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du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), has partnered with Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) for fixed, ICT, special projects and long-term technical support.

During GITEX GLOBAL 2022, the MoU was signed by Mohammed Yousef Al Mudharreb, CEO, corporate technology support services sector, RTA, and Fahad Al Hassawi, chief executive officer at du. As part of the agreement, du will collaborate with RTA to enhance its fixed and mobile services and deliver the digital twin solution in Dubai metros and additional mixed reality technologies.

Under the theme “Powering Governments, Shaping the Emirates Reality, du has brought an innovative showcase to GITEX 2022 featuring next-generation technologies such as 5G, IoT, AI metaverse and robotics. du and RTA’s digital twin solution leverages innovative telecommunications, IoT and extended reality technologies to demonstrate a next-generation approach to digital twinning in the age of the metaverse.

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RTA and du will empower a fully embedded fixed mobile telecommunications system across Dubai’s transportation network, with the initial phase of the project focusing on Dubai metros. The data-rich digital twin is capable of supplying network operators with real-time analysis, predictive insights and maintenance information at the point of need for all key assets in Dubai’s transport network.

By utilizing bespoke sensor equipment, the digital twin will detect faults, allow data to be read from any asset in the cloud and analyze in real-time. Physical assets such as escalators, screen doors and point machines can be monitored using the sensors connected directly to the private 5G network where faults and predicted data anomalies are detected in real-time using AI.

Speaking about the agreement, CEO Al Mudharreb said, "The role of digital technologies is undergoing an accelerated transformation, from being a driver of efficiency to an enabler of innovation and positive transformation. Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority is looking forward to further promoting innovation and improving communication techniques to make urban futurism a reality. We are pleased to collaborate with du in this distinguished partnership that allows us to introduce innovations to refine commuter journeys and offer unparalleled opportunities for value creation in Dubai’s public transport sector.”

CEO Al Hassawi stated: “du’s longstanding partnership with RTA prioritizes digital transformation initiatives given the potential for a significantly higher value to be created for the UAE. Our digital twin solution is more than a gateway to the metaverse; it also brings important social and environmental benefits by harnessing technology to improve the efficiency of public transport and help to reduce energy consumption and emissions.”

Application of digital twin technology has been restricted to date. However, du’s 5G private mobile network, with its low latency and high speeds, has helped enable this reality in the UAE. du will also leverage its 5G network to connect self-driving taxis as part of a partnership project with GM Cruise; implement digital twin technology in RTA warehouses and trains; and offer data center and cloud services. This will allow RTA to deliver a first-class, hassle-free experience shortly.

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