Chairman of du highlights features of smart city
Panel during The Government Summit discusses key issues in tackling the concept of smart cities.
During the Smarter People, Smarter Cities, Smarter Governments panel at The Government Summit in Dubai, UAE, Ahmad Bin Byat, chairman of du, underlined the components of a smart city concept.
Defined as the utilisation of digital technologies in the management of a city’s infrastructure, the panel discussed a number of issues related to the creation of cutting-edge, global, smart technologies
Also present were HE Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, director general of the Abu Dhabi System Information Centre (ADSIC), and CNN journalist Richard Quest, who moderated the panel.
“We believe the definition of Smart Cities should be directly linked to a country's or city's strategy and objectives,” commented Bin Byat, who also holds the position as chairman of the Smart Dubai Executive Committee Session.
He adds: “The mission of Smart Dubai is delivered through Smart initiatives and services across the key dimensions of the city, whether it is economy, mobility, environment, people or governance.”
Bin Byat also pointed out the social implications of a smart city that would enable, “real-time public engagement like never before.” He introduced a concept where every citizen would be equipped with a personalised dashboard that would help guide them through the city, pointing out services based on the individuals lifestyle and preference.
"We cannot forget the empowerment of individuals that a Smart city will bring, from the open data available, which will enable them to innovate and develop news ideas, to the Personal Dashboard that will make their daily 'city' interactions more efficient and seamless,” comments Bin Byat.