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eyefactive extends touchscreen portfolio

eyefactive extends touchscreen portfolio

Touchscreen Hardware: Touch Tables, Terminals, Steles, Transparent, Interactive Shop Windows

The multitouch specialists eyefactive have added a new range of touchscreen systems to their portfolio since early 2017 – available either for purchase or rent. LCD displays with different touch sensors in different sizes and formats, including the transparent touchscreen display system HYPEBOX as well as the interactive shop window SAPPHIRE.

Touchscreen technology still is the the dominant topic in the digital signage sector. The interaction with a display e.g. at point of sale is not frowned upon as a playful gimmick anymore, but poses an essential extension to the overall communication process. Even more so, in most cases touch technology is expected as standard by customers these days.

As a consequence, eyefactive has extended its hardware portfolio by several new variants. In addition to their own rear-projection technology of sheer unlimited applications, eyefactive offers new LCD based touchscreen systems with PCAP or IR touch sensors.

The interactive touchscreen shop window display SAPPHIRE extends the retail space virtually at point of sale beyond regular opening hours. The outdoor touchscreen is safely mounted behind the shop window but ensures interactive operation on the outside at any time, day and night.

The HYPEBOX has a transparent touchscreen, which can display digital additional information about the product in the showcase behind the screen. The touchscreen´s interactive control is fully multitouch-enabled.

Also part of the product range of the specialists for interactive systems, for quite some time now, is the LCD touchscreen table ALPHA with a premium capacitive multitouch display by 3M. The table can be ordered in various display sizes and colors. Based on the same technology but a different design offer the protagonists of eyefactive´s new product lines: the touchscreen stele TALOS with displays in portrait format and the multitouch terminal DELTA.

Links

Transparent Touchscreen Display HYPEBOX®
Touchscreen Shop Window Display SAPPHIRE
Touchscreen Table ALPHA
Touchscreen Kiosk Terminal DELTA
Touchscreen Stele TALOS
Touchscreen Displays and Videowalls
Touchscreen Products: Overview

eyefactive from Wedel (near Hamburg / Germany) is the leading provider for interactive multitouch and multiuser technology in large-scale. The product portfolio consists of flexible and scalable multitouch displays integrated into tables and walls as well as the first dedicated app-platform for interactive signage software. For effective marketing at points of sale & information and creative teamwork in companies. eyefactive has been awarded multiple times, e.g. „ICT start-up of the year 2012“ by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Clients are world renowned brands like Porsche, Mercedes-Benz Bank, Beiersdorf, Siemens and Olympus.

Please find further information here:
http://www.eyefactive.com/en

Kontakt
eyefactive GmbH
Matthias Woggon
Feldstrasse 128
22880 Wedel
0049 4103 903800
0049 4103 9038099
info@eyefactive.com
http://www.eyefactive.com/en

Politics Law Society

BAG on discrimination under Germany“s General Equal Treatment Act

BAG on discrimination under Germany“s General Equal Treatment Act

BAG on discrimination under Germany"s General Equal Treatment Act

Not every instance of disabled employees being treated differently constitutes illegal discrimination, as demonstrated by a ruling of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany“s Federal Labour Court, from January 26, 2017 (Az.: 8 AZR 736/15).

GRP Rainer Lawyers and Tax Advisors in Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London conclude: According to Germany“s Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG) [General Act on Equal Treatment], it is not permissible to discriminate against employees based on their race, gender, religion, disability or age, among other things. Notwithstanding this, not every instance of employees being treated differently constitutes a violation of the AGG. This is clear from a recent judgment of the Bundesarbeitsgericht.

An action brought by an employee who was severely disabled in half of his body was heard by the BAG. The former had been employed at a mail-order firm with 27.5 weekly working hours since 2011. He had repeatedly sought to have his weekly working hours increased. In the summer of 2013, the mail-order company increased the working hours of 14 part-time workers and concluded amendment agreements to this effect with them. The plaintiff, who had only been hired relatively recently, was the only worker who was not considered in relation to this increase. The plaintiff felt that he was being discriminated against on the basis of his disability and raised a claim to have his working hours increased and, in the alternative, sued for damages corresponding to the remuneration he had lost out on.

