Everguard.ai Hires Chief Strategy Officer Mark Bula to Drive Global Expansion

IRVINE, Calif., May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Everguard.ai, a developer of AI-based worker safety solutions, today announced that it has appointed Mark Bula as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and General Manager (GM) of Steel. Bula will be responsible for the strategic leadership of Everguard.ai’s overall growth plans and will also specifically spearhead the company’s efforts in the steel industry.

Bula is a proven senior executive in the industrial sector with 30 years of experience in organizations ranging from $38 million USD to billion-dollar startups. He brings steel industry-specific knowledge to the development of Everguard.ai’s growing product portfolio, as well as developing and implementing effective go-to-market strategies.

Bula has been intimately involved in the steel industry for the majority of his career. He previously worked at electric arc furnace (EAF) mills at Nucor, Severcorr and Big River Steel. Prior to joining Everguard.ai, Bula was part of the founding management team and oversaw the commercial launch of a $1.6B new steel company, Big River Steel. He was responsible for the company’s go-to-market strategy along with industry legend John Correnti.

“Every organization wants to prioritize the safety of their employees,” said Mark Bula, Chief Strategy Officer of Everguard.ai. “Technology and artificial intelligence can play a critical role in protecting workers and making a plant both more efficient and safer. Everguard.ai’s Sentri360™ offers an AI suite of applications and devices that gathers data through multi-sensor inputs in real-time to proactively avoid workplace injuries and reduce safety concerns.”

Sentri360 sensor fusion safety net has the following objectives in its recent commercial release:

  • Encourage proper PPE protocol, including hard hat detection. This is evolving to meet post-COVID-19 needs which may also include mask and glove detection.
  • Provide proactive health detection (i.e., temperature, dehydration, etc.).
  • Encourage safety zone and lockout tagout compliance.
  • Safeguard employees, machinery and vehicles from impending collisions involving cranes, forklifts, people, etc.
  • Specific to steel mills: detect rolling mill cobble possibilities.
  • Provide for fall detection through workers wearables.
  • Data analytics viewable on the Sentri360 User Portal for action and review in ongoing training customized to plant safety program.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mark to help guide Everguard.ai’s expansion in the metals industry,” said Sandeep Pandya, Chief Executive Officer of Everguard.ai. “With Mark’s rich expertise, we aim to help industrial environments maintain safe and healthy workplaces, especially in a post COVID-19 world.”

Steel companies today rely on human-in-the-loop methods to assess worker and environmental safety. Traditional video surveillance must also be actively monitored with the possibility of missing critical events due to distraction. The entire process is reactionary with the inability to offer real-time proactive warnings to workers. Sentri360 is an end-to-end system that provides a cloud-based user portal with predictive analytics, and a coaching module to build overall safety adherence.

Bula has also impacted other heavy industries such as construction, chemicals, mining, steel fabrication and consumer product manufacturing during a tenure in strategic management consulting. Bula earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in International Business from the University of Toledo and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree in Industrial Marketing from Robert Morris University.

About Everguard.ai

Everguard.ai’s mission is to make the world’s industrial environments safer. Based in Irvine, California, Everguard.ai is driving a paradigm shift from reactive to proactive. The company incorporates computer vision, machine learning and AI to provide a real-time platform to improve productivity and safety. For more information visit https://everguard.ai.  

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Global Smart Kitchen Appliances Market Anticipated to Reach $8.2 Billion by 2024 – Revenue Insights and Breakdown by Product

DUBLIN, May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Global Smart Kitchen Appliances Market: Focus on Products (Refrigerators, Dishwashers, Coffee Machines), Technology (Wi-Fi/Bluetooth), Distribution Channel (Online, Offline), End User (Residential, Commercial) and Region – Analysis and Forecast, 2019-2024” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

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According to the market intelligence report, the smart kitchen appliances market is expected to reach $8.20 billion by 2024, rising at a CAGR of 23.08% from 2019 to 2024. Market growth is largely attributed due to the adoption of smart kitchen appliances pertaining to households with increasing disposable income to spend on premium kitchen appliances.

