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15-09-2017
創科創投基金

政府已於2017年9月15日推出「創科創投基金」。該計劃現正接受風險投資基金申請成為共同投資伙伴(截止日期:2018年1月15日)。簡介會將於2017年10月3日於香港科學園舉行,歡迎風險投資基金出席。

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19-01-2018
Marketers are not integrating their multichannel campaigns effectively

The variety of channels available to marketers has increased exponentially, but ineffective multichannel strategies are jeopardizing the success of campaigns, says a new study from Kantar Millward Brown, who noted that more than half of marketers not integrating their multichannel campaigns effectively.Titled “AdReaction: The Art of Integration”, the new study examines the global state of multichannel advertising campaigns, drawing on quantitative research in 45 countries, multichannel copy testing, and custom analysis of Kantar Millward Brown’s global media effectiveness and copy testing databases.In the Asia Pacific, 78% of consumers surveyed report that they are seeing more ads in a wider variety of places than they did three years ago. Consumers in India see the most substantial uplift (91%), followed by the Philippines with 89%.Consumers across the region are split in their views on how well marketers are integrating their multichannel strategies however, with most in the Philippines (74%) and Vietnam (73%) agreeing that ads they see across channels such as TV, outdoor and digital ‘fit together well’. This contrasts with the experience of consumers in Korea (36%), Japan (35%) and Australia (48%) in more mature digital ecosystems however, where less than half believe the campaigns they see are integrated.“Consumers feel overwhelmed by advertising from all angles while marketers struggle to make the most of ad formats and channels to best reach consumers, and the latest AdReaction report unveils a disconnect between how marketers and consumers perceive campaign success,” said Duncan Southgate, the global brand director of media and digital at Kantar Millward Brown.“In AdReaction, we’ve laid out guiding principles to help marketers better integrate campaigns across channels and identified the key creative elements of successful campaigns as best practices,” he said.Pablo Gomez, who helms media and digital in the APAC noted that people are becoming “more judgmental” as a result of being exposed to more advertising than before. Notably, they also react to advertising differently depending on the channel and are the least receptive to ads on digital media.“Marketers need to start thinking intelligently about how they integrate their campaigns – are they putting enough focus on customization, is their creative strong enough throughout, have they selected the right media mix - so that they’re providing a holistic and enjoyable experience to the consumer,” said Gomez.Further reading:Attracting distracted customers with multi-channel marketing optimizationRise of multi-channel customer interactions in APACIncrease customer retention and loyalty with multichannel marketing Caption: Image credit: iStockphoto by Getty Images

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18-01-2018
ASEAN to benefit from connectivity partnership

On 17 January 2018, Telekomunikasi Indonesia International Pte Ltd (Telin Singapore), a wholly-owned subsidiary of PT Telkom Group, and Super Sea Cable Networks Pte Ltd (SEAX), announced a strategic partnership to offer high capacity, low latency domestic network solutions in Singapore.The partnership can help regional operators enjoy a more diverse footprint in Singapore whilst meeting the increasing demands for bandwidth in the region. With SEA Cable Exchange-1 (SEAX-1) landing in Tanah Merah (Singapore) coupled with Telin Singapore’s scalable and protected dark fiber ring connecting Telin Singapore’s carrier neutral data centers and carrier hotels in Singapore, operators can enjoy seamless connectivity in the region.Scheduled to launch in Q1 2018, SEAX-1 is a 250km high-speed, large capacity, 24-fibre pair undersea fiber optic cable that will connect Mersing (Malaysia), Changi (Singapore), and Batam (Indonesia).With SEAX-1 landing in Telin-2 and Telin-3 Data Centers, Telin Singapore’s flagship data centers coupled with virtual data centers connect to Indonesia and regional countries to provide digital products and services.“SEAX is pleased to partner with Telin Singapore in providing our customers with high-capacity submarine cable connectivity to implement its plan to be one of the leaders in ASEAN to establish an ASEAN broadband corridor. This is in line with the ASEAN’s ICT focus, which is expected to be an engine of growth for the region. The partnership with Telin Singapore, a member of Telkom Indonesia Group, is a step closer to realizing this,” said Joseph Lim, CEO of Super Sea Cable Networks Pte Ltd."This strategic partnership with SEAX will enhance our capabilities at Telin-3 Data Centre and Telecommunication Hub offering both seamless domestic and global connectivity for our customers. This will also strengthen our commitment to provide reliable, secure and seamless regional and global telecommunications connectivity services to meet the increasing demand for bandwidth capacity, colocation and critical IT infrastructure services in this region," said Andreuw Th.A.F, CEO of Telin Singapore. Caption: Andreuw Th.A.F, CEO of Telin Singapore (right), and Joseph Lim, CEO of SEAX (left) at the signing ceremony

