Dubai’s smart city standards hailed
Global governments and technology experts have praised Dubai's Smart City initiatives
Global government and technology experts set to speak at GITEX Technology Week have praised Dubai for developing new Smart City benchmarks.
Smart cities use technology to analyse data sent from sensors over WiFi networks to enhance daily lives and governance.
Prominent use cases include solving challenges such as traffic congestion and utilities distribution, and launching mobile government services.
As the world urbanises, the Internet of Things' (IoT) impact on smart cities could reach $1.6 trillion by 2025, including $800 billion in transportation and $700 billion in healthcare, according to a recent report by the research firm McKinsey Global Institute.
Dr Jonathan Reichental, CIO of the City of Palo Alto, a key speaker at GITEX, said: "Smart cities are rising throughout the world, but governments and industry need to agree on what actually makes a city smart."
Reichental said Dubai's efforts to develop global benchmarks will help cities measure their progress, so that leading innovators, from Silicon Valley to Dubai to Bangalore, can deploy practical tools to measure how they're improving people's lives.
The City of Palo Alto in California has been named one of the United States' top five digital cities by the Centre for Digital Government from 2013 to 2015. Palo Alto also hosts the headquarters of technology giants including HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SAP and Tesla.
During his presentation "Insider on the United States' Most Digital City, and Road Map to an Intelligent Governance," Reichental will describe having led Palo Alto's IT strategy with over 60 e-services, an open data portal, and IT governance.
At GITEX "intelligent cities", government leaders and technology companies will have an opportunity to see, hear and experience the next wave of innovative, integrated technologies that are already helping cities around the world become more connected.
Since its launch in 2014, with a mandate to make Dubai the happiest city on earth, enabled by smart technology, Smart Dubai has completed the first phase of its city transformation.