A new smart city virtualisation app gives authorities in Abu Dhabi greater visibility into various elements of the urban landscape.
Developed by Orange Business Services, IoT Cockpit features an immersive, interactive user interface. It virtualises connected objects and tangible objects, enabling Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) to see, interact with and manage the smart utilities network across the city, including water, electricity and fibre, as well as visualising 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.
The app supports the municipality’s five-year smart cities plan to boost sustainability and enhance citizens’ quality of life.
Sahem Azzam, Orange Business Services vice president for the Middle East & Africa, commented: “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. The UAE is a testbed for smart cities innovation and leads the way in not just adopting but also developing new solutions that are transforming cities, such as Abu Dhabi.”
Globally, spending on smart cities initiatives is expected to reach nearly $124bn (£95.7bn) this year, an increase of 18.9% over 2019, according to new research from IDC.
The research firm found that the top 100 cities investing in smart initiatives in 2019 represented around 29% of global spending. While growth will be sustained among the top spenders in the short term, the market is quite dispersed across midsize and small cities investing in relatively small projects.
With cities spending $1m (£772,000) or less per year representing around 70% of the market, providers of smart city solutions have an opportunity to draw on the experience gained from larger projects to offer affordable smart initiatives for small and medium-sized cities, said Serena Da Rold, programme manager in IDC’s Customer Insights & Analysis group.