'We treat information as a critical business asset,' says Vanessa Eriksson, SVP, Chief Digital Officer at Zenseact

Media 7 | November 15, 2021

We had the opportunity to interview the data-enthusiast and the former first Chief Data Officer in Sweden, Vanessa Eriksson, SVP, Chief Digital Officer at Zenseact and Board Member at Fidesmo, where she explored the different features of the autonomous vehicle. Read on to find out more about the Zenseact protects critical business and company information.

We also understand the importance of aligning people, processes, and technology to meet our information security and data protection needs.

MEDIA 7: You are a pioneer and a leading-edge data practitioner with several years of experience. What inspired you to choose this career path?
VANESSA ERIKSSON:
It was way back in the early 2000s, while I was working at Ericsson’s Global Master Data Management office, that my journey with data began. It was here that I was first introduced to Master Data and I found myself developing a deep curiosity of the underlying technology, as well as understanding the need and value of having good quality in data. It became quite evident to me that I liked working with data and I wanted to continue to develop my skills within this field. So I targeted roles where data was a key part of the job. I moved to Sony Ericsson and worked as an Analyst, verifying data from 27 production sites all over the world. However, it was only at Telia where I believe my career within data really took off. Starting as Project Manager for procurement Master Data, I challenged everything from the way of working with data to data not being treated as the asset it was. I got nicknamed, "The lady with the whip," but nothing mattered as I got delivered results and built up my integrity.

I got the opportunity to lead Data Governance while it was still a new concept in the world, drive innovation and data monetization; but most importantly, anchor the Chief Data Officer role in Telia, Eurasia. Working with Gartner as an Advisory on their Board, I believe I am one of the first to have had the role of the Chief Data Officer in Sweden. Analytics and AI are part of every CDO role today, but I have had the good fortune to have found myself in an industry like no other: the autonomous vehicle! Working for start-up Zenseact as Chief Digital Officer, in addition to bringing the organization even further into the digital age, my responsibilities also include data and cybersecurity. My enthusiasm holds no bounds when I get to work with data! Today I work not just with core data management, but also with advanced techniques like federated learning, swarm learning, edge training; knowing how we can use it to make safer roads and create a sustainable future.


M7: What are some of the safe self-driving features that Zenseact offers in its software platform?
VE:
Zenseact’s mission is to preserve life by accelerating the move to zero collisions with the help of self-driving technology. What‘s more important to us is the speed to reaching zero collisions everywhere rather than the speed to reaching unsupervised technology somewhere. So, safety is the one main drive. OnePilot is our flagship service that offers a single experience throughout the user’s journey. Once activated in the vehicle, it offers three different modes of operation namely Drive, Cruise, and Ride, and a growth track from supervised comfort cruising towards unsupervised riding at high speed in a continuously growing ODD. 

The OnePilot software stack operates end to end from sensing to actuating torque requests. It comprises of a complete computer vision stack, tracking and low-level fusion of all inclusive sensing modalities, as well as planning and control software. Ride is our mode for self-driving functions where the main feature being offered will be HWP - Highway Pilot. HWP offers unsupervised automated driving. It enhances comfort and convenience by allowing the driver to engage in secondary activities. The HWP will then constantly be updated with geographics, weather conditions, and speed.

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Analytics and AI are part of every CDO role today.



M7: What are some of the different ways you ensure Zenseact’s sensitive information is protected from cyber-attacks?
VE:
At Zenseact we treat information as a critical business asset. Our security strategies and measures are aligned to secure information throughout the life cycle using defense-in-depth techniques. We also understand the importance of aligning people, processes, and technology to meet our information security and data protection needs. Some of the techniques we have deployed include effective security policy and process management, information classification, awareness and training for information owners, employees, and a combination of various security monitoring tools. It is key for us to maintain compliance with leading practices for security management for both enterprise and product cyber security.


M7: As a board member of Fidesmo, what are some of the different ways you have tried to achieve the perfect gender balance within the organization?
VE:
I recently visited Fidesmo at their offices in Regeringsgatan, Stockholm, and was happy and proud to see the evident diversity in the organization. Talking to Alana Kennett, who has been with the company from its very start says, "When I joined Fidesmo a few years ago, I was the only woman in the company. Since then, women have made up almost 40% of new hires in both tech and non-tech positions. This shows the positive strides Fidesmo has made in attracting and hiring from a more diverse range of people. The company has always been very international and welcoming of different cultures – as we continue to grow, it is important to keep our focus on expanding the backgrounds, cultures, interests and experiences of our future colleagues which will only enrich our internal culture and external business further."

