Global 2017 $5 Billion Switch Scalable Infrastructure Market – Forecasts to 2023

DUBLIN, October 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

The “Switch Scalable Infrastructure Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2017-2023” report from Wintergreen Research, Inc has been added to Research and Markets’ offering.

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Scalable wired infrastructure switch market forecast indicates that markets at $5 billion in 2017 are expected to reach $26.3 billion dollars worldwide by 2023.

Steady growth is anticipated because the adapter units are offering breakthrough node to node integration capabilities that further automates a data center. Steady growth is anticipated because the adapter units are the best device for implementing efficient operations at low cost.

Worldwide markets are poised to achieve significant growth as the artificial intelligence software, IOT Internet of things, drones, self-driving cars, and all manner of automated process increases use of the digital economy. Scalable Data Centers depend on infrastructure scalability excellence, which is achieved with a twolayer architecture utilizing adapters and processors described in this study.

Data center solutions are moving in the direction of being open standards-based, software-driven, and able to work seamlessly with DevOps to achieve cross-domain automation. The aim of IT is to meet agility and efficiency goals. Scalable data center wired switch represent one component of the move to a digital economy.

Speed is the new currency of business. Digital disruption is illustrated by Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Among many other well-known digital disruptors Salesforce stands out. These companies have IT that is characterized by the ability to respond to opportunities quickly. It is no longer possible to beat the competition by having a better product, lower prices, and the best people. That still matters, but is not enough.

To win, companies need an agile IT architecture, less expensive by a factor of 50 than existing IT, and that helps companies respond to the next big wave of opportunity and ride it faster than the competition. While corporate management is consumed in managing people by setting rules and creating workgroups that are effective, and things that are put in place to let people do their work, IT is consumed with increasing the levels of automation, making more parts of the organization automated. It is significant that no IT manager has ever become CEO or CFO of a major corporation, illustrating that the corporate management and IT functions are different.

Broadcom is a leading vendor of switch semiconductor solutions focused on highperformance interconnect. It has successfully launched several generations of InfiniBand and Ethernet data center products. Strong competencies are provided for integrating mixed-signal processing and integrating complex ICs. Software development capability is a key strength because all complex integration is managed with software.

Software allows offering more complete solutions. A significant portfolio of intellectual property, IP, permits Mellanox to offer industry leading integration of signals at the chip level. This is a major shift in the way IT is conducted with integration of systems previously happening at the API level. Broadcom has significant IP and a large number of patents.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Scalable Data Center Wired Switches: Market Description And Market Dynamics:
1.1 Critical Challenge of Handling Exponentially Expanding Volumes of Transactions And Data
1.1.1 IT is Everything for the Business
1.2 End-To-End High-Performance Interconnect Products and Solutions for Artificial Intelligence
1.2.1 Scalable Infrastructure Data Center Components
1.2.2 Server Computing and Traditional Storage Systems Being Replaced
1.2.3 High-Performance Interconnect Solutions Value
1.2.4 High-Performance Interconnect Solutions Replace Existing Server Architectures
1.3 Challenges Addressed by High-Performance Interconnect Switch
1.3.1 High-Performance Interconnect Switch Manage Increasing Complexity
1.3.2 Advantages of InfiniBand
1.3.3 Scalable Computing Uses a Network to Enhance Processing Performance
1.4 Superstar Companies That Are Able to Leverage IT to Achieve Growth
1.4.1 Using Digital Technology To Create Market Disruption

2 Scalable Data Center Wired Switch: Market Shares And Market Forecasts
2.1 Scalable Data Center Wired Switch Market Driving Forces
2.1.4 Scalable IT Infrastructure Data Center Switch Market Driving Forces
2.1.5 Suppliers of Intelligent, Highly Scalable Interconnect Solutions
2.1.6 Data Growth Continues to Drive Infrastructure Scalability
2.3 Scalable Infrastructure Data Center Switch Shares:
2.2.1 Broadcom
2.2.2 IBM’s OpenPOWER Initiative
2.3 Scalable Wired Infrastructure Switch Market Forecasts:
2.3.1 Facebook Fabric Next-Generation Data Center Network Design: Pod Unit of Network
2.3.2 Mega Data Center Server Pods
2.3.3 Exchange Of Data Between Servers Represents A Complex Automation Of Process
2.3.4 Network Disaggregation
2.3.5 Scalable Infrastructure Data Management Component Application Segments
2.3.6 Super Computing
2.4 Scalable Infrastructure Data Center Data Growth
2.5 Scalable Infrastructure Data Center Components Challenges
2.6 Scalable Infrastructure Data Center Component Prices
2.7 Scalable Infrastructure Data Center Components Regional Segments

3. Scalable Data Center Infrastructure Switch Products:
3.1 Broadcom
3.2 Quanta
3.3 Mellanox Delivers ConnectX-4 LX for the IBM z14
3.3.1 Mellanox IBM z14 Supporting Resources:
3.3.2 Mellanox Leading Supplier of InfiniBand ICs
3.3.3 Mellanox Leading Supplier of Scalable Infrastructure Ethernet Adapters
3.3.4 Mellanox Strategy
3.3.5 Mellanox NPS Next Generation Network Switch Unit (NPU)
3.4 Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA)
3.4.1 Intel / Mobileye
3.5 IBM
3.6 Facebook Aggregation Switches Are Lashed Together Through a Set Of Non-Blocking Spine Switches
3.6.1 Google Network Called Jupiter
3.7 Microsoft Cloud Data Center Multi-Tenant Containers
3.7.1 Microsoft Azure Running Docker Containers

