Cisco awarded Dubai Design District contract

Vendor to create ICT master plan and build out smart city infrastructure management platform

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Cisco awarded Dubai Design District contract d3 has everything in place to eventually become an exemplary smart city pioneer, said Cisco's Dabboussi (right)
By  Tom Paye Published  March 1, 2015

Cisco has been awarded the contract to provide advisory and consultancy services, as well as a data virtualisation platform, for Dubai Design District's (d3) smart city project, it was announced today.

Cisco's role will be to create an ICT master plan for the district, as well as build out a smart and connected city infrastructure management layer, the vendor said in a statement. Cisco said that, through this contract, it wanted to help d3 meet its strategic and financial goals by implementing innovative technology solutions.

"Together with an ecosystem of partners, we have created a powerful, integrated platform that incorporates top technology, applications and business models to improve the way communities and cities are designed, built and run - from lighting to waste management, from parking and traffic services to safety and security," explained Rabih Dabboussi, managing director, Cisco UAE.

"d3 has everything in place to eventually become an exemplary smart city pioneer, not only throughout the region but also on a global scale."

d3 is the latest free zone investment park from TECOM Investments, and has 11 buildings currently under construction. The aim is for the site to become a hub for the Middle East's design community. The park also promises to be extremely high-tech, with plans to launch 130 smart initiatives over the course of its development.

Mohammed Al Shehhi, COO at d3, said that Cisco was awarded the contract because it would provide the tools necessary to make d3 a smart development.

"d3 is committed to realising the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in making Dubai the smartest and most connected city on earth. We look forward to strategically partnering with Cisco in our journey towards achieving this goal," he said.

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