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Honeywell: Doha on track to meet smart city goals

The tech firm’s Smart Building Score research highlighted Doha’s progress towards meeting its smart city targets as part of Qatar's National Vision 2030 mandate

Norm Gilsdorf, president for Honeywell’s Middle East, Russia and Central Asia regions.
Norm Gilsdorf, president for Honeywell’s Middle East, Russia and Central Asia regions.

Global tech firm Honeywell recently unveiled its Smart Building Score, which highlighted Doha’s progress towards achieving its smart city goals as part of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 mandate. 

Conducted in close collaboration with researchers Nielsen and global advisory Ernst & Young, the survey, which evaluated 620 buildings across seven major Middle East cities, the Qatari capital scored 70 points out of a possible 100.

Additionally, the average score across the Middle East was 48 out of 100. Doha scored 22 points above the regional average. Other participating cities in the survey include Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait City and Riyadh.

Norm Gilsdorf, president for Honeywell’s Middle East, Russia and Central Asia regions, “Doha has some of the smartest buildings in the Middle East, and we have found that the country’s 2030 vision and development strategy have created great momentum for smart and sustainable development.”

He added: “Qatar, as a leader for smart buildings, is a great source of best practice examples in the smart building arena and has experiences that could benefit the entire region.”

As part of the survey, buildings were evaluated on the use of 15 technology assets, identifying platforms that have made facilities sustainable, safe and even more productive. The implementation of smart building technologies, system integration and energy efficient platforms, were scored highly.

The survey also found that 70% of surveyed buildings operators viewed safety as a crucial component of a smart building design.

In addition to unveiling its survey results, Honeywell is also launching its Smart Building Score Awards.

Commenting on the new platform, Pete Costa, vice president for Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, Middle East shared: “We very excited to launch the Honeywell Smart Building Score Awards and to review the submissions from leading facilities across the region to see which ones are leading the way in smart technology.

“We anticipate some tough competition between buildings across the region and look forward to engaging with our partners to continue driving the smart buildings and smart cities conversation in the region.”

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