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World Health Day 2018 – Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Today is World Health Day. It falls on 7 April every year – the purpose is to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. In 2018, it is one of 9 official campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).

* This article first appeared in HalenessMe2018.wordpress.com.

At least half of the world’s people is currently unable to obtain essential health services. Almost 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty, forced to survive on just US$1.90 or less a day, because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets.

At least half of the world’s people is currently unable to obtain essential health services. Almost 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty, forced to survive on just US$1.90 or less a day, because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets.

“Health for All” has been the WHO’s guiding vision for seven decades, since the Organization’s Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948.

In this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed in 2015 on the UN’s “Sustainable Development Goals”, and commit to concrete steps to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030.

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World Tuberculosis Day 2018 – 24 March: Tuberculosis today

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Today is World TB Day. It falls on 24 March every year – the purpose is to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic impact of tuberculosis (TB) and urge acceleration of efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

Editor’s note:

This article first appeared in HalenessMe2018.wordpress.com as the final piece in a 6-part series leading up to World TB Day today.

Hope you’ll find some time to read the series to learn more about tuberculosis.

TB was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2016, ranking above HIV and malaria.

TB was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2016, ranking above HIV and malaria.

One of the targets of WHO’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 is to end the global TB epidemic.

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Opinion: Alex Manea (BlackBerry) on 4 Cybersecurity Trends of 2018

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Based on countless conversations over the past 12 months with customers, partners, government officials, Blackberry’s internal cybersecurity experts, and leaders from both the security and research communities, Alex Manea – Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry – shares what he believes are the Cybersecurity Trends for 2018.

As BlackBerry’s Chief Security Officer, Alex Manea regularly speaks to Fortune 500 C-Suites and leaders representing the world’s top global brands, listening and learning about what security concerns keep them up at night. Alex also tries to spend just as much time speaking with security researchers – ethical hackers devoted to discovering security flaws and vulnerabilities.

As BlackBerry’s Chief Security Officer, Alex Manea regularly speaks to Fortune 500 C-Suites and leaders representing the world’s top global brands, listening and learning about what security concerns keep them up at night. Alex also tries to spend just as much time speaking with security researchers – ethical hackers devoted to discovering security flaws and vulnerabilities.

While many other things will impact the cybersecurity industry this year, I believe those I elaborate below will be some of the biggest trends for 2018.

Though these trends may seem bleak to some, they too present many opportunities and possibilities if we are well prepared.

So here goes…

#1: 2018 will be the worst year to date for cyberattacks

IT departments are being tasked to manage increasingly complex networks, support new types of endpoints, and protect more and more sensitive data.

Legacy systems are still rampant throughout most industries and cannot be easily upgraded or replaced.

“With 2017 being the worst year ever for cyberattacks, it is tempting to think that we have hit rock bottom, but what we have seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg.

The fundamental issues that have caused the majority of recent cyberbreaches have not been resolved.”

These systems often contain publicly known software vulnerabilities which can be exploited to penetrate the corporate network.

At the same time, attackers are getting increasingly sophisticated and have more incentives than ever to mount cyberattacks.

From building ransomware or mounting DDoS attacks and demanding bitcoin payments, to working with organised crime and even national governments, malicious hackers have numerous ways to monetise their skills and to protect themselves.

Governments and enterprises are recognising these new threats and deploying modern security solutions, but it will take years to decommission all of the legacy systems.

2018 will be yet another year where the shortcuts of the past come back to haunt us.

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Healthcare apps: Healthcare on-the-go on mobile devices

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Medical applications bridge the gap between patients and doctors, users and medical information, leading to their increasing prevalence and popularity. Davene Lye surveys the app stores for five most useful healthcare apps.

Mobile healthcare apps provide a range of medical services to patients on their mobile devices. Image source: MaNaDr.

Mobile healthcare apps provide a range of medical services to patients on their mobile devices. Image source: MaNaDr.

With a simple tap on a smartphone, one can now access a world of healthcare and wellbeing.

From e-booking systems to video consultations with doctors, basic healthcare has been made more accessible to patients – all thanks to the rise of mobile health (mhealth) technology.

