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Khalifa Al Shamsi

5G to drive innovation in energy sector, says expert

ABU DHABI, September 15, 2019

5G and digital transformation in the energy sector will bring plenty of opportunities for value creation and innovation, said the chief strategy and governance officer of UAE-based telecom provider  Etisalat Group.

Collaboration and open innovation among telecom operators, industries and governments will bring joint 5G success, creating new eco-systems and business models, added Khalifa Al Shamsi.

Al Shamsi explained the advantages of 5G technology compared to previous wireless generations and shared the various features it brings to industries during his keynote titled ‘Leveraging 5G to Drive Sustainability & Enable innovation in the Energy Sector’ during the 24th World Energy Congress (WEC) held from 9–12 September  at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

His keynote stressed on the important role of Etisalat as a telco and digital solutions provider to innovate in tailoring specific vertical solutions by working closely with partners.

The mass connectivity of sensors and IoT devices is extremely relevant as up to 1 million devices can be connected in a square km, increasing the potential of remotely covering and monitoring a huge location like an oil field or a refinery with more than hundreds of thousands of sensors with a single 5G station.

Al Shamsi said: “Today there are immense opportunities with 5G for industrial verticals looking for new ways to enable innovation with futuristic technologies such as IoT, AI and robotics improving efficiency and productivity, supporting the development of new products and services. 5G is the cornerstone for Industry 4.0 and key for digital enablement, industry stakeholders must collaborate to pilot, trial and experiment with advanced technologies that are critical to capture the full potential of the energy sector.”

“With Etisalat’s focus on ‘Driving the Digital Future to Empower Societies’ we work closely with the energy and utilities sector in supporting them leverage the benefits from the 5G network and technology, innovate jointly, optimise their business processes and provide more efficient and profitable business.

Etisalat also participated in panel sessions aimed at sharing best practice and identifying solutions for the key issues facing the sector. Alberto Araque, vice president, IoT & Digital Payments, Etisalat Digital, joined global energy leaders and experts in a panel discussion on “The age of digitalisation: a new vision for energy systems”.

Kamran Ahsan, senior director, Security Solutions, Etisalat Digital, participated in a panel discussion titled “Cybersecurity, 3 clicks from collapse” that highlighted the importance of increasing resilience to cyber risk to current and future energy security.

Etisalat’s stand featured live demos and presentations on IoT and security, namely Smart Service Station, Connected Worker, Smart Utilities, Device Security, Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security Infrastructure, and ICS Security Operations. – TradeArabia News Service
 




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