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DUBAI: The 38th edi­tion of Gi­tex Tech­nol­ogy Week en­tered its fourth day on Wed­nes­day. The mega event has at­tracted 4,000 gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties and pri­vate sec­tor com­pa­nies that spe­cialise in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, AI, blockchain, ro­bot­ics, cloud com­put­ing, 5G and other emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies.

A cross-sec­tion of ex­hibitors shared their can­did views with The Gulf To­day. They are of the opin­ion that this year’s event is much big­ger as com­pared to the pre­vi­ous show de­spite the global trends.


Shar­jah Air­port Author­ity (SAA) is tak­ing part in Gi­tex Tech­nol­ogy Week 2018 to in­tro­duce ser­vices, in­no­va­tions and smart ap­pli­ca­tions that will meet the needs of air­port users. SAA also held a va­ri­ety of events and meet­ings to ex­change ex­per­tise with ex­ec­u­tives and travel pro­fes­sion­als.

In the pres­ence of Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chair­man of Shar­jah Air­port Author­ity, Sheikh Faisal Bin Saoud Al Qas­simi, Di­rec­tor of Shar­jah Air­port Author­ity, and HE Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Sul­tan Alqas­simi DG of egov­ern­ment - Shar­jah Gov­ern­ment and a num­ber of air­port of­fi­cials, SAA launched the up­dated Shar­jah Air­port Ap­pli­ca­tion as part of its strat­egy to in­tro­duce ini­tia­tives that sup­port the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the air­port’s op­er­a­tions and ser­vices.

Shar­jah Air­port Ap­pli­ca­tion, a sig­nif­i­cant step to­wards the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of the Mid­dle East air­ports, will make trav­el­ers and air­port users’ ex­pe­ri­ences more en­joy­able by pro­vid­ing them with the in­for­ma­tion they need. With voice-based com­mands, the off­line Smart Map will help pas­sen­gers find their way through the Air­port with ease. The app also fa­cil­i­tates shop­ping at Shar­jah Air­port by de­liv­er­ing in­for­ma­tion about the best of­fers and pro­mo­tions, al­lows peo­ple to ac­cess emer­gency and med­i­cal ser­vices and in­cludes a fea­ture that lets users chat and re­ceive in­stant as­sis­tance.

SAA also in­tro­duced a ‘Smart Robot’ that can process and fi­nal­ize travel pro­ce­dure quickly and eas­ily dur­ing peak hours. SAA also launched other e-ser­vices and smart ap­pli­ca­tions de­signed to make trav­el­ling through the air­port a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence.

SAA is keen to em­ploy the lat­est tech­nolo­gies in or­der to im­prove sys­tems and flow with the aim of ac­com­mo­dat­ing more than 11 mil­lion trav­el­ers per year.


Dubai Startup Hub, an ini­tia­tive of Dubai Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, has lever­aged Gi­tex Tech­nol­ogy Week 2018 to show­case its wide va­ri­ety of pro­grammes, ini­tia­tives and ser­vices ca­ter­ing to Dubai’s startup com­mu­nity in Dubai.

Vis­i­tors to Dubai Startup Hub’s stand at Gi­tex­fu­ture Stars 2018 were pro­vided an over­view of the sup­port and re­sources of­fered to star­tups in Dubai, as well as the ben­e­fits of par­tic­i­pat­ing in Mar­ket Ac­cess, Dubai Smart­preneur Com­pe­ti­tion, En­trepreneur­ship Ad­vo­cacy Se­ries, and other Dubai Startup Hub ini­tia­tives.

A to­tal of 10 se­lected Uae-based star­tups were given an op­por­tu­nity to ex­hibit at Dubai Startup Hub’s stand at GI­TEX Fu­ture Stars 2018 and show­case their in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions in the ar­eas of trans­porta­tion, hos­pi­tal­ity, health­care, con­sumer tech­nol­ogy and cy­ber se­cu­rity. Among the ex­hibit­ing star­tups were Baaqah, Mnewrah, Thrive Med­i­cal, wework, Safee, Qme­ter, Cor­po­rate Stack, Lifeon­screen, Steppa, and Wello.

