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Atlanta Tech Park Celebrates 5th Anniversary

By The Park

Atlanta Tech Park celebrated its 5th anniversary this week by recognizing their founding members at their annual Thanksgiving Potluck.  Founded in September, 2017, The Park’s mission has been to help entrepreneurs grow and accelerate.  By offering support, connections, and guidance, they can achieve their business goals.  

Robin Bienfait, Founder and CEO, remarked, “Our entrepreneurs show on a daily basis that courage truly is the currency of innovation.”

Robin brings a strong track record of success to The Park.  Having worked for AT&T, Blackberry, and Samsung, her business expertise helps all of the members.  The entire staff works together to create a strong community.  Members have an opportunity to grow by adding team members, office space, and events when they are ready. 

Located in Peachtree Corners, Atlanta Tech Park is one of the premier coworking spaces in Atlanta.  It is home to over 90 companies from around the world.  The global accelerator boasts 50 private offices available for rent.   Meeting rooms, a podcast room, auditorium, and large event space are also available.  

The modular approach allows for a truly custom experience for all of our members so that they can maximize their budget.  In addition to the space and amenities, they have access to coaching and customized programs to help them grow their business.

As part of The Park’s 5th Anniversary celebration, founding members  were also recognized.  

Five Year Founding members include: 

  • Cornerstone Media Group
  • Field Pros Direct
  • The Ian Thomas Group
  • MYou (Market Yourself)
  • Mighty Rockets
  • Senslytics
  • SiteSeer
  • Southwest Gwinnett Chamber
  • Tandem Bank
  • TechConnectHub
  • Transworld Business Advisors
  • Vallum Software

For more information about Atlanta Tech Park, please visit www.atlantatechpark.com

HUEX Labs Welcomes Latest Advisor

By Latest News, The Team

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, October 17, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — HUEX Labs builds products using a combination of commercial-grade speech recognition technologies and natural language processing. As a result, they have created a voice assistant that can handle customer service-related tasks for on-prem commercial use. Now retailers and fast-food restaurants can have a “digital team member” to help combat the extensional labor crisis they face, improve productivity, and reduce labor cost, while maximizing upsell opportunities. HUEX’s current focus is on the QSR drive-thru space, however the power of the AI developed has applicability across any “brick and mortar” business.

HUEX Labs is excited to welcome Robin Bienfait to its Advisory Board.

“Robin is an inventor with very solid technical background and brings both breadth and depth across digital services, hardware and network equipment makers and emerging technologies”, said Anik Seth, CEO of HUEX Labs. “We are super excited for her to join the HUEX family and guide our technology strategy to remain on the cutting edge, so in turn we can continue to provide immense value to our clients.”

Robin Bienfait was the chief enterprise innovation officer and senior advisor for Samsung, responsible for building strong partnerships with large global customers to deliver enterprise class services. Robin joined Samsung with over 30 years of experience in mobility, security, business development, enterprise sales, wireless network operations and engineering. As a global intrapreneur, Robin launched Samsung Business Services and advised on the B2B investment strategy. Now as CEO for Emnovate, Robin is advising and providing software solutions to emerging businesses. Prior to Samsung, Robin served as chief information officer for BlackBerry, where she led the enterprise business unit and software development team, end to end product security, tier 3 technical customer service, global network services, corporate security and corporate IT. For the majority of her career, Robin held senior leadership positions across AT&T including Bell Labs, Global Network Services/GNOC, business continuity and disaster recovery, and compliance. As an officer at AT&T, Robin’s last role was leading global network services and chief compliance officer, environment, health and safety.

Robin holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Central Missouri State University and a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in management of technology. A global influencer holding 18 patents, she is the recipient of several awards and was named as one of the top 100 CIO’s in STEM. Robin currently serves on multiple boards as an independent director, Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp, Ulabs Systems, Empower Retirement, Putnam Investments, GW Lifeco and MUFG.

Read the full press release here.

IEEE Smart Cities Honors Peachtree Corners With 2022 Jury Award, Highlighting International Leadership

By Latest News

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. – Oct. 13, 2022 – Peachtree Corners – one of the United States’ first 5G smart cities powered by real-world connected infrastructure – has been honored by IEEE Smart Cities as a finalist with its Jury Award following the IEEE International Smart Cities Contest 2022. The organization brings together IEEE’s broad array of technical societies and organizations to advance the state of the art for smart city technologies and to set the global standard. IEEE formally presented this year’s winners at its flagship International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2) 2022 in Paphos, Cyprus on September 27. A link to the official awards can be found here: https://smartcities.ieee.org/ieee-smart-cities-contest-2022/results.

