Introducing the Icomera X7 Mobile Connectivity & Applications Router

Supercharged 5G Connectivity for Onboard Systems and Passengers

Gothenburg, Sweden, Sept. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Icomera’s new X7 router is a gateway to a powerful centralised connectivity platform, supporting multiple, resource-intensive applications including Passenger Wi-Fi, Onboard Infotainment, and Digital Video Surveillance & Analytics. A wholly owned subsidiary of Equans, global leader in the energy and services industry, Icomera is the leading provider of integrated connectivity solutions for public transport and contributes to a low carbon and resilient world by making public transport more attractive. 

“Nowadays, a plethora of onboard systems installed on vehicles require ubiquitous, reliable connectivity”, explains Roger Matthews, Icomera’s Chief Commercial Officer. “The X7 delivers exceptional speed, storage and performance for both operational and passenger-focused services, ushering in a new era of cutting-edge connected applications.”

The X7 utilises SureWAN™, Icomera’s industry-leading connectivity technology protocol for intelligently aggregating multiple communication technologies (5G, 4G, satellite, trackside networks etc.) in parallel, to ensure the fastest, most reliable connection available to a moving vehicle. Network traffic can be monitored and managed using IcoShape, Icomera’s data traffic shaping tool, empowering transport operators to make best use of all available Internet bandwidth and control their data costs.

“One or multiple X7 units can be installed on a single vehicle or train consist”, adds Mats Karlsson, Icomera’s Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder. “By distributing network traffic between two routers, load balancing helps ensure optimised performance, while redundancy adds further resiliency to an onboard connectivity solution.”

The X7 router will be available in various models at launch, each optimised to meet specific business requirements:

  • For digital video surveillance deployments, in addition to providing real-time data offload, the X7 can be configured with up to two externally accessible SSDs. This is useful when the physical storage and/or removal of video surveillance footage is a requirement, and reduces the need for an external Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. In many cases, the 32TB (2 x 16TB) SSDs allow transport operators to store up to a month’s worth of video footage.
  • Some X7 models contain up to two built-in dual band Wi-Fi 6 cards, each capable of operating as an access point to provide high-quality passenger Wi-Fi.
  • The X7 contains up to five 5G modems for industry-leading connectivity.

Details of the X7 follow Icomera’s announcement of the world’s first Wi-Fi 7 access point purpose-built for public transportation – the Icomera A2. By leveraging the increased throughput and reduced latency that Wi-Fi 7 offers, the new access point will facilitate faster and more reliable web browsing, streaming, downloads, and video conferencing for passengers, allowing them to stay connected more effortlessly while they travel.


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New global study discovers people in pain feel more socially excluded than ever

  • Latest edition of Haleon Pain Index finds half (49%) of people in pain feel stigmatised[1][2]
  • 42% regularly feel lonely due to their pain, and one third feel serious loneliness (based on UCLA loneliness scale)[3]
  • 32% of people living in pain fear they will be judged
  • Women, people of colour and the LGBQ+ community are worst affected
  • Gen Z more likely to feel unheard than Baby Boomers

LONDON, Sept. 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new study of 18,097 people across 18 countries has discovered that society has grown less tolerant of people in pain, despite the effects of COVID-19 boosting global health awareness.

The fifth edition of the Haleon Pain Index (HPI)[1], conducted by consumer health company Haleon, suggests that attitudes towards pain in post-pandemic society are now more judgemental and less tolerant, with half (49%) of those in pain feeling stigmatised and a third (32%) fearing they will be judged about their pain.

The global index has been exploring the real impact pain has on people’s lives for almost a decade. This year’s study has found that, since the first edition in 2014, the social and emotional impact of pain has grown by nearly 25%, with stigma and social isolation arising from everyday pain increasing worldwide. 42% of people questioned said they regularly experience loneliness when in pain. Feelings of serious loneliness emerged globally, with 38% of people in mainland China, 33% in Australia and 32% in the UK reporting this. This coincides with warnings about the public health impacts of loneliness and social isolation issued by the World Health Organisation[4] and the Loneliness Epidemic[5] pointed out in spring 2023.

Dr Linda Papadopoulos, Psychologist and Author, commented: “Everyday pain is a health issue that can easily be dismissed or trivialised. Many don’t realise its effects can be much worse than the symptoms themselves. The result of loneliness and mental health impact caused by lack of empathy and being treated differently is only worsening. As a society, we need to improve empathy and understanding in a world that is continuing to harden to these issues.”

The HPI discovered that people who already experience bias, discrimination, and exclusion in society are the worst affected by these hardening views on pain.

