Posts Tagged ‘veterans’

NSTIC Embraces ID Management Solution

Photo of the band KISS concert in Montreal - Kiss Alive 35 TourKat Megas of NSTIC recently wrote, “Among the questions we’re asked most frequently about NSTIC is: why are trusted identities good for business? The NSTIC pilots have collectively started to answer that question, highlighting how better privacy, security and convenience are enabling new online business models, and driving higher sales and profits. One of the better examples of this has been the work done by NSTIC pilot awardee ID.me. In 2013, ID.me received a $2.8M cooperative agreement from NIST to pilot its trusted identity solution, which enables members of the military community and their families, First Responders, and students to access exclusive benefits and services online both securely and efficiently without having to share sensitive information with the brands directly. While this easy-to-use and interoperable solution aligns with the NSTIC guidelines, it also benefits partner companies’ bottom line.”

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USAA Turns to IBM’s Watson for Online Customer Assistance

WatsonSuzanne Kattau of Silicon Angle reports, “IBM and the United Services Automobile Association (USAA), a financial services provider for the military community, today announced they have teamed up to offer IBM’s Watson Engagement Advisor in a pilot program to assist USAA members. USAA provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to 10.4 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. Named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, IBM Watson uses natural language processing and analytics, and can process information similar to the way people think. This helps organizations to quickly analyze, understand and respond to vast amounts of Big Data. IBM’s Watson Engagement Advisor analyzed USAA’s business data and now understands more than 3,000 documents on topics exclusive to military transitions.” Read more

“The Durkheim Project” Will Analyze Opt-In Data From Veterans, Analyze Suicide Risk

BOSTON, WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt., and MENLO PARK, Calif., July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Patterns and Predictions, and the Veterans Education and Research Association of Northern New England, with help from Facebook, Inc., today launched a research project designed to help mental health professionals detect and monitor communications and behavioral patterns predictive of suicide risk — informed by a related study of an anonymous population of risk in U.S. veterans. Called “The Durkheim Project,”* this initiative will create a voluntary, opt-in database of participants’ social media and mobile phone data — information that eventually could provide clinicians with real-time assessments of psychological risk factors for suicide and other destructive behaviors. Read more

Military Friendly Employers Search Site Latest To Leverage Technology That Culls Meaning From The Crowd

With Veteran’s Day upon us, Victory Media has unveiled its new Military Friendly Employers search site, which provides a way for service members to search, sort, compare, and find a Top 100 Military Employer from nationally ranked companies. Some 16,000 facts – percentage of military that makes up new hires at a firm, support for part-time spouse employment during deployment, assurance of having the same position upon return, full salary for duration of Guard and Reserve duty, and more – feed these searches to point military personnel to the companies whose practices and policies are a fit for them.

Victory Media has been publishing the list since 2003, but this year searching through it is powered by WebKite’s content management platform. Military Friendly Employers is one of about a dozen sites using the company’s technology. It’s not semantic web search, but it is about adding contextual meaning to a data owner’s information to transform it into a vertical search engine site, which it calls a kite. The idea is that data owners can import their data into its management system, and work with its developer and integration team to customize it to their domain needs, including how they think users want to search the decision space. Users can then search, sort, and interact with the content through decision tools, top 10 lists, user reviews, and ratings.

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