Microsoft Genomics Ventures into the Microbiome With Eagle Genomics

Technology

The data scientists and developers behind a ground-breaking microbiome data platform, today, announced their partnership with Microsoft Genomics, a Microsoft Azure service dedicated to meeting the computational challenges of the genomics era. This is the first Microsoft partner focused in the microbiome genomics market.

Microbiomics is the study of the microbiome; the ecosystem of good bacteria, fungi and viruses present in virtually all living organisms. The microbiome plays a key role in defending against disease, however the uptake and popularisation of anti-bacterial products, pesticides and antibiotics in the last century has caused widespread microbial imbalance and impairment. This has led to a host of ailments we face today including; immune disorders, mental health problems and antibiotic resistance.

The partnership of Eagle Genomics and Microsoft Genomics represents a commitment to address these challenges.

Eagle Genomics’ knowledge discovery platform, the e[automateddatascientist], utilizes machine learning and Azure cloud technology to transform data into actionable insights that drive scientific decision making. Enterprise partners are able to use the e[automateddatascientist] to assess a product’s suitability for retail / consumption by assessing, for example, it’s impact on the complex and unique human microbiome. The insight gained from the platform enables quick assessment of a products potential, accelerates market entry and mitigates early risk.

A recent graduate company from the Microsoft ScaleUp program, Eagle Genomics’ extensive expertise in curating, analysing and interpreting life sciences data combined with Microsoft’s best-in-class Azure cloud technology and Cognitive Services provide an AI-augmented platform that is able to meet the significant data challenges associated with microbiome research. The platform will enable enterprise customers to gain new insights in this new frontier of scientific exploration, particularly its application in healthcare, personal care, cosmetics and food.

The e[automateddatascientist] platform is already deployed in global companies including Unilever and GSK; Eagle’s collaboration with Microsoft will enable the solution to be easily scaled at the enterprise level across these customers, and many more.

Anthony Finbow, CEO of Eagle Genomics commented: “We are delighted to partner with Microsoft Healthcare on its Genomics service and look forward to working together to unlock the potential of the microbiome and solve some of the grand challenges of our age. We are seeing strong demand for our knowledge discovery platform amongst enterprise customers in the biotech and pharma, food and personal care industries as they embrace the digital reinvention of Life Sciences R&D. Microsoft Genomics will help tackle the computing and scaling challenges, accelerating the adoption of the technologies and the launch of new products and therapies, heralding a new era in scientific discovery.”

Geralyn Miller, Director of Microsoft Genomics added: “This collaboration with Eagle Genomics presents exciting opportunities to gain meaningful insight from microbiome data, an area of research that, when better understood, promises to have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing. This is in line with Microsoft’s mission to bring the power and scale of the cloud to precision-medicine, spanning the productization of core services and fundamental research.”

VoLTE Revenue Declined Nine Percent Quarter-over-Quarter in 2Q 2018, According to Dell’Oro Group

Technology, Telecom & Internet

Nokia, Huawei, and Ericsson Accounted for Over 70 percent of the VoLTE Market

 

According to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, VoLTE revenue declined nine percent quarter-over-quarter in 2Q 2018. Nokia, Huawei, and Ericsson accounted for over 70 percent of the VoLTE market.

“With end-to-end solutions, Nokia, Huawei, and Ericsson grew quarter-over-quarter increasing their combined market share and leaving little room for other vendors,” stated David Bolan, Senior Analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “The VoLTE market would have increased quarter-over-quarter in 2Q 2018 if the US ban on ZTE had not been in effect. For 2018 the market is expected to be slightly below 2017, but will return to growth in 2019,” said Bolan.

The fundamentals of the VoLTE market are still positive and the penetration rate of VoLTE continues to grow. In mature LTE markets, some carriers are beginning to approach a 100 percent VoLTE subscription rate. Verizon, for example will reach this point when they turn off their CDMA network at the end of 2019. In low cost markets dominated by pre-paid customers with feature phones, VoLTE phones had been financially out of the reach of subscribers. But this is changing quickly, as Reliance Jio has demonstrated in India, with their introduction earlier this year of a low cost VoLTE feature-phone targeting the low cost pre-paid market.

