by Faith Obafemi
The analog life is no longer appealing. We all now wish for the smart, digital life to make everything easier, less expensive to manage and convenient. In a time when we’ve got smartphones, smartwatches, smart fridge, smart grids, smart TV and smart homes, why can’t we have a smart city?
Dubai will be blazing the trail as it becomes the first smart city running on blockchain and smart contracts. Imagine a city which is not only connected to the internet, but also ‘smart’ enough to process activities like visa applications and reach intelligent decisions. For a frequent business traveler, the long wait at the embassy will become history. Robotina, a Slovenia-based company, providing comprehensive automation solutions with an IoT focus, will be playing some big roles and laying down the tracks in this innovative transformation.
Ultimately, the goal is to have a city where activities are synchronized, making transactions within and without faster, with minimized errors and most especially, secure framework.
Robotina and its decades of operation in IoT industry
In operation since the 1990s, Robotina has a track record of successful projects in the AI, machine learning and IoT industry. The company has over 50 international employees spread across offices in each continent, and rendering smart services in over 27 countries. Robotina’s portfolio includes: manufacture, distribution, support and service for automation components and electronic devices.
One notable project in this regard is Robotina’s strategic partnership with Imdaad as far back as 2014. The partnership tasked Robotina with the duty of implementing Imdaad’s Network Operations Centre (NOC) project in the agency’s headquarters. Robotina was to commission the NOC project whose purpose was for remotely managing and monitoring other facilities under the operation of Imdaad. All materials and equipment needed for construction was to be supplied by Robotina.
Achieving the NOC commissioning involved joint investment by Robotina and Imdaad in the development of the necessary applications and business processes. Jamal Abdullah Lootah, CEO of Imdaad, had this to say about the partnership: “Our new joint venture with Robotina is an ambitious project which will enable us to remotely monitor and manage our facilities in addition to conserving energy, reducing operation cost, and improving overall energy efficiency.”
Lootah further said: “We have selected Robotina for this project because of their experience, range of products and solutions, and expertise in proving building management and automation solutions. We are confident that once operational, NOC will support the UAE’s vision of ‘green’ solutions for sustainable living as well as Dubai’s shift towards becoming a ‘smart’ city in next three years.”
Other smart building projects commissioned by Robotina include Dubai Customs and DP HQ, and now, with the ongoing Robotina crowdsale, plans are in place to expand operations that align with the goal of transforming Dubai into a smart city.
Imagine a city where the oversupply of energy is prevented because the smart power grids know just the exact amount of power to supply. Imagine a city where you know the exact right time to leave home so as to avoid traffic. Imagine a city where waste is not wasteful, but smartly recycled into other useful purposes, where one is able to have access to accurate information which aids the making of informed decisions, and where the economic risks for businesses and government are lowered.
Dubai isn’t the only city benefiting from Robotina’s 28-year expertise in AI technology, IoT manufacturing, energy control and management. More recently, in 2016, Germany, aiming to run on renewable energy in a couple of decades, tasked Hitachi Chemical & Co. and Robotina, with making this a reality.
While IoT is already making waves into our everyday lives through the numerous smart prefixes, it’s only a matter of time before we experience this on a governmental level, courtesy of Robotina.