Conversica Announces Fundraising Intelligent Virtual Assistant

Conversica | July 28, 2020

Conversica, Inc., the leader in Intelligent Virtual Assistants helping organizations attract, acquire and grow customers at scale, announced today it is equipping development teams and organizations to drive personalized engagement with donors, surface new donation interest, and nurture repeat giving among its existing donor base with the launch of a new fundraising Intelligent Virtual Assistant. According to the 2018 Fundraising Effectiveness Report, 50 percent of donors don’t contribute to an organization after their first year of donations. In tough times instigated by COVID-19, it’s more important than ever for fundraisers to retain donors and develop relationships that will result in lasting engagement. Today’s fundraising organizations may not have dedicated employees responsible for both identifying prospective donors and cultivating relationships with current donors to maintain a reliable source of funding to keep their organizations afloat. In fact, development roles typically have high-turnover, making it challenging to build advocacy with donors.

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AlphaICs Begins Global Sampling of 'Gluon - Deep Learning Co-Processor' for Vision AI With Superior FPS/Watt Performance

AlphaICs | February 15, 2022

AlphaICs, a leading AI fabless semiconductor company that develops edge inference and edge learning technologies, has announced the availability of engineering samples of 'Gluon' - an 8 TOPS Edge AI inference co-processor to customers in surveillance, industrial, retail, auto, and Industrial IoT verticals which carries best-in-class FPS/Watt performance. Gluon will be shipped with a complete (Software Development Kit) SDK that enables easy deployment of neural networks. The advanced edge inference chip delivers the capability for customers to add AI capability in the current X86 / ARM-based systems, resulting in significant cost savings. Gluon provides the best fps/watt performance in the market for classification and detection Neural Networks - 32 Frames Per Second (FPS)/watt for Yolo-V2, a leading object detection model & 22 Frames Per Second (FPS)/Watt for VGG-19, a leading classification model. Gluon is currently being sampled to for early customers to enable the development of their vision applications. It is engineered for OEMs and solution providers targeting vision market segments, such as surveillance, industrial, retail, Industrial IoT, and edge gateway manufacturers. To accelerate its market foray into highly demanding silicon markets, AlphaICs has established a channel partner relationship with CBC Co. Ltd, a Japanese enterprise offering video surveillance products for their customers. CBC has been working with AlphaICs for close to two years and we are excited to be its marketing partner in Japan. Gluon was showcased at Japan AI Expo in October 2021 and generated great interest from Japanese customers for vision applications based on its superior performance. AlphaICs co-processor strategy is well received, and we are very excited to take this technology to our customers," Kazuhiko Kondo, Executive Officer, CBC Co., Ltd. AlphaICs CEO Pradeep Vajram said "We are pleased with our Gluon silicon results and are now demonstrating the innovative technology to our customers. Our team worked very hard to design this high-performance, industry resonating deep-learning co-processor. Gluon is future-ready and is well-positioned to address the AI vision applications for surveillance, retail, industrial, and smart city markets." Early last year the company raised $8 million to advance the development of Gluon based on the proprietary architecture RAPTM. AlphaICs' highly scalable and modular architecture uses a specialized Instruction Set Architecture that is specifically optimized for AI. About AlphaICs: AlphaICs is a leading AI technology company that develops edge inference and edge learning technologies to enable AI at the edge. AlphaICs has developed a next-generation AI architecture, called Real AI Processor (RAPTM). Architecture provides high performance, low power, and minimal latency, enabling best-in-class edge AI inference processors. RAPTM architecture also supports edge learning to reduce training data requirements, enables auto labeling and continuous learning at the edge. The company is led by a team of technology experts and successful serial entrepreneurs committed to putting forth the true potential of AI at the edge. The company has operations in Milpitas, US, and Bangalore, India. AlphaICs is currently a company in the Silicon Catalyst Incubator.

