Dubai government launches smart city accelerator

Posted on 1st June 2017

Dubai government has announced the launch of a smart city accelerator aimed at facilitating solutions to create a 'smart' city.

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A first-of its-kind in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, the accelerator has been set-up at an investment of Dh18.4 million ($5 million) in partnership with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Smart Dubai Office (SDO) and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, reported state news agency Wam.

It was launched by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) who also unveiled the accelerator’s on-line portal to enable interested startups and entrepreneurs to apply for the programme.

The accelerator programme, based on smart city technology, will target startups developing innovative solutions to help make cities smarter, and overcome significant challenges due to congestion, waste, and energy, it stated.

The programme will also aim to identify solutions within smart homes and buildings, smart transportation and logistics, smart living, as well as smart urban planning and maintenance, according to Tradearabia news report.

Several local and regional startups are anticipated to leverage the know-how within the Internet of Things, IoT, sensor technology, big data, and virtual reality spheres to develop disruptive solutions, it added.

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