WCC increases AI investment by extending its data science efforts
Although WCC has been active in the field of data science for 20+ years, it is only recently that the group has developed an explicit focus in this area. Earlier this year, for example, WCC was proud to announce that it had become the first company to use AI as part of its border management and passenger screening solution. The addition of AI capabilities to the company’s HERMES platform has already led to faster, safer, and more reliable threat assessment for travelers.
Another illustration of WCC’s data science team’s pursuit of innovation can be found in the group’s Employment Platform Analytics, which can manage several different data aggregations before delivering real-time insights. The platform helps both jobseekers and employers to navigate a challenging labor market.
However, based on the data growth many companies and governments worldwide are experiencing, WCC sees the need to step up its investment in advanced data science technologies. The newly dedicated team focuses on adopting highly experimental approaches to software development, embracing new open-source frameworks and machine learning tools when building proof-of-concept solutions. The WCC data science team is also keen to explore working relationships with universities to investigate cutting-edge AI research. Combined with the rich sources of data at WCC’s disposal, these partnerships will unlock a host of benefits for WCC’s customers.
As part of the data science team’s expanded remit, WCC will be sure to emphasize the importance of “responsible AI” in its work. Although they may appear impartial on the surface, machine learning algorithms and specific datasets can display the same kinds of bias that we’ve come to expect from subjective human actors. Therefore, the implementation of responsible AI demonstrating how it can be used for good is crucial to our research and investment strategies.
“When we created the data science team at WCC Group, I knew that this was a rapidly evolving field that had huge potential for businesses, customers, and wider society. As we look to expand the team, I know that this potential is not even close to being fulfilled. We look forward to undertaking new research, finding more data-driven insights, and creating innovative AI-powered products and services for our customers.”
Jan Wiersma, COO at WCC Group
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