New iRobot® Roomba® i7+ Robot Vacuum Learns a Home’s Floor Plan and Empties Itself

Technology

Imagine a robot vacuum that not only remembers a home’s floor plan and cleans specific rooms by name – but also automatically empties itself. iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), the leader in consumer robots, today announced the Roomba® i7+ robot vacuum with Clean Base™ Automatic Dirt Disposal. The Roomba i7+ brings a new level of intelligence and automation to robotic vacuum cleaners with the ability to learn, map and adapt to a home’s floor plan. Introducing Imprint™ Smart Mapping, the Roomba i7+ remembers multiple floor plans and room names so users can customize cleaning jobs and direct the robot to clean specific rooms by voice1 or via the iRobot HOME App. When the Roomba i7+ robot vacuum is finished cleaning, it empties its own dust bin into the Clean Base™, which holds 30 bins of dirt, allowing customers to forget about vacuuming for weeks at a time.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8234051-irobot-roomba-i7-plus/


“With the ability to learn, adapt to and remember a home’s floor plan, and the introduction of automatic dirt disposal, the iRobot Roomba i7+ represents the most advanced robotic vacuum ever built,” said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. “This robot delivers on the original vision we had when we embarked on the journey to build a vacuuming robot almost 20 years ago.”

Knows your home’s floor plan. Understands your command.
Ushering in a new era of consumer robots, the Roomba i7+ allows customers to clean specific rooms in the home. Using Imprint™ Smart Mapping, the Roomba i7+ gets to know the home’s floor plan, giving customers total control to choose which rooms are cleaned and when. The robot learns every room – remembering up to 10 different floor plans – so users can carry their robot to another floor or a separate home, where the robot will recognize its location and clean as instructed. iRobot’s patented iAdapt® 3.0 Navigation with vSLAM® technology helps the Roomba i7+ seamlessly and efficiently navigate the home by keeping track of where it’s been and where it has yet to clean. The Roomba i7+ also adapts to changing home environments, so it always knows the best way to clean.

The Roomba i7+ works with Alexa™ enabled devices and the Google Assistant, and is the only robot vacuum that lets users clean specific rooms by name with a voice command1. For example, just say, “Alexa, ask Roomba to clean my kitchen,” or “Hey Google, clean the living room,” and the Roomba i7+ will efficiently find its way to the appropriate room to clean. Once finished, the robot will return to its base to charge and automatically empty its contents when paired with the Clean Base™ Automatic Dirt Disposal.

Empties on its own.
The iRobot Roomba® i7+ robot vacuum takes convenience to a whole new level with the first-of-its-kind Clean Base™ Automatic Dirt Disposal, which automatically empties the contents of the Roomba i7+ dust bin into the Clean Base. Doubling as the robot’s charging station, the Clean Base takes the dirty work out of vacuuming, storing debris in an enclosed bag, and trapping dirt and dust so it can’t escape into the air. When the bag is full, the user is notified via the iRobot HOME App. Then they simply pull it out of the Clean Base and replace with a new one. The bag can hold 30 bins of debris, so users don’t have to think about vacuuming for weeks at a time.

“iRobot is addressing a long-standing customer call by giving Roomba the ability to empty its own bin after each cleaning,” said Christian Cerda, COO of iRobot. “This enhances the customer experience by eliminating the dusty and dirty mess often associated with emptying vacuum canisters. With the ability to remember the home, clean specific rooms and empty itself when its finished, the Roomba i7+ with Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal quite literally frees customers from every aspect of vacuuming – from start to finish – for weeks at a time.”

Introducing the Roomba® e5 Robot Vacuum.
iRobot also introduced the Roomba® e5 robot vacuum. Starting at $449, customers can enjoy the luxury of automated cleaning at a more accessible price. The Roomba® e5 is packed with innovative technologies that work together for a clean home every day. It starts with the premium 3-Stage Cleaning System and Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes. The specially designed Edge-Sweeping Brush focuses on dirt that accumulates around edges and corners. Smart navigation and Dirt Detect™ technology work together to cover a floor and focus on the areas that need it most. And because it’s Wi-Fi® connected, users can control and schedule cleanings on the Roomba e5 with the iRobot HOME App, or using their voice when paired with Alexa™ enabled devices or the Google Assistant.

