Biometrics Key to Future Growth in Healthcare, Retail and Financial Markets

–Learn how industry-specific applications will develop in Frost & Sullivan’s upcoming live webinar

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

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Online, with Complimentary Registration here: http://bit.ly/1G7Os0L.

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Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Program Manager Aravind Seshagiri

 

Learn how industry-specific applications will develop in Frost & Sullivan's upcoming live webinar

Learn how industry-specific applications will develop in Frost & Sullivan’s upcoming live webinar

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Biometric companies must plan for the future in order to compete in several different markets and industries. This is especially true as the market is currently witnessing an uptrend.

Join Frost & Sullivan’s upcoming complimentary webinar, “The Future of Biometrics,” to understand the potential of the market and its impact on current businesses. Industry leaders should attend this webinar to learn how biometrics will boost convergence and growth in other markets.

Questions this webinar will answer:

  • How will the market affect industries such as retail, finance and healthcare?
  • How will biometric technologies evolve?
  • What are future trends in the biometrics market?

Supporting Quote:
“Due to the numerous benefits they offer, biometric technologies will witness elevated growth and spur growth in several end-user segments,” said Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Program Manager Aravind Seshagiri. “Markets will move towards using biometrics in multiple combinations to ensure security remains intact.”

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Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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The Across-the-Board Launch of La Chapelle’s Partnership Incentive Programme

HONG KONG, Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Shanghai La Chapelle Fashion Co., Ltd. (“La Chapelle” or the “Company”, stock code: 6116.HK), one of the largest fashion apparel companies in the Chinese mainland, today announced its across-the-board launch of the Partnership Incentive Programme, aiming to drive employees’ motivation and boost sales.

La Chapelle’s partnership incentive programme treats every sales staff as a “store partner” and allows sales staff to share corporate profit based on the store’s sales. Under the programme, the salary will be “directly linked to sales performance” instead of the previous “fixed salary + bonus”. A percentage of the store’s annual sales, which is set by the Company based on the store’s sales record, will be reserved as the total annual salary package to be shared among all staff working at the store. In addition, in order to encourage the stores to achieve better sales than the Company’s annual sales target, the store managers are given the right to determine headcount and work shift according to market changes. Each store has become an autonomous management and operation center to maximize operational efficiency.

The Company has implemented the partnership incentive programme in over 300 existing stores nationwide since December last year. During the trial operation period, it was found that the sales staffs are highly motivated and work closely to drive sales, setting new sales records time after time. According to the latest statistics of the Company, a majority of the trial stores have achieved YoY growth in three metrics: sales, total salary as a percentage of store’s sales and average salary. The Company is planning to implement the programme in all of its stores, and at the same time evaluate the actual implementation performance to further improve and enhance the programme.

Mr. Wang Yong, Executive Vice President of La Chapelle, said, “As a leading multi-brand fashion group in China, La Chapelle is committed to innovation and prompt response to market changes. The main purpose of the partnership incentive programme is to make our employees realize that they are the real masters of our enterprise, so as to enhance their sense of belonging, motivation, creativity and responsibility toward the Company. The programme solves a number of bottleneck problems in corporate management, for example lowering employee turnover rate, shortening inventory turnover and improving customer service quality. It enhances operational efficiency to serve new customer group and improves customer satisfaction, which are crucial for improving our overall sales performance.”

About Shanghai La Chapelle Fashion Co. Ltd.

Founded in 2001, Shanghai La Chapelle Fashion Co. Ltd. is a fast-growing multi-brand fashion group in the PRC, which designs, markets and sells apparel products with a focus on mass-market ladies’ casualwear. The Group strives to offer customers the latest fashions at competitive prices through a wide range of apparel products under 8 brands, namely La Chapelle, La Chapelle Sport, 7.Modifier, Candie’s, La Chapelle Homme, La Babite, La Chapelle Kids and Pote. The Group directly controls and operates 100% of its nationwide sales network. As at 30 June 2014, the Group’s extensive nationwide retail network comprised 5,671 retail points located in approximately 1,900 physical locations, comprising mainly department stores and shopping malls, in cities across all 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities in the PRC. In August 2014, the Group launched its O2O strategy to integrate traditional physical stores with online channels.

