New technology is proposed and promising ideas are gathered in a single venue
Minsk’s Football Manege recently enjoyed crowds while hosting TIBO-2016
There were plenty of visitors at the show, with gadget producers boasting of their new developments and mobile phone operators promoting new services. The forum has long been a venue uniting the most advanced technologies that are already in production or planned for the future. Importantly, Belarusian developments rival leading world producers with innovative ideas. Among them is Beltelecom’s smart house, a 3D printer (which is five times cheaper than its analogues) and Belpochta’s automatic parcel terminal. Achievements in the IT sphere are also demonstrated — such as fragments of the e-government system. Our reporters visited the show to discover these new developments.
Visitors to the exhibition could familiarise themselves with working parts of the e-government system: developments were on show at the Ministry of Communication and Information’s stand. Examples of an e-class or pharmacy and prospective developments in the Belarusian information sphere were featured on the ministry’s collective stand showcasing the work of 14 state organisations. New LTE technologies of 4.5G were presented by Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud) and, according to the company’s General Director — Sergey Poblaguev, the technology of wireless data transmitting up to 1Gbps will soon be common among Belarusians. Moreover, beCloud proposes services from the Belarusian cloud which were once available only to Apple and Google giants. The Belarusian cloud platform is based on a Unified Republican Data Network and the Republican Centre of Data Processing, opening wide possibilities for ordinary users of services and an alternative to businesses.
In addition, the company presented its pilot version of the automated information system: Registration of Electronic Invoices. The project was developed specially for the Ministry of Taxes and Duties, enabling users to check necessary documentation from their private accounts online, and to make calculations and detect mistakes in filling in obligatory VAT registration forms automatically. This new development is expected to benefit around 130,000 VAT tax payers.
The Velcom company proudly states: ‘We are more than a mere mobile operator now’. It demonstrated an e-signature on a SIM-card, in testing mode; it’s clear that no e-government system can develop without it. The technology is unique in Belarus but already operates successfully in other parts of the world: in particular, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. “Using this signature on a SIM-card, documents in Belarus and abroad could be signed day and night. More importantly, the service will be provided not exclusively by smartphones — but also by ordinary mobile phones which support the function of SMS. Information confidentiality is provided by special coded binary SMS; moreover, a SIM-card is also protected with a PIN-code,” the company staff explained.
Meanwhile, the beCloud operator is making grand plans to unite all the servers of state organisations (expected to become virtual by 2019) on the Republican cloud platform — created on the basis of the unified republican data network and the first country data-centre. It’s already possible to see what it will look like. Ordinary users however, are likely to be interested in new generation 4.5G technology. “During our tests, we achieved 860-megabit speed of our Internet, though it’s possible to reach a Gbps. To compare: 4G is able to demonstrate 140 megabits. High speed mobile Internet will be available to Belarusian users in the near future, as soon as the phone operators are ready for it.
The first smart public transport stop point demonstrated at the show, will be introduced in a Gomel street. It’s unique as it unites almost all modern electronic achievements related to public transport. The Head of ITProektStroy JSC’s Marketing Department, Vita Belyakova, explains, “This is an interactive map able to set an optimal route, in addition to giving access to ticket terminals and tables indicating arrival time… The complex also includes a tactile safety strip on a crossing. If necessary, sanitary cabins and charging stations for e-buses could be installed. The station is fuelled with solar panels placed on its roof. Vandals cannot damage it. Moreover, everything happening nearby is recorded by video cameras, with an alarm button available.”
Huawei presented a hybrid tablet-notebook: MateBook. Specialists herald it as a great instrument for any designer. “Devices are not on the market yet but will go on sale in the near future,” Huawei’s PR manager Irina Korzyuk declared. “MateBook can act as a tablet and as a notebook as it is equipped with a detachable keyboard. The device uses Windows and a special Mate Pen which recognises up to 2,048 degrees of pressure. It’s possible to draw virtually anything. The gadget is extremely thin — being just 6.9mm. It is also very light.”
Among the 2016 projects is a plan to cover 97 percent of Belarusian territory with the 3G network. As promised, villagers will also soon enjoy mobile television. The MTS mobile operator proposes online TV for smartphones and tablets operating at any platform, in addition to computers and TV sets. “So far, a TV set uses 50 channels but there will be more. One account will be needed to be able to watch TV on four devices. The service enjoys such options as pause, rewind, suspended start and recording from the point of previous viewing, while also making it possible to download reminders and keep archives for seven days. If Internet traffic — either mobile or fixed — is provided by our operator, it is not subject to tariffs during use,” the Head of MTS PR Group Tatiana Kurbat told us.
By Mikhail Veremeev