Qualcomm developing standards and ecosystem for industrial 5G

RCRWireless News | April 02, 2019

There’s widespread consensus among the industrial companies on hand for Hannover Messe that 5G will be a major factor in the future of high-value verticals like manufacturing. But, just like consumer 5G services, it won’t happen overnight. That’s why Qualcomm is working on continued development of the 5G New Radio standard while taking a collaborative approach to bringing 5G to industries. Yongbin Wei, Qualcomm’s senior director of research, gave a presentation during Hannover Messe looking ahead to refinements of 5G NR coming in 3GPP’s Release 16 that speak directly to industrial internet of things-type applications, particularly reliability and time-sensitive networking. He gave the example of industrial robotics, noting, “The unique thing about this is latency and reliability is much more stringent. To support that…Release 16 will bring a couple of enhancements to better use 5G.” He also discussed the challenging radio environments present in varying types of industrial facilities. “The question we are trying to figure out is how we can marry the 5G connectivity better with all the industry’s existing facilities. To ensure the high reliability, that is a challenge,” and the solution will be spatial technology that ensures redundancy if a single RF link is blocked or otherwise unable to provide the level of service needed for a given application. “If you have multiple links, then if a certain link gets blocked or degrades, you have another link. That’s the benefit of spatial diversity,” Wei said. Private networks are another major topic at Hannover Messe; in fact, Germany has dedicated frequencies in the 3.7 GHz band for private networks, similar to what U.S. regulators are doing around the 3.5 GHz CBRS band.

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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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Zoom partners with Cresta to Deliver AI-Driven Real-Time Intelligence for the Contact Center

Cresta | November 10, 2022

Cresta, the leader in real-time intelligence for the contact center, today announced the availability of an integration between Cresta and Zoom Video Communications, Inc. With this integration, Zoom Contact Center customers now have the ability to deploy real-time voice integration in their contact center using Cresta's advanced AI-driven, real-time intelligence layer. This integration will allow Zoom customers to accelerate revenue generation by improving sales conversion rates, and increasing customer retention and collections. Cresta's real-time intelligence platform also improves call coaching by automating the quality assurance process. "The Zoom Contact Center solution has set a new standard for customer experiences through omnichannel and video-optimized interactions. "The Cresta integration will help Zoom Contact Center accelerate its goal of meeting the needs of the modern agent and end customer experience." Zayd Enam, CEO of Cresta Cresta's platform allows Zoom customers to use a simple interface instead of having to go through a lengthy programming process. The integration can be enabled through the Zoom administration portal, providing a simple and secure way to integrate to Cresta's powerful real-time AI suite that includes Agent Assist, Knowledge Surfacing, Supervisor coaching, QA and Insights. Customers using Cresta see CSAT increase on average by 15%, new agent ramp time decreased by 3X, and agents save 3-5 hours per week through elimination of repetitive tasks. "The Cresta platform complements the Zoom Contact Center offering," says Kentis Gopalla, Head of Ecosystem for Zoom Phone and Contact Center. "The combination of Cresta's real-time capabilities with Zoom Contact Center helps our customers improve agent productivity by providing additional insights, and deliver better customer experiences. This integration makes it easy to offer our solutions in a secure way without complex IT work, so customers can focus on business value." This partnership marks another important milestone for Cresta in 2022, including bolstering the executive team, securing an $80 million Series C funding, and the unveiling several groundbreaking products that demonstrate how AI is reshaping contact center operations, including Cresta Insights, Agent Assist, Opera, Chatbot, and Director. Cresta was also recently recognized as a "Hot AI Vendor" by Aragon Research and earned inclusion on the CB Insights AI 100 list. About Cresta Cresta makes every customer interaction excellent. Cresta turns real-time intelligence into real-time action to make the contact center smarter – and every agent and manager more productive. Powering customer experiences for companies like CarMax, Blue Nile, Earthlink, Intuit, and Porsche, Cresta is real-time AI for the real world.

