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Ibex Obtains CE-IVD Mark for AI-powered Cancer Detection

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ibex Medical Analytics, the pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI)-powered cancer diagnostics, today announced CE-IVD Mark for the Galen™ Prostate solution for use in supporting pathologists in identification of suspected cancer on prostate core needle biopsies. Galen Prostate – the first-ever AI-based solution for cancer detection used in routine clinical practice – is already deployed in pathology labs with demonstrated success in alerting on missed cancer cases. With this CE-IVD Mark of Galen Prostate, Ibex is now partnering with leading institutes across Europe to implement AI and support pathologists in their diagnostic workflow. 

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Pathology is the medical specialty of diagnosing disease in patients and plays a pivotal role in cancer diagnosis and treatment decisions. To this day, cancer diagnosis is performed by pathologists looking at biopsies through a microscope. In recent years, a global increase in cancer incidence and in the number of screening tests has coincided with a decline in the number of pathologists, causing a crisis that affects labs worldwide and results in longer turnaround times and rising concerns about diagnostic accuracy.

Ibex uses AI to develop clinical-grade solutions that help pathologists detect and grade cancer in biopsies, helping them ensure diagnostic accuracy, integrate comprehensive quality control and enable a more efficient workflow. Galen Prostate is a vendor-neutral AI solution, evaluated across multiple scanning systems, staining platforms and pathology labs. The solution uses an algorithm that was trained on slides from a dataset of over 60,000 prostate slides from multiple institutions and representing a variety of diagnoses and clinical findings.

The CE-IVD Mark follows the outstanding results from a blinded multi-site prospective clinical study measuring, for the first time, performance against consensus diagnosis between multiple pathologists. The study included digitized slides from prostate core-needle biopsies analyzed by Galen Prostate. Performance was evaluated against the consensus diagnosis of multiple pathologists. Ibex’s AI-powered algorithm demonstrated the highest AUC (area under the ROC curve) reported in the field, 0.997, as well as very high sensitivity and specificity (98.6% and 95.6%, respectively). These results validate the robustness of Galen Prostate and support its adoption by pathology institutes aiming to improve their diagnostic accuracy by enhancing quality control with AI.

“We are impressed with the results of the study, particularly with the performance of Galen Prostate, which was in near perfect concordance with the consensus diagnosis between multiple pathologists. This solution can become an important tool for pathologists that look for ways to improve diagnostic quality and workflow efficiency,” said Delphine Raoux, MD, Head of Innovation Technologies at Medipath – the largest network of private pathology labs in France, who participated in the study. “Medipath believes that AI-powered solutions are the future of pathology and we are happy to participate in trials that demonstrate their accuracy and utility, and to collaborate with Ibex to help the evolution of their AI solutions.”

“We hit an important milestone with the CE-IVD Mark, facilitating a wider adoption of Galen Prostate in the market. These clinical-grade results confirm our robust and meticulous approach to AI, that corresponds to the pathologist’s own workflow,” said Joseph Mossel, Ibex Medical Analytics CEO. “Cancer incidence and testing for cancer keep growing, with an impact on pathologists’ turnaround times and misdiagnosed cases. Ibex is committed to providing practical solutions that help pathologists meet these challenges.”

Ibex will exhibit in the 109th Annual Meeting of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) between March 2nd and March 4th in Los Angeles (booth no. 922).

About Ibex Medical Analytics

Ibex provides the first-ever AI-powered cancer diagnostics solution in routine clinical use in pathology labs, supporting pathologists in delivering accurate, rapid and objective diagnosis of prostate and breast biopsies. Ibex’s products are deployed across the laboratory’s workflow and build on deep learning algorithms trained by a team of pathologists, data scientists and software engineers. For more information go to www.ibex-ai.com.

About Medipath

Medipath is France’s largest network of pathology laboratories, owned exclusively by 86 pathologists. Medipath fulfills a public health mission in cancer diagnosis. Its team has more than 350 employees, 5 expert pathologists in rare diseases and 6 molecular pathologists. It collaborates with 84 clinics and 39 hospitals across France (such as the prestigious American Hospital of Paris) and deals with more than 1,000,000 cases every year, including 70,000 cancer diagnoses. As a pioneer in the quality process (5 accreditation scopes), Medipath takes part in independent quality checks, recognized nationwide (AFAQAP) and worldwide (UK NEQAS, QCMD). In 2020, the group’s turnover will reach € 60 million. For more information https://www.medipath.fr/.

 

Ibex Medical Analytics media contact:

Tal Frieman

Director of Marketing

tal.frieman@ibex-ai.com

 

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Press relations agency

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Lytx Driver Safety Program Helps Pierce Transit Drastically Reduce Collisions and Risky Driving Behaviors

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lytx®, a global leader in video telematics, analytics, productivity, and safety solutions for commercial, public sector, and field services fleets, today shared the dramatic safety improvements Pierce Transit has achieved since it implemented the Lytx Driver Safety Program.