The Landesarbeitsgericht (Regional Labour Court) of Hesse granted the action with respect to the claim for damages. However, the BAG delivered a different verdict on appeal, stating that there can only be a presumption that discrimination has taken place pursuant to the AGG if there is evidence that indicates that one of the grounds listed in sec. 1 of the AGG, e.g. a disability, can in all probability be attributed to the discrimination in question. The BAG went on to say that it is not sufficient to proceed on the basis that one of the listed grounds might possibly be causally related to this. Due to the fact that it had not been possible to reach a conclusive decision based on the findings that had already been made to date, the matter was referred back to the Regional Labour Court for another hearing.

Working hours, remuneration, holiday entitlements, dismissal as well as discriminatory treatment are common grounds for legal disputes between employers and employees. Lawyers who are experienced in the field of labour law can advise on all issues pertaining to the workplace, from drafting agreements to exceptional notices of dismissal.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/employment-law.html

GRP Rainer LLP www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

Kontakt
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
+49 221-27 22 75-0
+49 221-27 22 75-24
info@grprainer.com
http://www.grprainer.com/en

English Press Releases

Looking for a paid IT degree with a job offer at SKIDATA?

Study and work with the ITSalzburg//study.work.support program from the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and a leading IT company

Looking for a paid IT degree with a job offer at SKIDATA?

Looking for a paid IT degree with a job offer at SKIDATA? (Source: Salzburg University of Applied Sciences)

How can you get young people excited about studying IT? What can you do to counteract the acute deficit of IT specialists in Austria? And how can you best support IT students to get started in their career? These and many other questions were asked by the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and the Information Technology & System Management booster club with their many renowned Salzburg-based IT companies. And the answers came in the form of an innovative study package: ITSalzburg//study.work.support – a sponsored course of study at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences including a guaranteed part-time position.

„Exploring new horizons is a part of everyday life at SKIDATA and we are very interested in training qualified and motivated IT and software talents in-house. So for us it was clear that we – as an innovative Salzburg IT company – would be a part of this pilot project,“ says Frank, Senior Vice President of R&D at SKIDATA, about this new study package. This combination of paid part-time work and sponsored IT education program aims to motivate more qualified young people to study Information Technology & System Management at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

IT specialist training for Salzburg

The goal of this program is to strengthen Salzburg as an IT hub. Here’s how this new IT study package creates the ideal conditions for future IT students in Salzburg: covered tuition costs, rent subsidies, a paid part-time position in one of the IT companies that belong to the booster club and valuable contacts in Salzburg’s IT world. These are the perfect conditions to master your job and studies and to immediately apply the things you have learned. With the ITSalzburg//study.work.support pilot project, future IT experts will be integrated into Salzburg’s IT working world from the time they start their IT studies.

Attractive sponsorships for students with part-time work at SKIDATA

As part of this IT study package, approximately 20 first-semester students on the full-time Information Technology & System Management Bachelor course at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences receive financial and moral support. After being accepted onto their program, these future IT students can apply for a part-time job at participating IT companies such as SKIDATA. Prospective applicants should possess previous technical knowledge and enthusiasm for IT.

Anyone interested in studying IT and being a part of the SKIDATA team can find more information and a link to the application form by visiting https://www.skidata.com/en/corporate/jobs-careers/internships-for-students/

SKIDATA – cooperations with universities and universities of applied sciences

Highly-qualified and dedicated staff is the foundation of any company. SKIDATA has traditionally maintained close cooperation with universities. Many of today’s IT experts gained their first experience at SKIDATA. Thanks to their time at a successful IT company, students get valuable professional knowledge for both their studies and their career. At the same time, it is important for SKIDATA that these future IT experts actively participate in the company with their knowledge, skills and personality.

SKIDATA is a leading international company for access solutions and management. More than 10,000 SKIDATA installations in ski resorts, sports stadiums, major airports, shopping centers, cities, spas and wellness facilities, exhibition centers and amusement parks worldwide ensure safe and reliable access control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in offering solutions that are intuitive, easy to operate and secure. With their integrated concepts, SKIDATA helps clients optimize performance and maximize profits. The SKIDATA Group ( www.skidata.com) is a member of the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group ( www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.

