Zoom to Acquire Kites GmbH

Kites Team to Help Enhance Zoom’s Machine Translation Capabilities

SAN JOSE, Calif. and KARLSRUHE, Germany, June 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions – Kites GmbH (“Kites”), a start-up dedicated to developing real-time Machine Translation (“MT”) solutions. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Kites was founded in 2015 and has academic roots with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where co-founders Dr. Alex Waibel and Dr. Sebastian Stüker are faculty members. Kites’ talented team of 12 research scientists will help Zoom’s engineering team advance the field of MT to improve meeting productivity and efficiency by providing multi-language translation capabilities for Zoom users.

“We are continuously looking for new ways to deliver happiness to our users and improve meeting productivity, and MT solutions will be key in enhancing our platform for Zoom customers across the globe,” said Velchamy Sankarlingam, President of Product and Engineering at Zoom. “With our aligned missions to make collaboration frictionless – regardless of language, geographic location, or other barriers – we are confident Kites’ impressive team will fit right in with Zoom.”

“Kites emerged with the mission of breaking down language barriers and making seamless cross-language interaction a reality of everyday life, and we have long admired Zoom for its ability to easily connect people across the world,” said Dr. Waibel and Dr. Stüker. “We know Zoom is the best partner for Kites to help advance our mission and we are excited to see what comes next under Zoom’s incredible innovation engine.”

Dr. Stüker and the rest of the Kites team will remain based in Karlsruhe, Germany, where Zoom looks forward to investing in growing the team. Zoom is exploring opening an R&D center in Germany in the future. Dr. Waibel will become a Zoom Research Fellow, a role in which he will advise on Zoom’s MT research and development.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains express and implied “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 related to Zoom’s acquisition of Kites that involves substantial risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Forward-looking statements in this communication include, among other things, statements about the potential benefits of the transaction, our development of our MT solutions, our ability to integrate the Kites team, and potential growth opportunities. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “project,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “can,” “predict,” “potential,” “target,” “explore,” “continue,” or the negative of these terms, and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. However, not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. By their nature, these statements are subject to numerous uncertainties and risks, including factors beyond our control, that could cause actual results, performance or achievement to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the statements. These assumptions, uncertainties and risks include that, among others, the possibility that the anticipated benefits of the transaction are not realized when expected or at all, division of management’s attention from ongoing business operations and opportunities, potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, the ability to integrate Kites successfully, and other factors that may affect future results of Zoom. Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements are included under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2021. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements are made and are based on information available to Zoom at the time those statements are made and/or management’s good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events. Zoom assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, except as required by law.

About Zoom
Zoom is for you. We help you express ideas, connect to others, and build toward a future limited only by your imagination. Our frictionless communications platform is the only one that started with video as its foundation, and we have set the standard for innovation ever since. That is why we are an intuitive, scalable, and secure choice for individuals, small businesses, and large enterprises alike. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose, California. Visit zoom.com and follow @zoom.

About Kites
Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions – Kites GmbH is a start-up company founded in 2015 by Dr. Sebastian Stüker and Dr. Alex Waibel with the express purpose of transforming the latest research in speech translation technology into viable products. Kites’ mission is breaking down language barriers and making seamless cross-language interaction a reality of everyday life. Kites aims to provide custom services to its customers in order to provide technology and services that fit and are operated and maintained at the necessary quality levels.

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Aratek unwraps 4-4-2 ten-print scanner for large-scale jobs

TAIPEI, June 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Aratek recently launched the A900 ten-print fingerprint scanner designed specifically for heavy-duty use in large-scale implementations.

The ARATEK A900 is the FBI Appendix F FAP 60 certified ten print 4-4-2 live fingerprint scanner built for the toughest and most massive of jobs. This IP65 rated portable unit comes a built-in 2.8” LCD screen plus a speaker which combine to give users a step-by-step audio-visual walkthrough of the entire enrollment, verification & identification processes.

The A900 is rated for superior image quality that exceeds strict standards set by the FBI for the use of Live-scan System (Rolls, plain & 4-finger) & Identification Flats (4-4-2 flats).

