Machine Learning Smart City Software from TCS Slashes PaybackPeriod for LED Streetlights

Intelligent Urban Exchange Platform Drives Smart Cities

NEW YORK | MUMBAI, May 22, 2017: Tata Consultancy Services (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, today unveiled intelligent software that allows cities to derive greater value from costly LED lighting by reducing the typical four to five year payback period almost in half to just two to three years. This allows cities to invest in other smart city projects sooner, cuts energy consumption using self-learning algorithms and improves public safety by responding to real-time changes in traffic, weather and people movement.

Available from TCS Digital Software & Solutions Group, Intelligent Urban Exchange (IUX) for Adaptive Streetlight Optimization also helps cities to jump start smart city projects in other domains, such as water and transportation, by leveraging smart streetlight wide area networks and a common data analytics platform.

The global switch to smart street lighting is an open invitation for every city to begin their smart city journey, said Seeta Hariharan, General Manager and Group Head, TCS Digital Software & Solutions Group. “Like the dawn of the Internet, we are just scratching the surface of what’s possible when cities intelligently connect scores of new urban data sources. Just as we are seeing in retail, banking and other customer-centric markets, cities will compete on their ability to deliver a superior experience for digitally savvy citizens and visitors.

The cloud-based IUX software capitalizes on ambitious efforts by cities of all sizes to replace power-hungry conventional streetlights that consume 40% to 50% of a typical city’s energy budget. Designed for both LED and conventional streetlights, it acts like a virtual energy advisor for mayors, city managers and urban planners.

IUX can deliver an additional 15% to 25% in savings on top of the 50% energy savings from LED lighting alone by optimizing streetlight operation using machine learning and predictive analytics on real-time and historic data. It enables individual streetlights to respond to real-time events by automatically adjusting city lighting to suit changes in crime patterns, traffic, people movement, and weather.

For example, streetlight luminosity can be automatically increased to enhance public safety when crowds amass around a traffic accident waiting for first responders. The software can also recommend streetlights be dimmed to save money when bad weather keeps people indoors, increased in response to pedestrian activity or adjusted to resolve light pollution complaints.

Cash strapped cities around the world are installing energy efficient LED lighting to cut costs, meet aggressive government sustainability mandates and free up funds for smart city projects. Research firm Northeast Group LLC predicts that over the next 10 years, 280.2 million LED streetlights will be added across 125 countries, reaching a penetration rate of 89% by 2026. The firm estimates public LED street lighting represents a $69.5 billion market opportunity over the next decade, with $12.6 billion invested in networked streetlights from 2016 to 2026. Furthermore, according to IT industry analyst firm Gartner and its Smart Cities Look to the Future March 2017 report, by 2020, 10% of smart cities will use streetlamps as the backbone for their smart city WAN (wide area networks).

Springboard to a Smart City
IUX is designed as a springboard for launching other smart city applications, because it doesn’t require cities to purchase another smart cities platform for other domains such as water or transportation. Its Connected Intelligence Platform enables data from energy, water, transportation, and other domains to be accessed, exchanged and analyzed. This makes IUX useful for crisis management and emergency response, which depend on data across multiple city systems.

A city running IUX for Adaptive Streetlight Optimization can easily add other smart city applications such as Intelligent Water Management or Intelligent Transportation. A city using IUX for Intelligent Energy, Water Management and Transportation in unison could potentially predict a water main break, automatically reroute buses to avoid affected streets and brighten specific streetlights to assist repair crews — automatically.

About TCS Digital Software & Solutions Group
Launched in 2014, TCS Digital Software & Solutions Group is a strategic growth business within TCS that helps customers undergo critical digital transformations with modular, scalable and fully integrated, industry-tailored licensed software and solutions. Industries served are Cities, Retail, Communications and Banking and Financial Services. These four markets have a particularly urgent need to adopt emerging technologies to enhance customer intelligence capabilities and rapidly shift product and service offerings to compete in highly competitive and customer-centric arenas. For more information, visit the TCS website or the Digital Software & Solutions Group page on LinkedIn.

