Hisense Partners with Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One Team

SHANGHAI, April 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, China’s leading electronics manufacturer, announced today a multi-year partnership with Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

The announcement was made at the Shanghai International Circuit ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix and complements Hisense’s sponsorship programs in the USA with NASCAR, The Australian Open tennis tournament and Schalke 04 football team in Germany.

“Infiniti Red Bull Racing is one of the most successful and most talked about teams in a sport renowned for technology, teamwork and competitiveness,” said Dr. Lin, Executive Vice President of Hisense Company Ltd.  “Like Infiniti Red Bull Racing, we are a proud challenger brand and we continually innovate our best-in-class consumer products to stay ahead of the others.  We look forward to sharing these with the team to help them throughout the season.”

Team Principal, Christian Horner, said: “Everyone associated with Infiniti Red Bull Racing is delighted to welcome Hisense to our team. Their approach to innovation and technological development is impressive and we look forward to our partnership developing as the season unfolds.”

The partnership means Hisense’s cutting edge range of consumer electronics products will be supplied to the team both at track and in the factory.

Hisense has been the No. 1 television manufacturer in China, a position it has maintained for 11 consecutive years. Through this partnership Hisense is looking to become the third most popular global TV brand, one place higher than last year. In 2017, Hisense aims to reach a total revenue of 7.5 billion USD in the overseas market.

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Interush Announces Aston Martin Race Team Sponsorship In the Exciting 2015 GT Asia Race Series

IRVINE, Calif., April 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Interush International LLC, a leading supplier of digital and cloud based software applications for the Asian market, announced that it will be the primary sponsor of the Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin Race Team’s Vantage GT3 at the 2015 GT Asia Series. Interush has been teaming up with the Craft-Bamboo Racing team since 2012 and is proud to join forces with them once again with this classic marque for the upcoming race season. The #88 Aston Martin livery features the iconic LeMans light blue base color, with accents of classic British Racing Green in a unique combination within this historic Aston Martin racing legacy. Because the number eight is considered good luck in Asia, the #88 Aston Martin is sure to bring double fortune to the team as well!

Interush International LLC to sponsor the Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin Race Team's #88 Vantage GT3

Interush International LLC to sponsor the Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin Race Team’s #88 Vantage GT3

The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 has 600bhp powered by a 6 liter V12 lightweight engine. The racing chassis is made of bonded aluminum to create a very light, yet stiff structure, with a shorter wheelbase and lower engine position to enhance both handling and performance.

The GT Asia Series is in its sixth season and one of the four FIA-sanctioned race series that is part of the Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS). The GT Asia series will start on May 15-17 on the South Korean peninsula and include 11 races across five countries, with the series’ first three-hour endurance race to be held at the Sepang International Circuit in September.

Driving the spirited #88 Aston Martin will be the combination of Frank Yu of Hong Kong and Richard Lyons from Northern Ireland. Frank Yu brings great experience driving both the Vantage GT3 and Asian race circuits with him, while Richard Lyons is a proven championship driver of GT sports car racing. Lyons and Yu victoriously claimed a second place finish together in last year’s GT Asia Series race in Autopolis, Japan and look forward to return to winning performance in this year’s GT Asia Series.

“At Interush, we understand that it takes a full team effort to achieve great success,” said Martin Matthews, CEO of Interush. “However, this also has to start with world-class technology and the hands-on leadership, determination and skills to become a true champion. This is certainly what we expect Richard Lyons and Frank Yu will each provide driving this amazing #88 Aston Martin Vantage GT3!”

2015 GT Asia Race Series Schedule
May 15-17: Yeongam, South Korea; Korea International Circuit
June 26-28: Okayama, Japan; Okayama International Circuit
July 17-19: Fuji, Japan; Fuji International Speedway
September 4-6: Sepang, Malaysia; Sepang International Circuit
September 25-27: Shanghai, China; Shanghai International Circuit
October 23-25: Buriram, Thailand; Chang International Circuit
November 20-22: Macau, China; Guia Circuit (Special Invitational Event)

Interush will also sponsor the Craft-Bamboo SEAT Leons driven by Jordi Gene Guerrero and Sergey Afanasyev at the TCR International Series on September 20th at the annual Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, a notoriously difficult track that should prove to provide plenty of action for drivers and spectators alike.

