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Intel IoT Ecosystem Converges on 5G Technology to Revolutionize Transportation

It’s truly an exciting time to work on transportation solutions. Building on decades of innovation, the Intel Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem is converging technology with ingenuity to create a new class of smart and connected transportation solutions. From advanced … Read more >

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Using Mobility to Build Confidence in Your Service

If executed well, service can build confidence in your customers. For utilities, employees’ actions—or inactions—directly impact customers’ confidence in your organization and the services you provide. It doesn’t matter if… a technician is installing a smart meter; a lineman is … Read more >

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Intel is innovating to stop cyber attacks

Intel, in partnership with Microsoft, has published a technology preview, showing how innovation in silicon architecture can help protect against advanced code-reuse attack techniques.  This is an example of how brilliant minds across the industry can think long-term, to make … Read more >

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Intel release new technology specifications to protect against ROP attacks

Intel has a long history of working with the software community and making strides in strengthening protections of operating systems and software running on modern computer systems. As these protections came into effect, adversaries started looking for creative alternatives to bypass … Read more >

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Intel IoT Solutions Transforming Smart Buildings from the Ground Up

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly expanding across industries and among those, building automation technology has undergone an unprecedented transformation, inspiring new, robust solutions for building management. Intel IoT, with its ecosystem partners, is making an impact in this … Read more >

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Capturing Value from Emerging Tech Is Aiding a Culture Change in Utilities

Interview with Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, Emerging Tech Team at Austin Energy How can a utility company steward meaningful change in its service territory, while also providing a beachhead for the whole world to replicate and scale the value captured … Read more >

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Risk Engineering: New Paradigm in Cybersecurity

There is an emerging recognition in the regulatory analysis of cybersecurity that metrics or benchmarks representing best practices are crucial for creating flexible, enforceable, and effective regulations. Several recent initiatives, such as the US Cyber Security Framework (or CSF) moved … Read more >

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How Wind River uses Simics to test massive IoT networks – and more!

Just like Intel, Wind River has a large internal user base for Wind River Simics*. Simics is a very useful tool for embedded system developers and testers, and Wind River recently published a case study describing some of the internal … Read more >

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Unified Commerce Solutions Lead to Seamless Shopping Experiences

At its root, connected retail is about one thing: Creating amazing and frictionless customer experiences. That’s where Intel technology-based unified commerce solutions come into the picture, connecting with customers every time, everywhere, and in every way they choose to engage. … Read more >

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Smart Grid on the edge – Managing Data Everywhere but the Cloud

Our third post of this series will outline key characteristics to consider for edge-based data processing—addressing security and service level considerations, and addressing data management volume and extensibility of services. Security Direct contact between information systems and layers 0 and … Read more >

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Celebrating Our Community: It’s About You

Today, we raise a glass to you, our comrades in arms looking to improve your skills as a business pros, engineers, or experts in the art of technology. Today, we became one milestone stronger — a close-knit LinkedIn community of more than 75,000 IT and business professionals and our closest friends dedicated to being smarter, stronger, and more capable team members.

 

Working for something bigger than ourselves

Intel-05-05-2016-75K-Followers-Social.pngWe’re all in the same boat trying to catch enough wind in our sails to move this work ship along. As we learn new skills to do better business or implement new technologies, we share what we’ve learned with others here in the community. We look to more than just Intel to educate each other — even if it sometimes means promoting a competitor or cohort above ourselves. Because you know what? That is exactly the thing that makes us a united team. Sometimes we need to look beyond our bubbles to learn new ways of doing the same old things.

 

We built this community for you

We work painstakingly to find the best mix of content for you — from the IoT, to data centers to the PC (and other devices) and everything in between. We also look beyond our walls to cultivate thought-provoking industry news and trends to expand your skills. This is truly an edge-to-cloud knowledge-sharing experience. We find the articles that will resonate best with you and help you succeed as a professional.

 

Let us know what you would like to hear more about by simply commenting on our posts. We are listening.

The secret is you: We’ll keep sharing our favorite content and as long as you keep reading and asking questions so we can all grow together.

Now that you know our motivation, here’s where you can follow us to find more great information:

Here’s to another 75,000 followers and a growing educational hub. Please, keep in touch!

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Delivering Full Stack Video Analytics with Viscovery and Quanta

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Online  video is a huge part of our connected world today. It’s a medium that we use  daily to share, communicate, learn, and of course, be entertained – and there  seems to be no limit to its growth.   Facebook is a great example – they are now getting an amazing 8 billion video views a day, more than double what  they saw 6 months earlier. According to a recent Cisco report, video  traffic will be 80% of all consumer Internet traffic in 2019, up from 64% in  2014, and mobile video  will increase 11X in the next 5 years. In China alone, the online video market  is expected to reach more than $17B by 2018 according to iresearch.

 

As a  video and tech enthusiast, these developments are hugely exciting, but this  relentless deluge of video does indeed present some very real challenges (and  opportunities). Infrastructure challenges are obvious, given the need for  increased storage and compute to process, transcode and manipulate videos for end  user consumption.   However, there is another,  less straightforward, problem to overcome. How can viewers best navigate the  flood of online video content? And how can content providers and advertisers efficiently  and intelligently provide video content that is relevant (and useful) to consumers?

 

This is  certainly a daunting task and something that we as humans are ill equipped to  handle.  Frankly, it is no wonder that many  companies are investigating the possibility of developing intelligent systems that  leverage machine learning and deep neural networks (DNN) to help automate these  tasks.

