GE Lighting Joins Arab Future Cities Summit As ‘Smart Lighting Partner’

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 29, 2015: Expotrade, organizers of the 2nd Annual Arab Future Cities Summit Dubai 2015 is proud to announce GE Lighting as a ‘Smart Lighting Partner’ for this year’s edition of the summit. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, the two-day summit will take place on 2-3 November 2015 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa. In its second year, the summit will witness over 400 senior executives, smart city solution providers, city and government officials coming together to discuss the technologies associated with smart cities.

Smart cities harness the converged power of technology, government and society to enable smart governance, smart living and smart environment to offer its citizens an improved quality of life. Energy, water, transportation, public health and safety are some of the key aspects to the development of a smart city ecosystem. In the Middle East, the Dubai government following its Vision 2020 is actively promoting the concept of a smart city. To meet this end, the government is undertaking initiatives across its different pillars using integrated technology. Smart lighting plays a crucial role in the city’s development plan. The government is implementing the state-of-the-art technology across all its public lighting projects that has helped in reducing power consumption and cutting maintenance cost.

Announcing the new partnership, Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “The Arab Future Cities Summit, Dubai supports the theme of Smart Solutions for Sustainable Cities. With cities accounting for over 70 percent of the world’s energy use, there is an imperative need to use LED technology and intelligent lighting solutions that will bring about a significant reduction in energy consumption. GE has been at the forefront in lighting innovation with its cutting-edge technology that has played an essential role in revamping the city’s street lighting infrastructure. GE’s reputation as an innovator in introducing sustainable solutions complements with the theme of our summit.”

Committed to developing solutions that help promote a sustainable way of life, GE has developed energy efficient intelligent street lighting solutions for cities, to meet this ambition. Further emphasizing on the partnership with the Arab Future Cities Summit Dubai, Mr. Erdem Soyal, General Manager Projects Middle East Africa and Turkey, GE Lighting, pointed out, “Arab Future Cities Summit serves as a significant platform for GE Lighting to highlight its sustainable lighting solutions and the technological advancements by the company that helps build intelligent environments for cities globally. Integrating sensors, controls, wireless transmitters and microprocessors within its LED system, GE Lighting is redefining the planning and execution of future cities with a firm focus on optimizing resource use efficiency and achieving quantum leaps in productivity by leveraging GE’s Industrial Internet platform that taps the potential of big data. As the Arab world focuses on sustainable development as a long-term strategy, GE Lighting can add significant value in future city development through its diverse portfolio of intelligent lighting solutions and advanced lighting controls.”

Mr. Hariharan, further added, “We are extremely happy to have GE Lighting as a Smart Lighting Partner and look forward to a fruitful and impactful association with them.”

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

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Sensor Driven Technology Drives Intelligent Lighting Solutions

 Keynote speech in progress at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014


Keynote speech in progress at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 21, 2015: Market demand, government regulations supporting energy efficient lighting products and the advent of innovative technological solutions has revolutionized the lighting industry. Connected and smart lighting systems are now the buzzwords of this industry. The implementation of Internet of Things (IoT), lighting controls and motion detection sensors has played a key role in the adoption of advanced lighting systems and applications that has now begun to dominate the marketplace over the past few years.

The integration of technology to lighting systems has brought to the forefront wireless and smart lighting systems that provides substantial energy-saving potential and significantly enhances the environmental quotient as well. These new age lighting systems control the quality and intensity of the light, adjust the lighting and change color according to the temperature. Designed using wireless communications and embedded technologies, ultra-high frequency sensor-driven lighting network perform actuation functions effectively and is well-suited for environments that require auto-sensing such as streets and highways, petrol stations, building corridors and parking areas.

Emphasizing on the paradigm shift in lighting technology, Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “Lighting technology has come a long way; globally, the lighting systems have undergone a sea change. The trend began with manufacturers phasing out old incandescent bulbs and replacing it with LEDs that are not only more energy efficient and much brighter but also last significantly longer. In fact, some players have taken it a notch higher and introduced smartphone application that controls the lighting of your home.”

The installation of smart lighting networks helps deliver significant reductions in energy management and increases consumer safety and comfort, thereby making it a necessity implementation for home automation and smart city planning. The smart lighting market has garnered immense traction globally with Europe considered as the largest market for smart lighting systems in industrial, commercial, public and government building applications. According to a recent report from a leading industry body, the smart lighting installed worldwide is expected to grow from 46 million units in 2015 to 2.54 billion units in 2020.

He further added, “Smart light system is undoubtedly one of the key elements to building a smart city. Networked lighting systems have gained prominence; the utilization of intelligent control systems allows centralized remote management, maintenance and monitoring of the city lighting infrastructure.”

