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Government of Canada partners with digital industries to invest in groundbreaking technology and businesses

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The Government of Canada is building the foundation for Canadian innovators to invest, strengthen communities, grow our economy and create good middle-class jobs. The Government is partnering with groundbreaking digital industries to invest in quantum-related technologies and skills development. This will mean smarter security systems to better protect Canadians’ homes, more powerful digital security tools to secure their online transactions, and more efficient medicines to improve their health.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced a total investment of $41 million in one Waterloo-based not-for-profit and three start-up companies developing cutting-edge products that integrate quantum, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. The total cost of the projects is $101.8 million.

Together, these investments will help create up to 167 new skilled jobs and maintain 75 jobs in Waterloo. The companies will increase their investments in research and development and strengthen their collaborations with post-secondary institutions to help drive the growth of a vibrant and world-leading Canadian quantum ecosystem.

The four investments include:

  • $20 million for the Quantum Valley Ideas Lab (QVIL), a non-profit charitable organization, to develop a unique facility that will create new quantum-related products and businesses. This project will allow Ideas Lab to establish dedicated teams of quantum researchers, engineers and technology experts. These teams will develop new innovations in the areas of quantum sensors, navigation, security, encryption and computing. These innovations will attract new companies to the Waterloo region and help some of those already there scale up and grow. QVIL’s project is valued at $43.4 million.
  • $7.3 million for Cognitive Systems to develop the next generation of its patented WiFi Motion™ software, technology that uses the home’s Wi-Fi network to identify and localize motion for the security, smart home and wellness monitoring markets. Cognitive’s project will integrate artificial intelligence into its software while expanding its technology across a wider range of devices that aim to help protect Canadian homes and residents. Cognitive’s project is valued at $25.1 million.
  • $6.5 million for High Q Technologies to develop new quantum technologies that will enable potentially life-saving treatments for illnesses, such as cystic fibrosis. The project will leverage recent advances in quantum technology to develop new and improved medical devices that will allow researchers to study diseases and pharmaceutical companies to produce new medicines more efficiently. High Q’s project is valued at $17.6 million.
  • $7.2 million for ISARA Corporation to develop new approaches to quantum-safe security to protect mission-critical data, IT infrastructure and networks today and in the quantum age. Because future large-scale quantum computers will be able to easily break existing encryption methods, the project will enable the development of practical, standardized quantum-safe encryption tools and solutions that large enterprises (such as financial institutions and governments) can easily implement using their existing systems. ISARA’s project is valued at $15.7 million.

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“Our government is partnering with Canadians to invest, grow and succeed in the global economy. We are champions of the groundbreaking work being conducted in the labs and start-ups of the Kitchener–Waterloo region. Today’s investment in the Quantum Valley will create and support hundreds of good jobs and help develop new technologies that will improve the lives of Canadians.” 
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“What we have right here in the Waterloo region is what our government is looking to foster across the country through our Innovation and Skills Plan. Like this region’s investors, entrepreneurs and collaborators, our government is committed to promoting innovation throughout the economy and encouraging inclusive growth. That’s why we’re thrilled to invest in Waterloo’s growing Quantum Valley and all the jobs and opportunities it’s creating here in our community.” 
– The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Waterloo

“Simply put, quantum mechanics allows us to do things that are impossible under classical rules. Our vision for the Quantum Valley was not only to build state-of-the-art Canadian labs with world-class researchers that can develop new and transformative quantum technologies but also to help establish and grow exciting new Canadian businesses that will take these technologies to global markets. To me, it’s all about people. Attract and retain the most promising people and enable their success and big things will happen.”  
–Mike Lazaridis, O.C., O.Ont., FRS, FRSC, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Quantum Valley Investments

