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Global Mobile Edge Computing Market Review 2017-2019 & Forecast to 2026

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EDITOR‘S NOTE

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he products from the manufacturing line, especially in the consumer electronics sector, has come a long way since their very first versions decades ago. Everything is now modernized and complete with working features. Take the cellular phone, for example. From smaller screens to HD screens and from physical keypads to virtual keyboards, the mobile phones are more than just a phone today; it has evolved to something else entirely. This is all thanks to the emerging technologies that have disrupted the manufacturing industry for the better. Sensors paired with the Internet of Things, cloud technology, and data analytics prove to be of significant use in the assembly line. Combining this power with innovative suggestions and feedback from customers and stockholders, manufacturers are now producing products in the most intuitive and faster way possible. Just recently, Elon Musk added a creative and innovative feature in their Tesla cars just because of a tweet from a user. The “Dog Mode� feature has changed the lives of dog owners everywhere, and it is all because the owner of Tesla can be reached easily through social media. 4

Technologies are Disrupting the Manufacturing Industry

The increased technology in the workplace also accounts for a streamlined process and better decision-making as managers and superiors need not have to be personally present at the manufacturing line to understand the happenings at the factory. All they need are apps and software to see the collected data from the assembly line. The factories nowadays are being converted to smart factories dominated by various technologies, and it is safe to say that what comes from the manufacturing line each time is a more advanced version of its predecessor. To stay in the game, companies and manufacturing firms need to adjust to the digital world to

accommodate the needs of their customers and at the same time, produce better revenue games for their companies.


Regional Office: LG Electronics Gulf FZE, P.O Box 61445, Dubai. Tel: +971 4 279 9222, UAE, Mr. Amjad Abu Alika, Tel: +971 50 450 9808, email: amjad.abualika@lge.com; Fortune International Trading LLC, Mr. Wail Halbouni, Tel: +971 50 481 3570, email: fortintl@emirates.net.ae; Ghantoot Trading, Mr. Nour Haboush, Tel: +971 50 109 4109, email: nour.h@ghantootgroup.ae; District Cooling Company, Mr. Ahmed Henedi, Tel: +971 50 658 4832, email: ahmed@districtcoolingcompany.com; Al Yousuf Electronics, Mr. Moitra, Tel: +971 50 457 6170, email: pmoitra@alyousuf.com; Bahrain, AJM Kooheji and Sons, Mr. Jayachandran, Tel: +973 36888801, email: v.jayachandran@ajmkooheji.com: Al Babtain Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Co., Mr. Naji Kataya, Tel: +965 5 051 5771, email: nkataya@albabtaingroup.com,kw; BLK, Mr. Imad Rhayel, Tel: +965 5 157 1229, email: irhayel@blk.com.kw; Oman, Oman Gulf Enterprise, Mr. Narender Kumar, Tel: +968 9 747 4505, email: narenderk@otegroup.com; Aspire Projects and Service, Mr. Vivek Wagh, Tel: +968 99357694, email: vivekwagh@aspireoman.com; Azerbaijan, NBC LLC., Mr. Elkhan Sadikhov, Tel: +994 50 216 3363, email: elkhan.sadikhov@nbc.com; Al-Con Maxiwell Group, Mr. Vagif Alexperov, Tel: + 994 50 216 2092, email: maxiwellbaku@inbox.ru; Armenia/Georgia, ARAY Gulf, Mr. Vilson Melikjanyan, Tel: +374 9 307 7755, email: vilson@aray.am; Yemen, Modern House Exhibition, Mr. Khaled Jabr, Tel: +967 71 172 0202, email: mail@mhe-yemen.com; Pakistan, Iceberg Industries (Lucky Goldstar), Mr. Imran Jamil Khan, Tel: +923 21 277 6100, email: ceo@icebergindustries.net


CON TENTS

NEWS

14 Technologies are Disrupting the Manufacturing Industry

28 Investing Platform Mythic Markets Turns Your Geeky Hobbies Into Investment Opportunities

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Gemini Expands Global Footprint; Launches in Australia

36 Global Mobile Edge Computing Market Review 2017-2019 & Forecast to 2026

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44 Ten Innovative Solutions of Social Incubator Program in ABU DHABI Rewarded AED 4.4 Million Investment to Support People of Determination

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54 TOSOT Aircon Brand Took Center Stage at PHILCONSTRUCT Mindanao

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matters worse, if the tenants of the building or household don’t change how they throw their waste products, the decongested pipe may be clogged again in a month or less. Complications in sewage and drains like those are not uncommon for highly urbanized settings like Metro Manila, where each facility has its own intricate system of pipes that interconnect to the greater, municipality-wide system. It may sound complex, (especially when one factors in the fact that different structures have different pipe systems, from the most nuanced, somewhat unnoticeable facet, to an entirely, massively dissimilar network) but due to the ingenious efforts from

the company called RIDGID, these difficulties have been made easier to solve. Specifically, RIDGID’s underground technology makes it possible to see, find, and solve clogs as if unclogging a bottle of wine. Without RIDGID’s tools, as stated above, it takes about twelve hours or more to clear the pathway for congested pipes, whereas RIDGID can de-clog pipes in minutes. Their FlexShaft™ Drain Cleaning Machines, SeeSnake® Cameras and the K-5208 Sectional Machine are just some of their weapons in the war against congested drainage systems beneath the cities of the Philippines. Direction: Kindly take note that congested drainage is not only limited to happen in metropolitan areas, drainage facilities management is highly necessary in numerous establishments including hotels, factories and other related industries located in rural places.

