Singapore and UK researchers investigate privacy in big data era

SingaporeComputer Weekly — Academic organisations in Singapore and the UK collaborate on the privacy questions raised by big data and the cloud Researchers in Singapore and the UK are working together to explore challenges posed by threats to cyber security and privacy in the cloud. A proposal has been submitted for a joint big data project between Singapore and UK industries and government agencies to collaborate on privacy-preserving data analytics.

Fujitsu launches MetaArc digital business platform

JapanTelecom Paper — Fujitsu announced its Fujitsu Digital Business Platform MetaArc, which incorporates cloud, mobile, big data, and IoT technologies. Fujitsu offers an initial lineup of six new MetaArc products and services, led by Fujitsu Cloud Service K5. MetaArc integrates the systems of engagement (SoE) that enable customers’ digital transformations, such as business process innovations and the creation of new businesses, and systems of record (SoR), which are existing information systems, including mission critical systems, on a single platform.–1105034

China unveils guidelines for big data

ChinaChina is gearing up for big data, with the launch of a pilot zone in the southwestern province of Guizhou and the release of a set of guidelines setting frameworks of the country’s development on big data in the next five to 10 years. China launched last Friday its first ever big data zone in Guizhou, using it as a testbed for big data sharing, use, innovation and security, China Daily reports.

Local governments prep for China’s big data development

ChinaWant China Times — Many local governments in China have established their own big data management departments in response to the State Council’s plan to boost the development of the industry, reports the Guangzhou-based Time Weekly. The newly established units are mainly responsible for setting up standards and rules for the collection, management, and development of big data applications and transactions.

Free cloud storage opens market for corporate clients

ChinaWant China Times — Chinese society is entering the era of big data as the rapid development of the internet, smart devices, intelligent household equipment, the Internet of Things and gene sequencing is leading to the geometric growth of the volume of data processed at the request of enterprises and individual users.

Hitachi Data Systems is Betting Big on Smart Cities

JapanForbes — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), once known as a storage leader, is now making big strides into smart cities, Internet of Things, and analytics. Branded as social innovation solutions, HDS is integrating Big Data analytics and IoT with its domain expertise. The company is ambitiously seeking to partner with various government agencies in Asia Pacific to drive the agenda of smart cities.

Building Smarter Cities with Data

APACNetwork Asia — The United Nations has projected that 66% of the world’s population will be living in urban cities by 2050 with Asia being a major driving force behind this phenomenon. In 1950, only 17% of the Asian population lived in urban areas. By 2030, more than 55% of the population will be urban. This amounts to an increase of the total urban population in Asia from 232 million people to 2.7 billion.

Chinese banks getting in position for big data banking

China.gifWant China Times — Privately owned Chinese banks will need to use big data if they hope to compete with rivals backed by internet companies in the growingly important online market, according to an executive at business software company SAS. These private banks rely mainly on an “asset-light” business model with fewer brick-and-mortar outlets and a relatively strong focus on online operations, said Irene Xu, practice lead for customer intelligence at SAS North Asia, in an interview with China Entrepreneur.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Signs Partnership Agreement With Unilever Plc

ChinaBusiness Finance News — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is reported to have a signed a tactical deal with vastly diversified portfolio supply company, Unilever plc on Sunday. The deal will help Unilever to tap into a much wider consumer-base in China, with the help of Alibaba’s vast e-commerce network. Although, initial reports lack deal’s financial details and its date of implementation.

ZTE intensifies focus on SDN, NFV and Big Data solutions for enterprise

ChinaNetworks Asia — As the Internet of Things makes the world more connected, ZTE Corporation will intensify research on 5G, SDN (Software Defined Networks), cloud computing and Big Data to help customers build next-generation networks and technology infrastructure supporting more dynamic services provisioning, Chief Technology Officer Dr. Zhao Xianming said at the ZTE Global Analyst Conference in Shanghai.

Big Data and IoT in APAC Manufacturing

APACCE Asia Mag — When combined with the opportunities generated by increasing trade between emerging markets in Asia-Pacific and Japan, it is an exciting time to be a manufacturer, and those in the region are expected to lead the global charge. According to IDC, manufacturers in Asia-Pacific and Japan will be among the first to develop new low-cost manufacturing centers using new technologies to drive connectivity and visibility across the entire value chain.

