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BBC News equipping its fleet of newsgathering trucks and fly-aways with Newtecrsquo;s multiservice broadcast solutionLONDON, U.K., and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 13 September 2017. Newtec – a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications – today announced its Newtec Dialogreg; multiservice platform is being used by BBC News for its provision of IP connectivity over satellite.Newtec Dialog will allow the BBCrsquo;s news team to deploy mobile solutions capable of transmitting video, voice,... Source: RealWire
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EnlargeThe Washington Post/Getty Images reader comments 167 Share this story "Post-truth" has been announced as the Oxford Dictionaries’ international word of the year.
It is widely associated with US president-elect Donald Trump’s extravagantly untruthful assertions and the working-class people who voted for him nonetheless.

But responsibility for the "post-truth" era lies with the middle-class professionals who prepared the runway for its recent take-off.

Those responsible include academics, journalists, "creatives," and financial traders; even the centre-left politicians who have now been hit hard by the rise of the anti-factual. On November 16, 2016 Oxford Dictionaries announced that "post-truth" had been selected as the word which, more than any other, reflects "the passing year in language." It defines "post-truth" as "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief." The word itself can be traced back as far as 1992, but documented usage increased by 2,000 percent in 2016 compared to 2015.

As Oxford Dictionaries’ Casper Grathwohl explained: We first saw the frequency really spike this year in June with buzz over the Brexit vote and again in July when Donald Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination. Given that usage of the term hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, I wouldn’t be surprised if post-truth becomes one of the defining words of our time. Punditry on the "post-truth era" is often accompanied by a picture either of Trump (for example, BBC News Online or the Guardian) or of his supporters (The Spectator).

Although the Spectator article was a rare exception, the connotations embedded in "post-truth" commentary are normally as follows: "post-truth" is the product of populism; it is the bastard child of common-touch charlatans and a rabble ripe for arousal; it is often in blatant disregard of the actualité. The truth about post-truth But this interpretation blatantly disregards the actual origins of "post-truth." These lie neither with those deemed under-educated nor with their new-found champions.
Instead, the groundbreaking work on "post-truth" was performed by academics, with further contributions from an extensive roster of middle-class professionals. Left-leaning, self-confessed liberals, they sought freedom from state-sponsored truth; instead they built a new form of cognitive confinement—"post-truth." More than 30 years ago, academics started to discredit "truth" as one of the "grand narratives" which clever people could no longer bring themselves to believe in.
Instead of "the truth," which was to be rejected as naïve and/or repressive, a new intellectual orthodoxy permitted only "truths"—always plural, frequently personalised, inevitably relativised. Under the terms of this outlook, all claims on truth are relative to the particular person making them; there is no position outside our own particulars from which to establish universal truth.

This was one of the key tenets of postmodernism, a concept which first caught on in the 1980s after publication of Jean-Francois Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition: A Report On Knowledge in 1979.
In this respect, for as long as we have been postmodern, we have been setting the scene for a "post-truth" era. And these attitudes soon spread across wider society.

By the mid-1990s, journalists were following academics in rejecting "objectivity" as nothing more than a professional ritual. Old-school hacks who continued to adhere to objectivity as their organising principle were scolded for cheating the public and deceiving themselves in equal measure. Nor was this shift confined to the minority who embraced war reporter Martin Bell’s infamous "journalism of attachment," which supported the idea that journalists should respond personally to events. Under the flag of pragmatism, the professional consensus allowed for a lower-case version of truth, broadly equivalent to academic relativism—which nonetheless dissociated professional journalism from the allegedly anachronistic quest for the one true truth, as in Ivor Gaber’s Three Cheers For Subjectivity: Or The Crumbling Of The Seven Pillars Of Journalistic Wisdom.

But this shift meant that journalists were already moving towards a "post-truth" age. Meanwhile, in the "creative" economy… In the second half of the 1990s, branding comprised the core business of the newly categorised "creative industries." Bright young things generated fast-growing revenues by creating a magical system of mythical thinking known in shorthand as "the brand." Branding came to be seen as far more important than the mundane activity of product design, development, and manufacture.
In Britain, as the latter went into decline, the simultaneous expansion of City-type activities meant that the national economy was reconfigured around whatever the next person was prepared to believe in, which is as close as financial markets ever get to the truth.
In Western economies, this system of managed perceptions and permanent PR—promotional culture as a whole way of life—has now largely replaced the incontrovertible facts of large-scale manufacturing. Throughout the second half of the 1990s and into the new century, there was optimistic talk of a "new economy," driven by the expansion of technology and the Internet.
It was seemingly based on a whole generation of "symbolic analysts"—Robert Reich’s term for "the workers who make up the creative and knowledge economies"—happily living on thin air. Even then, there were concerns that the associated media sector was a living example of the Emperor’s New Clothes, as illustrated by television’s "self-facilitating media node," Nathan Barley.