Powerful performance, intelligent clean.
iRobot is the only leading robot vacuum brand with robots that have two Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes that work together to effectively clean both carpets and hard floors2. The Roomba i7+ and Roomba e5 robots will automatically adjust the height of the cleaning head so the two brushes can directly engage with the floor. One brush loosens and agitates dirt and the other moves in the opposite direction to extract and pull dirt in. And instead of bristles, which can bend and miss dirt, the flexible rubber brushes hug the floor to clean everything from small particles, like dust and dirt, to hair and large debris.

Featuring a low-profile design to clean under furniture and along toe kicks, the Roomba i7+ and Roomba e5 robots use a High-Efficiency Filter to capture 99 percent of pollen, mold, dust mites, and cat and dog allergens.

Leveraging Dirt Detect™ Technology – an iRobot patented feature – the Roomba i7+ and Roomba e5 robots are always looking for the places that need the most attention. Sensors in the robot recognize particularly dirty areas, such as sand near a doorway entrance, and prompt the robot to clean them more thoroughly. Once the Roomba i7+ robot is finished cleaning, users can view Clean Map™ reports in the iRobot HOME App to see where the robot cleaned and other details3.

Pricing and Availability
The Roomba i7+ robot vacuum with Clean Base™ Automatic Dirt Disposal is available for pre-sale immediately in the U.S. and Canada starting at $949 USD on www.irobot.com, with shipments beginning Wednesday, September 12. The Roomba i7+ will be available at select retailers beginning in October. The Roomba i7 robot vacuum can also be purchased without the Clean Base™ starting at $699 USD on www.irobot.com. The Clean Base™ Automatic Dirt Disposal sold separately will retail for $299 USD. Additional Dirt Disposal Bags can be purchased for $14.99 for a pack of three bags. The Roomba i7+ with Clean Base™ Automatic Dirt Disposal is expected to be available in certain international markets in Q1 2019.

The Roomba e5 robot vacuum starts at $449 USD and will be available on www.irobot.com in the U.S. and Canada beginning Wednesday, September 12.

Roomba i7+ and e5 robot vacuum photos, videos and information can be found at: http://media.irobot.com/media-kits.

Linux Foundation Continues Growing at More Than a Member a Day With Addition of Fifty-One Silver and Associate Members in One Month

Technology

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced the addition of 47 Silver members and 4 Associate members in the month of July. Linux Foundation members help support development of the shared technology resources, while accelerating their own innovation through open source leadership and participation. Linux Foundation member contributions help provide the infrastructure and resources that enable the world’s largest open collaboration communities.

“We continue to be amazed at the consistent growth in support for the open source community from across an enormous variety of industries, with an average of more than one member joining The Linux Foundation each day in 2018,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “From automotive to entertainment to finance and more, open source has become pervasive in society. These new members have made a commitment to contribute the resources and support that enables the community to build and innovate.”

In addition to joining the Foundation, many of the new members have joined Linux Foundation projects like the Academy Software Foundation, Akraino Edge Stack, Automotive Grade Linux, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, EdgeX Foundry, Hyperledger, LF Deep Learning, and LF Networking. For a full list of members, visit https://www.linuxfoundation.org/membership/members/.

Linux Foundation Silver members are organizations that contribute to or otherwise support open source communities and projects. The new Linux Foundation Silver members who joined in the month of July are:

