The forum was held under the patronage of H E Eng Ahmed bin Hassan al Dheeb, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Deputy Chairman of ITA Board of Directors, in the presence of Omar Salim al Shanfari, ITA’s Deputy CEO for Operations along with a number of IT officials and professionals from government and private entities.
Held under the theme ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’, the forum aimed to explore the emerging technologies produced by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, mainly IoT, and encourage their adoption in different work sectors in the sultanate, as well as establishing a discussion platform for enthusiasts and IT professionals.
Hassan Fida al Lawati, director general of the Digital Society Development Division at ITA in his speech, said, “IoT provides a powerful drive to digitalisation, connecting devices to the Internet. It provides an enormous opportunity for innovation and transformation.”
He added, “IoT growth is projected to grow rapidly over the years. Estimates of installed IoT devices worldwide vary widely. We can expect an increase of 20bn devices by 2020 to be installed globally.”
Jane Zavalishina, co-founder of Mechanica AI and an international speaker, presented a paper on IoT and governments’ role in using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies to utilise data in building smarter cities.
Salim Abid, developer ecosystem, Region Lead (Middle-East and North Africa) at Google, highlighted in his paper the future technology trends of AI and provided solutions for the challenges facing IoT.
Mohammed al Yahyaee, general manager, customer services at Diam presented a paper on Diam’s experience in incorporating IoT for smart metering.