Airbus kicks off Critical App Challenge in Mideast

Airbus’ Tactilon Dabat is an Android smartphone and Tetra radio in one.
Updated 08 September 2018
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Airbus kicks off Critical App Challenge in Mideast

Airbus has kicked off its “Critical App Challenge” for the Middle East to set in motion regional developers and startups to create the best applications for public safety users. Airbus is giving life to a digital ecosystem for its secure device Tactilon Dabat, an Android smartphone and Tetra radio in one. The aim is to establish new digital solutions to help police, firefighters and other professionals improve their work.

The Critical App Challenge’s concept is based on the idea of hackathons: Software pioneers, user interface designers, and business managers work together intensively in a limited amount of time toward building proofs of concept for innovative digital solutions.

Startup companies and app creators from the Middle East can enroll for the online challenge on the website www.criticalappmena.bemyapp.com/

An expert jury will then select the five best participants who can show the most promising and feasible results at the end of September. The winners will subsequently be invited to present their applications at the GITEX exhibition in Dubai from Oct.14-18.

“We are looking for pathbreaking ideas for our Tactilon Dabat. This Critical App Challenge in the Middle East is a unique incentive for inventive minds. Contributors profit from getting special access to mission-critical markets,” said Rahim Zaknoun, head of innovation and developer ecosystem at Secure Land Communication of Airbus.


Nissan buys stake in Formula E team e.dams

Nissan is joining Formula E as the first Japanese carmaker to participate in the innovative series.
Updated 19 September 2018
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Nissan buys stake in Formula E team e.dams

Nissan has strengthened its partnership with e.dams by purchasing a stake in the championship-winning racing organization, ahead of Nissan’s debut in the ABB FIA Formula E electric street-racing championship.

Nissan is joining Formula E as the first Japanese carmaker to participate in the innovative series and as a leader in electric cars, with more than 350,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles sold. Nissan’s Formula E program will show a new “performance side” of Nissan Intelligent Mobility — the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

Based in Le Mans, France, and co-founded by team principal Jean-Paul Driot, the e.dams organization emerged from DAMS, a leading contender in European open-wheel and sports car competition for more than 30 years. In its previous partnership with Nissan’s alliance partner Renault, e.dams won the team championship in the first three seasons of Formula E. It also holds records for most wins and pole positions.

“For Nissan’s first Formula E experience, it makes sense to partner with e.dams and be able to draw on the organization’s experience of winning races and championships,” said Roel de Vries, Nissan corporate vice president and global head of marketing and brand strategy. “The level of competition in Formula E will get even more intense for season five, with a series-mandated all-new car and powertrain. As part of our commitment to our partnership, Nissan has now purchased an ownership stake in the organization, and we’re excited to work with Jean-Paul and his team.”

Driot said: “With our new partner Nissan, we’re eagerly awaiting the new challenges ahead. We’re very proud of our history in Formula E, and we’re looking forward to adding new pages to the series’ history books with our new partner and the new car.”