Carrier ‘inspires confidence’ in healthy indoor environments

Carrier ‘inspires confidence’ in healthy indoor environments
Carrier Middle East was the platinum sponsor of the recent HVAC R Expo Saudi.
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Updated 08 May 2022

Carrier ‘inspires confidence’ in healthy indoor environments

Carrier ‘inspires confidence’ in healthy indoor environments

Carrier Middle East participated as the platinum sponsor in the recent HVAC R Expo co-located with the Big 5 Saudi, displaying its state-of-the-art HVAC solutions offered in Saudi Arabia. The exhibition is the largest of its kind in the Kingdom and attracted more than 20,000 visitors during the four-day event at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. Carrier is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, a global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions.

The event was inaugurated by Osama Al-Zamil, deputy minister of industry and mineral resources, who was briefed on Carrier’s solutions by Amr Elmasry, general manager of Carrier Saudi Arabia. The HVAC R Expo included 400 exhibitors from more than 35 countries, making it one of the largest events in the Kingdom.

“Carrier is pleased to have returned as a platinum sponsor for the sixth year of the expo with the theme of ‘Inspiring Confidence,’” said Sathya Moorthi, managing director, Carrier Middle East. “Attendees discovered opportunities that exist throughout indoor spaces to help improve well-being, promote sustainability and comfort, and inspire occupant confidence with different solutions to meet any type of built environment.”

Carrier conducted three workshops, which were attended by more than 100 participants. During the workshops, Carrier briefed attendees on variable refrigerant flow technology, the latest information on energy-efficient chillers and on the importance of indoor air quality for healthy building solutions.

Carrier featured solutions for its XPower VRF, AquaForce 30XA air-cooled chiller, rooftop package units, ducted split-systems, i-Vu building automation and controls and the BluEdge digital service platform, which provides cloud-based connectivity with advanced analytics and actionable insights to optimize machine health and life cycle outcomes.

For building owners, Carrier displayed a comprehensive suite of healthy building offerings designed to drive indoor air quality. From IAQ assessments and real-time monitoring to portable air scrubbers and system upgrades, the company showcased a full range of solutions that can support healthy living and help rebuild confidence in the safety of indoor spaces.

“Once again, the HVAC R Expo Saudi provided an excellent platform for companies to engage with customers and offer state-of-the art solutions fulfilling their needs,” said Elmasry. “Carrier is proud to have partnered with HVAC R Expo Saudi as a platinum sponsor since its inception, and we look forward to taking this association forward in the coming years.”


DETASAD unveils latest technology

DETASAD unveils latest technology
Updated 17 May 2022

DETASAD unveils latest technology

DETASAD unveils latest technology

DETASAD, Saudi Arabia's leading infrastructure provider and key contributor to the ICT sector, officially revealed its breakthrough “Dynamic Bandwidth Optimization” technology at the SATELLITE 2022 show in Washington, DC. Along with strategic partners including Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, DETASAD is redefining the way satellite companies can serve their end-users with Bandwidth-as-a-Service managed solutions.

As one of four solutions patented by DETASAD in 2022, this disruptive technology will power solutions allowing DETASAD and its partners to bring satellite-enabled, consumption-based IoT and edge computing services to new customers in verticals including government, finance, health, mining, education, and “Industry 4.0” organizations. These services will meet organizations’ growing needs for solutions with hyperscale type performance and convenience, delivering full data- and workload flexibility anytime and anywhere on a pure consumption model and without bandwidth and latency limitations.

The ideator behind the revolutionary patent, Mr. Felix Thomas Wass, President & CEO of DETASAD stated: “This technology and our strategic partnership with Intelsat, the global satellite innovator and leader, makes bandwidth and satellite technology relevant and competitive opening new revenue streams for the satellite ecosystem and unlocking value across the community of current and potential future satellite users. This creates satellite as a clear alternative to fixed and mobile terrestrial applications.”

In a blog post, Jean-Philippe Gillet, SVP Global Sales at Intelsat, said, “It’s remarkable how much innovation there is within and around satellite connectivity, and we are pleased to be an enabler for transformative ideas like DETASAD’s Bandwidth-as-a-Service solution. Edge-compute services are one of the keys to helping customers take advantage of the reach and reliability of the Flex network.”


Hyundai shares vision for self-driving robotaxis

Hyundai shares vision for self-driving robotaxis
Updated 16 May 2022

Hyundai shares vision for self-driving robotaxis

Hyundai shares vision for self-driving robotaxis

Hyundai Motor Company has launched a global manifesto campaign called “Innovation Begins, from Very Human Things” to share its vision for self-driving robotaxis. Motional, a global leader in driverless technology, will work in partnership with ride-hailing services to deploy the Level 4 autonomous vehicles across major US cities starting in 2023.

The all-electric Ioniq 5-based robotaxi, which was first unveiled at 2021 IAA Mobility to much acclaim, is an SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle that can safely operate without a driver. To make the robotaxi a reality, Hyundai partnered with Motional, to equip the award-winning Ioniq 5 with an array of hardware and software to provide safe and secure driverless operation.