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18-01-2018
Yang Kee Logistics delivers on business transformation

Yang Kee has come a long way since it started transporting goods in Singapore with only two trucks in 1990.Thanks to its continuous drive to transform, the company has become one of the top logistics and warehousing solutions providers, offering end-to-end global supply chain logistics. Now with its deployment of NetSuite OneWorld, Yang Kee is confident it can fast-track its business growth and transformation. The logistics company was formerly using Navision and MYOB to manage its finance and operations. As it continued to globalize, these non-scalable applications were threatening to derail its growth momentum. Not only were manual data entry and reconciliation prone to human error and delaying month-end closing activities, reporting on financial consolidation and getting operational visibility were just as challenging. This made it difficult and time-consuming to retrieve the insights needed to make critical decisions that take the business forward. Since LanciaConsult implemented NetSuite OneWorld for Yang Kee, these challenges are a thing of the past. Managing invoicing and procurement through NetSuite gives Yang Kee real-time visibility into revenue and cost. The company can also consolidate the financial performance of its parent business and subsidiaries immediately, ensuring it stays on track for its IPO and Vision 2020 business transformation. “Before deploying NetSuite with LanciaConsult, we were constantly questioning the integrity of our data, and spending excessive time on consolidation. Now, we can make strategic business decisions faster and focus on our growth objectives,” said Jos Raaymakers, CEO of Yang Kee Logistics.  

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18-01-2018
Humans still more trustworthy than algo says research

New data from Juniper Research suggests that by 2022 fully automated robo-advisors (digital wealth management platforms) will manage US$987 billion per annum in AUM (assets under management). Automated robo-advisors will account for 25% of total robo-advisor AUM with its growth outpacing other semi-automated, supervised deployment types with lesser reliance on AI, by some margin.These robo-advisors are forecast to grow their AUM at close to 155% per annum on average versus 69% growth for the overall market according to Juniper.In AI we trust?RELATED: Cashing in on China's USD 2.2 trillion robo-advisory marketIn the Juniper whitepaper, Should You Trust an AI with Your Cash, the researcher says the constraint of limited human advisors is forcing wealth management firms to look for alternatives – robo-advisors is the answer.Table 1: Role of AI in Robo-advisorsSource: Juniper ResearchIntegration of AI into portfolio management software offers service providers a substantial time saving. Data gathering and interpretation is performed by the AI, within the context of the customer’s appetite for risk and existing investment.The challenge for roboadvisors targeting the mass market (ie below $20,000 minimum initial investment) is achieving a profitable business model. Given that fees charged are almost always under 1% (to present themselves as competitive versus incumbent players), profitability is determined by the ability to achieve sufficient AUM.According to the Juniper research, AI in Fintech: Roboadvisors, Lending, Insurtech & Regtech 2018-2022, consumer trust will play a fundamental role in shaping the market during the forecast period.For this reason, Juniper predicts that ‘hybrid’ robo-advisors would dominate the market, managing 66% of global robo-advisory AUM in 2022. It noted that human advisor input plays a key role here, serving to allay consumers’ fears of handing management of their cash over to an algorithm.RELATED: Robo-advisory and its role in capital managementHowever, the research predicts that while key market forces, such as economic uncertainty and increasing awareness of services would drive the overall market, changing demographics will kickstart demand for fully-automated robo-advisors.“Digital-savvy millennials are rapidly reaching the age where the idea of financial planning is an important consideration,” noted research author Steffen Sorrell (photo left). “This demographics’ greater inherent trust in algorithms, alongside demand for ‘fire-and-forget’ convenience will drive take-up for AI fully-managed services.”Consolidation aheadMeanwhile, the research predicted that market consolidation was highly likely in the near-term, particularly in more mature robo-advisory markets, such as the US.It argued that strong competition and high customer acquisition costs meant that many services would be unable to reach the AUM ‘tipping point’ necessary to generate profits. Juniper noted this would impact semi-automated robo-advisory services the most, owing to their reliance on human advisors and relatively low AUMs. It argued that for these reasons, many service providers would make themselves a target for acquisition. Caption: Image from iStockPhoto

