|By Business Wire||
|January 28, 2013 06:34 PM EST||
Transcat, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNS) (“Transcat” or the “Company”), an accredited provider of calibration, repair, inspection and other compliance services and a leading distributor of professional grade handheld test, measurement and control instruments, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended December 29, 2012. Included in the reported results are those of Anacor Compliance Services, Inc., which the Company acquired on July 16, 2012.
Fiscal 2013 third quarter total revenue increased 3.0% to $29.3 million from $28.5 million in the third quarter of the prior fiscal year driven by Service segment revenue growth of 8.9%. Product segment sales were consistent with the prior fiscal year period at $19.4 million.
Net income was $0.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared with $1.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.
Charles P. Hadeed, CEO of Transcat, commented, “Our acquisition strategy to expand our Service segment drove our growth in the quarter and helped to support overall margins in a challenging market environment for our Product segment. The Anacor acquisition led to 8.9% growth for the Service segment and also contributed to expanded operating and contribution margins for the segment. We have completed six acquisitions in the last three years, including Anacor, and we recently announced the acquisition of Cal-Matrix. In combination with our organic growth initiatives, we expect to continue to acquire high quality calibration labs that further expand our geographic footprint and capabilities.”
On January 25, 2013, the Company announced the acquisition of Cal-Matrix Metrology Inc., a leading Canadian provider of commercial and accredited calibrations and coordinate measurement inspection services. The acquisition greatly expands the Company’s presence in Canada by adding a second laboratory in Southern Ontario and a lab in Montreal, Quebec. Transcat now has 18 strategically located centers of excellence in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Service Segment Expansion Muted by Product Segment Declines
Operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $1.2 million, a $0.4 million decrease from the prior fiscal year period. Operating margin declined 160 basis points to 4.2% in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with 5.8% for the prior-year period. Total operating expenses in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 increased $0.3 million, or 5.3%, including upfront costs related to the Company’s deployment of Salesforce.com, a customer relationship management (“CRM”) software program which is expected to increase the efficiency of our sales teams.
During the third quarter of fiscal 2013, Transcat generated $1.9 million of EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), a decrease of $0.5 million when compared with the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. Service segment EBITDA increased 15.5%, to $0.4 million, which was more than offset by a decrease in EBITDA attributable to the Product segment. See Note 1 on page 4 for a description of this non-GAAP financial measure and page 9 for the EBITDA Reconciliation table.
Service Segment Strengthened by Acquisition
Service Segment: Represents the Company’s accredited calibration, repair, inspection and other compliance services business (34% of total revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2013)
“The third quarter Service segment revenue growth can largely be attributed to furthering our reach into the targeted life sciences industry with our recent acquisition of Anacor,” stated Lee D. Rudow, President and COO of Transcat. “While we have made strides growing with acquisitions, we intend to further increase our focus on organic growth as well, which we expect will lead to enhanced operating leverage and stronger cash flow generation.”
- Service segment revenue increased 8.9%, or $0.8 million, to $9.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with the third quarter of the prior fiscal year.
- Third quarter fiscal 2013 Service segment gross profit improved $0.3 million, or 16.5%, to $2.1 million compared with the prior fiscal year period, while gross margin expanded 140 basis points over the same comparable period to 21.5%.
- Service segment contribution margin increased $0.3 million, or 65.4%, to $0.8 million compared with the third quarter of fiscal 2012. See Note 1 on page 4 for a description of this non-GAAP financial measure and page 10 for the Contribution Margin Reconciliation in the Business Segment Data.
- Operating expenses associated with the Service segment increased 5.9% to $2.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with the third quarter of the prior fiscal year.
- Service segment operating income was basically break-even for the third quarter of fiscal 2013, an improvement from an operating loss of $0.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Operating margin over the same comparable period improved 200 basis points.
- Service segment EBITDA increased 15.5% to $0.4 million in the fiscal 2013 third quarter compared with the third quarter of fiscal 2012. As a percentage of Service segment revenue, EBITDA for the Service segment was 4.1% and 3.8% in the third quarters of fiscal 2013 and 2012, respectively. See Note 1 on page 4 for a description of this non-GAAP financial measure and page 9 for the EBITDA Reconciliation table.