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Firstly, their drain decongestants can unclog any pipe from its obstructions. From the tiniest residential clogs, to heavy-duty municipal lines, RIDGID builds drain cleaners that can answer the call with pride. Clogged sinks, tubs, shower drain, toilets, and everything in between, are no match for their FlexShaft™ Drain Cleaning Machines. A few of their tools to ward of clogs are the K-45 Sink Machine, Power Clear, Hand Spinners, and more! Secondly, their SeeSnake® Cameras are instrumental in showing the materials and debris that are actually contributing to the pipes and drains’ clogged states. To see the reason why a pipe is clogged and the possible location the obstruction is taking place is a blessing RIDGID Machines can give its users, because how can you give a solution to an unknown problem? A big part of the hassle plumbers face when it comes to pipe maintenance is truly the fact that they’re usually kept in the dark. With their micro CA-300 Inspection Camera, their SeekTech Line Locators and more, plumbers and servicepeople can do a much finer job in terms of pipe maintenance. Lastly, users of RIDGID’s sectional machines will feel the raw power of their instant acting cable clutch that maximizes operator control. Their newest K-5208 Sectional Machine is the most powerful and compact sectional drain cleaner on the market—able to dish out efficient in-field clutch serviceability to minimize down time when maintenance is needed. Its innovative fluid management feature provides a cleaner operation after using the machine. Co Ban Kiat Hardware, Inc. is the distributor to the Filipinos, and is

here to stay and uphold their mission of making our urban settings more bearable and enjoyable. They have safeguarded the state of the metropolis’ underground systems such that life above ground may shine brighter than usual. So, if you’re

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While many people still think of industries as factories of smokestacks and big, old machinery, the actual scenario inside the manufacturing line is more high-end. For manufacturers to stay in their field and be more relevant to the market, they must incorporate the growing digital technology into their operations. This meant following the trend and embracing the changes. As reported by recent research, 86% of 2,000 manufacturers expect a great deal of changes, specifically in their cost and revenue, from adopting the digitization era. Factories are utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT), along with machine 14

learning, cloud computing, and advanced analytics. Most of these technologies are already implemented throughout different sectors of the industry, and now they are proving to be of greater use in the manufacturing industry. These technologies are more reliable and cost lesser compared to traditional methods. With the use of new world technologies in the manufacturing line, better and more improved products are conquering the market. This all lead to creating a more competitive marketplace and a better, smarter workplace.


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COVER STORY

Driving Forces of the Disruption in the Industry Customized Products for Consumers Now more than ever, the manufacturing industry is forced to change their strategies to fit the customers’ changing demand. This includes more personalization and customization on the manufacturer part. Gone are the days when manufacturers stick to stan16

dardized procedures to create uniform products for everyone. The customers can now have a say in anything as manufacturers can easily be reached now through social networks. Customers are more empowered and informed about the know-how of the business. Take the auto manufacturers,

for example. They have been able to fulfill the customers’ demand for more customizable options. This not only includes a wide array of color options but also the incorporation of new technologies in cars such as Wi-Fi and wireless charging.


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Empowered Employees While consumers are happy knowing that their demands are met, employees are as empowered as the customers now. This is mainly because they are given direct access to relevant information that they need to be productive and efficient in their fields. Managers make better decisions since they are now able to see the entire supply chain. They can tell whether something needs improvement and can make more accurate deductions of the happenings in the business.

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Employers are also giving the option for some employees to work remotely. With the technology we have today, this is not quite impossible at all. Employees can get to work freely from the comforts of their home, all while being more productive in their duties. Soon enough, the manufacturing industry would make use of talents from across the globe since communication is easier now.


Optimized Production With the rise of advanced manufacturing methods in the manufacturing industry comes the rise of better, less expensive products. The new technology has changed manufacturers in a way we never expected. While customers regularly change their demands and expectations, the manufacturing line can immediately follow suit thanks to the faster and more improved technology. Sensors and cloud analytics greatly help in retrieving useful data and giving relevant insights and feedback regarding the manufacturing line. This gives the higher management a more comprehensive picture of what is happening in the factory and where they can improve their services. As machine learning is slowly being incorporated into the equation, the factory becomes smarter and more efficient.

