Dig­i­ti­za­tion un­locks po­ten­tial for em­brac­ing In­ter­net of Things in Kuwait

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

KUWAIT: Mike Weston, Vice Pres­i­dent for Cisco Mid­dle East dis­cusses how by be­com­ing fully dig­i­tal Kuwait can in­crease GDP, re­duce spend­ing and cre­ate jobs. To­day, the Kuwaiti Gov­ern­ment is fo­cused on di­ver­si­fy­ing the econ­omy, boost­ing long-term eco­nomic growth as well as pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment and sup­port for its fast-grow­ing, pre­dom­i­nantly youth­ful ur­ban pop­u­la­tions. They are achiev­ing th­ese am­bi­tious goals by grasp­ing the enor­mous po­ten­tial of the next wave of the In­ter­net - the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) where tech­nol­ogy will con­nect ev­ery­thing from peo­ple, pro­cesses and data to things

Kuwait and other Mid­dle East pub­lic sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions are well poised for the IoT be­cause of the size of many gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions, the num­ber of peo­ple they serve, and the dif­fi­cult prob­lems they must solve. Be­cause the Kuwaiti gov­ern­ment has a broad author­ity over large sec­tors of so­ci­ety and the econ­omy, it is able to launch IoT ini­tia­tives with im­pres­sive scale and trans­for­ma­tive po­ten­tial - us­ing the IoT to cre­ate value by low­er­ing costs, im­prov­ing em­ployee pro­duc­tiv­ity, gen­er­at­ing new rev­enue, and en­hanc­ing cit­i­zen ben­e­fits.

Em­brac­ing the Dig­i­tal Op­por­tu­nity As dig­i­ti­za­tion ac­cel­er­ates, cut­ting edge in­fra­struc­ture will in­crease Kuwait’s GDP, re­duce spend­ing and cre­ate jobs. It will al­low the gov­ern­ment to ex­tend the reach and im­pact of pub­lic ser­vices by con­vert­ing in­sights into ac­tion. It will en­able new and di­verse groups of en­trepreneurs to build busi­nesses that will shape the world, whilst pro­vid­ing more ac­ces­si­bil­ity and op­por­tu­ni­ties for ed­u­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy-based ca­reers. As a re­sult, it will en­sure that Kuwait be­come more com­pet­i­tive on the global stage.

Dig­i­ti­za­tion has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate sus­tain­able and pos­i­tive im­pact for ev­ery area of so­ci­ety. At its core, Coun­try Dig­i­ti­za­tion is the process of plan­ning, and ul­ti­mately build­ing, a so­phis­ti­cated and for­ward-think­ing IT net­work ecosys­tem that will al­low for greater con­nec­tiv­ity, pro­duc­tiv­ity and se­cu­rity to drive this pos­i­tive im­pact. Hav­ing the right dig­i­tal ecosys­tem in place will be a ne­ces­sity to achieve any of th­ese things. It’s our goal at Cisco to help the Kuwaiti gov­ern­ment to ac­cel­er­ate their plans to de­velop this ecosys­tem and re­main com­pet­i­tive as the world tran­si­tions into this new dig­i­tal era. Our goal is to en­able gov­ern­ments glob­ally to serve their cit­i­zens more ef­fec­tively, drive stronger economies and in­crease op­por­tu­ni­ties on the na­tional and global stage through for­ward-think­ing IT ecosys­tems.

Smart City Po­ten­tial Kuwait City and other Kuwaiti cities are well po­si­tioned to im­prove the qual­ity of cit­i­zens’ lives through the IoT as it starts to pro­vide many of the ser­vices upon which cit­i­zens rely, in­clud­ing trans­porta­tion, law en­force­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, wa­ter, and in some cases even In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity. In the fu­ture, Kuwaiti cities will be able to cap­ture much of this value for ex­am­ple by im­ple­ment­ing: Smart park­ing to help cit­i­zens find open park­ing spa­ces via smart­phone app. Smart waste sen­sors in­stalled in waste con­tain­ers sig­nal when they be­come full or are emit­ting odors above a set thresh­old for op­ti­mized pickup routes. Smart street light­ing sen­sors in smart light poles can de­tect mov­ing ob­jects, in­clud­ing peo­ple and an­i­mals, in the street and ad­just light lev­els ac­cord­ingly. City Wi-Fi to en­able traf­fic con­ges­tion man­age­ment and au­to­mated wa­ter me­ter­ing re­sult­ing in greener and more ef­fi­cient city in­fra­struc­ture man­age­ment. Pub­lic safety and se­cu­rity - City Wi-Fi so­lu­tions will im­prove sit­u­a­tional aware­ness by ac­cel­er­at­ing in­ci­dent de­tec­tion and it can trig­ger a com­bi­na­tion of au­to­mated re­sponse, real-time col­lab­o­ra­tion and es­ca­lated de­ci­sion sup­port for op­ti­mal city oper­a­tions and plan­ning.

PAYPAL How it works: PayPal lets you send money di­rectly to other peo­ple via its web­site or app, much the same way you can use the ser­vice for on­line shop­ping. It also of­fers a ded­i­cated site called PayPal.Me, which gen­er­ates per­sonal links you can send to your dead­beat friends so they can trans­fer money di­rectly to your PayPal ac­count.

Pay­ment limit: No limit if you’ve linked your bank ac­count to PayPal, but $10,000 dol­lars if you’re pay­ing via a linked credit card.

Fees: None if you’re send­ing funds from a link bank ac­count, but there’s a 3 per­cent charge if you use a credit card.

FACE­BOOK PAY­MENTS How it works: Face­book pay­ments op­er­ates via Face­book’s Mes­sen­ger app. To send or re­ceive money you must add a debit card (U.S. banks only) to your ac­count. To send money, open a chat with a Face­book friend,

Mike Weston, Vice Pres­i­dent for Cisco

Mid­dle East

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