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Performance Sports Group Reports Record Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

EXETER, NH -- (Marketwired) -- 08/12/14 -- Performance Sports Group Ltd. (NYSE: PSG) (TSX: PSG) ("PSG" or the "Company"), a leading developer and manufacturer of high performance sports equipment and apparel, reported financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended May 31, 2014. All figures are in U.S. dollars.

On April 15, 2014, the Company completed the Easton Baseball/Softball acquisition from BRG Sports (formerly Easton-Bell Sports). Unless otherwise specified, the Company's financial information outlined herein includes Easton Baseball/Softball's operating results from the acquisition date.

Fiscal Q4 2014 Financial Highlights vs. Year-Ago Quarter

  • Revenues up 30% to $112.9 million (35% in constant currency)
  • Hockey revenues up 9% (14% in constant currency)
  • Lacrosse revenues up 29%
  • Adjusted Gross Profit up 22% to $43.8 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA up 52% to $21.3 million
  • Adjusted Net Income up 12% to $10.8 million or $0.29 per diluted share
  • Intellectual property litigation settled with BRG Sports for a gain of $6.0 million (a $0.09 benefit per diluted share, net of related expenses)
  • Adjusted Net Income excluding the impact of the Easton Baseball/Softball acquisition and the intellectual property litigation settlement of $0.23 per diluted share

Management Commentary

"Fiscal 2014 was a year of significant transformation for our organization," said Kevin Davis, president and CEO of Performance Sports Group. "In addition to numerous successful product rollouts and strong growth in our hockey, lacrosse, and apparel businesses, we enhanced our leading performance sports platform with the acquisition of Easton Baseball/Softball. With the acquisition complete, we now hold the No. 1 North American market share in diamond sports and No. 1 worldwide market share in hockey."

"We are meeting or exceeding all of our integration milestones for the EASTON operations and I am very happy with the way our entire organization is working to ensure a smooth integration process," continued Davis. "Global demand for our platform of brands continues to accelerate. Hockey sales remained strong, led by the launch of several new products and apparel, including the NEXUS line of sticks which drove 41% growth in the fourth quarter in our largest dollar market share opportunity in hockey. Our hockey team apparel and uniform business also grew an impressive 37% in the fourth quarter as we continue to build momentum with this significant growth opportunity. Our lacrosse business also continues to grow at healthy double-digit rates with strong sales of the new CASCADE "R" helmet and various new Maverik products.

"PSG's expansion into new sports and apparel is a perfect example of our ability to enhance our performance sports platform. As we've proven with our hockey business, we expect to raise the bar of innovation across all of our brands with world class R&D, strong intellectual property and, most importantly, a dedication to connecting with our core consumers. Despite continued currency headwinds, our goal is to deliver another record year of top and bottom-line performance in fiscal 2015."

Fiscal Q4 2014 Financial Results

Revenues in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2014 increased 30% to $112.9 million compared to $86.7 million in the same year-ago quarter. On a constant currency basis, revenues were up 35%. The increase was due to strong growth in ice hockey equipment and lacrosse as well as the addition of the EASTON and COMBAT diamond sports businesses, partially offset by an unfavorable impact from foreign exchange.

Excluding the results of the Easton Baseball/Softball and Combat Sports acquisitions, as well as the impact from foreign exchange, revenues grew organically by 15%.

Adjusted Gross Profit (a non-IFRS measure) in the fourth quarter increased 22% to $43.8 million compared to $35.9 million in the year-ago quarter. As a percentage of revenues, Adjusted Gross Profit was 38.8% compared to 41.4% in the same year-ago period. The decrease in Adjusted Gross Profit margin was primarily driven by an unfavorable impact from foreign exchange and Easton Baseball/Softball's lower gross margin during the six week period since the acquisition date. The Company's period of ownership during the fourth quarter is a seasonally low revenue period for the Easton Baseball/Softball business. These factors more than offset improvements in ice hockey gross margin (see "Non-IFRS Measures" below for further discussion).

