Saudi Arabia is a perfect spot for large-scale improvement and a helpful testing laboratory for “Smart City” services, as indicated by Omar Al-Momtaz, counseling manager for IDC Saudi Arabia.”
Saudi cities have seen an exponential increment in population, to the point where Smart City management has turned into a need,” he said, including that it would help existing cities adapt better to speedy population growth.
He said that no city on the world has seen its populace treble at any rate twice every year, quite in Makkah in Haj and Umrah, while regulating the flows of many millions of people moving across a well-defined, yet limited space.
He included that the progressing Haramain fast railway project, spreading over 450 km and running at more than 300 kph, could represent to the perfect beginning point for Smart City traffic management, since stations at Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdulaziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic Cities and Madinah, are now under development.
“They are situated in future ‘Smart Cities’. With a traffic load of more than 3 million travelers for every year, it doubtlessly needs intelligent support services and extra open transport frameworks (transports, Jeddah metro, and so on.) to convey on such services,” he said.
Al-Momtaz added that the journey toward a Smart City involves a multifaceted transformation.
“These activities must impact regions from the provision of transport, energy, and health care services, to the state of public safety and government services,” he said.
He included that a Smart City involves the fruitful integration of numerous domain activities that outcome in a multiplier impact to the city as a whole.
He likewise said that empowering access to an energetic economy for businesses, nationals and local government is a ultimate objective of a Smart City and successful Smart City solutions must coordinate information and operations between city systems.
“For example, to provide efficient and smart public safety, governments would require a consistent perspective over its border management, surveillance, emergency response and other related systems,” he said.
He said that the following include the attributes for a solution to be considered “smart”:
In gathering information, the pervasive broadband networks must be set up to gather and transport it in real time or in near real time.