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Punchh Launches Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 maggio 2019

Punchh, the leader in digital marketing solutions for physical retailers, today announced the launch of Punchh Deep Sentiment Analysis. The new product allows brands to extract valuable insights from customer reviews using Punchh’s natural language comprehension engine built with industry-leading deep learning and artificial intelligence.Punchh Deep Sentiment Analysis integrates seamlessly with the Punchh Marketing Cloud, offering real-time descriptive and predictive analytics in a user-friendly dashboard with one-click navigation. Its natural language processing model achieves human-level performance, defined as more than 93 percent accurate, and features multi-language support.
Punchh is the world leader in innovative digital marketing products for physical retailers, combining AI and machine learning technologies, mobile-first expertise, and omnichannel communications designed to dramatically increase lifetime customer value. Punchh offers partners access to real-time consumer information via a live dashboard, enabling them to create and launch campaigns, target specific user segments and review guest feedback. Marketers can connect with customers across any channel through loyalty, offers, ordering, payments, feedback, surveys, gift cards, games and more. More than 160 global enterprise brands rely on Punchh to grow revenue by building customer relationships at every stage, from anonymous to loyalist.

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New Artificial Intelligence Pipe Welding System Launching at OTC 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 maggio 2019

The toughest welds to make are full penetration, single sided, V butt, pipe welds. Historically, ARC Specialties, a Houston-based developer of welding solutions, declined these jobs because joint fit-up was never repeatable. “Only human welders with a ‘golden arm’ able to compensate for variation in root openings, weld center lines, and groove volumes could handle this challenge,” says Dan Allford, President of ARC Specialties. “With the industry facing labor shortages, we decided to develop an intelligent machine with complete knowledge of pipe welding, with full motion and welding control.” The Artificial Intelligence Pipe Welding System (AIPW) incorporates the 6-axis UR5 collaborative robot arm from Universal Robots to carry out the challenging welds. “The UR5 now becomes our ‘golden arm’,” says Allford. “The UR5 is small enough to be portable yet still allows full freedom of motion for both the laser scanner and welding torch. Being collaborative the robot is able to safely work in close proximity to humans.” The AIPW officially launches at ARC Specialties’ booth 705 at the Offshore Technology Conference held in Houston, TX, May 6-9. Stuart Shepherd, Regional Sales Director of Universal Robots’ Americas division, is delighted to see the UR5 power ARC’s AIPW system. “This implementation underscores our collaborative robots’ ability to handle heavy-duty processing tasks that demand both high precision and real-time adaptability,” he says. “We’re excited to share this solution with the oil and gas industry.” The AIPW pre-scans the root opening (gap) using a 2D laser, then uses the data to generate the robot path and welding parameters. Gap variations are compensated for with changes in oscillation, torch position, travel speed and welding conditions. The UR5 positions the torch over a tack weld to start the arc to insure 100% root weld acceptance. Fill and cap pass programs are optimized to fill the groove using user selectable weave or stringer bead welding techniques. The AIPW uses the Miller Auto Continuum welding power supply to weld the root with Regulated Metal Deposition (RMD), then switches to pulsed spray for the fill and cap passes. This combination of Gas Metal Arc Welding techniques maximizes welding productivity while producing X-Ray quality, full penetration pipe welds.The AIPW follows two other successful welding solutions featuring Universal Robots developed by ARC Specialties; the MIG welding SnapWeld and the plasma cutting SnapCut. SnapWeld just became the first product ever to win New Equipment Digest’s Innovation Award two years in a row.

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Combining artificial intelligence and citizen science to improve wildlife surveys

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 marzo 2019

A research team testing the capacity of both citizen scientists and machine learning algorithms to help survey the annual wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania found that both methods could produce accurate animal counts, a boon for park managers.The iconic migration of 1.3 million blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) and 250,000 common zebra (Equus quagga) between Serengeti and the Masaai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is the largest terrestrial animal migration on Earth. The migration of so many herbivorous animals affects drives other biological process in the grassland ecosystem, including soil nutrient cycles, the balance of trees and grasses, and the abundance of insects, birds and carnivores. The population trend of the wildebeest in particular reflects levels of bushmeat poaching, disease, and other human disturbance. Understanding the health and dynamics of the migration is thus of key interest to both researcher and Park managers, yet the sheer numbers of animals have challenged monitoring efforts.
Scientists have most commonly estimated the population size of these migrating species by flying aerial transects, taking thousands of photographs, and counting the animals seen in the images. From these counts, they statistically estimate the density of animals in the region to come up with an overall population size.However, the labor-intensive task of manually counting the aerial images can take three or four skilled counters several weeks to complete, limiting team’s ability to make a timely, accurate population estimate.
The research team, comprised of researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the Field Museum of Natural History in the USA and the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, tested whether two newer strategies for analyzing images – citizen scientists and automated object detection algorithms – could speed the counting process while maintaining accurate wildebeest population estimates.