The era of technological modernization began with the advent of smart homes in nations, such as the U.S., the U.K., and developed European countries. The importance of the home and household appliances in the lives of the population is an affirmation of the advancement of the living space, as the customers benefit visibly. The configuration of modern homes with smart meters as an initiative to build smart cities has boosted the need for energy-efficient appliances to be used in households. This has given a gradual rise to the replacement of traditional kitchen appliances with smart kitchen appliances in most developed nations.

The increasing urbanization has also fueled the need for independently operating kitchen appliances, which the consumers can access or give orders to operate based on their convenience. This has been made possible with the extensive internet connectivity, which is present in most advanced economies but is gradually picking pace in the developing nations. As a result, the ease in operating and managing kitchens has made smart kitchen appliances an attractive option for consumers who lead a hectic lifestyle.

The smart kitchen appliances are expected to advance technologically, with an increase in compatibility with smart home appliances, for further opportunities and emerging trends related to Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication amongst smart appliances. This paves the way for home automation in future generations, which is currently a distant goal for consumers as well as governments.

In 2018, the smart kitchen appliances market by product category was dominated by smart refrigerators. These products are mainly being adopted due to the replacement of traditional kitchen appliances with smart appliances.

The smart coffee machines are the most upcoming product category for smart kitchen appliances in the coming years, with individuals increasingly looking forward to IoT controlled kitchen appliances that enable ease of operations in a busy lifestyle. Although many solution providers in this segment are currently providing the same at high costs, the coming decade is expected to witness a reduction in prices in order to increase market penetration of smart kitchen appliances as compared to traditional kitchen appliances.”

Some of the most prominent players in the smart kitchen appliances market are Whirlpool Corporation, Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd, Miele & cie. KG, Midea Group, LG Electronics, Robert Bosch GmbH, Siemens AG, and De’Longhi Appliances S.r..L. The result of the emerging strategies and developments are already surging the market in the form of product launches. Moreover, the growing market of smart kitchen appliances is further expected to increase the involvement of companies across different segments of the value chain.

The majority of the companies preferred launching new products to offer the customers with a wide variety to choose from, while the relatively less adoptive strategies comprised collaborations with similar companies in the supply chain, thus consolidating a small part of the market.

Strategic partnerships, collaborations, and joint ventures across the value chain of the smart kitchen appliances industry presented a major strategic move made by a large number of companies since 2017. For instance, in September 2019, Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd partnered with SideChef, a software company, to develop agriculture software integrated by artificial intelligence. Similarly, a home cooking platform, to provide their users with step-by-step cooking instructions based on inventory available inside the refrigerator.

This report is a meticulous compilation of research on more than 100 players in the smart kitchen appliances ecosystem and draws upon insights from in-depth interviews with the key opinion leaders of more than 40 leading companies, market participants, and vendors. The report also profiles 15 leading manufacturers in smart kitchen appliances. Key profiles include Whirlpool Corporation, Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd, Miele & cie. KG, Midea Group, LG Electronics, Robert Bosch GmbH, Siemens AG, and De’Longhi Appliances S.r..L., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, and Smarter Kitchen Appliances, among others.

