People are key to the ‘boomerang principle’

first_img Previous Article Next Article In superhero plots, I love the way that no-one can ever guess the leadingman’s identity, whether it’s the latest celluloid offering of the Daredevil,Spiderman or even TV cartoon Hong Kong Phooey. The same uncertainty exists in the heroic business of keeping the customerscoming back for more – what Irish supermarket mogul Feargal Quinn calls ‘theboomerang principle’. The few that understand it – which include Richer Sounds, First Direct andASDA – love to boast about it. As Alan Hughes, chief executive of First Direct,explains: “We’re happy for anyone to come in and look at what we do,because we know that while they can copy our systems and our tools, it’s ourpeople who make the difference.” How smug is that? And as an ex-employee,I can confirm that they are so sure of themselves, they really do organisecoach trips for their competitors to visit their call centres. Why then are they so comfortable with their superiority? Is customer serviceso hard to understand? No. Are their people smarter? No. Is it because theyknow their competitors are afraid to copy them? Could be. To apply the boomerang principle requires people who can buildrelationships, listen, and innovate. Realising that is easy, but not necessarily cheap. It took dismal results atAlliance & Leicester for senior managers to see (after paying good money toconsultants, including yours truly, and KPMG) that a customer-first strategyrequires a people-first reality. Its newly appointed chief executive Richard Pym used this newly gainedsuperhuman vision to initiate the most extensive change programme theorganisation has ever attempted. It encompasses 80 different consecutiveprojects to fulfil its ambition to be the ‘most customer-focused financialservices organisation – bar none’. To its immense credit, it did not stop with mere technology or processredesign, but instead launched a plethora of cultural initiatives to free upthose that Pym calls ‘people who love people’ on his chatty intranet. It is nocoincidence that Which Magazine awarded Alliance & Leicester thetitle of best provider of service among high street banks. Previously, the board didn’t have the guts to do the most important things,including culture change, respect for human potential, open communication, awillingness to accept failure and admit mistakes. The good news is that financially-trained Pym no longer sees empowerment orservice as ‘soft and fluffy’, but instead as the hardest, most influential waysto improve shareholder returns. It has just announced an 18 per cent increasein profits. Is this the end? I hope not. Not before the power to satisfy customers isgiven to the people who serve them. That is the ultimate manifestation of thecustomer-first, people-first logic. Only when your organisation is no longerafraid to follow that logic to its conclusion will its performance andrelationship surpass the smug, but superlative, First Direct. Max will discuss these issues further at the Unshrink the Peopleseminar in Leeds, 19 March 2003. E-mail [email protected] Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. People are key to the ‘boomerang principle’On 4 Mar 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Innovation pioneers of the credit union industry

first_imgThe future of Credit Unions is highly reliant on a new population, larger than the Boomers and more relevant to Credit Unions now more than ever. The burning question Credit Unions are asking themselves and their members is “How we can capture the millennial market?”In a time when tech-savvy millennials are overlooked as consumers yet have more information at their fingertips than any other demographic, Credit Unions are in a position to be favored over banks. Competition between the two is fierce as this younger generation begins to borrow money for homes, cars, and business ventures. Banks are spending significantly more money than credit unions to market to millennials, advertising convenience but overlooking demand for quality. According to a recent Gallup survey, banks have lost market share and the trust of consumers. Credit Unions must seize this opportunity to position themselves as a trusted leader in financial services to millennials by marketing to them with the same personal care and attention as they would be treated when walking into a branch.In a recent interview from the Tampa Bay Business Journal with Tom Dorety, President and CEO of Suncoast Credit Union, he said “If you don’t get a connection with millennials now, you may lose it forever.” In my hundreds of conversations over the years with Credit Union leaders and marketing executives, they would agree that catching the attention and trust of millennials, or they would like to say their future members, is on the for front of their strategic goals.When it comes to millennial member engagement, technology is key. In order to achieve that personal connection with a growing member base, credit unions must adopt customer intelligence strategies in order to personalize the millennial member’s investment experience. Some Credit Unions are in front of the curve, while many are still lagging far behind.Credit Unions have an advantage over banks as they are structured differently and can be more agile with innovation. Many Credit Union leaders describe themselves on the innovation curve such as “in the infancy stages”, or “we are toddlers”, and “we are learning to walk”. I have heard in so-many words that they are now starting to “look” at data yet have started a big data project this year.In a recent thought leadership talk, Disruption Day Tampa Bay, I was delighted to share the stage with many professional peers discussing disruptive technologies relevant to credit unions. Big data is one that was discussed as a technology that has great business value but still not well understood. It’s become apparent that as credit unions attempt to grow beyond the “infancy stage” they are often trying to run before learning how to crawl. Credit Unions have the opportunity to leverage better and deeper connections with their members but it cannot be achieved overnight. Credit Unions, or any business for that matter, should not feel burdened with figuring out big data or data analytics on their own. They should rely on industry experts that can move them efficiently and quickly to where they should be on their Business Intelligence maturity plan, which is walking with ease and accuracy. 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carolyn Eagen Carolyn Eagen is an Account Executive with Sogeti USA, a Capgemini Group Company. Carolyn and Sogeti help clients identify a best practice approach to complex business challenges through advanced technology … Web: www.us.sogeti.com Detailslast_img read more

