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Vismo awarded patent for GPS tracking technology

Vismo
York, UK. Vismo, the Global Tracking Solutions specialist, has been awarded a patent for its technology for GPS tracking on mobile devices. The company previously had a patent pending and has now secured a full patent for its unique operation.

The awarded patent, GB2470376, specifically covers the design behind the algorithms and innovative operations of the Vismo tracking software to optimise location accuracy with minimal battery drain.

The algorithms use a combination of metrics from the phone such as speed, GPS, network information and cell tower locations to determine optimal accuracy for locations from the device, without incurring the large battery drain usually typical of GPS tracking applications.

vismoFundamental to the approach is how Vismo utilizes the functionality of mobile devices, minimising the use of navigational sensors by placing them into hibernation between pre-determined intervals and using environmental information to quickly locate a device without lengthy GPS warm-up periods. Ultimately, this produces a chronological ‘trail’ following a user’s location point-by-point on a map.

Colin Dale, Business Development Director at Vismo says, ‘We have always prided ourselves on the unique operation of our app and we are delighted to be recognised as owning the technology. One of our key USPs is maintaining such comprehensive and accurate international tracking while stretching battery life as much as possible.’

Vismo is available across all major mobile platforms including iOS, Android and Windows. For more information visit www.vismo.com.

About Vismo

Vismo is an innovative patented technology which has been developed in response to customer demand by Cellhire plc, a leading Global Service Provider of mobile communications based in the UK.

Cellhire is a Queen’s Award winning independent company that has been in business since 1987 and has Operations and Customer Support in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan and Brazil. The Company works with network operators globally to provide short and long term mobile communication services for some of the leading companies in the world.

With users in 180 countries around the world, Vismo is a proven and scalable Global Tracking Solution with a large number of Fortune 500 companies currently engaged as clients or in active trials.

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How to use an iPhone abroad

Want to use your iPhone abroad?

The iPhone has some fantastic built-in features that help you save money while roaming, read below to find out more.

It’s becoming increasingly common for people to take their iPhones with them when traveling. To avoid “bill-shock” from data roaming and to make the most out of your iPhone’ features, it’s important to manage data usage in an affordable way. A popular way to control costs is by using International SIM card.

You can manage your data usage in the following ways:

  1. Enable data roaming

    Firstly, you will have to enable data roaming on your iPhone. To do this go to Settings > Cellular > Data Roaming (leave EU internet turned off). Once complete you will be able to use data in different countries. Beware that this can be expensive and a cheap International Data SIM card is likely to save you money.

    Enable-data-roaming Enable data roaming

  2. Manage which apps use cellular data

    Secondly, you must select which Apps you want to use your data for. This is a great way of ensuring you only use data when you actually want to.
    Settings > Cellular > Scroll down and select which Apps you want to allow.
    Manage cellular usage

    Manage cellular usage

  3. Make sure iMessage doesn’t send as SMS

    As a way to save costs when communicating, you can set your iPhone to only send texts as an imessage (this will save you money by not sending SMS when data or WiFi cannot be found).
    Settings > Messages > Turn off ‘Send as SMS’
    Turn off 'Send as SMS'

    Turn off ‘Send as SMS’

  4. Turn off Automatic Updates/Downloads

    One large drain of data usage comes through Automatic Updates; this allows your updates to be carried out on your iPhone without you knowing and can easily cost a small fortune.
    Settings > iTunes & App Store > Make sure ‘Use Cellular Data’ is turned off.
    Turn off Automatic Updates/Downloads

    Turn off Automatic Updates/Downloads

  5. Disable app notifications

    Many apps will attempt to send notifications to your iPhone in order to encourage you to use them. This is likely to be unwanted when abroad and could be using your precious data, make sure only certain apps (News and Communication) are included.
    Settings > Notifications > Select the appropriate app

Cheap International data bundles are becoming more popular for travelers due to their ability to dramatically reduce international roaming charges. This service allows one SIM card to be used across the world at a fraction of the price, an essential item for anyone looking to share pictures or keep in contact with family, friends and colleagues when traveling.