Product Segment Revenue Steady in a Challenging Market
Product Segment: Represents the Company’s distribution of professional grade handheld test and measurement instruments business (66% of total revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2013)
- Product segment sales were $19.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, consistent with the prior-year period despite two fewer business days. Average Product segment sales per day increased 3.6% to $319 thousand in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared with $308 thousand in the same period of fiscal 2012.
- Online product sales increased 24.5% to $2.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 from $1.8 million in the prior-year period. Online sales accounted for 11.7% and 9.4% of Product segment sales in the third quarters of 2013 and 2012, respectively.
- Third quarter Product segment gross profit decreased $0.5 million to $4.5 million, or 23.2% of Product segment sales, primarily due to competitive pricing pressures and a $0.2 million reduction in volume-based rebate income.
- Product segment operating income decreased $0.6 million to $1.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 primarily as a result of the contraction in gross profit. Operating margin was 6.4% and 9.6% of Product segment sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 and 2012, respectively.
- Product segment EBITDA was $1.5 million, or 7.8% of segment sales, in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared with $2.1 million, or 11.0% of segment sales, in the prior-year period. See Note 1 on page 4 for a description of this non-GAAP financial measure and page 9 for the EBITDA Reconciliation table.
Total revenue increased to $81.2 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, up 2.5% from total revenue of $79.2 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012. Revenue increases in the Service segment were partially offset by lower sales in the Product segment.
- Service segment revenue increased 10.7% to $28.5 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, compared with $25.7 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012. Incremental revenue from recent acquisitions complemented by organic growth was partially offset by the strategic decision not to renew $0.8 million in low margin revenue from the Company outsourcing primarily non-calibration services for a specific customer.
- Product segment sales were $52.8 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, a decrease of 1.5% from $53.5 million in the same period of the prior fiscal year. Sales to both direct and reseller customers declined slightly, reflecting general economic conditions.
Gross margin was 23.3% in the first nine months of fiscal 2013 compared with 24.3% in the same period of the prior fiscal year.
- Service segment gross margin improved 60 basis points to 22.8% in the first nine months of fiscal 2013 compared with 22.2% in the same period of the prior fiscal year. Revenue growth in the Service segment included incremental revenue from recent acquisitions, which provided limited short-term gross margin expansion opportunity.
Product segment gross margin was 23.6% and 25.3% for the first nine
months of fiscal 2013 and 2012, respectively. The decline was
primarily a result of $0.7 million less in manufacturer rebates as
well as increased price discounts extended to customers, partially
offset by a
$0.3 million increase in cooperative advertising income.
Operating expenses increased modestly to $15.9 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, compared with the first nine months of the prior fiscal year. As a percentage of total revenue, operating expenses in the fiscal 2013 year-to-date period improved to 19.6% from 19.9% in the prior-year period reflecting lower performance-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses, partially offset by one-time sales organization restructuring charges and increased investments in our CRM software Salesforce.com.
Fiscal 2013 year-to-date operating income declined $0.5 million, or 13.5%, to $3.0 million compared with the same period of fiscal 2012. The decline reflects lower Product segment operating income partially offset by improved operating income within the Service segment. Operating margin for the same comparable period declined 70 basis points to 3.7%. Net income was $1.9 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, compared with $2.1 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.
EBITDA was $4.9 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2013, compared with $5.7 million for the same period in fiscal 2012. See Note 1 on page 4 for a description of this non-GAAP financial measure and page 9 for the EBITDA Reconciliation table.
Strong and Flexible Balance Sheet
Net cash provided by operations was $2.4 million for the year-to-date period of fiscal 2013, compared with $2.5 million in the comparable period of fiscal 2012. The year-over-year change was the result of working capital requirements and timing.
Capital expenditures in the first nine months of fiscal 2013 were $2.2 million compared with $1.2 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2012, and were primarily for additional service capabilities, including implementing Salesforce.com, a larger laboratory in Nashville, TN and an additional calibration system to expand the Company’s pressure calibration capabilities. Business acquisitions were $3.1 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2013 and 2012.