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses in the fourth quarter increased 17% to $27.4 million compared to $23.4 million in the year-ago quarter, primarily due to the addition of Easton Baseball/Softball as well as higher marketing and acquisition-related costs, partially offset by the gain from the intellectual property litigation settlement with BRG Sports. As a percentage of revenues and excluding acquisition-related charges, costs related to share offerings, share-based payment expenses, and the litigation settlement, SG&A expenses were 24.0% compared to 21.8% in the year-ago quarter.

R&D expenses in the fourth quarter increased 17% to $5.3 million compared to $4.6 million in the year-ago quarter, primarily due to continued focus on product development and the addition of EASTON and COMBAT. As a percentage of revenues, R&D expenses decreased to 4.7% compared to 5.3% in the year-ago quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA (a non-IFRS measure) increased 52% to $21.3 million compared to $14.0 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was primarily due to higher Adjusted Gross Profit and a favorable realized gain on derivatives, as well as the favorable litigation settlement described above.

Adjusted Net Income (a non-IFRS measure) in the fourth quarter increased 12% to $10.8 million or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to $9.7 million or $0.26 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted Net Income in the fourth quarter includes the benefit of the aforementioned litigation settlement of $0.09 per diluted share, net of related expenses, and a $0.03 loss related to the acquisition of the Easton Baseball/Softball business. Adjusted EPS of $0.26 in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2013 included a benefit of $0.05 per diluted share due to non-recurring tax-related items.

On May 31, 2014, working capital was $320.9 million compared to $200.9 million on May 31, 2013, primarily due to the acquisition of Easton Baseball/Softball. Excluding the acquisition, working capital was $225.3 million as of May 31, 2014, an increase of 12%. Total debt was $523.1 million compared to $171.7 million at May 31, 2013. The Company's leverage ratio, defined as average net indebtedness divided by trailing twelve months EBITDA (a non-IFRS measure), stood at 4.78x as of May 31, 2014 compared to 2.70x one year ago. The increase reflects the Company's financing of the Easton Baseball/Softball acquisition.

On June 25, 2014, the Company completed an underwritten public offering for total gross proceeds of approximately $126.5 million. PSG used the net proceeds of the offering to reduce leverage and repay approximately $119.5 million of the Company's term loan facility, which was used to finance the Easton Baseball/Softball acquisition. Following the pay down, the Company's leverage ratio stood at 3.66x.

Full Year Fiscal 2014 Financial Results

Revenues in fiscal 2014 increased 12% to $446.2 million compared to $399.6 million in fiscal 2013. On a constant currency basis, revenues were up 14%. Excluding the results of the EASTON, COMBAT, INARIA and CASCADE acquisitions, as well as the impact from foreign exchange and the Canadian tariff reduction, revenues grew organically by 6%.

Adjusted Gross Profit in fiscal 2014 increased 8% to $164.7 million compared to $153.0 million in fiscal 2013. As a percentage of revenues, Adjusted Gross Profit was 36.9% compared to 38.3% last year.

SG&A expenses increased 16% to $105.2 million compared to $90.4 million in fiscal 2013. As a percentage of revenues and excluding acquisition-related charges, costs related to share offerings, share-based payment expenses, and the impact of the litigation settlements, SG&A expenses remained flat at 19.8% compared to fiscal 2013.

R&D expenses increased 15% to $18.5 million compared to $16.1 million in fiscal 2013. As a percentage of revenues, R&D was 4.1% compared to 4.0% in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA (a non-IFRS measure) in fiscal 2014 increased 11% to $69.0 million compared to $62.3 million in fiscal 2013.

Adjusted Net Income (a non-IFRS measure) in fiscal 2014 was $37.3 million or $1.00 per diluted share, compared to $35.7 million or $0.98 per diluted share in fiscal 2013. Adjusted EPS in 2014 includes an $0.08 benefit from the litigation settlement with BRG Sports as well as additional expenses related to litigation matters, and a $0.03 loss related to the acquisition of the Easton Baseball/Softball business. Adjusted EPS in 2013 included a benefit of approximately $0.05 due to non-recurring tax-related items.

Conference Call

PSG will hold a conference call tomorrow, August 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter and full year results.

The Company's President and CEO Kevin Davis and CFO Amir Rosenthal will host the conference call, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time (7:00 a.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-888-359-3624
International number: 1-719-325-2354
Conference ID: 6392037

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 1-949-574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay at and via the investors section of the Company's website at

A replay of the conference call will be available after 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through August 27, 2014.

