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Bleckwen Raises $10m and Appoints David Christie as CEO

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Bleckwen, a provider of real-time analytics software for fraud detection & prevention in payments, has come out of stealth to announce a $10 million first funding round. The funding will be used to support Bleckwen’s international expansion and the continued development of the company’s exciting software capabilities in AI-based fraud detection. The company’s expertise is strategically focused on the wider anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) context. Bleckwen recently spun-off from Ercom, the French cybersecurity firm. The round was led by Ring Capital, a Paris-based venture capital firm and existing investors, including TempoCap, Bpifrance and Ineo, alongside senior management.

Built with banks, for banks, Bleckwen’s real-time, dynamic behavioural analytics & explainable AI-engine is well placed to detect the surging fraud threats in payments, such as authorised push payment fraud or the “human hack” which is growing by circa 60% year-on-year, driven by the surge in real-time payment networks globally. The platform also protects banks from the emergent risks of open banking under PSD2, where banks will no longer have full control of the end-to-end user experience and security perimeter, presenting a completely new threat dimension.

Over the last year, the company has also strengthened its management team with the hire of David Christie, a 20-year veteran in financial services, previously the COO of Euronet’s money transfer business, which included the brands Ria, HiFX and XE. David is also Chairman of VitessePSP and investor in Shieldpay, bringing with him a wealth of experience implementing and operating both fraud and AML systems in payment businesses.

David is also joined by Matt Knowles, who was recently appointed Chairman of Bleckwen. Matt was previously CEO of HiFX, and together he and David successfully scaled HiFX into a world leading international payments company prior to its successful sale to Euronet.

David Christie, Bleckwen’s CEO, commented: “Nearly $4 trillion is stolen and laundered through banks annually – circa 3% of global GDP. Existing technologies are just not cutting it in the fight against this scourge of society. Something else needs to be done and at Bleckwen, we have made tremendous progress over the last two years as part of the Ercom Group, developing solutions to bring the fight to these criminals.”

“This fundraising is confirmation of our ‘scale-up readiness’ and the support from  Ring Capital and our existing investors is testament to our expertise in productising class-leading AI-based analytics in the fight against financial crime for banks. Using Bleckwen’s software, we are seeing false positive ratios drop by over 95%, the time taken to resolve alerts fall by over 50%, and a reduction in fraud loss ratios by over 60% – as compared with incumbent legacy-based rules systems.”

“Working very closely with our customers, which include a tier-1 global bank, we have developed a market-leading, payment-type agnostic, real-time capability to meet their fraud detection and prevention requirements at industrial scale. Bleckwen’s software can also dynamically adapt to ever-changing customer behaviours and profiles. We have also significantly strengthened our senior management team and operational infrastructure and will be opening offices in the UK and the US in 2019.”

Matt Knowles, TempoCap Partner and Bleckwen Chairman, commented: “Having co-founded and scaled an international payments company that processed $20 billion annually, I have extensive real-world experience of the challenges faced by both fintechs and banks in of the domain of fraud detection and AML. I have been deeply impressed by Bleckwen’s advanced use of machine learning technology to radically increase fraud detection over current solutions, but, as importantly, substantially reduce the volume of false positives (which build friction and cost into the customer journey). We see significant potential to commercialise this technology across banks, fintechs & other multi-national enterprises to help combat fraud and AML risk across all payment types.”

Nicolas Celier, co-founder of Ring capital, commented: “Bleckwen has appeared to us as the unique combination of state-of-the-art AI technology, built by a leading French data team, together with top international management with a solid track record of scaling up Fintech companies worldwide. Ring knew Bleckwen before the spin-off and has contributed to design this deal in order to help Bleckwen grow and scale.”

Thierry Sommelet, Managing Director at Bpifrance Growth Capital – Head of Technology, Media, Telecom, said: “Bleckwen is uniquely positioned to help the fast-moving payments ecosystem improve clients’ protection and transaction efficiency, thanks to a leading-edge AI technology and experienced management. We are very happy to see David Christie and Matt Knowles join this adventure, as well as Ring Capital. We are confident that they will collectively thrive in driving the company on its new phase of growth.”

Bleckwen was recently awarded Fintech of the year at the EBAday 2019, an event run by the Euro Banking Association – an expert-led forum for the European payments industry with nearly200 member banks. Selected out of a category of 16 other finalists, the company received the prestigious award based on the innovative and dynamic nature of its market-leading AI-powered platform.

 

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Plant Asset Management Market (PAM) Worth $9.4 Billion by 2024 – Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets™

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According to the new market research report Plant Asset Management Market (PAM) by Offering (Software and Services), Deployment Mode (Cloud-based and On Premises), Asset Type (Production Assets and Automation Assets), End-user Industry (Process and Discrete), and Geography – Global Forecast to 2024″, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the Plant Asset Management Market is projected to grow from USD 5.5 billion in 2019 to USD 9.4 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 11.3%. Major factors fueling the market growth include surging adoption of lean manufacturing practices by several organizations, increasing focus on providing cloud-based PAM solutions to satisfy customer demands, escalating demand for asset management software that can identify potential failures to avoid futuristic loss, and growing need for real-time data analytics.

