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Honeywell to deploy smart city infotech at Egypt's new capital

Safety and security infrastructure will monitor crowds, traffic congestion, and automatically alert emergency services

Egypt's 700km² Administrative Capital will be located about 45km east of Cairo.
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Egypt's 700km² Administrative Capital will be located about 45km east of Cairo.

Honeywell has announced it will roll out a sophisticated digital framework for Egypt’s 700km² New Administrative Capital, a month after Construction Week revealed the firm was in smart city talks with the government.

Egypt’s Administrative Capital for Urban Development (ACUD) signed an agreement with Honeywell to deliver city-wide surveillance technology for its ambitious smart city.

Located approximately 45km east of Cairo (pictured), the Administrative Capital is a three-phase megaproject that the government has previously claimed will be among the smartest cities in the world upon completion.

Honeywell's scope of work will include the integration of security cameras across the capital into a single point of control within an integrated command and control centre (ICCC).

Egyptian authorities will monitor the smart city's activities from the centre, which will have direct access to video feeds from more than 6,000 cameras across a secure wireless network. The centre will also include technology to run video analyses and monitor crowds and traffic flow, detect theft, track suspicious individuals, and trigger automated emergency responses.

Honeywell has signed a deal to work on Egypt's new capital city.

Honeywell said it will install "disruptive" internet of things technology to give Egyptian authorities “one common platform for a holistic city view”. The company’s smart city infotech will be deployed in Phase 1 of the megaproject, in collaboration with MTI. 

ACUD chairman, Eng Ahmed Zaki Abdeen, said the agreement took the state “one step closer” to building a smart city.

 “The new administrative capital will redefine smart living and enable a competitive and diversified economy in line with the national development objectives outlined by Egypt Vision 2030,” he added.

Honeywell’s president for Egypt and Libya, Khaled Hashem, said the technology, used to optimise the futuristic city, will “lead to a smarter, safer, and more prosperous Egypt.”

In January, a senior Honeywell official told Construction Week that the company was in negotiations with government departments from Egypt and Saudi Arabia regarding ongoing smart city projects. 

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