Vodafone partners with Du bringing IoT to the UAE

The partnership between Vodafone and Du will lay the foundation for future smart city developments

The Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company Du has announced its partnership with Vodafone to bring Internet of Things services to the United Arab Emirates.

Vodafone and Du will look to provide UAE businesses with machine-to-machine solutions, beginning with the connected car industry – to improve safety, connecting drivers with garages and emergency services.

M2M technology is also envisioned to revolutionise access to in- car “infotainment”.

According to Fierce Wireless, the partnership between the two companies will also enable the future development of smart cities.

IoT solutions brought to the UAE, will also be utilised for mHealth applications and will be explored to improve remote care for patients and bring greater efficiencies for healthcare providers.

Carlos Domingo, Senior Executive Officer, New Businesses & Innovation, at du, said: “… Access to Vodafone’s impressive network of global partners also ensures our programme of driving innovation in the UAE will continue to gather pace.”

Erik Brenneis, Director of M2M, Vodafone, added: “There is a growing demand for M2M and IoT technology in all regions.  This expansion with Du will help to bring a world class capability to the local businesses.  We believe that there is an atmosphere of innovation and energy in the UAE which will enable enterprises to take full advantage of the opportunities from the Internet of Things.”

UAE gets ‘smart’

In March this year, energy solutions provider Alstom opened of a smart grid centre in Dubai, gaining a foothold in the United Arab Emirates smart energy sector.

The centre gives Alstom’s customers such as utility Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) the capacity to locally develop and integrate software into their own systems and perform factory acceptance tests on site.

It will also offer training on smart grid application through simulated case studies using actual customer network data.

Grégoire Poux-Guillaume, president of Alstom Grid, said: “As smart grid technologies are integrated to existing infrastructure, customers in the region will benefit from the centre’s close links to Alstom’s smart grid centres in France and USA, using tools and processes with the latest technologies, and ongoing support from experts worldwide – in real-time.”

Alstom hopes to be part of DEWA’s smart city vision, announced in 2013, which will see the city replacing all water and electricity meters within the next five years.