Kontakt
SKIDATA AG
Mag. Belkis Etz
Untersbergstraße 40
5083 Grödig/Salzburg
+43 6246 888-0
jobs@skidata.com
https://www.skidata.com/en/corporate/jobs-careers/

English Press Releases

Tube forming and automatic bending for hydraulics

transfluid also presents flexible tube machining solutions with process networking possibilities at the Hanover trade fair

Tube forming and automatic bending for hydraulics

transfluid develops effective and flexible bending and forming solutions for the production of tubes (Source: transfluid)

The increasingly powerful digital connection for tube machining processes is a tailored driver of technical progress within the industry. For hydraulics in particular, solutions are required, which ensure safe tube machining, as well as automated processes where required.

transfluid at the Hanover trade fair: Hall 20 / Stand B14
Powerful automation is even possible with very low unit quantities, for example with the technical machining of hydraulic connection elements. As such, transfluid – with its axial forming machines of type REB and tool-independent rolling forming with systems of type SRM – offers the solution for hose connections or DKOL connections directly on the tube, for example. These enable sharp-edged contours for sealing elements and optimum surfaces. The production of flanges between 20° and 90° with short clamping lengths can be realised with transfluid forming machines of type UMR – for optimum sealing surfaces and in a single process

Digitally connected with design and measuring systems
„In the future, greater flexibility will be required for even better processes. I think for example of the online connection between design and our bending software t project. And also of systems that measure both at the building and the finished tube. Such a system must of course be simple to use. That is sure to deliver greater bending freedom“; Stefanie Flaeper, managing director of transfluid, outlines the demands and further developments.

More effective bending -42 mm and more
This was the objective of the engineers at transfluid, when they developed their mandrel bending machine of type t bend DB 40220-3A-CNC. With this machine, it is possible to bend thick and thin-walled tubes with diameters in particular from 40 mm and up to 220 mm. The stable design ensures a long service life and simple, rapid tool changes enable diverse applications and improved efficiency.

Collision-free right/left bending
The right/left-bending machine t bend DB 642 CNC R/L VE with rotating head delivers a strong performance when producing extremely demanding geometries, even when structural obstacles are present. With this servo-electrically driven concept for tube diameters up to 42 mm, each bending head has two tool levels as standard. Process assurance is provided by the complete visualisation of production processes on the freely programmable CNC touch panel control.

Mobile and high-performing in application on site
transfluid offers flexibility together with simple and effective technology for bending directly on site in the building, with its latest generation of the mobile bending machine t bend MB 642. With it, hydraulic lines can be laid at the installation site. As additional equipment, you can also chose from the internal and external deburrer, a saw, an assembly device for all conventional connection systems (flanging and cutting ring fittings), as well as metal circular saws.
The experts in tube processing machines will be presenting their diverse solutions for tubes at the Hanover trade fair 2017, in Hall 20 at Stand B14.

PRESS INFORMATION

transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.tube-processing-machines.com

Firmenkontakt
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
+49 2972 97 15 – 0
+49 2972 97 15 – 11
info@transfluid.de
http://www.tube-processing-machines.com

Pressekontakt
PSV
Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
+49 (0) 271 7700160
s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
http://www.psv-marketing.de

Electric Electronics

SAMCON is now authorized AXIS Solution Gold Partner

AXIS Communications honors SAMCON’s activities, numerous advantages for customers

SAMCON is now authorized AXIS Solution Gold Partner

The Swedish company AXIS is market leader in the area of network videos, offering CCTV solutions for professional applications. For their ExCam camera series, SAMCON uses AXIS modules, now being rewarded with the AXIS Solution Gold Partnership.

„In the last several years we have invested quite a bit in the further development of our product portfolio and hence continuously increased the number of installed AXIS cameras. We are therefore very happy of not only having received recognition for our efforts but also a very clear commitment of AXIS regarding SAMCON“s product solutions“, says Steffen Seibert, Managing Director of SAMCON.