Pierce Transit's Brentt Mackie named Coach of the Year at Lytx annual User Group Conference (L-R: Brandon Nixon, Lytx CEO; David Riordan, Lytx EVP and Chief Client Office; Brentt Mackie, Pierce Transit, Coach of the Year; Del Lisk, Lytx VP of Safety Services)

Pierce Transit, a public transportation agency headquartered in Lakewood, Washington, has 472 Lytx DriveCam® Event Recorders deployed and close to 1,000 employees. The company serves the public across three counties of western Washington, transporting passengers via buses, vanpools, and paratransit.

“Our goal is to improve quality of life for people in our community by providing safe, reliable transportation services,” says Reggie Reese, Pierce Transit’s Safety Manager. “With so many passengers onboard each of our vehicles, we know it is of critical importance to minimize both the number of collisions and the severity of those incidents when they occur. The DriveCam system has been instrumental in improving both these areas in our fleet, helping us to reduce our accident rate.”

The adoption of Lytx technology has led to significant improvements in the safety practices of the company’s operators. Over a one-year period, the fleet experienced:

  • 31% reduction in collisions
  • 56% reduction in drivers not wearing a seatbelt
  • 42% reduction in not leaving enough following distance
  • 19% reduction in late response

“The installation of DriveCam helped us succeed in our goal of identifying risky behaviors before they resulted in collisions,” said Reese. “Once we brought these behaviors to light, we were able to work toward a higher level of safety, to better protect both our operators and the members of the public we serve.”

Lytx’s Driver Safety Program uses cloud-connected event recorders with machine vision and artificial intelligence (MV+AI), which capture and categorize risky driving behaviors. program then uses a combination of human review and advanced algorithms, informed by Lytx’s vast database of driving data, to determine where drivers can improve their behavior to become safer on the road. These insights are delivered in the form of prescriptive coaching workflows proven to change driver habits.

A Winning Approach to Safety

In order to create a successful and long-lasting safety program, Pierce Transit implemented an in-depth introduction of Lytx to its team. The management team introduced the program to operators over a series of meetings spanning three days, during which the CEO and other members of Pierce’s leadership were highly involved. The meetings highlighted the company’s commitment to its operators and passengers, illuminating the importance of a positive and proactive approach to safety. Following these meetings, operators had opportunities to continue those conversations with their leadership team anonymously or in-person, in order to foster as much familiarity with the event recorders as possible.

The impact of this commitment is clear in the safety improvements the operators have achieved. Pierce DriveCam Program Administrator and coach Brentt Mackie was recognized as the “Coach of the Year” at Lytx’s User Group Conference this week. Mackie has approached coaching with professionalism and empathy, while holding drivers accountable to the highest safety standards. Jason Hovde, Drivecam Program Director for Pierce, also oversees the key performance measures for the program, ensuring that daily operation of the Lytx program are in line with Pierce’s long- and short-term goals. He is an extremely important part of the program management.

“I am driven to excel, lead, and promote safety in all aspects of my life,” said Mackie. “Our employees are the best in the business. Working in the Pierce Transit Safety Department, I can help our operators and improve their driving habits, making a real impact on my company’s business and my community’s safety. It is truly a dream job.”

A Hands-On Commitment from Leadership

Consistent with the company’s focus on communication, the Pierce Transit team has used the Lytx Driver Safety Program to open a dialogue about the responsibilities of both managers and drivers.

“We were impressed with the personalized, coachable insights Lytx delivered to us,” said Reese. “Since installing the platform, we’ve been working with our team to approach those insights strategically. With both our managers and our drivers, we emphasize the important role each person plays in reinforcing our safety culture. We integrate the insights Lytx provides and translate them into our actual behaviors on the road.”

As a way to build comradery and stress the importance of a company-wide commitment to safety, the leadership team at Pierce installed the Lytx event recorders in both the public transportation vehicles and all company vehicles.

“I believe one of the most powerful parts of the transition has been seeing that everyone in the agency is held accountable, not just operators,” said Reese. “At our quarterly safety meetings, the team shares Lytx video, and drivers are given the chance to talk about both the good driving behaviors we see as well as the riskier behaviors that need to be improved. In this way, Lytx’s system has given our company a tool to recognize exceptional driving, developing an awareness of not only the bad habits but also the positive contributions employees are making on the road every hour of every day.”

About Pierce Transit
Founded in 1979, Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation (Pierce Transit) is a nationally recognized leader in the public transportation industry. Pierce Transit covers 292 square miles of Pierce County with roughly 70% of the county population. Serving Washington’s second largest county, Pierce Transit provides three types of service, Fixed Route, SHUTTLE paratransit and Vanpools that help get passengers to jobs, schools and appointments.