ICC World Cup Why BCCI, MS Dhoni are on the back foot in Army insignia row with ICC?

first_imgMS Dhoni wore the Army insignia gloves in the game against South Africa.India registered their second straight win in ICC Cricket World Cups against South Africa.The ICC has said MS Dhoni cannot wear the gloves. highlights New Delhi: The Indian cricket team has started the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on a great note with a clinical win against South Africa in Southampton. The bowling, led by Yuzvendra Chahal and the batting, led by the brilliance of Rohit Sharma helped India to a commanding win. During the course of the game, there was a visual of MS Dhoni sporting the insignia of the Indian Army. The ‘Balidaan Badge’ or the Army insignia was spotted on Dhoni’s gloves. Balidaan is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. Only Paramilitary Commandos are allowed to wear the Balidaan Badge.Initially, there was plenty of admiration for Dhoni, with many on social media praising the former India skipper’s love for the army. Many admired his patriotism. However, the occasion turned sour when the ICC requested the BCCI to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves. Immediately, the mood turned against the decision. The #IndiaWithDhoni and #KeepTheGlove hashtags started trending on Twitter. Many people urged Dhoni to keep wearing the glove. Many media outlets, in the garb of hypernationalism, propagated that Dhoni should not let the ICC dictate terms and that he should keep the glove. Many others urged the ICC to focus on umpiring blunders and stay off Dhoni’s gloves. In the end, the ICC told the BCCI that the symbol was not permitted to be worn on his wicket-keeping gloves and the regulations do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The Dhoni glove controversy is an unnecessary distraction when Virat Kohli’s side are about to encounter their toughest test in five-time world champions Australia. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) head Vinod Rai did not give a good impression when he said that the dagger insignia was not a military symbol when at the beginning, it was mentioned that the Balidaan Badge can be worn by Para commandos only.Why BCCI, Dhoni is on the back foot?There can be no justification about the Dhoni symbol and the defence presented by the Indian public or the BCCI. There are clear cut rules on the ICC related to clothing, equipment and Insignias. The ICC statement on clothing and regulations state, “The regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international game.”The regulations on Insignia is very important in this context. The ICC clearly states, “Any insignia worn by any player shouldn’t have any religious, military, or commercial significance.” The word military is very important here. In no sporting event, be it the World Cup or Olympics, has any player escaped unscathed when using symbols or items to show patriotism or a political statement. Moeen Ali, the England cricket all-rounder, was banned from sporting the Free Palestine, Save Gaza wristbands while two American athletes were banned from the 1968 Mexico City Olympics for the Black Power fist salute. In both cases, any statement on the field of play, be it symbolic or political, was dealt with severely and the ICC only followed the precedent that “It is just a game.”What was different in the Special Caps in Ranchi ODI?The India vs Australia series was played in the aftermath of the Pulwama Terror Attack which killed 40 jawans. During the Ranchi ODI, MS Dhoni handed out special Army camouflage caps to the Indian cricket team just before the start of the match against Australia. There was outrage about the display of nationalism. However, since this was a bilateral series and it was hosted by the BCCI, they had the right to conduct such an event. They even took permission from the ICC which was given. In the case of Dhoni’s Army insignia, the BCCI did the basic mistake of not even asking the ICC for permission.Since the World Cup is a global event by the ICC, the rules and regulations of the apex body count. The ICC has been consistent in ensuring political statements are not made on the cricket pitch. Dhoni and the BCCI are not exceptions to the norm. With the high-voltage clash against Pakistan coming up on June 16, the insignia row shows how misplaced the sense of patriotism is among the modern Indian public.DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by the author in this article are personal. News Nation does not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the organisation or its members.last_img read more