Advancements in lighting are not limited only to motion detection sensor. Leading market players are introducing lighting systems that transmit data in real-time and are equipped with new functions and technology to monitor temperature, humidity, heat and energy management.

Sensor driven lighting and the adoption of various integrated technological lighting solutions will be one of the key topics discussed at The Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015, taking place on 23-24 November, 2015 at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.

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

Building Smart Cities With The Power Of Cloud

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

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

  • Use of cloud computing and analytics to help create smarter cities

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 14, 2015: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been a key enabler to drive productivity, improve collaboration and accelerate innovation. Large-scale infrastructure-driven projects have been the key growth drivers for cloud computing, big data, and analytics. Leading IT solution providers are developing their technology and experimenting with cloud-based computing solutions to help governments deliver smart city projects across the globe. Industry reports indicate that there has been a steady year on year increase in government spending on cloud computing facilities. Many governments have embraced the cloud-based platform to interconnect the various facets of a city’s services – infrastructure, public services, government bodies educational and health institutions, that will enable ensure seamless communication.

Armed with a colossal amount of data, governments and private organizations alike are investing heavily in data centers to store data in a centralized platform that will help in more effective knowledge sharing and provide support for better planning and governance in the city. Moreover, it will also help improve efficiency, reduce cost and complexity of building smart city IT infrastructure by efficiently and effectively integrating and supporting the various city operations such as healthcare, traffic, police, fire, citizen services, electricity, water and municipal operations.

Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “Governments across the globe are harnessing the power of technology to develop solutions that will enable them to introduce platforms and applications to significantly improve and increase effectiveness of the citizen-oriented government programs and also help align existing city initiatives.”

To deliver smart city solutions, companies are unleashing the full potential of innovation, and developing tools, infrastructure platforms and integrated solutions using cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies such as sensors and smartphones, that generate maximum city-specific data and help in better city planning and management.

According to an industry report, 10 percent of China’s total IT spending will be directly related to smart city projects. Additionally, the report also indicates that the Middle East is one of the fastest-growing IT markets in the world. The demand for IT in this region is fueled by the government’s roll out of its Smart City initiatives – Smart City Dubai and Masdar City in Abu Dhabi – and other high-profile events such as the Dubai Expo 2020.

He further added, “With the Dubai Smart City project, the country is undoubtedly at the forefront of innovation and transformation. As part of its Smart City initiative, the Dubai government has laid out specific plans under pillars such as Smart Life, Smart Economy and Smart Tourism that aim to offer citizens an enhanced quality of life.”

Adoption of ICT to improve the efficiency and sustainability of cities will be discussed at the 2nd Annual Arab Future Cities Summit. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, the event will take 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/

Qatar powered by Solar Energy

Keynote speech in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Keynote speech in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Doha, Qatar, July 9, 2015: Richly endowed in solar energy and supported by innovative research and infrastructure development plans, the GCC region has witnessed rapid growth in renewable energy generation and consumption. Qatar is leading the region by deploying new renewable energy initiatives and has become a major powerhouse in solar energy. Being the most abundant and viable energy source, it effectively addresses the increasing power requirements in the region.

In line with the country’s vision to promote sustainability and environmental awareness and reduce dependency on fossil fuels, the government has implemented several solar energy projects, including large-scale solar power plants, solar desalination projects and solar panel manufacturing plants. Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has undertaken tangible measures to transform Qatar into a regional solar hub. Kahramaa’s first solar power facility with a generation capacity of 10 to 15MW is expected to be operational by 2016. The solar power station will be located at Duhail, covering an area of over 100,000 square meters. Kahramaa has targeted a generation capacity of 200MW through solar power by 2020.

Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “With ample amount of renewable resources at its disposal, the GCC region is harnessing the power of renewable energy technologies to its full potential. The state of Qatar has set a benchmark with its implementation of massive innovative programs in deploying large solar power plants.”

To meet the expected increase of power demand in the region, Qatar Foundation (QF) has undertaken and completed the Solar-Smart Grid project, which is also the first commercial photovoltaic (PV) project to be granted approval for grid connection from Kahramaa. According to industry estimate, Qatar Foundation’s solar energy smart-grid-enabled systems generate up to 85 percent of Qatar’s total solar energy output.

Tapping its tremendous solar energy potential, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) recently announced its plans to set up a solar map within the next year. The map will help identify locations across the country that receives high intensity of solar radiation to install solar cells for power generation.

Moreover, with Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, the government plans to enhance the use of renewable energy by building five solar stadiums using innovative solar-powered cooling technology that will mitigate the heat and cool the stadium. While the country has excellent solar energy potential, price competiveness and lack of a renewable energy policy framework poses a challenge to the growth of the solar power in the region.

