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.

TCS media contacts:

Global:
Email: pradipta.bagchi@tcs.com
Phone: +91 22 6778 9999

Europe:
Email: ashish.babu@tcs.com
Phone: +31611531246

UK:
Email: peter.devery@tcs.com
Phone: +44 7764 835 773

India:
Email: h.ramachandra@tcs.com | shamala.p@tcs.com
Phone: +91 22 6778 9078 | +91 22 6778 9081

USA / Canada:
Email: b.trounson@tcs.com
Phone: +1 646 313 4594

Asia Pacific:
Email: sean.davidson@tcs.com
Phone: +65 9139 3668

Australia and New Zealand
Email: Darren.rudd@tcs.com
Phone: +61 488 403 013

Latin America
Email: martin.karich@tcs.com
Phone: +569 6170 9013

Nordics
Email: mattias.afgeijerstam@tcs.com
Phone : +46723989188

Japan
Email: douglas.foote@tcs.com
Phone: +81 80-2115-0989

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

Spike Traffic can Impact your Business, Make your Application Ready for it

The sharp inclination in the load to your application is called spike traffic, spike performance testing includes testing your application behavior and stability under spike traffic. Spike Testing is a type of testing that comes under the umbrella of load testing, which is performed to identify the performance stability of an application with a sudden inclination and declination in the number of users.

A huge spike in traffic to your application can put your brand down, but you are not alone you are accompanied, even with big brands.

Visitors to your application can become your customers, so every visitor is a potential lead and if a visitor experiences a glitch in his/her customer experience then you may lose a customer. To avoid that, you require an understanding of your visitors volume at peak hours and with that understanding, you need to improve your application performance accordingly.

Why Spike Performance Testing is so important? 
The importance of spike performance testing can be explained only through a real time scenario. Let us consider e-commerce application as an example, which has approximately 5,000 visitors in a day and the load that the application will have would be 40% to 50% in normal scenarios. When any commercials are aired or any special discounts are advertised across channels, there are chances for load percentage to spike and if the application fails to handle that sudden inclined load then it may affect the brand and business.

As owner of a business, you opt load testing with an aim to deliver amicable customer experience but you won’t be aware of different concepts defined under load testing umbrella and it is not you forte to understand. It is the job of performance test engineers or performance testing service provider, who is taking care of your application performance. The responsibility has to be put on your provider or engineer when your application faces performance issues because of spike traffic.

Why you can rely on ClicQA? 
We, an Independent Software Testing Company are equipped with the cream of the crop of Performance Test Engineers. Our performance testing services portfolio includes load testing as a service and Performance Engineering as a Service; our Continuous Monitoring as a Service and Performance Test Competency Center adds the competitive edge to our portfolio. Our expertise in performance tuning at the application level, server level, and database level assures to mitigate all your applications performance bottlenecks and makes it highly performing.

When you have a need for spike performance testing, the two aspects that make ClicQA to be relied on are our expertise and approach. Spike traffic is all about incoming unexpected traffic to your application and you will also have some expectations on the incoming traffic as per your business or discount offers. We perform spike testing with the expected load as well as unexpected load. 

Let’s take an example to explain the above. If you are providing promotional discounts for an impending festive season, then you may anticipate a number of visitors (let’s say 50,000 visitors) with your past business experience or based on your marketing team insights. If customers come with such expected load defined in their requirement, then we do spike performance testing with the expected load (50,000 visitors) and also some buffer load (up to 100,000 visitors) with a milestone based benchmark. We will be doing a thorough spike performance testing for your application, so there won’t be any hassle to application if there is spike traffic of any unexpected number.

We ensure most insights for better customer experience

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Email Id: ramarao@clicqa.com 
https://www.clicqa.com/

Code Review is the Best Way to Improve Software Quality According to Global Survey

“State of Code Review 2017” Survey by SmartBear Shows How Organizations Are Developing and Maintaining the Quality of Software

SOMERVILLE, Mass. – May 18, 2017 – SmartBear Software, the leader in software quality tools for teams, released the results of its latest industry survey in the report, “The State of Code Review 2017: Trends & Insights into Dev Collaboration.” The survey was designed to establish benchmarks for the software industry concerning the ways in which organizations are developing and maintaining the quality of software today.