Grand Opening of Chehalis Western Trail Pacific Ave. Crossing Set for…

first_imgFacebook32Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston CountyThe public is invited to attend the final “Bridging the Gap” dedication for the last overpass for the Chehalis Western Recreational/Transportation Trail. The crossing over Pacific Avenue complements two earlier bridge projects on the trail over I-5 and over Martin Way. The festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. the morning of Saturday, December 13 at the trail at Music 6000. (3738 Pacific Ave. SE, 98501).The ceremonies will include ribbon cutting & commemoration, celebratory walk across the bridge, 94.5 ROXY live radio broadcast, cake and cider.Parking- attendees are encouraged to walk, bike and car pool to the event.For those who drive, a reminder that parking at Music 6000 is for customers only.Celebration attendees may park at the following locations:· Chambers Lake Park, 14th Ave. SE (1/2 mile from Music 6000)· South Sound Center· South Side of Griffin Lane SE (1/2 mile from Music 6000)For more information, please visit www.trpc.org.last_img read more

Nitros fall short at Cyclone Taylor Cup, drop 6-5 decision to Storm in Final

first_imgThe Kimberley Dynamiters came within one game, within one goal of capturing a BC Junior B Hockey Championship.Gage Colpron had three assists to spark the Campbell River Storm to a 6-5 victory over Kimberley in the Junior B Hockey Final of the Cyclone Taylor Cup Monday in Mission City.The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League Champs, which defeated Kimberley for the second time in the tournament, now represent BC at the Keystone Cup April 16-19 at Cold Lake, Alta.Host Mission City Outlaws blasted North Vancouver Wolfpack 7-0 in the Bronze Medal Game earlier in the day.The difference for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League reps was a shaky defence that had been the cornerstone of the team’s success throughout the post season. Leading 3-2 after 40 minutes, the Storm scored three times in a span of 10 minutes to take a 6-3 lead with six minutes remaining in the third period.Trent Johnson, Michael Olson and Trevor Bottomley scored to blow the game open.Jason Richter, named the tournament MVP, cut the lead to 6-4 with two minutes remaining before Jordan Busch made it a one-goal game in the final minute.However, Kimberley could not get the equalizer past Jesse Michel in the Storm nets.Dawson Frank, Dane Feeney and Nathan Browne also scored for Campbell River, who went undefeated in the tournament.Jordan Roy, Keenan Haase also scored for the Nitros.Richter finished the game with three points for Kimberley while Braden Saretsky, Alex Rosolowsky and Haase all had two points in the game for Kimberley.Kimberley outshot Campbell River 25-22 as Tyson Brouwer, named Most Inspirational Player of the Tournament, took the loss in goal.TOURNAMENT NOTES: Campbell River brought the Cyclone Taylor Cup back to the Island for the first time since the Peninsula Panthers won the title in 2011. . . .This is the sixth Cyclone title for the VIJHL and second for the Campbell River Storm. The last BC Championship was one by the Storm in 1999. . . .Gage Colpron of the Storm won the tournament scoring title with four goals and four assists. Bryce Pislak of Mission City was second with seven points while Jason Richter of Kimberley finished in a six-way tie for third with five points. . . . Kimberley opened with a 2-1 win over Mission City before dropping a 6-5 OT decision to Campbell River. The Dynamiters advanced to the final by defeating North Van 5-4 in overtime. Richter scored the winner at 4:54 of the second extra time period. . . . Nelson’s Sawyer Hunt finished the tournament with a goal in three games.last_img read more

DDTV: Cian’s snapshot of a Donegal summer!

