PTCL Smart Cloud certified on int’l security standards

ISLAMABAD (PR): Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) reaches yet another milestone in digital services as it attains Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCIDSS) certification v3.2 for its Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS) offering - PTCL Smart Cloud. PCI DSS certification is a landmark achievement for PTCL Smart Cloud services, which assures maximum security compliance as per international standards.

Pakistan’s First SDN-enabled cloud infrastructure is now the country’s most secure enterprise grade cloudplatform. In today’s digital age, the primary concern for any organization while moving towards cloud is the security of their mission critical data.

PTCL’s IaaS Cloud Services run on two locally hosted Tier-3 certified datacenters, which itself is a guarantee of optimal security.

 PTCL Cloud services achieved this certification after a vigorous evaluation by Risk Associates Europe Limited, whereby Smart Cloud services have been found compliant to all international security standards.

The PCI Security Standards Council is a global open body formed to develop, enhance, disseminate and assist with the understanding of security standards for payment account security.The Council maintains, evolves, and promotes the Payment Card Industry Security Standards. It also provides critical tools needed for implementation of the standards. The Council's founding members, American Express, MasterCard, Visa Inc., etc. have agreed to incorporate the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) as part of the technical requirements for each of their data security compliance programs.

 SaudiGulf Airlines announces new non-stop services

connecting Pakistan with KSA

KARACHI (PR): SaudiGulf Airlines, the new full-service national carrier of Saudi Arabia owned by Abdulhadi Al Qahtani and Sons Holding Company (Tareq Al Qahtani and Brothers), has announced the start of its operations to four destinations in Pakistan as part of its international route expansion programme.

Emphasizing on the pivotal role of travel trade in maintaining the relationship between The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, SaudiGulf Airlines is initiating operations to four major cities in Pakistan: Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot and Peshawar. “We are pleased to announce our 2018 international routes expansion starting with four destinations in Pakistan from Dammam, SaudiGulf Airline’s main base in Saudia Arabia.

 This route will connect passengers from Pakistan across the kingdom of Saudi Arabia through King Fahd International Airport in Dammam’’ stated Karim Makhlouf, Chief Commercial Officer, in a statement at a press conference in Islamabad.

The airline will operate its Airbus A320 aircrafts to Pakistan offering leather seats in both compartments, Business and Economy Class. It will commence direct flights from Dammam to Lahore & Islamabad with a frequency of 4 flights per week as well as 3 flights per week connecting Dammam with Sialkot & Peshawar. Utilizing King Fahd International Airport in Dammam as the hub of its operations, SaudiGulf airlines will be the first Saudi carrier to operate direct flights between the Eastern Providence of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

This strategic decision was taken by SaudiGulf Airlines aligned with the Saudi Vision 2030 to support the expanding growth in infrastructure projects in the kingdom which will ultimately contribute to ease of travel to passengers between Saudi Arabia & Pakistan.

Furthermore, the routes shall be utilized to carry passengers from the mentioned destinations in Pakistan across the kingdom of Saudi Arabia though the Dammam hub. Connections mainly include Jeddah & Medina dedicated to carry Hajj & Umrah passengers. The decision made by SaudiGulf Airlines to provide convenience of travel from and to the holy sites in Mecca and Medina as part of its religious contribution as a new national carrier.

“We are pleased to add new flights to cater to the growing demand of Umrah and Hajj traffic out of Pakistan, while also providing passengers with convenient connections via Dammam,” said Karim Makhlouf, Chief Commercial Officer, SaudiGulf Airlines. Starting operations on the 1st of March 2018, the fares are to start from Rs12,000 and include free seat selection, hot meals, in-flight entertainment services as well as personalized customer service. SaudiGulf Airlines will be represented by the largest GSA network in Pakistan, Gerry’s Group. This partnership is a testament of SaudiGulf Airlines’ intensions to capture a significant market share in Pakistan.

 TEDx Beaconhouse Karachi

KARACHI (PR): TEDx Beaconhouse Karachi was organised by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at Beaconhouse School System (BSS) P.E.C.H.S Campus the other day. The initiative was taken by the management of IBDP at BSS to continue to serve the community through knowledge and idea sharing platform by organizing an independently organized event that was themed Innovate, Collaborate, Empower. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers.

These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. Almost 100 guests attended TEDx Beaconhouse Karachi at the BSS P.E.C.H.S Campus, and were enlightened by speakers from diverse backgrounds and professions. Vivo at CES 2018

LAS VEGAS (PR): At CES 2018, Vivo, a young global smartphone brand, showcased world’s first ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone that draws attention from a global audience. Leading with distinct innovative breakthroughs, the futuristic Vivo in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone offers its consumers an unprecedented mobile experience, defining a new era of mobile interaction.

This latest fingerprint scanning technology delivers a whole new mobile experience by enabling users to unlock their smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly on the smartphone display, while solving the industry’s challenge of providing a better and more convenient fingerprint authentication experience in future smartphones. Fingerprint recognition has long been one of the most common and well-known biometrics used to secure smartphones. As the industry moves into a new era of full-screen displays, it is natural that the fingerprint scanning technology needs to evolve to accommodate new user habits and demands for bigger screens without sacrificing user experience. According to statistics from global consultancy Canalys, smartphone vendors shipped 22 million full-screen smartphones worldwide in the second quarter in 2017, up from 700,000 in the first quarter of this year. UBI Research predicted that bezel-less displays will grow in market share from 20% in 2017 to over 50% by 2020.

“With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology. We first presented a prototype of our fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor, and have remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones,” said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo.

“Today’s showcase of a ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone featuring an optical fingerprint sensor is a big leap forward in bringing consumers this long-awaited, futuristic mobile experience. We are very excited to make it available to consumers soon”, he added. Innovation that Delivers a New Level of User Experience Vivo’s full-production smartphone is equipped with the industry-leading, world’s first in-display fingerprint scanning technology supported by global partner Synaptics. It supports various usage scenarios beyond unlocking the smartphone, and is only activated when needed. A graphical UI will show up on Vivo’s smartphone screen in any scenario that fingerprint recognition is required, such as when the screen is off, during software unlocking, or even mobile payment authentication. Users can press the fingerprint graphic on the screen to perform unlocking, payment and other operations. When fingerprint recognition is not required, the UI will be invisible and will not disrupt the overall visual experience. Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology outperforms other authentication solutions available for full-screen smartphones in many aspects. Compared to fingerprint sensors on the back of smartphones, Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology offers a more convenient operation without sacrificing the sleek and unified design of the smartphone. It also enables quick and secured authentication. Full-screen displays are set to deliver a more immersive user experience for consumers as various interactions will be integrated and consolidated on the display. Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology replaces the physical fingerprint button on the screen, laying the foundation for a truly immersive experience. The showcasing of the world’s first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone (ready for mass-production) marks a significant leap forward in the industry’s development, taking users’ smartphone experience to a new level. The availability of Vivo’s first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone will be announced in early 2018.