Intelligent CIO Kuwait Issue 5 - Page 13

“ TRENDING AI CAN DO THINGS THAT WE CANNOT DO AS HUMANS. Can you tell us about your operations in Kuwait? In Kuwait we have signed with Zain. I think that was the first, or one of the first, operators to sign with us in the region so it's a flagship for us. As an operator or Digital Transformation provider, Zain is a key player in the Kuwaiti market and a key partner for Huawei as well. What can you tell us about Huawei's performance in the last year? If we look at our performance in the first half of the year, we achieved US$59 billion globally. This is a 23% year over year growth. Could you give us some more examples about how AI and IoT will benefit key industries in Kuwait such as the oil and gas industries? AI can do things that we cannot do as humans. For instance, if you need to monitor a flare at an oil refinery, sending someone Are there any specific examples you can give? to do this in tough weather conditions, or even in normal conditions, is very risky, very expensive and time consuming. If you have a pump in the oilfield and the average temperature of one of these pumps should be 40 degrees, and all of a sudden it goes to 50 degrees, this is a signal that this pump is going to fail. Instead, if you use a drone with an intensive camera that is trained to monitor the colour and smell of the flare then this is saving a lot of money and giving a lot of benefits to the organisation. An AI solution will send you a report that this pump is going to fail so you need to do the right proactive maintenance for this pump or order a new one or immediately replace it. Otherwise it goes down. We have seen a lot of intrusion happening, especially in this part of the world, to pipelines. If you lay a smart cable with Machine Learning next to the pipeline and it has cameras it will be able to detect any intrusion and any leakage with an accuracy of five metres. So with AI, operation and maintenance costs will go down and availability for businesses will go up. There are a lot of applications that can benefit different organisations, depending on the industry, and there are a lot to come because you have created the foundation and the infrastructure. I believe in the future we will have many more applications and that will change our lives. You have a number of applications for different industries. This is the foundation of the Digital Transformation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and this cannot happen without 5G and AI. What will the impact of 5G and IoT be beyond telecommunications? We've been talking about autonomous cars for years but we couldn't implement it, because of the relatively high latency of the 4G or 3G. Now when we bring 5G into play because of the very low latency we can implement a technology like autonomous cars. With autonomous cars cameras need to detect the different objects and avoid them and decide what actions to take. So you have Edge Computing in the car itself. In the past, we weren't able to do this because we didn't have the intelligence in the car. You previously needed to capture the video, send it to the command and control centre or your data centre, process it and then send the information back to the car so it could make its decisions. Today you don't need to do that. You have enough intelligence in the car because of Edge Computing and the AI chipset integrated into it. Alaa Elshimy, Managing Director, Enterprise Business Group, Middle East, Huawei www.intelligentcio.com And then the car can take the decision on the spot in the car itself, thanks to the technology. So AI and 5G are two key enablers for the transformation of this industry. n INTELLIGENTCIO 13