David Duijnmayer: ‘Uitrol slimme meter kan nog wel wat slimmer’

AMSTERDAM (Energeia) – Het softwarebedrijf SynerScope, gespecialiseerd in het destilleren van kennis uit grote hoeveelheden data, gaat een netbeheerder helpen met de grootschalige uitrol van de slimme meter. Door verschillende soorten data aan elkaar te koppelen, kan SynerScope beter en sneller voorspellen wat er achter de voordeur wordt aangetroffen. Zo kan de netbeheerder de juiste monteur met de juiste spullen op pad sturen.

SynerScope bestaat sinds 2011, maar is nieuw in de energiesector. Tot nu toe was het bedrijf vooral actief in de financiële sector en voor verzekeringsmaatschappijen. Via de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TUE), waar SynerScope zijn oorsprong heeft, kwamen de energienetbeheerders onder de aandacht van het in big data gespecialiseerde softwarebedrijf. “De ‘big’ in big data is eigenlijk niet zo interessant”, zegt solutions engineer Thomas Ploeger van SynerScope. “Wij zijn vooral geïnteresseerd in vraagstukken waarvoor verschillende soorten data gekoppeld moeten worden. En bij de netbeheerders zitten dan genoeg uitdagingen.”

Het vraagstuk waar SynerScope zich voor deze netbeheerder mee heeft beziggehouden, is: hoe kun je de slimme meter zo slim mogelijk uitrollen? Als een planning gemaakt wordt om in een bepaald gebied de slimme meter te gaan aanbieden, is het handig om te weten wat een netbeheerder achter de voordeur zal aantreffen: wat voor soort meter hangt er nu, wat voor kast zit daar omheen, wat voor zekeringen zijn gebruikt, is er mogelijk asbest aanwezig? “Om die vragen te beantwoorden, is nu nog een serie handmatige checks nodig”, zegt Ploeger. “Dat kost veel tijd en is foutgevoelig.”

SynerScope kan de informatie die van belang is sneller en beter verzamelen door alle gegevens die eerst handmatig gecheckt werden, aan elkaar te koppelen. Daarnaast wordt gebruik gemaakt van foto’s die door monteurs gemaakt zijn. Met behulp van machine learning worden deze geclusterd: foto’s waarop dezelfde apparatuur te zien is, komen in dezelfde groep, zodat snel zichtbaar is of in een bepaald gebied veel verschillende meters hangen of juist sprake is van grote uniformiteit. “Wat wij doen, is data bij elkaar brengen om de werkvoorbereiding te optimaliseren”, zo vat Ploeger het samen.

Door met de juiste informatie een werkplanning te maken, worden fouten voorkomen. “Voor het verwijderen van bepaalde zekeringen is een specifieke opleiding nodig, die niet alle monteurs hebben”, geeft Ploeger als voorbeeld. “Het komt dus wel eens voor dat een monteur niks mag doen, omdat hij de juiste papieren niet heeft. Ook helpt goede informatie bij het inplannen van de benodigde tijd, waardoor je goed weet hoeveel adressen je op een dag kunt inplannen.” Uit een eerste test -waarbij de methode van SynerScope vergeleken werd met de resultaten van de oude, handmatige methode- blijkt volgens Ploeger dat er 30% minder fouten gemaakt zouden zijn.

Bron: David Duijnmayer  |  david.duijnmayer@energeia.nl  |  15 juni 2017

Lees het originele artikel op www.energeia.nl

SynerScope is shaping the future with disruptive High Speed Big Data Analytics Technologies

SynerScope is shaping the future of Law Enforcement and National security agencies with disruptive High Speed Big Data Analytics Technologies.

The Netherlands, 12 June 2017. The explosion of crimes, terrorists acts and cyberthreats and the amount of data to collect and analyse to deal with those threats, create a new challenge to achieve maximum protection and anticipation.

SynerScope Ultra-Fast Big data Analytics appliances will provide unique analytics solutions, fast investigations/exploration to Governments, National Security agencies and Law Enforcement bodies with an efficiency, a speed and a price never delivered to date in the market.

