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FII-I invests EVTOL startup Lilium; 'UAE Pass' to use biometric facial ID
Here’s this week’s roundup of Middle East AI News!
Announced yesterday, the government app UAE Pass will allow users to create a verified account using biometric facial recognition in less than five minutes without the need to visit government services centres. Users with verified accounts gain access to over 6,000 services provided by over 130 government, quasi-governmental, federal and local authorities. The UAE Cabinet approved the use of facial recognition for services in February.
In other news, a study from Automation Anywhere asserts that intelligent automation could help double the size of Saudi Arabia’s economy; Abu Dhabi's Technology Innovation Institute (TII) appoints a global advisory board for its robotics research centre; Riyadh-based FII-I invests in electric VTOL aircraft startup Lilium; and how diplomacy is ushering in a new era for Middle East tech.
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#Saudi #economy - Intelligent automation offers the potential to double Saudi Arabia’s economy to $1.6 trillion, adding an additional $293 billion by 2030, according to a new study commissioned by global robotic process automation (RPA) firm Automation Anywhere. (ITP)
#UAE #facialrecognition - The UAE Government will employ biometric face recognition (facial ID) to register customers in the "UAE Pass" application, as part of its plan to launch the first safe digital national ID for citizens and residents. The UAE approved the use of facial recognition for customer services in February and announced government facial ID trials. (Emirates News Agency)
#UAE #transport - Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has rolled out a programme to carry out field inspections of heavy vehicles using #drones equipped with AI technologies, starting in 2020. Since the initiative began the RTA has conducted more than 300 heavy truck inspections. (Gulf News)
#UAE #AVs - Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an MoU with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to promote the strategic partnerships between the two parties, especially relevant to the Safe Drive Initiative Framework (SafeDI Framework) of the Forum. RTA says the MoU supports Dubai’s strategy to transform 25 per cent of total trips in the city into self-driving trips by year 2030. (Intelligent Transport)
#UAE #R&D - Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the applied research pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRCC), has announced the advisory board for its Autonomous Robotics Research Centre. (BusinessWire)
#UAE #military - UAE national service recruits are to be given lessons in entrepreneurship alongside military drills and weapons training, according to the National Service and Reserve Authority. National service recruits already receive training in data literacy and artificial intelligence. (The National)
#Bahrain #WEF - Bahrain hosted a World Economic Forum workshop on the future of procurement of AI in the public sector. The three-day workshop in Bahrain was organised by WEF’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) in partnership with Bahrain's Economic Development Board and the Information & eGovernment Authority. (Trend Radars)
#Bahrain #UAE #Israel #Abraham Accords - The Abraham Accords, a series of normalisation deals signed last year between Israel and Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), offer the chance to galvanise the technology sector across the region. (ZDNet)
#Saudi #Germany #funding - Riyadh-based Future Investment Initiative Institute (FII-I) has invested in electric VTOL aircraft startup Lilium as part of a strategy to develop and leverage sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternatives to traditional combustion engines in the air travel industry, according to Saudi Press Agency. (Al Arabiya)
#UAE #foodsecurity - MEED, DP World and Jafza will host a webinar on 12 April 2021 with industry leaders from across the agricultural, logistics and technology sectors to discuss how vertical farming is creating new opportunities for investors and developers alike. (MEED)