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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of AECCafe.com, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

Shearwater Aerospace Revolutionizes Drone Operations with AI

 
May 6th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

In an insightful discussion with Chad Armstrong, CEO of Shearwater Aerospace, I explored the innovative strides his company is making in the drone industry. During our interview at a recent technology conference, Armstrong shared his passion for leveraging natural phenomena to enhance drone endurance and efficiency, a pioneering approach inspired by the remarkable flight capabilities of shearwater birds.

Smart Planning module integrated with Lockheed Martin’s VCSi ground control software

Innovation Inspired by Nature

Shearwater Aerospace, not to be confused with its digital footprint at Shearwater.ai, draws its name and inspiration from the shearwater bird, known for its incredible annual migration covering 64,000 kilometers. Armstrong explained that the endurance of these birds sparked the idea to develop advanced AI-powered flight optimization and automation software aimed at significantly improving drone operational efficiency.

“Our focus has always been on endurance, emulating how birds leverage wind power to achieve astonishing feats of flight duration,” Armstrong said. This inspiration led to the development of the company’s flagship platform, Smart FlightTM, which enables a single operator to manage multiple drones simultaneously.

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Intel Sets New Paradigms in Enterprise AI with Launch of Gaudi 3 at Intel Vision 2024

 
April 11th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

At Intel Vision 2024, under the leadership of CEO Pat Gelsinger, Intel demonstrated its strong commitment to transforming enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) with groundbreaking announcements and product launches. Highlighted by the unveiling of the Intel® Gaudi® 3 AI accelerator, the event showcased Intel’s comprehensive strategy to advance AI technologies in the enterprise sector. This strategy includes the development of open, scalable systems that facilitate AI operations across all segments, partnerships with industry giants to enhance ecosystem integration, and an aggressive push towards improving AI inference and power efficiency with cost-effective solutions. Pat Gelsinger’s vision for Intel marks a significant leap forward in the company’s quest to democratize AI technology and drive innovation across diverse industries.

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Riken Yamamoto: Pioneering Community Through Architecture – The 2024 Pritzker Prize Laureate’s Vision for Harmonious Urban Living

 
March 15th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

The Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s most esteemed award, has been bestowed upon Riken Yamamoto, a visionary whose designs articulate a profound relationship between architecture and society. Yamamoto, from Yokohama, Japan, stands out not only for his architectural brilliance but for his unwavering commitment to fostering communities that are harmoniously integrated within their environments. Through his work, Yamamoto has consistently challenged conventional boundaries between the public and private sectors, advocating for spaces that promote interaction and mutual support among community members.

Riken Yamamoto

Born in 1945 in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, Yamamoto’s early life was marked by significant cultural and geographical shifts. Shortly after World War II, his family relocated to Yokohama, Japan, where he spent his formative years in a home that was a modern interpretation of the traditional Japanese machiya. This early exposure to a living space that seamlessly integrated the public and private realms profoundly influenced his architectural philosophy.

Yamamoto’s architectural journey began in earnest when he was just seventeen. A visit to the Kôfuku-ji Temple in Nara, with its ancient Five-storied Pagoda, ignited his passion for architecture—a moment that would shape the course of his career. His academic path led him from Nihon University, where he completed his undergraduate studies in architecture, to the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts for his master’s degree. In 1973, he established his own practice, Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop, marking the beginning of an illustrious career that would span over five decades.

Yamamoto’s approach to architecture is deeply rooted in his extensive travels and study of diverse communities and cultures. Early in his career, he embarked on a series of transformative journeys alongside his mentor, Hiroshi Hara. These travels took him across continents, from the Mediterranean coastlines of Europe and North Africa to the diverse landscapes of the Americas, and through the historic territories of Iraq, India, and Nepal. These experiences enriched his understanding of the universal importance of the threshold between public and private spaces, a concept that has become a cornerstone of his work.

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Driving the Future of Transportation: Blyncsy’s Innovative AI Integration with Bentley Systems

 
December 1st, 2023 by Sanjay Gangal

In the world of transportation and infrastructure, technological advancements have been a driving force for innovation and efficiency. In a recent interview with Mark Pittman, the CEO of Blyncsy, we had the opportunity to delve into the company’s intriguing journey and their pivotal acquisition by Bentley Systems’ iTwin Ventures. This article will take you through the captivating narrative of Blyncsy, their cutting-edge technology, and the implications of their collaboration with Bentley to reshape the future of transportation.

The Spark of Inspiration

It all began with a seemingly ordinary evening for Mark Pittman. Leaving the University of Utah campus one night, he found himself stuck at a traffic light. As many of us have experienced, he pondered why the red light wasn’t turning green, leading him to question the intricate web of infrastructure that facilitates our daily mobility. This moment of reflection prompted him to ask, “What can I do to help?” It was the ignition for the creation of Blyncsy.

From that moment, Mark and his team embarked on a journey to explore the potential of computer vision, machine learning, and AI technologies in revolutionizing the transportation system that we often take for granted. Their objective was clear: to enhance the safety and efficiency of the roads that enable the transportation of goods, food, and clothing – the very essence of our modern lives.

Blyncsy’s Technical Capabilities

Blyncsy’s technology is nothing short of remarkable. By harnessing the vast array of dashcam footage from vehicles, they’ve unlocked the potential for real-time analysis and detection of over 50 roadway safety issues. This innovative approach treats every vehicle on the road as a potential data source, demonstrating the omnipresence of “autopilot” in everyday life.

