DUBAI A LAUNCHPAD FOR TECH-SAVVY EXHIBITORS
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, ETISALAT DEAL
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), epic.blue (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.