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18-01-2018
BSA: Digital transformation requires new framework for digital trade

Software is a critical catalyst for the global economy, and a key enabler for organizations in every industry sector to succeed. The software industry has transformed in recent years, with the introduction of cloud computing, smart devices, and data analytics.Business innovation moves very quickly, with changes continuing at a rapid rate as technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous devices, blockchain, and “smart” contracts are each reshaping how software is used.Today’s digital economy calls for a well-constructed and modern trade agreement that includes truly 21st century obligations that drive job creation, competitiveness and innovation, says BSA - The Software Alliance.In a paper entitled Modernizing Digital Trade: An Agenda for Software, the software industry alliance body said: “Data has transformed commerce for businesses of all sizes, from small entrepreneurial companies to large manufacturers. The software we rely upon depends on the rapid and seamless movement of data across borders.”“Software services enable the technology of today as well as of the future. As the world continues to evolve, trade agreements need to allow for new innovations to flourish.”BSA argues that no digital trade framework would be complete without protections for the development of emerging technologies, which allow companies to expand and create new jobs. These provisions are therefore, in its opinion, critical for the future of the global economy.As the largest global alliance of software companies, BSA strongly supports a modern agreement that:Builds on existing international law on e-commerce and the emerging international consensus on digital trade Addresses the current and anticipated challenges faced by the software industry Establishes rules in evolving areas, especially on data-driven economic activity“The driving principle should be: no market access barriers and no discrimination against innovative software services,” it said.BSA advocates that key elements of a trade agreement for the digital economy should include:DATA ECONOMYPrivacy and security are imperatives. But governments often invoke privacy or security as a rationalization for creating market access barriers.Free movement of data across borders: Given the importance of cross-border data to the modern economy, governments must use privacy or security policies only as necessary, and never as disguised market access barriers. No data localization: Governments should not use data localization requirements as a market access barrier. For example, governments should not require that a data center be built inside its borders as a condition for doing business in a country. Electronic signatures: National laws should recognize electronic signatures in commercial transactions, including “smart” contracts.TECHNOLOGY IN GOVERNMENTTechnology in government: Governments should promote the use of innovative technology in government operations as they provide services to their citizens. Procurement: Procurement rules should be changed to reflect the 21st century needs of governments. Choice: Companies and government agencies should be free to use the technology of their choice and not be required to use local technologyREGULATIONStrong support for encryption: Governments should not undermine encryption in commercial products by imposing restrictions on security technologies used to safeguard against intrusions. International standards: Governments should not force companies to use conflicting national standards. State-owned enterprises: Governments should not favor state-owned enterprises through discriminatory regulation or subsidies. No forced technology transfer: Governments should not force companies to transfer their technology, or to disclose trade secrets or source code in order to have market access. No customs duties on electronic transmissions: Governments should not impose customs duties on the telecommunications value of electronic transmissions or on data being transmitted.INTELLECTUAL PROPERTYCopyright rules: Governments should have copyright rules in line with international standards with appropriate exceptions and safeguards, clear rules permitting commercial data gathering, and rules ensuring that ISPs are protected from liability for unlawful content posted by third parties. Legal software: Governments should use legal software in government agencies. Cyber-theft penalties: Governments should have criminal penalties for cyber theft of trade secrets. Patent protections: Governments should have non-discriminatory protection for software patents.

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17-01-2018
SWIFT, CSDs join forces for distributed ledger use in securities markets