Key Questions Answered

  • What is the expected global smart kitchen appliances market size in terms of value during the period 2018-2024?
  • What is the anticipated future scenario and revenue generated by the different types of products offered under smart kitchen appliances, such as smart refrigerators, smart dishwashers, smart coffee machines, smart ovens and microwaves, smart cooktops and ranges, among others?
  • What is the expected future scenario and revenue generated by different end-users of smart kitchen appliances, including the residential sector and the commercial sector?
  • What is the expected future scenario and revenue generated through different distribution channels adopted for the sale of smart kitchen appliances, including offline and online platforms?
  • What is the expected future scenario and revenue generated by the integration of connectivity platform integrated into smart kitchen appliances, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, and others?
  • Which geographical region is currently the largest market in the global smart kitchen appliances market?
  • What are the expected future scenario and the revenue generated by different geographical regions and countries in the agriculture market such as North America, South America, the U.K., Europe, Middle East Africa, China, and Asia-Pacific Japan?
  • What is the expected future scenario and revenue generated by different products under smart kitchen appliances in different regions such as North America, South America, the U.K., Europe, Middle East Africa, China, and Asia-Pacific Japan?
  • What is the competitive strength of the key players in the smart kitchen appliances market on the basis of the analysis of their recent developments, product offerings, and regional presence?
  • What are the emerging trends in the global smart kitchen appliances market through innovations and patents filed?
  • How are the adoption scenario, related opportunities, and challenges associated with smart kitchen appliances market?
  • What are the market dynamics of the global smart kitchen appliances market including market drivers, restraints, and opportunities?
  • What are the expected market driving trends for smart kitchen appliances in terms of business model, market consolidation, and new product offerings?

Key Topics Covered

1 Market Dynamics
1.1 Market Drivers
1.1.1 Increasing Smart Cities Funding Fueling Smart Kitchen Appliances Demand
1.1.2 Need for Energy-Efficient Appliances in the Kitchen
1.1.3 Growing Demand for Connected Devices
1.2 Market Restraints
1.2.1 Data Privacy and IoT Security Concern Among the Consumers
1.2.2 High Purchasing Cost of Smart Kitchen Appliances
1.3 Market Opportunities
1.3.1 Favorable Government Policies to Support IoT
1.3.2 Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communication in Smart Kitchen Appliances

2 Competitive Landscape
2.1 Key Market Developments and Strategies
2.1.1 New Product Launches and Developments
2.1.2 Partnerships, Collaborations, and Joint Ventures
2.1.3 Mergers and Acquisitions
2.1.4 Business Expansion and Contracts
2.1.5 Others (Awards and Recognitions)

3 Industry Analysis
3.1 Industry Attractiveness
3.1.1 Threat of New Entrants
3.1.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
3.1.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.1.4 Threat from Substitutes
3.1.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
3.2 Technologies in Smart Kitchen Appliances Industry
3.2.1 Comparative Analysis of Technology in Global Smart Kitchen Appliances Market
3.2.2 Smart Kitchen Appliances: Product Analysis Smart Refrigerator: Competitive Analysis Smart Oven: Competitive Analysis Smart Cooktops & Ranges: Competitive Analysis Smart Wall Ovens: Competitive Analysis Smart Dishwasher: Competitive Analysis Smart Coffee Machine: Competitive Analysis Others: Competitive Analysis
3.3 Patent Analysis
3.3.1 Patent Analysis (by Status)
3.3.2 Patent Analysis (by Company)
3.3.3 Patent Analysis (by Applicant Profile)
3.3.4 Patent Analysis (by Product)

4 Global Smart Kitchen Appliances Market (by Product)
4.1 Assumption and Limitations
4.2 Market Overview
4.3 Smart Refrigerators
4.4 Smart Dishwashers
4.5 Smart Cooktops & Ranges
4.6 Smart Microwaves & Ovens
4.7 Smart Coffee Machines
4.8 Others

5 Global Smart Kitchen Appliances Market (by Technology)
5.1 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
5.1.1 Wi-Fi
5.1.2 Bluetooth
5.2 Others

6 Global Smart Kitchen Appliances Market (by Distribution Channel)
6.1 Market Overview
6.2 Offline
6.2.1 Wholesaler/Distributor
6.2.2 Experience Center
6.3 Online
6.3.1 Third-Party E-Commerce Website
6.3.2 Companies Branded Online Retail Stores

