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Huawei eyes smart and safe cities

Huawei Middle East, to put the spotlight on smart and safe cities in the GCC and broader Middle East market at GITEX Technology Week.

Huawei eyes smart and safe cities
Nazir: Smart cities and safe cities are intertwined.

Tech giant, Huawei Middle East, is exhibiting at GITEX Technology Week to put the spotlight on smart cities and safe cities in the GCC and broader Middle East market.

During Innovation Day at GITEX, which is hosted today, Huawei will share its latest ‘Smart City Index’, a whitepaper produced in partnership with Navigant Research, which ranked smart city readiness among key cities across the GCC.

Huawei says the index takes into account the strategy and execution progress in smart city programmes by GCC cities.

Safder Nazir, regional VP, smart cities, Huawei, says cities around the world continue to grow at unprecedented rates. “According to the United Nations (UN), the number of people living in cities will increase from 3.6 billion to 6.3 billion between 2010 and 2050. The growth in the urban population in just four decades will be equivalent to the size of the urban population achieved throughout all prior periods of human history,” Nazir says.

He adds that in the GCC, national agendas have placed the development of the ICT sector high on their list of priorities. “Building safer, smarter cities is a common goal for local governments in this region,” he explains. “One thing for certain, is that we cannot have smart cities without ensuring safety, and vice versa.”

Nazir says smart city and safe city technologies are closely intertwined that you cannot have one without the other.

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