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LG ACQUIRES ATHOM TO ADVANCE AI-ENABLED INTELLIGENT SPACE BUSINESS

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Company to Gain Deeper Insights Into Customers’ Lifestyle and Usage Patterns and Accelerate LG ThinQ AI Home Business
SEOUL, South Korea, July 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics (LG) recently acquired an 80 percent stake in Athom, an industry-leading smart home platform company based in Enschede, Netherlands. The agreement includes plans to acquire the remaining 20 percent within the next three years. This strategic move aims to enhance LG’s connectivity within open smart home ecosystems. By integrating Athom’s capabilities with LG’s Affectionate Intelligence technology, LG aspires to lead the AI-driven home innovation era.

LG plans to integrate Athom’s extensive connectivity – which links thousands of appliances, sensors and lighting devices – with the generative AI-enabled LG ThinQ platform. This integration aims to create an AI home that delivers optimal space solutions by gaining a deeper understanding of the customer. In LG’s AI home, customers will engage with generative AI, which will manage appliances and IoT devices to create a personalized environment tailored to their preferences.
LG envisions expanding the differentiated customer experience of AI homes to various spaces where customers spend their time, such as commercial spaces and mobility environments, ultimately realizing and advancing the concept of ‘Intelligent Space.’
Athom is a technology company that sells the smart home hub ‘Homey,’ which connects with home appliances and IoT devices, and also offers cloud subscription services. Founded in 2014, ‘Homey’ has expanded primarily in Europe over the past decade, gaining a loyal customer base of hundreds of thousands of users. As of 2023, Homey devices are available in Australia, Singapore, the US and Canada, in addition to Europe. 
Athom has developed its own hub and OS to create an independent smart home ecosystem. Its flagship product, Homey Pro, can connect to more than 50,000 devices and supports various connection methods, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, Matter and Thread, making it highly versatile and open.
The Homey App Store, managed by Athom, offers around 1,000 applications for connecting and controlling home devices from brands such as Philips Hue and IKEA. Many of these applications are based on official partnerships, alongside a large number of apps developed by the Homey community. This community of developers actively contributes to Athom’s open platform, continuously expanding the range of brands and devices that can be connected to the hub. Users can easily create a smart home environment by downloading apps from the store and linking their devices.
LG is poised to significantly enhance the scalability required for implementing AI homes, aiming to achieve the highest industry standards. This will be accomplished by integrating its LG ThinQ platform’s smart home technology with Athom’s open ecosystem and IoT device connectivity. The acquisition of Athom is particularly noteworthy, as it will enable LG to incorporate third-party devices and services into its ecosystem. This integration will provide LG with deeper insights into customer usage patterns and expedite the delivery of personalized services.
“The acquisition of Athom is a cornerstone for our AI home business,” said Jung Ki-hyun, executive vice president and head of LG’s Platform Business Center. “By leveraging the synergy between the two companies, we will expand our open ecosystem and external integration services, aiming to provide customers with more diverse and multidimensional space experiences.”
Even after the acquisition, Athom will continue to operate independently, maintaining its business operations and branding. This strategy is designed to maximize Athom’s growth potential and unique strengths while fostering synergies in business, research and development capabilities, and platform utilization.
LG’s introduction of the AI home, which integrates Athom’s open smart home platform with its own AI technology, underscores the company’s commitment to transitioning from a hardware-focused to a software-based platform business. In 2021, LG expanded its TV business from hardware to software by entering the TV platform market with its webOS platform. To support this shift, LG acquired Alphonso, a US-based global technology company specializing in television media, machine learning and big-data analytics. Alphonso now operates as LG Ad Solutions, a core component of the webOS content and service business.
LG aims to establish continuous relationships with customers through numerous devices connected to the AI home, ultimately transforming into a ‘Smart Life Solution Company’ that provides differentiated value.
According to market research firm TechNavio, the global smart home market is projected to grow from USD 81.2 billion in 2023 to USD 260.24 billion by 2028, with an average annual growth rate of 26.23 percent.
“LG is evolving into an intelligent space solutions company that connects and expands experiences in various living spaces. We will continue to make strategic investments to shift our business paradigm, as evidenced by our successive entries into platform-based appliance services and solutions such as the webOS advertising platform and AI home,” said William Cho, CEO of LG Electronics.
About LG Electronics, Inc.LG Electronics is a global innovator in technology and consumer electronics with a presence in almost every country and an international workforce of more than 74,000. LG’s four companies – Home Appliance & Air Solution, Home Entertainment, Vehicle component Solutions and Business Solutions – combined for global revenue of over KRW 84 trillion in 2023. LG is a leading manufacturer of consumer and commercial products ranging from TVs, home appliances, air solutions, monitors, automotive components and solutions, and its premium LG SIGNATURE and intelligent LG ThinQ brands are familiar names world over. Visit www.LGnewsroom.com for the latest news.
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Twelve Students from KIIT-DU Qualify for Paris Olympics

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KIIT-KISS Founder announces Rs 7 lakh to each of the athletes 
BHUBANESWAR, India, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — In a big achievement for KIIT Deemed to be University (KIIT-DU), Bhubaneswar, 12 students have successfully qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024 beginning July 26, bringing pride and joy to the institution.

