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World’s First Connected Car Cyber-Security Service

By IoT – Internet of Things

Trillium Secure, Inc. has announced the April deployment of SecureIoT in Tokyo, Japan. This represents the world’s first 24/7/365 connected car Cyber-Security as a Service (C-SaaS) platform. The project brings together strategic go-to-market partners including automotive manufacturers, electronic component suppliers, insurance providers and commercial fleet owners. Identical C-SaaS deployments are scheduled for North America and […]

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Dogtown Media Recognized As Top IoT Developer Of The Year In Clutch…

Dogtown Media has earned a spot on Clutch’s 2017 Global Leaders List. Over 7,000 companies across the world were considered for the prestigious honor, and the Los Angeles-based mobile app developer…

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.WED Placed in Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) Program

Los Angeles – 7 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) today designated an emergency interim registry operator for the generic top-level domain (gTLD) .WED.

An Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) may be temporarily activated if a gTLD registry operator reaches an emergency threshold of downtime for any of the five critical registry functions. These functions are: domain name system (DNS) resolution for registered domain names, operation of the shared registration system, operation of Registration Data Directory Services (e.g., WHOIS), registry data escrow deposits and maintenance of a properly signed zone in accordance with DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) requirements.

Registry operator, Atgron, Inc., which operates gTLD .WED, experienced a Registration Data Directory Services failure, and ICANN designated EBERO provider Nominet as emergency interim registry operator. Nominet has now stepped in and is restoring service for the TLD.

The EBERO program is designed to be activated should a registry operator require assistance to sustain critical registry functions for a period of time. The primary concern of the EBERO program is to protect registrants by ensuring that the five critical registry functions are available. ICANN’s goal is to have the emergency event resolved as soon as possible.

About ICANN

ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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.WED Placed in Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) Program

Los Angeles – 7 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) today designated an emergency interim registry operator for the generic top-level domain (gTLD) .WED.

An Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) may be temporarily activated if a gTLD registry operator reaches an emergency threshold of downtime for any of the five critical registry functions. These functions are: domain name system (DNS) resolution for registered domain names, operation of the shared registration system, operation of Registration Data Directory Services (e.g., WHOIS), registry data escrow deposits and maintenance of a properly signed zone in accordance with DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) requirements.

Registry operator, Atgron, Inc., which operates gTLD .WED, experienced a Registration Data Directory Services failure, and ICANN designated EBERO provider Nominet as emergency interim registry operator. Nominet has now stepped in and is restoring service for the TLD.

The EBERO program is designed to be activated should a registry operator require assistance to sustain critical registry functions for a period of time. The primary concern of the EBERO program is to protect registrants by ensuring that the five critical registry functions are available. ICANN’s goal is to have the emergency event resolved as soon as possible.

About ICANN

ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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Speedcast and SES Networks partner in Latin America to provide fibre-like connectivity

By Zenobia Hedge

Speedcast, a provider in providing highly reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, and SES, the satellite operator, announced an agreement to provide several hundreds of Mbps of connectivity into Peru. This is the first agreement between the companies in Latin America to provide Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) capacity with high throughput capabilities and low latency. The agreement marks the fourth MEO national partnership between Speedcast and SES Networks.

The agreement enables Speedcast to provide network services to mobile network operators (MNOs) and enterprise customers in areas of Peru where high performance internet is in high demand and short supply, enabling a host of latency-sensitive and bandwidth-hungry applications.

By utilising SES’s O3b constellation—the only satellite system with the high throughput and low latency required for broadband, 4G/LTE and cloud services — Speedcast will deliver internet performance, customer support, and integration with their customers’ networks on par with terrestrial fibre in the region. Speedcast is able to supply this 24/7/365 day support through its network of more than 250 field engineers.

“Our unique low-latency, high throughput connectivity will help Speedcast achieve its goal of providing fibre-like connectivity and a premium experience to customers,” said Omar Trujillo, vice president of Sales for Latin America at SES Networks. “We are proud of our strong relationship with Speedcast, and pleased to help support the continued growth of its capabilities and infrastructure in the region.”

“Speedcast is happy to deliver a new level of performance for enterprises in Peru,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO at SpeedCast. “The added support from SES Networks’ services will allow us to provide enterprises with the critical high-demand communications capabilities necessary to operate with speed and efficiency in today’s technology-driven market. Speedcast is building the fibre, the radio links, and Wi-Fi to extend the signal to the end users. It was a pleasure to work with SES Networks on this project as it was a real team effort.”

