Home Development CeBIT Australia 2018 previews 'the year's best and most innovative technologies on the showfloor'

From holographic and intelligent smart building displays to the next wave of customer service chatbots, CeBIT Australia is the must-attend business IT event of the year, with tech goodies galore helping change the way business is done for the better.

Next week, CeBIT Australia will showcase "the latest innovative global technology changing the way we do business".

You'll be able to explore the future of driverless transport, check out how the latest in rugged mobile technologies is able to endure even the harshest of elements, see what an ultra-modern escape room experience looks and feels like, and much much more on the CeBIT exhibtion showfloor, from 15 - 17 May at ICC Sydney.

CeBIT tells us that you'll see incredibly human-like FaceMe chatbots that are "designed to respond to customer service needs with empathy and personalisation".

Indeed, they "look like humans and are equipped with the ability to change their facial expressions in line with the context of the conversation".

They showcase the "next wave of digital employees" (who presumably will need no lunch break), and you'll be able to take in for yourself how these highly-interactive chatbots are powered through a sophisticated AI platform, which is soon to be rolled-out across service-based establishments such as banks!

Perhaps we need a few of these bots actually running the banks, too – we're sure never to see a chat-bot have to front a banking royal commission into the kind of unsavoury behaviour executives have taken part in, which bots will hopefully never be programmed to do.

Moving on from ultra-smart robots, let's build ourselves some smart buildings, with Advantech Australia to "demonstrate the latest in intelligent smart buildings designed to enhance sustainability and efficiency".

In a special CeBIT Australia first, there's a special presentation featuring Norton by Symantec that is top secret. but utterly must-see and unmissable – you will want to see this in action!

Harvey Stockbridge, the managing director of Hannover Fairs Australia, said driverless vehicles are always a popular attraction, and this year will be no different.

"There's no disputing the rise of driverless vehicles. In fact, some claim that by 2030, most vehicles on Australian roads will be automated. Accordingly, driverless transport will make its mark again on the showfloor of CeBIT Australia.

"We also have a range of exhibitors bringing with them the latest technology in their industry, from holographic displays, to coding classes and digital employees, there are many avenues looking at the future of business technology."

Indeed, with EasyMile and the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) presenting "the ultimate in-house fleet management solution for transporting up to 15 passengers and travelling up to 45km/h, the EZ10 driverless shuttle challenges the ideas of driverless automation".

Want another showfloor first? Of course you do!

This one comes courtesy of Maxo Telecommunications, which will give attendees "the chance to compete in an interactive escape room experience 'Escape Your Telco'".

Perhaps they should start up a banking division and have an experience called "Escape your Bank", too. Or they could set up a political chat-bot to replace federal politicians, and could have an experience called "Escape from Canberra", optionally starring a virtual Kurt Russell – but all of that is but a glint in my virtual eye.

Getting back to reality, there's also the highly anticipated Atlassian Code Lab which will see classes run each day, where visitors can learn the basics of coding – and presumably get some hints on how to emulate Atlassian's multi-billion dollar successes.

Stockbridge added: "The showfloor of CeBIT Australia is always buzzing with activity and an air of excitement, that's because it really is thrilling to get a taste of what's to come. Some of the innovations on display this year are truly revolutionary.

"It's humbling that so many great innovators of the industry choose CeBIT Australia to show-off their amazing advancements. It's an honour to be able to provide CeBIT Australia as a platform for this purpose."

CeBIT Australia 2018 is happening at ICC Sydney next week, with leading international keynotes, conference streams, and two stages on the showfloor, the Innovation stage and the FutureTech stage, covering everything from IoT to machine learning and AI.

For more information, including an overview of the CeBIT Australia 2018 presentations, speakers and events, as well as how you can still get free access to the exhibition show floor, visit CeBIT Australia 2018 here


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