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Dubai set to launch new high-tech mapping system

Dubai Municipality working on final stage of Makani application to pinpoint building in emirate to within one metre

Dubai set to launch new high-tech mapping system
Makani will help provide location based e-government services.

Dubai Municipality has said it is working on the final stage of a new high-tech mapping system which aims to locate buildings in the emirate to within one metre.

Makani will use a code number for each building in the emirate of Dubai and will be available for use through smart phones, tablet PCs, computers and navigational devices in cars.

Hussein Lootah, director general of the civic body said in comments published by news agency WAM that the system will "have many tangible benefits, most notably ease of identifying any location on the map accurately up to one metre".

He said the Makani application will be far more accurate than other related applications, as it needs only a number code instead of names of places.

Makani's development comes amid Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum' plans to transform the emirate into a "Smart City".

The strategy features six key pillars and 100 initiatives covering transport, communications, infrastructure, electricity, economic services and urban planning.

Under the strategy, 1,000 government services will go smart in the next three years. The Smart City project will enable the public to deal with government departments using their smart phones "any time, any day of the year".

The Dubai ruler said fibre optic networks and high-speed wireless internet will form the backbone of "a new life in the city of Dubai".

The project has evolved from the previous e-Government programme of Dubai which was launched in 2001.

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