Feral animals – both buffalo and cattle – are a major threat to the ecology and economy of Northern Australia. A new approach to feral animal management brings together on the ground indigenous knowledge from CSIRO, and space technology and artificial intelligence solutions with Microsoft, with a goal to create the world’s largest remote herd management system.
Kim Robins, a Microsoft solution specialist in Munich, Germany, vowed to play basketball in the Paralympics when he was 12. 21 years later, Kim Robins represented the Australian men’s wheelchair basketball team in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics—a testament to what unwavering resilience and support systems can do.
China-based smart devices provider, HONOR, has embarked on creating a new intelligent world for end users. Through its collaboration with Microsoft on cloud adoption, personal and mobile and even AI speech, HONOR hopes to enhance convenience, security and better interaction across home and work devices in our new era of hybrid work.
In India, weddings are huge celebrations to behold but the pandemic has dashed many couples’ dreams. Wedding planner Devika Narain continues to weave magical and safe experiences for her clients remotely with her Microsoft Whiteboard and Teams on Surface Pro. Turning intimate weddings into coveted, artisan affairs, she is redefining the celebration of matrimony.
Nissin Foods Group
The Nissin Foods Group, the organization behind Cup Noodles and many other beloved Japanese brands, collaborated with Microsoft Power Platform to develop a smartphone app which allows users to search for product information, enabling sales personnel and customer relation officers to address customer queries, anytime and anywhere.
Nomad Go wanted to use computer vision and AI to reduce carbon emissions of commercial buildings by using predictive intelligence that could optimize energy consumption. With the tools and expertise of Microsoft’s Co-Innovation Labs, Nomad Go’s engineers have successfully deployed its solution in several companies.
Leading 3D data specialist, Euclideon, has chosen Azure as the cloud foundation for its services to offer global ‘best in class’ 3D data storage, at a cost competitive price. Announcing a strategic partnership with Microsoft, they have further revealed plans to build the world’s largest geospatial data platform – featuring more than 100 petabytes of 3D data – all on Azure cloud.
International Container Services, Inc.
Global port management company ICTSI needed a centralized data management system to coordinate operations across 20 countries. Following a long-term partnership with Microsoft, they now have 24×7 visibility over their operations to ensure improved efficiency and world-class customer service across all terminals.
Melbourne based renewable energy company, AgBioEn, has been working with La Trobe University and Microsoft partner, LAB3, to turn agricultural waste into renewable fuels. They are leveraging on IoT sensors and devices monitor crops with telemetry and drone data held in an Azure Cloud Edge Computing Platform to monitor the growth of the plants. AgBioEn wants to be part of a virtuous cycle that starts with high yield crops grown sustainably.
Hong Kong student, Pearly Law, successfully tackled three Azure examinations in a day after just one month of prepartation for the trio of Microsoft cloud computing certificates: Azure Fundamentals, Azure AI Fundamentals and Azure Data Fundamentals. Passionate about machine learning, the 18-year-old aced is a great example of young women gravitating toward STEM for its challenges and unlimited possibilities.
Lisa Yihwan Lim
After her concert tour got cancelled due to the pandemic, South Korea’s Cello player, Lisa Yihwan Lim, turned to her Microsoft Surface devices and held virtual concerts via Teams for global audiences instead. Through the power of tech, she collaborated with musicians based in the United States, Spain, Iran and Turkey to make music while staying creative during the pandemic.
As part of Microsoft’s Bersama Malaysia commitment, Grab and Microsoft Malaysia have announced their partnership to deliver training that will empower driver and delivery partners with digital skills. These are tailored learning experiences with the expertise of both, Grab and Microsoft for learners of varied digital literacy levels – with a goal of boosting partner employability beyond platform work.
Microsoft and NEC Corporation announced an expansion of their decades-long collaboration. By leveraging on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, NEC’s network and IT expertise, including 5G technologies, and each other’s AI and IoT solutions, the companies will be able to deliver enhanced capabilities to drive sustained digitalization, help customers transform their business models and accelerate their cloud adoption as well as build Digital Workplaces for the post-pandemic “new normal.”
Civic Disability Services
Civic Disability Services has deployed AvantCare by Illuminance Solutions, a Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform based central information system, to streamline data access and automate key processes. This will ensure that Civic’s team of disability and aged care support workers are able to spend more time with clients and less time with computers thereby, ensuring better relationships which ultimately drives better client outcomes.
