Connecting with sharper intelligence

(From second left) Ting, Hashimoto, Dr Ong and Wu checking out the 8K 120-inch-video wall.

SHARP Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd (Sharp) centred in on the future at its Sharp Smart Connected 2020 Conference by showcasing a complete ecosystem of solutions.

This was done by applying Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT), 8K-resolution displays in 5G network technology to solve the new wave of daily challenges as well as to improve quality of life.

Sharp managing director Robert Wu said, “Changing the world with 8K + 5G + AIoT is a philosophy that we share at Sharp.”

He said the brand’s 35 years of experience in Malaysia has driven innovations to help homes and businesses thrive.

“Our approach at the Sharp Smart Connected 2020 Conference is to showcase the application of technology in a complete ecosystem. This will greatly help the industry gain wider perspective of the benefits these innovations bring, ” he said.

The conference held at Nexus Connexion Conference and Event Centre, Kuala Lumpur, was launched by Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming, who commended Sharp on its efforts.

“Digital transformation is taking the world by storm with the adoption of Industry 4.0, the dawn of cashless societies and AI.

“Malaysia, too, is hard at work with concerted efforts in enhancing our digital infrastructure to accommodate higher speeds of connectivity and efficiency.

“The success of Malaysia’s digital transformation is dependent on the collaborative effort by both the public and private sectors. We hope more brands continue to push the envelope in innovating solutions for the benefit of industry and society as a whole, ” Ong said.

Before adjourning to tour the conference area, guest – comprising representatives from Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Sharp’s nationwide dealer network – were given a preview of Malaysia’s first 8K + 5G lab by Sharp after a virtual ground-breaking ceremony.

The lab, once built, will serve as an education hub for the industry and institutions of education,

boasting a complete 8K technology ecosystem which features 8K

multi-screens, an 8K mini cinema and an 8K micro studio to develop 8K live streams.

Facilitating research and development, the lab will also be the test bed for case studies for 8K technology in enabling big data transfer and high-resolution displays to benefit the business, entertainment, education, medical, security and tourism industry.

During the conference, guests got to immerse in the various sections and learn about each solution that Sharp has to offer, including the world’s first 90-inch-see-through LCD retail panel, an 8K 120-inch video wall as well as an 8K 150-inch mini cinema.

New smart solution ecosystems for offices and classrooms were also introduced to address the needs of growing businesses.

Among the highlights were the Smart Technologies Interactive Board which is actively being used in more than three million classrooms globally, the C-Cube Multifunction Printer with flexible connectivity, Sharp Interactive Whiteboards featuring the world’s first certified Sharp Windows Collaboration Display and Sharp Smart Signage with personalised applications to match different retail needs.

Guests also experienced the full capabilities of Sharp’s Smart AIoT Home powered by devices with the ability to communicate with other smart appliances, helping to run the household efficiently.For instance, Sharp AIoT kitchen demonstrated the capability of a smart fridge in managing the groceries at home and even proposing recipes based on the available ingredients in the fridge, while the smart washer prompts the appropriate time to do laundry based on the current weather.

Also present were Sharp head of president’s office and chief executive officer (Asean) Yoshihiro Hashimoto and deputy managing director Ting Yang Chung.

Ting said total revenue for this year was about RM1bil and Sharp was looking forward to a double-digit growth next year.

Additionally, Sharp is collaborating with the Malaysia Tourism Promotional Board to product an 8K-resolution Visit Malaysia 2020 promotional video highlighting Malaysia’s popular destinations.

The video is expected to be launched mid-January next year.

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