5 tech innovations waiting to take off in Egypt


5 tech innovations waiting to take off in Egypt

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Over the past few decades, the world has benefited from a plethora of technological advancements that have reshaped the way society functions. From smartphones and social media apps that connect the country online all the time, from self-driving cars, to something as simple as the development of the IMAX theater enhancing viewer experiences.

However, some technological innovations, appreciated and integrated abroad, have not yet had an impact on the daily life of Egyptians.

Here are some of the technological revolutions that have yet to kick off in Egypt.

SMART HOMES

From the Amazon Echo home assistant to app-controlled LED light bulbs – smart home devices are slowly but surely take control homes in countries like the United States, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and China.

Smart homes, which are all houses equipped with lighting, air conditioning and electronic devices that are remotely controlled by a smartphone or computer, are being touted as the next era of housing technology.

In today’s tech-dependent world, tech giants such as Google and Amazon are constantly integrating traditional home appliances with smartphone usage. On Amazon’s e-commerce site, smart devices range from thermostats from Google to video doorbells from Ring, an Amazon subsidiary, and even smart door locks.

Although some smart home devices are available in Egypt, such as LG’s app-controlled air conditioners, washing machines and TVs, a widespread smart home revolution has yet to take place.

A global investigation by Global Web Index in 2020 estimates that only 6.6% of Egyptians own at least one smart home device. In the United States, 23% of households own three or more smart home devices.

In 2021, Talaat Mostafa Group, one of Egypt’s leading property developers, announced its new project, Noor City. One of their main selling points was that it was Egypt’s first fully functional smart city, with smart homes throughout the project – an indication that Egypt is gradually embracing the age of the smart home.

MOBILE PAYMENT

Every year, Egypt continues to move closer and closer to cashless systems. In March 2022, the Central Bank launched InstaPay, the country’s first instant money transfer app. This is a step in the direction of mobile-supported money transfers, similar to Venmo’s 2011 launch in the US.

The next step in Egypt’s plans for cashless transactions is the mobile payment method, popularized by Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, which store credit and debit cards in a secure wallet app.

In other words, rather than paying with a credit card in a supermarket, services like Apple Pay allow users to pay through their phone by hovering over credit card machines.

Egypt’s recent plans to introduce Apple Pay and Samsung Pay to the economy with the aim of introducing smart transactions.

UNIVERSAL DIGITAL MEDICAL HISTORY

While Egypt has made recent strides in the world of medical technology (medical technology), mainly thanks to medical technology startups like Vezeeta or Yodawy, it still lags behind in terms of providing citizens with digital medical records. completely universal.

The country is currently taking steps to implement a national medical history system – known as the Universal Health Insurance System. However, this plan is expected to take 10 years to reach all Egyptian governorates, according to a statement by Finance Minister Mohamed Maait made in July 2022.

At the moment, Egyptian patients who hop from hospital to hospital must personally gather their past medical records to hand over to their new doctor – a time-consuming process for both patients and doctors.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

When Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, spear the company’s first commercial car, the Model S, in 2012, it sparked a wave of acceptance for electric cars in North America and Europe.

Electric cars existed years before Tesla, with examples like General Motors’ EV1 model as early as 1996, but the past decade has seen leaps in electric car development as countries aim to reduce carbon emissions.

Today, in 2022, there are more 20 millions electric vehicles (EVs) in the world – a small number at first glance but an impressive indicator of progress in the EV market when you consider that the number was 1 million in 2016.

Slowly, but surely, electric vehicles are starting to grow in popularity and demand. Hybrid cars also offer a middle ground for drivers who aren’t fully prepared to ditch gasoline.

In the case of Egypt, there are only 380 Licensed VE from February 2022, although the country plans to assemble locally EV by 2023.

5G NETWORKS

When Egypt switched from 3G to 4G in 2017Internet and mobile data speeds skyrocketed from a high of 7.2 megabytes per second to a high of 24 megabytes per second, which, although still lower than 4G speeds abroad , represented a significant jump for Egyptian Internet users.

Today, the country is preparing to switch from 4G to 5G, a speed that is already improving the increasingly digitalized societies of 72 countriessuch as the United States, United Arab Emirates, China, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Australia.

Despite investments by telecom giants Etisalat, Orange, Telecom Egypt and Vodafone in 5G infrastructure, Egypt has yet to launch 5G networks. 5G has been available in neighboring countries like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia since 2019, but other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) such as Morocco, Algeria, Jordan and Tunisia have not yet launched 5G networks.

On September 25, 2021, the Egyptian Cabinet affirmed that the country is working diligently on the launch of 5G.

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