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“86% of 2,000 manufacturers expect a great deal of changes, specifically in their cost and revenue, from adopting the digitization era.�

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High-end Products Smart manufacturing has led to improved, “smarter� products. Cars can now navigate themselves and need no driver interaction to avoid accidents and obstacles at all. They can also automatically track gas usage and determine engine health. Some cars can even order parts required all by themselves! These revolutionary products have improved the manufacturing line altogether. Thanks to the data coming from these products, combined with suggestions and improvement from their patrons, the manu24

facturers can adjust their products accordingly. Because of this, customers can expect more transformed products in the coming years. Augmented and virtual realities also play a crucial role in creating a high-end way of designing products. Live demos and simulations can be tested on a product, even before they are assembled, saving the manufacturer time and money. -end-


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Investing Platform Mythic Markets Turns Your Geeky Hobbies Into Investment Opportunities

ple don’t realize that premium collectibles can outperform the stock market and real estate,” said Joseph Mahavuthivanij, CEO of Mythic Markets. “Fans and collectors, meanwhile, know their favorite asset classes intimately well -- but the most desirable items are often out of budget and out of reach. Mythic Markets gives them a way to engage deeper with the things they’re passionate about.” The company recently raised a $2 million seed round investment from leading venture capital firms and angel investors. Slow Ventures led the oversubscribed round, with participation from Third Kind Venture Capital, Global Founders Capital, and others. “We are thrilled to be backing Mythic Markets. We think they can play a big role in leveling the playing field for people interested in owning physical assets,” said Slow partner Sam Lessin. “By increasing liquidity and distributing ownership, more people can invest in a wider range of things they enjoy. We’re excited to be a part of their new approach.”

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Gemini Expands Global Footprint; Launches in Australia Consumers’ appetite for selfdriving vehicles lags the automotive industry’s pace of investment in advanced vehicle technology, according to the “2019 Deloitte Global Automotive Consumer Study.” Consumer trust in autonomous vehicles (AVs) appears to be stalling. In the U.S., 50 percent of survey respondents do not believe AVs will be safe, nearly the same as last year’s 47 percent. That is drastically different from consumer sentiment in 2017, when 74 percent voiced concerns about these vehicles’ safety. Other markets saw similar plateauing, with the share of consumers in China, Japan and South Korea who believe AVs will not be safe decreasing modestly; and Indian and German consumers both showing slight increases in their distrust. “Autonomous vehicles have begun to enter the real world in pilot testing and have consequently encountered real world challenges,” said Craig Giffi, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP, and U.S. automotive sector leader. “A series of high-profile incidents may have contributed to the plateau in consumer trust in this year’s study, but there will likely be a longer-term trend toward 32

gradual acceptance,” says Giffi. “Even so, consumers have a much higher bar for acceptance of fully-autonomous vehicles than for driver assistance safety technology. Along with today’s consumer skepticism, the industry needs to thoughtfully factor into its plans the long tcapital investment cycle that will be required to bring flawless autonomous vehicle technology into the mainstream. This includes elusive business models for generating ROI and it’s all combined with the likely increase in regulatory oversight that is on the horizon.”

Deciding factors in choosing advanced mobility options Consumers now have more choices than ever before with regards to mobility, whether they are choosing a car to buy or lease or simply deciding how to get from point A to B. The plethora of choices brings an array of new decisions for consumers: • Ride-hailing irregularities: In 2017, 23 percent of U.S. consumers used ride-hailing at least once a week, and another 22 percent used it occasionally. Fast forward to the latest study, and the percentage of regular users cuts in half to 12 percent, while the proportion of occasional users increases twofold to 46 percent. Occasional


ride-hailers follow a similar path in India and China, though both countries saw substantial growth in the volume of occasional ride-hailers, growing from 85 to 90 percent in India between 2017 and 2019; and 75 to 83 percent in China over the same period. • A generational divide: Younger consumers are more lik ely to question whether vehicle ownership is a necessity than older generations. Japan leads the pack, where 60 percent of Generations Y/Z say ride hailing makes them question whether they need to own a vehicle, followed by 53 percent for Gen X and 45 percent of Baby Boomers. In the U.S., the number is 46 percent for U.S. Gen Y/Z consumers, down 20 percentage points from 64 percent in 2017. • Convenience over savings: The majority (56 percent) of Americans are not interested in ridesharing services — such as professional micro-buses and other similar multi-rider options — and 47 percent of German

consumers prefer to use their vehicles daily. Using multiple modes of transportation in one trip is largely an occasional undertaking in the U.S., wher te 39 percent of U.S. consumers report they never combine different modes in a single trip. Along with new transportation options, connectivity has unlocked an array of new choices for consumers purchasing vehicles, many of whom are divided: • Top priorities: In two-thirds (63 percent) of U.S. consumers are concerned about biometric data being captured via a connected vehicle and shared with external parties; 40 percent of people in China and Japan say the same.

percent) would only pay up to $500 more for this functionality. German consumers feel similarly, with 40 percent willing to pay €600 more (approximately US$680). While a higher share of Japanese consumers (72 percent) are willing to pay extra, their upper limit was only ¥50,000 (approximately US$450). “Connected, electrified, and autonomous vehicles offer tremendous value for society, but consumers will be slow to adopt these advanced technologies at scale until there is clear and undisputed improvement in safety, cost, convenience, and superior customer experience from a trusted brand,” said Joe Vitale, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and global automotive sector leader.

