CASE STUDY: NXN & Ordnance Survey – Helping Dubai become the world’s smartest and happiest city!


Helping Dubai become the world’s smartest and happiest City


NXN worked in partnership with Ordnance Survey International to develop a strategy showing how to create world class smart solutions through the effective use of geospatial information and technologies.




  • Looking at a strategy to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world.
  • Collaborating with private sector and government partners to empower, deliver and promote an efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experience for residents and visitors.
  • Advising Smart Dubai Government Establishment on a portfolio of products, services and technology to align with the new vision of Smart Dubai.
  • Identifying implementations of geospatial technologies and data as an international best practice reference.
  • Understanding which services will make life easier for the resident or visitor.
  • Optimizing data and technology to create world-leading smart services.



We have partnered with Ordnance Survey International to give recommendations and solutions to make Dubai a happier and smarter city – notably through consumer experience, security, citizen identification and mobility. It started with in-depth research involving interviews with stakeholders who, knowingly or not, use geospatial data. People in the private and public sectors, as well as the general public, were asked about what could make their lives better and easier.


This useful groundwork supported the review and documentation of the current state of geospatial activity within Dubai. It enabled us to create a suggested policy document, and put forward business cases in areas such as managing the collection of data, and creating a vision for geospatial integration and functionality of the forthcoming Smart Dubai Platform.


We were able to show SDGE the existing global benchmarks in the Smart arena and how geospatial information underpins their success.



The project revealed how geospatial information is a critical component of any Smart City strategy, enabling services such as energy, environment, infrastructure and mobility. Dubai must have a mature approach to geospatial data capture, management and dissemination to enable the services that will help it to achieve its aim of being the happiest place on earth.


Dubai is now developing a broader geospatial strategy for the Emirate, and is considering how it can optimize activities across government to accommodate the spatial initiatives recommended by Ordnance Survey International and NXN.


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