eConnect Reveals its Latest Airport Solutions at AXN 2019

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — eConnect, Inc., a Las Vegas-based software company which provides hospitality companies with a platform for actionable information, reinforced by video, will reveal their latest technology at the 2019 Airport Experience Conference. eConnect’s newly enhanced POSConnect application now utilizes artificial intelligence to further analyze point of sale data for fraudulent activity.

Computers are beginning to outperform humans on various analytical tasks. eConnect’s new predictive analytic engine is no exception. Rather than scour through thousands of exceptions, the POSConnect system presents the user with a list of suspicious checks, as well as the most suspicious employees to review.

“On an average day, airport F&B operators conduct over 10,000 transactions. As much as 6% of the gross revenue is not captured due to errors or outlier activity. Many times employee theft can be attributed to revenue leakage. Our system identifies those transactions that represent high risk to the client and allows them to take corrective action,” commented Jeff Pohlmann, VP of Sales at eConnect.

See eConnect’s latest airport solutions at AXN 2019 February 25-27.

About eConnect
eConnect™ is a cutting-edge technology company that helps improve business performance through data and video intelligence. The company seamlessly integrates digital video surveillance with transactional data from point-of-sale (POS), casino systems, people counting and other data sources to quickly and directly improve profitability, efficiency and the guest experience. eConnect offers measurable ROI within months of system deployment. The software tools are world-renowned for their ability to discover previously unknown problems, thereby reducing or eliminating sources of loss and correcting operational problems. For more information, visit http://www.econnectglobal.com.

 

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IBM joins with Vodafone, SEAT, KONE and Mitsufuji in showcasing 5G and other innovations at Mobile World Congress

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Mobile World Congress – IBM (NYSE: IBM) joined with major industry players Vodafone, VW’s SEAT, KONE and Mitsufuji to highlight ways that the convergence of 5G, cloud computing and artificial intelligence are beginning to transform businesses and lives around the world. 

IBM Corporation logo. (PRNewsfoto/IBM)

Cloud and high-speed connectivity help companies tap a plethora of powerful IT services such as AI, augmented reality and blockchain provide highly-contextualized and personalized experiences for customers and employees.

But with the average company using up to 15 clouds and multiple types of AI, getting everything working together in a secure and optimised way is a major obstacle.

IBM and Vodafone last month signed a landmark $550M partnership to address this challenge by bringing together connectivity, cloud and AI technologies to help companies remove complexity from their digital transformations.

“IBM’s partnerships with global telco companies like Vodafone will help speed up the deployment of 5G and provide easier access to new technologies such as AI, blockchain, edge computing and IoT,” said Michael Valocchi, IBM General Manager of the new venture with Vodafone. “This is because the promise of 5G doesn’t just depend on fiber, spectrum and gadgets, but on advanced levels of integration, automation, optimization and security across the ever more complex IT systems that companies are building in a bid to transform.”

Greg Hyttenrauch, Co-leader of the new venture for Vodafone Business, explains that “by providing the open cloud, connectivity and portable AI technologies that companies need to manage data, workloads and processes across the breadth of their IT systems, Vodafone and IBM are helping to drive innovation and transform user experiences across multiple industries – from retail to agriculture.”

SEAT, a member of the Volkswagen Group and one of Europe’s leading auto manufacturers, is using IBM Cloud and Watson AI technology combined with the power of high-speed 5G connectivity, to reposition itself as a mobility services provider and transform urban mobility.

“At SEAT, we are working with innovative cities and technology companies to come up with solutions to make urban mobility easier and more efficient,” said Jordi Caus, SEAT’s Head of New Urban Mobility Concepts. “IBM is helping us invent new approaches to mobility with cloud and AI that will transform our business strategy while improving the lives of people living in urban areas.”

KONE, a leading manufacturer of elevators and escalators, is tapping IBM Watson IoT solutions on the IBM Cloud to keep more than one billion people around the world on the move every day. Using IBM IoT technology, KONE is moving from reactive to proactive to predictive services.