The percentage of respondents citing code review as the best way to improve software quality nearly doubled between 2016 and 2017, with code review continuing to be the No. 1 way to improve quality. Nearly three-quarters of respondents are doing code review using a combination of methods, including ad-hoc processes, meetings and tool-based reviews.

“With software code driving competitive advantage in numerous products and processes across industries, organizations of all types and sizes view software quality as a top priority,” said Ryan Lloyd, Vice President of Products, Test and Development at SmartBear. “While code review continues to be the No.1 way to improve software quality, there are significant challenges to implementing this best practice such as heavy workloads, time constraints and lack of manpower. Selecting the right tools can make all the difference in code review and meeting whatever an organization’s key business drivers are – improving code quality, product safety and regulatory compliance.”

Only six out of every 10 individuals surveyed say that their organizations are using a tool to help with code review. In addition, the survey has uncovered that the use of a code review tool enables daily code review 30 percent more frequently when compared with other review methods.

SmartBear conducted the global online survey for four weeks during December 2016 and January 2017. The findings are based on aggregated responses from more than 550 software developers, testers, IT/operations professionals and business leaders from more than 30 industries. The report covers perceptions surrounding code quality, approaches to code review, code review tools and decision making as well as software development tools methodology.

To download the full report, visit: https://smartbear.com/resources/ebooks/the-state-of-code-review-2017/

About SmartBear Software

Supporting more than five million software professionals and over 20,000 companies in 194 countries, SmartBear is the leader in software quality tools for teams. The company’s products help deliver the highest quality and best performing software possible while helping teams ship code at nearly impossible velocities. With products for API testing, UI testing, code review and performance monitoring across mobile, web and desktop applications, SmartBear equips every development, testing and operations team member with the tools to ensure quality at every stage of the software cycle.

For more information, visit: http://smartbear.com

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BroadPR
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You Can Create Westworld-style Visual Effects at Home using Free Video Software

NORWICH, UK, May 18th, 2017 – FXHOME (hitfilm.com) and popular YouTube filmmakers Film Riot have joined forces to release HitFilm Express 2017 – the only free video editing software to include over 370 professional visual effects and presets. With 1.2 million users worldwide, HitFilm is the fastest growing video editing & VFX software in the world and includes free comprehensive tutorials and customer support for all filmmakers and YouTube creators.

Film Riot’s latest short film ‘Westworld to Yuma’ showcases the professional visual effects which can be achieved inside of completely free software HitFilm Express 2017. Users will be able to download project files and follow tutorials to recreate shots at home using actual footage from the film.

“We’re so pleased to join forces with our friends over at Film Riot to release HitFilm Express 2017,” says Josh Davies, Founder and CEO of HitFilm. “We’re a fan of great stories, and we want our users to be able to tell theirs with fewer hurdles. With HitFilm Express, everyone can have access to industry standard editing tools and killer visual effects, so that they can go and make something amazing.”

Whether creators are looking for an editor, a visual effects toolkit or a supportive creative community, they start with HitFilm Express. Much more than just a powerful editor, it also includes professional animation tools, 360° video tools and over 370 advanced effects and presets such as lightning, smoke and explosions.

Designed from the ground up to run on almost any computer, the new 2017 version features new effects including heat distortion and sci-fi themed lightswords, powerful audio tools, new export queue options, support for 4K projects and much more. HitFilm Express has everything a creator needs to get started and offers flexibility through a useful set of optional expansion packs with additional powerful features and effects.

Top users of HitFilm have gone on to define the new generation of over 50 million online creators. These include RocketJump co-founder and TV star Freddie Wong (rocketjump.com), indie filmmaking experts Film Riot and viral YouTube superstars Corridor Digital. Together they have over 2.1 billion views and have inspired countless numbers of young creators to make their own content.

