Portfolio July 30 2020

Varjo to bring enhanced mixed reality solutions to enterprise customers

Varjo, a leading provider of industrial-grade VR/XR headsets and software, has received a MegaGrant by Epic Games to further develop its mixed reality support for Unreal Engine. Epic MegaGrants is a $100 million program that supports creators doing amazing things with Unreal Engine or enhancing open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community. The sizable MegaGrant will be utilized in support of the Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition headset as part of the mainline offering of Unreal Engine, strengthening immersive solutions for enterprises worldwide. “Varjo currently provides one of the most advanced mixed reality hardware and software solutions for demanding industrial use,” said Sebastian Loze, industry manager for simulations at Epic Games. “We are excited to soon have mainline support for Varjo products in the primary Unreal distribution to continue delivering the highest-end visualization for our customers. The addition of new mixed reality features in Unreal Engine enables a new class of application development.” Varjo devices are used worldwide by commercial, government, and academic organizations to train pilots and astronauts, conduct automotive design reviews, and run consumer and clinical research leveraging immersive environments. With Varjo, professionals can create and train in true-to-life VR/XR with analytics capabilities enabled by the integrated 20/20 Eye Tracker. Varjo’s key customers include Volvo Cars, Boeing Starliner, FlightSafety International, and Lockheed Martin. “We are thrilled to have this support from Epic Games to expand our delivery of mixed reality solutions for the most demanding enterprise VR/XR applications through Unreal Engine,” said John Burwell, global lead of simulation and training at Varjo. “With OpenXR as the target interface, developers will, for the first time, have access to the industry’s most advanced enterprise-grade mixed reality features to support composing real and virtual environments for a wide variety of applications. Planned features include full support for Varjo’s photorealistic visual fidelity, eye tracking and real-time chroma keying. The resulting solution is likely to position Unreal Engine as the most advanced platform for enterprise mixed reality development.” The Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition brings unique features to the market offering human-eye resolution visual fidelity (over 60 PPD in the center of the field of view), integrated depth sensing, and low latency video pass-through mixed reality. With the Varjo XR-1, developers are able to create highly immersive, cost-effective virtual and mixed reality simulation experiences for a broad range of use cases including industrial design, AEC, medicine/telemedicine, research, and simulation and training scenarios across land, sea, air, and space use cases. With Varjo, trainees can for the first time read text on displays and interact with the smallest buttons, switches and gauges, as well as see objects at realistic visibility ranges.

Portfolio July 30 2020

Crocus Technology unveils high linearity, high resolution, integrated XtremeSense™ TMR current sensor

Crocus Technology Inc., the leading supplier of disruptive Tunnel Magneto-Resistance XtremeSense™ TMR sensors, today announces the CT110, a high resolution, isolated, contact current sensor based on Crocus’ patented and unique TMR technology. The CT110 provides highly accurate current measurements over a wide operating temperature range in a miniature form-factor. The CT110 offers design simplicity, reduced circuit complexity, and inherent isolation. The CT110 is a coreless device which utilizes Crocus’s state-of-the-art XtremeSense TMR 1D technology to accurately detect the smallest variation in AC or DC current while achieving a class-leading less than 0.5% typical total output error. Crocus offers the CT110 in configurations which support 5 A to 15 A with the ability to detect less than 5 mA variations in current due to its low-noise and high sensitivity capabilities compared to traditional Hall sensor technologies, which require flux guiding, significant signal amplification, and temperature compensation. The CT110 is a ratio-metric device with an analog output capable of operating from 2.7 V to 5.5 V at 200 kHz sampling frequency and low power consumption. “The CT110 demonstrates the advancement Crocus has achieved in TMR magnetic sensing technology. The CT110 offers a robust sensing resolution, stable performance over temperature combined with design simplicity. Crocus’s XtremeSense TMR 1D technology offers an extremely low noise, high sensitivity, high linearity, low temperature drift, and virtually no hysteresis which renders existing sensing technologies obsolete. The CT110 is one of a family of devices Crocus will introduce this year which target power monitoring applications. The CT110 is a perfect current sensor for consumer, enterprise, and industrial applications. Due to its small form-factor and high resolution, the CT110 is suitable for applications such as smart plugs and IoT devices, appliances, drones, LED lighting, battery chargers, power tools, and PCs and servers,” states Zack Deiri, President and CEO of Crocus Technology. “The CT110 is ideal for any application which requires current monitoring including those currently utilizing shunt resistors combined with an isolation amplifier. To simplify and expedite customer’s system evaluation, Crocus offers evaluation boards with multiple current sensing configurations.” The CT110 is available in a low profile and small form factor 6-lead DFN package with dimensions of 3.00 x 3.00 x 0.95 mm. Samples and evaluation boards are currently available, and the device will be in production in September 2020.

Portfolio July 30 2020

Uberall partners with Zapier to boost customer efficiency

Uberall, Inc., the platform managing digital experiences for local businesses, today announced an integration with global remote company Zapier. This partnership will allow Uberall users to save time and boost productivity with tools they’re already using — such as Gmail and Salesforce. “Our new integration with Zapier provides easy, low-code automation that increases efficiency between already-existing tools, as well as an instant, seamless connection to hundreds of new applications,” said Kelly Benish, VP Strategic Partnerships at Uberall. “New, useful workflows are now made possible with just a few clicks instead of weeks of development time.” Uberall’s solutions enable multi-location brands to easily manage search and discovery, engagement and conversion in real-time on all online platforms across websites, mobile apps, store locators, search engines, maps, social platforms and advertising networks. For customers, the integration with Zapier delivers customizable, automatic notifications for Uberall actions like reviews, listings sync statuses and support case updates. It also lets users create an automated flow — called a Zap — based on any of these Uberall features to send information directly to their inboxes, whether on Gmail, Outlook or Slack. Users of Uberall’s Engage product — which helps businesses boost online reputation and local search rankings — can also publish replies to new reviews directly through email and chat. This provides an even easier way for brands to stay on top of reputation management. To take full advantage of this integration and all it has to offer, customers must be both an Uberall user and have an active Zapier account. “We’re beyond excited about all the benefits this integration will bring to our customers, and the ways it stands to improve our customer experience,” Benish said. “We hope they will take advantage all of the automated workflows that we can now offer through Zapier.”

