novae leverages Expedia Partner Solutions to further enhance travel booking, payment and protections on its alle white-label digital loyalty platform

PR Newswire | September 04, 2019

novae leverages Expedia Partner Solutions to further enhance travel booking, payment and protections on its alle white-label digital loyalty platform
The Fintech and Insurtech company novae continues to disrupt the digital engagement experience merchants offer their loyalty programs by leveraging Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS), a B2B brand of Expedia Group, to enhance alle, its omichannel, white-label B2B2C loyalty platform. The platform, co-created with Visa and launched in 2018 for use with Visa member banks, allows merchants to enhance their travel booking, payment and protection solutions. It has been adopted by more than 60 financial institutions across Latin America and the Caribbean and is slated to be deployed in Europe during the third quarter of 2019.

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eDreams ODIGEO to provide lower prices and wider fare options through new agreement with easyJet

eDreams ODIGEO | September 15, 2021

eDreams ODIGEO, one of the world's largest online travel companies and No 2 in flights globally, today announced that it has reached an agreement with easyJet to offer a wider variety of fare options and preferential third party rates for the airline's route network. eDreams ODIGEO will now offer its customers a wider choice of fares and preferential prices for easyJet routes across all four of its leading travel brands. Travelers will benefit from a far wider fare offering through the most technologically advanced online travel platforms in Europe, utilised by 17 million travellers each year eDreams ODIGEO's customers in the 45 countries where it operates will now be able to access a wider choice of fares for easyJet's flights which includes 1000 routes to more than 135 airports in 35 countries. eDreams ODIGEO'S world-leading travel platforms utilise the latest tech to serve more than 60 million user searches every day, resulting in more than 9 billion different itineraries that are generated by combining travel options from over 660 airline carriers. A range of flexible fare options for easyJet routes together with easy access to extra products and services will now be available to the 17 million customers that book via the eDreams ODIGEO travel brands each year, significantly improving the experience for travelers choosing to book through the Company's digital and mobile platforms. Members of the eDreams Prime, Opodo Prime and GO Voyages Prime subscription programmes are set to enjoy even greater savings when including an easyJet flight into their bookings as they will not only benefit from the Prime unique discount but also from a wider choice of airline fares and preferential rates with one of Europe's largest carriers. Pablo Caspers, Chief Air Supply Officer at eDreams ODIGEO said: "We want to provide travelers with even more affordable ways to access an extensive range of destinations while continuing to enhance our position as a leader in the European market through flights with one of the continent's largest carriers. This is yet another enhancement of our leading flight content platform, which provides travellers with an unprecedented choice of over 9 billion itineraries at the most competitive prices. "As demand for leisure travel rebounds at a strong pace, our leading travel brands are attracting an increasing number of travelers thanks to a unique customer proposition, notably including Prime, the very first travel subscription programme, which continues to grow strongly and has already surpassed 1.5 million members worldwide. "And, by offering even greater fares for flights with a leading European carrier like easyJet, we will further strengthen our unique travel offering to ultimately benefit millions of consumers worldwide." About eDreams ODIGEO eDreams ODIGEO is one of the world's largest online travel companies and one of the largest e-commerce businesses in Europe. Under its four leading online travel agency brands – eDreams, GO Voyages, Opodo, Travellink, and the metasearch engine Liligo – it serves more than 17 million customers per year across 45 markets. Listed on the Spanish Stock Market, eDreams ODIGEO works with over 650 airlines. The brand offers the best deals in regular flights, low- cost airlines, hotels, cruises, car rental, dynamic packages, holiday packages and travel insurance to make travel easier, more accessible, and better value for consumers across the globe.

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GM Brings Powerful New Compute Architecture to Ultra Cruise to Help Enable Door-to-Door Hands-Free Driving

