LINK Development and Microsoft showcase CityNext Initiative

CityNext Initiative shows smart government solutions for Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah

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LINK Development and Microsoft showcase CityNext Initiative The CityNext Initiative demonstrated new solutions for smart government.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 29, 2015

Technology solution provider LINK Development and Microsoft Gulf have jointly held the ‘CityNext Initiative' to showcase the latest solutions for government in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.

The showcase was held to demonstrate technologies and solutions that can help government to improve operations and move to smart government. The event was attended by Eng. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, Director of Fujairah e-Government.

The event included technologies from the ‘Citizen First Platform', which will offer a unified and standard way to provide services and manage feedback and complaints of citizens; the ‘Minister Executive Pouch', which will provide ministerial level staff and executives a single application to manage all the daily operations and the ‘City Dashboard', which will allow government officials to view indicators related to them and compare them with targets or benchmarks.

The solutions were showcased by Microsoft Gulf in a series of initiatives hosted in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah and included a keynote presentation from Jawad Al Redha, regional director - Public Sector, Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners, Microsoft Gulf and presentations by Ali Nimer, Microsoft Gulf regional government solutions director Enterprise and Partners Group.

Fadi Antaki, CEO of OTVentures, the parent company of LINK Development said: "Being one of Microsoft's partners on the CiyNext initiative here in the UAE, LINK Development has been actively accelerating government's adoption of smart cities solution. This will help federal and local government entities to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction. We are working with those entities to empower them with tools that will help them excel and sustain their citizens' services in the long term."

Tareq Hijazi, regional director for Small and Mid-Market Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) at Microsoft Gulf commented: "At Microsoft, we believe technology empowers governments, business and citizens to create more sustainable, prosperous, and economically competitive cities. Microsoft Gulf is committed to introducing new technologies to the UAE to support the vision of the leadership for competitive, sustainable growth and citizens who are connected to their government. Through a people-first approach and strategic partnerships, our technology enables sustainable cycles of innovation, opportunity, and progress for years to come. This latest partnership with LINK Development in the UAE continues our mutual efforts to accelerate the adoption of smart cities solutions by local governments. With this initiative, Microsoft Gulf is committed to serving the UAE government's initiatives and fueling government innovation and modernisation."

Hany Moussa, Public Sector Head of Business Development at LINK Development said: "Using Microsoft technologies, LINK Development works with government entities in the UAE to respond effectively to citizens' high and increasing expectations. We have a solid track-record in implementing E-Services Platform and E-Payment facilities across many ministries and government entities in the UAE. Being a leading CityNext Partner in UAE is another milestone towards expanding our services in governmental sectors in the region."

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