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Facebook under fire from former colleague

Written on Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:10

A former strategic partner manager at Facebook has shared a public memo about Facebook’s failings in regards to their black workforce and users. In a post to his personal profile during his last week at the company, Mark Luckie openly criticised the Californian social network, claiming they have a ‘black people problem’.

 Luckie, who is black, felt he had to resign from his position as he had ‘lost the will and the desire’ to advocate on behalf of Facebook, and felt his authenticity whilst at the company was compromised. He believes the multi-billion dollar service does not hire enough workers from ethnic minorities and carelessly removes positive content from the black community despite adhering to its terms and conditions.   

Luckie states he was one of only a small number of black people at Facebook and is cynical about his inclusion in that he was only hired as a bid for the company to appear diverse. "Facebook's disenfranchisement of black people on the platform mirrors the marginalization of its black employees," He states, “We need black employees, women, and people of colour to feel good about working at this company.”

He shared a personal account, in which a fellow colleague he would pass in the corridor would clutch at his wallet, suggesting that he felt Luckie would steal from him.  He noted that whilst the number of black and Hispanic workforce had increased from 2% to 4% from 2016, he alleges that colleagues would often remark, ‘I didn’t know black people worked at Facebook.’

Luckie also asks that Facebook must do more to provide a ‘safe haven’ for the black community, who - as one of the most engaged demographic - rely on the social media platform heavily to be heard.  He reports that positive material posted is being wrongly interpreted as ‘hate speech’ and reported; despite it not violating any of Facebook policies.  He claims Facebook is removing content and suspending accounts without properly investigating, and that underrepresented voices will be deterred from sharing content on its platform.

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Hong Kong-Americas (HKA) submarine cable contract signed

Written on Sunday, 11 February 2018 11:53

The Hong Kong-Americas (HKA) consortium and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) have signed a turnkey contract for the deployment of the Hong Kong-Americas (HKA) submarine cable network, which will span more than 13,000 kilometers.

This new open cable system will increase connectivity between Hong Kong and the US and will reinforce Hong Kong’s role as a key communications hub in the Asia-Pacific region. The HKA consortium includes China Telecom, China Unicom, Facebook, Tata Communications, and Telstra as the major parties.

The HKA system will feature six fiber pairs and will connect Chung Hom Kok in Hong Kong to Hermosa Beach in California; additional connectivity options may be exercised in future. Its open design will deliver significant cost benefits as well as enhanced bandwidth availability for telecommunications services and content-based services between Asia and North America. Target completion date for the HKA System is in the year 2020. 

Chung Hom Kok Cable Landing Station is located at Chung Hom Kok in the central island of Hong Kong and is the southernmost cable landing station in Hong Kong. Three cables of the C2C Network land at the Chung Hom Kok Cable Landing Station. In addition, the Southeast Asia Japan cable system lands at this station. The station is owned by Pacnet (Telstra) with Pacnet and China telecom Global providing backhaul.

Leveraging its state-of-the-art subsea technology, the ASN solution will deliver greater diversity of connections, enhanced reliability and network efficiency, as well as enabling optimal connectivity between major data centers in Asia and the USA.
The solution includes ASN's submarine WSS ROADM units, the latest generation of repeaters and will offer high performance and powering resilience, enabling over 80Tb/s transmission capacity. In addition, it is also compatible with future generations of submarine line terminal equipped with Probabilistic Shaping technology.

Philippe Piron, President of Alcatel Submarine Netwoks, said: "We are proud to work with the HKA consortium on this project, which incorporates several innovations from ASN and will be based on the latest high-performance submarine line design. The trust placed upon us by the HKA consortium validates our position as a key player for submarine network infrastructures in the Asia-Pacific region and the reinforcement of our local presence.”

Piron added: “It also provides a strong platform to further demonstrate our commitment in project management and in the development of local relationships to support operators and content providers for their network and capacity expansion strategies."