The newest Aratek fingerprint scanner is an FBI Appendix F certified FAP 60 device that comes in a rugged IP65 enclosure rendering it impervious to dust and moisture. This makes the A900 the ideal fingerprint solution in all conditions, working smoothly as it does even in the harshest of environments.

“With the pandemic forcing businesses and governments to give the digital-first strategy a serious thought, identification and authentication will continue to provide the security underpinning for this move towards complete digitalization,” noted Samuel Wu, Aratek’s VP for International Business Division.

Wu adds that in high-growth regions such as Africa, the A900 is well-positioned to be the backbone of digital identity solutions for applications that will soon become all-digital such as Finance & Banking, National ID, Voter registration, Census, Law Enforcement, e-Passport & VISA.

“Digital identity is reshaping business and governance in Africa and is making a real difference in people’s lives. In Togo, authorities found innovative uses for the new biometric digital ID card, expanding its usefulness from its traditional use as a voter ID into something that greatly facilitates the distribution of aid during the lockdown. Citizens only need to present their existing digital ID to get financial assistance. What can be more convenient than that?” Wu said.

The A900 features a built-in 2.8″ LCD screen plus a speaker which combine to give users a step-by-step audio-visual walkthrough of the entire enrollment process (sequence, position, enroll success & enroll fail, etc.).

Security is a strong suit of the A900, which uses AES-256 encryption to ensure fingerprint data is not compromised in transit as well as Live Finger Detection (LFD) to prevent fraud through spoofing.  The A900 also supports ISO19794-2, ISO19794-4, ANSI 378, ANSI 381 and WSQ to enable data interoperability across agencies.

The durable platen on the A900 is built to reject residues and is able to capture excellent images from any finger type — dirty, dry, moist or rough.

The A900 comes with a comprehensive SDK in line with Aratek’s strong emphasis on development and integration, supporting sequence checking, NFIQ fingerprint image quality check and slap fingerprint segmentation for 4-4-2 fingerprint acquisition.

About Aratek

Aratek is a global leader in the biometrics and securities industry. We dedicate to provide cost-effective products and tailored solutions. We enable governments, educational institutions, banks, and many other industries to become increasingly efficient. With our sophisticated end-to-end product portfolio ranging from fingerprint modules/scanners to biometric mobile terminals to facial recognition terminals, Aratek is here to provide real-world solutions to real-world problems.

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Aratek dévoile un décadactylogramme 4-4-2 pour des projets à grande échelle

TAIPEI29 juin 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Aratek a lancé récemment l’A900, un lecteur d’empreintes digitales faisant figurer les dix doigts, conçu spécialement pour une utilisation intensive dans des applications à grande échelle.

The ARATEK A900 is the FBI Appendix F FAP 60 certified ten print 4-4-2 live fingerprint scanner built for the toughest and most massive of jobs. This IP65 rated portable unit comes a built-in 2.8” LCD screen plus a speaker which combine to give users a step-by-step audio-visual walkthrough of the entire enrollment, verification & identification processes.

L’A900 a été conçu pour fournir une qualité d’image supérieure qui dépasse les normes strictes établies par le FBI pour l’utilisation de systèmes Livescan (rouleaux, capacité de capture simple et 4 doigts) et de jeux d’empreintes plaquées (empreintes plaquées 4-4-2).

Le lecteur d’empreintes digitales le plus récent proposé par Aratek est un dispositif FAP 60 (Fingerprint Acquisition Profile – profil d’acquisition d’empreintes digitales) certifié par le FBI (annexe F). Il est protégé par un boîtier robuste IP65, anti-poussière et qui le rend imperméable à l’humidité. Cela fait de l’A900 la solution d’empreintes digitales idéale dans toutes les situations, même dans les environnements les plus difficiles.

« Avec la pandémie obligeant les entreprises et les gouvernements à réfléchir sérieusement à la mise en œuvre prioritaire d’une stratégie numérique, l’identification et l’authentification continueront à fournir le fondement de sécurité pour cette progression vers la numérisation complète », a commenté Samuel Wu, vice-président d’Aratek pour la division des affaires internationales.