“The City of Peachtree Corners being honored by IEEE with its Jury Award is a reinforcement of our international position as one of the most unique smart city environments in the world. With economic development having been the focus from the beginning, we’ve created a model for better collaboration between public leaders and the top technology developers around the globe to advance the smart city concept in the United States. Our ultimate objective is to improve society and the daily lives and safety of our citizens, and we are proud to be recognized for our smart city efforts while not losing sight of our responsibility toward our citizens.” – Peachtree Corners City Manager Brian Johnson

The IEEE considered many aspects of the project, “City Street of the Future: The Smart City Blueprint for the U.S. is at the Heart of Silicon Orchard,” before selecting it. Peachtree Corners was recognized for its unique approach to city government and the proactive integration of technology into its short and long-term planning. This in addition to the strategic vision, economic development factors, real-world problems solved, impact on various federal government agencies or regulators, the city’s alignment with United Nations Sustainability Goals, and benefits for citizens to the architecture of technologies deployed were all considered during the evaluation.

“We’re honored that IEEE Smart Cities, which includes members across global power, energy, communications, information technology, government and academia, reaffirmed our vision and recognized some of the world firsts. From the first cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) system deployed in a U.S. city, the first IoT Central Control Room that aggregates data from sensors across city-owned smart infrastructure, one of the first cities in the country to deploy 5G in 2019, to strides in sustainable mobility with a 5G-powered autonomous shuttle fleet and the first teleoperated e-scooters in America, we’ve helped innovation grow here. Companies from across the globe are attracted to our welcoming community, our tech-forward government structure and real-world conditions that can’t be replicated in a closed lab.” – Peachtree Corners Assistant City Manager/Chief Technology Officer Brandon Branham

As an incubator, the Curiosity Lab acts as a community for these companies and technology developers to network and collaborate on projects that may not have been possible before. Some of the most prominent innovators and partner institutions are actively engaged in the city including T-Mobile, Cisco, Bosch, Qualcomm, Delta Airlines, Georgia Institute of Technology and many more. Peachtree Corners is also a hotspot for international technology companies of all sizes to launch into the North American market, from Europe to Asia and the Middle East.

For more information on the award recognition, or to schedule an interview with government officials, please contact Peachtree@goDRIVEN360.com.

About IEEE Smart Cities

IEEE Smart Cities brings together IEEE’s broad array of technical societies and organizations to advance the state of the art for smart city technologies for the benefit of society and to set the global standard in this regard by serving as a neutral broker of information amongst industry, academic and government stakeholders. The mission of IEEE Smart Cities: to be recognized as the authoritative voice and leading source of credible technical information and educational content within the scope of smart cities, as well as facilitate and promote both the collaborative and individual work of its Member Societies regarding smart city technology. Its eight Partner Organizational Units include the Communications Society, Control Systems Society, Industry Applications Society, Power & Energy Society, Systems/Man/Cybernetics Society, Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, Council on Electric Automation Design and Council on RFID.

About the City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia
As the heart of what is being called #SiliconOrchard in the metro-Atlanta region, Peachtree Corners is a vibrant municipality that’s home to more than 45,000 residents, 45,000 jobs and an innovation hub that houses some of the world’s most disruptive technology companies. As the United States’ premier smart city powered by real-world connected infrastructure and 5G, Peachtree Corners serves as the model for how government and private industry can better collaborate to create a better future for society and business. From the world’s first deployment of teleoperated e-scooters to fully autonomous shuttles being utilized by actual residents, and from a solar roadway to the largest electric vehicle fast-charging hub in the region, Peachtree Corners is where the most future-forward Internet of Things (IoT) and sustainable technologies come to life for the benefit of its citizens, and the world. For more information, visit http://www.peachtreecornersga.gov.

About Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners
Curiosity Lab is a 5G-enabled intelligent mobility and smart city living laboratory located in the southeastern United States near Atlanta, Georgia. Designed as a proving ground for IoT, mobility and smart city emerging technologies, the centerpiece of the lab is a three-mile public autonomous vehicle roadway leveraging cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technologies. Additional infrastructure includes intelligent traffic cameras and traffic signals, smart streetlights, the country’s first “IoT Central Control Room” implemented in a city and a 25,000-square-foot innovation center. Owned and operated by the City of Peachtree Corners, Curiosity Lab is one of North America’s only real-world testing environments and is available for use free of charge. Additional information can be found at www.curiositylabptc.com.

