ABU DHABI, The Abu Dhabi City Municipality, ADM, has made a new achievement by winning the "World Smart City Award for the Fastest Growing Practices", presented by the German Sigfox Connect Company in Berlin. The awards attracted the participation of 52 countries from all over the world.

Sami Abdul Qadir Al Hashimi, Manager of Technical Support for Infrastructure, and Ahmed Abdul Samad Al Hamadi, Manager of Technological Planning at the at the Abu Dhabi City Municipality, received the award on behalf of the municipality. The awards were distributed during Sigfox World Congres recently held in the German capital Berlin in the presence of mega-technology companies worldwide.

"This honourable achievement underlines the right planning and implementation of the digital transformation of services and upgrading the overall performance of the municipality's sectors," said Badr Al Qubaisi, General Manager of Abu Dhabi City Municipality.

He added that these successes reflect the vision and guidance of Abu Dhabi Government in the field of digital transformation services that live up to the expectations of the community. It also supports the development plans of Abu Dhabi aimed to provide happiness to all community members.

Al Qubaisi noted that Abu Dhabi City Municipality is moving ahead with the digital transformation and has achieved 84 percent in the migration to digital services. The goal is to hit 100 percent by the end of 2018.

"The Smart City project is undertaken by Abu Dhabi City Municipality in collaboration with several government entities in the UAE, in partnership with TSME from the private sector. The project is characterised by a comprehensive implementation through the establishment of a smart platform to manage the infrastructure elements in the city. It directly helps in reducing the operation and maintenance expenses. The project also includes monitoring the most important elements of the environment such as water and air to ensure the highest quality standards," said Ahmed Al Hamadi.

In turn, Sami Al Hashimi called on companies in the public and private sector to pay greater attention to smart cities and invest in this field. He emphasised that Abu Dhabi City Municipality is investing in this field with full confidence and determination. He also pointed to the importance of preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on changing the business worldwide.

"Investing in smart cities over the upcoming years will offer a host of opportunities for jobs and investments, and will enhance the profile of Abu Dhabi in the global technology map," said Mohammed Abu Shamees, Advisor of Smart Cities at TSME.

"The current partnership with government entities in Abu Dhabi city is progressing well. Preparations are underway for the next stages of smart city applications to keep in line with Abu Dhabi's Plan," he concluded.

Source: Emirates News Agency