SWIFT and seven central securities depositories (CSDs) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to demonstrate how distributed ledger technology could be implemented in post-trade scenarios, such as corporate actions processing, including voting and proxy-voting.The group will investigate the types of new products that can be built using it, and how existing standards such as ISO 20022 can support it.Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, Caja de Valores, Depósito Central de Valores, Nasdaq Market Technology AB, National Settlement Depository, SIX Securities Services and Strate Ltd are among the CSDs participating in the DLT project with SWIFT. Additional CSDs are expected to join in the coming weeks.Today, securities processing, particularly in areas requiring multi-party contact, involve cumbersome manual processes that can carry significant inherent cost and risk. As a part of the MOU, SWIFT and the CSDs have defined the product requirements for an e-voting solution based on DLT that includes common standards (ISO 20022) and principles.The project aims to focus on standardization, and re-using established business definitions facilitating interoperability around DLT deployments.Other aspects of the MOU include fostering collaboration amongst the CSD community in DLT research and development, helping define the role of financial market infrastructure providers in markets based on distributed ledgers and; identifying, defining and developing additional use cases for DLT in a CSD environment and the post-trade landscape, such as services for different kinds of DLT-based digital assets.In addition, the group will focus on creating and adapting common standards and principles for the use of DLT amongst CSDs and the financial industry, and promoting the adoption of those standards and principles to other parties, including regulators.

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17-01-2018
Income offers integrated policy digitally in Singapore

NTUC Income (“Income”) has claimed has claimed to be the first health insurer in Singapore to offer Integrated Shield Plan (IP) digitally today via an online portal.According to the insurer, much of the fact-finding, decision-making and purchasing of IP could only be made offline, prior to the portal’s launch. While quotes could be obtained online, an insurance advisor was still needed to follow up with clients before the purchase couldbe completed.The portal’s launch aims to heightened accessibility, convenience and speed with IP can be purchased, claimed and managed.Significantly, customers with no pre-existing health conditions will enjoy instant approval and coverage within five-to-10 minute of the application. Claiming a pre and post-hospitalisation bill can also be completed in seconds by submitting a photo of the bill to the online portal, eliminating the hassle of paper submissions.To help customers understand the benefit of a private health insurance plan and to make informed decisions about purchasing an IP, the online portal , which is open to Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents below 61 years old, offers scenario-based illustrations, as well as, easy-to-understand explainers on common health insurance terms such as ‘rider’, ‘as charged’ and ‘deductible’.Another value-added feature is its Google-like search function, the Coverage Checker, which allows policyholders to assess a suitable hospital ward type and obtain an estimation of their bill size by selecting from about 80 common medical treatments based on Income’s claims records. While this feature offers coverage clarity in a jiffy, customers can also engage with a chatbot directly on the online portal for general queries, or questions on upgrading or downgrading their existing IncomeShield plans or riders, from March.Peter Tay, Income’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “The new digital proposition plays to the way customers access, engage and use information digitally these days. They are accustomed to quick gratifications from online transactions that are often supported by a seamless user experience. In this regard, we aim to live-up to such an expectation and have designed our customer journey on the new online portal based on feedback from consumers. We see value in setting a new standard for customers - old and new - to learn about, engage with and enjoy a positive experience with IP as it is such an essential scheme to safeguard the long-term medical and hospitalisation needs of Singaporeans at large.”To ensure that customers do not run the risk of over-riding their in-force IP plans, the online portal  safeguards customers by embarking on a mandatory check at the start of the customer journey and decline those who currently enjoy IP protection. Customers are also offered an extended free-look period of 90 days compared to the usual 21 days to give them additional peace of mind.

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17-01-2018
ACI launches omni-channel solution for merchants in the cloud

ACI Worldwide’s UP Merchant Payments solution is now available in the cloud. Based on a multi-tenant architecture, the solution aims to offer the scalability required to meet the channel growth needs of merchants.UP Merchant Payments provides omni-channel payments and fraud management capabilities that support business and revenue growth needs through any channel, anytime and anywhere that customers want to transact.The solution supports a variety of in-store, eCommerce and digital channels, providing the framework for merchants across multiple verticals – including retail, dining, telco, travel, gaming and more – to create and manage a customer-centric experience. Advanced merchant fraud prevention and payment data security tools reduce risk, while protecting the bottom line.Via a multi-tenant cloud-based delivery option, UP Merchant Payments aims to minimize the costs and resources needed to maintain payment systems. Along with other UP-enabled cloud offerings, UP Merchant Payments is delivered from ACI’s fully redundant data center facilities, which are specifically designed to support mission-critical payment solutions while providing the utmost in reliability, security and data privacy.“As merchants continue to find creative ways to serve their customers—across new and engaging channels—it is imperative that they not lose sight of critical components like payments and fraud management, which are integral to the customer experience,” said Thad Peterson, senior analyst, Aite. “But merchants need to focus on what they do best—selling goods. Most neither have the time nor the expertise to allocate resources for managing these complex IT services.”With the cloud-based UP Merchant Payments solution, merchants are expected to be able to enhance their digital and secure payments credentials with ACI’s SaaS-based point-to-point encryption (P2PE) and tokenization offerings to protect their customers’ cardholder data. ACI’s dedicated cloud-hosted offering aims to provide the stability and scalability to support growth, as well as reduces the scope of PCI-compliance requirements.“Securing customer payment information and managing fraud are integral to any merchant’s digital payment strategy, especially as they scale their operations and payment options,” said Mike Braatz, senior vice president, ACI Worldwide. “As more organizations work to streamline the payments experience for their customers, they’re turning to ACI—and our extensive history of powering secure, flexible and scalable payments—and freeing themselves up to focus on the success of their businesses.” 

