UAE TRA issues IoT Call to Action

TRA, Dubai Smart City Office and others issue joint plan for IoT adoption

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UAE TRA issues IoT Call to Action The call to action asks for IoT technology to be used for social and economic benefit for all, says Al Mansoori.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 15, 2016

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and other public and private entities have issued a call to action for the development and deployment of Internet of Things and Smart City technologies.

A joint statement was issued on the sidelines of the World Government Summit, held in Dubai last week, which called for co-operation and collaboration to use IoT to drive development across a number of social and economic factors.

The participating entities included HE Chaesub Lee, Director of the International Telecommunication Union Standardization Bureau; HE Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General; HE Dr Aisha Butti bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office; HE Osman Sultan, CEO of du; HE Salem Al Marzouqi, Senior Deputy Director/Digital Transformation and Technology Innovation and UAE representative to the ITU; Rabih Daboussi, Cisco UAE; Intel Corporation and Safder Nazir, Huawei Technologies (UAE).

The eight-point call to action called for:

Increase cooperation amongst all Key stakeholders and reinforce public-private partnership to utilize IoT and smart cities is initial towards people's happiness (Happiness Indicator).

Overcome interoperability challenges in the IoT space.

Strengthening trust and confidence in the Cyber space.

Smart Cities and IoT applications are key technological developments to assist in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Use of IoTs to reduce the environmental impact and mitigate Climate Change.

Use of IoTs to empower youth and create new jobs and opportunities.

The use of open source resources in enabling the Internet of Things.

The meeting identified IoT as a key enabler for innovation in many fields.

The announcement was made at a round table focused on the IoT, and plans and strategies for the field.

TRA Director General Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, expressed his gratitude to participants for joining the session. He highlighted the UAE Government's directions for the post-oil era involving economic diversification and sustainability and stressed the major changes UAE achieved to improve the quality of government services as an important step towards smart cities.

He informed the meeting of the future role of the government as the UAE Prime Minister stated is working for people's happiness and highlighted the importance of legislative regulations to meet the requirements and changes that arise in the age of open-source, big data and M2M communications especially in relation to trusted information infrastructure.

HE Chaesub Lee discussed standards for IoT, while Al Mansoori explained that the concept of security will need to change for smart cities, to make accessing services more simple for users, while also conducting a great deal more analysis of behaviour on the network to detect and prevent unauthorised activity.

HE Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of Dubai Smart City Office commented: "There will always be a risk of being hacked, whether we are the first to adopt a smart city or not, we just need to be ready, to plan how to handle this risk, and to have a proper risk management strategy, a resilience strategy to be ready. It is a challenge that we have to take into consideration, and with all the technology companies that we have with us, I am sure they have the technologies to help us to deal with such challenges."

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