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| 07 October, 2018

New smart building opened at Dubai university

One-of-a-kind achievement for an educational and academic institution

Image used for illustrative purpose.

Image used for illustrative purpose.

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has officially inaugurated a new smart building that is inspired by the national vision to position the UAE as an artificial intelligence hub.

The building was opened by Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy chairman of police and general security in Dubai and chairman of board of governors (BOG) of HBMSU. 

The building is a one-of-a-kind achievement for an educational and academic institution that reflects HBMSU’s commitment to keep pace with the strategic guidelines of the Government of Dubai, especially in its move to transform the emirate into a smart city of the future, a statement said.

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The smart building is a unique, flexible, adaptable and capable of keeping abreast of future innovations as it operates under a smart system, the latest and first of its kind in the world. 

The building is supported by interactive features that provide a unique experience for the academic community based on a sophisticated smart system to enhance operational efficiency and control of lighting, energy and air-conditioning with best practices of sustainability and innovation, in line with the UAE's efforts to reach the ranks of developed countries by 2021.

The new Smart Campus application connects four smart systems to each other with the latest technology of artificial intelligence such as power and efficiency control, Signify smart lighting system, smart cooling system and smart building management system. Each of the four systems works individually to gather information and data in an automated way, and to deliver it to the smart application, which in turn processes and analyses the data received and responds using artificial intelligence techniques. This provides a more accurate approach to smart decisions, whether predictive or adaptive, in a powerful push for smart transformation.

The most important feature of the smart building is the simplification and facilitation of the academic life of the learners and members of the administrative and academic entities through a smart application. This application allows users to interact with the facilities of the building and access information directly, with the possibility of personal control of the ideal brightness of light and temperature within the academic offices and meeting rooms with the click of a button, as well as the benefits of personal guidance on directions, meeting rooms and classrooms with light.

The building has sustainable benefits and several operational and economic advantages. It improves energy savings and reduces operational costs, while achieving the highest standards of sustainability and innovation, in line with the university's direction to employ the latest technological innovations to achieve a higher level of smart operations while maintaining environmental sustainability. 

The opening ceremony was held in the presence of Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors, Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) and vice president of the board of governors, HBMSU, along other members of board of governors and distinguished personalities and partners. 

The new building is a pioneering step in supporting HBMSU’s approach towards positive educational, social and economic change at the local and international levels, based on an ambitious vision to leverage the potential of innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) as the driving force of development. 

The highlight of the success of the smart building is the university's commitment to partnering with leading global innovators in the field of smart buildings, including Signify (formally known as Philips Lightning), Siemens, Smart Citti and Trane, based on the university's core values of ‘Together We Grow,’ complementing HBMSU’s belief in the importance of cooperation for shared success and creative initiatives.

Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim pointed out that the launch of the smart building is an important step forward in changing the face of education and moving closer to the future set out by the wise leadership of the UAE, accompanied by the help coming from tomorrow’s next generation of builders, further moving forward with the country’s thrust towards excellence and leadership.

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