About Lytx
Lytx® is a leading provider of video telematics, analytics, safety, and productivity solutions for commercial, public sector, and field services fleets. Our unrivaled Driver Safety Program, powered by our best-in-class DriveCam® Event Recorder, is proven to help save lives and reduce risk. We harness the power of video to help clients see what happened in the past, manage their operations more efficiently in the present, and improve driver behavior to change the future. Our customizable services and programs span driver safety, risk detection, fleet tracking, compliance, and fuel management. Using the world’s largest driving database of its kind, along with proprietary machine vision and artificial intelligence technology, we help protect and connect thousands of fleets and more than one million drivers worldwide. For more information on Lytx telematics system, visit lytx.com, @lytx on Twitter, LinkedIn, our Facebook page or our YouTube channel.

Contacts:
Lytx
Alison Graves
858-380-3114
alison.graves@lytx.com

 

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ObEN and Yoshimoto Kogyo Collaborate to Revolutionize AI Avatar Entertainment and Digital Experiences

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — ObEN, the artificial intelligence (AI) company creating Personal AI (PAI) technology to revolutionize digital interactions, and Yoshimoto Kogyo, major Japanese entertainment conglomerate, today announced they are partnering to bring AI-powered Avatar technology to the Japanese market. The new collaboration, combines the entertainment and celebrity IP of Yoshimoto with the cutting edge image, voice, and animation avatar technology created by ObEN to revolutionize communication and interaction in the digital and virtual space for celebrities and fans alike.

ObEN is a world leader in customized, intelligent digital humans. Using a small sample of speech and image data, ObEN can create a digital likeness of anyone in the world, capable of speaking in their voice in any language. These digital personas are called Personal AIs, or PAIs for short. ObEN’s Personal AI technology has been used in projects for investors and clients including SoftBank, China Central Television (CCTV), and NBA stars.

PAIs can be utilized in smartphone apps, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR). It can also provide a customized experience for users in gaming and social networking. For celebrities, including Yoshimoto vast roster of talent and IP, PAIs can also be created as a representative for an artist or product brand, where they can help them expand to markets around the world. ObEN’s technology automatically generates the appearance, voice, and animation of PAIs for rapid content creation. Furthermore, PAIs can speak languages other than the user’s native language using voice conversion technology. For security, blockchain technology will be used to protect the personal information and copyrights of users, clients, and partners.

With this collaboration, Yoshimoto will enhance ObEN’s AI avatar production with the IP of Yoshimoto’s talent, and manage and operate the AI avatar’s IP for the Japanese market. Yoshimoto and ObEN are currently working on a prototype 3D avatar, based on Yoshimoto’s Japanese talent IP, which will premiere in April 2020.

About ObEN

ObEN is an artificial intelligence (AI) company developing Personal AI (PAI) technology that revolutionizes how we interact in the digital world. ObEN’s products allow users and brands to create intelligent digital personas that can be customized to any person in the world, or any character you can imagine – with looks, voice, and behavior powered by our full-stack AI. ObEN’s PAI Studio SaaS platform enables creators, enterprises and developers to build, manage, and monetize unique interactive experiences using our conversational, animated PAIs – enabling rapid, economical generation of livestream, interactive, or video content. PAIs have been used in projects and collaborations that have reached hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Founded in 2014, ObEN is a Tencent and Softbank Ventures portfolio company and is located in Pasadena, California. To learn more about ObEN, please visit oben.com.

About Yoshimoto Kogyo

Yoshimoto is Japan’s major entertainment conglomerate, managing over 6000 talent including comedians, actors and actresses, athletes, etc, planning, production and sales of over 5000 TV shows as well as radio, video, and commercials, management of 14 theatres, event business, advertising business, real estate business, show business, operation of vocational schools including talent training schools, and development and management of other commercial facilities.

 

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Innovative Colombian Startup, Feelenials, is Developing a Global Emotional Analytics AI Platform to Improve the Quality of Work and Life

PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Emotions are one of the most important aspects of human intelligence and play a significant role in decision making. Using emotions and AI, Feelenials enables solutions that improve well-being and happiness across several vertical markets including healthcare, education, workplace and others.

Feelenials collects data in multiple ways, such as facial expressions, voice and text analysis to infer emotional state. This comprehensive real-time data allows companies and organizations to make decisions to improve the overall well-being of a group, resulting in improved productivity and increased talent retention.

“Companies are currently struggling with the challenge of figuring out how to manage those that are new to the workforce, says Pilar Rattan, CEO of Feelenials. “Their values are different from the ones that were important 20 years ago. They are emotionally driven and are more interested in personal fulfillment and empowerment. We found that emotion is an important metric to measure overall well-being and happiness. Our team merged technology, big data and emotion detection to develop a platform that could improve the way the world works and how companies make decisions about employee well-being.”