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17-01-2018
Taiwan government to deploy SDN to enhance backbone network

On 16 January 2018, Dimension Data announced that a government department in Taiwan has appointed it to overhaul and enhance its backbone network by designing, implementing and maintaining a Software Defined Network (SDN) based on Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).The project will enable the department to support the government’s recently launched 8-year “Digital Nation Plan,” aimed at accelerating Taiwan’s development into a regional technology hub and expanding its digital economy. After the implementation is complete, the department will be the first Taiwan government body to adopt an advanced SDN infrastructure.The department, responsible for over 20 different units and agencies, as well as a number of overseas offices, was looking for a safe and smart way to incorporate all of its operational segments into a single, collaborative data center architecture. However, its existing networking maintenance vendor was unable to keep up with the expectations.Dimension Data Taiwan adopted a consulting-led approach and proposed an SDN infrastructure based on Cisco ACI after a careful study of the specific needs of the complex, public sector organization. The proposed solution aims to simplify operations, reduce TCO and extend the agility and capability of the department’s proven infrastructure. It is also intended to open the door to a rich digital future.The project covers the installation and implementation of Cisco ACI Fabric hardware, including an Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), four leaf switches and two spine switches for each leaf switch. In addition to simplifying disaster recovery (DR) management with VMware vSphere Site Recovery Manager (SRM), Dimension Data Taiwan will also provide one full year of Uptime Maintenance Service to ensure that the ACI and network devices implemented in the backbone infrastructure are constantly running at agreed service levels.“Citizens worldwide require seamless delivery of government programs and services while demanding high levels of transparency and accountability from public sector agencies. From health and education to infrastructure and utilities, the maturity of public services affects a government's ability to deliver,” said Frank Liao, General Manager of Dimension Data Taiwan.The Taiwan government department has already formulated some ambitious plans to make the most of the new SDN infrastructure, such as migrating some of its current applications to the cloud and create a hybrid cloud environment. It is also keen in improving DR management and enabling automated failover without errors during DR testing.“An agile and application-centric SDN infrastructure makes sense for any organization, but it can pay even greater dividends in the public sector, where budgets are always under pressure and the responsibilities are enormous. Dimension Data is assisting government departments in Taiwan and beyond to leverage innovative solutions to swiftly close any gaps in many areas, such as providing essential services where none exist, or to offer more services to more people in a shorter time,” said Liao.

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16-01-2018
Ping An Technology sets world records in medical imaging

