Technology

  • UAE operator du has always been at the forefront of the country’s technological development with the revolutionary solutions and services that it offers to its customers. Lately, du has been very active in the area of smart cities given the efforts deployed in Dubai to make the city a leading smart city. In this context, it has chosen to take part in the 2nd edition of Smart Cities World Forums’ “Building the SMART Future” conference as the Smart ICT Partner. At the event, we spoke to Jihad Tayara, VP ICT Business Development, EITC, to know more about the operator’s participation in the event.

  • 5G-connected ambulances will save millions of lives according to experts at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  It was one of a number of astonishing claims made throughout a panel discussion which examined how Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies were completely transforming healthcare.

  • President of Huawei Middle East, Charles Yang has claimed that as we approach 2020, the growth of 5G-based enhanced mobile broadband networking applications will skyrocket. In a compelling interview, Yang offers his insights into why he believes the rise of 5G is causing such a seismic shift globally in the ICT industry, addresses the challenges in deploying the next-generation technology - and predicts what impact 5G will have in the Middle East.

  • Using information technology to improve the quality of living is a common strategy of many countries in recent years. Take traffic congestion that many cities are facing as an example, Moscow was once named the most congested city out of the 400 cities surveyed by TomTom, a Dutch smart mobility service provider. How did Moscow tackle the problem through technology?

  • Nokia today published its annual sustainability report, covering the company's sustainability performance in 2017 and focusing on four priority areas: improving people's lives with technology, protecting the environment, conducting our business with integrity, and respecting our people.

  • Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud cyber protection solutions announced another significant sports partnership during the Formula 1 finale in Abu Dhabi.

  • Our ambition is to create happiness amongst our residents, and our primary purpose is to really embrace technology innovations to improve the life of every individual living in Dubai. Our vision is to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city on earth.” Those were the words of Mr. Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General of Smart Dubai Office and CEO of Dubai Data Establishment as he gave his presentation at the 7th annual Telecom Review Summit.

  • The revolutionary potential of 5G is not yet fully understood by the public. While the switch from 3G to 4G was mostly a matter of increased speed, the rise of 5G will unlock the potential of a flood of new technologies. From self-driving cars to virtual reality, from Internet of Things to drones, 5G has the power to propel the Middle East forward on its path to digitalization.

  • The smart city sector continues to expand exponentially and analysts have projected that it will hit $775 billion by 2021, following the announcement that more than 600 cities are set to go 'smart' in the next few years.

  • Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and a leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), announced that it received an order for a New Generation REMUS 6000 AUV from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science Technology (JAMSTEC) as part of the Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP): Innovative Technology for Exploration of Deep-Sea Resources. This initiative is within the framework of the Cross-Ministerial Programs undertaken by the Cabinet Office of Japan.

  • Power and automation technology firm ABB has been awarded a lucrative contract by a leading Swedish energy firm to develop and implement smart city solutions in the city of Vasteras.

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to boost economic growth in the United Arab Emirates by 1.6 percentage points and add US$182 billion to the national economy by 2035, according to a recent report by Accenture (NYSE: ACN).

  • An African nation has released details of a hugely ambitious project in which it intends to build a 'smart eco-city' from scratch that will cater for 137,000 residents and 500,000 commuters. The innovative project is being developed in Nigeria - and the new 'smart eco-city' will be located just outside the Nigerian capital of Abuja which is just a short drive from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

  • An African National Park has introduced a high-tech 'smart park' system which has been specifically implemented in an attempt to protect animals from the incessant threat posed by poachers. Rwanda's National Park has this week launched the 'smart park' system which it claims will enable rangers to monitor animals, visitors and equipment in real-time.

  • Three multinational conglomerates have agreed to collaborate in an ambitious attempt to develop electric aircraft. Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens have announced that the partnership has been created in an effort to accelerate the development and subsequent deployment of hybrid-electric propulsion for commercial aircraft.

  • Amazon is set to expand its cashier-less Go stores across airports, according to new reports.

  • Uber's efforts to revolutionize the freight hauling sector with the introduction of self-driving trucks has been met with a wave of skepticism by a number of leading analysts and industry executives. Analysts and industry executives with the trucking sector have questioned what exactly the ride-hailing service can bring to its sprawling $700 billion industry.

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that the technology colossus is now focusing on the development of autonomous systems as they join the global race to develop the technology for driverless cars. In an interview with Bloomberg, Cook described the challenge of building autonomous vehicles as 'the mother of all' artificial intelligence projects.

  • US tech giants Apple are the victims of its own incredible success, following a quarterly report which indicated its cash holdings, the vast majority of which is held overseas has surpassed the entire economic  out-put of Chile. Apple's stockpile of cash has reached a staggering $256.8 billion, and has sparked debate over what the technology leaders should do with such massive cash reserves.

  • Apple has joined a technology industry alliance which aims to establish the best practices for the opportunities and challenges faced within the field of AI. Apple joins Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM and Google-owned British AI firm DeepMind who last year established the non-profit organization which they called 'Partnership on AI'.