SBI Neo Financial Services and AntWorks(TM) Announce Joint Venture to Provide Intelligent Automation to ASEAN Market Through SBI Antworks Asia

Global provider of artificial intelligence and intelligent automation solutions, AntWorks(TM) powered by fractal science, has today announced a joint venture with SBI Neo Financial Services Co., Ltd., to supply AntWorks'(TM) integrated intelligent automation platform to East Asia and South East Asia markets.

SBI Neo Financial Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SBI Holdings Inc, headquartered in Tokyo, today announced it has entered into an agreement with AntWorks(TM), Head Quartered in Singapore, to establish SBI Antworks Asia. This joint venture is designed to support the sale and introduction to East Asia and Southeast Asia of AntWorks’ operational automation platform, which integrates Cognitive Machine Reading and RPA capability with artificial intelligence (AI). The SBI Group will hold a 60-percent interest in SBI Antworks Asia.

In August 2018, SBI invested US$15m in AntWorks through the SBI AI&Blockchain Fund managed by SBI Investment. In stark contrast to more traditional OCR tools, the Generation 2.0 intelligent automation platform developed and provided by AntWorks leverages Cognitive Machine Reading as the basis of its data ingestion engine. This allows data to become ingested in any form (including structured, semi-structured, unstructured, inferred and images) which radically transforms the quality and accuracy of data being used at the start of the automation process. This is just one of the platform components which AntWorks(TM) believes enables them to deliver significantly improved results than traditional RPA and OCR tools (now increasingly becoming referred to in industry as Gen 1.0 technology).

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AntWorks’ Gen 2.0 solutions integrate a full suite of AI technologies, including machine vision, machine learning, deep learning and natural language modelling (NLM), natural language processing (NLP) and natural language generation (NLG). The principles of the platform are all underpinned by fractal science, spearheaded as breakthrough alternative to neural science for the deployment of process automation by AntWorks.

AntWorks solutions are designed to tackle even difficult challenges which conventional technologies cannot, as evidenced by the fact that the firm’s fractal theory-based AI technology allows even non-unified format documents to be read.

SBI Antworks Asia will enter into an exclusive business alliance agreement with AntWorks(TM) on operations in East Asia and Southeast Asia, thereby assisting the sale and introduction of its products.

Japan must pursue operational rationalization urgently as a nation that is now beset with labor shortages against the backdrop of a shrinking working-age population. In this respect, by leveraging AntWorks(TM) products, SBI Antworks Asia will provide solutions for such social challenges, while assisting customers who want to rationalize operations.

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SBI Neo Financial Services Representative Director, Yoshitaka Kitao,

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