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MONTREAL, May 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Siyata Mobile Inc. (the “Company” or “Siyata”) (TSX-V:SIM) (OTCQX:SYATF) is pleased to announce it has received its first Purchase Order from the hospitality industry for its mobile UR7 Rugged clamshell smartphone representing a new mobile worker vertical for an added revenue stream.

The significance of this order is that it opens up a new large-scale opportunity targeting mobile workers looking to stay connected via Push-to-Talk over cellular (“PoC”) with a smartphone solution the market has never seen before.

Unlike traditional two-way radio systems which have been the industry standard, the UR7, as a smartphone, also allows employees to download various applications while at the workplace to be more efficient, while providing all the features of traditional PTT. The only other clamshell device in the market sells hundreds of thousands of devices a year and is strictly a feature phone, that doesn’t allow for data or downloading applications for these workers.

Now with the UR7 Rugged clamshell smartphone, department heads, first responders, front desk, luggage handlers, room cleaning crews, security guards, and management can all instantly stay in touch with a push of a button with the added benefits of a smartphone (downloadable applications, WhatsApp, time log, voice, data and more).

Marc Seelenfreund, CEO and Chairman of Siyata Mobile, commented, “Seeing this new vertical open up with the success of our UR7 Rugged Smartphone launch is extremely exciting for us as the mobile worker vertical represents a total addressable market many times the size of the commercial fleet and vehicle market. We have a very unique offering that is a highly attractive for upgrading antiquated two-way radio systems. With three PoC carriers now offering this device, we see the UR7 adding a significant amount of revenue with strong margins in addition to our pipeline of 4G in-vehicle device sales.”

The UR7 is a Qualcomm based IP67 rugged smartphone in a clamshell form factor. It has a dedicated PTT button, strong dual speakers and the same echo canceling capabilities as the UV350 and supports BAND 14, America’s dedicated first responders network.

Report from CCS Insight predicts the market for rugged handsets will double from 30 million units in 2017, as more workers opt for durable phones that can withstand a harsh environment. CCS forecasts the market to continue to expand rapidly, with volumes of over 59 million by 2021.

 
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Vancouver, B.C. (April 27th, 2018) – British Columbia’s vibrant restaurant community once again gathered yesterday at the Where to Dine Awards to recognize its own for outstanding cuisine and service excellence across a myriad of categories from Best Asian to Best New Restaurant. Hosted at The Douglas Vancouver, over 250 attendees came out to support the chefs, front-of-house service teams, and industry purveyors recognized for their unrelenting passion and commitment – the same individuals who make this province one of the world’s most acclaimed dining destinations.

Over the last year, Where Magazine readers voted for their favourites to determine which extraordinary venues and personalities rose to the occasion and exemplified unsurpassed excellence and brilliance.

Toptable Group is honoured to have been recognized in the following categories:

Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
Best Seafood – Led by Executive Chef Frank Pabst and Restaurant Director Stephan Cachard
Leadership Award – Executive Chef Frank Pabst is recognized for his contribution to the city’s dining scene

Thierry Cafe
Best Dessert – Led by Maitre Chocolatier and Patissier Thierry Busset and General Manager Kathryn Millar

Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar
Best Whistler – Araxi wins for the 9th time, led by Executive Chefs James Walt and Quang Dang with Restaurant Director Neil Henderson

“British Columbia continues to raise the bar in the culinary world and we’re honoured to play a role in this dynamic industry,” says Michael Doyle, President of Toptable Group. “We look forward to welcoming guests to our Toptable Group of restaurants and extending authentic dining experiences to them. Congratulations to all of the 2018 Where to Dine Awards nominees and winners!”

 
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Toronto, ON (April 26, 2018) – Canadian owned and operated Quesada Burritos & Tacos is proud to announce the opening of its 100th location with plans to double units by 2020. The restaurant chain is part of a rapidly expanding category in Canada known as ‘fast-casual’ with the brand’s national growth fueled by a growing consumer love of its fresh, delicious homemade Mexican-inspired menu and an award-winning franchisee-first approach.

“We deliver on a growing consumer desire for fresher and healthier menu options but mouthwatering Mexican-inspired flavour ultimately defines everything we do.  Opening our 99th and 100th locations on the same day made this milestone that much more exciting,” said Steve Gill, Founder and Chief Recipe Officer, Quesada Burritos & Tacos. “Franchisees recognize Quesada’s made from scratch approach stands out in the clutter of quick service restaurants in Canada. At the same time, they can buy a location for a fraction of the cost compared to others in the Mexican food category.”

Unlike global chains that only recently introduced some healthier items in an effort to drive lackluster traffic, Quesada has been solely focused on offering Mexican-inspired food made with fresh, whole foods, from its beginnings on Wellington St. in Toronto in 2004. In fact, Quesada is part of a burgeoning food category in Canada known as ‘fast casual.’ According to leading market research firm NPD Group, the category is fast-growing as it offers higher quality, healthier menu items in a more elevated restaurant setting than fast-food chains while also offering convenience and value. 

Quesada’s business model is unique in that it is privately owned, bucking the industry trend of publicly owned chains. This allows for a hands-on, personalized approach that connects franchisees directly with the owners of the company, such as President Tom O’Neill, a seasoned restaurant industry veteran with experience setting up successful global chains across Canada.

“What appealed to me about Quesada is that it aligned with my lifestyle. When I was searching for a franchise, it was at a time when I was making a change to live better and eat better. I ate a lot of burritos and Quesada’s food had a kick that others in the category just lacked,” said Moe Surani, franchisee owner of the 100th Quesada location in Surrey, B.C.

Surani joins the growing ranks of happy, successful franchisees that own more than one Quesada restaurant. To date, almost half of all Quesada locations are run by multi-unit owners.

In addition to its menu, Quesada’s success is attributed to several years of double digit sales growth and the personal dedication of company owners to the success of individual franchisees.  In fact, franchisee satisfaction was recently recognized by the Canadian Franchisee Association’s ‘Franchisees Choice Designation.’

The ‘Joy of Mex’ describes the essence of the Quesada brand. Authentic salsas and sauces are made fresh daily and recipes are developed using traditional Mexican spices and herbs. Guests can customize burritos, tacos and salads with a delicious assortment of fresh toppings like refried beans, homemade Mexican coleslaw and pickled onions.

To celebrate reaching this milestone, loyal fans will be rewarded with 100 bonus points when they use the Quesada app at any location on June 2.

 

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