EPIC IO Breaks boundaries with Dell
Epic IO, the newly-formed holding company that combines two technology innovators, namely Intellisite and Broadsky Networks, is at the cutting edge of AI innovations for smart communities through its collaborative partnership with Dell.
Currently, IntelliSite is a leader in the space of AI and IoT solutions, helping customers implement and manage solutions that provide business insights based on real-time data.
Meanwhile, Broad Sky Networks provides next-gen, business-class wireless internet service specializing in emerging 5G wireless and global wireless connectivity. Together, EPIC IO is focused on delivering a smarter, safer, and more connected world.
Epic IO attributes much of its success to its partnership with Dell. Ken Mills, the technology company’s CEO and founder, explains, "Dell are committed to creating a better world through technology. Even though we are much, much smaller than them, I think that we have a responsibility and an opportunity to do that with our technology too.”
He continues, “We are very interested in building solutions and software hardware technologies that are used to drive a better, safer, smarter, more connected world."
One of Broad Sky's specialities is machine to machine (M2M) solutions. The service gathers data, analyses it and then performs actions based on the information it processes. It’s use case applications extend across multiple industries, especially since data-driven information has undergone a shift since the pandemic.
Intellisite smart communities
Epic IO's unique combination of services isn't just about facilitating the needs of businesses. It is also about the potential to improve living conditions, the environment and even education, through the power of connectivity. This is one of the company's major projects for 2021.
"I don't like the term 'smart cities' because it's not accurate," Mills says, adding. "Smart technology can be applied to all sorts of communities - from villages in India and to university campuses - anywhere in the world where people are gathering. The term city implies that only metropolitan areas would benefit from such connectivity."
Discord buys Sentropy to fight against hate and abuse online
Discord, a popular chat app, has acquired the software company Sentropy to bolster its efforts to combat online abuse and harassment. Sentropy, monitors online networks for abuse and harassment, then offers users a way to block problematic people and filter out messages they don’t want to see.
First launched in 2015 and currently boasting 150 million monthly active users, Discord plans to integrate Sentropy’s own products into its existing toolkit and the company will also bring the smaller company’s leadership group aboard. Discord currently uses a “multilevel” approach to moderation, and a Trust and Safety (T&S) team dedicated to protecting users and shaping content moderation policies comprised 15% of Discord’s workforce as of May 2020.
“T&S tech and processes should not be used as a competitive advantage,” Sentropy CEO John Redgrave said in a blog post on the announcement. “We all deserve digital and physical safety, and moderators deserve better tooling to help them do one of the hardest jobs online more effectively and with fewer harmful impacts.”
Cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse
Redgrave elaborated on the company’s natural connection with Discord: “Discord represents the next generation of social companies — a generation where users are not the product to be sold, but the engine of connectivity, creativity, and growth. In this model, user privacy and user safety are essential product features, not an afterthought. The success of this model depends upon building next-generation Trust and Safety into every product. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and are humbled to work at the scale of Discord and with Discord’s resources to increase the depth of our impact.”
Sentropy launched out of stealth last summer with an AI system designed to detect, track and cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse. The company emerged then with $13 million in funding from notable backers including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and his VC firm Initialized Capital, King River Capital, Horizons Ventures and Playground Global.
“We are excited to help Discord decide how we can most effectively share with the rest of the Internet the best practices, technology, and tools that we’ve developed to protect our own communities,” Redgrave said.