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Orange selected for Qatari smart city project

Stretching across an 800,000 square metre area, the development will be completed in six phases through 2018

Doha will be home to one of the region's flagship smart city developments
Doha will be home to one of the region's flagship smart city developments

Orange will oversee the design of the district's smart city central command centre

Msheireb's smart district will have more than 500,000 embedded sensors

Qatari managed services provider, Meeza, has granted a multimillion dollar consulting deal to Orange Business Services (OBS) to oversee the biggest smart city project in the Gulf region.


As the prime contractor, OBS will deliver the majority of smart services and applications at Msheireb Downtown Doha, a flagship development in Qatar.


The regeneration project, located at the heart of the traditional centre of Doha, will involve a mix of residential, commercial offices, retail outlets and hotels and will be completed in six phases through 2018.


Aiming to improve the overall quality of life for Qatari citizens, OBS will manage the design of the district’s central command centre, which controls the smart operation of buildings and services, including security cameras, building access control, fire alarms, street lighting, automated waste collection, car parks and public announcements.


The full scope of the project also covers the ICT Infrastructure for the district, which will be managed by Meeza. This infrastructure includes the network, management of two data centres, provision of IP telephony and management of desktops in the smart ecosystem.


“This partnership marks the start of a new era in the development of smart cities across the region and beyond,” said Saad Sabah Al Kuwari, chief marketing officer, Meeza.


“It brings about local domain technology knowledge coupled with leading multinational expertise. We are truly delighted to partner with Orange on this landmark project, which will leave a longstanding impression on the regional and global scale.”


In addition, Orange has designed and operates a range of smart applications (for both PCs and mobiles) for the general public, as well as for residents. These smart applications include apps for community services, wayfinding and online payments.


Other services developed and run by OBS will help to regenerate the district include smart energy management, such as smart metering, business intelligence and data analytics, a central service desk management solution, and indoor geolocation infrastructure, the company claims.


“Msheireb Downtown Doha is a perfect illustration of how the region is transforming itself and better serving its citizens,” said Béatrice Felder, senior vice president, Orange Applications for Business. “Orange has the advantage of being both an operator and a specialised digital services company that supports digital transformation of societies, enterprises and government bodies.”


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