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Deposify signs major deal with Fortune 500 company Assurant

Dublin-headquartered financial services software company Deposify has signed a partnership deal with Fortune 500 company Assurant and taken on further investment as it looks to continue to grow its business in the US.

The fintech company, which provides escrow services to landlords, tenants and letting agents, has also announced the appointment of well-known Irish tech veteran Colm Grealy to its management team.

Founded by Jon Bayle and Dave Brennan in 2014, Deposify’s ‘escrow as a service’ platform allows landlords and tenants to manage and control how and when rental deposits are paid, and to resolve deposit-related disputes quickly.

As a result of the new deal, Assurant’s property-management clients have access to Deposify’s solution, making it easier for them to manage deposits while also helping them to remain compliant with local laws.

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BICS enables the launch of Monaco Telecom’s first 5G roaming service in Europe

BICS, an international communications enabler, has announced that it has established the live 5G data roaming service between Monaco Telecom, the Principality’s national operator, and an Italian telecommunications company.

Marking another major milestone on the road to global 5G roaming, the service, launched during Monaco Yacht Show (25 – 28th September), leverages BICS’ 5G global IPX network to provide secure, reliable, ultra-low latency 5G data connectivity to subscribers.

The announcement follows the launch of the first intercontinental 5G roaming service between Europe and Asia, which was facilitated by BICS in July earlier this year. The Principality of Monaco was the first in the world to enable 5G services across its entire territory, meeting the needs of its customers’ growing expectations of mobile broadband.

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LivePerson Automotive and Moneypenny announce managed services solution to provide 24/7 live messaging for auto dealers

LivePerson Automotive, a division of global conversational commerce solutions provider LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN), and Moneypenny, world-leading call answering, live chat and communications provider, today announced a new managed services solution to offer automotive dealerships around-the-clock live messaging.

The new LivePerson Automotive Managed Services solution gives dealers the ability to engage, nurture, and monetise consumer messaging and phone conversations at any time — day or night — using Moneypenny’s automotive team.

From sales support to booking test drives, LivePerson Automotive Managed Services can run a dealership’s entire messaging operation, work with and skill a dealer’s own experts, or cover nights and weekends.

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Swisscom to provide blockchain infrastructure for digital administration in Schaffhausen

Swisscom said that it will provide blockchain infrastructure to the residents of Schaffhausen to enable them to use the Procivis eID+ app and request extracts from the debt collection register directly from their smartphone.

The operator will offer its blockchain infrastructure in a pilot project in cooperation with Swiss Post. The copy of the document and the data sent to the applicant can be verified by third parties.

Residents in Schaffhausen already have access to the eID+ app available from Procivis Ltd, a provider of e-government services. After downloading the app and authenticating their identity as a member of the community, users are able to access administrative services.

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Telefónica Making Provisions Not To Miss The Blockchain Boat

New technological waves have often been great starting places for companies to burst onto the scene and make a significant impact, but equally so, these changes in the way things are done also allow for already established players to reinvigorate themselves.

Microsoft, as an example, started in an Albuquerque garage with Bill Gates looking to drive personal computing into a new age. Gates and his software company reached the pinnacle in 2000 with a market cap of over $600 billion, but what goes up inevitably comes down.

Having cornered the market at the time, the new technology wave to emerge was mobile which allowed Apple – a Microsoft competitor of the early days, a chance to re-enter the space and take over the baton of dominance.

And so the cycles continue, Google, also a startup, has overtaken the internet market, Amazon leads the way with E-Commerce, Facebook was the original social media doyen, but today we sit on the precipice of what is being called the fourth industrial revolution which will be focused around Blockchain, AI, IoT, and Big Data.

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Telenor to create ‘Nordic cluster’ after taking control of DNA Finland

Telenor has won ownership of 94.36% of the shares of Finnish operator DNA and plans to include the company in a new Nordic cluster of its businesses in the region.

That means its operations in Norway – where Telenor is based – as well as Denmark, Finland and Sweden will be run as a single region.

Meanwhile the company has opened Scandinavia’s largest 5G pilot in the Norwegian municipality of Elverum, making Telenor Norway the country’s first operator to integrate 5G into its mobile network.

Telenor’s move into Finland has been rapid. The company bought 54% of DNA for a total of €1.9 billion only a few weeks ago. It then offered the same €20.90 a share for the rest, and pushed its holding to almost 95%.

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