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Inauguration of First Security Surveillance Manufacturing Plant in Bangladesh at Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City

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The first security surveillance equipment manufacturing plant in Bangladesh was inaugurated at Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City in Kaliakair on Friday, 25 March 2022. N M Zeaul Alam PAA, Senior Secretary, ICT Division, inaugurated the plant as the Chief Guest. Bikarna Kumar Ghosh, Managing Director, Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, Hugo Huang, President of Hikvision South Asia and current president of Bangladesh Computer Samity Md. Shahid-ul-Munir & its newly elected president Engr. Subrata Sarkar was present as the Special Guests. The inauguration ceremony was presided over by Goutam Saha, Managing Director of Excel Technologies Ltd & Excel Intelligent Solutions Ltd.

The inaugurated factory will manufacture security surveillance equipment of world’s number one security surveillance solution brand ‘Hikvision’. Excel Intelligent Solutions Ltd., a sister concern of Excel Technologies Ltd., which is the first and national distributor of Hikvision in Bangladesh, established the manufacturing plant. This factory was set up at the service building of Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City.  China’s leading security surveillance solution provider Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd. provided the technical assistance.

Speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function, NM Ziaul Alam PAA, Senior Secretary, ICT Division, said he was happy to inaugurate Bangladesh’s first security surveillance equipment manufacturing plant at Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City. He said “investment in our country’s IT sector is on the rise, setting up these manufacturing plants is a prime example, and the world’s top security surveillance product like Hikvision is being manufactured in Bangladesh, which is a huge achievement for us”. As a result of making many devices in our country now, the ‘Made in Bangladesh’ program is gaining momentum. For this reason, the government is going to announce ‘Made in Bangladesh Policy’ very soon. In fact, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was science-minded, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taught us to dream, so today we are able to achieve so much. He said the government is giving priority to locally produced products in tenders so that the market for home-made products can be created, production can be increased and exports can be made upon meeting up the domestic demand. On the other hand, information technology has become essential with its increasing use in the government departments. The government is providing about three thousand public services, most of which are using information technology. Investment is increasing in tandem with the advancement of information technology. As the ICT Division is playing a special role in these cases, it has been selected as the best ministry in the country for two consecutive years. He expressed satisfaction over the activities of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority and wished success and prosperity to the joint venture of Excel and Hikvision.

Special guest of the event, Managing Director of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority Bikarna Kumar Ghosh at the beginning of his speech paid homage to all the martyrs including Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the eve of Genocide Day on 25 March and Independence & National Day on 26 March. He mentioned that the country’s first and largest high-tech park has been named as ‘Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City’ in honor of the Father of the Nation. He said that through the announcement of ‘Digital Bangladesh’ program in 2008, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her IT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy had given advice and guidance to bring the entire IT sector in our country under one ecosystem. We are working accordingly. At the earliest stage of the ecosystem, digital labs have already been set up in 13,000 schools to build the future citizens of the country as skilled human resources. By 2030, another 25,000 labs will be set up and digital labs will be set up in every school in the country. Education and training on technology related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be imparted in these schools from the earliest stage. On the other hand, through the use of information technology as a cross-cutting sector in all other sectors, its benefits will be brought to the doorsteps of the people. He said the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority is an essential part of the ecosystem and cross-cutting activities. Further, we encourage foreign direct investment and provide them with special facilities. So with the help of the Authority, several high-tech parks have already started making laptops and other devices of different brands from home and abroad. That is why employment is being created for the youth here. He hoped that Bangladesh would become a hub for production of ICT products, 75% youth population would be employed and we would become the number one developed nation in terms of per capita income surpassing all other countries in the world during the centenary celebration of the country. He thanked Excel and Hikvision for their involvement in the activities of the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority by producing state-of-the-art security surveillance equipment at Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City.

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Hugo Huang, President of Hikvision South Asia, another special guest at the event, said: “Today is a very happy day for Hiksvision. This is because the production of Hikshiven brand products has started in Bangladesh as the third country after Brazil and India outside China. We are happy and proud to be able to provide technical assistance. He said that while Hikvision is the world’s number one maker of security surveillance equipment, it also produces other high-tech products, technological innovations and services, such as robotics, IoT, artificial intelligence, etc. He said Bangladesh’s economy is growing. The ‘Digital Bangladesh’ and ‘Made in Bangladesh’ programs are playing a special role in this regard. Hikvision is ready to provide assistance in these cases. He thanked the ICT Division and the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority for creating the opportunity for the production of security surveillance products of Hikvision Brand in ‘Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City’.