4. Scalable Data Center Infrastructure Switch Research And Technology:
4.1 InfiniBand
4.2 High-Performance Mixed-Signal IC Design
4.2.1 PCI Advanced Interfaces
4.2.2 System Hardware Technology
4.2.3 System Software Technology
4.3 OpenCAPI Standard
4.4 Open Compute Project
4.4.1 Top-of-the-Rack (ToR) Switches
4.4.2 Programmable Networks
4.4.3 SDN Ecosystem
4.4.3 Facebook Mega Datacenter Physical Infrastructure
4.4.4 Facebook Automation of Mega Data Center Process
4.4.5 Fabric Depends on Scale
4.4.6 Facebook Fabric Operates Inside the Data Center
4.4.7 AWS Datacenter Bandwidth
4.4.8 Amazon (AWS) Regional Data Center
4.4.9 Map of Amazon Web Service Global Infrastructure
4.4.10 Rows of Servers Inside an Amazon (AWS) Data Center

5. Scalable Data Center Infrastructure Switch Companies
5.1 Alphabet / Google
5.1.1 Google Switches Provide Scale-Out: Server And Storage Expansion
5.1.2 Google Uses Switches and Routers Deployed in Fabrics
5.1.3 Google Mega Data Center Multipathing
5.1.4 Google Mega Data Center Multipathing: Routing Destinations
5.1.5 Google Clos Topology Network Capacity Scalability
5.2 Arris / Broadcom
5.3 Broadcom
5.3.1 Broadcom Mega Data Center Server Pods
5.3.2 Broadcom Non-Blocking Network Architecture
5.3.4 Broadcom Revenue
5.3.5 Broadcom / Emulex
5.3.6 Broadcom Emulex Corporation
5.4 Brocade
5.4.1 Brocade Orchestration Software
5.5 Cavium Networks
5.4.1 Cavium Acquisition of QLogic
5.4.2 Cavium Revenue by Segment
5.4.3 Cavium Regional Revenue
5.5 Cisco
5.6 Facebook Pods
5.6.1 Facebook Sample Pod: Unit of Network
5.7 IBM
5.8 Intel
5.8.1 Intel Premier Computer Chip Maker
5.8.2 Intel Buys Mobileye Intel Acquires Mobileye
5.8.3 Intel / Mobileye
5.8.4 Intel Company Strategy
5.8.5 Intel In The Internet Of Things Market Segment
5.8.6 Intel Competitive Advantages
5.9 Mellanox Technologies
5.9.1 Mellanox Interconnect Solutions Increase Data Center Efficiency
5.9.2 Mellanox High Performance Solutions
5.9.3 HPE Chooses Mellanox Spectrum To Power StoreFabric M-series Switches
5.9.4 Mellanox Converged Ethernet Storage Fabric
5.9.5 Mellanox Technologies Revenue
5.9.6 Mellanox Acquisition of EZchip
5.9.7 Mellanox Spectrum Ethernet Switch
5.9.8 Spectrum, the Eighth Generation Of Switching IC Family from Mellanox
5.10 Nvidia
5.10.1 NVIDIA
5.10.2 Nvidia Revenue
5.11 Walmart
5.12 ZT Systems

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COBAN Technologies and Digital Barriers Partner on Live Facial Recognition and Video Streaming

HOUSTON, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — COBAN Technologies, Inc., a leader in body-worn cameras and in-car video solutions for law enforcement, today announced that it is partnering with Digital Barriers to provide live facial recognition and live video streaming technology for the FOCUS H1 police dash cam system.

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Digital Barriers SmartVis live facial recognition technology has been proven against large watch lists in real-world environments, overcoming the changing environmental and lighting conditions, as well as the challenge of crowded spaces that sees other systems fail. Designed initially for defence and counter-terrorism, the technology is now available to wider law enforcement and specialist police operations and has been deployed with multiple security and law enforcement agencies using centralized local or cloud-based processing. The SmartVis live facial recognition application on FOCUS H1 will provide this same real-time facial recognition within the car, without having to stream images back to a central location for processing.

The EdgeVis Live video streaming technology from Digital Barriers that will be made available on the FOCUS H1 provides secure, near zero-latency video over wireless networks, operating at lower bandwidths than any other technology on the market today, making reliable, live video from vehicles a reality for the first time. It has been deployed successfully by law enforcement agencies in more than fifty countries around the world in other form factors and now will be available as an application on the FOCUS H1.  The Digital Barriers EdgeVis Live application will allow authorized viewers, such as command and dispatch officers, to view superior-quality streaming video from the FOCUS H1 cameras over existing cellular/constrained networks.

“By working with Digital Barriers, COBAN is leveraging the most advanced and proven real-time video streaming and edge analytics applications for facial recognition available today,” said David Kirsch of COBAN Technologies. “COBAN is pleased to be able to include these industry-leading capabilities with the FOCUS H1 to amplify officer awareness and increase public safety. The combination provides law enforcement with critical capabilities in police vehicles that leverage the intelligence in the mobile video platform for greater affordability. It also does it without the need for mass data collection or a reliance on constrained mobile data networks. We are very excited that Digital Barriers is a part of the COBAN FOCUS Partner Program.”

Both applications will take advantage of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercomputer module embedded in the FOCUS H1 to perform the necessary analytics for their tasks within the car. SmartVis will operate on the live video streams of the FOCUS H1, enabling it to build a composite from multiple frames to deliver unparalleled accuracy and reliability to meet real-world requirements.

It is expected that the Digital Barriers facial recognition technology and live streaming will be offered on the FOCUS H1 in 2018.

About COBAN Technologies, Inc. 
COBAN Technologies, Inc. provides body-worn cameras and in-car video solutions for public safety agencies. COBAN’s innovative video and digital evidence management solutions are used by many of the top law enforcement agencies in the country. Founded in 2002, COBAN is headquartered in Houston, TX, with satellite facilities located throughout the United States. For more information on COBAN Technologies, Inc. visit or call 1-866-812-6226.


