KSA's Economic City calls in MIT geeks

America's preeminent technology institute will ensure Red Sea city is fully wired.

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By  Rob Corder Published  February 14, 2007

Developers at Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) have called in the boffins from America's MIT to ensure that the project delivers on its promise of becoming the first "Smart City" in the world.

A delegation from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) held talks this week with Emaar Economic City to discuss revolutionary ICT solutions that could be deployed in the City.

KAEC is the single largest private sector development in Saudi Arabia that spreads over 168 million square metres of undeveloped land along the Red Sea coast.

The project has six key components: a Sea Port, Industrial District, Central Business District featuring a Financial Island, Educational Zone, Resort District and Residential Zone.

Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) is the prime facilitator of the project.

Following his meeting with the MIT delegation, Nidal Jamjoom, chief executive officer, Emaar.E.C, unveiled futuristic plans for the information and communication systems at KAEC.

"All modern conveniences in telecommunication including mobile connectivity, fibre lines, video conferencing facilities and wireless Internet solutions will be offered at KAEC," he promised.

"Other e-driven solutions include e-logistics support of traffic and fleet management; e-security solutions including whole city monitoring; e-commerce facilities; e-media including cable television and electronic billboards; telemedicine facilities; e-education options; smart home integration and e-climate management in the form of smart reactions to city climate," he added.

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