Making the Switch to Smart Lighting

Keynote session in progress at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 12, 2015: The lighting industry has grown at an astronomical pace. CFLs have not just replaced light bulbs – it is a step more than that. The advent of technology in the lighting industry has paved the way to smart lighting. But, what do we understand by smart lighting? Simply put, it is the use of technology in lighting that enables remote controlling of lighting systems. It is a growing concept that appeals to a wide audience base; apart from home owners, many governments and private entities are also implementing smart lighting solutions.

Technology is transforming innovation at its core. It is particularly interesting to note that Internet of Things (IoT) technology has even revamped the traditional models of lighting. Using the power of technology, leading private players are not only implementing smart lighting indoors but have also undertaken key pilot projects in many towns and cities across the world to develop LED lighting of tomorrow. The deployment of intelligent lighting solutions offer unrivalled levels of flexibility and functionality making it integral to smart city development. A number of cities across the globe are exploring the link between better lighting and making the city smarter.

Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “Over the past decade, a discernible shift in the consumer mindset, coupled with global awareness on the benefits of energy efficiency has played a critical role in the mass adoption of intelligent lighting solutions. Globally, retail and hospitality are key growth segments for smart lighting that offer a tremendous growth opportunity.

Unarguably, the global smart lighting market is on an upswing. Industry reports indicate that the growth of the smart lighting market is expected to reach $56 billion by the year 2020, while the total global market for networked lighting controls will be over $5 billion. The developments in the lighting industry are manifold – from the introduction of sustainable products and solutions to improvements in street lighting, from façade lighting to indoor lighting.

Presently, Europe has the largest market for smart lighting especially in the commercial end user applications. Analysts predict that the GCC lighting industry market is on a double-digit growth, approximating the market to reach $3.5 billion by 2020. In the Middle East, the demand for intelligent lighting is strengthened by government’s adoption of smart infrastructure solutions in segments such as street-lighting. The Abu Dhabi government is implementing a sustainable lighting project that reduces power consumption by at least 60%, ensures drastic reduction in overall costs by 40% – 80% over 20 years and curbs carbon dioxide emission by 75%.

Understanding that lighting plays an integral role in today’s urban life and is not to be considered as just another functional commodity, the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015, to be held on 23-24 November, 2015 at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi will discuss the broad developments in smart technology in lighting.

For more event details, please log on to http://lightingsummit.com/

Advertisements

Shaping Dubai’s Smart City Vision at the Arab Future Cities Summit Dubai 2015

A panel discussion in progress at Arab Future Cities Summit Dubai 2014

A panel discussion in progress at Arab Future Cities Summit Dubai 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 03 June 2015 – The second edition of the Arab Future Cities Summit Dubai 2015, the foremost smart cities event in Dubai is all set to take center stage on 2-3 November 2015 at the Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, the two-day summit will feature local and international speakers and panelists, and an exciting agenda of keynote speeches, case studies and panel discussions. The summit is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade.

Over 350 delegates are expected to attend the summit, which seeks to bring into focus smart city development strategies and best practices, with emphasis on the initiatives taken up with respect to Dubai’s Smart City Vision. The agenda will include sessions on the latest advancements in all areas of smart city development, ranging from the Internet of Things (IoT), smart mobility, transportation, traffic management and public lighting, to energy efficiency, smart metering and grid infrastructure, healthcare, telecommunications, automation, urban security, waste and water management, and much more. Also scheduled are sessions on Dubai’s Smart Government goals and a case study on the Dubai Silicon Oasis Project.

Growing urban populations and an increase in demand for resources have led to governments across the world to take note of the acute need for planned and sustainable urban development which has given way to the development of smart cities. As a region, the Middle East is no stranger to this trend and has emerged as a hub for smart city development. Dubai, especially, with its Smart City vision that seeks to transform itself into one of the world’s best connected and smartest by 2017 is the ideal location to host a gathering of thought-leaders in smart city development. The summit’s agenda is in line with the Dubai Smart City strategy that covers the three tracks of Smart Economy, Smart Life, and Smart Tourism. The critical element of innovation is also a key constituent of the underlying theme of sustainability at the Arab Future Cities Summit Dubai 2015.