Be­fore be­ing se­lected, the star­tups went through a rig­or­ous se­lec­tion process which in­volved pre­sen­ta­tions and in­ter­views with Dubai Startup Hub team.

Natalia Sy­cheva, Man­ager of En­trepreneur­ship at Dubai Cham­ber, ex­plained that GI­TEX Fu­ture Stars 2018 pro­vided an ideal op­por­tu­nity for Dubai Startup Hub to en­gage di­rectly with star­tups from the UAE, high­light the ben­e­fits pro­vided to Dubai Startup Hub mem­bers, and en­roll star­tups in var­i­ous pro­grammes and ini­tia­tives.

She noted that the star­tups at Dubai Startup Hub’s stand ben­e­fit­ted from the ex­po­sure that came with ex­hibit­ing at the MENA re­gion’s largest and most global startup event, while they also cap­i­talised on the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with vis­i­tors who at­tended the ex­hi­bi­tion.


Pak­istan Am­bas­sador to the UAE, Moaz­zam Ah­mad vis­ited Pak­istan pavil­ions set up at Gi­tex Tech­nol­ogy Week.

The Am­bas­sador took round of all the stalls ex­hib­ited by the Pak­istani com­pa­nies and urged them to make the most of this lead­ing IT in­dus­try ex­hi­bi­tion by in­ter­act­ing with the lo­cal im­porters and ex­plore UAE mar­ket and also GCC mar­ket.

He ex­pressed hope that the lo­cal im­porters will fully ben­e­fit from the qual­ity prod­ucts and ser­vices of the Pak­istani IT com­pa­nies dis­played at the ex­hi­bi­tion.

He es­pe­cially lauded the ser­vices of the pro­fes­sion­als of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, who were in­volved in pro­mot­ing their prod­ucts and pro­vid­ing ser­vices at Pak­istani stalls in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The man­age­ments of the par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies thanked the Am­bas­sador for the visit and pro­vid­ing sup­port to them.

13 lead­ing Pak­istani IT com­pa­nies, with the help of Trade De­vel­op­ment Author­ity of Pak­istan (TDAP) and Pak­istan Con­sulate Dubai, are par­tic­i­pat­ing in these ex­hi­bi­tions. Some of the Pak­istani com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­hi­bi­tion in­clude Pak­istan M/s Fo­lio Pvt Ltd, M/s SOF Dig­i­tal Sys­tem (SMC), M/s Ivolve Tech­nolo­gies Pvt Ltd, M/s Rik­sof Pvt Ltd, M/s Dig­i­tal Softs Pvt Ltd, M/s Ash­tex So­lu­tions, M/s TPL Maps Pvt Ltd.


Tappy Tech­nolo­gies, the lead­ing wear­able pay­ment en­abler, and Eti­salat have an­nounced a strate­gic part­ner­ship to of­fer pay­ment and ac­cess en­abled wear­ables in UAE as the con­sumer de­mand for con­tact­less pay­ments con­tin­ues to grow.

The com­pany is show­cas­ing these wear­ables at the in­no­va­tive Eti­salat stand dur­ing GI­TEX Tech­nol­ogy Week 2018.

Al­berto Araque, Vice Pres­i­dent/in­ter­net of Things & Dig­i­tal Pay­ment Eti­salat Dig­i­tal said: “Eti­salat Dig­i­tal Pay­ments is aim­ing to be an om­nichan­nel pay­ment plat­form ad­dress­ing chang­ing needs of con­sumers and mer­chants. Sev­eral new pay­ment fea­tures and so­lu­tions are launched dur­ing 2018. Eti­salat to­gether with Tappy plans also to pen­e­trate in en­ter­prise wear­able pay­ments mar­ket.”