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WIOTC China Summit successfully held in Beijing

BEIJING, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — At the time when the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was successfully holding, WIOTC China Summit was grandly held in China National Convention Center on 19, October. Guan Jinghui, former Secretary General of Publicity Department of the CPC gave an opening speech. He Xuming, Executive Chairman of WIOTC delivered a theme report about “Innovate China IOT new economy and promote the huge development of IOT world”.

He Xuming, executive chairman of WIOTC gave a speech

Li Bohu, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering made a special report around IOT intelligent cloud. International IOT experts and scholars and enterprises representatives had multiple high-end dialogues around IOT for sustainable development, IOT smarter energy, intelligent transportation and Internet of vehicles. Representatives of enterprises on the World IOT Ranking List were issued certificates by WIOTC. Nearly 500 honored guests including enterprises, scholars and experts, some ambassadors and diplomats from more than 30 countries such as China, America, Germany, New Zealand, Austria, Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland and Slovakia attended the summit.

Zhang Xiaogang, President of ISO and Karen Bartleson, President of IEEE respectively sent congratulations letter and video speech to wish for successful holding of WIOTC China Summit. At the summit, with the grand opening of the global IOT platform–Smarter Planet IOT Group, contracts were signed for the construction of Beijing smart community and Zhengding technology new city and project cooperation of Asian center.

He Xuming, executive chairman of WIOTC mentioned in the theme report, “The successful holding of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will bring a powerful momentum for world new economic development and social progress. IOT is most widely used and practiced in China. Germany and other European countries take the lead in exploration and application of industrial IOT. America which is very developed in the network technology has tremendous strength in technology. In 2025, billions of things will be connected in the IOT with market value around 30 trillion dollars. He summarized the advantages and problems lying in the global IOT development, brought up the direction for IOT sustainable development, explained in layman’s terms that the current fiber-optic network and microwave based station transmission should transfer to interstellar, astral and quantum transmissions. He listed the water meter, electric meter, and gas meter with a built-in sensor to form a complete set of energy saving system. The IOT products and network like this will have sustainable development.”

He mentioned, “All government agencies should promote the development of IOT industry like China, and bring IOT into the strategic planning of the national economy, establish a special IOT agency, establish IOT demonstration regions and countries; recommending that large, small and medium-sized enterprises to transform and upgrade to IOT, to set up the experimental base and demonstration center, to organize universities, colleges, experts and scholars to enhance product development, system integration and network system for the IOT sustainable development; recommending that international standard organizations around the world to set up global guiding standard, to guide the enterprise to transform and upgrade to IOT, to reduce the cost of enterprises transformation and upgrading so as to ultimately form a universal system of IOT, to practice the ‘world dream’ of building a community of shared future for mankind, to bring the wisdom life and work for people around the world.”

Libohu academician mentioned in his speech that “IOT + Artificial intelligence + Big data + this era brings up a challenge to our society, but also brings a good opportunity. A new technology revolution and new industry revolution is ongoing. The demand for this era is innovation, green, open, sharing and personality.

Nazery Khalid, expert of Association of Marine Industries of Malaysia elaborated IOT application, research and development in marine and shipping industry, focusing on the theme of the summit.

The grand opening ceremony of the global IOT platform — Smarter Planet IOT Group and cooperation signing ceremony for the construction of Beijing smart community and Zhengding technology new city and project cooperation of Asian center pulled the climax of the summit. Liang Zi, the host of conference and robot YOYO introduced the development route of Smarter Planet IOT Group, which was to combine IOT advanced technologies of China, the United States, Germany and other countries to jointly build IOT demonstration project, demonstration enterprises, demonstration garden and base in the five continents, to invest in constructing IOT demonstration country, province, city, district, county, town and community, to promote the global development of IOT industry and implementation, and to gradually form the carrier of global IOT system construction.

Zhang Keping, Guest Professor of Tsinghua University, Dr. Shen Jiegroup leader of National IOT basic standards working group and Chief editor of ISO/IEC IOT Architecture International Standard, Wang Zhengwei, vice chairman of WIOTC respectively hosted the high-end dialogues about IOT for sustainable development, IOT smarter energy and intelligent transportation and Internet of vehicles. Current issues and future direction of IOT sustainable development, IOT new energy, intelligent transportation and Internet of vehicles have been discussed, explored and engaged by tycoons, representatives and experts from China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, ZTE, Bosch Group, GSMA, Taiwan IOT Alliance, Xiamen IOT Industry Alliance, Z-Park IOT Industry Alliance, Tsinghua University, Hanergy, Fujitsu, Sinopec, Ningbo Association of IOT, Beijing Institute of Technology, ZTEWelink, ZTE ITS, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation and GS1 China. New concepts, new ideas and new measures have been brought up, such as how new energy will develop to promote global IOT sustainable development, geothermal development and usage.

Certificates issuing for enterprises on the World IOT Ranking List pulled another climax for this summit. He Xuming, chairman of World IOT Foundation and diplomatic envoys jointly issued certificates for almost 30 enterprises representatives, such as Huawei, Bosch, Infineon, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, SAP, ZTE and ZTEWelink.

The IOT Wisdom Revolution is the future, which is inevitable. WIOTC will cooperate with all the countries, social organizations, and enterprises to build IOT demonstration districts and countries, so as to benefit people all over the world with wisdom life and work, write a new chapter for the IOT era and embrace the new era of Wisdom Revolution!


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Louisiana Communication Agency And Technology Firm Partner To Create Branded Bots

BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — MESH, a Baton Rouge-based strategic marketing firm that focuses on the visual and verbal communication of brands, and Not Rocket Science (NRS), a Covington-based software development firm offering cognitive business solutions, today announce a partnership to create “Branded Bots”—artificial intelligence (AI) applications for businesses and consumers. Their focus: delivering a brand personality through various channels and platforms such as Alexa, Cortana, Siri, IBM Watson, mobile apps, websites and social media to provide an interface for both internal and external communication.

