Saudi Minister: The use of modern technology leads to a decrease in road accidents by 50% within 5 years
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to incentivize urban policies to ensure coordinated services for residents by 2025 as part of its efforts to enhance quality of life, says the Prime Minister.
The Kingdom’s Minister of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing, Majid Al-Hogail, announced during his opening speech at the first Global Smart Cities Forum held in Riyadh, that this will come at a time when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is preparing to build a national model called the digital twin.
The Minister stressed the importance of Vision 2030 as a transformative journey for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, emphasizing its role in instilling passion, hope and ambition among citizens and defining its urban development strategy.
We also continue, with great ambition, to build one of the most prominent national applications and models, the digital twin, which changes the way we plan and manage our cities.
He continued: “By 2025, we will be able to simulate the impact of our urban policies, plan for emergencies and disasters, and connect more agencies and residents to co-design cities with us.”
The minister described the progress achieved by Saudi cities in the field of smart technology and urban development, saying: “Our goal is for at least 10 Saudi cities to be among the top 50 global cities by achieving the factors of governance, sustainability and interaction.” “With the residents, meeting their aspirations and achieving high welfare for them.”
He added: “Last year, four of our vibrant cities were classified within the Smart Cities Index. This extraordinary journey towards transformation has enabled us to leverage technology, artificial intelligence and data to make a real, tangible impact in municipalities.
Showing an example of using technology to improve city services and infrastructure, Al-Hogail said that a waste management solution has been developed in Jeddah using emerging technical innovations such as the Internet of Things to plan and monitor operations effectively.
He said, “The result is that we reduced violations related to waste and cleanliness by 25 percent to achieve a cleaner city to avoid inconvenience to residents resulting from the movements of cleaning crews in Dammam on the coast of the Arabian Gulf.”
The minister continued: “We have provided an application that manages more than 20,000 parking spaces, through which access to the most crowded areas has been facilitated to achieve a seamless experience for residents to find available parking spaces.”
In addition, Saudi Arabia reduced traffic congestion on roads leading to major conference venues in Riyadh by 36 percent last year, compared to 2022, according to Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.
During his opening speech, Al-Ghamdi stressed that this is driven by the government’s efforts to benefit from the national smart city platform.
Al-Ghamdi said: “We are meeting today and tomorrow to achieve three main goals and a vision for the sustainable smart cities of the future, strengthening governance and the government’s global smart city initiatives, and motivating companies to invest in building smart solutions.”
He added: “In 2023, the joint efforts of government agencies using the smart city contributed to reducing traffic congestion on the road network leading to the venue of a major conference in Riyadh by 36%, compared to 2022.”
He also pointed out that algorithms and models have been developed to detect visual pollution in the streets using weekly snapshots of the main cities in the Kingdom.
This initiative, which was implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality, aims to preserve the urban landscape and improve the quality of life in general.
Al-Ghamdi said: “During the last Hajj season, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, we supported traffic and cloud management in one of the world’s most challenging event scenarios through several advanced analytics and artificial intelligence solutions.”
He continued: “This significantly reduced the waiting time at the entrance gate to the Makkah Al-Mukarramah region.”
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