At the beginning of this year, Ping An Technology’s Yingxiang platform set world records for nodule detection and false positive reduction with reduction with average sensitivity rates of 95.1% and 96.8% respectively in LUNA rankings for medical imaging. This is the first time Ping An Technology has set world records in medical imaging. Aside from being an internationally recognized evaluation system for pulmonary nodule detection, LUNA (Lung Nodule Analysis) also sets the benchmark for all competitors in the field of medical imaging. The input data used to date comes from several medical institutions in the United States and are annotated by specialists and physicians. The evaluation, held as a form of competition, is carried out by more than 3,600 professional teams from academic and industrial circles worldwide since 2016, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University, Zhejiang University, Alibaba, iFLYTEK, Fosun, as well as a host of startup firms. Each competing team is required to analyze lung CT samples of nearly 1,000 people and locate the nodules. This is a difficult task as most of the nodules diameters are smaller than 3mm (the same width as three human hairs). Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Screening high risk individuals for lung cancer with low-dose CT scans is now being implemented in the United States and other countries are expected to soon follow suit. In CT lung cancer screening, millions of scans need to be analyzed, creating an enormous burden for radiologists. As a result, it has become necessary to develop intelligent algorithms that are optimized for lung cancer detection. Leveraging its advantages, Ping An Technology's medical imaging team proposed a solution to this challenge that integrates robust control theory with advanced AI algorithms including deep learning and transfer learning, achieving excellent results in pulmonary nodule detection, localization and recognition. The technology is being applied in collaboration with the Shanghai Institute of Respiratory Diseases and several Grade III, Class A hospitals. Ping An Technology's medical imaging team, led by Dr. Xiao Jing, an expert in China's 1,000 Talents Plan and Chief Scientist at Ping An Technology, is comprised of medical and AI specialists from worldwide top universities including Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, the University of Florida, UCLA, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The team, with strong R&D backing, now provides a wide range of medical AI capabilities to screen for gastric, liver, cervical and thyroid cancer as well as estimate bone age, detect diabetic retinopathy and thorax related diseases. In terms of the application of medical imaging technologies, Ping An Technology is cooperating with the Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chongqing Health and Family Planning Commissions as well as several of their provincial counterparts, on jointly building platforms based on big data and AI technologies in addition to research into related topics.

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16-01-2018
Impact of social media a business concern in APAC

While media impact is very much a top-of-mind consideration in the Asia Pacific, only 26% of organizations are tying social back to business objectives, according to a new report commissioned by social media management platform Hootsuite.The report titled “From Insights to Action: How Asia Pacific organizations are unlocking the ROI of social media” focuses on how organizations in the region are tracking social media impact and correlating it to business priorities.Tying social to businessBut while 87% of Asia Pacific companies track and measure the effectiveness of social media against defined goals, those that are tying it back to core business objectives remain in the minority (26%).On the other hand, enterprises that have made the necessary organizational shifts are already seeing the benefits of social data beyond marketing, says Hootsuite. Specifically, 56% say they gained insights into their customers, while 55% say they experienced faster decision-making. In addition, new market opportunities (42%) and the discovery of unexpected risks (40%) were cited.“With the penetration and consumption of social media in Asia Pacific, the adoption of a social media strategy is no longer a luxury - it must be a core part of any business strategy. Business leaders and marketers are just starting to understand the impact that social can have beyond marketing,” said Roger Graham, Senior Director, Growth & Marketing, APAC, Hootsuite.Opportunity aheadUltimately, Hootsuite says its report highlights the opportunity to align success metrics to every stage of the customer journey. On that front, the report identifies the opportunity and value for organizations to tie social to key business priorities, says Graham.The study was conducted during Q2 of 2017 on 404 executives, social strategists, digital strategists, and marketers at companies with more than 1,000 employees in Australia, Singapore, the United States and the United Kingdom.More than half of these were director level, and survey respondents were responsible for marketing and social media programs within their organizations. Altimeter, which conducted the underlying research, says it leveraged a combination of survey and secondary sources on social and digital practices to gain the insights.The full report can be downloaded here (free registration).Further reading:5 social trends marketers need to know for 2018Report: China set to become second largest social ad spender in 5 yearsHootsuite CMO on how to win with social media Caption: Image credit: iStockphoto by Getty Images

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15-01-2018
ABB and Formula E partner for the future of e-mobility

ABB and Formula E are teaming up in a ground-breaking partnership to champion e-mobility for a sustainable future.The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully electric international single-seater category in motorsports, bringing electrifying wheel-to-wheel action against the backdrop of iconic skylines such as New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Zurich. Since its first race in Beijing in September 2014, Formula E has established itself as the number one all-electric international motor sport. In the next level of development, global pioneering technology leader ABB is bringing its name and innovation and technology leadership to the series, which will be now known as the “ABB FIA Formula E Championship.” The fourth edition of the series will see 10 teams and 20 drivers compete in 11 cities spanning five continents in the fight to be crowned ABB Formula E champion. The first race took place in Marrakesh on January 13, with the 2018 championship coming to a close in July 2018.With the largest installed base of more than 6,000 fast chargers worldwide, ABB's expertise in electrification and leadership in electric vehicle charging solutions makes it the ideal industry partner for Formula E. Formula E serves as a competitive platform to develop and test  e-mobility-relevant electrification and digitalization technologies, helping refine the design and functionality of electric vehicles and infrastructure as well as the associated digital platforms.By joining forces, ABB and Formula E believe they are ideally positioned to push the boundaries of e-mobility. “We are extremely excited to partner with Formula E in writing the future of e-mobility,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “Today, two pioneers are uniting. ABB and Formula E are a natural fit at the forefront of the latest electrification and digital technologies. Together, we will write the next phase of this exciting sports activity and foster high-performance teams. Together, we will write the future – one electrifying race at a time.” Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Formula E, said: “This is a historic day for Formula E and I’m honored to welcome the global technology leader ABB as the title partner of Formula E, with its background and expertise in the field of electrification and digital technologies. Our two companies are synonymous with pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Together, as partners, we will showcase breakthrough technology on a global scale to fans and consumers who follow the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.”  

