Capillary Technologies Appoints Vikram Bhat as Chief Product Officer

Vikram has held key leadership roles in Myntra, Oracle and Abof across the US and APAC region

Capillary Technologies, a leading SaaS company which helps brands stay ahead of the digital evolution, has appointed Vikram Bhat as Chief Product Officer. Bhat will be at the helm of affairs for an ever-increasing product portfolio of AI powered consumer engagement, eCommerce and consumer data platform.

In his role as CPO, Bhat will work closely with global customers and the product ream to deepen the focus on consumer engagement and eCommerce products, scale up the AI powered InStore solution and launch a number of new products in the consumer data space. His efforts will translate to scale the growth for Capillary Technologies and achieve the set revenue benchmarks for the years to come.

“Our mission is to be the leading product enabler for enabling more than 400 brands with visible ROI and tangible growth. Bhat joins our team at the right time as we gear up to expand our product and technology portfolio. AI and Consumer Data Platforms are some of the big focus areas for us and I am confident that Vikram can deliver products, which can unlock tremendous growth for retail and consumer product companies,” said Aneesh Reddy Co-Founder and CEO, Capillary Technologies.“We expect Bhat to have a substantial impact in Capillary as he brings with him a stellar record of launching successful technology products and driving growth in organizations to an appreciable scale. He will play a key role in Capillary as we accelerate our internal growth and continue to offer superior products for retailers to be customer ready.”

Bhat comes with close to two decades of experience in product strategy, management and business consulting encompassing domains such as retail, financial services, hi-tech and education.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of such a dynamic organization like Capillary at a time when the region is experiencing a retail digital transformation,” said Bhat. “Over the years, the company has scaled at a phenomenal level and I see great resonance and value in building consumer-centric solutions, which is where all the focus is going to be. The industry is already witnessing the impact of AI and ML throughout the customers journey – ranging from generating real time insights or realising the true 1:1 personalisation at scale. I look forward to building products that leverage deep insights derived from a unified view of consumers to drive conversion, engagement and loyalty metrics for our enterprise customers.”

Prior to joining Capillary Technologies, he was the Chief Product Officer at Lendingkart. With a strong understanding of the online commerce industry, Vikram has also stewarded product development teams as the Chief Product Officer at Myntra, ABOF and Lendingkart. In his previous organisations, he has been instrumental in launching innovative ideas such as shoppable fashion stories, virtual trial rooms, AI assistant-led shopping, and instant return-refund flows.

Vikram holds a B.Tech in Computer Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka and an MBA in Operations and Finance from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Al Wahda Mall adds Babyshop to its retail portfolio

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The new Babyshop store at Al Wahda Mall

Al Wahda Mall adds Babyshop, a concept store specializing in fashion clothing, baby basics, toys and nursery furniture for new born babies, toddlers and children up to 16 years of age to its expanding retail portfolio.

As a leading children’s store that provides exceptional value and a great shopping experience for moms and kids, the chain’s international brands include Lee Cooper, Barbie, Disney, Maui & Sons, Avent, Fisher-Price, Graco, Ferrari, Maclaren, Maxi-Cosi, Quinny, Little Tikesand several others.

Mr. Navaneeth Sudhakaran, General Manager, Al Wahda Mall said, “To adapt to changing market and consumer needs,the new Babyshop store at Al Wahda Mall is designed with comfort and convenience for new families being top priority. We are glad Babyshop is on board with us to bring the best for your little ones and offer a family friendly shopping experience.”

Ruban Shanmugarajah, COO, Babyshop added; “As the leading omni-channel kids’ retail destination, one of our key missions is to come closer to the customer and bring them the best experience and joy of shopping for their little ones, right in their neighborhood. Having our store now in Al Wahda Mall meets this objective, while making sure that mother’s in Abu Dhabi have everything they would need — all under one roof.

The award-winning Al Wahda Mall has over 400 tenants offering a superb retail mix of fashion, jewellery, electronics, food court, home improvement, family entertainment, beauty, gym, sports lounge, renowned high-street brands, kiosks and over 50 mouth-watering world class F&B outlets.

