QITCOM 2012 adds Smarter Planet sessions

Qatar ICT show adds Smarter Planet track to discuss smart connected applications

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QITCOM 2012 adds Smarter Planet sessions QITCOM 2012 takes place in Doha from 5th to 7th March.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 23, 2012

QITCOM 2012 has announced that it will host a dedicated conference session on the theme of ‘Smarter Planet'.

Qatar's leading ICT expo and conference has added the Smarter Planet session, to be held on 7th March, will cover a range of topics around connected systems and applications, and how they can create better, more sustainable environments.

The track will include a showcase of the Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (CopITS) platform, a three-year project between Qatar University Wireless Innovation Centre (QUWIC) and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) aimed at enabling vehicles to communicate and co-operate with other vehicles to support the creation of new safety and navigation applications; and QUWIC's Masarak, a solution that provides a rich and intelligent portfolio of services and applications in the areas of traffic monitoring, fleet management, intelligent dispatching and trip planning.

Ali Al-Khulaifi, QITCOM Organising Committee chairman commented: "As the World's population continues to grow at an extremely fast rate there are greater demands being placed on our city infrastructures. Smarter cites around the world are leveraging technology to optimize their resources and improve the efficiency of their infrastructure. At QITCOM 2012 we've assembled the industry's leading experts to join ICT stakeholders, business leaders and government officials to share insights into the developments, best practices and future trends in creating smarter applications and a smarter planet eco-system that most particularly applies to the local and Middle Eastern region."

Abdullah Zaid Al Talib, Chairman of Qatar University Wireless Innovation Centre (QUWIC), will also be giving a keynote speech during the final day of QITCOM 2012 on ‘The Transition to a Knowledge-based Economy: A Holistic View', look at how governments across the region are reshaping their national development strategies to be in line with the knowledge-based economy.

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