New collaboration for Smart Cities

New collaboration for Smart Cities

Tata Communications and Zain KSA have entered into a strategic agreement to boost digital transformation and the development of smart cities in Saudi Arabia.

The collaboration between the two companies will see them combine efforts to deliver solutions and platforms to roll out smart street lighting, smart waste management, connected workplaces and healthcare, and connected cars.

The team will be supporting environmental sustainability measures along the way as they support the region’s enterprises and government institutions with advanced technologies, like Internet of Thing, 5G, managed security services, low range wide area network and software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN).

Vaneet Mehta, Region Head, Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, Tata Communications, said: “This is a milestone project for Tata Communications for transforming the city into an intelligence and energy efficient metropolis, reducing its carbon footprint and charting the path for other cities to replicate.”

For the smart street lighting solution Tata Communications’ IoT ecosystem will provide the hardware, platform, application and insights, with Zain KSA expanding the footprint of its B2B remit through projects that relate to SD-WAN and global contact centres. The latter will also handle the application of smart transport and IoT solutions which will be used in the deployment of smart solutions for waste handling, metering and other smart city use cases.

Eng Saad A. Al-Sadhan, Chief Business and Wholesale Officer, Zain KSA, added: “The confluence of reliable connectivity, agility and trust will converge to better serve communities, businesses and governments. Together we will strengthen the digital core of the country to reinforce Saudi Vision 2030 and provide businesses the tools to embrace innovation and disruption to succeed in a rapidly evolving environment.”