Quick facts

  • Quantum technology is a new field of physics and engineering related to the energy levels of atoms and subatomic particles. Its application in technology has the potential to make a vast range of electronics smaller and faster.
  • The investment in the Quantum Valley Ideas Lab, through FedDev Ontario, is supporting the development of a world-leading ecosystem that partners with industry to create transformative, market-ready quantum technologies, reinforcing Canada’s leadership position in the global quantum revolution. Ideas Lab was founded in 2015 with a $20-million commitment from Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin.
  • Cognitive, High Q and ISARA are all financially backed by Quantum Valley Investments, a venture capital firm aiming to position Waterloo as a world leader in quantum technologies. Additionally, ISARA received $13 millionfrom Shasta Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that invests in early-stage companies.
  • The investments in Cognitive, High Q and ISARA are through the Strategic Innovation Fund, a program designed to attract and support high-quality business investments in Canada’s most dynamic and innovative sectors.
  • In addition to the Strategic Innovation Fund, there are hundreds of programs and services to help businesses innovate, create jobs and grow Canada’s economy. With its simple, story-based user interface, the Innovation Canada platform can match businesses with the most fitting programs and services in about two minutes.

 

SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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DNA Behavior International Takes its API to the Next Level by Enabling it with AI

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For some time now DNA Behavior has been using its API to help a variety of organizations quickly “plug in” its behavioral chip to discover and leverage behavioral insights already within their people and systems. Now, DNA Behavior is taking that effort to the next level, by leveraging a suite of enterprise-ready AI services, applications, and toolsets to accelerate the adoption of behavioral insights across large financial services enterprises.

“Banks and large wealth management firms are leveraging behavioral finance to gain a competitive edge,” says Hugh Massie, CEO of DNA Behavior International. “To date, behavioral finance initiatives have been pinpointed and targeted toward specific client and employee groups. By utilizing AI and additional apps and toolsets, DNA Behavior is poised to implement the worlds’ largest behavioral finance initiatives for banks and wealth management firms. In short, rapid application of BeFi across larger organizations.”

DNA Behavior’s focus and specialty is revealing 200+ behavioral insights and the action steps needed to aid employees and clients in investing, working, spending and living smarter. Leveraging these additional technologies in addition to DNA’s API help meet industry demands to create rich omnichannel experiences by applying behavioral insights to enterprise-wide datasets.

“We’re using linguistic analytics to deepen our – and our clients’ – understanding of individual’s personality characteristics,” Massie says. “The linguistic and tone patterns individuals use in their speech or written communication have inherent connections to their instinctive behaviors. Revealing these linguistic and tone patterns will aid in DNA Behavior’s core offering, which is validated, robust, consistent and practical behavioral insights and customized experiences they can “plugin” to their own systems. These latest additions amp up that offering, expanding the possibilities, both in terms of speed and volume,”

As examples of its new AI-enabled API, Massie offers three scenarios:

  • Use natural language recognition capabilities to discern the intent of what a user is saying, to respond to inquiries and requests. The problem is, most chatbots and automated support systems use a one-size-fits-all approach to respond to inquiries. DNA is powering current technologies to customize these existing engagements at scale.
  • Measure emotions, fears and excitement for investors and relaying this intelligence to advice teams along with the communication steps and a playbook to behaviorally manage clients.
  • Use linguistic analytics to infer individuals’ personality characteristics, from digital communications such as email, blogs, tweets, and forum posts. This enables an organization to better parse a user’s inclination to create a customized marketing playbook for each client. Organizations armed with this information will optimize their marketing spend for steak dinners, theater tickets, gifts and professional sporting events.

 

SOURCE DNA Behavior International

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Post-fundraising update: YouTrip Secures Principal Licence From Mastercard To Fuel Rapid Growth in Singapore

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YouTripSingapore’s first multi-currency mobile wallet with a prepaid Mastercard, has announced that it has secured a Principal Licence from Mastercard and will be assuming the primary role of issuer and stored value facility holder of YouTrip accounts. This will allow YouTrip to deliver improved and additional features directly to its users, as well as enable it to provide a more robust and dedicated payment security setup in anticipation of The Payment Services Act targeted to commence in 2020.

