Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property concerns with controlling the infringing facilities in the Kingdom

Saudi efforts to protect and enforce intellectual property rights

SAIP stressed that it will be keen to take necessary measures to penalize violators of intellectual property in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA, January 22, 2021 / —

In continuation of the Saudi efforts to protect and enforce intellectual property rights, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP), in cooperation with the General Security, has launched inspection campaigns across Saudi Arabia with the aim of controlling commercial stores that violate intellectual property rights regulations. During January 2021, 11620 items violating creative rights were seized, including electronics, computer programs, sound recordings, and printed works (student services).
The campaign was launched by conducting preliminary surveys and more than 440 visits of mystery shoppers to targeted areas. In accordance with the laws and regulations in Saudi Arabia, establishments that violated intellectual property rights and prohibited or exploited goods were identified.

In the same context, SAIP has launched a parallel campaign aimed at inspecting websites to verify the extent of their compliance with intellectual property systems. Legal measures were taken against infringing websites that amount to blocking them. As a result of this campaign, more than 355 websites were inspected, of which 77 were proven to violate intellectual property systems. Accordingly, these websites were blocked.

The campaign came as an extension of the periodic field tours carried out by intellectual property inspectors on commercial establishments to combat the violation of property rights and to control the performance of service providers. In cooperation with partners from the government and private sectors, intellectual property inspection is done by means of continuous awareness-raising, inspection campaigns, knowledge of violators, and the punitive legal measures against them.
SAIP stressed that it will be keen to take necessary measures to penalize violators of intellectual property in Saudi Arabia. SAIP also urged citizens and residents to support efforts of respecting intellectual property by communicating with SAIP official channels through social media @saipksa , email and the contact customer service number: 920021421.

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UReach Joins the Foxconn Technology Group’s MIH Alliance- Electric Vehicles

UReach among other exclusive companies to join MIH alliance.

UReach among other exclusive companies to join MIH alliance.

The famous PCIe and USB 3.0 series duplicators.

The famous PCIe and USB 3.0 series duplicators.

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Ureach is One of the Exclusive Companies to Join Foxconn's MIH Electric Vehicle Group

CHINO, CA, USA, January 22, 2021 / — UReach Inc. announced that it has officially joined the MIH Alliance, an open platform for electric vehicles established by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., and has signed the contract. With 20 years of experience, UReach specializes in the design and production of stable, high-speed data solution equipment, with a competitive product portfolio which includes duplication, inspection, sanitization and covers Flash, HDD and M.2 PCI-E SSDs. Its well-known brand “UReach” has been marketed worldwide, and its data equipment has been adopted by many leading manufacturers and companies in the semiconductor IC design field, electronic foundries, hard disk drive manufacturers, government and military institutions, and film production and entertainment industries. To date, UReach has become the designated supplier for many semiconductor IC design factories.

Foxconn’s MIH Alliance continues to grow with more than 400 companies on board, including leading manufacturers and companies such as MediaTek, Sunplus, Phison, Delta, Lite-On, Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, and many others. Among these companies, many currently use UReach's data processing equipment and have long-term business relationships.

The mission of MIH Open Platform Alliance is to facilitate cooperation in the electric vehicle sector, develop new technologies, establish testing and certification standards, build an ecosystem of software/hardware components for electric vehicles, and bring alliance members together to expedite the development cycle of the electric vehicle industry.
UReach Inc. is confident that its competitive capabilities in data processing coupled with its proven track record in providing high speed, high compatibility, and accurate data replication can meet the high standards of many leading companies across Asia, China, the US, and Europe. UReach is optimistic in helping the EV industry to cope with the more demanding data process requirement in the future and will continue to offer high-speed, high-quality, high-precision, high-compatibility data equipment.

According to UReach Inc., high speed and stability will be the basic requirements for the emerging electric vehicle ecosystem. In the future, electric vehicles could become a mobile computer equipped with intelligent navigation, multimedia entertainment, third-party services, and auto-driving multi-function vehicle. The volume and speed for EV data processing will require higher standards in handling massive amounts of data, UReach is confident in helping MIH partners to meet future needs.

