FREE GROUP and Veea Inc. Forge a Strategic Partnership to Offer Global Travelers an Unprecedented Range of Travel and Retail Products and Services

爱讯集团和Veea Inc.建立战略合作伙伴关系,为全球旅行者提供前所未有的旅行和零售产品与服务

iFREE Group - a global leader in e-commerce and connectivity for travelers - and Veea Inc. - a global leader in Smart Retail solutions - today announced a strategic partnership. In this partnership, Veea will provide its smart retail solutions, including its iOS and Android-based mobile app capabilities along with Point of Sale (POS) applications and most forms of payments and payment gateway services, to iFREE Group for its Travelutionary solutions. iFREE Group will provide Veea with its OTT "roaming-free" solutions as well as multi-IMSI multi-supplier e-sim solutions for its VeeaHub platform services currently supporting a range of applications for Smart Retail, Smart Transportation and Smart City. Furthermore, iFREE Group and Veea will integrate their merchant ecosystems to benefit from each other's customers and channels.

iFREE Group works with leading airlines, hotels and clubs, as well as credit card, insurance and payment companies in offering travel products and "roaming-free" telecom services, available to over one billion travelers with an addressable market valued at over US$3 trillion. iFREE's OTT app offers a portal for insurance services, global payments, travel bookings, telecommunication services and social media supported by a loyalty program that incorporates coupons and travel merchandise.

By joining forces with Veea, iFREE app users traveling the globe will be able to search and discover hundreds of millions of:

  • retail shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, coffee shops, entertainment places, pharmacies, and many other types of merchants;
  • professional services such as doctors, dentists, clinics, hospitals, lawyers, religious services, wedding chapels, and most other professional services;
  • government offices, embassies, police stations, etc.;
  • sightseeing and public places such as museums, historical sites, monuments, parks, landmarks, etc.; and many more types of establishments.

Travelers can use a mobile app developed for iOS and Android devices, with combined capabilities of iFREE/Veea platforms, to communicate with iFREE's network of merchants on the VeeaConnect app to query product availability or pricing, make routine or geofenced virtual reservations, receive contextual coupons, respond to personally relevant promotions, make Card-Not-Present (CNP) payments without a payment terminal, and take advantage of many other features of the app. Travelers can also benefit from and contribute to crowd-sourced data available for the establishments with Chip-Ins, which are user or merchant generated ephemeral updates such as venue photos, videos, wait times, crowd levels, ratings, etc. Moreover, iFREE's smart digital travel assistant provides for speech recognition and natural language understanding for translation, voice to text blog, search, discovery and podcasts for travelers' points of interest.

For Smart Retail applications, Veea has developed an innovative platform, with POS and payment solutions including payment gateway services, that connects retailers to their current and potential customers through a variety of engagements and new forms of communication. Veea solutions include an intelligent wireless edge server product called VeeaHub with an App Store for applications developed by Veea and third-party app developers who can take advantage of VeeaHub's open software development environment. VeeaHub provides for private and public access WiFi and IoT service management, always-on managed access with automatic failover with multiple backhaul services including an optional 4G backhaul, staff and customer communications, proximal advertising, security applications with event reporting such as for streaming security cameras, expanded omnichannel operations, and other applications. Additionally, Veea offers an SDK with APIs to major retailers that prefer to use their own mobile app instead of the Veea consumer app. Veea's retail solutions augment the real world, providing seamless in- and out-of-store experiences that lets merchants engage and retain customers through the use of data analytics supported by machine learning and AI. Veea will be demonstrating VeeaHub platform and a range of its applications at Mobile World Congress 2018, in Hall 8.0 booth F31, 26 February thru 1 March 2018.

In signing this agreement, iFREE Group Chairman Steven Loke comments, "Veea has the most innovative retail solutions in the industry. Their social commerce platform and merchant ecosystem perfectly complement iFREE Group's platform. iFREE Group will be able to bring on board merchants from throughout Asia and hundreds of millions of travelers to leverage Veea solutions. We are also very pleased to provide our 5G-enabled multi-IMSI multi-supplier e-SIM solutions to Veea for its industry leading-edge IoT hub solution with every form of connectivity and wide range of applications."

Veea Chairman Allen Salmasi adds: "We are thrilled about our partnership with iFREE Group, focusing on Smart Retail solutions, which will introduce millions of travelers to the huge benefits available from over 350 million merchants who can service them through the VeeaConnect app. iFREE Group will strengthen our merchant ecosystem in Asia and will bring along a travel focused loyalty, couponing, discounted merchandise and telecom service offering, with a range of global 4G and WiFi hotspot services (iSpot), an exciting new and powerful platform for global advertising (iAds) as well as a wide range of other curated services developed by iFREE that we will be offering through our partnership at scale throughout the world."


