The ability to provide insights based on reliable data is transforming the way many projects are planned and executed. Digital start-up, Ottogee, offers labour-intensive industries an internet of things (IoT) platform that connects resources and digitises the way they are managed.

The company uses wearable ‘smart ID’ trackers to provide real-time, AI-enabled insights with the aim of improving productivity, reducing costs and enhancing work environments, on even projects of considerable size and complexity.

The aim is to use IoT technology to solve substantial construction and oil and gas management challenges, while improving the work environment. With the sizeable amount of data now collected, the feedback we have received has been highly positive.

Not only are customers able to digitise attendance in these complex environments, but also, the early deployments of Ottogee are driving important decisions that range from identifying skill gaps on-site to how many workers are needed for each activity, including overtime management and subcontractors management. The platform will soon be able to predict completion dates and budget spent to a high level of accuracy.

Reducing costs

Access to actionable data and insights will ultimately help our clients reduce costs from between 2 to 8 per cent. Backed by such results, we hope our analysis will be at the centre of decisions across the lifetime of construction and energy projects.

The company is now in talks with some of the most innovative companies in the region, namely Arabtec, Khansaheb and Ginco. Not only do the senior executives of these companies have clear digital transformation strategies, but also talented teams that can implement our solution and drive digital transformation across their organisations.

While still headquartered in Dallas, Texas, we are proud to have established a permanent presence in Dubai. Given the supportive nature of the ecosystem here, extending from the legislators to our customers, we have gladly made the strategic decision to stay.

About the author

Omar Ghazzaoui is the CEO of Ottogee, one of the 10 start-up companies selected in the second Techstars Dubai accelerator programme, held in partnership with Ginco