Telematics ‘key to Dubai’s smart city plans’

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities July 7, 2015 11:21

Telematics ‘key to Dubai’s smart city plans’

Telematics will play a pivotal role in helping Dubai realise its goal of becoming a “smart city”, an industry expert has said.

A key component in realising Dubai’s ‘smart city’ commitment is fleet operators that act responsibly and adopt technology that enables them to enhance their safety and efficiency levels, explained Brodie von Berg, head of Sales and Marketing at MiX Telematics Middle East, a leading provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions.

“Proven fleet management systems tick this corporate social responsibility box in a big and reassuring way: helping to reduce accidents, mileage, maintenance costs and fuel consumption, which also reduces carbon emissions. As a result, businesses become more profitable and experience other benefits such as better customer service,” added von Berg.

As part of Dubai’s ‘smart city’ strategy, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is implementing a comprehensive plan to have a unified state-of-the-art control centre, for the management of all the city’s transportation. This will introduce local fleets and other road users to new regulations, while giving them access to a realm of benefits.

“We commend the RTA for its drive toward creating a world-class transportation system for Dubai,” said von Berg.

Telematics, which combines machines, sensors, information, software, hardware, and various communications technologies, will undoubtedly form a critical part of the ‘smart city’ infrastructure, according to MiX Telematics.

In essence, telematics allows for the facilitation of real-time and reliable connectivity. It gives fleet operators the tools they need to monitor the location and performance of their vehicles and drivers, along with features like being able to assign jobs to drivers and monitor the number driving hours to prevent fatigue-related incidents.

“By implementing an effective fleet management solution – and working closely with a reputable provider to ensure your service includes strong support and reporting capability, for example – fleet operators have the potential to be ‘smarter’ than ever before,” said von Berg.

In conclusion, von Berg reported that these solutions, when implemented properly, pay for themselves within 12 months.

“It’s a no-brainer that fleet management technology and services represent a solid starting point for industry players who are serious about helping to pave a smarter way,” he said

Story: Trade Arabia.com

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities July 7, 2015 11:21