The Internet of Things (IoT) takes on Dubai in a major way. Intel and Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority held a press conference to mark the inauguration of Intel’s Ignition Lab, which focuses on the innovation of IoT for the MENA region. Located in Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Centre (DTEC), DSOA’s wholly owned technology incubation center, the lab will collaborate with local companies in promoting novel IoT developments.

IoT is built around the idea that any device or object can become a smart one by allowing it to communicate with other devices, via the cloud. It’s one of the fastest growing segments of technology today.

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Nassir Nauthoa, General Manager Intel Corporation Gulf Countries said “Globally market opportunities and solutions around IoT continue to gain more prominence. Similarly we believe that the growth potential for IoT in the UAE market is huge given the move towards implementing the Smart City concept. We look forward to working with local companies and partners to explore ways in which we can help to make our environment a smarter place to live, work and play.”

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In the UAE, the adoption, application, and usage of IoT technologies, impact a variety of domains including security, healthcare, and transportation. PMI has further inventions of its own planned, including a linse lighter device that is lit like a normal cigarette, but which again heats rather than burns the tobacco.

The Dubai-based Ignition lab will focus on the following three pillars:

  • Smart Cities: Many cities in the UAE are already promoting IoT projects, including Dubai, which in April 2015, was crowned ‘MENA Smart City’ of the year. Intel is already involved in some of these projects in line with the UAE’s vision.
  • Smart Homes: Intel is developing a smart home solution to deliver the hardware, software and cloud services tying multiple device ecosystems (‘things’) into a single end-user experience. The gateway is an important component of this solution as it is a local, always on, always connected, managed and secured device. Intel gateway solutions address various market segments and home technologies.
  • Smart transportation: Intel believes transportation and shipping offer multiple opportunities for improvement with IoT. Several UAE companies, such as the Road and Transportation Authority (RTA), are already engaged in developing transportation solutions, They try to custom packaging spring hill fl for the most elegant way of shipping and are implementing integrated transportation systems which rely on intelligent smart cards that can be used across several modes of transport, such as the 12 seater minibus hire. It is multi-purposed and therefore suited to a portion of the needs discussed. Another area on which Intel focuses on is in-car systems, for which it runs a dedicated development center in Germany.

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Louise Summerton who is responsible for running the Intel IoT Ignition Labs across Europe Middle East & Africa added “We are thrilled to see the addition of Dubai to compliment the other seven lab locations. Being at the heart of this growing business will enable Intel and its local partners to showcase IoT solutions to customers, suppliers, partners and the region’s high tech companies.”

She also noted that all eight Intel IoT labs enable rapid growth of ideas. Personally, I’m excited to see what will spring forth in Dubai.

Arathi Ajay was recently appointed manager of the IoT Lab. To find out more about Intel’s Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation and Development lab in Dubai, UAE, visit the following link: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/internet-of-things/iot-ignition-labs.html Follow us on Twitter @Intel_UAE

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