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exClone Launches Virtual Experts at Black & Veatch to Enhance Knowledge Utilization by Artificial Intelligence

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 marzo 2019

exClone Inc. announced the launch of its AI-based virtual experts at Black & Veatch as an enhancement to enterprise knowledge capture, utilization, communication, and search functionality.exClone’s virtual experts open a new, unprecedented window of communication between experts and employees in an enterprise. In addition to the documents of expertise written in the conventional manner, experts now may be represented virtually through a conversational AI system (chatbot) where the embedded knowledge comes from exClone’s platform that converts documents, such as MS Word or PDF, straight into chatbots. The conversational interaction delivered by such virtual experts helps workers access critical knowledge in a more productive way than by other conventional means such as search engines.exClone’s technology of converting documents into chatbots does not require any coding, availability of large data sets, long training cycles, or experience in AI. After deployed, the technology also allows “on-the-fly” teaching of virtual experts through conversations undertaken by designated teachers. As a result, virtual experts remain dynamic sources of knowledge updated as often as needed without a redeployment process. Workers’ unanswered questions beyond the scope of the deployed knowledge may be quickly answered by designated teachers thus introducing a new social connection and communication paradigm across the enterprise.Alan Young, the CEO of exClone, said, “If messaging tools can be used to get answers from friends, we should be able to get answers from virtual experts embedded with knowledge from enterprise documents.” He added, “The connection between experts and workers in an enterprise is elevated to a new dimension with virtual experts, and we are proud to lead this new paradigm with visionary companies like Black & Veatch.”

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Levi Strauss & Co. Names Chief Strategy and Artificial Intelligence Officer

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 febbraio 2019

Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today announced that Katia Walsh will join the company as senior vice president and chief strategy and artificial intelligence officer, effective April 29, 2019. In a role designed to help the company translate data analytics into meaningful decisions that drive business value and competitive advantage, Walsh will be responsible for building the data, analytics and artificial intelligence enablers to support LS&Co.’s global business across innovation incubation, new business models and strategic growth initiatives. She will report to Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer, and will be a member of LS&Co.’s global leadership team.Walsh joins LS&Co. from Vodafone, where she was the company’s first chief data and analytics officer, responsible for the company’s success in providing a predictive, proactive, and personalized experience as part of its digital transformation. At Vodafone, Walsh also contributed to the use of data and artificial intelligence for social good. She is a member of Unicredit’s Transformation and Innovation Advisory Board and River Island’s Digital Advisory Board, as well as Strategy Advisor to, a free data science training program. Walsh was named the UK’s Data Leader of the Year for the past two years by the Women in IT Awards series.
Walsh has held strategic data analytics leadership positions at Prudential Financial and Fidelity Investments, where she drove customer-centric innovations. She is passionate about diversity and mentoring youth. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Strategic Communication with a specialization in quantitative methodology.

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Master in sicurezza economica geopolitica e intelligence

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 gennaio 2019

Roma, dal 22 febbraio al 19 luglio 2019 SIOI Master in sicurezza economica geopolitica e intelligence giunto alla VII edizione, nasce dalla collaborazione tra la SIOI e il Dipartimento delle Informazioni per la Sicurezza (DIS), avviata nel 2013, con l’obiettivo di formare esperti con specifiche competenze nell’analisi dei rischi e delle opportunità dei mercati e nell’elaborazione delle informazioni politiche, economiche e di sicurezza in grado di garantire scelte strategiche efficaci sia nel mondo istituzionale, sia in quello aziendale.
Geopolitica degli scenari internazionali, intelligence istituzionale ed economica, protezione delle infrastrutture critiche, Analisi geo-economica dei mercati internazionali sono solo alcuni moduli del percorso del master completato da seminari esperienziali dedicati alle soft skills e da incontri con esperti della sicurezza internazionale.Per i giovani laureati, a completamento del percorso formativo, farà seguito un periodo di tirocinio curriculare presso Organizzazioni o Istituzioni internazionali, Amministrazioni e Enti pubblici, Associazioni private e imprese.La SIOI mette a disposizione 3 borse di studio per la partecipazione al Master in Sicurezza Economica, Geopolitica e Intelligence.La scadenza per la presentazione delle domande è l’11 febbraio 2019.Per informazioni e modalità di partecipazione si consulti il bando al seguente link:

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Panasonic Named Scanner Line of the Year in 2019 Keypoint Intelligence

