Defined.ai | June 21, 2022
Defined.ai (formerly DefinedCrowd), the leading provider of data, models and tools for Artificial Intelligence, announced its role in Accelerat.ai, which the Portuguese government fully approved it. Portugal is one of the first European Union countries to implement the Covid 2019 Recovery and Resilience Plan and the Digital Transformation Mandate by the European Union, which Accelerat.ai is a part of.
Accelerat.ai is a consortium of Portuguese companies backed by the government, with an investment of €48 million (~$51 million) to speed up the digital transformation of Portugal's public and private sectors.
The project, born from the EU Digital Compass 2030 initiative, is financed partly through a €16 billion ($17 billion) award granted to Portugal as part of the initiative. It is also the first of many projects from Portugal's Center of Excellence for AI.
The mandate of the consortium is to make it easier to develop trustworthy AI apps and use unbiased data in European Portuguese. Accelerat.ai works on the European Portuguese language problem, which has yet to be effectively addressed well in the field of Conversational AI, especially in the public sector and industry-specific domains as the big tech companies usually focus on other markets. If a developer wants to use voice interfaces in the Portuguese market, they have to use APIs in English or Brazilian Portuguese, which is not what the Portuguese people prefer.
Today, António Costa Silva, Minister of Economy and Sea, Sir John O'Reilly, President of the Jury, Thierry Breton, European Commissioner, and António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, will officially announce the winners of the public audit and contest, including Accelerat.ai as the winner of a process that began exactly one year ago.
Defined.ai will play a leading role in Accelerat.ai, a consortium of companies that includes Talkdesk, Devscope, Instituto Superior Tecnico de Lisboa (Inesc id), Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Clarin, NOS, IBM, Microsoft, and KPMG. Interested clients include Caixa Geral de Depositos, Novo Banco, Santander, SPMS/SNS (Healthcare Ministry), AMA (Digital Transformation), Social Security Ministry, EDP (electricity and gas), the Telco NOS, the popular Retail provider Worten, and the Insurance company Fidelidade.
Dr. Daniela Braga, Founder and CEO of Defined.ai, was a key player in proposing the creation of a Center of Excellence in AI in Europe and starting the Accelerat.ai consortium and project. (Defined.ai gives AI builders the data they need to train their models.)
This ambitious project is aimed at dramatically improving private and public customer service through virtual assistants paired with contact centers as a service in European Portuguese. In its early stages, Accelerat.ai’s goal is to improve customer service in Portugal's private and public sectors and speed up the country's digital transformation. It will develop proprietary technology that can easily scale up to other EU markets since what changes after that is the data.
Accelerat.ai will work on a conversational AI framework for modern contact centers that can handle multiple languages. This will improve customer service and cut costs by automating 80 percent of customer support resolutions. It will give customers access to the latest technology in a way that doesn't depend on the cloud provider, infrastructure, or technology. Customers will be able to choose which ASR, NLU, or TTS works best for them. The business model will be based on subscriptions that are flexible and easy to set up. This will make it possible to create 200 highly skilled AI jobs in Portugal.
Some of the applications will have a voice and video-enabled avatars that will speak to people when they call the Portuguese Healthcare system to schedule a Covid booster or call Social Security to check on the status of a maternity leave pension.
Customer service in the top European languages will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and at a lower cost. Initially designed to help the Portuguese, it will impact all EU citizens in the future because of its multi-language modularity.
Defined.ai is on a mission to enable the creators of the future.
At Defined.ai, we believe AI should be created as we raise our children, with the responsibility to make it the best version possible, to be fair, kind, inclusive and to strive for a better world.
That’s why we provide high-quality AI training data, tools, and models to the creators of the future. We offer data scientists the solutions to get it just right, from datasets to bootstrap their models which keep their projects moving, to the final tuning in domains and perfection in accents and phonetics. We host the leading AI marketplace, where data scientists can buy and sell off-the-shelf datasets, tools and models, and we provide customizable workflows that can be used to generate datasets tuned to their needs. And, because the future of AI is complicated, Defined.ai can also offer professional services to help deliver success in complex machine learning projects.
