Driverless Cars –The Future Of Mobility

Keynote speech in progress at the Arab Future Cities Summit Dubai 2014

Keynote speech in progress at the Arab Future Cities Summit Dubai 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 29, 2015: Cities around the world are coping with issues of traffic congestion due to metropolitan expansion and rising population growth.  To address the common transport challenges and counteract this endemic problem, there is an imperative need to develop congestion management systems and smart transportation systems by enabling technological innovative solutions. The emergence of advanced intelligent solutions and sophisticated sensors in the transport system is enabling cars to communicate with each other thereby increasing consumer safety and enhancing convenience.

While a well-functioned transport system is one that seamlessly connects vehicles, pathways and terminals; however, the transport system of the future will implement discrete technologies and develop advanced automated driving solutions. The transportation sector worldwide is witnessing major technological breakthroughs, the most instrumental being the advent of self-driving vehicles. Considered to be a game changer in the automotive and transport sector, autonomous vehicles will be equipped with sensor-based solutions, global positioning systems, artificial intelligence, and connected-vehicle communications that will ensure increase in vehicle safety and reduce emission. Apart from effortlessly controlling the steering wheel, speed and brake system of the car, the driverless technology also ensures avoiding collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians on the road.

Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “We are indeed on the brink of a technological revolution – smart buildings, delivery drones, smart roadways and now driverless cars. These are all aspects of a smart city. Government authorities worldwide and global technology giants are applying innovative tactics, introducing new policies and utilizing technologies that will help improve the transport systems and cities to ensure greater prosperity and growth and make a sizeable difference in the citizens’ lives.”

Many of the world’s renowned automotive manufacturers have joined hands with global technology players to introduce automated driving solutions. While the United States of America (U.S.A) is at the forefront, becoming the first country to introduce legislation to permit testing of automated vehicles, Japan, Sweden and United Kingdom (U.K) have also jumped the bandwagon and begun hosting driverless car trials on public roads. In the Middle East, the Dubai government has been preparing its infrastructure for electric driverless cars that are expected to be seen on the roads by 2020. The adoption of autonomous cars on roads will cause less traffic congestion, massive reduction in pollution and provide more road safety.

Mr. Hariharan further added, “The concept of self-driving autonomous cars will gain traction in the coming years, and will soon become a reality. It will revolutionize the landscape of urban mobility and bring about a massive transformation to our lives.”

The practicality of adopting driverless cars and implementing smart transportation solutions will be discussed at length at the 2nd Annual Arab Future Cities Summit, held under the patronage of Dubai Municipality, taking place on 2-3 November 2015 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa.

For more event details, please log on to http://www.smartcitiesdubai.com/

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

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Super Grid Revolutionizing GCC Energy Markets

Keynote speech in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Keynote speech in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Doha, Qatar, June 24, 2015: For a while now, countries have been addressing the implications of global warming and have taken grave measures to transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon economy. According to a report by a leading industry body, 57% of the world’s electricity will come from renewable energy by 2050 and the energy demands will be met from eight different sources, that include, coal, oil, gas, nuclear, hydro, biomass, wind and solar.

Rapid developments have resulted in the availability of new technologies in generation, transmission and distribution of power. Additionally, the rising demand and high dependence on reliable electricity supply has resulted in the need for network configuration that supports the increase of high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology, thereby guaranteeing smart, reliable and flexible power transmission.

There has been an exponential increase in the implementation of HVDC technology worldwide. One of the first HVDC lines to be set up was in 1986 across the English Channel, the IFA 2000 undersea connection that links up the national grids of France and UK. In the Middle East, the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) has commissioned the first ever 400-kV super grid that connects the power network of six Gulf countries, namely, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. In a bid to combat the risk of blackouts on each national grid and share energy resources, GCCIA linked the electrical power network of all its member states.

With the HVDC main station located in Saudi Arabia, the interconnection grid covers 900 kms of high voltage overhead lines, a 37km submarine cable to Bahrain and seven 400kV substations making it the world’s biggest back-to-back HVDC converter station in the world with a capacity of 1800MW. Interestingly, the HVDC station also has a unique feature that enables the exchange of power to meet rising demand without excess generation.

GCCIA promotes reliable, competitive and sustainable electrical transmission services and the successful implementation of the GCC smart grid project has brought to the foray suggestions focusing on the interconnection of GCCIA to other regional and global grids. Implementing a large interconnection across different continents will play a pivotal role in enhancing the capabilities of the HVDC network and mitigating the power outage issues.

