Iron Mountain Appoints Lance Podell SVP, GM of Iron Mountain Entertainment Services Business

BOSTON, Dec. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Iron Mountain Incorporated® (NYSE: IRM), the storage and information management company, recently announced the appointment of Lance Podell to SVP and GM of Iron Mountain Entertainment Services. The digital media and entertainment executive will oversee the company’s media and entertainment-focused business by developing and delivering solutions that advance its global leadership position in the media preservation and archive management space. Iron Mountain’s Entertainment Services division serves the broadcast, film, music and sports sectors, as well as brand archives and individual artists’ collections and estates.

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“Lance is uniquely qualified to lead this division,” said Ted MacLean, EVP, Adjacent Businesses at Iron Mountain. “Content creators and entertainers are more focused than ever on planning for the digitization of their catalogs, future distribution of their work and the preservation of everything from personal memorabilia to production assets such as sets, wardrobes and studio notes. Lance’s track record of serving as a champion for creators will ensure that Iron Mountain Entertainment Services continues to evolve its product and service offerings in ways that remain relevant and critical to our current and future customers in the entertainment industry.”

Iron Mountain Entertainment Services is the guardian of some of the world’s most important and iconic assets. I’m honored to be part of this dynamic, forward-thinking global team, working with our partners to preserve and protect some of the entertainment industry’s generation-defining art, costumes, lyrics, movies, television shows, sports and newsworthy moments,” said Lance Podell. “As media consumption models change, the entertainment industry needs greater accessibility and insight into both analog and digital content in its archives. Our Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning solutions and industry-leading preservation techniques enable our clients to extract maximum value from their content. I look forward to helping expand our solutions to meet new challenges and demands from the creator community.”

Mr. Podell joins Iron Mountain from YouTube Spaces (studios), a division of Google, where he focused on engaging content creators and partners to advance storytelling and build YouTube communities across the world. Prior, he was Chairman and CEO of Next New Networks, a venture-backed online video company that distributed popular TV-like programming. He holds an MBA from Harvard and an A.B. from Lafayette College.

To learn more about Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, please visit: https://www.ironmountain.com/industries/entertainment.

About Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), founded in 1951, is the global leader for storage and information management services. Trusted by more than 225,000 organizations around the world, and with a real estate network of more than 90 million square feet across more than 1,450 facilities in over 50 countries, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of valued assets, including critical business information, highly sensitive data, and cultural and historical artifacts. Providing solutions that include information management, digital transformation, secure storage, secure destruction, as well as data centers, cloud services and art storage and logistics, Iron Mountain helps customers lower cost and risk, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and enable a digital way of working. Visit http://www.ironmountain.com for more information.

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Ideanomics’ MEG Signs Strategic Partner Agreement with Province of Inner Mongolia for New Energy Vehicles (EV) and Metals

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Ideanomics (NASDAQ: IDEX) (“Ideanomics” or the “Company”) Mobile Energy Global (MEG) division has today announced a strategic partnership agreement with the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region People’s Government.

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Currently in the region there are over 120,000 diesel and fossil fuel powered heavy duty and off-road mining vehicles. 80,000 of these vehicles are designated short distance vehicles and our strategic partnership will aim to replace 50% of those vehicles within 36 months.

Our partner Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) has spent many years proving large concept battery projects with many major mining companies. CATL battery powered EV trucks have proven a five years’ life span versus the traditional engines used for mining, that have typically lasted less than three years before major and expensive maintenance has been required on their systems.

The deal will see MEG work directly with the Province of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, as well as working with the City of Erdos and the provincial capital Hohhot. The partners are committed to cut pollution and carbon emissions to zero, as well as to promote the “Blue Sky” initiatives, which are important for the planet and at the same time provide massive cost savings to regions and corporations, similar to the projected Erdos mine that will save more than just fuel cost of over 110 Billion RMB ($15 Billion) in the next 5 years.

This strategic partner agreement with the Province of Inner Mongolia, for new Energy Vehicles (EV) and Metals, marks the second in our aggressive roadmap that will see MEG sign all 6 heavy mining regions in the country. Our recently announced agreements in the Yunnan province include and enabled the replacement of diesel and fossil fuel powered off road & heavy-duty trucks for new Electric Vehicles (EV).

Additionally, this agreement provides for the establishment of a very important new and innovative metals’ trading center. This will enable Inner Mongolia to benefit from the provinces’ mining activities, specifically those metals which are significant to new energy and clean energy, such as Graphite / Graphene. The Province of Inner Mongolia currently has over 50% of world deposits of Graphite / Graphene, as well the region is rich in other metals such as, Nickel, Cobalt, Lithium, and Manganese. Ideanomics and MEG will develop the metal trading platform into a leading, fully regulated, exchange destination. Together, we will immediately begin recruiting a qualified team, with the requisite partners, to oversee the exchange’s development. The intention is to build the trading, settlement, and supply chain enablement for the exchange using blockchain-based systems, infused with AI. The city of Hohhot, the great capital of the province of Inner Mongolia, will provide assistance in obtaining all legal and regulatory licenses for the establish of the exchange.

“With this agreement, we are witnessing the full circle of participation for transportation solutions in the new energy eco-system,” said Alf Poor, CEO of Ideanomics. “Dr. Wu’s vision for Ideanomics and MEG as an enabler throughout the value chain of new energy vehicles is coming to fruition. The application of Graphene alone offers the opportunity to take clean energy from viability to ubiquity. We’re very grateful to Mrs. Bu Xiaolin, Chairwoman of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region People’s Government, and her outstanding team, at both municipal and province-level, for sharing in our vision and to make clean energy transportation a reality for the benefit of all.”