Why embark on a Branded Bot solution for businesses? A recent study by the International Data Corporation (IDC) predicted worldwide spending on digital transformation technologies is expected to reach $1.2 trillion in 2017 and could reach $2 trillion by 2020. MESH and NRS aim to develop Bot solutions that provide a natural language interface between a business and its customers, an interface that not only provides an efficient and knowledgeable presence to represent the business, but also operates within the framework of the existing brand personality. The natural outflow of this technology will be the streamlining of business operations through software integration, augmentation of the workforce and participation in the evolving technology landscape.

“We’ve always believed our clients are looking to create a 365-degree connection with their customers,” said Darron Goodgion, President of Not Rocket Science. “Partnering with a top creative agency like MESH allows my company to focus on the technology side, and the agency to bring creativity to the Bots—what they should look like and sound like, and infuse brand personality like humor into its communication style.”

Enhancing Internal Communication
For companies using the technology internally for operations, employees will be able to ask the Bot anything related to the company. Instead of just a “canned” answer, responses will be created in the voice of the brand. “A good example of this is the Bot we’re developing for our agency that focuses on software integration and operations, linking together our project management, time tracking and CRM systems,” said Taylor Bennett, CEO and Founder of MESH. “And from an external perspective, our Bot will be an encounter with our brand, sharing brand personality and information about the agency to our partners, clients, and potential clients.”

External Communication
“We have always known that technology will continue to affect marketing and communications,” commented Bennett. “We’ve seen it with branded websites, chat features, social media, etc, which have become a necessity for brands. One of the fascinating things this technology allows us to do is continue to develop streamlined external communications for customers, giving them data and information on the company with a dose of the brand personality.”

Looking ahead
“We believe the next big evolution will be the development of Bots within specific industries, something we are working on as we speak with a branded empathetic bot that is helping prepare a child’s mind for trauma in partnership with PrepBiz and IBM,” said Goodgion.

MESH and Not Rocket Science are focused on creating entities that are a human interface to companies and brands. By building back-end intelligence, essentially a virtual person is created—a consistent channel to get information.

“To some degree, businesses need to be aware that they are going to have to put resources into omnichannel initiatives, and that they need to start this journey now. We are excited to take clients through our proven process that is already underway,” said Bennett.

About MESH
MESH is a nationally recognized communications agency specializing in visual and verbal brand representation and strategic solutions. For more information, visit

About Not Rocket Science
Not Rocket Science’s mission is to ignite transformative business change through the innovative use of emerging technologies. For more information, visit

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BERLIN, October 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

– The interactive business festival will take place on 28 November in Berlin

– 2,500 participants, 500 start-ups, 130 speakers, 7 stages; and for the first time with Policy Arena and Digital Arts Lab

– From blockchain to artificial intelligence to virtual reality, provides inspiration for the business of tomorrow  

In the future, digital technologies will play a decisive role in the success of businesses in all sectors and will shape our society. But how can Big Data, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence or Virtual Reality be applied today? What will the digital cities of the future look like, how will intelligent mobility change logistics and transport and what will a fully digitalised financial or healthcare system look like? 130 top-class speakers will answer these and the many more questions of digitisation at on 28 November. “Inspiration from digital masterminds, hands-on technology and practical advice for your own company – that’s what is all about,” says Bitkom CEO Dr. Bernhard Rohleder. “ brings together start-ups and global players with SMEs, scientists and politicians.”

The sixth takes place in the ‘Station Berlin’. Speakers will include Federal Minister of Economics Brigitte Zypries, Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Post DHL Group; Carsten Kengeter, CEO Deutsche Börse and Peter Terium, CEO Innogy SE. Exciting insights will also be provided by Miriam Wohlfarth, Founder and Managing Director RatePAY; Fabian Schmitt, Senior Vice President, Technical Development E-Mobility Deutsche Post DHL Group; John Underkoffler, Founder and CEO Oblong Industries; Sabine Eckhardt, CCO ProSiebenSat.1 Media; Dominic Eskofier, Head of Virtual Reality NVIDIA; James Hairston, Head of Public Policy Oculus and many more.

500 start-ups and 2,500 participants are expected. In addition to keynotes and discussions on seven stages, there will be two areas with practice-oriented workshops and, for the first time, a dedicated policy arena. There, topics such as digital society, democracy in the digital age and the digitization processes of globalization will be discussed with politicians from Germany and Europe. “Digital first must be the political motto for Germany and Europe in the coming years,” says Rohleder. “We need an open and critical exchange between companies, society and politics. Digitisation is not a natural phenomenon; it is something we all shape.”

Additionally, ten artists will present their work at the newly created Digital Arts Lab of, where interaction between digitization, technology and art play a central role. The is supported by Accenture, Deutsche Telekom and KPMG.

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The path-breaking start-up competition Innovators’ Pitch is also held at, where founders present their business ideas to a jury of experts in the categories Digital Health, Internet of Things and Travel & Tourism. All information about the competition can be found at

Bitkom represents more than 2,500 companies in the digital economy, of which 1,700 are direct members. They generate annual sales of 190 billion euros with IT and telecommunications services alone, including exports of 50 billion euros. Bitkom members employ more than 2 million people in Germany. Its members include 1,000 medium-sized companies, more than 400 start-ups and almost all global players. They offer software, IT services, telecommunications or Internet services, manufacture equipment and components, are active in the field of digital media or otherwise take part in the digital economy. 80 percent of the companies are headquartered in Germany, 8 percent come from Europe and the USA, and 4 percent from other regions. Bitkom promotes and drives the digital transformation of the German economy and advocates broad social participation in digital developments. The aim is to make Germany one of the world’s leading digital locations.

