cruise missile capability,” said Bob Adams, long range strike systems international program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “JASSM’s high reliability and effectiveness allows the missile to defeat current and future threats in challenging environments.”

This contract was awarded in December 2015. Armed with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead, JASSM is a stealthy, precision-guided cruise missile that employs an infrared seeker and enhanced digital anti-jam Global Positioning System receiver. JASSM is integrated on the U.S. Air Force’s B-1, B-2, B-52, F-16 and F-15E. Internationally, JASSM is also carried on the F/A-18A/B and the F-18C/D aircraft.

Produced at the company’s award-winning manufacturing facility in Troy, Alabama, more than 1,800 JASSM cruise missiles have been delivered.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that – with the addition of Sikorsky – employs approximately 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Surescripts supports White House to advance Precision Medicine Initiative

Arlington, VA, February 25 - Today Surescripts, the nation’s leading health information network, announces its support of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). Surescripts will participate in the White House Precision Medicine Initiative Summit and pledge its support to provide Surescripts’ infrastructure and technology to help the Precision Medicine Initiative aggregate the medical records of the more than one million expected patient volunteers in the National Institutes of Health’s national research cohort.

“Health technology is the foundation for success in personalized healthcare, and thus we’re pleased to support the White House Precision Medicine Initiative in our common mission to get the right information to the right place at the right time to improve patient care,” said Tom Skelton, Chief Executive Officers of Surescripts. “With Surescripts’ unmatched network connectivity, we safely and securely facilitate that critical flow of patient information, ensuring that timely access is possible, interoperability is achievable, and personalized healthcare can become a reality.”

First unveiled at the 2015 State of the Union Address, the Precision Medicine Initiative will engineer patient-powered research to gain an understanding of which treatments and therapies work best for which patients by examining genomic, environmental and lifestyle data. As part of the President’s commitment, $130 million was designated to the National Institutes of Health for development of a voluntary national research cohort of a million or more volunteers to advance the nation’s understanding of health and disease and set the foundation for a new way of doing research through engaged participants and open, responsible data sharing.

Surescripts will leverage its Medication History and National Record Locator Service to give the enrollees of the National Institutes of Health’s national research cohort, once it is launched, the ability to contribute their most current medication information and other health information to the Precision Medicine Initiative cohort electronically, providing critical and timely personalized medical data to the study.

Surescripts National Record Locator Service is a query and response solution that leverages Surescripts network and Master Patient Index of more than 230 million patients to locate and exchange patient records. The solution will grant physicians conducting research the ability to quickly obtain patient records regardless if the users’ electronic health record systems are compatible with those in which the records are stored. In addition to enabling a full view of available health records, researchers will also have access to patient prescription information. Surescripts Medication History uses both pharmacy benefit manager claims and pharmacy fill data to provide a view of existing and past drug therapies and compliance. Together, Surescripts National Record Locator Service and Medication History solution will facilitate the electronic flow of information necessary to make the Precision Medicine Initiative successful.

About Surescripts

Surescripts is committed to unleashing the potential of American healthcare by creating a more connected and collaborative healthcare system. Our nationwide health information network connects doctor’s offices, hospitals, pharmacists, and health plans through an integrated and technology neutral platform.

Prevalent launches Prevalent Synapse™

Warren, NJ, February 26 - Prevalent, Inc., a leader in vendor risk management and cyber-threat intelligence, today announced the launch of its Third-Party Risk, Collaborative Assessment, and Threat Intelligence Monitoring Software-as-a-Service platform designed for 'Smarter' risk management. Based on Version 4.0 of Prevalent's award-winning Vendor Risk Manager (VRM) technology, Prevalent Synapse™ delivers on the promise of next generation integrated capabilities of the company's VRM and Vendor Threat Monitor (VTM) platforms; now integrated and enabling virtually any form of Collaborative Assessment, data supply chain, and associated workflows.

The Prevalent Synapse Architecture enables smarter risk management by providing the first of its kind Collaborative Assessment Vault that is fed by a Contributory Assessment Database, enabling both contributors and consumers to pass threat and risk intelligence information to another entity, securely and efficiently. This architecture helps organizations across all industries reduce risk and cost in a shared assessment model, leveraging standardized content, automation, and threat intelligence.

"This is not only a smarter approach to risk management, but it provides organizations with a clear path of innovation," stated Jonathan Dambrot, CEO and Co-Founder of Prevalent. "A 'synapse', by definition, evolves as it joins and creates new connections. In much the same way, Prevalent Synapse™ enables both contributors and consumers the ability to securely share risk intelligence and assessment information."