Aljabr provides a modern approach to reusable data processing and computation pipelines for a cloud native world.
Animal Logic is recognized as one of the world’s leading independent creative digital studios.
Antmicro is an embedded technology company which combines latest software and hardware technologies to create advanced products for its customers.
ARRIS provides solutions and services to transform the future of connectivity.
Atomist Inc. is a platform purpose-built for delivering modern cloud native applications.
Banzai Cloud is simplifying the transition to microservices on Kubernetes.
Basking Automation GmbH is building automation for office buildings of the digital age.
Bezant Foundation Ltd is a decentralized payment platform enabling the creation of robust applications.
Blue Sky Studios is a computer animation film studio.
BlueData Inc makes it easier, faster, and more cost-effective to deploy big data analytics.
BoxBoat Technologies helps global companies develop, integrate, and deploy applications faster with emerging technologies.
ChainDigit helps with enterprise blockchain consulting.
Chainyard turns blockchain into business results.
China Securities Credit Investments is a credit management financial institution.
Cockroach Labs is a cloud native SQL database for building global, scalable cloud services that survive disasters.
Coil Technologies, Inc. makes it easier to earn money on the web.
Deutsche Telekom AG is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies.
DigiCert simplifies PKI-based security solutions at any scale, so you can focus on growing your business.
DoIT International provides professional services and software for startups.
Eden Partners is a new generation blockchain technology with scalability and safety.
ELASTX delivers truly automated cloud services.
Epic Games, Inc. brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web.
Federal Express is a multinational courier delivery services company.
FinFabrik empowers people and businesses to access investment opportunity, take sound decisions and enjoy the experience of building wealth.
InfraCloud Technologies helps organizations build scalable products and modernize their applications using cloud native principles and machine learning.
Intain Fintech Pte Ltd combines the powers of AI and blockchain.
Kumina B.V. designs, builds, operates and supports IT infrastructures that help companies thrive online, excelling at Kubernetes and cloud solutions.
Matrix I.T CloudZone Ltd helps grow businesses by adopting the most advanced cloud technologies at a minimal cost.
MYCOM OSI provides solutions for performance management, service quality management, fault management, analytics, and automation.
NXM Technologies Inc is a blockchain IoT security company developing technology that enables smart devices everywhere to operate and communicate with each other automatically and securely without human intervention.
Prophetstor is a leading AIOps platform for modern IT environments.
Puppet provides modern automation delivery and operation of software across its entire lifecycle – simply, securely and at scale.
R&D China Information Technology Co. Ltd. is a cloud solution provider.
Radisys enables communications service providers to drive disruption with new open architecture business models.
Scality delivers web-scale storage that powers digital businesses.
Scalyr aggregates server logs and metrics into a centralized system in real time.
Sensu, Inc. empowers businesses to automate their monitoring workflow and gain deep visibility into their infrastructure, applications and operations.
SIA Exon LV develops blockchain solutions, IoT services, platforms and applications.
SideFX is a world leader in the development of 3D animation and visual effects software for use in film, commercials and video games.
Spireon, Inc. allows industries to manage their fleet in real-time, with business critical data on a single, easy-to-use dashboard.
SysEleven GmbH is a leading managed hosting provider in Germany.
The Walt Disney Studios brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world.
Uchida Tsusho is an information system development business.
Walimai Zhejiang Information Technology’s sophisticated and banking level security enables consumers to verify the authenticity of products with ease.
WaveMaker Inc helps build, pivot and scale applications twice as fast and at half the cost.
Weta Digital Limited is one of the world’s premier visual effects companies.
Windmill Enterprise delivers trusted blockchain solutions that allow enterprises to incorporate decentralized blockchain security features into their existing infrastructure.
Associate members of The Linux Foundation include government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to building, sustaining, and using open source technologies. The following organizations are new Linux Foundation Associate members:

I-SENSE Group of ICCS addresses the evolving connectivity needs of embedded devices including mobility communication services, intelligent transport systems, environmental monitoring, applications for next generation emergency services and infrastructure monitoring for foundation of future smart cities.
OpenAirInterface Software Alliance (OSA) is a non-profit consortium fostering a community of industrial as well as research contributors for open source software.
Open Sourcing Mental Illness LTD is a non-profit corporation dedicated to raising awareness, educating, and providing resources to support mental wellness in the tech an open source communities.
Vanderbilt University is a private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.
With the support of its members, The Linux Foundation hosts open source projects across technologies including networking, security, cloud, blockchain, and more. This collaborative development model is helping technology advance at a rapid pace in a way that benefits individuals and organizations around the world.

IIIT-Hyderabad First Indian University to Receive Alexa Graduate Fellowship for 2018-19 by Amazon

Science, Technology

Fellowship makes it easier for students and researchers to get involved with voice technology

 

IIIT-Hyderabad has received the Alexa Graduate Fellowship for 2018-2019, making it the first Indian university among a list of 18 universities worldwide to receive this fellowship.

The Alexa Fellowship supports advanced conversational AI research by providing funding and mentorship to PhD and post-doctoral students. These students, under their faculty advisor’s leadership and with additional guidance from their Alexa AI mentor, will push the boundaries of the capabilities of spoken language systems.