Hyundai’s vision for the technology and customer experience resonates with the assertion that the Ioniq 5 robotaxi is “a mobility solution with humanity inside — not just without a human driver.”

In line with Hyundai’s brand vision of “Progress for Humanity,” the company’s aim for the robotaxi is to go fully autonomous while retaining a humanistic touch. This narrative is depicted through two videos of the recently launched campaign.

The two campaign videos emphasize the humanistic qualities of robotaxis, showing how they adopt safe driving behaviors and care for passengers. The first episode emphasizes the robotaxi’s actions resembling those of a careful, considerate driver and the second episode focuses on the robotaxi taking care of passengers from teenagers to disabled and elderly.

In the first episode, a female engineer working in an autonomous lab for the Ioniq 5 robotaxi is inspired by her childhood memories of her father always driving carefully and considerately. Then, she applies his driving qualities when working on safety technologies for the Level 4 autonomous vehicle, which is later seen stopping for a cyclist, pulling over for emergency vehicles, and safely making a left turn after yielding to oncoming traffic.

The second episode starts by showing a robot engineer-inspired teen taking a ride in the Ioniq 5 robotaxi with her friends after school. They are surprised and delighted to see that the car is driving by itself and one of her friends unbuckles his seatbelt, causing the car to alert him to buckle up, much like a parent would if present. The video highlights how the self-driving robotaxi represents a mobility solution that anyone, including teenagers, disabled and elderly, can safely take a ride under any circumstances.

Hyundai and Motional plan to begin transporting public passengers in the Ioniq 5 robotaxi in 2023, starting in Las Vegas and then expanding to major cities in the US and globally.


Infor & IDC to reveal KSA’s digital transformation insights

Infor & IDC to reveal KSA’s digital transformation insights
Updated 16 May 2022

Infor & IDC to reveal KSA’s digital transformation insights

Infor & IDC to reveal KSA’s digital transformation insights

Infor, an industry cloud company, and IDC, a leader in market intelligence, are revealing key insights about digital transformation for organizations involved in industrial manufacturing and distribution sectors at a series of dedicated roundtables in the Kingdom.

Experts from Infor and IDC hosted a roundtable in Riyadh on May 16, and will host two others in Alkhobar and Jeddah on May 17 and 24, respectively, where they will lead discussions on topics including the latest DX technologies, how organizations can embrace their digital transformation journey with industry-specific cloud ERP, and key predictions about the Saudi Arabian market.

In a recent IDC survey, 72 percent of Saudi organizations cited cloud as being fundamental to driving innovation and digital transformation in their businesses, while a study from QuantAlign Research revealed that Saudi Arabia’s cloud market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 35.5 percent between 2021-2030 to reach a value of $10.5 billion in 2030. Saudi Arabia’s government is also encouraging digitization efforts as part of diversification plans under Saudi Vision 2030.

Investment in cloud solutions also necessitates the adoption of specialized, industry-specific cloud-based software solutions to maximize the potential of companies’ transformation efforts.

At each of the roundtables, experts including Hamza Naqshbandi, IDC associate vice president, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain; Phil Lewis, Infor senior vice president, solution consulting; and Khaled Al-Shami, Infor vice president of solution consulting, Middle East and Africa, will offer a detailed look at the Saudi market and share key insights about the state of digital transformation and application modernization underway in the Kingdom. The events also feature keynotes and panel discussions, including speakers from AWS, Saudi Diesel, AutoWorld, and Zagzoog, who will share insights about their digital transformation journeys.

The events provide insights into how modern technologies can enable businesses to quickly scale up and spend less time managing infrastructure, giving them more time to focus on strategic initiatives.

“Saudi Arabia is a dynamic market with huge growth potential. The government is committed to developing and diversifying the economy under Saudi Vision 2030, and this is stimulating further investment from the private sector,” said IDC’s Naqshbandi.

“Organizations in Saudi Arabia are increasingly interested in cloud solutions and digital transformation, which makes it the perfect time to raise awareness about the need to develop continuous transformation plans and to embrace industry-specific digital solutions that give the best results for the nuanced needs of different industries,” said Infor’s Al-Shami.


Saudi Arabian Airlines operates world’s longest net-positive flight

Saudi Arabian Airlines operates world’s longest  net-positive flight
Updated 16 May 2022

Saudi Arabian Airlines operates world’s longest net-positive flight

Saudi Arabian Airlines operates world’s longest  net-positive flight

Saudi Arabian Airlines operated the world’s longest net-positive flight, thanks to a partnership with enviro-tech business CarbonClick and aviation consultancy SimpliFlying.

On May 12, Saudia offset a total of 346 tons of carbon emissions, including radiative forcing impacts by a factor of two, for commercial passenger flight SV227, from Jeddah to Madrid, making the flight net-positive.