Eti­salat was one of the first com­pa­nies in the re­gion to in­tro­duce mo­bile pay­ments and has al­ways been at the fore­front of tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions. The launch of pay­ment and ac­cess en­abled wear­ables in part­ner­ship with Tappy is another step for­ward by Eti­salat in of­fer­ing tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced prod­ucts to our cus­tomers, bring­ing added con­ve­nience to their daily lives.

“The abil­ity to use items worn on the body to quickly and eas­ily pay for goods and ser­vices takes the con­ve­nience of mo­bile and con­tact­less pay­ment to a whole new level. This part­ner­ship also pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity for Eti­salat to po­ten­tially col­lab­o­rate with fa­mous fash­ion la­bels for pay­ment and ac­cess en­able­ment,” Araque con­cluded.

Wayne Le­ung, Founder and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Tappy Tech­nolo­gies, said: “We see a mas­sive po­ten­tial for growth here as the re­gion and par­tic­u­larly the UAE is rapidly mov­ing to­ward a dig­i­tal and cash­less so­ci­ety.

“These are re­ally ex­cit­ing times for Tappy as we make our first foray in the MENA re­gion. We are con­fi­dent that the part­ner­ship with a highly re­puted group like Eti­salat will cer­tainly help fa­cil­i­tate the adop­tion of our wear­able pay­ment tech­nol­ogy in the ter­ri­tory,” said Su­boor Ahmed, VP, Business De­vel­op­ment of Tappy Tech­nolo­gies.


Dur­ing the Gi­tex 2018, Huawei brought its At­las in­tel­li­gent com­put­ing plat­form to the Mid­dle East. The At­las in­tel­li­gent com­put­ing plat­form is pow­ered by the Huawei As­cend AI pro­ces­sor and main­stream het­ero­ge­neous com­put­ing com­po­nents and in­te­grates var­i­ous forms of prod­ucts, such as mod­ules, cards, boards, edge sta­tions, and ap­pli­ances, to build an all-sce­nario AI in­fra­struc­ture cov­er­ing the end, edge, and cloud. As an im­por­tant part of Huawei’s full-stack AI solution, the At­las in­tel­li­gent com­put­ing plat­form un­locks supreme com­pute power to help cus­tomers em­brace an Ai-driven fu­ture and ex­pe­dite the Mid­dle East’s in­tel­li­gent trans­for­ma­tion jour­ney.

The Mid­dle East is one of the first re­gions world­wide to im­port Huawei’s re­cently-un­veiled rev­o­lu­tion­ary AI prod­ucts and so­lu­tions. AI is a cen­tral as­pect of na­tional de­vel­op­ment plans and vi­sions in the re­gion to be­come di­ver­si­fied, knowl­edge-based economies; as AI be­comes more ad­vanced, it is be­com­ing an all-pur­pose tech­nol­ogy which will drive the de­vel­op­ment of all in­dus­tries, creat­ing new venues of in­no­va­tion and growth. Huawei launched the At­las in­tel­li­gent com­put­ing plat­form in the Mid­dle East to fuel the re­gion’s dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion.

The At­las in­tel­li­gent com­put­ing plat­form is an evo­lu­tion of the At­las in­tel­li­gent cloud hard­ware plat­form re­leased in 2017. The new At­las in­cludes the ter­mi­nal-fac­ing At­las 200 AI ac­cel­er­a­tion mod­ule, the Dc­fac­ing At­las 300 AI ac­cel­er­a­tion card, the edge-ori­ented At­las 500 AI edge sta­tion, and the one-stop AI plat­form: At­las 800 AI ap­pli­ance, po­si­tioned for en­ter­prises.