Having partnered with Mastercard and EZ-Link to launch in Singapore in August 2018, YouTrip will be taking over the role of issuer and holder of stored value accounts from EZ-Link while continuing the current brand partnership. This is part of YouTrip’s wider ambitions to develop its platform and new features for its users, as it readies itself for expansion. Since YouTrip announced its record pre-Series A fundraise earlier this year, it has doubled the number of app downloads to over 400,000 from 200,000 in May and grown its team beyond 100 people across its offices in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Caecilia Chu, co-founder and CEO of YouTrip said, “We have come a long way since we launched a year ago. The tremendous support we have received from our users is truly humbling, and also a testament to their belief and confidence in our mission to transform overseas travel spending. Securing a Principal Licence from Mastercard marks another significant milestone in our growth journey as it will allow us to operate and deliver additional features directly to our users, as well as accommodate more sign-ups. As the regional fintech space continues to develop dynamically, this licence will provide the ideal springboard for the development and expansion plans we have in the pipeline.”

YouTrip also recently obtained a remittance licence from MAS to cater for future product development. This will be key to its expansion plans as more regulators identify fintech as a major growth area and introduce progressive policy measures to facilitate innovation and the broadening usage of such services.

 

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POS Terminal Market to Soar Owing to Massive Demand for Cost-Effective Technologies to Manage Payment Systems by 2023: Radiant Insights, Inc.

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Global POS Terminal Market is anticipated that the market will witness a higher CAGR during the forecast period. Retail payment systems account for an essential position in the smooth functioning of any economy. In the past years the growing popularity of the device across different verticals is enabling the industry growth. Inception of cloud technology and related benefits are more likely to deliver robust technology for payment systems in the near future. Further, major development in the POS device such as size and technology compatibility for small-scale business, and greater flexibility.

Driving factors comprise massive demand for cost-effective technologies to manage payment systems within different verticals. POS terminal offers convenience and features in various application segments. In addition, the proliferation of smartphones and modernization of app technology provide payment service to customers in the consumer market is adding more.

In addition, inception of big data backed by software which is integrated with other software systems is contributing more to the utility value. Hence, greater CRM functionality aligned with customer relations and the use of predictive analysis for client and customers in the B2C space accounts for a massive growth during the forecast period.

Download PDF to know more details about “Global POS Terminal Market” Report 2023.

Fixed and wireless POS form as product segments while hardware and software form the component category for POS terminal market. The Asia Pacific dominates the global scenario owing to the vast presence of customer base and digitalization of payment technologies at large. In addition, inception of start-up technology in India and China acts as a catalyst in strengthening the industry growth in APAC.

The key players are Mswipe Technologies Pvt Ltd, Shenzhen Xinguodu Technology Co Ltd, SMIT Fintech Co Ltd, Fuijan Newland Payment Technology Co Ltd, SZZT Electronics Shenzhen Co Ltd and VeriFone Holdings Inc.

The ‘Global POS Terminal Market Outlook 2018-2023’ offers detailed coverage of POS terminal industry and presents main market trends. The market research gives historical and forecast market size, demand, end-use details, price trends, and company shares of the leading POS terminal producers to provide exhaustive coverage of the market for POS terminal. The report segments the market and forecasts its size, by volume and value, on the basis of application, by products, and by geography.

The report has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from key industry participants. The global POS terminal market has been segmented into five major regions, namely, North America (U.S., Canada, and others), Europe (U.K., FranceGermanyRussia, and others), Asia-Pacific (ChinaJapanIndiaAustralia, and others), South America (BrazilArgentina, and others), and Middle East & Africa (South AfricaSaudi Arabia, and others). Furthermore, the report also includes an in-depth competitive analysis of the key vendors operating in this market.

Access 143 page research report with TOC on “Global POS Terminal Market” available with Radiant Insights, Inc. @: https://www.radiantinsights.com/research/global-pos-terminal-market-outlook-2018-2023

Market Segmentation:

  • Key Regions
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
    • South America
  • Key Vendors
    • Fujian Newland Payment Technology Co., Ltd.
    • Mswipe Technologies Pvt Ltd
    • Shenzhen Xinguodu Technology Co., Ltd.
    • SMIT Fintech Co., Ltd.
    • SZZT Electronics Shenzhen Co., Ltd.
    • VeriFone Holdings, Inc.
  • Key Questions Answered in This Report
    • Analysis of the POS terminal market including revenues, future growth, market outlook
    • Historical data and forecast
    • Regional analysis including growth estimates
    • Analyzes the end user markets including growth estimates.
    • Profiles on POS terminal including products, sales/revenues, and market position
    • Market structure, market drivers and restraints.

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