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Blaize and VSaaS to develop AI surveillance apps

Blaize | June 29, 2022

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The pioneer in AI surveillance solutions, Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS), and Blaize have established a strategic partnership to develop AI-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) in intelligence applications across several markets in Chile and the US. The development of AI surveillance applications for retail, smart cities, and transportation will be scaled up and time-to-market accelerated by Blaize and VSaaS as part of the deal.

"We have developed AI models running on the Blaize Graph Streaming Processor (GSP®) architecture, connecting 4X the number of cameras compared to other solutions. Our AI surveillance applications powered by Blaize enable quick and easy deployment running on the edge, on-premise, or in a data center, addressing the unique needs of our shared customers."

Francisco Soto, Founder and CEO of VSaaS

The VSaaS platform makes use of current infrastructure to build, launch, and scale AI and machine learning-based video surveillance applications. The security, retail, and transportation sectors use VSaaS's AI Edge technology, which is integrated with existing infrastructures. This partnership will enable novel AI use cases and quicker ROI of AI edge deployments in diverse markets when combined with the Blaize's highly efficient, low latency hardware paired with open and code-free AI software.

The leading supplier of artificial intelligence-based video surveillance applications is VSaaS. The platform can manage and deploy surveillance apps using the same infrastructure, which has various advantages for the end-user. It can interact with AI models at the Edge, on-premise, and in the Cloud. Customers with up to 800 cameras may quickly and easily develop security solutions for use in retail, construction, transportation, and smart cities. VSaaS, which has its headquarters in Chile, is establishing a San Francisco (CA) branch.

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Tanla, Kore.ai forge exclusive partnership to offer Conversational AI Solutions

Tanla | June 13, 2022

Tanla, a leading global CPaaS provider, and Kore.ai, the world's leading enterprise conversational AI software platform and solutions company, today announced an exclusive partnership in five countries – India, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Philippines. This partnership is a momentous step forward in offering enterprises and brands the ability to upraise the digital experiences of their key stakeholders: customers, partners, and employees through best-in-class conversational artificial intelligence (AI) based Natural Language Processing (NLP) system. For the users, this effectively translates into digital interactions truly becoming intuitive and meaningful. Recognized as a Leader in Gartner's Enterprise Conversational AI Platforms Magic Quadrant 2022, Kore.ai offers an enterprise-grade, end-to-end, no-code conversational AI platform and AI-first solutions that serve as a secure foundation for enterprises to design, build, test, host, deploy and manage virtual assistants, process assistants and conversational digital applications for optimized customer, employee and agent experiences across voice and digital channels. The Kore.ai Experience Optimization Platform (XO) supports on-prem and cloud deployments for more than 35 channels in 100 languages. Kore.ai also brings with it an experienced and dedicated team to jointly accelerate product development and go-to-market (GTM) with Tanla in India and other focus geographies. Tanla is an industry leader in CPaaS, serving marquee clients across all major industries and transforming the way the world collaborates and communicates through innovative CPaaS solutions. It touches over a billion lives with its purpose "EC*2" i.e., "shaping the world of trusted digital experiences to empower consumers and enable companies." Tanla's Wisely platform is an embodiment of a step towards this purpose. Co-developed with Microsoft, Wisely is the world's first blockchain-powered cloud-based platform that connects enterprises and suppliers through a secure 'express route', ensuring complete transparency and a single source of truth that results in immutable audit trails and zero dispute settlements. Gartner has recognized Tanla in the 2021 CPaaS Competitive landscape based on a combination of prominence and the unique features of Wisely. The conversational AI market is growing at a rate of approximately 21% CAGR (source: Market Digits) while the Indian market itself is expected to grow at a rate of 25% CAGR (source: Gartner, Expert Interview). This outlook presents a huge growth opportunity in the conversational space. Tanla's rich communication portfolio and a strong customer base coupled with Kore.ai's conversational AI capabilities and large development organization will position the duo as a leader, enabling enterprises to deliver advanced, highly intelligent, and personalized experiences to their customers across their brand's digital touchpoints. "Enterprises are looking for technologies that help them create extraordinary customer and employee experiences, which positively impact business outcomes. Through this partnership, Tanla and Kore.ai will jointly offer a first-of-its-kind customer engagement platform offering conversation-first experiences that can automate and optimize voice and chat interactions across multiple channels, languages, and regions, while retaining the human touch all through. We are thrilled to work with a partner like Tanla that will help us advance our vision of creating extraordinary customer, employee, and agent experiences." Raj Koneru, Founder and CEO of Kore.ai Today's enterprises require a conversational AI provider, a channel delivery partner, a marketing partner to promote the intelligent virtual assistant, and a separate implementation partner to be able to set up effective conversational bot support. However, with the coming together of Tanla and Kore.ai, enterprises will be able to leverage their end-to-end capabilities and consultative support without having to go through multiple stops and partners. Some notable advantages of this also include access to a no-code virtual assistant development platform, an implementation team, omnichannel communication, campaign management for marketing, advanced analytics, and much more to support enterprises with unparalleled end-to-end ownership and quality assurance. "The Tanla – Kore.ai business partnership is a key milestone in our pursuit to provide best-in-class next-gen solutions to our enterprise customers. This partnership will provide cutting-edge AI solutions on Wisely Platform to help clients realize the value of truly omnichannel digital customer experiences," said Uday Reddy, Founder Chairman and CEO, Tanla Platforms Limited. Tanla and Kore.ai are confident that this collaboration will usher in a new era of automated and seamless digital communication that will elevate customer experience to new heights while helping enterprises build a better relationship with their customers. About Kore.ai Kore.ai is a global leader in the conversational AI-first platform and solutions helping enterprises automate business interactions to deliver extraordinary experiences for their customers, employees, and contact center agents. More than 200 Fortune 2000 companies trust Kore.ai's experience optimization (XO) platform and technology to automate their business interactions for over 100 million users worldwide to achieve extraordinary outcomes. Kore.ai has been recognized as a leader and an innovator by top analysts and ensures the success of its customers through a growing team headquartered in Orlando with offices in India, the UK, Japan, South Korea, and Europe. About Tanla Tanla Platforms Limited transforms the way the world collaborates and communicates through innovative CPaaS solutions. Founded in 1999, it was the first company to develop and deploy A2P SMSC in India. Today, as one of the world's largest CPaaS players, it processes more than 800 billion interactions annually and about 63% of India's A2P SMS traffic is processed through Trubloq, making it the world's largest Blockchain use case. Wisely, our patented enterprise-grade platform offers private, secure, and trusted experiences for enterprises and mobile carriers. Tanla Platforms Limited is headquartered in Hyderabad. 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Intel Open-Sources SYCLomatic Migration Tool