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 gennaio 2019

Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, announced today that Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab (BLI), the world’s leading independent provider of testing services and analytical information for the document imaging industry, selected Panasonic as its Scanner Line of the Year winner. The award comes on the heels of Panasonic’s recent BLI 2018 Summer and Winter Scanner Pick Awards.
To determine the Scanner Line of the Year award recipient, Buyers Lab analysts consider current scanners in the OEM’s line that have been submitted for lab testing. To judge the overall quality of the line, analysts look at the overall rating a scanner received after testing, as well as the ratings in key categories such as Reliability, Productivity, Media Handling, Image Quality, Ease of Setup, Drivers/Utilities, OCR Performance, and Value. Panasonic’s innovative line of document scanners was named Line of the Year for their ease of use, impressive media handling capabilities, reliable performance and Image Capture Plus and Image Capture Plus Express software.“No one wants to spend a lot of time scanning documents—especially talented professionals who have bigger fish to fry. They want to drop their documents in to the feeder, hit a button or two, and then get back to the task at hand,” said Lee Davis, Editor of Scanner and Software Evaluation for Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab. “Panasonic’s portfolio of scanners—from their little desktop scanners all the way up to their big production units—make scanning as simple as possible. Users don’t have to spend a lot of time configuring jobs, or cleaning up scanned images, or organizing batches, or moving scans from their desktop to the application they use to get the job done. All of these things and more are just a button away. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s convenient. And it’s why Panasonic has won Buyers Lab’s 2019 Scanner Line of the Year.”

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Published a case study about Evisort, an Artificial Intelligence

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 dicembre 2018

Columbia Business School data scientist Professor Daniel Guetta, Director of the Business Analytics Initiative at Columbia Business School and Columbia Engineering, has published a case study about Evisort, an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enhanced document management and data analytics solution for contracts developed by Harvard Law and MIT researchers. Guetta begins teaching the Evisort case study today in a new Business Analytics MBA class, the latest in Columbia’s growing data- and analytics-focused offerings for MBAs. The case study, entitled: “Evisort: An A.I.-Powered Start-up Uses Text Mining to Become Google for Contracts,” will be joined by a technical case study counterpart in the near future.
Guetta describes Evisort as a compelling, versatile solution for AI-driven contract data mining, with strong core utility for lawyers. He notes that, in addition to their significant usefulness for attorneys, contract analytics also have vast mainstream potential to assist a wide range of corporate professionals in finance and operations. Guetta also acknowledged that artificial intelligence techniques such as those used by Evisort could also be used to harvest data from many types of business documents in addition to contracts.“Contracts are the scaffolding of the modern company,” says Guetta. “Every department and process within an organization is ruled by contracts including legal, employment, supply chain, pricing, inventory, and more. Extracting data from contracts is not only of paramount importance to lawyers in an organization, but it also has a much more enterprise-wide, holistic reach with infinite applications.”
Guetta continues, “Extending far beyond legal tech and contracts, contract-focused business intelligence solutions can form the basis of hundred-million-dollar savings for corporations because contracts contain so much essential corporate data. Text mining drastically reduces the need for manual data searching, reporting and human reading of contracts except in the most complex cases. Evisort is particularly impressive because it demonstrates both the power and limits of AI. Even when human review is necessary, Evisort provides a suite of non-AI-enhanced tools to go the last mile if needed and reduce review time significantly.”Evisort CEO Jerry Ting and COO Jake Sussman were Harvard Law School students when they co-founded the company in 2016 with CTO Amine Anoun, then a graduate MIT student. All three men have since graduated and are now full-time executives at Evisort. Evisort is backed by leading venture capitalists including Amity Ventures and Village Global which has investors like Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates.Ting explains, “You can break down a company into its entire value chain by looking at its contracts…a business intelligence platform centered around contracts can become a business intelligence platform for the whole company, from operations, to supply chain, to advertising. Evisort has unlimited potential for corporations and law firms to mine any type of data.”
Guetta’s Business Analytics class at Columbia Business School introduces MBAs to advanced topics in artificial intelligence. This class is the latest in a series of data- and analytics-focused classes at the business school, including classes on databases, Python, R, and applied data science. The Columbia Evisort case study is now available on the Columbia Caseworks website here.

