’Internet of Things’ can generate $13.3 trillion revenue

Updated 19 December 2015
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’Internet of Things’ can generate $13.3 trillion revenue

RIYADH: The Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum (IoTWF) in Dubai was a huge success with more than 2,000 attendees from across the world getting awakened to the IoT possibilities, which have the potential to generate revenue of $13.3 trillion.
The event featured visionary leaders and experts from top companies such as Etisalat, Visa, Intel, Siemens AG, Rockwell Automation, GE, Schneider Electric to name some.
The 2015 IoT World Forum highlighted three key themes.
The first theme was ‘Awaken’, which highlighted the opportunities across all industries, and helped customers discover the competitive advantages that IoT can bring.
The second theme ‘Activate’ covered laying out roadmaps to IoT deployments.
The third theme ‘Accelerate’ focused on moving the industry forward quickly, and highlighted the roles that service providers and application developers must play in enabling this speed.
In addition to the keynote speeches, the world forum also featured breakout sessions, a hackathon, a startup showcase, and smart-city tours of Dubai.
On the sidelines of the forum, John Chambers, executive chairman of the Cisco board, met with the country’s leadership, key government officials, regional customers and media.
He also delivered the keynote speech on how the IoT is creating a new world of possibilities through digitization.
Anil Menon, Cisco president for Smart & Connected Communities, said: “We have passed the incubation phase, now IoT/smart city solutions are ready to be scaled.”
Menon said: “Cities who scale first will be the winners in an increasingly competitive environment. As host to the 2015 IoTWF, Dubai is rapidly transforming into becoming one of the smartest digital cities in the world connecting the unconnected through the power of intelligent networks.”
To put the growth of IOT in numbers, one can could witness 40 to 80 billion connected objects by 2020, he said.
Smartphone is going to become the central connecting hub to various devices even as every human being will be connected to 10 different objects. Analysts estimate that the revenue potential in IOT is between $1.2 trillion to $13.3 trillion and the most significant investments will go into civic management, health care, education etc.
Inbar Lasser-Raab, Cisco vice president of Infrastructure and Digital Solutions Marketing, said:
“With the number of older people increasing, elderly care will become a crucial requirement… home will become a connected care house.”
The event also saw more than 25 customers presenting on how IoT has changed their business.
Through Dubai Smart City Experience Tours, attendees were able to learn first-hand how Dubai, one of the most digitally advanced cities in the world, has connected transportation, education and health care across the city for a better citizen experience.
A special bus tour was also arranged to the Dubai Design District (D3), which has implemented a wide spectrum of smart solutions and applications.
The IoTWF 2015 also featured a research and innovation symposium, where some of the world’s leading technology researchers and scholars talked about the new frontiers of IoT research enabling a connected world.
The world forum also organized an IoT Hackathon — a learning session and coding competition, which took place on the weekend preceding IoTWF.
The Cisco Innovation Grand Challenge, which recognizes, promotes, and accelerates the adoption of breakthrough IoT technologies and products, brought together six amazing startups to Dubai to compete for their share of $250,000 in cash prizes.
These six finalists, who were narrowed down from 15 semifinalists, got an opportunity to give their pitches live, on stage before the closing ceremony. The winners for the IoT Hackathon and Cisco Innovation Grand Challenge were announced during the event.
Rabih Dabboussi, Cisco UAE managing director and general manager, said: “Talking with government and industry leaders at the Internet of Things World Forum, it is clear that we are seeing a whole new wave of innovations in IoT and digitization that are already transforming business and society today. There was a real sense of excitement at the event as leaders from across many industries inspire one another on what is possible, as well as what’s already been achieved in Dubai’s journey toward its vision of being the smartest cities in the world by 2017.”
Referring to the advancement of technology, Sebastian Saxe, chief information officer of Hamburg Port Authority, said that “The reality is this… the reason we would look for a holistic model is that we have all this business going through the city, but it impacts the citizens. To create a model where we are able to do this without negatively impacting the citizens and the city itself is our goal.”
In his speech, Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, chief operating officer, Dubai Design District (d3) said: “We, at Dubai Design District (d3), are very proud to be showcasing some of the real-time Smart initiatives that are being deployed at d3, during the Cisco Internet of Things World Forum.”
He added: “Through these unique and technologically-enhanced initiatives, d3’s creative tenants will benefit by saving on utility consumption, they will receive an enriched customer experience, improved safety standards, and they will be able to tap into effective, real time data analytics that help drive their business forward.”
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German industry groups warn US on tariffs before Trump-Juncker meeting

Updated 22 July 2018
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German industry groups warn US on tariffs before Trump-Juncker meeting

  • Washington imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico on June 1
  • Trump is threatening to extend them to EU cars and car parts

BERLIN: German industry groups warned on Sunday, before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker meets US President Donald Trump this week, that tariffs the United States has imposed or is threatening to introduce risk harming America itself.
Citing national security grounds, Washington imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico on June 1 and Trump is threatening to extend them to EU cars and car parts. Juncker will discuss trade with Trump at a meeting on Wednesday.
“The tariffs under the guise of national security should be abolished,” Dieter Kempf, head of Germany’s BDI industry association said. Juncker should tell Trump that the United States would harm itself with tariffs on cars and car parts, he told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
The German auto industry employed more than 118,000 people in the United States and 60 percent of what they produced was exported. “Europe should not let itself be blackmailed and should put in a confident appearance in the United States,” he added.
German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told Deutschlandfunk radio on Sunday he hoped it was still possible to find a solution that was attractive to both sides. “For us, that means we stand by open markets and low tariffs,” he said
He said the possibility of US tariffs on EU cars was very serious and stressed that reductions in international tariffs in the last 40 years and the opening of markets had resulted in major benefits for citizens.
EU officials have tried to lower expectations about what Juncker can achieve, and played down suggestions that he will arrive in Washington with a novel plan to restore good relations.
Altmaier said it was difficult to estimate the impact of any US car tariffs on the German economy, but added: “Tariffs on aluminum and steel had a volume of just over six billion euros. In this case we would be talking about almost ten times that.”
He said he hoped job losses could be avoided but noted that trade between Europe and the United States made up around one third of total global trade.
“You can imagine that if we go down with a cold in the German-American or European-American relationship, many others around us will get pneumonia so it’s highly risky and that’s why we need to end this conflict as quickly as possible.”
Eric Schweitzer, president of the DIHK Chambers of Commerce, told Welt am Sonntag the German economy had for decades counted on open markets and a reliable global trading system but added: “Every day German companies feel the transatlantic rift getting wider.”