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NEWS Zebra enables digitisation at Capital Health’s hospital Capital Health’s new Specialised Rehabilitation Hospital in Abu Dhabi. Thamer Nouri, Business Development Manager, Zebra Technologies Middle East. Zebra Technologies, a vendor in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, is collaborating with Capital Health to provide a portfolio of advanced patient identification solutions to support the digitisation of Capital Health’s new Specialised Rehabilitation Hospital in Abu Dhabi. Zebra will provide a broad range of healthcare solutions including Zebra DS6878-HC scanners, HC100 printers and Z-Band UltraSoft wristbands. They will be used across the hospital functions from admissions to the patient bedside to ensure accuracy and efficiency, and enhance patient safety and care. The new Specialised Rehabilitation Hospital is purposely designed with the intention of creating a fully digital, connected hospital to enhance patient care and increase the efficiency of the clinical team, freeing more of their time to focus on patients. All patients will be provided with Z-Band UltraSoft wristband upon check- in, improving patient comfort, reducing medical errors, workflow and streamlining admissions processes and ensuring they receive the right care at the right time. 10 Gemalto document readers at Cairo Airport Cairo International Airport currently welcomes 15 million passengers every year. Gemalto, a global vendor in digital security, is supplying Cairo International, the second busiest airport in Africa, with automated document readers that will enable faster border crossings for millions of travelers, whilst ensuring rigorous security checking of passports and other identity credentials. With global air travel continuing to grow, authorities are under intense pressure to reduce queues at border control and strengthen protection against threats such as illegal immigration. Addressing both of these challenges, the Mohamad Eit, Regional Manager for Identity Management System in Middle East for Gemalto. Gemalto document reader AT9000 MK2 rapidly authenticates ICAO-compliant passports as well as other official documents such ID cards, visas and driver’s licenses. A simple scanning of documents at virtually any orientation enables quick operation by staff. The reader automatically detects and checks document security features, including those visible under UV and IR light. Anti-glare technology minimises the interference that can be caused by materials such as shiny laminates. Insufficient local hyper-scale activity inhibiting cloud in region “There are insufficient local hyper-scale and large-scale datacenters to support cloud systems, which cause local organisations to derive cloud offering from abroad,” said Peter Sondergaard, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Research at Gartner, at the recent Gartner Symposium ITxpo, in Dubai, UAE. “Moreover, latency, legal and local currency makes this option problematic and limits cloud adoption among businesses in MENA,” he added. Cloud spending in the region is among the lowest in the world when measured as percentage of total IT spending. Middle East and North Africa IT spending is projected to reach $155 billion in 2018, a 3.4% increase from 2017, according to the latest forecast by Gartner. In 2018, the MENA region will exhibit its highest IT spending increase in the last three years. Spending in communication services, mobile voice and data primarily, mostly by consumers, is the segment that will largely contribute to the rise in IT spending in MENA this year. Software is projected to exhibit the strongest growth in 2018, with a 12.7% increase year over year. Software spending has also been growing at a double-digit rate, the last two years. The growth has been driven by companies pursuing new functionalities in major back-office systems like supply chain management, enterprise resource planning and customer service. The communications services segment — the largest spending segment in MENA — is growing to serve increasing demand for premium mobile phones. Communications services are expanding coverage and increasing data transfer rates while keeping prices low. The rising demand of premium mobile phones by consumers is also set to fuel growth in the devices spending segment in 2018. Issue 16 INTELLIGENT TECH CHANNELS