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Philips expands its range of consumer-focused digital health solutions at CES 2020

January 6, 2020                                                                                          

New data-driven personalized connected care solutions for sleep, oral health and mother & child care offer consumers the benefits of evidence-based solutions, expert advice, and always on connection to professional help

Las Vegas, United States and Amsterdam, the Netherlands – At CES 2020 (Booth #43708, January 7-10, Las Vegas, NV), Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced its expansion of personalized consumer health solutions that help shape the industry of consumer health. With the expansion of the collaboration with Delta Dental of California to improve oral care outcomes, the introduction of Baby+ to support new parents and the SmartSleep suite of solutions, Philips is addressing people’s individual needs and empowering them to make healthier choices.

“The new generation of digitally savvy health-conscious consumers are demanding intelligent solutions that adapt to their unique needs and lifestyles,” said Roy Jakobs, Chief Business Leader Personal Health businesses at Philips. “By integrating smart devices, software applications and services with cloud-based artificial intelligence, Philips is delivering evidence-based personal health solutions that adapt to a user’s goals, preferences and behaviors, making them more personalized and meaningful than ever before. All our introductions at this year’s CES, such as our oral health, pregnancy and new consumer sleep solutions are part of a connected ecosystem that links proactive personal health engagement with easy access to professional coaching and advice.”

Philips Sonicare oral healthcare ecosystem
Building on the success of Philips’ comprehensive range of world-leading oral healthcare solutions, which includes the top-of-the-range Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart connected toothbrush and the Philips Sonicare Teledentistry service, this year’s CES sees the roll-out of the next phase of the BrushSmart® program from Philips and Delta Dental of California, and its affiliates, which comprise the largest provider of dental benefits in the United States. With the mission to improve oral care outcomes, BrushSmart® [1] is designed to connect brushing behaviors at home with professional dental care to better understand, motivate and drive improvements in oral health and overall wellness. Under the program, members who agree to collect and share real-time oral care brushing data from their Philips Sonicare connected toothbrush will benefit from exclusive oral care product and service offerings, including the Philips Sonicare ExpertClean toothbrush and free brush heads when they brush regularly. Users of the program benefit from better oral health, while Philips and Delta Dental [2] will be able to create data-driven insights and personalized solutions that address the needs of each member.  Exemplifying how Philips extends its data driven service from consumers to payers and employers, today’s announcement follows a successful pilot program conducted last year with employees of major U.S. companies, including Web.com, Ultimate Medical Academy and Callaway Golf.

Philips Avent mother and childcare ecosystem
Following the success of Philips free Pregnancy+ app for IOS and Android devices, which currently boasts close to 30 million downloads worldwide, Philips is now introducing another free app called Baby+. While Pregnancy+ is designed to support parents from the moment they know they are expecting a new baby, Baby+ provides them with a dedicated tool to track their baby’s growth and receive ongoing advice specific to each stage of their baby’s development from the moment he or she is born. Designed in close collaboration with healthcare professionals and existing parents, both apps offer bespoke expert information in the form of articles, information and trackers, bringing a feel-good factor to pregnancy and the first two years of parenthood with beautiful, informative and helpful content, accompanied by clinical back up and expert advice. Baby+, which can track multiple babies in the same family (e.g. twins or closely born siblings) also allows parents to create a yearbook or use the app’s face-a-day function to capture their baby’s growth and share precious moments with other family members. Both apps are free to download from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

In addition, Philips Lumify, an app-based portable ultrasound is showcased. Lumify brings diagnostic capabilities to compatible smart mobile devices, allowing the transducer to connect directly to a phone or tablet, making ultrasound more portable and screenings of pregnant women more easily available.

Philips’ SmartSleep ecosystem
As part of its goal of addressing more than 80% of all sleep issues worldwide, Philips is introducing the latest evolution in its SmartSleep suite of solutions at CES 2020; the SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband 2. Philips designed the next generation Deep Sleep Headband using consumer sleep data, ongoing research alongside sleep physicians, and feedback from early adopters to deliver an end-to-end sleep experience. The latest model continues to actively improve deep sleep for those who do not get enough sleep due to lifestyle, while introducing new features. New Fall Asleep Sounds help soothe the wearer to sleep, while SmartAlarm helps wake the wearer in their lightest stage of sleep within approximately 5-30 minutes of their desired wake time. The smaller, lighter design also features bone conduction tones replacing over-the-ear speakers, dry sensors, and an improved SleepMapper app experience featuring REM phase tracking for a more robust look at the wearer’s sleep patterns. Philips will also showcase its SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band solution for alleviating positional back snoring; its SmartSleep Better Sleep Program, which re-trains a user’s sleep habits to help them fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer; and SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-up Light, which enables users to control key aspects of their sleeping and waking experiences with the SleepMapper app. Using Philips’ online SmartSleep Analyzer tool, recently incorporated into the Walgreens Find Care™ platform, consumers can assess their current sleep quality and receive personalized feedback, valuable insights, and recommendations about clinically validated solutions from Philips and its SmartSleep ecosystem partners to help address their sleep challenges.