Operating with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the flight time was five hours and 55 minutes. Flight SV227 departed from King Abdulaziz International Airport at 10:30 a.m. and arrived at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport at 1:35 p.m. local time.

This flight is Saudia’s entry into the Sustainable Flight Challenge, an initiative by SkyTeam, one of the world’s three major airline alliances. All SkyTeam airlines are being challenged to go above and beyond by finding the most sustainable way to operate one single flight in their existing networks.

The challenge seeks inspiration from the 1934 MacRobertson Air Race from London to Melbourne.

The flight is also equipped with the world’s first in-flight sustainability lab, where passengers can contribute ideas on how air travel can become “greener.”

Saudia’s participation in SkyTeam’s Sustainable Flight Challenge is part of a broader commitment by the airline to continually improve its environmental performance.

“The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 will see 100 million visits to Saudi Arabia by the end of the decade,” said Saudia CEO Captain Ibrahim Koshy. “A cornerstone of that vision is for the Kingdom to be a leader in sustainable and even regenerative tourism.

“As Saudi Arabia’s national flag carrier we have a key part to play in making that happen. As a result, operating the world’s longest carbon net-positive flight is just the start of an ambitious sustainability program that we will be implementing.”

“Saudia has decided to go above and beyond to not only ensure that this flight was carbon-neutral but net-positive. This partnership can serve as a model for the future,” added Shashank Nigam, CEO of SimpliFlying.

CarbonClick has been selected by SimpliFlying and Saudia as the offsetting partner for this challenge. CarbonClick will offset flight SV227 by applying the contribution from Saudia to the generation of clean wind electricity for communities in India.

Michelle Noordermeer, chief operating officer at CarbonClick, said: “Saudia is setting a huge example by showing what can be done now, carbon offsetting, and using quality carbon credits as a powerful way to remove carbon and neutralize the impacts of radiative forcing.”


Nala: The first-ever AI medical platform in Arabic

Nala: The first-ever AI medical platform in Arabic
Updated 16 May 2022

Nala: The first-ever AI medical platform in Arabic

Nala: The first-ever AI medical platform in Arabic
  • Nala founder Othman Abahussein spells out how developers with a vision can create health impact through apps

RIYADH: Headquartered in Riyadh, Nala is Saudi Arabia’s leading digital health service for chronic conditions management and the first-ever AI medical platform in Arabic. The app offers tailored digital care programs, virtual access to dedicated doctors, bluetooth health devices, and prescriptions delivery.

In line with one of the Kingdom’s initiatives for Vision 2030, related to digital healthcare transformation, the platform provides its users with instant access to personalized healthcare through a mobile app. “Over 200,000 patients with chronic conditions have used Nala, and we are on track to serve 1 million,” said Othman Abahussein, founder and CEO of Nala. He added: “Nala is now the most preferred method to treat diabetes for insurance companies and government payers. Our whole team is in Riyadh, and all of our human capital investments go into local talents. We made a bet on local talent, and we are very proud of that.” 

Featured multiple times by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and the winner of numerous awards, Nala has doctors licensed by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties and is consistently top ranking in app stores. The company also recently raised more funds that it intends to use to continue to grow its user base and further strengthen its position as the region’s top digital health service.” 
Asked about what inspired him to create the Nala app, Abahussein said: “I had just sold my first company, and I wanted to work on something with an impact. I then went through a personal event that made me think, maybe chronic conditions are a perfect application for mobile digital health. I knew I had the required knowledge and experience to venture into app development; in addition I always believed Apple technologies and specifically the iPhone was a marvel of human engineering with many serious capabilities — not gimmicks — and would work well with my vision. This is how I decided to develop in an iOS environment at first.”

“Besides providing app creators with the ultimate distribution channel (App Store), Apple has a very active and supportive developer community that will help you with insights on how to improve your app and make your solutions even more effective,” he said.

“Our main mission is to provide exceptional health care experience while maintaining a significant low cost for patients and preserving their medical privacy. Developing on the iOS platform allowed us to design Nala’s databases in a way medical data is stored without personal identifiers; this way no one can access the patient info without the patient’s consent.”

Abahussein added: “Our first versions were exclusively in Arabic, so it’s an Arabic-first app. We later added an English translation and we plan on adding other languages soon (Urdu and Hindi). There were no challenges in creating an all-Arabic app other than picking the right fonts.” 

On keeping his app up-to-date despite new trends and constantly changing user behaviors, he said: “We stay close to technological developments and its impact on user behaviors; conferences like WWDC are very important for us to discover new capabilities and update our user experience accordingly. We also make sure to keep a short development cycle to ensure that our app is always up-to-the-minute.” 

Asked about his top tips for developers who want to create a successful app, Abahussein said: “Be obsessed with the problem, not the solution. Everyone can code! Don’t be intimidated by the platform, techniques or environment as you’ll always find the required resources to support you on your journey, especially if the app you want to create is worth it and solves a problem within its field or community.”