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Cows Can Text with M2M

DEUTSCHE TELEKOM, BONN – 19th October 2012

 M2M solution for agriculture – real-time monitoring of cows
 Deutsche Telekom and MEDRIA partner in M2M solutions
 Available on Telekom’s M2M Marketplace

Cows can text, thanks to Machine-to-Machine communication (M2M). Using the Vel’Phone® and HeatPhone® solutions supplied by French monitoring solutions experts MEDRIA Technologies, farmers are notified automatically when calving begins or when a cow is in heat and ready for insemination. Deutsche Telekom and MEDRIA have formed a partnership and agreed to cooperate in equipping 5,000 farms around Europe with the application and with Telekom SIM cards.

“M2M solutions deliver major benefits in nearly all industries,” says Jürgen Hase, head of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Competence Center. “That is why we are banking on innovative partners like MEDRIA Technologies, who know the specific demand and use cases in their industry. Together with strong partners, we develop and provide end-to-end M2M applications to best serve customer demand.”

For MEDRIA, Deutsche Telekom’s excellent network quality was the deciding factor. “For us, it ensures that important information is relayed securely and is highly available,” says Emmanuel Mounier, MEDRIA’s Managing Director. “Another advantage is Deutsche Telekom’s marketing support, including the use of the M2M Marketplace, where the products are now available.”

The Telekom SIM Cards are housed in M2M data collection devices in the cow’s stable or the field. Special sensors measure the cow’s vital data and relay it to the data collection device. The device then notifies the farmer immediately by sending a text message. M2M communication technology means that the farmer no longer needs to spend long nights in the stable. The M2M solution ensures that he can intervene promptly when a cow is about to calve and can make optimal use of the short time when a cow is in heat.

The result is a higher reproduction rate for the herd, while avoiding emergencies means less stress and more profit for the farmer. Data readings are not just available as texts on the farmer’s cell phone. Every farmer can follow his cows’ vital data on the MEDRIA’s Daily Web Services® Internet platform thanks to the M2M GPRS data transmission link between the data collection device and MEDRIA’s datacenter.

If the Telekom network is not available, the SIM card switches automatically to the best available network at the location and thereby ensures constant availability even in remote areas.

iTwin Easy and Secure USB VPN Solution

Like a Limitless Capacity Secure USB Drive.

The iTwin is a revolutionary USB device that allows users to access files remotely. iTwin allows you to securely access your entire hard drive. It’s as if you are carrying an access-key to all your files in a device that fits in the palm of your hand. And unlike portable storage, iTwin lets your data stay put safely at home. iTwin is plug and play. Plug one half into an online computer and the other half into any other online computer and you are connected! View, copy, edit, and upload files to your computer. Data in transit is protected by robust AES 256 encryption. If you lose one half of iTwin, you can remotely disable that half. Your data resides on your computer not on someone else’s cloud server. iTwin works with Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7 ( both 32-bit and 64-bit versions), and Mac OS X 10.6 and above. It uses the familiar Windows Explorer, with drag’n’drop functionality. There’s nothing to learn and nothing to configure.

  • Plug and play remote file access device that securely allows you to transfer files between computers
  • Share the contents of your entire hard drive and access them remotely via a military grade secure connection
  • Remotely edit your files and folders. Stream all your music, videos and photos between the two computers
  • Remotely disable your iTwin if either half is lost
  • Supports Windows XP, Vista and 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 and above
  • Dimensions: 0.82″W x 0.314″D x 3.54″L
  • 2 year limited warranty




Simple and Safe Remote Access

iTwin is the world’s first “limitless” secure USB device for remote file access and sharing. iTwin combines the security of military-grade AES-256 bit encryption with the simplicity of a plug ‘n’ play flash drive. Instantly access any or all of your files between any two online computers around the world.

Just plug one half into one computer and the other half into another – and you’ve created a private tunnel to share your files, folders, videos, and more!