“I’m always thrilled to collaborate with the team over at HitFilm. The way that they run their business and build their community really shows how much they care about filmmakers. I guarantee that the next generation of filmmakers will have gotten their start on HitFilm.” – Ryan Connolly (Film Riot)

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NOTES TO EDITORS

HitFilm Express 2017 is FREE to download (hitfilm.com/express) from the 18th May 2017 for both Mac and PC. Optional add-on packs are also available in the HitFilm store.

Minimum requirements are:
• Apple Mac – OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan or macOS 10.12 Sierra
• Windows PC – 64 bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10

ABOUT FXHOME, Makers of HitFilm
In 2011, Josh Davies set out on a mission to prove that professional grade post-production tools can be made available to everyone. HitFilm was created as an all-in-one video editing and visual effects software solution – at a fraction of the cost of other industry standard tools.

With 1.2 million users, HitFilm is one of the leading post-production software tools in the industry, offering professional software options and unrivaled community support for the next generation of filmmaker.

What started as a big idea on a little budget, has grown to a global movement of filmmakers who share HitFilm’s vision for the future of video software.

For more information see hitfilm.com.

ABOUT FILM RIOT
Film Riot (hosted by Ryan Connolly) is a DIY filmmaking YouTube channel adored by over 1 million creators worldwide. From making great effects to walking you through a production shoot, Film Riot explores the art of filmmaking in a completely new way. Together, Film Riot and HitFilm aim to support low budget indie filmmakers who are mad about VFX.

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Broadband Forum makes rapid progress on CloudCO, 5G and Open Broadband

Work on acceleration of CloudCO and high-value 5G use cases are key highlights of the Q2 meeting supported by Chunghwa Telecom

TAIPEI, Taiwan – May 18, 2017: The Broadband Forum today announced it is making significant progress on five projects relating to the realization and implementation of Cloud Central Office (CloudCO), which is scheduled for later this year. Preparations to stage and test the implementations are also under way at the first Open Broadband Lab, in Asia, announced earlier this month.

The CloudCO projects encompass architecture and hardware, as well as software implementation and migration. They represent one of the first use cases for the recently launched Open Broadband initiative, which provides a new platform for the integration and testing of broadband-related services.

The Forum is also focusing on the most promising use cases in 5G networking, such as hybrid wireless wireline networking in access and home networking, network slicing and projects for backhaul and fronthaul transport.

Several other aspects of the Forum’s Broadband 20/20 vision have seen excellent participation and momentum, including the evolution of TR-069 into a User Services Platform for premises’ networks and compute resources – for example, entertainment and the Internet of Things (IoT) for home workers – which remains on track for release later this year.

Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh said: “Perhaps the most important contribution we can provide to the industry is to keep an unwavering focus on the implementations of new technologies that have the most promising business cases. From this, we can bring our technical innovation to show how each can be introduced into the market and holistically managed to the benefit of all stakeholders. This quarter’s meeting is a great example of the energy behind the member contributions which drive our work.”

The meeting’s opening plenary also featured a keynote presentation from Dr. Rong-Syh Lin, Vice President of Telecommunication Laboratories, at Chunghwa Telecom.

Dr. Lin said: “With the advent of 5G and the ever-growing IoT, broadband technology is having to evolve rapidly. Operators must find ways to deliver ultra-fast speeds at a faster time-to-market, while still keeping costs low. We applaud the Broadband Forum’s commitment to defining the architecture, interfaces and protocols that are crucial to the network evolution that will enable next-generation services for all.”

During the meeting, the Broadband Forum actively participated in the Broadband and Narrowband Convergence for IoT Realization Symposium, organized by the Institute for Information Industry (III) and the Industrial Development Bureau of Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Several specifications were approved at the meeting, including TR-390, which defines standardized mechanisms for performance measurement, giving service providers greater insight on how their access network is performing.

For more information on the Broadband Forum, visit the Broadband Forum website at broadband-forum.org.

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About the Broadband Forum
Broadband Forum, a non-profit industry organization, is focused on engineering smarter and faster broadband networks. Our work defines best practices for global networks, enables service and content delivery, establishes technology migration strategies, engineers critical device & service management tools, and is key to redefining broadband. Our free technical reports and white papers can be found at broadband-forum.org. Twitter @Broadband_Forum.

