The Immigration and Border Protection Department of Australia has entered into an accord with International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) to use Watson. It is a cognitive service aimed at tapping vital information from relevant sources.
Watson will help the department to collect important information from various sources like government reports and news feeds.
According to the deputy secretary of intelligence Randall Brugeaud, Watson will offer much help in gathering important information on large scale.
The cognitive service will render services to the department to effectively manage and tackle the information overload. The new service will help to effectively leverage open source data in its endeavor.
The new initiative is part of the department’s efforts to boosts its capabilities. The department aims to merge with the Australian Border Force starting July 1.
It follows the decision to ensure accountability following the accidental revelation of personal details of the world leaders at G20 to the organizers of Asian Cup.
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IBM has also partnered with ANZ last year to provide Watson services. ANZ will utilize Watson Engagement Advisor Tool for observing customer insights with the help of data driven and cloud based analytics.
The financial arm of the bank will be able to provide an enhanced guidance with this innovative tool.
IBM has also entered into a pact with the University of South Australia and the Victoria’s Diakin University this year. The new initiative allows the universities to introduce cognitive computing courses that provide unparalleled access for the students to Watson technology.
Diakin University will also utilize IBM’s Watson for the development of an online engagement tool for the students. The new online advisor application offers access to about 50,000 students via mobile devices and the web.
IP Australia has also embraced Watson on a trial basis for 12 weeks to boost its online service offerings.
The Australian expansion of Watson follows the introduction of Watson Analytics by IBM during past September.