UReach has remarkable breakthroughs in data equipment R&D innovations, for example, UReach has led forward in developing the world's first NVMe M.2 SSD duplicator in 2017 when the market was still dominated by SATA, and UReach introduced the first NVMe and SATA dual-signal, auto-identification duplicator to the market.

Nowadays, M.2 SSDs have become extremely popular as the market share continues to grow. The comprehensive variety of product portfolios cover all kinds of M.2 SSD duplicators; UReach offers various choices to suit the needs of many different industries, such as industrial computers, PC manufacturers, media, government and military institutions, medical centers, schools, and financial institutions.

With more than 20 years of experience in R&D, UReach has mastered the competitive technologies of data processing and software/hardware integration. The cutting edge native-signal duplicators predominate competitors and improve data accuracy and compatibility of cross-system data duplication.
As we embrace the new era of AIoT, 5G, and AI, the high-quality data processing equipment which can handle huge volume data with high speed, high compatibility and accuracy will be the dominant power to win the future games.

For more information about UReach in the North America, Great Britain, and Oceania regions, please visit, for other regions, please visit

About UReach Inc.
Established in 2002, UReach focuses on the design and production of stable, high-speed data processing equipment. UReach developed the unique "Daisy Chain" technology, which can achieve high-speed, synchronous duplication with several targets and without speed degradation. In 2008, UReach established its own brand to market globally, and in 2010, flash duplicator sales reached number one worldwide. By 2015, our HDD duplicators were receiving praise and being implemented by electronic manufacturers, government agencies, cinema industries, hard disk manufacturers and IC companies. Nowadays, UReach has developed over 15 popular product lines including Flash Media, HDDs, and PCl-E SSDs.

In 2019, UReach officially launched the USB2.0 / 3.0 signal detection and copy function, which was unanimously appreciated by users in the market. Synchronous automatic signal detection with a large amount of USB 2.0 / 3.0 flash drives can be completed in only 3 seconds, thus immensely improving work efficiency. In addition, with the more versatile PCIe NVMe series M.2 duplicator, the original field of engineering verification and mass production have enabled more market applications. With excellent technology and efficiency, the UReach brand has been continuously adopted into more facets in recent years.

UReach has vast distribution networks and business partners stationed all over the world that provide global support and services. It has set up seven branches around the world, providing a global technical support center (Technological Support Center). With a global customer service system, UReach offers real-time service to multinational companies.

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Outsight and Ouster Accelerate Digital Lidar Adoption in Industrial Automation and Smart City Markets

A partnership that makes it possible for 3D perception technology to be integrated into every industrial automation and smart infrastructure application

By teaming up with Ouster, we created the first one-stop-shop for a comprehensive perception solution”

— Sebastien de la Bastie, Chief Business Officer at Outsight

PARIS, FRANCE, January 22, 2021 / — Outsight, leader in real-time 3D LiDAR perception solutions, and Ouster, a leading provider of high-performance digital lidar sensors, announced today the first integrated solution in the lidar industry with embedded pre-processing software. This plug-and-play system is designed to deliver real-time, processed 3D data and designed to be integrated into any application within minutes. The solution combines Ouster’s high-resolution digital lidar sensors with Outsight’s perception software which detects, classifies, and tracks objects without relying on machine learning.

Ouster invented digital lidar technology in 2015 with a vision of making high-performance, ubiquitous, and affordable lidar-powered solutions across numerous industries. With a similar goal in mind, Outsight invented pre-processing software to make 3D lidar easier than ever to use. The combination of these two industry-leading products results in an end-to-end solution that delivers robust, usable data to customers while accelerating their time-to-market and decreasing product development costs.

“Ouster and Outsight’s strategic partnership represents our shared vision for making 3D lidar-powered solutions that are useful, simple, and affordable for every customer in every industry,” said Cyrille Jacquemet, general manager of Europe and the Middle East at Ouster. “We believe Ouster’s high-resolution lidar and Outsight’s unique pre-processing software will allow customers to fully leverage 3D lidar data in any application. Together, we are advancing safe, ubiquitous autonomy with this comprehensive solution.”

