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Cutting-edge game development tools and a recently released generative game engine, Game AI Engine GiiNEX, will revolutionize the gaming landscape
SAN FRANCISCO, April 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Tencent Games, the world’s leading game development, publishing and operation platform, brought its latest technologies, services and solutions in game development and operations to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2024.

AI and Machine Learning Take Center Stage at GDC
Harnessing the power of machine learning and AI is crucial for game developers and creators to deliver immersive, hyper-realistic gaming experiences. Elvis Liu, AI Team Lead at MoreFun Studios, shared insights on adopting large-scale reinforcement learning in fighting games. For example, Naruto Mobile, the first fighting game that utilizes a reinforcement learning approach to train the agent, can save up to 90% of the time and resources needed for the training process. In addition, Elvis participated in the machine learning panel discussion along with other prominent experts in the industry to address questions about the future of machine learning in gaming.
Experts from TiMi Studio Group discussed its self-developed character animation system, MotorNerve, and how it achieves high-quality, low-consumption locomotion control and transition animation generation by combining the advantages of Motion Matching and Learned Motion Matching, as well as leveraging Motion In Betweening technology. 
To provide developers with the latest game AI tools, Tencent AI Lab launched its self-developed GiiNEX Game AI Engine during the GDC event. This game AI engine incorporates generative AI technology, which enables professional developers to create realistic and diverse 3D city scenes. Furthermore, it offers gamers the opportunity to design new levels and enhance user-generated content. GiiNEX supports 2D images, animations, 3D scenes, narratives, and dialogue generation, and also utilizes decision-making AI for game development testing, simulated gameplay, and scenarios to speed up game innovations.
Advanced Solutions Empower Game Development
The development team of Delta Force: Hawk Ops has shared their solutions for cross-platform development, including the creation of art pipelines and tools for high-precision end-game graphics while ensuring mobile performance. They have also implemented a unified production pipeline and cross-platform runtime support to achieve scalability of graphics effects and performance, as well as production efficiency in cross-platform development.
Ray tracing technology has become prevalent in PC and console 3A games, yet it has not been widely adopted in mobile platforms due to performance and algorithm constraints. However, experts from MoreFun Studios unveiled the technical details of its exciting title Arena Breakout, showcasing the successful application of ray tracing technology on mobile devices and the promise of a high-quality, hyper-realistic experience for players. Additionally, the team has addressed the conflict between graphic quality and frame rate by introducing a self-developed frame-prediction technology to boost frame rate and reduce battery consumption without compromising the graphic quality.
The R&D Efficiency and Capability engine team shared integrating SmartGI, a high-performance global illumination solution for mobile, and NanoMesh, an adaptive and seamless LOD technology, into a new real-time rendering pipeline. This integration aims to create a one-stop development process with minimal asset preprocessing, pixel-level geometry rendering, and a fully real-time cross-platform customizable game engine. The Game UX research team, offered a look into the A-G-E Model plus their insights into improving the onboarding process for F2P players.