SynerScope data science and predictive analytics technologies help Analysts in storing, processing, analysing and do quick findings in large amount of structured (geo location, air traffic data, sensors data, license-plate readers, travel and credit-card records) and unstructured data (text documents, message traffic, phone data, social media data, speeches, images…).

Speed is achieved without the need of any upfront data modelling and cleaning. Cost efficiency is achieved using mass storage on a Hortonworks Hadoop Data lake.

This new market of mining billions of records of structured and unstructured data and crunching the data to find crucial clues, is pushed by intelligence and law enforcement agencies to use big data technologies to find suspicious activities  and predict crimes or terrorist acts before they happen. According to research firm MarketsandMarkets, the market for those new technologies is estimated to reach $9.2 billion by 2020, up from $3 billion in 2015.

About SynerScope

SynerScope, the next generation platform that provides analytics solutions to help discover critical insights from massive amounts of data, including dark data, and turning it into useful information and insights. SynerScope combines Scientific Visualization Technologies (MRI scanner), ultrafast predictive analytics and machine learning on top of its proprietary enterprise data navigation, -search and -linking.

This technology stack provides enterprises high speed detection of abnormal behaviours and anomalies in complex data. SynerScope operates in the following sectors: Banking, Insurance, Critical Infrastructure, and Cyber Security. Learn more at synerscope.com.

Synerscope has strategic partnerships with Hortonworks, Nvidia, IBM, SAP and Dell.

Mediacontact:

Marieke Beijsens

+31 (0)6 2364 4933

Email: marketing@synerscope.com

GERRIT VAN DIJK AWARD for Stef van den Elzen

Dr. ir. Stef van den Elzen, VP Engineering at Synerscope, has won the Gerrit van Dijk Award for Science 2017. One of three Dutch Data Science awards, the Gerrit van Dijk award goes to best Phd thesis by a researcher who graduated between January 2014 and January 2017. Stef has won with his thesis on interactive visualization techniques as part of a successful collaboration between the TU/e and SynerScope.

The Dutch Data Science Awards are an initiative of the Royal Holland society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) and the Big Data Alliance (BDA). The festive ceremony took place on June 8, 2017 in the Hodshon House in Haarlem, The Netherlands.

Solving Cybercrime at Scale and in Realtime

In a recent event organized by Hortonworks, SynerScope and Inter Visual Systems, we discussed using data technologies to solve cybercrime in scale and realtime.


Solving Cybercrime at Scale and in Realtime
Information security is a big problem today. With more attacks happening all the time, and increasingly sophisticated attacks beyond the script-kiddies of yesterday, patrolling the borders of our networks, and controlling threats both from outside and within is becoming harder. We cannot rely on endpoint protection for a few thousand PCs and servers anymore, but as connected cars, internet of things, and mobile devices become more common, so the attack surface broadens. To face these problems, we need technologies that go beyond the traditional SIEM, which human operators writing rules. We need to use the power of the Hadoop ecosystem to find new patterns, machine learning to uncover subtle signals and big data tools to help humans analysts work better and faster to meet these new threats. Apache Metron is a platform on top of Hadoop that meets these needs. Here we will look at the platform in action, and how to use it to trace a real world complex threat, and how it compares to traditional approaches. Come and see how to make your SOC more effective with automated evidence gathering, Hadoop-powered integration, and real-time detection.
Speaker:
Simon Elliston Ball, Director Product Management, Cyber Security, Hortonworks

 


Advantage of Central Security Data Lake: 

Cyber Security teams are keen on not only finding threats, but also understanding them. By putting all relevant data out of the silo’ed individual systems and into a central security data lake SynerScope greatly enhances the productivity of the Security Operation Center. The SOC is provided with operationally relevant information on as-it-happens events, as well as given the ability to hunt and discover their unknown risks within their enterprise. SynerScope Ixiwa is used to orchestrate and correlate the data, and SynerScope Iximeer is used for human-in-the loop viewing, understanding and collaboration. This combination greatly speeds up attaching new sources, reducing time to resolution and enhancing the way findings are shared within the SOC.

