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CNP Assurances: Financial Indicators for the First Nine Months of 2012

PARIS, November 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Revenue: €19.4bn (down 14%)
Net insurance revenue: €2,283m (up 4%)
Recurring net profit: stable at €755m
Attributable net profit: €783m (up 42%)
Solvency capital: 2.54x required capital including unrealised gains
Further sales of peripheral euro zone sovereign debt securities

CNP Assurances, the leading personal insurer in France, with operations in the rest of Europe and in South America, has announced its revenue and results for the first nine months of 2012. These indicators were approved for publication by the Board of Directors at its meeting on 13 November 2012.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Revenue down 14.1%, reflecting declines of 18.1% in Savings and 16.8% in Pensions:
    • France: down 10.4% in a market down 14.0% (like-for-like)
    • International: down 24.5% due to Southern Europe.
  • Net insurance revenue up 4.2%:
    • France[1] down 7.9%, reflecting non-recurring factors linked to falling interest rates
    • International[1] up by a healthy 12.9%
  • Recurring net profit stable at €755 million. Attributable net profit up 42.3% at €783 million, supported by favourable financial market conditions
  • Further reductions in peripheral euro zone sovereign debt assets:
    • French portfolio's gross exposure reduced to €12.7 billion at 30 September 2012 from €19.2 billion at 31 December 2011.

1. Business review for the first nine months of 2012[2]


In the first nine months of 2012, consolidated revenue contracted by 14.1% to €19.4 billion. The decline continued the trend observed in the first half and mainly concerned the Savings and Pensions businesses.

                                              IFRS
                         2012       2011      % change        % change
    (EURm)            (9 months) (9 months)  (reported)  (like-for-like(1))
    Savings            12,550.5   15,327.3     - 18.1          -18.1
    Pensions            2,364.9    2,843.3     - 16.8          -14.1
    Personal Risk       1,474.2    1,496.4      - 1.5           -0.1
    Term Creditor
    Insurance           2,343.6    2,283.3      + 2.6          + 3.3
    Health Insurance      392.1      364.3      + 7.6          + 7.7
    Property &
    Casualty              268.8      255.7      + 5.1         + 10.4
    TOTAL              19,394.0   22,570.4     - 14.1          -13.5


(1) Average exchange rate for Brazil:

At 30/09/2012: €1 = BRL2.456

At 30/09/2011: €1 = BRL2.311

International operations accounted for one-fifth of total revenue, with 56% generated in South America. The 24.5% decline in international revenue for the first nine months was due to the high basis of comparison in Ireland (with last year's sale of a major group pensions contract), unfavourable exchange rates in Brazil and sharply lower revenue in Southern Europe.

    (EURm)                                   IFRS
                        2012       2011      % change        % change
                     (9 months) (9 months)  (reported)  (like-for-like(1))
    France            15,674.2   17,644.7     -11.2           -11.2
    Italy (2)          1,094.7    1,659.1     -34.0           -34.0
    Portugal (3)          27.6      200.3     -86.2           -86.2
    Brazil             2,071.9    2,125.5      -2.5            +3.6
    Argentina             43.7       19.9    +119.2          +117.4
    Spain (4)            285.3      312.4      -8.7            -8.7
    Cyprus               136.5      157.9     -13.6           -13.6
    Ireland               54.6      449.6     -87.9           -87.9
    Other Europe (5)       5.5        0.8         -               -
    Sub-total
 
    International      3,719.8    4,925.6     -24.5           -21.9
    TOTAL             19,394.0   22,570.4     -14.1           -13.5


(1) Average exchange rate for Brazil:

At 30/09/2012: €1 = BRL2.456

At 30/09/2011: €1 = BRL2.311

(2) CNP Italia branch, CNP UniCredit Vita and CNP BVP Italy

(3) CNP BVP Portugal

(4) CNP España branch,  CNP Vida and CNP BVP Spain

(5) Including Greece since September 2012



In a French market down by €5.1 billion, CNP Assurances reported a €700 million net outflow of funds, representing considerably less than its market share. This outperformance was mainly attributable to La Banque Postale's resilience and to CNP Assurances's presence in the group insurance segment which stayed on an upward trajectory. In all, net new money was a negative €600 million across the Group. However, average technical reserves (excluding deferred participation) continued to grow, rising by 2.3% versus the first nine months of 2011 to €291.6 billion.