Portfolio July 29 2020

Access announces strategic partnership with Neocase Software

Access, the largest privately-held information management company, today announced a strategic partnership with Neocase Software, a global provider of HR Service Management, Employee Document Management and Business Process Automation solutions. Access will provide scanning and conversion services to Neocase customers, enabling them to transform paper-based HR processes to digital for improved efficiencies, security and compliance. As an Access partner, Neocase Software will connect its customers to scanning and digitization services from Access to convert existing paper records to digital through its network of scanning facilities across the Americas. This allows non-technical experts to build automated workflows and streamline HR administrative tasks through the Neocase HR Shared Service Center. “Access is excited to partner with Neocase to offer customers the highest level of scanning and digitization services, enabling them to take full advantage of Neocase’s cloud-based solutions for HR and Finance Shared Service Centers,” said Matt Hillery, Chief Technology Officer for Access. “Embracing digital transformation by automating business processes can create huge efficiencies for any business - offering increased agility, accuracy and flexibility, while also enabling customers to improve productivity, cut costs and future-proof their organization.” Neocase offers cloud-based HR Service Management and configurable Business Process Automation solutions to improve employee, customer and supplier experiences, while reducing administrative costs through process automation and workflow efficiencies. “We are thrilled to announce the partnership between Access and Neocase Software,” said Adrian Gurzau, Vice President of North American Sales & Alliances, Neocase Software. “Strong alliances in the marketplace allow us to provide new solutions to drive growth for Neocase customers. Neocase Software provides Access with a complementary solution that will help attract new customers and strengthen its presence in the market.”

Portfolio July 28 2020

Tide collaborates with DueDil to bolster new account onboarding

British business banking firm Tide has teamed with business intelligence FinTech DueDil, to bolster its experience for creating a new account, according to a Tuesday (July 28) announcement. With the tie-up, Tide will use the company intelligence technology of DueDil, which offers insights on more than 50 million firms throughout the globe, to quicken know your customer (KYC) checks and streamline account opening for small businesses. Tide Chief Operating and Product Officer Laurence Krieger said in the announcement, “Entrepreneurs don’t have the time to go through lengthy processes, and so we are all about using technology to find ways to reduce time spent on banking and admin.” The integration of DueDil’s application programing interface (API) will provide Tide with an accurate picture of their clients, decrease the time analysts use to make manual KYC checks and increase automatic onboarding in the end per the announcement. DueDil Co-Founder and CEO Justin Fitzpatrick said in the announcement, “By partnering with Tide at this important time for the market, we’re committed to showing that regulatory compliance and customer experience can go hand in hand.” Fitzpatrick added, “Now more than ever, SMEs need financial partners that understand their business and can provide them with flexible support.” In April, news surfaced that Tide has launched a new invoice protection service with the assistance of Hokodo to help keep small and medium-sized business (SMB) cash flow safe from late or unpaid invoices. The move came as the COVID-19 pandemic was having an immediate and potentially long-haul effect on the U.K. economy. In separate news, Tide said earlier in July that it has a new relationship with Mastercard that makes the firm one of the card company’s principal issuers. Tide, which has its headquarters in London and has offices in other parts of the world, will settle funds directly with Mastercard with the multi-year deal.

Portfolio July 24 2020

Inotrem to initiate Phase IIa study of nangibotide for Covid-19

French biotechnology company Inotrem has received regulatory clearance to conduct a Phase IIa clinical trial of nangibotide in Covid-19 patients on mechanical ventilation in France, Belgium and the US. The trial was chosen by the French Government to be part of its €78m action plan focused on boosting the country’s research capabilities for therapeutics. Nangibotide is a TREM-1 pathway inhibitor with multiple potential indications, such as septic shock and myocardial infarction. TREM-1 is an immunomodulatory receptor found on innate immune cells, which increases and maintains inflammation. In pre-clinical studies, the drug candidate was able to restore an appropriate immune response by targeting TREM-1, which is known to be activated in Covid-19 patients. The objective of the exploratory Phase IIa trial is to determine the safety, tolerability, and potential efficacy in critically ill Covid-19 patients with features of systemic inflammation. It is expected that the drug will have a positive effect on the severity of the respiratory failure, as well as decrease the duration of mechanical ventilation, length of ICU stay, and mortality. A total of 60 patients will be recruited across Europe and the US. This trial comes after an observational study conducted at the CHRU of Nancy in 27 patients, where an increased TREM-1 pathway expression was seen in severe Covid-19 patients. Trial coordinating investigator professor Sébastien Gibot said: “We observed that the TREM-1 pathway was activated in severe forms of Covid-19. Nangibotide is a TREM-1 inhibitor and has the potential to restore an appropriate immune response. “We are hoping to demonstrate that nangibotide will reduce the duration of hospitalisation and mortality of critically ill patients suffering from Covid-19.” The drug candidate is currently in a Phase IIb trial, named ASTONISH, for the treatment of septic shock patients in six European countries and the US.