28 partners put their e-solutions on show in the Estonian ICT Demo Center, a joint effort to demonstrate to the world what the Estonian information and communication technologies sector is capable of.
The Demo Center brings together the Estonian ICT industry’s best creations such as the ID-card and Mobile-ID which are digital identity documents, the e-banking system which has revolutionised the Estonian banking service, and the e-Tax Office which took the local tax board online.
Demo Center, located in a highly innovative environment in the Ülemiste City together with many IT companies, also displays several consumer-oriented solutions such as digital TV, Skype and a cell phone operated newspaper vending machine.
The purpose of the Demo Center, however, is not to promote single solutions or products, says Enn Saar, the CEO of MicroLink Estonia – one of the center’s founding members. “The Center gives us a possibility to create synergy between different ICT companies and make their solutions communicate with each other. The outcome is that we have a realistic environment in which we can show visitors how Estonian e-solutions make life easier for citizens, enterprises and the government,” said Saar.
Urmas Kõlli, president of the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, emphasized that the Demo Center focuses on international visitors. “The Demo Center is a large step forward for our companies that have for a long time wanted to introduce our innovative solutions and products to consumers around the globe,” Kõlli commented.
International IT corporations will also participate in the Demo Center. Microsoft opened its Innovation Center, the purpose of which is to increase the Estonian companies’ chances to compete on the international market.
Rain Laane, the CEO of Microsoft Estonia, said that in the Innovation Center Estonian companies will get access to Microsoft’s newest products and be able to test these products in realistic conditions. „This gives our clients a vital advantage in their business,” said Laane.
Sun Microsystems joined the Demo Center with its Authorized Sun Solution Center. „Every year more than 3500 customers and 400 partners build and test working prototypes of business solutions at Sun Solution Centers around the world. These engagements help partners do more business in less time by enabling them to demonstrate the capabilities of their products running on Sun infrastructure,” said Graham Stevens, the Senior Director Sun Solution Centers.
The founders of the Estonian ICT Demo Center are MicroLink Estonia, EMT, Elion, Microsoft, Santa Monica Networks, Datel and Ülemiste City.
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