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Security Intelligence, Opportunity and Innovation

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 ottobre 2018

The “Secured IoT: Worldwide IoT Security Intelligence, Opportunity, & Innovation 2018 to 2025” report has been added to’s offering. This research forecasts that the IoT security market will grow to become a US$61.39 billion industry in 2025, growing at a CAGR of 32% during 2018-2025. The IoT is exceedingly penetrating from industries to consumer and civil applications such as connected homes, connected cars, health monitoring and smart utility meters. It’s true that IoT devices offer exciting opportunities to improve customer satisfaction and engagement. However, they also introduce new security challenges. Which is not just about tapping billions of devices, but also different operating systems, networks, and protocols. Already we are seeing hacks on IoT applications. In 2012, a malware infected high-risk pregnancy monitors at a Boston hospital in the US. The malware slowed down fetal monitors used on women with high-risk pregnancies being treated in intensive-care wards. In 2014, the European crime agency Europol warned that the IoT creates new types of risks and threats not only in consumer applications but also in critical infrastructure control systems. In 2016, a group of Chinese researchers found vulnerabilities in the Taiwanese-made Edimax smart plug, a device routinely used for home automation. The team was able to gain access to user credentials by exploiting cryptographic flaws. In 2017, Xiongmai Technology, an IoT camera manufacturer from Hangzhou admitted its cameras had been exploited by the Mirai malware to form part of a botnet and launch a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack targeting websites including Twitter, PayPal, and Spotify. The assault was one of the worst in US history. These are not isolated cases; numerous other security flaws are being reported frequently from all over the world. The research tried to find out why are IoT solutions not secure and is it really that difficult to achieve. Our study revealed that the competition in the IoT space is so ruthless that vendors are rushing products to the market, with security often added as an afterthought (if at all) rather than being built-in from the start. For IoT service providers, speed of delivery and low cost are more important than robust security and thorough testing. It doesn’t help that, currently, IoT devices lack a common set of compliance requirements. However, the scenario is going to change soon as next potential IoT adopter (Industry, consumer or government) refuses to embrace IoT solution lacking strong inbuilt security features. The growing penetration of IoT devices will also force governments to set standard for IoT devices and strict guidelines for security and privacy of data and parties who will be accountable in cases if security is compromised. This has opened the door to innovation and added a new dimension to the global competition among IoT security solutions providers. The role of specialised IoT security solutions will eventually grow as the market matures.

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The Societal Impact of Robots and Artificial Intelligence

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 settembre 2018

Bruges on 10 October 2018, the Google Chair in Digital Innovation at the College of Europe organizes a seminar dealing with the Societal Impact of Robots and Artificial Intelligence, in cooperation with representatives of Waseda University in Tokyo. The event begins with a presentation by Professor Toshie TAKAHASHI of the School of Culture, Media and Society at Waseda University, Tokyo. Professor TAKAHASHI’s presentation starts at 14:00, and will be followed by remarks by Professor Andrea RENDA, holder of the Google Chair, who will illustrate the current state of the debate on artificial intelligence in Europe. Comments will be provided by Professor Shuji HASHIMOTO and Professor Yoshiyuki SHIRAKAWA of Waseda University, followed by a debate with the audience. The event ends at 15:30.

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G7 Speakers: Greater parliamentary scrutiny over intelligence services is needed

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 settembre 2018

EP Vice-President Pavel Telička is due to address the G7 Speakers’ Conference in Canada tomorrow on parliamentary oversight of intelligence activities.The Conference, gathering speakers from G7 countries’ parliaments and the European Parliament, is taking place in Halifax, Canada from 6 to 8 September and focussing on “Parliamentary Oversight and National Security”.Vice President Pavel Telička, due to address the Conference tomorrow morning on behalf of EP President Antonio Tajani, will stress the need to extend parliamentary oversight of operations by intelligence services at EU level, following increased cooperation among Member States.He will say:
“Operations of intelligence authorities fall within the competence of Member States”, but “recent events have pointed to the need to increase cooperation between national intelligence services and their supervisory bodies across the Union.” “In the European Parliament’s opinion, national parliaments should ensure meaningful oversight of intelligence activities. This implies that the committees and bodies in charge of such an oversight should have sufficient resources, technical expertise and legal means, as well as access to all relevant documents. At the same time, the European Parliament has consistently insisted, in various resolutions, on the need to strike the right balance between enhancing security, and ensuring democratic oversight.”
“It is our view that proper scrutiny should also be exerted at the EU level. In general, the European Parliament has a range of supervisory and control powers over security institutions such as Europol, Eurojust or the European Union’s Situation Centre (Sitcen). Nevertheless, we could do even more to improve democratic oversight on the European level, including developing rules for the European Parliament to have access to classified information.”

