HOTELS & TOURISM | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Daily Briefing: WEF meeting perparations push through; Aviation contractor attempts supersonic combat drone;

And The World Economic Forum's special annual meeting will be held in Singapore in August.

from ChannelNewsAsia:

The government is testing the use of Bluetooth dongles to make sure participants of business conferences keep a safe distance from each other.

The dongle was last used on a two-day tech conference at the Marina Bay Sands on 24 March. Collected data can be seen by organisers, so they can intervene in case social distancing rules have been breeched.

Minister of State for Trade and Industry Alvin Tan said this technology as well as facial recognition could be used for future large-scale business conferences. He added that vaccines would be a "game-changer" in the upcoming August forum.

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from E27:

Singapore-based user interface test automation platform, UI-licious, is the latest startup to raise more than US$1m through pre-Series A funding.

The company raised US1.5m in the latest funding round led by Monk's Hill Ventures, to expand its product development and sales and marketing team.

The company, through its no-code platform, allows software teams to monitor and test user journeys in their web applications.

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from ChannelNewsAsia:

Singapore-based Kelley Aerospace recently unveiled its latest combat drone concept, the Arrow. The autonomous supersonic drone can be remotely controlled by two ground personnel. It has the capacity to carry missiles, external fuel tanks, navigation pods, and electronic warfare.

It will cost between $12.1 to $21.5 to manufacture. Kelley Aerospace has already received pre-orders.

The Arrow that will be built in Singapore will still be a full-scale, fully functioning prototype. Logistical challenges will make it difficult to ship the 14 metre long drone.

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