New Cisco Report Shows How Interconnected Internet of Everything Era Will Contribute to Dubai’s Transformation and Hosting World Expo 2020
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 19 February 2015 – Seven key verticals will drive the Dubai Smart City initiative in the build-up to World Expo 2020 and beyond, Cisco announced in a new report unveiled at a panel session at Cisco Connect UAE 2015. Panelists included Dr. Aisha Butti Bin Bishr Assistant Director General of the Executive Office leading the Smart Dubai initiative, Chris White, Senior Vice President, Internet of Things Go-to-Market Solutions, Cisco, Rabih Dabboussi, General Manager, Cisco UAE.
The report “Dubai and the Internet of Everything: Opportunity at the Crossroads” identifies municipality, ground-transport automation, police, national security and defense, utilities smart grid, travel and tourism, and retail as the seven verticals that will gain and contribute most to Dubai’s Smart City transformation and hosting World Expo 2020. Dubai is primed to leverage the emerging Internet of Everything (IoE) era, in which Cisco predicts that 50 billion things will be connected worldwide by 2020 – improving lives by connecting the unconnected, and creating unprecedented value for Dubai’s public and private sectors, and transforming daily lives.
Key Opportunities for Internet of Everything in Dubai Smart City:
- Municipality – Promoting citizen involvement and improving municipal services. Governing in the 21st century presents new challenges for public officials. Technology is changing the ways we interact as global citizens and how we govern. With billions of people now online, citizens expect to connect with governments and public sector agencies in a secure, smooth, and reliable environment. Public service employees also need to collaborate across multiple agencies and geographies in real time.
- Ground-transport automation – Developing the infrastructure and best practices to further automate ground transportation: IoE can enhance Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority’s ability to mitigate interruptions in services, and aim for very high levels of satisfaction from residents and visitors to Dubai.
- Policing – Increasing communications and connectivity technologies: Connected safety and security can extend police presence into more areas of the city and enables new services such as remote video-based language interpretation to meet the near-term World Expo 2020 and beyond.
- National Security and Defense – Implementing a common, unified, connected communications platform that enables various safety and emergency services to share information, coordinate, and collaborate.
- Utility Smart Grid – Deploying IoE to increase output, reduce energy consumption, and improve carbon footprint: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is planning a smart-grid deployment to automate grid-control decisions, and to deliver new services to consumers, allowing them automate and control their power consumption.
- Travel and Tourism – A unified platform for hosting and engaging with visitors would provide uninterrupted coverage along with location intelligence to ensure that their brief experience in Dubai flawless, especially as the city is expected to welcome over 25 million visitors for World Expo 2020.
- Retail – Closely related to travel and tourism, a vision for promoting Dubai as a retail destination as part of a Dubai experience.
Guided by Dubai Smart City and Dubai Plan 2021, Dubai aims to become one of the world’s best connected, smartest, and happiest cities by 2017. By leveraging the Internet of Everything’s projected 50 billion networked connections by 2020, Dubai can achieve a potential value of AED 17.9 billion (USD 4.87 billion) by 2019.