  • France

In France, revenue for the first nine months amounted to €15.7 billion, down 11.2% as reported and 10.4% on a French GAAP basis. Despite the decline - mainly concerning the Savings business - the Group significantly outperformed the French savings and pensions market which contracted by 14.0% compared with the first nine months of 2011.

While the Savings and Pensions segments remained difficult, with unit-linked sales down by a steep 42.6%, the Group continued to perform well in the term creditor insurance segment, reporting a 7.0% increase in revenue.

 

  A. La Banque Postale


La Banque Postale's contribution to nine-month revenue was down 6.0% at €6,826 million and net new money was at break-even. This represented a particularly resilient performance in a market where new money was down 14% and net new money was a negative €5.1 billion. Sales of term creditor insurance remained strong. In the personal risk segment, La Banque Postale maintained its momentum with the number of contracts sold rising by 14%, lifted by strong demand for the Prémunys and Sérénia term life insurance offers.

 

  B. Caisses d'Epargne


The revenue contribution of the Caisses d'Epargne (savings banks) dropped by 22.4% to €5,286 million as a result of stiff competition from products offered by the banks, particularly in the Savings segment. Unit-linked sales fell by 53.3% reflecting a reduced emphasis on selling unit-linked bond funds compared with 2011. However, the network's contribution to personal risk revenues nearly doubled, with over 180,000 policies sold during the period. Term creditor insurance business also continued to grow, contributing €502 million to revenue.

 

  C. CNP Trésor


CNP Trésor's revenue contribution declined by 7.6% to €434 million.  Its distribution model based on a team of local insurance advisors helped the network to withstand the sharp contraction in the French life insurance market.

 

  D. Financial institutions


The wait-and-see attitude among homebuyers in France led to an overall decline in home purchases during the period. Despite this challenging environment, the revenue contribution of the Financial Institutions partnership centre rose by 3.3% to €1,102 million. The period-on-period growth was mainly due to the fact that new business accounts for only a small proportion of total revenue. It also reflected the maturity of the partners' main portfolios.

 

  E. Companies and Local Authorities


Revenue generated with companies and local authorities amounted to €1,273 million, an increase of 2.6%. In the personal risk segment, for both companies and local authorities the Group focused on improving margins by adjusting rates.

 

  F. Mutual insurers


The revenue contribution from mutual insurers amounted to €700 million, down 4.4%. Growth initiatives focused mainly on developing optional supplementary long-term care insurance business with MGEN.

  • International operations

At €3.7 billion, revenue from international operations for the first nine months was down 24.5% on the year-earlier period (21.9% at constant exchange rates), due mainly to the decline in business in Southern Europe.

The decrease in international revenue was offset by a favourable shift in the product mix towards risk protection insurance.

 

  A. South America


  • Caixa Seguros (Brazil)

Caixa Seguros's revenue rose 3.6% in local currency to BRL 5,088 million. However, the subsidiary's contribution to consolidated revenue was down 2.5% due to the real's decline against the euro.  

While Savings and Pensions business was affected by competition from products offered by the banks, term creditor insurance continued to grow, rising 21.7% in real. In all, revenues from personal risk insurance, term creditor insurance and property and casualty insurance rose by an average 14% and accounted for over a third of total revenues.

Revenues from the health insurance business launched at the end of 2011 amounted to BRL 15.9 million for the first nine months of 2012.

 

  B. Southern Europe


  • CNP UniCredit Vita (Italy)

After a strong first half, CNP UniCredit Vita experienced a severe loss of momentum in the third quarter, with the result that revenues for the first nine months were down 33.2%. Pensions and Personal Risk revenues nevertheless rose by 3.3% and 24.7% respectively.

  • CNP Barclays Vida y Pensiones (Portugal, Spain, Italy)

In Southern Europe's very depressed economic environment, CNP BVP experienced a steep 47.7% drop in revenue to €309.4 million. All business lines were hit to a similar extent, although it is important to note that the basis of comparison was very high after revenue more than doubled in 2011. The only exception was the personal risk business, which grew by nearly 7% albeit from a still limited base.

  • CNP Laiki Insurance Holdings[3] (Cyprus)

The 10.1% decline in this subsidiary's revenue was mainly due to the high prior year basis of comparison which included revenue of €8.8 million from a single premium contract.

