'If You Can Build a Good Foundation, Particularly In the Tech Field, It Will Take You Far'

GE Transportation | April 07, 2017

Information technology veteran Christine Louw, who is currently the GE Transportation Sub-Saharan Africa IT Programme Manager, oversees the IT for GE Transportation in Nigeria, Kenya, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa, where she is based. The IT scope for these countries is significant in size, but thankfully, Christine has an integrated team in each of the countries to help with implementation on the  ground.

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CRST International is one of the nation’s largest privately-held transportation companies,providing comprehensive transportation and logistics solutions to customers allover North America. Every year, the company invests millions of dollars so that itscustomers benefit from having the best-trained drivers, the newest equipment, and thelatest logistics technology. The company values the trust invested in it every day as ittransports millions of dollars of goods across the nation.


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SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY

actyv.ai: Enabling Supply Chain Transformation Through Enterprise SaaS Platform With Embedded B2B BNPL and Insurance

actyv.ai | September 21, 2022

actyv.ai seeks to interlink and impact enterprises, their business partners and financial institutions (FIs); orchestrating the whole business transaction on a single platform. Leveraging its SaaS technology platform, actyv.ai enables easy onboarding of distributors and suppliers onto an enterprise's network. The company’s aim is to provide alternative means of capital to an enterprise’s channel partners, based on their financial and non-financial data. On a macro level, this is the value that actyv.ai brings to the table for all its stakeholders. The enterprise has access to distributor’s digital records at the click of a button, is able to review and onboard credit worthy partners, can commence billing as early as day one, be risk compliant and offboard partners in case of noncompliance. FIs benefit by getting partners who have long standing relationships with enterprises and are credit worthy thus, offering lesser default risk. actyv Score is a dynamic number which depicts current and future potential of business partners and is a key input to the credit scoring and underwriting algorithms of FIs and insurance providers. It is a multi-dimensional score based on financial and nonfinancial data of business partners. actyv Go enables enterprises to discover, select, appoint, renew, empower and offboard distributors on its technology platform in a faster and more transparent way. actyv PayLater is a BNPL approach towards B2B payment enabling flow of information across board. With this, the bank would rely not only on its algorithm but also the consumer’s actyv Score to assess credit worthiness, in addition to tracking and reconciliation. With actyv Insure, an enterprise can enjoy bite sized products which offer protection against business loss. Aligned to Environmental Social Governance (ESG), actyv.ai is reducing paper usage by digitising processes. The company is addressing the challenge of responsible and sustainable credit for SMBs by enabling manageable interest rates for the supply chain. Every document submitted by distributors on the actyv.ai platform is validated at source, aiding fraud prevention. actyv.ai is in the process of transforming global B2B supply chain by making business transactions faster and easier through its AI-based offerings.

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FREIGHT

TenderEasy, Part of Alpega, Announces Partnership with Upply to Provide Users With Smart Freight Benchmarking Data

TenderEasy | July 12, 2022

TenderEasy, Alpega’s cloud-based freight procurement solution, is glad to announce its latest partnership with Upply, an AI-driven benchmarking provider offering road, sea and air freight data prices across the globe. The partnership delivers live benchmarking data to TenderEasy’s users through full integration of Upply’s data into TenderEasy‘s platform, providing them with the necessary information to understand the current prices in the market, as well as their evolution over time. This gives the customer the possibility and the power to decide when a tender is competitive and what steps to take in the potential negotiation rounds with carriers. “Partnerships and integrations like this one adds value to everyone planning or running a freight RFQ. In such a volatile market, we at TenderEasy want to ensure users have the latest insights to decide if, where and when to run a tender”, -Johan Vagerstam, co-founder of TenderEasy and Director Product Management at Alpega. Partnerships in the digital ecosystems are key to provide cutting-edge software and platforms. Even more in the transportation industries today where prices fluctuate on a weekly basis and capacities are difficult to find and secure. Our partnership with TenderEasy aims at sharing market data and making it available directly to supply chain experts in their procurement solutions for them to take the best decisions.comments Thomas Larrieu, CEO at Upply.

