(MAHWAH, NJ) August 14, 2017 – Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC has announced that Tyfone and SIMPLENIGHT are the latest startups to join the Portland technology accelerator program, becoming the seventh cohort to join the program since launching last year. The new additions focus on increasing data security and personalizing consumer experiences, which directly impact consumers today.
Tyfone brings the security of credit card chips to the convenience of mobile phone payments through its patented SideCard™ product. SideCard brings omnichannel security by packing smartcard secure elements accessible through Bluetooth® LE, NFC and contact interfaces in an ultrathin credit card form factor. It delivers the highest level of security sufficient for military grade applications without the need for complex passwords and enrollment. Tyfone currently has 140 issued and pending patents, and serves key industries with converged omnichannel security needs such as financial services, critical infrastructure, transportation, and the U.S. Government.
SIMPLENIGHT is a business to business global distribution platform for in-destination experiences including tours, dining, shows, events, attractions, transportation, nightlife, hotels and more. SIMPLENIGHT enables companies to sell these activities to their customers, in addition to their own core offering, while sharing in the revenue. SIMPLENIGHT offers over 500,000 bookable products in more than 1,300 destinations over 150 countries.
“We’re excited to have Tyfone and SIMPLENIGHT join our program, as we continue to explore heightening the security of transmitted data and creating customized experiences for Jaguar Land Rover consumers,” said Danielle Alexander, Incubator General Manager. “We’re eager to collaborate with these two companies for the next six months as we see what opportunities there might be to apply these technologies for Jaguar Land Rover consumers in the future.”
The Jaguar Land Rover accelerator program seeks to encourage, promote and support new automotive, mobility and connected car technologies that are being developed by U.S. startups. Each quarter, new startup companies are hosted for a six-month period and are provided with a variety of resources including direct investment and services, development support from the Jaguar Land Rover global engineering teams, internal and external mentorship, and designated space within the Portland research and development facilities.
Applications for the next cohort to join the Tech accelerator program are now open. Startups working in automotive tech, the mobility space or connected car technologies are encouraged to apply online at the JLR Corporate website.
Located in Portland, Ore., the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator launched in January 2016, expanding upon the Jaguar Land Rover Open Software Technology Center (OSTC), established in July 2014. The Incubator is committed to working with approximately 120 startup companies over the next decade.