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS):
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS, infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 387,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 45 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $17.6 billion for year ended March 31, 2017 and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com

To stay up-to-date on TCS news in North America, follow @TCS_NA. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News.

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Latin America
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TCS Digital Software & Solutions Group media inquiries: james.sciales@tcs.com; +1 646 313 4582.

Bartragh Services acquire C4i Training & Technology

Tampa, US – Bartragh Services, LLC, a Tampa based US company has acquired C4i Consultants, Inc of Calgary, Canada and established a new company, C4i Training and Technology, Inc. The new company will still be based in Calgary. Bartragh has announced that Harry H. Thompson, III has been selected as the new company Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Thomas E. Putt, BGen (ret’d), will be the President of the new company.

C4i Training and Technology will continue to provide its superb constructive simulation products, Military Simulation (MILSIM) and Emergency Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM), and outstanding customer, software and training support services to the simulation community.

Mr. Thompson, who also serves as the Vice President of Simulation Services at Bartragh, stated, “The acquisition of a well-established simulation company like C4i with its reputation for truly outstanding constructive simulations supporting the Military and Emergency Management communities was a great fit for Bartragh. The easy to use, low cost simulations of C4i will provide tremendous value-added capabilities to the other verticals of training, intelligence and aviation within Bartragh and its activities around the world.” Thompson also added that C4i is expanding its training and exercise support capabilities to address a growing requirement for a comprehensive simulation training approach with low cost simulations.  “We are excited about the future of C4i with the resources that Bartragh has brought to the company and how this will enable us to provide state-of-the art, easy to use and low cost simulations to a wide spectrum of international military and emergency management users.”

Bartragh Services, LLC is a Tampa based US company with simulation, training, intelligence and aviation capabilities providing support across the United States and internationally.

About C4i Training and Technology: With over a decade of simulation and software development experience, our highly skilled team of engineers and software developers have gained a reputation for creating products that prepare military leaders and emergency managers to effectively respond to complex situations. Our company and product solutions serve all levels of government and commercial organizations across defence, public safety and homeland security. www.c4ic.com

Contact

Client:

Tess Butler
CEO Ruddy Nice
tessbutler@ruddynice.com
+447967157530

SpatialBuzz launches mobile measurements tool for mobile network operators

Innovative and unique CEM solution to proactively improve customer satisfaction levels and will be deployed for 2.5 million customers by Q2 2017

Guildford, UK: 8 May 2017 – A new handset measurements capability has today been launched by cloud-based customer experience analytics and service monitoring specialist, SpatialBuzz. The solution helps mobile network operators (MNOs) to identify customers receiving poor service levels by collecting radio related measurement data in real-time. By Q2 2017, 2.5 million consumers are set to benefit from the new solution.

Using a unique set of algorithms, the SpatialBuzz solution allows MNOs to geospatially visualise RF conditions on the network. Customers can choose to opt-in to help their Operator improve the network.

“By using SpatialBuzz, operators can already see, in real-time, where customer satisfaction is an issue. Device measurements not only helps diagnose dissatisfaction hotspots faster, they also help identify where dissatisfaction might be increasing,” said Peter Young, CEO of SpatialBuzz. “The new tool also allows for a deeper, relevant and more meaningful conversation to be had with customers experiencing problems.”

The tool is quick and easy to deploy and can be embedded into existing operator self-service apps. The tool retains anonymity for the customer and is optimised to minimise battery usage, with customers able to opt-in or out of the service at any time.

“What do operators want customers to do when the network is not working for them? For years, telecoms operators have not had a meaningful answer beyond ‘calling the call-centre’. SpatialBuzz tackles that question and mobile measurements takes speedy resolution to the next level,” continued Young. “Also, hotspots of ‘silent unhappy customers’ can be revealed by using the tool, for subsequent experience optimisation and engagement.”