As of December 29, 2012, the Company had $13.4 million in remaining availability under its $20 million secured revolving credit facility.
Mr. Hadeed stated, “For the long term, we continue to drive our strategy to grow the Service segment at a higher rate than our product business, both through acquisitions and organically, while continuing to expand the Product segment through increased market penetration. Given the operating leverage inherent in the Service segment, we expect over time this growth will strengthen our earnings power.
“For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, we will have one less sales week compared with the prior-year period as a result of our 52/53 week fiscal cycle. In addition, the delay in production tax credits for manufacturers in the wind industry may affect product sales for the remainder of the fiscal year. We expect our Service segment operating income to significantly increase while we face continued margin pressure within our Product segment.”
In addition to reporting net income, a U.S. generally accepted accounting principle (“GAAP”) measure, we present EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization), which is a non-GAAP measure. The Company believes EBITDA allows investors to view its performance in a manner similar to the methods used by management and provides additional insight into its operating results. EBITDA is not calculated through the application of GAAP and is not the required form of disclosure by the Securities and Exchange Commission. As such, it should not be considered as a substitute for the GAAP measure of net income and, therefore, should not be used in isolation of, but in conjunction with, the GAAP measure. The use of any non-GAAP measure may produce results that vary from the GAAP measure and may not be comparable to a similarly defined non-GAAP measure used by other companies. See the attached EBITDA Reconciliation table on page 9.
Contribution margin, a non-GAAP financial measure, consists of gross profit less sales, marketing and warehouse expenses. We believe contribution margin provides management and users of the financial statements information about our ability to cover our operating costs, such as technology and general and administrative expenses. Contribution margin is used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. The material limitation associated with the use of contribution margin is that it is an incomplete measure of profitability as it does not include all operating expenses or non-operating income and expenses. Management compensates for these limitations when using this measure by looking at other GAAP measures, such as operating income (loss) and net income (loss). For further details on contribution margin, see the calculation of this non-GAAP financial measure and the reconciliation of contribution margin to gross profit on pages 10 and 11.
Transcat, Inc. is a leading provider of accredited calibration, repair, inspection and compliance services including analytical instrument qualifications, equipment and process validation. Targeted industries include life science, biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical and other FDA-regulated industries, industrial manufacturing, energy and utilities, chemical manufacturing and other industries. Throughout its 18 strategically located centers of excellence in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, Transcat delivers precise services with reliable turn-around times. The breadth and depth of measurement parameters addressed by Transcat’s ISO/IEC 17025 scopes of accreditation are believed to be among the best in the industry.
In addition, Transcat operates as a leading distributor of professional grade handheld test, measurement and control instrumentation. Through its distribution products segment, Transcat markets and distributes premier and propriety brand instruments to nearly 15,000 customers. The Company offers access to more than 25,000 test, measurement and control products.
Transcat’s growth strategy is to expand its product and service platform comprised of a balanced suite of test products and analytical, calibration, compliance, and validation services. The goal is to deliver specialized technical services with a quality assurance approach, which maximizes document accuracy and on-time job delivery. Transcat answers the call with cGMP, GLP, and GXP compliant services. Transcat can provide life science companies with a reliable alternative service and product solution to the OEMs and to the “generalist” service providers who cannot meet the client’s specialized needs.
