Wovenware Issued Patent for its Synthetic Data Generation Method for Use in Computer Vision Models

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —June 08, 2021 — Wovenware, a nearshore provider of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital transformation solutions, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued it Patent No. 11,024,032 B1. The patent addresses the company’s system and method for generating synthetic overhead imagery based on cluster sampling and spatial aggregation factors of existing data-sets. The patented method is used by Wovenware to develop highly accurate deep learning-based computer vision models for government and commercial applications in regulated industries.

“The training of deep learning models using large amounts of annotated data has become essential to the accuracy of computer vision applications,” said Christian González, CEO, Wovenware. “The issuance of this new patent recognizes Wovenware’s unique approach to generating synthetic datasets and reinforces our expertise in developing highly accurate solutions that enable automated object detection, such as satellite imagery or molecular object identification, within public and private sectors.”

The newly issued patent protects Wovenware’s mechanisms and processes for enhancing limited data-sets by generating synthetic overhead imagery based on cluster sampling and spatial aggregator factors (SAFs). It generates synthetic images through its unique process of cropping objects from original images and inserting them into uniform, natural or synthetic backgrounds. The objects are selected by clusters based on pixel distribution similarity and through SAF mining.

Wovenware’s Computer Vision Expertise

In 2020, Wovenware was listed as a Strong Performer in the Forrester New WaveTM: Computer Vision Consultancies report of the top 13 computer vision providers, joining companies, such as Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte and PwC.
Wovenware’s computer vision services are designed to help organizations optimize their operations by extracting valuable insights from the physical world. When images are limited, Wovenware customizes algorithms to generate synthetic images with varying textures, backgrounds and other conditions, to complement actual images and create a diverse and large enough dataset to train a high-performing computer vision model.

The company leverages its own proprietary algorithms and model factory to accelerate the testing and optimization of models against computer vision algorithms like ssd, mask r-cnn and retinanet. Whether helping nurses classify ulcer wounds or helping researchers classify mosquitoes, for example, the company’s computer vision applications tag, slice and dice visual data assets so that humans can dedicate more time to having meaningful interactions with customers to solve complex problems.

PR IT Cluster Conference Sheds Light on Digital Transformation As the Way Forward

I recently had the opportunity to present at the Puerto Rico IT Cluster’s CIO and IT Leadership Virtual Conference on May 14, 2021. The event brought together Puerto Rico’s private and public sector leaders to engage in dialogue on the role of IT as a principal driver of innovation and economic development for the Island.

The topic I addressed was AI – The Keystone of Digital Transformation. I introduced the session with quote from Brazilian entrepreneur, Jair Ribeiro, which reads, “Artificial Intelligence is to digital transformation what electricity was to humanity in the past.” While it may sound a bit dramatic, it’s actually quite true. Electricity enabled a completely new model in how people lived and worked, and led to the invention of labor-saving devices, which gave people more time to innovate, do better and move productivity forward – without having to do so only during daylight hours.

In the same way, AI is also moving humanity forward – illuminating the bright minds of scientists, physicians, engineers and business leaders with data-driven intelligence to support medical breakthroughs, scientific achievements and new ways of growing businesses. In essence, Digital transformation is the Fourth Industrial Revolution and AI is the linchpin.

As I addressed during the conference, AI is a self-learning system that is able to interact with humans, solve problems and perform tasks that would normally require human intelligence. And, it does all of this without requiring coding or rules. AI promises to make things happen faster, easier, more cost-effectively and accurately, while simplifying complex processes.

AI is enabling companies to better reach their customers in digital marketplaces, and get right to the heart of customer needs in direct-to-consumer engagement. It’s also enabling new digital products and services that expand upon existing offerings for new revenue streams; and it’s helping companies monetize their data – the lifeblood of today’s business.

While Jair Ribeiro compared digital transformation to the invention of electricity; he wasn’t the only one. Andy Ng, a famous computer scientist of Google Brain fame, once said “AI is the new electricity.” It’s certainly sparking a revolution in how business and humanity is moving forward.

