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NSTDA and IBM Research Use AI to Transform Sugarcane Farming in Thailand with Mitr Phol
IBM, March 5th, 2019
"The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) today announced a two-year research collaboration with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to improve the yield of sugarcane in Thailand. NSTDA and IBM, with domain knowledge support from Mitr Phol, the world's third largest sugar producer and the largest in Asia, will pilot an intelligent dashboard and mobile application to enable experts to access insights on crop health, soil moisture, pest and disease infestation risk, expected yield, and commercial cane sugar (CCS) index by leveraging the world's most accurate weather data from The Weather Company and industry-leading AI, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics capabilities..."
IBM X-Force Red Launches New Service for Blockchain Security Testing
IBM, March 5th, 2019
IBM Security's team of offensive security experts, X-Force Red, today announced the launch of a new blockchain testing service to help identify weaknesses and strengthen security of a wide range of solutions that incorporate the fast-growing technology. Leveraging the extensive security and developer expertise of X-Force Red penetration testers, the service will evaluate both the backend processes used to manage blockchain networks as well as the actual ledger environment.

With worldwide spending on blockchain solutions forecasted to reach $9.7 billion by 2021, the number of blockchain implementations will likely grow exponentially across all industries.1 Meanwhile, the benefit of the network effect inherent to blockchain networks means they include broad, decentralized ecosystems of organizations, which in turn offers different attack vectors than traditional applications and creates opportunities for cybercriminals seeking to manipulate or monetize the data being shared on the blockchain...

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