Smartworld, a joint venture between Etisalat and Dubai South, recently signed a contract with EkinnoLab (a Polish software company specialising in mobile applications) to launch Park & X solutions

The collaboration was initiated to fortify the growth and establishment of Smart Cities in the UAE. Park & X will be beneficial for future tourists and visitors of the Expo 2020 Village. The services they generally offer cater to aviation, entertainment, transportation, hospitality and free zone industries.

NaviParking (a flagship product of EkinnoLab) comprises of a parking data hub that can be used to assist and navigate its users to available parking spots. The horizontal platform is open to integration with City Open Data and third-party providers, evolving into a multimodal transportation platform where parking is one of the services. For seamless mobility, parking can be affiliated with companies public transport (Park & Ride), shopping malls (Park & Shop), reservation of a co-working space (Park & Work), aviation transport (Park & Fly) and an EV charging station (Park & Charge).

Marek Stawinski, the founder of EkinnoLab says, “with fluctuating customers’ needs and growing popularity for on-demand services, business integration is crucial to remain dynamic and keep up with emerging technology trends.” The mockup solution of Park & X in collaboration with NaviParking is integrated with Philips Lighting Indoor positioning and is easily recognisable by a smartphone. This technology assists in detecting an easier method of navigation in the building. Additionally, the location-based services on the smartphone features finding coworkers in the vicinity, ordering food and drinks, and hunting down an electric vehicle (EV) charging station, to mention a few.

Abdulqader Ali, CEO of Smartworld stated, “with this initiative, we reaffirm our commitment to support the UAE leadership’s vision to make the UAE a smart country.” The alliance between the companies will serve as a platform and additionally, the advanced technology used will help in the development and infrastructure of Smart Cities in Dubai.