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Sharjah tourism introduces ‘AI Tour Guide Chatbot’

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) unveiled four innovative projects designed to further boost the competitiveness of Sharjah’s tourism sector at the premier GITEX Technology Week 2019 at Dubai World Trade Centre. The ‘AI Tour Guide Chatbot,’ a 24/7 voice-and text-based chatbot, has been developed to provide the latest information about Sharjah to tourists. The interactive tour guide chatbot, which is accessible via WhatsApp, a mobile app, SCTDA’s website, and Facebook messenger, shares accurate details about the emirate’s top tourist destinations, must-do activities, world-class accommodations, leading restaurants, and much more. The project is the result of SCTDA’s initiative to incorporate the latest technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), into its tourism programmes to better highlight Sharjah’s renowned beauty and hospitality while enhancing visitor experience. The ‘AI Tour Guide Chatbot’ supports five languages, including Arabic, English, German, Chinese, and Russian, and can recognise various Arabic accents. The other three projects are Smart Hotel Licensing and Classification system, Smart Vehicle Permit System and Hotel Statistics System – Business Intelligence (HSS – BI) solution. H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, SCTDA, said, “These latest projects reflect our commitment to introducing technology-driven ideas that will promote Sharjah as a world-class tourist destination with a wide range of leisure, cultural, and entertainment activities. We are confident that these initiatives will help accelerate the fulfillment of the main goal of Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021, which is to attract 10 million tourists to our shores.”

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Smartworld lines up cyber security, blockchain solutions at Gitex 2019 show

Smartworld, the UAE’s leading semi-government technology service provider, is showcasing the latest Cisco engineered technology solutions ranging from cyber security, blockchain, analytics to anti-drones system and detection at the ongoing Gitex Technology Week 2019 in Dubai. The technology service provider is also showcasing its success stories with Dubai Airports infrastructure projects, Etisalat in-building solutions projects, and the current engagement with Cisco and Expo 2020. On its participation in the 39th edition of Gitex at Cisco stand, Abdulqader Ali, CEO of Smartworld, said the purpose is to throw the spotlight on its latest end-to-end solutions offerings. Smartworld offers organisations opportunities to achieve formerly impossible efficiencies and innovations by delivering value that previously required too many people or too much time with the help of AI. Streamlining routine and non-routine tasks frees employees to work on other problems and parts of the business. Smartworld also offers a wide range of AI-based video analytics that support organisations to drive digital business transformation and to deliver the scale and value needed to achieve business ambitions — and data and analytics capabilities lie at the heart of any such platform. The company will offer drone applications that can be used for inspection, research and multiple business purposes, as well as display and track its anti-drone system, protecting the interests of stakeholders against intrusions, surveillance or illegal actions. Smartworld is demonstrating its blockchain solution for the education sector, which issues and verifies blockchain-based records for academic credentials and professional certifications, ensuring the longevity and interoperability of the digital records.

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SCTDA to launch smart services during GITEX Technology Week 2019

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) announced that it will participate at GITEX Technology Week 2019, which will take place from October 6-10 at Dubai World Trade Centre, under the umbrella of the Sharjah Government. Underscoring its commitment to harnessing the power of technology in its efforts to promote Sharjah’s tourism sector, SCTDA will launch new innovative services at the Sharjah Pavilion of the event.   Commenting on SCTDA’s GITEX participation, H. E.Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of SCTDA, said, “The role of Artificial Intelligence within the business world has grown dramatically over the past decade and as a result, recent years have witnessed widespread adoption of AI applications by the travel and tourism industry as well. Thanks to the increased connectivity of devices, the Internet of Things (IoT) is also making its impact felt in the tourism and hospitality industry. ” “We consider GITEX an ideal platform to inform the public about our innovative smart services that have been designed to complement the UAE Smart Government goals to help customers save time and effort and to contribute to sustainable development process. The smart services developed by the Authority form part of the objectives of the Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021, adopting an innovative approach to tourism as a key pillar of the Vision,” he shared.

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