The second day of the ongoing Gitex Technology Week proved to be even a bigger draw than Day 1 in terms of announcements and launches.
Big game-changing technologies are being unleashed right here at the Dubai World Trade Centre, some for the first time in the region while others for the first time in the world.
Below we bring you a quick round-up of major Day 2 announcements and unveils at Gitex Technology Week 2015.
For day one announcements, click here: Gitex Tech Week: Breath-taking to brilliant... and bizarre
How to create a secure, single sign-on for all government services
More than 46,000 UAE residents have registered for MyID single sign-on to Dubai government’s services, the Dubai Smart Government Department (DSG) has announced.
Registering with MyID service eliminates the need for customers to register with every government entity separately and have multiple login accounts. The service enables residents to access more than 250 e/smart services provided by 13 government entities with access through smartphones or the Internet using a single sign-on.
DSG said in a media statement that MyID has built-in security standards which ensures privacy and safety of registered users.
The 13 government entities include: Department of Economic Development, Dewa, RTA, Dubai Municipality, GDRFA, DPP, DHA, Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment, Dubai Police, DSG, Dubai Courts, Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology and Land Department.
“We have announced the launch of Dubai Now, a unified hub for most services. To complement these efforts, we are now working on DSG’s strategy to ease most transactions through a single window, using MyID,” said Ahmad Bin Humaidan, DSG Director General.
Customers can register in the service through electronic kiosks across Dubai as well as in some customer halls at government entities, and affiliated service centres, Dubai Mall and many other areas. Dubai Courts customers in particular can have notary public services implemented and get cases registered and tracked through the kiosks at Al Twar Centre.
Through the MyID website, the public can also directly register and learn more about the services and its benefits.
1,100 Abu Dhabi government services in one app
The Abu Dhabi e-Government yesterday launched the ‘Abu Dhabi Services’ platform, an app comprising more than 1,100 governmental services covering key smart service sections.
Available on the Google Play Store and Apple Store for smartphones and tablets, key sectors covered by the Abu Dhabi Services app include healthcare, education, immigration, residency, family affairs, housing and property, culture and entertainment, tourism, transportation, traffic matters, environment, legal affairs, employment and public safety, among others.
“Abu Dhabi Services supports our efforts to boost integration across various departments and fields of the government’s operations by providing a single access-point for all government-related processes and procedures, which in turn will cut back on time and effort while maximising productivity for businesses and people’s daily lives,” said Rashid Lahej Al Mansoori, Director General, Abu Dhabi System and information Centre.
Download mobile app, win iPhone 6s
Expo Centre Sharjah yesterday launched its new website and mobile apps. Emphasising the fact that apps have become a dynamic factor in marketing and business strategies, it is offering visitors a chance to win an iPhone 6s by downloading the mobile app and registering themselves.
The app is available on both Android and Apple’s iOS operating platforms, and provides details of all B2B and B2C events at the Expo Centre in both English and Arabic.
“Technology has emerged as a big game changer. With the revamped website and mobile app, we aim to take advantage of the digital opportunity in the region and its appetite for innovation, besides further integrating new media into our marketing and sales drives,” said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah.
Government must go beyond ‘smart’ and ‘predict’ user needs
It isn’t enough to offer government services digitally, via mobile apps and such, a new report has said, urging regional governments to become predictive about user needs.
In a report unveiled yesterday, management and technology consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton urged governments in the Middle East and North Africa region (Mena) to go beyond simply offering existing government services on a digital platform.
Instead, it says governments must put in place systems to start engaging end-users and analysing their behaviour to predict what services they might need in the future, and provide them today.
“Smart government goals cannot be achieved by simply extending access to existing e-services and adding new services through mobile technology; it is about transforming services to become responsive, adaptable, predictive and self-sustaining – encouraging more citizen participation,” said Fady Kassatly, Vice-President at Booz Allen Hamilton Mena, and co-author of the report titled ‘Smart Governments in the Mena region: Progress, Perception and the Path Forward’.
The report suggests governments will need to continue evolving beyond just services, by tackling seven key areas of a holistic ‘Smart Government Framework’.
• Smart Policies: Set policies that utilise economic modelling and big data analysis
• Smart Strategies: Implement responsive, adaptive and flexible strategies
• Smart Human Capital: Cultivate a robust but flexible organisation that relies on smart sourcing to provide expertise
• Smart Technology: Adopt cloud and subscription-based ICT and advancing analytics
• Smart Funding: Tap various funding streams to drive and maintain sustainable growth
• Smart Services: Provide highly personalised and predictive services through a customised service delivery
• Smart Strategic Impact: Allow for evaluation of the socioeconomic impact of policies, strategies and services using robust data analytics
Honor 7 launch: Use 'H7ME' to get Dh150 off
E-commerce site Souq.com yesterday announced the launch of Honor 7 at a price of Dh1,399. There is a limited time offer on Souq.com, whereby customers can avail a discount of Dh150 in UAE, SAR150 in Saudi Arabia, and KWD12 in Kuwait by using the coupon code “H7ME”.
The net price of Honor 7 for consumers who use this code will be Dh1,249 in UAE, SAR1,249 in Saudi Arabia, and KWD109.9 in Kuwait.
“Souq.com has always been championing the factory to-consumer model as it helps mitigate the relationship between us and our customers while eliminating any extra costs.
With the Honor 7 launch, we expect it to be a bestseller for our market due to its high specs and competitive pricing,” said Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO & co-founder of Souq.com.
Dh75,000 wall computer, anyone?
Microsoft yesterday unveiled its new large-screen collaboration device, Surface Hub, for its UAE and Qatar customers.
Surface Hub leverages Windows 10, Skype for Business, Office, OneNote and Universal Windows apps to deliver productivity experience optimised for groups.
Microsoft says that the huge screens (55” or 84”) are designed to be just as engaging for people working together in the same room as for those connecting remotely.
The wall computer is designed for anyone to walk up and use, with optically bonded displays in both versions capable of detecting 100 points of multi-touch and up to three simultaneous pen inputs, dual 1080p front-facing video cameras, and a four-element microphone array that detects and follows voices to eliminate background noise during videoconferencing sessions.
Surface Hub also features built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a variety of ports for easy wired and wireless connectivity options, allowing devices to share content to the screen. The devices and related accessories can now be pre-ordered immediately from UAE and Qatar.
In terms of pricing, Surface Hub 55” will go for $7,279 (Dh26,736), Surface Hub 84” will go for $20,459 (Dh75,146).