Toll-free replay number: 1-877-870-5176
International replay number: 1-858-384-5517
Replay ID: 6392037

About Performance Sports Group Ltd.

Performance Sports Group Ltd. (NYSE: PSG) (TSX: PSG) is a leading developer and manufacturer of ice hockey, roller hockey, lacrosse, baseball and softball sports equipment, as well as related apparel. The Company has the most recognized and strongest brands in ice hockey, roller hockey, baseball and softball, and holds top market share positions in these sports. Its products are marketed under the BAUER, MISSION, MAVERIK, CASCADE, INARIA, COMBAT and EASTON brand names and are distributed by sales representatives and independent distributors throughout the world. The Company is focused on building its leadership position by growing market share in all product categories and pursuing strategic acquisitions. For more information, please visit

Non-IFRS Measures

Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Net Income/Loss are non-IFRS measures. These non-IFRS measures are not recognized measures under IFRS and do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. When used, these measures are defined in such terms as to allow the reconciliation to the closest IFRS measure. These measures are provided as additional information to complement those IFRS measures by providing further understanding of the Company's results of operations from management's perspective. Accordingly, they should not be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for analyses of the Company's financial information reported under IFRS. The Company uses non-IFRS measures, such as Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Net Income/Loss, to provide investors with a supplemental measure of its operating performance and thus highlight trends in its core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS financial measures. The Company also believes that securities analysts, investors and other interested parties frequently use non-IFRS measures in the evaluation of issuers. The Company also uses non-IFRS measures in order to facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period, prepare annual operating budgets, and to assess its ability to meet future debt service, capital expenditure, and working capital requirements.

Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Net Income/Loss are non-IFRS measures. Adjusted Gross Profit is defined as gross profit plus the following expenses which are part of cost of goods sold: (i) amortization and depreciation of intangible assets, (ii) non-cash charges to cost of goods sold resulting from fair market value adjustments to inventory as a result of business acquisitions, (iii) reserves established to dispose of obsolete inventory acquired from acquisitions and (iv) other one-time or non-cash items. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA (net income adjusted for income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, losses related to amendments to the credit facility, gain or loss on disposal of fixed assets, net interest expense, deferred financing fees, unrealized gains/losses on derivative instruments, and realized and unrealized gains/losses related to foreign exchange revaluation) before restructuring and other one-time or non-cash charges associated with acquisitions, other one-time or non-cash items, pre-initial public offering sponsor fees, costs related to share offerings, as well as share-based payment expenses. Adjusted EPS is defined as Adjusted Net Income/Loss divided by the weighted average diluted shares outstanding. Adjusted Net Income/Loss is defined as net income adjusted for all unrealized gains/losses related to derivative instruments and unrealized gains/losses related to foreign exchange revaluation, non-cash or incremental charges associated with acquisitions, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets for acquisitions since the Company's initial public offering, costs related to share offerings, share-based compensation expense and other non-cash or one-time items.

Further discussion of these non-IFRS measures to the relevant reported results can be found in the tables at the end of this press release under "Non-IFRS Reconciliations" and in the Company's MD&A for the fourth quarter.

