Etisalat successfully concluded its participation at GITEX Technology Week 2020 – the region’s only face-to-face technology event of the year – which saw the convergence of 5G, AI, big data and IoT – under the theme ‘Empowering the Digital Future and Beyond’.
Visitors experienced the future of mobility, retail, healthcare and use of technologies such as robotics, AI, virtual reality, analytics across these verticals with a profound and positive impact on the different segments of the society.
The event also witnessed several strategic partnerships of Etisalat with world-famous industry names and government entities, and the launch of EtisalatAtGitex Live, a virtual channel which enabled tech enthusiasts to explore all the digital innovations on the stand, hear from Etisalat experts and get first-hand experience of the technologies reshaping key industries.
Making their debut on Etisalat’s stand this year were demonstrations on transport, retail, healthcare, education, fashion and entertainment. In ‘Future Transport’, Etisalat took visitors on a journey and the possibilities of the future mobility with 5G connectivity in commercial and regional as well as inter-regional aerial transport. The all-electric, highly automated and fully connected BMW Vision iNEXT, and BMW Vision DC Roadster, a futuristic electric motorcycle a major step into the full-size electric two-wheel segment, were an instant hit.
Certified showstoppers were the taxi SA-1, an electric flying taxi developed by Hyundai with Uber; AirCar, an autonomous all-electric human carrying flying car; the world’s fastest autonomous delivery drone by German drone maker Wingcopter; Rinspeed’s MetroSnap, an innovative autonomous driving concept; and the Park Rover, an autonomous pod designed to be part of a complete mobility system ecosystem integrated with a mobile app and a cloud service.
Healthcare and assistive technologies on the stand provided insights into how technology can transform this sector with cloud, IoT, M2M, AI, blockchain and state-of-the-art connectivity including 5G, with innovative and cutting-edge healthcare solutions from all around the globe.
‘Technology for Good’ demonstrations featuring transformative technologies included a self-driving electric wheelchair; the world’s first medically approved 3D-printed prosthetic arm called Hero Arm; and NuEyes E2, a removable visual prosthetic that helps the visually impaired see again while keeping their hands free. Other showcases included the Sound Shirt that allows the deaf to “feel” music on their skin; frictionless retail solutions for the smart pharmacy store; and 3D medically approved technologies.
Just like previous years, Etisalat brought the best in the world of robotics to its stand. Humanoids Adran and Jen spoke and interacted with visitors, while innovative robots from MELTIN – MELTIN Arm and MELTIN-Z performed power-varied actions.
Etisalat’s stand also featured advanced solutions and services to support education during COVID times such as a demo-tutoring platform, an AI-based access control and students’ attendance system, an AI-powered solution measures and tracks students’ attention, focus and mental performance. Two industry-related COVID-19 solutions on display were the Connected Jobsite using wearables and AR-VR powered-solutions for predictive maintenance and remote operations.
Other technology showcases were smart retail highlighting checkout solutions, the F&B section, connected fashion, and a retail dashboard. At the LG ThinQ Smart Home on Etisalat’s stand, attendees witnessed firsthand how a seamless, connected smart home can be achieved – harnessing the power of Etisalat’s Wi-Fi technology.