first_imgMany of us might think that this summer was a bit of a washout.But Milford student Cian Flanagan might disagree. The Loreto Community School student has spent the summer taking video snapshots of all he and some of his friends did to pass the summer months.  And the result is an honest and refreshing film showing off all the beauty and fun of our magical county. The video includes surfing, pier jumping and bike jumping amongst other things and was shot in Fanad, Knockalla, Eelburn, Ramelton Waterfall and Letterkenny.Great work Cian.DDTV: Cian’s snapshot of a Donegal summer! was last modified: August 20th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cian FlanaganDDTVdonegallast_img read more

True gender equality rests in South Africans’ hands

first_imgPontsho Manzi is a business woman, a professional and motivational speaker, facilitator, coach, image consultant and author of Diary for Fabulous You. She is a mentor to the youth of South Africa, especially girls through her non-profit organisation, FabGalzAs South Africa commemorates two decades of democracy, we can count amongst our greatest achievements that women now have the opportunity to transcend the barriers of their race, gender and class to become anything and anyone they choose.This is enabled by amongst others, government’s policy of equal education for all for our young; a policy of gender parity in the public sector; and equity targets in the corporate sector.But have the lives of women truly improved in the past 20 years?  We may have the opportunity to access opportunities but do we have the ability to do so?  Are we adequately equipped to take advantage of these opportunities?The recent Brand South Africa Sowetan Dialogues in Bloemfontein focused on the role women have and can play in the country’s democracy; speakers such as the Honourable Sisi Mabe – Speaker of the Free State Legislature; Mbuyiselo Botha from Sonke Gender Justice; Kenosi Machepa from the Ministry of Women; and dairy farmer Nompi Zim discussed how women’s rights were, in fact, human rights, and that men needed to support women to achieve a society free from sex and gender discrimination.A report compiled by Statistics South Africa in 2013 observes that “South Africa ranks fourth among the 87 countries covered by the 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Index of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. It is the highest ranked country in Africa in this index.”South Africa’s high ranking reflects the country’s strong legal framework in respect of gender equality and women’s rights.South Africa also performs well against the indicators specified for Goal 3 of the Millennium Development Goals, the goal that focuses on gender equality and women’s empowerment.Our legislative and policy environment suggests that we should be well on our way to redressing the historic gender imbalances in our country.  However the reality with which we are faced contradicts this.  Why?First and foremost, we need to socialise our boy and girl children differently; boys need to understand that men and women are different, but equal.  A healthy, productive and well-functioning society requires both men and women to be skilled and empowered.Girl children must be empowered to realise that, while South Africa remains a patriarchal society, they are as valuable and necessary to a successful nation as men.We need to pay special attention to building the self-confidence and self-esteem of our girl children.This requires the concerted effort of each and every one of us – parents, caregivers, relatives, sisters, uncles, aunts – everyone.There is a line in the Hollywood movie Pretty Woman that has great resonance for me – “the bad stuff is easier to believe”.  That is, it is easier to believe it when people say we are inferior, subordinate, weak, and so on.BOLD WOMEN MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARDIf we want girl children to grow into young women who can take their rightful places in building another generation of strong, bold women who can make a meaningful contribution to our country and its development, we need to be conscious of this.Secondly, we need to pay attention – and encourage women to do the same – to the health of our girl children.This ranges from good nutrition to the necessary media interventions. It is easy to say that we cannot afford to have good nutrition, and I agree; good quality food does cost money.Those who have a garden, start a home vegetable garden – like our grandmothers and mothers did; it will soon be fruitful enough to provide for the entire family.Research shows that domestic responsibilities are still borne mainly by girls and women.  This includes fetching of water and fetching of fuel to heat the home and prepare food.  This means that the time of girl children is taken up with chores.Chores should be shared equally among boys and girls.  Girls must have equal opportunities to benefit from the education to which they are legally and rightly entitled.With the increasing levels of gender-based violence, and the fact that despite the best policies, the lives of the women of our country are not progressing as fast as they should, we need to do things differently. This generation of women must not be found wanting by those that will follow!  We must all play our part!Pontsho Manzi is a business woman, a professional and motivational speaker, facilitator, coach, image consultant and author of Diary for Fabulous You. She is a mentor to the youth of South Africa, especially girls through her non-profit organisation, FabGalz®.This was published in the Sowetan on 12 August 2014.last_img read more

