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Digital Assembly 2019: new actions on quantum, EU-Africa taskforce report and digital start-ups

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Today and tomorrow, the 8th edition of the Digital Assembly is taking place in Bucharest, Romania. The event, co-organised by the Commission and the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will bring together representatives of EU Member States with stakeholders from industry, academia and civil society. Discussions will focus on what is needed to accelerate the digital transformation and ensure that the EU remains globally competitive. Three key initiatives will be featured: first, a joint declaration by several Member States to work together to build a quantum communication infrastructure (QCI); second, the adoption of the final report by the European Union – African Union Digital Economy Task Force with policy recommendations and concrete actions to strengthen cooperation on digital issues between the two continents; and, third, a new investment facility to scale up digital start-ups in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe.

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: “Digitalisation is a key driver of progress not only in Europe, but also in Africa. That is why, as part of the Africa-Europe Alliance, we are working with partners across both continents to develop policies that will best enable us to harness the power of technology to boost investment, create jobs and contribute to sustainable development. Today we are recommending concrete policies and actions to enhance the future digital cooperation of Africa and Europe.”

Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel, added: “Over the past few years we have worked tirelessly to advance the Digital Single Market which brings tangible achievements for Europe’s citizens and businesses. We have demonstrated that opting for an EU approach is the only way to face, together, evolving challenges and succeed the digital transformation. The Digital Assembly is our key event where we will discuss future digital opportunities and political priorities and renew our commitments based on our common values.”

More specifically, the following key initiatives will be highlighted during the Digital Assembly 2019:

A new ultra-secure quantum communication network: several EU countries will declare their commitment to work together in order to build a quantum communication infrastructure (QCI) that will enable information and data to be transmitted and stored in a fully secure manner as well as integrate quantum technologies and systems into conventional communication infrastructures. As a result it will boost Europe’s capabilities in cybersecurity, quantum technologies and industrial competitiveness, keeping pace with its global competitors. For more information about the Declaration see here at 17:45 CEST today.

Adoption of the report on the digital economy partnership for AfricaEurope: the European Union – African Union Digital Economy Task Force (DETF) will adopt its report with policy recommendations and concrete actions to strengthen cooperation on digital issues between the two continents. The DETF is one of the task forces established as part of the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobslaunched by President Juncker in his 2018 State of the Union Address. For more information about the report see here at 14:00 CEST today.

New investment facility to scale up digital start-ups in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe:the European Commission together with the European Investment Bank, the European Investment Fund, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the World Bank and the International Financial Corporation will launch the Digital Innovation and Scale-up Initiative (DISI). This will be the first regional investment facility that specifically targets digital innovations and the scale-up of digital start-ups in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. The first phase of the programme will last five years with a total expected budget of €600 million and a total targeted investment volume of €1.8 billion. For more information about the Digital Innovation and Scale-up Initiative see here at 09:00 CEST tomorrow.

Background

In 2015 the European Commission adopted the Digital Single Market strategy to make the most of digital opportunities in Europe. Just four years later citizens and businesses can benefit from 35 new digital rights and freedoms, includingthe abolition of roaming charges when traveling abroad, enhanced cybersecurity, and more opportunities for online shopping across borders.

The Digital Assembly offers the opportunity to look ahead, in the light of the Commission’s proposal for a Digital Europe programme for 2021-2027. The latter aims to reinforce Europe’s strategic digital capacities, with a particular focus on supercomputing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, and ensuring a wide use of digital capacity across the economy and society.

During last year’s edition of the Digital Assembly the Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans was launched with the aim of supporting the transition of the region into a digital economy and helping to generate faster economic growth, more jobs, and better services.

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VeeaSystems to Display the Full Range of Devices for VeeaHub Platform at MWC Shanghai Bringing Advanced Wireless Edge Computing to Smart Verticals

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VeeaSystems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Veea Inc., the company powering an intelligently connected world with a universal platform for IoT and smart edge solutions, today announced that it will be publicly demonstrating the full range of its VeeaHub intelligent wireless edge servers for the first time at MWC Shanghai 2019, June 26-28. The company’s solutions bring together highly integrated Edge Computing and Wireless-mesh networking with performance and security designed and tailored for home and enterprise applications from SMEs to campus-wide deployments, including models for ruggedized industrial applications and certified for use in physically demanding transport environments. Veea will be exhibiting at MWC Shanghai on the iFree Booth F160 in Hall N1.

