Global technology brand, OPPO, yesterday announced the launch of OPPO Reno4 Series and OPPO Enco W51 wireless headphones in the Middle East. The OPPO Reno4 Series which includes Reno4 Pro 5G, Reno4 Pro and Reno4, make it easier than ever to capture creative portraits and imaginative videos at night. The OPPO Enco W51 create a personal space to enjoy undisturbed sound with a double breakthrough in noise cancellation on both call and music, supported by a high-end dual-core digital noise reduction chip with hybrid ANC technology.
Starting today, 23 September and exclusively for a week, customers will be rewarded when they pre-order their new Reno4 smartphone – available while stocks last across major retailers and e-commerce platforms in the UAE. With all pre-orders of the Reno4 Pro 5G, customers will receive the OPPO Enco W51; the OPPO Enco W31 will come with the Reno4 Pro and the OPPO Enco W11 with the Reno4.
At an interactive and engaging virtual event titled, ‘Own the Night’ on 22 September, OPPO unveiled its Ultra Night Wide-angle Video and other engaging videography functions that gives every user a chance to make their night come alive in their own unque way. The event also revealed touch-free interactions and made this flagship feature more easily accessible to a greater market place, powered by an AI-enhanced Smart Sensor that allows the phone to be controlled with a wave, and an AI algorithm secures the phone from peeping eyes.
Ethan Xue, President of OPPO Middle East and Africa said, “The Reno Series has always been a pathbreaker in smartphone camera technology and Reno4 Series carries on Reno3’s legacy of pioneering the mobile photography, with new videography features and portrait shooting that enable users shoot a comprehensive range of scenes. Designed for personality and style, the Reno4 Pro 5G not only delivers powerful performance but also enables a connected lifestyle through the power of 5G. Living up to OPPO’s mission of elevating life through technological artistry, OPPO’s Reno4 Series introduces fun and new ways to ‘own the night’ by using the trendy phone’s innovative technology to express their creativity.”
Make your night alive with Trendsetting Design
The Reno4 Series pushes the boundaries of industrial design by packing a powerhouse of components into a slim and sleek design. A brand-new patent-applied technique introduces a gradient colour in a perfect combination of matte and glitter.
Reno4 Pro 5G weighs 172g at 7.6mm, while Reno4 Pro weights 161g and is 7.7mm thin. A 90Hz 3D Curved Screen elevates the premium look and feel of the phones and a unique gradient colour on the back cover would certainly elevate your style in all angles.
Inspired by the tranquility of nature, Reno4 Pro 5G comes in Galactic Blue and Space Black, with the Galactic Blue crafted with the patent-applied ‘Reno Glow’ process, which achieves both a matte finish with a subtle glittery detail, almost like tiny diamonds are embedded on the back cover, and is more resistant to fingerprints and scratches. Reno4 Pro comes in two premium colors, Galactic Blue and Starry Night, which convey an innate peacefulness, but like a blank canvas brings out the user’s artistic side.
Equipped with a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, Reno4 is 7.7mm thick, fitting easily in the hand or and pocket, while it’s 165g light weight ensures that the user will never tire holding it. For trendsetting looks, Reno4 comes in two colors: Galactic Blue and Space Black. Galactic Blue offers a vibrant and glossy look with subtle glittery details, and the looming OPPO monogram on Space Black adds a sense of mystery, offering a more premium appearance and great in-hand feel.
Make your night alive with Brilliant Videography and Portraits
Continuing to strengthen its foothold with smartphone imaging technology, the Reno4 Series leads the way with exceptional night videography and portrait shooting capabilities. Reno4 Pro 5G is further enhanced with a customized, ultra-wide, ultra-powerful Sony IMX708 image sensor with laser detection auto-focus (LDAF). At 1/2.3 inches, the larger sensor gathers more light making it ideal for brighter night videos or photos. OPPO Reno4 Pro and Reno4 feature a Quadcam matrix, including a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultra wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP mono lens, in addition to a 32MP front camera.
