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New « Professional » Class Drives Impressive 38% Growth for 3D Printers in H1 2017

3D printer shipments increased 38% year-on-year in the first half of 2017, driven by soaring growth in a new Professional sub-category which straddles the traditional Industrial and Personal/Desktop markets, according to market analyst CONTEXT. At first glance, the market appeared to be driven by unit shipments in the Personal/Desktop space, which saw growth of 39%, while Industrial/Professional shipments slumped 6%. However, the new grouping reveals 64% growth year-on-year for 3D printers in the Professional category, outperforming another sub-class: personal sub-€2,200 printers, which increased by 36%. Professional products can be found in both the Personal/Desktop and the Industrial/Professional markets, with a price range of €2,200-€17,000. Leaders in this sub-class include Ultimaker, Formlabs, Leapfrog, MakerBot (Stratasys) and Markforged.

Meanwhile, Personal sub-€2,200 printers comprised the vast majority (85%) of the 200,509 printers shipped in the overall Personal/Desktop market in the first half of 2017. "The Professional class of 3D printers has been emerging for some time now, coming both down from the high-end and up from the low-end, but it is now really coming into its own and merits separate analysis", said Chris Connery, vice-president of Global Market Research and Analysis, CONTEXT. "As the market matures and grows, and price points in the Personal/Desktop market continue to drop, $5,000 is no longer the only defining barrier at the low end of the global 3D printing market."

New Global Leader Emerges

Q2 2017 also saw the emergence of a new leader in the Personal/Desktop segment: Monoprice, which enjoyed year-on-year shipment growth of over 450% for the quarter and shipped 19% of the quarter’s 107K units. Monoprice's meteoric rise to the top is even more impressive because the firm's sales have initially been confined to one region: the United States. Throughout the first half of the year, it was neck-and-neck with the former number one vendor, XYZprinting, in terms of global market share. Monoprice continues to set the bar for entry-level price points with a weighted average price for its products of €245 in Q2 2017, compared to €350 for XYZprinting. However, XYZprinting is not sitting idle and launched a new colour desktop printer in the period. Along with Monoprice and XYZprinting, other global rising stars through the first half include Wanhao, Formlabs Prusa Research, Dagoma and Markforged: all of which saw year-on-year shipments grow above 50%.

In the Industrial/Professional market, many publicly traded companies – most notably Stratasys and 3D Systems – saw unit volumes decline again in 1H 2017, even while unit shipments rose for the likes of EOS, GE Additive, Carbon and HP. However, several high-profile players have stated this is due to execution rather than demand issues, leaving many still feeling bullish for the second half of the year. All manufacturers have continued to champion the use of 3D printing for mainstream production. However, although metal 3D printing has already turned that corner, the plastics side of the industry is still largely stuck using the technique largely for prototyping. Yet to come are new solutions from market leaders Stratasys and 3D Systems in the form of their respective Infinite Build and Figure-4 systems and momentum for hot players like HP and Carbon is just now building.

Outlook: 2017 and Beyond

The global 3D printing market, which includes not only printer hardware but also materials and services, is on track to be worth €4.8B in 2017 – an increase of 15% from 2016. That’s despite a relatively weak first half for the Industrial/Professional side of the market, which accounts for nearly 78% of all revenue in terms of hardware alone. As the market shifts to focus on production, it is on track to reach €14.5B by 2021. "The second half of 2017 will see a new crop of lower-priced metal printers ship, paving the way for a strong 2018 as metal continues to lead the industry", noted Connery.

Ingram Micro signed as Kaspersky Lab’s training provider

Middle East: Ingram Micro Training MEA, a provider of instructor-led technical training, has partnered with Kaspersky Lab as training provider for the Middle East Region. With this partnership, Ingram Micro is now authorized to provide certified trainings for end point solutions of Kaspersky Lab in the GCC. Ingram Micro will provide best in class training services to all Kaspersky Lab customers and partners further strengthening the company's training offerings for the channel community. "Training is a crucial element to the success of any organization", said Amir Kanaan, General Manager for the Middle East at Kaspersky Lab. "Partnering with Ingram Micro Training MEA is the right move to ensure that our customers in the region receive best in class training services on our award winning endpoint solutions."

"We are thrilled to bring Kaspersky Lab training services to the region", said Mohammad Sabry, Head of Services, Gulf and Near East region at Ingram Micro. "Kaspersky Lab is one of our strategic vendors and we look forward to continuing to expand our solutions portfolio to include professional services offerings in the near future. This is an excellent start of a great partnership."