 

With  this in mind, Intel, Quanta, and Viscovery came together to build a full stack  solution to this problem that leverages a deep learning based application from  Viscovery, the power and scalability of Intel® Xeon® processors, and Quanta’s  efficient platform designs.  We created a  turnkey solution specifically designed to solve the video content recognition  problem. At Intel, we recognize that it is critical to take a holistic view when tackling these types of  challenges and enable solutions that include everything from the silicon and  server hardware to the libraries and open source components all the way to the  end application. And of course, all of these ingredients must be optimized for  cloud scale deployments.  Below is a high  level view of the solution stack:

 

In order  to tackle these problems at scale, libraries like Intel® Math Kernel Library and optimized open source components like Caffe* are tightly integrated into  Viscovery’s Deep Learning-based video content  recognition engine to take  full advantage of the performance of Intel® processors.  The result is a solution that seamlessly runs  across Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor-based platforms providing  the capability to train DNNs quickly and deploy at scale at an efficient total  cost of ownership. Below is an example of types of content that the Viscovery  application uses to train their DNNs.  As  you can see they’ve moved significantly beyond simple image and object  classification:

 

 

                                                                                                                                

Modality

Target

Facial

Human/Animal

Image

Brand/Logo

Text

OCR in the wild

Audio

Speech/Music

Motion

Action/Video2Text

Object

Brand/Model

Scene

Location/Event

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Of  course, the real proof of success is in the usage of this platform by end  customers.  Leaders in video content  delivery such as LeEco, YouKu, 8sian, Alimama (part of Alibaba) and many others  have already deployed solutions based on this stack.

 

If  you’re at Computex this month, you can check out this video discovery service  in action running on our Intel Xeon and Intel Xeon Phi processors at Quanta’s  booth and during Intel’s keynote speech by Diane Bryant. And with any luck, as  video content recognition capabilities continue to advance, you’ll never find  yourself watching irrelevant or unwanted video content again.

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Visual Cloud & Remote Workstations in the Enterprise

From video streaming to remote workstations, more content is being delivered via cloud computing every day. Data centers everywhere are dealing with a flood of video traffic, and many enterprises are also dealing with the computing demands of complex design applications and massive data sets that are used by employees and contractors scattered around the world.

 

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For design and content creation companies to remain competitive in today’s global business climate, they need to employ technologies that help technical employees and contractors collaborate to solve complex and interconnected design problems. Their designers, sales people, customers, contractors and others involved in the design process need access to design information and tools – anywhere and anytime, and the enterprise needs to safeguard its valuable intellectual property. The enterprise is therefore faced with finding ways to securely share data models and content over a widely distributed workforce without breaking the bank.

 

Enabling the Global Design Workforce

 

Securing access to complex and sensitive design models and content, quickly and easily providing access to a highly distributed workforce and ecosystem and providing an excellent user experience to that workforce are the collaboration challenges faced by the IT organizations at design firms.

 

However, there’s a simple solution to these challenges. Cloud-hosted remote workstations allow engineers to use demanding 3D graphics applications from virtually anywhere in the world, with all data and applications hosted on servers based on Intel Xeon processors in a secure data center. Employees can safely collaborate with external contractors while avoiding sending designs from computer-to-computer and protecting enterprise intellectual property.

Remote users can also work from the same data set, with no need for high-volume data transfers. This allows the enterprise to deliver fast and clear graphics running on a dense, cost-effective infrastructure.

 

New Architectures and Ecosystems

 

To support the demands of remote workstations, new solutions and partnerships are absolutely necessary.

 

The Intel Xeon processor E3-1500 v5 product family offers hardware-enhanced integrated graphics capabilities that are optimized for remote application delivery workloads. These integrated graphics solutions cost-effectively accelerate video and enable secure, remote delivery of applications by combining the performance of Intel Xeon processors with integrated Iris Pro graphics.

 

Intel-powered remote workstation solutions allow technical professionals and content creators to have greater access to key applications on their computing device(s) while securely collaborating with colleagues. For IT, these solutions provide centralized management, more provisioning control, and easier patching and updating of applications.

 

The newly announced Intel Xeon processor E3-1500 v5 includes Intel Graphics Virtualization Technology (Intel GVT) to address multiple customer use cases. These include direct assignment of a given GPU’s capabilities to a single user; the ability to allow multiple local or remote virtual machines to share access to a GPU; and the ability to share a GPU’s resources through multiple concurrent users in a time-slice scenario.

 

Productivity and Progress: Central to the Enterprise

 

Organizations can increase the security of enterprise information by centrally hosting critical applications and data and avoiding delivering valuable visual content to contractors. The enterprise can also avoid provisioning powerful workstations to users who need infrequent access to graphic-intensive applications, such as salespeople who only occasionally need to provide design input.

 

Intel works with a partner ecosystem to enhance the delivery and minimize the complexity of high-performance remote workstations within the enterprise. For example, the enterprise can turn to VMware Horizon 7 to deliver virtual or hosted desktops or Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop to deliver secure virtual apps and desktops.

 

Adopting secure remote workstations allows the enterprise to deliver once out-of-reach workstation performance and visual content to designers, engineers, media creators, and other professionals. This enables major leaps in collaboration and productivity, further empowering each employee to drive progress for the enterprise.

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