All references to "constant currency" reflect the impact of translating the current period results at the monthly foreign exchange rates from the prior year period. This translation impact does not include the impact of foreign exchange on the Company's direct material costs or gains/losses on derivatives. For more information, see "Factors Affecting our Performance - Impact of Foreign Exchange" in the Company's MD&A.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws including with respect to the integration of the Easton Baseball/Softball operations, the introduction of technical innovation, and the Company's financial performance goals for fiscal 2015. Forward-looking statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results and estimates of amounts not yet determinable. The words "may," "will," "would," "should," "could," "expects," "plans," "intends," "trends," "indications," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "likely" or "potential" or the negative or other variations of these words or other comparable words or phrases, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are based on assumptions, including those described herein and are subject to important risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the following factors: inability to maintain and enhance brands, inability to introduce new and innovative products, intense competition in the sporting equipment and apparel industries, inability to introduce technical innovation, inability to own, enforce, defend and protect intellectual property rights worldwide, inability to ensure third party suppliers will meet quality and regulatory standards, infringement of intellectual property rights of others, inability to translate booking orders into realized sales, change in the mix or timing of orders placed by customers, seasonal fluctuations in the demand for our products resulting from adverse weather or other conditions, decrease in ice hockey, baseball and softball, roller hockey or lacrosse participation rates, adverse publicity related to or reduced popularity of professional or amateur leagues in sports in which our products are used, reliance on third party suppliers and manufacturers, disruption of distribution chain or loss of significant customers or suppliers, consolidation of our customer base (and the resulting possibility of lower gross margin due to negotiated lower prices), change in the sales mix towards larger customers, cost of raw materials, shipping costs and other cost pressures, risks associated with doing business abroad, inability to accurately forecast demand for products, insufficient sell through of our products at retail, inventory shrinkage or excess inventory, product liability claims and product recalls, changes in compliance standards of testing and athletic governing bodies, departure of senior executives or other key personnel, litigation, including certain class action lawsuits, employment or union related disputes, restrictive covenants in the Credit Facilities, inability to generate sufficient cash to service all the Company's indebtedness, inability to successfully integrate new acquisitions, such as Easton Baseball/Softball, inability to realize growth opportunities or cost synergies that are anticipated to result from new acquisitions, inability to continue making strategic acquisitions, inability to grow market share, volatility in the market price for Common Shares, possibility that we may need additional capital in the future, fluctuations in the value of certain foreign currencies, including the Canadian dollar, Chinese renminbi, euro, Swedish krona, Taiwanese new dollar and Thai baht in relation to the U.S. dollar, inability to manage foreign exchange derivative instruments, general adverse economic and market conditions, changes in consumer preferences and the difficulty in anticipating or forecasting those changes, changes in government regulations, including tax laws and unanticipated tax liabilities, inability of counterparties and customers to meet their financial obligations and natural disasters, as well as the factors identified in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's MD&A for the fourth quarter which is available on SEDAR at and on EDGAR at

Furthermore, unless otherwise stated, the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and we have no intention and undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

                       PERFORMANCE SPORTS GROUP LTD.
                  (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)

                                                   As of          As of
                                                  May 31,        May 31,
                                                    2014           2013
                                               -------------  -------------
Current assets:
  Cash                                         $       6,871  $       4,467
  Trade and other receivables                        205,649        113,682
  Inventories                                        157,429        109,747
  Income taxes recoverable                             5,580          1,966
  Foreign currency forward contracts                   3,193          4,513
  Prepaid expenses and other assets                    6,062          3,084
                                               -------------  -------------
Total current assets                                 384,784        237,459

Property, plant and equipment                         12,482         10,509
Goodwill and intangible assets                       410,050        152,644
Foreign currency forward contracts                         -          1,119
Other non-current assets                                 475            721
Deferred income taxes                                 12,030          4,985
                                               -------------  -------------
TOTAL ASSETS                                   $     819,821  $     407,437
                                               =============  =============

Current liabilities:
  Debt                                         $      91,518  $      10,774
  Trade and other payables                            42,116         22,548
  Accrued liabilities                                 38,593         25,672
  Provisions                                           5,564          2,041
  Income taxes payable                                 3,788            989
  Retirement benefit obligations                         358            358
                                               -------------  -------------
Total current liabilities                            181,937         62,382

Debt                                                 431,573        160,913
Provisions                                               257            383
Retirement benefit obligations                         5,506          5,522
Other non-current liabilities                            115            879
Deferred income taxes                                  2,606            918
                                               -------------  -------------
TOTAL LIABILITIES                                    621,994        230,997

  Share capital                                      145,970        141,397
  Contributed surplus                                 13,426          9,562
  Retained earnings                                   47,124         27,037
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss                (8,693)        (1,556)
                                               -------------  -------------
TOTAL EQUITY                                         197,827        176,440

                                               -------------  -------------
TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY                     $     819,821  $     407,437
                                               =============  =============

                       PERFORMANCE SPORTS GROUP LTD.
     (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)

                                 For the three months     For the twelve
                                         ended             months ended
                                        May 31,               May 31,
                                 --------------------  --------------------
                                    2014       2013       2014       2013
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Revenues                         $ 112,901  $  86,740  $ 446,179  $ 399,593
Cost of goods sold                  75,111     52,942    291,843    252,419
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Gross profit                        37,790     33,798    154,336    147,174