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Major League Baseball Selects AWS as its Official Provider for Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Deep Learning

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 luglio 2018

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Major League Baseball (MLB) has chosen AWS as its official provider for machine learning, artificial intelligence, and deep learning workloads. In extending its long-standing relationship, MLB will use AWS machine learning services to continue development of Statcast—the tracking technology that runs on AWS to analyze player performance for every game—and develop new technologies to support MLB Clubs in driving innovative fan experiences and engagement across all 30 Major League ballparks. In addition, MLB will work with the Amazon ML Solutions Lab to amplify game statistical data integrations within broadcasts, including MLB Network, and live digital distribution, such as and the MLB At Bat app, using machine learning, creating more personalized viewer experiences tailored for each market and geographic region. AWS’s broad range of cloud-based machine learning services will enable MLB to eliminate the manual, time-intensive processes associated with record keeping and statistics, such as scorekeeping, capturing game notes, and classifying pitches. By using Amazon SageMaker, MLB is empowering its developers and data scientists to automate these tasks as they learn to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models at scale. For example, MLB and Amazon ML Solutions Lab are using Amazon SageMaker to test how well they can accurately predict pitches by evaluating the pitcher, batter, catcher, and situation to predict the type and location of the next pitch. MLB also intends to leverage Amazon SageMaker and the natural language processing service Amazon Comprehend to build a language model that would create analysis for live games in the tone and style of iconic announcers to capture that distinct broadcast essence baseball fans know and revere.

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By Light Merges with Axom Technologies, Expanding Business Focus on Intelligence Community

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 marzo 2018

By Light Professional IT Services LLC (By Light) announced today it is merging with Axom Technologies, as Axom becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of By Light and will operate as a separate division. Axom was created with a mission to serve the nation by delivering secure, state of the art information technology, cyber solutions, and engineering services. As the leading Internal Service Provider (ISP) deploying, maintaining, and securing networks that provide connectivity and interoperability, Axom has a strong understanding of the needs surrounding the intelligence community. By Light provides comprehensive hardware and software systems engineering solutions for the design and implementation of both classified and unclassified government networks. Together, By Light and Axom can offer an expanded range of scalable, cost effective enterprise-wide services to both existing and new customers, while also increasing the competitiveness of the combined company for highly sought-after work in the Defense and Intelligence communities.
“Our merger with Axom represents a significant milestone in the achievement of our vision to strengthen our services offerings, expand our client base, and provide additional professional growth opportunities for our employees,” said Bob Donahue Jr., CEO and Founder of By Light. “With the skills and experience of Axom, By Light is better positioned to support customer needs now and in the future.” By Light is backed by Sagewind Capital, a private equity firm based in New York City that provides capital and financial resources to help promising companies achieve success faster. Sagewind’s philosophy of investing in companies with strong management teams in the government/defense, business and healthcare services sectors is made successful by providing additional strategic, operating and financial support.

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Smart Headphone Sales to Reach 13.7 Million Units Annually by 2022, According to Tractica

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 dicembre 2017

SmartphoneSmart headphones present a new direction for headphones and personal audio devices. Until now, headphones have been limited to playing music, general audio, or providing noise cancelation features. Smart headphones combine the intelligence of a smartphone with the audio capabilities of headphones, and extend those capabilities beyond any personal audio device. Some of these smart capabilities include language translation, fitness and heart rate tracking, voice-based personal assistants, contextual location-based suggestions, environment-based noise suppression or audio enhancement, and gesture and touch-based control, among others.According to a new report from Tractica, worldwide smart headphone sales will experience rapid growth during the next several years, increasing from 833,000 units in 2016 to 5.6 million units in 2017, and rising further to 13.7 million units annually by 2022. By the end of that period, the market intelligence firm forecasts that smartphone headphones will represent a $2.2 billion annual market globally.“Despite all the smart features fueling the excitement about smart headphones, a lot still needs fixing in terms of basic functionality, such as reliable Bluetooth connectivity, comfort, and battery life,” says research director Aditya Kaul. “Most smart headphones only come with 2 to 4 hours of battery life on a single charge, and with a small form factor that needs to fit a lot of hardware, there tend to be issues with the bulk and comfort factor for extended periods of use. Also, it is not very clear what smart features are likely to be popular among end users, who for the most part, are looking for usability and sound quality as their top feature sets. For now, smart headphones are an interesting step forward for headphones, but their role in terms of the future of computing is yet to be determined.” Tractica’s report, “Smart Headphones”, examines the market trends and technology issues surrounding smart headphone devices and presents 7-year forecasts for unit shipments and revenue during the period from 2016 through 2022. Smart headphone applications and use cases are analyzed in depth, and the report also includes detailed profiles of 9 key industry players. Market forecasts, segmented by world region, include smart headphone shipments and revenue by application market and connectivity technology. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm’s website.