“By teaming up with Ouster, we created the first one-stop-shop for a comprehensive perception solution,” said Sebastien de la Bastie, Chief Business Officer at Outsight. “Our integrated kit has the right versatility for R&D experimentation and the right performance, robustness and scalability for large, real-world deployments. Together, we fill the gap between both worlds and dramatically accelerate customer’s time-to-market.”

All-in-one solution: 3D digital lidar sensors with real-time data processing software

Ouster brings advanced 3D vision to diverse applications where real-time 3D perception, reliability, and 360-degree monitoring are required. Designed to IP68 and IP9K standards, Ouster’s sensors are built to withstand extreme weather conditions. This provides a new level of reliability for extended outdoor use through rain, snow, hail, dust, and fog. Ouster’s sensors also have over 50 customization options that can be tailored for multiple applications and all physical installations – from a narrow, dense point cloud to an extra-wide 90×360 field-of-view – across factories, ports, cities, airports, and other locations.

Ouster’s 3D lidar data is processed in real-time by Outsight’s edge compute system, an ARM-based compute node that functions as an integrated lidar box. Customers can receive both the raw, high-resolution point cloud data and the pre-processed data, which ranges from individual object information (position, trajectory, velocity) to aggregated analytics (object counts, flow patterns).

Further, Outsight’s proprietary pre-processing approach doesn’t require any machine learning – its AI-driven algorithms can accurately detect, track, and classify objects without any kind of training or data labeling. This not only reduces customers’ applications power consumption and bandwidth requirements, but also allows customers to be up and running with the solution almost immediately and without any need for long data annotation processes.

This solution is already commercially available in Europe for industrial automation and smart city applications.

A digital lidar solution designed for industrial automation, smart cities, and more

From volume measurement in the industrial sector to safer intersections in smart cities, this integrated solution makes it possible for customers to easily leverage 3D lidar-based technology for both new and existing applications.

Industrial applications include using Ouster’s sensors to measure large volumes of waste heaps that are partially located below ground in buried containers. Outsight’s software then pre-processes this data in real-time to calculate the volume and dimensions of the heaps. The unparalleled resolution of an Ouster sensor enables customers to calculate the volume measurements at centimeter-level accuracy, a degree of precision that is not achievable today by traditional 2D methods. Accuracy and simplicity is critical, as this improves customers’ benchmarking and reduces operational costs. A video of this application in action can be seen here.

For smart infrastructure customers, this combined technology can deliver object information, including vehicle and pedestrian position, classification, velocity, and predicted trajectory. Integrating this solution directly into intelligent traffic systems unlocks capabilities around automatic wrong-way detection, stop bar violation, pedestrian crossing, among others. Outsight also provides an additional applications layer that can be modified by customers and integrators to ensure that the solution fits their unique needs. A video of this application in action can be seen here.

Looking ahead: bringing 3D lidar-based technology to all industries

Together, Ouster and Outsight are accelerating safe, ubiquitous autonomy with plug-and-play solutions that are useful, reliable, and easy to integrate across all industries. This partnership is a part of an ongoing joint effort to bring 3D perception capabilities to every industrial robot, crane, traffic light, and any other moving and fixed objects. The companies plan to extend the partnership to collaborate on additional solutions in numerous industries, including robotics and industrial vehicles.

About Ouster

Ouster builds high-resolution lidar sensors for the industrial automation, smart infrastructure, robotics, and automotive industries. Using its unique digital lidar architecture, Ouster’s sensors are high-resolution, reliable, compact, and affordable. Since its founding in 2015, Ouster has secured over 800 customers and $140 million in funding. Ouster is headquartered in San Francisco and led by CEO Angus Pacala and CTO Mark Frichtl. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

About Outsight

Outsight develops real-time 3D LiDAR perception solutions. Our mission is to make LiDAR-based spatial intelligence become plug-and-play, so it can be used by developers of applications in any market. Using any LiDAR with our pre-processing capabilities allows smart machines and smart cities to achieve an unprecedented level of understanding of their environment. We believe that accelerating the adoption of LiDAR technology with easy-to-use and scalable

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Australian Open: Tennis Training now in the hotel room?