The previous edition of the event held last year was attended by over 350 senior smart city executives, government officials, sustainability experts and smart city solution providers, united in their common aim of discussing the latest in technology, developments, efficient resource management and innovation. The summit’s success was evident from the favorable comments made by delegates at its close. Ali Al Suwaidi, Vice President, Idama Facilities Management, said, “I think the event is a great opportunity for us as a non-profit association to really network and communicate with decision-makers. Future cities is a very important concept for all of us to think about today, how to have better cities in the future. And of course, it’s an amazing platform where we have people talking about technology, about infrastructure, transportation, the ecosystem, and we wanted to add a little bit of flavor about facility management because, at the end, we need to ensure that our cities are not only smart, but healthy too, which is what we tried to demonstrate through our paper today.”

Rasha Harib, Project Architect, Al Turath Engineering Consultant, opined, “The summit was comprehensive. It contained product, service and research approach of different companies from developed countries, opened the insight opportunity of new thinking in design and construction. As an individual I learned how I could participate in sustainability, green environment by implementing the smaller scale aspects of smart living.”

Dubai’s growth trajectory is on an upward rise, with public and private sector projects valued at Dhs17.9 billion ($4.87 billion) to 2019, including public sector opportunities alone worth Dhs4.3 billion ($1.2 billion) according to industry estimates. The UAE’s commitment to innovation is evidenced in its measures such as appointing a Chief Innovation Officer in all government departments in line with its mission to be a global innovation engine. The seven pillars of municipality, ground-transport automation, police, national security and defense, utilities smart grid, travel and tourism, and retail are expected to power Dubai’s journey towards attaining its smart city goals in time for the World Expo 2020.

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “The concept of future cities is critically important for Dubai, with its plans for sustainable urban development. A summit that promotes sustainability and seeks to showcase the most relevant smart city concepts, technology and best practices, is the ideal platform to connect government officials with leading experts for mutual collaborative effort that is required. We are privileged to have the support and patronage of the Dubai Municipality for this event.”

For more information, visit http://www.smartcitiesdubai.com

About Expotrade

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit http://www.expotradeglobal.com

Arab Future Cities Summit Showcases Sustainable Development in Qatar Successfully

_MG_3787

Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz T. Al Subaie, Managing Director, Qatar Rail, addressing the audience at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015

Doha, Qatar, April 19, 2015 – Smart city development in the Middle East with special focus on Qatar and its key initiatives was showcased successfully at the recently concluded 4th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit, produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade. The event took place on 13-14 April, 2015 and was held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar. The summit lived up to its reputation of being the premier smart cities event in the region, with over 400 participants. The summit featured over 25 presentations, networking sessions and a panel discussion creating the ideal environment to discuss efficient management of resources, developments and ways to make future cities work better in the Middle East.

The summit was inaugurated by Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz T. Al Subaie, Managing Director, Qatar Rail, who outlined the projects undertaken by Qatar Rail, especially the Doha Metro project. An integral part of the Qatar Rail Development Programme, the Doha Metro project will play a critical role in bolstering Qatar’s sustainability objectives.

The opening session was attended by dignitaries such as H.E. Deddy Saiful Hadi, Ambassador, Indonesian Embassy to the State of Qatar; H.E. Shingo Tsuda, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in the State of Qatar; H.H. Sheikha Athba Bint Thamer Al-Thani, Chief Support Services Officer, Q.D.V.C.; H.E. Mohammed Nasser Al-Wahaibi, Ambassador, Embassy of Sultanate of Oman – Doha; H.E. Waheed Mubarak Abdullah Sayyar, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain – Doha, Qatar; H. E. Eric Chevallier, Ambassador, French Embassy in Doha; H.E. Nurmakhmad Kholov, Ambassador, Embassy of the Russian Federation in the State of Qatar.

The agenda for the first day saw interesting sessions presented by speakers from the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), (QCERT) ICT Qatar, Masdar Institute, AEB, and premium sponsors Huawei, Accenture, Ooredoo Qatar, Cisco, Intel, Alfardan Properties, Esri, Schneider Electric, Microsoft and EMC, speaking on topics spanning the range from the regulator’s role in facilitating smart cities; Lusail city; IoT in smart cities; future connected cities and security for smart cities to enabling the urban information economy through smart cities; laying the foundation for a smart Qatar; smart living solutions, urban energy management, ICT innovation, GIS as location platform; people-first approach to innovation and research towards smart cities. The panel discussion of the day sponsored by ITS focused on the e-government initiatives taken up for building smart cities in the GCC.

