Smart buildings using Internet of Things (IoT) technology are likely to feature prominently in the next phases of Smart Dubai’s development strategy, according to Ahmad bin Byat, Smart Dubai’s chairman.

“Having smarter buildings will enable customers to manage their energy bills better, nas well as air conditioning and facilities management,” commented.

“If you are living in a place where these can be delivered in a more efficient way, that translates into benefits for everyone, not least the customer.”

IoT technology, which combines the interconnection of internet-connected devices with real-time analysis of data, is viewed as a key enabler for Dubai’s smart-city vision, according to Ahmad bin Humaidan, director general of Dubai Smart Government.

“Innovation is the primary driver of the knowledge economy and society in general,” he said in his opening address at the conference.

“Collaboration between government entities and the private sector is the key to providing value-added services to citizens.”

Formally launched last year by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Smart Dubai strategy is intended to transform the city into the smartest metropolis in the world by 2017.