In addition to the newly architected and tightly integrated VRM/VTM platform, Prevalent has introduced new advanced components to VRM that enable this revolutionary collaborative assessment architecture:

• Services Framing – a highly configurable means for any organization to tailor their definitions of inherent risk determination based on virtually any number of business relationships and dimensions.  This is a key cornerstone to enabling a collaborative set of raw risk assessment and threat intelligence data to be translated into a uniquely defined risk score, based on the business relationship between the two entities. 

• Recommendation Library – a workflow and knowledgebase combined to provide a consistent treatment for findings and risks across the organization based on industry frameworks for remediation in areas where deficiencies or insufficient controls are identified in the risk assessment and threat analysis process. 

• Shared Portal – the core of the collaboration engine; the shared portal enables the Many-To-Any collaboration, securely and with source authorization and control.

"This is a paradigm shift in managing external risk and Prevalent is leading the change," stated Norman Menz, CTO and Co-Founder of Prevalent. "The unification of our VRM and VTM platforms creates a new risk management ecosystem and allows us to provide the most comprehensive and effective purpose-built solution for global organizations to protect themselves from third and fourth-party risks."

Prevalent Synapse™ is clearly an industry first and has already begun to deliver on the promise of the collaborative risk assessment time and cost savings. Earlier this year, Prevalent launched the Legal Vendor Network, a membership-based program designed specifically for law firms to assess and monitor third-party vendors for security and data risk, based on the Prevalent Synapse Architecture.

About Prevalent

Prevalent is a vendor risk management and cyber threat intelligence analytics innovator with a reputation for developing cutting-edge technologies and highly-automated services that are proven to help organizations reduce, manage and monitor the security threats and risks associated with third and fourth-party vendors.

Accenture and SEAT build proof of concept to support drivers' connected lifestyles

Barcelona, Spain, February 23 - Accenture and SEAT have developed a proof of concept that explores the opportunities for new services enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected vehicle.

It will be showcased by Accenture at Mobile World Congress, 22-25 February in Barcelona, Spain (demos available by appointment only).

The solution includes three elements: car-to-home connectivity, car status alerts, and a driver behaviour monitoring capability. SEAT is currently investigating the possible connectivity solutions with the car in order to define which is most suitable.

The car status capability allows users of the app to replicate elements of the dashboard on their mobile device from any location, allowing for a visualization of measurements such as fuel and oil levels during the trip or while the car is parked.

The app allows for warnings and alerts to be pushed to mobile devices, flagging up a potential engine or parts problems. Relevant information from an electronic car manual will be displayed alongside each error message, and roadside assistance is also integrated into the app design. In case of breakdown, the details and nature of any parts failures, as well as the vehicle’s current location, can be shared with the relevant company.

The app has been designed to allow dealer messages will be pushed to it, notifying users for example that a part replacement is needed or reminding them that a service is due. The app will display costs and offers from individual dealers, and will also be capable of integrating with calendar applications to book the appointment.

The technology also allows a driver to choose to monitor their behaviour. It applies an adaptive algorithm to collated historical driving patterns and fresh data gathered from each car journey to offer the user advice on improving driving techniques, showing tips and recommendations to increase car performance, how to drive in a more environmentally-friendly manner, and even how save money by reducing fuel consumption and unplanned car maintenance.

The car-to-home capability on the proof-of-concept uses mobile connectivity to allow SEAT drivers to remotely control their connected home appliances. By integrating geolocation into the mobile app, this can allow, for example, for the temperature in the car to be automatically replicated at home once the car reaches a certain distance from the property. The proof of concept also enables the remote programming of the thermostat that controls the home’s central heating from the vehicle’s dashboard. Other devices that could be controlled in a similar way includes wearables, house lights or security cameras.

"The MY SEAT App represents the next step to position ourselves in the connected vehicle ecosystem,” said Pablo Barrios, Global Head of Digital Marketing and CRM at SEAT. “With this new app we will enable a permanent, customized and relevant dialog with customers while bringing many benefits for both SEAT and the customers themselves",

The proof of concept is built on Accenture Connected Platforms as a Service, Accenture’s open and broadly deployed global IoT platform architecture, which for this project is extensively optimized for the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. This approach allowed SEAT and Accenture to rapidly move from ideation to building and rolling out an industry-specific IoT proof-of-concept.

“Experimenting with IoT-enabled solutions in this way is vital to identifying where value might be generated for a business,” said Joan Cavallé, managing director in Accenture’s automotive practice. “In this project with SEAT, we’ve been able to quickly develop an industry-specific solution that proves the potential of the IoT in the connected vehicle ecosystem. The fact that it also interacts with the connected home ecosystem and mobile devices is an indication of the future, and of how the ‘connected world’ will really look like in a few years’ time.”

Accenture worked with SEAT earlier this year to help design a connected vehicle strategy for the car company.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 373,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. 

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