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Abu Dhabi delves into how AI will shape smart cities

The Abu Dhabi City Municipality, ADM, has held a workshop titled, “How Can Artificial Intelligence Shape Smart Cities?” at its head office in Abu Dhabi.

The event was part of the events sponsored by the civic body to trigger innovation and implement it in improving the level of services.

Attendees at the workshop included government and private entities as well as academics and artificial intelligence, AI, and knowledge-sharing specialists. The deliverables of the workshop will contribute to driving the digital transformation of municipal services.

Badr Al Qubaisi, General Manager of ADM, said, “Holding the Internet of Things in Smart Cities Forum coincides with an important event, namely the launching of the pilot phase of the Five-Year Plan for Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence (2018 – 2022) under the name (Zayed Smart City Project) by the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities.

“It is a pioneering project for managing the Infrastructure by using the Information Technology and the Internet of Things. The project aims to envision the future, drive innovation and provide infrastructure at world-class standards.”

He then highlighted that the initiative reflects the capital’s progress in leading the digital future in the implementation of the vision of our government which is endeavouring to run ahead of time. This goal will be complemented by the end of this year when all services of the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities go digital by 100 percent, according to Al Qubaisi.

“Holding the AI seminar is indicative of the seriousness of the digital drive in all our lives, and we are pleased that this seminar has succeeded in gathering a bunch of academics, government and private institutions under one roof. We are privileged to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to participants for enriching this seminar and building tomorrow’s future by focusing on digitization, evolution, and modernity to improve the quality of life and bring happiness.

“The importance of this seminar is underlined by its themes which address the trends, challenges, and ideas about the role of the Internet of Things in building Smart Cities and shaping smart cities and Abu Dhabi’s vision for the next generation,” he said.

The Smart Cities project stems from the vision of Abu Dhabi, and the implementation of the municipal system’s policies aimed at achieving sustainability, and improving the quality of living in Abu Dhabi Emirate. The municipality has previously embarked on the implementation of its Five-Year Plan for Smart Cities and AI.

The seminar discussed a range of topics such as the impact of AI and Future Science, and AI lies in Smart Cities. A presentation was made highlighting Zayed Smart City presented by teams of IT and Infrastructure at the ADM.

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