International Race fans can view the series’ websites at http://www.afos.com/ and http://www.tcr-series.com/ for announcements regarding live TV coverage of the races. Interush Management, Staff and Affiliates are all eager for the start of the 2015 race season and look forward to cheering on their sponsored cars to podium victories! 

For more information on Interush-sponsored racing events, visit http://www.interushracing.com. Interush® Racing is a website where race fans can discover the latest news about Interush-sponsored racing. This website is powered by Interush Media, LLC of Irvine, California, which markets consumer and small business-friendly IT Applications within the rapidly expanding information technology sector in Asia. For more information, visit http://interush.com. Interush and the Interush logo are registered trademarks of Interush Technology, Ltd., a member of the Interush group of companies, which are registered in the United States and other countries.  Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.

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AirMedia Granted Wi-Fi Concession Right on Ordinary Trains Operated by Shanghai Railway Bureau

BEIJING, April 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — AirMedia Group Inc. (“AirMedia” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: AMCN), a leading operator of out-of-home advertising platforms in China targeting mid-to-high-end consumers, today announced that Guangzhou Meizheng Advertising Co., Ltd. (“Meizheng”), one of its consolidated entities in which AirMedia has 63.2% of the equity interest, has recently won a bidding and has entered into a concession agreement (the “Concession Agreement”) with Shanghai Railway Culture and Advertising Development Co., Ltd., pursuant to which Meizheng has been granted the exclusive right to install and operate Wi-Fi systems on ordinary trains operated by Shanghai Railway Bureau. As of the time of execution of the Concession Agreement, Shanghai Railway Bureau had 147 groups of ordinary trains.

Shanghai Railway Bureau had 275 million passengers on its high-speed trains and 175 million passengers on its ordinary trains in 2014.

Before obtaining the aforementioned concession right, AirMedia was granted concession rights to install and operate Wi-Fi systems on the high-speed trains operated by Beijing Railway Bureau, Shanghai Railway Bureau and Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corporation, with which AirMedia established a leading position in Wi-Fi services on high-speed trains in China, in terms of the number of high-speed trains on which it has concession rights to operate on-train Wi-Fi systems. In addition, AirMedia also holds the concession rights to install and operate Wi-Fi systems on ordinary trains operated by Xinjiang Railway Bureau.

“In addition to the developments we have made on high-speed trains, we also intend to obtain a leading position in Wi-Fi services on ordinary trains in China. We believe there will be tremendous business opportunities when hundreds of millions of passengers use our Wi-Fi services when they travel. We have been doing technical test of Wi-Fi services on ordinary trains operated by Xinjiang Railway Bureau since late January 2015. With the test results and experience, we expect to install and operate Wi-Fi services on more ordinary trains and high-speed trains in 2015, as well as to start monetizing this unique Wi-Fi gateway and platform,” commented Mr. Herman Guo, chairman and chief executive officer of AirMedia.

About AirMedia Group Inc.

AirMedia Group Inc. (Nasdaq: AMCN) is a leading operator of out-of-home advertising platforms in China targeting mid-to-high-end consumers. AirMedia operates the largest digital media network in China dedicated to air travel advertising. AirMedia operates digital frames in most of the 30 largest airports in China. In addition, AirMedia sells advertisements on the routes operated by seven airlines, including the four largest airlines in China. In selected major airports, AirMedia also operates traditional media platforms, such as billboards and light boxes, and other digital media, such as mega-size LED screens.

In addition, AirMedia has obtained exclusive contractual concession rights until the end of 2020 to develop and operate outdoor advertising platforms at Sinopec’s service stations located throughout China.