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SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY

Innoviz and HiRain Technologies Deploy InnovizOne Across Shipping Ports in China

Innoviz | September 06, 2022

Innoviz Technologies (NASDAQ: INVZ), a leading provider of high-performance, automotive-grade LiDAR sensors and perception software, and its strategic partner HiRain Technologies, a leading Tier 1 solutions provider for the Chinese automotive market, today announced the deployment of InnovizOne LiDAR sensors at ports across China, including on HiRain's autonomous trucks and AGVs. The first deployment started in RiZhao port, with both parties planning to expand the project to additional ports.Using InnovizOne LiDAR and HiRain's Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), the combined solution is now being used at ports across China, including on autonomous trucks and AGVs, and for Vehicle to Anything (V2X) applications, to improve operational efficiency, mitigate risks and enhance worker safety. Innoviz and HiRain's sensing system is highly durable and can detect vehicles and pedestrians, as well as infrastructure typically found at ports with precise location, distance and size. HiRain's fully integrated system also includes LiDAR protection, heat radiation protection, shock absorption, noise reduction, dustproofing and cleaning. HiRain developed its own roadside V2X solution using InnovizOne LiDAR. The five-in-one sensor unit monitors traffic from a bird's eye view, collecting environmental data and sending it in real time to a high-performance computer, which then broadcasts the data to all surrounding trucks in order to avoid collisions. "The global supply chain crisis is being made worse by labor shortages and higher levels of congestion at ports in China and around the world, The deployment of HiRain's autonomous vehicle and V2X systems using InnovizOne LiDAR comes at an especially opportune time, as it will greatly improve efficiencies and enable 24/7 operations." -Omer Keilaf, co-founder and CEO of Innoviz. Innoviz and HiRain began working together in 2018, and HiRain plans to integrate Innoviz's next-generation LiDAR sensor, InnovizTwo, into its platforms, to make port operations even safer and more efficient. "LiDAR is one of the most critical technologies of our time and will play an outsized role in the development of not just autonomous vehicles, but also the infrastructure they require to communicate with one another, We have very much enjoyed working with the Innoviz team to bring these products to market, and look forward to developing additional products using Innoviz's solutions." -Dr. Chengjian Fan, CTO & Deputy GM of Hirain Technologies About Beijing JingWei Hirain Technologies Founded in 2003, HiRain focuses on providing electronic products, R & D services and overall solutions for high-level intelligent driving to customers in the fields of automobile and unmanned transportation. Headquartered in Beijing, HiRain has established modern production plants in Tianjin and Nantong, forming a perfect R & D, production, marketing and service system. Based on the concept of "value innovation and serving customers", the company adheres to the strategies of "professional focus", "technology leadership" and "platform development", and is committed to becoming a world-class comprehensive electronic system technology service provider, a full stack solution supplier for intelligent networked vehicles, and a leader in high-level intelligent driving MaaS solutions. For more information please visit: https://www.hirain.com/ About Innoviz Technologies Innoviz is a global leader in LiDAR technology, working towards a future with safe autonomous vehicles on the world's roads. Innoviz's LiDAR and perception software "see" better than a human driver and reduce the possibility of error, meeting the automotive industry's strictest expectations for performance and safety. Operating across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Innoviz has been selected by internationally recognized premium car brands for use in consumer vehicles as well as by other commercial and industrial leaders for a wide range of use cases. For more information, visit innoviz-tech.com

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SUPPLY CHAIN

RKVST Launches RKVST Free and RKVST Team SaaS Supply Chain Integrity, Transparency and Trust Solution

