Saudi Arabia to Host Major IoT Conference in Early 2018

Published September 13th, 2017 - 05:00 GMT
The exhibition, which will be held in Riyadh from 28-30 January 2018, is a key event for the future of the Internet of Things in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)
The exhibition, which will be held in Riyadh from 28-30 January 2018, is a key event for the future of the Internet of Things in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)

Saudi-based New Horizon for Conferences & Exhibitions has announced that it has won a franchise for hosting and organizing the Saudi International Exhibition for Internet of Things (IoT) for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

The exhibition will be held in early 2018 and is designed to promote the digital transformation of cities, communities, people, data and things.

The event will be attended by leading national and international companies and corporations specialized in technology development, communications and IT. The international event is held in many countries around the globe such as China, the US, India, Germany, Russia, Australia, Spain, and the UAE.

Shuaib bin Abdullah Al Abdulrahman, general manager of New Horizon, said the exhibition, which will be held in Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center from 28-30 January 2018, is a key event for the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Saudi Arabia because it particularly concentrates on the innovators of IoT solutions such as electronic design, embedded systems, software development, cloud computerization, integrated systems and analytical procedures, among others.

Al Abdulrahman highlighted that organizing this exhibition in Riyadh is a part of the initiative for implementing the National Transformation Plan 2020 and the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 which gives a particular attention to supporting the information technology sector.

The exhibition, he said, is an initiative to create a platform to support the communications and information technology sector in particular and all other sectors concerned with the Internet of Things in general, and highlight the role of public and private organizations in keeping up with technological development, tackling information security challenges, concentrating on the importance of technology for national and Islamic culture, as well as employing technology in government, health, energy, education, transport, tourism, construction, economy and banking services, and many other vital sectors.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a newly-coined term meaning the new generation of the Internet which allows for a better understanding between the interconnected systems via the Internet Protocol, including tools, sensors, artificial intelligence devices, etc. This definition surpasses the traditional concept, i.e. communication between people and computers and smart phones via a worldwide network of the traditional Internet protocol.

Alaa Al Zuabi, general manager of the Saudi International Exhibition for the Internet of Things (IoT), said: “IoT is a big network of different systems including computers, mobile phones, cars, elevators, refrigerators and many other systems surrounding us whether in houses, manufactures, business centers or even hospitals.”

“These systems will be easily and smoothly interconnected via the Internet to exchange information. We believe that the IoT will constitute a revolution in the concept of the Internet and communications and will help devices connected with the Internet to function as a source of data instead of humans.”

A leading constellation of relevant government communications and information technology organizations will participate in the exhibition in addition to a group of national and international companies. Many workshops will be organized during the exhibition to educate visitors and stakeholders about the most important features of technology development and the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Furthermore, New Horizon is planning to simultaneously organize a conference for a group of high-profile national and international speakers, including the leaders of prominent national and international companies and organizations concerned with technology development and the Internet of Things.

A number of leading international companies in the Saudi Arabia have expressed their interest in participating in both the conference and exhibition.


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