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Top 10 European Cities to Visit

Not sure on where to travel on vacation? Here are our ‘Top 10 European Cities’ that you should consider when traveling to Europe.

  1. London

    As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, London was sure to be on this list. Historical landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London offer an insight into the history of this great city and are a must-see for tourists.

    If you’re interested in culture then London is fantastic for both museums and art galleries. World famous destinations such as the British Museum, Tate Modern and the National Gallery offer a wide range of exhibitions and displays that are available for art enthusiasts travelling from all across the globe. Also, most of these museums are free and therefore are available to travelers on a budget.

    For those with sporting interests, London hosts Premier League football matches across the city as well as the prestigious Wimbledon Tennis Championships that take place annually, which is attended by the world’s most elite tennis stars.

    London offers the complete package for anyone that wishes to plan a European vacation. The huge selection of restaurants and endless variety of shops available, only add to the attraction of the city.

  2. Paris

    Commonly referred to as the city of love, Paris is especially popular with couples looking to enjoy a romantic trip to Europe. Sights such as the Eiffel tower and the Arc de Triomphe are some of the most famous monuments in Europe and are very popular with visitors travelling from abroad.

    Paris is often seen as a center for the world of art. Art museums across the city include the Louvre, which is home to the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece The Mona Lisa, as well as boasting other magnificent galleries such as Musee d’Orsay and the Centre Georges Pompidou.

    Both sports and cycling enthusiasts can take the opportunity to visit Paris for the finale of the tour de France, the spectacle always provides visitors with memories of the highly popular endurance race.

  3. Rome

    The eternal city is truly an essential part of any European trip. Rome boasts historical sites from the Roman Empire, such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon that offer a fantastic insight into what civilization was like during that time period. Rome tour packages are available including public transport and entry to popular tourist attractions, this offers a cost effective way of visiting the city.

    Italians are famous for their love of cuisine and citizens of Rome are certainly no exception. Restaurants and bars in Rome offer a wide range of traditional dishes and often can be purchased at a reasonable price. Be prepared though, in Italian culture meals are seen as a social event and are not to be rushed.

    Rome’s undeniable influence in architecture can be seen all over the city with magnificent churches and buildings on every street. Located within Rome is Vatican City, the small independent state that is home to the Pope. This attracts millions of people every year to view sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.

  4. Barcelona

    Barcelona is well known as a city that has something for everyone. Located in the Catalan region of Spain and famed for its style, looks and energy, Barcelona is a tourist favorite. Travelers from abroad are highly expected to visit the magnificent Sagrada Familia church that started construction in 1882 and is still being built to this day.

    Home to the current UEFA Champions League side F.C Barcelona, a Camp Nou stadium tour is recommended for visitors even without a sporting interest in order to witness the resounding success the team has seen both in the past and the present. Catalonians are very passionate people and this can truly be seen during a game.

    After a busy period of touring around Europe’s wonderful cities, take a day to relax at one of the many Barcelona beaches that lie on the Mediterranean Sea and take advantage of the regions warm climate.

  5. Amsterdam

    Located in The Netherlands, the city of Amsterdam is a very appealing prospect to tourists due to its compact nature and relaxed culture.

    Strong artistic links exist within the city due to famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt living here. Their work can be seen in one of the many museums and a trip to the Rijksmuseum is a must for anyone visiting Amsterdam. Also, the Anne Frank Museum is a favorite for all tourists due to the horrifying events that happened there during the Second World War.

    Fancy a break? Visit one of the many café shops located in the city or take one of the famous picturesque Amsterdam canal cruise tours to see Amsterdam by boat.

  6. Istanbul

    Located on the Bosporus strait, Istanbul is commonly known as the gateway between Europe and Asia. The location of this city is one of the reasons why it is known as one of the great cities in the world.

    A trip to the old quarter offers an array of Turkish culture with magnificent buildings such as the Hagia Sophia, which is now open as a museum for tourists to stand in awe of the structure and explore the history of the building.

    In order to get a taste of what life really is like in the region it is worth paying a visit to the Grand Bazaar. This is one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets and hosts over 3,000 shops.

    For a chance to see the European influenced side of the city, make sure you visit some of the Beyoğlu restaurants, hotels and bars.

