Smart Dubai Initiatives:
Amani Mahmood Aljassmi IT Director, IT Department Dubai Health Authority
The Happiness Meter was one of the very first initiatives that Smart Dubai announced in October 2014. The Happiness Meter documents the users’ experience at the end of using a particular service. Since this initiative was introduced, the Happiness Meter has
related technology to tap into deeper Sentimental Analysis to get an even more accurate feedback on people’s experiences.
Vast quantities of data are being collected, what actions have been taken to improve data security and data protection? The Smart Dubai initiative is powered by a unified platform for many functions, including generating huge quantities of data, much of them in real-time that benefits the centralized platform. Security is a priority for the whole platform and is embedded into each layer. The smarter the city, the more computer systems, the more integration between the systems, and the more open the access to the data collected by all those systems are. Robust security policies are in place to ensure the privacy of our residents, as well as to protect from attacks that could lead to data theft or breakdowns.
What is unique about Smart Dubai compared to other smart cities? Dubai’s approach to smart cities is unique as it is the first to create a citywide blueprint for smart initiatives aiming to develop a single unified smart city, rather than implementing smart initiatives only covering certain industries and sectors. Part of the unified approach will be able to take data from a wide range of sources and make it available to interested parties. Moreover, Dubai choosing happiness as the measure of success is also a very unique and exceptional approach.
How do you perceive Dubai as the ideal city of the future? Dubai is a fast growing city in which the population grew from 0.6 million to 2.46 million in the past 2 decades, not to mention the annual 12 million tourists. The Smart Dubai initiative was implemented to prepare Dubai’s next phase of growth into a mega city. Through the collaboration between the public and private sectors across the six strategic dimensions, Dubai of the future will be filled with happy and empowered people who live in a smart city that is seamless, efficient, safe and impactful.
in the lobbies at d3. Should they wish to schedule a meeting, they can book a common meeting room online or through the d3 app, along with all necessary equipment; they can also preregister external meeting attendees and other visitors they expect. This means visitors can have pre-booked parking to which they are automatically guided, they can breeze through security at the building entrance, and they receive a personal welcome upon arrival as their host is notified of their entrance into the building.
Should d3 business partners need to rapidly prototype a design concept, they can make use of shared 3D printers, bookable online or through the d3 app. Immediate photo shoot required? No problem, business partners can access professional lighting and photography equipment in a perfect environment.
At the end of a productive day, d3 residents can unplug their electric car and head back home knowing they have had a time-efficient, cost-effective, and nature-friendly work day; as soon as they leave their office, d3’s Smart office will put their printer in sleep mode, dim the lights, scale back the cooling and position the building’s elevators at optimal positions to conserve energy.