More information about Transcat can be found on its website at: transcat.com
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are identified by words such as “expects,” “estimates,” “projects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “could,” and other similar words. All statements addressing operating performance, events, or developments that Transcat, Inc. expects or anticipates will occur in the future, including but not limited to statements relating to anticipated revenue, profit margins, sales operations, its strategy to build its sales representative channel, customer preferences and changes in market conditions in the industries in which Transcat operates are forward-looking statements. Because they are forward-looking, they should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Transcat’s Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the heading entitled “Risk Factors.” Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of the Company’s underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those currently anticipated. In addition, undue reliance should not be placed on the Company’s forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any obligation to update or publicly announce any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)|
|Third Quarter Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|December 29,||December 24,||December 29,||December 24,|
|Cost of Products Sold||14,937||14,420||40,317||39,992|
|Cost of Services Sold||7,757||7,252||21,977||20,017|
Total Cost of Products and Services Sold
|Selling, Marketing and Warehouse Expenses||3,386||3,403||9,786||10,071|
Total Operating Expenses
|Interest and Other Expense, net||37||44||135||127|
|Income Before Income Taxes||1,184||1,609||2,860||3,337|
|Provision for Income Taxes||402||585||972||1,242|
|Basic Earnings Per Share||$||0.11||$||0.14||$||0.26||$||0.29|
|Average Shares Outstanding||7,417||7,325||7,399||7,301|
|Diluted Earnings Per Share||$||0.10||$||0.13||$||0.25||$||0.27|
|Average Shares Outstanding||7,562||7,680||7,575||7,647|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)|
|December 29,||March 31,|
Accounts Receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $100
and $99 as of December 29, 2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively
Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets
Deferred Tax Asset
Total Current Assets
|Property and Equipment, net||6,609||5,306|
|Intangible Assets, net||2,458||2,449|
|Deferred Tax Asset||332||-|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY|
Accrued Compensation and Other Liabilities
Income Taxes Payable
Total Current Liabilities
|Deferred Tax Liability||-||139|
Common Stock, par value $0.50 per share, 30,000,000 shares authorized;
7,417,294 and 7,840,994 shares issued as of December 29, 2012 and
March 31, 2012, respectively; 7,417,294 and 7,341,007 shares
outstanding as of December 29, 2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively
Capital in Excess of Par Value
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income
Less: Treasury Stock, at cost, 498,782 shares as of March 31, 2012
Total Shareholders' Equity
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Nine Months Ended
|Cash Flows from Operating Activities:|
|Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash|
|Provided by Operating Activities:|
|Deferred Income Taxes||(250||)||(105||)|
|Depreciation and Amortization||1,945||2,241|
|Provision for Accounts Receivable and Inventory Reserves||167||157|
|Stock-Based Compensation Expense||220||407|
|Changes in Assets and Liabilities:|
|Accounts Receivable and Other Receivables||(252||)||(2,387||)|
|Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets||(909||)||(627||)|
|Accrued Compensation and Other Liabilities||(1,038||)||873|
|Income Taxes Payable||(409||)||(42||)|
|Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities||2,350||2,535|
|Cash Flows from Investing Activities:|
|Purchase of Property and Equipment||(2,189||)||(1,233||)|
|Net Cash Used in Investing Activities||(5,318||)||(4,355||)|
|Cash Flows from Financing Activities:|
|Revolving Line of Credit, net||3,277||1,606|
|Payments on Other Debt Obligations||
|Payments of Contingent Consideration||(14||)||(88||)|
|Issuance of Common Stock||199||350|
|Repurchase of Common Stock||(110||)||(61||)|
|Excess Tax Benefits Related to Stock-Based Compensation||43||39|
|Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities||3,395||1,835|
|Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash||
|Net Increase in Cash||427||25|
|Cash at Beginning of Period||32||32|
|Cash at End of Period||
|Fiscal Year 2013 and Fiscal Year 2012|
