Spica Media Intelligence, Huawei Technologies unveil media partnership

Spica Media Intelligence and Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. have unveiled a groundbreaking media partnership at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre during the World Media Congress. This collaboration represents a significant advancement in media technology, with a focus on television broadcasting quality monitoring.Key highlights of the partnership and featured technology include:1. Media Cooperation:The collaboration aims to promote media cooperation at the World Media Congress, concentrating on presenting cutting-edge technology in television broadcasting quality monitoring. This technology, developed by Spica Media Intelligence, is showcased through Huawei's "Broadcast quality control system."2. Technology Display:Huawei will showcase Spica's advanced technology, highlighting innovation in television broadcasting quality monitoring. The "Broadcast quality control system" streamlines the monitoring and recording process of signal strength and broadcast quality for television channels transmitted via satellite or OTT platforms.3. Achievement for Regional Companies:Spica's CEO, Mr. Bahaa Qasim, sees this partnership as a significant achievement for regional companies, demonstrating their ability to develop advanced technologies recognized by international giants like Huawei.4. Real-Time Monitoring:The Spica-developed system enables real-time monitoring and recording of signal strength and broadcast quality, facilitating quick reactions to interruptions. Automatic alert messages are sent during interruptions, making it a crucial tool for media institutions and regulatory agencies.5. Enhancing Media Quality:The system is considered an effective tool for improving the quality of services provided by media institutions. It supports regulatory agencies in monitoring the media with ease, professionalism, and high accuracy, helping them achieve their objectives in the media sector.6. Database and Reports:The system provides a substantial database for generating diverse, comprehensive, and informative reports. This feature aids in making informed decisions based on variables in the world of television broadcasting and OTT platforms.7. Weather-Resistant Devices:Utilizing devices secured against weather conditions, the system ensures service continuity unaffected by prevailing weather conditions. This enhances the reliability and continuity of monitoring services.8. MediaInsight360:In addition to the partnership announcement, Spica introduced "MediaInsight360" at the Gulf International Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX). This innovative service in comprehensive media monitoring is showcased on its platform during the World Media Congress.The collaboration between Spica Media Intelligence and Huawei symbolizes the synergy between regional expertise and global technology giants, contributing to advancements in media monitoring and broadcasting quality control.

Renowned global AI experts confirmed for high-level symposium in the UAE

Four of the world’s leading authorities on Artificial Intelligence are gathering in Dubai to debate how AI will shape the future of business and economy in the Middle East.The event, hosted by Arabian Gulf Business Insight (AGBI) and in partnership with the global management consultancy Oliver Wyman, will present a specially invited audience of senior business leaders from the UAE with actionable insights on how this disruptive technology is set to affect societies and industry in the regionThe event will progress a robust debate at the recent GITEX conference in Dubai, where G42 signed an agreement with OpenAI to deliver its generative AI models across sectors spanning financial services to energy and healthcare – further cementing the UAE’s global position as a country at the forefront of AI adoption. Representing a regional voice on the expert speaker panel will be Jad Haddad, a Partner at Oliver Wyman, who leads the global consultancy’s Digital Practice in the Middle East, Africa and India and who has advised governments and private organisations on the digital economy, digital investments and smart cities.According to Oliver Wyman analysis, the acceptance of AI technology is notably high among people in the GCC. Our research reveals that only 18% of respondents in the UAE express reluctance to use AI, in contrast to 38% in the UK. This openness can be attributed to various factors, including the relatively youthful population of the GCC. Opportunities abound, and as Gulf countries actively invest in diversifying their economies they stand to benefit significantly from the numerous opportunities presented by AI. However, as is the case with any technological shift, it is also crucial to acknowledge and address the associated risks and limitations in order to identify the best path forward.Joining Jad, will be Michael Bayler, an acclaimed author and a sought-after strategy consultant who has led tech-driven change programmes for the world’s biggest brands across multiple sectors, including RBS, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Diageo, the BBC and Discovery, among others.As well as a Professor of Digital Creativity at City University’s world-renowned Bayes Business School, Professor Neil Maiden has been at the forefront of AI and creativity research for over a decade, with more than 250 peer-reviewed papers published in leading industry journals. They will be joined by Jessica Groopman, a respected Silicon Valley-based analyst who specialises in unpacking the human, business and societal impacts of emerging technologies such as AI, and has advised companies such as Coca-Cola, Technicolor, Pandora, Intel, Microsoft and Cisco.James Drummond, Editor-in-chief of AGBI, said: “The whole world is focused on AI and the transformative effect it will have on so many industries in the future. To help our audience of business leaders understand better what AI’s adoption will mean for the region’s key economic sectors, we have assembled an expert international panel.“Their unparalleled experience and insights related to this very important field will ignite a dynamic discussion that explores the regional impact and opportunities of AI. I am looking forward to introducing them to our invited guests at November’s special event.”Arabian Gulf Business Insight’s AI reception is the first in a series of events that will encourage open dialogue and knowledge-sharing to the benefit of all guests and speakers.