Telstra said it would invest in a half fiber pair on the Hong Kong Americas (HKA) cable. Telstra said it would also purchase capacity equivalent to 6 terabits per second on the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), which like HKA will stretch from Hong Kong to the west coast of the US. Google and Facebook are also backing the PLCN.

The PLCN will have a total capacity of around 120 terabits per second and include 12,800 kilometers of fiber. The cables will offer lower latency than the Asia-America Gateway (AAG), which connects South-East Asia to the west coast of the US via Guam and Hawaii.

“Together with the current AAG cable on which Telstra carries the most traffic today, these two investments will provide us with increased capacity across the important Hong Kong to US route, one of the fastest growing routes in the world for capacity demand,” Telstra’s group managing director of global services and international, David Burns, said in a statement.

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Verizon and Ericsson reach milestone in 4G LTE Advanced

Written on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:05

US telecom giant Verizon and Ericsson reached another milestone in 4G LTE Advanced Technologies that will also serve as a stepping stone to 5G technology by completing their first deployment of FDD (Frequency Division Duplexing) Massive MIMO (Multiple Input – Multiple Output) on Verizon’s wireless network in Irvine, CA.  

This deployment will improve both spectral and energy efficiency, increasing network capacity for current devices in the market.  Further significant enhancements are expected to come as new devices evolve toward 5G.  For customers, the result will be higher and more consistent speeds for using apps and uploading and downloading files.

“While continuing to drive 5G development, the deployment of Massive MIMO offers very tangible benefits for our customers today.  As we innovate, we learn and continue to lay the groundwork and set the standards for 5G technology,” said Nicola Palmer, Chief Network Officer of Verizon Wireless.  “Our collaboration with Ericsson on this new deployment continues to drive industry-wide innovation and advancements.”

The Massive MIMO deployment involves 16 transceiver radio units driving an array of 96 antenna elements supplied by Ericsson.  The deployment is running on a 20 MHz block of AWS spectrum.  Four way transmit has been widely deployed throughout the Verizon network and has contributed to significant 4G LTE advancements. 

In Massive MIMO - the next step of antenna array evolution - the high number of transmitters enables more possible signal paths.  It also enables beamforming, which directs the beam from the cell site directly to where the customer is, dramatically cutting down on interference. Reduced interference results in higher and more consistent speeds for customers. 

Niklas Heuveldop, Head of Market Area North America at Ericsson, said, “Massive MIMO is a key technology enabler for 5G, but already today, 4G LTE service providers and end users can benefit from the superior capacity and network performance this technology enables. The current trial is an important step in the collaboration we have with Verizon to prepare their network for 5G.”

As part of an Intelligent Edge Network that processes data where it’s generated, this Massive MIMO deployment is another step in technological innovation and leadership. As Verizon begins deploying Massive MIMO in the future throughout the network in places where there are capacity needs, customers with compatible devices will automatically begin taking advantage of this technological advancement.

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Nokia is to provide an advanced communications network to the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) in Northern California to support its hydro-electric power generation and water distribution services in the area. 

PCWA is the primary water resource agency for Placer County, California, a 1500-square mile area between the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountains. PCWA is responsible for water resource planning and management, retail and wholesale supply of irrigation water and drinking water to more than 200,000 customers, and operates five hydroelectric plants producing roughly one million megawatt hours annually.

Under the agreement Nokia will replace PCWA's aging communications infrastructure with a modern Internet Protocol/Multi-protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) and packet microwave network that will support a range of critical utility applications, enabling them to more effectively utilize and manage their power generation, water resources and water supply.

Managed by Nokia's Network Services Platform (NSP), the network features Nokia's 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR) portfolio and 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR) which are tailored to support critical applications essential for utility operations, addressing their stringent requirements for security, reliability and resiliency. The high network flexibility allows PCWA to migrate existing SCADA system traffic and support new bandwidth-intensive video traffic on the same network without compromising performance.