HONOR 20 PRO arrives with benchmark camera capabilities

With the Phenomenal Holographic Design of HONOR 20 PRO, #CaptureWonder and cease your everyday magic moments with the AI quad camera

 

HONOR, the leading smartphone brand, today announced the commercial availability of the highly-anticipated HONOR 20 PRO during the launch event in the UAE. HONOR 20 PRO available in attractive Phantom Black and Phantom Blue colors,kicks off its official sales from 2ndAugust 2019 across all channels at 1999 AED.

HONOR 20 PRO is all set to create a stir in the region with its benchmark camera capabilities as it accorded 111 points by DxOMark, the 2ndhighest score attained by any smartphone, the gold standard benchmark for camera quality in the industry.

“We live in a very digitalized and hyper-connected world, where your smartphone is your primary gateway to a world of endless possibilities,” said Chris Sun Baigong, President of HONOR MEA. “The HONOR 20 PRO has reimagined the smartphone camera in ways that were not possible a decade ago, allowing professional photographers and enthusiasts to express their creativity and capture their life moments in ultra-clarity, low-lit environment and in beautiful detail.”Complements stylish lifestyles with its exquisite and fashionable design

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The HONOR 20 PRO redefines the user experience by becoming the first product in HONOR’s history to introduce the world’s first Dynamic Holographic glassback, which is crafted through an industry-first Triple 3D Mesh technology. As light passes through the glassback, light is reflected and refracted in all directions resulting in a mesmerizing and depth-inducing optical effect that sets the HONOR 20 PRO apart from its predecessors.

A pro-grade camera experience with 2nd Highest DxOMark score
The HONOR 20 PRO’s impressive score puts it in close competition with other smartphone heavyweights and this commendable achievement can largely be attributed to the company’s relentless pursuit of innovation. As the latest member of the HONOR N-Series range, the HONOR 20 PRO embodies the pinnacle of innovation and cements the brand’s leadership in smartphone design. This is the first time in the history of the brand to introduce a flagship device that comes equipped with a Sony IMX586 48MP AI Quad Camera and industry-largest f/1.4 wide aperture. In the most recent OTA (over-the-air) upgrade, HONOR 20 PRO also comes with Ultra-High ISO Sensitivity, which provides a better low-light photography experience.

 

EVO R6 revealed in Cannes

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Europe’s most important Boat Show is the ideal location for EVO YACHTS to reveal Evo R6. This surprising and innovative walk around, almost 18 meters in length, will be given its world premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival from September 10 to 15. The highly appealing new flagship designed by Valerio Rivellini retains the extending side walls that have brought the shipyard fame and amazes with clean lines, plenty of space and, most importantly, the incredible flexibility of the interior and exterior spaces.

The experience of EVO Yachts and the design flair of Valerio Rivellini come together to create Evo R6: a 18 meters yacht that opens up new horizons in the yachting world and puts the shipyard back into the spotlight.Maximum  flexibility of interpretation and use are two essential features of the new yacht from Evo.
The Neapolitan shipyard, which has gained a reputation right from the outset for models that stand out for their “convertibility”, advanced technology and appealing design, launches its innovative flagship (17.71 meters long, compared with the 13 meters of the previous 43) created under the banner of functional design. The clean aesthetic of the exteriors, featuring a vertical bow, high side walls and impeccably elegant finishings, is matched by spacious interiors.

The result achieved is the perfect balance between exteriors typically found on a walk around, so that the outdoor life can be enjoyed to the full all day, and interiors worthy of a cabin cruiser, with spaces that are roomy, comfortable, simple and refined. In this design too, a key role is played by settings that are remarkably versatile, with extending side walls that almost double the area available in the cockpit.