Honeywell next-generation 5G mobile computer empowers e-commerce workers

Honeywell (Nasdaq: HON) has unveiled its latest mobile device tailored for warehouse, logistics and fieldwork professionals that can endure the demanding warehouse environment while helping provide efficient logistics operations in the Middle East.The Honeywell CT47 mobile computer is designed to provide reliable performance, 5G data connectivity and enhanced communications capabilities, giving workers one powerful device to complete tasks in the supply chain – from picking and packing to delivery. The solution will be on display at GITEX 2023 in Dubai.“Workers on the frontline in transportation, logistics and warehousing are demanding users of their mobile devices. What businesses really need is a tough, dependable and easy-to-use device that can help these workers get more done, all while being efficient,” said Taylor Smith, vice president and general manager of voice automation in Honeywell’s Productivity Solutions and Services business. “The CT47 helps those on the front line accomplish tasks accurately and efficiently and enables companies to achieve a more seamless supply chain. It’s not just a tool, it's a mission-critical solution for warehouse, distribution centre and logistics businesses." In industries undergoing digital transformation, such as warehouses, technology is becoming increasingly indispensable for workers to be able to carry out their tasks effectively. The introduction of 5G connectivity brings internet-based computing and devices closer to the endpoints and systems, including the workforce within these facilities.With 5G, work tasks, productivity insights and worker collaboration will seamlessly occur in real time, offering swift access to data insights and accommodating numerous devices on the network simultaneously. This transformative shift in connectivity empowers workers to harness the full potential of technology, enhancing their efficiency and productivity in the evolving digital landscape of the supply chain.The Middle East is experiencing a growing need for enhanced warehouse efficiency, a crucial factor in enabling workers to achieve greater speed and effectiveness in distribution. Warehouses play a pivotal role in both the retail sector and in serving the needs of digital enthusiasts, as nearly nine out of every ten customers in the region intend to continue making online purchases, a trend that has persisted since the onset of the pandemic.The e-commerce market is thriving, driven by a steadfast commitment to meeting customer demands for convenience. This consumer demand has given rise to a need for mobile workers to have cutting-edge tools and actionable insights to effectively handle the rapid expansion of tasks and workflows across various industries. A recent report unveiled that in 2022, the Middle East and North Africa region's e-commerce market surged to a staggering US $37 billion in size, a double-digit growth rate compared to 2021 and an impressive 32% compound annual growth rate from 2018 to 2022.GITEX attendees can see Honeywell’s CT47 as well as other offerings at Hall 5, Stand B1 at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC).Honeywell has been operating in the Middle East for more than 70 years, creating value for customers and ultimately supporting long-term national development visions and economic diversification. To learn more about the latest solutions that improve productivity, promote workplace safety and optimize asset performance for industries across the globe, visit