In M1’s vision to becoming a digital-first telco, they’ve partnered with Microsoft to infuse data, artificial intelligence and mixed reality into the cloud, and power it with 5G. Accelerating innovations that are born in the cloud, this partnership is helping M1 to evolve their service offerings and unlock new, integrated experiences for consumers.
Peter Rabbit 2
During the production of ‘Peter Rabbit 2’, Hollywood director Will Gluck turned to his Surface devices to bring the animated movie to life as he worked remotely with his team between LA and Sydney. Apart from using Surface on set and throughout the editorial process for the film, Gluck also co-wrote the script on a Surface Book and Surface Studio.
Samantha Thian, the founder of Seastainable Co., is on a mission to clean up the coastlines and seas of Southeast Asia. Through Surface and Teams, she is mobilizing efforts with her partners across the region to create multiple impactful projects to support marine conservation.
New Zealand Couturier Adrienne Winkelmann transformed her operations for the digital realm with the help of Microsoft Surface and Teams. In broaching a new sub brand, her team utilized Surface for collaboration, updated sketches on the go, and Teams to drive effective client communications and deliver a bespoke fashion experience unlike ever before.
Despite being diagnosed with spina bifida, Prachi Pandey was determined to carve a career for herself. Through a course tailored for persons with disabilities designed by SBI Foundation and Microsoft India, Pandey learned the basics of programming and public speaking skills.
Imagine Cup 2021
Students from National Technological University designed a solution using Azure machine learning to improve spatial awareness for cyclists and reduce cycling-related accidents. This was one of the key innovations that placed at the Top 40 finals of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2021, Microsoft’s annual competition for student innovators across the globe.
To tackle serious ear and hearing issues affected by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, Hearing Australia runs a special program, HAPEE (Hearing Assessment Program – Early Ears), which provides free hearing assessments. Operating in over 170 locations nationwide, Hearing Australia leverages Microsoft’s Connected clouds approach to establish a single source of truth with remote data collection.
In collaboration with Microsoft’s #UpskillHK | GIVE initiative, non-profit organization, Support Center for Autism at SAHK is offering skilling programs like Microsoft 365 and Office productivity tools to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorder increase employability.
A second wave of COVID-19 has hit India hard and many hospitals are running low on essentials like oxygen cylinders and lifesaving drugs. To help her home country, Prarthana Sannamani, a software engineer at Microsoft, tapped on her digital skills to launch covidresourcesindia.com, a website connecting users to a list of COVID-19 resources across India.
Microsoft Enabler Program
Committed to empowering every person on the planet to achieve more, especially amidst the difficulties of the pandemic, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Enabler Program to champion for inclusive hiring and skilling initiatives across Asia. Since its launch 7 month ago, more than 110 PwDs currently being matched to 65 potential roles with Microsoft Partners.
Hokkaido Medical Center
For the dozens of patients with disabilities at the Hokkaido Medical Center in Japan, gaming has become a regular part of their rehabilitative treatment. Designed for people with disabilities, Xbox Adaptive Controller has a large panel designed, as well as multiple ports for connection of additional buttons and other accessories, for ease of use.
NHP Electrical Engineering Products
With over 100,000 line items and 25 branches across Australia and New Zealand, NHP Electrical Engineering Products runs a complex business, where all moving parts need to be orchestrated perfectly. Seeking a 360-degree view of their customer database, NHP deployed Microsoft’s full ERP suite, empowering information representatives with access to accurate and timely information in real time.
Teach For India
To bridge the digital divide, nonprofit organization, Teach For India (TFI), is partnering with Microsoft to refurbish laptops previously left unused at Microsoft India’s offices for teaching in schools. Equipped with software like Windows 10 devices, Microsoft 365 apps and Teams, the low-resource schools that TFI works with are now able to provide more seamless integrated learning experiences with those previously without access.
Through its “Bersama Malaysia” (Together with Malaysia) initiative, Microsoft is promoting an inclusive digital economy and empowering digital transformation across private and public sectors. As part of the plan, Microsoft will establish its first datacenter region in Malaysia to deliver trusted cloud services locally and has projected to skill an additional 1 million Malaysians by end of 2023.
Microsoft Enabler Program
Microsoft launched the Microsoft Enabler Program in September 2020 to pioneer inclusive workplaces across Asia-Pacific for Persons with Disabilities. In the Philippines, Microsoft has since successfully provided full-time employment opportunities for many persons of disabilities, with the support of its eight commercial partners.