KIIT is the first university in the country to be sending the largest contingent of athletes among all universities in India.
The Founder of KIIT and KISS Dr Achyuta Samanta has announced Rs 7 lakh to each of the athletes, encouraging them to give their best in the field and bring glory to the country. 
The athletes who have earned their spots are — Amit Rohidas in Men’s Hockey, Kishore Kumar Jena in Javelin Throw; Parul Chaudhary in 3000m Steeplechase & 5000m; Priyanka in 20 km Race Walk & Marathon Race Walk Mixed Relay; Annu Rani in Javelin Throw; Jyothi Yarraji in 100m Hurdles; Tajinderpal Singh Toor in Shot Put; Abha Khatua in Shot Put; Prachi in the 4x400m Relay Team; Ankita in 5000m; Paramjeet Singh Bisht in 20km Race Walk and Suraj Panwar in the Marathon Race Walk Mixed Relay Team. 
Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, congratulated the proud contingent at a special programme in Bhubaneswar, saying, “Your hard work and dedication have brought you to this prestigious stage.” He declared Rs. 7 lakh cash support to each player. All 12 players, who are currently in various camps in different countries of Europe, joined the programme virtually. 
Informing the media, Dr. Samanta said that KIIT & KISS is the first organization in India to send the highest number of players to the Olympics. He also mentioned that KIIT & KISS has produced 20 Olympians and 2 Paralympians who represented India at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and will be representing the country at the 2024 Paris Olympics. KIIT & KISS is proud to have 7 Arjuna Awardees, he added.
“We are happy that 12 students from KIIT are participating in the Paris Olympics 2024, making us and the country proud. Give your best and shine with your achievements. The entire KIIT & KISS family stands behind you, cheering you on”, he said.
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eQ Technologic Elevates Industry Standards with Inaugural Customer Conference, exeQute

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COSTA MESA, Calif., July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — In an era brimming with industry conferences, eQ Technologic, Inc., the developers of the eQube®-DaaS Platform, is making a bold entrance with its inaugural customer conference, exeQuteSM, Oct. 7-10, 2024. Unlike other customer conferences in the data as a service (DaaS) industry, exeQute is set to stand out with a focus on actionable tactics tailored to meet the unique needs of its customers, reflecting the company’s deep commitment to customer-centricity and innovation.