Creative Filming: With the increasing popularity of short video platforms in the region, including TikTok and Instagram stories, the Reno4 Series enables users to effortlessly express their own unique style and share their creativity with the world. For OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G, the scene-stealer Ultra Night Wide-angle Video enables everyone to take stunning videos at night, and there’s a suite of playful videography features to capture your life and memories more vividly. On Reno4 Pro and Reno4, the epic slow-motion shots in the thick of the action, whether sprinkling water or colored powder, are made possible with the 960fps Smart Slow Motion, and the Ultra Steady Video 3.0 enables steady videos of high-intensity activities while walking, running or cycling.
Colourful Shots: On Reno4 Pro and Reno4, the all-new AI Color Portrait Mode on both photo and video function mutes the background into black and white while keeping the subject in real color. The Monochrome Video feature retains only the red, green or blue colors in the video, while turning the others black and white, which produces an effect that resembles a blockbuster video.
Brilliant Night Shots: Mastering nighttime portrait shots is a breeze with Night Flare Mode on Reno4 Pro and Reno4, which applies artistic neon effects against the backdrop of streetlights and makes the subject brighter at the same time. In addition, Ultra Night Selfie Mode and Ultra Dark Mode capture clearer and brighter night shots using both the front and rear cameras.
Make your night alive with AI-enhanced Smart Sensor
In order to truly keep up with the personality of the youth, the Reno4 offers life conveniences that are hard to dismiss. The phones are equipped with an AI-enhanced Smart Sensor to perform functions like Smart Spying Prevention, Smart AirControl, Smart Rotation and Smart Always-on Display. With Smart Spying Prevention the sensor automatically hides content when it detects that anyone other than the owner is peeking at the phone. Smart AirControl is a futuristic way to answer a call or scroll through social media apps with just a wave of the hand.
Make your night alive with a Phone that Keeps Up with You
The new Reno4 Pro 5G is configured with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G integrated 5G chip, while both the Reno4 and Reno4 Pro smartphones will be packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G. On top of that, OPPO’s best-in-class fast charging technology will reach more consumers in the Middle East through the Reno4 Pro 5G and Reno4 Pro. With 65W SuperVOOC Flash Charger, just five minutes of charging gives four hours of YouTube watching, and 36 minutes gives a full charge. Additional power saving solutions such as Super Power Saving Mode allows users to chat on WhatsApp for 1.5 hours or make calls for up to 77 minutes with only 5% of battery. Super Nighttime Standby ensures that only 2% of battery is consumed for around eight hours at night, so that users won’t need to worry about power draining out even if they forget to charge the phone at night.
OPPO Enco W51 True Wireless Headphones
The new Reno4 Pro 5G is configured with a built-in integrated 5G chip – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, while both the Reno4 and Reno4 Pro smartphones will be packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G. On top of that, OPPO’s best-in-class fast charging technology will reach more consumers in the Middle East through the Reno4 Pro 5G and Reno4 Pro. With 65W SuperVOOC 2.0, just five minutes of charging gives four hours of YouTube watching, and 36 minutes gives a full charge. Additional power saving solutions such as Super Power Saving Mode allows users to chat on WhatsApp for 1.5 hours or make calls for up to 77 minutes with only five percent of battery. Super Nighttime Standby ensures that only two percent of battery is consumed for around eight hours at night, so that users won’t need to worry about power draining out even if they forget to charge the phone at night.
Designed to be completely intuitive, like a natural extension of the user’s body, double or triple taps on the earphones allow the user to toggle noise reduction, go to the next song, hang up the phone or wake up the voice assistant. Wireless charging of the earphone box and earphones gives a total battery life of up to 24 hours. Available in two colours – Floral White, Starry Blue – there’s something for everyone, whatever their style.
The Reno4 Series will be available for pre-order in the UAE from 23 September 2020, at a retail price of AED 2,499 for the Reno4 Pro 5G, AED 1,999 for Reno4 Pro and AED 1,499 for Reno4 smartphones. OPPO Enco W51 will also be available at a retail price of AED 499.
