June 23, 2014
By Sarah Jane Lim
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Singapore – CommunicAsia2014, EnterpriseIT2014 and BroadcastAsia2014 Asia’s most established ICT, broadcast and digital multimedia trade events took attendees on a revolutionary journey with the most hi-tech technologies that will power the future in a smarter and more connected living environment, while also providing a glimpse into the latest state-of-the-art solutions in digital entertainment.
The more than 50,000 attendees at the four-day event at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, set the stage for meaningful interaction with the world’s leading ICT and broadcasting companies as well as technology upstarts. They also experienced the newest technology launches and heard the latest business announcements from nearly 2,000 exhibitors from more than 50 countries/regions across the world. The shows’ three conferences drew more than 1,300 attendees, with industry luminaries sharing with delegates their views on hot and trending topics.
“We are extremely pleased with the buzz this year’s shows have generated. By bringing together industry leaders in connected services and digital entertainment, we were able to offer our attendees a truly immersive experience to enable them to adopt the most relevant and effective technological choices for their businesses. The end-to-end spectrum at CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia showcased government frameworks, technological breakthroughs and commercial applications, all under one roof. This is what attracts our conference speakers and delegates, exhibitors, visitors and press to our shows every year,” said Stephen Tan, Chief Executive of show organiser, Singapore Exhibition Services.
Smart Technologies, Internet of Things and Mobile Services ToppedCommunicAsia2014 and EnterpriseIT2014
Visitors were excited to try out the smart home security systems, smart bed, smart T-shirt and smart plates and forks that were powered by RFID, sensors and the Internet of Things. Mobile payments solutions from companies like Nexperts, Poket and Unitronic demonstrated innovations in mobile wallets payment. A wearable fitness tracker from Oaxis, a home mobile diagnostic kit from BioSenze and a remote child speech pathology solution from NICTA also made a splash, generating several business enquiries for the companies.
CommunicAsia2014 and EnterpriseIT2014 provided a launch platform for several other exciting new products including Huawei’s thinnest flagship Ascend P7 smartphone and RugGear’s rugged smartphones, Mariner Pro RG100 and iSafe Innovation 2 for use in harsh environments.
“CommunicAsia is a fantastic place for us to meet key players in the region and show the full range of innovations that service providers and consumers expect from Technicolor. We put a strong emphasis on middleware, Wi-Fi, smart life solutions, 4K Ultra HD, that can greatly enhance the home experience for the viewer by delivering value-added services. We also showcased new applications built on our Qeo open source solution for connecting a multitude of devices to the Internet of Things; a future that is unfolding for the consumer today,” said Michel Rahier, President Connected Home, Technicolor.
Steve Christian, Vice President Marketing, Verimatrix who has been exhibiting at the shows for more than five years said, “CommunicAsia is the best option as a regional hub for us to reach out to customers and partners across APAC. It enables us to execute three of our business objectives most efficiently: customer deployments, partner relationships and new products showcase. We are very pleased with the number of meetings we had”.
Other leading companies in the CommunicAsia and EnterpriseIT showcase included Airwatch, Dell, Ericsson, GlobeCast, Huawei, Irdeto, Panasonic Toughbook, Sennheiser Electronic Asia, SingTel Satellite, ST Electronics, Tata Communications, Tektronix, Toshiba and more.
The Myanmar Connect event received an encouraging response from visitors interested in learning more about investing in the country’s newly-opened telecoms sector from Myanmar’s ICT flagship company RedLink Communications as well as Singapore legal eagle Rajah & Tann’s Myanmar practice experts.
New Business Deals and Solutions in the Satellite Industry
On the back of several recent industry developments, Asia’s largest gathering of more than 160 satellite players at CommunicAsia2014 made significant announcements and led the industry discussion. NovelSat’s new NS3-based enhanced and secure satellite transmission solutions, Thaicom’s inflight Wi- Fi deal with NOK Air, and Eutelsat’s partnership with Singapore’s ST Teleport’s earth station to provide a new gateway that brings faster and more scalable connections for data, maritime, media and entertainment sectors – are some of the key developments that unfolded at CommunicAsia2014.
Commenting on the show, Deepak Mathur, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Asia-Pacific & Middle East, SES said, “We have exhibited at CommunicAsia for more than a decade, and it has remained a fixture for SES because it brings together our customers and partners from across the region in a single location. CommunicAsia gives us the opportunity to do what we do best – that is to grow with our customers by listening to them and addressing their specific needs with the power of satellite communications.”
“CommunicAsia is a fabulous trade show that has all the products and services I need under one roof. It enables to keep up with the trending technologies and connects me with the industry,” said Henry Pang, Vice President of Information Technology, Star Cruise Pte Ltd, Singapore.