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Honeywell hosted a technology symposium at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Al Bida’a, Kuwait, with an aim to showcase cutting-edge technologies to make buildings and cities smarter, safer and more energy efficient
Held under the theme ‘Experience the IoT Evolution in Kuwait’s Future Smart Buildings,’ the event discussed the latest technologies, business trends and Internet of Things (IoT) innovations driving the adoption of smart buildings and smart cities in Kuwait and around the world.
“Kuwait is modernising its national infrastructure and focusing on smart city developments under the ambitious Kuwait National Development Plan 2035. Driven by these initiatives, buildings are becoming increasingly online and connected, presenting building owners and operators with an unparalleled opportunity to harness the power of the Internet of Things and realise previously unobtainable levels of safety, productivity and efficiency,” said George Bou Mitri, president of Honeywell in Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.
“Through this symposium, we are demonstrating how Kuwait’s building owners and operators can capitalise on the Internet of Things revolution to meet their objectives,” Mitri added.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), spending on the technologies that enable smart city initiatives is forecast to reach US$1.26bn for the MENA region in 2018. Security and energy efficiency were also high on the agenda, in line with the Kuwaiti government’s objective to ensure greater safety and sustainability across industries.
Commenting on the growing demand of smart building solutions in the region, Paolo Cervini, president for Honeywell Building Solutions for the Middle East, Russia, Turkey and Africa, noted that the customers are looking for ways to both generate more data from their buildings and turn that data into business insight that drive safety, productivity and efficiency improvements.
Addressing this, the symposium also outlined the evolution of digital transformation in Kuwait, with a focus on the significant impact data analytics, IoT and cloud solutions have on the development of buildings, cities and real estate projects.
In line with Kuwait National Development Plan 2035, Honeywell is working closely with organisations across the country to implement smart technology solutions in oil and gas facilities, hospitals, airports, hotels, universities, schools, shopping malls and governmental institutions.