Tencent Games reaffirmed its commitment to advancing game security, quality assurance, and studio efficiency, by showcasing its cutting-edge in-house products at the GDC booth. Anti-Cheat Expert(ACE), offers a comprehensive suite of game security solutions for mobile and PC games such as hardening solutions, anti-cheat measures, in-game economy risk and content moderation, as well as digital rights management, to assist game developers in addressing diverse security challenges and providing a fair and competitive gaming environment for players. WeTest Global, the Quality Assurance Platform, ensures the highest quality standards for game and application development with a range of QA solutions including compatibility testing, functional testing, automated testing, remote device access, and performance testing for mobile, PC and console games. What’s more, the Cloud-Enabled Studio solutions empower studios to transcend geographical and physical constraints, enabling seamless work from any location, thereby enhancing productivity, streamlining art production, and ensuring the security of assets.
Connecting with Community and Talent
Alongside GDC, the PocketGamer Connects San Francisco event featured Level Infinite VP and head of business operations and strategy, Yong-yi Zhu. He joined a panel discussion with Qi Lu, CEO and founder of Supernova Games, and Stuart Dinsey, chairman of Curve games, where the three discussed the role of global publishers in bridging Asia and the West.
Zhu said Tencent Games has been focused on listening and testing content with local gaming communities across the globe, then relaying what players want back to studios. “Tencent’s superpower has been in working with mobile developers, and being very data-driven in decision making,” he said. “It’s about identifying what really resonates with people in their local communities, and being very much tailor-made.”
At this year’s GDC, Tencent Games introduced a dedicated “Career Space” at its booth, designed to foster networking and connect with potential candidates for open roles across game development. The space featured opportunities from internships to senior positions and offered insight into Tencent’s studios and its latest projects. Additionally, the GWB Game Awards 2024 was announced, featuring gold, silver, and bronze awards for the best game, along with eight distinct category awards, offering a total prize pool of $56,000 USD. Those interested may submit entries before July 15 on the official website.  
Launched in 1988, GDC has been the go-to event for the gaming community for the latest trends and insights. Tencent Games’ active involvement in GDC highlights its commitment to advancing the industry through innovation. If you couldn’t attend, we invite you to follow our social media accounts and visit the GDC Vault for more information.
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About Tencent Games
Tencent Games was launched in 2003, and has since grown into the leading global platform for game development, publishing and operation, as well as operator of the largest online game community in China. It is dedicated to offering engaging and high quality interactive entertainment experience for all players.
Tencent Games currently offers more than 140 self-developed and licensed games across 200 countries and regions, which provides hundreds of millions of users with cross-platform interactive entertainment experiences. Honour of Kings, PUBG MOBILE and League of Legends are some of the most popular titles around the world.
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Tencent, Global Communications
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Management ‘bought the AI hype’ and expect value but research shows lack of organizational readiness is primary hurdle: IFS