Enabling real-time decision-making, greater control and remote monitoring, the switch to smart grid technology also facilitates the growth and use of renewable power generation sources. Apart from establishing a high voltage direct current (HVDC) network that has the capability to transport and harness large amounts of electricity over long distances, Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahrama) has forayed into multiple other ventures simultaneously to strengthen its transmission system, including the installation of solar (PV) systems in the distribution grid and introduction of smart meters.

The implementation of new technology in generation, transmission and distribution of power and improving interconnectivity in the region with HVDC will be highlighted at the Power Qatar Summit 2015, incorporating the highly successful Solar Qatar Summit, on 26-27 October, 2015 at Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar.

For more event details, please log on to http://www.powerqatar.com/

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Biometrics Is Changing The Face Of Banking

Keynote session in progress at the Middle East Banking Innovation Summit 2014

Keynote session in progress at the Middle East Banking Innovation Summit 2014

Dubai, June 22, 2015: The accelerated adoption and unprecedented growth of mobile devices has brought about a fundamental change in the payment and commerce market globally. Over the past few years, there has been a rapid increase in the usage of mobile devices to seamlessly conduct transactions, with mobile banking becoming the most revolutionary trend witnessed in the banking and payments domain. Industry reports indicate that the global mobile payment industry will witness an average annual growth of 35 percent over the next four years and will reach 721 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. With the adoption of a multitude of technological advancements, the banking and financial services market is on the cusp of transformational change.

The new technology that will soon be the norm in banking is biometrics. While governments across the globe have adopted biometrics technology to issue national ID cards, passports, driver’s licenses and other government-issued identity credentials, the use of biometrics in other domains has been relatively under-utilized. Sectors such as telcos, retail, health, online and mobile banking and insurance will also be quick to deploy biometric enabled technology.

Biometric technology essentially uses characteristics that are unique to an individual for identification purpose, and helps combat identity theft by replacing passwords and authenticating transactions. While it is still in its infancy, banking institutions across the world are considering deploying biometrics technology for mobile devices to offer a heightened customer experience and provide a secure banking experience. Primarily used in developed markets, many developing regions can also use biometrics to deliver financial services within reach to the world’s unbanked.

A few of the global banks and financial institutions have piloted programs integrating biometrics technology – voice-controlled mobile applications, fingerprint identification and retina recognition systems – thereby allowing customers to access their online accounts via a mobile application. To maintain global competitiveness, there have been few banks in the Middle East that have been at the forefront in deploying biometrics technology, replacing the traditional password system and providing a more convenient and secure customer authentication experience.

With a surge in cyber-crime, the need for a stronger authentication tool has become imperative. To deal with fraud and security breaches, increase consumer confidence and further improve its brand equity, banks are considering using latest technological solutions to augment its authentication protocols and strengthen the bank’s defenses against a security threat.

Compared to traditional banking mechanisms, the adoption of biometrics technology offers a gamut of benefits including operational simplicity, time efficiency, elimination of password management, fast and secure online banking and most importantly, heightened customer convenience and satisfaction. An industry study forecasts that by 2017 over one billion customers will be using banking services through biometric systems and by the year 2020, biometrics will become the predominant identity authorization method for accessing bank services.

Considered as the most cutting edge banking authentication process, biometrics will bring in a noticeable transformation in the mobile banking space. The implementation of biometrics in banking is a core topic that will be discussed at the Middle East Banking Innovation Summit on 14-15 September 2015, at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa.

To know more, visit http://www.bankinnovation-me.com/ for event details

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Transforming the Street Lighting Network with Intelligent Solutions

Speaker delivering keynote address at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014

Speaker delivering keynote address at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 18, 2015: Technology has permeated every aspect of our life, from banking to healthcare and from manufacturing to energy, ensuring optimized functionality in our day-to-day lives. It has been the key catalyst in driving change in our ecosystem. The foundation in the development of future cities lies in its power to utilize technology effectively. One of the vital components of a city’s urban development strategy is lighting networks.

Governments have also embraced smart technology solutions; in a bid to offer the general public a resource-efficient and enhanced way of life. Keeping in line with the societal requirements, the technological innovations in the field of lighting have been far too many. Characterized by the intelligent lighting solutions, the new systems are an amalgamation of technology and artificial intelligence that optimize power consumption and drastically reduce maintenance savings. Apart from safety, good visibility and energy efficiency, the aesthetic appeal and reduction in light pollution are also additional factors that promote the implementation of smart street lighting systems.

