BroadcastAsia 2017 wrapped up on May 25, 2017 after a three-day exhibition and conference, addressing technologies and strategies for smart cities and digital ecosystems driving the digital strategies and transformation roadmaps of governments and enterprises in Asia.

The event drew over 40,000 trade attendees with 45 percent from overseas with 640 exhibitors who showcased innovations featuring the latest in IoT, big data analytics, cloud, artificial intelligence, robotics, cyber security, satellite communications, virtual reality, IP broadcasting, OTT, and 5G among others in dedicated technology clusters.

"As organizers, we are proud to present an event that aligns to the region's initiatives and push in advancing Asia's digital transformation. Committed to delivering a platform that fosters international collaborations, CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT, and BroadcastAsia are at the forefront of technological evolution with a global showcase of game-changing innovations that our attendees can look forward to discovering every year," said Victor Wong, Project Director of Communications Events at organizer UBM SES.

New Launches and Industry Collaborations

One of the key discussions revolved around the broadcasting industry's transition to IP-based systems.

Ooyala launched its new State of the Media Industry 2017 report on day two of the show, which signaled that data-driven video has officially become the beating heart of the digital age.

"The move to IP is inevitable for the broadcast industry as they deal with an explosion of content getting delivered OTT (over-the-top). Production teams within broadcasters are under pressure to get more efficient and to reduce cost. Technologies like Ooyala Flex can help by automating workflows, inserting metadata, and creating a single source of truth for the entire media operation, helping teams identify bottlenecks to reduce production costs, while increasing revenues by getting content to market faster," said BroadcastAsia2017 speaker Steve Davis, Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific and Japan, Ooyala.

With fast-growing digital ecosystems driving the economy and evolution of society, the event saw more than 900 product launches this year.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Dubai Police Force and OTSAW Digital was signed to deploy their new O-R3 security robot as part of the Smart Dubai initiative. Dubai will be the first city in the world to deploy O-R3 robots from end-2017, with a total of 100 robots by 2020 in conjunction with EXPO 2020 to be held in Dubai.

As cities and companies become more digitized, the importance of cyber security measures were highlighted to ensuring the safety of information and data. Solution providers' protection against the increasing sophistication of today's cyber threats through ultra-efficient cryptographic acceleration was showcased.

Key partnerships were also formed, with Huawei announcing 20 industry collaborations that will further develop the region's cloud and connected-enterprise ecosystem.

FinChat Wins Seedstars World Competition

Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, saw eight startups compete in the dynamic pitching event, with FinChat Technologies emerging as the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars Singapore 2017.

ConnecTechAsia: One Voice, One Brand

Paving the way forward, 2018 promises to be bigger and better than ever with a new branding unveiled for the event, ConnecTechAsia. ConnecTechAsia 2018 will be a three-day event to be held from June 26 to 28, 2018 at Marina Bay Sands and Suntec Singapore.