Judson Althoff, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President for Worldwide Commercial Business, looks back on the second quarter of 2021, and expounds on how Microsoft’s solutions continue to help organizations realize efficiencies across their business. Through the examples of customers in Asia, Judson details how Microsoft’s partnerships across industries are accelerating innovation, improving lives, and promoting economic recovery.
StandbyU Foundation is transforming the lives of families at risk of domestic abuse in Australia. Built on Microsoft Azure, the StandbyU Shield creates a secure way for people at risk to immediately contact their support network.
To help F&B businesses in India restore customer trust around their food hygiene, Rebel Foods introduced an artificial intelligence video analysis solution by a Microsoft partner to monitor kitchens for health and safety violations.
To meet the growing public cloud needs of the China market, Microsoft plans to bring a new Azure Region to North China in 2022 through a local operating partner, 21Vianet. This is expected to effectively double the capacity of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud portfolio in the coming years.
Respirer Living Sciences
To help India clear its cities of choking smog, Respirer Living Sciences is raising citizens’ awareness of how polluted the air they breathe, by democratizing hyper-local air quality and pollution data.
When developers attempt to enable visualizations on target devices, models are often decimated and simplified, resulting in loss of important details. Toyota leveraged Microsoft’s Azure Remote Rendering to empower developers to render high-quality, interactive 3D content that can be streamed to a HoloLens 2 device in real time.
In the face of a lockdown in New Zealand, Genesis innovated with Microsoft HoloLens and Teams to develop headsets that allow engineers to collaborate, and perform complex inspection tasks remotely. With the HoloLens pilot declared a success, plans are underway to expand Genesis Energy’s mixed reality program further.
This year, instead of cancelling celebrations and auspicious traditions due to social distancing measures, Microsoft kept the Chinese New Year spirit alive by creating a virtual spectacular of the lion dance – thanks to Microsoft Teams.
Juliana, an employee of Microsoft, struggled to find a pre-school to accept and support her 5-year-old twins who were diagnosed with sensory processing disorder. Supported by Microsoft’s culture of diversity and inclusion, her colleagues demonstrated empathy and encouraged her through her journey.
To overcome the internet connection struggles in the villages of Churni, internet service provider AirJaldi utilized bandwidth from big telecommunication companies and extended its network into under-covered or uncovered areas with the help of Microsoft’s Airband Initiative.
New Delhi is in the fight for sustainability and climate change and SUN Mobility, leading provider of universal energy infrastructure and services, developed a pay-as-you-go battery as a service system.
In the face of COVID-19, Indonesia’s largest state-owned energy company, Pertamina, leveraged on enterprise cloud solutions powered by Microsoft to help employees be more productive amid remote working, and social distancing measures.
As Covid-19 has undeniably caused a surge in postal package volumes, SingPost launched PostPal, a smart letterbox system to serve residents’ postal needs and powered by Microsoft Azure IoT Edge.
C AllStar & Minecraft
While COVID-19 made performing live at the Hong Kong Coliseum impossible, Cantopop group C AllStar built a virtual venue and brought their fans along for an unforgettable ride, using Microsoft Teams and Minecraft to create a virtual world.
As India is one of the world’s most prolific e-waste generators, Karo Sambhav—India’s leading Producer Responsibility Organization—leveraged Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services’ image recognition technology to collect waste shipment information.
CropData is attempting to help farmers in the most remote parts of India make a viable living with the help of Cloud, AI and machine learning algorithms, as well as blockchain technologies.
As New Zealand’s largest fuel provider, Z Energy’s modern desktop solution allows them to be a truly people-centric organization and is now future-fit and pumped up for the long haul.
iMocha, a Indian startup, introduced a Live Coding Platform to help recruiters conduct whiteboarding interviews for technology roles in a virtual and safer environment.
CyberShikshaa, a philanthropic program in India, funds and trains women engineering graduates from underserved small towns across India so they can build careers in the rapidly expanding cybersecurity sector, giving them the opportunity to pursue their dreams in careers from engineering to cybersecurity.