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PixelPlex Launches IT Consulting Services for Businesses of All Sizes

PixelPlex | March 14, 2022

PixelPlex, a full-cycle software developer, offers IT consulting services to help clients investigate the feasibility of their ideas, select technologies to implement them, and create sophisticated yet easy-to-use solutions. To date, PixelPlex has successfully launched over 450 projects. With such extensive experience of working with companies of various sizes, PixelPlex points out several major pain points that most enterprises face. The biggest problem is low efficiency and security issues associated with using outdated systems. Another one is the lack of knowledge about technologies, which leads to the low performance of implemented solutions. The last common problem is the difficulty of designing a project development strategy. After analyzing these issues, PixelPlex developed and launched IT consulting services. PixelPlex can work on new projects or join existing ones. They start the process by studying the client's business case and analyzing ideas. Then, the consultants model the solution's architecture and infrastructure, provide estimation and project roadmapping, and offer development services. The team also identifies issues and solves technical puzzles to ensure that the final solution is free of vulnerabilities, highly efficient, and performs well. PixelPlex also shared the results of two recent projects — LaneAxis and Proleague.gg. LaneAxis aimed to introduce blockchain into their shipper-to-carrier direct freight network to reduce negotiation times and make negotiations transparent, improve shipment traceability, and speed up problem resolution processes. PixelPlex proposed an effective solution, namely how to capture value with blockchain, replace third-party payment processors, and improve the platform's speed and security. The consultants created a tokenomics model that included the token system, payment methods, stablecoin purchase process, and native token trading. Proleague.gg approached PixelPlex with the idea of developing the Play2Earn ecosystem. The consultants helped the client work out a clear project development strategy and prepared a well-thought-out vision and scope document. The latter outlined main features, the scope for the MVP, tokenomics model, monetization opportunities, and the tech stack. About PixelPlex PixelPlex is a full-cycle consulting and software development company with cross-domain expertise in blockchain, DeFi, FinTech, AI, and AR/VR. The company is a trusted partner for startups, SMEs, and enterprises. PixelPlex's client list includes well-known companies such as BMW, Microsoft, Swisscom, and Kakao.

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Quest Software Announces Innovations to Improve Organizations’ Cyber Resilience Across Hybrid Microsoft Environments

Quest | July 16, 2020

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection and security software provider, today announced new capabilities available within On Demand Audit to support the industry-wide shift to the cloud and ensure Microsoft environments remain secure in the face of growing malware and cyber threats. Available within the Quest Microsoft Platform Management (MPM) business, On Demand Audit is an Azure-hosted SaaS offering that provides tracking and alerting on all configuration, user and administrator changes made across Microsoft hybrid environments. To further help customers tighten their security posture, streamline auditing processes, and adhere to compliance requirements, On Demand Audit now features new support for Teams and delivers the necessary auditing and alerting on all critical events to minimize vulnerabilities across the business collaboration tool.

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Ford Awards TomTom Global Traffic Service Deal for Next-Generation SYNC Connected Vehicle System

TomTom | July 02, 2020

TomTom (TOM2), the location technology specialist, has been awarded a global multi-year deal to power Ford’s next-generation SYNC® with its real-time traffic service. Ford’s all-new 2021 F-150 pickup – revealed just days ago – and the soon to be delivered all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV are the first Ford vehicles available with the technology. TomTom Traffic provides accurate, real-time traffic information, which will keep Ford drivers informed and can help them reduce their travel time. TomTom’s traffic service processes over 70 million driving hours every day, derived from billions of de-identified data points. By updating its big data every 30 seconds, TomTom can predict traffic before it even happens. “Automakers choose TomTom Traffic for its accuracy, freshness and reliability,” said Antoine Saucier, Managing Director, TomTom Automotive. “Ford’s decision to include TomTom Traffic in its new SYNC connected vehicle technology is another step towards our vision of a world free of congestion.” TomTom’s real-time traffic service is available in 79 countries around the world, powered by over 600 million connected devices. The service is used by car manufacturers, app developers and enterprises across a range of mobility applications.

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