• Reluctance to pay more for options: Once consumers are sold on a feature, they are not necessarily sold on the price. One-third (33 percent) of U.S. consumers would be unwilling to pay more for a connected vehicle, and a slightly larger portion (42

Who are consumers rooting for? As consumers look ahead to the automotive future, they may not always associate emerging technology with traditional car manufacturers. In the U.S., the number of consumers who said they trust traditional orig33


inal equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring AV technology to market continues to slip, falling from 47 percent in 2018 to 39 percent in 2019. Even in Germany, where trust in OEMs has traditionally been fairly solid, this proportion has dropped rapidly from 51 percent in 2017 to 33 percent in 2019. With an ongoing lack of trust in the private sector, consumers are looking to governments to increase regulation. An over34

whelming percentage of consumers in most countries indicated they wanted “significant oversight,” including 56 percent of U.S. consumers. Hybrid electric vehicles still struggle for attention People around the globe now see electrified powertrains as viable options, but electric vehicles (EVs) still face some bumps in the road ahead. In the U.S., 29 percent would prefer a nontraditional powertrain, up

from 20 percent last year — including hybrid, battery or other alternative — for their next vehicle. A low fuel price environment coupled with relaxed emissions standards and fewer available rebates will likely keep EV adoption rates contained in the U.S. market. Interest in Asian countries is far higher than that of the U.S. China is in the lead, where 65 percent of people surveyed would prefer an alternative powertrain in their


next vehicle, followed by Japan (59 percent), Korea (43 percent) and India (39 percent). Adoption of EVs will likely play out differently in other regions. Stronger policies to address pollution concerns and foreign oil reliance in China may encourage faster EV adoption, while European countries including Norway, Britain, France, and the Netherlands have announced plans to ban the sale of conventional gas- and dieselfueled vehicles over the next

two to three decades. While both regions may be poised for increased EV adoption, change will not be immediate. This is because traditional vehicles currently make up the bulk of cars on the road, and these cars boast a life expectancy of more than 10 years. In North America, adoption is likely to lag due to a low fuel-price environment, relaxed-emissions standards and a tighter tax-rebate policy.

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Global Mobile Edge Computing Market Review 2017-2019 & Forecast to 2026 The Global Mobile Edge Computing market accounted for $200.37 million in 2017 and is expected to reach $2,772.36 million by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 33.9% during the forecast period. Some of the key factors boosting the market are raising demand for ultra-low latency and high bandwidth. However, lack of required infrastructure and deployment capabilities are hampering the market growth. Based on the end user, agriculture segment growth is constantly enhancing due to the increasing innovation in the science and art of cultivating plants and livestock. Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated spe36

cies created food surpluses that enabled people to live in cities. By Geography, Asia Pacific is anticipated to exhibit the considerable growth due to proliferation of smartphones in countries such as India, China, etc. due to growing demand for real time access and social media growth. Some of the key players in Global Mobile Edge Computing market are Adlink, Advantech, Artesyn, Brocade, Gigaspaces, Huawei, IBM Corporation, Integrated Device Technology, Inc., Juniper Networks, Inc., Nokia, Peerapp, Inc., Quortus, Saguna Networks, Vapor IO, Vasona Networks.


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New product sectors, the largest construction industry research, an exclusive C-level forum, an ever stronger focus on technology and innovation, and seven events under one roof are among the many novelties attending construction professionals at the upcoming edition of The Big 5 (25-28 November, Dubai World Trade Centre).

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year,

Middle East’s leading event for the construction industry has much in store to support construction companies through a shifting economic landscape, boost business, launch the latest building solutions, educate industry professionals, and foster best practices championing technological innovation.

Matt Denton, President at dmg events comments: “This 40-year milestone is a great testament to how our teams have effectively worked towards keeping the show fresh and relevant for our stakeholders and attendees. Innovation and adaptability have always been at the core of our strategy as we transform each edition to keep up with the changing business environment and industry needs.”

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THE BIG 5: DRIVING FUTURE CONSTRUCTION STRATEGIES


For the first time, The Big 5 The show will also expand 2019 will cover the full its product sectors’ construction cycle. This year, in offering with the introduction fact, the exhibition will run together with six co-located events allowing industry professionals to source thousands of products for every stage of the construction projects, from inception to completion. The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, The Big 5 Solar, and the Urban Design & Landscape Expo will all run alongside The Big 5 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, from 25 to 28 November.

of the brand new Offsite & Modular Construction sector. “With rapid and efficient construction delivery being in high demand, buyers require state-of-the-art offsite and modular construction solutions for residential, educational, healthcare as well as commercial applications,” Josine Heijmans, Portfolio Director at dmg events, explains.

