Long gone are the days when having free Wi-Fi in malls, airports, and other public places to keep an eye (remotely) on the utility use used to be a sign of a highly advanced city. With technology changing, trends updating, and people being smarter every second, UAE has been making its way to the technological advancement.
Technology has been changing things on both individual (human life) and general (cities). Automated traffic light systems and digitalizing government services are hardly the milestones in the key approach of ‘smart cities’. The smartest has been creating technology, as an attempt to improve security and remotely supervise infrastructure, including power grids, to designing complete cities on 3D simulations anticipating the future. All these attempts are aimed at decreasing the probability of unanticipated problems.
Smart cities, by definition, are the one that uses digital technology for upgrading the lifestyle of its citizens while turning everything from health to transport to education not just more efficient, streamlined, but also viable.
According to Autodesk Consulting’s Middle East head, Suhail Arfath, “we’ve all been seeing the evolution of a definition of smart cities; a lot of governments have been putting together frameworks, and I think that’s a good and a bad thing”.
Dubai has been playing an active role in creating smart city plans and boldly announced that it will turn out as one of the smartest cities across the globe by the year 2020. There is an active emergence in the existence of companies providing top-notch website development company in UAE. While so much happening in the IT industry, the Emirate has successfully set up the happiness of its residents as a key criterion and assessed residents’ and visitors’ experiences through government services.
Since 2003, the Government of Dubai has already saved $1.17bn using shared smart services, as per a research led by an international 3rd party commissioned by SDG (Smart Dubai Government). SDG is the technology weapon of Smart Dubai. The organization has an active role to play in making Dubai Earth’s smartest and happiest city.
The results that were released in June 2016 demonstrated that the government had saved around AED5.6 ($1.52) for each AED1 invested by the Smart Dubai Government from the beginning. That averaged $97.5m per annum over 12 years of Smart Dubai Government services.
The number has heightened in more recent years, achieving an average $9.7m every month in 2015. This is the greatest cost-to-savings ratio and a 20% upsurge year-on-year, as stated by the research.
Infrastructure management draws an extremely valuable cost-to-savings ratio, which saved the government AED5.2 for each AED1 invested over the cloud services, network services, data and disaster recovery, as well as communication support services.
Digital services connecting the citizens and residents with the government, including the MyID, DubaiNow application, and ePay – added to other AED443m in reserves over 12 years.
Dubai government has integrated smart technology to different areas. Among the more creative solutions is a deal publicized in August 2016 to avoid incorrectly-labeled halal products from getting far to the shelves and 5 gallons of water bottles from getting filled again and again and again.
The technology works by letting customers scan a product, bringing out its origin and certification. Revolutionary software is assisting governments to plan to get better for the future and prevent costly mistakes.
While declaring the deal, Hussain Nasser Lootah (the director-general of Dubai Municipality) said, “This is only the beginning”.
Autodesk has a major role to play in this field; it has been offering effective tools to the urban planners, allowing them to run simulations depending upon an intelligent assessment of environmental conditions, future population, traffic flows along with other factors.
Software like Autodesk’s Recap can translate the information into the high visibility digital training models centered on data regarding population, traffic, and so on, and afterward create 3D models, allowing real-life analysis.
Being a smart city, the influence of Dubai has been recognized by different cities that acquired help in setting up a dedicated smart city of their own. South Korea, Kerala, and Lagos are just to name a few.
Considering new inventions, innovations, and ideas arising monthly, one cannot predict the future of the world in the next decade, never mind 50 years.