Dubai Expo highlights IoT role in UAE’s smart-cities drive

Dubai Expo 2020 is expected to help fuel the United Arab Emirates' efforts to develop smart cities, and also serve as a proving ground for how IoT may open up business opportunities.

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Expo 2020 is expected to bring in 25 million guests from around the globe, and is widely seen as a measure to boost Dubai’s image as a go-to tourism and investment destination in the Middle East and North Africa region.

It also serves as a new prototype for the creation of smart cities – communities that make use of IT and operational technology to improve the performance of urban services such as energy, transportation and utilities.

For German conglomerate Siemens, which is the government’s infrastructure partner for the six-month event, the project will be something of a proving ground for the way cities can implement IoT, or internet of things -- networks of connected devices that collect information and provide a stream of data that can be analyzed and acted on. As such, it's also a bellwether for business opportunities.

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