Ann Dunkin, Lucien Engelen and Shafi Ahmed to headline the speaker list at IOT Solutions World Congress 2022


The IOT Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC), the largest international event devoted to industry transformation through disruptive technologies, will hold its sixth edition from May 10 to 12 and will feature over 200 experts in industrial digitalization in its congress program.

Among the speakers is Ann Dunkin, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the US Department of Energy and author of Industrial Digital Transformation: Accelerate digital transformation with business optimization, AI, and Industry 4.0. In 2016 she was named one of ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 Technology Leaders, and one of Washington DC’s Top 50 Women in Technology in 2015 and 2016.

With a wide experience of the Healthcare industry, Lucien Engelen looks at how new technologies can change patient care models in the context of rising demand for healthcare, shortages of skilled staff and restrictive budgets. He is a faculty member of Exponential Medicine at Singularity University and has advised many companies in business transformation.

The crossroads between sport and technology will be the main focus of the conference of Albert Mundet, Director of the Barça Innovation Hub at FC Barcelona. Mundet will explain how the football club is using Digital Twins to enhance visitors’ experience at the Camp Nou.

Healthcare and technology innovation is the domain of Shafi Ahmed, a colorectal surgeon at The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals. A multi award-winning surgeon, teacher, futurist and innovator, Dr. Ahmed has explored the use of augmented and virtual reality as tools to improve healthcare delivery and teaching.

Organised by Fira de Barcelona in partnership with the Industrial Internet Consortium®, IOTSWC will structure its congress program in five horizontal tracks: Business Optimization Solutions, Artificial Intelligence Solutions, Connectivity Solutions, Security Solutions and Customer Experience Solutions. The Congress program will also feature speakers from Airbus; Buhler Group; Johnson&Johnson; Konecranes; Lego Group, Siemens, Toshiba and Volkswagen Group.

Industry transformation reimagined
The event will showcase the solutions of 310 exhibiting companies including ABB, Altair, Amazon Web Services, BrainCube, Crowdstrike, Deloitte, Device Authority, EMnify, Faircom Corporation, Fiware, Hornet Security, Huawei, Kaspersky, KNX, Libellium, Palo Alto, Richardson RFPD, Relayr, Siemens, Sternum and Trellix, TXOne Networks. All of them will display examples of how the Internet of Things, Artificial intelligence, Digital Twins, Augmented and Vistrual Reality, Blockchain and other technologies have the potential to transform entire businesses.


Broadridge Collaborates with AWS to Extend its Private Market Hub, the Industry-Leading Private Equity Blockchain Solution


Utilizing distributed ledger technology (DLT) to better streamline and connect the private equity ecosystem and assets, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR) today released the latest evolution of its industry-leading Private Market Hub platform, using Amazon Managed Blockchain from Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS). The updated platform, the industry’s first deployment of blockchain technology for the private equity market, now has added connectivity to existing industry tools and technologies to help further automate workflows between front-, middle- and back-office functions providing a consistent, secure, real-time view of the data.

“We are leveraging blockchain technology to drive further innovation, removing industry friction in workflows and delivering real savings in terms of cost and time, by offering seamless connectivity to critical applications and solutions that industry participants rely on,” said Eric Bernstein, Broadridge’s President of Asset Management Solutions. “The trends around digitization and data and analytics are only growing, and digital assets mark the start of an exciting new era for the private markets industry and fund managers and investors alike, accentuating the need to access best-in-class products to address the evolving landscape.”

“We are excited to support Broadridge’s Private Market Hub, which accelerates the digitization of a critical part of the financial services infrastructure,” said Saman Michael Far, VP, Financial Services Technology, Amazon Web Services. “Private Market Hub’s use of Amazon Managed Blockchain, a fully managed blockchain service, allows us to help Broadridge scale efficiently and more effectively serve its customers.”

Bringing together private equity ecosystem participants, Private Market Hub not only reduces friction for fund managers, investors and administrators, but also allows for easier auditability. Funds can manage, communicate and engage with investors and other stakeholders with far greater efficiency. These innovations are enabled by distributed ledger technology, which streamlines traditionally disconnected and inefficient processes and facilitates visibility and trust.

