RECAP: Connected Car

Author: Linda Hull, Director, Telecom Council

170413 Connected CarWith thanks to our Sponsor, Rohde and Schwarz, and our host Elektrobit the Autotech Council and the ComTech Forum community met at Club Auto Sport in San Jose to discuss the technology and relationships surrounding Connected Car.

If a picture paints a thousand words, the sound that accompanies it would speak exponentially.  Before a single presenter had taken the stage, the room was buzzing  with conversations.

Kicking off the meeting was Kartik Gada, Executive Director at Woodside Capital, who discussed the tremendous amount of disruption AI brings to the automobile ecosystem.  Setting the scene, he reminded us that cars were traditionally low tech, but with the diffusion of more and more technologies, such as AI, upgrading cars becomes more like upgrading a computer, not because it no longer works, but because of the new features on offer.  The perfect storm of parallel computing and big data has fueled AI proliferation.  Kartik discussed two applications; how AI might reduce automobile accidents (1.2M deaths a year, 30-50M injuries) and how driving analytics could maximize utility of existing roads.

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2016 Showcaser News: MapD Raises $25M Series B to Drive Adoption of GPU-Powered Analytics

Author: Todd Mostak, CEO, MapD

mapd_logo_primary_RGB_ltToday I’m proud to announce that MapD Technologies has secured $25M in funding in a Series B round lead by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from NVIDIA, Vanedge Capital, and Verizon Ventures.

This new investment will allow MapD to scale up its engineering, sales, and marketing teams to accelerate product development and deepen customer adoption. It will help us move faster toward our vision of making GPU-powered analytics ubiquitous in the enterprise.

There are clear signs this is already happening. Look no further than the recent launch of GPU-powered instances by all three major cloud providers, the tripling of data center revenue NVIDIA has seen over the last year, or the rapid increase in adoption of GPU-powered deep learning to see the beginnings of a transformation in enterprise computing.

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RECAP: The Latest in AR & VR

Author: Linda Hull, Director, Telecom Council

DSC_0810With thanks to Qualcomm for sponsoring and Plug and Play for hosting, our public meeting to discuss the latest developments in virtual and augmented reality proved to be popular with members and non-members alike.  Headsets at the back of the room and compelling presentations at the front kept our delegates engaged from start to finish!

With commercial growth expected in healthcare by using headsets instead of displays, in construction by visualization prior to breaking ground, and retail with the ability to try something on without trying it on, our Analyst, Steve Max Patterson of IDG stated UIs need to improve, interaction needs to become more sophisticated and social factors need to be investigated.  Foreseeing VR/AR as the new way humans will interface with computing from basic smart phone gaming applications through to more advanced, higher resolution and higher risk medical instances, Steve stated that before we can hit the 100 million devices shipped by the predicted year 2021, resolution with holography, eyetracking and handtracking will need to be solved and the network will need to grow to accommodate bandwidth and latency demands.  VR /AR can offer everyday benefits by augmenting life with additional context, and what was once seen as elusive scifi is destined to become mainstream.  Benefits are easy to imagine but until VR wearables become smaller and more accessible, consumer adoption will be slow, as seen by the perceived VR “flop” in 2017 sales.  Steve posed that, when you can “see” a chair in your home, without having to make the purchase, or find what you are looking for through a virtual floor plan, or test drive a car without leaving the lot, VR/AR will progress beyond enterprise applications to everyday Joe looking to immerse himself in an isolated VR world.

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MEMBER NEWS: KPMG Global Technology Innovation Hubs

KPMG_Plus_Strapline_NormalUseKPMG’s publication series, The Changing Landscape of Disruptive Technologies, now in its fifth year, provides perspectives about innovation trends, barriers to commercialization, and leading management practices. We include insights from our annual survey of over 800 global technology industry leaders including start-up entrepreneurs and FORTUNE 500 executives.

The success of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial culture continues to inspire other countries to become technology innovation hubs. Part 1 of the 2017 series, Global Technology Innovation Hubs, unfolds the cities and countries making significant strides in innovation development and provides 15 unique country perspectives. The report showcases the rise of a new ecosystem of incubators, accelerators, and venture capital alongside government incentives. Key findings include:

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Zimperium: Innovation Showcase Alumni Series

Author: Derek Kerton, Managing Partner at Kerton Group and Chairman of Telecom Council

showcase alumni zimperiumThe Telecom Council’s Innovation Showcase is a powerful tool for startups ready to present, and meet face-to-face, with carriers to discuss the possibility of partnerships. We’ve been doing the Showcase for a few years, and have a number of success stories and enthusiastic references from both the network operators and the startups alike. The Showcase is structured as a demo table for walk-up exhibits, as well as scheduled 1-on-1 sit down meetings with multiple major operators from around the world, giving startups the chance to pitch globally, without having to travel to dozens of countries. The carriers get faster exposure to some well-screened startups that will help their business.

Of course, the idea is only as good as the results it generates. Just two years after making the cut at the 2015 Innovation Showcase, we caught up with one of our Showcase alumni, Zimperium, to find out what kinds of results they generated from the event, and how they’ve grown since. Zimperium is now a globally-recognized mobile security leader, and has developed its pre-Showcase beginnings with Telstra (Australia) to deployments with Softbank, SmarTone in Hong Kong, Telefónica, Bharti Airtel, and KPN.