How Cloud Computing Democratizes Big Data

first_imgGuest author Seth Payne is a senior product manager at Skytap.Big Data, just like Cloud Computing, has become a popular phrase to describe technology and practices that have been in use for many years. Ever-increasing storage capacity and falling storage costs – along with vast improvements in data analysis, however, have made Big Data available to a variety of new firms and industries.Scientific researchers, financial analysts and pharmaceutical firms have long used incredibly large datasets to answer incredibly complex questions. Large datasets, especially when analyzed in tandem with other information, can reveal patterns and relationships that would otherwise remain hidden.Extracting Simplicity From The ComplexAs a product manager within the Global Market Data group at NYSE Technologies, I was consistently impressed with the how customers and partners analyzed the vast sets of market trade, quote and order-book data produced each day.On the sell side, clients analyzed data spanning many years in an attempt to find patterns and relationships that could help fund portfolio managers build long-term investment strategies. On the buy side, clients mined more-recent data regarding the trade/quote activities of disparate assets. University and college clients sought data spanning decades. Regardless of the specific use case, clients required technology to process and analyze substantial and unwieldy amounts of data.Various technologies are employed to meet the needs of these various use cases. For historical analysis, high-powered data warehouses such as those offered by 1010data, ParAccel, EMC and others, are incredible tools. Unlike databases, which are designed for simple storage and retrieval, data warehouses are optimized for analysis. Complex event processors such as those from One Market Data, KDB and Sybase give high-frequency and other algorithmic traders the ability to analyze market activity across a wide array of financial instruments and markets at any given microsecond throughout the trading day.These technologies are now being deployed within new industries. Business intelligence tools such as those offered by Tableau and Microstrategy can now deal with very large and complex datasets. To a lesser extent, even Microsoft Excel has been retooled to handle Big Data with newly architected pivot tables and support for billions of rows of data within a single spreadsheet.But Big Data is useful only if analysts ask the right questions and have at least a general idea of the relationships and patterns Big Data analysis may illuminate.(See also Blinded By Big Data: It’s The Models, Stupid.)Do You Need Big Data?Is Big Data right for your company? The first question any firm must ask is if they will benefit from Big Data analysis. Begin by understanding the data sets available to you. Analysis of 20 years of stock closing prices, for example, would not likely require the power of Big Data systems. Given the relatively small size of this dataset, analysis can, and probably should, be performed using SQL or even simply Excel.But large sets of unsorted and unordered data — such as financial transactions, production output records and weather data — do require Big Data analysis to bring order to the chaos and shed light on relationships, trends and patterns made visible only by structured and systematic analysis.To start, formulate a relatively simple hypothesis and use Big Data analysis to test it. The results of this analysis should reveal information that will lead to further, more complex questions.(See also The Rising Costs Of MiIsunderstanding Big Data.)Big Data In The CloudIt is no surprise that the rise of Big Data has coincided with the rapid adoption of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technologies. PaaS lets firms scale their capacity on demand and reduce costs while IaaS allows the rapid deployment of additional computing nodes. Together, additional compute and storage capacity can be added to almost instantaneously.(See also Cloud Jargon Unwound: Distinguishing SaaS, IaaS and PaaS [Infographic].)For example, a large hedge fund in New York used a cluster of computing nodes and storage to analyze the day’s trade/quote activity across all U.S. equity markets. The size of the datasets used in the analysis – typically 10GB to 12GB compressed – was growing steadily, allowing the market data manager to accurately plan his capacity needs. On occasion, however, trade/quote volumes explode, creating exponentially larger data sets. On these occasions, the market data manager can deploy additional virtual machine (VM) nodes in the cluster, ensuring that even unusually large datasets do significantly delay analysis withouh having to permanently add expensive computing resources.The flexibility of cloud computing allows resources to be deployed as needed. As a result, firms avoid the tremendous expense of buying hardware capacity they’ll need only occasionally.Big Data Isn’t Always Cloud-AppropriateWhile the cloud grants tremendous flexibility and reduces overall operation costs, it is not appropriate for all Big Data use cases.For example, firms analyzing low-latency real-time data — aggregating Twitter feeds, for example — may need to find other approaches. The cloud does not currently offer the performance necessary to process real-time data without introducing latency that would make the results too “stale” (by a millisecond or two) to be useful. Within a few years, virtualization technology should accommodate these ultra low-latency use cases, but we’re not there yet.Cloud computing has given businesses flexible, affordable access to vast amounts of computing resources on demand – bringing Big Data analysis to the masses. As the technology continues to advance, the question for many businesses is how they can benefit from Big Data and how to use cloud computing to make it happen.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts center_img seth payne Tags:#Big Data#data mining#databases#enterprise Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