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Notal Vision Welcomes Distinguished Retinal Specialist John S. Pollack, MD, to the Board of Directors

MANASSAS, Va., Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Notal Vision®, Ltd., a privately-held ophthalmic company focused on an innovative, cloud-based platform for remote diagnostic testing, today announced that John S. Pollack, MD, an internationally recognized retinal clinician, surgeon, and educator, has been elected to Notal’s Board of Directors.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Pollack to our Board,” said Quinton Oswald, Notal’s Chief Executive Officer. “As evidenced by his professional accomplishments and contributions to the retina community, we believe that Dr. Pollack will provide expertise and experience that supports our goal to be the leader in optimized management of retinal diseases through remote diagnostic testing.”

Dr. Pollack is a Partner with Illinois Retina Associates in Chicago and an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Rush University Medical Center. He is President-elect of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) and sits on the Board of its philanthropic Foundation. An active researcher and lecturer, Dr. Pollack is the co-founding Editor of the annual ASRS Preferences and Trends (PAT) Survey which is the largest international survey of medical and surgical trends in retina, and co-founder of The Winning Pitch Challenge, a medical competition that encourages and supports innovation in ophthalmology. Dr. Pollack has helped to start three physician-focused companies, is an advisor to multiple biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and sits on multiple commercial and non-profit boards.

Dr. Pollack has received many honors and awards, including the ASRS Senior Honor Award and the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been listed in “Best Doctors in America” and “Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists” and named by Ocular Surgery News as one of the “OSN Retina 150 Innovators in Medical and Surgical Retina”. Recently, he was inducted into the “Retina Hall of Fame,” which honors ophthalmologists for their exceptional lifetime achievements and contributions to the field of retina.

“I am pleased to join the Board of Directors at this exciting and transformative time for Notal,” said Dr. Pollack. “Notal’s innovative platform is driving the move to cutting-edge, personalized care for retinal disease by seamlessly connecting patients and their healthcare providers. I’m looking forward to contributing to the continued success of ForeseeHome® – the first remote diagnostic testing device for early detection of conversion from intermediate dry AMD to wet AMD – as well as the development of the Notal Home OCT (optical coherence tomography), which will provide patients with access to intuitive, home-based OCT testing and alert physicians to the development of fluid occurring between office visits. Both represent important advances in retina care,” said Dr. Pollack.

About Notal Vision’s Cloud-Based Platform

Notal Vision has established a seamless, cloud-based platform that connects healthcare providers and their patients through personalized, remote detection of ocular diseases.  ForeseeHome® is an FDA-cleared diagnostic testing device which uses this platform to monitor visual changes in patients at risk of vision loss from wet AMD. It utilizes a patented technology, which is based upon Preferential Hyperacuity Perimetry (PHP), to detect visual distortions often before the patient notices any symptoms. ForeseeHome was evaluated in over 1,500 patients in the AREDS2 HOME study and demonstrated detection of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) at better levels of vision compared to standard care methods.  In the study, office visits triggered using ForeseeHome were 16 times more likely to detect wet AMD than regularly scheduled office visits alone.  Additionally, 94% of patients who progressed to wet AMD with the use of ForeseeHome kept their functional vision (20/40) versus 62% of patients using other detection methods. ForeseeHome is covered by Medicare and most private insurances. To learn more, visit

The Notal Home OCT, the next application of Notal’s cloud-based platform, will enable patients to perform technician-free OCT at home with appropriate fixation – a critical component, especially for elderly patients. The Notal OCT Analyzer (NOA), a proprietary artificial intelligence learning algorithm developed in-house, performs automated analysis of the Notal Home OCT scans and generates an alert to the physician once fluid in the retina is present. The NOA sends a report that includes the top three cross sections with evidence of activity to the physician for review, at which point the patient may be brought to the office for evaluation and treatment. NOA can also analyze the output of other commercial OCT devices, and published study data indicate that the performance of NOA was similar to that of a physician when both are compared to a panel of experts. The Notal Home OCT has the potential to truly individualize retinal disease management.

About Notal Vision, Ltd.

Notal Vision was founded by two ophthalmologists and is committed to providing the eyecare community with innovative, home-based, diagnostic technologies that support visual health in patients with retinal diseases. ForeseeHome is the first FDA-cleared remote diagnostic testing device that detects and characterizes visual distortion in AMD patients as an aid to monitoring choroidal neovascularization progression. To learn more, visit


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With The Successful Conclusion of 2017 Canton Tower Science & Technology Conference It is Shown that Artificial Intelligence Is Developing at an Amazing Speed

GUANGZHOU, China, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — From October 12th to 13th, an artificial intelligence carnival was held in Guangzhou. More than 30 topics were discussed deeply, and more than 100 influential speakers delivered impressive speeches. Meanwhile, more than 9,000 audience members from home and abroad came to the site, while 7,100,000 people viewed this remarkable event online.

During the two days of the 2017 Canton Tower Science & Technology Conference – The Global Mobile Developers Conference and AI Summit Forum, showcased a variety of speeches, scientific information, cutting-edge technologies related to AI. This also gave a strong insight into people’s vision of future life. The grand event is becoming a window for the world to see new innovation and development opportunities in Guangzhou.

A “Brain Storm” of Artificial Intelligence

The theme of this conference is “Meet Future Here!” During the conference 30 themes including the medical industry, information education, industrial design, financial technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, paid knowledge and content entrepreneurship, the sports industry, internet +, intelligent manufacturing, artificial intelligence + manufacturing, the upgrading of consumption and enterprise services were displayed. The event predicted the development trend and blueprint of artificial intelligence for us and showed the fascinating characteristics of AI.

In addition, there was also a VR Multi-Player Experience Zone and a Cutting-Edge Technological Products Display Zone of artificial intelligence in the conference site, so that visitors can have close access to experience the black technology and feel the influence of artificially intelligent technology and products on ordinary work and life.