Cities across the world are experimenting in innovations in street lighting technology and have undertaken measures to implement sustainable smart lighting systems that provide an optimal experience for its citizens. Adoption of smart controls to street lighting installations plays a significant role in moving towards a sustainable society.

In the Middle East, the Abu Dhabi Municipality has been making remarkable strides in implementing smart street lighting projects across the city. With an aim to equip all streets of the Abu Dhabi Municipality with smart intelligent lighting solutions, the city has undergone a massive transformation by replacing its traditional streetlights with power-saving LED lighting systems, thereby achieving its ambition of providing better lighting levels while optimizing power consumption.

The city of Abu Dhabi has emerged as a front-runner in implementing intelligent lighting projects and has successfully positioned itself as a benchmark in lighting technology innovations in the GCC. The Abu Dhabi Municipality has adopted a lighting strategy that offers a host of benefits, from ensuring improved lighting services and safety on the road to enhanced customer satisfaction; from drastically cutting maintenance savings to reducing light pollution and CO2 emission. As part of its extensive strategy, the focus lay on applying smart street lighting solutions across the city’s arterial and internal roads, highways, traffic prone areas, pedestrian crossings and parking areas.

With this in mind, the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015, in its fourth year will highlight the innovative trends in street lighting and the benefits to the society at large. The event will be held on 23-24 November, 2015 at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.

For more event details, please log on to http://lightingsummit.com/

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

SMART CITIES FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

Keynote speech in progress at Arab Future Cities Summit 2014

Keynote speech in progress at Arab Future Cities Summit 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 16, 2015: With half of the world’s population residing in cities, cities are positioned as the engines of growth and are extremely important to help economies succeed. In addition, urbanization drives innovation and transformation, resulting in governments across the globe seeing the need to reinvent cities that are smart and responsive to the requirement of its residents. To this end, governments are adopting new technologies that interconnect and leverage the different pillars of society – citizens, business, transportation, governance operations and practices.

Closing the digital divide and promoting evolving technologies, urban governments are implementing new technological innovations to enhance the development of infrastructure and other public administration services. Utilizing the power of the Internet and new communication tools, governments worldwide are engaging in initiatives to meet this commitment.

Industry reports indicate that there will be more than 26 global smart cities by the year 2025. The driving forces behind the development of smart cities are use of green products and services that reduce energy consumption, pursuit of energy efficient technologies such as smart grids and implementing intelligent systems in healthcare and infrastructure domains.

The adoption of smart technologies are transforming cities and creating opportunities that primarily focus on overcoming limitations and enhancing capabilities thereby ensuring an effective and efficiently managed ecosystem. Along with the governmental initiatives, private entities also play a crucial role in introducing and implementing technologies that guarantee better public services for residents and better utilization of resources thereby mitigating the environmental impact. Many global technology giants have taken steps to facilitate the use of technology in areas such as traffic management, efficient energy use, transportation and environment to spearhead developments in creation of smart cities. The ability to harness new analytical capabilities and gather real-time data, further accelerates the adoption of smart city solutions.

Cities across the globe have undertaken programs in public services, utilities, transportation, and public services, while particularly in the Middle East, the Dubai government has undertaken largescale measures to become the first Arab smart city. To attain its 2021 vision of becoming a smart city, the Dubai government has embarked upon a multitude of customer focused initiatives that allow residents to enjoy a higher quality of life. The government has also introduced the smart government initiative that provides consumers ease of use through its various eServices. The implementation of unique digital platforms, in the field of healthcare, infrastructure, society, economy, governance and environment will pave the way for the transformation of government services to smart services.

Convergence of technologies across industries, products and business models is the key to developing a smart city. Given this, the 2nd Annual Arab Future Cities Summit, held under the patronage of Dubai Municipality, taking place on 2-3 November 2015 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa will focus on smart solutions for building sustainable cities.

For more event details, please log on to http://www.smartcitiesdubai.com/

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit http://www.expotradeglobal.com

Qatar Driving Renewable Energy Solutions

Key note speaker sharing insights at the Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Key note speaker sharing insights at the Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Doha, Qatar, June 14, 2015: Qatar has witnessed unprecedented and sustained growth over the past few years and is considered as the fastest growing power markets amongst the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Accelerated socio-economic development coupled with expanding population, high rates of urbanization and substantial industrialization has led to the extensive utilization of its natural resources.

