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Smart Cities Summit opens in Oman

Smart Cities Summit discussing Oman's readiness for smart city concept

Smart Cities Summit opens in Oman
The Smart Cities Summit opened in Muscat today.

Oman's Smart Cities Summit opened today as part of the COMEX2018 Exhibition.

The two-day summit is taking place on the theme of ‘Artificial Intelligence and IoT for advancing the National Economy'.

The event was opened under the patronage of HE Dr. Yahya Bin Nasser Al Khusaibi, Undersecretary of Ministry of Legal Affairs , at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center in the presence of Dr. Salim Bin Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA and other dignitaries.

COMEX 2018 Smart Cities and Industry 4.0 summit aims to highlight technologies for enabling Smart cities  and focus on analysis of feasible technologies, case-studies, upcoming innovations and regional, and international perspectives as to how the concept of smart cities can be integrated into current structures and future planned cities. The various components of smart cities such as: technology, mobility, healthcare, infrastructure, governance and people will be examined in terms of their readiness and adaptability for Oman.

The first day of the summit commenced by a keynote addressed by Dr Bader Salim Al Manthari, In-Charge of Deputy CEO for infrastructure & eServices, ITA, at which he stated that the Sultanate is ready to invest in Smart Cities supported by the new generation of infrastructure from Oman Broadband Network, which provides high-speed internet that creates the essential conditions of enabling Smart Cities.

On their part, Oman Government High Speed also took the initiative of linking 18 governmental websites and is currently working on including more than 46 other websites in order to facilitate data exchange and services integration. In addition, massive efforts are being invested in the eGovernment transformation plan culminating in the launch of over 700 eServices so far.

"We have recently witnessed the cooperation of a number of government entities to launch the first Smart City in Oman based on innovative technologies and applications to deliver high quality services and improve citizens' living standards. In this regard, the Information Technology Authority (ITA) signed an agreement for the implementation of a pilot project for transforming Knowledge Oasis Muscat into a Smart City in cooperation with a distinguished group of Omani innovators and through the outputs and outcomes of this project, ITA will set a policy for organizing smart city projects and initiatives in the Sultanate," said Dr Bader Salim Al Manthari.

Fadi Nasser, General Manager ICT, Senior Advisor CEO, Omantel, gave a presentation discussing the importance of the smart cities for a diverse economy and how data can be converted into knowledge followed by a panel discussion highlighting smart city initiatives in Oman.

The first day papers discussed the trends and challenges in smart cities implementations and showcased a number of case studies as well as how smart applications can optimize the processes and procedures in some sectors such as oil and gas and logistics.

The second day of the summit focuses on various areas including artificial intelligence, the internet of things, cognitive cities and security, in addition to Mwasalat that will present its smart technology initiative which will enhance the provided services in public transportation in the sultanate. It was commenced by sessions exploring AI and IoT, PPP business models for smart cities in Oman, and cybersecurity related to smart cities. The second day will be concluded by sessions on the fourth industrial revolution and the potential of modular constructed data centers deployment as well as technology trends in passive infrastructure.

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