Samuel Wu a ajouté que, dans les régions à forte croissance comme l’Afrique, l’A900 était bien positionné pour constituer l’épine dorsale des solutions d’identité numérique pour les applications qui deviendraient bientôt entièrement numériques comme les finances et les banques, l’identification nationale, l’inscription des électeurs, le recensement, l’application de la loi, le passeport électronique et les visas.

« L’identité numérique transforme les échanges commerciaux et la gouvernance en Afrique et fait une réelle différence dans la vie de nos concitoyens. Au Togo, les autorités ont découvert des utilisations novatrices de la nouvelle carte d’identité numérique biométrique, s’écartant de son utilisation traditionnelle comme pièce d’identité de l’électeur pour l’employer à d’autres fins, comme lors du confinement, où elle a permis de faciliter grandement la distribution de l’aide. Les citoyens n’ont qu’à présenter leur carte d’identité numérique pour obtenir une aide financière. Qu’y a-t-il de plus pratique que cela? », a déclaré Samuel Wu.

L’A900 est doté d’un écran ACL intégré de 2,8″ et d’un haut-parleur qui se combinent pour offrir aux utilisateurs un survol audio-visuel, étape par étape, de l’ensemble du processus d’inscription (séquence, poste, succès d’inscription et échec d’inscription, etc.).

La sécurité est une caractéristique importante de l’A900, qui utilise le chiffrement AES-256 afin de garantir que les données dactyloscopiques ne sont pas compromises en transit, ainsi que la détection des empreintes digitales en temps réel (LFD, Live Finger Detection) pour prévenir la fraude par usurpation d’identité. L’A900 prend également en charge les normes ISO19794-2, ISO19794-4, ANSI 378, ANSI 381 et WSQ pour permettre l’interopérabilité des données entre les organismes.

Le plateau durable de l’A900 est conçu pour rejeter les résidus et est capable de capturer d’excellentes images de tout type de doigt : sale, sec, humide ou rugueux.

L’A900 est livré avec un SDK complet, en ligne avec l’attention particulière que porte Aratek au développement et à l’intégration, au soutien de la vérification de séquences, au contrôle de la qualité d’image d’empreinte NFIQ et à la segmentation d’images multi-doigts (slaps) pour l’acquisition d’empreintes 4-4-2.

À propos d’Aratek

Aratek est un leader mondial dans le secteur de la biométrie et des valeurs mobilières. Nous nous engageons à fournir des produits rentables et des solutions sur mesure. Nous permettons aux gouvernements, aux établissements d’enseignement, aux banques et à de nombreuses autres industries de devenir de plus en plus efficaces. Avec sa gamme de produits de bout en bout, sophistiqués, allant des modules/scanners d’empreintes digitales aux terminaux mobiles biométriques et aux terminaux de reconnaissance faciale, Aratek fournit des solutions concrètes aux problèmes du monde réel.

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Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Announces Formation of Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases (SEA) Sdn. Bhd in Malaysia

TEMECULA, Calif., June 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (Group), a subsidiary of Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan), is proud to announce the creation of Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases (SEA) Sdn. Bhd. effective 1st July 2021. This company represents the combining of our two Malaysia business units: Cryogenic Industries and Cryoquip in a new joint facility.

This merger represents another step forward in the Group’s overall corporate growth strategy, emphasizing their ability to provide both global and regional support for sales and service. The name change emphasizes the support and strength of the larger Group; Clean Energy is the growth engine and Industrial Gases the core foundation.

The new, larger facility provides a strong support structure for future growth. Ideally placed within the region to support their key customers and provide an additional focus on clean energy, the 56,400 square foot facility is twice the size of their previous center. It has an improved capacity for loading flow and manufacturing for vaporizers, vacuum lines, process skid fabrication and assembly, refurbishment work, as well as pumps parts and service. In addition, it offers opportunities for sharing resources with other Nikkiso group companies (supporting Nikkiso Cryo or for fabrication of LEWA SEA and/or Geveke Malaysia skids).

According to Tim Born, the Vice President of Nikkiso CE&IG for South East Asia and Oceania;

“This new facility will provide a one-stop shop for the Nikkiso CE&IG Group’s cryogenic process equipment, installations and services. The amalgamation of our two businesses in Malaysia and the willingness to expand our facility and capabilities highlights our Group’s commitment to this region. Our new facility will provide timely local support for our complete range of products and services, and I look forward to working together with our customers and our talented local Nikkiso CE&IG team to provide the products and services this growing region needs.”

