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BIG Partner AGT International Forms Strategic Alliance with Cisco

AGT International, a global leader in city solutions, and Cisco, the worldwide leader in IT, have formed a “Smart City Global Strategic Alliance” that will deliver the promise of the Internet through edge analytics and cloud technologies that dramatically change the way cities are managed and safeguarded. In a joint press release, the companies explained how the two companies will work together: “Built around AGT's state-of-the-art urban management platform, the solution applies multiple sensing and analytical technologies such as video and acoustic analytics, social media engagement, license plate recognition, facial recognition, mobile crowd sourcing, mobile applications for city civil workers, smart waste and other sources. AGT's city fusion platform, powered by Cisco Unified Computing System™ technology, uses big data analysis to reduce false alerts while increasing incident detection rates. Sharing a common platform, infrastructure and management allows agencies to be more efficient and cost-effective, especially when coping with decreasing budgets. These benefits can all be achieved in a decentralized city administration model, where agencies' autonomy is maintained while sharing and reuse is maximized.

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Data Curation Insights - Interview with Paul Groth

The first interview of the Data Curation Insights-series  is now available on our website.
Edward Curry, BIG-member and member of the  Digital Enterprise Research Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway, arranged an interview with Paul Groth, Associate Professor in the Web Media Group at the VU University Amsterdam, about big data and data curation.
The interview sheds light on topics revolving around the role of big data in the context of data curation. Pauls Groth reports on his research at the VU Amsterdam, about the type of data that is curated , the size of data sets, the processes and technologies that are used for data curation and the number of users that are involved in the curation processes.
He describes not only  his viewpoint on the influence big data will have in future data curation but also on the technical demand of curation and curation technologies in the big data context.. Within respect to big data and data curation Edward Curry also wanted to know Paul's oponion about about which technologies will cope with big data 
The full interview is available on our website:
Interested in data curation news? Follow  Edward Curry @EdwardACurry, Paul Groth @pgroth or our BIG-project @BIG_FP7 on Twitter.

Webinar on Big Data - May 28th, 2013

Webinar on Big Data  on May, 28th, 2013.

As part of Forrester's Complimentary Webinar Series, one webinar is dedicated to "Big data - Gold Rush or Illusion". The discussion during the session will tackle, among other issues, the possibilities and limits of big

data. A particluar focus will be on big data related business benefits and advantages for enterprises.

For further information on time, date and registration modalities, please visit:  Forrester's Website.


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