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PR Newswire's Business Technology Round-up, 8th November 2012

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LONDON, November 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Peninsula launches new guestroom tablet system, colleges adopt MaaS360 software and electronic security market booming

Peninsula Hotels, one of Asia's oldest and most prestigious hotel chains, has announced an exciting new partnership with US-based Intelity, a market-leading provider of digital guest service management.

The partnership will see Peninsula's hotel rooms kitted out with cutting-edge technology, giving guests instant access to a wealth of hotel and local attraction information, as well as room service. Guests staying at the hotels will be provided with a touch screen tablet that removes the need for in-room phones and also allows the user to control the room's lighting, air conditioning and television system. Peninsula General Manager Shane Izaks expressed his delight at the new system, highlighting the fact that "guests will be served by one of the very best systems in the world".

Fiberlink, a global leader in mobile software solutions, has revealed an impressive uptake of its MaaS360 software by educational institutions, as colleges and universities throughout the US slowly increase their use of tablets and other mobile devices.

The software allows educational administrators to quickly create and distribute cloud based mobile networks; allowing students to register their mobile devices and interact with their own bespoke software. One particular highlight of the new software is the ability to quickly advertise and deploy digital textbooks to students using Apple's iBook Store.

The software has been celebrated for its great potential for institutions of all sizes, allowing for the creation of networks suitable for thousands of devices. According to Fiberlink CEO Christopher Clark, colleges have been attracted by the "ease, speed and security" of the software.

A new report by Global Information Inc has revealed the potential size of the electronic security market, predicting the value of the market to soar to $62.5billion by the year 2018.

Major companies are increasingly turning to biotechnology such as fingerprint scanners and facial recognition to protect their businesses, as well as high definition CCTV cameras and electronic IDs. This rising demand will be the catalyst for a significant boom in the value of the market, with electronic fire safety equipment alone thought to be worth $4.4billion over the next six years.

Emerging markets such as Africa and Asia are also thought to be a main driver behind the growth, with foreign investment in these technologies boosting prices and increasing demand.

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