Can Money Be Wasted on Digital Transformation?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal noted that organizations expect to spend $3.9 trillion dollars globally on IT in 2021, according to research and advisory firm Gartner. The question is, are they spending wisely? According to the article, companies can waste a lot of money in IT spend.

I addressed this recently in an article I wrote for the Forbes Technology Council. Below are some of the pitfalls I mentioned and how they can be avoided:

Reinventing the wheel. Consider the cost/reward benefit in the build vs. buy decision. If you have an opportunity to build a custom solution that will provide true competitive advantage, then it makes sense to invest in the solution. However, when it comes to commodity software, there’s no sense in reinventing the wheel and an off-the-shelf solution can drastically save costs.

Recurring cloud fees. The cloud has huge benefits, yet come with recurring fees that can add up. It also can be easy to forget to cancel services and continue spending for cloud usage long past the time that you need it. On average, you should revisit your cloud costs monthly to identify any discrepancies.

Knowing when your system is beyond repair. Often, continuing to repair legacy systems can end up costing more than it would cost to buy a new one in the long run. Consider the ROI of a new system and be willing to give up legacy – even if it means lots of resources and disruption up front.

IT projects don’t have to soar out of control and there are ways to rein in the costs. Some of the ways to accomplish this include starting out small and testing your solution through innovation sprints, collaborate and communicate across departments and key stakeholders, and regularly take a software audit to determine where there may be overlap or non-use.

Digital transformation is becoming a necessity for companies of all types and sizes, but it doesn’t come without a high cost. It’s important to use your budget wisely to not only gain the greatest value out of your IT dollars, but also to spend strategically to ensure your organization leverages the most advanced technologies to meet your business goals.

For more insights on digital transformation read Best Practices for Addressing Digital Transformation Challenges or Should Your Digital Transformation Partner Be a Tech Guru?

Wovenware Heads Back to School to Ignite Interest in All Things Tech

Wovenware Heads Back to School to Ignite Interest in All Things Tech

Several of my colleagues and I recently had the unique opportunity to teach a introductory course on web design and software development principles for honors students at Sacred Heart University in Puerto Rico (locally known as Sagrado Corazon). The interesting thing was that many of the students were not computer science majors, but came from a variety of studies, such as marketing, visual arts and other liberal arts programs.

The fact that non-tech focused students were able to not only do really well in the course, but
they found great satisfaction and inspiration from it, was very encouraging for the future of tech talent.

As I mentioned in an article that El Nuevo Dia did on our work with the Universidad de Sagrado Corazon, the sad fact of the matter is that there’s a major shortage of technology and programming talent not only in Puerto Rico, but across the world. Here in Puerto Rico, it’s estimated that there are more than 500 positions available today.

To help ignite interest in programming across the student body, Sacred Heart University and Wovenware came together in March 2021 to offer an intensive five-week course, taught virtually by our lead software engineers and programmers. The course covered topics such as internet history, security, data ethics, introduction to HTML, CSS and how to create a flow chart to solve different logic challenges.

Regardless of the career the students choose to pursue, all students agreed that the course was beneficial, since technology and data are part of everything today. And, for those pursuing technology fields, those firms still need marketing professionals, writers and those with other liberal arts backgrounds to be successful.

We at Wovenware were honored to teach the students of Sagrado Corazon and their enthusiasm was contagious. Judging by this group of students who will become the next generation of professionals, the future is looking quite bright.

Kill Bill and Wovenware Announce Partnership to Streamline Payments Plugin Development

LONDON, England and SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – April 14, 2021 – Kill Bill, the open-source billing and payment platform and Wovenware, a provider of custom AI and software engineering solutions, have announced a partnership to streamline the development of new plugins for the Kill Bill open-source platform. The partnership enables companies to optimize the capabilities of the Kill Bill platform to better meet their customers’ payment needs.

As open-source software, Kill Bill is a unique solution in an industry saturated with proprietary SaaS billing offerings. The Kill Bill code is free, and its architecture is highly modularized, which gives users the freedom to customize it to their own business needs.

