The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-20T00:47:30Z Nearly 90 percent of Australian companies have sights set on artificial intelligence investment, IFS study reveals 2019-11-20T00:47:30Z nearly-90-percent-of-australian-companies-have-sights-set-on-artificial-intelligence-investment-ifs-study-reveals-1 Sydney, November 20, 2019 – IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today announces the findings of a global research study into the attitudes and strategies towards artificial intelligence (AI) among business leaders. The study polled 600 business leaders in countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Sweden, UK and the US and a broad spectrum of industries involved with their companies’ enterprise technology including enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM), and field service management (FSM). Key findings: About 90 percent of respondents (Australia and globally) reported at least some plans to implement AI in various parts of their business. Inventory planning and logistics was the most commonly reported area of investment in Australia with 54 percent planning AI projects (39 percent globally), while customer relationship management (CRM) was second at 46 percent (39 percent globally). Globally, industrial automation was the most common area of AI investment at 45 percent (28 percent in Australia). When asked how they plan to use AI, 57 percent in Australia (61 percent globally) said they expected it would help them make existing workers more productive. Less than half, 39 percent in Australia (48 percent globally), said they would use AI to add value to products and services they sell to customers. About 29 percent in Australia (18 percent globally) said they would proactively use it to replace existing workers. While a majority of respondents anticipated productivity increases from AI, only 21 percent in Australia (29 percent globally) anticipated AI would lead to a reduction in headcount in their industry. To manage this, 57 percent of Australian respondents (56 percent globally) stated that society could best prepare by changing educational programs to prepare workers to make direct use of AI tools to increase their own productivity. Another 29 percent (23 percent globally) said they expect the market to create new jobs for people displaced by AI, while 11 percent (15 percent globally) suggested a shortened 30-hour work week. “AI is no longer an emerging technology. It is being implemented to support business automation in the here and now, as this study clearly proves,” IFS VP of AI and RPA Bob De Caux said. “We are seeing many real-world examples where technology is augmenting existing decision-making processes by providing users with more timely, accurate and pertinent information. In today’s disruptive economy, the convergence of technologies such as AI, RPA, and IoT is bolstering a new form of business automation that will provide companies that are brave enough with the tools and services they need to be more competitive and outflank larger competitors.” An early adopter of industrial automation solutions that make use of robotics to transform its business strategy is leading North American packaging manufacturer Cheer Pack, who deployed a fleet of AI-powered autonomous vehicles to robotise material movements in its US factory and has already seen strong returns on the investment. Cheer Pack Director of IT, Alex Ivkovic noted, “We expect the costs savings to be over 1.5 million US dollars per year. In addition, each and every employee will be re-tasked to a higher-skilled position helping us with our labour shortage.” Bob De Caux concluded, “The findings of the study and the real-world scenarios being realised at our customers point to the conclusion that the time is right for companies to reap both business and financial benefits from technology automation. Falling for the hype of AI is easy, but success requires disruption to existing business models. The technologies themselves are not a panacea, nor are they a universal solution to any problem. However, with the right data model and viable use cases, AI can support improved productivity and deliver significant benefits to both operations and the wider business. AI will be used by the vast majority of organisations in some form in the near future, extracting real value from intelligent processes, for the long-term.” Download the complete IFS study, “How are Companies Planning to Adopt Artificial Intelligence and Adjust to Resulting Disruptive Change”, here. About IFS IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with a commitment to delivering value to every one of our customers, has made IFS a recognised leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,700 employees and growing ecosystem of partners support more than 10,000 customers around the world challenge the status quo and realise their competitive advantage. Learn more about how our enterprise software solutions can help your business today at Follow us on Twitter: @ifs Visit the IFS Blog on technology, innovation and creativity: 11 and 12 Year Olds’ Creative Thinking on Show at Fed Square’s Digital Façade 2019-11-19T23:34:33Z 11-and-12-year-olds-creative-thinking-on-show-at-fed-square-s-digital-fa-ade The Middle Years Program (Years 5-8) at Melbourne Girls Grammar offers opportunities designed to build competencies and extend capabilities with real-world experiences such as innovative lessons in the classroom, international programs, internships, leadership development and micro credentials. Last term, Year 6 students were tasked with projects that utilised innovative technologies to address: In what ways can new technologies be harnessed to have a positive impact on society?’ “In the Middle Years we encourage students to develop understanding and empathy before taking action on authentic real-world problems. Through this process of inquiry exploring media, our students are developing the confidence and skills to make a real difference as emerging citizens locally and globally,” said Billie Staples, Assistant Director of Middle Years at Melbourne Girls Grammar. The students worked with RMIT Program Manager and Lecturer in the Bachelor of Design (Digital Media) program, Dr Li Ping Thong, to develop a project with a direct focus on virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).  “These girls are growing up in a world where digital technologies are weaved into their daily lives,” says Dr Thong. “What is now required is to re-think how these technologies could be repurposed for meaningful actions and impactful outcomes.” “Adults are often the ones developing innovative technologies for students to use…if the classrooms of the future take charge, it lets students be the designers and innovators, thus allowing them to respond to real world problems and come up with creative solutions through innovative technologies.” The research project allowed our Year 6 students to explore and experiment with digital media technologies – showing them they are not just passive users of technology, but rather how they can use media in a positive way and utilise creative and critical thinking skills to problem solve. Year 6 student Ruby says the project has extended her learning capabilities and problem-solving skills. “It’s been really interesting to think of a problem, create something new and overcome hurdles,” says Ruby, “Since learning all the different elements of media, I’ve started to think about where I could use this knowledge and what career I might want to pursue. I’m now thinking about being a journalist, newspaper editor or YouTuber because I love creating things and coming up with new ideas.” Ruby’s peer, Abigail was similarly inspired by the project, stating the program implored her to think outside her own environment and experiences.  “Utilising the different technologies has showed me what the jobs of the future will look like and how we can take part. I found VR extremely interesting, the way it can be used to immerse a person in an environment or even put someone into another person’s shoes inspired me”. On 22 November at 11am, a selection of student works will be on display on the Federation Square Digital Façade so that everyone can see the creative and powerful solutions students are already thinking of to solve problems while harnessing digital technologies.   Their projects tackle important societal issues including: Body Image; Sustainability; and Empowerment. By translating these topics into visual presentations outside of the classroom environment, our students are building creative solutions to raise awareness of global issues. “Our students enjoy learning about how what they’re investigating in the classroom can translate to real world experiences and futures within the media landscape,” says Staples, and Dr Thong agrees. “Our students are the designers of the future who will shape what the world looks like,” adds Dr Thong, “so why not start now, in the classroom?” ESL ONE TO DEBUT DOTA 2 MAJOR IN LOS ANGELES IN 2020 2019-11-19T22:52:13Z esl-one-to-debut-dota-2-major-in-los-angeles-in-2020 LOS ANGELES -- November 19, 2019 -- ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today announced it will bring ESL One powered by Intel® to Los Angeles on March 20 through 22, 2020, at the historic Shrine Auditorium in Downtown Los Angeles. This marks the first time that ESL will host a Dota 2 tournament on the West Coast. ESL One Los Angeles will also be the first Dota 2 Major in the United States since 2016. Teams compete over their share of US $1,000,000. “Los Angeles is known for world class entertainment and that is exactly what we aim to deliver with the L.A. Major,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. “We are finally bringing our ESL Dota 2 flagship competition to the US West Coast for the first time and we are proud to deliver world-class Dota 2 action to the local community. With ESL One Los Angeles, we will put a stake in the ground to engage the US-based Dota 2 community and introduce one of our most iconic tournaments to a new location: the Shrine Auditorium conveying an absolute unique feel.”   ESL One Los Angeles 2020 will feature 16 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams competing for their share of the US$1,000,000 prize pool and the ESL One trophy. To qualify for the group stages at ESL One Los Angeles, teams will battle their way through three phases of online qualifiers, which are set to take place February 9-14. From March 14 through 19, teams will then battle for their chance to compete on the main stage at the Shrine Auditorium in front of thousands of eager Dota 2 fans on March 20 - 22.   The ESL One Los Angeles holds 15,000 DPC points for the teams, leading their way to The International. The play-offs concluding on March 22 follow the TI’s schedule format. Being the third out of five Majors within the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, ESL One L.A. stirs up the tension for The International significantly.   In addition to the competition, fans will have the opportunity to experience a variety of great side activities, including signing sessions with the teams and talents, a Dota artist area, and more. Tickets for ESL One Los Angeles 2020 will go on sale on Nov 21st 11am PST ranging in price between US $54 and US $225. To stay up to date on the latest ESL One Los Angeles news, follow ESL One Dota 2 on Twitter and Facebook and visit the official website.   ###   About ESL ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size events, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. Ping Identity Announces Record-breaking Scale and Performance of Its Customer Identity Solutions 2019-11-19T21:54:53Z ping-identity-announces-record-breaking-scale-and-performance-of-its-customer-identity-solutions DENVER—November 19, 2019 — Ping Identity (NYSE: PING), a leader in intelligent identity solutions, today announced a new set of scale and performance benchmarks achieved by its enterprise customers when leveraging the Ping Intelligent Identity™ Platform. The platform manages identities across all use cases including customer identities, and delivers secure and seamless digital experiences across applications and resources in the cloud, on-premises and in hybrid environments. Ping Identity provides secure login and authentication services to over half of the Fortune 100, organisations that consistently operate under peak digital demand and require a fast, convenient and secure digital experience for their customers. These organisations rely on the Ping Intelligent Identity platform to ensure customers have a positive user experience despite spikes in user traffic. Today’s reported achievements include: Securing Through Demand Spikes from Television Advertising: An online mortgage company handled over 75,000 authentications per second, during peak demand. Scaling to Support Internet of Things: HP’s identity infrastructure is architected to manage one billion user and device identities leveraging the Ping Intelligent Identity platform. Currently, over 150 million customer and partner identities securely access the company’s applications with thousands more added each and every day. These use cases are indicative of the scale and performance required by large organisations to provide consistently seamless user experiences, or risk diminished customer loyalty. In fact, Google found that 53% of mobile site visits were abandoned if a page took longer than three seconds to load. In addition, customers expect organisations to keep their sensitive data secure and to only share that data with other entities after obtaining customer consent to do so. A recent study by Ping Identity found that 81% of customers would stop engaging with a brand online after a data breach, and that 55% of customers would be deterred from using a brand’s products if a company shared their personal data without permission. “For enterprises today, providing fast and reliable service through digital channels is critical to their brands’ reputations,” said Andre Durand, CEO, Ping Identity. “We continue to invest in meeting the high scale and performance needs of the world’s largest global enterprises, so they can exceed customer expectations not only during the regular course of business, but also through periods of extreme demand.” For more information, read Engineering Scale and Performance for Customer Identities ( or visit our Customer Identity Solutions page ( to learn what it takes to deliver convenience, personalisation and security at scale. About Ping Identity Ping Identity is pioneering Intelligent Identity. We help enterprises achieve Zero Trust identity-defined security and more personalised, streamlined user experiences. The Ping Intelligent IdentityTM platform provides customers, employees, partners and, increasingly, IoT, with access to cloud, mobile, SaaS and on-premises applications and APIs, while also managing identity and profile data at scale. Over half of the Fortune 100 choose us for our identity expertise, open standards leadership, and partnership with companies including Microsoft and Amazon. We provide flexible options to extend hybrid IT environments and accelerate digital business initiatives with multi-factor authentication, single sign-on, access management, intelligent API security, directory and data governance capabilities. Visit: NEW FINTECH APP CREATING EASE FOR THE RIDESHARE INDUSTRY 2019-11-19T04:26:19Z new-fintech-app-creating-ease-for-the-rideshare-industry Founded by qualified accountants, Selda Kaplan and Michael Kambouridis, Rideshare Tax has now officially launched to the Australian rideshare community and it already has the support of rideshare giant, Uber. The fintech app, which simplifies and demystifies tax requirements for rideshare drivers, was created after a disgruntled rideshare driver vented to Selda about his tax woes and the lack of support available.   With rideshare drivers having to pay GST and lodge quarterly BAS statements from the moment they start driving, Selda and Michael realised there was a gap in the market for a streamlined, compact and easy-to-use app that could guide drivers through their tax journey. From applying for ABN and GST, to tracking and managing expenses, Rideshare Tax is an in-hand accountant, without the costly fees.   The free app, which is the first of its kind directed at the rideshare industry, is available for both Android and iOS users and allows drivers to download income, track earnings and access a digital logbook. For maximum ease, Rideshare Tax has also partnered with rideshare leader, Uber to allow their riders’ data to be downloaded directly into the app. The team has plans to organise similar arrangements with Ola, Shebah, DiDi and Bolt in the future.   App users can download BAS reports for free, or seamlessly and securely lodge them through the app for a small price of $49 per quarter. With the ATO cracking down on the sharing economy, Rideshare Tax provides a simplified solution, with access to qualified accountants, that can save drivers hundreds of dollars per year.   With over 1300 signups to the platform so far and plans to launch an equity crowdfunding campaign at the start of 2020 to push further growth and awareness across the country, Rideshare Tax is set to revolutionise the way rideshare drivers manage their tax for good.   “The sharing economy is booming, but drivers are becoming overwhelmed with the bookkeeping and tax requirements. Rideshare Tax is a one-stop-shop for rideshare drivers. We’re here to ensure they can drive more and worry less,” says Michael.   - ENDS -   For further information, or to speak with co-founders Selda Kaplan and Michael Kambouridis, please get in touch:   Megan Chambers || Bushfire emergency: Telestar’s instant mobility service enables war-rooms and first responders 2019-11-18T23:07:46Z bushfire-emergency-telestar-s-instant-mobility-service-enables-war-rooms-and-first-responders “Catastrophic” – that was the official bushfire danger level for much of New South Wales on Tuesday 12th November 2019. The day was shaping up to be the worst bushfire day in the state’s history.    