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Plainsight and Connection Launch AI Alliance To Bring Computer Vision To Enterprises Across Industries

Plainsight | December 09, 2022 | Read time : 03:00 min

Plainsight and Connection Launch AI Alliance
Plainsight, the leader in proven vision AI, announced today a strategic partnership with Connection (PC Connection, Inc.; NASDAQ: CNXN), a leading information technology solutions provider, that paves the way for enterprises across markets to harness the power of accurate, scalable, and repeatable computer vision.

Available today via the partnership, Connection offers Plainsight's enterprise-grade vision AI solutions with fully managed services, helping organizations accelerate innovation, solve persistent problems, and grow competitive advantages with greater assurance and speed. Customers benefit from expert guidance, an industry-leading platform, and complete management of their visual data, vision AI workflows, solutions, and shared insights.

As a premier computer vision partner, Plainsight enhances Connection's comprehensive hardware and infrastructure solutions with production-ready, codified, responsible vision AI. Connection will resell Plainsight on Google Cloud via the Google Cloud marketplace. While the partnership is aimed across industries, the initial focus is on Manufacturing and Retail, capturing immediate demand and leveraging Connection's established partner and customer network. This extensive reach through Connection sales channels widens distribution of Plainsight managed solutions and end-to-end platform for centralized processes, standardized pipelines, and actionable insights across enterprise computer vision initiatives.

"Plainsight has demonstrated time and again their ability to derive unmatched value from custom computer vision solutions faster and with more repeatability than any other provider," said Jamal Khan, Chief Growth and Innovation Officer, Connection. "By taking a holistic approach to customer engagement, Plainsight's computer vision experts are able to identify and scale new and innovative computer vision solutions in just a few days or weeks, which is pivotal in helping Connection customers maintain a competitive advantage in their respective, diverse markets."

"It's high time enterprises achieve the revenue gains and cost savings computer vision provides, but while organizations around the world increasingly rely on images and videos for critical functions, most are struggling to manage the data and deploy applications successfully. "To conquer these challenges and deliver transformational enterprise solutions, Connection is an ideal ally, and together, we're empowering enterprises to successfully navigate through computer vision initiatives and see the untapped value they've been missing."

Carlos Anchia, Plainsight Co-Founder and CEO

Underscoring this relationship are respective partnerships with Google Cloud. Plainsight is a trusted ISV partner within the Google Cloud Marketplace, and Connection is a Premier Google Cloud Partner and Google Cloud Marketplace reseller. Plainsight and Connection deliver deeply integrated vision AI solutions enabling customers to leverage Google Cloud infrastructure security, privacy, and scalability with unified procurement and administration.

About Plainsight
Plainsight provides the unique combination of AI strategy, a vision AI platform, and deep learning expertise to develop, implement, and oversee transformative computer vision solutions for enterprises. Through the widest breadth of managed services and a vision AI platform for centralized processes and standardized pipelines, Plainsight makes computer vision repeatable and accountable across all enterprise vision AI initiatives. Plainsight solves problems where others have failed and empowers businesses across industries to realize the full potential of their visual data with the lowest barriers to production, fastest value generation, and monitoring for long-term success.

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Aetina Launches New ASIC-Based Edge AI System Powered by Blaize