 

2. Results for the first nine months of 2012

                                       2012       2011
 
    (EURm)                          (9 months) (9 months) % change
 
                     Premium income  19,394.0   22,570.4   -14.1%
    Change in average technical
    reserves (excluding deferred
    participation)                    291,568    284,895    +2.3%
            Net insurance revenue*      2,283      2,191    +4.2%
    - Expenses                            661        666    -0.7%
                               EBIT     1,622      1,525    +6.3%
    - Finance costs                      (115)      (109)   +5.7%
    - Income tax expense                 (531)      (468)  +13.5%
    - Minority interests                 (220)      (193)  +14.4%
      Attributable recurring profit       755        756    -0.1%
    Net realised gains on equities
    and investment property                93       (174)      -
    Fair value adjustments to
    trading securities                    143        (32)      -
    Non-recurring items                  (209)         0       -
            Attributable net profit       783        550   +42.3%


*Net insurance revenue at constant exchange rates: up 7.9%

 

Net insurance revenue rose 4.2% in the first nine months of 2012 compared with the year-earlier period.

In France, net insurance revenue (excluding own-funds portfolios) was down 7.9% due to non-recurring factors[4]. The underlying change was an increase of 5.2%. Net insurance revenue from international operations rose 12.9% despite the negative currency effect in Brazil. Their contribution to total net insurance revenue (excluding own-funds portfolios) was 50% for the first nine months of 2012 versus 45% for the same period of 2011.

Expenses decreased by 0.7%. In France, expenses were down by 2.8%, while in international operations expenses rose compared with the first nine months of 2011, mainly in Brazil due to the costs of growing the business and amortizing strategic projects.

EBIT rose 6.3%. Subsidiaries outside France accounted for 44% of the total, helped by an increased contribution from Caixa Seguros.

Net capital gains generated under the multi-year profit taking programme concerned equities and investment property and amounted to €93 million. Fair value adjustments to trading securities represented a positive €143 million.

Profit for the period was adversely affected by net non-recurring expenses of €209 million, corresponding mainly to transfers to the policyholders' surplus reserve.

Net profit attributable to equity holders of the parent for the first nine months of 2012 amounted to €783 million, an increase of 42.3% on the year-earlier period.

 

3. Solvency capital


Required capital under Solvency I was covered 1.12 times at 30 September 2012 before taking into account unrealised capital gains. This was slightly below the 30 June coverage rate, due to an increase in required capital during the third quarter. Including unrealised capital gains, required capital was covered 2.54 times.

As announced on 16 October, CNP Assurances has placed USD 500 million worth of perpetual subordinated notes, mainly with Asian investors. The notes will be included in equity for the calculation of the coverage rate at 31 December 2012.

 

4. Investment policy


The Group is continuing to follow a prudent investment policy. The French portfolio's exposure to peripheral euro zone sovereign debt was reduced to €12.7 billion at 30 September 2012, with a further reduction in October.

CNP Assurances's regulated information can be downloaded from the Group's investor information website  http://www.cnp-finances.fr 

 

APPENDICES

REVENUE BY PARTNERSHIP CENTRE

    (EURm)                        IFRS                 French GAAP
                             2012     2011            2012     2011
 
                              (9       (9      %       (9       (9      %
                           months)  months)  change months)  months)  change
    La Banque Postale      6,826.3  7,260.0   -6.0  6,827.6  7,262.1   -6.0
    Savings Banks          5,285.8  6,811.1  -22.4  5,286.8  6,812.4  -22.4
    CNP Trésor               433.6    469.4   -7.6    433.6    469.4   -7.6
    Financial Institutions
    France                 1,102.5  1,067.2    3.3  1,102.5  1,067.2    3.3
    Mutual Insurers          700.2    732.4   -4.4    700.2    732.4   -4.4
    Companies & Local
    Authorities            1,273.5  1,241.5    2.6  1,496.4  1,337.7   11.9
    Other (France)            52.3     63.1  -17.2     52.3     63.1  -17.2
    TOTAL France          15,674.2 17,644.7 -11.17 15,899.5 17,744.4 -10.40
    CNP Seguros de Vida
    (Argentina) (1)           43.7     19.9  119.2     43.7     19.9  119.2
    CNP Vida (Spain)         123.2    123.3  - 0.0    123.7    123.3    0.3
    Caixa Seguros (Brazil)
    (1)                    2,071.9  2,125.5  - 2.5  2,392.6  2,439.2  - 1.9
    CNP UniCredit Vita
    (Italy)                  932.4  1,395.9 - 33.2  1,110.8  1,653.7 - 32.8
    CNP Laiki Insurance
    Holdings (Cyprus)        142.0    157.9 - 10.1    142.8    166.7 - 14.4
    CNP Europe (Ireland)      54.6    449.6 - 87.9     54.6    449.6 - 87.9
    CNP BVP
    (Portugal-Spain-Italy)   309.4    591.7 - 47.7    401.5    664.8 - 39.6
    Financial Institutions
    outside France (2)           -      3.3      -        -      3.3      -
    Branches                  42.5     58.5 - 27.2     42.5     58.5  -27.2
    TOTAL International    3,719.8  4,925.6 - 24.5  4,312.1  5,579.1  -22.7
    TOTAL                 19,394.0 22,570.3 - 14.1 20,211.6 23,323.5  -13.3