7 Global Smart Kitchen Appliances Market (by End User)
7.1 Market Overview
7.2 Residential
7.3 Commercial

8 Global Smart Kitchen Appliances Market (By Region)
8.1 North America
8.1.1 North America (by Product)
8.1.2 North America (by Country) U.S. Canada Mexico
8.2 Europe
8.2.1 Europe (by Product)
8.2.2 Europe (by Country) Germany Spain France Italy Rest-of-Europe
8.3 Asia-Pacific Japan
8.3.1 Asia-Pacific Japan (by Product)
8.3.2 Asia-Pacific Japan (by Country) Japan India Australia South Korea Rest-of-Asia-Pacific Japan
8.4 U.K.
8.4.1 U.K. (by Product)
8.5 South America
8.5.1 South America (by Product)
8.5.2 South America (by Country) Brazil Argentina Rest-of-South America
8.6 Middle East Africa
8.6.1 Middle East Africa (by Product)
8.6.2 Middle East Africa (by Country) U.A.E Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest-of-Middle East Africa
8.7 China
8.7.1 China (by Product)

9 Company Profiles
9.1 De’Longhi Appliances S.r.L.
9.1.1 Company Overview
9.1.2 Role of De’Longhi Appliances the in Smart Kitchen Appliances Market
9.1.3 Product Portfolio
9.1.4 Financials
9.1.5 SWOT Analysis
9.2 Electrolux AB
9.3 Groupe SEB
9.4 Illycaff S.p.A.
9.5 Koninklijke Philips N.V.
9.6 LG Electronics Co. Ltd.
9.7 Midea Group Co. Ltd.
9.8 Miele & cie. KG
9.9 Panasonic Corporation
9.10 Qingdao Haier Co. Ltd.
9.11 Robert Bosch GmbH
9.12 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
9.13 Sharp Corporation
9.14 Siemens AG
9.15 Smarter Applications Ltd.
9.16 Whirlpool Corporation

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icometrix appoints Dr. Steve Rietiker as Chairman of the board

LEUVEN, Belgium and CHICAGO, May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — icometrix, the world leader in software solutions for extracting clinically meaningful data from brain scans using artificial intelligence (AI), is proud to announce that Dr. Steve Rietiker has joined its Board of Directors as Chairman.

Steve Rietiker brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise with more than 30 years of experience through his various executive roles in pharma, diagnostics, medtech, healthcare services, and digital health. Steve Rietiker was the CEO of LifeWatch AG, a leading Digital Health player, from 2014 to 2017, before it was acquired by BioTelemetry, where he serves as a Board member since November 2018. Prior to becoming CEO of LifeWatch AG, Steve Rietiker held executive roles at Roche, Boehringer Mannheim, Schering Plough, Covance, and Centerpulse (formerly Sulzer Medica). Additionally, he has been an investor, executive, and board member of several companies and has been a senior advisor to Brown Brothers Harriman’s M&A practice.

“icometrix is in a unique position to change the lives of people with neurological disorders,” says Steve Rietiker. “Brain MRI and CT scans play a crucial role in diagnosing and monitoring of these patients. Hence, it is very important to include the quantitative CE-marked and FDA-cleared icobrain measures to clinical decision-making. I am thrilled to be part of this company and to help and guide this great team.”

“I am very much looking forward to working intensively with Dr. Rietiker as the new Chairman of our board,” says icometrix CEO, Wim Van Hecke. “We are dedicated to help as many people with neurological disorders and have developed a unique set of digital imaging tools. With the recent appointment of Jennifer Young as our new CCO and with having Dr. Rietiker joining us as our new Chairman, we are ready to rapidly scale our technology worldwide,” he concludes.

About icometrix
icometrix offers AI solutions to obtain clinically meaningful data from MR and CT scans. Its icobrain portfolio incorporates brain volumetrics for patients with neurological conditions in clinical practice. icolung, an AI solution launched to help fight COVID-19, quantifies lung pathology on chest CT in admitted COVID-patients. Today, icometrix is internationally active in over 100 clinical practices and works with healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies on the evaluation of drug trials for neurological diseases.

