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LG has high hopes of wide KnockON effect

LG Electronics (Thailand) is formally introducing KnockON, a popular feature for locking and unlocking a smart-phone screen, to enhance the experience of all LG L Series II users.

The software update is being released this month.

LG's market survey reveals that apart from the high praise received, the popular feature leads to behavioural change whereby users will double-tap to lock or unlock the screen, no matter what model of smart phone they use.

Amadeus acquires UFIS Airport Solutions

Amadeus has continued its expansion into the Airport IT space with the acquisition of UFIS Airport Solutions, a leading information-technology player.

John Jarrell, head of Airport IT at Amadeus, said the strategic acquisition accelerated its move into the Airport IT industry, confirming Amadeus as a key provider in this space.

UFIS's products and service offerings are complementary to Amadeus' Airport IT product set, bringing specific expertise in the areas of airport operational databases, resource management systems, flight information display systems, collaborative decision-making tools and hub-management solutions.

The company has been providing integrated solutions for single, multi-terminal and multi-airport operations for the global airport community for more than two decades.

The majority of UFIS's employees, including top management, are based in Singapore. As a result of the transaction, about 54 employees globally, including UFIS's management team, will become part of Amadeus' Airport IT Group.

Political turmoil spurs data-centre business

As the political crisis raged on in Thailand and the overall economy suffered a sharp decline throughout last year, Frost & Sullivan's research shows that data-centre service providers in the Kingdom experienced unforeseen business growth over the course of 2013.

Teera Kanokkanjanarat, senior ICT industry analyst, said Thailand's data-centre industry would still enjoy strong overall growth of more than 15 per cent this year.

The three key driving factors are cloud-computing adoption, rising demand for disaster-recovery solutions, and increasing demand for connectivity within Asean.

"Disaster-recovery [DR] sites have been another area of interest since the major flooding in Bangkok [in late 2011]. Last year, we also had a few major shutdowns of data-centre sites due to political movements. Having a DR site and solution has therefore become an opportunity for data-centre providers. Major data-centre providers have begun offering DR sites as a complementary service," said Teera.


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