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It is key for us to maintain compliance with leading practices for security management for both enterprise and product cyber security.

M7: What is your advice to young women stepping into the data industry?
VE:
I am a fiercely competitive person, (I am not without fault!). At the gym, I peek at the speedometer on the treadmill beside me and that makes me go faster because I believe can do better! It doesn’t always happen, but it helps me to constantly challenge myself and push the boundaries. I encourage and would advise women in tech and in other industries, to go further, conquer their fears and come out as winners.

ABOUT ZENSEACT

Zenseact's mission is to preserve life by accelerating the transition to zero collisions with the help of self-driving technology. They develop the complete software stack for ADAS and AD, from sensing to actuation. Their focus is to build a single cutting-edge software platform in order to serve various levels of autonomy and offer unequaled scalability at the same time. They operate out of Gothenburg, Sweden and Shanghai, China with approx. 600 employees. Zenseact’s first self-driving deployment will be launched on the next-generation vehicle platform from Volvo Car.

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They also have strong operating cycle efficiency and durability for a lower total cost of ownership. “We know our customers have diverse needs and complicated duty cycles to support, which is why we focus on continued innovation and improvement, We’re developing hydrogen fuel cell technology that demonstrates the capacity and flexibility required to meet or exceed the power needs for on-highway commercial vehicles – proving hydrogen as a viable solution to decarbonize the economy.” -Amy Adams, Vice President of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies at Cummins. Attendees at IAA will also get the first glimpse of a drivetrain assembled with a newly introduced Cummins lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery pack, Meritor’s 17xe ePowertrain and Meritor’s Power Control and Accessory System (PCAS). Cummins recently added the ePowertain and PCAS solutions to its portfolio through its acquisition of Meritor. The ePowertrain leverages market-leading technologies in the axle, motor and inverter, delivering performance, efficiency and packaging advantages at a competitive cost. Additionally, the PCAS provides power where needed and control of necessary sub-systems while reducing packaging size and simplifying integration. Cummins is adding an LFP battery to its line of lithium-ion battery products to expand support of electrified commercial vehicle applications. The LFP solution gives customers access to faster charging and longer-life batteries, targeting the medium-duty truck and school bus markets. By using a multi-chemistry strategy, Cummins is positioned to expand its manufacturing capacity further and diversify its supply chain, providing customers with more cost-effective electrification solutions. We are giving customers options to enable them to adapt to a zero-emissions future faster, said Brian Wilson, General Manager of Electrified Components at Cummins. With the recent acquisition of Meritor and our new multi-chemistry approach, we will be able to tailor our solutions and offer a one-stop-shop for customers' powertrain needs. Cummins' portfolio includes four batteries, each of which targets a different duty cycle and use case and complement each other. In addition to the LFP option, this includes three nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) batteries – the BP95E, BP74E and BP30E. The BP95E is Cummins’ next-generation solution that prioritizes greater energy density in applications for customers who need more weight-sensitive solutions or have longer ranges. The BP30E is ideal for meeting limited-space applications and rugged demands, and the BP74E is the foundation for Cummins’ BEV innovation and progress. About Cummins Inc. Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel, natural gas, electric and hybrid powertrains, and powertrain-related components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, batteries, electrified power systems, hydrogen generation and fuel cell products. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 59,900 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment, and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves its customers online, through a network of company-owned and independent distributor locations, and through thousands of dealer locations worldwide and earned about $2.1 billion on sales of $24.0 billion in 2021. See how Cummins is powering a world that is always on by accessing news releases and more information at https://www.cummins.com/always-on.

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PGT Trucking Redesigns Website to Showcase Innovative Shipping Solutions

