Tuesday 20, October 2015

Dubai – MENA Herald: Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), in collaboration with du, today announced that they have successfully installed the UAE’s first smart street lights and smart building technologies within the integrated free zone technology park. These initiatives are great additions to a previously introduced Internet of Things network by Dubai Silicon Oasis – where sensors are placed in everyday objects to become ‘smart’ and interact with their surroundings.

Using motion sensors provided and programmed by du, the smart street lights will provide 25 percent visibility, until triggered to full power by approaching vehicles and pedestrians, allowing for less energy consumption that will prolong the life of electric bulbs and reduce operational costs and carbon impact. Additional sensors can be added to the street lights to collect and share information and data on the surrounding environment, such as pollution and weather conditions – or even relay CCTV, advertising messages and/or safety warnings.

Furthermore, the smart building technologies that include installing high-tech sensors within the DSOA headquarters, use du software to allow energy and cost saving through managing electricity consumption and allowing automatic regulation of temperature throughout the headquarters. The high tech sensors will send real time data to insure comfort and safety at all times.

Commenting on this initiative, Engineer Muammar Khaled Al Katheeri, Executive Vice President – Engineering Management at DSOA, said: “Through all such initiatives – great and small – DSOA is proud to contribute to achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, of making Dubai the smartest city in the world. We have launched several smart initiatives in DSO that went through Proof of Concepts testing ahead of large scale implementation such as DSO smart waste management that proved to be very successful for reducing waste collection cost and environmental footprint.”

“DSO has demonstrated its ability to be the destination of choice for public and private entities as the centre of excellence for smart city initiatives. We are committed to researching and implementing smart city technologies on a sustained basis within our premises that will benefit DSO and the wider UAE. We look forward to increasing our collaboration with du on the installation of more smart street lights and smart building technologies around DSO,” Eng. Muammar added.

Carlos Domingo, Senior Executive Officer of New Businesses and Innovation at du, said: “We are proud of our record in bringing smart city capabilities to the UAE and join hands with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority that shares our passion for innovation and smart technology. We are committed to advancing such collaborations to improve urban services and contribute to creating smarter cities throughout the UAE.”

The service is part of a growing list of smart city technologies brought to the UAE by du, including the Middle East’s first successful Internet of Things network and Wi-Fi UAE.

A wholly-owned entity of the government of Dubai, DSO operates as a free zone technology park for large enterprises, as well as medium and small companies looking to set up their offices in Dubai.