The Gold Partnership also offers new advantages to SAMCON customers. For example, an even faster support is guaranteed and in addition, an even more direct access to the AXIS specialists is possible. But the partnership offers customers also financial advantages: SAMCON passes on the benefits of this Gold Partnership to the customer.

„So far, many times we have been price leader in the segment of Ex cameras, however, concerning regular cameras and accessories, often our pricing level was merely average. Now we are able to offer also the regular AXIS products at very attractive prices. The customer benefits in several respects: Attractive prices, solid AXIS products with smart extra features, and SAMCON is able to round-up their own product and solution portfolio“, explains Steffen Seibert further.

Meanwhile, SAMCON offers the complete solution range for hazardous areas cameras – from simple IP cameras to PTZ and dome cameras with wiper option; whereas AXIS modules are always the basis. In order to allow their usage in hazardous areas, changes to the cabling have to be executed and the modules need to be installed in particular explosion-proof housings. Find more information here: http://www.samcon.eu

SAMCON cameras protect people, plants, and material assets. In comparison to regular CCTV cameras, they are explosion-proof and can be used in hazardous areas, e.g. at chemical plants, refineries and mines. The ExCam series comprise analog as well as IP cameras, either equipped with fixed focal lengths or zoom lenses. They are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor applications. A comprehensive accessory range and different types of housings allow a diverse usage of the camera in various environments. SAMCON cameras are TÜV certified and meet the regulations of ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, IECEx, and EAC-EX.

Firmenkontakt
Samcon Explosion Proof Cameras
Steffen Seibert
Schillerstr 17
35102 Lohra Altenvers
+49 6426 92310
post@samcon.eu
http://www.samcon.eu/en/

Pressekontakt
Samcon Explosion Proof Cameras
Steffen Seibert
Schillerstr 17
35102 Lohra Altenvers
+49 6426 92310
presse@goldpunkt.com
http://www.samcon.eu/en/

Environment Energy

meteocontrol establishes joint venture in Japan

PV monitoring: meteocontrol drives internationalization in Japan

meteocontrol establishes joint venture in Japan

Yoshitaka Santoki (Suntech Japan) and Martin Schneider (meteocontrol) (Source: @meteocontrol)

Augsburg, 3/29/2017 – meteocontrol GmbH, a leading provider of independent photovoltaic monitoring systems, has officially entered into Japan market and launched a new company „meteocontrol Japan“ starting business operation in April. Meteocontrol Japan is a joint venture with Suntech Power Japan Corporation, a subsidiary of one of the major Chinese module manufacturers, Suntech Power. Meteocontrol Japan will offer the entire meteocontrol product portfolio – monitoring hardware and monitoring in the online portal and locally at SCADA Center – plus yield reports and technical consulting.

On the basis of a number of successfully completed projects in Japan, the two companies are intensifying their close cooperation with the newly formed joint venture. Its objective is to rigorously tap the Japanese PV market through product launches, nationwide sales and technical support.

„The joint venture with Suntech Japan is another important step in meteocontrol“s globalization strategy and will help us further improve our competitive position in Asia,“ explains Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „Suntech has an extensive network in the region and has profound industry expertise, which makes it the ideal partner for meteocontrol. In addition, our collaboration is already well established.“

With its modularly structured monitoring systems consisting of data loggers and monitoring platforms, meteocontrol offers solutions for remote monitoring, grid feed-in management and on-site energy use optimization for every size of system and country-specific requirement. Yoshitaka Santoki, the future managing director of meteocontrol Japan, comments: „We look forward to the close cooperation with meteocontrol, and meteocontrol can provide strong products and services of their remote monitoring solutions into the Japanese market from their experience and knowledge in the energy market.“

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain) and Milan (Italy) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 821 34 666-40
+49 821 34 666-11
b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
http://www.meteocontrol.com

Pressekontakt
epr-elsaesser public relations
Andrea Schneider
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
+49 821 450879-18
+49 821 450879-20
as@epr-online.com
http://epr-online.com

Computer Information Telecommunications

Is nearly faultless video good enough for ATC?

G&D CEO, Roland Ollek, contemplates if there is an acceptable alternative to uncompressed video systems in the air traffic control room.