Microsoft Corp. announced plans to establish its first cloud datacenter region in Taiwan and provide digital skilling for over 200,000 by 2024. This will establish Microsoft Taiwan as a hub in Asia for innovation in designing and building advanced cloud software and hardware infrastructure spanning AI, IoT and edge solutions
New Zealand co-operative Alliance Group shed its aged technology and transformed its infrastructure via a wide scale Microsoft 365-led transformation with Lexel Systems, doing its best for 4,000 shareholders, maximising efficiencies and evolved products from commodity to premium export.
The Australian Ballet
In Australia, dancers managed to stay connected as a community with the help of collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams. It enabled them to do what they love virtually, giving another meaning to ballet.
Global robotics company FJ Dynamics wanted to transform traditional farming with the power of data. Using Microsoft Azure Intelligent Cloud Platform, it has built an efficient and secure Internet of Things (IoT) platform in order to boost production and sustainability while reducing risk of labor shortages and the physical demands on farmers.
Taiwanese telco FarEasTone (FET) adopts top-to-bottom transformation with help from AI and data using a strategy they created: BAI—big data, AI and IoT. In a key move, FET joined the Microsoft Research Asia (MSR Asia) Innovation Partnership to deepen its use of AI to add value to operations. This led to a successful mobilization of an internal and external culture of innovation, with advanced services introduced to customers and benefits to their employees.
As the worlds of telecommunications and computing rapidly converge, Telstra’s extension of partnership with Microsoft will accelerate cloud-based solutions, digital transformation, crucial industry solutions such as telematics and smart spaces, as well as advance Telstra’s and Microsoft’s sustainability and climate commitments.
Joval Wine Group
With operations and a collection of trading entities that span the full breadth of the wine industry, Joval decided to welcome innovation and transferred all of its applications to the public cloud just prior to the pandemic. This provided the company the agility to rapidly scale back cloud use, rein in costs, and quickly pivot to a remote working model for all 300 staff.
Clean Energy Regulator
The Regulator is poised to adopt a series of trials harnessing Microsoft Azure artificial intelligence (AI) services to create evidence-based decision making tools to support emissions reduction in Australia. With support from Microsoft Fast Track Centre and Services, an enterprise-wide digital transformation, with solutions from Azure to Power BI and Teams, will help Clean Energy Regulator create more opportunities for increased innovation
CNPC Richfit, the fastest growing and largest information support team of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), has deployed Microsoft HoloLens to transform training programs for technicians and frontline employees. The integration of Microsoft HoloLens and Azure Kinect DK will provide CNPC Richfit the capabilities to overcome space constraints needed for trainings within oil and gas companies with a large number of employees through virtual training.
Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives
With Thai farmers reeling from the impact of COVID-19, Thailand’s Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) turned to Microsoft to help farmers claim stimulus funds from the government. With the full capabilities of a world-class cloud platform, farmers can now claim these funds remotely – free from the risk of potential infection at bank branches.
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Claims are now expedited from months to minutes, as key phrases are now extracted from documents, and surfaced to a lawyer’s business application with Maurice Blackburn Lawyers’ newly rolled out AI-infused solution.
Hotels, which were once thought of as a respite for travelers, are now seen as potential health hazards. For Duotel, this serves as a catalyst for transforming the hotel experience. With Microsoft Intelligent Cloud Azure, DuotelCube was created — an IoT-enabled device for guests to control the environment, like monitoring and boosting air-quality by using ultraviolet rays to clean the air with a press of a button. It also enables contactless communication with hotel staff. As a plug and play wireless device, hotels can now be upgraded to a safe, smart hotels quickly and easily.
Sri Lanka Tea Board
Sri Lanka’s renowned multimillion tea industry was at risk of a shutdown when COVID-19 hit. To keep the industry running, on which two million people rely for their livelihoods, the industry’s century old auction was moved online using Microsoft Azure. Traders were able to bid virtually from their homes or offices, while team members worked from home via Microsoft Teams. This has sheltered the industry and those who depend on it from the disastrous consequences of a COVID-19 shutdown.
Chinese company TalentCloud created Agro-Brain, a solution built on Microsoft Azure, to shift farmers to data-centric practices resulting in less pollution and use of pesticides, higher quality and safety, and wins for everyone, from producer to consumer to the environment.
Australian Red Cross
In just one week, the Australian Red Cross has been able to implement a one-stop platform that enables specially trained volunteers to call individuals in home isolation to check on individuals’ wellbeing over the phone each day.
