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DM installs 60,000 ‘Makani’ boards
BY SOMAIYA SAAD July 12, 2016
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DUBAI: Eng Abdul Hakim Malik, Director of GIS Department at Dubai Municipality, unveiled the installation of 60,000 “Makani” boards at entrances of most of buildings in the emirate of Dubai.

The step comes under directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The 10-digit-board, which has been installed on warehouses, factories, hotels, schools, mosques and farms in the emirate of Dubai, gives a high accuracy of the building’s location on an e-map.

It also includes a smart code that can be scanned by smartphones via Makani or any other application used to know the location of a building.

This system will be circulated around the country later on, Malik said. 

People can enter the 10 numbers or scan the code on the board to get extra info about the location, he said, noting that the rest of the boards are being installed to reach 70,000 in total by the end of this year. 

He also explained that the municipality applied 100 per cent geo-tagging in Makani, and signed an agreement earlier this year with Google to use the 10 numbers that determine entrances of buildings accurately. He further explained that the 10 numbers for Makani registered in “Hare Maps” are compatible with Android and iOS systems.

This allows users access to maps without the need to connect to the Internet, which facilitates access to any area in Dubai.

The system allows visitors and residents in the emirate to reach their destination fast and accurately, along with speeding up response to any emergency and many other smart navigation services.

This has made Dubai to be the world’s first city to apply a geo-tagging system.

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