  • 58% of women said their pain had been treated differently, not believed or discriminated versus 49% of men. This is highest amongst women in India (74%), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) (74%), Brazil (74%), and mainland China (61%).
  • 59% of people of colour said their pain had been treated differently, not believed or discriminated versus 48% of white people. This is highest in Brazil (71%), Poland (64%) and the USA (64%), whilst this is true for 60% in the UK.
  • 44% of LGBQ+ people feared that others will make assumptions about them and their pain, compared to 32% of heterosexuals. This is highest in India (61%), USA (54%), Canada (49%) and Australia (48%).

The study also revealed a sharp generational divide in the way people experience pain, suggesting that younger patients struggle most with making their pain known and accessing treatment:

  • 70% of Gen Z said their pain had been treated differently, not believed or discriminated, compared to 40% of Baby Boomers. This is highest in India (80%), the USA (79%) and for 74% of UK respondents.
  • 45% of Gen Z said being in pain was too much of a taboo for them to speak out, compared to 35% of Boomers.

While the older generation find it easier to express their pain and access treatment, they are the most marginalised when it comes to accessing health-related information online. 45% of 75–84-year-olds said they struggle to access this online because they do not feel confident navigating the internet, compared with 33% overall.

Respondents agreed on the need for a more personalised and compassionate view of pain. More than two thirds (68%) of people said more empathy to address bias and exclusion would make a real difference to their experience of pain. Meanwhile, 69% said they wished doctors and 62% wished pharmacists were better trained on how individual pain is for different patients.

Lisa Jennings, Head of Global Over the Counter Category at Haleon, said: “While pain is a universal human experience, resulting in loneliness and stigma for many, its impact varies considerably between social groups, with the most marginalised amongst the worst affected. Our ambition is to break down the barriers to achieving better everyday health for everyone – irrespective of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability and other factors. The HPI shows that we can lessen the social and emotional impact of pain by shifting perceptions and conversations around pain management. That’s why we’re taking action through several programs such as our #ListenToPain initiative which is being rolled out to health professionals across the globe.”

Haleon’s #ListenToPain programme supports health professionals to improve communication with patients and have a focused discussion on pain tailored to the individual. #ListentoPain includes five profiles that describe people with different attitudes and behaviours towards pain management that help health professionals customize their approach with their patients. With continuity of care, truly understanding how pain may change over time means pain management strategies can be evolved and be more effective in the long term.

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Notes to Editors

About the Haleon Pain Index study

The Haleon Pain Index (HPI) is a proprietary, globally representative, longitudinal social study conducted by Edelman Data x Intelligence (DXI). The study is designed to give a voice to those experiencing pain and assess the evolving state of pain. The study captures the perceived impact of pain on individuals’ everyday lives, their health, their feelings, emotions, motivations and behaviours, putting the human experience at the centre. In its fifth edition, the study assesses health inclusivity barriers to effective pain treatment. The perceptions of over 18,000 respondents across 18 countries were captured as part of the fifth edition.

Markets tracked in HPI 5: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Italy, KSA, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA.

The age groups are split into different generations:

  • Gen Z: those between 18-26 years old
  • Millennials: those between 27-42 years old
  • Gen X: those between 43-58 years old
  • Boomers 1*: those between 59-66 years old
  • Boomers 2*: those between 67-77 years old
  • Silent: those between 78-84 years old

1*For the first time, the Haleon Pain Index (HPI) is now capturing the voice of experts, GPs, Pharmacists, and Nurses, in 4 key markets: Australia, Germany, KSA and the USA. In this first edition, we’ve gathered insights from over 600 experts (150 per market*) through a 15-minute online bespoke survey, exploring their views on pain, their challenges as healthcare professionals and the role they can play in driving positive change.

2*In the USA, our interviews included a mix of physicians and nurses; in Australia and KSA, a mix of physicians and pharmacists, and in Germany, a combination of pharmacists and pharmacists’ assistants.

About Listen To Pain

#ListenToPain is a global initiative from Haleon to enable health professionals to maximise their time with patients and help them to better understand a patient’s pain experience — providing the sufferer with a treatment plan that is right for them. Located on Haleon Health Partner, a dedicated digital platform for health professionals, #ListenToPain includes a series of practical tools for better interactions, assessments, and outcomes. These tools and resources for pharmacists will help them understand their patients pain better and navigate conversations around pain management.

Further information and the full range of #ListentoPain resources can we found on

About Haleon
Haleon (LSE / NYSE: HLN) is a global leader in consumer health, with a purpose to deliver better everyday health with humanity. Haleon’s product portfolio spans five major categories – Oral Health, Pain Relief, Respiratory Health, Digestive Health and Other, and Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements (VMS). Its long-standing brands – such as Advil, Sensodyne, Panadol, Voltaren, Theraflu, Otrivin, Polident, parodontax and Centrum – are built on trusted science, innovation and deep human understanding.
For more information, please visit

1 Haleon. Pain Index. 2023. Data on file.
2 The Haleon Pain Index is formerly known as the Global Pain Index.
3 Russell, D, et al.,1978. Developing a measure of loneliness. Journal of Personality Assessment, 42, 290-294. Available: [2023, September 18].
4 World Health Organization (WHO). N.d. Social Isolation and Loneliness. Available: [2023, September 18].
5 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2023. Health Risks of Social Isolation and Loneliness. Available:,linked%20to%20increased%20risk%20for%3A&text=Heart%20disease%20and%20stroke.,Type%202%20diabetes. [2023, September 18].