Defined.ai has offices in Seattle, USA, Lisbon and Porto, Portugal, and Tokyo, Japan, and has raised more than $80 million in investment.
StrikeForce Technologies, Inc. | May 05, 2022
StrikeForce Technologies, Inc., a cyber security company that provides next-gen cyber, data protection & Secure Video Conferencing solutions for SMB’s, Enterprises & Government agencies, announced that they signed an engagement agreement with Ankura Consulting LLC., to help expand StrikeForce’s footprint within the Federal Government and Intelligence communities.
“As part of our scope of work, Ankura will assist StrikeForce in facilitation of government and commercial opportunities, as well as help secure a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to advance their technology and platform certifications. StrikeForce’s timing is perfect,” says Dean Thomas, Managing Director at Ankura. “On May 12th, President Biden signed an Executive Order charting a course to Improve the Nation’s Cybersecurity and Protect Federal Government Networks. We plan to take full advantage of this opportunity and introduce StrikeForce’s solutions everywhere we can.”
We are really excited about working with the Ankura Consulting Group. Their global team of cybersecurity practitioners includes leaders with extensive experience as members of the intelligence community, law enforcement personnel and federal agents, digital forensic specialists, and founders of pioneering cyber technology firms. Their experts have handled some of the largest and most sensitive cybersecurity incidents and regularly advise leading organizations on the data privacy policies.”
Mark L. Kay, CEO of StrikeForce
“All the pieces are coming together quite nicely,” says Kay. “If you want to expand in the Federal Government and Intelligence communities you need to partner with a team that is well seasoned, have extensive relationships, and understand how the procurement process works. That’s why we choose Ankura.”
About StrikeForce Technologies Inc.
StrikeForce Technologies helps to prevent Cyber theft and data security breaches for consumers, corporations, and government agencies. It provides powerful two-factor, “Out-of-Band” authentication, keystroke encryption along with mobile solutions. StrikeForce Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Edison, N.J.
Ankura Consulting Group, LLC is an independent global expert services and advisory firm that delivers services and end-to-end solutions to help clients at critical inflection points related to change, risk, disputes, finance, performance, distress, and transformation. The Ankura team consists of more than 1,500 professionals serving 3000+ clients across 55 countries who are leaders in their respective fields and areas of expertise. Collaborative lateral thinking, hard-earned experience, expertise, and multidisciplinary capabilities drive results and Ankura is unrivaled in its ability to assist clients to Protect, Create, and Recover Value.
Eightfold AI | May 10, 2022
Eightfold AI, the leader in AI-powered talent intelligence, in partnership with Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, announced that they have been awarded an Other Transaction (OT) prototype contract for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), an organization within the Department of Defense (DoD), to develop and deploy a talent intelligence platform to identify currently undiscoverable expertise for the Department.
Eightfold's Talent Intelligence Platform will power a talent marketplace app titled "GigEagle," which matches DoD mission needs with military personnel, specifically Reservists and National Guard members, seeking short-term, project-based duties. The Eightfold platform will help more easily and closely connect DoD project managers with personnel that can best contribute to digital skill gaps on short-term projects.
Eightfold's addition to Carahsoft's AI portfolio solves a critical need for government agencies to revolutionize their talent operations through both speed and intelligence. This added level of intelligence that matches individual skills with short-term project requirements is pivotal for service members and the Defense Department as the organization scales its strategic and highly innovative 'gig' program."
Patrick Gallagher, Vice President of Sales at Carahsoft
"We are excited to enable DIU's vision as they tap into their highly diverse and skilled talent network that is already committed to delivering on defense projects," said Kamal Ahluwalia, President of Eightfold AI. "It is gratifying to see how the sophistication of our AI, in combination with our modern user interface, advanced security, and unmatched scalability can bolster the competitive advantage of commercial and public sector organizations alike."
About Eightfold AI
Eightfold AI's market-leading Talent Intelligence Platform helps organizations retain top performers, upskill and reskill their workforce, recruit talent efficiently, and reach diversity goals. Eightfold's patented deep learning artificial intelligence platform is available in more than 100 countries and 20 languages, enabling cutting-edge enterprises to transform their talent into a competitive advantage.
Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.