SWGC celebrates 10 years at Atlanta Tech Park

Southwest Gwinnett Chamber Marches into its 10th Year

By Events, Member Spotlight

Southwest Gwinnett Chamber marches into its 10th year

The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber literally decided to “March Forth” to commemorate its ten-year anniversary. The Chamber kicked off the month celebrations with remarks from past chairpersons as well as present Chair Margie Asef. But, in order to march in properly, a drumline from Norcross High School’s Marching Band helped spark excitement. Under the leadership of Corer Fair, associate director of bands at Norcross High, the students helped the chamber keep the pep in their step as they proceeded to the stage.

“These mature and hard-working students who we enjoyed having with us and sharing our breakfast with … were a pleasure to have as our guests,” said Beth Coffey, director of Membership Sales & Service for the Chamber.

“First Friday Breakfast was full of history as well as looking forward and we’ll do that at our 10th Anniversary Celebration in downtown Norcross on March 24,” added Coffey.

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ConnexPay

ConnexPay Receives $20 Million in Funding

By Latest News, Member Spotlight

D.A. Davidson & Co. announced today that it has served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to ConnexPay on its $20 million Series B funding from Marqeta, Inc. (NASDAQ: MQ).

Click here for the full press release.

ConnexPay is the first and only unified payments platform that integrates merchant acquiring, anti-fraud solutions and virtual card issuing. ConnexPay’s technology simplifies workflow and eliminates the need for pre-funded accounts.  This reduces supplier risk and the cost of accepting card payments. Their technology also safeguards consumer spend.  Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN with offices in Bonita Springs, FL, and Atlanta, GA they employ 35 professionals.

ConnexPay plans to use this investment to build out its business with online marketplaces and other commerce intermediaries.  These opportunities make up a significant portion of its current sales pipeline. As a result, the new round of funding will help expand the ConnexPay platform into Europe with increased hiring and technology development to support multiple currencies and languages.

ConnexPay was a member of The Park until 2019, when it out grew their space and moved to their new Alpharetta headquarters.  They enjoyed the flexibility of expanding in the space to meet their needs resulting in continued growth.  They also benefitted from connections made during their tenure at The Park.

 

Conference Room Rental at The Park

Conference Room Rental at The Park

By Latest News, The Park

Conference Room Rental at Atlanta Tech Park

A recent article by WorkSocial.work, Advantages of Conference room Rental for Small Business, discussed several reasons why renting conference rooms can positively impact your productivity as well as your company’s bottom line.  

By utilizing meeting room rentals, an entrepreneur can keep operating costs low and productivity high because you don’t have to pay to rent space that you don’t use on a daily basis.  In addition, by renting meeting spaces at a facility like Atlanta Tech Park, you can be assured that you are taking advantage of the latest technology.  That is another expense you do not have to worry about.  

Conference Room Rental at The ParkConference Room Technology

With the technology at The Park, you can host both in person and remote meetings.  Our dedicated high-speed internet guarantees the ability to host both virtual and in-person attendees.  You can even host a virtual event!

You can also improve your image by booking a space at The Park.  Membership at The Park allows you to take advantage of the entire facility and gives you the opportunity to put your best foot forward.  You can let your clients know that you take working with them seriously. Employees will also know to take your meeting seriously because they know you have rented the space.

At Atlanta Tech Park, we have 7 conference rooms and an auditorium that can accommodate meetings from 6 – 100 attendees.  Each room boasts the latest technology to make hosting your meeting a breeze.  If you are a member of the park or currently lease office space, you have the ability to rent these rooms at a discounted rate.   

Book your conference rooms and  select the room that fits your needs.  Be confident knowing that no one else has booked your room. In addition, The Park also offers the opportunity to have coffee service and food brought in by your favorite caterer.  You can also select from our preferred list and know that your guests will have a great experience.  

Atlanta Tech Park is a global technology accelerator that offers more than just conference rooms and event space. With one of our membership packages you will get discounted rental rates.  In addition, you have access to advisors and a growing ecosystem of entrepreneurs.

