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Diffusion 6.6 – Enhanced Data Wrangling for Real-Time Data Streams

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Plus new Python SDK, Support for MQTT Protocol and Apache Kafka Adapter

Push Technology, the pioneer and leader in real-time data streaming and messaging solutions, today announced powerful new functionality for the company’s Diffusion Intelligent Event-Data Platform, that consumes, enriches and delivers data among applications, systems and devices. The new release expands the range of Diffusion’s unique Data Wrangling capabilities which provide developers with the tools to manipulate and transform event-data – in-flight – via topic trees, topic views and time series with actual or custom time stamps.

Data Wrangling
Data wrangling is the process of transforming and enriching raw data streams for optimized data delivery to a receiving application or device. This process is particularly relevant to event-driven architectures, which sit at the heart of modernization and digital transformation initiatives worldwide. The platform’s new functionality enables users to consume and mix disparate raw data sources and extract pertinent pieces of data to form new data streams for delivery of exactly and only the data required by recipients.

For development teams, Data Wrangling can be the most challenging and time-intensive aspect of application development because in-depth knowledge in this area is not often part of the in-house team’s expertise.  The Diffusion platform unburdens development and helps speed applications to market.

Diffusion 6.6 introduces capabilities to augment event-data associated with a topic via topic view inserts. With topic view insert, you can now merge data from topics other than the selected source topic into JSON reference topics. You can insert whole values, or partial data specified with JSON pointers. Advanced features include the ability to derive paths from values and chaining multiple inserts.

Diffusion 6.6 also introduces two major enhancements to time series topics. You can now update a time series topic via the standard topic update API, treating a time series topic as if it were a single topic with the same event type as the time series. This means that when you update time series topics, you can now use features like update constraints, update streams and the AddAndSet operation.   6.6 enables loading persisted or historical data into a time series topic and also allows setting a custom timestamp on historical data, instead of one based on the current time.

New Python SDK
Diffusion 6.6 includes a new Python SDK to accommodate the growing adoption of Python by the developer community and market feedback. Python is popular for general web development, scientific computing/data science, machine learning, and FinTech applications.  The Python SDK supports subscribing to topics, and request-response messaging.

Apache Kafka Adapter
Diffusion’s Data Gateway makes it easy to consume both static and streaming data from a wide array of sources and provides capabilities to prepare the data for wrangling before an event-data is created and made ready for distribution.

Using the new Kafka Adapter, organizations can now efficiently and securely extend Kafka solutions over the Internet, streaming real-time data to millions of end-user applications. In addition, customers can easily manage the high-volume of data across geographically dispersed regions.

Push’s earlier standalone Kafka adapter used the Kafka Connect framework and was available via GitHub. The new adapter does not use Kafka Connect, and is instead based on Kafka Producers and Consumers. The adapter translates data between Diffusion topics and Apache Kafka events. It is designed for quick and easy Kafka integration with Diffusion.

Support for MQTT Open Source Protocol
By supporting MQTT with Diffusion, software development teams can now bring state-of-the-art event-driven architecture to their IoT and Mobile solutions. The low code features of the Diffusion platform significantly reduces software development effort and the overall cost of deployed solutions.

Diffusion implements MQTT 5.0, the latest version of the specification. Both the TCP and WebSocket transports are supported, and connections can be secured using Transport Layer Security (TLS). Diffusion treats MQTT as a first-class protocol and acts as a session broker for MQTT clients in the same way as it does for Diffusion SDK clients. Each Diffusion server can host tens-of-thousands of MQTT sessions; and servers can be configured in clusters to scale to an arbitrarily large number of connections. MQTT clients can be monitored and managed by Diffusion SDK clients, the management console, and external tools connected via the Prometheus or JMX gateways.

Sean Bowen, CEO of Push Technology, said: “Diffusion’s new Intelligent Data Wrangling functionality sets the platform light years ahead of the alternatives and assures organizations’ event data is optimized and actionable. Development teams can take advantage of the powerful data wrangling features of the Diffusion platform and assure efficient and reliable real-time data delivery, with secure access control to applications, devices and systems.”