“Kill Bill’s number-one strength is its ability to build your business logic on top of it with plugins to create a customized billing and payments solution,” says co-founder Pierre Meyer. “It’s important to have a resource for plugin development. Clients without in-house IT resources can work with Wovenware. The company is very familiar with Kill Bill, and its stellar reputation makes it a natural choice as our plugin partner.”

Wovenware, a nearshore software engineering firm headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has received national recognition for its software engineering and AI capabilities, having been on the Entrepreneur360 list for the best entrepreneurial companies and five times on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies.

By designating Wovenware as the go-to vendor to configure, extend, and integrate Kill Bill with internal and third-party systems, Kill Bill users can shorten the inquiry process. Furthermore, by setting standardized development costs for plugin types, Wovenware has simplified the cost- analysis portion of evaluating Kill Bill.

“With a deep understanding of the innovative Kill Bill platform, Wovenware is ready to assist those interested in using Kill Bill as their billing solution,” says Wovenware CEO and co-founder Christian Gonzalez. “We’re pleased to solidify our relationship with Kill Bill and excited to help clients with plugins and other integrations so that they can quickly and efficiently leverage the power of the billing platform.”

As one of the first projects under the integration partnership, Wovenware has developed an open-source plugin that enables Kill Bill users to use Braintree as their payment processor for credit/debit cards, ACH, PayPal, Venmo, and many other payment methods. The plugin is available on Wovenware’s page on GitHub (https://github.com/Wovenware/killbill-braintree).

For information about Kill Bill customizations via plugins, please visit https://killbill.io/customize.

About Kill Bill (killbill.io)
Kill Bill has been the leading open-source billing and payment platform for the past 10 years, helping online businesses avoid vendor lock-in with SaaS billing providers. Online businesses often place the heart of their business – its revenue – into the hands of third-party billing vendors, chaining themselves to their features and functionality and slowing their growth. Highly scalable and extensible, Kill Bill enables any type of online business, including SaaS and ecommerce, to optimize Kill Bill for their one-time or recurring billing needs. Organizations around the globe, from startups to public companies, trust Kill Bill to invoice billions every year. Visit them at killbill.io, or connect with them on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Wovenware (wovenware.com)
As a design-driven firm, Wovenware delivers customized AI, computer vision and other digital transformation solutions that create measurable value for customers. Through its nearshore capabilities, the company has become the partner of choice for organizations needing to re-engineer their systems and processes to increase profitability, boost user experience and seize new market opportunities. Wovenware leverages a multidisciplinary team of world-class experienced designers, software engineers, data scientists and data specialists to create solutions for cloud transformation, advanced AI innovation and application modernization. Headquartered in Puerto Rico, Wovenware partners with customers across North America and around the world. Visit the company at www.wovenware.com, or connect with it on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

INSA Panel Sheds Light on Emerging Opportunities for 8(a) Businesses

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a panel hosted by the Intelligence and National Security Foundation (INSA). The event was sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, and discussed how 8(a) businesses can get started in the intelligence and national security market. The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program that offers support to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51 percent by socially or economically disadvantaged individuals.

During the panel, I joined Dr. James DeBardelaben, president and CEO of IvySys Technologies, in helping attendees understand how best to leverage the incredible opportunities the program provides. We were joined by Dale Rainey, Director of the Office of Small Business Programs at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; and Karen Mumford, Director of the Small Business Program Office at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

As I mentioned during the session, the 8(a) Program has been critical to Wovenware’s ability to gain a foothold in government contracting within the national intelligence community; enabling us to undertake innovative computer vision and AI projects, sponsored by a major government contractor., our Prime sponsor. As was explained during the panel, participation in the program is divided into two phases over nine years: a four-year developmental stage and a five-year transition stage.

Programs, such as the 8(a) Business Development Program, provide young, eager companies with enormous opportunities to get a jumpstart, and showcase their talent and expand their reach into the intelligence community, along with other core markets. However, as I mentioned, being part of the program doesn’t guarantee contracts — that requires talent, strong skill-sets, hard work and perseverance — but it provides a leg up. We’ve gained valuable experience and proven our abilities in the government sector market, but we owe much of our success to the dedication of our Prime partner, which has helped us navigate the intricacies of this critical market.