Dubai Setting New Standards for Smart Cities

ArabNet Team, Aug 16 2016

Smart Cities use technology to analyse data sent from sensors over Wi-Fi networks to enhance daily lives and governance. Prominent use cases include solving challenges such as traffic congestion and utilities distribution, and launching mobile government services.

As the world urbanises, the Internet of Things’ impact on Smart Cities could reach USD 1.6 trillion by 2025, including USD 800 billion in transportation and USD 700 billion in healthcare, according to a recent report by the research firm McKinsey Global Institute.

The Smart Dubai initiative was introduced in 2014 to establish Dubai as the smartest city in the world by 2017, and has chosen happiness as the measure of success of its smart city endeavors. Dubai was already ranked seventh on the Happiness Index in 2014, and the impact the city can create with the goal of driving happiness is immense. Aligned with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision, technology plays a vital role as an enabler to achieve this goal. To know more about the initiatives, you can read about it our previously published article, Dubai, the City of Tomorrow.

At GITEX Intelligent Cities, government leaders and technology companies will have an opportunity to see, hear, and experience the next wave of innovative, integrated technologies that are already helping cities around the world become more connected.

Dubai Shares Best Practices for Smart Cities
Smart Dubai Government has already demonstrated its value to the government of Dubai: a report published in June 2016 revealed that Smart Dubai Government has saved the Dubai Government over AED 4.3 billion during its 13-year lifetime.

The Smart Dubai Office has been set up to lead the initiative and is led by Director General, Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr. The initiative is driven by four key strategic pillars and six dimensions that will classify all smart initiatives citywide. In an interview with ArabNet, Dr. Aisha informed us that “Dubai's approach to smart cities is unique as it is the first to create a citywide blueprint for smart initiatives aiming to develop a single unified smart city, rather than implementing smart initiatives only covering certain industries and sectors. Part of the unified approach will be able to take data from a wide range of sources and make it available to interested parties.”

This year, the Smart Dubai Office is bringing a first-of-its-kind city experience to GITEX. By bringing together partners from public and private sectors, Smart Dubai is offering visitors a true smart city experience. All participating entities will be showcasing smart services and solutions that are making Dubai a more efficient, seamless, safe, and impactful experience today, contributing to Smart Dubai’s citywide vision to become the happiest city on earth, powered by smart technology.

Tech Vendors and Startups Energise Smart Cities
Many leading Smart City technology vendors will showcase the latest solutions at GITEX. Gemalto will showcase its eDriver Licence, Virtual Reality, On Demand Connectivity, and Smart Watches for governments to connect, secure, and monetise the Internet of Things. LG will demonstrate the SmarThinQ Hub connected home with smart sensors and appliances.

Global ICT solutions provider Huawei, with over 60 Smart City projects in 20 countries, has recently installed its first Smart Street Solution in the Middle East at Dubai Silicon Oasis. The street features digital signage, CCTV surveillance, and Wi-Fi enabled environmental sensors.

Technology vendors and startups are eager to leverage augmented reality, drones, robotics, and 3D printing to optimise Smart City goals and deployments. Demonstrating the growing opportunity, Dubai recently opened the world’s first 3D-printed building, and the Dubai Future Agenda aims for 25 percent of Dubai’s construction to be 3D-printed by 2030.

Energising Smart City solutions, the GITEX Startup Movementwill host hundreds of global startups, and accelerators and incubators from Japan, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the UAE that aim to help startups grow, secure funding, and reach new markets.

Among the Smart City startups attending GITEX Startup Movement are Acacus Technologies from Jordan and the UAE that helps plan airport crew movement, Bulgarian smart mirror and smart home startup Home Touch, Indian startup TechnoPurple that is developing one of the world’s smallest GPS vehicle tracking devices, and Serbian startup TOKN for mobile device management, which recently partnered with a Dubai government agency.

For more information and to register, click here. GITEX Technology Week 2016 will run from 16-20 October 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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