May 19, 2020

Microsoft unveils new HoloLens applications for businesses

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Microsoft unveils new HoloLens applications for businesses
Microsoft has revealed that it will launch its latest HoloLens applications, Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, and Dynamics 365 Layout, next month
 
The mixed-reality glasses are currently aimed at businesses, costing US$3000 per unit, and enable users to view and interact with holograms laid over real-world environments.
 
Designed to offer “a new dimension of creativity and teamwork”, the new applications facilitate remote collaborative work and 3D model editing.
 
Dynamics 365 Remote Assist offers “heads-up, hands-free video calling in mixed-reality”, which Microsoft said will “empower technicians to collaborate remotely and solve problems in minutes, not days”.
 
The second app, Dynamics 365 Layout enables the creation of “easily editable, life-scale room layouts” using 3D models that can be used in the context of real-world spaces.
 
Microsoft’s website depicts a Dynamics 365 Layout user placing a virtual render of a machine in a real-world factory space, offering a realistic impression of the idea’s viability.
 
Reuters said that “Microsoft also announced the launch of Dynamics 365 AI for sales, customer service and market insights”, suggesting a push towards making the HoloLens and its programs more mainstream.
 
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Microsoft commented that Chevron’s pilot use of the applications offers a proven example of the new programs’ worth to business operations.
 
Of Chevron’s use of Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, Microsoft said:
 
“Previously it was required to fly in an inspector to a facility in Singapore once a month to inspect equipment”.
 
“Now it has in-time inspection using Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and can identify issues or provide approvals immediately”.

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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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