At the main forum, business leaders and world renowned scholars shared their insights on artificial intelligence, including Hugo Shong, the Global Chairman of IDG Capital Partners; Zhang Jianwei, Director of Multimodal Technology Institute of the Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg in Germany, and academician of Academy of Sciences in Hamburg, Germany; Piero Scaruffi, founder of Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Research Institute in United States and founder and full-time mentor of the special training camp; Peter Marx, Vice President of senior project of Digital Department of GE in United States; James Shen, Global Vice President of Qualcomm and General Manager of Qualcomm Ventures, China; Wang Pei, Associate Professor of Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University, US; Joe Weinman, the father of “Cloudonomics” and new economy strategist; Wang Jianya, President of Nokia Bell; Cui Baoqiu, Chief Architect of MI Science and Technology Co., Ltd. and Vice President of Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Platform; Bruce Bateman, CTO of Lite-On Technology Corporation; Todd Rufo, Director of Economic and Labor Development Bureau of San Francisco; Wang Yang, President of Cybernaut; Chen Yongzheng, Vice President of Hon Hai Group; Xu Yong, founder and CEO of AC Accelerator.

At 13 parallel forums, over one hundred business leaders and top academics delivered more than 50 outstanding keynote speeches. More than 10 round tables were involved in debates and information exchanges, via brainstorming. These topics brought together popular topics and the latest industrial trends, giving enlightenment and informative talks to the audience. In the round table dialogues, the participants expressed their views freely and discussed the application status and development prospects of artificial intelligence in various fields.

The conference gathered numerous excellent celebrities in the era of artificial intelligence, and talked about most of the hottest topics in this field, thus keeping the “Less – To – More” mode was on throughout the conference. According to the organizers, the guest speakers and the audiences were respectively increased by 20% and 12% compared to last year. The audiences came from many different cities of China, and some of them even came from Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Tibet, Xinjiang. It was reported that 32% of the attendees were engaged in software and information technology industry, 17% from the financial industry, 11% from scientific research and technical services and 40% from education, culture, sports and other industries. It was clear it was a veritable crossover technology event. At the most popular Artificial Intelligence + Industrial Design session, there were eventually more than 800 audiences crowded in a 300-square-meter meeting room.

Let Artificial Intelligence Help Guangzhou Create the Future

As the host city of the conference, Guangzhou is sparing no effort to become a developed city of the artificial intelligence industry. It is focusing on the implementation of strategy – emerging industries ‘IAB‘ (refers to the new generation of information technology, artificial intelligence and biological medicine industries) plan, which shows its determination and confidence to keep up with the trend of developing artificial intelligence industry.

At the main forum on Oct. 12th, Zhang Jianwei, Director of Multimodal Technology Institute of the Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg in Germany, and academician of Academy of Sciences in Hamburg, Germany, expressed that Guangzhou has entered into a changing phase of high technology. By grasping the opportunity of upgrading and transforming the artificial intelligence industry, Guangzhou will promote the advantages of comprehensive traditional industries and good foundation of industries. By combining these strengths with artificial intelligence, internet of things, robots, to conduct industrial upgrading and innovation cooperation, Guangzhou is expected to arrive at the forefront in the high and new technology industry in China.

At the same time, Guangzhou government fully supports the development of artificial intelligence industry. At the conference, Wen Guowei, mayor of Guangzhou, delivered a warm speech at the main forum, on behalf of Ren Xuefeng, Deputy Secretary of Guangdong Provincial Party Committee and Secretary of Guangzhou Municipal Party Committee. He said, the success of Canton Tower Science & Technology Conference embodies the strong policy appeal of innovation-driven development strategy and the strategy of strengthening the country with science and technology of the China central government and the State Council.

The conference also shows the influence of IDG capital and other star enterprises as the host, as well as revealing the innovation and entrepreneurial displays of the government, enterprises, business elites and the science and technology masters. Guangzhou is striving to enter into strategic emerging industries including the new generation of information technology, artificial intelligence and biomedicine and build a market-oriented international legal business environment. With unlimited business opportunities and potential, Guangzhou is willing to join the elites of all countries to seize opportunities, strengthen cooperation, share resources and create a better future.

At the 2017 Guangzhou Think-tank Closed-door Meeting on Oct. 12th, Mayor Wen Guowei conferred “Engagement Letter of Senior Advisor of Scientific and Technological Industry of Guangzhou Municipal Government” to more than 10 experts including Piero Scaruffi, Joe Weinman, Peter Marx, Wang Jianya, Zhu Dongfang, Wang Yang, Cui Baoqiu, Wang Pei, Zhang Jianwei, Chen Zhenguo, Zhu Mingyue. On that evening, Guangzhou Science Technology and Innovation Commission and Economic and Labor Development Bureau of San Francisco held a signing ceremony of cooperation memorandum. The two sides agreed to carry out deep cooperation in information technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and exchange visits. A series of actions and measures show the strength and depth of Guangzhou’s efforts to develop the artificial intelligence industry.

The 2017 Canton Tower Science & Technology Conference was successfully concluded. However, the path of artificial intelligence in Guangzhou and even China will still be tough. The 2018 Canton Tower Science & Technology Conference will be looked forward to greatly.

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STYR Life App Redefines Corporate Wellness IQ with Free Fitness Trackers and $3 PEPM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — STYR Life, an AI based platform that aligns fitness trackers, smart devices and a mobile app with company purpose, employee productivity and sickness prevention, has announced its disruptive Corporate Wellness IQ program that includes a free state of the art wearable fitness tracker and $3 per employee per month access to the STYR Life app.

“As insurance rates have increased 213% in less than 20 years, and 29% of employees are leaving their jobs to find better benefits” said Sergio Radovcic, CEO and Founder of STYR, “employers are looking to go beyond traditional corporate wellness to attract and retain talent, while creating employee engagement.  Styr Life is setting a new bar for value, innovation and engagement with its Corporate Wellness IQ program debuting this week. “

Through the Corporate Wellness IQ program, which includes the STYR Life app and SHYFT fitness tracker, employees can track and log activity, food, hydration, sleep, mood and more. Employers can create purpose driven challenges and activities with the program that have shown to drive 63% employee engagement in current STYR Life groups.  