Zoho invests AED 43mln to support the digitization of UAE businesses

Zoho Corp., a leading global technology company, revealed that it has invested AED 43 million into local partnerships since the pandemic started to help UAE businesses digitise their operations. To date, the company has helped close to 5,000 small, medium and large local businesses move their operations to the cloud, and transition to a more efficient and effective digital workflow.The announcement was made on the sidelines of GITEX, the region's biggest technology conference. Since 2022, Zoho's partnerships with government entities in the UAE have resulted in a 36% increase in a number of businesses benefitting from the perks programme.Through local partnerships, Zoho has been able to provide businesses with the necessary tools and resources to help them understand and leverage its solutions. The company achieved this through wallet credits and training programmes on how to use its innovative products to gain a competitive advantage, as well as optimise its digital presence. The top sectors that have leveraged Zoho's platforms included IT Hardware & IT Related Services, Retail, Transportation and Logistics, Organisations and Services and Professional Services."Zoho's offerings have enabled enterprises to take advantage of the digital revolution and stay ahead of the competition. As part of our transnational localism strategy, we have set a long-term vision with the support of the relevant UAE government departments to help businesses in their digital transformation journey," said Hyther Nizam, President of Middle East and Africa (MEA) at Zoho. "In the coming years, we will double down on this investment, and continue to assist businesses in adopting cloud solutions and thriving in the digital age."Zoho at GITEXOver the past years, Zoho has consistently exhibited at GITEX, and seen a rise of 125% in terms of revenue generated from the event and a 65% rise in the footfall. The engagement has largely come from the Education, IT Services & IT Consulting, and Pharma Manufacturing sectors.Zoho is participating at GITEX 2023 to showcase its latest innovative apps and AI-powered tools that were recently released. This year, Zoho unveiled new features and capabilities in 13 apps powered by generative AI and ChatGPT that further improve businesses' productivity and efficiency. It has also launched a free privacy-centred browser, Ulaa, which enables a secure browsing experience for individuals and organisations.

UAE witnesses unprecedented ransomware resilience: Acronis report

 As the global cybersecurity landscape faces increasing turmoil, the latest report from global cyber protection leader, Acronis, reveals a remarkable story of resilience in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the broader GCC region. The report showcases Acronis' Insights into the UAE and GCC cybersecurity landscape, painting a compelling picture of how these regions have stood strong against the tide of ransomware attacks, with threats showing signs of flatlining.Driven by a steadfast dedication to fortify the digital realm in the region, the all-encompassing Acronis Cyberthreat Report 2023 forecasts a distinct levelling off in monthly ransomware detections throughout Q4 of 2023, down from a ??6% jump reported in Q1 2023 over Q4 2022. Unmasking the Ransomware Landscape in the UAE and GCCIn a landscape fraught with uncertainty, the UAE and GCC region emerge as beacons of cybersecurity strength, according to the insightful Acronis Cyberthreat Report 2023. Here are key highlights:Rising cyberattack costs in the Middle East: The Cyberthreat Report reveals that various forms of cyberattacks are increasing in the Middle East, leading to significant financial losses for organizations. These cyberattacks encompass a wide range of threats, including hacking, malware, and data breaches. Notably, data from IBM also indicates that the average cost of a cyberattack on an organization in Saudi Arabia and the UAE was US$6.53 million, which is 69% more than the global average.Ransomware Resilience: Despite the rising costs associated with these broader cyberattacks, the UAE and GCC region has shown strong resilience against ransomware attacks, which encrypt a victim's files and demand a ransom payment. The report suggests that the number of monthly ransomware detections is expected to remain steady until the close of 2023. This underlines the region's robust cybersecurity measures in dealing specifically with ransomware, emphasizing their remarkable effectiveness in this area.Phishing's Persistent Challenge: While ransomware may be on the wane, phishing remains a persistent challenge. Cybercriminals continue to rely on this tactic to target login credentials, demanding ongoing vigilance from organizations across the region.Malware Management: Within the region, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have reported an 11% infection rate by May 2023, ranking 25th and 27th globally. The UAE maintains its resilience with a 10% infection rate, securing the 31st global position.AI as the Game-Changer: AI has emerged as the ultimate game-changer in the fight against cybercriminals. Over 70% of UAE businesses have adopted AI in their decision-making processes, underscoring its efficacy in countering advanced cyber threats. This commitment to AI technologies highlights the region's dedication to cybersecurity excellence.“The Middle East and largely the UAE region, due to its position as the go-to economic hub, both the public and private sector have been key targets for cyber-attacks. Over the last few years, ransomware has remained the leading threat but due to serious and cost-effective interventions in terms of preparedness and solutions by the key stakeholders, the region is steadily succeeding in mitigating the attacks. Sustained education, upskilling and investment in cyber protection by enterprises across all sectors continues to play a pivotal role in making the region cyber fit,” said Ziad Nasr, general manager, Acronis Middle East.As the UAE and GCC region continue to demonstrate their prowess on the global cybersecurity stage, Acronis stands firmly at the forefront, equipping them with cutting-edge cyber protection tools and strategies to navigate the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape.Manchester City Legend at GITEX Cybersecurity ExtravaganzaIn a remarkable demonstration of the surging importance of cyber protection, the Acronis team welcomed Paul Dickov, the celebrated Manchester City legend, to their ranks. Together, they showcased that cybersecurity is not just a tech challenge but a collective endeavor. The event featured captivating live demonstrations, exhilarating gamification activities, and exclusive insights into the latest cybersecurity trends and innovations.James Slaby, Director of Cyber Protection, will captivating audiences with daily thought leadership presentations. Unveiling the strategies to combat AI-driven cybersecurity threats, building unwavering cyber resilience, navigating the intricate realm of cyber insurance, crafting an incident response plan for unbeatable resilience, and safeguarding the invaluable data of Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace.While global threats escalate, the UAE and GCC remain steadfast, with ransomware threats expected to flatline in Q4. As the digital battleground evolves, the UAE and GCC are well-equipped to navigate the ever-changing landscape, ensuring the safety of their digital ecosystems with the likes of Acronis continuing to play a pivotal role in bolstering the region's cybersecurity posture.

