Orange Business Services selected for smart city consulting expertise to enhance quality of life in Al Widyan
Source: WPR for Orange Business Services , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Thu February 7, 2019 12:15 pm

SAUDI ARABIA. Al Widyan Saudi Real Estate Company (Al Widyan Co), part of one of the largest publicly listed property developers in Saudi Arabia, has awarded a smart city consulting contract to Orange Business Services for a new seven million square meter real estate development (Al Widyan) in Riyadh's northern growth corridor.

Under the contract, Orange consultants will define the smart city services, ICT infrastructure engineering guidelines, the operating model for the development, and the business strategy and options for the open access network.
The project, which is already under construction, will be delivered through a phased programme over a seven-year period. It will support the ambitious goals of Saudi Vision 2030, which include having three cities ranked among the world's top 100.

Orange will provide its smart cities consulting experience and expertise gained in the region, including large projects in Saudi Arabia. A smart city digital master plan typically comprises a range of seamlessly integrated solutions for businesses, residents and visitors and can include city management systems, traffic and mobility solutions, building and utilities management, as well as shared information and other services across a community-wide platform. 
Al Widyan is a fully-integrated, mixed-use development and leisure destination based on the principles of wellness and quality of life. Al Widyan occupies a prime location 15 minutes by car from King Khalid International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Riyadh.

This puts it within reach of a population of over 8 million people, representing both a market and workforce for the development's diverse mix of amenities and services, which include leisure, retail, education, healthcare, offices and homes.
Al Widyan Co is a wholly owned subsidiary of Al Akaria Saudi Real Estate Company (SRECO), which is two-thirds owned by the Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund. "Orange Business Services is providing us with a range of consulting and design services based on its global experience in intelligent cities. The ambition, scale and speed of major infrastructure projects can present a challenge, and we needed a trusted partner to ensure that intelligence was built into this new smart development at the outset," said Deputy CEO of Al Widyan Co, Dr. Khalid Alarfaj.
"Saudi Arabia is a global center for innovative smart city developments, and Al Widyan will unobtrusively incorporate advanced technology to provide a sustainable, high quality of life and experiences for its residents, visitors and businesses. Orange aims to contribute toward boosting the economic attractiveness of cities in the kingdom, where the scale of developments is ambitious and matched by the vision, leadership and resources required for success. These developments demand new business models and new thinking, and Orange is very well positioned to contribute as a global integrator and smart city thought leader," said Mohammad AlOtaibi, Managing Director Orange Business Services Saudi Arabia.

Smart cities are a major focus for Orange Business Services in the Arabian Gulf region, where it has been tailoring solutions for some of the region's most high-profile smart city developments over the last 10 years. The Al Widyan contract is an opportunity to employ the latest technology in Saudi Arabia, where Orange has worked on several high-profile projects including: The Digital City – ITCC; The Royal Commission at Yanbu; King Abdullah Financial District; King Abdul Aziz Road; and Jeddah Economic City.

Orange Business Services has operated in the Middle East for over 50 years and established a local presence in Saudi Arabia in 2012 to support enterprises across all sectors in the Kingdom. It has offices in the main cities across the three provinces of Saudi Arabia – Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam – supported by a smart cities regional center of excellence in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

About Orange Business Services
Orange Business Services, the B2B branch of the Orange Group, and its 25,000 employees, is focused on supporting the digital transformation of multinational enterprises and French SMEs across five continents. Orange Business Services is not only an infrastructure operator, but also a technology integrator and a value-added service provider.

It offers companies digital solutions that help foster collaboration within their teams (collaborative workspaces and mobile workspaces), better serve their customers (enriched customer relations and business innovation), and support their projects (enriched connectivity, flexible IT and cyberdefense).

The integrated technologies that Orange Business Services offer range from Software Defined Networks (SDN/NFV), Big Data and IoT, to cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration, as well as cybersecurity. Orange Business Services customers include over 3,000 renowned multinational corporations at an international level and over two million professionals, companies and local communities in France.
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Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with annual sales of 41 billion euros in 2017 and has 261 million customers in 28 countries at 30 September 2018. Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).



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