But it is now clear that in moving inexorably towards free-floating, barely verifiable "intangibles" (a buzzword of the time), the millennial hybrid of creative and financial services was also a stepping stone to "post-truth."
Political post-truth But the political realm experienced parallel developments, too, and they were similarly aligned to the trend towards "post-truth." In the US, Bill Clinton initiated the transformation of politics into "showbiz for uglies"—a show of inclusivity performed in a series of shared national experiences.
In the UK this was exemplified in Tony Blair’s role at the forefront of public reaction to the death of Princess Diana.

The extent to which such phenomena are best understood as myth rather than reality, has been well illustrated in the recent film HyperNormalisation by Adam Curtis. By the turn of the century, government was already less about the "truth" than about how "truths" could be spun.
So-called "spin doctors" took centre stage; it was government by PR—and the Iraq War was a prime example.

Facts, apparently, took a back seat. Meanwhile, the art of government was also being dumbed down into "evidence-based" managerialism—the largely exclusive process with which "Washington insider" Hillary Clinton has been unfavourably associated. As further practised by Blair, during his stint as UK prime minister, outgoing US president, Barack Obama, and their respective administrations, the subdivision of politics into (a) cultural experience and (b) management, has made a dual contribution to the social construction of "post-truth." As the protagonists neared the role of a priest or pop star in their near-mythical performances, so the Clinton-Blair-Obama triad has moved politics further away from truth and closer to the realm of the imagination. Meanwhile, in the hands of managerialists what was left of the truth—"the evidence base"—was soon recognised by the wider population as a tool for use in social engineering, and largely discredited as a result—hence the mounting hostility towards experts, on which Brexiter Michael Gove sought to capitalise in the run-up to the EU referendum.
On both counts, prominent representatives of the centre-left prepared the ground for the post-politics of "post-truth." The irony is that some of their closest relatives have been the first casualties of its further realisation. "Post-truth" is the latest step in a logic long established in the history of ideas, and previously expressed in the cultural turn led by middle-class professionals.
Instead of blaming populism for enacting what we set in motion, it would be better to acknowledge our own shameful part in it. This story was originally published in The Conversation. This post originated on Ars Technica UK
Retail security AI company Everseen reduces this loss by up to 90% Company reveals it is working with five out of the top 10 global retailers London/New York, 3rd August 2016 - Everseen, the retail security AI company, today announces that it has secured funding from MARCOL and other investors, to tackle the growing problem of product loss and shrink in the global retail industry.

Everseen uses advanced video analysis and artificial intelligence to reduce non-scans at the checkout by up to 90%, a problem that costs retailers $40bn a year globally according to the Centre for Retail Research.When goods are not scanned at the checkout, retailers’ supply chain systems do not see that a particular item has left the inventory.
It’s only when stock checks happen that this loss is discovered.

By then it’s too late to see where it occurred and retailers have mistakenly assumed this loss is through customers or staff stealing from the shelves. UK and US retailers alone invested $15bn in 2014 in measures to deter theft in-store (outside of the checkout) but some of this investment is misplaced. “Retailers are losing $40bn a year through shrinkage at the point of sale. Products non-scanned are not only impacting profits but also creating supply chain issues leading to out of stock products. Non-scans can be intentional or unintentional and are generated by customers, employees through operational errors and process non-compliance,” said Professor Joshua Bamfield from the independent research group, The Centre for Retail Research. “At the moment, retailers are almost certainly haemorrhaging revenue through their POS and are probably completely unaware of how it is happening, how they prevent it and the scale of the problem.” Everseen, which works with five of the top 10 global retailers, has proven that 95% of the issues at the checkout are non-scans.

The problem is more acute at self-scan checkouts with up to 10 times more non-scans when compared to manned checkouts.

The company estimates that 90% of all non-scans at the checkout can be identified by using its video analysis and artificial intelligence system approach.

