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Presto and CKE Restaurants Announce Drive-Thru Voice AI Automation Partnership

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SAN CARLOS, Calif., May 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Presto Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: PRST), one of the largest drive-thru automation technology providers in the hospitality industry, today announced the expansion of its partnership with CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., the parent company of the iconic Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brands. Presto will be rolling out its artificial intelligence (AI) powered solution, Presto Voice™, to automate voice ordering at participating drive-thru locations nationwide.

The voice automation technology, which has already been implemented at select Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s drive-thru locations within the United States, increases revenue, improves labor productivity, and enhances the guest and staff experience.   Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s operate roughly 2,800 franchised or company-operated restaurants across 44 US states.

Phil Crawford, the Chief Technology Officer at CKE, stated that “Presto’s Voice AI solution is a robust choice as it aligns well with CKE’s objective of providing guests with outstanding service while simultaneously increasing operational efficiency.” Crawford added “that the pilot program yielded positive outcomes, with deployed stores experiencing a significant rise in revenue due to the upsell capability. As a result, we are delighted to offer the Presto Voice AI technology to our franchisee base across the country.”

“The entire Presto team is excited to be partnering with CKE, a pioneer and a technology early adopter in the QSR space,” said Dan Mosher, President of Presto. “CKE recently revolutionized its digital ecosystem and we are confident that Presto is well-suited to support CKE’s growth.”

Presto is a proven leader in automation technology and as a public company also understands how to operationalize the successful deployment of its products across thousands of restaurants. In recent pilot tests of Presto Voice at select Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants, Presto Voice yielded great results with the test location’s relevant metrics, including increased upsell offer rates and increased average check sizes due to upsells.

To schedule a live demo or learn more about Presto’s products, please contact [email protected] or visit presto.com.

About Presto Automation Inc.

Presto (Nasdaq: PRST) provides enterprise-grade AI solutions for the nation’s largest hospitality brands. Our industry-leading automation and voice AI technology improves order accuracy, reduces labor costs, and increases revenue for superior drive-thru and dine-in experiences. With over 380 million transactions processed, Presto is one of the largest labor automation technology providers in the industry. Presto is headquartered in Silicon Valley in San Carlos, California and counts among its customers some of the top 20 restaurant chains in the United States.

About CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

CKE, a privately held company based in Franklin, Tennessee, runs and operates Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s®, two beloved regional brands, known for premium and innovative menu items such as 100 percent Black Angus Thickburgers®, Made from Scratch™ Biscuits and Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders™. With both a US and international footprint, Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC and Hardee’s Restaurants LLC have over 3,800 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 44 states and 43 foreign countries and U.S. territories.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Statements that refer to projections, forecasts or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “outlook,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “continue,” “could,” “may,” “might,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “should,” “would” and other similar words and expressions, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. The forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions about future events and are based on currently available information as to the outcome and timing of future events. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release or as of the date they are made. Except as otherwise required by applicable law, Presto disclaims any duty to update any forward-looking statements, all of which are expressly qualified by the statements in this section, to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release. Presto cautions you that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the control of Presto. In addition, Presto cautions you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are subject to the following risks and uncertainties: our ability to manage our growth effectively, to sustain our recent revenue growth or attract new customers; the limited operating history with our new Vision and Voice products in a new and developing market; our ability to achieve revenue growth while our expenses increase; continued adverse impacts from COVID-19 (including as a result of global supply chain shortages); the loss of any of our three largest customers or a reduction in their business with us; our ability to improve and enhance the functionality, performance, reliability, design, security, or scalability of our platform to respond to customers’ evolving needs; our ability to protect the security of our customers’ information; changing privacy laws, regulations and standards, and our ability to comply with contractual obligations and laws related to data privacy and security; unfavorable conditions in the restaurant industry or the global economy, including with respect to food, labor, and occupancy costs; the availability of capital or financing on acceptable terms, if at all; financial covenants and other restrictions on our actions contained in our financing agreements that may limit our operational flexibility; the length and unpredictability of our sales cycles and the amount of investments required in sales efforts; material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting and, our ability to remediate these deficiencies; our ability to continue as a going concern; our ability to receive additional financing in a timely manner; shortages, price increases, changes, delays or discontinuations of hardware; our ability to maintain relationships with our payment processors; our reliance on computer hardware, licensed software and services rendered by third parties; U.S. laws and regulations (including with respect to payment transaction processing), many of which are unsettled and still developing, and our or our customers’ ability to comply with such laws and regulations; significant changes in U.S. and international trade policies that restrict imports or increase tariffs; any requirements to collect additional sales taxes or be subject to other tax liabilities that may increase the costs to our customers; our ability to adequately protect our intellectual property rights; claims by third parties of intellectual property infringement; our use of open-source software in our platform; and other economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting Presto’s business generally as set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact

