Infosys, PTC unveil Industrial IoT Centre of Excellence
Leading global technology consultancy Infosys has partnered with PTC, a global technology solutions provider, to launch a new Industrial IoT (IIoT) Centre of Excellence (CoE) at the Infosys campus in Bengaluru, India.
“We have the most robust IoT technology in the world enabling organizations to improve the way that they design, manufacture, sell, operate, and service their products,” said Catherine Kniker, Chief Revenue Officer, ThingWorx, PTC.
“Our joint Centre of Excellence (CoE) with Infosys in Bengaluru will help enterprises transform and generate significant value in today’s competitive business landscape.”
The CoE will be geared towards enhancing Infosys’ knowledge of Industry 4.0 technologies in order to better understand the needs of its clients and their products.
The centre will also provide a platform for Infosys to continue its investment and development in emerging technologies, including its own in-house IoT ecosystem that will leverage PTC’s own ThingWorx industrial innovation platform.
“Based on our strong foundation of product engineering excellence, we will be able to create applications like product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, Augmented Reality (AR) experiences and service lifecycle management (SLM) solutions leveraging their ThingWorx IoT platform,” said Ravi Kumar, President & Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Infosys.
“Together we will accelerate digital innovation and drive significant business outcomes for our clients.”
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.