Smart cities building on data gleaned from public sector services

Smart city trends outlined in Huawei-commissioned report

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Smart cities building on data gleaned from public sector services Nazir: Cities in the Middle East need to start planning to support a huge number of connections across a wide range of smart city services
By  Tom Paye Published  November 5, 2015

Smart cities across the Middle East are increasingly using data collected from different public services to improve sustainability, quality of life and the performance and efficiency of services, according to an independent white paper from Analysys Mason that was commissioned by Huawei.

The report, Approaches to deploying IoT and smart cities in the Middle East, was released at this week's Arab Future Cities Summit, being held in Dubai. It outlines the operating models adopted by smart cities in the Middle East, identifies the key services that are being deployed in the region today, the benefits they hope to deliver, and the technologies and standards needed to support those services.

Looking to real-life applications, the paper also delves into services such as street lighting, city parking, smart metering, and waste management, recommending fresh operating models and technologies that smart cities in the Middle East may consider in advancing such infrastructure. The authors further make the case for stakeholders in the Middle East to deploy an "anchor" smart city service and develop a set of key learnings before moving onto other projects.

"Cities in the Middle East need to start planning to support a huge number of connections across a wide range of smart city services," said Safder Nazir, vice president of Smart Cities & IoT at Huawei Middle East.

"The deployment of the smart city projects will be driven by cities' needs to reduce CO2 emissions, use fewer resources, increase productivity and improve well-being. As such, this research can help organisations in the Middle East to carefully plan their projects, maximise return on investment as well as to deliver further benefits to citizens."

The report outlines a number of recommendations for developing smart city projects and deploying associated services.

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