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Wisconsin Startup Otologic Technologies Raises $275,000 in Funding Round

MILWAUKEE, May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Otologic Technologies, Inc., a Wisconsin startup developing an artificial intelligence system to help healthcare workers accurately diagnose ear disease, announced the successful close of their organizing friends and family funding round. The company raised $275,000 in the privately held round.

“Studies report ear disease is commonly over-diagnosed, and we’re spending $4 billion a year in the U.S. treating ear infections. We need to put better tools in the hands of healthcare teams to examine and diagnose ear disease,” said Dan Wenger, Otologic Technologies’ chief strategy officer. “These tools are even more important as telemedicine takes a larger role, as we have seen during the Covid-19 crisis.”

The company’s core technology began as an academic invention when Aaron Moberly, MD, an ear surgeon and Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University, collaborated with Metin Gurcan, Ph.D., a colleague at the university and expert in artificial intelligence and image analysis. Together they created a system that captures and analyzes short video clips of a patient’s ear exam, intending to provide healthcare staff diagnostic guidance and improve accuracy of diagnosis in primary care.

Upon the funding round close, the company also announced its management team and board of directors. Darrin S. McCall was named president, chief executive officer, and chief operating officer. Dan Wenger was named vice president, chief strategy officer and treasurer. Dr. Moberly and Dr. Gurcan were appointed to the board of directors and consult with the company. Dr. Moberly will also serve as chief medical officer. John Guequierre will continue to serve as secretary of the board of directors.

McCall and Wenger each have over 20 years of healthcare tech experience at companies including GE Healthcare, Alliance Healthcare Services, Pfizer, and technology startups. Guequierre is a serial entrepreneur and an active business mentor in the Merlin Mentors program in Madison, Wisconsin.

Otologic Technologies was named by Wisconsin Inno as one of their 20 startups to watch in 2020. The company is in the early stages of development, and products will require regulatory clearance before launching to the healthcare market. For more information, visit www.otologictech.com.

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Alchip Technology Announces Record Q1 Earnings

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Alchip Technologies first quarter of 2020 achieved a record net income $5.79 million on record revenue of $50.49 million. The company also guided that it would set new records in Q2, despite the effects of the global pandemic.

Net earnings represent a 79% increase year-on-year over Q1 2019 net earnings of $3.23 million and a 25.2% increase quarter-on-quarter over Q4 2019 net earnings of $4.26 million. Revenue represents a 39.3% increase year-on-year over Q1 2019 revenue of $36.23 million and a quarter-on-quarter increase of 7.4% over Q4 2019 revenue of $47 million.

President and CEO Johnny Shen stated that the artificial intelligence market in the US, Middle East, and China remains strong but expects that current global travel restrictions would slow business in the U.S. market. Despite complications, he expects Al chip makers to gradually enter the 7nm production phase in late 2020.

Mr. Shen expects that for the rest of 2020 that the CPU market will remain the company’s major revenue contributor, assuming current levels 7nm foundry support. He also announced that multiple 7nm projects will enter the tape-out and production phase this year and that he expects only minor impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.           

Alchip is traded on the Taiwan stock exchange. The company is extremely well respected in Japan, Israel, China and Taiwan for high performance ASIC design methodology, flexible business model, best-in-class IP portfolio and advanced packaging technology expertise. 

For a more information on Alchip, go to www.alchip.com.

About Alchip
Alchip Technologies Ltd, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, is a leading global provider of silicon design and production services for system companies developing complex and high-volume ASICs and SoCs. The company was founded by semiconductor veterans from Silicon Valley and Japan in 2003 and provides faster time-to-market and cost-effective solutions for SoC design at mainstream and advanced, including 7nm processes. Customers include global leaders in AI, HPC/supercomputer, mobile phones, entertainment device, networking equipment and other electronic product categories. Alchip is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 3661) and is a TSMC-certified Value Chain Aggregator.

