For anyone who considers themselves an entrepreneur, data is the most vital part of their venture. The ability to identify real-time predictions based on a dataset can change the course a startup takes to reach its potential. This is where platforms like Smart Dubai’s Dubai Pulse come to the rescue for early stage startups.
What is Dubai Pulse? Dubai Pulse is a platform for 420+ open and shared datasets from various government departments (35 to be exact). These datasets can be used by existing and emerging companies or startups to better understand the city’s trends and help them make city level decisions, hence increasing their chances of success.
Dubai Pulse has datasets about the following entities: city traffic, education, health, transport, social welfare, economy and many others. According to Assistant Director General Smart Dubai and CEO, H.E. Younus Al Nasser, “Data is at the core of any smart city transformation”.
He stressed upon the importance of data and continued, “We recognize and acknowledge that data is not only important for the government, but equally important for both existing businesses and startups considering setting up operations in Dubai, which is why in 2017 we launched Dubai Pulse”.
In 2017, Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ordered all government departments to start populating the platform, calling Dubai Pulse the “backbone” of Dubai’s digital awakening and transformation for smarter technologies.
Dubai’s government bodies who have provided data to Dubai Pulse include the Land department, Human Development Authority, Customs, Dubai Health Authority, Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Dubai Municipality.
Dubai Pulse allows its user to personalize the data according to their needs and their own dashboards as well. Apart from just providing these datasets, Dubai Pulse also offers different modes of visualizations for its users by using interactive user interfaces.
For example, dataset from Roads and Transport Authority can be used to find recurring patterns in the city’s traffic flow and identify areas in which the public transport is used the most.
Decisions based on the existing data not only benefits the businesses, but it also makes the user experience better, thus moving towards more customer satisfaction. For any business to succeed, data should always be consulted, and platforms like Dubai Pulse help these businesses make that consultation easily and efficiently.