Day 2 saw sessions on ‘Dohaization’ and branding Qatar; district cooling, IoT, mobility and big data, sustainability in transportation, smart and sustainable mobility services, smart energy and efficiency, intelligence and analytics for urban security, sustainability ratings and frameworks, and the ‘SunRise Project’. Speakers included experts from QNMP, QMIC, Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi, Arup, Vienna University of Technology, the Environmental Engineering Research Laboratory, France, and premium sponsors Qatar Cool, B+B SmartWorx, Proteco LLC (Al Nasr Holding) and Selex ES.

Other sponsors included GE Lighting, malomatia, TexEnergy and Almana Motors Company. The networking sessions on both days saw impressive participation from delegates, while the Future Cities Lounge was a top draw. A host of innovative products and solutions were showcased by over 30 exhibitors including smart city solution providers such as Kodak Alaris, Kansai Paint, Technoserve, FOSS, Manateq, Avtech, Cambium Networks, MDT-tex, W-Locate, WifiActiva, FCC Aqualia, Dassault Systèmes and HERE. The prize draws on both days added to the excitement, with prizes such as smartphones, smart watches, tablets, mini projectors and complimentary stays at the venue given away to lucky winners.

The event was appreciated by attendees, with the quality of delegates coming in for special praise. Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President, Smart Cities & IoT, Huawei, said, “We are glad to be back here at the Arab Future Cities in Doha. We find a very well-attended event with a high quality of guests here. We have been able to interact with a lot of people and share our vision and thought for the future of smart city development not only within Doha and Qatar but across the region as well.”

Anas Sawaf, Smart+Connected Communities Business Lead, Cisco, said “This is the second year for Cisco as a major sponsor of this event. We believe that having a large presence from the private and public sector at this event really shows the commitment in Qatar and the commitment from the private and public sectors to develop smart cities. What we have seen today is really amazing in terms of the diversity of individuals, representatives from the private and public sector across different industries like transportation, real estate, security, education etc.  It is a collaborative effort and we are very pleased to see this commitment from all parties involved.”

Mohannad Khader, Vice President – Commercial, Qatar Cool, said, “Every year when we come here, we listen to new ideas, we get to know more people and great strategies from other well- reputed companies. It has been valuable for sure.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said “We are delighted that the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar has been such a success and has achieved its core premise of showcasing sustainable smart city development in Qatar and the Middle East. We would like to thank all our sponsors, delegates, speakers and partners for supporting this event. We are honored to have been able to offer a meaningful platform to our speakers, sponsors and delegates that has afforded tremendous scope for networking and knowledge sharing.”

For event details, visit www.arabfuturecities.com

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Arab Future Cities Summit, Middle East’s Largest Smart Cities Event begins in Doha on Monday

afcs2014

Presentation in progress during Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2014

April 8, 2015, Doha, Qatar: The 4th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015 will take place early next week in Doha, Qatar on April 13 and 14, 2015. Held at the Ritz-Carlton, Doha, the two-day summit will be attended by over 350 senior executives, government officials, developers, urban planners, investors, academics, and cutting-edge technologists from across the GCC to discuss the progress, efficient management of resources, future development and ways of making future cities work better in the Middle East. The summit is organized by global conference producers, Expotrade.

The summit will be inaugurated by Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz T. Al Subaie, Managing Director, Qatar Rail.

The two-day by-invitation-only summit will feature presentations, panel discussions and networking sessions by renowned experts from across the world. With sustainable urban development as the core theme, the summit will feature topics ranging from smarter cities enabled through IoT, energy efficiency and government initiatives, to sustainable infrastructure, ICT innovation and telecommunications. Sessions focusing on Qatar and the special initiatives taken up by Qatari government bodies such as ICT Qatar and Qatar Rail are among the highlights of the event.

With its growing importance in the region and supported by its leadership and the goals of the National Vision 2030, Qatar is the ideal location to hold a summit that seeks to discuss the latest innovation and technology in smart city development worldwide.

