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BeyonCa Founder Soh Urges Creation of New Automotive Ecosystem Amid Fragmentation of Supply Chain and AI-driven Transformation

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BEIJING, Feb. 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — During a recent investment roundtable with Barron’s China, Singaporean Weiming Soh, a seasoned figure in the automotive industry and the founder-chairman of the premium smart EV company BeyonCa, advocated the establishment of a new industrial ecosystem to address the fragmentation in the traditional supply chain.

“China has taken the lead globally due to its first-mover advantage, cost efficiency, and robust engineering prowess in the electrification shift, emerging as the world’s largest car exporter,” Soh stated. “However, the disruption of the traditional supply chain caused by deglobalization, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, is a reality we must confront.”
“The EV industry must establish a new ecosystem with novel player roles and collaboration models, shaping the industry’s future direction and facilitating Re-Globalization,” Soh emphasized, adding that the roles between OEMs and OEMs, and between OEMs and supply chain partners, will transform from simple procurement relationships to partnerships. 
In Soh’s view, the new ecosystem aligns with the changes in automotive construction, attributes, roles, and functions accompanying electric and intelligent vehicles, spanning from inside the car, around the car, and beyond the car.
Inside the car, this involves a modular platform comprising a Skateboard Chassis, Scalable Battery Pack, E-Powertrain, E/E central computing hardware platform, infrastructure, solid state, and upper body, primarily reflected in design and connectivity, noted Soh.
Around the car, he addresses charging infrastructure, encompassing fast charging technologies, V2X, and battery swapping.
Finally, extending beyond the car aims to provide customers with an integrated user experience, incorporating services like insurance and healthcare, facilitated by AI technologies such as computer vision, natural language processing, and video/speech recognition.
“With the rapid introduction of AI foundation models into the automotive field, smart cars have become the focal point of future competition in the electric vehicle industry. This signifies a shift of the production process and the business model, indicating that OEMs can no longer operate in silos from R&D to industrial production to market and user development and operation,” he elaborated. “This inevitability heralds the emergence of a new industrial ecosystem characterized by collaborative R&D, co-IP, closed-loop data, and more.”
In 2021, Soh, alongside a distinguished team of industry veterans, founded BeyonCa. Positioned to compete with high-end car series such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, BeyonCa aims to define the super-premium smart EV segment through its exquisite design led by former Bentley designer Dirk van Braeckel, meticulous craftsmanship, smart experiences, and scenario-driven services within, around, and beyond the car.
Backed by strategic investors Renault and Dongfeng, BeyonCa has forged a strategic partnership with the government of Zhejiang Province, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Al Faisaliah Group Holding Company (AFG), a prominent diversified investments group headquartered in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, aiming to cultivate the EV market in the Middle East.
“The penetration rate of electric vehicles in the Middle East is expected to rise from the current 1% to approximately 20-27% by 2030, while that of Southeast Asia and the Pacific regions is anticipated to increase from the current 1% to approximately 30-45%. These regions will be the focal points of our international business expansion,” Soh disclosed during the roundtable.
He argued that a perfected supply chain is the greatest advantage of China’s automotive industry. Going global is no longer just about exporting complete vehicles; more importantly, it involves venturing abroad with supply chain partners to establish an ecosystem in local markets. This signifies ecosystem globalization, enabling better localization efforts.
“Localization should be based on the combination of local resource endowments,” Soh said. “Our AI competence & eco-system development center will be based in Singapore, which is committed to becoming a global hub, while Indonesia and the Philippines, with abundant nickel ore resources, are suitable for establishing processing bases here.”

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Sendbird Unveils Easy-to-Use AI Chatbot Tailored for Small Businesses

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SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Sendbird, a leading communications platform for web and mobile apps, has launched its AI chatbot, designed for easy setup and tailored to help small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs)  in various customer-facing sectors like e-commerce and healthcare. This affordable, no-code solution aims to enhance customer engagement and support. Businesses can access an AI chatbot starter package offering features such as chatbot personas creation, knowledge enrichment, workflow integration, and performance tracking analytics, all without requiring technical skills.

