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Huawei and SC2 strike agreement to collaborate on Saudi smart cities

The first project will be the implementation of smart parking, smart lighting, video analytics technology and an ICT infrastructure for the cities of Al Khobar, Dammam and Dhahran.

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Dhahran in the Eastern province will be one of the first cities to benefit from the agreement
Dhahran in the Eastern province will be one of the first cities to benefit from the agreement

Huawei and Smart City Solutions Company (SC2), a leading Saudi service provider and operator and part of the Batic Group, have signed an agreement to collaborate on smart city projects in Saudi Arabia.

Projects will contribute to the goals of the National Transformation Plan 2020 and Saudi Vision 2030, which is a blueprint for a new phase of development built on the three pillars of a vibrant society, thriving economy and ambitious nation.

 

ICT infrastructure

 

The first project under the agreement is the implementation of smart parking, smart lighting and video analytics solutions, powered by artificial intelligence algorithms, and a robust ICT infrastructure for the Eastern province covering the cities of Al Khobar, Dammam and Dhahran.

 

The agreement will enable both entities to plan and execute their activities in collaboration and jointly operate the smart city platform and services for their customers.

 

The initial service portfolio will focus on parking and mobility services, energy-saving and lighting management, smart waste management and safety and security services. The portfolio also includes an intelligent operation centre that covers all city activities on a real-time basis, providing decision-making support and monitoring of a city’s key performance indicators.

 

“SC2 was established with a vision to be the first smart city operator in Saudi Arabia, a proposition which is missing in the market today,” said Ahmed ALSanaa, chairman of the board of Batic.

 

He continued: “It engages with city managers and developers in public private partnership models providing a unique central citizen experience and enable city officials to take informed decisions to provide efficiency to its operations.”

 

David Shi, Middle East president, Huawei Enterprise, said the partnership with SC2 allows them to approach the smart cities market with “innovative models” of sharing risks and rewards with all city developers and operators.

“It engages with city managers and developers in public private partnership models providing a unique central citizen experience”

Adnan ALMarshad, CEO of SC2, added: “SC2 and Huawei are joining their efforts to provide the market with agile smart city service portfolio and operating models that can be tailored to different types of cities whether governmental, private or special-purpose economic zones.

 

“Our first project under this agreement is the Dammam parking project in which SC2 is contracted for 25 years to operate start-of-the-art parking and command centres for AL Khobar, Dammam and Dhahran cities. The leadership of Huawei in the smart cities market in Saudi Arabia made the perfect choice for SC2 to embark on this great journey.”

 

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