Midwich enters the Dutch market

Netherlands: AV broadliner Midwich has acquired a majority stake in AV specialist van Domburg Partners. Van Domburg joins Midwich offices in Australasia, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom. Stephen Fenby, Managing Director Midwich Group, commented: "the acquisition of Van Domburg marks Midwich's entry into the Benelux markets, enabling the Group to trade with a broad customer base across a variety of customer segments. The addition of this territory to the Group’s portfolio increases Midwich's geographical coverage, with the Group operating in territories which account for approximately 70% of the European audio visual market. I look forward to welcoming the van Domburg team into the Midwich Group, and working with them to further develop this exciting market."

The acquisition signals Midwich's entry into the Benelux, a market the Group has identified as important in its international expansion. The acquisition is further delivery of the Group's strength to grow its operations through a combination of organic developments and selected acquisitions. Midwich will acquire a majority stake from the two joint Managing Directors, with the option to acquire the remaining shares over the next three years. The Company's Managing Directors will continue to be responsible for the management of the business, and will remain in their current positions.

Rick ter Wee and Ed van Domburg, the managing directors of Van Domburg, commented: "from the outset of our conversations with the Midwich Group, the synergies between our two businesses were evident. With our strong local position, and with the backing and support of Midwich, it is clear this exciting partnership will enable Van Domburg to continue our growth in the audio visual, and high-end lighting markets. Midwich's audio visual specialism, and international market leading position made them the ideal partner for us. We look forward to working closely with them to develop our business in the Benelux."

Headquartered near Rotterdam, Van Domburg is a market leader in the Dutch large format displays market. In recent years, it has developed its technical video product portfolio, offering solutions in digital signage, control and connectivity amongst others. As well as leading the Dutch market in large format displays, its subsidiary "Dutch Light Pro" distributes high-end lighting products primarily to electrical contractors and installers. A key part of the company's proposition is to provide lighting design consultancy services.

Thomas Sumner, European Director Midwich Group, commented: "as with any Midwich acquisition our focus will continue to be on enhancing the service and support we provide our customers and vendor partners. We are delighted a market leader in specialist audio visual distribution has again decided to join the Midwich Group. We look forward to working with them and investing in this important market."

iBoss appoints Config

iBoss has signed a distribution deal with French network and security VAD Config. To answer more effectively to the demands in cloud-based Internet security, Config will distribute through its resellers all iBoss solutions and will work with them to offer the best solution to the end customers. "We are delighted to work with Config. Thanks to them, we are now able to offer our security platform to whole Europe and Northern Africa. Together, iBoss and Config will block all evolutive security threats which the traditional security systems miss, thanks to our advanced cybersecurity solutions", says Daniel Mason, EMEIA Commercial Sales for iBoss.

"True to our strategy, we try to offer an ever-growing of complete and high-performance solutions. To have iBoss, which is a leader on the cloud-based Internet security market, in our solution portfolio is a tremendous opportunity for Config", says Denisa Monville, commercial director for Config France.

As a VAD, Config will distribute the full iBoss offer in Algeria, France, Morocco, Switzerland and Tunisia, as well as in sub-saharian Africa through its young office in Sénégal.

A new head for Datech

France: broadliner Tech Data has appointed Pierre-Emmanuel Pichaud as new managing director for its Datech division, which is specialized in Autodesk ecosystems. He replaces Henry Gerente whose whereabouts are yet unknown.

eSports economy drives gaming screens growth in contracting global desktop monitor market

The fast-growing billion dollar global eSports economy drove worldwide gaming monitor sales up +175% in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the previous year, while worldwide shipments of desktop monitors declined by -3%, driven by lower sales in China, according to the latest figures from CONTEXT, the global IT market analysis company. Sales performance across the world varied considerably by region, reports CONTEXT. Desktop monitor shipments to EMEA grew by +5%, driven by CEE, which saw +12% growth. North America and Japan saw shipments up +2% and +4% respectively. However, those to the rest of the world, 52% of the total, declined, with the biggest market, China, decreasing by -11% year-on-year. The decline was greatest in the business desktop monitor segment, dropping -4%, while the fall in consumer-based sales was smaller at -3%. "Despite the overall negative trend, there are significant opportunities for growth", commented Dominika Koncewicz, Senior Analyst for Displays at CONTEXT. "These are due to factors such as a shift to larger, more expensive screens, the rising sales of curved monitors, higher resolution displays, and the growing demand for wider 21:9 monitors as well as the demand for gaming monitors."