The exterior design, contemporary and innovative, creating an appealingly sporty silhouette. Aesthetics and function go hand in hand and care and attention have been lavished on every detail. The entire outdoor area is clad in teak, with four distinct spaces defined according to how they are used. In the stern there is the “Transformer”, a modular platform incorporated seamlessly into the beach area, which can be used to embark/disembark from/onto the dock, or alternatively as a sea ladder or diving platform, and even to help launch and haul up tenders and jet skis. The beach lounge has a huge walk around sun deck island in the center, which is all on the same level for comfort and safety and represents a unique feature in this category. The spacious sun deck has room under it for a tender, with two lockers provided for liferafts, water toys or Seabobs. This is also the area where the revolutionary signature feature of Evo Yachts can be found: at the touch of a digital switch, the “XTension” side walls open in a matter of seconds, increasing the space available by 40% and converting the beach lounge into a huge, exclusive private beach. While this appealing innovation is a feature of all Evo Yachts models, it is absolutely unique on the R6, because on a boat almost 18 meters long, the maximum beam with the side walls extended is close to that of a catamaran.

When designing this yacht, there was a special focus on the concepts of conviviality and versatility. Every area of the deck is designed to encourage interaction among guests and ensure that all aspects of the boat can be enjoyed, like the central section containing a spacious L-shaped sofa, a big chaise longue and a retractable LCD television. The backrests can be moved horizontally so that all guests, both forward and aft, can join in the conversation, including the driver. The open galley on deck features a table seating eight, while rotating one of the backrests creates a big C-shaped sofa around the table, which can be opened and increased in size if needed. The double-seat helm station is lightweight, almost suspended, with mirror-finish stainless steel detailing. The forward area offers a huge walk around sun deck and two facing sofas.

While the deck of the new R6 invites the owner and guests to spend as much time as possible in the open air, the real surprise comes when you explore the interiors, which are entered down a backlit steel staircase with suspended plexiglass surfaces. Featuring noble materials like teak, crystal glass, leather and fine fabrics, the settings can be customised and offer a dinette, a kitchen, a VIP cabin in the bow and an owner’s cabin in the stern. Alternatively, a three-cabin, two-bathroom layout is also available. Like every true yacht, R6 provides fully independent accommodation for a crew of one.

The choice of the Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system not only reduces the size of the engine room, but also gives the owner the maximum in terms of performance, reliability, sound-proofing, simplicity of use, reduced consumption and navigation safety.

The two Volvo Penta IPS units offer a choice between 625 hp (IPS 800) and 725 hp (IPS 950) and, at maximum power, drive the motor yacht to a remarkable top speed of 36 knots and a cruising speed of about 28 knots.

Evo Yachts will be attending the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival
from September 10th to 15th.

Help AG Enables Middle East Businesses to Rapidly Detect and Mitigate Cyber Threats with New MDR Service

To empower Middle East businesses to mitigate the financial and reputational impact of cyber-attacks, Help AG, the region’s leading cybersecurity solutions, services and consultancy provider, today unveiled its new Critical Services Integrity Monitoring (CSIM) service. An ‘add-on’ to the company’s Managed Detection and Response (MDR) offering, this new addition delivers 24×7 monitoring of DNS records, SSL certificates and website landing pages, thereby protecting customers against service unavailability, and the interception and manipulation of sensitive digital communications. Marking a significant value addition for its customers, the company announced that this service will be extended to all its existing MSS clients.

“The unfortunate reality for organizations today is that cyber-attacks are inevitable and can result from a multitude of reasons,” explained Stephan Berner, CEO at Help AG. “Our new CSIM service enables businesses to trust vital elements of their websites and online environments to our expertly qualified team who work around the clock to monitor and address those critical issues and incidents that can so easily go undetected. This means that our customers can stay a step ahead of any incident.”