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15-01-2018
8 workplace keyphrases to watch in 2018

Director of WORKTECH Academy, Professor Jeremy Myerson, the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art and Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, takes a holistic view of work and workplace, ensuring that property, people and technology are considered in a more integrated and intelligent way.Here, he gives us his predictions for some keyphrases and themes to watch out for in 2018:1. Flex-Space: Watch out as large companies shrink their corporate footprint in 2018 and seek out flexible alternatives, making the co-working juggernaut unstoppable. Another latte, anyone?2. Biophilia:  2018 will be a big year for bringing nature into the workplace to boost wellbeing. Not just plants but natural materials such as slate and hemp too.  And not just natural plants – tech-enabled robotic plants will make their entry too.3. Superfoods:  In a fresh bid to improve performance and productivity, companies will focus on the links between nutrition and neuroscience, offering the right diet to sharpen the brain.4. Chatbots: Artificial Intelligence (AI) switch from science fiction to a workplace near you in 2018 with Chatbots leading the charge. But the discourse will swing from robots taking our jobs to humans having to do the work of robots.5. Smart Precincts: A big year ahead not just for smart buildings but for smart precincts, which are the building blocks of digital cities. These digital districts (think Hudson Yards or King’s Cross) are set to blend mixed-use developments with smart services.    6. Mindfulness: The big health and wellbeing accent in 2018 will be on the mind rather than the body. Mental health will top the agenda, as days lost through stress, anxiety, depression and burnout cut into corporate profits.7. Narrative: The workplace brandscape will make a comeback in 2018, but the storytelling element will be more abstract and subtle in approach than the overt branded statement interiors of the early 2000s. 8. Data Analysts:  2018 will be a breakthrough year for collecting data in the workplace building through smart sensors and beacons, but the key question will switch from how we collect the data, to what we do with it. In-house data analysts could be on answer.  

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15-01-2018
Leveraging blockchain technology to democratize the real estate industry

Sharing just makes economic sense. Consumer research done by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) concludes that according to 55% of millennials, the appeal of sharing is high as they do not want to be tied down to expensive assets like houses. Sharing also gives everyone a fair opportunity to access products and services they might not have the means to reach by themselves.Riding on this new wave of sharing, blockchain technology is starting to gain prominence, giving rise to a new model of decentralized organizations. Take for example Juno, a ridesharing alternative to Uber in the United States where 50% of equity are reserved for its drivers. This was unheard of just a few years ago.Blockchain technology is ultimately a means for individuals to coordinate common activities, to interact directly with one another, and to govern themselves in a more secure and decentralized manner without going through a centralized platform. Taking Airbnb to an elevated level with blockchain technology is REIDAO.Operating on the world’s first-ever community-based model for the shared use of real estate, REIDAO is a Singapore-based technology firm that builds on the Ethereum blockchain to change and disrupt the real-estate vertical.REIDAO’s blockchain technology converts real estate into a digital asset, breaking down its value into many digital tokens that can then be individually bought and sold. This opens the real estate market up to everyone who wants to invest in it, at whatever extent they wish. As the price of cryptocurrency is stabilized by being pegged to real estate value, one does not need to worry about its extremely volatile nature.Darvin Kurniawan, Co-Founder and CEO of REIDAO, intends to help grow this new economic ecosystem that democratizes the real estate industry: “The technology’s real social and economic impact begins with changing the notion of ‘profit’ and ‘capital’. Essentially, what blockchain technology brings about is a decentralization of power. Its effect is specific to the industry it operates in, but blockchain will change social structures as we know it. For example, corporate businesses become more of a social enterprise when the community owns the wealth together.”The company has initiated Crowdvilla - Shared Holiday Homes. Crowdvilla allows users to book holiday accommodations, similar to other rental booking sites, albeit with one major difference: all of the available accommodations on the platform are owned by the community itself.Crowdvilla is designed as a community-based organization for community-owned assets, where all the token holders for any single property can utilize it. As a non-profit organization based and regulated in Singapore, Crowdvilla has the sole mandate of facilitating the utilization of shared holiday homes within its portfolio.“What we want to put forth first is the idea that assets can be owned collectively. What kind of assets then comes secondary. Operating on villas was the first step as everyone knows what it is. The next logical move would then be to expand to co-working spaces because it’s such a hot thing right now. But really, this concept can effectively be operated on all kinds of goods and services,” says Kurniawan.