The New Energy Metals exchange will serve as a focal point for the battery, clean energy, and energy storage solutions industries, to source the raw materials required to meet both today’s and tomorrow’s clean energy needs. Ideanomics and MEG will share regular updates of our progress in Inner Mongolia, through market announcements, as new developments occur. Ideanomics’ MEG division operates in 4 key segments of commercial EV, which are off-the-road Heavy Duty commercial (such as Mining, Steel Mills, Airports, and Seaports), Light commercial last-mile logistics vehicles, Buses and Coaches, and Taxis. These segments are part of 4 anticipated divisions of MEG, which will be announced in a forthcoming press release.

About Ideanomics
Ideanomics is a global Financial Technology (Fintech) company for transformative industries. Ideanomics combines deal origination and enablement with the application of technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and others as part of the next- generation of smart financial services. Our projects in New Energy Vehicle markets, Fintech, and advisory services provide our customers and partners better efficiencies, technologies, and access to global markets. The Ideanomics Mobile Energy Global (MEG) its key EV operating segments are Heavy Duty commercial, for closed area environments, such as Mining, Steel Mills, Airports, and Seaports, Light commercial last-mile logistics vehicles, Buses and Coaches, and Taxis.

The company is headquartered in New York, NY, and has offices in Beijing, China. It also has a planned global center for Technology and Innovation in West Hartford, CT, named Fintech Village.

About Hohhot and Inner Mongolia
Hohhot is the capital of Inner Mongolia in the north of the People’s Republic of China, serving as the region’s administrative, economic and cultural center. Mongolia is an autonomous region, and is China’s third largest province by land calculations. Mongolia has a population of approximately 25 million people, and is famous for its natural resources, including vast grassland plains which provide the province with its reputation for world-class horse breeding, as well as the finest luxurious cashmere. Notable cities, in addition to Hohhot, include Baotou, Chifeng and Ordos.

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Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Agriculture Market 2019-2024 – Agricultural Drones Set to Drive the Market

DUBLIN, Dec. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The “Artificial Intelligence (AI) Market in Agriculture – Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 – 2024)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

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The artificial intelligence (AI) market in agriculture is expected to register a CAGR of over 21.52%, during the forecast period of 2019-2024.

Driverless tractor is trending in market as these tractor can steer automatically using GPS-based technology, lift tools from the ground, recognize the boundaries of a farm, and can be operated remotely using a tablet. A fleet of smaller automated tractors could lift farmer revenue by more than 10 percent and can reduce farm labor costs.

Key Highlights

  • Maximize crop yield using machine learning technique is driving the market. Species selection is a tedious process of searching for specific genes that determine the effectiveness of water and nutrients use, adaptation to climate change, disease resistance, as well as nutrients content or a better taste. Machine learning, in particular, deep learning algorithms, take decades of field data to analyze crops performance in various climates and based on this data one can build a probability model that would predict which genes will most likely contribute a beneficial trait to a plant.
  • Increase in the adoption of cattle face recognition technology is driving the market. Through the application of advanced metrics, including cattle facial recognition programs and image classification incorporated with body condition score and feeding patterns, dairy farms are now being able to individually monitor all behavioral aspects in a group of cattle.
  • Increase use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) across agricultural farms is driving the market as the use of drones in the agriculture industry can be use in crop field scanning with compact multispectral imaging sensors, GPS map creation through onboard cameras, heavy payload transportation, and livestock monitoring with thermal-imaging camera-equipped drones, which increases the demand of UAVs.
  • However, lack of standardization is restraining the market growth as lack of standards in data collection, and lack of data sharing is high, and machine learning and artificial intelligence and advanced algorithm design have moved so fast, but the collection of well-tagged, meaningful agricultural data is way behind.

Market Trends

Agricultural Drones to Drive the Growth of Market

  • As global population projected to reach over 9 billion by 2050, agricultural consumption is expected to increase by a massive 70%, where drones have now been mainstreamed for smart farming assisting farmers in a range of tasks from analysis and planning to the actual planting of crops, and the subsequent monitoring of fields to ascertain health and growth.
  • Drones equipped with hyperspectral, multispectral, or thermal sensors are able to identify areas that require changes in irrigation. Once crops have started growing, these sensors are able to calculate their vegetation index, and indicator of health through AI, by measuring the crop’s heat signature.
  • No one likes the idea of chemical spraying, but, for the time being, it’s a necessary part of large-scale agriculture. Fortunately, smart farming drones are helping reduce its environmental impact. Specialized UAVs (Unmanned aerial vehicle) are equipped with sprayers, with various kinds of technology, like ultrasonic echoing devices and lasers, which can measure distance with extreme precision. The result is a massive reduction in overall spray and a much lower chemical level reaching the groundwater.
  • Agrobotix LLC is a drone enabled software company that provides quality imaging and data analysis for sustainable and precision agriculture, and is supporting over more than 53 crops, including corn, grape, apple, sugarcane, and so on for sustainable and precision farming across 50 countries. AgEagle Aerial Systems (firm who acquired Agrobotix LLC) is planning to develop new products with new technologies, such as weather data, advanced image recognition, and precise analysis, to provide better recommendation to the farmers/consumers using it.

