Du and MIT to collaborate on smart cities

Operator forms strategic partnership with MIT's Senseable City Lab

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Du and MIT to collaborate on smart cities The partnership with MIT will help to unlock the potential for smart transformation in the UAE, says Sultan. (ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 8, 2015

UAE telco du has announced a strategic partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Senseable City Lab, to focus on smart city development.

The Senseable City Lab was founded in 2004 for research into the intrinsic relationship between new technologies, people and urban environments - something critical to the success of Smart City initiatives. The MIT Senseable Cities Lab has already built up some impressive Smart City credentials, around the world - including the upcoming driverless cars initiative in Singapore.

Among the Lab's partners are companies including AT&T, General Electric, Audi, ENEL, SNCF as well as cities such as Copenhagen, London, Singapore, Seattle, and Florence. At present, 31 researchers are working on activities sponsored by these industrial and municipal partners.

Osman Sultan, chief executive officer, du, said: "Our partnership is rooted in the strong belief that knowledge is power. We are committed to playing an important role in the smart revolution in the UAE, but critical to this ambition is the ability to transform robust data into powerful knowledge and wisdom. With its unparalleled expertise, MIT Senseable Cities Lab will help unlock this potential."

Carlo Ratti, director Senseable City Laboratory, said: "As cities are transformed by the convergence of digital and physical system, it is very important for us at MIT to partner with leading players in this space. du's telecommunications platform will be an invaluable asset to develop a new "smart city" solution and better understand the city of Dubai - one of the most rapidly changing areas in the world."

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