The smart platform is characterized by the interactive feature available for all its scientific reports. The feature allows the users of the platform to identify environmental changes in a particular area over a specific period of time through interactive maps, identify the changes, compare them with another time period, and ultimately come up with a specific scientific interpretation. This interactive trait also enables you to track the characteristics of a particular environmental phenomenon, so that users can obtain accurate statistics on the proportions of changes and identify their positive or negative impact.

His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, said: “The new platform does not only benefit the scientific community, but also contributes to the UAE’s vision of building a competitive, sustainable and knowledge-based economy by encouraging innovation, research and development, and promoting strategic decisions made by key UAE entities. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, under the wise leadership of the UAE, has always sought to provide solutions that benefits the scientific community. Through our projects, we are developing local talent, and opening new horizons for scientific research entities to enhance the quality of their work.”

“The urgent need for scientific research and development has become more than a necessity dictated by the current situation under the influence of globalization. It is also necessary for us to keep pace with the progressive approach undertaken by some of the most scientifically developed nations, where technology and scientific research take centre stage,” he added.

Scientific methodology

Government entities can benefit from the smart platform from different perspectives, because of the availability of diverse scientific topics. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre has adopted a scientific methodology to certify these reports. The first step is identifying the environmental phenomenon through the Centre’s advanced tools and technologies, followed by developing the hypothesis of the phenomenon based on the expertise of the specialized team. The next step is validating the hypothesis by subjecting it to tests based on international standards, and placing it under long trial periods under various variables. The results of the data obtained are then displayed through graphs to facilitate analysis, leading to the conclusion, which is done by linking the data and converting them into information of scientific value. The last stage involves drawing up an integrated analytical study which is necessary to enable decision makers to make informed decisions.  In addition to the reliability of these studies, they are highly specialized, as they cover numerous scientific subjects and the quality provided is difficult to obtain from other sources.

“The smart platform contributes significantly to supporting the growth of strategic sectors of government entities, especially as the launch of the platform highlights the UAE’s efforts to support the smart transformation journey and integrate innovative technical solutions. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre has adopted a progressive ideology that supports this vision of the UAE,” said Saeed Al Mansoori, Head of Application Development & Analysis Section, MBRSC. “Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre has the capabilities and competencies that can work round the clock to harness scientific research and application development techniques to meet the challenges of the future. With the support of the visionary leadership of the country we have established UAE as one of the most important economic centres in the world. Our continued success is a result of our investments in human capital and competencies. We strongly believe that developing the potential of future generations is one of the cornerstones of sustainable development in the UAE’s space sector.”

The benefits of this platform can be extended to other entities and institutions that are not directly linked to environmental studies such as real estate developers, universities and educational institutions, so that they can benefit from the space technologies owned by the Application Development & Analysis Section at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, including the provision of integrated solutions that meet their needs according to the nature of each entity’s activity.

Strategic partnerships

The Application Development & Analysis Section at MBRSC is looking to expand the use of its outputs, and extend cooperation to all government entities. The department is holding regular meetings with government departments to find out the nature of their activities and provide integrated solutions that meet their needs. Currently they have partnered with the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and Dubai Municipality to work on environmental projects,

In addition, the Centre is working with the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority to exchange data and technical information about the environment. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre is also in the process of launching other applications that serve the scientific community and provide necessary reports to answer urgent scientific questions, which will support the strategic decisions of government entities. This was part of the Centre’s efforts to accommodate the increasing demands of government entities in providing scientific applications and studies to help them in the field of their activities.