Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) – the capital of the United Arab Emirates – and Orange Business Services have partnered to develop a smart cities virtualization app for its city management services. It is intended to be a vital part of ADM’s vision for Abu Dhabi and its five-year smart cities plan to achieve sustainability and enhance the quality of life for citizens and residents.
Rayan Mohammad Almohaisen, IT Project Manager, Abu Dhabi Municipality, stated: “Orange Business Services is supporting ADM’s plans to deliver a range of projects and initiatives across Abu Dhabi, from public parks to public infrastructure that will build and shape the living experiences in one of the world’s developing smartest cities. ADM is keen to promote effective collaborations that deliver innovations through strategic partnerships with leading private sector companies, such as Orange Business Services.”
The app, ‘IoT Cockpit’, provides visualization via an immersive, interactive user interface for the city authorities. Connected objects and tangible objects are replicated in a virtual interface, enabling ADM to see, interact with and manage the smart utilities network across the city – which includes water, electricity, and fiber cable – as well as visualizing the situation on the ground. For example, IoT Cockpit allows the municipality to see whether street lighting is working correctly, and whether public transport is operating normally, enhancing control over vital elements of the city.
“Sustained innovation is the lifeblood of the smart city and our collaboration with ADM on ‘IoT Cockpit’ is a great example of co-innovation – a bespoke city management solution developed in the region and for the region, where we have a strong focus on the smart cities opportunity,” added Sahem Azzam, vice president, middle east and africa, Orange Business Services.