May 19, 2020

Blackberry partners with Telus and Solace to launch accelerator program for IoT

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Blackberry partners with Telus and Solace to launch accelerator program for IoT

The Waterloo-headquartered technology company, BlackBerry, is launching an accelerator program targeted at businesses using Internet of Things (IoT).

The firm has partnered with the Vancouver-based telecommunications company, Telus, and the Kanata-based middleware company, Solace, for the project.

BlackBerry aims to establish itself as a “building block in the construction of a secure environment for connected everyday objects” according to The Star.

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The companies will support the Secure IoT Accelerator ran by L-SPARK, which is connected to the federal government’s Canada Accelerator and Incubator program.

“We believe the winners in IoT will be the companies that realize security is not an added cost but a valuable differentiator,” stated Charles Eagan, Chief Technology Officer at BlackBerry.

“It’s incumbent upon all manufacturers to deliver safe and secure IoT devices that consumers and enterprises can trust, and the Secure IoT Accelerator program is an excellent place to start.”

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Jul 18, 2021

Ivy.ai’s new chatbot streamlines resources and policies

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Ivy.ai can streamline resources and policies related to name, image and likeness through its chatbot to provide a seamless experience for student-athletes

Ivy.ai, a creator of AI chatbots for higher education, is offering a chatbot that helps institutions streamline name, image, and likeness policies for athletic programmes. 

This solution will allow athletic departments to dramatically reduce inbound inquiries while answering inquiries related to compliance, financial aid impact, how-to documents, and best practice training videos.

It will allow institutions to condense information in a way that is easily accessible and eliminates the need for student-athletes to read complicated manuals. Institutions can also engage with student-athletes via a real-time feedback loop to see which topics truly matter and what needs further clarification. This allows administrators to be proactive and provide a competitive edge in recruiting. 

 

Helping institutions connect their students with information

 

“Athletic departments at colleges and universities are overwhelmed by the challenges posed by the name, image and likeness legislation,” said Mary Frances Coryell, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Partnership. 

“Ivy.ai is uniquely positioned in the market to help institutions connect their student-athletes with policies and information related to NIL such as state laws, restrictions and relevant contacts. Our chatbot can digest all relevant policy information and provide answers to student-athletes at any time on any device. We expect the NIL market to move quickly, so student-athletes deserve the answers on their terms, rather than exclusively during work hours.”
 

Primary use cases for the chatbot include:

  • Answering commonly asked questions related to name, image and likeness
  • Communicate policies such as state laws, restrictions and compliance regulations
  • Provide contact information for various advisors and agencies
  • Connect training materials for athletes to improve their branding
  • Engage in two-way reactive and proactive communication to keep policies student-centric

 

Back in March 2020, the company offered schools a free COVID-19 Response System, including a customisable COVID-19 Response Bot, a human-to-human live chat system and an SMS Text platform. These services are offered completely free of charge. 


"The customisable COVID-19 Response Bot will help schools connect their students with important information, such as the school's operational status, where to go for treatment, and what to do to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We already added that information to all of our clients' AI chatbots, and we found that in many cases students needed additional support. That's why we're including our human-to-human Live Chat system in this offer. The SMS Text platform can be used to drive awareness to this communications channel for your students." said Mark McNasby, CEO of Ivy.ai.

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