Project enables Saudi government manage water resources in real-time
Giza Systems has announced that it has been awarded the largest smart water metres project in the northern and north-western regions in Saudi Arabia worth $30 million. Giza Systems’ Saudi unit, Giza Arabia was awarded the deal by the Saudi Arabian ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture in collaboration with the National Water Company.
Giza Arabia will supply, install and replace the existing meters in Saudi Arabia in cooperation with Civil Works Company, one of Al-Rashed Group’s companies. According to a statement from the company, this project will position Saudi Arabia at the forefront of smart cities by 2020, for its efforts geared towards the automation of city water systems and reduction of water losses.
Scope of work will entail the supply and installation of 120,000 smart water meters in the Northern and West Northern Regions of the country to cover Qassim, Tabuk, Al Madinah Al Munawarah, Ha’il, Al Jouf, and the Northern Borders.
Moreover, projects work will include operations and maintenance of the meters, as well as the installation of the Automatic Meter Reading fixed network for 200,000 smart water meters, and integrating it with NWC’s Meter Data Management and billing systems.
Commenting on the win, Ashraf Attia, chief commercial officer at Giza Systems, said: “We are extremely proud to be working on yet another project with the Ministry of such significance, for its alignment with the national vision of improving living standards and sustainability of its natural vital resources.”
“The smart solution developed will allow the Ministry to gain clearer vision and insights into the water consumption of the sites, thereby affecting water management for the region.”
The implementation also covers data collection, and the design, supply, and installation of QR plates for 200,000 subscribers. The completion date of the project is expected to be March 2024, Attia said.
Moreover, the implementation will effectively reduce operational costs, enable the requisite infrastructure needed for advanced technological systems, and optimise the use of data systems, which will enable the Kingdom to address the water shortages faced and unsustainable consumption issues, said the statement from the company.
The project will also enable automatic reporting of smart water meter readings and its integration with the existing billing system to generate automated and accurate water bills on a regular basis, resulting in a substantial increase in the integrity of water bills and the improvement of collection rates, it added.