UIB wins the ninth edition of the Aegis Graham Bell Awards

IoT leader UIB secures prestigious award in “Innovation in IoT” category for UnificationEngine® Conversational IoT platform.

Goa, India (February 1, 2019) – UIB Holdings Pte. Ltd. (UIB) today announced that it has won the ninth annual Aegis Graham Bell Award (AGBA) in the “Innovation in IoT” category for its UnificationEngine conversational IoT platform. Gartner Cool Vendor-designated cloud computing company UIB was recognized today at a ceremony hosted by the Government of Goa at the Entertainment Society of Goa in Panaji. Late last year, UIB opened up a new AI Centre of Excellence in Bangalore, India.  

UIB Chief Executive Officer Toby Ruckert said, “Five years ago, we brought together a small team of cloud computing engineers and entrepreneurs to find a way to solve the problem of how to simply communicate. How can we talk and text all of our different cloud-connected software, services, chatbots, and devices? What we invented, UIB’s UnificationEngine intelligent IoT messaging platform, created conversational IoT.”

AGBA Juror and Aegis School Of Business, Data Science, Cyber Security & Telecom Director Dr. Vinay Kulkarni said, “Their platform has converted science fiction to reality! Imagine 'talking' to any IoT device in any language, using any communication channel, traditional and modern and getting things done! The UnificationEngine developed by UIB and their SmartContact concept can revolutionize how we interact with devices and machines. We often see people walking by talking into their cell phone, chatting with other people – well, now they can do the same with devices! I congratulate UIB on their unique innovation.”

UIB Chief Technology Officer Aby Varghese added, “When users add a UnificationEngine-powered SmartContact® to their smartphone’s address books, our AI allows them to talk to any connected ‘thing’ or service on over 20 of the world’s most popular communications platforms, including email, SMS, smart speakers, social media messaging and chat apps. UnificationEngine works with WhatsApp (UIB is an official WhatsApp Business solution provider), Facebook Messenger, Viber, WeChat, Telegram, and many more.”

Varghese concluded, “What really makes UnificationEngine unique is its omnichannel messaging, its ability to operate any connected IoT device, its Natural Language Processing (NLP) engine’s AI-independence, and its conversational analytics. It’s a true honor to have our technology – and specifically, the impact our technology has had on helping our customers around the world to achieve their objectives – be recognized by winning the ninth annual AGBA.”

AGBA has been promoting innovations in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) domain, rewarding those who have been contributing in these fields, for eight years, with a vision to foster and stimulate innovators for India to become the nucleus of innovation.

Learn more about UIB and how its UnificationEngine can power your company’s conversational IoT at www.uib.ai.


About UIB

We make human to machine communications simple.

Named a Gartner “Cool Vendor” in Unified Communications and Collaboration Technologies, UIB is a global cloud computing company. The creators of conversational IoT, we solved the problem of how to talk to cloud-connected software, services, chatbots, and devices. UIB provides its customers, partners, and developers with omnichannel messaging solutions using its patented UnificationEngine®, Unified AI®, and SmartContact® technologies.

Adding our UnificationEngine-powered SmartContact to your smartphone’s address book allows you to talk to any connected “thing” or service on over 20 of the world’s most popular communications platforms, including email, SMS, smart speakers, social media messaging and chat apps — such as WhatsApp (UIB is an official WhatsApp Business solution provider), Facebook Messenger, WeChat, and many more.

Our award-winning technologies help smart home and connected appliance manufacturers, real estate and PropTech companies, hospitality companies, telecommunications providers, museums, airlines, enterprise software companies, government authorities, and others to increase their revenues, decrease their costs, and delight their users. With a SmartContact in your smartphone’s address book, you can talk via natural language voice and instant messaging to any device on any channel in any language with or without the device’s native mobile app or a virtual assistant.

Learn more about UIB now at www.uib.ai; try out UIB’s UnificationEngine for yourself at demo.unifiedbox.com, nest.unifiedinbox.com, and hue.unifiedinbox.com; and download UIB’s newest white paper at www.uib.ai/whitepapers.

About AGBA

Aegis School of Business, Data Science, Cyber Security, and Telecommunication established the Aegis Graham Bell Awards (AGBA) nine years ago as a tribute to the father of telephony, Alexander Graham Bell. This award is intended to promote innovations in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to provide recognition for outstanding contributions by innovators. The award is powered by mUni Campus. It is organised with the support of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), and the Telecom Centres of Excellence (TCOE) India, a public-private partnership initiative of the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) with eight centres at premier academic institutes (six IITs, IISc and IIMA) of the country, each supported by a telecom service provider and Convergence India and KPMG as knowledge partner. For more information, please visit www.bellaward.com.


Mr. Ken Herron (US)

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UIB Chief Technology Officer Aby Varghese receiving the ninth Annual Aegis Graham Bell Award for Innovation in IoT on February 1, 2019 in Goa, India (Left to Right: Vimal Wakhlu, Jury, Aegis Graham Bell Awards; Shri Ameya Abhyankar, IAS, Secretary IT, Government of Goa; Aby Varghese, Chief Technology Officer, UIB; Bhupesh Daheria, Trustee, Aegis Knowledge Trust, Founder and CEO, Aegis School of Business, Data Science & Telecom, Aegis Graham Bell Awards, mUni Campus; and P K Garg, Jury, Aegis Graham Bell Awards).

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About UIB

UIB makes human to machine (H2M) communications simple.

With UIB’s conversational AIoT platform’s Messaging Solution Provider (MSP) APIs, our customers build AI-powered chatbots, virtual assistants, and unified chat solutions (including conversational interfaces) for customer service, e-commerce, facilities management, and smart home device manufacturers. UIB is a WhatsApp Business Solution Provider (BSP).

Our unified chat solutions combine:

  • AI + Human Intelligence (HI)
  • AI + Devices/Systems
  • AI + HI + Devices/Systems

UIB customers can use natural language text and voice on over 30 messaging platforms (i.e., social media chat and messaging apps, smart speakers, VirtualHumans™, and robots) and connect to both IoT devices (i.e., lights, appliances, sensors, cameras, HVAC, etc.) and software systems (i.e., ERPs, telco service provisioning systems, and facilities management platforms). Owning the entire IP-protected messaging + AI + IoT technology stack, UIB provides both on-premise and cloud-based, SaaS implementations.

Chat with UIB’s technology on our website now at uib.ai.