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‘ConnecTechAsia’ - Asia’s Mega Infocomm, Media and Technology Event Spotlights Emerging Technologies’ Role in Heralding Asia’s Digital Future


Singapore, June 18, 2019 - ConnecTechAsia, comprising BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and NXTAsia officially opens today at Marina Bay Sands and Suntec Singapore. Held from 18-20 June 2019, the three-day event showcases the latest smart technologies and trends that are shaping Asia’s digital future.

Key brands at ConnecTechAsia include Alibaba Cloud, Amazon, Ericsson, Google, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, NTT DOCOMO, Red Hat, Singtel, Verizon, VMware and others, and impart thought leadership to visitors from around the world.

Harriet Green, CEO and chairman, IBM Asia Pacific, kicked off the event this morning with her opening keynote on the shift from digital experimentation to large scale adoption of new technologies such as 5G, AI, blockchain and IoT, and how this impacts the reinvention if business ecosystems and is reshaping standard business architectures of entire industries.

Harriet Green, CEO and chairman, IBM Asia Pacific delivering opening keynote at ConnecTechAsia
Deep Dive into 5G

A key focus at CommunicAsia, the 5G Xperience zone at Marina Bay Sands presented by KT Corporation (KT), South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, is an immersive sandbox where visitors can see 5G come to life.

KT, formerly known as Korea Telecom, launched the world’s first nationwide commercial 5G wireless network in South Korea in April. The companny’s showcase includes an AI Hotel Zone demonstrating an AI assisted hotel room, controlled by KT’s AI Service platform – GiGA Genie – and a 5G-powered AI robot café ‘b;eat2E’, with a smart robot barista that autonomously provides 47 tailored drinks.

In addition, KT’s SKYSHIP Zone demonstrates how 5G can enable drones and robots to carry out search and rescue operations, enhancing disaster relief efforts. Lastly, learn about KT’s 5G journey at its 5G history zone, experience it in Augmented Reality (AR) to understand how the company has been able to break new barriers throughout Korea’s technological history.

“The world’s frst pioneer to bring 5G to reality, South Korea’s KT is focusing on developing innovative 5G technologies and services, such as AI, AR, SKYSHIP and satellite communications, showcased here at ConnecTechAsia,” says Yoon Jong-Jin, Senior Executive Vice President of Publica Relations at KT.

Witness how the workforce pf the future will be supported by innovations such as Solustar’s VAL II Concierge and Surveillance robot, providing front-line service and guiding visitors in three languages, printing badges and collaborating with fellow robots.

Catch a glimpse of the industry of tomorrow with Siemens’ industrial 5G showcase at NXTAsia, and how next-generation wireless communications will enable a new era of manufacturing. This is demonstrated through a showcase that is similar to the hammer machine seen at carnivals, when the pressure sensor is hit, data generated is transmitted and uploaded through 5G into MindSphere – cloud-based, open IoT operating system.

“Industrial 5G opens the door to the comprehensive, wireless networking of production, maintenance, and logistics. High data rates, reliable and powerful broadband transmission, and ultra-short latencies will enable a significant boost in efficiency and flexibility in industrial value creation,” says Klaus Helmrich, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. “That’s why Siemens is embracing this new communication standard right from the start, and is supporting its standardization and industrial implementation by developing a corresponding portfolio,” he adds.

Organizing a series of workshops for enterprises at ConnecTechAsia, Alibaba Cloud experts will be sharing insights on AI, big data, and how data intelligence is powering solutions from smart cities to new retail and beyond.

“At Alibaba Clod, we have made it our mission to help enterprises capitalize on digital transformation in Asia Pacific. As the largest public cloud provider in the region and our roles as the data intelligence backbone of all business units in the Alibaba ecosystem from e-commerce to payments, logistics and supply chain management means we have the proven expertise and experience to help businesses grow,” says Derek Wang, General Manager, Singapore, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

Media and Broadcasting’s Converged Future

At BroadcatAsia in Suntec Singapore, besides previewing the latest professional audio and video technologies, visitors can also experience how the production, broadcasting and consumption of video content is being revolutionized through digital technologies.

At the summit, the Media and Telco Arena panel on Day One discusses how this convergence will drive profound changes to the way media is produced, transmitted and consumed in Asia’s increasingly digital future. Catch panelist Ed Barton, Chief Analyst, Consumer and Entertainment, Ovum, as he discusses the evolution of TV, media and entertainment, and how traditional broadcasters can re-capture audiences in a digital era of OTT.

With 5G set to revolutionize media consumption and transmission, the 5G Saga panel on Day Two brings together experts from Huawei, Korea Broadcasting System, Vice Media, to discuss how 5G would enable new types of remote productions, and coverage of more live events, news and sports in higher 4K/HDR quality.

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