Smart Dubai office has officially launched the ‘Smart Dubai Platform' which is intended to form the central application and control for Dubai Smart City.
The platform was announced by Dr Aisha Bin Bishr, director general, Smart Dubai Office, and Osman Sultan CEO of du, the lead strategic partner in the project.
The platform has been created with a focus on end-user experience, whether it is residents, visitors or businesses, and on six themes of economy, government, people, living, mobility, and environment.
The Smart Dubai Platform has been designed to manage the infrastructure and data generated by smart city systems, and will include features for ingestion, aggregation, storage, advanced analytics and sharing of data.
Dr Bin Bishr commented: ""To achieve our ambitious mandate, Smart Dubai has pioneered the most comprehensive blueprint globally, encompassing the whole city, not just one sector or district. We are unifying operations to enable impact across the city, from infrastructure connected to the Internet of Things, to open data and shared data, deriving insights and innovation.
"The Smart Dubai platform will become the digital backbone for our smart city, uniting city infrastructure, open and shared data, enabling services and city-wide smart applications, the platform will become the central operating systems of Dubai. It will be unlike any other smart city platform operating in the world today," she added.
Dubai's approach to smart cities is unique, Dr Bin Bishr added, because the city leadership is aiming to develop a single unified smart city, rather than implementing a number of different unconnected projects. du was selected as the lead partner in the project because of its understanding of this landmark approach, its ongoing smart initiatives, invest in smart infrastructure and support for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Osman Sultan said: "A city can have smart applications that co-exist, but that does not make it a smart city, and certainly doesn't make it the smartest city."
Part of the unified approach will be able to take data from a wide range of sources and make it available to interested parties, Sultan added. The Dubai Open Data Law, announced in October, already outlines the governance of data sharing and data management in this smart city model, he said.
With the data and analytics in place the platform will enable organisations and individuals access personal dashboards, dashboards for decision makers, and business to provide in depth analysis of the data. The is intended to significantly enhance real-time and data-driven decision making capabilities for the city government, enabling city leaders to engage in community-wide dialogues and analyse rich city data across multiple dimensions. The platform will also enable the continued enhancement of existing smart initiatives and services through data-driven analysis and innovation, and will allow organisations to build smart applications, Sultan added.
"The city be able interact with these new ways of doing things, the city will have access to the huge amount of data, and they city will be able to do better planning, better anticipation, the city will be able to see the trends and how people interact with the place," he said.
du will lead a consortium of technology vendors and consultants which includes HP, Cisco, HortonWorks, EMC, Informatica and MicroStrategy on the project.