By Rabih Bou Rashid, Managing Director at Falcon Eye Drones


What makes a successful smart city? The idea of a smart city entails a synergy of various technologies that are deployed to transform cities or particular areas into more connected and safer environments to live and work. Technically that means that by using actual devices and sensors city can optimize the performance of city operations and services.

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By Mohammed Alyousef, Regional Sales Manager


As cellular service providers increasingly must compete in today’s brave new world of over-the-top (OTT) services and a mobile broadband explosion that features all-you-can-eat, unlimited data plans, mobile carriers can no longer operate on previous business models. Further complicating the challenge, new digital, cloud-based players, such as Amazon (AWS), Google (Cloud) and Microsoft (Azure) have changed the service delivery game with agile, pay-as-you-grow and on-demand pricing models for telecom services. Adding to the competitive landscape, cable/MSOs have begun building a fixed mobile network with Wi-Fi access points and hot spots enabling new services such as voice-over-Wifi (VoWifi).

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An air purifier has many benefits, but not all units are equal. From asthma to pollution levels, here’s what you should know before putting your money down explains TR Ganesh, General Manager, Blueair Middle East.


As the weather begins to shift and the cool winters make way for fog and dust storms, UAE residents are bracing for another round of allergies, asthma and seasonal respiratory disorders. The problems are compounded by rising pollution levels, with major urban areas in the country exceeding the World Health Organisation’s guidelines levels for airborne particulate matter by more than three times. Thankfully, authorities are embracing change by adding monitoring stations and endorsing apps to empower residents.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:24


Our 5G experts have a few predictions to help you successfully navigate the 5G journey in 2019


There’s no doubt that the low latency, high bandwidth of 5G will be a game-changer in today’s rapidly transforming digital world. However, service providers need to be smart when it comes to planning and rolling out this multimillion investment. Our 5G experts have a few predictions to help them successfully navigate the journey in 2019.

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By Renaud Deraison, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Tenable


The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2019 ranks data fraud/theft and cyber attack as two of the top five global risks in terms of likelihood. The big question now is how will organizations respond?

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By Unni Kurup, Serviceplan Group Middle East


AI holds great promise for making marketing more intelligent, efficient, consumer-friendly, and, ultimately, more effective. Perhaps more pointedly, though, AI will soon move from being a “nice-to-have” capability to a “have-to-have.” AI is simply a requirement for making sense of the vast arrays of data — both structured and unstructured — being generated from an explosion of digital touch points to extract actionable insights at speeds no human could ever replicate in order to deliver the personalized service consumers now demand.

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While organizations will relook at their structure and job roles to enable successful digital transformation across 2019, other key activity areas will be automation of customer experiences and the supply chain, explains Paul Potgieter, Managing Director - UAE, Dimension Data


As organizations get moving on the digital transformation road map, they may abruptly find themselves running more on a bumpy dirt track rather than a Formula One race course with expected high-speed pit-stops. The learnings from this experience are sometimes hard to accept. One of the key reasons for the bumpy track is that existing organizational structures are often incompatible with the requirements of delivering digital experiences to customers. Organizations need to take a deep breath and start relooking at their structure from the point of view of the customer rather than traditional departmental silos and legacy job functions.

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Saturday, 12 January 2019 14:10

3 Reasons the Future is All Electric

Written by: Vincent Petit, Senior Vice President – Global Thought Leadership, Schneider Electric


Energy is at the heart of our civilization. As far back in history as we can trace, major economic developments have emerged each time new sources of energy were discovered. A few striking examples: the first industrial revolution in the early 19thcentury was propelled by steam and coal. The second industrial revolution at the dawn of the 20th century saw the rise of electricity and oil. On both occasions, major opportunities arose to do things better and faster, and more importantly to do new things that were unimaginable before.

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By Matthew Gardiner, cybersecurity strategist at Mimecast


What happens when you combine sophisticated anti-phishing attachment inspection, static file analysis, machine executable code in data files, customer reports of false positives, Microsoft Office suite, ActiveX controls and a bit of serendipity? The discovery of an important newly-patched vulnerability with Microsoft Office products!

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By Firas Jadalla, Regional Director for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META)


2018 was a year in which many countries focused on implementing and embracing new technologies. In tandem, many nations also witnessed cyber and physical security challenges such as back to back cyberattacks. According to Emirates News Agency (WAM), 274 cyberattacks targeted the UAE alone for the first seven months of 2018, out of which 39 were extremely detrimental. That said, as we move forward to 2019, we clearly notice the continuation of several important trends and the development of some new ones. These trends will have an important role to play in the security sector. From the continued focus on cybersecurity to the acquisition of global players, we have highlighted the top five security related trends to look forward to in 2019.

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