Nikkiso CE&IG (SEA) is responsible for business in South East Asia, namely Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos and Cambodia, as well as Taiwan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, and provides support to the Middle East, India, Africa and Australia.

Contact Information:

Nikkiso Clean Energy and Industrial Gases (SEA) Sdn. Bhd. 199601016333
(formerly known as Cryoquip Sdn. Bhd. 388684-P)
Lot 862, Jalan Subang 8, Taman Perindustrian Subang
47600 Subang, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +60 3 8081 8330
Fax: +60 3 8081 8360
Email: sales.sea@nikkisoceig.com Website: www.nikkisoCEIG.com

Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (now a member of Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) member companies manufacture engineered cryogenic gas processing equipment and small-scale process plants for the liquefied natural gas (LNG), well services and industrial gas industries. Founded over 50 years ago, Cryogenic Industries is the parent company of ACD, Cosmodyne and Cryoquip and a commonly-controlled group of approximately 20 operating entities.

For more information, please visit www.nikkisoCEIG.com and www.nikkiso.com.

Anna Quigley

Graduate Management Admission Council Recebe Novos Membros no Conselho

Novas adições refletem a perspectiva diversificada e global da comunidade de faculdades de business

RESTON, Va., June 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O Graduate Management Admission Council™ (GMAC™ – Conselho de Admissão de Gestão de Pós-Graduação), uma associação global de principais faculdades de pós-graduação em business, anunciou hoje a adição de quatro novos membros ao seu conselho de administração. Katy Montgomery, Reitora Associada, Programas de Graduação, INSEAD; François Ortalo-Magné, Reitor da London Business School; e Giuseppe Soda, Reitor da SDA Bocconi School of Management, Bocconi University, começarão seus mandatos em 1º de julho. Além disso, Yuan Ding, Vice-Presidente e Reitor da China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), foi nomeado diretor do conselho em janeiro deste ano para preencher o lugar vago por Enase Okonedo da Pan-Atlantic University.

“O novo conselho de administração do GMAC representa as principais faculdades de business com campi localizados em 10 países em toda a Europa, Ásia, América do Norte, África e Oriente Médio”, disse Sangeet Chowfla, presidente e CEO do GMAC. “Com o retorno da mobilidade estudantil no mundo pós-pandemia, estou pronto para trabalhar ao lado deste grupo diversificado de líderes – e do resto do conselho do GMAC – para continuar a avançar a visão do GMAC para garantir que todos os indivíduos talentosos possam se beneficiar da melhor educação empresarial possível.”

Novos Membros do Conselho do GMAC

Yuan Ding, Vice-Presidente e Reitor, Cathay Capital Chair em Ciências Contábeis, CEIBS

Yuan Ding é Vice-Presidente e Reitor e Professor de Ciências Contábeis da Cathay Capital Chair no CEIBS, onde foi homenageado três vezes com o Prêmio de Excelência de Ensino do CEIBS. Antes de ingressar no CEIBS, ele foi membro do corpo docente da HEC School of Management, Paris, França. Ele é membro da European Accounting Association, French Accounting Association e American Accounting Association. É doutor em Ciências Contábeis pelo Institute of Enterprises Administration da University Montesquieu Bordeaux I, França, bem como mestre em Administração de Empresas pela University of Poitier, França. Ding é autor de vários livros sobre relatórios financeiros e sua pesquisa é publicada nas principais revistas acadêmicas.

Katy Montgomery, Reitora Associada, Programas de Graduação, INSEAD

Como Reitora Associada de Programas de Graduação do INSEAD, Montgomery é responsável pela liderança comercial do portfólio de Programas de Graduação do INSEAD em quatro campi: Fontainebleau, Cingapura, Abu Dhabi e São Francisco. Ela é responsável pela estratégia, marketing, vendas, admissões, ajuda financeira e bolsas de estudo, operações do programa, vida estudantil, serviços psicológicos e serviços de carreira. Antes de ingressar no INSEAD, ela foi Reitora Associada de Desenvolvimento Estudantil na Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Montgomery é formada em Ciências Políticas pela Loyola University New Orleans e Juris Doctor pelo Georgetown University Law Center.