The solution can also be used in corporate or MVNO environments. For further information about SpatialBuzz, please visit http://www.spatialbuzz.com.

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About SpatialBuzz
SpatialBuzz is an innovative cloud-based customer experience analytics and service monitoring platform for network operators. It derives critical operational insights by continuously monitoring activity across all client network touch-points, giving a unique crowd-sourced view of network performance, an early-warning of emerging service issues and a benchmark of performance during and after major network changes. The company’s solutions are already deployed with Tier 1 operators across Europe and new operations are opening in North and Latin America and Asia.

Media contact
For media enquiries, please contact Sian Borrill at sian.borrill@proactive-pr.com or call +44 (0) 1636 704 888.

United States leads the way in database salaries, new research finds

UK lags behind mainland Europe when it comes to pay

Cambridge, UK, May 8, 2017 – The average annual salary of staff working with databases is currently $83,688, according to data released by Redgate Software following a wide-ranging survey.

The survey, carried out on Redgate community site SQLServerCentral, found that the United States tops the salary charts, with Database Administrators (DBAs) earning an average of $94,176 per year. Respondents in the UK earn less than half this – $44,483, lower than the average in continental Europe of $54,565.

Average full time salaries range from $200,000 (for someone with 19 years experience working in a bank in Italy) all the way down to $1,700 for a lead engineer in India at a technology provider.

The best paid sectors were utilities (average salary $104,204), and logistics ($99,681), with the public sector ($71,930) bringing up the rear. Just ahead of the public sector were staff at technology providers ($72,627), perhaps reflecting the wide range of jobs, experience and skill levels within the industry.

“This snapshot shows the best places to work if you want to be a well-paid DBA,” said Steve Jones, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and editor of SQLServerCentral. “The message is clear – those in the US and in the utility sectors have the highest average salaries, making them the top choices for experienced DBAs, while the UK lags behind the rest of Europe when it comes to take home pay.”

Key findings from the survey include:

  • Average salary by continent:
    • Middle East $20,250
    • Asia Pacific (inc. Australasia) $35,334
    • Africa $49,248
    • Europe $51,122
    • Americas $85,245
  • Average salary by country/region (selected):
    • USA $94,176
    • UK $44,483
    • Canada $69,324
    • India $21,766
    • Australia $78,000
    • New Zealand $82,200
    • Europe excluding UK $54,565
  • Average salary by industry:
    • Utilities $104,204
    • Logistics $99,681
    • Industrial (incl automotive) $91,535
    • Retail & Leisure $89,640
    • Real Estate $89,937
    • Not for profit $84,333
    • Healthcare $83,104
    • Finance $77,670
    • Services $77,203
    • Not given $75,760
    • Technology provider $72,627
    • Public Sector $71,930

The survey, conducted at the end of 2016, had 435 respondents from 40 countries, and the raw data can be downloaded from SQLServerCentral.

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About Redgate Software
Redgate makes ingeniously simple software used by 804,745 IT professionals and is the leading Microsoft SQL Server tools vendor. Redgate’s philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems developers and DBAs face every day, and help them to adopt database DevOps. As a result, more than 100,000 companies use products in the Redgate SQL Toolbelt, including 91% of those in the Fortune 100.

For further information, please contact:
Matt Hilbert, Technology Writer, Redgate Software
Matt.Hilbert@red-gate.com
07564 778274

Prysmian to add offshore cable capabilities to UK factory in Wrexham

Move comes to support increased demand for UK and European offshore wind farms

Southampton, 20 April 2017 – Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, announces the capability of its UK production facility in Wrexham to manufacture both 33 kV and 66 kV submarine cable cores used for the inter-array cable connections in offshore wind farms. The new product line will enable the linking and collecting of power produced by offshore wind turbines before onward transmission to the onshore grid.

Prysmian is the largest manufacturer of cable and accessories in the UK. Recently celebrating 100 years of history, it operates multiple factories and provides extensive cable installation and test services to the highest voltage levels across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and beyond. Its high voltage facility in Wrexham is the only factory in the UK that is capable of manufacturing these submarine cable cores.