The Fast Pace of Facial Recognition Innovation

first_imgChina and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Disclaimer: Trueface.Ai and parent company, Chui are an alumnus of our ReadWrite Labs accelerator program. Kyle Ellicott is also an advisor to the company. Tags:#api#Facial Recognition#featured#identity fraud#Machine Learning#Nezare Chafni#ODM#Shaun Moore#top#Trueface.ai Kyle Ellicott A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Facial recognition technology has finally begun to enter the science fiction landscape we had all dreamt it would soon do. Thus, today we’re witnessing a rapid change and growth in its innovation and implementation. This change in pace is attributed to the significant advances in machine learning, resilient ODM (original design manufacturer) competition and increases in processing power that will forever democratize and commoditize facial recognition technology.When we consider the applications of this core technology, it is essential also to understand the positive consequences of implementing facial recognition for non-conspicuous use cases. To get further insights on this matter, I sat down with Shaun Moore and Nezare Chafni the founders of TrueFace.ai.With such technical advancements in facial recognition has its integration into products become more straightforward?Shaun: Unfortunately face recognition is still not easy to implement in a more extensive product offering. One solution we’ve found is that by offering a specialized set of tools that simplify facial recognition, we can enable it for a variety of use cases in a broader landscape, allowing businesses to integrate faster and more efficiently. We expect implementation to continue to ease as more tools are developed, and as an industry, we work together to solve the growing challenges. In the end, we focus on building tools and solutions utilizing a more holistic approach by directly owning our core technology.When a business is technically ready to start implementing facial recognition technology what can Trueface.ai provide them?Shaun: First and foremost we made our Trueface.ai solutions to be ready out of the box. We made it simple and easy for any business of any size. Which is why we offer an API, mobile SDKs, and HTML widgets to simplify integrations. They can sign up on our site and view the documentation or sign up and schedule a demo.Nezare: As a business gets started, they can choose from our state-of-the-art facial recognition that can be used via Trueface.ai’s web and mobile applications without writing one line of code. Additionally, they can also begin working with our proprietary spoof detection that works on single static images (ensuring proof of possession and presence), document verification from over 150 countries, AML/PEP sanction checks and web verification, which can source public social media information and generate challenge questions to be asked to the individual. We want to add as much security as we can while allowing the technology not to be a burden on a businesses day-to-day. This is why we’re already seeing customers from by online notaries, FinTech startups, e-learning firms and rental companies utilizing our solutions.What role will Trueface.ai play for businesses looking to get started with facial recognition technology?Nezare: At Trueface.ai we act as the connection for business who want to innovative and secure identity management. We’ve recently launched our new identity verification solution to increase the security and safety of global businesses. We find that as more of our critical information and essential transactions continue to shift online, there will be a growing demand for trusted digital identity verification solutions. Today we offer both an API and a code-free solution so business can get started immediately. Also, the service will simplify physical and remote identity verification for use cases that can include account openings, securing high-value transactions, proctoring, e-learning and more.How safe is facial recognition technology today? Shaun: When considering the alternatives, passwords, keycards, fobs, all things that can be very easily stolen or transferred, we believe it is the most secure form in the present day of identity management.Will facial recognition technology help prevent online identity fraud? Nezare: Facial recognition is already actively preventing online identity fraud. We focused on spoof detection back in 2013 which we are now the only market available technology that can detect a spoof attempt in a 2D static image. This ensures proof of possession and presence.What is the most significant hurdle for facial recognition technology aside from integration?Nezare: Education. We need to do a better job educating the public on the cost and benefit to face recognition and why it is a better solution than the alternatives for security, convenience, and efficiency.What do you see happening next for facial recognition technology as more data is collected and machine learning gets smarter?Shaun: The technology will continue to improve at an unprecedented rate. When we look at what is happening over in China, we see a glimpse into our future. SenseTime has processed 500m identities for facial recognition which significantly improves their technology enabling use cases in everyday life. AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

