First IoT exhibition opens to explore what lies ahead for information technology in KSA

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Visitors at the first Saudi International Exhibition & Conference for IoT in Riyadh. (AN photos by Ahmed Fathi)
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A session in progress at first Saudi International Exhibition &Conference on IoT. (AN photo by Ahmed Fathi)
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An IOT session on Future of growth & productivity industry in progressat RICEC. (AN photo by Ahmed Fathi)
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Updated 29 January 2018
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First IoT exhibition opens to explore what lies ahead for information technology in KSA

RIYADH: The first Saudi International Exhibition and Conference for Internet of Things (IoT) opened Sunday, representing a major step in supporting Saudi Vision 2030, which has allocated a great deal of support to the IT sector and affirmed full support for creative and innovative thinking to motivate the Saudi youth.

The event is at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center and its manager Fahad Algarni told Arab News: "Internet of Things is emerging now and Saudi Arabia is taking the lead in the region with this mega event for enabling infrastructure or increasing the infrastructure capacity for the Internet in line with Vision 2030, which is the first step in digitizing the nation.”

This further complements the government plan to expand the broadband Internet services to 70 percent of the remote areas by 2020 and to all citizens subsequently, thus becoming a digital nation with an efficient Internet connectivity, and reaching the cornerstone for the IoT, he added.

“This conference and exhibition today started with the aim of introducing and exploring the latest IoT innovations and technologies. For the next three days it will be the place where the techno community will gather to explore what lies ahead for the future IoT industry in Saudi Arabia,” Algarni added.

It will also serve as the starting point for lots of deals, negotiations and contracts for better engagements and future collaborations between participating companies. This conference and exhibition will from now on be an annual event with exponential growth, he said.

Earlier, Ahmed Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC), opened the conference and emphasized in his opening address that anyone can utilize this innovative IoT from using these devices in health care, transportation and communication to other areas of life with immense help for quick data collection, analysis and monitoring in real time.

The CSC chairman also stressed that it is useful for a range of purposes such as seeking an appointment with a doctor, calling for an ambulance and for various other daily requirements at a faster pace.


Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah stressed the Kingdom's need to discover and support local talent.
He said that the ministry has paid increasing attention to technical talents, which has been represented through the organization of several events, the latest of which was the "Hackathon Digital Machines."
The event was aimed at creating a conducive environment to develop the capabilities of the digital youth and invest in their creative potential to maximize returns.
Al-Sawah noted that the event also aimed at "harnessing their abilities to develop the digital transformation process," calling for intensified and unified efforts in order to invest in Saudi talents for the benefit of the nation.
The minister was speaking during a meeting with Marian Taher Saleh, the youngest Saudi female journalist, alongside with her father.
Al-Sawah praised the role of her family, who have been supporting her from the beginning till she was able to enter the media field, expressing his appreciation for her media achievements.
For his part, Saleh's father expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the minister for his hospitality, appreciation and encouragement for his daughter.