Europe Expected to Account for the Largest Market Growth

  • Farmers manage almost half of the European land area, making agriculture a dominant industry in Europe. Trend in monitoring and reporting tools for indoor and outdoor farms, and providing a visualization of the farmer’s entire production using computer vision and artificial intelligence is increasing the AI market in agriculture.
  • Row crop cultivation is done by AI in various countries in Europe, where robot uses 20x less herbicide due to its accuracy for weeding of row crops.
  • The European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) is the thematic centre for soil related data in Europe, where its ambition is to be the single reference point for and to host all relevant soil data and information at European level. AI firms are managing ‘Internet of the Soil’, which is a software and hardware solution for monitoring soil conditions like humidity, temperature, electrical conductivity, and more in European countries. Their sensors connect wirelessly to a cloud-based platform where it can be accessed by any internet-connected device.
  • Berlin-based InFarm has developed a vertical indoor farming system using IoT, Big Data, and cloud analytics, that can be implemented in supermarkets, restaurants, local distribution warehouses, or even schools, allowing businesses to grow their own fresh produce on site to deliver to customers. It is already opening indoor farms in 1,000 locations in Germany, and expanding in other European markets, which increases the AI in agriculture market.

Competitive Landscape

The AI market in agriculture is fragmented, as a number of players supplying same product on lower-cost make market competition stiff. Also technological advancements by players and high presence of local and regional players pose a major threat in a price-sensitive market. Key players are Microsoft Corp., IBM Corp. (NITI Aayog), Agribotix LLC, etc.

Recent developments in the market are:

  • June 2019 – XAG, a Chinese firm, presented its innovative solutions of combining drones with AI and IoT technology to achieve precision agriculture and induce transformational changes to the food system in 3rd AI for Good Global Summit, in Geneva. XAG is driving AI-powered intelligent devices such as drones and sensors to establish digital farming infrastructure in rural areas and enable precision agriculture which, for example, accurately target pesticides, seeds, fertilizers and water to wherever it is needed.
  • April 2019 – Yara and IBM Services joined forces to innovate and commercialize digital agricultural solutions that will help increase global food production. Yara and IBM will develop digital solutions that empower professional and smallholder farmers to optimize farming practices to increase yields, crop quality, and incomes in a sustainable way. The partnership will focus on all aspects of farm optimization and apply AI, machine learning, and in-field data to unlock new insights for farmers, specifically in the area of weather data, where weather company will provide hyperlocal weather forecasts with real-time actionable recommendations tailored to the specific needs of individual fields/crops.

Key Topics Covered

1 INTRODUCTION
1.1 Study Deliverables
1.2 Study Assumptions
1.3 Scope of the Study

2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

4 MARKET DYNAMICS
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints
4.3 Market Drivers
4.3.1 Maximize Crop Yield Using Machine Learning technique
4.3.2 Increase in the Adoption of Cattle Face Recognition Technology
4.3.3 Increase Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Across Agricultural Farms
4.4 Market Restraints
4.4.1 Lack of Standardization in Data Collection
4.5 Value Chain Analysis
4.6 Industry Attractiveness – Porter’s Five Force Analysis

5 TECHNOLOGY SNAPSHOTS

6 MARKET SEGMENTATION
6.1 By Application
6.1.1 Weather Tracking
6.1.2 Precision Farming
6.1.3 Drone Analytics
6.2 By Deployment
6.2.1 Cloud
6.2.2 On-premise
6.2.3 Hybrid
6.3 Geography
6.3.1 North America
6.3.2 Europe
6.3.3 Asia-Pacific
6.3.4 Rest of the World

7 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
7.1 Company Profiles
7.1.1 Microsoft Corporation
7.1.2 IBM Corporation
7.1.3 Granular Inc.
7.1.4 aWhere Inc.
7.1.5 Prospera Technologies Ltd.
7.1.6 Gamaya S.A.
7.1.7 ec2ce
7.1.8 PrecisionHawk Inc.
7.1.9 Cainthus Corp.
7.1.10 Tule Technologies Inc.

8 INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

9 MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Top 5 Technology Trends to Impact the Digital Infrastructure Landscape in 2020

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, released its top five technology trend predictions for 2020, which point toward the critical digital transformation that organizations are making to lead in the new digital era. Equinix’s expansive footprint across more than 50 global markets, and its position as a leading meeting and interconnection point for ecosystems of networks, clouds, enterprises and nearly 10,000 customers, give it a unique and holistic lens to view critical digital infrastructure trends.

Equinix’s 2020 technology trend predictions include:

1)   Distributed infrastructure and edge computing will accelerate hybrid multicloud adoption

There is a seismic shift underway across many industries as businesses are embracing edge computing and hybrid multicloud architectures. Increasingly, businesses are moving computing from centralized data centers to a distributed infrastructure and toward the edge, where data exchange and interconnection between businesses and cloud services are growing at an exponential rate. 

The advent of edge computing has also become a foundational enabler for other emerging technologies such as 5G mobile communications, which will allow internet of things (IoT) and other edge devices to take advantage of faster connectivity to data and compute resources with single-digit-millisecond network latency.

According to analyst firm IDC, by 2023, more than 50% of new enterprise infrastructure deployments will be at the edge rather than corporate data centers, up from less than 10% today. And by 2024, the number of apps at the edge will increase 800%. The IDC report says to prepare, businesses must modernize IT to become virtualized, containerized and software-defined to support the edge. And they should also consider new data center partners that can bolster edge build-out and prioritize infrastructure optimization and application communication costs.1

As a result, in 2020, Equinix anticipates edge computing as a key driver in accelerating hybrid multicloud adoption across every business segment worldwide. The third annual Global Interconnection Index (GXI), a market study published by Equinix, estimates that between 2018 and 2022, private interconnection between enterprises and cloud & IT service providers will grow annually by 112%. The report predicts that traditional cloud computing architectures, which are highly centralized, will shift as enterprises look to extend cloud computing to the edge to solve for challenges introduced by the highly distributed nature of modern digital business applications.

