1. SMART CITIES
Deploying smart applications in the region to create a smart city
The final aim is to become a smart city and, across the region, governments have started developing smart applications to meet this goal. The UAE contributed with the UN organisation for telecoms, the ITU, to create a roadmap to promote smart cities across the Arab states and the development of the Internet of Thing and Machine to Machine is already a reality in the Middle East region.
According to Erik Almqvist, head of the Middle East and global head of Performance Improvement, at Analysys Mason, smart city is backed by the government and regulators, a fact that helps the development of this trend.
“Due to the development of M2M, new requirements for cellular networks will be raised, including broad and deep coverage considering geographical needs and not only population coverage,” said Pan En, vice president of solution sales and marketing at Huawei Middle East.
“The last few years have seen substantial advancements in the development of Smart City applications, evolving them into Smart Ecosystems – new developments related to cities generated data ingest, warehousing and management allows for instantaneous application and process optimisation. Smart City applications are generally associated with Internet of Things (IoT) networks in terms of data collection aspects, Social Networks for people/social feedback information gathering, Big Data for managing large data sets, and Data Sciences for building intelligent applications leveraging learning, prediction and optimisation techniques, with such applications running in newly developed public/private cloud infrastructures,” said Riad Hartanni, partner at Xona Partners.
Hartanni said that these applications are progressively becoming vital for the functioning of smart cities and affect pretty much all industry verticals, including energy, transportation, health, etc.