“As we share this disruptive opportunity with employers and insurers, they are both shocked and thrilled by the price tag, technology, and impact,” said Pete Plamann, President and Chief Revenue Officer of STYR Labs.  He continues, “We are redefining ROI expectations for benefit and wellness programs on the financial side, while we delight employees with our SHYFT fitness tracker and Life App.”

The STYR Life app features our proprietary HDI Engine™ (How Do I), where employees can tell STYR Life what they want to achieve (How do I get in shape? How do I lose weight? Etc.) and STYR Life coaches give “3 Good Ideas” to choose from in achieving said goals.  By syncing the SHYFT tracker, and logging food, hydration and more, the HDI Engine artificial intelligence (AI) cross references our database of 250,000 scientific papers, clinical studies and peer reviewed articles to define macro and micro-nutrient deficiencies in the user’s diet, and makes food and nutritional supplement recommendations to balance their diet.

“When you consider the fact that traditional wellness programs sell at $14-$20 PEPM on the low end, the STYR Life solution is literally five to seven times less expensive while delivering superior technology to optimize employee experience,” stressed Sergio Radovcic, CEO and Founder of STYR.

To learn more, visit the STYR Life Corporate Wellness IQ page to view an on-demand overview of how we do all of this, or contact us directly to start optimizing your employees or client at , and one of our professionals will discuss how we can apply this to your business. 

About STYR Labs
Launched in 2014, the company’s proprietary HDI™ platform cross-references data learned from activity, sleep, hydration and food with 250,000 scientific papers and clinical studies to create an optimized nutritional plan for the individual. Combined with the company’s line of wearable devices and the ability to purchase fully traceable, personalized dietary supplements and functional foods directly through the app, STYR offers the first and only closed loop system for personalized nutrition.

Contact: Ian Shiell, 602-345-1990,

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Google Leads in AI Powered Smartphones, says Strategy Analytics

BOSTON, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, one out of every three smartphones sold worldwide this year will use artificial intelligence (AI) to power virtual assistants. But cloud-based AI which powers virtual assistants results in slower response times – On-device machine-learning will significantly speed smartphone AI.

Ville Ukonaho, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said “Google has a narrow lead in total smartphones sold with onboard virtual assistants in 2017. That lead will only grow as Android smartphone sales, with Google Assistant onboard, continue to expand into lower price tiers.”

Exhibit 1: Global Virtual Assistant Smartphone Sales % Share by Type: 2017 & 2022

Global Intelligent Personal Assistant Smartphone Penetration Rate : %*




45.9 %

60.3 %


41.1 %

17.0 %


12.7 %

5.4 %


13.0 %

22.7 %


0.1 %

0.1 %




Strategy Analytics: EDS

*Note: Personal Assistant smartphone penetration rate exceed 100% due to multiple assistants being present on the same phone (i.e. Samsung Galaxy S8 with both Bixby and Google Assistant)


Virtual assistants have already become common in premium tier smartphones. In 2017 already over 93% of premium tier smartphones (with a wholesale price above US$300) sold worldwide have a virtual assistant integrated out-of-the-box. The penetration will expand fast to lower price tiers, mainly with the help of Google Assistant. In 2020 we estimate that over 80% of the smartphones sold with a wholesale price of over US$100 will have a virtual assistant integrated natively.

As AI-powered virtual assistants become common across smartphones, the speed with which they are able to accomplish tasks and return results will become key differentiators. AI is at a nascent stage with lots of improvements and lessons to be learned. One of the major issues for AI powered virtual assistants right now is that very little of the actual computation that powers the assistants is done on the phone itself. According to Ville Ukonaho, “AI is computational intensive and most of the heavy lifting is done in the cloud. This requires a solid data connection, something that isn’t always available.”

Exhibit 2: Intelligent Virtual Assistant Landscape

Over the last few years, since the first virtual assistants on smartphones emerged, beginning with Siri on Apple’s iPhone, most of the data processing has been done in the cloud, due to the limited processing power of smartphone CPUs. AI applications require huge amounts of data processing, even for small tasks. Until recently smartphones did not have the computational power to handle this.  However, recent advances in smartphone operating systems and related software and components have brought increased processing power to the newest flagship smartphones.

Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics says that “A number of vendors have created more advanced processing engines or are combining the power from the CPU, GPU and DSP to form a subsystem capable of handling complex machine learning and other computational AI tasks.” However, only high-end flagship smartphones will have these advanced AI processing engines and subsystems, meaning that on-board AI-powered virtual assistants will become key differentiators for premium smartphones.

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics stated that “By combining software enhancements through machine learning and hardware enhancements in the form of AI engines, we can expect the abilities of virtual assistants to improve significantly over the next several years. This will result in increasingly responsive virtual assistants and more interactive experiences from the devices.

Key questions which still need to be considered include:

  • Which vendors will drive AI to the all important mid tier?
  • Which segments or clusters will pay for or value AI features?
  • How strongly will AI contribute to brand purchase consideration? For how long?
  • Will AI become table stakes?
  • How will AI on smartphones interact with the smart car and smart home use cases?

The full report, Global Artificial Intelligence Technologies Forecast for Smartphones: 2010 to 2022, is published by the Strategy Analytics Emerging Devices Strategies service, details of which can be found here:

About Strategy Analytics:
Strategy Analytics is a global, independent research and consulting firm. The company is headquartered in Boston, USA, with offices in the UK, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India and China. Visit for more information.

