Amir Elichai, Founder & CEO, Carbyne, an emergency collaboration platform provider for the Public Safety sector is a delighted man today. It’s being touted that Elichai is building what will be “the biggest public safety company in three years, serving 1.5 billion people.” He has been a transformational leader, combining business acumen with strong financial discipline, deep operational insights, and organizational management. In an interview, he speaks on an array of topics. Excerpts from the interview:
Founding of Carbyne – The History
“The idea for Carbyne came to me when I was robbed while I was at the beach. After calling for emergency services, I was shocked to learn that they did not automatically have my location, and they needed me to tell them exactly where I was before they could send help my way” notes Amir. He adds that at this point in time he realized that if his life was in serious or immediate danger, no one would have been able to help him and thus the idea of Carbyne was conceived. As a company focusing on enhancing communications and technology for emergency services, Carbyne acts as a gateway for delivering rich and smart data from citizens to public safety answering points.
Digitization is transforming the enterprise landscape like never before. In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a rapid acceleration in future-ready technologies to ensure business continuity and resilience. Many government entities are increasing their adoption (and plans) for a digital-first approach in real-time. “Many government agencies have had to accelerate their adoption of digital and customer-first technologies in just a matter of months,” says Dan Paulus, CEO of CORE. However, citizens expect more from their governing entities—regardless of their age or origin. Whether it is the upcoming generation of digital natives or more mature digital transplants—efforts that ensure a clean, frictionless citizen experience helps to maintain consumer trust. This is where CORE steps in.
With decades of experience developing solutions in revenue management, payment solutions, and citizen engagement for government entities, CORE makes it easy and frictionless for constituents to interact with their government agencies – from payment-related activities to community events. “Our journey is focused on not just providing a modern solution to municipalities, but also to offer a frictionless end-user experience,” opines Dan.
Frode Aagedal, CEO, Intoto is a passionate entrepreneur. He believes in the fact that sustainability coupled with better data insights and technology can reap desired benefits especially for government agencies. The company, in close collaboration with government agencies, is striving hard to make an impact in not only in its local area but also at a larger level. As an innovative leader, Frode’s deep operational insights and organizational management has helped him co-found Intoto, a platform for live river data which accelerates our sustainable understanding of water bodies. In an interview, he speaks on an array of topics. Excerpts from the interview:
Founding of Intoto – The History
“As one of three co-founders, it feels more like our story” notes Frode. He says that the idea to start Intoto began when they faced a massive river flood situation in their hometown. While everyone was busy with the evacuation, we were also faced with the daunting questions as to what will happen next.
A persistent striver by nature, Melanie Nutter has always been deeply passionate about tackling environmental issues. Her optimistic and growth mindset, willing to take up challenges as opportunities to do better, helped her to transform her passion into a possibility by building sustainable cities and community solutions for governments and companies.
While serving as the Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment, Melanie and her team worked toward advancing many environmental initiatives, including an 80 percent landfill diversion rate, an updated climate action strategy, a citywide adaptation effort, and a new biodiversity program. Through the 20-plus-year history of the SF Department of Environment, they built upon a solid foundation and significant progress in key urban environmental issue areas including zero waste, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and carbon emission reductions. However, like many of her municipal sustainability colleagues, she was feeling the urgency of the climate crisis and was pondering the question, “why—even with a well-resourced department, strong local political leadership, supportive community members, and enacted forward-thinking policies and mandates— was the city not moving faster toward carbon emission reduction and other sustainability goals?”
Labelled as a disruptive integration, AI and blockchain can solve different tasks in the financial services industry, from customer service to payment processing. While blockchain offers visibility and data aggregation, AI automates decision-making and improves internal bank processes. Mark Arthur, a seasoned keynote speaker, author and serial entrepreneur, tested and found this powerful intersection to be a smart way for consumers to gather and connect all the dots of the digital life in a single secure place. He thus designed Paiblock, a blockchain-based and AI-powered payment and digital lifestyle platform.
