Etisalat to support Dubai’s Smart City vision

Etisalat is planning to support Dubai’s Smart City vision.

Khalifa Al Shamsi, chief digital services officer, Etisalat Group has indicated that the company will focus on management of traffic, water supply, energy and waste will benefit from real-time data analysis and control offered by M2M technologies.

“With the current rate of growth in cities both regionally and globally, there should be a smart infrastructure to support the increased demand on public and private services,” added Al Shamsi.

Machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, big-data analysis capabilities and fibre connectivity are some of the ‘smart-cities’ themes to be discussed at the Connected Living Summit and Al Shamsi said these technologies will help develop system efficiencies in existing and new infrastructure.

Dubai’s Smart City initiative was recently announced by Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai and Etisalat plans to build on its state-of-the-art infrastructure, technical expertise and coverage to enhance the quality of life for residents through improved traffic, environmental management, health care and education.

Al Shamsi said the UAE’s current investment in ‘Smart City’ technology was prudent and would stimulate interest from other countries.

These innovations will add significant value to the communities we serve, including improved access to healthcare, education and government services and will be studied by other countries as proof-of-concept.

Through the implementation of M2M technologies, Etisalat has already helped companies eliminate more than 23,000 tonnes of unnecessary CO2 emissions in two years by monitoring, streamlining and reducing energy usage through heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) at over 80 facilities in the UAE.

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