For more information about AirMedia, please visit http://www.airmedia.net.cn.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “future,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “confident” and similar statements. Among other things, the Business Outlook section and the quotations from management in this announcement, as well as AirMedia Group Inc.’s strategic and operational plans, contain forward-looking statements. AirMedia may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about AirMedia’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: if advertisers or the viewing public do not accept, or lose interest in, AirMedia’s air travel advertising network, AirMedia may be unable to generate sufficient cash flow from its operating activities and its prospects and results of operations could be negatively affected; AirMedia derives most of its revenues from the provision of air travel advertising services, and any slowdown in the air travel advertising industry in China may materially and adversely affect its revenues and results of operations; AirMedia’s strategy of expanding its advertising network by building new air travel media platforms and expanding into traditional media in airports may not succeed, and its failure to do so could materially reduce the attractiveness of its network and harm its business, reputation and results of operations; if AirMedia does not succeed in its expansion into gas station, in-flight internet services and in-air multimedia platform or other outdoors media advertising, its future results of operations and growth prospects may be materially and adversely affected; if AirMedia’s customers reduce their advertising spending or are unable to pay AirMedia in full, in part or at all for a period of time due to an economic downturn in China and/or elsewhere or for any other reason, AirMedia’s revenues and results of operations may be materially and adversely affected; AirMedia faces risks related to health epidemics, which could materially and adversely affect air travel and result in reduced demand for its advertising services or disrupt its operations; if AirMedia is unable to retain existing concession rights contracts or obtain new concession rights contracts on commercially advantageous terms that allow it to operate its advertising platforms, AirMedia may be unable to maintain or expand its network coverage and its business and prospects may be harmed; a significant portion of AirMedia’s revenues has been derived from the six largest airports and four largest airlines in China, and if any of these airports or airlines experiences a material business disruption, AirMedia’s ability to generate revenues and its results of operations would be materially and adversely affected; AirMedia’s limited operating history makes it difficult to evaluate its future prospects and results of operations; and other risks outlined in AirMedia’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. AirMedia does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Investor Contact:
Raymond Huang
Senior Director of Investor Relations
AirMedia Group Inc.
Tel: +86-10-8460-8678
Email: ir@airmedia.net.cn

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Airwheel’s Electric Unicycles Tour the UK

CARDIFF, MANCHESTER and BRIGHTON, England, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — From March 21-22, Airwheel riders came to the streets of Cardiff, Manchester and Brighton promoting Airwheel‘s futuristic personal transporter on a two-day tour that caused a sensation in the UK.

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In each city, a team of Airwheel self-balancing unicycle riders headed out onto the streets, successfully catching the eye of pedestrians thanks to a beautifully concise exterior design that actually shares some resemblance to a skateboard.

“It really reminds me of the hover board in Back to the Future”, remarked one stunned local resident, touching on both the fact that Airwheel is such a futuristic device, and that the science and technology of transportation is headed in that direction.

Airwheel defines the concept of the commute of the future, with the UK tour serving to raise further awareness of this fun and eco-friendly adult’s unicycle. The team also distributed booklets and questionnaires to pedestrians who were interested in Airwheel’s brand, trying to introduce a new lifestyle to the public.

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Based on the latest gyro technology, Airwheel is a self-balancing electric unicycle. It is portable, cheap to run, fun to ride, environmentally friendly and can easily be carried onto the bus or subway. It’s also safe and easy to use; simply lean forwards to go forward, and back to slow down or go backwards. The power shuts off automatically if you jump off, and the pedals rise up to prevent leaning too far when the speed exceeds the safe range.

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As soon as you step onto an Airwheel unicycle, it feels like you are gliding and the trend is gaining popularity across the globe. But it’s not just for fun. City commuters are now using them to cover the last few miles from the Tube station to home. Compared with a Segway for example, the Airwheel electric unicycle is so lightweight, you can zoom to your station, store it in the overhead compartment, get to your destination, take it down and zoom to work.