As with all Help AG Managed Security Services, the new Critical Services Integrity Monitoring offering is delivered through the company’s Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) which leverages best-of-breed security products from industry leading vendors that include Splunk, Vectra, Demisto, Palo Alto Networks and Carbon Black. By using these tools and integrating them within CSOC workflows, Help AG’s CSIM service provides:

  • Detection of suspicious changes to SSL Certificates:If a public-facing website has a certificate that has been changed or expired, it could enable hackers to take over that system, allowing them to intercept communications or tamper with sensitive data. This service protects against this by monitoring SSL certificates and flagging changes.
  • Website Front Page Monitoring:By constantly testing key website parameters including time for DNS response, time to load first byte, and total download time, Help AG could rapidly identify issues such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, or service unavailability.
  • Monitoring of DNS Records:82% of companies have experienced a DNS attack, with the average cost impact estimated at $1.07 million[1]. By detecting malicious changes to DNS records, Help AG can help organizations avoid exploitation that could otherwise result in data leaks, phishing and other attacks.

 

The unveiling of its CSIM service is in line with Help AG’s redesign and rationalization of its MSS portfolio. This has been strategically undertaken to streamline services and allow easy future expansion. The company’s MSS offering today consists of six services – Managed Detection and Response, Managed Security Controls, Endpoint Detection and Response, Managed Vulnerability Assessment, Managed Threat Intelligence and MSS Add-ons.

Commenting on the evolution of the company’s security services portfolio, Berner said, “Since the establishment of our Managed Security Service division, we have been fine-tuning our offering to pre-empt and meet the needs of the market. Rather than just implementing security platforms, we are helping businesses really optimize their security investments to address their most critical threats – all without the cumbersome overheads of having to recruit, train and retain qualified cybersecurity professionals.”

[1]https://www.cbronline.com/news/ncsc-dns-warning

Attractive summer sales at Barari Outlet Mal

 

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Barari Outlet Mall, Al Ain

 

Barari Outlet Mall is enhancing the summer shopping mall experience in Al Ain with mall wide offers.The mall is best known for value shopping every day of the week, throughout the year offering branded clothes, personal care items and household products at consistently low prices.

Riyas Cherichi, Mall Manager at Barari Outlet Mall said, “With over 70 shops spread over 400 thousand square feet, we have world class brands, a family entertainment center, a cinema, game arcades and a food court. This summer, we offer a spectacular shopping experience as part of the ‘Mall Millionaire’ campaign thatoffers shoppers AED 1.5 million worth of prizes with weekly draws of AED 50,000/- and a mega prize of 1 million at the end of the summer sales.”

“We also introduce V Perfumes which has a prestigious mix of luxurious products and a wide range of original items from globally renowned brands. We look forward to welcoming V Perfumes to our mall as its presence adds value to us and Al Ain’s vibrant retail sector,” added Riyas.

Barari Outlet Mall also has regular attractive summer sales and hosts fun filled entertainment events for all age groups. For customer comfort and convenience, services and facilities available include money exchange centers, ATMs, Etisalat and car wash services.

Al Foah Mall enhances mall experience with new outlets and ‘Mall Millionaire’ promotions

Ongoing summer sales and ‘Mall Millionaire’ promotions attract mall patrons

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Al Foah Mall is enhancing the shopping mall experience by introducing three new tenants, Gelato Divino, Moodgood Restaurant and Ruby Salon and Spa.

Irfan Idaris Kundawala, General Manager, Al Foah Mall said, “We are delighted to welcome our new tenants, Gelato Divino, Ruby Salon and Moodgood Restaurant to Al Foah Mall as they enhance the mall experience of our patrons and bring new energy to the retail mix we offer.”

Gelato Divino offers premium quality ice cream made the Italian way, complete with fresh and natural ingredients.It was originally a small family-owned ice-cream shop in the beautiful town of Alba in the North-Western Piemonte region of Italy, internationally famous since the first expansion outside of Italy started in 2009 in the United Arab Emirates.

Ruby Salon is an organic full-service salon and spa for men offering a variety of services from facials to massages that are designed to put your body, mind and soul at ease. The multilingual staff are handpicked from the best in the industry.

Moodgood Restaurant which will open this month serves wholesome Yemeni and Emirati cuisine and its specialty includesmadghut – a flavourful rice and meat dish, salads,grilled chicken, fish and shrimps as well as kunafa with cream or cheese at reasonable prices.

