Google’s Waze Acquisition Likely Target Of FTC Scrutiny

Google | February 16, 2020

Google’s Waze Acquisition Likely Target Of FTC Scrutiny
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating acquisitions made by big tech firms in the past 10 years and has a special focus on Google’s $1.1 billion purchase of mapping app Waze, Bloomberg reported on Friday (Feb. 14). In June 2013, the FTC approved Google’s acquisition of the Israeli company behind the crowdsourced navigation app Waze. It was different from Google’s own Maps, in that users could exchange information about police in the area or traffic-causing construction. Waze was considered by some to be part social media site, part navigation app. Antitrust experts said the FTC is now looking back on the acquisition because it put the two most popular mapping apps under the ownership of the same company — Google. The FTC said owning both gave Google control over and access to even more user data. Further, by purchasing Waze, Google got rid of its main competitor. Bilal Sayyed, the FTC’s director for the Office of Policy Planning, told reporters on Tuesday (Feb. 11) that it is taking another look at several deals from the past.

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Enphase Energy Technology Selected by Australian Government and Community Organizations

Enphase Energy, Inc. | November 29, 2021

Enphase Energy, Inc. , a global energy technology company and the world's leading supplier of microinverter-based solar and battery systems, today announced that Enphase microinverter-based solar systems are becoming increasingly preferred for commercial installations by government and community organizations in Australia seeking to offset daytime electricity costs and make progress towards net zero goals. Wollongong City Council in New South Wales recently deployed a total of 549 Enphase IQ™7A microinverter-based solar panels totalling 220 kW on the Council's multi-story Stewart Street car park. The installation is expected to reduce the adjacent 6 Star Green Star-rated Administration building's electricity costs by as much as one quarter annually. "The project utilizes the roof of the car park to generate renewable energy that could offset energy consumption and make progress towards the Council's net zero goals. The Council selected Enphase microinverters for the car park’s rooftop solar system because it had used them successfully to optimize performance, simplify maintenance, and ensure safety on smaller systems and wanted the same benefits for this larger-scale project." Nicolas Noslier, project manager at Autonomous Energy, an Enphase installer Enphase IQ microinverters leverage Enphase's unique software-defined architecture and semiconductor integration for excellent reliability and economies of scale. Enphase microinverters are subjected to a rigorous reliability and quality testing regimen with more than one million cumulative hours of power-on testing to provide exceptional performance under heat, high humidity, salty air, extreme cold, and harsh climate conditions. The Company's microinverters are designed to be long-lived energy assets and are backed by a 10-year limited warranty in the Australian solar market, which can be extended for a fee for up to 15, 20, or 25 years. In another example from New South Wales, the Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club deployed a 215 kW, 581 solar panel system fitted with Enphase IQ™7+ microinverters. With 85 employees and 13,500 members, the Club has deep roots in its community, supporting many local sports and other community organizations, making system reliability and solar fire safety critical to the project. "Microinverters provide us with monitoring for each solar panel, so we can see how well a panel is working and easily identify a problem,” said Darryl Bozicevic, chief executive officer at Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club. "With an average of 1,000 to 2,000 people visiting the club daily, safety was an important part of our decision, which also encouraged us to choose Enphase. We've budgeted on a five-year payback." The ability to monitor each panel's performance is essential to improving diagnostics, fault identification, and reducing long-term maintenance costs for commercial systems. The Wollongong Council and Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club sites are both outfitted with the Enphase IQ Gateway™, which connects the solar systems to the Enphase App™ and helps make per-panel energy monitoring and insights for operations and maintenance easy. "We proved to the club that solar panels equipped with Enphase microinverter-based systems perform better than panels using string inverters," said Glenn Cooper, managing director at installer SunnyAfternoons, an Enphase Installer Network Platinum member. "In addition to the advantages of module-level reporting, safety was paramount. Enphase microinverters convert DC energy produced by the panels to AC energy right on the panel, so there are no high voltage DC cables running through the roof, which eliminates the risk of a DC arc-fault fire." "Our distributed and all-AC architecture combined with panel-level monitoring means there is no doubt that Enphase microinverter-based solar systems are smart and safer choices for solar assets installed on commercial facilities," said Dave Ranhoff, chief commercial officer at Enphase Energy. "We are proud to see our technology leveraged by government and community-based organizations in Australia to not only help reduce their energy bills, but also to help meet their renewable energy goals." About Enphase Energy, Inc. Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company based in Fremont, CA, is the world's leading supplier of microinverter-based solar and battery systems that enable people to harness the sun to make, use, save, and sell their own power—and control it all with a smart mobile app. The company revolutionized the solar industry with its microinverter-based technology and builds all-in-one solar, battery, and software solutions. Enphase has shipped more than 39 million microinverters, and over 1.7 million Enphase-based systems have been deployed in more than 130 countries.