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IoT is still in early stages of development, say investors backing Wireless Innovation and Sabio

By IoT Now Magazine

Lyceum Capital has been in the news lately. On 16 August, www.IoTGlobalNetwork.com reported that the company was an investor in customer contact specialist Sabio, which has amassed a €35 million warchest. CEO, Andy Roberts told the website exclusively what the company would spend it on. One week later, Lyceum was back in the headlines announcing another investment, this time in Wireless Innovation.

Here, Jeremy Cowan talks to Simon Hitchcock, partner at Lyceum, about what has sparked this strong new financial interest in the Internet of Things (IoT).

IoT Global Network: What was your first investment in the Internet of Things?

Simon Hitchcock: A number of our portfolio companies are in the wider IoT ecosystem including TotalMobile and Isotrak, but Wireless Innovation is our first investment purely dedicated to connectivity in the IoT market.

IoT Global Network: What persuaded you to invest now?

SH: We have been following the development of the IoT connectivity market for a number of years, looking for the right investment opportunity. Wireless Innovation represented an attractive opportunity to back an existing team to continue to grow organically at double digits and to accelerate that through acquisitions, in what remains a fragmented market.

IoT Global Network: What was it about Wireless Innovation that singled the company out for you?

SH: The CEO and founder, Phil Rouse, has achieved very impressive organic growth, which the business is well positioned to continue. Other factors included its high quality and well invested connectivity management platform, and comprehensive managed service offering, as well as the wide range of clients and end markets it serves.

IoT Global Network: How much have you invested and what’s it for? Acquisitions? If so, what kind?

SH: Lyceum Capital has committed £20 million (€21.7 million) of funding to the buy and build. We plan to acquire complimentary businesses to expand the geographic and sector reach of the investment.

IoT Global Network: Is this a fixed-term or open-ended investment? If fixed, for how long? If open, what are your objectives?

SH: Lyceum Capital is a long-term investor, typically holding our portfolio companies for a minimum of five years. Our plan is to develop Wireless into a leading player in the market.

IoT Global Network: What do you look for in IoT investments? Are there any golden rules?

SH: We focus on businesses with high recurring revenues, mission-critical use cases, strong organic growth and strong gross margins. We like businesses that have developed a level of their own intellectual property and real value-add in their service wrap.

IoT Global Network: Do you plan further IoT/M2M (machine-to-machine) investments in the near term?

SH: We plan to make a number of acquisitions for Wireless Innovation, both in the UK and internationally in the coming years.

IoT Global Network: Do you see other investors looking at the Internet of Things? If so, are they larger or smaller investors?

SH: The growth in the IoT market makes it attractive for investors, we would expect a range of different investors to be attracted to it for this reason.

IoT Global Network: How are IoT/M2M services and technologies viewed by investors?

SH: We view […]

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Avaya powers digital transformation to modernise the customer experience in the financial services industry

By Sheetal Kumbhar

With industry analysts forecasting unprecedented change for the Financial Services and Insurance (FSI) industry over the next three years, companies need a highly flexible, open and secure communications foundation with which they can confidently embrace the future. To that end, Avaya Customer Engagement Solutions hold the key for successfully navigating digital transformation initiatives, enhancing mobile services and incorporating emerging technologies.

The FSI industry already faces a plethora of challenges, including decreased loyalty especially with younger consumers, complex operations, security and regulatory requirements that slow the pace of change, and increased competition from non-traditional companies such as Apple, Google and others.

These challenges and the rapid growth in mobile transactions have FSI companies racing to implement a wide range of digital transformation strategies. As with many major technology transformations, however, there’s untold risk in choosing technology or implementing a strategy that ultimately constrains future business initiatives, results in lost revenue or worse, customers, as well as abandoned investments.

Institutions such as O-Bank, a Taiwan-based, all digital bank and Mashreq Bank in the UAE exemplify the changing financial services industry today. O-Bank selected Avaya Customer Engagement technologies for the first, Digital-From-Day-One financial services company in the country, with a 24/7 video center that enables the company to be available to customers any time of day, anywhere they need to bank.

