Dubai’s steady transformation into a Smart City

31 March, 2016

Smart buildings are the fundamental building blocks of smart cities, and Dubai has been named as one of the top Middle East cities leading the region in terms of “smart building” capabilities across all three categories — green, safe and productive — according to the Honeywell Smart Building Score, a first-of-its-kind global index designed for the comprehensive assessment of any property. 

Beyond, the emirate launched the Smart Dubai Platform that will act as the central operating system for the city that is already known for its smart applications across public and private sector entities. The Smart Dubai Platform forms the backbone of the emirate’s smart city transformation, uniting the city's state-of-the-art infrastructure, open and shared data, and citywide smart applications to ultimately serve as the nerve centre for Dubai. In accordance with the Dubai Data Law, the Smart Dubai Platform will facilitate the exchange of open and shared data between the public sector, private sector and individuals, creating new opportunities for engagement, contributing to the smart city future of Dubai.

Underpinning Dubai’s aim to spearhead innovation and connectivity in every area of activity to make people's life easier, the city also witness continuous advancement in the integration of government services with the ‘Internet of Things’ as well as a series of smart initiatives in key sectors such as education, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail.

Coinciding with the release of this newsletter is the Future Technology Week, the new umbrella brand bringing together four of the region's leading technology events including the Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC), the Internet of Things Expo (IoTX), The Big Data Show and Gulf Enterprise Mobility Exhibition & Conference (GEMEC). The 2016 Future Technology Week will debut ‘The Hive’, a new innovative technology platform that presents the ‘Start Up Showdown of the Century’, where the world’s most dedicated and driven young entrepreneurs come to pitch their start up concepts set to solve today’s greatest technology challenges. The contestants' submissions will be judged on six criteria including practical use of product or solution, innovative use of technology, ease of implementation, sustainable business model, user adoption to date, and difference to other products in the market.

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