GITEX is getting better with age!
The GITEX Technology Week 2014, which concludes today (Thursday, October 16) at the Dubai World Trade Centre, knocked our socks off.
Not only was there such a great turn out that we could barely see where we were going, but the products on display were absolutely incredible.
Here are Kipp’s favourite technological developments from the event:
‘Dubai Culture’ app: Want to take a tour of Dubai? Well, how about a Smart tour of the city? The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has launched a new app focusing on educating visitors about the emirate’s culture and heritage. Aiming to enrich the travel experience, it complements Dubai’s Smart City vision.
The RTA’s Smart Drive app: If you, like us, always find yourself getting lost on Dubai roads, this app will serve you well. The RTA’s Smart Drive app, available on both Google Play and Apple Store, gives users the opportunity to locate themselves using a built-in navigation system with GPS technology without connecting to the internet (how cool is that?!).
Dubai Police Smart Patrol Cars: Don’t tell us we didn’t warn you, but the new fleet of Dubai Police’s road patrol cars will be watching your every move. Each vehicle is equipped with 12 cameras, offering a 360-degree view of the surroundings and assisting officers in detecting traffic violators and wanted cars.
Samsung’s Android-powered printers and app: Think you need a computer to print something? Think again. Samsung has launched the world’s first Android-powered printers that enable printing without a PC. Along with these, the tech company also launched the Smart Printer Diagnostic System Smartphone app for users to report any printer issue from their Smartphones, thereby enjoying a completely mobile printing experience.
‘Connected school buses’: Although there’s no official confirmation about a date, ‘connected school buses’ were a hot topic at the GITEX. The new system will see school buses fitted with Enterprise Service Routers featuring built-in WiFi, GPS and GPRS facilities, allowing parents, drivers and school officials to check in on the children at every step of the way.
Upgraded e-gate Smart systems: Say goodbye to standing in long queues at immigration, for all UAE airports will be fitted with the new and improved e-gate Smart machines, which will allow users to enter the country after scanning their passport and eyes, without the need to show their e-gate cards like before (word on the street is the entire process will take no longer than 20 seconds. I guess we will have to go on a holiday to find out!).