Feelenials is an emotion analytics platform that uses multimodal human centric AI-based technology, measuring emotions in an objective and continuous way. The platform ensures real-time data and insights on sentiment, enabling prognostic and predictive solutions for companies to manage their workforce.

Feelenials is a strong advocate of ethical artificial intelligence. The platform does not store any personal user data such as names, emails or even images. The technology only measures the emotional information, making it an ideal platform of choice for individuals, employees and citizens who want to provide feedback while protecting their identity.

Feelenials is a bootstrapped startup emerging from Colombia currently raising funding for commercial release in June 2020. The executive team comes from Colombia’s premier consulting agency 9Alliance, partnered with a US-based engineering team KidzIdeazTech. Key executives include Pilar Rattan, CEO and Nathaniel D’Souza, the company’s 16 year-old CTO.

If you’d like to transform your company and workforce, contact us at hello@feelenials.com! For more info check out our website: www.feelenials.com.

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Ally Invest Announces Inaugural Conference to Promote a Financially Secure Future

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ally Invest, the online brokerage and wealth management arm of Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY), today announced its inaugural digital conference. Dubbed the FOMO-Free Financial Future, this fully-online event is designed to inform, educate, and empower individuals at any life stage to take control of their retirement and move toward a more secure financial future. It is free to attend and will be livestreamed on Ally’s YouTube channel Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Throughout the day, attendees who tune into the livestream will get expert takes from various index fund / ETF providers, industry-leading market research firms, and members of the Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) movement. The speakers were selected for their ability to provide easy-to-understand, actionable information to help everyday investors move forward.

“Retirement is typically the biggest financial goal people set, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the most difficult,” said Lindsey Bell, Chief Investment Strategist of Ally Invest. “The goal of the FOMO-Free Financial Future conference is to do exactly what the title suggests, remove the anxiety and barriers tied to investing and retirement, and help people change the way they think about their financial future. Everyone should have the opportunity to build towards a life of financial freedom and we hope this conference will help show them how.”

Lule Demmissie, President of Ally Invest, and Bell, will co-host the conference. Together with Brian Overby, Sr. Options Analyst of Ally Invest, Ally’s experts will provide planning and investing insights for retirement.

For those tuning in, the digital event will begin at 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 11. Registration for the FOMO-Free Financial Future digital conference is open now at www.ally.com/fomofree. A full agenda is below.

FOMO-Free Financial Future – Agenda & Speaker Lineup

  • 9:00-9:15 a.m.  – Lule Demmissie, President at Ally Invest (Conference Kick-off)
  • 9:15-9:45 a.m. – Lindsey Bell, Chief Investment Strategist at Ally Invest
    • No Excuses, Start Saving For Your Future Now: Excuses are easy to come up with, but you will have to explain to your future self why you can’t retire! For those of you who already started saving in a company 401k, congratulations. But, if you moved jobs and left that 401k behind, for instance, Lindsey will explain why that isn’t the best plan for the future and how to address your situation right now.
  • 10:00-10:45 a.m. – Andy Hill, Marriage, Kids & Money Blog and Podcast  / Lule Demmissie, President at Ally Invest
    • Determining If FIRE Is for You: In a one-on-one interview with Lule Demmissie of Ally Invest, Andy Hill will discuss how he got introduced to the Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) movement, how it has impacted his life and his family, and what it means to him to be financially independent at 38. Viewers will learn how various aspects of the FIRE movement can be easily applied to their everyday lives and gain a better understanding of what it means to be “lean” FIRE versus “fat” FIRE, and so much more!
  • 11:00-11:45 a.m. – Christine Benz, Director of Personal Finance at Morningstar
    • Six Retirement Blind Spots and How to Fix Them: Even the best-laid retirement plans can harbor hidden risks, including longevity risk, sequence-of-return risk, and underspending. Morningstar’s Christine Benz will outline how to safeguard your portfolio and your plan against these risk factors. She will also share her favorite in-retirement mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and discuss her model bucket portfolios geared toward retirees. 
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.Pedro Palandrani, Research Analyst at Global X
    • Looking Ahead with Thematic Investing: The world is changing at a rapid pace, as new technologies like cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles promise to change how we work and live. This new technology is evolving consumer demands and quickly changing their wants and needs. In this webinar, Global X ETFs discusses thematic investing and how investors can use ETFs to apply this investment approach to their portfolios to capture some of the world’s most disruptive trends.
  • 1:30-2:15 p.m.Sarah Newcomb, PhD – Director of Behavioral Science at Morningstar
    • Parental Martyrdom and the Myth of the Free Ride: Why do so many people prioritize financing their children’s education ahead of their own retirement? The answer has far more to do with psychology than finance. Deep values about parenting, cultural norms, and outdated/debunked beliefs about what kids need in order to be successful can all interfere with sound money management in this area. This talk will go to the core of these messages and beliefs, debunking false narratives and replacing them with sound reasoning.
  • 2:30-3:15 p.m.Sarah Kjellberg, iShares
    • Invest like YOU: Take a sustainable approach with ETFs: Sustainable investing is about investing in progress and recognizing that companies solving the world’s biggest challenges may be the best positioned to grow. Join Sarah Kjellberg, Head of iShares Sustainable ETFs, as she takes a deep dive into why we should consider sustainability when it comes to long term investing. Sarah will uncover the importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and how iShares Sustainable ETFs can help investors pursue long-term performance and solve for a range of investment objectives. Learn why it’s time to think sustainable first.
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m. – Brian Overby, Sr. Options Analyst at Ally Invest
    • Option Strategies to Enhance your Retirement Portfolio: Brian Overby, Senior Options Analyst with Ally Invest, explains common option strategies that can generate income on stocks that you currently own in your IRA and other retirement accounts. Brian will discuss in layman’s terms all the steps involved with using this basic “covered call” option trading strategy to generate income above and beyond any dividends a stock may pay. 