Goutam Saha, Managing Director of Excel Technologies Ltd and Excel Intelligent Solutions Ltd said: “With the inauguration of Bangladesh’s first security surveillance equipment manufacturing plant at Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City, we are happy and proud that we have ushered in a new era in the country’s ICT industry and ‘Made in Bangladesh’. He said, “I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all concerned including the ICT Division and the Bangladesh High-tech Park Authority for creating this opportunity.” He further said that development work of two acres of land leased to us is going on here to make this early stage industrial plant on a large scale. He expressed hope that Excel will be able to start production of more Hikvision Security Cameras and accessories and other accessories within the next year at Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City such that the security surveillance equipment could be exported soon by meeting the domestic demand. In addition, other brands of digital devices, networking, telecom, AI and robotics equipment will be gradually produced here.

The inaugural function was attended by senior officials of ICT Division and Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, top IT entrepreneurs, businessmen and leaders, industrialists at Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City and journalists from various media.

After the inaugural ceremony of the manufacturing plant, there was groundbreaking for the development of  two acres of land leased in the name of Excel Intelligent Solutions Ltd. for the establishment of large scale security surveillance equipment and other digital devices & networking, telecom, AI and robotics equipment at Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City

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Banglalink’s Parent Company VEON Achieves ‘AA’ ESG Rating

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VEON, a leading global digital operator, and parent company of Banglalink, has been upgraded to an ‘AA’ Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) rating by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI).

MSCI provides critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community. 

Banglalink, alongside other VEON operators across the world, has positively contributed to the overall rating through its commitment to fostering a sustainable and digitally inclusive future.

In Bangladesh, the commitment to the “4G for all” initiative has been transformative, empowering communities with access to innovative digital services in line with the government’s Smart Bangladesh vision. 

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In alignment with its ESG agenda, Banglalink aims to increase its female customer base by three percent, reaching 29 percent by 2026. This goal was formally announced in collaboration with the GSMA’s Connected Women initiative at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 

Additionally, Banglalink will continue to impact millions of lives through its awareness and educational activities via its unique digital platforms, such as the MyBL Super App and Toffee. Currently, the MyBL SuperApp, the country’s first telco super app, has over eight million monthly active users. 

Furthermore, Banglalink has recently upgraded its network with modern and sustainable technologies that not only emit fewer carbon emissions but also align with environmentally friendly practices.

This achievement underscores VEON’s commitment to fostering employee engagement and satisfaction. VEON Group CEO, Kaan Terzioglu, has expressed pride in the company’s employee management, which boasts an above-industry-average score. 

At the heart of VEON’s success across its six markets, serving 160 million customers, is its strategic focus on integrating and implementing practices that generate a positive societal impact, uphold ethical governance standards, and contribute to environmental stewardship.

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Erik Aas, CEO of Banglalink, remarked, Erik Aas, CEO of Banglalink, remarked, “The ‘AA’ rating of VEON has not only underscored Banglalink’s dedication to the ‘4G for all’ initiative but has also been a transformative force in enabling community access to innovative digital services. Our digital operator strategy and ESG agenda have had a positive impact on both social and environmental fronts, with a keen focus on fostering an inclusive workplace, driving initiatives for diversity and inclusion, and championing environmental sustainability.”

This achievement places VEON in the esteemed ‘Leaders’ category among 131 telecommunication services companies globally, underscoring its unwavering commitment to sustainable and ethical business practices.

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ITU’s AI for Good Global Summit 2024 puts tech to the test for people and planet

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​​​​​​​​Global leaders and innovators in artificial intelligence (AI) will join the humanitarian community at the AI for Good Global Summit 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland on 30-31 May to explore how new technology can drive sustainable development. 

This year’s edition of the AI for Good summit event will showcase innovations in generative AI, robotics,​ and brain-machine interfaces that can accelerate progress in areas such as climate action, accessibility, health, and disaster response. 