PGT Trucking | September 30, 2022

PGT Trucking Inc., a multi-service transportation firm offering flatbed, dedicated, international and specialized services, announced the launch of their newly redesigned website, www.pgttrucking.com, aimed at enhancing the user experience, highlighting PGT's service offerings and aiding in the company's recruiting efforts. "Over the last year, we have made a conscious effort to better align our brand strategy with our evolving mission and direction as a company,The new website encompasses our Future of FlatbedSM initiatives and gives the user a more engaging and interactive experience." -Paul Martin, PGT Trucking Chief Innovation Officer PGT Trucking, recently named to the Pittsburgh Technology Council's Tech 50 and FreightWaves' FreightTech 100 lists, has focused on implementing revolutionary technologies across their operating system, leading advancements within the transportation industry. PGT has applied this same approach to their website re-launch, increasing visibility of their progressive transportation solutions and streamlining access to the latest company news and insights. With a responsive mobile and tablet friendly platform, the improved website is easily accessible for users on-the-go and presents a clean, modern look, with refreshed content, photos and videos. Prospective drivers can learn about PGT's career opportunities and apply with just one click, and potential customers can quickly identify the best transportation solution for their needs. The easy-to-use navigation and contemporary feel appeals to all audiences and provides enhanced access to PGT's services. In the next phase of updates, the website will include multiple language translation options and contain additional material for PGT's Media Center. PGT Trucking is proud to partner with TWIO Brand, a Utah-based digital and brand marketing agency, for their website redesign, marketing strategy and design support. About PGT Trucking: PGT Trucking, Inc. is a multi-service transportation firm offering flatbed, dedicated, international and specialized services. PGT is the leader in progressive freight transportation and fleet evolution, exceeding customer expectations with a strong focus on the Future of FlatbedSM. At PGT Trucking, "Safety is Everyone's Job – All the Time." Visit www.pgttrucking.com.

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Everstream Analytics and CAMELOT Join Forces to Streamline Supply Chain Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management

Everstream Analytics | September 29, 2022

Everstream Analytics, the global supply chain insights and risk analytics company, announced a strategic partnership with leading value chain consulting firm, CAMELOT Management Consultants. This collaboration combines Everstream’s unrivaled risk scores and AI-powered analytics with CAMELOT’s unmatched strategic process design and organizational expertise to build high-performing, compliant, and resilient value chainsWith the growing number of supply chain compliance laws, including the German Supply Chain Act, the US Forced Labor Prevention law, and Fashion Sustainability Act, manufacturers are increasingly responsible for ensuring their suppliers are not participating in morally or environmentally unethical practices. Everstream and CAMELOT have teamed up to deliver a 360-degree people, process, and technology solution to help clients achieve German Supply Chain Act compliance and prepare for future EU supply chain regulations. In addition to the potential fines from noncompliance, companies are subject to brand reputation risks when unethical human rights or environmental practices are found anywhere in their supplier network. A company’s ESG performance is a crucial value measure for investors, employees, and consumers across most industries, including chemicals, life sciences, retail, food and beverage, and automotive. Companies are challenged to interpret the laws, uncover relevant risks within their complex supply chains, and proactively monitor for ongoing issues, said Rick Meyer, Head of Global Sales, Everstream. This partnership incorporates Everstream’s automated multi-tier risk analytics into CAMELOT’s integrated approach to effectively embed compliance and ESG into core business processes of global organizations. “Achieving compliance with the German Supply Chain Act (LkSG) and other supply chain laws will not be a one-and-done effort. It will take advanced data & analytics, regulatory expertise, and supply chain process innovation to continuously and efficiently monitor global value chains and mitigate risk, The Everstream partnership creates a one-of-a-kind LkSG risk management solution to help clients meet their compliance and sustainability objectives. -Thomas Ebel, Partner Value Chain Strategy and Transformation at CAMELOT. The value of effective supply chain due diligence and risk management can prevent critical delays or shortages. For example, 50% of the global polysilicon supply, a key material in solar panels, comes from the Xinjiang region. Solar panels have already been detained by U.S. customs under UFLPA, causing significant installation delays and hindering renewable power capacity expansion in the U.S. With greater supplier visibility and advanced risk management processes, companies can adjust their sourcing strategies to suffer fewer surprises and recover more quickly when disruption strikes. About Everstream Analytics Everstream Analytics sets the global supply chain standard. Through the application of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to its vast proprietary dataset, Everstream delivers the predictive insights and risk analytics businesses need for a smarter, more autonomous and sustainable supply chain. Everstream’s proven solution integrates with procurement, logistics and business continuity platforms generating the complete information, sharper analysis, and accurate predictions required to turn the supply chain into a business asset. To learn more, visit https://www.everstream.ai/. About CAMELOT Management Consultants CAMELOT Management Consultants is a globally leading consulting specialist for value chain management in the process, consumer goods and industrial manufacturing industries. The firm is a sector of the CAMELOT Group, headquartered in Mannheim, Germany with a network of over 1,800 professionals worldwide. Their integrated consulting approach and close collaboration with renowned technology specialists guarantees project success along all consulting phases: from decision-making to the organizational and technical implementation. To learn more, visit https://www.camelot-mc.com/.

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