’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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‘Get prices down’ Trump tells OPEC

Updated 20 September 2018
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‘Get prices down’ Trump tells OPEC

  • Trump highlights US security role in region
  • Comments come ahead of oil producers meeting in Algeria

LONDON: US president Donald Trump urged OPEC to lower crude prices on Thursday while reminding Mideast oil exporters of US security support.
He made his remarks on Twitter ahead of a keenly awaited meeting of OPEC countries and its allies in Algiers this weekend as pressure mounts on them to prevent a spike in prices caused by the reimposition of oil sanctions on Iran.
“We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they continue to push for higher and higher oil prices!” he tweeted.
“We will remember. The OPEC monopoly must get prices down now!”
Despite the threat, the group and its allies are unlikely to agree to an official increase in output, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing OPEC sources.
In June they agreed to increase production by about one million barrels per day (bpd). That decision was was spurred by a recovery in oil prices, in part caused by OPEC and its partners agreeing to lower production since 2017.
Known as OPEC+, the group of oil producers which includes Russia are due to meet on Sunday in Algiers to look at how to allocate the additional one million bpd within its quote a framework.
OPEC sources told Reuters that there was no immediate plan for any official action as such a move would require OPEC to hold what it calls an extraordinary meeting, which is not on the table.
Oil prices slipped after Trumps remarks, with Brent crude shedding 40 cents to $79 a barrel in early afternoon trade in London while US light crude was unchanged at about $71.12.
Brent had been trading at around $80 on expectations that global supplies would come under pressure from the introduction of US sanctions on Iranian crude exports on Nov. 4.
Some countries has already started to halt imports from Tehran ahead of that deadline, leading analysts to speculate about how much spare capacity there is in the Middle East to compensate for the loss of Iranian exports as well as how much of that spare capacity can be easily brought online after years of under-investment in the industry.
Analysts expect oil to trend higher and through the $80 barrier as the deadline for US sanctions approaches.
“Brent is definitely fighting the $80 line, wanting to break above,” said SEB Markets chief commodities analyst Bjarne Schieldrop, Reuters reported. “But this is likely going to break very soon.”