With a strong foothold and trusted brand in both professional healthcare and the consumer domain, Philips is in a unique position to bridge both worlds – combining clinical know-how with consumer insights to develop solutions and ecosystems that meet the growing and evolving needs of consumers, healthcare professionals and payers/insurers along the full health continuum.

Philips at CES
Philips will be at CES 2020 at Booth #43708 (Sands Expo, Las Vegas, January 7 – 10, 2020).

On Tuesday, January 7, at 2:20pm PST, Roy Jakobs, Chief Business Leader Personal Health businesses at Philips will be interviewed by healthcare reporter Jane Sarasohn-Kahn at the CES Digital Health Summit, during a session titled ‘Smart Health Just Got Smarter’.

On Wednesday, January 8, at 2:00pm PST, Jeroen Tas, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at Philips, will talk about how Philips is using AI to deliver better care to more people across the continuum of health, during a panel discussion titled ‘AI Flexes its Shrewd and Significant Powers’.

All sessions take place alongside CES 2020.

For live updates throughout CES, follow the conversation @PhilipsLiveFrom and the event hashtag #CES2020 or visit our additional social media channels on YouTube and LinkedIn.

[1] BrushSmart is a registered trademark of Delta Dental of California.
[2] Delta Dental is a licensed trademark of Delta Dental Plans Association (“DDPA”).

For further information, please contact:

Anna Hogrebe
Philips Global Press Office
Tel.: +1 416 270 6757
E-mail: anna.hogrebe@philips.com

Silvie Casanova
Philips North America
Tel.: +1 978 659 7467
E-mail: silvie.casanova@philips.com

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 80,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.


Mitsubishi Motors and Otonomo Partner to Deliver Connected Car Applications and Services to Benefit Drivers and Cities

Mitsubishi Motors’ drivers in Europe and North America will be able to take advantage of new apps and services based on connected car data

Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Otonomo, the leading Automotive Data Services Platform, today announced that it has entered into commercial agreement with Mitsubishi Motors on an initiative to provide Mitsubishi Motors’ connected car customers with exciting new services while adhering to international data privacy regulations. According to the commercial agreement Mitsubishi Motors will integrate with the Otonomo platform so that its vehicles can seamlessly share data with third party services and application providers – such as smart electric vehicle charging, parking, safety, concierge services, preventative maintenance and mapping.

“Connected car services are a crucial way to enhance the driving experience for our customers, who demand high levels of safety and comfort as well as convenience in their vehicles today. We are excited to be working with Otonomo on this initiative that will drive the development and deployment of value-added services that meet today’s drivers’ needs and increase data utilization from our connected models,” said Shingaku Kochi, General Manager of Connected Information Business Department, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.

Mitsubishi Motors will join Otonomo’s growing base of automotive OEMs who are already directly connecting vehicle data sources to the Otonomo platform. This joint initiative will leverage Mitsubishi Motors’ data assets to consistently enhance customer experience, with a growing ecosystem of over 100 partners. The joint initiative will be rolled out in the US and Europe throughout 2020 and beyond and will offer benefits to Mitsubishi Motors’ drivers.

By using the Otonomo Platform, the companies ensure compliance with international privacy regulations like GDPR. The Otonomo platform will also enable Mitsubishi Motors to make aggregate connected car data available for applications that benefit society by making smart cities smarter, improving roads safety and traffic flow, and reducing congestion and associated emissions.

“Mitsubishi Motors and Otonomo have a common ambition to improve the connection between cars, society, and the environment, said Ben Volkow, CEO and Co-Founder of Otonomo. “Our role in enabling Mitsubishi Motors to expand their service offerings will make life on the road safer, smarter and more convenient. This is an exciting opportunity for drivers around the world, and we look forward to a continued relationship. We are very proud of this partnership which will position Mitsubishi Motors as an industry leader, providing driver experiences powered by car data.”

About Otonomo

The Otonomo Automotive Data Services Platform fuels an ecosystem of OEMs, fleets and more than 100 service providers. Our neutral platform securely ingests more than 2 billion data points per day from over 18 million global connected vehicles, then reshapes and enriches it, to accelerate time to market for new services that delight drivers. Privacy by design is at the core of our platform, which enables GDPR, CCPA and other privacy-regulation-compliant solutions using both personal and aggregate data. Use cases include emergency services, mapping, EV management, subscription-based fueling, parking, predictive maintenance, usage-based insurance, media measurement, in-vehicle services, and dozens of smart city services. With an R&D center in, Israel, and a presence in the United States, Europe, and Japan, Otonomo collaborated with twelve industries to transform their business with car data. More information is available at otonomo.io.

About Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a global automobile company based in Tokyo, Japan, which has a competitive edge in SUVs and pickup trucks, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company launched the i-MiEV – the first mass-produced electric vehicle in 2009, which was followed by the OUTLANDER PHEV in 2013 – a plug-in hybrid market leader in Japan and Europe. Mitsubishi Motors has 30,000 employees and a global footprint with production facilities in Japan, Thailand, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Russia. Models, such as the PAJERO SPORT/MONTERO SPORT, TRITON/L200, OUTLANDER, ASX/OUTLANDER SPORT/RVR and XPANDER play a major role in achieving its growth. The global sales volume in fiscal year 2018 was 1,244,000 units, and the net sales of Mitsubishi Motors for fiscal year 2018 was 2.51 trillion yen. Mitsubishi Motors is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.


Anthony Jean
Antenna Group for Otonomo

Wi-Fi Alliance® brings Wi-Fi 6 into 6 GHz

Wi-Fi 6E will rapidly deliver benefits in 6 GHz once available

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wi-Fi Alliance® is introducing new terminology to distinguish forthcoming Wi-Fi 6 devices that are capable of 6 GHz operation, an important portion of unlicensed spectrum that may soon be made available by regulators around the world. Wi-Fi 6E brings a common industry name for Wi-Fi® users to identify devices that will offer the features and capabilities of Wi-Fi 6 – including higher performance, lower latency, and faster data rates – extended into the 6 GHz band. Wi-Fi 6E devices are expected to become available quickly following 6 GHz regulatory approvals, utilizing this additional spectrum capacity to deliver continuous Wi-Fi innovation and valuable contributions to consumers, businesses and economies.

Wi-Fi is ready to utilize 6 GHz spectrum as it becomes available around the world. Wi-Fi Alliance continues to support international advocacy efforts to make this additional spectrum available to Wi-Fi users, while also protecting existing devices in the band. Wi-Fi has been recognized as a foundational technology for the Internet of Things, a necessary complement to delivering 5G, an important tool bringing communication networks to underserved areas, and a strong contributor to global economies. 6 GHz is well suited to facilitate Wi-Fi’s continued growth in these areas due to its adjacency to 5 GHz where Wi-Fi already operates, greater availability of wider channel sizes, and accessibility to clear spectrum with less interference from legacy Wi-Fi 4 or Wi-Fi 5 devices.

“If the regulatory landscape permits, we expect companies to move forward aggressively with products that operate in 6 GHz because they understand the tremendous value brought to their customers by this portion of unlicensed spectrum,” said Phil Solis, research director at IDC. “If spectrum is made available early this year, we expect momentum of products that support operation in 6 GHz to ramp very quickly. The capacity of 6 GHz is enormous and will be efficiently used by Wi-Fi 6 and newer versions of Wi-Fi. The U.S. is taking a big lead on the 6 GHz market, with Europe and APAC regions also exploring access to this band.”

Once 6 GHz is made available by regulators, analysts predict the first Wi-Fi devices to use the band will include Wi-Fi 6E consumer access points and smartphones, followed by enterprise-grade access points. Industrial environments are also expected to see strong adoption from Wi-Fi 6E to deliver applications including machine analytics, remote maintenance, or virtual employee training. Wi-Fi 6E will utilize 6 GHz to deliver much anticipated augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) use cases for consumer, enterprise, and industrial environments.

“6 GHz will help address the growing need for Wi-Fi spectrum capacity to ensure Wi-Fi users continue to receive the same great user experience with their devices,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi Alliance is introducing Wi-Fi 6E now to ensure the industry aligns on common terminology, allowing Wi-Fi users to identify devices that support 6 GHz operation as the spectrum becomes available.”

6 GHz addresses Wi-Fi spectrum shortage by providing contiguous spectrum blocks to accommodate 14 additional 80 MHz channels and 7 additional 160 MHz channels which are needed for high-bandwidth applications that require faster data throughput such as high-definition video streaming and virtual reality. Wi-Fi 6E devices will leverage wider channels and additional capacity to deliver greater network performance and support more Wi-Fi users at once, even in very dense and congested environments. Wi-Fi Alliance is working on the development of interoperability testing for Wi-Fi 6E that will deliver benefits to Wi-Fi users once the spectrum is available.