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15-01-2018
Bank of Cyprus to deploy biometric EMV card for contactless payment

One of the earliest implementation of biometric technology for authentication, fingerprint sensors have been around since 2007. But it wasn’t until the iPhone 5S’ launch in 2013 that recognition of its potential mass adoption grew. With analysts forecasting a US$50 billion biometric industry, vendors are racing to introduce commercial-grade biometric solutions to support payments.Bank of Cyprus will be replacing PIN code with biometric technology to authenticate cardholder. It what Gemalto claims will be the world’s first EMV biometric dual interface payment card for both chip and contactless payments.How it worksBank of Cyprus' customers will complete the swift enrolment process at the bank's branches, using Gemalto's tablet designed for the solution. The biometric personalization and card activation process is designed to avoid transmission of biometric data over the air to ensure that users' data privacy is protected. The fingerprint template captured during the enrolment process is stored only on the card.RELATED: Why and how security delivers business valueWhen customers place their fingerprint on the sensor, a comparison is performed between the scanned fingerprint and the reference biometric data securely stored in the card."Using biometrics for contactless payments is a natural move as it fits in naturally with the gesture used to pay. It allows a better user experience, enabling higher transaction amounts without entering a PIN while benefiting from the convenience of contactless," said Bertrand Knopf (photo left), Gemalto's executive vice president, Banking and Payment. Future prospectsMichael Au (photo right), Gemalto senior vice president for Banking and Payment in Asia admitted that the biometric sensor payment card technology is still relatively new but sees strong potential for the technology. “In the future, we expect more banks – across the world and in Asia Pacific – to increasingly incorporate biometric elements – specifically fingerprint technology in this use case – into the physical banking cards for authentication and security purposes,” he added.He cited four important reasons for this positive outlook:First of all, biometric technology, specifically fingerprint technology, is relatively mature and has been widely adopted in other sectors, such as for e-government services and for smartphones. “This means the consumers are familiar with the technology; have trust in it; and are more inclined to use it when it is incorporated into their banking cards,” he postulated.Secondly, biometrics fits well into the multi-factor authentication process when conducting a transaction. A strong multi-factor authentication process comprises three parts – what you have (a device, a token, or a card); what you know (PIN or password); and who you are (ICs, biometric information).“Biometric information simultaneously functions as a form of password and a type of identification for the user, hitting two birds with one stone. As a result, consumers are now able to conduct higher value contactless transactions quickly and securely at the payment counter. All you need is to hold the card with your enrolled finger on the fingerprint sensor; the card can verify your biometric data – a much faster and improved payment experience overall,” he explained.Thirdly, the fingerprint technology is easier to implement; has a high accuracy rate; and can fit into a standard size banking card without encroaching into the space for other technologies. It is the ideal technology for financial institutions.Finally, incorporating biometric technology into the banking cards does not require an overhaul of the existing payment structure, as all biometric information is securely stored in the cards and is not sent over-the-air to anyone. “The authentication is done in the card itself. The biometric payment card is based on EMV standards and can work with any EMV-enabled POS terminal. This means banks can anticipate minimal to no pushback from retailers and merchants for this implementation,” he concluded. Caption: Image from iStockPhoto

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CyberLink Vol.112 December 2017

Cyberport celebrates strong community of 1,000 companies

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CyberLink Vol.111 November 2017

Cyberport Venture Capital Forum forges win-win partnership for investors and start-ups

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CyberLink Vol.110 October 2017

Klook raised US$60M, the largest funding ever for in-destination service booking platform

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