As the world transitions from 4G to 5G, lots of applications are moving toward the cloud, which heralds the commercialization of transformative technologies such as augmented reality (AR), connected vehicle and Internet of Things (IoT). Most of these technologies rely on mobile infrastructure and cloud computing that together provide real-time, context-based services to the end user.

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How are today's advanced technologies and the digital transformation shaping both the present and future of the utility industry? Aricent’s Stuart Borlase is the Editor-in-Chief and co-author of the second edition of a book that highlights the latest technologies, business drivers, benefits and market outlook of the smart grid initiative.

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Her, the 2014 winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, depicts a romantic relationship between a loner and his charming advanced operating system (OS). While the premise may seem outlandish, what rings true is the significant role that artificial intelligence (AI) plays in our lives.

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Introduction

A spate of news reports have revealed just how vulnerable corporations and government organizations are to security breaches and the theft of sensitive data leaked or stolen from employees’ personal devices. In 2014, a warning issued by the Indian Air Force sent alarms among security establishments. It was reported that smart-phones were routing positioning and other user-data to servers in China. [1]

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The billing system-also known as the business support system-is a vital tool for communications service providers. The system bills end customers and manages payments to service providers. Having an efficient, feature-rich and “smart” system is essential as technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Internet of Things (IoT) and Advanced Analytics become more pervasive.

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Software and online security are front-and-center in corporate boardrooms and corner offices around the world. The September 2017 cyber attack on US credit company Equifax is a recent example. Hackers potentially compromised sensitive information of 143 million Equifax consumers, including social security numbers.

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