Speakers and panelists at the summit include Eng. Hamad Ibrahim Al Bishri, Deputy CEO, Qatar Rail Company; Dr. Rainer Schnepfleitner, Department Manager Regulation and Competition Affairs, Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA); Ashraf Ali Ismael, National Information Assurance Manager, Cyber Security Division, (QCERT) ICT Qatar; Dr. Fethi Filali, Head of Technology Development & Applied Research, Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC); Cyril Anand, Assistant Director, Business Development Support, Ooredoo Qatar; Mohamed Sleiman, General Manager, Alfardan Properties; Prof. Ali A. Alraouf, Prof. of Architecture and Urbanism, Head of CB, Training, Research and Development–QNMP Doha, Qatar; Ahmad Kawakbi, ICT & Stakeholder Manager, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy – FIFA World Cup Qatar; Mohannad Khader, Vice President – Commercial, Qatar Cool; Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President Smart Cities & IoT, Huawei and many more.

The event is sponsored by industry giants such as Huawei, Accenture, Ooredoo, Cisco, Intel, Alfardan Properties, Schneider Electric, Microsoft, EMC, Qatar Cool, B+B SmartWorx, Proteco LLC (Al Nasr Holding), Esri and many more. Innovation is brought into focus at the Future Cities Lounge, which will see over 30 exhibitors showcasing innovative solutions for building smart cities.

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “The Arab Future Cities Summit seeks to promote sustainable urban development as its main focus. Qatar’s important position in the GCC and its National Vision 2030, coupled with Doha’s emergence as a major city only serve to underline the importance of such a platform which will showcase the latest solutions, technology and innovation in global smart city development. Also of special interest is the summit’s focus on Qatar’s initiatives and progress in this move towards sustainable development. We are very happy to present this platform for knowledge-sharing and networking to our speakers, delegates and sponsors.”

For event details, visit www.arabfuturecities.com

About Expotrade  

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Gold Sponsor Microsoft to showcase their CityNext approach to Doha at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar

JPG

Doha, Qatar, March 29, 2015 – The 4th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar welcomes on board Microsoft as Gold Sponsor of the event, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar, on 13-14 April, 2015.

Smart city development across the world is becoming more the norm than the exception. Governments worldwide are including smart initiatives in their development plans, with the focus set firmly on sustainability. At the same time, they do not lose sight of the fact that an improved way of life and better citizen services are to be the end result of all efforts in this regard. Among the topics discussed at the Arab Future Cities Summit will be citizen empowerment in the context of smart cities. This ties in perfectly with Microsoft’s corporate commitment to citizenship in terms of serving the needs of communities, and their mission to help people and businesses realize their full potential. The summit, therefore, is the ideal platform for Microsoft to showcase their CityNext Solution, that brings their technology and partner solutions together to meet the needs of local and regional governments across today’s four major technology trends—big data, cloud, mobile, and social—in all four public sector industries (education, government, health, and public safety and national security). Ali Nimer, Regional Government Solutions Director, Microsoft Gulf will be speaking at the summit on ‘Doha Next: Enabling Real Impact for Better Tomorrow.’

A smart city can be termed intelligent only when it is citizen-focused. A citizen- focused city involves harnessing the ideas, energy and expertise of a city’s people as they create a healthier, safer and sustainable place to live. The Microsoft CityNext approach to innovation puts people first, empowering governments, businesses and citizens to use collaborative technology to shape the future of their cities. Doha, with its growing prominence as a major Gulf city, is the ideal location to implement such an approach. Such an approach for the new and emerging Doha involves empowering leaders to do newer things using fewer resources by enabling them to leverage existing investments and incorporate new innovations at their own pace, thereby creating a workable innovation model.