Tennis Esports

New groundbreaking VR training might help tennis stars under quarantine

VIENNA, AUSTRIA, January 22, 2021 / — Australian Open: Tennis Training now in the hotel room?

This new groundbreaking VR training might help tennis stars under quarantine:

VR Motion Learning, an Austrian SportsTech start-up developing a groundbreaking realistic VR tennis application, offers an alternative to quarantined Australian Open tennis stars. Tennis players now can train & play from their hotel room. You just need VR headsets to get on a virtual court, strike virtual balls from a ball machine or play real opponents.

Tennis Esports is a VR tennis simulation based on scientific research. The goal is to offer an authentic VR tennis experience with the most realistic physics simulation available on the market.

Like on a real tennis court, you can train different tennis strokes with the help of an intelligent and flexible ball machine or a virtual opponent. Play in your living room against virtual or real opponents all over the world via Internet. Soon you can also join tournaments and participate in the Tennis Esports Super League. Exercises that are specially tailored to VR will monitor your racket swing and give you specialized feedback about your current skill level and progress.

Gregory Gettinger, Founder & CEO of VR Motion Learning, to the tennis pros: “Unfortunately, we are not ready yet. We are still in the Beta testing phase and plan to launch after summer. But I feel sorry that you are sitting in the hotel room and are unable to train on court. So at least you could try the Beta version and train virtually. Please give me a call and we see what we can do for you.”

VR Motion Learning is utilizing new technologies like virtual reality, motion learning and real time tracking in order to create a new category of digital training & Esports. The collaborative ecosystem includes a VR environment for interactive training and matches, a web portal for statistics and management, and more.
This scientific project, accompanied by the Technical University of Vienna TUW and major industrial partners, is based on authentic ball physics from the real court.

Gregory Gettinger, PhD., editor
Tel.: +43 680 502 1059

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Techbuyer Publishes Server Refresh Research in the IEEE

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Techbuyer Publishes Server Refresh Research in the IEEE

Techbuyer's research has resulted in a paper published in a world-renowned publication that presents peer-reviewed evidence with never before seen findings.

Being the first to prove refurbished servers can out-perform new generations in performance, energy efficiency and environmental benefits when configured properly is an incredibly proud moment.”

— Kevin Towers


Techbuyer published its first academic research paper in the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing this month. The paper, which outlines the opportunity for energy, material and cost savings with the use of refurbished servers, was peer reviewed by some of the foremost academics in the field.

The IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing (TSUSC) is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing high quality papers that explore the different aspects of sustainable computing, over a wide range of problem domains and technologies from IT software and hardware designs to applications. Sustainability includes energy efficiency, natural resources preservation, and use of multiple energy sources as needed in computing devices and infrastructure.

“Being the first to prove that refurbished servers can out-perform new generations in terms of performance, energy efficiency and environmental benefits when configured properly is an incredibly proud moment for Techbuyer,” says Kevin Towers, Techbuyer CEO. “The IEEE paper, which has been published as a result of a 2-year research partnership between Techbuyer and the University of East London, presents peer-reviewed evidence with never before seen findings. We are very excited to share these findings with stakeholders around the world.”

“This ground-breaking research has subsequently lead to Techbuyer launching its new business, Interact. Interact’s first software tool gives stakeholders recommendations to optimize their data center hardware. These recommendations can have significant results in terms of carbon footprint reduction and cost savings.”

The paper is co-authored by Rabih Bashroush, a renowned IEEE member academic, Nour Rteil KTP Associate at Techbuyer, Rich Kenny and Astrid Wynne, Sustainability Lead at Techbuyer who works on a variety of international Circular Economy research projects. It outlines the case for diminishing returns on new generations of IT hardware in terms of energy efficiency. Since servers account for a significant amount of the overall energy consumption of a data center, they represent a major opportunity for reducing environmental impact both during operations and in the pre-use phase.