RKVST | September 05, 2022

RKVST, a leading provider of supply chain integrity, transparency and trust, announces a Free and subscription-based Team tier of its award-winning enterprise SaaS solution, allowing organizations of any size to collaborate on and share data in near real-time, confident in the trustworthiness of that data. The RKVST platform removes the hassles, mistakes and risk associated with the manual processes and paperwork involved in sharing data across organizations, enabling all partners in the supply chain to collaborate and work with a single source of truth. RKVST does this by capturing the identity of sources and origin of data, enforcing sharing and visibility rules with strong cryptography, and underpinning that with distributed ledger technology that prevents forgery, back-dating or shredding of evidence. Together, provenance, governance and immutability bring the right level of trust in data for faster, confident decisions with lower business risk for organizations.Jon Geater, chief technology and product officer at RKVST, says: With the RKVST Free tier, we are making our award-winning enterprise blockchain accessible to the mainstream market. Delivering integrity, transparency and trust to digital supply chains is now available to everyone with a single API call or a single click. RKVST ensures that the right data gets to the right place at the right time, matching the speed and complexity challenges of today’s digital infrastructure and delivering the continuous assurance required for zero trust architecture. Cost and complexity have traditionally been barriers for unifying supply chain operations, making them the preserve of large government agencies and enterprises, and where small suppliers are often left out. This creates blind spots that increase security and business risks for the entire supply chain as well as significant amounts of human resource spent auditing and validating partner data. RKVST is changing all of that by delivering a range of service options to suit organizations of every size. RKVST Free provides DevOps and R&D professionals with a try-before-you-buy option, and a free-forever service for small businesses. RKVST Team employs a pay-as-you-grow model for increased asset capacity, more features and more users per account tenancy. Green aerospace company SATAVIA is using RKVST to provide transparent continuous asset assurance for the complex and often opaque carbon offset market in the aviation industry. By enabling aircraft operators to forecast, prevent, quantify and offset surface warming caused by aircraft-generated condensation trails or contrails, aviation’s per-flight climate impact can be reduced by up to 60%. SATAVIA started out using RKVST Free, transitioning to RKVST Team as their user and asset capacity needs increased. “SATAVIA’s ClimateTech platform DECISIONX:NETZERO optimizes aircraft flight plans for contrail prevention and quantifies climate benefit in terms of avoided surface warming. Immutable storage of flight-by-flight data, with clear oversight of provenance and governance, is a central requirement of climate benefit accounting. We’re pleased to be working with RKVST to solve these technical challenges, leveraging data integrity for climate-positive activity.” -Dr Adam Durant, chief executive officer, SATAVIA The launch of RKVST Free and RKVST Team comes at a time when the push to adopt solutions that build trust and transparency is moving with unprecedented speed. The U.S. Executive Order 14028 highlights the need to transition to a zero trust mindset with supply chain transparency and trust as major pillars. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has established a new working group focused on the issues of supply chain integrity, transparency and trust, and the latest cybersecurity review from the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre highlights the serious threats posed by supply chain attacks. About RKVST RKVST enables organizations to collaborate confidently and securely with partners, tracking physical and digital assets, reducing operational costs and increasing business resiliency. Customers use RKVST to provide integrity, transparency and trust for digital supply chains, solving challenges ranging from nuclear waste tracking and compliance in construction and other industries, to zero trust connected devices and software bill of materials (SBOMs). The RKVST software-as-a-service (SaaS) captures the identity of sources and origin of data, enforces sharing and visibility rules with strong cryptography, and is underpinned by distributed ledger technology that prevents forgery, back-dating or shredding of evidence. This zero trust approach, continuously verifying then trusting data, enables organizations to make confident business decisions based on verifiable data with real-time context. To learn more, visit RKVST.com.

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CRST International is one of the nation’s largest privately-held transportation companies,providing comprehensive transportation and logistics solutions to customers allover North America. Every year, the company invests millions of dollars so that itscustomers benefit from having the best-trained drivers, the newest equipment, and thelatest logistics technology. The company values the trust invested in it every day as ittransports millions of dollars of goods across the nation.

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