(1) Average exchange rates: Argentina: €1 = ARS5.716    -    Brazil: €1 = BRL2.456

(2) The business of writing term creditor insurance for Cofidis under the EU freedom of services
directive was discontinued on 1 January 2011 and the related contracts no longer generate any revenues.

 

UNIT-LINKED SALES

                                      IFRS                   French GAAP
                                       2011              2012    2011
                              2012
                                        (9                (9      (9      %
    (EURm)                 (9 months) months) % change months)  months) change
    La Banque Postale        336.7     407.0   - 17.3   338.1    409.2  - 17.4
    Savings Banks            478.3   1,024.5   - 53.3   479.3  1,025.7  - 53.3
    CNP Trésor                10.8      18.4   - 41.1    10.8     18.4  - 41.1
    Other (France)             2.5       4.5   - 43.6     2.5      4.5  - 43.6
    Total individual
    products France          828.4   1,454.5   - 43.0   830.7  1,457.8  - 43.0
    Group products France     16.1      17.8    - 9.5   239.0     99.9   139.3
    TOTAL France             844.5   1,472.3   - 42.6 1,069.8  1,557.7  - 31.3
    CNP UniCredit Vita       316.9     643.2   - 50.7   495.3    901.1  - 45.0
    Caixa Seguros          1,068.4   1,233.1   - 13.4 1,068.4  1,233.1  - 13.4
    CNP Vida                  63.2      60.9      3.6    63.2     60.9     3.6
    CNP Laiki Insurance
    Holdings                  45.3      49.7    - 8.9    45.5     57.8  - 21.3
    CNP Europe                 4.8       5.9   - 18.6     4.8      5.9  - 18.6
    CNP BVP
    (Portugal-Spain-Italy)    26.5     127.1   - 79.1   118.7    200.2  - 40.7
    TOTAL International    1,525.1   2,119.9   - 28.1 1,795.7  2,459.1  - 27.0
    TOTAL unit-linked      2,369.7   3,592.2   - 34.0 2,865.6  4,016.8  - 28.7



 

BREAKDOWN BY INSURANCE CATEGORY

                              IFRS                       French GAAP
                    2012       2011                2012       2011
 
    (EURm)       (9 months) (9 months) % change (9 months) (9 months) % change
    Individual
    Insurance     14,821.6   17,591.2   - 15.7   15,415.3   18,247.4   - 15.5
    Group
    Insurance      4,572.8    4,979.2    - 8.2    4,796.3    5,076.1    - 5.5
    Total         19,394.0   22,570.4   - 14.1   20,211.6   23,323.5   - 13.3




REVENUE BY COUNTRY AND BY BUSINESS SEGMENT

                                                                         
                                                                  Personal    
                                 Savings          Pensions          Risk             
                             9 mos.            9 mos.            9 mos.    %   
    In EURm (IFRS)             2012    % chg.   2012    % chg.     2012   chg.   
    France                  11,250.9  - 15.9  1,034.1     5.7   1,094.5 - 3.3 
    Italy (1)                  985.8  - 31.8     12.7     3.3       7.1  24.7   
    Portugal (2)                10.8  - 94.1      0.0      NS       0.9    NS    
    Other Europe (3)             2.9      NS      0.0      NS       0.0    NS    
    Brazil                      56.5   - 6.4  1,217.0   - 8.3     334.7   3.8   
    Argentina                    4.0    41.1      0.0      NS       8.4  56.7 
    Spain (4)                  188.5     5.1     51.2  - 37.5       8.1 - 3.8 
    Cyprus                      46.4  - 26.5      0.0      NS      20.6 - 7.6  
    Ireland                      4.8  - 18.6     49.8  - 88.8       0.0    NS   
    Sub-total International  1,299.6  - 33.1  1,330.8  - 28.6     379.7   4.3 
    TOTAL                   12,550.5  - 18.1  2,364.9  - 16.8   1,474.2 - 1.5


