Google details ‘Biometric API’ for Android which enables Pixel 4’s face unlock

9to5Google | October 31, 2019

Biometric authentication has been a part of Android for a few years at this point, but times are changing and so is the way we log into our phones. Face unlock is the next big thing, and Google is urging developers to add support for the “Biometric API” for Android which makes biometrics better for everyone. In a blog post targeted at developers, Google explains why it shifted over to this new API as well as detailing how developers can shift over to it. Back in Android Marshmallow, Google introduced support for fingerprint sensors with the “FingerprintManager” class, but it was a very basic solution. Developers had to create their own UI for fingerprints and it only supported fingerprints. Things started changing in Android Pie when “BiometricPrompt” was added. It delivered a common design that developers could use which also worked across more types of biometric authentication. Now, with Android 10, Google is making further changes with the “Biometric API.” The company explains.

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Seabury Solutions applies AI to Scheduling, Data Wrangling and Revenue Potential Forecasting

Seabury Solutions | October 14, 2022

Seabury Solutions, a market leader in providing Information Technology solutions for the aviation industry, announced today the integration of AI solutions through strategic partnerships. “Aurora’s intelligent scheduling technology improves MRO throughput, resulting in improved transparency and reduced costs, while also resulting in superior operations management. Aurora was developed to help tackle difficult, mission-critical scheduling problems—by using artificial intelligence technologies to encode extensive expert domain knowledge with advanced algorithms to generate more efficient schedules. Today, Aurora manages the most demanding operations for organizations such as The Boeing Company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Bombardier Learjet, Spirit AeroSystems, General Dynamics Electric Boat, Korea Aerospace Industries, and the US Air Force, US Space Force, and US Navy,” says Richard Stottler, President, Stottler Henke. “Having seen OEMs and Tier 1s invest in predictive maintenance driven AI channels, it was crucial that AI found its way into enhancing data quality and integrity using data driven models. This acts as a segway into helping organizations visualize commercial impact of decisions using an Aircraft, Engine or Component’s Airworthiness and Maintenance data. KeepFlying sees great potential for Airlines, MROs, Lessors and Banks to create financial twins for the Assets they operate, lease, maintain and finance to predict costs, revenues, asset placement commercial potentials and risks using Machine Learning models trained across different Aircraft and Engine types.” KeepFlying CEO, Sriram Haran “Our decision to include AI into our Functional Architecture was taken right before the Pandemic started and it was included in our road map together with a 5-year plan to execute it. After understanding the necessity of tools driven by AI in areas such as Scheduling, Planning, Revenue Forecasting (specifically for Airframe and Engines MROs, lessors and Financial Institutions) we took the challenge of inviting specialized strategic partners to deliver a set of solutions that will only improve our digital transformation platform and benefit not only current but also future customers,” stated Seabury Solutions CEO & President, Bijoy Mechery.

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DXC Technology Expands Global Partnership with Dynatrace, Accelerating Business Transformation for Customers

DXC Technology | October 31, 2022

DXC Technology, a leading Fortune 500 global technology services company, announced an expanded partnership with Dynatrace in which the Dynatrace® Software Intelligence Platform will become the preferred DXC Platform X™ software for observability and artificial intelligence-powered automated management of a customer's IT estate. DXC Platform X is a data-driven, intelligent automation platform that proactively helps detect, prevent, and resolve issues to achieve resilient, self-healing IT. The platform continuously evolves to bring DXC customers best-in-class solutions that meet their rapidly changing technology needs and help them be future ready with capabilities to deliver their desired business outcomes. Dynatrace provides AI-powered observability, which enhances proactive and intelligent automation. The enhanced partnership will deliver more efficient operations and improved performance across today's dynamic and complex hybrid and multicloud environments. With hundreds of DXC colleagues trained and certified on Dynatrace, the company can provide the needed expertise and services to deliver breakthrough digital experiences for its customers. "DXC customers depend on us to be a safe pair of hands, running their mission critical systems reliably and silently. "The addition of Dynatrace, with its unified and intelligent view across software products and technologies, helps us strengthen our predictive AIOps capabilities and drive cost optimization. This is another proof point in the ongoing progression of Platform X, on the heels of forming our ServiceNow Strategic Business Group, which was announced earlier this year. DXC is committed to continuously innovating, augmenting DXC proprietary capabilities with market-leading solution providers." Chris Drumgoole, DXC's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Underscoring the significance of this partnership, Dynatrace recognized DXC as the 2022 Partner of the Year in North America and 2022 Service Provider of the year in APAC and EMEA. To cement our successful partnership, DXC and Dynatrace have agreed to launch a joint strategic go-to-market program globally to bring an enhanced, intelligent, cross-service-line solution to customers worldwide. This will entail joint development, co-marketing and co-selling, events, and customer engagement. "This expanded partnership with DXC reflects an aligned vision for our customers of what is critical to achieving digital transformation at scale," said Rick McConnell, CEO at Dynatrace. "The combination of DXC's deep experience running and transforming mission-critical hybrid and multicloud systems for thousands of clients worldwide with the Dynatrace platform shortens the time between cloud decisions and successful cloud deployments. This is enabled by reducing complexity, delivering precise answers from the immense amount of data coming from modern clouds, and freeing up time through continuous, intelligent automation." DXC has been providing Zurich, a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and services, with advanced monitoring-as-a-service, built around the Dynatrace Software Intelligence Platform, for over five years. "DXC's service proactively monitors our critical applications ensuring maximum reliability and resiliency," said Paul Ruskusky - Vice President, Head of IT Infrastructure & Operations for Zurich North America. "This has helped to achieve our goals of simplifying operations, freeing up time for innovation, and delivering improved customer experiences." Today's enterprise customers need agile partners who continuously evolve to support them on their transformation journey, ensuring maximum performance and business outcomes from their existing and new IT investments. Enhancing DXC Platform X with the Dynatrace platform's full-stack, intelligent observability takes our solution to the next level, delivering increased operational efficiencies, and accelerated growth to drive greater customer impact. About DXC Technology DXC Technology helps global companies run their mission-critical systems and operations while modernizing IT, optimizing data architectures, and ensuring security and scalability across public, private and hybrid clouds. The world's largest companies and public sector organizations trust DXC to deploy services to drive new levels of performance, competitiveness, and customer experience across their IT estates.