Kamal Ballout, head of the Global Energy Segment for Nokia, said: "Nokia has invested heavily in recent years on addressing the unique requirements of utilities for modernizing and converging their communications in order to enhance operational efficiency, reliability and safety. We are thrilled that PCWA has put their trust in Nokia to play such an important role in meeting the needs of their customers."

Nokia company SAC Wireless will be responsible for the overall construction and deployment of the network, including managing civil works such as pre-construction site verification, network design and engineering, installation and testing of towers, repeaters, shelters, backup power systems and overall project management.

This agreement, Nokia's first public customer agreement with a water utility, builds on the company's strong track-record providing mission-critical networks to power utilities, having served more than 200 such customers worldwide. It also highlights the progress of Nokia's strategy of expanding its customer base outside of the traditional telecommunications sphere, a key focus of the company.

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Apple Park, the company's new 175-acre headquarters campus that resembles a spaceship, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April this year. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.

Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration, Apple Park is transforming miles of asphalt sprawl into a haven of green space in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley. The campus' ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the world's largest panels of curved glass.

Jobs would have turned 62 this year. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The Steve Jobs Theater is situated atop a hill — one of the highest points within Apple Park — overlooking meadows and the main building.

"Steve's vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come," said Tim Cook, Apple CEO. "The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We've achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy."

"Steve was exhilarated, and inspired, by the California landscape, by its light and its expansiveness. It was his favorite setting for thought. Apple Park captures his spirit uncannily well," said Laurene Powell Jobs. "He would have flourished, as the people of Apple surely will, on this luminously designed campus."

"Steve invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments. We have approached the design, engineering and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and design principles that characterize our products," said Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer.

"Connecting extraordinarily advanced buildings with rolling parkland create a wonderfully open environment for people to create, collaborate and work together. We have been extremely fortunate to be able to work closely, over many years, with the remarkable architectural practice Foster + Partners," Ive added.

Apple Park will also include a visitor center with an Apple Store and cafe open to the public, a 100,000-square-foot fitness center for Apple employees, secure research and development facilities, and the Steve Jobs Theater. The parklands offer two miles of walking and running paths for employees, plus an orchard, meadow and pond within the ring's interior grounds.

Designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, Apple Park replaces 5 million square feet of asphalt and concrete with grassy fields and over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees, and is powered by 100 percent renewable energy. With 17 megawatts of rooftop solar, Apple Park will run one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world. It is also the site of the world's largest naturally ventilated building, projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.

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2011 monopoly abuse lawsuit comes back to haunt Apple, Inc.

Written on Monday, 16 January 2017 10:15

A lawsuit filed against Apple, Inc. in 2011, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for monopoly abuse regarding Apple’s App Store, was revived recently. A US appeals court received the civil suit on January 12. Apple has been accused of creating a monopoly by making its App Store the only place to purchase iPhone applications. Lack of competition has thus pushed app prices higher.

An appellate court panel in San Francisco, California, reversed a lower court judge's decision to derail the suit on the grounds, iPhone owners were doing business with app creators and not Apple at the online shop, AFP reported.

“The panel reversed the dismissal for lack of statutory standing of an antitrust complaint alleging that Apple, Inc., monopolized and attempted to monopolize the market for iPhone apps,” said the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a written ruling. “The panel held that the plaintiffs were direct purchasers of iPhone apps from Apple, rather than the app developers, and therefore had standing to sue.”

The 2011 lawsuit was brought back to life by the ruling, which could pave the way for a potential massive payout by Apple or even an open market for apps to enter the App Store. After Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, the App Store was launched a year later, and became the only place for which applications could be purchased with approval from the California-based company.

Apple has been criticized for taking 30 percent of the price of what third-party developers sold in the App Store, which led to the case being brought forward. Apple defended itself in the motion that got the case dismissed, arguing that iPhone owners were doing business with app makers and therefore lacked the standing to sue Apple in the matter.

