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HOT STARTUPS AND INNOVATION LEADERS HONOURED IN NETEVENTS AWARDS

Heather Wright is in San Jose as a guest of NetEvents

A real-time artificial intelligence transcription service and a cybersecurity offering designed to prevent ‘human-centric attacks’ were among the winners at NetEvent’s IoT, Cloud and Cybersecurity Innovation Awards held in San Jose this evening.

The transcription service from Silicon Valley startup AISense was named Hot Start-up Cloud/Datacenter, with Fyde, an app designed to block phishing, smashing and other account takeovers before they steal personal information, named Hot Start-up Cybersecurity.

The awards, presented at a gala dinner at the NetEvents Global Press and Analyst Summit also saw software company Polte, which provides location technologies to track IoT and mobile devices indoors and outdoors via a cloud-based, virtualised location platform, win Hot Start-up IoT.

In the Innovation Leader categories, intent-based networking vendor Apstra took out the Cloud/Datacenter category, with NetFoundary named IoT Innovation Leader and ForeScout winning the Cybersecurity, and noted for its ability to deliver ‘greater and continuous visibility in a multivendor environment’.

“We thought the technologies across all the companies were real strong, the teams were strong and the market opportunities were big and very good potential,” Curtis Feeny, a partner at Silicon Valley Data Capital and one of the judges for the awards, said.

Feeny said the technologies of all three finalists – AISense, Cohesity and Dust Photonics – in the Hot Start-up Cloud/Datacenter category were ‘real impressive’.

“These are companies that have already got traction in all three cases, they’ve got working products and you can tell the products are already delivering on the promise, so that makes it hard when you have three companies with really strong products,” he said.

Sam Liang, AISense CEO and co-founder, told Telecom Times the company’s cloud-based service was designed to address the problem of

“Especially in enterprises, people spend tonnes of money and time talking – in meetings, phone calls and video conferencing – but people forget the conversations pretty fast.”

Liang, a former platform lead for Google Maps Location Platform, demonstrated the offering to Telecom Times.

The technology is designed to recognise long form, multi-person conversations, providing real-time translation, done in the cloud and available immediately with the ability to search. AISense takes a voice print of each speaker, mapping it to the user, and ‘remembering’ their voice.

Video and web conferencing service Zoom has licensed the AISense technology to provide automatic translation for its customers.

Liang said AISense is already in discussions with some Australian organisations about using the product.

He says AISense is targeted at enterprise, business to business and business to consumer markets, along with education.

“We’re already processing thousands of hours of translation every day.”

Sinan Eren, Fyde founder and CEO, says the Fyde app is designed to take on the many variants of phishing – where the majority cybersecurity incidents begin – blocking phishing, smashing and other takeover attacks before they steal information.

The app uses 3% battery life over 24 hours.

The Fyde app is available free for consumers, with the consumer service providing threat data back to Fyde, which is used to inform their enterprise service.

In presenting the award, Feeny noted that again, all three finalists – with Jask and Vectra runners up – were ‘incredibly strong teams and technologies’.

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