Selling, general and
 administrative expenses            27,401     23,375    105,212     90,435
Research and development
 expenses                            5,313      4,562     18,454     16,056
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Income before finance costs,
 finance income, gain on bargain
 purchase, other expenses and
 income tax expense (benefit)        5,076      5,861     30,670     40,683

Finance costs                       10,054      1,818     13,983      8,566
Finance income                      (4,485)    (1,250)   (11,177)    (2,000)
Gain on bargain purchase                 -     (1,190)         -     (1,190)
Other expenses                         206         25        353        158
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Income before income tax expense
 (benefit)                            (699)     6,458     27,511     35,149

Income tax expense (benefit)          (969)       311      7,424      9,817

                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net income                       $     270  $   6,147  $  20,087  $  25,332

Other comprehensive income

  Items that may be reclassified
   to net income (loss):
    Foreign currency translation
     differences                     1,106       (653)    (6,917)      (120)

  Items that will not be
   subsequently reclassified to
   net income (loss):
    Actuarial gains (losses) on
     defined benefit plans, net       (260)      (191)      (220)      (217)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Other comprehensive income
 (loss), net of taxes                  846       (844)    (7,137)      (337)

                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Total comprehensive income       $   1,116  $   5,303  $  12,950  $  24,995
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========

Basic earnings per common share  $    0.01  $    0.18  $    0.57  $    0.74
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========
Diluted earnings per common
 share                           $    0.01  $    0.17  $    0.54  $    0.70
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========

                        PERFORMANCE SPORTS GROUP LTD.
                   (Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)

                                      Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
                                           May 31,             May 31,
                                        2014      2013      2014      2013
                                     --------- --------- --------- ---------

                                     --------- --------- --------- ---------
Gross profit                         $    37.8 $    33.8 $   154.3 $   147.2
                                     --------- --------- --------- ---------

Amortization & depreciation of
 intangible assets                         2.2       0.9       4.8       3.6
Inventory step-up / step-down &
 reserves                                  3.6       0.7       4.6       1.7
Other                                      0.2       0.5       1.0       0.5

                                     --------- --------- --------- ---------
Adjusted Gross Profit                $    43.8 $    35.9 $   164.7 $   153.0
                                     --------- --------- --------- ---------

                       PERFORMANCE SPORTS GROUP LTD.
                  (Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)

                                  Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended
                                        May 31,               May 31,
                                    2014       2013       2014       2013
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net income                       $     0.3  $     6.1  $    20.1  $    25.3
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Income tax expense (benefit)          (1.0)       0.3        7.4        9.8
Depreciation & amortization            3.8        2.1       10.4        7.8
Loss on extinguishment of debt         2.6          -        2.6        0.3
Gain on bargain purchase                 -       (1.2)         -       (1.2)
Loss on disposal of fixed assets       0.2          -        0.2          -
Interest expense, net                  3.4        1.3        7.5        6.6
Deferred financing fees                0.5        0.4        1.6        1.5
Unrealized (gain)/loss on
 derivative instruments, net           3.5       (0.8)       2.0       (0.9)
Foreign exchange (gain)/loss          (2.1)       0.1       (4.8)      (0.5)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  EBITDA                         $    11.2  $     8.3  $    47.0  $    48.7

Acquisition Related Charges:
Inventory step-up / step-down &
 reserves                              3.6        0.7        4.5        1.7
Rebranding / integration costs
 (adjustments)                         2.2        1.1        4.1        3.2
Acquisition costs                      2.4        0.5        7.3        2.6
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Subtotal                       $     8.2  $     2.3  $    15.9  $     7.5

Costs related to share offerings       0.1          -        0.5        0.8

Share-based payment expense            1.6        1.7        4.5        3.6

Other                                  0.2        1.7        1.1        1.7

                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Adjusted EBITDA                  $    21.3  $    14.0  $    69.0  $    62.3
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

                       PERFORMANCE SPORTS GROUP LTD.
(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts)