By the afternoon of Monday 11th, emergency services agencies and first responders across the state were activating their highest level of emergency plans.    For the NSW Rural Fire Service, that meant expanding their already large mobile communications to make sure front line firefighters had the information and communications they needed before the next day.   For the NSW Ambulance Service, activating their emergency “war room” meant adding over 100 new cellular connections and deploying dozens of new smartphones in just a few hours.   Both organisations rely on Telestar for end-to-end management of their mobile communications services and devices.   Telestar received urgent orders from both organisations on Monday afternoon: get us more connections and more devices, and do it now.    For the RFS, Telestar used its strategic reserve to dispatch new tablet devices with active connections in just 30 minutes from the initial request. Working devices were in the hands of the right staff in other parts of the state just a few hours later.   For NSW Ambulance, Telestar was able to use its specialised Enterprise Service Desk to activate and configure 100 new cellular services in just minutes. Using a combination of its strategic equipment reserve and other pool stocks, Telestar set up and shipped the associated new smartphones just a few hours later.   Both RFS and NSW Ambulance got the services and devices they needed before the end of Monday, ready for the catastrophe predicted for the following day. First responders and emergency personnel had the right communications to do their jobs when they needed them.   “Responding to urgent requests is just one of the things Telestar does but it is certainly the most rewarding” said Julie Atwal, Telestar CEO. “Like all citizens, we can’t be thankful enough for the bravery and commitment of our emergency services personnel in times of danger. Our heartfelt thanks go to them all.” About Telestar   Telestar manages the communications of businesses and governments. Telestar’s solutions procure, secure, assist, control and govern over 500,000 devices and connections for large organisations across Australia and New Zealand. Large enterprises and government agencies trust Telestar to manage all aspects of their communications assets, usage and expenditure, to simplify their operations, improve service and contain cost.   ENDS Beware of Black Friday – Bitglass cautions SMBs 2019-11-18T22:10:06Z beware-of-black-friday-bitglass-cautions-smbs Data security firm Bitglass has cautioned small to medium businesses (SMBs) of the perils of Black Friday on November 29. The company’s CTO, Anurag Kahol, said: “Black Friday and the following Cyber Monday present a great opportunities for retailers to collect customer data that can be analysed to provide insight into buyer behaviour. However, while ramping up efforts to collect this data, it is even more important to store it safely in order to meet data privacy regulations. “While complying with data privacy laws can be particularly challenging for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the demands for SMBs are still the same as larger companies and they must take full responsibility for securing their customer data.” Kahol said there is no excuse for negligent security practices such as leaving databases of customer information exposed. The consequence of failing to protect sensitive data can result in massive fines, not to mention the resulting damage to brand reputation. “SMBs should focus on flexible, cost-effective solutions, that can prevent data leakage; for example, cloud access security brokers (CASBs) that provide features like cloud security posture management (CSPM), data loss prevention (DLP), user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA), and encryption of data at rest. Only with these types of capabilities can an SMB be certain that the data it is storing is truly safe.” BlackLine Rated Highest in Large and Global Organisations Use Cases In Just Released Gartner Critical Capabilities Report 2019-11-18T09:47:59Z blackline-rated-highest-in-large-and-global-organisations-use-cases-in-just-released-gartner-critical-capabilities-report LOS ANGELES – Nov. 14, 2019 – Financial controls and automation software BlackLine, Inc. (Nasdaq: BL) has been rated highest in the Large and Global Organisations use cases in Gartner’s recently released 2019 Critical Capabilities for Cloud Financial Close Solutions* report. The report examines the capabilities of 10 vendors/products to meet the needs of organisations in distinct use cases. BlackLine was ranked highest in the Large Enterprise and Global Enterprise use cases and scored No. 2 and No. 3 respectively for Upper Midsize and Business Unit use cases. “We believe that this acknowledgement, on the heels of our recent positioning by Gartner as a Leader in its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions, further validates us as a market leader and true strategic advisor to our valued customers,” said BlackLine CEO Therese Tucker. “We are gratified that we’ve been recognised by Gartner and think this shows that BlackLine is helping global organisations automate and streamline critical Finance & Accounting processes as a key enabler for their broader digital finance transformations.” The Critical Capabilities report is a companion piece to Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions** in which BlackLine was named a Leader and also positioned highest for ‘Ability to Execute’ for the third year in a row. To access a complimentary copy of the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions go here: Gartner estimates that “by 2023, 60 percent of upper midsize organizations (with $500 million to $1 billion in revenue) and large organisations (over $1 billion) will employ cloud-based applications to improve their financial close processes.”