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Travelers' eyes become passports; New ADNOC STEM learning portal
Here’s your roundup of Middle East AI News!
Iris biometrics allow travelers can breeze through Dubai airport passport control within seconds; Qatar's Umm Al Houl desalination plant's AI project; ADNOC's STEM learning management portal; and Indian entertainment platform Eros Now collaborates with Google to provide automated Arabic subtitles for its streaming movies.
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#UAE #biometrics - Last month, Dubai International Airport started offering its iris scanner ID programme to all passengers last month, allowing them to breeze through passport control within seconds. (AP)
#Kuwait #smartparking - Hong Kong group Wai Hung said one of its key subsidiaries has signed an agreement with Kuwait-based Investment Projects General Trading Company for the construction of nearly 1 million smart parking spaces in nine countries across the Middle East. (Trade Arabia)
#UAE #digitaltransformation - Digital DEWA, the digital arm of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has signed a MoU with du, owned by Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) to speed up digital transformation in Dubai. (Emirates News Agency)
#Qatar #desalination - Sustainable infrastructure solution firm, ACCIONA, has revealed another milestone for the business by financing an AI project at the Umm Al Houl desalination plant in Qatar. Scheduled to become operational by April 2021. (Construction Week)
#Saudi #telecom - Saudi Telecom Company (stc) has selected Ericsson as its managed services provider in Saudi Arabia. Ericsson will deploy its latest AI-powered software suite and machine learning tools and capabilities to provide an automated end-to-end managed operations service. (Intelligent CIO)
#UAE #STEM - One of the world's largest oil companies, ADNOC, has created a first-of-its-kind comprehensive STEM learning management portal for teachers, parents, and students. The initiative aims to help inspire and prepare students to pursue education paths that will prepare them for careers of the future. (Khaleej Times)
#Qatar #education - The Qatar Scientific Club is to launch the Virtual Innovation Lab programme for school students during the second semester mid-term holiday for public schools, which runs from March 14 to 18 . (Gulf Times)
#India #MENA #streaming - ErosSTX-owned OTT platform Eros Now is collaborating with Google Cloud to use its AI technology for streaming Eros Now movies and originals with automated subtitles. The new subtitling feature will first be made available in the Arabic language to cater to the massive Arab audiences who enjoy Indian cinema. (Exchange4Media)
#Qatar #QCRI - The Qatar Center for Artificial Intelligence (QCAI), part of the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), will host the seventh annual Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium (MLDAS) in collaboration with The Boeing Company. To ensure the safety of all participants, this year’s symposium will be held virtually from March 23 to 25. (Zawya)
#Canada #UAE #SmartCities - Smart Dubai and the Consulate General of Canada in Dubai hosted a webinar on March 9, 2021 titled ‘Connected Communities: Lessons from Dubai and Canada’, featuring industry experts from Dubai and Canada who showcased current approaches to connected communities and people-centric smart cities. (Dubai Media Office)