Dubai-based telecom operator du wants to be at the forefront of the smart revolution in the United Arab Emirates, announcing a partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Senseable City Lab to position itself accordingly.
As Arabian Business reports, du hopes that by joining forces with the MIT Senseable City Lab, which is considered one of the world's best technology research universities, it will be able to keep in-tune with what the UAE needs in order to make it one of the most progressive countries in the world.
The move sees du, the UAE's No.2 telecom operator by subscriber numbers, become more aware of the ever burgeoning relationship between new technologies, people and urban environments. An acute awareness of this dynamic is said to be critical to the success of Smart City initiatives – and du says the joint agreement is recognition of this.
The partnership with the MIT Senseable City Lab appears to be a clever move on du's part, with the research university having already shown itself to be something of Smart City innovator in different projects around the world – including development of the upcoming driverless cars initiative in Singapore.
Osman Sultan, du's CEO, said MIT Senseable City Lab's expertise will help unlock the potential of the smart revolution.
"Our partnership is rooted in the strong belief that knowledge is power," he explained. "We are committed to playing an important role in the smart revolution in the UAE, but critical to this ambition is the ability to transform robust data into powerful knowledge and wisdom."
Carlo Ratti, director of the Senseable City Laboratory, added that the partnership increases its portfolio of collaborations with some of the world's leading players in the digital sphere.