About Ally Invest
Ally Invest is the brokerage and wealth management offering from Ally that exists alongside the firm’s award-winning online banking products. Ally Invest offerings consist of a low-cost trading platform for self-directed investors, as well as a suite of affordable, automatically-managed investment portfolios, both delivered through a fully-transparent online process. The combination of low-cost investing with Ally Bank’s competitive deposit products gives customers a powerful value proposition for managing their financial wellbeing. Products offered by Ally Invest Securities and Ally Invest Advisors are NOT FDIC INSURED, NOT BANK GUARANTEED and MAY LOSE VALUE.

About Ally Financial Inc.
Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a leading digital financial-services company with $180.6 billion in assets as of December 31, 2019. As a customer-centric company with passionate customer service and innovative financial solutions, we are relentlessly focused on “Doing it Right” and being a trusted financial-services provider to our consumer, commercial, and corporate customers. We are one of the largest full-service automotive-finance operations in the country and offer a wide range of financial services and insurance products to automotive dealerships and consumers. Our award-winning online bank (Ally Bank, Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender) offers mortgage-lending services and a variety of deposit and other banking products, including savings, money-market, and checking accounts, certificates of deposit (CDs), and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Additionally, we offer securities-brokerage and investment-advisory services through Ally Invest. Our robust corporate finance business offers capital for equity sponsors and middle-market companies.

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Gravyty and Accordant Announce Strategic Partnership to Transform Health Care Philanthropy with Artificial Intelligence

BOSTON, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Gravyty, the market-defining provider of fundraiser enablement solutions powered by artificial intelligence (AI), and Accordant announced a strategic partnership to transform health care philanthropy by spreading the use of AI throughout the sector.

Through this partnership, Accordant, the top thought leader in advancing philanthropy and community partnerships to elevate health care, will combine its powerful strategy and training services with Gravyty’s AI fundraiser enablement solutions to bring about the next evolution in health care fund development.

Accordant CEO, Betsy Taylor, shared, “Accordant believes in the power of purpose-driven partnerships to advance health care. Leveraging the powerful insights of Gravyty will enable philanthropic gift officers to be more focused and more proactive in their efforts to engage partners who aspire to affect meaningful change and to transform health. A partnership between Accordant and Gravyty is a natural fit; we deeply respect Gravyty’s thought leadership as pioneers who are defining artificial intelligence in advancement. We also feel connecting Gravyty’s business intelligence to Accordant’s philanthropy strategy and training is a powerful combination. We are excited about the positive impact this partnership will have to support health care organizations in achieving their noble missions.”

Gravyty provides a suite of SaaS-based fundraiser enablement solutions that empower frontline fundraisers to personalize outreach, build new relationships with prospects, and deepen relationships with donors faster and more efficiently than with traditional methods. By transforming how fundraisers build relationships with top donors, Gravyty customers expand their fundraising workforces without making additional hires, build donor pipeline at scale, inspire giving, and raise revenue on their missions to change our world. Gravyty empowers thousands of fundraisers at leading health care organizations, hospitals, nonprofits, colleges, and universities.

“Fundraisers with access to fundraiser enablement powered by artificial intelligence are inspiring donors to support world-changing missions at a pace never before thought possible. Betsy and the Accordant team have a keen understanding of the importance of this evolution in fundraising, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be working together,” said Adam Martel, CEO, Gravyty. “Together, our aim within health care is to use philanthropy to accelerate the pace at which we cure disease, develop therapies, and improve patient outcomes.”

Gravyty and Accordant will be discussing this partnership and its importance in an upcoming webinar on Thursday, March 5 at 2:00 pm ET. To join that webinar and learn what’s possible, click here.