How it Works

Step 1

Plug iTwin into a USB port and drag and drop your files and folders

Step 2

Detach one half


Step 3

Plug that half into another computer and remotely access your files via the internet – securely



“Limitless” Capacity

Don’t know what files you might need access to later? No problem. iTwin allows you to share all the folders on your computer’s hard drive and securely access them later. It’s as if you are carrying an access-key to all your files in a device that fits in the palm of your hand.

Unlike portable storage, iTwin does not store any anything on itself. It lets your data stay safely at home (or in the office).


Remote Editing

Remotely edit any shared file from any location. Those reports you were working on at the office can be finished on the road. Just take one half with you and instantly access and edit the files from your laptop. Or work directly on one shared version of a report with a colleague. Say goodbye to multiple versions of files flying around by email. Say goodbye to the headaches of needless re-work. Say hello to iTwin.


Data Backup

Backing up your data is effortless. When you’re on the road, you can use iTwin to move copies of files from your laptop to your home or office computer. If you are travelling and taking lots of pictures, you can free up your SD card by moving files onto your laptop or internet cafe computer and transferring them back home. iTwin will give you peace of mind and keep your important data safe and secure.


Simple and Secure Sharing

Plug one half into your online computer. Give the other half to your colleague, friend or client. Your two computers will be connected and you can securely and safely share files with each other, in either direction.

Share the latest version of a report or proposal, confident that your data is safe from man-in-the-middle attacks. Send your child’s recital tape to your parents across the country – our device is grandparent-friendly! iTwin makes hardware-enabled, peer-to-peer security so simple.



Share your Media

Drag ‘n’ drop all of your music, videos, and pictures into the iTwin window and they are shared.

Give one half to your family while living abroad and share endless videos and pictures – using a file-sharing service or attaching them to multiple emails would be time-consuming for you and a hassle for them. Or carry one half with you and plug it in at friend’s house or at a cafe. You will have instant access to all your shared media.


Network your Home Computers

You’re lying in bed with your laptop, and want access to the files on the family desktop downstairs. As you may have found out, networking computers together can be frustrating and time-consuming. Plug one half of iTwin into the computer downstairs, the other into your laptop, and they will be instantly connected. What’s even better – being on the same local network, speed of transfer will be very fast. iTwin makes networking a breeze.


One-time Cost. No Fees – Ever!

Don’t pay for cloud storage. Don’t pay for subscription fees for file access. Don’t get locked in. You have all the storage you need on your own computer and home hard drive. With iTwin, share it and access it from anywhere. Create your own personal cloud. All you pay for is the device itself. (Bonus: free software updates!)


Cross Platform

iTwin is both Windows and Mac OS X compatible. iTwin works on Microsoft® Windows® XP (Service Pack 2 and above), Windows® Vista, Windows® 7 (32-bit and 64-bit). iTwin also works on Apple® Mac OSX® 10.6 and above, i.e. Snow Leopard and Lion (32-bit and 64-bit).


TwinTrust™ Data Security

iTwin doesn’t store any data on itself. It just enables a secure connection between two computers. It is a secure USB device providing Two-Factor Authentication – Your remote data can only be accessed if you have the physical iTwin with you. Additionally, you can set up an optional password.


Remote Disable

iTwin includes a feature that allows you to remotely disable the connection should you lose either half. So you can rest assured that your data is safe, even if the device is lost or stolen. If you have ever lost a portable memory device, you know that terrible feeling. We want to make sure this never happens to you again.