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Tyler Technologies Renews Five-Year Contract for Digital Government and Payment Solutions in Oklahoma

Tyler Technologies | December 22, 2021

Tyler Technologies, Inc. today announced that the state of Oklahoma signed a contract renewal for Tyler’s digital government and payments services. The five-year agreement expands upon a 20-year relationship between the state and Tyler’s subsidiary NIC. “NIC Oklahoma has been a strategic partner to the state of Oklahoma for 20 years,” said director of Applications and Data Services Joe McIntosh at the state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services. “They are a key provider in a variety of digital services to Oklahomans including payment services, point of sale systems, and appointment management. We are excited to see this partnership continue and hope it does well into the future.” Since 2001, NIC Oklahoma has delivered more than 400 digital government services and information across more than 125 agencies. In 2020 alone, NIC Oklahoma processed over $6 billion in payments for the state from more than four million transactions. “While we have worked with the state for two decades now, it is our most recent work that makes me most proud. We have become a true strategic partner, closely aligned with the state’s overall goals for digital government and payment services. Now, as a part of Tyler, we can bring even more services and innovation to the state of Oklahoma.” Connie Pearson, general manager of NIC Oklahoma About Tyler Technologies and NIC Acquired by Tyler Technologies on April 21, 2021, NIC is a leader in digital government solutions and payments, partnering with government to deliver user-friendly digital services that make it easier and more efficient to interact with government. NIC and Tyler are united in their mission to empower public sector entities to operate more efficiently and connect more transparently with their constituents and with each other. Tyler has more than 37,000 successful installations across more than 12,000 locations, with clients in all 50 states, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and other international locations. Tyler has been named to Government Technology's GovTech 100 list five times and has been recognized three times on Forbes' "Most Innovative Growth Companies" list.

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Deloitte Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute for Government

Deloitte | March 17, 2021

Deloitte's administration and public administrations practice announced the new Deloitte Artificial Intelligence Institute for Government today. Institute pioneers illustrated a bunch of commitments and activities to progress applied AI in the public area by building a cross-area local area for research and shared mastery, and tutoring and developing the talent of things to come. "As evidenced in the recent National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence report, advancing the use of artificial intelligence is a national imperative. While decisions and actions to accelerate AI innovation need to happen today, implementing AI brings ethical and technical challenges that are as complex as any we have faced in recent history," said Ed Van Buren, principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and executive director of DAIIG. "Deloitte's AI Institute for Government is focused on efforts to actively help the public sector harness and shape this movement towards blending human and machine capabilities in a way that improves citizen services, promotes economic growth and recovery, and expands human opportunity" The institute is a center for imaginative viewpoints, coordinated effort and examination zeroed in on everything AI and related innovations for government. To accomplish this, the institute will draw in pioneers from state, neighborhood and national government, industry, and the scholarly world. The people group will reach past technologists to remember disciplines for the humanities and sciences. "AI is more than technology — its adoption presents a seismic shift in the future of how work is done and how public servants, individuals and society work with intelligent machines and big data," said Tasha Austin, principal with Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP; and director of DAIIG. "The community built through this institute is at the leading edge of how AI is applied to the work of government to improve everything from health care to national defense. We will address critical questions of how we build ethics and transparency into the very DNA of AI to foster trust and advance human potential, rather than increase inequity." Some of the work and commitments underway for DAIIG's first year are listed below. Build an AI community of research and shared expertise The talent and capabilities embodied in the institute convey applied AI contextual analyses that make solid contrasts in open area challenges. The institute is a middle for AI in the public area local area and cultivates learning, investigation and a trade of thoughts. Early commitments include: • Research and develop AI-powered solutions in collaboration with https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/life-sciences-and-health-care/articles/health-equity-institute.htmlDeloitte's AI Exploration Lab at the Capital Factory in Austin, Texas and the newly launched CortexAI™ for Government platform. The lab is an innovation hub and storefront to sense new AI technologies, incubate capabilities and create a space for co-development and collaboration. The lab specializes in operational data science, edge computing and the intersection of national security and AI technology innovation. • Leverage industry leading AI experts from our government and public sector practice to research AI, develop solutions and publish insights to problems that matter to the government. • Support existing AI communities of practice in government through events co-sponsored with leading nonprofits and trade associations. • Establish relationships with academic institutions to identify trends and conduct interdisciplinary research on applied AI for the purpose of pioneering and creating disruptive AI technologies and solutions for the public sector. Mentor and grow AI talent of the future Establish a robust arrangement of partnerships with driving scholastic projects and advance individual coaching programs for early profession people, based on the central obligation to advance variety and incorporation in the field. Early activities include: • Lead a discussion of women leaders around AI and Success for Women in STEM careers at the virtual University of Virginia Women in Data Science Worldwide Conference on Friday, March 19. • Provide mentorship opportunities and resources such as scholarships for rising STEM students from underrepresented communities and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). • Collaborate with United Way of the National Capital Area to bring AI concepts and technology to middle schoolers in the Greater Washington Metro Area. Deloitte's administration and public administrations practice — our kin, thoughts, innovation and results — is intended for sway. Deloitte's group of more than 16,000 experts carry new viewpoint to assist customers with expecting interruption, reconsider the conceivable, and satisfy their main goal guarantee. About Deloitte Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world's most admired brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. Our people come together for the greater good and work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today's marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthier society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. Building on more than 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories.

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