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‫شركة Blacklane تدخل في شراكة مع SIXT وتستكمل جولة السلسلة (و)

  • تستثمر شركة SIXT مبلغًا كبيرًا قدره مليون يورو في شركة Blacklane، مما يجعل الشركة من كبار المساهمين فيها
  • ستعمل كل من SIXT وBlacklane معًا على دفع النمو الدولي من خلال التركيز في البداية على أمريكا الشمالية
  • تتضمن الشراكة دمج خدمات Blacklane في تطبيق SIXT وتمنح شركاء Blacklane من السائقين إمكانية الوصول إلى مركبات SIXT والخدمات ذات الصلة
  • يمثل استثمار SIXT الإتمام الثاني لجولة السلسلة (و) بعد الاستثمارات السابقة التي قامت بها شركة Mercedes-Benz Mobility وGargash Enterprises

برلين، 27 سبتمبر 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – أعلنت اليوم خدمة السائقين العالمية Blacklane عن شراكة ستصبح بموجبها المزود الدولي الرائد لخدمات التنقل عالية الجودة SIXT أحد كبار المساهمين في شركة Blacklane. في المستقبل، ستعمل Blacklane وSIXT معًا على توسيع نطاق تواجدهما في الأسواق الدولية، مع التركيز في البداية بشكل خاص على أمريكا الشمالية، التي تُعد سوق النمو الأكثر أهمية لكلا الشركتين.

ستتوفر خدمات السائقين الخاصة بشركة Blacklane عبر تطبيق SIXT في الولايات المتحدة والأسواق الدولية الأخرى في عام 2024، مما يتيح خدمات شركة Blacklane كخيار إضافي ممتاز للتنقل على المنصة. وستعود هذه الشراكة أيضًا بالفائدة على كلا الشركتين من خلال الاستفادة على سبيل المثال من قدرات أسطول SIXT والخدمات ذات الصلة، حيث ستوفر للعملاء والشركاء من السائقين خيارًا أوسع من المركبات والخدمات.

قال Nico Gabriel، الرئيس التنفيذي للعمليات في SIXT: “نحن في شركة SIXT ملتزمون بتوفير حلول تنقل متميزة في مجال تأجير السيارات ومشاركة السيارات والاشتراك وخدمات حجز السيارات. ونرحب بانضمام شركة Blacklane كشريك إضافي متميز في نظام التنقل لدينا ونتطلع إلى خلق أوجه تآزر مشتركة لأعمالنا من خلال هذه الشراكة”.

قال الدكتور Jens Wohltorf، الرئيس التنفيذي والمؤسس المشارك لشركة Blacklane: “يسعدنا التعاون مع شركة SIXT كشريك ومستثمر لدينا في جولة التمويل هذه”. “بالجمع بين خبرتهم الواسعة في مجال النقل البري وقطاع السفر وخبرتنا في خدمات السائقين المتميزة، تنشأ علاقة قوية من شأنها دفع النمو العالمي والابتكار لكلا الشركتين وترسيخ مكانة Blacklane كشركة رائدة في القطاع.”

ويمثل هذا الاستثمار الإتمام الثاني لتمويل السلسلة (و) لدى شركة Blacklane، مما يوفر لها استثمارًا كبيرًا بقيمة مليون يورو بتقييم يفوق التقييم السابق في عام 2020 بنسبة 50% تقريبًا. وقد حظيت الجولة الأولى من السلسلة (و) بدعم من مستثمرين بارزين مثل Mercedes-Benz Mobility وGargash Enterprises، مما يمثل دافعًا لنمو Blacklane في الشرق الأوسط.

مع الانتهاء من جولة السلسلة (و)، تستعد شركة Blacklane لتعزيز مكانتها كشركة رائدة عالميًا في مجال النقل البري المتميز. تخطط الشركة، بعد أن شهدت فترة من النجاحات حيث تضاعفت إيرادات Blacklane أربع مرات في عام 2022 على أساس سنوي، حاليًا لتسريع نموها من خلال الاستثمار في خدمات جديدة مثل برنامج City to City، الذي يربط المناطق الحضرية عبر 127 طريقًا في 11 دولة. وستساهم مرحلة التمويل أيضًا في توسيع قاعدة الموظفين الألمانيين والعالميين لدى Blacklane التي تضم 300 موظف، مما يعزز نمو الشركة ويوسع انتشارها في السوق المحلية وفي الخارج.

