26 June, 2019– ConnecTechAsia, comprising BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and
NXTAsia, wrapped up last Thursday drawing 38,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibitors
over two venues.
event unfolded over three exciting days of networking, announcements, thought
leadership keynotes and discussions, showcases on the latest innovations and
trends including 5G, AI, IoT, Smart Cities, next-generation broadcasting and more.
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 showfloor 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 for
ConnecTechAsia, from organiser Informa Market.
on and new exciting plans for the future of the event, Mr Ferrari adds, “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
5G and Smart Cities to Hyperconnected Societies
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.
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.
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 (UNSDGs) 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.
presents a diverse yet perfect setting for the growth of smart cities, given
its populous and digitally savvy demographics,” says 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.”
journey through Indian Smart Cities is propelling innovation and start-up culture
as challenging sustainable options are competing for attaining priority in execution,”
adds Pratap Padode, Executive Director, Smart Cities Council India.
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.
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,” says Ling Ting Ming, CEO of
OTSAW, who launched its O-R2 indoor autonomous security robot at the show.
Loo, Founder and CEO, Solustar, who launched VAL II, its smart concierge robot
that gives a boost to front-line service staff, adds, “The buzz and media spotlight
on ConnecTechAsia makes it a great platform for Solustar to showcase our latest
innovations to wide pool of prospects across different industries. The media attention
we received this year piqued the interest of many potential customers, who
headed down to our exhibition booth to find out more about our products and solutions”.
New Era – VR, UHD and more
such as Virtual Reality (VR) also saw buzz on the show floor, with Korea’s
Salin Co. inking a deal with Singapore’s Green Lab to bring its EpicLive VR education
platforms to international schools in Singapore and regional Asian countries.
EpicLive allows students to interact in a VR class and can be used in scenarios
such as debates or lessons programmed by schools, boosting knowledge retention
and adding a fun, engaging teaching aid for the classroom.
excited to bring VR to the classrooms to redefine education experiences for students
here in Singapore,” says Kenny Tay, Director of Green Lab. “Besides adding a
dimension of fun to learning, VR allows teachers to use a more visual approach
to help students understand concepts and engage with each other, leading to
more memorable and better learning outcomes.”
growing demand for high-quality video content made possible by the increasing
connectivity across the region, Malaysia’s MEASAT Satellite Systems announced
an agreement at ConnecTechAsia to carry India’s first 4K / UHD channel and the
world’s first 4K/UHD HDR travel channel, Travelxp. Travelxp offers viewers a
closer and immersive view at the world’s most beautiful travel destinations, cultures
and heritage in stunning resolution like never before.
how emerging technologies will play a pivotal role in shaping future societies,
Dr David Soldani, Expert, CTO Office, Huawei Southern Pacific Region, provided
his perspective on how businesses and societies will continue to evolve alongside
technology, “The target is to bring digital to people, and bring digital to homes,
and especially to organisations for enterprises. The ultimate goal is providing
people and homes with a full immersive experience. And to the enterprise organisation,
the fundamental enabling technology to achieve this goal is AI, connected
networks and cloud.”
the golden age of live entertainment in Asia
rising growing smartphone adoption and youthful population has also seen a surge
in gaming and the e-sports industry. Esports, beyond being a multibillion-dollar
industry, could possibly be an Olympic sport as soon as 2024 in Paris and spark
the next wave of global gaming.
is driving significant growth for the live entertainment sector, and is also a converging
point with other industries such as media, broadcast productions, advertising,
and games,” says Nicholas Khoo, Co-Founder & Chairman of Singapore’s
Cybersports and Online Gaming Association. “ASEAN itself has become a
significant focal point for the region with a massive uptake of smartphones and
rising income levels. With emerging technologies such as 5G, VR and IoT there
is a lot of potential for esport’s further growth and expansion, which is also
bringing about massive opportunities for the world’s largest brands.”