“We have spent thousands of hours studying and analyzing the energy efficiency of different servers, so it feels incredibly rewarding to have our results accepted by IEEE and shared among research bodies,” says Nour Rteil, KTP Associate of the University of East London and Techbuyer partnership.

Incorporating data on CPU trends and the slowdown of Moore’s law, the paper uses case studies to compare the effectiveness of new and refurbished IT hardware. It also analyses the energy use of new and refurbished servers of various configurations. Finally, it contains cost analysis on the expected return on investment when replacing one generation of server with another, providing the first verified evidence that the latest is not always the greatest when it comes to server refresh.

Techbuyer is a global provider of sustainable IT solutions. Specializing in both new and quality refurbished IT hardware, Techbuyer has maximized the IT budgets of thousands of organizations worldwide by buying, refurbishing, upgrading or replacing devices.

Interact is Techbuyer Group’s new business which was born of a marriage between the University of East London and Techbuyer. The two organizations carried out a two year research project to develop the tool, which offers scientifically proven advice on the best IT hardware to optimise energy and cost during refresh. Academic leadership was provided by Dr. Rabih Bashroush, a world expert on energy usage in the digital sector, and findings of the initial research are available in a public access IEEE paper.

Find out how Interact could minimize your data center’s energy usage, maximize your IT budget and reduce your carbon footprint at or message the team at

Katie Doyle
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Grover Gaming Surpasses $200 Million Raised for Charities

Grover Gaming Surpasses $200 Million Raised For Charity

Grover Gaming Surpasses $200 Million Raised For Charity

Charitable Partners Help Fund Hospitals, Schools, Retirement Homes, and Research Centers

GREENVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, January 21, 2021 / — Grover Gaming, Inc., an industry leader in electronic gaming design and software development since 2013, announced today that it had surpassed $200 million in monies raised for charities through their charitable gaming and fraternal partners across the United States.

These partners represent hundreds of charities, organizations, and fraternal groups throughout Kentucky, North Dakota, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Ohio who have utilized Grover Gaming’s Electronic Pull-Tab and Electronic Raffle devices to raise funds for their charitable causes. Organizations including the Loyal Order of the Moose, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles use these funds to support and care for millions of Americans and Veterans through the establishment of hospitals, schools, retirement homes, children’s homes, and research centers.

“We are excited to surpass another important milestone for our charitable gaming partners,” said Garrett Blackwelder, President of Grover Gaming. “Although the past year has been difficult for many Americans, we are proud to help these charities and fraternal organizations secure the financial resources necessary to help support their local communities and fulfill their core missions during these difficult times.”

Grover Gaming develops software, game content and gaming systems for lotteries and charitable gaming jurisdictions and is licensed in Ohio, New Hampshire, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Virginia, and Ontario Canada. The company was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing and most prestigious private companies in the US for a second year in a row, achieving the rank of #194 on Inc Magazine’s annual list in 2020.

Their games, known throughout the industry for high-resolution graphics, exciting design, and entertaining gameplay, are created at Grover Gaming's design and development facility in Greenville, NC by over 200 talented employees, including developers, artists, audio designers, programmers, and .net developers.

For more information about Grover Gaming, visit

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Grover Gaming
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Raptic's Samsung Galaxy S21 Case Launch

iridescent red and black Raptic Shield cases on the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Series smartphones

The Raptic Shield in 3 colorways on the new Galaxy S21 Series smartphones

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Raptic launches new line of Shield Cases for the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Series devices.

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, January 21, 2021 / — Raptic’s Protective Samsung Galaxy S21 Case Launch

Raptic, a leading manufacturer of slim protective cases with an eye towards honest simplistic design, introduces the Raptic Shield case collection for the new Samsung Galaxy S21 series.

Raptic’s line of cases is tested to meet and exceed military drop test standards (MILSTD-810G) of up to 10 feet onto concrete and feature a raised front lip (1.2 mm) to help avoid the screen from being damaged or scratched. Raptic offers free shipping for all Galaxy S21 cases within the US and lifetime warranty.