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“Services to lead plant asset management market by 2024”

The deployment of PAM software is a costly process and a one-time activity, whereas PAM services that include maintenance needs, software upgrades, and personnel training are demanded by end-user industries continuously. Hence, PAM services have a more significant contribution to generating more revenue than PAM software solutions. Further, market players are focusing on offering industry-specific services to meet the ever-changing demands of different industries.

“Production assets to hold largest share of PAM market during forecast period”

Rising adoption of PAM solutions for monitoring rotating and reciprocating equipment, among others, across various industries is expected to drive the growth of the PAM market during the forecast period. Moreover, incidents of unplanned shutdowns or slowdowns due to equipment failures lead to high financial loss in terms of damage to equipment, production losses, and unscheduled maintenance. However, real-time health and performance insights encourage informed actions and decisions to improve plant efficiency minimizing risks of equipment failure, thereby reducing the wastage of valuable finances. Hence, the demand for PAM solutions is high to manage these production assets.

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Asia Pacific to be largest market for PAM during forecast period”

Asia Pacific presents a substantial market for PAM. The PAM market in APAC is growing rapidly due to several advancements and technological innovations in different manufacturing industries. The adoption of PAM solutions is high in APAC due to the growing manufacturing sector in the region. Most of the key manufacturers from different industries have shifted their manufacturing plants in APAC due to the low labor cost and availability of a skilled workforce. These manufacturing units are using asset management solutions for the improvement in the overall manufacturing processes, which is expected to drive the growth of the PAM market in the region.

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Major players in the PAM market are Emerson (US), Honeywell (US), Rockwell (US), ABB (Switzerland), Schneider (France), Yokogawa (Japan), General Electric (US), Siemens (Germany), and SKF Group (Sweden).

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Smart Factory Market by Technology (DCS, PLC, MES, ERP, SCADA, PAM, HMI, PLM), Component (Sensors, Industrial Robots, Machine Vision Systems, Industrial 3D Printing), Industry, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2024

Process Automation & Instrumentation Market by Instrument (Field Instrument, Control Valve, Analytical Instrument), Solution (APC, DCS, HMI, MES, PLC, Safety Automation, SCADA), Industry, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2024

 

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Happy Lunar New Year! Canada Post celebrates Year of the Rat

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Year of the Rat stamp

 

Canada Post has issued two stamps celebrating the Year of the Rat – representing the first year in the Lunar New Year cycle and the final issue in a second 12-year series honouring the annual festival.

The Year of the Rat begins on January 25, 2020, and ends on February 11, 2021. A symbol of fertility and intelligence, the rat is said to confer great cunning, tact and vitality on those born under its sign.

Designed by Albert Ng (O.Ont.) and Seung Jai Paek, of Albert Ng and Associates, the stamps portray the traditional story of the rat’s daughter’s wedding in the style of folk art known as Chinese farmer painting. The Permanent™ domestic-rate stamp depicts the bride on route to her nuptials, while the International-rate stamp reveals the happily married couple.

The Year of the Rat stamps will be available tomorrow, January 17, in Permanent domestic- and International-rate booklets, as well as a gummed pane of 25 domestic-rate stamps framed by four Chinese blessings. Philatelic collectibles include an unsealed, International-rate Official First Day Cover suitable for use as a “money envelope” for traditional gift-giving.

Follow these links for high-resolution images and additional information in Details magazine.

 

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Announcing the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative and Honoring Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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Assisting the Fight  
Across the United States, human trafficking exists everywhere, even in your local town square.  The horrifying statistics drove Aaron Kahler to found the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to partnering with financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement to combat human trafficking.

“ATII will deliver innovative solutions to disrupt human trafficking networks by assisting financial gatekeepers in identifying, reporting and terminating relationships with associated customers,” says Aaron Kahler, CEO of ATII.

For example, nestled into a pristine part of the Poconos, Stroudsburg is an idyllic borough in Pennsylvania, a vibrant town, a vacation haven.  Last week in Stroudsburg, the US Attorney’s Office in Pennsylvania announced that Sirvonn Taylor, was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for heading-up a conspiracy that forced women to engage in prostitution. In this bucolic town, “Females were ‘sexed-in’ to the gang, forced to engage in sex with members and recruited to engage in prostitution.” PR 1.6.2020

Technological Outreach
ATII will disrupt the way traffickers operate around major events nationwide starting at this year’s Super Bowl in Miami, FL with the release of a human trafficking awareness and victim outreach mobile application. The application allows victims to scan a QR code where necessary help can be accessed in her primary language.

Driving Corporate Social Responsibility 
Relying on technology/data partnerships and corporate social responsibility leadership, ATII has been able to curate initiatives and provide resources to organizations including:

  • High Risk Trafficking Data that can be leveraged through any transaction monitoring, sanctions or onboarding technology
  • E-learning that can be utilized by institutions to comply with anti-money laundering regulatory requirements

Networking and Partnerships Extend the Battle Against Human Trafficking 
Leveraging ATII’s programs, best practices, data, technology and reporting mechanisms in as many financial institutions as possible will directly result in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) being filed on human trafficking and ultimately save lives while bringing traffickers to justice.

 

SOURCE Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative

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