* Nearly 245,000 users across nearly 2,900 companies worldwide currently use BlackLine’s cloud solutions to increase accountant productivity, reduce risk, elevate controls and compliance functions and modernise their Finance & Accounting operations. In 2018 alone, more than 187 million reconciliations were auto-certified and over 3.5 billion transactions matched by BlackLine customers. *Gartner “Critical Capabilities for Cloud Financial Close Solutions” by Robert Anderson, John E. Van Decker, Greg Leiter, 11 November 2019. **Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions” by Robert Anderson, John E. Van Decker, Greg Leiter, 21 October 2019. This report was previously titled “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Corporate Performance Management Solutions.” Gartner Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About BlackLine BlackLine, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: BL) cloud-based solutions transform Finance and Accounting (F&A) by automating, centralising and streamlining financial close operations, intercompany accounting processes and other key F&A processes for large enterprises and midsize organisations. Designed to complement virtually all ERP and other financial systems including SAP, Oracle and NetSuite, BlackLine increases operational efficiency, real-time visibility, control and compliance to ensure end-to-end financial close management and accounting automation from within a single, unified cloud platform. Nearly 2,900 companies with users around the world trust BlackLine to help ensure balance sheet integrity and confidence in their financial statements. Based in Los Angeles, BlackLine also has regional headquarters in London, Singapore and Sydney. For more information, please visit Fintech Investment to Surge in 2020, Led by Mainstream Banks: Report 2019-11-17T22:25:54Z fintech-investment-to-surge-in-2020-led-by-mainstream-banks-report Sydney, 18 November 2019: In an effort to stimulate innovation and promote financial inclusion, banks and governments are poised to significantly boost uptake of Fintech solutions during 2020, according to a new report from Ecosystm, the global disruptive technology research and advisory platform. The report (Ecosystm Predicts: The Top 5 Fintech Trends for 2020) identifies five key trends that will shape the Fintech market during the next 12 months. It highlights the areas of digital banking, digital payments and Insuretech as the domains where exponential growth will take place. “Fintech is poised to have a much greater impact in 2020 than many people realise,” says report co-author and Ecosystm Principal Advisor, Paul Gestro. “As well as improving the experience for existing customers, it will also drive the induction of many currently unbanked people into the mainstream economy.” The top five Fintech trends in 2020 will be: One for all and all for one: Increasing investments in Fintech platforms and services will play a significant role in achieving greater inclusion, especially in emerging economies, as well as reducing the gender gap when it comes to adoption of financial services. This significant growth, and an increasing ability for banks and other businesses to address previously untapped markets, will drive huge capital inflow from Impact Investors who are keen to achieve a beneficial social result as well as a profitable return. The year of the banks: During the past few years, established banks have exhibited a reluctance to engage with Fintech providers, due to a mix of fear and uncertainty. In 2020, these fears will dissipate. Increasingly, banks have been developing strategies in a range of related areas including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Cybersecurity. Next up is Fintech for better customer engagement and regulatory compliance. Asia becomes ‘Middle Earth’: During 2018, venture capital backed Fintech firms raised more than $US40 billion in funding, and nearly half of this was in China alone. This massive growth will continue throughout Asia where Fintech newcomers will be well positioned to disrupt incumbent financial institutions. The combination of relatively open government policies and a generally underdeveloped banking sector will see rapid Fintech-backed innovations in the banking and non-financial sectors throughout the Asian region. The rise of Artificial Intelligence: Artificial Intelligence (AI) lies at the heart of most Fintech platforms and will continue to drive innovation in the sector. Being better able to make decisions about data and the automation of workflows will be top-of-mind objectives for finance firms during 2020. Closely related to AI is RPA (Robotic Process Automation) which will be deployed to transform customer experience as well as integrate legacy systems with more innovative tools and services. AI will also be increasingly used in areas such as cybercrime detection and prevention where it can rapidly identify potential cases of fraud and flag them for further investigation. Regtech will take centre stage: Regtech, the automated management of regulatory processes, will gain strong traction during 2020 as organisations come to understand how it can assist them with compliance. It has the potential to combat financial crime and reduce costly mistakes. The previous strategy of simply employing more people to undertake compliance is no longer sustainable and firms are keen to find a better way of tackling the challenge. The return on investment (ROI) on Regtech platforms is easy to identify and very compelling. “Our report clearly shows that 2020 will be a huge year for Fintech firms and the organisations that take advantage of their offerings,” says Gestro. “Making strategic decisions on Fintech adoption now will ensure financial services firms are well placed to benefit from the massive growth ahead.” Download a copy of the report here: About Ecosystm Ecosystm is a new age Technology Research and Advisory platform that brings together tech buyers, vendors and analysts into one