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Convergence in reality

The first day of the imbX2007 saw vendors from across Asia and beyond showcasing a wide range of technologies, from new mobile handsets to biometrics for immigration.
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By Lynn Tan @ Redhat on
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Infcomm Singapore is the new brand that IDA launched with Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) early this year. This common identity is expected to help local companies gain more mindshare when they venture abroad, said Chan Yeng Kit, CEO of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), in a media briefing Tuesday.
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Host country Singapore leads with the largest contingent of exhibitors at the show. Check out made-in-Singapore technologies from local companies at the republic's pavilion straddling Hall 2 and 3.
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Dubbed enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS), the automated system installed at border control points in the island-state enables its citizens, who travel in and out of the country, to clear immigration under 12 seconds using biometric technologies to verify their identity.
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The first step to use the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS), is to insert the passport into the slot to be scanned, as shown in the display screen. Typically, an immigration officer is on hand to facilitate those using the biometric system for the first time.
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At the Malaysia pavilion, representatives from the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) are available to answer any queries from visitors who are interested to establish presence in the country's 'Silicon Valley'.
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Japanese telco giant NTT DoCoMo's experential booth in Hall 4 simulates an environment where its technologies, as well as a wide range of Japanese mobile handsets, are used in daily life.
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Make contactless payments for retail purchases using NFC (near field communications) technology.
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Try the mobile-phone e-ticketing application used by commuters in Japan to ride the public transport, such as trains.
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Visitors interested in doing business in South Korea's capital--Seoul, can approach representatives from the Seoul Business Agency located at the country's pavilion in Hall 6.
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An interactive white board by South Korean company Esol lets users write on a non-reflective glass screen with their finger. Images are projected onto the glass screen from the rear.
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A bracelet from South Korean company, CrossWinTech, contains an RFID (radio frequency identification) chip that can be used for contact payments for retail purchases, function as a digital key for doors as well as a fashion accessory.
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