Website: www.lachapelle.cn

Emerging Technologies Enable Smarter Monitoring of Assets, Push Industrial Testing, Inspection and Monitoring Market

– Mechanical testing driven by supporting Mega Trends in consumer electronics, big data and beyond-BRIC markets, finds Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Increased emphasis on product quality, reliability and safety has boosted investments in new testing and inspection technologies. The convergence of industries and products has also given rise to a range of innovative test solutions. This trend is further driven by the requirements of Generation Y, which is generally more inclined towards communication, media and digital technologies. As a result, product development strategies of test equipment vendors will cater to their needs, aiming incorporate emerging technologies like touch-screens, intuitive software, and even interactive voice response.

As a result, product development strategies of test equipment vendors will incorporate emerging technologies like touch-screens, intuitive software, and even interactive voice response.

As a result, product development strategies of test equipment vendors will incorporate emerging technologies like touch-screens, intuitive software, and even interactive voice response.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Impact of Mega Trends on the Mechanical Test Market, identifies and understands how key Mega Trends such as big data, emerging economies beyond BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China), and the rise of Gen Y will influence the mechanical test market in the years to come. The study covers nondestructive testing (NDT), condition monitoring, dimensional metrology and material testing.

For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit: http://bit.ly/1w3EFse.

New infrastructure projects in markets beyond BRIC will be the biggest driver for capital expenditure-based industrial inspection and monitoring solutions. Potential game-changing countries include Indonesia, Turkey, the Middle East, and Africa. Markets will also see wide-scale adoption of big data platforms that enable continuous monitoring of critical and non-critical assets to maximize productivity and prevent costly shutdowns.

“Productivity trends in the consumer electronics industry, such as enhanced processing power, expanded memory, display technologies, lithium-ion batteries, and a shift toward touch-based devices, will directly impact tomorrow’s mechanical test equipment,” said Frost & Sullivan Measurement and Instrumentation Program Manager Vijay Mathew. “Equipment vendors are increasingly integrating these features into their devices as technologies continue to converge and solutions become more interactive, portable, connected and easy to navigate.”

Lack of skilled technicians and an aging workforce is a key challenge in the mechanical test industry. Though well-publicized infrastructure failures, aging infrastructures and growing investments in new infrastructure projects have incrementally increased demand for new technicians, the supply shortage continues. Coupled with shrinking budgets, end-user industries are compelled to outsource maintenance and inspection services.

“With buzzwords such as Industry 4.0, smart factories and smart manufacturing gaining interest, end users look to move away from traditional testing and inspection technologies and opt for automated solutions that can be integrated with modern production lines,” observed Mathew. “Inclusion of cloud-based software and networked systems and interfaces will also be crucial to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0.”

Impact of Mega Trends on the Mechanical Test Market is part of the Test & Measurement Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Alternative Energy and NDT: Impact of Shale Gas and Oil Sands on the NDT Inspection Services Market, Beyond BRIC Opportunities for NDT Inspection Services Market: Middle East and North Africa, Current and New Opportunities for Metrology in the Automotive Industry, Analysis of the Emerging and Nontraditional Nondestructive Testing Equipment Market and World Material Testing Equipment Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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Government Affairs Expert Joins Heidrick & Struggles’ Life Sciences Practice In China

SHANGHAI, Dec. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Jonathan Zhu has joined Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq:HSII), a premier provider of Executive Search, Leadership Consulting and Culture Shaping services worldwide, as Partner within the Global Life Sciences & Government Affairs Practices, based in Shanghai, China.

Zhu has accumulated more than 20 years of professional experience gained in both the private and public sectors. He was one of the first Chinese-American lobbyists working for an established Washington, D.C.-based government affairs consulting firm. During his tenure with the organization, Zhu advised multinational companies in Sino-America transactions and business development at both the strategic and tactical levels.

“We are excited Jonathan is joining our firm,” said Charlie Moore, Global Practice Managing Partner of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice. “His extensive experience in the Life Sciences sector, coupled with his expertise and knowledge in Government Affairs and Executive Search, will make him an exceptional addition to our team, one who can bring immediate value to our multinational Life Sciences clients in China.”

Zhu held senior positions such as China Country General Manager and Corporate Marketing Director for both U.S. and Japanese publicly listed multinational companies in the Industrial and Analytical Medical Diagnostic industries. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Zhu was a Partner with another global executive search company where he led the Life Science & Government Affairs practices in China.