The company has plenty of room to grow its customers and to incorporate new technologies as needs arise. Mashreq Bank is creating the Branch of the Future and expanding its mobile banking capabilities with Avaya Customer Engagement solutions, integrating the latest technology trends, including robotics, analytics, cloud and e-channels, into existing Mashreq Bank’s digital services.

Laurent Philonenko

Digital transformation strategies planned by traditional or non-traditional financial institutions need to accommodate ongoing development of new and emerging technologies. Biometrics, artificial intelligence, mixed reality, IoT and analytics, as well as Blockchain already promise to have significant impacts on how banking is done. The technological underpinnings have never been more important to enable rapid, highly secure, cost-effective transformation and avoid delays and dead ends.

The Avaya portfolio of software solutions and services – including Avaya Breeze, Avaya Oceana, Avaya Oceanalytics — provides a platform that enables unique differentiation while future-proofing intellectual property. This flexible, secure foundation enables ongoing transformation with minimal disruption as new demands and technologies arise.

In addition, Avaya Professional Services can assess current infrastructure, develop strategic plans and customise applications to help identify and ensure successful outcomes throughout the evolution of the business.

With Avaya, FSI companies can comfortably leverage:

Biometrics addresses an increasing need for security while streamlining the customer experience. Working with companies such as Nuance, Verbio and others, Avaya has been integrating biometrics into its customer experience solutions to help FSI companies enhance security for mobile transactions while delivering faster, seamless authentication.
Artificial Intelligence is alive and well in Avaya’s intelligent messaging automation solution that enables chat-bot and automated response capabilities for SMS and web chat conversations, and integrates with popular social media platforms such as Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Kik and WeChat. AI can serve a number of use […]

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New film explores the real-life romantic threesome behind Wonder Woman

By Annalee Newitz

Annapurna Pictures

2017 has been the year of Wonder Woman, at least in the realm of pop culture, and now there’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes tale of the people who dreamed up the Amazonian superhero who stands for love. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is about William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), Elizabeth Holloway Marston (Rebecca Hall), and Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), three psychology researchers at Tufts University who fell in love during the liberated 1920s. Eventually they had four children (each woman bore two) and lived together for their whole adult lives. Along the way, they invented Wonder Woman together, though only William Marston (under the pen name William Moulton) was given credit for it.

It’s one of the most unusual love stories ever to be told on film, and it illuminates a time in history that most have forgotten. Between roughly 1910 and the mid-1930s, there was a flowering of feminist and sexual liberation movements in Europe and the US, leading to birth-control clinics, women’s suffrage, the infamous Kinsey Reports, and even a 1919 German film called Different from the Others, about the urgent need for gay rights. Marston, who championed women’s right to vote, was deeply involved in these movements with his partners. Byrne was the daughter of feminist activist Ethel Byrne, who cofounded the organization that later became Planned Parenthood with her sister Margaret Sanger. Elizabeth Marston was one of the first women to earn a law degree in the US and had a master’s degree in psychology.

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ThingWorx® Studio brings highly immersive augmented reality interactions to the industrial enterprise

By Sheetal Kumbhar

PTC announced its ThingWorx® Studio Augmented Reality (AR) technology will be updated with Vuforia® 7 software, bringing with it major advancements in the ability to attach digital content to everyday objects and surfaces, as well as support for Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore.

ThingWorx Studio is a rapid AR authoring environment that enables industrial stakeholders to quickly create and share scalable augmented reality experiences without writing any code. The easy reuse of existing 3D geometries and animated sequences with ThingWorx Studio enables users to reduce the cost and complexity of content creation for compelling AR experiences.

Model Targets, available in the upcoming Vuforia 7 release and supported by ThingWorx Studio, will enable the recognition and tracking of objects based on shape from pre-existing 3D models, and will not require a marker. This high-fidelity object recognition provides more accurate positioning so 3D content can be aligned with greater precision for use cases where step-by-step instructions and product data are overlaid onto the physical product.

With support for Vuforia 7, ThingWorx Studio will make use of Vuforia Ground Plane, a new capability for placing content on the ground, floor or tabletop. Because Ground Plane leverages ARKit and ARCore through a technology known as Vuforia Fusion, ThingWorx Studio will enable users to create robust and reliable AR experiences across a broader range of industrial environments. Ground Plane will be an exceptional solution for industrial use cases that do not require a physical product such as a virtual design review or a visualisation tool for sales and marketing. ThingWorx Studio enables industrial enterprise users to quickly create scalable AR experiences that improve time to revenue, reduce costs and complexity and provide enterprise scalability.