EMEA Contacts:
Ville Ukonaho / +44 1908 423 634 / 
Neil Mawston / +44 1908 423 628 /

Americas Contact:
Ken Hyers  / +1 617 614 0757 /

Asia Pacific Contact:
Woody Oh / +44 1908 423 665 /

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5 Tenets for Successful Robotic Process Automation Deployment

Insight by Saurabh Mittal, HGS Deputy General Manager, Business Transformation

CHICAGO, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In today’s age, machines are our new best friend, and it’s a connection that is constantly evolving. Especially in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, where there is a lot of focus on customer experience, businesses welcome anything that makes engagement/delivery processes easier, faster, personalized, and cheaper. In that context, robotic process automation (RPA) is generating a lot of buzz across industries.

Across today’s organizations, there is intense focus and interest to get started on the journey of process automation without big IT spends and waiting years to get onto the IT priority list. RPA is the new way of operating and delivering results effectively and efficiently. According to a 2016 Deloitte research study on global outsourcing perspectives, with a focus on RPA, 43 percent of organizations surveyed look toward innovation to reduce cost of delivery.

While most businesses are thinking about making strides in the space, they struggle to understand the starting and end points of the technology. There is confusion about multiple technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and RPA, as well as lack of clarity regarding how to kick-start the journey and achieve a return on investment (ROI).

To ensure the success of your company’s RPA deployment and realize tangible business benefits, here are the five tenets of successful RPA deployment:

Tenet 1: Organizational Readiness
RPA is not a standalone platform/tool/solution that can be deployed by a function, based on the budget available for the year as a project. Rather, RPA is a strategy that requires the following:

  • A well thought-out plan
  • Organizational structure for support
  • Technology/ platform to enable its deployment
  • Trusted partner for success, and most importantly
  • Enterprise-wide change management strategy

HGS is working with a leading financial services organization in the United States as a partner for RPA Centre of Excellence (CoE) institutionalization and deployment. The client organization started the journey by creating the right structure within the company, ensuring that the organization adopts RPA as a strategy, and not as just a project/ point solution. Today, the CoE for the client has more than 30 full-time RPA specialists working on the chosen platform and covering all the business lines of the organization. The centralized RPA team is working with multiple business stakeholders (directors of business lines) and all the enterprise teams such as IT, service design, change management, infrastructure, and networks. RPA has been institutionalized as an enterprise capability within the client’s organization.

Tenet 2: Process Excellence
As Bill Gates said, “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”

As the name suggests, RPA is all about the process. Therefore, when implementing RPA, the first thing to do is to study the focal process in detail. Assess the upstream and downstream of the process, what we really do in the process and why, the value-add steps, and how the data moves and is used across the organization. Isolating the process optimizes efficiency, even before automating it. We at HGS call it the “re-engineered for automation” focus. Domain and delivery experience is the key here, since every process nuance and exception needs to be assessed before designing the automation solution. If not done right, there can be a direct impact on the ROI generated from the program.

Tenet 3: Design for Automation
Automation can be applied to any process but the design of automation differs significantly. A process can be fully automated in its ideal state. But that doesn’t mean we should be aiming to fully automate every process we pick. Automation design should consider multiple factors such as the following:

  • Stability of process
  • Size and scale of delivery
  • Number of potential failure points
  • Merge or decoupling opportunity
  • Time to deploy
  • Number of exception scenarios

Overautomating a process can have a huge impact on total cost of automation delivery due to high maintenance requirements. Conversely, under-automation leads to lower realized ROI on investments with underused bots. According to Deloitte, while an outsourcing provider may deploy onshore and offshore resources at different price points post-build, a robot can cost 10 to 20 percent of the cost of an onshore full-time employee in high-cost locations.

Tenet 4: Platform As Enabler
Today many technology providers deploy RPA—and there are a range of platform differentiators. Choosing the right platform is one of the key steps in the overall success of RPA deployment. The ease of use, architecture, stability, support, and hosting requirements are some of the key areas to assess before finalizing the tool. It is also important to discuss the organizational design and set-up architecture with platform teams to understand if there are key dependencies, limitations, and exceptions to consider, in order to avoid any surprises later. This also helps in finalizing platform costs. HGS works with multiple leading RPA platforms in the market to cater to the varying needs of our clients.

Tenet 5: Change Management Readiness
Maybe you’ve heard the quote, “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” As briefly touched upon in the first tenet, RPA does require a focused change management process. An ever-evolving process landscape warrants multiple changes due to many triggers related to systems, applications, process, policies, data, etc. Thus, ensuring bots are managed both in knowledge and skills as well as their manner of delivery is the key task of any RPA deployment. So how does one do it without disturbing the overall harmony? The answer lies in anticipating and projecting the impact and quantifying it to acceptable range before finalizing the design for automation.

In summary, the RPA space is rapidly evolving with new innovations and technology features. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are being tested at great lengths, merging the entire spectrum of analytics and process automation. RPA is already moving into being a cognitive RPA space through machine learning and NLP concepts. Organizations need to start on the journey understanding that there are BPO resources there to help—with the sharpened expertise and focus on optimizing ROI with the right deployment framework.

About HGS
HGS is a leader in optimizing the customer experience and helping our clients to become more competitive. HGS provides a full suite of business process management (BPM) services from traditional voice contact center services and transformational DigiCX services that are unifying customer engagement to platform-based, back-office services and digital marketing solutions. By applying analytics, automation, and interaction expertise to deliver innovation and thought leadership, HGS increases revenue, improves operating efficiency, and helps retain valuable customers. HGS expertise spans the telecommunications and media, healthcare, insurance, banking, consumer electronics and technology, retail, and consumer packaged goods industries, as well as the public sector. HGS operates on a global landscape with over 44,800 employees in 69 worldwide locations delivering localized solutions. For the year ended 31st March 2017, HGS had revenues of US$ 555 million. HGS, part of the multi-billion dollar Hinduja Group, has more than four decades of experience working with some of the world’s most recognized brands.


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