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Nasce in Italia il primo centro Ricerca Intelligence e sicurezza dello Stato

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 ottobre 2017

école universitaireÉcole Universitaire InternazionaleRoma Piazza Mattei École Universitaire Internazionale, istituto di formazione e ricerca sulla pace e la sicurezza e con unaconsolidata competenza anche in campo internazionale nella formazione dell’antiterrorismo e intelligence e L’UNIVERSITÀ MERCATORUM – l’Ateneo delle camere di commercio italiane- già attiva in ambito di sicurezza dell’economia, delle aziende e del tessuto nazionale, danno vita ad un progetto innovativo mai sperimentato in precedenza.
Si tratta di un centro di ricerca di livello universitario, volto a studiare i fenomeni di sicurezza globale, intelligence, antiterrorismo e sicurezza delle aziende al fine di individuare nuove metodologie e protocolli per prevenire atti criminosi e contestualmente intervenire nella formazione dei futuri operatori e delle attuali forze armate e dell’ordine, e di quanti si trovino ad operare in tali contesti, siano essi anche privati.A guidare il Comitato Paritetico che ha dato vita al centro ricerca, Il rettore dell’Università Mercatorum Giovanni Cannata e la presidente di École Universitaire Internazionale, Sabrina Magris e che ne dirigerà il Centro, affiancati da un comitato di esperti.
Il Centro di ricerca ha attivato percorsi di studio universitari dedicati come il Master in “Antiterrorismo Operativo”, in “Intelligence Economica”, in “Psicologia operativa” (il primo in Italia), in “Psicologia etnica, intelligence culturale e cultural awareness.” Previsto inoltre un Master in lingua araba école universitaire1interfacciato con antiterrorismo e intelligence, in “Urban Ops”, in “Intelligence operativa e in “Giornalismo e aree di conflitto.” In questo particolare momento storico in cui il terrorismo è cambiato, l’economia ha nuove regole e nuovi strumenti, quali ad esempio i bitcoin, e la criminalità ha trovato nuove frontiere, il cybercrime si è costruito spazi propri, emerge chiara l’esigenza di studiare e intervenire anticipatamente sui fenomeni criminali e criminogeni al fine di rendere la vita dei cittadini più tranquilla e serena. Il Centro Ricerca, che si avvale della collaborazione di esperti di livello internazionale, costruirà protocolli, creerà e metterà a punto metodi operativi utili per portare la sicurezza al più alto livello. Si tratta di una eccellenza che fin dalla nascita trova riconoscimento a livello internazionale, sia accademico che operativo, con la possibilità di dare l’opportunità ai giovani di intraprendere un’attività di studio e di ricerca atta a garantire la pace e la tranquillità globale.

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Verint Announces Latest Version of Its Web and Social Intelligence Suite

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 agosto 2017

Online Banking ComputerVerint® Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: VRNT), a leading provider of security and intelligence data mining software, today announced the launch of the latest version of its Web and Social Intelligence Product Suite, deployed by security and intelligence government agencies, as well as enterprise and critical infrastructure organizations around the world. The new version, called Webint 7.0, includes enhanced real-time open source collection with advanced machine learning and data mining capabilities to help transform large volumes of web and social media content into insights, identify suspicious behavioral patterns and generate predictive intelligence. “Security organizations are struggling to hire qualified security analysts and data scientists to tackle the ever-increasing threats of terror, cybercrime and financial crimes. They need sophisticated data mining software that can simplify and automate the process of data collection and generate real-time insights,” says Elad Sharon, president, Verint Cyber Intelligence. “Our latest version, Webint 7.0, is based on deep domain expertise and incorporates unique intelligence methodologies to provide security organizations with the power to quickly and efficiently predict threats and perform comprehensive investigations.” Today, Verint’s Web and Social Intelligence Product Suite is being used by many security organizations globally to address a variety of security challenges, including drug trafficking, terrorist activities, illegal immigration, wildlife poaching, cyber threat intelligence, illegal use of crypto currencies, identity theft, credit cards trade, personnel vetting and more.“Verint’s Webint data mining software helped us dissolve a large drug cartel in our country,” explains the deputy head of the narcotics unit of a Western Europe country. “Leveraging the intelligence methodologies built into the product, we were able to configure the software to the specific mission of our organization in terms of intelligence-driven flows, language, and targets’ jargon and ontologies, and this became a major factor in identifying and tracking key members of the cartel, their network of production and distribution, and their means to sell drugs. We were able to achieve this success within a short period of time and with a small number of intelligence analysts.”The Verint Webint 7.0 data mining software now supports 60 languages. In addition, Verint offers web and social intelligence services, such as analyzing security organizations’ needs, defining analytics workflows, and training on intelligence methodology best practices to maximize operational value for specific security missions.