“Our IoT technology can constantly monitor up to 200 critical parameters of a single piece of KONE equipment, bringing a totally new experience to maintenance services,” said Jean-Paul Bourgeat, KONE’s Service Director for South Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Working with IBM, KONE can now bring much more value to our customers, with services that can, for example, lead to a 25% improvement in first time fix.”

Earlier this month, IBM announced a partnership with Mitsufuji, a company in Japan that provides worker safety solutions that include connected garments, IoT technology and AI to alert workers to high-risk situations. Mitsufuji uses IBM Maximo Worker Insights and IBM’s IoT Platform to help organizations monitor worker safety, spot trends and potential problems, and react to changing environmental conditions.

“Using IBM’s advanced analytics and cloud capabilities, we can create an almost complete picture of a worker’s safety,” said Ayumu Mitera, CEO of Mitsufuji. “Wearables, smart devices and environmental sensors all produce vast amounts of data which are analysed in real-time, helping our clients to create safer working environments and us to get our innovations to market three times faster than previously.”

References
*IBM Institute of Business Value Report: Assembling You Cloud Orchestra

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Video on the IBM, Vodafone venture:
https://youtu.be/LBRLbTfSoBs

Animated film about the IBM & Vodafone venture: https://youtu.be/aMa9Z2hTJ1s

Video on KONE’s use of Watson IoT to manage millions of elevators and escalators
https://youtu.be/EVbd3ejEXus

Contact
Jonathan Jessop Batty
Global Communications Manager
IBM Hybrid Cloud
+44 7741 113871
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IBM Media Relations
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Squark Launches Codeless AI that Transforms How Business Analysts Deliver Accurate Predictions

BURLINGTON, Mass., Feb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Squark, a software as a service (SaaS) predictive analytics provider, today announced Squark™ Seer, a tool that enables non-programmers to take advantage of the power of artificial intelligence to make timely and actionable predictions. This important advance brings AI out of the development lab and directly into the hands of marketers, managers, and operations analysts.

Accurate predictions allow organizations to shape their futures actively instead of just reacting to what has already happened. For instance, identifying which mobile customers are at risk to switch carriers can enable telecom companies to reach them in time with effective retention programs. That is why AI is in high demand—because it replaces reports with predictions. But adoption of AI has been slowed by shortages of data scientists and expert programmers customarily required to make it work. Squark removes this obstacle by eliminating AI programming completely—delivering results in minutes.

Weary of complexities and delays in their own development projects, industry veterans Dan Hess and Judah Phillips co-founded Squark in 2016 with a mission to build a way for business analysts to create predictions quickly, by themselves. They envisioned using the self-programming power of AI to build models automatically, so that data science knowledge was not required. The system would be built in the cloud with architecture that makes the latest AI algorithms instantly available to users. Their concept was fulfilled with the release of Squark Seer—making predictions with AI is now as straightforward as using a spreadsheet.

“Our goal was to make AI a point-and-click experience. Seer requires only upload of training and production data sets to the SaaS application. AI then does the hard work of creating hundreds or thousands of models using competing algorithms. The best method is then used to make the predictions,” said Hess, Squark’s CEO. “The whole process takes minutes, not months,” he added.

“Leading a robust B2B SaaS demand generation practice, I needed the ability to respond proactively and quickly to changes in demand from prospects at every stage in the sales funnel,” said Brett House, VP of Product Marketing and Demand Generation at Nielsen. “Squark helped my team predict the key drivers of marketing ROI more effectively, which for us means sales-accepted leads and closed deals. This translates to more efficient use of our marketing dollars, better use of my team’s time, and the ability to optimize our programs actively across a variety of dimensions.”

Adam Jenkins, Principal at Digital IQ, said, “As an agency for high-profile consumer brands, we need to deliver meaningful predictions—ones that increase sales. In our very first project we used Squark to show a beverage client where to aim cross-sell offers. Immediate uplift overnight in the double digits. Remarkable. With no programmers.”

Phillips, CTO at Squark, explained that the company currently concentrates on predictions made with AI techniques that use sets of known outcomes to train predictive algorithms. “We focus on practical business predictions such as marketing, operations, and sales. For example: Which leads are most likely to convert to the next stage in the customer journey? We have binary classifications to do that. Which inventory stocking location is likely to be closest to customers to reduce shipping cost? Squark has multi-class algorithms for that. What is the real forecast for the next period in units and dollars based on today’s actual pipeline? Our regression predictions handle that. And Squark Seer implementation could hardly be simpler: Log in, upload, predict.”