About Wi-Fi Alliance®
Wi-Fi Alliance® is the worldwide network of companies that brings you Wi-Fi®. Members of our collaboration forum come together from across the Wi-Fi ecosystem with the shared vision to connect everyone and everything, everywhere, while providing the best possible user experience. Since 2000, Wi-Fi Alliance has completed more than 50,000 Wi-Fi certifications. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ seal of approval designates products with proven interoperability, backward compatibility, and the highest industry-standard security protections in place. Today, Wi-Fi carries more than half of the internet’s traffic in an ever-expanding variety of applications. Wi-Fi Alliance continues to drive the adoption and evolution of Wi-Fi, which billions of people rely on every day.

Media contacts: 
Andrea Torres
Highwire PR for Wi-Fi Alliance

Many Aspects of Vision 2020 Achieved – Dr Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Although Vision 2020 did not fully achieve what was planned, Malaysia has made a lot of progress following the launch of the vision in 1991, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Although we did not fully realise the vision, we have to a certain extent achieved Vision 2020. If we compare the Malaysia of today, 2020, with Malaysia at the time the vision was launched in 1991, we can see the difference.

The people are more prosperous, the country is more prosperous and development is evident throughout the country, with better infrastructure. The fact is many aspects of Vision 2020 have been achieved, he said in the Kool Talk segment of Kool FM radio this morning.

Dr Mahathir said what happened was that Malaysia had not yet reached a stage where it could be considered a developed country because it fell short in certain fields.

And this is what caused us to admit we did not achieve Vision 2020, said Dr Mahathir, the architect of Vision 2020.

The prime minister said Vision 2020 outlined nine challenges which the country needed to overcome to achieve developed status.

To become a developed country, we wanted to overcome nine challenges under Vision 2020 fostering a united country, a society with a liberated spirit, a democratic society, a moral and ethical society, a liberal society, a scientific and progressive society, a caring society, an economically just society, and a prosperous society.

That was our aim and if we had achieved these nine objectives, apart from progress in other areas like education, technology, social equity and the like, then we would have been considered a developed country, he said.

Dr Mahathir hoped that the people would understand the challenges outlined under Vision 2020.

I hope people would no longer say that Vision 2020 means having a flying car. That is not our vision; that might be progress achieved by other countries, he added.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia

Make new year resolutions for the country’s success – Dr Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA, New year resolutions should be made not just for self-benefit but also the success of the country, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Dr Mahathir said if all quarters including the government machinery worked hard, Malaysia would achieve its objective of being on par with developed countries.

I hope 2020, which is a very significant year for us, will mark the year we take the step to bring success to our country so that in 2030 we will be recognised as a developed country, he said when addressing staff of the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) today at their first assembly for the year.

To achieve this objective, Dr Mahathir said, Malaysia would venture into sophisticated fields so that it would be seen as a developed country which is modern and could compete with other developed nations.

He said Malaysia was now capable of participating in and manufacturing its own products in the technological field.

Today, for example, we can produce drones, a sophisticated type of equipment needed for national development, and we will continue to be involved in other sophisticated fields, he added.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia


KLIA, Seramai 483 delegasi dari ATCO Laboratories Limited Pakistan yang terdiri daripada kakitangan organisasi tersebut telah memilih Kuala Lumpur sebagai destinasi insentif dari 6 hingga 10 Januari 2020.

ATCO Laboratories Limited adalah antara syarikat farmaseutikal perintis di Pakistan dan ke-11 terbesar di negara tersebut. ATCO telah beroperasi lebih 40 tahun kepada perkhidmatan kesihatan Pakistan, dengan eksport ke lebih 20 negara sejak 1992.

Pasaran Pakistan menunjukkan peningkatan yang agak ketara setelah Tourism Malaysia mula mula memberi fokus kepada pasaran tersebut bermula penghujung tahun 2017. Statistik ketibaan pelancong dari pasaran tersebut mencatat 74,458 orang pelancong iaitu peningkatan 39.3% pada tahun 2018, berbanding 53,453 pelancong pada 2017.

Prestasi pelancong Pakistan pada Januari hingga September 2019 terus meningkat sebanyak 33% kepada 74,580 pelancong, berbanding 56,073 untuk tempoh yang sama pada 2018, walau pun isu ruang udara Pakistan-India menyebabkan Pakistan International Airlines memberhentikan perkhidmatan ke Kuala Lumpur untuk 8 bulan (Februari hingga Oktober 2019).

Malaysia adalah destinasi pelancong kegemaran bagi rakyat Pakistan disebabkan penjenamaan Malaysia sebagai destinasi pelancongan Islam yang terunggul. Selain itu Malaysia menawarkan destinasi pelancongan keluarga di samping keakraban dan kesamaan budaya Malaysia dengan Pakistan. Untuk tahun 2020, Tourism Malaysia mensasarkan seramai 81,000 pelancong dari Pakistan.

Source: Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board