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Transcepta Economic Activity Index Shows Business Transactions Continue To Recover

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Transcepta, the leading cloud-based Procure-To-Pay platform, today shared data from the platform that highlights an increase in economic activity throughout the United States. Since April, economic activity has slowed significantly due to COVID-19, reaching a low point on April 15th. However the dataset, which is purposely limited to US-based companies, but also includes the entire Transcepta Supplier Network global footprint, shows a rebound that continues to climb. On May 12th, the number of electronic invoices being processed on the Transcepta Platform shows a trajectory toward pre-COVID levels, signaling a beginning of a return to normal.

“The Transcepta Platform represents tens of millions of transactions in just about every industry,” said Ray Parsons, CEO of Transcepta. “By tracking E-Invoice volume, combined with other economic indicators such as late payments, and the dollar value of corporate spend, we are able to see that businesses are starting to rebound, and that overall economic activity is increasing.”

The stream of data that Transcepta collects from the Transcepta Platform is now being used to build an index that the team has dubbed the Transcepta Economic Activity Index, or the Transcepta EAI. The Transcepta EAI uses machine-learning to crunch large amounts of supplier data, and regression analysis to highlight economic patterns that can help shine a light on important trends in the market.

“Over the coming months, we will continue to track supplier and business activity across the country,” continued Parsons, “Our hope is to uncover other learnings that we can proactively share with the community.”

About Transcepta
Transcepta is an intelligent procure-to-pay platform that enables Accounts Payable and Procurement teams to achieve 100% straight-through invoice processing across their supply chains, without scanning or OCR Imaging. Using artificial intelligence, the platform eliminates invoice exceptions, surfaces potential supply chain disruptions, and transforms the way that enterprise organizations manage and collaborate with suppliers. Since 2005, the world’s most respected companies have partnered with Transcepta for eProcurement and accounts payable automation to make informed, data-driven decisions, and drive increased profits. For more information visit Transcepta.com.

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LG Joins Hedera Governing Council to Accelerate Innovation and Adoption of Public DLT Globally

DALLAS and SEOUL, South Korea, May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics Inc. and Hedera Hashgraph, an enterprise-grade distributed ledger platform, today announced that LG has joined the Hedera Governing Council. The Council, designed to enable the most decentralized governance model for a public ledger, will comprise up to 39 global organizations from a diverse array of industries and geographies.

LG is the Council’s 14th member, joining Boeing, Deutsche Telekom, DLA Piper, FIS (WorldPay), Google, IBM, Magalu, Nomura, Swirlds, Swisscom Blockchain, Tata Communications, University College London (UCL), and Wipro. As the sole home appliance manufacturer to join the Hedera Governing Council, LG will work with Hedera and other members of the Council to identify ways that distributed ledger technology can benefit consumers and supply chain partners by enabling seamless transactions.

All members of the Hedera Governing Council will run a node on the Hedera Hashgraph public network and are responsible for approving Hedera’s roadmap and updates to the platform’s codebase. Members ensure the Council’s decentralization and diversity.

Mance Harmon, CEO and co-founder of Hedera Hashgraph, said, “We are thrilled to welcome industry leader LG to the Hedera Governing Council. For many years, LG has been visionary in their approach to adopting new technology in the name of improving the lives of customers and partners worldwide. We look forward to collaborating with LG and their ecosystem to explore the many potential ways that distributed ledger technology can similarly be applied to benefit their customer base.”

“Distributed ledger technology holds the potential to improve customer value and allow enterprises across many sectors to offer new services that take advantage of the trust, security, and speed that it provides,” said Cho Taeg-il, senior vice president of LG Electronics. “We look forward to being a part of the Hedera Governing Council and opportunities where we can collaborate with other leading organizations across a wide range of industries to further develop the application of distributed ledger technology to benefit businesses and consumers alike.”

For more information, visit https://hedera.com/council.