Full-HD monitors remain the dominant resolution accounting for two-thirds of global shipments. WQHD screen sales are growing at +58% year-on-year, while Ultra HD monitors still represent a small portion of the market. However, with a +77% year-on-year sales increase, this has become the fastest growing resolution category. Dell retained its position as the top vendor in Q2 2017 with a 19% unit share of the total market, while HP and Lenovo followed with shares of 14% and 10% respectively.

 

Q2 2017 shipments (units) YoY
Central East Europe +13%
West Europe +5%
Japan +4%
North America +2%
World -3%
Middle East and Africa -4%
Asia and Pacific -8%
Latin America -10%
China -11%

 

 

Q2 2017 shipments (units) YoY
Sweden +21%
Denmark +21%
Netherlands +20%
Germany +13%
Portugal +12%
Spain +12%
Belgium +8%
Poland +7%
Switzerland +3%
United Kingdom +3%
France +2%
Finland -1%
Italy -1%
Greece -2%
Iceland -9%
Norway -11%
Austria -12%
Ireland -15%

Exertis warms to Smart thermostat range

United Kingdom: broadliner Exertis has unveiled an agreement to distribute the Warmup range of Smart thermostats. These can be placed anywhere in the home, communicating wirelessly with a receiver unit which is connected to the central heating system's boiler, working remotely with a smartphone to provide consumers with the optimum heating solution. Both the 4iE and 5iE thermostats feature SmartGeo which in addition to learning and adapting to a user's routine, it utilises the location services built into a smartphone to calculate how long it will take the person to get home, thereby heating the house only when necessary, reducing bills by up to 25%. The system doesn't know a user's exact location, just the distance from their home and all data is kept secured and encrypted.

In addition, Warmup AutoSwitch works in the background to find the best energy deals available and can be even set to automatically switch the user to the best energy tariff every year. With almost 50 energy suppliers in the UK, a typical home in the UK can save on average €230 by switching, according to government figures. Just 5 million out of 13.5 million households switched suppliers in 2016 according to Energy UK. Warmup provides the opportunity to enable consumers to save up to €3bn on energy costs.

Rod Slater, Exertis head of Smart Tech and IoT, said: "choosing the correct control system is crucial in ensuring that your heating system is efficient, easy to use and above all secure. The technology deployed by Warmup not only provides that but ensures users can save on their heating bills and can make use of the lowest energy tariffs. These features will appeal to homeowners and as a result we believe Warmup will be a great opportunity for our customers to sell the range."

Michael Hollins, head of Warmup's Smart Division, said: "Exertis has established itself as the leading distributor of smart tech products. We are delighted to be able to provide our range of smart thermostats to a wider customer base and take advantage of the retail services that Exertis provides. UK households have the opportunity to reduce their heating bills and secure the best tariffs with our products which can only be good news for both the consumer and the retailer."

Tech Data includes AMD product portfolio in its GCC offering

Germany: broadliner Tech Data has added the AMD product range to its GCC Solutions portfolio. For more than 45 years, the Californian manufacturer AMD has been developing and integrating innovative technologies such as high-performance personal computers, graphics and visualization technologies. Microprocessors, chipsets, graphics chips and system-on-chip solutions are the basis for immersive platforms and data centers, but also for performance-dependent gaming. The new Global Computing Components division of the Munich-based distributor now offers the complete AMD spectrum, which is of interest for the entire IT channel. In addition to system houses and system integrators, which primarily address enterprise customers with the technologies, the product range also offers a wide range of application possibilities for the stationary trade and SMB specialist dealers. The target group includes AAA gamers, eSports enthusiasts, creative minds and desktop users of all requirements. Oliver Kaiser, Director of Endpoint Solutions at Tech Data Deutschland, comments on the inclusion of AMD products: "I am very pleased to be able to offer our Tech Data sales partners the full range of AMD products – from desktop & server CPUs to tray CPUs and graphics cards for the client and enterprise environment – with immediate effect. Previously, this portfolio was only accessible to former Avnet Technology Solutions customers, but the integration into the new GCC area means that it is now available to all Tech Data customers. AMD's professionalism, expertise and delivery capability enable us to provide our customers with powerful and efficient solutions. The new AMD RYZEN processor series in particular will impress a large number of our customers – the new ZEN architecture convinces by its extreme reaction power, with which it supports performance-intensive applications such as in the gaming segment. AMD has heralded a new era of performance with this series that is second to none."

