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AI-driven brand insertion adds value to content libraries

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Library sales to streaming companies have helped to keep revenue flowing for content owners during lockdown. Now, they can take advantage of a new technology that can digitally insert branded products and promotional items into finished content. Its platform uses AI to identify the most natural and meaningful placement opportunities, and then employs VFX technology to insert real-world objects that weren't in the original shoot, like a vehicle or a bag of potato chips, or overlays existing brand imagery with new product shots. Mirriad can boast an impressive list of media clients it has worked with, including Tencent Video, 20th Century Fox, RTL, Channel 4, France TV and ABC. Brands they have helped include Pepsi, Sherwin Williams, P&G, Huawei and T-Mobile.


Verizon taps Google Cloud for Contact Center AI

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Google Cloud on Monday announced that Verizon is piloting its Contact Center AI technology to improve its customer experiences. The deal shows Google making progress in its broad plans to win over the telecommunications industry with its cloud and AI tools. Google's Contact Center AI software, which became generally available last November, enables businesses to deploy virtual agents for basic customer interactions. The service promises more intuitive customer support through natural-language recognition. When a customer contacts Verizon through voice, call or chat, they can simply say or type their request -- there's no need to follow menu prompts or option trees.


12 ways 5G in manufacturing can boost Industry 4.0

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While the consumer-facing telecoms companies talk only about the speed of downloads, for manufacturing, the focus turns to ultra-reliable low-latency, density and ubiquitous connectivity. It's these lesser-known features, beyond the breakneck 5G speed, that will encourage industry to construct private 5G network infrastructure in industrial plants and warehouses. The sector is a production line for buzzwords; everything from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to Industry 4.0 are common, with'smart factories' and'edge computing' not far behind. From high-precision assembly lines and augmented reality overlays, to cloud robotics and cable-free factories, here are 12 ways 5G could transform manufacturing. Although it's an overstated part of 5G, there is no getting away from the fact that the ability to download data much, much faster will be a major attraction of 5G to the manufacturing industry.


Leveraging AI to monitor and maintain quality across the 5G network - VanillaPlus - The global voice of Telecoms IT

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It's clear that 5G is not only going to revolutionise the way consumers connect with each other, but also how enterprises around the world will streamline their operations. With this in mind, says Andrew Burrell, head of Ultra Broadband & Analytics services, Nokia, service providers need to carefully consider how they are going to ensure they can provide and manage the necessary quality standards to meet this increased demand when upgrading their systems to enable 5G delivery. While consumers may be forgiving of some buffering while streaming a film, the effect of latency on enterprises could interrupt their day-to-day business and potentially significantly increase their costs. It is not enough for service providers to invest in the hardware in order to deliver reliable 5G to consumers and businesses, the real stand-out value – and profit – lies in intelligent, automated operations to protect their networks and assure service quality. With 5G, network slicing will be imperative for service providers.


Upcoming Google Nest smart speaker emerges in regulatory filing

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Google appeared to discontinue the original Home speaker when it recently marked the product as "no longer available" in its store. That move suggested a replacement smart speaker is on the way, and now we've gotten what's likely our first proper look at it. Recently certified by the FCC, here is our first look at GXCA6, the new @Google Nest Speaker, replacing the original Google Home. The Federal Communications Commission just certified some type of "wireless device" from the company, though many of the details about the gadget remained confidential. Reports have suggested that Google was working on a Nest-branded speaker to replace the Home and this filing fits the bill.


Predicting Customer Churn Using Logistic Regression

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In some following posts, I will explore these other methods, such as Random Forest, Support Vector Modeling, and XGboost, to see if we can improve on this customer churn model! In my previous post, we completed a pretty in-depth walk through of the exploratory data analysis process for a customer churn analysis dataset. Our data, sourced from Kaggle, is centered around customer churn, the rate at which a commercial customer will leave the commercial platform that they are currently a (paying) customer, of a telecommunications company, Telco. Now that the EDA process has been complete, and we have a pretty good sense of what our data tells us before processing, we can move on to building a Logistic Regression classification model which will allow for us to predict whether a customer is at risk to churn from Telco's platform. The complete GitHub repository with notebooks and data walkthrough can be found here.


Why a Master Data Strategy Is Key to Digital Transformation - InformationWeek

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Digital transformation is the "buzzword du jour" in every industry. There have been many initiatives that should have led to a digital transformation across many industries -- supply chain integration, global ERP systems, etc. These likely should have prepared us for the digital life. This fell far short in large part to one key element -- data. Data is key to any digital transformation journey, but the foundation of all data is master data.


U.S. may help others buy non-Huawei telecom gear, says Washington official

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Beijing – The United States is willing to help other countries finance purchases of next-generation telecommunications devices from Western providers so they can avoid buying from Chinese technology giant Huawei, a U.S. official said Thursday. Washington is lobbying European and other allies to exclude Huawei Technologies Ltd., which the U.S. sees as a security threat, as they upgrade to 5G networks. Australia, Japan and some others have imposed restrictions on Chinese technology, but Huawei's lower-cost equipment is popular with developing countries and is making inroads into Europe. Giving Huawei even a small 5G role would allow Beijing to expand its "surveillance state" by eavesdropping on phone and other network-based systems, said Keith Krach, a U.S. undersecretary of state for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. "There's lots of financing tools and those kinds of things that I think many countries like us are willing to help provide, because we recognize this danger," Krach said on a conference call with reporters.


5G Will be Transformative for UAVs UAV Expert News

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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics, has compiled a list of "wow-worthy" examples of the vision that the fifth generation of wireless technology (5G) is inspiring for the use of connected drones. It says that 5G can: bring data-throughput speeds of up to 10 gigabytes per second, enabling real-time sharing of aerial video and other sensor data; enable devices to stay connected while traveling hundreds of miles per hour, allowing for remote deployment of AI-enabled, ultra-responsive autonomous fleets; and it could support up to a million connected devices per square kilometer -- enough capacity to absorb an explosion in the Internet of Things alongside increasingly sophisticated mobile applications, on the ground and aloft. "5G is going to be transformative," says Tom Sawanobori, chief technology officer for CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association). He cited a 2017 study by Accenture which estimated 5G would bring 3 million new jobs, $275 billion in new investment and a $500 billion boost to the U.S. gross domestic product. Active tech companies in the markets this week include FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR), Plymouth Rock Technologies Inc. (CSE: PRT) (OTCQB: PLRTF), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Raytheon Technologies Corporation (NYSE: RTX), QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM).


CRTC approves trial of plan to reduce scam calls

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WINNIPEG -- Canadians may soon be getting fewer scam calls. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved a 90-day trial of Bell's plan to use artificial intelligence to help put an end to fraudulent phone calls. According to a news release, Bell's new system uses "defined sets of call characteristics and proprietary machine learning algorithms" to identify which calls are fraudulent. It said this system could stop about 120 million scam calls every month, in addition to the 220 million fraudulent calls it shuts down using a plan implemented in 2019. Bell is the parent company of CTV News.