Here, industry leaders like BK Gulf will be presenting their modular solutions of pre-engineered mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP)

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units for the first time ever. A dedicated educational agenda, the Offsite & Modular Talks, will simultaneously shed light on advances in offsite and modular construction, analysing new challenges and opportunities for prefab in the region. Further, in an effort to drive informed decision making, The

Big 5 will present the “Voice of the Construction Industry”, the largest research conducted in the construction sector. Based on the responses of nearly 6,000 industry stakeholders from 136 countries, it will unveil current and upcoming trends, opportunities, and challenges faced by construction players. The


The initiative, taking place a day before the official opening of the exhibition, will facilitate communication across the industry providing a unique opportunity for key construction stakeholders to meet and discuss current challenges, trends, and strategies in a closed door setup. In the backdrop of last year’s success, The Big 5 will bring back its popular features dedicated to promoting innovation and technology in the construction sector. The event will once again host some of the world’s most promising industry start-ups at its “Start-up City”, and will present the latest building solutions at the dedicated “Live Innovation Zone”.

The second edition of the FutureTech Construction Summit will run on November 25, with a brand new agenda focused on five trending topics: Artificial Intelligence, Digital Asset Management and Digital Twins, Smart Home, Smart Buildings and IoT, BIM, and 3D printing, VR, AR and drones.

research will also offer essential insights on which markets are most promising and why, and how industry professionals are preparing to harness business opportunities.

Ms. Heijmans states: “We are extremely proud and excited to be releasing this unprecedented report at The Big 5 2019. We expect the ‘Voice of the Construction Industry’ to massively 42

The RTA Innovation in BIM Summit at The Big 5 Heavy will also return on November support the decision-making of 26. The summit will explore the construction industry players for the next three years in a shifting economic landscape, providing exclusive intelligence that will help generate revenues, save money, and shape future strategies.”

The key findings of the report will be announced at The Big 5’s CEO Roundtable, a new forum gathering top developers, contractors, consultants, and government entities in the UAE.

impact of BIM on the present and future of the infrastructure industry with updates on AR, 3D printing, industrialized construction and data analytics.

Finally, a wealth of solutions relating to 3D Printing, Drones and Surveillance, Site Mapping, Robotics, Thermal Imaging, and Virtual Reality Trainings among others will be showcased in a new dedicated area at The Big 5 Heavy this year.


Beyond bringing to Dubai over 20,000 innovative products, the seven events will also provide more than 220

complimentary high-level summits, practical seminars, and CPD-certified workshops to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

At The Big 5, visitors will be able to attend the FutureTech Construction Summit and the Women in Construction Forum & Awards, along with the Architecture & Design Talks, the BIM Talks, the Technology Talks, the Project Management Talks, and the Offsite & Modular Construction Talks.

This year, The Big 5 Heavy and Middle East Concrete will offer an extended education agenda including the ACI Concrete Summit, the RTA Innovation in BIM Summit, the Geospatial Leaders Conference, the Geotechnical and Engineering Summit, the ACI Seminar Series, and the Geotechnical and Engineering Workshops. The HVAC R Pioneers’ Summit will run alongside the HVAC R Talks at the HVAC R Expo, while the Solar Talks will once again take place at The Big 5 Solar focusing on solar energy in rental property, the future of smart grid technologies, and the role of SME’s in driving a solar powered future.

Moreover, Middle East Stone will offer four days of Stone Design Seminars, and the Urban Design & Landscape Expo will launch the new Urban Design Talks, in addition to the high level Urban Design & Landscape Summit that is returning this year.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and runs from 25 to 28 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 11:00 to 19:00 daily. The event is free to attend to all pre-registered visitors.

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Ten Innovative Solutions of Social Incubator Program in ABU DHABI Rewarded AED 4.4 Million Investment to Support People of Determination

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visual impairments to navigate their surroundings through sensors and visual recognition. Among the winners of this year’s edition, six teams were local, while four teams were international. The event this morning announcing the ten winning projects was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of Department of Health; His Excellency Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development; His Excellency Abdullah Abdulali Al Humaidan,

Secretary General of Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination; His Excellency Hamad Al Dhaheri, Director General of the Social Support Authority; and Her Excellency Salama Al Amimi, Director General, Authority of Social Contribution - Ma’an. The Ma’an Social Incubator program is the first of its kind in the region, with each of the ten teams eligible to receive funding up to AED 200,000 released at every successful milestone the participant reaches, as well as support for living and housing expenses for non-residents of


Abu Dhabi. The program aims to support and develop innovative social concepts and start-up projects so they may become social institutions or civil facilities with an active role in helping people of determination in facing challenges in their communities, offering them solutions that improve their quality of life and achieve their ambitions. The Ma’an Social Incubator program also provides the necessary and specialized support needed for these projects to be sustainable, offering the guidance and tools needed for growth, including financial and moral support, as well as office space, business expertise and access to possible investors. Since launching the program in May earlier this year, 130 ventures applied for the Ma’an Social Incubator program from as far afield as Brazil, Denmark, France, Nigeria and India. Later in August, a shortlist of 25 nominated teams were invited to pitch their solutions before a panel who came together to decide on the final ten winning teams. The teams will have the opportunity to test their social start-up ideas and gain an in-depth understanding of the market, in addition to attending a series of plenary workshops and receiving mentor advice that will help them develop their idea into a product or service, beginning in September and continuing for 16 weeks. Ma’an was established in Feb46

ruary 2019 by the Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi with the aim of bringing together the government, the private sector and civil society to support a culture of social contribution and participation. The authority will deliver solutions for social challenges with four main pillars of work – a Social Investment Fund, a Social Incubator Program, Community Engagement Programs and the introduction of a new type of public contracting, Social Impact Bonds. Ma’an seeks to reinforce the culture of giving in Abu Dhabi, and establish the volunteering needs of the community, aiming to make us of the currently available social volunteering opportunities and initiatives, as well as contribute by generating new opportunities. Her Excellency Ms. Salama Al Ameemi, Director General of