Whether it’s consumer vehicles, commercial fleets, or freight delivery vehicles, Blyncsy taps into the imagery collected by these cameras to monitor the status of critical assets on the road. From paint lines to guardrails, streetlights, and roadside debris, their technology scrutinizes every detail. This is made possible through deep AI and the aggregation of massive data sets, creating AI models that are both comprehensive and precise.

The Origin of the Name “Blyncsy”

Blyncsy’s name, derived from a clever combination of “”blink,” “light,” and “sync,” reflects their initial focus on traffic signals. The story behind the name is fascinating – they took these three words, threw them into a word scrambler, and emerged with a unique identity that now embodies a groundbreaking company in transportation technology.

Collaborating for Safer Roads

Blyncsy collaborates with commercial fleet partners, a symbiotic relationship where they purchase imagery generated by dashcams. The company’s approach not only reduces the financial burden on these partners but also enhances road safety. It’s a win-win, as Blyncsy leverages this data to further their mission of improving transportation infrastructure.

Transforming the Transportation Landscape

With a keen focus on construction and maintenance, Blyncsy’s technology has revolutionized how we approach infrastructure projects. Construction, a significant part of government budgets, is now more efficient thanks to Blyncsy’s virtual inspections. Traditional on-site visits are replaced with digital assessments, saving time and resources.

This efficiency extends to work zones, where Blyncsy ensures that the placement and removal of construction barriers are optimized. The impact of their technology is substantial, contributing to timely project completion and improved road safety.

Bentley’s Vision for the Future

Bentley, a powerhouse in the transportation and infrastructure domain, is at the forefront of the digital twin revolution. Mark Pittman highlights the shared objective of both Blyncsy and Bentley: to reduce costs, enhance efficiency, and ensure safer roads. Bentley acquired Blyncsy because it fit seamlessly into its vision of a comprehensive digital ecosystem for designing, managing, maintaining, and rebuilding infrastructure.

Integrating Blyncsy’s AI into Bentley’s iTwin Platform

The integration of Blyncsy’s AI services into Bentley’s iTwin Platform represents a monumental shift in infrastructure asset analytics. The collaboration has yielded remarkable results, with innovations that have the potential to reshape the transportation landscape. With the combined strengths of both companies, the possibilities are endless.

Impact on the Industry and Accelerating Digital Twin Adoption

Bentley’s acquisition of Blyncsy is a significant milestone in the industry. The focus on digital twins and digital infrastructure is gaining momentum, with other players taking notice. This collaboration is a catalyst for accelerating the adoption of digital twin technology, transforming how we design, construct, and maintain infrastructure projects.

AI Beyond Image Processing

Blyncsy’s AI expertise extends beyond image processing. They aim to enhance the driver and consumer experience on roadways. By monitoring the visibility and positioning of roadside assets, they optimize the driver experience for both human and automated drivers. This approach not only improves road safety but also ensures equity for all road users.

Connecting with Blyncsy

For those interested in learning more about Blyncsy’s and Bentley’s products, their official websites are the go-to sources of information. You can visit Blyncsy’s website at www.blyncsy.com or explore Bentley’s  offerings for insights into their collaboration.

Personal Insights from Mark Pittman

In a lighter moment, Mark Pittman shared his personal passion for the great outdoors. He can often be found on the back of a mountain bike, with two dogs enthusiastically chasing him down the slopes. This connection with nature and the exhilaration of outdoor adventures is a glimpse into the CEO’s life beyond the boardroom.

A Glimpse into Mark Pittman’s Background

Mark’s early life story is a unique blend of cultures. He was born in Germany, a result of his father’s military service, and his mother’s German heritage. His very first words reflect the fusion of these backgrounds – “mama” in German and “dad” in English.

The Ultimate Question

Cats or dogs? Mark Pittman unequivocally sides with dogs. With two loyal companions, a Weimaraner and a German shorthaired pointer, he enjoys the camaraderie of his four-legged friends on mountain biking adventures.

Conclusion

The journey of Blyncsy, from a traffic light epiphany to a pivotal acquisition by Bentley, is an inspiring narrative of innovation and collaboration in the transportation and infrastructure sector. This partnership has the potential to redefine how we approach infrastructure projects and the maintenance of our roadways, ultimately making transportation safer, more efficient, and environmentally sustainable. The future of transportation is evolving, and Blyncsy and Bentley are driving the change.

Driving Safety and Environmental Integrity with Real-time Continuous Condition Monitoring

 
November 9th, 2023 by Steve Bentley

Companies that build, operate, or service large infrastructure installations such as dams, mines, and transportation facilities must monitor the conditions within—and surrounding—those installations to look for signs of possible structural degradation or environmental impact. In today’s world, where both regulators and the public are paying closer attention to public safety and the environment, it is becoming critical for organizations to automate the measurement of a growing range of parameters, both in real-time and remotely. Failure to do so can lead to significant risks.

To understand current and future trends in condition monitoring and changing industry practices, Bentley Systems and ThoughtLab surveyed senior executives and technical staff at 500 companies of different sizes across six industry sectors and five countries. The study, conducted in the first quarter of 2023 and published in the 2023 Condition Monitoring Report, revealed that companies are fast-tracking their shift from manual to automated condition monitoring. On average, two-thirds of condition monitoring is at least partially automated; in two years, that percentage will jump to 75%.

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