The key challenges that the combination of edge computing and hybrid multicloud adoption will solve include:

Lower latency and bandwidth savings—Proximate high-speed, low-latency connections (<60 – <20 milliseconds) are necessary for companies to materially close the “distance gap” between their application and data workloads and cloud service providers (CSPs). With agile and scalable cloud environments closer to the users at the edge, data access and application response times can be faster and cost savings from reduced data transport can be realized.

Enterprise consumption of hybrid multicloud—Enterprises generally determine which cloud platform to place their applications on by which CSP delivers the best service for a specific workload. This freedom of choice makes it easy and practical for IT organizations to experiment with different cloud platforms to see which delivers the best quality of service (QoS) at the best price. Additionally, more than ever before, enterprises require the flexibility of retaining control and securely running business-critical applications in-house and want the flexibility of leveraging both private and public hybrid cloud environments, depending on specific use cases.

Political and regulatory factors—With more frequent and complex incidents of security and privacy breaches, many countries are regulating where and how data can be used. These privacy and data sovereignty compliance requirements will lead to more distributed data centers and cloud services that keep data local to a specific geographic region or country.

2)  AI and IoT will drive new interconnection and data processing requirements at the edge

Equinix predicts that enterprises will accelerate the adoption of AI and machine learning (ML) for a broader set of use cases, requiring increasingly complex and more real-time-sensitive processing of large data sets originating from multiple sources (sensors, IoT, wearables, etc.). An airplane with thousands of equipment sensors, an autonomous vehicle producing telematics data, or a smart hospital monitoring patients’ well-being can each generate several terabytes of data a day. About 75% of enterprise AI/analytics applications will use 10 external data sources on average.

To meet the scale and agility requirements of the above, Equinix believes businesses will continue to leverage public cloud service providers, while most will likely find ways to use an optimal set of AI/ML capabilities from multiple CSPs—effectively deploying a distributed, hybrid architecture for their AI/ML data processing.

Yet Equinix believes for many use cases, an additional set of stringent requirements related to latency, performance, privacy and security will require that some of the AI/ML data and processing (both inference and model training) be proximate to data creation and consumption sources. Equinix predicts this will create an impetus toward new architectures and the increased adoption of vendor-neutral, richly interconnected, multicloud-adjacent data centers at the edge, which deliver improved control, auditability, compliance and security of AI/ML data, and low-latency connectivity to remote data and compute infrastructures.

Furthermore, Equinix predicts that greater interconnection and data processing capabilities will pave the way for new digital data marketplaces, where data providers and buyers can transact easily and securely at scale within vendor-neutral data centers at the edge.

3)  The rise in cybersecurity threats will require new data management capabilities

The World Economic Forum has ranked breaches in cybersecurity as one of the top risks facing our global community. No company or individual is immune to the cybersecurity challenges we face today or will face in the future. The financial loss attributed to cyberattacks continues to impact economies worldwide and is estimated to cost $6 trillion USD annually by 2021.2

With the increase in cybersecurity attacks and data privacy and protection regulations, most companies are now moving toward accessing cloud services over private networks and storing their encryption keys in a cloud-based Hardware Security Module (HSM) at a location that is separate from where their data resides. This HSM-as-a-Service model allows them to increase the level of control over their data, to strengthen resiliency of operations, and to support a hybrid technology architecture.  

In 2020, Equinix predicts that new data processing capabilities such as multiparty secure computation, fully homomorphic encryption (operating on encrypted data) and secure enclaves (where even cloud operators cannot peer into the code being executed by a cloud consumer) will move toward mainstream and will allow enterprises to run their computation in a secure manner. 

4)  Data regulation will influence enterprise IT strategies

Today, many enterprises buy and sell data in order to get a competitive advantage, but these enterprises must adhere to government regulations for personal data privacy and protection. What started with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and is now transcending into other local regulatory frameworks such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) among many others, and is putting more pressure on enterprises to ensure data compliance. In fact, there are 121 countries that have either already announced or are in the process of formulating data sovereignty laws that prevent the movement of their citizens’ personal data outside the country’s boundaries.  

In 2020, Equinix believes we will see further complexity in protecting personal data as global trends toward stricter or new data privacy regulations continue to gain momentum, making it more difficult for global companies distributed across multiple markets to navigate. In a recent survey commissioned by Equinix of over 2,450 IT decision-makers across the world, 69% of the global respondents listed “complying with data protection regulations” as a top priority for their business, while 43% of them reported “changing regulatory requirements around data privacy” as a threat to their company.  

In 2020, Equinix predicts IT strategies will increasingly focus on data privacy, with continued application of the secure discovery, classification and encryption of personally identifiable information (PII). Equinix believes HSMs will be an integral part of a data security architecture and strategy for encrypting PII and providing an exceptionally high level of security for safeguarding data.

5)  Digital transformation will provide a foundation for a more sustainable world

According to an Equinix Survey, 42% of IT decision-makers agree that the “greenness” of a company’s suppliers has a direct impact on their buying decisions.3 Equinix anticipates that with increasing pressures on the world’s resources and the increasing desire by many companies to cut emissions, digital transformation could begin to set the world’s economy on a progressively sustainable footing. 