Intel | May 21, 2022

Intel has released an open source tool to migrate code to SYCL1 through a project called SYCLomatic, which helps developers more easily port CUDA code to SYCL and C++ to accelerate cross-architecture programming for heterogeneous architectures. This open source project enables community collaboration to advance adoption of the SYCL standard, a key step in freeing developers from a single-vendor proprietary ecosystem. “Migrating to C++ with SYCL gives code stronger ISO C++ alignment, multivendor support to relieve vendor lock-in and support for multiarchitecture to provide flexibility in harnessing the full power of new hardware innovations. SYCLomatic offers a valuable tool to automate much of the work, allowing developers to focus more on custom tuning than porting,” said James Reinders, Intel oneAPI evangelist. Why It Matters While hardware innovation has led to a diverse heterogeneous architectural landscape for computing, software development has become increasingly complex, making it difficult to take full advantage of CPUs and accelerators. Today’s developers and their teams are strapped for time, money and resources to accommodate the rewriting and testing of code to boost application performance for these different architectures. Developers are looking for open alternatives that improve time-to-value, and Intel is providing an easier, shorter pathway to enabling hardware choice. What is SYCL and Project SYCLomatic SYCL, a C++-based Khronos Group standard, extends C++ capabilities to support multiarchitecture and disjoint memory configurations. To initiate this project, Intel open-sourced the technology behind its DPC++ Compatibility Tool to further advance the migration capabilities for producing more SYCL-based applications. 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Examples include the University of Stockholm with GROMACS 20223, Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) with easyWave, Samsung Medison and Bittware (view oneAPI DevSummit content for more examples). Multiple customers are also testing code on current and upcoming Intel Xe architecture-based GPUs, including Argonne National Laboratory Aurora supercomputer, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), GE Healthcare and others. Where to Get SYCLomatic SYCLomatic is a GitHub project. The GitHub portal includes a “contributing.md” guide describing the steps for technical contributions to the project to ensure maximum ease. Developers are encouraged to use the tool and provide feedback and contributions to advance the tool’s evolution. “CRK-HACC is an N-body cosmological simulation code actively under development. To prepare for Aurora, the Intel DPC++ Compatibility Tool allowed us to quickly migrate over 20 kernels to SYCL. 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Geminus.ai launches first of its kind predictive intelligence platform

Geminus.ai | June 14, 2022

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Cycle.io’s Low-Ops Developer Platform Adds NVIDIA GPU Support

Cycle.io | August 04, 2022

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