Ultra Cruise | January 10, 2022

GM announced this week that its next-generation hands-free driver assist system, Ultra Cruise, will be powered by a scalable compute architecture featuring system-on-chips developed by American semiconductor company Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. GM will be the first company to use the Qualcomm Technologies' Snapdragon Ride™ Platform for advanced driver assistance technology, which features an industry leading 5-nanometer Snapdragon™ SA8540P SoC and SA9000P artificial intelligence accelerator. Ultra Cruise’s compute, which is about the size of two laptops stacked together, will be available in 2023 on vehicles including the ultra-luxury, fully-electric Cadillac CELESTIQ. With high performance sensor interfaces and memory bandwidth, it will, in combination with GM's homegrown Ultra Cruise software stack, be key to helping Ultra Cruise achieve an unmatched combination of capability, reliability, predictability and robust door-to-door hands-free driving in 95 percent of all driving scenarios. "Despite its relatively small size, Ultra Cruise's compute will have the processing capability of several hundred personal computers,It will take qualities that have distinguished GM's advanced driver assist systems since 2017 to the next level with door-to-door hands-free driving." -Ken Morris, GM vice president of Electric, Autonomous and Fuel Cell Vehicle Programs. The Ultra Cruise compute will help power GM-developed ADAS software and features, including perception, planning, localization and mapping. These Ultra Cruise capabilities were developed in-house at GM engineering facilities in Israel, the United States, Ireland and Canada. To ensure a robust and predictable system with minimal latency, GM integrated Ultra Cruise's software on an optimal hardware design, overlaying cameras, radar and lidar. This low-level, sensor fusion, which provides excellent detection and classification of data, and Ultra Cruise's software stack are proprietary to GM, not available on the automotive aftermarket. The Ultra Cruise compute is comprised of two Snapdragon SA8540P SoCs and one SA9000P AI accelerator to deliver key low-latency control functions on 16-core CPUs and high-performance AI compute of more than 300 Tera Operations Per Second for camera, radar and lidar processing. The Snapdragon SoCs are designed with 5 nm process technology, enabling superior performance and power efficiency. The Snapdragon SA8540P SoCs will provide the necessary bandwidth for Ultra Cruise's sensing, perception, planning, localization, mapping and driver monitoring. "We are very proud of our collaboration with General Motors on one of the industry's first uses of our Snapdragon SoCs in an automated driving system,Ultra Cruise powered by Snapdragon Ride on Cadillac vehicles will be an experiential and technological leap forward for the industry." -Nakul Duggal, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. senior vice president and GM, Automotive. Along with Snapdragon Ride SoCs, which are designed to meet automotive system safety standards with multiple redundancies built in, the compute includes an Infineon Aurix TC397 processor for system safety integrity. The Aurix TC397 is categorized ASIL-D – the highest Automotive Safety Integrity Level. GM minimized complexity within the compute, opting for an air-cooled instead of liquid-cooled system that avoids heavy and inefficient thermal cooling lines throughout the vehicle, made possible by Snapdragon Ride's high-performance, high-efficiency design. Ultra Cruise's compute will also have the capability to evolve over time by leveraging Snapdragon Ride's SoCs performance and high-speed interfaces for future expansion, as well as over-the-air software updates enabled through the Ultifi software platform and GM's Vehicle Intelligence Platform electrical architecture. About General Motors (NYSE:GM) It is a global company focused on advancing an all-electric future that is inclusive and accessible to all. At the heart of this strategy is the Ultium battery platform, which will power everything from mass-market to high-performance vehicles. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Baojun and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, can be found at https://www.gm.com.

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Travel Tech Company Amadeus Hires Global Public Relations Agencies

Amadeus | May 24, 2021

The agencies have been tasked with “evolving and elevating” Amadeus' global reputation and communications approach. 3 Monkeys Zeno and FOTH will collaborate to create “high-impact” campaigns that can be seen in different markets. Regional Zeno offices will provide network service in EMEA, Asia-Pacific, and North America. Zeno is a new agency on Amadeus' roster, and FOTH's responsibilities have expanded to lead global business unit communications and corporate initiatives. Zeno stated that it would provide Amadeus with two primary areas of support. Its global hub team in London will provide strategic advice, campaign planning, development, and execution. Regional Zeno offices will create in-country media and influencer programs as well as localize global initiatives, with 3 Monkeys Zeno leading the way. The FOTH team will provide strategic insight on industry issues, develop global issues-based campaigns, and lead global business unit communications around the travel, hospitality, and payment segments. Amadeus is a major travel technology provider, offering a comprehensive range of business management tools such as search, pricing, booking, ticketing, and other processing services. It recently formed alliances with Microsoft, Mastercard, IAG, and American Airlines. “We were fascinated by Zeno's deep knowledge of technology, the travel industry, and innovative creative storytelling techniques. Its agile global agency approach was inspiring, as was its enthusiasm for our vision to transform the future of travel. Zeno, like Amadeus, uses data and insight to create highly successful strategic communications programs.” said Neil Rogan, the global head of external communications at Amadeus. “Combined with FOTH's expanded remit, we have both the industry expertise and global reach that will enable us to share our story, showcasing how we will help the travel industry rebuild in the years ahead,” said global corporate communications vice president Daniel Batchelor.

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Spotlight

New Zealand is known as the “Land of the Long White Cloud” to its native Maori people, and Wellington is its cultural, political, and culinary capital. In fact, Wellington is the southernmost capital in the entire world. This compact city is trendy, creative, and begging to be explored.