François Ortalo-Magné, Reitor, London Business School

François Ortalo-Magné é o nono reitor da London Business School (LBS), cargo que ocupa desde agosto de 2017. Ele lidera uma estratégia focada em (1) pesquisa acadêmica e seu impacto, (2) inovações de aprendizagem e engajamento de ex-alunos e (3) inclusão, lutando pela paridade de gênero e maior diversidade socioeconômica e étnica. Desde que assumiu o cargo, Ortalo-Magné liderou o relançamento da marca LBS, o crescimento de programas de graduação e um aumento significativo do apoio filantrópico às bolsas de estudo. Sua pesquisa sobre a economia dos mercados de terra e habitação foi publicada nas principais revistas acadêmicas. Ele se baseou na sua experiência com pesquisa e liderança para aconselhar uma ampla gama de empresas privadas, governamentais e multilaterais, e compartilha seus insights nos principais meios de comunicação e em conferências em todo o mundo. Antes da sua nomeação, Ortalo-Magné foi o Reitor do Albert O. Nicholas e Professor do Robert E. Wangard de Imóveis da Wisconsin School of Business. Sua primeira nomeação acadêmica foi na London School of Economics.

Giuseppe Soda, Reitor, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Bocconi University

Giuseppe “Beppe” Soda é Reitor da SDA Bocconi School of Management e Professor Titular de Teoria da Organização e Análise de Redes da Bocconi University. Antes de se tornar Reitor em 2016, ele atuou como Reitor Associado de Pesquisa (2007-2013), Diretor do Departamento de Gestão e Tecnologia (2013-2016) e Chefe de Organização e Departamento de GRH (2001-2006). Ele também pertence à EFMD como membro do Conselho de Acreditação da EQUIS. A pesquisa de Soda investiga as consequências do desempenho da interação entre arquiteturas organizacionais e redes organizacionais e seu trabalho foi publicado em periódicos de alta gestão acadêmica.

Além dos membros do conselho recém-eleitos acima mencionados, Martin Boehm, professor de Marketing e ex-reitor da IE Business School e, em breve, o novo reitor da EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, e Themin Suwardy, reitor de Programas Profissionais de Pós-Graduação da Singapore Management University, foram reeleitos para um segundo mandato.

O GMAC também agradece aos membros que estão se retirando do conselho, Leila Guerra, Vice-Reitora (Educação) da Imperial College Business School, e Peter Tufano, Reitor Peter Moores e Professor de Finanças da Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. O GMAC agradece o serviço prestado à nossa organização nos últimos quase quatro anos e pelas contribuições para a comunidade de pós-graduação em educação em gestão.

Sobre o GMAC

O Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC – Conselho de Admissão de Gestão de Pós-Graduação) é uma associação global das principais faculdades de pós-graduação em business. Fundado em 1953, o GMAC está empenhado em criar soluções para faculdades e candidatos de business para que eles possam encontrar, avaliar, e se conectar uns com os outros.

O GMAC oferece pesquisas internacionais, conferências da indústria, ferramentas de recrutamento e avaliações para a indústria de graduação em gestão, bem como ferramentas, recursos, eventos e serviços que ajudam a orientar os candidatos na sua jornada rumo ao ensino superior. De propriedade e administrado pelo GMAC, o teste Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) é o exame mais amplamente utilizado pelas faculdades de business em todo o mundo.

O GMAC também é proprietário e administra o exame NMAT by GMAC™ (NMAT™) e Executive Assessment (EA). Mais de 7 milhões de candidatos na sua jornada de mestrado em business ou MBA visitaram mba.com do GMAC no ano passado para explorar as opções de faculdades de business, se preparar e se inscrever em exames, e obter conselhos sobre o processo de admissão. BusinessBecause e The MBA Tour são subsidiárias do GMAC, uma organização global com escritórios na China, Índia, Reino Unido e Estados Unidos.

Para mais informações sobre o nosso trabalho, visite www.gmac.com.

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