In 2020, sustainability will likely be an initiative for world-class organizations as stakeholders increasingly look to digital businesses to lead and innovate in areas of environmental responsibility and sustainability. Equinix further predicts that digital and technology innovations will provide companies with the opportunity to overcome barriers, such as the geographic dispersion of supply chains to the complexity of materials and deconstructing products. Machine-to-machine and data analytics enable companies to match the supply and demand for underused assets and products. “The cloud,” in combination with mobile, can dematerialize products or even entire industries. Equinix anticipates that as businesses depend on data center resources to connect with customers and run many aspects of their operations, they will look to vendor-neutral colocation data center providers who are committed, vocal and proven champions for advancing environmental sustainability.

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Justin Dustzadeh, Chief Technology Officer, Equinix
We are at an exciting inflection point in the history of interconnection, as the pace of digital transformation continues to accelerate and as cloud-native distributed infrastructure and hybrid multicloud deployments become the de facto architecture of choice. The ability to securely manage and process data at the edge, while having direct, secure and low-latency connectivity to partners and cloud ecosystems, is ushering new opportunities for organizations to create greater value to users and customers, and benefit society in new ways.”

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About Equinix
Equinix,Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most-interconnected data centers. On this global platform for digital business, companies come together across more than 50 markets on five continents to reach everywhere, interconnect everyone and integrate everything they need to create their digital futures. Equinix.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX data centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see recent Equinix quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide IT Industry 2020 Predictions
2 Source: Cybersecurity Ventures
APCO Global Insight survey of 2,485 IT decision-makers, Aug 2019

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Sikka Software collaborates with Sphere to Launch Sikka Payments

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Sikka Software, a market leader in advancing retail healthcare connectivity, and Sphere, the leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, today announced the launch of a new payment platform, Sikka Payments, for dentists and their patients. This innovative platform is designed to equip patients with a pay-anywhere capability and automate the payment and reconciliation process for providers. The announcement came during the Greater New York Dental Meeting, a global event featuring some of the best new products and services for dental professionals.

Sikka Payments makes it easier than ever to harness the increased capabilities, enhanced security, and reduced costs associated with processing electronic payments. Mobile payments allow providers to request and accept payments remotely, preserving the doctor patient relationship and creating additional opportunities for the practice to accelerate accounts receivable collections. With this powerful payment solution, dental practices can accept patient payments from a variety of channels, all seamlessly integrated into their practice management system, eliminating the need for manual reconciliation. These features make it easier for providers to collect payments earlier, provide a better patient payment experience and maximize cash flow in the practice. Sikka Payments is built on the HIPAA and HITECH compliant Sikka Platform Cloud which connects to the majority of retail healthcare applications, including 96% of dental practice management systems.

Sphere brings healthcare payments full circle, delivering easy to integrate payment processing technology and cost-effective processing that is highly secure and compliant. Sikka Payments users will now be able to offer patients more options for when and how their patients pay without any disruption to the office workflow.

In conjunction with this solution launch, and Sikka’s expansion into Fintech, the company has also announced the appointment of Rory Byrne, as General Manager of Fintech. Rory has over 20 years’ experience in enterprise software sales, payments strategy, and business development. Prior to joining Sikka, Rory was EVP of Business Development at Billtrust, where he was responsible for B2B payments strategy, strategic partnerships, and M&A. Rory brings expertise from a variety of executive and leadership roles in sales, marketing, and business development including Visa, Yahoo!, Hyperion, and Kofax. This role will help Sikka address the growing demand for Fintech services in the retail healthcare market.

“Dental offices need three key things from a payment application; to save time by making it easier for the team to accept payments, to save money by providing the best rates, and to provide today’s hyper connected patients with an easy and convenient way to pay from anywhere,” said Vijay Sikka, Founder and CEO of Sikka Software. “Sikka Payments, launched in collaboration with Sphere, delivers on each of these three things, and revolutionizes payments in the dental industry”.

“Sikka has built a proven platform that allows practices to leverage innovative third-party applications to improve operational efficiencies,” said Steve Rizzuto, Chief Executive Officer of Sphere. “With the addition of Sikka Payments, dentists now have a single source to maximize their practices in an integrated, secure, and frictionless way.”

Dentists interested in Sikka Payments can find out more at http://www.sikkapayments.com.

About Sphere
Sphere, powered by TrustCommerce, is a software and financial technology company providing integrated solutions that reduce friction and facilitate better and more secure commercial interactions with customers in specialized verticals markets, primarily healthcare, non-profit, transportation and education. Sphere’s integrated payments technology and security software enable its clients to process payments in a way that is: highly secure and compliant, integrated with their core business software, omnichannel, and processor-neutral. Sphere’s partner-centric focused payments solutions serve small, midsize and enterprise level businesses and software companies in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

About Sikka Software     
Sikka Software is helping to rethink the retail healthcare market using a single API cloud platform with Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics. Focusing on non-physician practices in dentistry, audiology, veterinary, optometry, chiropractic, orthodontic and oral surgery etc., Sikka Software now has over 34,000 practice installations on its platform. These are businesses where the primary skilled workers are also the owners who need tools to digitize their practices and help them make more real-time, optimized decisions. Sikka Software API and cloud platform connect to 90% of the retail healthcare market including practice management systems and financial software.