Speaker:
Jorik Blaas, CTO, SynerScope

 


Secure data transmission in control room environments

Data is a major asset of any organization. Not only for commercial companies, but also for government institutions and other types of organizations, the vast amount of images, video, and data needs to be distributed throughout the organization in a fast and easy way. Control rooms are typically the central intelligence hubs of all information. However, the actual needs of the control room are not limited to the personnel within this room. It is the nerve center to communicate and collaborate with everybody involved. Stakeholders, wherever they are located, expect complete and swift communication about any possible issue and real-time status overviews. The vision of Inter Visual Systems is to offer an solution to distributes data throughout the complete organization to the right location in a fast, easy and secure way. It is even possible to share information between different secured private networks.

Speaker:
Harry Witlox, Project Manager, Inter Visual Systems

In cooperation with:

Webinar SynerScope with Hortonworks

Do Insurers Spend Too Much Time Understanding Data vs. Finding Value In It?

Recorded Tuesday, April 25, 2017  |  57 minutes

Every insurance company regardless of line of business is focused on being more data-centric. Risk assessments based data is at the heart of analysis. Understanding and paying valid claims quickly is key to customer retention and loyalty. Creating new insurance offerings to meet market and customer demands is imperative to remain relevant.

Today insurance companies have more data available to them than ever before. Whether it is big data from open data sets, IoT data, customer behavior data, photos from risk assessments, drone aerial inspections of property or traditional risk/claim/customer data. It’s all data! The challenge remains “how quickly can you ask questions of the data and make insightful business decisions”?

During this webinar you will learn how to:

  • Spend little or no time on data hygiene and data transformation
  • Make data accessible across the enterprise through data usage and collaboration
  • Quickly identify what new open data or existing data is most valuable for your risk assessments
  • Leverage deep learning on the underwriting and claims processes for a positive impact to your combined ratio
Speakers
  • Cindy Maike, GM of Insurance Solutions at Hortonworks
  • Monique Hesseling, Strategic Business Advisor at SynerScope
  • Pieter Stolk, VP of Customer Engagement at SynerScope

SynerScope addresses your “white space” of unknown big data in your data-lake

The Netherlands, April 4, 2017 – As every organization is fast becoming a digital organization, powerful platforms that extend the use of data are imperative to use in the enterprize world.

By implementing SynerScope on top of your Hadoop, you are able to solve the whitespace of unknown data, due to the tight integration between the scalability of Hadoop with the best of SynerScope’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) including deep learning.  The result is a reduced Total Cost of Ownership, working with Big Data and it also creates, extremely fast, great value out of your data-lake.

As data science developments happen in your data lake, you currently encounter data latency problems. Hortonworks covers the lifecycle of data: data moving, data at rest and data analytics as a core infrastructure play.

Ixiwa, SynerScope’s backend product, will support and orchestrate data access layers and it will also make your whole data-lake span multiple services.

Hadoop is a platform for distributed storage and processing.  Place SynerScope on top of Hadoop and you gain advantage from deep learning intelligence, through SynerScope’ s Iximeer. It will bootstrap AI projects by providing out of the box interaction between domain expert, analysts and the data itself.

“AI needs good people and good data to get somewhere, so we basically help AI to make the best decision in parallel with first insight, then basic rules, then tuning”, says CTO Jorik Blaas.

We are proud to announce that as of today Hortonworks has awarded SynerScope all 4 (Operations, Governance, YARN and Security) certifications for our platform, which is a first in the history of their technology partners. 

For more info about the awarded badges go to https://hortonworks.com/partner/synerscope/

If you are interested and want to know more about us, there is the opportunity to visit us at the DataWorks Summit in Munich, April 5-6. We like to welcome you at our booth 1001 as well as at the IBM booth 704 and we will be presenting at the breakout session: “A Complete Solution for Cognitive Business” 12:20pm, room 5.

About SynerScope:

Synerscope enable users to analyze large amounts of structured and unstructured data. Iximeer is a visual analysis platform that represents big insights arising from analyzing AI data into a uniform contextual environment that links together various data sources: numbers, text, sensors, media/video and networks. Users can identify hidden patterns across data without specialized skills.

It supports collaborative data discovery, thereby reducing the efforts required for cleaning and modelling data. Ixiwa ingests data, generates metadata from both structured and unstructured files, and loads data into an in-memory database for fast interactive analysis. The solutions are delivered as an appliance or in the cloud. SynerScope can work with a range of databases, including SAP HANA as well as a number of NoSQL and Hadoop sources.