Ma’an said: “We are absolutely delighted with the incredibly innovative ten solutions that have been awarded a place in the Ma’an Social Incubator program, and are now fully focused on helping the entrepreneurs to make their dream become a reality. “These social start-ups will contribute towards establishing sustainable social solutions for people of determination and raising their standard of living in Abu Dhabi and the UAE in general, with an ambition for global impact in the future. This is a hugely important phase in our first incubator program, and we are very much looking forward to working with the committed and passionate people leading each of the start-ups, making their concepts and projects a reality.” The program offers unique and valuable networking opportunities for the teams to


build relationships with individuals outside of the program, including investors, third sector leaders, industry figures, and decision makers in specialized fields regionally and internationally. Ma’an will also host ‘demo days’ to present the concepts of the ten winning team organised for review and evaluation, as well as to leverage funding from investors. The 10 successful start-ups are: 1. Accessible Ad: Platform for information, expertise, training and support to ensure effective accessibility for People of Determination in Abu Dhabi 2. The Butterfly Foundation: Advocacy agency to bring support and empowerment in the hands of People of Determina48

tion in Abu Dhabi 3. The Camp: Inclusion-safe, seasonal, mobile sleepover camps for Children of Determination in the UAE 4. I Hear You: Mobile app that enables communication from text to sign language and vice versa 5. Inclusive: Online platform serving as an umbrella for all things inclusion-related in the UAE 6. Key2Enable: Assistive technology empowering People of Determination to use tablets, computers and smartphones with adapted hardware and accessories 7. Martha Edu: Educational smart cards and mobile app to educate hearing impaired children and parents on signing language

8. Ioptyc by Nexart: Solution for people with visual impairment to navigate their surroundings through the use of distance judging sensors & visual recognition technology 9. RAB3I: Social venture offering People of Determination an opportunity to attend recreational activities with a (trained) ’buddy’ who shares similar interests 10. Heroes of Hope: Social enterprise delivering equal opportunities for People of Determination, including recreational activities, work opportunities, and sporting events


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The Right Product Applications for Centrifugal Chiller in Philippine Buildings

The Philippines is a tourist hotspot both figuratively and literally. Foreigners from all over the world fly from all across the globe to dip their toes in the warm sands of our beaches and bathe under the tropic sun. But for most of us locals who are too accustomed to the heat, we find ourselves scuttling within the cool confines of larger buildings—mainly hotels, condos, malls, and for those old enough to enter, casinos, to name few. Entering buildings just to be swathed by the cool air is so embedded in Philippine culture that we have a word for it: palamig. If not for top of the line technologies in facility-wide cooling, then this casual, cultural practice and the word that comes with it would not even exist.

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It goes without saying, but residential air conditioning systems are poles apart from their bigger cousins found in commercial buildings and industrial facilities. On one hand, personalization and the ability to cool any room of your choice is perfect for small families and groups found in smaller locations. However, these larger buildings and the numerous individuals who visit these places on a daily basis demand so much more. A constantly cooled place for all around, all time, holistic comfort is one such demand. Facilities such as these typically have cooling loads that exceed 400 refrigeration tons (TR) and therefore require efficient water-cooled centrifugal chillers

such as the TOSOT Water Cooled Centrifugal Chiller CVE Series. One of the great things about a water-cooled centrifugal chiller for facility-wide cooling is the overall effectiveness of its performance in most aspects, especially for buildings with much larger cooling loads. For instance, water-cooled centrifugal chilling systems have an efficient way of dissipating heat. As the name implies, water-cooled chillers use water evaporation to counter heat—a process that is less energyintensive than blowing air against a hot surface as with air-cooled chillers. Also, since water has a higher heat capacity than air, making it inherently easier to remove heat. The TOSOT Water Cooled Centrifugal Chiller CVE Series also boasts a capacity of 250 to 1,400 TR, which translates to 879 to about 4, 924 kW. Inventing technology that emits less carbon and is friendly to the environment is a rising trend in innovation. There is a constant need to appease the needs of the world without sacrificing the proficiency of performance. With that said, the TOSOT Water Cooled Centrifugal Chiller CVE