Prof. C V Jawahar, who has been chosen as the Faculty Advisor, along with Alexa Graduate Fellow Praveen Krishnan, a senior graduate student of IIIT-H, will teach conversational AI to undergraduate and graduate students using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice Services (AVS). Students will be introduced to the science behind voice technology via hands-on projects and labs.

Speaking on the Fellowship, Prof C V Jawahar, Head, Centre for Visual Information Technology (CVIT) and Amazon Chair said, “IIIT-H is happy to be chosen as the first Indian institute to qualify for the Amazon Alexa Fund Fellowship. We’re looking forward to sharing our research on speech and language technologies with Amazon.”

IIIT-Hyderabad is the only Indian institute to receive Fellowship based on a number of criteria including its research interests, planned coursework and existing conversational AI curriculum. The other universities include Carnegie Mellon UniversityJohns Hopkins University, MIT App Inventor, University of Cambridge, University of SheffieldUniversity of Southern California, University of Texas at AustinUniversity of Washington, and University of Waterloo.

Paul Bernard, Director of the Alexa Fund, said, “We want to increase the quantity and quality of students focused on advancing spoken language systems, and conversational AI is usually under-represented amongst general AI/ML fields. With the Alexa Fellowship, we hope to see more innovation in the fields of machine learning, speech science and natural language understanding from students at IIIT-Hyderabad.”

Brazilian Soccer Giant CR Flamengo Partners With Physimax to Create the ‘Ideal Soccer Player’

Sports, Technology

Brazilian soccer powerhouse CR Flamengo signs an agreement with Israeli Tech company Physimax to utilize their system that provides Objective MSK (musculoskeletal) Snapshots for athletes, to help them improve performance and stay away from injuries.

The partnership with Physimax, first of its kind in South America, is part of the club’s strategic goal to create the ‘ideal’ soccer player using innovative technology in movement pattern analytics. CR Flamengo uses Physimax technology to get MSK insights not only for its first team players, but also for the elite prospects of the club’s academy and track them over time as they become professional.

Physimax which has been successfully used by elite athletes in the NBA, US Military and top NCAA D-1 athletic programs demonstrating an impact in injury rates and expenditure, is now used for the first time in South America.

“We are excited to enter the South American market with CR Flamengo, one of Brazil’slegendary football clubs,” said Physimax CEO Ram Shalev. “We share a vision of empowering athletes to improve performance and stay away from injuries. Physimax technology already with proven impact in pro and collegiate sports, is a major step towards fulfilling that goal.”

Watch Physimax success story at University of Maryland: “We had 0 non-contact knee injuries and 0 non-contact ankle injuries” –

Linux launches free eBook for enterprises to enable innovation

Technology

45 page book is based on the experience of hundreds of companies spanning more than two decades of professional, enterprise open source

 

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today released a free eBook entitled Enterprise Open Source: A Practical Introduction. The book is written for software engineering executives, development managers, compliance experts, senior engineers and others involved in enterprise open source activities.

The book outlines specific actions enterprises can take to accelerate open source efforts, based on the experience of hundreds of companies spanning more than two decades of professional, enterprise open source.

Topics covered include:

Why use open source?
Various open source business models
How to develop your own open source strategy
Important open source workflow practices
Tools and integration
This free resource is available for download now at https://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/2018/08/enterprise-open-source-practical-introduction/.

AntWorks™ Announces Series A Funding With Strategic Investment by SBI Holdings, Inc.

Technology

A SBI Group and AntWorks™ Joint Venture also Announced to Target Opportunities in the Asian Region

AntWorks, a leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Intelligent Automation products and solutions company, today announced their Series A funding with a $15 millioninvestment by SBI Investment Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of SBI Holdings, Inc., which conducts investments and management of venture capital funds, at an undisclosed valuation. This investment will provide AntWorks with an impetus for their next level of growth in Artificial Intelligence & Enterprise RPA, fuel R&D, strengthen their marketing and sales engine, and energise their foray into newer markets.

In addition, in an unusual show of commitment, a joint venture between SBI and AntWorks was also announced to tap the tremendous opportunities in the emerging AI space in South East Asia.