  7. Reykjavik

    Unlike any of the other cities on this list, it is the surrounding area of the golden circle that is of particular interest to travelers. Iceland is a volcanic island that boasts an extraordinary landscape of waterfalls, glaciers and volcanos.

    Take an Iceland tour and take in all the fascinating views that are available, during your tour you may also be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. Even without a tour of the island, don’t be expecting the area around Reykjavik to be tame, as some of the most picturesque sites are located only a short distance away from the capital.

    After exploring the island, be sure to visit the famous Blue Lagoon Spa and indulge in the geothermal pools and natural beauty treatments that are available thanks to the island’s volcanic location.

  8. Florence

    Florence is famed for its artistic history and its rich culture due to Michelangelo and Botticelli living in the area as well as the city hosting the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, which shows models and designs made by the great Italian polymath.

    Throughout the city there are many quirky shops and quaint cafes for visitors to enjoy themselves. The region itself is very popular due to the fantastic range of quality wines and Italian cuisine that is offered.

    The city contains a wide selection of famous architecture and offers sites such as the gothic styled Florence Cathedral (Duomo) and the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, which are definitely worth visiting.

  9. Budapest

    Split by the river Danube, the beautiful city of Budapest consists of the historic Buda and the increasingly modern Pest side of town, hence ensuring something for everyone.

    Take a trip to the Turkish baths such as Széchenyi and bathe in the healing waters at one of the largest public baths in Europe. This is sure to keep you relaxed during your trip and is an essential part of visiting Hungary.

    Although prices have been continuously rising, Budapest is still a very inexpensive option compared to many of the cities in Western Europe. Great deals can be found in the hotels across the region; also food and drink come with respectable prices, even in the more luxurious districts.

    For the best sights in the city, walk to Castle Hill to witness the best views of magnificent buildings such as the Hungarian Parliament Building. Whether you’re interested in Opera, nightlife or historic architecture, you are sure to have an enjoyable visit to the Budapest.

  10. Prague

    Despite being the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is a city that many people around the world might not necessarily be aware of. The historical gothic city displays some of the finest buildings in the area, with the Old Town Square attracting tourists to the heart of the city to relax, take in the sights and to sample some of the world famous Czech beers.

    A trip to the Charles Bridge offers views over the city’s medieval landmarks and the stunning Prague Castle, which is believed to date back to the ninth century and is a symbol of gothic architecture in the area.

    Prague is a historic city that is full of culture and is recommended to tourists who would like to explore Europe further, alongside this you can benefit from the more affordable prices that the city has to offer.

To benefit from cheap SIM solutions when traveling in Europe, visit Cellhire to compare prices of using your phone in different European countries when using a European SIM card.

Cheap European data bundles are becoming more popular for travelers due to their ability to dramatically reduce European roaming charges. This service allows one SIM card to be used across the continent at a fraction of the price, an essential item for anyone looking to share pictures or keep in contact with family, friends and colleagues when traveling in Europe.

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What’s the difference between 3G, 4G and LTE?

When using data on your smartphone or tablet device you are likely to have heard of 3G, 4G and LTE. In basic terms, this describes how fast the internet will run over a wireless data connection.

4G LTE 3G Data

3G stands for “Third Generation” and originally enabled wireless devices to operate at speeds which made web browsing a more enjoyable experience. Whilst this gave users the ability to regularly use the internet when ‘on the go’, there were still issues regarding the time that it took to open certain web pages as well as struggling to meet the increased demand for wireless mobile internet.

4G or “Fourth Generation” technology has become increasingly popular all across the globe due to the fast data speeds available. This allows users to do far more than check emails and basic web browsing; 4G allows for music streaming, fast and reliable web browsing and the ability to use a device as a portable entertainment centre. Many new devices have the ability to operate on the 4G network and this number is set to continue rising due to the benefits of the 4G technology.

LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution” and is a popular term used in North America to describe the journey of acquiring fast mobile data connections. Currently both 4G and LTE mobile technologies have similar connection speeds and both are substantially more advanced than devices that still operate on 3G.

SO WHAT’S IN THE FUTURE?

