An influx of smart devices changes lives in sophisticated ways
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Aug 28, 2014
DUBAI: The abundance of smart devices and friendly interfaces through various platforms has paved the way for governments as well as organisations in the medical, education, and tourism sectors, especially service providers, to reach the masses through this new mode of communication. In the next couple of years, users of smart devices in Dubai will have greater options to enjoy a variety of services as organisations shift to benefit the common person.
This was stated by Iftikhar Shah, CEO, Ilmasoft, in an exclusive interview with The Gulf Today in Dubai on Wednesday. The Dubai-based Ilmasoft has been providing solutions like mobile applications to a number of government and private organisations. Hundreds of smart devices like mobile phones and tablets not only in Dubai but all over the world are using designed applications and benefit through new modes of communication. Shah has been in Dubai for over the last 10 years and has acquired a number of diplomas in business administration and education training.
“With the launch of iPads in 2010, we saw the beginning of a whole new era of communication and ‘mobile devices on the go’. Since I am involved in education and working with young children, I decided to start designing applications — not an easy task but full of challenges,” he revealed.
He trained a team of developers to provide research and training in Lahore while at the same time, he registered Ilmasoft in Dubai as a huge platform to launch an applications developing house. In the last four years, the team of young engineers have been working to fulfil the needs of their clients from corporate sectors to academic institutions.
They have developed around 200 apps for different mobile platforms like Apple iOS, Android, Microsoft, Tizon and others to cover the fields of education, religion, medical, hotels and a variety of service providers in eight major languages including English, Arabic, Urdu, Spanish, German and others.
“We have designed a number of apps for children, toddlers especially, as it is a fact that young children are fast learners and easily adapt to new technologies. Our apps for young children teach them alphabets, numbers, and helping them to identify colours and objects.
“One of our apps, a Children’s Islamic Quiz, has been downloaded more than 10,000 times as it provides a huge variety of information not only to young children but adults as well. The response from different parts of the world is amazing,” he pointed.
The UAE’s position in the region for smart device usage is high, according to a recent report issued by the TRA (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority). It pointed out that the average UAE resident has more than one smart device, and the trend is on the rise.
Iftikhar Shah pointed that academic institutions, especially schools in the UAE, on the directives of the government, are shifting towards tablets, which reflects that soon the users of smart devices will increase many times over.
“The market in Dubai has tremendous opportunities as representatives of all major companies from all over the world which set up their regional offices here. Local firms here have also been trendsetters in the use of smart devices to lure their customers,” he added.
“However, to meet the demands of universities and other academic institutes in the UAE we have already started diploma courses for app developers,” he said.
“Our developers are mostly youngsters and fresh graduates, as they are the people who are more likely to do something different, filled with passion and bright ideas,” he said.