OpTeamizer will train European customers of NVIDIA

Yokneam based OpTeamizer, which provides solutions and consultation to AI R&D centers in Israel, has been selected by NVIDIA to provide consulting services to its customers in Europe, assist the company’s technology management, and consult companies on projects based on NVIDIA processors.

OpTeamizer was founded in 2015 by Tomer Gal, one of Israel’s leading AI experts, who participated in strategic developments of Intel Israel and General Electric Israel. Tomer, who has an M.Sc. in Computer Science in software optimization, is a member of the Israel Innovation Authority that evaluates grant applications by AI startups and a lecturer in artificial intelligence at the Software Engineering Department of ORT Braude College of Engineering.

In 2018, NVIDIA appointed OpTeamizer as its first Service Delivery Partner in Israel and the Middle East. OpTeamizer is accredited to train the industry in using NVIDIA’s GPU processors, to accelerate system performance and perform artificial intelligence development. The company is also a consulting services provider for companies that adopt GPU solutions when entering the world of AI.

Following the appointment, OpTeamizer provided a range of trainings and consultation services to more than 80 R&D centers of Israeli companies and multinationals operating in the country. Its customers include defense systems, healthcare, inspection systems, and other hi-tech companies. Tomer Gal and his team help companies migrate from CPU to the massively parallel GPU, accelerate the performance of new GPU systems, develop AI and neural network models, optimize neural networks, and select the relevant hardware for deployment.

OpTeamizer, which currently has 20 employees, trains developers at the R&D centers on NVIDIA’s development tools for the GPU environment and offers courses on CUDA C++, CUDA Python, CUDA for multiple GPUs, Deep learning for computer vision, and Deep learning for multiple data types.

The pending launch of the Jetson Orin AI Computer in 2022 signals a further upgrade in OpTeamizer’s unique status in NVIDIA technologies. Recently, the company has been appointed partner with the status of NVIDIA Jetson Partner for the European market, in addition to the Israeli market. It will provide development, consulting, and training services for European customers of NVIDIA, targeting the Jetson Orin platform.

OpTeamizer founder and CEO Tomer Gal says: “NVIDIA’s new Jetson Orin AI Computer will offer edge devices 6x times the performance improvement over the current generation. We will help top Israeli and European companies obtain optimal performance across a wide range of markets that have immense potentials, such as smart cities, autonomous vehicles, healthcare, drones, robotics, smart carts, and more.”

Tomer adds: “The strategy NVIDIA applies via a partner who specializes in its technologies helps companies enter the fast lane to the world of AI. These developments disrupt numerous markets and make such companies global pioneers. OpTeamizer skills and services will assist in implementing the latest NVIDIA technologies in the European market, setting the path for the creation of disruptive AI applications.”

Windward launched a solution for maritime container tracking

Nowadays, majority of the global supply chain scene is taking place in the sea. Estimations are that around 90% of the global trade volume is lead by the shipping industry. In the last two years, the maritime supply chain has experienced a significant storm. On the one hand, the COVID-19 crisis has led to traffic restrictions and even closure of ports, and on the other hand the international trade volume has increased by 1,500%. In addition, the current crisis in Ukraine is threatening to disrupt maritime traffic, as some shipping companies have already announced they halt shipments to Russia. 

These factors create bottlenecks and huge delays in the arrival of transport ships to their destination. According to the data, only 30%-40% of the shipments reach their destination in the undertaken time. The uncertainty and the low reliability of arrival times make it very difficult to operate, and also disrupt risk management of companies along the supply chain – starting from exporters and shipping companies, to end customers and financial bodies such as banks and insurance companies. 

Windward Company from Israel, founded in 2010, has developed an AI based technology that provides information regarding global vessel traffic. Windward’s platform integrates data from various sources such as digital information systems of the global maritime trade, vessel’s ownership structure, company’s history, location details provided by AIS (Automatic Identification System), weather condition data, ports’ capacity and more. All this data is integrated in order to provide a snapshot regarding the current location of the ship at any given moment, and to also generate an AI-based forecast regarding expected ETA. Currently, without this system, it is required to ask the shipper for the vessel’s location, and as said – most data regarding arrival times is not reliable.   

Container level monitoring

Ami Daniel [pictured above], CEO and co-founder of Windward estimates in a conversation with Techtime that the current crisis is not going to disappear. “The current crisis is the result of a combination of factors, not all of them derived from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the one hand, there are more shipments, while at the other hand infrastructure upgrades are not keeping up with the increasing volume. Larger ships have been built, docks at the ports were expanded, but the infrastructure that handles all the goods has not made the leap – starting from the amount of cranes and tugs in the ports to trucks and trains that supposed to transport the goods to the end customer”. 

Windward, which started to be traded on the London Stock Exchange last year, has around 80 clients, to include government companies, energy companies, shipping companies, exporters and financial bodies such as banks and insurance companies that use the system as an instrument for pricing insurance policies. The company lately announced the launch of a new solution, which provides the ability to track the global maritime trade traffic at even a higher resolution – the container level, and not only the ship.

The system, Ocean Freight Visibility, is based on the container number that is included in the Bill of Lading (BOL). Using this number, it is possible to track the container’s location and to alert at real time regarding delays, which allows for the operator to take action in front of its customer. The technology provides daily insights and alerts through emails, and is also capable of being integrated with existing organizational IT systems.

According to the company, the solution is based on analyzing billions of data and databases points from various sources, in order to produce insights and forecasts for the shipping company, and to also provide a complete view of the supply chain. Daniel: “Maritime shippers are the key to effective supply chain, but without the suitable tools they are positioned as responders, as opposed to proactively initiate actions in order to manage predicted faults”.