In speaking with Zuk Avraham, Zimperium’s Founder, Chairman and CTO, Zuk recalls how he’s enjoyed a lot of progress with the carriers following the 1:1 meetings at the Showcase. Although Zuk points out that no deals came immediately after the Showcase, some of the engagements there did bear fruit. Zuk booked multiple follow-up carrier meetings in the subsequent weeks. Zimperium also leveraged the prestige and credibility of being selected for the Showcase in their standard pitch deck in the year of the event!  Since the Showcase, the company has almost tripled in size with a steadily growing revenue, and is considering IPO in 2018-19.  Two years on, they are continuing conversations with many of the multiple carriers they met with at the Innovation Showcase, and Zuk says “Even the conversations with the carriers that didn’t make deals with us were worthwhile. We got valuable feedback, and sometimes the actual deal is just a matter of being in touch when the timing is right.”

Zimperium is a great example of Showcase companies, and the effectiveness of the event. Their product was in demand, they connected with the market, and are now generating useful solutions for end users, and creating value for the founders.

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Applications Open for 2017’s Best Communications Startups

20 startups to be chosen by global telcos for Innovation Showcase Class of 2017

​The countdown is on for the Telecom Council’s annual INNOVATION SHOWCASE, now in its 8th year. Getting a new product or service in front of leading technology scouts in the communications industry just got easier. This matchmaking industry event happens on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Juniper Networks’ Aspiration Dome in Sunnyvale, CA.

The Innovation Showcase features a group of early-stage communication start-ups for private, face-to-face meetings with strategic fitting telcos, vendors, investors, and potential partners. Applications due by March 10, 2017. Telecom Council members will review applications and select the 20 start-ups that will ultimately be the Innovation Showcase Class of 2017. These start-ups will have a solution with a demonstrable positive impact on communications subscribers or networks along with a proven record of innovation, momentum, viability and strong management.

“Innovation Showcase is a must-attend event for all start-ups, VCs and telecom execs that aim to play a big role in the future of communications.”


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MWC just around the corner, with 40 Telecom Council members exhibiting

mwc2017Looking to network with Telecom Council members at MWC?  Click through to see the list of member companies and where you can find them on the exhibition floor.  If you can’t make it to the show this year, don’t forget we will have all the news, views, and opinions at our MWC Debrief on March 8th!

Don’t forget, all members, whether exhibiting or not, can share news on our blog as the conference approaches.  Just drop us an email and we’ll be happy to post.

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MEETING RECAP: Cyber Security

Author: Telecom Council Staff

In a change from our normal order-of-operations, our meeting started out with the rapid-fire presos from eight security startups, Mimir, Cujo, Baffle, Rocana, Cyphre, BlueTalon, NewSky Security and Argus Cyber Security, many taking a break from the big RSA conference specifically to pitch to our rich community of partners.  We followed with Konstantinos Karagiannis, BT Americas speaking about the measurable business benefits (and ethics) of “white hat hacking”. The basic concept is that it’s irresponsible NOT to test your defenses regularly. Konstantinos was then joined by our Panelists, Brian Russell, Cloud Security Alliance, Lynda Grindstaff, Intel, and Ofer Gayer, Imperva Incapsula, to discuss responsibilities and options facing network operators and service providers for protecting their networks and the subscribers who use them.

Thank you to Aviat Networks for hosting.  Pitches and presentations are available to members in the Member Library.  Demo table presentations from Imperva Incapsula, Rocana and Redshift Networks are available here.

MEETING RECAP: Leveraging Low Latency

Author: Telecom Council Staff

Low latency is one of the defining characteristics of 5G networks, and was a design goal of the new radios. The notion is that lower latency will improve the quality of communications, but also open up new opportunity for network operators to sell new services or lower latencies as a premium product.

The discussion landed on the major uses of LL:

  • Automotive connectivity, V2x
  • Industrial Automation. Remote control of automated machines (ex: a swarm of drones)
  • Remote manipulation, ex: remote surgery at scene of a car accident

Thank you to our panelists, Chris Cavigioli, Intel Corp and Jim Misener, Qualcomm for sharing their expertise as we discussed the obstacles and benefits of Low Latency networks and to Microsemi for hosting us.

MEMBER NEWS: 3 Reasons European Tech is Set to Explode in 2017

Author: Robb Miller, Sales Force Europe

sales-force-europeAs a consultant for startups and large companies looking to break into new territories, I’m often asked to issue predictions, especially about what’s coming in the European market for technology businesses. There are so many news stories, some conflicting, that you’ll read in sources like TechCrunch, The Economist or Harvard Business Review. But Telecom Council asked me to present a few findings at their recent Predictions 2017 event, held at Silicon Valley Bank in January. Here are some of my key impressions.

European tech is awash in cash

There was $88 billion in M&A activity in deep tech[1] in 2016 (following three brisk years — roughly one deal per month since 2014).[2] Further, Brexit impact will be negligible – only 2% of respondents to an Atomico survey cited Brexit as a big issue. Most founders’ concerns remained (predictably) on key business issues, such as finding sources of funding, regional professional support (such as legal and accounting help), prevalence of engineering talent, and general risk aversion from banks and investors. In the past year, the first European technology companies valued at or over $10 billion, such as Supercell, emerged. Can the first $25 billion or $50 billion valuation be far behind?

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