For Presto:

Chris Cast
[email protected]

For CKE:

Beth Gerstenberger
Communications Director
615-970-8363
[email protected]

A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/e792fb25-79b4-4c7c-9aea-fb84f621c47a

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A Fond Farewell: Memories to Treasure from MWC 2024

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HONG KONG, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — As IPLOOK reflects on its successful participation in MWC 2024, the company is left with countless memories, insights and opportunities that will continue to inspire its team long after the event has ended.

IPLOOK’s Impressive Showing 
IPLOOK’s booth was a hub of activity throughout the 4-day event, drawing in crowds of attendees eager to learn more about IPLOOK’s innovative core network solutions. Some of the key achievements and gains for IPLOOK at MWC 2024 included:
Strong partnerships forged: IPLOOK nailed several new partnerships with leading telecom companies, expanding its reach and impact in the industry.Positive industry coverage: IPLOOK’s presence at MWC 24 attracted the attention of industry research outlets, resulting in conversations highlighting IPLOOK’s leading position in core network market, ability of innovation and integration capability of space, air and ground communications.Brand awareness increased: The event provided an excellent opportunity for IPLOOK to raise its profile and establish itself as a leader in the core network market. Its booth attracted a number of visitors who were already aware of its role as a core network expert, eager to explore the advancements presented by IPLOOK.Valuable feedback received: IPLOOK took the opportunity to gather feedback from attendees on its products and services, which will be invaluable in driving IPLOOK’s future product development and improvements.Innovations that Stole the Show
This year’s MWC, as per its theme “Future First”, was a testament to the power of technology to transform our future life. Attendees were treated to demonstrations of the latest innovation in AIGC, AI-RAN, Open Gateway, and 6G, showcasing how these technologies can revolutionize industries and improve people’s lives.
What’s Next for IPLOOK?
As IPLOOK sets its sights on the horizon, the company is energized by the prospect of deepening connections within the telecom ecosystem and discovering the groundbreaking advancements that lie ahead at MWC’s next chapter. With a steadfast dedication to product innovation, IPLOOK will also journey to key industry events like MVNOs World Congress and AfricaCom, forging new paths into uncharted markets and showcasing its unwavering commitment to the evolution of the telecom landscape.
Contact: [email protected] IPLOOK on LinkedIn @IPLOOK Networks
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Mobica Appoints Gary Butters as CEO, Building on Success and Fuelling Continued Growth

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LONDON, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Mobica, the global software and engineering provider, has announced Gary Butters as their Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

 
Gary joined Mobica as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) in November 2020 and as part of outgoing CEO Sam Kingston’s leadership team, delivered significant success, leading to Mobica’s acquisition by Cognizant in March 2023. 
This acquisition will significantly expand Cognizant’s IoT embedded software engineering capabilities as part of their overall strategy to help companies modernise technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they stay ahead in a fast-changing world.
 
