The Internet of Things, which allows smart technology devices to talk to each other, is set to provide huge opportunities across the region, according to communication expert Joseph Habib of CommScope Middle East and Africa.
The company is currently exploring infrastructure projects at The GCC Smart Government & Smart Cities conference which is its 22nd year and is currently taking place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dubai.
Habib (pictured) said: “As Middle Eastern cities like Dubai continue grow and become hubs for innovation, there will be a huge investment opportunity around the Internet of Things. This week, hundreds of experts will gather to discuss smart cities and how to make better use of data for improved decision making.
“Buildings are the defining characteristic of a city. Considering we spend an average of 20 hours each day inside either commercial or residential properties, CommScope believes it’s a good place to start when thinking about getting smarter in handling space and energy.”
Habib said the first step in making a building smarter is to create a common structured wired and wireless infrastructure that collects connectivity, space and energy data through sensors or devices.