The smart city concept is important for two reasons. It is part of the framework of the Dubai Plan 2021, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in December 2014. The principles of the smart city are being applied right across the Emirate so that it can meet its ecological responsibilities and make greater economic efficiencies.
A city is smart when capital investments in human, social, built environment, infrastructure and technology fuel sustainable economic growth. The smart city model is built upon six main pillars:
the Smart Dubai Dimensions
The economic life of d3 should deliver a higher standard of living to people and a positive contribution to the natural environment; all underpinned by technologically smart and efficient governance. Technology is at the heart of the smart city model.
- Advanced parking management systems
- Network-enabled utility metering
- Solar hot water renewable energy
- Advanced lighting controls
- Electric vehicle power and charging
- Remote climate control
- Energy monitoring technology
ICT Master Plan for Smart City
Dubai Design District has set a new precedent by releasing the ICT Masterplan for Smart City Design Guidelines. Showcasing d3’s development as a Green Pilot Smart City, d3’s Smart City Developer Guidelines demonstrated how the district has embraced technology to improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors, whilst simultaneously acting as a blueprint for Smart Cities around the world.
d3 has been implementing smart technology and innovation since its inception, so that rather than implementing smart initiatives in isolated sectors, its multidiciple approach has enabled it to become a Smart City at every angle. Therefore both d3 and Smart City are in a unique position by freely sharing their work with the world to use, enlightening other cities with their approach, to further drive the growth of smart cities globally.
Using this invaluable experience d3 has worked with both Cisco to produce comprehensive ICT Guidelines for the development of a Smart City-wide technology infrastructure and network architecture that can be used as an interactive manual for building ICT infrastructure for a Smart City and for buildings globally.