Powerdata distributes TrackR

Swiss consumer electronics specialist Powerdata has been chosen by TrackR to distribute its Bluetooth trackers throughout its etail and retail network in French-speaking Europa (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco and Switzerland).

Zalix launches TraKey

France: biometry specialist Zalix has started the distribution of Trakey fingerprint-securized key closet through its reseller network.

Symantec names Arrow as a strategic distribution partner in EMEA

Arrow ECS has been named a multinational strategic distribution partner of Symantec in the EMEA region. Following the acquisition of Blue Coat by Symantec in 2016, Arrow ECS has renewed its distribution contract with Symantec. Prior to the acquisition, Arrow had distributed the products and solutions of both companies in numerous countries. Arrow ECS has now extended its collaboration with the company. This new contract covers Austria, the Baltic States, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Symantec, the world's largest provider of cyber security solutions, offers a comprehensive portfolio with products, solutions and services for endpoint, cloud, web and messaging security. As one of the largest Symantec Secure One Services Partner (SOSP) in EMEA, Arrow has highly skilled engineers providing resellers and end customers with 24/7 support allowing them to be more profitable. "We are pleased that the relationship continues to grow", says Dominique Loiselet, Vice President Channels EMEA, Symantec. "Key to the close cooperation with Arrow is the diversity of Arrow's value-added services including innovative training sessions as an authorised 'ATC' training partner, proof-of-concept services and product testing capabilities, pre and post-sales services and know-how transfer."

"Following the acquisition of Blue Coat, Symantec offers a unique and extensive portfolio of IT security solutions and services, providing comprehensive security for the infrastructure and data of companies, organisations and private users", says Nick Bannister, Senior Director and Head of Networking and Security, Arrow ECS EMEA. "We have been working with Symantec for 13 years and our dedicated Symantec product teams are best placed to pass on their knowledge and expertise around its solutions benefits to our customers in any matter relating to security."

Difox distributes Photofast

German retail specialist Difox has started the distribution of Photofast call recorders and storage drives for Apple devices in Europe, through its offices in Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

Nureva announces its entry into the Spanish market with Crambo

Spain: Nureva, a collaboration-solutions company, has appointed AV specialist Crambo as its first authorized distributor. Crambo, a supplier of global technology solutions focused on corporate and education markets, will sell Nureva's Span visual collaboration system product line and the HDL300 audio conferencing system. With its head office in Madrid, Crambo is well-positioned to build out Nureva's reseller channel and bring Nureva’s collaboration solutions into the Spanish market. Crambo has a 30-year track record of introducing innovative products that have become market leaders in their categories. As a value-added distributor, the company brings a depth of experience and perspective in the audiovisual industry, with a focus on understanding channel and end-user needs, as well as a relentless drive to building channel capability and delivering customer satisfaction. "We are very excited to introduce Nureva's innovative solutions to the Spanish market", said César García, Crambo's CEO. "The Span system and the HDL300 system complement our current solutions and offer end users new and effective ways to collaborate and enable innovation."

"We are delighted to welcome Crambo into Nureva's growing network of distributors across Western Europe", said Frederic Arneodo, Nureva's VP, sales. "The Spanish market is very important to us, and with Crambo's deep knowledge and industry expertise, the company is well-positioned to rapidly build a reseller channel and professionally present and sell Nureva products."

ALSO makes social intranet and workplace collaboration easier with Synigo

Netherlands: broadliner ALSO has expanded its Cloud Marketplace with Synigo Pulse, the next-generation intranet & digital workplace. With Synigo Pulse, a turnkey application for Office 365, ALSO resellers can help their customers to foster collaboration with a social intranet and an easily accessible digital working environment. Synigo Pulse is a ready-to-use, user-friendly solution that can be integrated into a wide range of business applications. Synigo is what makes employees always hold their organisation in their pockets. Synigo Pulse offers employees a central portal where they can find everything they need to work effectively: tasks, agenda, notifications, applications, company news and groups. "Through our partnership with Synigo, we are striving to ensure that our customers make greater use of Office 365. This promotes faster acceptance and contributes to a more intensive cooperation and increased use of services. We are pleased to add value to the ALSO Cloud Marketplace with modern solutions from our partners and we look forward to making Synigo Pulse available to our resellers", says Thorlakur Thorgeirirsson, Cloud ISV Manager at ALSO Holding AG. "Synigo is very pleased with the future cooperation with ALSO. As one of Europe's leading B2B ICT marketplaces, ALSO has a wealth of experience in all business aspects of generating value from cloud services. Thanks to ALSO's Marketplace, we can offer Synigo to many customers across Europe", said Xavier Geerdink, Sales Director at Synigo BV.

