Smart cities are back in the news in Dubai, where du, part of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, has joined forces with Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) and Derq, a leading provider of AI analytics solutions for road safety and connected vehicles.
This strategic partnership will we are told, power DIEZ’s freezones with a portfolio of cutting-edge capabilities and competitive smart city solutions.
In this case, du will pilot and demonstrate smart city solutions powered by 5G communication and edge computing technologies from a 5G multi-access edge computing (MEC) server or platform from the Khazna Data Centre.
As part of the agreement, DIEZ says it will use its best endeavours to promote and facilitate the development and implementation of the pilot in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), a 100% government-owned free zone that promotes modern technology-based industries with an urban master-planned community, state-of-the-art infrastructure and in-house business services.
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, analysis results and lessons learned throughout the pilot stage and implementation.
This agreement follows longstanding cooperation between both parties since 2018. A signing ceremony to mark the partnership was attended by top representatives and employees from both parties.