integrated platform. The firm moves away from the highly inefficient business models of traditional research firms and instead focuses on data democratisation, with an emphasis on accessibility, transparency and autonomy. With technology becoming the number one source for innovation and differentiation, and global annual spending on technology due to exceed US$5 trillion by 2020, Ecosystm aims to enable all companies to harness the power of market data to make informed decisions. Offering data and research input, sourcing and subscription services, Ecosystm promises its users in-depth and relevant research by default. For more information, please visit ends First to Offer Exclusive AIoT Technology – STEAM Education Company Launches Global Robotics Competition 2019-11-16T05:35:03Z first-to-offer-exclusive-aiot-technology-steam-education-company-launches-global-robotics-competition-1 Singapore – 15 November 2019  • Inaugural OneWorld Robotics Competition is set to launch with Area Competitions commencing this weekend 16-17 November 2019 in Singapore. • Robotics Competition is the very first to offer the latest in AIoT Technology.  • Competition to unite students from around the world competing to solve real-world STEAM problems through the application of robotics. Competition to encourage essential STEAM skills in our youth for the future.  Company Actura, the global leader in STEAM education, robotics & coding, is on the brink of launching its first global OneWorld Robotics Competition. The competition is a stand-out with it being the first to incorporate the latest AIoT Technology. The Area Competitions commence this weekend in Singapore, with the competition bringing together hundreds of students from around the world competing to solve problems surrounding the category of “Smart Cities”. Area Competitions will occur in major cities including Singapore, Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney. The Area Competition for Singapore will kick-off the global competition around the world, with the schools hosting including Canadian International School, Dulwich College and Singapore Science Center. There will be many Singaporean schools in participation including Yio Chu Kang Secondary School among others, with students from Grades 7-9 competing.  The competition category is “Smart Cities” with students competing to solve problems surrounding this topic. Subjects to contend with will include transport congestion, pollution, environmental sustainability and over-crowding. The Autonomous Vehicle will be a solution to many of these problems and students will consider the technical, legal, social and ethical solutions, including privacy and cybersecurity risks, through their technical application of robotics and coding.   The competition will have three components – the first focusing on “Future Skills” based on Dr Tony Wagner’s (Harvard University) Seven Survival Skills. These skills will be the basis of the assessment – the skills being: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence; Agility and Adaptability; Initiative and Entrepreneurialism; Effective Oral and Written Communication; Accessing and Analyzing Information and Curiosity and Imagination.   The second component – the “Technical Challenge” – will provide students with the chance to use their coding skills with five robots. One of the challenges will include mandatory use of Artificial Intelligence to code the FlipRobot hardware to mimic autonomous driving, picking up an object and arriving at a set place. This part of the competition will exclusively offer students the chance to use the latest cutting-edge AIoT technology. Using the latest FlipRobot robotics hardware and software including the FlipAIoT App, students will have the opportunity to use the Artificial Intelligence camera in the FlipRobot to navigate simulated roads.  The last component – the “Presentation”, will offer the students the chance to practice their communication and analytics skills in presenting their findings to an expert panel of judges. The panel of expert judges for Singapore includes Dr Wong Choon Yue, Mr Yusuf Pranggonoh, Mr Egmond Boon, Mr Jay Thompson and Mr Ben Morgan.   The official sponsors for the competition are the Roboto Academy of Singapore. This exclusive coding Academy aims to help students discover a passion for coding and to develop computational thinking skills applicable to all facets of their lives. The Academy strives to be the world’s leading academy in student-centric education for technology and future skills.  “We are ecstatic to be able to launch our inaugural OneWorld Robotics Competition this year, with the Area Competitions commencing in Singapore. This is an exclusive chance for us to continue to promote essential STEAM and robotics skills in the youth of today, to empower them for their futures”. Charles Chung, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Actura Australia  “We are delighted to be the first to offer AIoT Technology within the bounds of this exciting global robotics competition. Our FlipRobot hardware and software will enable students to access cuttingedge AIoT technology”. Kurt Yang, Manager, FlipRobot Product Management  In the next thirty years, 75% of the fastest growing occupations will require STEAM-related skills. Mastering STEAM skills will be essential for students to become innovative job creators in our fastchanging society. The ability to harness STEAM skillsets will define 21st century leaders. The OneWorld Robotics Competition is set to challenge students to apply STEAM skills to solve the problems associated with navigating our smart cities of the future. Students will hone their STEAM skills including critical thinking and problem-solving in order to find solutions through robotics, and present these to a panel of industry experts.  Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Our FlipRobot range provides the ultimate robotic STEAM learning solution for the in-class environment. Actura continues to seek to fulfil its mission to become the most trusted STEAM education solution provider. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei and with further international expansion on the horizon, Actura seeks to achieve its mission on a global scale.   Contact: Actura Australia Nerilee Chen – Marketing and Communications Specialist   Phone: 1300 303 402 | Mobile: 0422 071 905 Email:     Company Name: Actura Australia Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: Website Address: OneWorld Robotics Website: Roboto Academy Singapore:    Google EMD Update 2019-11-15T03:54:27Z google-emd-update The Optimising team are delighted to learn of Google’s newest tactic aimed at discouraging underhanded SEO techniques.   The EMD (exact match domain) update is designed to weed out low quality businesses who have illegitimately achieved their top ranking. For those not familiar,  the EMD trick works by using the most common search terms associated with a particular business, and using those keywords as the domain name. An example might be if you’re looking for a dj for an upcoming party. You google ‘party DJ hire melbourne’. You’re then directed to a webpage called ‘’.   The fact that this business has come up at the top of the rankings doesn’t reflect on it’s quality or popularity. It may well have only been around for three days. This practice potentially undermines other, more established and reputable businesses whose domain name does not precisely match the top keywords.  It’s worth noting that the EMD update is not designed to harm legitimate businesses with exact match domain names. Google use many different techniques to determine a page’s worth, including offsite value, domain authority, and page quality. They’re simply trying to weed out low quality businesses. There has been much concern in recent years that Google gives too much weight to keyword domains in search rankings. This update will help to address these concerns. Google anticipates the changes will affect only 0.06% of English-US search queries to a noticeable degree. Optimising SEO takes pride in providing a quality service to our clients without employing some of the more questionable SEO techniques. Sneaky, backdoor methods of SEO create more headaches than they’re worth, ultimately doing long term damage to a businesses reputation for a very short term gain. You certainly won’t find us at! Optimising (03) 9111 0096 1/345 Punt Rd, Richmond VIC 3121 Optimising secures government funding to attend leading US SEO Conference 2019-11-15T03:53:56Z optimising-secures-government-funding-for-the-leading-seo-conference-in-the-world Optimising has won a State Government grant from Multimedia Australia aimed at encouraging the export of IT from Australia, around the world.  The Optimising team heads to Pubcon (Webmaster World) this October for the annual PubCon event, a global convention of industry leaders and expert in SEO and the global digital economy. James Richardson, Director at Optimising, is excited about the trip to Vegas and what the team will learn. “PubCon is like Christmas for an SEO company like ours, taking world class SEO products from overseas and introducing them to Australian businesses is what we do best.” said Mr Richardson. “We hope that we can bring a real competitive edge to the way our clients do business.” The grants are provided as part of the Technology Trade and International Partnering Program, curated by Multimedia Victoria.  The program supports Victorian ICT companies to take their products to the world and establish international partnerships. Daniel Zuccon, Operations Director at Optimising, said that contributing to Australia’s digital economy is tough work, and it’s crucial that these international partnerships are valued. “The SEO market in Australia is tiny compared to other regions, like the US and Asia. Given that our economy is so strong, why doesn’t it reflect in our digital economy? It’s growing fast, but these international partnerships are key in continuing growth” Mr Zuccon said. The Optimising team hope that their experiences at Pubcon will be ready and implemented for their clients within a week of their return. Optimising (03) 9111 0096 1/345 Punt Rd, Richmond VIC 3121 Is Your Safety Data Safe? 2019-11-15T01:23:43Z is-your-safety-data-safe n a world where companies handle increasingly large amounts of data, it’s vital that sensitive company information remains secure and risk management processes are extended to data security. Companies need to check if their providers are ISO 27001 compliant and not just their data centres that provide the hosting.  ISO 27001 is a global standard that outlines the requirements for an information security management system (ISMS). The standard is an internationally recognised best practice model for mitigating data security risks. Organisations use ISO 27001 to securely manage assets including financial information, intellectual property, employee details, or information entrusted by third parties.   When you entrust your data to a third-party company, you should request independent verification that its information systems are ISO 27001 certified – not just data centres that provide the hosting. This means that if an information system runs on cloud infrastructure, both environments must be ISO 27001 certified. Too often, businesses claim ‘data security’ simply by piggybacking on the certifications of their cloud infrastructure provider.  