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The man who called himself “Doomsday’s survivor” died on July 13th, aged 61

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 luglio 2017

Liu Xiaobo“I HAVE no enemies and no hatred,” Liu Xiaobo told a court in Beijing during his trial for subversion in 2009. Hatred, he said, “can rot away at a person’s intelligence and conscience”. He had every reason to despise the government; he was about to go to jail for simply petitioning for democracy in China and asking people to sign up. But the forgiveness he offered was never reciprocated by the Communist Party. Officials did not allow him to pick up the Nobel peace prize he won a year later, as the “foremost symbol”—in the Nobel committee’s words—of the struggle for human rights in China.
He not only made an enemy of the government, but also riled fellow intellectuals and activists with his acerbic, rough, often coarse, observations of their weaknesses. As a writer and lecturer, deeply read in both Chinese and Western philosophy, from the 1980s he tirelessly attacked China’s boring cultural consensus. He saw himself as a Nietzschean lone wolf, a nihilist, even a renegade, a stammering loner who would stand out from the crowd and shout; but there ought to be room for him, he thought, and people like him.
He scorned those who watched from the sidelines as pro-democracy unrest erupted across China in 1989, and could not wait to get back from America, where he had a fellowship at Columbia, to join in. It was his moral duty to do so, as it was to chastise student protesters in Tiananmen Square for their lack of democracy. A day before the troops moved in, he and three other intellectuals began a hunger strike in the square as an act of individual repentance, lamenting the student movement’s lack of efficiency. When young people got into politics, he had grumbled earlier, it was too often superficial, just a crowd reaction. True liberation for the Chinese would come only when people learned to live and think for themselves: to be personally brave and free. The hunger strike was a bid not for death, but for “true life”.He stayed in the square to the end, helping to persuade the occupying students to accept a deal to withdraw. That probably saved many lives. A few months later, in prison, he again angered fellow activists by saying, on state television, that he had seen no one killed at Tiananmen. He was scorned for seeming to lend credence to the party’s propaganda. Yet he was just telling it as it was, with his usual blistering honesty. Most of the bloodshed had indeed occurred outside the square itself.He spent 19 months in prison for his role in the Tiananmen protests. Eventually he was convicted of “counter-revolutionary incitement and propaganda”, but was released for encouraging the students to withdraw. He was quick to resume his provocations, his habit of “crashing into brick walls”. His “Monologues of a Doomsday Survivor” (1992) attacked students who had fled to America. Those damned people who ran away overseas, he co-wrote, had no right to comment on his behaviour.
Pessimistic by nature, gloomy about mankind’s future in general, he might have been referring to any sort of doomsday. But the one he meant was communism’s. It was easy then to imagine a world free of it. China’s party was still clinging to power, but many others had collapsed; China’s would follow, he believed, in just a few years. As a survivor of the bloody crackdown in Beijing, he had witnessed the party’s last gasp.
It was not to be. The “lonely forerunner” had to go on needling the party, struggling against the odds, petitioning for democracy and an official reassessment of Tiananmen. In 1996 he was sentenced to three years in a labour camp, emerging unbowed to go on writing about politics at his usual terrific rate. In 2008, after an explosion of unrest in Tibet (where he demanded “genuine autonomy”), he and many other intellectuals urged the government to talk to the Dalai Lama.Later that year, to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he wrote the appeal that was to land him in prison for the last time. It was inspired by Charter 77, an appeal issued by dissidents in Soviet-era Czechoslovakia in 1977. His version was called Charter 08. It demanded an end to one-party rule and a new government that embraced democracy and human rights. Hundreds signed, but the timing was bad. With the Beijing Olympics over, China no longer needed to impress visiting foreigners. Mr Liu was arrested in December 2008, two days before the charter’s release.
China scoffed at his Nobel peace prize (he was the first Chinese person still living in the country to receive a Nobel award of any kind). And it brushed off appeals for clemency from Western governments. The global financial crisis proved that the West was in decline; China’s day had come. When Xi Jinping took over as China’s leader in 2012 he cracked down even harder on dissent, and kept Mr Liu’s wife, Liu Xia, under house arrest. The party made a token gesture of sympathy at the end, allowing her to visit her husband as he faded from liver cancer, but refused to let him get treatment abroad.His vow at his trial, to “dispel hatred with love”, cut no ice with the party. As his death approached, it mobilised an army of censors to scrub the internet of any expression of sympathy for him. (This article appeared in the Obituary section of the print edition under the headline “Doomsday’s survivor” by The Economist)

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Nissoli: cordoglio per le vittime di Manchester

