Intel’s Ignition Lab for the innovation of Internet of Things (IoT)
Intel and Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, announced the inauguration of Intel’s Ignition Lab for the innovation of the Internet of Things (IoT) for the MENA region in 2015. Located in Dubai free zone DSO, the lab collaborates with businesses set up at Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus in promoting novel IoT developments, developing smart solutions and business ideas focusing on three areas: smart cities, smart homes, and smart transportation.
The Dubai-based Ignition lab focus on the following three pillars
- Smart Cities: Many cities in the UAE are already promoting IoT projects, starting with Dubai, which in April 2015, was crowned ‘MENA Smart City’ of the year. Intel is already involved in some of these projects in line with the UAE’s vision.
- Smart Homes: Intel is developing a smart home solution to deliver the hardware, software and cloud services tying multiple device ecosystems ('things') into a single end-user experience. The gateway is an important component of this solution as it is a local, always on, always connected, managed and secured device. Intel gateway solutions address various market segments and home topologies. As such, the Intel Puma(tm) based gateway solution enables using a single box in the home for broadband router and local connectivity while running smart home services using the same platform. Combining multiple services on the same platform, in a robust/secured manner will enable world class user experience and velocity.
- Smart transportation: Intel believes transportation and shipping offer multiple opportunities for improvement with IoT. Several UAE companies, such as the Road and Transportation Authority (RTA), are already engaged in developing transportation solutions, and are implementing integrated transportation systems which rely on intelligent smart cards that can be used across several modes of transport. Another area on which Intel focuses on is in-car systems, for which it runs a dedicated development center in Germany.