About Accordant
Accordant advances philanthropy and purpose-driven partnership to support health organizations in achieving their vibrant missions. Our experts deliver value in four key areas: elevating charitable giving, forging partnerships to promote healthy communities, strengthening health care governance and building values-based organizational cultures. Accordant is recognized for progressive thought leadership in advancing philanthropy as a high-ROI, low-risk, alternative revenue source for health care organizations through relationship-based giving. With client partners including health systems, hospitals, long term care, hospice and similar as well as anchor partners for community health impact initiatives, we connect and integrate strategy and operations to maximize transformational impact.

Visit www.AccordantHealth.com to learn more about how Accordant crafts strategy and connects partners to maximize the impact of health organizations.

About Gravyty
Gravyty is the social good sector’s first and leading provider of fundraiser enablement solutions powered by artificial intelligence (AI). Fundraisers love Gravyty because the platform automates the most time-consuming processes that get in the way of doing the work they love – developing and cultivating relationships with donors. By empowering frontline fundraisers to personalize outreach more efficiently than ever before, build new relationships faster, and deepen existing relationships with donors through automated stewardship, Gravyty transforms what’s possible for organizations through fundraising.

Visit www.gravyty.com to explore how Gravyty and AI expand the fundraising workforce without making new hires, build donor pipeline, inspire giving, and raise revenue for organizations on a mission to change our world.

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Corona virus closed the gate to Mobile World Congress, but the agile AI tech company Exacaster found the way to launch its customer data platform

VILNIUS, Lithuania, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Exacaster, an AI-powered marketing automation software company from Lithuania (EU), has been waiting for exhibiting in the biggest mobile technology show for nearly 10 years.

“We were dreaming to participate in MWC ever since we founded the company but managed to get ready for it only this year,” says Sarunas Chomentauskas, CEO and Co-founder of Exacaster. “It’s a big loss for us as we were going to launch our new Customer Data Platform for telecoms and find new customers as well as handful leads at MWC to work with.”

Instead of losing the momentum, the company tried to catch up: it set up the series of online webinars and built an exposition stand in its local office in Vilnius for the demonstration of its new product to employees, clients and partners.

“We have erected a stylish vintage bookstore which represents a personal approach towards every customer. That is exactly what our technology empowers. With Exacaster Customer 360 platform, telecoms get access to a unified view of their customers and can hyper-personalize their offer,” states Egidijus Pilypas, the Director of Product and Co-founder of Exacaster.

Collecting diverse customer data from the siloed systems is one of the biggest challenges that telecommunication companies are facing today. Not only does the new Exacaster platform automates this process, but it also allows preparing data easily and fast for any further use: business intelligence, personalized marketing campaigns, artificial intelligence algorithms, and more.

Sarunas Chomentauskas points out that the number of digital services provided by the telecoms is growing and the variety of data formats related to 5G services is increasing constantly. To date, major telecommunication companies are collecting customer data by deploying engineering projects, where data from different sources is unified with the help of customized coding. It is an expensive and slow way to manage big data, often followed by mistakes, such as multiple redundant offers provided to the same customer.

Nowadays, consumers are connecting with brands in ways no one imagined just a few years ago. Customers expect to be treated by brands like human beings, and not like random numbers in a spreadsheet. This obliges telco marketers to personalize their content in order to improve the customer experience.

Furthermore, more and more consumers have a growing interest in how their personal data is being used. Regulatory bodies across the world have taken an interest in how marketers are using the data of the customers. One example is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe.

Exacaster Customer 360 platform is made to tackle both data management and privacy protection challenges. It enables robust large-scale data management processes with very little effort. Telecoms can now collect, unify and utilize data easily and without the support of IT or software development teams. Customer 360 platform helps telco marketers and customer base managers to achieve personalization at scale by automating processes at every step of the customer journey far above valid industry standards.

From proactive and spontaneous activities, up to customer interactions being optimized and enhanced in real-time, the AI-driven Exacaster customer data platform can reward organizations with stronger customer relationships, more up-sell and cross-sell opportunities, and better ROI.

About Exacaster

Exacaster is an AI-powered marketing automation software company that helps telecoms to effectively reduce churn, increase upsell/cross-sell opportunities, aid migration from prepaid to postpaid services and personalize customer experiences using AI-powered models and key performance indicators.

With its customer data management and campaign management platforms, companies can enhance their consumer experiences across all touchpoints, whether via digital channels or in physical stores.

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Sprint Announces International Expansion Of SD-WAN To More Than 100 Countries With VMware SD-WAN By VeloCloud

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced its global expansion of SD-WAN infrastructure through an expanded relationship with VMware, further complementing the Certainty℠ Network Design Model. With VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud gateways deployed across North America, South America, Europe and AsiaPac, Sprint’s SD-WAN now covers more than 100 countries across the globe – an increase of 150% in the last year – providing better performance, quality and accessibility to Sprint’s award-winning global Tier 1 wireline network.