Al Foah Mall has rewarding summer sales and engages residents and visitors regularly with fun filled entertainment events for all age groups. This summer, the mall offers a spectacular shopping experience as part of the ‘Mall Millionaire’ campaign that offers shoppers AED 1.5 million worth of prizes with weekly draws of AED 50,000/- and a mega prize of 1 million at the end of the summer sales.

 

When It Comes to a Digital ID, Where Is the Safest Place for a Citizen’s Data?

by Fabrice Jogand-Coulomb, Senior Product Marketing Manager and Mobile Security Expert at HID Global.

Today, a small number of citizens around the world are lucky enough to use digital IDs thanks to a handful of governments that have put these programs in place. For many others, digital ID is just around the corner. Nevertheless, the decision to go for a digital ID program implicates many decisions that a government must make during the process. An example of one such vital decision is where the data of the citizens will be stored.

For example, a fraudster with access to another person’s digital ID might use it to purchase certain goods, receive certain services or perform a financial transaction. So, if this hacker manages to get access to an even larger set of citizens’ data, a huge amount of damage can be done in a very short amount of time.

Therefore, every government has to think about how to create the most secure operating environment for digital IDs. It has economic consequences, but it can also determine a country’s international reputation (think of the Aadhaar data breach scandal in India) or have an impact on the relationship citizens have with their government. It should be in every country’s best interest to store their citizens’ data in the safest place possible according to its purpose and legal framework.

In general, there are two storage options that a government should consider when making its decision. Let me introduce briefly each option and provide a risk evaluation:

Scenario 1. Everything in one place – the central database

In this first scenario, all citizens’ data is stored in one single place—typically in an internet-facing database. Any system where information is verified over the internet, and where the verification system already has the information to match against, is considered an internet-facing database. For the verification, the digital ID is retrieved from the database through the internet and checked with the information of the ID holder. For countries with a national register, and therefore a central database in place, such a scenario might appear attractive.

Running all verifications through a constantly high-performing system can be quite expensive. And, there is the topic of data privacy to consider—as one single government entity manages this database, it will be able to see all incoming requests. This will also be the case when verification capabilities will be given to the private sector. Therefore, every time a person purchases alcohol or accesses an age-restricted service with his or her digital ID, the ID will be verified and will become visible to the government entity. Even if the identity of the person remains unknown, some aspects will be revealed, such as the IP address or the number of verifications.

Risk evaluation
A central database with constant access to the internet would be an excellent target for hackers, and it is not a question of “if,” but “when” they would succeed in accessing the data. In that case, the private sector would also suffer the consequences, as they would not be able to continue verification.

Scenario 2. Each citizen owns his or her data – the citizen’s phone as data storage

In the second scenario, the smartphone becomes the only place of storage for the digital ID. In this case, the data on the phone can be updated from time-to-time, over the air. The frequency can be defined by the government itself.

The digital ID does not require any internet connection to be verified, which makes it less of a risk for hackers. Hackers would need to access an individual’s phone to retrieve the data. The damage that could be done is limited to an individual person, rather than millions of citizens. Furthermore, as verification can be done purely offline or peer-to-peer, operation costs can be better controlled.

Risk evaluation
The phone itself can remain a target for hackers, as it is managed and used in an uncontrolled environment. In cases where the phone gets stolen or lost, the digital ID needs to be retrievable from the phone and the digital ID re-issued on a new phone. The fact that the mobile app is remotely provisioned through the internet can also be considered a minor security risk. Fortunately, there are solutions to overcome that risk.

Multi-factor authentication is the key to better security

In addition to considering the safest place to store data, there is another side to the security story—the amount of information that is being verified in order to ensure that the digital ID holder is the legitimate ID holder. This can be done through various methods: a fingerprint and an iris scan, a fingerprint and a palm print, a fingerprint and the digital ID holder’s name, or a fingerprint and a password. This is what the industry calls multi-factor authentication.

But while more authentication means more security, this may impact other things. If extensive verification for identity, age and multiple other factors is conducted every time a person wants to buy a bottle of beer from a kiosk, this could seriously influence the business of the kiosk and the citizen’s user experience. Multi-factor authentication only makes sense in highly sensitive environments.

