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ConnecTechAsia primes Asia for a transformative future

The event unfolded over three days of networking, thought leadership keynotes and discussions, showcases on the trends including 5G, AI, IoT, Smart Cities, next-generation broadcasting and more.

ConnecTechAsia, comprising BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and NXTAsia, wrapped up last Thursday drawing 38,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibitors over two venues.

The event unfolded over three days of networking, announcements, thought leadership keynotes and discussions, showcases on the latest trends including 5G, AI, IoT, Smart Cities, next-generation broadcasting and more.

“This year’s show has seen much more vibrance in the many networking opportunities and activities throughout the event. This includes CXO Forums, workshops, tech tours, engaging conference sessions, shared knowledge at the several stages on the show floor and new partnerships forged among attendees who also had the opportunity to witness ground-breaking technologies that are changing Asia’s future landscape. We achieved this through the new and strong support of our many knowledge partners, in particular, Informa’s Ovum, Light Reading, Tractica alongside Accenture, Deloitte, McKinsey and KPMG,” said Ivan Ferrari, Event Director, ConnecTechAsia, from organiser Informa Market.

Commenting on and new plans for the future of the event, Ferrari added: “Going forward, by strengthening our partnership with key stakeholders such as the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), ConnecTechAsia2020 is set on its course to be the landmark infocomm, media and technology event in Asia. It will encompass top brands and speakers from across the globe, the latest content and technology showcases, and lively activities and networking events, aimed at delivering an ever-increasing value to attendees. Specific announcements on what this all means in practice for ConnecTechAsia2020 will be made soon, exciting times ahead!”

From 5G and Smart Cities to Hyperconnected Societies

5G emerged as the show stealer with Infocomm Media Development Authority’s Chief Executive Tan Kiat How outlining Singapore’s vision for 5G – as an enabler that supports the development of innovative applications and services that will power the country’s Digital Economy.

Showcases and discussions around 5G throughout the event also shone the spotlight on how the technology will create value and deliver benefits to businesses and societies, and how 5G will accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies as Asia’s digital future beckons.

On the back of 5G, technological convergence that is taking place across Asia is giving rise to the emergence of Smart Cities in the region. A growing priority for governments, Smart Cities are seen as a sustainable way forward for Asia as it grapples burgeoning populations, rapid urbanisation and increasing pollution.

At ConnecTechAsia, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between ConnecTechAsia, Smart Cities Network and Smart Cities Council India on ‘The Digitally Twinned Smart Cities Initiative’ on 19 June.

This signifies a pioneering regional effort aligned to the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) that encourages a proactive, innovative, and entrepreneurial approach towards the creation and development of Digitally Twinned Smart Cities from participating countries. The MoU covers the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of Digitally Twinned Smart Cities, and several cities in ASEAN and India are set to come on board.

“Asia presents a diverse yet perfect setting for the growth of smart cities, given its populous and digitally savvy demographics,” said Kok-Chin Tay, Chairman, Smart Cities Network (SCN) Singapore.

“The agreement kickstarts an exciting new phase of collaboration between ASEAN and India, and through training, sharing of best practices and innovation, digitally twinned smart cities will develop the external economies of countries in the region while accelerating Asia’s move towards its digital future.”

“The journey through Indian Smart Cities is propelling innovation and start-up culture as challenging sustainable options are competing for attaining priority in execution,” added Pratap Padode, Executive Director, Smart Cities Council India.

As the development of Smart Cities continues to gain momentum across the region, innovations related to an increasingly digital urban environment became a draw at ConnecTechAsia. This included the launch of autonomous robots from OTSAW and Solustar at the event, both of which received significant visitor and media attention.

“Through ConnecTechAsia, we were able to showcase our solutions to a diverse and international audience in Singapore, a valuable opportunity which raises the profile of OTSAW globally. Nothing beats face-to-face interactions with potential customers, where we got feedback and insights that are crucial in helping validate our business strategy, as well as helping us expand into new use cases,” said Ling Ting Ming, CEO, OTSAW, who launched its O-R2 indoor autonomous security robot at the show.