Summit speakers, including some of the world’s foremost AI luminaries, will explore the latest breakthroughs in AI and examine actions to ensure that AI works to humanity’s benefit. 

“ITU’s annual AI for Good Global Summit brings together a diverse set of voices to look at the latest AI developments and find ways to ensure this technology remains a force for good, driving inclusive growth and sustainable and equitable progress for all,” said ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin. “This summit and our year-round AI for Good platform are powerful tools for accelerating progress in our race to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”

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​On 29 May, discussions dedicated to AI governance will explore the surge in global efforts to craft AI policy, regulation, and governance frameworks. AI Governance Day – bringing together representatives of governments, companies, academia, civil society, and UN agencies – aims to forge pathways to transform dialogue around AI governance into impactful action.

​The UN platform for AI powered by ITU

AI for Good identifies practical applications of AI to accelerate progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals and connects AI innovators with public and private-sector decision-makers to help scale up AI solutions globally.

ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, organizes the yearly AI for Good Global Summit together with 40 partner UN agencies. The event is co-convened by the Government of Switzerland.  

AI for Good discussions foster international cooperation and innovation to create equitable access to new technologies. The discussions support ITU in spurring timely policy exchanges, developing best practices and technical standards, and catalysing partnerships for AI solutions to contribute to sustainable development. 

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Thought leaders and thought-controlled machines 

In addition to talks by AI thought leaders, this year’s summit will host machine learning masterclasses, curated by experts for experts, covering topics from deepfakes and climate change to brain-machine interfaces, AI for public services, explainable AI, and machine learning in communication networks.

Start-ups, young people and creatives will demonstrate their ideas at the AI for Good Innovation Factory Grand FinaleRobotics for Good Youth Challenge, and Canvas of the Future art contest

The summit’s exhibition space will feature an array of cutting-edge demos, including AI for accessibility, collective drone swarms, bio-inspired rescue robots, a RoboCup robot football tournament, performance-boosting exoskeletons, and AI-inspired art.

Exhibition highlights will include demos of brain-machine interfaces – an AI advancement that promises to open new frontiers for neurotechnology. A press conference on brain-machine interfaces will highlight new technologies enabling mind-controlled movement and communication for persons with disabilities, offering insights on how progress in the field could impact the future of human performance, mental health, and wellbeing. 

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The 2024 edition of the summit comes in conjunction with the WSIS+20 Forum High-Level Event. The World Summit on Information Society event brings together the world’s digital development community to discuss concrete actions to advance sustainable development. 

The AI for Good Global Summit will take place at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG)

Registration for media accreditation for reporters wishing to cover the AI for Good Global Summit is open. Registration for the public​ is also open and is free of charge. Registrants can attend either in person or online to connect with an expected 2,500 participants in Geneva and over 25,000 professionals worldwide who are part of the AI for Good Neural Network. Capacity is limited and early registration is encouraged.  Confirmed speakers include:   ​

  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin – ITU Secretary-General
  • Geoffrey Hinton – Advisor for the Learning in Machines & Brains, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (presenting remotely)
  • Sam Altman – CEO, OpenAI (presenting remotely)
  • HRH Princess Beatrice – United Kingdom
  • Abeba Birhane – Senior Fellow in Trustworthy AI, Mozilla Foundation, Time 100 AI 
  • Stuart Russell – Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley, and author of “Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control”
  • Daron Acemoglu – Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and New York Times bestselling author of “Why Nations Fail: Power, Prosperity, and Poverty”
  • Gary Marcus – Scientist, best-selling author, and serial entrepreneur, New York University
  • Nicholas Thompson – CEO, The Atlantic
  • Fatmah Baothman – CEO, Alothaim Investment AI and R&D Company
  • Vincent Vanhoucke – Senior Director of Robotics, Google DeepMind 
  • Mo Gawdat – Former Chief Business Officer at Google X, and best-selling author of “Scary Smart” and “Solve for Happy”

See all of the AI for Good Global Summit 2024 speakers here.  ​Demos of robots, drones, and brain-machine interfaces include: 

The AI for Good Global Summit 2024 is supported by Immersion4 (Diamond sponsor), DLA Piper (Diamond sponsor), AWS (Gold sponsor), Alibaba DAMO Academy (Gold sponsor), ZTE (Gold sponsor), and KUKA (Networking sponsor). 

