The first IoT exhibition now open to the public

Since Sunday, it’s possible to attend the first international IoT exhibition in Saudi Arabia. The organisers are aiming to motivate the country’s creative young population to become interested in technology and make a contribution towards the country’s innovative breakthroughs.

For those who are interested in taking a look, the three-day exhibition event is being held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.

With ambitious but comprehensive plans, the government has stated its intention to expand the broadband coverage of remote areas to 70 per cent by 2020. The country has made it a goal to become a digital nation, and Fahad Algarni, the event’s manager, believes that IoT technology is going to play a huge part in that.

When asked about the exhibition’s details, he revealed that it will explore the latest of what IoT technology has to offer. It also acts as a great opportunity to negotiate and make new professional and business contacts, which should allow for better collaboration between the attending companies.

According to Algarni, this is not a one-off occasion. It will, in fact, be held every year from now on, and he expects to see exponential growth.

Ahmed Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, a CSC chairman and one of the speakers at the event, emphasised the importance of IoT technology in industries such as transportation, healthcare and communication. He sees quick data collection, real-time monitoring and data analysis as some of its stronger benefits. It will also be incredibly useful for day-to-day things like setting up an appointment with your doctor or calling an ambulance with ease, small benefits that can really help to transform the country.