boot.AI: booting up artificial intelligence in companies
Everyone can benefit from artificial intelligence: That’s what the Düsseldorf-based start-up boot.AI believes. To make processes in companies more efficient using AI, the entrepreneurs avail of, among other things, Bare Metal Servers from the Open Telecom Cloud. And at the same time, the start-up successfully develops new business models for companies.
The potential is enormous: According to a study by the Boston Consulting Group, nine out of 10 companies are currently planning to integrate intelligent algorithms into their business strategy over the next three years. However, more than a third of all managers say they have too few AI skills. It’s a gap in the market that Florian Schild discovered and decided to fill with his start-up boot.AI. "Everyone can benefit from AI," says AI expert Schild. "Whether or not the company has a data and software-based business model."
Improve processes and reduce costs using AI
Founded in 2017, boot.AI uses Bare Metal Servers from the Open Telekom Cloud
to optimize the supply chain of logistics companies, improve the service in hotels and restaurants, and reduce costs for service providers. "We develop AI that analyzes data and processes and immediately suggests improvements – or implements them immediately," says Schild. "The platform we develop for this often creates a completely new line of business for our customers that generates additional revenue." For example, an insurance company could reduce its printing costs with AI and then resell the intelligent platform developed for this purpose to other companies that also want to lower their printing costs.
Bare Metal Servers and Flavors from the Open Telecom Cloud for AI
Schild looked for a secure cloud solution to develop the AI and operate the platforms and initially he opted for Amazon Web Services (AWS). But with its very first customer, boot.AI already encountered problems: "It was a German company from the medical sector that made the highest possible level of data security and data protection a prerequisite," says Schild. "A U.S. cloud provider was therefore out of the question."
Computing power and data protection included
Florian Schild found an alternative in the Open Telekom Cloud, Deutsche Telekom's public cloud solution: "The multi-certified data centers, the high level of data protection and Deutsche Telekom as a reliable, reputable partner convinced us." Today, the North Rhine-Westphalia-based start-up uses powerful Bare Metal Servers from the Open Telekom Cloud: the "GPU accelerated p2.large" flavor, which provides 2 x 14 processor cores, 512 GB RAM and eight P100 Nvidia graphics cards - and is therefore perfectly suited to the use of AI and Big Data analyses. "Thanks to the many Graphic Processor Units, we can now process millions of data sets simultaneously without loading them into the main memory," says Schild. "In this way, the results we achieve are very detailed and therefore of high quality. An important mark of quality that sets us apart from our competitors."
Outlook: AI orders room service
The start-up has also made improvements when it comes to databases. In the past, Schild had to set up and operate his own server for the start-up’s database. Today, boot.AI uses the Document Database Service (DDS) based on the MongoDB NoSQL database directly from the Open Telekom Cloud. It automatically scales as required, meaning boot.AI only pays for actual usage.
As a result, boot.AI now offers its customers not only the highest level of data security and data protection, but also a high-performance IT infrastructure
as the basis for their AI applications, which scales as required.
For the future, founder Florian Schild has already set his sights on the next project for his start-up: so-called Conversational Interfaces for virtual assistants such as Siri or Alexa, which accept orders for room service in hotels. Schild says: "Thanks to artificial intelligence from the Open Telekom Cloud, hotel guests could then order food without even lifting a finger."