The company has now also launched a twin-wheeled version, which is even easier to learn to ride. Go on and see for yourself.

Contact:

Airwheel adults electric unicycle Website: http://www.airwheel.net/

‘Leading Edge Consumers’ Leaning Towards Connected Cars

NUREMBERG, Germany, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

  • ‘Ultra safe’ car concept most popular across all drivers, followed by ‘data tracker’ – a car that runs diagnostics, checks repair costs and automatically records accident data
  • Emergency braking, pre-incident preparation and sense & communicate key data are most appealing safety features
  • Leading edge consumers prefer ‘in-car voice recognition’, while general consumers go for ‘point of interest search’, such as parking spots.

In a survey across Brazil, Germany, Russia, the UK, the US and China, GfK asked 5,800 consumers to rate the appeal of different types of connected car concepts. A segment that GfK identifies as ‘leading edge consumers’ (LEC) consistently showed higher numbers rating all these concepts as very or extremely appealing, compared to general consumers.

Frank Hartl, Global Lead for Automotive at GfK, comments, “Leading edge consumers are doubly valuable to the automotive industry. They are a clear ‘hot opportunity’ for sales of connected cars – and they also give early indicators of where the rest of the market might follow, as the idea of connected cars becomes more embedded and popular.”

For both LECs and general consumers, the two most appealing concepts are ultra-safe, a car that makes driving as safe as possible through connectivity with other cars and integrated cameras (96 and 87 percent respectively), followed by data tracker, a car that tracks usage, runs diagnostics, checks repair costs and automatically records accident data (91 and 79 percent respectively).  

Third place is split, with LECs preferring a car that knows their entertainment preferences (90 percent) and general consumers opting for ‘self-sufficient’ – a strong but light electric car (73 percent).

The last-placed car concept for both groups is an autonomous car – but, despite coming below the other concepts offered, this still shows high levels of appeal, standing at well over three-quarters of LECs (81 percent) and two-thirds of general consumers (66 percent).

Entertainment and connectivity appeal 

Entertainment and connectivity options scored very highly with LECs, with in-car voice recognition having the most appeal (86 percent), following by in-car wi-fi hotspots and in-car video and event recorders (both 84 percent) and point-of-interest search, such as parking spots (83 percent). In-car entertainment came last, but still with an impressive 79 percent saying it appeals to them.

This level of appeal is particularly interesting when compared to general consumers. In this group, point of interest search was the most popular facility but still only has 57 percent saying it appeals to them. This is followed by in-car voice recognition, in-car wi-fi hotspots and in-car video and event recorders, all with 56 percent. And in-car entertainment again came last, with under half showing interest (47 percent).

View the infographic: http://www.gfk.com/Documents/GfK_ConnectedCar_Infographic.pdf

About the survey 

GfK interviewed 5,800 consumers aged 16 and over, who hold a driving license, in Brazil, Germany, Russia, UK, US and China. Fieldwork was conducted up to November 2014. To qualify as a leading edge consumer, people must meet at least two of three specific criteria: early adopter, influential and passionate about shopping.

Contact: Frank Hartl, Global Lead for Automotive, GfK – frank.haertl@gfk.com , +49-911-395-3772.

Frost & Sullivan Applauds Novacom for its End-to-end Connected Trailer Solution, Trailermatics

– Novacom’s dedication to addressing evolving customer needs has helped it double its installation base within just four years

LONDON, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the connected trailer market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Novacom Europe B.V. (Novacom) with the 2015 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Novacom has quickly entrenched itself in the connected trailer market with its robust trailer telematics solution, Trailermatics. Its stratified pricing model, coupled with a modular structure, offers unmatched flexibility and a fulfilling user experience to customers.

