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Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and innovative risk management solutions, in collaboration with IBM, ACORD, and ISN, announced today

By using blockchain technology, Marsh is fundamentally transforming the certificate of insurance process from complicated and manual to streamlined and transparent, allowing clients to speed up necessary business functions such as hiring contractors and transferring risk while increasing coverage certainty.

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Holt Logistics Corporation announced today that it has become the first independent port operator in the northeastern United States to conduct a pilot based on a blockchain-based global trade digitization solution developed by Maersk and IBM. The solution is designed to provide transparency and promote the sharing of information within the global trade ecosystem, which in turn can reduce costs, improve productivity and speed the delivery of goods shipped around the world.

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First platform to integrate legacy financial systems with multiple blockchain technologies including Hyperledger Fabric, IBM Blockchain, and Ethereum

IntellectEU, the fintech integrator focusing on blockchain networks, today announced Catalyst, a next-generation platform connecting business applications, financial market infrastructures, and modern blockchain networks. Catalyst is the first platform to integrate with multiple blockchain networks including networks built with Hyperledger Fabric.

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IBM's new, industry-specific, machine-readable data sets designed to expedite AI training workflows; first kits will serve travel, transportation and food Industries

IBM today announced the launch of IBM Watson Data Kits, which are designed to accelerate the development of AI applications to help support faster, more informed decision making for business leaders. Watson Data Kits will provide companies across industries with pre-enriched, machine readable, industry-specific data that can enable them to scale AI across their business. With expected availability in 2Q 2018, the kits will initially serve the travel and transportation and food industries with Watson Data Kits for travel points of interest and food menus, respectively.

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"This fundamental change in our technology platform will make us hyper-responsive to the unique brand of each of the 1,800 college campus web properties we manage," said Roe McFarlane, Chief Digital Officer of Follett Higher Education. "The customizable user interface is a 'mobile first' strategy and supports faster releases and agile site management allowing us to respond quickly with localized content that drives the priorities of each campus on a real-time basis."

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Ivy, created by Go Moment, is the world's first automated guest engagement platform for hotels powered by IBM Watson. Caesars Palace and The LINQ Hotel & Casino are the latest Caesars Entertainment resorts to introduce guests to Ivy, which initially launched at the boutique Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace and The Cromwell in December 2016. Ivy is expected to expand to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in February with planned rollouts to the remaining Las Vegas resorts in 2018.

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"The first wave of killer apps built on blockchain are already growing explosively, Cryptocurrencies built on blockchain like Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC) have collectively surged past $500B in market valuation," said MState Co-Founder and CEO Rob Bailey. "In 2018, we will see a growing number of enterprise blockchain use cases go mainstream from healthcare applications to government, supply chain and retail to the real estate and transportation industries. But for most of these use cases to succeed, blockchain start-ups need to be able to engage well with enterprise customers. Our growth lab is going to help make that happen."

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At the summit, Inspur demonstrated the new PowerAI-based multi-target real-time tracking solution, a video analysis technology widely applicable in security, smart city, transportation and other fields. The solution is based on Inspur's mature product P820 that supports two 3.4G OpenPOWER processors, 64 memory slots and 12 PCI-E slots.

PowerAI is a mainstream deep learning software toolkit with pre-compiling capability, and an integral part of the IBM Cognitive System. Easier to use and learn than open source AI frameworks, PowerAI also supports NVLink, providing higher throughput, larger data sets, more application runs, and improving the accuracy of cognitive results.

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