To date, approximately 61% of people worldwide have downloaded an mHealth application, signalling the increasing use and prevalence of such applications.

Here are five mHealth applications used in Singapore which have been gaining popularity.

MaNaDr

MaNaDr is more a healthcare platform than just a mobile app.

The app fronts an entire healthcare ecosystem that connects patients, families, and friends to a trusted network of doctors and other healthcare providers.

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Event: Canon PhotoMarathon XV Singapore 2017 & Results

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

The 15th installment of the annual photography competition in Singapore took place today at the Suntec City Convention & Exhibition Centre. The winners are listed below.

View the complete portfolio of winning photos for Canon PhotoMarathon XV 2017 in this Instagram album here.

View the complete portfolio of winning photos for Canon PhotoMarathon XV 2017 in this Instagram album here.

As in previous years, there were three themes announced at 9am, 12pm and 3pm respectively. The three themes this year were: Tilt, Celebration, and Mysterious.

There are two main categories for the competition – Open and Student.

I completed a marathon – a PhotoMarathon. This was the first time I participated in Canon’s annual photomarathon.

The winners are listed below. Click on the links to view specific winning photos.

Alternatively, simply follow this link to see the entire portfolio of winning photos on Instagram.

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Event: Devialet SAM Lab Tour in Singapore

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Attended a demo of Devialet’s SAM Lab. SAM (Speaker Active Matching) is an audio #technology which ensures extreme fidelity.

Devialet’s trainer from Paris flew into Singapore to showcase the difference between a speaker that has SAM technology vs one that does not. Listening to the demo, I found the enhancement most pronounced in the lower frequency ranges.

By taking into account the characteristics of the loudspeaker connected to the Devialet, it enables the Devialet to drive in a very precise and controlled way the speaker driver diaphragm’s movement, so as to obtain an exact alignment between a recorded music signal, and the pressure wave that reaches the listener’s ear during a listening session.

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DataSpark: Setting the stage for Big Data Analytics

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

DataSpark is a Big Data company that is part of Singtel, Asia’s leading communications group. The company participated in Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in Singapore with two speakers and an exhibition booth.

Strata + Hadoop World is one of the world’s leading conference on big data, featuring some of the most progressive leaders in the industry, delving into areas that include Big Data in telecommunications and finance; smart cities and urban automation; IoT and intelligent real-time applications; data science and advanced analytics; chat, machine learning, and AI; security, governance and ethics; as well as the issues involved in becoming a data-centric company. Other topics include design, visualisation, and VR, Hadoop use cases, Hadoop internals and development, production-ready Hadoop, Spark and beyond.

Strata + Hadoop World is one of the world’s leading conferences on big data, featuring some of the most progressive leaders in the industry.

Strata + Hadoop World first came to Singapore in 2015 with DataSpark participating as an exhibitor.

The sold-out conference also featured two speakers from DataSpark covering how the telco landscape could be invigorated by using data assets to create new applications, as well as the use of telco data to monitor traffic in Singapore.

With the resounding response during the inaugural conference in Singapore, DataSpark participated again in this year’s Strata + Hadoop World 2016, as an exhibitor with a booth in the Sponsor Pavilion.

As a thought leader in its mobility intelligence, two speakers from DataSpark were also showcased in the conference.

Mobility as a vital sign of people and the economy

Ying Shao Wei, Chief Operating Officer, spoke on “mobility as a vital sign of people and the economy”.

The audience learnt how telco-enabled insights could provide deep, refreshing and actionable perspectives on the health of urban infrastructure such as road and train systems; the economy, in terms of trade activities and major tourism events; as well as the general well-being of the populace.

Ying Shao Wei, Chief Operating Officer, DataSpark, spoke on how real-time insights from DataSpark’s software help the organisers and public authorities better understand how crowds build up and disperse and detect anomalies in the flow of people, enabling a better marshalling of ground resources to ensure public safety.

Ying Shao Wei, Chief Operating Officer, DataSpark, spoke on how real-time insights from DataSpark’s software help the organisers and public authorities better understand how crowds build up and disperse and detect anomalies in the flow of people, enabling a better marshalling of ground resources to ensure public safety.