2015 European Connected Trailer Customer Value Leadership Award

2015 European Connected Trailer Customer Value Leadership Award

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Trailermatics is aimed primarily at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), logistics, and cargo companies. The hardware unit of the solution, the DG200 terminal, is a mobile telematics modem connected to the electronic braking system (EBS). It comprises numerous solutions including fleet management, cold chain monitoring, security enhancement, carrier management, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), and truck id.

One of the primary product benefits of Trailermatics is its EBS-enabled ability to measure tonnes per kilometre. This feature ensures fuel efficiency by accurately understanding the mileage, and eventually ensuring timely delivery. Meanwhile, its cold chain package assists fleets servicing pharmaceuticals and foods, and its security package aids transport companies by monitoring assets 24/7 through sensors for locks, radio-frequency identification (RFID), EBS cable-connected control, and secured personal identification number (PIN) access.

Novacom also provides an effective tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) technology that facilitates fuel savings, improves steering control, and decreases downtime. Its Truck Id solution creates added value by identifying the match-up of trucks and trailers.

“The Trailermatics is a comprehensive and scalable solution, which can be used by any asset type,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Manager Sathyanarayana Kabirdas. “Although the upfront hardware costs are relatively low, for price-sensitive customers, there are leasing options.”

Furthermore, Trailermatics follows a modular architecture, which gives customers the flexibility to select individual service modules based on their specific requirements, and add modules as and when required. It is a hardware-neutral solution and therefore, allows for the easy integration of Trailermatics packages with customers’ existing hardware.

“Besides having a comprehensive range of packages, Novacom focusses on presenting it customers with superior services such as periodic training on the proper usage of its solutions,” noted Kabirdas. “While many in the industry offer a 36-month warranty period, Novacom customers enjoy a warranty period spanning the entire contract term, which is typically 60 months. It also guarantees total replacement of the product in case it breaks down due to technical defects.”

The company boasts a Europe-wide service network workshop, which includes more than 200 (Transport International Pool, Inc. (TIP)) Trailer Services certified workshops and more than 100 roadside assistance vans. Its strong presence and reach in the European market, along with its outstanding technical capabilities, helps it render swift and efficient service at all times.

Impressively, the company almost doubled its installed base from 17,000 in 2010 to 30,000 in 2014. This can be attributed to its extensive product portfolio, backed by its top-notch support service and operational efficiency.

The company has attained a dominant position in the European market, with maximum penetration recorded in the Nordic countries, Benelux, and France. Having established itself in Europe, it is looking to expand its footprint in the global market by foraying into the US and the Australian markets.

Acknowledging the role played by Novacom’s sharp customer-centric strategies in its rise to the top, Krishna Srinivasan, Global President and Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan remarks, “The key to the long-term success of any company is its ability to continuously nurture and enhance the value of its products and services for its customers. As such, Frost & Sullivan is excited to recognise Novacom for its industry-leading focus on improving customer experience in the connected trailer market.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on enhancing the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognises the company’s inordinate focus on augmenting the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and ultimately customer base expansion.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Novacom Europe B.V.

Novacom Europe is a joint venture formed by combining the expertise of Novacom Services and TIP Trailer Services in 2010. TIP Trailer Services provides transportation and logistics customers with leasing, rental, and maintenance of trailers all over Europe. Novacom Services S.A. has been a key partner for the Trailermatics telematics solution since its launch and is owned by world-class technology company CLS. Combining more than 25 years of expertise in remote monitoring and 40 years of operating and servicing commercial vehicles, Novacom delivers valuable intelligence to trailers and their load with the expertise of industry-leading partners. The company’s ability to constantly monitor and provide protection, safety and cost reduction by increasing efficiency of remote assets has helped it to emerge as a market leader in the trailer telematics space in Europe. The company’s Trailermatics solutions provide real-time critical data which has empowered many fleets to take direct control of their operating costs. 

Novacom Europe was awarded the 2011 Market Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan, recognizing the innovative product offering and partnership strategy.

Contact:
Rob du Breuil – Product & Marketing Manager
rob.du.breuil@novacom-europe.com

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