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Microsoft’s vision for Intelligent Connected Trade Windows 

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Global merchandise trade volumes declined by 14.3 percent in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the previous period as COVID-19 containment measures affected economies around the world according to WTO data released on September 23, 2020. Microsoft has produced a white paper on data collaboration to enable fair, safe trade through intelligent connected Trade…Read more

Project SEEKER: Using artificial intelligence for good 

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Project SEEKER is pioneering multi-species artificial intelligence (AI) models built using Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Services. It can automatically detect illegally trafficked wildlife concealed within luggage and cargo.  Illegal wildlife trafficking is worth $23 billion per year1. That makes it the fourth-largest illegal trade in the world, following only drugs, guns, and human trafficking2. One…Read more

Analytics for fraud prevention and fraud detection in taxes 

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For more than a decade, tax administrations across the globe have been exploring the use of artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to prevent and detect tax evasion. While there are promising results, AI needs to further evolve and mature to drive increased impact. Democratizing access to AI, training more experts in data science…Read more

How digital transformation is advancing Defense and Intelligence 

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Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, largely driven by exponential improvements in compute power, storage capacity, and global connectivity. These advances have ushered in a new ‘digital age’ in which data is the most valuable commodity and drives disruption across all industries—Defense and Intelligence included. As in other industries, defense customers are accelerating digital…Read more

Why defense and intelligence organizations are embracing the commercial cloud 

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People and organizations must often make decisions quickly, with incomplete information, and in military situations, this can be particularly true. The mission of the military has not changed since the time of antiquity: if you can observe, orient, decide, and act faster than your opponent, you gain an advantage. As a retired British Army officer,…Read more

Reimagining digital identity for government services 

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COVID-19 has required governments to reimagine digital services. The cornerstone of such services for citizens, residents, and businesses must be an authenticated and verifiable digital identity, powered by a secure, trusted platform….Read more

Today’s technology is transforming home health care 

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Public health organizations are chartered with ensuring the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Their scope of responsibility is wide-ranging and varies from country to country, and they are required to provide direct healthcare services to their citizens, including epidemiology and disease prevention. In the area of providing care, public health organizations, along…Read more

Making an impact on vehicle congestion with Road User Charging 

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A session on Road User Charging (RUC) was held at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board and discussed a mix of learnings shared by those who’ve implemented RUC and those who’ve been planning for user charging. For those unfamiliar with RUC, also known as road pricing, it’s the practice of direct charges…Read more

4 best practices for hyperconnected cities to unlock additional value with technology 

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Urban residents and businesses are embracing technology and innovation at a faster pace than many cities can react. Leaders need to act now to bridge the widening technology gap and create the digital and technical infrastructure to support efficient and effective services to keep citizens engaged and connected. In 2019, Microsoft partnered with ESI Thoughtlab…Read more

How to boost readiness with intelligent solutions 

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It’s one of the fundamental considerations of any defense agency; how to track the readiness of people and things. Often, this process is less than streamlined, encompassing everything from paper-and-pen checklists to enormous spreadsheets filled out by hand. Given the room for error inherent in any manual process, using artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud-enabled tools…Read more