SoftBank Vision Fund 2 Backs Reibus

By Latest News, Member Spotlight

Reibus International Inc., an alumni of Atlanta Tech Park,  had its valuation soar more than sevenfold after an investment from SoftBank Vision Fund 2.  It’s now $750 million.

Atlanta-based Reibus will spend the funds on expanding its marketplace and investing in associated logistics and financial-services offerings, Chief Executive Officer John Armstrong said in an interview. The startup, which already operates in Europe, plans a regional hub in Berlin and one in Southeast Asia, likely in Singapore. “We think it’s important to be local in those markets,” Armstrong said.

Reibus recently launched a mobile app and this year surpassed an annual revenue run rate of $100 million. It selected SoftBank as an investor in part due to its international reach, experience in helping marketplace-based companies scale globally and relationships with banks, said Armstrong, who co-founded the startup in 2018 with the goal of ensuring a positive culture. SoftBank’s David Boriss is set to join Reibus’s board, Armstrong said.

Reibus was a member of Atlanta Tech Park through 2020 when it graduated into its own space in Atlanta.  One of the many things that benefitted them was The Park’s ability to grow with them until it was time to further expand into their own corporate headquarters.   To learn more about The Park’s membership opportunities, click here.

 

Read the full article here on Bloomburg.

Robin Bienfait

Robin Bienfait speaks at Cyber Future Foundation

By Events, Latest News

Robin Bienfait at CFF

Robin Bienfait, founder of Atlanta Tech Park, joined the Cyber Future Foundation at their Cyber Future Summit in Augusta Georgia.  The Cyber Future Foundation was established to create a brighter and trusted future for the cyberspace where digital commerce and innovation can thrive.

Cyber Future Summit is a unique event focusing on action towards building a collaborative and trusted global platform for cyber. Leaders and futurists from different walks of life gathered to share ideas of building a trusted cyber and create definite actionable guidance and frameworks towards Trusted Cyber and take it back to their respective constituencies.

Robin Bienfait, formerly with AT&T, Blackberry, and Samsung, brings her wealth of experience in the cybersecurity arena to the panel at this event. Watch her  lead the discussion with Rick Pena, Ken Gonzalez, Col. James Turinetti around the collaboration between Government and the Tech Sector.

CFF is a movement toward a brighter future for cyberspace, and that is done in it. The urgency is now, the need is now, and the global requirement for privacy, respect, and trust in cyberspace has never been greater.

Smart Eye Brings its Platform to Samsung AppStack

By Latest News, Member Spotlight

ATLANTA, GA. — June 7, 2021 – Smart Eye Technology, a biometric-based file sharing platform, today announced that it has partnered with Samsung  to help small and medium-sized businesses combat security threats by bringing its innovative platform to Samsung AppStack Marketplace customers. AppStack is a new platform that curates and bundles apps for small businesses.

With more people working remotely, and even as people move back to the office, employers are continuing to face an increasing number of security threats.

Smart Eye Technology is focused on helping companies protect the privacy and security of the confidential business information that they need to share with employees, customers or vendors as part of their on-going business. The solution also includes biometric-authenticated e-signatures for executing contracts in their platform.

“As many organizations continue to operate in dispersed and hybrid work environments, they are under increased pressure to ensure their data remains secure no matter where it is going,” said John Curtis, Vice President, Mobile B2B, Samsung Electronics America. “Smart Eye Technology provides a modern day solution for SMBs to share wiring instructions, project bids and other sensitive documents securely within this environment.”

Smart Eye Technology consists of a desktop and mobile app which lets users upload, share, receive, review and e-sign files in the platform from any device. When files are uploaded for sharing, they are encrypted with a proprietary self-protecting data technology for true end-to-end security. Smart Eye doesn’t stop there, though, to secure confidential information.

For an added level of security, each company creates their own ‘private pond’ for internal and external collaboration. “In order for anyone to receive or share files with you through the platform, your system admin must approve them,” Dexter Caffey, founder of Smart Eye Technology, explained. Shutting out all others protects organizations from issues like wire fraud, business email compromise and even data leaks from employees – either intentional or unintentional.

Smart Eye layers on biometrics, requiring the file receiver to authenticate their identity in order to access the file. It  then utilizes continuous facial recognition to detect and block unauthorized “shoulder surfers” from seeing the information on the authorized receiver’s screen. “No one should be able to see your confidential information unless you want them to,” said Caffey. “Smart Eye says no, this file is none of your business, so we’re blocking you out.”

