Category Archives: IT Industry News

Russia to Pay More Attention to Cyber Security Threats

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The cyber security threats have become more sophisticated and have more serious consequences than before. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin at the Cyber Security Conference.

“This issue is very important and urgent. We are moving to the formation of a new armament program using smart weapons. Any modern device has software. The cyber security threats have three sources. The first is a more powerful country, the second is an opponent equal in strength, and the third is a weaker opponent,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister said, citing terrorist organizations as an example.

“We see that a lot of intellectuals are terrorists. They may turn against our country. The destruction of large industrial centers can lead to consequences comparable to the use of weapons of mass destruction,” Mr. Rogozin concluded.

Yota Devices Unveils White YotaPhone 2 in Barcelona

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Russia’s Yota Devices has presented a white version of its YotaPhone 2 that will become available in the second quarter of 2015. This was announced at the international exhibition for the mobile industry Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona.

The white YotaPhone 2 is the first experiment with the color of the new Russian smartphone. First of all, the YotaPhone 2 smartphone in a white casing will appear in the markets of Europe and the Middle East.

“We will release a limited batch for a limited number of markets to analyze the sales and demand. The price will be slightly higher than that of the black version,” Yota Devices CEO Vladislav Martynov stated.

It should be noted that Yota Devices will present its YotaPhone 2 in North American and Latin American markets in the second quarter of 2015. The company plans to continue its global expansion that began in December 2014 with the release of YotaPhone 2 in Russia, Europe, and the Middle East.

YotaPhone 2 to Conquer US and Latin American Markets

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Yota Devices will present its YotaPhone 2 in North American and Latin American markets in the second quarter of 2015. Therefore, the company plans to continue its global expansion that began in December 2014 with the release of YotaPhone 2 in Russia, Europe, and the Middle East.

The first step for entering the new market has become the partnership with Indiegogo, the largest international crowdfunding platform. The users who preordered the device will be the first to receive the smartphone at a special price.

“The partnership with Indiegogo is another step in strengthening our international expansion that began in December 2014 with the release of YotaPhone 2 in Europe and the Middle East through the largest mobile operators of these regions. The cooperation with Indiegogo provides Yota Devices with an innovative way of testing the new market,” Yota Devices CEO Vlad Martynov said.

Military Inventors and Industrialists to Hold Conference in Moscow

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All-Russian conference of inventors and innovators under the auspices of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the military inventions, will be held in Moscow on March 11-12. This was announced on Sunday by the head of the intellectual property, military-technical cooperation and supplies expertise for the Defense Ministry, Colonel Oleg Vaschenko.

“In accordance with the decision of the Board of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on March 11-12 it will be held the All-Army Conference of inventors and innovators of the Armed Forces, which not only invites experts of the Armed Forces, but also our colleagues from the All-Russian Society of Inventors and Innovators, Rospatent experts, specialists from innovative structures of each subject of the Russian Federation, as well as specialists of the industry (primarily defense). We will have an open dialogue on our opportunities and mutual directions,” Vaschenko said to the radio station “Mayak”.

The event is timed to the 95th anniversary of the military inventions. Within the framework of the Russian Federation, the forum will be held for the first time, but such “gatherings” existed in Soviet times.

Cyclops to Monitor Road Traffic

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The resident of the Information Technology cluster of the Fund “Skolkovo” – the Company “Vocord” introduces a new solution for traffic control VOCORD Cyclops. It is reported by the press service of the company.

Multiband complex of traffic control VOCORD Cyclops is intended for automatic recognition of license plates, recording of traffic rules and traffic control on a straight road.

Solution VOCORD Cyclops, which is part of the hardware-software complex VOCORD Traffic, controls up to 4 lanes in one or two directions of the road at the same time and solves a range of problems in fully automatic mode: captures all the vehicles and determines their speed; recognizes the license plates of different countries and formats; collects statistics on traffic flow (number of vehicles, the average flow rate, the average density, the average distance between cars) and commits traffic violations.

Russian Company Presents Unique Smartphone

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Russia has developed a competitor for its Chinese-made YotaPhone with two screens. The new gadget is characterized by a high degree of information security and is designed in such a way as to reduce the risks of cyber espionage. The new smartphone named TaigaPhone runs on Android that has been subject to major changes. The development was announced in September 2014.

“It is not a ready-made solution, it’s a brand-new device incorporating our own design, engineering and circuitry. The new gadget will be manufactured in China. As for modifications, the firmware named Taiga has multiple levels of protection. The user can disable individual components of the system, for example, access to a camera, or geoinformation. The phone can also be fashioned into a traditional device to allow only phone calls. The most extreme version of this setting will enable the user to only see incoming calls,” Taiga Systems co-owner Aleksey Nagorny pointed out.

Russia to Help China to Create an Analogue of “ERA-GLONASS”

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Non-commercial partnership “GLONASS” intends to assist the Office of the Chinese satellite navigation in the development of standards for emergency response system in case of accidents on the roads.

According to Tass, the Vice President of NP “GLONASS” Evgueniy Belyanko reported it at a conference on the use of GLONASS technologies within the Forum “Security and Safety Technologies”.

“China in 2015 will begin to develop a set of standards and we hope to work with them in this area to make this system compatible with the “ERA-GLONASS” and eCall. We obtain in fact the trans-Eurasian security corridor – New Silk Road”, he said.

According to him, the basic service for the driver traveling from Europe to China or on return route will be united – in the case of an accident he can get help from the emergency services. However this call is automatically performed via a special terminal.

Crisis and Sanctions are Suitable Soil for Development of Advanced Business

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The economic crisis is an impetus for the development of advanced business.

For the past few years, Russia has developed a worldwide trend: international corporations such as IBM, Oracle, HP began working in Russia directly, refusing to system integrators as unnecessary middlemen. Because of the sanctions and the fall of the ruble, the dollar-based American IT-products have become unprofitable for Russian integrators. And besides, the customers are increasing their IT-department, attacking business integrators on the other hand.

Russian system integrators for several times overslept the opportunity to take a more strategic position in the food chain of the IT-market. Nowadays the crisis gives them another chance. System integrators need to actively invest in their own development, attract corporate venture capital investments, and absorb startups whose developments they can scale due to large customers.

Yota Devices Signed Contract with Potevio

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The company Yota Devices announced a one of the largest transactions in the history for the supply of Russian high-tech equipment in the field of consumer electronics to China. The contract signed with the state company Potevio provides the sale of YotaPhone 2 smartphones in China.

Under the terms of the Contract, Potevio will sell and implement marketing support for YotaPhone 2 throughout China.

“Entering the Chinese market, for which all major smartphone manufacturers of the world are fighting, is of course an important and crucial step for a young company. The contract with Potevio allows us to confidently speak of high interest for our products in the region and China’s desire to develop cooperation with Russia in the field of innovative electronics,” General Director of Yota Devices Vladislav Martynov said.

Russia Developing Unique Control and Analysis System

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Russia’s United Instrument-Making Corporation is working to create a system designed for monitoring and analyzing the military-political situation in the country and the world for the National Defence Control Center. According to the information available, the system will be able to automatically simulate the development of key world events for the Russian Defence Ministry.

The National Defence Control Center was announced to be officially operational on December 1, 2014. According to Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu, the center can monitor the military-political situation worldwide, as well as analyze and forecast any threats to Russia or its allies.

“The specialists are currently developing a software and hardware complex for analyzing the military-political situation and monitoring the socio-political and socio-economic situation in the country. The project implementation is scheduled for 2016,” the press service announced.