Author: DC2020

artificial intelligence

Singapore is leading the way when it comes to autonomous robots. The latest example is the launch of Robot-As-A-Service (RaaS) in the city-state. The OR-3, developed by OTSAW Digital, will support security guards with tasks such as patrolling areas and sending real-time surveillance information back to managers. The 1.6-metre-high robots are equipped with a comprehensive supply of security tools. These include laser scanners, multiple cameras for 360-degree...

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The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will undoubtedly have a huge impact on any business concerned with data. Failure to comply means heavy financial penalties – up to 4% of annual worldwide turnover, or up to EUR20 million, whichever is the greater. The EU describes it as ‘the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years’. Hang on, you might say. This...

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We’re now over halfway through a year heralded by IDC as the ‘Dawn of the DX (digital transformation) Economy’. This is the "inflection point as digital transformation efforts shift from 'project' or 'initiative' status to strategic business imperative," explained Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at IDC. "Every (growing) enterprise, regardless of age or industry, must become 'digital native' in the way its executives and...

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Interest in driverless cars is high among Asia-Pacific consumers. Over 50% would consider buying or hiring an autonomous vehicle, according to an Intel/Inuit study. Reasons cited include the environment, more enjoyable commuting, and easier parking. It may be a while before driverless cars are on APAC’s roads. However, there are plenty of initiatives already under way. Let’s take a look at some… Japan Japan is home to the...

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It’s official – the future belongs to Artificial Intelligence (AI). That’s according to the world’s best player of probably the world’s most complex game. Ke Jie, 19, was speaking before his match against AlphaGo AI, in a three-match series of Go. The ancient (2,500+ years old) strategic board game involves two players, with the aim of encircling the other’s territory. Its complexity stems from the fact...

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The world’s growing population is increasingly moving to urban areas. This trend is particularly relevant to APAC, where more than half of the planet’s mega-cities are situated. With more and more people living in the same area of land, new solutions are needed to keep things running smoothly. Enter the smart cities concept. There’s plenty of APAC smart city activity, as witnessed by the region accounting for...

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As we enter a new year, it’s time to reflect on the data centre’s future direction. Naturally, the pace of innovation is such that it’s always a challenge to predict what’s in store for 2017. However, there are some trends and patterns that give indications as to where the industry is headed. The impact of flash According to IDC, all-flash systems registered a 76.4% year on year...

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The European Union has launched a consultation on the usage of big data among businesses, to decide if it warrants ‘further regulatory or supervisory actions’. Currently big data and analytics falls under data protection, competition and consumer protection laws, which companies managing EU consumers’ data are required comply with. However, the exponential growth in big data application, granularity, and usage (a predicted 44 zettabytes by 2020)...

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Business Intelligence (BI) is an umbrella term, used to describe the tools and systems which inform and guide strategy within organisations. The number one issue for ensuring useful BI is the ability to gather, store and crunch data. Previously this meant generating reports and then interpreting the data. However, with no central repository, this often led to data siloes. What’s more, any reports usually needed to...

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Retail is a sector in the eye of a disruptive technology-driven storm. There are the ever-growing channels for customers to compare, test and buy products and services, some serving as beacons that guide shoppers around physical shops, pointing out special offers. There’s also ongoing talk of drones as a way of delivering packages. These innovations show where the battle for winning customers is at: customer experience. This...

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