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IFS commissioned research shows value creation lags AI promise without the right planning and application
LONDON, April 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — New research from IFS, the global cloud enterprise software company, has found that executive and board leadership have ‘bought the AI hype’ but organizations are unable to deliver operationally on expectations. The new global study of 1,700 senior decision makers, Industrial AI: the new frontier for productivity, innovation and competition, found that the promise of AI is being held back by technology, processes and skills. Half of respondents remain optimistic that with the right AI strategy, value can be realized in the next two years, and a quarter believe in the next year.

Expectations failing to meet reality
84% of executives anticipate massive organizational benefits from AI, with the top three areas AI is expected to deliver value in being high-impact: product & service innovation, improved internal & external data availability, and cost reductions & margin gains. The hype has become so high that 82% of senior decision-makers acknowledge that there is significant pressure to adopt AI quickly. However, this same group of respondents state that they are concerned that a failure to plan, implement and communicate properly means AI projects will stall in pilot stage.
Many organizations have not prioritized elements of development, nor have the infrastructure required to reap the rewards or the skills to deliver on that promise. The study found that over a third (34%) of businesses had not moved to the cloud. While this is not essential to AI adoption, it is indicative of an unprepared enterprise unlikely to be able to scale AI across their business. According to IFS, a robust Industrial AI strategy requires a potent combination of cloud, data, processes, and skills. 80% of respondents agree that the lack of a strategic approach means they have insufficient skills in-house to successfully adopt AI. This sentiment is seen elsewhere in the research with 43% of respondents rating the quality of AI resources in their business, in terms of human skills, as passable and not where it needs to be.
Christian Pedersen, Chief Product Officer, IFS, commented: “AI is poised to become the most transformational enterprise tool ever seen, but our research reveals that there are still fundamental misunderstandings about how to harness its power within an industrial setting. It is telling that AI is expected to significantly reduce costs and raise margins, but a lack of robust strategy means most businesses are under-skilled and under-prepared to achieve these ambitions. We built IFS.ai specifically with these challenges in mind. AI value simply will not be found in a single AI capability but instead by delivering AI across all products and business processes. This supports customers’ decision cycles and provides the data and AI services required to realize value faster.”
Pedersen continued: “Achieving this at scale needs a clear-eyed strategic focus, including the high-impact use cases specific to their industry, having a cloud-based infrastructure in place which has industrial AI embedded, and investing early in developing the skills needed. Adopting this approach will turn the tide of disillusionment, and deliver the benefits that boards and the C suite are demanding.”
Outlook optimistic but planning needed
The unfortunate reality of the skills gap means that in terms of AI readiness, many businesses are falling behind. IFS found that nearly half of respondents (48%) were most likely to say that they are gathering proposals and were much less likely to have a clear strategy and perceivable results (27%). A fifth of respondents are in the research phase, with uncontrolled tests taking place and a further 5% are lacking a coordinated approach and do not have anything in motion yet. Despite initial challenges, there is still optimism with respondents most likely to feel AI could make a significant difference to their business in 1-2 years (47%), and a further quarter (24%) believe it could be within a year.
In particular, respondents are most optimistic about the impact of AI in smart production and/or service delivery on effectiveness & business and operational management (22%) in the future. One fifth see the biggest impact being on innovation with new products and services (20%), growth & business model decision-making (20%), empowering people and increasing talent retention (19%), and customer experience and customer service (19%).
Action needed on data readiness
To reap these benefits, enterprises need to leverage the most strategic asset they have – their data. The right data volume and quality is critical for the success of AI applications. Respondents recognize how important real-time data is to successful AI projects, with over 4 in 5 (86%) stating this. Yet despite this recognition, less than a quarter (23%) of respondents have completed their data foundation with it supporting both data-driven business decision making and real time response to changes, suggesting that more work needs to be done to get data AI ready. Moreover, under half (43%) of respondents have majority structured data, with some unstructured.
Pedersen commented: “The lack of maturity at the data foundation layer needs to be addressed as part of an overall AI strategy, otherwise AI simply will never be the magic bullet that can turbocharge the enterprise. Clearly enterprises need support on data management and migration. While AI is seen as a shiny new tool that will revolutionize business, like all technology, it is never that simple. The power of Industrial AI is that it can touch all facets of a business from product innovation and customer experience to productivity and ESG. Its potential is massive if executives and organizations can combine vision, strategy, technology and skills. Now is the time to step back, take stock, and build a true Industrial AI plan and turn the hype into reality.”
Methodology:
Censuswide surveyed 1,709 C-level/President/SVP/Directors who work in Manufacturing, Telecommunications, A&D, Services, Construction & Engineering or Energy & resources in organizations with $50m+ annual revenue (Aged 18+) across the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, France, UAE, Norway, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Denmark and Finland between 06.03.2024 – 27.03.2024.
IFS Press Contacts:MEA& APJ: Adam GillbeCorporate CommunicationsEmail: [email protected] Phone: +44 7775 114 856
USA: Mairi MorganCorporate CommunicationsEmail: [email protected] Phone: +44 7918 607 299
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University medical centers in Germany choose Sectra’s radiology solution to streamline workflows and shorten lead times for patients

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LINKÖPING, Sweden, April 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra (STO: SECT B) has signed two contracts to provide the radiology module of its enterprise imaging solution with two university medical centers in Germany—Universitätsklinikum Tübingen and Universitätsmedizin Göttingen. By implementing Sectra’s radiology solution, the hospitals aim to improve and streamline radiology workflows with Sectra’s tools for enhanced reporting efficiency, in turn speeding up diagnostics.

