Huawei Connect outlined initiatives that can support the development of ICT ecosystems that can help break down barriers to digital transformation and promote digital economies.
At Huawei Connect Dubai, more than 3,000 business leaders met to explore “Innovative Infrastructure to Unleash Digital.” In order to advance new avenues for industrial digital transformation, representatives from Huawei and other businesses highlighted their most recent digitalisation practices.
Huawei held its Huawei Connect series of international events in Dubai for the first time this year. Business leaders, experts, and partners gathered at Huawei’s annual flagship event from the Middle East, North and South Africa, South America, and CEE Nordic Europe to discuss how to unleash digital productivity. The event also outlined initiatives that can support the development of ICT ecosystems that can help break down barriers to digital transformation and promote digital economies.
During the event, Alaa Elshimy, MD and SVP Enterprise BG, Huawei Middle East and Koh Hong Eng, Global Chief Public Sector Scientist, Huawei, discussed how to build a national digital foundation that can focus on emergency response, online education, smart public services, etc. They also explored where industry digitalisation is heading, what opportunities it brings, and how digital technologies can be practically applied in different industry scenarios to fully unleash their value. The representatives gave exclusive insights on what the future of technology is expected to look like.
“We are currently in an industrial revolution. 4.0 is a convergence of physical and cyber. COVID-19 has pushed us towards 5.0, which is all about personalisation. With this, we must be able to use the data in AI to predict what people need to be more proactive and personalised. With this comes an exciting future where machines, technology and systems will know what you want before you know it. This will create personalised services. That to me is the future,” said Koh Hong Eng.
He further elaborated that as cities and governments are getting competitive, data will play a key role in turn giving importance to AI and analytics. He further said in order to get the full use of AI, cloud and connectivity is of utmost importance. “The emphasis is on connectivity. As we are covering AI, we need to make cloud and AI efficient, cost and energy effective. That is my take on the future.”
AI and cloud are transforming multiple industries including but not limited to manufacturing, travel, one of the major being healthcare and pharmaceutical. Alaa Elshimy referred to the keynote delivered on the Cloud Connect, where the President of Huawei mentioned how the pharmaceutical industry has and will evolve. “Previously we had to wait for 15 or so years to put drugs to use whereas now using AI and simulation, we can run millions of cases in a few days; even those conditions which is physically not able to tackle.”
“Agriculture industry will also face major impact, where production quantity and food quality will increase. AI and analytics can aid in choosing good seeds for crops and water quality. Healthcare is another vertical which will see major changes with the development of technology. In future, instead of getting an X-ray, it would be normal to get a 3D view of the body where the doctor and patient can see the issues in detail. I believe, in future, we can leverage and utilise the technology that we have today for a better tomorrow,” said Elshimy.