Series utilizes non-ozone depleting HFC-134A refrigerant, providing a safe and eco-friendly choice without compromising efficiency, keeping cool the various industries where air conditioners are required, such as manufacturing, warehousing, food processing and storing, etc. Usually installed within the building they are designed to cool, water-cooled chillers are not affected by outside weather conditions. Unlike them, air-cooled centrifugal chillers are placed outside the facility, subjecting them to lifespan-shortening elements. This alone means that water-cooled centrifugal chillers are also sturdier and last longer than their air-cooled counterparts. While they do have a higher installation and maintenance cost, the TOSOT Water Cooled Centrifugal Chiller CVE Series 52

utilizes solar energy to buttress those costs, and bears a huge capacity to make it a worthwhile purchase. It is also kitted with state-of-the-art technologies to ensure a highly competent cooling experience for all, such as high-speed direct-drive two-stage impellers, a functional, all-condition “wideband” pneumatic design, high-speed permanent magnet synchronous inverter motors, on-board sine-wave inverters, low viscosity vane diffusers, two-stage compression enthalpy adding technology, highefficiency heat exchangers, a wide and touchable screen to guarantee a smooth user experience, authority classification with passwords for much needed security measures, and soft loan-on and soft shut-down, among other hallmarks to make certain that the Filipinos found in hotels, apartments, restaurants, office buildings, shopping malls,

theatres, gyms, workshops, hospitals and other places have utmost comfort in the facilities. The Philippines being a warm temperature country is an understatement and more often than not, people take the existence of perfectly cooled buildings for granted—walking inside and letting their sweat and clothes dry thanks to the provided air. But hopefully, the next time we enter a building that greets us instantly with a fresh, inviting breeze of cold air, we can start thinking about the processes and the actual machine that allows us to feel that air. Because if it weren’t for systems such as the TOSOT Water Cooled Centrifugal Chiller CVE Series, the word palamig and all its culturally relevant variations would be limited to just fanning ourselves with our hands and paper.


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TOSOT Aircon Brand Took Center Stage at PHILCONSTRUCT Mindanao

was always built for business. The event itself was attended by the giants and figureheads of the building and construction industry, attracted hundreds of companies from more than 20 countries each year and gave them a great deal of exposure, and gave its supporters the maximum return for their investments— truly, a bang for their buck deal. TOSOT returned with an amazing array of top-ofthe-line products. As the leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality air-conditioning products and home appliances in the Philippines, TOSOT received hundreds of trade visitors from mechanical engineers to CEOs of multinational companies that inquired about their high-tech products.

DAVAO, Philippines – SMX Convention Center Davao, SM Lanang Premier was the venue for one of the biggest construction and building conventions of all time with PHILCONSTRUCT Mindanao. The event, which occurred on September 6 to 8, 2019, called in waves of attendees comprised of buyers, partners, contractors, and the like. Needless to say, the convention was a success, and to say the event was big would be an understatement. The expected number of attendees were met and many partnerships were built, paving 54

the way for a brighter future in the construction industry. The event itself was red-letter and many corporations bent on upholding product effectivity and efficiency without infringing upon sustainability showcased their life-improving innovations. Organized by the Philippine Construction Association, Inc. (PCA), the leading organization in building and construction whose members are responsible for over 70% of all construction projects in the country. PHILCONSTRUCT Mindanao

Their chillers, cost effective and high-tech wall-mounted and floor-standing air conditioning units, sleekly gorgeous kitchen appliances such as home induction cookers and water dispensers, TMV5s, to name a few, were thoroughly examined by many willing purchasers. These wares and appliances are especially made more important, seeing as Davao is a 1st class highly urbanized city that is ever-progressing. Despite PHILCONSTRUCT Mindanao being only 3 days long, TOSOT received countless delegations from various


engineering organizations, HVAC distributors, retailers, building owners, shopping mall directors, facilities management professionals, contractors and interior designers who showed strong interest in TOSOT’s air conditioning units and kitchen appliances. TOSOT exhibition stand won 1st runner up in the “Best Booth” category. TOSOT’s exhibition stand is one of the most stunning design in the convention center. This is a commitment not only to bring the best products in Mindanao, but also to give a better marketing experience when guests visit the booth. Those at TOSOT were able to close countless deals during the event amounting to hundreds of thousands of pesos to further their goals of creating more effective, efficient, products while championing sustainably. With these deals, they can continue to stay ahead of the curve in the industry of technological appliances. For those who are interested to see TOSOT aircon units, visit their showroom located at 2162 FB Harrison St., San Jose, Pasay City, Philippines or call +632-8330000 to book an appointment. You may also visit their website http://www. tosot.com.ph/ to get more information about the best split type premium aircon in the Philippines. Follow TOSOT on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for more news and updates.

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Five Ways To Improve New Office Security

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re you reading as a concerned business owner? Do you have concerns about office security? What steps have you taken to make sure your workplace is protected? These are just some of the questions you will have to answer when setting up a new office. Keep in mind; every locality has its pros and cons. Therefore you must check the criminal records of the new place where you’re setting up your office in. There are many ways with which one can protect the office from criminal activities. 56

However, it is important to act upon some of the most concrete options. In this article we will navigate you through some ways with which you can improve office security in a new place. An office is a workstation which is inhabited by many things such as expensive assets, laptops, computers, electronic devices, expensive furniture and a lot more. Burglars can break into such places easily. Therefore you must do something that makes the employees feel safe.