However, the appellate panel ruled that Apple "is a distributor of the iPhone apps, selling them directly to purchasers through its App Store." The ruling added: “Because Apple is a distributor, Plaintiffs have standing under Illinois Brick to sue Apple for allegedly monopolizing and attempting to monopolize the sale of iPhone apps.”  

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The French capital of Paris is one of the most famous cities in the world - famed for its wonderful culture, fantastic cuisine and historical landmarks. However, French authorities are now set to give the go ahead to futuristic egg shaped ‘river taxis’ which would dramatically reshape the landscape of this beautiful city.

Paris is set to become the first city in the world to introduce high-tech environmentally-friendly ‘flying’ river taxis into its public transportation system. The clever innovation is the brainchild of French yachtsman Alain Thebault and Swedish windsurfer Anders Bringdal – and it has caught the imagination of the Parisian public as they take one of their first steps towards transforming Paris into a high-tech smart city.

The river taxis will be trialed next spring at the request of the environmentally conscious city hall. The futuristic egg shaped taxis are constructed from a combination of fiberglass and high-density foam; the vessel will be powered through solar energy and can carry five people at a time. The inventors have claimed that the rivers taxis can accumulate speeds of up to 30kmh due to fixed hulls which reduce drag and enable the shuttle to float.

However, the charismatic Frenchman indicated that if he had received more help from the relevant authorities in London then he would’ve launched the innovation in the English capital.

He revealed that a number of private firms and city authorities reached out to him to find out more about his project – but he received nothing from London officials and he was subsequently forced to revise his initial plans for his high-tech cabs.

Mr Thebault said,” If London had helped us out I think we would have started out there. There was interest from private firms, but we heard nothing from London officials. Next spring we will hold a public demonstration on the Seine in front of the National Assembly (parliament) in Paris with five Sea Bubble.”

There has also been interest expressed from authorities in New York City who want to secure the high-tech cabs for the River Hudson, while Californian officials have also expressed their interest in the invention. However, the French inventor has insisted that he will not take any orders until the prototype has been completed.

“There has been interest, but we are taking no orders at the moment. We first have to finish the prototype,” Mr Thebault said, adding that he hopes that the Sea Bubble may eventually become driverless. “Once we have gone beyond the prototype and have fully developed the Sea Bubble, we might, after Paris, begin with London or Geneva.”

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Nestled in the picturesque hills of Saratoga, California, media analysts from around the world gathered at the Mountain Winery for NetEvents' 2016 Global Press & Analyst Summit which focused on IoT and Cloud Innovation. The event marked a vintage year for NetEvents, which launched in 1996. The thrill of NetEvents is the chance for press to meet with informed visionaries of our time, such as Bob Metcalfe, founder of the Ethernet, who was honored at last year's event. This year's IoT and Cloud Innovation Awards honored Stuart McClure, founder and CEO of Cylance, as the Innovation Idol for 2016.

Launch of Cloud Xpress 2

(Left to right) Mike Capuano, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Infinera; David F. Welch, PhD., Co-Founder, President, Infinera; and Fred A. Kish, Jr, PhD., Sr. Vice President of Optical Integrated Circuit Group, Infinera.

Before the summit kicked off on September 21, exciting news came from Infinera, a vertically integrated manufacturer of long-haul wavelength division multiplexing optical transmission equipment for the telecommunications service provider market. The company held its Technology Innovation Summit at its headquarters in Silicon Valley on the 20th, and invited press to tour its facilities before the IoT and Cloud Innovation Summit. David F. Welch, co-founder and president, Infinera, welcomed the crowd of delegates and gave a keynote speech.

"We are a global company, well-known as an innovator in this industry, as we are the only company to design and manufacture large-scale indium phosphide photonic integrated circuits," said Welch. "We take those technologies and we are builders of integrated and disaggregated optimal transport systems for terabit communications. We deliver massive-scale, and that plays to this world of cloud, as we see tremendous bandwidth growth across the board.

