Abu Dhabi Municipality Launches Three Smart Apps During the Concepts and Innovations Forum

Mar 03, 2018

The Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) revealed HE Saif Bader Al Qubaisi, Director General of the Municipality, launched three smart applications during the Concepts and Innovations Forum held in its Head Office from 6 to 8 February. These apps aim at improving customer services and applying technology in bringing more happiness to people.


On the second day, Wednesday, Feb 7, of the Concepts and Innovation Forum, several workshops were held covering digital transformation of Spatial Data (GIS), Capital Guide, Capital Children Guide and Capital Buildings Guide. A comprehensive visual presentation was made about research studies for calculating carbon emissions of infrastructure and road projects in Abu Dhabi city. Another presentation was made entitled: Sustainable Applications in Designing, Constructing and Maintaining Roads in Abu Dhabi Island.

Capital Buildings App:

Eng. Mustafa Almasawi Alhashmi, Director of Spatial Data, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, said, “This is a smartphone application enabling users to explore and watch 3D buildings interior and exterior in a virtual tour. The owner can subscribe to the platform, upload building layout, and make changes to colours, doors, windows and furniture.

The application offers several uses such as:

  • Assisting municipal building inspectors in matching the constructed parts with the approved layouts
  • Presenting the community facility projects during the design phase to the public for keeping them informed and getting feedbacks from them to improve the designs and meet the needs of users
  • Displaying the design models of residential buildings to the public
  • Enabling owners to see their buildings registered in the building permits and manage the furniture items inside
  • Enabling the building design consultant to present designs to owners and have their comments thereon
  • Property owners can manage the contents of their buildings, add furniture and fix the prices of units for the sake of responding to selling, buying and renting queries based on the location, type, area and price of each building.
  • Enabling government entities to use the platform and app to enable clients, through the smartphone app, to review the design model options of ready-made buildings in 3D images. Also offering them virtual tours inside these buildings; which will enhance the customer’s experience and raise their happiness ratings.

Capital Smart Application

  • “The launch of the Capital Smart App is intended to meet the aspirations of residents, and strategic partners in identifying the routes. As it is difficult to get the GIS signal inside buildings, it is difficult to use certain applications such as Google Maps and others to work out routes. Therefore, the Capital Smart Application is the solution; it is an application of GPS and indoor routes inside the premises, where users can use their smartphones to get the direction at indoor premises, which will facilitate finding destinations and exploring places inside the buildings. The application can be used in places frequented by the public such as municipal centres, shopping centres, hospitals, airports, exhibitions, museums, and universities. The application also helps users locate their vehicles in parking areas, friends, children, shops or products, and search for and access their destinations by voice guidance indoors of areas subscribing to the system," added Al Hashimi.
  • “The application can be accessed through the Internet, and users can benefit from the required permission to manage the maps and content of the centre regarding floors, locations of offices, shops, names, maps, entrances, and facilities such as parking, toilets and restaurants. The system allows the owner of the store, and the user to manage the sites and names and specifications of goods and products in the shop,” he pointed.


Specifications of Capital Smart Application & Platform

Eng. Mustafa Al Hashimi added that the Capital Smart Application has unique and important specifications, such as:

  • Providing one application for all shops involved with the system and can be applied globally as being online.
  • The application works on Android and iPhone.
  • Currently supports Arabic, English, Spanish and Portuguese and can be configured to support other languages easily.
  • The application has high-q
  • uality and innovative technical specifications that qualify the application as a globally competitive and innovative product in the UAE.
  • It can be configured to operate in several public places such as shopping malls, exhibitions, museums, airports and hospitals without the need for programming, only through changing user settings.
  • Voice guidance for a right or left turn along with the calculation of distance.
  • The application supports spatial guidance for multiple floors through the connecting points of stairs and elevators.
  • Possibility to save the vehicle's parking place and access it by voice guidance.
  • Can be connected with current commercially available positioning systems such as Bluetooth and others.
  • Allows the owner of the shop to analyse the footfall, visits and time taken, which helps to improve shopping.
  • Helps increase the chance of buying from visitors thanks to the mechanism of searching products by name, brand or type and easy access.
  • It allows finding the location of friends after granting their permission, and the user himself can fully protect the privacy of information and control it.
  • There is a specific app downloadable to the mobile phone to locate children in shops connected to the system.
  • The owner of the shop can change the colours of the application interface and place the appropriate logo.
  • The system has integrated databases for content and users.
  • The application synchronises with the platform via the Internet so that the content and maps are automatically updated in the application.
  • Spatial accuracy of the positioning of 3-5 meters. The application and the platform can be adapted easily for use in places not used by the public and used by institutions and companies, such as factories, spare parts warehouses, airports, ports and others.

Capital Children Guide

Eng. Al Hashimi indicated the app provides a service targeting our children to locate, protect and care for them as a top priority. It also enables locating them inside and outside the buildings (centres connected to the Capital Guide Platform). The capital children guide can be uploaded to the smartphone where the parent is required to enter the code of the child in the system, and the child tracking feature in the system is activated, positioning the child inside and outside the premises.