Microsoft predicts China’s air pollution with data analysis

China.gifMicrosoft has taken its big data analysis to China, with computing models that can forecast the air quality across 41 cities in the country. Pollution continues to be a major problem in China, with hazardous air quality levels a common occurrence in cities including Beijing. To bring some clarity to the situation, Microsoft has come up with a mobile app that can predict the air quality two days in advance. The Your Weather app works by first taking official data from government air quality monitoring stations across a 300 kilometer distance, and then using weather data to predict the pollution levels.

Commentary: Taiwan could lag China in developing Big Data businesses

TaiwanTaiwan could lag behind China in the development of Big Data related businesses as Taiwan makers are still focusing on hardware products such as servers and storage devices, while rivals in China have stepped up efforts to develop applications and ecosystems. The recently concluded Guiyang International Big Data Expo 2015 was held in Quizhou province, a rather remote region in northwestern part of China, and yet the trade fair attracted nearly 400 companies to participate, including Foxconn Electronics, Alibaba, Huawei, ZTE, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Cisco Systems.

Telstra deploys Hadoop to pre-empt network issues

AustraliaTelstra has deployed a predictive analytics system that uses its operational data to help identify network issues before they occur. The big data facility is managed by CTO Vish Nandlall, who described it as “one of the largest Hadoop infrastructures in Australia”. Telstra has not revealed the cost of the facility, which has been rolled out progressively during the past nine months. “Conventional network problem solving generally only responds to events that have occurred,” a Telstra spokesperson said.,telstra-deploys-hadoop-to-pre-empt-network-issues.aspx

China to extract value from big data

China.gifChina attaches great significance to big data and will roll out measures to encourage IT-related entrepreneurship and innovation, according to a message from the premier released Tuesday. Premier Li Keqiang left the message for the Big Data Expo, which opens on Tuesday in southwest China’s Guizhou province. “Data is a basic resource and an important productive force. Big data, combined with cloud computing and the Internet of Things, is rapidly and deeply changing the ways of production and living,” said Li in the message.

Big data, IoT to boost Taiwan’s information services sector

TaiwanGlobal efforts in developing big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are expected to give a boost to Taiwan’s information services industry, the Market Intelligence Center (MIC) said Saturday. On the back of development in these two sectors, Taiwan’s information service market is estimated to grow to NT$176.3 billion (US$5.78 billion) in 2018 from a projected NT$156.7 billion (US$25.2 billion) for 2015, the MIC said.

Telecoms in China struggle to harness power of big data

ChinaThe big data era has arrived and it is causing big changes to the playing field for enterprises, with China’s telecom operators having begun construction of big data systems and applications in a bid to fully explore the value of information assets and generate new profit points, People’s Posts and Telecommunications News (PPTN) reports. In general, telecom operators’ applications on big data can be separated into internal applications and external.

China Unicom Builds Big Data JV With Telefonica

ChinaChina Unicom will establish a joint venture with Telefonica, a leading Spanish multinational telecom company. According to China Unicom, the preparation team has been formed and the joint venture will soon be launched. Under the agreement signed by the two parties, the joint venture will have total capital of CNY100 million, including CNY60 million from China Unicom and CNY40 million from Telefonica.

India, Japan look to boost ties in IT sector; eye Internet of Things , Big Data

IndiaNEW DELHI: India and Japan on Thursday said new frontier of Information Technology (IT) such as Internet of Things ( IoT) and Big Data along with high skilled Indian IT engineers and entrepreneurs can boost Indian and Japanese companies’ creative business activities and promote innovation. India’s communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Japan’s minister of economy, trade and industry Yoichi Miyazawa, in a joint statement, emphasised the need of business promotion and human resource interaction of both countries in the IT field and shared the view that the interaction will promote mutual investment.

Big data development brings business opportunities in China

ChinaStrong demand for data centers from a wide range of businesses around the world has paved the way for the development of “big data,” the use of predictive analytics and other advanced methods to process enormous amounts of information. According to Shanghai’s China Business News, the big data development has prompted many enterprises to pour large amounts of capital into infrastructure in a bid to enter the booming information processing sector.