Michel Cohen leaves Exclusive Networks

France: after a three-year mission at the head of the French office of Exclusive Networks, Michel Cohen has left the network and security VAD. According to an email he sent to his contacts, he does not plan retirement immediately, but will stay in the market as a consultant for a few more months/years.

Nuvias becomes first pan-EMEA VAD for GitHub

GitHub, the software development platform (and the world's largest community of developers used by more than 23 million people across the globe) has signed its first pan-EMEA distribution agreement with fast-growing VAD Nuvias. The new partnership will further expand GitHub's enterprise customer base across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and represents a commitment by Nuvias to accelerate the growth of its DevOps business.

GitHub has rapidly become the leading web-based Git version control tool and repository for code development, providing access control and collaboration features such as bug tracking, feature requests, task management and wikis. GitHub already has over 64 million repositories, making it the largest host of source code in the world.

"Software and applications are now the heart of business and the basis for digital transformation, innovation and efficiency", said Paul Eccleston, CEO Nuvias Group. "With businesses needing to deliver quality applications quickly so they can compete and gain market share, GitHub will be at the centre of our portfolio of integrated tools and services to enable collaborative development, quality, security, automation and user-experience monitoring."

"GitHub Business allows companies large and small to collaborate on important projects more effectively, improving productivity within their development teams", said Catherine King, Channel Manager at GitHub. "With Nuvias' focus on accelerating its DevOps business, this partnership will help more companies across the globe get the most from their GitHub deployments, whether they choose the hosted option or on-premise."

Development teams of all sizes, from start-ups to global teams of thousands, can harness the GitHub platform to discover, use and contribute to projects more effectively, regardless of organisation or geography. Managers get a powerful insight into work, in near real-time, across projects and teams, or can use the Activity Dashboard to view work across every project on GitHub Enterprise with easy-to-read graphs. GitHub source repositories can be shared in the cloud or privately on-premise, while members can follow each other, review each other's work, receive updates for specific projects and communicate publicly or privately. "The way software is developed has fundamentally changed and the advance of open source means there is no point in reinventing the wheel", said Paul Eccleston. "GitHub allows companies to multiply forces and employ 1000s of developers on improving and optimising code.". GitHub's platform is available in the region through Nuvias offices in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Ring and Arab Business Machine sign new partnership

Middle East: Ring, a vendor of home security products, has signed a distribution agreement with Mac specialist Arab Business Machine Middle East (ABM) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As per the agreement, ABM will promote and distribute Ring's innovative home security products and solutions and offer value-added services through its extensive channel partner network. Ring is expanding its global presence and operations in response to the region witnessing a positive growth of the property sector with many developers focusing on building master-planned communities and the increasing demand for home security solutions.

"Your home is not an asset – your home is a place that has much more meaning to it and it is something you want to protect and also monitor. Ring believes in keeping homes and communities safe rather than just comfortable and we hope to change the way home owners view security by keeping an eye on their family and property, even when they can't. Ring re-imagined the doorbell so consumers could respond – using a smartphone – to someone at their front door from anyplace, anytime while simplifying the technology with the combination of App, Cloud and Security hardware. ABM is very well placed in the MENA region to position our smart home security products with its broader reach across key retailers, Internet Service Providers and online stores. ABM's experience in selling Apple products for more than a decade gives us further confidence of its capabilities on best in class retail execution for Ring’s range of the products and solutions", says Mohammad Meraj Hoda, Managing Director of Ring.

