As home to hundreds of high tech companies, a vibrant startup community and a closely knit ecosystem of tech innovators, UAE took its first step toward becoming a hub for IoT with the launch of an Intel IoT Ignition Lab this year. Hosted within Dubai Silicon Oasis, the region’s largest innovative and integrated free zone technology park, Intel entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly establish a first-of-a-kind lab facility in the Middle East.
“There are numerous IoT companies as well as start-ups in Dubai,” said Nassir Nauthoa, general manager, Intel Corporation Gulf Countries. “At Intel, we believe that the growth potential of the IoT market in the UAE is huge and untapped. We look forward to working with local companies and partners to help make the world a smarter place.”
The Dubai-based lab offers opportunities to focus in many areas, including:
Smart Cities: many cities in the UAE are already promoting IoT projects, starting with Dubai, which in April 2015, was crowned “MENA Smart City” of the year. Intel is already involved in some of these projects aligned with the UAE’s vision.
Smart Homes: Intel is developing a smart home solution to deliver the hardware, software and cloud services tying multiple device ecosystems (“things”) into a single end-user experience. The gateway is an important component of this solution as it is a local, always on, always connected, managed and secured device. Intel IoT Gateway solutions address various market segments and home topologies. For example, the Intel Puma gateway solution enables using a single box in the home for broadband router and local connectivity, while also running smart home services using the same platform.
Smart Transportation: Intel believes the safety and efficiency of transportation and shipping will be greatly improved with IoT solutions. Several UAE organizations, such as the Road and Transportation Authority, are already developing and deploying integrated systems that use smart cards across several means of transportation. This allows for cashless payment using pre-paid cards. Another area on which Intel focuses is in-car systems, for which it runs a dedicated development center in Germany.
The possibilities in IoT are limitless, and the lab will focus on stimulating innovation and spurring new products. The Ignition Lab is another example of how Intel’s business is evolving in UAE, and having a diversity of Intel business operations there was a deciding factor in locating the latest IoT lab in UAE.
What are IoT Ignition Labs?
Intel’s IoT Ignition Labs recognize the need to enable the fast creation of scalable, standardized solutions. They provide hands-on opportunities to experience the latest IoT technologies, access to matchmaking across the Intel ecosystem, exposure to proofs of concept and use cases from peers, and advice on how to take solutions to market. With eight locations across the region, solutions can be diffused rapidly saving development time and helping to extend customer reach into new markets.
Inside Intel IoT Labs
Each lab has a showcase area, featuring solution demos and developer kits. The most important focus of the lab turns customer projects into commercial products and revenue. Intensive workshops provide training that covers everything from the Intel IoT Gateway to Hadoop and big data analytics.
The IoT lab shares a location with the Intel Labs IoT Systems Research Lab, focusing on distributed computing, machine-to-machine communication (M2M), IoT applications, and data analytics. Additionally, the lab serves as a venue to host developer networking and matchmaking events across the IoT community, as well as multiparty sessions on business modeling and scalable go-to-market strategies. Thanks to a history of successful collaboration, Intel’s IoT Ignition Lab in Dubai is well on its way to improving the way we experience the world around us.
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