The verification needs of the private sector vary depending on economic and social responsibilities

The location of data storage is not only a concern for governments that want to take great care of citizens’ data, it is also an important issue when governments think about expanding digital identity solutions to the private sector by equipping it with verification capabilities. In this case, governments need to consider the different verification needs of the private sector.

 

Go beyond with CUSTOM LINE 106

 The new yacht from the Custom Line planing line based on the model designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design studio makes its début at the 2019 Venice Boat Show. 

Custom Line has introduced another masterpiece for their gallery of yachting works of art: Custom Line 106’. The new designer planing yacht showcases a different view on timeless yachting with absolute brilliance. It boasts many factors of excellence and distinction, first and foremost its unmistakable design and expert organisation of the large volumes and spaces, all for the benefit of yachting comfort and life on board. 

With its 32.82 m (107’ 8”) length and 7.30 m (23’ 11”) width, the Custom Line 106’ is a product of the partnership between the Francesco Paszkowski Design studio, Ferretti Group’s Engineering Department and the Product Strategy Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari. 

The design of the lines on the bottom and the hull help it to replicate and build upon the outstanding hydrodynamic performance of the brand’s updated planing range. 

The profile is sleek and powerful: taut lines run from the stern to the forward area, generating a spectacular alternation of materials and colours in the light structural surfaces and dark tinted windows. 

The hull windows are broad and ample, while a sense of direct contact with the sea is offered by the full-length deck windows, further expanded by their convex shape. 

The style of the interiors, developed by Francesco Paszkowski in collaboration with Margherita Casprini, continues in the same vein as Custom Line’s new planing vessels: it explores greater formal balance and there are distinctive, strong colour contrasts in the furnishings and coverings. 

EXTERNAL AREAS 

The new yacht is distinguished by 220 m² of exterior floor surfaces, all interconnected. Making a comeback is the revolutionary concept of the flybridge being directly connected to the bow through a spacious port walkway, while the starboard walkway leads to the cockpit, from which the flybridge is reached using the port stairway. 

To the stern is an advanced version of the patented DMT – Dual Mode Transom system. It features two sliding doors that cover the stairs when the vessel is in motion, thus providing an unbeatably clean-cut appearance. When the ship stops, they slide inside the hatch so that guests can climb up. From the garage, a Williams DieselJet505 tender and a three-person jet ski can be lowered into the water. 

The flybridge is surrounded by steel lifelines and protected by two large side windows. It spans a huge 53 m² and is entirely furnished with free-standing items: sun beds with sofas and cocktail tables are placed on the first unit. In addition to this area, there is a bar with grill, sink and fridge starboard before reaching the access to a private balcony. On the port side is the external helm station with a seat for the pilot and one for the co-pilot. The foredeck of the flybridge offers another area that can be configured as one likes at the yacht owner’s disposal, with the possibility to create a spa area with whirlpool tub. The entire space is covered by a hard-top incorporating two skylights to increase the brightness of the area. 

Another distinctive element of this yacht is the forward area, further expanded and divided into three separate and independent areas. The raised central island is like a private sunset lounge, consisting of a large C-shaped sofa with reclining backrests and two coffee tables in the centre facing two separate sun pads. The bow area is enriched with another two large sun pads and offers an unprecedented view of the sea, spanning a total of 36 m² of usable surface area. In keeping with Custom Line tradition, this area includes an additional garage for a Mini Jet Williams 2.80 or a compact three-person jet ski. Bimini tops or canopies can be fitted to provide shade in all external areas. 

MAIN DECK 

The cockpit boasts an extra-large convertible sofa with an adjustable backrest facing a bar unit with a fridge and an ice maker on the starboard side. The moorings on both sides are covered by a teak bench that can be used as an additional seat. The entrance to the engine room is located on the port walkway. 

