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Microsoft partners fuel economic recovery in Sri Lanka

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Microsoft held a free digital-only event for business executives and government officials in Sri Lanka to share how the Microsoft Partner Network has helped businesses adjust and solve the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our partner ecosystem is working hard to ensure that our customers can respond and recover from the impact the pandemic has had across business processes, industries and organizations in Sri Lanka,” said Hasitha Abeywardena, Country Manager, Microsoft Sri Lanka and Maldives. “We have seen first-hand how they are equipping customers with the technology and tools to safeguard jobs, businesses and the community; and we are deeply appreciative of their heroic work. Their commitment to enabling the recovery of Sri Lanka, along with our resources and expertise to help them achieve their goals validates our mission to empower every person and every organization in Sri Lanka to achieve more.”

With workplaces pivoting to work-from-home arrangements to keep their employees safe, a significant number of businesses continue to function as normal due to the economic costs associated with shutting down business. Innovations built by Arimac, MillenniumIT ESP, and ZILLIONe seek to help businesses adhere to government regulations and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within their premises.

“I am so proud to see how our partners in Sri Lanka are striving to protect the health and well-being of the communities in which we operate. This growth mindset will transform our country’s industries and enable digital transformation across the market, and has the potential to help beyond the pandemic,” continued Hasitha.

CovidTrace

To scale up the ability to use contact tracing to track and fight COVID-19 outbreaks, Arimac introduced a privacy-safe mobile contact tracing app leveraging Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Azure Cloud Services. The app allows for organizations to take preventive measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by assigning authorized employees to trace primary, secondary, and tertiary contacts of newly identified cases via the app with minimal input required from the user in a user-friendly customer journey.

CovidTrace regularly scans for nearby devices using BLE signals to track the spread of infection without compromising location privacy. When it establishes a Bluetooth connection with a nearby device, the app will start exchanging data, record, and securely store the temporary ID of the nearby phone together with the Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI), which measures the signal strength to determine the proximity between the two devices and time stamp.

Similarly, ZILLIONe showcased a mobile contact tracing app leveraging Quick Response (QR) codes and Azure Cloud Services. Each time a QR code is scanned, the app enters the location in a log and adds a timestamp. A moderator/representative will scan the employee ID at the entrance of each visit within the office premises. And in the event an outbreak within the company, they can easily identify the associates of the infected person and take the necessary steps to minimize the spread.

HealthVision

At the event, powered by Azure cloud services MillenniumIT ESP showcased HealthVision—a web-enabled, mobile responsive remote patient monitoring platform for medical personnel and caregivers. This latest solution enables healthcare providers to connect with their patients from a remote location, record their details regarding health and safety risks through guided questionnaires, capturing of their expressions and symptoms through video and voice facility, medical history, etc. and enables continuous communication on a daily basis to ascertain the status of their patients’ health. The solution is been used as a remote patient monitoring and a teletherapy application by some of the leading health care institutes in the country.

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HNB promotes cashless transactions; joins CBSL’s ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign

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Chief Guest for the event Money and Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal, CBSL Deputy Governor and National Payments Council chairperson Yvette Fernando, and CBSL Payments and Settlements Director D. Kumaratunge with HNB Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo as he completes a transaction via HNB SOLO at a merchant stall

HNB PLC, partnered with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to promote the Colombo-leg of ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign at Diyatha Uyana, to raise awareness and encourage the public towards cashless payments.

Having already linked LANKA QR to its digital payment app HNB SOLO, the bank was among other financial institutions and telecommunication partners in joining efforts to make cashless QR-code based payments the standard for mobile phones and digital payments countrywide, in moving towards a cashless and digitally-savvy Sri Lanka.

“We are entering a new era of financial technology, where almost all of our daily transactions will require no physical banknotes, but just a smartphone and internet connection with our bank account integrated to a digital payment app.

The Central Bank’s national directive for banks and financial institutions to adopt and integrate LANKA QR into their existing digital payment solutions has prompted an aggressive onboarding of merchants to the new payment solution across the country. With our extensive customer base, SOLO is no doubt a significant contributor to this innovative initiative,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.

The Colombo-leg of the ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign raised awareness regarding SOLO’s many facilities, including zero human interaction, efficiency, and eliminated risks that influenced many vendors to come on board.

 

(HNB)

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Sri Lanka Insurance posts a staggering revenue of Rs. 55.2 billion during 2020

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Amidst the turbulent and challenging year Sri Lanka Insurance has closed year 2020 on a positive note recording phenomenal revenue growth with exceptional service innovations.

Sri Lanka Insurance the premier insurer to the nation recorded stellar performance in 2020 to record Rs. 55.2 billion revenue for the year, a marked improvement on the Rs.48.6 billion in the year 2019, a press release said.

It adds – In the year of 2020 Sri Lanka Insurance reported 30 % growth in life insurance premium increasing to Rs.19.2 billion whilst general insurance reported 7% growth in premium grew to Rs. 20.1 billion. The company achieved a combined Gross Written Premium (GWP) growth rate of 17 % during the year. General insurance contributed 51% towards the total GWP whilst Life Insurance contributed 49 %.

‘In continuing with its tradition of leadership, Sri Lanka Insurance in 2020 surpassed its own record to declare a sum of Rs.8.2 billion as bonus to policyholders. The cumulative life insurance bonus paid out during the past 10 years tops a massive Rs.54 billion making the SLIC bonus payout unmatchable.

‘As the national insurer we have witnessed yet another challenging year and the consequences brought out by pandemic outbreak urged us to conduct our business operations in a more empathetic manner. SLIC has always taken the lead to protect the nation and during this difficult time Sri Lanka Insurance launched many initiatives to sustain country’s health defenses while ensuring our customers receive uninterrupted insurance service.

‘As the pioneering insurance company in Sri Lanka we are in the forefront to inculcate the importance of insurance to the masses as a national responsibility on our shoulders. We will further strengthen internal capabilities to serve the nation through innovative and affordable insurance solutions which cater to all Sri Lankans under the ‘Insurance for All” concept. Even though the times are defining we will continue protecting our nation turning obstacles into opportunities.’ noted .Jagath Wellawatta, chairman of SLIC.

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Bank of Ceylon empowering nation with Lanka Q

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The Bank of Ceylon in its mission to assist the government initiative to empower Sri Lanka through digital technology is joining the customer awareness campaign of Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s Lanka QR digital platform.

Bank of Ceylon had its most recent major awareness programs in Borella and Maharagama along with the other branches in Colombo District in line with the Central Bank’s main program held in “Diyatha Uyana” with the participation of all Lanka QR certified banks on the same day.

Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has organized a series of awareness and promotion campaigns for popularizing Lanka QR with the participation of all Lanka QR certified financial institutions throughout the country with the aim of speeding up the customer adaptation process towards digital banking.

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