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Du to build infrastructure for Smart Dubai to create the smartest city in the world


Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co (Du), the UAE’s second telecom operator, has been appointed by Smart Dubai to build the soft infrastructure for Dubai to make it the smartest city in the world, a top official said.

“We are proud to be appointed by Smart Dubai to help develop the infrastructure to build the smartest city in the world and we have started working of this exciting project,” Osman Sultan, Chief Executive Officer of Du made the announcement at the Future Cities Show taking place at the World Trade Centre from April 9 to 11 along with the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM).

“In doing so, we are not only guided by the smart city concept, but also need to make the happiest city in the world as per the government’s Vision 2021. The UAE has a futuristic and visionary leadership and it reflected in the launch of the Ministry of Happiness, Ministry of Artificial Intelligence and we are working on a Smart City model that will incorporate all of these.”

The announcement comes a few days after du signed an agreement to transform Ajman's Rumaila District into a smart residential area. Ajman's Municipality and Planning Department (MPD) and du will work jointly on the Smart Rumaila District Project.

“The world is moving too fast and we need to keep up the pace with the fast transformation. It took the global airline industry 68 years to reach 50 million users. Now it takes months and days for companies to reach that number of user base, be it Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Uber or Airbnb,” he said.

“We are now in the middle of a technological revolution. Being connected is a basic human right. Does anyone realise how much digital content is generated in every minute? In every 30 seconds, 150 million emails are sent out, 2.78 million videos are generated and 2.4 million google searches are conducted worldwide.

“The development of the commercial Internet has occurred concurrently with a massive expansion of the global economy, which has experienced 6.6-fold growth in nominal terms—from US$11.1 trillion to US$73.5 trillion since 1980.

Internet protocol (IP) traffic continues to advance rapidly, with 2019 traffic projected to be 64 times its 2005 volume. Global Internet bandwidth more than quadrupled between 2010 (<50 terabytes per second) and 2014 (>200 terabytes per second). More importantly, total cross-border Internet traffic increased 18-fold from 2005 to 2012.”

This cumulative growth impacts all facets of national economies, not just their budding technology sectors — in fact, an estimated 75 percent of the Internet’s benefit is captured by companies in traditional industries. A wide range of positive economic impacts stems from the flow of digital data across borders.

For example, 61 percent (US$383.7 billion) of total US service exports were digitally delivered in 2012, and 53 percent of total US imports were digitally delivered. In absolute terms, the amount of digitally delivered exports and imports is even larger in the European Union, which digitally delivered US$465 billion in exports in 2012 and spent US$297 billion on imports. Digital trade is credited with an estimated increase in US gross domestic product (GDP) of 3.4 percent to 4.8 percent in 2011 and with the creation of up to 2.4 million jobs, according to the United States International Trade Commission (US ITC).

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) also estimates that about 50 percent of all traded services are enabled by innovation stemming from the technology sector, which includes the facilitation of cross-border data flows. According to a newly released report by McKinsey and Company, data flows account for US$2.8 trillion of global GDP in 2014 and cross-border data flows now generate more economic value than traditional flows of traded goods.

While the Third Industrial Revolution squeezed the world into the cyberspace through information technology, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is providing us with the tools to do things through the Internet the way we want to do in everyday life. With apps, a consumer will be able to virtually do anything, get a blood pressure check, blood sugar count while on the move and send the information instantly at a hospital for treatment in advance.

“Information and data about each of the seven plus billion people are gradually been stored in a virtual world – the cloud – for usage as and when needed. That changes everything, opens up new possibilities and exposes a person to threats,” Osman Sultan told delegates at the Future Cities Show.

“From the Internet of Nothing regime, we are moving towards an era of the Internet of Everything. From little information or limited data, we are moving into a world of unlimited, big data.

“From unshared certainties, we are moving towards shared uncertainties. From physical robbery, we are exposing bank accounts to cyber robbery where billions of dollars are stolen by pressing the ‘Enter’ button – without any clash or casualty.

“Life in the digital era is going to be completely different and in many ways, challenging than that of the analogue era. In a smart city, consumers are getting used to the new way of life where convenience dictates how they live, work, communicate in a digital lifestyle. Interesting times ahead!”

The second edition of the Future Cities Show takes place from April 9-11, 2018. It sets the tone for smart cities through the three pillars – innovation, sustainability, happiness and showcase the future of urban life. With a theme of achieving sustainability through innovations, the show will showcase the cities of the future by highlighting the latest and the most innovative technologies that will change the future.

Future Cities Show focuses on education, wellbeing, knowledge sharing, collaboration among government-private-universities-society, user-driven innovation, livability discussions, sustainable energy solutions, sustainable economic development and sustainable societal development to drive the wellbeing of all nations.

Future Cities Show activities are based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations and adopted by 193 countries in September 2015. The show also incorporates the 10X Dubai directives which were set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. This is a radical programme that seeks to establish “X Labs” in every government entity and position Dubai 10 years ahead of the rest of the World.

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