In keeping with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into a smart city, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has launched the ‘Makani’ (My Location) smart application, the first-of-its-kind smart system for geographic addresses.
The new system, developed under Sheikh Hamdan's supervision for use by Dubai Municipality, enables users to locate different destinations in Dubai within an accuracy of one metre.
Sheikh Hamdan at the launch (Pic Courtesy: Al Bayan)
The smart system acquires real-time coordinates from satellites to provide detailed information about location and access points to different buildings and facilities by entering 10 unique numbers for each building entry.
During a meeting held with the Makani project team, Sheikh Hamdan said, "We aspire to launch unique initiatives that would help realise the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to transform Dubai into the world's smartest city."
"It takes more than development of smart applications and services to transform into a smart city.
It also needs a drastic change in procedures, data transfer mechanism and top-of-the-line digital infrastructure," he added.
Sheikh Hamdan noted that a smart geographic address system is key for Dubai, a city visited by over 10 million tourists a year and which hosts residents of over 200 nationalities.
Sheikh Hamdan issued directives to the Dubai Municipality to complete the 10-digit signs for Dubai buildings and access points in six months.