Speakers from Kahramaa, Qatar Foundation, QEERI, QEWC and other industry leaders will discuss the various initiatives undertaken to promote solar energy in the country at the Power Qatar Summit 2015, incorporating the highly successful Solar Qatar Summit, on 26-27 October 2015 at The 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

Mobile Money – Banking for the Unbanked

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

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

Dubai, July 7, 2015: Technology has revolutionized banking. Digital transformation in the banking sector has paved the way for the growth of paperless and cashless transactions. Mobile money, one of the methods of non-cash payment, is a financial transaction service, where money can be transferred electronically using a mobile phone without the need of a bank account. Industry reports indicate the global mobile money sector is gaining gradual momentum and is expected to reach USD 262 trillion by 2019.

To extract the maximum benefits and opportunities existing in the payments ecosystem, the partnership of multiple stakeholders – mobile operators, financial institutions, technology firms, and the government – is essential. Innovative new technologies, changes in banking regulation practices, government programs and consumer willingness to experiment are key growth drivers that have played an instrumental role in driving this shift towards the adoption of mobile payments.

Reiterating the gradual move to virtual payments, Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East opined, “Cashless economy effectively supports the ease of banking at one’s fingertips. With more than 150 mobile money services launched worldwide, the mobile money market is witnessing remarkable growth. Mobile money is an innovation that has made a significant difference in the lives of millions of people in developing countries. It is a game changer and a powerful enabler of financial inclusion, enabling the unbanked population to carry out financial transactions.”

In a bid to influence and empower consumers at the bottom of the economic pyramid, many emerging countries have harnessed the power of technology to make monetary transactions, send and receive money via a mobile phone. Countries in Africa are pioneers in using mobile money to make instantaneous payments and money transfers from their mobile phones. The proliferation of mobile phones has played an instrumental role in transforming the country; technology is driving Africa’s economy. It is estimated that half of the world’s mobile money accounts is in Africa.

Using mobile money as a medium for making transactions for goods and services has grown impressively both domestically and internationally too. In developed regions, mobile money market presents a massive opportunity of growth. The Middle East is also at the forefront of adopting mobile payments services, with one of the leading telecom players rolling out an application that enables consumers to use their smartphone as a mobile wallet to pay for goods and services. The growth is fueled by initiatives from the banking domain with support from telecom operators and new innovative technological solutions suited for mobile phones.

Highlighting the innovation in mobile money services industry and the transformation of mobile phones into virtual payment cards, the growing mobile payments industry will be one of the key topics that will be discussed at the 5th Annual Middle East Banking Innovation Summit, to 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

Redefining the Beauty of Cityscapes with Architectural Lighting

Keynote speech in progress at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014

Keynote speech in progress at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 2, 2015: Driven by technological innovation, the lighting industry has undergone a massive transformation over the last decade. Penetration of LED based lighting solutions has led to the gradual disruption of the lighting market. Industry reports indicate that the worldwide lighting industry has been on an upward growth trajectory; LED based lighting is capturing a sizeable portion of the lighting market and is expected to dominate the lighting market by the year 2020.

One of the lighting segments that have been the early adopters of LED is architectural lighting. Integration of smart energy-efficient LED lighting solutions in the building’s structure has the ability to enhance a particular ambience by changing the color temperature of light. From illuminating spaces to adding a touch of beauty, different variants in LED are deployed for architectural lighting. By far, the biggest advantage LED lighting offers is RGB (red, green, blue) color controllability and flexibility.

“The lighting market is changing globally; it has evolved rapidly over the last few years.  Lighting is now considered as a vital element in the development of a city. New regulations from governments supporting sustainability coupled with greater awareness of environmental issues has been the key growth driver in the popularity of LED based lighting. It has a major advantage over other energy saving techniques. The implementation of new modern efficient lighting systems in public spaces augments the cultural identity and adds to the visual appeal of the city.” said, Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East.

Architectural innovations in the lighting segment vary from color temperature control systems to automatic dimming control systems that are used primarily in residential and outdoor environments. Globally, the adoption of innovative lighting solutions has been on an upswing, witnessing stupendous success specifically in the European and Japanese market.

In the Middle East, there has been a steady increase in demand for the application of sustainable elements in the lighting domain. Recognizing the important role lighting plays in enhancing the beauty of building facades, city municipalities have undertaking rampant measures to integrate lighting into the building architecture. The Middle East region offers immense opportunity for growth in the architectural lighting segment. The Abu Dhabi City Municipality has attained regional and global recognition for its achievements in the field of smart and sustainable lighting.

He further added, “While we have witnessed massive adoption of innovative architectural lighting solutions, we firmly believe that there is an immense opportunity for growth in the Middle East region. Rapid technological evolutions in this domain are driving the adoption of intelligent lighting solutions in both the residential and outdoor space.”

The importance of architectural lighting will be discussed at length during the 4th annual Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015, taking place 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