With over ten years of experience in the democratisation of data and the role of blockchain and AI in improving and augmenting social, environmental, and economic outcomes, Mark has been successful in making Paiblock a virtual shopping mall with banks, stores and safe deposit boxes for valuables and identity credentials.
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Peter Quintas has always remained a passionate entrepreneur. His favorite part of his journey has been to serve law enforcement, first responders, and public safety personnel. His focus on transformative technologies providing a more modern and intelligent platform in the public safety sector and his expertise in building high-growth businesses in innovative enterprise software have helped him create a niche in the industry. For the past 20+ years, Peter has held Executive and CTO positions in several technology companies such as Nomi, InterAct Public Safety Systems, PowerChord, Inc., and True Systems. As the Founder & CEO of SOMA Global, a leading provider of cloud-native, modern public safety solutions, Peter is responsible for driving product and platform development, defining business goals, and executing through growth, including operational and financial responsibilities.
Excerpts from an interview:
Founding of SOMA Global – The History
The past year showed some tempestuousness for consumers and businesses. This crisis has compelled numerous companies in the world to relocate from office to remote places. These unparalleled events that happened last year have resulted in a sizeable surge in usage of the cloud, causing more than half of businesses to adopt cloud-based applications to quicken the plans to shift the workflow.
Another challenge is many businesses could not adopt a cloud-based secluded workforce, as their existing model, technology was not versatile, workable, or radical. Thus, the quantity of information breaches and leaks occurring has shot up severely, with enormous measures of delicate consumer information unexpectedly in danger of being replicated, stolen, or potentially utilized without assent. With numerous organizations presently transparently thinking about a more lasting move to distant or hybrid working models of office/home. It is essential to have efficient security methods and ready to protect delicate information any place it could be.
Many businesses and workers are initiating new ways in their jobs to suit the low-touch economy. The industries were forced to rapidly adjust to newly implemented standard operating guidelines which were set due to the global outbreak, COVID-19 pandemic. Further, the public who were dependent on these industries, businesses for daily needs were also prevented to operate normally.
However, technological innovations are the vanguard for finding solutions to this crisis, which helped many sectors to strengthen their core, continuing to achieve goals by operational advancements. Since the end of this pandemic is not near businesses need to continue operations with limited contact and social distance.
Low-touch economy- businesses to succeed even in this pandemic, the low-touch economy is the way where every business across the globe is compelled to continue their operations. The attributes that define the need for a low-touch economy:
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) is plausibly the pandemic that has worsen the situation in the whole world. Since its inception to date, there have been various challenges being faced by frontline, volunteers, affected people, industries, logistics, and many others due to lack of information. Many countries have incorporated strategies for communicating the data to combat lack of clarity as well as misinformation.
A multifaceted crisis where medical staff was deluged with the inrush of patients, manufacturers were forced to meet high demands for medicines, PPE kits, also transportation facilities for distributing of the resources. The second challenge is a shortage of vaccines, alongside the registration website coordinating the appointments for the first followed by the second dose, inquiries for same. All these amalgamated and concentrated with the efficacious communication system.
During the period of crisis, information is critical, veridicality of information is also in need before spreading. Along with the vaccine drives and rumours, fake news about the vaccine is increasing, the health care organization, the government should play a vital role in battling misstatement with help of technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence can increase the value tremendously by spotting false data and bots.
An efficacious government is a cornerstone for developing the country. Also, upheave in citizens expectation has made the government perform well. The potential to meet the needs can be fulfilled by technology in terms of transparency, efficiency, citizen trust, and responsiveness. The approach of modernizing the public sector promotes accessible, simple, and methodical government. Also, the technological approach improves the service delivery, business, and citizens, accountability.
This citizen-centric approach deals with many challenges faced by the government through expansion in online services, a mechanism to get feedback from citizens in real-time, re-engineering, interoperability, simplifying the process of business. Approaches like:
- Using information as the product that helps in the digital economy and creating jobs. Every transaction which is made online helps to fetch some basic information when these data are transparent and made easily available, it promotes value thereby creating a job and developing services and products.