“Jonathan’s know-how and experience in Government Relations will also help multinationals operating in China effectively navigate in this heavily-regulated and highly competitive marketplace where policies and regulations are changing constantly,” Moore added.

Early in his career, Zhu worked for U.S. Department of Defense — reporting to a Major General in the U.S. Air Force where he gained the fundamental life values of devotion, discipline and teamwork. He also served on Asia Advisory Board for Coloplast, a Danish-based global medical device company. He has also served as advisor to several leading pharmaceutical and medical devices companies in the region.

Born in China and educated in the U.S. from high school, Zhu’s academic background includes an Engineering (B.S) from University of Maryland, Business (MBA) from University of Baltimore and Law (LL.M) from China University of Political Science & Law.

About Heidrick & Struggles:
Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ: HSII) is a premier provider of senior-level Executive Search, Culture Shaping and Leadership Consulting services. For more than 60 years, we have helped our clients build strong leadership teams through quality service, deep insights and our relationships with talented individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles’ leadership experts operate from principal business centers in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. For more information about Heidrick & Struggles, please visit www.heidrick.com.

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UBM Asia Commissioned X-Venture to Run ‘Safe Management at International Events’ Course in China

HONG KONG, Nov. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — UBM Asia has commissioned X-Venture to run the IOSH-accredited ‘Safe Management at International Events’ course in China in Chinese for the first time this month.

Based on the g-Guide, a downloadable document that sets out minimally accepted safety standards for the global exhibition and event market, the two-day course will be run twice in Shanghai from 17 – 20 November.

The course came about after Simon Garrett, managing director of X-Venture Global Risk Solutions and author of the g-Guide, joined forces with UBM Asia, to translate the relevant course materials into Chinese.

Sponsored by UBM China and UBM Sinoexpo, UBM Asia’s companies based in Shanghai, the two-day course will be run by two Hong Kong trainers and safety consultants that are both chartered IOSH members.

Michael Duck, Executive Vice President of UBM Asia, remarked: “UBM Asia is very proud to have been instrumental in bringing X-Venture, a global leader in safety at exhibitions to China.  Many years’ experience will be imparted to Chinese exhibition practitioners in their own language for the first time. This will definitely enhance the safety of all working and operating in trade shows. It’s imperative that people in the exhibition industry know how to exercise extreme vigilance when it comes to human safety.”

“The rapidly growing trade exhibition market in China is challenging even for leading event organisers like UBM especially when it comes to health and safety,” said Mr. Garrett. “This is part of a package of measures to improve health and safety and facilitate further growth on a sustainable basis. I am delighted that we have been given this opportunity by UBM.”

Notes to Editors

1. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 23 targeted trade publications, 20 round-the-clock online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.

2.   About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a leading global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print. Our 5,000 staff in more than 20 countries are organised into specialist teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For more information, go to www.ubm.com; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc and go to http://media.ubm.com/social for more UBM social media options.

For press enquiries, please contact:
Jennifer Law, Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications
UBM Asia
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Fax: +852-3749-7342
Email: Jennifer.Law@ubm.com

Christy Chan, Corporate Marketing & Communications Executive
UBM Asia
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Email: Christy.Chan@ubm.com

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Campaign to Cut Work Cancer Deaths Launched

LEICESTER, England, Nov. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — An industry-wide campaign to cut the number of deaths from occupational cancer will be launched today (Monday 3 November) in London.

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According to conservative estimates, some 8,000 people die from cancer and around 14,000 contract the disease each year in the UK because of exposure to a work-related carcinogen, such as diesel exhaust fumes, silica dust or asbestos fibres. Worldwide, occupational cancer claims the lives of more than 666,000 a year – one death every 47 seconds.

The figures far outstrip those for fatal incidents in the workplace, but the invisibility of carcinogens, the long latency of their effects and a lack of knowledge continue to produce this staggeringly high number of preventable deaths and cancer registrations.

Led by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and backed by business leaders, academics and charity Macmillan Cancer Support, the No Time to Lose campaign will call for a collaboration of government and employers “to beat occupational cancer”.

A national database of work-related carcinogen exposure, more research into the potential cancer risks of new technologies, a greater focus on work cancer in medical courses and awareness training for apprentices are all part of the call to action.

IOSH, the world’s largest professional organisation in occupational safety and health, will also publish new guidance today for employers to help them identify and deal with cancer risks. And the Chartered body wants businesses to sign a pledge demonstrating their commitment to controlling carcinogenic exposures in their workplaces.

