Held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)

INNOVATION ARABIA

Smart Future Enablers

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The word smart can imply many perspectives and can be used to convey many different conditions depending on the context. It can imply efficiency, technology, accuracy, happiness….etc. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed launched a strategy to transform Dubai into a smart city. In October 2013, H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai announced a project to transform Dubai into a ‘smart city’. Under this strategy, many initiatives have been implemented since the inauguration of the smart city strategy such as the conversion of government services to be smart, free WiFi in public areas, one-stop shop governmental service centers, smart parking, live traffic monitoring and many other initiatives that already implemented or is still in progress.

The implementation of smart future can be done through many different cascaded activities such as smart living, smart mobility, smart governance, smart people and smart economy. The transformation towards smart future is a must for any community seeking global recognition to attract businesses, tourism and investments. This transformation towards smart future necessitates the integration of the state of the art information and communication technology infrastructures in the domains of artificial intelligence, big data analysis and cloud computing, and sensor networks.

The smart tools should be extended to facilitate the quality of life for individuals and enhance the growth of businesses. Adopting the future of smart future concept has many positive consequences such as doing things more efficiently, reducing the ecological footprint, minimizing the negative environmental impact on the available resources which can fuel the economic growth in the community.

In the education arena, learning will be efficient as students will save a lot of time commuting to the school and attending the school only when they are needed to do so. This will in turn reduce the overload of current health care centers and hospitals with the enhancement of the remote health care provision. We need to be prepared for this transformation, one of the enablers of smart future is to be prepared against the possible negative consequences such as lack of privacy and cybersecurity, the lack of mobility and associated diseases, lack of social interaction among people. Accordingly, smart future enablers should look into the possibility of minimizing the possible negative consequences to ensure a smooth transformation. During IA14, attendees will have a great opportunity to exchange experience, showcase their best practices and discuss the essential requirements for smooth safe transformation towards the smart future.

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