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Software Defined-Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) uses software to define and apply logic at the customer endpoints to improve application performance, streamline service management and steer traffic in the most effective way possible across Sprint’s backbone network, as well as the Internet and broadband connections.

“Sprint and VMware have a shared vision of enabling enterprises around the world in their digital transformation journey with the best networking solutions,” said Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, VeloCloud business unit, VMware. “At VMware, we are committed to helping Sprint deliver dynamic, globally scalable WAN solutions that enable application performance, network availability, and accelerate transformation at the network edge.”

“The management capabilities of VMware SD-WAN enable Sprint to provide a higher quality experience for our customers. Now, non-traditional, cost-effective ways of connecting are more viable,” said Mike Fitz, vice president of Sprint’s Global Wireline business. “Along with the promise of our Certainty network design model, Sprint is delivering a comprehensive solution that meets customer performance expectations, wherever they may be around the globe.”

Announced at CES 2020, Certainty is a new approach to network design combining multi-layer network diversity with SD-WAN to deliver an unprecedented 100% availability service level agreement (SLA). Certainty aims to unlock value for customers by bringing all their network needs together in a turnkey solution from a single provider – different options to connect their locations, industry leading SLAs, and top-notch network performance – without sacrificing security. And, customers are taking note.

“Our wireline new logo wins with Fortune 1000 companies have tripled over the past two years,” said Jan Geldmacher, president of Sprint Business. “I believe this is because our customers value Sprint’s transformative approach towards modern wireline technologies and acknowledge us as a trusted advisor, who is looking out for their best interests.”   

Leading the charge amongst competitors, Sprint’s wireline network transformation is near complete with more than 97% of TDM circuits migrated. Sprint customers now enjoy a higher performing, more stable network environment with three times fewer outages. Coupled with customer acquisition on the rise and expanded efforts in high-demand technologies like global SD-WAN, Sprint Business is winning in wireline.

Sprint Business: CertaintySM Capability™ Curiosity™
Sprint Business is changing the way SMBs, enterprises and government entities connect, manage and secure its people, places and things – orchestrating an array of next generation technologies and insights, artificial intelligence and the power of Sprint’s converged wireless, wireline and Curiosity™ IoT capabilities to create unparalleled products and solutions.

About Sprint:
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.2 million connections as of December 31, 2019 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Today, Sprint’s legacy of innovation and service continues with an increased investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability, and speed across its nationwide network and commitment to launching a 5G mobile network in the U.S. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

VMware, VMware SD-WAN and VeloCloud are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions.

 

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Zurich teams up with global security specialist to expand cyber protection offering as risks grow

ZURICH, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) has created a new offering together with cybersecurity company CYE to shield businesses against the growing risks of cyber-crime.

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Zurich Cyber Security Services addresses the full spectrum of cyber-risks by helping businesses define and deploy effective cyber-risk management programs. It combines Zurich’s specialist cyber insurance and risk engineering capabilities with CYE’s artificial intelligence-based technology, services and cyber expertise.

The cyber space is a dangerous source of crime and disruption and one of the top risks for businesses, says the Global Risks Report published by the World Economic Forum in partnership with Zurich. As cyber-attacks increase in severity and frequency, companies can make themselves more resilient by strengthening risk strategies for cybersecurity and insurance.

“As a truly customer-led organization, innovating for our customers to address their needs is at the center of everything we do,” said Paul Horgan, head of U.S. Commercial Insurance for Zurich North America. “We don’t just provide insurance products. We are increasingly becoming strategic risk management collaborators. Adding CYE to our services is just our latest example of how we are doing that.” 

“Cyber is a very challenging risk for businesses as it is constantly evolving and highly complex,” said Sierra Signorelli, Chief Underwriting Officer, Commercial Insurance at Zurich. “Our collaboration with CYE, a global leader in cybersecurity services, will give customers a state-of-the-art cyber-solution that combines the benefits of insurance with a boost to their cyber-defenses.”

Reuven Aronashvili: CEO of CYE, added: “We are delighted to work with Zurich Insurance Group. With effective cyber-risk management powered by tailored adaptive continuous risk assessment and cyber-insurance, business executives can drive faster and smarter digital business growth.”

The benefits of Zurich Cyber Security Services include closing unknown security blind spots, reducing the risk and impact of security incidents, ensuring proactive protection of critical business assets, and appropriate budget and resources allocation. Zurich Cyber Security Services is available to companies globally.

Companies that purchase a standalone cyber policy from Zurich will also benefit from the collaboration with CYE. The policy now includes a comprehensive, technology-driven report assessing their risk with regards to cyber threats.

