Oman launches pilot project for Smart Cities at Knowledge Oasis Muscat

Ministry of Technology and Communications launched the pilot project which is being implemented by Cisco and Bahwan Information Technology

Oman’s Ministry of Technology and Communications has announced that they have launched a pilot project for smart cities at the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM) and is being implemented by Cisco and Bahwan Information Technology.

The pilot project is being implemented in partnership with Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) and the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn). KOM was established by Madayn in 2003 and has since played a pivotal role in aiding large and small companies to pursue their local and international visions.

The inauguration ceremony was held under the patronage of Azza bint Sulaiman al-Ismailia, Minister of Technology and Communications, reported the Oman News Agency. At the ceremony, officials talked about the work being done at smart cities.

Turki bin Saif al-Yahmadi, technical director at Cisco, gave a presentation on the benefits of implementing the project at KOM in controlling traffic and using an advanced database that enables rapid data analysis.

Meanwhile, Dr Salim bin Sultan al-Ruzaiqi, CEO at the Ministry of Technology and Communications, explained that the project aims to be an experimental model that contributes to providing an infrastructure for smart cities in the Sultanate. Decision-makers and various concerned authorities and institutions can benefit from it when implementing smart city projects in all governorates of the Sultanate, he added.

“The launch of the smart cities project at the Sas Centre for the 4th Industrial Revolution comes with the objective of launching Omani projects and institutions working in the field of the Fourth Industrial Revolution applications, such as Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, blockchain and others,” Dr Ruzaiqi concluded.

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