Etisalat to provide smart city services to Almarkaz

Abu Dhabi light industry development to get Etisalat's smart city services

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Etisalat to provide smart city services to Almarkaz (l) Hazim Saeed Al Nowais, chief operating officer, Waha Land and Abdullah Hashim, senior vice president - Business Solutions, Etisalat.
By  Mark Sutton Published  April 20, 2011

Etisalat has announced that it will provide smart city services to Abu Dhabi’s Almarkaz light industrial development.

The teleco signed an agreement with Waha Land Company, the real estate development arm of Waha Capital, to deploy smart city solutions to the development, which is being established outside of the UAE’s capital.

The six square kilometre project is a mixed-use development including infrastructure, stores, warehouses and light industrial units. Etisalat will provide a comprehensive telecommunications network, integrated communications and other

smart city services and applications.

The first phase of the project, which is due for completion by the end of this year, will be connected with a fibre optic network.

Engineer Hazim Saeed Al Nowais, chief operating officer, Waha Land, commented: “We are pleased to sign this agreement and we are looking forward to a long-lasting strategic partnership. We share Etisalat’s vision to develop smart applications now and in the future, and enhance the concept of sustainable projects in order to cope with the huge developments happening in Abu Dhabi and the UAE in various economical sectors.”

“These advanced applications provide remote building surveillance and monitoring capabilities in addition to the effective management of infrastructure resources, in particularly water and electricity. It is expected that these new management techniques will contribute in reducing the total energy consumption of the project by ten percent,” Al Nowais added.

Abdulla Hashim, senior vice president, Business Solutions at Etisalat said: “Today worldwide resource consumption is at an all time high and there is immense ecological, social and environmental pressure to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. Etisalat is leading this initiative from the forefront through Etisalat’s Smart City Solutions that harnesses the power of technology to provide innovative applications allowing communities like Al Waha to optimize their resource utilization, while increasing process efficiencies and attaining their objective of providing high-quality living infrastructure to its tenants. This is also part of Etisalat‘s strategic initiatives to introduce a range of innovative services which will position UAE as one of the most advanced nations in terms of Telecom and ICT services.

“We would like to congratulate Waha Land for their vision to work on a key project in the Smart Cities sector. Etisalat will work on building and supplying the project with the latest global technologies of Smart Cities such as Energy Usage Management and Monitoring, Remote Water Meter Management and Monitoring and high-breed technology surveillance systems delivered on its state-of-the-art fibre optic network that will not only decrease resource consumption but will also improve the standard of living for the tenants multifold,  by increasing convenience and providing  unmatched safety and security,” Hashim said.


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