Middle East’s Smart Cities secured by audiovisual technology
DUBAI–Smart Cities will help to nearly double the region’s spending on government-related audiovisual technology by 2016, according to trade body InfoComm International.
Smart Cities are rising across the region, including the UAE’s Dubai Smart City and Masdar City, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s four Economic Cities, and Qatar’s Lusail City.
By leveraging sensors in objects connected to citywide networks, Smart Cities often focus on connected benefits across daily life like transportation, utilities, and healthcare.
At the same time, megaevents like Dubai World Expo 2020 and 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, and massive infrastructure projects, are driving Smart Cities to deploy world-class security systems, including CCTV systems, control rooms, and conferencing systems.
Infrastructure developments across the Middle East and Africa are in part boosting government and military spending on audiovisual solutions is projected to grow by 74 percent from USD 441 million in 2012 to USD 722 million in 2016, according to InfoComm International.
“Technology will be the foundation for Smart Cities of the future – from securing smart grids, to control technology, and environmental sustainability,” said David Lim, Project Director, InfoComm Asia Pte Ltd. “Security is vital in Smart Cities of the near future, and collaboration solutions are necessary to make split-second decisions between control rooms and on-the-ground security personnel.”
Helping government agencies source the audiovisual solutions that meet their security needs is InfoComm MEA, the region’s leading trade exhibition and summit on the audiovisual market, organised by InfoCommAsia and the Dubai World Trade Centre.
“No two Smart Cities are alike – each one requires world-class customized control systems that can evolve to meet the needs of professional audiovisual applications,” added Lim.
Frost & Sullivan estimates the global market potential in smart cities could be USD 1.5 trillion by 2020, including infrastructure development, technology integration and security services.
InfoComm MEA 2014, held under the theme of “See. Hear. Touch. The Future of Your Business.” returns for a fourth year, from 13-16 October 2014, and will be co-located at GITEX Technology Week 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.