 

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Raytheon unveils new dismounted soldier training simulator

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) unveiled a new immersive military training product today at I/ITSEC, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event. The Synthetic Training Environment Soldier Virtual Trainer, or STE SVT, uses virtual reality to train squads of soldiers in multiple scenarios while using real and virtual weapons.

Raytheon photo illustration of the Synthetic Training Environment. The Synthetic Training Environment Squad and Soldier Virtual Trainer uses virtual reality to train squads of soldiers in multiple scenarios while using real and virtual weapons.

The new virtual simulator is designed to train dismounted infantry and uses the latest technological advances to deliver highly effective training at a moment’s notice from any location. It delivers unmatched realism and accessibility while dramatically reducing the cost and logistical challenge of high-consequence training missions.

“Raytheon tech helps specialists around the world prepare for the world’s most important missions,” said Bob Williams, vice president of Global Training Solutions at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “We are blending our understanding of training with emerging technologies – augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and big data – to connect and secure military training like never before.”

The vision for the U.S. Army’s Synthetic Training Environment is to create a common synthetic environment for soldiers to train together from anywhere in the world. Raytheon’s STE SVT answers that call and will completely change the way military training is done. The current room-sized simulators will be replaced by portable laptop-powered AR/VR headsets that easily can be transported to soldiers for use anywhere at any time.

To experience the STE SVT during I/ITSEC, please visit Raytheon’s booth #1037 at the Orange County Convention Center, Dec. 2-5, 2019.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 97 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I® products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter.

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SmartSens Technology Releases Four New CMOS Image Sensors with First-in-Industry DSI Imaging Technology

SHANGHAI, Dec. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — SmartSens, the leading supplier of high-performance CMOS imaging systems, recently announced the addition of four new CMOS image sensors outfitted with SmartSens’ new DSI imaging technology – SC2320, SC4335, SC5335 and SC8220. These sensors, which have resolutions of two to eight mega pixels, are the first in SmartSens’ portfolio to include proprietary DSI imaging technology since debuted at ISC West 2019. The release of these sensors heralds the next generation of SmartSens’s SmartPixel™ technology, capable of even broader applications, such as under ultra-low-light conditions and wider area surveillance.

Exceptional Imaging Capabilities

Known as SmartPixel-2™, SmartSens’ proprietary DSI imaging technology performs better than the first generation of image sensors utilizing FSI technology in the following ways:

  • Two-fold increase in Sensitivity
  • Five-fold reduction of Dark Current
  • Improved Signal-to-Noise Ratio

Two-fold increase in Sensitivity; Five-fold reduction of Dark Current

When compared to other BSI sensors, SC4335 performed with 42% higher sensitivity and 16% better dynamic range. Additionally, with an improved signal-to-noise ratio that makes them ideal for Artificial Intelligence applications, DSI sensors have the potential to dominate in the mid-market sector, setting a new standard for CMOS imaging sensitivity and better servicing the various applications that demand high definition imaging capabilities.

Sensitivity mV/lux-sec

Built for a Broad Range of Applications

In addition to enhanced general performance of DSI technology, the four new sensors are built to meet the specific needs of target applications.

Specs for SC2320, SC4335, SC5335, SC8220

  • SC8220 (8M pixels)

Primarily designed for Smart City, Smart Home and similar applications that require 4K high resolution and high quality videos, SC8220 supports both 4K resolutions and an 1/1.8″ optical format, and is designed to be highly sensitive while keeping low in power consumption.

  • SC2320 (2M pixels), SC4335 (4M pixels) and SC5335 (5M pixels)

Primarily designed for Security and Surveillance applications, these three sensors rely on their heightened sensitivity and improved signal-to-noise ratio to produce high clarity images even in dim lighting conditions, effectively resolving the industry’s common issues of nighttime blur or ‘fog.’ SmartSens’ DSI sensors have specifically enhanced quantum efficiency in the Near-Infrared (NIR) region, i.e. 850nm-940nm wavelength. To maintain user friendliness, these three sensors are designed to fit the same industry standard 1/3″ optical format, allowing for “Pin to Pin” compatibility, and making a smooth upgrade path.

Comparison of images captured by SC43335 and a competitor

SmartSens COO Mr. William Ma expresses: “In the era of interconnectivity, IoT, Security & Surveillance, Smart City, Smart Home and Artificial Intelligence applications all rely on ‘smart sensor chips’ to deliver high definition visual data. SmartSens is dedicated to developing better performing, more compelling technologies and products. SmartSens utilized its industry-leading process development, pixel technology and circuit structure design capabilities to launch DSI sensors that better address our clients’ industry-specific needs.”

Four different DSI sensors are currently available to sampling, projected for mass production by the end of 2019. If interested in learning more about SmartSens’ DSI imaging technology, please contact us at: cs@smartsenstech.com

About SmartSens

SmartSens Technology Co. Ltd. Is a high-performance CMOS image sensing (CIS) chip design company. The company was founded in 2011, is headquartered in Shanghai and has both research centers and sales offices in various cities around the world, including Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Hsinchu and San Jose, California.

SmartSens is dedicated to providing future-oriented and world-leading CMOS image sensing products. With an international and accomplished research team, SmartSens owns a suite of proprietary technologies, including full color night vision, DSI Pixel, global exposure built on voltage domain architecture and Stack BSI processes, among many others.

SmartSens has always kept the needs of the customer first, constantly innovating with the goal of providing the customer with high-quality video capturing solutions, with products in Security & Surveillance, Automotive, Machine Vision, consumer electronics (sports cameras, drones, automatic vacuums, smart home), and other application fields. Since 2017, SmartSens has maintained its lead in the CIS Security & Surveillance global market share for two consecutive years, and it has had achievements in machine vision, artificial intelligence, among other applications.