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Zitro’s Altius Glare is Now Live at Gran Casino Extremadura

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Zitro continues to expand its Glare cabinets family in Spain by having now deployed the Altius Glare at Gran Casino Extremadura, owned by Orenes Group, in Badajoz.

The visual quality of Altius Glare, never seen before in the industry, and its design, which includes a huge 55” screen combined with a 27” Full HD screen that provides a giant real estate for 4K graphics and an intelligent LED halo, make this new cabinet shine with its own light in the gaming hall of the Extremadura casino.

“We did not hesitate to include Zitro’s cabinets, which are having incredible results not only in Spain but worldwide. As a reference in the entertainment industry, our commitment is to offer our customers high quality products with the most advanced technologies,” Gregorio Hernández, Director of the Casino Division of Orenes Group, said.

“We are grateful to Orenes Gran Casino de Extremadura for expanding the portfolio of Zitro products they already offer in their gaming hall. Altius Glare together with its multi-game Wheel of Legends offers a unique immersive gaming experience, which we are convinced will appeal to all customers of Gran Casino Extremadura,” said Jaime Aníbal-Álvarez, Zitro’s Director of Casinos – Spain.

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Flutter Completes Acquisition of Italian Gaming Operator Sisal

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Flutter Entertainment has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Italy’s online gaming operator Sisal. The €1.913 billion deal was first announced in December.

“Flutter is pleased to announce that it has received all necessary regulatory confirmations with respect to the acquisition of Sisal and the transaction completed on 4 August 2022,” the Paddy Power owner said in a statement.

Italy is the second largest regulated gambling market in Europe after the UK, with total estimated gross gaming revenue in 2019 of €19 billion.

The business, which employs about 2500 people and is headquartered in Milan, expects to generate EBITDA of €248m this year.

Flutter said that Sisal has performed strongly since the transaction was announced with year-on-year growth of 58% in revenue to £402m and 51% in EBITDA to £120m during the first half of 2022. It noted that the previous year was impacted by Covid-related retail restrictions.

The company said the deal has been completed using debt facilities agreed at transaction announcement in December, bringing Flutter’s expected weighted average cost of debt to approximately 3.4% for the second half of this year.

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AstroPay Appoints Fayyaz Ansari as CFO

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AstroPay has appointed Fayyaz Ansari as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Having worked in finance for over 20 years, Fayyaz brings with him a deep understanding of the global payments industry. Prior to joining AstroPay, he was working at Skrill, NETELLER & Income Access (part of Paysafe Group Plc) as CFO of their digital wallet division and board member of their regulated entities. He will be based in the UK with responsibility for overseeing all aspects of AstroPay’s global financial management and activities.

Fayyaz’s extensive leadership experience includes controllership, treasury, financial planning and analysis, tax restructuring, corporate finance, performance management, M&A and strategic planning. He also managed other aspects of the finance function which includes banking, investments, financial systems and was involved in fundraising as well as coordinating efforts for an exit via a trade sale/ IPO.

“I am delighted to welcome Fayyaz to AstroPay where he will undoubtedly make an immediate impact as we aim to become the world’s leading payments platform. His wealth of experience will be essential in implementing our strategic plans to accelerate growth and position AstroPay for the future. Fayyaz and the team will contribute to our mission of providing financial freedom to millions of people worldwide. He is an excellent addition to the AstroPay team and I look forward to working with him in our journey,” Mikael Lijtenstein, CEO of AstroPay, said.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join AstroPay as the next step in my career. I am excited about working with a team that is passionate about the business, has a clear strategy and always puts customers’ needs first. With its commitment to global expansion, a strong business model, a focus on diversity and proud history, AstroPay is well positioned for extraordinary growth and impact. I believe the company’s unique value proposition and strong foundation will allow the business to grow and execute its vision of making payments much more accessible to customers around the world,” Fayyaz Ansari, CFO of AstroPay, said.

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