VeeaSystems will be displaying four different indoor and outdoor VeeaHub models that enable businesses operating across a wide spectrum of deployment scenarios to benefit from a resilient mesh network and innovative Smart applications running on its server function that support current as well as new and innovative use cases literally across every market vertical.

VeeaHub is a breakthrough platform solution with intelligent wireless servers that can create a hybrid wireless and wired micro-cloud at customer premises with support for all commonly used forms of wireless communications and the ability to run unique software applications on each VeeaHub node’s Linux server function to complement or minimize enterprise or SME’s dependence on cloud computing. It is a highly scalable platform that most economically substitutes for, or complements existing, Wi-Fi Access Point (APs) while providing for communications with a wide range of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (with an integrated Eddystone beacon) and communication protocols (e.g., Zigbee and Z-Wave) for sensors and devices supporting Internet of Things (IoT) at customer premises as one highly integrated solution.

VeeaHub’s unique software architecture supports a novel container-based virtualization enabling a wide range of solutions and applications through the VeeaHub App Store. VeeaHub models on display run the same software architecture enabling the flexibility for applications to be deployed and managed concurrently, with each VeeaHub model providing physically different connectivity and compute capabilities alongside alternative environmental options. The VeeaHub range includes:

  • VeeaHub (VHE05) – ideal for Small Medium Businesses, Smart Home and Developers
  • VeeaHub Pro (VHE09/10) – ideal for large indoor Enterprise deployments
  • VeeaHub Pro Outdoor (VHH10) – ideal for large outdoor Enterprise or Smart City deployments
  • VeeaHub Pro RT (VHHR06) – ideal for Transportation including Trains, Ships, Trams and Buses

By proving a platform for applications to operate at the Edge, managed from VeeaHub’s Cloud platform with local control via smartphone and web-based Control Center, businesses can now make any vertical ‘Smart’, including Retail, Cities, Buildings, Education, Construction, Hospitals, Government, Trains, Ships and Home. VeeaHub users can download apps from the VeeaHub App Store as well as write their own custom applications using the VeeaHub SDK with ease.

“VeeaHub Platform delivers a whole new paradigm of computing that opens up a huge range of business innovations. By delivering a platform that offers a resilient and rapidly deployable mesh network, combined with highly secure edge compute – that can operate with or without Internet access – enterprises of all sizes and shapes can develop and deploy a wide range of innovative applications and services that suit their needs for the same cost as popular enterprise-class WiFi Access Points with only one function,” said Allen Salmasi, CEO of Veea. “We are now taking orders from a wide range of vertical markets, helping enterprises benefit from the power of wireless edge computing.”

VeeaHub’s micro-cloud significantly extends the range of wireless connectivity and coverage for smart devices, with a highly advanced “mesh networking” technology that substantially reduces cabling costs, along with multiple backhaul capabilities for Internet connection. It optionally provides for an eSIM-based 4G backhaul connectivity solution for 4G SD-WAN including automatic failover for ISP connection. Another unique feature is support for various forms of LoRa communications that can be customized for long-range low-power communications. VeeaHub platform solutions substantially reduce cloud computing costs and dependency on third party resources, while increasing reliability, security, privacy and flexibility in processing, managing, disseminating and maintaining data.

With the sheer quantity of data being generated for consumption at distant locations, it is fast becoming obvious that cloud computing will not be able to address a significant number of Industry 4.0 applications on a stand-alone basis. This may be for reasons of cost, service availability and reliability, security and privacy, latency, lack of a connection to Internet (e.g., mine shaft), or the environmental considerations of how all of this data is processed, managed and disseminated across the globe.

As new Applications using Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR) and Machine Learning emerge the issue of latency will also become more critical for many services. Whilst 5G offers higher speeds of connection, it only addresses one of the vulnerabilities associated with cloud computing and only in cases that ultra-high speed communications is required. Edge Computing provides a complimentary solution that allows for an alternative to the method of blindly sending all the data to the Cloud, and then deciding what to do with it, for many applications. VeeaHub platform enables all or, at least, part of the data processing to take place locally, where the data has been captured, before transferring anything to the Cloud.

