Facilio, a facilities management tech start-up and Smart IoT, the UAE’s leading IoT innovator, have signed a strategic partnership with Digital X, a subsidiary of Digital Dewa, to support the implementation of 'Smart Living as a Service' in Dubai.
Facilio, which has operations in the Middle East and India, offers an enterprise-wide platform solution for real-time facilities operations and maintenance (O&M), said the move is aimed at furthering the Dubai 10X vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The strategic MOU signing and launch of Smart Living as a Service (SLaaS) was announced during Gitex 2019.
A major player in the region, Facilio harnesses IoT and AI to centrally consolidate existing building systems and automation data across portfolio, onto the cloud.
It offers applications and modules for property ownersand service providers to effectively manage and control portfolio-wide O&M activities in real-time, organise maintenance, compliance, and vendor workflows, improve asset lifecycle and sustainability performance, and engage with tenants
Under its ruler's progressive leadership, Dubai is emerging as a global leader in the implementation of path-breaking technological solutions and innovation-led transformation.
Dubai10X was formulated by the government to find practical ways and means to propel the city 10 years ahead of other cities, and to bring tomorrow into today.
It is focused on digital transformation and future-readiness, to position the Emirati city 10 years ahead of other leading global hubs, by staying ahead of the curve and promoting sustainable development, said the statement from Facilio.
As part of this effort, Digital Dewa has undertaken research and implementation of autonomous systems for AI-empowered solar energy generation and storage, as well as conceptualising Digital X, an initiative to deliver SLaaS with a focus on integrated safety, surveillance, health and automation solutions.
The SLaaS is a landmark step in this direction and is aimed at enhancing the quality of life of the city’s businesses and residents with the aid of the tech-driven innovations that deliver best-in-class service models.
Executive vice-presidnet of Innovation & the Future at Dewa, Marwan Bin Haidar, reiterated the venture’s importance to implementing Sheikh Mohammed's larger Dubai 10X vision.
"Two years ago, Sheikh Mohammed directed the government that he would like Dubai to be 10 years ahead today. In response to this vision, we formulated Digital Dewa, under the leadership of Saeed Al Tayer," he stated.
"The whole world agrees that the future is digital, but our vision is to lead our peers and set the benchmark in implementing these solutions through an innovative, ambitious and vision-driven approach. Today we have signed an MoU with Facilio, a well-known tech platform, and Smart IoT, a leading local entrepreneur. The objective here is to deliver SLaaS of the highest global standards for all of Dubai’s residents. The initiative will redefine urban living not only in Dubai, but also across other global cities in the future," he added.
Bin Haidar said this strategic partnership complements both the local and global goals of Digital X.
Smart IoT brings to the table local expertise and perspective, and will assist Digital X in day-to-day operations and successful establishment of Digital X systems, while international partner Facilio will help Digital X evolve into an effective futuristic system, in line with global sensibilities.
Sharing his enthusiastic appraisal of the partnership, Khalifa A. AlJaziri, the managing director of Smart IoT, said: "Our city Dubai, with its glistening cityscape and progressive leadership, has always been at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and innovation. What sets us apart from other cities is our commitment to make development and sustainability synonymous with each other."
"It is both our pleasure and honour to work with Digital X to further our shared goal of Dubai 10X, propelling our city 10 years into the future, by collaborating with our esteemed partner Facilio. Together we soar and together we shall reach the future today," stated AlJaziri.
Prabhu Ramachandran, the founder and CEO of Facilio, drew attention to the enormous potential of the strategic partnership.
"This is a momentous announcement and we are very proud to have been selected, along with our partner Smart IoT, to add value to this strategic initiative of Digital Dewa & Digital X in bringing Sheikh Mohammed's Dubai 10X vision to life," said Ramachandran.
"Dubai is the perfect canvas for larger-than-life dreams, and we are very excited to be a part of this journey to propel Dubai 10 years ahead of the world," he noted.
Elaborating on the technologies involved, Ramachandran said: "SLaaS is a future-ready idea, which has customer experience, sustainability and efficiency at its core. As a technology company we have inherent faith in the power of technology to achieve the impossible and are always striving to remain at the forefront of innovative next-gen tech."
"This partnership is a great opportunity for us to bring the best services and cutting-edge technology from around the world to Dubai," he added.-TradeArabia News Service