Llyr Roberts, CEO Prysmian UK comments “Our Wrexham factory has been manufacturing the highest quality cables for decades and we are delighted to be directing this depth of experience and know-how to products that will further grow the business, sustain and create local jobs and provide UK manufactured cables for the next generation of UK and European offshore wind farms.”

In the UK, Prysmian already has an established and strong presence serving the offshore wind energy sector. Alongside a dedicated submarine operations and engineering office in Chelmsford, Prysmian operates an offshore logistics and services base in Middlesbrough, which serves as a centre of excellence offering maintenance, repair and cable storage services for all offshore cabling.

It is also in Middlesbrough where the Prysmian cable laying vessel, Cable Enterprise, is based. The site is also home to an extensive range of cable burial and protection equipment, underpinning the EPCI capability of Prysmian to execute submarine cable projects.

Prysmian UK
Prysmian – manufacturer of the famous fire protection FP range for more than 30 years – is the largest cable manufacturer in the UK with over 100 years of experience. The UK operation employs more than 1,300 personnel across four sites and is well placed to support its local and global customer base with energy and telecom cables and accessories with varying voltage capacities. At higher voltages, Prysmian offers a maintenance and installation service via its Energy Network Solutions business unit. Its XLPE Xpress service delivers high voltage cables and accessories from stock. At lower voltages Prysmian’s comprehensive range of building wires and power cables are available through a first class network of wholesalers and distributors.

Prysmian Group
Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry. With nearly 140 years of experience, sales of over €7.5 billion in 2016, 21,000 employees across 50 countries and 82 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and know-how. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index.

New tech start-up Artifam puts Artificial Intelligence at the heart of eCommerce

London, April 19 2017. A new start-up called Artifam is addressing the needs of eCommerce operations looking to facilitate buyers with faster and more accurate product data and improved search functionality. To achieve this, the Amsterdam-based company has launched a platform based on artificial intelligence (AI) that is able to categorise, cleanse and enrich product information speeding up the time to market and increasing conversion rates.

The company has been formed by experts in AI and eCommerce. Co-founder Henk-Jan van der Weide brings experience from hybris, as do fellow team members, Simone Ruegner and Emile Bloemen, who was formerly Chief Revenue Officer at Volo. Co-founder Jasper Wognum adds further expertise, having started software and AI company, BrainCreators.

The new AI software platform, Arti, has been developed by the Artifam team to address the growing need in the eCommerce market for solutions that can manage the vast amounts of product data on websites.

“The only way to ensure long-term eCommerce success is by fully leveraging product data,” said Henk-Jan van der Weide. “Customers rely on being able to find what they are looking for easily and quickly, and will move on to a competitor’s site if their demands are not met. But collating and categorising such a large amount of data is time consuming and heavy on human resources, which is why Arti automates the process. This means that retailers can reduce their costs, increase conversion rates, improve time to market and boost profitability.”

In addition to pure play and retail commerce operations, Artifam is also targeting marketplaces, where sales are dependent on product details being mapped to the correct classifications, categories, attributes and labels utilised by each of those marketplaces. Users will benefit from Arti’s intuitive deep learning algorithms that can recommend the right categories to target, and monitor their efficacy to ensure products are given maximum exposure to customers on an ongoing basis.

The Arti platform is designed to be complementary to other popular eCommerce solutions and can be easily integrated via a simple down and upload CSV or API to a product database.

“For many eCommerce organisations, the considerable costs of running impactful, responsive and efficient websites eat into their margins, so they are always looking for ways to become leaner without compromising on quality,” commented van der Weide. “Platforms like Arti, that are based on artificial intelligence, can do the heavy lifting and add unbeatable value across so many elements of the eCommerce journey.”

Further information:
Julie Kirby
Ascendant Communications
jkirby@ascendcomms.net
+44 (0) 7956 955625

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