Squark is already at work for customers in a wide range of businesses including marketing services, digital agencies, logistics, healthcare, cloud services, building materials, fundraising, and insurance.
To request a demo, visit http://www.squarkai.com.

About Squark
Founded in 2016, Squark is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that makes AI-powered analytics accessible to everyone. Squark gives business analysts the freedom to make accurate predictions quickly with powerful data science methods that are applied automatically. Squark’s technology is built upon codeless machine learning, an AI technique that programs itself to find patterns and correlations in data. This approach is especially effective at making predictions from data sets with large numbers of variables. Squark Seer is available now. Pricing plans begin at $495 per month. Free, 14-day trials are available at http://www.squarkai.com/free-trial/.

For more information about Squark and its leadership visit http://www.squarkai.com.

Contact
John Matera
john(dot)matera(at)squarkai(dot)com
+1 978-852-7827

 

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Matrix AI Network to Release its Highly Anticipated Mainnet Platform

HONG KONG, Feb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Matrix AI Network (MAN), a global open-source, public, intelligent blockchain-based distributed computing platform and operating system, combining advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology, formally announced the launch of its mainnet platform earlier today.

“This release is a significant moment for Matrix AI Network and our community,” said Owen Tao, Matrix AI Network’s CEO, “we can now connect investors, developers, partners, and the community to innovate exponentially. Making the Matrix AI Network platform available on the mainnet is a clarion call for collaborative development, and a significant advance for practical blockchain and artificial intelligence technology.”

With the launch of the Matrix AI Network mainnet, the public can start mining and commence verification activities in as soon as four to six weeks. Block rewards mined during this initial period is expected to be redistributed to the community in the following manner:

  • 1,000,000 MAN will be airdropped to everyone who completes the token swap by or before a date that will shortly be announced to the community.
  • Everyone who tested nodes on the testnet will receive 500 MAN each.
  • Once the public can start mining, the first 200 miners (online for 100,000 blocks) will receive 1000 MAN each.
  • Once the public can start verifying, the first 100 verifiers (online for 100,000 blocks) will receive 2000 MAN each.
  • 2,000,000 MAN will be burned.
  • Approximately 400,000 MAN will be used to cover transaction fees during the first four to six weeks.
  • The remaining tokens will be used for ecosystem development.

Matrix AI Network will be running several notable projects on its mainnet, including a recently announced partnership with OGI Ocean Gate Transportation Company, an international freight forwarding and integrated logistics services company, to develop an intelligent global freight shipping application platform.

Over the past year, Matrix AI Network has announced a series of notable alliances and partnerships in both the public and private sector, with organizations such as Distributed AI Alliance; Tsinghua University Bayesian Computing Lab; Peking University Cancer Hospital; Advanced Telecommunication Chain Industry Alliance; and China Standards and Innovation Alliance’s Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Council — a strong sign of confidence and support for MATRIX’s proprietary technology.

“We are very excited to reach this milestone, to see our AI technology begin to deliver on the promise of blockchain,” said Dr. Steve Deng, Chief AI Scientist for Matrix AI Network. “Over the coming weeks, as the MATRIX team ensures the stability of the network, the Matrix mainnet will demonstrate a network throughput speed in excess of 5000 transactions per second (TPS),” continues Dr. Steve Deng, “faster speeds lead to lower transaction costs, shorter confirmation times and scalability – capable of supporting large commercial transactions. This is the next breakthrough for blockchain 3.0.”

With this new platform release, MATRIX AI Network will provide the following key feature sets:

Auto-Coding Smart Contracts – MATRIX Smart Contracts use Natural Language Programming and adaptive deep learning-based templates to auto-code. English and Chinese are currently supported, with additional languages supported later.

AI-powered Cybersecurity – AI-powered Secure Virtual Machine identifies potential loopholes and malicious intentions while ensuring robustness under high-intensity attack using a generative adversarial network.

