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ANNOUNCEMENT: Babbobox and Ricoh enter into a strategic partnership to drive Digital Transformation in Asia with Artificial Intelligence

A.I. Storage for every Enterprise

Singapore, 15 May 2019 - Babbobox announces the strategic partnership with Ricoh Asia Pacific for the official launch of AIspace (www.aispace.co, pronounced as “i”space) in Asia. This partnership is aimed at providing an innovative enterprise-grade Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) storage solution that enables digital transformation in the Asian workplace. 

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Enterprises know the need for digital transformation. They also know the importance of A.I. in staying competitive and being future-ready. However, many enterprises perceive A.I. to be out of reach because they think it is either too costly or have little knowledge about its benefits to them. AIspace will be challenging that perception with its mission “to make A.I. accessible to all enterprises”. 

The Babbobox and Ricoh Asia Pacific partnership is aimed at making A.I. accessible and affordable to Asian enterprises by introducing A.I. to something every enterprise need - Storage. AIspace applies numerous A.I. like Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing to digital assets (documents, images, media) that already exist within enterprises; making them discoverable with the World's First Unified Search Engine. 

AIspace’s Document AI capability allows users to automatically identify the main points of a document without the need to read the document. Using techniques from class-leading Natural Language Processing (NLP) toolkits, AIspace automatically extracts information (about people, places, events, and much more) from text documents. Imagine the time saved for enterprises that handles large volumes of documents daily. 

The biggest storage challenge for images is that you cannot search them. Current platforms that allows image search requires users to tag all images manually. AIspace is changing that by applying A.I. to automate this process where it analyzes images and return results based on thousands of recognizable objects, living beings, scenery and actions. Along with our search engine, images are indexed with tags created and made searchable automatically.

"We are excited about this partnership with Ricoh Asia Pacific," according to Alex Chan, CEO of Babbobox. "We believe that our partnership enables Ricoh customers to further extend the usage of their Ricoh Multifunctional Printers (MFP), thus creating more value. We also believe AIspace is a game-changer in this enterprise space because we are making A.I. accessible and affordable to enterprises, and thus, allowing Ricoh’s customers to reap its benefits." 

With this partnership, AIspace will be exclusively available in nine Asian countries via Ricoh Asia Pacific channel networks. These 9 countries are Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

About Ricoh

Ricoh is empowering digital workplaces using innovative technologies and services enabling individuals to work smarter. For more than 80 years, Ricoh has been driving innovation and is a leading provider of document management solutions, IT services, commercial and industrial printing, digital cameras, and industrial systems. 

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2018, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,063 billion yen (approx. 19.4 billion USD).

For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com 

About Babbobox

Babbobox developed one of world's most advanced AI-infused Unified Search Engine where it combines numerous advanced technologies (Speech Recognition, Video OCR, Cognitive Services, Image Analysis, Artificial Intelligence and Enterprise Search) into a single platform. In 2017, Babbobox launched VideoSpace - the next generation of Video AI Platform. Babbobox has evolved, transformed and has become a global leader in Video Search Engine technologies by creating Four World's First. Babbobox is using these breakthroughs into their data and video platforms to enable enterprises unleash the true value of their digital assets. 

For further information, please visit www.babbobox.com

To find out more about AIspace, please contact us.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Global Launch of AIspace – The Next Generation of A.I. Storage

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Singapore, 19 April 2019: - Babbobox officially announces the global launch of AIspace (pronounced as "i"space) – The Next Generation of A.I. Storage in Singapore.

Enterprises know the need for digital transformation, they also know that Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) will play a big role in that transformation. However, many perceive A.I. to be out of reach because they think it is either too costly or they have little knowledge about its benefits to them. This is about to change.

AIspace’s Mission is “To make A.I. accessible to all enterprises”

In AIspace, we are infusing A.I. into the something all enterprises need - Storage. By applying A.I. to digital assets (documents, images, audio and video) that already exist within your organization. For the first time ever, enterprises will be able to index and search inside all your documents, images, audio and video in a single platform using the World's First Unified Search Engine

Beyond Search, you can now apply A.I. to documents and images for analysis. This will open up a whole world of future possibilities, especially in Big Data. 

AIspace is simply what enterprise storage should really be - Intelligent!

About Babbobox

AISpace is a service fully owned by Babbobox. Babbobox developed one of world's most advanced A.I. Video Search Engine where it combines numerous advanced technologies (Speech Recognition, Video OCR, Cognitive Services, Image Analysis, Artificial Intelligence and Enterprise Search) into a single platform.

