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Axis Communications Demonstrated Its Latest Range of Retail Solutions at India Retail Forum

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Axis Communications is driving the shift from analog camera to digital surveillance, by tapping into the huge potential of the burgeoning Indian retail segment. As part of this commitment, Axis demonstrated their cutting-edge retail solutions at this year’s India Retail Forum held on 5th to 6th September at Mumbai.

Attended by the who’s who of the retail industry, the India Retail Forum focuses on bringing the Retail Real Estate leaders for a knowledge exchange on the importance of building and sustaining for developers and retailers; and the emerging trends and opportunities in the real estate sector.

According to PwC’s 19th Annual Global CEO Survey for retail sector, CEOs stated data and analytics technologies as their key area of focus. According to them, the new operating model will be customer centric, with data analytics at the heart of the decision-making process, enabled by appropriate technology and tools.

Speaking on the innovative retail suite offering by Axis at IRF, Sudhindra Holla, Sales Director, India and SAARC, Axis Communications, said “Retail is one the most dynamic Indian segments. We are seeing an increasing trend of intelligent building systems helping in the convergence of multiple networks and see this sector ready to invest in high-end quality security solutions. At Axis, we are constantly innovating to cater to the requirement of this rapidly evolving segment with new offerings like background music and announcements that are ideal retail format implementation.”

Also excited on participating for the first time in the prestigious IRF, Sudhindra further explained, “The event also provided us a platform to connect with the end users. It was interesting to note that the key challenges that they were facing as brick and mortar companies. They pointed out that while online businesses had the benefit of analytics for customer insights, they instead have always had to seek for additional investment. These leading retailers were elated to know that Axis Communications’ provided much more than surveillance and were the only company with inbuilt features in their cameras adding analytics, customer footfalls, and bill value and peak hour statistics along with demographics and vast range of other solutions additionally.”

Axis retail offerings helps retail players stay ahead of their competition and enhance their overall consumer experience. The integrated smart retail solutions displayed at IRF helps provide business intelligence to the retailers and optimize the store performance by making scheduled announcements.

  • Axis Store Reporter: real-time access to data, triggers, a multitude of reports and statistics
  • Axis People counter: Gain knowledge of customer footfall
  • Axis Queue Monitor: Efficiently monitor and measure in-store queue lengths
  • Axis Demographic Identifier: Identify the demographics (age and gender) of customers in the store
  • Axis Occupancy Estimator:  Estimate the occupancy in the store

Established in 2004, India Retail Forum (IRF), is India’s premium annual event that brings together the retail brands to understand and learn the current and predicted trends in retail ecosystem. The event saw close to 1,500 attendees on day one and more on day one.

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Tata Communications is Set to Boost its Network Capability with New Submarine Cable in APAC

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Tata Communications announced that the Asia Direct Cable (ADC) Consortium, of which it is a member, is building a high-performance submarine cable connecting China (Hong Kong SAR and Guangdong Province), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The consortium has selected NEC Corporation to construct the 9,400-kilometer long ADC cable, which is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022.

The cable will feature multiple pairs of high capacity optical fibres and is designed to carry more than 140 Tbps of traffic, enabling high capacity transmission of data across the East and Southeast Asian regions. ADC’s high capacity allows it to support increasingly bandwidth-intensive applications driven by technological advancements in 5G, Cloud Platforms, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. This will further enhance the expansion of communications networks in the region.

Tata Communications is one of the early initiators of the ADC Consortium since 2018. This new capability will provide an additional route to Tata Communications’ existing global network.

Carl Osborne, Associate Vice President, International Cable Network Development, Tata Communications, said “At Tata Communications, we’ve been delivering flexible borderless connectivity together with intelligent application aware networks to our global customers. Our collaboration within ADC consortium to build this high-performance submarine cable will provide enterprises with additional connectivity between major traffic hubs in Asia. This will further augment our existing capabilities on the Tata Communications Global Network with deeper reach, enabling us to offer superior customer experience and enhanced resilience. With digital technologies steering the growth of business more than ever before, this additional capability will address the increasing bandwidth and data demands of enterprises in Asia and globally.”

Tata Communications owns and operates the world’s only wholly owned subsea network that encircles the globe. This network enables businesses to reach more than 200 countries and territories and underpins all products and services of Tata Communications. Today, around 30% of the world’s Internet routes travel over Tata Communications’ network.

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Airtel is Set to Deliver SIM Cards to Customers Doorsteps in Hyderabad

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In a bid to encourage people to stay safe at home to contain further spread of the virus, Airtel is offering its customers a bundle of new ‘Concierge Services’ in Hyderabad. As most of the retail stores are now open in across the locations of the city, Airtel to deliver SIM Cards at customers doorsteps following a contactless delivery protocol. In addition to it, installation of broadband and DTH is also made available to ensure connecting with all during this uncertainty without any hassles.

According to a statement to subscribers, Mr Gopal Vittal, CEO, Airtel said “If you prefer to be served at your home, we now have a concierge service and would be delighted to come to your home. Whether it is delivery of a SIM card at your doorstep or an installation of a broadband or DTH, we can do it all,” Vittal said. All the field teams of Airtel have been trained on a new contactless delivery and installation protocol.

Airtel has made its digital channels even more simple to ensure that users can easily recharge mobile/TV, pay bills, buy new services or raise a complaint from anywhere, he said.

According to Mr Gopal Vittal, “there seems to be even more uncertainty” as restrictions are being lifted in large parts of the nation. People across the country are still worried about the safety of their loved ones and also, they are concerned about incomes and jobs”.

“At Airtel, we empathize with this uncertainty. So as each of us adapts to this new context, there is one thing we don’t want you to worry about – your need to stay connected,” Vittal said.

Airtel has taken several measures to ensure connectivity and continuation of services during the lockdown and it will take all necessary precautions to ensure that staff and customers remain safe. Over a million customers have already enrolled into its ”Super Heroes” programme, who have helped a few more millions stay connected.

“…if you want to help someone get access to our services or help pay their bills or recharge for them, we have our Super Heroes initiative. More than a million customers have already enrolled into this program and have helped many more millions stay connected,” Vittal said.

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Newgen Rolls Out The Upgraded Version of Its Document Classification Service  

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Newgen Software announced that it has launched an enhanced version of its document classification service for enabling the high-volume document-handling environment.

The newly launched – Intelligent Document Classifier 1.0 allows users to gain hidden insights by classifying documents, based on structural features and/or textual features. It uses the new-age technologies, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), to enable layout- and content-based document classification.

Organizations can leverage the solution to automatically classify various documents such as sales/purchase orders, enrolment and claim forms, legal documents, mailroom documents, contracts, correspondences, and others. This ensures that important information is easily available thereby eliminating risks and costs associated with manual document management.

“Our new document classification service allows businesses to process volumes of unstructured data and uncover hidden insights. It is powered with AI and ML for better compliance, smarter decision making, improved efficiency, and enhanced customer experience,” said Diwakar Nigam, MD and Chairman, Newgen Software.

Key features of the new version include:

  • Image Classification – Allows users to automatically classify images using neural networks and deep learning algorithms based on structural features
  • Content Classification – Enables document classification based on content, in the absence of structural features
  • Trainable Machine Learning – Auto-learns definitions and features of a document class and creates a trained model
  • Admin Dashboard – Generates analytics reports for a 360-degree view of the process
  • Integration Capabilities – Facilitates easy integration with core business applications, content management platforms, and document capture applications

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