Adaptive Blockchain Parameters – Seamless integration of public and private chains with the capability for multi-chain collaboration. Support for adaptive self-optimization and the ability to tweak certain blockchain parameters without creating a hard fork. Ability to evolve alongside users. Suitable to support enterprise and government ecosystems.

Value-Added Green Mining – Innovative mining mechanism uses vast computing resources to run Markov-Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithms. MCMC algorithms have valuable real-world applications. Currently being used in collaboration with Beijing Cancer Research Hospital to improve speed and accuracy of cancer diagnosis.

Dynamic Delegation Network – Proprietary network hierarchy created with a distributed random clustering process without centralized control enables hybrid PoS + PoW consensus mechanism – dubbed HPoW or Hyper PoW – and reduces transaction latency.

Matrix AI Network believes that its cutting-edge technology will spur rapid adoption of the Matrix AI Network platform by companies, developers, and partners. This cycle of innovation will drive the next wave of technological advances providing inestimable value for companies all over the globe.

About Matrix AI Network:

Matrix AI Network (MAN) is a global open-source, public, intelligent blockchain-based distributed computing platform and operating system that combines artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain. Matrix was created to make blockchains faster, more flexible, more secure, and more intelligent. For more information, visit https://www.matrix.io

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ScreenPoint Medical to Showcase Transpara™AI for 2D and 3D Mammography at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) Annual Meeting 2019

VIENNA, Feb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — At ECR 2019 in Vienna, ScreenPoint Medical will present the latest version of Transpara™ Artificial Intelligence (AI) system, which processes 2D, 3D and combo mammography exams and is integrated in the workstations of an increasing number of OEM partners.

ScreenPoint Medical’s Transpara™ is the first AI application for detecting breast cancer in screening mammograms to gain 510(k) clearance from the FDA, based on its unique functionality which interactively provides support for detection and diagnosis. The clearance was supported by the results of a multi-reader, multi-case Reader Study, which demonstrated that radiologists significantly improved detection accuracy when using Transpara for decision support without increasing reading times.

“This year’s exhibit shows our commitment to the changing AI landscape,” said Nico Karssemeijer, CEO for ScreenPoint Medical. “Customers are looking for solutions that have clear evidence supporting its clinical performance and compatibility with their existing IT and equipment infrastructures. Our development team has worked hard to ensure this a real possibility.”

These commercially available 2D, 3D and combo mammography solutions are on display at the Annual ECR meeting in Vienna, Austria this week. ScreenPoint Medical was also recently selected by an expert panel as the best new Radiology Vendor in the EuroMinnie Awards 2019.

Clinical Studies to watch out for at ECR 2019:

According to the study, “Can artificial intelligence identify normal mammograms in screening?” (B-0695, February 28, 14:09, Room: E1), presented by K. Lång (Malmo, Sweden), at ECR 2019, an artificial intelligence system can reduce the screen-reading workload and with further improvement of the software, an even greater exclusion of normal mammograms seems possible, since the majority of the cancers with low risk scores were clearly visible.

In the session “Artificial intelligence detecting breast cancer on mammography: does breast density play a role?” (B-0697, February 28, 14:25, Room: E1), a study will be presented by A. Rodriguez Ruiz. Researchers from Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, Netherlands concluded that the AI score may be considered as an independent tool to estimate the likelihood of the presence of cancer on mammograms, to stratify screening populations, and to potentially speed up the reading process by reassuring readers on mammograms that are likely normal, irrespective of breast density.

About ScreenPoint Medical BV:
ScreenPoint Medical develops image analysis technology for automated reading of mammograms and digital breast tomosynthesis exams, exploiting Big Data, Deep Learning and the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence.
ScreenPoint Medical was founded in 2014 by Nico Karssemeijer and Michael Brady, two experts in breast imaging, machine learning, computer vision, and computer-aided detection. The main office is in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. For more information, please contact info(at)screenpointmed.com
http://www.screenpoint-medical.com

 

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WeBank and the Macao Government Join Hands over Smart City Boosted by Blockchain Solutions under the Greater Bay Area Initiative

MACAO, Feb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On February 27th, WeBank Co., Ltd. (“WeBank”) signed a collaboration agreement with the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (“FDCT”), established by the Macao government. The two parties will collaborate in the development of Smart City infrastructure, public services, government administration, and talent training. Ma Chi Ngai, President of Adm. Committee of FDCT, and Henry Ma, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of WeBank, attended the signing ceremony.