Babbobox started as a Cloud Document Management System focusing on helping enterprises to organize their digital assets. In 2017, Babbobox launched VideoSpace - the next generation of Video A.I. Platform. Babbobox has evolved and transformed to become a global leader in Video Search Engine technologies. We are using these breakthroughs in our data and video platforms to enable enterprises unleash the true value of their digital assets. 

AIspace is launched in 2019 with the mission of making A.I. accessible to all enterprise by means of infusing A.I. into storage.  

To find out more, please CONTACT US

Babbobox co-sells through Microsoft to fuel global expansion

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Babbobox is leveraging the co-selling capabilities of Microsoft to fuel growth, innovation and expansion plans globally.

The Singapore-based Video Search Engine expert is tapping on the tech giant’s internal channel changes in the form of One Commercial Partner (OCP) to transform into an international player.

“Babbobox’s relationship with Microsoft did not happen overnight, we believe that it is a strong and one that can stand the test of time,” said Alex Chan, Babbobox CEO.

“We have received tremendous support from numerous Microsoft’s local and international teams, industry specialists, product engineering and product business group teams, working with them on a wide range of joint initiatives locally and around the world.”

Specific to co-selling, “This partnership allows us to continue to capitalise on innovations from Microsoft before they are available in the market. We have experienced significant benefits from greater access to innovation and expertise through Microsoft.” Alex added.

As Babbobox partnership with Microsoft deepens, we are looking to continue to expand geographically beyond our offices in Singapore and Malaysia. With this program, we will also look to enlist the support of Microsoft’s network of partners, distributors and resellers in various verticals globally. 

“We have an ambitious roadmap globally, innovating A.I. infused products that will keep Babbobox on the cutting edge of modern technological trends. We have come a long way, but this is only the start of our global journey” Alex said.

Bringing AI Video Search to Asia

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We are super excited about bringing our A.I. Video Search to Broadcast Asia after starting out in UK, US and China in 2018. It feels so good to be home!

Babbobox CEO, Alex Chan will be talking about "The Age of AI" and how it will transform the entire broadcast and media industry with Video Search, Personalized Content and Video Big Data.

We will also be making a big announcement and showcasing it during the show! We are pretty sure it will blow you away! So do drop by and say Hi!

Video Big Data (Part 3) – From Mess to Intelligence?

The objective of Big Data is to gain Business Intelligence. Video Big Data is no different. The obvious difference is the source and the type of data that can be extracted out from videos. In there, lies the main challenges - Extraction, Transformation and Analysis.

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In this instalment, we will explain why Artificial Intelligence is central to the “mess” in video big data.

In the first installment (Part 1), we explained:

  • Why Video Big Data will absolutely dwarf current Big Data, and
  • How Video is the most difficult medium to extract data

In the previous instalment (Part 2), we examined:

  • the kind of data elements that we can extract from videos (speech, text, objects, activities, motion, faces, emotions)

But first, let’s examine why there is a mess in video data. The short explanation is because a large part of video data is unstructured data. In particular, data from speech and text. For example, text extracted from a 30 minutes news segment could cover multiple topics and events, mentioned numerous places and persons. To add to the complexities, we have to time-aligned when these words are spoken. In many ways, text (e.g. slide presentations that appear in videos) are the same.

Thus, we have to answer 2 key question:

  1. How do we meet sense of ‘messy’ video data?
  2. How can we extract knowledge or intelligence from that mess?

The answer lies in another form of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) - the study of Natural Language Processing (NLP). That is because it can process and attempt to make sense of unstructured text in the following areas:

  • Topic detection
  • Key phrase extraction
  • Sentiment analysis

The reason is because NLP can be used to turn unstructured video data into structured data. Only then can we start making sense and manipulating the data into either intelligence or actionable items like alerts, triggers, etc.

The field of Video Big Data is just starting. Without the advancement in multiple areas of Artificial Intelligence in multiple areas (Speech Recognition, Computer Vision, Facial Analysis, Text Analytics, etc.), Video Big Data wouldn’t even exist as it needs these fields to work in tandem or in sequence.

Given the rate that we are producing videos, alongside our ability to extract video data using A.I. The only way is up and we are not even close to uncovering the tip of Video Big Data iceberg.

Video Big Data will be bigger than BIG. 

VideoSpace will be right in the middle of it all. Let’s put this prediction into a time capsule and revisit it in a few years.