Gary takes over the role with the remit to complete the integration of Mobica into Cognizant while continuing to deliver double-digit growth.
Mobica, which is headquartered in Manchester UK, with operations in Europe and the US, provides world-class software engineering and development expertise to many of the most recognised global brands. Founded in 2004, it serves a number of sectors, with particular expertise in the automotive, manufacturing, industrial and semiconductor industries.
In his role as CEO, Gary will continue Mobica’s vision of delivering exceptional value and innovation to it’s clients and customers, while spearheading its growth plan as demand for engineering and software expertise continues to rise.
Commenting on his appointment, Gary says:”Over the past few years, Mobica has seen demand for our world-class engineering increase significantly, particularly with the acceleration in AI and machine learning. This has seen some of the once ‘traditional’ industries such as automotive and manufacturing undergo a radical transformation. 
“As a result, companies are increasingly seeking skilled professionals – particularly in areas such as software development, AI, IoT, and data analytics – in order to stay competitive and meet evolving customer expectations. However, they are vying for a limited pool of technology talent, so access to Mobica engineering services has been vital to enable our customers to remain agile in a rapidly evolving landscape.
“Our ongoing growth is a testament to our team of dedicated ‘Mobicans’ and our unwavering dedication to delivering cutting-edge software engineering solutions. We have consistently provided clients with access to top-tier engineering talent, enabling them to drive digital transformation and achieve their business objectives. I am looking forward to working with our talented team as we continue our ambitious growth plans.”
www.mobica.com 
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Core to Cloud Partners with Cybersecurity Innovator SenseOn to Enable Comprehensive NDR and SIEM Security

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New strategic arrangement allows organisations to monitor identity, endpoint, network and cloud-based activity to stop threats immediately.
CIRENCESTER, England, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Core to Cloud, a leading provider of cybersecurity services and solutions, is excited to announce a strategic alliance with SenseOn, a renowned threat detection management platform. This collaboration will empower businesses to bolster their advanced NDR and SEIM operations and secure end-to-end platforms.

In today’s integrated digital landscape, businesses rely on various systems and third-party suppliers. The launch of SenseOn’s platform marks a significant leap forward in proactive threat detection and response, offering a comprehensive solution to combat sophisticated cyber threats. Organisations can identify, detect and respond to vulnerabilities in traditional blind spots. Core to Cloud’s partnership with SenseOn aims to address these challenges by offering a comprehensive and efficient solution for managing threat detection and response.
James Cunningham, CEO and co-founder of Core to Cloud, said: “We are excited to announce our partnership with SenseOn, allowing Core to Cloud to bring our clients a more robust and complete threat detection and management solution. With an ever-changing digital landscape, our clients must be able to detect and respond to any threats within their cyber estate. This partnership offers an all-encompassing approach to managing these risks.” 
One of the critical features of this partnership is that the platform is built upon a foundation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies, meticulously designed to evolve alongside cyber threats. Leveraging its unique Deep Learning, SenseOn’s platform analyses vast and complex datasets, providing real-time threat detection, investigation, and autonomous response capabilities. This innovative approach and Core to Cloud’s cybersecurity expertise enables organisations to proactively address potential threats before they escalate, ensuring robust protection against evolving cyber-attacks.
SenseOn’s platform and Core to Cloud’s know-how empower security teams to navigate the complicated threat landscape efficiently. Intelligent automation streamlines incident response, allowing cybersecurity professionals to focus on strategic initiatives rather than routine tasks.
David Atkinson, CEO and Founder of SenseOn, added: “We are excited to announce a pivotal moment in SenseOn’s journey with establishing a strategic channel partnership with Core to Cloud. This collaboration is more than a partnership; it’s an alliance that leverages the strengths of both companies to propel us towards growth. By combining SenseOn’s consolidated threat detection platform with Core to Cloud’s technical and service expertise, we are poised to deliver a new standard in cybersecurity solutions.”
Moreover, Core to Cloud and SenseOn are committed to ongoing collaboration and continuous improvement. As cybersecurity threats evolve, so do the strategies and tools to counter them. This collaboration is not just a one-time solution; it represents an ongoing commitment to enhancing the cybersecurity landscape for businesses of all sizes. Core to Cloud and SenseOn will continue to work together to develop new features, refine existing tools, and provide unparalleled support to our clients.
Core to Cloud’s partnership with SenseOn signifies a major step forward in cybersecurity. By combining expertise, technology, and a shared commitment to excellence, the two companies are paving the way for businesses to navigate the complex digital landscape confidently. Together, they empower businesses to protect their NDR, SEIM and end-to-end platforms.
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