COMEX kicks off today featuring new innovations

MUSCAT: The 28th edition of the COMEX and the second edition of the Smart Cities and Industry 4.0 Summit will begin at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre today. Held under the auspices of the Information Technology Authority, COMEX is hosting a wide range of new features and attractions within the exciting and ever-changing world of information technology and will be on till April 28 as part of the Technology Week.
The World Economic Forum recently ranked Oman as 44th in ‘network readiness’, demonstrating the government’s commitment to ensuring that the country has all the required infrastructure in place to take advantage of all the breakthroughs in smart, new technologies that will play such a central and critical role in the country’s future and the development of the economy and social fabric of society. Divided into three principle areas – Government, Business and Retail – COMEX aims to showcase all that is new and on offer to increase productivity and efficiency for the end-user.
This year COMEX business is highlighting a number of key industries that form part of Oman’s Five Year Plan, namely Manufacturing, Tourism, Transport and Logistics as well as Oil & Gas, Healthcare and Education. The government participation at COMEX eOman is also showcasing solutions and services on offer from 20 different departments along with regional representations from the governments of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Within the IT Industry itself a number of sectors are being put in the spotlight this year, where developments are becoming part of our everyday lives including — AR VR, Cybersecurity, Big Data, Cloud Computing, IoT and AI. On the retail side, COMEX Shopper is also set to host all that is new and exciting in the world of Gaming, Smart Homes Technology and Robotics as well as all sorts of exciting offers on new products for sale in IT hardware, software and mobiles. The second edition of the Smart Cities and Industry 4.0 Summit will also focus on artificial intelligence and the Internet of things, the conference will delve into more detail on new initiatives in manufacturing, education, urban development and ‘cognitive city planning’ as well as the use of the IoT in the Oil & Gas Industry and advanced solutions for artificial intelligence within the Logistics and Healthcare Industries. A look at rolling out fibre optic broadband, cybersecurity, Industry 4.0 and wireless technologies will also be discussed along with the opportunities and challenges faced in transformation of Smart City development.
Comex is supported by Omantel; Gulf Business Machines (GBM) as Diamond Sponsor; Ooredoo as Official Digital Partner; Oracle, Cisco, Awasr, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), SAP, Mideast Data Systems, FIREWARE, IBM, Symantec, F5 and Juniper as Lead Sponsors; Exceed IT Services & Oman Broadband as Platinum Sponsors; Microsoft, Google Cloud, Digisol, Prime Business Solutions and Integrated IT & Telecom Distributors as Gold Sponsors; Colouring as Silver Sponsor, Gulf Infotech is the Cloud Sponsor, SBS as Robotics Partner. The Gaming Zone is sponsored by Jumbo Electronics & powered by Game World while Panaroma Mall is featured sponsor, Technowave is the Technology Partner, Abeer Hospital is Health care partner and T FM are Radio Partners.