UAE, Saudi leaders say delivering seamless digital employee experience important

The Riverbed Global DEX Survey commissioned by Riverbed and conducted by Sapio Research, uncovered that Millennial and Gen Z employees have the highest technology and digital experience expectations in the workplace, with 64% of decision-makers in the UAE and Saudi Arabia saying younger generation employees are the most demanding of IT’s time, and nearly all (97%) of respondents believing they will need to provide more advanced digital experiences to meet their needs.Seventy-two percent of regional leaders surveyed believe that if an organisation fails to deliver the seamless digital experiences that the younger generation employees now demand, they would consider leaving the company and over half (53%) say if digital experience expectations aren’t met, it would impact the company’s reputation and the business overall. Interestingly, half of leaders in the UAE and Saudi Arabia say a seamless digital experience is most likely to keep their workforce engaged, surpassing traditional office perks such as free coffee and snacks (14%).It’s no surprise then that 98% of leaders in the UAE and Saudi Arabia say delivering a seamless DEX is important, (64% say it’s critically important) to remaining competitive. And with heightened digital expectations, and talent, productivity, and competitiveness at risk, almost all respondents (97%) say investing in DEX is among their top priorities for the next five years.“The Middle East has a particularly large youth demographic. With Millennial and Gen Z individuals making up significant portions of the workforce, ensuring digital systems meet their expectations is becoming key to attracting and retaining top talent,” said Mena Migally, Regional Vice President, Emerging EMEA, at Riverbed. “At GITEX this year, our team will be present in full strength as we seek to engage with attendees and demonstrate how they can overcome growing IT complexity, and take proactive steps to enhance digital employee experiences.”Obstacles to Delivering a Seamless DEXAt a time when the digital experience is business critical, 94% of UAE and Saudi leaders cited at least one major obstacle or gap to delivering a seamless DEX. Respondents identified budget constraints (36%), IT talent/skills shortages (32%), lack of sufficient observability tools (31%), lack of appropriate SaaS or cloud services (31%), and too much data (26%), and too many monitoring tools (26%) as the top obstacles hindering their ability to deliver on the digital employee experience.Accelerating the Digital Experience: Unified Observability a Must-Have for DEXIn the last few years, the push to hybrid work environments has resulted in IT leaders taking a bigger role in the C-suite, and leaders say technologies, such as AI and unified observability, are playing an important role in delivering on the digital experience. Riverbed’s focus on leveraging GITEX to highlight Unified Observability as a solution to address the IT infrastructure complexity organisations face is based on the fact that almost all (97%) of regional respondents believe more investment into unified observability platforms would allow for a better employee and customer digital experience.Additionally, UAE and Saudi leaders believe that these technologies – AI (54%), Cloud (50%), Digital Experience Management solutions (43%), Application/Network Acceleration technology (36%), and Automation (34%) – are crucial for organizations looking to remain competitive in today’s marketplace.“At GITEX last year, we saw an overwhelmingly positive reception to our newly unveiled Alluvio Unified Observability portfolio. Now, a year later, we are excited to demonstrate the powerful new capabilities we have added to this industry leading platform,” said Migally. “Moreover, through our presence on the stands of our regional distributors – Crestan, Mindware, and StarLink – we are highlighting our deep commitment to the region, which augments the value proposition of our solution portfolio.”