Furthemore, Sendbird has unveiled a developer-centric Pro package, which simplifies mobile app integration and provides more workflows and function calls for third-party software connections. These connections empower the AI chatbot to expand its capabilities and improve the competitiveness. For instance, the AI chatbot can offer personalized recommendations for flights, accommodations, or products.
Sendbird’s no-code AI chatbot seamlessly integrates with Sendbird Desk, its in-app chat customer service solution, providing businesses with a unified sales or support desk. This integration boosts automated efficiency while maintaining a nuanced understanding of human support, leading to swifter, more accurate responses and increased customer satisfaction.
Built on a real-time communication platform trusted by industry leaders like Rakuten, Paytm, Traveloka, Carousell, PayPay, Yahoo, DoorDash, Krafton, Sendbird’s AI chatbot ensures seamless integration with both websites and mobile applications. This enables businesses to streamline support processes, save time, and allocate resources effectively, exceeding customer expectations.
Sendbird CEO and Co-founder John S. Kim emphasizes the importance of making AI accessible to SMBs, stating, “Today, large enterprises and consumer brands effectively use AI to engage with their customers. But there is no way for a small company to compete. What we aim to do with our no-code AI chatbot is to make that technology accessible to SMBs.”
To explore the benefits firsthand, businesses can access a free trial of Sendbird’s AI chat bot at sendbird.com/products/ai-chatbot. Additionally, to enhance superior customer support and engagement further, go to Sendbird Desk at sendbird.com/products/customer-support.
About Sendbird
Sendbird is the all-in-one communication platform empowering web and mobile applications with customizable user experiences. Sendbird’s cutting-edge APIs unlock the potential of AI-powered chatbots, one-way notification messages, chat, video calls and live streaming, tailored for use in commerce, marketing, and exceptional customer support. Trusted by industry leaders such as Rakuten, Paytm, Traveloka, Carousell, PayPay, Yahoo, DoorDash, and Krafton, Sendbird powers over 7 billion interactions monthly for over 4000+ applications worldwide.
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Vieworks Unveils Cutting-Edge X-ray Imaging Solutions at ECR 2024

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ANYANG, South Korea, Feb. 27, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Vieworks, a leading provider of medical and industrial X-ray imaging solutions, is gearing up to showcase its innovative lineup at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) 2024, scheduled from February 28 to March 3 in Vienna, Austria. Vieworks will introduce a range of groundbreaking solutions including the VXvue software with AI diagnostic support for both human and veterinary applications, alongside X-ray flat panel detectors (Hall X3, Booth 324).

At the exhibition, Vieworks will unveil a total of 19 products, featuring 15 static and dynamic flat panel detectors accompanied by dedicated image acquisition software. Particularly noteworthy will be the introduction of the enhanced VXvue software integrated with AI diagnostic support solutions. 
Vieworks’ large-format and large-area detector products (VIVIX-S 1751S, VIVIX-S 4747V) are designed to optimize full-spine, half-body, and large-area imaging, offering static image detectors capable of capturing wider area images in a single scan compared to conventional models, thereby reducing patient radiation exposure. With advantages such as high resolution and swift image acquisition, these detectors enable more efficient diagnosis.
In addition to these innovations, Vieworks will showcase a variety of its flagship products, including FPDs for general radiography (VIVIX-S V, VIVIX-S F series), portable C-arms and fluoroscopy applications (VIVIX-D series), and digital detectors for breast examination (VIVIX-M series).
Developed in-house by Vieworks, VXvue is a user-centric image processing software designed to post-process clinical images acquired through X-ray detectors. With recent enhancements, VXvue can analyze X-ray clinical images of animals such as dogs and cats, providing abnormal findings related to musculoskeletal and thoracic diseases within 15 seconds. By offering post-processing of images along with information on the location of ailments and their probability, VXvue is poised to significantly improve the diagnostic process for veterinarians.
VXvue also offers advanced solutions for human application, incorporating the ‘PureImpact™’ technology, a high-performance image processing algorithm that enhances image clarity, and AI. This enables detailed depiction of soft tissue and skeletal structures with minimal radiation exposure.
A Vieworks spokesperson stated, “This year, we will continue to invest in innovative technologies such as AI to advance our product diversification and technological sophistication. Through these efforts, we aim to secure loyalty from our key customers in North America and Europe and expand our market share.”
ECR, regarded as one of the world’s largest congresses alongside the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), anticipates participation from over 240 companies representing 35 countries.
About Vieworks Co., Ltd.
As a global leader in digital imaging in various applications from medical x-ray imaging to industrial x-ray inspection, Vieworks offers the most advanced x-ray flat panel detectors and software as a solution to the world. Vieworks creates new standards in the imaging industry by providing professionals with the most valued and high-quality images and offering innovative vision and insight for all. For more information, please visit xrayimaging.vieworks.com.
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Geotab Brings Conversational AI to Connected Transportation Solutions at Mobile World Congress