3 Biggest Take-away from Microsoft Inspire 2017

* Article written by Babbobox CEO, Alex Chan 

It’s more than a week after coming back from Microsoft Inspire in Washington DC. It’s a massive event with 18,000 attendees, 716 total sessions and 572 hours of content. This was Babbobox's Microsoft Inspire. New friendship forged, new connections made, new knowledge learnt, a Carrie Underwood concert, fascinating city and a overall wonderful experience. 

There were many take-aways – from learning new tech to meeting people face-to-face whom you only emailed before. But here’s my three biggest take-aways from the event. 

Take-away #1 – The Transformation

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The biggest take-away that I saw was… A Microsoft in transformation.

It is difficult for one to admit to a mistake and publicly apologize for it, it is even harder to change unless that person really wants to change. That’s the Microsoft that I saw during Inspire. It admitted to 18,000 Microsoft personnel and partners that things are not all rosy with their partners and they needed to not just make a change, but a MASSIVE one at that. Thus, the One Commercial Partner Program. 

This resonated with me, and I’m sure with many other Microsoft partners, because I know exactly how difficult it can be to be a Microsoft partner. However, with Inspire, there is new optimism. A new hope that things will be better.  

Take-away #2 – Playing where the Puck will be

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In many ways, a better Microsoft could also mean better things for the world. Let me explain. The following is Microsoft’s Mission Statement:

Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

To be honest, I didn’t know Microsoft’s mission statement. When I read it during Satya’s keynote speech, it took a while to sink in.

  • How many companies can have a mission statement like that?
  • How many companies in the world have that kind of global reach?
  • Even if it does, how can one make a positive impact?

Wayne Gretzky was once said “"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." This is the second take-away from Inspire. Microsoft is gearing itself to play where the puck is going to be. For mankind, that would be Cloud, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Services and Machine Learning.

The challenge for Microsoft is not just to establish leadership in these areas, but how to bring these technologies out to every corner of the world so mankind can benefit from it. The only way to do this is through working with other people, with partners.

The one question that I had in my mind is, do I want to be on that bandwagon?

Take-away #3 - Inspiring

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The last is more personal – Knowing that I made a difference to a stranger.

Babbobox was invited on a panel session for the APAC region with 3 other leaders talking about digital transformation. Admittedly, it was a lot of fun doing it and sharing our personal stories of transformation with others.

Immediately after the session, someone came up to thank me, shaking my hand profusely expressing what I said on stage was the highlight of his entire Inspire event. To put things into perspective, Inspire had 800+ speakers in hundreds of sessions. To be someone’s Inspire highlight, I had to beat some pretty tough competition!

To know that I have inspired even one person... that made my trip all worthwhile!

Microsoft Inspire… The title… How apt! See you next year!

Babbobox launches Ricoh Asia Marketplace

11 countries, Hundred of users, Thousands of products, Millions worth in transactions. 

That pretty sums up Ricoh Asia Marketplace (https://marketplace.ricoh.com.sg). This B2B Market Place is the centre that provides the heartbeat for Ricoh Asia, all its subsidiaries and distributors with the Asia Pacific countries. 

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Babbobox is proud to be the exclusive technology partner for the RA Market Place. 

"I believe we created a system that not only is functional, but also beautiful." says Alex Chan, Babbobox CEO. "We are excited about this launch and look forward to partnering with Ricoh Asia in years to come on this B2B Market Place."

About Ricoh Asia (RA) Market Place - It is a centralised B2B platform where Ricoh sales companies and distributors place orders for numerous solution offerings from regional business partners. This B2B platforms serves more than 11 countries within the Asia Pacific region. 

To find out how you can build an enterprise grade market place, contact us HERE.

Announcement: Babbobox to add Japanese Speech Recognition support to Babbobox Search

Babbobox is delighted to announce the release of Japanese language speech recognition to its Babbobox Search capabilities. Babbobox Search Engine is one of the most advanced enterprise search engine in the world. This release will enable Babbobox Search to automatically index and search videos in Japanese language. This release will increase the total number of languages supported to nine. These nine languages are:

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Arabic (Egyptian)
  • Japanese

 "We are excited about this new release because this means Japanese enterprises can now benefit from Babbobox's unique value proposition" says Babbobox CEO, Alex Chan. "Search is a fundamental need for humankind and organisations. Adding a new language means making more native knowledge discoverable via our Babbobox Search. This explains our excitement every time a new language is added"

Japanese language support on Babbobox is now available! For further enquiries, please write to contact us