“When choosing a vendor, we wanted one that could provide us with a stable and fast system. We also wanted one facilitating collaboration among our radiologists. That way we can streamline our radiology workflows and in turn shorten lead times for patients as well as reduce the ever increasing workload for radiologists,” says Dr. Babak Panahi, Managing Senior Physician and Head of CT and CT Intervention, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen.
Universitätsmedizin Göttingen and Universitätsklinikum Tübingen are two university medical centers located in the cities of Göttingen and Tübingen in Germany managing 300,000 and 600,000 radiology exams a year. The two separate contracts for Sectra’s radiology solution were both signed during the third quarter of Sectra’s 2023/2024 fiscal year.
“Radiologists are under a lot of pressure as they are challenged to handle more images and more complex cases with less resources. Having a solution designed to streamline radiology workflows, facilitating reading and reporting of images, is therefore paramount. I am happy and excited to support Universitätsmedizin Göttingen and Universitätsklinikum Tübingen on their journey towards efficient radiology diagnostics,” says Guido Bötticher, Managing Director, Sectra DACH.
The radiology module is part of Sectra’s enterprise imaging solution that provides a unified strategy for all imaging needs while lowering operational costs. The scalable and modular solution, with a VNA at its core, allows healthcare providers to grow from ology to ology and from enterprise to enterprise. Visit Sectra’s website to read more about Sectra and why it’s top-ranked in ‘Best in KLAS’.
About SectraSectra contributes to a healthier and safer society by assisting health systems throughout the world to enhance the efficiency of care, and authorities and defense forces in Europe to protect society’s most sensitive information. The company, founded in 1978, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with direct sales in 19 countries, and distribution partners worldwide. Sales in the 2022/2023 fiscal year totaled SEK 2,351 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange. For more information, visit Sectra’s website.
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New CPS Protection Platform: TXOne Networks Unveils SageOne at GISec Global

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TAIPEI, April 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — TXOne Networks, a frontrunner in the realm of cyber-physical systems (CPS) security, is set to unveil its groundbreaking CPS security platform, SageOne, at the highly anticipated GISec Global from April 23rd to 25th, 2024. Attendees can find TXOne Networks showcasing SageOne at stand B99 in hall 5. This innovative platform consolidates all CPS security products onto a single, central management platform, promising streamlined operations and optimized threat detection capabilities.

SageOne, aptly named “Wise Man Number One,” serves as a comprehensive management console providing a holistic view of the CPS attack surface within operational technology (OT) environments. By enabling centralized control of TXOne’s three core product lines – Stellar for endpoint protection, Element for security inspection, and Edge for network defense – SageOne facilitates integrated OT security throughout the lifecycle of protected assets, ensuring robust threat detection and response mechanisms.
Key features of SageOne include:
CPS Attack Surface Management: Prioritizing operational security by offering clear visibility into the overall security posture of OT environments, SageOne identifies security focal points, illuminating asset information and security controls.Integrated Lifecycle Protection: Through centralized management, SageOne simplifies cybersecurity governance and fosters collaborative defense. It serves as an abstraction layer, facilitating contextualization and consolidation of data across multiple products, offering tailored, task-oriented consoles for executives, security personnel, and plant leaders.CPS Threat Detection & Response: SageOne aggregates security insights from various solutions to scout for potential risks, enabling early caution and response to both known and unknown threats.SageOne’s foundation rests upon advanced components, including Threat Intelligence, Behavior-Based AI Analytics Engines, Compliance Framework, Data Visualizer, and Ecosystem Integrator, ensuring comprehensive protection and seamless integration of different tools and technologies.
With its focus on analyzing unexpected behavior and unknown threats, SageOne enables the identification of suspicious events through cross-telemetry analysis within the OT-native XDR engine. This amalgamation of advanced technologies and user-friendly interface ensures the protection of critical infrastructures.
For rapid threat response, SageOne issues early warnings of suspicious behavior and orchestrates cross-telemetry analysis for CPS Threat Detection & Response. Integrated Lifecycle Protection ensures the security of devices and systems throughout their service life, contributing to great cost efficiency.
TXOne Networks reaffirms its commitment to CPS security and continuous advancement in OT security through SageOne. Visit TXOne Networks at the GISec Global from April 23rd to 25th, 2024, at stand B99 in hall 5.
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About TXOne Networks:
TXOne Networks provides OT security products ensuring reliability and security in industrial control systems and operational technology environments through the OT Zero Trust methodology. Collaborating with leading industrial manufacturers and critical infrastructure operators, TXOne Networks offers practical and business-friendly approaches to OT defense. Its network and endpoint-based products secure OT networks and mission-critical devices in real-time with high security depth.
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