Leading Rehabilitation Providers Partner in Key Telehealth Research Study in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
Brooks Rehabilitation is pleased to announce the launch of an essential research study that will advance the use of telehealth for rehabilitation in response to public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Partners Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital complete the team of leading rehabilitation providers supporting the creation and deployment of the study, with the goal to obtain vital data and feedback that will be used to shape the future of telehealth for patients and providers.
“This virus has been a catalyst to many changes in all of healthcare, including the expansion of virtual visits via telehealth. The study will focus on the experiences of rehabilitation patients and providers during the pandemic and will further inform how telehealth rehab services are performed in the future,” said Dr. Raine Osborne, Director of Research at Brooks Rehabilitation and study co-principal investigator.
Without the ability to treat patients in person, the continuity of patient care has been put at risk. Rehabilitation professionals express concern over the loss of vital touch points needed to facilitate patient treatment and progress, as barriers like a lack of appropriate technology or access to telehealth portals prove to be immediate hurdles. Historically, telehealth has hit a myriad of roadblocks due to regulatory and reimbursement issues. The pandemic has pushed through the necessity for innovation in patient care via virtual platforms, and this timely study will provide insight into the widespread, vital changes needed in order to continue to advance rehabilitation care.
“Many previously perceived barriers of telehealth have become invalidated, and patients and providers are seeing benefits of these services. Virtual services will continue to become an expectation of innovative healthcare and provide consumers with the access and convenience that they are looking for from their healthcare services,” said Emily Rumery, OTD and Virtual Services Coordinator for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals.
Virtual visits serve as an innovative means to interact with patients in a way that reduces personal protective equipment utilization amid a national shortage, as well as decreases exposure to COVID-19. Information gleaned from the study will further elevate safety for patients and providers, as well as build on the foundational methods for virtual care facilities like Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital have been working on in recent years.
“Since we started on this journey four years ago, we have put processes in place to integrate telehealth workflow into existing patient care, so it did not become ‘one more thing.’ The education we provided the medical staff, other clinicians and patient service coordinators really helped when we flipped the switch to virtual outpatient services during the first wave of the pandemic. The foundation was already there,” said Jason Peoples, co-principal investigator, Director of Technology and Innovation, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.
“Critical to this research is identifying barriers that need to be overcome to ensure individuals of all abilities, including those with limited movement and speech capacity, can use telehealth fully,” said Dr. Judith Burnfield, co-principal investigator, and Director of Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals‘ Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering.
Results will provide essential information that will help drive the creation of telehealth resources for patients and shape the way telehealth is executed in rehabilitation. In addition, findings will support initiatives and legislation needed in order to meet the needs of patients and providers nationwide.
The survey will target rehabilitation patients and providers who have received and delivered care since the pandemic was first declared by President Trump on March 11, 2020. Data is anticipated to be available early 2021.
Airbiquity Launches OTAmatic Vehicle Configurator to Help Automakers Manage Connected Vehicle Software
New offering allows automakers to control the number of software versions in vehicles, better understand the state of entire fleets
Airbiquity®, the global leader of connected vehicle services, today launched its OTAmatic® Vehicle Configurator, a tool for defining and managing connected vehicle software. The OTAmatic Vehicle Configurator gives automakers insight into the exact hardware and software configurations within a vehicle, manage known combinations of electronic control units (ECUs) and software versions in vehicles, and meet emerging government compliance requirements for type certified vehicle systems.
In recent years, the number of vehicle ECUs receiving software updates via over-the-air (OTA) technology has been steadily increasing, making it difficult for automakers to track and manage software configurations across their fleets. As these ECUs receive OTA software updates over time, different software permutations will appear in the field as not all vehicles will be updated at the same time. This results in a multitude of software combinations which need to be tracked and managed by the automaker for vehicle maintenance and regulatory compliance.
The OTAmatic Vehicle Configurator gives automakers the power to address these issues and better control the software configurations in their vehicles. The OTAmatic Vehicle Configurator:
- Deploys software only in approved combinations. Minimizes unanticipated issues by ensuring software contained in tens to hundreds of independent ECUs in a vehicle are limited to prevalidated configurations tested and approved by automakers.
- Provides a breakdown of vehicles in the field. Reports the exact version of software and hardware installed in vehicles so automakers can understand the state of their vehicle fleets.
