TNG in times of COVID-19
Even in these difficult times the TNG employees gave everything and made the most of the current situation by using virtual formats for lectures and events. Two of our colleagues presented "Deepfakes 2.0 – How neural networks change the world" at various conferences, such as the Java Forum Stuttgart, as well as on the TV program WDR reporter. In summer the JungChemikerForum was pleased to host TNG for the lecture "Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry". At the beginning of autumn we topped it off and were not only part of the EnterJS but also of the Developer Week, one of the largest independent developer conferences in Europe, with the lecture "Automated Testing of an Angular Application".
TNG is Intel® oneAPI Technology Partner
TNG is now officially the first German Intel® oneAPI Technology Partner. We support Intel® in the area of Artificial Intelligence and help companies to implement and roll out projects utilizing oneAPI on various hardware. The advantage of oneAPI: Write your software once and deploy it not only on CPUs but also on GPUs, FPGAs, TPUs and other acceleration hardware.
TNG can also support your oneAPI project. We have many years of AI experience and have successfully implemented projects with this new technology. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!
Surveys and polls directly in Confluence
It's finally here! Our completely renewed and extended survey and voting app for Confluence, "Multivote & Enterprise Survey", is now available. Still included is our Multivote Macro (whose previous version was the most popular polling app for Confluence), alongside a new Survey macro for complex and dynamic surveys, where later questions can be configured to display or not depending on earlier answers. We at TNG use these types of surveys for tasks such as organising company retreats, where, for example, we display selections of Saturday's retreat activities only to those that indicated participation on Saturday. Other use cases include employee surveys and feedback-gathering on company-wide issues. Please visit us at Atlassian Marketplace, where for a limited time we offer 50% discount on the new version of the app.
Audience award for our colleague
Sport and computer science don't really go together? On the contrary! The conference Spinfortec2020 brought those two disciplines together, and featured a talk given by one of our colleagues, Marc Schuh, who is on the one hand a competitive athlete, and on the other a computer scientist. He presented one of the TNG Innovation Hacking Team's exciting projects at this year's iteration of the conference, in which he explained how the technical analysis for professional athletes, supported by video, can be enhanced and automated with computer vision and artificial intelligence.
The talk was so well received by the participants that Marc won the audience award, and moreover by a significant margin. We are pleased and proud to celebrate his distinction and are grateful to our partner, the Olympiastützpunkt Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar for their support in this fascinating project.
Curious to learn more? Then take a look at our Big Techday talk on the Kanu KI Analyser. Our playlist also has links to lots of other interesting talks.
Security&Safety Things AppChallenge
The year 2020: a year of change, but also of new beginnings and innovations. Many things have changed already, and many more will likely change in the future. For us at TNG, the time spent in seclusion has been a valuable opportunity to reflect, but also to create something new!
The Security and Safety Things App Challenge 2020 provided the perfect setting to demonstrate our computer vision skills under time pressure. In just three months we managed to create two innovative apps – all the way from idea to development to availability in the marketplace. Not only that but both apps were actually awarded first prize in their categories: Visual Feedback won in the Retail and Commerce category and Dynamic Privacy Mask in the Smart Cities category!
This year we not only wave goodbye to handshakes, but also to unsanitary feedback buttons! As retail store managers told us, customer feedback given via physical, in-store feedback buttons has indeed decreased dramatically. We remedied this with our app Visual Feedback! Visual Feedback enables customers to give feedback with a simple hand gesture, e.g. a thumbs up or thumbs down (demo video). To make the process even more playful and engaging, emojis that correspond to the given feedback are then displayed in place of the customer's head. Giving feedback with Visual Feedback is not only contactless, but also fun!
