King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Development & Management Company and Orange Business, the enterprise division of Orange, have signed a deal through which Orange Business will supply a smart city platform for KAFD.
Orange Business will design, build and run the platform, which will integrate and connect existing digital technologies at KAFD, described as Saudi Arabia’s prime business district, while leveraging the power of artifical intelligence (AI) and data analytics. Orange Business will also provide a range of digital master systems integration services and orchestrate its partner ecosystem by working alongside company experts on systems integration and new use cases.
Claimed to be one of the world’s most sustainable business districts, KAFD aims to create a high-quality urban environment and lifestyle for businesses, residents and visitors in line with the government-led Saudi Vision 2030’s Quality of Life Programme and its objectives of enhancing the liveability and competitiveness of Saudi Arabia’s cities.
Under the new agreement, Orange Business will provide a range of services to KAFD, including the Orange Smart City Platform. This is compatible with a wide range of systems and technologies and covers big data, data management, descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive data analytics, and governance.
AI-related use cases will include geolocation-based sentiment analysis of social media, analysing, collating, and sharing contextual data in areas ranging from water supply to traffic situation awareness, and energy optimization across commercial office buildings.
In addition, by integrating a digital twin with the smart city platform, architects and engineers will be able to analyse real-time data to optimize building design.
Orange Business says it has been involved in large-scale, complex smart city projects in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East for more than ten years.