Taha Fa­rooque Tungekar from Huawei said, “Huawei re­cently launched the world’s first AI IP and chip se­ries de­signed for a full range of sce­nar­ios, and we are ea­ger to work with our cus­tomers and part­ners in the Mid­dle East to cus­tom­ize our AI prod­ucts and so­lu­tions to meet lo­cal business chal­lenges and up­lift Mid­dle East or­ga­ni­za­tions to the next level of ef­fi­ciency and prof­itabil­ity. We are ex­cited to launch the At­las In­tel­li­gent Com­put­ing Plat­form here at GI­TEX as it brings us a step closer to creat­ing an AI ecosys­tem to drive for­ward the re­gion’s dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion.”


Mi­crosoft re­mains con­sis­tent and suc­cess­ful at this year’s Gi­tex; where its ‘show­case’ high­lighted so­lu­tions for the Mod­ern Work­place and cy­ber­se­cu­rity. The com­pany made sure that the ex­hibit will put an em­pha­sis on ‘Cloud So­ci­ety’, which is an ini­tia­tive, poised to up­skill the work­force in or­der to stay com­pet­i­tive and achieve more.

The Mod­ern Work­place Zone was de­signed by Steel­case pow­ered by Mi­crosoft, and is split into four sec­tions with dif­fer­ent themes: 1)Team­work - ex­plored how the Mi­crosoft 365 ex­pe­ri­ences light up on a new gen­er­a­tion of in­no­va­tive de­vices cat­e­gories, rang­ing from most ver­sa­tile con­fer­ence room walls to the world of mixed re­al­ity; 2) Pro­duc­tiv­ity and Cre­ativ­ity - demon­strated how the Mi­crosoft 365 in­tu­itive ex­pe­ri­ences, with built-in tools and fea­tures, Mi­crosoft Sur­face de­vices and Steel­case im­mer­sive cre­ative spa­ces bring to­gether tech­nol­ogy and place to help you fo­cus, work ef­fi­ciently, and un­lock their cre­ativ­ity; 3) Sim­plic­ity - con­cen­trated on how sim­ple it is to get, and stay, con­nected and cur­rent with all Mi­crosoft 365 prod­ucts and ser­vices through Win­dows 10 de­vices; And lastly, 4) the Se­cu­rity – which show­cased a com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of Win­dows De­fender se­cu­rity fea­tures pow­ered by cloud in­tel­li­gence and de­signed to proac­tively pro­tect busi­nesses.

“Find­ings from a re­cent IDC study re­vealed that the cloud and Mi­crosoft ecosys­tem will gen­er­ate 520,000 jobs over 2017-2022 across Mid­dle East & Africa.” Said Hashish, Re­gional Gen­eral Man­ager, Mi­crosoft Gulf. “A sep­a­rate re­port from World Bank cited that for each job cre­ated in the high-tech sec­tor, ap­prox­i­mately 4.3 jobs are cre­ated across all oc­cu­pa­tion and in­come groups. This could mean that cloud can po­ten­tially gen­er­ate over 2 mil­lion jobs in the re­gion in less than five years. This make it even more im­por­tant for us to play a role and cre­ate suc­cess­ful plat­forms like Cloud So­ci­ety that are poised to train tal­ents - and thus cre­ate more jobs to ac­cel­er­ate eco­nomic growth of the re­gion.”


The unique and first “Crit­i­cal App Chal­lenge for the Mid­dle East and North Africa” has ended with an award cer­e­mony at the Gi­tex ex­hi­bi­tion in Dubai this week. An in­de­pen­dent jury picked four out­stand­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for the Tac­tilon Da­bat which were de­vel­oped for pub­lic safety and in­dus­tries in the Mid­dle East.

Among the 40 com­pa­nies which par­tic­i­pated in the on­line con­test, the com­pa­nies BRAQ Aerospace LLC (Saudi Ara­bia), Delta Smart Tech­nolo­gies (Turkey), (Bel­gium) and Steer­path (Fin­land) pre­sented the most con­vinc­ing app so­lu­tions.

The Chal­lenge was to find the best dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion so­lu­tions for var­i­ous in­dus­try staff, po­lice­men, fire­fight­ers or paramedics who need spe­cialised com­mu­ni­ca­tion so­lu­tions for their re­gions in North Africa and the Mid­dle East.