Making private investments is a highly manual and time-intensive process for all parties involved, due to disconnected communication and data-sharing channels. For funds, managing investor communications and other documents is a burdensome task and functions for managing processes like capital calls are both time- and resource-intensive. Back-office reconciliation between systems often requires extensive manual steps and, as a result, there is no single view of fund performance and investor details.

The newest version of the Private Market Hub solves these challenges and extends the feature set available to platform participants, including independent auditor access, and adding connectivity to existing industry tools and technologies via Private Market Hub’s open API architecture.


New AI Platform Provides Proxy Voting Data from Broadridge

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR), a global Fintech leader, has launched Broadridge Proxy Policies & Insights (PPI) Data, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive platform providing an open data-feed of proxy voting data and analytics. This new platform, which will leverage Machine Learning (ML) services from Amazon Web Services (AWS), provides broker-dealers, institutional investors, mutual funds, retail investors, regulators and academics with access to over 5 million proxy voting data points, from more than 85,000 meeting agendas and a wide coverage of regulatory documents.

For broker-dealers, PPI Data provides an opportunity to differentiate their customers’ experience in the broker’s app or website by making it simple and easy for passionate investors to be aware of, for example, ESG proxy proposals that impact the future of their investments. Broadridge PPI Data can be used by broker-dealers to provide content to retail shareholders during the voter experience, as well as engage investors with insights on top-of-mind proxy proposals. For institutions, it provides an independent set of proxy voting data that can inform voting without providing voting recommendations. For retail investors, it provides better data to inform them how they can make a difference through voting their shares.

“Broadridge is providing the industry with better data to increase and inform proxy voting by leveraging AWS machine learning solutions,” said Martin Koopman, President, Bank Broker-Dealer Investor Communications Solutions at Broadridge. “Broadridge PPI Data is a great example of applying technology to increase voting by retail shareholders, for brokers to engage with their customers, and for institutional investors to inform their voting. We see AWS as a preferred cloud provider in our drive to improve and transform corporate governance by creating next-gen tools.”

Broadridge PPI Data can be used to create push notifications based on the retail investors’ proposal category preference (i.e., climate change, board diversity, etc.). The broker-dealer can then highlight securities with upcoming proxy proposals that match those preferences. The platform enables broker-dealers to provide retail investors with a quick and personalized voting experience with a goal of increasing voter participation. AI/ML capabilities of the platform allow faster automated information processing so that shareholders receive more information faster than prior manual processes. Furthermore, AI/ML allows the platform to predict likely contentious votes, allowing shareholders to focus on meetings where their votes may be critical.

Broadridge is rolling out this new platform ahead of the 2021 proxy season, leveraging solutions like Amazon Comprehend, a natural language processing (NLP) service that uses machine learning to find insights and relationships in text. Among other features, the platform automates data extraction from key SEC regulatory filings, specifically proxy statements and Form N-PX proxy voting records. Broadridge plans to include additional regulatory filings on the platform in the future.

“Broadridge continues to bring solutions to market that differentiate the investors’ experience, and Broadridge PPI Data is the most recent example of how they’re meeting the industry’s evolving needs,” said Scott Mullins, Managing Director, Worldwide Financial Services Business Development at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We are excited to support Broadridge as they leverage AWS to deliver data to investors faster, who can than act on critical information. We look forward to our continued collaboration with Broadridge across their machine learning and digital innovation initiatives.”

Free for Regulators, Academics and Non-Profits

Broadridge PPI Data will be made available to regulators, educational and qualified non-profit organizations for free. These regulators, academic and non-profits can leverage the platform to review historical proxy policy and votes, which may lead to optimal regulatory policy, a better understanding of how institutions vote, and more transparency on the outcomes of proxy voting.

PPI is a service Broadridge provides institutional investors through ProxyEdge. Institutional investors can view critical information related to shareholder meetings, build customized data-driven voting guidelines based on their internal proxy policies, or the historical voting patterns of top-rated ESG funds, or the Top 50 Institutions based on AUM. Broadridge does not provide voting recommendations.