DIC’s four dimensional Smart City concept

To deliver an experiential account of the ecosystem enabling services

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DIC’s four dimensional Smart City concept Al Malik: We are showcasing idea of Smart Cities in four ‘districts’.
By  Staff Writer Published  October 9, 2017

Dubai Internet City is using its 18th outing at GITEX Technology Week 2017, to shine light on initiatives created with global solutions providers to help deliver on its smart ambitions.

‘The Smarter Journey' in Concourse 2, has been created to deliver an experiential account of the ecosystem enabling services that DIC provides, powered by its partners Uber, Canon, Samsung and Visa.

"Creative minds need to be connected and exchange ideas to successfully innovate," says says Ammar Al Malik, Executive Director of DIC. "As an enabling platform for people and technologies, Dubai Internet City's key benefit lies in bringing together great minds and innovative concepts. This value proposition, which is key to the development of smart cities, is what we are demonstrating at our pavilion today: how the seamless experience provided by smart solutions can revolutionise the way we live, work and play."

DIC's pavilion is highlighting the organisation's idea of Smart Cities in four ‘districts': Family, workplace, retail and leisure.

The Family district focuses on intuitive living solutions that aim to make homes more comfortable through digital interactivity. Canon's "Augmented Reality Bedroom" experience, for instance, automatically responds to a user's pre-programmed schedule including locating wallets, picking out outfits, as well as changing the room ambience to suit moods.

The Workplace District will serve as a networking hub for GITEX visitors while providing them a glimpse of what workplaces of the future aught to look like, according to DIC: integration of photo and video content on smart conference tables, augmented reality applications to create superior immersive experiences in the boardroom.

Shopping experiences are set to register increased efficiency and interactivity if DIC's Retail District is any indication. Resembling a real-life shopping outlet, the district is showcasing customer service and payment solutions driven by Samsung, Visa and Canon. For example, Canon's ‘Virtual Assistant' installation answers questions, helps customers find products, and processes transactions, exhibiting how personally tailored and streamlined a customer's shopping experience can be.

The Leisure District is aiming to promote mobility and green urban living. DIC partner Samsung will allow visitors will exhibit its fitness wearables to monitor health as well as immersive technologies involving offering rides on stationary bikes through a virtual park.

In addition, DIC community member Uber will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes look at data- mapping powering their operations. The aggregated data shapes decisions on how to adapt existing infrastructure and invest in future solutions to make cities more efficient. Through data analysis and visualisation, Uber will demonstrate how it plans to enhance mobility in the cities of tomorrow.

"At Dubai Internet City, we take pride in our unique community, which encourages growth across all technology sectors. As DIC's ecosystem continues to scale up, we are committed to working hand in hand with our partners to create an environment conducive for ideation and innovation, paving the way for future smart cities, globally."

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