Fuelled by cognitive automation and machine-learning capabilities, AntWorks delivers industry-best RPA – that’s powered by AI – using its ANTstein™ platform to enterprises of all sizes. AntWorks provides a unique code-free RPA product and its one-of-a-kind Cognitive Machine Reading (CMR) engine – that is very rapidly replacing OCR – is the most critical component to any Automation, RPA or digitisation journey for enterprises as it ingests any data type – Structured, Unstructured, Inferred, or Image data.

Asheesh Mehra, Founder and Group CEO, says, “When Govind Sandhu and I started AntWorks with a small, passionate group of people, the dream was to create a company that would serve as a catalyst for enterprises on their digitization journey. SBI Holdings reposing this faith in us with both the investment and the joint venture is a validation and an opportunity to grow and come into what we have always believed AntWorks can be – a true leader forging a new path, reimagining business as usual. Today I feel pride in our team who have worked so tirelessly and gratitude towards SBI Holdings and towards every employee, partner, analyst and well-wisher who has been on this journey with us. May we remain fresh in our approach, fearless in embracing change and fast in learning, adapting and delivering on everything we stand for as AntWorks.”

As a relatively new entrant, AntWorks has already made a global impact in the space and is consistently benchmarked against competitors who have been in the space for far longer. The AntWorks differentiator is in bringing together all three pieces of the Automation puzzle, effortlessly and under one umbrella – Data Ingestion, RPA, and Artificial Intelligence.

“AntWorks’ has risen through the ranks of global RPA, Automation and Artificial Intelligence companies with a ferocity that’s unprecedented in the industry. We are excited with the possibilities of ANTstein™ and look forward to their growth in the Asian region through our joint venture, as well as globally,” said Mr. Yoshitaka Kitao, Representative Director, President, and CEO of SBI Holdings, Inc. “SBI Group is actively involved in introducing RPA solutions to financial institutions in Japan and strongly believes in the future of this field.”

Highlights of AntWorks’ capabilities, enterprise automation solutions, and business growth:

• Providing solutions for about 450+ customers and with a presence in 4 continents, AntWorks is building a business that works with a diverse range of verticals and creates unique Deep Automation™ solutions for every industry.
• Their intelligent automation platform – ANTstein[TM]has made an impressive debut with its user-friendly interface, code free RPA environment, intuitive ML (Machine Learning), & NLM (Natural Language Modelling) capabilities.
• ANTstein™ is unmatched in the industry for both its deep automation capability and its ability to meet diverse AI requirements across industries.
• AntWorks’ advanced capabilities in AI, NLP, and NLM, allow training of BOTs which are proficient and highly accurate while performing higher-value tasks.
• In a marketplace that is growing at 10X multiples, AntWorks has the only end-to-end automation offering in the market built using the fundamentals of fractal science.
• AntWorks has performed at an annual revenue growth in 3-digit multiples.
• Analytics Insight included AntWorks in their annual report of the 10 most innovative companies in Machine Learning for July 2018. They were also awarded the IDC Digital Disruptor of the Year for 2017 apart from a number of other accolades and analyst mentions over the last 18 months.
• SQUARE, the new RPA product release, is slated for Q4 of this calendar year and details will be released closer to launch.

“With this investment we will work together with SBI Group to bring end-to-end, AI-based Enterprise RPA to the globe in a way not done before. Our goal is to empower enterprises in emerging markets like PhilippinesIndiaChina, etc. – by unleashing the limitless potential of Machine Learning and Cognitive Automation,”  says Govind Sandhu, Co-Founder and CFO, AntWorks.

“The funding that we have received and the repute of our investors will only bolster our efforts to forge ahead. Our ANTstein[TM] platform will be leveraged to automate administration and augment human judgement, creating new criteria for success: collaboration capabilities, information sharing, experimentation, learning, and decision-making effectiveness. I am excited about this investment from SBI Group and I welcome them to the board as their contribution will be game-changing, for us at AntWorks and for the industry at large,” says Asheesh Mehra in his closing remarks.