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Visage Introduces Semantic Annotations for Visage 7

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Visage Imaging, Inc. (“Visage”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Pro Medicus Ltd. (ASX: PME), has announced Visage will demonstrate semantic annotations for the Visage® 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform as a works-in-progress, at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2019 annual meeting (Visage Booth 7524, McCormick Place-North Hall), December 1-5, in Chicago, Illinois.

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In the age of artificial intelligence (AI), there is tremendous and increasing value in the data that radiologists produce as part of their reading workflow where they interpret and annotate imaging studies. This value can only be fully realized if the resulting data is mineable and its semantic meaning is computer accessible.

“That is why Visage is developing a framework to make annotations semantically meaningful,” explained Malte Westerhoff, PhD, Visage Imaging Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer. “Then these annotations, generated during routine diagnostic interpretation, can flow into a model training infrastructure to build new AI models. The algorithms output from those models can then be integrated into the radiologist’s diagnostic viewer.”

Visage is working with the American College of Radiology (ACR) Data Science InstituteTM to integrate Visage 7 semantic annotations with the ACR AI-LABTM, which offers radiologists tools designed to help them learn the basics of AI and participate directly in the creation, validation and use of health care AI.

Dr. Westerhoff continued, “Visage 7 is prominently positioned on both sides of the AI pipeline. Visage is developing, together with our partners, the framework and user interface to seamlessly create semantic annotations directly in Visage 7, to exchange those annotations with other third-party applications, including the ACR AI-LAB, and finally, to consume the output of AI models and integrate them directly into Visage 7.”

A pilot implementation of Visage 7 semantic annotations is ongoing at Partners HealthCare Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Center for Clinical Data Science, where the framework is being defined and tested in the radiology workflow. “This is an exciting effort that allows radiologists to provide highly meaningful contributions for model development without interrupting their workflow,” said Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, Chief Data Science Officer, Partners HealthCare.

Visage 7 semantic annotations is the newest component of the Visage AI Accelerator, a new end-to-end solution from Visage that dramatically reduces the time from research to bedside. Visage AI Accelerator includes joint development and commercialization opportunities with academic customers and third-parties; the Visage 7 AI research server that streamlines AI algorithm development with an open API and unifies research and diagnostic imaging in a singular platform (works-in-progress); and an AI ecosystem of third-party and Visage-developed algorithms.

To schedule a priority demonstration of Visage 7 semantic annotations and learn more about the Visage AI Accelerator solution, please visit this link for additional details.

About Visage Imaging, Inc.

Visage Imaging is a global provider of enterprise imaging and advanced visualization solutions for diagnostic imaging. The Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform delivers amazingly fast server-side rendered images streamed via an intelligent thin-client viewer with unmatched interoperability. Radiologists and referring physicians have a customized, protocol-driven workflow to natively view multi-dimensional imagery and multimedia using a One Viewer® philosophy, scaled to support the world’s most sophisticated healthcare organizations. Powerful solutions include enterprise interpretation and viewing; archiving, artificial intelligence, image enablement of EHRs; RIS/PACS, as well as anywhere mobile diagnostic access. www.visageimaging.com

About Pro Medicus Limited

Pro Medicus Limited [ASX: PME] is Australia’s leading imaging IT provider. Founded in 1983, the company provides a full range of integrated software products and services to hospital, imaging centers and health care groups worldwide. www.promed.com.au 

Visage, Visage Imaging, Visage Ease Pro, Visage Ease, One Viewer, ANV, and Deconstructed PACS are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks that are licensed by Visage Imaging Inc. Other product and company names mentioned may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners or licensees. 

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IBM Watson Health Demonstrates Global Imaging Market Momentum

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today, at the 105th RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, IBM (NYSE: IBM) Watson Health™ highlighted its recent clients and collaborations for its IBM Watson Health Imaging artificial intelligence (AI) platform, a leading provider of innovative artificial intelligence, enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions available through multiple products and services trusted by medical professionals worldwide.

IBM Corporation logo. (PRNewsfoto/IBM)

IBM Watson Health will be showcasing its suite of solutions across AI and Machine Learning, Enterprise Imaging, Vendor Neutral Archive, Image Viewing and Sharing, and PACS at the RSNA 105th RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL between December 1 – 6, 2019. The IBM Watson Health booths are located at the North Hall Level 1 – booth 11332B and North Hall Level 3 — booth 6100.

“We are delighted to announce these collaborations at RSNA highlighting our advancements in medical imaging globally,” said Anne Le Grand, General Manager, Imaging, Life Sciences and Oncology, IBM Watson Health. “From helping clinicians to identify potential missed findings to seeing a summary view of patient records quickly, our innovative technologies are at the forefront of Watson Health’s mission to help enable clinicians to more effectively respond to the world’s most pressing health challenges.”

Hardin Memorial Health First Provider to Use Patient Synopsis  

In June 2019, Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) announced it would be the first provider to use IBM Watson Imaging Patient Synopsis, which provides a summary view of patients through analytics and extracts insights from patient records to uncover underlying issues.

“Being the first in the world to ‘go live’ with IBM Watson Imaging Patient Synopsis was an enormous milestone for the HMH team. This tool is already helping to empower HMH to assist care givers in their treatment of patients through the use of this revolutionary platform,” said Dennis Johnson, HMH president and CEO. “We look forward to our ongoing collaboration with IBM Watson Health as we continue to care for more than 400,000 Central Kentuckians at our facilities.”

