His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched Dubai’s Internet of Things strategy.
HH also launched the Data Wealth initiative, to “safeguard” the emirate’s digital wealth and award Dubai Digital Certificates to “outstanding” government and private entities.
The strategy seeks to build the world’s “most advanced” IoT ecosystem to improve people’s lives. The strategy aims to encourage government departments to join the emirate’s smart transformation and achieve the objectives of the Smart Dubai Plan 2021 to transition to a totally paperless government.
The Dubai Crowd initiative was also launched, and is the first technical project in the IoT Strategy, which seeks to manage and organise crowds in the emirate during peak seasons to ensure safety and security. It will analyse real-time data and suggest plausible scenarios for decision makers.
The strategy is set to be implemented over four consecutive phases in the next three years. The first phase centres around the coordination of efforts and activities to implement IoT policies across government departments. The Integration and Conversion phase then aims to harmonise efforts towards implementing the IoT Strategy. After the third Optimisation phase, the strategies will go into the final “Blockchain Journey” stage, which will witness the full integration of IoT policies and the first ROI stages of the strategy.
Data Wealth, meanwhile, consists of data, data storing and processing technologies, smart tech transformation, paperless transaction policies and systems such as Blockchain, digital signature and ID and smart living and clean energy. It consists of 121 smart initiatives, 200 databases and 1,129 smart services.
“Dubai’s push to build the future today has helped establish a digital infrastructure that is now a strategic national asset in the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” HH said. “It is a fortune that all stakeholders in the Dubai Government must work together to preserve. The Dubai Digital Certificates and the Dubai IoT Strategy mark the official launch of smart living in the emirate and we have directed all government institutions to cooperate and fully implement the initiatives by the year 2021.”
“The Dubai Digital Certificates are the benchmark against which all smart services in Dubai should be evaluated to preserve our Data Wealth,” His Highness added, as he accepted the first certificate presented by Her Excellency Dr. Aisha bint Butti Bin Bishr, director general of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO).
HE Dr Bin Bishr said, “We will be unveiling a comprehensive roadmap to guide the implementation of the Data Wealth initiative, the Dubai Digital Certificates and the Dubai IoT Strategy. We are thus setting the foundation for the emirate’s smart digital transformation, and taking another step towards a better life and promising future for our people.
“Today, as we launch the Dubai IoT Strategy, we provide the people of Dubai with an unmatched smart lifestyle. The Dubai Digital Certificates, on the other hand, safeguard our data wealth and provide greater safety and security.”