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Posted On: 1 November 2019 12:50 pm
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Smart cities in Qatar: Here's how the country is preparing for sustainable development!

Khadiza Begum
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As urban populations continue to grow, the Smart Cities concept appears to be the right footstep towards sustainable development. The ‘smart city’ or ' intelligence city ' is a modern concept that’s being applied in the most developed cities around the world. To promote Qatar’s smart cities initiatives, the Ministry of Transport and Communication is hosting Qatar Information Technology Conference & Exhibition – the largest Information and Communication Technology showcase and event in Qatar – from 29th October to 1st November 2019. The exhibition showcases different technologies and concepts to strengthen Qatar’s journey to building smart cities.

I Love Qatar team takes a tour to the QITCOM 2019 and here's what we get to know about Qatar's leads towards sustainable smart cities. Make sure you scroll all the way down to know more about the amazing technologies and concepts that are designed to make our life way more easier.

Smart Transportation

The Ministry of Transport and Communications continues to strive towards establishing a smart transport system, as part of the implementation of Tasmu Smart Qatar Program. The program aims to lower road fatalities to 6 per 100,000 people, in addition to lowering car emissions by 10% among other goals.

The ministry is working on five main projects related to public transport, they are electric buses, smart bus stops, developing the West Bay bus center, water taxis, and improved public transport buses. There are other projects that include using Wi-Fi on street lighting poles and QITCOM 2019 highlights on these smart transportation projects.

ILoveQatar.Net talks to Soubhi Chebib, General Manager at Gulf Business Machines (GBM) to know about their role in the country's smart cities. “Smart city means a city that has all the services we need and provide an environment that fosters a happy and safe life," said Mr. Soubhi.

(Mr. Soubhi Chebib, the GM of GBM shares his thoughts about smart cities to ILoveQatar.Net )
(Mr. Soubhi Chebib, the GM of GBM shares his thoughts about smart cities to ILoveQatar.Net )

GBM is a 100 percent Qatari company that has been serving in Qatar for the last 30 years to help the country to move to the digital transformation. Regarding GBM’s contribution to the smart transportation in Qatar, Mr. Soubhi motioned about an app among other projects, as he said: “We know that Qatar is building public transportation and to facilitate this move, GBM build an app like google map that tells you how to move in the most economical way using local services.”

“2022 FIFA world cup is really a good acceleration for Qatar that champions the country to move forward with smart city initiatives,” he further added.

Real estate

In the real estate sector, Qatar’s model concept of smart cities is gradually turning into a reality with the Msheireb Downtown Doha and Lusail City projects at advanced stages of completion. Lusail City also known as ‘Qatar’s Future City’ is being developed by Qatari Diar. The project will provide a high-technology environment comprising both wired and wireless communication networks to offer advanced services.

Smart Healthcare

QITCOM 2019 showcases different innovative and connected health technologies. The Ooredoo stand exhibits different Healthcare solutions like Mobile Clinic, Remote Patient Monitoring, Virtual Consultation, and ICE Tracking.

We also spot a machine that calls Bodyo - this single machine allows you to measure your weight, body composition, non-invasive blood sugar, oxygen saturation, metabolism, hemoglobin, pulse rate, Body Mass Index (BMI) and much more! The exhibition also highlights the VSee Telemedicine Solution which is a complete telehealth platform fits into any workflow - a fast, secure text and video collaboration app HIPAA messenger, fully customizable Virtual waiting rooms and clinics.

Smart Airport Programme

Hamad International Airport (HIA)- the state-of-the-art airport is showcasing its break-through Smart Airport technology to the public by displaying its five self-service touchpoints consisting of; self-check-in, self-bag-drop, pre-immigration, airport wayfinding touch screen, and self-boarding, all of which are biometric-enabled. HIA’s exciting major digital transformation of the passenger journey, through facial biometric recognition across all five key passenger touchpoints, attests that HIA is truly the airport of the future, whilst committing to ensure operational excellence.

Robot at HIA to facilitate passenger journey
(Robot at HIA to facilitate passenger journey)

Biometric Identity Management is also a vital piece of HIA’s digital strategy, functioning to serve the terminal's strategic priorities such as the improvement of customer experience, terminal capacity, and its security. Knowledge of exactly where the passengers are in their journey at the airport will also aim to help further improve the renowned on-time departure performance at HIA and champion its Smart Airport program as a leading global transformation in airports. HIA also shows to the public the exciting use of robotics for passenger facilitation and ensures a faster journey and enjoyable travel experience.

Smart farming

The exhibition also showcases different farming management concepts using modern technology to increase the quantity and quality of agricultural products.

Smart security system

The pavilions of the departments at the Ministry of Interior are presenting a large number of security systems and electronic services to the public to introduce the latest systems used for its services. The new initiatives include the automated robot for face recognition, as well as the latest equipment, mechanisms and devices such as drone aircraft.

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