Is nearly faultless video good enough for ATC?

Few workplaces have higher standards or more stringent regulations than the ATC control room. With human life at stake, it“s no place to cut corners or make any kind of error. For the ATCOs who work there, it is a highly strenuous job requiring the highest levels of concentration with multi-tasking skills. Therefore perfect working conditions are an absolute necessity. To work effectively, ATCOs need accurate information – e.g. if trajectories on a radar screen are crossing on different levels, displayed in different colours to indicate different parameters, this visual information needs to be crystal clear and absolutely reliable.

The work in the control room involves constantly staring at a computer screen which can be detrimental to health. First of all the heat and noise generated by the computers themselves can be stressful and a distraction. KVM systems can solve this issue by moving computers out of the control room whilst ensuring remote operation in real-time. Another health aspect is the Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) with its symptoms of headaches, blurred vision, neck pain and eye strain underlines the need for providing the highest levels of video quality. So if using a KVM system this maximum level of video quality has to be ensured.

An uncompressed ideal

KVM systems allow computers to be moved out of the ATC control room and into a dedicated technical centre whilst ensuring remote operation in real-time. With computers out of the control room, noise and heat follow along with the computer maintenance engineers. There“s more safety too as KVM is custom-made for redundancy concepts.

There is a choice of systems available and the major difference lies in the video transmission. Some systems transmit the available information pixel-by-pixel and in real-time – this is called an uncompressed transmission. In use, these KVM systems operate between the computer and the workplace and act „transparently“- what comes in is what goes out. This is because uncompressed systems provide the high bandwidth necessary to forward the entire incoming video from the computer“s graphics adaptor to the display. The transmission is pixel-by-pixel perfect, transparent, uncompressed and absolutely lossless. However, the higher the video resolution, the more bandwidth is required so more demand is placed on the transmission system, making it more costly. Therefore the result is absolutely reliable and at the maximum quality. The ATCO does get to see every any single pixel that the computer system can provide.

The legal component

The highest video quality is also an essential for the majority of ANSPs that record ATC communications. If an issue should occur, this recorded material is used as a clarification of events. But for a true „recording at the glass“ the recorded quality has to correspond exactly with what the ATCO has seen, so it does not become questionable as evidence. When recording takes place remotely in the technical area but the video displayed at the CWP is transmitted via a KVM system – only uncompressed systems guarantee the reliability for referential integrity.

Is compression a viable choice?

Depending on the application and on the quality achieved, video compression has many advantages. First among these is lower bandwidth which in turn allows for lower spec (and cheaper) components and easier ways of further handling the signals, especially via matrix systems. Matrix systems allow complex switching of the signals. Many computers and consoles are connected to a central matrix switch which allows cross-wise access. This can be seen as kind of a bottleneck as the switch has to handle all the video and further signal streams at a time. But with the lower bandwidth of compressed video, such bottlenecks can be solved – whilst taking into account a slightly reduced video quality.

At G&D, along with our uncompressed KVM solutions we“ve also developed systems using our own compression algorithm. Working with G&D High Dynamic Image Processing Level 3, these also provide a pixel perfect video result and are suitable for ATC use, too. However, compressed or uncompressed, all of our systems are thoroughly tested and produced according to ISO 9001 standard, which is supported by decades of experience providing installations for the ATC sector. Yet for compressed systems we have to admit: what commonly is called visually lossless – the term itself already implies it – contains certain losses though.

Is it worth it?

The primary reason for choosing a compressed system over an uncompressed one is cost. The question is, should cost be a factor in the critical environment of the ATC control room? When human life is at risk not to mention the health and careers of those who work in such an environment, the slightest cut in quality, efficiency or standards becomes very difficult to justify. There is a difference between compressed and uncompressed video. The risk may be minimal with compressed and for sure the financial costs are less but it only takes one mistake for a severe incident to occur. The cost of that could be incalculable in financial and human terms too. So if you really have no alternative and an uncompressed system is beyond your budget, make sure you go for the very best compressed system available!