Jim Heppelmann

PTC is offering industrial enterprises a preview of Model Targets and ARKit support within ThingWorx Studio and ThingWorx View as a first step toward broader device and OS coverage. Experiences authored in ThingWorx Studio are accessed via ThingWorx View, a single, enterprise-wide viewer application that delivers rich, 3D user experiences for smart phones, tablets and wearable devices. Available now, content creators can leverage the camera processors and motion sensors in devices running iOS11 to create highly- immersive, spatial AR interactions more quickly and easily. ThingWorx View is free to download and available for Windows, iOS and Android devices.

“PTC is committed to fueling the proliferation of augmented reality applications into the mainstream, and our support for frameworks such as ARKit and ARCore demonstrates this commitment,” said Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC. “With an ecosystem of hundreds of thousands of AR developers, we believe PTC is well-positioned to be a catalyst for the development of content needed to leverage ARKit and ARCore, especially for the industrial market.”

In addition to the new Model Targets and Ground Plane functionality to be incorporated, ThingWorx Studio and ThingWorx View will soon incorporate remote presence capabilities that provide greater efficiency for a variety of mission-critical industrial use cases. The result is an innovative communication experience enabled by the Vuforia Chalk™ application.

It allows people in different locations to share a live […]

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PTC announces a major new release to Vuforia augmented reality platform

By Sheetal Kumbhar

PTC announced the upcoming release of the newest version of its award-winning Vuforia® platform for AR development, Vuforia 7. Vuforia 7 will introduce major advancements in the ability to attach digital content to more types of objects and environments, and a new capability for delivering enhanced AR experiences on a wide range of handheld devices.

Vuforia is the world’s most widely used platform for AR development. With support for leading phones, tablets and eyewear, Vuforia has powered more than 475 million installs of AR apps from the App Store and Google Play. Vuforia Engine, the core of the platform, uses a device’s camera(s) and sensors to function as a digital “eye” inside an app. It “sees” objects and surfaces where content can be placed, and enables developers to create AR experiences using existing development tools.

Vuforia 7 will introduce Model Targets, a new feature for attaching content to objects that have not been recognisable using existing computer vision technology. Model Targets recognise objects by shape, in contrast to existing methods that rely on detailed visual designs typically found on print media, product packaging and many consumer goods.

Nathan Martz

With Model Targets, content can be attached to objects such as automobiles, appliances, and industrial equipment and machinery. Model Targets will enable a new class of AR content that can replace traditional user manuals and technical service instructions.

In response to tremendous developer demand, Vuforia 7 will also introduce a new capability for placing content on horizontal surfaces. Vuforia Ground Plane enables content to be placed on the ground, floor or tabletop, whether indoors or outdoors.

Vuforia Ground Plane extends the functionality of the Vuforia Smart Terrain feature, first announced in 2013 to take advantage of depth sensing cameras. Vuforia Ground Plane will support a wide range of today’s devices and provides an ideal solution for developers to build visualisation apps, ranging from in-home furniture shopping to design review.

Vuforia 7 will also introduce Vuforia Fusion, a new capability designed to provide the best possible AR experience on a wide range of devices. Vuforia Fusion solves the problem of fragmentation in AR-enabling technologies, including cameras, sensors, chipsets, and software frameworks such as ARKit and ARCore.

It senses the capabilities of the underlying device and fuses them with Vuforia features, allowing developers to rely on a single Vuforia API for an optimal AR experience. Vuforia Fusion will bring advanced Vuforia features to ARCore and ARKit-enabled devices, in addition to over 100 Android and iOS device models.

“We have worked with Vuforia since the original launch of Tango and we are excited to continue our partnership with the launch of ARCore,” said Nathan Martz, product manager, Google. “Vuforia will make it easy for developers to take advantage of ARCore in Vuforia features that developers are familiar with.”

Jay Wright

“If you’re a developer, there has not been a better time to get started with AR. It has never been easier with Vuforia now integrated in Unity. And there has never been the power to put your content in so much of the world,” […]

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