Ma Chi Ngai, President of Adm. Committee of FDCT & Henry Ma, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of WeBank

According to the agreement, the two parties will establish a long-term collaboration on Fintech to jointly promote the futuristic urban development of the Macao SAR. Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing, among other innovative technologies, will be used to enhance the science and technology capabilities of the GuangdongHong KongMacao ‘Greater Bay Area’.

Ma Chi Ngai, President of Adm. Committee of FDCT, stated: “Building a Smart City is a strategic step for the SAR government to develop its economy and to improve residents’ livelihood. As a governmental agency, the FDCT will actively work with the Macao government to promote the implementation of the Smart City. In this collaboration, we will utilize innovative technologies such as Blockchain as a fulcrum to strengthen the technological innovation capabilities of the SAR government, to promote the development of the Smart City, and to benefit people’s livelihood through science and technology. Moreover, through the strong collaboration and mutual support, we will take full advantage the Greater Bay Area’s strength in technological innovation to inject new vitality into the region.”

Henry Ma, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of WeBank, said in his speech: “WeBank is the first digital-only bank in China. Based in Shenzhen, the capital of innovation in the Greater Bay Area, we are committed to combining Fintech best practices with our own open technology strategy to provide secure, reliable and open source solutions for partners around the world. In the future, WeBank and the Macao government will expand their collaboration and jointly explore new models of cooperation between the public and private sectors. I am expecting that our collaboration will provide a meaningful reference for all enterprises and individuals committed to the development of the Greater Bay Area.”

According to both parties, the first collaboration project is based on “WeIdentity”, an Entity Identity Authentication and Trusted Data Exchange solution. In the traditional model, the exchange of personal data across agencies and departments poses many problems. WeIdentity offers a secure and efficient solution for inter-institutional identity authentication and data cooperation through Blockchain, providing technical support for e-government services in Macao and enhancing the service experience of Macao residents.

With technology deeply imbedded into the bank’s DNA since inception, WeBank continues to drive improvements through the development of leading technologies. Investment into technology R&D accounts for more than 30% of the total expenditure at the bank with more than half of all staff serving in technical roles. Since 2015, WeBank has been a leader in the development of Blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Relying on its core technological expertise in Blockchain, WeBank had made great advancements in R&D, use case exploration, industry knowledge exchanges and government cooperation on the topic of Blockchain.

The newly released “Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area” indicates the aim of implementing an innovation-driven development strategy, boosting the coordination of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao in constructing a dynamic community of collaboration and innovation. The signing of this agreement between WeBank and the FDCT serves as a powerful example of this strategy with both government agencies and enterprises making contributions in developing the Greater Bay Area.

Please visit http://fintech.webank.com/weid for more information.

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Binovi™ by Eyecarrot Partners With Microsoft's Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Platform Azure Databricks

TSX.V : EYC | OTCQB : EYCCF

TORONTO, Feb. 28 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Eyecarrot Innovations Corp (Eyecarrot) (TSX-V: EYC | OTCQB: EYCCF) is pleased to announce it has initiated implementation of Microsoft's (Nasdaq:MSFT) Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform Azure Databricks.  As a follow on to the partnership with Microsoft as a member of its BizSpark Plus Program, valued at $500,000 in services, software, and support, BinoviTM by Eyecarrot will now accelerate big data analytics and artificial intelligence solutions with Azure Databricks. 

This new infrastructure will provide a modern data warehouse that will seamlessly bring together all of the company data at any scale, provide insights, operational reports and advanced analytics for all Binovi users.  BinoviTM will now provide advanced analytics on big data by transforming our data into actionable insights leveraging best-in-class machine learning tools.  This architecture allows the company to combine any data at any scale and will have the ability to build and deploy custom machine learning models.