About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics is a global innovator in technology and consumer goods with a presence in almost every country in the world and a diverse workforce of 74,000. LG is composed of five companies – Home Appliance & Air Solution, Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Vehicle Component Solutions and Business Solutions. With 2019 global sales of US $53 billion, LG is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of products from TVs, washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners, mobile devices, digital signage and automotive components. LG is also known for its premium LG SIGNATURE and advanced LG ThinQ brands, which feature the company’s artificial intelligence technology. For more news on LG, go to www.LGnewsroom.com.

About Hedera
Hedera Hashgraph is a public distributed ledger for building decentralized applications. Developers can build secure, fair, blazing-fast decentralized applications on top of the Hedera platform. Dr. Leemon Baird, Hedera co-founder and Chief Scientist, and Mance Harmon, Hedera co-founder and CEO, patented the groundbreaking hashgraph technology after working together at the United States Air Force Academy and as founders of Trio Security, BlueWave Security, and Swirlds, Inc. For more information, visit https://www.hedera.com, or follow us on Twitter at @hashgraph, Telegram at t.me/hashgraph, or Discord at https://www.hedera.com/discord. The Hedera whitepaper can be found at https://www.hedera.com/whitepaper.

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KCD PR Wins a Stevie® Award for Communications PR Campaign of the Year

SAN DIEGO, May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — KCD PR, an integrated communications agency for the financial services, technology and transportation industries, announced today it was named a winner of the Silver Stevie Award for Communications PR Campaign of the Year category, presented by the 18th Annual American Business Awards. The award comes on the heels of a successful year for the agency who was also named a top-ranked PR firm by O’Dwyer’s PR Magazine in 2020 for the second year in a row. Most recently, KCD PR was also awarded the Hermes Creative Platinum Award for its creative and excellent results executing a media relations campaign for an artificial intelligence and robotics PR client.

More than 230 industry professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners. KCD PR’s media relations campaign for Soft Bank Vision Fund backed company Brain Corp., won accolades for its outstanding creativity and performance. The agency built its momentum from scratch with a steady stream of national press coverage in publications such as Bloomberg, Forbes, Fortune, Business Insider, CNBC and a full feature in broadcast technology program BBC Click, which aired in 200 countries with over 380 million viewers.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the American Business Awards with this award,” said Kevin Dinino, President of KCD PR. “Our success highlights how an integrated PR campaign can truly elevate a company’s brand awareness and messaging. Investing in communications is a critical function to keep employees, customers and stakeholders engaged. This award highlights that with creativity, collaboration, and ingenuity you can create an effective communications program that exceeds the needs of your customers and business.”

Over the last eleven years, KCD PR has cultivated a diverse client roster from fast-moving technology startups to well established Fortune 500 brands in a variety of fields, including fintech, AI, insurance, banking, transportation and B2B technology. The agency offers a full-service suite of communications services such as executive visibility, digital marketing campaigns, media relations, employee engagement, crisis communications, investor relations, thought leadership and content marketing.

“Despite the toughest business conditions in memory, American organizations continue to demonstrate their commitment to innovation, creativity, and bottom-line results,” said Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher. “This year’s Stevie-winning nominations are full of inspiring stories of persistence, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and compassion. We celebrate all of their stories and look forward to showcasing them during our virtual awards ceremony on August 5.”



Simplr awards $7,500 scholarship to Brown University student, Alexander Conner

SAN FRANCISCO, May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Simplr, a leading US-based customer service outsourcing company, is honored to announce Alexander Conner as the 2019 winner of the Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship.

Alex’s application eclipsed fierce competition that included dozens of students nationwide in various stages of their educational journeys. Alex is a candidate for A.B. in Economics and Sc. B. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University.

For the 2019 Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship award, applicants were to provide an essay and supporting documentation that demonstrated their willingness and ability to be a candidate for success in one of the following fields: artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain technology or Intellectual Property (IP) law.

