Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, revealed his plan to provide wider Wi-Fi internet penetration across the city.
The plan is under his vision to Dubai to become Wi-Fi internet ‘smart city’ whereas internet access could become available across the city for public use.
On his tweeter account, Sheikh Mohammed said, “The project aims to provide all Dubai residents with high-speed internet in public places, and live services and information.” “The Dubai Smart City project involves remote sensor devices all over Dubai. Education, health care and general security will be managed via smart systems.”
It was not further clarified if the project would involve an open, free Wi-Fi network, or a closed 3G connection limited to connections to e-Government services only.
Municipal Wi-Fi has been available at spots around the world since 2004, but has had varying degrees of success in its current form.
Part of the vision are the earlier project of Sheikh Mohammed such as launching an m-government initiative this year through which utility bills, road tolls and traffic fines could be paid by smartphone. This “enable the public to transact with public departments using their smartphones any time, any day of the year”, state news agency WAM reported.