It is likely that in forthcoming years we will see a widespread increase in 4G/LTE network coverage due to the increased demand for faster mobile data connection speeds. Consumer habits have led to 3G technology rapidly becoming outdated, which is why more and more consumers feel the need to invest in 4G/LTE compatible devices.

As the need for data roaming increases, fast data bundles for worldwide and European data roaming are becoming more popular and dramatically reduce the cost of using internet abroad.

Following the rapidly advancing technological age that we live in, it would be wise to expect the development and introduction of 5G networks in the near future. This would be expected to transfer data at electrifying speeds and would offer large scale benefits to both consumers and society as a whole.

 

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Cellhire Strengthens Presence in Brazil

York, UK. Cellhire, the international mobile solutions specialist, has opened a new office in Sao Paulo to capitalise on the expanding Brazilian market and build a platform to serve its global customer base for the Olympics that Brazil will host in 2016. The event will be used as a springboard to further establish the new office and gain a strong domestic foothold for business after the Olympics.

Cellhire's Martyn Stevens
Cellhire’s Martyn Stevens

Last year Cellhire delivered over 14,000 connections at the FIFA World Cup as both business and media descended on Brazil for one of the biggest events in the world. Cellhire has laid the appropriate foundations to maximise Brazil’s next big event in 2016 and capitalise on the growing Brazilian market. Cellhire will be offering voice and data connections, supporting live reporting from Rio to news desks around the world.

Martyn Stevens, Director of International Business Development at Cellhire says “Our new office in Brazil is a fantastic opportunity for Cellhire to break into Latin America and build on the back of our success at the FIFA World Cup. We’re looking forward to Rio 2016 and we have our unique network agreements in place to really make the most of it and to get our latest office off to a great start.”

The Olympics kick off in Rio in August 2016 and Cellhire has already secured some major connection numbers for the event with some customers traveling out to Brazil as early as May 2016.

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Cellhire launches all new cellhire.com

This July saw the launch of the all new cellhire.com website, offering a new range of mobile products for customers travelling abroad from the US. The new product range focusses on offering a smaller but more flexible selection of voice and data solutions.

Cellhire.com now includes purchase products for voice allowing customers to choose from a phone and SIM or SIM-only solution which covers either international or European destinations. In a departure from the traditional Cellhire rental approach, customers now pay a single fee and keep their devices, SIM cards and numbers. There are no recurring charges and customers only receive a bill for calls when they are made.

The major new addition to the portfolio is  a prepaid data offer allowing customers to choose data bundle sizes ranging from 100MB to 1GB from as little as $29, with the additional option of adding a MiFi mobile hotspot device for only $59. Customers can buy data bundles to use in multiple zones around the world including 33 countries in Europe and two further zones, one adding key global destinations to the Europe package and the final zone covering most of the world’s key destinations.

New and existing Cellhire customers looking for rentals products can still find these products at cellhire.com/rentals where all of Cellhire’s classic rental products covering 100 specific countries around the world are still on offer. The Rentals site has also had a full revamp to reflect the new Cellhire style.

Visit cellhire.com now to see the great new product range and don’t forget to check out cellhire.com/rentals to see how we have improved the look of our rentals site.

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Cellhire makes HSBC Global Connections finalists

Cellhire, the international mobile solutions specialist, has been shortlisted along with 44 other regional finalists as part of the HSBC Global Connections competition.

Over the past three years, the HSBC Global Connections Competition has sent 138 dynamic businesses to International Exchanges in some of the world’s fastest-growing markets and awarded access to over £3bn in funding. This year the field was widened to take in companies with a turnover of up to £100m.

The 45 Regional Finalists in the competition represent businesses across the UK which show the innovation, distinctiveness and strategic thinking that makes them future global players. The 45 finalists will progress to the regional finals in June and face a panel of judges who will whittle the list down to select National Finalists before the overall winners for 2014 are decided.

Tim Williams, Cellhire’s Chairman and CEO said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted out of so many businesses across the UK. HSBC’s recognition of our progress expanding globally is greatly appreciated and I am very much looking forward to June.”

