SenseTime makes triple signing in Singapore

Sealing the deal: Professor Hui Shen (SenseTime), Associate Professor Tan Tin Wee (NSCC), Professor Lam Khin Yong (NTU), Kiren Kumar (EDB), Bill Chang (Singtel), Professor Xiao’ou Tang, Peter Ho (NSCC), Arthur Lang (Singtel), Professor Louis Phee (NTU), Jeff Shi (SenseTime), and Martin Huang (SenseTime)
Sealing the deal (from left): Professor Hui Shen (SenseTime), Associate Professor Tan Tin Wee (NSCC), Professor Lam Khin Yong (NTU), Kiren Kumar (EDB), Bill Chang (Singtel), Professor Xiao’ou Tang, Peter Ho (NSCC), Arthur Lang (Singtel), Professor Louis Phee (NTU), Jeff Shi (SenseTime), and Martin Huang (SenseTime)

China artificial intelligence (AI) company SenseTime has inked memoranda of understanding (MOU) with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National Supercomputing Centre of Singapore (NSCC) and Singtel.

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Vietnam only bright spark in Asia PC market

IDCVietnam is the only growth market for PCs in Asia in Q4, according to IDC. A total of 610,000 PCs were shipped during this period, bringing annual total to 2.13 million units, a two-percent increase over 2014.

In the second half of 2014, promotions of Windows 8.1 with Bing notebooks and the slow but steady growth of convertibles led to an increase in volumes that helped to stabilise the PC market.

“While it helps to prevent the drop of PC shipment in Vietnam, aggressive moves from vendors generally took down the price further that impacts the margins too. Looking at 2015, we’re still expecting a resilient PC spending added with small but growing gaming market to keep the market stable,” said Yen Phan, Market Analyst for PCs at IDC Vietnam.

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APAC PC market matches Q2 expectations

IDCThe Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market grew two percent from last quarter and declined 10 percent year-on-year in Q2 to reach 24.3 million units, coming in marginally higher than IDC’s initial forecasts, according to the research firm’s preliminary results.
In India, shipments to an ongoing large education project came in earlier than expected, adding about 100,000 units to the commercial PC segment. Thailand’s coup d’état, on the other hand, resulted in a steep double-digit annual decline as channels were wary to take in shipments. Microsoft’s Bing programme is ramping up in the region’s emerging markets, with Malaysia being the first to come in strong this quarter.
“The ongoing economic slowness in the emerging markets sets the tone of the overall PC demand and inhibited the region’s year-on-year growth. There are pockets of optimism coming from mature markets such as ANZ, Singapore, and Hong Kong, where the smartphones and tablets near saturation. However, the region’s growth has been adversely impacted with the rise of large-screen smartphones in China and most ASEAN countries,” said Handoko Andi, Research Manager for Client Devices Research of IDC Asia/Pacific.

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IDC: Indonesia a growing market despite global PC slump

IDCDespite the reported decline of PC shipment globally, IDC believes that Indonesia will grow slightly in the coming years.

According to IDC WW Smart Connected Devices (PC) tracker, the trend of the PC market is moving towards flat to negative growth in China, India, and ASEAN.

“While the slowdown is a global phenomenon we have to accept as fact, it does not necessarily signal the beginning of the end for the PC market in Indonesia,” noted Wilhendra Akmam, Research Manager at IDC Indonesia.

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ZTE wins GSM-R contract from Nanning Railway Bureau

ZTE has won a GSM-R (GSM for Railways) contract from Nanning Railway Bureau.

ZTE’s new generation SDR-based GSM-R system has passed European Integrated Radio Enhanced Network (EIRENE) specifications and received a certification from TÜV Rheinland, a global technical, safety and certification service provider. GSM-R, based on the GSM standards, provides industry-leading technology for precise railway scheduling and communications. Currently, ZTE provides BSCs, BTSs and engineering services for rail operators in Southwest China.

With the new Nanning Railway contract, ZTE will deploy its GSM-R technology on a key transport link in Southwest China. The Nanning Railway section will include six rail lines that support train speeds exceeding 200km/h, and enhance China’s high-speed rail links with countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

“This GSM-R contract strengthens the partnership between ZTE and Nanning Railway Bureau,” said ZTE Vice President Li Jian. “ZTE’s GSM-R system can overcome the wireless communication challenges in mountainous and undulating terrains, and ensure robust network connections. We will work closely with Nanning Railway Bureau to help our client fulfill their role as a key regional transport hub linking major international cities.”