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‘Drones to facilitate Dubai as Smart City’
By a staff reporter October 16, 2014
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DUBAI: As Dubai’s endeavours to be known as the smartest city in the world, drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become more usable in several spheres of everyday life like medicine, civil defence etc.

“Drone technology has been a trending topic in Smart Cities like Dubai for a couple of years,” says Sameer Lakhani, Managing Director of Global Capital Partners (GCP), an international investment group, who announced a cutting-edge technology event in Dubai.

Presenting ‘Smart drones for Smart Cities’ on in Dubai, Lakhani says, “Commercial usage is only a heartbeat away as Dubai joins the elite club of Smart Cities worldwide. We are two steps ahead of the game, when we explore the positive uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology or drones, as they are more commonly known.”

Lakhani has introduced world-renowned drone expert and security entrepreneur Samy Kamkar of Novatech USA (a GCP group company) to exhibit his drones and other automation technologies in Dubai.

Kamkar is a 28-year old technology expert who spearheads drone technology, with his fame having travelled as far as the White House and The Wall Street Journal.

He presented a seminar and interactive workshop from 10 am-1 pm at the Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai to science and technology enthusiasts from all across the Mena in attendance of government representatives.

Kamkar, an early technology promoter, has lectured at international venues, including prestigious institutes like the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.

At just 17, he founded Fonality, a unified communications company, raising $24 million for it. He has collaborated with The Wall Street Journal for the discovery of phone tracking and opened the discussion on better protection for data privacy.

Drone usage in everyday life and business is still a developing subject for common consumer intelligence, in most parts of the world.

Kamkar’s interactive sessions and live demos enabled further understanding into this intelligent security and automation.

Kamkar demonstrated his drone which hovered through the hot sky of the Palm Island for almost half-an-hour as the flying machine went up, took turns and came back as predirected through an iPad used by the instructor.

Kamkar, however, told the Gulf Today that the technology to detect any unprecedented obstacle in its flight path and change direction to avoid a clash “is yet to be founded,” but it moves in the sky like a young boy controlled by his father.

Drones are here to reshape the smart cities of the future and Dubai is determined to stay ahead of the automation game.

Commerce, health and education are just a few of the critical fields that will positively be impacted with the understanding and correct employment of drone technology.
 

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