SAP targets Saudi's $500bn Neom smart city amid gov't discussions

The tech company confirmed it is "in discussion with governments" for the gigaproject

SAP said it can help with the smart city infrastructure of Saudi's planned Neom gigaproject [image: Neom on YouTube].
SAP said it can help with the smart city infrastructure of Saudi's planned Neom gigaproject [image: Neom on YouTube].

Global software giant SAP has confirmed it is in talks with unnamed governments for the smart city infrastructure of Saudi Arabia’s $500bn (SAR1.9tn) Neom gigaproject.

“We have many examples on the table that could enable and help smart cities across the region, such as Neom, to achieve their goals,” Ahmed Al-Faifi, senior vice president and managing director for Middle East North at SAP, told Construction Week on the sidelines of Gitex 2018. 

The Gitex Technology Week 2018 exhibition is currently under way at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Touching on the firm’s infrastructure capabilities against the backdrop of smart city planning in the Middle East, Al-Faifi said SAP is “in discussion with governments related to the infrastructure of [Neom] City; how to make it smart, and how to provide the best experience”.

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He continued: “We are also taking into account the management of the city – how it can be organised and managed in a much more efficient way by using smart infrastructure, ensuring too that logistics and cars are smarter.

“Smart infrastructure at Neom could also ensure hospitals get a heads up beforehand if there is an incident. All these things need to be synchronised in one system; otherwise, it’s very complex to manage all the different moving parts. This is where we believe SAP can really help.”

His comments came just days after the first swathe of advisory board members was announced for the Saudi megaproject, bringing together international experts from the design, planning, and construction industries.

READ: Leaders UAE 2018: Government mandates needed to build smart cities

Located on the Red Sea coast, the city will be a technology-powered destination that leverages artificial intelligence and internet of things systems to offer a connected lifestyle previously unavailable in Saudi Arabia.

In an effort to be the world’s most efficient destination in the world, all services in Neom will also be fully automated.

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