Our second app is a bit more serious. Many of us feel uncomfortable when high-resolution security cameras record personal data. Of course this cannot be completely avoided (after all, cameras are there to record people!) but that does not mean that credit cards or PIN pads have to be filmed at the grocery store or that the screen of your laptop needs to be captured in the waiting area at the airport. In fact, GDPR even demands that the collection of personal data be limited to what is necessary ("data minimization"). With Dynamic Privacy Mask, the recording of personal data can now be minimized even further. Using a Neutral Network, our app masks object classes such as people, laptops, and keyboards (demo video) – and soon also PIN pads, credit cards, and mobile phones. Through our app we hope to raise the standard of data protection and privacy in the long term. After all, GDPR also states that operators of security cameras must adhere to the technological state of the art when it comes to protecting personal data (and, in particular, everyone's right to informational self-determination).
Want to learn more about our apps? Drop us a line at iot-apps(at)tngtech.com for more information and let us know what you think!
TNG is a Slack Services Partner
Now it's official: we are the first Slack Services Partner in the German speaking regions of Europe! We are excited to support customers in their integration challenges with tailored apps and slick integration solutions for the popular communication platform. We'll help you to embed Slack into your different systems and workflows - according to your needs. Agilely and sustainably.
Are you facing a complex challenge or are you looking for a specific solution? Get in touch! You can find details about our cooperation with Slack and contact information here.
Strategic corporate events in times of Corona - our summer retreat 2020
Continuous, strategic development is so important to us at TNG that we organize a strategy retreat once a year in summer. We do so with all of our colleagues, because we are proud of all of them and want to integrate their knowledge and skills in the best way possible. Accordingly, on this day we distribute strategic information and exchange innovative ideas, as well as reflect collectively on TNG within the framework of open space or bar camp sessions.
In addition to the lively discussions and diverse opportunities for socializing, our summer retreat has so far been shaped by summer sun, summit lights, whirlpool fun, and alpine hotel rooms. Because of Corona, however, it was not possible to repeat it in this form. But did we let that stop us?
Of course not! Without missing a beat, we virtualized our summer retreat 2020 and conducted it remotely - with great success.
If you would like to learn more about the concept and technical implementation, you can find two detailed articles (in German) on our first remote summer retreat on LinkedIn. We are looking forward to your comments, ideas and the exchange of experiences. Follow us on LinkedIn and stay tuned!
Hey oven, open up!
Talking to your household appliances sounds like Science Fiction, right? Well not anymore! Just as Ali Baba once did to open the door to his enchanted treasure trove, the owners of a new oven can now call out "Open Sesame" to open it. A simple "Hey Alexa, open the oven“ would also suffice.
This fairytale come true won our customer 1st Place for "Excellence in Business to Consumer“ at this year's German Innovation Awards. The voice support was developed jointly by TNG and our customer. Now when you have your hands full, using a voice-assistant like Amazon Alexa, you can simply ask the oven to open the door for you.
We are delighted to be a part of the innovations of the future.
JHipster at TNG
A recent workshop with JHipster Core Developer David Steiman ensured that a number of our consultants can optimally support our clients and are up to date with the state of the art in JHipster, in keeping with TNG's ethos of continued professional development for all colleagues, even during the Corona crisis. JHipster is one of the Java world's most popular code generators, and sees much activity on GitHub as well as being used by many companies. The workshop covered topics such as fast realisation of proof-of-concepts and sketching of microservice landscapes. Particularly central was the question of how applications can be developed so as to avoid maintenance-heavy JHipster upgrades.
The workshop took place before Big Techday 2020, under whose auspices David Steiman, together with Frederik Hahne, presented a talk on the JHipster Development Platform. The talk is available on YouTube (in German).
TNG demonstration App featured in S&ST Product Demo
Our demonstration app Person Anonymizer featured in a live online product demo for the S&ST platform. Cameras running the OS developed by Security and Safety Things can execute machine learning algorithms on-device rather than in the cloud. Such cameras can perform a wide range of complex detection tasks without having to send any video data over the wire.
The App showcases how people caught on CCTV cameras can be detected and masked in real time, protecting their privacy whenever surveillance of individuals is not the camera's intended use case. The video is available on YouTube.