ConnecTechAsia, the inaugural mega technology event comprising BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and the new NXTAsia wrapped up last week after an exciting three days of exhibitions and a summit covering the latest innovations in cloud, blockchain, AI, VR/AR, IoT, robotics, 5G, IP broadcasting, OTT and smart cities, among others.
Under the new brand, ConnecTechAsia this year drew close to 40,000 attendees from 96 countries/regions, and 1,800 exhibitors from 52 countries/regions. Emerging technologies and digital disruption were hot topics, amid the convergence of the Telecoms, Media and Technology (TMT) industries in an evolving business landscape.
“We are pleased to hold the first edition of ConnecTechAsia, which has a renewed format for a more immersive experience with insightful sessions and displays for our attendees that reflect the latest industry trends and technologies that are impacting governments, cities and businesses. We hope that the many partnerships and friendships forged will serve as a foundation for an even more diverse ecosystem and empower Asia as it evolves digitally,” said Victor Wong, Event Director for ConnecTechAsia, UBM.
Gateway to Asia – a fast growing, digital powerhouse
The Asia-Pacific region today accounts for 44 per cent of global GDP1 and its shift towards digital is powering the region towards a new era of economic growth and redefining the region’s social landscape.
Forsway, a Swedish technology provider, announced the launch of the new Odin F-50 hybrid satellite router to the Asian market, which combines mobile networks with satellites to enable operators to provide highly affordable broadband internet to consumers in regions lacking reliable internet access.
The inaugural Thailand Connect seminar, co-organised with Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa), saw the announcement of five core themes that are a focal point for the Thai government namely big data, digital manpower, cybersecurity, income inequality gap, and digital transformation 4.0, which will enable businesses for digital transformation in its next stage of economic growth.
“There is a pressing need for businesses and the workforce to transform themselves digitally, in order to keep our competitive edge here in a fast-evolving region. Thailand presents huge opportunities for investors with our rapidly expanding economy and skilled workforce,” said Mr. Teeranun Srihong, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa). “Over the next five years we are embarking on new initiatives such as the development of 500,000 skilled digital professionals and the Digital Park Thailand, a new economic zone to drive digital business innovation and investment with global digital players.”
The need to cater to a growing, digital audience are also pushing the boundries of “live” production for broadcasters. Charles Sevior, Chief Technology Officer, Unstructured Data Solutions, Dell EMC, exhibitor and Summit speaker, highlighted the need for traditional broadcasters to evolve in a transforming media landscape and be agile, shifting beyond traditional single-use solutions towards virtualised, flexible IP-based solutions.
LiveU showcased its LiveU Matrix for the first time in Asia, its next generation platform for live contribution over IP, enabling broadcasters to view, manage and distribute live content quickly and efficiently.
London-based Kino-mo showcased its new HYPERVSN solution, a hi-tech retail display that generates holographic 3D visuals of products that are true to life and appear to float in the air. Kino-mo also signed four agreements that were witnessed by trade representatives from the British Embassy, including one with Profoto Digital Services to provide HYPERVSN solutions for events in Singapore.
“In an era where mobile devices are drawing attention from outdoor advertising, brands need to innovate further to engage the digital consumer in an impactful way. We look forward to working with our partners to maximise their brand exposure in Asia, whose fast growing economies are driving growing demand for consumer goods,” said Vadzim Tsitou, Kino-mo Partner in Asia.
Showcasing Singapore’s Innovation – from Smart Cities to Smart Apparel
ST Engineering and SP Group announced Singapore’s first pay-per-use IoT-as-a-service platform trial, which will enable organisations to move into the IoT space and bring their services faster and closer to their customers without costly investment on infrastructure, connectivity and data analytics.
Returning for the third year, OTSAW Digital unveiled the production version of its outdoor OR-3 autonomous robot, which leverages on AI, 3D mapping and self-driving technologies to patrol the streets and augment security patrols. OR-3 is set to undergo trials with government agencies in the coming months in Singapore.
“IoT is revolutionising our world and today it is at the favourable intersection of affordability and availability, thus driving innovation. KaHa’s smart apparel range is the first to seamlessly integrate such sensors invisibly within a comfortable, washable fabric and allow people to realise their fitness and health goals through real-time monitoring of their vital stats,” said Pawan Gandhi, Founder & CEO of KaHa and Summit speaker.
ConnecTechAsia will return for its 2019 edition from 18-20 June at Marina Bay Sands and Suntec Singapore. Visit www.ConnecTechAsia.com for more information.
ConnecTechAsia is organised by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world. Please visit www.ubm.com/singapore for more information about our presence in Singapore.
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