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Demonstrates Geotab Ace with AI capabilities to interpret complex data with natural-language processing – a game-changer in connected vehicle transformationEnables fleets to make faster data-driven decisions based on safety, route planning, maintenance schedules, sustainability, and moreVisit us for the Geotab Ace demo on the Ontario Canada exhibition in Hall 7, 7G61, Kiosk 11 at MWC
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2024 /CNW/ – Geotab Inc. (“Geotab”), a leading connected vehicle technology provider, will demonstrate its industry-first generative AI assistant for connected transportation, Geotab Ace, at Mobile World Congress. Geotab Ace is fueled by data-led AI processing capabilities analyzing more than 75 billion data points daily across global telecoms networks. Deeply integrated into MyGeotab, Geotab Ace instantly generates insights, while democratising and streamlining access to information to unlock new value from fleet data. 
Geotab Ace was launched earlier this month at Geotab Connect, with the first public demonstrations of the AI copilot being debuted at Mobile World Congress. Geotab Ace has access to an expansive array of insights, including predictive safety analytics, predictive maintenance, trip data, zone activity, electric vehicle statistics, exception events, GPS tracking, and more. This allows it to provide nuanced answers to a broad range of complex questions while remembering past interactions to improve future responses. Geotab Ace is built on privacy-by-design principles and keeps all customer telematics data within Geotab’s environment, never shared with any Large Language Model (LLM).
Enhancements to the user experience include tailored insights through intuitive dialogue with natural language processing – allowing organizations with fleets to extend on-demand insights in areas including safety, operations, maintenance, efficiency, and sustainability to assess the performance of their vehicles, assets, drivers, and more in simple, easy-to-understand terms.
Fleets can now significantly reduce the time taken to gain insights and access customized data reflections that are tailored to their specific needs, enhancing their capacity and expediency for making data-driven decisions.
“By bringing the intuitive simplicity of conversational AI directly into the Geotab platform, we are transforming the way fleets interact with their data, crafting a future where insights are immediate, intelligent, and instrumental to success,” said Edward Kulperger, Senior Vice President, Geotab EMEA. “It embodies our mission to simplify data analysis and unlock a world of trustworthy, insightful and actionable fleet intelligence.”
Geotab’s position as an industry trailblazer is reinforced by its 4 million globally connected vehicles, 50,000 customers across 160 countries, and an extensive telecoms carrier and partner network. This depth of expertise and global scale enables the company to develop unprecedented AI models, unlocking unmatched value and efficiency for fleets around the world.
Geotab Ace will be available to be experienced hands-on in the Ontario (Canada) Pavilion in Hall 7, 7G61, Kiosk 11 at Mobile World Congress from February 26 – 29, 2024.
To learn more about Geotab Ace, visit https://www.geotab.com/uk/ace/..
About GeotabGeotab is a global leader in connected transportation solutions. We provide telematics — vehicle and asset tracking — solutions to over 50,000 customers in 160 countries. For more than 20 years, we have invested in ground-breaking data research and innovation to enable partners and customers, including Fortune 500 and public sector organizations, to transform their fleets and operations. With over 4 million subscriptions and processing more than 75 billion data points a day, we help customers make better decisions, increase productivity, have safer fleets, and achieve their sustainability goals. Geotab’s open platform and Marketplace offers hundreds of third-party solution options. Backed by a team of industry-leading data scientists and AI experts, Geotab is unlocking the power of data to understand real-time and predictive analytics — solving for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s world. To learn more, visit www.geotab.com, follow @GEOTAB on Twitter and LinkedIn, or visit the Geotab Blog.

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