IOSH head of policy and public affairs Richard Jones said: “We need a concerted joint effort to educate and protect future generations from work-related cancer. Simple actions today will save lives tomorrow – there really is no time to lose in tackling this global tragedy.”

Findings of a survey of its members by IOSH found 80 per cent of respondents felt industry was doing too little to tackle occupational health issues, due to a lack of awareness and resources.

Dr Lesley Rushton, of Imperial College London, is lead researcher behind the most recent study into the UK’s work cancer burden. She said: “There’s no excuse for young people entering into work today and being exposed to carcinogens. And we need innovative ways to get key messages to the self-employed and those working in smaller businesses.

“If we don’t do something now, we are going to have thousands of occupational cancers annually, but if we take action now we can beat occupational cancer.

“We know there are problems with exhaust fumes and shift work, sun exposure is a problem. We know what the problems are, and we know how to reduce the risks. Now, we just need action.”

For more information about the campaign, this afternoon’s House of Commons launch, and the No Time to Lose call to action, visit http://www.notimetolose.org.uk.

International SOS Collaborates with Partners to Launch the Duty of Care Concept in China

BEIJING, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

  • International SOS launches the Global Framework in China via think tank International SOS Foundation, to give organisations a structure to ensure the health and safety of business travelers
  • International SOS additionally launches a legal paper supported by a law firm on the implications and application of Duty of Care in China
  • The practice of organisations taking responsibility for employees during business travel and international assignments will support the continued internationalisation of China

International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company, has today launched in China the world’s first global framework to protect workers travelling or on overseas assignments, under the concept of Duty of Care. The document, put together by the research body the International SOS Foundation, provides strategic guidance for organisations to identify hazards and threats and manage risks to ensure the safety, health and security of its workers.

Put simply, Duty of Care is an organisations obligation to protect their employees from risks. In the dynamic world of multinational corporations and with the rapid globalization of Chinese companies, employees face the highest risks when on business travel or international assignments, especially in developing nations.

To support the practical application of the Global Framework to companies operating in China and Chinese companies going global, International SOS has launched an additional legal paper with the support of legal contributors King and Wood Mallesons. The paper sets out for the first time the legal framework around applying Duty of Care in China and for Chinese companies going overseas.

John Williams, Managing Director Partnership and Government Affairs at International SOS said, “A recent PWC report found that a 50% growth in mobile workers is expected by 2020. With outward Chinese investment reaching USD 85 billion in 2013 compared to USD 10 billion in 2005, it is clear China will be at the forefront of this increasingly large mobile workforce.

In order to grow, attract and retain the best talent, companies operating in and out of China must ensure they are responsible for the health and safety of their employees and their dependants. The Global Framework for the first time maps out precisely how this can be achieved.”

Applying Duty of Care to China

Although accepted as a concept in many western countries, there is little experience of Duty of Care in China. With the rise of Chinese international assignees, and a recent study showing that the cost of a failed international assignment is between 3 and 5 times the assignees annual wage, Duty of Care is a topic that must be addressed in China to support economic growth. To ensure that the application is understood in the context of China’s legal environment, International SOS joined hands with legal experts at King and Wood Mallesons to create a legal paper to be launched alongside the Global Framework. Dr. JIANG Junlu, Senior Partner at King and Wood Mallesons said, “The legal paper for the first time explains the obligations of companies to their workers under Chinese law as well as the care and support for workers physical wellbeing and benefits package. From a legal point of view, it is essential and necessary for employers and employees to understand what rights are afforded to them.”

With 100 Chinese companies in the 2014 Fortune 500 compared to 54 in 2010, China’s increased global role comes with the expectation to set the standard in caring for the health and safety of business travellers and international assignees. Antonoil is leading the Duty of Care concept in China and LIU Yang, Group Senior Vice President of HR at Antonoil Group, commented, “With the dynamic nature of Chinese businesses, we want to look after our employees to make sure we attract and keep the best available to maintain our competitive growth. Applying the practices of Duty of Care with International SOS as our partner is an essential element in doing this.”

Through the Global Framework, the International SOS Foundation has produced a prescribed method of ensuring an organisation fulfils their Duty of Care to staff. The Framework in combination with the legal paper, has allowed International SOS to lay the building blocks for the concept of Duty of Care to be developed in China, which will take Chinese companies to the next level of globalization.