The key component to this deployment is the combination of a collaborative workspace to enable data engineers, data scientists, and business users to collaborate and comment on shared projects as a team, and then easily build, train and deploy AI models at scale for optimized deep learning.  BinvoiTM by Eyecarrot is currently available on over 4 continents, and historical devices total over 5000 globally.  As the company extends its data capture toolset around the human visual system and how it interacts with the body, balance system and brain, machine learning and AI will significantly accelerate the value of the company's big data.

"We're developing a ML system that leverages both Apple's and Microsoft's AI to extend our data capture and processing infrastructure, giving deeper and richer insights." Commented CTO, Salim Mithani, PhD.

About Eyecarrot

BinoviTM by Eyecarot's platform is an innovative healthcare technology solution that integrates software, hardware, data and expert knowledge. BinoviTM helps Optometrists treat vision issues with in-office therapy as well as doctor led home based activities to better serve and increase the patient's experience and their therapy needs. The goal is to help transform vision performance for the 1 in 4 people worldwide that suffer from vision-related issues going beyond visual acuity. The company is transforming how vision healthcare services are integrated, while addressing key challenges in the health system.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

Adam Cegielski
President | CEO
Telephone: 1.844.866.6162

Forward looking information

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute "forward-looking information" as such term is used in applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information is based on plans, expectations, and estimates of management at the date the information is provided and is subject to certain factors and assumptions, including, that the Company's financial condition and development plans do not change as a result of unforeseen events and that the Company obtains regulatory approval. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause plans, estimates and actual results to vary materially from those projected in such forward-looking information. Factors that could cause the forward-looking information in this news release to change or to be inaccurate include, but are not limited to, the risk that any of the assumptions referred to prove not to be valid or reliable, that occurrences such as those referred to above are realized and result in delays, or cessation in planned work, that the Company's financial condition and development plans change, and delays in regulatory approval, as well as the other risks and uncertainties applicable to the Company as set forth in the Company's continuous disclosure filings filed under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com . The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, other than as required by applicable law.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Want to Celebrate at Mardi Gras, Ask Alexa with New EarthCam Skill for Amazon Echo Show

NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Live from the streets of New Orleans, the outrageous sights and sounds of Mardi Gras will have viewers saying “laissez les bon temps rouler,” thanks to the EarthCam skill for Amazon Echo Show. The voice navigation-based skill was recently debuted to show real-time sunrises and sunsets from beautiful and unique locations around the world, and will now take viewers to the heart of the French Quarter.

EarthCam has launched innovative artificial intelligence (AI) features to track sunrise and sunset patterns, ensuring the optimal views are available each time a user asks Alexa for live video content. Complex algorithms were developed to detect a specific range of colors that are visible in the live stream at that exact time, as well as the precise location of the sun in the sky with respect to the camera’s field of view. The result – the viewer will enjoy a beautiful sunrise or sunset at any time, day or night.

“EarthCam’s live streaming and time-lapse content is available in more places than ever before and the introduction of the EarthCam skill for Amazon Echo Show is an exciting addition to our growing list of applications,” said Brian Cury, CEO and Founder of EarthCam. “Our advancements through artificial intelligence make it possible for anyone around the world to enjoy the best views from our cameras and we look forward to delivering even more unique content as we continue to add more features to our EarthCam skill.”

The best and most popular views of the world’s favorite webcam network are available for Echo Show devices everywhere. Users can simply ask, “Alexa, show me a sunrise,” “Alexa, show me a sunset,” “Alexa, show me some place interesting,” and an EarthCam stream will be delivered directly to the device. EarthCam’s high-quality webcam technology enables the live streaming content to be showcased as living wallpaper and serves as the perfect medium for instant transport to an exotic location or relaxing destination.

Starting today with EarthCam’s expanded skill, viewers can go to the heart of New Orleans for the Mardi Gras celebrations on world-famous Bourbon Street simply by saying, “Alexa, ask EarthCam to show me Mardi Gras.” Mardi Gras is the first of many entertaining events this year that users will be able to enjoy with EarthCam’s skill. EarthCam has enabled utterances for upcoming events including St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Eve.

To learn more about the EarthCam skill for Amazon Echo Show visit http://www.earthcam.com/alexa and enable the EarthCam skill today!

