5G to transform Middle East mobile market in 2019Jawad Abbassi, head of Middle East and North Africa region, GSMA The Gulf states are set to be global leaders in the deployment of 5G networks, with many expected to launch commercial 5G services in 2019. According to a recent GSMA Intelligence report, 5G will account for 16 percent of mobile connections across the six Gulf states by 2025 -- slightly ahead of the global average. Early 5G offerings in the region are likely to focus on enhanced mobile broadband services and 5G-based fixed-wireless -- especially in regions with limited fiber penetration. However, there is also an opportunity to use 5G to drive developments in immersive reality, e-sports, and enhanced in-venue digital entertainment. On the enterprise side, 5G will enable operators and governments to collaborate on smart city initiatives, focused, for example, on addressing population-related challenges. Oil and gas, mining, and tourism -- each particularly relevant to the … [Read more...] about Middle East tech: What does 2019 have in store?
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The Hanoitimes - The competition looks for talented kids in creative programming, creative and practical products that can be applied in reality. Microsoft Vietnam, Teky Steam Academy, and the Central Council of the Ho Chi Minh Vanguard Children’s Union on September 19 held a press conference to introduce the first programming contest for Vietnamese students (Minecraft Hackathon) with the theme "Smart city". At the press conference. Photo: People's Army Newspaper The competition, named “I love science in the academic year 2018-2019 - Young tech talents”, looks for talented kids in creative programming, creative and practical products that can be applied in reality. Standing Vice Chairperson of the Central Council of the Ho Chi Minh Vanguard Children’s Union Nguyen Pham Duy Trang said that this is a new and exciting playground for teenagers that will inspire their love for science and thirst for creativity. It is also an opportunity for … [Read more...] about First programming contest for teenagers nationwide launched in Vietnam
Portland, Oregon officials claim its city has some of the best bike data in the United States -- data revealing how many people ride bicycles, where they're going and what streets they're using. Their collection of that data, however, has been as low-tech as it gets: city staffers and volunteers stand out on street corners for two hours at a time and count.Now, the city is aiming for more comprehensive, accurate data collection with the installation of 200 sensors installed on street lights on three of Portland's deadliest streets: Southeast Division St., SE Hawthorne Blvd. and 122nd St. The Traffic Sensor Safety Project, for a price tag of just over $1 million, represents the first major milestone for the Smart City PDX initiative. It relies on GE's Current CityIQ sensors, which are powered with Intel IoT technology and use AT&T as the data carrier. GE, Intel and AT&T have already worked together to deploy smart streetlight sensors in San Diego. "We are bringing forth the … [Read more...] about Portland kicks off smart city initiative with traffic sensor safety project
Video: Data analytics to save our most valuable resource -- water Earth Day serves as a reminder of the strain our planet is under. With a number of intertwined environmental and societal challenges open, could data and analytics help get a better understanding of the big picture, determine desirable outcomes, and steer toward them?. Planet Analytics, as we named this effort, is a very complex task. Not only because of the number and complexity of data and models that would have to be utilized, but also because of the cacophony of actors involved. Read also: iPhone terminator: Apple's Daisy teardown robot can rip your iPhone The only actor that could, in theory, pull this task off would be the UN. But there are many roadblocks to overcome on the way to getting results. Just imagine an organization that does not have full stock or control over the data it manages, or a leadership without a mandate and budget to embark full steam on making the organization data-driven. … [Read more...] about Planet analytics 1.0: From the UN lab to the globe
A few months ago, Motorola announced its plans to offer third-party developers a chance to create their own Moto Mods that would attach and expand the features of the company’s Moto Z family of smartphones. It also announced a contest to find the best ideas and prototypes from those teams. Today, Motorola announced the 12 finalists for its Moto Mods “Transform the Smartphone Challenge”. Motorola said that their Moto Mods challenge resulted in over 700 submissions from 55 countries. Here’s the list of the 12 finalists, all of which have launched fund raising campaigns on Indiegogo to help fund the development of their ideas and prototypes: Edge – Supercharge your notifications Linc Smart Walkie Talkie MotoMod Concept Smart Z Wallet- Moto Mods concept for Moto Z The Ultimate Moto Z Mod with Wireless Charging Mico – A Modular Solar Battery Moto Mod InstruMod – A Moto Z Mod Measuring Instrument The Palm Smart Remote for Moto Mod Devices … [Read more...] about Motorola reveals the 12 finalists for its Moto Mods developer challenge