Smart Living as a Service (SLaaS)
New York FM tech start-up Facilio and UAE innovator Smart IoT LLC will be supporting development of a new Smart Living as a Service (SLaaS) solution for Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) subsidiary, Digital DEWA.
Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Digital X, the companies will support development of 'Smart Living as a Service' (SLaaS) as part of the Emirate's wider "Dubai 10X Vision to Life" initiative which has been introduced to create practical ways of propelling the city state into the future by focusing on digital transformation and future-readiness.
Digital DEWA has undertaken research into the implementation of autonomous systems for AI empowered solar energy generation and storage, as well as conceptualising Digital X under its new Smart Living as a Service (SLaaS) delivery model, with a focus on integrated safety, surveillance, health and automation solutions. Smart Living as a Service (SLaaS) is expected to become a landmark step in this direction aimed at enhancing the quality of life of the city’s businesses and residents with the aid of tech-driven innovations and best-in-class service models.
Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future at DEWA, Mr. Marwan Bin Haidar, says:
"Two years ago, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, directed the government that he would like Dubai to be 10 years ahead today. In response to this vision, we formulated Digital DEWA, under the leadership of his Excellency Saeed Al Tayer.
"The whole world agrees that the future is digital, but our vision is to lead our peers and set the benchmark in implementing these solutions through an innovative, ambitious and vision-driven approach. Today we have signed an MoU with Facilio, a well-known tech platform, and Smart IoT, a leading local entrepreneur. The objective here is to deliver SLaaS of the highest global standards for all of Dubai’s residents. The initiative will redefine urban living not only in Dubai, but also across other global cities in the future."
Khalifa A. Al Jaziri, Smart IoT managing director, adds:
"Dubai, with its glistening cityscape and progressive leadership, has always been at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and innovation.
"What sets us apart from other cities is our commitment to make development and sustainability synonymous with each other."
Describing the MoU which was announced at Gitex 2019 as "monumentous", Prabhu Ramachandran, Facilio founder and CEO, adds:
"We are very proud to have been selected, along with our partner Smart IoT, to add value to this strategic initiative of Digital DEWA and Digital X.
"Dubai is the perfect canvas for larger-than-life dreams and "Smart Living as a Service is a future-ready idea which has customer experience, sustainability and efficiency at its core.
"As a technology company we have inherent faith in the power of technology to achieve the impossible and are always striving to remain at the forefront of innovative next-gen tech. This partnership is a great opportunity for us to bring the best services and cutting-edge technology from around the world to Dubai".