Alex’s submission, titled “Artificial Intelligence, Intellectual Property, and Incentive Structure” does an excellent job at covering the interplay between AI and IP ownership, and offers a great balance of both technical detail and big picture thinking that few other applicants were able to provide.

Additionally, Alex’s unique background and passion for technology and the real world implications of it set him apart as the clear favorite from several other outstanding applicants.

“Studying Applied Mathematics and Economics puts me at the epicenter of ML’s potential. Simultaneously studying numerical minimization techniques and economic theory really opens my mind to the possibilities.”

In response to winning this content, Alex states: “As my University’s charter declared in 1764, it prepares me to, “Discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation.” In other words, to be a leader by example. With this scholarship award, I am that much more able to see through my ideas about how the cutting edge of applied mathematics might mold a brighter future.”

We’d like to congratulate Alex again and we’re very excited for what the future holds for him.

About Simplr:

Simplr is a US-based customer service outsourcing company offering top-notch, flexible and affordable contact center solutions for premium brands without the sneaky practices of the old school BPOs/offshore call centers. Simplr supports pre-sale, post-sale and sales support for email, chat, SMS and other inbound channels and are compatible with most help desk and billing/ shipping platforms. Find out more at https://www.simplr.ai/


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TrenData, Greenwich.HR Partner to Enable Dynamic Industry Benchmarking Capabilities

DALLAS, May 27, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — TrenData, a leading global provider of AI-driven people-analytics solutions, and Greenwich.HR, the largest provider of real-time intelligence in today’s job market, are announcing a strategic partnership to include real-time benchmarking data as part of TrenData’s people analytics solution.

In many cases, obtaining accurate market-level data is often challenging as data sources can be unreliable, leaving decision makers to draw wrong conclusions and make poorly informed decisions about recruiting needs or compensation packages, potentially causing talent to leave or payroll costs to spike unnecessarily. But with Greenwich.HR’s unmatched insight coupled with TrenData’s powerful predictive people analytics capabilities; business leaders can make competitive decisions with more reliable data.

“Providing reliable and current benchmarking data to compare against internally generated metrics is essential to help business leaders adapt to industry changes in real time,” said TrenData co-founder and CEO Tom McKeown. He continued, “incorporating Greenwich.HR’s market data into TrenData’s people analytics models will further elevate our solution as a must have for organizations looking to optimize their workforce production.”

As companies brace for a more perilous economic environment and face broad uncertainty, the ability to predict current workforce trends, compete for top talent, and anticipate industry needs will be critical to staying competitive.

“Alone, internal data is insufficient for business leaders to assess market forces, understand industry trends, and evaluate the competitive landscape,” said Greenwich.HR CEO Cary Sparrow, “But the reliable internal metrics and analytics in TrenData coupled with accurate, transparent, real-time labor market data through our joint solution enables more agile business intelligence to help business leaders make quicker, more impactful decisions.”

TrenData’s cloud-based, scalable software solution leverages a high-powered artificial intelligence engine to generate predictive analytics and deliver insights for HR decision makers across dispersed datasets. Using the software’s natural language interface, business leaders can predict workforce demands, examine trends among key groups, and benchmark internal compensation and recruiting data against real-time job market intelligence to react more quickly to market changes, ultimately enabling organizations to approach their labor costs with more innovation and less confusion.

The companies will be doing a joint webinar to debut the new solution in the coming months. If you would like to learn more contact info@trendata.com.

About TrenData:
Based in Dallas, Texas, TrenData is a cloud-based platform company providing AI-driven people analytics to address critical business needs. Co-founders Tom McKeown and Mark Hamdan have over 30 years in the HR space.

About Greenwich.hr
Greenwich.HR delivers real-time labor market intelligence to all audiences – practical, timely, comprehensive. The company was founded by experienced business leaders who understand how poor data creates confusion and waste.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/trendata-inc/

Media Contact: Jonathan Webster jwebster@trendata.com