Die Guntermann & Drunck GmbH ist ein führender deutscher Hersteller digitaler und analoger High-End-KVM-Produkte für Kontrollräume aus der Flugsicherung, dem Broadcast, der Industrieprozesskontrolle sowie für maritime Anwendungen. Mit einem breiten Spektrum an KVM-Extendern, -Switches und -Matrixswitches bietet G&D seinen Anwendern das wohl größte verfügbare KVM-Produktportfolio auf dem Markt, das miteinander kompatibel und untereinander kombinierbar ist.

KVM-Produkte von G&D optimieren den IT-Einsatz und verbessern die Arbeitsbedingungen für Mensch und Maschine. Sie sind die stillen Unterstützer im Hintergrund, leistungsstark und jederzeit einsatzbereit. Durch kurze Kommunikationswege und die Bündelung aller Kernkompetenzen wie Entwicklung, Produktmanagment, Vertrieb, Marketing und Produktion unter einem Dach, begleitet G&D seine Kunden von der technischen Erstberatung, über die anwendungsspezifische Unterstützung vor Ort bis hin zum After-Sales-Support aus einer Hand.

Unabhängig davon, wie unterschiedlich die Rahmenbedingungen einzelner KVM-Installationen sind, eines haben sie gemeinsam: den Bedarf an robusten, zuverlässigen, benutzerfreundlichen und intuitiv zu bedienenden KVM-Produkten zu sichern. Und das mit der G&D-typischen Qualität, die zu Recht das Siegel „Made in Germany“ trägt.

G&D – if it’s KVM.

Kontakt
Guntermann & Drunck GmbH
Jochen Bauer
Obere Leimbach 9
57074 Siegen
004927123872-100
004927123872-120
sales@gdsys.de
http://www.gdsys.de

Politics Law Society

OLG Hamm: Penalty for unlawful advertising via email

OLG Hamm: Penalty for unlawful advertising via email

OLG Hamm: Penalty for unlawful advertising via email

Advertising is subject to restrictions, and anyone who oversteps these may be faced with severe penalties. This also applies to unlawful advertising via email, as demonstrated by a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Hamm [Higher Regional Court of Hamm].

GRP Rainer Lawyers and Tax Advisors in Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London conclude: Email is as fast as it gets. The advertising is targeted at and directly reaches the recipient. While a lot of advertisers may find this convenient, many of the recipients are bothered by these kinds of advertising emails. What“s more, they are not always permissible. Anyone who nevertheless simply sends out these kinds of emails can render themselves liable to prosecution, as shown by a final judgment of the Oberlandesgericht Hamm from November 25, 2016 (Az. 9 U 66/15).

In the instant case, a workshop had repeatedly received email advertising from a firm marketing advertising media, in particular foil stickers. The workshop received this kind of advertising email against its will for the first time in 2011. The workshop issued the sender with a warning. The latter issued a cease-and-desist declaration with a penalty clause and committed in the event of the behaviour in question being repeated to paying a contractual penalty in the amount of 3000 euros. About three years later, this conduct was repeated; the workshop once again received this kind of email featuring advertising without its consent. It subsequently demanded that the defendant pay the agreed contractual penalty and issue a new cease-and-desist declaration.

The defendant resisted these measures, claiming that it had not sent the email that was the subject of the dispute. However, its address was listed in the email“s sender field and it was therefore unsuccessful before the OLG Hamm.

The OLG Hamm adopted a clear position after an expert opinion was furnished. According to this, there was no doubt that the email was sent from within the defendant“s firm. The expert was able to track the progress of the email and rule out the possibility that there had been any manipulations or that the email had been sent by a third party without the defendant“ knowledge. The OLG Hamm also ruled that the contractual penalty was not an unreasonable amount.

There is often a fine line in advertising. Violations of competition law can give rise to formal written warnings, damages claims and injunction suits. Lawyers who are competent in the field of competition law can assist companies in fending off or enforcing claims resulting from violations of competition law.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/intellectual-property-law-and-trademark-law/advertising.html

GRP Rainer LLP www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

Kontakt
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
+49 221-27 22 75-0
+49 221-27 22 75-24
info@grprainer.com
http://www.grprainer.com/en

Computer Information Telecommunications

G&D introduces KVM extender of a completely different league

DP1.2.-VisionXG – the world“s first and only KVM extender to transmit 8K video

G&D introduces KVM extender of a completely different league

KVM extender DP1.2-VisionXG-MC4 for perfect video transmission, pixel by pixel up to 8K at 60 Hz.