The interiors of the main deck bask in the natural light provided by large floor-to-ceiling windows that increase the sense of continuity with the sea, creating a single lounge area with the cockpit when the large floor-to-ceiling French door is totally closed. An open space of 40 m² with heights exceeding 2 m creates a living area with L-shaped sofa, armchairs and low furnishings situated before the dining area with table and chairs, designed to accommodate 10 people. 

Upon request, the central window starboard can be opened completely with an electric mechanism. The support columns used on the Custom Line 120’ can also be found here, with lighting, audio and air conditioning systems on them. 

A bulkhead partition conceals floor-to-ceiling storage compartments. Two bronze mirror sliding doors separate the flows between the starboard guest area and the port service area. On both sides there are two doors providing access to the external walkways. 

Going starboard and after passing the day head, stairs lead down to the guest area of the lower deck, whereas moving forward, you come first to the owner’s study before reaching the full-beam master cabin in the foredeck, measuring 6.50 m in width and providing the owner with spacious storage room, two dressing rooms and a large bathroom with dual facilities and a central shower. In the first unit, an optional panoramic terrace has been added. It swings open and provides the owner with a private area directly in contact with the sea. 

The port side of the main deck leads to the galley, the crew area and the raised helm station. This houses the integrated bridge, developed with Naviop-Simrad. It is a single direct interface providing total control of the yacht’s functions, complete with touchscreens seamlessly installed in the instrument panel. 

LOWER DECK 

A large lobby separates the four large standard cabins on the lower deck: two VIP cabins amidships and two twin ones forward, all with separate bathrooms. The beds in the VIP cabins face the bulwark to make the most of the views straight out over the water at sea level, while an additional Pullman bed can be fitted in each of the two twin cabins. 

The crew area located in the foredeck consists of a captain’s cabin with separate shower and two double crew cabins, each with its own bathroom, to accommodate a total of 5 members. A spacious dinette with L-shaped sofa, galley and laundry room are at their disposal. 

ENGINES AND TECHNOLOGY ON BOARD 

Custom Line 106′ is equipped with two 2217-Mhp MTU 16V 2000 M86 engines, allowing the yacht to reach a cruising speed of 20 knots and a maximum speed of 23 knots (preliminary data). Alternatively, it is possible to ask for twin 2638-Mhp MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines, which can reach a cruising speed of 22 knots and a maximum speed of 26 knots (preliminary data). 

It is equipped with electro-hydraulic stabilizing fins, offering both underway and zero-speed modes. On request, gyroscopic stabilizers can also be fitted for maximum comfort at anchor. 

Like the other recent Custom Line models, the 106’ comes with innovative VOTIS system built in collaboration with Videoworks that allows an iPad to be used to operate the entertainment system installed in the lounge on the main deck, meaning that the various remote controls can be replaced by a single device. This technological solution can be extended to all of the different parts of the maxi yacht and it can also be used in conjunction with the owner’s personal devices. 

Remote Working: Tips to Design Your Home Office to Optimize Productivity

Author: Naji Kazak, General Manager – Middle East, Africa, Turkey & Russia at Alaris, a Kodak Alaris Business

Today’s digitalization trend has turned remote working from a dream into reality. Remote work has been favored by employers not just due to rising real estate costs, but also due to increase in employee productivity where they accomplish more in less time when telecommuting. Telecommuting increases efficiency by eliminating distractions such as spur-of-the-moment meetings, water cooler chat, and noisy coworkers. As is apparent in its name, telecommuting also does away with commuting, so time spent sitting in traffic and finding parking can be put toward actual work.

As attractive as the proposition may be of working from a home office, it does come with certain challenges. Kids, household chores, the temptation to do non-work related things and the general workspace that may not be designed with adequate space, lighting or suitable furniture, may lead to a dip in productivity.

Boosting the Efficiency of the Home Office

 Designated Work Area

When your office is part of a larger area in your home, such as the living room, your likelihood of becoming distracted is high. If you don’t have an entire room to dedicate to work, try creating visual boundaries between your work area and living area with bookshelves and partitions.

Tip– if you have kids, make sure it has a door!