“This pi­o­neer­ing App Chal­lenge for this vast re­gion trig­gered a spirit of in­ge­nu­ity in the app de­vel­oper com­mu­nity. Air­bus pro­vides the right plat­form to gather those ideas and bring them to the re­gional pub­lic safety mar­kets,” says Se­lim Bouri, Vi­cepres­i­dent and Head of Mid­dle East, North Africa and Asia-pa­cific for Se­cure Land Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Air­bus.

In any case, those who en­rolled for the Crit­i­cal App Chal­lenge gained joint co­op­er­a­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties with Air­bus. They will be reg­is­tered for the SMARTWISP pro­gram if they meet the Air­bus pre­req­ui­sites. Those who are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a part­ner of this pro­gram can check out the “Se­cure Land Com­mu­ni­ca­tions” web­site.

They will find a starter kit which helps make new mis­sion-crit­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions. Once ap­proved for a free mem­ber­ship, sub­scribers can ac­cess guidelines, tools and the ap­pli­ca­tion pro­gram­ming in­ter­face (API). Fur­ther­more, mem­bers ben­e­fit from spe­cial train­ing, tools, and re­ward schemes.


Vis­i­tors to Gi­tex tech­nol­ogy Week can ex­pe­ri­ence two new se­ries of Work­force Pro, sin­gle func­tion and multi-func­tion print­ers for busy of­fices at Epson stand hall 4, E4-10. The new print­ers will have Epson’s sig­na­ture inkjet tech­nol­ogy, low en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, low in­ter­ven­tion and high pro­duc­tiv­ity for small work­groups want­ing both A3 and A4 ca­pa­bil­ity. The WF-C8690, de­liv­ers im­proved per­for­mance for A3 print­ing in this seg­ment, while the WF-M5799DWF, de­liver fast, re­li­able and high-yield A4 mono print­ing with a low To­tal Cost of Own­er­ship (TCO).

Ja­son Whi­ley, di­rec­tor of sales, Epson Mid­dle East, said: “These laser-beat­ing inkjet print­ers save money, en­ergy and time, and are packed full of business pro­duc­tiv­ity and doc­u­ment man­age­ment fea­tures. De­signed specif­i­cally to re­duce en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, cut in­ter­ven­tion and stream­line work­flow, all the while keep­ing cost-sav­ing at the heart of what they do. The low in­ter­ven­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits make these de­vices ideal for spe­cial­ist ver­ti­cals too, such as ed­u­ca­tion, health­care, pub­lic ad­min and re­tail, to meet both their print and CSR needs.”


Fo­cus Soft­net, the lead­ing soft­ware de­vel­op­ment and en­ter­prise ap­pli­ca­tions provider, to­day an­nounced the global launch of its next-gen­er­a­tion ERP solution – Fo­cus 9, pow­ered by Pronghorn server - the com­pany’s fea­ture-rich pro­pri­etary de­sign built with in-mem­ory com­put­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties for light­ning speed trans­ac­tions, at GI­TEX Tech­nol­ogy Week 2018. Built to mod­ern­ize and ac­cel­er­ate business op­er­a­tions, Fo­cus 9 sup­ports or­ga­ni­za­tions to trans­form business val­ues with ad­vanced an­a­lyt­ics and real-time in­sights.

“We are ex­cited to an­nounce the global launch of Fo­cus 9, our break­through ERP solution at GI­TEX Tech­nol­ogy Week 2018. Pow­ered by Pronghorn server – our fea­ture-rich pro­pri­etary de­sign, which is equipped with a hy­brid in-mem­ory com­put­ing en­gine, Fo­cus 9 will of­fer busi­nesses swift, in­tel­li­gent and se­cure trans­ac­tions. It will be avail­able to our cus­tomers as on-premise, Saas-on­premise and Saas-on-cloud ver­sions,” says Ali Hy­der, Group CEO of Fo­cus Soft­net.

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