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Future of COMPUTING is Coming – At CES 2024, GIGABYTE to Present Key Innovations and Accelerate AI-empowered and Sustainable Breakthroughs

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Taipei, December 13th, 2023 – GIGABYTE Technology, an IT pioneer whose focus is to advance global industries through cloud and AI computing systems, and elevate user experiences with hardware innovation, is coming to CES with the “Future of COMPUTING” theme which aims to highlight the product performance that enables successes in an AI-empowered and green-conscious era.

GIGABYTE will make its presence with product lineups that fast-track the transformation of the tech landscape. By delivering massive computing resources from the cloud and data centers to the edge and end users, GIGABYTE’s innovative products drive agile operations and faster time-to-insight for businesses and experts in diverse markets, also providing an enjoyable and immersive experience for consumers.

GIGABYTE showcases its all-around expertise with the most powerful AI/HPC servers, advanced cooling solutions, industrial PCs, autonomous vehicle technologies, gaming and creator products. The spectacular exhibits will be held from January 9th to 12th, at Booth #9637, North Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center.

Unlock Endless Possibilities in AI with GIGABYTE’s AI/HPC Servers 

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At CES 2024, GIGABYTE and its subsidiary, Giga Computing, will present the latest AI/HPC server lineup. Incorporating top-notch GPU and accelerators, GIGABYTE offers versatile solutions turbocharging the most demanding AI workloads, such as generative AI, large-scale language model training, metaverse, digital twins, rendering and 3D graphics, showcasing the essential data center solutions for tomorrow’s AI.

GIGABYTE’s server products address diverse IT deployment scenarios. GIGABYTE will exhibit a storage server tailored for large language models, an Arm server for cloud-native deployments, and an edge server optimized for 5G applications. These diverse servers will empower various industries to embrace future opportunities with flexible and pain-free IT upgrades.

The Advanced Cooling Solutions, AIoT, and Automotive Technology Exemplify GIGABYTE’s Well-rounded Expertise

As a leading expert and integrator for advanced cooling solutions, GIGABYTE will exhibit its portfolio of single-phase immersion cooling and direct liquid cooling systems at CES. These solutions exemplify GIGABYTE’s commitment to providing sustainable, energy-efficient data center solutions. GIGABYTE’s solutions are widely trusted by the world’s leading enterprises and institutes including global semiconductor giants, telecom companies, and research centers.

GIGABYTE’s advanced cooling solutions support the latest CPU/GPU technologies from AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA, providing a diverse range of server options suitable for various IT deployment strategies and unlocking the maximum potential of CPUs/GPUs. The optimized server performance is accompanied by reduced energy consumption, providing exceptional sustainability benefits and a favorable total cost of ownership. 

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GIGABYTE’s comprehensive technologies extend the reach of computing power from data centers to connected applications close to end users. Industrial PCs facilitate process automation in manufacturing plants and outdoor signages, delivering top-tier performance under harsh environments. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and vehicle telematics facilitate a highly intelligent autonomous driving experience. These hardware innovations demonstrate GIGABYTE’s role in facilitating AI-driven digital transformation.

The Gaming and Creator Lineups Push the Frontier of Performance and AestheticsIn addition to enterprise products and solutions, GIGABYTE will showcase an exciting array of computer product lineups, encompassing AORUS, AERO, and GIGABYTE laptops, motherboards, graphics cards, and OLED gaming monitors. Notably, the new flagship AORUS gaming laptops will feature a sleek, revamped design, coupled with powerful performance, a captivating edge-to-edge display, and seamless integration of next-gen AI applications, promising an unparalleled gaming experience. Creators will find delight in the AERO 14 OLED laptop’s professional 2.8K OLED HDR display, featuring world-class color calibration and exclusive AI eyecare technology. Console players will be amazed by the world’s first 48-inch 4K/120Hz OLED monitor and how it delivers a lifelike audio-visual delight. For DIY computer enthusiasts, the motherboards and graphics cards will win their hearts with user-friendly designs and robust performance for resource-intensive features.

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