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On Tuesday 26 November, MECC Maastricht and KCI Publising, the exhibition organizer of Stainless Steel World, signed the contract for the next two editions of Stainless Steel World in 2021 and 2023. This renowned event is taking place at MECC Maastricht from 26 to 28 November 2019.

Maastricht is the European host city for more than 7,000 visitors and more than 300 exhibitors. Stainless Steel World is the most important biannual meeting for the worldwide stainless steel industry, where experts and stakeholders from the technical landscape and the supply chain come together. The international trade fair is an absolute must for anyone involved in the production and application of a wide range of corrosion-resistant alloys from the main industries and for everyone who wants to stay up to date with the latest developments, technologies and trends.

NEST Congress and Exhibition Centre has opened in the centre of Belek, Turkey.

Located just 32 km from the airport and 45 km from the Antalya city centre, NEST has a total of 15,000 square metres of indoor area, spanning two levels, and 5,000 square metres of outdoor space. On the first floor, the 6,000-square metre main hall , which can be converted into five segments, has a ceiling height of 10 meters and a 1,500 square metre foyer.

In addition, the ground floor features 24 workshop spaces with five metre-high ceilings, a meeting hall with a total area of 5,000 square metres, and an expansive 1,700square metre foyer.

NEST is located in the heart of the 5-star hotel region, where national and international meetings and congresses are hosted every year. There are 11 hotels with a bed capacity of 12,000 within 2 km of NEST, and 38 hotels with a bed capacity of 36,000 within 5 km.

WTTC reunites key players in the EU to discuss industry’s vision for a seamless and secure journey 

WTTC research reveals that on average 4 in 5 international travellers would be willing to share their photographs in advance of travel to speed up their journey

The World Travel & Tourism Council, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, convened at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium for a critical workshop, bringing together public and private sectors with technology providers to agree on models which are globally interoperable, technology neutral and cover the end-to-end journey in an effort to advance the vision of a Seamless Traveller Journey.

With growth happening so rapidly, infrastructure must keep pace with demand but in many cases, especially aviation, old systems are unable to cope with the demand we see today. The number of people travelling every year will only continue to grow, thus, it is crucial that the Travel & Tourism sector help create conditions for secure and efficient travel through and beyond borders.

The workshop tackled issues such as the industry vision for seamless travel, technology and border control, risk management, privacy and biometrics law. 

The event counted with high-level representatives from the European Institutions, the private sector members and partners – AENA, Amadeus, Hilton, Hotelbeds, Idemia, KLM, Melia, MSC Cruises, NEC, NH Hotels, Radisson, Royal Caribbean, SITA, Vision-Box, WorldReach Software, among others and Industry organisations such as ACI Europe, CER , IATA, IBMATA.

Research from the WTTC shows that 4 out of 5 (80%) international travellers from key European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) would be willing to share their photographs with relevant organisations if it meant a smoother traveller journey.

With most travellers being low risk, increasing the presence of biometric technology throughout the traveller journey would allow governments to maximise resources and focus on the small number of high-risk travellers. This can also aide in easing capacity and unlocking the full economic potential of Travel & Tourism.

The Seamless Traveller Journey would allow biometric and biographic data to be provided prior to travel, allowing border agencies to authenticate and pre-clear travellers in advance of arrival, thus reducing cumbersome checks and queues at ports and airports. From a traveller’s perspective, this would present itself as a journey wherein the traveller no longer needs to present travel documents and boarding passes multiple times to a variety of stakeholders at different stages of their journey. 

The Association Meeting Programme (AMP) a flagship event of the International Congress Convention Association (ICCA), will take place in Tirol next June.

The educational summit return to Austria for the first time in eight years since its predecessor the Research, Sales and Marketing Programme came to Bregenz in 2011.

Hosts Congress Centrum Alpbach, Congress Messe Innsbruck, Convention Service Innsbruck and Convention Bureau Tirol associations successfully bid for the event.

ICCA represents the world’s leading destinations and service providers in the meetings and congress industry and comprises 1,100 member organisations in 100 countries.

The AMP convenes 150 suppliers and planners from the conference industry to exchange knowledge on promoting, planning and organising international association meetings.

The slogan of the event will be “Together to the top”, and the theme “Collaborate, innovate, elevate”, in order to reflect the forward-thinking and inclusive nature of the programme.

“Life is too short for boring meetings. We are confident that we can offer all AMP participants an unforgettable experience in the Tirolean mountains. With our teamwork, we want to be a role model for the industry,” the four hosts, Congress Centrum Alpbach, Congress Messe Innsbruck, Convention Service Innsbruck and the Convention Bureau Tirol are all agreed.

“We are happy that the AMP will take place from 29th June to 1st July 2020, with an exciting programme in the host towns of Innsbruck and Alpbach”, said Senthil Gopinath, ICCA CEO.

Transport robots integrated in warehouse logistics • Deep learning combined with stereoscopic cameras

Global logistics service provider DB Schenker has introduced autonomous robots from the manufacturer Gideon Brothers at its location in Leipzig. DB Schenker is thus relying on the flexible solution for automating logistics processes in existing warehouses. The robots, which are equipped with cutting-edge technology, allow productivity gains without the need to modify facilities.

“In our drive to offer strategic advantages for our clients in the increasingly complex digital environment, DB Schenker continuously explores opportunities to integrate innovations from visionary start-up companies”, said Xavier Garijo, Member of the Board for Contract Logistics at Schenker AG. “Delivering automation possibilities for logistics and warehouse operations is a foundation for building the next generation supply chain."

Gideon Brothers’ autonomous logistics robot is equipped with a Visual Perception-based Robot Autonomy System, which combines deep learning with stereoscopic cameras to create the next generation of robot vision. With this revolutionary AI-powered visual perception it is designed to navigate safely around employees and equipment as well as other moving machines. The robots are capable of moving a load 800 kg each and are using a hot- swappable battery system, allowing minimum downtime for recharging.

The robots are being piloted in DB Schenker's Leipzig warehouse, to automate tasks associated with regular order fulfillment, speeding it up and allowing employees to focus on more complex tasks. A few weeks into the project, DB Schenker expanded the pilot by adding a significant number of new pick-up and drop-off points. The flexibility of the system is showcased by the fact that both the expansion and the ongoing fine-tuning has been undertaken by DB Schenker staff. In the first month of the pilot, a typical distance covered by a robot surpassed 26 km per week. The results of the pilot project will be evaluated in detail after completion.

“Our machines perceive the world just like we do – by processing visual inputs and understanding what surrounds them and how it relates to their tasks,” Matija Kopić, CEO and Co-Founder of Gideon Brothers, said. “This is a technological leap. Self-driving machines, powered by vision and AI, will succeed where earlier technology failed – it will become ubiquitous in industrial environments.”