Venerable Singapore trade shows re-brand under a single name: ConnecTechAsia

Staff writer

CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT, and BroadcastAsia 2017 wrapped up last week after a three-day exhibition and conference. According to a statement by the organizer, UBM SES, the triple-event will re-brand under one banner next year: ConnecTechAsia.

The 2017 events drew over 40,000 trade attendees with over 1,800 exhibitors who showcased IoT, big data analytics, cloud, artificial intelligence, robotics, cybersecurity, satellite communications, virtual reality, IP broadcasting, OTT and 5G, among others.

“As organizers, we are proud to present an event that aligns to the region’s initiatives and push in advancing Asia’s digital transformation,” said Victor Wong, Project Director of Communications Events, UBM SES. "[We are] committed to delivering a platform that fosters international collaborations, and CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia are at the forefront of technological evolution with a global showcase of game-changing innovations."

The event saw more than 900 product launches this year. ST Electronics launched the World of IoT - Sense & eXchange (WISX IoT) platform, an estate service management tool that monitors the performance of common lighting, lifts, rubbish and pest levels, and utilities such as water and electricity.

An MOU between the Dubai Police Force and OTSAW Digital was signed at CommunicAsia to deploy their new O-R3 security robot as part of the Smart Dubai initiative. Dubai will be the first city in the world to deploy O-R3 robots from end 2017, with a total of 100 robots by 2020 in conjunction with EXPO 2020 to be held in Dubai.

Key partnerships were also formed, with Huawei announcing 20 industry collaborations that will further develop the regions’s cloud and connected enterprise ecosystem.

At BroadcastAsia, one of the key discussions revolved around the broadcasting industry’s transition to IP-based systems. Ooyala launched its new State of the Media Industry 2017 report on day two of the show, which signals that data-driven video has officially become the beating heart of the digital age, said UBM SES.

Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes saw eight startups compete in the dynamic pitching event, with FinChat Technologies emerging as the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars Singapore 2017.

FinChat Technologies makes popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp and WeChat compliant with data retention regulations so that financial institutions can engage with them. The company will represent Singapore at the Seedstars Global Summit in Switzerland and compete with other global startups to win up to $1 million in equity investments.

Paving the way forward, 2018 promises to be bigger and better than ever with new branding—Wong said that CommunicAsia, BroadcastAsia and the newly launched NXTAsia for emerging technologies and enterprise solutions, will fall under the new parent brand, ConnecTechAsia.

“The decision for the portfolio rebrand is to ensure the needs of the industry are met by having a clearly defined value proposition, a fresh new look fit for the future and a more focused and enriching event experience,” he said.

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