ABOUT EARTHCAM
EarthCam is the global leader in providing webcam content, technology and services. Founded in 1996, EarthCam provides live streaming video, time-lapse construction cameras and photography documentation for corporate and government clients in major cities around the world. EarthCam leads the industry with the highest resolution imagery available, including the world’s first outdoor gigapixel panorama camera system. This patent-pending technology delivers superior multi-billion pixel clarity for monitoring and archiving important projects and events across the globe. EarthCam’s all-weather webcams, innovative software and mobile applications enable users to showcase unique views, increase exposure and generate positive public relations.

The Webby Award winning company hosts many highly trafficked tourism cams, with views of popular locations and landmarks such as Times Square, World Trade Center, Statue of Liberty, Miami Beach, Bourbon Street, Temple Bar in Dublin, CN Tower, Atlantis the Palm Dubai and Abbey Road Crossing in London.

To experience more of EarthCam, visit http://www.earthcam.com or download the Webcams app on your mobile device at http://www.earthcam.com/mobile/.

 

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MDA Applauds Canada's Commitment to NASA-led Lunar Gateway

BRAMPTON, ON, Feb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), today applauded the announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) minister Navdeep Bains that Canada will join the Lunar Gateway program, a major international initiative led by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to return to the Moon. Canada will provide artificial intelligence-based robotics for the Lunar Gateway, extending the Canadarm program for another generation. In addition to the Lunar Gateway announcement, the government announced a number of other space initiatives and committed to unveiling a long-term space strategy in the coming days. Canada's commitment to the Lunar Gateway program totals CAD $2.05 billion over the duration of the program.

The Lunar Gateway will be a Moon-orbiting outpost that will support persistent human activity on the lunar surface and serve as short-term habitat for astronauts, a communications node, a science laboratory and a staging ground for exploration into deeper space. The first elements of the Lunar Gateway will launch in 2022, and construction will take place over the next several years.  

"We are extremely pleased to see the Government of Canada continue our country's leadership role on the international space team, and to advance Canada's unique world leadership position in space robotics," said Mike Greenley, Group President of MDA. "MDA is honoured to have been the provider of space robotics to the Canadian government for over 35 years on the Space Shuttle program and the International Space Station."

The "Canadarm3" robotics on the Lunar Gateway will be essential for critical operations and maintenance of this new international space station, on both the outside and inside of the station, and will consist of a larger manipulator arm and a smaller dexterous arm. Whereas the current International Space Station (ISS) operates approximately 400 kilometres from Earth, the Lunar Gateway will orbit the Moon approximately 400,000 kilometres from Earth, requiring a significant advancement in robotic and autonomous control systems and capabilities. Because of this great distance, the highly specialized Canadian contribution to the Lunar Gateway program will leverage the Canadian industrial base expertise in both space robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) – two areas where Canadian firms and academic organizations are established international leaders.

"Over 500 companies across Canada participated in the ISS robotics program," added Mr. Greenley. "We expect a similarly robust and diverse pan-Canadian supply chain will form to execute Canada's commitment to the Lunar Gateway, including Canada's strong AI community."

MDA has conducted a number of early concept studies for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) on the Lunar Gateway robotics solution over the past several years, as well as a survey of Canadian firms that could be engaged to deliver this capability. In 2018, MDA conducted its own industry day to meet with key industrial suppliers across Canada to explore this potential space robotics opportunity. MDA estimates that the Lunar Gateway program will create 10,000 person-years of employment over the duration of the program involving high quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs in Canada as a result of this commitment by Canada. Furthermore, this flagship program will enable follow-on exports and commercialization in the new space economy and enhance industrial competitiveness on the global stage.

Canada's world-renowned space robotics and on-orbit servicing capabilities span more than 35 years, including more than 90 on-orbit servicing missions with Canadarm as part of the Space Shuttle program, plus 18 years of continual robotic operations using Canadarm2 and Dextre to build and maintain the International Space Station. In return for Canada's contribution of space robotics, Canada was offered astronaut flights – to date, nine Canadian astronauts have flown on 17 spaceflight missions.

