You must have heard of “smart cities”. While the digital revolution has brought changes to the government services, the automated services like traffic lights are barely significant to us in this grand scheme of “smart cities”. The smartest minds are creating technology for improving security and remotely performing smaller to bigger tasks. And the idea behind is to make life as easy as they can by reducing the problems.
Technology is the way of the future. It is being utilized to improve the lives of the citizens and making health, education, and transport sustainable.
What does “Smart City” mean for UAE?
Although many governments around the world are using smart city framework, it is difficult to implement one single model everywhere due to the difference in relative needs. Dubai’s smart city plan is bold and crafted for making it the smartest city in the world by 2020.
How is it different? Dubai’s unique definition sets resident’s happiness as the key criterion. For this, they have developed Dubai Happiness Agenda and Dubai Happiness Index to measure resident’s experiences and effectiveness of government services.
According to Smart Dubai Government (SDG), Dubai government has already saved $1.17bn through these smart services.
How has smart tech helped UAE?
The SDG’s service portfolio has significantly helped the government departments. There is increased cap-ex efficiency and operational redundancies have been removed. It has eliminated carbon footprints produced from shared services. Smart services have seen increased employee efficiency, improved asset management, and drastically reduced maintenance costs. The government is connected more than ever.
Which areas have benefited from smart revolution?
The government has applied smart tech services to a plethora of areas. From identifying and stopping wrongly-labelled halal products to refilling of plastic bottles too many times, the consumer sector has benefited in many a variety of ways. Now the customers can know the origin and certification of any product by a simple smartphone scan.
Urban planning is another sector that has experienced a significant impact on the smart technology. Urban planners are using tools to run simulations based on intelligent analysis of environmental considerations, traffic flows, and other factors. These simulations can analyze the behavior for the next 20, 30 years.
Transport is one of the most pivotal sectors of the urban planning. And as the population is growing, more and more cars are being produced and environmental concerns are escalating. The smart city revolution has rendered physical markets less meaningful. More and more online vehicle facilitating platforms like Carbuyer.ae are being launched so that people can make their car decisions while sitting at home. Similarly, road safety has improved due to innovations in asphalt. The smart transport system can remotely assess transport assets like lights and roads etc.
What does the future hold for UAE?
There is an enormous growth in smart city applications that can impact all areas of life. We are already seeing a marked difference in people’s lives. With the economic power and population growth, UAE can have several advantages over developed markets. In the Middle East, cities are being built from the scratch. There are dream projects like Burj Khalifa and Kingdom Tower that makes this region a leader in innovation. The time is not far when people from the rest of the globe will be asking for expertise from this region to help some of their complex projects.
With Dubai’s leading role as a smart city and new innovations cropping up every day, you can imagine where the city will be in the next 10 years.