Workspace that is Clutter-Free

Clutter causes stress. Lack of organization impairs motivation and state of mind. To think clearly, stay motivated, and be productive and efficient, you have to get rid of the clutter. Luckily, this can be as easy as removing unnecessary papers and items and setting up an effective organization system.

Tip– cleaning the desk every evening/ night after turning off the computer keeps it clean

High Speed Internet and Network Router

If you’re working with a poor internet connection, your efficiency is likely suffering. Besides being a source of frustration, poor connections take your attention away from your work and increase your likelihood of becoming distracted by other things.

It is important to review your different internet service provider options and decide which is best for your home office.

You’ll need a network router if you or your family use more than one laptop or computer in your home. To ensure that your network router can meet your Wi-Fi connectivity needs, you’ll have to consider the types of devices you’ll be using like cellphones, tablets, or smart TVs, as well as the size of the area that requires coverage.

Tip– When buying a router don’t look for the highest performance possible. You should only pay for the features that you need. If you already have a router but the signal isn’t strong enough in your home office, look into a wireless range extender. It will pick up the weak signal, boost it, and retransmit it.

Document Scanner

Document scanners allow you to go paperless, which can improve your home office efficiency in multiple ways: by eliminating the distracting clutter of papers, by allowing you to organize documents digitally, and by speeding up workflows. While you will need to maintain a physical organization system for important original documents, digitizing other documents both decreases the number of file cabinets you’ll need and reduces the amount of time you’ll spend searching for documents. It also minimizes the risk of data loss, since you won’t have to worry about misplacing key paperwork. On average, people spend a week searching for lost papers and other items every year, and that time eats into productivity.

Document scanners can speed up certain workflows, such as forms processing. Whereas manually entering data is time-consuming, and mailing documents halts the workflow altogether, scanning and emailing documents take just minutes.

Tip– When buying a home office scanner that is efficient and enhances your productivity, look a feature rich scanner that is easy to setup and scan quickly as soon as it powers on. A wireless scanner can be put in any place you might need it and there are scanners in the market with a flatbed for scanning passports which is a very convenient feature to have.

Organization System

The type of organization system you choose should depend on your space and the materials that you have to organize. For many home offices, a file cabinet lined with hanging folders will do. When you remove the papers and random objects from your desk, don’t just banish them to another corner of your office — organize them so that you can easily find them when you need them.

You will also likely need storage for all of your office supplies, such as writing utensils, sticky notes, business cards, and so on. A simple storage cart should suffice, allowing you to tuck everything away until you need it.

Standing Desk

To really boost efficiency, a standing desk is the way to go.Standing desks have long been promoted as a healthy alternative to sitting all day, but relief from a sedentary lifestyle isn’t the only benefit they offer. Some people go as far as walking on a treadmill while on calls.

Standing triggers your blood to circulate, sending more nutrients and oxygen to your brain, and promotes neurogenesis (the formation of new brain cells). Studies[1]have shown that standing as opposed to sitting increases focus, improves productivity and makes people feel more engaged with their work. When it comes time to choose a standing desk, your options range from the more basic (and less expensive) to the more complex (and costly).

Natural Light

Choose an area for your home office that is exposed to natural light. Placing your desk in front of a window will both give you a nice view and increase your productivity. Studies have revealed the many health benefits of exposure to natural light. For example, the blue light present in natural light contributes to pupil constriction, increasing the visual acuity of your eyes. In other words, natural light boosts your reading ability and productivity. Natural light also prompts endocrine system responses that are necessary to manage your immune system, mood, and sleep. Getting enough exposure to natural light could improve your mental clarity and vision and reduce headaches and migraines.

Tip– If your home office doesn’t have access to natural lighting, your next best option is to replace your current light bulbs with full-spectrum light bulbs. While not a substitute for natural light, full-spectrum lights feature the same balanced temperature, and so provide you with some of the same benefits. The crisp white light that they give off is perfect for activities that require visual acuity, such as reading.

Designing your home office keeping in mind the above elements will make you a healthier, happier and more productive worker.

[1]https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/10/standing-desks-will-improve-productivity-study-university-leicester/