The newly launched NXTAsia will join the trio of BroadcastAsia, ConnecTechAsia, and CommunicAsia to address the role of accelerated digital change in Asia’s growing economy
By Vinita Bhatia
This year, BroadcastAsia will combine the strengths of CommunicAsia, ConnecTechAsia, and the newly-launched NXTAsia, which will stage its inaugural edition from 26th to 28th June 2018, in Singapore. While the legacy events CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia have served the telecommunications and broadcast media sectors respectively for nearly 40 years, the new NXTAsia builds upon this to bring new technologies that are shaping Asia’s increasingly innovation-driven economy. At the same time, with the advent of the industry 4.0, ConnecTechAsia will present a holistic ecosystem of infrastructure, technology, and services that businesses and governments in Asia need to thrive in this new era.
“As Asia pursues digital transformation at an accelerated pace, it is critical that the event evolves alongside the dramatic shifts happening in the spaces we serve,” said Victor Wong, Project Director, UBM, organiser of ConnecTechAsia. “The new event reflects the pulse of Asia today, and is the only business platform covering the converging ecosystems of communications, broadcasting and emerging technologies connecting the physical and digital worlds.”
With on-demand and streaming services surging in popularity, BroadcastAsia will shine a spotlight on the future of broadcasting, exploring how news and entertainment have been consumed over the past decade, and the challenges and opportunities this creates for traditional broadcasters and OTT players. It will highlight technologies that are reshaping the value chain, such as the latest innovations in UHD/HDR, IP broadcasting, live production, content media security, OTT and alternative content platforms.
At NXTAsia, industry professionals will catch the newest innovations and thought-leadership in areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Cyber Security, IoT, Robotics, Cloud and Data among others.
NXTAsia will host promising start-ups and the Singapore-leg of renowned start-up competition SeedStars, at tech showcase, Disrupt+.
CommunicAsia, an international event for the telecommunications sector, will focus on Network Infrastructure/FTTx, satellite communications and telecom software and services – the latest technologies to help companies and governments in Asia prepare for the coming of 5G and maintain a competitive edge in the communications and digital world.
Digital Business Transformation
The ConnecTechAsia Summit this year centres on Digital Business Transformation, covering the hottest trends across ICT, broadcasting industries and enterprises to enable a digitalised future. The three-day summit comprises three tracks – NetworkComms, BroadcastMedia and EmergingTech – that will drive business growth and sustainability.
5G, Network Virtualisation, Satellite Communications and Network Slicing will be the main topics in the NetworkComms track, while The Future of Television, Monetisation Strategies, Social Video, IP Broadcasting, 4K, AI and Immersive technologies for broadcasting will feature in the BroadcastMedia track. Topics of the EmergingTech track will include Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Blockchain Technology, Cybersecurity, IoT, Data Analytics, Seamless Commerce/Digital Payments, Connected Industries, IoT, Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality, and Smart Cities.
“Presenting a holistic ecosystem of digital convergence and a platform for the discovery and understanding of new frontiers of innovation to elevate the global standing of Asian business and governments sits at the heart of what ConnecTechAsia stands for,” added Wong. “Continuing the 40 year legacy of CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia, the new ConnecTechAsia will continue to serve Asia as we embark on the journey of the fourth industrial revolution.”
Exhibitors participating in the event also have high expectations from it, as they gear up to showcase the latest technologies in their portfolio. Nicholas Morgan, VSN’s sales director for APAC, said that his company is placing a strong focus on the implementation of some of the most up-to-date technologies that it believes will be crucial for the future of media management and content production in the region. These include AI functionalities, such as speech-to-text, image processing, face recognition, object detection, sentiment analysis, audio effects detection, contextual information and text transcription and translation.
“We are showing these new features for the first time in Asia, along with new production tools including Wedit with voiceover and our web-based NRCS Plugin, bringing powerful solutions to our broadcast and media customers in the APAC region. Asia has long been one of the three regions where we pay special attention in terms of international expansion and the development of the VSN brand. Customers in APAC need to be exposed to new technology options that provide their production teams with tools that are better suited the future media landscape,” Morgan added.
At the same time, PlayBox Technology, a producer of broadcast channel branding and playout solutions, will celebrate its 18,000th product delivery at Broadcast Asia 2018 show in Singapore. Its CEO Pavlin Rahnev, Asia Pacific general manager Desmon Goh, sales manager Iulian Ionescu and other members from its Asia Pacific offices with comprise the company delegation at the event.
Other exhibitors too agreed that the region has significant potential for the broadcasting and are willing to invest accordingly to support their existing APAC clients, while using events like BroadcastAsia and ConnectAsia to explore new opportunities for business expansion.