File senders have additional control over files even after they hit send. They can set a time limit on file access; prevent downloading or further sharing; track activities on the file; and even terminate access to any file immediately, with just one click. Plus there’s a control panel for the system admin to monitor activities on all files shared through the platform in real time.

Smart Eye also uses its biometrics to enable identity-verified e-signatures and ensure that only the intended signer can e-sign the contract. “Many executives have assistants sign documents for them, but now that executive is not responsible for that contract,” Caffey continued. Smart Eye e-signatures are powered by Adobe Sign, the market-leading e-signature solution in Adobe Document Cloud; and the addition of biometric authentication provides needed proof of who signed your contract.

Smart Eye Technology was designed to meet the needs of any size business in any industry as an all-in-one platform that is simple to use and affordable.  “Advanced technology does not need to be complex,” Caffey added. “Giving customers a great and user-friendly experience is our number one focus.”

You can get Smart Eye Technology at a discounted rate through Samsung AppStack. AppStack simplifies the process of selecting and managing your work apps, reduces their subscription costs and provides ongoing support, plus a centralized billing system. Smart Eye Technology desktop app versions are available for Windows and macOS in the Samsung AppStack Marketplace.

 

About Smart Eye Technology

 

Smart Eye Technology is revolutionizing the way businesses protect their confidential information from unauthorized access. With Smart Eye, sharing and viewing files and e-signing business critical documents has never been more secure; and keeping shared confidential information private has never been more assured.  Smart Eye Technology was created to vigilantly protect everyone’s right to digital privacy and security.  Helping companies stay productive by giving them peace of mind is our mission.  Mobile versions are available for Android and iOS.

 

For more information or to schedule a live demo of the innovative Smart Eye Technology platform, visit smarteyetechnology.com.

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Smart Eye Technology Contact:

Bri Liborio

Customer Experience Lead
b.liborio@getsmarteye.com

Cyber FinTech Event at the Park

Cyber FinTech Event has Great turnout

By Events, Latest News

A jam-packed day for the Cyber FinTech event kicked off with James Azar of CyberHub Podcast and Robin Bienfait discussing the current state of cyber and its ability to enable growth in the FinTech Sector. “It’s great to be back in-person and knowledge share,” James said as he kicked off the event. Robin agreed adding, “Covid 19 and cyber pandemic elevated importance of security to the business.”

New to The Park this year was the addition of a cyber breach simulation hosted by James Azar featuring an intimate conversation and hands on experience. Along with the breach, The Park continued its hybrid approach by offering exclusive online content, including Jeff Fried of InterSystems discussing A Practical Path to Machine Learning Success for Financial Institutions. Jeff went into an in-depth overview of AI and how to ensure success. Sam Phillips of Wells Fargo joined James for a virtual fireside chat discussion about his journey into cyber. When you take the “that will never happen to me approach, how do you know? You are really going to keep yourself open ”, Sam noted. Also joining James was Ron Green of MasterCard. They covered how being in security and fintech never has a boring day where Ron mentioned “the change in covid response required rapid changes to technology that was used every day. Instead of securing core centers, we’re having to secure everyone not being in a center. You’re depending more on your cloud servicer providers than ever before.”

Robin Bienfait held her CISO/CIO/CTO Roundtable where they discussed the past 120 days and the impact of cyber breaches where one happens every 11 seconds. Cyber activity and fraud has increased by 600%. As a CISO practices cyber, how do we practice better? Learn from events. Prevent events? In summary, having better tools is important. Orchestration is important. Having partners telling you what you should be looking at and for with threat Intel is key.

Our virtual attendees we able to learn more about Avertium and Veloxiti and the afternoon wrapped up with an all star panel that included Paul Farley, NCR; Ken Foster, Fiserv; Sam Phillips, Wells Fargo; and Gautam Vyas, FIS Global. They covered a vast array of topics, including how to ensure that everyone maintains a work/life balance now that so many work from their homes. They also touched on how people are viewed as more human when the dog walks into the room or the kids are in the background. On a serious note, they continued on the discussion of the challenge securing everyone working from home and the need for security around documents, devices and best practices.

If you would like to see the event, please click here.

This event is our lead up event to Georgia Cyber Week, to be held September 20 – 23, 2021 where we will highlight the three main verticals of Georgia’s economy. This week will unify the ecosystems in Georgia around cybersecurity and focus on how Cyber is a business enabler that helps businesses grow.