The importance of helping cities in the region become more evolved and using a platform such as the Arab Future Cities Summit to bring forward these ideas is emphasized by Ali Nimer, Regional Government Solutions Director, Microsoft Gulf, who will be speaking at the summit. He says, “We are fully committed to supporting governments in this region with their transition from resource-based to a knowledge-based economy. Our participation in the Arab Future Cities Summit last year facilitated valuable connections with key stakeholders from the Public and Commercial Sectors, and provided us with the proper platform to discuss Microsoft’s CityNext Initiative which offers cutting-edge technologies as well as innovative and holistic solutions that can make this transition happen. This year, we hope to take the conversation a step further by sharing success stories implemented by Microsoft and its valued partners which enabled the development and creation of Smart Cities of the future in various parts of the world.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the partnership, saying, “Microsoft, with its commitment towards fostering healthier and more vibrant communities, is an ideal partner for the Arab Future Cities Summit, which seeks to bring forth the most innovative advancements in smart city technology and solutions globally. It gives us great pleasure to offer the best platform to Microsoft to showcase their solutions. We look forward to a meaningful relationship with them.”

For more details on the summit, visit www.arabfuturecities.com

Microsoft

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ:’MSFT’) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Microsoft Qatar was founded in 2003 as part of the Dubai-based Microsoft Gulf. There are approximately 50 employees at Microsoft Qatar who serve the Qatar market’s technological needs with productivity solutions, cloud offerings, devices, services and much more spanning across all verticals and segments.

For more information, please visit www.microsoft.com

About Expotrade

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Qatar to discuss key smart city initiatives at Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 14, 2015: Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015, the Middle East’s premier smart city event, is back with a bigger and better fourth edition, featuring an exciting array of local and international speakers with more thought-provoking presentations, roundtable sessions, case studies and panel discussions. The summit will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar during April 13 -14, 2015.

The summit will feature topics ranging from the need for smart cities, urban resilience strategies and government initiatives, to sustainable infrastructure, automation, resource management, energy, telecommunications and smart automation. The event will offer insights into the world of opportunities in the Middle East region with special focus on Qatar and its key initiatives such as Lusail City, projects taken up by Qatar Rail, ICT Qatar and ASHGAL. It will host over 350 senior level decision makers from across the GCC including government officials, architects, engineers, designers, urban planners, sustainability experts, technical experts and solution providers.

The summit will feature sessions by a host of distinguished local and international speakers from both the public and private sector. Speakers presenting during the summit include Eng. Ahmed Salman Al-Sulaiti, Chief Technology Officer, Qatar National Broadband Network Company ; Katalin Gallyas, Policy Advisor, City Council of Amsterdam, Dr. Mohammed Atif Omar, Head, iSmart; Professor Dr. Rudolf Giffinger, Head of the Centre for Regional Science, Vienna University of Technology and Professor Ali A. Alraouf, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, Head of CB, Training, Research and Development–QNMP Doha, Qatar.

The World Economic Forum has ranked Qatar as the most competitive economy in the MENA region and it holds the 13th position globally based on a high-quality institutional framework, stable macroeconomic conditions, and an efficient goods market. Qatar has the highest per capita income in the world and is the country with the lowest unemployment.

The Qatar National Vision 2030 aims at transforming the small, gas-rich state of Qatar into an advanced country by 2030 through sustainable economic development, fuelled mainly through public and private sector initiatives.

An expected spend of $150 billion over the next decade as part of the country’s National Vision 2030 will underpin growth in the market including $40 billion on railways, a $15.5 billion airport, $20 billion investment into roads, the new $7.4 billion port and $4 billion on stadiums.

If the state-of-the-art stadiums and the impressive city of Lusail are anything to go by, Qatar’s plans of hosting a green World Cup in 2022, will be riding on the shoulders of the robust infrastructure it plans to develop. With the scale of development stretching across macro and micro initiatives, the region is poised to be a hub of social and economic development.

The importance of Qatar’s vision of sustainable economic development cannot be underlined enough. With building cities for the future being at the heart of the move towards global sustainability, there is growing focus on balancing the limited availability of natural resources and growing consumption with the overwhelmingly rapid urbanization making its presence felt across the world. Add the spirit of competition between cities and the need for harmonious urbanization and sustainable development becomes all the more acute. With everyone vying for the same resources, there is renewed focus on developing smart or technology-centric cities that are, at the same time, intelligent or people centric as well.

Any plans for the development of smart cities bring to the forefront the need for a comprehensive plan for the management of a gamut of resources, spanning the range from energy, water and waste to infrastructure, policy and administration. But what is of the essence is the fact that it is people who form the crux of any sustainable development. Rather than being mere participants, people need to be empowered in order to achieve goals such as group coordination and collective decision-making which are cornerstones of any great city of the future. In fact, participation and consultation within the scope of intellectual and social capital are increasingly becoming as important to the concept of a successful city as the more obvious environmental, technical and financial capital elements.

