May 19, 2020

Dimmi and Google combine to deliver instant bookings at 4,000 restaurants

Dimmi
Google Maps
Australian restaurant industry
Addie Thomes
2 min
Dimmi and Google combine to deliver instant bookings at 4,000 restaurants

Australian consumers will now be able to view availability and reserve tables via Google Maps.

Table reservation specialist Dimmi is working with Google to enable users to instantly reserve tables at over 4,000 restaurants across Australia. 

The integration adds Dimmi’s booking functionality into Google’s Maps and Knowledge Panel, so Google users can search restaurants by location, see real-time availability and make reservations directly through Google.

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Jared Chapman, Dimmi’s Managing Director, said: “Online reservations are becoming the new norm, as consumers just want to be able to book whenever, and wherever, as easily as possible.

“This integration will help customers make a restaurant reservation instantly when searching and discovering restaurants. We’re excited to work with Google on revolutionising the future of reservations for our restaurant partners in Australia.”

Dimmi is a subsidiary of travel ratings giant TripAdvisor, and also partners with the likes of Qantas and American Express to extend its booking reviewing services.

Google is also rolling this functionality out across the US and worldwide, and will display waiting times for walk-ins using anonymised historical data gathered from Google’s Location History function. The company says it will accommodate a million restaurants from around the world.

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May 11, 2021

EDGEMATRIX and NTT DOCOMO deliver AI at the edge

Harry Menear
3 min
NTT DOCOMO and EDGEMATRIX are collaborating to expand the EDGEMATRIX ecosystem in Japan and overseas.
NTT DOCOMO and EDGEMATRIX are collaborating to expand the EDGEMATRIX ecosystem in Japan and overseas...

Leading Japanese telecommunications firm NTT DOCOMO, together with startup EDGEMATRIX, is harnessing the power of 5G to support artificial intelligence-enabled video, real-time analytics and, ultimately, the next step in the evolution of the modern smart city. 

Founded under the roof of Silicon Valley tech firm Cloudian, EDGEMATRIX has grown into a cutting edge startup based in Japan. NTT DOCOMO has been a shareholder in the company since 2019, having spent the past two years jointly developing and commercialising EDGEMATRIX's revolutionary edge-AI platform using high-speed, high-capacity, low-latency 5G technology. NTT DOCOMO, together with EDGEMATRIX, launched a world-first edge AI platform for intelligent video analytics, enabling high resolution, high security, and real-time video using AI. 

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The platform simplifies, manages and oversees the implementation and integration of AI at the edge, which captures, analyses and stores video close to where it is captured in industrial and retail settings, "on location at factories, buildings and other outdoor and indoor locations." The solution is also used in social infrastructure such as roads, railroads, and long-term care facilities for safety monitoring and anomaly detection.

Using Edge AI Box, a compact indoor and outdoor device equipped with a GPU for deep learning-based AI and a communication module (WiFi/LTE/5G) together with various interfaces such as camera connection, it becomes possible to process video streaming from surveillance cameras on-site (at the edge) and in real-time. EDGEMATRIX's Edge AI Boxes can be installed across a site and then monitored using the company's platform. The platform maps the locations of multiple Edge AI Box devices installed on site, monitors their operational status and enables the devices to be controlled remotely. 

EDGEMATRIX's customers can use the platform to pruchase additional AI applications from a rapidly-expanding ecosystem which allow them to implement the right solution for the right situation. This simplifies the implementation and upgrade of edge AI for processing and storing video data captured with video cameras at customer premises either outdoor or indoor. Using "Edge View" feature, it is also possible to simultaneously display on the browser a large number of AI-processed real-time videos from the field.

Partnerships like this are key to NTT DOCOMO’s efforts to integrate 5G technologies into the modern enterprise. 

Zaif Siddiqi, Executive Director and Global Head of NTT DOCOMO’s 5G & IoT Business Department, comments: “When you're approaching digital transformation, there's more to it than just leveraging cutting edge technologies into new customer experiences.” Unless the needs of the customer, and the underlying market forces at play, can be truly understood, “5G doesn’t mean anything,” he explains, adding that in order to find the right contexts for deployment, “Selection of the right partners is extremely important to delivering on the potential value of 5G.”  

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