MDA has been part of an initiative called Don't Let Go Canada, a coalition of close to 70 space companies, associations, student groups, academia and labour that has called on the government to announce a long-term space strategy and investment in Canada's space program in order to extend Canada's leadership in space, secure tomorrow's STEM jobs and to position Canada to succeed in the emerging $1 trillion commercial space economy.

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About MDA
MDA is an internationally recognized leader in space robotics, space sensors, satellite payloads, antennas and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence systems, defence and maritime systems, and geospatial radar imagery. MDA's extensive space expertise and heritage translates into mission-critical defence and commercial applications that include multi-platform command, control and surveillance systems, aeronautical information systems, land administration systems and terrestrial robotics. MDA is also a leading supplier of actionable mission-critical information and insights derived from multiple data sources. Founded in 1969, MDA is recognized as one of Canada's most successful technology ventures with locations in Richmond, Ottawa, Brampton, Montreal, Halifax and the United Kingdom. MDA is a Maxar Technologies company (TSX: MAXR) (NYSE: MAXR). For more information visit www.mdacorporation.com.

About Maxar Technologies
As a global leader of advanced space technology solutions, Maxar Technologies is at the nexus of the new space economy, developing and sustaining the infrastructure and delivering the information, services, systems that unlock the promise of space for commercial and government markets. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides vertically integrated capabilities and expertise including satellites, Earth imagery, robotics, geospatial data and analytics to help customers anticipate and address their most complex mission-critical challenges with confidence. With more than 6,100 employees in over 30 global locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes MDA, SSL, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions. Every day, billions of people rely on Maxar to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that Build a Better World. Maxar trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information, visit www.maxar.com.

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The forward-looking statements contained in this release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. All such forward-looking statements are based upon data available as of the date of this release or other specified date and speak only as of such date. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements in this release as a result of new information or future events, except as may be required under applicable securities legislation.

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Introhive Draws New Sales Talent from Tech Sector

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, Feb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Introhive, the market leader in relationship intelligence and sales automation technology, welcomed seasoned sales experts Ted Hartley and Christian Grandy to its North American sales team this month as the startup continues to expand its focus on the technology and financial services sector, as well as the U.S. Midwest region.

“As we continue to grow rapidly into new areas and industries, such as the tech sector, having experts like Ted and Christian, with their on-the-ground experience, is going to be invaluable,” said Introhive’s Head of North American Sales, Adam Draper.

Hartley joins the Introhive team as Senior Sales Director, bringing with him nearly two decades of enterprise sales experience with Fortune 500 companies and clients like software disruptor, Salesforce, as well as professional services and accounting firms, like KPMG and Deloitte.

Sales Director Christian Grandy offers the fast-growing startup more than 15 years of strategic sales experience with SAP, Brainshark, WebEx and others.

Hartley will focus on strategic global and named accounts, while Grandy will concentrate on the U.S. Midwest region.

Draper describes Introhive as a business-automation and artificial intelligence tool that gives its more than 140,000 global users a “bird’s eye view” of all their business-relationship data while automating previously manual data entry into customer relationships management (CRM) systems.

“It’s paramount to the success of any business that you have a solid understanding of your relationships network and access to company insights, which Introhive delivers,” Grandy said.

“And our automation of manual processes—like syncing contacts and activities—really empowers the digital transformation a lot of today’s innovative companies are undertaking as they modernize their sales approach,” Hartley added.

Headquartered in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, and founded in 2012, the startup has grown quickly to eight global offices, including a flagship office in London to support Introhive’s expansion into EMEA, and more than 150 employees across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. The company recently announced an expansion in the middle east with long-time partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

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About Introhive
Introhive is the leading relationship intelligence and sales automation platform for enterprise. Customers across an array of roles and industries—from legal to accounting to commercial real estate and beyond—use Introhive’s automated data collection and AI-powered relationship visualizations to grow business connections, while saving time and money. Introhive’s platform integrates with most business technology (including CRM software, e-mail, and business intelligence) to reveal insights and eradicate manual data entry—boosting sales, revenue, technology adoption, productivity and data quality. Learn more at http://www.introhive.com.

 

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