全球领先的旅游电子商务和数据提供商爱讯集团与智能零售解决方案提供商Veea Inc.宣布建立战略合作伙伴关系。

在这项合作关系中,Veaa将为爱讯集团提供其Travelutionary解决方案,包括基于iOS和Android的移动应用程序功能以及销售点(POS)应用程序,和大多数形式的支付和支付网关服务。 爱讯集团将为其VeeaHub平台服务提供“无漫游”解决方案以及多个IMSI多供应商电子模拟解决方案,这些服务目前支持智慧零售,智慧交通和智慧城市的一系列应用。此外,双方将整合他们的商家生态系统,以从彼此的客户和渠道中受益。

爱讯集团与领先的航空公司,酒店和俱乐部以及信用卡,保险和支付公司合作,提供旅行产品和“无漫游”数据服务,面向超过10亿旅行者,其潜在市场价值超过3万亿美元。 iFREE的OTT应用程序通过结合了优惠券和旅行商品的忠诚度计划,为保险服务,全球支付,旅行预订,电信服务和社交媒体提供了门户。

通过与Veea联手,环遊世界的用户将能搜索和接收数亿计的以下内容:

·零售店,饭店,酒吧,俱乐部,咖啡店,娱乐场所,药房和许多其他类型的商店;

·专业服务,例如医生,牙医,诊所,医院,律师,宗教服务,婚礼教堂和大多数其他专业服务;

·政府机关,大使馆,警察局等;

·观光和公共场所,例如博物馆,历史遗址,古迹,公园,地标等。

旅行者可以使用专为iOS和Android设备开发的移动应用程序。结合了双方平台的功能,在VeeaConnect应用程序上与iFREE的商家网络进行通信,以查询产品的可用性或价格,进行常规或地域性虚拟预订。接收优惠券,响应与个人相关的促销活动,无需付款终端即可进行不存在卡(CNP)的付款,并利用该应用程序的许多其他功能。旅行者还可以通过Chip-Ins受益於众包数据,并为众筹数据做出贡献,Chip-Ins是用户或商家生成的临时更新,例如会场照片,视频,等待时间,人群水平,评分等。此外,爱讯集团的智能旅行助手可提供语音识别和语言理解,方便进行翻译和搜索,以满足旅客的兴趣。

对于智能零售应用,Veaa开发了一个创新的平台,该平台通过各种参与和新的沟通方式将零售商与其现有和潜在客户联系起来。 Veea解决方案包括一个名为VeeaHub的智能无线边缘服务器产品,该产品带有一个App Store,包含Veea和第三方应用程序开发人员开发的应用程序。

这些应用程序可以利用VeeaHub的开放软件开发环境提供私人和公共访问WiFi和IoT服务管理,具有自动故障转移功能的始终在线管理访问以及多种回程服务,包括可选的4G回程,员工和客户通信,近端广告,带有事件报告的安全应用程序,例如流监控摄像头,扩展的全渠道操作以及其他应用程序。

Veea的零售解决方案扩展了现实世界,提供了无缝的店内和店外体验,使商家可以通过使用机器学习和AI支持的数据分析吸引并留住客户。

Veea将在2018年世界移动大会上的2018年2月26日至3月1日于8.0厅F31展台展示VeeaHub平台及其一系列应用。

爱讯集团董事长Steven Loke在签署该协议时表示:“ Veea拥有业内最具创新性的零售解决方案。他们的社交商务平台和商家生态系统完美地补充了iFREE Group的平台。iFREE Group将能够吸引来自整个亚洲的商家以及数以亿计的旅行者利用Veea解决方案。我们也非常高兴为Veea提供其支持5G的多IMSI多供应商e-SIM解决方案,以其具有各种连接和广泛形式的行业领先的IoT中心解决方案应用范围。”

Veea主席(Allen Salmasi)补充说:“我们很高兴与iFREE集团建立合作伙伴关係,专注於智能零售解决方案,它将为数百万旅行者提供3.5亿以上个商户,从而产生巨大收益。iFREE Group 将会加强我们在亚洲的商户生态系统,并将带来针对旅行的忠诚度,优惠券,折扣商品和电信服务产品,以及一系列全球4G和WiFi热点服务(iSpot),这是一个激动人心的新型强大的全球广告平台,我们将通过我们在全球范围内的合作伙伴关系提供这些服务。”