(continued)


   
                                                      Property
                    Term Creditor       Health            &
                      Insurance       Insurance       Casualty         Total
                     9 mos.  % chg.  9 mos.  % chg. 9 mos. % chg.  9 mos. & chg.
    In EURm (IFRS)    2012            2012           2012           2012
    France           1,925.8    7.0   368.9   6.1    0.0   NS   15,674.2  - 11.2
    Italy               89.2 - 54.6     0.0    NS    0.0   NS    1,094.7  - 34.0
    Portugal (1)        15.8    4.4     0.0    NS    0.0   NS       27.6  - 86.2
    Other Europe (2)     2.3  177.0     0.3    NS    0.0   NS        5.5   566.1
    Brazil  (3)        241.5   14.5     6.5    NS  215.8  5.3    2,071.9   - 2.5
    Argentina           31.4  166.1     0.0    NS    0.0   NS       43.7   119.2
    Spain               37.5 - 12.5     0.0    NS    0.0   NS      285.3   - 8.7
    Cyprus (4)           0.0     NS    16.5 - 1.4   53.0  4.4      136.5  - 13.6
    Ireland              0.0     NS     0.0    NS    0.0   NS       54.6  - 87.9
    Sub-total 
    International      417.8  - 13.5   23.2  39.0  268.8  5.1    3,719.8  - 24.5 
    TOTAL            2,343.6     2.6  392.1   7.6  268.8  5.1   19,394.0  - 14.1
(1) CNP Italia branch, CNP UniCredit Vita and CNP BVP Italy
(2) CNP BVP Portugal
(3) Cofidis Romania, Belgium, Czech Rep., Greece
(4) CNP Spain branch, CNP Vida and CNP BVP Spain

CNP UNICREDIT VITA REVENUE
                             IFRS             French GAAP
                         2012                2012
    (EURm)            (9 months) % change (9 months) % change
    Savings             879.5     - 32.0    1,057.8    - 31.8
    Pensions             12.7        3.3       12.7       3.3
    Personal Risk         7.1       24.7        7.1      24.7
    Term Creditor
    Insurance            33.1     - 60.6       33.1    - 60.6
    TOTAL               932.4     - 33.2    1,110.8    - 32.8

CAIXA SEGUROS REVENUE

                             IFRS             French GAAP
                         2012                2012
    (BRLm)            (9 months) % change (9 months) % change
    Savings             138.6     - 0.8      926.0      7.1
    Pensions          2 988.4     - 2.6    2 988.4    - 2.6
    Personal Risk       821.9      10.4      821.9     10.4
    Term Creditor
    Insurance           593.0      21.7      593.0     21.7
    Property &
    Casualty            529.8      12.0      529.8     12.0
    Health Insurance     15.9                 15.9
    TOTAL             5 087.7      3.6     5 875.0      4.2

CNP BVP REVENUE

                             IFRS             French GAAP
                         2012                2012
    (EURm)            (9 months) % change (9 months) % change
    Savings             206.1     - 49.6    298.2     - 38.1
    Pensions             46.0     - 41.1     46.0     - 41.1
    Personal Risk         8.9        6.8      8.9        6.8
    Term Creditor
    Insurance            48.4     - 49.9     48.4     - 49.9
    TOTAL               309.4     - 47.7    401.5     - 39.6



2013 Investor calendar
  • 2012 revenue and results: Wednesday, 22 February 2013 at 7:30 am
  • Annual General Meeting: Thursday, 25 April at 2:30 pm
  • First quarter 2013 revenue and profit indicators: Thursday, 16 May 2013 at 7:30am
  • First-half 2013 revenue and results: Friday, 26 July 2013 at 7:30 am
  • Nine-month 2013 revenue and profit indicators: Friday, 15 November 2013 at 7:30 am