 

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87% of IT Decision Makers Plan to Increase Their Analytics Workforce in the Next One Year

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Data Science Leaders Outlook In India 2019, now in its fifth edition by Analytics India Magazine and Simplilearn measures the analytics leaders’ sentiment around the maturity level of Data Science in organisations, investment in analytics tools, talent and the companies’ focus on decision-making business outcomes.

The report takes stock of the analytics landscape in India and how enterprises have moved up the analytics maturity index. The disruptions that came in waves have now clearly matured and business leaders today are making big bets on emerging technologies such as AI and machine learning.

The report captures the C-level strategy and investment outlook and how business leaders are using data and analytics to redefine the future value chains related to products, business models and the current market. The changing dynamics have also brought into question the need for talent, that will be the key to rapid innovation. As business leaders explore new capabilities, they require expertise to scale digital efforts and require industry-ready talent that can drive greater value for enterprises.

Here are the key highlights from the study:

• Analytics leaders demonstrated a strong positive outlook towards the industry. Net Sentiment Score among analytics leaders in India is at a five-year high of 85%
• Analytics leaders emphasise that the demand for analytics in their organisation is expected to increase over the next 12 months
• As per the report, 87% of decision makers plan to increase their analytics workforce over the next 12 months

Key areas explored are:  

1. Maturity level of Data Science in organisations
2. Investment in Data Science over the next five years
3. Challenges that persist in DataScience adoption
4. Talent acquisition strategies key to success

“Enterprises have realized the vast opportunities Data Science offers and are ramping up their capabilities to gain actionable insights from data. But while companies are accelerating the adoption of data engineering, data science and analytics, what’s also required is the skilled talent to handle data-intensive roles. The need of the hour is the accessibility to industry-relevant training resources to help professionals from diverse backgrounds to gain relevant data-centric skills,” said Krishna Kumar, Founder & CEO, Simplilearn.

“With analytics capabilities maturing, we are seeing organisations move into a strong product mindset. Data is coupled with products and services and this data-product mindset is allowing organisations to scale and enjoy a competitive advantage. On the talent front, investments in training and skilling will help the workforce to be prepared for the changing roles,” said Bhasker Gupta, Founder & CEO, Analytics India Magazine.

 

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Uptake Announces Award Offering Free Fleet Management Solution for Five Public Sector, Nonprofit or Social Impact Organizations

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Uptake, leader in industrial artificial intelligence (AI), has launched the ECO FUTURE AWARD to offer fleet management software free to five public sector, nonprofit or social impact organizations that aim to reduce their environmental impact. The winning organizations will receive Uptake’s fleet management optimization solution for eighteen months, as well as mentorship from Uptake.org, the philanthropic and civic innovation arm of Uptake, which is using data science and machine learning to address the world’s most pressing problems

“One of the initiatives of Uptake.org is to address the reality that often the organizations that can benefit most from predictive insight are those with limited technology resources,” said Brad Keywell, Uptake’s CEO. “Uptake’s fleet optimization products ensure that critical vehicles — ambulances, for example, as well as vehicles of organizations like the American Red Cross — are reliable and not subject to unexpected failure. With Uptake.org, the Uptake team shares our solutions for societal good, and this offer of our Asset IO software is another step on our journey of impact.”

By deploying Asset IO for Good, organizations can lower operational costs through advance insight of vehicle component failure as well as optimized fuel management. With the additional benefit of reducing carbon emissions. Uptake.org is delivering the value of predictive analytics to the social sector. Applications will be accepted until September 6 at https://www.uptake.org/award.

“We have partnered with Uptake to put telematics devices on many of our fleet vehicles. This allows us to see where our vehicles are, where they’ve been, and when they’ll need maintenance, so we can respond even quicker,” said Jim McGowan, Director of Information Management & Situational Awareness at the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois.

Uptake’s Asset IO software uses artificial intelligence (AI) to create business value from operational data. Traditional asset management only covers routine maintenance tasks. Today’s asset-intensive environments require a new approach with industrial data science generating OEM-agnostic insights, predictions and recommendations for any asset. The result is higher uptime of critical equipment, lowered operations cost and improved productivity.

 

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