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 maggio 2017

nissoli-onorevole“A 25 anni dalla strage di Capaci, un’altra strage, di natura diversa, affligge il mio cuore, ed il pensiero va subito alle mamme di quei ragazzi che hanno perso la vita ed ai giovani feriti nella strage che oggi ha sconvolto Manchester, colpendo la vita democratica con ferocia ideologica. Esprimo il mio profondo cordoglio per le vittime ed allo stesso tempo penso che non ci dobbiamo far intimidire, anzi vi deve essere una reazione forte tesa a difendere la libertà e la serenità di ciascuno nel proprio ambiente di vita. A tal fine è necessario un maggior coordinamento delle intelligence dei Paesi democratici per emarginare le forze del terrore.”
Lo ha dichiarato l’on. Fucsia Fitzgerald Nissoli (eletta nella Circoscrizione Estera -Ripartizione Nord e Centro America) in seguito all’attentato che ha causato almeno 22 morti, 59 feriti e 12 dispersi durante il concerto di Ariana Grande, idolo dei teenager.

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Trump e l’intelligence

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 febbraio 2017

trump11Attacco di Trump ai servizi segreti americani: abbiamo chiesto un commento a Mario Caligiuri, direttore del Master in Intelligence presso l’Università della Calabria e autore per Rubbettino di diversi libri sul tema tra i quali, appena pubblicato: “Intelligence e magistratura. Dalla diffidenza reciproca alla collaborazione necessaria”  un libro che tra le altre cose affronta proprio il tema della diffidenza verso i servizi e della loro estrema necessità nel mondo globalizzato.
CALIGIURI: «Il mandato di the Donald è nato sotto il segno dell’intelligence. Infatti, agli esponenti dei servizi segreti si è direttamente rivolto nell’immediatezza della sua elezione, ringraziandoli in modo inconsueto insieme a familiari e collaboratori della campagna elettorale. Adesso è in aperta polemica con loro perché non gli passerebbero le informazioni. Da rilevare che, in particolare negli States il sistema di intelligence, in cui la CIA ha un ruolo preminente, dipende direttamente dal Presidente, che di prima mattina ne incontra il direttore per un briefing quotidiano. Quindi se Trump non può fidarsi della propria Intelligence, che a sua volta lo ritiene inaffidabile, si pone un problema fondamentale, non solo per gli Stati Uniti ma per l’intero blocco occidentale. Riemergono in modo netto le critiche alla CIA avanzate negli anni Sessanta nel primo testo che ha affrontato in modo organico il ruolo dei Servizi nel sistema politico, il celebre “Il governo invisibile” di Wise e Ross, nel quale una delle accuse che veniva rivolta alla CIA era quella di compiere una politica estera tutta sua, che sfuggiva al controllo del Presidente e del Congresso. Pertanto, se un Capo dello Stato, peraltro di una potenza mondiale, non può fare pieno affidamento su uno degli strumenti principali dai quale avere utili indicazioni per orientare la propria politica siamo di fronte a una crisi senza precedenti. Da sempre all’interno dell’intelligence americana convivono molte anime e differenti sensibilità, ma nel XXI secolo, segnato dalla lotta al terrore e alla criminalità oltre che della sorveglianza globale, questo strumento è diventato decisivo. Infatti, chi prima e meglio conosce ha un vantaggio differenziale straordinario. È stato sempre così, dalla notte dei tempo ma oggi in una società liquida dalla comunicazione immediata non si può fare a meno di una efficace intelligence, con tutto quello che questo comporta»

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Intelligence e Magistratura

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 febbraio 2017

intelligence-e-magistraturaNapoli mercoledì 15 febbraio 2017 alle ore 17 a Napoli presso l’Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici (Via Monte di Dio 14) presenterà il suo ultimo libro “Intelligence e Magistratura. Dalla diffidenza reciproca alla collaborazione necessaria”, edito da Rubbettino. Interverranno alla manifestazione Florinda Li Vigni (Direttore dell’Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici),
Giuseppe Esposito (Vice Presidente del Comitato Parlamentare per la Sicurezza della Repubblica) ed Ermanno Bocchini (Università “Federico II” di Napoli). “L’intelligence è il cuore dello Stato. Difronte a minacce epocali, come la criminalità e il terrorismo, non solo tra gli Stati, ma sopratutto all’interno degli Stati occorre fare fronte comune, superando limiti e incomprensioni”.
Mario Caligiuri dal 1999 promuove l’insegnamento dell’intelligence nelle università italiane. Autore di decine di pubblicazioni sul tema, dirige il Master in Intelligence dell’Università della Calabria dal 2007, primo ad essere attivato nel nostro Paese, grazie al sostegno di Francesco Cossiga.(foto: intelligence)

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