The Raptic Shield ($29.99) for Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra features:
• Enhanced machined aluminum exterior frame, coupled with a soft rubber bumper, for ultimate protection
• Antimicrobial solution infused in the frame & back to keep your phone hygienically clean
• Honeycomb interior lining adds shock absorption for drops
• Clear polycarbonate back shows off the Galaxy’s sleek design and color
• Anodized aluminum frame, available in Red, Black, or Iridescent, and user-friendly one-piece construction complements the premium quality of the Galaxy S21 while making the case even easier to put on/take off
• Compatible with all Qi Certified Wireless chargers
• Cases available for Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra

About Raptic:

Born and built in Los Angeles, Raptic prides itself on crafting electronic accessories that fit seamlessly into your world. Everything we offer, from our protective phone cases to our charging stations, are built with the L.A. lifestyle in mind, combining sophisticated details with strong protection to elevate the concept of drop-proof accessories. We use premium materials designed to function from the boardroom to brunch to backpacking across the globe—everything is crafted to be infinitely usable. With an eye toward the future, we’re constantly looking for new ways to explore technology, make use of unique materials and employ refined, honest design to deliver industry-leading products that enhance your life and meet the demands of living in an Urban Jungle.

Strong design. Built to Last. Learn more about Raptic at

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WhereOS Launches an Innovation Platform for the Hyperconnected World

Example: create an interactive application to understand where your most profitable customers live in

WhereOS has created a platform to speed up innovation projects and to reduce time to market for new innovative services and solutions that are based on data.

HELSINKI, FINLAND, January 21, 2021 / — We live in a hyperconnected world where businesses are getting an extremely large amount of information about their business and customers. Hyperconnected world will inevitably lead companies to re-think their business; ability to innovate fast and adapt to the change is the key to the future business success.

When connecting objects across your entire business, you are able to collect real-time data, pre-empt your customers needs and create better user experience. When data is collected, processed and made actionable through applications or visualizations, you can build better products and services for your customers.

In the future, to create new innovative solutions that are based on data, new kinds of technologies, tools, processes and methodologies are needed. In order to create innovations that change the way you work with customers, partners and supply chains, you need a platform, which brings different stakeholders together. You engage simultaneously with your customers, suppliers and developer partners to co-create new kinds of services and solutions.

WhereOS is an innovation platform, which helps you to use data from any data source, such as datalakes, data warehouses, databases, real-time IoT platforms and devices. WhereOS helps you to create AI solutions, APIs and applications using the data, and for example open it up easily for internal developers and 3rd party start-ups to innovate through challenge competitions, or alternatively use WhereOS partner network to bring in AI specialists to turn your data into something valuable.

JP Partanen, Chief Data Scientist

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DUBLIN, CA, USA, January 21, 2021 / — Innovasonic, a leader in active self-cleaning technologies, today announced it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research and development (R&D) work on “Automatic Touch Screen Disinfection (COVID-19)”.

This SBIR Phase-I project has an objective to evaluate feasibility of using ultrasonic energy to incapacitate pathogens on glass surfaces and demonstrate efficiency of this process for a variety of pathogens, including the Covid-19 virus.

“We are very excited to be given an opportunity to widen the scope of our proprietary technology, PiezoWipe™, to a new important and urgent application” said Dr. Boris Kobrin, Founder and CEO of Innovasonic. “This funding will allow us to provide technology capable of fast, efficient and fully automatic disinfecting of public touch screen devices, like ATMs, self-check kiosks, automotive and in-flight infotainment systems, medical instrument screens and tablets. This process is automated and does not use any chemicals, materials, labor or harmful UV light, and can be performed safely and frequently (after each use of device). It hopefully will make touching public surfaces much less intimidating during and post-pandemic periods.”

Also commenting on this award, was Innovasonic’s display industry advisor, and Chairman of the LCD TV Association, Bruce Berkoff who stated: “It is exciting to see Innovasonic bring their path-breaking next-gen haptics touch screen technology into new realms, like this one related to public health and safety, contributing to the global need for disinfected surfaces of all types.”

“NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by thinking beyond incremental developments and funding the most creative, impactful ideas across all markets and areas of science and engineering,” said Andrea Belz, Division Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at NSF. “With the support of our research funds, any deep technology startup or small business can guide basic science into meaningful solutions that address tremendous needs.”

About Innovasonic:
Innovasonic, Inc. is commercializing ultrasonic smart glass technologies for a wide range of display applications: cleaning, disinfection, haptics, & sensors. It was co-founded by serial entrepreneurs, Dr. Boris Kobrin and Julian Zegelman. The company is headquartered in Dublin, CA, USA with a research subsidiary in Grenoble, France, and is working with strategic partners around the globe.

About the National Science Foundation's Small Business Programs:
America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.75 million to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $8.1 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.

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New Research Shows Private Jet Travel To Continue Strong Rebound; Retain New Customers Post-COVID-19

Security concerns may lead private aviation users to switch more flights away from the airlines; Over 95% of new flyers saying they will continue post-pandemic

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 21, 2021 / — Key highlights of the Private Jet Card Comparisons' Subscriber Flash Survey:

– 96% of new private jet travelers plan to continue after the pandemic
– 30% of respondents say domestic terror threats and unrest may increase their percentage of private flights away from the airlines
– 68% expect to travel internationally despite new COVID-19 requirements that include private jet travelers
– Subscribers spent an average of $211,607 on jet card purchases over the past 18 months

Private aviation will continue to be a top performer in the travel and tourism segment in the near term and is well-positioned to keep its momentum in a post-COVID-19 world, according to new research.

A flash survey of subscribers to private aviation solutions buyer's guide Private Jet Card Comparisons found nearly 30% may switch some airline flights to private aircraft amidst concerns about domestic terror threats and unrest in the wake of the riots at the Capitol.

The research also found despite the upcoming COVID-19 testing requirements for anyone entering the U.S., more than two-thirds expect to travel internationally.

What’s more, 96% of respondents who started or restarted flying privately due to the coronavirus say they plan to continue after the pandemic ends.

Respondents to the survey, conducted via email from Jan. 15 to Jan. 19, were evenly split between subscribers who had been using private aviation before the pandemic and those who had started or restarted, seeking to minimize COVID-19 exposure. Previous research shows fewer than 20 touch points when using a private jet compared to over 700 with the airlines.

Over four in 10 respondents (41%) who are newbies said they would continue to fly privately "regularly" after the pandemic is over. A further 55% said they would use private aviation “once in a while after the pandemic is over.” Only 4% expect to stop private flights.

"The results show private aviation should expect a significant net gain in customers and flying post-pandemic," said Doug Gollan, Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Private Jet Card Comparisons. "New private aviation users were very clear that once they started flying privately, they came to understand the broad benefits. Sadly, domestic unrest is now becoming a consideration as well."


– 41% plan to continue flying privately regularly after the pandemic is over
– 55% plan to fly privately once in a while after the pandemic is over
– 4% plan to stop flying privately once the pandemic is over

“I’m really not sure why I didn’t do this sooner,” said one new private traveler. Another added, “You can buy the cheapest car, or you can pay more for a nicer car, with a better ride, safer and more comfortable. Private jets are just a better way to travel if you can afford it, and if you can afford it, it makes a lot of sense in so many ways.”

A McKinsey analysis last year estimated there were only around 100,000 regular private aviation users in the U.S., although 1.5 million affluent households have the means. Private air charters are back to 90% of pre-COVID levels, largely driven by new users.

Of subscribers who were flying privately prior to the pandemic, 38% said they would likely increase the percentage of their flights using private aviation after the pandemic is over, with 55% saying usage will be similar to before COVID-19.


– 55% plan to continue flying privately regularly after the pandemic is over
– 38% plan to increase the percentage of their flights using private aviation after the pandemic is over
– 7% plan to decrease the percentage of their flights using private aviation after the pandemic is over

Several respondents were skeptical of cleaning and social distancing procedures by the airlines. Others added that decreased airline schedules mean much longer travel times and more problematic connections.