"Across that technology we have over 500 patents filed or granted around technology and process innovation. We are known as a global leader, and recognized for unique technology, ease of use, reliability, and our customer-centric focus, and delivering service velocity where time is a weapon. We have exceptional support services to a global customer base, and we often have customers that tell us, 'You guys are the benchmark for delivering support and services and do whatever it takes to make sure I'm successful in my market'. We have about 2,000 employees around the globe focused on customer success."

Infinera announced the launch of Cloud Xpress 2 at its summit. Infinera was first to market with a purpose-built compact DCI (Data Center Interconnect) product with its first Cloud Xpress, and is the clear market share leader in the industry. Cloud Xpress 2, the second-generation of the Cloud Xpress Family, once again raises the bar for compact DCI. By incorporating Infinera's Infinite Capacity Engine into Cloud Xpress 2, Infinera has extended its optical leadership in DCI, increasing density by 4.8 times, while building on the Cloud Xpress Family's advantages of simplicity, reliability and automation.

Cloud networks are vastly expanding due to the massive growth in cloud-based content and services, from online streaming of video, to the Internet of Things (IoT). Cloud data centers are rapidly migrating to 25 GbE (Gigabit Ethernet) server uplinks and 100 GbE fabrics between server racks, Light Reading reports, which are driving the need for scalable optical DCI to interconnect these data centers. Cloud Xpress 2 delivers simple, secure, efficient 100 GbE DCI scaling that enables internet content provider networks to keep up with these demands.

"Cloud Xpress 2 is an important milestone for Infinera as it raises the bar for data center interconnect platforms," says Dr. Stuart Elby, senior vice president, Data Center Business Group, Infinera. "This is the first Infinera product based on our groundbreaking Infinite Capacity Engine, which sets new standards for optical performance and efficiency. With the Infinite Capacity Engine, Cloud Xpress 2 delivers advanced levels of scalability and low power along with simplicity, automation and built-in security."

Revelations from NetScout

Jim McNiel, CMO, NetScout, addressing press at NetScout's headquarters in Silicon Valley, CA.

Continuing on through Silicon Valley, NetScout, a provider of application and network performance management products, gave press access to an exclusive tour of its California headquarters. NetScout is a market leader in real-time service assurance and cybersecurity solutions for today's most demanding service provider, enterprise and government networks.

NetScout's Adaptive Service Intelligence (ASI) technology continuously monitors the service delivery environment to identify performance issues and provides insight into network-based security threats, helping teams to quickly resolve issues that can cause business disruptions or impact user experience.

"What is coming makes what has come before completely child's play. We are standing at an inflection point in our industry that is going to be more exciting than anything that has happened in the past couple of hundred years in technology. We like to talk about what is coming our way, what it means to consumers, businesses, industries and governments and societies as a whole," said Jim McNiel, CMO, NetScout, welcoming the press and analysts.

"What are some of the proof points of this? Well, one of the first proof points is that when I started in this business, a network connection was 300 bits per second. Today, we're communicating at 100 gigabits per second. That's an increase in performance of 333 million times. In a few short years, we'll be at a terabit of connectivity, which will mean we've increased the performance of network communications a billion fold. That's a big deal."

McNiel went on to discuss an exciting project NetScout has been involved with, in partnership with legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, to explore the promise and perils of the connected world, where everything will eventually be impacted by connectivity. The result was a 90-minute feature film called Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah, January 23, 2016. The film has received critical acclaim, with a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film explores those who first built the connected world, from hackers to astrophysicists, and the fragility of this connection and our dependency on it.

The NetScout presentation rounded up with discussions about the company's finalized acquisition of Danaher Corporation's Communications Business, and its effect on the company. The transaction was valued at $2.3 billion. Acquiring Tektronix Communications, Arbor Networks and parts of the Fluke Networks businesses, as well as VSS Monitoring from Danaher Corporation, has accelerated NetScout's strategic progress by enabling it to offer a broader range of innovative service assurance and cybersecurity solutions.

