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Cellhire’s Paralympic contribution honoured by Sir Philip Craven MBE, President of the International Paralympic Committee.

September 27th 2016. York. During the Rio 2016 Paralympic and Olympic Games, telecommunications provider Cellhire delivered a record-breaking 22,000 connections, 4,000 of which were used during the Paralympics. This quickly became Cellhire’s most successful event to date after the Olympics at London 2012, with Cellhire providing service to over a dozen of the main Paralympic teams.

Children in the Rio 2016 Olympic Park enjoying the Paralympics as part of the #FilltheSeats campaign. © • IPC
Children in the Rio 2016 Olympic Park enjoying the Paralympics as part of the #FilltheSeats campaign. © • IPC

Keen to give back to the local Brazilian community and in support of the #filltheseats campaign initiated by Greg Nugent and backed by Prince Harry, Cellhire purchased 200 children’s tickets to enable underprivileged children in Brazil to attend the Rio Paralympics.

Tim Williams, Cellhire’s Chairman and CEO said, “It was a real privilege to put something back into the local community and provide support for such an important campaign. The Paralympics and Olympics has steered a sizable part of 2016 and naturally we are extremely pleased with the record-breaking number of connections.”

In a personal letter to Cellhire, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President, Sir Philip Craven MBE thanked Cellhire for the contribution “I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your role in making the #filltheseats campaign such a global success.”

He continued, “Cellhire’s contribution and support for the campaign is much appreciated. Not only did it help us invite 15,000 young Brazilians to the Games but it also sent a message to families across Brazil that the Paralympics was not to be missed and something that they would never ever forget.”

Cellhire SIM CardCellhire is closely linked with the Paralympics and Olympics – thanks to its unique position as a preferred supplier of key mobile telecommunications equipment. Cellhire provides SIM cards, smartphones, MiFi devices (portable, wireless routers) and other value-added telecoms services to major global media organisations, sponsors, Paralympic and Olympic Federations, teams and other visitors at the events.

Further information regarding the #filltheseats campaign is available at Paralympic.org https://www.paralympic.org/news/filltheseats-campaign-closes-15000-brazilian-youngsters-attend-rio-2016 and via the official YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8zeeCHwmhs.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider. The company’s success is built on providing the very best wireless solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers and businesses during events such as the Paralympic and Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro finals and The Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. Cellhire’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2008, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 100 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global.

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Cellhire gets behind the “#FillTheSeats” campaign to raise attendances at the Rio Paralympics

Cellhire has purchased 200 children’s tickets for the Rio Paralympics in support of the “Fill The Seats” campaign [#filltheseats] backed by Prince Harry to help raise attendances at the event by buying and giving away a total of 10,000 tickets to underprivileged children in Rio and beyond.

The tickets, costing US$30 each and totalling US$6000 [about £4500] for Cellhire, include entry to events, transport and food.

Cellhire is closely linked with the Rio Olympics and Paralympics – thanks to its position as a preferred supplier of vital mobile telecommunications equipment including SIM cards, smartphones, and MiFi devices (portable, wireless routers) and other value-added telecoms services to major global media organisations, sponsors, Olympic Federations and teams and other visitors at the events.

“We are very keen to put something back into the local community in Rio and beyond while giving support to the Paralympics, which we know are highly valued by Paralympians and sports fans the world over,” said Tim Williams, Cellhire’s Chairman and CEO.

For the Rio Olympics Cellhire has delivered a record-breaking 20,000 connections, 4,000 of which will be used during the Paralympics which began yesterday, September 7th. This has been Cellhire’s most successful overseas event to date after London 2012.

Donations

Individuals can make donations online on a crowd funding page – https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/brazilian-kids-to-the-paralympics-filltheseats

That was set up by an individual, but, as of the 30th August, the IPC [International Paralympics Committee] and Rio 2016 announced a formal backing for it.

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Newly launched ‘Cellhire on Demand’ gives businesses the ability to regain control over employee’s data roaming costs in 98+ countries worldwide.

Newly launched ‘Cellhire on Demand’ gives businesses the ability to regain control over employee’s data roaming costs in 98+ countries worldwide. A central pool of SIM cards and MiFi devices is provided and stored on site, ensuring instant availability and abolishing the need for multiple shipping charges, saving businesses money.

Cellhire on Demand’s secure online portal gives businesses complete control over their company’s usage and displays an overview of all active data bundles. Over-the air SIM activation and deactivation, the ability to re-assign SIM cards to specific users at any time and a barring function to manage theft & loss is now possible thanks to Cellhire’s innovative in-house app.

“Compared to the current process of phoning your network provider to enable a costly roaming data bolt-on, Cellhire On Demand is instant and provides more data at cheaper rates whilst placing you entirely in control of every connection. What’s more, the data can be shared securely between multiple phones, laptops and tablets by using a MiFi.” quotes Matt Bennett, UK Managing Director.

The ability to activate and deactivate data bundles leads to a reduction in data roaming costs and is easy to manage. Receive early high usage warnings with daily alerts and reduce overage bills with the ability to automatically deactivate or renew data bundles once the bundle limit has been reached.

For further information visit www.cellhire.co.uk/ondemand or to arrange a trial, please contact Cellhire +44 (0) 1904 610 610 or email uksales@cellhire.com

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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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Beware of Free WiFi

Using public WiFi can be unsecure and even dangerous affecting both your personal data and potentially, your bank balance.Cellhire MiFi

If you’re out and about traveling and you need to access your personal accounts on various platforms including internet banking and social media, you might find that you’re walking right in to the arms of cyber criminals.

Most café and hotel WiFi is insecure allowing anyone with the right know-how to hijack your traffic and steal your information. Among the most common threats are “man in the middle” attacks where hackers insert themselves between users and a hotspot to gather data passing between two points. Other problems include rogue hotspots with names like “Free Public Wi-Fi”, tricking people into connecting to what they think are legitimate hotspots. Cyber criminals set these up to steal information from unsuspecting users.

One reason for the increase in Wi-Fi hacking is the proliferation of Wi-Fi hotspots. Figures from a report commissioned by the Wireless Broadband Alliance show the number of Wi-Fi hotspots reached 1.3m worldwide in 2013 and will rise to 5.8m in 2015.

Tools such as Firesheep make it easy for a hacker to snoop on other people’s browsing sessions over Wi-Fi and steal information. Other more advanced tools like Wireshark can also be used to capture and analyse traffic.

Instead of using free WiFi and taking these risks, you can take a MiFi device from Cellhire which offers a secure connection for all of your personal data. Don’t take unnecessary risks with security, why would you when you can rent a MiFi from Cellhire for as little as £19.99?

To find out more information of the security implications of using Free Public WiFi watch this recent article on the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p033jm0f

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Cellhire Supports local York Against Cancer golf day

Tim Williams, Cellhire Chairman & Chief Executive pictured centre left.
Tim Williams, Cellhire Chairman & Chief Executive pictured centre left.

A team of Cellhire golfers went to represent the company and help raise money for York Against Cancer last Thursday 2nd July .

Cellhire also took the opportunity to offer further support by sponsoring one of the holes on the day helping York Against Cancer raise a total of £12,500.

York Against Cancer is a small independent local charity. The money raised locally is spent locally to help and support cancer patients and their families.

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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.