The riot at the Capitol, threats to elected officials in airports, and the possibility of more domestic terrorism and unrest is also spurring more respondents to private jets. Nearly a third (32%) of new private flyers said they might end up switching some flights away from the airlines to private aviation.


– 68% won’t change their mix of flights using private aviation and the airlines
– 16% may switch some flights to private aviation instead of using the airlines
– 16% say if there are continued incidents, unrest, or attacks, they may switch flights from the airlines to private aviation

“The stuff at the airport was quite concerning,” said one subscriber. Another said, “We fly to several state capitals, and there are less flights, to begin with, so this just makes it an easy decision to go private…It certainly makes sense to have a plane at the airport waiting to go if something did happen.”

Those who were flying privately prior to COVID-19 were less likely (26%) to be thinking about switching flights from airlines, with a number of respondents offering comments like, “No impact. I only fly private.”


– 74% Won’t change their mix of flights using private aviation and the airlines
– 16% may switch some flights to private aviation instead of using the airlines
– 10% say If there are continued incidents, unrest, or attacks, they may switch flights from the airlines to private aviation

Overall, 30% of respondents say they may move more of their flying to private aviation due to concerns about domestic unrest.

Just over two-thirds of respondents (68%) say they expect to travel internationally despite the new U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 testing requirements, which include private jet arrivals.


– 31% say I would travel outside the US if I have confidence I can get tested locally before returning
– 28% say the new CDC requirements make it less likely I will travel outside the US
– 25% say I plan to travel outside the US, and it doesn’t have an impact
– 16% say I would travel outside the US if the hotel/resort provides testing on-property

About a third (31%) said they would travel internationally so long as they have confidence they can get tested locally before returning. A further 28% said the new CDC requirements would make it less likely they take international trips, while 25% said the new rule, which goes into effect on Jan. 26, doesn’t have an impact. Some 16% said they would travel internationally so long as the hotel or resorts provides on-property testing.


In terms of private aviation solutions, 83% of Private Jet Card Comparisons subscribers use jet cards, 32% charter on a trip-by-trip basis, 12% catch rides on friends’ private jets, 6% have fractional shares, 4% own their own private jets, and 1% fly on private aircraft for companies they work for, but don’t own. Numbers add up to more than 100% due to subscribers who have multiple solutions.

Only 1% say they use semi-private services where they can split costs or buy single seats. Some 3% said they haven’t flown privately yet, but are looking at options, while under 1% said they haven’t flown privately in the past 24 months and don’t expect to fly privately in the next year.

Of subscribers who bought or renewed a jet card that included a deposit within the past 18 months, the average deposit was $211,607. Additionally, 6% purchased pay-as-you-go jet cards and memberships where they paid a joining fee but didn’t have to wire any funds to keep on the account.

For jet card users, 61% said it was the first time they bought a jet card from that provider, 40% renewed with an existing provider, and 26% said they didn’t need to buy additional hours. Numbers add up to more than 100% as some users bought jet cards from multiple providers. About 1 in 5 (19%) reported switching providers.

The survey garnered 145 responses with a 4% +/- margin of error. A donation of $10 per respondent is being made to Feeding America, enough to provide 14,500 meals to those in need.


The annual price of a 12-month subscription to the online private aviation buyer’s guide is $250 and comes with personal assistance via its JET CARD DECIDER service. Subscribers can compare providers and programs by 65 variables, including safety standards, company size and history, key policies, inclusions, and amenities, including lead time for bookings and cancelations, surcharges, and discounts. Exclusive QUICK COMPARE FLIGHT PRICING enables subscribers to compare the cost for specific flights between dozens of providers in seconds.

Unlike lead generation websites, Private Jet Card Comparisons does not sell subscriber contact data or accept referral fees from jet companies. The promise is to protect their privacy and offer subscribers continually updated data and unbiased guidance.

Doug Gollan
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Source: EIN Presswire