Aetina | December 08, 2022

Aetina, an edge AI solution provider that offers embedded computing hardware and software for AI and IoT, has launched a new ASIC-based edge AI system powered by the programmable Blaize® Pathfinder P1600 Embedded System on Module (SoM). The Aetina AI inference system—AIE-CP1A-A1—is a small-sized embedded computer designed for different computer vision applications, including object detection, human motion detection, and automated inspection. The AIE-CP1A-A1 model features the small form factor Blaize® Pathfinder P1600 Embedded SoM, ideal for rugged and challenging environments and embedded systems that need extended temperature ranges. It features Dual ARM Cortex A53 processors, 16 GSP cores providing 16 TOPS AI performance, and the benefits of low memory bandwidth and low latency, making it capable of accelerating neural network (NN) deployment and deep learning (DL) process. Based on the Blaize Graph Streaming Processor (GSP®) architecture, the Pathfinder enables energy-efficient processing power ideal for AI inferencing workloads at the edge, easily plugs into a custom carrier board, and runs autonomously or integrated within a larger system. Due to its compact, fanless design and multiple I/O ports, the AIE-CP1A-A1 can fit both commercial and industrial-grade AI-powered systems that involve vision AI-related inference. The Blaize Pathfinder also supports H.264/H.265 video encoder and decoder, making it compatible with different sensors to run quick image recognition and video analytics tasks. Aetina offers customized carrier boards and computer cases for sophisticated system integration and chip-down design service to provide other kinds of embedded computing models, such as single-board computer (SBC) with the Blaize Pathfinder in addition to regular box PCs. Moreover, Aetina helps developers convert their AI inference models to a format that can run and function normally on edge devices built with ASIC chips. “We are now expanding our edge computing product line to bring more GPU and ASIC-based solutions to help developers build their AI systems in various verticals and industries. “The AIE-CP1A-A1 model, powered by Blaize Pathfinder P1600 SoM, is our first ASIC-based system. In the future, by integrating different types of chips and modules, we can offer heterogeneous computing devices that are suitable for different AI models.” Jackal Chen, Senior Product Manager at Aetina Keeping AI processing and inferencing workloads at the edge, rather than sending data to the cloud, is critical for cost-effective and almost latency-free AI applications," said Dinakar Munagala, CEO and Co-founder of Blaize. "The Pathfinder SoM and our GSP architecture enable this key business objective for the demands of computer vision applications, including object detection, autonomous optical inspection, robotics, and more." Additionally, Aetina is now developing more ASIC-based AI accelerators with M.2 and EDSFF specification for developers, speeding up the inference processes of their AI models at the edge. About Blaize Blaize is a leading provider of a proprietary purpose-built, full-stack hardware architecture and low-code/no-code software platform that enables edge AI processing solutions at the network’s edge for computing in multiple large and rapidly-growing markets — automotive, mobility, retail, security, industrial automation, medical devices, and many others. Blaize’s novel solution solves the technical problem that edge AI processing requires across those verticals — very low latency and high thermal and power efficiency — which previously relied on retrofitting sub-optimized AI solutions designed more for data centers and the cloud. Blaize has previously raised over $180MM from strategic investors such as DENSO, Daimler, Magna, and Samsung, and financial investors such as Franklin Templeton, Temasek, GGV, and others. With headquarters in El Dorado Hills (CA), Blaize has teams in San Jose (CA) and subsidiaries in Hyderabad (India), Manila (Philippines), and Leeds and Kings Langley (UK), with 300+ employees worldwide. About Aetina Aetina Corporation, founded in 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan, is a leading provider of state-of-the-art AI solutions involving high-performance edge computing hardware and low-code/no-code software to help developers build different AI verticals quickly. With a focus on the global AI market, Aetina is committed in delivering professional longevity services to solve the developers’ pain points and speed up their AI adoption processes.

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WNS Recognized as a ‘Leader’ in AI and Analytics & Social Media for CX Services by ISG