Guntermann & Drunck GmbH can claim another superlative in the KVM industry: the DP1.2-VisionXG-MC4, the world’s first and only KVM extender for uncompressed, latency-free transmission of 8K video at 60Hz. The high-class KVM extender system consists of a computer module and a user module. It allows users to operate their computers remotely while benefitting from the pixel-perfect, uncompressed transmission of high-resolution DisplayPort video over four video channels and distances of up to 10,000m. Thanks to the source synchronicity of the video channels, even the highest video resolutions can be extended over long distances. This fact is especially interesting since DisplayPort cables for transmitting high resolutions are usually extremely short.

The dedicated transmission over optical fibres provides enough bandwidth for uncompressed DisplayPort 1.2 video signals, keyboard/mouse, RS232, USB2.0 and audio.

The system includes many mission-critical features such as the screen-freeze function, the monitoring function, a redundant power supply, SNMP and two network ports.

With the future-oriented additions to their product portfolio such as KVM-over-IP™, among other things, G&D show their customers how to use powerful KVM systems to get the maximum out of their installations.

Die Guntermann & Drunck GmbH ist ein führender deutscher Hersteller digitaler und analoger High-End-KVM-Produkte für Kontrollräume aus der Flugsicherung, dem Broadcast, der Industrieprozesskontrolle sowie für maritime Anwendungen. Mit einem breiten Spektrum an KVM-Extendern, -Switches und -Matrixswitches bietet G&D seinen Anwendern das wohl größte verfügbare KVM-Produktportfolio auf dem Markt, das miteinander kompatibel und untereinander kombinierbar ist.

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Truck cartel: First damages claims to prescribe could do so as early as 2017

Truck cartel: First damages claims to prescribe could do so as early as 2017

Truck cartel: First damages claims to prescribe could do so as early as 2017

Those affected by the truck cartel are entitled to claim damages, but the limitation periods need to be observed. The first claims to become time-barred could do so as early as January of 2017.

GRP Rainer Lawyers and Tax Advisors in Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London conclude: Over a period of 14 years between 1997 and 2011, the truck manufacturers Daimler, MAN, Iveco, DAF and Volvo/Renault illegally fixed prices, among other things, resulting most notably in forwarders and transportation companies incurring extensive financial losses.

The European Commission imposed a fine in the amount of almost three billion euros for this violation of antitrust law. What“s more significant from the perspective of buyers and lessees which procured trucks during this timeframe from the truck manufacturers in question is that they are entitled to damages. Following the European Commission“s decision, the way is now clear for damages claims. While it is no longer necessary to adduce evidence in relation to the violations, claims do need to be actively asserted. Those that purchased or leased the trucks can turn to lawyers who are versed in the field of antitrust law to enforce their claims.

That being said, limitation periods have to be observed to prevent the claims from lapsing. The first claims to prescribe could do so as early as January of 2017. Since 2002, a maximum limitation period of ten years has been in force. As a result of the European Commission“s investigations, the limitation period was suspended. The suspension of the statute of limitations is likely to come to an end in January of 2017. This means that damages claims in relation to trucks purchased or leased between 1997 and 2001 could shortly become time-barred. Claims for trucks purchased in 2002 could prescribe in July of 2017. For this reason, action ought to be taken immediately in these cases to prevent the claims from lapsing. For trucks that were procured in 2003, the statute of limitations for damages claims is thus likely to kick in in the summer of 2018. This is the way in which limitation periods gradually progress.

Apart from bringing a civil action, it might also be possible to reach an out-of-court settlement with the cartel members. The truck manufacturers in question are aware that they could be faced with damages claims and have therefore presumably made provisions for these cases. Should it prove impossible to arrive at an agreement, the claims can also be enforced before the courts.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/antitrust-law.html

GRP Rainer LLP www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

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