In recent presentation to the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, a pair of cyber-physical systems experts from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Washington, USA), warned of the missed opportunities that could result from smart cities failing to adopt a unified language across municipalities and within them.

"We're not trying to say how you design something or what it should have but how you should talk about it," said Martin Burns, an electronic engineer at NIST. 

Value for Dubai

No city is an island. Smart cities are often seen decoupled from each other, as silos. However, smart extends city borders. Many initiatives in Dubai are set up to be transferable into other municipalities or even outside the country borders. It is important to support the communication and transfer of knowledge to allow Dubai to become a cornerstone of the smart world.