Further information
Zurich Cyber Security Services 
Zurich’s Cyber and data risks knowledge hub 

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With about 55,000 employees, it provides a wide range of property and casualty, and life insurance products and services in more than 215 countries and territories. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, as well as multinational corporations. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt (ZURVY) program, which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information about Zurich is available at www.zurich.com.  

Contact
Zurich Insurance Group Ltd Austrasse 46, 8045 Zurich, Switzerland
www.zurich.com
SIX Swiss Exchange/SMI: ZURN, Valor: 001107539

 

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Sprint Curiosity™ IoT Expands Into Europe

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced collaborations with Swisscom and Telia Company to extend the Sprint Curiosity Internet of Things (IoT) platform to Europe. On the heels of the Australian expansion with Telstra, Curiosity IoT continues to go beyond roaming, enabling customers to activate their IoT solutions on local networks in parts of Europe. This will help customers to reduce roundtrip time and improve performance of their IoT applications by keeping traffic local. Swisscom and Telia Company customers will now also be able to better serve their customers in the U.S.

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Extending global reach & management
Sprint Curiosity IoT is designed to optimize the ever-growing global IoT environment by bringing the network to the data. With in-country access using a local profile now available in 8 countries, Sprint is helping its customer’s transform how they connect and manage IoT applications around the world. 

Curiosity simplifies business operations through centralized management of IoT devices no matter where in the world they are deployed. The Curiosity platform gives customers complete control over device profiles and configurations, with a single point of contact. Behind the scenes, each operator exchanges information with each other for visibility to all SIMs, powered by Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator.

“We are realizing our vision to make the Curiosity IoT operating environment locally accessible to meet customer’s needs in Europe,” said Ivo Rook, senior vice president of IoT and product development for Sprint. “We are proud to be working with Swisscom and Telia – leading operators in their respective areas of Europe – to provide full visibility across international IoT deployments through the Curiosity IoT platform.”

“IoT Accelerator delivers a dedicated IoT connectivity platform enabling Sprint, together with their partners, to scale their services globally. Improving interoperability and delivering the most robust IoT network to the IoT Accelerator Community,” said Liva All good, head of IoT at Ericsson.

Going beyond roaming with local profiles
A local profile allows an IoT device to connect to the corresponding carrier’s network. The IoT device looks like a local subscriber, while maintaining all visibility in Curiosity. Sprint has enabled ICC or electronic SIM (Sim) capability for secure, instant switching of SIM profiles over the air. This is useful when an IoT device moves to different countries worldwide or is deployed in countries where permanent roaming is not allowed. Customers can switch networks without having to touch the IoT device.

“The relationship with Sprint enables new options for both Swiss and U.S.-based companies that further simplify the deployment of international IoT solutions,” said Julian Dimer, head of IoT Swisscom BB.

“For IoT to reach its full potential, it can’t be limited by borders”, said Bjorn Hansen, head of Telia IoT. “That’s why we’re really excited to be working with Sprint on this. It’s great for their global customers and it’s great for ours.”

Taking a fresh approach to IoT, Sprint Curiosity is changing the way IoT is managed around the world. Its dedicated, vitalized and distributed core network coupled with an operating system purpose-built for IoT – is helping to create ideal conditions to deliver high bandwidth, low latency performance and high availability of critical data generated by IoT devices.

Sprint Business: Certainty SM Capability™ Curiosity™
Sprint Business is changing the way Sm’s, enterprises and government entities connect, manage and secure its people, places and things – orchestrating an array of next generation technologies and insights, artificial intelligence and the power of Sprint’s converged wireless, wire line and Curiosity™ IoT capabilities to create unparalleled products and solutions.

About Sprint:
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.2 million connections as of December 31, 2019 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Today, Sprint’s legacy of innovation and service continues with an increased investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability, and speed across its nationwide network and commitment to launching a G mobile network in the U.S. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

About Swisscom:
Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecoms company and one of its leading IT companies, is headquartered in Antigen, close to the capital city Bernie. Outside Switzerland, Swisscom has a presence on the Italian market in the guise of Fast web. To the end of the RD Quarter 2019 19,500 employees generated sales of CHEF 8,456 million. It is 51% Confederation-owned and is one of Switzerland’s most sustainable and innovative companies. www.swisscom.ch

About Telia:
We’re Telia Company, the New Generation Tel co. Our approximately 20,000 talented colleagues serve millions of customers every day in one of the world’s most connected regions. With a strong connectivity base, we’re the hub in the digital ecosystem, empowering people, companies and societies to stay in touch with everything that matters 24/7/365 – on their terms. Headquartered in Stockholm, the heart of innovation and technology, we’re set to change the industry and bring the world even closer for our customers. Read more at www.teliacompany.com

 

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