Nadal into 4th round; Ostapenko out of Australian Open

first_imgThe step up to facing a top 10 player was too much.Kostyuk, who had nine double-faults — including one on match point — later joked about the defeat when asked later what she could take out of the 59-minute experience.“Well, a lot,” she said. “How much you have to pay Svitolina to have one-hour lesson? I got it for free.”Svitolina will next play Denisa Allertova. No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova had a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 win over Kateryna Bondarenko.Petra Martic celebrated her 27th birthday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 over Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum.“That was really ugly,” Martic said of the heat. “You need to be mentally tough and ready to just suffer out there.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities “She’s a great fighter,” Svitolina, one of five women in contention for the No. 1 ranking, said of her fellow Ukrainian. “We’re going to hear a lot more about her.”Andreas Seppi withstood 52 aces from 38-year-old Ivo Karlovic for a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-7 (5), 9-7 win in 3 hours and 51 minutes in the afternoon.Players were bothered and spectators clamored for shade and mist-spraying fans in searing heat earlier Friday, and organizers were on the verge of enforcing the tournament’s extreme heat policy before temperatures dropped significantly after peaking at 40 Celsius (104 F) around 2 p.m. local time.Alize Cornet, who had her blood pressure checked during a medical timeout in her 7-5, 6-4 third-round loss to Elise Mertens, was among those calling for a review of the limits that determine when play should be suspended.“I started to feel dizzy. … I was feeling super, super hot. I kind of felt that I could faint at any moment,” she said. “Playing in this condition is of course very dangerous for the health of the player.”She got some support from Nadal, who said the conditions were “very, very tough” but the Australian Open wasn’t the only tournament affected by high summer temperatures and at least it wasn’t humid.“Sometimes is too much and can become little bit dangerous for health,” he said. “It’s not nice to see players suffering that much on court.”Dimitrov beat No. 30 Andrey Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in just over three hours after the change came through and said “the heat didn’t scare me at all today.”Kyle Edmund overcame Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (0), 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 in 3 ½ hours on an open court in the peak of the heat, earning a spot in the next round against Seppi. No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta beat No. 23 Gilles Muller and will next play No. 6 Marin Cilic, a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4) winner over Ryan Harrison.Kostyuk entered the tournament ranked No. 521 and opened with a win over 25th-seeded Peng Shuai, becoming youngest player to win main-draw matches at the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Actor Will Smith had a prime position in the crowd to see Kyrgios win for the first time on Rod Laver Arena, taking the last five points in the tiebreaker for a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) victory.Kyrgios, aiming to be the first home-grown winner of the Australian men’s title in 42 years, will next play third-ranked Grigor Dimitrov.Nadal’s fourth-round match is against No. 24 Diego Schwartzman, who beat Aleksandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.The youngest player in the tournament and the oldest player in the men’s draw went out earlier on Day 5.Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina ended 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk’s run with a 6-2, 6-2 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img Return to coaching a blessing for Frankie Lim BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq His fellow French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko followed Nadal’s match on Margaret Court Arena but didn’t make it through to the second week, losing 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to No. 32-seeded Anett Kontaveit.The seventh-seeded Ostapenko’s loss left only two major winners in the women’s draw — and only one of them can reach the fourth round. Five-time major winner Maria Sharapova and former Australian and U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber are playing each other Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal had lost his only previous meeting against Dzumhur, when he had to retire because of heat-related issues in the third set at Miami in 2016.It was also a change of scenery for Nadal, who was playing on the No. 2 venue at Melbourne Park while local hope Nick Kyrgios beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a night match on the main court. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LATEST STORIES Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — The heat wasn’t a factor for Rafael Nadal this time against Damir Dzumhur, despite the searing temperature causing trouble for players earlier Friday at the Australian Open.Nadal reached the fourth round in Australia for the 11th time with the 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win, and leveled his career head-to-head record with Dzumhur.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img read more