WNS | November 14, 2022

WNS Limited, a leading provider of global Business Process Management (BPM) solutions, today announced that it has been recognized as a ‘Leader’ in AI and Analytics, and Social Media for CX Services in the ISG Provider Lens™ 2022 Global Contact Center Customer Experience Services report. WNS’ leadership position in AI and Analytics has been attributed to WNS Triange (the company’s Data, analytics and AI practice); proprietary technology ecosystem and strategic partnerships; and WNS EXPIRIUS, a proprietary framework that enables clients to optimize analytics-driven, intelligent omni-channel conversations with customers. WNS’ ‘Leader’ position in Social Media CX Services is driven by its robust social media practice capable of handling up to 85 million online conversations at 85 percent accuracy; a comprehensive social media product suite for everything from social listening to advanced analytics; and WNS EXPIRIUS Social, which leverages intelligent automation to deliver heightened customer experience. “We are delighted to be chosen as ‘Leader’ across Social Media, AI and Analytics for Customer Experience – two areas where WNS has made considerable strategic investments over the past several years. Our robust CX practice is built on a foundation of intelligent analytics, Artificial Intelligence and automation to address the entire customer engagement journey. Our clients leverage WNS’ advanced digital solutions to create unique experiences that drive new revenue streams and deep customer loyalty,” said Keshav R. Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS. “WNS has leapfrogged into the leader’s quadrant with its improved CX offerings. Responding to the rapidly evolving enterprise needs, WNS is driving investments in technology and frameworks that are more aligned to the current needs of its customers. The company’s meaningful investments in building WNS Triange symbolises value-driven services that help its clients in delivering superior experiences.” Namratha Dharshan, Director of Research and Principal Analyst, ISG WNS Triange enables clients from 10+ industries to develop an actionable data strategy and then translate it into action. With a team of 4,000 specialists, WNS Triange powers business transformation through three pillars: Triange Consult, Triange NxT and Triange CoE. WNS’ proprietary and industry-first Digital Customer Experience (CX) framework, EXPIRIUS, equips businesses to capitalize on analytics-led, intelligent omni-channel customer conversations. About WNS WNS Limited is a leading Business Process Management (BPM) company. WNS combines deep industry knowledge with technology, analytics, and process expertise to co-create innovative, digitally led transformational solutions with over 400 clients across various industries. WNS delivers an entire spectrum of BPM solutions including industry-specific offerings, customer experience services, finance and accounting, human resources, procurement, and research and analytics to re-imagine the digital future of businesses. As of September 30, 2022, WNS had 57,503 professionals across 60 delivery centers worldwide including facilities in Canada, China, Costa Rica, India, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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AI Dynamics Joins Newchip’s Global Series A Accelerator Program

AI Dynamics | December 13, 2022

AI Dynamics, a business founded on the belief that everyone should have access to and benefit from the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to change the world, was accepted out of 1,000+ applicants into Newchip’s renowned global accelerator program’s latest cohort. The online accelerator provides the mentorship, connections and tools that growth-stage teams need to drive greater scale, expand business operations, and position their company for potential exit or acquisition. Since its inception in 2019, the equity-free, fully digital accelerator has helped over 1,500 founders from more than 50 countries and 250 cities raise over $450 million in funding with an estimated portfolio of over $9B. “When evaluating companies for our Series A Accelerator, we search for proven business models that are prepared to scale their strong revenues and traction quickly in order to gain further market share and increase their likelihood of industry disruption. “We see real potential in AI Dynamics and are excited to integrate them into our global network of VCs, angel investors, and family offices seeking to invest in this particular space.” Armando Vera Carvajal, Vice President at Newchip AI Dynamics’ mission is ​​to create an operating system for AI that empowers anyone, at any skill level, to create AI solutions. The company’s core product, the NeoPulse AI Platform, does just that by enabling organizations to manage their entire AI workflow and infrastructure from one place. Since launching in 2015, AI Dynamics has closed more than $8.9 million in funding, received accolades from industry-leading analyst firms and media like Gartner, Clutch and CIO Review, and partnered with enterprises like Soracom, MBC BioLabs and Pettigrew Medical. “Being part of the Newchip Accelerator, we are looking forward to making AI accessible and beneficial to enterprises in all industries,” said Rajeev Dutt, CEO at AI Dynamics. “Our current focus is heavily on healthcare, biotechnology and medical coding, as well as the industrial and manufacturing industries, and we look forward to expanding as our business grows.” About AI Dynamics AI Dynamics aims to make artificial intelligence (AI) accessible to organizations of all sizes. The company's NeoPulse® Framework is an intuitive development and management platform for AI, which enables companies to develop and implement deep neural networks and other machine learning models that can improve key performance metrics. The company's team brings decades of experience in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence from leading companies and research organizations. About Newchip Newchip is an online, global startup accelerator led by a world-class team of entrepreneurs and investors. It was designed to provide founders with the tools needed to rapidly fund, build, and scale. Since its inception in 2019, the equity-free, remote accelerator has enabled over 1,500 startups from 50+ countries to raise over $450 million in funding with an estimated $9B portfolio. It has three distinct six-month accelerator programs based on company stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A. Its vast network of global investors, strategic partners, and mentors guide companies from team building and prototype development to securing high-profile VC investment, corporate partnerships, and everything in-between.

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GetResponse Introduces AI Product Recommendations to Help Businesses Boost Their Sales

GetResponse | November 29, 2022

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