Dubai pilots Smart City solutions

Partnership with Derq, Du and Diez demos 5G connected vehicle tech in UAE Freezones
Detection, Monitoring & Machine Vision / December 7, 2022
By Adam Hill
Dubai future innovation Freezones technology connected vehicles © ITS International | Adam Hill
Dubai has set itself up as testbed for future tech (© ITS International | Adam Hill)

Du, part of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, is to demonstrate cutting-edge connected vehicle (CV) and comms tech in Dubai, UAE.

It is partnering with Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (Diez) and AI analytics and CV specialist Derq to power Diez's Freezones - commercial and residential hubs designed to attract businesses.

Du will pilot and demonstrate Smart City solutions powered by 5G communication and edge computing technologies from a 5G MEC server or platform from the Khazna Data Center.

As part of the agreement, Diez will promote and facilitate the implementation of the pilot in one of the Freezones, Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO).
“DSO provides a window of opportunities for the ICT industry," says Saleem AlBlooshi, chief technology officer at Du.

"As the UAE continues exceeding all expectations outlined in its national innovation strategy, we expect this next move to positively contribute to grounding Dubai as a hub of excellence for disruptive capabilities.” 

Derq CEO Dr. Georges Aoude says: “Diez has been a strong partner and supporter of Derq since 2017 by piloting Derq’s leading AI and V2X solutions to improve road safety in DSO."
Muammar Al Katheeri, chief engineering & Smart City officer at Diez, said: “This agreement directly aligns with our keenness to cooperate with all partners in various sectors to adopt smart and innovative solutions, which will improve the integrated technology system, enhance the wheel of evolution, and accelerate development processes."
Aoude added that the increased effort toward making transportation smarter and safer across the region "by leveraging 5G MEC and our cutting-edge technologies".
Together, Du and Diez will carry out technical support throughout the pilot set-up and ongoing operations.

Du will also develop a series of workshops to report observations, and analyse results and lessons learned throughout the pilot stage and implementation.   

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