As Gartner predicts that by 2027, 25% of CIOs will have compensation linked to their sustainable technology impact, exeQute’s conference is shaping the future of digital transformation with sustainability and responsibility top of mind. This conference goes beyond theoretical discussions, offering a hands-on experience where top brands share real-world solutions that attendees can immediately apply. This focus on actionable content ensures that every participant leaves with a toolkit of strategies to drive improvements in their business.
eQ Technologic’s dedication to understanding customer needs is evident in every aspect of exeQute. The conference sessions delve into the specific challenges faced by customers, offering personalized solutions and insights. This tailored approach showcases the company’s commitment to not just listening to its customers but collaborating with them to develop solutions that drive their success.
“Execution is one of our key operating principles at eQ. An organization’s ability to execute materially separates winners from the pack,” said Dinesh Khaladkar, President & CEO of eQ Technologic. “We strongly believe that the gap between the future and now is bridged by execution. The future doesn’t just happen, it must be defined, and actions must be taken to achieve it. It’s time to envision what lies ahead and act upon the future vision with exeQute.”
exeQute provides a unique platform for attendees to network with industry leaders, peers, analysts, and media, fostering a collaborative environment where new ideas and partnerships will enable the future growth of companies. The conference’s comprehensive approach to addressing both current challenges and future opportunities highlights eQ Technologic’s role as a catalyst for positive change in the industry by catalyzing cross-industry innovation and offering insight into how organizations leverage eQ’s industry agnostic solutions to gain and maintain a competitive advantage.
exeQute is not merely another event in the crowded conference landscape. It is setting a new standard for customer engagement, providing value through actionable insights, innovative solutions, and a steadfast commitment to sustainable practices. For those seeking to navigate the complexities of digital transformation responsibly, exeQute is an indispensable resource, reinforcing eQ Technologic’s position as a leader in the industry. With executives and decision-makers from some of the world’s leading organizations, the conference will unravel future trends, disruptive technologies, and emerging opportunities. Power-packed with keynotes, success stories, product roadmaps, demos, fireside chats, and more, the conference furthers eQ Technologic’s position as a leader in the industry.
Conference details:
VEA, A Marriott Resort & Spa, Newport Beach, California Oct. 7-11, 2024 Agenda, speakers, sponsorship opportunities, and registration information can be found at exequteconference.com.
About eQ Technologic
Over the past two decades, eQ has been instrumental in accelerating digital transformation across industries such as Aerospace & Defense, Department of Defense, Automotive, Energy, Heavy-Machinery, Electronics, High-Tech, Electronics, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), and more.
The Low/No-Code eQube®-DaaS (Data as a Service) Platform establishes a Data Fabric with a connected network of integrated data, applications and devices that puts the power of analytics in the hands of end users, leading to Actionable Insight. eQ’s 100+ OOTB plug and play Connectors connect disparate heterogeneous systems in an instant, empowering organizations to work with any data, any format, any API, any speed, with any system, any application, and any device without writing any code. It enables secure, scalable, and robust information collaboration while honoring security rules. This enables eQ to offer solutions like Digital Thread, CLM (Closed Loop Manufacturing), Multi-PLM Solutions, For-purpose Apps, API Factory with Common Data Model, and many others.
Some of eQ’s marquee customers include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, US Navy, Rolls-Royce, Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Adient, ULA, Moog, Micron Technologies, Boeing, General Electric, Siemens Energy, Panasonic, EDF, and General Dynamics to name a few.
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Research Solutions Announces Partnership with Jisc to Enhance UK Higher & Further Education Research

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This highlights Research Solutions’ commitment to improving the quality and accessibility of scientific research for academic institutions.
HENDERSON, Nev., July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Research Solutions (NASDAQ: RSSS), a trusted partner providing cloud-based workflow solutions to accelerate research for R&D-driven organizations, is proud to announce a significant partnership with Jisc, the UK digital, data, and technology agency focused on tertiary education, research, and innovation.

This collaboration will make Scite’s award-winning AI platform more affordable and accessible for more than 280 higher education and research institutions in the UK. It aims to advance research quality by leveraging ethical AI technology.
Scite, now part of the Research Solutions family, is transforming the discovery and evaluation of scientific articles through its innovative Smart Citations and AI Assistant. This advanced technology allows researchers to gain deeper insights into the impact and relevance of scientific work.
Beyond its powerful discovery search capabilities across over 187 million publications, 2 billion references, and 1.3 billion citation statements, Scite offers unique workflows for identifying editorial concerns and providing instant reference analysis through its Reference Check feature. The platform also enables the creation of integrated dashboards with reference library tools and validates large language models, assisting in the creation of structured literature reviews via Scite Assistant.
Scite is utilized by researchers and institutions worldwide, underscoring its global impact and commitment to advancing scientific research and innovation.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Jisc to make Scite more readily available to the Higher Education institutions in the UK,” states Josh Nicholson, co-founder of Scite and Chief Strategy Officer at Research Solutions. “By bringing context to citations, we can provide a better way to discover, understand, and evaluate research, something that is critically needed in the world today.”
Jisc’s endorsement of Scite highlights the platform’s value in delivering accurate, insight-rich research tools to prestigious institutions such as the University of Manchester and the University of Exeter. Research Solutions is delighted to extend services to additional UK educational institutions and looks forward to making significant contributions to the academic landscape.
For more information on how Jisc is enhancing lives through the digital transformation of education and research, visit their website here. To learn more about how Scite and Research Solutions are providing universities and libraries with tools to elevate their academic work, click here.
About Jisc
Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be a world leader in technology for education and research. It owns and operates the super-fast national research and education network, Janet, with built-in cyber security protection. Jisc also provides technology solutions for members (colleges, universities, and research centres) and customers (public sector bodies), helps members save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals and provides advice and practical assistance on digital technology. Jisc is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions. For more information, contact [email protected] or 07443 983571.
About Research Solutions
Research Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSSS) provides cloud-based technologies to streamline the process of accessing, managing, and creating intellectual property. Since its founding, the company has been a pioneer in developing solutions to serve researchers. Today, more than 70 percent of the top pharmaceutical companies, prestigious universities, and emerging businesses rely on our family of products, powered by AI and NLP technologies, to support the innovation process from end to end with the most comprehensive information and knowledge tools on the market. For more information and details, please visit www.researchsolutions.com.
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