IBM Watson Health Imaging Clinical Review 3.0 Launches in UK

On October 30 2019, Clinical Review 3.0 launched in the UK. The solution is designed to analyze medical imaging studies and their associated reports to identify potential missed findings, helping to facilitate more comprehensive reports, which can potentially lead to higher quality of care for the patient. 

IBM Watson Health Imaging has recently engaged with Fortrus Ltd, to grow upon the reseller’s strong relationship with the UK public sector, which includes a single supplier outcome-based Managed Services framework.

Guerbet Signs Exclusive Development Agreement for AI in Prostate Cancer

Guerbet, a global specialist in contrast agents and solutions for diagnostic and interventional imaging, also recently signed an exclusive joint development agreement to develop an artificial intelligence software solution to support prostate cancer diagnostics and monitoring, utilizing MR imaging. This deal extends their earlier collaboration regarding liver cancer signed in January, 2018. 

IBM Imaging AI Marketplace Launched

The IBM Imaging AI Marketplace is a single-source solution designed to help simplify the complex process of locating, purchasing, deploying and managing the vast array of AI imaging applications. The Imaging AI Marketplace is carefully curated and contains only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared solutions alongside Watson Health developed AI solutions. It provides a single location for procurement through deployment, simplifying complex and resource-draining processes, and can be easily accessed via our iConnect™️Enterprise Archive.

Vendor Partners:
Circle Cardiovascular Imaging
DiA Imaging Analysis Ltd.
MaxQ AI
Quantib BV
VIDA LungPrint

4ways Healthcare Limited Adopts IBM Watson Health Imaging Merge PACS™

4ways, a fast-growing private tele-radiology network in the UK that enables UK-based radiologists to work remotely over a leading technology platform, has committed to underpin its ambitious growth strategy with IBM Watson Health’s Merge PACS 8.0 platform, upgrading its current platform to support their business growth. Merge PACS™ is a workflow platform that is designed to help simplify physicians’ reading activities and can empower IT leaders with advanced control of the flow of studies throughout the enterprise.

“We’re committed to constantly investing in and upgrading our IT provision to be able to offer our clients and partners the very best service. That means working with the best tech providers in our space. We’ve used Merge solutions successfully for many years so continuing with IBM Watson Health imaging solutions was a natural next step. Merge PACS is designed to handle high-enterprise imaging volumes, perform in diverse reading environments, and helps us to scale our delivery of care,” said Ajay Chadha, CEO, 4ways.

About IBM Watson Health
Watson Health is a business unit of IBM that is dedicated to the development and implementation of AI and data-driven technologies to advance health. Watson Health technologies are tackling a wide range of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges including cancer, diabetes, drug discovery and more. Learn more at ibm.com/watson/health.

About Fortrus
Fortrus operates an outcome based managed service procurement framework for digital transformation across the UK public sector, which has a value of £10 billion. Fortrus is a leading solutions development company focused on user experience software design, providing managed service contracts to a network of NHS customers.

About Guerbet
Guerbet is a pioneer in the contrast-agent field, with more than 90 years’ experience, and is a leader in medical imaging worldwide. It offers a comprehensive range of pharmaceutical products, medical devices and services for diagnostic and interventional imaging, to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients. With 8% of revenue dedicated to R&D and more than 200 employees distributed amongst its four centers in France, Israel and the United States, Guerbet is a substantial investor in research and innovation. Guerbet (GBT) is listed on Euronext Paris (segment B – mid caps) and generated €790 million in revenue in 2018. For more information about Guerbet, please visit www.guerbet.com

About Hardin Memorial Health
HMH is an integrated system of providers and facilities serving approximately 400,000 residents in 10 Central Kentucky counties (Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Breckinridge, Grayson, Nelson, Hart, Bullitt, Green and Taylor). The 300-bed hospital in Elizabethtown, Kentucky includes 270 acute care, 15 psychiatric and 15 skilled nursing beds. Additionally, HMH includes 50+ outpatient facilities across the service area including a Cancer Care Center and Outpatient Surgical Center. There are over 445 physicians and advanced practice clinicians in over 40 specialties and primary care including Hospitalists available 24/7, Emergency and Urgent Care; Cancer, Cardiac, Rehab and Therapy Services; Medical and Surgical Services; Pulmonary Care, Diagnostic Imaging, Ear, Nose and Throat, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Obstetrics including a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatrics. With 2,700 employees and an active volunteer corps of 140, Hardin Memorial Hospital is the third largest employer in Hardin County.

About 4ways
4ways is a UK-based market leader in the provision of high-quality remote radiology reporting services. As a trusted partner to the NHS and private healthcare clients, 4ways offers flexible and responsive services in four areas; urgent reporting, routine reporting, advanced super-specialist reporting and clinical audit. Since 2005, clients have relied on 4ways to provide high-quality, cost-effective radiology diagnoses contributing to better clinical decision making and improved patient outcomes.

The types of reporting that 4ways covers includes; critical and urgent services with double-read life threat and polytrauma reporting, routine reporting of general, neurological, paediatric, muscular-skeletal, GIT/UIT, gynae, prostate and vascular reporting. 4ways is the market leader in offering advanced remote super-specialist reporting that includes CT-colonography, nuclear medicine, PET-CT, breast MRI, mammography, cardiac CT and cardiac MRI. 

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