                            Three Months Ended        Twelve Months Ended
                                  May 31,                   May 31,
                             2014         2013         2014         2013
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Net income               $       0.3  $       6.1  $      20.1  $      25.3
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Unrealized foreign
 exchange loss / (gain)          1.8         (0.5)        (1.5)        (1.1)
Costs related to share
 offerings                       0.1            -          0.5          0.8
 charges                        10.1          2.8         19.6          9.5
Share-based payment
 expense                         1.6          1.7          4.5          3.6
Other                            3.0          0.5          3.9          0.8

Tax impact on above
 items                          (6.1)        (0.9)        (9.8)        (3.2)

                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Adjusted Net Income      $      10.8  $       9.7  $      37.3  $      35.7
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Average diluted shares
 outstanding              37,871,858   36,887,222   37,496,996   36,407,008

                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Adjusted EPS             $      0.29  $      0.26  $      1.00  $      0.98
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Company Contact:
Amir Rosenthal
Chief Financial Officer
Tel 1-603-610-5802
Email Contact

Investor Relations:
Liolios Group Inc.
Scott Liolios or Cody Slach
Tel 1-949-574-3860
Email Contact

Media Contact:
Tory Mazzola
Global Communications Manager
Tel 1-603-430-2111
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WebRTC services have already permeated corporate communications in the form of videoconferencing solutions. However, WebRTC has the potential of going beyond and catalyzing a new class of services providing more than calls with capabilities such as mass-scale real-time media broadcasting, enriched and augmented video, person-to-machine and machine-to-machine communications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Luis Lopez, CEO of Kurento, will introduce the technologies required for implementing these ideas and some early experiments performed in the Kurento open source software community in areas ...
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, will discuss the impact of technology on identity. Should we federate, or not? How should identity be secured? Who owns the identity? How is identity ...
Developing software for the Internet of Things (IoT) comes with its own set of challenges. Security, privacy, and unified standards are a few key issues. In addition, each IoT product is comprised of at least three separate application components: the software embedded in the device, the backend big-data service, and the mobile application for the end user's controls. Each component is developed by a different team, using different technologies and practices, and deployed to a different stack/target - this makes the integration of these separate pipelines and the coordination of software upd...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
WebRTC converts the entire network into a ubiquitous communications cloud thereby connecting anytime, anywhere through any point. In his session at WebRTC Summit,, Mark Castleman, EIR at Bell Labs and Head of Future X Labs, will discuss how the transformational nature of communications is achieved through the democratizing force of WebRTC. WebRTC is doing for voice what HTML did for web content.
The broad selection of hardware, the rapid evolution of operating systems and the time-to-market for mobile apps has been so rapid that new challenges for developers and engineers arise every day. Security, testing, hosting, and other metrics have to be considered through the process. In his session at Big Data Expo, Walter Maguire, Chief Field Technologist, HP Big Data Group, at Hewlett-Packard, will discuss the challenges faced by developers and a composite Big Data applications builder, focusing on how to help solve the problems that developers are continuously battling.
Nowadays, a large number of sensors and devices are connected to the network. Leading-edge IoT technologies integrate various types of sensor data to create a new value for several business decision scenarios. The transparent cloud is a model of a new IoT emergence service platform. Many service providers store and access various types of sensor data in order to create and find out new business values by integrating such data.
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM Cloud Data Services has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IBM Cloud Data Services offers a portfolio of integrated, best-of-breed cloud data services for developers focused on mobile computing and analytics use cases.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, Chief Architect at CTS, will explore the synergy of Big Data and IoT. First he will take a closer look at the Internet of Things and Big Data individually, in terms of what, which, why, where, when, who, how and how much. Then he will explore the relationship between IoT and Big Data. Specifically, he will drill down to how the 4Vs aspects intersect with IoT: Volume, Variety, Velocity and Value. In turn, Tony will analyze how the key components of IoT influence Big Data: Device, Connectivity, Context, and Intelligence. He will dive deep to the matrix...
When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is energy efficiency, and IoT’s direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down' approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Building actually breathes - immediately flagging overheating in a closet or over cooling in unoccupied ho...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Raxak has been named “Media & Session Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Raxak Protect automates security compliance across private and public clouds. Using the SaaS tool or managed service, developers can deploy cloud apps quickly, cost-effectively, and without error.