بالإضافة إلى ذلك، سيدعم التمويل جهود الاستدامة التي تبذلها شركة Blacklane من خلال تنفيذ حلول التنقل المبتكرة. وتلتزم الشركة بتنفيذ ما نسبته 15% من رحلاتها بالسيارات الكهربائية بحلول نهاية عام 2023، وبنسبة 50% بحلول عام 2025. وتقوم شركة Blacklane أيضًا بالتعويض عن جميع الرحلات التي قامت بها منذ تأسيسها في عام 2011.

وتنضم شركة SIXT إلى مستثمرين بارزين مثل Mercedes Benz Mobility، وAl Fahim Group، وGargash Enterprises، وb2venture، وAlstin Capital، والتي تُظهر جميعها الثقة في نموذج أعمال Blacklane وتوقعات النمو.

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نقدم نحن شركة Blacklane خدمات سائقين عالمية متميزة. تتمثل رسالتنا في توفير وسائل الراحة والسعي لبناء مستقبل أفضل من خلال خلق تجارب لا تُنسى لضيوفنا المميزين في كل أنحاء العالم. تقدم Blacklane خدمات النقل في المطارات، والتنقلات من مدينة إلى أخرى، وخيارات التنقل داخل المدن وخدمات السائقين بالساعة في أكثر من 50 دولة حول العالم، بنظام الحجز المسبق أو عند الطلب. سواء كان السفر بغرض العمل أو الترفيه، توفر شركة Blacklane وموظفوها البالغ عددهم 300 موظف وآلاف الشركاء من السائقين خدمة النقل الفاخرة المناسبة لك. فقد وفرنا، من خلال ابتكار مفاهيم جديدة للنقل، فرصًا جديدة لمقدمي خدمات السائقين لدينا وساهمنا في وضع معايير القطاع لحماية المناخ في قطاع السفر. يمكنك الحجز عبر أو تنزيل التطبيق الخاص بنا.

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General Authority for Islamic Affairs ; Endowments celebrates birthday of Prophet Muhammad

ABU DHABI, 28th September, 2023 (WAM) — General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments celebrated the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday in the presence of Dr. Mohammed Matar Al Kaabi, Chairman of Awqaf, Mohammed Saeed Al Neyadi, Director General of Awqaf, a number of officials from Awqaf, and the public. Dr. Al Kaabi extended his sincere congratulations and blessings to the UAE leadership and people and the entire world on this occasion, praying to God that the UAE will continue to prosper and thrive as a symbol of coexistence and tolerance. He praised the efforts of the leadership to promote the tolerant values taught by the Islamic faith, which are reflected in the Prophet’s (PBUH) morals and his treatment of others without discrimination based on religion, creed, or belief. He also commended the initiatives that are launched from Abu Dhabi, under the patronage of the UAE wise leadership, following the path of the founding father, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which aimed to consolidate coexistence and promote peace and love among peoples. These initiatives, he said, have had a major impact in strengthening the bonds of ties between peoples, positive convergence, and joint action to make the world a safe place. The celebration began with the national anthem, followed by a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran by a student from the National Voices project. This was followed by a speech by the Authority on this occasion, delivered by Talib Mohammed Al Shehhi, Executive Director of Islamic Affairs. The celebration was marked by the launch of the next round of courses on the Prophetic Biography, as well as a video clip of a poem in classical Arabic entitled “In the Love of the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace.”

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)

Minister of Economy and Planning Participates in the Norwegian-Saudi Business Roundtable Meeting

On his official visit to the Kingdom of Norway, Minister of Economy and Planning Faisal bin Fadhil Alibrahim participated in the Norwegian-Saudi Business Roundtable Meeting held in Oslo.

In his closing remarks, Alibrahim highlighted the importance of collaborating to achieve development and economic goals, strengthening private-sector partnerships and creating investment opportunities in both countries. He also emphasized the value in exchanging knowledge and solutions in areas of mutual interest.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Batili discusses with the European Union Political and Security Committee the political process and the effects of Storm Daniel in Libya.

The UN envoy to Libya, Abdullah Batili, stressed during his meeting with the European Union Political and Security Committee the need to ensure accountability in managing recovery and reconstruction resources.

Batili said on his page on the X website: During the meeting that took place in Brussels, as part of my consultations with the European Union, I renewed the call for the international community to speak with one voice in support of holding elections and unifying Libyan institutions in order to achieve sustainable peace.

The UN envoy renewed his welcome for the long-term support provided by the European Union to the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, expressing his appreciation for the individual and collective contributions of European Union countries to search, rescue and relief efforts.

“Batili” confirmed on his page on the (X) website that the political process and the effects of the storm “Daniel” that swept through the cities and villages of eastern Libya were discussed during the meeting.

Source: Libyan News Agency