A Japanese startup that specializes in self-driving vehicles, leveraged Azure and their expertise in data collection to create a thermal imaging system to help curb the spread of the virus.
Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) Pte Ltd
DLT in Singapore has created a blockchain platform leveraging computational power, with the global geographical footprint and security of Microsoft Azure to digitize mountains of paperwork. The platform speeds up the movement of supply chains, and delivers greater transparency and confidence to empower trading companies.
Bellsystem24 Holdings, Inc.
Call centers’ like Bellsystem24 in Japan require the physical products for reference when troubleshooting with callers over the phone. Partnering Microsoft, Call Center Virtualization was trialed and operators were able to don Microsoft HoloLens 2 allowing them to manipulate a 3D virtual reproduction of products, anytime and anywhere.
As consumers demand higher safety and ethical standards in Australia, JBS Australia worked with Microsoft partner, Lumachain, for an AI, IoT, and blockchain solution automating end-to-end data tracking, such as delivery trucks’ temperature, to provide customers with the highest quality product.
Passenger safety is Qantas’ top priority. To overcome the cost barriers and advance safety standards in Australia with regular refresher trainings, Qantas is working with Microsoft HoloLens2 to bring mixed reality simulation training to their engineers anytime and anywhere.
In Hong Kong, RaceFit has created smart garments embedded with sensors that provide sophisticated feedback. Using Azure, IoT and AI, the app delivers real time information on the wearer’s physical status including strength, flexibility, and coordination. Soon, the company plans to expand the usability of its app to team sports, like football.
Danone-AQUA and Microsoft partner, Jejak.in created a solution that uses IoT and AI technologies to collect and analyze ecological data, helping locals and environmentalists to access digital solutions to measure, monitor, and support the Citarum River clean up.
Towada Art Center
To keep visitors in Japan’s Towada Art Center safe in a experiential art exhibit , the centre worked with Nissho Electronics to monitor the vehicles’ locations, with palm-sized GPS devices leveraging Azure. Through the scalability of Azure, the solution was delivered in 10 days.
Eros Now in India is leveraging Azure to improve the customer viewing experience with enhanced features, with viewers in more than 135 countries. Eros hopes that its work with Microsoft will generate expansion into new markets and reach its goal of 50 million subscribers over the next three years.
Civica, a global software company focused on solutions for the public sector, built a cloud-based AI-infused library search and management platform, leveraging technology to analyse and access the trove of documents that are available on Azure.
Security companies like Singapore’s Certis are changing how they monitor camera feeds and safeguard people against threats with the help of AI. The routine task of monitoring and identifying issues can be managed by AI while security officers handle situations that require human interactions. Through AI, the company has also found a way to address the labor crunch.
For the global autonomous vehicle dream to come true, the driverless cars, trucks, and buses of the future need to be safe. Taiwan’s Linker Networks is using AI to teach vehicles how to accurately recognize objects around them through its auto-labeling system, increasing accuracy rates to 99% and cutting image tagging time by 70%.
Bridgestone, a world leader in innovative tire technologies, developed Tirematics, a solution that sends data from tire sensors to Microsoft Azure to detect first signs of tire issues, reducing unnecessary tire inspections and tire-related operating issues.
Microsoft Partner, Enlighten Designs is working on an exciting new initiative with Sustainable Coastlines aiming to create citizen scientists, arming them with the right data and insights to help keep New Zealand clean, green and beautiful.
What do wind turbines and store shelves have in common? If you ask Clobotics, a start-up dual headquartered in Shanghai and Seattle, they are practical applications of digitalizing the physical world using AI-powered computer vision.
To maximize renewable energy production, Envision turned to AI. Its “smart” wind turbines equipped with up to 500 sensors monitor factors like wind speed and direction, and improve energy production by up to 15 percent.
Baobei Huijia (Baby Come Home), a leading non-profit organization in China, dedicated to finding missing children, is using Microsoft technology powered by AI and facial recognition to reunite missing persons with their families.
Legendary Indian cricketer Anil Kumble’s is latest foray, Spektacom, leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) to capture and analyze data points such as bat speed to help cricket players and coaches up their game.
Launched in association with Vision Australia, Soundscape has been developed by Microsoft’s artificial intelligence and research development team and is part of the company’s AI for Accessibility global initiative. Soundscape is specifically designed to deliver greater outdoors spatial and location awareness to people who are blind or have low vision by unobtrusively providing them audible clues.