Cisco plans launch of smart city initiative in Saudi

The company piloted the initiative for nine months in Riyadh's Olaya district.

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Saudi skyline.

Cisco will be launching a smart city initiative in Riyadh in the coming weeks as part of the government’s digital transformation plans.

The company piloted the initiative for nine months in Riyadh's Olaya district.

The company plans to extend to other neighbourhoods once the initiative succeeds.

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Haytham Al-Ohali, Cisco’s managing director in Saudi Arabia said the district is currently set with smart parking, lighting, cleaning services, and networks of sensors “for a more sustainable way of living”.

Working with the Riyadh Municipality and ministry of municipal and rural affairs, Cisco seeks to address the challenge of setting up a smart ecosystem amid heavy traffic and congestion, Saudi Gazette reported.

Cisco has been working with the Saudi government to roll out several digitisation initiatives, namely in education, healthcare, broadband and city WiFi.

The company also plans to work on others in the coming years, including smart hajj, energy, transportation, and cloud storage.

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