These solutions provide service providers, enterprises, and public sector agencies with the intelligence and analytics required to help them maximize the benefits of powerful technology advances such as IP convergence, virtualization, cloud computing, mobility, bring your own device (BYOD) and the evolving internet, according to NetScout. The combined company will be well positioned to help its customers drive ROI on their network and broader IT initiatives, while reducing the tangible risks associated with downtime, poor service quality and compromised security.

Javelin & Wedge reveal A.I. security solutions

Throughout the Global Press & Analyst Summit, a strong host of speakers outlined their vision for the future of IoT and Cloud Innovation, and the products and solutions that they believe will assist in leading the transformation.

One of the most interesting announcements from the summit in the realm of security came from Javelin Networks, a Silicon Valley start-up which uses Artificial Intelligence to prevent any malicious movement inside an organization. Javelin's solution, ZeroMove, uses AI to autonomously randomize the internal topology of organizations and expose cyber attacker movements, preventing them from further penetrating an organization.

"IT staff is constantly and manually searching for attackers on computers and networks. It's impossible to do this adequately and accurately with the technology and processes used today," said Roi Abutbul, founder and CEO, Javelin Networks. "We saw a pressing need for a proactive, autonomous and seamless, post-breach attack detection and prevention solution that automates attacker detection and stops their subsequent movement."

Nine out of ten companies have been compromised, whether by stolen remote access credentials, third party network connections, web and API vulnerability exploits or malware, according to HBS studies. In order for the attacks to progress, attackers need knowledge of the organization's internal topology: the critical servers, identities, applications and endpoints. Once they're on a computer, they begin internal reconnaissance, collecting information and planning their next move based on what they've discovered. Javelin Networks' unique approach makes what the attacker learns useless.

To thwart attackers, Javelin is applying a new approach to masking the attacker's view of the internal topology. When attackers move within the masked topology they are detected immediately. Simultaneously all forensics evidence is collected before the attacker can delete it and the mitigation process is initiated, preventing the attacker from further movement.

Another breakthrough security solution came from Wedge Networks, which presented a solution that blocks advanced threats in real-time, and provides actionable threat intelligence. The newly released Wedge Advanced Malware Blocker (WedgeAMB) is the first product in the Wedge Absolute Real-time Protection (WedgeARP) series of enterprise solutions.

WedgeAMB orchestrates Cylance's Artificial Intelligence technology and other technologies to detect and block viruses and advanced malware, such as ransomware, at the network level, to prevent them from entering enterprise networks. Orchestrating Wedge's patented hyper-inspection technology with Cylance's machine-learning engine and WedgeIQ threat analytics, WedgeAMB provides a critically needed breakthrough in malware prevention.

Threats are blocked in real-time, eliminating the cost, disruption, effort and embarrassment associated with tackling threats after they've penetrated the network. It also provides real-time visibility of the network-wide threat landscape, empowering security personnel to identify and focus on the most critical risks first.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, ransomware is on the rise in 2016. Advanced malware and ransomware attacks account for millions of dollars in lost productivity and theft by cybercriminals operating on a global basis to exploit endpoint devices with increasing levels of sophistication.

"We live in an age where collaboration and embracing the innovation of others is key to providing the best possible security solutions available," said James Hamilton, CEO of Wedge Networks. "We've developed the industry's highest performing real-time hyper-inspection and orchestration engine. Orchestrating that functionality in concert with other best-in-class technologies enables the most effective threat prevention available, with superior performance and scale. That's what the WedgeARP series is all about – orchestrating the industry's best security technologies and joining forces in the fight against cybercrime."

IoT & Cloud Innovation Awards 2016

Stuart McClure, CEO and founder of Cylance, accepts the NetEvents IoT & Cloud Innovation Award as Innovation Idol of 2016.