Internet of Things (IoT) Billion Dollar Market Growth Emerging as Formidable Powerhouse in Tech Sector

Technology

One of the most valuable aspects of the emerging multi-billion dollar Internet of Things (IoT) industry is the ability to seamlessly share information, including mobile file sharing. IoT is evolving to be at the core of digital transformation. The IoT industry has turned into a formidable powerhouse, generating over $273 billion in 2017 in spending, according to Statista. IoT gained significant momentum in the enterprise. In 2017, it is clear there is no turning back. Businesses are laser-focused on IoT as an enabler of sustainability, safety and economic growth. Businesses in a variety of sectors and consumers alike are leveraging advancing IoT platforms to manage information at an increased level of convenience. Active tech companies in the markets this week include Gopher Protocol Inc. (OTC:GOPH), Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:ZBRA), NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTD), Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP).

Gopher Protocol Inc. (OTCQB:GOPH) BREAKING NEWS: Gopher Protocol, a company specializing in the creation of Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence enabled mobile technologies, is preparing to file mobile database patent to work in conjunction with the Guardian Patch patent. Through the planned filing of this patent application, Gopher is seeking to protect a portion of intellectual property essential to mobile database management system.

Gopher’s devices, including the Patch, are intended to communicate with each other through Gopher gNET private, secured communication protocol. It is intended that gNET protocol devices will be able to share/exchange vast amount of data in a proprietary method. In addition, information database objects are transferred and stored between the devices through this method developed by Gopher. It is also intended that this innovative database management system will also add another significant layer of cyber security to Gopher’s network with the goal of eliminating possible hacking into the network.

“In order to appropriately implement our products, our data must be carefully secured and protected within our network protocol. This is one of our top priorities” said Mansour Khatib, Gopher’s CMO.

“In addition, as we intend to transfer a significant amount of information over our network, we developed an advanced dataset sharing system. Within the next few weeks we will be filing a patent to protect our database information sharing and management. The system manages databases of all types including media, textual, graphical and secured communication information. The system works with our proprietary integrated circuit (IC) within mobile devices. Read this and more news for GOPH at http://www.marketnewsupdates.com/news/goph.html 

Honeywell Technology to Help Indian Oil Corporation Meet New Clean Fuels Specifications

Technology, World

Honeywell (NYSE: HON)announced today that the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) has chosen Honeywell UOP’s Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology to supply high-quality hydrogen at five of its refineries. Hydrogen is essential to the refining process, where it is used to decontaminate oil and facilitate catalytic processes that produce clean-burning fuels, including those that meet the Indian government’s strict Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) environmental standards.

Under the terms of the agreement, Honeywell UOP will provide new PSA units to IOCL refineries at Gujarat, Panipat, and Mathura, and will upgrade existing hydrogen plants with UOP’s Polybed™ PSA technology at refineries in Haldia, Guwahati and Gujarat. Together, the six projects will generate 166,000 tons per year of new hydrogen capacity, representing an almost 30 percent increase for IOCL.

“Honeywell UOP’s hydrogen technology is part of IOCL’s efforts to produce BS-VI fuels before the end of 2019,” said Mike Banach, regional general manager for Honeywell UOP India. “This is a project of national importance to help India reduce pollution and improve its quality of life.”

IOCL chose Honeywell UOP technology due to its performance, superior economics and ability to meet an aggressive delivery schedule driven by India’s BS-VI emissions standards. UOP PSA technology features new UOP adsorbents that recover high levels of hydrogen. The project includes a substantial amount of Indian-made components and domestic fabrication, in line with the government’s “Make in India” program.

When the project is completed, the additional hydrogen produced each year will have a value to IOCL of about US$400 million.

“Hydrogen is as essential to refining as oil, and it’s generated on-purpose and as a byproduct of refining processes,” Banach said. “The PSA technology recovers and purifies this hydrogen so it can be used elsewhere in the refinery to remove impurities and to perform catalytic processes that transform crude oil into clean fuels and other products.”

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, has interests across the entire hydrocarbon value-chain, including refining, pipeline transportation, marketing of petroleum products, exploration and production of crude oil, natural gas, and petrochemicals. The company was founded in 1959 and is based in New Delhi, India.

Honeywell UOP (www.uop.com) is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. Honeywell UOP is part of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group, which also includes Honeywell Process Solutions (www.honeywellprocess.com), a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas, refining, petrochemical, chemical and other industries.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 software-industrial company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; and performance materials globally.  Our technologies help everything from aircraft, cars, homes and buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable.  For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.