The next 12 months will see Cellhire supply competing teams, key sponsors and the worlds’ media with telecoms as they attend the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Recent successes for the business have included delivering over 15,000 connections at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Cellhire plans to continue expanding its existing business portfolio internationally, particularly in BRIC economies.

For more information on the HSBC Global Connections competition, visit the HSBC website at: https://globalconnections.hsbc.com/united-kingdom/en/

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Cellhire to supply Cannes Marché du Film 2014

Cannes SIM CardMay 2014 will see the 67th Festival de Cannes and Cellhire will again be the official supplier of the Marché du Film for the 14th consecutive year. Throughout the festival critics, producers, distributors, film crews and stars will be able to keep in touch and stay online thanks to Cellhire’s portfolio of voice and data solutions specifically designed for festival attendees. Smartphones, mobile WiFi routers and SIM only products are among those on offer at the event.

Through a unique agreement with Orange France, Cellhire is able to offer 4G service and excellent coverage in Cannes and across France. The company will also be supporting its customers at the event itself with a team of Cellhire specialists on site at the Palais des Festivals venue. Offering on-site support allows Cellhire to maintain its signature high levels of customer service and gives attendees the option to collect and return their equipment at the main Festival venue.

Cellhire’s Aymeric Bouffard, Managing Director of Americas and Mainland Europe said “We are delighted to be supporting the Festival de Cannes for another year. Our partnerships with Marché du Film and Orange France have enabled us to offer some of our fastest products yet to more customers than ever before.”

Cellhire is offering 4G data speeds of up to 150Mb/s for the first time at Cannes. The choice of 3G and 4G data speeds are on offer for all attendees, both are available with mobile WiFi hotspot devices to share the connection between multiple devices on the go.

Cellhire is also behind the Cinando iPhone app, giving Marché du Film participants access to the film industry at their fingertips.

Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of Marché du Film commented “Cellhire has developed a wonderful mobile app that is quick, clear and makes great use of the iPhone user interface, helping us bring the power of the Cinando database to our members at film festivals and markets throughout the year”.

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Cellhire breaks the ice in Sochi

Cellhire, the international mobile communications specialist, has committed significant resource over the last two years to break into the Russian market in preparation for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Milestones have included opening a Moscow office in September 2012 and establishing partnerships for delivering products and services within Russia.

Around 15,000 connections have been delivered by Cellhire for the Winter Olympics through their partnership with MegaFon, the Russian mobile network. Leading media companies from around the world and numerous Olympic organizations have been using Cellhire’s products and services on location from as early as August 2013 as they geared up for the Games. Cellhire has successfully worked with MegaFon at other major events in Russia as recently as the World Athletics Championships in Moscow in 2013.

A Russian presence for the company has been critical to achieving success in Sochi and enables the business to capitalize on the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Tim Williams, Chairman and CEO of Cellhire said, ‘Our record year at the London Olympics working with key sponsors, Olympic organizations and some of the world’s biggest media corporations has given us great momentum to build on at events outside of the UK. We are delighted with our success in Sochi and our progress in Russia over the past 18 months.’

Cellhire’s unique agreement with MegaFon has enabled the company to offer English voicemail services and 4G coverage in Sochi. No other Russian networks will be offering these services making Cellhire’s mobile offers some of the best and fastest available at the Games.

Commenting on the Cellhire and MegaFon partnership, Bogdanova Nadejda, Senior Development Manager of Small and Medium Business at MegaFon said: “The unique offers we have with Cellhire have put us in an excellent position to maximise the inbound opportunities coming to our region in the near future.”

Cellhire is offering both voice and data connections in Sochi, supporting live reporting from the event to news desks around the world.

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Cellhire FD makes the cut

Tim Taylor, Cellhire’s Finance and Operations Director, has been named as one of the top 20 in the country at a BDO event held at the Haymarket Hotel in London on the 4th December.

The event, hosted by the accountancy network BDO, was celebrating it’s Hot 20 FD’s in the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sector and saw 70 financial officers from across the UK nominated for the top 20 accolade. Tim was described as a ‘hands on FD who thrives on challenges’.

More information can be found on the BDO website:

http://www.bdo.co.uk/sectors/technology-media-and-telecoms/hot-20-fds-in-tmt