Across the Middle East, the significant increase in demand for energy has doubled over the last decade and will continue to grow in leaps and bounds. In order to cater to this upsurge, it has become imperative to look beyond the existing resources and take credible measures that will reduce the impact of energy use on the environment, help conserve natural resources and boost efficiency.

Qatar, on the other hand, being a natural gas rich country, with ample availability of solar power, has shown a distinct interest in harnessing alternative energy sources for the future. According to industry reports, Qatar has witnessed a significant increase in energy consumption per capita leading to an average annual growth of about 70% in power generation.

Solar power offers tremendous benefits for Qatar in the form of minimal environmental impact, job creation and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, to name a few. The country’s renewable energy power potential is undoubtedly larger than its GCC counterparts. In line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030 to deliver a sustainable future, the government, is committed to attain 2 percent of the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2020.

The country is focused on further developing its solar capacity through research centers, pilot projects and with the support of a number of organizations such as Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa), Qatar Foundation, Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNFSP) and Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP).

Kahramaa has introduced innovative methods to accomplish their objective and to this end, they have undertaken steps to install solar panels on the rooftops of redundant surfaces such as water reservoirs and power stations, ensuring optimum utilization of the existing power transmission lines that will significantly reduce construction costs.

Armed with a range of technical options to harness solar energy, the Qatar government has embarked upon a roadmap to develop a robust infrastructure for the deployment of smart grid solutions and applications that will distribute and regulate the flow of energy. As part of its Solar-Smart grid project, the country installed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that are capable of producing 1.68MW of power, and also created its first Energy Monitoring Center (EMC) that is the focal point for managing the Smart-Grid and facilitating real-time administration of monitoring solar power.

Smart grid is capable of improving reliability, reducing cost, and increasing efficiency. Energy efficiency is the decisive lever to raise the competitive edge both economically and ecologically day after day. The success of renewable energy technologies and its implementation in Qatar will be discussed at the Power Qatar Summit, incorporating the annual Solar Qatar event on 26-27 October 2015 at Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar.

For more event details, please log on to www.powerqatar.com

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Enhancing Customer Satisfaction Through Techno-led Banking

Panel Discussion in progress at Middle East Banking Innovation Summit 2014

Panel Discussion in progress at Middle East Banking Innovation Summit 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 8, 2015: The widespread adoption of technology has resulted in the introduction and acceptance of a multitude of devices and applications that have significantly transformed the way consumers manage their life. Technology has impacted every aspect of our lives and banking is not an exception; it has played a pivotal role in changing the structure and very nature of banking. Traditional banking practices have modernized and paved the way for new innovative technological advancements that have played a substantial role in enhancing customer experience. Banks across the world are making use of technology to ensure consumers enjoy a hassle-free and convenient experience, through its various touch points like web, email, mobile and in-branch.

Technology-led banking has helped simplify and quicken the personal banking experience; introduction of new delivery channels for banking services – ATMs, phone banking, internet banking and mobile banking – have facilitated better customer experience.

Industry reports indicate that the number of smartphone users worldwide will surpass 2 billion in 2016. Today’s customer is more social and mobile savvy relying heavily on internet banking to conduct their banking activities. Mobile and Internet banking have  undoubtedly emerged as preferred digital touch points for consumers’ banking requirements.

Consumers have become extremely discerning and are demanding products and services to match their needs and convenience, along with a consistent, seamless, multi-channel experience. In a bid to address these consumer needs, banks are leveraging technology to their advantage and establishing a customer-centric infrastructure by implementing multiple core banking platforms to build their online and mobile channel offerings. In this new age of mobility, banks have capitalized on the latest trends in technology, mainly, cloud, big data, mobility, social media, security and internet of things to simplify core operations tasks such as recording of transactions, customer records, passbook maintenance, balance of payments and withdrawals and also offer a variety of personalized services to their customers.

Banks are innovating and introducing applications and features to make banking simpler and faster. The latest trends in customer focused banking innovation will be explored at the Middle East Banking Innovation Summit 2015 that will be held on 14-15 September 2015, at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa.

To know more, visit http://www.bankinnovation-me.com/ for event details.

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit

www.expotradeglobal.com