Dubai Municipality plans to equip buildings with new tracking technology

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Dubai Municipality plans to equip buildings with new tracking technology

Dubai Municipality plans to equip buildings with new tracking technology

Location coordinate plates will be set up to buildings in Dubai for easy tracking and that will allow residents to provide the authorities, taxis or guests with accurate information regarding their location in the first quarter of 2015.

Currently most people rely on nearby landmarks or major roads to describe their location or address but now that Dubai Municipality unveiled the new Makani satellite address system, accurate result down to a meter can be achieved and through smartphones and GPS devices, the different entrances of a building can be shown.

According to the Director of Geographic Information System at Dubai Municipality, the system is now waiting for the final approval from the higher authorities. Once approved, approximately 120,000 buildings will be integrated with the plates by early next year. Places from freezones and Hatta will be the first to receive the plates and they will become the official geo address system of Dubai.

Each plate will display a unique Makani 10-digit code generated by satellite depending on the location. It can be shared with emergency services or friends on the free Makani app and it will serve as a guide to the exact location. Foreigners or visitors can benefit with the system especially those who don’t know the name or right pronunciation of the place by just using purely numbers, which are part of a satellite coordination system.

Addresses will not be a problem. Makani will be fast, easy and accurate to report incidents and crimes as it is relying on satellites, and also works independently from the GPS system. The app is available in all versions of different devices, such as smart phones and tablet PCs, computers and navigational devices in cars.

The future of Makani will see some improvements such as displaying the contact details of the location as well as the services and facilities close in proximity according to the Director. This can be done by utilizing Augmented Reality features on smartphones. The coordinates from Makani may also be transformed to formats used on other location tracking systems such as DMS (Degree, Minutes, and Seconds) and Latitude-Longitude within the application.

Mohamed Dekkak