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Clarity AI Technology Empowers Consumers to Shop Consciously with Klarna

Clarity AI | December 19, 2022

Clarity AI – the leading global sustainability tech platform – announced today that Klarna, the global leader in the generational shift away from credit cards, is using Clarity AI’s data and capabilities to promote environmentally conscious brands to 150 million shoppers. “We are thrilled to empower over 150 million shoppers with the information they need to make more sustainable choices when they shop. With more than 2 million daily transactions processed by Klarna, this initiative can have a significant collective effect, showcasing the scale and potential that Clarity AI can power and unleash as we make our sustainability metrics accessible to consumers.” Angel Agudo, Head of Product and member of the Board of Directors of Clarity AI Sustainability is becoming a major concern for shoppers. Yet, so far, much of the attention in the market has been focused on the fashion industry. In order to shed light on a new category, Klarna will initially feature ways to shop consciously – powered by Clarity AI’s capabilities – to those shopping for electronics across thousands of brands in 22 countries around the world. As a whole, the technology industry is expected to produce around 14% of global emissions by 2040, up from around 3% today. As well as the energy demand from the usage of electronic devices, their production and disposal have a significant environmental impact. Producing these devices equals or exceeds the carbon cost of using them.1 According to the Q3 2022 Klarna Shopping Pulse,2 62% of US shoppers say that sustainability when shopping for electronics is important to them (e.g., that the product is made of more sustainable materials or the brand is taking active steps towards climate change). Also, the study showed that over two-thirds of Americans think it’s important that the brands they buy actively combat climate change and use recycled or sustainable materials in their products, and moreover, 24% of Americans actively seek out brands that are ethical and sustainable. After consumers make a purchase in the electronics category, new Clarity AI-powered information on the brand’s environmental efforts will be displayed in the form of brand badges, bringing together brand-level sustainability data in one simple overview. This information provides consumers with a simple and reliable way to identify brands that are proactively addressing climate change, helping consumers shop more consciously. The brand badges indicate whether a company has lower greenhouse gas emissions than similar businesses, whether they derive a higher proportion of its energy from renewable sources, has climate change policies and a roadmap to positively impact climate change, and whether or not a company is transparent in its reporting of climate-related information. “In 2021, Klarna introduced the CO2e emissions tracker, which brought to life one of the largest awareness efforts on carbon footprints ever made. Now, we are taking it one step further by providing Klarna’s more than 150 million shoppers with reliable and transparent metrics for electronics brands, helping shoppers to not only understand the impact of their purchases but also to make more environmentally conscious decisions going forward. Together, Klarna and Clarity AI are empowering consumers to ‘vote with their wallet’ for a more sustainable world,” said Salah Said, Head of Sustainability at Klarna. “We were looking for a partner that not only provides clear and independent data, but also offers a seamless technical integration. As a digital-native tech company, Clarity AI was a natural choice for us. We speak the same language; it’s a great match.” About Clarity AI =Clarity AI is a sustainability technology platform that uses machine learning and big data to deliver environmental and social insights to investors, organizations, and consumers. As of November 2022, Clarity AI’s platform analyzes more than 50,000 companies, 320,000 funds, 198 countries and 188 local governments – two to thirteen times more than any other player in the market – and delivers data and analytics for investing, consumer research, corporate research and reporting for sustainability regulations worldwide. Clarity AI has offices in North America, Europe and the Middle East, and its investor client network manages tens of trillions in assets under management, while its consumer partnerships allow it to be part of millions of daily ecommerce transactions and to reach hundreds of millions of consumers at over 400,000 merchants. About Klarna Since 2005 Klarna has been on a mission to revolutionize the retail banking industry. With over 150 million global active users and 2 million transactions per day, Klarna is meeting the changing demands of consumers by saving them time and money while helping them be informed and in control. Over 450,000 global retail partners, including H&M, Saks, Sephora, Macys, IKEA, Expedia Group, and Nike have integrated Klarna's innovative technology to deliver a seamless shopping experience online and in-store. Klarna has over 6,000 employees and is active in 45 markets.

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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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