Saudi Arabia: Huawei and Smart City Solutions Company (SC2), a leading Saudi Smart City service provider & operator, have signed a teaming agreement to cooperate in providing Saudi Arabia with innovative Smart City solutions that support the national aspiration of enhancing the liveability and operational efficiency of Saudi cities, thus contributing to the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020.
Mr. Ahmed ALSanaa, Chairman of the Board of BATIC group, and Mr. David Shi President of Huawei Middle East Enterprise Business, and Mr. ALWaleed ALMoqbel chairman of SC2, attended the signing ceremony. The agreement was signed by Mr. Adnan ALMarshad, CEO of SC2, and Mr. Taogeng, GM of Huawei Enterprise in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. ALSanaa, Chairman of the Board of BATIC, stated: “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. 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. We are confident that our partnership with Huawei will leverage the large portfolio of Huawei in smart cities and its capabilities in building smart city digital platforms.”
David Shi Middle east president Huawei Enterprise, commented: “We are in a crucial and exciting moment in Saudi Arabia’s journey towards digital transformation. With this partnership with SC2, we are approaching the market of smart cities with innovative models of sharing risks and rewards with all city developers and operators. The first project under this agreement is the implementation of smart parking, smart lighting, video analytics through state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence algorithms, and a robust ICT infrastructure for the Eastern province parking project covering AL Khobar, Dammam and Dhahran cities.”
Mr. 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 centers 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.”
Mr. Taogeng, GM of Huawei Enterprise in Saudi Arabia, noted: “Huawei Enterprise has been leading the market of smart city technologies in Saudi Arabia with multiple flagship projects receiving regional and international awards. Huawei’s portfolio of smart city technologies, services, and partners have been widely extended in the previous few years based on our continuous innovation in leading technologies including AI, Cloud, Big Data and intelligent infrastructure. The agreement with SC2 enables us to target our customers with a self-sustainable smart city operating and financial model based on the needs of citizens and enterprises.”
The agreement will enable both entities to plan and execute their activities in cooperation towards their customers, co-engineer and design their solutions, and to jointly operate the smart city platform and services of their customers. The initial service portfolio includes parking & mobility services, energy-saving and lighting management, smart waste management, and a full portfolio of safety and security services. The portfolio also includes a state-of-the-art intelligent operation center that covers all city activities on a real-time basis, providing decision-making support and monitoring of a city’s key performance indicators.