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Protective shield against DDos attacks

“Unfortunately, we are experiencing technical problems and our servers are largely unavailable.” This was posted in many online shops last week. Hackers brought the websites to a standstill with major DDoS attacks. The economic damage is likely to be extensive. And it does not look like the situation will ease off. The attackers are becoming more and more aggressive and successful extortion campaigns are encouraging copycats.

Act now. Protect your networks and Internet infrastructures against DDoS attacks around the clock. The Swisscom DDos Protection Service analyses all data flows and stops any attack reliably. Your customer advisor will be happy to answer all your questions.

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Health Center

Fit and healthy in everyday working life

Our everyday lives are digitalised from start to finish. So why not use the technologies and opportunities provided by smartphones and apps when it comes to health matters in companies? One thing is certain: digital company health care management is on the rise and many Swiss companies are already using it with great success.

The Swisscom Health Center is a platform for employees’ personal health. The goal of the platform is to actively promote employee health and well-being. For example, one measure could be to increase physical activity in day-to-day life through the use of challenges. In addition, the Heath Center gives employees valuable tips regarding their health. 

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Fitbit Charge HR

Switzerland’s favourite wearable

With a market share of 70%, the Fitbit Charge HR is Switzerland’s most popular fitness tracker. This device features continuous, automatic heart rate tracking, allowing the wearer to precisely track calorie consumption, ensure a constant level of training intensity, maximise training and optimise health.

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Low power network

Swisscom launches Switzerland-wide network of things

By the end of 2016, Swisscom will have set up an impressive Switzerland-wide, complementary network: it forms the basis for the Internet of Things. The strengths of the low power network (LPN), which is operated independently of the mobile communications network, are its extremely low energy consumption and broad ranges. It connects devices such as sensors, which exchange minimal data quantities, independently from the electricity grid. These sensors can use the same batteries for years. The new network perfectly complements the existing mobile communications network with high bandwidths. In the pilot phase, which started in spring 2015, Swisscom implemented more than fifteen specific projects with a host of companies. The parking space project at Lenzburg castle, for example. To prevent unnecessary traffic when looking for a parking space in front of the popular tourist attraction, sensors underneath each individual parking space inform the parking guidance system about their availability. At the same time, the information can be accessed on the website and, in the future, will also be available via an app. As there is no need for extensive wiring to link the sensors to the base station, this infrastructure requires minimal effort and costs.

The expansion of the LPN will soon allow companies in Switzerland to develop completely new business models and services, or extend existing ones.

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Go to the pharmacy first

For a few years now, selected pharmacies have been enhancing their service range with an innovative telemedical service called netCare. In netCare pharmacies, patients receive a special medical consultation and assistance in the event of illnesses and minor injuries without having to pre-register. The pharmacist performs triage, i.e. initial clarification based on a scientifically backed procedure that doctors and pharmacists have developed together. Based on these algorithms, the pharmacist decides whether to dispense medication directly, involve a telephysician or refer the patient to another specialist. Two partners support the service – Medgate and Swisscom.

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The Swiss suffer from the flu, Australians from the heat

Medgate is the leading service provider for integrated, outpatient health care in Switzerland and has the largest doctor-run telemedicine centre in Europe, as well as two health centres of its own. Three questions for Andy Fischer, CEO of Medgate

What does Medgate offer?
Medgate is one of the leading providers of integrated health care. In the telemedicine centre, doctors and health care professionals advise patients worldwide around the clock, via phone, the Internet and videos. Medgate also runs two health centres of its own with general practitioners and specialists in Solothurn and Zurich.

Are the Swiss different to other nationalities when it comes to illnesses?
If we compare patient enquiries in Switzerland with those at our Telemedicine Centers in the United Arab Emirates and Australia, we certainly find differences. These are frequently a result of the climate and culture. For example, in Switzerland we are currently receiving a lot of enquiries about the flu, while in the other two countries, heat waves are generating a lot of enquiries, regarding dehydration, for example.

When are Mr and Ms Swiss most frequently ill?
Generally, we receive more calls at the start of the week than towards the end, and more of these calls come in during the morning and afternoon than at lunchtime. However, we cannot conclude from this that Swiss people are more frequently ill at those times, as they may have already been ill at the weekend but chosen to postpone a consultation. What we are noticing, though, is an increase in the number of calls as a result of the flu season, but this cannot be pinpointed to a particular day of the week. In addition, the distribution of symptoms that prompt patients to call changes depending on the time of year. For example, in the summer there are more skin problems.

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Mobile payment

Pay in shops with Paymit

For the last few weeks, Paymit has been enabling mobile payment in selected shops and restaurants. The new solution is particularly suited to retailers and service providers who have only accepted cash until now. Interested shop and restaurant owners can register via the website Following a check by SIX, they will receive a QR code in the form of a sticker that they can attach to their point of sales.

In May 2016, Paymit will launch an app for retailers. Alongside the payment function, this will provide a simple checkout function to make the problem of handling cash even easier. Paymit will also enable payment within the app in May.

Paymithas been the mobile payment solution of the partner network of SIX, UBS, Zürcher Kantonalbank and Swisscom since May 2015.

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