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Presight, known for being a top-tier big data analytics firm with generative AI capabilities in the region, has secured a notable contract. This contract was awarded by The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) for the development of a sophisticated platform focusing on AI-driven responses in diverse areas such as medical emergencies and humanitarian crises. This collaboration reinforces the mutual efforts commenced in May at the Crisis and Emergency Management Summit 2023, aimed at enhancing the UAE’s crisis management capabilities through advanced big data analytics.
This groundbreaking platform is a pioneering effort on the global stage. The intent is to capitalize on Presight’s proficiency in developing solutions for smart cities and public service sectors. The core purpose is to empower authorities with a unified command system geared towards intelligent incident management. The platform is equipped with an advanced combination of tools, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and geospatial technologies like the digital twin. This would facilitate real-time data exchange during significant incidents, such as fires or natural calamities, ensuring efficient coordination among various service sectors, from medical to humanitarian. The ultimate goal is to enhance city resilience and speed up recovery processes.
The integration of computer vision and other city data sources would present emergency responders with invaluable real-time data, bolstered with collaborative and communication tools for effective use during crises. An added benefit is the platform’s ability to synchronize with digital health records, ensuring medical teams are better poised to deliver effective care and improve patient outcomes.
The implications of this platform’s benefits are far-reaching. It holds potential for adoption in regions susceptible to natural disasters and can be implemented on a global scale. An open architecture allows for easy integration with private sectors and partners, enhancing the data’s depth and quality for optimal efficiencies.
Beyond immediate crisis response, the platform’s capabilities are designed for proactive measures. It will continuously analyze data for predicting potential subsequent incidents and tracking the overall progress in response. Post-resolution of an incident, its advanced data mining tools will evaluate the situation, determine future risks, and generate detailed reports. These reports will then serve as foundational guides for shaping future responses.
In periods devoid of crises, this platform can present stakeholders with an all-encompassing view of risks and resources in urban settings. Advanced AI-driven analyses will support risk evaluations for specific threats during routine operations and facilitate training exercises using simulated scenarios. Presight’s initial rollout will tailor solutions for the UAE’s primary emergency services, with plans for future expansions to include advanced features for incident monitoring.
The Head of Cybersecurity of the UAE Government, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, acknowledged the platform’s potential, emphasizing its role in fortifying the UAE’s security landscape. He also accentuated the underlying robust data security infrastructure as pivotal for ensuring data protection and authenticity.
Similarly, H.E. Ali Rashid Al Neyadi, Director General of NCEMA, highlighted the platform’s global applicability. He pointed out the complexities involved in orchestrating coordinated emergency responses, especially when multiple service sectors are engaged. He lauded the platform’s capabilities to assist front-line responders by providing a consolidated data system, ensuring timely and efficient access to crucial information.