By visually recognising such events using existing CCTV feeds and linking them to checkout transaction data, Everseen can identify precisely when, where and why the activity took place.

A video of the incident can then be shared with store staff in real time. Current measures to prevent non-scanning are rudimentary at best, with CCTV systems only being checked when suspicions are raised, which means the bulk of non-scanning activity is missed.

By some estimates only 5% of irregular activity at the checkout is captured through traditional point of sale analysis systems. “The majority of retailers simply don’t know where these losses are coming from.

Because of this they’re acting blind – trying to prevent losses but without any real direction.

By understanding how these losses are occurring, and how to prevent them, retailers can improve their profits by 5-15%,” said Alan O’Herlihy, Founder and Chief Executive, Everseen. “We’ve spent a number of years developing the technology and uncovering what is tantamount to the DNA of a non-scanning event. With growing interest from retailers across the globe, over the next few months we are looking to partner with leading IT companies to service our retail customers worldwide.

This investment and MARCOL’s resources and support in general will help us accelerate our global expansion.” “In today’s highly competitive world, profit margins in the retail industry are tight and shrinkage is a serious problem,” said Pii Ketvel, CEO MARCOL Capital Europe, who led the MARCOL investment. “For retailers, this solution can have an immediate, positive uplift on profitability. Our due diligence has shown that this solution has the potential to completely transform the market.

Everseen allows retailers to move more quickly to self-service check-outs by making the user experience better, whilst helping the retailers to reduce their losses.

By combining Everseen’s very impressive technology with MARCOL’s financial and other resources we’re giving Everseen the tools necessary to bring this remarkable technology to a global audience and to change the face of retailing.” - Ends - Notes to EditorsA video demonstrating Everseen’s system is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6f4lakrxl0bxguv/video%20cut.mp4?dl=0 About EverseenEverseen, the retail security AI company, was founded in 2008 by Tech Entrepreneur Alan O’Herlihy.

Catalysed by leading Phd and research scientists at its R&D centre based in Timisoara, Romania, Everseen is an innovator in the retail technology space, using video as a sensor and artificial intelligence to develop its point of sale non-scan detection anti-theft solution.

Everseen is headquartered in Blackpool, Cork, Ireland and has sales offices situated in the US, UK and Spain.

Everseen has received significant investment from a high profile investor base which includes the Irish government body Enterprise Ireland and most recently MARCOL. For more information, see www.everseen.com About MARCOLMARCOL, formed in 1976 by partners Terence Cole and Mark Steinberg, is an international multibillion dollar investment business with interest in Finance, Health Care, Technology, Real Estate, Retail, and Hotels. MARCOL’s investment strategy includes both buy-outs and supporting existing businesses and their owners and managers in expanding their businesses. Whilst open to opportunities wherever they can be established, MARCOL focuses on sectors where it has proven expertise and track record, primarily in Europe and the US. MARCOL continuously seeks investment opportunities where growth potential can be sustained and enhanced by investment and active management. MARCOL also has considerable restructuring and work-out experience helping owners and their existing financiers to preserve and recover value. Employing a core team of over 100 investment professionals collaborating across its investment disciplines, MARCOL has offices in London, Luxembourg, Berlin and Paris. For more information, visit www.marcol.com About the Centre for Retail ResearchThe Centre for Retail Research provides authoritative and expert research and analysis of the retail and service sectors in Britain, Europe and globally.

The Centre, originally a higher-education research group, has been independent since 1997.
Its Director is Professor Joshua Bamfield. Their work is based on understanding retail and consumer trends, analysing the main drivers of retail change and making accurate forecasts. The Centre's research and views are quoted widely. Radio and TV stations include: the BBC's Today Programme, BBC 24, CNN, Sky News, Channel 4 News, ITV, BBC News, Sky and TV stations in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Germany. Our reports are carried by major newspapers including The Times, Financial Times, The Economist, Time Magazine, Daily Mail, The Sun, Frankfurter Allgemeine, The Financial Daily/ Financieele Dagblad (Amsterdam), Täglicher Marktbe (Germany), Expansion (Spain), The Irish Independent, Irish Post, the Times of India, Washington Times, and International Herald Tribune. For more information, visit www.retailresearch.org UK media contactsCCgroup for EverseenSuzannah Archibald /Alex SowdenT: +44 203 824 9200E: everseen@ccgrouppr.com
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