Infosys, Siemens partner to develop advanced IoT solutions
Global technology consultancy Infosys has partnered up with Siemens PLM Software, a computer software subsidiary of Siemens, to develop applications, solutions and services for MindSphere, Siemens’ open source cloud-based IoT operating system.
MindSphere enables industrial machinery, equipment, and other real devices to the digital world, providing businesses with transformative services to help drive efficiencies and success.
“There is an increasing need for enterprises to accelerate their digital journeys and to deliver new and innovative services,” said Ravi Kumar, President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Infosys. “This partnership will help us bring exciting solutions to our customers that combine strategic insights and execution excellence.”
In particular, the partnership with Infosys will look to allow customers to leverage the data generated by these devices and utilise analytics to enhance operational capabilities such as predictive maintenance.
The focus of this will initially centre around the manufacturing, energy, utilities, healthcare, pharmaceutical, transportation and logistics industries.
“Infosys, with its strengths in industrial engineering, depth of experience in industrial analytics and emerging areas like augmented reality and virtual reality, together with Siemens’ expertise in manufacturing industrial assets, will bring wide and differentiated value-added digital services to customers from different branches, especially engineering and asset-intensive customers,” said Paul Kaeley, Senior Vice President, Global Partner Ecosystem, Siemens PLM Software.
Infosys will offer both end-to-end implementation and post-implementation support services for MindSphere as part of the agreement.
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.