Disclaimer: Some of the statements contained in this press release may 
be forward-looking statements referring to projections, future events, trends or 
objectives that, by their very nature, involve inherent risks and uncertainties. 
Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such 
statements by reason of factors such as changes in general economic conditions 
and conditions in the financial markets, legal or regulatory decisions or 
changes, changes in the frequency and amount of insured claims, particularly as 
a result of changes in mortality and morbidity rates, changes in surrender 
rates, interest rates, foreign exchange rates, the competitive environment, the 
policies of foreign central banks or governments, legal proceedings, the effects 
of acquisitions and the integration of newly-acquired businesses, and general 
factors affecting competition. Further information regarding factors which may 
cause results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking 
statements is included in CNP Assurances' filings with the Autorité des Marchés 
Financiers. CNP Assurances does not undertake to update any forward-looking 
statements presented herein to take into account any new information, future 
event or other factors.

 

--------------------------------------------------

1. Excluding revenues from own funds portfolios

2. Unless otherwise stated, all data are presented on an IFRS basis

3. Following the partner's name change, CNP Marfin Insurance Holdings (CNP 
MIH) was renamed CNP Laiki Insurance Holdings (CNP LIH)

4. Mainly the effects of lower interest rates.

 



Contacts:


CNP Assurances
Florence de MONTMARIN
+33(0)1-42-18-86-51


Tamara BERNARD
+33(0)1-42-18-86-19
[email protected]


Contacts for Analysts & Investors:
CNP Assurances
Jim 
ROOT
+33(0)1-42-18-71-89


Annabelle BEUGIN-SOULON
+33(0)1-42-18-83-66


Jean-Yves ICOLE
+33(0)1-42-18-94-93
[email protected]






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Noted IoT expert and researcher Joseph di Paolantonio (pictured below) has joined the @ThingsExpo faculty. Joseph, who describes himself as an “Independent Thinker” from DataArchon, will speak on the topic of “Smart Grids & Managing Big Utilities.” Over his career, Joseph di Paolantonio has worked in the energy, renewables, aerospace, telecommunications, and information technology industries. His expertise is in data analysis, system engineering, Bayesian statistics, data warehouses, business intelligence, data mining, predictive methods, and very large databases (VLDB). Prior to DataArcho...
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There will be 50 billion Internet connected devices by 2020. Today, every manufacturer has a propriety protocol and an app. How do we securely integrate these "things" into our lives and businesses in a way that we can easily control and manage? Even better, how do we integrate these "things" so that they control and manage each other so our lives become more convenient or our businesses become more profitable and/or safe? We have heard that the best interface is no interface. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Co-Founder & CTO at Octoblu, Inc., will discuss how thes...
Last week, while in San Francisco, I used the Uber app and service four times. All four experiences were great, although one of the drivers stopped for 30 seconds and then left as I was walking up to the car. He must have realized I was a blogger. None the less, the next car was just a minute away and I suffered no pain. In this article, my colleague, Ved Sen, Global Head, Advisory Services Social, Mobile and Sensors at Cognizant shares his experiences and insights.
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) ir...
Can call centers hang up the phones for good? Intuitive Solutions did. WebRTC enabled this contact center provider to eliminate antiquated telephony and desktop phone infrastructure with a pure web-based solution, allowing them to expand beyond brick-and-mortar confines to a home-based agent model. It also ensured scalability and better service for customers, including MUY! Companies, one of the country's largest franchise restaurant companies with 232 Pizza Hut locations. This is one example of WebRTC adoption today, but the potential is limitless when powered by IoT. Attendees will learn rea...
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, will share some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder ...
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to create new business models as significant as those that were inspired by the Internet and the smartphone 20 and 10 years ago. What business, social and practical implications will this phenomenon bring? That's the subject of "Monetizing the Internet of Things: Perspectives from the Front Lines," an e-book released today and available free of charge from Aria Systems, the leading innovator in recurring revenue management.
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges.
There’s Big Data, then there’s really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at 6th Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, to discuss how IoT, Big Data and deployments are processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other mach...
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Erik Lagerway, Co-founder of Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice s...
While great strides have been made relative to the video aspects of remote collaboration, audio technology has basically stagnated. Typically all audio is mixed to a single monaural stream and emanates from a single point, such as a speakerphone or a speaker associated with a video monitor. This leads to confusion and lack of understanding among participants especially regarding who is actually speaking. Spatial teleconferencing introduces the concept of acoustic spatial separation between conference participants in three dimensional space. This has been shown to significantly improve comprehe...
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, will discuss single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridsto...