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Vodafone claims UK’s first live holographic 5G call

vodafone efVodafone showed off its 5G prowess on Thursday by conducting what it claims is the U.K.’s first ever live holographic call using 5G technology.

The call was carried out between the telco’s Manchester office and Newbury headquarters, and featured England women’s football captain Steph Houghton appearing on stage in hologram form to give football tips to a young fan.

It would be easy to dismiss the demonstration as a gimmick, but Vodafone insisted that it points to exciting possibilities that next-generation mobile technology can bring to sport, such as remote coaching and training, as well as opportunities for richer interaction with fans.

“Vodafone has a history of firsts in UK telecoms – we made the nation’s first mobile call, sent the first text and now we’ve conducted the U.K.’s first holographic call using 5G,” said Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery, in a statement.

Of course, holographic 5G calling is only possible when there is a network in place, and with that in mind, Vodafone shared plans to roll out infrastructure in Cornwall and the Lake District next year, and to have 1,000 5G sites up and running nationwide by 2020.

In addition to showcasing 5G, Vodafone also launched new initiatives and tariffs targeted at small businesses and entrepreneurs.

These include a new digital incubator in Manchester; a £300,000 Techstarter award for innovative technology with a social purpose; and a mentorship programme in partnership with Oxford University Innovation called Bright Sparks.

Meanwhile, Vodafone UK’s retail and contact centre staff will be given the opportunity to learn coding via the operator’s new Code Ready scheme. The company is also launching the Vodafone Digital Degree, which combines a computer science degree from the University of Birmingham with a tech apprenticeship at Vodafone.

For small business customers, Vodafone on Thursday launched what it calls a self-optimising tariff that automatically moves subscribers to the most cost-effective plan. It also unveiled Gigacube, a mobile WiFi hotspot that supports up to 20 connections. Vodafone is pitching it to pop-up businesses like shops and restaurants, and companies setting up temporary satellite offices.

“The initiatives we’ve launched today are designed to ensure that everyone can benefit from the digital technologies transforming how we live and work. From our customers and employees, to university students, digital entrepreneurs and businesses, we want to help people across the UK get ready for a digital future,” Jeffery said.

source: www.totaltele.com

New Vision for A Global Digital Economy Emerges At Smart China Expo (event)

smart china expoIndustry leaders attending the first Smart China Expo (SCE 2018) in China’s western city of Chongqing have articulated a new vision for how the world’s digital economy will evolve at the event’s Global Digital Economy Summit, a forum that brought together 650 participants under the theme “New Digital Economy, New Growth Engine.” Speakers projected a future in which Big Data reshapes the way businesses and governments operate, cooperate, and compete.

New forces being unleashed by current innovations threaten to disrupt the existing economic growth models of many industries, as digital information will rise to the same status as land and capital as a key element of productivity. Meanwhile, governments around the world are building “smart infrastructure” as they seek to use technology to upgrade power grids, railways, ports and toll roads, and seek to integrate everything. Big Data technology also helps build “smart cities,” boost consumption, and improve social welfare programs ranging from education to philanthropy to healthcare.

“Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be a big contributor to healthcare,” said Piero Scaruffi, a cognitive scientist, AI expert and writer of A History of Silicon Valley. Piero, believes that technology will make a better society and that AI will slash the cost of healthcare. “When we talk about machines saving lives, that’s real progress,” he said.

Kate Garman, smart city policy adviser to the Mayor of Seattle, shared insights into smart city management at SCE 2018. “Smart cities have challenged cities to be innovative. It has been the inspiration for cities to jump forward using technology,” she said.

Despite huge progress, China still faces many hurdles in developing a digital economy, said Li Yizhong, former head of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). “Chinese manufacturers lag in the application of smart manufacturing, and businesses need to accelerate their digitalization process.” Li pointed out that “issues like how to balance improving efficiency and protecting jobs, and how to protect commercial secretes in the age of Internet also remain challenging.”

Alibaba Vice President Liu Song predicted that over the next 10 years, AI and the Internet of Thongs (IoT) will replace mobile technologies as the world’s defining digital technologies, which is why Alibaba is heavily investing in three areas: Big Data, network synergy and smart data. Liu’s view was echoed by Cai Yongzhong, Chairman of Deloitte China, who urged traditional businesses to actively embrace innovation in the face of the upcoming digital revolution.

For more information, please visit http://www.ichongqing.info/smart-china-expo/.

About Smart China Expo (SCE)

Held Chongqing, the Smart China Expo (SCE) is a world-class, national-level Expo that supports the development of Big Data and smart technologies in Western China. High-profiled guests joined the event including 4 political heavyweights, 22 national government officials that above ministerial-level, 58 persons who are in charge of institutions under national departments, and 407 senior representatives from top tier global brands such as Siemens, IBM, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Huawei and more.

source: www.multivu.com

The iWorld Expo 2018 Themed on Digital Economy Kicked Off in Chengdu

On August 16, 2018, the iWorld Expo 2018 grandly kicked off at the Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Center in Chengdu. During the three-day period, under the theme of “Digital Economy in the New Era”, a wonderful event about artificial intelligence and the mobile Internet ecosystem will come onto stage in three major dimensions: exhibitions, international forums and supporting activities.

The iWorld Expo is supported by the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, jointly hosted by the Chengdu Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology, Chengdu Bureau of Expo Affairs and Management Committee of the Chengdu Hi-tech Development Area, and organized by the International Data Group (IDG). This exhibition has attracted more than 200 domestic and foreign brand exhibitors, 100 industry leaders, 300 news media, and 100,000 visitors.

In the report of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, there was a proposal to build China’sstrength in digital networks, the digital economy, smart society and the sharing economy and to foster new growth areas and drivers of growth. This marks the advent of golden explosion of data economy era. In addition, recently, the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Sichuan Provincial Party Committee has issued the “Decision of the Sichuan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China on Comprehensively Promoting High-Quality Development” and clearly proposed to seize the commanding heights of the digital economy. The theme of the iWorld Expo coincides with the path of Chengdu’s vigorous digital economy, showcasing Chengdu’s ambition and confidence in the digital economy.

Eight exhibition areas are being put on show

Innovation is the first driving force for development. At the iWorld Expo 2018, a large amount of companies have brought the audience their cutting-edge innovations.

Covering an area of 22,000 square meters, the exhibition area consisted of eight major sections, namely artificial intelligence, smart life of the future, virtual reality/augmented reality, innovation and start-ups, smart cities, digital entertainment, and smart hardware and intelligent autos.

With the in-depth development of artificial intelligence, the application of artificial intelligence technology has gradually expanded to more industries and fields such as unmanned vehicles, smart homes, consumer electronics terminals, and education. As the key exhibition area of the iWorld Expo, the artificial intelligence exhibition area covers about 2,500 square meters and gathers well-known enterprises such as BOE, Hammer Technology, Pangolin Robot, Deocean, Codoon, and I Winner, attracting a large audience. Meanwhile, at the BOE booth, the BOE 5.99-inch dynamic suspension flexible AMOLED screen, with a thickness of only 0.03mm and a resolution of 1080×2160, is becoming the star of the BOE booth.

At present, the entire smart car industry has entered a new period of development, with more and more industrial opportunities emerging. In the smart car pavilion, leading companies such as BAIC BJEV, Weizuche, and Auto Financial Service gathered to show the cutting-edge technologies of the future car in smart driving, life service, security protection, location service, car assistance and other systems from different perspectives. BAIC BJEV has demonstrated the new era of national pure electric SUVEX360. In terms of technology, BAIC BJEV has introduced the vehicle-based artificial intelligence “Darwin System”, which is a self-learning and self-growth vehicle intelligent technology system independently developed by BAIC BJEV by integrating artificial intelligence and deep learning.

In addition, Tianfu Software Park and Techcode Global Industry Incubator also come onto the stage of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Exhibition Area to showcase the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to the public.

The international forum created smart peak feast

The digital economy has brought new opportunities for the transformation of traditional industries. Meanwhile, the information economy, represented by a series of high-tech technologies such as cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence, is becoming the core of the development of the digital economy. How does the digital economy integrate with the traditional industries? What new formats and new models will the digital economy bring forward? The iWorld Expo is showcasing numerous ideas from a range of mobile internet industries.

Synchronizing the opening ceremony are the 16th China International Software Cooperation Conference and iWorld Conference 2018. Participants at the forums include representatives from National Ministries and Commissions, Sichuan Provincial Party and Government, Chengdu Municipal Party and Government, Foreign consular agencies in Chinaattended this eye-catching forum, along with other significant visitors from pioneering enterprises, scientific research institutions, advanced academic and industrial organizations at home and abroad.

Liu Liedong, Deputy Mayor of Chengdu Government, shared his analytic and profound opinions at his speech. Mr. Liu holds that China is facing with an essential opportunity for scientific and technological revolution and industrial innovation. Information network technology has become an important engine driving economic and social development, and software acts as the core and soul of the new generation of information network technology, playing a more and more significant part in a new round of development in Chengdu. Accordingly, the exhibition will fully perform its characteristics as internationalization and specialization, armed with stronger interaction and experience, aiming to promote interpersonal communication and idea-sharing. Chengdu is making full preparation for providing high-level services and heading for a promising future.

Jennifer Xu, Vice President of IDG Asia, delivered a speech on behalf of the host organization. From her words, it is at the third year that iWorld has landed in Chengdu led by IDG. The exhibition hands out a gathering platform for both new and old friends to make joint efforts for developing emerging technic industry and innovative entrepreneurship in Chengdu. Open to the whole world, iWorld aims to boost emerging industries and especially the advantages of high-tech innovation and entrepreneurship, achieving a global appraised brand of Chengdu.

Nine parallel forums are held, including “Linking the Future” Block Chain Summit, VR/AR: a perfect mix of hardware and software, Global Creative Mobile Internet Development Competition (Chengdu Station), Science and Technology Innovation Summit, Changing the Future  Crossover Artificial Intelligence, Build the development of business space with new consumption mode and new experience, Elite Strategic Layout – the Match Point of Internet Industry, Intelligent Road of Intelligent Vehicle. Internet experts from both home and abroad gather together to discuss the development of digital economy under the new era of artificial intelligence.

Featured events ignite the passion of the exhibition

The iWorld Expo 2018 brings not only feasts of innovative technology and ideas to the audience, but also a wonderful journey of smart technology. Various special events take turns to ignite the entire scene, which are quite amazing.

As the classic old-fashioned activities of iWorld Expo, “The Best 2018 Award” and “Talent Award” still continue to be wonderful as they were in previous years. The authoritative selection of high-quality mobile Internet products manufacturers and excellent developers and technicians reserve a new force for the development of the industry.

In addition, iWorld e-sports stage an eye-catching performance. The two popular game projects, including King Gloryand StarCraft, attract top-notched players and wellknown teams from both home and abroad to launch a fierce confrontation and improve the interactive viewing experience of the live events through the on-site esports game.

The Robot Fighting Competition highlight this year’s variety show. By following the trend of the times, iWorld Expo 2018 staged Battletech: The Crescent Hawk’s Inception, a fighting robot carnival full of fun and technology. 36 top teams from all over the world are fighting for the squad and vying for the crown, thus giving the audience a unique viewing experience.

In conclusion, the iWorld Expo 2018 boasts cool smart technology products, innovative ideas from opinion leaders, and fascinating interactive activities.

source: www.prnewswire.com