The world is no stranger to the word ‘Digital Transformation’. It started a few years ago with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram disrupting the internet in such a way that it would never be the same again. A couple of years down the line, leading brands in the market soon understood that social media sites have a wider reach and are far more cost-effective than other conventional forms of advertising, thus leading to a plethora of banner advertisements online. Now this transformation has caught up with world governments too, specifically the Government of Dubai.
The governments of the world now seek to transform their services to such an extent that it will eliminate the need for paperwork, they also seek to eliminate bureaucratic red-tape when it comes to foreign direct investments. It is in these spheres that the Dubai Government is leading the charge.
Under the auspices of ‘Smart Dubai’ initiative launched by the Government of Dubai, The Emirate of Dubai seeks to go paperless by the year 2021. All of its services from schooling to banking will be available under one online portal- “Dubai Pulse”. The Dubai Pulse portal will help in Smart Dubai’s online offering of 137 smart initiatives and 1,129 smart services to individuals to pay fines, find government forms, and renew licences and documents or search for vacant properties. It will collate data gathered from the Internet of Things, a term used to describe a digital network of sensors installed on roads, municipal offices, buildings or in digital devices such as smartphones, and make it available online for visitors. This article will analyse some of the key sectors where the “Smart Dubai” initiative has made some in-roads.
Economy-The government of Dubai seeks to revitalize its economy with the help of open data. Data has the potential to add Dh10.4 billion annually to its economy according to the Dubai Data Report. By prioritizing data sets that were most valuable to the economy the public sector alone can add a value of Dh6.6 billion the economy every year according to Assistant Director General, Smart Dubai, Younus Al Nassar. The UAE government seeks to diversify its economy and reduce its reliance on oil enabling it to finance new initiatives without having to resort to taxation.
Infrastructure– Light Fidelity or Li-Fi for short has download speeds of multiple gigabytes per second. In its test run, Li-Fi achieved an astounding speed of 224GB per second. Dubai will be the first city in the world to get this technological marvel. Unlike conventional Wi-Fi which needs routers and modems to transmit data, Dubai’s Li-Fi will be transmitted through the city’s streetlights. How is this possible? LED lights in the streetlights can be converted into a router with the addition of a small microchip. This microchip will enable it to stream data from the LED lamp, which is then picked up by a phone’s camera. The same can be done for laptops and desktop computers with webcams. It is more secure than Wi-fi, because light cannot permeate walls, thus stopping a hacking process right before it even begins. The latest pick of smartphones are Li-Fi enabled but the older models need to be equipped with a Li-Fi enabled dongle until Li-Fi connectivity comes pre-equipped in devices.
Transportation– Dubai recently got its very own transport control hub, Enterprise Command and Control Centre, which has been branded EC3. According to the Roads and Transport Authority, which will be in charge of EC3, this will prop up Dubai’s efforts in transforming itself into the smartest city worldwide in the field of transport. The center will help ease traffic congestion, reduce transit time and cost, fend off traffic accidents and curb environmental pollution through adopting smart planning in addressing transport challenges of the Emirate. The central control room covers an area of 430 square meters and is at 13 meters in height. The facilities comprise office spaces, auditorium, press center and four utility buildings, conform to green building codes.
Dubai Digital Transformation Show: Identifying simpler ways to drive digital transformation.
The highlighted developments taking place are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. World governments and companies, both big and small alike are seeking simplicity in this complex new world where major technology trends such as IoT, Data Analytics, Mobility and Cloud are intersecting. Digital technologies are potentially very powerful disruptive forces which creates value and competitive difference to businesses. As such, companies are in need of expert advisors and strategic vendors who can aid them in navigating through uncharted territory.
The Digital Transformation Show is a series of shows being held across the Middle East and Asia is once such event where these expert advisors and strategic vendors will meet. The show connects CMOs, CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, and business owners with international digital strategy gurus and global innovators who are showcasing their attest and the most developed strategies in recent years.
Trescon, is hosting a series of events under the umbrella of ‘Digital Transformation Show’ across strategic locations in the Middle East and Asia. The Dubai Digital Transformation Show is the first in the series and is taking place on 25 – 26 September 2017 in Dubai.