UAE telecom giant, Etisalat, has announced further investment in IoT and big data platforms as well as enhancing the ecosystem for a number of solutions in a bid to contribute to the development of smart cities in the region.
At the end of last year, Etisalat outlined the possibilities that IoT holds for the present and future of the UAE, and announced its key focus areas to enable the IoT ecosystem of the country.The vast array of applications for this technology includes connected cars, fleet management, smart meters, consumer electronics, game consoles, wearable electronics and security solutions.
Etisalat points out that by 2020, energy meters world over will be replaced by Smart Meters. Hundreds of data points per person will be transferred to preferred healthcare providers. Optimised commutes will reduce transport emissions by 50 per cent.
Beacons, connected commerce and machine learning is expected to generate nearly AED5.5billion worldwide. The connected car ecosystem will pave way for autonomous driving and millions of critical assets will be sensorized to create a new approach as “products as services”, enabling growth of start-ups and entrepreneurs globally.
The “smart” future of the UAE, as envisioned by the nation’s leadership, is inherently built on IoT and a well-connected infrastructure.
Francisco Salcedo, senior vice president of Digital Solutions at Etisalat, said,
“We are focusing on various areas ranging from smart city applications such as smart parking, public lighting, waste management, traffic management and smart surveillance systems to industrial IoT solutions such as energy management, asset management, remote monitoring of all types of devices, video analytics, smart retail solutions and big data solutions for improving the decision making process at companies thereby making them more efficient.”
Etisalat will also use its IoT platform capabilities for boosting innovation in the UAE, enabling start-ups, entrepreneurs and developers to bring their ideas to life much faster and easier, using unique IoT tools provided by Etisalat.