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Fujitsu aims for smart city

Company uses GITEX to embrace smart city vision

Fujitsu aims for smart city
You cannot escape urbanisation in the Middle East, says Mehta.

Fujitsu is using GITEX Technology Week to focus on smart city solutions, built using its data centre products coupled with software from technology partners such as SAP and Oracle.

According to Chandan Mehta, Director of Marketing for the Middle East, Africa and India at Fujitsu, the solutions are made out of a combination of data centre products – such as servers, storage and networking kit – a software stack and a data collection platform. The data collection platform, SPATIOWL, is Fujitsu’s own, and is an architecture for making sense of data by analysing it quickly.

Mehta says that there is a growing need for these sorts of technology solutions in the Middle East, as the region begins to grapple with the challenges of urbanisation.

“Urbanisation is a trend which is inescapable, so we will see mega-cities in the Middle East as well, and these will require solutions which have previously not mattered,” he says.

“We’re working on smart parking solutions, we’re working environmental management solutions, disaster management solutions. These are the main focus areas for us.”

Mehta adds that Fujitsu is focusing on showcasing real-world solutions, rather than point products, at GITEX because businesses need to understand the value that the solutions can provide.

“While there is interest and inclination towards disruptive technologies, customers are also interested in making their operations more efficient, making their operations safer, deriving cost benefits out of existing infrastructures, seeing if there’s something better which can help them get a better ROI,” he says.

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