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UAE announces Champions 4.0: TII to create new AI research centre
Here’s your weekly roundup of Middle East AI News!
It's a short newsletter this week, but some interesting news nonetheless!
Top stories include, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology's launch of the Champion 4.0 network to help hundreds of UAE manufacturers join Industry 4.0; the launch of an advanced analytics solution to support Abu Dhabi government policymakers; and TII's announcement that it will create a new AI research centre in Abu Dhabi.
Stay safe and have a great weekend! And if you're taking part in GITEX Global 2021 in Dubai next week, I wish you the best of luck!
Fourth Industrial Revolution
#UAE #4IR - The UAE Ministry of Industry & Advanced Technology is rolling out an Industry 4.0 programme to accelerate digital transformation in the manufacturing sector. The ministry has formed a Champions 4.0 network to assist UAE companies embracing Industry 4.0, consisting of a dozen multinational companies including Cisco, Microsoft Siemens and Schneider Electric. (The National)
#UAE #R&D - Abu Dhabi's Technology Innovation Institute (TII) - the applied research arm of the emirate's Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) - plans to create a dedicated AI research centre employing 50 in 2022. (The National)
#UAE #analytics - Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD) has inaugurated its new Insights and Foresights Platform, which uses AI data analysis technologies to support policy making and future planning. The platform will provide government decision-makers with interactive data dashboards, analytical models and simulations to support policy making. (Emirates News Agency)
#UAE #facialrecognition - Mashreq NEO, the full-service digital bank from Mashreq Bank, will enable residents to open a bank account using facial recognition technology from November. The initiative, launched in collaboration with the UAE’s Ministry of Interior, leverages the ministry's biometric face recognition system to verify UAE residents. (Khaleej Times)
#Oman #logistics - The Special Economic Zone at Duqm (Sezad) has been testing drone delivery for postal services and food delivery in collaboration with UVL Robotics. The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (Opaz) has designated a testing zone for drone experiments in Sezad, covering an area of 18 square kilometres. (Times of Oman)
#UAE #logistics- Emirates Group's global air and travel services provider Dnata has partnered with Gather AI, a US-based technology startup, to launch an autonomous inventory management platform using drones in its warehouses at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in the USA. The system autonomously monitor shipments with 99.8 percent accuracy. (Zawya)