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India's Tech Mahindra to help Dubai authorities develop smart city: report

Iain Morris
July 8, 2014
 
India’s Tech Mahindra is reported to have signed an agreement with authorities in Dubai to provide technology that will support the launch of smart city services such as intelligent street lighting and smart parking.

According to a report from India’s Economic Times newspaper, the Indian IT player is to collaborate with authorities in the United Arab Emirates on transforming Dubai into a “complete” smart city.

Using M2M technologies, authorities would be able to program streetlights to power down unless traffic is moving through the area, or allow drivers to find available car-parking spaces by means of smartphone apps.

Tech Mahindra (Pune, India) and the Dubai Economic Council (DEC) are said to be planning on setting up a new center of excellence where new products and services can be designed and tested, according to the newspaper report.

The Indian IT player believes the tie-up could deliver enormous benefits across a range of vertical sectors, including healthcare, education, security, energy, logistics, financial services, hospitality and real estate.

“We are widely known for our expertise in building technologies for connected hospitals, connected hotels and smart stadiums, and we are looking forward to working closely with the DEC as this will be the first time Tech Mahindra is offering a whole package of … technologies … to build a complete connected city,” said CP Gurnani, Tech Mahindra’s chief executive.

In the energy area, the rollout of smart city technology could lead to huge cost savings for consumers and businesses through more efficient use of services and city facilities.
 
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