F E AT U R E S T O RY Some of the ways to improve office security are:

1. Incorporate an electrical gate Electrical gates have always been immensely important when it comes to magnifying the security of a property. Ever heard of turnstile gates? They allow one person to enter at a time. You can get one such gate for your front entrance and a backdoor from Daosafe website. With such gates even the security guard won’t have to worry about a lot of people flocking the entrance and entering in even numbers. DaoSafe has a vast array of designs and properties which can suffice for the security need of a property. Therefore you must incorporate a protective gate as a first option.

2. Install CCTV cameras CCTV cameras are very important in this day and age to protect people. Unfortunately many companies often underestimate their benefits which is why they run in a lot of troubles later on. CCTV cameras should be installed outside the office and inside to know about the whereabouts of the employees and all the visitors who are entering the premises of the building. Through CCTV camera, a company gets to know about any possible danger that the building might have from outside. CCTV cameras record 24/7 footage and can be navigated in all positions. 58


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3. Incorporate top-notch door locks Door locks play a very important role in protecting an office building. However, not every room is going to have an electrical door lock. Some of the discreet rooms in the office which house important documents will surely need to have concrete door locks. If you have the traditional door locks in mind, they won’t help at all. Electrical door locks are pivotal in protecting the building and have a system which can be operated by the CEO of the company. Furthermore, if burglars or terrorists break into the office building, door locks can suddenly be activated to block entrance in all-important rooms.

4. Good lighting is necessary Lights are not just a great renovation option but are equally important for maintaining workplace morale. If you haven’t seen the modern LED lights, you must check them online to see 60

the different designs they come in. The best thing about such lights is that they can be incorporated in the interior and the exterior of the office. The modern styled LED lights come in a single pallet which has so many of them encrusted in it. In this way, a small space can lighten up easily. For office security, such lights must be installed in the lobby, back door entrance, front door entrance, accounts department, etc.

5. Provide parking space to employees The most important thing which possibly could be stolen in case of no parking provided by the company is your employee’s vehicle. The best idea to improve security of office for employees is to provide a parking space. An ideal parking lot will be able to provide relief to the employees with regards to their vehicle. If your office building is not spacious enough to provide a parking station for the employees, you must consider renting some space nearby for your employees. Some companies

even have laws which provide complete coverage to the employees in case their car gets stolen.

Conclusion: Lastly, you must make sure that the office building has been made out of the finest material. Even the windows need to be properly insulated and well-built to protect the building from burglars breaking in. The protection of the workspace is not just important for the assets it has but also for the people who work there. Office security is a very topical thing in the world right now which is why people are coming up with interesting ideas every single day. With much advancement in technology, it is possible to track such people down, but it is better to devise strict security measures that prevent criminal events from taking place.


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What Can Augmented Reality Do for Oil and Gas Industries? New technologies are proliferating the business world, and two of the most exciting are virtual reality and augmented reality. Virtual reality consists of environments that contain sights and sounds and are completely computer generated and accessed through the use of VR helmets. The gaming community and increasingly other industries use VR. The fastest growing area of use for VR is in training simulations.

What is Augmented Reality? Augmented reality is the mixing of virtual reality in the real world whereby sounds, images and text are overlayed via computers onto what we actually see around us. So virtual reality replaces the world around us, and augmented reality adds to the world. You can see augmented reality images using an app on a smartphone or other computer device or through some type of eyewear. We have seen this is high end movies and video games, and now augmented reality has begun to be used by industries for various purposes. 62


AR in the Oil and Gas Industries

Oil and Gas augmented reality has proven to be an important tool for the oil and gas industry because it offers companies a wide range of benefits.

OnSite Training and Instructions

Oil and gas companies can use AR and wireless headsets to have top experts guide personnel though tasks. This allows the experts to not have to spend long hours traveling to sites. Instead they can stay in one location, and apply their expertise and training to any number of AR ready sites all around the world.

Assessment of Underground Assets and Worksites

An entire underground asset and worksite or any part of it can be overlayed on to an augmented reality program, and show up to the minute status of things. Companies can see oil and gas reserves, pipelines, construction areas, and all other elements of a project with a 3D visual representation. This allows for better utilization of people and other resources, minimizes accidents and saves money for companies.

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Replacement of Parts

Oil and gas companies can use AR to assess and even help replace worn broken parts. With an ability to get a 3D view of things, this can be doe accurately and efficiently. Newer AR programs will be able to anticipate wear and tear and tell companies when parts are likely to break causing disaster avoidance and more uptime for workers and sites. Today every large and middle size oil and gas company is utilizing AR and looking to use it more. Currently hey are training staff on the use of wireless goggles that also have sound capabilities and connecting them with relevant departments to coordinate efforts that improve efficiency and affect the bottom lines. The results have been spectacular and in this volatile and price sensitive industry, this technology is helping to control costs, As AR continues to improve and the use of robotics increases, companies envision a time when robots using AR will be doing all of the difficult and dangerous work for their companies. 66


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