Organisations certified to ISO 27001 have developed a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information. This involves applying a risk management process to its people, processes and IT systems so that data remains secure. So do a quick check to ensure your cloud based software providers have your back when it comes to your data security. Original Article here: Gartner Forecasts More Than 740,000 Autonomous-Ready Vehicles to Be Added to Global Market by 2023 2019-11-15T00:23:36Z gartner-forecasts-more-than-740-000-autonomous-ready-vehicles-to-be-added-to-global-market-by-2023 15 November 2019 — By 2023, worldwide net additions of vehicles equipped with hardware that could enable autonomous driving without human supervision will reach 745,705 units, up from 137,129 units in 2018, according to Gartner, Inc. In 2019, net additions will be 332,932 units. This growth will predominantly come from North America, Greater China and Western Europe, as countries in these regions become the first to introduce regulations around autonomous driving technology. Net additions represent the annual increase in the number of vehicles equipped with hardware for autonomous driving. They do not represent sales of physical units, but rather demonstrate the net change in vehicles that are autonomous-ready. “There are no advanced autonomous vehicles outside of the research and development stage operating on the world’s roads now,” said Jonathan Davenport, principal research analyst at Gartner. “There are currently vehicles with limited autonomous capabilities, yet they still rely on the supervision of a human driver. However, many of these vehicles have hardware, including cameras, radar, and in some cases, lidar sensors, that could support full autonomy. With an over-the-air software update, these vehicles could begin to operate at higher levels of autonomy, which is why we classify them as ‘autonomous-ready.’” While the growth forecast for autonomous-driving-capable vehicles is fast, net additions of autonomous commercial vehicles remain low in absolute terms when compared with equivalent consumer autonomous vehicle sales. The number of vehicles equipped with hardware that could enable autonomous driving without human supervision in the consumer segment are expected to reach 325,682 in 2020, while the commercial segment will see just 10,590 (see Table 1).   Table 1: Autonomous-Ready Vehicles Net Additions, 2018-2023   Use Case   2018   2019   2020   2021   2022   2023 Commercial 2,407 7,250 10,590 16,958 26,099 37,361 Consumer 134,722 325,682 380,072 491,664 612,486 708,344 Total 137,129 332,932 390,662 508,622 638,585 745,705 Source: Gartner (November 2019) Lack of Regulation Inhibiting Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Today, there are no countries with active regulations that allow production-ready autonomous vehicles to operate legally, which is a major roadblock to their development and use. “Companies won’t deploy autonomous vehicles until it is clear they can operate legally without human supervision, as the automakers are liable for the vehicle’s actions during autonomous operation,” said Mr. Davenport. “As we see more standardised regulations around the use of autonomous vehicles, production and deployment will rapidly increase, although it may be a number of years before that occurs.”   Sensor Hardware Costs a Limiting Factor By 2026, the cost of the sensors that are needed to deliver autonomous driving functionality will be approximately 25% lower than they will be in 2020. Even with such a decline, these sensor arrays will still have prohibitively high costs. This means that through the next decade, advanced autonomous functionality will be available only on premium vehicles and vehicles sold to mobility service fleets.   “Research and development robo-taxis with advanced self-driving capabilities cost as much as $300,000 to $400,000 each,” said Mr. Davenport. “Sophisticated lidar devices, which are a type of sensor needed for these advanced autonomous vehicles, can cost upward of $75,000 per unit, which is more than double the price of your average consumer automobile. This puts higher-level autonomous vehicle technology out of reach for the mainstream market, at least for now.”   Public Perceptions of Safety Will Determine Growth Vehicle-human handover safety concerns are a substantial impediment to the widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles. Currently, autonomous vehicle perception algorithms are still slightly less capable than human drivers.   “A massive amount of investment has been made into the development of autonomous vehicle perception systems, with more than 50 companies racing to develop a system that is considered safe enough for commercial use,” said Mr. Davenport. Gartner predicts that it will take until 2025 before these systems demonstrate capabilities that are an order of magnitude better than human drivers.   To accelerate this innovation, technology companies are using simulation software powered by artificial intelligence to understand how vehicles would handle different situations. This enables companies to generate thousands of miles of vehicle test data in hours, which would take weeks to obtain through physical test driving. “One of the biggest challenges ahead for the industry will be to determine when autonomous vehicles are safe enough for road use,” said Michael Ramsey, senior director analyst at Gartner. “It’s difficult to create safety tests that capture the responses of vehicles in an exhaustive range of circumstances. It won’t be enough for an autonomous vehicle to be just slightly better at driving than a human. From a psychological perspective, these vehicles will need to have substantially fewer accidents in order to be trusted.” Gartner clients can read more in "Forecast Analysis: Autonomous Vehicle Net Additions, Internet of Things, Worldwide.”   *For Editors Gartner defines a vehicle with autonomous driving functionality as a vehicle able to offer automation of SAE Levels 3 and above. Gartner’s forecast covers autonomous vehicles that are fitted with hardware (in-vehicle technologies and sensors, such as lidar, radars and cameras) capable of driving without human supervision (SAE Levels 3, 4 and 5). About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organisations of tomorrow.   Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We’re trusted as an objective resource and critical partner by more than 15,000 organisations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size. 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