Ring has evolved as the leading brand in the Smart Home Security Space represented by 16000 plus stores across North America and Ring's products globally have been hailed as dependable second set of eyes and ears to deter would-be thieves from entering homes and communities. It has been proven that Ring doorbells can reduce crime by up to 55% in neighbourhoods, and the goal is to bring the same convenience and security to the Middle East neighbourhoods. ABM will distribute Ring's latest suite of smart home security products such as Ring Video Doorbell, Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Video Doorbell Elite, Ring Floodlight Cam and the new Ring Spotlight Cam and conduct channel engagement, training and activation programs for partners. ABM will also set up go-to-market strategies with key retail partners and provide the needed infrastructure for micro-channel to engage with the Ring brand. "“We are continuously evaluating new and innovative technologies and emerging trends to add to our portfolio, which have a direct impact on the dynamics of the home security industry in the residential security sector in the MENA region. This makes our partnership with Ring a perfect fit. We see exciting new possibilities in this partnership with Ring across the MENA region and it will help ABM to better address our customer’s needs in today’s environment of ever-increasing demand for home security solutions", said Ghassan Bendali, General Manager of ABM Middle East.

ABM will distribute Ring's best-of-breed home security solutions in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia and the UAE.

Next UPS appoints Copaco

UPS vendor Next UPS has appointed broadliner Copaco as an official distributor for Belgium, France and Luxembourg.

Tech Data brings SUBPAC immersive sound experience to the UK market

United Kingdom: broadliner Tech Data has signed a distribution agreement with SUBPAC, the maker of the revolutionary physical audio system that silently pulses sound through the body to add a whole new dimension to the experience of listening to music. This revolutionary product comes in two form factors – a wearable backpack and a seatback unit that fits into any chair. While silent on the outside, the SUBPAC enables users to experience sound physically and to "feel" as well as hear the music. Totally portable, rechargeable and plug-and-play, the SUBPAC is designed to work with all kinds of music, gear, games, film and other media. Already used by thousands of music producers and sound designers as the new standard for monitoring and experiencing sound, SUBPAC has built a strong reputation in professional audio. Even so, Mike Cain, Business Development Manager at Tech Data for New Technologies, believes the potential is massive for new target markets: "SUBPAC is a truly revolutionary technology. By transferring low frequencies directly to your body, it effectively allows you to 'feel' sound. This creates a truly amazing experience. It stands out as a pioneer in next-generation wearable technology and while it was created with audio professionals in mind, the concept translates perfectly to gaming and virtual reality, providing much more immersive experiences. It transcends the consumer mainstream and is also making a huge impact within the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. This is a great signing for Tech Data and an important addition to our wearables portfolio and wider VR ecosystem. The potential is absolutely huge."

Commenting on behalf of SUBPAC, co-founder Todd Chernecki, stated: "we are delighted to be working with Tech Data to extend the reach and market potential of SUBPAC in the UK. Tech Data will help us expand into the various professional, entertainment and consumer segments in which SUBPAC can enhance user experiences and have a positive and beneficial impact. Tech Data has the in-depth market intelligence and a keen appreciation of how needs differ across diverse customer groups that will maximise SUBPAC's ability to reach its full potential." Cain said that retailers and resellers need only to look at the SUBPAC website to see the possibilities and potential. SUBPAC is already used by professional musicians and sound designers – on stage and in the recording studio – to enhance dance and streaming, for immersive film and VR, to help deaf children experience sound, and in many other scenarios.

Extenso launches its Smartkid offer

France: smart object and mobility specialist Extenso Telecom has launched its Smartkids offer, including smart products for children which will be distributed through the mail etailers and retailers in the country (Fnac-Darty, Carrefour, Auchan, La Grande Récré, Jouets Club, etc.). Through Smartkids, Extenso Telecom positions itself as the main distributor of smart products for children, with a complete offer. Extenso Telecom brings the latest technologies within the youngest's reach with products dedicated to early learning, education or safety. Extenso Telecom brings its expertise to the service of retailers, by doing a link between digital and retail, bringing a clear and afordable offer and an appropriate merchandising to help end customers discover new uses. "These new generation of educative products are so playful that their use is more like a game, thanks to intuitive interfaces. We are delighted to democratize these new uses and help French startups", says Stéphane Bohbot, President of INNOV8 Group and Extenso Telecom. The Smartkids offer, which will grow throughout the year, already includes several vendors, among which Lunii (La Fabrique à Histoires), Urban Hello (REMI connected babyphone), Coji (a robot), Technology Will Save Us (STEM products), koakoa (flashlight building), Kiwip Watch, Octopus, Beawarn or ZeKid (smartwatches with embedded GPS) or Weenect (GPS for kids).