About International SOS

International SOS (www.internationalsos.com) is the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company. We care for clients across the globe, from more than 700 locations in 89 countries. Our expertise is unique: More than 11,000 employees are led by 1,200 doctors and 200 security specialists. Teams work night and day to protect our members.

We have pioneered a range of preventative programmes and offer an unparalleled response to emergencies. We are passionate about helping clients put ‘Duty of Care’ into practice. With us multinational corporate clients, governments and NGOs can mitigate risks for their people working remotely or overseas.

About the International SOS Foundation

Established in 2011, the International SOS Foundation (www.internationalsosfoundation.org) is a global think tank with the goal of improving the safety, security, health and welfare of people working abroad or on remote assignments through the study, understanding and mitigation of potential risks. The escalation of globalization has enabled more individuals to work across borders and in unfamiliar environments; exposure to risks which can impact personal health, security and safety increases along with travel. The foundation was started with a grant from International SOS.
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Philips Debuts New Affiniti Ultrasound System at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2014

— Philips expands suite of innovative imaging solutions with technology designed to reduce pressures facing high-volume hospitals and clinics

ANDOVER, Mass., Aug. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced the launch of Affiniti, a new ultrasound system designed to enable global hospitals and health systems to overcome the demands of increasing patient volumes and cost pressures. Making its debut at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2014 in Barcelona this week, Affiniti provides innovative technology to help radiology/ultrasound departments facing more patients with fewer resources deliver high quality patient care.

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“Affiniti was designed with the everyday challenges of healthcare professionals in mind,” said Vitor Rocha, CEO and Senior Vice President of Ultrasound for Philips Imaging Systems. “We have leveraged more than 45 years of ultrasound innovation to deliver a reliable system that combines the excellent image quality our customers expect for fast, confident diagnosis, with advanced tools to help them improve efficiency and workflow and allow for the very best standard of care.”

Built on the same architecture as Philips’ ground breaking EPIQ ultrasound, Affiniti meets the needs of physicians who are challenged with treating large volumes of patients on any given day. Philips collaborated with hundreds of physicians around the world, who provided feedback to help inform Affiniti’s ergonomic design, which led to an intuitive, easy-to-use system. Philips put the system through 4,500 hours of reliability testing with the demands of a busy medical practice and heavy workload in mind.

“With our high patient volume, cost pressures and throughput demands, my department/clinic/facility needs a system that offers high performance, a range of configuration options and low total cost of ownership while still offering superior image quality,” said Dr. Martin Penicka, Cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Center Aalst, OLV Clinic, Aalst, Belgium.
“Philips Affiniti enables us to get to the level of detail we need to best serve our patients and enable our clinicians to keep up with increasing demand.”  

Officially unveiled today at the ESC Congress 2014, Affiniti will be showcased at the Philips booth (F500) from Saturday, August 30th through Wednesday, September 3rd. Key features include:

  • Crisp, clear images that enable fast, confident diagnosis and reduce the need for additional exams;
  • Philips’ PureWave transducer technology, delivering excellent image quality with little or no need for image adjustment for technically difficult patients;
  • Anatomical Intelligent Ultrasound, providing automatic anatomy recognition and quantification, making it easy to perform exams and quickly deliver new levels of clinical information;
  • Automation tools such as AutoSCAN, Auto Doppler and SmartExam to reduce the number of steps required to complete each exam, resulting in enhanced workflow;
  • DICOM and PC format capabilities to allow seamless information-sharing

*Affiniti is not yet available for sale, but will be available in several European markets later this year, with the U.S. launch slated for 2015.

To learn more about Affiniti and the full suite of Philips innovative ultrasound solutions, please visit: www.philips.com/affiniti. For more information on Philips’ participation at the ESC Congress 2014, including the speaker program, symposium and workshops, visit: www.philips.com/esc and follow the #ESCcongress conversation @PhilipsHealth.  

* Affiniti is not yet CE marked or available for delivery in the EU.

For further information, please contact:

Kathy O’Reilly
Philips Healthcare
Tel: +1 978-659-2638
Mobile: +1 978-221-8919
Email: kathy.oreilly@philips.com
Twitter: @kathyoreilly

About Royal Philips:
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 113,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.