Dubai aims to become smart city by 2017 and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, known as du, has planned to finish deployment of IoT (Internet of Things) network by the middle of next year in the emirate, according to a top official of the company. This deployment will bring billions of sensors in the city.
Dubai telecom operator du is showcasing a lot of initiatives related with smart city and IoT at the 35th edition of Gitex Technology Week. After successfully testing the Middle East’s first Internet of Things (IoT) network, du showcased its real life applications that will make UAE cities smart. The demonstrations at event featured du’s live, low power, long range (LoRa) IoT network, based on Cisco IoT gateway and Actility server.
A wide variety of LoRa’s Smart applications were on show, demonstrating the network’s ability to revolutionise the way UAE residents interact with their surroundings – and better manage city resources. Working examples included geo location capabilities, which pin point any asset with a Smart censor countrywide – these can track movement, support personal SOS alarms or provide info on who has entered or left a building. Gitex visitors had a chance to see how the network supports smart environment initiatives – with sensors sharing real time info on their surroundings.
“We believe many of these pilot projects will become full-fledged services by next year in Dubai. Hopefully, we will finish the deployment in whole UAE next year. The UAE will the first country in the Middle East that will be IoT enabled.” Khaleej Times Carlos Domingo, senior executive officer, New Businesses and Innovation of du.
“We are doing pilot projects at Dubai Media City, Dubai Silicon Oasis, and North of Shaikh Zayed Road,” he said.