We are in the era where a blanket of technologies is being unfolded, that is being used in different ways in daily lives, on which we indirectly rely. As technology evolves, the progress of mankind also varies in parallel with this. Since it is a major part of many businesses, manufacturing units, it is critical for the government of any country too.
Many government organizations make use of advanced technology effectively and efficiently to improvise the services they offer to citizens, also streamline their processes, and many other tasks. Artificial intelligence also analytics help government to able to know the issues of common people and able to cater services. This is possible by studying the interaction of citizens with digital websites, information thus extracted can be scrutinized using AI also analytics tools. IoT is most common technology implemented in most of the fields these days so this technology is effectively and efficiently explored and enforced in many areas like smart city project where IoT sensors are used that offers information in real-time, aids the decision making process.
The year 2021 has come up with a wide array of changes for the entire world. The government is also moving up front to bring a viable change for their citizens. The major aspects that will be kept on the radar this year are citizen digital identity, multichannel citizen engagement, and adaptive security. Summarized tech trends that will be introduced by the government are digitally empowered workforce, augmented intelligence, and incorporation of analytics in every business sector. These technologies have the potential of transforming public services.
The agenda of the government is to introduce efficiency to the business process by reducing the cost. In the upcoming future, the government will be considering technology as their biggest policy. Almost all government services offered by any type of government authority will be backed up by technologies. Most of us consider a downfall only in the business sector due to ill implementation of technology, but the same applies to the government services too.
Healthcare is one of the most crucial sectors used by folks regardless of their bank balance, region, or any other race. The facilities provided by the healthcare sectors are required by everyone to live a healthy and hassle-free life. Does healthcare is accessible for everyone? Does each healthcare center is open for each and every folk? Not of course. The bank balance of patients is widely making a great difference between the facilities available for folks belonging to different living standards and set of lives. Most of the Healthcare centers with greater facility and highly qualified professionals are charging highly expensive fees and other charges to cover their various expenses. To reduce this huge difference between the facilities available for different type of folks, government of the country has started few healthcare programs that facilitate the patients to avail best treatment without any money concern. Medicare: Older folks mostly suffer few health related issues making their old age troublesome. As per the government, folks aging equal or more than 65 years will be considered under social security and each folk of this group will be getting free medical insurance ensuring a free medical care to everyone with excellent medical facilities to groom up their health and help them live longer and healthier.
Labour productive is an essential element for any organization to perform well and achieve intended goal. To keep your organizational working procedure effective and accurate, measuring your labour productivity plays a great role. In various organizations like educational, science and research, architectural and infrastructure, etc. was mostly based on the capital investment. Gradually organization started understanding the importance of labour work, efficiency, and productivity. In few organizations, labour productivity has also occurred as few major concerns to solve for better results. More than capital investments, government and public sectors are more emphasizing on human capital. Human capital, or the labour are refers to multiple aspects crucial for the organizational growth, such as skills, experience, knowledge, and skills.
Each of these factors mentioned above plays a great role in boosting the operational activities. For improvement of these human capital factors there are certain guidelines proposed by the government and public sectors, those are listed below:
Army constitutes a major part of government sector has also plays a crucial role in saving an entire country by protecting its borders from the intruders every moment. The saviors of the land also have to go through rigorous challenges to meet the current country requirements. Every single sector is upgrading their operations and somewhere it is developing as a threat for the army. To overcome this ever developing threat and upgrade their existing operations, army needs to walk step ahead than other sectors to keep themselves ready for every type of possible threat and keep the country safe from all the vertexes. The most important aspect that comes as a challenge for army folks is to prepare future strategy for the situation that hasn’t occurred yet and even never has been detected but just have few predictions for the upcoming scenarios.
Strategic land power: US military is always been renowned and recognized as the best and the most static force having excellent stability. Under war situations, US military performs classic functions and safeguard its borders robustly.