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Artificial Intelligence transforms ISNR Abu Dhabi

14 Dec 2017

In 2014, H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the National Innovation Strategy that aims to make the UAE among the most innovative nations in the world within seven years.

The aspiration of individuals, private institutions and governments to achieve development by generating creative ideas and introducing new products, services and operations that improve the overall quality of life.

The UAE has distinguished itself as one of the leading countries in the Gulf region. It’s strive for innovation and creativity has enhanced its status, making it a primary destination to nurture talent and businesses.

In line with the UAE leadership’s vision, artificial intelligence (AI) will form an important underlying component of the eighth edition of the International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018).

Over the years, the UAE leadership has clearly demonstrated its unwavering commitment to advancing technological innovation with a focus on AI. In appointing the world’s first Minister of Artificial Intelligence and introducing a nation-wide AI strategy, the country has taken unprecedented steps towards harnessing the power of this technology to drive sustainable economic growth and enhance homeland security. With the aim of supporting our government’s objectives and building on the success of the seven previous editions, we are keen for ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018 to feature AI across most segments and highlight its crucial role in the evolution of protective measures in cyber security as well as physical security.

The artificial intelligence market in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is expected to reach $114 million (Dh418.38 million) by 2021 with industries looking at use cases around customer experience, fraud detection and sales advisory, said an analyst.

According to Forbs, 80% of enterprises have active AI in production today, with Asia-Pacific leading all regions. 48% of Asia-Pacific (APAC) enterprises interviewed report AI is in significant use within their companies, with AI deployed operationally today. North American (39%) and European (31%) also are relying on AI use across their businesses with deployments across their operations. Globally 42% of enterprises seeing lots of room for further implementation and process integration.

AI has witnessed significant advancements over the past five years. Global trends, research, and policies continue to emphasise the importance of the technology in coping with increasing threats and boosting national resilience. According to the Artificial Intelligence and National Security study by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, AI offers the potential to transform national security technology. Its impact extends to spheres such as satellite imagery analysis, cyber defence, biotech, information security, nuclear safety, aerospace, and intelligence operations.

ISNR Abu Dhabi is looking forward to seeing leading AI solution providers impart technical expertise on the application of the technology in homeland security from 6 to 8 March 2018. The Future of Policing forum will dedicate one full day to AI, while the Critical Infrastructure Protection forum, ME3S, and Infosecurity Middle East will feature focus sessions. The eighth edition of the exhibition is well-poised to cement its reputation as the regional go-to event for showcasing the latest national security technologies and best practices, and driving collaboration between governments and the private sector.

Some of the most recognised companies are exhibiting at ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018 and will be showcasing their latest technologies addressing AI are:

  • Thales
  • Darkmatter 
  • Darktrace
  • Avigilon
  • Indigo vision 

ISNR Abu Dhabi identifies and celebrates innovation through the launch of Innovation Awards. Open for all exhibitors and based on specialised categories, ISNR innovation awards will be the ideal platform for innovative organisation to be identified at the forefront of the innovation by the Committee experts representing prestigious organizations such as Frost & Sullivan, Major Events International, and Crisis Response magazine amongst other, led by the UAE Ministry of Interior.

ISNR Innovation Awards will span a spectrum of homeland security industries, translated into the below awarded categories:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Virtual & Augmented reality
  • Drone detection
  • Unmanned systems & Robotics
  • Digital Crime Management & Forensics
  • Crowd management
  • Smart & Connected security

Co-Located & Featured Events

  • Infosecurity
  • Major Events Safety & Security Summit
  • Emergency response and disaster prevention