Software Specs

Software Requirements

  • Supports Win XP, Vista and 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 and above
  • Requires min. 512 MB, 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Requires 15 MB hard-disk space
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Requires broad-band Internet access, 1Mbps upload speed recommended



  • iTwin software self-installs on first plug-in
  • Requires admin access for installation
  • Uninstallation uses simple standard uninstall mechanisms


Multi-Language Support

  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • German (coming soon)


Software Updates

  • New features, fixes and enhancements are rolled out regularly
  • All automatic updates to the file-access product are free
  • When a new software update is available, iTwin software will automatically inform you – it’ll be just a click away


No Storage Limitations

  • iTwin works like a USB storage device. However, iTwin does not store any of your data on itself. iTwin is a data access device between two computers
  • The only limit is the size of your computer’s hard drive
  • Any network files/folders that you can access from your computer can be shared using iTwin


No “Temp Files”

  • Unplug iTwin and all temp files are purged automatically


Bi-Directional File Access

  • When using iTwin, the connection between the two computers is symmetrical
  • Access, copy, backup and remotely edit files on computer A from computer B, and on B from A



Security Specs

State-of-the-Art Crypto

  • iTwin uses industry best practices and thoroughly analyzed crypto protocols and algorithms
  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256 bit encryption is used to protect all data communications
  • AES encryption standard has not been broken so far and many consider it to be military grade
  • All data amenable to compression is first compressed before encryption


Remote Disable

  • When your iTwin is paired and plugged in for the first time, the owner is sent a Remote Disable Code (through email) which can be used to break the connection between the two halves
  • Using this disable code, if an iTwin is missing or stolen, it can be disabled remotely


Smart Key Generation

  • Two iTwin halves together generate a random 256-bit AES key, every time they are physically paired and plugged into a computer
  • Smart Key generation is assisted by the computer to add randomness
  • Smart Crypto Key resides only on the two halves of the iTwin
  • Smart Crypto Key is used for encrypting all data traffic between two iTwins
  • Patent-pending technology


Password Support

  • Passwords of any length can be set
  • Unlike other web services, iTwin’s password is stored on itself, not on any server
  • If you forget your password, simply pair both halves of your iTwin, plug them into a computer and set a new password. No need for tech support!


TwinTrust Authentication

  • Before allowing any data transfer, every iTwin is authenticated by iTwin’s TwinTrust servers
  • All communication between iTwin and TwinTrust is secured using industry strength HTTPS (RSA 1024 bit, 128 bit RC4) protocol
  • After successful authentication by TwinTrust, TwinTrust assists iTwin to discover its other half


Two-Factor Authentication

  • After authenticating with TwinTrust, two halves of iTwin mutually authenticate each other using their pre-shared AES 256 bit crypto key
  • If password is set, then password verification is performed on both iTwins before data transfer is initiated between the two halves


Just Connects

  • As long as iTwin is plugged into two internet connected computers, iTwin allows computer to computer file transfer anywhere on Earth
  • iTwin detects almost all types of proxies, firewalls and NATs – and self-configures
  • In case one or both iTwin halves are not directly accessible (behind firewalls), iTwin encrypted data traffic is relayed through globally distributed servers (amazon EC2 based)


Powered by AWS Web Services

  • iTwin uses Amazon Web Services infrastructure with 99.5% availability to ensure fast, safe and secure data relays




  • All data is encrypted before it leaves your computer. Your data remains encrypted until it reaches the computer where the second half of iTwin is attached
  • Your data is never stored on any iTwin server. Your data is stored only on your computer


Seamless Handling of Network Interruptions

  • In case of internet disruption, iTwin file transfers pause
  • When the internet connection is resumed, iTwin software continues file transfer from where it left off
  • iTwin’s progress bar indicates the amount left to be transferred


Transfer Limits

  • Unlike many cloud based storage services, iTwin allows you to transfer as much data as you want. The only constraint is the limit of your ISP’s bandwidth allowances
  • With iTwin, you don’t need to worry about monthly allowances or bandwidth limits when you transfer large files online



Hardware Specifications

Size and Weight

  • Length: 3.54 inches (90 mm)
  • Width: 0.82 inch (21 mm)
  • Depth: 0.314 inch (8.0 mm)
  • Weight: 0.11 pound (50 g)


Operating Requirements

  • Operating temperatures: 32˚ to 158˚ F (0˚ to 70˚ C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)


Smart Connector

  • Completely symmetrical, first of its kind in the market
  • During physical pairing, connector is used to securely transfer crypto key between iTwin’s two halves
  • Patent-pending technology