This year's award recipients had to do some serious convincing to be considered for the NetEvents IoT Cloud & Innovation Awards. The 'Shark Tank' style judging panel brought together some of the most powerful voices in the industry, including venture capitalists, business angels, and entrepreneurs. Competition finalists went on stage and gave a short elevator-pitch to the judging panel, and in front of the live audience of international press and analysts.

The winners of this year's IoT & Cloud Innovation Awards were announced at the Charity Awards Dinner and NetEvents 20th Birthday Party held on Wednesday, September 21, at the Mountain Winery. The awards recognize and identify the most innovative start-ups and established companies in the fields of Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation and Cloud Innovation. Inspired by the hit UK TV series Dragons Den and the US Shark Tank, the aim of the competition was to discover the most innovative cloud start-ups from around the globe.

Stuart McClure, founder and CEO of Cylance, a company revolutionizing cybersecurity with products and services that proactively prevent, rather than reactively detect the execution of advanced persistent threats and malware, was honored with the Innovation Idol Award. Prior to Cylance, Stuart was EVP, Global CTO and General Manager at McAfee/Intel. He is the creator and lead-author of one of the most successful security books of all time, Hacking Exposed. He is widely recognized for his extensive and in-depth knowledge of security, and is one of the industry's leading authorities in information security today.

"The fundamental flaw in today's society is that detection happens before prevention," said McClure, discussing Cylance's security product CylancePROTECT, which by taking a mathematical approach to malware identification utilizing patent-pending, machine learning techniques instead of reactive signatures and sandboxes, renders new malware, viruses, bots and unknown future variants useless. "Human-generated signatures, based primarily on previously discovered samples, have failed to solve the problem as zero-day malware continues to operate silently and unimpeded."

Cylance was recognized as the Hottest IoT Start-Up at the awards ceremony. The company has revolutionized cybersecurity through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to proactively prevent persistent threats. Amazon Web Services picked up the award for Cloud Leader, while Velo Cloud was named Hottest Cloud Start-Up. Finally, IBM picked up the award for IoT Innovation Leader.

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Nokia is working with the City of San Diego in California to enhance its public safety communications network in support of critical services for the city's residents. Nokia will upgrade the network using Internet Protocol/Multi-protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) and packet microwave radio technology, providing highly secure, resilient and reliable data transport capabilities.

San Diego's data network is providing backhaul capabilities for San Diego's P25 digital trunked radio system to help strengthen the responsiveness of the city's emergency personnel. The city is also expanding the network to support a variety of additional municipal agencies and services in the United States' 8th largest city.

The new network will provide high-speed, high-capacity data connections between San Diego's municipal facilities, enabling enhanced voice and data communications, as well as video surveillance for first responders such as police and fire departments and supporting other applications including SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition).

This agreement highlights Nokia's growing focus on delivering mission-critical networks for markets beyond traditional communications service providers. Public safety in particular represents an attractive opportunity as both national and regional governments seek to modernize their aging communications infrastructure for first responders, an area where Nokia is particularly well positioned according to a recent study by Current Analysis.  

Kamal Ballout, Head of Sales, Global Enterprise and Public Sector, U.S. for Nokia, said: "Municipal communications networks, particularly in large cities like San Diego, are facing enormous demands as more bandwidth-intensive applications such as video are utilized for public safety and other municipal services. Nokia has the premier end-to-end public safety networking solution to address mission-critical requirements."

Nokia is supplying San Diego with its, 7705 Service Aggregation Router, 7210 Service Access Switch, 7750 Service Routers and 9500 Microwave Packet Radio to manage Ethernet, TDM and video services, and to support the transition to an all-IP network. The network is managed by Nokia's 5620 Service Aware Manager. Nokia is also providing professional services such as network design and engineering, frequency planning and licensing, tower construction, installation and commissioning and field maintenance.

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