SynerScope operates in the following sectors: Banking, Insurance, Critical Infrastructure, and Cyber Security. Learn more at Synerscope.com.

SynerScope has strategic partnerships with Hortonworks, IBM, NVIDIA, SAP, Dell.

Artificial Intelligence for Ancient Cultures

Google, SynerScope and the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities will present the new and incredibly fast on-line collection database, on Monday 20 March 2017.

SynerScope’s powerful software and the Google Cloud Vision API offer users the opportunity to search the on-line collection of the National Museum of Antiquities – with some 57,000 items – within several hours, instead of days. The on-line collection can now be easily linked to external databases and allows integral visualisation. Images and texts are available simultaneously, linked to a time and location indicator. This can lead to speedy scientific developments, in a way that was previously not available. During the presentation, all the options this unique application has to offer will be introduced, and what these might mean for scientific research. This is particularly relevant when more databases and sources are linked in the future. Sneak preview?

 

 

SynerScope Iximeer now certified for SAP HANA®, tested on Intel and IBM Power8

SynerScope Marcato is certified for SAP HANA, tested on Intel and IBM Power8 by the SAP® Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC). 

The ability of SynerScope Iximeer 4.0 to leverage the power of SAP HANA on Intel and Power8 will prove highly beneficial to our current and future customers by making it possible to explore all dimensions of data at once and give immediate insight in all type of data: text, numbers, geo, IoT, network and images. Existing software is able to deal with just one of these types of data at a time therefore with SynerScope Iximeer 4.0 productivity is improved dramatically.

 

SynerScope announces Gold ISV partner status for Hortonworks

January 16, 2017, The Netherlands – SynerScope, the Big Data Analytics innovator, today announced its GOLD ISV status for Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Hortonworks Data Flow (HDF). Hortonworks, a leading innovator of open and connected data platforms has certified SynerScope’s solution and expertise for the Insurance Industry.  As a member of the Hortonworks Partnerworks community, SynerScope is able to develop, test, certify, deploy and support joint solutions as well as gain access to technical and marketing resources.

Jan-Kees Buenen, CEO of SynerScope, said:  “Insurance companies often need to act really quickly due to suddenly changing circumstances. This requires fast decision-making based on current data.  Customers are keen to find and fully understand data patterns to enable insight and action that directly impact business objectives.  We believe our partnership with Hortonworks will give the insurance industry instruments for real-time, ultra-fast decision making by domain experts for continuous improvement.”

The insurance industry is undergoing a radical transformation and regulators are demanding greater focus on solvability. The Hortonworks certified SynerScope solution enables customers to reduce costs and risks, improve efficiency, generate new revenue, drive growth and comply with regulations. SynerScope has linked its advanced high speed visualization technology to HDP. This combination provides machine learning and advanced analysis but also helps avoid creating any specific database lock-ins.  NoSQL, Search and in-memory SQL integrated databases complete the technology stack that allows insurance carriers and other enterprises to become data driven in strategic analysis and operations.

Cindy Maike, general manager for insurance at Hortonworks, commented: “Our customers want insights delivered at the speed of business. Synerscope accelerates customer success with reduced implementation times with its insurance industry knowledge and expertise.”

 

 

SynerScope featured in Financial Times

Excited to be featured in FT!

We are happy with this report on Risk Management Technology in the Financial Times. SynerScope was one of ten companies in a full page article titled “Insurtech startups causing a stir”.

The start-ups are targeting all parts of insurance. Some focus on distribution, using new technology to reach consumers that traditional insurers miss. Others, like SynerScope, are looking at analytics, helping insurers to use data to make better underwriting decisions. Blockchain — the technology that underpins bitcoin — is increasingly popular, while health insurance has been a big area of start-up activity in the US. Nor have start-ups ignored the potential of the “internet of things” — the growing use of data-collecting devices in everyday items, from cars using telematics systems to connected homes.” (FT, October 3, 2016)

The Financial Times has an average daily readership of 2.2m. The world edition has a daily circulation of over 200k. According to the Global Capital Markets Survey, which measures readership habits amongst most senior financial decision makers in the world’s largest financial institutions, the Financial Times is considered the most important business read.

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