Al Widyan appoints Orange for smart city master plan

Orange Business Services will provide smart city consultancy for new project outside Riyadh

Orange will provide smart city consultancy to the new Al Widyan project, says Al Otaibi.
Orange will provide smart city consultancy to the new Al Widyan project, says Al Otaibi.

Al Widyan Saudi Real Estate Company (Al Widyan Co) has awarded a smart city consulting contract to Orange Business Services for a new development near Riyadh.

The Al Widyan real estate project, in Riyadh's northern growth corridor, is a seven million square meter mixed use development, which focus on principles of wellness and quality of life. The project, which is just 15 minutes from King Khalid International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Riyadh, will include leisure, retail, education, healthcare, offices and homes.

Orange consultants will define the smart city services, ICT infrastructure engineering guidelines, the operating model for the development, and the business strategy and options for the open access network.

Orange will provide its smart cities consulting experience and expertise gained in the region, including large projects in Saudi Arabia.

A smart city digital master plan typically comprises a range of seamlessly integrated solutions for businesses, residents and visitors and can include city management systems, traffic and mobility solutions, building and utilities management, as well as shared information and other services across a community-wide platform.  

The project, which is already under construction, will be delivered through a phased programme over a seven-year period. It will support the ambitious goals of Saudi Vision 2030, which include having three cities ranked among the world's top 100.

Al Widyan Co is a wholly owned subsidiary of Al Akaria Saudi Real Estate Company (SRECO), which is two-thirds owned by the Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund.

"Orange Business Services is providing us with a range of consulting and design services based on its global experience in intelligent cities. The ambition, scale and speed of major infrastructure projects can present a challenge, and we needed a trusted partner to ensure that intelligence was built into this new smart development at the outset," said Deputy CEO of Al Widyan Co, Dr. Khalid Alarfaj.

"Saudi Arabia is a global center for innovative smart city developments, and Al Widyan will unobtrusively incorporate advanced technology to provide a sustainable, high quality of life and experiences for its residents, visitors and businesses. Orange aims to contribute toward boosting the economic attractiveness of cities in the kingdom, where the scale of developments is ambitious and matched by the vision, leadership and resources required for success. These developments demand new business models and new thinking, and Orange is very well positioned to contribute as a global integrator and smart city thought leader," said Mohammad AlOtaibi, Managing Director Orange Business Services Saudi Arabia.

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