Honeywell in smart city talks with Egypt, Saudi governments
Details of India smart city projects also revealed by senior Gulf official at Intersec 2019 in Dubai
Honeywell Building Solutions is in discussions with Egypt and Saudi Arabia regarding their ongoing smart city development plans, a management figure from its Gulf offices has revealed.
Speaking to Construction Week on the second day of Intersec 2019, Philipose Jacob, regional general manager for the Gulf at Honeywell Building Solutions, said: “We are showcasing the Honeywell Command and Control Platform, which is an open IoT-enabled multi-point integration platform, which has been installed in multiple smart city projects in India.”
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He added: “We are working with the government now to actually roll out a similar framework in Egypt, although I can’t go into the specifics at this time.”
His comments came on the sidelines of Intersec 2019, the security expo currently taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre until 22 January, which was opened officially by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed Al Maktoum on Janaury 20.
“India launched a massive smart city programme [including] almost 100 smart cities,” Jacob added. “Honeywell Building Solutions has been successful in deploying solutions across a number of these. The definition of smart cities varies from region to region, and from country by country."
“We see the trend of smart cities [in the GCC] improving and in Saudi, yes we see that,” he added. “I don’t want to talk about specifics as were working with the government on a few specific projects on smart cities."
Global software giant SAP confirmed in October 2018 that it is in talks with unnamed governments for the smart city infrastructure of Saudi Arabia’s $500bn (SAR1.9tn) Neom gigaproject, as reported by Construction Week from Gitex Technology Week 2018.