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TelEm is announcing yet another innovative first for the community of St Maarten. TelEm, Orion production Studio and Smart Concepts 721 B.V. teamed up to provide local News content on Amazon Alexa.

TV15 News, a subsidiary of TelEm was recently launched on TelTV+. It is produced by Orion Production Studio with News presenters Mr. Darin Hodge and Ms. Valerie Van Putten and is now also available on Alexa’s smart speaker. This new service will allow a five-minute synopsis of local, regional and international news to be played on demand on Alexa smart speakers.

What is Alexa? Alexa is a voice-controlled virtual assistant. She can play music, control your smart home, answer questions and engage your favorite services to keep you organized, informed, safe, connected and entertained. As a product of Amazon, she’s also your personal shopper. Digital assistants are poised to follow smartphones as the next great technological phenomenon.

Anyone around the world with an Alexa smart speaker will now have access to the local news by enabling St. Maarten News on Amazon. Once enabled users can ask Alexa to “Play Flash Briefing” this command will trigger Alexa to play St. Maarten News. Other news agencies on Alexa include CNN, FOX, BBC and NPR.

The news content is updated daily with a weekend review on Saturdays and Sundays. The news content is uploaded by Smart Concepts 721 B.V., a Smart Home and business automation company. With the growing popularity of Amazon Alexa both locally and globally with over 200 million units sold, Smart Concepts 721 CEO Mr. Michael Jeffrey saw the need to make local services and business content available on Amazon. Persons without an Alexa can download the Alexa app for FREE on their smartphones and use the phone as an Alexa device. The news link is also available through the QR Code.

TelEm will continue to introduce new and innovative services to the public of St. Maarten. With the availability of island-wide of high-speed internet the public can look forward to many more innovations in the near future.