Thursday 22, October 2015

Dubai – MENA Herald: After successfully testing the Middle East’s first Internet of Things (IoT) network, du showcases its real life applications that will make UAE cities Smart. The demonstrations at GITEX Technology Week 2015 feature du’s live, low power, long range (LoRa) IoT network, based on Cisco IoT gateway and Actility server.

A wide variety of LoRa’s Smart applications will be on show, demonstrating the network’s ability to revolutionise the way UAE residents interact with their surroundings – and better manage city resources. There will be working examples of geo location capabilities which pin point any asset with a Smart censor countrywide – these can track movement, support personal SOS alarms or provide info on who has entered or left a building. GITEX visitors have a chance to see how the network supports Smart environment initiatives – with sensors sharing real time info on their surroundings.

The GITEX demos also showcase LoRa’s unique cost saving capabilities. As cities become Smart, billions of sensors will be placed in everyday objects to share information across the UAE. The LoRa network offers a low power alternative to connectivity, adding years to the battery life of sensors countrywide – making huge long term savings.

Its low power and long range capabilities mean LoRa can be deployed in a wide variety of situations: smart metering, inventory tracking, vending machine monitoring; automotive industry, utility applications, street lighting, waste management, load sensing of bridges, signaling, smoke detention and traffic control.

Carlos Domingo, Senior Executive Officer, New Businesses & Innovation, du, said: “We’re proud to be leading the way in bringing Smart City capability to the UAE. Working with Cisco and Actility, who share our passion for innovation, we’re confident we have the new breed of network required to help the UAE become a global Smart City leader.”

Andy MacDonald, Vice President, Global Service Provider Business, Cisco, Middle East & Africa, said: “Today, network development has entered the era of things; large-scale application of wireless sensor technology connects every corner of the city. Cities can collect all types of data from sensors, measuring sound, temperature, light, energy, carbon dioxide concentration, and even traffic changes.”

‘The IoT/IoE will continue to push cities to adopt the most impactful digital applications and services, catering to the citizens and improving the quality of life. This is why we commend du for once again taking the lead in furthering Dubai’s Smart City vision.”

Olivier Hersent, Chairman and CTO Actility, said “Our collaboration with du on this project is really valuable to both companies. This roll out of a LoRa Network based IoT Pilot is a first step of our strategy to increase our footprint in the UAE together with our partner Cisco. We truly believe our technology will bring disruptive services in any verticals of this market.”