(Dollars in thousands)
|+ Interest Expense||21||38||20||79|
|+ Other Expense / (Income)||26||13||17||56|
|+ Tax Provision||186||384||402||972|
|+ Depreciation & Amortization||600||621||724||1,945|
|+ Other (Expense) / Income||(26||)||(13||)||(17||)||(56||)|
|Service Operating Income (Loss)||$||(258||)||$||333||$||(19||)||$||56|
|+ Depreciation & Amortization||359||422||439||1,220|
|+ Other (Expense) / Income||(18||)||(14||)||(18||)||(50||)|
|Product Operating Income||$||852||$||847||$||1,240||$||2,939|
|+ Depreciation & Amortization||241||199||285||725|
|+ Other (Expense) / Income||(8||)||1||1||(6||)|
|+ Interest Expense||28||28||35||91|
|+ Other Expense / (Income)||17||10||9||36|
|+ Tax Provision||200||457||585||1,242|
|+ Depreciation & Amortization||670||738||833||2,241|
|+ Other (Expense) / Income||(17||)||(10||)||(9||)||(36||)|
|Service Operating Income||$||(251||)||$||(216||)||$||(201||)||$||(668||)|
|+ Depreciation & Amortization||474||511||557||1,542|
|+ Other (Expense) / Income||(11||)||(9||)||(8||)||(28||)|
|Product Operating Income||$||821||$||1,457||$||1,854||$||4,132|
|+ Depreciation & Amortization||196||227||276||699|
|+ Other (Expense) / Income||(6||)||(1||)||(1||)||(8||)|
|Additional Information - Business Segment Data|
(Dollars in thousands)
|SERVICE||FY 2013 Q3||FY 2012 Q3||$'s||%|
|Cost of Services Sold||$||7,757||$||7,252||$||505||7.0||%|
|Selling, Marketing & Warehouse Expenses||$||1,313||$||1,334||$||(21||)||(1.6||%)|
|% of Revenue||8.2||%||5.4||%|
|% of Revenue||(0.2||%)||(2.2||%)|
|PRODUCT||FY 2013 Q3||FY 2012 Q3||$'s||%|
|Cost of Products Sold||$||14,937||$||14,420||$||517||3.6||%|
|Selling, Marketing & Warehouse Expenses||$||2,073||$||2,069||$||4||0.2||%|
|% of Sales||12.5||%||14.9||%|
|% of Sales||6.4||%||9.6||%|
|TOTAL||FY 2013 Q3||FY 2012 Q3||$'s||%|
|Total Cost of Products and Services Sold||$||22,694||$||21,672||$||1,022||4.7||%|
|Selling, Marketing & Warehouse Expenses||$||3,386||$||3,403||$||(17||)||(0.5||%)|
|% of Revenue||11.1||%||11.9||%|
|% of Revenue||4.2||%||5.8||%|
|Additional Information - Business Segment Data|
(Dollars in thousands)
|SERVICE||FY 2013 YTD||FY 2012 YTD||$'s||%|
|Cost of Services Sold||$||21,977||$||20,017||$||1,960||9.8%|
|Selling, Marketing & Warehouse Expenses||$||3,748||$||3,966||$||(218)||(5.5%)|
|% of Revenue||9.6%||6.7%|
|Operating Income (Loss)||$||56||$||(668)||$||724||108.4%|
|% of Revenue||0.2%||(2.6%)|
|PRODUCT||FY 2013 YTD||FY 2012 YTD||$'s||%|
|Cost of Products Sold||$||40,317||$||39,992||$||325||0.8%|
|Selling, Marketing & Warehouse Expenses||$||6,038||$||6,105||$||(67)||(1.1%)|
|% of Sales||12.1%||13.9%|
|% of Sales||5.6%||7.7%|
|TOTAL||FY 2013 YTD||FY 2012 YTD||$'s||%|
|Total Cost of Products and Services Sold||$||62,294||$||60,009||$||2,285||3.8%|
|Selling, Marketing & Warehouse Expenses||$||9,786||$||10,071||$||(285)||(2.8%)|
|% of Revenue||11.2%||11.6%|
|% of Revenue||3.7%||4.4%|
PRODUCT SALES PER BUSINESS DAY
(Dollars in thousands)
|FY 2013 Q3||FY 2012 Q3||$'s||%|
|Sales Per Business Day||$||319||$||308||$||11||3.6%|
|FY 2013 YTD||FY 2012 YTD||$'s||%|
|Sales Per Business Day||$||282||$||282||$||0||0.1%|
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The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...
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Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
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"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
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Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, addressed the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream; Brendan O'Brien, co-founder of Aria Systems, Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState Software; Jim Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn; Dave Wagstaff, VP and chief architect at BSQUARE Corporation; Seth Proctor, CTO of NuoDB, Inc.; and Andris Gailitis, C...
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The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.
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Since 2008 and for the first time in history, more than half of humans live in urban areas, urging cities to become “smart.” Today, cities can leverage the wide availability of smartphones combined with new technologies such as Beacons or NFC to connect their urban furniture and environment to create citizen-first services that improve transportation, way-finding and information delivery. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Laetitia Gazel-Anthoine, CEO of Connecthings, will focus on successful use cases.
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