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GSMA Announces Nominees For 2016 GLOMO Awards


Selected Winners to be Announced Live on Mobile World Live TV at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

The GSMA today announced the nominees for the 2016 Glomo Awards. Winners of this year’s Glomo Awards will be honoured throughout Mobile World Congress, which takes place on 22-25 February in Barcelona. In total, 285 nominees have been shortlisted for more than 40 awards over eight categories; the full list of nominees can be found at www.globalmobileawards.com/nominees2016.

“Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2016 Glomo Awards,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “With more than 930 entries this year – a new record – the competition is greater than ever, reflecting the tremendous diversity and pace of innovation across the mobile world. We are particularly excited to be celebrating the 21st year of the awards with a dynamic new format that will recognise and honour achievement throughout Mobile World Congress.”

New for 2016, winners in the “The Connected Life Awards”, “Best Mobile Apps” and “Best Mobile Handsets and Devices” categories will be presented on Mobile World Live TV, broadcast directly from Mobile World Congress to a global audience viawww.mobileworldlive.com, with selected awards announced live. In addition, the broadcast is beamed to more than 60 screens in prominent locations across the venue, as well as 24,000 rooms in 180 hotels in Barcelona.

The Glomo Awards ceremony will begin at 1.30pm on Tuesday, 23 February in Hall 4, Auditorium 2, and include presentations for awards in the “Best Mobile Technology”, “Best Mobile Services” and “Social and Economic Development” categories. Nominees for the “Best New Handset, Tablet or Device at Mobile World Congress 2016” will be identified from products on show at the event, with the shortlist announced on both Mobile World Live TV and the Global Mobile Awards website on 24 February. The winner will be honoured in a live presentation on Mobile World Live TV the following day. Full information about the awards ceremony and Mobile World Live TV presentations can be found at www.globalmobileawards.com/ceremony/.

This year’s Glomo Awards will be presented by Suzi Perry, the face of BBC One’s Formula 1 programming for the past two years. As the first ever permanent female anchor, Suzi was the “Queen of the Pit Lane” for Formula One, MotoGP, Superbikes and Speedway. Her love of technology has seen her present “The Gadget Show”, a consumer-based tech show, for eight years. As a keen photographer, she fronted the popular “How to Take Stunning Photos” programme on Channel 5 in the UK. Suzi has numerous TV credits as both host and guest and enjoys radio broadcasting, often appearing on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Live. She has also written for many publications over the years including The Daily Telegraph and The Times, as well as on MSN.

Suzi will present awards on Mobile World Live TV and host the Glomo Awards ceremony, being joined at the Tuesday event by Ortis Deley. As well as fronting Channel 5’s flagship programme, “The Gadget Show”, Ortis spent 10 years at CBBC hosting shows such as “Live & Kicking”, “Shortchange” and “Best of Friends” and had his own Sunday Breakfast radio show on London’s Choice FM.

Also announced in separate ceremonies at Mobile World Congress will be winners of the “Government Excellence Awards”, which recognise governments from around the world for their innovation and leadership in use of mobile technologies in the public sector, and the “Outstanding Achievement” awards that include the “Chairman’s Award” and an award for “Connected Women Leadership in the Industry”.

The Glomo Awards are judged by independent experts, analysts, journalists, academics and, in some cases, mobile operator representatives. The winner of the “Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology – the CTOs’ Choice” award is selected by a panel of industry-leading CTOs from the worldwide operator community.

2016 Glomo Awards Sponsors
The 2016 Glomo Awards sponsors and partners include: Blancco Technology Group, Category Sponsor for “Best Mobile Technology”; Softonic, Category Sponsor for “Best Mobile Apps”; and Techradar, Official Media Partner.

Full information on the Glomo Awards can be found at www.globalmobileawards.com.

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Ruckus boss sees smart cities, big data and improved WiFi causing a commotion

Selina-RuckusSelina Lo, CEO of WiFi specialist Ruckus Wireless, talked up growing momentum for so-called ‘smart cities’ which combine wireless connectivity with big data analytics.

In the city of San Jose, which has deployed Ruckus’ WiFi kit, Lo told Mobile World Live that such a combination is improving quality of lives.

Having installed sensors for air quality, San Jose is combining that data with real-time traffic information and availability of public transport and parking. “By doing an analysis [of all the data gathered], residents can be given options on the best way to travel to work,” said the Ruckus boss.

There can also be economic benefits, argued Lo, simply by making free WiFi available in popular public locations. “By offering free WiFi in the downtown area you can draw people away from hotel rooms, encouraging them to go to restaurants and so on,” she said.

Another benefit of widespread WiFi, said Lo, is that cities might attract more convention business. Digital signage and smart meter connections are other advantages.

Lo is keen to emphasise, however, that Ruckus does not only provide WiFi infrastructure but has its own involvement in big data analytics.

At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Ruckus launched SPoT, its cloud-based location service. As well as recording the movement and location of devices that have WiFi switched on, SPoT can also provide analytics on the data gathered. Network operators might use that information, for example, to offer location-relevant content and retail deals to users.

As far as the company’s carrier WiFi business is concerned, Lo said she had seen “great traction” in the last 12 months, both from mobile and fixed-line players. She also predicts 2014 will be the year of Hotspot 2.0 implementation, with the likes of Boingo, Time Warner Cable and Orange Poland having already made big moves on the technology.

Hotspot 2.0 is focused on enabling a mobile device to automatically discover APs that have a roaming arrangement with the user’s home network and then securely connect, much like the cellular experience.

“Soon we’ll start to see roaming services between carriers and WiFi users won’t need to log on,” said Lo. “They’ll be automatically able to get onto WiFi whenever they want.”

To watch the full interview click here.

Source: Mobile World Live

Car Connectivity Consortium announces MirrorLink initiative at MWC


The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) used the Mobile World Congress (MWC) to announce the MirrorLink Developer Fast Track, a new programme that makes it as easy as possible for developers to achieve MirrorLink-certification for their apps.

The CCC also announced that Glympse, Coyote and Parkopedia are the first developers to have been admitted to the programme. Ultimately the MirrorLink Developer Fast Track will bring more MirrorLink-enabled apps to the world faster – and will enrich value for the MirrorLink-enabled cars and smartphones on the market today.

The MirrorLink Developer Fast Track offers developer partners the following benefits:

  • Direct, enhanced access to technical support – to make adapting an app to MirrorLink as easy as possible.
  • Inclusion in CCC marketing and communications programs, including press, Web, social media and conferences
  • Promotion of the app among CCC members, including newsletters, member workshops, etc.
  • Potential reduction in test-lab costs

MirrorLink is an industry standard for car-smartphone connectivity and is designed for maximum interoperability between a wide range of smartphones and cars. It’s also the only OS- and OEM-agnostic standard for car-smartphone connectivity. Ultimately MirrorLink gives consumers freedom of choice and peace of mind when it comes to using their favorite devices in their favorite cars.

Peugeot Citroen

At the CCC MirrorLink DevCon event during the MWC, the CCC announced that PSA Peugeot Citroën will present two new MirrorLink-enabled vehicles, the C1 and 108, at the Geneva International Motor Show. PSA Peugeot Citroën is among the world’s first automakers to deliver factory-installed, MirrorLink-enabled infotainment systems to the mass market.

Source: Connected Car Consortium