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Optimizely Launches Digital Experience Platform on Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Optimizely | November 15, 2022

Optimizely, the leading digital experience platform (DXP) provider enabling Boundless Digital Invention, today announced its content management, commerce, and personalization solutions are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. Optimizely customers can now take advantage of the productive and trusted Azure cloud platform, with streamlined deployment and management. Optimizely DXP offers rich personalization features, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and benefitting from the scalability, reliability, performance, and security of Azure. “Launching Optimizely DXP on Microsoft Azure Marketplace is the next step in helping more organizations unleash their full potential and transform digital experiences. “The best digital experiences begin with learning from customers, gaining their trust, and using superior intelligence to serve them and drive outcomes. By using Optimizely’s DXP with Azure, marketing teams have unlimited possibilities to drive exceptional digital experiences, while ensuring the highest level of reliability and security.” Alex Atzberger, CEO of Optimizely Optimizely DXP is an advanced Content Management System (CMS) offered in a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model, built on Microsoft .NET 5/6, and natively designed to run on Azure, enabling customers to take full advantage of Microsoft Azure for ease of use, reduced complexity, and cost-effective technology consumption. This launch allows customers to benefit from the latest release of Optimizely Content Management Version 12 and B2C Commerce Version 14, which is Optimizely’s first version built on ASP.NET Core. It also comes on the heels of the recent release of the .NET Upgrade Assistant to make it easier for customers to move to .NET 5/6. Jake Zborowski, General Manager, Microsoft Azure Platform at Microsoft Corp. said, “We’re pleased to welcome Optimizely to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, which gives our partners great exposure to cloud customers around the globe. Azure Marketplace offers world-class quality experiences from global trusted partners with solutions tested to work seamlessly with Azure.” The Azure Marketplace is an online market for buying and selling cloud solutions certified to run on Azure. The Azure Marketplace helps connect companies seeking innovative, cloud-based solutions with partners who have developed solutions that are ready to use. About Optimizely At Optimizely, we're on a mission to help people unlock their digital potential. With our leading digital experience platform (DXP), we equip teams with the tools and insights they need to create and optimize in new and novel ways. Through Boundless Digital Invention, we’re reinventing marketing and allowing marketers to innovate without limits through confident content creation, inclusive collaboration and customer foresight. Now, companies can operate with data-driven confidence to create hyper-personalized experiences. Building sophisticated solutions has never been simpler. Optimizely’s 900+ partners and 1100+ employees in offices around the globe are proud to help more than 9,000 brands, including Toyota, Santander, eBay, KLM and Mazda, enrich their customer lifetime value, increase revenue and grow their brands.

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Variscite Simplifies AI/ML and Multimedia at the Edge with Python API for System on Modules

Variscite | December 07, 2022

Variscite, a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of System on Modules (SoMs), today announced the official launch of the Variscite Python API developer center. The Variscite Python API, also known as pyvar, simplifies the development of machine learning and multimedia applications for devices built on Variscite’s i.MX8-based SoMs. With the API, building and programming embedded systems and smart/edge devices for AI/ML is faster and easier, even for beginners. Variscite Python API eases the development process of embedded systems using cameras, sensors, displays, and user interfaces. It also provides an easy way to run and communicate with Cortex-M applications from the Cortex-A side, for fast processing at low power. The API’s developer center provides ‘how to’ guides, documentation and quick source code examples. “Capture, recognition, and processing of image, audio, and video data are increasingly used in embedded edge devices for any kind of environment, from transportation to healthcare, robotics, and agriculture, Our customers require additional AI/ML capabilities at the edge to run complex and advanced applications, and the Variscite python API enables faster and easier deployment with our i.MX8 SoMs.” -Ofer Austerlitz, VP Business Development and Sales of Variscite. Variscite offers a wide range of performance, power consumption, cost, and feature sets in its i.MX 8-based System on Modules. The company’s portfolio includes two highly scalable modules with dedicated AI/ML capabilities and an integrated Neural Processing Unit (NPU). The DART-MX8M-PLUS and VAR-SOM-MX8M-PLUS run on a 1.8GHz Quad Cortex™-A53 NXP iMX8M Plus processor with 800MHz Cortex-M7 real-time co-processor. Both SoMs are members of Variscite’s Pin2Pin families that offer seamless scalability, extended lifetime, as well as reduced development time, cost, and risk. ABOUT VARISCITE: Variscite is a worldwide leading System on Module designer and manufacturer, setting the bar for embedded solutions since 2003 with high-quality modules. The company provides the broadest ARM-based SoM portfolio in the embedded market with a wide range of configuration options that cover an entire embedded product and application range; from entry-level to high-performance solutions. Variscite's in-house production fully complies with the strict medical ISO13485 and ISO9001 standards. Along with the company's ongoing online documentation and personal support as well as the generous longevity, the company's customers are enjoying consistent, reliable products and services starting from the earliest development stages throughout the end-product lifecycle.

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