- Displays a history of vehicle configurations. Allows automakers to compare configurations for vehicle lines or individual vehicles to understand changes over time.
- Works with Airbiquity’s OTAmatic software management system. Configuration candidates can automatically be created from factory feeds of newly manufactured vehicles or by importing Bill of Materials (BOMs) using a web-based tool, then provided to automakers for review and approval. Configurations can also be provided for review when a vehicle reports a new combination from the field.
- Works with non-Airbiquity OTA software management systems. Existing OTA systems can be enhanced by Vehicle Configurator integration using supplied APIs.
- Enables regulatory compliance for tracking type certified vehicle systems. Allows automakers to record the software (RXSWIN) associated with the type certification of a vehicle system and supports UNECE (WP.29) requirements for tracking software updates.
“At Airbiquity, we’re constantly assessing the challenges automakers face and applying our software technology and expertise to address them,” said Keefe Leung, Vice President of Product Management at Airbiquity. “Automakers need to actively understand and manage their connected vehicle software. Our Vehicle Configurator is a powerful tool to bridge disparate pieces of software information based on the context provided by automakers while also delivering automation that integrates to their existing processes.”
“With the ubiquitous deployment of OTA software update capabilities automakers face a challenge in managing software configurations across a wide range of vehicle platforms, components, and markets,” said Alex Oyler, Head of Car IT at SBD Automotive. “To meet emerging regulatory requirements automakers must know which vehicles are running which software versions at all times. Automakers must also prove to regulatory agencies that they have control over their connected ecosystem, and without a high-integrity platform for managing this information they will face regulatory backlash and preventable cybersecurity challenges.”
COVID-19 Sparks Boom in Digital Hospitals with Smart Technologies, Improving Quality of Care
Digital hospitals enhance patient care and improve healthcare staff’s efficiency and productivity, finds Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Digital Hospitals: Creating Growth Opportunities in Patient Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond, finds that digital hospitals that deploy smart technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), remote health monitoring, and robotics, deliver higher standards of patient care and hassle-free experiences for health professionals. The adoption of such advanced technologies has witnessed strong traction during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a massive influx of patients, and traditional hospitals are struggling to provide quality care and ensure health professionals’ safety. Technology adoption is expected to rise further in the next two to three years due to higher-quality care and significant productivity gains.
“Digital hospitals address limitations of traditional providers such as centralized care delivery, closed systems, fee-for-service care models and a reactive approach through decentralized care, interoperable systems, and outcome-driven and proactive approaches,” said Neeraj Nitin Jadhav, Technical Insights Senior Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “To improve patients’ satisfaction levels at every step of care delivery during their stay in the facility, digital hospitals are using technologies like hospital navigation, intelligent imaging platforms, medical robots, remote patient monitoring tools, medication management applications, communication tools, electronic health record (EHR) applications, and clinical decision support solutions.”
Jadhav added: “Digital hospital operators need to focus on building internal architecture, especially staff workstations and patient rooms that follow evidence-based design (EBD), as these are the areas where clinical decisions are made and care is provided, respectively. Additionally, decentralized healthcare staff workstations outside the patient rooms can allow the staff to be closer to the point of care rather than a centralized area, which increases the travel distance for the health professionals.”
The increasing adoption of digital technologies in hospitals presents immense growth prospects for market participants in the digital hospital space, including:
- Deploying smart patient tracking systems to manage patient flow, treatment progress, discharge, and other hospital processes.
- Proper training and implementation of EHRs can improve a hospital’s ability to provide high-quality care and address health disparities in the population.
- Use of AI to make supply chain management more sophisticated as the algorithms process huge volumes of hospital data to identify trends and provide insights to improve the facilities’ efficiency and quality of care.
- Analyze data obtained from different hospital departments to empower local healthcare teams.
Digital Hospitals: Creating Growth Opportunities in Patient Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond is the latest addition to Frost & Sullivan’s Technical Insights research and analyses available through the Frost & Sullivan Leadership Council, which helps organizations identify a continuous flow of growth opportunities to succeed in an unpredictable future.
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