These telco-enabled insights were gleaned from the software platforms and data science engines that DataSpark has built to make sense of the interconnected world of digital devices and more than two hundred million users across Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, and Thailand.

The company has successfully applied data science methodologies and techniques, such as data mining and machine learning, to make discoveries about the interactions between users and their increasing number of devices, from mobile phones and tablets to TV set-top boxes and broadband devices.

With their expertise and developments in Big Data and analytics, DataSpark is well-positioned to ride the wave of Big Data adoption that the industry and governments are looking to embrace.

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IBM SolutionsConnect: Garage Track 1 – Accelerate Speed of Innovation

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Businesses compete today in an increasingly digital marketplace, with stakeholders that expect innovative, personalised and efficient interactions with modern digital businesses via interconnected digital technologies.

Brent Michael Nulf shares how enterprises can accelerate their speed of innovation through the adoption of APIs and Microservices.

Following the two keynote presentations at the one-day thought leadership conference by IBM in Singapore, there were two concurrent one-and-a-half-hour Garage Tracks, one on accelerating the speed of innovation and the second on insights-driven IT. I followed the former to find out more about how to extend infrastructure investments to drive innovation. This is the first presentation in this Track.

Following the two keynote presentations at the one-day thought leadership conference by IBM in Singapore, there were two concurrent one-and-a-half-hour Garage Tracks, one on accelerating the speed of innovation and the second on insights-driven IT. I followed the former to find out more about how to extend infrastructure investments to drive innovation. This is the first presentation in this Track.

Brent Michael Nulf – who is a Business Unit Executive for MobileFirst Platform & Cloud, Asia Pacific, IBM Corporation – cited Starbucks, Peugeot and CitiBank as examples of companies that had reaped huge returns by disrupting through digitisation of their businesses.

The world’s most successful digital enterprises – such as Google, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, eBay, Salesforce.com – are leveraging an API-base architecture to enable innovation and power growth.

Valuable business assets are exposed as APIs that are consumed by App Developers to develop innovative apps that result in a delightful experience for customers.

However, within enterprises, a fine balance needs to be struck between the demands by the lines of business for fast speed and agility in the digital ecosystem, against the slower pace of the IT departments for integration and scaling of the core enterprise to ensure stability.

The answer to this “Multi-Speed” conundrum is Microservices, which involves the implementation of the SOA architecture to create small autonomous services that work well together.

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IBM SolutionsConnect: Blockchain – Beyond Finance

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Disruption enables enterprises to cut costs involved in technologies whilst reducing the inefficiencies. Alan Lim shares how IBM Blockchain Labs can help you apply blockchain technology to make more efficient an application that is core to your business.

If your business is based on a network of partners, dealers, suppliers and customers; and if your success is based on a system that can be disrupted; AND if you want to become the next disruptor, you should take a serious look at Blockchain technology.

If your business is based on a network of partners, dealers, suppliers and customers; and if your success is based on a system that can be disrupted; AND if you want to become the next disruptor, you should take a serious look at Blockchain technology.

Enterprises can now leverage on the structured approach for an application or a system based on Blockchain tenets.

Blockchain technology is suitable for any enterprise that involves multi-party, multi-layered transactions.

“Blockchain is the next stage of digitisation,” said Raymond Wong – Country Manager, Software, IBM Singapore – during his welcome address for IBM’s one-day thought leadership conference (“Technology Leadership in the Cognitive Era”) in Singapore.

Blockchain entails the principle of a shared ledger with shared data, leading to visibility of not only the entire history of transactions, but also the customer’s relationship data.

Alan Lim noted that some US$1 billion has been spent on Blockchain technology, and that the investment is moving away from BitCoin specific to the underlying Blockchain technology.

Lim is a Lead Software Architect with IBM Software.

Enterprises do not work in silos, instead they thrive in business networks, generating wealth in the marketplace through the transference of goods and services.

The key then is how to engineer trust among the various parties, especially when it is a challenge to monitor asset ownership and transfers/transactions.

Blockchain technology is based on a concept of a decentralised consensus network, introducing replicated, shared, permissioned ledgers for transparency, whilst privacy is maintained by ensuring that relevant parties can only see what they need.

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