The last ingredient in the mix is cultural capital, the element of leisure and enjoyment that can be the differentiating factor in the race to be at the top of the smart cities list. Countries such as Qatar have already taken cognizance of the worth of these factors, and are, therefore, ideal hosts for a summit such as the Arab Future Cities Summit 2015.

For more information, visit www.arabfuturecities.com

About Expotrade – Expotrade is a global conference and event organiser with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Middle East Smart Lighting Summit to open next week in Abu Dhabi

Under the patronage of the Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, the 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit will take place on 24th & 25th November at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

The emphasis is continually being put world-wide on Energy consumption and with over 20% of the world’s electricity being consumed by lighting alone, a 1% saving would contribute hugely towards this initiative. The objective of the Middle East Smart Lighting Summit is to educate stakeholders on best practices involved in sustainable lighting design and installations. Over 300 delegates from the public and private sector will come together next week at Dusit Thani to share ideas and discuss strategies around sustainable lighting.

“We are proud to be hosting the Summit in Abu Dhabi for the 3rd year in a row under the continued patronage of the Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi City Municipality. With the various organizations being represented at the summit from countries worldwide including UK, China, Hong Kong, Finland, Ireland, USA, Germany, Taiwan, France, Poland, Japan, Turkey, South Africa, Qatar and UAE, it is overwhelming and reassuring to see the global collaboration of such industry leaders coming together at this event which reinforces the importance and commitment the industry has towards Sustainable Lighting. The two-day program offers a range of topics and viewpoints focused around Sustainable lighting design and quality installations, Energy efficient street lighting, public realm and outdoor lighting applications, Lighting standards, certification and regulations updates, Trends in LED’s, smart lighting controls and solar lighting, Upcoming lighting projects and strategies by local municipalities and developers, International lighting project showcases – the success stories and lessons learnt and New smart lighting technologies and innovative product design” commented Brad Hariharan, Project Director, Expotrade, the organizer of the Summit.

An exciting line-up of international and local speakers have been confirmed for the event, including Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert at Abu Dhabi City Municipality , Zachary Suchara, Director of Design at Luma Lighting Design, Helmut Regvart, GM & Head of Design – Lighting Design Austria, Elizabeth Thomas, Senior Vice President, Institution of Lighting Professionals, David Dunn, Technical Delivery Manager – Utilities, Mouchel Middle East, Faraz Izhar, Senior Lighting Designer at KEO, Yvon Muller, Artistic Director, Ymagine Light along with other industry leaders.

Simone Collon, Associate – Lighting Practice Leader Europe from Arup will present at the Lighting Summit on “Smart Meaningful Lighting Concepts”. Simone over the years has worked on various award winning international projects with UN Studio, Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano, Asymptote, Zaha Hadid, MVRDV, BIG and other well-known architects. Besides that Simone has worked with large global clients from different sectors such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Bentley.

An innovative session by Roger Narboni, Lighting Designer, Concepto Studio on “New Trends in Lighting Master Planning and Urban Nightscapes” will be a key topic not to be missed. In 1987 Roger launched a new discipline called “Light Urbanism” and has since released more than 120 lighting master plans and numerous landscape, urban and architectural lighting projects globally such as the Cathedrals of Paris and Reims, Garonne river landscape in Toulouse, Nightscape of Grand Canal in Hangzhou, Dujiangyan rivers nightscape and many others.

The delegates will witness the latest in lighting technologies and solutions being showcased by major sponsors worldwide including Sylvania, Philips, Ligman, Schreder, Leotek, Luxvision, Amko Solar, Technilum, Kenall, OrangeTek, Hubell Lighting, iGuzzini and Inaba.

DMA’s launch of the Lighting Handbook is the first step in a range of additions and revisions to DMA documents through 2014 and 2015 with regards to public realm lighting, which will include revised DMA Lighting Specifications. The Book will provide comprehensive information on the design elements, lighting control standards, signage design specifications, ADQCC LED fixture certification scheme and ESMA Lighting Standards. A CD version of the Lighting Handbook will be distributed at the event to all the delegates.