For more information about the Broadband Forum, please go to broadband-forum.org or follow @Broadband_Forum on Twitter. For further information, please contact Brian Dolby on +44 (0) 7899 914168 or brian.dolby@proactive-pr.com or Jayne Garfitt on +44 (0) 1636 704888 or jayne.garfitt@proactive-pr.com.

Wipro Launches Nine Solutions to Accelerate Adoption of Blockchain across Industry Sectors

Solutions developed in Wipro’s Blockchain Innovation Lab

Bangalore, India and East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA – May 17, 2017: Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting, and business process services company, today announced that it has developed nine blockchain-based solutions for the Banking Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), Manufacturing, Retail and Consumer Goods industries. Defined, designed and co-developed with clients in Wipro’s Blockchain Innovation Lab, these solutions demonstrate what block chain can accomplish for global enterprises.

The industry solutions span across areas such as Delivery v/s Payments (DvP), Tri-party collateral management, Skip Trace Consortia, Trade finance, P2P insurance for the sharing economy and Loyalty Rewards Management in the BFSI sector. Wipro has developed solutions that address areas like Anti-counterfeit solutions and Air Worthiness certificate tracking in the manufacturing industry and supply chain traceability across industries. The benefits of these solutions include improved process efficiency, optimized costs and the ability to foster innovative business models.

Wipro’s Blockchain Innovation Lab enables rapid provisioning of blockchain environments to prototype and build use-case specific blockchain industry solutions for clients. By leveraging the blockchain environments in a cloud-based lab, clients are able to fast-track the development of blockchain solutions by leveraging pre-defined use-case blueprints and ready-to-use solutions. Along with the lab, clients have access to Wipro’s domain experts, technology specialists, proprietary tools and process assets to jump-start their blockchain journey. The lab hosts technology platforms from Wipro’s partner ecosystem, which includes blockchain platform providers, blockchain application providers and technology providers who specialize in specific blockchain use cases.

In addition, Wipro’s consulting assets for blockchain use case identification and prioritization, business case creation and blockchain platform selection are key enablers for clients in their blockchain journey.

“While the first generation brought us the ‘Internet of Information’, the second generation, powered by Blockchain, is bringing us the ‘Internet of Value'” said Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott , Co-authors of Blockchain Revolution and founders of the Blockchain Research Institute in conversation with Naveen Rajdev, CMO of Wipro Ltd. for a special blockchain feature in the company’s WOOL magazine.

Don and Alex added “Blockchain promises to radically simplify many business processes, reducing risk and boosting transparency. That’s a good thing. And this is really the tip of the iceberg: Personal and commercial lending, risk management, investment banking, treasury services, global markets, insurance, technology, operations and asset management will all feel the effect.”

Krishnakumar N Menon, Vice President, Service Transformation, Wipro Limited said “Our approach to blockchain is innovation-led, powered by our industry acknowledged advisory and consulting capability and a strong CoE (Centre of Excellence) focus, designed to help client businesses innovate. Global clients are keen to de-mystify blockchain technology and actively pursue blockchain solutions for identified use cases, which can rapidly scale to production. The next-generation of digital ecosystems will be built on blockchain, and hence we recognize the importance of investing in, and scaling blockchain programs in line with client requirements.”

With global advisory and consulting capabilities, a strong partner ecosystem on blockchain and industry specific blockchain solutions, Wipro drives blockchain adoption in a way that is pragmatic and contextualized to the client enterprise. Wipro’s clients are actively pursuing blockchain solutions for specific use cases such as cross-border payments and Know Your Customer (KYC) in banking, post-trade settlement processes in financial services, provenance in the supply chain, peer-to-peer insurance in the sharing economy and ‘track and trace’ solutions in the healthcare and life sciences sector.

To know more about blockchain at Wipro, click here

About Wipro Limited

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have a dedicated workforce of over 170,000, serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future.

Media Contact:
Subhashini Pattabhiraman
Wipro Limited
subhashini.pattabhiraman@wipro.com

 

 

SOURCE: Wipro Limited

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