ITA, Omantel join hands for smart city project in KOM

Muscat - 

The Information Technology Authority (ITA) and Omantel have signed a pact for smart city services.

As per the agreement, Omantel will provide the required communication and support services like the Internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, and big data to the smart city pilot project being implemented in the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM).

The smart city project is being implemented by ITA in cooperation with the Public Establishment for Industrial estates (Madayn).

The pact was signed by Dr Salim bin Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA, and Talal bin Said al Mamari, CEO of Omantel.

On this occasion, Dr Ruzaiqi said, “We thank Omantel for its support for the smart city pilot project in KOM which we are working on in cooperation with Madayn. Through this pilot project we seek to leverage the potential offered by IoT technologies and various smart systems to facilitate the management of KOM and provide swift services to employees working there as well as manage the available resources efficiently such as energy consumption, parking and traffic management and other services.”

He added, “We hope that this project to be a mini-model for a smart city application and can be implemented in other entities and industrial estates in the sultanate. This experiment will be used as reference for smart city specifications and requirements that will be implemented in future.”

Mamari said, “We are pleased to have such partnerships between the public and private sectors to contribute to the digital community and benefit from latest technology in the ICT sector.

“This strategic partnership with ITA as the leader of e-Government is a complement to the government’s efforts in embracing the fourth industrial revolution technologies, including smart cities, IoT, artificial intelligence etc through the adoption of digital lifestyles associated with smart city in order to achieve a comprehensive vision for a digital society.”

He said that the company continues to work with related parties to lay the groundwork for a digital society in the sultanate.

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