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AI-Based Drone Floated to Enforce Social Distancing

If desperate times call for desperate measures, then an AI-powered surveillance drone may find applications as pandemic fatigue erodes compliance with social distancing advisories in congested urban areas.

At least that’s the pitch from AI and analytics vendor Fractal Analytics, which has partnered with Indian drone technology manufacturer ideaForge to develop a flying video analytics platform. Read more…

‘TranSEC’ Machine Learning Tool Tackles Los Angeles Traffic

Traffic management is essentially a giant optimization problem, with urban planners and traffic engineers aiming to reshape roads, traffic signals and parking to smooth traffic patterns and avoid serious congestion. However, there is a major obstacle in this quest: Read more…

Lenovo Looks to Unify Data Management

A set of data management building blocks unveiled this week by Lenovo’s Data Center Group seeks to unify data from edge to cloud via new data management software, an all-flash storage array that supports object storage as well as AI-driven storage management and a data fabric geared toward data analytics. Read more…

New Algorithm Aims to Optimize Vaccine Distribution

In the last several weeks, Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca have each announced that their vaccines are capable of achieving high efficacy. Pending approval, the first millions of vaccine doses are expected before the end of 2020 and billions are expected within 2021. Read more…

AWS Unveils Batch of Analytics, Database Tools

A trio of analytics tools announced by Amazon Web Services are aimed at improving the performance of the cloud vendor’s Redshift data warehouse by easing data movement across different storage platforms.

The analytics tools along with a serverless configuration tool for its Aurora database were among the first wave of AWS product announcements during this week’s virtual re:Invent gathering. Read more…

Re:Invent Begins, So What Will AWS Unveil?

Thanksgiving is over, which means it’s time for Amazon Web Services annual re:Invent conference. But instead of filling conference halls and hotel rooms in Las Vegas for a week of in-person learning, AWS reimagined re:Invent into three-week long virtual extravaganza. Read more…

Is DMaaS the Answer to Your Data Problems?

Data management as a service (DMaaS) is an emerging practice whereby a range of data-based services–including file and object serving, governance, security, backup/recovery, archiving, and dev/test provisioning–are delivered by a single vendor. But is it the answer to our problems? Read more…

Materialize, SQL Database Startup, Raises Cash

Streaming data continues to enter the mainstream, its further adoption hindered primarily by the inability to run complex queries on multiple streams of data along with other engineering tradeoffs.

Startups seeking to make it easier to run those queries on streaming platforms without current tradeoffs are attracting financial backing as standard SQL frameworks emerge. Read more…

8 Ways AI Can Boost Retail Sales During the COVID Holiday

With Cyber Monday upon us, the 2020 holiday shopping season is now in full swing. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, online shopping will see major growth, but retailers of all types should be ready for major changes. Read more…

Optimizing AI and Deep Learning Performance

As AI and deep learning uses skyrocket, organizations are finding they are running these systems on similar resource as they do with high-performance computing (HPC) systems – and wondering if this is the path to peak efficiency. Read more…

The Maturation of Data Science

Data science used to be somewhat of a mystery, more of a dark art than a repeatable, scientific process. Companies basically entrusted powerful priests called data scientists to build magical algorithms that used data to make predictions, usually to boost profits or improve customer happiness. Read more…

Think Search Is Solved? Think Again

Search is one of the oldest technologies around. Ever since the dawn of the World Wide Web, a search engine has been the portal through which we obtain information. The search for a better search engine index kick started the Hadoop craze, and it continues to drive Google to push the limits of technology. Read more…

Big Blue Taps Into Streaming Data with Confluent Connection

IBM has formed a strategic partnership with Confluent, the commercial outfit behind Apache Kafka, in a bid to make streaming data a first-class citizen in its Cloud Pak strategy.

As part of the deal, IBM will be reselling Confluent Platform, which is an enterprise stream data platform from Confluent that is based upon Kafka. Read more…

Google Enables Machine Learning for Gunshot Recognition in the Rainforest

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that poaching is the root of a $20 billion-a-year industry. This thriving, illegal practice is largely possible because enforcement of poaching laws is so difficult: personnel must monitor enormous swaths of land for a handful of rare animals and sneaky humans – and they must identify infractions quickly enough to make a meaningful difference. Read more…

Data Headaches Targeted with a Dose of .BIG

Working with large numbers of files–and large files–remains a roadblock to productivity for data professionals around the world. Now a software startup named Exponam says it has come up with a potential solution to the problem with a new data file format called .BIG. Read more…

Fast Object Storage: Meeting the Demands of Modern Data

Object storage is expanding beyond the cheap-and-deep, slow and cold storage option it’s been known as for decades into a new form of next-gen primary storage: Fast object storage. Get ready, because it’s seeing a surge in demand. Read more…

Snowflake: Not What You May Think It Is

Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman is the toast of the big data community, and following the $3.4 billion IPO, a favorite on Wall Street too. But this whole Snowflake exercise could have turned out dramatically different, the CEO says, if the founders had pursued their original premise for what the company should be. Read more…

Cloud-Native Knowledge Graph Forges a Data Fabric

Knowledge graph databases continue to go cloud-native with the release of an enterprise version billed as a fabric connecting data on multiple clouds as well as on-premise data stores.

The enterprise knowledge graph platform released this week by Stardog is promoted as a managed service that organizes enterprise data infrastructure into a data fabric that serves as a framework for answering complex queries across siloed data. Read more…

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