LED Indicator

  • Constant Blue Light: iTwin is fully functional
  • Blinking Blue Light: On-going data transfer


Mobile Fun announces first “million month” with sales over £1.1m in Dec 2011

New devices and international expansion boost Mobile Fun’s Christmas trading figures

Record orders for the festive period and the company has its first “million month” with sales of over £1.1m in December

Birmingham, 16 January 2012 – Mobile Fun, (www.MobileFun.co.uk) the leading online retailer of accessories for mobile phones, tablets and other mobile devices, has reported another strong Christmas trading period with orders for the quarter up by 21% and sales up by 13% compared with the same period in 2010.

The company, with UK, German, French, Dutch and Spanish websites, received a record 122,861 orders over the final quarter of 2011. December was a particularly strong month, with sales of over £1.1 million and orders up by 32% on December 2010, offsetting a slight weakness in UK trading in the build up to Christmas.

Strong growth at Mobile Fun’s European websites, MobileFun.de, MobileFun.fr and the more recently launched MobileFun.es and MobileFun.nl, increased orders placed on these websites by 93% and sales by 86%.

Mohammed Hussain, Managing Director of Mobile Fun, comments: “Our teams across Europe have delivered a strong performance over the festive period – and we’re thrilled that sales exceeded £1 million in December.  The continued growth of the smartphone and tablet markets has made this an incredible Christmas for Mobile Fun. Our customers especially appreciated fast delivery for last-minute shopping – this year, we were able to ship orders placed up to 7pm on 23rd December for pre-Christmas delivery.”

“Despite a weak retail environment in the UK, our outlook for 2012 is positive: we believe that our strong product proposition, combined with our successful international expansion strategy will enable us to continue to capitalise on the opportunity offered by the growth of the smartphone and tablet markets. We are particularly excited about the opportunity presented by forthcoming new devices from major manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung and Nokia – as these will ensure strong demand for our products,” concluded Hussain.

About Mobile Fun

Mobile Fun is the UK’s leading Internet retailer offering a market leading range of accessories for mobile phones, tablets and other mobile devices from its growing portfolio of websites in the UK and in Europe.

With a product range of over 8,000 globally-sourced mobile accessories and tens of thousands of mobile downloads available on its websites, Mobile Fun has successfully established a market-leading position within the competitive mobile, smartphone and tablet sectors.

Mobile Fun has offices in the UK, Germany and France and delivers products to over 50 countries worldwide.

Mobile Fun was ranked as the UK’s 7th ‘Fastest Growing Technology Based Company’ in the Sunday Times 2006 Microsoft Tech Track 100, was awarded the ‘Online Retailer of the Year’ title at the Mobile News Awards 2011 and won the Online Retail Awards 2011 ‘Computers and Telecommunications’ category.

Highly Ranked Telecoms Domain Names For Sale

Westlake Communications Ltd has released the following key telecoms domain names for sale and are now accepting offers.  These domain names are ranked on page 1 of google for key search terms relating to the domain name.



Offers are invited and can be made by e-mail to sales@westlake.co.uk


Telecoms Recruitment

I wonder how businesses ever used to survive without recruitment companies.  Every day our office is bombarded with calls and promises of the best telecoms sales people, over achievers who all want to work for us.  I always think that it is a bit of a contradiction that a sales person should seek the services of a recruitment company, if they are worth their salt then a few simple calls should ensure them a few interviews and if they really are the second coming then even a job as well.

We find that most recruitment companies struggle to even get past our reception and give up within a few minutes, maybe they need to employ a better class of sales person who can get past the gatekeeper!  There is also an increasing trend for the recruitment company to attempt to lie their way past the gatekeeper, but who would want to deal with a company who’s first contact is based upon a lie.

Here is a call to all those sales people who want a job, prove yourself and dump the recruitment company and pick up the phone and make some calls, after all isn’t that what you’re good at?