Posted on December 08, 2014

The city of the future is one where citizens are not only connected to each other, but to the information and systems that matter to them. The city of the future is underpinned by connectivity. Mobile is driving the vision of the smart city by enabling whole new developments to be built from the ground up using the latest technology to connect devices, systems and infrastructure directly to their inhabitants.

This is the commitment Vodafone Qatar is making today to support the Qatar National Vision 2030 at ITU Telecom World 2014, held in Doha-Qatar at the Qatar National Convention Centre from the 7th to the 10 of December by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Vodafone boasts the credentials of the world leader with over 20 years in Machine to Machine (M2M) technology. It has been recently positioned as a leader in Gartner’s first ever Magic Quadrant for Managed Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Services, placing highest in both ability to execute and completeness of vision.

Vodafone Qatar is bringing to ITU Telecom World 2014 a showcase of how smart mobile solutions in healthcare and energy management helps to create the city of the future and makes the Qatar National Vision 2030 a reality, connecting every machine to improve lives and businesses.

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Mahmud Awad, Chief Business Officer at Vodafone Qatar, said: “Vodafone is perfectly placed to strongly contribute to smart cities initiative and standards and bring much needed expertise from the heart of a country that is becoming one of the most connected places in the world.With the advent of smart mobile communications and connected devices, the world of technology is set to revolutionise a number of industries. In healthcare for example,we are showing the possibilities of the future and new ways of getting access to healthcare. Mobile connections are enabling the professionals of the practice to deliver life changing services to people remotely, cutting down the costs and time spent to see healthcare professionals.”

At ITU 2014, Vodafone’s smart technology solutions for Diabetes include sensors which can be used by patients to monitor their conditions, and get access to nurses and doctors trained in monitoring their conditions, from their homes. The mHealth diabetes solution patient can use these sensors to make their measurements available to medical staff and communicate with them easily and remotely, using only a smartphone or a tablet. Vodafone is also showcasing a blood pressure monitor and an oxymeter to show how Vodafone M2M services helps capturing data from medical devices and improve care and medical device management.

Vodafone is also showing how M2M technology can help drive sustainability through smart energy production. Mahmud Awad added: “With global energy demand set to double by 2050 concern about climate change and carbon emissions is driving new pressures in the utilities industry. Taking the production of solar energy as an example, Vodafone will showcase how intelligent solar panel management helps to improve efficiencies and drive sustainability.”

Vodafone is working with world leader, ZELITRON SA, which offers Photovoltaic (PV) installations energy production telemetry services to the producer of the energy either for home or park installations.All the technological infrastructure / platform/ applications used for the provision of the information to the energy producer are installed in the Vodafone Datacenter in Greece ensuring reliability and high availability.

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Enterprise

Vodafone is also discussing its world-class suite of enterprise grade products and its un-paralleled global footprint, which is here to help Businesses in Qatar operate globally. “As the 2nd largest global voice carrier, delivering 52bn international minutes every year, we are the only company that can serve Businesses’ mobile as well as fixed requirements across the world. Our global IP network reaches 34 countries. All this is connected via a fibre network that covers One Million Km.” Mahmud Awad stated.

Vodafone today offers range of cloud services for businesses in Qatar with cost effective solutions to help companies operate efficiently.Vodafone cloud offerings include range of security and conferencing suites to help companies work the way they want, either inside the office or when employees are on the move, locally or internationally. Vodafone’s secure device management – a cloud based security solution  enables IT managers or administrators within an organization to manage their employees smartphones and  tablets remotely to keep devices secure, update and provide support through an easy to use console.

#DesignYourQatar: Vodafone engages with Qatar citizens and residents to shape the city of the future

In May 2014, Vodafone Qatar launched a digital platform to enable citizens of Qatar to participate in building Qatar into a Smart City through a web site, mobile site located on www.designyourqatar.qa and through their own Social media via a hashtag: #DesignYourQatar. Bringing their voice out by helping them dream big and make their mark on the future.  The program will run for over 1 year and will be included as part of Smart City events. At ITU Telecom World 2014, Vodafone launched the Arabic version of its platform allowing more people to join, interact and engage.

The platform is design to help citizens learn about how exciting new technologies can improve life in their city and create unique insights for government and enterprises by crowd sourcing ideas, bringing the voice of citizens, helping them dream big, and make their mark on the future. As an outcome, Vodafone will produce a report with ideas and insights that can help Enterprises and Government learn about the needs and preferences of your customers and constituents.

Vodafone Qatarjoined ITU earlier this year as a sector member in ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), which assembles experts from around the world to develop standards and protocols for the global information and communication technologies (ICT) industry.

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